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Vintage Fashion Fair – Farnham Maltings – Sat 12 Nov


Got to love a bit of vintage fashion, and even better if you can shake the kids off for a couple of hours and have a browse and a wander. The fair is held in the cellar bar at Farnham Maltings whre there are stalls selling all things authentically vintage, datinb from the 1900s to the 1980,  clothings, shoes, handbags, hats, jewellery and textiles. Entry is £2, and if you must bring the kids, they’re free! It’s on from 10am -2pm.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444.


Billy Bragg & Jo Henry: Shine a Light Tour – G Live, Guildford – Mon 14 Nov


In March this year, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, grabbed their guitars and boarded train to Los Angeles from Chicago’s Union Station. They wanted to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, they recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. On this Shine A Light tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own back catalogues. Catch em if you can. Tickets are £26. Show starts at 8pm.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – 9-19 Nov


One of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mix of madness, intrigue and exuberance. Jason Manford stars in the role of Caractacus Potts, alongside Claire Sweeney as Baroness Bomburst, and Phill Jupitus as Lord Scrumptious. Having broken all box office records in the West End, this one’s a no brainer. And there are several matinee performances, so not tired kids. Tickets: £21.90 – £48.90. Matinees at 2.30pm on Thurs 10, Sat 12, Wed 16, Thurs 17 and Sat 19 Nov and at 1pm on Sun 13 Nov, as well as shows at 7.30pm. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you! I’m taking the mini mudlet, I’ll let you know how it goes.

New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645.


Chinese State Circus: Dynasty – Richmond Theatre – Sun 13 Nov


“No gimmicks… no fakes… no retakes… quite simply the incomparable Chinese State Circus.” That’s what the bumf says, and I must say it had me at fakes! The Chinese State Circus brings a 2,000 artform bang up to date in Dynasty with world-class acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers. If the Olympic gymnastics had you glued to the telly, you’ll love this! Show starts 6pm. Tickets: £29.15.

Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ. Tel: 0844 871 7651.


Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra – G Live, Guildford – Thurs 10 Nov


Not just Jools Holland, mind you, but his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra too – and special guest Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson (remember The Selector?).  There’s also Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, Beth Rowley and Gilson Lavis (the original drummer from Squeeze), so there’ll be loads going on as they sing and play their way through Jools’ solo career. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £41.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350.


Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook – Epsom Playhouse – Wed 16 Nov


The girl certainly looks like Adele, and by all accounts she sounds like her too. So if those butt-clenchingly expensive tickets for the real thing are too elusive, Katie Markham could be a good alternative. She was handpicked by Adele herself (natch!) and delivers songs from Adele’s three record-breaking albums, 19, 21 and 25, including ‘Chasing Pavements’, Rolling in the Deep’, ‘Set Fire to the Rain’. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £19.50.

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555.


Live screening: Alan Bennett’s Diaries – various venues – Wed Nov 16



The event will include a screening of Alan Bennett’s Diaries, a new film about the writer, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Alan with from his local library in Primrose Hill. Inspired by his diaries, the film shows Alan Bennett as he’s never been seen before: following him to New York to accept and award from the city’s public library, to the village in Yorkshire he calls home. Click here to find a screening near you.



The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection – Tate Modern, London – opens 10 Nov to 7 May 2017


Man Ray Glass Tears (Les Larmes) 1932 The Sir Elton John Photographic Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

A one-off chance to view one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, drawn from the classic Modernist period of the 1920s-50s. The exhibition showcases more than 150 prints by 60 artists. It includes a group of Man Ray portraits brought together by Sir Elton over the past 25 years, depicting artists such as Matisse, Picasso and Max Ernst. Work by photographers such as Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, Edward Steichen, Margaret Bourke-White and Alexandr Rodchenko are also on show. Tickets: £16.50.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG. Tel: 020 7887 8888.


The Tempest – RSC, Stratford 2016 Family Production – Tues 8 Nov – 21 Jan 2017


Wow, wow and wow. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking family production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the RSC. The Tempest’s tale of Prospero, a magician able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will is being produced in partnership with Intel – you read it right – using advanced technology in a bold reimagining of the play, so the mind fair boggles but it sounds like the perfect introdution to Shakespeare for young theatregoers and their families.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.


Vivienne Westwood in conversation with Caroline Lucas – Brighton Dome – 18 Nov


Fashion designer, punk creator and green activist Vivienne Westwood will be talking about her life to Green MP Caroline Lucas in an event to promote publication of her diary of the last few years. As you’d expect, her recent history has been fairly bonkers in its variety – travelling up the Amazon to highlight tribal communities’ struggles to maintain the rainforest, visiting Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy and driving to David Cameron’s Cotswolds home in a tank. Tickets are £13.50.

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE.


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