Horsham’s Piazza Italia returns this year with new cars, new foods and new entertainments for all tastes

Horsham District Council’s Piazza Italia festival is returning for a 12th successive year this Easter weekend, on Good Friday (30 March) and Easter Monday (1 April). Taking centre stage in Horsham’s Carfax, the event celebrates all things Italian, from supercars, to fine cuisine and music, and promises to deliver more Italian flavoured variety than ever.

The event will showcase thrilling displays of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maserati’s, Abarths, and Alfa Romeos; along with British classics, such as the Mini and McLaren.

Good Friday’s Carfax display will be a first in putting Lamborghinis centre stage, supported by HR Owen Pangbourne Lamborghini. There will also be a welcome return of Italian motorbikes, with a display zone in East Street.

Good Friday’s largest ever display of fifty plus classic Minis is organised by the ItalianJob.Com charity.

On Easter Monday, Premier GT are promising an amazing selection of supercars and an expanded Race Paddock. The Sporting Bears will return on both days, based in Market Square, giving visitors the opportunity to actually ride in these supercars, rather than just visualise them.

As well as the amazing cars, Italia in Piazza will return, in partnership with Panino, with a new look market offering an even greater range of Italian food delicacies than in previous years .

Responding to feedback, a larger selection of Italian style street food will be available this year. Pick up your downloadable menus from the Piazza Italia Facebook page, displaying what’s on offer during both days of the festival.

There will be a range of themed entertainments around the town; ranging from professional opera singing, to go-kart racing.

New this year is the opportunity to drive the Pirelli Formula One simulator – a life-size replica of a Grand Prix racing car, as seen at the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone and part of the Parkside Kwik Fit Road Safety Zone.

Also on offer will be two additional Formula One simulators and Slot car racing located at the Council’s Parkside offices in Chart Way next to the Black Jug pub – so even more people can have a go.

The Piazza Italia supported charities this year are Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, The Springboard Project and The Children’s Trust.

Commenting on this year’s Piazza Italia event, Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Gordon Lindsay, said: “Horsham District Council is delighted to welcome you to what has become a signature celebration of all things Italian in Horsham Town Centre.

“I encourage as many of you as possible to come along with your families and friends this Easter, to enjoy what’s in store, whilst also supporting three great local charities and our local traders, who are really pushing the boat out this year to support this festival.”

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