Things to do in Surrey this March
PUBLISHED: 12:04 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:18 18 March 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...
Saturday February 28 to Saturday March 21
Romeo and Juliet
Celebrated for her bold and dynamic re-imagining of all-time classics, director Sally Cookson brings her inventive storytelling and modern approach to this Shakespeare classic – it’s all set to the breathtaking music of Benji Bower too.
• Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL: 0208 174 0090
Starting from Sunday March 8, 7pm, and then various dates
The Leith Hill Musical Festival
Conductor Brian Kay celebrates his 20th year holding the baton at the Leith Hill Musical Festival this month, as the festival itself marks its 110th anniversary. The main event of the festival, which is closely connected to Ralph Vaughan Williams who was the conductor for over half a century, will see The Messiah performed at Dorking Halls. For more on the festival, see March’s Surrey Life magazine.
• Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG: lhmf.org.uk
Sunday March 8, 9am
Surrey Half Marathon
Claiming to be the biggest closed-road half marathon in Surrey, 6,000 people of all running abilities will set off on a 21km loop through the countryside around Woking – with 12 bands performing along the route to keep the runners motivated and entertain the crowds. You can even track the runners using the new Surrey Half Marathon mobile app!
• Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking GU22 9BA: surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk
Friday March 13 to Sunday March 15
Squires Kitchen Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition
Tempt your sweet tooth at Europe’s longest-running annual exhibition dedicated to cake decorating and sugarcraft. Learn from the experts, see hundreds of wedding cake designs and creative competition entries, and watch master chocolatiers at work. Admission: £12.95; under-12s, £7.
• Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR: squires-exhibition.com
Friday March 13 to Sunday March 22
The University of Surrey will be hosting international and local music stars for Guildford International Music Festival at venues across the area – from Watts Gallery and St Martha-on-the-Hill to studios at the university and local theatres. Click here for a few of the highlights.
• Guildford: surrey.ac.uk/arts/festivals/guildford-international -music-festival
Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14, gates from 12noon
Big Irish Weekender
Get ready for St Patrick’s Day at Lingfield Park’s Big Irish Weekender, which is set to feature live Irish music, dancers and plenty of beer – oh, you’ll see some horse racing too, of course! Tickets from £15 in advance.
• Lingfield Park, Racecourse Road, Lingfield RH7 6PQ: 01342 834800
Wednesday March 18, 7.30pm
Hits from the Musicals
Hosted by Guildford Fringe, a professional cast direct from London’s West End will wow you with their renditions of popular theatre songs, some of which will be from shows they themselves have starred in. Tickets: £13.50.
• The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ: 01483 444789
Saturday March 21, 3pm
Lewis Carroll Walk
For nearly 30 years, the author Lewis Carroll spent part of each year at his sisters’ home, The Chestnuts, where he died in 1898. This free walk celebrates the life and times of the Rev Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll!), his connections with Guildford and the surrounding area. The walk will end at St Mary’s Church, where a Guildford International Music Festival concert is to be held. Keep an eye on Surrey Life for a special feature coming up soon on Lewis Carroll.
• Meet at Tunsgate Arch, High Street, Guildford GU1 3HE: 01483 689351
Saturday March 21, 11am to 4pm
Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring Show
If you’ve been inspired by Kew Gardens’ Alluring Orchids festival (which comes to a close on Sunday March 8) or indeed the colours of Wisley’s own Butterflies in the Glasshouse in recent months, then this showcase of orchids could be just the ticket. Normal garden admission applies.
• RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB: 08452 609000
Saturday March 28 to Sunday July 5
This touring exhibition brings together a body of work by Damien Hirst dealing with issues such as belief, mortality, love, seduction and consumption. The show includes silk screen prints, paintings and sculptures. Price: £5. For more, see March’s Surrey Life magazine.
• The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA: 01483 737800