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Coronavirus: Parks, leisure and venues

Last updated: Wednesday 13 May

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.

From Wednesday 13 May, the following conditions apply at our sites.

Southwater Country Park

  • Station Road car park is open and charges apply
  • Worthing Road and Ben’s Field car parks remain closed
  • The number of toilets available is limited, while they undergo a deep clean and essential repairs
  • The café is open for takeaway service only
  • Dinosaur Island play area is closed
  • Watersports are closed
  • The beach area on the lake will remain closed until we feel it is safe to be able to re-open

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

  • Warnham Local Nature Reserve remains closed at present, but we are working to install new temporary access, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Horsham Park

  • The children’s play area is closed
  • The outdoor gyms are closed
  • The skatepark is closed
  • Open-access ball courts are open. It is not permitted to play team games with anyone outside of your household. Read the Government's updated guidance about what you can and can't do.
  • Tennis courts are open for single play
  • The café is open for takeaway service only
  • Car parks are open

Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods

  • All car parks are open

Play areas

  • All children’s play areas are closed
  • Open-access ball courts are open

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 further notice and this will be further reviewed in due course.

Allotments


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

All leisure centres are closed 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 is closed for the foreseeable future.

The team are automatically refunding all tickets bought 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 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 museum@horsham.gov.uk or tourist.information@horsham.gov.uk.

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 until further notice. 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 further notice 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 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 2020.