The Bank Holiday Weekend Guide (02-05.05.14)

Each week we will be giving you a comprehensive guide to all that is going on over the weekend in Guildford and this week we’re covering the Bank Holiday Weekend. We will endeavour to provide you with all the local information for each weekend, whether it is going for a drink, listening to some live music, going to the theatre, watching our local sports teams or anything else Guildford has to offer. If you would like your team/bar/production/event etc to feature on any upcoming weekend editions then please get in touch HERE.

Friday Night (02.05.14)
Music of Life: Watts and His World, 7.30pm, Watt’s Gallery, Adults £28, U21s £14. BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Finalist Meeta Raval will perform a fabulous programme of aria and song, accompanied by Tessa Marchington on piano. The music will span more than 200 years from Handel to the French and Italian nineteenth and the English Twentieth century. Part of Surrey Hills International Music Festival 2014.
Ten Times Table, 7.45pm, The Electric Theatre, £12. A group of politically polarised misfits come together to produce a village pageant around a mythical historical event, ‘The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve’. Packed with Ayckbourn’s trademark witty observation of human character, there is petty politicking, grandstanding, dummy spitting, faction forming, back-stabbing and obsession with points of order, as a committee of well-meaning volunteers attempt to gently strangle each other.
Boom n Bass presents Lyrical Culture, 8pm, The Boileroom, £10. “Lyrical Culture” brings together the legendary U.K. lyricist and Microphone Master; “Macka.B” alongside the rising star of the underground, “Apex Zero” in a not to be missed night of celebration in conscious recognition of: “Lyrical Culture”
Sunday’s Child live, 8pm, Jo Clark’s, free entry. Sunday’s Child play a variety of soul classics and modern songs from artists such as Al Green/Jackie Wilson/Lou Reed/ Amy Winehouse/Duffy/Adele/Nancy Sinatra/Ray Charles/Prince as well as their own material.
HMS Pinafore, 8pm, The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, tickets from £22.50. Inspired by a scrapbook of troops performing Gilbert & Sullivan during World War 2, the team take Gilbert & Sullivan below deck, where the troops set out a distraction from the goings on above board with a production of one of their most popular tales, HMS Pinafore.

Saturday (03.05.14)
Surrey Storm Netball End of Season Festival, 9am, Surrey Sports Park, free entry. Celebrate the end of the 2014 ZEO Netball Superleague season in style at the End of Season Festival, with a tournament for the adults and lots of activities and games for the kids! Junior Festival from 9am-12pm, Adult Tournament 1-5pm, Player Awards and Buffet 5-7pm.
Guildford ‘PhotoWalks’, 11am, under the Tunsgate Arches, £15. PhotoWalks are held in Guildford as well as in other historic towns and cities looking at interesting buildings, streetscapes and subjects to photograph. The walks are led by Mike Sleigh, a professional photographer with a passion for historic buildings and heritage with over 30 years’ experience in photography and education.
Make Your Mark Free Family Day, 11am, Guildford Cathedral, free entry. This exciting event will include a range of family friendly activities including Crafting, Tours, Talks, Special Trails, Competitions and Prize Draws. In addition, there will be a display from our archives, tracing the unique history of the People’s Cathedral with an opportunity for you to share your family memories of its construction.
Trinity Folk Festival, 1pm, Holy Trinity Church, Adults 20, Students and U18s £15. Following last year’s success of the first Trinity Folk Festival (TFF), organisers have announced the line- up for the 2014 Festival, which includes Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners 2013: Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar and runner up Luke Jackson. Headlining the Festival will be legendary acoustic singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph who has built a reputation for giving what audiences have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
A (Midsummer Night’s) Dream, 2pm, The Mill Studio, £9. Devised around the extensive image theatre work of Krazy Kat’s Artistic Director Kinny Gardner, the performance will feature music, objects, puppets, and lighting plus magic effects and tricks with voice, sign language, and a circus-like daring… Most suitable for ages 5-11 yrs.
HMS Pinafore, 2.30pm & 8pm, The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, tickets from £22.50. Inspired by a scrapbook of troops performing Gilbert & Sullivan during World War 2, the team take Gilbert & Sullivan below deck, where the troops set out a distraction from the goings on above board with a production of one of their most popular tales, HMS Pinafore.
Guildford Lightning v Kingston, 4.50pm, Guildford Spectrum, free entry. This cup game sees Guildford’s finest female ice hockey players take on Kingston in their first of five consecutive home games to finish their season.
The Mayor’s Diamond Charity Ball, 7pm, G Live, £55. Join The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Diana Lockyer-Nibbs, for a sparkling evening of dinner, dancing and diamonds. The evening will include a welcome drink on arrival, delicious three-course dinner, dancing and live band, as well as a diamond and prize auction which will be hosted by Jonathon Pratt from Bellman’s Auction House and TV’s Bargain Hunt & Antiques Roadshow.
Progressive Promotions presents: The Safety Fire, 7.30pm, The Boileroom, £8. Formed in London, The Safety Fire has always pushed the boundaries of technical, progressive metal since their inception. Also performing: Freeze The Atlantic + Crown Me King + Throatpunch City,
Guildford City FC End of season presentation, 7.30pm, St Joseph’s Road, £5. There will be a number of presentations including (but not limited to) ‘Player of the Year’, ‘Young Player of the Year’, ‘Players’ Player of the Year’, ‘Supporters’ Player of the Year’, ‘Goal of the Season’ and ‘Leading Goal Scorer’. There will no doubt be a number of more light hearted awards.
Ten Times Table, 7.45pm, The Electric Theatre, £12. A group of politically polarised misfits come together to produce a village pageant around a mythical historical event, ‘The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve’. Packed with Ayckbourn’s trademark witty observation of human character, there is petty politicking, grandstanding, dummy spitting, faction forming, back-stabbing and obsession with points of order, as a committee of well-meaning volunteers attempt to gently strangle each other.
Kick Back Comedy Club May, 8pm, The Back Room of The Star Inn, £12. Headlining this show is the bubbly Jessica Fostekew, with the outstanding Scott Capurro supporting. Opening the night we have Simon Feilder and your MC for the night is the outstanding Debra-Jane Appleby.
Tea With The Old Queen, 8pm, The Mill Studio, £13. This superb and hilarious one man show is based upon the fictitious ‘secret’ diaries of ‘old queen’ William Tallon, one time Steward and Page of the Backstairs to HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Joel Corry: In the mix 2014 tour, 10pm, Casino Nightclub, standard entry prices apply. Television sensation Joel Corry embarks on the 2014 In The Mix Tour in association with Club 18-30, as he joins us this Saturday for an exclusive live DJ set. Win the ultimate clubbing holiday for two!

