August
06

Funding for FISH from High Sheriff Youth Awards

Guildford Borough Council holiday playscheme, FISH (Fun in the Summer Holidays) was awarded £2,000 by the High Sheriff Youth Awards scheme last week.

  The High Sheriff of Surrey, Mrs Bridget Biddel visited FISH at Kings College to award the scheme with the funding grant certificate. She engaged with over 150 young people aged between 10 -16 who were at FISH taking part in a variety of dif... read more

August
01

Indie Spot of the Month - Look Fabulous Forever

"At Look Fabulous Forever, we're experts in makeup and skincare for older women.  We opened our second ever shop in Guildford in the middle of May and we have since carried out over 200 makeovers using our products which are all specifically formulated for older skin, whether that's moisturising foundations or long-lasting lipstick.  It's our belief that age is no barrier to looking and feeling fabulous."

Here's what one happy customer had to say: "I had an amazing makeover with Sally at Guilford salon yesterday. She took a blank canvas and totally transformed me. I loved the end result as did my family. Thank you for making me feel... read more

July
31

University of Surrey appoints Dr Jim Glover, businessman, charity leader and recent High Sheriff of Surrey, as a Pro-Chancellor

The University of Surrey has appointed Dr Jim Glover OBE as a Pro-Chancellor of the University.

  Dr Glover has a long and distinguished career in business and enduring ties to the University and the county of Surrey. His senior business roles include top-level appointments within the Kingfisher Group – including a spell as CEO of Sup... read more

July
26

Sowing seeds with cultural collaboration

An innovative community gardening and arts project supporting five Syrian refugee families was celebrated yesterday (25 July) at Guildford House Gallery.

The project was a collaboration between a range of Guildford Borough Council services from Family Support, Community Wardens to Heritage to Arts officers. Special expertise was added by prestigious local artist with residency at the Houses of P... read more

July
25

INBETWEENERS STAR JOE THOMAS TO PERFORM AT THE YVONNE ARNAUD IN AN UNMISSABLE, RAZOR-SHARP COMEDY

WHAT’S IN A NAME
Thursday 5 – Saturday 14 September

  Adam Blanshay Productions presents the critically acclaimed Birmingham Repertory Theatre production What’s In A Name? starring Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas, which opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Thursday 5 – Saturday 14 Septembe... read more

July
25

JUVENILE CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE YVONNE ARNAUD’S SLEEPING BEAUTY

Friday 6 December – Sunday 5 January

  The juvenile ensemble cast for the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s 2019-20 traditional family pantomime Sleeping Beauty have been chosen from two local performing arts schools, following several rounds of auditions. The juvenile ensemble is m... read more

July
23

Experience Guildford announces this year’s Customer Service Awards shortlist

For the last six weeks, residents and visitors to Guildford have been voting for the businesses in the town that they feel go the extra mile in terms of providing great customer service as part of the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards.

 Now in their seventh year, the awards have become a key calendar event of the town, highlighting businesses that consistently put their customers first and covering the full retail and leisure mix. Voting closed on Friday 19th July, with wel... read more

July
22

WILDLIFE CHARMS LAUNCH AT LINKS OF LONDON

From the flowers of ancient woodlands to birds found on windswept estuaries, the delicate beauty of the British countryside is captured in Links of London’s new Wildlife Charms collection of 12 species that are native to the UK.

Each charm is brought to life using meticulous handcraftsmanship and materials chosen to replicate the nuanced colours and textures of the natural world: from the hand-applied enamel of the puffin’s iridescent plumage to the hand-etched rose ... read more

July
19

Hit the beach this August for the return of Guildford-on-Sea

Enjoy all the fun of the seaside this August as Guildford-on-Sea returns to the banks of the River Wey.

Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford's urban beach is free to enter and open daily from 10am to 6pm on 8 to 10 August 2019. Organised by Experience Guildford with support from the Electric Theatre and Guildford’s... read more

July
19

Just the ticket - plans for Guildford West station are on track

Proposals for a new railway station to serve the west of Guildford are on the right track. At this week’s Executive, councillors endorsed the detailed feasibility work that has been completed and approved the next stage of the process – the options and location for the new station, which is likely to be in Park Barn.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves, says: “This station is the perfect platform for supporting car-free travel in Guildford. It will serve a wide network of residents and businesses and will be a key move towards reducing congestion ... read more

July
18

Guildford has the most Green Flags in the South East!

Guildford’s parks and green spaces have been awarded a record 10 Green Flags this year - the most in the whole of Surrey and the South East. The flags are awarded to beautifully maintained spaces which have the highest possible environmental standards and provide an excellent visitor experience.

  Further enhancing the borough’s status as one of the best places to live and visit in the South East, a range of areas from town centre oases to traditional parks, heritage sites and nature reserves were awarded the Green Flag. Guildford ... read more

July
17

A straight flush for Guildford’s Toilets

A review by the Executive Committee found that the 17 public toilets in Guildford are well used and maintained.    

Other items discussed were the current free provision of toilets, the possible closure of the Home Farm toilet in Stoke Park, and to financially support a new Changing Places toilet. Cllr David Goodwin, Lead Councillor for Licensing, Parking, ... read more

July
17

Funding for new fleet or refuse and waste collection vehicles agreed

At its meeting on 16 July the Executive approved funding of £3.4M for a new fleet of refuse and recycling collection vehicles.

  Cllr David Goodwin, Lead Councillor for Licensing, Parking, Refuse and Recycling, says: “We need to replace our ageing fleet of vehicles with ones that are more economical and environmentally friendly. The new fleet of vehicles with a spl... read more

July
17

NEW Body Oils Collection launched at Molton Brown

NEW Body Oils Collection - Veiled in Luminosity

Molton Brown’s NEW Body Oils Collection is the indulgently nourishing natural extension of their iconic fragrances, accentuating the ultimate self-care moments synonymous with the pioneering British brand. The Body Oils veil skin in a sup... read more

July
17

easitGUILDFORD launches

Thousands of staff across Guildford are set to benefit from discounts on rail and bus travel as local businesses join easitGUILDFORD.

In a scheme which has seen Guildford Borough Council team up with easit, staff are offered not only discounts on public transport but also reductions on bikes, car hire and other easitINITIATIVES. Currently, 12 organisations have signed up, tak... read more

July
17

New playgrounds for Park Barn and Westborough a step closer

New inspiring play areas for children of all ages will be coming to Park Barn and Westborough, as plans to improve existing play spaces move forward. Councillors agreed to invest up to £320,000 in better play provision at a meeting of the Executive last night (16 July) with a focus on better quality provision for all ages.

  Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Cllr for Health and Wellbeing, the Voluntary Sector, Grants Panel, Play Strategy and Project Aspire says: "Thank you to everyone who shared their views in our initial consultation, it was great to hear from you... read more

July
17

New Holly Willoughby collection launches at M&S Guildford

Following on from the success of Holly’s four previous edits, Marks & Spencer are delighted to introduce Holly Loves.

The 15 piece collection offers a soft utility aesthetic with a feminine touch. Tonal separates and a monochrome floral print are complemented by easy-to-wear accessories; for a capsule edit that is perfect for the Summer season. Some of Holly... read more

July
16

New Russell painting and prestigious fellowship award for Guildford House Gallery

The summer exhibition ‘People and Places’ at Guildford House Gallery will be further enhanced with an addition to the collection by local artist and Royal Academician John Russell (1745-1806). As well as the new painting, curatorial assistant Gemma Haigh has been awarded a prestigious Understanding British Portraits Fellowship award enabling her to develop professional expertise in portraiture, specifically John Russell portraits.

The painting is a pastel of a little girl, ‘Louisa Halsey’. It was gifted by the Friends of Guildford House Gallery and takes the total for the gallery’s Russell collection (the largest in the world) to 37. The painting is believed to have r... read more

July
15

Surrey FA Grassroots Football Awards at The Guildford Harbour Hotel

Surrey FA will be holding their annual Grassroots Football Awards ceremony at the Guildford Harbour Hotel on 16th July. The awards will recognise clubs, leagues and individuals who have done fantastic work over the last 12 months and have made a real difference to the grassroots game in Surrey. The Surrey FA Grassroots Football Awards are an annual celebration of all that is great in the game, and a way of Surrey FA saying thank you for tireless efforts of the award winners, and other key figures in the local game. Last year’s glamorous ceremony was the first time that the event took place at the Harbour Hotel and after the success of the 2018, the awards will take place their once again.

The ceremony will be hosted by Lyndsey Hooper, BBC Sport reporter and presenter of Premier League News. She will be joined by a number of other notable figures from the professional and grassroots games who will present the awards. The line-up of ... read more

July
10

The Harley Medical Group – Guildford Clinic operating from Skinspirit

The Harley Medical Group is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic groups specialising in cosmetic surgery. As a group we are committed to the highest standards in delivering medical procedures and aftercare. The group has clinics across the UK with a dedicated strong team of nurses, surgeons and doctors along with their commitment to each and every patient is one of the groups greatest assets. Our primary goal is to look after all patients, offering the highest standards of care at all times.

  Our procedures are only performed in leading private hospitals around the country. All our clinics and the hospital that we work with are well established, Care Quality Commission (CQC) or Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) registered and audi... read more

July
10

Real Change Guildford launches to help the borough’s homeless

Residents and businesses of Guildford gathered at the Guildhall on Monday 8 July to celebrate the launch of Real Change Guildford. Working in partnership with key organisations that aim to help the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, Real Change Guildford is a community initiative that provides practical solutions to assist individuals make steps to exit their life streets.

Real Change is a fund-based scheme that uses donations generated by local businesses and the public to assist those most in need, enabling them to make positive changes to their lives. From funding a training course or a deposit for a home to p... read more

July
05

Local pub in Surrey topped ‘Best Sports Venue’ at the Ei Group Awards for Excellence

Ei Group, the UK’s largest owner and operator of community pubs, has this week announced that a local pub in Guildford, Surrey has won top accolades at its annual Awards for Excellence.

The Guildford Tup in Surrey won ‘Best Sports Venue’ for its state-of-the-art vision and sound facilities, including three Sky Boxes and eight plasma TVs in order to show different games at the same time, whilst creating a warm, friendly, an... read more

July
03

COSY CLUB GUILDFORD LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO COMBAT LONELINESS

• ‘Free Teas For Those In Need’ will launch on Wednesday 3rd July in partnership with Independent Age
• Over 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – often feel lonely*
• 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible**

Cosy Club Guildford has launched an initiative that aims to combat loneliness in people across the UK in a partnership with charity Independent Age. Free Teas For Those In Need will be taking place at 10-11am each Wednesday in the restauran... read more

July
03

Guildford-on-Sea is back this August with additional Sundown Session fun

Enjoy all the fun of the seaside this August as Guildford-on-Sea returns to the banks of the River Wey.

Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford's urban beach is free to enter and open daily from 10am to 6pm 8 to 10 August 2019. Organised by Experience Guildford with support from the Electric Theatre and Guildford’s Ac... read more

July
01

Indie Spot of the Month - Baden Bathrooms

“Baden Bathrooms is a friendly family run bathroom showroom based on Park Street that opened in early Feb 2019 having been established for 4 years before we relocated to Guildford.  We have more than 25 years’ experience in bathroom installations.   We showcase an array of stunning bathroom collections in our beautiful quirky listed building of more than 400 hundred years old from modern, contemporary through to traditional pieces.  We offer supply only or a fully project managed full installation including tiling, flooring, lighting and any structural alterations that may be needed.”
 

Website: www.badenbathrooms.co.uk... read more

July
01

URBAN BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT AT GUILDFORD-ON-SEA SUNDOWN SESSIONS

We are pleased to announce that we are bringing volleyball back to Guildford-on-Sea Sundown Sessions on Thursday 8th August!

  Raising money for Headway Surrey, we will be running a tournament for local businesses throughout the evening (7.00pm – 9.30pm). We are looking to recruit 8 mixed teams of 4 (2 x male, 2 x female players) to play 10 minute knock-ou... read more

June
25

THE KEEP-WHAT’S ON JULY 2019

What's on this July at The Keep....

Sunday 30th June– Launch of Guildford Fringe Free Fringe Weekend = The Pilgrim Morris Men in residence! Sunday Lunch served from 2 pm – 5 pm Monday 1st July – 1000 Monkeys Poetry Open Mic  Main Bar from 6pm – All Welcome ... read more

June
25

Your chance to enter Guildford's Innovation Awards 2019

If your business is based in Guildford and breaking new ground in its industry, we want to hear from you. Now in its third year Guildford’s Innovation Awards 2019 supported by Kyan, has nine categories celebrating a spectrum of sectors from healthcare and technology to sustainability.

  The annual industry awards serve as a forerunner to our free science, technology, engineering, maths and arts festival ‘Innovate Guildford’ for families held annually at GLive. The awards are open to individuals, social enterprises and ... read more

June
24

Summertime celebrated at Guildford in Bloom School Gardening Awards 2019

Schools are not quite out but there was definitely a buzz at the Guildford in Bloom Schools Gardening Competition awards at Clandon Park Garden Centre this week. Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Richard Billington presented the children with their certificates and winners were treated to a talk from a bee keeper and a potting workshop.

More schools than ever took part in this year's competition themed ‘The Colours of Summer’. Children cultivated an array of enchanting gardens with a subtle mix of interpretation on the theme, including 'summer' spelled out in plan... read more

June
24

Guildford celebrates Armed Forces Day with special flag raising ceremony

Guildford honoured Britain’s Armed Forces Day today by hosting a special Flag raising ceremony at the Guildhall in the High Street.

Colonel Patrick Crowley, Deputy Colonel The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment joined the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Richard Billington, a local veteran and Chelsea Pensioner and RGS Cadet Alex Norris on the balcony of the Guildhall as the Arme... read more

June
21

A new collection of artwork by Billy Connolly will be unveiled at a Guildford gallery this week.

The fourth instalment of the Born On A Rainy Day series will be available to view at Castle Fine Art on Guildford High Street from Friday 21st June, as well as on www.castlefineart.com. It comprises a selection of six limited edition prints signed by the award-winning actor, comedian and musician.
Born On A Rainy Day was given its title after Billy was in Montreal on a very cold, rainy day. He bought some pens and a sketchbook and began to draw. Initially drawing desert islands, he soon began to repeat and experiment, eventually refining his ideas.
 

Billy’s initial ink drawings, released in 2012, received critical acclaim and were highly sought after by his fans and collectors. He released a second instalment a year later, demonstrating a developed style and experimentation with composition... read more

June
20

THE YVONNE ARNAUD YOUTH THEATRE HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY WITH PERFORMACE AT PILGRIM WOOD RESIDENTIAL HOME

Members of the of the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre’s production group Act 3 performed at the Pilgrim Wood Residential & Dementia Care Home on Tuesday 18 June 2019. The company, comprised of eight to 13 year-olds, performed a devised piece of theatre entitled Community Matters, which was based on what community means to them, the role the Youth Theatre plays in the community and historical local community stories.

Pilgrim Wood Residential & Dementia Care Home is a 35-bed care home, specialising in elderly care including those suffering with dementia, located in Sandy Lane, Guildford. Head of Activities, Sharon Mitchell, said “it’s really lovely and impo... read more

June
19

Surrey student advises GBC on efficacy of CCTV and crime prevention

University of Surrey student Jon Allen has played an instrumental role in Guildford Borough Council’s (GBC) recent review of the provision of closed-circuit television (CCTV) and its impact on situational crime prevention across the Borough.

Jon, a third-year student from the Department of Sociology, has compiled a comprehensive research report for GBC which will be used to inform decision-making for the local community and help to shape the future of community safety in the Boroug... read more

June
18

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2019 celebrates sport for all

Young people from across the borough enjoyed representing Team Guildford at the 23rd Specsavers Surrey Youth Games hosted at Surrey Sports Park, over the weekend. Over 1,600 young people from across the county came together for the festival weekend, which aims to celebrate their achievements and provide a positive experience of sports and physical activity.

The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games delivers accessible, inclusive, and fun opportunities for young people to increase their activity levels, try new experiences, and enjoy participating in sports and physical activity. In the lead up to the Gam... read more

June
17

Council welcomes seminar on Planning for Climate Change

The Council are pleased to welcome the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) to their Millmead offices to hold a seminar on Planning for Climate Change.

Caroline Reeves, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, said: “Climate change is a top priority for us and I am glad that we have had the opportunity to work with the TCPA to offer this important seminar to local authority staff and elected member... read more

June
17

Celebrating Guildford’s Best Bar None winners

The night time glitterati of Guildford's pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants all got together at the Electric Theatre earlier this month to crown our town’s Best Bar None winners.

For those not too familiar with the awards, here’s a little run-down. The Best Bar None awards scheme operates right across the UK and is designed to reward and acknowledge those venues that consistently go the extra mile to safeguard cus... read more

June
17

Guildford Fringe FREE Events!

We say it all the time, the arts should be accessible to everyone to enjoy. And with this in mind please have a breeze through all the events that are happening at Guildford Fringe Festival that will cost you absolutely NOTHING!

Click here to find the FREE events!... read more

June
14

Draft Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document

We are consulting on the new draft Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The document is not creating new policy but will be supplementing Policy S3: Delivery of development and regeneration within Guildford town centre in the adopted Guildford borough Local Plan: Strategy and Sites. The SPD sets out a list of 15 viewp... read more

June
14

Acts of Blooming Kindness from Guildford in Bloom and still time to enter

Capturing the power of flowers we gave a special Guildford in Bloom twist to the well-known altruistic gesture of ‘a random act of kindness’. This year we collaborated with Halow Project students to create ‘Acts of Blooming Kindness’ to further promote our popular annual gardening competition, now in it's 38th year. Entries for 2019 close on Sunday 17 June.

With support and enthusiasm from Project Aspire and Mayor of Guildford Cllr Richard Billington, last month we potted up and gave away (in acts of ‘blooming’ kindness) 150 geranium plants to local residents in Park Barn, Onslow Village, Bellfie... read more

June
14

X Factor finalist to star in Guildford panto

We are excited to announce X Factor Finalist, Holly Tandy will be starring as Sleeping Beauty in Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s 2019 pantomime (Fri 6 Dec – Sun 5 Jan). Oh yes she is!
Holly will be appearing alongside Guildford’s favourite Kit Hesketh-Harvey as the Bad Fairy Carabosse, Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon as Nanny Fanny and everyone’s favourite Brummie Jamie Brook as Muddles.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Director and Director of Sleeping Beauty, Joanna Read said: “We are delighted that Holly Tandy will be joining the team here at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this year, playing Sleeping Beauty alongside our well-established pantomime favourites. Our annual pantomimes are produced in-house and we are looking to extend our home produced work this year. Further details will be announced later in the year.”
When Evil Fairy, Carabosse doesn’t receive an invite to Princess Aurora’s christening, she casts a curse on her.
Can the Good Fairy and Muddles protect Aurora? Will the Prince save the day?
With award-winning choreography, fabulous sets, sparkling costumes, magical illusions and enough laughter to wake up even the sleepiest of princesses, this year’s Sleeping Beauty is a must-see for all the family.

Sleeping Beauty is an Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production. Directed by Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s Director, Joanna Read, written by Jamie Smith, choreographed by award-winning Katie Beard, costumes designed by Jamie Attle, lighting by John Harris and ... read more

June
13

Jacks of London named top male grooming salon

Top barber group, Jacks of London, has been named Male Grooming Salon of the Year by Salon Business magazine, considered the ultimate business magazine in the hairdressing industry. The win comes just days after the group, which celebrates 25 years in business this year, announced a new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK that will involve extensive awareness-building and fundraising.

‘We work tirelessly to keep Jacks of London at the top of its game, investing in our people and our salons so our clients get the best service possible, and it’s fantastic to have that recognised in major industry awards such the Salon Busi... read more

June
12

An exciting event for any casual or serious fans of scotch, bourbon, whiskey or cocktails.

The Whiskey Affair continues it’s nationwide tour by coming to G Live, Guildford on 6th July.

Coming on the back of their hugely successful London, Winchester and Brighton events, it’s a lively and fun night out for any fans of whiskey where they can discover new brands and blends. With the event split into four sections - scotch, bourbo... read more

June
11

Guildford.Games Festival releases first details of its programme

Today, members of the Guildford games community, supported by Guildford Borough Council, the UK games trade body Ukie, The University of Surrey, and Enterprise M3 LEP, released the first programme highlights for the inaugural Guildford.Games Festival - a major new consumer, cultural, and business event taking place from 28th - 29th June 2019.

  • The two day long festival is designed for the general public, media, and international games businesses to learn about and celebrate Guildford’s globally significant games industry. • Key highlights of the programme will include i... read more

June
10

Jacks marks 25 years in business with year-long support for Prostate Cancer UK

Jacks of London is celebrating 25 years in business by giving the 5-star treatment to staff from Prostate Cancer UK during Men’s Health Week, [10-16 June] and after, until the end of the month. The move marks the beginning of a year-long partnership between Jacks of London and Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and funds for a disease that kills more men than breast cancer does women.

‘It’s a great way to start the relationship,’ said Emma Lee, Marketing Manager of the south east-based barber with stores in Guildford and Camberley,   ‘Getting those involved with the charity into the barber chairs at our stores is t... read more

June
10

Bringing history to life: Guildford Museum out and about this summer

Connecting the past with the present and bringing history to life, Guildford Museum is out and about this summer, with lots of exciting free events around the borough.

Lead Councillor for Leisure, Heritage and Tourism, Cllr James Steel, says: “We’re taking our museum out and about over the next few months linking the past with the present and bringing history to life. From creative fun in the Castle Groun... read more

June
07

LOCAL DRAMA SCHOOL, PPA BRING HIT BROADWAY LOVE STORY TO THE YVONNE ARNAUD

The Pajama Game Tuesday 11 -Saturday 15 June 2019 After last summer’s rip-roaring hit The Producers, PPA return to the Yvonne Arnaud stage with the classic Broadway musical The Pajama Game, from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 June,  A union strike at Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory generates plenty of steam and heat in this toe-tapping comedic love story, as Babe Williams, the workers’ union rep is wooed by the strong-minded factory superintendent Sid Sorokin.

Based on the novel 7½ Cents written by Richard Bissell, the original production of The Pajama Game ran on Broadway for an amazing 1063 performances and won Best Musical at the 1955 Tony Awards. Guildford’s very own PPA are ready to impress ... read more

June
07

Guildford crowns the town's Best Bar None winners

Guildford's pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants celebrated at the Electric Theatre on Wednesday 5 June as the town's Best Bar None award winners were announced following the sixth year of judging.

Delivered by Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, in partnership with Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Fire & Rescue and Guildford Pubwatch, the nationally acclaimed awards celebrate best practice amongst th... read more

June
07

Guildford Fringe News!

As Guildford Fringe Festival 2019 creeps up (we open on 28 June!!) we thought we would highlight some of the theatre events going on during the month! Click here to see some of the theatre events for week one 28 June - 7 July 2019

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June
07

Guildford Philanthropy celebrates five years and £500,000 of fundraising

Guildford Philanthropy celebrated its fifth year recently with an event at Guildford Castle.

Set up by Guildford Borough Council, Guildford Philanthropy encourages local giving to tackle local need, and supports projects that deliver training opportunities, work experience, jobs and other benefits to local people who need help. The ai... read more

June
06

Food poverty a growing issue across the borough

The real impact of food poverty and insecurity across the borough has been revealed following a wide-ranging analysis by the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Working with local experts, the study found that food poverty exists in both urban and rural settings and is influenced by a number of factors including changes to the benefits system and the rising cost of housing. It also found that more and more working families are being affected by food poverty, often facing a stark choice between paying bills and buying food for their children. Figures show that 14.6% of the borough's children live in poverty and in three neighbourhoods in the borough this figure rises to a third of all children.

Cllr Angela Goodwin, Lead Cllr for Housing (social and affordable), Homelessness, Access and Disability and Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee task and finish group which examined this issue says: "It may shock some people that in s... read more

June
06

Indie Spot of the Month - Carbon Blush!

Carbon Blush is a 5* aesthetics, beauty, health and well-being clinic that opened in November 2017 on the Upper High Street.  Having been established for 6 years, Carbon Blush has had clinics in Ottershaw, Cobham and Harley Street.  Carbon Blush has an award winning team of experts, specialising in advanced aesthetic skin treatments, laser hair removal, non-surgical fat reduction, clinical skincare, eyelash extensions, eyebrow microblading, facials, massage and therapies including counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, Reiki and nutritional therapy. Daniella Celine (founder) quotes: “Carbon Blush provides a unique service within the health and beauty industry, we provide an entire holistic service based around skincare, beauty, physical health and overall well-being.”

... read more

June
04

CULTURES COLLIDE IN AWARD-WINNING COMEDY

STONES IN HIS POCKETS
Monday 24 – Saturday 29 June

  Critically-acclaimed comedy director, Lindsay Posner brings the thought-provoking and hysterically funny Stones in his Pockets to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June. A small village in rural Ireland is turned u... read more

June
04

KICK IN THE HEAD PRODUCTIONS RETURN TO THE MILL STUDIO WITH WARMTH, WIT AND HUMOUR

CHOICE GRENFELL
29 June 2019

  A 40th anniversary tribute to the great, unremittingly genteel, comedienne and monologist, Joyce Grenfell will be showing in Choice Grenfell in the Mill Studio at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Saturday 29 June. A wonderful tribute featur... read more

June
04

LANDSCAPE ARTIST TO UNVEIL NEW COLLECTION IN GUILDFORD CELEBRATING 20 YEAR CAREER

Popular contemporary painter, Lawrence Coulson, will appear at a Guildford gallery next weekend to unveil his latest collection, Celebration, marking 20 years of his career as an artist.

  Coulson will be at Castle Fine Art on High Street on Saturday 15th June from 1pm until 3pm, when local art fans will have the opportunity to be among the first to see the new collection. Known for his eye for detail and use of light and... read more

June
04

Brownfield land unlocked for sustainable affordable housing

Plans to regenerate 41 hectares of brownfield land at Slyfield for new homes – 40% of which will be affordable housing - have reached a significant milestone. Guildford Borough Council and Thames Water have signed an agreement to relocate the current waste water treatment works in order to develop a sustainable and innovative riverside urban community.

Senior representatives from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Council, Thames Water, University of Surrey, Enterprise M3 LEP, Homes England and suppliers, were invited to the site to mark the occasion which will see br... read more

June
04

Voting for the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards launches Friday 7th June!

Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, is calling for individuals to vote for the businesses they think offer outstanding customer service in the annual Customer Service Awards.

