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MON 12 - SUN 18 FEB

Marcel Ronay’s Art: Tranquillity and Stability after two World Wars
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 11 Mar

Marcel Ronay, Chiswick Urban Scene, © The Marcel Ronay Estate

Marcel Ronay was born 1910 in Budapest to a Jewish Romanian father and Catholic mother. His personal and artistic journey saw him emigrate through Hungary, Germany and Austria (during WW1) before finally settling in England in 1936 where his family set up residence. This exhibition will showcase works created in England in the 1940s and the 1950s. Marcel Ronay’s pastoral and bucolic images reflect his personal contentment in England, after meeting his wife and having a family. Visitors will be inspired by his colourful seascapes, riverscapes, urban scenes and forest landscapes displayed.



Exhibition: Out of the Dolls House – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage and Fashion
■ Farnham Maltings ■ until Sat 2 Jun

From corsets to bra-burning, fashion has been closely linked to women’s equality for well over 100 years. Discover- at the Farnham Museum- how fashions have changed during the last 100 years, as the role of women in society has been radically altered since first getting the vote in February 1918. Open every day from 10:00 – 17:00. Entry free.





Imagine Children’s Festival
■ Southbank Centre, London ■ until Sun 18 Feb

12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James.



Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 17 Feb

In a twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation by David Edgar of the classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In a secret experiment, the upright and respectable Dr Henry Jekyll splits his personality into two, releasing the fiendish and murderous Edward Hyde. As Hyde brings about mayhem, terror and death in foggy London, can Jekyll find a way to suppress his monstrous alter-ego, before it takes him over for good? Tickets: £15- £30. Tickets for under 26’: £8.



Mud & Machines
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ until Sun 18 Feb

It’s time to get down and dirty, take off your muddy stilettos and put on your sensible wellies! Over the half term, Wisley Gardens are giving your little ones lots of opportunities throughout the week to get their hands dirty. From a great British mud pie off, to mud arts and crafts and making a seed bomb. There will be storytelling for tales of magical mud and mysterious rocks and a photo opportunity with a high visibility jacket and safety hat with some giant machinery.


Half Term at Hampton Court
■ Hampton Court ■ until Sun 18 Feb

Recruitment call: young lords and ladies required to join the court of King Henry VIII’s children. Do you have what it takes to join Prince Edward and Lady Elizabeth? During half term, the palace will travel back in time to 1547, where King Henry V111’s reign is about to come to an end and the palace will once again be a place of fun and romance for his young family. Activities will include: meeting members of the court as they wait for news and share their own ideas of what happens ‘After Henry.’ There will also be a demonstration of the courtly art of dance and the opportunity to try out Tudor music, song and courtly skills.


Orchid Festival
■Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ until 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.


Strangers on a Train
 New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■  Mon 12-Sat 17 Feb
■ Richmond Theatre ■  Mon 19-Sat 24 Feb

The strangers on this train are a good-looking bunch. Corrie’s Christopher Harper, Emmerdale’s John Middleton and Call the Midwife’s Jack Ashton are joined by Hannah Tointon (Mr Selfridge) in this production based on the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith made universally famous by the classic Oscar-winning Alfred Hitchcock film. Tickets are £18-£42.


Half Term at the Watts Gallery
 Watts Gallery, Guildford  Tue 13 Feb- Sun 18 Feb

There are plenty of fun activities at the Watts Gallery to get your kids creativity running wild. They can become a paper architect, creating a paper house, with the use of simple net templates, personalised with fabric and paper. Or swap the paper for terracotta clay to create their very own 3D cottage and use their creation as a tealight cover, and watch the light glimmering in the windows. Step into the world of a Helen Allingham painting in a multi-sensory space, filled with sounds, smells, costumes and props. There will also be a chance to be transported back in time and explore the Arts & Crafts house where George and Mary lived.


Half Term at The Living Planet Centre
■ Tue 13 Feb & Thurs 15 Feb ■ The Living Planet Centre, Woking

At the Living Planet Centre Make a beautiful green heart themed greeting card, in support of climate change and celebrate the wildlife and the places you love and cherish (Tue 13 Feb.) Or watch a short inspirational film, then create a beautiful wishing wand with the powerful promise to make a change and protect our planet (Tue 15 Feb.) All workshops are bookable and are 45 minutes long.


