My Faves

Click the bookmark icon to save all the stuff you love.

Be The First To Know

Your inside line on the new, unique and unmissable across Surrey

Sign up to our newsletter

Reader Treats Just For You!

Things to do: September


EVENT: Rural Life Vintage Revival
■ Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Farnham ■ Sat 1 Sept

The Rural Life Centre will be taken over by all things vintage from stallholders will selling wares from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, vintage makeovers and photography. There will be live music by DustBowl Sinners, the Boot Heel Playboys, Steve Conway and Amanda Jane. And on Saturday night there will be a Rock n’Roll dance. Get dressed up for the occasion – a prize will be given to the best dressed.

■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 1 Sept

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Guildford in the first ever Bing stage show! Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs.  Ideal for pre-schoolers. Shows are at 1pm and 4pm on Fri and 10am and 1pm on Sat.

THEATRE: A Winter’s Tale
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 1 Sept

A bold and brilliant interpretation of the well-known play by William Shakespeare. Two worlds collide into one happy resolution. Composed by Howard Goodall one of Britain’s most distinguished and versatile composers and featuring some of the UK’s most talented young performers from Youth Music Theatre.

FILM: Film Season Aug 18
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ until Sat 1 Sept

The Theatre swaps stage for screen to present Film Season Aug 18 showing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel SocietySpitfireEdieThe DambustersWhitneyJourney’s End, Oceans 8 and The Greatest Showman, among

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG)
■ Haslemere Museum Gardens ■ Sat 1 Sept

Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron strut their stuff and sing their hearts out in this blockbuster on the lawn at Haslemere Museum. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 8.15pm.

FESTIVAL: Woking Food and Drink Festival
■ Woking Town Centre  ■ until Sun 2 Sep

This free festival returns to Woking town centre for the sixth year and there’s a fab line up of celebrity and local chefs demonstrating at the event and more than 80 artisan stalls. There will be live music and street entertainment, bite-size talks from food and drink experts, BBC’s Gastronauts show, celebrity book signings and more. Last year about 100,000 hungry visitors turned up, so it gets busy.

THEATRE: The Height of the Storm
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sat 1 to Sat 8 Sept

Catch this production before it heads to the West End. Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins star in this major new play by Florian Zeller, the writer of Olivier Award-Winning The Father. It’s a searing exploration of love, family and the fragility of life.

MARKET: Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 4 Sept

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.

FILM: The Greatest ShowmanCasablancaPretty Woman
■ Chiswick House and Gardens ■ Tues 4 – Thurs 6 Sept

Three nights of open air cinema at in the beautiful gardens of this stunning  neo-Palladian villa kicking of with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and the soundtrack of the summer on Tues 4. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are on the big screen on Wed 5 in this 1942 American classic, and on Thurs 6 it’s the love story of our favourite onscreen prostitute and rich banker as Julia Roberts and Richard Gere light up the screen.  Doors open 6.15pm, film starts 7.45pm.

THEATRE: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thur 6 – Sat 8 Sept

Photo by Geraint Lewis

Spontaneous musical comedy at it’s finest, this one come straight from the West End. A brand new show is created from scratch at each performance as the audiences suggestions are transformed into and all-singing, all-dancing production. Sounds like it could be utterly brilliant – if it doesn’t all go horribly wrong!

■ Various venues throughout Surrey  ■ Thurs 6 Sept

Photo by Rosaline Shahnavaz

This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. Vanessa Kirby and Kofi Abrefa star in this production, directed by Carrie Cracknell. It follows the story of Julie – wild and newly single, who throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

COMEDY: Guildford Gag House Comedy
■, 218 Hight Street, Guildford ■ Fri 7 Sept

A comedy club where you can bring your own booze? Yup – although there are limits. Each person can bring either 1 bottle of wine (75cl), Prosecco (75cl), Champagne (75cl) or 6 cans of beer or cider! The line up includes funny people Ben Norris, Jon Long, Tania Edwards and Edy Hurst.

FESTIVAL: G Live Beer Festival
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 7 – Sat 8 Sept

Ales from some of the country’s top independent brewers as well as live music, a hog roast and a BBQ – what more can you ask for? Tickets are £12 (which includes a beer glass). It’s on from 6.30-11pm on Fri and from 12-4pm then 6.30-11pm on Sat.

