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14 Dec - 6 Jan: Sleeping Beauty at The Capitol

Nicola Hume (Heart FM) playing Fairy Good Heart and Nicole Faraday (Bad Girls, Emmerdale) playing villain Carabosse

Hollyoaks actor James Fletcher,  Heart FM’s Nicola Hume, Ben Ofoedu (Phats and Small) and Nicole Faraday are among the stars of the Capitol’s festive pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. With a mix of musical theatre and pop songs, jokes and audience participation, it promises to be a festive feast of family entertainment. Performances are held from 14 December - 6 January 2019. www.thecapitolhorsham.com

8 Dec: Twinning Association Carol Concert

Pleasure Singers

Horsham District Twinning Association presents a carol concert in English, German and French at the Unitarian Church, Worthing Road, Horsham, on Saturday 8 December, at 7.30pm. The concert, featuring The Pleasure Singers (pictured) will be followed by mulled wine, Glu wine, stollen, mince pies, nibbles and refreshments. All are welcome. For further details visit the Horsham District Twinning Association page on Facebook.

8 - 23 Dec: Light Railway Santa Specials

Light Railway Santa Special

Children can ride the steam train and visit Santa in his beautifully decorated grotto in the woods with the South Downs Light Railway. The Light Railway is located within the Wyevale Garden Centre, Stopham Road, Pulborough, one mile on the A283 west of Pulborough Station. Every child will receive a  gift and adults can enjoy a glass of mulled wine. The Light Railway runs Santa Specials on the weekends of 8 - 9, 15 - 16 and 22 - 23 December. Trains operate between 11am - 3.20pm and run every 20 minutes. Tickets cost £6 for adults, children £10 from www.south-downs-railway.com

9 Dec: Tree of Light Service

STCH Tree of Light Service

A Tree of Light Service will be held at St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Lane, Horsham, on Sunday 9 December at 5.30pm. The service offers bereaved family and friends an opportunity to reflect on the year and honour someone special by dedicating a star in their memory, with donations to St Catherine’s Hospice. www.stch.org.uk/treeoflight

15 Dec: Horsham Churches Together Christmas Event

Carols in Horsham

Horsham Churches Together host a Christmas event at the Carfax Bandstand on Saturday 15 December. The day begins with a children’s musical nativity with Little Notes at 11am, with a nativity trail (including donkeys and sheep) held from 12 - 3pm. A Christmas concert featuring Horsham Rock Choir, St Mary’s Primary School and Living Faith Assembly Choir is held from 12 - 3:15pm. All are invited to participate in the carol service at 3:30 - 4pm. http://horshamct.org.uk

15 Dec: Action for Children Christmas Tree Festival


Action for Children, the children's charity of the Methodist Church, is holding a Christmas Tree Festival at London Road Methodist Church on Saturday 15 December, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Refreshments will be served and trees will be decorated by users of the premises to reflecting activities. Entry is free with donations to Action for Children.

16 Dec: Mailman at the Rec Rooms

The Mailman

Mailman will play tracks from his new double album Yang Yin at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Sunday 16 December. He performs with a five-piece band with support from Trevor Clawson and 2018 Battle of the Bands winners Son of Ugly. The gig marks the launch of Mailman’s new single 'When Is Enough' from the forthcoming album S3ASON (Season Three). Tickets £3 on the door or from https://therecrooms.com 

21-22 Dec: Horsham Museum Children's Activities


Horsham Museum & Art Gallery hosts festive fun for children under five with Christmas songs, stories and crafts on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December, at 10.15am. These will be followed by Victorian Christmas workshops for children aged five and over on 21 and 22 December from 11.15am - 12.45pm. To book, call (01403) 211661 or email visitor.information@horsham.gov.uk 

- 22 Dec: Charity Christmas Card Shop at Museum

Christmas Card Shop

The Horsham Charity Christmas Card Shop at Horsham Museum is open until 22 December.  The shop sells a wide range of great value cards, wrapping paper and gift tags from 17 local and national charities. Horsham artist John Davies has painted two new snowy scenes of the Causeway especially for the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (SASBAH).  

- 30 Dec: Horsham Museum Watercolour Exhibit

Watercolour by Vanda Szczepanowska (Horsham Museum & Art Gallery)

The Friends of Horsham Museum & Art Gallery have built an impressive collection of watercolours. An exhibition entitled Collecting the Quintessential showcases the quality of the acquired work by a range of artists, both well-known and local. It includes paintings by Samuel Prout, whose views of Europe transformed the visual appreciation of medieval buildings, historical scene paintings by Charles Cattermole and quality work by lesser known artists including Vanda Szczepanowska. The Museum’s collection has also benefited from donations by The Horsham Society, Toovey’s and private individual benefactors. The exhibition is open until 30 December.  www.horshammuseum.org

31 Dec: Holbrook Club New Years Eve Party

New Years Eve

Welcome in a brand new year with all of us at The Holbrook Club at our biggest New Years Eve party ever. Dance away the last few hours of 2018 and celebrate Big Ben’s midnight chimes surrounded by family and friends. A light buffet of finger food will be served to keep you going all night and if that’s not enough the bar will be serving until 1am. Our resident DJ will be playing some of today’s biggest tunes, all your favourites from decades gone by as well as some New Years Eve classics. So bring your dancing shoes as we expect to see you all on the dance floor. So make sure to round up all your loved ones for one last big hurrah of the year. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment as tickets for this event will sell quickly and will sell out. Members £12.50 Non-Members £17.50. Tickets from https://www.theholbrookclub.co.uk


