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Things to do this month: December

December has arrived and the jingle bells are ringing. There's plenty to keep us entertained this month, including festive fun, classic comedy, exhibitions and more.

Sh!t Actually Rose Theatre, Kingston
Sh!t Actually comes to the Rose Theatre in Kingston from 3-5 Dec. Photo credit: Lizzie Coombes

THEATRE: Sh!t Actually
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 3 – Sat 5 Dec

Rising performance artists Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole of Sh!t Theatre put their take on the schmaltzy Christmas flick Love Actually. Expect bags of energy, humour and anarchy. rosetheatre.org

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CHRISTMAS: Glow Wisley 2020
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ now until 4 Jan

See the garden come alive at night with fantastical illuminations to light your way on Wisley’s enchanting festive trail, reimagined for 2020. Tickets have sold out, but new tickets are being added as cancellations are made, so it’s worth checking. rhs.org.uk

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CHRISTMAS: Christmas at Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Rd, Godstone ■ selected dates throughout Dec

Let little ones wander through the magical tunnel with guided by the friendly elves to meet the big jolly fellow! Each child receives a present from the Godstone toyshop and the adventures continue around the rest of the farm. There’s also Christmas crafts and cookie decorating. godstonefarm.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS Snowfari: Christmas Animal Trail
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ now until Sun 3 Jan

A festive trail that’s fun for all the family. Walk a route packed full of amazing animals, glittering snow, Christmas trees and giant gingerbread men. Start at the giant Nutcracker forest before taking a stroll through the safari animals. Watch out for polar bears, point out penguins, learn about reindeer and see if you can find the elusive snow leopard. Finished your day at Gingerbread Corner. Entry is in timed slots and the cost of the Snowfari is included in general admission. painshill.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS: Santa Express at Denbies
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ every weekend throughout December

Take a ride aboard Santa’s express train through the vineyards at Denbies Wine Estate and get a gift from Santa’s elves at the end of the ride. A passport / ticket from the bearded big guy is also included. denbies.co.uk

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ICE SKATING: Beaverbrook on Ice
■ Beaverbrook, Leatherhead ■ Tues 1 Dec – 31 Jan 2021

Take a spin on the ice at Beaverbrook while listening to yuletide melodies and indulging in delicious mulled cider, hot chocolate and sugary waffles from the rink-side cabin. Skate sessions are 45 minutes and booking is not necessary, but it’s on a first come, first served basis. The ice rink is available for guests with bookings for an overnight stay, spa day or dining experiences. beaverbrook.co.uk

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ART EXHIBITION: In Print – 2020 Vision
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Wed 2 Dec – 21 Feb 2021

This exhibition brings together over 100 original prints by 20 leading artists to celebrate the diversity of printmaking today. It will include new works created during lockdown by artists such as Mychael Barratt, Sam Marshall and Nicola Slattery. From linocuts of Dartmoor landscapes to screenprints inspired by 1950s’ movies, the exhibition offers visitors the chance to see and buy contemporary art. wattsgallery.org.uk

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EXHIBITION: Art & Action: Making Change in Victorian Britain
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ Wed 2 Dec – 21 March 2021

Can art change the future? In the 19th century, Victorian artists and critics increasingly began to believe it could. This is the first exhibition to focus on the Victorian roots of art activism. It explores how artists sought not only to comment on social problems, but to use their art to actively help solve them. wattsgallery.org.uk

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CHRISTMAS: Glow Wild 2020
■ Wakehurst Place, East Grinstead ■ Thurs 3 Dec – Sun 3 Jan

This enchanting winter display returns to Wakehurst for the seventh year. As darkness falls, the gardens are brought to life with glowing lanterns, mesmerising installations and other visual treats. Three new artists debut this year. Absolutely magical. Quiet session tickets are available for those who may benefit from a more comfortable sensory experience.

