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The social calendar's full and celebrating summer! From cool comedy festivals to cutting-edge dance and alfresco theatre, here's what's on in Surrey this July.

THEATRE: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
■ Richmond Theatre, Richmond ■ Tues 28 June – Sat 2 July

This timeless and iconic tale explores the highs and the lows of small-town dreams, family rivalry and finding your voice in a noisy world.  With humour, heart and countless powerhouse ballads all performed live on stage, featuring music from Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holliday and many more, it promises to rouse even the weariest of souls.

FESTIVAL: Oxted Festival
■ Master Park, Oxted ■ Fri 1 – Sun 3 July 
This family friendly festival features more than 20 music acts on two stages across the three days, and more than 100 real ales, cider and craft beers as well as a gin bar, cocktail bar and a Pimms and bubbles bar. Included in the line-up is Top Loader, Scouting for Girls, B*Witched, Urban Soul Orchestra, The Whiskey Sours and Matilda Pratt.

MUSIC: The Antidote
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Fri 1 July
In this new music, bassist and composer Matt Ridley draws upon a variety of influences – ‘thinking man’s’ rock, contemporary jazz, simple, memorable folk melodies, and the detail, sensitivity, and emotional depth of Classical music. The result is ‘The Antidote’, remarkable for its depth, integrity, and refreshing insistence on strong melodic and thematic material.

THEATRE: The Play What I Wrote
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 4 – Sat 9 July 

With a mystery guest star at every performance – a spot that has previously attracted big names including Kylie Minogue, Tom Hiddleston, Sting, Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor and Joanna Lumley among others – this is said to be ‘comic genius’. Not surprisingly, it’s had rave reviews – so one to book now while you still can.

FESTIVAL: Polesden Lacey’s Rose Festival
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ ongoing until Sun 17 July
The roses are in full flush at this time of year, and Polesden Lacey celebrates with a festival of roses. There will be talks by the National Trust gardeners every Wed and Fri, floral arrangements in the house, rose inspired cake and even a mini potpourri bar in the potting shed. 

COMEDY: Guildford Fringe Festival
■ Various venues in Guildford ■ ongoing until Sat 16 July

Guildford’s biggest arts festival features featuring a diverse range of shows and events from theatre, burlesque, comedy, children’s events, music, dance, exhibitions, talks, workshops and cabarets!

THEATRE: Dreamboats and Petticoats – Bringing on Back the Good Times
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 4 to Sat 9 July

Inspired by the smash hit Dreamboats and Petticoats albums, this follow-on musical includes all the characters from the original Dreamboats and Petticoats – as well aswit, charm and songs from the golden era of Rock’n’ Roll.

DANCE: Russell Maliphant’s Silent Lines
■ Richmond Theatre, Richmond ■ Tues 5 July

Inspired by Maliphant’s research and explorations in movement and anatomy to create rich and resonant aesthetics for the stage. The piece combines music, movement, animated video projection, and lighting to create a striking performance.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 5 July
As part of a summer series of alfresco comedy, Painshill has teamed up with Crack Comedy to feature a range of top comedy acts each week. On the bill this week is Zoe Lyons, Terry Alderton and Thomas Green, with Erich McElroy as MC.

FESTIVAL: Kew the Music
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Tues 5 – Sun 10 July

With a line up that includes James Blunt, Van Morrison, Will Young and James Morrison, Dj Spoony, The Gypsy Kings, Bananarama, Gabrielle and Rebecca Ferguson performing from Wed to Sun. Get in early as tickets sell fast. 

EXHIBITION: Guildford Arts Summer Exhibition
■ Mill Studio at Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford ■ Wed 6 – Thurs 21 July

An exhibition of contemporary paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, ceramics and glasswork from exciting national and local artists – who you can meet each Saturday. All works are for sale.

MUSIC: Painshill Live Music Lates
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Wed 6 – Thurs 21 July (every Wed and Thurs)
Listen to live music in the beautiful surroundings of Painshill’s tree lined Amphitheatre this summer. From cover bands to tribute acts, there is something for everyone. Click here to see the line-up. Painshill will be open from 5.30pm until 9pm, music will start around 7pm.

