Top image: Sunrise Walk – Gatton Park

Theatre in London and Surrey in July 2023

1 Zog – Rose Theatre, Kingston, 12-16 July 

Step into the enchanting world of Zog, where a young dragon is determined to earn his golden star at Madam Dragon’s school. Join Zog on his thrilling journey through the challenges of dragon school, as he overcomes bumps, burns, and roars with the help of the plucky Princess Pearl. With captivating songs by Joe Stilgoe and direction by Emma Kilbey, this mesmerising stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved Zog is great for audiences of all ages.

2 Hairy – Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 1 July – 20 August 

Prepare for a sidesplitting comedy extravaganza at Polka Theatre with “Hairy,” the uproarious show designed for kids aged 6-12.

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3 Bitesize Festival – Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, 3-30 July 

Indulge in a month-long celebration of creativity and innovation, showcasing a diverse range of emerging theatre and live performance artists. With tickets priced from £10 and shows averaging an hour in duration, the festival is accessible to all.

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4 Plays in the Park – Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club – Dorking Halls, 7 July 

Get ready for a laughter-filled evening under the stars at Dorking Halls as Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club presents “Plays in the Park.” Experience the freshest and most talented comedians in the industry, performing alfresco. Strictly for those aged 18+. 

5 Nightingale – Claremont Landscape Garden, 21 July  

Experience the premiere of a mesmerizing dance production inspired by the extraordinary life and works of Florence Nightingale. Set against the stunning backdrop of Claremont Landscape Garden, Nightingale weaves a captivating narrative through the artistry of dance. 

6 The Wind and the Rain – Finborough Theatre, Earl’s Court, 11 July – 5 August 

Step back in time to the captivating era of the 1930s with the timeless classic “The Wind and the Rain” by Merton Hodge. Join a group of young Edinburgh medical students as they navigate the ups and downs of their lives, experiencing triumphs and disappointments. 

7 Dance Overture 2023 – New Wimbledon Theatre, 14-16 July 

Experience the grace, precision, and artistry of talented dancers as they take the stage in an unforgettable display of movement and expression. Bound to leave you spellbound! 

8 Hope Has a Happy Meal – Royal Court Theatre, 03 Jun – Sat 08 Jul 

In a dystopian world of diminishing resources, corporate giants and corruption, Hope resurfaces after years of disappearance, searching for something she left behind. Follow Hope on a surreal journey through a hyper-capitalist nation in Tom Fowler’s new play, directed by Lucy Morrison, Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre.

9 Bridesmaids of Britain – Dorking Halls, 28 July 

Join Becky, the fiercely loyal maid-of-Honour, on a hilarious journey as she guides her best friend Sarah towards the path of matrimony. But when Sarah’s new BFF, the stunning Tiffany, enters the picture, a rivalry ensues over who is the ultimate bride’s best friend. 

10 Winnie The Pooh – Richmond Theatre, 7-9 July 2023 

Experience the enchanting world of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their delightful friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl, and Tigger, as they come to life in a beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation. 

11 School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play – Lyric Hammersmith, 8 June – 15 July 

Join Queen Bee Paulina and her crew as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Miss Ghana pageant recruiter. However, their dynamics are shaken when the beautiful and talented transfer student, Ericka, threatens Paulina’s chance at the title. This award-winning comedy explores th experiences faced by teenage girls worldwide. 

MUSIC EVENTS in London and Surrey in July 2023

12 Jazz in the Garden – Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher, 15 July  

Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Claremont Landscape Garden as the air comes alive with the soulful sounds of live jazz. 

13 Live Music Lates: Elite Elton – Painshill, Cobham, 12 July 

Listen to the captivating sounds of Elite Elton in the enchanting setting of Painshill’s tree-lined amphitheatre and admire the incredible talent and showmanship of this renowned Elton John tribute act. 

14 Thames Philharmonia: An Evening of Musical Brilliance – Landmark Arts Centre, 15 July 

An emotive and virtuosic Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, expertly performed by Yeseul Kim, who hails from Germany and South Korea to perform alongside the Thames Orchestra. The evening continues with the melodies of Bizet’s Symphony No. 2 in C major (Roma) and the vibrant overture from Rossini’s Semiramide. 

15 The Django Reinhardt Songbook – The Sound Lounge, Sutton, 6 July 

Tobie Medland, director of London’s Gypsy Jazz Festival, and Cornelius Corkery, host of ‘Gypsy Jazz Hangouts’ podcast, will take you on a captivating journey through the life of Django Reinhardt. 

