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4 Aug - 7 Sept: Christopher Pledger Exhibition

Art by Christopher Pledger

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery hosts Christopher Pledger’s new exhibition, Echoes from the Landscape, on 4 August –  7 September. Christopher is an award-winning landscape, fine art and editorial photographer who specialises in seascapes, nature photography and coastal art. Echoes from the Landscape will showcase his poetic vision of the South Downs and Sussex coast. Throughout the exhibition, signed framed and unframed prints and coastal art greetings cards will be available to buy. Meet the artist on Saturday 4 August and Saturday 25 August, from 11am – 2pm. www.horshammuseum.org

6 Aug - 10 Sept: National Treasures Talks

Virginia McKenna

Highwood Mill, a retirement development on Horsham’s new Highwood estate, is hosting a free series of celebrity talks. Actor, author and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna OBE talks on Monday 6 August. On Tuesday 28 August, author and humanitarian campaigner Terry Waite CBE will talk about  incredible moments in his life. Concluding the National Treasures series of talks, actor, director and writer Christopher Timothy is at Highwood on Monday 10 September. After the talks, there will be an opportunity to tour Highwood Mill. All three talks have an arrival time of 10.45am. To book call (01403) 783400 or email jackie.stainer@pmwcom.co.uk

10 Sept: Horsham Beer Festival

Garet at Beer Essentials

The 15th annual Horsham Beer Festival will be held at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. There are three sessions: 12 - 4pm and 6 - 10pm on Saturday and 12 - 4pm on Sunday. Tickets cost £7 per session and the price includes a festival glass. Hot and cold food will be available along with live entertainment. Tickets sell quickly and are only available from The Beer Essentials in East Street, Horsham. www.thebeeressentials.co.uk

11 Sept: Bridge Course in Horsham

Horsham Bridge Club

Horsham Bridge Club is launching new courses from September. They will run on Tuesdays with a free taster session on 11 September. Run by a new team of four accredited teachers, the courses are for absolute beginners and people who want to improve their game. Based in East Street, Horsham is one of the country’s busiest bridge clubs with over 300 members. For details visitwww.horshambridge.co.uk or email sec@horshambridge.co.uk

15 September: Beautiful World Tents Open Day

Tipis by Beautiful World Tents

Beautiful World Tents hosts a Tipi Open Day at Decoy Ponds, Arundel Road, Poling, West Sussex, BN18 9QA, on Saturday 15 September, fromm 10am - 4pm. Free admission. The Open Days are the perfect time to meet our gorgeous tipis and fall in love with our extensive range of furnishings and finishing touches we have to offer. To talk through your plans in more detail with one of our tipi wedding specialists, you may like to book an appointment. If you'd like some more information on our Open Days, call on 01403 741299 or email  enquiries@beautifulworldtents.co.uk or visit www.beautifulworldtents.co.uk/registeryourinterest

15th Sept: Ben Morris Book Signing

Ben Morris

Ben Morris will be signing copies of The Last Farrington at Crates, The Carfax, on Saturday 15 September, at 11am. Warren Farrington is the last surviving member of his family, famous for generations as both brave, intrepid adventurers and pioneering businessmen and women. For 200 years, they have died in inexplicable accidents, leading to Warren living an isolated existence at Farrington Towers. Every aspect of his life is managed to meticulous levels of safety by the enigmatic Director and the elite guards of the Farrington Protective Force. Warren’s only friend is an 80-year-old bowtie collector. His life changes forever shortly after his 15th birthday, when a deranged man in a bird costume claims to have kidnapped a twin sister Warren never knew existed. The Kindle eBook can be purchased for £3.99 at www.amazon.com 

15 Sept: West Grinstead Plough Match

Ploughing Match

The West Grinstead & District Ploughing and Agricultural Society hosts its annual Ploughing Match at Priors Byne Farm, Bines Road, Partridge Green, on Saturday 15 September, from 9.30am. Established in 1871, the society promotes the interests of the farming community and has been holding shows for over 125 years. More than 50 farmers will be ploughing in all kinds of methods, with modern and vintage tractors alongside horse-drawn and steam ploughs. Other highlights include cattle and sheep shows, ferret racing, terrier racing, clay pigeon shoot, tug-o-war, bale hefting, gun dog show and local produce stalls. Tickets £6 (U14’s free). www.westgrinsteadploughing.co.uk

