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Find out what’s on in Surrey this week with our latest guide to going out.
June 28 / The Hand & Spear, Weybridge
Laugh your socks off at the Hand & Spear in Weybridge as their popular Comedy Club returns this June. Be entertained by some of the finest stand-up acts on the UK comedy circuit as well as tucking in to a two-course meal prior to a fiesta of funny. Line-up on the night features the comic talents of Nathan Willcock, Tom Little, Matthew Baylis, Sy Thomas, Ryan McDonnell and David Tsonos.
For more information, visit www.handandspear.co.uk
June 30 / Gostrey Meadow, Farnham
Farnham Carnival takes over the town on the last Saturday of the month. Dating back to 1923, this historical carnival is organised by the Farnham Lions and promises to be a fabulous day out for the family. Live music and entertainment can be expected during the day with the procession kicking off at around 6pm.
For more information, visit www.farnham.gov.uk
Opera on the Balcony
June 30 / The Guildhall, Guildford
For some ‘freemium’ entertainment this month, make your way to Guildford High Street and be serenaded by the sounds of opera from the balcony of the Guildhall taking place 6.30-7.30pm. Earlier in the day enjoy other free fringe events taking place throughout Guildford, with the Surrey Fringe Chorus, Pleb Theatre Company and Street To The Point all taking their stages to the streets. Enjoy a cacophony of entertainment courtesy of Guildford Fringe Festival until July 30.
For more information, visit wwww.guildfordfringefestival.com
Island Open Day
July 1 / Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher
Take some time out this weekend and enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the island found at Claremont Landscape Gardens on the outskirts of Esher. Peek inside the pavilion and discover its lost history as well as experiencing the gorgeous views across the lake. Perfect for a Sunday stroll on a summer’s afternoon.
For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
July 2 – July 7 / New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Direct from London’s West End comes the hit musical about Michael Jackson and the magic he made on stage. Created to celebrate the life and times of one of the world’s greatest entertainers, Thriller Live features over two hours of glorious non-stop hits to dance and sing along to.
For more information, visit www.atgtickets.com
Drawing for Adults
July 4 / The Lightbox, Woking
Whether you’re a sporadic scribbler or fine art aficionado why not pop along to The Lightbox in Woking for some inspirational drawing class around the museum and gallery space. From complete beginners to accomplished artists – all are welcome. Tools are provided and booking is essential.
For more information, visit www.thelightbox.org.uk
Edinburgh Previews: Will Mars & Julian Dutton
July 5 / The Electric Theatre, Guildford
As comics across the country make final preparations for the Edinburgh Fringe in August, this is your chance to check out some of the talent ahead of the annual festival of funny. Will Mars rues and realises that stand-up comedy may not be the most important thing in his life, while Julian Dutton explores and pays tribute to the life and times of John Le Mesurier who became a household name as Sergeant Wilson in the hit TV show Dad’s Army.
For more information, visit www.electric.theatre
International Youth Arts Festival
July 6 – July 15 / Various Venues, Kingston
Taking place at multiple venues throughout Kingston, the International Youth Arts Festival showcases the plethora of emerging talent from across the borough and beyond. With over 200 events planned over 10 days, the festival is the biggest multi-arts festival in the UK and is your chance to see some of the counties hottest talents.
For more information, visit www.iyafestival.org.uk
July 6 – July 8 / Lions Green, Haslemere
Head to Haslemere for the biennial Lionfest taking place on Lions Green in Haslemere. Enjoy music, comedy, poetry, theatre and dance at this family friendly festival found in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Headliners across the weekend include the highly acclaimed Rews, the pop-tastic sounds of Scouting For Girls and the Legendary Real Thing as well as Bobby Davro making an appearance in the comedy tent.
For more information, visit www.lionfest.co.uk
Party in the Park
July 7 / Woking Park, Woking
Back with a bang is Woking’s Party in The Park. This fabulous free event invites the entire community to come and celebrate Woking. This year the Borough marks the centenaries of the end of First World War as well as the victory won by women in achieving the right to vote for the first time. With plenty planned for the day, appealing to both young and old visitors alike, enjoy live music, workshops, stalls and much food and drink at this family extravaganza. Did we mention it’s free?
For more information, visit www.celebratewoking.info
Woodland Fairy Fair
July 7 – July 8 / Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, Compton
Attention all fairies, sprites, pixies and goblins! You are cordially invited to a day of magical adventures in the wild woodlands of the Watts Gallery Artists’ Village. Explore the woodland trail, make fairy-themed crafts, hear stories of magic and have your face painted. As the weekend unfolds, search for fairies in the wild woodland, have a go at den building and try tree climbing with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Kids get free entry with paying adults.
For more information, visit www.wattsgallery.org.uk
The Daniel Wakeford Experience
July 7 / The Boileroom, Guildford
Star of the hit Channel 4 series The Undateables and champion of the UK’s burgeoning learning disabled music scene, The Daniel Wakeford Experience descends on Guildford’s The Boileroom for a night of pure pop. Get your tickets quick before the show sells out.
For more information, visit www.theboileroom.net
Guildford Raft Race
July 7 / River Wey, Guildford
Oars at the ready as Guildford’s annual raft race returns to the banks of the River Wey. Running for over 40 years, the raft race see’s teams from around the town build their own seaworthy (or not-so-seaworthy) rafts to sail down the River Wey, all the while raising money for charity. Hosted by the Guildford Lions, racing commences from 3pm at Millmead Lock Island and concludes at the Waterside Centre in Stoughton.
For more information, visit www.guildfordlions.com
Gryff Rhys Jones: Where Was I?
July 12 / G Live, Guildford
Enjoy a journey to Guildford’s G Live this week as comedy genius Gryff Rhys Jones stops off on his Where Was I? tour. Partial to a spot of adventure, Jones reveals all about his intrepid explorations along rivers, up mountains, into Africa, out of India and across the BBC and back. Expect funny anecdotes, observations and bald faced lies about what it takes and what to take when it comes to travel.
For more information, visit www.glive.co.uk
GSC Present: Love’s Labour’s Lost
July 13 – July 28 / University of Law, Guildford
Guildford Shakespeare Company present the second instalment of their open-air theatre summer series with their production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. One of Shakespeare’s earlier forays into comedy and considered by many to be the prequel to Much Ado About Nothing, director Tom Little relocates the play’s setting from Northern Spain to the idyllic scene of the Sussex coast on the eve of the Second World War.
For more information, visit www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
Brooklands In Sound: The Festival
July 14 / Brooklands Museum
Celebrate the sounds of mighty machines and make your way to Brooklands Museum for an evening festival of music, poetry and sound. Surrey Arts will be premiering their new work No Sound Ever Dies, composed by Joanna Lee and written by librettist Stephen Plaice which tells the story of motoring pioneers and Brooklands heroes Percy Lambert and Kay Petre. On the night, they will be joined by a cast of choirs, bands and ensembles embedded into garages and exhibitions across the Brooklands Museum site.
For more information, visit www.brooklandsmuseum.com