What’s on in Surrey this month
PUBLISHED: 16:59 26 August 2020 | UPDATED: 09:18 08 September 2020
Looking for things to do in Surrey this month? We’ve found some of the best events in the county to keep you busy
• Midsummer Night’s Dream Outdoors (Sep 2)
Ashtead Cricket Club, Ashtead
Touring cricket clubs, six actor-musicians present Shakespeare’s favourite comedy in just sixty minutes. Get ready for confusion, chaos and water fights, suitable for all ages. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the hospitality of your local cricket club while being royally entertained. This performance will be produced in line with current government social distancing guidelines, both on and off stage. Floor seating will be offered in the form of 2 metre by 2 metre picnic ‘squares’. All squares will be 2 metres apart, with a one-way system in place.
Tickets are £10 Adults, £8 Children (5-18years), and £20 family (2 adults, 2 children)
• Concours of Elegance (Sep 4-6)
Roaring into Hampton Court Palace, the team behind Concours of Elegance have confirmed their first event of 2020. It’s an opportunity to see some of the rarest cars from around the globe all in one place. There will be restrictions in place to ensure audience welfare, and bookings will need to be made in advance, but never has there been a finer setting to witness the best in car design.
Tickets from £30 per person, with VIP preview tickets available for £80
• Magicians Live – Magicians Live on Stage (Sep 5)
Barn Theatre, Oxted
A breathtaking magic and mentalism theatre show designed to blow-your-mind.
Show starts at 7.30pm, Tickets start at £13.50 - £16.50 and are available online or on 01959 561811. Please check online prior to the event to check if any details have changed.
• The Summer Adult Panto (Sep 10-12)
The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guilford
After seven years of producing Guildford’s Adult Pantos to critical acclaim, you now have the chance to watch one from the comfort of your own homes. Whilst Guildford Fringe regrettably cannot currently deliver the show, Pinocchio Gets Wood the Online Adult Panto will see the cast still perform live each night, with the fun being streamed so people can safely watch at home. The small cast will bring you a fast-paced evening of naughty song, dance and many one liners to raise your spirits during these challenging times.
Tickets are £14 per device for up to 2 people watching together, and £28 per device for up to 5 people watching together. You will be sent a locked YouTube link on the day of the show.
• Heritage Open Days (Sep 11-20)
Heritage Open Days brings together more than 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers annually. It’s a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all for free. For the first time, because of current social distancing measures, the programme will focus on virtual tours and digital experiences, meaning that communities will be able to celebrate the stories of the places and spaces that are important to them in new and innovative ways. Visitors can expect to take part in a range of digital activities, including virtual tours, online galleries, live-streamed talks and interactive workshops. All events will be hosted on Mole Valley District Council’s website.
• The Weir (Sep 12)
The Barn Theatre, Molesley
Always ready to embrace a challenge, The Barn Theatre Club are back on stage at last. A small group of socially distanced actors, their technician and director, Mandy Witt, will be live streaming The Weir from The Barn Theatre on YouTube on September 12. As if you were really there, they invite you to come online to join this live experience and support your local theatre at the same time.
Tickets will cost £8 for existing Barn members, and £10 for guests, the latter to include temporary membership of the club
• A Feast in the Time of the Plague (Sep 13)
Theatre in the Woods, West Horsley Place
This brand new production will be performed by Grange Park Opera, live on the stage of the Theatre in the Woods in front of an invited audience of 250 people. With a libretto by opera-giant Sir David Pountney and music by Alex Woolf, A Feast in the Time of Plague is the only new opera to have been commissioned during lockdown. It will be filmed, and later streamed free to be accessible online. This will be the first opera in the UK to be performed inside a theatre, and with an audience, since lockdown.
For more information including up to date ticket prices, visit the website
• Ride + Stride
Get on your bike or lace up your walking boots for Surrey Churches Preservation Trust’s Ride + Stride on September 12. The annual family-friendly event, held in counties across England, sees participants walk or cycle a route of their choice to visit local churches, getting people to sponsor them for a fixed amount per church visited. Though COVID-19 means that Surrey’s event will be run differently this year, money raised will still help to repair churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the county.
For more information and to sign up, visit surreychurchespreservationtrust.org
• LEAF Open Farm Sunday
Annual farm open day LEAF Open Farm Sunday will become LEAF Online Farm Sunday for 2020 in light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The virtual event on September 20 is shaping up to offer “a plethora of new farming-related content” and will feature two key themes – Produce & Provenance and Wildlife & Biodiversity – along with virtual farm tours across the day. A LEAF Online Farm Sunday event was previously held on June 7.
• Catch the last of the sun at Great Fosters
While many of us may have failed to go on a holiday abroad this summer, those in the know will have headed to Great Fosters to spend the day lazing by the 1920s-style outdoor pool. The hotel, in Egham, has teamed up with Nyetimber to offer special pool day packages including a glass of English sparkling wine, a sushi lunch and goodie bag filled with L’Occitane poolside essentials.
Available until the last weekend in September. From £99, alexanderhotels.co.uk/greatfosters
• Guildford’s Walkfest
From September 1 to 31 you will find a walk happening somewhere in the borough for Guildford’s Walkfest. The festival pulls together lots of different groups including The Ramblers, The Surrey Hills Society, Walking for Health, and Guildford Town Guides. It also hosts specialists like local historian David Rose, who gives fascinating talks about the local area during his walks. Bookings can be made at the Guildford Tourist Office.
See guildfordwalkfest.co.uk for more information
• Go for pints at a local brewery (Sat 5 Sep)
Dorking Brewery, Aldhurst Farm, Temple Lane, Capel, Dorking. 10am-8pm
Expect street food vendors including a hog roast, live music and lots of locally made beer in the brewery yard at Dorking Brewery. Tickets are free but do require booking. Click here to book your spot.
• Explore one of Surrey’s beautiful vineyards (5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26)
The Hog’s Back, Puttenham, Guildford GU3 1AG
Greyfriars Vineyard is holding tours of the vineyard and tastings of its wines throughout September. For full details and to book your place, click here.
• Ghost hunting (26 & 27 Sep)
Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Ln, Dorking RH5 6LY
Get yourself in the mood for Halloween and pay a visit to Leith Hill Place, nestled in the Surrey countryside, which is hosting a ghost hunt. Over 18s only, book tickets online.
• Wilderness retreat (25-27 Sep)
The Green Escape, Leith Hill Ln, Dorking RH5 5PA
‘In this idyllic getaway you will be guided through various yoga, bushcraft and meditation workshops in a fun, light-hearted way to restore your energy, reconnect with nature and revive your wild side.’
• Antique and flea market (Sun 13 Sep)
High Street, Guildford
The high street in Guildford will be abuzz with vendors selling vintage, preloved and retro wares including homeware, books and vinyl.
• Go gin tasting (Sun 13 Sep)
Silent Pool Gin, Albury, Guildford GU5 9BW
Choose from one of two tours around local Surrey producers: either enjoy wine at Albury Organic Vineyard alongside artisan cheese at Norbury Park Cheese and Silent Pool Gin; or Silent Pool Gin, Indian food at Mandira’s Kitchen and Albury Organic Vineyard. Book online and read more about these producers here.