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Things to do: May



FESTIVAL: Nonsuch Town and Country Show
■ Nonsuch Park, Epsom ■ Sun 26 May & Mon 27 May

Loads going on at this show including circus aerial displays, motorbike stunt displays, birds of prey, a crafters market and displays, food workshops and music. The festival is now in its 6th year and this year, and this year also hosts Cheam’s first ever polo match.

FESTIVAL: Leatherhead Carnival
■ High Street, Leatherhead ■ Mon 27 May

The Leatherhead High Street will be transformed into a Caribbean style carnival on Bank Holiday Monday featuring a music acts including Fuse ODG, Pasha-Jay and DJ Kivo Santana. There will also be an artisans market. It’s on from 10am-4.30pm. More info here

THEATRE: Admissions
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 27 May – Sat 1 June

Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda) star in this new comedy written by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). It’s the story of Sherri, the Head of Admissions at a private school, who is fighting to diversify the student intake. But she also wants what’s best for her son, she is forced to make a choice between her beliefs and what’s right for her son.

COMEDY: Julian Clary – Born To Mince
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 28 May

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The grand dame of filth, Julian Clary is on a UK tour to pleasure the provinces. In Born To Mince, Julian will murder a few choons, read you a sneak preview from his next memoir A Night At the Lubricant and make withering remarks about punters foolish enough to sit in the FROW.

KIDS’ THEATRE: Duckie by Le Gateau Chocolat 
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 28 May
Family-friendly glamour and glitz take centre stage as critically-acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell as Duckie, in his first work for children. A classic tale of identity and belonging told through music, narration and dress-up, topped with Le Gateau Chocolat’s distinctive baritone vocals.

KIDS: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Tues 28 – Fri 31 May 

A celebration on individuality and a celebration of laughter, this classic children’s book series by David McKee is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Featuring 21 puppets, plenty of colour and a cheeky humour – we love the show’s subtle message that it is always best to be yourself.

KIDS’ THEATRE: Exciting Science
■ The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Fri 31 May

A science show for kids that promises to amaze and astound. It’s aimed at kids from 4 years and up. There are shows at 11am and 2pm.

MUSIC: The Edgelarks
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Fri 31 May

Award winning folk duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin come to The Riverhouse with their 2019 new album tour show. The album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.

EXHIBITION: Journeys into the Holy Land: Alexander Cresswell
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends Sun 9 June

Alexander Creswell returns to Watts Contemporary Gallery, exhibiting paintings from recent travels in the Holy Land. This new collection of small watercolours are on show for the first time. All artworks are for sale.

ART: Art and Sculpture in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon, East Clandon ■ until Sun 9 June

More than 150 works of art will be on show in the spectacular gardens, vineyard, wildflower meadow and Glass Barn at High Clandon. This event supports Cherry Trees charity and marks the launch of High Clandon’s latest vintage Cuvée. A £5 donation per person is requested, which goes to Cherry Trees charity, along witha percentage of sales of art and wine.

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

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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.


OPERA: The Barber of Seville
■ Woldingham School, Marden Park, Woldingham ■ Sun 30 June

The Surrey Opera company presents a gala performance of The Barber of Seville at Woldingham School. The performance is at 6.30pm, with picnics on the lawn from 3pm. The event is in support of the school’s bursary programme.




THEATRE: Dirty Dancing
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 30 April – Sat 4 May

Head back to the summer of 1963 with a bit of Dirty Dancing.If haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance. Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and super sexy dancing, the love story of Baby and Johnny features loads of hit songs.

FAIR: Spring Craft Fair
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ Fri 3 May

Meet some of the finest craftspeople from around the UK and browse a range of contemporary and traditional crafts at the RHS Garden Wisley Spring Craft Fair. There will be almost 200 exhibitors on display, all set within the beautiful surroundings of Wisley.

COMEDY: Lucy Porter – Pass it On
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 3 May

Discussing all things inherited from her parents, from dodgy knees to global warming (eh?), Lucy Porter performs her new stand up show Pass It On that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Lucy’s TV creds include QI, Room 101 and Live at the Apollo.

EVENT: Spring Ladies Day
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Fri 3 May

Get the girls together for an afternoon of racing and entertainment at Lingfield’s  Spring Ladies’ Day. There will be live music from Gary Birtles and Lorrie Brown, a best-dressed competition and a mini-shopping village.

MUSIC: Stringfever
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 4 May

This is no ordinary show. The Quartet, which comprises brothers Giles, Ralph, Neal and their cousin Graham, perform their own unique style of music on five and six string custom built electric violins, viola and cello, providing a contemporary fresh new sound.

FESTIVAL: Walton Folk Festival
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 4 May

You’ll see an amazing line-up of folk and acoustic acts at this one-day festival. Headlining are False Lights – folk giants Jim Moray and Sam Carter’s band who produce ‘folk rock for the 21st century’. Also on the bill are Daria Kulesh, Megson, Trials of Cato, Lukas Drinkwater and Hannah Ashcroft.

MARKET: The Crafter’s Market
■ Nutfield Lodge, Redhill ■ Sat 4 May

The Crafter’s Market returns in a new venue. You will find beautiful handmade gifts made with love. Enjoy a cuppa, a cake and get some retail therapy. You will be able to browse from 10.30am-4pm.

MUSIC: Investec International Music Festival: 10th Anniversary Season Festival
■ Various venues, Surrey Hills ■ Thurs 2 – Sat 11 May
Founded by pianists Wu Qian and Tessa Marchington – who became friends whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music– the 10th Anniversary Season Festival includes some great highlights including violinist Nicola Benedetti CBE with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra performing perhaps the best-loved of all works for violin, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1; the World Premiere of a new concerto by rising star of British composing, Charlotte Bray; An American in Paris by festival founder Wu Qian and Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. For the full programme click here.

KIDS’ THEATRE: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Mon 6 – Tues 7 May

This timeless classic by author and illustrator Eric Carle has made its way off the page and onto the stage. It’s for anyone from 6 months upwards – running time is 55 mins.

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 7 – Sat 11 May

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller, Equus, explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality. This gripping new production is directed by the award-winning Ned Bennett. Note that it contains scenes of a violent and sexual nature including full frontal nudity.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thurs 9 May

Jimmy brings his brand new show to Dorking – and this one’s packed with jokes about terrible things. Apparently, having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Consider yourself warned. Tickets are £31.50 and they’re selling fast.

CABARET: The Lock-In Cabaret – part of Guildford Fringe Festival
■ The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 11 May

Magicians Griffin and Jones have handpicked some of the finest cabaret acts in the country. You can expect comedy, magic, variety, and burlesque.

KIDS’ THEATRE: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 11 May

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Kids love nursery rhymes that take a macabre twist – an antidote to the saccharin sweet storytelling of Peppa Pig. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ classic There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly the People’s Theatre will bring the story to life. Suitable for ages 2 and above.

DANCE: Ballet Theatre UK – The Margot Fonteyn Celebration
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 11 May

An iconic figure in British ballet, Margot Fonteyn was instrumental in shaping of the Royal Ballet company and the direction of British Ballet. Here Ballet Theatre UK celebrates her greatest moments with highlights from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and more.

COMEDY: The Guilty Feminist Live
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sat 11 May

Host of the fabulous comedy feminist podcast and author of a book of the same name, Deborah Frances-White, AKA The Guilty Feminist tackles the state of 21st century feminism in the face of the patriarchy in a hilarious and intelligent fashion. Tickets are bound to sell out so get snaffling now.

MARKET: NCT Spring Nearly New Sale
■ Godalming Borough Hall ■ Sun 12 May

It’s a Nearly New Sale like no other – items quality checked, laid out by category and single point of payment with profits going to charity to support local families! Bag a bargain on preloved baby, child and parent items – clothes, toys, books, equipment and more for 0 – 5 years plus maternity. More info here

THEATRE: American Idiot
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Tues 14 – Sat 18 May

American Idiot mayflower theatreAmerican Idiot is the Tony Award, Grammy Award-winning stage-show filled with music from 90s/00s punk-poppers Green Day. With three friends hunting for meaning in a post-9/11 America, you’ll be tapping your feet to the sounds of Wake Me Up When September Ends and Boulevard of Broken

MUSIC: Eliza and Martin Carthy
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Wed 15 May

The father and daughter duo join forces to perform song from their first ever joint album, The Elephant, released in 2014. If you love folk music, you’re in for a treat.

COMEDY: Reginald D Hunter – Facing the Beast
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Wed 15 May

Celebrating his 20th anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter brings his new show to Richmond. His searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations – so it promises to be good.

