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Things to do: June

JUNE

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.   nationaltrust.org

Monogamy
■ Richmond Theatre ■ until Sat 2 June

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. atgtickets.com

A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled: The Cecil French Bequest
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 3 June

Don’t forget to go and see the ‘forgotten’ collection of Cecil French, a passionate follower of symbolist art. On show are his ensemble of wonderful Pre- Raphaelite paintings and drawings, including works by: Frederic Leighton and Lawrence Alma- Tadema. A mysterious figure French devoted his life to championing the art he loved, regardless of the modern vogues of his time. When French died in 1953, he had made careful plans with the Curator of the Watts Gallery for his treasures and this is very rare opportunity for art lovers to see them, set in the beautiful rural location of the Watts Gallery. wattsgallery.org

Art in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon Estate Vineyard ■ until 10 June

Art and wine – what a great combination.  If you love both, you won’t want to miss the Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard, at High Clandon Estate Vineyard. And it’s for a good cause too. There will be more than 150 works of art on show in the spectacular gardens and Glass Barn at the vineyard. The event supports Cherry Trees charity in East Clandon (which provides respite care for children with learning and physical disabilities) and also marks the release of High Clandon’s 2013 vintage Elysium Cuvée. It is every day from 11am-4pm. The owners, Bruce and Sibylla Tindale, ask for a small donation of £5 per adult to go to Cherry Trees. Ten per cent of each sale of art and wine will also be donated to Cherry Trees. highclandon.co.uk

Epsom Derby
■ Epsom Downs Racecourse ■  Sat 2 June

One of the greatest race days on the British summer calendar with seven races throughout the day. From the carnival atmosphere and picnics on the Hill, to top hat and tails in the Queen’s Stand and upbeat musical entertainment, topped off by a post DJ set from BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, on the Hyperion Lawn in the Duchess’s Stand, Investec Derby Day delivers a truly quintessentially British experience. epsomderby.co.uk

Legendary Tales
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■  Fri 1 June – Sun 3 June

Watts gallery have half term covered with their Legendary Storytime. Hear fantastic fables of curious creatures and tales of Arthurian legend, with storyteller Olivia Armstrong. Recommended for under 5’s. wattsgallery.org     

Claygate beer festival
■ Scout Centre, Oaken Lane ■ Fri 1 June & Sat 2 June

One for the beer lovers… even the fussiest of beer drinkers can’t go wrong with a dozen local keg beers to choose from. For the not-so-beer-lovers, ciders and local wines will be on offer plus a barbeque. What will I do with the kids do I hear you say?  They’ve got that covered with a bouncy castle on their family afternoon on the Saturday (12-4pm). Friday (6-10pm) and Saturday evening (6-10pm) will be for over 18’s. Tickets: £5. claygatebeerfestival.org

 

Pop- Up Restaurant Night
■ Albury Organic Vineyard ■ Fri 1 June

Pop-Up restaurants have been popping up all over the place over the last year and I’m not surprised. Who doesn’t like a ‘one of a kind’ dining experience? So, pop into Paul from Kinghams restaurant in Shere, at the Albury Vineyard from 7.30pm. The evening (if weather permits) will take place on the patio, proceeding with a glass of award-winning Albury Estate sparkling wine. Each dish will be paired with a complimenting English wine. Tickets: £85. alburyvineyard.com

GAG House Comedy @ The Stoke
■ The Stoke, Guildford ■ Fri 1 June

The line- up for the first funny Friday of the month at The Stoke includes: Joe Bor, award- winning observational character comedian whose warmed up for the likes of The Graham Norton Show and Mock the WeekJonny Awsum’s feel-good brand of musical comedy and Abi Roberts’ fast paced and high-octane comedy will also be taking the stage. Kai Samra, will also be on the agenda and adopts an edgy stage presence whilst talking with a fresh perspective about issues such as class, race, modern culture. Time: 8pm. Tickets: £13.50 gaghousecomedy.com

 

Judie Tzuke- Peace Has Broken Out
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 2 June

Following the success of her Songs and Stories tour, Judie Tzuke is back on the roads again to celebrate her album Peace Has Broken Out. For this intimate evening of acoustic wonders, she’ll be pulling out all of the old favourites combined with songs from the new album. Tickets: £22.50 cranleighartscentre.org

Spring spectacular half term at Bocketts Farm
■ Bockets farm, Leatherhead ■ until Sun 3 June

There’s a schedule full of fun at Bockets Farms Spring Spectacular, including: animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides and pig races. Circus shows will be put on throughout the day plus a circus skills workshop for the kids to have a go. With birds of prey flying demonstrations, a craft corner and a pan for gold, there won’t be any complaining of being bored this half term. bockettsfarm.co.uk

Shrek The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 30 May – Sun 10 Jun 

