Things to do in Surrey this June
PUBLISHED: 09:37 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 19:11 13 June 2017
Every month, Surrey Life teams up with Guildford’s Tourist Information Centre to reveal some of the best days out and things to do across Surrey
INVESTEC DERBY FESTIVAL
Always a highlight of the Surrey sporting calendar, the world’s greatest flat horserace and Britain’s richest race returns.
The Investec Derby, at Epsom Downs racecourse, is one of the biggest social events in the British calendar, with the two-day horse racing festival taking place on Friday June 2 (Investec Ladies Day) and Saturday June 3 (Investec Derby Day).
Dress to impress as ladies in the Queen’s Stand and Duchess’s Stand are invited to enter the Style Awards on the Friday. This year’s ‘face of the Derby’ is actress Emilia Fox.
As well as the horseracing, Derby day will be finished off in style with Jo Whiley’s DJ set of crowd-pleasing tunes turning the Hyperion Lawn into a dance floor.
For anyone looking for a super indulgent way to spend a day at the festival, check out the fine dining experience at the Chez Roux @ Blue Riband restaurant. With a four-course a la carte menu designed by legendary father and son chefs, Albert and Michel Roux Jr, a complimentary bar, a Queen’s Stand Enclosure badge and panoramic views overlooking the parade ring, winners enclosure and the winning post, it’s perhaps no surprise that prices start at £525.
Whether on The Hill or in The Queen’s Stand, it promises to be another action-packed weekend.
• For more, visit epsomderby.co.uk or call 0344 579 3004. Grandstand Enclosure tickets from £45.
From Thursday June 1, 9am to 6pm
MAYFIELD LAVENDER OPENS FOR THE SEASON
While the peak season for the flowers is usually July and August, the 25-acre field at Mayfield Lavender near Banstead reopens for the season at the start of June and is a relaxing place to while away the time in the café or with dreams of Provence. They’re set to introduce a new afternoon tea and tour too this year. Entry: £1 per person. While you’re in the area, you could also pop over to their plant nursery in nearby Ewell.
Mayfield Lavender, 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3JA. Web: mayfieldlavender.com
Saturday June 3 to Sunday June 18
SURREY ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIOS
For a chance to go behind the scenes with some of Surrey’s most creative residents, pencil in a visit to Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, where more than 300 artists are expected to open their doors. Surrey Life’s art editor, Tinx Newton, speaks to just some of those taking part in June’s Surrey Life magazine.
Various venues. Web: surreyopenstudios.org.uk
Wednesday June 7 to Saturday June 24, various times
HAMPTON COURT PALACE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Van Morrison, Rick Astley, Bryan Ferry and Jools Holland are just some of the stars set to transform the spectacular Tudor Courtyard at Hampton Court Palace into one of the area’s hottest gig venues for the month. Make the most of the occasion by grabbing one of the festival’s picnic options. We catch up with Amy MacDonald, who is performing on Friday June 9 in June’s Surrey Life magazine.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU. Web: hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com
Wednesday June 7 to Saturday June 17, various times
CAMBERLEY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The second Camberley International Festival will bring the town to life with live music, comedy, dance, film and food events. Among the highlights, Camberley Theatre host five times BBC Folk Award winners, Oysterband; contemporary dance, Pyschoacoustic; comedy from Graeme of Thrones; and the All Star Comedy Stand Up. Elsewhere, pubs will showcase local bands, while Park Street will be alive with the sounds of The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band. The Camberley Carnival grand finale will mark 140 years since Camberley got its name.
Various venues. Web: camberleyinternationalfestival.com
Saturday June 10, from 2pm
ABINGER MEDIEVAL FAIR
With origins in the churchyard fairs of the Middle Ages, the Abinger Medieval Fair was brought back to life in 1956 when an enterprising rector sought to raise funds for St James’ Church, which was recovering from a direct hit during World War Two These days, as well as a procession of Lordships, Ladyships, Knights and “the beautiful Maidens of the parish”, you’ll find stocks, stalls, Punch and Judy, pig racing, a grand raffle and more in this pretty location only minutes from the A25. All pilgrims welcome, as they say.
