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4 Aug: 12 Hour Lawnmower Race

Lawnmower Race

The British Lawn Mower Racing Association’s (BLMRA) flagship 12-hour event is held at Five Oaks, Billingshurst on 4 August. Qualifying starts at 3.15pm with the race commencing at 8pm. The teams line up in a traditional Le Mans grid formation, with drivers running to their machines at the start. Teams of three drivers compete at speeds approaching 50mph, without any form of suspension other than a padded seat. The £6 entry fee (children and parking are free) raises money for good causes, including Ingfield Manor School for Children with Cerebral Palsy. www.12hour.co.uk

5 Aug: Alzheimer's Society Tea Party

Tea Party

The Alzheimer’s Society hosts a Summer Garden Tea Party at Trenchmore, Burnthouse Lane, Cowfold, RH13 8DG, on Sunday 5 August, from 3 – 5pm. The tea party is especially for people with dementia, their families and friends. A representative from Horsham Alzheimer’s Society will be present. Enjoy an open garden party with live music, delicious tea and cakes. There is no charge. Please call to confirm, if the sun isn’t shining. For information contact Joanne on (01403) 864419.

11 August: Horsham Museum Object Identification Service

Horsham Museum

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery offers an Object Identification service. If you have found something and you don't know what it is, or perhaps want a second opinion, please bring it to the museum on 11 August when the Museum is host to the Sussex Finds Liaison Officer (FLO),  who attends every three months. Between 11am-3pm  The FLO hosts appointments  and between  3pm-4pm  drop-ins are welcomed.   Finders can book an appointment directly at flo@sussexpast.co.uk or the telephone 01273 405731.

11 Aug: Ben Waters Boogie Woogie

Ben Waters Band

Boogie Woogie pianist Ben Waters hosts Picnic in the Park on the Recreation Ground at Coolham on Saturday 11 August, with support from Coolham Live Music Club. The line-up includes Crossfire (featuring Alice Armstrong and Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens), Elles Bailey Trio and the Ben Waters Band (featuring special guests Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri). Tickets cost £25 from http://benwaterspicnic.com/coolham/

14-18 Aug: HAODS Wendy & Peter Pan

HAODS Hook and Peter Pan

HAODS (Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatics Society) present Wendy & Peter Pan at The Capitol from 14 - 18 August. This retelling of the classic J.M Barrie story, adapted for the Royal Shakespeare Company, puts Wendy Darling at its heart and features classic characters including Peter Pan, Hook and Tinkerbell. It gives some of the young HAODS performers a chance to shine, with a large junior cast involved in the production. Tickets cost from £15, from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

18 Aug: Ashington Festival

Ashington Festival

Ashington Festival will be held on Saturday 18 August. The day includes one of the few remaining carnival processions in the district, before arena and stage acts run throughout the afternoon and evening. However, the village has been rocked by the announcement that there will be no bunting along London Road this year!Arena acts include Jez Avery and his daredevil show, Warren Calitz and his dog and duck act and entertainer Tom Foolery. There are many craft and charity stalls, sideshows, Harris’ funfair, flower show, fun dog show, a classic car show with vintage vehicles, car boot sale and more. In the evening, live bands play before a firework display, sponsored by Charles Muddle Ltd. http://ashingtonfestival.co.uk/sussex/

18-19 Aug: Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Horsham's long-running Battle of the Bands competition is back for 2018, with entries now being accepted. There are categories for original bands, covers bands and acoustic originals, with prizes including recording sessions, professional photography and music vouchers. The grand final will be held in the Human Nature Garden at Horsham Park on 18 – 19 August. To enter visit www.horshambotb.co.uk

25 Aug: Latitude 51 at Horsham Rugby Club

Bobbie Williams

Horsham Rugby Club will host Latitude 51, a musical event for all the family, on Saturday 25 August, from 2 - 10.30pm. The event includes live music from an Olly Murs tribute act, Blobbie Williams, Beyonce tribute Yonce and Abba Fever. John O’Sullivan (pictured, left) is compere and children’s entertainment includes a Punch and Judy Show, magic show, inflatable zone and fair rides. There will be food stalls and a licensed bar. Tickets cost £20 (teenagers £10 and children U12 free) from The Candy Box in Horsham or www.eventbrite.co.uk

17-25 Aug: Association of Sussex Artists

ASA Exhibition

The Association of Sussex Artists’ annual exhibition will be held in the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on 17 - 25 August. Ninety years on from its foundation in 1928, the ASA exhibition includes paintings, drawings, pottery, ceramics and sculpture from 150 Sussex artists. Works are for sale, with prices ranging from £10 for small pottery items to £3,500 for large paintings. The exhibition is open from 10.30am - 5pm daily (closes at 3.30pm on Saturday 25 August) Entry is free. www.associationofsussexartists.co.uk

