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Fifty things to do in Surrey this June

It's officially summer, and we've got a jam-packed month to celebrate! From Jubilee parties to music festivals to jaw-dropping dance, it's all happening in Surrey.

What started as a 40th birthday party, ShyneFest is now a two-day family music festival.

OUTDOORS: Bisley Jubilee Open Day 
■ Bisley Shooting Ground, Cottesloe Heath, Brookwood ■ Wed 1 June
What could be more quintessentially British then a spot of clay shooting in Surrey with friends and family (it’s open to adults and kids aged 10 and above)! Head into the countryside for a morning of clay pigeon shooting under the tuition of the professional instructors at Bisley. It’s a chance to try it out. Cost is £106 per person which includes breakfast and Elevenses, tuition, the use of a gun, 75 clays and cartridges… and a glass of Pimms on the lawn. Booking is a must. 

EXHIBITION: Scream of the Butterfly
■ Davies Gilder Gallery, New House, Guildford ■ Wed 1 June – Mon 6 June
‘Scream of the Butterfly’ showcases the work from a group of artists who use their mediums to channel their own personal experience or reflect that of others, exploring complex psychological states and raise awareness for mental health. 

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Peter Pan
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Thurs 2 June
This production of Peter Pan promises real flying, as Wendy, Peter and co head off to Neverland. Doors open at 5.30pm, performance at 6.30pm. It’s suitable for kids aged 5+.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Platinum Jubilee Celebration
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Thurs 2 – Sun 5 June
Polesden Lacey is turning back the clocks to the era of the Queen’s coronation with a Fifties-themed celebration from Thurs 2 to Sun 5 June. There will be live music on the terrace each day from 1pm, and the South Lawn is the perfect place to meet with friends and family for a picnic while taking in the stunning views across the valley. Kids can take part in a Jubilee Treasure Trail, and on Fri 3 June there will be train rides in the garden.

FESTIVAL: ShyneFest
■ Merrist Wood College, Guildford ■ Fri 3 – Sat 4 June

This family-friendly two-day festival has something for everyone – from a silent disco and face painting to an eclectic line up that includes Jesus Jones, Maybe Gaga, The Lightening Seeds and more. There are also craft and food stalls, and camping and glamping is available too.

COMEDY: Dylan Moran – We Got This
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Fri 3 June
 This brand new show from BAFTA and Perrier award winning comedian Dylan Moran promises to be a joyously furious romp through the frustration and folly of modern day life.

FAMILY FUN: Farmyard Antics
■ Godstone Farm ■ Sat 28 May – Sun 5 June
Spend May half term getting to see what life is like as a true farmer. Get into the grit of rural living, by mucking out straw and filling buckets, and of course pay a visit to the indoor and outdoor play areas! The activities are suitable for 2–8-year-olds, but any littluns with the farmyard flare are welcome! 

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Platinum Jubilee Celebration ‘Party in the Vineyard’
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sun 5 June
If you’re in the mood to party alfresco, head to Denbies for the Platinum Jubilee Celebration ‘Party in the Vineyard’ with music from Noelle and DJ David Dodd and a picnic on the lawn. It’s on from noon until 4.30pm. Tickets are £28 adults, £10 children and includes an afternoon tea picnic plus a glass of sparkling wine (or soft drink). The Hatch on the lawn will be open for the purchase of additional refreshments.

EXHIBITIONS: Surrey Sculpture Exhibition
■ Ramster Gardens, Chiddingfold ■ ends Sun 5 June 
Visit a collection of exquisite original pieces set in the woodland areas of Ramster, by professional and novice artists. Follow to set trail to avoid missing any of the best bits. The exhibition is included in the price of entry. 

Kacey Musgraves takes the stage at Hampton Court Festival.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 7 June
As part of a summer series of alfresco comedy, Painshill has teamed up with Crack Comedy to feature a range of top comedy acts. This week it’s Paul Sinha, Esther Manito, Rob Deering and Matt Green at the evening’s MC.

MAGIC: Derren Brown – Showman
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 7 – Sat 11 June

The master of mind control and psychological illusion is back with his first new show in six years. He’s promising to astonish and amaze with a show that will take audiences further than they’ve ever been before. You’ve been warned!

