G Live's Alvin Hargreaves on his perfect Surrey weekend
PUBLISHED: 12:40 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:19 20 February 2013
With Guildford's multi-million pound entertainment venue, G Live, having been open for a full year now, venue director ALVIN HARGREAVES, who moved to our county from Plymouth, has finally been finding time to explore some of Surrey's delights
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2012
With Guildfords multi-million pound entertainment venue, G Live, having been open for a full year now, venue director ALVIN HARGREAVES, who moved to our county from Plymouth, has finally been finding time to explore some of Surreys delights. He lives in Merrow with his wife, Amanda, and their eight-month-old son, William...
I guess that one of the advantages of working in the heart of Guildford is the proximity of the wonderful town centre with its traditional cobbled streets and the mix of fine places to eat, drink and shop.
Indeed, there is no shortage of reputable licensed establishments for a bit of post-work team building to kick-start the weekend. These are relatively rare occasions due to the nature of the business were in, but its not unknown for a modest group to descend on the Albany across the road on a Friday evening some staff inevitably joining them post-show when only the die-hard drinkers are still out.
Move from the coast
Having lived right on the coast near Plymouth for ten years, I used to like nothing more than getting out on the water, walking the coast path, or a day out up on Dartmoor one of my favourite places. Luckily, Surrey also boasts some outstanding countryside and we certainly enjoy taking Wills the short distance from Merrow up into the hills. I also try and keep my hand in on the water with a bit of wakeboarding and have been known to spend the odd Saturday morning making use of the fine lake-based facilities up at JB Ski in Chertsey.
In the evening, Amanda and I will either head back to G Live to catch a show or enjoy dinner at our favourite Thai restaurant, Rumwong also quite near to G Live as it happens.
A perfect Sunday might include a lazy start, in so far as that is possible with an eight-month-old, followed by a drive out to a country pub, such as the Black Swan at Ockham for a pint of cider or bitter even better if its sunny and the BBQ is in full swing. Then, if Im really lucky, I may then be allowed to slink away to tinker on my 1973 classic Triumph TR6 in the garage indeed, if all is well, a short test drive around the lanes of East Clandon/West Horsley would be essential.
The best way I have found to ease myself into another full-on week at G Live is to wheel out the road bike and make the short trip from Merrow to Guildford town centre, but via Newlands Corner, Shere, Albury and Chilworth quite a hilly route to get the blood pumping and my mind clear ready for the day ahead! Wasnt it great to see Wiggo and Cav on Surreys roads during the Olympics?!
A real live wire
It has been a crazy, engaging, fulfilling and occasionally frustrating 12 months. From a standing start, we have mobilised a fantastic new venue and assembled a great team across a host of different disciplines; from marketeers to head chefs, technicians to administrators, and everything in between. The G Live workforce is as varied as the venues programme of events and it makes for a fascinating place to work.
Collectively, were immensely proud of whats been achieved at the venue with an abundance of top name shows now under our belt and with some 140,000 people already through the doors.
The venues ambition to present world-class orchestras (fully exploiting one of the finest acoustics of any venue in the country), alongside top-drawer comedians, contemporary dance, family shows and conferences, is a reality after a relatively short period of trading.
- Alvin Hargreaves is venue director at G Live in Guildford. For more information on what they have coming up, visit https://glive.co.uk.