The Muddy Guide: Thur 28 Apr – Wed 4 May
The Ladyboys of Bangkok, at Dorking Halls, Mon 2 May
Energetic, exotic, eclectic and completely unpredictable – who doesn’t like a bit of cabaret on a Monday night. This is a night of pure escapism taking you from the humdrum of everyday life in a euphoric bubble of laughter, glamour, glitz and music. With more songs and musical production numbers than you could shake a sequined hip to – it’s bound to be a night you’ll remember.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £22.50. dorkinghalls.co.uk
Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman: Song The Ballad Book, at Farnham Maltings, Tues 3 May
Courtney Pine was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene in the Eighties when his first album charted, and he continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous awards. Now with his latest project, his 16th studio album, he is stripping everything back (musically, you understand) for an intimate show, playing bass clarinet accompanied only by Mobo Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman.
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444. Tickets: £20. farnhammaltings.com
Zindabad, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Mill Studio), Guildford, until 7 May
A stellar cast, including the Bafta-wining actress Linda Thorson (you might remember her from The Avengers, or possibly Emmerdale), present this drama about marriage, friendship and fidelity. It’s set in the Punjab during August 1947, and is the story of Harry Lesseps, a man of mixed blood, French and Indian, who has a passionate affair with Sally Lawrence, the wife of an English farmer. It is the lastest work by the acclaimed playwright David Conville. And I reckon it’ll be a goodie.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX. Tel: 01483 44 00 00. Tickets: £15 yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Wisley Craft and Design Fair, at RHS Wisley, Woking, 28 Apr – 2 May
Calling all crafters… and all those who love to buy handmade art and craft. This event is one of the largest put on by crafting group, Craft in Focus, and will be held in marquees at the RHS garden Wisley – so visitors will be able to view and purchase contemporary craft and art from 170 exhibitors and also enjoy the beautiful spring gardens at Wisley. That’s a double reason to go if you ask me. See you there!
Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 260 9000. rhs.org.uk
Bluebell walk, Runnymede National Trust, Sun 1 May
One of the most beautiful sights in spring is the swathe of bluebells shimmering in the dappled sunlight in our native woodlands. There are plenty of woods in Surrey where you can take a walk and enjoy the display, but leave it to the good old National Trust to offer guided walks so you can find the best spots, and learn a bit about bluebells in the process. Runnymede National Trust are hosting guided tours of Coopers Hill Woods to help you discover the places where bluebells carpet the undergrowth. It’s from 11.30am-1pm and booking is a must. Dog on leads are welcome.
Runnymede National Trust, Windsor Rd, Old Windsor, SL4 2JL. Tel:0844 2491895. Tickets: £6 adults, £3 children. nationaltrust.org.uk
Archery at Hatchlands Park, near Guildford, Mon 2 May
Make like Katniss Everdene and have a go at archery at Hatchlands Park this Bank Holiday Monday. There won’t be any Hunger Games (which is probably just as well, though it might just spice things up a bit), but you’ll get six arrows for £2 and some pointers from H&H Archery. It’s on between 11am-3pm and no booking is necessary.
Hatchlands Park, East Wing Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT. Tel: 01483 222482. nationaltrust.org.uk
100 Watt Club, at the Electric Theatre, Guildford, Fri 29 April
Get your vintage dresses out girls, and treat yourself to a naughty night of hypnotising striptease from London’s darling Ruby Deshabille, cheeky burlesque from Fey Au Lait, and musical capers from dour faced comedian Lawrence Owen – all held together by our host, vintage songstress Dawn Gracie. Sounds like outrageous fun!
The Electric Theatre, Onslow St, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Tel: 01483 444789. Tickets: £15. guildford.gov.uk
Thriller Live, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 2 – 7 May
This is as close as you’re gonna get to seeing Wacko Jacko live in stage, and from what I’ve heard it’s not a bad night out if you’re a fan of the so-called King of Pop. No cheesy storyline with shoehorned in songs – it’s unashamedly a musical about Jacko’s life – a celebration of the Motown, disco, rock, pop and soul of Jackson.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ, Tel: 0844 871 7645. £26.65-£33.65. atgtickets.com
Watts at Dusk: Secret Garden, at Watts Studios, Compton, Fri 29 Apr
If the weather holds out, this event sounds delightful and so quintessentially English. It’s also one you can enjoy with the family. Watts Gallery and Artist’s Village is hosting its first late opening for the year. There will be garden-inspired snacks, cakes and sweet treats from the Vintage Pop Up Tea Room, award-winning mixologists from the Bit Bar offering botanical cocktails (including some that are alcohol free, but pah to that!). Limnerslease, the former home of the Watts’s will be open, with harp music in the red room and musical performers from Prior’s Field School in Godalming. There will be artisan face painters and games on the lawn.
Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235. wattsgallery.org.uk
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BalletBoyz: Life, at G Live, Guildford, Tues 17 May
Men in tights – what’s not to like!! Life, is a double bill performed by the all-male BalletBoyz company of 10 dancers. And while it’s called Life, loneliness and death are actually the themes that are explored in the dances that come courtesy of Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos. The show features an original score written for an ensemble of nine musicians. It’s only here for one night though, so get booking.
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. Tickets: £15-£24. glive.co.uk
Peppa Pig’s Surprise: Live on Stage, at Dorking Halls, Sun 8 May
One for the little ones, but you’ll need to be quick because it’s almost sold out. Peppa, George and co are playing outside, when Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig come along with a surprise for them. Peppa and George can’t guess what it it. See if your little ones can. *Snort* There will be fun and games in this new show, as the life-size puppets bring new songs and and dance.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £13.50-£17.50. dorkinghalls.co.uk