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Things to do: This week

MON 23 - FRI 29 JULY

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.

The Importance of Being Earnest
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Thurs 26 July

Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy comes to Hatchlands Park this summer thanks to Immersion Theatre. Join foppish bachelors Jack and Algernon on their latest exploits replete with mistaken identities, trivial banter and of course, muffins. Tickets are £16 adults, £8 kids and £40 family (2 adults, 2 kids). Show is from 6pm-8.30pm.

Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920’s and 1930’s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until 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.

Teletubbies Live
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 25 & Thurs 26 July

I was surprised to discover that this is the first time Teletubbies has brought a show to the stage. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will all be there, exploring their world and introducing some news songs while they’re at it. Shows are at 10am and 1pm on each of the days.

Dinsoaur World Live
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 25 & Thurs 26 July

Best for kids aged 3+, this interactive show will bring to the stage some pretty impressive creatures – including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Shows are at 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Wed and 11am and 1.30pm on Thurs.

Theatre in the Park: Romeo and Juliet
■ London Road Recreation ground, Camberley ■ Sat 28 July, 6pm

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards take over the recreation ground for an evening of “seriously silly” production. They are re-enacting Romeo and Juliet after pedalling 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle last year and are back for a second spin. Expect excessive energy, excitement and exhausted core muscles as you won’t be able to stop laughing during this very funny show.  Family tickets are £40.

The Great Georgian Wedding Weekend
■ Kew Palace, Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond ■ Sat 28 – Sun 29 July

A family-friendly weekend of festivities outside Queen Charlotte’s Cottage complete with garden games and costumed characters.  It’s a drop in event from 11am-4pm each day.

Watts Academy: Watts Summer School
■ Watts Academy: Watts Summer School ■ Mon 23 July- Fri 27 July

Watts Academy is giving teens aged 13 -16 a chance to get a taster of art school in a relaxed, creative environment. Lead by artists Becci Kenning, the budding artists will explore sculptures, photography and painting, completing the week with an exhibition of their work. Cost of course: £225.

Little Baby Bum 
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 30 July- Tue 31 July

Little Baby bum is the largest educational YouTube channel with over 21…subscribers and 20 billion views. The magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum is bought from screen to stage by Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends.  Tickets can be bought for £15, by this link


Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 31 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.

James Henry Pullen: Exhibition Tour
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Tue 31 July

James Henry Pullen

Enjoy an exhibition tour of Watts gallery’s latest exhibition James Henry Pullen, an outsider artist who spent nearly 70 years in the Royal Earlswood Asylum in Redhill. Follow the expert guide and explore the life, imagination and works of Pullen by examining his remarkable fantasy boats and drawings.

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


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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