- 2 Jan: The Snowman and the Snowdon at Nymans

Snowman and the Snowdog

From Saturday 17 November until Wednesday 2 January 2019 we'll be displaying over 40 illustrations from the film, following the magical adventures of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. The entrance to the gallery is in the Forecourt Garden. Head through the archway and into the ground floor of the Messel family home. Here you’ll find yourself in the decorated Gun Room which leads upstairs to the gallery. As well as behind-the-scenes drawings, preparatory sketches and artwork used in the film you’ll find simple activities for children to enjoy.  Find out about the creative process that brought The Snowman™ back to life for a new generation of viewers and see how the animators drew faces and selected their colour palette. The Exhibition in the Gallery opens at 11am with last admission at 3pm. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans/

9 Jan: Arts Society Horsham Lecture on Bach

Arts Society meeting

The Arts Society has announced details of its Spring lecture programme at The Capitol. Peter Medhurst discusses the Music and Life of Johann Sebastian Bach on Wednesday 9 January. On 13 February,  Zara Flemming lectures on The Arts and Crafts of Kashmir. On 13 March, Linda Colins highlights Foujita: The Japanese Frenchman who Loved Women and Cats. Coffee from 9.45am with lectures starting at 10.45am. Non-members are welcome for a fee of £5, payable on entry.

19 Jan: The Magic of Motown

The Magic of Motown

The Magic of Motown comes to The Capitol on Saturday 19 January, at 7.30pm. Enjoy 40 back-to-back timeless hits by Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, The Supremes, The Four Tops,  Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more are recreated by a talented cast and band. Tickets cost £27.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

24 Jan: Horsham Writers' Circle Literary Event

Literary Event

Horsham Writers’ Circle is calling on all writers to join celebrations for the Horsham and District Year of Culture 2019. The group is hosting a literary event once a month, with the first event held at Horsham library on Thursday 24 January, from 7 – 9pm.Bryan Webster, Chair of HWC, said: “We welcome writers of all abilities to this kick-off event, which will give a taste of what’s in store during the year. Contributions, whether a first chapter of a novel, poem, short story (written or graphic), play-script, flash fiction or screenplay, will form the basis of a collection to be published in book form. The event is free. Booking required. www.horshamwriters.co.uk

26 Jan: The Vornis Trio play Coolham

The Vornis Trio

The Vornis Trio play at Coolham Live Music Club on Saturday 26 January. The Vornis Trio is a Hammond Organ combo that draws on the soulful side of Jazz and Blues and features 3 outstanding session and gigging musicians, Ross Stanley (Hammond B3 Organ) Nat Martin (Guitar and Vocals) and Pat Levett (Drums). They have individually worked with the likes of Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Maceo Parker, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Bernard Purdie, Jon Cleary, Elliot Randell (Steely Dan), The Coalminers, Jo Harman, Hamish Stuart (Average white Band) and Harvey Mason. With that amount of experience and talent on stage, the results are predictable - great live music. Tickets for this event are £15, please email Rich at coolhamtickets@gmail.com to reserve yours.Please bring your own refreshments, food, nibbles etc (and some change for the charity bucket). Doors will open at 7pm and first set will start at approx. 7.45pm. www.coolhamlivemusicclub.com

- 9 Feb: Vincent Lines Exhibit at Museum

Art by Vincent Lines

A major donation of art by the family of Vincent Lines, a leading 20th century artist, has  gone on display at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery. The skilful pen and ink drawings portray the places and people of the Horsham area in the 1930s, when Vincent was the popular Head of Horsham Art School. Marking the 50th anniversary of Vincent’s death, his family have generously gifted the Museum works of art, including 10 drawings depicting St Mary’s Church,  Chesworth Farm, Park House, Market Square and other local landmarks, as well as a brilliant self-portrait and a rare lithographic stone. Entitled Stunning Lines, the exhibition is held in the Watercolour Gallery until 9 February.  

19 Feb: Robert White at The Capitol

Robert White

Robert White wowed the judges and viewers alike with his fast-paced comedy routines when he made the finals on this year's Britain’s Got Talent. He is now set to bring all that fun you saw on the TV live across the country as he announces his debut UK tour: The Tank Top Tour, coming to The Capitol on Tuesday 19 February..  With a suitcase full of his trademark vests, Robert will be travelling the UK with his unique, musical stand-up to 31 venues between February and April 2019. Tickets £20.50 from 01403 750220 or visit https://www.thecapitolhorsham.com

18 May: Belmond British Pullman Train Journey

Image: STCH

The famous Belmond British Pullman, the sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, will be pulling into Horsham on Saturday 18 May 2019 as part of a special service in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Stewards will welcome passengers as they board in Horsham before heading to Windsor. On the outbound journey, indulge in a Bellini Brunch accompanied by live music. After a Windsor tour, enjoy an exquisite three course dinner and wine on the return trip. A trip on the Belmond British Pullman is a true, vintage pleasure with carriages restored to the former glory of their 1920’s heyday. Tickets are £420 per person. To book your ticket or for more information contact Hannah Shorter at St Catherine’s on (01293) 447364.