Get your summer off to a great start with the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, sponsored by Gatwick Airport and Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens.
Never mind about Henley Regatta and Glyndebourne this year, for what to see, and where to be seen this summer, check out the Year of Culture calendar of events.
Summer started with a bang with the Great British Weekend last week featuring a wonderful variety of cultural experiences that for many sum up a great British summer including seaside shenanigans in the Forum with donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and cartoon artist whilst in the Carfax, the crowds enjoyed cream teas, Morris dancing and classic cars.
Coming up, we have just the cultural calendar to whet your appetite and showcase all that is wonderful about great British summers, customs and cultures, as the temperatures (hopefully) rise.
First up, on 1 June is Shipley Arts Festival bringing a magical summer concert to the wonderful Warnham Park, home of the world-famous herds of Red Deer. Internationally acclaimed musicians will perform a unique programme to include Schubert’s ‘C major Quintet’ and Schumann’s ‘Piano Quartet’. Who can resist classical music on a summer’s evening? Book your tickets now to avoid being disappointed.
You should also venture to Year of Culture sponsor Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens (described as ‘The finest woodland gardens in England’) to enjoy tea tasting in their sublime surroundings. Teas are made from plants and flowers from their own gardens. You can also visit their renowned rock gardens, dolls house museum, see the rare wallabies (including the white ones!) and catch sight of the deer roaming free. 3 and 9 June and 3 July are the dates for your diary.
Let’s hear it for Henfield for their traditional Summer Fair on Henfield Common. Watch woolly sheep being fleeced before your eyes and, supported by the Year of Culture, there will be a special Bake Off, Grow Off and Craft Off. Lots of free fun for all.
Henfield will be rocking the summer vibe again at its ‘Henfield Summer of Love’ concert. Henfield Village Hall will host this pop concert featuring Brighton Beach Boys and their hits from the 60s. Come and let your hair down with plenty of food, drink and 60s dance moves.
52 project proves popular
At the start of the Year of Culture celebrations, we thought it would be good to create a weekend event for every weekend of the year. The 52 Project with 52 easily accessible events every weekend throughout the whole year was born.
Our ‘52’ events are proving really popular.
Cue Pulborough and prepare to be dazzled at the Pulborough Duck Race this year on 15 June.
Hundreds of excited ducks are desperate to get on the water and, as a special feature this year, legendary equestrian rider Lillian May Stanhope will make a rare appearance riding the last known ‘living’ specimen of the Dodo bird. Quirky, and only in Pulborough folks!
Another key 52 Project event is the arrival of Titan the Robot at this year’s Sunday Funday in Horsham Park on 7 July.
Titan the Robot has been seen by thousands of people across the world and this year, he’s coming to Horsham!
Another unique 52 weekend event is an enlightening talk by Creative Assembly – creators of award-winning video games. Horsham is home to this oldest and largest UK wide video game producer.
Come along to The Capitol to hear their Creative Director lift the lid on just what makes a best- selling video game and how they go about creating their games.
And finally, the last 52 event for July features a combination of comedy, slapstick and Shakespeare.
This one is definitely not about just sitting and watching.
Come along to the Billingshurst Centre on 21 July and have a go at stage fighting, clowning around and comic timing at this hands-on drama workshop.
This event is for 10 to 16-year-olds and presents a great opportunity for older children to gain experience and develop the practical acting skills required for typical Shakespeare comedies.
Spaces are limited so do book early.
So many quality entertainments and activities throughout our entire District to get you out and about this summer and these are only a snapshot – there are hundreds more to view on our website www.hdculture2019.co.uk
Please check booking information and prices prior to attending an event as booking is essential for most events.
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