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April 2017

Our Citizens on

Welcome to our citizens on Instagram. This feature gives you an insight into the everyday lives of people and businesses in Surrey, from breakfast to bedtime and everything in between. Check out our favourites below. Also, follow us on Instagram (theguide2surrey) and if we like what we see then we’ll feature you in these pages!

Artful days Guildford

@artfuldaysgu This print brings back fond memories. My daughters (6 and 3 at the time) made some prints using vegetables.

@artfuldaysgu It has been four months since we started Artful Days Guildford. During this time we discovered many art venues to go with family.

Packhouse Farnham

@packhousefarnham How cool is this vintage Mettoy typewriter

@packhousefarnham Things to do on a wet Sunday... Come and explore at Packhouse, followed by a little bite to eat at Bears. Perfect!!

The Dabbling Duck

@thedabblingduck Nothing suits this weather better than a Wicked Hot Chocolate

@thedabblingduck Come in and try one of our sausage rolls, "the best sausage rolls around"

Visit Surrey

@visitsurrey This gem of a photo of Claremont Landscape Gardens near Esher was captured by @markmottphotography

@visitsurrey A peak at the magnificent Charterhouse School. Photo credit: @godalmingtowncouncil

Headcase Barbers

@headcasebarbers No job too big or too small for our Headcase Barbers.

@headcasebarbers Our @bunny_valentine He's also gonna be running @headcasebarberswoking

Arthouse Meath

@arthousemeath Creativity summed up in one image...

@arthousemeath Festival Season An #originalpainting bursting with colour by #artist Michael O’Sullivan.


Caper & Berry

@caperandberry When we work with the ultra talented @cranberryblueweddings we know it's going to be amazing

@caperandberry We have developed an awesome cocktail menu for the summer with thanks to @_socialmix these drinks will make the party!

Jay Archer Floral Design

@jafd_flowerschool Couple of spaces left of our 1-day Bridal Bouquet class... look at this MEGA BABE made by a student last year? D-vine.

We made this home

@we.made.this.home We've been pottering and clearing the garden and found some pretty treasures

@we.made.this.home We have planted some violets in this old chimney pot to brighten up the garden

@alsohomeuk Continuing on the theme of pets today, here is a rather lovely feline friend that made herself comfortable on our linen during our photo shoot last year!

Simon the Butcher

@simonthebutch Rolled sirloin, one beautiful, tender and flavoursome roast

@simonthebutch Again massive thanks to @pauljuddfood for doing our lamb justice

@jafd_flowerschool This weeks 2-day Complete Bridal course sold out months ago, but there are still spaces on November's class... see the website for more information.


@eighty20nutrition Fruit and Nut Nordic Bread

@eighty20nutrition Pork Scratching Cauliflower Nuggets

Petite Pops

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@alsohomeuk Meet the Team Tuesday | Asia | Guard dog, entertainer and stress reliever


@petitepops16 Pink baby shower

@petitepops16 Unicorn cake pop

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural

@surreyhillsaonb Surrey Hills Green Woodworks is a stunning area for all sorts of outdoor natural crafts

@surreyhillsaonb We are very lucky to have such beautiful scenery at our doorstep! Love this photo of Leith Hill at dawn

April 2017


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April 2017

Charity Spot: The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charitable Fund

The Guide 2 Surrey have joined forces with The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charitable Fund to support them across a number of fundraising activities, including their campaign to open a vital early pregnancy unit… While we rely on the NHS to provide many of the services we access through our hospitals, an awful lot of fundraising is necessary to provide extra equipment an enable the redevelopment of facilities. TG Media, home of The Guide 2 Surrey and The Good Time Guide are delighted to announce that we will be working closely with The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charitable Fund to support them in their excellent work. An umbrella organisation which incorporates over 70 different trust funds related to different areas of the hospital, The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charitable Fund strive to raise additional funds for the hospital to facilitate the best possible patent care and medical treatment.

One in Five Royal Surrey County Hospital have launched an appeal to raise vital funds for an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit. Tragically, one in five pregnancies will end in miscarriage and the Trust needs to raise more than half a million pounds to create a dedicated and protected environment for these women. Each year the Trust sees around 2,000 women experiencing difficulties in early pregnancy; more than 150 of these are for their second or more miscarriage. Currently, these women are forced to sit alongside other pregnant women in a busy outpatient department, which can add to their distress. The proposed facility will include its own scan room, which will be manned by a consultant gynaecologist and obstetricians who specialise in early pregnancy. It will also feature two counselling rooms, a clinical examination room, recovery area, and separate waiting area and reception, which is not overlooked. Doctor Karen Morton, the Clinical Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, says: “Very sadly, one in five pregnancies will end in a

miscarriage which means that many women come to the Royal Surrey for care in this distressing situation every single year. These women, and indeed their partners, are often losing a muchlonged for baby, and the kindness and timeliness of the care they receive can have lasting effects on their recovery, and ability to move on to happier times.” Lawyer Sarah Ring and her husband Charlie have lost three children at various stages of pregnancy, including one just before 12 weeks. “Having been in the situation repeatedly, I know that if you have lost a child or if there is a chance you have miscarried, it is debilitating to be faced with a room full of blissfully happy pregnant women. “A pregnancy loss before 12 weeks is still losing a child,” said the 34-year-old mother. “I loved each of my children from the first time that I saw the line on the pregnancy test stick. “Although the new facility will not change the fact that a mother has lost her baby, it will ensure that these mothers, and the fathers, are treated with the utmost dignity and respect at such a painful point in their lives.” TG Media will work in partnership with The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charitable Fund on a number of


fundraising activities, including the Royal Ramble, a charity walk that the whole community can get involved in in September.

How You Can Help YOUR Royal Surrey County Hospital You can’t spell Fundraising without ‘Fun’, and there are many ways to raise money to support the patients and staff of the Royal Surrey and have a good time doing it. Do you have an adventurous side just bursting to jump out of a plane or trek a mountain or two? Or maybe you fancy doing something more traditional like running 10k or cycling with your friends? Why not sign up for one of the many adventures or events and help make a difference in the lives of patients at the Royal Surrey.

Static Cycle Ride @ the Royal Surrey – 17th May

The Surrey County Show Stoke Park – 29th May

Summer Fair @ the Royal Surrey – 6th – 8th June

Prudential Ride London (Places full for 2017) – 30th July

Royal Ramble - September

Autumn Fair @ the Royal Surrey – 18th October

Knot for Profit Venue TBA – 15th November

Christmas Fair @ the Royal Surrey – 13th December

There are many other ways you can help, including: •

Making a donation

Holding a fundraising event of your own

Making a donation in memory of a loved one

Leaving a gift in your will

Getting your company involved

Getting your school involved

Giving donations in lieu of birthday, Christening or wedding gifts

Grant Giving Trusts and major donations


Whether you organise an event, get sponsored for something or help out at one of these upcoming events you will be helping to make a big difference to your local hospital and to the lives of all the patients!

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With the spring sunshine finally peeking over the horizon there’s lots to look forward to as part of this year’s exciting Celebrate Woking programme of free events and activities. Grab the diary and start inking in these all important dates…

Freedom of the Borough Parade 11.30am, Sunday 23 April, Woking Town Centre

With Colours flying, bands playing and drums beating, join recruits from Pirbright Army Training Centre as they proudly march through Woking Town Centre on St George’s Day to commemorate their Freedom of the Borough. To celebrate this historic achievement, Church Street East will be adorned in red, white and blue as recruits and serving officers march towards Jubilee Square.

Summer Sounds

2pm to 4pm, May to September, Woking Park Whether it’s Big Band, Bob Marley or Bach, Summer Sounds returns to Woking Bandstand with music to suit all tastes. Pack up your picnic basket, stroll down to the green, recline in the sunshine and let the music waft over you. Bands will be taking to the stage every Saturday through the summer from 2pm to 4pm at the Bandstand in Woking Park. Please visit for details of weekly performances.

So come down and celebrate the Freedom of the Borough.

Woking Food and Drink Festival Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September Woking Town Centre

It’s time to tantalise your taste buds and get in the mood for good food, as the double awardwinning Woking Food and Drink Festival returns to Woking Town Centre. The free, three-day menu of culinary delights will be dished up by well-known local and celebrity chefs, and fully stocked with high-quality artisan products, dishes and tipples hailing from producers across the locality, the UK and the World. So, get ready to gobble till you wobble and set your appetite to ravenous, the table is set for another mezze of magnificent bites! Information about the event will be published on the website and social media over the coming months. Keep an eye on or follow @WokingFoodFest

Party in the Park

12noon to 9pm Saturday 8 July Woking Park Woking’s Party in the Park will be ‘Rockin’ All Over the Park’ in tribute to The Jam and Rick Parfitt from Status Quo. Get into the groove with a swingin’ 60s and psychedelic 70s theme and enough free entertainment to fill a pair of platform shoes! Dig out your tie-dye shirt, fire up your flares, flick back your hair and get ready to indulge in a whole day of love, peace and rock ‘n’ roll at Woking’s favourite summer party! The ‘Woodstock of Woking’ offers something for everyone with Dance Woking and other top acts on the Seymour’s Main Stage including John Coghlan’s Quo, music at the Bandstand, the Children’s Zone, Freedom Leisure’s Sports Zone, shopping at the Chillout Field and heaps more! The Ambassador’s Big Screen is back and this time it’s bigger than Audrey Hepburn’s beehive! It will be groovier than a smoking hot lava lamp and cooler than a bowl of pink Angel Delight. To find out more please visit

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April 2017


Highlights this month at


Richard Herring - The Best

April 12th

Beauty & The Beast (Easter Panto!)

The Cavern Beatles

Vienna Festival Ballet Present Cinderella

An Audience with Martin Kemp

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Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017 Stoke Park, Guildford We’re bringing the countryside to the town... don’t miss this fantastic family day out!

Over 1000 animals - Grand Prix showjumping food theatre and food hall - petting farm duck racing - gun dogs - live music - bees acres of shopping - dinosaur invasion - giant games classic cars - sheep dog trials - falconry - floristry farmers’ market - Punch & Judy - scavenger hunt - heavy horses - fun dog show - plus much, much more!

