England old and new at Horsham

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A FREE festival celebrating all things English takes place on Saturday May 7 in Horsham Town Centre featuring dance and music around the town, plus a special medieval market with local food, drink and Sussex crafts.

Based around the well-established Day of Dance (now in its 18th year) and organised by the local Broadwood Morris Men, the Day of Dance is a free event which regularly attracts 20 or more ‘sides’ with dances 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 often featured.

One of the main features of the day is the Carfax Ceilidh (Bandstand barn dance) from 3pm which enables members of the public to join in the dancing.

The Morris dancers start at 10.30am with a procession through the town and perform throughout the town centre until 4.30pm.

Saturday’s market goes medieval with additional stalls featuring local brewers and cider makers, a hog roast and traditional cockles and whelks. 

This event is organised by the Broadwood Morris Men with support from Horsham District Council.

More details will be posted on-line soon at www.englishfestival.co.uk.