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Things to do: July


ARTS: International Youth Arts Festival
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ now until Sun 14 July

Ten days of creativity, celebration and curiosity comes to Kingston with this year’s Youth Arts Festival featuring shows for children and families, theatre and dance performances, live music, comedy and visual arts.

EXHIBITION: Annual Summer Exhibition
■ Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ now until Thurs 18 July

Guildford Arts is holding its 24th Annual Summer Exhibition showcasing contemporary paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glasswork from local and nationally renowned artists.  All work is for sale. 

MUSIC: Kew the Music
■ Kew Gardens ■ Wed 10 – Sun 14 July 

Join singing stars including Billy Ocean, Jools Holland and Craig David for a week of singing, dancing and reminiscing as they perform their classic hits in this idyllic setting for a picnic concert.

FESTIVAL: Henley Festival
■ Henley-on-Thames, Oxon ■ Wed 10 – Sun 14 July

Dust off your finest dress and heels for this year’s black tie event with performances from the likes of Boy George, Tom Odell and Jessie J. Sample luxury street food or head for a formal meal at one of the festival’s high-end restaurants. Chin Chin!

THEATRE: Titanic – the Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 11 – Sat 13 July

You’ve seen the movie – probably a dozen times – and now this classic story of the famous unsinkable ship comes to the stage. Expect some great songs and a stirring story.

BEER FESTIVAL: Godstoneberry
■ Flower Farm, Godstone ■ Fri 12 – Sun 14 July

Beer fans ahoy! You’re spoiled for choice this weekend. The Flower Farm in Godstone is hosting Godstoneberry with an on-site brewery and live music across four stages.

FESTIVAL: Oxted Beer Festival
■ Master Park, Oxted ■ Fri 12 – Sun 14 July

Gather your fellow beer enthusiasts and head to this year’s Oxted Beer Festival for a day of sampling a breadth of alternative beers and ales. Beer not your thing? There’s also a Pimm’s & Bubbles Bar at hand to quench your thirst.

COMEDY: Jonny & The Baptists
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 13 July

Musical-activist-comedians Jonny and The Baptists return to Guildford Fringe with a show that promises to be funny and powerful.

OPEN AIR THEATRE: The Merry Wives of Windsor
■ Stoke Park Railway, Guildford ■ Sat 13 – Sat 27 July

Shakespeare’s only comedy to be set in England, The Merry Wives of Windsor is the play filled with feel-good fun that inspired classic sitcoms such as The Vicar of

EXHIBITION: The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 13 July – Sun 20 October

This new exhibition showcases a diversity of styles and techniques in watercolour use, from traditional uses of the medium to more experimental and innovative paintings. The showcase will feature 90 paintings including work from artists including the Royal Institute’s president, Rosa Sepple.

COMEDY: Bear North
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guidford ■ Sun 14 July

Part of the Guilford Fringe Festival, this is a wacky comical musical journey involving a dancing bear, wolf and buffalo.

DANCE: Addition Festival
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 14 July

Bringing together short bursts of work by emerging artist, this day-long festival celebrates the work of emerging choreographers and dance companies. One for lovers of dance.

DANCE: The Risquettes – One Hot Night
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Mon 15 July

Bringing their signature blend of vintage glamour and contemporary sass – these dancing divas present an eclectic evening of dance and burlesque. Oh la la!

SPORT: The Real Tennis Champions Trophy
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tue 16 – Sun 21 July

Screened inside the palace itself for the first time, this tournament sees the world’s greatest players battle it out on the world’s most historic court. Visitors can even step onto the Royal Tennis Court itself.

MUSIC: Sister Sledge
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 16 July

Get Lost in the Music when Sister Sledge bring their jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B music to Guildford this month.

POP-UP DINNER: Middle Eastern Pop-up
■ Fego, Banstead ■ Wed 17 and Thurs 18 July

Fego welcomes chefs Marc Summers and Helen Graham from popular Middle Eastern pop-up Bubala. Take a trip across this bountiful region with a meze of sharing plates set menu. There will be music, and cocktails!

THEATRE: Guildburys’ Picnic Theatre 2019
■ Merrist Wood College, Guildford ■ Wed 17 – Sat 20 July

The Government Inspector is coming Guildburys’ Picnic Theatre so roll out the picnic blanket, pack the sausage rolls and immerse yourself in the tale of a corrupt mayor of a small Russian town.