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THE GUIDE 2 YOUR MONTH Surrey Rollergirls vs Killa Hurtz Roller Derby 9th April / Sportspace Gym, Hemel Hempstead

Not strictly in Surrey, but hey, that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. Head on over to Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire (we know!) to show your support for the Surrey Rollergirls as this team of bruisers go to head to head in a bout with Killa Hurtz Derby. Taking place at the Sportspace Gym, doors open at 10.30 with further bouts to take place over the course of the day. Whether you’re a seasoned supporter or a roller derby newbie everyone is welcome to come and cheer on your local team! We hear there will be cake! Any excuse. See you there. For more information and tickets visit

Sonnet Walk Weekend

May Day Dawn

Imelda May

Guildford Shakespeare Company’s popular Sonnet Walk Weekend returns this April, taking to the streets of Guildford for another magical mystery walking-tour, where you’ll encounter Shakespeare and his characters in the least likely of places. As ever, the route of the walk will be kept under wraps until you arrive! Each walk lasts approx. 60 mins and are every 15 minutes. Last walk starts at 3.15pm Walks start from Stoke Park Nurseries, Nightingale Lane, Guildford.

One of the most ancient festivals and a tradition that only goes back the odd millennia; be an early bird and rise and shine for May Day. Taking place on St. Martha’s Hill on the outskirts of Guildford, meet at 5.15 am for a delightful dawn overlooking the Surrey Hills. Be enchanted by the Pilgrim Morris Men as they wave their sticks and hanky’s in honour of the first day of May.

If you don’t know Imelda May, prepare to be amazed. If you are already a fan, get ready to hear her as you never have before. The truly unique artist has found a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, sensitive acoustica, cinematic drama and explosive balladry on a set of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written.

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22nd & 23rd April

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1st May / St. Martha’s Hill

9th May / G Live, Guildford




April 2017

THE GUIDE 2 Conservation Open Studio

13th April / Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, Compton Enjoy a rare insight into the art of conservation at watts Gallery Artists’ Village. See the conservation studio in action, speak to the resident De Laszlo Conservation Fellow Sally Marriott and find out about ongoing conservation work at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. For more information visit

The Great Easter Egg Hunt 14th April / Cranleigh Showground

Chainska Brassika

7th April / West End Centre, Aldershot This mischievous rabble from Lewisham have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious, horndriven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond. Over the last year the band has reached new heights by winning the ‘World Reggae Contest’, supporting Madness on their ‘Grandslam’ UK stadium tour and playing at a host of festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Outlook, Ostroda Reggae, Notting Hill Carnival, Secret Garden Party and Shambala. With a support slot for the legendary Wailers complete, Chainska hit the road for a national tour promoting their new album ‘Harry J Business’.

Good Friday heralds The Great Easter Egg Hunt, taking place at Cranleigh Showground and organised by the Cranleigh Lions. Beginning at 10.30 am sharp, race, the egg hunt is for children 10 years and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. Starting with a stroll (or run) across the Showground to the woods, where a number of plastic eggs have been hidden. If you find a plastic egg, you win a chocolate egg! For more information visit

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The Quintessentially English Spring Sale 8th April / The Village Hall, Chiddingfold

For your fix of seasonal splendour, head to Chiddingfold for the Quintessentially English Spring Sale. 30 beautiful stalls selling vintage and artisan products for you and your home. Come and browse the stalls, enjoy the homemade cakes and them take a walk around this gorgeous English village complete with its stunning Grade I listed church, ancient inn and duck pond. Visit

Scott Matthews

12th April / West End Centre, Aldershot British singer songwriter Scott Matthews, visit’s Aldershot’s West End Centre this month in support of his latest album, Home: Part II, released in the latter half of last year. He’s toured with the Foo Fighters and Robert Plant and his folk, rock and blues fusion continues to attract a devoted band of supporters who helped crowd-fund his aforementioned latest release – ‘Home Part II’. For more information and tickets visit

Fracked or Please Don’t Use the F-Word

12th – 20th April / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, ‘Fracked! Or Please Don’t Use The F-Word’, now visits Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre as part of a ma jor UK tour. This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power. For more information and tickets visit,

The Woman In Black

14th April / New Victoria Theatre, Woking Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. The formula delivers an evening of unremitting drama, transporting the audience into a terrifying and ghostly world. Now celebrating its 25th year in the West End, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most chilling and successful theatre events ever staged. On tour and coming to Woking’s New Victoria Theatre, book your tickets now for a night of haunting drama right now. For more information and tickets visit

Don Letts

14th April / The Boileroom, Guildford The legendary ‘Rebel Dread’, Don Letts, heads to The Boileroom to perform a DJ set this month. Letts rose to prominence in the 70’s for his work in the punk and reggae scenes and went onto direct music videos for Bob Marley and Elvis Costello amongst many more. For more information visit


YOUR MONTH Home & Vintage Spring Fair

Eddie & The Hot Rods

Spring is in the air and as such so is the Home & Vintage Spring Fair at the Grayswood Village Hall. Pick up plenty of bargains as you ogle over homewares of yesteryear. Packed with bric-a-brac for the home, gain inspiration for your interiors this month.

Three well known UK bands have come together to support Woking’s newest and only live music venue The Fiery Bird by staging the first gig at the 900 capacity venue raising money and putting their strength behind the venture that the volunteers behind it have spent years trying to bring about. Eddie and the Hot Rods, Dept S & Ed TenpoleTudor with support from local band Phoenix Chroi will be performing at the Fiery Bird (formerly Quake Nightclub) on the 21st of this month.

15th April / Grayswood Village Hall

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21st April / The Fiery Bird, Woking

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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 15th April / Grayshott Folk Club

For fans of folk music, make your way to Grayshott Folk Club for Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage. Hannah & Ben’s elemental Chemistry together has created a big reaction and they are gaining plaudits from the likes of Mike Harding (ex-BBC Radio 2 Folk Show), Folk Radio UK and Spiral Earth. This will be an evening for those who love stripped back Folk that focuses on the voice as an essential and vital instrument. For more information visit

The Commitments

17th – 22nd April / New Victoria Theatre, Woking The Commitments is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul. Direct from a phenomenally successful, record breaking two year run in London’s West End, The Commitments is based on the BAFTA award-winning film classic. Receiving universal critical acclaim following its London World Premiere, The Commitments was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation. With over 20 soul classics performed live on stage, you’ll surely be guaranteed a fabulously-fun night out you will simply never forget. For more information and tickets visit

Chilworth Duck Race 17th April / Chilworth

The annual hoo-ha of whose duck will sail its way fastest down the babbling brook of Chilworth takes place on Easter Monday. Organised by the PTA of Chilworth C of E Infant School this year, race proceeds go straight to school projects. Be the spectator and watch hordes of multicoloured rubber-ducky’s head on downstream. Taking place at the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, be there for 1.30 to catch the race action. For more information visit

Andrew Lawerence: The Hate Speech Tour 22nd April / Farnham Maltings

We love Andrew Lawerence. The UK comedy scene’s most bigoted scumbag, back with an all new show full of morally repugnant, borderline criminal material in the very poorest taste. No laugh too cheap. Bring a friend who’s easily offended, and be sure to take everything at face value. For more information and tickets visit

I, Daniel Blake

23rd April / Shere Village Cinema Shere Village Cinema is a great place for those in the village and neighbouring villages to catch world class cinema, without having to traipse into town and pay over the odds. I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 British-French-German drama, directed by Ken Loach and starring Dave Johns as Daniel Blake. Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end For more information visit


25th April / Boileroom, Guildford Catch young crooners Palace hit royal heights as they play The Boileroom in Guildford as part of what seems like an endless tour covering Europe and the UK. Self-proclaimed alternative blues rock band from London town have been serenading audiences with their laid back guitars and brooding vocals. Get tickets quick before an anticipated sell out. For more information visit




April 2017

THE GUIDE 2 Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain 26th April / G Live, Guildford

Join one of the UK’s most exciting rising stars as he heads out on his first nationwide tour. In 2015, Tez Ilyas achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand up show TEZ Talks. It was met with packed out audiences and huge commercial success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A totally sold-out run at London’s Soho Theatre followed, with additional dates at the prestigious Southbank Centre. Tez is now taking his follow-up show, the critically acclaimed smash hit Made in Britain, on tour, taking in Guildford’s G Live along the way. For more information and tickets visit


28th April / The Star Inn, Guildford Serving as a Manchester Punk Festival warm-up show, probably one of the most entertaining, and endearing bands currently on the punk circuit, WONK UNIT have built up a legion of fans through relentless gigging, and frankly being so amazing live. They recently released their fifth full length album, “Mr Splashy”, and have more recently been seen out on tour with The Roughneck Riot, Faintest Idea and Revenge of The Pyschotronic Man as part of the TNS Records tour as they edge ever closer to cult status! Catch them a The Back Room of The Star Inn this April. For more information and tickets visit

Banff Mountain Film Festival 26th April / Dorking Halls

The highly acclaimed and prestigious film festival returns to Surrey this month, as part of its world tour showcasing a brand new selection of films from some of the world’s leading adventure film makers. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports, be transported to the world’s last great wild places and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. For more information visit

Botanical Cocktails

27th April / RHS Gardens, Wisley Add a whole new dimension to your cocktails. Spend the morning learning how to prepare and grow ingredients for making botanical cocktails in your kitchen and garden before spending the afternoon making cocktails with expert bartenders from The Botanist, who have developed flavour pairings to create a selection of drinks that are out of this world. Saturday nights will never be the same again!


29th April / Guildford High Street / Castle Grounds Summer pole is back. Following its 40th year last year, another day of dancing, singing, fun and merriment will be taking place in Guildford town centre and Guildford Castle. This magnificent spectacular of the age old tradition of Morris Dancing, starts outside The Star, High St, followed by procession to Castle Green via High St, Chapel St and Castle Grounds. The Summerpole will be rightly erected in Castle Green with much more dancing after lunch at Town Bridge. For more information visit

Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

30th April – 4th June / Birtley Estate, Bramley The stunning 48 acre Birtley Estate provides the perfect venue for this annual Surrey Hills Sculpture exhibition. Featuring sculptures from across the UK, this is the largest temporary exhibition of its kind in Surrey and attracts sculptors from across the world. Moreover, all sculpture is for sale and proceeds from commissions go to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. For more information visit

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Spring Craft Fair

27th April – 1st May / RHS Gardens Wisley

RSC Live: Julius Caesar

26th April / Leatherhead Theatre

Browse and buy from around 170 exhibitors in the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Wisley. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and discover the breathtaking creativity from a range of both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. Normal admission prices apply.

Part of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Rome’ season, Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. Beamed straight to your seats, visit your local, Leatherhead Theatre this month for some international theatre.

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YOUR MONTH Jazz Morley

12th May / St. Christopher’s Church, Haslemere Haslemere Fringe welcomes back Jazz Morley to St Christopher’s Church for one of her stunning acoustic shows, playing a host of new songs and some old favourites. With more new music on the way along with a string of gigs and festival appearances, catch her in Haslemere while you can. For more information visit

University of Surrey Wonder Festival 13th May / University of Surrey, Guildford

Russel Brand: Re:Birth

3rd May / New Victoria Theatre, Woking What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from? Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one. Paying a visit to Woking’s New Victoria Theatre this May, make sure you get a ticket quick. For more information and tickets visit

Russel Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age 3rd May / Camberley Theatre

Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don’t worry: this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age - it’s is the beauty and the curse of being a real person. In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up and growing down.

The University of Surrey celebrates 50 years in Guildford this year and as such, will be hosting a festival of wonder; a salute to the incredible and innovative journey that this educational establishment have made on their journey to become one of the foremost forward thinking universities in the country. Join them on Campus on the 13th May for much merriment and a whole host of workshops, events and talks, as well as the student union organised Free Fest featuring live music and a tonne of fun. For more information visit

WATCH OUT FOR… Camberley International Festival 7th – 17th June / Camberley

The Camberley International Festival returns this June, promising a bumper list of events and activities for visitors to enjoy. With music, comedy, theatre, film and much more for audiences to enjoy, keep an eye out for details closer to the time. For more information visit

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Alfie Brown: Scissor

4th May / Cranleigh Arts Centre Critically acclaimed Brown, known for being satirical and outrageous, brings his new show direct from the Fringe and a run at London’s Soho Theatre, to Cranleigh. He’ll be exploring alcohol, the Middle East and something hideous about our socialised collective sexual repression. For more information and tickets visit,

Maltings Monthly Market

Jockey Club Live

On the first Saturday of every month, come rain or shine, you can find everything from artisan bread to chic vintage items, local craft designers to antique sellers. The Maltings monthly market offers retro treasures, delicious local produce and more in the buzzing atmosphere of the Farnham Maltings, hosting over 200 stalls inside and out.

Jockey Club Live returns to race course up and down the country this summer. With our particular focus centred on Sandown park in Esher, catch superstars such as Tom Jones, Clean Bandit and Olly Murs take to the stage after a day of racing.

6th May / Farnham Maltings

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8th June – 10th August / Sandown Park, Esher

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April 2017

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TALKING TO WARD THOMAS 22-year-old twins Catherine and Lizzy from Hampshire made history in 2016 by becoming the first ever UK country act to reach the top spot in the U.K. Album charts with their second album, Cartwheels. This month they take the album on a UK tour, swinging by G Live in Guildford on 28th April to wow the audience with their uplifting and meticulously crafted, country-soaked pop. We caught up with Lizzie Ward Thomas to find out more about their meteoric rise… The last time we met you in 2014, you were the all-conquering heroes at GuilFest. You’ve clearly gone on to even bigger things… I know! I think it’s been the quickest three years – they’ve gone so fast, it’s been amazing and surreal. What drew you towards Country music in the beginning? When we watched the film “Walk the Line” we fell in love with ‘Johnny Cash’ and ‘June Carter’. But we were completely sold in what we wanted for our future when we heard the Dixie Chicks. Their music inspired us a great deal.

By Rich Lee

How did you catch that first break that took you to Nashville?

You’ve said that Cartwheels ‘isn’t a Country album’, but was it a conscious decision to explore genres other than Country?

Our singing teacher at the time was a session singer in Nashville and she had a lot of contacts there. We showed her our first song ‘Footnotes’ and she sent it over there to a producer and he invited us over. The next thing we knew we flew over to Nashville and recorded six or seven songs, and kept going back over two years until we’d recorded our first album, ‘From Where We Stand’ (2014.)

The whole songwriting process was very natural and organic, but we wanted to show a progression and show a development from our first album and sound which we wrote when we were. I like to think of every album as a portfolio of what you’re doing at the time – so definitely Cartwheels is a portfolio of us in our early twenties. And it shows that we’re listening to all sorts of music – obviously we’re still in love with our Country music too.

We were also writing stuff out there too and spending time writing and recording with all sorts of people and musicians in the community of Nashville. It was just incredible and we learnt a lot from Nashville. I think I know my way around Nashville better than London! (laughs) British-born country music is gaining recognition thanks to artists like Shires, Raintown, Sasha McVeigh and yourselves. What is it about the genre that translates across the Atlantic so well? I think people are starting to understand Country music more now; they realise it’s not like the old ‘Country and Western’ genre. ‘Country’ has a very wide meaning now with so many genres and artists within it. But I think what translates over here is everybody loves honesty, a story and a melody. And that’s what Country represents completely. Other genres too; I think the way Adele writes songs actually takes a kind of Country perspective. Country is becoming more relatable, you know it’s not just ‘trucks and cowboys and dirt roads’… (laughs.)

Your 2017 tour begins this month, but what do you enjoy – or don’t enjoy – most about life on the road? We love performing and seeing a different audience at every place we go. Every place is different, and it’s so exciting seeing people singing the songs back at you, especially when they’re singing album tracks, not just the singles. It shows they really listen to the whole album. What we don’t like about touring, is that it’s very tiring and your sleep patterns aren’t normal (laughs.) But what we do love about our team is that we’ve all grown together. We’ve been with our band since the very beginning, we know each other so well. I couldn’t imagine going on tour with session musicians which we didn’t know so well, so we’re very lucky that we’ve got each other. Ward Thomas perform at G Live, Guildford on 28th April. Visit for tickets, and to find out more about Ward Thomas visit




Soul II Soul perform at G Live on Friday the 26th May. Book your tickets at

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by Alexander D’Arcy

“A HAPPY FACE, A THUMPIN’ BASS, FOR A LOVIN’ RACE” A necessity to the formation and shape of popular culture today, Soul II Soul garnered global accolades back in the 90’s with their debut record ‘Club Classics Vol.1’. Led by the influential Jazzie B, they have been inspiring generations ever since with their undeniably dance floor friendly club jams. We caught up with Jazzie B ahead of Soul II Soul’s show at G Live this May to talk shop. What can people expect from a Soul II Soul show – have you got the whole crew with you? Any special surprises? Always got special surprises. The bands been together for close to 9 years now and we feature talent and hopefully go through all the hits that people are familiar with, and some songs that they probably wouldn’t be. It’s an amazing thing for us to still be out there doing what I really love to do and believe you me it’s a lot more fun now than it was during the hurricane season of soul II soul back in the 90’s. The idea of pressure, walking into unknown territory. I started my career in the studios in terms of making and producing music. The idea of the band on the road… it’s the other way round for me. So I’m more in the embryonic stages of my experiences on the road and as I’ve got older I’ve had more control over the band scenario where you can truly call us a collective as a band because it’s not session musicians. For members who have endured the music over the 20 years, most of us are around the same age but we’ve got quite a few younger cats in the band as well who share their experiences and knowledge and on stage it’s like the analogue world meets the digital world and its quite explosive. And for anyone out there who is still curious about what the sound is and what goes on, we’ve recently released an album where we’ve gone into the studio live, (‘Origins’), so on

the turntable you can actually listen to an actual show which will give you the idea of what’s going on both sonically and physically I guess. Sonically meaning that I’ve been able to interpret a hybrid sound from the studio on to the stage with live musicians who are of that calibre which I think nowadays is really interesting, where the musicians, in terms of us putting the band together, have really meshed as a real band. And I know that sounds a bit odd. But usually in situations, like back in the old days, we were literally hired a band back during 1990, which again was an experience and I guess because I had the pick of the best dudes out there in America I had an amazing band which really set the precedent for me 20 years later because it wasn’t just about playing the music that was put in front of them, it’s also about the musicianship and the depth in terms of how they interpret my idea of the groove. It’s a very important thing, especially with the style of music we play. The idea of the contrast between quantized music and musicians who can play at that level and have that input where you can actually feel what the person’s about. And every day’s an adventure in terms of when we go out live and I’ve been doing this for the past 12 years and I enjoy every moment of it.

You mentioned you’ve got some younger cats with you now and you do a fair amount of youth work don’t you? Well it’s a funny one because, we have a saying back home, it takes a village to raise a child, so I’m very much about the community that I live in and I was raised in… a much more tactile type community surroundings, meaning that we had a community centre and an adventure playground and somewhere we could practice our craft. Where nowadays with space being at a premium and all the other cuts that have had to happen over the last 7 or 8 years that doesn’t really exist around us. So sometimes it takes just keeping an eye on your neighbour and being a part of where you live in terms of trying to create a community. And it’s not about being known or

anything, it’s just a bit of input where you live and how you live you know? Your surroundings. I live right in the centre of London which is very transient which makes it even more unusual rather than living in the suburbs. But in terms of my input into the community its just things that normal people do.

You’re often credited with essentially creating a culture in the UK through your identity, such as the ‘FunkiDred’, the clothes you wore and naturally the funkier than thou bass lines – were you aware at the time that Soul II Soul would have such a lasting impact? This is going to sound strange but in a roundabout way, yes, because we had the b******s to call the album Club Classics, so there must have been some kind of underline in terms of what we were trying to express. The youth are always looking for an identity, (and its funny being around some of the young kids because they think you’re born like that) and in each generation I guess there is some kind of void in terms of what’s happening at that particular time that helps to shape your life. But without any ambiguity it was very clear that being part of the first three generations born and raised in Britain it truly was a different thing in terms of the things we went through then as opposed to what the kids have to go through now. Obviously the idea of the population growing and us being part of a colony in terms of where my parents grew up etc. etc. I was able to have the understanding and I guess the experience of that - in terms of where they came from, coming to a new world and then you cutting your own teeth. So on top of being a teenager with all the other anxieties of growing up, we were growing up in a place that didn’t have a footprint or an imprint from the previous generations as it were. In my case I came up through an area where change was inevitable and change happened between the 70’s and the 80’s. In terms of our evolution we were just dealing with the time you know? And without a regard for anything else as young people are.


