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Surrey’s best bits: The June What’s on guide

Summer has started, our freedoms are returning, and with this lot on offer there are no excuses for sitting on the sofa. Diaries at the ready and read on...

Tom Brace
Tom Brace brings his magic show to Camberley Theatre.

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.


MAGIC: Tom Brace – Eat, Sleep, Amaze, Repeat
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Thurs 3 June

Tom Brace brings his brand new socially-distanced magic show to Camberley. This one is suitable for the whole family – and it’ll give you and insight into what a magician does to pass the time when facing a national lockdown.


THEATRE: The Hound of the Baskervilles
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Thurs 3 – Sat 12 June

This new comedy by Sara Crowe is directed by YAT’s Joanna Read and designed by Neil Irish. Sara Crowe and Stefan Bednarczyk star. A story for thriller lovers, ghost hunters and dog lovers, let us make haste to the moor!


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

Gag House Comedy returns! The June line up for this professional comedy club includes Danny Buckler, Ivo Graham and Jake Lambert. There are shows at 7.30pm and 9.15pm with no interval.


KIDS’ THEATRE: Treasure Island
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Fri 4 – Sun 6 June

Ahoy there shipmates! Head to the Harlequin Theatre for a swashbuckling summer panto adventure with Captain Jolly Silly Billy Bones and his crew as they set sail to the Isle of Redhill to find the buried treasure which lies beneath the depths of the Ancient Caves.


EXHIBITION: Emma Dunbar – Locked Down with Flowers
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends 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.


MUSIC: Women in Rock
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■  Sat 5 June

This all-girl group belt out the anthems of some of the most loved female rock artists – Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Suzi Quatro, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Tyler to name just some. It’s a high-energy show, with great costumes and choreography. And it’s certain to leave you on a high – just what we need right now.


MARKET: Chiswick Flower Market
■ Old Market Place, Chiswick ■ Sun 6 June

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.


ART EXHIBITION: Surrey Hills Artists Exhibition
■ The Art Gallery, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ ends Sun 6 June

This Spring Exhibition of paintings features over 100 artworks from this group of local artists. Showing their work this time in varied media are artists Janet Abbott, Janet Billham, Gillian Hein, Celia di Massimo, Audrey Mitchell, Pamela Shingler and Ann Stringer.


THEATRE: Horrible Histories – Live on Stage
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ ends Sun 6 June

Experience the world of the Terrible Tudors live on stage in the palace’s East Front Gardens. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives, as well as his punch up with the Pope, and discover if you’ve got what it takes to survive the Spanish Armada as they prepare to launch their attack. There are performances at 12noon at 3pm each day.


ART EXHIBITION: Nagihan Seymour: The Four Elements
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 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.


The Snail and the Whale
Catch The Snail and the Whale is at Dorking Theatre this month.

ART EXHIBITION: Surrey Contemporaries Art Exhibition
■ The Art Gallery, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Mon 7 – Sun 13 June

This exhibition features the work of Surrey art group – Surrey Contemporaries. Using mainly acrylics and oils, often including paint mediums and collage, their work covers a diverse range of subjects; from landscapes to life, animals to abstract or still life to seascapes. The exhibition will include paintings, prints and cards, all for sale.


ANTIQUES FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Market
■ Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames ■ Tues 8 and Tues 29 June

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.


KIDS’ THEATRE: The Snail and the Whale
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Wed 9 & Thurs 10 June

Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book. There are two showing each day.


COMEDY: Off the Kerb – Stand-up Comedy Club
■ Farnham Maltings, Farnham ■ Thur 10 June

This stand-up comedy night, from Off the Kerb productions, takes place outside. And while the line-up has yet to be confirmed if their past shows are anything to go by, it promises to be lots of laughs.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Chloé Piano Trio
■ Online from Cranleigh Arts Centre ■  Fri 11 June

This online event by this talented trio of classical performers – Maria Gîlicel on violin, Jobine Siekman on cello and George Todica on piano – is available from 7.30pm and then for another seven days. Which means you can savour the sounds all over again.


FESTIVAL: Thread Festival
■ Farnham Maltings, Farnham ■ Sat 12 & Sun 13 June

For fans of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee and creatives alike, the annual thread festival will help perfect your skills in macramé, patchwork and stitch work. And it’ll also give you the chance to top up your supplies.


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

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.


MARKET: Dorking Summer Market
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sun 13 June

Curated by Dapper & Suave, with a record number of 42 exhibitors.Visitors can expect to find artwork, beauty and candles, ceramics, and jewellery as well as fashion, food and drink and gifts for the home – all handmade and high quality.


Flo and Joan
Flo and Joan bring their comedy show to Camberley Theatre.

THEATRE: A Splinter of Ice
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Tues 15 – Sat 19 June

It’s Moscow 1987, as the cold war begins to thaw and Britain’s greatest living novelist Graham Greene meets with his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby, Britain’s greatest spy… and traitor. Ben Brown’s new political drama explores an unlikely friendship. Stars Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer.


ONLINE THEATRE: The Three Musketeers
■ Online via Epsom Playhouse ■  Tues 15 – Sat 20 June

The classic tale of The Three Musketeers is brought to you by the inconceivable, unimaginable and fantastical FoolHardy Theatre. Audio and animation are brought together in this swashbuckling adventure. Expect sword fights, deception and a right royal romance as we take you back to the regal splendour of 17th century France in this exciting, madcap comedy. Robert Lindsay stars.


MUSIC: Painshill Summer Lates
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Wed 16 June – Thurs 22 July (every Wed & Thurs evening)

Take in the spectacular views, listen to live music and explore the follies whilst the sun sets. Discover the magic of our Crystal Grotto in the evenings and admire the effect of the evening sun on crystals and pools of water. Dates are selling out fast for these events, but there are still some tickets available.


FESTIVAL: The Alfresco Theatre
■ Stoke Park, Guildford ■ Thurs 17 – Sun 20 June

This alfresco festival serves up great food, comedy, music, theatre and film all from the comfort of a deck chair in Stoke Park. The line up includes open-air screenings of The Beach, Top Gun and Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as The Gruffalo, and Bjorn Again live on stage, plus comedians Mark Watson, Jason Mandford and Zoe Lyons. Food is by Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Jason Atherton, Paul Ainsworth and Atul Kochhar.


COMEDY: Bring Your Own Baby Comedy Club
■ Farnham Maltings, Farnham ■ Fri 18 June

The perfect night out for parents with new babes – and one that’ll leave you crying with laughter. Or possibly just with sheer joy that you’re able to go out-out! The show features top comedy stars from the comedy circuit and TV – but the small people in your life are welcome to come along. There’s soft flooring, buggy parking and baby changing, so that your baby is happy and you can relax.


COMEDY: Flo and Joan
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Sat 19 June

Music and comedy packed in one side-splitting show, Flo and Joan are the queens of observational comedy presented through the medium of song. From songs about drinking far too much to the pitfalls of dating, with their deadpan delivery and cracking lyrics, you’ll be creasing it up in Camberley.


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

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.


COMEDY: Mock Tudor Comedy in the Car Park starring Milton Jones
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 19 June

Milton is back!  Headlining in our garden, well, car park, with two shows at 6pm and 8.15pm. He will be accompanied by comedians Garrett Millerick and Tom Deacon (MC). There is socially distanced setting, and outdoor seating.


MUSIC: Jacob & Drinkwater
■ Waterside Garden, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Sun 20 June

Devon-based folk duo Jacob and Drinkwater bring their dynamic and emotionally charged live show to Guildford – with Jacob on vocals and Drinkwater on the double bass. Booking essential.


FOOD: Biryani and Bubbles
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Sun 20 June

A lovely treat for dad this Father’s Day in a lovely setting – a three-course menu of crisp samosas, fresh biriyani and Bombay ice-cream served by the team at Mandira’s Kitchen, all washed down with a glass of the Albury Estate Classic Cuvée. Cost is £39.95 per adult and £10.50 for children.


‘Blindness’ is a sound installation adapted from José Saramago’s novel of the same name. It comes from the Donmar Warehouse to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford this month. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

THEATRE: Blindness
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Mon 21 – Sat 26 June

Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness is adapted in as a sound installation in this production from the Donmar Warehouse. Juliet Stevenson voices the Storyteller/Doctor’s wife in this gripping story of the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic. The socially distanced sound installation runs for times a day.


■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Mon 21 June

Part of Painhill’s Summer Series in the Walled Garden, the Festival Players International bring Shakespeare’s most popular history play, Henry V. The story follows the charismatic King Henry V in this stirring tale of leadership, bravery, humour, and love. Doors open at 6pm, and the performance starts at 7pm. Adults £20, children £14.


ART EXHIBITION: Victoria Place Art Project – Open House
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends 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.


