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Things to do: July


Family fun day

■ Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth ■ Sun 1 July

Held in the beautiful grounds of Hartsfield Manor, this family fun day will raise money for local charity George and the Giant Pledge, set up by the parents of George Woodall has a rare form of cancer. George and the Giant Pledge is aiming to raise £1m for the Royal Marsden Hospital and will be used specifically for childhood cancer. Now if that doesn’t get a tear in your eye, I don’t know what will. The fun day will include a bouncy castle, stalls and plenty of entertainment. It’s on from 12-4pm. Find more info here and to donate here’s a link to the Just Giving page: georgeandthegiantpledge 

MGS04: Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival
■ Various venues ■ Mon 2 July – Sun 8 July

There are more than 40 events throughout this week-long festival celebrating visual arts, music, dance, theatre and literature in Epsom and Ewell. There are plenty of free events, as well as plenty for kids and families. Click here for a full programme.

Thriller Live
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 2 July – Sat 7 July

Now in its 10th year, Thriller Live comes from London’s West End to Woking, Surrey. In celebration of Michael Jackson’s musical legacy Thriller brings a two-hour concert of MJ’s hits produced from 40 years of success. Get your moonwalk ready, because there will be no stopping you with songs like Billie Jean, Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal and Beat it. OW!!

Cirque Berserk
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 2 July – Wed 4 July

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the invention of circus, this adrenaline fuelled stunt action show incorporates over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen including the world’s most hair-raising circus act, the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death.’

Craving Buster Tasting
■ Ewell Court, Epsom ■ Mon 2 July

Are there foods that you can’t have in the house? Once you open a pack, do you have to finish the whole thing? In this 30-minute taster workshop offering you can work on one specific food craving and begin to crack down on your craving. Book here for £15.

Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 3 July

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.

Summer Art Exhibition- A Feast For the Senses
■ Yvonne Arnaud theatre ■ Weds 4 July- Thurs 19 July

Becca Clegg, Dusk over the Tulip Field

A range of contemporary artwork will be exhibited at the New Victoria Theatre by local and global artists. Many of the artists’ work has been inspired by the rugged British coasts and moors, including contemporary expressionist landscapes from Janine Baldwin and Becca Clegg. Also displayed, will be works from Teresa Lawler, inspired by dramatic theatrical lighting and soulful photography from Cathy Pyle. Free admission.

Cravings & your relationship with food
■ Ewell Court, Epsom ■ Fri 6 July & Fri 13 July

Is food controlling you? Reclaim your control with two workshops that examines cravings, triggers, self-image, what we eat and why and limiting beliefs. The two Friday morning sessions will be followed by a 30-minute support call. The main aim of the workshop is to gain a positive outlook and recapture your control. The two- day workshop costs £99, and can be booked on Christine’s website-

Circus Vegas
■ Hersham Green ■ Fri 6 – Sun 8 July

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town! But not just any circus – this is Circus Vegas and their glitzy new show which merges the best of Las Vegas glamour with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades. Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be preforming a high wire and wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with the troupe flying in all the way from Africa for the performance.

Giovanni Pernice: Born to Win
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 6 July

Giovanni Pernice, joined by his leading lady Luba Mushtuk will be ramping up the heat in Camberley with their throbbing story of love and passion expressed in the Paso Doble, the Argentine Tango, the Rumba, the Viennese Waltz, and not forgetting the Jive, to name just a few.  Joining them on stage will be Dancing with the Stars Ireland’ professionals, Giulia Dotta, Kai Widdrington, Emily Barker, and Curtis Pritchard. Expect glitzy costumes with even more heat, even more energy, and even more drama than ever before.

Woodland Fairy Fair
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Sat 7 July- Sun 8 July


Calling all pixies, gnomes and fairies for a weekend of magical adventures at the Woodland Fairy Fair. Make wands, build dens, paint fairy doors and plant flowers in the Garden of Sisters of night. Spread your wings and experience the magical kingdom from the treetops with The Great Big tree Climbing Company. To book what sounds like every little girls dream visit

It’s a knockout! Summer Fun Day
■ Shalford Park, Guildford ■ Sat 7 July

Based on the popular 1970’s television show, teams of 10 will compete against each other on a giant wet-and wild inflatable assault course. Enter a team or watch and cheer and take the opportunity to visit the local trade and food stalls. £1 donation upon entry, which will be given towards charity.

