Surrey 2013 ~ more than 50 great things to do this year
PUBLISHED: 17:22 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:39 20 February 2013
How on earth do you follow up a Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year? Matthew Williams takes a look at just a few of the highlights we can expect from 2013 in Surrey – from suffragette and Great Train Robbery anniversaries to science festivals
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2013
How on earth do you follow up a Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year? Matthew Williams takes a look at just a few of the highlights we can expect from 2013 in Surrey from suffragette and Great Train Robbery anniversaries to science festivals, art exhibition firsts and, yes, even more cycling...
1 JAN+ The award-winning Haslemere Educational Museum celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. One of the oldest independent and most respected museums in the country, it is just seven years younger than Londons Natural History Museum.
2 JAN+ In 1963, world-renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin founded his famous music school in Cobham. To celebrate the 50th birthday and the many achievements of the school over the last five decades, they are launching an anniversary appeal, which will enable them to invest in the future. Alumni violinist Tasmin Little has agreed to be president of the appeal.
3 FEB All eyes will be on England as the Six Nations arrives. The team plays at Twickenham on Saturday February 2 against Scotland, Saturday February 23 against France and Sunday March 10 against Italy. They continue to be based at Pennyhill Park hotel in Bagshot and train at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.
4 FEB Farnham Maltings famous festival of knitting, Unravel, will return for its fifth year on Saturday February 23 and Sunday February 24. In the build-up to and during the festival, knitting graffiti created by a group of guerrilla knitters will adorn the venue and public spaces in the surrounding area.
5 FEB+ As well as their summer shows, Guildford Shakespeare Companys annual run at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford sees them perform Macbeth from Monday February 4 to Saturday February 23. The Guildburys, meanwhile, bring Dancing at Lughnasa to the Electric Theatre, Guildford, in April and the Pranksters Theatre Company will be performing Brassed Off at the same venue at some point in the spring.
6 FEB+ Surbiton hosts a whole series of quirky events throughout the year, including the Seething Festival in February, the Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival in May, the Giant Childrens Game in June, the Seething Trycyclingathon in September, Surbiton Ski Sunday in October and the British Bread Golf Open in November!
7 MAR Royal Holloway Universitys largest public event sees the Festival of Science taking place on Saturday March 23 at the famous Egham campus. Celebrating its 20th birthday in 2013, the festivals theme will be Science fact, Science Fiction, attempting to debunk popular science myths.
8 MAR The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is gearing up again for The Marsden March, a 14-mile walk between Chelsea and Sutton that helps to raise vital funds.
9 MAR This year will see a complete relaunch of the restaurant offering at Eghams Great Fosters hotel, with ambitions afoot to make it a Michelin-star quality dining destination. It is hoped that the two restaurants will open at the historic hotel from March.
10 MAR+ This year sees Surrey Sculpture Society add a new exhibition in July at Painshill Park in Cobham to their already busy calendar. This joins the regular exhibitions at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, in March and April; G Live, Guildford, in June; RHS Garden Wisley in August and September; AppArt at Secretts of Milford in October; and Guildford Cathedral in October and November.
11 APR The jumps season at Sandown Park racecourse in Esher culminates in a glittering finale with the two-day bet365 Ultimate Celebration of British Horse Racing in April. This is the day to watch the Champions Parade and the End of Season Awards, but ultimately all eyes will be on who will win the prestigious Gold Cup.
12 APR The Festival of Tulips at the stunning Dunsborough Park in Ripley sees over 10,000 bulbs blooming in spectacular displays, with teas provided each day by invited charities.
13 APR There are gardening shows at Loseley Park, Guildford, in April and July, as well as the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July and Wisley Flower Show in September, too. The Claygate Flower & Village Show takes place in July.
14 APR In its latest attraction opening this April, Chessington World of Adventures brings together a theme park adventure and an array of real-life safari animals, including white rhino, giraffe and zebra, with the launch of ZUFARI: Ride into Africa.
