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MON 18 - SUN 24 JUNE

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.


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.


Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 18 May – Sat 23 June

Photo by Nobby Clark

Could this be the final curtain for the world’s greatest detective? An older and slower Sherlock Holmes retires to the South Coast for a more peaceful life. However, with all the enemies he made, he is worried that he is an easy target in his older age.  When Sherlock gets a call for help he is determined to solve the mystery and prove that he hasn’t lost his touch. Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations. Ticket price £20 – £35.

Gary Barlow
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tue 19 June

Gary Barlow will be taking to the Hampton Court stage. Now Gary needs no introduction, but here we go –  45 million records! – over eight million concert tickets! – eight BRIT awards! –14 Number One’s!… and quite a lot more. Anyway, after all that, most tickets are already sold-out, but don’t worry, treat yourself to the exclusive VIP Dining Packages still available, with premium concert seating. Prices are on request, phone 020 8233 6717 or email:


■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 19 June- Sat 23 June

Photo by Johan Persson 

The New Adventures’ tour of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the second World War. Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale is at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Tickets: £19.40.

Camberley International Festival
■ various venues around Camberley ■ Wed 20 – Sat 23 June

The lineup includes Kodiak Island who will perform at the launch party at The Carpenters Arms on Wed 23 June

The third Camberley International Festival returns with a brilliant line-up of events including comedy, film, dance, music and drama – including plenty of free events. The festival culminates in a carnival on Sat 24 June. Check out our guide for our pick of the 10 events that are not to be missed.

The Time Machine
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Thurs 21 June- Sat 23 June

Photo by Ben Guest

2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left?  If civilisation falls today, what will become of us? A Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future, from the fall of man to the end of the world. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun? Tickets: £15.


Tom Jones
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 22 June

Photo by Carsten Windhorst

Sir Tom is a living legend, one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music and who continues to have a vital recording and performing career to this day. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to people of all ages, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge.

GAG House Comedy @ café Mila
■ Café Mila, Godalming ■ Fri 22 June

For an evening of naughty but nice punch- line rich comedy entertainment Carey Marx will be taking to the stage with his dark humour and gleeful delivery. In addition, Lou Contran delights audiences with her naughty but nice delivery and instinctive wit. Jack Barry will also be getting on the bandwangon along with Cally Beaton, a natural storyteller with an act which a rollercoaster ride of anecdotes, observations and stuff your friend wouldn’t even admit to. Tickets: £13.50 or have a meal combination for £24

The Haslemere Gin Festival
■ Haslemere Museum ■ Sat 23 June

The gin trend is rife, and I for one am very happy about it. The only thing better than gin, is exotic gin with a delicately placed leaf and garnished with floating peppercorns. Set in the beautiful setting of Haslemere Museum, Gin enthusiast will have the opportunity to meet local distillers in person, chat about their gin and sample unusual and intriguing varieties. Take part in masterclass evenings and hear talks from gin industry experts. There will also be a selection of live music and food. Don’t forget to grab your gift bag on arrival. Tickets: £16. Time: 7pm- 11pm.

Fanfare & Fireworks
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sat 23 June

Enjoy an evening of breathtakingly beautiful music in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace. Against the backdrop of the Tudor courtyard, the internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ilyich Rivas, will perform scores from mainstream masters of classical music, all rounded-off by a fireworks display. The gates open at 17: 30 where festival- goers can relax with drinks and picnics in the beautiful Palace Gardens pre- show. Show starts: 20:30. Tickets: £47.50- £65.

The Luna Cinema: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 24 June

The blackly comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. The film has won many awards, including five BAFTA Film Awards. See what all the fuss is about and get down to the park with your picnic basket. Tickets: £15.

Shere Open Gardens
■ Shere ■ Sun 24 June

Ever wanted to nosy around someone’s garden and see what lies behind that perfectly pristine hedge? Well now is your chance to have a snoop and get garden envy at Shere’s 40th garden opening. From sheltered courtyards full of spectacular flowering pots to larger elegant landscapes and verdant laws, wonder around these gardens in full bloom. Once you’ve got all your inspo buy your own at the plant sale or listen to an over-the-wall gardeners’ question time at the allotments. There will also be a Pimms Stall and teas in the village hall. The funds raised from the event will be split between about 15 local causes. Time: 2pm- 6pm. Tickets: £7.00. Under 16’s go free.


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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