With British weather being as it is, there is often the temptation to vacate the country as soon as the school bells ring out for summer. However, with the sheer amount of art, music and theatre activities being held over the next few months, it would be a shame to miss out on so many fantastic opportunities for both the adults and the children. The counties of Surrey and Hampshire are fortunate to benefit greatly from the wide selection of local arts centres, providing cultural entertainment all year round, the summer season being no exception. Have a read below to see what’s coming up over the sunny season.
This July, Farnham Maltings is playing host to Night at the Theatre is a fun, family adventure that celebrates the creativity in all of us. It’s accessible theatre for everyone, so come along, join in and let’s make a dance! An imaginative tale of when three friends get trapped in a theatre and become stars of their own show. Combining a mixture of dance theatre, audio-description and storytelling, this show will spark the imagination of both children and adults alike.
The popular concerts are returning for a summer of fantastic live music every Friday night. With some of the best local talent performing and a different delicious BBQ menu each week, these evenings are the best way to start your weekend. See the full line-up here!
Kids films every Tuesday in August – Screenings at 11am, 2pm & 6pm
From new adaptations of classic films to beautiful Studio Ghibli anime films the special season of kids films running throughout the summer holidays will provide a great source of entertainment on those inevitable rainy days! Here’s the full line-up:
Five full days of mixed Maltings activities from puppetry and singing to dance and drama. Suitable for ages 7–13. Come for the whole week or just a day at a time (whole days only). £30 a day, 10-4pm.
Monday – Willow Weaving and Cake Decorating
Tue 09 August – Play in a Day
Wed 10 August – Dance and Film
Thu 11 August – Puppetry and Special Effects Makeup
Fri 12 August – Singing and Painting
What’s On at the West End Centre
The West End Centre are collaborating with Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre and award-winning theatre practitioners Frantic Assembly to run the Hampshire Youth County Theatre summer school at the Westy in Aldershot in August. They are looking for young people, aged 14-21, who want to spend 10 days developing their physical theatre skills. The course runs from Mon 22 August – Sat 3 Sep and full details, including information on how to book, are available online
The wonderful Summer Westival at the West End Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016 and returns to reclaim its crown as the best indoor festival in the world! With three days of amazing music, a carpet of real grass throughout the venue, a range of art and craft activities, a beer tent from local brewery HopArt and Saturday’s famous Family Day, it’s one festival that the weather cannot ruin.
They will be three days of fantastic live music from headliners Bennet, The Destroyers & Black Peaks who will also be joined by are joined by Curtis Eller’s American Circus, Get Plucky, Get Inuit, Here are the Young Men and Jonas and Jane.
Summer music highlights from the Boileroom
The Boileroom, Guildford’s longstanding, cultural community hub celebrates its 10th birthday in September 2016, and what better way to mark their achievement than with a music and arts festival for all ages.
Always The Sun is a two-day independent festival of arts, live music, theatre and wellbeing featuring interactive creative workshops, locally crafted food and drink and much more coming to Stoke Park in Guildford on Sat 10 & Sun 11 September.
Mystery Jets and Turin Brakes are set to headline the festival, with Hugh Cornwell (original Stranglers frontman), Dub Pistols, Spring King, The Big Moon, Kagoule, The Allergies, Hannah Lou Clark, Tusks, The Amazons, October Drift, Native People, Sports Team, Annabel Allum, Big Zero and Big Bug all joining the main stage line up, with more acts also taking to a second stage.
Six-piece Canadian band The Besnard Lakes have been inspired by their surroundings in North Saskatchewan to make atmospheric, rock and roll music. Led by husband and wife Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, the group earned a prestigious nomination for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. Catch them at the Boileroom this August.
The Boileroom’s annual street party returns, championing the local creative community and celebrating the best in local music, food, drink, arts and crafts. Listen to some fantastic live music from their youth programme The Project, indulge in some vintage clothing swaps or inspire your children to get creative in one of their workshops.
Film & Theatre offerings from the Electric Theatre
Guildford Summer Youth Project is an opportunity for children to learn new skills, make friends, and share in the fun of putting on a real show in a real theatre, giving them a week they’ll never forget. As for the parents, whilst it’s great to have the kids occupied, for many it’s the delight of seeing your child perform with confidence and excitement sharing all they have learned at a special end of week show for family members.
Tickets for Guildford Summer Youth Project workshops start from just £120, with generous discounts for siblings attending the same workshop. Learn more about the Guildford Summer Youth Project
The Electric Summer Film Festival 2016
Monday 25 July – Saturday 30 July, 8pm
The Electric Theatre is delighted to present the best of this year’s Academy Awards for a very special Summer Film Festival! Featuring 6 of the films that triumphed in the award season, the festival gives you another chance to see some of the stellar performances from the likes of Brie Larson (Room) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and directorial smashes from Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful 8).
With discounts for the more films you see, it’s well worth booking you places now! For full details pick up a Summer Film Festival brochure at The Electric, contact the Box Office on 01483 444789, or visit www.electrictheatre.co.uk.