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THE 1940S RELIVED AT BROOKLANDS The legendary motoring and aviation museum brings the sty le and swing of the 1940s to life with the ultimate annual vintage event this May… For the huge ma jority of us who didn’t live through the 1940s, the period most readily conjures an austere world of black and white, where war hung heavy in the air and sapped the heart and the spirit. But in truth, the decade produced one of the most colourful and iconic eras of the 20th century, one that championed fashion, fun and frivolity all across the social spectrum in defiance of the anxious times the people were living in, and recovering from long after the bombs stopped falling. Brooklands Museum’s hugely popular 1940s Relived brings that magic cocktail of style and swing to life for a whole V-Day of fun with the entire site dedicated to the fashion, music, cars, dancing and panache that this decade was renowned for. What makes Brooklands such an ideal setting is the Motoring Village, Racing Bays, petrol pagodas and other buildings have changed very little since the heyday of the 1930s. Visitors come from all over the region dressed in original outfits; cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles park up on site and their owners step out as if it were a post-war Britain with military personnel, civilians and land army girls meandering through the site. The Dance Marquee is easily the event’s hub and heart, with free dance classes, a live band playing hits from the era and chanteuse Noelle Vaughn serenading couples through a non-stop programme of music curated by period music specialist Swing Shift. The Race Bays and surrounding areas will be filled with traders selling original and repro clothing, shoes, accessories and

homewares and in the Press Hut, the girls from Hair That Turns Heads will be setting up their beauty parlour and offering quick hair up-dos and make up all in the period style of the time. For those that wear the decade the best, the Brooklands style scouts will be on the hunt for finalists in their Best Dressed Competition which is judged by none other than Winston Churchill himself (played brilliantly by deadringer lookalike Winstan). You can explore the historic period backdrop of the Museum and discover so many hidden treasures like the original 1907 banked Race Track, the 1930s Motoring Village and the only surviving Wellington Bomber that saw active service. In the Ladies Reading Room in the Clubhouse, there will be a photography studio set up so you can have your picture captured in perfect vintage style. The Sunbeam Café will have a special 1940s themed menu and lots of other outlets will be catering for visitors as the music and dancing continues until 9pm.

The 1940s Relived takes place on May 13th. Gates open at 10am and admission prices for the whole event are: £13 adults, £11 seniors/students, £7 children, £34 family.

See for full details and for discounted ticket prices, call or book on-line! Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN


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Kids are in for a cracking time this Easter holiday. There’s all the chocolate of course, and the magic of springtime with nothing to do… Except, of course, there’s loads happening in Surrey this Easter to get involved in, be it a colourful egg hunt, the fun-for-all annual Chilworth duck race or just taking in a wacky show. Here’s six great events and activities we’ve plucked from the basket for the Easter Holidays…



Duck Race will be back as usual on Easter Monday, managed by Chilworth C of E Infant School, with Chilworth2gether acting as facilitator, mentor and supporter. The event will be held in the picnic area of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills from 1.30 – 3.30pm on Easter Monday. A fab day out and a great spectacle; this puts a fun spin on the traditional Easter Fayre but also raises much needed funds for the local school.

The event takes place at the picnic area of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills from 1.30 – 3.30pm.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT PAINSHILL 16th April & 17th April | 10am – 4pm Painshill Park, Cobham

The cost is all included in standard admission so there’s no booking required Painshill Park are hosting their famous Easter Eggtravganza again this year and the whole family are invited to in. Mother Goose has lost all of her missing golden eggs and she needs all the help she can get to find them. You will be set on an exciting trail across Painshill’s beautiful grounds finding and solving clues all along the way. Let’s hope we can find those missing eggs. This really will be a wonderful two day event and aside from all the Easter fun will give you a chance to really explore the landscape in all its spring loveliness. At the end of it all there may be some chocolatey treats in it for you!


Tuesday the 11th of April | 10:30 – 11:30 £5 for a drop in A great idea, this is a choir for new parents to sing and socialise while their toddlers and babies play, sleep or run around in the same room. The good people of the Chaos Choir have created a friendly and social space in which to sing and have fun without the worry of childcare. It’s now a scientific given that singing helps lower your blood pressure and, not only that, music is great for development in kids!

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EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA AT BOCKETTS FARM 1st to the 17th of April | Bocketts Farm, Fetcham Time to shout about Bocketts Farm. If you didn’t know, Bocketts Farm is a working farm set in Surrey combining animals to see and play areas to enjoy both inside and out whatever the weather. So it’s full of family farmyard fun and this Easter period they will be running their annual Easter Extravaganza! Along with all the usual fun found at the farm, there will also be hundreds of gorgeous baby lambs to meet, as well as a chance to meet Shepherds at various sessions. There will also be baby chicks and bunnies to meet and off course an Easter Quiz Trail with chocolate treats!

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A play written especially for 2 to 7 year olds as well as their grown-ups Christopher Nibble is the magical story told by the wonderful Topsy Turvy Theatre: one guinea pig’s mission to stop the dandelions of Dandeville disappearing forever! What guinea pig doesn’t love munching on dandelion leaves; the problem is they’re running out! Our hero Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left – but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day?

Since first opening back in 1904, the Watts Gallery has not only displayed the works of the artist G F Watts but also been a community hub for all things creative and fun. And it is the fun that they’re bringing on the 14th of April with an Alice in Wonderland treasure trail. The question is, can you find Alice amongst the pretty woodland of the Artists Village as well as follow a trail that will lead you to find the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit with perhaps some chocolatey treats? This is a free drop in session with no need to book. It runs from 10:30 until 4 on the 14th, 15th, 16th and finally 17th of April.

Saturday 22nd April | 2:30pm | Farnham Maltings

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14th of April | Watts Gallery, Compton

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Fleecy Frolics For the ultimate family springtime treat, Merrist Woods’ annual celebration of lambing and countryside crafts is hard to beat…

Well the daffodils and cherry blossom have appeared, the sun’s out and the sky is clear (possibly) with fresh spring air. Which means it’s that time of year when Merrist Wood College invite the public for two days of Fleecy Frolics. Fleecy Frolics is the College’s annual lambing event and is a celebration of nature and countryside crafts. Throughout the academic year, the college’s flock are the responsibility of the students. Watched over by the Academic staff, the students herd their charges from September tupping all the way to now, the lambing period and this is there chance to show off all their hard work. The event is a little different this year. Following the last few years, the college has decided to make the event a two day affair. This ensures firstly that the lambs are not distressed and secondly that everyone gets a turn at seeing the sheep and their lambs and gets a cuddle in too. Saturday entry is tickets only, and the event is so popular you’ll have to move fast to book yours. But fear not, Sunday is wide open to visitors with pre-booked tickets or those who simply turn up on the day. So what’s actually happening over the two days? Well there’s all the fun of lamb cuddling along with animal handling in the brand new Animal Management Centre. But there’s also animal feeding on the farm as well as sheep shearing. There will also be loads of woodland crafts and demonstrations including Merrist Wood’s men of steel the Arborculturists in action. You can also meet local crafts specialists and pick up some goodies from plant and craft stalls.

Don’t delay, visit for an unforgettable experience to see in the spring. Saturday 22 April from 12pm - 4pm, Pre-Booked Tickets Only, £7 - £25 Sunday 23 April from 10am - 4pm – Suitable for All, £6 - £20

A Couple of Things… While we hope all and sundry enjoy Fleecy Frolics, due to certain agricultural-based restrictions there are a couple of health warnings to adhere to. First of all women who are, or think they may be, pregnant MUST NOT attend this event. There is risk of disease amongst the lambs which can cause harm, including miscarriage. In the case of wet weather, please wear appropriate footwear as it can be muddy. All visitors should thoroughly wash their hands after touching any of the animals or areas where the animals are housed. Handwashing facilities are available in all areas. Finally there are no dogs allowed except for guide dogs.




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Foodie NEWS and EVENTS The Surrey Food Festival Saturday 22nd April | 10am – 7pm Old Deer Park, Richmond-Upon-Thames Perhaps the biggest event to kick off the next few glorious months of food fests in Surrey, the Surrey Food Festival is nothing less than an extravagant foodie sensual assault. The great and good in Surrey food will be gathering at Old Deer Park in Richmond for a day dedicated to the good stuff, showcasing an exquisite range of different food and drink from over 100 traders. Artisan food producers and cooks will be demonstrating and selling their products in the Marketplace and there’s even a Kids Zone to keep the little ones entertained while you nom yourself to nirvana. A main stage features several acts performing throughout the day and there will also be a number of different bars offering various beverages ranging from Champagne to branded larger for everyone to sit and enjoy. Local charities will benefit from the proceeds. A summer of gastronomic revelry begins early at the Surrey Food Festival, so don’t delay getting those tickets. Entry is £9 per adult and free for under 16’s at the gate. Early bird tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite (Search Surrey Food Festival) at £7 until April 14th. Visit for more information.

