Things to do in Surrey this August

PUBLISHED: 15:17 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 01 August 2018

Guildford on Sea's urban beach

Guildford on Sea's urban beach


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

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Concours of Elegance

Hampton Court Palace will earn its racing stripes this August, as it becomes home to 60 of the world’s rarest cars.

From August 31 until September 2, cars from around the world will take centre stage in the palace grounds, with many of them making their debut in the UK for the first time. Before the event, the exclusive cars will also take part in a two-day driving tour, with drivers voting a fellow vehicle ‘Best in Show’.

Along with the elite, hundreds of other fine motor cars will also be seen throughout the weekend, including entrants to The Club Trophy. Now in its fourth year, this sees some of the UK’s most prestigious car clubs offering up their finest examples to an independent panel of judges, with the winning car securing a place in the main Concours of Elegance event the following year.

For visitors, hospitality packages are available throughout the weekend, and include a drinks reception by Champagne Taittinger, a three course lunch and a luxurious afternoon tea. Picnic packages are also available, using the very best in British produce, and include a delectable three course meal complete with everything you need to enjoy it on the go. Tickets: adults £40, seniors £25, children £17.50.

War Horse - 1-18 August

Based on the much-loved book by former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, this stunning drama will take you on an extraordinary journey, from the fields of rural Devon to the gritty trenches of the First World War. At its heart are its astonishing, life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who will breathe, gallop and charge as they come to spectacular life on the stage at New Victoria Theatre. Tickets: from £19.50.

Vintage Movie Poster Auction - 2 August

Ewbank’s Auctions

Some of the greatest names in film history feature in a stunning collection of Vintage Movie Posters for sale at Ewbank’s Auctions. Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, James Stewart and other Hollywood Greats appear alongside British stars such as Michael Caine, Sean Connery and Roger Moore in classics such as Star Wars, the James Bond series, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Vertigo and many more.

Birds of Prey weekend - 4-5 Aug

Swooping and soaring, magnificent birds of prey show off their flying skills in the garden this weekend. With flying displays at 11am and 2pm, and experts on hand to inform visitors about the stars of the show, it is a wonderful opportunity to discover all about them. Free with normal garden admission.

Journey’s End - 5 August

This fantastic performance at the Leatherhead Theatre will transport you back in time with an unflinching portrayal of what life was like in the trenches exactly 100 years ago. It is inspired by R.C Sherriff’s own experiences serving with the East Surrey Regiment and tells the story of a group of British officers on the Western Front. When a new recruit joins their dug-out on the front line, he finds that his childhood hero, Captain Stanhope, has been dramatically altered by war. Tickets: £20.

Okewood, Ockley & Forest Green Summer Fair, Flower Show and Fun Dog Show - 11 August

The Recreation Ground, Okewood Hill

Traditional rural show, fun & entertainment for all ages. The show opens at midday and runs until 5pm. Adult entry £3, under 16’s free. Free parking.

Guildford-on-Sea - 16-18 August

Deck chairs, beach huts and bucketfuls of sand will pop up on Onslow Street in Guildford this month, as an urban beach opens beside The Electric Theatre. Open daily from 10am until 6pm, it is set to become one of Surrey’s favourite summer hot spots, and provides the perfect place to settle down with the kids for some modern, seaside fun. Thursday 16 August will also see the first Sundown Session take place, offering a DJ, beach BBQ and beachside bar for over 18s only.

Contemporary Craft Fair - 17-19 August

Around 100 of the finest contemporary makers will head to Brooklands Museum this month, demonstrating their unique skills and talents. From ceramics, fashion, knitwear and jewelry to silverware, glassware, sculpture and textiles, there will be something to suit everyone’s tastes, with plenty of opportunities to view and buy unique designs that you simply can’t get find anywhere else.

The Big Dorking Fundraising Quiz - 23 August

The White Horse Hotel, High Street, Dorking

Doors open at 5pm. Tickets £10 per person on the door and include welcome drink and nibbles. Maximum of 8 per team.

Wings and Wheels - 25-26 August

Showcasing some of the finest civil and military aircraft displays in the UK, this event at Dunsfold Aerodrome will offer a fun day out for all the family. The sky will come to life with five hours of crowd-pleasing flying displays, and previous show favourites have included the Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. There will be further entertainment on the ground, with supercars, monster trucks and a living history zone, featuring live battles and a military vehicle parade.

Food Festival - 25-27 August

Head to Hampton Court Palace for a summer celebration of food and drink and discover, taste and shop your way around over 100 artisan food producers. Whether your tooth is more savoury than sweet or you simply want to try something new, there will be something for everyone’s taste buds, as well as the perfect opportunity to picnic in the grounds of one of the country’s most historic buildings. Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain and Melissa Hemsley will also be in the kitchen, offering live cooking demonstrations and bestowing their expert culinary advice. Advance tickets: from £19.20.

Busking For Vaughan Williams - 26 August

To commemorate the life of one of England’s best known composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leith Hill Place will celebrate with a day dedicated to music. In honour of his support to new performers, organisers at the estate are inviting individuals and groups to pre-book a slot to perform at this childhood home. Local artist Gillian Collins will also be creating a piece of unique work inspired by The Lark Ascending, and will be asking visitors to contribute their own folded birds to complete the work.

Peaslake Village Fair - 27 August

Enjoy a slice of village life and all the fun of the fair at this year’s Peaslake Village Fair. Taking place in the picturesque village of Peaslake at the heart of the Surrey Hills on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, the event is free to attend and runs from 1pm to 4.30pm.

Best of the rest

• Treasure Island at Winkworth Arboretum on August 4 and August 5. Tickets: adults £12, children £8.

Luna Cinema at Hampton Court Palace on August 4 and August 5. Tickets: from £17.50.

• Cream Tea Voyage at The Wey & Arun Canal Trust on August 7 at 2.15pm and 4.30pm. Tickets: £14.

• Teletubbies Big Hugs at Dorking Halls from August 8 until August 9. Tickets: from £14.50.

• Peter Pan at Hatchlands Park from August 8 until August 9, from 6pm until 8pm. Tickets: adults £12, children £8.

• Suzanne Vega at G Live on Saturday, August 18. Tickets: from £33.50.

• Big Camp at Claremont Landscape Garden on Saturday, August 18. Tickets: £35.

• Bat Walk at RHS Garden Wisley in Woking on Tuesday, August 21. Tickets: £10.

• Twelfth Night at The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from August 29 until September 1.


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