A spotlight will focus on the Russian Revolution at this year's Chobham Festival.

A century on from the start of the Russian Revolution the festival's ChobLit book event at St Saviour’s Church, Valley End, near Chobham, will yield a big surprise about a much loved 'children's author' and his suspected involvement.

The event happens on Sunday September 16 at 3pm and focusses on Arthur Ransome, the classic children’s author of books such as Swallows and Amazons.

Historian Paul Crisp will delve into the author’s involvement in espionage and the possibility he was a double agent, spying for Russia as well as for Britain. Ransome was a bohemian character with radical leanings and spent much of the 1914 to 1918 Great War in Russia and on the Eastern Front.

Tickets for this event are £10 and the price includes prosecco and cake.

Surrey Heath’s oldest building St Lawrence Church is the venue for the festival’s two classical concerts.

Three outstanding young musicians from the Carneval String Trio are making their festival debut at the 2018 Music by Candlelight Concert on Tuesday, September 25.

They will be playing music by Bach, Beethoven and the Hungarian Zoltán Kodály, capturing the beguiling melodies of the folk music that he loved.

Handel’s thrilling Dixit Dominus is top of the bill at an evening of Joyfully Choral Music (a concert sponsored by Knight Frank) on Saturday, September 29. The Festival Choir is conducted by Roy Rashbrook.

Tickets for the classical concerts are £15 and £20 and there is also a Village Hall vintage jazz evening, featuring six gentlemen and a lady – The Excel Jazzmen with Christine Tyrrell. Tickets £20, including supper.

A further eclectic line up includes an Abba party night and a children’s Wind in the Willows family theatre show (ticket availability for both these events is now limited) plus an evening with the Teddington Ukulele Players at the Perla Antica Italian restaurant.

Find out more about all the festival events at www.chobhamfestival.org.uk – Box Office, 01276 857222.