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MON 8 - SUN 14 JAN

Molesey and District Antiques Society Talk on: Princess Charlotte of Wales
■ Imber Court, East Molesey ■ Tue 9 Jan

James Easton, a lecturer and Royal Palace guide, will be enlightening his audience on the fascinating story of Princess Charlotte of Wales. The much-loved daughter of the not so popular George IV, was seen as a sign of hope by the British public. Her death in 1817 following child birth, at the age of 21, set off a wave of public mourning. The talk starts at 8pm. Admission for guests: £7.


Circus of Horrors Voodoo
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 11 Jan

If a sexy circus is not your circus of choice, perhaps this bizarre circus of horror has your name written on it. The Circus of horrors started 22 years ago and has toured all over the world; and were even Britain’s Got Talent semi- finalists back in 2011. The show has now returned with their latest brand-new reincarnation ‘Voodoo’. The bizarre and amazing Circus acts that rule the underworld all over the world are awoken by a Ouija board. A sensational shock / horror story is created featuring an amalgamation of the most extraordinary and original circus acts, all performed to devil driven Rock n Roll. Not advisable for under 16’s. Tickets from £19.50.


Yin for Adrenaline Junkies
■ Ebb and Flow Yoga, Farnham ■ Fri 12 Jan

This workshop is aimed at quietening down the monkey mind and slowing down the yang addicts through passive but intense stretches, state-altering breath work and guided meditation. It’s an essential complement to those who love to get their sweat pouring, but maybe think that quiet time is less productive! Cost is £25 per person.


New Year Cellar Murder Mystery
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Fri 12 Jan

The party doesn’t have to end after New Year’s Eve! Get a group together and try to detect the killer in a Murder Mystery, played out in the bowels of a cellar of the famous Denbies Wine Estate. There will be a deadly drinks reception and 3 course meal with wine. Once the culprit has been caught, celebrate with DJ and Disco. Time 7.30pm- 12.00am. Tickets: £48. Groups of 6+ :£43.50.


Butterflies in the Glasshouse
■ RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking ■ Sat 13 Jan- Sun 18 March

Great Mormon butterfly (Paplio memnon), photographed at RHS Garden Wisley during the 2016 Butterflies in the Glasshouse event

I have the fondest memories of visiting Wisley’s butterflies Glasshouse a few years ago and being surrounded by these beautiful creatures, watching them flutter their intricate and colourful wings amidst the tropical plants. The cathedral- like glasshouse has more than 50 different species which fly freely among the Tropical Zone. These vibrant and exotic beauties showcase their magnificent designs in an Eden of plants including palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. Admission is available on the day or book a time slot in advance to skip queues. Free with normal garden admission.


Crimean War and Florence Nightingale
■ Bourne Hall Museum, Ewell ■ Sat 13 Jan

At Bourne Hall Museum the kids will discover the significance of Florence Nightingale’s life story and her power of spirit in campaigning for health reform in England. They will learn about the harsh working conditions, some of the nursing methods used and learn how Nightingale pioneered a change in nursing that formed the basis of modern care today.  Entry: £5. (Includes one accompanying adult.) Time: 1.00pm- 2.30pm.  Bourne Hall Museum


Dionne Swift: Maker in Focus
■ Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ Sat 13 Jan – Wed 24 Jan

Ashgate gallery are showcasing Dionne Swifts art work. Painting with cloth and thread, Swift creates an emotional response to the landscape. Her energetic style is evident as she builds layers of texture and colour, mixing threads to create semi abstract scenes. As well as wall- based artworks her beautiful hand painted, and embroiled scarves and lampshades will also be shown at the exhibition.


Eastern Influence
■ Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ Sat 13 Jan – Wed 24 Jan

Hendrike Barz-Meltzer’s Aadjustable necklace, grey & white

Exploring the dialogue between east and west, this group exhibition features the work of four artists brought together through their shared expression of the technical skill and spirit of the oriental arts. Through their craft, Tim Andrews, Adam Frew, Hendrike Barz-Meltzer and Nao Fukumoto O’Neill explore the rich aesthetic of the Far East, which continues to infuse western contemporary craft.


Sarah Shaw: Animus
■ Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ Sat 13 Jan – Wed 24 Jan

Sarah Shaw’s Rorschach series, Selfie. Diptych. Oil on canvas.

Brighton artist Sarah Shaw shows her work in Jan and Feb. Her paintings hover in a place between figuration and non-figuration which allows the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. Sarah is the first prize winner at British Women Artists Competition (2017) and the winner of the University of Chichester’s Fine Art award for the South of England (2016).



Hogwarts in the Snow
■ Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Watford ■  until 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.


Cézanne Portrait
■ National Portrait Gallery, London ■ until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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