WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK IN SURREY
‘Tis the season to experience a much awaited return to culture in the community! As liberty looks on, chomping at the bit, we’ve picked some of the best events coming up in Surrey and beyond over the next week or so. From foodie markets to nights at the theatre, let’s take a look at what’s on!
HAMLET / NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 4 / THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR
Get ready for a new era of theatre as acclaimed director Sean Mathias leads an all-star cast at the Theatre Royal in Windsor later this July. Government guidelines permitting, hopeful audience members will be able to choose on-stage seats, presenting them with the opportunity to experience some genuinely world-class theatre up-close. Led by Mathias, catch one of the stages best-loved plays performed by a cast that features none other than Jenny Seagrove and Sir Ian McKellen.
For more information, visit theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
GUILDFORD ARTS SUMMER EXHIBITION / JULY 10 – 22 / MILL STUDIO, YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD
The popular Guildford Arts Annual Summer Art Exhibition returns to the historic riverside Mill Studio, next to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in the heart of the town. After a limited online presence last year, this thoughtfully curated contemporary art Exhibition promises much to entice the public back to look at art in person, dispelling our flat, on-screen experiences of the last year. Over 20 local and national artists will display their talent and expertise in glass, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, drawings, metalwork, prints and photography. Rich Miller, ceramicist and judge from The Great Pottery Throwdown, will launch the Exhibition.
For more information, visit guildfordarts.com
THE LUNA CINEMA / JULY 15 – 18 + 22 – 25 / ASCOT RACECOURSE + HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Enjoy moonlit night’s at the movies as the Luna Cinema arrive with their giant outdoor cinema screen at both Ascot Racecourse and Hampton Court Palace this July. Catch old-school and modern classic films such as Rocketman, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, Pretty Woman, Top Gun, and Bohemian Rhapsody, all the while kicking back in the grounds of some of the countries most iconic venues.
For more information, visit lunacinema.com
THE THREE MUSKETEERS: A COMEDY ADVENTURE / JULY 16 – 17 / ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON
Armed with a baguette and his questionable steed, accompany the courageous d’Artagnan on his quest to join the illustrious company of the Three Musketeers. Get set for a comedy adventure like no other, and be transported to the French countryside for an evening of nonsense. Produced by the award-winning Le Navet Bete, creators of the hit show Dracula: the Bloody Truth.
For more information, visit rosetheatre.org
STAND-UP COMEDY CLUB OUTDOORS / JULY 16 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
Farnham Maltings partner with Off the Kerb Productions to bring some much welcome comic relief to folks in Farnham and beyond this July. Enjoy a summers eve with two hours of some of the best and brightest upcoming comics on the circuit. Fancy some food with your funny? Tuck into treats from the barbecue that’ll be sizzling away before the entertainment kicks off. Tickets and food must be booked in advance.
For more information, visit farnhammaltings.com
ROOFTOP FILM FESTIVAL / JULY 16 – 18 / MAIN SQUARE CAR PARK, CAMBERLEY
Camberley’s Rooftop Film Festival is back! Found on Level 5 of the town’s Main Square Car Park, get set for a weekend’s worth of top-notch films that include Joker (Friday), Toy Story 4, Lion King, Rocketman – Singalong (Saturday), Frozen 2 and A Star is Born (Sunday). Deckchairs will be provided for all attendees, and food and drink offerings available to purchase on the night.
For more information, visit collectivelycamberley.co.uk
CAMBERLEY FARMERS’ MARKET / JULY 17 / PARK STREET, CAMBERLEY
Taking place on the third Saturday of the month, every month, find a food and drink haven at the town’s farmers’ market taking place on Park Street. Eat, drink and devour the culinary delights that lie in wait.
For more information, visit surreymarkets.co.uk
THE OFF-ROAD SURREY HILLS EPIC / JULY 17 / DENBIES WINE ESTATE, DORKING
For the attention of MTB and Gravel riders, Just Pedal host one of the UK’s premier distance cycle challenges this July. Choose from three distances (25k, 75k and 125k) and take in some truly incredible views of the Surrey Hills whilst you’re at it.
For more information, visit just-pedal.com
CHEESE & CHILLI FESTIVAL / JULY 17 – 18 / SHALFORD PARK, GUILDFORD
Feel the heat this July at this celebration of chillies and cheese. This wildly popular travelling foodfest regularly sees between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors at each event, drawn to nearly 100 traders and the chance to sample some of the best chillies and cheeses from the UK and beyond. Back in Guildford for its fifth year, if you’re feeling brave, take part in the chilli eating or man v food competition, or just take in demos and talks, great live music, bars, children’s entertainment and much more.
