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4 Mar - 29 Apr: Roger Wilmshurst Exhibition

Image: Buzzard by Roger Wilmshurst

A new exhibition at Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum and Art Gallery showcases the talent of Washington resident Roger Wilmshurst. Roger, who won first prize as BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Bird Behaviour section in 1995, has mastered that rare quality of capturing the nature of Sussex, be it landscape, ornithology or intimate scene.  The 16 photographs exhibited at the museum span some 30 years of colour photography. The exhibition opens on 4 March and runs until 29 April. www.horshammuseum.org

10 Mar: Blunter Brothers at Horsham Sports Club

Jake of The Blunter Brothers

The Blunter Brothers perform live at Horsham Sports Club, Criketfield Road, Horsham, on Friday 10 March, from 8pm. The popular band present a tribute to James Brown, Stevie Wonder and the stars of classic funk, Motown and soul. Tickets cost £10 from the club office. The Blunter Brothers will also be promoting the Horsham Tribute Music Festival to be held at Horsham Sports Club on 24 June. The festival (not to be confused with the Fake Festival at The Holbrook Club on 3 June) will feature a host of renowned tribute bands, including No Jacket Required. 


21 Mar: Toy Sale At Tooveys

Railton toy at Tooveys

At the Toovey’s Christmas toy sale, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 (Corgi Toys No. 261) complete with original diorama box, sold for £130. Meanwhile, a boxed Railton New Wonder Car (Britains No.1656) sold for £220 and an Avro York airliner G-AGJC (Dinky Toys No. 704) from 1946 made £75. The next specialist Toy sale to be held at Toovey’s on Tuesday 21 March. For details of Toovey’s auctions, including decorative paintings, silver and plate, jewellery, ceramics and antique furniture. http://www.tooveys.com

23 Mar: Giselle Ballet at The Capitol


Ballet Theatre UK perform Giselle, one of the greatest ballets of all time, live at The Capitol on Thursday 23 March at 7.30pm.  Featuring a full Corps de Ballet of 24 international dancers along with the critically acclaimed Principal Dancers, Ballet Theatre UK present this haunting classic in its full glory set to the stunning music by Adolphe Adam. Tickets cost £19 from 01403 750220 or online at www.thecapitolhorsham.com

25 Mar: Horsham Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Horsham Symphony Orchestra

The Horsham Symphony Orchestra performs its spring concert at The Capitol on Saturday 25 March. The concert opens with a performance of Schubert’s Six German Dances. This will be followed by Berg’s Violin Concerto, a hauntingly beautiful 20th century masterpiece, featuring soloist Mandhira De Saram.The concert closes with Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, colourfully orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg.Tickets £14 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

25 March: Horsham Chamber Choir Concert

Horsham Chamber Choir

Horsham Chamber Choir present the music of Haydn at St John the Evangelist RC Church, Springfield Road, Horsham, on Saturday 25 March, from 8pm.  The choir sing beautiful music by Haydn, contemplating the last words of Jesus on the Cross, in a setting for string quartet and choir, along with the exquisite five part polyphonic Lamentations by Robert White. Tickets £13, schoolchildren £6. https://horshamchamberchoir.jimdo.com

26 Mar: Shipley Arts Festival Opener

Shipley Arts Festival

The opening concert of the 2017 Shipley Arts Festival is held at St John the Evangelist Church, Doomsday Lane, Coolhurst, on Sunday 26 March, at 6.30pm.  Andrew Bernardi will be joined by Maria Marchant and Jonathan Few in the Stradivarius Piano Trio with the programme to include Mendelsohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor, as well as Beethoven’s Opus No.1 Piano Trio and a world premiere by Shipley composer George Grinling. Tickets cost £18. If the event has already sold out, St Mary’s Church in Shipley hosts a similarly exciting festival concert on Sunday 30 April, at 6.30pm. In addition to a virtuoso programme of string music, the audience will hear the world premiere of ‘Mandala’ by Michael Jennings and music by John Ireland at his resting place. For ticket information visit www.bmglive.com/shipley-arts-festival/

31 Mar: Ben and Tom Waters at Coolham

Cool ham Live Music Club

Ben and Tom Waters perform at Coolham Live Music Club  on Friday 31 March. Ben is arguably the finest ‘boogie woogie’ piano player in Europe and his son Tom is a hugely promising saxophone player.  There is no licenced bar at the club so feel free to bring your own refreshments. For tickets email coolhamtickets@gmail.com or visit www.coolhamlivemusicclub.com 

