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Horsham’s first French Market visit of 2019 falls on Bastille Day this year – Sunday 14th July.
So, to celebrate FrenchFest is back ‘for one day only’ sponsored by Cote Restaurants
The day consists of a French market in the Carfax, classic and sports French cars in East Street and Market Square, an open air art display “Montmartre style” by Horsham Artists in Carfax, French entertainments and the return of Napoleon’s 45e regiment for more period fun.
Full of typical Gallic charm, the France at Home Market traders come from different ‘departments’ in Normandy and cross the Channel to offer a wide range of top quality products. Sample beautiful meats, local and regional cheeses, freshly baked bread, patisserie, olives and dried fruits. A great selection of clothes, handbags, jewellery, Provençal soaps and much more will also be on display.
The Craft Fair features a wonderful range of vintage clothes, crafts, art, homeware and giftware.
Adding to the ‘différence’ four artists from Horsham Artists Open Studios have accepted an invitation to create their own Montmartre style display of paintings around Carfax’s Amphitheatre. Featured artists are, Frank Delano, Grahame Morgan-Watson, Janis Payneter and Pam Clarke.
There will also be fun and laughter in the Amphitheatre with our fascinating female French mime artist who specialises in silent physical performances. The Parisian Jazz Collective, Headed by Parisian jazz singer Carolyn, brings you the chansons of the beginning of the twentieth century (Edith Piaf, Fréhel, Mistinguett, Arletty, Lucienne Delyle, Lucienne Boyer and many more) and the authentic jazz-musette of the 1930s and 40s.
Based in Market Square, the 45eme Infanterie Regiment de Ligne are a Napoleonic Association French Infantry re-enactment group portraying the lives of soldiers, NCOs, Officers and their ladies together with camp followers, during the height of Empire (1805-1809) within the Napoleonic Wars. The 45eme bring a full programme of activities from 10.30am to 15.30pm full of historical interest including a replica guillotine, interactive drill sessions, Punchinello shows, talks and demonstrations.
Horsham French Fest is sponsored by Cote Restaurants who are offering the opportunity to breakfast with the 45eme regiment between 9 and 10am and special promotions as well as awarding the 4th in their series of Concours De Elegance awards to the best turned out car.
Entry is free for all.