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Things to do in Surrey this week

Find your fun with our curated guide to all the hip happenings in Surrey this week.

EXHIBITION: Surrey Hills Artists Autumn Exhibition
■ The Art Gallery, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Mon 12 – Sun 25 Oct

The Surrey Hills Artists collective present more than 120 original artworks in various styles and media at their Autumn Exhibition. denbies.co.uk

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CHILDREN: Mini Treks and Trails
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Mon 12 and 19 Oct

A free interactive story session with crafts and activities for pre-schoolers. Books include The Wonky Donkey (5 Oct), Room on the Broom (12 Oct) and Funny Bones (19 Oct). It’s at 11am, outside the Gift Shop. You must pre-book your visit online. godstonefarm.co.uk

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CHILDREN: Parent and Child Forest School: Storytelling round the Campfire
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 13 Oct

Painshill’s autumn Forest School activity sessions for parents and children continue with storytelling around the campfire. There will be games, dressing up and joining in with a special happy-ever-after ending round the campfire. Cost is £15 per child (parents go free). It’s for 1hr 30mins at 10am or 1pm. painshill.co.uk

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LIVE STREAMED EVENT: Ruby Wax – How To Be Human
■ Live streamed via private YouTube link ■ Tues 13 Oct

Based on her bestselling book, Ruby’s show How to be Human answers every question you’ve ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. dorkinghalls.co.uk

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ANTIQUES FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Market
■ Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames ■ Tues 13 and Tues 27 Oct

The brilliant antiques market at Kempton Park is back on again, with all outside stalls. In addition to the huge range of collectables (vintage books, kitchenwares, etc), this is a good place to pick up unusual furniture, rustic lighting, original paintings and quirky accessories. There’s also plenty of industrial and garden architectural salvage. Admission and parking are both free and it’s best to get there early. It starts at 6.30am and the good stuff goes quick. sunburyantiques.com/kempton

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WINE TASTING: Lidl Wine Tour
■ Online ■  Thurs 15 Oct

It’s well-known to wine lovers, that Lidl offer some cracking wine bargains – and this tasting comes from their most recent wine tour. It’s hosted by Love Wine’s Richard Bamford (also the lead taster for Lidl in the UK) alongside Laura Clay and Surrey wine expert Heather Dougherty. Tickets are £10 per household. eventbrite.co.uk

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KIDS: Brick or Treat
■ Legoland, Windsor ■  Thurs 15 Oct – Sun 8 Nov

I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! Lots of spooky(ish) additions to the park, plus new for 2020, there’s a brand new dance extravaganza The Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show and a new scary character, Scarecrow.

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COMEDY: Al Murray – Landlord of Hope and Glory
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Fri 16 Oct

The year is 2020. The world stands on the brink. Turmoil is the norm.
Questions have been asked and none answered.
What we need is one man, to step forward, one man with all the answers.
Well you’re in luck, ladies and gentlemen – he’s here and he’s coming to Dorking! dorkinghalls.co.uk

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CHILDREN: Tiny Trek and Trails
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Fri 16 & 23 Oct

Free interactive story time for babies and pre-toddlers. Included as part of your entry into Godstone Farm. On Fri 9 it’s The Three Little Pigs, Fri 16 it’s Where’s Spot and on o Fri 23 it’s We’re Going on A Pumpkin Hunt. It’s at 11am, outside the Gift Shop – and you’ll need too pre-book your visit online. godstonefarm.co.uk

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ONLINE MARKET: Brown Paper Festival
■ Online ■ Sat 17 Oct

A virtual craft market bringing together local crafters and makers from across Surrey. Brown Paper Festival is the place to find an inclusive range of incredible handmade businesses, creative inspiration and community spirit. brownpaperfestival.com

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EVENT CINEMA: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: Back Together
■ The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 17 & Sun 18 Oct

The pair take on their favourite musical theatre, pop and rock tracks, including songs from The Lion King, The Greatest Showman and The Phantom of the Opera as well as a brilliantly arranged ‘Queen Medley’. Showcasing their phenomenal voices and undeniable on-stage chemistry, Ball and Boe’s irresistible charm light up the big screen. harlequintheatre.co.uk

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MARKET: Camberley Farmers’ and Artisan Market
■ Park Street, Camberley ■ Sat 17 Oct

A vibrant artisan market offering up local produce and artisan goods, and handmade gifts. The market is on from 10am to 3pm and is free to attend. surreymarkets.co.uk

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FESTIVAL: Festival of Crafts
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 17 & Sun 18 Oct

Now in its 24th year, this annual two-day festival features a curated selection of makers from across the UK who bring their handcrafted goodies including homewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, accessories, furniture, lighting, textiles and print. The festival champions great design and the process of making, both traditional and modern techniques and skills. As well as the marketplace, there are a series of workshops. farnhammaltings.com

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EXHIBITION: Raphael – Prince Albert’s Passion
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until 31 Jan 2021

The only gallery in the UK to mount an exhibition about Raphael in 2020 – the year which marks the 500th anniversary of his death – this exhibition relays the fascinating story of Prince Albert’s passion for Raphael and his creation of the Raphael Collection at Windsor Castle. thelightbox.org.uk

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ONGOING EVENTS

Ramster Gardens in Chiddingfold is a riot of colour at this time of year. It’s open Wed-Sun until 1 Nov.

GARDENS: Autumn colour at Ramster Gardens
■ Ramster Gardens, Chiddingfold ■ Until 1 Nov

The private Ramster Gardens open each year for only a short time and they’re well worth a wander. 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 garden and tea house are open now from Wed to Sun (10am to 4pm) – there’s no need to book. Entry is £8 for adults, children under 16 free. ramsterevents.com

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EXHIBITION: Art in the Garden
■ The Savill Garden, Egham ■ ends 3 Nov

Explore the gardens and you will also discover 66 sculptures exhibits by the Surrey Scuplture Society of varying styles, subjects and materials; all inspired by the natural world and carefully chose to inspire and complement their beautiful surroundings. windsorgreatpark.co.uk

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FOOD & WINE: A Taste of Denbies: Wine Tasting & Gallery Restaurant Dinner
■ Denbies Wines Estate, Dorking ■ Saturdays in Oct, Nov & Dec

Enjoy a wine tasting of Denbies premium award-winning wine range served with a selection of canapés in the Denbies Cellar, hosted by Denbies WSET wine expert for an hour, then head to the Gallery Restaurant for a three-course dinner. Cost is £59 per person. denbies.co.uk

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FURTHER AFIELD

Hey Queenie, nice nose ring! It’s part of the START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery

ART: START Art Fair
■ Saatchi Gallery ■ 21 – 25 Oct

This cool, contemporary art fair, which takes pieces from London’s top galleries, will go ahead this year with social distancing measures and an exceptional line up of artists including  Lincoln Townley,  Erika Navas and Nat Bowen. In addition to START Art Fair, Korean Eye’s 2020 exhibition Creativity and Daydream will be on show having travelled from The State Hermitage in St Petersburg after a six-month stay, featuring a wealth of emerging and established talent from South Korea. 

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EXHIBITION: Kimono to Catwalk
■ V&A Museum, London ■ until 25 Oct

‘Kimono to Catwalk’ charts the journey of the traditional Japanese garment as an evolving fashion icon, from its origins in the 1660s to its modern-day iteration. vam.ac.uk

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EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers
■ The Design Museum, London ■ ends 14 Feb 2021

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

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EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs
■ Imperial War Museum, London ■ ends 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

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EXHIBITION: Among The Trees
■ The Hayward Gallery, Southbank ■ until 31 Oct

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix.

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