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Things to do: October


THEATRE: Angela’s Ashes – The Musical
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Tues 24 Sept – Sat 5 Oct

Frank McCourt’s memoir is brought to life in this musical version of his best-selling book about his childhood in Limerick and beyond.

■ Various venues ■ Mon 1 & Tues 3 Oct

If you didn’t snaffle tickets for Phoebe Waller Bridge’s brilliant dark comedy Fleabag on the West End, you’re in luck as it’s being screened to at various cinemas around Surrey.

THEATRE: Calendar Girls
■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Tues 1 – Sat 5 Oct

It’s kits off in Wimbledon this week as the West End smash, Calendar Girls, visits the New Wimbledon Theatre. It’s a wonderful mix of uplifting comedy, musical fun and a dose of daytime television all in one show.

KIDS’ EVENTS: Autumn Colour Trail
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge ■ From 1 Oct

As the air turns crisp and a rich display of autumn colour envelops the countryside, pack your walking boots or wellies and head to Hever Castle to enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and spectacular autumn tints. Enjoy FREE garden tours of Faith’s Garden with information about seed collecting, every Tuesday and Wednesday. Let the little ones take on the Leaf & Seed Collection Challenge, if they collect 10 different seeds and leaves from Anne Boleyn’s Walk and Lane Walk, they’ll be given a bulb to take home and plant. Plus Hever Castle’s Golf Club’s Head Greenkeeper, Rob Peers, will be sewing meadow seeds ready for flowering in Spring. You will be able to see the ground prepped and ready for the seeds. To book your tickets:

MUSIC: The Lottery Winners
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Fri 4 Oct

Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners combine momentous 90’s inspired guitar pop melodies with a Morrissey-esque, humorous yet wistful lyricism. The band has built an extensive and loyal fanbase through consistent touring, earning a reputation for hugely entertaining, blisteringly loud live shows.

COMEDY: An Evening of Eric and Ern
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 4 Oct

Starring Oliver-nominated duo Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, this is the perfect night for fans of Morecambe and Wise as the pair perform some of their most adored songs, sketches and routines.

COMEDY: Live at The Hawth
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■ Fri 4 Oct

Crawley is holding its first Live at The Hawth comedy night in early Oct with comic ventriloquist Nina Conti, improvised hip-hop artist Abandonman, Adam Hess, Angela Barnes and Colin Hoult as Anna Mann in the impressive line-up. Tickets are £27.50. Get booking!

FESTIVAL: Flowers at the Festival
■ St Lawrence Church, Chobham  ■ Fri 4 – Sun 6 Oct

As part of this year’s month-long Chobham Festival, visit St Lawrence Church to experience floral artistry as contributed by the community. This is a great opportunity to pop by and see some of the beautiful flower displays on offer!

FAMILY EVENT: WoodFest 2019
■ RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking ■ Sat 5 – Sun 6 Oct

A weekend of events celebrating everything wood may seem a little odd, but work with us here. Tree climbing for children, archery, artisan woodcraftsmen, a chainsaw carver and bushcraft demonstrations are just some of the intriguing and fun-filled activities running over the weekend.

THEATRE: Hormonal Housewives
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 5 Oct

One to grab the girlfriends for, this hilarious sketch show stars Suzanne Shaw, Julie Coombe and Josephine Partridge covers the everyday struggles of life as a woman that will have you cackling in your seat!

SHOPPING: Guildford Craft and Gift Market
■ Guildford Guidhall ■ Sat 5 Oct, 10am – 5pm

This popular annual market filled with independent sellers is the perfect way to kickstart your Christmas shopping. Yes, we said the C word in October!

■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sun 6 Oct

The world’s number one ABBA tribute band rolls into Woking. Dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.

TALK: David Suchet: Behind the Lens – My Life in Photos
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Sun 6 Oct

On opening night of the Guildford Book festival – one of Britain’s best-loved actors, David Suchet, talks to broadcaster Michael Buerk about his remarkable life and career from Shakespeare to Poirot.

THEATRE: A Taste of Honey
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 7 – Sat 12 October

Bijan Sheibani’s hit 2014 production is coming to the suburbs for one week only! The performance follows the tale of Jo, a feisty teenager, who enters a relationship with a sailor after her mother runs off with a car salesman and a guardian moves in to watch over her. Twists are turns are guaranteed!

