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Things to do: This week

MON 21 - SUN 27 MAY

Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden
■ Birtley Estate, Guildford ■ Fri 4 May – Mon 28 May

Enjoy beautiful landscape sculptures amongst the Surrey Hills in a wonderful combination of nature and art. The backdrop of woodlands, meadows and lakesides provides the perfect setting for 200 sculptures. The exhibits use a range of natural materials and themes to showcase local and national artists. Feeling inspired … get involved in the ‘Have a Go Sculpture’ sessions. Or combine your visit with figure sculpting demonstrations, chainsaw sculpting, children’s art courses, yoga and a Sunday Woodland feast. Bring your own picnic or enjoy cream teas and refreshments on site. Price: £6 in advance/ £7 on the day.  Children under 12 go free.


A Celebration of Sir Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes And Undershaw
■ Haslemere Museum ■ Sat 5 May- Sat 26 May

This exhibition gives you chance to learn about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a writer who introduced one of the most iconic figures in literature- Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s home in Surrey, Undershaw welcomed many eminent figures to exchange ideas. The house is now home to Stepping Stones School, but the original features are still visible throughout the building reflecting the life he led in Surrey with his family and friends.


David Aaronovitch: World Beyond the Classroom
■ ACS Egham International School, London Road, Egham ■ Tues 22 May

Two years from the referendum, 10 months on from Brexit. Should we be scared? Award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch will address these questions, and more when he speaks at the ACS International School in Egham. David Aaronovitch is an author, and a regular political and social commentator in national newspapers and on the BBC – so he’ll have a lot to say on this, and it will be good. The event is free, and open to all, but registration is a must. It’s from 6.45pm-8pm.

Summer Holiday
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 22 May – Sat 26 May

Fancy some feel good? Summer Holiday- based on the iconic 1960’s Cliff Richard Film- has Ray Quinn starring as Don alongside 70s legend Bobby Crush as Jerry. Bringing laughter, music and fun to the stage, this is the story of an amazing Summer Holiday adventure where they travel around Europe with a girl band and a young American pop star who is running away from home. Ticket price: £14.00 – £43.00.

Bat Walk at Hatchlands Park
■ Hatchlands Park, East Clandon ■ Thurs 24 May 

Batty for bats? Join a guided walk around Hatchlands park in search of bats hear and see some of the nine species that live there. Bat detectors will be provided. Time: 8 – 10pm. Adult ticket: £7.00. Child ticket: £4.00.


Godalming Gag House
■ Cafe Mila, Godalming ■ Fri 25 May

The comedians on the menu at Cafe Mila, include: Tom Deacon (Host of his own TV, radio and online shows on BBC2, BBC, Radio1 and currently working on a new Eurofan show for the 2013/ 14 Champions League), Naomi Cooper (solo show KERFUFFLE at Leicester Square Theatre and regularly blogs for the Huffington Post), Darren Walsh (his show PUNDERBOLT made the top 10 joke list of the Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror and Independent and won Dave’s Funniest Joke of the fringe), and Josh Howie (appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled with Eddie Izzard and contributed features to The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Mail.) . Dinner will be served from 6:30pm-7:30pm and The Comedy Club will start at 8pm. Comedy and Dinner ticket: £24. Comedy only ticket: £13.50.


Frog Island Fair
■ Pooley Green, Egham ■ Sat 26 May

Hop along to the Frog Island Fair for an unforgettable day of traditional family entertainment. There will be a children’s marquee, music, a farm, children’s fair rides and a sports activity area. Time: 11am – 5pm. Free entry. FrogIslandFair

Happy Days Festival 
■ Imber Court, Esher ■ Sat 26 May & Sun 27 May

The festival that takes you back in time to celebrate those Happy Days. Reminisce with a combination of legendary artists from the 70s, 80s and 90, and other entertainments including a themed retro bar, pyrotechnics, games area and family fun activities. Festival goers will also be able to try delicious Gastro Grub, which will include a selection of World Fusion food. Line- up includes: Gloria Gaynor, Hacienda Classical, Cameo, The Farm Acoustic set and Robin

Off Ramps with Michael Brandon
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Sat 26 May
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sun 27 May

Michael Brandon brings his one-man show com to the stage in Surrey this month, covering his journey from Brooklyn to Britain via Hollywood with hilarious tales along the way. The former Lt. James Dempsey in 80s telly show Dempsey and Makepeace ‘lifts the lid,’ on various showbiz personalities including ex-wife and actress Lindsay Wagner, better known as the Bionic Woman, Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Tony Curtis and Kim Novak, to name a few. Epsom Playhouse: Richmond:


Spring spectacular half term at Bocketts Farm
■ Bockets farm, Leatherhead ■ Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

There’s a schedule full of fun at Bockets Farms Spring Spectacular, including: animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides and pig races. Circus shows will be put on throughout the day plus a circus skills workshop for the kids to have a go. With birds of prey flying demonstrations, a craft corner and a pan for gold, there won’t be any complaining of being bored this half term.

The Jazz Collective: Live on the terrace
■ The White Horse, Hascombe ■ Sun 27 May

The Jazz Collective –  featuring David Kirby on piano with vocalist Katie Crooks – will be performing live on the terrace at The White Horse in Hascombe from 5pm. Book a table for a late lunch or an early dinner and sit back and take in the tunes.

Art in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon Estate Vineyard ■ Sun 27 May – 10 June

Art and wine – what a great combination.  If you love both, you won’t want to miss the Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard, at High Clandon Estate Vineyard. And it’s for a good cause too. There will be more than 150 works of art on show in the spectacular gardens and Glass Barn at the vineyard. The event supports Cherry Trees charity in East Clandon (which provides respite care for children with learning and physical disabilities) and also marks the release of High Clandon’s 2013 vintage Elysium Cuvée. It is every day from 11am-4pm. The owners, Bruce and Sibylla Tindale, ask for a small donation of £5 per adult to go to Cherry Trees. Ten per cent of each sale of art and wine will also be donated to Cherry Trees.

Beatriz Milhazes
■ White Cube, Bermondsey, SE1 ■ ends 1 July

Ooo! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.

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.

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ V&A, London ■ until 17 Jun

v and a museum ocean liners exhibit empress of Britain poster white ship

These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic.

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