Things to do in Surrey this May
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Every month, we team up with Guildford’s Tourist Information Centre to reveal some of the best things going on across the county.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2017
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BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Olympic champion Justin Rose will make his first appearance on home soil since claiming the gold medal in Rio at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Teeing off from Thursday May 25 to Sunday May 28, the prestigious competition will also welcome four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy. It’s all change at the Virginia Water club, with the West Course boasting a new look following the multi-million pound renovation work carried out since last year’s championship. While the professionals remain the star attraction, the celeb pro-am pre-empts things on the Wednesday and there will be music on the Saturday and Sunday nights, from Status Quo and the Kaiser Chiefs respectively. Day tickets range from £11.50 to £51.50 with season tickets and hospitality packages available.
Wentworth Club, Wentworth Drive, Virginia Water GU25 4LS. Web: bmwpgachampionship.europeantour.com
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Monday May 1 to Saturday May 13, various times
Leatherhead Drama Festival
Having originated in 2003 to put right a description of Leatherhead High Street as “one of the worst in the UK”, Leatherhead Drama Festival has gone from strength-to-strength over the years, even attracting the support and attendance of local resident Sir Michael Caine. A series of performances at Leatherhead Theatre from Monday May 1, the festival culminates in awards night on Saturday May 13. Tickets: adults, £9; juniors (under 19), £3. Awards night tickets: £15 all.
The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. Web: leatherheaddramafestival.co.uk
Thursday May 4 to Sunday May 7
Investec International Music Festival
Bringing world-class artists to perform in beautiful venues in the Surrey Hills since 2010, this year’s festival features Sitkovetsky Trio and Friends at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking on Thursday May 4; Piano Extravaganza at St Catherine’s School, Bramley on Saturday May 6; and The Gala Concert at St Teresa’s School, Effingham on Sunday May 7. Ticket prices vary.
Various venues. Web: iimf.co.uk
Friday May 5 to Saturday May 13, various times
With dressing up positively encouraged, fingers crossed the weather plays the game as Sunset Cinema sounds like a great evening out this month with a number of dates on offer: Mamma Mia at Guildford Cathedral on Friday May 5; Pretty Woman at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday May 6; Grease at Haslemere Educational Museum on Friday May 12; and Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Medicine Garden, Cobham on Saturday May 13. Tickets are £13.50 plus booking fee.
Various venues. Web: sunsetcinema.events
Thursday May 11 to Saturday June 3, various times
Held every other year, the Haslemere Festival has brought an exciting array of talks, classical concerts, jazz and folk music and more to south west Surrey since 2004. Highlights this year include a Jane Austen talk, an operatic take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, contemporary acts from Haslemere Fringe and more.
Various venues. Web: haslemerefestival.org.uk
Saturday May 13, 10am to 10pm
The 1940s Relived
Head to Brooklands Museum as they turn back the clock to the decade of fashion, commemoration, style and celebration. Stock up on vintage gear, take a seat in the hair and make-up parlour or just explore the museum site where you’ll discover all sorts of unusual activity, from re-enactors and dance lessons to historic motors. Tickets: adults, £13; family (2+3), £34.
Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Web: brooklandsmuseum.com
Saturday May 13, 11am to 11pm
Festival of Wonder
Join the University of Surrey to celebrate 50 years in Guildford and enjoy a free day out of fun, imagination and discovery. The programme is jam-packed with music, comedy and dance performances, talks, celebrity interviews, sports activities, hands-on workshops, and exhibits showcasing the science and technology of the future. Entry is free. For more, see May’s Surrey Life magazine.
University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH. Web: surrey.ac.uk/festivalofwonder
Saturday May 13, 11am to 3.30pm
Surrey History Centre Open Day
With six miles of shelving housing documents dating back to the 12th century, this open day offers the perfect opportunity to go behind the scenes of Surrey History Centre’s fascinating collection in Woking. The event is free, but donations are appreciated with the event supporting Woking & Sam Beare Hospice.
Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND. Web: surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents
Saturday May 20, 4pm to 9pm
Museums at Night
Take inspiration from GF Watts’s huge sculpture Physical Energy and help create a lawn full of sculpted horses and giant murals using stickers and collage at this Museums at Night event. There’s also the opportunity to participate in talks about public art before enjoying supper in the Tea Shop, with a set menu at £15.95 per adult and £9.95 per child (supper must be pre-booked). Tickets: adults, £4.75; under 16s, free
Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ. Web: wattsgallery.org.uk
Monday May 29, 9am to 6pm
Surrey County Show
Whether you are five or 105, you’ll enjoy an action-packed day with new activities and old favourites at the Surrey County, which returns again to Guildford’s Stoke Park. As well as over 1,000 cows, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys and goats the showground will boast a Motor Zone, a Creative Zone, a Health and Wellbeing Zone, a Home and Garden Zone and much, much more. See May’s Surrey Life magazine for our pick of the best attractions. Tickets (on the gate): adults, £17; children (5 to 15), £6; family (2+2), £40
Surrey County Show, Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1TU. Web: surreycountyshow.co.uk
Best of the rest…
• Waiting for God at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Tuesday May 2 to Saturday May 6. Tickets: from £23. Web: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
• Richard Herring: The Best at Dorking Halls on Friday May 5, 8pm. Tickets: £16.50. Web: dorkinghalls.co.uk
• Stewart Lee: Content Provider at Kingston’s Rose Theatre on Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6. Tickets: from £24. Web: rosetheatrekingston.org
• Imelda May at G Live, Guildford on Tuesday May 9, 7pm. Tickets: from £28. Web: glive.co.uk
• 125-Year Anniversary Piano Concert at The Guildford Institute on Friday May 12, 7.30pm. Tickets: £12. Web: guildford-institute.org.uk
• Germaine Greer: Women for Life on Earth at Harlequin Theatre, Redhill on Wednesday May 17, 7.30pm. Tickets: from £14. Web: harlequintheatre.co.uk
• Trinity Folk Festival at various venues through Guildford on Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20. Tickets: various prices. Web: guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford
• Michael Card in Concert at St Johns Church, Woking on Saturday May 20, 7pm. Tickets: £12.50. Web: michaelcard.org.uk
• KT Tunstall at G Live, Guildford on Tuesday May 23, 7pm. Tickets: from £21. Web: glive.co.uk
• Happy Days Festival 2017 at Imber Court, East Molesey on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28, 2pm to 10pm. Tickets: from £45. Web: hdfestival.co.uk