The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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The Muddy Guide: 17-24 Nov

16 Nov 2016

Katie Melua – G Live, Guildford – Wed 23 Nov

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The multi award-winning recording artist Katie is joined on stage by the 23-piece Gori Women’s Choir, in this special winter concert series. They will perform new material from Melua’s forthcoming recording project, as well as a selection of classic songs from her six album catalogue. Tickets: £22.50-£40.50.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. glive.co.uk

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Richard Alston Dance Comany – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Wed 23 Nov

London, UK. 29.03.2016. Richard Alston Dance Company presents "An Italian In Madrid" at Sadler's Wells. horeographed by Richard Alston, lighting design by Karl Oskar Sordal, costume design by Fotini Dimou. Ihsaan de Banya, Liam Riddick, Nicholas Bodych, James Muller, Ryan Ledger, Jennifer Hayes, Nancy Nerantzi, Elly Braund, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Sharia Johnson, Vidya Patel. Picture shows: Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Richard Alston Dance Company presents An Italian In Madrid in London. Photograph by Jane Hobson

Richard Alston returns with his latest work, inspired by the sonatas of Scarlatti, a composer hugely influenced by Spanish music. An Italian in Madrid continues Alston’s fascination with the fusion of different cultures and styles. BBC Young Dancer grand finalist Vidya Patel has joined the company for this exciting new work. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15.90-£26.90

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com

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Winter Beer Festival – Dorking Halls – Fri 18 & Sat 19 Nov

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The amber liquid will flow freely at this popular winter festival. Try beers and ciders from across the UK, while relaxing or rocking on to live music from local bands. There will be 40 craft ales to chose from, including some special brews. And to make sure it’s just liquid in your tummy, there’s also hot food available. And if you’re not a huge fan of beer, the bar will also serve wine, spirits and soft drinks. It’s for over 18s only. Tickets prices vary with a four hour session starting at £6 going up to £25 for weekend pass.

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. dorkinghalls.co.uk

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Loseley House Christmas Fair – Loseley House, nr Guildford – Thurs 17 to Sun 20 Nov

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If you’re already starting to feel the Christmas spirit, head to the Loseley House Christmas Fair this weekend. It’s hosted by the Rural Craft Association and you’ll find craft and food in abundance. It’s on from 9am -5pm Thurs to Sat and 9am-4pm on Sun. Tickets: £5 adults, £4.50 seniors, students £4, children free.

The Tithe Barn and Special Pavilion, Loseley Park, Stakescorner Road, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01428 682292. loseleypark.co.uk

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Exhibition: Obverse and Obvious – The Lightbox, Woking – 22 Nov to 4 Dec

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Jude Wild, ‘Moonlight’, © The artist

Eleven members of the Kingston Artists Open Studios are showing new work at The Lightbox, with viewpoints ranging across Figurative, Abstract and Conceptual. Entry is free, and all work is for sale.

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk

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Dead Sheep – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – Mon 21 to Sat 26 Nov

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This is the story of when a seemingly invincible Margaret Thatcher ruthlessly sacked Geoffrey Howe, her Foreign Secretary in 1989. Foolishly, she thought she had nothing to fear from her one-time friend and political ally, who’s speaking skills had famously been compared to a dead sheep. But Howe destroyed the PM’s career with one of the deadliest political speeches ever made. Steve Nallon plays Margaret Thatcher in this funny and entertainting story. Tickets: £21-£32.50.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

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Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hit Tours –New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Sun 20 Nov

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Does this man ever stop touring? For all you fans of comedy, Jimmy Carr has gathered up is best material and added in some new stuff and taken it on tour. And he’s stopping off in Woking on Sunday. As one of the biggest comedy acts in Britain, and known for his deadpan delivery, dark humour and edgy one-liners, this is a pretty sure thing. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £31.65

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com

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Arts and Crafts Fair – The Lightbox, Woking – Sat 19 & Sun 20 Nov

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Get a headstart on your Christmas shoping at The Lightbox’s annual fair. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, and listen to festive music as you wander around the stalls. There will be jewellery, art and illustration, textiles and homewards, glasswork, pottery and more. It’s on from 10.30am-5pm each day and entry is free.

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk

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Christmas at Kew – Kew Gardens – 23 Nov to 2 Jan

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The beautiful gardens at Kew get a festive makeover as trees, buildings and pathways are light up like, er, Christmas. Follow the mile-long path between a carpet of light swaying like blossom, past trees dripping in giant crystals, and see the tunnel of light, this year animated by more than 60,000 lights making patterns and pictures in time to festive music. There are also rides, food and drink, including mulled wine, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts. Christmas doesn’t get much more Christmassy than this.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. kew.org 

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BOOK IT NOW

The Thoroughbred Christmas Ball – Royal Automobile Club, Epsom – Sat 10 Dec

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The Racehorse Sanctuary at Godalming is celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Thoroughbred Ball, raising money to help with rehabilitation, retraining and sanctuary programmes for horses at the end of their careers in racing. More than 4,000 racehorses leave the racing industry each year. British vocal harmony group The Overtones will be playing at the ball. Tickets are £110 each, which includes a Champagne reception, dinner, wine and music. To book tickets contact vc@cracknellassociates.co.uk.

Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EW. thoroughbredball.com racehorsesanctuary.org

 

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Omid Djalili: Schmuck For a Night – Farnham Maltings – Mon 28 Nov

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Another week, another comedian. This time it’s award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili, who’s known for his intelligent and provocative shows. His stand-up is energetic and captivating, and always entertaining – and his shows frequently sell out so you’ll need to book soon if you want to see him. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £24.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. farnhammaltings.com

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