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Horsham District is a large area that covers 205 square miles of varied countryside and attractive small towns and villages in the County of West Sussex. Horsham is the main town and administrative centre of the area, with over 55,000 people living in the town and its immediate area. It was named as the best place to live in the UK in 2006 by a Channel 4 programme, and has previously won the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition. It is a fantastic town for families and people of all ages with an excellent range of properties, from retirement flats to lovely family homes and large country estates.
In the 13th Century Horsham received a Borough Charter, and grew into a thriving, bustling, medieval market town, with its the narrow, paved twitterns (alleyways), pretty tree-lined streets and over fifty medieval buildings. Horsham’s award-winning town centre has many Medieval and Tudor buildings, and provides a superb environment for shopping, strolling, browsing and relaxing. The Causeway is a beautiful and calm tree-lined street of medieval houses, and the jewel in Horsham's crown. It links St Mary's with the Carfax, which is at the very heart of the town – once a village green but now a meeting place with open air cafes, bandstand music and street markets. The Saturday market features a large variety of stalls, and there are some lovely independent specialist shops selling local produce, collectors' items and unusual gifts. Swan Walk is the town's modern and busy shopping mall with many well-known high street stores.
Much of the district is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the chalk escarpments of the Sussex Downs in the South, and the gently rolling High Weald in the North. Woodlands are a particular landscape feature, with the extensive St. Leonard's Forest to the east of Horsham reputedly home to an ancient dragon! The well-known long distance route of the South Downs Way and the Down's Link, a former railway route, give easy rights of way to the unspoiled countryside.
There has been a great deal of investment in facilities for the town which now boasts The Pavilions, a large leisure centre with swimming pool and The Capitol, a cinema and theatre complex. The Pavilions is situated on the edge of Horsham Park that spans 24 hectares and includes a large children’s play park, tennis courts, natural maze and pond. There are excellent local schools covering all ages of children, both state and independent. Horsham has a large number of community groups and activities for everyone; there is Horsham Museum , and the summer usually sees arrival of the French Market, as well as the Italian Festival, and the Big Nibble Food Festival is held in the autumn. The town has its own Football, Rugby and Cricket clubs, and on the outskirts are several golf courses and riding stables.
Horsham is well served by transport links with Horsham Station having fast services to the coast, London and Gatwick. The A24 gives speedy access to the M23 and M25 motorway networks, and in turn both Gatwick and Heathrow airports.