The Muddy Guide
The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! Bu Gum! Zarjaz!, at The Lightbox, Woking, from 6 Aug – 21 Dec
Plenty of time to catch this exhibition, but why not be among the first! And it looks like a faberoo one to take the kids along to when you’re looking for a wet-weather option this summer. You’ll join the Lightbox’s comic characters on an interactive journey through comics from the past, present and into the future. From The Beano and Eagle to 2000AD, explore todays manga, graphic novels and digital comics. There’s something for Menaces and Minxes of all ages.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk
Teddy Bears’ Picnic, at Loseley Park, Sun 9 Aug
Who doesn’t love a picnic? And it’s even better when bears are involved. This one at Loseley Park is being held with Shooting Star Chase to raise money for their children’s hospice care, so it’s for a good cause as well. There will be traditional fete games, story telling, a treasure hunt, face painting, and (of course) a competition for the most original teddy bear. Take your own picnic (and teddy bear). Or if you’d rather, head to the Wisteria Tea Room in the Walled Garden for afternoon tea. It’s on from 11am – 5pm, and if the great British weather lets us down, it’ll be held in the Tithe Barn. Love a good plan B!
Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 405 112. Entry: £5. loseleypark.co.uk
Children of Eden, at the Harlequin Theatre, 4-6 Aug
This looks like a fab show to take the kids to see during the holidays – though if yours are anything like mine they’ll come away wanting a career on stage. It’s being staged by YESOS, the youth musical theatre group that’s part of the East Surrey Operatic Society and and Opera Club of Reigate and Redhill, and it’s got a big cast with lots of kids. I always get a bit emotional when I see talented kids on stage! The musical tells the story of Adam and Eve’s journey from the garden of Eden, Cain and Abel and the rivalry between the two and then the struggles faced by Noah and his family as they prepared for the floods. There’s a relaxed performance on Fri at 2pm, and a matinee on Sat, as well as the evening shows.
The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Tel: 01737 276 500. harlequintheatre.co.uk
Latitude Festival Takeover, South Bank, London, 5-7 Aug and free events until 29 Aug
Suffolk’s Latitude festival is coming a little closer this August, taking over London’s South Bank with a mix of music, theatre, dance and literature. Highlights include comic country and western act Tina C; the award-winning Action To The Word’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; a collaboration between a group of artists and children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen, musical bingo and a swing dance class. The Latitude takeover is part of a wider free outdoor festival every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 29 Jul until 29 Aug at the River Stage outside the National Theatre with theatre, guest DJs, live music in the afternoon and late evening, family activities and more.
Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hit Tours, at G Live, Guildford, Tues 9 Aug
For all you fans of comedy, Jimmy Carr has gathered up is best material and added in some new stuff and taken it on tour. And he’s stopping off in Guildford on 29 June. As one of the biggest comedy acts in Britain, and known for his deadpan delivery, dark humour and edgy one-liners, this is a pretty sure thing. But there are only a few seats left, so you’ll have to be quick.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £28.50. glive.co.uk
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. 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.
Kew Science Festival, at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, 5 – 7 Aug
Your budding Einstein can become a Kew scientist, joining in hands-on experiments and demonstrations throughout the three day festival. They’ll learn about the cutting-edge research on site, get special behind-the-scenes science tours, and find out how the work of the Kew scientists is changing our understanding of plant science around the world. The festival hub is on the Royal Palace lawn, and it’s open from 10am – 5pm each day. A full timetable of event is here.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. Tickets: £15 adults, child £3.50, family (2 adults, 2 children) £34. kew.org
Frimley Lodge Live, at Frimley Lodge Park, Sat 6 – Sun 7 Aug
It’s festival season, so get your wellies out, pour some gin into a plastic drinks bottle, and head on down to Frimley Lodge Live! Headlining on Saturday is 2Rude, the UK’s number one Ska tribute band (I’m sure you knew that already though!!), as well as Oye Santana and Counterfeit Quo. On Sunday, it’s Soul Machine, an eight-piece Soul and Motown band, Tameka Jackson, parading as Diana Ross, and Hamilton Browne covering Lionel Richie. There will be a licensed bar, and food on site (so you probably don’t need your BYO gin!!) Bring a picnic or chairs. Children under 12 are free.
Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road, Frimley, GU16 6HY. Tel: 01276 707 600. Tickets: Sat only £25, Sun only £20, weekend pass £35. There are discounts for advance bookings until 5 Aug. surreyheath.gov.uk
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Always The Sun Music and Arts Festival, Stoke Park, Guildford, Sept 10 – 11
This two day festival has pulled in some pretty big acts to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Boileroom in Guildford. There will be two stages with music from Turin Brakes, Mystery Jets (above), Spring King, The Big Moon, Kagoul, Hannah Lou Clark, Palf, Nadine, Sulky Boy and The Wonder Beers, among others. There will also be interactive creative workshops, and food and drink from local producers, including 2015 Great British Bake Off contestant Stu Henshall. On the Sunday, Stu and co-judges Muriel Quilter of the Guilford Spike WI, and Fran Willoughby, a Squires Kitchen tutor, will put cakes and breaded delights to the taste test in the Great Guildford Bake Off. The festival is on from 11am – 11pm each day.
Always The Sun Festival, Stoke Park, Nightingale Road, Guildford, GU1 1ER. Tickets: £20 adult per day. alwaysthesunfestival.co.uk