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Things to do: November


MUSIC EVENT: The English Elvis Experience
■ Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne  ■ Fri 1 – Sun 3 Nov

Love everything Elvis Presley? Look no further. This three day event will celebrate the rock ‘n’ roll star with tribute acts, concert screenings, an open mic night and so much more. The ultimate event for a die hard fan!

SHOPPING: Farnham Artisan Market
■ Farnham Vineyard Church  ■ Sat 2 Nov

Get the ball rolling with your Christmas shopping with this market filled with handcrafted gifts, all in aid of Farnham ASSIST Charity. With soup, cakes and drinks also on the menu in addition to workshops throughout the day, what better way to spend a Saturday?

FAMILY SHOW: What A Wonderful World
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 2 Nov, 2pm

The perfect afternoon out with the kids under 5, this mystical tale will explore the wonders of imagining what world we want to live in? What would you create? A chocolate fountain in every room is on our list.

FAMILY FUN: Pumpkin Carving Competition
■ The Red Barn, Blindley Heath ■ Sat 2 Nov, 12pm

Halloween isn’t over yet! Reckon you’ve got what it takes to become the master of pumpkin carving? Arrive at noon to pick up your pumpkin and get your creative hat on. Winners are announced at 2.30pm!

FAIR: The Jukebox & Retro Fair
■ Chessington School, Chessington ■ Sat 2 Nov

Surrey’s largest retro fair is back! Spread over three halls, over 100 stalls will be selling all things vintage, from records to clothing. There will also be jive lessons, vintage car and bike displays, a vintage tearoom, lunch at Joe’s Diner and, of course, jukeboxes galore!

MUSIC: Fast Love – A Tribute to George Michael
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sun 3 Nov

Almost three years since his death, celebrate the classic tunes from George Michael with a tribute act that’s come straight from London’s West End! Let us know if you go-go!

TALK: James Ketchell – Chasing Extremes
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sun 3 Nov

As the only person to summit Everest, row the Atlantic and cycle around the world, known as ‘the ultimate triathlon’ – James Ketchell has a story or two to tell for what is sure to be a fascinating evening.

THEATRE: What’s In A Name
■ Theatre Royal Windsor ■ Mon 4 – Sat 9 Nov 

Whats In A Name poster

The Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas and Miranda’s Bo Poraj star in this comedic play about egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings. This will be the first UK tour for the show which has been adapted from award-winning French film and stage show Le Prénom by Brit theatre director Jeremy Sams.

THEATRE: The Night Watch
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 5 – Sat 9 Nov

Sarah Water’s novel is transported to the stage in this tender, tragic and beautifully poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

MUSIC: Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thu 7 Nov

Calling all 90s kids! Stop right now, thank you very much – the Spice Girls are coming to Woking. Well, the ultimate tribute band is, but when the songs are this good who needs the real deal?

FESTIVAL: Camberley Food and Drink Festival
■ Park Street, Camberley ■ Thu 7 – Sat 9 Nov

It’ll be munch and tipples galore in Camberley come November with cooking demonstrations for adults and children alike, celebrity chefs and stalls and exhibitors at this year’s festival. Cheers!

FESTIVAL: 26th Woking Beer Festival
■ Woking Leisure Centre, Woking ■ Fri 8 – Sat 9 Nov

Bottom’s up! Take the opportunity to sample the finest ales, ciders and beers ahead of the festive season with this two-day event that is guaranteed to tickle to tastebuds. With live music and a wine bar for those less keen on beers, a fun day with friends is a done deal!

ART: The Contemporary Art Fair
■ Windsor Racecourse ■ Fri 8 – Sun 10 Nov

How cool is this? It makes a bold statement but perhaps not one for the kids’ bedrooms. Sculptor Steve Yeates’ fabulous figurative works will be on display at The Contemporary Art Fair, alongside more than 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists and independent galleries from all over the UK and Europe. Have a mooch, chat to artists and, if you find something you love, prices start at just 40 quid.

THEATRE: Annie The Musical
■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 Nov

Straight from the stages of London’s West End, this revival of the classic tale tells the story of orphan Annie and spiteful Miss Hannigan who is determined to make Annie’s life a misery. A show for al the family!

MUSIC FOR KIDS: Mozart & Muffins
■ The Guildhall, Guildford ■ Tue 12 Nov

Have a taste for classical music and keen to get your little ones on board? This morning of music is aimed at pre-schoolers and features live classical music, tea and cake. Perfect!

FAIR: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 12 Nov

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.

BALLET: The Nutcracker
■ Theatre Royal Windsor ■ Tue 12 – Sat 16 Nov

A sea of tutus, twinkly lights, sugar plum fairies… it can only be the Nurcracker – a 18thcentury prequel to Toy Story. This classic ballet is a must in the run up to Christmas. No need to schlep into London and weep at the ticket price, the Vienna Festival Ballet will be pirouetting into Windsor.