FESTIVAL: Godstoneberry
■ Flower Farm, Godstone ■ Fri 8 – Sun 10 July

A three-day festival offering up a host of experiences including an eclectic mix of live music and comedy, workshops, a dedicated kids’ space and range of artisan food and drink.

COMEDY: Camberley Comedy Festival
■ The London Road Recreation Ground, Camberley ■ Saturday 9 July 2022

The third Camberley Comedy Festival is coming featuring a brilliant lineup of comedians to make you laugh. Laura Lexx is the evening’s host, and she’s joined by Phil Wang, Luisa Omielan and Andrew Ryan. Gates open at 6pm, comedy starts at 7.30pm.

MARKET: Dapper & Suave Weddings & Celebrations Market
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sun 10 July
Showcasing local businesses who offer services or products suitable for wedding, parties and any other celebrations. It’s on from 11am-4pm.

EXHIBITION: Art and Sculptures in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon Wine Estate, East Clandon ■ Sun 10 – 24 July
More than 180 works of art by 45 noted artists will be on show in the spectacular gardens, vineyard, wildflower meadow and Glass Barn at High Clandon. This event is to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, supports Cherry Trees charity and also marks the launch of High Clandon’s latest vintage Cuvée – this year called the Elizabethan Cuvée. A £5 donation per person is requested, which goes to Cherry Trees charity, along with a percentage of sales of art and wine.

Comedian and storyteller Juliet Meyers brings her show to Guildford as part of the Guildford Fringe Festival.

COMEDY: Juliet Meyers’ Passport Face
■ The Back Room of the Star Inn, Guildford ■ Mon 11 July
Stand-up comedian and storyteller Juliet Meyers (a writer on Sarah Millican’s radio 4 show, no less) went to India to trace her roots where she unleashed family feuds, bad gurus, smug sex therapists and furious monkeys. Part of the Guildford Fringe Festival.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 12 July
The laughs continue at in the gardens at Painshill – part of the summer series of comedy – with this week’s line-up including Ricky Grover, Nabil Abdulrashid, and Steve N Allen as MC – plus another act who’s yet to be confirmed. Watch this space!

TALK: An Evening with Miriam Margolyes
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 13 July
Spend an evening in the company of one of Britain’s favourite (and naughtiest) national treasures, Miriam Margolyes, as she shares stories from her remarkable life.

WINE TASTING: Authentique Vineyard Wine Tasting and Canapé Event
■ The Victoria, Oxshott ■ Thurs 14 July
Winemaker Nicholas Keeler from the award-winning Authentique Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, will share insight into the wine estate alongside tastings of his wines. The wines will be paired with canapés prepared by Head Chef Matt Larcombe and will include beer battered oysters with seaweed mayonnaise and mushroom parfait with sweet and sour onions and brioche. Tickets are just £40pp and can be booked by emailing enquiries@thevictoriaoxshott.com.

GIN FESTIVAL: Mini Gin Festival
■ Great Fosters, Egham ■ Fri 15 July
Did someone say gin? Oh yes they did. Great Fosters is hosting a mini gin festival in partnership with Fever Tree Tonic giving gin lovers the chance to buy and taste gins from a bunch of distillers including Silent Pool Gin, Horseguards London Gin, Old Amersham Gin and The Surrey Copper Distillery. Tickets are £30 each and includes two G&Ts. Food will also available to buy.

