WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK IN SURREY
It’s been a busy month, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Oh no, no. Packed with events for you, your friends and your family, get your fill of the fabulous life with our guide to what’s on in Surrey this week.
BALLETBOYZ – DELUXE / APRIL 18 – 19 / RICHMOND THEATRE
Making a welcome return to the stage, Kingston’s finest all-male dance company, BalletBoyz, heads along the Thames to Richmond Theatre for their latest work, DELUXE. These contemporary movers and shakers will make you think again about what ballet can be.
For more information, visit atgtickets.com/richmond
EASTER EGG HUNT / NOW UNTIL APRIL 18 / POLESDEN LACEY, DORKING
Venture to the beautiful estate of historic Polesden Lacey and celebrate Easter with nature trails as you explore your surroundings and take part in nature-inspired activities for the whole family. Taking place daily 10 am – 3 pm, the cost of the trail is £3 per child that’ll include a trail map, pencil and chocolate egg at the end.
For more information, visit nationaltrust.org.uk
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR / NOW UNTIL APRIL 18 / ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS, KEW
Inspired by Eric Carle’s classic book, wind your way through this themed trail at beautiful Kew this Easter. Discover sculptures of juicy fruits and a cosy chrysalis as well as digesting facts about the wonder of nature at the same time.
For more information, visit kew.org
EASTER LINDT GOLD BUNNY HUNT / NOW UNTIL APRIL 18 / HAMPTON COURT PALACE
The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt returns to the beautiful surroundings of Hampton Court Palace. Hunt high and low around Henry VIII’s home and gardens and meet some of the palace’s most famous characters from the past.
For more information, visit hrp.org.uk
GIANT EGG HUNT / NOW UNTIL APRIL 19 / RHS GARDEN, WISLEY
Go on the most eggcellent of adventures and discover enormous eggs that can be found around RHS Garden, Wisley. Take a woodier and join in with planting or craft workshops, with daily easter activities taking place throughout the holidays.
For more information, visit rhs.org.uk
EASTER CRUISE / APRIL 18 + 20 / THE WEY & ARUN CANAL, LOXWOOD
Take in the sights and sounds of the idyllic section of the Wey & Arun Canal with this special Easter Cruise. Traversing the Surrey and West Sussex borders, enjoy snacks and drinks before taking part in the Easter Egg hunt.
For more information, visit weyarun.org.uk
MATTHEW BOURNE’S NUTCRACKER / APRIL 19 – 23 / NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
Vibrant, vivacious, colourful and characterful, Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit and fantasy come to the fore as Nutcracker returns to Woking’s New Victoria Theatre this month. Influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930s, join Clara on her journey through an ice-skating wonderland and the candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
For more information, visit atgtickets.com/woking
WILL’S BIRTHDAY BASH 2022 / APRIL 20, 23 + 24 / ST MARY’S CHURCH, GUILDFORD + MORE
As well as being St George’s Day, April 23 is widely recognised as the day on which William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. And since 2011, Guildford’s award-winning Shakespeare company have been marking the occasion with a series of sell-out special events. This year, join the popular Sonnet Walk Weekend (April 23 + 24); GSC Young Company will be performing their new play, Turning The Tide (April 8 + 9) and can also catch a staged reading of the lesser-known play Troilus & Cressida (April 20).
For more information, visit Guildford-Shakespeare-company.co.uk
FIRE AND SPICE COOKERY / APRIL 20 + 21 / THE SALT BOX, PRIORY FARM, REDHILL
How about adding a little fire and smoke to your homemade Indian-inspired feasts with the help of al fresco supper club masters, the Salt Box? Learn how to create irresistible plates of food seasoned with fire and spice on this half-day course, where you’ll be cooking up Indian-inspired dishes with a twist in a relaxed and informative atmosphere, surrounded by the crackle and pop of the fire.
For more information, visit wearethesaltbox.co.uk
VOLUNTEER DAY: TREE POPPING TO MAINTAIN CHALK GRASSLAND / APRIL 20 / REDHILL
If you’re keen on conserving Surrey’s rich and diverse wild landscapes, then sign up and become a Surrey Wildlife Trust volunteer. From clearing common lands to providing nature with habitats to thrive and flourish, Surrey Wildlife Trust looks after a range of sites scattered across the county. This month, help’s needed to do a spot of tree popping in order to maintain the chalk grassland habitats in Redhill and Chipstead.
