The Muddy Guide
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet, various venues, Thurs 7 July
There’s another Branagh Theatre Live event coming up and this one is perennial favourite Romeo and Juliet, with the sickening gorgeous Lily James and Richard Madden in the title roles and the likes of Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal in the wider cast. Click the link to find a participating cinema near you – there are several screenings across Surrey including in Redhill, Reigate, Walton-on-Thames, Croydon, Cranleigh, Guildford, Farnham, Epsom, Haslemere and Woking. The production will be broadcast in arty black and white at around 7.15pm.
That’s Entertainment, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 12-16 July
Westend darling, Ruthie Henshall is the special guest star at this extravaganza of song and dance. It’s a feel-good show featuring Hollywood’s greatest hits including That’s Entertainment, Puttin’ On The Ritz, I Got Rhythm, There is Nothing like a Dame, You’ll Never Walk Alone and more.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com
Bike: A Festival of Cycling, at Farnham Maltings, Sun 10 July
On yer bike – as it were – for a one-day celebration of all things cycling at Farnham Maltings. There will be a marketplace showcasing products, kit and ideas from established bike brands, plus talks and workshops. Children can take part in short coaching sessions run by British Cycling. At 5pm, there will be a theatre show performed on road bikes called Ventoux, the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in the 2000 Tour de France. At 6pm, there will be the Pedal Haven Hill Climb, where riders will pit themselves against the clock. Admission to the festival is £5 (under 15s free); tickets to Ventoux theatre show £10 (or £8 if booked with bike festival entry), and entry to the hill climb is £3.
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. farnhammaltings.com
After Miss Julie, at Richmond Theatre, 11-16 July
If you missed After Miss Julie when it came to Guildford, you have another chance to catch Helen George at her coquettish best when the tour comes to Richmond Theatre. I saw this in Guildford and loved it. Read my review here. It was salacious, sexy and shocking – and utterly enthralling.
Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ. Tel: 0844 871 7651. atgtickets.com
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, at the G Live, Guildford, Wed 13 July
Oh, I do love a bit of Julia Donaldson — even though my youngest is pretty much out-growing her books already (*sniff*). This show for the very little sounds brilliant — I might just have to borrow a toddler and go. All sorts of characters from Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze come together on stage with singing, dancing, and lots of jolly story-telling fun. Shows at 1.30pm and 4pm.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £12. glive.co.uk
Summer Nights Film Festival, Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, 15 & 16 July
Pack your picnic and Pimms, and (and let’s be realistic here) a brolly and a blanket, and prepare yourself for some fab films under the stars. and On Friday, it’s The Martian (12A), with Matt Damon as a lone astronaut abandoned on Mars stranded with only his ingenuity to save him. He must find a way to survive, then signal Earth and subsist until the rescue can arrive. Doors open 7.30, screening 9.45pm. Tickets: £13 per person, under 5s free. Bookings essential. On Saturday, it’s Dirty Dancing (12A) when good girl, Baby, gets swept off her feet by twinkle toes, bad boy, Johnny Castle. It’s pure sexy cheese with a stonking great soundtrack. Plus, Patrick Swayze appears aplenty without his shirt. What’s not to like? Doors open 7.30, screening 9.45pm. Tickets: £13 per person, under 5s free. Bookings essential.
Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 01332 290606. rhs.org.uk
Open-air Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Ham House and Gardens, Richmond, Sat 9 July
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an award winning all-male company present Shakespeare’s classic play, performed in the beautiful gardens at Ham. Show is from 7pm-9.30pm. Tickets: adults £16, child £8, family £40. Booking essential.
Ham House, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7RS. Tel:020 8940 1950. nationaltrust.org.uk
An Evening at the Races with Jess Glynne, at Sandown Park, Esher, 23 July
One of the biggest breakthrough acts of recent years, and hot off the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, the gorgeous Jess Glynne is at Sandown Racecourse for an night of racing and music. Jess’s number-one charting debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, has now turned double platinum in the UK, making it the highest selling debut album of the past year. She also became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl to have five number-one singles in the UK. Jess will take to the stage after the last race, close to 9pm.
Woodland Fairy Fair, at Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton, 9-10 July
Attention all fairies, pixies and goblins – the Fairy King and Queen invite you to join them for a day of magical adventures in the wild woodlands of the Watts Gallery Artists’ Village. Explore the woodland trail, make fairy- themed crafts, hear stories of magic and have your face painted. Search for fairies in the wild woodland, have a go at den building and try tree climbing with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Additional fees apply for tree climbing and face painting. 11am-4pm.
Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235. wattsgallery.org.uk
Summer Series, Somerset House, 7-17 Jul
If you’re heading into London — or want an excuse to — this sounds perfect. The Summer Series at Somerset House has an impressive line-up of headline acts as well as some names you’ll want to watch in the future. And going to Somerset House is always worth it.
Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition, Tate Modern, 6 Jul-30 Oct
This week, a big new exhibition at Tate Modern brings together more than 100 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe — including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932, the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction. And she gets the prize for best comeback, too: “Men put me down as the best woman painter… …I think I’m one of the best painters.” I’m definitely heading into town for this one. Definitely.
BOOK IT NOW
An Evening at the Races with Busted, at Sandown Park, Esher, 20 July
Remember Busted? Can’t say I was ever a huge fan, but I reckon it’d make a fun night to combine a bit of horseracing with these boybanders. The original trio – Matt, James and Charlie – will be playing all their greatest hits together live including ‘What I Go To School For’, ‘Crashed The Wedding’, ‘Air Hostess’ and ‘Year 3000.’ Busted will take to the stage at about 9pm.