The Year of Culture 2019 saw a jam-packed calendar of events across the Horsham District during January. There was the first WeFiFo Culture Club, the Then and Now photographic exhibition in Henfield, Dr. Simon Stewart talking about Culture & Taste in the 21st Century and much, much more.
There are lots more events happening throughout the year, with something for all the family to enjoy. Whether you like the outdoors, finding out about our culture through exhibitions or being more hands-on and perhaps doing some writing or drawing, there’s an event for you.
What’s coming in March?
Throughout the month, 3 – 5 year olds (with accompanying adults!) can enjoy Nature Tots on a Monday morning at Chesworth Farm, Horsham. It’s a great opportunity for you and your little ones to have fun in the natural environment and the sessions aim to encourage an early interest in wildlife. Drink, snack and plenty of mud provided and booking is essential via Sussex Wildlife Trust website.
If you’re a fan of crime fiction, you need to be at the first ever Leonardslee Crime Festival. Run by The Book Lovers’ Supper Club, some of the UK’s best-known crime writers will showcase their talents with a Murder Mystery tea with the Killer Women, dinner with speaker Erin Kelly, and a Crime Cream Tea, with Simon Brett, Debbie Howells, and Julie Corbin. There’s also a Crime Writing Workshop with Dorothy Koomson & Graham Bartlett. You can book your tickets via the Leonardslee website.
It’s that time of year when we start our Spring Cleaning and thinking more about our homes. Come along to The Kinder Living Show, a show for all those who would like their home to be a bit more sustainable. There will be crafts, talks, and shopping, as well as advice on renovation, repair, energy, water, and waste. Kinder Living will be joined by Horsham Repair Cafe and Transition Horsham, plus there will be a range of local exhibitors at this free show.
To get you moving, there are Samba and Stomp workshops running for children and adults in Colgate, with stamp, clap and everything in between! These are dynamic, high-energy sessions which turn participants into a massed body percussion orchestra. Former STOMP cast member Ollie Tunmer kicks off with warm-up games before exploring funk and samba rhythms. You’ll explore a range of Afro-Brazilian musical styles in this fun and high-energy workshop.
For Horsham District’s very youngest residents, The Bumps, there is a very special event. Mark and Lou Bradbury from Little Notes present the latest research into the benefits of prenatal music, exploring the theory that babies in the womb benefit from hearing music and song. They’ll share some live music especially for the bumps in the room as well some lullabies for you to get ready to sing to your baby before and after they’re born. Mark and Lou will share some top tips to help you prepare for your baby’s first musical moments! This event is suitable for couples at all stages of pregnancy.
If you live in or have visited Southwater, you’ll have probably been to Lintot Square. Did you know it’s named after Horsham’s Barnaby Bernard Lintot, who’s at the very heart of English literature? He handled and published the literary celebrities of the time and Jeremy Knight, Horsham Museum and Heritage Officer, is giving a talk to bring alive to you the dramatic, eventful life of Lintot and how modern publishing was born. The talk will take place at Beeson House, Lintot Square in Southwater, with full details on the www.hdculture2019.co.uk website.
Stay up to date
This is just a selection of the wonderful events happening in March. You can find full details of these events and more on the website, or pick up a #HDYOC19 programme from one of our many outlets across the Horsham District. Please do check booking information and prices prior to attending an event.
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