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Things to do in Surrey this April

PUBLISHED: 10:46 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 05 April 2018

The Magic of Hollywood

The Magic of Hollywood


We round up some of the best events and things to do across Surrey this month

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Spring at the palace - 26 March - 15 April

Hampton Court Palace

Various times. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a trip to Henry VIII’s iconic Hampton Court Palace. The Lindt Gold Bunny will offer families a chance to explore the stunning grounds through an adventure-filled treasure hunt, and a host of chocolate-themed activities will be taking place throughout the Easter holidays. Little ones can concoct their own Georgian-style chocolate drink, decorate a ceramic chocolate cup and even meet Princess Caroline. The popular Magic Garden will also open from March 30. Online tickets: adults £19.20, child £9.60.


The Jungle Book at the Electric Theatre - 5-7 April

Electric Theatre, Guildford

The Man In The Moon theatre company is delighted to return to the stage of the Electric Theatre with The Jungle Book, a magical retelling of the Kipling classic. Featuring a talented young cast from the surrounding area, the production will make a perfect afternoon treat for families and is a great opportunity to see young people flourish on a real life stage. Tickets: £12.50, concessions £10.


So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs! - 7 April

Dorking Halls

2.30pm. Dinosaur aficionado, Ben Garrod, will take you on an exciting prehistoric adventure at Dorking Halls. Interactive and educational, the production will include film footage from BBC’s Planet Dinosaur and photos of his very own paleontological digs, telling you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these mysterious creatures. Tickets: adults £17, children £14.


Spring in Banstead Wood - 8 April

Holly Lane Car Park, Banstead CR5 3NR

2pm-4pm. Lose yourself in the wildflower carpets of spring in this glorious woodland setting. Distance: 1.5 miles. Admission: SWT members free, adult non-members £10, child non-members £2, family non-members (2+3) £20



Identifying animal tracks and signs - 9 April

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Leatherhead KT22 8QA

10am-3pm. Join tutor Paul Ritchie to discover how to identify whether a mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian frequents an area near you. We will look at tracks, burrows, food remains, droppings, skulls and owl pellets. Classroom discussions are mixed with walks and practical activities in ancient woodland. Admission: SWT members £35, non-members £47



Spring has sprung at Norbury Park - 10 April

Young Street car park, off A246, Norbury Park, Leatherhead KT22 9DX

1pm-3pm. Join us for a lovely four-mile walk at Norbury Park and discover the sights and sounds of spring. Admission: SWT members free, adult non-members £10, child non-members £2, family non-members (2+3) £20.



Watercolour painting workshop: trees in spring and bluebells - 14 April

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Leatherhead KT22 8QA

10am-3pm. Tutor Christina Rossman will guide you through direct observation, group discussion and practical exercises, exploring colour mixing to capture the huge variety of greens in nature. We will then focus on the varying hues of blue found in the carpet of bluebells. Please wear sensible clothing and sturdy walking boots. Please bring  materials: watercolour paper 300 grams, brushes (flat and round), paints and pencils. Admission: SWT members £60, non-members £72.



The Magic of Hollywood at G Live - 18 April

G Live, Guildford

It’s lights, camera and ballroom as Pasha Kovalev and his dance partner, Anya Garnis, take to the stage at G Live in a jam packed show full of sequins, glitz and glamour. Oscar-worthy performances will be set to a Hollywood theme in an uplifting and interactive show which will entertain audiences of all ages. Along with a team of sensational dancers, Pasha will also invite a local dance school to the stage, showcasing the amazing talent of local performers. Tickets £27.


Amphibian ecology and survey - 20-21 April

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Leatherhead KT22 8QA

6pm Friday and 10am Saturday. On this beginners’ course you will learn about the various types of amphibians living in Surrey. On Friday evening specialist tutor Danial Winchester will introduce you to amphibian ecology and a number of survey techniques. We will then set humane traps around the ponds in Nower Wood. On Saturday morning we will examine our finds before releasing them and searching for eggs. Please note that attendance on this course does not qualify you for a reference towards a CGN licence. Admission: SWT members £45, non-members £57                  



Open Garden Event - 21 April

Dunsborough Park, Ripley

On Saturday 21 April Dunsborough Park in Ripley is hosting an open garden event with all proceeds to Shooting Star Chase. The gardens will be open from 11.30-3.30pm, entry will be £7 and free for children and there will be an amazing display of tulips as well as homemade cakes, tea and coffee available.


Epworth Choir concert - 21 April

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

7.30pm. To celebrate their 60th anniversary, Epworth Choir will be holding a special concert at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, joined by Epworth Brass and soloist Samuel Pantcheff. The programme will include Five Mystical Songs by Vaughn Williams, Gloria by Chilcott and the world premiere of Air and Angels by Ian Assersohn, specially commissioned by the choir to mark this milestone anniversary. Tickets: from £15.


Will’s Birthday Bash at Guildford Shakespeare Company - 21-30 April

West Horsley Place

For the seventh year running, Guildford Shakespeare Company will be hosting their annual celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday.

Will’s Birthday Bash kicks off with their Sonnet Walk Weekend from April 21 until April 22. The beautiful grounds of West Horsley Place will create the perfect backdrop to a mystery walking-tour, and a top-secret route will see walkers encountering Shakespeare and his characters in the least likely of places!

Celebrations will continue on April 25 with a staged reading of Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen. Based loosely on Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale, it features sibling rivalry, unrequited love and plenty of deception. The company’s youth programme will also perform from April 29 until April 30. Tickets for this jam-packed birthday celebration go on sale on March 19, priced between £10 and £16.


Nower Wood open day - 22 April

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Leatherhead KT22 8QA

10am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4pm. Come and visit our fantastic centre in the middle of ancient woodland. There will be lots of free family activities on offer, including minibeast hunting, pond dipping, marshmallow toasting, woodland play and more. Booking is essential. Parking: half-day £5 per car



Bat ecology - 24 April

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Leatherhead KT22 8QA

6.30pm-9.30pm. Spend a fascinating evening with Derek Smith of the Surrey Bat Group learning the unique biology and ecology of our local bat community. This very interactive evening begins with a classroom session with a live bat. We will then go on a bat walk through ancient woodland. Please bring along a torch and wear sturdy walking boots. Admission: SWT members £20, non-members £32.



Guildford Gin Festival - 26-29 April

The UK’s biggest and best gin festival is coming to Guildford, offering a huge variety of tipples from all over the world. With live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar, there will also be the opportunity to take part in a gin masterclass and meet distillers in person, sampling their wares. Tickets: from £11.


Madama Butterfly at G Live - 28 April

G Live, Guildford

7.30pm. Gracing the stage at G Live, this popular opera will tell the heartbreaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant with dramatic consequences. Featuring the melodic humming chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet, it will be a performance to remember. Tickets: from £27.50.



Photography workshop: bluebells - 29 April

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Leatherhead KT22 8QA

10am-4pm. Spend an enlightening day with professional photographer Adrian Davies learning various photographic techniques. Adrian will spend some time in the classroom discussing methods and equipment before going out into the woods for your practical session. This class is suitable for photographers of all abilities. Admission: SWT members £50, non-members £62.



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