Abinger Common RH5 6HZ. Web: abingerfair.com
Monday June 12 to Saturday August 12, various times
GUILDFORD SUMMER FESTIVAL
The umbrella festival for events as diverse as Walkfest, the Town Centre Cycle Race and The Electric Theatre Summer Film Festival, Guildford Summer Festival takes place from June through to August with a little something for everyone.
Various venues. Web: guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford
Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18, 10am to 5pm
THE BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL
Celebrating the 110th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklands race track on June 17, 1907, this year’s Double Twelve Motorsport Festival promises to be extra special. The two-day extravaganza features Speed Trials, Driving Tests, the prestigious Double Twelve Concours and Test Hill ascents. Tickets: adults, £11; children (5-16), £6; family (2+3), £30.
Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Web: brooklandsmuseum.com
Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25
XXX CANCELLED XXX FESTIVAL OF SURREY
A celebration of everything ‘Surrey’, Faces legend Kenney Jones’ Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst will best hosting the Festival of Surrey. As well as a series of lifestyle zones featuring stalls celebrating the best of our county, there will be an evening concert with The Jones Gang and Willie Austen on the Saturday night. Their usually annual Rock ‘n’ Horsepower event is taking a break until 2018 in the meantime. Meet Kenney in June’s Surrey Life magazine.
Hurtwood Park Polo Club, Horsham Lane, Ewhurst Green GU6 7SW. Web: hurtwoodparkpolo.co.uk
Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25, 9am to 4.30pm
THE SUPERCAR EVENT
Taking place at the home of Top Gear, Dunsfold Park, and in aid of The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, The Supercar Event is a brilliant way to get close to some of the world’s most desirable motors. In June’s Surrey Life magazine, we challenge some of this year’s drivers to nominate their favourite places in Surrey for a relaxed Sunday drive – you’ll also find a ticket offer. Tickets (in advance): adult, £12; child, £8; family (2+2), £30. Supercar rides cost extra and pre-booking is recommended via the website below.
Dunsfold Park, Compass Gate, Dunsfold Road, near Cranleigh GU6 8HY. Web: thesupercarevent.com
Best of the Rest:
• La Cage Aux Folles at New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tuesday June 6 to Saturday June 10, various times. Tickets: from £17.90. Web: atgtickets.com
• Folkster Martha Tilston performs at The Boileroom, Guildford on Friday June 9, 7.30pm. Tickets: from £12. Web: theboileroom.net
• The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s The Commercial Traveller outdoors at Haslemere Museum on Saturday June 10, 7.30pm to 10pm. Tickets: from £16. Web: haslemeremuseum.co.uk
• Comedian Rich Hall’s Hoedown at Kingston’s Rose Theatre on Saturday June 10, 8pm. Tickets: from £18. Web: rosetheatrekingston.org
• Comedian Russell Brand brings Re:Birth to G Live, Guildford on Tuesday June 13, 8pm. Tickets: £33. Web: glive.co.uk
• Guildford Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream heads to a new venue at Rack’s Close, Guildford from Thursday June 15 to Saturday July 1. Tickets: £25. Web: guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
• The Jockey Club Live series of events at Sandown Park Racecourse kick starts with Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson on Thursday, June 8. Tickets: Adults £40, children £25. Web: thejockeyclublive.co.uk
• Saxophonist Yolanda Brown performs her Love Politics War show at Farnham Maltings on Saturday June 24, 7.30pm. Tickets: £18. Web: farnhammaltings.com
• Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains Mind Over Matter at G Live, Guildford on Tuesday June 27, 7.30pm. Tickets: £22.50. Web: glive.co.uk
• Bassistry take jazz, funk and soul to Walton-on-Thames’ Riverhouse Barn on Friday June 16, 8pm. Tickets: £14. Web: riverhousebarn.co.uk