25 Aug: Horsham Cycling Riding for Novices

Horsham Cycling Club

Do you enjoy riding a bike, but maybe a little nervous about cycling in a group? Horsham Cycling will be holding free ‘Group Riding for Novices’ sessions on Saturday 25 August and Saturday 8 September. Rides will cover around 20 miles on our quieter lanes, at a modest pace – we will not lose anyone! All we ask is that you are already able to ride at least 10 miles confidently and safely; that you have a roadworthy road bike or hybrid; and that you wear a cycling helmet. For now we can only take those aged 18 or over, although sessions for younger riders may be offered in future. Sessions will run from 09.30-11.30, starting and finishing at the Conservatory Café, Horsham Park. Group size will need to be limited for safety reasons, so if you would like to join a session, or have any questions, please email Dave Scott at horshamcyclingmembership1@gmail.com, making clear which date you prefer.

25 Aug: Classic Vehicles at Queens Head

Queens Head Barns Green

The Queens Head in Barns Green hosts a classic vehicle meet on Saturday 25 August, from 12-5pm. There's family fun for everyone, with livemusic, BBQ, children's activities and cars! Show cars to arrive between 10-11am. This event supports St Catherine's Hospice. 

26 Aug: The Big Children's Festival

Big Children's Festival

The Big Children’s Festival, which includes Horsham’s Got Talent, is scheduled to be held at Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road, Horsham, on Sunday 26 August, from 12 – 8pm. The festival is a celebration of youth in its most fun form with inflatables and rides alongside fun activities including dance workshops, woodcraft, archery, an art corner and more. For ticket information visit www.horshamsportsclub.com

1 Sept: No Jacket Required

No Jacket Required

No Jacket Required, the UK's top Phil Collins tribute act, returns to The Capitol, Horsham, as part of their 15th anniversary tour on Saturday 1 September, at 8pm. The 12-piece band perform two hours of non-stop hits from Phil's award-winning solo career, plus a little Genesis thrown in for good measure. Tickets cost £20.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

1 - 2 Sept: The Big Nibble

The Big Nibble

The Big Nibble will be held in Horsham town centre on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September. The two-day event launches the Horsham District Food and Drink Festival, with many foodie events and promotions throughout the district. The Big Nibble includes food markets, displays, interactive shows, live cookery theatre and children’s activities. The cookery theatre sees chefs from local restaurants and traders from the Local Produce Market sharing tips with the public. Chefs include Ian Swainson from The Pass, Matt Gillan from Pike and Pine and Steven Edwards from etch. Saturday’s Little Nibble is a great way to engage young people in the joys of cooking. horshamlocalproduce.co.uk

2 Sept: Wisborough Green Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloon Festival

The annual charity hot air balloon festival in Wisborough Green is scheduled for Sunday 2 September. The event has been going for more than two decades, with about 25 balloons setting off. The village green is used as the starting point for flights, with money raised donated to local charities. The event is weather dependent so check the Wisborough Green Charity Hot Air Balloon Festival page on Facebook for updates and for details on booking a flight.

3 Sept: Story of E Nesbit at St Mary's House

St Mary's House

St Mary’s House, Bramber, hosts Larks and Magic – The Story of E Nesbit, on Saturday 3 September, at 3pm. Edith Nesbitt is famous for classic books including The Railway Children and Five Children and It. This one-woman show, performed by Alison Neil, offers an entertaining account of her life, larks and enduring magic. Tickets cost £22.50. On Saturday 6 October, international concert pianist Phillip Dyson performs a programme of piano classics including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Tickets 27.50. For tickets visit www.stmarysbramber.co.uk 

1 Jul - 7 Sep: Knitwits Museum Exhibition

Knitwits

Knitters, crochet fans, yarn-bombers and crafters will enjoy Horsham Museum’s summer exhibition. Knitwits includes items from the museum’s extensive costume collections as well as knitted and crocheted contributions from Horsham residents. The exhibition will also display items from artists such as Materialistics and Max Alexander. Materialistics is a group of knitters and stitchers that uses recycled materials where possible and has reproduced iconic works of art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Gustav Klimt through knitting, crochet and sewing. Knitwits is now open and runs until 7 September. www.horshammuseum.org. 

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

9 Sept: Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

St Catherine’s Hospice’s Dragon Boat Festival returns to Tilgate Park on Sunday 9 September, from 9.30am. The event, sponsored by Vines of Gatwick, sees 40 teams from local businesses compete to become Dragon Boat champions. There will also be fête games and live music.

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

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

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

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: Shaolin Warriors at The Capitol

Shaolin Warriors

Direct from China, the legendary Shaolin Warriors come to The Capitol, Horsham, on Sunday 23 September, at 7.30pm. Shaolin Warriors – The Legend Continues, features thrilling martial arts prowess alongside the enlightening Zen. A strength-through-adversity story is told,  following the journey from two children’s initiation into a historical monastery to achieving fully-fledged warrior status. Tickets £26 from (01403) 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.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: 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

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                                       

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

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