The BIG Children’s Festival, Horsham Sports Club – Sunday 26th August

The BIG Children’s Festival – featuring Horsham’s Got Talent!

Celebrating the diversity, talent and utter fun of childhood!

Horsham Sports Club are proud to host the debut of The BIG Children’s Festival, an exciting addition to the local calendar;

When: Sunday 26th August 12-8pm – Bank Holiday

Where: on the grounds of Horsham Sports Club

Expect a fantastic family day out which includes UNLIMITED entry on inflatables and activities.  Join us for the best ‘end of Summer holiday’s’ celebration in Horsham!

One ticket price includes all activities, inflatables, entertainment and workshops

The BIG Children’s Festival is a celebration of youth in its most fun form! A Summer festival day out for all the family with a showcase of performances on stage from talented individuals and children’s groups from throughout the district, plus a huge range of giant inflatables, activities and workshops!

From dance workshops to woodcraft, archery to artists corner, sports challenges, slime and lots more!

Special guests include fantastic local children’s entertainer, Tomfoolery, who will be compering the stage for Horsham’s Got Talent, with some super-sensory help from Spiderman (Super Hero Parties) along the way! Magic Mr Steve will be making an appearance on stage, plus colourful workshops from CraZy BeanZ, Awesome Amy from TNT Parties and many more!

Lead your child into a world of imagination in our wonderful Story Tent with stories from local authors!  Get crafty in the Creative Zone and find your inner artist or come and say hello to our pony’s and small animals in the mini farm zone. There’s plenty for older children too including Battle Zone, Base Drop and a giant assault course – so save the date and get ready for a fun-packed end of Summer celebration!

The BIG Children’s Festival is a fundraising event for Horsham Sports Club community centre and to support three remarkable children’s charities. Two of our amazing local charities, The Springboard Project and Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, and the extraordinary work of The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Unlimited fun and games!

The children’s ticket price includes unlimited access to all the inflatables and activities available at the festival* so once you’re inside, children may have a go at as many activities as they can fit into the day as many times as they like!

Munchies and Mocktails!

Some of your favourite local street food stalls will be providing a huge selection of child-centred and grown-up treats so there’ll be plenty to keep everyone well fuelled throughout the day, plus a special Mocktails Bar for all the children and adults too!

What about the grown-ups?

Don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten the grown-ups! The clubs fully licensed bar will be open all day, and the finest street food stalls will be providing a great variety of choice eats.  We’ll also host a well-stocked outdoor beer tent which will run throughout the festivities, plus our mini festival market will provide a small selection child focussed shopping if the mood takes you.

To add to the excitement, children can vote for their grown-ups to appear on stage in a hilarious competition with the chance to win an amazing prize!

Whole Festival Disco

Superstar DJ Tomfoolery will bring the day to a wonderful finale with a whole festival disco!

Dance, boogie, jump and jive your way to the end of the day with favourite tracks for children and grown-ups alike.

With special thanks to Business Pulse and e-social butterflies for sponsoring and supporting this event.

See your little stars shine on stage! Email  thebigchildrensfestival@gmail.com

Advance Tickets:

  • Adult: £8.00
  • Child: £20.00
  • Under 3’s Go Free!

If you are purchasing more than 2 child tickets, any extra child ticket is £10.00

*Food & Drink, Face Painting and Balloon Modelling are not included in the ticket price. Booking fee of 50p – 75p per ticket applies.

On the Gate Tickets:

Adults: £10

Children: £22 (for the first 2 children in any purchase, any extra child ticket is £10.00)

T&Cs & FAQs

We advise that children should be supervised at all times. Horsham Sports Club take no responsibility for the supervision of children.

FAQs

Hopefully we have covered everything you need to know, but if you can’t find the answer to your question then do please get in touch – you can ring us on 01403 254628 or email the children’s festival day team on thebigchildrensfestival@gmail.com

Do we have to pay for anything once we’re inside?

For the one-off ticket prices, children can go on as many inflatables and activities as they wish as many times as they like, depending on the queues. What’s not included is food, drink, and any shopping you wish to do; such as the mini market or purchasing small toys or items some of the stall holders have on sale. Face Painting is also an additional charge. You are allowed to bring picnics with you.

