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Things to do: This week

MON 10 - SUN 16 SEPT

OPERA: Carmen
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 10 Sept

Sung in French with English surtitles, this vibrant opera by the Russian State Opera has it all: love. treachery, passion and betrayal. It’s accompanied by a live orchestra of more than 30 musicians.

OPERA: La Traviata
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 11 Sept

The Russian State Operaa return to Guildford with Verdi’s La Traviata, sung in Italian with English surtitles. It’s a deeply moving piece, enhanced by sumptuous sets and splendid costumes.

THEATRE: Salad Days
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 10 – Sat 15 Sept

Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’ award-winning show is a romp of polite naughtiness and saucy encounters, starring Corrie’s Wendi Peters. It sold out in London and Bath, so expect a great night out from this one.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 11 Sept

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, you’re 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, jewellery and this brilliant pop art. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, get there early. Admission and parking are free.

FILM: Forties on Film – Film Festival
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Mon 12 – Sat 15 Sept

Cranleigh Arts Centre presents a film festival focussing on the 1940s, with Casablanca, Brief Encounter, A Matter of Life and Death and The Third Man all lighting up the big screen. Tickets are £8.25 for adults, and £5.50 for under 25s.

COMEDY: The Goon Show
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Thurs 13 – Sat 15 Sept

With it’s bizarre characters, fantastical pots and hilarious running jokes, The Goon Show captured the imagination of the British public and made household names of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Now Apollo Theatre Company and Spike Milligan Productions are teaming up to celebrate Spike’s centenary year by presenting the comedy classic.

THEATRE: Ferguson’s Gang
■ Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 13 – Sat 15 Sept

A bit of girl power in the time of the Great Gatsby – now that sounds like a show I’d like to see. It’s the era of the Great Gatsby.  Stonehenge is under threat!  What can a group of unfranchised girls do to save it?  Ferguson’s Gang is a brand new musical based on the true story about a group of women who anonymously campaigned for heritage protection, fighting to impede the tentacles of creeping urban development.

EVENT: The Handmade Fair
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Fri 14 to Sun 16 Sep

Love a bit of arts and crafts, so Kirstie’s handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace is my idea of a day in heaven. There’s the chance to try something new in the interactive workshops – from calligraphy to wirework, machine sewing to screen printing – with experts in their fields such as Annie Sloan. Expert cooks from Olive Magazine will be on hand to let you in on the latest foodie trends plus there will be plenty of stalls to buy arts, crafts, materials for crafting and bespoke products.

FESTIVAL: Food and Drink Festival
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 15 Sept

This free food and drink festival will showcase producers from the local region and feature workshops and taster sessions. From cheese to chocolate, gin to jam, there are a whole world of flavours ready to tempt you from a variety of local producers. It’s on from 11am-4pm, and entry is free but you must book tickets in advance.

FESTIVAL: Countryside Food Festival
■ Priory Farm, Nutfield ■ Sat 15 Sept

Food, food and more food. This food festival is the first ever hosted by Surrey-based food network Local Food Britain and will showcase artisan bread makers, wine producers, distillers, charcuterie and cheese specialists, street food and more. We’re especially excited to learn that our favourite Surrey food blogger Laura Scott (who also hosts the Epsom Supper Club) will be hosting pop-up cookery classes for kids.

COMEDY: Guildford Gag House
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■  Sat 15 Sept

Jonny Awsum (above) leads the lineup at this regular comedy night in Guildford. Also on the board are Alistair Williams, Rob Mulholland and Lateef Lovejoy. Laughs start at 8pm, tickets are £13.50.

FILM: Grease (PG)
■ Manorcroft Playing Fields, Egham ■ Sat 15 Sept

Spark up those engines, and get those leathers out. Sandy and Danny are back in town for this 1978 American musical. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

COMEDY: Tanyalee Davis: Actual Size
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■  Sat 15 Sept

Tanyalee has been described as the Ferrari of comedy – low to the ground and kind of racy – with her gargantuan personality ensuring that she stands tall amongst the comedy greats. She’s being supported by Tony Wright and there will be a Q&A session after the show. Tickets are £12.

SPORTS: Run Reigate
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 16 Sept

And Run Reigate is the perfect motivator to get us all back into the action after an indulgent summer, with a choice of a 5k, 10k or, for the really dedicated, the Intersport half marathon – plus the Canon Kids Race. Sign up HERE using our unique link, and you’ll get a free day pass at Nutfield Priory and go into the draw to win an overnight stay.


EXHIBITION: Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920s and 1930s
■ 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.

EXHIBITION: Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until 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.

EXHIBITION: 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.


FASHION: London Fashion Week and Festival
■ London venues ■ Fri 14 – Sun 23 Sep 

If your invitations to the main catwalk shows got lost in the post (yours too, eh?), mere mortals can buy tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival with designer and trend shows on the catwalk, talks with various industry figures such as ex-fashion ed turned interiors blogger Erica Davies, and pop-up shopping with over 150 top British and international brands. Totter along in your Jimmy Choos (or Zara sales bargain in my case) and return home looking absolutely fabulous, dahling.

EXHIBITION: 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.

EXHIBITION: 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.

EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until Sun 4 Nov

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

EXHIBITION: Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World
■ The British Museum of Food, London ■ until 30 Sep

Finally! A valid excuse to stuff my face. The British Museum of Food returns with its first major exhibition Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World. Dedicated entirely to the frozen treat, explore memorabilia from the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, discover the neuroscience behind it and try scoops of bygone eras, from daffodil to all-day-breakfast flavour (hmm). Other highlights include ice cream-flavoured weather (vanilla fog!) and glow-in-the-dark concoction that you can eat in a futuristic luminescent cave. Pass the ladle, I’m going in…

THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors
■ Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London ■ until 
15 Sep

This off-beat musical about a florist shop assistant who pines for his work colleague but doesn’t know how to win her heart or what to do to sate the appetite of a human-eating plant looks great fun. Matt Willis from Busted fame, drag queen Vicky Fox, Jemima Rooper and Marc Antolin star in the OTT show that seems perfect for summer in the lovely setting of Regent’s Park (Brucie bonus – the theatre boasts the longest bar in the West End!).

ACTION: Zip Now London
■ Archbishops Park, Lambeth ■ until 9 Sep

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope it’s a human torpedo whizzing down a 738ft wire, 100ft (9 double decker buses!) above Archbishop’s Park at 50mph. Beats the tube any day of the week. What we’ll do to avoid our faces been wedged in someone’s sweaty armpit. Get yourself down to South Bank, climb to the top the tower and wheeeeeeee. Suitable from 8+.

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