Things to do in Surrey this December
PUBLISHED: 12:53 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:21 13 February 2015
Copyright Ken Whalley ARPS January 2013
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...
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- Things to do this weekend in Surrey
See some of Surrey’s top attractions as you’ve probably never seen them before, by enjoying one of the illuminated trails that are set to light up our county this winter. From Alice Holt Forest near Farnham to Hampton Court Palace at East Molesey, there’s plenty of places to feel enchanted this festive season.
Wednesday December 3 to Saturday December 20, 8pm
Dick: the Adult Panto
It’s the age-old tale of Dick Whittington, but not quite as we know it... Join your friends and colleagues for this year’s adult panto from the Guildford Fringe team behind last year’s sell-out run of Cinders. Strictly over-18s only. Tickets: £14.50 adults; £12.50 concessions.
• The Back Room at The Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3TY. Call 01483 444334
Thursday December 4 and Thursday December 11, 6pm to 9pm
Rekindle some old-fashioned Christmas spirit and visit the always magical Petersham Nurseries for one of their two annual evenings of candlelit shopping and carols. Look forward to festive gift inspiration, handmade wreaths, gift wrapping, decorations and hampers, as well as delicious mince pies, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.
• Petersham Nurseries, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AG. See petershamnurseries.com
Saturday December 6, 7pm
An Evening Concert with Russell Watson
The UK’s best-selling classical artist Russell Watson will be visiting Guildford Cathedral with a very special candlelight Christmas concert with choir, as part of a unique tour taking in some of the nation’s most beautiful cathedrals. Tickets: £39.50 and £55.
• Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP. See guildford-cathedral.org
Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7
Tingle Creek Festival
Showcasing many of jump racing’s equine stars over two days of top-class racing at Sandown Park, the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival sees the pinnacle of the racecourse’s jump season. The Saturday, Tingle Creek Chase Day, features the Tingle Creek Chase, which is named after one of the most famous horses of the 1970s.
• Sandown Park racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ. See sandown.co.uk
Tuesday December 9 to Sunday December 21
REFINED: Surrey Guild’s 21st Birthday
Each of the makers in the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen cooperative was invited to produce up to three exceptional pieces to showcase their craft for this touring public exhibition: 40 members have responded with some truly stunning designs and these will be displayed at The Lightbox in Woking this month.
• The Lightbox art gallery and museum, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. See thelightbox.org.uk
Tuesday December 9, 7.30pm
The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas
Take a trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers, the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band, you will relive the music of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin in a special festive version of this hit show. Tickets: from £24.95.
• G Live, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA. See glive.co.uk
Saturday December 20, 7.30pm
Denbies Ice Ball
Celebrate the season with a delightful evening at Denbies Wine Estate, enjoying a three-course meal and live entertainment. Tickets: £58. Denbies also hosts a Vintage & Collectables Fair on Sunday December 7; a Christmas tea dance on Sunday December 14; a late-night shopping event on Monday December 15; and A Taste of New Year dinner on Wednesday December 31.
• Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA. See denbies.co.uk
Sunday December 21
A brand new and testing team challenge, Judgement Day is the UK’s first team-only obstacle course. With 10 miles featuring 25 obstacles, underground tunnels, mud, swamps and dizzying heights, this is for anyone looking for the ultimate challenge. Price: £240 for a team of eight.
• Army Alpine Training Area, Bagshot. See judgement-day.co.uk
Friday December 26 and Saturday December 27, 10am
William Hill Winter Festival
A must for any jump fans during the festive season, the William Hill Winter Festival is a two-day racing event at Kempton Park racecourse. Boxing Day features the festival’s flagship race, the William Hill King George VI Chase – won by greats such as Desert Orchid, Best Mate, Kauto Star and, most recently, Silviniaco Conti. • Kempton Park racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5AQ. See kempton.co.uk