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What’s on in Surrey throughout May

The stage is set. There are actual, real-life, in-person things to do in Sussex this month and we've got the lowdown on the best of them.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Head back to the Eighties at Sandown Park when the Rooftop Film Club Drive-screens Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

FILM: Rooftop Film Club Drive-in Cinema
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ now until Mon 31 May

Fancy a night at the drive-in? Head to Sandown Park in Esher where a variety of films are being beamed onto a 40ft screen. Sound is via a personal digital speaker, which you’ll be given when you enter. There’s a wide choice of films from Monsters Inc and The Greatest Showman to Max Max: Fury Road to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


ART EXHIBITION: Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition
■ Ramster Gardens, Chiddinfold ■ now until Thur 20 May

This sculpture trail will offer visitors to these beautiful garden a chance to see a collection of original pieces of sculpture by professional and emerging artists in a magical woodland setting. The sculptures will be staged within the 20-acre garden, adding further drama to the breath-taking show of over 300 rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias which burst into colour throughout spring. Entry cost is £8 for adults.


MARKET: Walton-on-Thames Market
■ New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 1 May

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.


ART EXHIBITION: Anita Klein – Together
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Sat 1 May – 4 July

Renowned painter-printmaker Anita Klein is known for her confident use of line, dazzling colour palette and poignant subject matter, exploring the humour and beauty of everyday life. Showcasing more than 90 works, Together reflects on Klein’s experience of the last year, which she says has ‘thrown into sharp focus the closeness to family and friends that we all treasure and previously took for granted’. Entry is free, all works are for sale.


TOURS: Albury Vineyard Tours and Tastings
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Sat 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 May

This popular vineyard tour and tasting experience starts with an introduction to the English wine scene, followed by a guided walk though the vineyard overlooking the beautiful Surrey Hills, and ends in the tasting tent where you will be guided through a tasting of the wines.


MARKET: Dorking Artisan Market
■ St Martin’s Walk car park, Dorking ■ Sun 2 May

Looking for unique gifts or treats for self and home? Check out the eclectic mix of junktiques, arts and crafts, artisan food and drinks and vintage brocante at the Dorking Artisan Market. Stall holders have been carefully chosen to complement the town’s fab independent shops, cafes and businesses. It’s on from 11am-4pm, parking is free.


DAY OUT: Gatton Park Open Day
■ Gatton Park, Reigate ■ Sun 2 May

Explore the grounds and Edwardian gardens at Gatton Park, the beautiful historic parkland designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. You must book a slot for your arrival time between 12 noon and 5pm. Entrty is £5.


MARKET: Chiswick Flower Market
■ Old Market Place, Chiswick ■ Sun 2 May

After launching late last year to huge great success, the Chiswick Flower Market returns. You’ll find  traders selling cut flowers, bedding plants, bulbs for spring planting, houseplants, dried flowers, bouquets and arrangements. It’s on from 9.30am-3pm.


MARKET: Staines-upon-Thames Farmers’ Market
■ High Street, Staines ■ Sun 9 May

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.


Anita Klein, Tea for Three, Watts Gallery, Surrey
Tea for Three by Anita Klein is part of the ‘Together’ exhibition showing at Watts Gallery in Compton this month.

ANTIQUES FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Market
■ Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames ■ Tues 11 and Tues 25 May

The brilliant antiques market at Kempton Park is back on again, with mostly 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.


EXHIBITION: Earth and Light
■ Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton ■ Wed 12 – Sun 23 May

An exhibition of ceramics by local artist Julie Peel who works from her studio in Walton producing small batch ceramics which are decorated with her own glazes.


CHILDREN: Trails and Tales: Duck in the Truck
■ Gatton Park, Reigate ■ Fri 14 May

Discover the pages of the story of Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough, then explore a trail around the garden. There’s a craft kit to complete during your visit or to take home. It’s ideal for children aged 2 – 4 years. Cost is £6.50 per child.


MARKET: Camberley Farmers’ and Artisan Market
■ Park Street, Camberley ■ Sat 15 May

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.

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet

EXHIBITION: Art & Action: Making Change in Victorian Britain
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ Mon 17 – Sun 23 May

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.


EVENT CINEMA: Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Thurs 18 May

This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not too distant future in ‘The Verona Institute’. Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. It was filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas.


■ The Square shopping centre, Camberley ■ Thurs 18 May – Sat 31 July

This pop-up theatre for kids is a space for little people with BIG imaginations. You’ll find shows, activities, events, workshops and lots more to discover and do! It’s open from Tuesday-Saturday from 9.30am–4pm.


COMEDY: Ed Gamble
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Fri 21 May

Super posh and pretty darn funny, Ed Gamble has been a fixture on our TV screens for a few years now with guest appearances on Mock of the Week8 out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo. He stops off in Camberley on his latest Covid-safe stand-up tour.


■ Farnham Maltings, Farnham ■ Fri 21 – Sun 23 May

A three-day festival celebrating all things yarn from knitting and crochet to spinning and weaving. This year’s event will include online events as well as in-person events. Expect to find exhibitors selling yarn and accessories, a programme of free talks, activities and bookable workshops.


MARKET: Cobham Market
■ Hollyhedge Road, Cobham ■ Sat 22 May

A lovely market in the centre of this lovely town. You’ll find local produce aplenty as well as artisan goods, handmade gifts, crafts and plants. The market is on from 9.30am to 2pm and, happily, is free which leaves you more to spend on goodies.


