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- 21 Dec: Charity Christmas Card Shop

Horsham artist John Davies

The Charity Christmas Card Shop at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery in the Causeway offers great value cards from 19 different charities. Local artist John Davies has painted another new snowy scene of Horsham, entitled Winter at St Mary’s, especially for the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (SASBAH). John has painted local views for the charity for 27 years with many of his previous designs still available as cards. The shop also offers Christmas paper, gift bags and tags and is open until Saturday 21 December. www.horshammuseum.org

13-24 Dec: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

The Capitol hosts a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol on Friday 13 - Sunday 15, Sunday 22 and Tuesday 24 December. Acclaimed character actors Jack Lane (Dad’s Army Radio Show) and David Benson (Goodnight Sweetheart)  play every character of Charles Dickens’ classic story. Horsham’s Jack Lane has received great acclaim for his one-man Wisdom of a Fool show and this latest adaptation has also been very well received by critics. Tickets £15 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com 

30 Nov - 31 Dec: Light Up Horsham

Horsham businesses supporting Light Up Horsham

Horsham businesses have backed a month-long light and projections spectacular to mark the finale of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.Light Up Horsham is due to take place from Saturday 30 November - Tuesday 31 December, when a 10-minute projected show will be focused on the front of Bills in Market Square. A show will take place every 15 minutes from 4 - 8pm throughout December. The content is created by RMV Productions with project support from Creative Technology. Wakefields Jewellers are the main sponsor of the event. Follow @HDculture2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

- 3 Jan: Cherry Parsons Exhibition

Cherry Parsons

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of work by Horsham artist Cherry Parsons.Working mainly in acrylics or oils, Cherry enjoys creating portraiture, seascapes and landscapes and her work incorporates light, reflections, water or humour. Her amusing new range of seagull images are included in the current exhibition, Light and Laughter, running until 3 January 2020 in the Watercolour Gallery. Original artworks, prints and a range of greetings card are available to buy. www.horshammuseum.org 

13 Dec - 5 Jan: Peter Pan at The Capitol

Cast of Peter Pan

The immortal tale of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, is given a new pantomime treatment at The Capitol, running from Friday 13 December - Sunday 5 January. The pantomime includes pop and musical theatre songs, colourful sets, great costumes, gags and family- friendly entertainment. Anthony Sahota stars as Peter Pan alongside Nicola Hume (Heart FM), Nicholas Collier and Rebecca Lafferty. The roles of John and Michael will be played by young local stars Daniel Kendon, Oscar Ward-Dutton, Dexter Lamley-Grinstead and Theo Ranganathan. Hywel Dowsell returns as the Dame and James Fletcher is Mini Smee. The production is sponsored by Brock Taylor and Horsham Bedding Centre. There will be a collection for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Tickets £23.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

7 Jan: West Sussex Philharmonic Choir Rehearsals

West Sussex Philharmonic Choir

West Sussex Philharmonic Choir are keen to welcome new singers for a weekly rehearsal and concert at the end of each term. There’s no audition; just turn up to see if you enjoy singing. The choir meets at The Barn, Causeway, Horsham (free parking available) on Tuesday evenings, 8 - 10pm. Rehearsals start on 7 January for April’s concert of Handel’s Messiah. Email pennystewart888@gmail.com or visit www.westsussexphilharmonicchoir.org.uk 

17 Jan: Ashington Speakers Corner

Chanctonbury Ring (Photo Toby Phillips Photography)

Dr Janet Pennington will give a talk on Chanctonbury Ring at Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, Ashington, RH20 3PG, on Friday 17 January, 7.30pm. The talk, entitled Witches Warlocks and Wellingtons, is part of the Speakers Corner programme. Admission £3 (students free) with doors open at 7pm. Free tea and coffee. For information email Tony Moss at alhmoss@gmail.com  

17 Jan: Mud Morganfield at The Rec Rooms

Mud Morganfield

After selling out The Rec Rooms last April, Mud Morganfield returns to Horsham to perform on Friday 17 January. The eldest son of Muddy Waters, Mud is a multi-award winning artist and an established star in the Blues world. His 2012 album, Son of the Seventh Son, saw Mud nominated in the Best Album at the 2013 Blues Foundation Music Awards and he went on to appear on BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. His latest album, They Call Me Mud, was released in March 2018 to great reviews. Tickets £16 in advance from www.therecrooms.com


