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Whats on in Surrey this May

Linda Seward’s detailed diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts, sports and countryside over the coming weeks.
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Hampton Court Palace Festival - Hampton Court, East Molesey
Tuesday 5 to Saturday 23 June
The Hampton Court Palace Festival marks its 26th anniversary in 2018 with a stellar line-up of musical talent appearing in the Tudor Courtyard. Top international acts this year include superstar Lionel Richie (5, 6 and 9 June); singer Paloma Faith, pictured right, (8 June); superb guitarist Joe Bonamassa (12 June); musical virtuoso Jools Holland (14 June); veteran pop group The Beach Boys (15 and 16 June); Take That lead singer Gary Barlow (19 and 20 June) and the iconic Sir Tom Jones (21 and 22 June). The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform on the last night of the Festival – 23 June – with a fireworks display providing a fitting finale.

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Beaulieu’s Hot Rod and Custom Drive-in Day - National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst
Sunday 17 June
Make Father’s Day memorable this year with a visit to the National Motor Museum at beautiful Beaulieu as the south’s biggest hot rod and custom event takes place featuring over 500 cool, colourful custom cars. The event is held in association with classic American car club Solent Renegades and new for this year will be the Apocalypse Bug, a stripped-down, Mad Maxstyle Beetle, covered with weapons. Hard Up Garage will put on a show with its two and three-wheeled customised creations and visitors can vote for their favourite vehicle in the People’s Choice Award, with prizes on offer for best custom, American car, hot rod, bike-scooter and Best in Show. In addition, there will be a Vintage Village by Bows & Braces, offering nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery and more. Live music will be on offer from six-piece band The Shakeups! performing classic rock, soul, doo-wop and pop. Treat dad and make a weekend of it by booking overnight camping as the Simply VW event on Saturday 16 June is also well worth a visit.