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Things to do: May


This is Elvis
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 30 April – Sat 5 May

This musical, starring the award winning Steve Michaels stars as Elvis recreates the drama leading up to Elvis’s 1968 comeback, as well as staging the monumental concert. There will be plenty of Elvis’s greatest hits on offer, including Trouble, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Suspicious Minds. And you know what, just the thought has me All Shook Up.

Communicating Doors
■ Leatherhead Theatre ■ Tues 1 – Sat 5 May

Leatherhead Rep brings the third of its spring rep season productions to the stage – Alan Ayckbourn’s observational comedy, Communicating Doors. When a sex worker is called to the hotel room of a wealthy dying man, it turns out to be for an altogether surprising reason. With plenty of laughter along the way, it’s a race against time to re-write history and save all of their lives as they hop in and out of the communicating doors. Tickets £18.

Much Ado About Nothing
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sun 6 May 

Mel Giedroyc and John Hopkins in rehearsals for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre.
Photo by Mark Douet

This revival of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, stars actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice. This production uses Shakespeare’s language in a sharp contemporary setting of a spa hotel that not only offers glorious opportunities for physical comedy, but also provides a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Love From A Stranger – Agatha Christie
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tue 1 May – Sat 5 May

When Cecily Harrington moves to a remote country cottage after falling for a handsome and charming stranger, she discovers that her new-fangled and all-encompassing love is not at all what it seems… Agatha Christie’s psychological thriller is gorged with suspense that promises to have you at the edge of your seat. Tickets: £21.40 – £47.40


The Society of Designer Craftsmen North Surrey Group: The Makers’ Art
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tue 1 May – Sun 27 May

The society of Designer Craftsmen was founded in 1887, and with distinguished members, such as Walter Crane, William Morris and William de Morgan, it became the largest multi-craft society in the U.K. The exhibition will showcase a range of disciplines, including: ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles. 

Motionhouse: Charge
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tue 1 May

Motionhouse’s electrifying new dance-circus has all the ingredients to start May off with a bang. Fusing art and science, the use of digital projection creates a world where dancers and images effortlessly interact. Through dance and acrobatics, the human body as energy manipulators are explored. Time: 8pm. Tickets: £21.00 Under 16s: £14.00.


Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden
■ Birtley Estate, Guildford ■ Fri 4 May – Mon 28 May

Enjoy beautiful landscape sculptures amongst the Surrey Hills in a wonderful combination of nature and art. The backdrop of woodlands, meadows and lakesides provides the perfect setting for 200 sculptures. The exhibits use a range of natural materials and themes to showcase local and national artists. Feeling inspired … get involved in the ‘Have a Go Sculpture’ sessions. Or combine your visit with figure sculpting demonstrations, chainsaw sculpting, children’s art courses, yoga and a Sunday Woodland feast. Bring your own picnic or enjoy cream teas and refreshments on site. Price: £6 in advance/ £7 on the day.  Children under 12 go free.

Art in the Surrey Hills
■ Belgravia Gallery, Cranleigh ■ Fri 4 & Sat 5 May

Belgravia Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture including work by Nelson Mandella, Andy Warhol, Matisse, Sir Peter Blake and Gered Mankowitz among others. It’s a private exhibition, so contact the gallery for further details.

Great Weybridge Cake Off
■ Weybridge Green Market ■ Sat 5 May

Could you give Mary Berry a run for her money? Get your cake creations to Weybridge Market Monument Green between 10- 11am. Categories this year include a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme and Half-Dozen Small Bakes. Prizes will be presented by TV Celebrity Ruth Langsford (This Morning, How the Other Half Lives, Loose Women.) Entry price: £2 per Cake.


Farnham Duck Race
■ Gostrey Meadow, Farnham ■ Sat 5 May

Waddle over to The Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside for their annual Duck Race. This is not one to duck out of as the fun festivities starting from 10am, include inflatable slides and a bouncy castle. First race starts at noon.


A Celebration of Sir Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes And Undershaw
■ Haslemere Museum ■ Sat 5 May- Sat 26 May

This exhibition gives you chance to learn about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a writer who introduced one of the most iconic figures in literature- Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s home in Surrey, Undershaw welcomed many eminent figures to exchange ideas. The house is now home to Stepping Stones School, but the original features are still visible throughout the building reflecting the life he led in Surrey with his family and friends.

Emergency Services Day
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■  Mon 7 May

The big drawcard at Brooklands Museum on Bank Holiday Monday will be Fireman Sam.  He’ll be making appearances throughout the day in the Paddock at the Museum, meeting the crowds and posing for photographs. But this day is really to celebrate the work of all the emergency services and uniformed  forces from all over the county will arrive in their vehicles and descend on the 32 acre site. Entry: Adults £13.50; Seniors £11.50; Children (5-16 yrs) £7; Children Under 5 FREE; Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children), £35.

Spelthorne Arts Week
■ Spelthorne ■ Mon 7 May- Sun 13 May

A brand-new Arts Festival packed with activities for all ages and abilities, including an assortment of: live theatre, music, comedy, exhibitions, arts and crafts and dance workshops. From mosaic making and beginner’s ballroom dancing to kids bugs and butterfly arts and craft workshop… the whole family can get involved.

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 8 – Sat 12 May
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 28 May – Sat 2 June

Monogamy means sharing your life with one person, but what if you shared your kitchen with 5.6 million? Staring Janie Dee, the new comedy follows the life of Caroline, the nation’s favourite TV cook. She has it all but away from the glare of the ever-present cameras, Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out? Ticket price: £15 – £36. Guildford:  Richmond:

■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Mon 7 May

Spend bank holiday Monday at Watts Gallery for their 19th century-inspired paper crafts festival. Festivities include: paper marbling, making paper cone baskets, Morris dancing, Folk music and May Pole Dancing. Watch demonstrations by artists Florrie Thomas’ and Anne Henry who create paper sculptures and intricate paper cuts. Admission price: £12.70. Kids go free!

20th Century Boy
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Wed 9 – Sat 12 May

This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, comes to the Rose to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate.

Watts Screen: Suffragette
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Weds 9 May

In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the suffragette movement, permitting women to vote, the Watts gallery will show a screening of Suffragette at 6.30pm which will be introduced by the award- winning writer. Ticket price: £15.


The 1940s Relived at Brooklands Museum
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sat 12 May

Time warp back to the 1940s at Brooklands Museum’s annual relived event. Dress the part for the chance to be chosen best dressed by the Brooklands Style Scouts or complete your look with a purchase from the vintage market. Bop your way to the music dance tent to put your Jive, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop into practice. The day will consist of all things fashion, home wares, original memorabilia and vehicle displays. Adult entry ticket: £13.50. Child entry ticket: £7.00.

Food and Drink Festival
■ Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth ■ Sat 12 May

Calling all foodies. Could there be a more idyllic setting for the first ever Hartsfield Manor Food & Drink Festival. The fest will celebrate local food and drink suppliers including Crumbs Brewing, Putty’s Cakes, Monte Forte Pizza, Cullenders Deli, The Vineking and Pilgrim Brewery to name a few. There will also be live music. It’s on from 2pm-9pm, and is in aid of the Redhill and Reigate Round Table charity. Tickets are £4.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 14 May – Sat 19 May

Photo credit: Nobby Clark

Could this be the final curtain for the world’s greatest detective? An older and slower Sherlock Holmes retires to the South Coast for a more peaceful life. However, with all the enemies he made, he is worried that he is an easy target in his older age.  When Sherlock gets a call for help he is determined to solve the mystery and prove that he hasn’t lost his touch. Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations. Ticket price £20 – £35.

Remembering Fred
■ G Live, Guildford
■ Tue 15 May

Step back in time to a more glamourous era to remember Hollywood legend Fred Astaire. The dancing duo Aljaz and Janette will transport you back on a magical journey oozing with sophistication and class. There will be live music and entertainment supported by celebrity guest appearances. Ticket price: £24 – £45.50.