COMEDY: Housewives on Holiday
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Wed 8 June

What’s better than letting your hair down with the girls? Letting your hair down with the girls on HOLIDAY! This brand new comedy stars Maureen Nolan, Julie Coombe and Josephine Partridge – and it promises a tapas selection of Holiday Heaven, Holiday Hell but most of all Holiday Hilarity!

MUSIC: Painshill Live Music Lates
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Wed 8 June – Thurs 21 July (every Wed and Thurs)
Listen to live music in the beautiful surroundings of Painshill’s tree lined Amphitheatre this summer. From cover bands to tribute acts, there is something for everyone. Click here to see the line-up. Painshill will be open from 5.30pm until 9pm, music will start around 7pm.

FESTIVALS: Hampton Court Palace Festival
■ Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court ■ Thurs 9 – Sat 25 June
Revel in the joy of light summer evenings with a fortnight of concerts in the picturesque setting of Hampton Court. Confirmed artists include UB40, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Elbow, Jack Savoretti, Kacey Musgraves and Crowded House. Book tickets early as they always sell out. Some already have!

TALK: Fauvism – An Explosion of Colour
■ The Guildford Institute, Guildford ■ Thurs 9 June

Learn about Fauvism, the art movement that took place in France at the start of the 20th Century. Led by Matisse and Derain, Les Fauves (French for “the wild beasts”) produced some of the most colourful paintings seen in Western art history, and inspired future generations of artists. It’s from 7pm-9pm, cost £14 per person.

WORKSHOP: Garden-gathered Bouquet Workshop
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Every Thurs from 9 June to 14 July
Learn how to create and wrap a lovely hand-tied floral bouquet win a garden gathered style using 100% British grown flowers including some from the Polesden cutting garden. Cost is £70 per person.

THEATRE: Offside
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 9 June

 Bringing ‘the beautiful game’ to the stage Offside returns to theatres for a third and final to celebrate the Women’s European Football Championship. Expect punchy storytelling, lyrical poetry and dynamic physicality.

WORKSHOP: An Introduction to Portrait Photography – From Formal to Candid
■ The Guildford Institute, Guildford ■ Thurs 9 June

A look at four types of portrait photography, using different lights and settings – and take turns in being the photographer and the photographed! Suitable for all levels of photographer – bring any type of camera from dSLR to iPhone. 10.30am-3.30pm, cost is £35.

FESTIVAL: Polesden Lacey’s Rose Festival
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Sat 11 June – Sun 17 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. 

WELLNESS: Yoga and Brunch
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Sun 12 June
Hands up those who need some time off? We’ve got just the answer – Yoga and Brunch Surrey are hosting their next event in the gorgeous surrounds of Painshill in Cobham on Sun 12 June. That’s alfresco yoga, connecting to nature, followed by a yuummy brunch. Perfect for busy peeps. 

FAIR: Vintage Fair
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sun 12 June

If you’re a fan of antique goodies, head along to this fair at Denbies Wine Estate which features an extensive range vintage and collectables. Free entry and parking. It’s from 10am-4pm.

THEATRE: Footloose
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 13 to Sat 18 June

Based on the Eighties screen sensation, and sizzling with spirit, fun and musical talent, Footloose is back. Starring Jake Quickenden, Darren Day, Lucy Munden and Oonagh Cox.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 14 June
Painshill’s summer series of comedy continues with funny people Simon Evans, Andy Parsons, Marcel Lucont and the evening’s MC, Erich McElroy.

THEATRE: Catch Me if You Can
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 14 – Sat 18 June

Dallas legend Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl, who you might recognise from Happy Days and Homeland, fly in from Hollywood to star alongside Corry’s Gray O’ Brie, in this exciting new production of the classic Broadway thriller.

WORKSHOP: Summer wine tasting
■ The Guildford Institute, Guildford ■ Thurs 16 June

Join wine expert Jeremy Blood as he guides you through a selection of handpicked summer wines, designed to transport you to foreign lands. Bellissimo! It’s from 7pm-9pm, cost is £22 per person.

