Things to do in Surrey this May
PUBLISHED: 11:36 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:04 01 May 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...
Thursday April 30 and Friday May 1
European rugby finals
With the thrills and spills of the RBS Six Nations fresh in the mind and the World Cup on the horizon, the 2015 European Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals, featuring the cream of European professional club rugby, will be staged at Twickenham Stadium and Twickenham Stoop. Tickets: various prices.
• Twickenham: epcrugby.com
The polo season in Surrey promises to be extra-special this year, with Guards Polo Club near Egham celebrating its 60th anniversary – the Queen attended the club’s 50th birthday, so watch this space. There’s also Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Ascot Park Polo Club in Chobham and Ham Polo Club in Richmond to completely satisfy your polo passions.
Saturday May 2, 7.30pm
Surrey Hills International Music Festival Gala Concert
International cellist Natalie Clein performs with the London Mozart Players, under the baton of Russian guest conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky, in a lovely Surrey Hills setting. The BBC magazine described Clein’s latest CD as “the closest you’ll get to musical Champagne”. Tickets: £29 (under 21s, £10).
• Mairlot Hall at St Teresa’s School, Effingham RH5 6ST: shimf.co.uk
Saturday May 2 to Sunday May 31, times vary
The Sculpture Garden
For a spectacular day out this month, and a brilliant photo opportunity, head to Birtley House in Bramley for their annual sculpture exhibition, which now showcases over 150 exhibits in a wide variety of media and styles among beautiful grounds. For more on the event, see May's Surrey Life magazine.
• Birtley House, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0LB: birtleyevents.co.uk
Saturday May 9
Believed to date back to the 11th century, the Barons’ Cave in Reigate is a fascinating piece of subterranean history. Local folklore has it that on the way to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta, the barons held a secret meeting there. In any event, the Wealden Cave & Mine Society opens the caves to the public on various dates through the year, starting from this month.
• Tunnel Road, Reigate: wcms.org.uk
Sunday May 10, 11am
Mills and Hills Walk
Join the Wey and Arun Trust for a walk along the towpath from Guildford to Shalford Mill, followed by the gunpowder mills via Chilworth Manor. Enjoy the climb up to St Martha’s and back along the top of the Chantries to Millmead via Shalford Park. Take a packed lunch, though there will be a pub stop. This free walk is approximately 10 miles long.
• Millmead Lock, on the River Wey behind Debenhams, Guildford GU1 3UX: weyandarun.co.uk
Saturday May 16, 10am to 8pm
The 1940s Relived
Head to Brooklands Museum to turn back the clock to a decade of fashion, commemoration, style and celebration! Stock up on vintage gear at the market, check out the recreation of the 1948 London Motor Show and discover all sorts of unusual activity around the museum site. Tickets: adults £11; children £6; families £30.
• Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN: brooklandsmuseum.com
Saturday May 16, 8pm
Guildford Gag House
As part of Guildford Fringe, Guildford Gag House is a professional comedy club that takes place at the Star Inn, Guildford, on the third Saturday of every month. May’s line-up includes MC Bethany Black, Paul Ricketts, Amir Khoshsokhan and Dane Baptiste. Tickets: £10.
• The Back Room, The Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3TY: guildfordfringe.com
Thursday May 21 to Sunday May 24, times vary
BMW PGA Championship
Golfing great Rory McIlroy will head to Wentworth in Virginia Water in a bid to reclaim his BMW PGA Championship crown. As always, a star-studded pro-am will take place before the main competitive event.
• Wentworth Club, Virginia Water GU25 4LS: europeantour.com
Monday May 25, 8am-6pm
Surrey County Show
Said to be the country’s largest one-day agricultural show, the countryside is brought to town once again as Surrey County Show heads for Guildford. Cross your fingers for the weather and pick up May's Surrey Life magazine to discover our pick of things to do there.
• Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1TU: surreycountyshow.co.uk
Now that’s entertainment...
1 An Evening shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan comes to Richmond Theatre on Sunday May 10: atgtickets.com
2 Get in the groove with UB40 at G Live, Guildford, on Wednesday May 13: glive.co.uk
3 Strauss & Friends will be presented by Guildford Symphony Orchestra at G Live, Guildford, on Saturday May 16: glive.co.uk
4 Al Murray’s One Man, One Guvnor pulls the pints at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre on Sunday May 17: atgtickets.com
5 Ballet Boyz: The TALENT 2015 will thrill audiences at G Live, Guildford, on Tuesday May 19: glive.co.uk
6 Arcane Roots, Gallery Circus and Solemn Sun take over Guildford’s The Boileroom on Thursday May 21: theboileroom.net
7 Singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid plays Thames Ditton’s The Ram Club on Friday May 22: theramclub.co.uk
8 Reigate School of Ballet dances into The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, from Friday May 22 to Sunday May 24: harlequintheatre.co.uk
9 The Tiger Who Came To Tea roars into life at Kingston’s Rose Theatre from Tuesday May 26 to Sunday May 31: rosetheatrekingston.org
10 Two Halves of Guinness, a tribute to actor Sir Alec Guinness, comes to Guildford’s Mill Studio on Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk