Things to do in Surrey this July
PUBLISHED: 10:32 11 July 2017
Jed Leicester/Silverhub for Prudential RideLondon
Every month, Surrey Life teams up with Guildford’s Tourist Information Centre to reveal some of the best events across the county
While the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling races start at Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park, before finishing with a race towards Buckingham Palace on The Mall, Surrey still makes up much of the route.
On Sunday July 30, our county’s roads will welcome some of the world’s top cyclists and keen amateurs looking to ride a route similar to that of the 2012 Olympic road race events.
For the first time, the professional Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will also be a UCI World Tour race, which means it will have the highest ranking in the world cycling calendar.
Before that though, the amateurs will hit their 100-mile version of the course to raise money for charity.
The Surrey stage passes through Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge and Ripley early before heading to the climb of Staple Lane and into the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
After cycling through Abinger Hammer and Westcott, the riders will go through Dorking for the first time before heading south to Coldharbour to climb Leith Hill.
Once riders have climbed Leith Hill, they will head through Dorking again before tackling three circuits through Westhumble to Ranmore Common and then racing back through Dorking for a final time and on to Box Hill.
Dorking will be a major draw on the day as the cyclists make five passes through the High Street and the town hosts a RideLondon Festival with bike-based entertainment, local food and drink stalls, children’s activities and a giant screen showing the BBC’s live coverage of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
The direct route back into London via Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher will see the distance from the final climb to the finish shortened, bringing into play a greater tactical element, as the sprinters’ teams battle to bring back any breakaway moves made in the hills.
For more information, visit prudentialridelondon.co.uk
GRANGE PARK OPERA
Step into a fairytale at Surrey’s new Theatre in the Woods opera house for performances of Leoš Janácek’s masterpiece Jenufa, Richard Wagner’s compelling epic Die Walküre and the tragic romance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. Click here for the full story about our county’s latest cultural attraction. Tickets from £105.
West Horsley Place, West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6AN. Tel: 01962 737373. Web: grangeparkopera.co.uk
Saturday July 1, 3pm to 5pm
GUILDFORD LIONS RAFT RACE
Messing around in boats is taken to a new level once a year as the fun-filled Guildford Lions Raft Race brings costumed madness to the River Wey between Millmead and Stoughton Waterside Centre. This charity fundraiser has been run every year for more than 40 years, and this year’s theme is The Movies.
Starts at Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1LW. Web: guildfordlions.com/raft-race
Sunday July 2, 8am to 5.30pm
The agricultural show season continues apace, with Cranleigh Show providing the rural celebrations at the start of July. Meet farm animals, from Shire horses to sheep, or settle down at one of the arenas with some great food and drink. Tickets (on the day): adults, £14; seniors, £10; children, £1
Bookhurst Road, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7DW. Tel: 01483 267771. Web: cranleighshow.co.uk
Sunday July 2, 12noon to 5pm
GATTON COUNTRY FAIR
With the spectacular backdrop of Gatton Hall and views of the ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, the Victorian parterre is the main location for the Gatton Country Fair, near Reigate. Expect countryside, environment and wildlife themed stalls, children’s activities, food stalls and a BBQ. Tickets: adults, £7; children (under 16), free
Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0TW. Web: gattonpark.com
Sunday July 2, 2pm
LEATHERHEAD DUCK RACE
It’s certainly an action-packed start to the month, with Leatherhead’s famous duck race competing with Guildford’s rafters in the quirky stakes. There will be a series of tote duck races (the yellow toy variety rather than real hustled quackers) ahead of the much-anticipated grand final later in the day. Entry: free.
Bridge Street Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8BZ. Web: molevalley.gov.uk
Friday July 14 to Sunday July 16, various times
DECORATIVE HOME & SALVAGE SHOW
Always an inspiration for those of a homes and gardens inclination, Loseley Park welcomes the best in reclaimed and salvaged materials, garden furniture and statuary, restored and up-cycled furniture, period home fixtures and fittings, decorative and architectural antiques, furnishings and industrial items.
Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1HS. Tel: 01298 27493. Web: asfairs.com
Sunday July 16, 10am to 4pm
JANE AUSTEN DAY
Take a trip back in time and join Painshill as they celebrate the life of Jane Austen on the bicentenary of her death. With Georgian-themed activities, games, delicious treats and a selection of exciting readings in the follies from Jane Austen’s classic novels, it’s an alluring take on viewing the beautiful landscape garden.
Painshill, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113. Web: painshill.co.uk
Saturday July 22, 1.30pm to 5pm
THE RIPLEY EVENT
As villages go, Ripley already has an awful lot going for it (from top-end cafés, restaurants and pubs to bustling boutiques and pristine countryside) but they also have the Ripley Event every summer – a perfect celebration of village life.
Village Green, Ripley, Surrey GU23 6AY. Web: ripleyevent.org
Sunday July 30,10am to 5pm
Tilford’s Rural Life Centre is like a journey back in time and this month it welcomes its biggest event of the year. A festival of country life featuring traditional crafts, rides on the steam train and there’s even a dolls house big enough for little ones to go into. The museum will have stalls demonstrating crafts, delicious home-made food, a jazz band and a working steam roller.
Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford, Surrey GU10 2DL. Tel: 01252 795571. Web: rural-life.org.uk
Best of the rest…
1. William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night outdoors at Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham on Saturdays July 1/8 and Sundays July 2/9, 3pm. Tickets: £12. Web: dorkinghalls.co.uk
2. Death of a Salesman at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Tuesday July 4 to Saturday July 8, various times. Tickets: from £23. Web: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
3. Cellar Bar Blues features Aynsley Lister at Farnham Maltings on Thursday July 6, 9pm. Tickets: £15. Web: boogaloopromotions.com
4. Catfish and special guest, Hollie Rogers, at Farncombe Music Club on Friday July 7. Tickets: from £11. Web: julianlewrymusic.com
5. One of the biggest bands of the 80s, Culture Club, at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Thursday July 20, gates open 4pm. Tickets: from £25. Web: thejockeyclublive.co.uk
6. Haslemere Comedy Festival at seven venues in Haslemere on Sunday July 9, 12noon ‘til late. Tickets: £12.50. Web: lionfest.co.uk
7. Hit musical Grease at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre from Monday July 10 to Saturday July 15, various times. Tickets: from £17. Web: atgtickets.com
8. Guildford Shakespeare Company’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the University of Law, Guildford from Friday July 14 to Saturday July 29, various times. Tickets: from £16.50. Web: guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
9. Comedian Russell Brand’s Re:Birth at G Live, Guildford on Wednesday July 26, 8pm. Tickets: £33. Web: glive.co.uk
10. Rockgrass pioneers Hayseed Dixie at The Boileroom, Guildford on Wednesday July 26, 7pm. Tickets: from £17.50. Web: theboileroom.net