MUSIC: Electric Ladies Of The 80s
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 17 June
Toyah Wilcox is joined boy Lene Lovich on this tour in support of Hazel O’Connor who sadly can’t be with them due to health issues. But these Post Punk and New Wave stars promise a hit-packed retro fest.

MUSIC: Sound of Sirens – Damage Control
■ Farnham Maltings, Farnham ■ Fri 17 June
Singer-songwriting duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood, from Devon, have cemented themselves as firm favourites throughout the UK and internationally too. Expect everything from beautiful, emotive ballads, to up-beat, foot stomping, hands in the air, sing-along anthems.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Squish – Babble
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Sat 18 June
An intimate, playful and surreal sound adventure with participation at its heart! Your voices will help create a new and unique piece of music that you get to take home!

MUSIC: Shalamar
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Sat 18 June
Two of the most popular Jazz Funk and Soul bands of the Eightes come to Fairfield Halls for a special one off concert – USA Soul Disco legends Shalamar and their special guests on the night, UK Jazz Funk legends Shakatak.

THEATRE: Private Peaceful
■ Richmond Theatre, Richmond ■ Mon 20 – Sat 25 June
Set against the backdrop of the First World War, Private Tommo Peaceful tells the story of youth, and his brother Charlie. The memories of their struggle through the loss of their father in a rural town are brought to life , and as they grow up and fall for the same girl, the issues seem to multiply.

MUSIC: Richard Durrant – Music for Midsommer
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 21 June
Critically acclaimed guitarist and composer Richard Durrant brings his music to Guildford. He’ll play his Sussex downland inspired The Crest, The Coombe, The Twitten and the richly melodic Book of Spells on a concert guitar made from a 5,000 year old English oak.

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 21 June
Rich Hall will play an extended set at Painshill’s summer series of comedy this week, alongside Nathan Caton. Laura Lexx will MC.

WINE TASTING: A Focus on Surrey Hills Wine Country
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Thurs 23 June

As part of Denbies’ new Wine Library Tasting series with a celebration of English wine, this event will focus on wines from the five award-winning vineyards located within the Surrey Hills AONB, as well as vineyards in neighbouring Sussex and Kent. It’s from 6.30-8pm. Early booking recommended – places are limited.

DANCE: Ballet Central
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 24 June
A chance to see dynamic contemporary dance and the grace and power of classical ballet performed to powerful music. The works include original pieces created on the company’s dancers which showcase the skills, artistry and versatility of young performers, all on the cusp of professional careers. 

COMEDY: Guildford Fringe Festival
■ Various venues in Guildford ■ Fri 24 June – Sat 16 July

Guildford’s biggest arts festival features featuring a diverse range of shows and events from theatre, burlesque, comedy, children’s events, music, dance, exhibitions, talks, workshops and cabarets!

DANCE: Dreamboys – Too Hard To Resist
■ Epsom Playhouse, Epsom ■ Fri 24 June
Scream if you are ready to misbehave… because Dreamboys are coming to Epsom. Think chiselled torsos, high-energy dance routines and boy-next-door seduction. Oh, er… naughty!

VARIETY: Hundred Watt Club – An Evening of Burlesque and Vaudeville
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 25 June
Let those summer temperatures soar to a whole new level as Hundred Watt Club return with their sell-out sexy soirée! Expect a good old-fashioned, bawdy and Champagne-soaked variety show all tied up in a feisty, tongue in cheek ribbon! Not for the feint hearted – there are adult themes, strong language and partial nudity.

FAIR: Guildford Record Fair
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 25 June
Calling all fans of vinyl (and CDs) – come to the Guildford Record Fair! There will be loads of stalls, thousands of records (and CDs), and some of the best record sellers in the south. You’ll find everything from cheap n’ cheerful bargain crates to some of the most collectable vinyl around. It’s on 10am-4pm, with free entry all day.

FAIR: Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fair
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sun 26 June
With up to 120 stands across the Grand and Martineau Halls, this antiques fair is a must-visit for lovers of unique and unusual artefacts for home interiors including pictures, mirrors, lighting and furniture to specialisms in glass, silver, ceramic and lovers of jewellery.