Farnham Beerex 2017 27th to 29th April, Farnham Maltings Farnham Beerex is the longest running beer festival in the country at the same location since it started in 1977, and 2016 was a special year indeed - the 40th Annual Beerex in Farnham. Organised by the Farnham Lions Club in cooperation with both the Farnham Maltings and CAMRA, this event is the ma jor fun and fundraising event for the charity. Staffed by well over 300 volunteers, all of whom are unpaid, it’s a truly unique event that is firm, fun fixture in the Farnham’s social diary. Over 5000 imbibers descend on the town for a few days each spring to sample the year’s selection of fine ales, ciders and perries, munch on BBQ food and hear the great bands playing. This year’s event won’t just be the Farnham Lion’s 41st Beerex, and all are hoping that they will reach their goal of raising £40,000, every penny of which will be used to support local good causes. For more information and to buy tickets visit


Meet the Brewer at the Richard Onslow Easter Monday 17th April | The Richard Onslow Pub, Cranleigh Kids love Easter, but what about us grownups? After all, that four-day bank holiday weekend only comes around once a year, at it’s us poor put-upons who should be squeezing the break for all it’s worth. Fortunately for those who like a tipple the ace Richard Onslow pub in Cranleigh have a meet the brewer event lined up for Easter Monday, featuring Firebird Brewery from down the road in Horsham. They’ll be supplying the tasters while the pub supplies the posh bar snacks. Think pimped up versions of sausage rolls & brown sauce, scotch eggs, scampi & tartare sauce and brie bites & cranberry sauce. The kitchen will also be providing a ‘Roast Roll Over’, stretching their legendary Sunday roasts into Easter Monday for those after something more filling. Cheers! Visit for more info

Farmers’ markets RIPLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 8th April | 9am - 1pm Village Green, Ripley

Surrey Vegan Fair Wednesday 13th May | 10am – 4.30pm HG Wells Centre, Woking For many in Surrey, veganism isn’t just a diet, it’s a lifestyle and one that draws many likeminded groups together to celebrate this ethical and healthy approach to living. This was no more evident than at last year’s hugely successful Surrey Vegan Fair. Following that success, the organisers have planned an even bigger event in May at Woking’s HG Wells Centre. Expect even more stalls than before, including hot and cold food vendors, more speakers, and more opportunities to network and meet likeminded people. Whether you are Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian or Omnivore, if you want to shop til you drop, listen to inspiring talks, eat great food and find out more about the lifestyle everyone is talking about then there is definitely something for everyone. Advance tickets are limited so please don’t hesitate to book, save yourself money and get priority entry from 10am. There are also have some limited VIP tickets which include a goody bag and priority entry, but be quick! Limited tickets will also be available on the door although access is from 11am and priced at £5 each. Children aged 14 and under are welcomed in for free and do not require a ticket, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We look forward to seeing Visit or find them on Facebook for more information

CAMBERLEY ARTISAN & FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 15th April | 10am – 3pm Park Street, Camberley

MILFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 16th April | 10am - 1.30pm Secretts Farm Shop Car Park

WOKING FARMERS’ MARKET Thursday 20th April | 9am – 2.30pm Town Square, Woking

FARNHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday of 23rd April | 10am – 1.30pm Central Car Park

COBHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday of 23rd April | 9.30am – 1.30pm Hollyhedge Parade

HASLEMERE FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 7th May | 10am – 2pm High Street

GUILDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesday 2nd May | 10.30am to 3.30pm High Street




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By Rich Lee

Formerly Drake’s in Ripley, the Clock House restaurant remains one of the most essential restaurants in Surrey… One day very soon people will talk about the Clock House in Ripley on its own considerable merits, but for now it’s impossible to discuss one of Surrey’s most discussed restaurants without mentioning the Michelin-starred elephant in the room – or the chef-founder who won the award for the restaurant 14 years in a row. Steve Drake’s dogged pursuit of culinary perfection, and his wife Serina’s steady guiding hand, helped ensure that Drake’s became almost a byword fine dining and progressive British cuisine for the county. Then 2016 happened, and what was once Drake’s is still, well, Drake’s, albeit Serina’s who won sole-ownership of the restaurant from her husband in a divorce settlement last year. The loss of such a figurehead like Steve Drake may well have been cause for much navel-gazing and nailchewing for other restaurants, but for the newly christened The Clock House (aptly named for the stately timepiece suspended outside the handsome Georgian building) this is simply another

reason to lay the linen, polish the glasses, sharpen the knives and get on with doing what they do best. The only real change of note at the Clock House would be the young chef now filling the weathered crocs of his mentor, a protégé of Drake’s by the name of Fred Clapperton. The former sous chef may have the unenviable task of maintaining the departed Drake’s fiercely high standards while moving the restaurant’s reputation forwards (especially since those ghostly gourmands of the Michelin Guide dropped them from their pages last year) but with the trust and confidence of Serina, and the incredibly efficient team around him at the Clock House, he has every opportunity to do so. Having reviewed Drake’s two years ago, we felt like we were visiting old friends upon our arrival at the Clock House, thanks entirely to the unforced grace and charm of the restaurant’s front of house team, and particularly their genial manager Joseph. Taking a table in the rustic elegance of the dining room, it seemed like only seconds had passed until we were enjoying a glass of crisp, sparkling Nyetimber Classic Cuvee. Tip: give the Clock House’s sommelier the benefit of the doubt and a free hand throughout the meal and you won’t regret it, as we experienced some truly stunning wines weaved in and around each course. The Clock House has made the welcome

move to make their prices more friendly and accessible, particularly their lunch menu which offers superb value at two courses for £26 and three for £30. But they haven’t lost their knack for the kind of quiet showmanship that makes a visit here something special and memorable. Some disarmingly delicious amusebouches arrived although now referred to cheerfully as ‘snacks’ (could it be that the Clock House are starting to relax that famously fine-dining posture of theirs?) A starter of enchanting purity swiftly followed: a loch-caught salmon fillet had been slow-cooked until the centre was soft and buttery, the surfaces given just enough crisp from the pan, then nuzzled up to crab laced with crème fraiche and lime with a touch of fennel mayo and cucumber pearls. But this simple starter’s gentle thunder was roundly stolen for me by a bowl of gnocchi, kissed a light golden-brown and offering several distinct layers of texture within each bite. More, they perfectly carried the flavours of caramelised onion from the broth, braised leek and the tang of pickled onions, just as good gnocchi are supposed to, yet so often don’t, even at many decent Italian restaurants. Another continent entirely loomed into view with artfully cooked brill and mussel graced by soft Asian flavours of lemongrass and ginger above a rich pumpkin puree. Across from this and a


dish that glided deftly from winter into spring: 24-hour marinated shin of beef accompanied by the brassica family in the form of broccoli, savoy cabbage and kohlrabi puree. The delicate vegetables, earthy-sweet chanterelle mushrooms and gently pickled mustard seeds mingled with the brute pleasure of meltingly soft and flavoursome beef to produce a dish that, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about many weeks later. I didn’t quite get a dessert that brought together batons of fresh pineapple, a springy vanilla sponge, caramelised white chocolate and dabs of lime and yoghurt gel, but a dark chocolate mousse – humming with very fine cocoa – all pretty in pink and lashed to garden flavours from rose-infused gel, a sail of gossamer-thin rose ‘leather’ and thymeinfused ice cream was all the decadence I was after. It wouldn’t be controversial to say that such richly imagined and executed dishes still bear the influence of the Clock House’s former Head Chef, but that reverence for ingredients, technique and flavours is a legacy that Fred Clapperton has clearly absorbed and more than meets on his own terms. Where Clapperton takes his menus from here is anyone’s guess, but that’s all the more reason to visit the Clock House, which easily remains one of Surrey’s finest restaurants, in the future.

The Clock House High Street Ripley Surrey, GU23 6AQ Tel: 01483 224777 ---

Lunch Menu Loch Duart Salmon, Cucumber, Crab, Fennel Gnocchi, Onion, Watercress, Leek ---

Beef, Sweetbread, Brassicas Brill, Pumpkin, Mussel, Coconut, Ginger ---

Pineapple, Lime, Yoghurt, Vanilla Chocolate, Thyme, Rose ---

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April 2017

TALKING TO… CARLO’S TRATTORIA "Give me a full restaurant and I love every moment of it" Where Guildford meets the Surrey Hills, Carlo’s Trattoria has been serving their devoted customers beautiful, authentic Italian food for over thirty years. So how has this beloved local restaurant survived where so many others haven’t been so lucky? Owners Carlo and Bonnie Crosta let Rich Lee in on their story of restaurant life, strife and fresh pasta… Sailing past your 30th anniversary would tip most people into deep wells of profound reflection. And Carlo Crosta -owner, figurehead, chef and one-man charm offensive behind Carlo’s Trattoriais no different, although it appears he feels the weight of that colourful history best in the pasta dough that he kneads, teases and stretches into fresh streamers of tagliatelle in the same easy manner that he has for decades. Today he is standing in for his head chef Giuseppe -recovering after his fingers met the bitey bits of a pasta machine just days before- and looks remarkably at rest given the meticulous manual work he’s doing to produce dozens of batches of fresh noodles and ravioli for the lunch service ahead. “I thought I’d be gone in five years,” says the 66-year-old of the days after 1986, when Carlo’s Trattoria was born out of a shabby roadside transport café known as the ‘Shack’, “because in those days that was all the life-expectancy restaurants were given.” Other than Carlo, the person most crucial to the restaurant’s success and longevity turned up for dinner once on her 18th birthday, and went on to marry him. Carlo’s cool-headed ying to his fiery yang, Bonnie Crosta has run the restaurant beside him for most of its life, crunching

the numbers and steering the ship while raising their two children. So how do they make it all work? “Stress and duress!” snorts Carlo, while Bonnie just sighs and elaborates: “We are a good balance because I’m a worrier; he doesn’t worry. He’s explosive; I’m the mediator. So somehow we muddle through. There are times when we want to kill each other, of course. I can do everything in this restaurant bar cook. He can do everything in this restaurant bar use a computer. So, at the end of the day, we have mutual respect for each other’s roles.”

are like a club. We know what we have and we know what they want. We try to stay with the times, and we do, but we’re a little bit like marmite – you love us, or you don’t.”

Carlo was only eighteen when he arrived in the UK fresh from travels after graduating culinary school in Italy. Raised in the picturesque north eastern town of Liguria, he remembers how the kitchen became his life thanks to his mother. “Liguria was a lovely part of the world to grow up in and my love for food definitely comes from her. I remember going to the market with her every week, all the fresh produce, and everything she’d cook at home I had to help her with. The kitchen has always been in my family.”

“That’s the difference between us,” says Bonnie. “The chef can nearly lose three fingers, the restaurant can be rammed and I will be having a meltdown, but he will think: “Great. What a challenge”” He loves the thought of being in total chaos and pulling us out of it.”

