21 top things to discover in June 2022 in London and Surrey
21 top things to discover in June 2022 in London and Surrey
Pictured: Jubilee Joust at Hampton Court Palace
Theatre picks in London and Surrey in June 2022
Cyrano De Bergerac, Putney Arts Theatre, 21 – 25 June
Glyn Maxwell breathes new life into this classical play by Edmond Rostand. Swordsman and poet Cyrano is celebrated all over Paris – but his dream to win the hand of the beautiful Roxane seems out of his reach – until young nobleman Christian appears on the horizon…
Dreamboats & Petticoats: Bringing On Back The Good Times, New Wimbledon Theatre, 7 – 11 June
Dreamboats & Petticoats – the classic feelgood jukebox musical – is back in Wimbledon for the third instalment. Immerse yourself in the golden era of Rock’n’ Roll: it will have you humming the tunes for weeks!
Open air theatre: Diamond Days – A Jubilee Celebration, Morden Hall Park, 18 – 19 June
Journey back in time to June 1897 to see how the contemporaries of Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Get ready for a wonderfully patriotic evening and a sweet treat – a mini Victoria sponge cake is included with the ticket!
From the Fringe, New Wimbledon Theatre, 3 – 27 June
A host of top talent across a wide variety of genres come to Wimbledon including theatre, stand-up and sketch comedy.
Images: The Boys / Simon Brodkin / Maureen Younger
Exhibitions in London and Surrey in June 2022
Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 24 – 26 June
A splendid local exhibition by the crème de la crème of Richmond artists. Featuring a wide variety of art mediums – from painting and sculpture to ceramics, prints and greetings cards, it will also include demonstrations of the artistic process and presentations on technique.
Images credit: Towards Coruisk by Jim Woodman / Sue Ribbans demonstrates acrylic painting / Landscape by Anne Ryves
Creative Spaces: Artists in the early decades of the 20th century, Watts Contemporary Gallery, near Guildford, 5 May – 19 June
This exceptional exhibition explores the notions of space and its role in the creative process among the artists from the early decades of the last century. From Albert de Belleroche and his Dining Room of John Singer Sargent to Evelyn Dunbar and her Florence in the Garden at The Cedars, it features 35 paintings and works on paper that shine a new light on themes of personal and creative space.
Images credit: Evelyn Dunbar – Florence in the Garden at The Cedars / Frederick Austin – Boats at Chiswick Mall / Albert de Belleroche – The Dining Room of John Singer Sargent
Kingston Artists Open Studios, 11 – 12 and 18 – 19 June
Follow the unique art trail and visit the best artists, sculptors, ceramicists, printmakers, photographers and other crafts makers in their studios across Kingston and Richmond. Also pop in to Fusion Arts in the town centre at 53 Eden Street on 11th and 12th to see the incredible work in this creative hub, including that of locally based Ukrainian artist Nataliya Zozulya.
In The Black Fantastic Exhibition, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 29 June – 18 September
This unique exhibition explores the works of Black artists who utilise magical, futuristic and fantastic elements to address racial tensions and social injustice. Featured works include Nick Cave’s iconic Soundsuits commemorating the victims of police brutality in the United States, Hew Locke’s portrait photographs, and Tabita Rezaire immersive film installation.
Images credit: Wangechi Mutu, The End of eating Everything, 2014 / Tabita Rezaire, Ultra Wet – Recapitulation, 2017 / Hew Locke, Ambassador 1, 2021
Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Sandown Park, Esher, 25 – 26 June
Over 180 exhibitors, seminars and masterclasses as well as a ‘DIY SOS’ and ‘60 Minute Makeover’ with interior designer Julia Kendell.
Concerts in London and Surrey in June 2022
Wimbledon Community Chorus, Holy Trinity Church, SW19, 25 June
One of our most prominent community choirs, in association with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion, conducted by the three times BAFTA-winner David Cole OBE, present a programme of band and choral pieces for Armed Forces Day, including the world premiere of a new commission for the choir – Living Memory by Pete Churchill. All profits from the concert will go to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Tuned In, Merton Arts Space, Wimbledon Library, 6 June, 20 June
Facilitated by the acclaimed bass guitarist, singer, poet and composer Jah Wobble, this unique project is open to anyone interested in meeting new people and developing musical skills. Although targeted at men age 50+, where loneliness is at its highest, it is open to all.
Kokomo, Half Moon, Putney, 29 June
British soul blues pioneers and the brains behind the classic album Rise & Shine (dubbed “the finest British funk album of the 1970s”) are heading to Putney. Featuring six original band members as well as some new blood, it is bound to be a groove-filled night!
Jack Flanagan, Banquet Records, Kingston, 14 June
Jack Flanagan, of Mystery Jets fame, will visit Kingston to celebrate his brand-new solo album ‘Jack Rides The Sky’ – 12 tracks written over the last decade, described as brutally honest, escapist and romantic. For the fans of indie tunes, this is one not to miss.
Thames Philharmonia, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 12 June
Critically acclaimed young pianist Seong-Joo Kang comes to Teddington to perform three stunning classical pieces by Grieg, Dvorak and Suppe.
Outdoor fun in London and Surrey in June 2022
Summer Garden Party at Dorich House Museum, Kingston, 18 June
Head to Dorich House Museum – the former studio home of the sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare – for a glorious garden party celebrating Open Studios 2022. Refreshments will be provided, and expect fantastic live music, too.
St Raphael’s Lavender Walk, 25 June
In honour of your loved ones, take a stroll around Surrey’s Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead. St Raphael’s encourages the community to spend time in the sun in memory of people who are dear to them. The route begins and ends in the lovely lavender fields of Oaks Park, and follows a 6-mile circuit through the park. Register here.
Creative Makers Market, Newdigate, Dorking, 22 – 23 June
Delicious food, live music, and amazing workshops by Dapper & Suave, a duo behind artisan vintage accessories for men. Set in a peaceful rural oasis, Creative Makers Market showcases an impressive selection of friendly small businesses manufacturing a range of outstanding products and homemade goodies.
Family fun in London and Surrey in May 2022
BioBlitz – Weekend of Nature, Rangers Office, Wimbledon Common 17 – 19 June
Join local volunteers as they head out for fascinating walks across the Commons and find out more about its fascinating fauna and flora!
Beauty and the Beast, Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, 30 April – 26 June
This brand new musical adaptation of the tale as old as time will draw the big and the small alike. Join in for an evening of pure, unadulterated, childlike entertainment…
Jubilee Joust, Hampton Court Palace, 1 – 5 June
Do you fancy experiencing the true sport of kings, queens, knights and princesses? Look no further than Hampton Court Palace where the gardens will turn into a medieval arena. Pick your favourite knight, cheer and jeer!
Images credit: Historic Royal Palaces
Oi Frog & Friends! Live On Stage, Rose Theatre, Kingston, 31 May – 4 June
A fabulous show for the entire family. Based on the bestselling books by Kes Gray and Jim Field, this Olivier Award nominated adaptation is packed with action and filled with mirth.