After the success of Shrek on screen I can only imagine what Shrek must be like in real life… Pretty big and green I suspect. Join Shrek and Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production intertwines magical fairy-tale and irresistible adventure for endless romance and laughs. Tickets: £17.50 – £58.00. atgtickets.com

Surrey artists’ open studios
■ Studios around Surrey ■ Sat 2 June- Sat 17 June

For sixteen days in June, over 275 Surrey artists in 164 studios will be opening up their studios to the public for the open studios annual event. There will be a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, opportunities to view demonstrations and buy artwork. If all the creativity brings a waft of inspiration your way, there will also be opportunities to get involved in creative workshops. surreyopenstudios.org.uk

Lionel Richie
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tue 5 June- Sat 9 May

Singing and grooving along to All Night Long at the palace sounds like a Tuesday night well spent. Hampton Court will be welcoming to the stage Lionel Richie and his much-loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day. Tickets: £110- £124 hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Sweet Charity
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 7 June – Sat 9 June

They say you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find your prince and by the sounds of it Charity does. Charity Hope Valentine is a dancer in New York who is always looking for love. After a string of lies, hours spent in an elevator and being pushed into a lake one too many times, she starts questioning whether she’ll ever get it right. This musical is full of big numbers like Hey, big spender and Rhythm of life, capturing the spirit of the 1960’s classic. Tickets: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Dusty and the shades of the 60’s
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Thurs 7 June

Dusty and The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of legendry Dusty Springfield and artists such as Tina Turner, Lulu and the Beatles. Featuring songs such as Son of a Preacher ManYou Don’t Own Me and I Only Want to be With You, not even an embarrassed teen could stop you from dancing in the aisles. camberleytheatre.co.uk

Reflections: The Observant Art of Richard Bawden & Chloë Cheese
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 10 June

It is their very singular approach to the art of things, that makes the work of Richard Bawden and Chloë Cheese stand out. Occasionally people crop up (or cats), but in the main it is their observation of the objects in the world around them. However, rather than the classic “still life” their pictures are vibrant – full of movement and energy, making cameos out of their reflections on objects and their relations to each other. wattsgallery.org

Paloma Faith
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 8 June

Paloma Faith will be stopping off at the Palace as part of her UK summer tour. Lucky us! With her acclaimed Number 1 album The Architect currently riding high in the charts and a BRIT nomination for Best British Female, Paloma Faith promises a show-stopping performance. Tickets: £69- £95. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Vicki Nigouimi
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

The New Ashgate Gallery will be exhibiting Vicki Nigouimi’s work; many of her paintings include ceramics by contemporary studio potters from her own collection. Her preoccupation with still life paintings has enabled her to pursue an interest in colour and drawing and a fascination with the relationship of objects. newashgate.org.uk

 

Jane Muir – Maker in Focus
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Jane Muir’s pieces are being displayed at The New Ashgate Gallery. She specialises in idiosyncratic hand painted figures representing a witty and uncluttered observation of the world. Her figures stand alone or are placed in an architectural landscape and are hand modelled, allowing her the freedom to sketch with clay and develop ideas during the making process. Jane’s figures aren’t specific individuals but are a personification of the stereotype.  newashgate.org.uk

Fiona Pearce: Wonder Woods and Furrowed Fields
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Fiona Pearce shares her passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside in her artwork, for us all to enjoy at the New Ashgate Gallery. Her daily runs in the local countryside are her greatest inspiration as well as her travel to France. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush. newashgate.org.uk

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. ramsterevents.com

 

The Great British Farm Day
■ Farms around Surrey ■ Sun 10 June

Did you know that 1 in 3 kids aged 5-11 have never heard a real cow Moo and 33% don’t know that pork come from pigs? Some crazy stats right there. But thanks to The Great British Farm Day there’s now no excuse, kids can hear a real- life Oink, Moo and Baa as farmers open their gates to display the on goings of their farm. Activities will include food tasting, cow to cone ice cream tours, tractor rides, pond dipping and getting up close and personal with the animals. Search for your nearest farm opening on The Great British Farm Day herefarmsunday.org

84 Charing Cross Road
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 June

Based on a true story and adapted from Helene Hanff’s much-loved best-selling book, 84 Charing Cross Road is a tender and heart-warming tale of transatlantic friendship. Spanning 20 years, this bittersweet sweet comedy charts the extraordinary relationship between a vivacious New York writer and a London bookseller. Stars Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis. atgtickets.com

 

ROH: Swan Lake
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tue 12 June

One of the most admired of all classical ballets prances into Cranleigh with pointed toes. The Royal Ballet presents a beautiful new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet. The story follows that Prince Siegfried dances upon a flock of swans while out hunting, when one of the swans turns out to be a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Tickets: £19.75. cranleighartscentre.org

Cirque Berserk!
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 12 – Sat 16 June

This is traditional circus thrills and skills made for theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this international troupe includes over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. glive.co.uk