MAGIC: An Evening of Magic – Richard Jones
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Fri 15 July
Known as ‘The Military Illusionist’ Richard combines his training from his 10 years serving in the British Army with his expert knowledge of deception. He represents the best in cutting edge magic, mind-reading and psychological illusion.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: The Gruffalo
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 15 Jul & Sat 16 July

Julia Donaldson’s classic children’s storybook comes to life in this musical adaptation. Expect songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups. Fridays shows are at 2pm and 4.30pm, Saturday they’re on at 11am and 2pm.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Tempest
■ The Astolat Pavilion, Stoke Park, Guildford ■ Fri 15 – Sat 30 July

Guildford Shakespeare Company continue its open-air theatre season with a promenade production of The Tempest, staged across varying locations in Stoke Park, Guildford. The show starts and ends at the Astolat Pavilion, GSC’s HQ, on the edge of the park. Expect shipwrecks, sorcerers and surprises, in this enthralling voyage of reckoning and redemption.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Pop Princesses
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 16 July

This pop concert for kids starring four beautiful princesses who love to sing – and features music from Hirt artists including Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Secret Garden
■ Claremont Gardens, Esher ■ Sat 16 July
Join Mary on her journey to discovering The Secret Garden in this family-friendly, dance adaptation of the best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The iconic story is brought to life like in this one-hour ballet. Perfect for kids and grown ups.

MUSIC: Dan Whitehouse – The Glass Age Album Tour
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sun 17 July
Five albums in and award-winning singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse continues to renew, reinvent and reimagine – touching listeners with his observations and moving them with his sensitivity and impeccable songwriting. ‘Subtle and delicate melodies’, says The Sunday Times.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: As You Like It
■ Claremont Gardens, Esher ■ Sun 17 July
Bring a chair and picnic and be entertained by Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy. It’s performed in the open air by an all-male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

FESTIVAL: The Albury Music Festival
■ Albury Cricket Ground ■ Sun 17 July 
Possibly Surrey’s best kept secret, this one-day music festival showcases talented local musicians, many of which play nationally and internationally. This year’s lineup includes Ghost, Anouska Assisi, Straight Circles and Zack Johnson. Entry is free.

COMEDY: Mark Watson
■ Epsom Playhouse, Epsom ■ Tues 19 July
Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as skinny national treasure Mark Watson attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we’ll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 19 July
Painshill summer comedy series features a line-up of Ninia Benjamin, Sarah Keyworth and Jeff Innocent with – Erich McElroy as MC. Pack your picnic rug and prepare to giggle!

MUSIC: Spanish Serenade
■ The Horton, Epsom ■ Tues 19 July
A celebration of classical music, dance and song including works by Albéniz, Giménez, Bizet and de Falla.The concert includes authentic bolero dance as well as other traditional rhythms such as polo, farruca, zapateado or seguidilla.

MUSIC: The Jockey Club Live – Paloma Faith 
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Wed 20 July

Expect incredible vocals, fantastic outfits and a spectacular production when the BRIT award-winning artist headlines at Sandown Park after evening racing!

LIVE SCREENING: National Theatre Live – Prima Facie
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Thurs 21 & Sun 24 July

Captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London, Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: The Tiger Who Came to Tea
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 22 and Sat 23 July
Based on the book by Judith Kerr, this much loved story of the tea-guzzling tiger is back on tour. It’s a lovely family show family show packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Suitable for kids aged 3+.

COMEDY: Jason Manford – Like Me
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■  Sat 23 July

Jason Manford returns to the comedy stage after focusing on his Absolute Radio show for a few years. Manford is famed for his observational humour, and the past 18 months have certainly provided him with plenty of material! 

MUSIC: Jazz on a Summer’s Evening – with Imogen Ryall and Julian Nicholas
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 23 July
Said to sing with ‘heart and intelligence, sensuality and style’, Imogen Ryall is on vocals alongside tenor and sax player Julian Nicholas, Tobie Carpenter on guitar and Marianne Windham on bass. It’s in the garden at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Jungle Book
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond (Tulip Tree Avenue) ■  Sat 23 July – 21 Aug (Tues-Sun)
Fun, songs and adventure await in this heart-warming story for all of the family. Join Mowgli on her journey through the jungle as she meets the wise Bagheera, the noble Akela and the enthusiastic Baloo. Shows are at 11am and 2pm, and run for 70 minutes, with no interval. f

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Squish – Mama G’s Storytime Roadshow
■ Camberley Theatre ■  Sat 23 July

Combining panto, drag and the art of storytelling this all-singing, partial-dancing extravaganza is filled with stories about being who you are and loving who you want. Popular panto dame Robert Pearce is the star. There’ll be lots of joining in, lots of terrible jokes and most importantly: lots of sequins! 

