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11 Sept: Climber Hazel Findlay at The Capitol

Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay, one of the best young climbers in the world,  presents a talk about her life and climbs at The Capitol, Horsham, on Wednesday 11 September, 7.30pm. Presented by Speakers from the Edge, Hazel talks about her experiences, including free climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park three times. In this show, she explores how we can use sport to push us beyond what we thought we were capable of. Tickets £17 from (01403) 750220 or  www.thecapitolhorsham.com

12 Sept: Fleabag Live from the NT

Photo: Jason Hetherington

The Capitol in Horsham will be screening Fleabag live from the National Theatre on Thursday 12 September, 7.30pm. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this award-winning, one-woman show inspired the BBC TV series. The show will be broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Fleabag is described as “rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.” With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag finds herself with nothing to lose. Tickets available from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

13-14 Sept: Tiddly Proms at Leonardslee

Ducie Jazz

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in Lower Beeding hosts a Proms Festival on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September, 4pm - 12am. The Tiddly Proms features jazz, Big Band and classical music. Highlights include Charlie Parker with Strings from Bernardi Music Group, jazz from Ducie Jazz, swing from Harry's Tricks and a Rat Pack tribute from The Tom Fitzpatrick Band. The Last Night of the Proms will be shown on a giant outdoor screen. On both nights, a musical fireworks finale is presented by Illusion Fireworks. Visitors can also browse a boutique shopping courtyard and explore the Grade I Listed gardens. Tickets £30 (£10 for U18’s) from www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk

14-15 Sept: Horsham Beer Festival

Horsham Beer Festival

The Horsham Beer Festival was held every September for 16 years by Gareth Jones, owner of The Beer Essentials in East Street. The shop closed earlier this year due to Gareth’s ill health and he sadly passed away following a brave fight on 12 June.Following a conversation with Gareth at St Catherine’s Hospice and with the support of Gareth’s family, the task of continuing the festival has been taken on by beer enthusiasts Nick Southon and Tim Pitts. It will be at The Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham on 14 - 15 September. There are three sessions; Saturday 12 - 4pm and 6 - 10pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm. The event includes Broadwood Morris and other live music, with Garlic Wood Events providing catering. Tickets to each session cost £8.50 and include a festival glass, this year dedicated to Gareth. The event will raise funds for the hospice. Tickets are available from the organisers through Instagram (horshambeerfestival) or Facebook (Horsham Beer Festival 2019).

15 Sept: Copper Viper at Horsham Folk Club

Folk music

Horsham Folk Club, which meets at the Normandy Centre, Denne Road, hosts three events as part of the Horsham Festival on Sunday 15, 22, 29 September. Copper Viper, an acoustic duo from London, perform on Sunday 15. Entry £7 (£5 members). The following week, the club hosts a special event with Jean and Keith Haynes, marking their 50 year involvement with folk music. Entry £2. Alice Jones, a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Yorkshire, performs on 29 September. Entry £7 (£5 members). www.horshamfolkclub.co.uk

18 Sept: Horsham Archaeology Group Talk

Simon Stevens

Horsham District Archaeology Group host a talk by Simon Stevens, Senior Archaeologist with ASE, at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham, on Wednesday 18 September,  7:30pm. The talk, entitled Minepits, Mud and Mayhem, highlights a recent archaeological excavation at Horam, part of a study of the Wealden iron industry. Non-members welcome (entry £3). For details, emailhorshamarch@hotmail.co.uk 

18 Sept: No Jacket Required

No Jacket Required

No Jacket Required - The Phil Collins Tribute act, perform at The Capitol on Friday 18 October, 7.30pm. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘…But Seriously’, the band perform the album in its entirety during the first part of the show. After the interval, expect the best of the rest from Phil Collins’ chart-topping career as a solo artist and with Genesis, from No Jacket Required’s 12-piece band. Tickets £22 from (01403 750220) or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

19 Sept: Strong Words: Poem for our Times

Grace Nichols

The Rec Rooms in Horsham hosts an evening of poetry on Tuesday 19 September. Strong Words: Poems For Our Times, hosted by Akila Richards, features a lively line-up of poets including Grace Nichols. Grace’s first collection of poetry, ‘I Is A Long-Memoried Woman’, won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Her other books include ‘The Fat Black Woman’s Poems’ and ‘Picasso, I Want My Face Back’ (inspired by her residency at Tate Gallery). Grace’s latest adult book is ‘The Insomnia Poems’. Tickets £8 from https://therecrooms.com

19 Sept: Author Supper in Steyning

Camilla Stephens of Higgidy

Camilla Stephens of Higgidy presents an author supper at The Sussex Produce Café, 88 High Street, Steyning, on Thursday 19 September, 7pm. Hosted by Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival and The Steyning Bookshop, Camilla will be interviewed about her successful business, Higgidy Pies, with a two-course meal provided by Sussex Produce Company. Camilla’s first book, Higgidy: The Cookbook, was followed by Higgidy – The Veggie Cookbook, with 120 recipes for vegetarians and vegans. Tickets £30 (includes meal, interview and a book voucher).

20 Sept: Attila the Stockbroker on Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Shelley Memorial Project presents Attila the Stockbroker on Shelley at Collyer’s College, Hurst Road, Horsham, on Friday 20 September, 7.30pm. Radical poet and musician Atilla the Stockbroker performs the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of England’s greatest romantic poets. Atilla will also perform work from his acclaimed album, Restoration Tragedy. A Horsham Year of Culture 2019 Fringe event. Tickets £10 (£12 on-the-door/£5 students). www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-shelley-memorial-project-25468698599

21 Sept: West Grinstead Ploughing Match

West Grinstead Ploughing Match

West Grinstead & District Ploughing & Agricultural Society hosts its annual Ploughing Match and show at Applesham Farm, Coombes Road, Coombes, BN15 ORP, on Saturday 21 September. In addition to tractor, horse and steam ploughing competitions, there will be cattle and sheep shows, an open clay shooting contest, terrier racing, ferret racing, gun dog scurry, fun fair, local produce stalls and a licensed bar. Entry £6 (U14s free). www.westgrinsteadploughing.co.uk

22 Sept: ABC Animal Sanctuary

ABC Animal Sanctuary

ABC Animal Sanctuary in Juggs Lane, West Chiltington, RH20 2JS, hosts a Harvest Fayre on Sunday 22 September, 11am - 4.30pm. The sanctuary was founded and led by actress Alexandra Bastedo for over 30 years ago until she passed away in 2014. Visitors can meet resident animals and those looking for re-homing. Actor and presenter Craig Henderson is the MC and there will be live music from Willie Austen, Bastedo Band, Molly MacKenna and Paula Daly, with piano duets from students of Brenda Mendelssohn. Other attractions include a dog show, children’s treasure hunt, groom-a-pony and farrier demonstrations.  www.abcanimalsanctuary.co.uk

22 Sept: Open Air Cinema at Holbrook

Jurassic Park

The Holbrook Club in Horsham hosts three Open Air Cinema screenings this summer.The season kicks off with Mamma Mia onFriday 16 August.Bohemian Rhapsody is next on Friday 6 September, before Jurassic Park on Sunday 22 September. Feel free to take chairs, bean bags, deck chairs, cushions and blankets to screenings, although VIP seating is available. Hot food and drinks served (bar open until 11pm). For tickets visit www.theholbrookclub.co.uk

28 Sept: Ashington Ukulele Festival


Ashington’s first  Ukulele & Singalong Festival will be held at The Ashington Centre, on Saturday 28 September, 12 - 7pm. Acts include Quayside Ukes, BilliUke, teenager Charlie Beers and Ashington’s Village Voices choir, with opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play and singalong. Charlie will run a free one hour beginners’ workshop, with 20 ukes provided. A Tanglewood ukulele, signed by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, is among the raffle prizes. Tickets to this Horsham District Year of Culture event cost £3 (Under-12’s free). Proceeds go to The Ashington Community Trust. www.ashingtonukulelefestival.com

