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Things to do: August


THEATRE: War Horse
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 1 – Sat 18 Aug

This is one your teenagers might like. Hey, they might have even read the book by Michael Morpurgo. Set at the outbreak of the First World War, and featuring those incredible life-size puppets of the horses, tickets will be in demand – so please don’t leave it too late to book.

THEATRE: The Phantom of the Opera
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Wed 1 – Sat 4 Aug

Yesos Youth Musical Theatre Group brings Phantom of the Opera to the stage in Redhill – a nod to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday celebrations. Tickets are £14-£15.

FILM: Open air film: Grease (PG)
■ Lady Neville Recreation Ground, Banstead ■ Thurs 2 Aug

Spark up those engines, and get those leathers out. Sandy and Danny are back in town for this 1978 American musical. Doors open 8pm, films starts 9.30pm.

■  Edenbridge ■  Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Aug 

Imaginary kaleidoscopic realm, The Neverland, has been created for this festival, comprising three main stages, or ‘tribes’ each with a different theme and musical feel (pop, ambient or pumping beats). An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance that famously started in 16-year-old Lee Denny’s back garden! Bastille, Clean Bandit and Declan Mckenna to name a few are all headlining this year’s Leefest.

THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug 

Continuing it’s tour – Dinosaur World comes to Guildford. It’s best for kids aged 3+. Expect a mind-expanding jurassic adventure on stage with some pretty impressive creatures – including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Shows are at 1.30pm & 4.30pm on Friday and 11am & 2pm on Saturday.

THEATRE: Measure for Measure
■ Rectory Garden next to St Nicholas Church, Cranleigh ■ Fri 3 Aug

Presented by Changeling Theatre, Measure for Measure is a show in the vein of Moulin Rouge, but with a bit more burlesque. Bawdy and witty, this Shakespeare comedy has a storyline full of twists and turns as sin meets virtue and good battles against evil. Pack a picnic and chairs. Tickets £16 adults, £13 under 16.

FESTIVAL: Staycation Live Festival
■ Philips Memorial Park, Godalming ■ Fri 3 Aug- Sun 5 August 

Set on the picturesque park, Staycation Live Festival brings a combination of different music genres ranging from folk to funk, electro swing to hip- hop – Music to suit everyone! The line- up includes Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Funk and soul and Electro DJ’s TST. There’s loads going on, including a kid’s zone, baby and toddler yoga, henna tattoos and willow twisting workshops. Green Table Foods will be bringing vegan cuisine and boast to provide the best burger you’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately for us we’ll just have to try them before we believe it … if you insist.

FILM: The Shape of Water (15)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sun 5 August 

Merman meets mute maid, it’s a modern love story-fantasy flick that scooped up not one but four Oscars. There’s nothing fishy about this movie – well, apart form the amphibious man kept in a secret government facility. It all gets quite hot and heavy, and you may even leave having saucy thoughts (not ones that come with chips) for a fish. Doors open 7.15pm, film starts 8.45pm.

FESTIVAL: Frimley Lodge Live
■ Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green ■ Sat 4 and Sun 5 Aug

This tribute music festival returns for a fifth year, with the rivalry between Oasis and Blur relived via tribute acts, Oas-is and Blurd. Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show will also grace the stage, alongside tributes for George Michael, Robbie Williams and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, among others. Day tickets are £22.50 adults, £16 teens, £3.50 kids or weekend tickets £32.50 adults, £25 teens, £5 kids.

MARKET: Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 7 Aug

The very fabulous Sunbury Antiques Fair has expanded and taken over the fair at Sandown Park – and you’ll find the market stalls there bright and early on the first Tuesday of every month. There are a vast array of stalls – both inside and outside – selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 7am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

Photograph by Dan Tsantilis

KIDS’ THEATRE: Teletubbies Big Hugs
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 8 & Thurs 9 Aug

Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and the Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Shows are at 10am and 1pm each day.

MUSIC: Nile Rogers and CHIC
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Thurs 9 Aug

Nile Rogers and CHIC take to the stage at Sandown Park after more than after 25 years out. A new album, It’s About Time, is due out in September. Expect to hear some of the best-known pop anthems from the last four decades! Gates open at 4pm, and the first race is at 5.45pm, with the last race at 8.20pm. Rogers takes to the stage after the last race. Tickets from £20.

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG) (SOLD OUT)
■ Purley Beeches, South Croydon ■ Fri 10 Aug

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and the soundtrack of the summer. What’s not to love? Doors open 8.10pm, film starts 9.40pm.

MUSIC: Janis Joplin and Friends in the Woodstock Experience
■ G Live ■ Sat 11 Aug

Featuring classics from the Woodstock lineup, this show is performed by singers and musicians from London’s West End, including X Factor finalist Melanie Masson. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Grateful Dead, Santana and of course Janis Joplin will all be featured.

FILM: Top Gun (12A)
■ Epsom College, Wilson Pitch ■ Sat 11 Aug

I feel the need, the need for speed! Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan star in this 1986 classic. Great soundtrack, gratuitous volleyball scene. Hmmm. Don’t deny yourself a night with Mav and Goose – they’ve got that loving feeling. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.45pm.

WRESTLING: Wrestleforce
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 11 Aug

Fan of wrestling? Then check out these larger-than-life muscle men battling it out in free-for-all bouts with awe inspiring feats of strength and breathtaking aerial manoeuvres. And remember, the more noise you make – the harder they fight.

THEATRE: Pride and Prejudice
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Sun 12 Aug

That fave period rom-com involving the Bennet sisters and a host of young bachelors including Mr Darcy comes to the lawns of Hatchlands. Pack a picnic, and a rug. The show starts at 6pm, gates open at 5.30pm. Tickets are adult £16, child £8, family (2 adults, 2 kids) £40.

EXHIBITION: Epsom and Ewell Art Group summer exhibition
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Mon 13 Aug – Sun 26 Aug

Local artists exhibit their work in the first floor art gallery space at Denbies Wine Estate. Expect a variety of mediums and styles.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 14 Aug

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, you’re going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia, jewellery and this brilliant pop art. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, get there early. Admission and parking are free.

EVENT: Guildford on Sea
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 16 – Sat 18 Aug

All the fun of the seaside comes to Guilford this summer, complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, Punch & Judy shows, free face painting and candyfloss. And it’s all right in the middle of town, on the banks of the Wey River. It’s from 10am-6pm.

FILM: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG) 
■ Park Hill Park, Croydon ■ Fri 17 August

Ahhh, one of my all-time favourite films. Head to New York in the Sixties for a some whimsy and romance with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly – possibly one of the most iconic characters ever to appear in film. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG) & Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Fri 17 – Sat 18 Aug

Set under the backdrop of the Gothic Temple in the beautiful Painshill gardens, on Friday it’s Hugh, Zac and co singing their hearts out, followed by the crew from Star Wars on Saturday. Doors open at 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

EVENT: Contemporary Art and Design Fair
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Fri 17 Aug – Sun 19 Aug

Discover a treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. There will be more than 100 exhibitors showing textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more. It’s on from 10am-5pm, and entry to the fair is free with usual Brooklands admission (adults £13.50, children £7, family of 5 £35).

Photography by David Robinson

■ The Rural Life Centre, Farnham ■ Fri 17 Aug – Sun 19 Aug

Voted one of the UK’s top festivals by The Daily Telegraph, this fest boast’s a premium boutique- style, providing us with those services we really do appreciate when glamping – like posh toilets and Champaign bars. Set in the stunning Surrey Hills, performances include: Aswad, 10CC, Judie Tzuke and Martin Turner Turner ex Wishbone Ash.

EVENT: The Great Brick Adventure
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Fri 17 Aug – Sun 19 Aug

A three-day family event transforming Sandown Park’s Surrey Hall into a jungle with more than 80 life-size Lego models, including lions, tigers and meerkats; some of which are interactive. It will be an immersive experience with lighting and sound effects throughout the venue. Tickets adults £14.95, children £12.95, family £44.95.

MUSIC: Suzanne Vega
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 18 Aug

Following her extensive critically acclaimed and sell out UK tour last year, the legendary New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is touring the UK to celebrate her albums Solitude Standing and 99.9F. She’ll perform tracks such as ‘Luka’, ‘Tom’s Diner’, and ‘Blood Makes Noise’. Tickets are from £33.50.

EVENT: Boileroom Bonanza
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Sat 18 – Sun 19 Aug

There’ll be live music, wellbeing and creative workshops, face-painting, handmade crafts and bric-a-brac stalls, and food and drinks at this community event which raises money for a local charity – to be voted on by everyone who’s there on the day. It’s on from 12.30pm til late. Tickets are £3.80.

