The historic market town of Horsham, located in the heart of the South East, is a unique and bustling hub with something to offer everyone, young or old. Recent rapid regeneration projects, the arrival of more big employers and high street brands has brought increasing footfall to the town. At the same time, new properties in Horsham and the surrounding area are being snapped up, as young professionals and families rush to take advantage of the wide variety of opportunities and attractions that Horsham has to offer.
So what makes Horsham so special to live in?
Top of the list for families moving to the Horsham area is the excellent range of schools, from nursery and primary, through to secondary schools and colleges. Ofsted reports are glowing for the majority of schools in Horsham, with local secondary schools in particular being renowned for outstanding results and positive learning environments.
Top 5 Primary Schools in Horsham
All Saints CofE Primary School, Horsham
Kingslea Primary School
Heron Way Primary School
North Heath Community Primary School
William Penn School
Top Secondary Schools in Horsham
Tanbridge House School (Co-Educational)
Millais School (Girls)
The Weald School (Co-Educational)
Forest School (Boys)
Bowhunt School (Co-Educational)
Horsham is a safe, friendly town where children of all ages thrive, both in and out of school.
Excellent Transport Links
Ideally located for commuters to the capital, Horsham’s rail network boasts a fast, regular service to Victoria and London Bridge. It’s also a stone’s throw from lively Brighton on the south coast and just a ten-minute train ride or drive to Crawley.
Buses to and from Horsham to surrounding towns and villages run late into the evening, covering from Brighton all the way up to Guildford in the north and Tunbridge Wells in the east.
Though not yet a part of the urban Uber generation, Horsham has a great taxi service to get you home from a night out in the town centre.
Sports & Activities in Horsham
Where to begin? Horsham Park is located right in the middle of the town, and is a real favourite for locals. As well as dog walkers and children playing in the large and well-equipped playground, you’ll see fitness classes and football teams enjoying the green and pleasant parkland. Teens love hanging out at the skatepark, which is refreshingly well-maintained and free of the usual graffiti! The Human Nature Garden and maze are a highlight for the little ones, and The Conservatory cafe beside the bandstand is very popular for a spot of lunch or an ice cream.
Beside the park is The Pavilions leisure centre, with pools for both adults and children. The Horsham Pavilions also has a great gym and classes for all ages, hosts birthday parties for kids and has a creche and soft play area. The Pavilions, however, is not the only leisure centre in Horsham. There’s also The Bridge, a brand new sports facility at Broadbridge Heath, Bluecoats at Christ’s Hospital and Slinfold Golf and Country Club.
Horsham Restaurants and Nightlife
With an abundance of bars and restaurants, you’ll never be short of things to do on a night out in Horsham. From family restaurants like Pizza Express, ASK, and the ever-popular Wild West-themed Smith & Western, to haute cuisine at Michelin-star Tristan’s for special occasions, eating out is one of the things Horsham does best.
The new Everyman cinema in the freshly redeveloped Piries Place offers a great dining experience, as well as the chance to enjoy a movie on a comfortable sofa with table service for drinks and nibbles.
In addition to being a date night hotspot, Horsham is also a good place to enjoy a tipple. Whilst Crawley, Guildford and Brighton are nearby for the real nightowls, the bars and pubs in Horsham town centre are perfect for drinks with friends. And let’s not forget the many countryside pubs in the Horsham area, for Sunday roasts by a roaring open fire in winter and idyllic beer gardens in the summertime.
Shopping in and around the Horsham Carfax
Horsham enjoys a diverse mix of independent stores and big high street names. The mall, Swan Walk, plays host to high street names, including large Next, Marks and Spencer, and H&M, whilst the kids will love a visit to Smiggle or the independently-run Gobsmack Comics.
A safe and pleasant pedestrianised high street leads up to the Carfax, at the heart of the town, where a popular market runs each Thursday and Saturday. With stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery and homewares to local produce and more exotic foods, all set to the soundtrack of local musicians playing at the bandstand, Horsham market is a real draw for many every weekend.
Horsham Waitrose and John Lewis are conveniently located in the town centre, as is Sainsbury’s. A large Tesco Extra at Broadbridge Heath is located a little out of town.
Clubs and Societies
Relocating to a new town can be daunting, but when you’re moving to Horsham, you’ll make friends in no time! No matter what you’re interested in, the community spirit is alive and well. There are plenty of amateur dramatic societies, the popular Horsham Writers’ Circle and Art Academy for the creative amongst us, whilst the aforementioned leisure centres and array of gyms cater for the fitness fanatics. There are thriving rugby, football and cycling clubs and Horsham Park Run meets for a no-pressure 5k every Saturday morning.
This is just the tip of the iceberg! A simple Google search will pull up a whole bunch of Horsham clubs and societies, big and small, for you to join and meet like-minded friends in Horsham.
Working in Horsham
Horsham is home to some really big employers. Royal Sun Alliance and More Than are well-established, big companies that employ a large number of staff, with plenty of opportunities to go around. But it’s not just financial services and insurance. Far from it! Horsham is also home to a swathe of new media, marketing and gaming companies, including Creative Assembly - a SEGA-owned games studio that is quickly making a massive mark as a great place to work in Horsham.
With Horsham’s excellent transport links, it’s also a handy home for commuters to London and Brighton. Closer yet, Crawley hosts a range of global companies, including Deloitte and Virgin Atlantic (which has its HQ in Crawley). Of course, Horsham is also a stone’s throw from London Gatwick Airport, home to 21,000 jobs of many types.