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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 24 - SUN 26 NOV

Turner in Surrey
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sat 4 March

Thomson’s Aeolian Harp, 1809 (oil on canvas) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851) A view overlooking the River Thames from Richmond Hill

J.M.W. Turner’s work was produced on his various travels on the Thames, Wey Navigation and in the county of Surrey, prior to the London boundary changes of 1889. This exhibition will explore how Turner retreated into nature, capturing both the beauty of the landscape and the changing effects of nature. There will also be a rare opportunity to see the artists personal possessions, including: travelling watercolor box and watercolor palette. £4.50 Day pass. Under 18’s free.


Winter Exhibition – Art & Craft Inspiration for the Festive Season
■ New Ashgate Gallery Trust, Farnham ■ until Fri 6 Jan

Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists and makers from across the country. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than 50 talented established and emerging artists. A must-see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft.


Contemporary Textiles
■ New Ashgate Gallery Trust, Farnham ■ until Fri 6 Jan

Motif cushions by Sally Nencini

Presenting an array of knitted, woven, printed, felted, and stitched textiles for you and your home, this exhibition showcases the range of techniques within the field of textiles. The makers chosen for this exhibition are concerned primarily with the process, blending a combination of traditional techniques and contemporary design. Highlights include Bridget Bailey’s 3D entomological sculptures inspired by her millinery background as well as luxury silk scarves by Cornish based designer Claire Armitage.


Helen Allingham
■ Watts gallery, Compton ■ Tue 21 Nov – Sun 18 Feb

The first major public art gallery exhibition devoted to artist Helen Allingham is coming to Watts gallery. Both rarely seen works from private collections and public collections will be displayed. The exhibition will show the artists talent as a watercolourist and as one of the most successful and well- loved creative women of the nineteenth century. Online Admission: £10.50. Children admission: free.




Dorking Winter Beer Fest
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 24 Nov- Sat 25 Nov

Get a group together and try a great selection of beer and cider from across the UK, accompanied by live music. There will be 40 craft ales to choose from, including one or two special brews and fresh food. There’s a vast selection so if you can’t find a beer for you then you probably never will. There is also a wine and spirit bar for you to indulge in, so whatever your craft is – this festival is for you. Must be over 18. Tickets £6.


David Worthington: Tomorrow’s children
 ■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Fri 24 Nov- Sun 26 Nov

David Worthington’s in his exhibition explores the relationship between sculpture and science fiction, where our fears and fantasies about the ever-growing presence of technology is portrayed. His work nostalgically looks back at when technology made life better and safer, but with an unsettling irony. Free entry.


Victorian Christmas Weekend
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Sat 25 Nov- Mon 27 Nov

Enjoy the Artists’ Village filled with the sounds & scents of the season. There is so much to do, including meeting father Christmas or participating in the 12 days of Christmas Trail. Make Christmas crafts, such as clay robins and snow dough and drop into the gift shop to buy shopping fillers.


Pop up restaurant with Daniel Britten
■ Albury vineyard, Surrey Hills ■ Sat 25 Nov (SOLD OUT) & Sun 26 Nov

The event on Sat 25 Nov sold out in record time, so a lunch date has been added for the Sunday. Daniel Britten will be cooking up a delight at the Albury Vineyard. The evening will start with a glass of Albury’s sparkling wine and Dan’s ‘chef’s nibbles.’ It will be then followed by a three-course menu featuring local surrey produce, each course paired with a different English wine. After reaching the quarter- finals of MasterChef in 2008, Dan won Best Local Menu award in the Surrey Food and Drinks awards, after he headed up Britten’s in Guildford. He has since moved to The White Horse in Hascombe, and reached the finals of the food and drink awards as Best Chef. Tickets for this exclusive evening of Surrey food and wine are £85 per person and places are limited.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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