OUTDOORS: Bisley Shooting Ladies’ Day
■ Bisley Shooting Ground, near Woking ■ Mon 27 June

If you want a bit more from your next girly get-together – we’ve got a day out that will go off with a bang. Bisley Shooting Ground is hosting a ladies’ day – a relaxed and friendly day to experience the fun of sports clay shooting. The day includes breakfast, elevenses, tuition with an instructor, all clays and cartridges and a two-course lunch. Boom! 

COMEDY: Stand-up Comedy in the Walled Garden
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 28 June
The laughs continue at Painshill, as part of the summer series of alfresco comedy in the walled garden. This week it’s the turn of Chris McCausland, Maisie Adam and Jen Brister, with Erich McElroy as compere.

TALK: An Evening with Fran Lebowitz
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 28 June
An American original and purveyor of urban cool, the cultural satirist and author is pointed, forthright, unapologetically opinionated, and known for her hilariously dry social commentary on American life. She will be live in conversation sharing her take on everything gender, race gay rights and the media, and her own pet peeves including celebrity culture, tourists and baby strollers.

MUSIC: Lunchtime Concert – What IS so great about opera!
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Wed 29 June
Join Hilary Summers, a ridiculously tall Welsh contralto with three octave range and a Grammy award winner, and Andrew West, a slightly shorter, fabulous English pianist, for an hilarious romp through the highs and lows of opera.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: The Big Top
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 29 June
An original tale written and told by Hannah Summers about Bertie, the little boy with a big imagination. Discover Bertie’s story through drama and role-play as Hannah leads audiences through interactive and creative storytelling to enthral your little ones’ imagination. Performances at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

DANCE: Oti Mabuse – I Am Here
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 30 June

The former Strictly champ cha-cha-chas into Woking bringing with her an explosive evening of dance and music that charts the influences and inspirations on her dance journey from her childhood in South Africa to where she is today.

WORKSHOP: One Day Wine Enthusiast Workshop
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Thurs 30 June
Where better to learn and appreciate the world of wine than England’s largest vineyard. Denbies One Day Wine Enthusiast Workshop will cover all aspects of wine tasting and appreciation, grapes varieties and wine regions in a fun and relaxed way. The day includes refreshments throughout the day, a two-course lunch with Denbies award winning wine and plenty of wine tasting! No prior knowledge needed.

ONGOING EVENTS

MUSIC: Painshill Live Music Lates
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Wed 8 June – Thurs 21 July (every Wed and Thurs)
Listen to live music in the beautiful surroundings of Painshill’s tree lined Amphitheatre this summer. From cover bands to tribute acts, there is something for everyone. Click here to see the line-up. Painshill will be open from 5.30pm until 9pm, music will start around 7pm.

EXHIBITION: Treasured Possessions – Riches of Polesden Lacey
■ Polesden Lacey, nr Dorking ■ ongoing until 30 October

Discover the most significant treasures in Mrs Greville’s collection including carved and jewelled Fabergé and Cartier animals, and much-cherished Fabergé egg, rare ceramics and silver, and French, Italian and Dutch paintings. Entry included in usual admission price.

EXHIBITION: The Covid Chronicle 
■ The Lightbox ■ Tues 17 May – Thur 19 June 
Experience Wendy Bliss’ community-based art instillation of textile panels, that helped bring artists together in spirit. The exhibition features a ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ of panels to display the pandemic and the difference experiences within it. The project is in aid of MIND, and entry is free of charge. 

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE: The Queen’s Knickers
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sun 7 Aug
It’s a busy year for the Queen – she has lots of important events to attend. But disaster has struck the palace as Her Majesty’s knickers have been nicked! This regal children’s musical is full of songs, silliness and a corgi or two!

THEATRE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
■ Richmond Theatre, Richmond ■ Mon 5 – Sat 10 Sept

Starring Hollywood sweetheart Hayley Mills alongside screen and stage star Paul Nicholas, is based bestseller novel which inspired one of this century’s most treasured films. It’s a a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places.

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