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Things to do: November


Turner in Surrey
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sat 4 March

Thomson’s Aeolian Harp, 1809 (oil on canvas) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851) A view overlooking the River Thames from Richmond Hill

J.M.W. Turner’s work was produced on his various travels on the Thames, Wey Navigation and in the county of Surrey, prior to the London boundary changes of 1889. This exhibition will explore how Turner retreated into nature, capturing both the beauty of the landscape and the changing effects of nature. There will also be a rare opportunity to see the artists personal possessions, including: travelling watercolor box and watercolor palette. £4.50 Day pass. Under 18’s free.


Winter Exhibition – Art & Craft Inspiration for the Festive Season
■ New Ashgate Gallery Trust, Farnham ■ until Fri 6 Jan

Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists and makers from across the country. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than 50 talented established and emerging artists. A must-see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft.


Contemporary Textiles
■ New Ashgate Gallery Trust, Farnham ■ until Fri 6 Jan

Motif cushions by Sally Nencini

Presenting an array of knitted, woven, printed, felted, and stitched textiles for you and your home, this exhibition showcases the range of techniques within the field of textiles. The makers chosen for this exhibition are concerned primarily with the process, blending a combination of traditional techniques and contemporary design. Highlights include Bridget Bailey’s 3D entomological sculptures inspired by her millinery background as well as luxury silk scarves by Cornish based designer Claire Armitage.


Helen Allingham
■ Watts gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 18 Feb

The first major public art gallery exhibition devoted to artist Helen Allingham is coming to Watts gallery. Both rarely seen works from private collections and public collections will be displayed. The exhibition will show the artists talent as a watercolourist and as one of the most successful and well- loved creative women of the nineteenth century. Online Admission: £10.50. Children admission: free.


Ghost Tours, Hampton Court
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ selected dates until Jan 2018

Want to petrify your kids? Course you do! There are Family Tours on 5 Nov at 6.30 (and also 7 Jan 2018, but seriously I’m not even thinking next year yet!).  It’s a 75-90 minute  walking tour hearing stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity Minimum age is 8 years and a maximum of 3 children per accompanying adult.


Christmas stories and songs with Santa
■ Wisley Gardens ■ Wed 29 Nov

For a special experience book onto a Christmas story with Santa and Mrs Clause. Listen to a classic Christmas tale and sing- a- long with Santa. If you have been especially good this year you may even receive a small gift. Children tickets are £12. Additional adults are £2.


Christmas at Kew
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ until 
1 Jan 2018

Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with it one mile sparkling path winding its way through the world-famous Gardens. This year they promise a million twinkling lights, Singing Trees, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden, plus Father C and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. Worth going with the fam.


■ G Live, Guildford ■ Mon 27 Nov – Sat 2 Dec

Head back in to the Sixties this week at G Live for the smash hit musical Hairspray. Set in Baltimore in 1962, Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart. She’s on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!


Jack and his Giant Stalk
■ The back room of the Star Inn, Guildford ■ Tue 28 Nov- Sun 31 Nov

Leave the kids at home because this is a panto for the adults. All is not peachy in the kingdom of Fringeland as the impact of Frexit starts to bite. Even double entendres have been banned for being too French. Poor Jack’s farm is on its uppers and two hairy men in outrageous frocks are at their wits end. Can three magic beans change their fortunes in life and love? Tickets are £18.50. Must be aged 18 or over.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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