Guildford Summer Festival 2011 - things to do in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 07:42 20 June 2011 | UPDATED: 18:23 20 February 2013
We hope you've kept your diary clear because Guildford Summer Festival, one of the highlights in the county calendar, has packed in a whole host of events. Here's a few of the best...
We hope youve kept your diary clear because Guildford Summer Festival, one of the highlights in the county calendar, has packed in a whole host of events. Heres a few of the best
Open air theatre
Guildford Shakespeare Company will perform Much Ado About Nothing in the castle grounds from Thursday June 16 to Saturday July 2 and The Merchant of Venice at Guildford College from Thursday July 14 to Saturday July 23. Back in the castle grounds, The Pranksters stage A Midsummer Nights Dream from Friday July 8 to Saturday July 16 and the Herald Players perform Round and Round the Garden from Friday July 22 to Saturday July 30.
A huge week-long craft fair will be taking place on the cobbles of Guildford High Street. Running from Friday June 24 to Saturday July 2, 10am to 5pm daily, the stalls will be packed with everything from ceramics, basketware and clothing to jewellery, art, woodwork and more.
Discover local history
Guildfordian George Abbot was involved in the King James bible translation, which celebrates its 400th year in 2011. Ongoing celebrations continue at Guildford House and Guildford Museum, and his Abbots Hospital will hold an open day on Saturday June 25 from 10am to 3pm.
By the river
Normally so tranquil, the River Wey will come alive on Saturday July 2
for the Guildford Lions Charity Raft Race, at 3pm, and the annual Boat Gathering. The latter will have a Nursery Rhymes themed pageant starting at 4pm by Millmead Island.
Seasonal local food and drinks will be available directly from over 50 local farmers and producers at the special festival Farmers Market on Tuesday July 5 from 10.30am to 3.30pm. There will also be a farm barbecue by Holy Trinity Church.
On your bike
Organised by Charlotteville Cycling Club, the town centre cycle race, on Wednesday July 6 at 7pm, will bring fast and hard-fought racing to Guildfords notoriously tough cobbled High Street course.
Memories of Mahler
Celebrating composer Gustav Mahlers centenary, a three-day conference at the University of Surrey in Guildford re-visits his creative achievements, from Thursday July 7 to Saturday July 9, with presentations, art exhibits and performances.
Settle down for a film
The Summer Film Festival returns for a feast of international cinema at the Electric Theatre from Tuesday July 12 to Saturday July 30. Films range from foreign animation to gripping drama.
Paint the town red
Featuring a mix of nationally recognised and local talented artists, the Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Art Exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture is in its 16th year and runs from Wednesday July 13 to Thursday July 28.
Bloom to music
A festival of garden open days, floral displays and music, Music in Bloom takes place in East Clandon from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17. Proceeds go to the Friends of St Thomas of Canterbury, who help preserve the 1,000-year-old village church. Gardens 5; concerts from 10.
- Guildford Summer Festival runs from Saturday June 18 to Sunday August 7. Pick up a free brochure or visit www.guildfordsummerfestival.co.uk
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2010
Guildford Summer Festival 2010
Whether its a midnight performance of Macbeth inside Guildford Castle, dancing down the side of Guildford Cathedral or rafting on the River Wey, Guildford Summer Festival really does have a little something for everyone this year
10 of the best
Guildford Shakespeare Company presents Loves Labours Lost
Thursday June 17 to Saturday July 3, 7.30pm
GSCs fifth open air theatre season bursts onto the scene at Guildford Castle Grounds (pictured below) with one of the bards earliest and most colourful comedies. Tickets: Adults 18.50; concessions 16; family ticket (two adults, two children under 16) 60.
Victorian Tea Party
Saturday June 19, 12noon to 5pm
As restoration continues at the Watts Gallery in Compton, a traditional cream tea will be held on the lawn of Watts Great Studio. Hosted by actress Penelope Keith. Tickets: Gallery friends 10; non-friends 15.
Guildford Festival Craft Fair
Friday June 25 to Saturday July 3
A wide range of crafts will be on display in Guildford High Street for nine days, including everything from ceramics to knitwear via aromatherapy products.
Guildford Lions Charity Raft Race
Saturday July 3, 3pm,
Home-made rafts will race down the River Wey from Millmead to the Waterside Centre near Woking Road. Meanwhile, a more sedate pace will be set at Millmead Island as narrowboats and cruisers gather for the 20th anniversary Guildford Festival Boat Gathering from 12noon to 6pm.
Descent of the Angel: a vertical dance by Kate Lawrence
Thursday July 8, 8pm
This vertical dance (pictured below) combines the rudimentary principles of dance with the equipment and movement of rock climbing. Kate Lawrence uses building walls as her floor while suspended from above at Guildford Cathedral.
Friday July 9 to Saturday July 17, 7.45pm
It seems that Guildford Castle is the place to be this summer when it comes to watching a spot of Shakespeare. With audiences limited to a maximum of 50, Pranksters Theatre Companys Macbeth promises to be a sell-out. There will also be a special midnight matinee. Tickets: Adults 12; concessions 10.
Yvonne Arnaud Art
Wednesday July 14 to Wednesday July 28
Guildford Art presents an exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. The creative efforts of both amateur and professional artists will be on display.
Lunchtime Cello and Guitar Recital
Thursday July 15, 1pm
An intimate performance from two instrumentalists, Clare Deniz and Rose Andresier, at the Guildhall. Both musicians have successful independent international careers but come together as one dynamic duo. Tickets: Adults 7; concessions 5.
Saturday July 17 to Sunday August 1
Aiming to get people out and about to explore the borough, this event sees a number of walks taking in the historic architecture and attractive countryside, over a fortnight period. A very special walk, Curious and Curiouser The Life and Legacy of Lewis Carroll, will also be taking place this year.
Guildford Summer Festival
Saturday July 31, 9.30am to 4.30pm
A wonderful opportunity to buy good quality, fresh, seasonal, local food, beverages, crafts and plants directly on Guildford High Street from over 40 local farmers and producers.