Summer during the Year of Culture 2019

The Summer holidays are upon us so if you’re looking for something to do, with or without the children (!) there are plenty of Horsham District Year of Culture events coming up. Whether you love music, art or fancy being a Viking for a day, there is an event for everyone to enjoy.

Exhibitions at Steyning Museum

Two new special exhibitions can currently be seen in Steyning Museum: ‘Dearly Beloved’ and ‘Steyning on Film’ until 11th September.

‘Dearly Beloved’ looks at local places of worship and includes exhibits from the museum’s permanent collection, such as a Vamping Horn, decorative stonework from Steyning Church and a Methodist Communion vessel. Also displayed are artefacts of devotion and scale models of Upper Beeding Baptist Church.

Did you know that some cinema and television films were made in the Steyning area? From the silent 1913 ‘King Charles’ to the 1980 ‘Day of the Triffids’, the ‘Steyning On Film’ exhibition explores the various films and stories of some of the individuals and stars involved. The exhibition also documents the use of early sound and colour in films.

For further information on opening times and contact details, please visit

Eric Cusick and the Hidden History of the Daleks

In July 1963 the writer Terry Nation was commissioned to write the story about time-travellers that he had submitted to the BBC for televising. That story was the first Dr. Who adventure.

The brief he had responded to with his submission was to produce sci-fi stories that would take young viewers to either the future or the past and would be both educational purpose as well as entertaining – take children to different times in history, to different places and perhaps introduce them to scientific concepts of various sorts as well as keeping them watching.

The designer of the aggressive creatures was Raymond Cusick from Horsham and the creature he created was the Dalek. How Raymond came up with his design and how these iconic creatures have continued to appear in so many of the 840 episodes of ‘Dr Who’ will be considered in a free booklet ‘The World of the Daleks’ in Horsham Library where Dr Who story books, DVD’s and CD’s will also be available.

This history of the Daleks will also be in your local libraries – Horsham, Billingshurst, Henfield, Pulborough, Southwater, Steyning, and Storrington, throughout the month of August, and on the Horsham Writers Circle website (

Battle of the Bands

This year’s Battle of the Bands acoustic Competition will take place on Saturday 10th August in Horsham Town Centre, on the ‘Carfax Bandstand’. A guest artist will perform headline sets while the judges make their final decisions in each category.

The Horsham ‘BotB’ website will also once again host an online People’s Choice poll where fans can get involved, check out the bands that have entered and vote for their favourites. For any queries contact the team via email, or visit our website on

Big Art Workshop

Create a big impact with this art workshop for children. Design and make a large sculpture to display in the community and make a butterfly puppet to take home. Come to Mannings Heath Village Hall and be part of this wonderfully creative project on Saturday 17 August.

Be creative and learn to use different materials to make a mural with the theme of ‘Big Bird Workshop’ – come and help create a giant owl sculpture using a range of recycled materials and make your own bird or butterfly puppets to take home. There’s also a drop-in family workshop which is most suitable for children aged 4 and over but all welcome. All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Be A Viking

Thee Chesworth Farm Wild Woodies Summer Holiday Club takes place on Wednesday 14th August with a ‘Be a Viking’ theme. Booking is essential for this one via

This is a day of fantastic outdoor activities for children aged 6-11years. Spend a day as a Viking; Viking children did not go to school so find out what life was like in the Viking age.

Children will learn safe fire lighting techniques and how to bake Viking bread on the fire. They will write secret messages using the Runic alphabet and explore the farm to search for snakes and dragons found in Viking legends. They will also learn the skills of crafting using hand tools and make their own Viking braid to take home.

This is just a selection of the wonderful events coming up. 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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