  Covering the full mix of retail and leisure businesses operating in the town, from beauty salons to burger joints, venues to clothing stores, the awards, now in their seventh year, offer a great opportunity for the general public to sing th... read more

June
03

POLITICAL PERFORMANCE POETRY SHOW COMES TO THE MILL STUDIO

A SELF HELP GUIDE TO BEING IN LOVE WITH JEREMY CORBYN
27 June 2019

The hard hitting, intelligent, Performance Poetry show about Labour, Tories and the division of the left, A Self Help Guide to Being in Love with Jeremy Corbyn, comes to the Mill Studio at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Thursday 27 June. When... read more

May
31

Guildford Fringe Countdown Is On!

It's the final countdown! The 7th Guildford Fringe Festival is just 30 days away!! There is far too much going on to mention in one email but click on the poster below to see all the events that we have  throughout July. It is, without doubt, our best lineup yet! Please pop in and see us and, if you have any questions, this is the place to get them answered... and to book your tickets!  

News of our BOX OFFICE for this year... From 24 June we will be moving into The Star Inn (on Quarry Street) where we will be setting up a pop-up box office which will run 7 days a week, 11-4pm (Sundays, 12-4). We also have the online and phone... read more

May
28

ONE GREAT DAY ‘FUN RAISING’ EVENT AT TUNSGATE QUARTER!

What: One Great Day at Tunsgate Quarter
When: Saturday 1st June, 11am – 3pm
Where: Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford
Price: Free

  On Saturday 1st June, Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford will be joining hundreds of shopping centres across the country by hosting a day of exciting activities for children, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Guildford Young Carer... read more

May
22

Artist Studio space available at The Boileroom, Guildford

Artist Studio space available at The Boileroom, Guildford - Available from 1st August 2019

Boileroom have a studio space available from 1st August in their gorgeous garden; ideal for a solo artist, creative start-up, or shared work/artist space. The rent includes 200mb business fibre broadband, business rates and council tax and ... read more

May
21

THE YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE CELEBRATES ITS 54TH BIRTHDAY WITH DAME PENELOPE KEITH

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre celebrates its 54th birthday with Dame Penelope Keith.

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre opened its doors on 2 June 1965, as a proud memorial to the much-loved French actress, Yvonne Arnaud (December 1890 – September 1958), who made her home in Effingham Common. Surrey resident, Dame Penelope Keith w... read more

May
20

New Council Leader and Executive confirmed

A new Council Leader and Executive are now in place for Guildford Borough Council. The new Council Leader is Cllr Caroline Reeves and the Deputy Leader is Cllr Fiona White.

  The Leader is responsible for appointing the lead councillors and determining their areas of responsibility. Together they form the Executive, listed below. Cllr Caroline Reeves, Council Leader: Sustainable Transport, Transformation and... read more

May
17

COLLECTION OF SIGNED LIMITED-EDITION BOB DYLAN GRAPHICS TO BE UNVEILED IN GUILDFORD

A new collection of 12 limited edition graphics by Bob Dylan will be unveiled at a Guildford gallery today (Friday 17th May).

  The latest release of The Beaten Path will be released at Castle Fine Art on High Street and on www.castlefineart.com. Capturing some of Dylan’s most pivotal images to date, the collection invites the viewer to accompany the artist on his... read more

May
15

The Friary Guildford is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week – 13th – 19th May 2019 This year’s Mental Health Awareness theme, as decided by the Mental Health Foundation, is how people think and feel about their bodies. During the week, the foundation will be releasing new research detailing some of the reasons why body image can impact the way people feel. They will also be campaigning for change and publishing practical tools. Recent YMCA Research also reveals that 34% of teenage boys and 49% of teenage girls had been on a diet in an effort to change their body shape. An issue that was previously seen as one primarily affecting girls has now been shown to be a problem for both genders.

A growing preoccupation with body image is a recurring theme of the digital age. Some claim that the popularity of selfies and posting photos onto social media has created a generation obsessed with their looks. With this in mind, The Friary G... read more

May
15

Peddle Power generates a record breaking £90k to support young people with a learning disability

The halow250 #SuperEight came to a triumphant end on Sunday 5 May 2019 as 130 cyclists completed the annual cycle challenge to raise a record breaking £90,000 for the halow project.

This was the 8th year that the halow250 has raised funds for halow project. Organised by George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment, this year saw riders push themselves to the limits by covering 250 miles in just 40 hours across three da... read more

May
15

Residents come together at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for Local Community and History Month (1-31 May).

Set in the heart of Guildford, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is a regional theatre, presenting and producing excellent, vibrant drama. A thriving cultural hub and an artistic resource, Yvonne Arnaud acts as a meeting point for formal and informal gatherings in its cafe and offers spaces for hire for corporate meetings and private parties.

One group who regularly meet at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre are the young people who attend the various classes within the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre, who meet Monday to Wednesday (except bank holidays), on Saturdays and also Sundays for people with le... read more

May
13

Get Prom Ready in Guildford!

Get polished, primed and fully prepared for the biggest night of the year… school proms party, here we come!
 

It’s been a long time coming, but the end of school for many is now within touching distance… if it wasn’t for those exams to get through in between. But whoever let a few exams get in the way of planning a blow-out celebration? Proms pa... read more

May
13

Fuel your imagination as Surrey’s creative writing experts bring literary festival to Guildford

Are you exploring life as a writer? Would you like to hear new work and advice from professional writers? Courtesy of the University of Surrey’s creative writing team, the annual Surrey New Writers Festival returns to G Live on Saturday 8 June promising to inspire and fuel the imagination of budding writers.

  For practical advice on how to secure an agent, pre-book for the Masterclass with Beth Miller: Submitting Your Work to Agents for her unique insight into the literary world. Hear from a spectrum of artistic voices when industry experts ... read more

May
09

What's on at The Keep - May/June 2019

There's lots on at The Keep over the coming month!

Thursday 9th May – CANTERBURY CARE TRUST – Charity Quiz Quiz with Food + Raffle - All proceeds to Charity Tuesday 14th May– “THE LITTLE UNSAID” + SUPPORT Promoted Live Music from 7 pm- Tickets £12 via Spotify Friday 17th ... read more

May
08

Pitch perfect programme of events from Guildford International Music Festival this May

Whether you enjoy soulful jazz, acapella harmonies, rhythmic beats or cheerful pop, the month of May is all about the music as the University of Surrey launches Guildford International Music Festival 2019.

Expect impressive classical recitals, experimental electronica and specialist instrument days, as well as an admission-free family fun weekend with a musical theme. Everyone is welcome as students and guest performers unite to present an exciti... read more

May
07

Good deeds and community spirit celebrated

Local residents who make a real difference in their community have been recognised and celebrated at a special ceremony. The Mayor’s Award for Service to the Community took place at the County Club recently to celebrate the contribution of local people who were nominated by residents in the borough.

  The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, says: “Everyone receiving an award has been nominated by residents whose lives have been touched by their kindness, generosity of spirit and endless enthusiasm. Volunteering – for the people, b... read more

May
03

Music for Medellin at The Boileroom

The Boileroom are hosting a Musical Amnesty 6th-8th June, and are looking for unwanted musical studio equipment and instruments to create a new studio to help disadvantaged young people in Medellin, Colombia.

‘If it wasn’t for hip hop I would be dead and for that I will also be grateful’ MC Lupa, Sociedad FB7 Use your unwanted musical studio equipment and instruments to help build a brighter future for the young people of Medellin, Colombi... read more

May
03

Final results for all 22 Guildford Borough wards now online

We have been publishing the results for each ward as they were declared throughout the day. The results for all 22 wards for the Guildford Borough Council election are now on our website.

We have been publishing the results for each ward as they were declared throughout the day. The results for all 22 wards for the Guildford Borough Council election are now on our website. The final composition of the Council is: Conservati... read more

May
01

IKEA’s sustainable living guru to deliver Surrey’s 6th Roland Clift Lecture

Joanna Yarrow, one of the leaders of IKEA’s ambitious initiative to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live within the planet’s limits, will be giving this year’s Roland Clift Lecture at the University of Surrey on Wednesday 15 May, 6.30pm until 8pm.

Joanna Yarrow, IKEA’s Head of Sustainable and Healthy Living, will present and discuss the core ambition of IKEA’s People and Planet Positive sustainability strategy and how the world-renowned company will achieve this goal by 2030 – in l... read more

May
01

Indie Spot of the Month - Eastgate Dental Clinic

Since opening its doors for business in December 2018, Eastgate Dental Clinic has had a 100% new patient conversion rate, with almost 9 out of 10 patients volunteering to recommend this clinic to family and friends.
Eastgate Dental Clinic offers a comprehensive range of dental treatments for children, the elderly and the whole family. The practice also offers facial aesthetics – wrinkle correction treatment and dermal fillers.
 

Eastgate Dental Clinic is tucked away behind the High Street, looking onto the Upper High Street Car Park, so easy to get to during your lunchbreak or after work. You could even combine a visit with a shopping trip! The practice is fully equipped ... read more

May
01

NEW Geranium Nefertum Collection Launches at Molton Brown

Androgynous. Unconventional. Mystifying.

Molton Brown’s NEW Geranium Nefertum Collection is their most unconventional fragrance yet. The fragrance is a fresh interpretation of chypre green – It takes the classic structure and puts an abstract spin on it in a bold, multi-faceted gu... read more

April
29

Coffee Culture Lead Way for Greener Guildford

At Coffee Culture we’re proud to be leading the way by using fully recyclable take away cups. We teamed up with one of the industry’s leading manufacturers and are now proud to only use “reCup’s”.

  The reCup uses a revolutionary interior lining called EarthCoating rather than traditional PE or PLA . This coating is made using a blend of Calcium Carbonate which fragments away from the paperboard into small particles which can be easily... read more

April
29

Guildford International Concert Season 2019/2020 Booking Opens on Mon 29 April, 10am

Welcome to our grandest and most opulent international orchestral series yet.  We’re delighted to present seven concerts featuring some of the greatest symphonic music ever composed.

We’re fortunate enough to have two of the greatest of all Russian orchestras, the Moscow Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony, performing some of the great masterpieces of Russian music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Rachmaninov.... read more

April
24

Men in Sheds opens its doors to new members!

Men in Sheds, located at Japonica Court in Ash, has opened its doors for two extra days, and Age UK Surrey is looking for new participants.

In an effort to combat isolation and loneliness, the community-based project brings older men together in a safe, informal and friendly environment to learn and practise DIY and woodworking skills. The well-equipped workshop includes hand tools, portable power tools and small machines.  

Men in Sheds opened in 2014, and has been operating on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is now also open on Thursdays and Fridays. The shed welcomes participants regardless of entry skill level as everyone can take part in the joint projects and learn ... read more

April
18

halow young people step into the saddle for a super static 250 mile cycling challenge

Join the halow project’s  young people outside Waitrose in Guildford as they attempt to cycle 250 miles and partner with halow’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the halow250 bike ride.

  The young people will be attempting to mirror the long-standing halow250 bike ride, which covers 250 miles from London to France in just 48 hours, led by the charity’s patron, Damon Hill OBE. The super static bike ride will take place... read more

April
18

Get on your feet for Healthy Guildford Day

Knees up, knees up… this is your final call to get signed up for some of the events and activities that are taking place throughout the town for Healthy Guildford Day so you can be on your way to a healthier you!

Taking place on Friday 26th April, Healthy Guildford Day is a collaboration between Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford in support of ‘On Your Feet Britain’, a national campaign that aims to encourage people to #SitLess and #... read more

April
12

Immersive art installation combines design and technology to explore mental health awareness

Creativity and technology combine to present Blackout; a unique opportunity to experience what it is like to live with Bipolar II Disorder – once known as manic depression – through a powerful interactive art installation.

  Sponsored by Robe, from Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 May Guildford School of Acting (GSA) present this mental health awareness project in the Bellairs Theatre at the University of Surrey. GSA lighting tutor Mig Burgess, the creator and prod... read more

April
09

GSA graduate wins coveted Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical

On Sunday 7 April the Royal Albert Hall played host to the theatre industry’s most iconic celebration, which saw Guildford School of Acting (GSA) graduate Kobna Holdbrook-Smith win a coveted Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his West End role as Ike Turner in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.

Kobna graduated in 2000 after studying musical theatre at GSA. Since then he has accumulated an impressive array of high-profile theatre credits, most recently playing Laertes in Hamlet alongside Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican. His ma... read more

April
08

ORBS COLLECTION AT LINKS OF LONDON

Links of London’s new Orbs collection – shot on model Elfie Reigate by Laura Coulson against the ironwork structures of Kew Gardens – is an industrial and graphic take on renaissance; a directional reimagining of the freshwater pearl.    

Elfie, daughter of supermodel and nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson, has an ethereal yet self-possessed presence that’s in tune with how the Orbs pearls reflect and enhance women’s inherent strength. Luminous freshwater pearl orbs are set ... read more

April
03

Town Centre's New Play Garden is officially open!

Local families celebrated the opening of our wonderful new play park at Westnye Gardens, just off the River Wey near the High Street on Saturday 30 March. It was designed by Surrey-based RHS Gold Medal winners Davies White Ltd, with help from local residents.

  Guildford Mayor, Councillor Mike Parsons stood on the new wobbly bridge with officers declaring the gardens officially open at 12.30pm. During the day over 800 adults and children visited. The Council’s Parks and Leisure Team, Playrangers... read more

April
02

Indie Spot of the Month - Growlers & Cans

Guildford’s first craft beer tap room and bottle shop opened just over a month ago and is already proving a popular place for craft beer fans and those seeking an intimate and friendly drinking spot.

Growlers & Cans has six rotating taps of craft beer with more on its shelves and in its fridges. If craft beer isn’t your thing, the shop also boasts an impressive artisan gin collection and also sells wine and fizz. Local couple Charlie ... read more

March
29

Guildford in Bloom Competition blasts off for 2019

Guildford in Bloom, the borough's favourite horticultural celebration is open for entries. The free competition is open to everyone, of all ages, living and working in Guildford and closes on 16 June. This year we showcase a lunar theme to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing and launch a new category: ‘Best Site for Nature Conservation’.

The annual initiative brings together community groups, businesses, schools and residents to promote creative plant cultivation to naturally enhance the borough. Now in its 38th year, it champions health, well-being and collaboration while blen... read more

March
29

New Local Plan – Planning Inspector’s final report published

The government’s Planning Inspector has now produced his final report and recommendations and submitted them to the Council. This marks the end of his independent examination of our submitted Local Plan.

The final schedule of main modifications accompanying the Inspector’s report contains only those main modifications recommended by him to make the submission plan sound, legally compliant and capable of adoption. Several main modifications c... read more

March
28

GSA give 186 SEND guests Shrek-tacular musical experience

Today Guildford School of Acting (GSA) welcomed 186 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) guests to the University of Surrey to participate in a dynamic Shrek-themed singing workshop before attending a performance of Shrek the Musical by GSA final year musical theatre students.

This collaboration between GSA and Surrey Arts SEND Department united individuals from a range of Surrey schools, local community choirs and singing groups, aged between 9 and 70 years old. The upbeat workshop saw SEND visitors work in grou... read more

March
27

The Friary Guildford names ‘the halow project’ its Charity of the Year

The Friary Guildford is proud to announce that ‘the halow project’, a Guildford-based charity, has been selected as the Centre’s Charity of the Year! To kick off their support, The Friary Guildford has donated £500 to the charity.

The ‘halow project’ provides opportunities and support for young people aged 16-35, with a learning disability, to access social activities, community-based learning and work life experiences in Guildford and the surrounding areas. The part... read more

March
26

Guildford celebrates local residents awarded with national honours

Local residents and voluntary organisations who received national honours in the past 12 months were celebrated at a special reception organised by the Council.

The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Parsons, thanked members of the local community at the reception on Thursday (21 March), for their contribution to the borough and national life. National honours recognise and acknowledge the significan... read more

March
21

Get on your feet and on the high street for Healthy Guildford Day

Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat, have a simple health check, or find out more about how you can take small steps to make your life a whole lot healthier, then attending Guildford’s new ‘Healthy Day’ should be on your agenda. Taking place on Friday 26th April, Healthy Guildford Day is a collaboration between Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford in support of ‘On Your Feet Britain’, a national campaign that aims to encourage people to #SitLess and #MoveMore by participating in a variety of fun and simple activities.
 

  There are heaps of events and activities to get involved with for Healthy Guildford Day taking place throughout the town. From outdoor exercise sessions in the castle grounds led by Turnfit, a range of free taster classes at Paola’s Body ... read more

March
21

Notice of local elections - Thursday 2 May 2019

Elections for local borough councillors in all Guildford Borough Council wards will take place on Thursday 2 May. Any elections for contested parishes will also take place on the same day.

Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday 2 May. If you aren’t already registered to vote, please do this as soon as you can. It takes just five minutes to do it online before the 12 April deadline to vote in these elec... read more

March
20

Replacement of Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre

The Executive agreed to invest in a detailed business case into building a new facility to replace Guildford Spectrum at their meeting on 19 March. Guildford Spectrum is a popular venue used by local residents, sports clubs and regional visitors – with around 1.7 million visits each year.

However, the building has had issues since first built and changing times and customer demands means the site needs to be assessed to establish between two options for the future – whether to build a new replacement facility or refurbish the cur... read more

March
20

Spring into a new sense of home style!

A new season always signals a new sense of style, and when it comes to home improvements, Guildford is full of businesses offering great ideas and inspiration. Whether you’re looking to update your bathroom, refurbish your kitchen or just add a few more stylish softer touches to your home, then our round up of the best spring home improvement stores is just the ticket.

Aston Matthews 14-18 Chertsey Street Guildford GU1 4HD 07581 221 771 www.astonmatthews.co.uk Create a sanctuary of your own and enlist the time-honoured services of specialist bathroom retailer, Aston Matthews. Bathroom experts si... read more

March
14

New sustainable travel network for Guildford

Businesses and organisations across Guildford can secure travel discounts for their staff thanks to a new network launched by the Council as part of its air quality strategy action plan.

Working with the easitNETWORK - easitGUILDFORD will offer discounts on train and bus travel, as well as reductions on other initiatives. The aim is to make public transport and cycling realistic alternatives for commuters – and the discounts... read more

March
14

Helping Guildford Shakespeare Company find a new home

We support a wide range of arts, heritage and cultural organisations across our borough, including the Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC).

Cllr Nigel Manning, Lead Councillor for Finance and Asset Management, says: “We recognise Guildford Shakespeare Company’s tremendous value and contribution in helping make our borough a great place to live, work and visit. We provide both prac... read more

March
13

Chantry Wood campsite to remain open

The Council’s Executive have agreed that Chantry Wood campsite in the Surrey Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) will remain open for use by the public. A non-exclusive licence for a new forest school facility on the site may be granted in future with continued shared use for camping and use by community groups and families at weekends and in holiday periods, subject to further discussions with the local community over the next 12 months. The Executive will make a final decision on the site's use once a further report is brought forward for consideration.

The decision was taken at a special meeting of the Executive last night (7 March) following a consultation with local residents and groups. Cllr David Bilbe, Lead Cllr for Enterprise and Economic Development comments: “We consulted with loca... read more

March
13

New museum – next steps towards a destination to showcase and celebrate innovation, creativity and place

The Executive will consider the latest progress and next stage in transforming our museum into a major focal point for heritage and the arts at its next meeting on 19 March.

Lead Councillor for Skills, Arts and Tourism, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith says: “We aim to create a new attraction and cultural destination, based around an exciting and modern offer, which opens up the Castle Grounds and showcases our borough’s t... read more

March
13

Science and art come alive at Innovate Guildford on 23 March

Our fantastic science and arts festival, Innovate Guildford is back for its 4th year on Saturday 23 March at G Live. Building on the success of previous events, this year’s Innovate promises to be the best yet!

With exhibitors from across the local area, Innovate Guildford will inspire and delight people of all ages. There’s plenty for the kids to do and best of all the event is completely free. Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council says: "... read more

March
11

Slyfield's Regeneration Progresses

Plans to relocate the sewage treatment works at Slyfield Industrial Estate, another step to significantly regenerating the area, were progressed by the Executive last week (7 March).

The decision follows works starting to build a new internal road to enable the relocation and ease traffic congestion in and around the estate. Balfour Beatty have been appointed as the construction team and expect to complete the road by early 20... read more

March
07

Registration is open for Team Guildford's free taster sessions

Last night, local Olympian Liam Heath MBE and 30 young people nominated to be Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Young Ambassadors, came together to celebrate a new programme of free sessions aimed at giving young people the chance to try a variety of sports and physical activities in Guildford.

  The Young Ambassadors, who represented Team Guildford in the 2018 Games, heard how they could help promote the free local pre-Games taster sessions to pupils in their schools. Wey Kayak Club’s Olympic Sprint Canoeist Champion, Liam He... read more

March
07

What's on at The Keep - March 2019

There's lots on at The Keep this month! 

Thursday 7th March – World’s Biggest Pub Quiz – Charity Event In aid of C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal – Curry & Rice / Quiz & Raffle @ £7.00 per person - All proceeds to Charity Friday 15th March– The Guildford Whisky Club – Tasting ... read more

March
05

New Product Launch at Molton Brown

NEW Suede Orris Collection. Ethereal. Powdered. Sensuous.

Molton Brown’s new Suede Orris Collection is a modern, sensorial experience. The deeply caressing fragrance opens with fresh mandarin to a heart of powdery Tuscan orris and classic rose and jasmine threads, underlined with creamy cedarwood an... read more

March
05

Listening to feedback on future for Chantry Wood Campsite

{C}Following the provisional decision made by the Executive on 8 January, we have completed the local consultation and listened to a number of representations on the future option of a forest school at Chantry Wood Campsite. The feedback will be considered at a special meeting of the Executive on 7 March.

Cllr David Bilbe, Lead Cllr for Enterprise and Economic Development says: “We want to safeguard Chantry Wood for future generations, preserve this unique landscape and maintain public access for everyone to enjoy. In January, we considered a num... read more

March
04

Indie Spot of the Month - Amor Amora

Amor Amora, a little epicurean cafe with a big heart in the centre of Guildford. In house baked cakes, out of the ordinary breakfasts, great coffee and a wonderful range of properly prepared teas have always been a hallmark of this establishment.  

Recent refurbishments have seen the upstairs area redecorated and the outside open deck prepped for summer, ideal for birthdays (or any other celebration you have in mind) and outside dining at night. A little spice added to the kitchen brings ... read more

March
04

Complete our Purple Flag Survey for a chance to win!

Are you a Guildford pub-goer, theatre visitor or restaurant frequenter? If you use Guildford town centre after 5pm we want to hear from you!

Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford are carrying out a survey to get a better understanding of local perception of the town’s night time economy.  Guildford is the only town in Surrey to be awarded Purple Flag status (actu... read more

March
04

Celebrate Mother’s Day with The White Company

With 31st March fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about that special something to treat your mum to this Mother’s Day. At The White Company, our edit of gifts is full of pieces she’ll want to unwrap.

Every mum deserves to relax this Mother’s Day, so why not treat her to a present from our bath & body collections. Our limited-edition Seychelles Mother’s Day Gift Set is nestled within a beautiful keepsake box, and includes five pampering ... read more

March
01

Changes to stray dog service from 1 March

Lost or found a dog in our borough? From Friday 1 March the way we deal with stray dogs is changing. A new service operated by Dogbusters will collect stray dogs from finders, take calls about lost and found dogs, take payments of fees and deliver dogs back to their owners. This service will be provided 24/7 including weekends and bank holidays.

  Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing, Environmental Health and Community Safety says: "If you have lost or found a dog in the Guildford area, please call Dogbusters on 07769 972813. This service, available 24 hours a day,... read more

February
28

Honorary Alderman Bernard Parke

It is with great sadness that we can confirm former Mayor and Honorary Alderman Bernard Parke passed away last night (Tuesday 26 February).

Bernard was first elected to Guildford Borough Council in 1979 for Onslow Ward and served as a councillor for 12 years until 1991. He served on a number of committees, including the Arts and Recreation Committee (from 1979 to 1991); the Build... read more

February
27

Council agrees budget for local investment, more savings and service improvements

Last night (26 February) the Council approved next year’s budget and other financial plans.

Lead Councillor for Finance, Cllr Nigel Manning says: “Our effective financial management, planning ahead and commercial approach to investing in our own borough enables us to provide the wide range of vital services and opportunities that ou... read more

February
27

Next step agreed to transform and improve whole Council - Future Guildford

Last night (26 February), the Council approved the implementation stage for Future Guildford, a Council-wide approach to reorganising our whole organisation. The Executive recommended it for approval at their last meeting on 19 February.

Following on from the information and their statements after last week’s Executive meeting - Future Guildford proposals to transform and improve whole Council The Leader and the Managing Director of the Council commented further. Leader ... read more

February
27

‘TEA AT TUNSGATE’ TO CELEBRATE 1ST BIRTHDAY!

What: Tunsgate Quarter 1st Birthday Tea Party
When: Saturday 16th March, 11am – 3pm
Where: Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford
Price: Free

  In celebration of its first birthday, Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford will be hosting a complimentary tea party for shoppers, including live performances, family entertainment and in-store promotions. Taking place on Saturday 16th March, Gu... read more

February
27

Honorary Alderman Bernard Parke

It is with great sadness that we can confirm former Mayor and Honorary Alderman Bernard Parke passed away last night (Tuesday 26 February).

  Bernard was first elected to Guildford Borough Council in 1979 for Onslow Ward and served as a councillor for 12 years until 1991. He served on a number of committees, including the Arts and Recreation Committee (from 1979 to 1991); the Bui... read more

February
21

ACM students launch new Record Label Metropolis Blue!

Students at ACM Guildford and Clapham launch their student run record label - Metropolis Blue, Monday 4th March.

  Set to take place at the infamous Boileroom, Guildford with 6 student acts playing back to back showcasing the finest talent from the campus. All while fighting to land a recording deal with this new student initiative, Metropolis Blue. ... read more

February
20

Future Guildford - proposals to transform and improve whole Council

Last night (19 February), the Executive considered the next step for Future Guildford, a Council-wide approach to potentially reorganising our whole organisation. They recommended it for approval at the next Council meeting on 26 February.

  Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Spooner, says:  “Our corporate themes are innovation, place-making and community and we need our Council to be flexible and able to support these, whilst meeting the changing needs of everyone who uses ou... read more

February
20

Community and voluntary organisations get £300k funding boost from Council

Voluntary and community organisations across the borough are set to benefit from grant funding totalling almost £300,000 from Guildford Borough Council. CHIPS playscheme, Oakleaf Enterprise and Guildford Action are among those who will receive Council support for the valuable work they do within our local community. The funding was provisionally agreed at last night's Executive meeting (19 February), subject to approval of the Council's budget for 2019-20 at the full Council meeting on 26 February.

  Cllr Geoff Davis, Special Advisor to the Leader and Lead Councillor for Social Enterprise and the Voluntary Sector says: "Voluntary and community organisations deliver a wide range of services across our borough, including supporting s... read more

February
20

New road for Slyfield Industrial Estate to reduce traffic congestion

Works to significantly ease traffic congestion and improve waste facilities in Guildford’s largest industrial estate at Slyfield will begin later this month.