For more information, visit cheeseandchillifestival.com
SHAKESPEARE IN THE SUN / JULY 17 – 18 / CLAREMONT FAN COURT SCHOOL, ESHER
Join the acclaimed Rose Youth Theatre for the first performances of 2021 as they perform Shakespeare in the Sun at this two-day festival held at Esher’s scenic Claremont Fan Court School. Enjoy an afternoon of immersive entertainment followed by an eying double-bill of The Tempest & Twelfth Night.
For more information, visit rosetheatre.org
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH / JULY 18 / THE GIN KITCHEN DISTILLERY, DORKING
Forget your worries and head for the award-winning Gin Kitchen this July for a spot of Bottomless Brunch. Enjoy limitless gin and tonics for two hours accompanied by a hearty brunch box that includes a selection of fruits, yoghurt, granola, charcuterie, hard-boiled egg, mashed avocado, waffles and maple syrup and croissants. If your mouth has begun to uncontrollably drool at the thought of such an experience, then we would implore you to book a space for yourself and up top five of your favourite people, pronto.
For more information, visit gin.kitchen
MILFORD FARMERS’ MARKET / JULY 18 / SECRETT’S FARM SHOP, MILFORD
Foodies unite! Milford Farmers’ Market returns to Secrett’s Farm Shop this Sunday promising a plethora of seasonal and local produce for you to peruse and purchase. Stock the larder and treat yo’ self!
For more information, visit surreyfarmersmarkets.org
GUILDFORD SHAKESPEARE COMPANY PRESENTS: AS YOU LIKE IT / JULY 19 – 31 / RACKS CLOSE, GUILDFORD
Guildford Shakespeare Company continues their summer season with the Bard’s classic comedy As You Like It. Having performed the same play some eight years ago, GSC returns to the outdoor environs of former chalk quarry Racks Close to transport you to the Forest of Arden, where you’ll join a cast of enchanting characters who’ll be bringing much merriment to your evening this week.
For more information, visit guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
WALLED GARDEN SUMMER SERIES / JULY / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Fancy some entertainment? Of course, you do! That’s why you’re reading this ‘ere pamphlet of wonder, right? The good news is that Painshill Park has quite the calendar of events taking place at their esteemed pleasure gardens this summer. From stand-up comedy nights featuring some of the best comics around to outdoor theatre performances and ‘songs from the shows’, find yourself some culture contained within the beautiful walled garden of Painshill Park this month.
For more information, visit painshill.co.uk
ART ON THE RAILINGS / EVERY SATURDAY + SUNDAY / THE RAILINGS RIVERSIDE WALK, FARNHAM
Are you looking for some freemium entertainment? Why not head over to Farnham for a leisurely day perusing artwork on the railings found by the Riverside Walk. Be inspired by this art en seine exhibition and perhaps purchase a picture or two to hang on that wall that’s crying out for some colour and character.
For more information, visit farnhamartsociety.org
WILD SUMMER FOREST SCHOOL / JULY 20 – AUGUST 19 / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Painshill Park in Cobham is a great place to set up camp this summer – more so a Wild Summer Camp. Learn how to build a den, light your fire, the bushcraft way to toast marshmallows and create your woodland mask with five days of really wild activities.
For more information, visit painshill.co.uk
SARAH AND DUCK’S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY / JULY 21 / YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD
BAFTA award-winning CBeebies superstars Sarah and her esteemed companion Duck arrive in Guildford this month for a celebratory afternoon with their friends The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through an enchanting blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure this July. Quack.
For more information, visit yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
ELMBRIDGE COMMUNITY DAY / JULY 21 / SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE, ESHER
The ideal occasion for the whole family to experience race-day in Esher, the Elmbridge Community Day will feature fantastic racing as well as the themed mascot race that features local companies vying to be crowned champions. Kids go free!
For more information, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk
GUILDFORD BEER FESTIVAL / JULY 23 – 24 / GUILDFORD CRICKET CLUB
Guildford Beer Festival is back an astonishing line-up of craft beers and local talent. Featuring around 130 cask ales and craft keg beers sourced from around 25 independent and micro-breweries in Surrey and beyond, a second bar will have an eclectic range of ciders, wines and gins from local producers along with soft drinks. With sessions selling out quicker than a sip from a snifter, you best snap up some tickets quick.
For more information, visit guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk