Horsham museum is a mini treasure trove. It is aptly placed in the Causeway in a medieval timber framed house. There is so much to discover in here, allow at least an hour and a half and you'll discover a wealth of historical facts. There are also walled gardens and temporary exhibitions...you can even get married here if you so desire.
I have included the website at the bottom so a virtual tour before the real thing, just to tempt you, oh and admission is FREE.
SOUTHWATER PARK was once a brick works, it has three lakes, a cafe and visitors centre. Cripplegate lake is the first lake you approach upon entry and is used for watersports and wildlife.
The Quarry lake is retained solely for wildlife and the Lennoxwood lake is used by anglers.
With an adventure park for your youngest, watersports for the family, along with orienteering, fishing, cycling outside of the park on the Downs link, there is something for all the family.
Disposable BBQ's are allowed but make sure you use the designated areas.
This year, Horsham featured it's first English festival, with a selection of Morris dancers, medieval market with local foods, drinks and crafts. Music, historical exhibitions, children's entertainment and more around the town centre
We already have Italian and French festivals and now Horsham has introduced a new festival focused around Day of Dance.
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Organised by the local Broadwood Morris, the Day of Dance is an invitational event which regularly attracts 10 or more ‘sides’ which display at locations across Horsham Town Centre. The dance teams mostly perform traditional English dances such as Morris (Cotswold, North West and Border), Step Clog and Sword. Also, Scottish and Appalachian dances are regularly featured.
One of the main features of the day is the Carfax Ceilidh (Bandstand Barn dance) which enables members of the public to join in the dancing.
On this festival day, companies were handing out free fare and there was an interesting historical trail laid out for people to discover facts about Horsham of days gone by.
To make life easy for shoppers and visitors, we have a park and ride system, which means that you drive and park in a carpark just on the outskirts of the town, this eases any unlikely congestion and makes life easier for the traveller. A bus arrives and takes you to where you want to go in the town.
One of our favourite reserves. There is a 17 acre millpond in the reserve with reedbeds, islands and hides about the reserve (its a 92 acre reserve) to watch the birds.
Some of the flora and fauna that can be seen are Tufted Ducks, Kingfishers, Silver-washed Fritillaries, Emperor Moths, English Oaks, Orchids and Natterer's Bats. Warblers, Sparrowhawks, Roe Deer, Owls, Clouded Yellow Butterfly and Redwing.
On the pond, Cormorants, Teal and Herons.
The Millpond dates back to the 15th century when it was created by excavation of iron ore. A water wheel was installed to power the blast furnace and hammer. The iron was used to make cannons for the battle that led up to the Spanish Armada. In 1664, when Cromwell's troops arrived during the civil war, they destroyed the Mill.
In the 1600's it was turned into a flour mill until electricity arrived in the 1930's when it made it an uneconomical venture. The Mill house has now become offices, the Visitor Centre is the old cattle-milking house. The waterwheel is still in working order.
It is believed that Shelley (the poet, who was born in Horsham) learnt to sail on the Millpond.
The reserve was once owned by Shelley's son before it was sold to the Lucas family to become part of the Warnham Estate. For over 100 years this was how it remained until the new A24 was built, dividing the Estate, at this time the Council purchased the reserve area and in 1988 it ws designated a Local Nature Reserve.
Today, guided walks by the ranger are in place, educational trips and conservation tasks operated by the reserve staff.
This 11 mile walk takes you mostly along the banks of the water ways that course themselves through and around Horsham. There are plenty of notable sites along the way to take interest in.
The Warnham Nature Reserve
Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods
Industrial Medieval Horsham
Motte and Bailey Castle
Remembrance Garden and Cricket Field
St Mary's church
The Old Mill and Mill House
This trail will take you in and out of Horsham and the surrounding villages, pointing out via plaques different places of interest, these will include, prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, Medieval, Modern, Dinosaurs, Drama, Farming, Castles, Religious sites, Artistic sites, Industrial sites, Literature sites and Historic buildings.
Perhaps a part of England you have not thought of visiting before, if so, I believe you may be pleasantly surprised at the hidden treasures of facts you will come across in this very pretty county of West Sussex.