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Bellisimo! Let the Horsham Piazza Italia festival commence

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Supporting local charities and local businesses alike, Horsham Piazza Italia, the town centre’s signature event returns for a 12th year at the Easter weekend.

Supercars are set to descend on Horsham’s Carfax as the town centre prepares to transform into an Italian Piazza for two days, Good Friday and Easter Monday, showcasing a mixture of old favourites along with some new additions to bring a fresh dimension to this long standing Horsham event.

Good Friday’s Carfax display will be a first in putting Lamborghinis centre stage supported by HR Owen and there will be a welcome return of Italian motorbikes with a display zone in East Street.

Good Friday’s mega display of fifty plus Minis is organised by the ItalianJob.Com charity who will be promoting their 30thanniversary mini run, the film’s 50th and Mini’s 60th anniversaries all coming up in 2019.

On Easter Monday, Premier GT are promising an even more amazing selection of Supercars and an expanded Race Paddock with plenty of nostalgia thrown in.

As well as the beautiful vehicles, Italia in Piazza will return in partnership with Panino with a new look market offer which will be offering a broad range of Italian food. There will also be a range of themed entertainments both around the town and at the Parkside council offices.

Organised by Horsham District Council, the Italian bonanza has established itself as a highlight on Horsham’s calendar and as one of the premier events in the south east over the last decade.

The Piazza Italia event charities this year will be Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, The Springboard Project and The Children’s Trust.

Commenting on the return of the event, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Gordon Lindsay said: “As a council we are delighted that our signature Italian celebration is back. Over the 12 years since Piazza Italia began we have seen it develop into a “must see” attraction. I urge you and your families to come along and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique event whilst also supporting three great local charities and our local traders.”

On Easter Saturday this year the town will focus on delivering all of your Easter holiday shopping needs and will be enhanced by an Easter themed market in the Carfax and Messy Easter from Horsham Churches Together in Swan Walk Shopping Centre.

New this year is the opportunity to drive the Pirelli Formula One simulator – a life-size replica of a Grand Prix racing car, as seen at the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Highlights of the weekend will include:

  • Thrilling displays of  Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maserati’s, McLarens and other supercars, Italian bikes and scooters, classic and sporting Abarths, Alfa Romeos and FIATs
  • The Premier GT Race Paddock will be back on Easter Monday featuring famous ex racing championship vehicles and some very special Supercars
  • Delicious food and drink in our Italian Market – this year supported by Panino’s – and local markets
  • Quality entertainment
  • The return of the Sporting Bears Motor Club charity offering passenger rides in dream cars to festival visitors in return for charitable donations
  • The Kwik Fit Road Safety Zone, Rotary Slot Cars and other activities at Parkside
  • Tons of fun for the whole family.

 Horsham Piazza ItaliaTM is a Horsham Time Well Spent event organised by Horsham District Council and partners.

Come along and join us for the ride.

So what’s going on where?

For the fullest details we will put plenty of information online at www.horshamtimewellspent.co.uk and this is all backed up by active updates right up to and throughout the event on dedicated event pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.