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Things to do: September


FESTIVAL: Woking Food and Drink Festival
■ Woking Town Centre ■ Fri 30 Aug – Sun 1 Sep

Spread across the town, this free buzzing food and drink festival is a three-day bonanza of feasting, fun entertainment and interactive activities for all the family. There are also guest appearance from TV culinary stars including Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison and Masterchef: The Professionals winner Laurence Henry. Bon appetit!

KIDS EVENTS: Mrs Greville’s Donkey Derby
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sun 1 September, 11am – 5pm

Roll up, roll up! Enjoy a family fun day of donkey races, dog shows and fair games, all in support of the Leatherhead Lions. Who will be your winner?

THEATRE: The Mousetrap
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 2 – Sat 7 September

Love yourself a bit of mystery? Look no further than an evening at The Mousetrap, a live performance of Agatha Christie’s famous tale. A classic ‘whodunnit’ story, this show will keep you guessing until the very end.

THEATRE: The Exorcist
■ Theatre Royal, Windsor ■ Wed 4 – Sat 14 Sept

The Exorcist a cultural phenomenon that is about to come to life on stage and coming to Windsor after its West End run finished last year. Inspired by true events, this devilishly thrilling tale, directed by Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot), featuring the voice of Ian McKellen as the Demon. Would you like to play a game Regan?

FAIR: Craft Fair
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent ■ Thurs 5 – Sun 8 Sept

A new contemporary craft fair organised by Craft In Focus featuring over 120 exhibitors from the UK’s finest designer makers and contemporary artists, plus live music and the food stalls. 

THEATRE: What’s In A Name?
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thu 5 – Sat 14 September

Starring Inbetweeners actor Joe Thomas, this production follows the story of father-to-be Vincent and his pregnant partner Anna who attend a dinner party and shock the guests with the chosen name of their baby-to-be. Hilarious and light-hearted, grab your pals for a night at a theatre that is guaranteed to leave you smiling.

■ Capella Court, Purley ■ Thu 5 – Fri 6 Sept

This exhibition features 1,000 photographs of individuals that have been touched by mental health issues, one way or another. The art is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about those who face such issues and a chance to open up about your own experiences.

DRINKS: Haslemere Beer Festival
■ Haslemere Hall ■ Fri 6 – Sat 7 Sept 

With over 50 real ales, ciders and perries plus a gin bar, you’re spoilt for choice at the 2019 Haslemere Beer Festival. There will also be live music and food.

EAT & DRINK: Festival of Food and Wine
■ Ascot Racecourse ■ Fri 6 – Sat 7 Sep

Food glorious food… the diet will have to wait because Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine is back and it requires a Phyllis Fogg approach to eating – a culinary world tour washed down with artisan spirits, craft beers and fine wines. Plus kitchen demos from Raymond Blanc OBE, James Tanner and Master Patissier Eric Lanlard. Enjoy a full day of racing and stuff your face.

FOOD: Pub In The Park
■ Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick ■ Fri 6 – Sun 8 Sept 

Tom Kerridge’s popular gourmet scran meets live music fandango comes to Chiswick Gardens, with Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Texas and Gabrielle in tow (best dig out those combat trousers now).

FILM: Horsham International Film Festival
■ The Capitol, Horsham ■ Fri 6 – Thurs 12 Sept

A chance to see an eclectic mix of films from independent distributors, plus foreign language films and documentaries that might otherwise pass you by. Among titles from Sweden, France and Spain is the NT Live production of Fleabag. £6 per film (excluding NT Live and special events). Book three films and get the fourth free.

EXHIBITION: Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 7 September – Sun 12 January 2020

Explore a side of art that you may not have heard of with this collection of 40 paintings by early twentieth century artists S.J.Peploe, J.D.Fergusson, G.L.Hunter and F.C.B Cadell spanning from landscapes to female nudes.

EXHIBITION: Watts Ceramics 2019
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ Sat 7 September – Sun 20 October

Displayed in the former Compton Pottery Building – a thriving business for over 50 years and pioneered by Mary Watts – this show brings together work by a dozen contemporary ceramicists, featuring beautiful and functional pieces in stoneware, porcelain and terracotta.