Jools Holland
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Thurs 14 June

King of boogie woogie, Jools Holland is set to raise the palace roof with an energy-fuelled show with his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Joining him on stage is special guest and 80’s icon Marc Almond. Time: 21:00. Tickets: £49- £69. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

ANiMALCOM
■ Yvonne Arnaud theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June-  Sat 16 June

ANiMALCOM is an energetic and funny musical combining physical theatre, puppetry and storytelling to bring David Baddel’s magical comic story to stage. Malcom doesn’t like animals which is a problem because his family love them and his house if full of pets. After a bizarre school trip to a farm, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. But will he end up the same as before? Adult Ticket’s: £20. Under 18s: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Eleanor Conway: Modern Addict (Work in Progress)
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June

Following on from her critically acclaimed debut Walk of Shame, Conway is back with the sequel and it goes a bit like this. Now sober from booze and substances she’s is trying to navigate reality without stimulants. But it turns out now she’s addicted to everything. Except babies. How can she get clean once again and live a happy connected life, all the while keeping her followers updated? Please note, this is a work in progress show and Eleanor will be testing new material. glive.co.uk

Pal Joey 
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June- Sat 16 June

Young, naïve and ambitious nightclub hoofer will do anything to get to the top. When he’s torn between two women, a rich socialite and innocent everywoman he makes his decision on who will get him to the top and will soon find out the consequences to his actions. If you fancy a show which is brimming with good music and fast in its toes, then grab your tickets. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

 

Sam Kelly’s Station House
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 15 June

Sam Kelly’s Station house is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, jazz, reggae and funk. With three ‘lead’ singers and a tight rhythm section, the result is an electric fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues. Tickets: £12. cranleighartscentre.org

The Beach Boys
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 15 and Sat 16 June

Legendry American rock band The Beach boys have given us a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions, but their greater significance lies in the fact that they changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Time: 21.00. Tickets £69- £90. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Vision Boards Surrey : Workshop
■ Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming ■ Sat 16 June

Hand holding coffee cup with may photograph on the table

Take time out to think about just you and your goals and dreams. This five-hour workshop will help you identify what’s important in your life, what you want to achieve, and how to get there. You’ll create a vision board as a visual reminder. Cost is £50. Book herevisionboardssurrey.co.uk

Guildford GAG house Comedy Club
■ The Back room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 16 June

The line-up includes Alistair Barrie, one of the most sought-after performers on the international comedy circuit and Jon Long who’s clever gags and witty gags are guaranteed to have you in stiches at The Star Inn, Guildford. Jenny Collier and Darren Altman will also be joining them on the stage. Darren has a unique understanding of pitch and timing and can deliver a huge range of accents, dialects, characters and impressions. Jenny states a highpoint as Appearing on a BBC Radio Wales panel show with Jo Brand. And a Low point – After a gig, an audience member saying ‘You should be a stripper’ (Both secretly highlights). gaghousecomedy.com

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 18 May – Sat 23 June

Photo by Nobby Clark

Could this be the final curtain for the world’s greatest detective? An older and slower Sherlock Holmes retires to the South Coast for a more peaceful life. However, with all the enemies he made, he is worried that he is an easy target in his older age.  When Sherlock gets a call for help he is determined to solve the mystery and prove that he hasn’t lost his touch. Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations. Ticket price £20 – £35. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Gary Barlow
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tue 19 June

Gary Barlow will be taking to the Hampton Court stage. Now Gary needs no introduction, but here we go –  45 million records! – over eight million concert tickets! – eight BRIT awards! –14 Number One’s!… and quite a lot more. Anyway, after all that, most tickets are already sold-out, but don’t worry, treat yourself to the exclusive VIP Dining Packages still available, with premium concert seating. Prices are on request, phone 020 8233 6717 or email: georgina.hawkes@img.comhamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

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Cinderella
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 19 June- Sat 23 June

Photo by Johan Persson 

The New Adventures’ tour of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the second World War. Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale is at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Tickets: £19.40. atgtickets.com

Camberley International Festival
■ various venues around Camberley ■ Wed 20 – Sat 23 June

The lineup includes Kodiak Island who will perform at the launch party at The Carpenters Arms on Wed 23 June

The third Camberley International Festival returns with a brilliant line-up of events including comedy, film, dance, music and drama – including plenty of free events. The festival culminates in a carnival on Sat 24 June. Check out our guide for our pick of the 10 events that are not to be missed. camberley-international-festival.com

The Time Machine
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Thurs 21 June- Sat 23 June

Photo by Ben Guest

2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left?  If civilisation falls today, what will become of us? A Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future, from the fall of man to the end of the world. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun? Tickets: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

 

Tom Jones
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 22 June

Photo by Carsten Windhorst

Sir Tom is a living legend, one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music and who continues to have a vital recording and performing career to this day. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to people of all ages, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

