Horsham’s latest event, FUNDAY SUNDAY,  a joint venture  from  charities Horsham Rotary Club and Horsham Festival which has taken over from Sparks in the Park, saw thousands of visitors flocking to the Carfax and Horsham Park last Sunday.

With the sun shining down, many activities for young children, teenagers and adults to enjoy and the food and drinks plentiful, the day was a huge success.

David Keep, President of Horsham Rotary Club since July 1st, said

“ We were absolutely overwhelmed with the success of this year’s event…. in our wildest dreams we  never expected so many people to come along and then stay so long. Naturally the sunshine helped, but many people also commented on the beautiful ambiance of the event which was really welcoming to families young and old.”

This year’s event was sponsored by Hendy Autos, Henfield Hire,  Ringway,  and Heritage,  and support was provided by  Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council.  It is intended to make Funday Sunday an annual event

In the morning Horsham Rotary in conjunction with Benson’s Fun Fair organised free access to the fair’s fantastic rides and amusements for over 800 families with children with special needs from all over Sussex who shared a marvellous couple of hours.  One mother wrote afterwards ‘We just had such a brilliant time and couldn’t believe it was nearly all free. My son said it was the best day of his life xxx’  …..  a huge thank you to Tommy Benson and his family.  Meanwhile in the Carfax, the charity market, kids activities and food stalls attracted visitors and shoppers.

From noon, Horsham Park opened to the general public. In the children’s zones, there were bubbles, balloons, face painters, clowns, amazing cars, soft play, and arty activities to name but a few. In the Sports zone Horsham Sparrows FC with Albion in the Community, Horsham Rugby Club, Kung Fu, Basket Ball, Semka Karate, Rounders, Triathlon, Tennis, and Golf from Horsham Golf & Fitness as well as Mannings Heath Golf Club were just some of the   offerings. Horsham Festival put on an afternoon filled with drama, music and dancing on the main stage which captivated a large audience throughout.

There were many local groups such as the Sea Cadets, Olive Tree Cancer Support Unit and Fairtrade, and businesses displaying their wares and services in the Community and Business Zones; and in the Eco Zone there were sculptures to savour and many other exciting and unusual attractions. Last, but by no means least, the Food Zone had lots of tempting food and drinks to savour from beer to prosecco to cocktails, hamburgers, steak sandwiches, cheesy treats, cookies and lots, lots  more.

The organisers promise an even bigger and better show next year…one to look out for !

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