Although he trained to be front of house (which is obvious to anyone who’s ever enjoyed a meal at Carlo’s Trattoria from the effortless charm and attention its owner wields over his dining room) Carlo trained himself in the kitchen, bringing his love for simple, true, uplifting Italian food to bear on his menus and engraving his Trattoria on the hearts of many hundreds of loyal customers over the years. Not that the Crostas have ever allowed themselves to become complacent. “You cannot take your foot off the pedal,” says Bonnie. “I never take anything for granted.” “We’re always reinventing,” affirms Carlo. “Unlike being in the centre of town, where you have the passing trade, out here we can only build on our reputation. About 90 percent of our clientele are regular customers. It might sound stupid, but we

So what does he love about the life after so long in the restaurant business? “The fun of it! I don’t do it for the money. The day I stop enjoying myself, doing what I do, is the day I won’t be here anymore. I enjoy the customers, the people. And I still love the challenge. You give me an empty restaurant and I’m the worst person to know. Give me a full restaurant and I love every moment of it.”

I ask Carlo what he’s like to work for. “A bastard,” mutters their indispensable restaurant manager Carmello as he passes by, but rather than prompting his boss’s ire, Carlo just bursts into laughter. Bonnie wastes no time piling on. “He’s cantankerous. The people closest to him get the worst of it, like me and Carmello. He’s so fiery, and there’s times when you think ‘how can you speak to someone like that?’, and then ten minutes later he’s whistling and asking what they want to eat. But the thing is, he’s fair.” Despite surrendering his kitchen to the management of a full-time head chef for the last ten years, Carlo can barely conceive of the idea of fully relinquishing control. “He will never not have a foot in the kitchen,” she says. “He could never entirely distance himself. He loves the thought of someone delegating and doing all the horrible tasks of the kitchen, but when it comes to choosing the dishes and buying the best ingredients he’s as involved as he’s ever been.”

Carlo’s Trattoria is at Shere Road, Albury, Guildford GU4 8SE | Tel: 01483 224180 |


Easter Meringue Nests with Lemon Cream

With the Natural Cook Company

Easter should be all about having fun with the family, and little ones will love helping to whip up these gorgeous little nests of sweet and crumbly meringue filled with crispy chocolate eggs and zesty lemon…


For the meringue 3 egg whites 7oz caster sugar 1 teaspoon of cornflour 1 teaspoon of white vinegar 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract For the filling 300ml double cream 2 tablespoons of lemon curd


A selection of small coloured Easter eggs Crystalized lemon, to look like straw for the nests


Whisk the eggs whites until stiff, then slowly add the sugar & a mixture of the vinegar, vanilla extract and corn flour alternately until glossy

Put the meringue mixture into a piping bag and pipe nest shapes onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, bake in a 1500C oven for 10 minutes, reducing the temperature to 1400C before cooking for a further 50 minutes before turning the oven off and leaving to cool

Prepare the double cream by whisking until stiff and then gently stirring through the lemon curd

Next remove the rind of one lemon using a potato peeler and cut into thin strips. Boil in 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and 2 tablespoons of water until syrupy, then roll in additional caster sugar and leave to cool and crystalize

Pipe the lemon cream into the nests, top with the crystalized lemon and the coloured eggs, and the nests are ready to go! Happy Easter!

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Baking tray Greaseproof paper Hand mixer Tablespoon

Teaspoon Piping bags & nozzles Saucepan

The Natural Cook Company are a small, mobile cookery school offering numerous courses and specialist workshops, for any ages from pre-schoolers to pensioners, and hosting a variety of events including creative children’s cookery parties!

Get in touch by calling 01428 86 22 86 or visit


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April 2017

FOODIES FEATURE Barley Mow, Tilford

We tend to make a lot of noise about traditional British pubs, but the Barley Mow in Tilford might be the quintessential English country pub. Think about it: Situated in the glorious Surrey Hills and fringed by the serene pine woods of Tilford, the Barley Mow is as much a landmark as it is a destination. In the summer, people come from miles around to watch the cricket with a pint in the sunshine, or cosy up to the warm fire in the winter. Popular with motor clubs and ramblers, the pub makes an ideal start (or stop) for exploring the gorgeous local countryside. Here, reals ales are still kept in the cellar and served by hand pump and traditional home cooked food is served along with a carefully curated selection of excellent wines. The menus feature hearty, comforting British pub classics and few surprises too. Family-friendly, dog-friendly and certainly foodie-friendly, the Barley Mow is a true slice of rural Blighty.


Monday to Saturday 12-2.30pm & 6-9pm Sunday 12-3.30pm

Tilford Green, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2BU Tel: 01252 792205 |

Amor Amora, Guildford

Nestled atop the charming Guildford High Street, Amor Amora is a tranquil independent cafe that offers customers a unique, idyllic experience and cuisine of the highest quality. They are proud to serve organic or locally-sourced products, from artisan suppliers that share their same commitment to quality and excellence. From the menu and team’s welcoming hospitality to the decor centred around a minimal aesthetic curated by renowned Greek designer Marianna Prassinou, Amor Amora proves itself to be the ideal spot for small, relaxed gatherings or gastronomes who delight in the taste and quality of fresh food.

176 High Street Guildford GU1 3HW 01483 504932

Join them for breakfast served all day on a Sunday or an evening of Greek Meze and a variety of cocktails. Book a table for Mother’s Day and treat your mum to a free glass of prosecco on arrival, the perfect start to a charming evening in wonderful surroundings. Amor Amora, 176 High St, Guildford 01483 504932 |


FOODIES FEATURE The Station House, Haslemere

This historic building that has greeted passengers alighting at Haslemere station since 1858 can truly call itself a destination in its own right, having been revitalised when new owners the Upham group took over last year. A £3m renovation has seen the place transformed into a gorgeous and stylish brasserie, bar and hotel while still retaining its traditional country charm. The brasserie offers proud French cuisine with a modern British twist. The menus are bursting with rustic French classics like roasted poussin, escargot, foie gras and Lyonnaise onion soup as well as a host of mouth-watering seafood and steaks and hearty Sunday roasts. A fabulous bar serves classic cocktails alongside a carefully selected list of superb wines, as well as real craft ales. 16 new luxurious bedrooms provide the ideal place to lay your head, waking refreshed and ready to explore the countryside of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire nearby. Lower Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2PD Tel: 01428 776560 |

Bird in Hand, Woking

The Bird in Hand is a stylish pub and rustic restaurant that offers a friendly environment to relax in; you can enjoy a drink around the fireplace, restored to its original beauty. On offer is a wide selection of local beers alongside premium lagers, fine ales and delicious cider and there’s an extensive wine list including organic varieties. Should you fancy a cocktail, the friendly bar staff are on hand to mix up your favourite tipple.

Mayford Green, Woking, GU22 0NL

01483 747374 |

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The food options are exceptional too. Whether you’re looking for a light bite or a sit-down meal, The Bird in Hand has it covered, with dishes created using seasonal ingredients from local suppliers, and traditional pub classics with a twist. Alternatively choose from freshly prepared bar snacks and small plates. The Bird in Hand, Mayford Green, Woking GU22 0NL 01483 747374 |




April 2017

FOODIES FEATURE GUILDFORD BEER FESTIVAL The eighth annual Guildford Beer Festival (GBF) returns to Guildford Cricket Club this June, promising once again to kick summer off with a merry bang. A Guildford institution that continues to grow, drawing more and more visitors every year from the area and beyond. 4,000 beer worshippers attended last summer making it the festival’s most successful event yet. So what’s drawing all these thirsty revellers you might ask? Well, with a passionate focus on local, independent breweries there will be almost 100 cask ales, craft beers and ciders on offer, with a separate bar selling wine, gins and other spirits and soft drinks. With so many breweries around there’ll be a fascinating variety of beers to experience from both established breweries and the new kids on the block. In addition, quality food vendors will be cooking delicious food and live music from local bands and artists will be putting a beat to all the booze in the Andertons Music Tent. The sports ground is super convenient to get to being so close to public transport from Guildford Town Centre, but there will be some free parking available at the ground. Admission to the Festival costs just £10 which includes a free GBF tasting glass and souvenir programme. Timed Sessions – Tickets £10 per head Session 1 on Friday 2nd June: 6pm-10pm / Session 2 Saturday 3rd June: 12pm-4pm / Session 3 Saturday 3rd June: 6pm-10pm For more information and to book tickets visit



The GBF takes place in marquees at Guildford Cricket Club located at The Sports Ground, Woodridge Road, Guildford, GU1 4RP

The Beer Over 80 cask ales, chilled craft lager and ciders all locally sourced from over 25 breweries. Separate bar with local gin, wines and soft drinks


The Food Hog Roast, BBQ and other choices

£10 per session and includes: - Commemorative Glass - Festival Programme - Entry to one session Available for purchase either: - Online at our website below - Guildford Tourist Information Centre - Match days at Guildford Cricket Club

Live Music Entertainment Staging a number of local artists


Friday 2nd June 2017 From 18:00 to 22:00pm

*£10 per session *Cash ONLY *No Under 18’s


Saturday 3rd June 2017 From 12:00 to 16:00pm


Saturday 3rd June 2017 From 18:00 to 22:00pm





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Horsley Towers Wedding Appointment Evening

April 30th | 11am-3.30pm County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames £4 entry, £6 VIP tickets via the website.

19th April | 6pm – 9pm Horsley Estate, Ockham Road South, East Horsley

The UK’s original and award winning, National Vintage Wedding Fair arrives in Surrey for the first time on April 30th 2017.

This is an unmissable opportunity to discover the magical surroundings of the ancestral residence of the Lovelace family and home to a long line of notable thinkers. The stunning venue provides the perfect setting for a wonderful wedding celebration and a beautiful backdrop for those all-important photographs. An experienced wedding will be on hand to offer show rounds and discuss your Ideal package.

Showcasing the very best in vintage and vintage inspired bridalwear from Edwardian through to the late 1970s boho feel, this is the perfect event to find your special wedding dress. Alongside this there are 35 further exhibitors including accessories, cakes, flowers, photographers, as well as live entertainment and vintage tea rooms to relax in.

Guildhall Wedding Fayre

The Talbot Wedding Open day

23rd April / 11am –4pm Kingston Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1EU

7th May /11am - 3pm The Talbot, High Street, Ripley An opportunity for you to visit this gloriously restored hotel as a potential wedding venue for your special day. View their beautiful refurbished rooms and gardens and meet experienced staff and partners will be on hand to answer all your questions and help you plan your dream day!

