Horsham is a West Sussex market town of attractive streets, passageways and intriguing twittens full of history and character. The Carfax, West Street and East Street are the town's key shopping areas, home to an eclectic mix of specialists and independent shops and restaurants.
A bustling market town for centuries, today Horsham has a thriving market scene including local produce, arts and crafts. Markets take place in the Carfax on Staurdays, with another open air market on Thursdays. Specialist markets visit Horsham annually including popular Italian and French markets. In September the town hosts the launch of the district's food and drink festival when people come from far and wide to enjoy 'The Big Nibble'.
A full programme of events throughout the year includes the Easter Piazza Italia, May Day of Dance, July French Fest, Summer Family fun day in the park, October Town Centre Festival and the Christmas carol procession.
The Capitol Theatre and Cinema also host regular arts exhibitions in the gallery. Horsham Museum and Art Gallery reaches back 100 million years to the time when a freshwater lake stretched from here to France! The Pavilions in the Park swimming and leisure complex includes children's indoor adventure play area, heated swimming pools and flume ride.
On the outskirts of town, Warnham Nature Reserve is a 92 acre haven for over 200 species of wild plants and trees and 150 species of bird life. The onsite Visitor Centre will tell you more.
Looking for a place to stay in or around Horsham? There is a great selection of hotel, B&B and self catering cottages to choose from.
Claim to Fame: Great romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on the outskirts of the town at Warnham. His life and work are chronicled at Horsham Museum. Thriller writer Hammond Innes was also born in the town. He wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's stories and travel books.
For more information on Horsham and the surrounding area have a look at Enjoy Sussex.