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What’s on in Surrey this month

PUBLISHED: 08:30 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 08 January 2018

Stargazing at Guildford Cathedral

Stargazing at Guildford Cathedral


If you thought January was supposed to be quiet, think again. We pick 13 of the best events taking place in Surrey this month

1. Surrey Life’s annual photography exhibition

Take a look at the county with Surrey Life’s annual photography exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate which runs from Tuesday 30 to Sunday February 4, 9.30am to 5pm. All the winners and highly commended images from our calendar competition will be on show, as well as shots from our 2017 kids’ competition.

Free to attend.


2. TEDxKingstonUponThames: Out of Order

2017 was a year of extreme change with the road to Brexit and Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House. TEXxKingstonUponThames: Out of Order, on Saturday 20 from 11am, takes change as its main theme, with 15 speakers discussing everything from myths of the Middle East to the benefits of working without a manger. Tickets from £37 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames.



3. Byron Cooper – Tennyson’s Country: An Exhibition

A selection drawn from the museum’s collection by Victorian artist Byron Cooper, focusing on the images he painted taking inspiration from the poetry of Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The exhibition will from from Saturday 6 January until the last day of the month, 10am to 5pm.



4. Dorking 1917 Exhibition

The fourth of Dorking Museum’s exhibitions marking the centenary of the First World War focuses on the impact of London raids on the homefront. The influx of Londonders put a strain on goods and services, which raids on shipping led to privations. But summer celebrations raised spirits and funds for war effort. The exhibition will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until January 20 from 10am to 4pm.



5. Michael Portillo: Life – A Game of Two Halves

Once tipped as a future Conservative Prime Minister, Michael Portillo became a symbol of the 1997 Labour landslide. Now he is enjoying a second television career on This Week with Andrew Neil and travelling Britain’s railways. He explores both in this intimate show. Tickets are £17.50 at Farnham Maltings.


6. Lanzarote Hurdle Day

Kempton Park’s first fixture over fences returns to the famous turf track – welcome the New Year with a flutter? Entry from £5 at Kempton Park on Saturday, 13 January.



7. T-Rextasy

The skilled musicianship of Danielz (vocals and lead guitar), Neil Cross (rhythm guitars, and backing vocals), Rob Butterfield (bass guitar and backing vocals) and John Skelton (drums) lets the timeless music of Marc Bolan live on, performing everything from 20th Century Boy to Hot Love at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, Saturday 13 January. Tickets £23 to £28.



8. Butterflies in the Glasshouse

Avoid the winter chill by convening with Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley’s winged residents. More than 50 species of exotic butterflies will be flying around the tropical zone of the garden’s glasshouse. Spotters guides and family workshops will help visitors learn more. Tickets £14/£7 children and the event will run from Saturday 13 January to Sunday March 4.



9. Noel Coward’s Private Lives

Of all the places in the world a pair of newly married couples could have ended up, they find themselves honeymooning side-by-side in the same hotel. And with Elyot and Amanda’s previous tempestuous history, married bliss doesn’t look high on the agenda for either of the newlyweds in London Classic Theatre’s take on Noel Coward’s tale of two people who both can’t live with our without each other. Tickets are £19 to £29.50 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Tuesday January 16 to Saturday January 20.


10. Stargazing Evening at Guildford Cathedral

Take advantage of the (hopefully) clear skies on Saturday January 20 with the help of Guildford Astronomical Society. As well as the chance to try a range of telescopes on Stag Hill, visitors will hear from Roger Davies, professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. Suggested donation is £2.


11. Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Now a veteran of the stand-up circuit the Irish master of observation and star of BBC’s Mock The Week explores whether, as a society, we are now a little spoilt. Tickets £26 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames on Sunday January 21.



12. Sunset Boulevard at New Victoria Theatre

Ria Jones as Norma Desmond, the faded star for whom the pictures got small, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical take on the classic movie. Monday January 22 to Saturday January 27.



13. Burns Night Celebration at Denbies Wine Estate

The annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet opens with a toast on Saturday January 27 in the Denbies Cellar, followed by a four-course meal including haggis with neeps and tatties. The celebrations will be soundtracked by a traditional Scottish ceilidh band. Tickets are £57.





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