Music in the Park
■ Sunbury- On- Thames ■ Sun 8 July

Enjoy a free afternoon, lazing in the sun listening to the music of Jake Fryer and All That Jazz, who will be doing their thing from 2pm- 4pm on Sunday at Sunbury Walled Garden. Bring a chair for the ultimate chill out.

VC10 ZA150 open day at Dunsfold Aerodrome
■ Dunsfield Aerodrome ■ Sat 7 July

ZA150 was the last VC10 built at Brooklands in the 1960s and was the last to fly with the RAF from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before retiring at Brooklands museum. On the day you will be able to go inside the aircraft, tour, chat to the VC1O volunteers and watch a taxi run.

■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sun 8 July

Calling all walkers and their pooches for a 5k or 10k walk in aid of the Look Good Feel Better charity. Starting in Denbies Wine estate and designed to include some of the most breath-taking scenery from the Surrey hills, it won’t just be the pooches who will be thanking you for this walk. Finish the run that funds vital awareness for those suffering with the side effects of their cancer treatment, with a goody bag filled with beauty products donated by sponsors.

Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 10 July

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e 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.

Punk Rock Yoga
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Tue 10 July

Didn’t know that punk rock yoga exists? Neither did I but it does, and I’m intrigued. Whilst Yoga and Punk may seem polar opposite sides of the experience spectrum, teacher Jo views it as something that helps to bring balance and moderation. Beginners and intermediates can improve their flexibility, core, positivity and empowerment to music varying from acoustic skate punk, to ambient post- rock songs. Book your class with this link.

Fashion and Art Showcase
■ The Talbot Ripley ■ Weds 11 July

Little Sparkle Surrey and The Talbot solutions have united to display an evening of festival chic and art. Shop and gain some inspo and watch a live art demo by Hannah Bruce. Register beforehand by emailing to get a glass of wine and festival glitter face paint.

Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Fri 13 July – 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.

Pirate Family Rave
■ G live, Guildford ■ Sat 14 July

And you thought your rave days were over! Well think again – and join the fun at the Big Fish Little Fish family ravers, especially designed with 0-8-year olds in mind. Dance together to DJs Baker & Beale’s techno, house, acid, drum and bass on a floor filled with bubbles and glitter. Take time out at the baby chill out or get creative at the craft tables. With licenced bars, there’s something for everyone at this pirate themed family rave. Adults: £11.50. Child; £8.50.

Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920’s and 1930’s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 14 July – 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.

Puss in Boots
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Sat 14 July

Join Jack and Puss on their adventure to seek fame and fortune. Join them as they defeat the fearsome ogre and win the heart of princess Joy. Watch as the story is bought to life with songs and laughs. Expect puppets, laughs and audience participation. Suitable for children aged 4- 12. Tickets: £8. Book:

Griffin and Jones: Homemade Miracles
■ Yvonne Arnaud ■ Sat 14 July

After four sell out years performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, the pioneers of slapdash magic are back on their home-turf for a full evening of magical mayhem. Their famous for their fast banter, contagious energy and show stopping wizardry. Grab your ticket for £12 with this link

Tudor joust weekend at Hampton Court Palace
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sat 14 July & Sun 15 July

Need a nice change from World Cup footy? We have another sporting spectacular where the competitors just try to knock each other over – jousting.  Replace the referee and the football fans, with Henry V111 and his inner circle; and cheer on the knights as they vie for glory at Hampton Courts Tudor Joust weekend. Enjoy Tudor music, food and a specially- commissioned play.

Bad Luck Cabaret at Guildford Fringe
■ The Back room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sun 15 July

For something dark and dangerous, the Bad Luck Cabaret shows off the best in alternative cabaret. Glitzy and glam, Laurie Black taunts the gods of bad luck to bring you the best in alternative cabaret.  Tickets are £8.

The Travesty of Richard 111
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Mon 16 July

Shakespeare’s tale of Richard 111 is squeezed into a hilarious hour of chaos and villainous intrigue at the Star Inn as part of Guildford’s Fringe fest. Wars of the roses are nearly over but Richard of Gloucester plans to unsettle the peace and seize the crown. Meanwhile Queen Margaret is annoyed at everything with the only consolation of the promise of free booze.

