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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 12 - SUN 14 OCT

HALLOWEEN: Fright Nights
■ Thorpe Park, Thorpe ■ Fri 5 – Wed 31 Oct

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

The 17th annual Fright Nights season returns to Thorpe Park with seven new intense live-action scare mazes and horror zones, including The Walking Dead: Do or Die and Vulcan Peak. Also new this year is the Screamplexx 4D, showing short indie horror films. Advance booking is recommended.

FESTIVAL: Guildford’s Book Festival
■ Guildford High Street ■ Sat 6 Oct – Sun 14 Oct

There’s tons going on at Guildford’s Book Festival. Amongst many others, Jo Brand will be sharing her hilarious and useful guide to life as a woman ahead of the publication of her book Born Lippy. Bestselling author Emma Burstall will talk about the latest novel in her Tremarnock series, set in a Cornish village. Historian Nadine Akkerman will consider the role of women spies in 17th century Britain, showing the key role they played in gathering intelligence crucial to domestic and national security.

THEATRE: Still Alice
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 9 – Sat 13 Oct

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.

FILM: Ocean Film Festival
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 10 Oct

Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival, by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. You’ll be wowed at the mind blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean. Tickets are £17.

LIVE MUSIC: Kelly Oliver
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 12 Oct

Described as ‘blending traditional with bold, indie-pop,’ Kelly Oliver is coming to Cranleigh Art Centre to promote her third album. After numerous BBC Radio 2 plays and a performance on Sunday Morning Live TV she’s becoming known as a ‘vital voice in British folk’.

EVENT: British Beer Run
■ Alexandra Park, Windsor ■ Sat 13 Oct

Starting and finishing next door to the Windsor & Eton Brewery this scenic run covers fantastic views of the River Thames, and Windsor Castle. A medal is great, but let’s be honest, beer is better…At the end of this run you can enjoy a free pint post-race straight from the brewery. I hate to break it to you but there’s no excuses for not joining in, as there’s a race for all abilities. Pick from a chip-timed Half Marathon, 10km, 5km or 1km event. There’s even a family run and the good news is, unlike the beer, the race is flat.

EVENT: Tadworth Craft Fair
■ Church Hall of The Good Sheperd ■ Sat 13 Oct

The Church Hall will become home to stalls of handmade goods, gifts and crafts creating a perfect excuse (dare I say it) to start on the Christmas shopping, or not. Fuel up on a Ploughman’s lunch and shop till you drop.

EVENT: Autumn Motorsport Day
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sun 14 Oct

Get a double helping of the action at the Autumn Motorsport Day at Brooklands Museum this year. Competition cars from all eras will be put through their paces on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World circuit, and Test Hill will also see some motorsport action. If you’re a racing car nut, this is day out is a no brainer.

THEATRE: Hogarth’s Progress
 Rose Theatre, Kingston  until Sun 21 Oct

Following one of Britain’s most irreverent and celebrated artists on two monumental pub crawls, this double bill – The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town – explores the extraordinary lives of William Hogarth and his wife Jane at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many. Watch each play as a single performance or see both.

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.

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 13 Jan

Works by world-renowned artists such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all of whom exhibited artwork in the very first Impressionist group exhibition in France. It showcases a rare combination of French Impressionist paintings and sculpture, spanning from the early 1860s to the beginning of the First World War.

FILM: October’s best new releases

A Star is Born
■ nationwide ■ from Wed 3 Oct

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut starring himself and Lady Gaga is highly anticipated and the Muddy office can’t wait to see it. The remake tells the story of hard drinking musician (Cooper, orginally played by Kris Kristofferson) who falls in love with a young hopeful singer-songwriter (Gaga, originally Barbra Streisand). The movie has been very well recieved and it sounds like a fabulous musical romantic indulgent treat.

Jonny English Strikes Again
■ nationwide ■ from Fri 5 Oct

Rowan Atkinson’s spoof James Bond returns for a third time. Lots of slapstick and silliness that has made audiences laugh despite the critics not being so convinced. Kids seem to love it so if an animated yeti in the movie Small Foot doesn’t appeal for a half term trip to the flicks, perhaps this will?

■ nationwide ■ from Fri 19 Oct

Although the film is the eleventh instalment, it takes the story back to where the first one finished with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. Expect real visceral horror with the film returning to its roots plus some funny moments to release the tension. Fans of the original are raving about it.


THEATRE: The Wider Earth
■ The Natural History Museum, London ■ Tues Oct 2 – Sun 30 Dec

Exciting news – there’s a theatre being opened in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum for the European premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth, a play about the young Charles Darwin. Puppets, an original score and cinematic animations make this theatrical event a great draw for kids plus they’ll learn a helluva lot in the process.

FOOD: London Restaurant Festival
■ various London locations ■ throughout October 

London’s fantastic restaurant scene is in full celebration mode this month, with great value festival menus at loads of great restaurants, plus foodie events like gastronomic weekends, tasting menus, restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus with famous chefs, talks, films and art.

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.

ART: Frieze Art Fair
■ Regents Park, London■ Fri 5 to Sun 7 Oct

Considered the world leading platform for contemporary and modern art, the Frieze Art Fair unites 160 of the world’s leading galleries. You can view and / or buy art from over 1000 contemporary artists, some emerging talent, others more established. Daily events include talks and performances plus there’s Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters (showcasing work from the ancient era and Old Masters) in Regent’s Park. If all this culture makes you hungry, there are loads of delish food pop-ups whilst you contemplate the art and what it’s all trying to say.

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


THEATRE: Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
■ The Royal Albert Hall ■ Sat Dec 1

Tickets for Rob Lowe’s live show are bound to sell out fast (as they have in the States). Inspired by his memoirs of the same name and his previous book Love Life, Mr Lowe will spill the beans on a career from the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond. Apparently, he’s quite the raconteur with loads of witty anecdotes that touch on his career, fame, Hollywood, fatherhood and marriage.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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