The new internal road will reduce traffic in and around the estate, enable the relocation of the Council’s depot and Thames Water’s sewage works and help bring forward housing on our largest brownfield site. Balfour Beatty have been appointed ... read more

February
19

The Death Show - Changing Our Views About Death

In today’s society with the uncertainty of Brexit, projected economy slumps and even the prolific messages we’re bombarded with from Social Media there is very little certainty in our lives. The one and only thing in life that we can all be certain of is that we WILL die. Whilst for many of us this may seem a rather somber and morbid thought, for two artists from Birmingham this is the very inspiration behind their new show.

  Created in response to a provocative and unashamedly honest dialogue about death, Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls have written and produced The Death Show which looks to better understand society’s relationship with death and dying, and wh... read more

February
15

The Friary Guildford recruits for new Charity Partner

The Friary Guildford is now open for charity partner applications for the second-year running.

If you are a charity in need of extra funding, want to raise further awareness of your charity’s cause, and feel your charity would benefit from working alongside Guildford’s largest shopping centre, then apply today to be The Friary Guildf... read more

February
14

Town Centre Regeneration Progresses at Bedford Wharf

Exciting plans to regenerate Bedford Wharf which include improving station and riverside access for pedestrians and cyclists, new landscaping, public art and open space for community events were progressed at a recent meeting of the Executive.

  The Bedford Wharf regeneration plan is integral to the Council’s Town Centre Regeneration Strategy and Sustainable Movement Corridor initiatives which also include replacing Walnut Bridge with a wider and more accessible version and integ... read more

February
13

Fly tipping residents fined £300

Two residents from Ripley have been fined £300 by Guildford Borough Council’s Joint Enforcement Team (JET) officers after they gave their household waste to someone who later fly tipped it. The couple who had recently refurbished their bathroom were approached by a man who saw the old bathroom suite and rubbish in their garden and offered to dispose of it for cash. They failed to check the credentials of the man and he later fly tipped the waste.

Lead Councillor for Licensing, Environmental Health and Community Safety, Cllr Graham Ellwood says: “We take issues like this extremely seriously – it is a crime that affects the environment – and we work in partnership with the police and o... read more

February
12

February fun with the kids this half term

Keep the kids entertained this half term with a range of great activities and productions taking place across the town. With something for all ages, make this half term one to remember in Guildford.

The Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook Guildford GU1 3UX 01483 440000 www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk Treasure Island Set sail on a swashbuckling adventure for the whole family as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Tre... read more

February
08

FAMILY EXERCISE CLUB BUSYLIZZY LAUNCHES BABY CUDDLERS

In January Busylizzy Guildford introduced baby cuddlers to our Mummy & Me fitness classes.

Our fabulous team of retired mums come along and cuddle / rock / play with babies to allow new mums to get the most out of our fitness classes. Busylizzy runs a range of postnatal fitness classes at Glive - pilates, yoga, aerobics and boot... read more

February
07

Local history shapes our identity at Guildford Museums' new exhibition

A Woolly Mammoth’s tooth, Roman coins and tales of Guildford Borough’s famous and not so famous (yet!) figures – these are just some of the untold stories and rich local history being celebrated at a free exhibition at Guildford Museum until 23 March.

  The exhibition is the result of the Museum’s Our History, Our Identity project – an exploration of the borough’s rural history and identity. Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead Councillor for Skills, Arts and Tourism says: “The pr... read more

February
07

New Product Launch at Neom Guildford

Ultimate Candle now available at Neom.....

Quite simply the ultimate when it comes to candles. Intricately handmade marble design. Luxurious 18 carat rose gold detail. Hand poured with natural wax. Blended with 100% natural fragrances that boosts your wellbeing. Created in our t... read more

February
07

GANT CELEBRATES ITS 70 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND HONORS THE AMERICAN SPORTSWEAR ICONS

In 2019, GANT is celebrating 70 years as a premium preppy American Sportswear brand.

From creating superior quality shirts in 1949 to building a full wardrobe of American Sportswear icons over the past seven decades, GANT has evolved into becoming one of the most influential brands within its field. Embarking on this anniversa... read more

February
04

Next week’s Local Plan public hearing will focus on housing

The government’s Planning Inspector will hold another public hearing on 12-13 February, at the Council’s offices in Guildford, as part of his independent examination of our submitted Local Plan.    

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “We are now approaching the final stages in developing our new Local Plan. The government's Planning Inspector found our plan to be substantially sound on all key tests during last summe... read more

February
01

What's on at The Keep - February 2019

Take a look at what's coming up this month....

Friday 1st February– People Music Presents – CARSON McHONE Main Bar from 6pm – Tickets available from www.people-music.com Monday 4th February– 1000 Monkeys Poetry Open Mic  Main Bar from 6pm – All Welcome Thursday 14th F... read more

February
01

Providing services and minimising disruption during severe weather

Friday 1 February 2019 Update from Guildford Borough Council

Most of our services are operating as usual today. Our main priorities remain the safety of the public, our staff and helping our most vulnerable residents to make sure they have all they need. We continue to review the situation and you ca... read more

February
01

Indie Spot of the Month - Tudor Antiques

TUDOR ANTIQUES - 144 HIGH STREET, SURREY, GU1 3HJ  

Guildford's hidden speakeasy cocktail and private hire bar is known and popular for it's quirky exclusive Thursday to Saturday evening service but did you know that they now offer a daytime business club? The business club is open to a... read more

January
31

New Pedestrian and Cycle Route opens

Guildford’s newest pedestrian and cycle path opened this week as part of an initiative to make it easier and safer to travel in this area of the borough. Landscaping and further enhancements will follow in the Spring.

The path, to the south of Bannister’s Field, is approximately 3m wide and forms part of the first phase of the Sustainable Movement Corridor (SMC), a package of improvements between Surrey Research Park, Tesco Superstore, Royal Surrey County ... read more

January
31

ACM and Jamie’s Italian support local up and coming talent with the launch of Acoustic Thursdays

ACM is incredibly proud to work with Jamie’s Italian, Guildford, to put on the first ever live music event at the restaurant. Headed up by ACM student Jake Melles, every week will see Jake host an evening of acoustic music with two new guest artists featured each Thursday from 7pm.

With a mix of original and acoustic music, Jake hopes to put on a unique evening of music which will be complemented by the fantastic food and drink available at Jamie’s Italian. Jake said: “I’m so pleased to be working with Jamie’s... read more

January
25

NEW COLLECTION OF PRINTS SIGNED BY MARVEL LEGEND TO BE RELEASED AT GUILDFORD GALLERY

A new collection of limited edition prints, celebrating the life of late Marvel legend, Stan Lee (1922-2018), will be released at a Guildford gallery this week.

The Marvel Superheroes collection has been created in collaboration with Marvel’s fine art publisher, Choice Fine Art, and will be unveiled at Castle Fine Art on High Street, as well as on www.castlefineart.com, at midday on Friday (25th J... read more

January
23

Savings, investment and service changes to address major funding challenges

Last night (22 January), the Executive considered the latest outline budget for 2020-2021, which also helps with the Council’s medium-term plans up to 2023.

  Cllr Nigel Manning, Lead Councillor for Finance and Asset Management, explains: “Even with our focused savings, coupled with investment and effective management, our funding situation is set to get even more challenging, and we now predic... read more

January
23

More affordable social housing to help meet local need

Providing and building a mix of homes to buy and rent at affordable prices to meet the different needs of our communities is a key priority for Guildford Borough Council. At last night’s Executive (22 January) continued investment in increasing our affordable housing stock was approved, subject to the further approval of the full Council at its budget-setting meeting on 26 February.

  We are investing £74 million in building a mix of new homes for sale or affordable rent across our borough in the next four years. Key schemes underway include: - Guildford Park Road on previous open-air car park site (160 homes, 64 fo... read more

January
23

Parking in Guildford made easier

Residents, those working in the town and visitors will benefit from improvements to Guildford's car parks and the Council’s commitment to reduce town centre congestion following a decision by the Executive last night (Tuesday 22 January).

Improvements include: • Increasing multi-payment (notes, cards, coins) options including more contactless pay-on-foot machines in town centre car parks starting with Bedford Road • Installing four electric car charging points (two a... read more

January
21

Entertaining some fresh ideas in Guildford for your next business lunch

From big day celebrations to working lunches and team meetings, there’s a smorgasbord of great catering outlets to choose from in Guildford. Here’s just a few of them for starters…

Fresh Choices 87 North Street Guildford GU1 4AU 01483 578899 www.freshchoices.co.uk Independent coffee shop, Fresh Choices, has been serving up their signature freshly made foods and great coffees to the folk of Guildford since 1... read more

January
21

Have your say on polling places in Guildford

Is your nearest polling station easily accessible? The Council is reviewing its polling districts and stations and wants local residents to give their views. We would like to know what you think about all aspects of polling, including current sites, recommendations for new locations and opinions on existing sites.

Suggestions and feedback for alternative polling places in the borough are welcome. We also encourage comments from individuals with expertise about accessibility for those with disabilities. The statutory review aims to ensure that during par... read more

January
21

Above and beyond: Who makes a real difference in your community? Nominations invited for Mayor’s award

Do you know anyone in your community who goes out of their way to improve the lives of others? Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, explains: “We are asking people to nominate good deeds, community spirit and the exceptional work to help others that goes on in their community.”

The Mayor's Award for Service to the Community aims to recognise and encourage positive community working in the borough, and celebrates residents and groups who make a real difference by volunteering or fostering good relationships. “Vo... read more

January
17

Independent Venue Week 2019 at The Boileroom

Monday 28th January - Sunday 3rd Feb 2019 - The Boileroom, Stoke Fields

IVW is a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.  These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in their country and Independent Venue We... read more

January
14

Working Towards a Green Travel Network for Guildford

The Council's annual air quality update is going to Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 15 January with an update on our Air Quality Strategy action plan. Good progress has been made on many of the measures - with a strong commitment to supporting businesses in making alternative travel choices. This is just part of a number of new approaches we are taking to improve air quality in our borough.

This year we will work on a number of the measures. One of the most exciting is the development of a green travel network, working to establish sustainable travel measures such as car sharing, walking, cycling and public transport. The scheme ... read more

January
14

Town Centre transformation – latest update on North Street from Guildford Borough Council

We continue our work with M&G Real Estate to redevelop the North Street site and provide much-needed homes, along with appropriate retail and leisure opportunities.

  Cllr Geoff Davis, Special Advisor to the Leader of the Council, says: “As the special advisor to the Leader of the Council, I have been working alongside him to continue the vital work on our Council’s ambitious vision for Guildford tow... read more

January
08

British Property Lettings Award Win for Cavender Estate Agents!

Cavender Estate Agent have just won The British Property Lettings Award for Guildford.

Their team performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period, which focused on customer service levels.Cavender Estate Agent have now been shortlisted for a number of national awards which will be announced early next year. Th... read more

January
07

Vegetarian tradition lives on with Delicious Dishes at the Guildford Institute

The new year brings new beginnings at The Guildford Institute. We are pleased to announce that our new (interim) catering service will be provided by Surrey-based company Delicious Dishes. Headed up by Jackie Mazur, Delicious Dishes provide a friendly catering service using high quality, fresh ingredients.

  Delicious Dishes at the Guildford Institute will offer a reduced service on Wednesday 09 January, with beverages and a light lunch option available and they will then become fully operational on Thursday 10 January. Tea, coffee and homemade... read more

January
02

NEW YEAR WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR TO GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

THE New Year hails an exciting new chapter as Joanna Read commences her leadership role as Chief Executive and Theatre Director of Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Monday, January 7.  Joanna tells us about the opportunities that her new position presents…        

  Having enjoyed huge success as Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse, followed by a tenure of outstanding accomplishments as Principal of The London Academy of Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), there are many reasons why the pro... read more

December
18

Wrapchic Opens its Latest Outlet in The Friary Guildford

December 2018 sees Wrapchic open its doors to consumers at The Friary Guildford, offering Indian style street food as well as an extended menu including a range of classics, such as Samosas and Masala Fries.

After a successful 5 years, Wrapchic are excited to keep the momentum going by opening its latest outlet in Guildford. Wrapchic is an Indian quick service restaurant – that offers food which is cooked and prepared by top Indian chefs in ... read more

December
18

ACM, Surrey Arts and Big Leaf Foundation record charity festive single

ACM has proudly to partnered with Surrey Arts and Big Leaf Foundation to release a festive themed single titled 'Whatever You Believe'.

With the aim of bringing together the local community to collaborate in a creative way, all were welcomed to join in and take part in the recording session that took place at The Electric Theatre and in ACM's flagship studio. The I Speak Mu... read more

December
14

GUILDFORD CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY 2018

GUILDFORD THEATRE SUPPORTS ROYAL SURREY COUNTY HOSPITAL CHARITY IN FESTIVE STYLE

THE staff and cast of Cinderella at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre invited local businesses to join them in donning their Christmas jumpers and festive headwear in support of the Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity Christmas Jumper Day on... read more

December
11

Safe Space offers first-aid point for Christmas revellers in Guildford

Festive revellers in Guildford town centre will have access to a safe space first-aid point on key nights during December

The first-aid point located in two prime locations will provide free treatment for non-emergency minor injuries and will be manned by trained health care workers and volunteers from St John Ambulance and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECA... read more

December
10

Red Cameo comes to The Friary Guildford

Red Cameo have just opened their first shopping centre kiosk in The Friary Guildford, following a successful online product launch several months ago.

Their speciality products are nail wraps, a relatively new concept in the UK market, discovered during travels to Japan. The Red Cameo team feel passionately about the quality and benefits of these products, including making great looking ... read more

December
07

CALLING ALL GUILDFORD BUSINESSES!

RSCH Charity Christmas Jumper Day @ Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre would like to invite YOU as local businesses to take part in their annual CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY PHOTO, to create a Guildford Christmas Jumper-clad festive photo. NB/ This year Christmas Jumper Day is on Fr... read more

December
04

Celebrating Guildford's Innovation Leaders

Dynamic advances across a spectrum of sectors from technology to sustainability were celebrated at Guildford’s Innovation Awards at the Guildhall last night.

Showcasing the very best in technology and talent from businesses throughout the borough, the annual award ceremony serves as a forerunner to our free science and arts festival ‘Innovate Guildford’ for residents and visitors at G Live on 23... read more

December
04

The Friary Guildford brings Christmas to Life for the Whole Family

This year, The Friary Guildford customers can expect a festive period like never before, for the Centre will play host to a range of FREE festive fun for the whole family.

Santa’s elves have escaped the hustle and bustle of the North Pole and are on their way to The Friary Guildford! On Saturday 8, 15 and 22 December, Santa’s ‘nice’ elves will be running free Christmas craft workshops from 12pm to 4pm on ... read more

November
29

£115,000 allocated for parish projects to support local communities

Commemorative seats, community swimming pool renovation and new outdoor fitness and play equipment are among the parish projects that will receive funding contributors from the Council next year. The Council's Executive approved grants for 40 projects from 21 parish councils across the borough. More than £115,000 will be allocated for a range of improvements schemes.

Cllr Nigel Manning, Lead Councillor for Finance and Asset Management says: "Each year we welcome bids from parishes to support projects that improve the quality of life for local residents. We are delighted to help fund these important commun... read more

November
28

Savings, investment and outline budget to address major funding challenges

Last night (27 November), the Executive considered the latest outline budget for 2019-20, which also helps with the Council’s medium-term plans up to 2023.

Cllr Nigel Manning, Lead Councillor for Finance and Asset Management, explains: “Despite a successful mixture of focused savings, wise investment and effective management, which helped us remove the predicted budget gap in 2019-20, the Council s... read more

November
28

ACM wins at Independent Higher Education Awards 2018

As an independent provider of both HE and FE education, ACM is proud to champion its learning by doing ethos in its unparalleled and immersive creative industries education. With four nominations, ACM was honoured to receive awards for ‘Technology for Learning’ and ‘Course Innovation in Design or Delivery’, alongside being runners-up in the categories ‘Student Collaborations’ and ‘Inspiring Alumni’ at 2018’s Independent Higher Education Awards.

Oliver Sussat, Director at ACM said: “The recognition ACM received at the Independent Higher Education Awards is representative of the tireless work of over 250 colleagues who give their time and effort to ensuring our students receive the highe... read more

November
26

Join the trail to discover the best of Guildford’s independents this December

1st December – 12th December 2018 Get set for a sensational Christmas as we join forces with some of Guildford’s best-loved independent businesses to present ‘The12 Days of Christmas Independent Business Trail’ (1st December – 12th December)! Launching on Small Business Saturday (Saturday 1st December), a campaign that aims to highlight the success of small businesses up and down the country and encourage consumers to 'shop local', our 12-days of Christmas trail is a great way to explore some of the independents that make Guildford so special.

To get involved, pick up an entry form from any of the participating businesses listed below, visit each store and look out for one of the promotional ‘12 Days of Christmas’ illustrations hidden in their front window. Find all the illustra... read more

November
23

Guildford Community Lottery – first draw in December – buy tickets now

The first draw of our new Guildford Community Lottery, with a top prize of £25,000 will take place on Saturday 1 December. A single ticket costs £1 with 60p going directly to good causes.

Nearly 80 local good causes, including charities, clubs and groups have signed up, giving them an opportunity to raise funds in an exciting and effective way. One such cause, already benefitting from the lottery, is Cherry Trees - a charity... read more

November
21

Simply had a wonderful Christmas Lights Time!

The mood was right and the spirits were most definitely up at Guildford's annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event in the historic High Street last week.

  The town centre was filled with Christmas entertainment for all the family from the afternoon until late at the event organised by Guildford Borough Council, together with partners Experience Guildford, GEE YOU, Guildford Fringe Theatre Com... read more

November
19

Join us for Christmas Jumper Day and support patients at Royal Surrey

We’re thrilled to be supporting Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14 December.
The charity, which supports Royal Surrey County Hospital, is asking the local community to grab their winter woolies, make a donation and help transform patients’ lives.  To find out more or to sign up, visit Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity’s website.

... read more

November
13

Another Successful Dementia Awareness Session completed!

We have recently completed another successful session and will be booking 3 more for 2019! Dates tbc however, either email sasha@experienceguildford.com to register your interest. In the meantime, why not practice these 5 top tips from a leading dementia nurse from the Royal Surrey County Hospital on what you can do to help those experiencing dementia:  

Ensure signage is clear and at eye level, use images if possible, to help make navigating the store as easy as possible. (Contrasting colours also help such as a yellow sign with black wording) Reduce excessive background noise (piped music et... read more

November
12

Purple Tuesday - 13th November

White Lion Walk has announced that it is taking part in Purple Tuesday, the UK’s first-ever national, accessible shopping day, a campaign which has been created to recognise the importance and needs of customers with disabilities. Purple Tuesday launches on Tuesday 13 November and is the first awareness initiative of its kind for shopping centres and retailers to acknowledge how they currently support people with both visible and non-visible disabilities, and how they can assist even further. The campaign is not only helping to raise awareness but to also reinforce the message that businesses in the retail sector are fully committed to ensuring an inclusive and enjoyable shopping experience for everyone, each and every day of the year.

... read more

November
12

GUILDFORD THEATRE LIGHTS UP BLUE FOR WORLD DIABETES DAY

ON Wednesday, November 14 Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre will light their building blue to show their support for World Diabetes Day.

  Diabetes is a chronic condition concerning the body’s ability (or lack of it) to produce the essential hormone insulin, which controls glucose levels in the blood. There are two types that are most commonly referred to: type 1 is an auto-... read more

November
09

Catching up with some of Surrey's favourite Mascots!

Ahead of their outing at next week's #GuildfordLights event, we wanted to find out a bit more about some of the Mascots who will be taking part in the Mascot Parade!

Name: Scorcher Organisation representing: Surrey Scorchers Basketball Time with business: 3 years What is your party trick: I can do flips and tumbles on the way to the basketball hoop! Favourite thing about Guildford: The fans, that come ... read more

November
06

Local Plan - thousands of public comments and impact of latest consultation

We received over 5,500 comments in the recent consultation on the main modifications to our new Local Plan. Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “Getting more public feedback to the independent Planning Inspector is another important step in providing sustainable places to live and work in our borough, supported by vital infrastructure and a great environment.

“The government's Inspector found our plan to be substantially sound on all key tests during this summer’s public hearings, which form part of his examination. As with many other hearings, he recommended that we make some changes and consu... read more

November
06

Guildford Remembers - community shares their memories in World War One commemoration video

As part of Guildford Remembers, we invited residents and local groups to take part in workshops to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The result is a film of members of our community reflecting on people’s lives in Guildford in 1918, which will provide a lasting act of remembrance for the borough.

To view video please visit our YouTube channel here.... read more

November
05

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War: Guildford remembers

Armistice Day on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Guildford will commemorate the centenary on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, with a procession, church service and wreath-laying in the Castle Grounds. Veterans, cadets and guests will be present. The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Pars... read more

November
01

The White Company Christmas 2018

At The White Company, Christmas cannot come soon enough – such is our love for the festive season and the wonderful moments it brings to share and savour. As always, we are passionate about helping you make your celebrations special – and stress-free. Click here to have a sneak peak at the Christmas Lookbook!

... read more

October
30

Local Plan – latest household figures could mean fewer homes with no extra greenbelt sites

Latest household projection figures could have major implications for our emerging Local Plan and potentially reduce the number of homes needed in the borough each year.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council says “We are very pleased that the Planning Inspector managing the independent examination of our Local Plan gave the Council an opportunity to comment on the implications of the latest household figures.... read more

October
29

Rugby Autumn Internationals

The Guildford Tup is Guildford’s foremost live rugby & sports pub. They pride themselves on their commitments to televising sport from around the world, including the upcoming Rugby Autumn Internationals!

Saturday 3rd November  Wales vs Scotland - 2.45pm England vs South Africa - 3pm Ireland vs Italy - 8pm Saturday 10th November Scotland vs Figi - 2.30pm England vs New Zealand - 3pm Wales vs Australia - 5.20pm Ireland vs Argen... read more

October
29

Children and Young People’s Leisure and Arts activities for all seasons

Did you know Guildford Borough Council offers a diverse range of activities and events for children and young people all year round? We provide the opportunity to take part in everything from outdoor activities to sporting and creative arts events throughout the year during term time and over the holidays. This year we also became one of the first councils to support Street Play initiatives where residents can apply to close their road and host community play sessions.

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Community Health, Wellbeing and Project Aspire says: “We are fortunate enough to have a leisure team who provide year-round opportunities for children and young people to engage in a whole variety of pl... read more

October
26

PEAK PERFORMANCE SPORTS FASHION POP-UP TO LAUNCH IN GUILDFORD, SURREY

UK-first exclusive pop-up lands November 2018

This November sees sports fashion label Peak Performance host its first ever solo pop-up store. The space will provide a unique opportunity for UK fans of the brand to visit a dedicated Peak Performance store with all ranges under one roof. The... read more

October
23

Tickets go live for the Guildford Community Lottery

The new Guildford Community Lottery, with a £25,000 top prize, will soon be live, with tickets going on sale from Tuesday 30 October 2018.

  The local lottery has been set up by Guildford Borough Council and will be open to anyone to play, in a bid to raise money for local charities and good causes. It costs £1 per game to play and winners could win up to £25,000 as part of th... read more

October
18

The Grid Collection from Aston Matthews

Aston Matthews has launched the Grid Collection of bathroom fittings all featurnig a satin black metal frame.  The popular Grid shower panel (from £1,233) is now joined by a bath (from £4,596), towel warmer (from £248), chair towel rail (£570) and basin unit (from £820).

Stockist: Aston Matthews Tel: 020 7226 7220 or www.astonmatthews.co.uk... read more

October
17

THAIKHUN SPICES UP NATIONAL CURRY WEEK WITH CHARITY INITIATIVE

National Curry Week is just around the corner, and leading street food restaurant, Thaikhun will not only be serving up delicious dishes, but will also be raising money for charity

From the 22 – 28 of October, Thaikhun will donate 50p from every sale of its juicy Jungle Curry the inspiring charity, Safe Child Thailand. This inspiring charity works tirelessly to safeguard vulnerable Thai children and empower them to reac... read more

October
17

Enjoy the best Christmas in Guildford

There’s a crispness in the air and everything is starting to get just that little bit twinkly! You know what that means… it’s CHRISTMAS… well, it will be soon!! So, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in Guildford for your t... read more

October
16

TUNSGATE QUARTER TO HOST ‘UNBE-LEAF-ABLE’ AUTUMN CELEBRATION EVENT

When: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, 11am
Where: Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford
Price: Free

Celebrating autumn in-style this October, Guildford’s newest shopping, leisure and dining destination, Tunsgate Quarter, will host a weekend of live performances, family entertainment and in-store promotions. Taking place on Saturday 27t... read more

October
15

The Friary Guildford Welcomes Independent British Lifestyle store Oliver Bonas

Independent British Lifestyle store, Oliver Bonas, is opening its doors in the historic town of Guildford, Surrey on Friday, 19 October 2018. Established in 1993 by founder and CEO Oliver Tress, Oliver Bonas has evolved from Olly bringing back interesting pieces from his travels abroad, into an ever-expanding team of creative individuals. Today, Olly is still at Oliver Bonas and his love of good design and innovation is one of the company’s guiding principles.

Oliver Bonas’ buyers and designers travel around the world to inspire their latest creations, working with skilled artisans who are experts in their fields to craft new ideas. Their collections – from fashion and jewellery to homeware and... read more

October
15

Support Superhero Week – 15-21 October

Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity has launched Superhero Week (15-21 October), in recognition of the incredible staff and patients at Royal Surrey.

To take part, dress up as a superhero on any day this week (or wear a superhero T-shirt), and donate £1 to help transform patients’ lives.

During the week, the charity is also asking people to celebrate their Royal Surrey Superheroes on social media – if you’ve been treated at Royal Surrey and want to thank hospital staff who have gone above and beyond to care for you, you can sh... read more

October
12

New properties mark another step forward in town centre transformation

We have just acquired two properties in the Bedford Wharf area to help advance our plans to regenerate Guildford town centre. Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Spooner, says: “I am very pleased to announce that the Council has just secured the Odeon and former Old Orleans restaurant buildings as part of our plans to open up the riverside and the Bedford Wharf area. High quality place making is one of our stated key aims and this supports our integrated and holistic approach to transforming Guildford town centre.”