THEATRE: Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical
■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Mon 7 – Sat 12 Oct

Ramp up the camp as Priscilla Queen Of The Desert rolls into Wimbledon – with an explosion of glamour, sequins, a cracking choon and a lorra laughs. All shades of FAB-U-LOUS.

THEATRE: Alice – Wonderland Through The Looking Glass
■ The Capitol, Horsham■ Tues 8 Oct

Alice has now grown up and the Looking Glass is a portal to our world, which the Red Queen has crossed into and opened a casino featuring an Army of Cards. Chantry Dance Company brings its new ballet production to The Capitol, created by the choreographers of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny and featuring Britain’s Got Talent star Shannon Parker. Ages 7+ £15.

COMEDY: Fern Brady – Power and Chaos
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 9 Oct

Fern is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Known for being totally unique and completely fearless her new show will tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality all with her caustic wit, exceptional writing and electric stage craft.

EVENT: Surrey Homes Magazine Open House 
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Thu 10 – Sat 12 Oct

Enjoy shopping and eating? Of course you do. This all-new three day event will feature over 200 stalls selling everything from bespoke coats, jewellery and home fragrances. In addition to the abundance of food outlets available to sample, there will also be free talks by influential figures such as chef Melissa Hemsley.

MUSIC: Robert Habermann: Mad About Movies
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 11 Oct, 7.30pm

The award-winning singer takes to the stage to tell all about the famous story of The Hollywood Musical. From Barbara Streisand, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, this hit-packed show will have your toe tapping in no time!

ART: Sussex Art Fair
■ Brighton Racecourse ■ Fri 11 – Sun 13 Oct

Not exactly in Surrey, but an art fair worth travelling too if only to see the gorgeous works by Surrey-based artist Ramona Pintea. Ramona wants to inspire women to be bold, beautiful and empowered – and this undoubtedly comes through in her work. I’m a little bit in love. The private view is on Fri.


KIDS’ THEATRE: Oi Frog & Friends!
■ Aldridge Theatre, Farnham ■ Sat 12 Oct – Sun 13 Oct

Adapted from the bestselling books by Kes Gray and Jim Field, this promises to be an action-packed play with songs, puppets, laughs and rhymes galore. It is an ideal introduction to theatre and the perfect entertainment for families with children over three years old.

■ Bourne Hall, Ewell ■ Sat 12 Oct, 3.30pm – 11pm

Who doesn’t love a glass of the fizzy stuff? Head to Bourne Hall for an afternoon and evening of entertainment, music and, of course, the opportunity to try some of the finest prosecco, frizzante, cava, brut, pink fizz, champagne… The list goes on! Hiccup.

EVENT: Tadworth Craft Fair
■ Church of the Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth ■ Sat 12 Oct

Spare change at the ready! Everything is handmade at this fundraising fair, including artisan goods, gifts, crafts, jewellery and cards. Admission is just £1 and under 16s go free!

FAMILY FUN: The Annual Pumpkin Show
■ Dorking Christian Centre ■ Sat 12 Oct, 1pm – 5pm

‘Tis the season for pumpkins galore and what better to celebrate the vegetable’s peak month than an event entirely dedicated to them? Previous events have seen pumpkins the size of wheels! There will also be children’s entertainment, tombolas and bake sales. The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the community!

■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 14 – Sat 19 Oct

Following a sold-out run at London’s Hampstead Theatre, this is the astonishing true story of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff, the man who made Hollywood’s greatest divas beautiful.

THEATRE: Two Trains Running
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 15 – Sat 19 Oct

Iconic American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in this defining moment of American history. Set in Pittsburgh in 1969, when there’s a controversial new president in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise.

THEATRE: 9 to 5 The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 15 – Sat 19 Oct

Straight from the West End, this hit musical follows Doralee, Violet and Judy, three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist boss. Featuring music by Dolly Parton herself, you’ll be singing and dancing all evening!

EVENT: The 12 Hour Sign-a-thon
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 16 Oct

Ever fancied learning sign language? This brilliant event in aid of Sight for Surrey is the perfect opportunity to dip your toe into the world of signing with the Joe Collins, a native British Sign Language user, tutor and coach who has worked for the BBC and Channel 4.