FESTIVAL: Beer Bop a Lula
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Fri 19 – Sun 21 July

Music, beer, Prosecco, Pimms and Gin – sounds like one helluva shindig! This new beer fest comes to Reigate this summer, featuring international and local musicians providing live music across two stages all weekend. Expect more than 1§00 beers, ciders and craft beers in the beer bar, plus a Pimms bar, Prosecco bar and gin bar, plus a retox cocktail bar.

KIDS FESTIVAL: Mini Monster Festival
■ Robert Denholm House, Nutfield ■ Sat 20 July 

With bouncy castles, face painting, bungee runs, slip and slides and candy floss galore being just some of the attractions and this children’s festival is guaranteed to put a smile on the little monsters’ faces!

TALK: Apollo 11 on its 50th Anniversary
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 20 July

Exactly 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon, this talk will explore the context of President Kennedy’s decision to put a man on the Moon, the difficulties of the programme, and an update on current and future lunar exploration.

ART: Woodland Fairy Fair
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Sat 20 – Sun 21 July

Embark on magical adventures in the Watts enchanted woodland and take the opportunity to create fairy worlds with plasticine, lolly sticks and pom-poms, craft a crown fit for a fairy king or queen or even build miniature dens.

FESTIVAL: Polesden Lacey’s Rose Festival
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ until Sun 21 July

The roses are in full flush at this time of year, and Polesden Lacey celebrates with a festival of roses. There will be talks by the National Trust gardeners every Wed and Fri, floral arrangements in the house, rose inspired cake and even a mini potpourri bar in the potting shed.

ACTIVITY: DiscoSkate Guildford
■ Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford ■ Sat 20 July

Try your hand at life on four wheels and dance the evening away at this family-focused roller disco. Skates and pads are available to hire and the event is cash only.

EVENT: Albury Produce Show
■ Albury Cricket Ground, near Guildford ■ Sat 20 July

Community is at the heart of this annual family event with plants, stalls, tombolas and cakes galore, all leading up to the final barn dance for everyone to embrace. Where did you come from, where did you go!

MUSIC: Madness at Sandown Racecourse
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Wed 24 July

Join Suggs and the gang for a dance and sing-a-long after an evening of racing. Don your baggy trousers and be welcomed to the house of fun!

FOOD: Tacos in the Trees
■ Priory Farm, South Nutfield ■ Thu 25 July, 7pm

A South American inspired supper club in the woods, enjoy a four-course menu cooked over an open-fire and enjoyed beneath the trees. Bliss!

COMEDY: Susan Murray – Blunt Force Trauma
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Fri 26 July

Described as a cross between Frankie Boyle and Julie Walters, the insatiable comedian Susan Murray brings her brand show to the Guildford Fringe Festival.

MUSIC: Harry Miller
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 26 July

Part of the regular Guitars and Grills session, this is a free outside performance by Harry Miller who’s making a name for himself on the UK music scene. Expect delicate guitar riffs, accompanied by soulful vocals with jazzy melody lines and stark, honest lyrics.

DANCE: Strictly Tudor Dancing
■ Surrey History Centre, Woking ■ Sat 27 July, 2pm

Get your dancing shoes at the ready for an afternoon of traditional Tudor dance to the tune of a live musicians from Passamezzo playing. Learn the moves that showed your status in centuries gone by and don the gowns that go with it. Booking is essential!

FESTIVAL: Yummy at Underbelly
■ Southbank, London ■ ends Sun 28 July

Expect nothing but fabulous as Melbourne-based cabaret act Yummy makes its London debut. With drag, music, circus and burlesque all incorporated into the show, join Yummy’s cult following for an evening of outrageous, joyful and innovative cabaret.

COMEDY: The Splash Test Dummies
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sun 28 July

From the makers of Trash Test Dummies, expect an hour of stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and slapstick comedy from bathtub to beaches in this new aquatic adventure.

■ Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher ■ Sun 28 July

Budding zookeepers unite! Meet tame reptiles, frogs and minibeasts and learn all about how they live in the wild. 

OPEN AIR THEATRE: Much Ado About Nothing
■ Clandon Wood, Guildford ■ Sun 28 July, 3pm

Set in late 1918, shortly after the end of WWI, this famous play follows tales of unexpected romances in a time of jubilation. Pack your umbrella to be on the safe side!

MUSIC: A Great Evening of Jazz – Amy Roberts and the Richard Exall Quintet
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Mon 29 July

Jazz musicians Amy Roberts and the Richard Exall Quintet come to Epsom for an evening of jazz music.

MUSIC: Grizzly Rhys Morgan
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 2 Aug

Returning to the Grills & Guitars series at the Maltings, singer, songwriter and guitarist, Grizzly has been entertaining audiences most of his life appearing at clubs, pubs, arts centres and festivals all across the south of England.

