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Reigate Gag House Comedy Club
■ The Cellar Rooms, Reigate Manor ■ Fri 2 March

In need of laugh during these chilly weeks? This line-up will certainly cheer you up and consists of:  Ben Norris, (guest of, and warm-up to, the likes of Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton) resident MC Masud Milas, (supported Stephen K Amos on tour) Stuart Goldsmith, (Winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award) and Don Biswas (from ‘Abnormally Funny People’ and supported John Williams.) They are ready to bring the house down as they bring their wit to Weybridge. Tickets: £13.50. Starts at: 8pm.

Gag House Comedy @ The Stoke
■ The Stoke pub and pizzeria, Guildford ■ Fri 2 Mar

The first Friday of the month is certainly going to be a good one with this equally dashing line- up. It includes Stuart Goldsmith, resident MC Abi Roberts (supported Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican and Jack Whitehall), Ben Norris and Juliet Meyers (with a mic of silliness and edginess, she adopts a chatty style that allows her to interact with the crowd.)

Rising Stars 2018
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ Sat 3 Mar – Sat 14 Apr

This is an exhibition of artists and makers who have made the shortlist for the Rising Stars award 2018 – and it’s a brilliant opportunity for collectors to learn more about the stars of the future. Past exhibitors have gone on to high profile careers. The makers in this year’s shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O’Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang.

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges – Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ Sat 3 Mar – Sat 14 Apr

Julie’s wall and free-standing sculptures take inspiration from the fragility of the eroding coastline, where she lives in Dorset. Her work is influenced by the changing sea, using delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards and colours. She also explores the senses and takes delight from watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like? Will it break?


Civilisations Festival Day at Haslemere Museum
■ Haslemere Educational Museum ■ Sat 3 Mar

The Civilisations Festival partners with the museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with BBC Arts’ Civilisations series. Highlights of the exhibition include gallery talks on local early Romano-British, cinerary urns. There will also be a family ‘drop in art workshop’ which will use objects from the collection of Asian artefacts. In addition, a Russian inspired crafts session will be provided, for children aged 5-11years.


Fritillaria Society Show at RHS Garden Wisley
■ RHS Garden Wisley, Woking ■ Sun 4 Mar

When I think of March, the image of blossoming flowers springs to mind! Wisley Gardens will be home to the Fritillaria Society Show. You can enjoy sales of rare and unusual plants, a wonderful photographic display of fritillaria in the wild and advice from on-hand experts. A talk on the collection starts at 10.30am at the Gőteborg Botanical Garden. Normal entrance admission applies.

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ Tue 6 Mar – Sun 2 Dec

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.

Awful Auntie 
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 8 Mar- Sun 11 Mar


Watch out! Citizens of Woking are being advised to look out for a giant owl and the most awful Auntie in history. The pair will be up against a brave little girl and her ghostly friend in the world premiere production of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie. Described as thrilling, scary and hilarious all at the same time, it sounds like a hoot! Tickets from £22.50.

Asthanga Yoga
 Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Salon and Spa, Guildford  Tue Mornings

Instead of giving something up for Lent, why not take something up? Asthanga Yoga is an ancient style of yoga designed to work every single muscle. Elanor is holding an Asthanga workshop (Sun 4 Mar) to help beginners develop an understanding of this practice and the many benefits. Asthanga yoga classes will be taking place on Tuesday mornings at 6.30- 7.30am.

Ethel Smyth: Composer, Suffragette
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Thurs 8 Mar

Sisters are doing it for themselves! On International Women’s Day, Dr Christopher Wiley, senior lecturer in music at the University of Surrey, will discuss the life and works of Ethel Smyth. Smyth entered the music profession when women composers were under-represented and became one of the foremost British composers of her generation. In 1910 she met Emmeline Pankhurst and pledged a period of service to the suffragette movement. £6 tickets | £4 friends.

Film Night: Loving Vincent
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Thurs 8 Mar

The world’s first fully painted feature film! Depicted in oil painted animation, the story is about a young man who comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. Starring:  Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd8.00pm£8 Adults | £6 Friends


Wam Bam Club
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 9 Mar

You can’t say no to a cocktail… and this explosive cocktail -of Burlesque, Circus, Comedy, Music and Magic- does not disappoint. Direct from London’s West End, the prestigious Wam Bam Club brings a spectacle of glitz and glamour with a selection of the finest cabaret acts. Tickets: £24.50.


Mother’s Day Weekend at RHS Gardens Wisley
■ RHS Garden Wisely ■ Sat 10 Mar & Sun 11 Mar

We’ve found the perfect treat for all the wonderful mums out there…and it includes food and flowers! Can you go wrong? Specially for Mother’s Day, The Terrace Room will be open for either a two-course lunch or afternoon tea (£25 per person), which includes a complimentary gift for Mum. To build up an appetite, firstly enjoy the beauty of early spring blossom and bulbs in flower, with a walk around the garden. Learn about more unusual species and see beautiful displays at The Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring (Sun 11 Mar). There will also be experts and growers on hand with advice and orchids to buy.

Marcel Ronay’s Art: Tranquillity and Stability after two World Wars
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 11 Mar

Marcel Ronay, Chiswick Urban Scene, © The Marcel Ronay Estate

Marcel Ronay was born 1910 in Budapest to a Jewish Romanian father and Catholic mother. His personal and artistic journey saw him emigrate through Hungary, Germany and Austria (during WW1) before finally settling in England in 1936 where his family set up residence. This exhibition will showcase works created in England in the 1940s and the 1950s. Marcel Ronay’s pastoral and bucolic images reflect his personal contentment in England, after meeting his wife and having a family. Visitors will be inspired by his colourful seascapes, riverscapes, urban scenes and forest landscapes displayed.

Orchid Festival
■Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ ends 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.

Creative Pilates
■ Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Salon and Spa, Guildford ■ Thurs Nights

Renew your intentions to improve your health and wellbeing with Creative Pilates. It’s a mat-based Pilates with a twist. Instructor Elena will use her dance background to influence, shape and enhance this lively Pilates session. Sessions take place on Thursdays at 7.30- 8.30pm.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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