17-18 & 24-25 Jan: The Barns Green Pantomime

Barns Green Pantomime

The Barns Green Players perform a pantomime version of Beauty and the Beast at Barns Green Village Hall on 17 - 18 and 24 - 25 January.  The script comes courtesy of cast member Nigel Currie, who has  written three of the Players’ recent pantomimes. Graeme Muncer, who starred in a summer production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Brighton’s Theatre Royal, directs and has persuaded several actors from the Brighton show to join the show. 
Graeme said: “We have been rehearsing since September and will put on an outstanding show.” There will be singalongs, sweets for children and opportunities for the audience to join in. Afternoon performances are at 2pm with evening shows at 7.30pm. There is a licensed bar. Tickets £13 (£9 on Friday 17 January) for (01403) 731566 or from http://www.barnsgreenplayers.co.uk

18 Jan: Kirk Fletcher Trio at Coolham

Kirk Fletcher (Photo: Rick Gould)

The Kirk Fletcher Trio perform at Coolham Live Music Club, Billingshurst Road, RH13 8QN, on Saturday 18 January. Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, Kirk Fletcher is a four-time Blues Music Award, a 2015 British Blues Award nominee and former lead guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. This is the US trio’s only South East gig during their tour. Opening the evening will be one of the UK's top session guitarists, Nat Martin and his band, joined by Portuguese-born vocalist Diana Silveira. Tickets £20 from coolhamtickets@gmail.com

22 Jan: Bridge Drive for Warnham

Bridge Drive

The Horsham branch of Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) hosts a Bridge Drive at Warnham Park, Warnham, RH12 3RP on Wednesday 22 January, 10.30am - 3pm. The cost is £80 per table (£20 per player) to include coffee, biscuits and lunch. For details, contact Nicola on (01403) 243492 or email secretary.horshambloodwise@gmail.com 

25-27 Jan: RSPB Birdwatch

RSPB Birdwatch

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch will take place on Saturday 25 - Monday 27 January 2019. It’s a chance to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey and help monitor the health of garden birds across the country. Just choose an hour any time over the three days and enjoy time with nature counting birds. A submission form is available at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch 

26 Jan: Ashington Toy & Collectors Fair

Ashington Toy Fair

Ashington Toy & Train Collectors Fair will be held at Ashington Community Centre,Foster Lane, RH20 3PG, on Sunday 26 January, 10am – 1pm (Sellers from 8am). Buy, sell and swap from a large range of toys, old and new. Supported by The Worthing Toy Collectors Club and Model Car Mart. Adults £2 (children free).

26 Jan: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

RSPB Birdwatch

Friends of Horsham Park will once again be hosting an RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on Sunday 26 January, from 10-12pm, in Park Barn, situated in Horsham Park opposite the Capitol and next to Park House and the Conservatory cafe. Experts will once more be on hand to talk about some of the UK's best loved garden birds and those most often spotted in Horsham park. This action packed morning will be filled with a wide range of activities including bird puzzles and games, bird spotting sheets and guidance and more. Throughout the morning there will be opportunities to identify all of the birds in the park and  a running total of all  spots will be kept and then added to the nationwide RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 records! For more information about the event email chair@friendsofhorshampark.co.uk

 

2 Feb: Flats and Sharp at Folk Club

Tree of Light Services

Horsham Folk Club welcomes Flats and Sharps, a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, on Sunday 2 February, 8pm. Their energetic live shows blend strong harmonies and stonking solos. Horsham Folk Club meets at The Normandy Centre, Denne Road, RH12 1JF. Admission £8 (members £5). For details visit www.horshamfolkclub.co.uk

11 Feb: Audience with Simon Reeve

An Audience with Simon Reeve

Enjoy an Audience with Simon Reeve at The Capitol, Horsham, on Tuesday 11 February 2020, at 7.30pm. Simon’s sell-out tour in 2018 saw the BBC presenter recount tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. His documentaries have been broadcast in over 60 countries. An Audience with Simon Reeve is not only a fascinating and educational show, but at times shocking, inspirational and hilarious. It includes exclusive multi-media footage and a Q&A session. Tickets £29 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