THEATRE: 2020 The Musical
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Sat 22 – Sun 23 May
■ Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead ■ Fri 28 May

This all-singing all-dancing musical spectacular takes us through a journey of 2020 – following the story of four theatre artists who have re-trained and changed their careers to help within their community and to keep a roof over their head.,


FESTIVAL: Asparagus Weekend
■ Secretts, Milford ■ Sat 22 – Sun 23 May

A festival that’s all about asparagus! You can pick-your-own, enjoy food from the asparagus-themed menu and a range of craft beer and wines, and soak up the great spring festival vibes with live music from The Belle Adventure, a stomping country duo with a sprinkling of soul. It’s on from 11am-3pm each day, entry is £3 each, under 10s are free.


ART EXHIBITION: Victoria Place Art Project – Open House
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 22 May – Tues 22 June

This exhibition of works is by Woking-based amateur and professional artists who contributed to the Victoria Place Art Project: Open Call during lockdown 2020. Explore a selection of works from the competition, including the winners: Emmeline Stanley, Mana Komatsu, Annie Lewry, William Butler, Layona Bungay, Francoise Davies, Barbara Nati, Dawn Conn, Charlie Tolley, and John Sherringham.


FAIR: Dovehouse Fine Antique Fair
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sun 23 May

Calling all lovers of antiques and curios! This fair attracts a range of stalls from early Classical & named makers designers, the Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Arts and Crafts to the mid-century Scandinavian, the Asian & tribal arts. You’ll find glass, ceramic, silver, enamels and bronzes, fine art, maps, furniture, textiles, mirrors, rugs, lighting and jewellery. Tickets are £2.50, and booking your timed entry is recommended.


Frida Kahlo
Discover the real Frida Kahlo in the on-screen exhibition at Farnham Maltings.

DAY OUT: Ladies’ Day
■ Bisley Shooting Ground ■ Mon 24 May

If you want a bit more from your next girly get-together – we’ve got a day out that will certainly go off with a bang. Bisley Shooting Ground is hosting a ladies’ day – a relaxed and friendly day to experience the fun of sports clay shooting. The day includes breakfast, tuition with an instructor, all clays and cartridges and a two-course lunch.


■ Farnham Maltings, Farnham ■ Tues 25 May

Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was, discover the real Frida Kahlo.


ART EXHIBITION: Nagihan Seymour: The Four Elements
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 25 May – Sun 6 June

Artist Nagihan Seymour explores the classical elements (earth, water, air and fire) in her designs, believed to explain the nature and complexities of all matter. The exhibition includes paintings and ceramics incorporating natural pigments and precious metals.


■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Fri 28 May

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, star of Ab Fab the Movie and all around drag diva La Voix performs at Camberley Theatre. Expect amazing costumes, outrageous comedy and, of course, her huge voice. Faaaabulous darling!


ART EXHIBITION: Painshill Art Fair
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Fri 28 May – Sun 1 June

Charles Hamilton designed Painshill as a living work of art, which makes Painshill the ideal location for an art exhibition. With a preview on Fri evening, the exhibition is on from 10am-5pm on Sat and Sun on the ampitheatre lawn. Artwork is for sale. Entry to the art fair is free with admission, but you must book.


MUSIC: The Dark Side of Pink Floyd
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sat 29 May

This tribute act know how to put on a show. Expect passionate performances and a fantastic light show, and of course, plenty of Pink Floyd.


WORKSHOP: Spring photography workshop
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Sat 29 May

Want to perfect your photography? This one-day Spring Photography Workshop at Painshill is the answer. Ashley Gardner from Imber Court Photo Training will guide you through the landscape with your digital camera and help you capture the beautiful scenes at Painshill. It’s from 9.30am-4.30pm, cost is £65.


CHILDREN: Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Sat 29 May

A devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show. Most suited for kids aged 5 and above, although younger kids will love the songs.


MARKET: Sandown Antiques Home & Interiors Fair
■ Sandown Park, Esher ■ Sun 30 May

Heaven on earth if you’re a lover of antiques and vintage goodies, this market draws in sellers from across the UK and Europe. And the good news – this Sunday market gets underway at the more bearable hour of 10am – the midweek markets require you to be up with the larks if you want to bag yourself a bargain. It’s on from 10am-3pm. Parking and entry is free.


EXHIBITION: Emma Dunbar – Locked Down with Flowers
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ now until 4 June

Emma Dunbar paints in Hampshire and Cornwall and for this exhibition has drawn inspiration from daily life over the last twelve months. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art.



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

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.



COMEDY: Stand up comedy in the walled garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tuesdays throughout June and July

Painshill has teamed up with Crack Comedy to host a series of open air comedy nights in their Walled Garden throughout June and July. They’ve got some of the UK’s top comedy acts booked, including Milton Jones, Rich Hall, Nina Conti, Shappi Khorsandi, Kerry Godliman and Andy Parsons – but you’ll have to be quick to snap up tickets. The June dates are already fully booked.


WORKSHOP: Pilates and Yoga Retreat
■ Surrey Hills Physiotherapy, Health & Wellbeing, The Barn, Denbies, Dorking ■ Sun 4 July

Recharge with a Pilates and Yoga retreat day in the beautiful setting of Denbies Vineyard. It’s a day of of movement and awakening, where you will get to invigorate and strengthen as well as stretch and relax. And also enjoy lunch with a glass of Denbies wine at the new Denbies Hotel. The retreat day is from 10am-3.30pm, cost is £120.

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