Tree and Wood credit Camilla Adams

Half Term With The Horsham District Year Of Culture

The nights are getting darker and it’s almost time for the clocks to change. Autumn is upon us and so soon is half term for the children! If you’re looking for things to do with the kids then the Horsham District Year of Culture might just have the answer.

Tree and Wood

Running throughout half term, you can enjoy the stunning surroundings of Leonardslee Gardens like you have never seen them before.

Set in the forest at the onset of darkness, audiences are invited to take a journey into the forests of Leonardslee Gardens to find themselves exploring a lively and thrilling montage of image, sound, light and song, allowing people to have a genuinely uniquely immersive experience of the trees at night.

This is a rare chance to see this highly acclaimed show that charts our relationship with trees through time outdoor journey into sound and song. Never has there been a time that is so important to explore our love and fear of the forest that we rely on for our survival. Produced by Jony Easterby (creator of For the Birds and projection artist for the hugely popular Glow at Wakehurst Place).

Tickets are selling fast, so book yours now via The Capitol Horsham:

The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog

Following a sell-out season at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the UK’s best-selling author Julia Donaldson presents a show featuring Room on the Broom, The Magic Paintbrush, The Ugly Five, Superworm, The Gruffalo and The Cook and the King, at the Capitol Theatre in Horsham.

The cast of five, including Julia’s guitar-playing husband Malcolm, bring Julia’s stories to life with songs, puppetry and a touch of magic. “This is an hour of storytelling that has everyone caught in its spell” according to the Edinburgh Festival For Kids. It’s suitable for children aged 4-10 and you can book your tickets via the Capitol’s website,

Horsham Spiritual Treasures Trail

This is a treasure trail around the Horsham District during half term, exploring historic places of worship. The trail runs for the duration of October half term.

This is for all ages, and you can explore part of the trail by bike, using the Downs Link

Down load a map from this website. The map will show you places to eat and local facilities for each stop on the trail.

Take the opportunity to explore these special places using the question sheets provided

Visit the 12 places of worship on the route and get a sticker with a letter on it from each place to stick on the map. The 12 letters spell two words. Everyone handing in a completed map at St Mary’s Parish Church Horsham, will receive an attendance prize.

In addition, to make the visits more interesting, you can answer two questions at each location. If you finish this quiz, you can post your map into the treasure chest at St Mary’s Church Horsham. There will be a prize draw to select prize winners from each age group.

Download the map via

Sir Frank Brangwyn Exhibition

Brangwyn’s Cartoons at Christ’s Hospital displays hidden treasures as Sir Frank Brangwyn’s preparatory sketches have been conserved and stabilised for future generations to enjoy as part of the Year of Culture. Museum Curator, Laura Kidner, says “this exhibition reveals the splendour of the cartoons to new audiences from the Horsham District and beyond. To see them in the context of the mural sequence is to understand and fully appreciate the grand scale of Brangwyn’s achievement”. The conservation process, as carried out by a Sussex based Paper Conservator and Framer, involved careful surface cleaning of the vulnerable cartoons, their original mounts, frames and old glass as well as interleaving acid-free barrier board.

You can book a tour to explore the fascinating story behind the Christ’s Hospital murals and cartoons by Sir Frank Brangwyn. All events start in the stunning Christ’s Hospital Chapel, with the sixteen murals, and end at the museum, with the current exhibition of Brangwyn’s seven preparatory sketches: Brangwyn’s Cartoons at Christ’s Hospital. You can find out more on the museum’s website and booking is essential for this one.

Follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with the Year of Culture and all that’s in store for the remainder of the year!

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