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Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic, at G Live, Guildford, Fri 29 July
Part of the Guildford Fringe Festival, Griffin and Jones have come back home to Guildford for their first full-length show here in two years! Whether trying to flog you their own brand of snake-oil, coerce you into playing one of their ridiculous games, or leaving you watching through your fingers in horror, these guys will not only leave you asking how they did it, but also why! It sounds fabulous.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. glive.co.uk
Fuchsia Display in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, until 28 Aug
In case you were wondering, Fuchsias were named after the botanist Leonhard Fuchs, and were first cultivated in England in the late 18th century, having been brought across from Central and South America. They’re a bit of a staple in most English gardens these days, and come in numerous hybrid forms with a variety of shapes of flowers and almost countless different colours. If you’re anything like me, and you like to gawp at pretty flowers, you can see these at their spectacular best in the glasshouse for the next few weeks.
Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 260 9000. rhs.org.uk
Amanda Waring: For the Love of Chocolate, in The Back Room at the Star Inn, Guildford, Sat 30 July
The face of the Guildford Fringe Festival, the fabulous Amanda Waring brings her one-woman chocolate show to Guildford, where she shares some sweet delights with the audience. Aside from the fact Amanda throws chocolates to the audience, she’s also very funny. This show has had sell-out runs in Edinburgh, London and Brighton, so you can’t go wrong. You can read my interview with Amanda here.
Finding Dory (U), at Everyman Cinemas in Oxted, Reigate, Walton & Esher, selected times from Fri, 29 July
I have a lot in common with Dory. We both look amazing in blue, I’m pretty good at the old front crawl, and, er, my memory goes blank about every 10 seconds or so. The marvellous Ellen DeGeneres is getting rave reviews for her turn as the voice of the blue tang fish, who goes off in search of her long-lost parents with the help of friends Nemo and Marlin. Pixar know a thing or two about kids’ animation, and I don’t think I’ve seen a bad one yet, so you know you’re in safe hands.
Silent Pool Distillers Open Air Cinema, The Blues Brothers, at Sherbourne Farm, Albury, Sat 30 July
Settle down under the stars for fun night of film in the gorgeous setting of Sherbourne Farm, next to the mythical Silent Pool on the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate. On the big screen is The Blues Brothers, that classic Eighties flick staring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. There’ll be a complimentary cocktail, and then a fully-stocked bar. Though, personally, you can’t really pass up a Silent Pool G&T. Spaces are limited and it’s a one-off event, so book quickly.
Sherbourne Farm, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, GU5 9BW. silentpooldistillers.com
Dinosaur Zoo, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, 30 July – 1 Aug
Dinosaur Zoo comes stampeding back to Kingston, this time bringing the awesome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Meet awesome Jurassic creatures face to face, including an arctic tyrannosaur, a baby triceratops and baby parasaurolophus. Suitable for ages 3+. Performances on Saturday are at 12noon and 2.30pm, and on Sunday and Monday they’re at 11am and 2pm.
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090. rosetheatrekingston.org
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Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman, at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, Thur 1 Sept
Professional grumpy old woman, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine – and here she bares all when she puts middle age under the microscope and while deciding whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly, wipe that lipstick off your teeth, and buy your tickets before they all sell out.
Rhona McGaw Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com