Cllr Matt Furniss, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, adds: “This is fantastic news, which will help us improve and invest in the public space that provides an important approach from the station ... read more

October
08

Free enterprising advice to help businesses grow and succeed

Existing and start-up businesses in the borough will benefit from a new, free advice and support service from Guildford Borough Council in partnership with Enterprise M3 Growth Hub and BE Group. The service is called Guildford Business Growth and launches in October. It is free-of-charge and can be used by any Guildford business no matter how small or large. It includes telephone advice, face-to-face monthly clinics and three workshops on specific topics tailored to a variety of business needs.

Lead Councillor for Enterprise and Economic Development, David Bilbe says: “Guildford’s economy is one of the most vibrant outside London, featuring regularly in the top five in various economic league tables particularly around innovation, en... read more

October
05

NEW LIMITED EDITION BOB DYLAN GRAPHICS TO BE UNVEILED AT GUILDFORD GALLERY

A new collection of limited edition graphics by Bob Dylan will be unveiled at a Guildford gallery today (Friday 5th October).

Mondo Scripto has been released by the UK’s leading fine art publisher, Washington Green Fine Art, and will be available to buy from Castle Fine Art on High Street and www.castlefineart.com. The first of its kind from Dylan, the collecti... read more

October
05

The Mandolay Hotel has been shortlisted in the Conde Nast Johansens Awards!

The Mandolay Hotel has been shortlisted in the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence  2019 for “Best for Meeting and Conferences”, we are against The Oakley Court and Deer Park Country House.

Voting has re-opened for people to vote in each category.

It goes without saying, it would be a huge honour if we were to win this category.

Please can you get all your friends and family to vote for The Mandolay! The link to the https://www.johansens.com/awards/ Please ensure you enter “The Mandolay Hotel” at the top, under Enter the property name you’d like to vote fo... read more

October
05

The Friary Guildford to hold Autism Hour to help make shopping more autism friendly

The Friary Guildford will be holding the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour on Tuesday, 9 October from 10am – 11am. According to the National Autistic Society, 79% of autistic people in the UK feel socially isolated, whilst 64% of autistic people avoid going to the shops. To help reduce these numbers and break down the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that surround autism, The Friary Guildford is partnering with the National Autistic Society in hosting an Autism Hour on Tuesday, 9 October.

The Guildford shopping centre will be joining over 8,000 UK retailers in turning down music, dimming the lights, sharing information with employees and helping the public to understand autism. There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK... read more

October
04

THE IVY CASTLE VIEW CELEBRATES GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL WITH AN INTIMATE READING OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND, READ BY GUILDFORD SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

• BOOK READING & TWO-COURSE LUNCH WITH GUILDFORD SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
• FRIDAY, 12 OCTOBER FROM 12:30PM-3:30PM

  This year, The Ivy Castle View will be celebrating Guildford Book Festival (which runs from Sunday, 7 October to Sunday, 14 October) with an intimate reading from Alice in Wonderland by Guildford Shakespeare Company, followed by a discussio... read more

October
04

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE WINS TWO AWARDS FOR ACCESS

On Wednesday, October 3 The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Parsons presented Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre with not one, but two awards for Access.

  The ceremony, which took place at Guildford Borough Council, saw the Theatre receive both the Mayor’s Award for Access – Services to the Community and Arts, and an Accessible Premises Gold Award for Access. Chairman of Guildford’s... read more

October
02

GUILDFORD THEATRE SUPPORTS NORTH GUILDFORD FOOD BANK

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 October AS a political comedy with a powerful message arrives at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, the Guildford venue are asking their visitors to pledge their support to North Guildford Food Bank. Dario Fo’s comedy They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! satirises the flaws of society, with the intention of helping people think critically about things that they might otherwise just take for granted, such as food.

In support of the play’s premise, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre will be collecting non-perishable food, household cleaners and toiletries* to donate to North Guildford Food Bank during the week of the show, which runs from Tuesday to Saturday, Octob... read more

October
01

New war memorial unveiled in Guildford

On Sunday 30 September a new war memorial, commemorating all those with a local Guildford connection who died while serving in the Armed Forces since the end of World War Two, was dedicated at a special ceremony in the Castle Grounds.

  The Lord Lieutenant, Michael More-Molyneux, and the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, joined the families of those being remembered and representatives of their regiments and the schools they attended, at the event. Deputy Council ... read more

September
28

GUILDFORD HIGH STREET IN RUNNING TO WIN £15,000 GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET PRIZE

Guildford High Street in Surrey has been shortlisted for the Champion category of the Great British High Street Awards 2018;
The Champion category celebrates and showcases the best high streets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;
Winners of the Great British High Street Awards 2018, sponsored by Visa, will be announced on 15 November 2018.
London, 

Guildford High Street was chosen by an independent judging panel as one of 26 streets to be shortlisted for the award. The shortlisted high streets will now battle it out in a public vote, which accounts for 30 per cent of the final scoring, a... read more

September
28

CELEBRATED BRONZE ARTIST TO MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE AT GUILDFORD GALLERY

A popular bronze artist, world-famous for his colourful and expressive frog sculptures, will be making a guest appearance at a Guildford gallery next weekend. Tim Cotterill, also known as Frogman, will be at Castle Fine Art on High Street on Saturday 6th October from 1pm until 3pm to reveal his range of works.
Born in Leicester and now residing in California, Frogman has become the biggest-selling bronze artist in the world, with collectors all around the globe. His childhood adventures in the woods and streams of the English countryside were very influential in his development as an artist.

Today Frogman devotes himself to the creation of his unique bronze frog sculptures, which are made using the labour-intensive lost wax bronze casting process. Once cast, each frog is polished before being patinated to achieve dramatic and brillian... read more

September
20

Fresh deals for Freshers Week in Guildford

Saturday 22nd September - Sunday 30th September
  As Guildford welcomes new and returning students, we’ve rounded up some of the best student offers available around the town. Cut-price haircuts, tasty food and drinks discounts and great deals on all your stationery essentials.
You don’t need a degree to know you’re onto a winner! Just show your student card and save big time.

Biddles of Guildford 1 Ward Street Guildford GU1 4LH 01483 575522 www.biddlesofguildford.co.uk Get the right tools for the job this term and head down to Biddles of Guildford for great value stationery, printer cartridges and offi... read more

September
20

Free creative workshops in the Guildford Big Draw 2018

Arts and crafts enthusiasts or those who would just like to try something new, now have the chance with 10 free workshops held across the borough as part of the sixth annual Big Draw in October. The workshops, organised by the Council’s Arts Development Team, run from 7 – 28 October and take the national theme of ‘Play’. They are open to all and specially designed to let people explore new and creative ideas through arts and craft either individually or as a group or family. There are also two outdoor sessions and one over 18’s adult class.

Cllr Nikki Nelson Smith, Lead Councillor of Skills, Arts and Tourism says: “The Big Draw is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to express their creativity. With the festival taking place in 25 countries throughout the world, it’s g... read more

September
14

Guildford Awarded Purple Flag status for the Fifth Year!

For the fifth year in a row Guildford town centre has been recognised by the Purple Flag assessors for its safe and diverse night time economy. It remains the only town in Surrey and one of only 70 in the UK to hold the award.

  The Guildford Town Purple Flag Partnership Group (GTPFP) is led by Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford (the town’s Business Improvement District), includes a broad range of town and county organisations including Surrey Pol... read more

September
11

AUGMENTED REALITY ARTISTS TO APPEAR AT LOCAL GALLERY

Augmented reality artists, Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot, will be making an appearance in Guildford this weekend to showcase a collection of poignant paintings commemorating the First World War.

  Art fans will be able to meet the duo at Castle Fine Art on High Street on Saturday 15th September between 1pm and 3pm. They will be speaking to visitors about their inspirations, creative processes and techniques. The Danger Tree tells... read more

September
11

The Chilli Pickle Guildford - Raising Money for Action Aid India

From the 7th -21st September The Chilli Pickle Guildford is raising money for Action Aid India to support them in tackling the devastating floods in Kerala. As a restaurant with a huge team originally from Kerala, and where owners Alun and Dawn went on their honeymoon 10 years ago, Kerala is a huge part of their lives and something very close to their hearts.

For anyone that visits The Chilli Pickle in Guildford and orders the South Indian classic dish ‘Ammachi Sadhya’ 100% of the proceeds of this dish will go straight to Action Aid India. The dish has a huge influence from Kerala and includes red rice idiappam noodles, Kerala potato curry, medhu vada (lentil doughnut), roasted chilli & peanut chutney, banana fry, and sour lemon pickle.

... read more

September
05

Experience Guildford announces 2018 Customer Service Award winners

Town centre businesses, local dignitaries and representatives of Guildford enjoyed a celebratory evening at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Monday 3 September as Experience Guildford crowned the town's customer service stars. Now in its sixth year, the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards have gone from strength to strength with over 3,000 residents and visitors to the town voting for their customer service heroes. Adding to the excitement, the awards also featured a dramatic performance by aerial artist Gemma Rix and comedian Mark Dolan.
 

Nominations for each of the award categories were announced in July and since then each shortlisted business has been visited by a secret shopper to be finally crowned king of their category. Below is a list of the Experience Guildford Custome... read more

September
03

The History of Guildford with Matthew Alexander 18th September 2018

Guildford’s ‘Honorary Remembrancer’ Matthew Alexander will be running his popular series of Local History Lectures and visits to sites of historic importance again this year throughout the autumn and winter at Guildford Museum.

Based in and around Guildford Town centre you will discover the town’s rich history and gain access too many of the fascinating historical sites of Guildford has to offer.  This twenty week course gives an excellent overview of the development ... read more

August
28

INTRODUCING THE MASTER ORIGIN COLLECTION FROM NESPRESSO

Five new taste sensations mastered by craftsmen, inspired by the land
UNITED KINGDOM – August 2018 – What happens when five incredible landscapes come together with five specialised processes, all orchestrated hand in hand with local coffee farming experts? The result is the new Master Origin collection from Nespresso – five distinct coffee sensations all inspired by the land.
Each of the Master Origin coffees has been on a unique journey of discovery. The Nespresso coffee experts scoured the world to discover the finest coffee sourcing regions, from the forested mountains of Sumatra through to the highland vales of Nicaragua. Within each selected region, Nespresso formed a partnership with the local farming experts and embarked on a mission to test innovative and demanding farming practices, all with the goal of crafting incredible new coffee aromas and tastes.

In Ethiopia, the coffee beans had a meticulous raking every hour by hand to ensure even drying. In Colombia, the typical harvest time was pushed to the limit – each coffee cherry was left on the tree, risking fermentation, until it was exactly t... read more

August
22

Guildford-on-Sea rolls back into town

Residents and visitors to Guildford were treated to all the fun of the seaside as Guildford-on-Sea made waves in the town with its return to the banks of the River Wey on the 16th to 18th August 2018.

Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford's popular annual urban beach is free to enter and open daily from 10am to 6pm. Organised by Experience Guildford with support from the Electric Theatre and Guildford’s Academy of... read more

August
20

Love Island Stars set to Parade the Catwalk at The Friary Guildford’s AW18 Fashion Show

They say good things come in threes. If you’re into fashion, films and fan favourite TV show Love Island, then you’re in luck!
For the third year running, The Friary Guildford is hosting Guildford’s largest and most exciting fashion show at musical arts venue, The Electric Theatre on Saturday, 8 September  to showcase the new autumn/winter ’18 trends from top fashion brands including River Island, Primark, Topshop, Levi’s, Superdry and many more.

Hosted by Annaliese Dayes, best known for presenting ‘Non Stop Club Classics’ on Heart Radio on Friday and Saturday nights, the show is set to be an upbeat and unmissable experience. On arrival, guests will be treated to a free glass of bubbly... read more

August
08

YMCA Guildford has been shortlisted for the National Youth Matters Awards

YMCA Guildford has been shortlisted for the National Youth Matters Awards in the Health and Wellbeing Category!

Guildford Y Centre provides accommodation for 96 students and 22 young people with support needs. We have a long history of supporting young people with complex needs, and young people who would be considered challenging, vulnerable and/or soci... read more

August
08

TUNSGATE QUARTER SECURES A ROYAL WARRANT HOLDING NEWCOMER FOR GUILDFORD

British perfume house Penhaligon’s is the latest name to join the line-up of premium lifestyle brands at Tunsgate Quarter, opening its first standalone shop in Surrey at the centre this September.

Established in 1870, the brand was granted its first Royal Warrant in 1903 by Queen Alexandra, and today holds two long-standing Royal Warrants, granted by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1988 and HRH Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. The royal scent-maker... read more

August
07

Steamer Trading - Reducing single use plastic bottles...one small step!

At Steamer Trading we are always looking for ways to help reduce plastic waste through the provision of reusable bottles, cups and food packaging. Small, painless steps to change our everyday behaviour can add up to a sea of change - but only if enough people commit to these little changes.  

As part of this ongoing commitment we have signed up to support the Refill.org.uk campaign to offer free tap water refills to anyone who comes into our stores who are displaying the Refill logo. Free water bottle refills will be available initiall... read more

August
07

KIKKI.K FOUNDER TO PIONEER A MOVEMENT TO HELP THE WORLD DREAM

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Kristina Karlsson inspires and guides millions of people to dream with the launch of the kikki.K Dream Life offering and her debut book, Your Dream Life Starts Here - a tool she believes will be the catalyst for the Dream Life movement. kikki.K founder, Kristina Karlsson, believes that no dream is too big or small, and the entrepreneur recently penned her biggest yet - a dream to inspire 101 million people around the world   to create, write down and start actualising three dreams of their own.

Simple in concept, but the reality in Karlsson’s experience, is that “most adults lose their natural child-like ability to dream without limitation, instead progressing through life with aspirations or wishes, limited by false personal belie... read more

August
03

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD APPOINTS NEW THEATRE DIRECTOR

GUILDFORD’S Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is excited to announce that Joanna Read has been appointed as the venue’s Chief Executive and Theatre Director.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Chairman, Julian Bird said: “From a list of outstanding applicants, Joanna shone through with her experience, her knowledge of the sector, her passion for regional theatre and her vision for Guildford’s historic theatr... read more

July
25

Step into a wonderland of activity on Guildford’s 'Inspired by Alice' Day

Proud of its rich connections with acclaimed author Lewis Carroll, and his world famous ‘Alice’ stories, Guildford is delighted to host a free family fun day this summer in celebration of this much-loved protagonist. The ‘Inspired by Alice’ day, organised by the Guildford Museum team and which takes place on 5 August at the Castle Grounds, features a programme of activities and events that will bring these cherished stories to life for all to experience.

  Enjoy story-telling and acted scenes from the 'Alice' stories, specially adapted by Diane Maxfield for Senior Wych Productions and the Guildford Shakespeare Company. Meet the characters from the books, try your hand at a selection o... read more

July
25

ACM’s Freddie Mercury Scholarship Winner releases charity single to raise awareness for mental health

Since receiving ACM’s exclusive Freddie Mercury Scholarship in 2017, Daisy Philips has hit the ground-running in launching her career as an artist. From TV performances to EP releases, Daisy has made use of all opportunities and is now giving back with the release of her single ‘Aftermath’ 25th July 2018. With the aim of raising awareness for mental health issues Daisy said: “I feel very strongly that mental health is something that everyone should talk openly and freely about.  Aftermath explores the thoughts many people have but do not say.”

Alongside raising awareness for such a prominent topic in today’s society, Daisy will also be donating 100% of the profits to charity, The Porridge Club which provides over 700 children with a bowl of nutritionally balanced porridge during one o... read more

July
23

Take the stress out of the summer holidays with these ‘staycation’ ideas

Keep the kids (and you) entertained this summer holiday with a range of activities and events taking place in Guildford this July and August.

Guildford-on-Sea Outside the Electric Theatre Onslow St Guildford GU1 4SZ www.experienceguildford.com Enjoy all the fun of the seaside this August as Guildford-on-Sea returns to the banks of the River Wey. Located next to the Elect... read more

July
23

High Sheriff of Surrey Awards ACM Guildford for ‘services to the community’

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has been delivering unparalleled creative industries education in the heart of Guildford since 1995. With campuses now open in both London and Birmingham, the Academy’s efforts in its hometown have not waned, and its commitment to the local community has now been recognised by the High Sheriff of Surrey with an award for its ‘services to the community’ presented to it at the Sheriff’s annual garden party. Having acquired the lease to the Electric Theatre, supporting the local arts scene is a cause very important to ACM and it is honoured to have been given this award.

  ACM was proud to have Creative Artist student James Collins perform at the garden party. James’ performance was enjoyed by all with the Sheriff even saying he “stole the show”. ACM Music Production students Ken McKay and Katy Canon al... read more

July
19

Introducing the Ginger Collection Our NEW Ginger Collection for autumn 2018

For autumn 2018, The White Company launches a new scent... ginger.
The evocative ginger scent gives the feeling of cosying up in a country cottage, warmed by a roaring log fire and a flickering of candlelight on an Autumn day. The captivating notes of fresh ginger, bergamot and lemon- grass – blended with woody cedar, clove and tonka bean – create an instantly welcoming air that envelops the senses completely.

... read more

July
19

Environmentally Friendly Shopping Centre Shares its Knowledge

On Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June, The Friary Guildford paid a very warm welcome to year 5 students of Holy Trinity Junior School. The visit, part of the school’s environmental module, was designed to demonstrate the environmental policies and practices that the centre has implemented in order to maximise recycling and minimise its carbon footprint.

Children discovered how the centre managed waste from retailers while pro-actively advising them as to how they could reduce waste and save energy. To make learning more entertaining, a fun treasure hunt quiz was set up where children had to work ... read more

July
18

Guildford Pubwatch celebrates successful World Cup period in Guildford

Guildford Pubwatch has commended the venues in Guildford who have contributed to making the town's World Cup 2018 an enjoyable, fun and virtually trouble-free experience with partnership from Experience Guildford & Pubwatch.

Throughout the tournament the following was put in place: - Surrey Police/GBC were supplied with a spreadsheet of venues with the relevant information of activity which was updated as England progressed - All GPW members were supplied wit... read more

July
17

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre announces its New Season programme of events on the Main Stage and in the Mill Studio from August to December 2018. On the Main Stage The Theatre swaps stage for screen to present a Film Season (Wednesday 22 August – Saturday 1 September) which includes: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Spitfire, Edie, The Dam Busters, Whitney, Journey’s End, Book Club, Incredibles 2, The Greatest Showman, On Chesil Beach, The Bookshop, The Happy Prince, Tully, Ocean’s 8, The Leisure Seeker, Finding Your Feet, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Darkest Hour.

Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 September) comes direct from the West End.  A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this Olivier Award-winn... read more

July
17

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE ANNOUNCES MILL STUDIO NEW SEASON

THE NEW SEASON programme of events at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre includes a brilliant line-up in the Mill Studio, with drama and discussions, music and comedy, and some brilliant family-friendly theatre for younger visitors too.

Oxford Shakespeare Players bring you a topsy-turvy Illyria of devious schemes and desperate passions in Twelfth Night (Wednesday 29 August – Saturday 1 September).  Based on a true story, Ferguson’s Gang (Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 September... read more

July
17

The Friary Guildford shoppers get ‘Served by Ramsay’

Shoppers delighted as a familiar face serves lunch at The Friary Guildford’s food court. On Saturday, 30 June, customers at The Friary Guildford were surprised to see a very familiar face wandering around their local shopping centre, and it wasn’t long before the rumour mill took off on the Centre’s social media pages.

World famous Gordon Ramsay look-alike, impersonator and body double, Martin Jordan, who has appeared on TV shows including Britain’s Got Talent, This Morning and Lookalikes on Channel 4, visited The Friary Guildford and its retailers, where he c... read more

July
16

Experience Guildford Customer Awards shortlist announced

For the last six weeks, residents and visitors to Guildford have been making their voice heard and commending those businesses in the town centre that they feel go the extra mile in terms of providing great service as part of the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards. 

Now in their sixth year, the awards have become a key calendar event of the town, highlighting businesses that consistently put their customers first, covering the full retail and leisure mix. From beauty salons to burger joints, venues to clo... read more

July
11

Coming soon to Tunsgate Quarter is boutique gym, Fitness Space!

Our fully-equipped studio, will offer a training space and headspace to achieve your fitness results with the support of our Fitness Coaches.  Studio highlights: Hot Yoga, Fit Camp, Technogym Skill Line and Artis equipment, Cowshed products.

Member benefits: Monthly personal training, customised programme, Fitness Space app, DNA testing, classes. Contact FS Guildford today and speak to a Fitness Coach about the membership offers available. Our first 50 members will receive 30% off... read more

July
10

THEATRE GETS GREEN LIGHT TO EMBARK ON VITAL STAGE LIGHTING UPGRADE

The Dimmer Project WHILE the Main Stage at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre goes dark for the summer, July and August are anything but quiet for their team as they embark on The Dimmer Project. The summer months are usually the time for the Theatre to carry out any major maintenance work that just cannot be achieved while the auditorium is in use and productions are playing on the stage. This year, the Theatre is hugely relieved to be undertaking The Dimmer Project, upgrading their dimmers – the theatre lighting power which makes the stage lights controllable.

The need for this upgrade has become increasingly urgent because functional stage lighting is paramount to the survival of the Theatre: they simply can’t operate without it, so this project is safeguarding their future.  Yvonne Arnaud Techn... read more

July
03

TWO NEW ARRIVALS TO OPEN AT TUNSGATE QUARTER AS MORE BRANDS MOVE IN THIS SUMMER

Boutique gym concept, Fitness Space, and David Clulow Opticians are the latest names to join the high-quality line-up of shops and restaurants at the recently opened Tunsgate Quarter.

  Complementing Tunsgate Quarter’s existing healthy lifestyle brands, which include lululemon and Pho, Fitness Space Guildford will open this September, offering a next generation, digitally integrated environment for members to train. The ... read more

July
02

TUNSGATE NEWS!

Cllr Matt Furniss, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, said: "It's fantastic to see work has finished to improve the area surrounding Tunsgate. Developing the town centre as an attraction to encourage more visitors and shoppers to choose Guildford is integral to our vision to regenerate and build on what our town has to offer. He added: "The work is part of wider investment to revive our historic town centre and provide more pedestrianised areas. Tunsgate footpaths have been replaced with Yorkstone paving and granite kerbs and the road surface renewed with granite setts which has visually uplifted the whole area."

Amanda Masters, General Manager at Experience Guildford (Business Improvement District) said: "Guildford is home to an eclectic mix of prestigious national chain stores and thriving independent businesses, many of which are located in and aro... read more

June
29

CAST OF BUGSY MALONE THRILLED TO SUPPORT MAYOR OF GUILDFORD’S CHARITABLE CAUSE

THE YOUNG cast of Bugsy Malone at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre were thrilled to treat the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford and a group of Guildford Young Carers to a fun-filled evening at the Theatre on Thursday, June 28. Estimates suggest that as many as 8% of children aged 5 to 18 in many areas of Guildford act as carers – unrecognised and hidden to society.  The effect on these children is huge, with many finding their normal young lives replaced by caring for a relative within the family unit.

Guildford Young Carers will be the main charitable focus for Cllr Mike Parsons, Mayor of Guildford for 2018/2019.  He explains:  “I feel passionately about helping young carers and set up the Guildford Young Carers Fund as my primary Mayor... read more

June
26

Alto Bronze collection new from Aston Matthews

With the current trend for unusual metals in the bathroom, Aston Matthews has launched Alto, a collection of taps, shower fittings and matching accessories in a warm bronze finish. Manufactured from solid brass with an aged bronze finish the taps feature a lever handle for ease of use. The Alto collection is perfect for an urban industrial style bathroom

Stockist: Aston Matthews Tel: 020 7226 7220 or www.astonmatthews.co.uk... read more

June
25

COSY CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS IN GUILDFORD

Cosy Club, the newest addition to the Guildford food and drink scene, opened its doors last week in spectacular style, bringing 40 jobs to the local area.

  Cosy Club, located in the newly developed Tunsgate Quarter, celebrates the joys of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging in a fabulous, welcoming setting: think aristocratic abundance with a dash of local village cricket pavilion pottiness.... read more

June
22

Explore the world on a plate in Guildford this summer

To celebrate World Food Week (25 June to 1 July) we’ve rounded up your passport to the best food and drink venues in Guildford to help you explore the globe on a gastro level.

  BAMBOO SHOOTS 7 Jeffries Passage Guildford GU1 4AP 01483 459506 Take your taste buds on a trip to Northern China for a fresh flavour of Asian cooking. Infused with the influence of Thai and Malaysian cuisine, Bamboo Shoots serve... read more

June
22

Award News from The Boileroom!

And The Award Goes To… The Boileroom has been shortlisted for two wicked awards for our efforts in the music industry and our work within the community.

We are honored to have been shortlisted for the Best Live Music category at the EI Group Awards for Excellence and Contribution to the Community Award from Toast of Surrey. As a venue that strives to give something back to both our general com... read more

June
20

Proudly Independent Social Media Competiton

Stop and say hello to the Experience Guildford team at the rotunda on 4th July (11.00am - 3.00pm) as they celebrate Guildford’s Independent Business Community. In addition to tote bag giveaways, they will be running a Social Media Competition.

Get your photo taken with their #Gfordindie photo board for the chance to win £100 voucher to spend in your favourite independent business in Guildford. All you have to do is tag yourself and comment with your favourite indie (tagging them... read more

June
20

Guildford’s Library of Things Now Open!

Guildford’s much anticipated Library of Things opened for lending earlier this month. The volunteer-run scheme hosted by Guildford Library is a collaboration between Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. One of the first of its kind in the country, the initiative enables residents to borrow hand-held DIY, gardening and decorating tools at a fraction of the cost to buy.

The well-attended launch provided residents with their first opportunity to borrow an array of ‘things’, from household tools to tents. Cllr Philip Brooker, Lead Cllr for Housing and Environment explains: “This enterprising scheme expand... read more

June
18

URBAN BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT AT GUILDFORD-ON-SEA SUNDOWN SESSIONS

We are pleased to announce that Team Surrey Volleyball Club are bringing volleyball to Guildford-on-Sea Sundown Sessions on Thursday 16th August.  

  Raising money for the Team Surrey Volleyball Club’s chosen charity, Challengers, they will be running a tournament for local businesses throughout the evening (7.30pm – 9.30pm). We are looking to recruit 8 mixed teams of 4 (2 x male... read more

June
14

Where to watch the World Cup in Guildford

Football fever is sweeping Guildford town centre with the imminent launch of the 2018 world cup. Here's a quick round up of where you can catch all the action.....

The Boileroom - 13 Stoke Fields Showing England and Poland games only. Call 01483 440022 to book a table. Casino – Onslow Street Showing England games only. Deals on pitchers and bottled beers. The Guildford Tup – 44-46 Cherts... read more

June
12

Guildford crowns the town's Best Bar None winners

Guildford's pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants celebrated at the Electric Theatre on Monday 11th June as the town's Best Bar None award winners were announced following the fifth year of judging. 

