The Muddy Guide: 12-18 Jan

Butterflies in the Glasshouse – RHS Garden Wisley, Woking – 14 Jan to 5 Mar

Set your heart a flutter with a trip to see the butterflies among the exotic beauties in the glasshouse at Wisley. Watch for the striking blue morpho, the giant owl and the king swallowtail flitting among the lush creepers and bright flowers and fruit in the tropical zone. You’ll also see butterflies feeding at special feeding stations, and learn about their lifecycle. General admission is usually available, or you can pre-book a particular time slot.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB. rhs.org.uk

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Magical Lantern Festival – Chiswick House and Gardens – 19 Jan to 26 Feb

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The Magic Lantern Festival returns to Chiswick for a second year with a Silk Road festival. More than 50 giant lanterns will be on display celebrating this route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. Look out for the giant fire rooster to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. The festival is an outdoor event (so get you winter woollies on), and there are children’s activities, including a synthetic ice rink and a funfair. This promises to be a unique and cultural event, with a buzzing carnival atmosphere. Tickets are £5.90-£19.70.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick, London W4 2QN, magicallantern.co.uk

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Circus of Horrors – G Live, Guilford – Thurs 12 Jan

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Apparently Simon Cowell is a big fan, as is David Hasselhoff. The show that made the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and was the first circus to appear in the West End for 100 years, now brings its 21st anniversary tour to G Live in Guildford. The Never-ending Nightmare, features an amalgamation of bizarre and brave acts, woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story, performed win a forked tongue firmly in each cheek! Tickets are £18 – £29.

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

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The London Art Fair – Islington, N1 0QH – 18 to 22 Jan

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The London Art Fair is the UK’s premier fair for Modern British and contemporary art, and it returns to the Business Design Centre in Islington. It’s known for its welcoming and supportive environment for collectors of all levels, and this year will see over 125 galleries showcase the best contemporary and modern art from the UK and around the world. And this year The Lightbox in Woking is a partner, bringing an exhibition of Modern British art from The Ingram Collection titled Ten Years: A Century of Art. Ticket prices vary, but a day ticket on the door is £22, or £15 if you book in advance.

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH. londonartfair.co.uk

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Quilters’ Fair – Farnham Maltings – Sun 15 Jan

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I love the idea of quilting… and I’ve even attempted a couple of small ones. There’re fairly amateurish, and probably when I’ve got more time to devote (and hopefully more patience) I’ll do more of this. But for those of you already at it, Farnham Maltings is hosting a quilters exhibition and fabric sale which promises to be an extravaganza for all your quilting needs. And there’s an exhibition of quilts by quilting groups in the south of England. Entry is £6 before 1pm and £3 after. Children ere free.

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

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Blood Brothers – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Tues 17 to Sat 21 Jan

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Blood Brothers tells the moving story of twins who are separated at birth and grow with very different lives, only to meet again in later life. It’s already surpassed 10,000 performances in the West End and The Sunday Times says it’s one of the best musicals ever written – which is pretty high praise indeed. Lyn Paul returns to the role of Mrs Johnstone, which she has played many times in the West End. Tickets are £17.90-£52.40.

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

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First Hippo on the Moon – G Live – Tues 17 Jan to Thurs 19 Jan

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The bonkers brain of David Walliams has done it again with the children’s book First Hippo on the Moon, and now here it is on stage. This is only the second stop on the national tour, so unless you’ve been to Eastbourne, you’ll also be among the first to see it! The production features puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon. It’s aimed at kids from 3 years up. There are shows at 2pm each day, with a 4.30pm showing on Tues and and an 11am showing on Wed as well. Tickets are £15.50.

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

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David Hockney – Tate Britain, London – 9 Feb to 29 May

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David Hockney is almost 80, and this exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of his most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades. Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working – from his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings – some of which have never been seen before in public.

Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG. tate.org.uk

 

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