GAG House Comedy @ café Mila
■ Café Mila, Godalming ■ Fri 22 June

For an evening of naughty but nice punch- line rich comedy entertainment Carey Marx will be taking to the stage with his dark humour and gleeful delivery. In addition, Lou Contran delights audiences with her naughty but nice delivery and instinctive wit. Jack Barry will also be getting on the bandwangon along with Cally Beaton, a natural storyteller with an act which a rollercoaster ride of anecdotes, observations and stuff your friend wouldn’t even admit to. Tickets: £13.50 or have a meal combination for £24 gaghousecomedy.com

The Haslemere Gin Festival
■ Haslemere Museum ■ Sat 23 June

The gin trend is rife, and I for one am very happy about it. The only thing better than gin, is exotic gin with a delicately placed leaf and garnished with floating peppercorns. Set in the beautiful setting of Haslemere Museum, Gin enthusiast will have the opportunity to meet local distillers in person, chat about their gin and sample unusual and intriguing varieties. Take part in masterclass evenings and hear talks from gin industry experts. There will also be a selection of live music and food. Don’t forget to grab your gift bag on arrival. Tickets: £16. Time: 7pm- 11pm. eventbrite.co.uk

Fanfare & Fireworks
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sat 23 June

Enjoy an evening of breathtakingly beautiful music in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace. Against the backdrop of the Tudor courtyard, the internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ilyich Rivas, will perform scores from mainstream masters of classical music, all rounded-off by a fireworks display. The gates open at 17: 30 where festival- goers can relax with drinks and picnics in the beautiful Palace Gardens pre- show. Show starts: 20:30. Tickets: £47.50- £65. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

The Luna Cinema: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 24 June

The blackly comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. The film has won many awards, including five BAFTA Film Awards. See what all the fuss is about and get down to the park with your picnic basket. Tickets: £15. thelunacinema.com

Shere Open Gardens
■ Shere ■ Sun 24 June

Ever wanted to nosy around someone’s garden and see what lies behind that perfectly pristine hedge? Well now is your chance to have a snoop and get garden envy at Shere’s 40th garden opening. From sheltered courtyards full of spectacular flowering pots to larger elegant landscapes and verdant laws, wonder around these gardens in full bloom. Once you’ve got all your inspo buy your own at the plant sale or listen to an over-the-wall gardeners’ question time at the allotments. There will also be a Pimms Stall and teas in the village hall. The funds raised from the event will be split between about 15 local causes. Time: 2pm- 6pm. Tickets: £7.00. Under 16’s go free. shereopengardens.co.uk

Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 26 June

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free. sunburyantiques.com

The Boodles
■ Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Bucks ■ Tues 26 June – Sat 1 July

A brilliant, local, fun and cost-effective alternative to Wimbledon held at the gorgeous five star hotel and country club of Stoke Park. It’s luxury all the way here, with Perrier-Jouët Champagne on ice and a gourmet lunch. There’s also a Boodles gallery of fine jewellery to gawp at – the Muddy girls tried half of it on last year while nervous assistants watched on. I should also mention that it’s a brilliant way to see top tennis players in a stadium of just 2000, so it’s like being in the first five rows at Centre Court. stokepark.com

 

One Voice
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 29 June

Fans of the singing icons Tina Turner, Carol King, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston are in for a treat when One Voice comes to Camberley. Performed by a cast of six vocalists, this show is a nonstop party of some of the most memorable songs to sing along to. Tickets are £21. camberleytheatre.co.uk

A Doll’s House
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Thurs 28 June- Fri 29 June

The Helmers excel at everything however as Christmas comes there seems to be things that Mr Helmer may have not mentioned… Niche’s adaption of A Doll’s House utilises verbatim and emotive choreography as it explores the stigmas around gender expectations and mental health. This artful adaptation focuses on the impossible idolisation of one ‘perfect’ woman. Age: 12+. Tickets: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

My Leonard Cohen
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sat 30 June

Cohen’s music as you’ve never heard it before. Australian performer, composer and musical director, Stewart D’Arrietta and his band are touring My Leonard Cohen. Driven by D’Arrietta’s raw and distinctive vocal style, this stirring celebration offers arresting and imaginative interpretations of the great singer-songwriter’s most powerful works. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare
■ Polesdon Lacey, Dorking ■ Sat 30 June

I can’t quite pinpoint what, but there’s something about a show being outside which makes it five times more exciting. At the open- air stage on Polsedon Lacey, become a Shakespearean spectator and enjoy Shakespeare’s roaring comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Don’t forget your chair and blanket (it may not be very Elizabethan but no one’s judging!) Tickets: £12. Under 16’s go free. dorkinghalls.co.uk

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. wattsgallery.org.uk

LOOKING AHEAD

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.   nationaltrust.org

Monogamy
■ Richmond Theatre ■ until Sat 2 June

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. atgtickets.com

A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled: The Cecil French Bequest
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 3 June