13-16 Sept: Horrible Histories at The Capitol

Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories returns to The Capitol in September, with Awful Egyptians and Terrible Tudors. Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two shows bring historical figures and events to life. From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt in Awful Egyptians on 13 - 15 September. From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear about the Terrible Tudors on 13 - 16 September. For tickets call (01403) 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

16th Sept: Barnstormers Comedy

Markus Birdman

Barnstormers Comedy returns to The Capitol, Horsham, on Sunday 16 September, at 7.30pm. Kevin Precious will be on hand to oversee the proceedings, with this month’s line-up including the improvisatory skills of Patrick Monahan, the twinkly-eyed raconteur that is Paddy Lennox and the delightfully offbeat Markus Birdman (pictured). Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door, from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

19 - 20th Sept: New Horizons Appeal Gift Fair

Knepp Castle

The New Horizons Appeal’s annual Autumn Gift Fair, held in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, takes place later this month in the beautiful surroundings of Knepp Castle, Shipley, RH13 8LJ.An exclusive preview evening is held on Wednesday 19 September, from 6.30pm – 9pm, ahead of the main fair on Thursday 20 September, from 9.30am – 4pm. The preview evening offers guests a peek at over 80 exclusive stalls whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly and canapés. Offering everything from fashion, gifts, homeware, children’s items and local produce, the prestigious Autumn Gift Fair provides guests with a unique, high-end shopping experience. Tickets for the main fair cost £5 on the door. Tickets for the preview evening cost £15 and must be purchased in advance from (01293) 447367 or by emailing newhorizons@stch.org.uk

21 Sept: John Snelling Book Launch

John Snelling

Horsham author and Rotary member, John Snelling, has written a book. Mixed Fruit From a Sussex Tree is a fascinating collection of his stories, essays, poems and plays, with a dash of local history. In her preface, Christina Maude writes: “Amusing, thought-provoking, puckish and intimate by turns, peopled by types whom we will all know from our own lives, but never stereotypical, this is a quiet celebration of an English life which any of us will recognise with affection and nostalgia without ever wishing to turn back the clock.” Published by Country Books, the hardback costs £20 from bookshops. Waterstone's in Horsham are launching the book on Friday 21 September, from 6-30pm to 8pm, with wine and nibbles. www.countrybooks.biz

22 Sept: Coolham Live Music Club

Cool ham Live Music Club

On Saturday 22 September, Coolham Live Music Club welcomes Northsyde, a four-piece blues/rock/soul band. The evening opens with a set by young guitarist Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens and his band Crossfire, with Alice Armstrong on vocals. www.coolhamlivemusicclub.com

22 Sept: Abba Forever at The Capitol

Abba Forever

ABBA Forever, presented by Sweeney Entertainments, perform at The Capitol, Horsham, on Saturday 22 September. The unique Abba sound is replicated with great attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar. Two outstanding Abba girls add glitz and glamour. Featuring all the Abba hits and surprise album tracks. Tickets cost £23 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

22 - 23 Sept: Parham House Autumn Fair

Parham Autumn Fair

Parham House & Gardens’ annual Autumn Fair will be held on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. The fair has the best of local produce and activities including falconry displays, working dog demonstrations, duck herding and guided deer walks. James Golding, chef at The Pig, deliver a cookery demonstration on Saturday, whilst on Sunday guests can enjoy a demonstration from Parham’s head chef, Neil Rusbridger. The event is held between 10.30am - 5pm daily. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk 

23 Sept: Velo-South

Velo South

Vélo South – a major new 100 mile cycling event on closed roads, comes through the Horsham District on 23 September. Goodwood Motor Circuit will welcome 15,000 cyclists for the start, with the course taking in parts of the South Downs and the villages of Pulborough, Ashington, Wiston, Partidge Green and Horsham. The event has proved controversial, with some West Sussex County Councillors calling for the event to be cancelled. Many roads will be closed and it will undoubtedly prevent people from getting around, as well as impacting some businesses. However, the event has been defended for promoting a healthy lifestyle, generating tourism and raising funds for good causes. General and fast track entries have sold out but you can still secure a place via an official charity or by entering a company team in the Business 100 challenge. www.velosouth.com

23 Sept: Pulborough Harvest Fair

Harvest Fair

Pulborough’s Harvest Fair will be held on East Glebe Field on Saturday 23 September, from 11am - 5pm. The fair celebrates the best of local food with stalls selling Sussex food and drink produce. There are country crafts, farm animals, farming equipment, arena displays, competitions, Teddies on a zip wire, historic pictures, traditional funfair and more. Organised by Pulborough Community Partnership. For more details, visit the ‘Pulborough Harvest Fair’ page on Facebook.

25 Sept: Susie Dent at The Capitol

Susie Dent

The Queen of Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent, visits The Capitol, Horsham on Tuesday 25 September. Take a journey into the curious, unexpected and surreal origins of the words we use every day, alongside stories from Susie’s 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. The evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits and she’ll be asking the audience for their own. Tickets cost £19.50 from (01403) 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

28 Sept: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Make your visit to Chesworth Farm,  Horsham extra special on Friday 28 September, 9am and midday. You are all warmly invited to drop in and join The Friends of Chesworth Farm for coffee, tea and cake in the Volunteer Centre in return for a small donation towards Macmillan Cancer Support.  

28 Sept: Wisdom of a Fool at The Capitol

Jack Lane as Wisdom of a Fool

Wisdom of a Fool returns to The Capitol on Friday 28 September. Jack Lane’s brilliant portrayal of the legendary entertainer Norman Wisdom started life in Horsham before playing to packed houses across the UK. Jack takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster, revealing the man behind the cloth cap, ill-fitting suit and classic underdog character that led Charlie Chaplin to describe Wisdom as his ‘favourite clown.’ Success on the silver screen and the hit song ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’ sealed Wisdom’s fame. But, as ever, fame came at a price. Tickets cost £18.50 from (01403) 750220 or  www.thecapitolhorsham.com

29th Sept: Babytodd Show at Ardingly


The West Sussex Bump, Baby & Toddler Show will be held at The South of England Showground, Ardingly, on Saturday 29 September. The event has over 60 exhibitors, workshops, taster sessions, goody bags and children’s activities. Entry is free for those who pre-register at www.babytodd.co.uk/shows or £5 on the door.

29th Sept: Billy Joel Songbook at The Capitol

Elio Pace

Following on from his acclaimed concerts in the USA, Elio Pace and his band bring the Billy Joel Songbook to The Capitol, Horsham, on Saturday 29 September, at 7.30pm. The show features over 30 classics including Uptown Girl, Just the Way You Are and My Life, as well as fan favourites. Tickets £25.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

29 - 30 Sept: Pink Gift Fair

Pink Gift Fair organisers

The Pink Gift Fair returns to Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, from 9.30am - 4pm on both days. Alongside a host of 60 retail therapy stalls comprising jewellery, home accessories, fashion, children’s clothing and toys, books, stationery and food and drink, the wellbeing elements of the fair will be expanded, with Total Therapy Studios offering visitors a chance to try Yoga and Pilates and talk to professionals about hypnotherapy, massage, acupuncture and mobility. The Pink Gift Fair, held at the modern, spacious facilities of West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council, is a fundraising event for the Sussex Cancer Research Laboratories. Admission £3. Additional details and times of free demos can be found at www.pinkgiftfair.co.uk

30 Sept: Horsham AmeriCARna

Horsham AmeriCARna

Horsham AmeriCARna returns to the town centre on Sunday 30 September, from 10am – 4pm. At last year’s inaugural event, almost 200 cars and bikes parked around Horsham, including NASCARS, Corvettes, Mustangs, Firebirds and Camaros, classic 50s and 60s cruisers, Hot Rods, and Harley Davidson motorcycles. The Carfax Bandstand hosts American inspired music and dance, organised by Horsham Rocks. A selection of bands and solo artists are playing from 11am - 3pm, followed by a finale. Follow event details on www.facebook.com/horshamamericarna

