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Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.


Art in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon Estate Vineyard ■ until 10 June

Art and wine – what a great combination.  If you love both, you won’t want to miss the Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard, at High Clandon Estate Vineyard. And it’s for a good cause too. There will be more than 150 works of art on show in the spectacular gardens and Glass Barn at the vineyard. The event supports Cherry Trees charity in East Clandon (which provides respite care for children with learning and physical disabilities) and also marks the release of High Clandon’s 2013 vintage Elysium Cuvée. It is every day from 11am-4pm. The owners, Bruce and Sibylla Tindale, ask for a small donation of £5 per adult to go to Cherry Trees. Ten per cent of each sale of art and wine will also be donated to Cherry Trees.


Shrek The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 30 May – Sun 10 Jun 

After the success of Shrek on screen I can only imagine what Shrek must be like in real life… Pretty big and green I suspect. Join Shrek and Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production intertwines magical fairy-tale and irresistible adventure for endless romance and laughs. Tickets: £17.50 – £58.00.

Surrey artists’ open studios
■ Studios around Surrey ■ until Sat 17 June

For sixteen days in June, over 275 Surrey artists in 164 studios will be opening up their studios to the public for the open studios annual event. There will be a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, opportunities to view demonstrations and buy artwork. If all the creativity brings a waft of inspiration your way, there will also be opportunities to get involved in creative workshops.

Lionel Richie
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tue 5 June

Singing and grooving along to All Night Long at the palace sounds like a Tuesday night well spent. Hampton Court will be welcoming to the stage Lionel Richie and his much-loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day. Tickets: £110- £124

Sweet Charity
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 7 June – Sat 9 June

They say you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find your prince and by the sounds of it Charity does. Charity Hope Valentine is a dancer in New York who is always looking for love. After a string of lies, hours spent in an elevator and being pushed into a lake one too many times, she starts questioning whether she’ll ever get it right. This musical is full of big numbers like Hey, big spender and Rhythm of life, capturing the spirit of the 1960’s classic. Tickets: £15.

Dusty and the shades of the 60’s
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Thurs 7 June

Dusty and The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of legendry Dusty Springfield and artists such as Tina Turner, Lulu and the Beatles. Featuring songs such as Son of a Preacher ManYou Don’t Own Me and I Only Want to be With You, not even an embarrassed teen could stop you from dancing in the aisles.

Reflections: The Observant Art of Richard Bawden & Chloë Cheese
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 10 June

It is their very singular approach to the art of things, that makes the work of Richard Bawden and Chloë Cheese stand out. Occasionally people crop up (or cats), but in the main it is their observation of the objects in the world around them. However, rather than the classic “still life” their pictures are vibrant – full of movement and energy, making cameos out of their reflections on objects and their relations to each other.

Paloma Faith
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 8 June

Paloma Faith will be stopping off at the Palace as part of her UK summer tour. Lucky us! With her acclaimed Number 1 album The Architect currently riding high in the charts and a BRIT nomination for Best British Female, Paloma Faith promises a show-stopping performance. Tickets: £69- £95.

Vicki Nigouimi
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

The New Ashgate Gallery will be exhibiting Vicki Nigouimi’s work; many of her paintings include ceramics by contemporary studio potters from her own collection. Her preoccupation with still life paintings has enabled her to pursue an interest in colour and drawing and a fascination with the relationship of objects.


Jane Muir – Maker in Focus
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Jane Muir’s pieces are being displayed at The New Ashgate Gallery. She specialises in idiosyncratic hand painted figures representing a witty and uncluttered observation of the world. Her figures stand alone or are placed in an architectural landscape and are hand modelled, allowing her the freedom to sketch with clay and develop ideas during the making process. Jane’s figures aren’t specific individuals but are a personification of the stereotype.

Fiona Pearce: Wonder Woods and Furrowed Fields
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Fiona Pearce shares her passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside in her artwork, for us all to enjoy at the New Ashgate Gallery. Her daily runs in the local countryside are her greatest inspiration as well as her travel to France. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush.

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.


The Great British Farm Day
■ Farms around Surrey ■ Sun 10 June

Did you know that 1 in 3 kids aged 5-11 have never heard a real cow Moo and 33% don’t know that pork come from pigs? Some crazy stats right there. But thanks to The Great British Farm Day there’s now no excuse, kids can hear a real- life Oink, Moo and Baa as farmers open their gates to display the on goings of their farm. Activities will include food tasting, cow to cone ice cream tours, tractor rides, pond dipping and getting up close and personal with the animals. Search for your nearest farm opening on The Great British Farm Day

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.


The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time.

Beatriz Milhazes
■ White Cube, Bermondsey, SE1 ■ ends 1 July

Oooh! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

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

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, 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.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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