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Things to do: This week

MON 3 - SUN 9 DEC

FESTIVE EVENTS: Christmas at Polesden Lacey
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ now until Sun 23 Dec

The National Trust property and former country retreat of Margaret Greville is going back to the 1930s to celebrate Christmas with a glamorous high society soireé. The house has been transformed with an 18ft Christmas tree, scents of nutmeg and cinnamon, seasonal flowers, 1930s tunes and the scents of nutmeg and cinnamon. Take it all in before wandering into the courtyard where local choirs and bands will sing and play live at weekends (from 11am-3pm), and on some days in the week before Christmas. On the weekends there will be horse and carriage ride around the grounds betwen 11am-1pm and 2-4pm (cost is £3). nationaltrust.org.uk

 

PANTO: Peter Pan and the Loose Boys 
■ The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Thurs 29 Nov – Sat 5 Jan

Who says panto is for the kids? This panto is full of rudeness and staged in a pub, so best leave the kids at home. Expect a load of naughtiness and innuendo, crude comedy and plenty of laughs. Not for prudish types. guildfordfringe.com

 

MUSIC: Kate Rusby
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Mon 3 Dec

Fans of folk singer / songwriter Kate Rusby are in for a treat when she brings her Christmas concert to Guildford this month. Embracing and sharing a local South Yorkshire tradition, she’ll sing her own unique version of traditional carols as well as her other music. glive.co.uk

FILM: Royal Opera House Cinema Festival
■ Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London ■ Mon 3 Dec – Mon 7 Jan

It’s the 10th anniversary for the Royal Opera House’s Cinema Festival and it begins on 3 Dec in the Linbury Theatre with a live screening of The Nutcracker for which children aged 5 – 15 go free. Cool, huh? This is followed over the next month by 20 screenings of operas and ballets with memorable casts. Operas include Renée Fleming and Joseph Calleja performing La Traviata and Jonas Kaufmann singing Verdi’s Otello. Ballets include Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in Manon as well as Swan Lake and Giselle which brings the festival to a close. Perfect for a festive London day out, I reckon. roh.org.uk

MUSIC: Katie Melua and the Gori Women’s Choir – SOLD OUT
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 4 Dec

Joined by members of the Gori Women’s Choir, Katie will perform songs from her 2016 album In Winter alongside brand new recordings and catalogue classics adapted for the stage. glive.co.uk

FESTIVE THEATRE: Hansel and Gretel
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 6 Dec – Sun 6 Jan

A festive version of the Brothers Grimm’s much-loved fairy tale comes to the Rose Theatre this Christmas. Battling magical beasts, enlisting a crew of fairy tale bandits and learning the secrets of their past, Hansel and Gretel must race to save their town from the Witch’s Curse. And all in time for Christmas! rosetheatrekingston.org

PANTO: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
■ The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Fri 7 – Mon 31 Dec

If you loved Dame Ann Widdecombe when she played the jokester on Strictly a few years back, you’re in for a treat as she steps into the role of the Wicked Queen in Redhill this year. She’ll be joined by returning Redhill favourites Neil Wheatley, Simon Bashford and Abi Welford, as well as Britain’s Got Talent star Jai McDowell playing Snow White’s handsome prince. harlequintheatre.co.uk

PANTO: Cinderella
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 7 Dec – Sun 6 Jan

EastEnder and R&B artist Michelle Gayle comes to Guildford this Christmas as the fairy godmother in this popular panto. She’ll be joined by Yvonne Arnaud panto regulars, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Peter Gordon and Jamie Brook, plus Georgie Leatherland, Cameron Burt and Nick Barclay.  yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

PANTO: Cinderella
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Fri 7 Dec – Sun 6 Jan

Will Cinders make it to the ball in time. Not if the wicked stepmother can help it. And with the ultimate panto dame, Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood, cha-cha-cha-ing his way across the stage as the stepmother anything could happen. Paul Chuckle and Phil Butler joins the cast. It’s a 10 from us for comedy casting, dahling! atgtickets.com

FAIR: Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Fri 7 – Sun 9 Dec

Eat, drink and be merry at Henry’s old house as the palace courtyards are transformed into a festive food-lovers wonderland for Christmas. There will be live cooking demonstrations in the kitchen, carols from local choirs and music. Entry included in palace admission, £19.20 adults, £9.60 children. hrp.org.uk

EVENT: Christmas Glow at Wisley
■ Royal Horticultural Society ■ now until Wed 2 Jan

Jigantics floral light installations at night. Christmas Glow event at RHS Garden Wisley.

Back for a fourth year, the ‘Christmas Glow’ returns, with fantastical gigantic flowers, dramatic installations and brilliantly illuminated trees. Wander the trail to see floating installations on the water creating rippling reflections, light shows on trees, and spectacular views of the historical Laboratory reflected in the Jellicoe Canal. rhs.org.uk

EVENT: A Taste of Christmas at the Savill Gardens
■ Englefield Green, Egham ■ now until Wed 2 Jan

There’s plenty of festive fun going on at the Savill Gardens, including the Winter Sprite Trail, an hour-long trail where you go in search of the magical winter sprites; vintage carousels (from 15 Dec); carol singing; and carriage rides. windsorgreatpark.co.uk 

EVENT: Christmas at Kew
■ Kew Gardens, London ■ now until Sat 5 Jan

Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beam winding  through the world-famous Gardens. New this year are the Moonlit Woods and step into a laser garden where lines of light playfully bounce across the branches. There will also be a festive flotilla of glowing boats on the lake, a Canopy of Light and a sculptural Fire Garden, plus Father Christmas and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. All in all a magical lit up wonderland – and well worth a visit with the family. Worth going with the fam. kew.org

ICE SKATING: Hampton Court Palace
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Moseley ■  now until Sun 6 Jan

‘Skate back in time’ they say and you’ve a seriously stunning backdrop for your triple salchow at Henry VIII’s old gaff in Surrey, floodlit with colours for the evening. Skating sessions are 45 minutes, and booking is recommended. The cafe serves up pies, rum punches and fizz. Make a day of it, and tour the palace while you’re there. hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

EXHIBITION: In print: Making Impressions
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 6 Jan

The In print: Making Impressions exhibition celebrates the art of print making, in all of its variety. It features some of the foremost names in British printmaking today, including Chris Orr Ra whose work has been seen at The British Museum and National Portrait Gallery (to name a few.) wattsgallery.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Duke and Duchess of Sussex Exhibition
■ Windsor Castle, Windsor ■ now until Sun 6 Jan

Prince Harry and Meghan – Duke and Duchess of Sussex Royal Wedding 2018 Windsor Castle steps

Better late than never, but we’ve all been invited to Windsor Castle to get up close and personal with newlyweds Harry and Meghan. Ok, so they won’t actually be there but a new exhibition will display Meghan’s Givenchy bridal gown designed by Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller is, her 5m veil embroidered with flora symbolising the 53 Commonwealth countries and the 1932 Queen Mary diamond and platinum tiara loaned to the Duchess by the Queen. It’s not all about the bride (even though we known it is really), Harry’s Blues and Royals frock designed by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row will also be standing to attention. royalcollection.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 13 Jan

Detail from Alfred Sisley (1839–1899) 14 July at Marly, France, 1875 Oil on canvas © The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford

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. thelightbox.org.uk

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