Things to do in Surrey this July
PUBLISHED: 12:48 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:24 12 July 2015
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 July 2015
Throughout the month
Magna Carta Women Project
Artist Tracy Satchwill has responded to the Magna Carta celebrations by creating a playful collage that captures the journey of British women over the last 800 years. The four-piece panel, which is currently on tour, highlights some of the notable journeys towards individual rights and freedoms. You can see it travel to Surrey History Centre in Woking, Egham Library, Epsom Library, Caterham Valley Library and Oxted Library across the month ahead.
• Various venues: tracysatchwill.com
Wednesday July 1 to Sunday July 26
Around 3,000 people made the most of the Guildford Fringe multi-arts festival in the town last year and, running for most of this month, there are no limits to the organisers’ ambitions for this year. Read all about it in our interview on page 89.
• Various venues: guildford fringefestival.com
Friday July 3, 12.30pm
Ladies’ Day at Sandown
Fashion and glamour are synonymous with any race day but the stakes are raised at Sandown’s annual Ladies’ Day. This year’s celebrity judge for the coveted ‘best-dressed lady’ title is TV presenter Donna Air. All in all, it’s the perfect curtain-raiser for the eagerly anticipated Coral-Eclipse on Saturday July 4, one of Britain’s most illustrious flat races.
• Sandown Park, Esher: sandown.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Friday July 3 to Sunday July 19
The International Youth Arts Festival
One of the most successful youth events in the country, the International Youth Arts Festival has expanded to feature more than 4,000 participants in 320 events over 23 days across 18 venues in Kingston over the last six years. One highlight to look out for is Buskers vs Art on Saturday July 18, where young buskers will perform alongside local visual artists in the town centre.
• Various venues: iyafestival.org.uk
Sunday July 5, 12pm to 5pm
Gatton Country Fair
A great day out for all the family, expect animals, country crafts and demonstrations among the activities at one of east Surrey’s hidden gems, Gatton Park – notable for the work carried out by the famous English landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s. Tickets: £5.
• Gatton Park, near Reigate: gattonpark.com
Every Sunday afternoon, 3pm to 5pm
Music in the Meadow
Farnham’s Gostrey Meadow, an attractive park with access to paddling in the River Wey, hosts musical events with local bands every Sunday afternoon until Sunday September 6. There will also be a tea tent hosted by a local charity.
• Gostrey Meadow, Farnham: farnham.gov.uk
Friday July 10 to Sunday July 12
At GoFest, you may find yourself bumping into some of the UK’s greatest sporting icons with appearances from Kevin Keegan, Sharron Davies and Roger Black, to list but a few. There will also be coaching from Fulham FC, Harlequins RFU, Surrey Storm, Surrey Smashers and Surrey United community team, with player visits throughout. Adults from £26; children from £20; family from £79.
• Surrey Sports Park, Guildford: gofest.co.uk
Sunday July 19, 10am to 5pm
A chance for visitors to enjoy supercars at close quarters, this special event will feature demonstrations of exotic and exclusive modern and classic cars, including Maseratis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Bugattis and more, on the Mercedes-Benz World track and Test Hill. Tickets: Adults, £13; children (5-16), £6.50.
• Brooklands Museum, Weybridge: brooklandsmuseum.com
Wednesday July 22 to Monday August 31, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Adventures in Wonderland
It’s not just Guildford that’s celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland this summer (see surreylife.co.uk). Follow RHS Wisley’s garden trail to lead you to Wonderland – or try your hand at a game of flamingo croquet. Normal garden admission applies.
• RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking: rhs.org.uk
From Saturday July 25
Warhol and the World of Pop Art
Following the success of their 2011 British Pop Art exhibition, The Lightbox turns to international pop art and will feature some of the world’s most famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg, exploring how they sought inspiration from subject matter such as comic books, pop music and advertising. Tickets: Entry with £5 annual pass (for a special offer on admission, see page 111).
• The Lightbox, Woking: thelightbox.org.uk