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Things to do: November


MARKETS: Festive markets in Surrey
■ various locations ■ Nov & Dec

It’s never too early to plan for Christmas, so we’ve rounded up the top Surrey Christmas markets to get you in the festive mood. Click here to read our full feature.

COMEDY: Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 2 Nov

She’s a regular on Mock The Week and a much-loved figure on Live At The Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4. All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she’s doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human? Decide for yourself when she comes to Farnham. 

THEATRE: Trial By Laughter
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Until Sat 3 Nov

Photo credit: Philip Tull

Trial by laughter takes inspiration from the extraordinary real- life events in 1817 when bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel.’ The only crime he committed was to be funny, parodying religion, the government and the monarch.

COMEDY: Matt Richardson: Slash
■ Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 3 Nov

Named Heat Magazines Weird Crush of the year and featured in erotic fan fiction, Matt Richardson has transformed from a student stand- up to primetime TV presenter in just a few short, strange years. The former Xtra Factor host will be delivering a harmless kind of crude, including tales of slash fiction about him and the One Direction star Harry Styles.

TALK: An audience with Simon Reeve
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sun 4 Nov

Photo credit: Olly Bootle, BBC

The world- famous journalist Simon Reeve’s first ever theatre tour includes an exciting recount of the 15 years he’s spent travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. Chased by pirates, hounded by the Mafia and bombed by Columbian barons make up a few of the many experiences endured whilst travelling over 120 countries. Shocking, inspirational and hilarious, his tour includes exclusive multi- media footage and a Question and answer session.

THEATRE: Waiting for God
■ The Leatherhead Theatre ■ Tue 6 Nov- Sat 10 Nov

From the writer of the hit TV sitcom comes this new, hilarious and touching stage adaption.  Diana Trent, ex journalist and war correspondent, joins forces with a new inmate at the retirement home, Tom. They navigate their latter years at the retirement home and handle the questionable management team.

Peppa Pigs Adventure
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 7 Nov and Thurs 8 Nov

Photo credit: Dan Tsantilis


Oink Oink! Peppa Pig and friends are back in a brand new live show. Peppa alongside school friends-Pedro Pony, Suzy sheep and Gerald Giraffe go on an exciting camping trip to the woods full of games, laughter, live music and lots of muddy puddles to play in.  Start time: 13.00. Children tickets: £16.50. Adult’s tickets: £18.50.

THEATRE: Don Carlos
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tues 6 – Sat 17 Nov

Aa major new revival of Friedrich Schiller’s romantic drama Don Carlos, starring Tom Burke, comes to the Rose as part of the its 10th anniversary season. This is a tale of passion and power set against the chilling backdrop of the bloody and ruthless Spanish Inquisition.

WORKSHOP: Drink and Draw
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Wed 9 Nov

This new monthly event at the Boileroom is a great opportunity to enjoy drawing and get to know others who like to do the same. Bring your sketchbooks, pens, pencils, and if you’re feeling generous, some of your favourite equipment to share. Drink & Draw is free to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted.

THEATRE: Murder For Two
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 8 Nov- Sat 10 Nov

Two actors play thirteen characters in this musical, murder mystery. When a famous novelist Arthur Whitney was found dead at his birthday the police are called but the detectives are all out of town. This provides the perfect opportunity for the neighbourhood cop Marcus to prove himself and solve the crime before the detectives get a chance. Expect music, mayhem and murder from this hilarious whodunit.

COMDEY: Chris Ramsey: The Just Happy to get out of the House Tour
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 9 Nov

Anyone who manages to put Katie Hopkins in her place is good with us, and that’s exactly what Chris Ramsay has on his CV.  Along with being a critically acclaimed and award-winning stand up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and Stand Up show on Comedy Central and Celebrity Juice regular.  This month he brings his brand new 2018 live tour to Dorking.  I reckon you should go see him.

MUSIC: Megson
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 10 Nov

Husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create their own unique brand of folk music with an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. It’s in the cellar bar from 7.30pm. Tickets are £16.

THEATRE: The Case Of The Frightened Lady
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 12 Nov- Sat 17 Nov

Starring John Partridge as Inspector Tanner, this murder mystery follows Tanner as he is called to investigate the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family home after a ruthless attack. As Tanner unravels more of the mystery he discovers a shocking secret and realises that everything is not quite as it seems.


MUSIC: Islands In The Stream: The Music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 12 Nov

Islands In the Stream belt out songs from the queen and king of country music – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Fusing the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly with Kenny’s charisma and energy, hits like 9 to 5, Jolene and Island in the Stream, will bring the house down with this iconic duo tribute.

THEATRE: The Railway Children
■ The Leatherhead Theatre ■ Tue 13 Nov – Sat 17 Nov

The well- loved classic The Railway Children has been adapted as a brand-new musical. The heart-warming tale, is set to a stunning new musical soundtrack which brings a touch of magic to the stage.

THEATRE: Dad’s Army Radio Hour
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 13 Nov

Based on favourite scripts from the original Dad’s Army TV series, impressionists David Benson and Jack Lane play 25 characters.  Celebrating 50 years of the quintessential sitcom: cherished characters and favourite lines are featured in this selection of classic radio episodes.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 13 Nov

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.

MUSIC: Northern Soul Live
■ Epsom play House ■ Wed 14 Nov

With songs such as Time and Have Faith In you Baby, it’s no wonder why Northern Soul has a rapidly growing following. After Angelo Starr sadly passed away, his original band The Team is now supporting Angelo’s brother- Edwin Starr. The band includes Keyboards, sax, lead guitar, bass drums, percussion and female backing vocalist. There will also be a special guest- the original northern soul icon- Lorraine Silver.


EVENT: Gin tasting with Red, White and Rose
■ Churchgate House, Cobham ■ Thurs 15 Nov

Immerse yourself in the world of gin at this gin tasting evening, where you’ll taste a range of gins ranging from locally-made gems to unexpected flavours from further afield. Discover the botanicals that flavour gins and find your favourite way to drink it, with a range of tonics and garnishes. As well as the gins, there’ll be some nibbles to keep you going. It’s from 7.30pm. Book tickets here.

EVENT: Festive Fair
■ Oxted town centre ■ Thurs 15 Nov

An explosion of festive fun will be gathering at Oxted town centre, with late-night shopping and switching-on of the Christmas lights. The merry marvels include: rides, side shows, jugglers, stilt walkers, a gaming bus and a horse and carriage. Shops will be open until 8pm, for you to get going on the Christmas shopping and hunt down those stocking fillers.

THEATRE: Salad Days
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 15 Nov- Sat 17 Nov

Wendi Peters stars in this energetic and peppy show full of polite naughtiness and saucy encounters. Recent graduates Timothy and Jane get jobs looking after a piano in a park and are unprepared for the magic and madness that follows. This romp of a show promises to put a smile on your face and a tap in your shoes.

MUSIC: Some Guys Have All the Luck: The Rod Steward Story
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Thurs 15 Nov

Direct from the West End, Paul Metcalfe plays an authentic and charismatic performance of one of rock’s greatest icons – Rod Stewart. The show includes all his massive hits, such as Maggie May, Baby Jane and Sailing. Songs will also be included from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin The Night Away.

COMEDY: Raise the roof: comedy night with Bobby Davro
■ St. Peters Catholic Primary School, Leatherhead ■ Fri 16 Nov

At the St. Peters Catholic Primary School fundraiser comedy night, TV legend BoBby Davro will be headlining act – ready to raise the roof, along with four other comedians. Tuck in to pizza and drinks at the interval at the licenced bar and pizza van.

COMEDY: Guildford GAG House Comedy
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Fri 16 Nov

The GAG House comedy are back and ready to make you cackle with laughter. The hilarious comedians ready to tickle your feathers are William Stone, Phil Jerrod, Brendon Burns and Jacob Hawley.


EVENT: Surrey Vegan Monthly Market
■ The Heart Shopping Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 17 Nov

This month is World Vegan Month and Surrey Vegan is celebrating at its monthly market in Walton-on-Thames. Expect stalls offering food and drinks from around the world, ethical clothing, cruelty free skincare, beauty and lifestyle products and recycled goods. If you’re interested in eco- friendly living or healthy eating, then this is the place for you. It’s from 9.30am-3.30pm.

EVENT: Bumps, Birth & Babies Community Event
■ Crossways Community Baptist Church, Dorking ■ Sat 17 Nov

This is a family friendly free event where you can find information about local services and have a cup of tea and a treat while the kids do some activities or get their face painted. There will be stallholders who work to support people through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Local doulas will be on hand to chat with and talk about how they support families through pregnancy birth and beyond. East Surrey Homebirth midwives will also be there to answer your questions. More info here

EVENT: Esher Christmas Food Market
■ Garson’s Farm ■ Sat 17 Nov- Sun 18 Nov

Kick start the festive season with Garson’s farm two-day Christmas Food Market which will showcase seasonal foods and new inspirational ideas from both Surrey and beyond. Food blogger Bill Williamson of What Dad Cooked will be demonstrating and giving tastings of the ingredients needed to make three new recipes, including a spiced apple and nut strudel. There will be plenty of chances to taste new products, such as Garson’s festive cranberry bread or the seasonal cheeseboard.


THEATRE: The Magic of Motown
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sun 18 Nov

40 back- to – back classic Motown hits are ready to dazzle Richmond theatre. Music from artists including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Jackson 5 will hit the stage dressed in glitter and sparkles.

THEATRE: Rebus: Long Shadows
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Mon 19 Nov- Sat 24 Nov

Rebus: Long shadows is written exclusively for the stage by one of Britain’s finest crime writers- Ian Rankin’s. Starring Charles Lawson, Cathy Tyson and John Stahl, inspector John Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life still follow him in Edinburgh. When the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat he steers himself off the whiskey and onto the case. When Rebus gets caught-up between two cases he has to turn to one person to help him- the man he spent his career trying to arrest.

EVENT: Women’s Wellness Evening
■ CYC:D, Haslemere ■ Tues 20 Nov

An evening of nurture, nutrition and self-care with Anna Anderson along with Healthy Nibbles provided by the team at CYC:D Kitchen. Anna Anderson is a nutritionist, health coach and yogi, who specialises in women’s health and transformation. Cost is £20. Email to book your place. 

OPERA: Glyndebourne Tour: La Traviata, Cinderella (Cendrillon) and La Traviata: Behind the Curtain
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 20 – Sat 24 Nov

The 2018 tour features Glyndebourne’s first ever prodcution of Massenet’s operatic fairytale Cendrillon and a revival of Tom Cairns’s opulent production fo Verdi’s La Traviata. A third event, La Traviata: Behind the Curtain will take an in-depth look at Verdi’s masterpiece.

THEATRE: Season’s Greetings
■ The Leatherhead Theatre ■ Tue 20 Nov- Sat 24 Nov

What could ever go wrong at a family Christmas? As friends and relatives gather at Neville and Belinda’s house to celebrate the festive period, relationships strain and nerves run high.  An unexpected guest, a grumpy uncle with a shotgun and Bernard, intent on performing his puppet show under any circumstances all make for a rip-roaring comedy.

TALK: Ruby Etc (Ruby Elliot)
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Thurs 22 Nov

As part of the Artist Talk Series at the Boileroom, illustrator and cartoonist Ruby Elliot will take the stage. She draws slice of life comics, usually from the perspective that life is a flan so the slices are wobbly. Emotional turbulence and mental health issues feature in her work alongside birds in boots and other daft creatures.

COMEDY: Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 23 Nov

Dylan Moran brings his new tour – Dr Cosmos to Dorking, offering up his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.

EVENT: Mischievous elves at Caterham Valley
■ Caterham Valley ■ Sat 24 Nov- Sat 22 Dec

Naughty little elves will be hiding in shops and businesses around Caterham Valley, ready for the elf detectors to find their whereabouts. Grab a trail sheet and answer clues which will aid in tracking down all 20 of these hand-crafted imps. Successful detectors will be in with a chance of winning a voucher.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 27 Nov

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.

DANCE: The Nutcracker
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 27 Dec – Sat 1 Dec

Photo credit: Emma Kauldhar

No need to schlep up to London to see this festive favourite, when the brilliant Northern Ballet is coming to Woking.  Choreographed by David Nixon OBE, this magical family ballet has been reimagined for 2018, and features some sparkling new costumes.

EVENT: Knackered Mothers’ Wine Tasting and Dinner
■ The Mulberry Inn, Chiddingfold ■ Thurs 29 Nov

Fancy a girls night out? Cos this one sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun. The award-winning wine blogger and Daily Mail mag Femail columnist Helen McGinn will talk you through the tasting of six wines – and head chef Joe Docherty will treat you to a scrummy three course dinner. The cost is £40 per person.

COMEDY: Steve Bugeja: Almost
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 30 Nov

Comedian Steve Bugeja hits the road for his third and largest UK tour to date with Almost, following three critically-acclaimed shows and direct from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In this show he contemplates some issues of great importance. Is finding ‘the one’ possible? Can we trust the pharmaceutical industry? And why are Japanese toilets so much better than ours?

