A day in Horsham is time well spent
PUBLISHED: 11:23 18 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:53 20 February 2013
It is one of the best places to live in England according to an Experian survey but visitors will enjoy the market town too, says Nigel Fitzsimmons, Town Centres Officer for Horsham and District Council
Did you know that Horsham in West Sussex is one of
the five best places to live in England?
An Experian report earlier this year named Horsham and its surroundings fifth in its survey.
But its not hard to see why when you take a look at some of what the area has to offer.
Horsham town centre is renowned for its caf culture and its award-winning town centre, which provides a superb environment for shopping, strolling, meeting friends, having fun and relaxing.
Horsham has been a bustling market town for centuries and today has a thriving market scene.
If youre in town on a Thursday or Saturday, dont miss a visit to the Carfax, a pedestrianised shopping area in the heart of the town, where you can start your morning by picking up some beautiful plants, local produce or arts and crafts.
There is a diverse mix of artisan producers and local produce and the general market extends to the Bishopric by the famous Shelley Fountain, also well worth a look, on a Saturday.
After browsing the many market stalls in Horsham through the early part of the morning, youll no doubt be in need of a well deserved tea or coffee. To find out more, visit www.horshammarkets.co.uk
If shopping is what youre after, theres plenty on offer in Horsham, which is well known for its eclectic range of small, friendly, independent stores as well as national retailers.
Based in the heart of Horsham is Swan Walk Shopping Centre, which has everything from high street brands to unique local independent retailers www.swanwalkshopping.co.uk
You will no doubt be exhausted after a hard morning of soaking up Horshams unique products and quality brands.
East Street is a new foddie destination and there are a variety of restaurants to satisfy all tastes, including Italian, Japanese, modern European and traditional Sicilian delights.
A number of other restaurants, cafs, pubs and bars across the rest of the town offer fish and chips, Chinese and international food.
After lunch, why not visit Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, run by Horsham District Council. It is a
striking medieval building in one of Sussexs most picturesque streets,
There are over 20 galleries and exhibition spaces to wander around
as you discover quirky spaces, fascinating stories and unusual objects, including a Victorian fire engine, unique dinosaur bones, costumes and even a sparrow roaster!
With two award-winning gardens,
a range of holiday activities and a superb Visitor Information Centre,
you can easily spend an hour or two
in Horshams own treasure chest.
When youve caught up on all of Horshams rich history, why not take a stroll over to Horsham Park, where you will also find the Pavilions In The Park leisure centre on Hurst Road.
This superb sports and leisure facility includes indoor and outdoor heated swimming and leisure pools, extensive fitness facilities, health suite, multi-purpose hall, childrens indoor adventure play area, a crche, refreshment facilities and more.
Take some time to relax in Horsham Park watch the wildlife, meet with friends, picnic or play games.
Within the park is Park House Garden, a tranquil landscaped sensory garden designed with the disabled and visually impaired in mind.
There is also a delightful Human Nature Garden, tennis courts, a trim trail around the perimeter (1.9km / 1.2miles), a permanent Orienteering Course, a very popular bowls green and a skate park.
Refreshments are provided at The Conservatory Caf; an ideal spot to stop for a break and listen to concerts on the nearby podium.
During the summer, a series of free events are on offer for young and old, with a programme of free Sunday bandstand concerts on the podium. For young children there is a dragon guarded maze, an extensive landscaped play area, and free childrens entertainers who perform on the podium in the summer holidays.
Another popular activity is the Riverside
Walk, the perfect activity for a sunny day. This is an 11-mile circular walk which virtually encompasses the town of Horsham, using paths alongside various watercourses.
The Capitol in North Street is one of the countys leading arts and entertainment venues. So, before you return home, complete your day with a visit to the centre for great drama, a blockbusting film or one of the many diverse and varied arts events.
For full details of all shows and facilities, including booking online, visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com
But dont just take our word for it; visit Horsham today for a memorable day out.
For a full list of events taking place in
For a full list of events taking place in
Horsham and the surrounding district, including the Horsham Food & Drink Festival taking place throughout September, visit Horsham District Councils website http://www.horshamgov.uk