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Things to do: March


OUTDOORS: Ranger-led walk: The Secret Language of Trees
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ from Mon 2 March

Don those walking boots, your cosiest scarf and that trusty woolly hat and head out to the gardens of Polesden Lacey to learn more about the trees that make up its sweeping gardens. Collect your wooden token from reception and head down to the shepherd’s hut to meet your ranger.

EXHIBITION: Nelson Mandela Art Exhibition
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tue 3 – Sat 14 March

Presented by Belgravia Gallery, this exhibition will display the collection of signed artwork produced by Nelson Mandela in the early 2000s after his release from prison and time as President of South Africa. As an iconic figure in recent history, this exhibition is sure to be a hit with everyone.

COMEDY: Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
■ Dorking Halls ■ Tue 3 March

The famous funny man with the unmistakable laugh is head to Dorking this month. Expect comments that toe the line and don’t expect much political correctness. Carr’s shows are always sell-outs, so be quick!

COMEDY: Tom Stade
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thu 5 March

The Canadian comic comes to Guildford with his new show, Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, promising hilarious anecdotes about family life (16+).

■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Thu 5 – Sat 7 March

Zog is super eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. But will clumsy Zog succeed? Head to Fairfield Halls with your little ones for the on-stage adaption of the famous 2010 picture book by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

DANCE: Anton & Erin – Dance Those Magical Movies
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thu 5 March

Strictly fans, assemble! The show’s star professional Anton and Erin are embarking on a tour of the UK and Woking is on the agenda. Including routines to musical classics from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singin’ in the Rain, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, join the couple and a 23-piece orchestra for a magical night of moves.

COMEDY: Tom Rosenthal: Manhood
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 7 March


Recognise this face from Friday Night Dinner or maybe Plebs? Tom is a rising star in the comedy world and has taken his quick wit to the stage for his very own stand up tour. We predict giggles on tap!

OUTDOORS: Herald of Spring
■ Bourne Hall, Ewell ■ Sat 7 March

There’s fun and games for all the family with a range of activities, beautiful floral displays, an indoor market, and this year there is a 60s theme. Be sure to stick around to see the contestants of this year’s Great Scarecrow Competition, which also has a 60s theme. John Lennon in scarecrow form, anyone?

TALK: An Evening with Nick Butter – The Tales of an Extraordinary World First Expedition
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 7 March

In November 2019, Nick Butter was named the first person to run a marathon in every country in the world. And here we were proud of accomplishing Park Run this weekend! His tales of muggings, war zones, dog attacks, extreme exhaustion, and the sheer scale and diversity of our planet makes for a very insightful and interesting evening.

EVENGT: #March4Women and WOW Festival
■ Royal Festival Hall, London ■ Sun 8 March

Celebrate International Women’s with these two events in London – the Women of the World Festival at the Royal Festival Hall and the Care International #March4Women Rally. The WOW Festival is from 12noon-1.15pm (tickets £5) and features Emeli Sandé and RAYE performing alongside a star-studded line-up of musicians, actors, climate experts, youth activists and women directly impacted by the climate emergency. It’s followed by the #March4Women Rally which starts at 1.45pm from Whitehall Place and ends at Parliament Square with guest appearances and speeches. The march is free, but you must register. This year’s march and rally will call for action on the double injustice of climate change and gender inequality.


THEATRE: Educating Rita
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 9 – Sat 14 March

When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course, she has no idea where the journey will take her. Her tutor Frank isn’t enthusiastic about taking her under his wing, but they soon realise they can learn a lot from each other. This adaption of the multi award-winning  film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine is guaranteed to be a hit!

MUSIC: Fascinating Aida
■ Dorking Halls ■ Tues 10 March

Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour. Expect comedy, cabaret and some moves along the way! With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song, how can you possibly miss them? If you miss the Dorking show, they’ll be at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Wed 25 March and G Live in Guildford on Thurs 26 March. 

EXHIBITION: Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin
■ Watts Gallery, near Guildford ■ Tue 10 March – Sun 31 May

Two centuries after his birth, this exhibition featuring works by J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and other leading artists of the nineteenth century, examines art critic Ruskin’s legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator.

THEATRE: The Kite Runner
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tue 10 – Sat 14 March

Adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s hugely popular novel, The Kite Runner follows the story of two young boys living in Afghanistan. A beautiful afternoon in Kabul is the setting for the annual kite flying tournament, but no one could predict the horrifying turn of events that change the boys lives forever.

THEATRE: Matthew Bourne’s Production of The Red Shoes
■ New Wimbledon Theatre ■ Tue 10 – Sat 14 March

What happens when you live to dance but your ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire the passion? The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. With music by golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, this is sure to be a fantastically whimsical night.

SHOW: Friends! The Musical Parody
■ Dorking Halls ■ Thu 12 March

Who doesn’t love Friends? Here at Muddy, we still love to watch the reruns! Head to Dorking Halls for this musical on-stage adaption of one of the most famous sitcoms of all time. Pivot… Pivot!