Don’t forget to go and see the ‘forgotten’ collection of Cecil French, a passionate follower of symbolist art. On show are his ensemble of wonderful Pre- Raphaelite paintings and drawings, including works by: Frederic Leighton and Lawrence Alma- Tadema. A mysterious figure French devoted his life to championing the art he loved, regardless of the modern vogues of his time. When French died in 1953, he had made careful plans with the Curator of the Watts Gallery for his treasures and this is very rare opportunity for art lovers to see them, set in the beautiful rural location of the Watts Gallery. wattsgallery.org

Art in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon Estate Vineyard ■ until 10 June

Art and wine – what a great combination.  If you love both, you won’t want to miss the Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard, at High Clandon Estate Vineyard. And it’s for a good cause too. There will be more than 150 works of art on show in the spectacular gardens and Glass Barn at the vineyard. The event supports Cherry Trees charity in East Clandon (which provides respite care for children with learning and physical disabilities) and also marks the release of High Clandon’s 2013 vintage Elysium Cuvée. It is every day from 11am-4pm. The owners, Bruce and Sibylla Tindale, ask for a small donation of £5 per adult to go to Cherry Trees. Ten per cent of each sale of art and wine will also be donated to Cherry Trees. highclandon.co.uk

Epsom Derby
■ Epsom Downs Racecourse ■  Sat 2 June

One of the greatest race days on the British summer calendar with seven races throughout the day. From the carnival atmosphere and picnics on the Hill, to top hat and tails in the Queen’s Stand and upbeat musical entertainment, topped off by a post DJ set from BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, on the Hyperion Lawn in the Duchess’s Stand, Investec Derby Day delivers a truly quintessentially British experience. epsomderby.co.uk

Legendary Tales
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■  Fri 1 June – Sun 3 June

Watts gallery have half term covered with their Legendary Storytime. Hear fantastic fables of curious creatures and tales of Arthurian legend, with storyteller Olivia Armstrong. Recommended for under 5’s. wattsgallery.org     

Claygate beer festival
■ Scout Centre, Oaken Lane ■ Fri 1 June & Sat 2 June

One for the beer lovers… even the fussiest of beer drinkers can’t go wrong with a dozen local keg beers to choose from. For the not-so-beer-lovers, ciders and local wines will be on offer plus a barbeque. What will I do with the kids do I hear you say?  They’ve got that covered with a bouncy castle on their family afternoon on the Saturday (12-4pm). Friday (6-10pm) and Saturday evening (6-10pm) will be for over 18’s. Tickets: £5. claygatebeerfestival.org

 

Pop- Up Restaurant Night
■ Albury Organic Vineyard ■ Fri 1 June

Pop-Up restaurants have been popping up all over the place over the last year and I’m not surprised. Who doesn’t like a ‘one of a kind’ dining experience? So, pop into Paul from Kinghams restaurant in Shere, at the Albury Vineyard from 7.30pm. The evening (if weather permits) will take place on the patio, proceeding with a glass of award-winning Albury Estate sparkling wine. Each dish will be paired with a complimenting English wine. Tickets: £85. alburyvineyard.com

GAG House Comedy @ The Stoke
■ The Stoke, Guildford ■ Fri 1 June

The line- up for the first funny Friday of the month at The Stoke includes: Joe Bor, award- winning observational character comedian whose warmed up for the likes of The Graham Norton Show and Mock the WeekJonny Awsum’s feel-good brand of musical comedy and Abi Roberts’ fast paced and high-octane comedy will also be taking the stage. Kai Samra, will also be on the agenda and adopts an edgy stage presence whilst talking with a fresh perspective about issues such as class, race, modern culture. Time: 8pm. Tickets: £13.50 gaghousecomedy.com

 

Judie Tzuke- Peace Has Broken Out
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 2 June

Following the success of her Songs and Stories tour, Judie Tzuke is back on the roads again to celebrate her album Peace Has Broken Out. For this intimate evening of acoustic wonders, she’ll be pulling out all of the old favourites combined with songs from the new album. Tickets: £22.50 cranleighartscentre.org

Spring spectacular half term at Bocketts Farm
■ Bockets farm, Leatherhead ■ until Sun 3 June

There’s a schedule full of fun at Bockets Farms Spring Spectacular, including: animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides and pig races. Circus shows will be put on throughout the day plus a circus skills workshop for the kids to have a go. With birds of prey flying demonstrations, a craft corner and a pan for gold, there won’t be any complaining of being bored this half term. bockettsfarm.co.uk

Shrek The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 30 May – Sun 10 Jun 

After the success of Shrek on screen I can only imagine what Shrek must be like in real life… Pretty big and green I suspect. Join Shrek and Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production intertwines magical fairy-tale and irresistible adventure for endless romance and laughs. Tickets: £17.50 – £58.00. atgtickets.com

