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FRI 18 - SUN 20 MAY

The Society of Designer Craftsmen North Surrey Group: The Makers’ Art
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tue 1 May – Sun 27 May

The society of Designer Craftsmen was founded in 1887, and with distinguished members, such as Walter Crane, William Morris and William de Morgan, it became the largest multi-craft society in the U.K. The exhibition will showcase a range of disciplines, including: ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles. 

Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden
■ Birtley Estate, Guildford ■ until Mon 28 May

Enjoy beautiful landscape sculptures amongst the Surrey Hills in a wonderful combination of nature and art. The backdrop of woodlands, meadows and lakesides provides the perfect setting for 200 sculptures. The exhibits use a range of natural materials and themes to showcase local and national artists. Feeling inspired … get involved in the ‘Have a Go Sculpture’ sessions. Or combine your visit with figure sculpting demonstrations, chainsaw sculpting, children’s art courses, yoga and a Sunday Woodland feast. Bring your own picnic or enjoy cream teas and refreshments on site. Price: £6 in advance/ £7 on the day.  Children under 12 go free.


A Celebration of Sir Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes And Undershaw
■ Haslemere Museum ■ until Sat 26 May

This exhibition gives you chance to learn about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a writer who introduced one of the most iconic figures in literature- Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s home in Surrey, Undershaw welcomed many eminent figures to exchange ideas. The house is now home to Stepping Stones School, but the original features are still visible throughout the building reflecting the life he led in Surrey with his family and friends.


Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 14 May – Sat 19 May

Photo credit: Nobby Clark

Could this be the final curtain for the world’s greatest detective? An older and slower Sherlock Holmes retires to the South Coast for a more peaceful life. However, with all the enemies he made, he is worried that he is an easy target in his older age.  When Sherlock gets a call for help he is determined to solve the mystery and prove that he hasn’t lost his touch. Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations. Ticket price £20 – £35.



Guildford Gag House Comedy
■ The Back Room at the Star Inn, Guildford ■ Fri 18 May

Your live and professional monthly comedy club is back at The Star Inn, Guildford – but pay attention!  Just to keep you on your toes, they’ve swopped their usual third Saturday of the month for a Friday this May, so Guildford Gag House Comedy Club welcomes sensational line-up Henry Paker, James Alderson, Gary Tro and Michael Stranney (that’s him up there with the chook) as Daniel Duffy to the floor on Friday, May 18.

Right Royal Toast
■ The Running Horses, Mickleham and The Retreat, Staines ■ Fri 18 May

Celebrate Harry and Meghan’s nuptials with a British and American themed party featuring live music and good American and British food and of course the televised Royal wedding. Turn up in your best wedding hat and you’ll get a free glass of bubbly.

Murder at the Manor
■ Reigate Manor ■ Sat 19 May 

Who’s done it? Examine the evidence. Interrogate the suspects. Crack the case and catch the killer. When all of that murder mystery has got you feeling hungry, tuck into a three-course meal. Time: 7 – 10 pm. Ticket price: £30.

Rock 4 Refugees 
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Sat 19 May

Rock 4 Refugees mini festival will become home to an array of bands and musicians. All sorts of fun will be proceeding in aid of Dorking Refugee Support and Refugee Community Kitchen, including: face painting, a raffle, and an art area. The line-up includes: Emilia Quinn, Planatine Quartet and Blind River. Time: 3pm. Ticket Price: £5. Under 14’s.


Surrey Vegan Fair
■ HG Wells Centre, Woking ■ Sat 19 May

There is an unstoppable global rise in veganism compelling people to embrace a more plant- based lifestyle. If you’re interested in eco- friendly living or healthy eating, then this is the place for you. There will be over 50 stalls offering food and drinks, ethical clothing, cruelty free skincare, beauty and lifestyle products and recycled goods. Advocate of animal welfare and Downton Abbey actor, Peter Egan and vegan chef and author Keith Squires will be keynote

Beatriz Milhazes
■ White Cube, Bermondsey, SE1 ■ ends 1 July

Ooo! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission.

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ V&A, London ■ until 17 Jun

v and a museum ocean liners exhibit empress of Britain poster white ship

These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
National Portrait Gallery, London ■  until 20 May

A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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