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Yvonne Arnaud Film Season
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 3 – Sat 7 April

The Theatre swaps stage for screen to present a Film Season of BAFTA, Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning films, including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour.


Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ until Sun 15 Apr

Photos courtesy Lindt

This Easter egg hunt is a cut above the average as it takes place in the beautiful home and gardens of Henry VIII. Once you’ve discovered and found the Lindt Gold Bunny figures, you will be treated to a delicious Lindt chocolate treat. An assortment of Easter themed activities will be going on at the palace, such as an opportunity to meet princess Caroline and finding out what her favourite sweet is and how it’s made. There will also be royal chocolate tasting and a chance to decorate your very own chocolate cup.

Easter fun at Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm ■ until Sun 15 Apr

Godstone farm is oozing with Easter fun! There’s lots going on, including arts and crafts, Storytime and a quiz and nature trail. With lots of chicks, ducklings and baby goats, Godstone farm is the perfect place to get into the Easter spirit.

Clay Chicks and Rabbits
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ Tue 3 Apr – Sun 8 Apr

Chickens can’t be chicks forever…but clay ones can. Children aged 8- 12 years old can create their very own chick or rabbit out of clay, to take home. Session times: 10.30 am- 12.30pm or 2-4pm. Cost: £9.50.

Elephantastic Easter Activities
■ The Living Planet Centre, Woking ■ Tue 3 April & Thurs 5 Apr & Tue 10 Apr & Thurs 12 Apr

The Living Planet Centre has plenty of exciting activities to keep the little ones busy and have the opportunity to stand out from the herd. Sessions running will include: Storytelling with Cindylou (Tue 3 April), creating elephant masks (Thurs 5th April), making clay elephants (Tue 10th April) and Colourful painting (Thurs 12th April). Get involved in their Easter Easter egg hunt and crack the puzzles to claim your chocolate egg!

Ministry of Sound
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 6 Apr

Fancy a night out where you don’t have to trek to London? Ministry of Sound is coming to surrey’s doorstep and will be bringing the best house, big beat and trance tracks to Guildford. Music will be from The Annual 2018, an annually published compilation album by electronic music brand- Ministry of Sound. Early bird tickets: £12.00.

Guildford Gag House Comedy Club
■ The Stoke, Guildford ■ Fri 6 April

Ola, resident MC Abi Roberts, Mike Cox (pictured) and Matt Stellingwerf will be serving up the laughs at The Stoke Pubthis month. The comedy gets started at 8pm, tickets are £13.50.

When a knight won his Spurs at Bourne hall
■ Bourne hall Museum, Epsom ■ Sat 7 April

At Bourne hall the kids will be transported back in time where history is bought to life as they follow the life of a young knight as he is dressed and armed for combat ready for his first tournament. Cheer him on as he takes on other knights for his lady’s favour and his honour. Sounds rather exciting! Tickets: £5. Time: 1- 2.30pm.

Birds of Prey
■ RHS Garden Wisely, Woking ■ Sat 7 Apr & Sun 8 Apr

Get up close and personal with the birds of prey at Wisley Gardens where these enchanting creatures will be putting on a display. Time: 11am & 2pm. Free with normal garden admission.

Bee keeping demonstration
■ Albury Organic Vineyard ■ Sun 8 Apr

If you’re looking for a unique experience to brighten up your Spring, look no further, I think we’ve found just the thing. It involves getting an insight into the lives of the busy creatures that create our tasty honey! Learn about equipment and tools used by bee-keepers and get a glimpse inside one of the Albury hives. After being suited up as a bee-keeper you’ll get to handle the frames and get a close-up view. Afterwards enjoy a question and answer session with a glass of their Classic Cuvée in hand. You’ll also get to go home with a jar of Albury Honey. Ticket: £35.00.

Picasso: Paper & Clay
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 24 Jun

Face (1960), Pablo Picasso. Image courtesy of Leicester Arts and Museums © Succession Picasso DACS, London 2018

The exhibition Picasso: Paper & Clay will showcase work spanning almost seven decades of Pablo Picasso’s career, demonstrating his sense of liberation and experimentation across mediums and focusing on two areas of his creativity with works produced on paper and in ceramic.

Rising Stars 2018
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

This is an exhibition of artists and makers who have made the shortlist for the Rising Stars award 2018 – and it’s a brilliant opportunity for collectors to learn more about the stars of the future. Past exhibitors have gone on to high profile careers. The makers in this year’s shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O’Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang.

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

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.

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges – Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

Julie’s wall and free-standing sculptures take inspiration from the fragility of the eroding coastline, where she lives in Dorset. Her work is influenced by the changing sea, using delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards and colours. She also explores the senses and takes delight from watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like? Will it break?

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. 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 daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ V&A, London ■ until 17 Jun

v and a museum ocean liners exhibit empress of Britain poster white ship

These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
National Portrait Gallery, London ■  until 20 May

A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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