Surrey artists’ open studios
■ Studios around Surrey ■ Sat 2 June- Sat 17 June

For sixteen days in June, over 275 Surrey artists in 164 studios will be opening up their studios to the public for the open studios annual event. There will be a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, opportunities to view demonstrations and buy artwork. If all the creativity brings a waft of inspiration your way, there will also be opportunities to get involved in creative workshops. surreyopenstudios.org.uk

Lionel Richie
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tue 5 June- Sat 9 May

Singing and grooving along to All Night Long at the palace sounds like a Tuesday night well spent. Hampton Court will be welcoming to the stage Lionel Richie and his much-loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day. Tickets: £110- £124 hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Sweet Charity
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 7 June – Sat 9 June

They say you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find your prince and by the sounds of it Charity does. Charity Hope Valentine is a dancer in New York who is always looking for love. After a string of lies, hours spent in an elevator and being pushed into a lake one too many times, she starts questioning whether she’ll ever get it right. This musical is full of big numbers like Hey, big spender and Rhythm of life, capturing the spirit of the 1960’s classic. Tickets: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Dusty and the shades of the 60’s
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Thurs 7 June

Dusty and The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of legendry Dusty Springfield and artists such as Tina Turner, Lulu and the Beatles. Featuring songs such as Son of a Preacher ManYou Don’t Own Me and I Only Want to be With You, not even an embarrassed teen could stop you from dancing in the aisles. camberleytheatre.co.uk

Reflections: The Observant Art of Richard Bawden & Chloë Cheese
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 10 June

It is their very singular approach to the art of things, that makes the work of Richard Bawden and Chloë Cheese stand out. Occasionally people crop up (or cats), but in the main it is their observation of the objects in the world around them. However, rather than the classic “still life” their pictures are vibrant – full of movement and energy, making cameos out of their reflections on objects and their relations to each other. wattsgallery.org

Paloma Faith
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 8 June

Paloma Faith will be stopping off at the Palace as part of her UK summer tour. Lucky us! With her acclaimed Number 1 album The Architect currently riding high in the charts and a BRIT nomination for Best British Female, Paloma Faith promises a show-stopping performance. Tickets: £69- £95. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Vicki Nigouimi
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

The New Ashgate Gallery will be exhibiting Vicki Nigouimi’s work; many of her paintings include ceramics by contemporary studio potters from her own collection. Her preoccupation with still life paintings has enabled her to pursue an interest in colour and drawing and a fascination with the relationship of objects. newashgate.org.uk

 

Jane Muir – Maker in Focus
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Jane Muir’s pieces are being displayed at The New Ashgate Gallery. She specialises in idiosyncratic hand painted figures representing a witty and uncluttered observation of the world. Her figures stand alone or are placed in an architectural landscape and are hand modelled, allowing her the freedom to sketch with clay and develop ideas during the making process. Jane’s figures aren’t specific individuals but are a personification of the stereotype.  newashgate.org.uk

Fiona Pearce: Wonder Woods and Furrowed Fields
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Fiona Pearce shares her passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside in her artwork, for us all to enjoy at the New Ashgate Gallery. Her daily runs in the local countryside are her greatest inspiration as well as her travel to France. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush. newashgate.org.uk

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. ramsterevents.com

 

The Great British Farm Day
■ Farms around Surrey ■ Sun 10 June

Did you know that 1 in 3 kids aged 5-11 have never heard a real cow Moo and 33% don’t know that pork come from pigs? Some crazy stats right there. But thanks to The Great British Farm Day there’s now no excuse, kids can hear a real- life Oink, Moo and Baa as farmers open their gates to display the on goings of their farm. Activities will include food tasting, cow to cone ice cream tours, tractor rides, pond dipping and getting up close and personal with the animals. Search for your nearest farm opening on The Great British Farm Day herefarmsunday.org

84 Charing Cross Road
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 June

Based on a true story and adapted from Helene Hanff’s much-loved best-selling book, 84 Charing Cross Road is a tender and heart-warming tale of transatlantic friendship. Spanning 20 years, this bittersweet sweet comedy charts the extraordinary relationship between a vivacious New York writer and a London bookseller. Stars Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis. atgtickets.com

 

ROH: Swan Lake
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tue 12 June

One of the most admired of all classical ballets prances into Cranleigh with pointed toes. The Royal Ballet presents a beautiful new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet. The story follows that Prince Siegfried dances upon a flock of swans while out hunting, when one of the swans turns out to be a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Tickets: £19.75. cranleighartscentre.org

Cirque Berserk!
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 12 – Sat 16 June

This is traditional circus thrills and skills made for theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this international troupe includes over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. glive.co.uk

Jools Holland
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Thurs 14 June

King of boogie woogie, Jools Holland is set to raise the palace roof with an energy-fuelled show with his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Joining him on stage is special guest and 80’s icon Marc Almond. Time: 21:00. Tickets: £49- £69. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

ANiMALCOM
■ Yvonne Arnaud theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June-  Sat 16 June

