Things to do in Surrey this September

PUBLISHED: 14:25 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 10 September 2018

Wisley Flower Show - The British Flower Bus

Wisley Flower Show - The British Flower Bus


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

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Celebrating Surrey’s Heritage

This month sees the Heritage Open Days festival come to Surrey.

Celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture the event offers free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission and will will bring together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers from across the country. For the first time the festivities will take place across two weekends: September 6 to 9 and 13 to 16.

This year the theme is ‘Extraordinary Women’ in celebration of the centenary of British women first getting the vote, with the festival uncovering local community heroines who brought about ground-breaking change.

The 2018 festival will shine a spotlight on The Grange, a charity in Bookham, which supports people with disabilities, as it opens its Heritage Lottery-funded Heritage Room on September 25. The room will house a collection of items showcasing The Grange’s fascinating history, which can be traced back to the early 20th century and the work of Julia Sweet, who founded the centre (then named the name the School of Stitchery and Lace) in 1938. See items on display, such as a nightgown made by women at the centre for Queen Mary and a collection of letters sent between the sewing school and the royal household.

On September 8, The Lightbox in Woking will host an Object Handling Session, where visitors can get up close to objects from their heritage collection and on September 13, St. George’s Christian Centre, in Ashtead, will host a talk about the life of former town resident, Baroness d T’Serclaes who directed an independent nursing unit on the front line near Ypres during the First World War.

Rural Life Vintage Revival - 1-2 September

The Rural Life Centre in Tilford will become home to an array of vintage miscellanea for the weekend, with everything from a retro cinema through to photography, makeovers and even live music from the Dustbowl Sinners, Boot Heel Playboys and more. Visitors are invited to don their best 1940s and 50s dress to this celebration of vintage rural life.

Shere Hill Climb - 2 September

Within just five years, Shere has become home to one of the most successful hill climb events in the UK. Over 170 vehicles will flock to this beautiful Surrey village to take part in the climb, with various food and drink stalls, vehicle displays and fashion outlets also on offer. Visitors under 17 will even have the chance to get behind the wheel themselves thanks to special lessons run by Mercedez-Benz World. Tickets: from £10.

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show - 4-9 September

For the last flower show of the season, Wisley will showcase more than 50 specialist nurseries, including RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show medal winners. Among the beautiful exhibitions will be the National Dahlia Society show, floral displays from the Surrey area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, and new for this year, Jonathon Moseley’s Flower Bus. Tickets: adults £13.05 and £6.60 for children.

An evening with Lynda La Plante - 6 September

There are few names who mean as much to crime fans as Lynda La Plante, creator of the phenomenally successful Prime Suspect and Widows series, and bestselling author. The ‘Queen of Crime Drama’ will discuss her extraordinary career and new book Murder Mile, the fourth novel in the Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect) series. She will be joined by a panel of crime experts - Dr Melanie Bailey, Head of Forensic Science at the University of Surrey, Detective Inspector Dee Fielding of the Surrey Police Force, and her advisor for many years Callum (Cass) Sutherland. Cass is a former Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police and Acting VP of the UK Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Lynda will reveal her secret sources, how she conducts her meticulous research, and why she is one of the most authentic voices in crime writing. This one-off event, exclusive to Dorking Town Halls, is a rare opportunity for fans to ask their own questions and a fascinating insight into what happens in a real life murder investigation. Tickets are £15 or £25 with a hardback copy of Murder Mile (RRP £18.99).

Run Bacchus, Denbies Wine Estate - 9 September

Britain’s answer to the Marathon du Médoc, Run Bacchus combines two of the world’s finest pleasures: running in the great outdoors and fine wine. Participants, many of which run in fancy dress, can choose to take part in either the marathon, half-marathon or a five-mile run/walk, all while enjoying Denbies’ premium range of delicious English wine and locally-produced food at refreshment stations along the course. Tickets: Entry to the full and half marathon is £47.50, 5-Mile run/walk is £20.

Surrey Hills Food Festival - 15-16 September

Denbies will also play host to Surrey Hills Food Festival in partnership with Surrey Hills Enterprises. Conveniently located for locals and visitors to celebrate the splendid array of wonderful food and drink from the Surrey Hills and beyond, the festival will feature a full programme of national and regional chefs and food experts offering cooking tips and demonstrations. Children can also explore the extensive grounds of Denbies estate, where they can visit the pop-up rare breeds petting farm and enjoy a number of games, story telling and face painting in the Kids Zone.

Local Food Britain’s Countryside Food Festival – 15 September

Showcasing bread makers, wine producers, gin distillers, craft brewers, cheese specialists and more, Local Food Britain’s Countryside Food Festival takes place at Priory Farm’s Discovery Walk. From 10am to 4pm, there will also be expert talks on a vintage bus, ticketed pop-up restaurants by The Salt Box and children’s workshops, as well as over 40 food and drink stalls. This year’s Preserves with Passion competition will also coincide with the festival, with a fantastic top prize to be won by one skilled jam, jelly or chutney maker. Entry is £2 per person, and free for under 16s. This includes entry to Priory Farm’s Discovery Walk (normally £3 per person) and a 25 per cent donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Stepping out for Cancer - 16 September

The Fountain Centre, which provides life-changing support to those with cancer in Surrey, invites ramblers to take part in a charity walk. With routes varying in length from 5.5 miles through to 11.5 miles, Stepping out for Cancer takes in the stunning scenery of the Surrey Hills, while raising money for a fantastic cause. Tickets: adults £12, children go free.

Ocean Film Festival Tour - 20 September

Experience the magic of our seas with the Ocean Film Festival Tour, which will bring a night of aquatic adventures to G Live in Guildford. Now in its fifth year, the festival will feature a brand new collection of short films, exploring previously unseen corners of the oceans. Directed by Nell Teasdale, the tour promises to bring spectacular footage and moving stories. Tickets: £17 or £15 for concessions.

Haslemere Food Festival - 22 September

Back for its 13th year, this food festival celebrates all the fantastic produce that Haslemere and the surrounding areas have to offer. A haven for lovers of fine food, there will be the chance to sample breads, cheeses and chutneys from across the county. There will be various demonstration zones and children’s workshops offering a chance for younger visitors to have a go. Entry is free.

The Surrey Game & Country fair - 23 September

Rural pursuits are at the heart of this event, which returns to Loseley Park for its 18th year. See ferret racing and sheepdogs, the Warrenby gun dogs, majestic birds of prey, terriers and a parade of hounds all performing throughout the day. You can also learn about bee keeping, wood working, spinning and weaving and other rural crafts. Tickets: £26 for a family (two adults, two children), under fives go free.


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