EXHIBITION: Art & Design & Prosecco Experience
■ The Gallery, 82 High Street, Reigate ■ Thu 14 Nov

An exhibition of high quality art and design pieces plus other items from local artists Jenny Frear, Emily Canino (Doodlemoo), Sarah Preager (The Found Collection) and Julia Adams. Tickets are £5 and includes a free Prosecco or soft drink on the evening.

COMEDY: Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thu 14 Nov

With Live At The Apollo, The Mash Report and Mock the Week stints under his belt, Norcott has a thing or two to say about the state of modern day politics and he’s not afraid to hold back!

THEATRE SCREENING: Met Opera: Madama Butterfly
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Thu 14 Nov

Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Immerse yourself in an evening of culture and polish your Italian skills as the performance is sung in the language.

THEATRE: Sh!t-faced Shakespeare®: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
■ The Exchange, Twickenham ■  Fri 15 – Sun 17 Nov

Shit-faced-Shakespeare midsummer nights dreamThis is culture with a distinctly Muddy-feel. Enjoy one of the Bard’s top tales, with one cast member chosen to chug some booze in the hours leading up to the show. What can you expect? Complete hilarity, everything going slightly awry and probably a pretty accurate show comparison to what it would have been in Shakespeare’s era. Drink up!

FAMILY EVENT: Sing-a-long The Greatest Showman
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 16 Nov, 2pm and 7pm

Everyone’s favourite modern day musical is back for an interactive night of singing along to it’s favourite tunes. Which song is your favourite?

SHOPPING: Christmas Craft Fair
■ Rural Life Centre, Farnham ■ Sun 17 Nov

Keen to support local businesses with your Christmas shopping this year? With handmade goods aplenty, this craft fair will get a few names ticked off the present shopping list.

FAMILY EVENT: Military Vehicles Day
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Sun 17 Nov

From armoured personnel carriers, Ferrets, Jeeps and Land Rovers, over 100 military vehicles will be displayed at this must-attend even for engine lovers. There will also be a Centurion MK12 Tank and war-time re-enactment groups to bring the even to life.

THEATRE: The Lovely Bones
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 18 – Sat 23 Nov

A stage adaption of the critically-acclaimed novel, the story follows the ghost of Susie Salmon, who invisibly observes her old life form beyond the grave. But will she be able to connect with her family once more?

THEATRE: Frankenstein
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 18 – Sat 23 Nov

Bringing the famed tale to the stages of Richmond, a young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. What could possibly go wrong?

THEATRE: Uncle Vanya
■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Tues 19 – Sat 23 Nov

Chekhov’s tragicomedy comes to the stage in a bittersweet, multi-disciplinary new adaptation  which highlights the farcical nature of the text whilst showcasing captivating physical work inspired by the decline of the Bee.

THEATRE: An Evening of Eric and Ern
■ The Capitol, Horsham ■  Tues 19 – Wed 20 Nov

There was a time when the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show was watched by millions. Now the late comedians’ best sketches are being resurrected in this live show that getting great reviews. I can’t believe no one’s thought of this before! It’s at Horsham on the 19 and 20 Nov.


FAMILY EVENT: Guildford Christmas Lights Switch On
■ High Street, Guildford ■ Thu 21 Nov

Do you start Christmas preparations in October or are you more of a shopping on Christmas Eve kind of person? No matter your approach to Christmas, there’s nothing like a lights switch on to get you and the family in the spirit!

SHOW: Sinatra, Sequins & Swing: The Capitol Years Live!
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Thu 21 Nov

Swing fans, this one’s for you! Relive Sinatra’s musical legacy with a night of brilliant performances form the likes of soloists from Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and the BBC Big Band. How we love Hollywood glamour!

FUN FOR KIDS: Visit Father Christmas
■ Bocketts Farm,  ■ Fri 22 Nov – Tue 24 Dec

It’s never too early for some proper festive fun, and what’s Christmas without a visit to see Father Christmas? With a fun Christmas trail, a visit to see the man himself in his magical workshop, heated indoor play and baby lambs to visit, a visit to Bocketts Farm this winter is a must!

FESTIVAL: Dorking Christmas Festival
■ Dorking Town Centre ■ Sun 24 Nov

And just like that, Christmas is here again! With a Christmas market featuring local businesses selling everything from handmade crafts to mince pies, be sure to stick around for the main event – Dorking’s Christmas lights being turned on!

FAMILY SHOW: Paul Zerdin’s Puppet Party
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 24 Nov

America’s Got Talent winner, ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin is touring the UK with brand new show. Fun for all the family, immerse yourself in the life of this dysfunctional puppet family complete with a talking ice cream! What else would you expect?