ANiMALCOM is an energetic and funny musical combining physical theatre, puppetry and storytelling to bring David Baddel’s magical comic story to stage. Malcom doesn’t like animals which is a problem because his family love them and his house if full of pets. After a bizarre school trip to a farm, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. But will he end up the same as before? Adult Ticket’s: £20. Under 18s: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Eleanor Conway: Modern Addict (Work in Progress)
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June

Following on from her critically acclaimed debut Walk of Shame, Conway is back with the sequel and it goes a bit like this. Now sober from booze and substances she’s is trying to navigate reality without stimulants. But it turns out now she’s addicted to everything. Except babies. How can she get clean once again and live a happy connected life, all the while keeping her followers updated? Please note, this is a work in progress show and Eleanor will be testing new material. glive.co.uk

Pal Joey 
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June- Sat 16 June

Young, naïve and ambitious nightclub hoofer will do anything to get to the top. When he’s torn between two women, a rich socialite and innocent everywoman he makes his decision on who will get him to the top and will soon find out the consequences to his actions. If you fancy a show which is brimming with good music and fast in its toes, then grab your tickets. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

 

Sam Kelly’s Station House
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 15 June

Sam Kelly’s Station house is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, jazz, reggae and funk. With three ‘lead’ singers and a tight rhythm section, the result is an electric fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues. Tickets: £12. cranleighartscentre.org

The Beach Boys
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 15 and Sat 16 June

Legendry American rock band The Beach boys have given us a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions, but their greater significance lies in the fact that they changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Time: 21.00. Tickets £69- £90. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Vision Boards Surrey : Workshop
■ Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming ■ Sat 16 June

Hand holding coffee cup with may photograph on the table

Take time out to think about just you and your goals and dreams. This five-hour workshop will help you identify what’s important in your life, what you want to achieve, and how to get there. You’ll create a vision board as a visual reminder. Cost is £50. Book herevisionboardssurrey.co.uk

Guildford GAG house Comedy Club
■ The Back room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 16 June

The line-up includes Alistair Barrie, one of the most sought-after performers on the international comedy circuit and Jon Long who’s clever gags and witty gags are guaranteed to have you in stiches at The Star Inn, Guildford. Jenny Collier and Darren Altman will also be joining them on the stage. Darren has a unique understanding of pitch and timing and can deliver a huge range of accents, dialects, characters and impressions. Jenny states a highpoint as Appearing on a BBC Radio Wales panel show with Jo Brand. And a Low point – After a gig, an audience member saying ‘You should be a stripper’ (Both secretly highlights). gaghousecomedy.com

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 18 May – Sat 23 June

Photo by Nobby Clark

Could this be the final curtain for the world’s greatest detective? An older and slower Sherlock Holmes retires to the South Coast for a more peaceful life. However, with all the enemies he made, he is worried that he is an easy target in his older age.  When Sherlock gets a call for help he is determined to solve the mystery and prove that he hasn’t lost his touch. Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations. Ticket price £20 – £35. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Gary Barlow
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tue 19 June

Gary Barlow will be taking to the Hampton Court stage. Now Gary needs no introduction, but here we go –  45 million records! – over eight million concert tickets! – eight BRIT awards! –14 Number One’s!… and quite a lot more. Anyway, after all that, most tickets are already sold-out, but don’t worry, treat yourself to the exclusive VIP Dining Packages still available, with premium concert seating. Prices are on request, phone 020 8233 6717 or email: georgina.hawkes@img.comhamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

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Cinderella
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 19 June- Sat 23 June

Photo by Johan Persson 

The New Adventures’ tour of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the second World War. Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale is at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Tickets: £19.40. atgtickets.com

Camberley International Festival
■ various venues around Camberley ■ Wed 20 – Sat 23 June

The lineup includes Kodiak Island who will perform at the launch party at The Carpenters Arms on Wed 23 June

The third Camberley International Festival returns with a brilliant line-up of events including comedy, film, dance, music and drama – including plenty of free events. The festival culminates in a carnival on Sat 24 June. Check out our guide for our pick of the 10 events that are not to be missed. camberley-international-festival.com

The Time Machine
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Thurs 21 June- Sat 23 June

Photo by Ben Guest

2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left?  If civilisation falls today, what will become of us? A Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future, from the fall of man to the end of the world. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun? Tickets: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

 

Tom Jones
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 22 June

Photo by Carsten Windhorst

Sir Tom is a living legend, one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music and who continues to have a vital recording and performing career to this day. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to people of all ages, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

GAG House Comedy @ café Mila
■ Café Mila, Godalming ■ Fri 22 June

For an evening of naughty but nice punch- line rich comedy entertainment Carey Marx will be taking to the stage with his dark humour and gleeful delivery. In addition, Lou Contran delights audiences with her naughty but nice delivery and instinctive wit. Jack Barry will also be getting on the bandwangon along with Cally Beaton, a natural storyteller with an act which a rollercoaster ride of anecdotes, observations and stuff your friend wouldn’t even admit to. Tickets: £13.50 or have a meal combination for £24 gaghousecomedy.com

