The Muddy Guide: 13-19 October
Harry Hook: About Africa, at Camberley Theatre, on Thurs 13 Oct
Film directory and photographer Harry Hook spent his childhood in Kenya, and has been filming and snapping images from the African continent and it’s people for more than 40 years. In this talk he shares stories and unique film footage of Africa’s people and their journey from the land to the city.
Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600. camberleytheatre.biz
Festival of Crafts, at Farnham Maltings, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Oct
This contemporary craft festival is now in its 20 year, so the organisers say you should expect some special happenings to celebrate the anniversary year. The event showcases works by some of the UK’s leading crafts people, plus there will be 70 designers and crafters in a marketplace that features homewares, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glassware and more. If you’re already thinking about the big C word… this could be a great opportunity to snavel some original and unique gifts. It’s from 10am-5pm both days. Entry is £3, or free if you’re under 15. It’s part of Farnham Craft Month.
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. farnhammaltings.com
When We Are Married, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, until Sat 15 Oct
J B Priestley’s 1938 play is billed as a true comedy classic. Set in Bradford, Yorkshire, it’s about three couples who are married on the same day and are each about to celebrate their 25 wedding anniversary. Except the celebrations are short-lived when they discover the vicar wasn’t licensed and they’re actually not married at all. Homes truths are dealt, bullies get their retribution and the hen-pecked are hilariously liberated. I’d expect this to be charming and funny.
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090. rosetheatrekingston.org
Guildford Book Festival, various venues, Guildford,
Still plenty of events in this final week of the Guildford Book Festival. Sian Williams, author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving after Trauma, shares her recent experience of breast cancer on Fri 14 Oct; Jim Buttress is at RHS Wisley on Fri 14 Oct to talk about his books The People’s Gardener – A Marvellous Life from the Royal Parks and RHS to Britain in Bloom. On Sat 15 Oct, catch Anna Pasternak, author of Lara – The Untold Love Story and Inspiration Behind Doctor Zhivago at The Electric Theatre, and on Sun 16 Oct, The Happy Foodie presents Rick Stein’s Long Weekends at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. There are many other authors also hosting events. Click here for a full list.
Elkie Brooks Live in Concert, at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, on Fri 14 Oct
She’s now in the fifth decade of her career, and while most of us would probably rather just lie down with a nice cup of tea (or a double gin and tonic!), Elkie is still going strong. With numerous hits and millions of albums to her name, she’ll be performing some of her classic blues and jazz hits. The Guardian says she’s still on of the great British voices. Tickets are £24.
The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Tel: 01737 276 500. harlequintheatre.co.uk
Camden Town Group: Art for the Edwardian Era, at the Lightbox, Woking, from Sat 15 Oct – 22 Jan 2017
This exhibition explores the work of the Camden Town Group, and is taken from the collection at Leeds Art Gallery, which is the largest collection outside of the Tate in London. The group, influenced by Post-Impressionism, explored the changing realities and conditions of Edwardian urban life, depicting social and cultural life in Britain. Entry is £5, under 18s are free.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk
Chicago The Musical, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Mon 17 – Sat 22 Oct
The multi-award winning musical about the 1920s nightclub singer, a double murderess, a smooth talking laywer and all that jazz comes to the New Victoria Theatre next Month. John Partridge of EastEnders fame leads the fun – he has surprisingly good musical theatre credentials, having starred in Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon and Starlight Express. Corrie star Hayley Tamaddon makes it a double soapsuds whammy playing Roxy Hart, and EastEnders’ Jessie Wallace brings in the trifecta as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton. A good bet for musicals fans.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com
Picasso Portraits, The National Portrait Gallery, until 5 Feb 2017
The big autumn show from The National Portrait Gallery takes a look at some of the lesser known works of PP, following his abstract use of portraiture through his career. A no-brainer if you happen to be in central London.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE. Tel. 020 7306 0055 npg.org.uk
UB40, at G Live, Guildford Mon 17 Oct
I Got You Babe, with a little Red, Red, Wine – it’s UB40, another group that’s been around for a flipping long time: 1978, to be exact. The boys have more than 40 UK top 40 hit singles – so you’ll know most of these songs. Tickets are £37 standing and £39.50 seated.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. glive.co.uk
Taste of Autumn, RHS Wisley, 19 – 23 Oct
Wisley’s orchard is laden with fruit and the garden is full of colour. Get along to this festival and enjoy the best of the season. There will be food and dink stalls, displays and exhibitions. If apples are your thing, take a tour of the fruit garden and vegetable garden and check out more than 700 apple cultivars. That’s a lot of apples. For the kids, there’s a guess the weight of the pumpkin competition, and cookery workshops.
Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 260 9000. rhs.org.uk
Martin Taylor, at G Live, Guildford, Wed 19 Oct
“He out-shred’s all of us put together… I’ve never seen anything like it.” So says the legendary Jeff Beck about award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor. High praise indeed coming from the man many consider the world’s best guitarist. Martin celebrates his 60th birthday this year, and 45 years as touring artist – with, what else, a tour. He’s billed as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar – so my money’s on a great night out.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. glive.co.uk
Opening of Ramster Gardens, Chiddingfold, from Sat 15 Oct to Sun 23 Oct
Ramster Garden, a much loved hidden gem in Chiddingfold will open its garden to visitors, showing off it’s autumn sights, including the amazing acers which are renowned for their seasonal display of fiery shades of reds and russets. Ramster Garden’s unique 100-year-old avenue of maples, woodland areas with oak and larch, and American red gum tree Liquidambar which has long-lasting autumn shades of orange, crimson and purple, create a breath-taking burst of colour and will plonk you firmly out of summer and into autumn.
Ramster Hall, Chiddingfold, Guildford, Surrey, GU8 4SN. Tel: 01428 654 167. ramsterevents.com
‘Out of India’ art exhibition, Montcrieff-Bray Gallery, Petworth, until 29 Oct
This fascinating sounding show is pulling together the work of four leading contemporary artists and ceramacists who have travelled extensively through India. The country is evoked through paintings of colourful markets, people, architecture, and landscapes, spice hued vases and even ceramic fish thalis. Penelope Anstice, Tobit Roche, Paul Treasure, Victoria Threlfall are the artists and their work is for sale. The gallery is based in 18th century farm buidings on the edge of the Petworth estate. Visitors are welcome, just ring ahead on 07867978414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Room With a View, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Mon 31 Oct – Sat 5 Nov
Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, this comedy, written in 1908 is most often remembered because of the 1985 Merchant Ivory film adaptation. Bringing the novel to the theatre is director Adrian Noble, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The cast includes national treasure Felicity Kendal, who plays prim spinster Charlotte Bartlett, chaperone and cousin to English rose Lucy Honeychurch. It’s for age 12+. Tickets are £19.90 – £42.40 plus booking fee.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk