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ModelSearch, at the Ashley Centre, Epsom, Sat 8 Oct


Calling all wannabe models! There’s a scouting day at the Ashley Centre in Epsom this Saturday (8 Oct) between 10am and 4pm. The Modelsearch team wants adults, children and families to register by recording a digital photo. Judges will review the scouting photos, and up to 20 finalists in each category will be invited to attend castings at the centre on Thurs 27 Oct where a male and female winner in each category will be chosen. There are categories: 4-6 year olds, 7-10 year olds, 11-15 year olds, 16+ year olds, plus a family group with no upper limit on age, height or size. Those under 16 need their parents’ consent.

Ashley Centre, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AB.


Antique and Art Fair, at Esher Hall, Sandown Park, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Oct


Love antiques and fine art? Then this is the fair you shouldn’t miss. Now in it’s 9th year, showcases 35 specialist exhibitors from across the UK, selling the finest furniture, jewellery, silver, ceramics, glass, clocks and watches, sculpture, oil paintings and watercolours, oriental carpets, porcelain, prints and other works of art. The fair has a reputation for high standards. Everything is for sale – with prices from £100 to upwards of £50,000 – including Kyoto (above), this oil on canvas, by Manuel López Herrera (Spain). It’s priced at £8,900 from Lucy B Campbell Gallery. The fair is open Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10.30-6pm, and Sun 10.30-5pm. Entry is £5, including a catalogue.

Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ. Tel: 01797 252030.


Mica Paris, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, Sun 9 Oct


British soul singer Mica Paris started off singing in church before turning professional in her mid-teens. With a career of hit records spanning three decades, she is revered by many as possibly the greatest soul-gospel voice outside the United States. High praise indeed. In recent years she been popping up on the telly too, presenting BBC2s What Not To Wear. She’ll be at the Rose Theatre in Kingston belting out her songs on Sunday.

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


Aida, at G Live, Guildford, Fri 7 Oct


This is the tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames. The opera is brought to life here against one of the greatest pieces of music Verdi ever wrote with the well-known arias Celeste Aida , Ritorna Vincitor  and the classic Triumphal March. It’s sung in Italian with English surtitles, and features international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. Tickets are from £26.50-£37. The performance starts at 7.30pm.

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


Royal Shakespeare Theatre Live Screening: King Lear, various venues, Wed 12 Oct


The RSC are bringing out the big guns for its new production of King Lear, with Antony Sher playing the title role. But fear not, if you can’t catch it in Stratford, it is being broadcast live around the country on 12 Oct. Click here for your nearest venue. And if you miss the screening, there’s still a chance to see it live in November when it transfers from Stratford to the Barbican in London (10 Nov – 23 Dec 2016).


The Dumb Waiter, at The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford, Sun 9 & Mon 10 Oct


The Guildford Fringe Theatre Company and The Forgotten Moose Theatre Company have joined up to present Harold Pinter’s, The Dumb Waiter. It’s is a humorous and provocative story of two hit men as they wait in a basement for their next assignment, starring Lewis Lilley and Sam Stay. The Sunday night performance is sold out, but there still ticket remaining for the Monday show. Tickets are £12. Show starts at 7.30pm. 

The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford, GU1 3TY. Tel: 0333 666 33366.


Vintage Guildford, at the Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, Sat 8 Oct


The finest local vintage sellers, designers and makers will exhibit their items of yesteryear at the Vintage Guildford fair. There will be stalls selling vintage clothing, homewares, vinyl, and more, plus live music, craft workshops and a tea room. It’s on from 11am – 4pm. Entry is £2, or free if you’re under 5.

Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3RR.


Northern Ballet: The Tortoise and the Hare, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Fri 7 Oct


Northern Ballet totally rock, and following the sell-out successes of  The Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker they bring their magic to The Tortoise & the Hare. A lovely way to introduce  little people to live ballet. The performance lasts 40 minutes so short enough for even the very young to sit still. Performances at 12.30 at 2.30pm.

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


Keep Dancing, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Tues 11 – Sat 15 Oct


Strictly is back on our telly, but if Saturday night viewing is not enough for you, former pros Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis, along with 2012 Strictly contestant Lisa Riley, are touring their show Keep Dancing. Robin was always one of my fave pro dancers, and he’s promising a fast-paced, high-energy show, with dazzling costumes and breathtaking choreography. Tickets £23.40 – £48.90. Shows start at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wed and Sat.

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


Julian Clary: The Art of Mincing, at G Live, Wed 12 Oct


Can you believe it, it’s been 30 years since Julian Clary first graced our screens with his silent sidekick Fanny the Wonderdog perched on a stool beside him. In this show he promises to cover the ups and downs of his sordid love life and the true account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life – now that intrigues me. Leave the kids at home, it’s suitable for 16 +. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £27.

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


Joe Swift: A Man About the Garden, at Camberley Theatre, Fri 7 Oct


TV presenter Joe Swift digs deep (geddit?) to tell the tale of his transformation from art-school drop-out to one of the country’s top Garden Designers (there’s hope for us all). The show sounds great, even if your fingers aren’t quite as green as you’d like them to be.  He won’t be telling you how to keep your ailing plants limping along — his advice stops at, “just dig it up and put something else in and take responsibility: you killed it!” — but he’ll be entertaining the audience with tales from behind the potting shed and beyond. Tickets are £18. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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


The Dreamboys: Where Dreams Become Reality, at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Fri 7 Oct


A chance to ogle some hot blokes as they get their kit off during this two-hour show. Apparently the Dreamboys are the nation’s top male glamour show, and they’re so famous they’ve  even made it onto The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Celebrity Big Brother and Loose Women. Go forth and squeal, girlfriends. Tickets are £24.50. Action starts at 8pm.

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



Billy Bragg & Jo Henry: Shine a Light Tour, at G Live, Guildford, Mon 14 Nov


In March this year, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, grabbed their guitars and boarded train to Los Angeles from Chicago’s Union Station. They wanted to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, they recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. On this Shine A Light tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own back catalogues. Catch em if you can. Tickets are £26. Show starts at 8pm.

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


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 9-19 Nov


One of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mix of madness, intrigue and exuberance. Jason Manford stars in the role of Caractacus Potts, alongside Claire Sweeney as Baroness Bomburst, and Phill Jupitus as Lord Scrumptious. Having broken all box office records in the West End, this ones a no brainer. And there are several matinee performances, so not tired kids. Tickets: £21.90 – £48.90. Matinees at 2.30pm on Thurs 10, Sat 12, Wed 16, Thurs 17 and Sat 19 Nov and at 1pm on Sun 13 Nov, as well as shows at 7.30pm. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you!

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


PreAimé Pop-up Clothing Sale, White Hart Barn, Godstone, Sat 8 Oct


Ok girls, this is your chance to shop till you drop and bag yourself some top name brands at bargain prices. It’s quality pre-loved ladies clothing, shoes and handbags. Brands include Balencia, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Sarah Jessica Parker. Tickets are £3 in advance (buy them here) or £4 on the door and include a glass of bubbles. As well as the pre-loved clothing, there will be stalls by Stella and Dot, The Perfect Accessory, Styled by Susie, an others.

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