Does the event cater for children with disabilities & mobility requirements?

We aim to make the day as inclusive as we can, but there will be some aspects of the day that may not be accessible to all such as the inflatables, and some sporting activities. We have tried to provide as much all-inclusive and sensory fun as possible, which includes small animal petting, arts & crafts, pony grooming, painting, story tent, small sensory tent, chill out tent, children’s workshops, the Horsham’s Got Talent show to watch and the whole festival disco at the end. The grounds are flat, but the area is on grass (cricket pitch) There are disabled toilet facilities in the arena and also a disabled WC in the HSC Clubhouse plus a lower ground internal changing facility in the clubhouse with a hoist supplied by The Springboard Project. Blue Badge parking is available.

Do we need to order a ticket for our children who are under 3 years of age?

Yes please– there is a special ticket for U3s – you will not be charged for this. It’s just so we can see how many people will be coming. If you buy tickets from the club office or bar then we will make a note of your name and the number of U3s you are bringing to the event.

Can I buy tickets over the phone?

No, but if you don’t want to buy them online then you can purchase them in person from the club itself. (Day/evening or weekends)

Will we be able to purchase tickets on the gate?

If we have not yet reached our capacity, then tickets will be available on the door, but pre-booking is essential to guarantee entry and to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be priced at £10 adults and £22 children on the gate.

Can my tickets be refunded if I am unable to attend on the day?

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable but if you find you are unable to attend you can pass your ticket onto a friend or relative. If the lead booker is no longer attending and / or your friend of relative will be arriving at a different time please email boxoffice@highgainlive.co.uk to ensure we can find the booking easily on the gate.

What time do the gates open?

The gates open at midday – the event closes at 8pm. The end of festival disco will start approx. 6.30 and run through until 7.30pm.

Where is Horsham Sports Club?

We are located in Cricketfield Road, Horsham RH12 1TE – just a 5 minute walk from the town centre.

Is there parking at the festival and will I need to pay for it?

A limited amount of parking will be available for £5. We will allocate spaces as near to the event itself for disabled parking but please bear in mind that the event and parking is all on grass.

Can I get to the club on public transport?

The rail station is a 25 minute walk from the club, alternatively there is a public bus (no 98) which you can take from the rail station to the end of Cricketfield Road – the club is a 2 minute walk from here. The bus station is in the town centre and a few minutes’ walk from the club. For a map of the location click here (add link)

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes, but we will have a range of food stalls to suit everyone tastes, with lots of child focused menus – so why not treat yourselves!

Disposable BBQs or other stoves are NOT permitted. Please do not bring any glass or knives into the arena.

Can I bring alcohol into the festival?

Sorry, NO alcohol can be brought into the grounds. Only water or soft drinks will be allowed. Please note that no glass is permitted to be brought onto the ground. Grown-Ups bar and Mocktails bar will be available and the main club bar will be open all day/eve

Will there be any covered areas if it rains?

Ah the unpredictable British weather! Of course its going to be a beautiful day, but we will be going ahead regardless. There will be limited covered area, with a few gala tents and activity gazebos, story tents and workshop tents, but most of the day will be uncovered. The stage will be covered so Horsham’s Got Talent will go ahead whatever the weather! Please bring a waterproof jacket, just in case!

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed, with the exception of registered assistance/guide dogs.

Will I be able to re-enter the festival if I leave during the day?

Ticket holders will be issued with a wrist band on arrival and they will need to show this if they wish to leave and re-enter the site at any time.

Will there be seating?

There is no seating provided as the festival is mainly standing, but you may bring your own folding chairs and rugs if you wish.

What if the event is cancelled?

In the extremely unlikely situation that we need to cancel the event due to circumstances beyond our control refunds will be available from the ticket outlet you bought from, usually this will automatically be refunded to your card.

Note that the promoter reserves the right to make changes to the published line-up due to circumstances beyond it’s control. In such circumstances the event will go ahead and no refunds can be given.

Filming and Photography

Please be aware that there will be some filming and photography taking place during the fun day for social media, publicity and press purposes. If you do not wish to be included in any marketing materials, please make yourself known to the photographers or film crew.