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Things to do: June


EXHIBITION: Art for All Exhibition
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ now until Sun 30 June

Changes of a New Season, HMP/YOI Bronzefield participant

An exhibition showing almost 1000 works of art made over the previous year by vulnerable young people, young offenders, isolated and lone parents, women prisoners and adults affected by mental health issues, homelessness and addiction.

■ Guildford Castle Gardens ■ now until Sat 29 June

This production by Guildford Shakespeare Company will transport audiences back to the early 1950s to the eccentric British seaside resort of Illyria.

DAY OUT: Painshill Wellbeing Week
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Mon 24 – Fri 28 June

Relax and unwind in the tranquil grounds of Painshill and sign up to art, yoga, tai chi and meditation workshops in celebration of the importance of self care.

THEATRE: Little Miss Sunshine
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 25 – Sat 29 June

Based on the Oscar-winning film, this new musical comedy follows young Olive as she pursues her dream of winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. Will her family’s rickety yellow camper van survive the 800-mile journey to the show?

FOOD: Cheese and wine making experience 
■ Denbies Wine Estate ■ Thu 27 June

Learn all about cheese making with a morning at Norbury Blue Dairy. After, wash down the indulgence with a tipple and insight into wine making with Denbies wine specialist and lunch at the vineyard.

MUSIC: Lipstick On Your Collar
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thu 27 June

Step back in time to the golden era of music for an evening of back-to-back live music from the 1950s and 60s, including classics songs from The Beatles, The Ronettes and Buddy Holly.

FESTIVAL: Yummy at Underbelly
■ Southbank, London ■ Thu 27 June – Sun 28 July

Expect nothing but fabulous as Melbourne-based cabaret act Yummy makes its London debut. With drag, music, circus and burlesque all incorporated into the show, join Yummy’s cult following for an evening of outrageous, joyful and innovative cabaret.


COMEDY: Gag House Comedy Superstars
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 28 June


Opening this year’s Guildford Fringe Festival, join familiar faces including Hal Cruttenden and Chris McCausland for an evening of comedy gold. Belly laughs are guaranteed!

Walton-on-Thames Beer, Wine & Live Music Festival
■ Fri 28 – Sat 29 June ■ Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club 

Need to let your hair down? With beer, wine and live music all in one place, this not for profit community event is just what the doctor ordered. Headliners Jafuso Blue and Brickwork will lead the perfect soundtrack for a weekend of pure fun.

FESTIVAL: Festhumble 19
■ Stepping Stones Pub, Westhumble ■ Sat 29 June, from 3pm

Whatever your music tastes, Festhumble has it covered with jazz, funk, Irish, traditional, soul and much more on the agenda. There will be stalls, family fun, an al fresco Prosecco bar and plenty of food.

MUSIC: Lee Mead – My Story
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 30 June

Twelve years since he was thrust into the limelight in the iconic role of Joseph, Lee Mead is heading to Camberley for a stripped back evening with just him, a grand piano and his pianist.


OPEN AIR THEATRE: Loves’ Labour’s Lost
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Sat 29 – Sun 30 June

What could be better than a love story? How about five love stories? Bring your deckchairs and enjoy an afternoon of Edwardian fun with this Shakespeare favourite.

OPERA: The Barber of Seville
■ Woldingham School, Marden Park, Woldingham ■ Sun 30 June

The Surrey Opera company presents a gala performance of The Barber of Seville at Woldingham School. The performance is at 6.30pm, with picnics on the lawn from 3pm. The event is in support of the school’s bursary programme.


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.



COMEDY: The Guilty Feminist – Live
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 1 June

With over 50 million listens since its debut in 2015, The Guilty Feminist podcast is touring the UK with some of your favourite comedians and musicians to confess their hilarious insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes that conflict with their feminist beliefs.

MUSIC: Queen Massaoke featuring Bohemian Rhapsody
■ Lingfield Park ■ Sat 1 June

You’ll be saying ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ as you grab the microphone and practice your high notes for this mass karaoke event singing Queen’s classic songs.

FAMILY EVENT: Sam & Mark’s On the Road Show
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 1 June

There will be sketches, jokes and games aplenty in this new jam-packed show filled with fun and laughs for the whole family.

