Countdown to Horsham’s Piazza Italia

Piazza Italia at Horsham.

Piazza Italia at Horsham.

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In a week’s time Horsham will be full of petrol-heads, amazing vehicles and food stalls as Piazza Italia is back for the ninth year.

On Good Friday, Saturday April 4 and Easter Monday April 6 there will be entertainment spread throughout the town.

This year Horsham Town Centre will be transformed into a party atmosphere during Piazza Italia with fashion shows, roaming entertainment, live music and opera performers.

On Good Friday Piries Place will be converted into a Milan Catwalk with Piazza Italia’s very own Fashion Show. This year La Vida and Beales will be showing off their wares from 11am with local models.

The fashion show is one of the fastest growing attractions of the Piazza Italia weekend.

Good Friday will also be host to Piazza Italia’s very own gameshow. Look out for Michelangelo in his bright pink suit and enter into his gameshow for a chance to win funny prizes.

There will also be live music from acts such as Claudio the accordionist and soprano Jo Appleby.

Easter Saturday has loads of fun for children; check out the Forum Fun Zone where there will be entertainers, go karts, children’s play areas, arts and crafts and much more all under the hosts Toy Barnhaus and Horsham Urban Children and Family Centres. But Easter Saturday isn’t only about the kids, with the town being over taken by hordes of Minis.

If you fancy listening to some live music there will be performances from acts such as Sound Company, Bethan Roles and Mr Pavarotti at the Carfax Bandstand.

This year all of the opera is sponsored by Prezzo.

While many eyes will be trained on the Lamborghinis on Easter Monday there is so much more to see and do.

Check out the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust Tombola where you have the chance to win a Mini.

There will be live music from the fantastic Oyster Opera who will travel around the town centre in their very own gondola. Also appearing on the Bandstand at 12.30pm is festival favourite Franz Hepburn the Baritone for the Bahamas.

But make sure to be careful on Easter Monday as there will be Romans walking around, and maybe some disagreements between a couple of gladiators.

Keep an eye out for the gladiatorial combat around Piazza Italia as they look to win the fair maiden’s love.

From 3.30pm make sure to get a good view of the Roman Cohort of Horsham Town Centre being led through the Carfax with renditions of I’m Spartacus being cheered on from the gladiators.

For more information visit www.horshampiazzaitalia.uk.