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Spooky Halloween Half Term Trail
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 20 – Wed 31 Oct

Photo courtesy of National Trust Images

Explore the woods and countryside at Polesden Lacey on the Spooky Halloween Trail. Mrs Greville, owner of Polesden Lacey, buried all her beloved dogs in a pet cemetery here many years ago, each with their favourite toy – and the aim of this trail is to reunite the ghosts of long-gone pets with their toy. It might get muddy so welly boots would be a good idea. It’s suitable for children age 4-11 yrs. The cost is £3 a child.

HALLOWEEN: Haunted House
■ The Ivy, Cobham ■ Wed 24 Oct – Thurs 1 Nov

This is my idea of celebrating Halloween. The Ivy in Cobham has been transformed into a Haunted House for both grownups and kids this Halloween, complete with a big black cauldron, cobwebs, skulls and spiders. And in line with the theme, there’s a Halloweek menu priced at £40 per person for three courses and a Halloween cocktail.

THEATRE: Trial by Laughter
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 29 – Sat 3 Nov

Following on from the record-breaking play The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman are back at the Watermill Theatre to premiere a new play. This true and extraordinary story is about the trial of William Hone – a forgotten hero of free speech, he was charged with ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the debauched monarchy. I enjoy Ian Hislop’s razor-sharp wit so it’s bound to be a fun evening an it’s got a whiff of Private Eye.

DANCE: Richard Alston Dance Company
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 30 Oct

Richard Alston Dance Company return to Woking with a collection of works including ‘Mid Century Modern’ which brings together elements of Alston’s most popular works from his incredible 50 year career in one performance.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 30 Oct

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.

COMEDY: Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 2 Nov

She’s a regular on Mock The Week and a much-loved figure on Live At The Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4. All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she’s doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human? Decide for yourself when she comes to Farnham. 

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.

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until 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.


THEATRE: The Wider Earth
■ The Natural History Museum, London ■ Tues Oct 2 – Sun 30 Dec

Exciting news – there’s a theatre being opened in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum for the European premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth, a play about the young Charles Darwin. Puppets, an original score and cinematic animations make this theatrical event a great draw for kids plus they’ll learn a helluva lot in the process.

FOOD: London Restaurant Festival
■ various London locations ■ throughout October 

London’s fantastic restaurant scene is in full celebration mode this month, with great value festival menus at loads of great restaurants, plus foodie events like gastronomic weekends, tasting menus, restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus with famous chefs, talks, films and art.

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

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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