Delivered by Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, the nationally acclaimed awards celebrate best practice amongst the licensed trade, showcasing the hard work and commitment of Guildford's venues to create a... read more

June
08

Guildford Fringe Festival!!!

We are over the moon to tell you that there are only 22 days left to wait until Guildford Fringe Festival 2018! We have got so much coming up throughout July but we thought we would pick out our favourite theatre productions for you! These are listed in date order.

Click here to find out the fav theatre productions!... read more

June
05

LOUNGERS GROUP TO OPEN COSY CLUB IN GUILDFORD

The newest addition to the Guildford food and drink scene is about to fling open its doors.  Cosy Club will open on Monday 18th June thanks to the Loungers Group.  Loungers has invested over £1m transforming the unit in Guildford’s newly developed Tunsgate Quarter, creating 40 jobs for local people.

Quirky, eccentric and playful Cosy Club offers informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a unique and family friendly environment. Think mansion splendour meets village hall eccentricity. Cosy Club's menu majors on comfort food class... read more

June
04

The Boileroom - shorted listed for awards...!

We've been shortlisted for the Toast of Surrey Business Awards for Contribution to the Community award; and EI Great British Pub Awards for Best Live Music award - yass queen!

Click for more info!... read more

June
04

Protecting the food on your plate and eating out in Guildford

We love our food, there’s simply no denying it. In fact, as a nation, we spent over £203 billion on food and drink last year alone. But the safety of our food is often something we take for granted.

  So this week, as part of National Food Safety Week (4 – 10 June 2018), we are partnering with the Food Standards Agency to shine a light on food safety and the team working behind the scenes across the borough to help ensure that the food... read more

May
30

Guildford-on-Sea returns this August with new Sundown Sessions

Enjoy all the fun of the seaside this August as Guildford-on-Sea returns to the banks of the River Wey.  

Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford's urban beach is free to enter and open daily from 10am to 6pm on 16 to 18 August 2018. Organised by Experience Guildford with support from the Electric Theatre and Guildford’s A... read more

May
29

ANDY PARSONS HEADLINES FRINGE FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT

GAG HOUSE COMEDY SUPERSTARS
Line-up: Andy Parsons, Zoe Lyons, Matt Richardson and Ivo Graham
Friday 29 June @ 8pm
FOLLOWING last year’s hugely successful sell-out opening night, Gag House Comedy Superstars returns to G Live on Friday, June 29 with an almighty new line-up of cracking comics ready to raucously declare Guildford Fringe Festival 2018 officially open!

All year Gag House Comedy host monthly clubs, bringing the best professional comedians on the touring circuit to Guildford, Godalming and Reigate.  So the team really know their comedic stuff.  Comedy Superstars welcomes huge acts that you’ll ... read more

May
29

Experience Guildford opens voting for the 2018 Customer Service Awards this Friday

Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, is calling for individuals to vote for the businesses they think offer outstanding customer service in the annual Customer Service Awards.

Covering the full mix of retail and leisure businesses operating in the town, from beauty salons to burger joints, venues to clothes stores, the awards, now in their sixth year, offer a great opportunity for the general public to sing the prais... read more

May
25

NEW SIGNED BOB DYLAN ARTWORK TO BE UNVEILED IN GUILDFORD

A new collection of limited edition graphics by Bob Dylan will be unveiled at a Guildford gallery today (Friday 25th May).

  The latest instalment of the coveted The Drawn Blank Series titled ‘The Drawn Blank Series: 10th Anniversary’ will be released at Castle Fine Art on High Street and on www.castlefineart.com. Marking a decade since the original launc... read more

May
21

ASK Italian are supporting Bake it Better for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity)

ASK Italian are proud to have already raised £1million for their long standing charity partner, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity), and so to mark the start of raising the next £1million they’re supporting GOSH Charity’s annual Bake it Better campaign.    

  The new White Chocolate Fondue available now in restaurants features baked sweet dough sticks served with white chocolate sauce, milk chocolate crumb and crushed pistachio nuts. The dessert was created with the help of Great Ormond Street H... read more

May
17

G LIVE THANK THEIR VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE DURING VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK (1-7 JUNE)

Volunteers make a real difference at Guildford’s G Live.

More than 100 local residents volunteer their time at G Live every year, giving up their time so others enjoy can enjoy the numerous shows that take place at the state-of-the-art entertainment, conference and hospitality venue located in the heard... read more

May
15

Get wedding ready in Guildford this summer

With summer now finally beginning to shine, we’ve hit that time of year when everyone is talking about weddings. Whether you’re the mother of the bride, best man, guest or the main act, there’s so much to organise for the big day so here’s our roundup of the best places in Guildford to get you ready for the season of tying the knot!

Bobbi Brown Tunsgate Unit 9 Guildford GU1 3QT 0370 192 5751 Let Bobbi Brown help you look your best on the big day by heading down to one of their bridal week events running 19th to 26th May. There’ll be make-up masterclasses, spec... read more

May
15

Experience Guildford to host free customer service training session

Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, is teaming up with mystery shopper experts, Shopper Anonymous, to offer free customer service training to Guildford BID members. Taking place on 30th May at EG HQ from 6pm, the session will last approximately 90 minutes and cover all the essentials to help ensure your staff continue to wow your customers and maintain high customer service standards.    

Delving into what constitutes great service, the team from Shopper Anonymous will provide tips and techniques to improve all aspects of your business's customer service. From subtle practices to make your customers feel special to effective... read more

May
04

The Friary Guildford supports Mental Health Awareness Week with FREE yoga and mindfulness workshops

Research by the Mental Health Foundation has shown that at some point in our lifetimes, around two thirds of us will experience a mental health problem, with stress being a key factor. To help raise awareness of mental health issues and educate people on how to handle the pressures of stress and everyday life, The Friary Guildford is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week from 14 -20 May.  

FREE Yoga and Mindfulness Taster workshops will also take place at The Friary Guildford between 11am - 4pm on Sunday with Breathe Calm Yoga and Mindfulness. These workshops will offer a chance to experience the positive effects yoga and mindfulnes... read more

May
02

The Boileroom picks up prestigious Spirit of the Scene award at Music Week Awards 2018

The Boileroom are the second venue to win this award recognizing Grassroots Music Venues at the forefront of the live industry.

The Boileroom is the proud winner of Grassroots Venue: Spirit of the Scene 2018. The award celebrates the hard work that smaller, independent venues contribute towards the music industry as a whole. “I’m up here representing the people who... read more

April
27

Music on the mind for ACM Guildford students as they embark on charity busking tour

ACM Students Kiran Evetts and Moss Andrew-Beale are embarking on a charity tour of Southern England spanning 11 locations and 16 performances - one for each million affected by mental health issues. The pair who both study on the Music Production Diploma at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) will be raising money for mental health charity Key Changes by busking and via their Just Giving page. Peter Leigh, the CEO of Key Changes said: “We're really, really grateful to Kiran and the Revival for putting together this tour, and promoting the cause really, to try and help other people and students, to understand that there is help out there if people are feeling affected by mental health issues. At College, at Uni, these can be stressful times for people - so it's a great idea that Kiran has had to take the band out on tour and bring some positive energy to the streets of South England and also to raise some money for us. "

Key Changes is a music charity that provides music sessions for those who experience mental health issues. Working mainly with young people and young adults, Key Changes provides access to music industry mentors who support young people in writing... read more

April
27

Borrow DIY, gardening and decorating tools from Guildford Borough Council's 'Library of Things'

We are working with Surrey County Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK to pilot one of the first ‘Library of Things’ in the country. The volunteer-run scheme will launch on Thursday 7 June in Guildford Library and enable residents to borrow hand-held DIY, gardening and decorating tools at a fraction of the cost to buy.

Cllr Philip Brooker, Lead Cllr for Housing and Environment explains: “We are delighted to be one of the first public sector collaborations in the country to trial this exciting new initiative. The social enterprise scheme expands the existing li... read more

April
27

MICHELLE GAYLE TO BRING SWEETNESS TO CINDERELLA THIS CHRISTMAS

RECORDING artist, actress, songwriter and author Michelle Gayle will bring Sweetness to Surrey this Christmas as Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre announces she is set to star as the Fairy Godmother in their magical family pantomime, Cinderella. Michelle first rose to fame as Fiona Wilson in the BBC’s classic children’s TV series Grange Hill before becoming an Albert Square regular, playing Hattie Tavernier in EastEnders for five years. A successful music career followed, with the talented R&B singer securing herself two top-40 UK solo albums – including the top-10 hit singles Sweetness and Do You Know – and three BRIT Award nominations.

Combining her love of music and acting, Michelle has since played Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in London’s West End and she is currently on a UK tour with the stage show Son of a Preacher Man. Michelle is also known for her starr... read more

April
23

Coffee Culture launches new biodegradable coffee cups in support of a “Greener Guildford”

Guildford’s much loved, award-winning independent coffee shop, Coffee Culture, is proud to announce that it will now be serving coffees and teas from new, biodegradable coffee cups in a bid to help reduce plastic pollution and fight environmental waste.  

  Owned by Will and Claire Gill, Coffee Culture has long been known for its Fairtrade ethics and support of local businesses. The introduction of environmentally friendly single-use cups adds to the team's ongoing efforts to create a busi... read more

April
17

Metropolis Studios and ACM join forces to launch exclusive record label Metropolis Blue

ACM and Metropolis Studios have proudly launched a brand new record label initiative run by students, for students, with expert guidance from industry professionals at the award-winning Metropolis Studios. By joining ACM’s unparalleled creative industry education with Metropolis’s world-class status, ACM students will gain the experience they need to get ahead in this competitive industry. Chairman of ACM and Owner of Metropolis Studios Kainne Clements said: “We promised more industry-based learning and connected opportunity than any other provider and I am both excited and proud to deliver on this by launching the new record label, specific to ACM, powered by Metropolis.”  

Building long-lasting, sustainable careers since 1995, ACM represents every corner of the creative industries, creating a microcosm of the business with its talented student body. Metropolis Blue will act not only as a springboard for ACM student... read more

April
16

Cath Kidston Royal Wedding Collection

THE ROYAL WEDDING COLLECTION Cath Kidston love a wedding, especially when it’s a Royal Wedding! Join them in celebrating Harry and Meghan's special day on the 19th May with their commemorative collection. The Royal Wedding collection features a special print designed to celebrate the wedding of Harry and Meghan. Joining together iconic symbols of British and American heritage, this is a commemorative piece we are sure you will want to keep.

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April
11

New defibrillator could help save lives in Guildford town centre

A partnership between Guildford Lions, Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford has come together to install a new life-saving defibrillator at the Rodboro Buildings in Guildford, which is owned by Wetherspoons.

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Project Aspire, Health, Safeguarding and Sport says: "The defibrillator project is extremely important and can truly help save lives. This is jointly funded by Guildford Borough Council, Guildfor... read more

April
10

Lighten up with ASK Italian’s new spring menu!

Spring is in the air, and ASK Italian have just launched their new menu featuring Prima Light pizzas for under 550kcal* and other colourful additions.

  Start with the seasonal NEW Spinach & Ricotta arancini served with a spicy tomato dip or try their NEW Tuscan Bread Salad, which is vegan-friendly too. It’s brimming with the fresh flavours of yellow courgettes, tomatoes, cucumber and roa... read more

April
03

Guildford in Bloom 2018 - ENTRY OPEN

As our gardens and allotments show signs of springing back into life we are delighted to announce that this year’s Guildford in Bloom competition is now open for entries.

The competition is free to enter for borough residents, schools, community groups and businesses who love gardening and want to help make Guildford and surrounding villages an even more beautiful place to live, work and visit. The competition ... read more

March
28

THEATRE JOINS GUILDFORD LANDMARKS TO SHINE A LIGHT ON AUTISM

GUILDFORD’S Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is ready to help paint the town blue this weekend, as the venue will join other local landmarks to light up blue for World Autism Awareness Day this Monday, April 2.

  The Guildford Theatre is ready to support Jigsaw Trust, helping them to raise awareness of autism by joining the Light It Up Blue campaign. In 2007 the United Nations declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. The day aims to shine... read more

March
28

The White Company Limited Edition Fragrance for summer

Introducing Vine Tomato Limited Edition Fragrance for Summer 2018. When the weather is warm, nothing seems more appealing than sun-ripened vegetables, juicy fruits and an abundance of greenery, so to help you fill your kitchen and dinner table with these feel-good aromas The White Company have launched a limited edition fragrance: Vine Tomato.  

This leafy blend featuring sun-ripened tomato and moss accords is decidedly moreish, transporting your senses to the streets of Italy. You’ll imagine stepping out of the beating sun into a cool, shaded courtyard, on balconies above; juicy tomato... read more

March
26

Get set for a great Easter in Guildford

Ease into the Easter Holidays with these great ideas of thing to do, see and buy in Guildford. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, plus don’t forget to keep your eyes and your ears peeled for clues in this year’s White Rabbit Easter Trail.

Guildford’s White Rabbit Easter Trail Hop into Guildford between Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th April and you could bag yourself £20 worth of Easter goodies in this year’s White Rabbit Trail - it’s an Easter hunt with a difference. Each d... read more

March
23

NEW MARVEL GRAPHICS TO LAUNCH AT GUILDFORD GALLERY

A new series of Marvel prints hand-signed by comic legend, Stan Lee, will be revealed at a Guildford gallery this weekend.    

The 2018 instalment of the Superheroes collection, created in collaboration with Marvel’s fine art publisher, Choice Fine Art, will be unveiled at Castle Fine Art on High Street at midday on Saturday (24th March). Individually hand-signe... read more

March
16

The Boileroom - flexible space for event needs!

FROM BIRTHDAY PARTIES, PRODUCT LAUNCHES, STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTIES TO WEDDING RECEPTIONS. THE BOILEROOM IS A FLEXIBLE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR EVENT NEEDS!

As well as being an award winning music venue, we have been hosting unique events here at the Boileroom for over ten years. We take pride in facilitating your vision. As a flexible space, we are able to accommodate a wide range of events; ... read more

March
15

Do you go out in Guildford town centre in the evening?

We want to know what you think.
Working in partnership with Experience Guildford we would like to find out what you think in a public consultation about going out in the town centre in the evening and night time. This will help us develop and maintain our prestigious Purple Flag status. 

Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety says: “Guildford is the only town in Surrey, and one of only 70 towns and cities in the UK, to hold the Purple Flag award for its safe, diverse and vibrant night life. The accred... read more

March
15

MAYOR OF GUILDFORD OPENS TUNSGATE QUARTER

Tunsgate Quarter, the 80,000 sq ft high-quality shopping and dining destination in Guildford town centre opened at 11am on Thursday 15th March with a ribbon cutting ceremony with a twist.

To mark the centre’s official opening, The White Company, one of the centre’s new lifestyle brands, created a bespoke floral garland, inspired by spring for the ribbon cutting, which was cut by the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Nigel Ma... read more

March
14

TUNSGATE QUARTER GUILDFORD BRINGS TWO NEW NAMES TO SURREY AHEAD OF OPENING TOMORROW

Tunsgate Quarter, the 80,000 sq ft high-quality shopping and dining destination in Guildford town centre is set to open at 11am tomorrow morning, Thursday 15th March, following a comprehensive redevelopment to remodel and extend the centre.

Ahead of tomorrow’s special opening event, Queensberry, the developer has announced two new names, both new to Surrey, to join the line-up of premium lifestyle brands and restuarants. The new signings take the centre to 85% pre-let. Cosy... read more

March
08

Fundraising for Lizzi Jordan at Airhop.

Lizzi Jordan is a 20 year old girl from Guildford who woke up from an 8 week coma completely BLIND after surviving multi organ failure from suspected food poisoning - she needs to go abroad from treatment to try and restore her vision. We desperately need the funds to get her there.    

Airhop are opening their doors for two exclusive sessions where 100% of proceeds go to A Sparkle of Hope for Lizzi. It's on Thursday 8th March and the two sessions are at 6pm and 7pm. It's at a reduced rate of £10pp to try attract peopl... read more

March
08

PHO TO JOIN TUNSGATE QUARTER’S RESTAURANT LINE-UP THIS SPRING

Queensberry has added, healthy Vietnamese street food restaurant, Pho to its line-up of high quality shops and restaurants at Tunsgate Quarter. 

 

The new shopping and and leisure development in the heart of Guildford town centre will open to the public on 15th March 2018 with a special opening event. The day will be followed with a number of special activites throughout the next couple o... read more

March
08

Complete our Purple Flag Survey for a chance to win!

Are you a Guildford pub-goer, theatre visitor or restaurant frequenter? If you use Guildford town centre after 5pm we want to hear from you!

Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford are carrying out a survey to get a better understanding of local perception of the town’s night time economy.  

Guildford is the only town in Surrey to be awarded Purple Flag status (actually since 2014!) for its variety of nightlife, from cinemas and bars to restaurants and heritage sites. The prestigious Purple Flag is similar to the Blue Flag for beac... read more

March
07

Pint of Science festival returns to Guildford for 2018

Guildford’s 2018 Pint of Science festival, taking place in local venues between 14 - 16 May 2018, will see University of Surrey academics deliver fascinating and accessible short talks on the latest scientific research and breakthroughs, all in the comfort of your local pub.
 

The event allows the public to listen to, and engage with, researchers and academics at the forefront of their fields, discussing the latest scientific research. This year, Guildford’s Pint of Science festival will explore captivating th... read more

March
06

Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospices Charity Golf Day

Guildford Golf Club
on Wednesday 13th June  from 12.00 first tee. We are pleased to advise everyone that we shall be holding our first Charity golf day at Guildford golf club. Our aim is to try to raise £5,000 to support the excellent work the Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospices undertake, and we are naturally hoping that we will be able to secure continued support for them from you. So if you’re not able to attend the day you may still be able to offer an auction or hole prize.

The special friendliness of the Shooting Star Chase golf day will I hope be the first of many, and we will try to add a lots of fun ideas to the day, The format of the golf competitions will be individual, team and a special yellow ball compet... read more

February
27

Mum’s the word

With Mother’s Day just around the corner (Sunday 11 March), we’ve rounded up some of the best promotions and gift ideas for you to spoil your mum, and grab a few extra brownie points in the process! So, don’t leave this big day to chance, get ahead of the game and show your mum just how much she means to you with one of these suggestions. 
 

The Secret Garden 4 Angel Gate Guildford GU1 4AE 01483 497109 Say it with flowers and add that extra bit of colour to your mum’s day this Mothering Sunday. With a fabulous selection of hand-tied bouquets and an exotic range of indoor... read more

February
26

A nomination for The Boileroom!

Honoured and humbled to say we were nominated for Music Week's Spirit of the Scene 2018 ; which champions grassroots music venues. A big thank you to you lovely lot for supporting us - your local indie venue.

click here to find out more!... read more

February
23

House of Fraser Hosts Prosecco Van Pop Up in Store


Surrey-based prosecco van Popped Truck Ltd. will be hitting the aisles of Guildford’s House of Fraser from 3 March, 2018. Thirsty shoppers can treat themselves to prosecco flutes and prosecco cocktails from the Popped Truck prosecco van, which will be located on the upper ground floor of the department store near the Beauty hall.    

The Popped Truck prosecco van is run by Surrey resident Amie Sparrow, who started the company three years ago. “We’re really excited to bring our prosecco van to House of Fraser Guildford,” Mrs.Sparrow said. “Having our prosecco van ins... read more

February
23

VIP LADIES DAY AT THE FRIARY GUILDFORD

Ladies, join The Friary Guildford on Saturday, 10 March from 12pm – 4pm for a Mother’s Day treat you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy a 1:1 session with a professional colour analyst who will advise what colours and style of clothes compliment your aura before being pampered by KIKO Milano and Doll Beauty make-up artists, who will be on hand to help make you feel like a 10/10.

For the full celebrity treatment, head to the Prosecco lounge bar. There you can not only enjoy a little tipple but also indulge in the finest Belgian chocolate fountain with delicious sweet treats. Perhaps then you can get the girls together and ... read more

February
22

ACM student Cyreez Lewis performs alongside Justin Timberlake at 2018’s BRIT Awards

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) was delighted to see its student and first ever recipient of the Skunk Anansie Scholarship perform alongside Justin Timberlake at this year’s iconic BRIT Awards. ACM was also proud of its many alumni recognised for their hard-work and dedication to the music industry through the nominations and winners at this year’s awards. Head of Creative Industry Development Ace, (also the guitarist in Skunk Anansie) said: “I am so proud of our first ever Scholarship recipient Cyreez for his impeccable performance at this year’s BRIT Awards. To have this experience whilst he is still studying for his degree is absolutely fantastic and will certainly open more doors to success in the future. It was amazing to see so many of our alumni featured too, such as Kirsten Joy the live vocalist for Clean Bandit and Mark Crew who developed Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.” https://www.acm.ac.uk/open-days/

Alongside nominated alumnus Ed Sheeran, ACM was ecstatic to see Clean Bandit who features alumna Kirsten Joy as a live vocalist nominated for best music video and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man pick up the award for best 'British Single' who was dev... read more

February
21

New for Boots

Important notice – HPV vaccine is now available again in Boots Guildford for men and women aged 12-44.
Read more at here.

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February
19

The Ivy Castle View - Coming soon, opening in Spring 2018!

Situated a stone’s throw away from the historic Guildford castle and picturesque river Wey, The Ivy Castle View will offer sophisticated yet relaxed all-day dining for local residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy. As with its sister restaurants, the brasserie’s menus will be all-encompassing, serving breakfast, elevenses, coffees, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, cocktails and dinner, ensuring there is something to suit all occasions. Available from dawn until dusk, seven days a week, menus will feature an enticing selection of modern British classics and internationally-inspired dishes, including warming shepherd’s pie, chicken Milanese with black truffle mayonnaise, and line caught swordfish with red pepper sauce and cherry tomato.
 

Spanning across two floors, The Ivy Castle View will feature a first-floor private dining room and bar seating up to 30 guests, with its own covered, private terrace. The second floor will feature the main restaurant, complete with a striking cent... read more

February
15

National Random Acts of Kindness Day – Saturday, February 17th, 2018

A helping hand, understanding smile or unexpected praise that gives you that oh so necessary lift.  These are just some of the simple acts of kindness that we all appreciate. And what’s better, they don’t cost a thing. It’s human nature to want to help and to feel cheered by the process of helping, but as we all go about our busy lives, we often cannot see the wood for the trees, let alone a quiet desolate face that needs an uplift.

We shouldn’t really need a day dedicated to being kind, for most of us it’s something we strive to be every day. But occasionally we do need a day to really make us think of others and how our kind actions can make a difference to them. ... read more

February
07

Mavericks Academy is moving!!

Mavericks Academy will be relocating next month to our brand new facility. We will be moving to a much bigger Academy, with brand new equipment, 3 training areas with a dedicated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu area, boxing ring, more space for personal training, multiple bags and much more!    

Don't worry we aren't moving far, the new Academy will be located at Finance House, Park Street, Guildford GU1 4XB. The Launch day for the opening is 24th February 2018. We will be having an Open day, with lots of different classes, se... read more

February
01

Win £250 with the Official Guildford App!

EG COMPETITION ALERT!

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in February with The Official Guildford App! All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digital Pr... read more

January
31

NESPRESSO TO JOIN THE LINE-UP AT TUNSGATE QUARTER, GUILDFORD

Nespresso is the latest name to join the line-up of lifestyle brands opening at Tunsgate Quarter, the new retail and restaurant development in the heart of Guildford town centre, in spring this year. The pioneer and leading quality coffee brand will be opening a Boutique concept store, providing coffee-lovers with an opportunity to sample a selection of its high-quality blends from around the world.

The new Nespresso Boutique will showcase the brand’s dedication to innovation and sustainability, alongside its diverse range of coffees, Nespresso machines and accessories. The Boutique will provide an interactive experience for shoppers, wi... read more

January
30

ACM brings Metropolis to Guildford after officially unveiling a brand new flagship recording facility

ACM was thrilled to unveil its brand-new state-of-the-art recording facility housed in its Guildford campus on Monday 29th January.

Designed by the best technical minds of ACM and Metropolis, the new studio mirrors the industry standard expected of Europe’s largest recording facility. An exclusive guest list of press and industry were invited to see the studio in act... read more

January
29

Shoppers and visitors flock to Guildford in December

Guildford has again bucked national and regional town centre footfall trends over December posting strong and steady footfall figures as businesses capitalise on the busiest season in the retail calendar.

Month-on-month footfall figures in the town centre, released by Springboard, saw increases of 19.6% compared to an average of 2.7% in the south-east and 0.9% nationally. Footfall figures also increased year-on-year, with Guildford experiencing a 2... read more

January
29

Oh ‘Sweet Chariot’ it’s time for 6-Nations!

The 6-Nations returns on 3rd February to 17th March, and with it, the inevitable scrum to find the best places to watch the match from the best seats in the house.

Here’s our roundup of some of Guildford’s most rugby loving pubs and the great offers and atmosphere that they have on tap to help you get behind all of the games. So, hone your haka, gen up on your chants, grab a pint of real ale and sett... read more

January
19

Experience Guildford roll out ATCM Have a Heart Campaign

Experience Guildford, the town’s Business Improvement District, is rolling out a new initiative introduced by the Association of Town Centre Managers (ATCM) in a bid to positively change consumer behaviour towards street beggars.  

The ‘Have a Heart - Give Smart’ campaign, originally introduced in the City of Edmonton, Canada, helps raise awareness of the best ways to support and offer help to those that we perceive in need on our streets. The campaign centres on encoura... read more

January
10

FITSTUFF PARTNER WITH MERCER SURREY HALF 2018

Organisers of the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon are delighted to announce Fitstuff as partners of their award-winning race, which takes place on 11th March 2018 at Woking Leisure Centre.

Voted the UK’s Best Road Run; the Mercer Surrey Half welcomes 6000 runners each year to it’s majestic start line to take part in the title half marathon distance, a “fast and furious” 5km and 2km kids race. The event boasts UKA affiliat... read more

January
08

Trinity Folk Festival Early Bird tickets on sale!

Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Trinity Folk Festival which is back at St Mary’s Church in the centre of Guildford, The Keep on Friday night and The Star on Saturday night.  Early bird prices are a top value all 3 gigs for £25 (concessions available) together with individual tickets and a great value family pass. In addition there is a FREE launch gig for the first 35 early bird ticket buyers on Sunday afternoon 11th February at The Star featuring Fatea nominated 'Best female singer' Kim Lowings and the Greenwood. They wowed the audience at TFF in 2017 and we are delighted they have agreed to come back for this Launch Gig. Tickets here
https://tickets.visitguildford.com/search/trinity%20folk%20festival If you want to attend the Launch Gig buy your tickets quickly and confirm your place by telephone to Guildford Tourist Information on 01483 444333 or email at trinityfolkfestival@gmail.com

Click here for line up information!... read more

December
14

New homes, jobs and transport improvements are a step closer as we submit our Local Plan for independent inspection

We have just achieved a major milestone in developing our new Local Plan by submitting it to the government’s planning inspectorate. Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “Our plan is about enabling people to thrive, wherever they live or work in the borough, and submitting our plan to the Secretary of State is a significant achievement and move forward for the future of Guildford. “Local people need a range of homes, especially affordable, a successful economy with great work prospects, good education choices and protected heritage and countryside. Alongside better transport and travel options to support them. Our new Local Plan is the best way to provide these and will enable the Council to tackle local issues and balance community needs across the whole borough. “The next stage of reviewing the plan is now in the hands of the planning inspectorate. After the government appoints them, an independent Planning Inspector will control and manage the examination, including a set of public hearings.” Cllr Spooner adds: “The plan also aims to put control about how our borough evolves firmly in local hands. Without a plan in place that allows us to consider the bigger picture there is a greater risk of a piecemeal approach driven by developers or those outside the borough. It should also be noted that the Submission Local Plan will now carry some weight in our decision making process. This weight will increase as the plan progresses towards full adoption. “Although we have now submitted our plan, it is still vital that strategic partners complete their supporting transport and other infrastructure projects. That way we can deliver the new plan in full and give our residents and future generations the great environment, homes and jobs they need.”  

The Council agreed on 21 November that the plan, supporting evidence and consultation comments could be submitted to the Secretary of State. All of these documents have now been delivered to the planning inspectorate. They are also availabl... read more

December
12

Jackson & Rye introduces brasserie dining with a New York state of mind

This winter, Jackson + Rye brings New York brasserie dining to the streets of the UK, set in the elegant Art Deco Manhattan-style of all six restaurants. The menu now features a collection of brasserie dishes inspired by classic French flavours with an American twist, accompanied by signature cocktails and a tailored wine list.
It wouldn't be a true New York brasserie experience without dishes served straight from the grill. At Jackson + Rye, guests are able to enjoy a selection of quality Black Angus steaks which have been matured for a minimum of 42 days. Cuts include the Fillet, Sirloin and Ribeye, along with the newly added Bavette, Dry-Aged Bone-In Rib Steak and a succulent Veal Chop.
A classic array of brasserie dishes has been introduced to the menu. For appetisers, guests can enjoy Beef Carpaccio, with salsa, garlic aioli and shaved parmesan, or Burrata, served with smoky tomato relish and walnut gremolata. Then for mains, choose from Seabass Fillets with samphire, brown shrimp & crab butter; King Prawn Linguine with courgette, capers, garlic, chili and rocket, or a herb marinated Half Roast Chicken, served with garlic butter and fries.
To round off the voyage, dessert choices include decadent Chocolate Fondant with salted caramel ice-cream and a classic all-American Pecan Pie served with caramel ice cream and a bourbon & maple syrup.
At Jackson + Rye Brasserie guests can enjoy cocktails around the stunning centrepiece bar before taking their seat in the leather clad booths. Classic cocktails such as Old Fashioned and Manhattan are served shaken or stirred, alongside house favourites such as the Love Child - an amorously titled twist on the martini- blending Belvedere vodka, lychee, vanilla, Cointreau & Prosecco, in addition to the spicy Illegal Negroni, made with Mezcal, Antica Formula & Campari.
 

Operations Director Adelle Pearman says: “Jackson + Rye prides itself on welcoming, attentive service, and with this shift we’ve fully come into our own as a New York brasserie. We have responded to our guests looking for a quality dining expe... read more

December
09

Christmas at The Castle

On Saturday 9 December, visitors to Guildford will have an opportunity to ‘step back in time’ to experience a Medieval Christmas at Guildford Castle.  Past Pleasures, the UK’s leading professional costumed live interpretation company, will take visitors back to 1347 to encounter King Edward III, Queen Philippa of Hainault and members of their Court – who are known to have celebrated Christmas at Guildford Castle almost 700 years ago.  

The event, organised by Guildford Borough Council, sees the return of Past Pleasures to Guildford following the hugely successful Christmas at the Castle event last year. Proceedings will once again begin at the Medieval Undercroft on Guildfor... read more

November
30

Festive Opening Hours in Key Town Centre Stores

Check out the festive opening hours for some of the key stores in Guildford town centre below:

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November
22

LULULEMON TO OPEN AT TUNSGATE QUARTER, GUILDFORD WITH FREE IN STORE YOGA

Queensberry adds lululemon to the exciting line-up
OKA, Loaf and The Ivy are due to start fitting out in the coming weeks


Tunsgate Quarter, the exciting new 80,000 sq ft retail and restaurant development in the heart of Guildford town centre, has signed lululemon to further strengthening the appeal of the new eye-catching shopping destination.

lululemon Athletica, will open its first full-line UK store outside London and join the line-up that already includes Loaf, OKA, The White Company, Cath Kidston, Bobbi Brown and The Ivy Collection, which will start fitting-out in the coming weeks.

lululemon is a women’s and men’s technical athletic apparel company, founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1998. As the brand defining an active, mindful lifestyle, lululemon is focused on creating design-led products that empower people to live a life they love. Designed for and with athletes, products blend function and fashion, using innovative, high-performance fabrics to support yoga, running, training and most other sweaty pursuits.

Founded on a community-led model, lululemon builds authentic relationships with guests through its stores and network of local ambassadors, creating holistic experiences which transcend its products. The new shop will be a space for the local community to shop, stretch and sweat; transforming into a studio space each week, guests will be invited to join complimentary yoga and fitness classes led by local trainers.
Chris Daly, Senior Leasing Manager at Queensberry, said: “This latest announcement demonstrates the consistent quality of the exciting line-up we’re creating at Tunsgate Quarter. lululemon Athletica is very much in line with the unique retail and leisure destination we’re creating in Guildford. The community is at the heart of this scheme and we know lululemon Athletica will appeal to Guildford’s local and wider catchement.”

At Tunsgate Quarter, Queensberry’s vision is to create an expanded leisure and shopping hub, embracing independent retailers adjacent to the scheme, as well as adding to the choice from the High Street and offer spectacular views across Guildford Castle and gardens. The scheme will have a striking new atrium at its heart when it opens in Spring 2018.

 

Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare is the architects for Tunsgate Quarter, and the agents are Bruce Gillingham Pollard and Cushman & Wakefield. ISG PLC is the contractor for the scheme.... read more

November
07

Guildford businesses vote YES to second term of the BID!!

Guildford businesses have voted in favour of a second, five-year term of the Business Improvement District (BID), Experience Guildford. The outcome of the Guildford BID ballot was revealed at 4pm on Friday 3 November by Guildford Borough Council, the Ballot Holder. The overall result was 85% in favour by number of businesses, 90% in favour by rateable value, with a turnout of 54%.

Over the last five years, Guildford businesses have collectively invested over £2.5 million through the payment of an annual levy to deliver services and projects to enhance the trading environment, creating a prosperous and exciting destination for shoppers, staff, residents and visitors to the town.

Experience Guildford was originally founded in 2013 following the town’s first BID ballot. During the initial five-year term, Experience Guildford introduced a number of successful campaigns and projects that responded to the key objectives of the BID members business plan, centring on making Guildford a safer, cleaner, better promoted and thriving place to live, work and play. These included initiatives such as the introduction of Guildford Town Rangers, the purchase and installation of new Christmas lights, design and delivery of the Guildford Customers Service Awards and the promotion of free parking to coincide with key dates in the retail calendar.

The second term of the BID will begin on 1 February 2018 with the roll-out of a new business plan as agreed and voted for by BID members. Key activities and initiatives highlighted for the next five years include; a sustained and enhanced destination marketing and events campaign, improved business support and training, strengthening of Guildford’s position as one of the safest and most welcoming towns in the south-east and improving the town’s accessibility and footfall.

In the meantime, the Experience Guildford team are busy preparing the town for the festive season ahead, with the annual Guildford Christmas light switch-on event taking place Thursday 16th November, the launch of the popular Little Book of Offers and the roll-out of free parking initiatives to coincide with late night shopping dates during the run-up to Christmas.

Commenting on the successful ballot win, Amanda Masters, general manager of Experience Guildford said;

“We are delighted by the results of the recent BID ballot and proud to be supporting Guildford and the retail and leisure businesses within it for a further five years. Experience Guildford would like to thank all of our BID members for their efforts and commitment to ensure that Guildford maintains its position as the premier shopping and leisure destination in the south east. The next 5 years represent a new and exciting chapter for Experience Guildford and our BID members, as we build upon our achievements to date and continue our pledge to work tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence and prosperity for the future of our town.”

For more information on Experience Guildford and to read the full business plan for the next five years, visit www.experienceguildford.com

For more information on Experience Guildford and to read the full business plan for the next five years, visit www.experienceguildford.com... read more

November
06

Celebrate the countdown to Christmas...!

To celebrate the countdown to Christmas, Experience Guildford, the town's Business Improvement District is launching a range of offers, events and incentives to support businesses in the town and maintain Guildford’s position as one of the premier festive retail and leisure destinations in the south-east.
Kicking off proceedings, the annual Christmas lights switch-on event takes place on Thursday 16 November, with visitors treated to entertainment and excitement throughout the town, including a packed schedule of acts performing at the Experience Guildford stage at the top of the high street, a glittering firework display courtesy of White Lion Walk Shopping Centre and the light switch-on event itself held in partnership with Guildford Borough Council and 96.4 Eagle Radio.
On Saturday 18th November, Market Street brings their touch of Christmas magic to the town with a festive all-day event for all the family to enjoy. Expect to see a host of street entertainers and bespoke in-store events, plus stock up on discounts and goodies with giveaways, prize draws and competitions.
The Official Guildford App will be on hand to provide visitors to Guildford with real-time, up to the minute information on everything they need for a stress-free day of Christmas shopping in the town, including data on the nearest vacant parking space, a full directory of the town’s shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and detail of all the latest offers and deals taking place over the festive period.
Back by popular demand, Guildford's Little Book of Big Offers returns this year packed full of offers, discounts and promotions from a selection of the town’s leading retail, leisure and lifestyle businesses. Available from Guildford Tourist Information Centre or via the Official Guildford App, the Little Book of Big Offers is the perfect passport to a great Christmas in Guildford, full of gift ideas and festive treats.
Plus, get set for the start of late-night Christmas shopping as Experience Guildford, supported by Guildford Borough Council, offer visitors to the town free parking in Pay and Display car parks* every Thursday from 4pm from 23 November to 21 December. Look out for stickers on ticket machines identifying times and dates of the car parks involved in the promotion or visit www.experienceguildford.com for more information.
Amanda Masters, General Manager at Experience Guildford says:
"We’re so excited to launch this year’s festive calendar of events and activities taking place in Guildford during the run-up to Christmas, there really is something for everyone. From family fun days to rewarding Christmas offers and promotions, there’s plenty of things taking place throughout the town to help you get in the festive spirit and enjoy a stress-free and fun Christmas.”
 

For full details of all the promotions, events and activities taking place in Guildford throughout Christmas visit www.experienceguildford.com or download the Official Guildford App for free from Apple® APP Store or the Android™ Market. *Pa... read more

November
01

Win £250 with the Official Guildford App!

EG COMPETITION ALERT!

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in November with The Official Guildford App! All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digital Pr... read more

October
31

The Academy of Contemporary Music celebrates the sounds of the next generation with Winter Festival

Kicking off on Monday 30th October, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) will hold a ‘Winter Festival’ to celebrate music from the next generation; students on its Creative Artistry programme. The month-long festival will be raising money and awareness for several charities: The Number Five Project, Happy Space, and Sappers Support.  

The fringe-style festival will run for a week at Guildford’s premier arts venue, The Electric Theatre, before heading to other independent venues such as The Star (Guildford), Belushi’s (Hammersmith, London), and Stane St. Syndicate (Clapham, ... read more

October
27

Festive Fun at The Village this Christmas

Fun starts at The Village on Thursday 16 November as we join with the rest of Guildford to celebrate the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights.

The Village, located next to the Friary, will be bustling with many free events and activities as we celebrate this magical time of the year with a Christmas market, seasonal shops and scrumptious street food. Live entertainment will be provide... read more

October
24

ACCLAIMED LANDSCAPE ARTIST TO SHOWCASE NEW COLLECTION IN GUILDFORD

Local art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet an acclaimed artist this weekend, when landscape painter, Lawrence Coulson, will be making an appearance in Guildford.

The artist will be showcasing his new collection A Darker Light at Castle Fine Art on High Street on Saturday 28th October, from 1-4pm. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see him paint live as well as learn about the ideas and... read more

October
18

New Barbour opening!

Barbour will be opening their brand new store in Guildford High Street this Saturday 21 October!!  Pop in to 160 High Street to say hello!

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October
16

A new exhibition of works by Bob Dylan

A new exhibition of works by Bob Dylan will be displayed for the first time in Guildford from today (Friday 13th October).
Titled The Beaten Path, the collection of 15 limited edition graphics have been released by the UK’s leading fine art publisher, Washington Green Fine Art, and are available to buy from Castle Fine Art on High Street and www.castlefineart.com.
The body of work is a continuation of the first instalment of The Beaten Path, released last year. It marks the next chapter in the visual chronicle of Dylan’s travels whilst touring, capturing iconic images as he journeys through America. From epic cityscapes to humble roadside eateries and boundless, limitless highways, the collection of graphics offers a view into some of the most pivotal and powerful images of Dylan’s oeuvre to date.
As with the exceptionally popular debut collection, each edition in the new release will again be individually hand-signed by the artist.  Produced in a variety of sizes, the individual graphics are priced from £1,750
Iwona Oldrey, gallery manager for Castle Fine Art, Guildford, said: “Following the overwhelming response to Dylan’s debut The Beaten Path collection last year, we have received huge demand for more of his work.

“It is a real honour to have this major new body of work in our gallery, giving us a unique insight into the everyday occurrences and objects of American life through Dylan’s eyes.

“We anticipate the artwork will be popular with collectors and art lovers across the world, and would invite those who would like to view the collection to visit the gallery sooner rather than later.”

For more information please visit: www.castlefineart.com

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October
12

Trash Canteen Community Lunch Raises Over £200!

On 28th September, The Boileroom had a special community lunch for our new community Pay What You Feel Surplus food Pop Up Cafe, Trash Canteen! With assistance from the food gurus of Smokey Joe's, we managed to fill the bellies of many, all whilst raising money for a good cause.
Supported by Waitrose, Fairshare and Community Foundation for Surrey, we had a special lunch, where local charity Halow Project brought along some of their homegrown produce (courgettes, pumpkins, tomatoes, sweet peppers, courgettes and marrows!) for us to create a hearty vegetable curry, roasted vegetables, tomato and coriander salsa and rice, and courgette and carrot cupcakes for dessert!

James, Sam, Anna, and Darren from the Halow Project's Cook and Grow scheme came along to help us prepare the food, along with Aisha and Gill. Everything was ready to serve to our hungry customers, nearly 80 people came to the launch throughout... read more

October
11

Jazz is coming to town!

 

20 October - 22 October!

A three day celebration of all things Jazz showcasing some of the finest home grown and international talent currently on the circuit.
Guildford Jazz Festival is set to engage the community as a whole, by providing a mix of both free public entertainment for the whole family and ticketed events for seasoned music lovers. For full event listing and to book tickets please click here!

Shows are taking place in various locations across the town, including the notable landmarks such the Tunsgate Arch, Holy Trinity Church, the cobbled High Street plus the newly re-furbished ‘The Village’. With a variety of traditional and cont... read more

October
10

GUILDFORD LIGHTS UP PURPLE FOR WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Tuesday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day and to show their support, along with many other prestigious buildings worldwide, some of Guildford’s most iconic landmarks will Light Up Purple. World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Mental health problems can affect anyone, on any day of the year, but October 10 is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

Making a vibrant effort to highlight the importance of mental health and wellness, on Tuesday visitors to the town will see Guildford Cathedral, the Castle, Tunsgate, the Guildhall and Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre all lit up in purple. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing.  During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work and our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing.  Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Project Aspire, Health, Safeguarding and Sport said: “Within the UK it’s estimated that one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have mental health problems which affects their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day. Mental Health Awareness Day is an innovative way of raising the issues that surround attitudes to mental health. “Through Project Aspire we are committed to improving the lives of all our residents, including those with mental health problems. Mental health problems have sometimes been a taboo subject in the past. Although this is changing, we still need to work together.  We are also working with Guildford First to highlight awareness. Within Guildford Borough Council, we are engaged with the ‘Time to Change’ campaign, and aim to remove the fear of stigma of talking about mental health issues at work.”
Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures. Buildings and structures will illuminate purple on October 10 to show their solidarity in destigmatising issues around mental illness.  The ‘Light Up Purple’ campaign was set up in memory of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, to support and promote discussions surrounding mental health, digital safety, cyberbullying and exploitation. “The awareness related to bullying and mental health is a worldwide campaign that is never-ending but also needs more people and organisations to help with advocating and facilitating discussions,” says Carol Todd, Founder of the Amanda Todd Legacy Society. “There are many people, both young and old, who are suffering the effects of depression and other effects of mental health. It’s time we were more open in our conversations and we need to decrease the potential for tragic stories.” The first WMHD was held in 1992, at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health; a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. On this day each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness event to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on people’s lives worldwide, and the need to provide more information on mental wellness.

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October
10

Jigsaw launches immigration campaign and challenges the meaning of British Style

October 9th 2017, London: British fashion brand Jigsaw has launched its Autumn/Winter 17 campaign – immigration – to challenge the notion of “British” style.  The campaign, which will feature as a takeover in London’s Oxford Circus tube station, celebrates diversity – the people and cultures that have contributed to making Jigsaw
a “Beautifully British” brand since 1970.  Peter Ruis, CEO of Jigsaw, said: “Fashion doesn’t operate in a bubble; it plays on a broader psyche. We could just talk about clothes, but with what is going on around us it seems hypocritical and superficial to not accept the debt we owe to immigration in its broadest sense. Be it people, cloth, the stone floors in our shops, the film to shoot our campaigns. We are all part of a vibrant, tolerant, global Britain

These are things we believe in as a brand.”  Jigsaw’s Autumn/Winter 17 collection has been sourced and manufactured from 16 countries, while 45 different nationalities within the brand have designed and delivered
it to the customer.

The campaign, created with Jigsaw’s creative agency The Corner, was shot in a British manor house by photographer Ben Rayner, and is supported by a manifesto: British Style is not 100% British. In fact, there’s no such thing as ‘100% British’.  Or 100% Dutch, French, American, Asian or European.  Whatever your opinion, at some point in your ancestry someone moved in and unsettled the neighbours.  Because none of us are the product of staying put.

And we’re no different.

As a clothing brand we couldn’t do what we do if people weren’t free to move around.  Without immigration, we’d be selling potato sacks. We need beautiful minds from around the world. Working with beautiful materials from around the world.  To make beautiful things for people around the world.

Fear, isolation, and intolerance will hold us back.
Love, openness, and collaboration will take us forward.

In addition, Jigsaw has collaborated with Ancestry.co.uk, who invited Jigsaw staff to take DNA tests, as part of a supporting campaign on social media, which launches on October 13. “Our AncestryDNA tests look back thousands of years, over a period of time that has seen people from across the globe travelling and settling in Great Britain.  People living in Britain today are such a genetically diverse group that finding anyone with 100% British DNA would be statistically improbable and very surprising,” explains Russell James, spokesman for Ancestry.co.uk.

Tom Ewart, founding partner and CCO at The Corner, said: “Jigsaw wouldn’t be Jigsaw without immigration. From the Afghan Coat that started it all (brought back to the UK in 1970 by Jigsaw founder John Robinson), to the 45 nationalities it now employs across the business, immigration and cultural diversity has helped Jigsaw define what we now know as ‘British style’ on the high street. We couldn’t be more proud of this work at The Corner. It’s for campaigns like this that we exist.”

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October
10

ACM, Surrey Arts and Catch 22 partner for World Mental Health Day

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is proud to partner with Surrey Arts and Catch 22 to help challenge the stigma of mental health with an exciting songwriting project. Over the course of four days, young people aged between 14 - 19 will get the opportunity to share their experiences of mental health whilst making new friends along the way. Learning songwriting and production skills helping to shape their experiences into songs, attendees will then perform their work to an invited audience. This exclusive performance will be followed by a Q&A session, thereby helping to increase awareness about mental health and challenge stigma. Almost 1 in 4 children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health (including anxiety and depression[i] but too many people are made to feel isolated and ashamed as a result, because of the negative attitudes and stigma that still surround mental ill health[ii]. ACM, Surrey Arts and Catch 22 are therefore thrilled to partner to challenge this stigma through this new project. Maya Twardzicki Project Manager from Surrey Arts said “Music is a powerful way to connect with our mood and emotions and song writing can provide a method of self-expression that can help with recovery. This exciting project contains many of the ingredients shown to both improve mental wellbeing (learning new skills, connecting with others, taking notice and giving), and to reduce stigma (by bringing together young people with experience of mental health problems and those without). So we are looking forward to this creative collaboration” Lee Fellows, Head of Student Services at ACM, said: “As a leading provider of contemporary music education, we recognise how important it is to invest in the mental wellbeing of our students. We provide counselling and wellbeing services to support them in their studies, so we are therefore incredibly proud to support this project.”

For young people aged 14-19 interested in taking part in the songwriting sessions please contact Ryan.Karter@catch-22.org.uk

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October
05

Experience Guildford announces 2017 Customer Service Award winners

Town centre businesses, local dignitaries and representatives of Guildford enjoyed a celebratory evening at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Monday 2 October as Experience Guildford crowned the town's customer service stars. Now in its fifth year, the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards have gone from strength to strength with nearly 5,000 residents and visitors to the town voting for their customer service heroes. Adding to the excitement, the awards also featured a dramatic performance by aerial artist Gemma Rix and comedian Danny Buckler.

  Nominations for each of the award categories were announced at the beginning of September and since then each shortlisted business has been visited by a secret shopper to be finally crowned king of their category. Below is a list of the... read more

September
26

Audiotube announced as ACM's official distribution partner

Audiotube announced as ACM’s official distribution partner World leader in music industry education, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has partnered with fair trade distribution pioneer Audiotube to offer ACM's entire student body exclusive access to Audiotube's distribution platform. ACM’s artists, musicians, producers, writers and Music Business students will now not only be able to distribute their music to the industry’s top download and streaming services, but they will also benefit from Audiotube’s royalty collection and analytics services, free of charge, for the duration of their course. Oliver Sussat, Director at ACM said: “ACM is a powerhouse of creativity. With a network of over 13,000 graduates and 2,000 current students, our classrooms, studios and performance spaces regularly play host to fresh new sounds. It’s incredibly exciting, therefore, to be able to work with Audiotube on a solution that allows our student body to share their creativity with the wider world." Scott de Mercado, Audiotube CEO said: "Audiotube is very excited to be partnering with The Academy of Contemporary Music on this initiative. ACM does a great job at preparing their artists for the cut and thrust of the music business and distribution is a key pillar in the sector, ensuring that their creative work is not lost in a rapidly changing landscape. Distribution is where content enters the ecosystem. To be in a position to provide fair trade distribution to young artists is a great place to be. These young artists will become the mainstream artists of tomorrow and getting them used to total transparency along the value chain will lead to them championing fair trade ethos as they build out their careers in all areas of the sector. More importantly, it will enable them to see where these fair trade practises are not being used and should be a good warning signal to stay away." ACM prides itself on delivering an unparalleled and fully immersive music industry education. With real-world experience at the heart of its ethos, the Academy is thrilled to work with partners such as Audiotube and Metropolis Studios to add real-world context to its courses. By working with these industry partners, students gain a qualification, first-hand knowledge direct from the industry, and the experience needed to secure long-lasting and sustainable employment in the music industry. If you want to find out more about how you can join the next generation of the music industry at ACM, book onto an Open Day now: https://www.acm.ac.uk/open-days/ About ACM
The Academy of Contemporary Music was founded 22 years ago on a single, fundamental principle: an absolute passion for delivering outstanding contemporary music education.  Whether students choose to focus on music performance, songwriting, production, technical services or business management, ACM prides itself on delivering an immersive music industry education in which the highest quality of teaching and learning is matched with an unparalleled student experience. Representing every corner of the field they hope to work in, ACM is, in this way, creating a microcosm of the music industry in which its students really can work together and learn by doing.  They have approximately 2,000 full time students studying across their three campuses in Guildford, London and Birmingham. About Audiotube
Audiotube delivers “fair trade” digital music distribution. We put content owners first, and provide affordable, accountable, efficient and transparent solutions for distribution, marketing and monetisation. Our all-in-one Content Management System (CMS) meets every need: Host, manage, distribute, promote and monetise content with easy-to-use features ensuring maximum impact with minimum effort.

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September
26

Guildford proudly flies the Purple Flag for a fourth year!

Guildford is celebrating its fourth-year success in achieving the much coveted Purple Flag for its evening and night-time economy. The only town in Surrey to have gained such an accreditation, Guildford is one of around 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who proudly fly the Purple Flag. The Purple Flag – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – aims to raise the standards and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am. Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents. Commenting on the town’s tremendous achievement, Amanda Masters, general manager of Experience Guildford, Guildford’s Business Improvement District, and coordinator of the Purple Flag Partnership for the town says;
“Achieving a Purple Flag accreditation for the fourth year is a massive milestone for the town and one that we should all be proud of. This ongoing status sends a clear message to residents and visitors, one that demonstrates how seriously the businesses and organisations involved with our night time economy take safety and best practice. “Thanks must go to all the partners involved with the Purple Flag delivery programme and their ongoing commitment to work collaboratively to ensure Guildford’s position as one of the best and safest places to enjoy an evening out.” The Purple Flag programme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) working alongside the Purple Flag Advisory Committee – a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government, police and businesses, as well as the UK sponsors, Diageo Great Britain. Along with Experience Guildford, the Guildford Town Purple Flag Partnership includes representatives from Guildford Borough Council, led by Councillor Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety, Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue, Guildford Pubwatch, Guildford Street Angels and the night-time venues of the town. Collectively they have worked to raise the profile of the town and its evening and night-time economy, reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder and improving visitor safety. Key initiatives highlighted by the Purple Flag assessors include the introduction of the ‘Guildford Business Crime Reduction Partnership’, comprising of over 200 businesses within the town, a night bus funded by the University of Surrey with support from Arriva Bus Company to improve student safety and a ‘Safe Bus’ offering on the spot medical care and attention in the town during key busy times.
 

For more information on Guildford's Purple Flag status and ongoing initiatives to support Guildford town centre's night-time economy visit www.experienceguildford.com... read more

September
25

FROGMAN’ TO BRING CHARMING SCULPTURES TO GUILDFORD

A successful bronze artist, recognised for his colourful and expressive frog sculptures, will be making an appearance at a Guildford gallery this week.

