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Summer Art Exhibition- A Feast For the Senses
■ Yvonne Arnaud theatre ■ until Thurs 19 July

Becca Clegg, Dusk over the Tulip Field

A range of contemporary artwork will be exhibited at the New Victoria Theatre by local and global artists. Many of the artists’ work has been inspired by the rugged British coasts and moors, including contemporary expressionist landscapes from Janine Baldwin and Becca Clegg. Also displayed, will be works from Teresa Lawler, inspired by dramatic theatrical lighting and soulful photography from Cathy Pyle. Free admission.

Cravings & your relationship with food
■ Ewell Court, Epsom ■  Fri 13 July

Is food controlling you? Reclaim your control with two workshops that examines cravings, triggers, self-image, what we eat and why and limiting beliefs. The two Friday morning sessions will be followed by a 30-minute support call. The main aim of the workshop is to gain a positive outlook and recapture your control. The two- day workshop costs £99, and can be booked on Christine’s website-

Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 10 July

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

Punk Rock Yoga
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Tue 10 July

Didn’t know that punk rock yoga exists? Neither did I but it does, and I’m intrigued. Whilst Yoga and Punk may seem polar opposite sides of the experience spectrum, teacher Jo views it as something that helps to bring balance and moderation. Beginners and intermediates can improve their flexibility, core, positivity and empowerment to music varying from acoustic skate punk, to ambient post- rock songs. Book your class with this link.

Fashion and Art Showcase
■ The Talbot Ripley ■ Weds 11 July

Little Sparkle Surrey and The Talbot solutions have united to display an evening of festival chic and art. Shop and gain some inspo and watch a live art demo by Hannah Bruce. Register beforehand by emailing to get a glass of wine and festival glitter face paint.

Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Fri 13 July – Sun 7 Oct

The Watts Gallery will be presenting a bouquet of flower paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists. Celebrating the best of modern floral art, the exhibition recalls inspiration from the gallery founders, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary Watts.

Pirate Family Rave
■ G live, Guildford ■ Sat 14 July

And you thought your rave days were over! Well think again – and join the fun at the Big Fish Little Fish family ravers, especially designed with 0-8-year olds in mind. Dance together to DJs Baker & Beale’s techno, house, acid, drum and bass on a floor filled with bubbles and glitter. Take time out at the baby chill out or get creative at the craft tables. With licenced bars, there’s something for everyone at this pirate themed family rave. Adults: £11.50. Child; £8.50.

Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920’s and 1930’s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 14 July – Sun 7 October

Sidney Francis’ work gives us an insight into life in the 1920s and 1930s in Woking and nearby towns. Events such as Eid celebrations, visits of American war widows, wedding parties and sports teams are amongst the highlights of this wonderful photographic exhibition from The Surrey History collection.

Puss in Boots
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Sat 14 July

Join Jack and Puss on their adventure to seek fame and fortune. Join them as they defeat the fearsome ogre and win the heart of princess Joy. Watch as the story is bought to life with songs and laughs. Expect puppets, laughs and audience participation. Suitable for children aged 4- 12. Tickets: £8. Book:

Griffin and Jones: Homemade Miracles
■ Yvonne Arnaud ■ Sat 14 July

After four sell out years performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, the pioneers of slapdash magic are back on their home-turf for a full evening of magical mayhem. Their famous for their fast banter, contagious energy and show stopping wizardry. Grab your ticket for £12 with this link

Tudor joust weekend at Hampton Court Palace
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sat 14 July & Sun 15 July

Need a nice change from World Cup footy? We have another sporting spectacular where the competitors just try to knock each other over – jousting.  Replace the referee and the football fans, with Henry V111 and his inner circle; and cheer on the knights as they vie for glory at Hampton Courts Tudor Joust weekend. Enjoy Tudor music, food and a specially- commissioned play.

Bad Luck Cabaret at Guildford Fringe
■ The Back room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sun 15 July

For something dark and dangerous, the Bad Luck Cabaret shows off the best in alternative cabaret. Glitzy and glam, Laurie Black taunts the gods of bad luck to bring you the best in alternative cabaret.  Tickets are £8.

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.

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.

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


The Gruffalo’s Child
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 23 Oct- Sun 28 Oct

The Gruffalo’s child returns to the stage but with attitude. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the big bad mouse doesn’t really exist, does he? Book your tickets and find out the rose theatre

■ Rose theatre, Kingston ■ Wed 31 Oct- Sun 4 Nov

From Tudor princesses to pop queens, the six wives of Henry V111 sing their way out of the books and into the spotlight performing only a stone’s throw away from Henry’s home at Hampton Court. Songs include Ex-wives, Haus of Holbein and Don’t lose Ur Head.

Don Carlos
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 6 Nov- Sat 17 Nov

Schiller’s Don Carlos, Starring Tom Burke, is tail of a man caught at the intersection of politics and passion. Smitten by his stepmother, Don Carlos’s turns for help to his closest friend- Rodrigo Marquis of Posa – a champion of the oppressed, who questions the monarchs iron rule and becomes an unlikely power broker in the duplicitous

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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