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What's on in Surrey


What's on in Surrey

There is so much to do in our county at this time of year, whether you fancy taking part in a race or fun run, joining an educational talk, wandering around an artisan market or laughing out loud at a comedy show, there is something for everyone. Check out the events Surrey has in store this month.

If you're looking for things to do over October half term, head over to our What's on over half term article.

Thursday 16 to Saturday 25 September: Investec International Music Festival 2021, Located Between Guildford and Dorking - The Investec International Music Festival brings the very best of classical music performance annually to the Surrey Hills. World famous artists and renowned orchestras have taken part each year. You can enjoy the variety of intimate venues from historic country houses and baroque churches to splendid auditoriums. To book your tickets and find information about locations and timings head over to the Visit Guildford website.

Friday 17 September: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Green Programme, G Live, Guildford - Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival. The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world's best adventure filmmakers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £17. Visit the G Live website for more information.

Saturday 18 September: I've Lost You Only to Discover I've Gone Missing, Camberley Theatre, Camberley - A professional dance production, built upon the stories and experiences gathered by Beatrice Allegranti and her team with people suffering early onset dementia and their families. This has included families they are working with in Surrey as part of their Surrey Dance 21 programme. The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12. To find out more information visit the Surrey Dance 21 website.

Saturday 18 September: Haslemere Food Festival, Lion Green, Haslemere - Celebrating all that is great about local produce, a feast of culinary delights will be at the fifteenth annual Haslemere Food Festival. The festival highlights the variety of high-quality produce that is available locally and the range of products currently available from award winning suppliers in the town and surrounding area. Opens at 10am until 4pm. Free entry. Read more about it on the Essential Surrey, Haslemere Food Festival web page.

Saturday 25 September: Pride in Surrey, Godalming - Pride in Surrey is back! Surrey County Council is proud to be sponsoring the jewel in the Pride events calendar, Pride in Surrey, which will take place on Saturday 25 September in Godalming. For more details about what to expect on the day and how to get involved, head over to our Pride in Surrey article.

Saturday 25 September to Saturday 6 November: Surrey Artist of the Year 2021, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham - Come and vote for your favourite Surrey artist and support the local talent. The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. This aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality arts and craft as voted for by the public during open studio visits. There is a wide variety of artworks on show. Free entry event. To find out more info visit New Ashgate website.

Sunday 26 September: Surrey Half Marathon and 5km, Woking - Why not take part in Surrey's half marathon which follows a professionally marked and measured single loop from central Woking into the surrounding countryside? If you don't want to run that far, there is also a 5km route which is one of the UK's only fully closed road 5km running races. To find out more or to enter, visit the Surrey Half website.

Thursday 30 September to Monday 4 October: Zippos Circus, Guildford - Zippos Circus is back on the road with Carnival, a Big Top tour starring a diverse cast of thrilling artists from around the globe. Astonishing acrobats and aerialists, comics and daredevil motorcyclists come together from all corners of the world for this year's colourful production. For more details and to book, visit the Zippos Circus website.

Friday 1 October: Online talk - The Changing Face of Nursing: Black Nurses in Surrey Hospitals, A talk for Black History Month by Dr Catherine Babikian - For Black History Month, this online talk draws on the Surrey History Centre's rich health care collections to explore the experiences of Black nurses in Surrey. Tickets cost £5. For more information and to book tickets, visit our Heritage events web page.

Friday 1 October to Friday 22 October: Trails and tales, Gatton Park, Reigate - Enjoy a series of tales by different authors before taking part in a craft and then exploring a trail around the garden. These events are ideal for children aged 2 to 4 years. Tickets cost £6.50 and take place between 10am and 2.30pm. For dates and booking, visit the Gatton Park website.

Friday 1 October to Saturday 30 October: G Live performances, Guildford - Check out an impressive line-up of listings including Rock Choir Live, Tropicana Nights 90s, Jason Donovan, Al Murray, Hellfire Comedy Club and many more. For more information about other performances and to book tickets, visit the G Live website.

Sunday 3 October to Thursday 14 October: Guildford Book Festival, Guildford - Guildford Book Festival will include more than 30 speakers taking part in live events at venues across Guildford. Look forward to lively debates and entertainment talks. To find out more about the events taking place during the festival and to book tickets, head to the Visit Guildford website.

Sunday 3 October: Gatton Park open day, Reigate - Gatton Park will be open to explore, with walks around the rock garden, Japanese garden, lake and more. There will be guided walks available. Tickets cost £5 and the park and gardens are open from 12pm to 5pm. Booking is required. To book, visit the Gatton Park website.

Sunday 10 October: Dorking Artisan Market, Dorking - Renowned for its antiques, unique independent shops, charming cafes, nationally recognised restaurants and farm-to-fork markets, Dorking will be home to a new monthly antique-inspired market offering junktiques, flowers, vintage brocante, artisan food, vintage clothing and arts and crafts. For more information visit Dorking Town Partnership website.

Friday 15 October: Comedy Club, Epsom - For 15th October, The Comedy Club has hand-picked some of their favourite Five Star Laughter makers in the UK and brought them together for you in one full show at Epsom Playhouse. For more details and to book tickets, visit The Comedy Club website.

Friday 22 October to Sunday 7 November: Ignite at Polesden Lacey, Dorking - Deep in the Surrey Hills, the Edwardian gardens at the National Trust's Polesden Lacey form the perfect setting for this new, after-dark experience. Expect the unexpected with fairies dancing in the trees, fiery fish and woodland wildlife sculpted in willow as you stroll through the walled garden and into an enchanting landscape filled with wonder. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Ignite at Polesden Lacey website.

Sunday 24 October: Transportfest, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge - This event features extensive bus displays, including rarely seen early examples, as well as wonderful examples of other commercial transport such as taxis, military & emergency vehicles. There will be horse bus rides, heritage bus trips, a collectors' market, live music and children's attractions. This event is not just for transport enthusiasts, but fun for all the family as well. For more details and to book tickets, visit the Brooklands Museum website.

Sunday 31 October: Guildford 10k and 2k fun run, Guildford - Join us at Surrey's premier closed road 10K running event in the heart of Guildford. Starting and finishing from the iconic, cobbled High Street, runners follow the closed-road route towards Clandon and along the Epsom Road. Make a day of it - bring the kids and start off with a 2K run on closed roads to get you going! To enter, visit the Race Organiser website.

Keeping Surrey safe

Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at stage four of the roadmap out of lockdown, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. The requirement to wear face coverings has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas.

Please check the event webpages to find out what is their requirements. To find out how to stay safe visit Coronavirus: How to stay safe and help prevent the spread webpage.