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Lots going on in Surrey this week. And here's your starter for 10 right here.

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MUSIC: Mika Presents: I 🖤 Beiruit Concert
■ Livestreamed via YouTube  ■ Sat 19 Sept

Lebanese-British glam popstar Mika is staging an intimate live-streamed benefit concert in support of Beirut. All money raised will be split between two charities who are working to help the people recover from the explosion in Beirut’s port that killed hundreds, injured thousands and left many homeless.


COMEDY: Theatrical Digs
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ■ Sat 19 Sept

Penelope Keith, Esh Alladi, Rosalie Craig and Michael Cochrane appear in this funny evening highlighting the perils and the pleasures of life on stage. It’s on for one night only, in a socially-distanced performance in the theatre’s main house. There will be no interval.


MARKET: Camberley Farmers’ and Artisan Market
■ Park Street, Camberley ■ Sat 19 Sept

A vibrant artisan market offering up local produce and artisan goods, and handmade gifts. The market is on from 10am to 3pm and is free to attend.


MARKET: Lingfield Antiques, Collectible and Vintage Fair
■ Lingfield Park Racecourse ■ Sun 20 Sept

Head to Lingfield Racecourse for this vibrant market crammed with unique and unusual items. It’s on from 10.30am-3.30pm and entry is £3.50.


EXHIBITION: Redressing the Balance – Women artists from the Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 20 Sept

The exhibition will explore the ideas and narratives behind paintings, sculptures, and performance-based artworks by female artists, as part of an ongoing mission to address the imbalance of female representation in galleries, exhibitions and collections. The exhibition will feature the works of Laura Knight, Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink alongside emerging and established contemporary artists including Lucy Gregory, Chloe Wing Chow and Tahmina Negmat.



Head to Denbies Wine Estate for an alfresco wine tasting of three Denbies wines on the lawn

WINE TASTING: The Hatch on the Lawn
■ Denbies Wines Estate, Dorking ■ Saturdays 
and Sundays

Enjoy an informal tasting of three Denbies wine at this informal pop-up wine tasting event on the lawn at Denbies. The cost is £8.95 per person, which includes a tasting glass to keep. It’s on from 12noon until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


DAYS OUT: Polesden Lacey Gardens and Estate
■ Polesden Lacey, near Dorking ■ every day

The car park, gardens and estate are open at Polesden Lacey but you will need to book tickets in advance. And they go like hotcakes, so plan ahead. The stunning Edwardian manor – the former home of Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville – is set on a 1,400 acre estate, and dogs are welcome in parts of the garden and grounds. There’s plenty of space for rambling across the estate, including four waymarked trails, and beautiful landscaped gardens which are particularly lovely at this time of year especially the rose garden. Tickets are released every Friday.


AFTERNOON TEA: Silent Pool Gin Garden
■ Barnett Hill Hotel, near Guildford ■ until end September

Afternoon tea with gin on a gorgeous summer’s day surrounded by beautiful gardens – sounds just about perfect. Head to Barnett Hill Hotel for where you can sample three Silent Pool gins and cocktails alongside your scones and cakes in the enchanting Wendy House Garden. It’s from 3pm-5pm daily. Cost is £50 per person.


EXHIBITION: David Harber – Changing Landscapes
■ Great Fosters, Egham ■ now until Wed Sept 30

Visit Great Fosters to take in the exhibition of Oxfordshire artist David Harber. David has provided a suggested route throughout the 50 acre estate, carefully considering how the 13 pieces interact with the gardens and each other.


‘Kimono To Catwalk’ has reopened at the V&A Museum in London.

EXHIBITION: Kimono to Catwalk
■ V&A Museum, London ■ until 25 Oct

‘Kimono to Catwalk’ charts the journey of the traditional Japanese garment as an evolving fashion icon, from its origins in the 1660s to its modern-day iteration.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ ends 6 Sept 

This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve 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).


EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers
■ The Design Museum, London ■ ends 14 Feb 2021

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 


EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs
■ Imperial War Museum, London ■ ends 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

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