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Things to do: this weekend

FRI 14 - SUN 16 FEB


THEATRE: Blood Brothers
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Tues 11 – Sat 15 Feb

Willy Russell (also of Shirley Valentine fame) penned this tragi-comic tale which follows twins separated at birth and living very different lives. It ran for years in the West End and is now on tour. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get some serious ear-worms.


EVENT: Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day
■ Sandown Park ■ Fri 14 Feb

Head to Sandown Park for a fun-filled day of horse racing with an extra special military twist. Why not add to the experience by upgrading to a hospitality ticket?

ROMANCE: Valentine’s Food and Film Night
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Fri 14 Feb

Treat your loved one with a fancy night at The Lightbox complete with a posh four-course meal and a showing of Some Like It Hot in the Ambassador Room. A Valentine’s Day to remember!

DAYS OUT: Godstone Farm Olympics
■ Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone ■ Sat 15 Feb – Sun 23 Feb

Celebrate this Olympic year with an abundance of farm themed challenges. Will your toy tractor win the race? Will your welly throw be far enough? Get all 5 rings to head to the winners podium! Fun for all the family, that’s for sure.

THEATRE: Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Sat 15 Feb

The perfect way to share your childhood love for Dahl’s literature with your own little ones, this theatrical and interactive show explores the author’s legendary stories including Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe BFG and The Twits. An guaranteed hour of pure nostalgia!

OUTDOORS: Living with Nature
■ Hever Castle, Kent ■ Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Make the most of the first half term of the year with Hever Castle’s array of outdoor activities such as falconry displays and following nature trails. Bit chilly? Don’t you worry, your little one will be entertained by creating a ladybug or bumble bee in a free craft workshop or get your face painted as an animal!

DAYS OUT: Lightopia Festival London
■ Chiswick House, Chiswick ■ ends Sun 1 Mar

Lightopia Festival London illuminated peacock

January can be a bit bleak so flick the switch and let there be light. Lightopia is coming to Chiswick House for its annual illuminations and the show is expected to be bigger, better, and uses more light bulbs than ever before. No one will be able to make a cuppa in West London but it’ll be oh so worth it.

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 SHOW: Cirque Du Soleil
■ Royal Albert Hall, London ■ ends 1 Mar

Luzia Cirque Du Soleil performers in stage of sea with acrobats balancing above the water

Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall, bringing their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA to Europe for the first time. You’ll be transported to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Always a wow production that the whole family will love.

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).


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