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Linocut Lives On, at Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton, 15 July to 9 Oct

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Gail Brodholt, Gateway to the South, Linocut, © Gail Brodholt

This exhibition features work by some of the top British linocut artists of today, along with works by historical heroes of the genre such as Edward Bawden. Co-curated by designer Cath Kidston, this personal selection will feature a fascinating range of works made using linoprint techniques with all artwork available for sale.

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

You’re Getting Warmer, at Farnham Maltings, Sat 16 July
Want to know why it’s rained so much this summer? This even tmay have the answers. It’s an outdoor adventure for families that explores the effects of climate change in the UK. Armed with a smartphone and specialist app, you’ll hunt down clues to find out. It’s aimed at kids aged 7-11 with parents, or groups of young teens aged 12-14.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. Cost: £40 per team of up ato five.


Theatre in the Park: Romeo and Juliet, Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley, Sat 17 July

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The GB Theatre Company brings you comedy and tragedy in Shakespeare’s popular play. They promise amazing fighting scenes and tender loving moments. It’s accompanied by live music. Tickets: £15. Bookings here. Show starts at 6pm.

Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road, Frimley, GU16 6HY. Tel: 01276 707600.


Ghostbusters (12A), at Everyman Cinemas in Oxted, Reigate, Walton & Esher, selected times from Fri, 15 July


Who ya gonna call? Thirty years after the original, the Ghostbusters are back with four funny women at the helm. And the all-girl version is getting rave reviews. ‘A movie that is enjoyable, disposable fun,’ said The New York Times; ‘Call off the trolls,’ says The Guardian, ‘Paul Feig’s female reboot is a blast.’ With Melissa McCarthy and Kirsten Wiig, leading the way alongside Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, I can’t see how you could go wrong.


Decorative Home and Salvage Show, Loseley Park, Guildford, Fri 15 – Sun 17 July


I’m squealing with excitement, but also plotting to get rid of the bratlets for the day so I can make like Fiona Bruce and rummage among the bricabrac at Loselely this weekend. It’s the third event in the Decorative Home and Salvage Show’s calendar – the other events are in North Yorkshire and Cheshire. Expect to find the best in reclaimed and salvage materials, garden furniture, restored and upcycled furniture, period home fixtures and fittings, antiques, and furnishings. It’s open from 10am-5pm Sat and Sun. Friday is the show preview from 12noon – 5pm (it’s free for pre-registered trade attendees, and £10 per person for non-registered attendees).

Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 304440. Tickets: £5 on the day.


Painshill Pooch Day, Cobham, Sat 16 July


Ok, first things first. That’s my new little bundle of joy. (I know, pass the sickbag!) But really, isn’t she adorable? And I reckon she’s got a pretty good shot at winning dog with the waggiest tail at the Painshill Pooch Day. In addition to the fun competitions (handsomest dog, prettiest bitch, best trick, waggiest tail, etc), there will be displays by people who are really good at training dogs, including Richard Curtis, a four time Crufts winner. Gates open at 10am. Entry price is included in the normal Painshill entry ticket (adults £8, children £4.50, under 5s free, family £27). If you’re coming with your four-legged friend, it’s probably a good idea to buy your tickets in advance to avoid the long queues.

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


Bogart and Bacall Film Season: The Big Sleep, Camberley Theatre, Tue 19 July

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Classic and classy. Howard Hawks’ noir classic sees the hard-boiled PI Philip Marlowe (Bogart) take on his most fiendishly complex case in the company of the beautiful and wealthy Vivian (Bacall) in a dark world of murder, corruption, blackmail and, just possibly, love. Film starts at 7.30pm.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600. Tickets: £6.


Reigate Crafter’s Market, St Marks Church, Reigate, Sat 16 July


Set up by two crafters called Little Bean and The Flower Girl who didn’t have anywhere amazing to take their gorgeous wares, this monthly crafters fair is fairly new on the scene. But my oh my there are some lovely gifts to be found, from handmade jewellery, children’s clothing, and hand drawn illustrations, to paper flowers, soft furnishings and cupcakes. It’s on from 1pm -3.45pm. Entry is free.

St Marks Hall, 8 Alma Road, Reigate, RH2 0DA.


An Evening at the Races with Busted, at Sandown Park, Esher, 20 July


Remember Busted? Can’t say I was ever a huge fan, but I reckon it’d make a fun night to combine a bit of horseracing with these boybanders. The original trio – Matt, James and Charlie – will be playing all their greatest hits together live including  ‘What I Go To School For’, ‘Crashed The Wedding’, ‘Air Hostess’ and ‘Year 3000.’ Busted will take to the stage at about 9pm.

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ. Tel: 01372 464348. Tickets: from £16.


That’s Entertainment, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, until 16 July

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Westend darling, Ruthie Henshall is the special guest star at this extravaganza of song and dance. It’s a feel-good show featuring Hollywood’s greatest hits including That’s Entertainment, Puttin’ On The Ritz, I Got Rhythm, There is Nothing like a Dame, You’ll Never Walk Alone and more.

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


Lonnie Donnegan Jr, 60th Anniversary Concert, at Camberley Theatre, Fri 15 July

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Following in the footsteps of his late old man, who those of a certain age will know as the King of Skiffle, Lonnie Jr brings you his father’s best songs and greatest hits. It’ll be a foot-stomping, hand clapping singalong that fans of skiffle, blues and folk will love. The show starts at 7.30pm.

Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. Tel: 01276 707600. Tickets: £20.




Tenors Unlimited, at St Martin’s Church, East Horsley, Sat 23 July

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Opera for a good cause! The Tenors Unlimited, the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’ will perform ‘Summer Soiree’ to help raise money for the children’s charity Harrison’s Fund. The charity is named after a nine-year-old from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. The charity wants to get as money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure. Tenors Unlimited – Paul Martin, Jem Sharples, Scott Ciscon –  have performed alongside such notables as Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few. 

St Martins Church, Ockham Road South, East Horsley KT24 6RL. Tel: 020 8534 6926. Tickets:£13 adults, £7.50 under 16s.

An Evening at the Races with Bryan Adams, at Sandown Park, Esher, 4 August


Ahhh. Good ole Bry. My first ever concert was Bryan Adams in Melbourne. I was in my early 20s and a mate drove four of us to the city from where we lived in the country – about two hours out of Melbourne. We sat four rows from the back. Ahh. Those were good times! But moving forward a decade or *ahem* two, he’s at Sandown and he’ll be belting out all those faves like ‘Summer of 69’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Run to You’. Gates open at 4pm, the first race is at 5.50pm, last race is at 8.40pm. Bryan starts singing at 8.50pm.

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ. Tel: 01372 464348. Tickets: £70 adults, £45 child.


David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, Royal Academy Of Arts, 2 Jul-2 Oct

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You will definitely have to book in advance if you fancy checking out this huge new show from David Hockney. After his last landscape exhibition, which was massive, he’s turned to portraits — and the subjects are all family, friends, acquaintances from his life in LA.  Sounds absolutely stunning.

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD.


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