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On the search for culture in Surrey: art, pottery, books, sculpture and drama

PUBLISHED: 17:15 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 February 2014

The Sculpture Park, Churt

The Sculpture Park, Churt

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Tied to the desk all week? Fed up of being stuck on crowded trains? Well, here are a few cultural suggestions for things to do come the weekend, from art exhibitions to literary walks

RENOIR IN BRITAIN

It’s not often you get the chance to see original Renoirs in Surrey – unless your study happens to be particularly well adorned – but, for the first time, some of the most distinctive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) held in major public collections in Britain will come together in one place at The Lightbox in Woking from Saturday February 8. See the latest arty goings-on @ thelightbox.org.uk

GOING POTTY

Grayshott Pottery in Hindhead emerged from the old Kingwood Pottery in Brook but has roots through its craftsmen that also connect it to Compton Pottery – which in its time was situated at Watts Gallery near Guildford and was started by Mary Watts, wife of the great Victorian painter, GF Watts. The pottery runs monthly weekend events when it may be possible to have a go for yourself. Get your hands dirty @ grayshottpottery.co.uk

LITERARY TOUR

As an escape to the country for famous authors in times gone by, Surrey has an impressive literary history, so why not head out into the countryside to find inspiration from some of the locations made famous in classic literature. Visit Horsell Common to seek out Martian landings and relive War of the Worlds (check out the Martian in Woking town centre afterwards!); pack a picnic to Box Hill and play at Jane Austen’s Emma; and hunt for JM Barrie, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys around Tilford. Find more literary locations (and film ones too if that’s more your bag) @ surreylife.co.uk

EYE FOR DESIGN

Discover a lost world full of abstract modern works and classical figures hiding among ten acres of arboretum and wildlife inhabited water gardens. Opened in 2003, the Surrey Sculpture Park in Churt has over 200+ works on show, most of which are for sale (if your bank manager acquiesces). Alternatively, there also is the superb Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Ockley. Be inspired @ thesculpturepark.com or hannahpescharsculpture.com

CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE

As the world celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in 2014, it’s looking like an action-packed year for Guildford Shakespeare Company. The company’s 20th production sees them return to Holy Trinity Church with Othello in February, April brings their Sonnet Walk Weekend and the summer will witness a double bill of Twelfth Night in the Castle Grounds and Henry V at Guildford Cathedral. Autumn will see another unusual addition: a staging of The Canterbury Tales. Spend time with the Bard @ guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

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