Carnival time in Camberley on Saturday 17th June

The final event of the ten days of the Camberley International Festival is a Carnival procession on Saturday 17th June. At 12 noon the carnival procession leaves Knoll Road, proceeding along the High Street, Pembroke Broadway to arrive at the London Road Recreation Ground

There are plenty of activities associated with the Carnival during the day at Camberley Theatre and at the London Road Recreation Ground

NEW – Camberley International Festival from June 7th to 17th

After the success the inaugural festival in 2016 this June sees the Camberley International Festival return for its second year.  Organised once more by Surrey Heath Borough Council and Camberley Theatre and with BAFTA Award winning actress Juliet Aubrey as the festival’s patron, there is a wealth of fabulous entertainment on offer across Camberley for ten days and nights between the 7th – 17th June.

Juliet will also be judging the C.I.F. short film competition, the final of which is at Camberley Theatre on June 15th.

Ten venues and over 50 artists and performers will be taking part – from award winning musicians and actors, to local singers and dancers; Camberley will be buzzing with creativity and talent this June.

There is a whole free, fringe section to the festival, complete details to be announced soon. These are the headline, ticketed events, taking place at Camberley Theatre.

  • Oysterband (Folk)
  • Date: Sunday June 11th  (Main Auditorium): Time 7:30pm: Tickets: £20
  • Oysterband make a modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they’ve toured in 35 countries  –  festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails! They have won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums.


  • Jack Philp Company: Psychoacoustic (Contemporary Dance)
  • Date: Sunday June 11th (Function Room): Time: 7:30: Tickets: Full £12, Theatre Club £11
  • ‘Psychoacoustic’ explores body and brain responses to sound, movement and the environments around us through the collaborative force of science, music and dance. ‘Psychoacoustic’ is science doing dance and dance doing science. Something physical, something tested and something seen and heard.


  • Graeham of Thrones (Comedy)
  • Date: Tuesday 13th June: Time: 7:30pm: Tickets: £19.50
  • In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skills required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches him that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break – as long as nothing goes wrong…


  • All Star Stand Up (Comedy)
  • Date: Friday June 16th: Time: 7:30pm: Tickets: £21
  • The All-Star Stand-Up Tour is back in 2017 with 3 more top comedians alongside returning compere Jarred Christmas. The line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of ‘Mock The Week’ & ‘Live At The Apollo’ Stewart Francis and from ‘Phoenix Nights’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Justin Moorhouse. Mike Gunn completes the line-up. Mike has been seen on BBC 1’s ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ and supported Lee Mack on tour. He has been described as one of the ‘10 leading stand-ups in Britain’ by The Independent and The Guardian said “Mike Gunn will make you die laughing”.

For more details about the Camberley International Festival, including details of the short-film competition, the free fringe free events plus details of how to be involved in the grand finale – the Camberley Carnival –  please visit:

A round robin trip with a bus ride, steam train, passenger ferry, and a river boat cruise, but where?

Yesterday we walked to a bus stop, took the upper deck of a sightseeing bus, boarded a steam train, then crossed a river on a passenger ferry, and finally a river boat cruise back to our base.

But where did we do this? Some of you will know immediately of this Round Robin excursion, I wouldn’t had been asked. The answer is at the end of this short video, or, if you can’t be bothered to watch the video, it’s explained below the video.

Our journey was the Round Robin tour from Totnes to Paignton by bus, Paignton to Kingswear by steam train on the Dartmouth steam Railway, passenger ferry across the River Dart to Dartmouth, and thence by Dartmouth River Boat back to Totnes.

You can see more on the Dartmouth-Rail-River website.

Two, or should it be three, pleasurable experiences

We all try and get a degree of balance in our lives – sometimes we achieve it, others times not.

Here’s an occasion with two pleasurable experiences on the same day. We visited my brother on Sunday last. He lives in Bridport, Dorset – I suppose it should be three pleasurable experiences really, with our meeting my brother for the first time this year.

The first [or should it be the second] pleasurable experience was Sunday lunch at the Olive Tree Restaurant [click on image to expand and link to] in the centre of Bridport. We all had an absolutely brilliant plaice on the bone, such a change to have a generous sized plaice, accompanied with a lovely sauce and potatoes. Oh, and the wine was good too. Sadly, as was driving on from Bridport to Totnes, could only have one glass of wine.

The second pleasurable experience, should be third I guess, was getting to bed early enough to complete reading of Tony Hawks book – Round Ireland with a Fridge.

I’ve been reading crime and thriller fiction for a while – currently into Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford psychological whodunit’s, which are of the highest order in their genre. As light relief, I picked up Tony Hawks book from Surrey Heath library, and what a joy. Warm, funny, whimsical, and a travelogue of Ireland too.

The last few chapters of the book led to a pleasurable conclusion – and then to sleep. A day of two, nay three, pleasures.

A photo montage of the 2017 Surrey Heath Show

You meet friends and acquaintances at the Surrey Heath Show – a pleasant diversion. As I’ve done in previous years I snapped a few items of interest at the show, as we wandered around the show.

The Woking cacti society stand held us in deep conversation for quite a while, during which we bought more cacti and succulents. At the rear of their stand they had stunning large cacti, many in bloom. However, the ones we bought were small – space is a consideration for us and our growing cacti collection.

We were happy to bump into show organiser Tony Moore, a chance to congratulate him on his being awarded a BEM. The Mayor, Cllr Valerie White, chose a 1962 Vauxhall Cresta as her pick of cars in the classic car show. Here’s my phot montage,