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Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ until Sun 15 Apr

Photos courtesy Lindt

This Easter egg hunt is a cut above the average as it takes place in the beautiful home and gardens of Henry VIII. Once you’ve discovered and found the Lindt Gold Bunny figures, you will be treated to a delicious Lindt chocolate treat. An assortment of Easter themed activities will be going on at the palace, such as an opportunity to meet princess Caroline and finding out what her favourite sweet is and how it’s made. There will also be royal chocolate tasting and a chance to decorate your very own chocolate cup.

Easter fun at Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm ■ until Sun 15 Apr

Godstone farm is oozing with Easter fun! There’s lots going on, including arts and crafts, Storytime and a quiz and nature trail. With lots of chicks, ducklings and baby goats, Godstone farm is the perfect place to get into the Easter spirit.

Cocktail Night
■ Albury Vineyard ■ Fri 13 Apr


Get a group of friends together and celebrate the end of the week with a hand- crafted cocktail featuring Albury Estate sparkling wines and their new spirit, Attila’s Bite. Learn how the cocktails are made and find out about the English wine scene from the vineyard staff. Tickets: £10 (includes a cocktail or a glass of bubbly on arrival.)

Much Ado About Nothing
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Fri 13 Apr- Sun 6 May 

Mel Giedroyc and John Hopkins in rehearsals for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre.
Photo by Mark Douet

This revival of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, stars actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice. This production uses Shakespeare’s language in a sharp contemporary setting of a spa hotel that not only offers glorious opportunities for physical comedy, but also provides a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Godalming Wedding Fair
■ The Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Godalming ■ Sun 15 Apr

Photography by Caroline Stocking

Godalming’s first Wedding Fair is coming to town. Thirty local suppliers will be showcasing everything you need for the perfect wedding, including: venues, photographers, bridal wear, entertainment, florists and beauticians. There will also be a fashion show, displaying a selection of beautiful gowns. Time: 10am- 4pm. Tickets: £2.50.

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 10 Apr – Sat 14 Apr

From the pen of one of the world’s greatest thriller writers (Ruth Rendell), a fantastic story is bought to life on stage. The story is about little Joe after he has been snatched from the path of a London tube train by Sandor. Sandor makes it clear that he saved Joe’s life and thus his life belongs to him now. When Sandor begins to tell Joe a fairy tale, Joe learns that he is a ‘gallowglass’ the servant of a chief…Tickets from: £21.


Picasso: Paper & Clay
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 24 Jun

Face (1960), Pablo Picasso. Image courtesy of Leicester Arts and Museums © Succession Picasso DACS, London 2018

The exhibition Picasso: Paper & Clay will showcase work spanning almost seven decades of Pablo Picasso’s career, demonstrating his sense of liberation and experimentation across mediums and focusing on two areas of his creativity with works produced on paper and in ceramic.

Taken at Midnight
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 11 Apr- Sat 14 Apr

Set in 1931 Berlin, Mark Hayhurst’s play is about the life of a young lawyer Hans Litten, when he calls Hitler as a witness. As Litten disappears into the Nazi system, after Hitler has him arrested, his mother fights for the release of her son. This riveting drama explores the heroic battle of the weak against the powerful, truth against lies and mothers against murderers. Tickets: £15.

Rising Stars 2018
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

This is an exhibition of artists and makers who have made the shortlist for the Rising Stars award 2018 – and it’s a brilliant opportunity for collectors to learn more about the stars of the future. Past exhibitors have gone on to high profile careers. The makers in this year’s shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O’Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang.

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.

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges – Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

Julie’s wall and free-standing sculptures take inspiration from the fragility of the eroding coastline, where she lives in Dorset. Her work is influenced by the changing sea, using delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards and colours. She also explores the senses and takes delight from watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like? Will it break?

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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