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CHRISTMAS: Katherine Jenkins’ Christmas Spectacular
■ Leatherhead Theatre and Dorking Halls ■ Thurs 3 Dec

Katherine Jenkins is spreading seasonal joy one aria at a time. This is a classical Christmas musical filmed at the iconic Royal Albert Hall where she performs seasonal faves and traditional carols with a big dollop of nostalgic Hollywood glamour. Katherine will be joined by actors Vanessa Redgrave and Bill Nighy, opera’s Sir Bryn Terfel and Alberto Urso, American Broadway star Marisha Wallace, English National Ballet Lead Principal Erina Takahashi, the Royal Air Force Regiment Band and many more. theleatherheadtheatre.com dorkinghalls.co.uk

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WINE TASTING: Friday Fizz Tasting
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Fridays, 4, 11 & 18 Dec

A new event at Albury Organic Vineyard which gives an introduction to the Albury and English wine scene, followed by a tasting of their award-winning sparkling wines with a selection of cheese and charcuterie included. Sounds perfect. alburyvineyard.com

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COMEDY: Godalming Gag House Comedy
■ Godalming Borough Hall, Godalming ■ Fri 4 Dec

The December line up for this professional comedy club includes Susan Murray and Roger Monkhouse. There are shows at 7.30pm and 9.15pm with no interval. gaghousecomedy.com

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CHRISTMAS: Christmas at Kew
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Fri 4 Dec – Sun 17 Jan

Returning for its eighth year, Kew’s winter trail takes a new route, leading you for the first time through the beautifully illuminated Rose Garden. Old favourites and brand new light installations will sparkle and glow around you. There’s a glittering tunnel of bells, giant illuminated seed heads and majestic trees wrapped in light on your way to the dazzling treetop waterfall, where beams of light interplay in a breath-taking aerial dance. Pre booking is essential. kew.org

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WORKSHOP: Yoga Workshop with Amy Miller
■ Surrey Hills Physiotherapy, Health & Wellbeing, The Barn, Denbies, Dorking ■ Sat 5 Dec, 3-5pm

Boost your immune system with this 2-hour workshop led by instructor Amy Miller it will include chest opening postures and twists to energise the respiratory system, with a focus on pranayama (breath work). There will be dynamic movement and deep relaxation to assist in lowering stress hormones. And after, share some homemade cake and detoxing herbal tea. surreyhillsphysiotherapy.co.uk

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WINE TASTING: Sparkling Wine Tasting
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Saturdays, 5, 12 & 19 Dec

Visit Albury Wine Estate this month and enjoy a relaxed, self-guided tasting of their award-winning sparkling wines. The sparkling wine flight tasting includes three 50ml samples of Albury bubbly complete with tasting notes. Additional wine and soft drinks will be available to buy by the glass and bottle on the day..alburyvineyard.com

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CHRISTMAS THEATRE: D!CK – The Adult Panto
■ The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 5 – Thurs 31 Dec

One for adults only – and not recommended for those who are easily offended, but if you fancy a ribald chuckle or two, this one’s for you. It’s put on by The Guildford Fringe Theatre Company, tickets are £19.50 each. guildfordfringe.com

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CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ramster Pop-up Christmas Market
■ Ramster Hall, Chiddingfold ■ Sat 5 – Sun 6 and Sat 12 – Sun 13 Dec

A special market showcasing a unique collection of locally made gifts including hampers, chocolate, gin, jewellery, beauty and homewares. Christmas trees and festive wreaths will also be on sale. ramsterevents.com

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MARKET: Walton-on-Thames Market
■ New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 5 Dec

A bustling market that attracts traders from all over Surrey – you’ll find tasty street food along with seasonal fruit and veg and locally-sourced food from pies to speciality cheeses. There are also gifts and crafts. It’s on from 9.30am-2pm. surreymarkets.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS: Ice Skating
■ Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink ■ Sat 5 Dec – 17 Jan 2021

‘Skate back in time’ they say and you’ve a seriously stunning backdrop for your triple salchow at Henry VIII’s old gaff in Surrey, floodlit with colours for the evening. Skating sessions are 45 minutes, and booking is recommended. The cafe serves up pies, rum punches and fizz. Make a day of it and tour the palace while you’re there. hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