16 A Band Called Malice, Half Moon, Putney, 7-8 July 

A Band Called Malice – The Definitive Tribute to The Jam will make for a fun night out at this much-loved venue. (7th In the City, 8th Modern World) 

17Todd Sharpville Band – Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, 27 July 

Experience the soulful blues mastery of Todd Sharpville, hailed as one of the world’s most talented blues guitarists. Having garnered critical acclaim and worked with renowned musicians, including a duet with pop icon Robbie Williams, Todd continues to captivate audiences with his blend of pop sensibilities and blues authenticity. 

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18 Richmond Orchestra – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 2 July  

Experience the enchanting world of opera and ballet as the Richmond Orchestra takes you on a captivating matinée. Featuring the incredible talents of soloists Claire Filer, Serena Kay, Andrew Henley, and the Waldegrave School Choir. 

Art events in London and Surrey in July 2023

19 Gabriel Chaile in collaboration with Laura Ojeda Bär – Studio Voltaire, Clapham, 12 July-10 September 2023

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Gabriel Chaile, as Studio Voltaire presents his first institutional exhibition in the UK. This large-scale sculptural installation takes inspiration from Studio Voltaire’s history as a former chapel and meeting space, combining Chaile’s visual anthropology and postcolonial perspectives.

20 Poetry International – Southbank Centre, 21-23 July  

Bringing together influential ecopoets from around the world, this festival weekend celebrates the power and beauty of modern poetry. Prepare to be captivated by the works of acclaimed poets such as Olive Senior, John Kinsella, Yang Lian, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanái, Lidija Dimkovska, Jorie Graham, and CAConrad. 

21 Barnes Artists, Living With Trees – St Mary’s Church, Barnes, 1 July – 9 July  

Inspired by the natural beauty of the trees and woodland on their doorstep, local artist group Barnes Artists and the local branch of London Independent Photography have joined together to highlight the award-winning conservation management group Barnes Common at its third annual summer show.

Outdoor events in London and Surrey in July 2023

22 WOW Fest: Wellbeing Festival – Painshill, Cobham, Sat 8 and Sun 9 July 

Discover a diverse range of activities designed to nurture and enhance your mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. Explore workshops, classes, and interactive experiences that will empower and inspire you on your wellness journey. 

23 Bat Walk – Morden Hall Park, 29 July 

Embark on a fascinating nocturnal adventure at Morden Hall Park’s Bat Walk. Learn about bats’ fascinating habits and borrow a bat detector to listen to their unique calls, and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of them gracefully fluttering overhead. 

24 Floral foundations: garden to vase – Fulham Palace, 6 July 

Discover the art of floral design with senior gardener and florist Franziska at Fulham Palace.  Gain practical experience while learning the theoretical knowledge behind creating stunning floral arrangements. 

25 Sunrise Walk – Gatton Park, 8 July 

Journey through the parkland, meandering along the North Downs, and enjoy the stunning vistas of Surrey from Reigate Hill. This meaningful event for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices offers a chance to reflect, celebrate, and honour loved ones. Open to all ages. 

26 Wildflower Walk – WWT Wetlands Centre, Barnes, 6 & 26 July 

Experience a vibrant tapestry of yellows, pinks, and purples as the Southern Marsh Marigold, Meadow Vetchling, Marsh Woundwort, and Purple Loosestrife paint the landscape. This guided walk not only showcases the diverse grassland plant communities but also offers insights into the fascinating creatures that thrive in these habitats. 

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Southern Marsh Orchid

Family events in London and Surrey in July 2023

27 Northcote Road Summer Festival, SW11, 15-16 July 

The Northcote Road Summer Festival transforms the road into a vibrant hub of entertainment and fun. With traffic diverted, families can freely explore the road and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere. 

28 Gatton Country Fair, Reigate, 2 July 

Delight in captivating animal displays, be serenaded by live music, and marvel at the craftsmanship of local artisans. Children of all ages will have a blast with the array of fun activities available. 

29 Sutton STEAM Fair – Sutton High Street, 25 June – 1 July 

Starting from 25 June, enjoy daily free local events spanning arts, performance, film, astronomy, and science, held at various venues along the High Street. The grand finale takes place on Saturday, 1 July.