COMEDY: Lucy Porter – Be Prepared
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 13 – Sat 14 March

At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot, but life is a little more complicated than that as she soon realised. As seen on Would I lIe To You and QI, rising comic Lucy Porter is a hoot!

Boyzlife Tour 2020
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Fri 13 March

Fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two come together for the first time with a full-band production show which features Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy. Expect to hear top tunes from both bands.

ART: Contemporary Arts Fair
■ Sandown Racecourse, Esher ■ Sat 14 – Sun 15 March

The largest art fair outside of London is returning to Surrey! The Contemporary Arts Fair brings together over 160 emerging and established contemporary artists and galleries, all of whom will share their impressive work at Sandown Racecourse. Artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, and ceramicists from across Europe will be there, so it’s a must-attend event for every creative! Tickets are just £8 when booked in advance (£10 on the door).

SHOPPING: Vintage Fashion Fair
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 14 March

Love yourself a secondhand bargain or hate wearing the same as everyone else? Head to this vintage clothing dream setup with options as old as the 1900s! Shoes, handbags, hats, jewellery and textiles will also be up for grabs and entry is just £2.

THEATRE: The Croft
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Mon 16 – Sat 21 March

Copyright: Charlotte Graham

Based on a true story, two women arrive at a former Crofters Hut in the deserted village of Coillie Ghille in the remote Scottish Highlands. The weekend getaway takes an unexpectedly scary turn when the women get drawn into the dark history of the Croft.

THEATRE: Priscilla Queen of the Desert
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 16 – Sat 21 March

Well-loved drag musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert comes to Surrey with Strictly winner Joe McFadden. Don’t expect all the bitchy cutting wit of the original film but do expect dazzling costumes, dance floor classics, a poignant backstory and plenty of feel-good fun to get you in festive mood.

EXHIBITION: Two Painters at the Crossroads: Geoffrey Pimlott and Colin Merrin
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tue 17 – Sun 29 March

This exhibition displays Geoffrey Pimlott’s asymmetric abstracts alongside fellow artist Colin Merrin’s sociopolitical visual contrasts of split narratives, ambiguity, and fractured meanings. A must-visit for any keen art fan!

EVENT: #TheresNoPlanetB
■ Two Ducks, St John’s Village ■ Thurs 19 March

An evening of inspiring talks from local experts about how we can help save the planet. The line up includes Anna Jones from the World Wildlife Fund, Marie Ovenden, founder of the local group ‘Sustainable(ish), Woking’, and Mel Hemmings, founder of refill business ‘Bare and Fair’, Kirstie Smillie, personal stylist and campaigner for the ‘Guilt Free Wardrobe’, and Claire Leigh, the founder of Two Ducks, whowill talk about how to make more sustainable gifting choices. Tickets are £5.

COMEDY: Alex Edelman: Just For Us
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 19 March

Edelman’s first show – named Millennial – won an Edinburgh Comedy award, so you know you’re onto a good thing here. If you’re interested in gorilla that can do sign language, you need to grab a ticket.

MUSIC: Through the Rain – A Celebration of Barry Manilow
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Thurs 19 March

With an incredible live band and stunning backing vocalists, this production celebrates the timeless songs and melodies of ‘Barry Manilow’ the man and his genius.

FESTIVAL: Guildford Jazzfest ’20
■ Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 20 – Sun 22 March

With a whole weekend of music from leading UK jazz, latin and funk artists plus a Gala concert featuring internationally renowned artist Iain Ballamy, a Surrey Young Jazz Musicians of the Year concert, a history of jazz talk and a film with live music accompaniment, plus brunches, lunches, cream teas and cake, what’s not to like?

FESTIVAL: Love Wine Festival
■ Harbour Hotel, Guildford ■ Sat 21 March

The Love Wine Festival is back for another year and if a festival was ever made for us, this would be it. With around 30 exhibitors, sample over 200 wines (spittoons available, if that’s your thing!), meet wine experts and attend a Wine Walk or masterclass to really polish your expertise. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of food available too to add to your day of tipples!

FAMILY FUN: Mother’s Day Weekend
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge ■ Sat 21 – Sun 22 March

It’s time to treat mum! Head to Hever Castle to wander around the 125 acres of land before sitting down to a luxury afternoon tea. What’s not to like? To occupy the sprogs, there’s also a free craft workshop where they can make their own keyrings. A gift for mum, perhaps?

KID’S SHOW: The Sooty Show
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Sun 22 March

Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy! Get a healthy dose of nostalgia and introduce your little ones to the classic kid’s TV classic. Join Sooty and the gan for all things flying cars, singing unicorns and levitating sausages – yes, really!

