Explore Horsham with these amazing spots!
Horsham is a historic market town in West Sussex offering much for visitors and locals alike.
Walking through the mixture of wide pedestrianised streets, intimate alleyways and landscaped piazzas, it is a delight to explore the specialist shops selling fashion and furnishings, collectors’ items and unusual gifts.
Swan Walk is the town’s modern and busy shopping centre with many well known high street stores. For a more relaxing experience visit the Forum, an attractive and spacious public square where you can shop and enjoy a coffee whilst children play in the water jets in the summer.
Visitors and residents alike are attracted to the continental al fresco style of the town centre. With over 90 bars, pubs and restaurants, cafés and coffee shops to choose from you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice.
The Capitol Theatre
The Capitol is the Horsham District’s key arts venue offering unrivalled facilities including a 423 seat theatre, 2 cinemas, studio (seating up to 100), gallery space, meeting room and stylish café and lounge bar.
Details of all the shows and films on offer at The Capitol can be found by visiting their website directly or by requesting a brochure. The venue is also available for public hire.
Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods near Horsham are open all year and are free to enter. They are particularly notable for their contrasting wildlife.
Leechpool is an ancient woodland covering 53 acres and includes Oak, Ash, Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, Blackthorn, Sweet Chestnut and Scots Pine.
Owlbeech consists of 55 acres of remnant heathland which is being encouraged back to its former glory, supporting a rare selection of flora and fauna.
Horsham has been a bustling market town for centuries and still enjoys thriving markets which on Saturdays include local produce and arts and crafts. Specialist markets also visit Horsham including popular annual French and Italian markets.
In September the town hosts the launch of the District’s month-long Food and Drink Festival when people come from far and wide to enjoy ‘The Big Nibble’!
A must visit is Sakakini Jewellers in the heart of the Carfax, where you’re guaranteed to find the best Diamonds at wholesale prices!
Horsham Museum is located in the historic tree-lined “Causeway” and is housed in a beautifully preserved 16th century merchant’s house and walled garden. It also houses Horsham’s Tourist Information Centre. Exhibitions:
The Museum exhibits a wide ranging selection of local history and rural crafts and houses a comprehensive collection on the life and works of locally born poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
The Museum is also home to the world famous dinosaur bones of the Rudgwick “Polacanthus”.
Goring beach is 25 minutes drive from the Horsham area and has a wonderful beach cafe called the sea lane cafe, or you can walk the coastal path to ferring beach and visit the blue bird cafe which also has a vegan menu.
The beach is pebble at high tide and then flat compact sand as the tide retreats with wooden groynes providing some great wind protection, and at the back of the beach, you have a large area of grass, great for picnics.
When the wind picks up Goring is a popular beach with wind surfers and kite surfers as the grass area makes it ideal to set-up, although be aware of the groynes.
Parking is at the sea lane cafe, on the road or a small car park at the Ferring end of the beach and the beach has no facilities but it is only a short walk to either Ferring or Goring beaches that both have beach cafes and toilets.