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Things to do in Surrey this September

PUBLISHED: 15:52 04 September 2019

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp


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

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Autumn is Booming

This year marks the 27th annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley Flower Show from 3 to 8 September. The six-day floral extravaganza is the place to go for any gardening enthusiast looking for inspiration, expert advice and unique shopping opportunities.

More than 50 specialist nurseries will be showcasing an incredible horticultural range, including hydrangeas, agapanthus, lilies, ornamental grasses, palm trees and chili plants. There will also be more than 20 trade stands at the event with a range of wares available to buy, from gardening tools to solar lighting, and raised garden beds to water fountains.

The National Dahlia Society will be making an appearance and putting on their own colourful show. Inside their marquee visitors will be able to view more than 100 vibrant competition classes of dahlias in all shapes, sizes and colours.

A crowd pleaser during the show will no doubt be the transformation of The Glasshouse into 'RHS Garden Mars', featuring a Martian-themed landscape with airplant planets and an astronaut. Also, nearby in the Glasshouse Gallery, Susan Phelps' photography exhibition of the unseen beauty of nature will be on display for guests to admire.

The RHS was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood and is the world's leading gardening charity. The organisation's vision is to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. From inspirational gardens and shows, to scientific research, and to education and community programmes, the RHS really does it all.

Admission to the RHS Garden Wisley Flower is free to RHS Members, normal garden admission applies to non-members. Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. 


Woking Food and Drink Festival - 30 August-1 September

Returning for its seventh year, the award-winning Woking Food and Drink Festival is here to satisfy all ages and tastes with three days of feasting and entertainment. There will be 80 different food and drink stalls dotted around Woking town centre stocked with the latest artisan products, while Jubilee Square will become host to 20 live cookery demonstrations by talented celebrity and local chefs.


Guildford Walking Festival - 2 September - 5 October

Guildford Walkfest returns for the 13th year, celebrating the abundance of walking routes in and around the town. The month-long programme includes free walks for all ages and abilities. Tickets: free but some walks must be booked in advance


Boss Cars UK - 1 September

For one day only, Boss Cars UK will take over Denbie's Wine Estate, transforming it into a display of stunning mechanics. There will be a diverse range of cars in attendance - expect to see plenty of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens. Tickets: Adult £5/under 12s


80's Day With Martin Kemp - 7 September

Go back in time at Kempton Park this September for a day of quality racing action. To really set the scene, 80's icon, Martin Kemp will be hosting the Parade Ring after-party and you won't want to miss the show by the legendary Spandau Ballet bassist who will be playing all of the decade's greatest hits. It's time to pull out some neon colours and get your dancing groove back. Tickets prices vary.


Bacchus Marathon - 8 September

Denbies in Dorking will once again play host to the Surrey Bacchus Marathonm half marathon and 10k. Runners - some in fancy dress - will race among the vines while sampling some of area's best wines. There's also a two-mile race for children. Entry fees vary.


The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company - 10-12 September

The opera company named after W S Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan was formed in 1994 and has for the last five years toured regionally. This year the company stops in Guildford for the first time and will be performing The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance with performances accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra. Tickets prices vary.


Ocean Film Festival - 13 September

The Ocean Film Festival, which heads to G Live this month, features a carefully curated collection of short films that dive into all aspects of the world's oceans, from marine life to seafaring adventures. Explore extreme wave riding, incredible underwater cinematography and the far corners of the rarely touched world. Tickets: Standard £16.50/Concessions £14.50.


Andy Parsons in Cranleigh - 13 September

Comedian Andy Parsons reckons that his humour is exactly what the country needs right now to mend the myriad division brought to this country in a post-referendum era. His Healing The Nation show intends to offer everyone from all sides of the political spectrum a chance to come together and celebrate what it means to be British in 2019. Tickets: £13.70.


Cobham Heritage Day - 14 September

Cohham's annual Heritage Day celebrations is a huge date for the diary. There's endless fun activities to get involved with from pony rides to duck races, from vintage car shows to scout competitions, the excitement and laughter during the day is truly contagious. If this isn't enough then surely the barbecue run by Cobham's family butcher will sway you and if not, then the two new Pimms stalls to wash it all down definitely will. Tickets: Free to attend.


Haslemere Food Festival - 21 September

After 13 years of success, Haslemere Food Festival is back qith a celebration of all things locally grown. There will be cheeses, olives, chutneys, pies, meats, cakes, patisseries and award-winning ice creams, as well as locally-brewed beers, ales, cider and gin and plenty of live entertainment lined up for all ages. Tickets: Free to attend.


The Entertainer - 23-28 September

Eastenders star, Shane Richie will play the starring role of Archie Rice in a brand-new production of John Osborne's The Entertainer. Chosen by Michael Billington as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, it's a must-see this September at Woking's New Victoria Theatre. Tickets: £13.


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