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WINE TASTING: Albury Wine and Cheese Tasting
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Sun 6 & Sun 20 Dec

A wine and cheese experience that starts with a tasting of Albury Estate sparkling wines, followed by a glass of your choice accompanied by a selection of English cheese. The tasting room has lovely views out over the vineyard – or you may choose to rug up warm and sit outside. £5 of your ticket price is redeemable against sparkling wine bottle purchases on the day. alburyvineyard.com

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CHRISTMAS MARKET: Christmas Market
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sun 6 Dec

A socially distanced Christmas market curated by Surrey event organisers Dapper and Suave. You’ll find a curated mix of art, beauty, jewellery, accessories and food perfect for gifting. The event is raising money for Cherry Trees charity in East Clandon. Entry is free, but timed entry tickets must be booked in advance. dorkinghalls.co.uk

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Christmas at Kew. Photo credit: Jeff eden

ANTIQUES FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Market
■ Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames ■ Tues 8 Dec

The brilliant antiques market at Kempton Park is back on again, with all outside stalls. In addition to the huge range of collectables (vintage books, kitchenwares, etc), this is a good place to pick up unusual furniture, rustic lighting, original paintings and quirky accessories. There’s also plenty of industrial and garden architectural salvage. Admission and parking are both free and it’s best to get there early. It starts at 6.30am and the good stuff goes quick. sunburyantiques.com/kempton

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WINE TASTING: Off the Beaten Track with Novel Wines
■ Online via Zoom with Red, White and Rose ■ Thurs 10 Dec

Surrey wine educator Heather Dougherty is joined by Love Wine Festival Laura Clay and Richard Bampfield, and Ben and Georgi from Novel Wines for this tasting session – which will help you uncover six eclectic wines. Tickets are £30 per household and include six 100ml tasting bottles, or £10 per household with the option of buying six full sized bottles at at 15% discount. redwhiteandrose.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS MARKET: Christmas Market by Dapper and Suave
■ Gate Street Barn, Bramley ■ Wed 9 Dec

A Christmas market featuring local, friendly, creative businesses specially chosen to offer a great selection of jewellery, ceramics, artwork, beauty, candles, fashion, chocolate and wreaths. It’s curated by Surrey event organisers Dapper and Suave. It’s on from 10am-4pm, entry is free, but tickets must be booked in advance. dapperandsuave.uk

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THEATRE: West End Comes to Leatherhead
■ Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead ■ Fri 11 – Mon 14 Dec

West End star Natasha Mould has gathered up her West End buddies to bring this all-singing, all-dancing show to Surrey – telling the story of how the 2020 Covid pandemic has affected theatres and the performing arts. You’ll see stars from West End shows including Grease, Hairspray, Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, CATS, West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Evita, Mary Poppins and We Will Rock You, among others. All tickets are £25. theleatherheadtheatre.com

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CHRISTMAS: The Snow Queen
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 11 Dec – Thurs 24 Dec

Yvonne Arnaud’s traditional panto won’t be happening this year, but they’ll still be bringing Christmas cheer with a magical adaptation of Hans Christian-Anderson’s timeless fairy tale. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS: Christmas Fair
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 11 – Sat 12 Dec

The Christmas Fair is an annual two-day event held at
Farnham Maltings, dedicated to all your Christmas shopping needs, from
jewellery, ceramics, accessories, textiles, stocking fillers, decorations, and
not forgetting seasonal food and beverages! All from independent makers and small businesses, this year there will be 75 different stalls on each day. farnhammaltings.com

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Under the Frozen Moon
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 12 Dec

A heartwarming tale about a young girl who sets out on a quest to confront the dragon under the ice who has hoarded all of the fires and lights for himself. With lively poetry, transforming sets, atmospheric live music and exciting puppetry.  It’s recommended for Ages 3+. Shows at 12noon and 2.30pm. cranleighartscentre.org

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CHRISTMAS THEATRE: Beauty and the Beast
■ The Borough Hall, Godalming ■ Sat 12 – Sat 26 Dec

