Guildford Summer Festival 2014 - 10 of the best
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:06 09 July 2014
From whacky raft races to craft workshops via World War One commemorations, it's all go again at this year's Guildford Summer Festival. Here's our pick of the best events
Guildford Summer Festival runs from Friday June 20 to Friday August 15. For the full line-up this year, visit guildford.gov.uk/guildfordsummerfestival. If you are attending any of the events, be sure to share your pictures @ surreylife.co.uk/photos and share your reviews on Facebook and twitter
Saturday June 7 to Sunday July 27
World War One Tribute
Across the world, people are putting on commemorative events to mark the centenary of World War One – and things are no different in Guildford. Some of the highlights include: the unveiling of the commemorative flower beds in the Castle Grounds on Saturday June 7; a parade by the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in the High Street on Saturday June 28; Surrey Festival Choir’s War and Peace Concert at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday July 12; and Surrey at War 1914, a picnic and concert organised by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at Deepcut on Sunday July 27.
• See visitguildford.com
Friday June 13 to Saturday June 21, 10am to 5pm daily
Guildford Festival Craft Fair
This is one for all you crafty types. For nine days during the month of June, an exciting and vibrant range of craftwork and art will be filling Guildford’s famous cobbled High Street – pre-empting events that are to come throughout the festival. Featuring everything from ceramics, jewellery and knitwear to artwork, glass and much more, it’s the perfect place to pick up a unique gift for a loved one or treat yourself to something special, as well as to chat to local artisans and makers. In addition, street performers will be joining in the fun on Saturday June 14 and Saturday June 21. The craft fair is free for all and run by the Rural Crafts Association, which itself is based locally in Wormley near Godalming.
• See ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk
Friday June 20, various times
Away from Guildford’s cobbled High Street, down the road in the Mildleton Industrial Estate, the UK’s first indoor trampoline park has opened. Throughout Guildford Summer Festival, they will be inviting festival-goers to bounce along in their direction. It’s a massive venue where you can experience a giant open- jump trampoline area, dodgeball courts, basketball slam dunk and foam pits to practise your aerial manoeuvres. Tickets: £11.50 (£10 entry plus £1.50 for the all important non-slip socks).
• See airhoptrampolinepark.com
Tuesday July 1 to Sunday July 27, various times
Guildford Fringe Festival
Spread over a variety of venues throughout July, Guildford Fringe runs in partnership with the main festival. Expect comedy, musicals, open-air Shakespeare, jazz cabaret, plays and burlesque, as well as talks, quizzes and art exhibitions. Last year, the Fringe was based solely from the Back Room of the Star Inn but this year it will be spreading its wings to The Bellerby Studio, G Live, The Keep Pub, The Keystone, The Electric Theatre, Bar Des Arts, Boileroom, Wintershall Estate and Clandon Wood Natural Burial Reserve as well.
• See guildfordfringefestival.com
Wednesday July 9, 6pm to 9pm
Guildford Town Centre Cycle Races
Guildford-based cycling fans may have missed out on the Tour of Britain this year, but there will still be some cracking road-cycle racing live on the cobbles this summer. Organised by the Charlotteville Cycling Club, riders from the ages of six to 66 are set to take part in four separate races for the coveted honour of being a Guildford Town Centre Cycle Races champion. Viewing is free and it all makes for an action- packed evening.
• See charlottevillecc.org.uk
Saturday July 12 to Sunday July 27, various times
A perfect way to enjoy Surrey’s spectacular countryside, Walkfest offers 38 free guided walks for all ages and abilities in and around the Guildford area. Among the highlights will be: a five-mile circular walk taking in the Watts Memorial Chapel and the beautiful village of Compton; Guildford’s ten-mile Three Peaks walk of Pitch Hill, Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill; plus bird walks, art walks, an evening with CAMRA, and a dog-walkers walk.
• See guildford.gov.uk/walkfest
Saturday July 12, 10am to 4pm
Decorating with Myra at Grayshott Pottery
Suitable for both aspiring and experienced artists, these one-day workshops offer participants the chance to get creative under the watchful eye of freelance designer Myra McDonnell at Grayshott Pottery. While you’re there, you can also pop into Jolley’s Café for a coffee and a bite to eat and take a look around the pottery’s large gift shop for souvenirs. Tickets: £60 for adults only.
• See grayshottpottery.com
Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26, various times
Guildford Beer Festival
The fifth annual Guildford Beer Festival will once again be hosted by Guildford Cricket Club at The Sports Ground in Woodbridge Road. There will also be live music provided by Andertons Music and The Boileroom as visitors enjoy more than 70 cask ales, a wide selection of ciders, and a separate bar with wines and soft drinks depending on your particular tastes.
• See guildfordcc.com