TALK: Lucy Worsley – Queen Victoria
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sun 9 Sept

Historian Lucy Worsley uncovers a new perspective on one of England’s longest reigning monarchs, Queen Victoria. Her illustrated talk – in line with the release of her new book – takes audiences into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.

OPERA: Carmen
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 10 Sept

Sung in French with English surtitles, this vibrant opera by the Russian State Opera has it all: love. treachery, passion and betrayal. It’s accompanied by a live orchestra of more than 30 musicians.

OPERA: La Traviata
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 11 Sept

The Russian State Operaa return to Guildford with Verdi’s La Traviata, sung in Italian with English surtitles. It’s a deeply moving piece, enhanced by sumptuous sets and splendid costumes.

THEATRE: Salad Days
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 10 – Sat 15 Sept

Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’ award-winning show is a romp of polite naughtiness and saucy encounters, starring Corrie’s Wendi Peters. It sold out in London and Bath, so expect a great night out from this one.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 11 Sept

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.

FILM: Forties on Film – Film Festival
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Mon 12 – Sat 15 Sept

Cranleigh Arts Centre presents a film festival focussing on the 1940s, with Casablanca, Brief Encounter, A Matter of Life and Death and The Third Man all lighting up the big screen. Tickets are £8.25 for adults, and £5.50 for under 25s.

COMEDY: The Goon Show
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Thurs 13 – Sat 15 Sept

With it’s bizarre characters, fantastical pots and hilarious running jokes, The Goon Show captured the imagination of the British public and made household names of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Now Apollo Theatre Company and Spike Milligan Productions are teaming up to celebrate Spike’s centenary year by presenting the comedy classic.

THEATRE: Ferguson’s Gang
■ Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 13 – Sat 15 Sept

A bit of girl power in the time of the Great Gatsby – now that sounds like a show I’d like to see. It’s the era of the Great Gatsby.  Stonehenge is under threat!  What can a group of unfranchised girls do to save it?  Ferguson’s Gang is a brand new musical based on the true story about a group of women who anonymously campaigned for heritage protection, fighting to impede the tentacles of creeping urban development.

EVENT: The Handmade Fair
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Fri 14 to Sun 16 Sep

Love a bit of arts and crafts, so Kirstie’s handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace is my idea of a day in heaven. There’s the chance to try something new in the interactive workshops – from calligraphy to wirework, machine sewing to screen printing – with experts in their fields such as Annie Sloan. Expert cooks from Olive Magazine will be on hand to let you in on the latest foodie trends plus there will be plenty of stalls to buy arts, crafts, materials for crafting and bespoke products.

FESTIVAL: Food and Drink Festival
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 15 Sept

This free food and drink festival will showcase producers from the local region and feature workshops and taster sessions. From cheese to chocolate, gin to jam, there are a whole world of flavours ready to tempt you from a variety of local producers. It’s on from 11am-4pm, and entry is free but you must book tickets in advance.

FESTIVAL: Countryside Food Festival
■ Priory Farm, Nutfield ■ Sat 15 Sept

Food, food and more food. This food festival is the first ever hosted by Surrey-based food network Local Food Britain and will showcase artisan bread makers, wine producers, distillers, charcuterie and cheese specialists, street food and more. We’re especially excited to learn that our favourite Surrey food blogger Laura Scott (who also hosts the Epsom Supper Club) will be hosting pop-up cookery classes for kids.

COMEDY: Guildford Gag House
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■  Sat 15 Sept

Jonny Awsum (above) leads the lineup at this regular comedy night in Guildford. Also on the board are Alistair Williams, Rob Mulholland and Lateef Lovejoy. Laughs start at 8pm, tickets are £13.50.

FILM: Grease (PG)
■ Manorcroft Playing Fields, Egham ■ Sat 15 Sept

Spark up those engines, and get those leathers out. Sandy and Danny are back in town for this 1978 American musical. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

COMEDY: Tanyalee Davis: Actual Size
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■  Sat 15 Sept

Tanyalee has been described as the Ferrari of comedy – low to the ground and kind of racy – with her gargantuan personality ensuring that she stands tall amongst the comedy greats. She’s being supported by Tony Wright and there will be a Q&A session after the show. Tickets are £12.