The Guildhall is a beautiful historic building located in the heart of Kingston-upon-Thames. Visit the venue and discover the elegant charm of the Council Chamber, Queen Anne Suite and the Old Court House while meeting local suppliers.

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9 - 12 months

4 - 6 months

2 - 8 weeks


Pick a date


Order wedding cake


Send out invites


Plan your Budget


Book wedding entertainment


Finalise seating plan


Book your venue


Arrange wedding transport


Have final dress fittings


Order your wedding dress


Book hair and make up


Buy gifts for attendants


Finalise guest list

6 - 9 months ¨

Choose wedding party

2 - 4 months


Order bridesmaid’s dresses


Purchase marriage license


Select a caterer


Order the groom’s suit

Find a photographer/ videographer


Finalise Menus with caterer


Select music

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Kingfisher Flower Shop opened in 2003 as an accompaniment to their fabulous farm shop. Here you will find a wide range of fresh cut flowers, with an emphasis on seasonal British grown blooms. Their bouquets and arrangements reflect the changing seasons of the year, and can cater for all occasions and styles for weddings, events, private parties and funerals. For the simply green-fingered they provide seasonal displays of herbaceous, perennials, herbs and bedding plants and the team endeavour to source a ma jority of the plants from local and British growers. Gardeners can shop for growing mediums, terracotta pots and garden accessories. They deliver flowers to: Abinger Common, Abinger Hammer, Albury, Albury Heath, Broadmoor, Coldharbour, Forest Green, Friday Street, Gomshall, Holmbury St Mary, Peaslake, Shere, Sutton Abinger, Westcott, Wotton

Kingfisher Farm Shop Abinger Hammer, near Dorking, Surrey RH5 6QX Tel: 01306 730703 |

The Oak and the Owl The Oak and the Owl is the result of owner Chloe’s over ten years in the floristry industry, and an expression of her passion for creating truly special, one of a kind flower arrangements. The Oak & The Owl cover many luxurious wedding and events throughout the year, working with her clients to design the kind of flowers they could only dream of for their wedding or event. Chloe can work around particular budgets or build up tailored quotes based on designs you go through together in a one to one consultation. To make things even easier, The Oak and the Owl offer a bespoke wedding package designed to keep things simple for you: all you need to do is choose a colour scheme and book the date and chloe does the rest for you!

Arundel Cottage, Station Approach, Coles Lane, Ockley, RH5 5HT Tel: 07969 699107 |


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Wedding Fair

Your Wedding, Your Way

Wednesday 12th July 6pm-9pm

England’s Largest Vineyard To receive our wedding brochure or to arrange a visit, please call Tel: 01306 734663 Email: Denbies Wine Estate Ltd, London Road,Dorking Surrey RH5 6AA Company Registered in England No 9822843 Find us on Facebook

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Celebrate Your Special Day In Beautiful Surroundings

ÂŁ4,500 60 Day Guests 3 Course Wedding Breakfast 50 Evening Guests with Finger Buffet Plus Allocated Wine & Champagne North Hants Golf Club , Minley Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 1RF | 01252 616443 |



t The Venue t The Secret River Garden, Twickenham Shhh, don’t tell anyone… but the Secret River Garden might well be one of the most enchanting wedding venues in Surrey. A hidden gem found along the backs of the River Thames, the garden offers beautifully secluded woodland and river views and a wild garden. The garden is perfectly twinned with the historic Orleans House Gallery just next door. They offer packages for up to 120 people that include a gorgeous champagne reception canopy on the main lawn over-looking the Thames, a stunning main marquee for a late lunch is enjoyed with views of the river through the dappled light of the weeping willow. An early evening reception extra guests can arrive and an open bonfire can be lit should you wish.

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond Imagine a wedding reception enveloped in the lush greenery of Petersham Nurseries’ famous glasshouses and award-winning café, where flowers hang from a canopy of plants above antique tables while you and your guests enjoy an opulent feast bathed in natural light and the scents of nature. The calm oasis that is the Glasshouse Restaurant has a maximum capacity of 120 guests with the chance to move outside in the warmer months. The award-winning restaurant offers menus put together using only the best and most carefully sourced ingredients supplemented with edible flowers, herbs and heritage vegetable varieties from the Petersham House Walled Kitchen Garden.

020 8940 5230 |

Harbour Hotel, Guildford

Barnett Hill, Guildford

A relatively recent arrival in Guildford, the 4-star Harbour Hotel has caused a huge splash since it opened, thanks in no small part to the superb Jetty restaurant and cosmopolitan Long Bar. But it’s as a wedding venue that the hotel becomes one of the finest venues to tie the knot and say, ‘I do’, in Surrey.

Every couple deserve a wedding day that is nothing less than perfect and at Barnett Hill you can exchange vows or celebrate in a setting which is truly unforgettable. Set within 26 acres of lovingly maintained gardens and woodland, Barnett Hill is a beautiful Queen Anne style Mansion dating back to 1905.

With its understated elegance, the Harbour Hotel envelops every guest in its blanket of style and sophistication, and yet still offers bespoke packages to suit any budget. It can accommodate ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for up to 230 guests and evening functions for up to 280 guests. A dedicated wedding team can help you organise your big day and can tailor packages to match your exact requirements. And the hotel’s award-wining chefs create lavish menus to wow your guests. There are even complimentary menu tastings for the bride and groom.

Barnett Hill offers a selection of wedding suites, three of which are licensed for wedding ceremonies, and have three beautifully traditional function suites that are perfect for an elegant wedding breakfast and evening reception. For those after a private venue the hotel offers exclusive use so guests can enjoy the seclusion and intimacy of the beautiful country house on the biggest day of their life. | 01483 667 278

Future Brides and Grooms will receive support from Anna and her team of wedding coordinators, who can help bring wedding dreams to life.

01483 893 361 |


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Surrey boasts some of the finest jewellers in the UK, craftsmen and artists dedicated to producing stunning jewellery to mark any occasion and be treasured for generations…

Julie Peel Julie Peel is based in Farnham and London and specialises in creating beautiful and unique engagement rings, wedding rings and eternity rings designed to meet the specific desires of every client. They believe that jewellery should be individual, beautiful and enjoyable to wear - yet not cost the earth. They work in gold - in all its forms – in platinum and palladium, and use all sorts of gemstones, not just diamonds, in their designs. They’re passionate about the ethical sourcing of all their raw materials, precious metals, diamonds and gemstones.

Tel: 01252 279790 |

Jon Dibben Every piece of jewellery created by Jon Dibben tells its own unique story. For 25 years, Jon’s been creating truly original engagement rings, collections and bespoke one-off pieces at his shop and workshop, just south of Guildford, in rural Surrey. Jon is also one of the few jewellery designers in Surrey to champion Fairtrade gold and platinum, providing that extra little piece of mind to his customers. Jon Dibben’s wedding and eternity rings are individually designed and hand made to be worn in perfect combination with your engagement ring, or on their own. The choice is yours.

40a Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8JJ Tel: 01483 278170 |

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Caper & Berry What if you could put both the planning and the catering in tIn a few short years, Caper & Berry have gained a stellar reputation for delivering events throughout Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and London. From an intimate dinner for ten to lavish celebrations for 500, every dish from Caper & Berry is served with a sense of style and occasion, whether you want to nibble, snack, feast or fine dine.

Their experienced team begins by listening carefully to what you would like and then creates personal, delectable menus to compliment your event and make sure it is one to remember. Caper & Berry’s aim has always been to provide an enthusiastic and dedicated service with wonderful attention to detail that provides value for money.

Contact Caper & Berry on 01483427521 or and visit

The Lovely Bubbly Co. If you want your wedding to really pop then the Bisleybased Lovely Bubbly Co and their bespoke Prosecco van and customised mobile bar, ‘Bubbly 1’, make for truly fizztastic guests. It is the only Prosecco Van in the UK to have its very own spectacular ‘Prossini Bar.’ Think Bellini inspired cocktails, an Aperol Spritz or Prosecco Royale! Non-drinkers or little bubbles at your event? Their complimentary mocktail service ensures everyone can enjoy the Prosecco Van fun!

Visit for more information or call 07453 487510 or email

Two Many Cooks Founded by Joanna Rowlands, and run with the help of her daughter Emily, Two Many Cooks are devoted to supplying wonderful food and professional but approachable service for all kinds of events. Their chefs use beautifully fresh, seasonal ingredients to produce whole banquets of achingly attractive and utterly delicious dishes, including canapes, sharing boards, sweet and savoury courses and tantalising nibbles, all guaranteed to delight your guests (and set Instagram on fire!)

Find out more at or give the team a call on 01737 841624



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Weddings at Chobham Golf Club

Licensed to perform Civil Ceremonies Can seat up to 140 for your wedding breakfast 200 Maximum number for evening functions Set in a picturesque rural location

High level of service and attention to detail large patio, to enjoy your arrival drinks and canapĂŠs Stunning purpose-built wedding garden for those treasured wedding photos

Chobham Golf Club, Chobham Road, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, GU21 2TZ 01276 855584 |

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Vintage is so vogue right now, and these businesses know just how to infuse weddings and events with throwback style and antique chic



Fairly Vintage Harriet Jones fell in love with vintage dĂŠcor while planning for her own wedding. She has since turned that obsession with crafting and searching for vintage items into a thriving business that turns any event, be it a wedding, party or baby shower, into an evocative, retro-soaked spectacle. Based in Caterham, Fairly Vintage offers a huge range of vintage props, accessories, signs, table plans, china... all sorts of old-fashioned bits ‘n bobs. She also offers a

comprehensive Venue Styling service that takes all the stress out of decorating your chosen venue, guaranteed to stop your guests in their tracks and have them reaching for their phones to share on Instagram. Choose from their huge range of vintage props to create bespoke centrepieces, stylish sweet bars and cake tables, personalised seating plans, or a few of their gorgeous handwritten signs. The combinations are endless and the final result will be completely unique to you and your partner.

