This week the Year of Culture team comes hot foot from the biggest singing and dancing “show and tell” of all time for the school children of Horsham District.
We speak of course of the first ever Horsham Children’s Parade which saw the town’s historic Carfax centre come to life in a riot of noise, colour and creativity.
Some 17 different schools from across the District took part on the day after months of hard work by teachers, artists and students creating models, effigies and brightly coloured costumes galore.
Schools danced, chanted, blew whistles and performed dance routines entertaining the hundreds of spectators who lined the streets to watch the procession.
It was all topped off by the Funday Sunday finale in Horsham Park where the children could finally chill out and enjoy the antics of our giant walking talking robot, Titan.
The parade was the talk of the town and there are calls to bring it all back again next year.
We certainly know how to throw a party! The team are still recovering. Many thanks to all those schools and community groups for working so hard to make it such a success.
Moving on to a different celebration of art and artists.
Watch this Space invites you to pop along to Horsham’s North Street hoardings as they are transformed into an outdoor art gallery, providing the canvas for some 20 artists from both Horsham and around the UK.
The live painting will take place over the course of two weekends from 19 to 21 July and from 26 to 28 July. The event is open to the public and the outdoor art will remain displayed for the next six months – so plenty of time to keep popping back and taking a look.
There will then be the chance to purchase a piece of the art created at an auction selling prints and original street art to raise money for local charities. The auctions date will be confirmed at a later stage – check out the Year of Culture website for details for details.
As the summer rages on (well, it’s sunny today) our thoughts turn to love and twisting again like we did last summer – the Henfield Summer of Love concert that is. Roll up to Henfield Village Hall on Saturday 20 July and for just £15 you can enjoy a plethora of pop music.
The incredible Brighton Beach Boys will play you hits from the golden era of pop with songs from The Beach Boys, The Beatles and many more. Their music will unite young and old, that’s to say those who remember gyrating to the music the first time round, and those who simply still listen to it now on the radio.
There will be space for dancing and you can add to the party by dressing up in 60s garb and eating retro grub – we’re talking serious pineapples on sticks and prawn vol au vents – and of course the licensed bar will be open all night!
Come and let your hair down with memorable music and dance the evening away.
It’s the first weekend of the big school holidays coming up and the Year of Culture team are celebrating on 27 July with a Big Art Workshop at the Broadbridge Heath Village centre.
This event is one of our weekend ‘52’ projects which are staged every weekend throughout the Year of Culture celebrations.
Your kids can create a big impact with this art workshop. They will learn to design and make a large summer themed mural to display in the community called ‘A Day in the Country’ and create a countryside creature to take home.
This is a drop-in workshop suitable for children over four years old but all are welcome. All children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Come to the hall and be part of this wonderful creative project.
If you miss this workshop at Broadbridge Heath, you can catch another one at Mannings Heath Village Hall on Saturday 17 August where you kids can create a large sculpture of an owl using recycled materials and make their own bird or butterfly puppets to take home.
And last but by no means least, for the August Bank Holiday weekend we have the popular return of Enchanted Horsham – a dazzling festival in Horsham Park.
Enchanted Horsham 2019 is a spectacular family weekend wonderland held over three mid-summer afternoons and evenings in a transformed Park. Join us for an afternoon of street theatre, an eclectic mix of live music, circus performance & dance, shop in a buzzy and diverse afternoon and night market of lifestyle, art, fashion, jewellery, artisan food, homeware and garden ware.
There will be a sensational range of global street food stalls & pop up restaurants alongside artisan beer, cider, gin, cocktail, champagne & wine bars.
As daylight turns to dusk, wondrous secret illuminated gardens reveal themselves and magically bring to life unicorns, dragons & mystical tales.
There is something for all the family at this unique event. Book before 31 July to enjoy early bird savings of 40% at www.enchantedhorsham.co.uk .
This is just a selection of the wonderful events happening over the summer school holidays. You can find full details of these events and more on our website, or pick up the new #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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