10 things to do in Surrey in July

Jive on down to the New Victoria Theatre in Woking for a night of Dreamboats and Petticoats

Jive on down to the New Victoria Theatre in Woking for a night of Dreamboats and Petticoats - Credit: Jack Merriman

From theatre and music to festivals and workshops, these are our pick of the best events in Surrey this July...

Dreamcoats and Petticoats: Bring the good times back

This hit musical inspired by iconic 60s tunes returns for a follow-on, and sees Bobby, Laura, Norman, Sue and the gang all come back grooving. While Laura (Elizabeth Carter) thrives in a successful solo career, her partner on their hit record Dreamboats and Petticoats’ Bobby (David Ribi) has left the spotlight. Will they carry on their adventures and bring on back the good times? Find out by jiving on down to the New Victoria Theatre in Woking.
July 5-9, from £13, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, atgtickets.com/woking

Kew the Music
Iconic names in spectacular surroundings – yes, Kew the Music is coming back with more unforgettable summer nights. With headline acts including Van Morrison, James Blunt and Bananarama, there’s a huge variety of different artists to suit whatever your taste. Pack a picnic and enjoy the shows with homemade nibbles or go for a VIP package where you can choose from pre-buying a gourmet hamper or enjoying a scrumptious BBQ package. 
July 5-10, from £15.13, child from £32.90, VIP BBQ package from £175, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, kewthemusic.org

Botanical Printing Art Experience

Let the world go for a while and spend time on Joy Farms in the Surrey Hills learning how to create stunning prints from leaves, feathers and other natural materials foraged from the farm. You’ll work with non-toxic vegetable oil based inks and pull prints that look almost photographic. The class is suitable for beginners, all materials are included, and you'll come away with multiple prints.
July 8, £80, Joy Farms, Leatherhead, joyfarms.co.uk

Rick Parfitt Jr
Listen to live music from Rick Parfitt Jr’s band in the beautiful surroundings of Painshill’s tree lined Amphitheatre. Rick is a total fireball of energy on stage and has wowing crowds for over 10 years. As the son of the late Rick Parfitt of Status Quo fame, he grew up surrounded by music, and his performance ability is a result of years of watching some of the best front men in the world.
July 13, £20, child £10, Painshill, Cobham, painshill.co.uk

View from top of the grass Amphitheatre at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey. The Amphitheatre was

Watch The Secret Garden at the beautiful Claremont Landscape Garden - Credit: National Trust/Andrew Butler

The Secret Garden: Live

Join Mary on her journey to discovering The Secret Garden in this brand new, family-friendly, dance adaptation of the best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Performed by an accomplished cast of dancers and musicians, the iconic story is brought to life like in this high-quality, one-hour ballet. With a brand-new score and original choreography, The Secret Garden offers an enchanting, unforgettable experience for both adults and children alike.
July 16, £20, child £16, Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher, thelittleboxoffice.com/newcreationscollective


After eight years, Guilfest returns this summer on the beautiful grounds of Hurtwood Polo Club. It will see the iconic Sister Sledge coming over from the US to headline Saturday’s performances on the main stage, as well as Peter Hook and The Light topping the bill on Sunday night. In addition to music, you’ll be able to enjoy the enormous beer tent, cocktail bars, street food, a comedy tent, a wellness area, games tent and more.
July 16-17, from £11, Hurtwood Polo Club, Cranleigh, guilfest.co.uk

Paint and Sip Night

Get your creative juices flowing at this Paint and Sip workshop. At The Pelican you’ll be able to have a fun evening of creativity and bubbles, where you’ll be able to paint a calming and relaxing scene of dandelions. If you haven't painted or crafted don’t worry, as all the workshop is designed with beginners in mind. You will be provided with everything you need, plus you’ll be taught step by step with handy tips.
July 20, £29, The Pelican, Addlestone, artifexdesigns.co.uk

Jazz on a Summer’s Evening

Kick back and relax with some beautiful music by Imogen Ryall and Julian Nicholas, Imogen’s heartfelt interpretations of jazz standards have made her a popular performer with both audiences and musicians alike. Meanwhile, Julian has been a leading player on the jazz scene since the mid 80s, and has appeared with world-renowned artists and groups including Loose Tubes and Jimmy Witherspoon. It’s a perfect way to soak in the sweet summery atmosphere.
July 23, £20, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk


Peter Pan
Harlequin Outdoors present Illyria’s production of this much loved classic by J.M. Barrie. Wendy Darling is certain she saw the face of a boy at her bedroom. But when she agrees to fly away to the idyllic Neverland with him, will she discover that Neverland isn’t perfect as it seems? Peter Pan was first performed by Illyria Outdoor Theatre in 1997 – and its 2022 production will be the first to feature real flying.
July 30, £15, £13 concession, The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, harlequintheatre.co.uk

Guildford is a grand location for summer days out

Guildford is a grand location for summer days out - Credit: Experience Guildford

Celebrate Guildford 
Guildford has a huge variety of fabulous events this summer to explore and enjoy. In July, head to the Chilli and Cheese Festival at Shalford Park on July 16. There’s also plenty going on throughout the summer holidays, including the Bandstand Concerts every Sunday in August at the Castle Grounds, and the #CelebrateGuildford family Thursdays. Be sure to check the Experience Guildford website for further events.
Until August 28, various prices, various locations across Guildford, experienceguildford.com/celebrateguildford