Sunday (04.05.14)
Halow250 Homecoming, The Weyside. The Halow250 bike race sees hundreds of cyclists (including former F1 World Champion, Damon Hill) ride 250 miles in 48 hours. The event starts in Putney at 9am on Friday, before heading down to Portsmouth and into France for day two where part of the day will even be on a Tour de France stage. The final stretch sees the riders come back to England and finish in Guildford. Good luck everyone!
Walk from Wisley, 10am, Wren’s Nest car park, free. The Guildford Rambling Club walk reaches Byfleet (a.m.) and Martyr’s Green (p.m.) and includes the Semaphore Tower site at Ockley with lunch at Wisley Gardens cafe.
Cushion Concert for Children, 4pm, Shere Village Hall, Adults free, Children £5 for 5 or older. Children will love this unique concert blending a relaxed atmosphere with magical classical piano duets including Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Saint Saen’s Carnival of the Animals. Festival Directors, Wu Qian and Tessa Marchington will perform for children who will be invited to sit on cushions close to the performers.
Guildford Lightning v Sheffield, 4.50pm, Guildford Spectrum, free entry. This league game sees Guildford’s finest female ice hockey players take on Sheffield in their second of five consecutive home games to finish their season.
I Heart The 90s, 8pm, The Boileroom, free before 9pm, £3 after. DJs playing all the hits from the 90s at Guildford’s favourite music venue- expect Britpop, Shoegaze Indie, Hip Hop, and Pop. Dress up in your best 90s gear and come on down!
Superclub Classics, 10pm, Casino Nightclub, £3 before 11.30pm, £5 after. NO WORK MONDAY! Air Raid Presents… Superclub Classics: the best uplifting anthems and classics under one roof.

Monday (05.05.14)
Wildlife Rocks, 10.30am, Guildford Cathedral, free entry. Wildlife Rocks is an event that celebrates the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us. It is a fantastic day to share wildlife experiences with celebrities and wildlife enthusiasts through music and talk. It is a day for the whole family, with a range of amazing stalls – both inside and outside with activities and different events throughout the day.
Have a go archery, 11am, Hatchlands Park, free entry. Fancy yourself as the next Robin Hood? Then why not head down to Hatchlands Park on Bank Holiday Monday and try your hand with their archery experts- £2 for 6 arrows.
Pale Grey + Special Mystery Guests, 7pm, The Boileroom, free entry. Combining influences of indie, electronic and hip-hop, Belgium’s Pale Grey offer an atmospheric universe with eclectic groove. Their progressive and varied music references The Notwist, Phoenix, The Whitest Boy Alive and Metronomy, while retaining its own identity.

James Martin

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