THEATRE: The Lady Vanishes
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Mon 25 – Sat 30 Nov

BAFTA-nominated Gwen Taylor and ‘Villain of the Year’ Andrew Lancel are reunited for the first time since Corrie in this fun stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. When socialite Iris’ travelling companion disappears, she’s bewildered to find fellow passengers deny ever having seen her. So, with the help of musician Max, she turns detective.

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 25 – Sat 30 Nov

Robert Daws leads a star comedy cast including Deborah Grant, Robert Duncan and Mark Curry in this hit stage show by The Classic Comedy Theatre Company. The group lead the business of the Pendon Folk Festival but they don’t all quite agree on much… This show will have you belly laughing!

WORKSHOP: Vintage Bauble Making
■ Polesden Lacey, Dorking ■ Tue 26 Nov

Keen to get crafty this Christmas? Led by local craft experts Stampaholics, create your very own vintage baubles using mixed media and chalk paints ahead of hauling this Christmas tree home from the garden centre.

MUSIC: Stuart Henderson
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 26 Nov

Indulge in an evening of jazz with Stuart Henderson, formerly principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band in Her Majesty’s Household Division. Henderson is now part of the UK jazz scene and will be joined by many of the countries finest jazz musicians.

MARKET: Sunbury Antiques Fair
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Tues 26 Nov

If you love a good rootle around an antiques fair, you’re 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.

WORKSHOP: Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
■ Morden Hall Park ■ Thu 28 Nov

It’s time to get that festive wreath for your front door! Make your very own with fresh pine and mixed evergreens, holly, berries, pine cones, ivy and topping it off with a florist’s bow. Perfect!

FAIR: RGS Christmas Fair
■ Royal Grammar School, Guildford ■ Thu 28 Nov, 5.30-8.30pm

With unusual, local and bespoke gifts from over 40 stalls, a percentage of the funds raised from this festive fair will go to charities Shooting Star Chase, Cancer Research and Water Aid.

FAMILY EVENT: Watts Celtic Christmas Weekend
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ Sat 30 Nov – Sun 1 Dec, 11am – 5pm

Start your festive celebrations with the sights, sounds and smells of our Celtic-themed Christmas Weekend, inspired by Mary Watts’ Celtic crafts. Make Celtic crackers and clay reindeers, head out on the advent calendar trail and take the opportunity to meet Mr Claus himself.

FAMILY EVENT: The Magic of Christmas
■ Chobham Adventure Farm, Chobham ■ Sat 30 Nov – Tues 24 Dec

This immersive 2.5 hour experience will transport your family to a magical place where they’ll learn how to become an official elf helper and get an official elf name, meet real live reindeer, help Mrs Claus decorate gingerbread men, make a teddy bear and finally get their hands on the golden key and meet Father Christmas himself.

FAMILY EVENT: Santa Cruise on the River Wey
■ Millmead Island, Guildford ■ Dates from Sat 30 Nov

Set sail with Santa with a gentle cruise along the River Wey, mince pie and mulled wine in hand and refreshments and gifts for children. All profits raised will support our work of enabling local people to overcome the disadvantage of low skills, poor educational achievement, limited opportunities and tough financial circumstances.

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

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.

EXHIBITION: In Print – Capturing Light
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ now until 5 January 2020

Tim Southall, Coming Home, etching

This exhibition series brings together over 50 original prints by 10 leading contemporary artists to explore how light and shadow are captured through diverse printmaking techniques.

EXHIBITION: Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until 12 Jan 2020

This exhibition brings together the significant works of Scottish Colourists S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, G.L. Hunter and F.C.B. Cadell. The works include paintings and drawings which represent all of the favoured subjects of the artists such as still-life, interior scenes, landscapes and portraiture.

EXHIBITION: William Orpen: Mathod and Mastery
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Tues 19 Nov – 23 Feb 2020

William Orpen RA (1878-1931), Le Chef de l’Hotel

Celebrated for his career as an official war artist, the Irish-born painter Sir William Orpen KBE RA (1878 – 1931) is best known for his rapid and expressive painting style. Featuring a selection of striking portraits alongside closely observed pencil studies and anatomical drawings, this exhibition provides new insights into Orpen’s evolving and innovative artistic process.

EXHIBITION: William Blake
■ Tate Britain, London ■ Mon 11 Sept – 2 Feb 2020 

Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale.

EXHIBITION: Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
■ V&A Museum, London ■ ends 8 March 2020 

Curated in collaboration with the lauded avant garde Vogue portrait and fashion photographer, this will feature some of Walker’s seminal, fantastical images from his 25-year career, featuring major celebs including Kate Moss, Sir David Attenborough, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Björk and many more. You can also see 10 new photographic series created for the show, by Walker, influenced by the museum’s exhibits.




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