MUSIC: Elaine Delmar
■ Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond ■ Sun 22 March

After selling out her first appearance at the Orange Tree, one of the great British jazz voices of all time brings to Richmond her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks of all time, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

TALK: Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of A Junior Doctor)
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 23 March

Everyone has heard of Adam Kay by now and it’s Woking’s chance to be his host! This comedic talk is an extension of his massively successful book, which is now being turned into an eight-part series by the BBC!

MUSIC: The Bowie Collective
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 24 March

Take an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spellbinding backdrop of lights and visual magic.

COMEDY: Mock Tudor Comedy Club
■ Riverhouse Barn Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Fri 27 March

Join magician meets comedian Danny Buckler, stand-up talent Jarlath Regan, Have I Got News For You alumni Greg Burns, and the BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner  Yuriko Kotani for an evening of belly laughs!

FILM: Banff Mountain Film Festival – Blue Programme
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 27 March

A brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival! The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe.

THEATRE: Bye Bye Baby
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Sat 28 March

A tribute to musical phenomenon Jersey Boys, head to the Epsom Playhouse for four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography. As Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons would say – oh what a night!

EVENT: Big Day Out at Kempton Park
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Sat 28 March

The Big Day Out is an afternoon of high-energy racing with an after-party hosted by Heart & Heart Dance DJ Toby Anstis! Get your gladrags on and your dancing shoes on.

EVENT: Tree trumps trail
■ Claremont Landscape Garden ■ Sat 28 March – Thu 16 April

Collect fascinating facts about the amazing trees dotted around the garden to play ‘tree trumps’ at the end with your friends and family.

FAMILY FUN: Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
■ Winkworth Arboretum ■ Sat 28 March – Mon 13 April

Who doesn’t love chocolate? We sure know the little ones love a sugary treat, but let’s make it a little harder for them by hiding the eggs all around this beautiful National Trust location. Race you!

EXHIBITION: Norman Ackroyd: Etching the Archipelago
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ opens Fri 28 Feb – 19 April

St Kilda Morning, Norman Ackroyd, Etching and Aquatint

Watts Contemporary Gallery presents an exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd, widely acclaimed as Britain’s foremost contemporary etcher and a leading landscape artist and printmaker. The exhibition brings together more than 40 aquatint etchings – including a number of new prints – inspired by the artist’s expeditions to the edge of the British Archipelago over almost 50 years.

EXHIBITION: David Hockney – Ways of Working
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ ends Sun 19 April

David Hockney, ‘Portrait of Sir David Webster’ 1971 © David Hockney. Photo Credit Richard Schmidt

An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. This exhibition takes an in-depth look at Hockney’s ingenious exploration of a diverse range of media, spanning six decades of creative output.

LONDON 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.

EXHIBITION: Polesden Voices
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ ends 22 July

Find out the stories of the people who lived and worked at Polesden Lacey over the last century in this exhibtion. It’s open daily in the house from noon and from 11am on weekends. Normal admission applies.

LONDON EXHIBITION: Abba – Super Troupers
■ O2, London ■ ends 21 Aug 2020

Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (6 Dec – 21 Aug 2020).

THEATRE: Time Machine
■ London Library, London ■ until 5 April

The Creation Theatre crew are heading to the Big Smoke! In this moving (literally) production, small audiences will be led through the vast London Library as Time Machine, which explores themes of neuroscience, big data, genomics and global connectedness, unfolds. Knowing Creation, it’s bound to be brilliant.

EXHIBITION: Sculpture at Wisley 2020
■ RHS Wisley, near Woking ■ until Wed 30 Sept

An unmissable exhibition of larger-than-life sculptures – The Four Seasons by contemporary American sculptor and filmmaker Philip Haas. Standing proud at nearly 5m tall, the figures are 3-D interpretations of paintings by 16th-century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The exquisitely detailed pieces imagine Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in human form, rendered with exuberant arrangements of seasonal fruit, vegetables, flowers and crops.

■ Maddox Gallery, London ■ 2 – 24 Mar

To mark International Women’s Day, this new exhibition aims to redefine the conversation around women in art and raise awareness for brilliant female artists that champion women in their work. Artists exhibiting include Coco Davez, Sophia Tea and Lauren Baker.

LONDON EXHIBITION: Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk
■ V&A Museum London ■ from 29 Feb

Kimono Kyoto square

The V&A is turning Japanese to pay tribute to the kimono – an icon of fashion, culture, and status. Expect to see the kimono Alexander McQueen designed for Björk to wear in the cover photo for ‘Homogenic’, the Star Wars costumes inspired by – you’ve guessed it! – kimono and how it is worn today. It’s worth booking a ticket in advance because these babies are always super popular.

■ Tate Modern, London ■  13 Feb – 11 May 

I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty above. The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.

THEATRE: Pretty Woman The Musical 
■ Piccadilly Theatre, London ■ until 2 Jan 2021

Pretty Woman finally comes to the West End after a successful run on Broadway. The production has some major creds with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray),  and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan Adams (yes, really!).


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