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What’s on! Things to do in Surrey this August

EXHIBITION: Norman Ackroyd: Etching the Archipelago
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ now until Tues 1 Sept

St Kilda Morning, Norman Ackroyd, Etching and Aquatint

Watts Gallery is now open again and still showing the exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd, widely acclaimed as Britain’s foremost contemporary etcher and a leading landscape artist and printmaker. The exhibition brings together more than 40 aquatint etchings – including a number of new prints – inspired by the artist’s expeditions to the edge of the British Archipelago over almost 50 years.


AFTERNOON TEA: Silent Pool Gin Garden
■ Barnett Hill Hotel, near Guildford ■ until end September

Afternoon tea with gin on a gorgeous summer’s day surrounded by beautiful gardens – sounds just about perfect. Head to Barnett Hill Hotel for where you can sample three Silent Pool gins and cocktails alongside your scones and cakes in the enchanting Wendy House Garden. It’s from 3pm-5pm daily. Cost is £50 per person.


DRIVE-IN CINEMA: Sunset Cinema
■ Nutbourne Fruit Farm, West Clandon ■ Fri 31 July to Sun Aug 23

Sunset Cinema is bringing a great programme of films to an enormous field in Surrey. There’s a range of films including a good line up of kids’ films, classic favourites like The Shawshank Redempton and Pretty Woman and recent blockbusters like Joker. Food and drink will be available from local pop-up streetfood stalls.


DAY OUT: Gatton Park Open Day
■ Gatton Park, Reigate ■ Sat 1 Aug

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.


MARKETMaltings Monthly Market
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 1 Aug

The Maltings Market is back offering retro treasures, chic vintage items, local craft designers, delicious local produce and more. It’s on from 9am to 3pm. Entry is £1.


FILMFlix Drive In
■ Casa Zilli, Bletchingly ■ now Sun 2 Aug

A new twist to an old classic concept! A choice of Hollywood blockbuster films, with high-quality sound and vision, and great food prepared by renowned chef Aldo Zilli – and all from the safety and comfort of your own car. Films range from the Lion King to Mamma Mia, Joker and A Star is Born.


EXHIBITION: Swoop – Birds of Delight
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Mon 3 – Mon 31 Aug

Swoop: Birds of Delight is an installation of individually decorated 3D model birds created by Surrey primary school children during the Covid-19 lockdown as part of the ‘Boxes of Delight’ project. The project – devised by Surrey charity Delight, in collaboration with local arts organisations Paintbox and Watts Gallery Trust – was launched in April to support the wellbeing and learning of children, cut off from their usual support structures, while schools were closed.


ANTIQUES FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Market
■ Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames ■ Tues 4 and Tues 25 Aug

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


FESTIVAL: Pride in Surrey 2020
■ Wheasheaf Common, Woking ■ Sat 8 and Sun 9 Aug

Celebrate Pride in Surrey with a parade that starts in Woking town centre and end at Pride Park where the festival will be on all day and evening. It’s from 11am-10pm.


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

The market returns to Staines High Street, offering a selection of fresh local produce, seasonal delicacies, artisan delights and tasty street foods. There is plenty of parking around Staines-upon-Thames, with the closest car parks to the High Street are Elmsleigh Road or Two Rivers. It’s on from 10am-3pm.


EXHIBITION: Redressing the Balance – Women artists from the Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 11 Aug to Sun 20 Sept

Women with Children by Rosemary Young

The exhibition will explore the ideas and narratives behind paintings, sculptures, and performance-based artworks by female artists, as part of an ongoing mission to address the imbalance of female representation in galleries, exhibitions and collections. The exhibition will feature the works of Laura Knight, Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink alongside emerging and established contemporary artists including Lucy Gregory, Chloe Wing Chow and Tahmina Negmat.


EXHIBITION: Stay Home Superheroes by Jo de Mageneval
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 11 Aug to Sun 27 Sept

Stay Home Superheroes © Jo de Magneval

Surrey portrait photographer Jo de Magneval captures the essence of this historic and challenging time, through a series of photographs that celebrate families and the windows to their worlds. The exhibition documents each family’s story, bringing the images to life and allowing us all to reflect on what was, and is, important in life.


FILM: Luna Open Air Cinema
■ Stag Hill, Guildford ■ Tues 11 to Sun 16 Aug

A socially distanced outdoor film extravaganza with films including Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman, Joker, Rocketman and Grease. Drinks are available from the Luna Bar and gourmet food vans will be offering snacks.


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

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.


DRIVE-IN CINEMA: Adventure Drive In
■ Nutfield Priory, near Redhill ■ Fri 21 to Sun 23 Aug

A combination of classic films and DJ sets, the Adventure Drive-in popping up around the UK, including Surrey bringing film and music to live via quality wireless speakers and LED screens. Bring your own food and drink – don’t forget the popcorn.


OPEN AIR CINEMA: Painshill Open Air Cinema
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Fri 21 to Sun 23 Aug

Open air cinema comes to the lawns at Painshill landscape gardens against the beautiful backdrop of the Serpentine Lake. The line up includes Dirty Dancing is on Fri, Pretty Woman on Sat and Rocketman on Sun. Social distancing measures will be in place.


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

A lovely market in the centre of this lovely town. You’ll find local produce and artisan goods, handmade gifts and crafts and plants. The market is on from 9.30am to 2pm and is free to attend.


WELLBEING: Painshill Wellbeing Week
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Mon 24 to Fri 28 Aug

Wellbeing week returns to Painshill this summer offering a raft of activities to help support our mental and physical health in the beautiful and calming surroundings of the 18th century gardens. There are tai chi and yoga classes, botanical drawing and painting workshops, mindfulness through photography workshops and fitness bootcamp classes.


EXHIBITION: David Harber – Changing Landscapes
■ Great Fosters, Egham ■ now until Wed Sept 30

Visit Great Fosters to take in the exhibition of Oxfordshire artist David Harber. David has provided a suggested route throughout the 50 acre estate, carefully considering how the 13 pieces interact with the gardens and each other.


WINE TASTING: The Hatch on the Lawn
■ Denbies Wines Estate, Dorking ■ Saturdays 
and Sundays

Enjoy an informal tasting of three Denbies wine at this informal pop-up wine tasting event on the lawn at Denbies. The cost is £8.95 per person, which includes a tasting glass to keep. It’s on from 12noon until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


DAYS OUT: Polesden Lacey Gardens and Estate
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ every day

The car park, gardens and estate are open at Polesden Lacey but you will need to book tickets in advance. And they go like hotcakes, so plan ahead. The stunning Edwardian manor – the former home of Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville – is set on a 1,400 acre estate, and dogs are welcome in parts of the garden and grounds. There’s plenty of space for rambling across the estate, including four waymarked trails, and beautiful landscaped gardens which are particularly lovely at this time of year especially the rose garden. Tickets are released every Friday.


DAYS OUT: Lavender Fields
■ Oak Tree Lavender Farm, Banstead ■ every day

Oak Tree Lavender Farm in Banstead is open every day with plenty going on. Wander through the baby lavender fields, take a picnic or treat yourself to a cream tea among the lavender. On weekends Prosecco, local artisan beers and wine will also be available. And for the kids, there’s a Butterfly Trail and a Foam Bath Lavender Trail. Dogs are also welcome, on a lead.

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