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MON 25 JUNE - SUN 1 JULY

Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.   nationaltrust.org

 

Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 26 June

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free. sunburyantiques.com

The Boodles
■ Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Bucks ■ Tues 26 June – Sat 1 July

A brilliant, local, fun and cost-effective alternative to Wimbledon held at the gorgeous five star hotel and country club of Stoke Park. It’s luxury all the way here, with Perrier-Jouët Champagne on ice and a gourmet lunch. There’s also a Boodles gallery of fine jewellery to gawp at – the Muddy girls tried half of it on last year while nervous assistants watched on. I should also mention that it’s a brilliant way to see top tennis players in a stadium of just 2000, so it’s like being in the first five rows at Centre Court. stokepark.com

 

One Voice
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 29 June

Fans of the singing icons Tina Turner, Carol King, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston are in for a treat when One Voice comes to Camberley. Performed by a cast of six vocalists, this show is a nonstop party of some of the most memorable songs to sing along to. Tickets are £21. camberleytheatre.co.uk

A Doll’s House
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Thurs 28 June- Fri 29 June

The Helmers excel at everything however as Christmas comes there seems to be things that Mr Helmer may have not mentioned… Niche’s adaption of A Doll’s House utilises verbatim and emotive choreography as it explores the stigmas around gender expectations and mental health. This artful adaptation focuses on the impossible idolisation of one ‘perfect’ woman. Age: 12+. Tickets: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

My Leonard Cohen
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sat 30 June

Cohen’s music as you’ve never heard it before. Australian performer, composer and musical director, Stewart D’Arrietta and his band are touring My Leonard Cohen. Driven by D’Arrietta’s raw and distinctive vocal style, this stirring celebration offers arresting and imaginative interpretations of the great singer-songwriter’s most powerful works. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare
■ Polesdon Lacey, Dorking ■ Sat 30 June

I can’t quite pinpoint what, but there’s something about a show being outside which makes it five times more exciting. At the open- air stage on Polsedon Lacey, become a Shakespearean spectator and enjoy Shakespeare’s roaring comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Don’t forget your chair and blanket (it may not be very Elizabethan but no one’s judging!) Tickets: £12. Under 16’s go free. dorkinghalls.co.uk

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. wattsgallery.org.uk

FURTHER AFIELD

The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock. tate.org.uk

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines. designmuseum.org

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time. tate.org.uk

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

Oooh! 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. whitecube.com

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, 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. vam.ac.uk

LOOKING AHEAD

Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 3 July

The very fabulous Sunbury Antiques Fair has expanded and taken over the fair at Sandown Park – and you’ll find the market stalls there bright and early on the first Tuesday of every month. There are a vast array of stalls – both inside and outside – selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 7am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free. sunburyantiques.com

 

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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