Staycation Live 2019
■ Fri 2 – Sun 4 August ■ Phillips Memorial Park, Godalming

Have a different music taste from your friends and family? Head to Staycation Live this August for music that suits everyone’s liking, from folk to funk and ska to hip-hop. Add a kid’s zone, bars, massages and never ending food to the mix and you’ll be in for the perfect weekend.


ART: Greenwich Printmakers at 40
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends Sun 1 Sep

Tammy Mackay, True Colours, photopolymer, hand-coloured chiné colle

This exhibition celebrates the esteemed London art group’s 40th anniversary, featuring prints by all 35 members. It will show the Greenwich Printmakers’ incredible range of styles and techniques, from collagraphy to lithography, wood engraving to solar plate gravure, aquatint to photoetching.

EXHIBITIONS: Sculpture at Wisley 2019
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ ends 1 Dec

Lynn Chadwick Little Girl I, Little Girl II and Little Girl III, 1987
Photo: Jonty Wilde. Courtesy of the Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern

This major exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture features the work of Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Philip King, Henry Bruce, Tracey Emin and Philip Haas across the 240-acre garden at RHS Wisley.

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

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.

ART: Chihuly Trail: Reflections on Nature
■ Kew Gardens, Kew ■ until October 27

spiky blue Glass flower surrounded by trees kew chihuly festival

Run free my pretties but watch out for the delicate glass sculptures. Iconic artist Dale Chihuly’s stunning pieces are on display at Kew Gardens, but I fear it’s an accident waiting to happen. Kids smashing the place up, children skewered on a giant flower. A true test of your parenting skills… but an Insta winner.

TOUR: Unseen Spaces Garden Tours
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Tuesdays and Thursdays until September

Go behind the scenes with one of Polesden’s garden guides to visit parts of the gardens no usually open to visitors including the gardener’s yard, greenhouse and compost area. Free with entry.


FESTIVAL: Hampton Court Palace Food Festival 
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Fri 24 – Mon 26 Aug

From live cookery demos from chefs and experts including Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain to entertainment on the bandstand, this brand new festival is the perfect weekend activity to please your inner foodie.




BrinTHEATRE: The Wasp 
■ Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 2 July

Part of the month-long Guildford Fringe Festival, The Wasp by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is innovative theatre exploring the effects of bullying.

■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Wed 3 July, 7.30PM

Although he never visited Japan, Van Gogh openly took great inspiration from the Far East country. The film travels to France, the Netherlands and Japan to explore the heritage that impacted the famous artist.

POP-UP DINNER: Middle Eastern Pop-up
■ Fego, Cobham ■ Tues 2 and Wed 3 July

Fego welcomes chefs Marc Summers and Helen Graham from popular Middle Eastern pop-up Bubala. Take a trip across this bountiful region with a meze of sharing plates set menu. There will be music, and cocktails!

POP-UP: Joseph Perrier Champagne Tasting 
■ The Bull Inn, Limpsfield ■ Thurs 4 July 

Champagne and oysters. There’s no better combination in my opinion, and you’ll get both at this event hosted by The Bull Inn. Four Champagnes are on offer to sample by the glass with either oysters or a suggested meat or vegetarian tapas menu to order. Cost is per glass.

*FESTIVAL: Trew Fields Festival
■ Thatched House Farm, near Dunsfold ■ Fri 5 – Sun 7 July 

As the world’s first cancer awareness festival, head to Trew Fields to experience inspiring speakers, holistic health experts and doctors, and Stage 4 cancer thrivers and survivors and learn about everything from gut health to disco yoga, from medicinal mushrooms to healthy cooking.

FESTIVAL: Party in the Park
■ Woking Park ■ Sat 6 July

A much-loved free family event, Party in the Park showcases the best in entertainment for adults and children, including a fun fair, street theatre and dance performances and live music. This year’s event will conclude with an outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman. Come alive!

OPEN AIR THEATRE: Love’s Labour’s Lost 
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 6 – Sun 7 July

Grab your deckchairs and picnic basket filled with goodies for an afternoon of Edwardian fun with this live-action adaption of a Shakespeare favourite.

MARKET: Dorking Artisan Market
■ West Street car park, Dorking ■ Sun 7 July

Dorking’s first ever Artisan Market is on Sun 7 July. This monthly antique-inspired market will have a range of different stalls including vintage clothing, artisan producers, flowers, arts and crafts. It’s on from 11am-4pm.

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