OUTDOORS: Donkey Day Out
■ Rural Life Centre, Tilford ■ Sun 8 Sept

I have yet to find a single person who doesn’t love a donkey. These gorgeous creatures are part adorable, part comical and have long been helping out us humans. Find out all about the donkey’s rich cultural history (yes, they have one) through talks, demonstrations and a chance to stroke the gorgeous animals as well.

EXHIBITION: Polesden Voices Exhibition
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Mon 9 Sept – Thurs 14 Nov

Enjoy an insight into lives of people who lived and worked at Polesden over the last century. Step inside one of the parties that Mrs Greville held for the village children each summer, learn about estate manager Mr Hepburn and his prize-winning turkeys and even discover who found love at Polesden Lacey.

EVENT CINEMA: Margaret Atwood, Live in Cinemas
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tues 10 September, 7.30pm

To celebrate the new book launch for The Handmaid’s Tale author, enjoy a night of literary gold with an exclusive live cinema broadcast of an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.

EXHIBITION: William Blake
■ Tate Britain, London ■ Mon 11 Sept – 2 Feb 2020 

Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale.

EVENT CINEMA: NT Live – Fleabag
■ Various venues ■  Thurs 12 Sept and later dates 

Tickets for the West End run of Fleabag were hotter than Andrew Scott’s priest and sold out in minutes but you can still catch Phoebe Waller-Bridge doing her monologue of the dysfunctional 30-something beamed live from Soho Theatre on 12 Sept. Find your local screening on the link below but be quick, they’re selling out fast. Happily some cinemas are doing several encore screenings.

■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Fri 13 September

In support of gynaecological cancer awareness month, enjoy a day at the races with a champagne reception, three course meal with wine, afternoon tea and a live auction. All proceeds will go towards research into beating ovarian cancer.

MUSIC: An Evening with Bonnie Langford
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Fri 13 September, 7.30pm

Fresh from the Savoy Theatre’s production of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, Langford is heading to Richmond for one night only and an evening filled with songs and behind-the-scenes gossip from her glittering career in show business.

FILM: Bohemian Rhapsody
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey ■ Fri 13 Sept

A late summer treats pops up on 13 Sept at the racecourse with one of the last chances to catch Bohemain Rhapsody outdoors this year.

COMEDY: Andy Parsons: Work in Progress – Healing the Nation
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 13 September, 8pm

Join the Mock The Week panellist for a night of giggles as Parsons warms up for his new tour. Expect the unexpected and a rude joke or three!

FESTIVAL: Cranleigh Folk Festival – CANCELLED
■ Knowle Park, Cranleigh ■ Fri 13 – Sat 14 September

This brand new festival coming to Cranleigh is filled with entertainment that will keep the family happy all weekend. With two live music stages, a Village Tent performing arts and crafts hub, children’s entertainment, two bars and food heroes serving locally produced food and drink, as well as onsite camping, this festival will be a late summer highlight for music lovers.

MUSIC: 80s Mania
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 14 September

28 chart-topping artists from the 1980s are authentically recreated to look and sound as they did back in the day with a full live band, dancers, lasers and light design. We’re talking Kim Wilde, Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Boy George, Wham, Erasure, Soft Cell, the Human League, Dead or Alive, Nena, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Gary Numan, and Tony Hadley.

LONDON EXHIBITION: Sweet Harmony: Rave exhibition
■ Saatchi Gallery, West London ■ until 14 Sept 

Rave on! This new photo exhibition explores the new world that emerged from the acid house movement in the ’80s and ’90s and the beginnings of rave culture. Photographers Tom Hunter, Vinca Petersen and Dave Swindells will be on hand at the Saatchi Gallery to explain the stories behind their iconic shots.

FOOD: Surrey Hills Food Festival
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sat 14 – Sun 15 September

With over 50 local food and drinks producers, this festival celebrating all things consumption will leave you with a full tum and desperate to try more!

FESTIVAL: Countryside Food Festival
■ Priory Farm, Nutfield ■ Sat 14 Sept, 10am-5pm

An event to showcase local artisan food and drink from bakers and brewers to wine producers, distillers, cheese specialists and patisserie makers – as well as featuring street food. There will be talks and demonstrations, including a demon on vegan sushi making by private chef Laura Scott.

