The Muddy Guide
Vintage Fair, at the Lightbox, Woking
Ohhhh! I love a bit of vintage, so this fair is right up my street. Inde retails will have their stalls stocked with goodies from yesteryear, a pop-up beauty parlour will be on hand to restyle hair and makeup to bring out your vintage best, and there will be workshops where you can make your own vintage bunting or dried flower arrangement. There will also be activities for kids. Entrance to the fair is free, the Create a flower Crown workshop is £12 a person. The fair is from 10.30a,-5pm.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk
Ham Supper Club, at Ham House and Garden, Richmond, Fri 1 July
There are still a few tickets available for this exclusive supper club in the Orangery Cafe at the National Trust’s 17th Century Ham House. The evening includes 3 courses, welcome drink and a talk or tour by a member the National Trust team. A bar will also be available. The supper club is based around the seasons and the chefs aim to use as much produce from the 17th century walled kitchen garden as possible. Bookings are essential.
Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 7RS. Tel: 0844 249 1895. nationaltrust.org.uk
Ladies’ Day, at Sandown Park Racecourse, Fri 1 July
Get your frocks and fascinators out ladies – this one’s for you. Fashion and glamour are synonymous with any race day and on Friday it’s your chance to set free your inner fashionista. It’s the perfect curtain raiser for the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday 2 July, one of Britain’s most illustrious flat races. The Style Award once again returns and this year’s celebrity judge is Made in Chelsea star Rosie Fortescue. Judging alongside Rosie and offering generous prizes include luxury British fashion label Beulah and Milliner Noel Stewart. Tickets are now on sale with a 20% advanced booking discount.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Everyman Cinemas in Oxted, Reigate, Walton & Esher, selected times from Fri, 1 July
The Absolutely Fabulous movie has us VERY excited! Pop the Bolly, grab the cigs (or maybe forget the cigs!), and gather up the girls for what promises to be a great night at the flicks. Twenty-four years after we first met Patsy and Edina, the pair lurch onto the silver screen in a celebrity and fashion-filled feature film. It’s packed with supermodels – Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse, Jerry Hall, Daisy Lowe, Jourdan Dunn and Lara Stone… and more. It’s going to be absolutely fabulous, sweetie, dahling! Everyman Esher is hosting an Ab-Fab Opening Night, which includes fizz, food and fancy dress (tickets £30-£35); and on Sunday there’s an Ab-Fab Sunday Rehab, with Chambord Royale cocktails, Bloody Marys (no virgins), bacon and smoked salmon bagels and 90s dressing up darling (tickets £30-£35)!
Reigate Community Festival, at Priory Park, on Sat 2 July
Fingers crossed the weather improves for the Reigate Community Festival on Saturday. This year the festival has gone with Shakespeare as its theme, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. It’s a jam-packed festival with a live music marquee and fairground, plus an ArtFair, with an exhibition by Surrey artists including Susie West, Lydia Dawson, Tracey Jane Cooper, Kristin Wood and others, and workshops. There will be a dog show, with prizes for the prettiest and most handsome dogs, the golden oldie, the poshest pedigree and cutest crossbreed. Watch out for a strongman spectacular in the main arena, and various workshops for kids in the Kidszone.
Reigate Community Festival, 10.30am-10.30pm, Reigate Priory Park, Bell Street, Reigate. reigatecommunityfestival.co.uk
Rhythm of Dance, at Dorking Halls, Sat 2 July
Michael Flatley has a lot to answer for. The enormous success of Riverdance sent many an Irish dance group scurrying onto a national tour. This one though, is of the slickest – so it’s worth a look. It’s fast, though not furious, and easy on the eye. For a celebration of Irish dance, this could be the ticket.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £25. dorkinghalls.co.uk
A Night in Venice, at the Epsom Playhouse, Tues 5 July
Loving the sound of this. Recreating the romance and glamour of Venetian soirees and masked balls, this opera encapsulates some of the great music of Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. With music performed by the European Baroque Ensemble, world class opera singers perform arias from the grand operas of the day.
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555. Tickets: £21. epsomplayhouse.co.uk
The Dreamboys, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Wed 6 July
For those who like this kind of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. Apparently the Dreamboys are so famous they’ve even made it onto The Alan Titchmarsh Show. There are still some tickets to see fit young men taking their clothes off on Wednesday. Go squeal.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Tel: 0844 871 7645. Tickets: £21.65-£31.65. atgtickets.com
An Evening at the Races with The Corrs, Epsom Downs Racecourse, Thur 30 June
An evening at the races, sans kids, sounds like a great night. Add a bit of musak and you’ve just backed a winner. This evening race meet at Epsom Downs is followed by a performance from The Corrs. They returned last year after a 10 year hiatus, with their album White Light going into the UK charts at number 11, followed by a sold-out arena tour. Gates open at 4pm, the first race is at 6pm and the last race is at 8.55pm.
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs KT18 5LQ. Tel: 01372 477 747. epsom.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Guildford Fringe Festival, various venues, Guildford, from 1 – 31 July
Guildford Fringe Festival kicks off on Friday, with tons of fab events throughout the whole of July. Expect theatre, music, comedy, dance, exhibitions, talks, film, cabaret, kids workshops, shows and poetry nights. Among the highlights are the Hundred Watt Club burlesque and cabaret at The Electric Theatre on Friday, comedian Louise Reay in Que Sera in The Back Room at the Star Inn on 7 July, and Academix, a Woking-based cappella band The Back Room at the Star Inn on 17 July. Here’s a full schedule of events.
Yvonne Arnaud Art 2016, Mill Studio, Wed 6 July – Thurs 21 July
Guildford Arts presents its 21st summer exhibition Yvonne Arnaud Art 2016, as part of both the Guildford Summer Festival and the Guildford Fringe Festival. The exhibition will include contemporary and traditional artwork, in both two and three dimensions, from far and wide and with a selection of excellent local artists. All works are for sale.
Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
The Real Thing, at Camberley Theatre, on Fri 1 July
Seventies British soul group, The Real Thing, are, er, still the real thing. It’s 40 years since ‘You To Me Are Everting’ topped the charts, and to celebrate the original line up is touring the UK. Expect to hear all their hits, including ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Feel the Force’.
Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600. camberleytheatre.biz
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An Evening at the Races with Jess Glynne, at Sandown Park, Esher, 23 July
One of the biggest breakthrough acts of recent years, and hot off the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, the gorgeous Jess Glynne is at Sandown Racecourse for an night of racing and music. Jess’s number-one charting debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, has now turned double platinum in the UK, making it the highest selling debut album of the past year. She also became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl to have five number-one singles in the UK. Jess will take to the stage after the last race, close to 9pm.
Ministry of Sound, at Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Sat 23 July
Hosted by the iconic Ministry of Sound, experience a unique club night like no other alongside some of the Thorpe Parks most famous rides which stay open exclusively for thrill-seeking clubbers. Expect nonstop floor fillers and big room dance anthems, as Ministry of Sound DJs playing the latest tracks until 3am. Doors open 8pm-3am with rides from 8pm-11pm.
Thorpe Park, Staines Rd, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN. thorpepark.com
The Railway Children, at the Epsom Playhouse, Sat 16 July
Based on the original novel by E Nesbit, The Railway Children tells the story of three children, Roberta, Phyllis and Peter, who with their mother move to a house near a railway after their father is falsely accused of spying and imprisoned.They learn to love the railway and have many adventures and help to solve their father’s disappearance. Image Theatre Productions bring the show to life, with help from the audience. The show requires participation of the whole audience and ten children to play small parts.
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tel: 01372 724555. epsomplayhouse.co.uk