Fairly Vintage, Caterham, Surrey Tel: 07503382658 | email: |

Airstream Studio The Airstream Studio is a Sussex based vintage Photo Booth, designed with a bespoke retro interior and dazzling polished shell. It features art deco units, a luxury diner style seating booth and fairground light archways to capture and frame the magical moments created by groups of friends at weddings, events and festivals. The airstream retro photo booth is fully automated with a touch screen system, professional camera and lighting, wide angle lens and a high spec photo printer. Guests can lark about with props, take their photos and then retire to the seating booth where they can collect their prints, add them


Retro Campervans Who doesn't love the classic VW Camper? Retro Campervans provide the good people of Surrey and beyond with some of the most beautiful of vintage motors - be it a wedding, festival or a place to tour the land. Equally versatile for weddings as they are on the open road, these classic VWs can be adapted to any requirement for your big day. Rolling up to the church in retro style is the first thing that comes to mind, but what if you need a funky photobooth? No problem! How about a stall to hand out favours to thank your guests for coming? Or simply riding off into the horizon as newlyweds… there’s no part of a wedding a groovy campervan won’t make even more special.

Find out more at or call 07788 100696

When the u Confetti’s Settled… u Sell My Wedding When Rebecca Aspin wanted to sell the centrepieces from her wedding day, she couldn’t bring herself to put items so lovingly chosen and personal to her on an impersonal platform such as eBay. So, working around her day job, she founded Sell My Wedding, an online UK-based marketplace where people can buy and sell everything from their big day, from their wedding dress to entire marquees. The concept is simple: private sellers pay a oneoff fee of just £10 to list an unlimited amount of wedding items for sale or hire, for businesses the one-off fee is currently £25. There are no individual listing fees, no sales commission, and sellers manage and update their items. Buyers register for a free account which enables them to save items and to contact the seller directly! Sell My Wedding has helped hundreds of newlyweds sell their wedding items and has been featured on many of the UK’s top wedding blogs and magazines including Love My Dress and Elle Weddings. It’s never been easier for you to sell your wedding and for brides-to-be to find their perfect items.

April 2017


Clandon Regis Golf Club “Surrey’s Friendiest Club” - The perfect setting for any occasion

“We would like to congratulate you and your lovely staff on a really fabulous occasion. We enjoyed each and every moment of a perfect day. It was a wonderful celebration which we will remember for many years”

Whether you are planning your wedding day, anniversary, birthday, christening or celebration of life, our clubhouse set in 170 acres of natural parkland and overlooking 18th lake, the perfect for your special day. The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spathe Farnham, Seale,makes Farnham, Surrey, GU10backdrop 1EX

For more details contact the club office: 01483 224888 Email: Website:

WEDDING OPEN EVENING at The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa Farnham


Free entry, no appointment necessary, exclusive offers. Set in the beautiful North Surrey Downs Wedding Showcase Weekend Bespoke Wedding Packages Beautiful Refurbished Function Rooms set up for a Wedding Dedicated Wedding Planner Fantastic Supplier opportunity 2016 dates still available For more information pleas please call: 01252 784889 or email



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The Godalming Art Shop The Godalming Art Shop is the place where artistic inspiration takes flight. Run by artists for artists, the shop welcomes creative souls of all ages and abilities to explore the extensive range of quality fine art and diverse craft materials they stock. Visitors to The Godalming Art Shop will find a wealth of art essentials plus some extra special creative treats. From books to brushes, paints to picture frames, the friendly staff will help choose the very best product for your project. Whether it’s painting your own masterpiece or stitching something lovely from a sewing kit, the team are on hand to share their knowledge and infectious love for creating art and crafts. You will be just as welcome if you are simply choosing a greetings card or browsing the art prints. And regular customers can save 10% on purchases thanks to the Art Card. Lots of bunnies, eggs and other delights to decorate for Easter, too! 45 Bridge Street, Godalming GU7 1HR | 01483 423432

The Contemporary

Craft & Design Fair

RHS Garden


Purchase direct from 190 of the very best makers in the UK

27 April - 1 May

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The UK’s most popular Craft Fair Admission to Garden also gives admission to Craft Fair • GU23 6QB Held in floored marquees Free Garden entry for RHS Members • Last entry 1 hour before closing • Garden open until 6pm daily

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145 HIGH STREET, OLD WOKING GU22 9JW 01483 760750



April 2017


Spring Offers at Su�on Green Garden Centre Everything you need for a blooming beautiful garden this summer

Beautiful alpines


Perfect perennials

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Carole’s home grown vegetable seedlings are ready for planting out Oh and don’t forget the Blue Shed Coffee Shop, Noel’s Farm Shop, Crafty Corner, Doli�le’s Pet Shop and our in-house florist – there’s lots to choose from.

Free Parking (Have your car cleaned whilst you shop)

Opening Times: Mon to Sat 9.00am to 5.30pm and Sun 10.00am to 4.30pm

Suon Green Garden Centre, Guildford Road, Woking, Surrey GU4 7QA.

Tel: 01483 237832�


THE GARDEN Sutton Green Garden Centre


t’s April, spring is in full swing – so we guarantee you that a visit to a Garden Centre is in order. And what better place than Sutton Green to find some fauna? Sutton Green is an independently owned and managed garden centre, run by gardeners, for gardeners. The good people at Sutton Green Garden Centre know about growing and gardening, so you can always ask their advice, and of course with a dedicated Pick Your Own section you can grab your own fresh fruit and veg. Indeed there is a huge array of things to buy, plant and prune at Sutton Green GC, including an abundance of bedding plants, trees, shrubs and a lovely range of garden pots, garden ornaments and garden sundries. They also stock Tunisian Terracotta Pots, direct from the manufacturer, all handmade and frost resistant in many shapes and sizes. There is far more on site too. The peerless

Noel’s Farm Shop stock a huge variety of fruit and veg, free range meat and eggs, bread, cheese, organic whole foods and gourmet groceries sourced from Surrey. The Blue Shed Coffee House is there to supply you with scrumptious breakfasts, tasty lunches and tempting cakes, and they have recently opened a new florist – The Flower Pot - here as well. Moreover, the Crafty Corner Craft Centre is an Aladdin’s Cave for the craft enthusiast, DoLittle Pet Supplies can supply your beloved pet with treats and the Woking Stove Centre are based at Sutton Green Garden Centre too. Anything missing? Oh yes – you can play archery tag here and there’s even a car wash on site… It’s fair to say that Sutton Green Garden Centre offers far more than some flower bulbs and a cup of tea.

Guildford Road, Sutton Green, Woking, Surrey, GU4 7QA • 01483 237832 •

April 2017


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20% discount on the FORNO ranges for the first 5 readers’ e-mails quoting “Surrey Summer” 01932 988020



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ummer evenings just got a new BFF in the Forno stove by Morsø available at the Fire Gallery in Chertsey

When something rockets to the top of our ‘Want’ list, we hope you readers will forgive us for shouting about it from the very rafters of TG Towers. Because that devilishly sexy, cast iron love pod pictured above just might be the very gizmo our gardens have been crying out for. But what is it? Is it a BBQ? Is it a pizza oven? An outdoor heater?

FORNO range. The FORNO is a three-in-one outdoor heater, pizza oven and BBQ.

Unlike with a standard BBQ, once you have finished cooking, you keep on feeding the fire and, as the outdoor range is made of cast iron, it will keep on heating your outside space whilst creating a cosy atmosphere.

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Yep, it’s all three. This is the FORNO, manufactured by Morsø who, by that fetching slash through the ‘o’, you can probably guess are of Scandinavian origin. Denmark in fact, where Morsø have been producing cast iron stoves for 163 years. And their entire range, the Forno, is available from our friends the Fire Gallery in Chertsey. Summer Evenings, Open Fires and A Real Italian Atmosphere Morsø has taken the principle of bringing people together whilst enjoying a fire inside the home and applied it to the outdoors with the new cast iron

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We can easily see ourselves lounging outside in the garden until 3am with the FORNO crackling away, the smell of BBQ lingering in the air…

And how about these for green credentials?

• 98% of the material used in Morsø’s cast iron stoves come from recycled scrap. So imagine that: your dazzling new Forno fireplace could have been a bicycle in another life. • Morsø makes sure that 80% of the energy needed for manufacturing comes from sustainable energy source, mainly wind. • They use recycled packaging with minimum print colours.

Fire Gallery, 122 Guildford Street, Chertsey KT16 9AH • Tel: 01932 988020 •


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April 2017



Thursdays from 27 April to 25 May | 6.30 - 8.30pm

Saturday the 6th of May 2017 | 10:30am – 3:00pm

Watts Gallery is a hub for local and national artists. A lovely space that oozes creativity and is a real inspiration. So why not experiment with your artistic flair learning a range of pottery techniques with terracotta clay. Throw, decorate with slips and gauzes, coil and pinch pots, this is your chance! Local potter James Parson will be on hand to run the course in the Foyle Pottery Studio so let your creativity flow. The course lasts for five weeks and will run on every Thursday.

Today sees the Help to Buy New Homes Show 2017 come to Sandown Park

HIDDEN GARDENS OF GRAYSHOTT 28th to the 29th of May Get heaps of inspiration for your own garden at this event down just over our southern boarders in Grayshott. Nestled in the village, private gardens open their gates every two years in order to raise much needed funds for gardening projects around the village. The event was first staged back in 2005 and shone a light on this pretty village which the subsequent years have left undimmed. Indeed, the event has attracted 750 people over the years who came to look at the gardens and of course enjoy some tea! This year the gardens will open on the 28th and 29th of May. In keeping with previous years there will be over 20 gardens open for you to peruse and enjoy.

On hand at the arena will be housing associations as well as developers showcasing their shared ownership and equity loan homes that are available with Help to Buy. There will also be solicitors to give advice on legal fees and Independent Financial Advisors to take you through the ins and outs of buying a house. The show is all about help and advice and as such there is no need to book in advance as you can just come on down.

SURREY’S ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS FAIR AT RIPLEY The third Sunday of every month 9:30 am - 4pm | Ripley Village Hall A perfect place to mooch around and find that ideal piece for your home. The Ripley Antique and Craft Fair is a veritable treasure trove of all things beautiful. There is a plethora of items on offer here at this well attended market as well as fine refreshments. The fair has been running for over thirty years and is a must. What’s more, proceeds from the fair go to Great Ormond Street hospital.


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