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What’s on in Surrey during September

What's on near you, you ask? Let the good times roll this month with markets and fairs, al fresco film, theatre and comedy - plus an adults-only summer panto!

An encore screening of ‘The King and I’ comes to Dorking Halls on Thurs 3 Sept.

OUTDOORS: Guildford Walk Festival
■ Dorking Halls ■ Tues 1 to Wed 30 Sept

A month-long festival of walks in and around Guildford showcasing some of the loveliest rambling in Surrey at one of the loveliest times of year. Numbers are restricted for each walk, so booking is necessary.


■ Dorking Halls ■ Thurs 3 Sept

Recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium Theatre, The King and I returns to Dorking Halls for an encore screening. You’ll get all the glorious romance of this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical theatre production from your socially distanced seat.


COMEDY: Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth
■ Waterside Garden, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 4 Sept

A funny night of work-in-progress comedy from two of stand up’s most exciting new voices (and faces!). Sarah and Catherine host the BBC’s podcast You’ll Do, tore strips off each other on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and have both appeared on The Stand Up Sketch Show.


MARKET: Walton-on-Thames Market
■ Outside the Heart Shopping Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sun 6 Sept

A bustling market that attracts traders from all over Surrey – you’ll find tasty street food along with seasonal fruit and veg and locally-sourced food from pies to speciality cheeses. There are also gifts and crafts.


MARKET: Guildford Vegan Fair
■ High Street, Guildford ■ Sun 6 Sept

An event to showcase the best of vegan food, gifts, clothing and beauty products. It’s on from 10.30am til 4.30am.


MARKET: Epsom Farmers’ Market
■ Market Square, Epsom ■ Sun 6 Sept

The Market Square in a traditional market town seems the perfect place for a farmer’s market. Expect to find fresh produce, unique hand crafted gifts, award winning local honey and other tasty goodies.


Folk duo Jacob and Drinkwater are performing in the riverside garden at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on Fri 11 Sept. Photo credit: Jolyon Holroyd

EVENT: Forest Listening – Liz K Miller
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ Mon 7 Sept to 4 Oct

Wander through Limnerslease woodland and experience the hidden sounds of a rainstorm recorded from beneath the forest floor. Then find the display of blueprints, hanging from the trees, each one a visualisation of the forest rainstorm sounds.


THEATRE: Shakespeare in the Garden – The Tempest
■ The Anglers pub, Teddington ■ Mon 7, Mon 14 and Mon 21 Sept

Soak up some Shakespeare in a pub garden – with The Tempest, a tale of betrayal, love, forgiveness and magic. It’s informal and raucous – just how Shakespeare was intended to be enjoyed.


THEATRE: The Tempest
■ The King and Queen, Caterham-on-the-Hill ■ Mon 7, Mon 14 and Mon 21 Sept

Open Bar Theatre bring The Tempest to garden at The King and Queen – and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy this informal and fun show than with a glass of something sparkly in hand.


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

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.


ADULT PANTO: Pinocchio Gets Wood
■ Live streamed from The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Thurs 10 to Sat 12 Sept

A cast of just four actors will take to the stage at The Star Inn to bring you this fast paced evening of naughty song, dance and one liners to make your sides split.


MUSIC: Jacob & Drinkwater
■ Waterside Garden, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 11 Sept

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.


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

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.


Glam-pop artist Mika is live-streaming a benefit concert across the world to raise money to support Beirut.

MUSIC: Mika Presents: I 🖤 Beiruit Concert
■ Livestreamed via YouTube  ■ Sat 19 Sept

Lebanese-British glam popstar Mika is staging an intimate live-streamed benefit concert in support of Beirut. All money raised will be split between two charities who are working to help the people recover from the explosion in Beirut’s port that killed hundreds, injured thousands and left many homeless.


COMEDY: Theatrical Digs
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Sat 19 Sept

Penelope Keith, Esh Alladi, Rosalie Craig and Michael Cochrane appear in this funny evening highlighting the perils and the pleasures of life on stage. It’s on for one night only, in a socially-distanced performance in the theatre’s main house. There will be no interval.


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

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.


MARKET: Lingfield Antiques, Collectible and Vintage Fair
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Sun 20 Sept

Head to Lingfield Racecourse for this vibrant market crammed with unique and unusual items. It’s on from 10.30am-3.30pm and entry is £3.50.


EXHIBITION: Redressing the Balance – Women artists from the Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 20 Sept

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.


American psychological thriller Joker is on the bill for the Luna Open Air Cinema at Priory Park in Reigate.

THEATRE: Shakespeare in the Garden – The Tempest
■ The Mill at Elstead ■ Tues 22 and Wed 23 Sept

Open Bar Theatre’s The Tempest comes to the garden at Mill, bringing with it this informal and unruly Shakespeare. Grab a glass of Sauv Blanc, wrap up warm and enjoy the show.


FILM: Luna Open Air Cinema
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Tues 22 – Sun 27 Sept

A socially distanced outdoor film extravaganza in the open air with films including classic rom-coms Pretty Woman and Notting Hill, musical masterpieces Rocketman and The Greatest Showman, and dark psycho thriller, Joker. Drinks are available from the Luna Bar and gourmet food vans are on hand with snacks. Don’t forget your blanket!


MUSIC: Rat Pack Evening
■ De Vere Selsdon Estate, Selsdon ■ Sat 26 Aug

Get the gang together for this Vegas inspired dinner and music night out. A live band will play tunes, while enjoying a three course dinner. Tickets are £49 per person and includes a bottle of wine per couple.


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

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.


EXHIBITION: Stay Home Superheroes by Jo de Mageneval
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 27 Sept

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.


The Sunbury Antiques Fair is at Kempton Park Racecourse on Tues 29 Sept.

FILM: Luna Open Air Cinema
■ Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon ■ Tues 29 Sept – Sun 4 Oct

Gorgeous Wimbledon Park, right next door to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, makes for a superb location to snuggle under a blankie and watch a film alfresco. Showings include Rocketman, Grease, Pretty Woman, Joker, Dirty Dancing and Back to the Future. Something for everyone!


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

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.


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

If you love antiques and all things vintage, you’ll love the Sunbury Antiques Market. But the early bird catches the best bits, so rise with the larks – it pens at 6.30am. As well as vintage books and kitchenwares there’s unusual furniture, rustic lighting, original paintings and quirky accessories, plus plenty of industrial and garden architectural salvage. Admission and parking are free.



Head to Denbies Wine Estate for an alfresco wine tasting of three Denbies wines on the lawn

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.


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.


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.


‘Kimono To Catwalk’ has reopened at the V&A Museum in London.

EXHIBITION: Kimono to Catwalk
■ V&A Museum, London ■ until 25 Oct

‘Kimono to Catwalk’ charts the journey of the traditional Japanese garment as an evolving fashion icon, from its origins in the 1660s to its modern-day iteration.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ ends 6 Sept 

This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career, including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above).


EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers
■ The Design Museum, London ■ ends 14 Feb 2021

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 


EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs
■ Imperial War Museum, London ■ ends 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

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