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12 things to do in Surrey this week

Got plans for this week yet? There's plenty going on - from top-draw theatre to vintage fairs. Here's our top 12 to tempt you.

Maggie and Ted, Written by Michael McManus
Martin Jarvis OBE reprises his role as Sir Edward Heath in MAGGIE & TED  together with Clare Bloomer as Maggie.

THEATRE: Maggie and Ted
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 12 – Sat 16 Oct

Written by Michael McManus, a former aide to Edward Heath, this production takes us on a rollicking ride through the politician’s clashes with Mrs Thatcher, shining an intense and funny light on Maggie and Ted and the Birth of Brexit. It’s helped along by a support cast of characters including Sir Winston Churchill, Harold Wilson, Tony Benn… and even Boris!

EVENT: Taste of Autumn
■ RHS Garden Wisley, Woking ■ Wed 13 – Sun 17 Oct
Autumn is here and bringing with it a whole host of seasonal produce. Enjoy live cookery demonstrations at Wisley’s kitchen theatre inside RHS Hilltop, and browse seasonal produce and tasty treats from over 30 food stands.

BOOK FESTIVAL: Alison Weir – Six Tudor Queens – Katharine Parr: The Sixth Wife
■ The Guildhall, Guildford ■ Thu 14 Oct
The bestselling historian Alison Weir recounts the story of Henry VIII’s last wife – Katharine Parr, the queen who survived him, in the sixth of her series of acclaimed novels about the six wives.

KIDS EVENT: Autumn Treasure Hunt with Percy the Park Keeper
■ Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick ■ From Thu 14 Oct
Join Percy for a live theatrical treasure hunt as you help him get his animal friends ready for winter. Bring your wellies and prepare to solve the clues! Extra activities like pumpkin painting can also be added on.

COMEDY: Mock Tudor Comedy Club
■ Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames ■ Fri 15 Oct
Prepare to get a case of the giggles when you sit down with comedians Jeff Innocent, Roger Monkhouse and Jack Gleadow for a night of good old fashioned adult humour!

Part of the Japan After Hours Festival at Kew Gardens in Richmond. I hope… (2021) by Chiharu Shiota. © Chiharu Shiota; photo by Roman März

EXHIBITION: Japan After Hours
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Fri 15 and Sat 16 Oct
From dance theatre and live music performances to traditional flower arranging and sake sipping, these dedicated evenings to the beauty of Japan has something for everyone intrigued by the wonders of the country.

KIDS THEATRE: The Tiger Who Came To Tea
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Fri 15 – Sun 17 Oct
Based on the book by Judith Kerr, this on-stage adaption follows the story of a very thirsty tiger. This family show is filled with giggles and sing-a-longs galore, perfect for the kiddos!

MARKET: Camberley Farmers’ and Artisan Market
■ Park Street, Camberley ■ Sat 16 Oct

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.

FESTIVAL: Festival of Crafts 2021
■ Farnham Maltings, Farnham ■ Sat 16 – Sun 17 Oct
Now in its 25th year , this annual two-day festival celebrates all things handmade, perfect to get kickstart that Christmas shopping! Stalls include homewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, accessories, furniture, lighting, textiles and print.

FAIR: Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fair
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sun 17 Oct
One of the longest established and popular one-day events in the south-east, with up to 120 stands, this fair is a must for those who love unique and unusual artefacts. Expect to see decorative arts for the home from pictures, mirrors, lighting and furniture to glass, silver, ceramic and jewellery. It’s on from 10.30am-4pm.

EVENT: Jump Sunday 2021
■ Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames ■ Sun 17 Oct
It’s the start of the 2021/22 Jump season so don your finest attire and head to Kempton Park for a day of jump racing!

EXHIBITION: ‘Uncommon Power’ – Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ until 20 Feb 2022
Watts Gallery spotlights the work of two creative women who grew up at the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite world. This exhibition explores the life, art and feminist legacies of these two significant artists.

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