Guildford Summer Festival
Guildford Summer Festival runs from 8 June to 12 August 2018
Take a look at the 2018 Guildford Summer Festival Events here
We are thrilled to announce that this year's 35th Guildford Summer Festival is sponsored by Silent Pool Gin. Silent Pool Gin is hand-crafted in the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills. Using water from the spring-fed Silent Pool and 24 of the finest botanicals, the award-winning gin is a rich and clean juniper-driven spirit with floral layers of lavender and chamomile, grounded with the subtle sweetness of local honey. Director Ian McCulloch commented: "We are delighted to supporting such a great event in the community .
The Guildford Summer Festival brochure is now available. You can order a copy here or pick one up from Guildford Tourist Information Centre or other points around the county but if you can't wait that long- here is a preview of the 2018 brochure online
Relive the Guildford Lions Raft Race from this year's Guildford Summer Festival here: Raft Race Video
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.
Regular annual events include 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 2018. 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 months. Two events making a welcome return are the free Alice Day in the Castle Grounds on 6 August, and the Cheese and Chilli Festival on Shalford Park in July.
New events in 2018 include: those taking place in
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 with a few surprises along the way and new themed walks for 2018
As always Arts and Heritage, events are in abundance with the annual Guildford Arts exhibition at the Mill Studio, Watts Gallery, Guildford House Gallery and Guildford Museum having lots of events that ensure you have something to do on a rainy day.
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 many chances 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.
Trade and Craft Stalls
We regularly receive enquiries about trade and craft stalls at Guildford Summer Festival, however, we are not responsible for arranging any of these stalls. The Festival is not programmed centrally and we therefore cannot process bookings centrally. You must contact the organisers of the event in which you are interested directly.
Here are the details of the most commonly requested events:
Guildford Farmers' Market
Tel: 01483 444401
Weyfest - http://www.weyfest.co.uk/contact.html