COMEDY: Guildford BYOB GAG House Comedy Club
■, Guildford ■ Fri 30 Nov

Bring your own booze, bring your own dog and the GAG House Comedy Club will bring the laughs. Danny Buckler, Masud Milas, Will Mars and Matt Stellingwerf will be creating the comedy to your Friday night fun. Each person (not the pooches) is allowed to bring a bottle of wine, prosecco or champagne or six cans of beer/ cider.

COMEDY: Godalming Gag House
■ Godalming Borough Hall, Bridge Street, Godalming ■ Sat 1 Dec

Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne


Clever gags and sharp wit are on the cards as the monthly professional Godalming Gag House Comedy Club.  And what an impressive comedy line-up they’ve assembled for you: prepare to be thoroughly entertained by Jon Long, Saskia Preston, Paul Ricketss and Luke Honnoraty.

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: In print: Making Impressions
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Until Sun 6 Jan

The In print: Making Impressions exhibition celebrates the art of print making, in all of its variety. It features some of the foremost names in British printmaking today, including Chris Orr Ra whose work has been seen at The British Museum and National Portrait Gallery (to name a few.)

EXHIBITION: Duke and Duchess of Sussex Exhibition
■ Windsor Castle, Windsor ■ ends Sun 6 Jan

Prince Harry and Meghan – Duke and Duchess of Sussex Royal Wedding 2018 Windsor Castle steps

Better late than never, but we’ve all been invited to Windsor Castle to get up close and personal with newlyweds Harry and Meghan. Ok, so they won’t actually be there but a new exhibition will display Meghan’s Givenchy bridal gown designed by Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller is, her 5m veil embroidered with flora symbolising the 53 Commonwealth countries and the 1932 Queen Mary diamond and platinum tiara loaned to the Duchess by the Queen. It’s not all about the bride (even though we known it is really), Harry’s Blues and Royals frock designed by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row will also be standing to attention.

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 13 Jan

Detail from Alfred Sisley (1839–1899) 14 July at Marly, France, 1875 Oil on canvas © The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford

Works by world-renowned artists such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all of whom exhibited artwork in the very first Impressionist group exhibition in France. It showcases a rare combination of French Impressionist paintings and sculpture, spanning from the early 1860s to the beginning of the First World War.


Christmas is coming – so are the family films… so grab the kids and a jumbo bucket of popcorn. Dodgy green face paint is no more as Dr Seuss’ The Grinch gets a remake, released on Nov 9, in 3D computer animation. The trailer, where we get a first glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch in the starring role, already has over three million views on YouTube, no doubt a million from my kids – they’re desperate to see it. The Nutcracker will make the leap, or should I say sauté, from ballet to big screen with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film’s got an all-star cast of Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Richard E Grant and Morgan Freeman, released Nov 2. If you’re looking for something a little more thrilling, but still suitable for tweens, dark magic will be creeping into cinemas worldwide as the highly anticipated new Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldis released on Nov 18. Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the oh-so-evil, bleach blonde Grindelwald alongside good guys Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law. Last up looks like a proper feel-good festive film and comes in the form of everyone’s favourite flying lady- Mary Poppins. The film will follow on from the original with Poppins floating back in to the lives of grown up Micheal and Jane Banks. The umbrella baton has been passed to Emily Blunt who will star alongside Muddy favourites Julie Walters and Meryl Streep. Mary Poppins Returns hits cinemas just in time for Christmas on Dec 21.


Huddled by the fire? Don’t blame you – we’ll be round in five mins with a massive box of Maltesers so get the telly on. Darkly delicious political thriller House Of Cards returns to Netflix on 2 Nov with its sixth and final season, which was hastily rewritten after Kevin Spacey, who played the President, detonated his career. First Lady Claire Underwood makes a power grab – we can’t wait to see what the excellent Robin Wright does with the role now she’s going solo. Back on this side of the Atlantic, series 5 of London police drama Luther is imminent. The BBC are being cagey about the start date but they’ve just made the first four series available on iPlayer so we reckon it’ll be this month. Welcome back Idris Elba – we’re swooning at the very thought of you returning to moodily stomp around the city fighting crime in your swishy wool coat. This time Hermione Norris will be joining him, playing a psychiatrist. On a lighter note, people are going barking mad on social media about Dogs, a new Netflix documentary which drops 16 Nov. It tells six stories of unconditional love between pooch and owner, including one involving a beloved pet being trapped in a Syrian warzone. It looks like a total tear-jerker.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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