-7 Mar: Dr Geoffrey Sparrow Exhibition

Art by Geoffrey Sparrow

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery hosts A Flock of Sparrows, celebrating the art of Dr Geoffrey Sparrow, running now until 7 March. A true Edwardian, Dr Sparrow came to Horsham 100 years ago after serving with distinction in the First World War. For the next 50 years, he portrayed the countryside and town, illustrating scenes of everyday life with wit and charm, revealing a master of the caricature. To mark 50 years since his death, Horsham Museum hosts a major retrospective of work from its own collections, supplemented by loans from the public who also enjoy his creativity.  www.horshammuseum.org

13 Mar: Firewalk for St Catherine's

St Catherine's Hospice Firewalk

The St Catherine's Hospice Firewalk will be held in the Carfax, Horsham, on Friday 13 March 2020, 7pm. The hospice is looking for 100 fundraisers to walk barefoot across 15 feet of red hot embers, in the safe  hands of event partners UK Firewalk. Early bird registration (before 17 January) is £20 with people asked to raise £150 in sponsorship. Sign up at www.stch.org.uk/firewalk

14 Mar: Horsham Symphony Orchestra Concert

Horsham Symphony Orchestra

Horsham Symphony Orchestra opens its spring concert at the Capitol with the world premiere of On This Day, In This Life, written for the orchestra by Horsham-based composer Mark Elvin, on Saturday 14 March. This is followed by Nino Rota’s Trombone Concerto (with NYO principal trombonist Lawrence Schofield performing as soloist) and Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony. Tickets £16 from (01403) 750220 or https://www.thecapitolhorsham.com/whats-on/all-shows/horsham-symphony-orchestra-march-2019/14130

15 Feb: The Blockheads at The Rec

The Blockheads

The Blockheads play at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Saturday 15 February. Originally fronted by Ian Dury as Ian Dury and the Blockheads, the band has continued to perform since his death in 2000. Current members include Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey (vocals), Chaz Jankel (guitar and keyboards), Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Mick Gallagher (keyboards and piano), John Turnbull (vocals and guitar) and John Roberts (drums). If Watt-Roy is unavailable due to a conflict with Wilko Johnson dates, his duties are covered by Nathan King. Tickets £25 from https://therecrooms.com

18 Apr: Horsham Comedy Gala

Henning Wehn

Horsham Comedy Gala will be held on Saturday 18 April, 7.30pm. After the success of last year’s event, the gala returns for an  evening of comic brilliance hosted by Rich Wilson. Acts include Germany’s self-appointed Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn, Zoe Lyons and Ahir Shah. Tickets are likely to sell quickly and cost £22 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

2 May: The Fizz at Capitol

Carols

The Fizz bringing their Up Close & Personal tour to the Capitol,Horsham on Saturday 2 May, 7.30pm.The original band (Cheryl Baker, Jay Aston and Mike Nolan) as Bucks Fizz won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with Making Your Mind Up, becoming household names thanks to their iconic skirt-ripping routine. They have since enjoyed many hits including Land Of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies. The band was also named Best Group at the 1982 BPI Rock & Pop awards (now the Brits) and won an Ivor Novella Award. In 2019, the band performed live and recorded Smoke & Mirrors, due for release soon. Cheryl Baker said: “The Fizz story has so many ups and downs – winning Eurovision, travelling the world, that terrible coach crash and so much more. This will be a show full of music, stories, laughter and your opportunity to ask us a question.” Tickets £28 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

30-31 May: Floral Fringe Fair

Floral Fringe Fair

The Floral Fringe Fair will be moving to the Deer Park at Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding over the weekend of 30 - 31 May 2020. It will have the same friendly, eclectic feel as ever with plant nurseries, artists and makers, vintage stalls, street dining, picnics, food, music and a Steampunk twist. To draw attention to the rare plants at Leonardslee’s Grade 1 listed garden, there’s a celebration of Victorian plant hunters. Classic car owners are invited to attend with reduced entry. The entry price will be £8.50 (£3 children /U4s free). www.facebook.com/floralfringefairInstagram @floralfringefair