15 APR The much-anticipated completion of the fully restored crystal grotto at Painshill Park in Cobham is scheduled for this spring.
16 APR+ With GuilFests future still hanging in the balance, the summer may end up looking a little different for music lovers but theres still plenty to keep people entertained, including the Leith Hill Musical Festival in April; the Surrey Hills Music Festival in May; Hampton Court Palace Festival and Happy Days Festival, both in East Molesey, and Wisley Music Festival in June; Kew the Music, Albury Free Festival and Redfest in July; and Weyfest in September.
17 APR+ For the first year, the National Trust will be offering Hike, Bike and Kayak holidays in the Surrey Hills. They will be taking place on two dates, with a three-day tour in April and a full week in June.
18 APR+ Bookworms should keep an eye out for the Kingston Readers Festival in April; Surrey Heath Literary Festival in May; Guildford Book Festival in October; and the Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival and Elmbridge Literary Festival in November. World Book Night also takes place in April and there is usually a Surrey libraries event or two organised to coincide.
19 MAY Fingers crossed, A-list actor Sir Michael Caine will be back handing out the awards filming schedule permitting at the tenth annual Leatherhead Drama Festival.
20 MAY The European Tours flagship golf event once rotated around several of Britains finest courses, Wentworth being among them, but in 1984 it returned to the West Course and hasnt left since. Europes Ryder Cup Team, triumphant from the Miracle at Medinah, will regroup for the first time competitively on British soil at the PGA Championship.
21 MAY The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust are planning the much-awaited official unveiling of the Riverhill Regeneration Project in Cobham.
22 MAY+ Held since 1862, Walton and Weybridge Regatta in May is followed by Kingston Regatta in July, which has been running even longer, dating back to 1857, and then Sunbury Amateur Regatta in August.
23 MAY+ This is Cartiers second year of sponsoring the Queens Cup at Guards Polo Club, Egham, and the event will once again bring its unique blend of glamour, style and elegance to high-goal polo. Her Majesty the Queen regularly attends finals day. Then, of course, theres also Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst and Ham Polo Club in Richmond to make the most of the polo season.
24 MAY+ Now in its fifth year, The Sculpture Garden at Birtley House, Bramley, is the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey and set to run throughout May and June. Click here for more on Surreys permanent sculpture parks.
25 MAY+ Meanwhile, food festival highlights include the Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Palace in May; Godalming Food Festival in July; and Haslemere Food Festival and Farnham Feast of Food in September.
26 MAY+ After a nightmare 2012, during which inclement weather forced the cancellation of so many rural events, its deerstalkers at the ready for The Blindley Heath Show, South Godstone, and Cowpie Country
Show, Betchworth, in May; the Surrey County Show, Guildford, in June; and the Cranleigh Show, Cranleigh, the Edenbridge and Oxted Show, Lingfield, and Egham Royal Show, Egham, in August. The only remaining traditional agricultural show within the M25 takes place at Chertsey, also in August.
27 MAY+ Open gardens events in Surrey this year, mainly in June, include: Hidden Gardens of Grayshott; Bookham Open Gardens Day; Horsell Garden Safari; Kingswood, Tadworth and Walton Open Gardens; Shere Open Gardens; Sunbury Open Gardens; Tatsfield Garden Tour; and Woldingham Open Gardens. Of course, there will also be many National Gardens Scheme (NGS) openings as well.
28 MAY+ Kew Gardens will be hosting an exhibition by the hugely influential botanical artist Rory McEwen from May to September. McEwens work was last exhibited in a major retrospective in 1988, when it was showcased at The Serpentine Gallery.
29 JUN Could this year be Andy Murrays year? After grand slam and Olympic success in 2012, the crowds will certainly be hoping so as they once again descend on Wimbledon in June for The Championships.
30 JUN The Brooklands Double Twelve two-day motorsport festival takes its name from the great 24-hour races held at Brooklands, near Weybridge, some 80 years ago.