SUPPER CLUB: Epsom Supper Club
■ Epsom ■ Thurs 17 and Thurs 31 Oct

If you’re bored of your local gastropub, book for this super-cool supper club in Epsom by private chef Laura Scott. But be quick – it sells out fast. Go go gastro-adventurers.

WORKSHOP: Sourdough Demo and lunch
■ Epsom ■ Sat 19 Oct

Learn the basic principles of making your own sourdough bread in private chef Laura Scott’s sourdough taster session and cookery demonstration. It’s followed by lunch of local cheeses, seasonal soup, limitless sourdough bread and a glass of locally sourced Surrey wine.

SHOPPING: Fall for Autumn Event
■ Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford ■ Sat 19 – Sun 20 Oct

Head to the Tunsgate Quarter shopping centre in Guildford for two days of live performances, entertainment and refreshments, and of course a spot of shopping. Included in the line up is Trip Hazard and Friends, the Godalming Community Gospel Choir and the Farley’s. It’s on from 11am-2pm both days.

FAMILY EVENT: Peculiar Pumpkins at Winkworth Arboretum
■ Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming ■ Sat 19 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

Solve the mystery of the abundance of pumpkins that have popped up all over this National Trust location. What on earth could be going on?

FITNESS: Mud Monsters Run
■ near East Grinstead ■ Sun 20 Oct 

Are you up for tackling the fun Mud Monsters Run obstacle course challenge near East Grinstead? Grab your partner or friends and take on slides, walls, tyres, streams, monkey bars and more in pursuit of a medal. There are 5km, 10km and 20km circuits to choose from and the spirit is camaraderie more than competition. The next Mud Monsters Run is on Sun 20 Oct June. Entry from £49, with discounts for teams of 10+

DANCE: Take Five!
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sun 20 Oct, 3pm

Celebrating five years of dance and performance, the Quicksilver Dance Company introduces its latest show that features classic dance pieces performed by its dancers aged 50 – 80. This is a great initiative that aims to get people of all ages dancing to improve fitness and enjoy the social aspect!

MUSIC: An International Night of Cabaret
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sun 20 Oct

Italian born singer, pianist, composer Stefania Salvador is coming to Surrey with her full quartet, performing a selection of American standards, French chansons, Italian songs and surprise duets. A guaranteed toe-tapping night!

FILM: Wilderland Film Festival
■ Dorking Halls ■ Mon 21 Oct

Wilderland Film Festival is the UK’s first-ever touring wildlife film festival. It promises to shine a light on some astonishing and thought-provoking stories, filmed by a host of independent international filmmakers.

THEATRE: Nigel Slater’s Toast
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 21 – Sat 26 Oct

Toast vividly recreates Nigel Slater’s childhood through the tastes and smells he shares with his mother, culminating in the young Nigel’s escape to London.

MUSIC: Lisa Stansfield
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 22 Oct

Stansfield is on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary release of her debut solo album Affection. Expect plenty of hits and more from Affection, alongside favourites and classics from Lisa’s seven subsequent solo records.

FESTIVAL: Ocean Film Festival World Tour
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 23 October, 7.30pm

A must-see for nature lovers, immerse yourself in an evening with the ocean with this selection of independent short films featuring mind-blowing footage of the underwater world.

EVENT: National Honey Show
■ Sandown Park, Esher ■ Thu 24 – Sat 26 Oct

Got a sweet tooth? The largest every honey show is coming to Surrey and is jam-packed with workshops, tastings and classes that will open your mind to the entire honey making process. Young beekeepers are welcome!

FAMILY EVENT: Firework Night at Tadworth House
■ Tadworth House ■ Fri 25 Oct, gates open at 6pm

It’s the start of the season filled with crashes and booms as firework night comes to Tadworth House, all in aid of The Children’s Trust. The child-friendly display is at 7pm and for those who don’t mind a louder to-do, stick around until 8pm.

FESTIVAL: Pumpkin Week
■ Secretts, Hurst Farm, Milford ■ Sat 26 – Thurs 31 October

It’s Pumpkin Week at Secretts in Milford where you can pick your own pumpkin, take a tractor ride and enjoy lots of other family activities. 