28 Sept: Zoggs Oceans of Fun Days

Steve Parry

Zoggs Oceans of Fun days will be held at The Pavilions in the Park on Saturday 28 September. Australian swimming brand Zoggs is continuing its campaign to encourage and inspire more children to actively get involved in aquatic sports. Zoggs has teamed up with Total Swimming, set up by Olympian Steve Parry, providing up to 150 FREE spaces for kids aged 7 - 14 to experience different aquatic sports such as mini water polo, synchronised swimming and fast swimming. The event will be attended by Olympic and Commonwealth athlete, Grant Turner, London 2012 Olympian and Commonwealth Silver Medallist and Genevieve Randall, European Games Team GB squad, World team finalist 2013, Senior duet athlete 2014/2015. The event will feature a morning or afternoon of skills and games across the different aquatic disciplines – Fast Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo, CPR and Rookie Lifeguard - with every participant getting the chance to try each of the activities by rotating through the stations. Each child will receive a Zoggs Oceans of Fun swimming hat and be presented with a medal at the end of the event – after having the chance to race against an Olympian. Spaces are limited and booking up fast so children keen to sign up for this unique event, should contact The Pavilions In The Park directly on 01403 219200 or email swimming@thepavilionsinthepark.co.uk Steyning Leisure Centre directly on 01903 879666 or email enquiries@steyningleisurecentre.co.uk. Participants must be aged between 7 and 14 years old and able to swim 25 metres unaided.  Everyone taking part must have registered and completed a consent form.

29 Sept: Barns Green Half Marathon and 10k Race

Barns Green Half Marathon

The Barns Green Half Marathon and 10km races take place on Sunday 29 September.This year will be the 37th running of the half marathon and the fourth year of the 10km race. Last year, more than 2,000 people registered for the races. The course is held on closed roads and follows a scenic route that includes Christ’s Hospital School. There is a warm-up for runners before the race hosted by Bluecoat Sports fitness instructors, with live music at different points on the route and a funfair for children. All participants receive either a gold, silver or bronze medal. Three new sponsors have been announced: Holder Tree Services, Breathe and Treetop Design and Print join Networks Centre, Bluecoat Sports Centre and MoreThan. For entry details visit www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk

2 Oct: Short Mat Bowls Open Evening

Short Mat Bowls

Horsham Bowling Club hosts a Short Mat Open Evening at its base on Pondtail Road, Horsham, on Wednesday 2 October, 7pm. It’s an opportunity to meet members, enjoy a drink and discover what short mat bowling can offer.In 2014, Horsham Bowling Club moved from the Bishopric to a purpose-built facility in Pondtail Road. Along with a new bowling green came a modern clubhouse and the introduction of short mat bowling for the first time in the club’s history. In 2015/16, the short mat section formed its own team, Horsham Hotshots. Two seasons later, they were promoted to North East League Division 1. The short mat section has also introduced three internal knockout competitions, with one solely for bowlers who haven’t won a trophy before.Once the summer is over, many of the outdoor bowlers will move into the clubhouse to enjoy short mat bowls. The bar is open on the Open Evening, so it’s a good place to start if you would like to play a great game and meet people. www.horsham-bowling-club.co.uk

2 Oct: Hot Flush the Musical

Su Pollard

After four sell-out tours, Hot Flush the Musical returns to the stage in 2019, coming to The Capitol, Horsham on Wednesday 2 October, 7.30pm. Starring Su Pollard, Helen Pearson, Melanie Gutteridge, Matt Slack and Ruth Keeling, the play finds Myra, Sylvia, Helen and Jessica (aka The Hot Flush Club) hitting the menopause years disgracefully. Share in the friendships and secrets, the laughs and the tears of four ordinary women - and one man - living extraordinary lives. Tickets £26.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

7 Sept - 5 Oct: Steyning Food & Drink Festival

Artisan Bakehouse

The Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival is held from 7 September to 5 October. Starting with the Farmers Market on Saturday 7 September, the month-long festival includes live music, cooking demonstrations, sloe gin tastings, pumpkin competitions, wine and brewery tours, allotment contests and much more besides.
Among businesses hosting events or promotions are several winners of Sussex Food & Drink Awards, including The Artisan Bakehouse, The Sussex Produce Company and Garlic Wood Farm.AAH, a sponsor of the festival, picks out just a few highlights of this fine village celebration of local food and drink... 