■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 17 July- Sat 21 July

After a smash hit run in London Tom Rice’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita promises to captivate Woking’s audience with its story of Eva’s rise to power at a time of political unrest, leading her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

The Whiskey Affair
■ Glive, Guildford ■ Sat 21 July

Gin fairs and beer festivals seem to be popping up everywhere nowadays, so we’ve found one for the whiskey fans. Three types of whiskey will be available to try and try again, to your hearts content, Scotch, Bourbon and worldwide Whiskey. Upon entry you will be given a whiskey affair glass to top up at your leisure. Those that aren’t so wild for whiskey can enjoy a cocktail or two. Afternoon session: 1pm- 5pm. Evening session: 7pm- 11pm.

Everybody’s talking about Jamie
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 21 July


This new and award-winning musical is inspired by a true story and tells the tale of Jamie New, a 16-year-old boy who lives on a council estate. He overcomes prejudice and bullies, with the help of his mum and is about to be a sensation as he enters the spotlight.

Jane Muir – Maker in Focus
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ ends 
Sat 21 July

Jane Muir’s pieces are being displayed at The New Ashgate Gallery. She specialises in idiosyncratic hand painted figures representing a witty and uncluttered observation of the world. Her figures stand alone or are placed in an architectural landscape and are hand modelled, allowing her the freedom to sketch with clay and develop ideas during the making process. Jane’s figures aren’t specific individuals but are a personification of the stereotype.

Circus Vegas
■ Memorial Park, Redhill ■ Fri 20 – Sun 22 July


Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town! But not just any circus – this is Circus Vegas and their glitzy new show which merges the best of Las Vegas glamour with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades. Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be preforming a high wire and wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with the troupe flying in all the way from Africa for the performance.

Fiona Pearce: Wonder Woods and Furrowed Fields
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ ends Sat 21 July

Fiona Pearce shares her passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside in her artwork, for us all to enjoy at the New Ashgate Gallery. Her daily runs in the local countryside are her greatest inspiration as well as her travel to France. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush.

Children’s Theatre in Priory Park: Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sun 22 July

Ready for a pirate adventure on the park? Pirate pearl lives aboard the ship with Grandpa Berry. One day she finds a lovely little baby, blue monster, but as she finds out when you feed them they grow into big greedy monsters. Join the commotion as they go on a quest for the monster’s mother. This playful interactive show suitable for ages 3 plus, will include live music, puppetry and songs.

■ Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey ■ Sat 21 & Sun 22 July

The UK’s Festival of sport, dance, health and fitness comes to Guildford. This is a unique opportunity for all ages to take part in group coaching in more than 50 activities and sports. Think “Glastonbury goes sporty” and you’re on the right lines. The festival include runs, relays and tournaments, but the underlying ethos is to encourage people to get active and “have a go!”.

Watts Academy: Watts Summer School
■ Watts Academy: Watts Summer School ■ Mon 23 July- Fri 27 July

Watts Academy is giving teens aged 13 -16 a chance to get a taster of art school in a relaxed, creative environment. Lead by artists Becci Kenning, the budding artists will explore sculptures, photography and painting, completing the week with an exhibition of their work. Cost of course: £225.

Little Baby Bum
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 30 July- Tue 31 July

Little Baby bum is the largest educational YouTube channel with over 21…subscribers and 20 billion views. The magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum is bought from screen to stage by Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends.  Tickets can be bought for £15, by this link


Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 31 July

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e 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.

James Henry Pullen: Exhibition Tour
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Tue 31 July

James Henry Pullen

Enjoy an exhibition tour of Watts gallery’s latest exhibition James Henry Pullen, an outsider artist who spent nearly 70 years in the Royal Earlswood Asylum in Redhill. Follow the expert guide and explore the life, imagination and works of Pullen by examining his remarkable fantasy boats and drawings.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time.

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


The Gruffalo’s Child
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 23 Oct- Sun 28 Oct

The Gruffalo’s child returns to the stage but with attitude. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the big bad mouse doesn’t really exist, does he? Book your tickets and find out the rose theatre

■ Rose theatre, Kingston ■ Wed 31 Oct- Sun 4 Nov

From Tudor princesses to pop queens, the six wives of Henry V111 sing their way out of the books and into the spotlight performing only a stone’s throw away from Henry’s home at Hampton Court. Songs include Ex-wives, Haus of Holbein and Don’t lose Ur Head.

Don Carlos
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 6 Nov- Sat 17 Nov

Schiller’s Don Carlos, Starring Tom Burke, is tail of a man caught at the intersection of politics and passion. Smitten by his stepmother, Don Carlos’s turns for help to his closest friend- Rodrigo Marquis of Posa – a champion of the oppressed, who questions the monarchs iron rule and becomes an unlikely power broker in the duplicitous

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