HALLOWEEN: Scary Skywalk
■ Skywalk Adventure, Esher ■ Sat 26 – Thu 31 Oct

Immerse yourself in the spooky surroundings of Skywalk Adventure as you zip wire and climb through the forbidden woods with frightening skeletons and spiders lurking nearby. Get dressed in your most ghoulish outfit. For those less keen the scary experience, the Skywalk is open as usual during the day – still with lots of cobwebs and spiders, but less supernatural sightings.

FAMILY EVENT: Halloween Trail
■ Polesden Lacey, near Guildford ■ Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov, 10am-3pm

Join this fun and spooky trail to see if you can find a whole host of animals that usually only come out at night. Boo!

EVENT: Festival of Crafts
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 26 and Sun 27 Oct

This popular craft affair is back for another year with a bumper edition of homewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, accessories, furniture, lighting, textiles and print. The perfect event for creative minds!

COMEDY: Becoming Electra – A Queer Mitzvah
■ The Electric Theatre, Guidford ■ Sun 27 Oct

A heart-warming and original one-woman drag show about a queer Jewish girl trying to find her voice.
With show-stopping songs and comical, compelling storytelling, this is a show like no other: exploring what happens when Jewish and queer cultures collide.

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.

THEATRE: A Woman of No Importance
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guidford ■ Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

Catch one of the world’s most famous plays in action, packed with comedy, drama and ridiculous characters.

THEATRE: The Girl On The Train
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

A stage adaption of the hugely successful novel, Eastenders’ Samantha Womack plays alcoholic divorcee Rachel as she tries to piece together a night that ended in tragedy.

FILM: Top Dog Film Festival
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 30 Oct, 7.30pm

This selection of independent short films honours the relationship between dogs and their owners, featuring amusing tales, sad stories and inspirational footage that will make you want to head straight home and cuddle your pooch.

KIDS EVENT: Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 30 – Thu 31 Oct

From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles, prepare your little one for an exciting tale with one of the most famous pigs in the world!

KIDS’ THEATRE: Billionaire Boy
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Wed 30 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

The team who brought Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie brilliantly to the stage are back with another Walliams classic – Billionaire Boy. 12-year-old Joe Spud may get £10,000 a week pocket money and have two pet crocodiles thanks to his dad’s special loo roll invention but he doesn’t have any friends and he sets out to try and change that with adventures along the way.

WORKSHOP: Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Drawalong
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Thu 31 Oct, 2pm

Join the Tracy Beaker illustrator for an afternoon of drawing as Sharratt shares his top tips and how he came to create some of the most famous characters from Jacqueline Wilson’s popular novel.

THEATRE: Glittery Clittery – A ConSensual Party
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 31 Oct

Prosecco at the ready! Dance shoes on! Ready to take down the patriarchy with Fringe Wives Club? It’s going to get glittery as well as political with an all-singing, all-dancing party-rave extravaganza ready to combat bigotry, sexism and the miseducation about the wonders of the female body in all its chaos and beauty.

FAMILY EVENT: A Spooky Walk at Claremont Landscape Garden
■ Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher ■ Thu 31 Oct, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Pack your torch and lantern as you embark on a Halloween walk around the eerie National Trust gardens. What was that noise?

THEATRE: All’s Well That Ends Well
■ St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford ■ until Sat 2 Nov

The award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company has joined forces with the Jermyn Street Theatre to bring the classic Shakespeare tale to Guildford. One of the playwrights most romantic stories, it follows the tale of four women following their dreams.

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

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.

EXHIBITION: William Blake
■ Tate Britain, London ■ Mon 11 Sept – 2 Feb 2020 

Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale.

EXHIBITION: Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
■ V&A Museum, London ■ ends 8 March 2020 

Curated in collaboration with the lauded avant garde Vogue portrait and fashion photographer, this will feature some of Walker’s seminal, fantastical images from his 25-year career, featuring major celebs including Kate Moss, Sir David Attenborough, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Björk and many more. You can also see 10 new photographic series created for the show, by Walker, influenced by the museum’s exhibits.

EXHIBITION: The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until 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.

ART: Chihuly Trail: Reflections on Nature
■ Kew Gardens, Kew ■ now 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.

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.


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