SHOPPING: Sunbury Antiques Market
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Sun 2 June, 10-3pm

Think you could have a valuable heirloom lurking in the attic? Head to Sunbury Antiques Market to get an evaluation and take the chance to stock up on vintage treasures.

THEATRE: In the Willows
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 4 – Sat 8 June

An explosive new British musical, with soaring vocals and spectacular street dance, starring Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe, deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca and Seann Miley Moore (The X Factor).

KIDS’ THEATRE: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom – Live on Stage
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Wed 5 and Thu 6 June

Enter the magical kingdom of the fairies and elves at this stage production from the makers of Peppa Pig. If you’re little ones are fans of the Bafta-award winning telly show, they’ll love the magic of the stage version.

EXHIBITION: Journeys into the Holy Land: Alexander Cresswell
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until Sun 9 June

Alexander Creswell returns to Watts Contemporary Gallery, exhibiting paintings from recent travels in the Holy Land. This new collection of small watercolours are on show for the first time. All artworks are for sale.

THEATRE: Mrs B’s Boy Comedy Dinner Show
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thu 6 June

Dinner times can be challenging at the best of times but could you have a civilised dinner with wild Mrs B? Join the tribute cast for a three-course meal and an evening of interactive comedy for all the family.

FILM: Saving Private Ryan
■ Everyman, Reigate ■ Thu 6 June

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, head to Reigate’s Everyman cinema to rewatch this classic wartime movie.

MUSIC: Kate Nash
■ Boileroom, Guildford ■ Sat 8 June

Singing hits from her fourth album and classic fan favourites, join Kate Nash for an evening of dancing and sing-a-longs.

SPORT: Salomon Trail Running Festival
■ Box Hill, Dorking ■ Sat 8 June

Packed with trail workshops, running technique talks, yoga and, of course, running, this festival is a must-attend for runners looking to connect with likeminded active adventurers.

FESTIVAL: Thread… A festival of textiles 
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 8 June

For fans of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee and creatives alike, the annual thread festival will help perfect your skills in macramé, patchwork and stitch work, even offering the chance to make your own pair of espadrilles.

FESTIVAL: Albury Wine Festival
■ Albury Vineyard ■ Sun 9 June

To coincide with the vineyard’s 10-year anniversary celebrations, have a wine glass at the ready for wine tasting, tours of the vineyard, masterclasses with renowned English wine experts John Mobbs (founder of Great British Wine) and Emily Lambert (winner of Channel 4’s Million Pound Menu), live jazz music and local artisan food.

ART: Art and Sculpture in the Vineyard
■ High Clandon, East Clandon ■ until Sun 9 June

More than 150 works of art will be on show in the spectacular gardens, vineyard, wildflower meadow and Glass Barn at High Clandon. This event supports Cherry Trees charity and marks the launch of High Clandon’s latest vintage Cuvée. A £5 donation per person is requested, which goes to Cherry Trees charity, along witha percentage of sales of art and wine.

ART: Royal Art Exhibition
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ now until Sat 15 June

Take a peek into the exclusive Belgravia Gallery to view and acquire signed lithographs by HRH The Prince of Wales, which depict the beautiful royal homes and landscapes.

■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 10 – Sat 15 June

Craig Revel Harwood resurrects his role as baddie Miss Hannigan as the successful West End production of Annie comes to Woking. With six showings to pick from, it’s not such a hard knock life!


DANCE: Royal Opera House – Romeo & Juliet
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Tue 11 June

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-Century ballet masterpiece.


SPORT: Afternoon flat racing
■ Sandown Park Racecourse ■ Fri 14 June

Get dressed up in your finest for an afternoon at the races and make the day extra special with a visit to one of Sandown Park’s first class restaurants.

FESTIVAL: Great Barn Gin Festival
■ Riverhouse Barn, Walton ■ Sat 15 June

Sample gins from some of London’s finest artisan distilleries and enjoy nibbles, a gin quiz and live entertainment at the second Great Barn Gin Festival. Bottom’s up!

FESTIVAL: The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sat 15 – Sun 16 June

Join the two-day extravaganza filled with food, music, and entertainment over a weekend of car-themed fun, including kids’ karting fun for children.

TALK: Adam Kay – This Is Going To Hurt
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Sat 15 – Sun 16 June

Following the hugely popular release of his debut book, Adam Kay will welcome audiences at the Rose Theatre and offer an insight into the highs and lows of life as a junior doctor.

FAMILY EVENT: Father’s Day barbecue
■ Brooklands Hotel ■ Sun 16 June

Grab a sizzling sausage or three at the 1907 restaurant, bar & grill to the sound of resident musician Jak Chantler playing everything from smooth jazz to pop songs.

DAY OUT: Father’s Day at Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm ■ Sun 16 June

Treat Dad to a steam engine ride as East Grinstead Model Engineers visit Godstone Farm with their impressive miniature railway, a scaled version of full size locomotives.

DAY OUT: Father’s Day Surrey Classic Vehicle Club
■ Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher ■ Sun 16 June

An essential day out for any car fanatic, treat dad to an afternoon of vintage motors at the amphitheatre with a showcase of vehicles from throughout the ages.

MUSIC: Hampton Court Palace Festival
■ Hampton Court ■ now until Sat 22 June

Revel in the joy of light summer evenings with a fortnight of concerts in the picturesque setting of Hampton Court, joining the likes of Nile Rodgers, Busted and Jools Holland. Be quick to book – tickets are expected to sell out!

FESTIVAL: Polesden Lacey’s Rose Festival
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ now until Sun 21 July

The roses are in full flush at this time of year, and Polesden Lacey celebrates with a festival of roses. There will be talks by the National Trust gardeners every Wed and Fri, floral arrangements in the house, rose inspired cake and even a mini potpourri bar in the potting shed.

WORKSHOP: An introduction to making sourdough
■ Leith Hill Place ■ Tue 18 June

Prepare to don an apron and get your hands dirty for a cookery class that will help you perfect your sourdough baking skills. Camembert at the ready!

SPORT: Summer Cycle
■ Kew Gardens ■ Thu 20 June

Grab your helmet and hop on the saddle for a rare opportunity to bike around Kew Gardens. Cycle through the woodlands and seasonal blooms before refuelling with a picnic and enjoying the live music on show.

CHARITY EVENT: A Night in Paradise
■ Paradise Boutique, 58A Walton Road, East Molesey ■ Thurs 20 June

The Paradise Boutique is hosting a charity event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Care Unit at Frimley Hospital, Surrey. There are raffle prizes to be won, and nibbles and drinks available. Entry is £2 and includes a glass of Prosecco.

MUSIC: Live Music Thursday
■ Brooklands Hotel, 1907 Restaurant ■ Thu 20 June

Acoustic guitarist, Phil Short, brings a wonderful, eclectic mix of stripped-back acoustic rock and pop songs to the 1907 Restaurant at Brooklands Hotel.

COMEDY: Angela Barnes
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 21 June

Bored of Brexit and tired of Trump, comedy TV and radio show regular Angela Barnes has a thing or two to say about the state of current affairs.

COMEDY: Edinburgh Previews Comedy Showcase
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 22 June

Enjoy a giggle or three with an exclusive preview of skits set to showcase at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe. Spend an evening with four rising stars of comedy and their latest material ahead of the UK’s biggest comedy festival.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Pop-up Shakespeare
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Sat 22 June

Enjoy scenes from Shakespeare’s best plays enacted throughout the beautiful Polesden Lacey gardens. This is a free event, but usual admission costs apply.

ART: Parallel Lines – Drawing and Sculpture
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ From Sat 22 June

Engage your artistic side and explore how artists have used lines in both drawing and sculpture. Displays will include twentieth century sculptures from The Ingram Collection and contemporary drawings by members of the Royal Society of Sculptors (RSS).

TALK: An audience with Michael Parkinson
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 22 June

Make the most of this unique opportunity to be in an audience with Michael Parkinson and learn more about the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2,000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

WORKSHOP: Kids’ Craft: Drop In @ The Great Get Together
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sun 23 June

Get creative and make your own shop fronts, houses and people of Cranleigh using mixed media and collage in a workshop led by local artist Miriana D’Ambrosio.

WORKSHOP: HandPICKED for Clandon Wood – Art & Crafts Open Day
■ Clandon Wood ■ Sun 23 June

Embrace a day of nature and nurture and enjoy the flora and fauna of Clandon Wood with a side of live music, great food, nature tours and selected local artisans offering arts and crafts products.

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