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New Horsham family festival ‘Funday Sunday’ this weekend

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Horsham Rotary Club and Horsham Festival embarked on a journey to create a new family festival ( as a follow up to Sparks in the Park) in Horsham 13 weeks ago ….. the new venture has been christened ‘Funday Sunday’ and will be launched  on Sunday in both Horsham Park and the Carfax  ….. it is hoped that the community will support the event  and help it  grow to become a mainstay of the Town’s annual festive  

The new festival has 12 zones spread over the 2 sites. There are Kids zones in both sites offering everything from  soft play, face painting, balloon modelling and clowns; to Bouncy Castles, Amazing Funcars, Jumpin’ Jockeys, creative art activities, combat archery; and for the bigger kids Benson’s huge Funfair Zone  with it’s amazing rides.  The Community and Business Zones in the park will be displaying a wide range of local products and services and highlighting the work of  community groups such as the Sea Cadets and the Olive Tree Cancer Support unit.

The ‘have-a-go’ Sports Zone provides the opportunity for young and old to try basketball, cycling, karate, golf, rounders, soccer with Horsham’s Sparrows and ‘Albion in the Community’, tennis, Kung Fu and many others. Horsham Rugby Club are featuring a Touch Rugby Tournament in the park throughout the afternoon involving many local clubs.

The Carfax will host the Rotary Charity Market.

Horsham Festival’s Stage Zone showcases a wide variety of creative talent.  Compered by the BBC Radio 4 star Chris Aldridge the community stage will feature a children’s disco, the Boom Tribe percussion band, Mailman Stan, Dancing Roses & Sultan’s Sirens, Young HAODS and Terra Nova performing drama and dance, further modern interpretations from Upbeat Dance, and some drama presentations from HAODs. Also on stage will be the judging of the final of the West Sussex wide Eco-Beast competition that promises to provide a wow moment in a wow day. Next to the Stage Zone there will be a Green Zone with a fashion show procession, and Eco-Beast display and lots of activities and stalls to learn and engage with environmental issues.

The Bandstand in the Carfax will play host to TV’s Dave Benson Phillips during the afternoon and a David Bowie tribute act at 1pm.

The main Food Court will be in the park with a wonderful variety of dishes on offer as well as well as   Hepworth’s Bar, and Prosecco, Cocktail and Wine from the Green Man at Partridge Green. More food and drink vendors will be available in the Carfax.

Main sponsors, Hendy, will have a display of their vehicles at the event…..Ringway, the Horsham based leading infrastructure provider  has supplied the event with much of the equipment  required and Henfield Hire has provided  our transport needs….thanks to everybody who has helped create the event in such a short time… including also West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council.   

OPENING TIMES  

Carfax…. 10.30 – 4.30

Horsham Park  Midday – 5

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