Things to do in Surrey this June
PUBLISHED: 09:57 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:10 17 June 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
Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6
Investec Derby Festival
Up to 125,000 flock to Epsom Downs for this historic and quintessentially English event, with Ladies’ Day taking place on the Friday and Derby Day on the Saturday. If you attend, keep an eye out for this year’s official ambassadors, which include champion jockey Frankie Dettori, Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis and two-star Michelin chef Michel Roux Jnr. For the inside story, read on.
• Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs KT18 5LQ: epsom.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Saturday June 6 toSunday June 21
Surrey Artists’ Open Studios
Hit the road and discover over 300 Surrey artists showcasing their art around the county this summer. Look out for the orange signs, and meet the artists in their own environment. Find out more in June’s Surrey Life magazine.
• Various venues: surreyopenstudios.org.uk
Thursday June 11 to Saturday June 27, 7.30pm
The Wind in the Willows
Guildford’s award-winning professional theatre group, Guildford Shakespeare Company, brings Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows to the beautiful Watts Gallery gardens and woodlands. Prices: various.
• Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ: 01483 810235
Saturday June 13, 11am
Wellers at Wisley
Wellers Auctioneers will be offering a fine array of 20th century, modern and contemporary sculpture sourced specifically for Wisley this summer. Viewings will take place until Saturday June 13 during normal garden opening times and the auction will be conducted from the Hilltop Events Centre at Wisley. Normal admission charges apply.
• RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB: 08452 609000
Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14
Double Twelve Motorsport Festival
Held on the weekend closest to the original opening date of the Brooklands race track, the Double Twelve Motorsport Festival is organised in association with the Vintage Sports-Car Club. As well as the main competitions, the Test Hill Challenge will also take place on the Saturday – this involves everything from bicycles and motorcycles to giant pre-war racing cars tackling the punishing 352ft concrete slope.
• Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN: brooklandsmuseum.com
Monday June 15
Magna Carta 800
Three days of celebrations, running from Saturday June 13 to Monday June 15, will culminate in The Queen paying a visit to Runnymede for a special commemoration event, 800 years to the day since King John sealed the Magna Carta there.
• For full details of what’s planned at Runnymede and across the county, see June’s Surrey Life magazine
Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21
The Supercar Event
Now in its ninth year, this weekend supercar extravaganza offers something for the motoring fanatics as well as raising funds for The Children’s Trust. Where else can you be driven round a track in some of the world’s greatest supercars – and help an amazing cause?
• Dunsfold Park, Compass Gate, Dunsfold Road GU6 8HY: thesupercarevent.com
Saturday June 27 to Sunday September 6
International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition
A collection of winning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year competition comes to Guildford House this summer. From close-up studies to panoramic views, from the quirky and amusing, to pictures of stunning serenity, these photographs reflect the everlasting appeal of the garden. Admission free.
• Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ: 01483 444751
Sunday June 28, 5pm onwards
Coverwood Lakes Opera
For an evening of operatic arias and musical fun performed by long-time Coverwood favourites, head to this Surrey beauty spot and enjoy the music with locally produced food and drink. Tickets £45. Read our feature on Coverwood at surreylife.co.uk.
• Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst GU6 7NT: coverwoodlakesopera.com
Tuesday June 30 to Monday July 27
Surrey Sculpture Society at Loseley
The showing season for Surrey Sculpture Society starts at the historic Loseley Park, near Guildford, where work will be displayed among the walled gardens. From there, they head to the Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, in July/August; RHS Garden Wisley in August/September; and Richmond’s Landmark Arts Centre in October/November.
• Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS: surreysculpture.org.uk
Our pick of music, theatre and comedy
1 Paul Merton brings his show, Impro Chums, to Woking’s New Victoria Theatre on Friday June 5: atgtickets.com
2 Dan Cruikshank: The Recreation of Lost Buildings is at Redhill’s The Harlequin Theatre on Friday June 5: harlequintheatre.co.uk
3 Join broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan for a night at Guildford’s G Live on Monday June 8: glive.co.uk
4 From London’s vibrant Irish music scene, CrossHarbour play Thames Ditton’s Ram Club on Friday June 12: theramclub.co.uk
5 Comedian Katherine Ryan’s Glam Role Model heads to Redhill’s The Harlequin Theatre on Friday June 12: harlequintheatre.co.uk
6 Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn runs at Richmond Theatre from Monday June 15 to Saturday June 20: atgtickets.com
7 The History Boys comes to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Monday June 22 to Saturday June 27: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
8 Germaine Greer’s The Disappearing Woman is at Redhill’s The Harlequin Theatre on Thursday June 25: harlequintheatre.co.uk
9 Surrey Mozart Players give a concert at The Electric Theatre, Guildford, on Saturday June 27: guildford.gov.uk/electrictheatre
10 An Intimate Evening with Russell Watson comes to Woking’s New Victoria Theatre on Sunday June 28: atgtickets.com