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The Year of Culture welcomes the new Royal baby

Doesn’t time fly! Can you believe we are almost halfway through the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019? There is plenty more still to come though, with a huge variety of events lined up. With the news of the Royal baby, we’ve been looking at which events the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might like to attend with Archie. Here’s a look at the ones we think they would enjoy as a family!

The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could invite the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, to join them at the Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast on Thursday 30th May. All are invited both insect and beast! This is a fabulous day of family fun searching for the belles of the Ball at Chesworth Farm. You can join in with moth and small mammal trapping, sweep netting and pond dipping.  There will be hot chocolate for the humans, but what will the newts be drinking? Worms will be laid on for frogs and moles, other titbits for beetles and voles! If you don’t fancy that, perhaps a marshmallow toasted on the campfire? Booking is essential for this one, please visit the Sussex Wildlife Trust website.

Brangwyn’s Cartoons at Christ’s Hospital

The Christ’s Hospital Brangwyn’s Cartoons exhibition is now at Christ’s Hospital Museum from 21st May 2019 to 25th May 2020. This is the culmination of a six-month project, restoring these hidden treasures to their former glory. The project reveals their splendour to new audiences from the Horsham district and beyond. The conservation programme has enabled fresh interpretations to be made of the studies. These show Brangwyn’s early planning for the Chapel murals, recording his changing ideas and inspirations as they evolved. When visiting this one, Harry and Meghan could have a look at the school for Archie in the future!

Steyning Country Fair

This is always a wonderful day out for all the family which we’re sure the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would enjoy! On Monday 27th May, Steyning High Street is closed to traffic and lined with stalls, entertainment, and displays. There is a special sense of times past, with traditional costumes, crafts, food, morris dancing, music, magicians, puppet shows and livestock. There are fair rides and raffles, the dog show and the traditional cricket match. The Steyning Centre becomes an exhibition hall. Food and drink are served all day from stalls, pubs, shops, and restaurants.

Warnham Park Concert

Classic music is wonderfully soothing for babies, so this would be a great event for the Royal family to attend. Shipley Arts Festival present the Warnham Park Concert with internationally acclaimed string musicians on Saturday 1st June. This magical summer concert is hosted by Jonathan and Caroline Lucas at their wonderful Warnham Park, home to the world-famous herd of Red Deer. The incredibly talented musicians will perform a programme to include Schubert’s sublime ‘C major Quintet’ and Schumann’s ‘Piano Quartet’. Booking is essential and tickets include a flute of Nyetimber! Please check the Year of Culture website for full details.

Lullaby Lounge for Babies

This has to be a must-attend with baby Archie we think! The Little Notes Lullaby Lounge for Babies is a pop-up music session for babies aged from 0-8 months. Led by Lou Bradbury, the session will be bursting with live music for you and your baby to enjoy together. Lovely songs all about baby, music to dance with and lullabies to rest to. The music session is followed by refreshments to enjoy together. It takes place on Wednesday 5th June at St John’s Community Hall, Broadbridge Heath.

Fizzlebert Stump

Archie’s cousins would enjoy this high-flying, tightrope-walking, slightly hypnotising adventure! Fizzlebert Stump is a brand new, hilarious adaptation of AF Harrold’s much-loved book for children featuring puppetry, magic and a lion with false teeth! Fizzlebert Stump lives in the travelling circus. His best friend is a sea lion, his history teacher is a magician, and every night he puts his head right inside a lion’s mouth. It sounds like a frightfully exciting place to live, don’t you think? But it’s the library, of all places, where Fizzlebert stumbles into a terrifying situation of great peril, where he finally makes a friend, and where his strange circus skills really come in handy! Watch this fantastic show on Saturday 8th June at Mannings Heath Village Hall, Mannings Heath.

This is just a small selection of the wonderful events happening during the Year of Culture. You can find full details of these events and more at, 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.

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