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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and advice for residents and businesses in Horsham District.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Parks, leisure and public venues

Parks and countryside

Horsham District’s parks and countryside sites are vitally important at this time. However, social distancing, as set out by the Government, is absolutely crucial.

We have therefore put in place some restrictions and taken the decision to close the following with immediate effect:

Southwater Country Park

  • All four car parks
  • Public toilets and café
  • The Dinosaur Island play area
  • Watersports

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Horsham Park

  • All play areas
  • Skate park
  • Two outdoor gym pods
  • The café
  • Tennis courts

Car parks will remain open at Horsham Park.

Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods

  • All car parks

Play areas

  • All play areas and open access ball courts are closed.

Skate parks and BMX tracks

  • Horsham Park, Highwood and Broadbridge Heath skate parks are closed.

We will keep the situation under constant review.

Changing rooms

The changing rooms at Horsham Park and Bennetts Field are closed and no further line marking of pitches will take place this season.

Events and volunteer groups

All events and gatherings, including volunteer activities have been postponed until 31st May and this will be further reviewed in due course.


On Monday 23 March the Government issued new guidance on how much time we are to spend outside and where we are allowed to visit.

Horsham District allotments are all currently open. Allotment holders are reminded to please follow the social distancing guidance when at their allotment. When using communal gates, padlocks, tools and taps, please make sure you wear gloves at all times and clean your hands as soon as you can.

Visiting the site constitutes your daily exercise set out by the government.

For further advice, please visit the National Allotment Society website.

Leisure centres

Due to the government announcement, all leisure centres are closed from Friday 20 March and for the foreseeable future. If you have any queries about memberships please contact Places Leisure directly.

Public venues

The Capitol theatre and cinema

The Capitol will be closed from Tuesday 17 March for the foreseeable future.

The team are automatically refunding all tickets bought for scheduled screenings and productions from 17 March until 30 April and will review future bookings and refunds as the situation continues.

Customers do not need to do anything as the refunds will be processed automatically. If you have a booking with The Capitol you will receive an email or a phone call to confirm your refund has been processed.

Horsham Museum

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery will be closed from Wednesday 18 March for the foreseeable future.

The Museum will continue to answer enquiries so do get in touch with the team by telephone 01403 282595 and email or

Drill Hall and Park Barn

Drill Hall and Park Barn are closed and unavailable for hire.

Events and activities

Horsham Town Centre events

We are suspending all event activity in Horsham Town Centre from today (18 March 2020) until the end of June 2020. The length of suspension will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with the aim of restoring event activities once practical and safe to do so, as they will continue to be an essential tool in the Council’s support for the local economy.

Events and volunteer groups

All events and gatherings, including volunteer activities have been postponed until 31st May and this will be further reviewed in due course.

Guided health walks

Our programme of guided health walks are postponed until further notice.

Guided cycle rides

Our programme of guided cycle rides are postponed until further notice.

Horsham District Sports Development

All Horsham District Sports Development sport and physical activity sessions and events are cancelled with immediate effect from Wednesday 18 March and for the foreseeable future.

Health and wellbeing appointments

Any face to face appointments/sessions will be conducted over the phone.

Health and wellbeing group exercise sessions

Group exercise courses, including Exercise to Music, Learn to Run and Strong & Steady are postponed. Weight Off Workshops will be replaced with over the phone support.

Junior Citizen Week

Unfortunately, Junior Citizen Week will not go ahead.

Great British Spring Clean

Keep Britain Tidy has postponed the Great British Spring Clean until September.