EVENT: Fashion Reboot
■ Cobham Curve ■ Thurs 16 May

the first ever Fashion Reboot will be held at Cobham Curve on Thurs 16 May, where you can buy and sell top quality pre-loved fashion. Cost for selling is £30, or if you’re buying only it’s £5. As well as stylists, boutique owners and fashion fanatics selling their pre-loved (and some brand new) wardrobe gems at bargain prices, there will also be bubble! It’s from 7pm-10pm. Tickets available hereMore info here

THEATRE: The West End Bhangra Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 18 May

An Indian musical like no other, which combines live music, stage production and dancing. The stage will also be shared by new talent from different communities and musical genres, to create a diverse musical, showing that music is truly a universal language that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

THEATRE: Napoli, Brooklyn
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 13 – Sat 18 May

Direct from Broadway and before it reachesLondon, this is the European premiere of this coming-of-age tale. Set in Brooklyn, New York in 1960 it’s the story of three proud and passionate sisters bonded by a fierce love for one another and harbouring a secret longing longing that could tear the family apart.

TALK: Alexander Cresswell – The Architecture of Faith
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ Wed 15 May

Travel is an essential part of artists Alexander Creswell’s work and his exhibition, Journeys in the Holy Land (until Sunday 9 June), is a celebration of his recent trips to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. This evening will provide an insight into these journeys and the astonishing watercolour paintings Creswell went on to produce, on display and for sale in the exhibition.

MUSIC: Lucas Krupinski on Piano
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 17 May

Winner of more awards than you can poke as stick at, Lucas Krupinski is one to watch. His debut album, Espressione, was released in 2017 and as well as being critically acclaimed, was nominated for last year’s International Classical Music Awards. It’s at 7.30pm. Tickets £14.

DANCE: My First Ballet – Sleeping Beauty
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sat 18 & Sun 19 May

Give children a first taste of the magical world of ballet and enjoy the classic fairy tale together, in this new version specially created for children aged three upwards. It’s performed by second-year students of English National Ballet School.

COMEDY: Gyles Brandreth – Break A Leg
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Sun 19 May

The multi-talented Gyles Brandreth brings his show to Epsom Playhouse delivering a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

MUSIC: An Evening with Katherine Jenkins – Guiding Light
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Mon 20 May

Britain’s best-selling classical artist for the past 25 years performs her new album Celebration, which became her 12th UK Classical No.1 album in 12 years. Tickets from £32.50.

TALK: Mary Portas in Conversation – The Work Like a Woman Tour
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Tues 21 May

The queen of shops comes to the Maltings to discuss her life, her career, and her new book Work Like a Woman. Drawing on decades of business experience, it’s packed with top tips, honest advice and lively tales from a woman on a mission to make the world of work a better place.

COMEDY: Adam Hess and Glenn Moore
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Tues 21 May

A double headline show from two of the UK’s leading on-the-circuit comedians. Show starts at 8.30pm.

THEATRE: Rock of Ages
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 21 – Sat 25 May

Rock on baby! Former boy bander Antony Costa dons distressed denim, leather and some very questionable wigs in this smash hit musical about an LA love story, featuring over 25 classic rock songs.

■ Old Brompton Gallery, Kensington ■ Tues 21 – Sun 26 May

Featuring a floral theme, Bloom is an exhibition of four contemporary artists to coincide with RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

MUSIC: Rarebreed Music Festival
■ The Plough Inn, Cobham ■ Sat 25 May

The Plough Inn pub in Cobham is hosting a summer music festival featuring a line-up of up-and-coming musicians Paige Pilgrim, Gloria Pryce, One Ground and Tree House Fire. It starts at 12noon.


FILM: Banff Mountain Film Festival
Dorking Halls, Thurs 23 May  ■ G Live, Guildford Fri 24 May
Banff’s Blue film programme comes to Dorking and Guildford this month – bringing the latest and best films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Expect films like Rogue Elements and Surviving the Outback.

COMEDY: Matt Forde – Brexit Through the Gift Shop
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 25 May

Matt is renowned for his political comedy and his Brexit Through the Gift Shop show also features some excellent impressions of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. He’s billing this show as his last as an EU citizen.

ART: Watts Late – To The Moon and Back
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Sat 25 May

Open until 9pm as part of UK-wide Museums at Night festival, Watts Gallery has plenty going on. See the  exhibition, enjoy supper under the stars and join in inspiring talks, activities and demonstrations by artists and space scientists.

CABARET: Hundred Watt Club – An Evening of Burlesque and Vaudeville
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 25 May

Let your hair down and indulge in a heady evening of decadent, vintage inspired entertainment with this  glittering line-up of neo-burlesque, circus, vaudeville and comedy.

FESTIVAL: Haslemere Classic Car Show
■ Lion Green, Haslemere ■ Sun 26 May

A 60 mile classic car tour through the pretty Surrey, Hants and Sussex countryside returns to Haselmere for a festival that includes a display of veteran, vintage and classic cars, and a traditional vintage style fete with a jazz band, children’s activities, food, bar and cream teas. It’s on from 12noon-5pm.

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