Things to do in Surrey this April
PUBLISHED: 07:25 27 March 2015 | UPDATED: 07:36 27 March 2015
© Philip Carey
Each month, we team up with the group that's in charge of tourism in the county, Visit Surrey, to reveal the essential dates for your diary during the month ahead...
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2015
Friday April 3 to Sunday April 5, 6.30pm to 9pm daily
The Party: 500 years of Hampton Court Palace
Celebrate Hampton Court Palace’s 500th anniversary with a spectacular son et lumière show on the south façade with fireworks. Explore 500 years of music and food, with a programme of music and pop-up bars. Read all about it in April's Surrey Life magazine. Tickets: Adults, £22; children, £10 (under fives free).
• Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU. Web: hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace
Tuesday April 7, 3pm
Time to Talk with Dame Jacqueline Wilson
The popular children’s author, and creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, Dame Jacqueline Wilson visits Kingston’s Rose Theatre to talk about her life and work. Click here to read our most recent interview with the world-famous writer. Tickets: £6.
• Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL. Web: rosetheatrekingston.org
Friday April 17, 10am to 6pm
National Gardens Open Day at RHS Wisley
This year, RHS Garden Wisley will be free to all on National Gardens Open Day, Friday April 17, as part of National Gardening Week (Monday April 13 to Sunday April 19). Visit and enjoy all that Wisley has to offer with family and friends at this colourful time of the year.
• RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB. Tel: 084526 09000
Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19, 10am to 5pm
The Loseley Spring Garden Show
For more stunning gardening inspiration, head to the Loseley Spring Garden Show at the historic Guildford estate. Expect stalls of plants, garden tools, food, bygones, furniture, pottery and Loseley’s own home-grown plants and herbs. Tickets: Adults, £3.50; under 16s, free.
• Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 304440
Saturday April 18, 10.30am to 4pm
Military Ancestry Roadshow
Do you have medals, items of uniform, photos, letters or other ephemera from your family’s military past? Surrey History Centre’s panel of experts will help you identify them at their Military Ancestry Roadshow, which forms part of Surrey Libraries’ War and Words programme of commemorative events for the World War One centenary. Tickets, including refreshments, £6.
• Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6ND. Tel: 01483 518737
Saturday April 18 to Sunday May 3, times vary
Guildford Art Society Spring Exhibition
This exhibition is an opportunity to see artwork and sculpture by every member of Guildford Art Society and to enjoy the range of artistic skills we have in and around our county town. Members will be available at most times to guide you around the exhibits and answer any questions you may have. Admission free.
• Guildford House Gallery, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ. Tel: 01483 444751
Wednesday April 22, from 12noon
Investec Spring Meeting
Celebrate spring and the start of the season with an afternoon of thrilling racing at Epsom Downs Racecourse’s Investec Spring Meeting. The feature race is the Investec Derby Trial, which is not only worth £50,000 to the winner but also offers them automatic entry into the Investec Derby itself.
• Epsom Downs Racecourse KT18 5LQ. Tel: 01372 726311
Monday April 27 to Saturday May 9, times vary
Leatherhead Drama Festival
The long-running festival comes to a close after a packed diary of performances with the Sir Michael Caine Drama Awards, which are presented to the two winning drama groups (junior and senior) as well as the best actors and actresses.
• The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. Web: leatherheaddramafestival.org
Thursday April 30, 7pm
An Evening with Lisa Armstrong and Prof Aileen Riberio
Join these esteemed fashion experts at Compton’s Watts Gallery to hear how art inspires fashion. The evening also includes an opportunity to view the exhibition Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits, which runs until Sunday June 7. Tickets: £9.50.
• Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ. Web: wattsgallery.org.uk
Thursday April 30, 8pm
Shades of Bohemia
The Surrey Hills International Music Festival opens its sixth concert season at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking. The evening features French Horn player Han Xiaoming; much-loved clarinettist Michael Collins; BBC Young Generation Artist Leonard Elschenbroich; Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Centre of New York pianist Wu Qian; and violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Natalie Klouda. The evening concludes with Dohnanyi’s Sextet. Tickets: Adults, £26; under 21s, £10.
• Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking RH5 6AA. Web: surreyhills internationalmusicfestival.co.uk
10 of the best from the worlds of music, theatre and comedy
From The Jam bring their latest tour, The Public Gets What The Public Wants, to G Live, Guildford, for an exclusive homecoming gig with a “special surprise guest” on Friday April 3: glive.co.uk
The King’s Speech, starring Jason Donovan, comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, from Tuesday April 7 to Saturday April 11: atgtickets.com
Leith Hill Musical Festival takes over Dorking Halls from Thursday April 9 to Saturday April 11: dorkinghalls.co.uk
The Absence Of War, a political play by David Hare, takes to the stage of Kingston’s Rose Theatre from Tuesday April 14 to Saturday April 25: rosetheatrekingston.org
Cellar Bar Blues at Farnham Maltings welcomes the John Otway Big Band on Thursday April 16: farnhammaltings.com
Relax during An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber at Redhill’s The Harlequin on Friday April 17: harlequintheatre.co.uk
BalletBoyz are set to awe audiences at Richmond Theatre on Tuesday April 21 and Wednesday April 22: atgtickets.com
Mike & the Mechanics’ The Hits Tour 2015 heads to G Live, Guildford, on Friday April 24: glive.co.uk
The Royal Grammar School Concerto Concert transforms Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, on Wednesday April 29: 01483 444334