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Things to do: this weekend


PLAY: Once
■ Ashcroft Playhouse at Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ now until Sat 11 Jan

From the stages of the West End and Broadway, Once tells the uplifting story of two lost souls who unexpectedly fall in love. If you loved the film, you’ll love this!

SPORT: Afternoon Flat Racing
■ Kempton Park Racecourse ■ Sat 4 Jan

Head to the racecourse for the first fixture of the year and blow out the cobwebs from all that sitting around over Christmas! Wrap up, it’ll be a chilly one!

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Rumplestiltskin and the Snail of Destiny
■ Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames ■ Sat 4 Jan

Using its puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Theatre of Widdershins brings to the stage this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale. Shows at 2pm and 4pm.

MUSIC: The Elvis Years – The Story of A King
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 4 Jan

With nostalgic film footage, an all-star band and award-winning singers, this is guaranteed to take you through an unforgettable journey with Elvis’ 50 greatest hits spanning over three decades. Rock ‘n’ roll baby!

EVENT CINEMA: André Rieu – 70 Years Young
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 4 Jan

Celebrating the big Seven-O, André is hosting this concert featuring musical highlights from throughout his career. It’s showing at cinemas throughout Surrey. Click here to find your nearest.

EVENT: Tolworth Hurdle Day
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Sat 4 Jan

Tolworth Hurdle Day is set to host seven races including The Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1). This race is for horses aged 4 and over and is run over 2 miles. Why not tie in one of the racecourse’s fine dining packages?

EVENT: Glow 2019
■ RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking ■ now until 5 Jan

Who doesn’t love an illuminated adventure at this time of year? Wander the brand new route and experience enchanting trail to see dazzling light installations themed around the four seasons.

FAMILY EVENT: Christmas at Kew
■ Kew Gardens, Kew ■ until Jan 5

Grab your last opportunity to see the famous light show at beautiful Kew Gardens, but be quick – tickets are selling out fast!

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 ■ ends 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 ■ ends 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 ■ ends 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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