What's on this February in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 10:37 04 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:37 04 February 2020

Newark Priory (c) Chris Hawkins, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Newark Priory (c) Chris Hawkins, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Chris Hawkins

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

For anything we've missed on our monthly round-up keep an eye on our weekend events round-up through this link

Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

In February 2020, Kew's 25th annual orchid festival will celebrate the incredible wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia - an archipelago of more than 17,504 islands, including Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Papua and Bali. Indonesia's landscape is as diverse as the flora and fauna that inhabit it, from tropical rainforests to spectacular volcanoes.

Entry to the festival is included in the standard ticket to the gardens, but visitors must book a timed ticket slot online. Orchids After Hours will run on February 13, 14, 26, 27 and March 5-6 2020, 6.30pm - 10pm. Tickets must be bought online in advance.



Sat Feb 1 - Sun Mar 1

Polesden Love Stories

Over the years, Polesden Lacey has been the backdrop to many romantic moments. During the month of February, the estate will celebrate all the love stories that Polesden has witnessed over the years… including yours. Visit the house to see the beautiful costumes, several of which were made by the Arts Society.

Each pair of costumes tells the story of a romantic couple whose romance blossomed here at Polesden Lacey. Visitors can also have fun trying on their own costume. Or why not visit the Love Tree on the South Lawn and write a note to your loved one to hang on the tree? The house will be open every day, with tours running on weekdays from 11am to 12:30pm, followed by free flow exploration in the afternoons and at weekends.

Tickets: £14.75 Adults, £7.15 children.



Wed Feb 5

Lucien Freud: A Self Portrait

For the first time in history the London's Royal Academy of Arts, in collaboration with Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, is bringing together Lucian Freud's self-portraits and you can view the exhibition on screen at Cranleigh Arts Centre this month. The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself.

One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation. This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for Exhibition on Screen to reveal the life's work of a master. Approx running time: 80min.

Tickets: £13.50





Macbeth, Guildford Shakespeare Company's 43rd show, opens the theatre company's 14th programme of locally-made, locally-played professional theatre. It is seven years since the company last staged the Scottish play, one of the most popular plays of all time, and this brand-new production in Guildford's Holy Trinity Church (Surrey's biggest Georgian church) is given a contemporary setting, evoking the guerrilla warfare seen in modern conflicts like those in the Balkans.

In the title role, Jack Whitam returns to the company following acclaimed performances as The Duke/Mariana in Measure for Measure, the title role in King John and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet.

Tickets: Adult £26.50, Child £16.50, Concessions £23.50





Embark on a night of adventure at Dorking Halls with a brand-new collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival, which joins the planet's best adventure filmmakers and explorers as they push themselves to the limit in the most remote and stunning corners of the world.

An adrenaline-fuelled, not-to-be missed night guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. You can see the blue film programme at the same venue on Friday March 27, with a two-show discount available through the Dorking Halls box office on 01306 881717.

Tickets: Adult £15, Child £13





The UK's number one swing and jive band and Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists present their new show, featuring special guests, at the Camberley Theatre. From beginning to end, the show is full of colour, '40s and '50s songs and rhythms with a dash of rock and roll.

It will have your feet tapping with all-time classics made famous by Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, The Andrews Sisters and Ella Fitzgerald, along with a wide selection of originals taken from 10 studio albums. The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe to sold-out crowds, earning five-star reviews.

Tickets: £21



Sat 22 Feb

Jo Brand: Work in Progress

Join Jo Brand as she appears at Cranleigh Arts Centre trying out new material along with her special guest, Andy Robinson. Long established as one of the UK's best comics, Brand is the star and writer of Getting On, the BBC's BAFTA award-winning series set on a hospital's geriatric ward, which was partly inspired by her earlier career in nursing.

Tickets: £19.20



Tue 25 Feb - Thu Feb 27

John Bishop: Warm-up Show

Comedy superstar John Bishop is set to embark on a whole host of gigs to warm-up his brand-new show and will be coming to Guildford's G Live. John, who moved to Surrey recently, is very much looking forward to this new adventure; this will be his eighth stand-up tour and its shaping up to be his best yet!

Also coming to ITV in 2020, John will host a new topical entertainment series in which he will take a look back at the week's events in his own inimitable style. During the show - which will air weekly - he'll be joined by guests, some of whom may return, to dissect the news of the week in a light-hearted way.

Tickets: £35 / Glive.co.uk



The best of the rest

Charity Quiz

Pit your wits against the quizmaster in a charity evening at Craneligh Arts Centre on Wed Feb 12, 7pm. Tickets: £10




One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, heads to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, on Feb 10.



Stephen Bailey

Comedian Stephen Bailey will be at G Live with a hilarious all-new show, Can't Be Bothered on Fri Feb 28. Tickets: £18.50



Dance with Flavia

Learn to dance with Strictly champ Flavia Cacace-Mistry on this 10-week course in Guildford from Feb 29. This course will focus learning the basics in Cha Cha, Salsa, Waltz and Quickstep. There are limited places available.

Course details: 29th Feb - 16th May 1-2pm, Saturday 29th February for 5 weeks, 2 weeks off for Easter (4th&11th), Another 5 weeks until 16th May. At Nuffield Health and Wellbeing Guildford GU2 9LX



Drum Circle

Join this fun, noisy, family-friendly event on Saturday February 1 at 2pm. Tickets: £5 or £15 (family of 4).



Astronomy Night

Join this monthly event at the University of Surrey on Weds Feb 19.




Join comedian Sam Avery (AKA The Learner Parent) at Epsom Playhouse on Tues Feb 11. Tickets: £18



Wedding Fair

Find everything wedding related and more at Charter house on Sun Feb 23 .



Fascinating Fossils

Travel back in time on Fri Feb 7 to look at a fascinating collection of fossils at Haslemere Muesum.




Open for February half term (17-21) go on a winter walk through Gatton Park and enjoy the early signs of spring



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