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The Muddy Guide: 24-30 Nov

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – Farnham Maltings – Tues 29 Nov



Adrian Berry’s acclaimed sell-out production about a young Bowie obsessive comes to Farnham. It’s about Martin, a boy with an illness no-one understands who embarks on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself. If you’re a Bowie fan, this is a must. Tickets: £10 – £12. And if you can’t make the Farnham show, it will be at The West End Centre in Aldershot on Wed 30 Nov. Book here for Aldershot.

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


Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! – Cranleigh Arts Centre – Thurs 24 Nov


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of her arrival in Britain, Shappi is reclaiming her patriotism and sending a love letter to her adopted land. The promo material warns you not to come if you’re a skinhead (though bald folk are welcome!!). Tickets: £16.50.

Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS. Tel: 01483 278000.


Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am – Farnham Maltings – Fri 25 Nov


Author, TV regular, Indy columnist and comedian, Mark Steel’s newest stand up show tells a surprising and poignant story about being adopted and about his search for his biological parents, following the birth of his own son. Tickets are £15, or with pre dinner dining £23. The show starts at 8pm.

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


Event screening: Christmas with André Rieu – various venues – Sun 27 Nov


This never-before-seen concert was filmed during André Rieu’s live Maastricht tour last December and includes all the favourites including Hallelujah, Jingle Bells, White Christmas and many more performed by André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra along with his sopranos and tenors. For venues click here.


Shalamar: A Night to Remember – The Greatest Hits Tour – G Live, Guildford – Tues 29 Nov


Shalamar sold over 25 million records until the classic line up split in the mid eighties. One of the best funk and soul groups of their generation, the group reformed in 2001 with Howard Hewett, Caroline Griffey and Jefrey Daniel, performing worldwide with a seven piece backing band. They’ll be body popping in Guildford next week. Tickets £34.

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


Festive Walk – Painshill, Cobham – 30 Nov til 2 Dec


Christmas doesn’t get much more magical than the Crystal Grotto Festive Walk at Painshill. The special festive route passes follies and trees lit up with beautiful colourful lights leading you to the sparkling crystal Grotto. It’s open from 5pm-6.30pm and 6.30pm-8pm. Cost is £12 adults, concessions £10, children £8. Proceeds from the event go towards the restoration of Painshill. Book here.

Painshill, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113.


Christmas Fair – Farnham Maltings – Wed 30 Nov & Thurs 1 Dec


The Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair kicks off on Wednesday with more than 150 stalls featuring handmade gifts, crafts, vintage bits and bobs, and food and drink. It’s open from 3pm-9.30pm on Wednesday and 10am-8pm on Thursday. Entry is £1, under 15s are free.

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


Glyndebourne presents Don Giovanni – New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Tues 29 Nov to Fri 2 Dec


Don Giovanni

The Glyndebourne Tour stops off at Woking this week, bringing Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the comic opera about that was last seen on the tour in 2010. Then from Wed 30-Sat 3 Dec, Glyndebourne will present Pucinni’s Madama Butterfly, and on Thurs 1 Dec, it’s Glyndebourne’s Behind the Curtain. This is the 22nd year Glyndebourne has brought it’s opera to Woking, which is one of only five regional venues on the tour. Tickets are £21.40 – £93.40.

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


Children’s Trust Christmas Festival – Tadworth – Sat 26 Nov


Those santa hats are out in force with Christmas fairs galore. But here, they’re being paraded by Taffy and Aubrey. The Children’s Trusts annual Christmas Fair features all you festive favourites: Santa in his grotto, a skating rink, mulled wine and minced pies, fairground rides, face painting, Christmas arts and crafts, raffles, games and activities. There will also be a festive market and a Christmas band. It’s on from 12-4pm and entry is £3 adults, children free.

The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU.


Winterfest at St Andrew’s Parish Church – Farnham – Sat 26 Nov



This is a celebration of arts, crafts and hobbies, featuring demonstrations, exhibitions, children’s activities and music. There will be craft for sale. It starts at 10am and goes until 5pm.

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Upper Church Lane, Farnham, Surrey, Gu9 7PW. Tel 01252 715 412.


Watts Victorian Christmas Fair – Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton – Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov


Imerse yourself in Christmas at the this traditional fair inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. A Victorian Father Christmas will be on hand telling stories, and there will be a 12 Days of Christmas trail around the Artists’ Village. Choirs will be singing carols, there will be horse and carriage rides, and Come and Make! Workshops for terracotts decorations, marbled wrapping paper, printed gift tags, scented orange pomanders, willow wreaths and paper angels.

Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235.


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