For more information, visit surreywildlifetrust.org
FOREST BATHING / APRIL 20 + 26 / ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS, KEW
Find some space to unwind your mind and soak up some earthly energy from the forest. Head for UNESCO World Heritage site, Kew Gardens and experience this group forest bathing session. Get grounded and find the peace of mind to venture forth into your day with positivity.
For more information, visit kew.org
NT LIVE: HENRY V / APRIL 21 / EVERYMAN CINEMA, ESHER
Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) plays the eponymous role in Shakespeare’s alarming tale of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Launching into a bloody war with the French, can Henry V prove that he is fit to guide the county into war? Beamed straight to your cinema seats, catch the National Theatre’s modern adaptation this month.
For more information, visit everymancinema.com
PEOPLE, PLANET, PINT: SUSTAINABILITY PROFESSIONALS MEET-UP / APRIL 21 / THE LOST BOY, FARNHAM
For those keen on cutting down on their carbon footprint in both a professional and personal capacity, get together and chat over nibbles and some of the wet stuff at this soon to be regular addition to the sustainability scene’s events calendar. Started in Glasgow after COP26, this is an informal meet-up for like-minded folk with a passion for the planet to network share ideas and practices.
For more information, visit eventbrite.co.uk
SLIME / APRIL 22 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
Slug and Caterpillar are starving, and the only leaf left in the garden is just out of reach. Slug thinks they should work together. Get the leaf, eat the leaf, play a game, be friends. Caterpillar has other ideas. Slugs are gross, they’re covered in slime, and they have terrible taste in music. Enter the undergrowth to squish, squelch and play your way through this hilarious, surreal show for 2-5 years and their families, told with a handful of words and lots of slime.
For more information, visit farnhammaltings.com
VINTAGE POSTERS SIGNATURE AUCTION / APRIL 22 / EWBANK’S AUCTION ROOMS, WOKING
For those with a penchant for movie posters from yesteryear, get your fill and file a queue as Ewbank’s Auction Rooms set the scene for you to bid and potentially win some vintage vistas to display proudly at home. Check out the catalogue online before heading along and enjoying the thrill of the auction room.
For more information, visit ewbanksauctions.co.uk
GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB PRESENTS: CUA / APRIL 22 / GRAYSHOTT VILLAGE HALL
Grayshott Folk Club returns with its monthly instalment of first-class folk music this month. Fill your night with toe-tapping tunes courtesy of Cua – a trio of Irishmen playing wold, world and roots music.
For more information, visit grayshottfolkclub.co.uk
MOCK TUDOR COMEDY / APRIL 22 / RIVERHOUSE BARN ARTS CENTRE, WALTON ON THAMES
For your fill of the silly stuff this month, make your way to Walton’s Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre and get ready for a giggle or two at the monthly Mock Tudor Comedy Club. Enjoy sets from headliner Paul Tonkinson, as well as a tickle from Tom Houghton and MC Ben Pop.
For more information, visit riverhousebarn.co.uk
IF THIS IS NORMAL / APRIL 22 – 23 / MILL STUDIO, GUILDFORD
A play about sexual relationships between young adults in a world of information overload and weaponised language, If This Is Normal by Lucy Danser, comes to the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this month. Join siblings Madani, Maryam and schoolmate Alex as they navigate this thing called life.
For more information, visit Yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
SOUND HEALING JOURNEY, GONG BATH (FULL PINK MOON) / APRIL 22 / MAYFORD VILLAGE HALL, WOKING
Get some good vibrations and experience the power of the gong at this sound healing event on the outskirts of Woking. Let go of everyday stresses and strains and sink into a deep state of relaxation as you’re treated to an hour and a half of soothing sounds to celebrate the Full Pink Moon.
For more information, visit eventbrite.co.uk
MILKSHAKE LIVE! / APRIL 23 / G LIVE, GUILDFORD
Milkshake Monkey is back and can’t wait to put on a spectacular NEW Show for you all, joined by some of his favourite Milkshake friends plus two Milkshake Presenters creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Join Paddington Bear, Daisy and Ollie, Milo, Noddy, Pip & Posy, Blues Clues & You and of course Milkshake Monkey for an unforgettable family time at Milkshake Monkey’s Musical!
For more information, visit glive.co.uk
FLEECY FROLICS / APRIL 23 – 24 / MERRIST WOOD COLLEGE, WORPLESDON
For the ultimate family springtime treat, Merrist Wood’s annual celebration of lambing and countryside crafts is hard to beat. Over the weekend, witness teeny tiny baby lambs being born, as well as a number of other activities such as animal feeding, woodland crafts, and demonstrations.