30 Sept: Barns Green Half Marathon

Barns Green Half Marathon

St Catherine’s Hospice has been chosen as the official charity for the Barns Green Half Marathon & 10km race, taking place on Sunday 30 September. Barns Green Half Marathon Race Director, Vernon Jennings said: “This year, our association with St Catherine’s is particularly poignant as we recently lost two dear friends from the village, Brian Muncer and Mike Awcock, who were very prominent figures in village life and who between them clocked up 56 years as senior marshals for our race.  Both passed away just before Christmas and both benefitted enormously from St Catherine’s support.” The success of last year’s Barns Green and 10k races combined with the generosity of the runners resulted in £18,000 being raised for St Catherine’s. For details on how to take part, visit www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk                                       

5th Oct: Tom Moore and Archie Churchill-Moss

Tom Moore and Archie Churchill-Moss

Having toured with some of the biggest and brightest acts on the British folk scene, Tom Moore and Archie Churchill-Moss perform at The Capitol, Horsham, on Friday 5 October at 7.45pm. Moore and Moss, shortlisted for the FATEA Instrumental Album of the Year 2017, push the creative boundaries for English instrumental music. Tickets £12 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

5 October: Lipstick on your Collar

Lipstick on your Collar

Tickets are selling fast for Lipstick on your Collar, returning to Horsham on Friday 5th October 2018. Fresh from it's West End debut at The Leicester Square Theatre, Lipstick On Your Collar are  set to lift the roof off the Capitol with their spectacular show, playing an array of classic hits from the golden era of music. From the birth of Rock 'n’ Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, expect tight harmonies, excellent vocals and plenty of dancing in the aisles.  The show will include hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Sandi Shaw and many more musical legends. Ticket are £24 each, and are available to purchase online at www.thecapitolhorsham.com/whats-on/all-shows/lipstick-on-your-collar/7812 or via the box office on (01403) 750220.

6th Oct: Horsham Model Railway Club Exhibit

Horsham Model Railway Club

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Horsham Model Railway Club is holding a model railway exhibition at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on Saturday 6 October, from 10am - 5pm. There will be 14 layouts at various scales and gauges, with traders selling new and second-hand model railway items. Sunny Hill will be there as a ‘have-a-go’ layout for young visitors. Entry £5 (Under 16 £2/U10 free). The club has over 50 members who meet every Wednesday at the St Leonard’s Church Hall, Cambridge Road, Horsham. www.horshammrc.org.uk

9th Oct: Sir Michael Parkinson at The Capitol

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson relives historic and iconic moments from his remarkable career at The Capitol, Horsham, on Tuesday 9 October, at 7.30pm. In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, the show provides a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at Sir Michael’s journey from humble upbringings in a Yorkshire mining town, to becoming one of the most familiar faces on television, interviewing the likes of Nelson Mandela, Marlon Brando and Mohammed Ali. Tickets cost £28.50 from (01403) 750220 or at www.thecapitolhorsham.com

10th Oct: Nish Kumar at The Capitol

Nish Kumar

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Nish Kumar brings his new show ‘It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves’ to The Capitol, Horsham, on Wednesday 10 October, at 8pm. Nish, a familiar face thanks to his TV work (The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You) presents jokes about politics and mankind’s capacity for self-destruction. Tickets £21 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

11th Oct: Timothy Wilcox Talk on Watercolours

Watercolour by WM Sandby

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition to celebrate 250 years of making, debating and exhibiting art at the Royal Academy. The Museum’s exhibition will explore the historic and sometimes uneasy relationship between the Royal Academy and watercolours, showcasing paintings by Royal Academicians past and present. The display includes work by Humphrey Ocean RA, Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. Thanks to funding from the Royal Academy’s RA250 event, support from The Art Fund, as well as assistance from Toovey’s of Washington, the Museum has supplemented its own collection with over 30 watercolours on loan from Sussex galleries and private lenders. Alongside the exhibition, the Museum will host children’s art workshops, as well as talks by leading watercolour historians at The Capitol. Timothy Wilcox‘s talk on ‘Watercolour in Britain in the 20th Century: Mainstream or Margin?’ is held on 11 October at 7.30pm.

11 - 13th Oct: A Trip to Scarborough

Trip to Scarborough

Lights and Bushels Theatre Company are combining with Billingshurst Dramatic Society to perform A Trip to Scarborough, a new adaptation of a Sheridan play written by Horsham playwright Barry Syder. It's 1781 in the Georgian spa resort of Scarborough, where Tom Worthy has arrived penniless, hoping to squeeze some money out of his notoriously mean brother, the outrageously camp dandy Lord Foppington. Tom’s inheritance is in trust until he marries and Lord Foppington attempts to keep him in poverty to ensure this never happens. But Tom has a dastardly plan of his own! Performances are at Fishers Farm on 11 -13 October, starting at 7.45pm. Tickets available from from Mansell McTaggart in Billingshurst or www.billingshurstdramaticsociety.com

13 Oct: Coolham Live Music Club Anniversary Gig

Coolham Live Music Club

Coolham Live Music Club hosts its fifth anniversary gig on Saturday 13 October. The club has hosted some of the best artists and bands in the country, performing blues, jazz, soul, Americana and more. The club has raised almost £8,000 for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice in the process. October’s line-up will include Elles Bailey (with guitarists Joe Wilkins and Will Edmunds), Dave Ital (who has played for the likes of Beyonce, Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers and Craig David), with his Rhythm and Blues Band, and London-based soul songstress Georgia Van Etten, who proved a huge hit on her previous visit to Coolham. Tickets cost £25 from Rich at coolhamtickets@gmail.com and are likely to sell quickly.

14 Oct: St Catherine's Hospice Countryside Walk

St Catherine's Hospice Walk

Join St Catherine’s Hospice on Sunday 14 October for a challenging hike through the Sussex countryside. The full hike is 13 miles, with nine and four mile routes also available, making this a family friendly event, suitable for dogs. The route takes in historic landmarks including Balcombe Viaduct, Ardingly Reservoir and Wakehurst Place Seedbank. Registration is £8 for adults (£10 on the day) and £5 for children. Registration on the day opens at 9am at Victory Hall, Balcombe, where the walk begins. Register online at www.stch.org.uk/slh

18th Oct: Greg Smith Talk on Watercolorists

Horsham Museum watercolour collection

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition to celebrate 250 years of making, debating and exhibiting art at the Royal Academy. The Museum’s exhibition will explore the historic and sometimes uneasy relationship between the Royal Academy and watercolours, showcasing paintings by Royal Academicians past and present. The display includes work by Humphrey Ocean RA, Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. Thanks to funding from the Royal Academy’s RA250 event, support from The Art Fund, as well as assistance from Toovey’s of Washington, the Museum has supplemented its own collection with over 30 watercolours on loan from Sussex galleries and private lenders. Alongside the exhibition, the Museum will host children’s art workshops, as well as talks by leading watercolour historians at The Capitol. Greg Smith’s talk on ‘Thomas Girtin: A Royal Academy and The Republic of Watercolorists’ is held on 18 October, at 7.30pm. www.horshammuseum.org

20 Aug - 20 Oct: Henderson Family Japan Photos

Henderson Family Pictures from Japan

There has been a strong public response to the History article on the Henderson family in July’s AAH, featuring photographs of Japan. The museum has now decided to exhibit the photos once again. Lost World runs from 20 August - 20 October. The museum has four albums of photos taken in 1874-75, illustrating the travels of Robert and Emma Henderson in India, Singapore, Borneo, Siam, China, Japan and America. www.horshammuseum.org

20 - 21st Oct: HAOS Art Fair

Art by Jo Willis

The Horsham Artists Open Studios Art Fair is held at Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, on 20 – 21 October. See over 40 HAOS artists exhibiting under the same roof with a programme of informative demonstrations. Artists include painters, print makers, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellers, glass and textile artists, with an opportunity to buy original work. An extra space will be used to exhibit work by art students from local Sixth Forms. www.horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk