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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 21 - SUN 23 SEPT

THEATRE: Still Alice
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 18 to at 22 Sept

Photo credit: Geraint Lewis

Remember Still Alice, the film starring Julianne Moore based on the best-selling book by Lisa Genova. It was about a bright an intelligent woman called Alice who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. Well it’s now been adapted for the stage – and unsurprisingly it’s getting brilliant reviews particularly for Sharon Small who plays the title role.

THEATRE: Vulcan 7
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Wed 19 – Sat 29 Sept

Young Ones stars Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer reunite for a hilarious new comedy – which they have also written – about a two former drama students who meet again aged in their 60s on the set of a fantasy movie. The show premieres in Guildford before touring, including dates at Richmond Theatre in October.

THEATRE: Teechers
■ The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Wed 19 – Sat 29 Sept

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company present a raucous, robust production of John Godber’s razor-sharp comedy Teechers. Directed by Harry Blumenau, the play stars Lauren James Ray, Sam Stay and Elle Banstead-Salim who play 20 different characters between them.

FILM: The House With Clocks In Its Walls
■ UK cinema release ■ Fri 21 Sep

The House with a clock in its wall Jack Black and Cate Blanchett Universal Pictures

Image: Universal Pictures

Based on the gothic horror children’s novel by John Bellairs, orphan Lewis goes to live with his mysterious uncle who turns out to be a mediocre warlock, living next door to a good witch. The previous owners of the house were plotting to destroy the world and had hidden a clock in its walls eternally ticking towards alignment and ultimately annihilation. This family magical adventure stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett and sounds like just the ticket as the nights draw in.

FESTIVAL: Windsor Fringe Festival
■ various Windsor locations ■  Fri 21 – Sat 6 Oct 

Windsor fringe Festival 2018 collage of acts with colour filters

If you like your arts fresh out of the box, head to Windsor Fringe Festival – the second oldest fringe in the UK after Edinburgh. Expect an eclectic programme of comedy, music, drama, DJs, arts, gin tasting and more, plus the world renowned International Windsor Fringe Award for New Drama Writing, sponsored by the legendary Kenneth Branagh.

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG)
■ Meadowbank Recreation Ground, Dorking ■ Sat 22 Sept

Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron strut their stuff and sing their hearts out in this blockbuster. Pack your picnic and an extra blanket to snuggle under and you’ll be all set for a September evening. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

DRINKIES: The Great British Gin Festival
■ Windsor Racecourse ■ Sat 22 Sep

Drinking boots on, peeps, the UK’s biggest Fin Festival Tour is coming to Royal Windsor Racecourse. A whopping 100 different gin from around the world will be available to taste (rude not to), a bevvy of Tom Cruises will be juggling bottles to create the coolest cocktails, plus talks and presentations for producers and industry experts. Get your gang together and make yours a double. Taaaaaaxi!

■ Soper Hall, Caterham ■ Sat 22 Sept

You’ll get a double dose of that super smug feeling when you attend FitFest in Caterham. Not only will you give your bod a good ole workout, but all the proceeds go to charity. Win win! FitFest is in its second year, and offers people the chance to try out different fitness classes. There’ll be more than 30 to choose from. There’s also activities and stalls. Tickets are £18 adults, children £8, or take the whole family (2 adults, 2 kids) for £40. Book here.

EVENT: Haslemere Food Festival 
■ Lion Green, Haslemere ■ Sat 22 Sept

Back for its 13th year, the Haslemere Food Festival is a culinary celebration of food and drink from across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. You’ll find plenty of food and drink stalls, live entertainment, demonstrations and tastings, and plenty of activities for kids. And it’s free.

MUSIC: The Boileroom 12th birthday celebrations, ft Ultimate Power
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Sat 22 Sept

Grab your best wig and your most heroic air guitar, and head to the Boileroom on Sat 22 Sept for the venue’s 12th birthday celebration, with Utimate Power. It’s a must for fans of power ballads, and you can expect to hear the greatest hits of this genre including I do it For You and I Will Always Love You. They may even belt out a version of Happy Birthday.

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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