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Things to do in Surrey this March

PUBLISHED: 12:50 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:51 04 March 2019

Watch the Matchbook Imperial Cup at Sandown Park this month (Photo by Eddie Keogh for The Jocky Club)

Watch the Matchbook Imperial Cup at Sandown Park this month (Photo by Eddie Keogh for The Jocky Club)


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

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Go

Lace up your running shoes and hit the roads of Woking this month for Surrey’s largest half marathon. The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon will be hitting the streets on March 10 for the friendly and local running challenge, which features a great mix of novices and returning runners every year. Starting out at the Woking Leisure Centre, the flat route goes all around the scenic countryside of Guildford and Woking, made all the better by live music along the way and a whole community of local supporters.

The late entrance sign up ended on 28 February, but you can still enter the race through the half marathon’s charity partners before 6 March. You can purchase places directly from Harrison’s Fund, which is a great local charity that has been involved with the race since it began in 2014. By supporting the charity you can help it to continue leading the way in research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life-limiting genetic disorder that currently affects over 2,500 children in the UK. The charity are currently publicising an offer where if you book as a four to fundraise from them, you’ll be able to have the fourth place for free. You can also book a non-fundraising place from the charity for £100.

If you don’t fancy hitting the course and you’re just looking to spectate and support the runners during the day, you’ll be in good company. The half marathon organisers will have plenty for you to do along the route including live video streaming on a big LED TV, dance performances, live music and of course a host of great pubs en route to pop into.

Prices start from £15 for a fundraising place and £100 for a non fundraising place.


Yehudi Menuhin Shows - Throughout March

• 4 March, 2.45pm, Nicola Benedetti Masterclass

• 10 March, 3.15pm, A Celebration of Hans Keller | 5pm, Showcase Concert

• 14 March, 7.30pm, Nikolai Demidenko

• 17 March, 3pm, National Youth Hard Orchestra

• 22 March, 7.30pm, Showcase Concert

• 23 March, 7.30pm, Surrey Mozart Players


Paul McCaffrey - 1 March

Stand-up comic Paul McCaffrey will bring his latest tour I Thought I’d Have Grown Out Of This By Now to Farnham Maltings this month. The stand-up show follows him coming to terms with his age and what it might mean for his partying days. In his career so far Paul has supported comedians like Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges and appeared on shows like Russell Howard’s Good News and Impractical Jokers. Tickets: form £10.


A Song at Twilight - Until 2 March

Simon Callow and Jane Asher star in Noël Coward’s bittersweet, hugely entertaining drama A Song At Twilight at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. Ending its run that began on February 25, the play follows famous author Sir Hugo Latymer as he grows older and increasingly rude and haughty to his long-suffering wife Hilde who attends to him. Tickets: from £25.


The Rocky Horror Show - 4–9 March

As one of the most popular musicals of all time, The Rocky Horror Show has been wowing crowds since it first opened in 1973. Now back with a UK tour, the show will be on at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking this month. Starring comedian Dom Joly as the Narrator, Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton as Janet and a1’s Ben Adams as Brad, the show looks set to wow audiences. Tickets: from £13.


Art - 4-9 March

Yasmina Reza’s award-winning 1996 comedy ART comes to Richmond Theatre with stars Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson.


Talking Heads: Her Big Chance and A Lady of Letters - 7-8 March

Alan Bennett’s sharp writing and masterful observation of humanity are demonstrated in two of his Talking Heads, presented at The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford by Creaction Theatre Company, with Jackie Morris and Jules Hall.


International Women’s Day - 8 March

9am. An inspiring panel event to celebrate International Women’s Day at The Runnymede on Thames in partnership with Women’s Business Network Surrey.


Matchbook Imperial Cup - 9 March

Just three days before the start of The Festival at Cheltenham, this event at Sandown Park, in Esher, is all about getting geared up for the week ahead. The feature race, the Matchbook Imperial Cup is where future stars often make their mark and is a great opportunity to experience a piece of Cheltenham. Aside from the racing there will be entertainment and the chance to hear tips from top trainers and jockeys. Tickets: from £15.


Sari Schorr - 15 March

A jaw-dropping voice and a live show that erupts like a volcano have catapulted Sari Schorr into the spotlight as one of the hottest new blues-rock singers today.


Tunsgate Quarter 1st Birthday Tea Party - 16 March

In celebration of its first birthday, Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford will be hosting a complimentary tea party for shoppers, including live performances, family entertainment and in-store promotions. Guildford shoppers will be treated to cups of delicious freshly ground coffee and leaf teas, and ‘Tunsgate cupcakes’ to mark the end of the first-year trading for Tunsgate Quarter. Musicians from Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music, plus other local acts including Rock Choir, will entertain shoppers as they stop to take part in the tea party in the central atrium.


Plants That Changed the World - 16 March

Professional gardener Graham Titchmarsh will be hosting a talk discussing some of the most important plants that we take for granted in our everyday lives at the Holy Trinity Church in Bramley. Tickets include a glass of wine and finger buffet with proceeds in aid of the Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK Medical Charity and St Andrew’s Church in Grafham. Tickets: £15, available at Robertson’s in Bramley.

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Ramster Hall Embroidery Exhibition 2019 - 16-31 March

You can see some of the finest pieces of embroidery and textile art from artists from across the country at Ramster Hall in Chiddingfold this month. Over 200 pieces will be displayed and for sale within the historic 17th century hall in one of the largest exhibitions of its kind. Visitors to the exhibition can also extend their ticket to enjoy a walk around Ramster Garden. Tickets: £6.50 or £13.50 for exhibition and garden.


Art and Craft Exhibition - 17 March

At St Mary’s Church in East Molesey. Exhibition of amateur, local arts and crafts created by the local Made In Molesey craft group. Wide range of crafts being shown from first attempts at needle felting and basic glass painting to examples from talented crocheters and unusual one off gifts created for loved ones.


The Stranglers - 19 March

With a career spanning 17 albums to date since they first emerged in 1974, The Stranglers have stood the test of time as one of the UK’s best loved groups. On at G Live in Guildford this month, fans of classic hits like Golden Brown and Big Thing Coming won’t want to miss this one. Tickets: £31.


4th Dorking Film Festival - 23 March

The full programme has been announced for the 4th Dorking Film Festival. It will show Free Solo – a thrilling Oscar-winning documentary about mountaineering, a sing-along to The Greatest Showman (with prizes for best costume), a documentary on the Formula One team owner Rob Walker, Nicolas Cage gone berserk in cult movie Mandy and short films made by local and national film-makers. Check the website for full details.


Love Wine Guildford - 23 March

A one-day festival for wine lovers at Guildford Harbour Hotel with more than 200 wines to taste, plus gin, mead and more. From the Surrey Hills to Georgia to Brazil, there are wines to taste, try and buy. Plus free wine walks and masterclasses.


Learn to Play Day - 23-24 March

Venues all across Surrey will be taking part in the annual Learn to Play Day on the fourth weekend in March. It is a free national event that aims to encourage everyone to start making music. The Academy of Contemporary Music is leading the way for venues in Surrey, hosting a day of activities and classes based around drums, guitars and vocals on Saturday March 23 at their HQ in Guildford. Tickets: £16.50.


Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman - 30 March

This folk duo will be playing at Walton on Thames’s Riverhouse Barn this month. Fans will be able to catch the husband and wife pair as they perform songs from their fifth album Personae, which was released last year. Tickets: £16.50.


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