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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 12 - SUN 14 JULY

ARTS: International Youth Arts Festival
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ now until Sun 14 July

Ten days of creativity, celebration and curiosity comes to Kingston with this year’s Youth Arts Festival featuring shows for children and families, theatre and dance performances, live music, comedy and visual arts.

EXHIBITION: Annual Summer Exhibition
■ Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ now until Thurs 18 July

Guildford Arts is holding its 24th Annual Summer Exhibition showcasing contemporary paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glasswork from local and nationally renowned artists.  All work is for sale. 

MUSIC: Kew the Music
■ Kew Gardens ■ Wed 10 – Sun 14 July 

Join singing stars including Billy Ocean, Jools Holland and Craig David for a week of singing, dancing and reminiscing as they perform their classic hits in this idyllic setting for a picnic concert.

FESTIVAL: Henley Festival
■ Henley-on-Thames, Oxon ■ Wed 10 – Sun 14 July

Dust off your finest dress and heels for this year’s black tie event with performances from the likes of Boy George, Tom Odell and Jessie J. Sample luxury street food or head for a formal meal at one of the festival’s high-end restaurants. Chin Chin!

THEATRE: Titanic – the Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 11 – Sat 13 July

You’ve seen the movie – probably a dozen times – and now this classic story of the famous unsinkable ship comes to the stage. Expect some great songs and a stirring story.

BEER FESTIVAL: Godstoneberry
■ Flower Farm, Godstone ■ Fri 12 – Sun 14 July

Beer fans ahoy! You’re spoiled for choice this weekend. The Flower Farm in Godstone is hosting Godstoneberry with an on-site brewery and live music across four stages.

FESTIVAL: Oxted Beer Festival
■ Master Park, Oxted ■ Fri 12 – Sun 14 July

Gather your fellow beer enthusiasts and head to this year’s Oxted Beer Festival for a day of sampling a breadth of alternative beers and ales. Beer not your thing? There’s also a Pimm’s & Bubbles Bar at hand to quench your thirst.

COMEDY: Jonny & The Baptists
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 13 July

Musical-activist-comedians Jonny and The Baptists return to Guildford Fringe with a show that promises to be funny and powerful.

OPEN AIR THEATRE: The Merry Wives of Windsor
■ Stoke Park Railway, Guildford ■ Sat 13 – Sat 27 July

Shakespeare’s only comedy to be set in England, The Merry Wives of Windsor is the play filled with feel-good fun that inspired classic sitcoms such as The Vicar of

EXHIBITION: The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 13 July – 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.

COMEDY: Bear North
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guidford ■ Sun 14 July

Part of the Guilford Fringe Festival, this is a wacky comical musical journey involving a dancing bear, wolf and buffalo.

DANCE: Addition Festival
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 14 July

Bringing together short bursts of work by emerging artist, this day-long festival celebrates the work of emerging choreographers and dance companies. One for lovers of dance.




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.

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.

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.

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