MUSIC: Paul Higgs
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 21 Aug

Jazz trumpeter Paul Higgs plays with a sublime tone and breathtaking technique. He’s played major concert venues all around the world alongside the likes of Johnny Dankworth, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson. He’s performing as part of the Electric Theatre’s Jazz Cafe programme. Tickets from £15.

FILM: Film Season Aug 18
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 22 Aug – Sat 1 Sept

The Theatre swaps stage for screen to present Film Season Aug 18 showing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Spitfire, Edie, The Dambusters, Whitney, Journey’s End, Oceans 8 and The Greatest Showman, among

THEATRE: The Princess and the Giant
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Thurs 23 Aug

Join Folksy Theatre for a colourful family show with music, puppetry and a cast of wonderful characters. Princess Sophie is fed up. She’s exhausted because the grumpy giant can’t sleep and he’s keeping everyone awake. But Sophie is a resourceful girl and, as she reads her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. Show starts 6pm, gates open 5.30pm. Tickets are adults £12, kids £8 and family £32 (2 adults, 2 kids).

DANCE: The Dreamboys
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 24 Aug

Take me back to the 90s and pass the baby oil. Far be it for me to objectify, but feast your eyes on this lot – it’s only The Dreamboys, offering to share a six pack or 10. I’ll just leave this image hanging here and let your minds wonder. Tickets are selling faster than these boys can get down to their pants, so be snaffle one while you can.

FESTIVAL: Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug

Celebrate the flavours of summer at Hampton Court Palace. Enjoy live cookery demos from top chefs, including Michel Roux Jr, hands on masterclasses, fantastic food and drink, live music, family fun and more.

FESTIVAL: South West Four
■ Clapham Common, London ■ Sat 25 – Sun 26 Aug 

The world’s best electronic and dance music producers descend on South West London on the August Bank Holiday weekend. This year’s lineup includes Marshmello, Dizzee Rascal, Sigma, Galantis and Idris Elba. Tickets are selling fast for this fest, so be quick.

EVENT: Wings and Wheels
■ Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh ■ Sat 25 and Sun 26 Aug

Hosted by Brooklands Museum to celebrate Britain’s long history of aviation and motoring, this two day event packs loads of activities and events into the 32-acre site. The popular Military Zone returns along with the Wheels Zone, live music, themed retail outlets, military outlets and displays, static aircraft, fairground and emergency services demonstrations. There are also motoring displays and flying demonstrations.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 28 Aug

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, you’re going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

COMEDY: Komo Gag House Comedy Club
■ Komo Cocktail Bar, Guildford ■ Wed 29 Aug

Up for a laugh? If the Guilford Fringe Festival has given you a taste for regular comedy, head to the Komo for this comedy night – part of the Gag House Comedy Club. Stephen Grant, Luke Honorary, Naomi Cooper and Louis Burgess take to the stage. Comedy starts at 8pm. Tickets are £12.

COMEDY: Joke in the Box
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Thurs 30 Aug

The popular series of stand-up comedy nights at The Lightbox, featuring the best up-and-coming and established acts on the stand-up circuit. There are limited tickets available, so you’ll have to book in advance. Suitable for age 16+. Tickets £8.

THEATRE: A Winter’s Tale
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 30 Aug

A bold and brilliant interpretation of the well-known play by William Shakespeare. Two worlds collide into one happy resolution. Composed by Howard Goodall one of Britain’s most distinguished and versatile composers and featuring some of the UK’s most talented young performers from Youth Music Theatre.

FESTIVAL: Woking Food and Drink Festival
■ Woking Town Centre  ■ Fri 31 Aug – Sun 2 Sep

This free festival returns to Woking town centre for the sixth year and there’s a fab line up of celebrity and local chefs demonstrating at the event and more than 80 artisan stalls. There will be live music and street entertainment, bite-size talks from food and drink experts, BBC’s Gastronauts show, celebrity book signings and more. Last year about 100,000 hungry visitors turned up, so it gets busy.

EVENT: Rural Life Vintage Revival
■ Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Farnham ■ Sat 1 Sept

The Rural Life Centre will be taken over by all things vintage from stallholders will selling wares from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, vintage makeovers and photography. There will be live music by DustBowl Sinners, the Boot Heel Playboys, Steve Conway and Amanda Jane. And on Saturday night there will be a Rock n’Roll dance. Get dressed up for the occasion – a prize will be given to the best dressed.

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG)
■ Haslemere Museum Gardens ■ Sat 1 Sept

Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron strut their stuff and sing their hearts out in this blockbuster. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 8.15pm.

