What’s on in Surrey this month

Dragons at Painshill

Dragons at Painshill - Credit: Archant

Looking for things to do in Surrey this month? We’ve found some of the best events in the county to keep you busy

• Dragon invasion

Dragons are set to invade a magical English landscape garden in Surrey this October half-term and historic Painshill is requesting help to find them. Ideal for the little ones, children will be able to release their inner knight as they are challenged to take on the quest to protect the Crystal Grotto from all the dragons, which will be hidden throughout the 158-acre landscape from 24 October to 1 November.

Painshill was developed in the 18th century by the Hon Charles Hamilton and is filled with fantastic follies including a sparkling crystal grotto on an island in the lake, a Roman temple, a gothic tower, a quaint thatched hermitage – and even an exotic Turkish tent.

The event is included with the general admission. Tickets must be booked in advance for social distancing measures.

Web: painshill.co.uk

• Gruffalo Adventures

A specially-curated journey through the Kew Gardens Arboretum, where visitors will encounter characters from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s book, including Fox, Owl, Snake and, of course, The Gruffalo. From October 17 to November 1. Price is included in entry fee, but time slots must be booked in advance.

Web: kew.org

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• Arts E-Live

Much-loved journalist Lorraine Kelly is the new patron of Arts Alive. Supported by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and taking place throughout October, the festival has been renamed Arts E-Live this year, as events move online due to current social distancing guidance. Lorraine is known for presenting popular morning television shows ITV’s GMTV, This Morning and Lorraine. Throughout her 40-year career she has been committed to using the arts to promote good mental health and social connection.

Web: arts-alive.co.uk

• Godalming Gag House Comedy Club

The professional monthly comedy club at historic Borough Hall, in the heart of Godalming, will run two shows on Friday October 2, at 7.30pm and 9.15pm, each lasting approximately 75 mins with no interval. Advised for over 18s only as may contain swearing and adult content. Check the website for this month’s line-up. The next club will be held on Friday, November 8. Tickets: £15.

Web: gaghousecomedy.com

• New arrival at Chessington zoo

A new baby Bolivian squirrel monkey has been born during the height of lockdown at Chessington World of Adventures. Aptly named Rainbow in support of NHS carers that have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the monkey is a great reason to go and visit. Chessington is offering tickets for UK frontline and key workers as part of Merlin Entertainments ‘Big Merlin Thank You’, a scheme which is donating 30,000 tickets as a global initiative to allow NHS, social care and emergency service staff to spend a day out with their loved ones at the Surrey resort.

Tickets have been made available via Blue Light Tickets and donated directly to key organisations which have seen frontline essential workers continue to work throughout the pandemic.

Web: chessington.com

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