Throwback Thursday
■ Hummings Lounge, Esher ■ Thurs 17 May

Who’s for a cocktail? And some fun and funky throwback classic tunes. Think Diana Ross, Prince, Michael Jackson, Donna Summers. Head to Hummings Lounge in Esher for Throwback Thursday – it’s a party night for grown ups. You’ll have to book ahead, it’s £10 a ticket. Click here to book. Throwback Thursday

Guildford Gag House Comedy
■ The Back Room at the Star Inn, Guildford ■ Fri 18 May

Your live and professional monthly comedy club is back at The Star Inn, Guildford – but pay attention!  Just to keep you on your toes, they’ve swopped their usual third Saturday of the month for a Friday this May, so Guildford Gag House Comedy Club welcomes sensational line-up Henry Paker, James Alderson, Gary Tro and Michael Stranney (that’s him up there with the chook) as Daniel Duffy to the floor on Friday, May 18.

Right Royal Toast
■ The Running Horses, Mickleham and The Retreat, Staines ■ Fri 18 May

Celebrate Harry and Meghan’s nuptials with a British and American themed party featuring live music and good American and British food and of course the televised Royal wedding. Turn up in your best wedding hat and you’ll get a free glass of bubbly.

Murder at the Manor
■ Reigate Manor ■ Sat 19 May 

Who’s done it? Examine the evidence. Interrogate the suspects. Crack the case and catch the killer. When all of that murder mystery has got you feeling hungry, tuck into a three-course meal. Time: 7 – 10 pm. Ticket price: £30.


Rock 4 Refugees
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Sat 19 May

Rock 4 Refugees mini festival will become home to an array of bands and musicians. All sorts of fun will be proceeding in aid of Dorking Refugee Support and Refugee Community Kitchen, including: face painting, a raffle, and an art area. The line-up includes: Emilia Quinn, Planatine Quartet and Blind River. Time: 3pm. Ticket Price: £5. Under 14’s.


Surrey Vegan Fair
■ HG Wells Centre, Woking ■ Sat 19 May

There is an unstoppable global rise in veganism compelling people to embrace a more plant- based lifestyle. If you’re interested in eco- friendly living or healthy eating, then this is the place for you. There will be over 50 stalls offering food and drinks, ethical clothing, cruelty free skincare, beauty and lifestyle products and recycled goods. Advocate of animal welfare and Downton Abbey actor, Peter Egan and vegan chef and author Keith Squires will be keynote speakers.


David Aaronovitch: World Beyond the Classroom
■ ACS Egham International School, London Road, Egham ■ Tues 22 May

Two years from the referendum, 10 months on from Brexit. Should we be scared? Award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch will address these questions, and more when he speaks at the ACS International School in Egham. David Aaronovitch is an author, and a regular political and social commentator in national newspapers and on the BBC – so he’ll have a lot to say on this, and it will be good. The event is free, and open to all, but registration is a must. It’s from 6.45pm-8pm.

Summer Holiday
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 22 May – Sat 26 May

Fancy some feel good? Summer Holiday- based on the iconic 1960’s Cliff Richard Film- has Ray Quinn starring as Don alongside 70s legend Bobby Crush as Jerry. Bringing laughter, music and fun to the stage, this is the story of an amazing Summer Holiday adventure where they travel around Europe with a girl band and a young American pop star who is running away from home. Ticket price: £14.00 – £43.00.


Bat Walk at Hatchlands Park
■ Hatchlands Park, East Clandon ■ Thurs 24 May 

Batty for bats? Join a guided walk around Hatchlands park in search of bats hear and see some of the nine species that live there. Bat detectors will be provided. Time: 8 – 10pm. Adult ticket: £7.00. Child ticket: £4.00.


Godalming Gag House
■ Cafe Mila, Godalming ■ Fri 25 May

The comedians on the menu at Cafe Mila, include: Tom Deacon (Host of his own TV, radio and online shows on BBC2, BBC, Radio1 and currently working on a new Eurofan show for the 2013/ 14 Champions League), Naomi Cooper (solo show KERFUFFLE at Leicester Square Theatre and regularly blogs for the Huffington Post), Darren Walsh (his show PUNDERBOLT made the top 10 joke list of the Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror and Independent and won Dave’s Funniest Joke of the fringe), and Josh Howie (appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled with Eddie Izzard and contributed features to The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Mail.) . Dinner will be served from 6:30pm-7:30pm and The Comedy Club will start at 8pm. Comedy and Dinner ticket: £24. Comedy only ticket: £13.50.


