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If it’s going on in Surrey, rest assured, big ol’ flappy ears over here knows about it. Here’s the lowdown on this week’s goss.

Pub in the Park

Roll up, roll up for your tickets to Tom Kerridge’s Pub In The Park festival – they go on sale on 1 Feb, or 31 Jan if you sign up to their newsletter. The Chiswick House & Gardens festival, this year from 6-8 Sept, promises to be a hot ticket, with its blend of Michelin-starred pop-ups (Heston is coming this year, along with Bibendum’s Oyster Bar) and live music. It’s a brilliant festival that gets bigger and better, with pop stars and culinary rock stars sharing the bill.

Hot author alert

The award-winning author and social campaigner Kit de Waal comes to Watts Gallery Artists Village next month (Fri 1 Feb) to talk about her second novel The Trick to Time and her campaign to get more working-classes writers seen and heard. You may remember her debut novel, My Name is Leon, the best-selling story about the fates of two half brothers who are taken into care. It’s already been optioned for television by Lenny Henry’s production company. Like Leon, Kit’s second novel is a heart-wrenching story, only this time it’s about a young Irish girl in Birmingham. This event will include a book signing. Tickets are £15 and booking is a must.

First off piste

Can’t make it to the slopes this year? Well, there’s no need to miss out on the apres ski – thanks to the Rose and Crown Bar in Godalming. This newly refurbed and funky urban bar is hosting an Apres Ski pop-ups until March featuring Schnapps, steins and icy cold beers as well as a range of cocktails including the Twisted G&T. They’re on Wednesday to Saturday – snowsuits and boots optional.

For the love of gin

Guests at Lingfield Park can literally drink the atmosphere of the races. The Gin Kitchen in Dorking has crafted a new gin – Lovely Lingfield Gin – using turf taken from the track, among other botanicals from the estate including Bramley apples, lavender, rosehip and lemon mint. The Gin Kitchen produce three other gins, as well as a variety for Fortnum and Mason. Winning racehorse owners will be presented with a bottle of the gin and two coppa glasses, while punters can indulge in one of the courses bars.


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