31 Mar - 1 Apr: Wisdom of a Fool at The Capitol

Jack Lane in Wisdom of a Fool

Following a successful nationwide tour, Horsham actor and producer brings his acclaimed Wisdom of a Fool show back to The Capitol on 31 March – 1 April 1st. The one-man show, a sell-out in Horsham in 2015, tells the story of Norman Wisdom. To coincide with the show, son Nick Wisdom will be exhibiting a fascinating display of his father’s memorabilia in The Capitol Gallery from 20 March. Nick said: “It’s appropriate that the exhibition will be at The Capitol, with my family having lived in West Chiltington for 22 years.” www.wisdomofafoolplay.co.uk



1 April: A Place for Landlords Event

A Place for Landlords

A Place for Landlords, Horsham's Dedicated Landlord Exhibition, will be held at Horsham's Drill Hall, Denne Road, on Saturday 1 April 2017, from 9am - 2pm. This event is free-to-attend and offers both new and experienced landlords the opportunity to discuss recent taxation changes, new PRA regulations affecting mortgages and changes to the law regarding landlords' responsibilities, with local industry experts. There are also free seminars running throughout the day. Exhibitors include AToM (All Types of Mortgages Ltd), Kreston Reeves Accountants, the National Landlord Association, Leaders Lettings, Courtney Green Estate Agents, Coffin Mew Solicitors, Durrant's Removals and Lady Decorators. 

2 Apr: Piazza Italia Tour

Piazza Italia

Following the success of last year’s Piazza Italia District Tour, a spinoff of the Horsham based Italian Festival, the 2017 tour will be held on Sunday 2 April. The event sees a range of spectacular vehicles touring events in Horsham, Billingshurst, Pulborough, Storrington, Steyning and Henfield. The three-day Piazza Italia festival will then be held in Horsham town centre on 14, 15 and 17 April. AAH is putting together the official programme once again, and we’ll keep readers updated on events in the coming months.

4 - 8 Apr: HAODS Made in Dagenham

HAODS Made in Dagenham

HAODS bring ‘Made in Dagenham’ to The Capitol from Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th April. Based on the real-life events of the Ford sewing machinists strike, this brilliant musical comedy is about friendship, love and fighting for women’s rights. Performances are every evening at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm. Tickets from 01403 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

5 Apr: Horsham Archaeology Group Talk

Talk on Neolithic rock art

Horsham District Archaeology Group hosts a talk by Dr Jane Russell entitled ‘Neolithic Rock Art in Britain and Ireland: sacred or secular works of art, or merely random graffiti’ at Roffey Millennium Hall on Wednesday 5 April, 7.30pm. The talk will look at the rock art found at the massive passage tombs in the Boyne Valley, Ireland, and some other sites. Members free, non-members £3. For more information email horshamarch@hotmail.co.uk

7-8 April: Horsham Unity Players Broadway Show

Unity Players Show

Horsham’s Unity Players perform their spring time Tribute to Broadway show at Horsham Unitarian Church (opposite the Bus Station) on 7 -8 April.  The Unity Players are a recently-formed group under the direction of experienced singer and director Barbara Meaghan. They perform a cabaret of musical numbers and brief dramatic sketches from shows including Guys and Dolls, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, West Side Story and My Fair Lady. Entry is free-of-charge with voluntary retiring collection on behalf of Cancer Research UK and the Red Cross Syria Appeal. For advance tickets call Pat Poole on 07810 407949 or email patriciamariapoole@gmail.com

8 Apr: Billingshurst Choral Society Concert

Billingshurst Choral Society

Billingshurst Choral Society hosts Mendolssohn's Elijah at Billingshurst Leisure Centre on Saturday 8 April at 7:30. The Society, coonducted by Cathal Garvey, perform with The London Ulysses Orchestra, Soprano Mia Huhta, Mezzo soprano Sidonie Winter, Tenor Andrew McKenzie Wicks and Baritone Paul Carey Jones. Tickets £15 (students £7.50), available from Henry Adams, Billingshurst, call 01403 785648. http://www.billingshurstchoralsociety.org

8-23 April: Easter Bunny Hunt

Easter eggs

As part of Horsham’s Easter weekend celebrations, town centre businesses will host a Bunny Hunt from Saturday 8 April - Sunday 23 April. Accompanied children can visit shops and draw ‘Find the Carrot’ cards to discover whether they have won a treat and then find which Bunny is hiding in the shop. The hunt is organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham in partnership with Horsham District Council and participation will be free to all Children. Competition forms will be available throughout the town with cash prizes up for grabs.

