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All the fun of the fair
The Surrey County Show is back once again this year with its 65th edition of celebrating all that our wonderful county has to offer. Hosted at Stoke Park in Guildford on Monday May 27, there are a plethora of fun-packed events planned for the day.
One of the main highlights will be the famous Monster Trucks in the show ground's Grand Arena. Expect gigantic trucks crushing anything in their paths and also pulling a car in two with their own monster tug of war. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a display of showjumping with some of the country's best known horse and rider combinations, while elsewhere the BMX Show will make its inaugural appearance performing breathtaking tricks and stunts
Animals of all shapes and sizes will take a central part in the show again this year, competing for a number of awards and rosettes in everything from 'Grumpiest pig' category to 'Pig most like its owner'. The Miller's Ark petting farm will also be back with its crew of small, friendly animals for children of all ages to enjoy. If that wasn't enough, there will also be a real working milking parlour, a steam saw bench and vintage tractors as well as a multitude of rural crafts all on display.
There will be plenty of food and drink on offer too, from a bee and honey tent to a bigger than ever food hall packed with products and dishes from across the globe.
- Trees of Painshill Talk - 1 May: Delivered by Andy Mills, Head of Estate and Landscape. 2pm- 3pm, £8 for non-members, £6 for members
- Afternoon Talk: Hermits and Hermitages - 2 May: Delivered by Painshill volunteer and part-time resident hermit Warwick Hutchinson. 1pm-2pm, £5 for non-members, free for members
- Spring Photography Workshop - 11 May: Imber Court Photo Training will guide you through the landscape with your own digital camera and help you capture the beautiful spring scenes at Painshill. 9:30am-4:30pm, £60 for non-members, £52 for members
- Dressed to Impress - Fashions of the 18th century - 25 May: Talk Delivered by Grace Evans, Keeper of the Costume at Chertsey Museum. 1:30pm-2:30pm, Adult £8, Children £6, discounts for members
The first major stage adaptation of Captain Corelli's Mandolin will debut at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. Following the classic love story set on the Greek island of Ceohalonia, the story follows the lives of islanders during the Italian and German occupation of the Second World War. Tickets: from £17.
Join The Salt Box at Nower Wood, Surrey Wildlife Trust's Educational Nature Reserve, for an unforgettable and unique four-course feast nestled underneath the semi-ancient woodland, surrounded by bluebells.
The eighth Haslemere Festival will run from May 12 to May 27 with two action-packed weeks of everything from art to children's entertainment. Beginning with an evening of Folk, Americana and Blues, the programme also covers cabaret shows, historical town walks and annual events like The Classic Car Show across the two week extravaganza. Tickets: dependent on event.
Napoli, Brooklyn was originally presented by Roundabout Theatre Company visits Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud this month. It is the story of an Italian-American family in 1959. It explores the struggle in immigrant families which is passed down from generation to generation, particularly for women. Set in Brooklyn, it's a story of strong women taking risks to define a generation as they are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.
A new temporary exhibition is opening at the Dorking Museum examining the area's history in a unique way. Called The Days of King Dor, the exhibition is all about challenging the accepted version of local history by telling the story of King Dor. Curated by the same artists who created the fictional Leasingstede Museum exhibition, this looks a fun take on traditional shows. Tickets: £2 for adults and £1 for children.
Party like its 1799 at a Jane Austen Ball at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in Godalming. Enjoy a glorious Regency supper as our actors bring to life the characters from Miss Austen's novels. Learn to dance like Regency folk as our 'Mistress of the Dance' gently guides you through the steps, all to live music of the period - beginners welcome! Learn about the 'language of fans'. And there are fabulous raffle prizes to be won throughout the evening. And you can dress to impress, inspired by the Regency era, if you choose. Tickets £35 (reductions for group bookings).
This biennial family-friendly music festival in the heart of Chiddingfold is back for its third year this month. Taking place on Saturday, May 18 at Coxcombe Recreation Field, the family event will host live music from local performers as well as a whole host of food and refreshments from local caterers. Tickets: £12 for adults and £6 for children in advance.
Spurfold, Peaslake Opens for National Garden Scheme - 19 May
11am-5.30pm. Set deep in the woodlands bordering the Hurtwood above Peaslake, Spurfold is an exceptional private garden that will be open to the public. Set over 2½ acres, this enchanting garden has much to see. With broad herbaceous and shrub borders, vibrant rhododendrons and azaleas, a sunken gravel garden with box parterre, a formal pond and water feature, verdant lawns and a woodland walk. The owners have collected many interesting object d'art on their travels which embellish the garden and there are many secluded places to sit and enjoy the views. Admission is £6, homemade teas will be served and there will be a plant sale, raising money for nursing charities through the National Garden Scheme.
The stars of West End hit Les Misérables are back on tour as the The Barricade Boys this month. The singers, who have also performed in a number of West End shows, are back on the road with their critically-acclaimed national tour. They are set to play one night only at Dorking Halls on May 19 and will feature fabulous harmonies and incredible vocals. Tickets: £24.
Antony Costa is set to join the cast of Rock of Ages for its run at the New Victoria Theatre. The West End and Broadway rock comedy musical makes its visit to Woking with Costa, from boy-band Blue, leading the cast as leather-clad rock icon Stacee Jaxx. Set on the glittering 1980s LA music scene, full of classic rock hits, the show is guaranteed to get you dancing in your seat. Tickets: from £15.
Former Eastenders star and Celebrity MasterChef winner John Partridge will be cooking up a storm with a recipe from his upcoming book when London celebrates its 10th year hosting the UK's biggest celebration of food and drink. The eagerly-anticipated Foodies Festival will be heading to the capital's historic Syon Park over the May Bank Holiday Weekend to serve up a mouth-watering selection of top chefs and music acts.
Rock 'n' Roll legends will be at Woking's New Victoria Theatre this month with a show celebrating the best of the genre in the UK. Audiences can expect to hear great music from Mike Berry, Eden Kane and Marty Wilde who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. The Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show looks back upon an era of music that's reverberations are still felt today. Expect a great evening of nostalgia. Tickets: from £31.65.
Celebrating Surrey Hills Wine with Albury Vineyard - 30 May
The Anchor, Ripley
To celebrate the launch of the new Vineyards of the Surrey Hills, which aims to put Surrey on the map as premium wine region, Michelin-starred chef patron Steve Drake is teaming up with Albury Vineyard at his award-winning pub, The Anchor in Ripley, during English Wine Week (26 May - 2 June) on Thursday 30 May. Steve, together with The Anchor's head chef, Mike Wall-Palmer, have collaborated with Nick Wenman, owner and founder of Albury Vineyard to produce a tasting menu that celebrates the very best of seasonal produce and local wines. Located between his two restaurants, which includes the AA Restaurant of the Year Sorrel in Dorking, Albury Vineyard has gained much recognition for organic, international award-winning still and sparkling wines produced from vines grown exclusively in the Surrey Hills, where the terrain is similar to the Champagne region.
To mark the launch of their latest album, Feather, English folk music duo Edgelarks are coming to Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames. Having produced four albums before this, as well as winning the Best Duo award at the 2014 Radio 2 BBC Folk Awards, expect a set of songs that will celebrate joy, push musical boundaries, and call out for hope. Tickets: £14.