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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 11 - SUN 13 MAY

Little Welly Goes Wild
■ Wintershall Estate, near Guildford ■ Sat 12 and Sun 13 May

The event for small (aged four and over) people and their families. It’s an epic obstacle course of 30 individual challenges over 3km of streams, woodland and mud on the Wintershall estate. The washing won’t be pretty but you’ll have a blast getting muddy. If you miss out on tickets for the Surrey version, there are also events in Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The Society of Designer Craftsmen North Surrey Group: The Makers’ Art
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 27 May

The society of Designer Craftsmen was founded in 1887, and with distinguished members, such as Walter Crane, William Morris and William de Morgan, it became the largest multi-craft society in the U.K. The exhibition will showcase a range of disciplines, including: ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles. 


Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden
■ Birtley Estate, Guildford ■ until Mon 28 May

Enjoy beautiful landscape sculptures amongst the Surrey Hills in a wonderful combination of nature and art. The backdrop of woodlands, meadows and lakesides provides the perfect setting for 200 sculptures. The exhibits use a range of natural materials and themes to showcase local and national artists. Feeling inspired … get involved in the ‘Have a Go Sculpture’ sessions. Or combine your visit with figure sculpting demonstrations, chainsaw sculpting, children’s art courses, yoga and a Sunday Woodland feast. Bring your own picnic or enjoy cream teas and refreshments on site. Price: £6 in advance/ £7 on the day.  Children under 12 go free.

A Celebration of Sir Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes And Undershaw
■ Haslemere Museum ■ until Sat 26 May

This exhibition gives you chance to learn about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a writer who introduced one of the most iconic figures in literature- Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s home in Surrey, Undershaw welcomed many eminent figures to exchange ideas. The house is now home to Stepping Stones School, but the original features are still visible throughout the building reflecting the life he led in Surrey with his family and friends.


Spelthorne Arts Week
■ Spelthorne ■ until Sun 13 May

A brand-new Arts Festival packed with activities for all ages and abilities, including an assortment of: live theatre, music, comedy, exhibitions, arts and crafts and dance workshops. From mosaic making and beginner’s ballroom dancing to kids bugs and butterfly arts and craft workshop… the whole family can get involved.

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 8 – Sat 12 May

Monogamy means sharing your life with one person, but what if you shared your kitchen with 5.6 million? Staring Janie Dee, the new comedy follows the life of Caroline, the nation’s favourite TV cook. She has it all but away from the glare of the ever-present cameras, Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out? Ticket price: £15 – £36. Guildford:  Richmond:


20th Century Boy
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Wed 9 – Sat 12 May

This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, comes to the Rose to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate.


The 1940s Relived at Brooklands Museum
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sat 12 May

Time warp back to the 1940s at Brooklands Museum’s annual relived event. Dress the part for the chance to be chosen best dressed by the Brooklands Style Scouts or complete your look with a purchase from the vintage market. Bop your way to the music dance tent to put your Jive, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop into practice. The day will consist of all things fashion, home wares, original memorabilia and vehicle displays. Adult entry ticket: £13.50. Child entry ticket: £7.00.

Food and Drink Festival
■ Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth ■ Sat 12 May

Calling all foodies. Could there be a more idyllic setting for the first ever Hartsfield Manor Food & Drink Festival. The fest will celebrate local food and drink suppliers including Crumbs Brewing, Putty’s Cakes, Monte Forte Pizza, Cullenders Deli, The Vineking and Pilgrim Brewery to name a few. There will also be live music. It’s on from 2pm-9pm, and is in aid of the Redhill and Reigate Round Table charity. Tickets are £4.

Beatriz Milhazes
■ White Cube, Bermondsey, SE1 ■ ends 1 July

Ooo! 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.

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.

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ V&A, 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.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
National Portrait Gallery, London ■  until 20 May

A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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