  Tim Cotterill, also known as ‘Frogman’, will be at Castle Fine Art on High Street from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday 28th September to unveil a newly curated exhibition of his work, including two ‘show frogs’ produced exclusively for UK... read more

September
22

Vapestore are moving to bigger store!

They are moving to a bigger unit, still in the White Lion Walk which is very exciting news! Due to be opening their new doors on Thursday 5th October.  

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September
20

ACM Freddie Mercury Scholarship’s 2017 recipient announced

The Academy of Contemporary (ACM) is proud to announce Daisy Phillips as 2017’s Freddie Mercury Scholarship recipient. Daisy will now receive her entire Creative Artistry course at the Academy’s Guildford campus fully funded - graduating free from tuition fee debt. Chosen for her honest performance and dedication to a career in music, Daisy was shortlisted alongside other talented students by a panel of ACM tutors before being chosen as the winner by both Roger Taylor and Brian May. Kieron Pepper, Head of Creative Output at ACM (also known as the live drummer for The Prodigy ‘97 - ‘07) said: “Daisy Phillips was chosen from a selection of the some of the most talented individuals to join ACM this new academic year. It was her compelling performance, honesty in her lyrics and background story that truly resonated with those involved with the selection process and Roger Taylor, on behalf of Queen. I personally am looking forward to working closely with Daisy, to help her develop further as an artist, singer/songwriter and industry professional.” Thrilled to receive the prestigious award, Daisy said, “Music has always been a huge part of my life. Writing is very cathartic for me and I have always loved the idea of people listening to my music and allowing it to help them. I dropped a career path towards science to follow my dreams as a musician, despite being told I couldn't do it. The Freddie Mercury Scholarship is an incredible honour and I can barely describe how much it means to me. I feel that this has confirmed that I am doing the right thing by following my dreams and I would encourage anyone to do the same. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to the opportunities to come.” ACM’s exclusive Freddie Mercury Scholarship was set up in 2015 to honour Freddie’s 70th birthday. As a patron of ACM Guildford, Roger Taylor, alongside Brian May felt that ACM was the perfect home for the Scholarship, ensuring that talented artists are supported in the name of the late singer. Roger Taylor said: “Freddie’s name endures in so many ways so it’s therefore great to have this scholarship celebrating his musical genius!” Brian May said: “This scholarship will be a lasting tribute to Freddie and the path he blazed. He would be happy to see young talent being helped to blossom.” This year ACM has made its unique brand of music industry education more accessible than ever before. Now offering over £130,000 in the form of scholarships, five students will graduate free from tuition fee debt every year at ACM. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join the next generation of the music industry at ACM and want to find out more about the scholarships it offers, book onto an Open Day now: https://www.acm.ac.uk/open-days/ About ACM
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a leading music industry education provider. Having trained musicians, producers, songwriters, and entrepreneurs for careers in the music industry for over 20 years, with state-of-the-art facilities, a world-class faculty, and extensive industry connections, ACM offers music programmes that develop students to their maximum potential and instantly immerses them in the music industry.

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September
18

ACM’s first Music Gateway Music Production Scholarship recipient announced

After announcing the inaugural Music Production Music Gateway Scholarship earlier this summer, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is thrilled to award the prestigious scholarship to its first ever recipient - Madison Claridge (previously a pupil at the Royal Hospital School, Suffolk.) Chosen for his talent, dedication and passion for the music industry, Madison will have his Music Production Degree fully funded and will graduate from ACM's Guildford campus free from tuition fee debt. Madison was ecstatic to have received 2017’s Music Production Scholarship saying “I applied for the Music Gateway Music Production Scholarship at ACM because I loved the potential opportunities that it held. I am so pleased to have won and am really looking forward to the next two years studying at ACM and working with Music Gateway!” Many worthy applications were submitted and ACM tutors had the tough task of creating a shortlist before industry and technology partners of the Academy, Music Gateway, chose a winner. Jon Skinner CEO of Music Gateway said “It was extremely tough to come up with a winner as we had so many outstanding applications. It's really inspiring to see such a high level of dedication and creativity from a broad range of young candidates. Congratulations to our winner Madison and everyone who entered." ACM is incredibly proud to have made its unique brand of music industry education more accessible than ever before this year by offering 5 scholarships collectively worth more than £130,000. This means that 5 students will graduate from ACM free from tuition fee debt every single year. ACM is honoured to work with partners like Music Gateway to offer these awards to their most dedicated and passionate students. Mark Smithers, Pathway Leader for Music Production at ACM said “It’s fantastic to work with our long-term partners Music Gateway to offer this scholarship to Madison. His application was incredibly strong and I’m really looking forward to teaching him at ACM and seeing him progress with his bright future in the music industry.”

If you want to find out more about joining the next generation of the music industry at ACM and the scholarships it offers, sign up to an Open Day now by clicking here... read more

September
15

Guildford in Bloom Winner's Announced!

This year 257 entrants took part in Guildford in Bloom. The nine categories ranged from allotments and kitchen gardens, to neighbourhood projects and wildlife spaces, horticulture and front gardens.

The awards ceremony took place at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Thursday 14 September. Over 300 people attended, including local school children. In total 252 prizes were awarded and 40 gardeners picked up the top Gold award. Best in Sho... read more

September
14

Guildford' Jacks of London confirmed as UK's top barber!

Guildford’ Jacks of London has been confirmed as the UK’s top barber after winning the ultimate accolade, Male Grooming Salon of the Year, at the prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards, hosted by the doyenne of the grooming industry, the 135-year-old Hairdressers Journal. Official barber to the Aegon Tennis Tournament and personal male grooming specialist to scores of the UK’s top sports people, Jacks of London has built a formidable business reputation over the past 23 years. It’s a major contributor to the booming barbering industry that feeds into the £7 billion UK grooming market. Few newcomers have been able to match the service provided at Jacks, which has over the years grown stronger and stronger through experience and investment in the skill of its team. At the huge event hosted by comedian Rob Beckett in central London last Monday (11 Sept), HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, called Jacks of London’s win ‘truly well-deserved’. ‘Male grooming is enjoying a real boom period, but that means it can be harder than ever to stand out and be noticed,’ said Jayne. ‘For businesses to do well and prove their point of difference, they have to be a cut above – which all of the finalists in this category really are. A truly well-deserved win for Jacks of London, who are consistently expanding, innovating and moving the male grooming industry forward.’ The energy that drives Jacks, located on the High Street, comes from its prime focus on clients, providing an extensive range of services in addition to brilliant barbering, plus seven-day, extended opening hours, so its highly trained barbers are on hand whenever it suits clients. Jacks of London founder and MD Sue Whitehead, who was there with some of her team to collect the award, said: ‘This is an amazing win for our team, who work so hard to be the best they can. Our clients always come first, and that constantly drives us all to innovate, to lead in trends and technique, to mix the traditional with the new and deliver it all in a truly man-friendly space.’

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September
14

Courtyard win Drapers award!!!

The finest in the industry gathered at The Brewery, London to celebrate the very best of independent fashion retailing last night and Courtyard won the Drapers award for the Best Womenswear Independent In the U.K. at the big awards ceremony!  

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September
07

Heritage Weekend!!!

Heritage Open Days


Guildford's Heritage Open Days has one of the biggest number of activities and events in the UK, giving visitors the opportunity to explore Guildford's fantastic architecture and culture.
Horsley Towers The event allows visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes guided tours, activities, talks and exhibitions, focusing on local architecture and culture so there is always plenty to see and do.

The Heritage Open Days event takes place from 7 to 10 September, and is organised by Guildford Borough Council, The Guildford Society and The Guildford Town Guide and sponsored by Thesis Asset Management

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September
06

Trinity Folk Festival dates 2018!

Trinity Folk Festival 18-19th May 2018 Thank you for making the 2017 Trinity Folk Festival such a wonderful weekend. We can only do this because you enjoy the same music as us and turn out each year to support these supremely talented musicians.  We have spent the summer booking another combination of new groups and returning favourites and tickets will on sale in the new year. In the meantime save the dates, 18-19th May 2018.

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September
01

Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards shortlist announced!

For the last six weeks residents and visitors to Guildford have had their chance to applaud and reward the businesses of the town that they feel offer the best service as part of the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards. The Surrey Advertiser has again got behind the awards and we are pleased to see that so many of our readers have made their voice known during the voting process, ensuring that your town centre favourites have made it into this year's shortlist.

The votes are now in and the following businesses have been selected for each of the award categories, all receiving an unprecedented level of votes that eclipses the response of last year. Pubs, Bars and Clubs - J D Wetherspoon - T... read more

August
31

ACM proud to announce George Frangoudes as 2017’s Keith Lowde Scholarship recipient

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is proud to announce George Frangoudes as 2017’s recipient of their prestigious Keith Lowde Scholarship.George will now receive his entire Music Business and Innovation degree at ACM’s London campus fully-funded and will graduate free of tuition fee debt. Set up in partnership with the Lowde Trust in memory of Keith Lowde, the founder of ACM’s Music Business School, ACM is honoured to offer George this Scholarship in Keith’s name. After receiving many worthy applications for the award, a shortlist was compiled by a panel of ACM tutors before a winner was chosen by the Lowde Music Trust. The Lowde Music Trust said "We felt that George’s application and video expressed the spirit and purpose that was true to the values of the Keith Lowde Scholarship. He showed a clear sense of ability, ambition and dedication that is necessary to succeed in the music industry and we wish him lots of luck as he progresses through his course at ACM.”   George was thrilled to be awarded 2017’s Scholarship saying "I'm very grateful to be given the opportunity to honour the memory of Keith Lowde. I'm looking forward to developing my self employment and marketing skills on this course to establish myself as a performance photographer."   ACM prides itself on building long-lasting, sustainable careers for its students in all corners of the music industry. Acting as a microcosm of the music business, ACM encourages collaboration between its students via their dedicated Industry Link department, ensuring Production, Performance, Business, Songwriting and Technical Services students can make those all-important connections whilst still studying - enabling them to hit the ground running on graduation.   With over £130,000 now available in the form of Scholarships, the Academy’s unique brand of music industry education is now more accessible than ever. Applications for September 2017 study are still being accepted via UCAS Clearing at ACM Guildford, ACM Birmingham and ACM London. Call their Admissions department on 01483 500 841 to discuss your options. https://www.acm.ac.uk/ucas-clearing/

Credit George Frangoudes music photographer Band 'Dialects' from The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch... read more

August
30

ACM building new FLAGSHIP RECORDING STUDIO!

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is pleased to announce the construction of a brand new recording facility at its Guildford campus.

The studio is set for completion in September, when a new cohort of students will be welcomed into the new space. A dedicated team have been working throughout August to reconfigure the Academy’s Grade II listed Rodboro Building. Designed by the... read more

August
21

ACM launch Music Production Scholarship in partnership with Music Gateway

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is proud to announce a brand new Music Production Scholarship in partnership with Music Gateway. Worth up to £27,000, the recipient will have their entire Music Production degree fully-funded. Valid at ACM Guildford, ACM London and ACM’s newest campus in Birmingham, students holding offers for study are asked to complete a video application to apply for this prestigious award.

Executive Chairman of ACM, Kainne Clements, said: "We’re privileged to work with Music Gateway on this enabling opportunity for our Audio Production students, especially since we believe that our blend of industry education should be acc... read more

August
17

Ralph McTell Autumn 2017 Tour

Best known for his international hit, Streets of London, Ralph McTell has been a stalwart of the British acoustic music scene for over 50 years.

A career that has spanned street busking across Europe, to solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House, McTell has a fifty year, 350 song career. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a proli... read more

August
16

RENOWNED ART FORGER’S WORK TO BE EXHIBITED IN GUILDFORD

Work by a best-selling painter who was involved in the biggest art fraud of the 20th century will be exhibited in a Guildford gallery from this weekend.

John Myatt’s latest collection, Vincent, will be on display at Castle Fine Art on High Street  from Saturday 19th August until Saturday 2nd September. Drinks will be on offer for visitors to the gallery on the first day of the exhibitio... read more

August
10

Update on the Tunsgate Quarter Development

Comments from Jon Munce of Queensberry Real Estate on the delayed opening of Tunsgate Quarter Development:

"I want to give you an update about our development work on Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford. Due to the complex nature of the build and some unforeseen challeneges to our construction programme we have decided to defer the opening of Tu... read more

August
10

TUBULAR BELLS FOR TWO - One Album. Two Men. Too Many Instruments.

Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live on stage in a spellbinding performance. A multi-award winning sell-out hit at festivals around the world, Tubular Bells for Two is now set to tour the UK and is coming to G Live on Wednesday 4 October at 8pm.

Ask anyone who grew up through the 70s and they will be able to tell you exactly where they were when they first heard Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, the album was the first release on Richard Branson's fledgling record l... read more

August
10

MARC ALMOND AUTUMN 2017 ORCHESTRAL TOUR

Orchestral Arrangements of Iconic Torch Songs & 60s Pop Orchestral Pop from New Album ‘Shadows and Reflections’

One of Britain’s most gifted, and unique vocal talents, Marc Almond, will be at G Live this Autumn, performing songs and hits from his 36 year career to beautiful new orchestral arrangements of iconic torch songs and 60’s Orchestral Pop for wh... read more

August
10

LULU All About the Music

Following on from her smash hit 2016 tour Lulu returns to G Live on Friday 6 October as part of her biggest tour yet!

There is one overriding influence in the life of this acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, Grammy and Novello Award nominee, and that is, it has always been ‘All About the Music’ Lulu delivers a show packed full of her ... read more

August
03

Back by popular demand – one of Québec’s most popular bands

Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are one of the leading names in Québecois folk music performing original songs inspired by their tradition- a truly fabulous sound!

  Following their knockout success at festivals and events throughout the UK last year, the Québec-based quartet are returning, and will perform at G Live on Monday 4 September! The group never fail to delight crowds with their glorious ... read more

August
01

A change for Myakka

Myakka has closed the door of 196 High Street, Guildford for the last time – BUT - it is still very much business as usual for our wider business with customers shopping online (Myakka.co.uk) through our catalogues and at the Myakka Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton, Somerset.
 

The decision to close our Guildford shop has not been taken lightly but it has become apparent over the last two years that the site at the top of the High Street no longer suits the company’s future plans and increasing furniture ranges. ... read more

July
27

TRASH CANTEEN COMMUNITY KITCHEN & GARDEN IS THE LATEST COMMUNITY INITIATIVE FROM THE BOILEROOM

Utilising surplus food from our partners Waitrose, fresh produce from our allotment patches, and culinary know-how from Smokey Joe’s, we will be serving up delicious, healthy, pay-what- you-feel meals (or food stamps) every day of the week to those in need in the safe, green surrounds of our community garden space; using 100% biodegradable cutlery.

WHAT IS WASTE FOOD? Waste food is a term which describes “any removal of food from the food supply chain which is or was at some point fit for human consumption, or which has spoiled or expired, mainly caused by economic behaviour, poor stoc... read more

July
20

FULL STEAM AHEAD AS YOUTH THEATRE TAKE E NESBIT’S TALE OF ADVENTURE ON TOUR THIS AUGUST

JUMP on board with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre as they take their captivating production of The Railway Children on tour this August.

Following a run of their brand new musical adaptation of E Nesbit’s classic tale of discovery and friendship in the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, it’s full steam ahead for the Youth Theatre who embark on their very own... read more

July
18

ACM announces The Keith Lowde Scholarship after another successful Lowde Fest

In partnership with The Lowde Music Trust, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is proud to announce The Keith Lowde 2017 Scholarship, set up in the name and memory of Keith Lowde, the founder of ACM’s Music Business School.

  Worth up to £27,000, the scholarship will fully fund a student’s journey through one of ACM’s Music Business or Technical Services programmes at ACM Guildford or ACM London, paying for their entire tuition fees for their duration of st... read more

July
18

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES’ STAR JUDY CORNWELL TO LEAD CAST OF GUILDFORD’S FAMILY PANTOMIME DICK WHITTINGTON

GUILDFORD’S Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is thrilled to announce Judy Cornwell will star as Fairy Bowbells in their rags to riches family pantomime adventure Dick Whittington this Christmas.

Judy is most fondly remembered as Daisy, the long-suffering sister of Hyacinth Bucket in five series of the hugely popular BBC series Keeping Up Appearances and Mrs Claus in the Christmas favourite, Santa Claus the Movie.  As well as enjoying ... read more

July
18

British interiors and lifestyle brand, Neptune, to open NEW-CONCEPT STORE IN GUILDFORD

Neptune – the Wiltshire-based furniture, lighting and accessories designers and makers – will open a new concept store in Guildford. Positioned directly on the high street, it’s been designed to showcase the brand and will include a number of its most-loved pieces as well as a wide selection of accessories. It marks Neptune’s 26th store in the UK and Europe.
 

Founded in 1996 by friends John Sims-Hilditch and Giles Redman, Neptune is an interiors retailer recognised for its exacting standards, design-led aesthetic and expert craftsmanship. Perhaps most well-known for its kitchens, every Neptune piece... read more

July
14

Educator of rising stars, ACM, sees increase in numbers despite sector fall declared by UCAS

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has been building life long sustainable careers in the music industry since 1997. With its unique brand of education supported by state of the art facilities and world class tutors, ACM is proud to have been steadily growing its student base over the last year. With its biggest Campus in Guildford, ACM opened its London campus in 2016 and its Birmingham campus is set to welcome its first cohort of students this September.  

University admissions service, UCAS, has released information that those applying for university in the UK has fallen by 4% year on year, with EU nationals planning to study in the UK falling by 5%. Despite this sector-wide fall, ACM is pleased... read more

July
14

Serving of success for Guildford barbers

The team from Jacks of London barbers on High Street recently returned from serving the grooming needs of some of world’s top-ranked tennis stars to find they are through to their own finals, making the shortlist in three prestigious national awards.

The style-setting barber store team spent nine days at Queen’s Tennis Club in west London as official barber to the 2017 Aegon Championships, which ended on 25 June. But they barely had time to unpack their kitbags before hearing that Jacks o... read more

July
14

ACM donates Summer Live proceeds to mental health charity Music Support

The Electric Theatre 18th - 21st July 2017

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) are incredibly proud to donate the proceeds of their annual Summer Live event (run in partnership with local radio station Eagle 3) to mental health charity, Music Support. To be held in Guildford’s ico... read more

July
14

Experience Guildford asks; ‘How are you being served?’

Five years on and still going strong, the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards return this summer, offering residents and visitors of Guildford the chance to nominate the businesses that they truly value when it comes to providing great service.

  Covering the full mix of retail and leisure businesses operating in the town, from beauty salons to burger joints, venues to clothes stores, the awards are a great opportunity for the general public to sing the praises of those who they fee... read more

July
13

PEACE TRAIN - THE CAT STEVENS STORY

Featuring hits like Wild World & The First Cut is the Deepest.....

The internationally acclaimed Cat Stevens experience Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story is to receive its UK premiere in a nationwide tour, which is coming to G Live on Thursday 14 September 2017. In an evening of musical storytelling fe... read more

July
03

MAGICIAN & COMEDIAN ALI COOK ANNOUNCES PRINCIPLES OF DECEPTION

The star of West End magic marvels and big screen spectacles, Ali Cook, has announced a new UK tour for his critically acclaimed comedy magic show Principles of Deception.

Treating audiences to a festival of fascination, Principles of Deception acts as the essential storytelling of magic, with Ali Cook’s own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. The tour will visit G Live on Saturday 7 October 2017 ... read more

June
22

The Academy of Contemporary Music leases iconic arts venue The Electric Theatre

World leader in music industry education, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), has signed a 20 year lease on The Electric Theatre; the iconic Guildford arts venue previously under the management of Guildford Borough Council.  

The Theatre’s existing staff have transferred to ACM as part of the move, and ACM is looking forward to working with them and the local community to deliver a stream of rich arts programming over the months and years ahead, pledging to run The E... read more

June
16

Hundred Watt Club and Guildford Fringe have teamed up once again to bring the sauce, the sass and the downright silly to Guildford Fringe Festival!

In true Fringe style, the last weekend of Guildford Fringe Festival features one of the best nights out around, as the Hundred Watt Club commandeers the Electric Theatre on Saturday, July 29 in fabulously feisty fashion.

 

Indulge in a glittering evening of burlesque and cabaret, brought to you by a lustrous line-up of acts never seen before on a Hundred Watt Club stage. Your host for the evening is celestial wit and holy drag queen, Virgin Xtravaganzah.  Sh... read more

June
15

BLOOD BROTHERS 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR CONTINUES INTO AUTUMN 2017

LYN PAUL REPRISES HER ROLE AS ‘THE DEFINITIVE MRS JOHNSTONE’....

2017 has marked 30 years since Bill Kenwright’s production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers first toured the UK. In celebration, this iconic musical has been visiting theatres across the country, performing to sell-out ho... read more

June
13

LOCAL ARTISTS SHOWCASED AS GUILDFORD FRINGE BOX OFFICE OPENS IN WHITE LION WALK

GUILDFORD FRINGE FESTIVAL is delighted to be preparing to set up shop in White Lion Walk once again this June!

Between July 1 and 30, Guildford Fringe will present a staggering 130 events across 12 town centre venues, with a fifth anniversary line-up that’s set to make 2017 their best Festival yet.  The Fringe Box Office opens in White Lion Walk ... read more

June
05

Guildford in Bloom Sponsors for 2017

Guildford in Bloom brings together community groups, businesses, schools and residents to promote imaginative ways to make the borough look it’s best and champion Guildford’s natural environment.

Meet the sponsors for the 2017 Guildford in Bloom Competition!

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June
01

Win £250 with The Official Guildford App!

EG COMPETITION ALERT!

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in June with The Official Guildford App! All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digital Pr... read more

May
30

Wimbledon Choral Society

Big choir, big band, big music...

Wimbledon Choral Society is one of the UK’s best and most prestigious music societies. It has almost 200 members and on 7 July they will be singing their hearts out at G Live in a concert with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion. ... read more

May
23

The G Live Beer Festival is back!

The G Live Beer Festival is back this September, filled to the brim with local ales, music and food. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the summer by meeting up with friends and finding your new favourite tipple!

  Some of the county’s top independent brewers will be offering seasonal ales and ciders. If your friends are ale fans, while you’re partial to a gin and tonic, then this can be still be a great day/night out for you as a wide range of wi... read more

May
23

G Live Food & Drink Festival 2017

G Live and Local Food Britain are joining forces to launch a Festival of Fine Food & Drink on Sunday, September 10.

  For the first time, the food network of London and the South East will bring together around 40 of its members to create a show that will stimulate the senses of food lovers. ‘This is no ordinary food festival,’ says Tracy Carroll, ... read more

May
23

PEATBOG FAERIES COME TO G LIVE

Taking traditional Scottish music and bringing it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century.

‘Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye's finest, where you should always expect the unexpected. Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure.’ fRoots Following the release of their latest ... read more

May
17

HALOW’S HECTOR LENDS A HELPING HAND AT GUILDFORD’S CO-OP’S

Guildford Co-op shoppers were surprised last week to be served by Hector the Bear, the halow project’s charity mascot. Hector enjoyed visiting the Guildford Co-op, learning how to use the till and stacking the shelves to celebrate halow’s success in being chosen to be part of the Co-op Local Community Fund.

  In the last month, local Co-op members have helped to raise over £1,200 for the halow project through  The Co-Op Local Community Fund. The national scheme supports charities and community organisations  for up to six months to raise awar... read more

May
15

Live with Sons Of Pitches at G Live!

Sons of Pitches, the multi-award-winning British vocal group and winners of BBC 2’s The Naked Choir 2015, will be hitting the road in 2017 with a brand-new, specially-themed touring show, SOPTV.

  The new show follows on from the incredible successes of their two 2016 tours, where they wowed over 40,000 fans. It will explore the highly entertaining world of television, through The Sons’ own inimitable style and vocal delivery. It... read more

May
12

GUILDFORD THEATRE HOLDS OPEN AUDITIONS FOR PANTO JUVENILE CHORUS

DO you love to sing and dance?  Would you like the chance to perform on stage in a professional production?  Well, you just might be in luck!

  Once again Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is giving local girls the opportunity to appear in this year’s magical family pantomime, Dick Whittington. The Theatre is looking for 24 enthusiastic girls, under the age of 14 years old ... read more

May
10

Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music gives back with FREE music lessons to celebrate National Learn To Play Day

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has been leading the way in music education for over 22 years. After recently acquiring the lease for iconic local music venue The Electric Theatre, ACM is firmly committed hosting events for the local community. With National Learn To Play Day coming up, ACM are celebrating early by giving away FREE music lessons 18th June at its Guildford campus.

Sessions will be available to book through local music shop and long-standing friends of the Academy, Andertons. Covering bass, guitar, drums, vocals and new for 2017, studio recording, ACM looks forward to seeing lots of local talent during th... read more

May
10

The Village, Guildford – opens on 10 June with events and street parade

The Village Guildford is a unique vibrant event space located in the heart of the town, which features a stage area, an open public space and seating. A mix of food concessions serving a tempting array of street food, retail outlets, toilets and a licensed bar will also be available for visitors to enjoy.

  The Village is just two minutes’ walk from the High Street, less than a minute from The Friary and is located between Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road. The Village opens on Saturday 10 June with a spectacular street parade, which s... read more

May
01

Win £250 with The Official Guildford App!

EG COMPETITION ALERT!


 

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in May with The Official Guildford App! All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digital ... read more

April
26

Canine Casting for Guildford Shakespeare Company

14-29 July GSC is seeking THREE dogs to join the cast of their open-air production of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA this summer.

The award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company are currently seeking their final cast member to play the infamous part of CRAB in their forthcoming open-air production of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, set in 1950s Italy. CRAB is an unruly b... read more

April
25

Personal Shopping Service at Monsoon

Enjoy Personal Shopping at Monsoon. Discover new looks you’ll love with your very own personal stylist at Monsoon.

Here are three reasons to try the complimentary in-store service: 1. A warm welcome Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a friendly, experienced personal stylist and offered complimentary refreshments in a relaxed, comfortable setting. 2... read more

April
24

Guildford Comedy Clubs - May

Spring is officially here and Gag House Comedy promises to keep the good times going throughout May with another month of professional comedy.

You Must be Stoking is back again at The Stoke Pub and Pizzeria, Guildford with Jen Brister as the host on Wednesday 3rd May at 8pm. After performing in front of the legendary Spike Milligan and receiving the luminous and prestigious title of h... read more

April
20

KINGS COLLEGE SCHOOL STUDENTS PERFORM AT YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

PROJECT ASPIRE:  WESTBOROUGH TALES
  As part of Guildford Borough Council’s Project Aspire, the Youth and Education department at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre premiered their first production exploring the communities that make up Guildford Borough.