EXHIBITION: Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920s and 1930s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 7 October

Sidney Francis’ work gives us an insight into life in the 1920s and 1930s in Woking and nearby towns. Events such as Eid celebrations, visits of American war widows, wedding parties and sports teams are amongst the highlights of this wonderful photographic exhibition from The Surrey History collection.

EXHIBITION: Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 7 Oct

The Watts Gallery will be presenting a bouquet of flower paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists. Celebrating the best of modern floral art, the exhibition recalls inspiration from the gallery founders, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary Watts.

MUSIC: Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.

EXHIBITION: 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.


EXHIBITION: The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock.

EXHIBITION: Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.

EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum

EVENT: Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up
■  Convent Garden, London ■ Until Sun 26 Aug

If you’ve got a child with mini jazz hands, they will go nuts for this free pop-up experience in London’s Covent Garden. See the masks, costumes and puppets from The Lion King and step inside Aladdin’s cave to get a photo with the legendary lamp. There will also be events taking place each day, including a Mac make-up demonstration, a puppetry display, plus singing and dancing workshops.

EXHIBITION: Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World
■ The British Museum of Food, London ■ until 30 Sep

Finally! A valid excuse to stuff my face. The British Museum of Food returns with its first major exhibition Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World. Dedicated entirely to the frozen treat, explore memorabilia from the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, discover the neuroscience behind it and try scoops of bygone eras, from daffodil to all-day-breakfast flavour (hmm). Other highlights include ice cream-flavoured weather (vanilla fog!) and glow-in-the-dark concoction that you can eat in a futuristic luminescent cave. Pass the ladle, I’m going in…

THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors
■ Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London ■ until 
15 Sep

This off-beat musical about a florist shop assistant who pines for his work colleague but doesn’t know how to win her heart or what to do to sate the appetite of a human-eating plant looks great fun. Matt Willis from Busted fame, drag queen Vicky Fox, Jemima Rooper and Marc Antolin star in the OTT show that seems perfect for summer in the lovely setting of Regent’s Park (Brucie bonus – the theatre boasts the longest bar in the West End!).

ACTION: Zip Now London
■ Archbishops Park, Lambeth ■ until 9 Sep

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope it’s a human torpedo whizzing down a 738ft wire, 100ft (9 double decker buses!) above Archbishop’s Park at 50mph. Beats the tube any day of the week. What we’ll do to avoid our faces been wedged in someone’s sweaty armpit. Get yourself down to South Bank, climb to the top the tower and wheeeeeeee. Suitable from 8+.

THEATRE: Theatre: Kids Week
■ various London locations ■  throughout August

This August, children aged 16 or under can get FREE theatre tickets to selected performances across London (when  accompanied by a paying adult). There is a huuuge selection of shows to choose from including Sound and Sourcery at The Vaults, an immersive music concert experience inspired by Disney’s Fantasy. Under Waterloo station, collect your headphones at the door and step inside the tunnels where you will dance with a funky hippo, walk in a prehistoric wasteland, seek out the fairies in a magic forest and sneak into the Sorcerer’s lair. Over at the National Theatre, the Star Seekers need help saving their space station in this interactive 50 minute show for 3 – 8 year olds. Or for older kids, Pressure at the Ambassador’s Theatre is a funny and tense play about the D-Day landings.

FILM: Film4 Summer screen
■ Somerset House, London ■ until Weds 22 Aug

If you can make it into London, head for the popular Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Featuring a mixture of premiers, old classics and recent hits, the venue’s fountain courtyard is a corker of a setting on a balmy summers evening in the capital. Highlights include the opening night premiere of The Wife introduced by Glen Close, Call Me By My Name on 20 Aug and Selma on 21 Aug.

EXHBITION: All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
■ Tate Britain, London ■  until 27 Aug

Paulo Rego, Bride 1994

This fascinating exhibition All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who have tried to capture human figures, their relationships and surroundings, in paint. With works by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon(including 3 of his works which have not been shown in Britain for decades) amongst others, the intimate representations of reality make for a powerful experience. Catch it while you can.

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2 comments on “Things to do: August”

  • Rowena Howell August 29, 2018

    This is a Fabulous website, it is a great way to find out what is going on each month without having to spend hours trying to look up individual sites.
    Thank you for all the information and tremendous variety.

    • amberevans August 29, 2018

      Awww. Thanks so much for your lovely comments Rowena. 💕


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