What’s on this July: Tennis, Plays, Live Music and more…
WHAT’S ON THIS JULY: TENNIS, PLAYS, LIVE MUSIC AND MORE…
FANTASTIC WAYS TO FILL YOUR SUMMER, FROM CHECKING OUT THE TENNIS AND PLAYS IN THE PARK TO LIVE MUSIC AND STREET ART
CELEBRATE THE TENNIS
Wimbledon will be buzzing as the tournament returns this summer. Not bagged a ticket? Fear not, here’s where to watch and how to celebrate. Love Wimbledon will be popping up a big screen in the town centre from 28 June to 9 July in a socially distanced space (not available finals weekend). Bar + Block will be ‘serving’ strawberry cocktails and desserts (pictured), Brasserie Blanc will have Champagne to wash down strawberry souffles, and check out the windows in the Village with shops and restaurants decorated with tennis themes!
LONDON ART BIENNALE, CHELSEA OLD TOWN HALL
Featuring 454 artists from across the world, the London Art Biennale provides a platform for contemporary artists from across the globe. Hosted at the historic Chelsea Old Town Hall on the Kings Road, this is a beautiful setting to celebrate up and coming and established names within the art world.
1 – 4 July
DRAG BINGO, FULHAM BEACH CLUB
Hosted by drag talent Grace Shush and Margo Marshall, expect an evening of high octane, glittery fun with sing-along, bingo, games and guest performances. Book a table for two or gather a group of friends together and sashay the night away.
1 & 29 July
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
A multi-arts festival delivered by Kingston-based charity Creative Youth is taking to the streets of Kingston this July, presenting talented performers aged under 27. Over the ten days there are over 200 events taking place including performances at the Rose and Arthur Cotterell Theatre, alongside outdoor music at the historic Market Place.
2 – 11 July
BLUE PLANET III, OSO ARTS CENTRE
This family-friendly comedy that sold out at Edinburgh Fringe follows two office idiots from the BBC tasked with making another Blue Planet. The only problem is they don’t know what a fish is. Take a dive under the ocean with them and have a good laugh at the same time.
NOEL MCCALLA AND DEREK NASH “SOME KINDA WONDERFUL”, 606 CLUB
The award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash is coming together with singer Noel McCalla alongside a band of world class musicians to celebrate one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. The duo will perform songs from Wonder’s greatest albums promising an evening of well-known classics such as ‘Superstition’ and ‘I Wish’ with impressive sax and soulful vocals.
SEASIDE ESCAPE THROUGH ART
Ken Zier, the highly regarded Danish marine artist, allows us to experience the seashore in his evocative paintings. Wimbledon Fine Art.
27 June to 2 August.
FRAMED ART EXHIBITION, WANDSWORTH
‘Framed’ is bringing art back to the public by turning the high streets of Wandsworth into an exhibition of colourful and eye catching work by local artists. Focused around the themes of positivity and new beginnings, this is a celebration of the rich cultural diversity of Wandsworth, bringing vibrancy to shop windows and lamp posts!
MACBETH, THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN’S MEN
On their UK tour of the production, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men are performing at several south west London and Surrey locations. The all-male cast is taking to the open air to perform Macbeth in Elizabethan style. Enjoy this play of treachery and ambition as it was first performed.
4 July Ham House, 7 July Chiswick House and Gardens, 18 July Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher.
A contemplative, collaborative, celebratory work and a response to those lost during COVID 19. The project explores how we say a proper goodbye when contact in the last days of life is limited. Abdul Shayek and Sudha Bhuchar (Writer, Actor, Founder of Bhuchar Boulevard and co-founder of Tamasha) have gathered peoples’ memories of their loved ones and created a piece where audiences listen to the stories whilst walking in the deceased’s footsteps, be it their journeys to work, the gym or a Sunday stroll. The event will culminate in a celebratory finale at Tara Theatre each night, where people will come together to celebrate these individuals and bid them a final farewell.
8 – 31 July
KEW THE MOVIES, KEW GARDENS
Pitch a chair up in the calm setting of Kew Gardens and enjoy a movie on the big screen. From family favourites to Oscar-winning performances in the afternoon and evening, there is something for everyone, with the option of VIP tickets.
7 – 11 July
PAINSHILL OUTDOOR THEATRE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
As part of Painshill’s Summer Series, Slapstick Picnic is set to perform Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in Painshill’s Walled Garden. In a real celebration of silliness, enjoy this classic play poking fun at manners and propriety.
DANIEL SLOSS: HUBRIS, CLAPHAM GRAND
Giggle and guffaw at the 11th solo show by Scotland’s comedy star. Off the back of his immensely successful ‘X’ tour which sold out in 40 countries, and two Netflix specials ‘DARK’ and ‘jigsaw’ streaming in over 190 countries, he is truly an international star. Make sure to book soon so you don’t miss out on this witty mastermind.
14 – 18 July
PLAYS IN THE PARK 2021, DORKING HALLS
Dorking Halls is reopening their open-air theatre at Meadowbank for three days this July after a sell-out event last year. From Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to David Walliams’ Mr Stink there is something for all.
16 – 18 July
COPENHAGEN, ROSE THEATRE
This war time detective play based in the Nazi occupied city, traces a secret encounter between two Nobel Prize winning physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr in 1941. This Theatre Royal Bath Production at Rose Theatre explores science, life, and motive, starring Philip Arditti, Haydn Gwynne and Malcolm Sinclair.
20 – 24 July
GUILDFORD BEER FESTIVAL
The Eleventh Annual Guildford Beer Festival will be held at Guildford Cricket Club over a weekend, featuring 100 cask ales and craft keg beers sourced from 25 independent breweries and micro-breweries made by local producers.
23 – 24 July
THE MYSTERY JETS, CLAPHAM GRAND
Re-enter Clapham Grand this July to see The Mystery Jets performing songs from new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’ ahead of the rescheduled tour. The indie band’s album is a touching homage to finding hope and empathy during these difficult times.
SUPERCARS FOR CHARITY
The Children’s Trust Supercar Event is back on July 24, at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, helping to raise money for children with brain injury and neurodisability. Some of the world’s most spectacular supercars will be on the track as well as attractions including helicopter rides and Mini-Monster Truck Mania.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, KEW GARDENS
Join the Australian Shakespeare Company in the idyllic grounds of Kew Gardens for The Wind in the Willows. Set with the backdrop of the lake, this interactive performance will be full of music, song, and laughter. Pack some cushions and watch Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr. Toad set out on their adventures.
24 July – 30 August
FRIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS DRAWING CLUB, BELGIAN BRASSERIE, MERTON ABBEY
Express yourself during this creative collage session. With guidance and a glass of wine in hand use your imagination to create an A3 composition based on a theme which will be revealed on the night.
BOOK NOW FOR… GOODWOOD REVIVAL
This unique sporting event is staged entirely in a period theme. Away from the track, the celebration of style and history continues with a Revival High Street, a fairground, and Revival Cinema.
17-19 September goodwood.com/revival