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The Muddy Guide: 29 Dec – 4 Jan

Winter Tours at Ham House – Ham House, Richmond – until 31 Mar

Visitors enjoying the snow in the garden at Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames.

The National Trust’s Ham House in Richmond is offering a selection of new tours and demonstrations focussing on different parts of Ham House’s history. The tours are free, and there’s no need to book in advance, but normal admission applies (£10.40 adults, £5.20 children, £26 family).

Ham House, Ham St, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 7RS. Tel: 0844 2491895.


New Year’s Day Garden and Belvedere Tower Opening – Claremont Gardens, Esher – 1 Jan 2017


Bring the family and walk off the excesses of the holiday season with a walk around the gardens, and a chance to see the stunning views from Belvedere Tower. The event is free, but normal admission charges apply (£7.65 adult, £3.85 child, £19.15 family). It’s on from 11am til 2pm.

Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG. Tel: 01372 467806.


Vintage New Year Party at G Live, Guildford – Sat Dec 31


Thinking about New Year’s Eve yet? Nay me either. But maybe we should be, to avoid that last-minute what-am-I-going-to-do panic. This party looks to a pretty fab option. Any opportunity to get on my stylish vintage glad rags on isn’t to be missed. There will be Champagne on arrival, a three-course dinner, and entertainment, followed by live music and dancing. As the clocks get closer to midnight, the London fireworks display will be streamed live into the party and you can get snogging the nearst to you! Tickets are £65. Dress code is black tie or vintage glamour. It’s from 7pm – 1am.

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


Christmas Glow – RHS Garden Wisley – until 2 Jan

Jigantics floral light installations at night. Christmas Glow event at RHS Garden Wisley.

If you haven’t had a chance to see these gorgeous lights at Wisley yet, there’s still a few days left to take in the Jigantics light installation around the gardens. Giant illuminated flowers bloom throughout the gardens in this stunning display. There are also natural Christmas decorations around the gardens, and a floral display in the glasshouse.

Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 260 9000.


Camden Town Group: Art for the Edwardian Era, at the Lightbox, Woking, until  22 Jan 2017

LMG123017 Portrait of Mrs Mounter, 1916-17 (oil on canvas) by Gilman, Harold (1876-1919); 33x18 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K.; English, out of copyright

Portrait of Mrs Mounter, 1916-17 (oil on canvas) by Gilman, Harold (1876-1919); Leeds Museums and Galleries

This exhibition explores the work of the Camden Town Group, and is taken from the collection at Leeds Art Gallery, which is the largest collection outside of the Tate in London. The group, influenced by Post-Impressionism, explored the changing realities and conditions of Edwardian urban life, depicting social and cultural life in Britain. Entry is £5, under 18s are free.

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800.


Christmas at Kew – Kew Gardens – until 2 Jan


If you haven’t seen the festive get up at Kew Gardens, this week’s your last chance. They get a festive makeover as trees, buildings and pathways are light up like, er, Christmas. Follow the mile-long path between a carpet of light swaying like blossom, past trees dripping in giant crystals, and see the tunnel of light, this year animated by more than 60,000 lights making patterns and pictures in time to festive music. There are also rides, food and drink, including mulled wine, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts. Christmas doesn’t get much more Christmassy than this.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. 


Ice Skating – Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey – 25 Nov to 8 Jan


There’s a seriously stunning backdrop for your triple salchow at Henry VIII’s old gaff in Surrey, floodlit with colours for the evening. Sessions are one hour (with 15 mins built into that to get your boots off at the end) and there are quieter morning sessions for young children and families. You can also indulge in an afternoon tea. Tickets vary according to peak and off-peak times. Expect to pay about £10-£12 each. Or check our guide to the best ice skating rinks in Surrey, and beyond.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU. Tel: 02920 230130.



Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Rose Theatre, Kingston – Sat 28 Jan


Join the RPO at Kingston for an evening of classical music – from Beethoven’s exhilarating Overture to Fidelio, to the mournful and somber tone of Greig’s Two Elegiac Melodies for String Orchestra. The RPS’s Principal Clarinet, Katherine Lacy, takes centre stage for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and the concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony No 3. Nicholas Cleobury is conducting. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £21-£33.

Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090.



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