With a cast packed with West End stars, including Philip Day as Dame Dominique Derrière, a traditional panto tale of Beauty and the Beast comes to Godalming. It’s produced by the team from The Guilford Fringe Company. Expect song, dance, colourful costumes and lots of fun and laughs for the whole family. godalmingpanto.com

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MARKET: Staines-upon-Thames Farmers’ Market
■ High Street, Staines ■ Sun 13 Dec

You can’t beat fresh local produce and homemade delights – and this is the place to find them. The Farmers’ Market is on in Staines High Street, and you’ll also find seasonal delicacies and tasty street foods. Parking shouldn’t be a problem – there is plenty of around Staines-upon-Thames (the closest car parks to the High Street are Elmsleigh Road or Two Rivers). It’s on from 10am-3pm. surreymarkets.co.uk

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SUPPER CLUB: Biriyani and Bubbles
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Sun 13 Dec

A relaxed Sunday lunch at the vineyard, with food by Mandira’s Kitchen. Enjoy a three-course menu of crisp samosas, fresh biriyani and Bombay ice-cream served by Mandira’s team. A glass of Albury Estate Classic Cuvée is included. alburyvineyard.com

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CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ramster Pop-up Christmas Market
■ Ramster Hall, Chiddingfold ■ Sat 12 – Sun 13 Dec

A special market showcasing a unique collection of locally made gifts including hampers, chocolate, gin, jewellery, beauty and homewares. Christmas trees and festive wreaths will also be on sale. ramsterevents.com

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MARKET: Staines-upon-Thames Farmers’ Market
■ High Street, Staines ■ Sun 13 Dec

You can’t beat fresh local produce and homemade delights – and this is the place to find them. The Farmers’ Market is on in Staines High Street, and you’ll also find seasonal delicacies and tasty street foods. Parking shouldn’t be a problem – there is plenty of around Staines-upon-Thames (the closest car parks to the High Street are Elmsleigh Road or Two Rivers). It’s on from 10am-3pm. surreymarkets.co.uk

Kit and McConnel come to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on Tues 15 Dec

THEATRE: Kit and McConnel
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 15 Dec

Cabaret veterans Kit & McConnel – aka Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel – bring their latest offering of up-to-the-minute topical songs and nonsense to Guildford. Expect a show heavily laden with their 2020 take on subjects ranging from Macron to mackerel, Putin to Pampers. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS THEATRE: Myra DuBois Saves Christmas
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Thurs 17 Dec
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sat 19 Dec

The siren of South Yorkshire promises a tinsel strewn, socially distanced, Co-ho-ho-vid safe seasonal spectacular that yule not forget in a hurry. With festive cheer served up via song and chat in Myra’s trademark acerbic manner. camberleytheatre.co.uk rosetheatre.org

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CHRISTMAS THEATRE: A Christmas Carol
■ Live-streamed via Zoom ■ Thurs 17 – Sun 27 Dec

Dickens, but not as you know it! This adaptation of Dickens’ traditional Christmas tale comes to you via Zoom starring Surrey’s own Brian Blessed alongside Penelope Keith as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, with Jim Findley as the legendary grouch Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s a co-production from Guildford Shakespeare Company and Jermyn Street Theatre. guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

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THEATRE: Dillie Keane – Love and Other Bad Ideas
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 17 Dec

After some gardening leave during which she has become and eco-blogger, Dillie Keane is back on stage, giving her take on life and love. It’s cheerfully sour, and gently savage – but the beautiful music softens the effect. She’s accompanied by Michael Roulston,

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WINE TASTING: Lidl Christmas Wine Tour
■ Online via Zoom ■ Fri 18 Dec

Discover the best Lidl wines from the comfort of your sofa with lead taster for Lidl Wines UK and Love Wine Festival’s Richard Bampfield. He’ll be joined by Surrey wine educator Heather Dougherty and Love Wine’s Laura Clay. Tickets are £10 per household. You’ll then be given a list of wines to purchase from Lidl for the evening tasting. redwhiteandrose.co.uk

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MARKET: Camberley Farmers’ and Artisan Market
■ Park Street, Camberley ■ Sat 19 Dec

