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Things to do: This week

MON 6 - SUN 12 AUG

THEATRE: War Horse
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 1 – Sat 18 Aug

This is one your teenagers might like. Hey, they might have even read the book by Michael Morpurgo. Set at the outbreak of the First World War, and featuring those incredible life-size puppets of the horses, tickets will be in demand – so please don’t leave it too late to book.


MARKET: Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 7 Aug

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.

Photograph by Dan Tsantilis

KIDS’ THEATRE: Teletubbies Big Hugs
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 8 & Thurs 9 Aug

Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and the Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Shows are at 10am and 1pm each day.

MUSIC: Nile Rogers and CHIC
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Thurs 9 Aug

Nile Rogers and CHIC take to the stage at Sandown Park after more than after 25 years out. A new album, It’s About Time, is due out in September. Expect to hear some of the best-known pop anthems from the last four decades! Gates open at 4pm, and the first race is at 5.45pm, with the last race at 8.20pm. Rogers takes to the stage after the last race. Tickets from £20.

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG) (SOLD OUT)
■ Purley Beeches, South Croydon ■ Fri 10 Aug

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and the soundtrack of the summer. What’s not to love? Doors open 8.10pm, film starts 9.40pm.

MUSIC: Janis Joplin and Friends in the Woodstock Experience
■ G Live ■ Sat 11 Aug

Featuring classics from the Woodstock lineup, this show is performed by singers and musicians from London’s West End, including X Factor finalist Melanie Masson. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Grateful Dead, Santana and of course Janis Joplin will all be featured.

FILM: Top Gun (12A)
■ Epsom College, Wilson Pitch ■ Sat 11 Aug

I feel the need, the need for speed! Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan star in this 1986 classic. Great soundtrack, gratuitous volleyball scene. Hmmm. Don’t deny yourself a night with Mav and Goose – they’ve got that loving feeling. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.45pm.

WRESTLING: Wrestleforce
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 11 Aug

Fan of wrestling? Then check out these larger-than-life muscle men battling it out in free-for-all bouts with awe inspiring feats of strength and breathtaking aerial manoeuvres. And remember, the more noise you make – the harder they fight.

THEATRE: Pride and Prejudice
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Sun 12 Aug

That fave period rom-com involving the Bennet sisters and a host of young bachelors including Mr Darcy comes to the lawns of Hatchlands. Pack a picnic, and a rug. The show starts at 6pm, gates open at 5.30pm. Tickets are adult £16, child £8, family (2 adults, 2 kids) £40.


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.

MUSIC: Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.

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.


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.

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.

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until Sat 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

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