SHOPPING: Sandown Antiques, Homes and Interiors Fair
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Sun 15 Sept, 10-3pm

Think you could have a valuable heirloom lurking in the attic? Head to Sandown Antiques Home and Interiors Fair to get an evaluation and rummage through the vintage treasures. There are a vast array of stalls selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. Admission and parking are free.

COMEDY: John Bishop Live
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Tues 17 – Fri 20 September

Join everyone’s favourite Liverpudlian comic for a night of side-splitting laughter during his four-night stint at Camberley Theatre because who doesn’t love a giggle?

FOOD: Gin and Vine Experience
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Thurs 19 Sept, 10am – 4pm

Essential for all your gin lovers out there, spend a morning at the local ‘The Gin Kitchen’ producers of Gutsy Monkey for a hands-on distilling experience, learn about the craft of gin making and create your own botanicals. After lunch at the Gallery Restaurant, a Denbies Wine expert will host a wine tasting experience that includes a tour of the winery and vineyard.

MUSIC: Nashville Live
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 19 September

Experience the energy, glamour and magic of Nashville, the city this hit musical production is named after. Featuring hits from golden greats such as; Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, through to the contemporary platinum selling sounds of Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks and more.

THEATRE: The 39 Steps
■ Leatherhead Theatre ■ Thurs 19 – Sat 21 Sept

In this fast-paced, funny and adventurous romp, an energetic cast of 4 play around 250 different characters! The production, by the Hordern Ciani theatre company, is part of the theatre’s 50th birthday celebrations. Tickets are £20.

ART: Fresh:Art Fair
■ Ascot Racecourse ■ Fri 20 – Sun 22 September

An easy way to see loads of brilliant artists in one place. Browse the work of more than 600 UK and international artists, check out artists demonstrations and tune in to the expert talks. Muddy readers can claim a free ticket to this year’s Fresh:Art Fair – simply quote MUDDY at checkout.

HEALTH: Life Beyond your Bump – Introductory Mummy MOT session
■ BusyLizzy Caterham and Coulsdon, Essendene Road, Caterham ■ Fri 20 September

An empowering event about life beyond your bump – focusing on post-partum recovery, returning to exercise, ab separation, the importance of regaining your pelvic floor/deep core connection, optimising long term pelvic health delivered by women’s health specialist physiotherapist Clare Pacey from Re Physio.

FESTIVAL: Wey River Festival 2019
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Sat 21 September

The perfect end of summer event for all the family, head to the River Wey for a day of exploring craft, food and information stands before the big finale – the illuminated pageant with boats lighting up the river on their way from the town centre to Dapdune.

EVENT: Bookham Barn Dance
■ The Old Barn Hall, Bookham ■ Sat 21 September, 7.30pm – 11.30pm

Dust off your hat and boots, grab your cowgirls and cowboys and head to this Barn Dance for a night of toe tapping entertainment that will have the whole family practising their Cotton Eyed Joe moves!

EXHIBITION: Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
■ V&A Museum, London ■ from 21 Sept 

Curated in collaboration with the lauded avant garde Vogue portrait and fashion photographer, this will feature some of Walker’s seminal, fantastical images from his 25-year career, featuring major celebs including Kate Moss, Sir David Attenborough, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Björk and many more. You can also see 10 new photographic series created for the show, by Walker, influenced by the museum’s exhibits.

FESTIVAL: Haslemere Food Festival
■ Lion Green, Haslemere ■ Sat 21 Sept

A great day out celebrating the amazing range of local food and drinks available in the area. With live entertainment, tastings, cooking demonstrations and a special children’s zone, this free festival promises to be a lot of fun.

SPORT: Surrey Hills Festival of Sport
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sun 22 September

This brand new event aims to get everyone outdoors by enjoying nature and getting active. Take the chance to go walking and running, horse riding and cycling to orienteering and archery, woodland skills and climbing. There’s something for everyone!