For more information, visit merristwoodevents.co.uk
TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC / APRIL 23 – 24 / ESHER THEATRE
If you go down to Esher Theatre this weekend, you’re sure of a big surprise! Ideal for under 5s and their adults, take along your favourite teddy and enjoy a show packed with songs, games and giveaways. Presented by ex-CRACKERJACK presenter Jan Hunt, and get set for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic to remember this April.
For more information, visit eshertheatre.com
CRANLEIGH ECO FESTIVAL / APRIL 23 / CRANLEIGH ARTS CENTRE
Save the date. The largest village in England, Cranleigh, hosts their first Environmental Festival celebrating local eco-friendly initiatives and businesses that are doing their bit for the planet right on our doorstep. Be inspired to take steps to become more sustainably-led lifestyles, as well as sampling some local vegan treats and eco-friendly artisan goods.
For more information, visit cranleigharts.org
WOKING VS WREXHAM / APRIL 23 / THE LAITHWAITE COMMUNITY STADIUM, WOKING
It’s not quite been the season that Woking had hoped for. Having spent the best part of the campaign languishing below mid-table, the now manager-less team must set their sights on seeing out the season on a high for the fans. Can 3 points be taken from promotion-chasing Wrexham? Show your support and find out later this April.
For more information, visit wokingfc.co.uk
BARE JAMS / APRIL 23 / THE STAR INN, GUILDFORD
Get that festival feeling and fill your ears with the sounds of summer as Bare Jams return to their old stomping ground of Guildford. Bag a ticket and get ready to bounce to the beats as festival favourites Bare Jams serve up a bevvy of reggae, dub, soul, pop and ska.
For more information, visit jasta11gigs.co.uk
WALK AND GONG BATH IN BLUEBELL WOODS / APRIL 24 / BIRTLEY HOUSE, BRAMLEY
‘ Tis the season to seek out the wondrous bluebell woods that lie in wait for your this spring. And what could be better than sitting surrounded by nature’s wildflowers and experiencing a gong bath in the woods? Reserve your space for this special experience and take some time to practice some self-care.
For more information, visit backontrack.live
NOWER WOOD BLUEBELL OPEN DAY / APRIL 24 / NOWER WOOD EDUCATIONAL RESERVE, LEATHERHEAD
As bluebells bloom around the country, get a glimpse of this wonderful wood and head for Surrey Wildlife Trust’s educational centre found at Nower Wood near Leatherhead. A site usually closed to the public, enjoy this open day with the whole family and enjoy a range of free activities, including the adventure trail, mini beast hunting, pond dipping, marshmallow toasting, woodland play and more.
For more information, visit surreywildlifetrust.org
ETHICAL VEGAN EVENTS / APRIL 24 / EPSOM
Ethical Vegan Events will once again be popping up throughout Surrey with their excellent markets. Free to attend, expect to find a host of vegan foodie treats and eats as well as a range of vegan products for you and the home that has been ethically and sustainably produced. Catch them in Epsom this week.
For more information, visit ethicalveganevents.co.uk
THE 5, 6, 7, 8’S / APRIL 24 / THE BOILEROOM, GUILDFORD
Finding international fame in Tarantino’s Kill Bill, the punk-rock trio from Tokyo arrive at The Boileroom to wreak pretty havoc on stage. Snap up a ticket quick before letting loose on the dance floor for a night of unadulterated fun.
For more information, visit the boileroom.net
JUST PEDAL BIKE HIRE / DENBIES WINE ESTATE, DORKING
Spend the weekend cycling in the Surrey Hills and take advantage of Just Pedal’s superb bike hire service. Based at Denbies Wine Estate on the outskirts of Dorking, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore the scenic surroundings and ride in style. Whether you’re after a road, mountain, e-bike, kids, hybrid or gravel bike, Just Pedal have a range of models to choose from to suit your intended terrain and adventure.
For more information, visit just-pedal.com
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA / NOW UNTIL APRIL 24 / BOCKETTS FARM, LEATHERHEAD
For an Easter Eggstravaganza to remember, take a trip to Bocketts Farm and prepare to be met by the hundreds of gorgeous baby lambs that have recently arrived into the world. Take part in a fun trail, with chocolate treats to be found, craft making, live shows in the Easter garden, tractor and trailer rides and more.
For more information, visit bockettsfarm.co.uk
EASTER EGG STATUE TRAIL / NOW UNTIL APRIL 24 / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Discover giant, colourful Easter egg statues on a special trail through scenic Painshill Park this April. Book early to avoid disappointment!.
For more information, visit painshill.co.uk
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