What’s on - from Friday August 9

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TEA DANCE: Southwater Leisure Centre, Pevesey Road, Southwater (off Cedar Drive). 1.30pm to 3.45pm. Cost £3.50 per person including tea/coffee. Call Southwater Leisure Centre on 01403 734409.

Walk: All welcome, just turn-up at car park at Southwater Country Park (off Cripplegate Lane) at 11am. Easy flat circular, guided, free sociable HDC Walk along bridleways, lanes and the Downs Link. 2½ miles, 1 hour. Pat 01403 240654


LAWNMOWER RACE: The ultimate test of endurance for both man and machine, the gruelling 12 Hour Lawn Mower Race sees teams (male and female) competing throughout the night for some of the most prestigious trophies in motor racing. The venue is once again Five Oaks, near Billingshurst in West Sussex (RH14 9AE). Qualifying starts at 3.15pm, the race commences at 8pm and star of TV and film Warwick Davis will be waving the start flag. Once again, the £5 entry fee (children free) to the race raises money for good causes; this year it’s the local Ingfield Manor School for children with cerebral palsy as well as Andover-based Brave Hearts Children’s Charity. Food stalls and bouncy castle will be present.

GOODWOOD: 7.45am to 9.45 start. GSD Giant: 104, 76 or 44 mile charity Sportive in the lanes and villages around the South Downs. £30, £20 entry. Accompanied under 16s half price. £10 discount to fundraisers.Profits to AGSD-UK. Book online: www.gsdgiant.org.uk 01489 877 991

BIKES: 10am to 4pm start. GSD Elf: 5-mile charity bike ride in the lanes and villages around Goodwood racecourse. Electric bikes available to help you back up the hill. Entry £10. Accompanied children free. £5 discount to fundraisers. Profits to local charity, AGSD-UK. Book online: Www.gsdgiant.org.uk 01489 877 991.


Open day at Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Warnham Road (B2237), Horsham, RH12 2RA. From 10am to 4pm. Come and explore your local nature reserve where you will find: Experts in the hides to tell you about the wildlife to be seen; short talks on subjects from dragonflies to nature photography; guided walks; children’s quiz/hunt; exhibitions stands of conservation groups and organisations. A day for all ages Cost: normal entry to the Reserve (£1.50 adults, children free).


WALK: All welcome, 10am at The Bull Inn car park, Mockbridge, Shermanbury, BN5 9AD (TQ211181). A circular, fairly flat (some stiles), free, sociable HDC Health Walk south west along the River Adur. May be muddy. No dogs. 6 miles, 2½ hours. Mike Powell 01403 242564.


Walk: A gentle 4/5 mile HDC Health walk starting from the Health Centre in Station Road, Rudgwick at 10am. Please DO NOT park at the Health Centre because spaces are reserved for patients. 2 hours. Keith 01403 823436

ROWHOOK: Walk. All welcome, just turn-up at the LH car park of the Chequers Inn, Rowhook, near Horsham, at 10am. Flat, circular, sociable HDC Walk through Roman Woods and farmland, past fishing lakes and along the Sussex Border Path. No dogs. 4½ miles, 2¼ hours. Geoff 01403 258180 & Pat 240654.


WARNINGLID: Opening: Colwood House, Cuckfield Lane, Warninglid. Mr and Mrs Patrick Brenan 01444 461831, rbrenan@me.com. Adm £5, child free (share to Seaford Hall). Wednesday, August 14, to Sunday, August 18. Groups of 10 also welcome to appointment from March to August. Some 12 acres of garden with mature and specimen trees from the late 1800s, lawns and woodland edge. Formal parterre, rose and herb gardens. 100ft terrace and herbaceous border overlooking flower rimmed croquet lawn. Cut turf labyrinth and forsythia tunnel. Water features, statues and gazebos. Pets’ cemetery. Giant chessboard, lake with island, gravel paths, some slopes.