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Things to do: August


Lazy Jazz Sundays
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking  ■ every Sunday

Enjoy a lazy afternoon listening to jazz on the south lawn at Polesden Lacey. It’s free with normal admission every Sunday from 2pm-4pm. Take a picnic or buy one from the Cowshed coffee shop.


Jane Wormell: Botanical Landcapes
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends 23 Sept

North London artist Jane is driven by her love of plants and the English landscape, and a quiet intensity and northern light infuses her work. She works in oil on linen.


Hothouse 2017: Spot The Talent
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends 23 Sept

This exhibition celebrates fresh, innovative and bespoke craft and is part of our programme to introduce some of the most exciting new makers to art lovers and collectors.  The makers are selected from the Crafts Council’s prestigious Hothouse 2017 programme that offers a stepping stone for new makers wishing to break into the sector.


Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 5 Nov

Seated Figure, 2015, Bronze and oil paint, and Seated Figure, 2015, Bronze and exterior paint © Sean Henry

Internationally recognised sculptor Sean Henry returns to Woking, the place of his birth, with a show of artwork made over the last 15 years which will be exhibited at the gallery and in outdoor locations across the centre of town. Henry’s work is highly realistic and essentially modern in its choice of subject matter, colour and materials. His figures – often anonymous men and women – have an emphatic physicality which allows room for the viewer to draw their own interpretations.




Blood Brothers
■ G Live, Guildford  ■ Tues 29 Aug – Sat 2 Sept

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multiaward winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.


Open air theatre: Northanger Abbey
■ Hatchlands Park, East Clandon ■ Wed 30 Aug

Enjoy a summer’s evening of classic Jane Austen as Heartbreak Productions brings Northanger Abbey to Hatchlands garden. Faux friendships and real romance define this as an Austen classic. Social commentary, humour and parody ensure that this outdoor performance of Northanger Abbey will be the perfect summer evening’s entertainment.Performances take place on the lawns in front of our house. Bring your own seating or picnic blankets. Refreshments are available.


Kew the Movies
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond  ■ Wed 30 Aug (Ghostbusters), 6 Sept (Pulp Fiction), 7 Sept (Grease)

Kew Gardens will be transformed into the perfect outdoor cinema set against the backdrop of Kew Palace. On Wed 30 Aug it’s the classic film Ghostbusters; with cult classic Pulp Fiction screening on Sep 6 and Grease (sing-a-long) on Sept 7. Bring your own picnic rug or chairs, and picnic.


Milton Jones is Nearly Out There: Work in Progress
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Thurs 31 Aug

The guy with the loud shirt and messed up hair continues his tour at Epsom. Apparently it’s an evening in the company of an idiot. Or is he? Yes he is. Only go if you like jokes though. If not you’ll be cross.


NT Live: Yerma
■ various cinemas ■ Thurs 31 Aug

Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role as Yerma, a young woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. Simon Stone’s production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece got rave reviews when it premiered in London last year and it returns to the Young Vic for just a few dates this summer, with a live screening on Thurs 31 Aug. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. For a full list of venues click


Northern Soul Live
■ Camberley Theatre  ■ Fri 1 Sep

Northern Soul Live rolls into Camberley Theatre  in what is set to a superb evening of music and entertainment. Performing classic Motown, Soul and Northern Soul hits, taking centre stage is The Edwin Starr Band aka The Team ft. Angelo Starr on vocals with special guest Northern Soul legend Lorraine Silver.


Sunset Cinema: True Romance
■ The Medicine Garden, Cobham  ■ Fri 1 Sept

Quentin Tarantino’s 1993 romantic crime classic True Romance comes to the big screen at the Medicine Garden this summer. Christian Slater stars as a lonely pop culture fan who falls in love with a call girl called Alabama (Patricia Arquette). It’s rated 18, so leave the kids at home for this one. Gates open at 6.30pm and the film starts about 8.30pm.


Woking Food and Drink Festival
■ Woking Town Centre  ■ Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sep

This free festival returns to Woking town centre from and there’s a fab line up of celebrity and local chefs demonstrating at the event. This year there will also be some tasty new additions, including an English wine and cheese zone, bite-size talks from food and drink experts, interactive shows with Katy Ashworth and more! Last year about 100,000 hungry visitors turned up, so it gets busy.


Sunset Cinema: Mamma Mia
■  Haslemere Museum Gardens, Haslemere ■  Sat 2 Sept

Curl up on your picnic rug under the stars for a night of kitch Abba music, a beautiful Greek island and a classic love story. Gates open at 6.30pm, films start at 8.30pm. You pack a picnic, I’ll bring the Prosecco!  There will be giant games and photo booths to add to the fun.

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