THEATRE: The Entertainer
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 23 – Sat 28 September

This all-new production of John Osborne’s classic play follows the story of Archie Rice, an entertainer who struggles to balance his work with his children’s fight for and against the Falklands war. Played by Shane Ritchie, this is a riveting tale about family life in the hardest of times.

THEATRE: Our House The Madness Musical
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■  Tues 24 – Sat 28 Sept

Touring Madness musical Our House is bringing ’80s ska tunes to The Hawth this month. The plot concerns Joe who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a choice that will change his life forever. Pull on your baggy trousers and get along. Tickets are from £16.50.

THEATRE: Angela’s Ashes – The Musical
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Tues 24 Sept – Sat 5 Oct

Frank McCourt’s memoir is brought to life in this musical version of his best-selling book about his childhood in Limerick and beyond.

WORKSHOP: Six Week Pottery Course
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tues 24 September – Tues 29 October, weekly

Fancy yourself as a pottery thrower? Perhaps you like getting your hands dirty or are desperate to make your very own piece of pottery treasure? Sign up for this six-week course and you’ll be doing your best Ghost impression in no time!

KIDS’ THEATRE: Billionaire Boy
■ The Capitol, Horsham ■ Thurs 26 Sept – Sun 29 Sept 

Photo by Manuel Harlan

The team who brought Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie brilliantly to the stage are back with another Walliams classic – Billionaire Boy. 12-year-old Joe Spud may get £10,000 a week pocket money and have two pet crocodiles thanks to his dad’s special loo roll invention but he doesn’t have any friends and he sets out to try and change that with adventures along the way.

FESTIVAL: Emerge Festival
■ various London locations ■ Fri 27 – Sat 28 Sept 

Dubbed as ‘Night at the Museum meets Glastonbury’ this new arts festival, hosted in venues across London, features 30 ‘late’ events from music, performance, poets, DJs and cocktails. The aim of the game? To visit as many as you can – a ticket gets you a wristband that gives you entry to every single event on the night. See the full line up here.

KIDS: One Duck Down
■ G Live, Bellerby Studio Guildford ■ Sun 29 September

Children aged 3+ are going to love this eco-friendly, entertaining, award-winning show. An adventurous true tale of 7000 rubber ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm, by the wonderful FacePlant Theatre. David Attenborough would be proud!

FESTIVAL: Make Festival – The Arts & Crafts Home
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ Sat 28 – Sun 29 September, 11am – 4pm

Roll your sleeves up and prepare to get crafty with this weekend of talks and demonstrations from creatives like metal workers, stain glass window designers and willow basket weavers. Prepare to feel inspired to create something from your own home!

EVENT: Birds of Prey Weekend
■ RHS Garden Wisley, Woking ■ Sat 28 – Sun 29 September

Witness exciting birds of prey agility demonstrations and get to meet the birds up close. Watch them take flight at 11am and 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday and learn more about the wonderful winged creatures.

FAMILY EVENT: Community Apple Pressing Day
■ Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere ■ Sat 28 September, 10.30am – 4pm

Bring along your own apples or simply join the rangers in using our fantastic heritage press and scratter to make your own apple juice and cider. Cheers!

EXHIBITION: The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 20 October

This new exhibition showcases a diversity of styles and techniques in watercolour use, from traditional uses of the medium to more experimental and innovative paintings. The showcase will feature 90 paintings including work from artists including the Royal Institute’s president, Rosa Sepple.

ART: Chihuly Trail: Reflections on Nature
■ Kew Gardens, Kew ■ now until October 27

spiky blue Glass flower surrounded by trees kew chihuly festival

Run free my pretties but watch out for the delicate glass sculptures. Iconic artist Dale Chihuly’s stunning pieces are on display at Kew Gardens, but I fear it’s an accident waiting to happen. Kids smashing the place up, children skewered on a giant flower. A true test of your parenting skills… but an Insta winner.

EXHIBITIONS: Sculpture at Wisley 2019
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ ends 1 Dec

Lynn Chadwick Little Girl I, Little Girl II and Little Girl III, 1987 Photo: Jonty Wilde. Courtesy of the Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern

This major exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture features the work of Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Philip King, Henry Bruce, Tracey Emin and Philip Haas across the 240-acre garden at RHS Wisley.



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