Valentine’s Day Supper Club
 The Boileroom, Guildford  Wed 14 Feb

If music be the food of love play on… at the supper club inspired by love for all the lovers! Whether that be friend, family, or partner. The Boileroom and The Alternative Kitchen’s Stu Henshall welcomes you to an evening of delectable tastes and treats for a magical Valentine’s eve. The evening includes a three-course meal, a welcome cocktail and live music. The event is limited to just 24 tickets, and is £35, per person.


The Knot
 G Live, Guildford  Wed 14 Feb

The Knot examines the social and personal significance of marriage in contemporary Western society. The dancers interpret the theme through a supremely physical and theatrical dance language, taking on the different roles at a wedding. The role of ritual, doubt, religion and gender will be scrutinised, as well as the romanticised ideas of Walt Disney – to challenge our perceptions of matrimony. Tickets: £18.50. Under 16’s tickets: £13.


Drop in day: Animal Antics!
 The museum of Farnham  Wed 14 Feb- Thurs 15 Feb

Let the kids express their inner animals and create some amazing animal arts and crafts. There will also be storytelling, inspired by the theme of ‘Animal Antics.’ These drop-in sessions are open every day from 10.30am-12.30am and 1.30pm-3.30pm and are suitable for children aged 3- 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Rock For Heroes
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 16 Feb

Are you ready to ROCK up your Friday? Rock for Heroes combines your favourite Rock & Pop artists across all the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause Help for Heroes. With cover music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John and Simple Minds. Tickets: £22.


Guildford Gag House Comedy Club
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 17 Feb

If you’re up for a laugh, head to Guildford’s The Star Inn for the Guildford Gag House comedy night. The line-up includes funnymen Roger Monkhouse, MC Russell Hicks, Sam Russell and Tom Houghton. Tickets £13.50.


The Whiskey Affair
 Haslemere Hall  Sat 17 Feb

Live music, a photo booth and lots and lots of whisky! Three types of Whiskey will be on offer to try: Scotch, Bourbon and Worldwide Whiskey, where you may discover a whiskey from the Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan and Japan, that you never knew existed. Not a whiskey fan? There’s no need to be a connoisseur, and why not enjoy a cocktail instead. Throughout the event there will be live entertainment, whiskey experts on hand to chat to and samples. There is both an afternoon session (1-5pm) and an evening session (7-11pm.) Tickets: £9.


The High Octane Club Burlesque & Cabaret Valentine’s Special
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 17 Feb

Join Bebe Van Der Belt, Sally ‘Oh’ Spitfire, Lou Safire and Miss Lolo Pop at the Electric Theatre for a naughty night of burlesque, comedy, music and variety. It’s  strictly for over 18s only. Tickets £18. Dressing up is far from compulsory but there will be a prize for the best Burlesque or Vintage costume, so get planning! Advanced booking is recommended for this night of debauchery!



Picturing People: The Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 1 Apr

Tom Benedek (b.1991) Eggs Benedict (2016), Oil on canvas © The Artist

This exhibition will feature portraits and self-portraits from The Ingram Collection. The Ingram Collection is a unique private collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, collected by entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram. The exhibition explores over 100 years of works that depict everyday people, mythological characters, celebrities, soldiers and footballers. Day Pass: £4.50 or Annual Pass: £7.50. Under 18s free.


Butterflies in the Glasshouse
■ RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking ■ until Sun 18 March

Great Mormon butterfly (Paplio memnon), photographed at RHS Garden Wisley during the 2016 Butterflies in the Glasshouse event

I have the fondest memories of visiting Wisley’s butterflies Glasshouse a few years ago and being surrounded by these beautiful creatures, watching them flutter their intricate and colourful wings amidst the tropical plants. The cathedral- like glasshouse has more than 50 different species which fly freely among the Tropical Zone. These vibrant and exotic beauties showcase their magnificent designs in an Eden of plants including palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. Admission is available on the day or book a time slot in advance to skip queues. Free with normal garden admission.


Exhibition: Kingston characters
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ until Sat 3 Mar

Displayed at the Rose Theatre, Local artist Ruth Blackford has created a quirky and unique collection of stitched textile portraits of Kingston-upon-Thames’ local characters. Using an explosion of colour, pattern and texture, she has created portraits of traders, residents, buskers, students, and people of prominence. She captures not only a likeness, but the very essence of their characters.


Hogwarts in the Snow
■ Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Watford ■  until 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.


Cézanne Portrait
■ National Portrait Gallery, London ■ until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.



Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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