Horsham’s hugely successful annual Family Event returns to Horsham Park on Sunday 7 July. This year, the event will include the finale of the fantastic Horsham Children’s Parade, and the incredible ‘Titan the Robot’ Show… plus the usual plethora of traders, charities, community organisations, sports have-a-go areas, Bensons Giant Funfair, Street Food Stalls, and a stage and display arena compered by TV’s Dave Benson Phillips and packed with local talent, including Tomfoolery, Ollie Heath, Amber Titchenor and Discounted, choirs, musicians, drama and dance groups, and last year’s stars – the amazing ‘Horsham Acro’ Gymnastic display.
The organisers, Horsham Rotary Club, said they are delighted to have a number of top local companies sponsoring this year’s event, including Bluecoat Sports, Gatwick Kia, Gatwick Mitsubishi, Mansell McTaggart, NFU Mutual Insurance, Henfield Hire and, of course, Horsham District Council – we thank them all for their wonderful support.
Titan the Robot (courtesy of Horsham District Council’s Year of Culture) will be a sure fire hit with kids and adults alike – even though he might prove somewhat frightening to the very young. The 8ft, 160kg walking robot will delight and amaze children with his antics and sheer size.
Over 750 of Horsham’s primary school children are taking part in The Children’s Parade, displaying a joyous celebration of creativity. This spectacle of imaginative models and costumes, upbeat music and dance, will parade through Horsham’s town centre and park – uniting schools, children, families and the wider community through a magical and fun shared experience. The parade will depart from the Denne Road Car Park at 11.30 arriving in Horsham Park just after noon where you can learn about the children’s creative journey and get involved in some fun art activities yourself!
Bezerkaz Circus will be back thrilling everyone with their circus skills, activities and performances and encouraging all kids to get involved. Benson’s traditional Funfair will be at Funday Sunday once again, with a wide variety of equipment from the traditional Waltzers to the modern day thrill machines like their ‘Extreme’, which is a high-adrenaline attraction for thrill seekers. By way of comparison, we also hope to have some older steam driven machines in the park!
Other attractions at this year’s event include The Ghostbusters, Guiles Reptiles, Kapow’s Wrestling Shows, and The Rotary Coconut Shy. We have a variety of activities in the Children’s Zone to keep little ones occupied, including Bounce Mania, soft play, Music Bus and Busy Days Face Painting. There are a wide variety of local traders and service providers selling home produced products, beauty, clothing, accessories and gifts, as well as health and wellbeing advice and products.
Why not come and sit in the sun and enjoy the entertainment while taking advantage of the street food from local producers, including ethically produced sausages and burgers, crepes, pizzas, pasta dishes, Thai food, cakes, sweets and waffles? Grab a drink from Hepworth’s Beer Bar; our Wine Pimms and Prosecco Bar; Polygon Cocktail Bar; or a speciality coffee or tea.
Local sports clubs will be present in the Have-a-go Sports Zone, where everyone can try out an array of activities from basketball to tai-chi. Clubs represented include Horsham Sparrows Football, Atlantis Swimming Club, Bluecoats Sports, Horsham Karate and Tai-Chi, Horsham Shaolin-Kung Fu, Nuthurst Cricket Club, Horsham Table Tennis Club, Horsham Junior Bowling Club (10 Pin), Horsham Hawks Basketball, My Golf Academy, and Slinfold Golf.
What else could possibly be added to such a busy event? Well, the Police, Fire Brigade, First responders and Neighbourhood Watch will all be in our 999 Zone. Many local charities will be raising funds and awareness for the work they do, including Age UK, Chestnut Tree Hospice, St. Catherine’s Hospice, Hope, Neil’s Club, Jane’s Wish, Lifeboats, Animals Asia, Manor Green School, QEII School, Olive Tree Cancer Support, The Rotary Club of Horsham, Inner Wheel Horsham, The Positive Page, Springboard and the Samaritans.
Local Community Organisations will be letting you know what they do and how you can get involved. The Horsham Area Car Scheme, Horsham Geological field Club, Kinder Living, Sussex Green Living, The Horsham Society, and Horsham Churches Together will all be represented.
Do you feel you have missed out? If you are a Community Organisation, a Charity Sports Club, or a trader, it’s still not too late to get involved in this amazing event*. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the ‘Rotary Club of Horsham’ Facebook page, where you can also find more information.
*Please note that we ask all organisations that are participating in our show to try and avoid single use plastics… and we would like our guests to do the same. Thank you