SPORTS: Run Reigate
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 16 Sept

And Run Reigate is the perfect motivator to get us all back into the action after an indulgent summer, with a choice of a 5k, 10k or, for the really dedicated, the Intersport half marathon – plus the Canon Kids Race. Sign up HERE using our unique link, and you’ll get a free day pass at Nutfield Priory and go into the draw to win an overnight stay.

THEATRE: Still Alice
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 18 to at 22 Sept

Photo credit: Geraint Lewis

Remember Still Alice, the film starring Julianne Moore based on the best-selling book by Lisa Genova. It was about a bright an intelligent woman called Alice who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. Well it’s now been adapted for the stage – and unsurprisingly it’s getting brilliant reviews particularly for Sharon Small who plays the title role.

THEATRE: Vulcan 7
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Wed 19 – Sat 29 Sept

Young Ones stars Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer reunite for a hilarious new comedy – which they have also written – about a two former drama students who meet again aged in their 60s on the set of a fantasy movie. The show premieres in Guildford before touring, including dates at Richmond Theatre in October.

THEATRE: Teechers
■ The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Wed 19 – Sat 29 Sept

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company present a raucous, robust production of John Godber’s razor-sharp comedy Teechers. Directed by Harry Blumenau, the play stars Lauren James Ray, Sam Stay and Elle Banstead-Salim who play 20 different characters between them.

FILM: Ocean Film Festival
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 20 Sept

Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival, by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. You’ll be wowed at the mind blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean. Tickets are £17.

VARIETY SHOW: Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thurs 20 Sept

Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through Jason Donovan’s life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and much more. Tickets are £27.

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG)
■ Meadowbank Recreation Ground, Dorking ■ Sat 22 Sept

Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron strut their stuff and sing their hearts out in this blockbuster. Pack your picnic and an extra blanket to snuggle under and you’ll be all set for a September evening. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

EVENT: FitFest Caterham
■ Soper Hall, Caterham ■ Sat 22 Sept

You’ll get a double dose of that super smug feeling when you attend FitFest in Caterham. Not only will you give your bod a good ole workout, but all the proceeds go to charity. Win win! FitFest is in its second year, and offers people the chance to try out different fitness classes. There’ll be more than 30 to choose from. There’s also activities and stalls. Tickets are £18 adults, children £8, or take the whole family (2 adults, 2 kids) for £40. Book here.

EVENT: Haslemere Food Festival 
■ Lion Green, Haslemere ■ Sat 22 Sept

Back for its 13th year, the Haslemere Food Festival is a culinary celebration of food and drink from across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. You’ll find plenty of food and drink stalls, live entertainment, demonstrations and tastings, and plenty of activities for kids. And it’s free.

MUSIC: The Boileroom 12th birthday celebrations, ft Ultimate Power
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Sat 22 Sept

Grab your best wig and your most heroic air guitar, and head to the Boileroom on Sat 22 Sept for the venue’s 12th birthday celebration, with Utimate Power. It’s a must for fans of power ballads, and you can expect to hear the greatest hits of this genre including I do it For You and I Will Always Love You. They may even belt out a version of Happy Birthday.

THEATRE: Taj Express
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 24 Sept

Aglitzy Bollywood extravaganza blending explosive dance with the hits of India’s most iconic composers, Taj Express is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians live on stage. The musical features songs by Oscar winner A.R Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 25 Sept

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.

TALK: An Evening with Brian Blessed
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Wed 26 Sept

Not one for peeps of a sensitive nature who might be offended by the occasional expletive, but for the rest of us it’s a show that promises entertainment and fun. Brian will talk about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius and Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean Productions. He is also an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others. Tickets are £29.

ART: Art Parlour: A Thrilling Life Drawing Experience
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Thurs 27 Sept

The theme for this multi-sensory life drawing session ‘Tales from the Dark Side’. You’ll enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and draw, sketch or paint the Hundred Watt Club’s B-Movie model Tabitha Taboo, before a burlesque performance! Basic materials (paper, pens, pencils) are provided but feel free to bring your own. No skill necessary – the drawing is informal and fun. This is an artistic experience, rather than a lesson. Tickets are £10 in advance, £12 on the night, but places are limited to it’s best to book ahead.

COMEDY: Joke in the Box
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Thurs 27 Sept

The popular series of stand-up comedy nights at The Lightbox, featuring the best up-and-coming and established acts on the stand-up circuit. There are limited tickets available, so you’ll have to book in advance. Suitable for age 16+. Tickets £8.

COMEDY: Godalming Gag House
■ Godalming Borough Hall, Bridge Street, Godalming ■ Sat 28 Sept

Clever gags and sharp wit are on the cards as the monthly professional club Godalming Gag House Comedy Club makes its debut at Godalming Borough Hall this month.  And what an impressive comedy line-up they’ve assembled for you: prepare to be thoroughly entertained by Clinton Baptiste, Jason Patterson, Mike Cox and Cally Beaton (pictured).

COMEDY: Hal Cruttenden: Chubster
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 28 Sept

If you haven’t got you fill yet of Hal Cruttenden (I mean this guy’s everywhere right now) – you can catch his new show Chubster at Dorking Halls this month. Apparently his daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He’s now on a diet.

MUSICAL: At Last: The Etta James Story
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 29 Sept

Starring the sensational Vika Bull, At Last tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more. Tickets from £22.50-£42.50.

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 29 Sept – Sun 13 Jan

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.

VARIETY SHOW: Colin Cloud: The Forensic Mind Reader – Live
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 30 Sept

The Scottish stage mentalist describes himself as a forensic mind reader. A sort of Sherlock Holmes of entertainment – if Holmes had a flair for comedy. He’ll know what you’ve had for lunch, where you’ve been that day, what you do for a living, the car you drive, even your PIN code. Apparently he’ll read you like a book.


EXHIBITION: Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920s and 1930s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until 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.

EXHIBITION: Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until 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.

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.


FASHION: London Fashion Week and Festival
■ London venues ■ Fri 14 – Sun 23 Sep 

If your invitations to the main catwalk shows got lost in the post (yours too, eh?), mere mortals can buy tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival with designer and trend shows on the catwalk, talks with various industry figures such as ex-fashion ed turned interiors blogger Erica Davies, and pop-up shopping with over 150 top British and international brands. Totter along in your Jimmy Choos (or Zara sales bargain in my case) and return home looking absolutely fabulous, dahling.

EXHIBITION: 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.

EXHIBITION: 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.

EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until Sun 4 Nov

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

EXHIBITION: Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World
■ The British Museum of Food, London ■ until 30 Sep

Finally! A valid excuse to stuff my face. The British Museum of Food returns with its first major exhibition Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World. Dedicated entirely to the frozen treat, explore memorabilia from the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, discover the neuroscience behind it and try scoops of bygone eras, from daffodil to all-day-breakfast flavour (hmm). Other highlights include ice cream-flavoured weather (vanilla fog!) and glow-in-the-dark concoction that you can eat in a futuristic luminescent cave. Pass the ladle, I’m going in…

THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors
■ Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London ■ until 
15 Sep

This off-beat musical about a florist shop assistant who pines for his work colleague but doesn’t know how to win her heart or what to do to sate the appetite of a human-eating plant looks great fun. Matt Willis from Busted fame, drag queen Vicky Fox, Jemima Rooper and Marc Antolin star in the OTT show that seems perfect for summer in the lovely setting of Regent’s Park (Brucie bonus – the theatre boasts the longest bar in the West End!).

ACTION: Zip Now London
■ Archbishops Park, Lambeth ■ until 9 Sep

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope it’s a human torpedo whizzing down a 738ft wire, 100ft (9 double decker buses!) above Archbishop’s Park at 50mph. Beats the tube any day of the week. What we’ll do to avoid our faces been wedged in someone’s sweaty armpit. Get yourself down to South Bank, climb to the top the tower and wheeeeeeee. Suitable from 8+.



Find more ideas here

Things to doThis month

Tell us what you think

Your email address will not be published.

* Required
* Required

Little Black Book

The Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

View the businesses
Home icon Back Home

The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Surrey