MUSIC: Crack Cloud
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Mon 25 July
Canadian art punk band and multimedia collective bring their show to Guildford. Expect a strong focus on visual storytelling.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 26 July
The final show in Painshill’s summer comedy series has a cracking line-up – including a comedian who cannot yet be named. We can tell you though, the bill includes Fin Taylor and Ivo Graham with Robyn Perkins as MC. Watch this space to find out the mysterious funny person.

MUSIC: The Jockey Club Live – Nile Rodgers & CHIC 
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Wed 27 July

With over 200 production credits to his name, you can expect to hear the biggest pop hits from the last four decades when Nile Rodgers and CHIC take to the stage after an evening of racing.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: A Midsummer’s Nights Dream (In Sixty Minutes)
■ Farnham Cricket Club, Farnham ■ Thurs 28 July
Join Scoot Theatre for their outdoor, sixty-minute, family-friendly production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Expect music, magic, and cricket bat sword fights!

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Twelfth Night
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond (next to the Japanese Pagoda) ■ Fri 29 July – 29 Aug (Wed-Sun)
Brought into a 1930’s setting, Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy Twelfth Night offers the perfect excuse for a picnic with friends set against Kew’s beautiful background.

MUSIC: The Rocket Man – A Tribute to Elton John
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 30 July
A musical journey, charting the rise to fame of one of the biggest selling artists of all time. Combining breath-taking vocal and piano performances, flamboyant costumes, a dazzling light show – all accompanied by an outstanding band and backing vocals. What’s not to love!

OUTDOOR THEATRE: As You Like It
■ Hatchlands Park, East Clandon ■ Sun 31 July
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for the sparkling comedy, As You Like It. Enjoy a glorious summer’s evening watching one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Performed in the open air as Shakespeare first saw it, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. 

BOOK AHEAD

Billionaire Boy comes to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford in August.

OUTDOORS: Young Shots Day
■ Bisley Shooting Ground, Brookwood ■ Mon 1 Aug

An introduction to the world of clay pigeon shooting, 10 to 16-year-olds can take part in the activity day that shows you the ropes and gets the kids involved and practicing their aim. The day includes full tuition with an instructor, all safety equipment, guns, cartridges and food. Booking is required. 

THEATRE: Billionaire Boy
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 4 – Sat 6 Aug

David Walliams’ production of Billionaire Boy makes a return to Guildford. It’s about 12-year-old Joe who is the richest boy in the country and receives £100,000 a week pocket money (don’t go getting any ideas, kids). It’s produced by the same team that created the award-winning West End show Gangsta Granny so should be a goodie and, knowing Walliams, will be packed with humour for adults too.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: The Queen’s Knickers
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sun 7 Aug
It’s a busy year for the Queen – she has lots of important events to attend. But disaster has struck the palace as Her Majesty’s knickers have been nicked! This regal children’s musical is full of songs, silliness and a corgi or two!

FESTIVAL: WeyFest
■ The Rural Life Museum, Tilford ■ Fri 19 – Sun 21 Aug
WeyFest is back again in 2022, bringing it’s boutique style festival with more than 30 hours of music, camping, posh loos and plenty to occupy kids and grown ups alike with music, drama and creative arts workshop. Confirmed acts include Billy Ocean and Del Amitri.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Reluctant Dragon
■ Claremont Gardens, Esher ■ Fri 26 Aug
When a boy finds a dragon up on the Downs he’s not surprised, but this dragon is not like the ones in fairy tales – this one writes poetry and doesn’t like fighting! This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon is a lovely tale of bravery and friendship, produced by Quantum Theatre.

THEATRE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
■ Richmond Theatre, Richmond ■ Mon 5 – Sat 10 Sept

Starring Hollywood sweetheart Hayley Mills alongside screen and stage star Paul Nicholas, is based bestseller novel which inspired one of this century’s most treasured films. It’s a a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places.

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