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Look forward to the summer with Guildford Summer Festival

PUBLISHED: 16:41 01 July 2016


Guildford Summer Festival returns for its 33rd year bigger than ever before with over 100 different events to pick from.

The first Guildford Summer Festival took place in 1983 and centred around the Guildford Pageants which used to take place in Shalford Park, and were organised by ‘Pageant Master’ the late David Clarke. Every year, events were organised in the town to coincide with Festival time, and so it grew.

Now regular family favourites such as the Guildford Festival Craft Fair, Farmers’ Markets, Guildford Cricket Festival, Guildford Lions Raft Race, Drama in the Castle Grounds and classical concerts all return for summer 2016. There will be a whole host of theatre, sport, art, music, walks, heritage, tours and days out to keep visitors and residents busy over the summer and this year the brochure has sections dedicated to celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday, and Guildford’s first Alan Turing Celebration.

The Guildford Town Guides offer their free guided walks around the town exploring its history and every nook and cranny. Their immensely popular Alan Turing walks are back, and included in the Alan Turing Celebrations.

As always, arts and heritage events are in abundance with the annual Guildford Arts exhibition at the Mill Studio, Watts Gallery and Guildford House Gallery.

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For those who prefer their theatre indoors will not be disappointed. G Live, The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the Back Room of the Star play host to a variety of shows and Guildford Fringe Festival arrives in town in July across several venues.

There are plenty of opportunities to get fit this summer –the Round the Hogs Back Cycle Tour is designed for all ages and a perfect way to get fit or keep fit! For those who would rather watch sport than participate head for the Cricket Festival!

Local ale is celebrated at the Guildford Beer Festival at the Cricket Ground and there are plenty of opportunities to listen to live music while taking a glass!

This year, many of the events are completely free to attend so grab a brochure and see what takes your fancy? With so much to choose from there is something for everyone.

Guildford Summer Festival runs across the borough from 12 June to 12 August 2016. Brochures are available to collect from Guildford Tourist Information Centre, The Electric Theatre, and other distribution points around the borough from Mid May. Tickets for most events are on sale now.

For full details, sign up to the mailing list and receive weekly reminders of events throughout the festival. Alternatively, visit or visit the Guildford Summer Festival Facebook page.

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