Festivals in Surrey this summer 2012
PUBLISHED: 12:43 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013
From rock fans to Top Gear fanatics via opera aficionados, there's a festival for everyone with this year's Surrey line-up
From rock fans to Top Gear fanatics via opera aficionados, theres a festival for everyone with this years Surrey line-up
Guildford Summer Festival
Friday June 1 to Friday August 31
Guildford and surroundings
One of the highlights in the calendar of our county town, Guildford Summer Festival returns for its 29th year, encompassing a whole range of events. Favourites such as the Guildford Festival Craft Fair, Drama in the Castle Grounds, Guildford Cricket Festival, Guildford Lions Raft Race, GuilFest and Walkfest all return alongside Jubilee and Olympic events.
- www.guildfordsummerfestival.co.uk / 01483 444396
Coverwood Lakes Opera
Friday June 8 to Sunday June 10
Coverwood Lakes, Ewhurst
One of the original pioneers of opera festivals, Coverwood has been home to some of the finest talent in the field for over 20 years. Singer-songwriter Kit Hesketh Harvey and composer and accordionist James McConnel perform original cabaret and theatre songs on the Friday; the National Opera Studio performs scenes from some of the most famous operas on Saturday; and a Diamond Jubilee concert on the Sunday features Linda Ormiston, James Nicol, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Kathryn Harries, Oliver Dunn and Angela Livingstone.
- www.coverwoodlakesopera.com / 01306 731101
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Thursday June 14 to Sunday June 24
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey
The legendary Liza Minnelli will headline the 20th Hampton Court Palace Festival, with the superstar opening proceedings on Thursday June 14. The festival will also host Katie Melua, who readers can meet on page 56. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will perform their first concert in the UK for 18 years and Brit Award winner James Morrison and the ever-popular Van Morrison are also confirmed. Festival favourite Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, the eclectic Caro Emerald, stage and screen star John Barrowman and Squeeze complete the bill before the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs a 20th anniversary gala with fireworks.
- www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com / 0208 241 9818
Thursday July 12 to Thursday August 2
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom
The line-up for this years summer series of live concerts after the racing at Epsom Downs Racecourse will reach a rousing crescendo with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra providing the fitting finale on Thursday August 2. Until then, on respective Thursdays from July 12, music fans and racegoers alike will also be able to enjoy Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Will Young, Razorlight and The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular from the Queens Stand and Duchesss Stand at Epsom Live!
Friday July 13 to Sunday July 15
Stoke Park, Guildford
From humble beginnings, GuilFest has grown into an award-winning and ever expanding festival. With the likes of ex N-Dubz star Tulisa, The X Factor singer Olly Murs, Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, Jamaican icon Jimmy Cliff, comedian Tim Minchin and freaky funksters Chic already announced, excitement is building for this years festival at Stoke Park.
- www.guilfest.co.uk / 01483 454159
Surrey Hills Road Race Festival
Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29
To coincide with this summers Olympic road race, Surrey Life is teaming up with Denbies and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to host a celebration at the wine estate in Dorking. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to converge on the area around Dorking and Box Hill, which offers the best opportunity to see the cycle race as the male cyclists complete nine circuits of Box Hill. The Surrey Hills Road Race Festival is an official live site, where visitors will be able to watch the race on a large screen, and there will also be a secure bike park, entertainment, a celebration of local food and drink and a cycling expo. Entrance is free.
International Youth Arts Festival
Friday June 29 to Sunday July 22
All across Kingston
Kingston comes alive as the very best in youth arts, selected from the UK and internationally, is showcased. Over 5,000 young people will come together to participate in workshops, projects and performances, showcasing their work in more than 300 events over 15 venues across the town. Look out for music along the river, theatre in the streets and dance bringing to life the oldest of buildings.
- www.iyafestival.org.uk/ 08444 821556
Summer Nights at Loseley
Thursday August 16 to Sunday August 19
Forge Meadow, near Guildford
The historic Loseley Park is set to enjoy a new addition to its summer events calendar with the introduction of a four-day series of picnic concerts. Kicking off with a tribute evening to musical legends Blondie, Abba and Queen, this is followed by a Jazz & Soul Soiree on the Friday and Saturdays performance led by the musical reinterpretations of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Sundays Classical Concert will bring festivities to a close with a Proms in the Park-style finale, hosted by the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra and the Grammy award-winning Swingle Singers.
- www.summernightsatloseleypark.co.uk / 0114 234 9979
Wings & Wheels
Sunday August 26 and Monday August 27
Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh
Dunsfold Aerodrome, the home of Top Gear, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and Wings & Wheels promises to showcase some of the airfields iconic aviation and motoring history. Attracting crowds of over 30,000 in 2011 with its air and motoring displays, visitors can also look forward to stunt driving, vehicle exhibitions, shopping, live bands and arena attractions, the airshow has helped raise more than 250,000 for charities to date and more.
- www.wingsandwheels.net / 08712 305572
Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2
Rural Life Centre, Tilford
The origins of Weyfest date back to 1988 and the short-lived initiative instigated by an unlikely alliance of Mick Jagger and the UK government, National Music Day. First started as a charity gig at The Cricketers in Farnham, it has grown into an annual event that pulls in top festival names to the quirky Rural Life Museum. This year, Asia, 10CC and Steve Hackett are among the highlights.