SLIDESHOW: Thousands turn out for Horsham Sparks in the Park

Visitors to Sparks in the Park 2016 came out in their thousands last Sunday to enjoy a lovely atmosphere in the Park, with masses going on.

The event if organised by Horsham District Council and it was opened by its chairman Christian Mitchell.

SC1676850 Sunday 10th July, Horsham Park.  Sparks In The Park 2016. Bubblejo of Flamingfun.com gives children chance to chase bubbles.  Photo credit Steve Cobb HDC

SC1676850 Sunday 10th July, Horsham Park. Sparks In The Park 2016. Bubblejo of Flamingfun.com gives children chance to chase bubbles. Photo credit Steve Cobb HDC

The day included major crowd pullers such as Kapow wrestling, Boom Tribe’s drumming, a fantastic Community Safety showcase with loads of firefighting equipment, and live music and dance on the Community Stage with popular finale act, The Supernotes delivering a rousing set with something for everyone.

The Stay Safe driving experience for young people, ‘Have a Go’ sports zone, Benson’s Fun Fair, children’s entertainment, tempting food courts and lots of activities for children also proved to be a crowd puller.

The Ariel Drama Academy’s performances in the Human Nature Garden in aid of Chestnut Tree House theatre were a great success playing to the well-attended ‘Picnic for the People’ organised by Jemma Warren’s United Horsham Facebook community.

The picnic brought Horsham families of many nationalities together to share a good time and different foods with eastern European food shops, Paula providing free samples of delicious cakes for everyone to enjoy.

SC1676246 Sunday 10th July, Horsham Park.  Sparks In The Park 2016. Community Safety Showcase. Izabella,9, and Chloe,9, Horsham PCSO Andy.  Photo credit Steve Cobb HDC

SC1676246 Sunday 10th July, Horsham Park. Sparks In The Park 2016. Community Safety Showcase. Izabella,9, and Chloe,9, Horsham PCSO Andy. Photo credit Steve Cobb HDC

Also promoting their causes in the park were a large number of Horsham Rotary Club led charities and local groups, with the friendly faces representing them contributing to the feel-good atmosphere on the day.

Cllr Mitchell said: “I am delighted that Sparks in the Park 2016 was such a success and I never cease to be impressed how the event demonstrates what a vibrant community spirit we have here in Horsham district.

“The combination of so many community based organisations and charities coming together along with performers of all ages and local businesses provides a real spectacle for all to enjoy and engage in.

“Of course this year Sparks in the Park is part of the new Horsham Festival of Arts which has a brilliant programme of events in and around the town every day until next Sunday July 17.

“I recommend everyone to check this out with the programme being available online at www.horshamfestival.co.uk.”

Anyone who went to Sparks in the Park and would like a chance to win a pair of tickets to this year’s Capitol pantomime, Aladdin, can give the council feedback in an online survey. To take part go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XTNS3SG.

The next event for the town is the month long Food and Drink Festival, being launched by the Big Nibble on September 3 and 4.