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Things to do in Surrey this March

PUBLISHED: 06:33 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 06:33 14 March 2017

Celebrate the brilliance of the Mini at Brooklands (Photo: Brooklands Museum)

Celebrate the brilliance of the Mini at Brooklands (Photo: Brooklands Museum)


Every month, we team up with Guildford’s Tourist Information Centre to reveal some of the best things going on across the county

Enjoy a spectacular evening of stargazing at Painshill ParkEnjoy a spectacular evening of stargazing at Painshill Park

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2017


Saturday March 4, from 12noon

The Lord of the Rings

Here’s one to test the endurance of avid film lovers, as The Electric Theatre runs the full Lord of the Rings film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson in sequence (The Fellowship of the Ring at 12noon; The Two Towers at 4pm; and The Return of the King at 8pm). Lose yourself in Tolkien’s fantasy world, just a few minutes’ walk from Guildford High Street. Tickets: £7 each or all three LOTR films for £15

The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Web:

Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12, 10am to 5pm

Squires Kitchen Exhibition

The specialist sugarcraft show and international exhibition returns for 2017. Featuring mini classes, expert tutors, live demonstrations and design competitions, this event is a must for cake makers. Tickets: £12

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR. Web:

Sunday March 12, 9am

Surrey Half-Marathon

A closed-road running event between Guildford and Woking, the Surrey Half-Marathon route is spectator friendly with food stalls, shopping and entertainment.

Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking GU22 9BA. Web:

Sunday March 12, 7.30pm

Leith Hill Musical Festival

A tradition started by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1931, the Leith Hill Musical Festival opens with a performance of St Matthew Passion at Dorking Halls. There are four further concerts in Dorking, through March and April, plus a fundraising Bridge Tea at Holmbury St Mary village hall on Thursday March 16, 1.45pm. Tickets: from £9 to £22

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG. Web:

Saturday March 18, 11am

Sculpture workshop

Drawing inspiration from the works of Henry Moore and the shapes and forms of the natural world, sculptor Russell Jakubowski (one of the artists involved in the Inspiring Views project on the Greensand Way) will lead you through the process of making a small sculpture. Tickets: £20

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Web:

Saturday March 18, 6.30pm

Stargazing at Painshill

An opportunity to join Walton Astro Group in the beautiful setting of Painshill, Cobham, to observe The Great Orion Nebula and Double Cluster. This promises to be a truly magical experience, complete with an astronomy talk. Tickets: adults, £20; children (8+), £15

Painshill, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE. Web:

Sunday March 19, 10am

Brooklands Mini Day

All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited, so expect displays across the museum site. Last year, there were more than 1,000 Minis and Brooklands are hoping to squeeze in more this year. Tickets: adults, £11; children (5¬16), £6

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Web:

Tuesday March 21, 10am to 9pm

The Cathedrals Express

Enjoy a nostalgic day out by steam from Woking to the beautiful city of Bath or the historic city of Gloucester. Gloucester Cathedral, founded in 700AD, is the resting place of murdered King Edward II and is also the setting for parts of the famous Harry Potter films. Bath has some of the very finest architectural sights in Europe, including the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Pulteney Bridge, the Abbey and Royal Crescent. Tickets: £115 to £255

Woking Train Station, Station Approach, Woking GU22 7AE. Web:

Tuesday March 21, 7pm

The Stranglers

One of the most successful bands to have emerged from the UK punk scene, The Stranglers started out on their career in leafy Surrey. This month, they return to Guildford with their ‘Classic Collection’ to coincide with the re-release of their entire studio album catalogue from the period 1977 to 1982.

G Live, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA. Web:

Tuesday March 28, 7.30pm

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. Tickets: from £12

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG. Web:


Best of the rest:

1. Lee Scratch Perry at The Boileroom, Guildford on Monday March 6, 7pm. Tickets: from £20. Web:

2. Alexandra Burke stars in Sister Act at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, from Monday March 20 to Saturday March 25. Tickets: From £17.90. Web:

3. Nine Below Zero play Farncombe Music Club at St John’s Church, St. John’s Street, Farncombe GU7 3EJ on Saturday March 11, 7pm. Tickets: from £16. Web:

4. A Funny Evening with Gyles Brandreth at Rose Theatre, Kingston on Monday March 13, 7.30pm. Tickets: £21. Web:

5. Michael Portillo – Life: A Game of Two Halves at The Harlequin, Redhill on Monday March 20, 7.30pm. Tickets: £17.50. Web:

6. Joe Swift: A Man About The Garden at Camberley Theatre on Thursday March 23, 7.30pm. Tickets: £18. Web:

7. Ross Noble: Brain Dump at Dorking Halls on Thursday March 23, 8pm. Tickets: £26.50. Web:

8. Will Johns & Friends, with Jasmine Rodgers, at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Saturday March 25, 8.30pm. Tickets: £11. Web:

9. Jazz Café: Sara Dowling at Electric Theatre, Guildford on Tuesday March 28, 7.30pm. Tickets: £14. Web:

10. Pranksters Theatre Company perform Volpone by Ben Jonson at Electric Theatre, Guildford from Wednesday March 29 to Saturday April 1, 7.45pm. Tickets: £15. Web: As above Aasectrictheatre

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