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Grills & Guitars: Rebecca Jayne, at Farnham Maltings, Fri 26 Aug


Part of the Malting’s Grills and Guitars season, Rebecca Jayne might be one to watch. She’s a local singer-songwriter with country-folk influences, and releasing her debut EP this year. If you’re looking for relaxed evening, with some good music this could be just the ticket. The weather’s promising good things too. Admission is free, or £8 for the BBQ which must be ordered by midday on Thursday.

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


Street Party @ The Boileroom, Guildford, Sun 28 Aug


Get ready to party… at the annual Boileroom street party which celebrates the best in local music, food, drink, arts and crafts. There will be local live music including acts from the Boileroom’s youth programme The Project, and stallholders selling vintage delights, handmade jewellery and other local goodies. Young ones and adults alike can learn how to make their own gunge and more with Science buffs Genielab; or strut their stuff with GoBounce workshops. This year the party is raising money for Rhythmix charity. Get your face painted, grab an ice cream, sit back and enjoy the music! And it’s all free from midday.

The Boileroom, 31 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS. Tel: 01865 798792.


Jimmy Carr Live, at G Live, Guildford, Tues 30 Aug 


Jimmy Carr is still doing the rounds, and after an appearance at G Live earlier in the month, he’s back again with a the best of his material and some new stuff too. 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.

G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £28.50.


The Reading Tree, at the Bentall Centre, Kingston, until 31 Aug


If you’re shopping in Kingston this Bank Holiday weekend, give you’re credit card a breather and take a seat around The Reading Tree. It’s on the lower ground floor of the Bentall Centre, and there are more than 100 books on the shelves to choose from, as well as storytelling sessions and colouring competitions. There’s also a bundle of Roald Dahl books to be won. And who doesn’t like a bit of Matilda or BFG! Families are also invited to donate books to the tree, which will be donated to Oxfam at the end of the summer.

Bentall Centre ,Wood Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1TP.

MS Fest, at Godstone Farm, Godstone, Sat 3 Sep


A family-friendly mini music festival and all for a good cause – raising money to help a local boy with MS get life-changing stem cell treatment. There will be live music in the Adventure Playground from young blues musician Sam Dunstall, and jazz, blues, gospel and pop singer-songwirter Jazz Straszynski (above). Acoustic guitarist Andy Cranham will cover a variety of hits from the Beatles to Mumford and Sons. There will also be birds of prey display and the usual farmy stuff you find at Godstone Farm. Advance tickets are £8 adults and £4 children.

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Rd, Godstone RH9 8LX. Tel:


Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman, at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, Thur 1 Sept


Professional grumpy old woman, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine – and here she bares all when she puts middle age under the microscope and while deciding whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly,  wipe that lipstick off your teeth, and buy your tickets before they all sell out. Like, um, right now people!

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



Jungle Book, at the Southbank Centre, London, until sun 28 Aug


Still a little time to catch Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale as part of the London Wonderground Festival at the Southbank Centre. This version is brought crashing into the 21st century with street dance and circus, and features beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew. The production is by Metta Theatre.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 020 7960 4200.


King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 Aug – 15 Oct


The RSC are bringing out the big guns for its new production of King Lear, with Antony Sher playing the title role, so get in fast – it’s going to be a sell out. But fear not, if you can’t catch it in Stratford, you’ll have a second bite at the cherry in November when it transfers to the Barbican in London (10 Nov – 23 Dec 2016).

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon,



Jason Manford, at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Fri 2 Sept

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Chirpy chappie Jason Mansford is in Redhill next month, with a ‘best of’ show that promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. It should have fans chuckling along, and it’s expected to be popular — so book early.

The Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, RH1 1NN. Tel: 01737 276 500.


Honeyblood, at the Boileroom, Guildford, Fri 30 Sept


Tickets are already selling fast for the Scottish-based two-piece Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Cat Myers. The pair who released their eponymous, debut LP only last month. The band cite the darker currents of The Breeders, PJ Harvey and Throwing Muses as lifelong influences, so you know what to expect – and that ain’t bad.

The Boileroom, 31 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS. Tel: 01865 798792. Tickets: £10 adv.

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