Frog Island Fair
■ Pooley Green, Egham ■ Sat 26 May

Hop along to the Frog Island Fair for an unforgettable day of traditional family entertainment. There will be a children’s marquee, music, a farm, children’s fair rides and a sports activity area. Time: 11am – 5pm. Free entry. FrogIslandFair

Happy Days Festival
■ Imber Court, Esher ■ Sat 26 May & Sun 27 May

The festival that takes you back in time to celebrate those Happy Days. Reminisce with a combination of legendary artists from the 70s, 80s and 90, and other entertainments including a themed retro bar, pyrotechnics, games area and family fun activities. Festival goers will also be able to try delicious Gastro Grub, which will include a selection of World Fusion food. Line- up includes: Gloria Gaynor, Hacienda Classical, Cameo, The Farm Acoustic set and Robin S.

Off Ramps with Michael Brandon
Epsom Playhouse ■ Sat 26 May
Richmond Theatre ■ Sun 27 May

Michael Brandon brings his one-man show com to the stage in Surrey this month, covering his journey from Brooklyn to Britain via Hollywood with hilarious tales along the way. The former Lt. James Dempsey in 80s telly show Dempsey and Makepeace ‘lifts the lid,’ on various showbiz personalities including ex-wife and actress Lindsay Wagner, better known as the Bionic Woman, Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Tony Curtis and Kim Novak, to name a few. Epsom Playhouse: Richmond:


Spring spectacular half term at Bocketts Farm
■ Bockets farm, Leatherhead ■ Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

There’s a schedule full of fun at Bockets Farms Spring Spectacular, including: animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides and pig races. Circus shows will be put on throughout the day plus a circus skills workshop for the kids to have a go. With birds of prey flying demonstrations, a craft corner and a pan for gold, there won’t be any complaining of being bored this half term.

The Jazz Collective: Live on the terrace
■ The White Horse, Hascombe ■ Sun 27 May

The Jazz Collective –  featuring David Kirby on piano with vocalist Katie Crooks – will be performing live on the terrace at The White Horse in Hascombe from 5pm. Book a table for a late lunch or an early dinner and sit back and take in the tunes.

Art in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon Estate Vineyard ■ Sun 27 May – 10 June

Art and wine – what a great combination.  If you love both, you won’t want to miss the Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard, at High Clandon Estate Vineyard. And it’s for a good cause too. There will be more than 150 works of art on show in the spectacular gardens and Glass Barn at the vineyard. The event supports Cherry Trees charity in East Clandon (which provides respite care for children with learning and physical disabilities) and also marks the release of High Clandon’s 2013 vintage Elysium Cuvée. It is every day from 11am-4pm. The owners, Bruce and Sibylla Tindale, ask for a small donation of £5 per adult to go to Cherry Trees. Ten per cent of each sale of art and wine will also be donated to Cherry Trees.

Amazing Habitats workshop at The Living Planet Centre
■ Brewery Road, Woking ■ Tue 29 May to Thurs 31 May

This half term the kids can explore the extraordinary ways habitats have adapted from oceans and grasslands to rainforests. Design the perfect habitat and create an egg box animal home. Suitable for children aged 4+. Free activity.

Pottery Painting at Grayshott Pottery
■ Grayshott, Hindhead ■ Tue 29 May- Wed 30 May

Get crafty with the kids at Grayshott Pottery workshop open to children and adults. Once you’ve painted your masterpiece they will fire it up for you in their kilns. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. From £4.50 per item.

Shrek The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 30 May – Sun 10 Jun 

After the success of Shrek on screen I can only imagine what Shrek must be like in real life… Pretty big and green I suspect. Join Shrek and Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production intertwines magical fairy-tale and irresistible adventure for endless romance and laughs. Tickets: £17.50 – £58.00.

Katie Piper: What’s in my Head
■ Thurs 31 May ■ Camberley Theatre

This is Katie Piper’s debut theatre tour to share what she has learned through adversity. Uplifting and powerful and full of positivity. 7.30pm.

Beatriz Milhazes
■ White Cube, Bermondsey, SE1 ■ ends 1 July

Ooo! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.

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

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

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.

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.


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ V&A, London ■ until 17 Jun

v and a museum ocean liners exhibit empress of Britain poster white ship

These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
National Portrait Gallery, London ■  until 20 May

A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale


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