5 Oct: Mark Morriss at The Rec Rooms

Mark Morriss

Mark Morriss, formerly lead singer of Britpop favourites The Bluetones, performs live at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Saturday 5 October. Morriss will play an acoustic set, with a support act and DJ. The Bluetones reached No.1 in the album charts in 1996 with ‘Expecting to Fly’ which spawned several hit singles including ‘Slight Return’, which peaked at No.2. Later albums ‘Return to the Last Chance Saloon’ and ‘Science  & Nature’ also made the Top 10. Tickets £11 from https://therecrooms.com

11 Oct: Chameleon Belly Dancing

Chameleons group

Chameleon Dance & Friends host an evening of belly dance fun, glamour and glitter at North Heath Hall, St Mark's Lane, Horsham, on Friday 11 October, 7.15pm. Chameleon Dance is a multi-generational dance co-operative, with a unique style influenced by Egyptian dance as well as gothic, gypsy, burlesque and tribal styles. The event is held in aid of Cedar House Support Group, which helps women suffering from post-natal depression, anxiety or psychosis. Tickets £5 from www.chameleonbellydance.co.uk 

14 Oct: The Ballroom Boys

The Ballroom Boys

Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite and Vincent Simone join forces for a new production, The Ballroom Boys, coming to The Capitol, Horsham, on Monday 14 October. Argentine Tango legend Vincent and King of the Ballroom Ian will be joined by two professional female dancers and a vocalist. The night will be packed with dances, songs and banter.Expect the Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and of course, the Argentine Tango. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets to include a pre-show meet and greet. Tickets start at £29 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

19 Oct: Dave Ital at Coolham Live Music Club

Dave Ital

Coolham Live Music Club hosts Dave Ital and the Kondoors for a gig to celebrate six years of the club on Saturday 19 October. Dave is a renowned session guitarist, playing with Anastasia, Craig David, Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers,  Take That and Bobby Womack. Opening the evening will be the Kondoors featuring Jess Greenfield and Gavin Condor, plus guest guitarist Drew Wynen. There’s no licensed bar, so bring your own refreshments. The club also raises funds for Chestnut Tree House. Tickets £25 from coolhamtickets@gmail. www.comcoolhamlivemusicclub.comlub.com 

27 Oct: Mountain Bike Racer Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar, the South African world champion mountain bike racer, is at The Capitol, Horsham, on Sunday 27 October. Presented by Speakers from the Edge, the Size Matters tour sees the three-time UCi Downhill World Champion discuss his incredible career. The show covers everything from the early days of riding to Greg’s rise to the top, including the bikes that helped get him there and the teams behind the legendary rider. Tickets £20 from (01403 750220) or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

3 Nov: Horsham Gunpowder Trot

The Gunpowder Trot

The Horsham Gunpowder Trot is held on Sunday 3 November. The race, part of the West Sussex Fun Run League, starts and finishes at Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road, and is organised by Horsham Joggers. The 4.5mile cross-country course around Denne Park and Chesworth Farm is suitable for runners of all levels. There is also a one mile race for under-16s. Early entry advised. www.horshamjoggers.co.uk/wsfrl-gunpowder-trot/

11 Nov: The Errol Linton Band

Errol Linton

The Errol Linton Band perform at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Friday 11 November. Errol is a harmonica player from Brixton, of  Jamaican descent. He is a three-time winner of the British Best Harmonica Player of the Year Awards and his critically-acclaimed fifth album, Packing My Bags, has seen Errol nominated as Jazz FM Blues Act of the Year 2019. The Independent calls this gifted Bluesman “one of London’s greatest undiscovered talents”.Tickets £12 from https://therecrooms.com