9 Apr: CoCo's Charity Bike Ride

CoCo's Bike Ride

The CoCo's Foundation Charity Bike Ride Challenge will be held on Sunday 9 April. The ride starts at Bluecoat Sports Health & Fitness Club, Christ Hospital with the 60-mile route taking in Bramley and Shoreham before returning the club. To find out more email info@cocosfoundation.co.uk or visit the CoCo's Charity Bike Ride Challenge 2017 page on Just Giving.

12 Apr: NADFAS Talk on Rodin

Horsham NADFAS

Horsham Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) host a series of spring lectures at The Capitol, Horsham. The lectures are held on Wednesdays at 10.45am with coffee available from 9.45am. Eric Shanes talks on ‘The End of a Tradition: The Art of Auguste Rodin’ on 12 April. Visitors are welcome. Entry £5.

14-17 April: Piazza Italia Festival

Piazza Italia

The Piazza Italia festival will once again be held in Horsham over the Easter bank holiday weekend on 14, 15 and 17 April. Piazza Italia is a celebration of fast cars, motorcycles, Italian food and culture, attracting over 100,000 people to the town over three days of the council-organised event. Other key events for 2017 include the English Festival and Broadwood Day of Dance on Saturday 6 May, and Plum Jam ‘17 (a gathering of vintage VWs) on Sunday 28 May.



15 Apr: Blake at The Capitol


Fresh from recent appearances on The Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing and The One Show, Brit Award winners BLAKE will be performing at The Capitol on Saturday 15 April. The British harmony trio present a new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen, with projections and lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life. Tickets cost £22 from 01403 750220 or online at www.thecapitolhorsham.com

16-17 April: Easter at Parham House

Easter at Parham

Families can enjoy a weekend of Easter Fun at Parham House and Gardens on Sunday 16 - Monday 17 April, from 10:30am – 5pm. Activities include a Garden Trail, face-painting, craft activities, storytelling in the summerhouse by the lake and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny.  www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

22 Apr: Table Top Sale for CoCo's Foundation

The CoCo's Foundation

The International sub-committee of Horsham Inner Wheel is holding a table top sale to raise funds for the Coco's Foundation at Mannings Heath Village Hall on Saturday 22 April, from 12-4pm.

22 April: Billingshurst Bowls Open Event

Billingshurst Bowls

Billingshurst Bowling Club, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, hosts an open event for the new season on Saturday 22 April, at 2pm. Current members will be there to meet and help anyone wanting to give flat green lawn bowls a try. All equipment is supplied free initially, but a pair of flat-soled shoes or trainers would be ideal. There will be competitions to enter, a raffle and free refreshments. Further ‘meet and greet’ sessions are held on the green - behind Station Road Gardens - on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings throughout May from 6pm - 7.30pm. For more details visit www.billingshurstbowlingclub.co.uk

29 Apr: Ron Sayers Jr Band at Coolham


On Saturday 29 April, Ron Sayers Jr Band, featuring Charlotte Joyce, take to the stage at Coolham Live Music Club. The band is ably By local blues rock quartet, Catfish. There is no licenced bar at the club so feel free to bring your own refreshments. For tickets email coolhamtickets@gmail.com or visit www.coolhamlivemusicclub.com 

29 Apr - 1 May: Brighton Foodies Festival

Candice Brown, Foodies Festival

Candice Brown, Winner of Great British Bake Off 2016, will be baking in the Cakes and Desserts Theatre at the Brighton Foodies Festival on 29 April – 1 May. Other highlights of the festival include baker Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti, MasterChef 2016 winner Jane Devonshire and Miguel Barclay, the Brighton chef who rose to Instagram fame through his gourmet £1 meals. Expert mixologists and sommeliers including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host wine, whisky, champagne and gin tastings, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials. The 2017 Foodies Festival will focus on the art of wellbeing, healthy eating and balanced lifestyles, with yoga classes, meditation, talks and cooking demonstrations from the UK’s top nutritionists, health food bloggers and healthy cooks. Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com 

1-2 May: Dinosaur World at The Capitol

Dinosaur World

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in an interactive new family show at The Capitol on Monday 1 May and Tuesday 2 May. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few in this mind-expanding Jurassic adventure. Suitable for children aged three and above. Tickets from £13.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

7 May: Storrington Duck Race

Storrington Duck Race

The Storrington Village Duck Race will be held at Riverside Walk and Library Car Park on Sunday 7 May, from 12pm. The event will include six heaths with the top ten ducks from each earning a place in the final. Ducks for each race can be bought in advance or on the day itself from the many volunteers in the village. There will also be fun-fair rides, face-painting, craft stalls, live music, ice-cream and cakes plus a BBQ. All proceeds to Storrington First School.

10 May: Liza Pulman at The Capitol

Liza Pulman

Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer and one third of the satirical comedy trio Fascinating Aida, returns to The Capitol with her new musical show Liza Sings Streisand, on Wednesday 10 May. Liza weaves together history, humour and harmony as she celebrates the songs of Barbra Streisand with her six-piece band, the Stardust Ensemble. Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings you glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of these now legendary songs. Tickets cost from £17.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

12 May: Ayesha Hazarika at The Capitol

Ayesha Hazarika

Ayesha Hazarika will be performing her State of The Nation tour in the studio at The Capitol on Friday 12 May at 7.45pm. The former special adviser to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman is now one of wittiest acts on the comedy circuit and has become a much sought after commentator, writing for the Financial Times and The Guardian. Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks: ‘What's next for British politics?’ Tickets cost £13 from 01403 750220 or online at www.thecapitolhorsham.com


12 May: Pasha Kovalev Performs in Horsham

Let's Dance the Night Away

Pasha Kovalev is performing at The Capitol on Friday 12 May, at 7.30pm. Winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Pasha tours with his new show Let’s Dance the Night Away, in which he’ll be joined by dancers including special guest Anja Garnis. Tickets £27 from 01403 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

13 May: Rhino's Revenge & Quo-Caine at Holbrook

Rhino's Revenge

Horsham’s cover band Quo-Caine have vowed to continue the great work of the mighty Quo” after the sad passing of guitarist Rick Parfitt. Status Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards will be taking his band, Rhino’s Revenge, on a European tour, which is coming to The Holbrook Club in North Heath Lane, Horsham on 13 May. Quo-Caine are honoured to be the support act for the Horsham gig. Singer James Batchelar said: “It's a real privilege to be playing with a member of Quo and we're hoping Rhino will join us on stage for a couple of numbers. It's a real scoop for Horsham and the show is unmissable for rock and Status Quo fans alike.” For tickets call 01403 751150 or visit the Holbrook Club. VIP tickets are available from www.rhinosrevenge.com




13 May: Kathryn Callaghan at Cloud

Art by Kathryn Callaghan

Cloud Gallery, which recently celebrated its second anniversary in Horsham, hosts a new collection of work by Kathryn Callaghan on 13 May. Based in Northern Ireland, Callaghan’s fascinating work creates a sense of energy and captures a certain moment in time. http://www.cloudgalleryfineart.co.uk/events

13 May: Horsham Volunteer Fair

Volunteers Fair

A Volunteer Fair will be held at Horsham library on Saturday 13 May, from 10am - 1.30pm. Many local groups will be talking about what they do and the volunteering roles they can offer. People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some wish to build their confidence, gain work experience, improve their CV or get a good reference. Some have a desire to give back to the community and help to make a positive difference. Some simply want to meet new people or learn new skills. To find out more, email volunteercentre@hamsva.org.uk or call 01444 258102.

18 May: Leo Sayer in Horsham

Leo Sayer

After the sold-out success of his 2015 Restless Years tour, Grammy award-winning, international chart-topping singer Leo Sayer takes to The Capitol stage on Thursday 18 May. Known the world over for hits which including Thunder in My Heart, When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Leo is promising a high-energy concert of his greatest hits. VIP ticket includes front row seats, a meet and greet with Leo before the show, a photo/autograph opportunity and a signed programme. Tickets cost from £28.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

21 May: Horsham 10km Road Race

Horsham 10km race

The Horsham 10k road race, organised by Horsham Joggers, takes place on Sunday 21 May, at 11am. The race starts and finishes at Horsham Rugby Club, Hammerpond Road, with two laps around residential streets, country lanes and woodland, mainly on roads with a short stretch on a bridleway. The race features chip timing. To enter costs £12 for runners affiliated to a UK Athletics club (14 unaffiliated runners /£17 on the day). Run to UKA rules, the race is part of the Sussex Grand Prix series, with trophies and prizes for men and women in various age categories. For younger athletes, there is also an under- 16 fun run of about 1,200m held around the safety of the rugby pitch, at 10.15am. Entry is £4 with trophies for winners and a medal for all finishers. For entry details visit www.horshamjoggers.co.uk