The Haslemere Gin Festival
■ Haslemere Museum ■ Sat 23 June

The gin trend is rife, and I for one am very happy about it. The only thing better than gin, is exotic gin with a delicately placed leaf and garnished with floating peppercorns. Set in the beautiful setting of Haslemere Museum, Gin enthusiast will have the opportunity to meet local distillers in person, chat about their gin and sample unusual and intriguing varieties. Take part in masterclass evenings and hear talks from gin industry experts. There will also be a selection of live music and food. Don’t forget to grab your gift bag on arrival. Tickets: £16. Time: 7pm- 11pm. eventbrite.co.uk

Fanfare & Fireworks
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sat 23 June

Enjoy an evening of breathtakingly beautiful music in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace. Against the backdrop of the Tudor courtyard, the internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ilyich Rivas, will perform scores from mainstream masters of classical music, all rounded-off by a fireworks display. The gates open at 17: 30 where festival- goers can relax with drinks and picnics in the beautiful Palace Gardens pre- show. Show starts: 20:30. Tickets: £47.50- £65. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

The Luna Cinema: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 24 June

The blackly comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. The film has won many awards, including five BAFTA Film Awards. See what all the fuss is about and get down to the park with your picnic basket. Tickets: £15. thelunacinema.com

Shere Open Gardens
■ Shere ■ Sun 24 June

Ever wanted to nosy around someone’s garden and see what lies behind that perfectly pristine hedge? Well now is your chance to have a snoop and get garden envy at Shere’s 40th garden opening. From sheltered courtyards full of spectacular flowering pots to larger elegant landscapes and verdant laws, wonder around these gardens in full bloom. Once you’ve got all your inspo buy your own at the plant sale or listen to an over-the-wall gardeners’ question time at the allotments. There will also be a Pimms Stall and teas in the village hall. The funds raised from the event will be split between about 15 local causes. Time: 2pm- 6pm. Tickets: £7.00. Under 16’s go free. shereopengardens.co.uk

Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 26 June

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free. sunburyantiques.com

The Boodles
■ Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Bucks ■ Tues 26 June – Sat 1 July

A brilliant, local, fun and cost-effective alternative to Wimbledon held at the gorgeous five star hotel and country club of Stoke Park. It’s luxury all the way here, with Perrier-Jouët Champagne on ice and a gourmet lunch. There’s also a Boodles gallery of fine jewellery to gawp at – the Muddy girls tried half of it on last year while nervous assistants watched on. I should also mention that it’s a brilliant way to see top tennis players in a stadium of just 2000, so it’s like being in the first five rows at Centre Court. stokepark.com

 

One Voice
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 29 June

Fans of the singing icons Tina Turner, Carol King, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston are in for a treat when One Voice comes to Camberley. Performed by a cast of six vocalists, this show is a nonstop party of some of the most memorable songs to sing along to. Tickets are £21. camberleytheatre.co.uk

A Doll’s House
■ Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Thurs 28 June- Fri 29 June

The Helmers excel at everything however as Christmas comes there seems to be things that Mr Helmer may have not mentioned… Niche’s adaption of A Doll’s House utilises verbatim and emotive choreography as it explores the stigmas around gender expectations and mental health. This artful adaptation focuses on the impossible idolisation of one ‘perfect’ woman. Age: 12+. Tickets: £15. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

My Leonard Cohen
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sat 30 June

Cohen’s music as you’ve never heard it before. Australian performer, composer and musical director, Stewart D’Arrietta and his band are touring My Leonard Cohen. Driven by D’Arrietta’s raw and distinctive vocal style, this stirring celebration offers arresting and imaginative interpretations of the great singer-songwriter’s most powerful works. rosetheatrekingston.org

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare
■ Polesdon Lacey, Dorking ■ Sat 30 June

I can’t quite pinpoint what, but there’s something about a show being outside which makes it five times more exciting. At the open- air stage on Polsedon Lacey, become a Shakespearean spectator and enjoy Shakespeare’s roaring comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Don’t forget your chair and blanket (it may not be very Elizabethan but no one’s judging!) Tickets: £12. Under 16’s go free. dorkinghalls.co.uk

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. wattsgallery.org.uk

Sandown Antiques Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Tues 3 July

 

The very fabulous Sunbury Antiques Fair has expanded and taken over the fair at Sandown Park – and you’ll find the market stalls there bright and early on the first Tuesday of every month. There are a vast array of stalls – both inside and outside – selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 7am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free. sunburyantiques.com

FURTHER AFIELD

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. tate.org.uk

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. designmuseum.org

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time. tate.org.uk

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

Oooh! 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. whitecube.com

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

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, 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. vam.ac.uk

 

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