EXHIBITION: Quantum Summer Exhibition
■ West Horsley Place, West Horsley ■ Wed 23 – Sun 27 June

An exhibition of 80 works by 20 exciting and contemporary artists curated by the Quantum Contemporary Art Gallery in Battersea. The exhibition space is light an airy, so plenty of room for social distancing.


MUSIC: Cara Dillion
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Thurs 24 June

One of the most celebrated folk singers to come out of Ireland. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album “Wanderer”, a collection of beautiful songs recorded with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman.


MUSIC: Opera in the Vineyard
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Thurs 24 and Fri 25 June

Soprano Emily Rose Wenman is joined by baritone David Jones and Marina de Lucas on piano for an evening of wine and classical music with the backdrop of the rolling Surrey Hills. Sundays have never been so fancy! The performance starts at 6.30pm, tickets are £35. Picnic boxes can be ordered in advance (£30 for two) or you are welcome to bring your own picnic. Wine can be purchased at the bar.


OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Further Adventures of Doctor Dolittle
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Fri 25 June

A brand-new musical adaptation of the Doctor’s further adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig and Polynesia the Parrot. The show features a fully orchestrated score, amazing puppets and snazzy songs that our audiences can sing along to. Perfect for anyone aged 5 years and up. Doors open at 5.30pm, and the performance starts at 6.30pm. Adults £16, children £12.


COMEDY: Guildford Gag House Comedy
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 26 June

Get your laughs at this monthly professional comedy club. The June line up includes funny people Christian Reilly, Cally Beaton, Jarlath Regan and Josh Jones.


MARKET: Cobham Market
■ Hollyhedge Road, Cobham ■ Sat 26 June

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.


OUDOOR THEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 26 & Sun 27 June (and Sat 3 & Sun 4 July)

This fun production is set in the Regency period (think Jane Austen) – although these fairies are far, far more ancient and very much part of the land itself. Remember to bring a chair, a blanket and get comfortable before showtime.


COMEDY: Live at the Rose with Ed Gamble
■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sun 27 June

Live comedy at the Rose Theatre featuring a line up of Ed Gamble and Flo and Joan, with host Travis Jay. It’s for an audience aged 14 and up, but if you’re a bit sensitive to sweary words and adult content, you might want to give it a miss!


Dane Baptiste performs at the opening of the Guildford Fringe Festival in July 2.

■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 28 – Wed 30 June

This award-winning production is a new story about the 20th Century African American experience. It follows two women’s fight for civil rights – one is notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin.  It’s set against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live. Powerful.


COMEDY: James Phelan – Troublemaker
■ Epsom Playhouse, Epsom ■ Wed 30 June

If you love magic and pranks then you’re going wet your knickers when you hear James Phelan is performing in Epsom. He’s the nephew of the late Paul Daniels, has become an internet sensation and gained 200,000 social media followers in the last 12 months. His unique magical prank show is both jaw-dropping and laugh out loud funny. Oh and Simon Cowell’s been raving about him. Do you need any more reasons to go?


COMEDY: Gag House Comedy Superstars
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guilford ■ Fri 2 July

Opening the Guildford Fringe Festival, this is a packed evening of comedy featuring Rich Hall, who’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The line up also includes Dane Baptiste, Stephen Bailey and Ria Lina.


ART EXHIBITION: Anita Klein – Together
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends Sun 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.


■ The Square shopping centre, Camberley ■ ends 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.


TOURS: Albury Vineyard Tours and Tastings
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Saturdays until 28 Aug

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.


EXHIBITION: Sculpture at Wisley 2020
■ RHS Wisley, near Woking ■ ends 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.



SUPPER CLUB: Monthly Dinner Club

The news is good for fans of the monthly fine dining supper club at The White Horse in Hascombe, which returns on Thurs 3 June. The bad news, tickets sell fast so you’ll have to be speedy if you want to go along to one of these fab evenings. June sold out in hours, but if you’re lucky you might get tickets for the events on the first Thurs in July or August. Head chef Valentino Gentile creates a gorgeous 5-course menu, and a wine flight is available too. Book here.


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.


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

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 but there is still availability in July and August


WINE TASTING: Friday Fizz Tasting
■ Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury ■ Fri 6 Aug

This event at Albury Organic Vineyard 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. The June and July events sold out in super quick time – so be quick if you want a place at the August event.


EVENT: Run Reigate
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 19 Sept

The running event returns with a half marathon, 10k, 5km and kids’ race. It’s a family friendly event, with staggered starts that takes you through the Surrey countryside on roads closed off to cars. Tickets are on sale now, and close on 30 June.

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