The Muddy Guide: 1-7 Sept
NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea, various venues, Thurs 1 Sept
If you missed this summer’s sell-out performance at The National Theatre, in London, you can still catch the Terrence Rattigan’s masterpiece from the comfort of your cinema seat. Helen McCrory (yes, she from Peaky Blinders) plays Hester Collyer, a woman on the brink of ending her life, and the critics have been saying some pretty good stuff about her. Tom Burke, too, is getting great reviews. Click the link to find a participating cinema near you – there are several screenings across Surrey including in Redhill, Reigate, Walton-on-Thames, Camberley, Croydon, Cranleigh, Dorking, Guildford, Leatherhead, Farnham, Epsom, Esher, Haslemere and Woking. The production will be broadcast at 7pm. Tickets are £15 for adults, £12.50 for children.
One Night of Queen, G Live, Fri 2 Sept
Freddie is back – and he wants to break free! Stars In Their Eyes winner Gary Mullen takes to the stage with his Queen tribute band, in a show that’s been doing the rounds of the world. If you’re a fan of Queen, this show’s a must as you head back to the Seventies and Eighties rock n’ roll scene with all the charisma and showmanship of the real Freddie. Tickets are £22.50 with some concessions available. Show starts at 8pm with the option of pre-show dining onsite.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350 glive.co.uk
Woking Food and Drink Festival, Woking Town Centre, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Sept
Celebrity and local chefs are out in force which seems to me to be a pretty fab excuse to scoff some pretty fab nosh. Antonio Carluccio is the headlining chef, with John Whaite, Tom and Henry Herbert and Georgina Hayden also along for the ride, among others. As you’d expect, there will be a bake off competition (GBBO has made the humble cake-baking competition cool again!), cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, wine tastings and masterclasses. Did someone say wine? See you there! Oh, and there’s also live music.
Dash of Colour: 5k Fun Run, Frimley Green, Sat 3 Sept
Fancy a quick and bright 5k run on Frimley Green to shake off those back to school blues? Paint is thrown at runners on this 5k circuit to create a festival atmosphere for this run in aid of Hospice Care. The registration fee is £18. The event is currently wait-listed but more places may be released so get your name down, or just pop along to support. It starts at 12noon.
Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road, Frimley, GU16 6HY. Tel: 01252 729400 pth.org.uk
Sue Perkins Live! In Spectacles, Rose Theatre Kingston, Mon 5 Sept
Now that the beloved British Bake-Off is underway here is another chance to get more than your weekly Wednesday dose of Sue Perkins. The show is based on her best-selling memoir Spectacles and each ticket comes with a free copy of the book! Sue will be signing copies after the show. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite Sue will also be giving an insider’s view on Mary Berry. Bring on the cake! Tickets are £25.50. Show starts at 7.30pm.
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 0208 174 0090. rosetheatrekingston.org
Wisley Flower Show, at RHS Wisley, Woking, Tues 6 to Sun 11 Sept
Kick start the show with a special breakfast on the 6 September. Meet at 7:30 am for an exclusive private tour of the show. Tickets are £28 for members and £40 for non-members. Other highlights include the Dahlia Competition on the 10 and 11 September; bring your best homegrown dahlia for a chance to win the much-coveted trophy. Opening times are 9 am to 6 pm (closing at 5 pm on Sunday) and non-member entrance is £14.50 for adults, £7.25 for children.
Bat Walk, at Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Thur 8 Sept
Curious about the local wildlife in Surrey? Join nature experts at Hatchlands Park for a guided walk in search of the bat population. Everyone receives their own bat detector so you can hear, and hopefully see, a few of the nine species of bats living in the park. The tour starts at 7.30pm and lasts for two hours. Prices are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, GU4 7SE. Tel: 01483 222482. nationaltrust.org.uk
Dory and Friends trail, Sea Life Brighton, until 11 Sept
If you’re planning a trip to the coast and you want a back up plan for the weather, you could do worse than than Sea Life in Brighton. Learn all about blue tangs and clownfish like Dory and Nemo at the Sealife centre which has a special interactive trail to help children find real life versions of their favourite Disney Pixar characters. There’s even a reward.
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Forbidden Nights, Camberley Theatre, Fri 6 Nov
Think Cirque de Soleil meets Magic Mike for this all-male variety show. It’s probably one you birds are going to enjoy – so leave him indoors at home and grab your mates for a night out. According to the spiel, it’s a classy show with a full theatre production and explosive choreography. The Forbidden team are skilled performers handpicked for their talent, charisma and, er, honed physiques. Go scream.
Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600. camberleytheatre.biz
Always The Sun Music and Arts Festival, Stoke Park, Guildford, Sept 10 – 11
At the risk of harping on about this music festival too much, I feel duty bound to give you that nudge to book the tickets. This two day festival has pulled in some pretty big acts to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Boileroom in Guildford – and tickets will sell out if ya don’t buy em soon. There will be two stages with music from Turin Brakes, Mystery Jets (above), Spring King, The Big Moon, Kagoul, Hannah Lou Clark, Palf, Nadine, Sulky Boy and The Wonder Beers, among others. There will also be interactive creative workshops, and food and drink from local producers, including 2015 Great British Bake Off contestant Stu Henshall. On the Sunday, Stu and co-judges Muriel Quilter of the Guilford Spike WI, and Fran Willoughby, a Squires Kitchen tutor, will put cakes and breaded delights to the taste test in the Great Guildford Bake Off. The festival is on from 11am – 11pm each day.
Always The Sun Festival, Stoke Park, Nightingale Road, Guildford, GU1 1ER. Tickets: £20 adult per day. alwaysthesunfestival.co.uk