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Things to do: March


Rising Stars 2018
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

This is an exhibition of artists and makers who have made the shortlist for the Rising Stars award 2018 – and it’s a brilliant opportunity for collectors to learn more about the stars of the future. Past exhibitors have gone on to high profile careers. The makers in this year’s shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O’Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang.

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges – Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

Julie’s wall and free-standing sculptures take inspiration from the fragility of the eroding coastline, where she lives in Dorset. Her work is influenced by the changing sea, using delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards and colours. She also explores the senses and takes delight from watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like? Will it break?

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission.

Asthanga Yoga
Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Salon and Spa, Guildford Tue Mornings

Instead of giving something up for Lent, why not take something up? Asthanga Yoga is an ancient style of yoga designed to work every single muscle. Elanor is holding an Asthanga workshop (Sun 4 Mar) to help beginners develop an understanding of this practice and the many benefits. Asthanga yoga classes will be taking place on Tuesday mornings at 6.30- 7.30am.

Creative Pilates
■ Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Salon and Spa, Guildford Thurs Nights

Renew your intentions to improve your health and wellbeing with Creative Pilates. It’s a mat-based Pilates with a twist. Instructor Elena will use her dance background to influence, shape and enhance this lively Pilates session. Sessions take place on Thursdays at 7.30- 8.30pm.


Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.

Picasso: Paper & Clay
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 24 Jun

The exhibition Picasso: Paper & Clay will showcase work spanning almost seven decades of Pablo Picasso’s career, demonstrating his sense of liberation and experimentation across mediums and focusing on two areas of his creativity with works produced on paper and in ceramic.


Agatha Christie’s Love from a Stranger
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 27 Mar- Sat 31 Mar

This rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer can be rediscovered in a brand-new production. Cecily Harrington abandons her old life to settle in a remote country cottage after her romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps her off her feet. However, her newfound love is not all that he seems. Electric with suspense and with a shocking twist, you’ll be at the edge-of-your-seat. Tickets from £23.00 – £34.50.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tue 27 Mar – Sat 31 Mar


With toe-tapping musical numbers and hilarious comedy, the audience is transported to 1920s New York City. It was during this time that ‘moderns’, including a flapper named Millie Dilmount (played by Hayley Tamaddon), were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. Tickets: from £13.50.

George’s Marvellous Medicine
■ Rose theatre, Kingston ■ Wed 28 Mar – Sat 7 Apr

Roald Dahl’s treasured tale is brought to phizz-whizzing life at the Rose. George’s Grandmother isn’t like most, his likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do. One day, George sets about creating a brand-new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Little does he know that his perilous potion will be the start of a rather marvellous adventure. Tickets from £15.

The Embroidery Girl
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 29 Mar

Set in the Qing dynasty (221 to 206 BC), this is a story of Xiu Niang’s life and loves and her accomplishment of producing the famous Embroidery Art Bible during a rigid male dominated society. This balletic work is a blend of Chinese folk, classical and contemporary dance. Tickets from: £27.50-£44.00.

Champions Of Magic
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 31 Mar

Prepared to be amazed by…The 5 world-class illusionists that make up the ‘Champions Of Magic’. This cast of Britain’s top magicians includes daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic and incredible mind reading. Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation. Tickets at 19:30 cost: £30. Tickets at 14:00 cost: £25.

Easter Open Day
■ Albury Vineyard, Albury ■ Sat 31 March

Albury Vineyard gets the combination of fun-for-kids and fun-for-parents right on Sat 31 March for their Easter Open Day. There will be tastings of the vineyard’s award-winning sparkling win for the grown ups and a vineyard bunny-run as well as colouring, stickers and the all-important chocolate for the kiddos. It’s from 11am-4pm.

Exhibition: Out of the Dolls House – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage and Fashion
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Tue 6 Feb – Sat 2 Jun

From corsets to bra-burning, fashion has been closely linked to women’s equality for well over 100 years. Discover- at the Farnham Museum- how fashions have changed during the last 100 years, as the role of women in society has been radically altered since first getting the vote in February 1918. Open every day from 10:00 – 17:00. Entry free.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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