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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 17 - MON 18 AUG

THEATRE: War Horse
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 1 – Sat 18 Aug

This is one your teenagers might like. Hey, they might have even read the book by Michael Morpurgo. Set at the outbreak of the First World War, and featuring those incredible life-size puppets of the horses, tickets will be in demand – so please don’t leave it too late to book.

EXHIBITION: Epsom and Ewell Art Group summer exhibition
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Mon 13 Aug – Sun 26 Aug

Local artists exhibit their work in the first floor art gallery space at Denbies Wine Estate. Expect a variety of mediums and styles.


EVENT: Guildford on Sea
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 16 – Sat 18 Aug

All the fun of the seaside comes to Guilford this summer, complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, Punch & Judy shows, free face painting and candyfloss. And it’s all right in the middle of town, on the banks of the Wey River. It’s from 10am-6pm.

FILM: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG) 
■ Park Hill Park, Croydon ■ Fri 17 August

Ahhh, one of my all-time favourite films. Head to New York in the Sixties for a some whimsy and romance with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly – possibly one of the most iconic characters ever to appear in film. Doors open 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG) & Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Fri 17 – Sat 18 Aug

Set under the backdrop of the Gothic Temple in the beautiful Painshill gardens, on Friday it’s Hugh, Zac and co singing their hearts out, followed by the crew from Star Wars on Saturday. Doors open at 7pm, film starts 8.30pm.

EVENT: Contemporary Art and Design Fair
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Fri 17 Aug – Sun 19 Aug

Discover a treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. There will be more than 100 exhibitors showing textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more. It’s on from 10am-5pm, and entry to the fair is free with usual Brooklands admission (adults £13.50, children £7, family of 5 £35).

Photography by David Robinson

■ The Rural Life Centre, Farnham ■ Fri 17 Aug – Sun 19 Aug

Voted one of the UK’s top festivals by The Daily Telegraph, this fest boast’s a premium boutique- style, providing us with those services we really do appreciate when glamping – like posh toilets and Champaign bars. Set in the stunning Surrey Hills, performances include: Aswad, 10CC, Judie Tzuke and Martin Turner Turner ex Wishbone Ash.

EVENT: The Great Brick Adventure
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Fri 17 Aug – Sun 19 Aug

A three-day family event transforming Sandown Park’s Surrey Hall into a jungle with more than 80 life-size Lego models, including lions, tigers and meerkats; some of which are interactive. It will be an immersive experience with lighting and sound effects throughout the venue. Tickets adults £14.95, children £12.95, family £44.95.

MUSIC: Suzanne Vega
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 18 Aug

Following her extensive critically acclaimed and sell out UK tour last year, the legendary New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is touring the UK to celebrate her albums Solitude Standing and 99.9F. She’ll perform tracks such as ‘Luka’, ‘Tom’s Diner’, and ‘Blood Makes Noise’. Tickets are from £33.50.

EVENT: Boileroom Bonanza
■ The Boileroom, Guildford ■ Sat 18 – Sun 19 Aug

There’ll be live music, wellbeing and creative workshops, face-painting, handmade crafts and bric-a-brac stalls, and food and drinks at this community event which raises money for a local charity – to be voted on by everyone who’s there on the day. It’s on from 12.30pm til late. Tickets are £3.80.

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.

MUSIC: Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.

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.


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.

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.

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

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

Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up
■  Convent Garden, London ■ Until Sun 26 Aug

If you’ve got a child with mini jazz hands, they will go nuts for this free pop-up experience in London’s Covent Garden. See the masks, costumes and puppets from The Lion King and step inside Aladdin’s cave to get a photo with the legendary lamp. There will also be events taking place each day, including a Mac make-up demonstration, a puppetry display, plus singing and dancing workshops.

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…

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!).

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+.

Theatre: Kids Week
■ various London locations ■  throughout August

This August, children aged 16 or under can get FREE theatre tickets to selected performances across London (when  accompanied by a paying adult). There is a huuuge selection of shows to choose from including Sound and Sourcery at The Vaults, an immersive music concert experience inspired by Disney’s Fantasy. Under Waterloo station, collect your headphones at the door and step inside the tunnels where you will dance with a funky hippo, walk in a prehistoric wasteland, seek out the fairies in a magic forest and sneak into the Sorcerer’s lair. Over at the National Theatre, the Star Seekers need help saving their space station in this interactive 50 minute show for 3 – 8 year olds. Or for older kids, Pressure at the Ambassador’s Theatre is a funny and tense play about the D-Day landings.

Film4 Summer screen
■ Somerset House, London ■ until Weds 22 Aug

If you can make it into London, head for the popular Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Featuring a mixture of premiers, old classics and recent hits, the venue’s fountain courtyard is a corker of a setting on a balmy summers evening in the capital. Highlights include the opening night premiere of The Wife introduced by Glen Close, Call Me By My Name on 20 Aug and Selma on 21 Aug.

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
■ Tate Britain, London ■  until 27 Aug

Paulo Rego, Bride 1994

This fascinating exhibition All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who have tried to capture human figures, their relationships and surroundings, in paint. With works by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon(including 3 of his works which have not been shown in Britain for decades) amongst others, the intimate representations of reality make for a powerful experience. Catch it while you can.

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