31 JUN Nestled in the Surrey Hills, the tranquil Coverwood Lakes in Ewhurst provides the perfect setting for the Coverwood Lakes Opera series, which has been running for over 20 years.
32 JUN The Guildford Cricket Festival will see Surrey County Cricket Club taking on Warwickshire, from Wednesday June 5 to Saturday June 8, and Lancashire on Sunday June 9, at Guildford Cricket Club.
33 JUN Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala will take place from Thursday June 6 to Saturday June 8. Paula Pryke, said to be one of the most innovative and respected florists in the world, is the designer for the event.
34 JUN This year marks the centenary of Emily Davisons death, the suffragette who died after sustaining injuries stepping in front of the kings horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913. One hundred years on, hopefully there wont be such tragic circumstances at this years festival that is still regularly attended by members of the royal family.
35 JUN The popular Guildford Lido will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this June with a number of special events still to be confirmed.
36 JUN+ Every year, artists and craftspeople open their studio doors to the public through June for Surrey Life favourite, Surrey Artists Open Studios, offering demonstrations, workshops, artwork for sale, free prize draws and taster exhibitions. As regular readers will know, they also hosted a series of Christmas openings this year. Watch this space
37 JUN+ Kingston comes alive for the International Youth Arts Festival, as the very best in youth arts, selected from the UK and internationally, is showcased. Over 5,000 young people will come together to participate in workshops, projects and shows, performing their work in more than 300 events over 15 venues across the town.
38 JUN+ Watts Gallery in Compton will host the first retrospective of Frank Holl, one of the great painters of the Victorian period notable for his tragic social realism, from June to October.
39 JUL+ The third Guildford Beer Festival will take place at Guildford Cricket Club. Following on from the success of the North Surrey CAMRA and National Trusts inaugural Runnymede Beer Festival in September, they will be running a bigger festival in 2013. CAMRA also supports the Egham Real Ale and Cider Festival in March; Farnham Beer Festival in April; and Kingston Beer Festival in May.
40 JUL+ Oxted Pram Race sees fancy- dressed locals charging around with home-made prams its all for charity. Windleshams event takes place on Boxing Day.
41 AUG+ Up until a hundred years ago, a vast swathe of Surrey was covered with miles and miles of lavender and our county remains home to the stunning Mayfield Lavender. The harvest usually takes place at the end of summer.
42 AUG Held at the home of Top Gear, Dunsfold Park near Cranleigh, Wings and Wheels is a huge celebration of motoring and aviation heritage. Expect Red Arrows, flash motors and many other high-octane treats.
43 AUG August 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. Ronnie Biggs was arrested at his home in Redhill, and two other members of the 1963 gang were from Surrey. Over 100,000 of the proceeds were found in a bag in Redlands Wood, a beauty spot two miles from Dorking, later that year.
44 AUG+ RideLondon, the Olympic road race legacy event, will take place on Sunday August 4 with elite teams and 15,000 amateur cyclists riding much of the race route the BBC will be broadcasting live to an international audience. This will be followed by the return of the Tour of Britain in September.
45 SEP Heritage Open Days returns and if youve ever wanted to visit a roman villa, the earliest public lending library in England, a private illustrators gallery or any other Surrey building of importance usually hidden behind locked doors, then this could be your chance.
46 SEP Surrey Farm and Food Week brings a host of tasty farm walks and food fairs, culminating in the Surrey County Ploughing Match and Country Fair.
47 OCT Following on from three highly successful years, the Surrey Hills Wood Fair at Birtley House, Bramley, which has been supported by Surrey Life since the start, will be re-run in October.
48 OCT This years winner of the Surrey Artist of the Year will be announced in October at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. Who will take current incumbent Tessa Pearsons crown?
49 OCT The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns for another year to Esher Hall at Sandown Park racecourse from Friday October 11 to Sunday October 13.
50 DEC The spectacular Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink will once again see Henry VIIIs favourite palace transformed into a winter wonderland.