What’s on this August: Festivals, Theatre, music and comedy!
WHAT’S ON THIS AUGUST: FESTIVALS, THEATRE, MUSIC AND COMEDY!
FILL YOUR SUMMER DAYS AND NIGHTS WITH CULTURE, DANCING, AND LAUGHTER
Featured image: Hampton Court Festival
WIND IN THE WILLOWS, CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN
Visit Chelsea Physic Garden for an interactive and family-friendly performance of ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Tickets include entry to the gardens on the day so you can combine the theatre with discovering more about the medical history behind this London garden.
16 – 26 August – Mon to Thurs
BEEKEEPING AT ALBURY VINEYARD
Find out what all the buzz is about during an exclusive beekeeping demonstration.
1 & 8 August
OPERA AFTERNOON AT MERTON ABBEY MILLS
SCOOT OUTDOOR THEATRE
Six talented actors take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors in these fun-filled family shows. Touring various cricket clubs including Dorking, Esher, Chessington and Wimbledon, as well as Battersea Power Station’s Jetty.
5 August – 5 September
THE SECRET GARDEN
Join Mary on her journey to discovering The Secret Garden in this brand new, family-friendly, dance adaptation of the best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, as part of as part of Love Parks Wandsworth. Performances at 1pm & 4pm.
SURREY CYCLE AND JAZZ SOIREE AT COLETS HEALTH & FITNESS
CRAIG DAVID LIVE AT SANDOWN RACECOURSE
Top ten hit wining Craig David will be gracing Sandown Racecourse in early August with an evening of classic tunes alongside his full live band.
BARNES POND SUMMER FESTIVAL
OSO Arts and Barnes Community Association are working together to bring a spectacular programme of cinema, theatre and music to Barnes Green this August. The Three Inch Fools perform their music-oriented rendition of Romeo & Juliet on the 7th, Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years take to the stage on the 21st and La La Land screens on the 28th. Take in these wonderful performances under the stars for a bit of escapism.
7, 21 & 28 August
The hilarious comedian reflects on having hit 60 and what it might have in store for her. Should she celebrate or crawl into a hole, she asks?
Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre, 18 August – 21 August
PICNICS & PIMM’S, CHILWORTH MANOR VINEYARD
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
This award-winning musical is back at Wimbledon Theatre. Get wigs, glitter, handbags and heels at the ready to watch this hilarious and heart-warming adventure of three friends trekking across the Outback in an old bus towards the show of a lifetime. With a sing-along soundtrack, glitzy costumes and amazing dance routines – this glittery journey of acceptance and becoming is fabulous.
16 – 21 August
HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL
After a long wait, the festival is returning for a series of open-air summer concerts in the iconic Tudor Courtyard. Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Keane, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Bjorn Again are due to play at the palace, with the East Front Gardens open for pre-show picnicking, and VIP Concert and Dining Packages on offer. Make sure to book now to reserve a seat.
13 – 24 August
EDUCATING RITA, ROSE THEATRE
The much-loved story by Willy Russell of a hairdresser trying to better her life and her relationship with her professor is back at The Rose. Read our interviews with the stars Jessica Johnson and Stephen Tompkinson online here!
17 – 21 August
COMEDY NIGHTS AT CLAPHAM GRAND
There’s a top line up of comedy coming to Clapham, including Dave Gorman on 18 August and Ed Bryne, 21 August.
DANCE IN THE PARK 2021
Get those hips moving at a free pop-up dance class, run by award winning teachers and covering all styles from Salsa to Hip-Hop at South Park Fulham. Perfect for all ages and groups, this covers everyone – from intergenerational, to children’s and classes for over 55’s. Make sure to book a session via Eventbrite and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
19 – 22 August
CHELSEA BLUES, RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL
Fulham’s Under the Bridge is hosting an afternoon and evening celebrating the best of the genres with acts including Malcolm Bruce and Brave Rival. If you love toe tapping beats, soul and blues, and impressive guitar riffs make sure to head down.
Enter the 18th century Crinkle Crankle garden for a dance adaptation of The Secret Garden by New Creations Collective. Take a step back in time as you enjoy this story of friendship and discovery surrounded by greenery, with a delicious picnic to hand to nibble on during the show.
WEST HORSLEY PLACE OPEN DAY
West Horsley Place looks forward to welcoming visitors to this Grade I listed manor house surrounded by 18th Century gardens in the heart of Surrey. Learn about the illustrious history of the manor home and view the main rooms, with interiors almost untouched from the 16th to 18th century, then enjoy a cup of tea or a cake from a pop-up café in the walled gardens.
SQUASH WEEK AT COLETS HEALTH & FITNESS
Get your sports shoes on and racquet ready for a week of squash courses, coaching and matches at Colets Health & Fitness in Thames Ditton. Whether you frequent the courts regularly or are new to the sport, this fun filled week has lots to offer, including a women’s only club night and social.
From 23 August
ROBIN HOOD, WEST HORSLEY PLACE
The swashbuckling hero who takes from the rich and gives to the poor steps onstage at West Horsley Place at the end of the month during the new production of Robin Hood by Three Inch Fools. The five-actor company will perform the tale with multiple instruments against the stunning backdrop of the manor house. Expect an energetic performance that will leave you seeing this story in a whole new light.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE FOOD FESTIVAL
Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, this yearly celebration of food and drink is the perfect spot for food connoisseurs and peckish visitors alike. With family activities, live music from the bandstand and plenty of artisan producers, street vendors and more – there is plenty to entertain all the senses.
28 – 30 August
AN EVENING OF ELTON JOHN AT COLETS HEALTH & FITNESS
Strut towards the end of August with Britain’s number 1 Elton John tribute act, Elite Elton. The evening promises to be a colourful family-friendly affair for all the tiny dancers out there. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite Elton John outfit, with the best dressed awarded a fabulous prize!
SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ ON THE AMPHITHEATRE
Relax with a chilled drink on the Amphitheatre Lawn whilst you listen to live jazz by the talented Sarah Jane Eveleigh Jazz Quartet. The good times will be flowing as drinks will be provided by Corks Occasions, alongside a prosecco van and a mobile bar.