Praise be, it’s the weekly Muddy Guide!
EAT! Food Festival, Reigate Priory Park, Sat 23 July
This festival ain’t gonna to do any favours to the Muddy midriff ahead of my summer holiday. But dang it – I’m going anyway, and I’m going to scoff my way around the fest. There’ll be art on show, music, and foodie demonstrations. If you want to know more about how your food gets from paddock to plate – the local butcher will be carving up a lamb and answering all your meaty questions. For those of a more delicate disposition, Tony Tobin’s demo of how to make caramelised turbo with mango salsa and basil mayonnaise. The festival in the sunken garden at Priory Park and is on from 11am-6pm, which pretty neatly covers lunch as well as an early dinner. And it’s free to get in.
Reigate Priory Park,Bell St, Reigate RH2 7RL. Tel: 07557 159965 eatfoodfest.co.uk
The Garden Show at Loseley, Loseley Park, Guildford, Fri 22 – Sun 24 July
One of my favourite things to do on a day out is wander around a gorgeous garden, taking notes and photos in the hope I might one day get my own patch of earth to look a bit similar. So this year’s Garden Show at Loseley has me all wibbly with excitement. It’s the fifth year the show’s been held, and there’ll be tons of exhibitors, plus children’s entertainment. It’s open on all three days from 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm). If you’re using a stat nav for directions you’ll need to enter “South Lodge GU3 1HY”, or you’ll end up in the wrong part of the estate. Unfortunately for my little pup, no dogs are allowed.
Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 304440. Tickets: £7 adults, £3 kids (under 3 free), family £18. loseleypark.co.uk
Guys and Dolls, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 26-30 July
This sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers will leave you ‘Walking on air’ with an evening featuring some of Broadway’s greatest show-stopping tunes. It’s feel-good theatre at its best.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £15-£47.50. atgtickets.com
Shadowlands, Richmond Theatre, 25 – 30 July
I saw this when it was in Guildford, and it’s utterly fabulous. It’s a superb story – moving, poignant and beautifully told – about the unlikely romance between C S Lewis, a middle-aged Oxford don and the author of the Narnia stories, and Joy Davidman, an outspoken and divorced American poet. Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady) is brilliant as Lewis, convincingly capturing his emotional shyness and then slowly revealing his unfolding emotions as he comes to realise first his admiration and eventually his deep love for Joy, played with intelligence and wit by Amanda Ryan. You can read my review here.
Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ. Tel: 0844 871 7651. Tickets:£13.90 – £32.90. atgtickets.com
The Dreamboys: Where Dreams Become Reality, at G Live, Guildford, Fri 22 July
A chance to ogle some hot blokes as they get their kit off during this two-hour show. Apparently the Dreamboys are the nation’s top male glamour show, and they’re so famous they’ve even made it onto The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Go forth and squeal, girlfriends.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. glive.co.uk
The BFG (PG), Everyman Cinemas in Oxted, Reigate, Walton & Esher, selected times from Fri, 22 July
I think I may be more excited about seeing this film than my kids. Roald Dahl’s BFG is on general release from Friday, and will be in cinemas everywhere, though you can’t beat the inde boutique Everyman cinemas. It’s the story of the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Directed by Steven Spielberg, so bring your hankies.
Sausage & Cider Festival, Warlingham, 23 – 24 July
There will be sausages, there’ll be cider, and there’ll be live music. Pack a picnic blanket and the fold out chairs and make yourself comfortable. And if you’re feeling energetic there’s also the colour run – a 500 metre run or walk on both days. Tickets for the colour run are £6.50. Entry to the festival is £5. Click here to book.
John Fisher Sports Club, 192 Limpsfield Road, Warlingham, CR6 9RD. sausageandcider.webeden.co.uk
Accoustic Lounge: Ramon Ruiz, at Camberley Theatre, Thur 21 July
If, like me, you have no plans to holiday to far-off exotic lands, this gig by the UK’s leading flamenco guitarist might transport you away. Okay, perhaps not. But it should at least be a fun night. Ramon Ruiz combines gypsy traditions with ethnic rhythms fusing musical influences from around the world from Asia to Latin America.
Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600. Tickets: £14.50. camberleytheatre.biz
The Secret Garden, at the Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 27 July – 1 Aug
Ahead of its transferral to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre present their adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden. It’s the story of Mary Lennox, who after the death of her parents, is sent to England to live with her uncle in Misselthwaite Manor where she discovers the magical secret garden.
Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
The Last Post, at G Live, Guilford, Sat 23 July
This one’s piqued my interest. It’s immersive theatre for kids aged 11+. Welcome to Mobile Sorting Office 451, where you will be transported to a world where snail mail reigns supreme. It’s curious love story between a redundant Post Master and the heiress of an international pen-palling agency. Just 18 bums squeeze onto 18 seats in Mobile Sorting Office (MSO) 451; a real bright red Luton van crammed with retro-chic details from a much travelled life, a thousand items of real mail and a limitless collection of stationery and letter writing accoutrements. The 7pm show has sold out, but there are still tickets for the 3pm show. Be quick.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £15. glive.co.uk
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Silent Pool Distillers Open Air Cinema, The Blues Brothers, at Sherbourne Farm, Albury, Sat 30 July
Settle down under the stars for fun night of film in the gorgeous setting of Sherbourne Farm, next to the mythical Silent Pool on the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate. On the big screen is The Blues Brothers, that classic Eighties flick staring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. There’ll be a complimentary cocktail, and then a fully-stocked bar. Though, personally, you can’t really pass up a Silent Pool G&T. Spaces are limited and it’s a one-off event, so book quickly.
Sherbourne Farm, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, GU5 9BW. silentpooldistillers.com