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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 16 - SUN 18 AUG

THEATRE: The 39 Steps
■ Theatre Royal Windsor ■ Mon 12 – Sat 17 Aug

The 39 Steps poster Theatre Royal Windsor

A cultural rite of passage, Hitchcock’s comic-thriller, The 39 Steps, is an must-see classic – screenwriter Robert Towne (Mission Impossible) even claims, “All contemporary escapist entertainment begins with The 39 Steps.”A cast of four will take on all the roles as handsome hero Richard Hannayencounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and devastatingly beautiful women. It’s fast, funny and farcical.

FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 13 Aug

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, your’e going to love the Sunbury Antiques Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse. There are more than 700 stalls (inside and out) selling everything from French farmhouse furniture to antique kitchenalia and jewellery. It opens at 6.30am, and if you want to snavel a bargain, I’d get there early. Admission and parking are free.

THEATRE: Fame The Musical
■ The Leatherhead Theatre ■ Wed 14 – Sat 17 August

The London Dance Company is bringing it 100-plus cast to Leatherhead for five performances of the cult classic musical. Say my name!

FAMILY EVENT: Wildflowers Family Festival
■ Hobbledown, Epsom ■ Fri 16 – Sun 18 August

Put your dancing show off for this three day dancing bonanza. Live music, dance workshops, magic shows, circus entertainment, street food markets and even more are on the billing – why wouldn’t you want to go?

■ Rural Life Centre, Tilford ■ Fri 16 – Sun 18 August

The Surrey Hills dives into festival season with this premium-boutique event that promises live music, fine foods and cocktail bars and a glamping experience that will make you forget about those missed Glastonbury tickets.

SHOW: Iberian Performance Show
■ Merrist Wood Arena, Worplesdon ■ Fri 16 – Sun 18 August

Fancy something different? Marvel as 100 Spanish and Portuguese horses showcase their beauty and skill in this traditional weekend of music, entertainment and culture.

FOOD: Surrey Vegan Market
■ The Heart Shopping Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 17 August

Prepare to feast your eyes on the best plant-based grub around at this monthly food market. Take the chance to sample some of the lesser-known delicacies of a vegan diet, or perhaps you fancy stocking up on your favourite?

MUSIC: Opera in the Vineyard
■ Albury Vineyard ■ Sun 18 August, 3pm-6pm

Opera duet Seren Singers return to the vineyard for an afternoon of wine and classical music with the backdrop of the rolling Surrey Hills. Sundays have never been so fancy!



LONDON EXHIBITION: Sweet Harmony: Rave exhibition
■ Saatchi Gallery, West London ■ until 14 Sept 

Photo by Dave Swindells

Rave on! This new photo exhibition explores the new world that emerged from the acid house movement in the ’80s and ’90s and the beginnings of rave culture. Photographers Tom Hunter, Vinca Petersen and Dave Swindells will be on hand at the Saatchi Gallery to explain the stories behind their iconic shots.

LONDON FESTIVAL: Underbelly Festival
■ Southbank Centre, London ■ until 29 Sept

The giant purple cow returns for summer with a fun-packed programme of circus acts, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and kids’ shows. You can also feast on street food from the riverside vendors and grab a drink at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars. It’s a mini fringe at one venue!

LONDON: Summer by the River
■ London ■ until 28 Aug

There’s tons to do all summer in London between London and Tower Bridge with the largest outdoor festival in the capital. look out for music, craft workshops, outdoor screenings and theatre.

ART: Greenwich Printmakers at 40
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ ends Sun 1 Sep

Tammy Mackay, True Colours, photopolymer, hand-coloured chiné colle

This exhibition celebrates the esteemed London art group’s 40th anniversary, featuring prints by all 35 members. It will show the Greenwich Printmakers’ incredible range of styles and techniques, from collagraphy to lithography, wood engraving to solar plate gravure, aquatint to photoetching.

KIDS’ EVENT: Knights & Princesses School
■ Hever Castle, near Edenbridge  ■ ends 30 Aug
Throughout the summer holidays little ones can experience what it was like to grow up and serve in a royal household in medieval times at Knights & Princesses School. Kids can also learn how to slay a dragon before receiving their ‘School Certificatel and being officiated as Knights, Princes and Princesses of Hever Castle. Knights & Princesses School is on daily from until 30 August and is included in normal Hever Castle admission prices. For more details:

EXHIBITIONS: Sculpture at Wisley 2019
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ ends 1 Dec

Lynn Chadwick Little Girl I, Little Girl II and Little Girl III, 1987
Photo: Jonty Wilde. Courtesy of the Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern

This major exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture features the work of Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Philip King, Henry Bruce, Tracey Emin and Philip Haas across the 240-acre garden at RHS Wisley.

FESTIVAL: Hever Festival
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge■ Until Fri 30 Aug

The Festival Theatre is an open air venue in the gardens of Hever Castle on the Two Sisters Lawn adjacent to Anne Boleyn Walk. The stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn’t shine, the audience can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather. There’s loads of brilliant things to see – from Mica Paris to opera and open air cinema to comedy.

MUSIC: Lazy Jazz Sundays
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ every Sunday

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.

ART: Chihuly Trail: Reflections on Nature
■ Kew Gardens, Kew ■ until October 27

spiky blue Glass flower surrounded by trees kew chihuly festival

Run free my pretties but watch out for the delicate glass sculptures. Iconic artist Dale Chihuly’s stunning pieces are on display at Kew Gardens, but I fear it’s an accident waiting to happen. Kids smashing the place up, children skewered on a giant flower. A true test of your parenting skills… but an Insta winner.

TOUR: Unseen Spaces Garden Tours
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Tuesdays and Thursdays until September

Go behind the scenes with one of Polesden’s garden guides to visit parts of the gardens no usually open to visitors including the gardener’s yard, greenhouse and compost area. Free with entry.

EXHIBITION: The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 20 October

This new exhibition showcases a diversity of styles and techniques in watercolour use, from traditional uses of the medium to more experimental and innovative paintings. The showcase will feature 90 paintings including work from artists including the Royal Institute’s president, Rosa Sepple.

EXHIBITION: Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Brighton Museum ■ ends 8 Sept

On loan from the Natural History Museum, the wonderful images that made the cut for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year are in Brighton for the next few months. Discover images capturing extraordinary animal behaviour and awe-inspiring landscapes and uncover surprising and sometimes challenging stories behind the photographs. Usual museum entry applies (adults £4, free to Brighton residents).


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