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Things to do in Surrey this February

PUBLISHED: 11:28 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:37 13 February 2015

Cycling has long been part of the Dorking fabric

Cycling has long been part of the Dorking fabric


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...




Saturday January 31 to Saturday February 28

Caught in the Crossfire

This landmark exhibition, which includes works by street artist Banksy, encourages visitors to explore the fundamental issues of war; the impact of conflict on the home front; the division of land and separation of people; as well as protest, resistance and action. Entry: free. For more details, turn to page 100.

• Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ:

Sunday February 1 to Saturday February 28

Cycling capital of England

Dorking has been at the forefront of leisure and competitive cycling from the sport’s earliest days, with summer camps at the foot of Box Hill in the 1890s and ‘lady’ cyclists outraging local publicans with their rational dress. Early racers were no less controversial, setting off early in the morning to evade the police as road racing was banned. This exhibition, in partnership with Dorking Cycling Club, traces the story. Entry: adults £2.

• Dorking Museum, 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS:

Saturday February 7 to Sunday March 8

Alluring Orchids

Discover why adopting enticing colours was the only sensible solution for orchids at Kew Gardens’ annual tropical extravaganza, which is held in a rather steamy Princess of Wales Conservatory. To learn more about the festival, see page 164.

• Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AB:

Friday February 13, from 10.30am

Royal Artillery Day

Celebrate the bravery and dedication of the British Armed Forces with a day of horse racing at the historic Royal Artillery Gold Cup. The day’s proceedings will start at 10.30am, when a special military parade, welcoming servicemen and women home, will proceed along Esher High Street.

• Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ:

Saturday February 14 to Saturday March 21

RBS Six Nations

It’s a World Cup year and the home nations teams will be 
keen to prove they are in the running by dominating the 
RBS 6 Nations. The Pennyhill Park based England team will head to Twickenham Stadium to play Italy on Saturday February 14, Scotland on Saturday March 14 and finally France on Saturday March 21.

• Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA:

Sunday February 15, from 9.30am

Brooklands Winter Classic Breakfast

The first Sunday morning Breakfast Club of 2015, this is your chance to meet up with like-minded vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts, have breakfast and admire the cars and motorbikes on show. Tickets: adults and seniors £12; children (five to 12 years) £6.

• Brooklands Museum, Weybridge KT13 0QN:

Tuesday February 17, 11am

Guildford Pancake Race

In this annual tradition hosted 
by the Charlotteville Jubilee Trust, participants flip their 
way up Guildford High Street while Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon commentates. Hilarity ensues and money is raised for charity.

• High Street, Guildford:

Friday February 20 to Sunday February 22


Since its launch in 2009, unravel has become one of the leading independent events for knitting and crochet enthusiasts from across the country, and now the world, as this year’s festival features an international talk in collaboration with PomPom Quarterly. For more, see page 106.

• Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR:

Saturday February 21 and Sunday February 22

Steampunk Convivial

With our county’s connections to HG Wells, Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Surrey Steampunk Convivial continues to celebrate all that is 
steampunk, Victoriana and British eccentricity in general. Welcome to the madhouse…

• The Royal Oak and 
Christ Church, New Malden:

Thursday February 26, 8pm

Jay Rayner

A restaurant critic for over a decade, Jay Rayner has written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing he’s learnt it’s that people like reviews of bad restaurants. In My Dining Hell, Jay examines our love affair with lousy reviews and reads accounts of some of the most excruciating nights out he’s had. Enjoy a pre-show meal as well as the show for £23. Visit for Jay’s thoughts about the Surrey dining scene.

• Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR:


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