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Things to do in Surrey this November

PUBLISHED: 10:24 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:21 13 February 2015

The original Joey heads to Woking (Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenburg)

The original Joey heads to Woking (Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenburg)


Every 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. Here’s November’s events...




Until Monday November 3

The Canterbury Tales presented by Guildford Shakespeare Company

Join Guildford Shakespeare Company for their autumn season in Guildford’s oldest building, St Mary’s Church, as they bring to life Geoffrey Chaucer’s raucous tales of adultery, chivalric romance and the Wife of Bath’s timeless question of ‘What is it that women most desire?’. Tickets: £12.50 to £21.

• St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3UA:

Throughout November

Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival

Featuring an exciting mix of literary figures covering a variety of subjects, including history, music, art, politics and war, the Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival is back for 2014. Highlights from this year’s programme include esteemed actress Sheila Hancock, journalist Peter Snow, Dr Irving Finkel and British designer Emma Bridgewater. The popular local author Dame Jacqueline Wilson will also be taking part in the programme for children and young people.

• Various venues around Richmond:

Saturday November 1, 2.30pm

Barbarians v Australia Rugby Match

The Barbarians kick-start the autumn rugby international period at Twickenham with an eagerly anticipated opening match against Australia. The Wallabies have one of the most exciting backlines in world rugby and, along with the Barbarians’ attacking ethos, both teams will look forward to showcasing their skills, guaranteeing some entertaining rugby on the day. Tickets: adults £65 and £50; juniors £15.

• Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham TW1 1DZ:

Tuesday November 4, 2.45pm to 3.45pm

Physics lecture with Alf Adams

Recently described as one of the top ten scientific discoveries of all time, the strained-layer quantum well laser – the most efficient means of converting electrical power into light – was invented by University of Surrey physicist Alf Adams. The laser is used in countless systems, from optical fibre communication for the internet and cable TV to pollution monitoring and medicine. In this talk, Alf will explain the secrets behind how it all works. Tickets: £6.

• Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH: 01483 562142


Tuesday November 4 to Saturday November 29

elements:REFINED Craft Exhibition

Forty members of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen have responded to the theme elements:REFINED for their latest touring exhibition. Each exhibit reflects the individual maker’s quest for pushing the boundaries of what they can achieve. Entry is free.

• Crafts Study Centre, Falkner Road, Farnham GU9 7DS: 01252 891450


Friday November 14 to Wednesday December 3

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition

Now in its 27th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. This month, their landmark exhibition heads to Guildford House Gallery – and, what is more, entry to the show is free. 

• Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ: 01483 444751


Sunday November 16, 10am to 4pm

Brooklands Museum Military Vehicles Day

Over 80 vehicles representing the field of conflict, from all around the world and from across the decades, will be on display at Brooklands Museum. The historic site will be transformed as everything from armoured staff cars to troop carriers and motorcycles are parked up in the Paddock and around the Motoring Village. The event will be brought to life by wartime re-enactment groups. Tickets: adults £11, children £6. 

• Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN: 01932 857381


Thursday November 20, 5.30pm

RHS Wisley’s Christmas Shopping Evening featuring Mary Berry

Best-selling author, cook and RHS ambassador, Mary Berry will be opening RHS Garden Wisley’s late-night shopping evening and staying on for a book signing. It’s a busy winter at Wisley this year, including the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition until Sunday January 4; the Royal Watercolour Society exhibition from Wednesday November 19 to Sunday November 30; and Kingston’s Rose Theatre presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe story trail from Saturday December 20 to Sunday January 4 (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve)!

• RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB: 0845 260 9000


Friday November 21 to Sunday January 4

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, 2014

Put on your ear muffs, gloves and skates, grab a steadying hand (if needed!) and head to Hampton Court Palace for some festive fun on the ice in glorious Tudor surroundings. Back again for 2014, the outdoor ice rink offers spectacular views of the red brick Tudor front of King Henry VIII’s magnificent palace and is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Tickets (from): adult £11.50; child (eight to 16) £9; and child (three to seven) £8. See December’s Surrey Life magazine for a special feature. 

• Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU:

From Tuesday November 25

The Horse at War: 1914-1918

Exploring the role of the horse in World War One, this exhibition will compare the glorified image of officers and their chargers at war with the piteous desolation of these animals as beasts of burden when faced with gunfire and trench warfare. The original West End horse puppet from the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse will feature.

• The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA: 01483 737800


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