28 May: Ashington Toy Fair

Ashington Toy Fair

Ashington Toy and Collectors Fairs will be held at Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, on Sunday 28 May from 10am – 2pm. For details call Pete on 01424 846676. For more details visit http://www.modelcarmart.com/ashington

3 Jun: Horsham Fake Festival

Horsham Fake Festival

Horsham Fake Festival, a huge success in 2016, returns to The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham, on Saturday 3 June. Three top ‘fake’ bands play the music of Coldplay, The Killers and Kings of Leon, perform along with five of the best local acts in a giant marquee from 12.30 – 11pm. The Fake Festival is a family event, with children's inflatables, food stalls and outside bar available to the public. Early bird tickets are on sale until 3 May. https://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/2017/Horsham.html


10 Jun: St Catherine's Midnight Walk

St Catherine's Hospice Midnight Walk

St Catherine's Hospice's flagship fundraiser, the Midnight Walk, is celebrates 10 years with three brand new walking routes and the chance for men and children over 10 to take part for the first time ever. Taking place in Horsham on Saturday 10 June, the walk, sponsored by Gatwick Airport, starts at 10pm and offers a choice of seven, 13 or 20-mile walking routes. Last year, nearly 400 women walked overnight to raise an incredible £65,000, but St Catherine's is hoping even more will pull on walking shoes. Sign up online at www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk or call St Catherine's Events Team on 01293 447364. Receive a special early-bird entry rate of £10 by signing up by 21 April. All entry fees include a free T-shirt, finisher's breakfast and medal.

29 Jun - 2 Jul: Goodwood Festival of Speed

2017 Festival of Speed

The theme for the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers.’ The Festival will celebrate racing machines that were so fast, powerful, expensive or complicated that the rules had to be changed to rein them in. These include unlimited sportscars, 1930s-era 750kg Grand Prix cars, Group B rally monsters, and ground-effect and turbo-powered F1 brutes. Alongside this central theme, the 2017 Festival will also feature a glittering array of cars and motorcycles from a huge variety of disciplines, further enhancing the Festival of Speed’s reputation as an event unlike any other in the world. The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be from 29th June to 2nd July. Tickets are on sale at www.goodwood.com and at the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755055. 

15-16 July: South Downs Way Walk

South Downs Way

Teams of tenacious walkers are being sought to take part in an overnight endurance challenge next summer. Trek the Night will be held along the South Downs Way on 15-16 July to raise vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research. The 40-mile challenge starts at the ancient site of Devil’s Dyke, with teams reaching the finish line on Beachy Head outside Eastbourne on Sunday afternoon. Enter at action.org.uk/trek-night-south-downs-way

16-17 Sept: Pink Gift Fair

Pink Fair committee members with Dr Steve Grey  with L-R

The 2017 Pink Gift Fair will changes venue to Parkside, the offices of West Sussex and Horsham District Councils, and becomes an official fundraiser for Cancer Research. The dates of the fair are Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, with all money raised being donated to Cancer Research UK Brighton Laboratories. “We are looking for companies to apply for stalls before the end of March offering gifts, food, drink, home interior, jewellery, stationery, imagery, fashion and accessories,” said Sally Pavey volunteer fair organiser.  “To ensure a kaleidoscope of products are on offer to shoppers, a selection process will take place the first week of April. We are delighted to be supported by Brock Taylor estate agents this year as together we can beat cancer through shopping as every stallholder donates 10% of takings to the cause.” Visit the new website to download stall applications forms and to find out more details - www.pinkgiftfair.co.uk

21-24 Sept: Awful Auntie at The Capitol

Awful Auntie

The Birmingham Stage Company has announced that the world première of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie will open at The Capitol on 21-24 September to an 18-month UK tour. David Walliams said: "It promises to be a thrilling show and a total hoot - Wagnar and I can’t wait to see it!” Awful Auntie, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2014, tells the story of Stella, who when she set off to visit London with her parents had no idea her life was in danger. Waking up from a coma three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie. Tickets cost from £20.50 from the Box Office on 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com



- Summer 2017

Horsham Museum costumes

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has opened the perfect exhibition for fans of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Called ‘Twinkle Toes’ the exhibition celebrates 20th century dance dress, with outfits reflecting the changes in decorum that ladies would observe. Some of the dresses on show were made by well-known makers, such as the calf-length 1950s evening dress designed by Julian Rose and a Jean Allen gold metallic ‘dolly’ shift dress worn in the 1960s. ‘Twinkle Toes’ is open until the summer. https://www.horshammuseum.org