A vibrant artisan market offering up local produce and artisan goods, and handmade gifts. The market is on from 10am to 3pm and is free to attend. surreymarkets.co.uk

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COMEDY: Family Stand-up Comedy
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 19 Dec

Family friendly stand-up comedy hosted by Helen Duff – known for being super silly, super smart and super funny. Also featuring comedians Howard Read and El Baldhiniho. Suitable for age 6 and above. farnhammaltings.com

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CHRISTMAS THEATRE: A Camberley Christmas Wish
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 19 – Mon 21 Dec

Featuring well known and classic Christmas songs and carols, and starring some of the theatre’s favourite pantomime performers, A Camberley Christmas Wish is a celebration of the most magical time of year full of singing, dancing and a sprinkle of snow!  camberleytheatre.co.uk

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COMDEY: Funny Gals
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sun 20 Dec

Vikki Stone and Natasha Barnes explore the comic music written for women in musicals. From Ethel Merman, to Avenue Q, via Sondheim and Streisand, Vikki and Natasha will share with you the music that they love, ensured to make you laugh. rosetheatre.org

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CHRISTMAS THEATRE: Cinderella – Live Pop-up Panto
■  Odeon Cinema, Wimbledon ■ Tues 29 Dec – Sat 2 Jan

Starring Michelle Heaton as the Fairy Godmother, this one-act show has everything you’d expect from a traditional panto – vibrant costumes, energetic singing, dancing and comedy – alongside cutting-edge scenes. It’ll be streamed live to the Odeon Cinema. odeon.co.uk

ONGOING EVENTS

EXHIBITION: Art in Nature
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham and online ■ now until 9 Jan 2021

Bee Friendly by Helen Taylor

Artists have always been inspired by nature, the patters of flowers and plants and the colours of four seasons , and this exhibition brings together a group of artists and makers who share the love of nature. newashgate.org.uk

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EXHIBITION: We Think The World of You – People and Dogs Drawn Together by David Remfry
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 3 Jan 2021

David Remfry has long been fascinated by the relationships that develop between dogs and their owners. The series started 15 years ago in New York when Remfry, a resident of the infamous Chelsea Hotel, began to explore the relationships between friends and their dogs through evocative pencil and watercolour portraits. Among the sitters are well-known faces including Alan Cumming, Susan Sarandon and Ethan Hawke. thelightbox.org.uk

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WELLBEING: Teen Pilates
■ Surrey Hills Physiotherapy, Health & Wellbeing, The Barn, Denbies, Dorking ■ Thursdays, 4.15pm

A brand new 45 minute Pilates class to help teens better connect with their minds and bodies through fun and flowing movement sequences and clear instruction. Suitable for teens 12-18 years. surreyhillsphysiotherapy.co.uk

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EXHIBITION: Raphael – Prince Albert’s Passion
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 31 Jan 2021

The only gallery in the UK to mount an exhibition about Raphael in 2020 – the year which marks the 500th anniversary of his death – this exhibition relays the fascinating story of Prince Albert’s passion for Raphael and his creation of the Raphael Collection at Windsor Castle. thelightbox.org.uk

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FOOD & WINE: A Taste of Denbies: Wine Tasting & Gallery Restaurant Dinner
■ Denbies Wines Estate, Dorking ■ Saturdays throughout Dec

Enjoy a wine tasting of Denbies premium award-winning wine range served with a selection of canapés in the Denbies Cellar, hosted by Denbies WSET wine expert for an hour, then head to the Gallery Restaurant for a three-course dinner. Cost is £59 per person. denbies.co.uk

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EXHIBITION: Sculpture at Wisley 2020
■ RHS Wisley, near Woking ■ until 31 May 2021

An unmissable exhibition of larger-than-life sculptures – The Four Seasons by contemporary American sculptor and filmmaker Philip Haas. Standing proud at nearly 5m tall, the figures are 3-D interpretations of paintings by 16th-century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The exquisitely detailed pieces imagine Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in human form, rendered with exuberant arrangements of seasonal fruit, vegetables, flowers and crops. rhs.org.uk

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