August Bank Holiday with the Year of Culture

Did you know the events list for the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 now totals over 600? We can’t quite believe it and it has been amazing to see involvement across the District and the community. There has been an incredible variety of events with still much more to come. Here’s what’s coming up over the August Bank Holiday weekend if you’re looking to make plans.

Enchanted Horsham 2019

Enchanted Horsham is a spectacular family weekend wonderland in Horsham Park held over three mid-summer afternoons and evenings in a transformed Horsham Park. It’s a joyful summer afternoon of street theatre, an eclectic mix of live music, circus performance and dance. There’s afternoon and night markets for shopping and a sensational range of global street food stalls & pop up restaurants alongside bars for the grown-ups! As daylight turns to dusk, wondrous secret illuminated garden reveal themselves & magically bring to life unicorns, dragons & mystical tales.

You’ll enjoy spectacular fire performances at dusk, Secret Illuminated Gardens, a Silent Disco, 5 hours of wonderful live music on the main stage, Circus shows and workshops, Tanglewood Tales theatre, Dan the Hat’s Stupid Stunt Show, Street Theatre from Bear North & The Jersey Girls, illuminated life-size puppets, roving musicians & bandstand performances and the Dragon’s Eye VR flight.

Plus you can see Dragon’s eggs, a Mermaid, the Enchanted Unicorn and join in a Dragon Fossil Dig as well as watching the Enchanted Catwalk Show. You will need to book tickets for this event via

Romeo and Juliet

HAODS are presenting Romeo and Juliet in a weekend! As part of the Year of Culture, they have prepared for this unique event since May culminating in a one-off performance on Sunday 1 September at the Capitol at 7pm. The event has been open to everyone over 12 years in the Horsham District, not just HAODS members. The full cast comes together on 31 August at the Capitol to take part in stagecraft exercises, rehearse and stage the play with rehearsals on both Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September. As part of the project, people are helping with props, costumes, publicity and set. It’s been a great opportunity to learn how a show is created and pick up new skills along the way

Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595 and is set in Verona, Italy. The play centres on a long-standing feud that comes between two noble families – the Montagues and the Capulets. With street fights constantly breaking out, brawling on the streets is not limited to the young. Prince Escalus, ruler of Verona, finally threatens terrible punishment on anyone who takes part in further violence and when Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight, this starts the cycle that ends in tragedy for the ‘star crossed lovers’. Tickets are available from priced at just £10 with concessions at £5.

Leonardslee Summer Concert Series Grand Finale

Come and hear some of the world’s leading opera singers perform favourites including Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), Nessun Dorma, plus excerpts from La bohème, Madam Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata and Mozart’s Così fan Tutti. Held within the beautiful atrium of the Leonardslee mansion house, this intimate concert is an event not to be missed.

There will be drinks and canapés on arrival from Restaurant Interlude, served in the drawing-room and terrace overlooking the gardens. The concert will begin at 8pm, seated on the ground floor of the atrium, and there are a select few seats are available on our balcony, for a great view of the concert. Enjoy further canapés during the interval and enjoy a beautiful summers evening. The concert takes place on Saturday 24 August and tickets are available via

Horsham District Street Pianos

The Horsham District Street Pianos project is celebrating the Year of Culture 2019 through art, music and performance. The Street Pianos are popping up around the district this summer and are free to play for all – from novice to seasoned musicians – they are for everyone! Think impromptu performances, spontaneous knees-ups and musical ad-libs – community music at its best!

There are five street pianos to find and each one has been uniquely decorated by school groups within the Horsham District! Find the 6th piano in Swan Walk, Horsham – this is our information point where you can find more trail maps and info. There are organised performances on the pianos to celebrate the project over the August Bank Holiday weekend, you can find full details in the events section of our website,

The Red Lion On Tour

The Red Lion by Patrick Marber and direction by Sean Turner is a play about small-time semi-pro football, the non-league. A world away from the wealth and television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own. And the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory.

This is a haunting and humorous new play about the dying romance of the great English game – and the tender, savage love that powers it. The Red Lion is a hugely entertaining play with great humour and has wide appeal to local football players, teams and supporters alike. Garnering many five star reviews in its previous two outings, this is the ideal piece of theatre for regular play-goers and football fans alike. The play is touring a number of local venues during August. You can see all the dates and venues and book tickets via

Steyning Parish Church Flower Festival

Steyning Parish Church is holding a Flower Festival to raise funds towards preserving this ancient 12th-century church. The theme is ‘The Movies’ – an eclectic mix of film titles, old and new, expressed in many floral arrangements and more. This event runs from 24th to 26th august and refreshments will be available along with various stalls. There is also an Artists and Makers Exhibition St Nicholas, Bramber over the weekend. St Botolphs, Steyning will be hosting a Sussex Cream Tea and stalls (Sunday and Monday only).

You can find full details of these events and more on our website, or pick up a #HDYOC19 programme from one of our many outlets across the Horsham District. Please check booking information and prices prior to attending an event as booking is essential for most events.

You can follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with the Year of Culture.

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