  Westborough Tales was performed for friends and family, as well as the Mayor of Guildford and members of the Council at the Theatre’s Mill Studio on Wednesday, April 19. GBC’s Project Aspire aims to tackle social inequality in the B... read more

April
19

THE ALL-STAR STAND-UP TOUR STARRING MIKE GUNN, JUSTIN MOORHOUSE, STEWART FRANCIS & JARRED CHRISTMAS

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour returns to G Live on Saturday 10 June 2017, with 3 more top comedians alongside returning compère Jarred Christmas.

This year’s line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of Mock The Week & Live At The Apollo Stewart Francis, Phoenix Nights’ and 8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Justin Moorhouse, and Mike Gunn, as seen on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.... read more

April
19

Count Arthur Strong - The Sound of Mucus

Fresh from donkey’s years on his award winning BBC Radio 4 series and the huge success of his BBC TV Show, Count Arthur Strong gets back to doing what he does best. This show!

Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment, plus something else, don’t miss this amazi... read more

April
18

TED BAKER UNVEILS A NEW WOMENSWEAR CAPSULE COLLECTION FOR SS17

New shapes for spring ‘17 have a strong architectural quality, softened with delicate colourways and airy cotton fabrics to create elegantly lightweight warm-weather pieces essential to any wardrobe.

Breeze into spring in easy, billowy silhouettes, refined with standout detailing and finishes for a contemporary feel. Exaggerated knife pleats, voluminous bell sleeves, flounced ruffled trims and cold-shoulder cutouts give structure and create... read more

April
12

Welcome To FYI Guildford

We would like to welcome you to what we hope is the most exciting magazine launch in Guildford for a long time……..

A little about us- We are based in Merrow in Guildford, so we are truly a local magazine and this really is a labour of love for us and something we want to provide to the community free of charge to keep them updated with events going on in th... read more

April
11

JOIN US for the SURREY NEW WRITERS FESTIVAL on Saturday 6th May at G Live in Guildford

Are you a budding writer or want to find out more about the world of publishing?

The University of Surrey is excited to welcome some of the finest authors, scriptwriters, literary agents and publishers to the New Writers Festival this May. We will feature a lunchtime lecture from Monica Ali (Surrey’s Distinguished Writer ... read more

April
10

LOCAL BUSINESSMAN SWAPS THE BAR FOR THE BIKE TO RAISE VITAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT HIS AUTISTIC SON

Local Guildford businessman, Andy Dore, is taking to the saddle to ride 250 miles from Guildford to Northern France and back to raise money for local charity, the halow project.

Andy will be riding in support of his son Charlie, who is autistic, to help him make the transition into adult life.  Charlie is just one of the 170 young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability that halow project supports. The halow proj... read more

April
06

ACM Alumni celebrate success at the prestigious Music Week Awards 2017

As world leaders in music industry education, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) are no strangers to celebrating the success of their students. With the success of their students and alumni at the BRIT awards earlier this year, it was no surprise that their talented student body and graduates dominated the prestigious Music Week Awards last night.

ACM sponsored the ‘Music & Brand Partnership’ category at the Music Week Awards which saw the success of Universal Music’s Samsung/Years and Years campaign being recognised. ACM has always forged strong links with the music industry, a... read more

April
04

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE LAUNCHES TAPAS AT THE TOP BAR

THERE’S a brand new Tapas bar in town, as Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre launches The Top Bar.

Get your evening off to a great start – or round off your night out in style – in the Top Bar, sharing a selection of tapas and a glass of wine with friends, overlooking the River Wey. Open on Main Stage performance nights, from 6pm-... read more

April
01

Win £250 with The Official Guildford App!

EG COMPETITION ALERT!

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in April with The Official Guildford App! All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digita... read more

March
28

THE WHITE COMPANY, BOBBI BROWN & LOAF CHOOSE TUNSGATE QUARTER, GUILDFORD FOR NEW STORE OPENINGS

Queensberry has signed The White Company, the stylish lifestyle store, cosmetics brand Bobbi Brown, and laid-back furniture company Loaf (Loaf.com) to its prestigious Tunsgate Quarter development in the heart of Guildford. The new signings will join world renowned restaurant The Ivy Collection and luxury home furnishings from OKA, which will anchor the 80,000 sq ft scheme.

Demonstrating confidence in Guildford’s town centre, The White Company will be doubling the size of its store in the town, relocating from its current location at 13 Swan Lane to a 5,000 sq ft space on the ground floor on a 10-year lease. The... read more

March
28

THEATRE JOINS GUILDFORD LANDMARKS TO LIGHT UP BLUE FOR WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

GUILDFORD’S Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is ready to help paint the town blue this weekend, as the venue will join other local landmarks to light up blue for World Autism Awareness Day this Sunday, April 2.

  Local Guildford charity Cherry Trees have played a significant role in the preparations for this year’s Awareness Day in Guildford, hoping that their huge effort to spread the word across the local community is going to generate an overwh... read more

March
27

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre announces its New Season programme of events on the Main Stage and in the Mill Studio from April to August 2017.

On the Main Stage One of Puccini’s most popular works, you can watch an Encore Screening of the Royal Opera House’s production of Madama Butterfly (Sunday 2 April) from your local Theatre.  Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dash... read more

March
23

Paper Balloon Theatre presents: THE BOY AND THE MERMAID

Based on an original story by Alex Kanefsky

  On the furthest edge of a wind-battered rock there sits a small fishing town. Sometimes it feels like the town is on the edge of the world. That’s mainly because it is. Dylan lives with his grandma, forbidden from venturing beyond the... read more

March
23

Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour is Returning Bigger than Ever!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is back in the UK and Ireland for 2017, with more screenings and more action than ever before.

  Featuring an evening of exhilarating adventure films, the tour kicks off in Brighton on 25 January and finishes in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, on 17 May, with nearly 100 screenings at over 50 venues along the way. “It’s fantastic ... read more

March
23

ACMers get 'Ready To Go' for a live performance with Saffron

Students at Guildford's Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) had a very special guest recently in the form of Republica's vocalist Saffron at their regular 'Odeon Sessions' class.

Interviewed by the Academy's Head of Industry Development, Ace (also the guitarist for Skunk Anansie), Saffron shared her top tips and tricks for a long-lasting career in the music industry. When speaking about the band’s biggest hit '... read more

March
23

World Autism Awareness Day Activity from Cherry Trees

Join us at Guildford Castle at 6:30pm on Sunday April 2nd for the big blue light switch on!

  Cherry Trees, in partnership with other organisations has taken on the challenge to light up Guildford blue for World Autism Awareness Day. We welcome a big crowd to join us on April 2nd at 6.30pm when The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gor... read more

March
22

Get Involved - Guildford in Bloom 2017 Competition Now Open

As our gardens and parks show signs of springing back into life Guildford Borough Council is delighted to announce that this year’s Guildford in Bloom competition is now open to enter.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom, commented “Last year saw a large increase in the number of residents entering this free competition and each year the diversity, quality and beauty of the entries gets better. Whatever the s... read more

March
22

MAYOR OF GUILDFORD’S VARIETY SHOW A HUGE SUCCESS IN HONOUR OF BILL BELLERBY’S 100TH

On Sunday, March 12 local arts organisations joined together on the stage at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre to showcase the talent and diversity of the performing arts in the Borough, in an evening of first-class local entertainment in honour of the centenary of the birth of Honorary Freeman, Bill Bellerby MBE.

This very special event was organised by the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gordon Jackson: "I originally thought of the concept of the Variety Show with a view to highlighting the many talented performing arts organisations in Guildford a... read more

March
21

BMI MOUNT ALVERNIA HOSIPTAL PLEDGES SUPPORT TO LOCAL THEATRE

GUILDFORD’S Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is delighted that the New Year brought with it an exciting new partnership as BMI Mount Alvernia pledged their support to their local Theatre, by becoming a corporate partner.

  Based in Guildford, BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital is part of BMI Healthcare; Britain's leading provider of independent healthcare, with a nationwide network of hospital clinics performing more complex surgery than any other private health... read more

March
21

The countdown is underway for Guildford Fringe Festival’s ‘5th Birthday’ celebrations in July

Guildford Fringe Festival was set up in 2013 by local actor Nick Wyschna and has gone from strength to strength and grown in size year on year.

Now in 2017, its fifth year, Nick was keen to celebrate the Fringe Festival in style. So along with Guildford Fringe General Manager Charlotte Bateup, they have programmed the most extravagant lineup to date. Right through July there will be a ... read more

March
14

Drummer to the stars Paul Jones gives back at ACM masterclass

Recently, drumming superstar Paul Jones – who has performed with the likes of Sigma and Labrinth – came down to the Academy of Contemporary Music‘s Guildford campus to deliver a masterclass to its students. Held in the Electric Theatre (which the Academy has just taken over the lease for), students flocked into the concert hall eager to hear the drummer speak and perform.

“It was a really great turn out – it was better than my expectations. My second impressions of ACM have been amazing ¬– I have been here before but in a completely different capacity to today; it was actually accompanying some musicians ... read more

March
14

YAMATO DRUMMERS OF JAPAN - ‘THE CHALLENGERS’

Almost 20 years since their West End debut in 1998 and following a recent highly successful run at The Peacock in London’s West End, the internationally renowned Yamato Drummers of Japan will bring their brand new show, The Challengers, to G Live on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

  In The Challengers the drummers push themselves to their limits with their most visually spectacular, highly-energetic and explosive show to date. Founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993, the Yamato Drummers of Japan tour the world... read more

March
13

MINISTER OF STATE FOR DIGITAL AND CULTURE VISITS GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

TODAY, on Monday, March 13 Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre was delighted to welcome Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, to their venue.

  Matt Hancock was appointed Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on 15 July 2016.  The DCMS protects and promotes Britain’s cultural and artistic heritage, ... read more

March
13

Can you help Cherry Trees light up Guildford Blue for World Autism Awareness Day?

Cherry Trees, in partnership with other organisations has taken on the challenge to light up Guildford blue for World Autism Awareness Day.

In 2007 the United Nations declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day, it is an internationally recognised day aimed at raising awareness of autism throughout the world. Global landmarks like the Empire State Building, Prince's Palace of... read more

March
08

Crack the clues and hunt down prizes in the Guildford Easter EG Hunt


The Easter Bunny has been busy in Guildford again this year stashing egg boxes around the town that can be exchanged for an Easter goodie bag worth £20.

Hop into Guildford between the 10th to 13th April to Eggsplore where these colourful egg boxes are hidden and claim your prize. Guildford's Easter EG Hunt is an Easter egg trail with a difference. Each day the Experience Guildford East... read more

March
07

You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret

It’s one for my baby and one more for the road in this cocktail of jazz standards and storytelling. Tragedy, with a twist.

  You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret is filled with songs including Mad About the Boy, You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me and Fever which were made famous by legendary jazz divas such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and of course P... read more

March
03

April is set to be another fantastic month of comedy with Gag House Comedy Clubs in Guildford.

You Must be Stoking is back at The Stoke Pub and Pizzeria on Wednesday 5th April at 8pm with another line up of top quality comedians for you.

Javier Jarquin is the MC for the night with Allyson Smith Jones and Peter Bazely joining the lineup. The headliner for the evening is the unforgettable Otiz Cannelloni. Combining the illusion of magic with stand-up to produce a hybrid comi... read more

March
01

Win £250 with The Official Guildford App!

EG COMPETITION ALERT!

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in March with The Official Guildford App! All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digi... read more

February
24

ACM success at 2017’s BRIT Awards

Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has seen success at 2017’s iconic BRIT Awards, with some big award wins this year for its alumni.

Music production alumni Dan Priddy and Mark Crew formed production label ‘Best Laid Plans’ in 2014 with the aim of building a creative channel to develop music that they were passionate about and signed the now two-time 2017 BRIT Award winn... read more

February
23

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE EARL OF WESSEX VISITS GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD YOUTH THEATRE

TODAY the team at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre were delighted to welcome a visit from His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex.

On arrival at the Theatre, The Earl was greeted by HM Lord-Lieutenant Mr Michael More-Molyneux; Director and CEO of the Theatre, James Barber; Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council, Sue Sturgeon; Head of Youth, Education and Community,... read more

February
22

Jacks creative force on show

A crack team of barbers from Jacks of London will be treading the boards this month as they take to the stage at HJ Live, where they will unveil their latest film and collection. Thousands of barbers and hairdressers are expected at the two-day event, held at Excel in east London, all determined to see the top names from the industry, like Jacks, share their tips on all the coming trends.

The Jacks crew, led by master barber Steven Gasparetto, who is based in Jacks’ High Street store in Guildford, and Southampton team leader Samuel Francis, has been working over the winter months to make sure it is bang on trend with the most ... read more

February
21

MOTIONHOUSE TO BRING MULTIMEDIA DANCE SHOW SCATTERED TO G LIVE

Celebrated for productions rooted in dance, theatre, circus, acrobatics and film, the award-winning Motionhouse, under the helm of artistic director and choreographer Kevin Finnan MBE, will bring Scattered to G Live on Tuesday 4 April 2017.

  Capturing the imagination with its ingenious choreography and incredible set, Scattered is a great family night out for audiences of all ages and dance experience. A company of seven outstanding professional dancers bring Scattered to l... read more

February
13

SECRETS OF HOW TO BE THE GUILDFORD MONOPOLY CHAMP REVEALED

MONOPOLY secrets finally laid bare

“It’s our way of thanking Guildford for getting behind this great new board so passionately,” says WINNING MOVES UK’s DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, Peter Griffin. Mr Griffin, 33, a Cambridge University games graduate, has put together this... read more

February
09

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

Banff Mountain Film Festival is returning bigger than ever!

  The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is back at G Live for 2017! Featuring an evening of exhilarating adventure films, the tour comes to G Live on Saturday 1 April. The tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the gl... read more

February
09

The G Live Surrey Wedding Show is back!

Are you planning your big day?

  After successful shows in 2015 and 2016 we’re doing it all over again! Come and browse stalls from Surrey's finest wedding suppliers at the G Live Surrey Wedding Show on Sunday 19 March 2017, 11am – 4pm. Discuss ideas for your f... read more

February
08

Jigsaw SS17

For SS17, Jigsaw has teamed up with New York-based direct-to-consumer technical clothing brand ADAY to curate a ten piece capsule collection of season-less clothing, that works anywhere and anytime.
 

“ADAY is inspired by the classic staples in your wardrobe, but reinvented to make each piece the most versatile clothing you own.” Nina Faulhaber, Co-Founder of ADAY Being a lifestyle brand Jigsaw has always offered casual, everyday we... read more

February
07

Discover science and arts for free - Innovate Guildford is back on 4 March at G Live

Our free science and arts festival, Innovate Guildford, is back for a second year on Saturday 4 March. From Supermassive Games to Surrey Satellite Technology, Pirbright Institute to the Planetarium, Minecraft to McLaren, there's something for everyone at Innovate Guildford 2017!

  The event takes place at G Live on Saturday 4 March from 10am until 5pm. Innovate Guildford 2017 is bigger and better, with the whole of G Live available for all ages to enjoy inspiring things to see, do and experience. Explore the four... read more

February
06

Gag House Comedy Clubs - March announcements

Gag House Comedy Clubs are now hosting three clubs every month in the centre of Guildford, Surrey.

  You Must Be Stoking is back in the function room of The Stoke Pub and is ready to kick start you into spring on Wednesday 1st March at 8pm. Comedy legend Richard Morton will be back with his timeless musical comedy to play host at You M... read more

February
01

Win £250 with The Official Guildford App!

EG COMPETITION ALERT!

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in February with The Official Guildford App! All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digita... read more

January
27

AN EVENING WITH LEVISON WOOD

‘Levison Wood is a great adventurer & wonderful storyteller’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes

  Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be at G Live on Wednesday 1 March, sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer. With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and c... read more

January
27

80’S INVASION TOUR 2017

80’S INVASION TOUR 2017
FEATURING
PAUL YOUNG
MARTIKA
TOYAH
CHINA CRISIS

  The 80’s Invasion tour is back in 2017 with four iconic artists from the decade performing on the same bill. The new line-up features Paul Young - one of the most popular solo artists from the era, legendary pop punk princess Toyah, Liver... read more

January
25

VERDI’S NABUCCO AT G LIVE

Starring Olga Perrier*, the international French Soprano, as Abigaille and the celebrated mezzo-
soprano from the Romanian National Opera, Ellen Kent & Opera International are delighted to be bringing Verdi‘s epic Nabucco to G live on Wednesday 8 February.

Nabucco is the monumental tale of revenge, destruction and jealousy, set against the backdrop of the Hebrews being forced from their homeland into exile. The opera follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are conquered and sentenced to death b... read more

January
16

ACM’s diploma programme receives astounding praise from awarding body UAL

Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has been praised for its pioneering approach to music education.

  University of the Arts London (UAL), who award ACM’s Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes covering areas of Music Performance and Music Production, described the ACM as a ‘beacon for delivery’ in their feedback report about their recen... read more

January
13

BE GUILDFORD’S VERY OWN MONOPOLY CHAMP !

It’s Friday 13th and it is set to be a lucky day for ONE Guildford person! That’s because the search gets underway today (13th Friday 2017) for Guildford’s very own - and FIRST EVER -  official MONOPOLY champ.

  Guildford’s White Lion Walk Shopping Centre is staging an official Guildford MONOPOLY Championships in the school half-term holidays next month. The Championships will be played exclusively on the brand new Guildford MONOPOLY board... read more

January
13

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY

The ever musical Richard Alston Dance Company returns to G Live on Wednesday 8 March 2017 with a programme of critically acclaimed work.The programme features brand new piece, Chacony, alongside popular works Tangent and An Italian in Madrid. There will be a pre-show talk in the Bellerby Studio with Richard Alston

One of the UK’s most widely celebrated contemporary dance companies is presenting three works on the G Live stage on Wednesday 8 March, including brand new piece Chacony. With new dances alongside critically acclaimed pieces, Alston’s work con... read more

January
12

STEWART LEE: CONTENT PROVIDER

A brand new long-form show touring throughout 2017....    

After four years of writing and performing half hour episodes of stand up for his TV show, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new, long-form, full length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. The show opened at Leicester Squa... read more

January
12

FLY THE FLAG FOR BRAIN INJURY

Increasing numbers of companies of all sizes are recognising the role they can play in ensuring that vital services can be delivered to the community, at a time when social care funding is getting tighter and tighter. Headway Surrey, the Guildford-based charity which supports people affected by brain injury, simply would not be able to provide its invaluable services without the ongoing support of business and commerce.

  As a consequence the organisation is hosting a reception, at the invitation of the More-Molyneux family, in the Great Hall of their historic home, Loseley House, to launch a new and unique Corporate Friendship Programme, “Fly the Flag for... read more

January
11

MIX UP A MOCKTAIL FOR THAIKHUN THIS DRY JANUARY

Thaikhun’s master mixologists challenge customers to create their own cocktail creations to celebrate Dry January and win an ‘Orange Card’.

To help beat the January blues, Thaikhun - the award-winning Thai street food restaurant - is offering budding mixologists the chance to win free Thai food for a year by giving their favourite cocktails a tee-total twist. With more people than... read more

January
06

The Academy of Contemporary Music secures lease for The Electric Theatre, Guildford

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is proud to announce its success as winning bidder of the 20 year lease for Guildford’s Electric Theatre.

Securing the future of the venue and pledging to run it on a not-for-profit basis for the people of Guildford, Kainne Clements (Executive Chairman of ACM) announces: “In addition to our 'not for profit' commitment, which is, in fa... read more

January
04

EG COMPETITION ALERT!

We are offering you the chance to win £250 in January with The Official Guildford App!

  All you have to do to be in a chance with winning is: 1) Download The Official Guildford App for FREE from your app store 2) Register for the Digital Privilege Card (find it in the Offers & Discounts tab) Terms & Conditions: 1... read more

January
04

RACHEL PARRIS: BEST LAID PLANS

Comedian Rachel Parris, star of Austentatious, The IT Crowd and BBC 2’s Murder In Successville, will bring her award-nominated show to G Live on Saturday 18 February.

Best Laid Plans is a mixture of her trademark musical comedy anthems, which have been heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music, and ‘endearingly frank and funny’ stand-up. It’s about a break-up, children, weddings, sex and the Samaritans (not... read more

January
04

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s yearly Adult Panto, ‘Robin’s Wood’, has now closed with enquiries for tickets still coming in!

It was back in 2013 that Guildford Fringe first introduced the Adult Panto to Guildford with, ‘Cinders the Adult Panto’. Since then they have produced ‘DICK’, ‘Aladdin Rub My Lamp’ and most recently, ‘Robin’s Wood’. Set in the perfect environment of the Back Room of the Star Inn, performances and audiences have increased in number each year. In 2016, just under 2000 people came to see ‘Robin’s Wood’, including a very special performance (put on for free) in partnership with HOST - the Homeless Outreach & Support Team providing advice for people sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness.

  The yearly Adult Panto has become somewhat of a tradition for many and with ‘Robin’s Wood’ the most popular so far, Nick Wyschna said, “This year’s show was always going to be riskier for us as we had decided to change from the pr... read more

January
04

JIMEOIN: RENONSENSE MAN

‘Jimeoin recalls the familiar at a fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess’ Scotland on Sunday.

An hour of brilliantly observed and ever-evolving stand-up as the internationally acclaimed star of Sunday Night at the Palladium, several Live at the Apollos, The Royal Variety Performance, Channel 4‘s O2 Comedy Gala, The John Bishop Show, J... read more

December
23

PANTO CAST CELEBRATE LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH GUILDFORD MONOPOLY

THE PANTOMIME Season is in full swing at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, but it’s not just on stage that the actors can be seen giving their all...

  Backstage the cast of Aladdin can be seen relaxing – or perhaps we should say competing! – by playing the new edition of Guildford Monopoly. Aptly occupying the square that many of us associate with the heart of Theatreland, the Gui... read more

December
21

Mayor of Guildford presents baby unit at Royal Surrey with woollen hats

Guildford's Mayor Gordon Jackson presented Royal Surrey's Maternity Unit with a collection of knitted baby hats to mark the end of the Wool Week celebrations.

Wool Week is an initiative designed to showcase the towns historical links with the wool trade. Surrey Country Markets held a 'knit-in' at the Electric Theatre. Attendees were invited to knit baby hats for The Royal Surrey maternity... read more

December
19

1ST RIPLEY CUB SCOUTS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF ADVENTURE AT THE YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

CUB SCOUTS and volunteers from Ripley in Surrey celebrated 100 years of adventure with a Cubs 100 Promise Party.

Exactly 100 years from when the section was launched, on Friday, December 16 the Cub Scouts joined with thousands of others around the UK in renewing their Cub Scout Promise, pledging to do their best and help other people. The young people h... read more

December
16

GUILDFORD THEATRE GETS FUNDRAISING IN FESTIVE STYLE FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN

The STAFF and cast of Aladdin at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre are donning Christmas jumpers, festive outfits and elf headwear on Friday, December 16 in support of Christmas Jumper Day which is in aid of Save the Children.

Seasonal style is sweeping the nation as millions of people in schools, offices and homes up and down the country donate £2 to sport a festive sweater for the day. The team at the Guildford Theatre showcased their technicolour festive knit... read more

December
07

Independent Retailer Sew Happy to Celebrate Milestone Birthday

Independent retailer, Sewmaster Sewing Machines celebrated their 60th birthday last weekend. Staff and customers alike gathered for the in store celebrations on Saturday the 3rd of December 2016.

Now based on Chertsey Street, in Guildford town centre, Sewmaster have been serving sewing enthusiasts from Surrey and beyond since 1956. With over 50 years continuous trading Sewmaster have amassed a huge knowledge and are always pleased t... read more

December
06

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE LAUNCHES THE STORY PROJECT

KEEN to capture the imagination of young people and inspire their creativity, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is incredibly excited to announce the launch of The Story Project: a new initiative that aims to rekindle the love of storytelling across the area.

  Storytelling helps families to engage with one another, to be able to spend time together, to use their imagination and inspire people to dream.  It also promotes good communication skills and the ability to interact with confidence from a... read more

December
01

Emoji Invasion at Michael Chell!

Once again, designer menswear store Michael Chell are supporting local charity by selling quirky emoji cushions for Christmas in their Guildford store.

For a minimum donation of £15, customers could be enjoying all this year’s festive lolz snuggled up with an emoji cushion of their choosing. Proceeds will go to local children’s charity, Shooting Star Chase. Known for their successful ... read more

November
30

Shop, Arts, Eats and Pop Up Treats at Guildford Pop Up Village

Guildford Pop Up Village is opening on Thursday 1 December. The town centre site, located on the land between Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road, offers an exciting new experience for shopping, food and drink, arts and performance.

Cllr David Bilbe, Lead Councillor for Economic Development, Tourism and Climate Change, says: “We are delighted to announce that Guildford Pop Up Village is opening on 1 December, just in time for Christmas. The site, made up of shipping ... read more

November
21

New Christmas lights signal the start of the festive season in Guildford

Thousands of Christmas well-wishers took to the streets of Guildford on Thursday 17 November to welcome in the festive season and enjoy the town's lights switch-on event. Marking the countdown to Christmas, the annual lights switch-on has become a key calendar date for the town, drawing in visitors from far and wide.

Along with all the usual fun and entertainment associated with the lights switch-on event, this year Guildford unveiled a dazzling new set of Christmas lights kindly provided by Experience Guildford, the town’s Business Improvement District. ... read more

November
14

LONDON, NEW YORK, PARIS AND .. GUILDFORD!

Guildford has joined the super elite of glamorous cities from across the world – certainly as far as its new official MONOPOLY board is concerned, it is being announced on Monday.

The new board, launched just over three weeks ago, is proving one of the “fastest ever selling” MONOPOLY games, according to the sale boss of the company behind it. Richard Knights - who lives in Liphook near Guildford - reveals: ... read more

November
14

Thanks for Giving Campaign at FatFace

In 2015, FatFace took the decision not to take part in the discounting phenomenon ‘Black Friday’. This decision was taken as we felt strongly that discounting was not a sustainable model for UK retailers and that it wasn’t great for customers.

As an alternative, we decided to make a statement against the discounting epidemic. We did this with the bold ‘Thanks for Giving’ campaign which was about donating rather than discounting.  Through this campaign, almost £200,000 was d... read more

November
10

Guildford lights up for Christmas - Thursday 17 November

The nights are drawing in and thoughts are turning to the festive season. So what better way to start your celebrations than joining us at Guildford's traditional Christmas Lights switch-on on Thursday 17 November. As well as the usual fun and entertainment for all the family, this year there will be some dazzling new lights to light up the town, kindly provided by Experience Guildford, the Business Improvement District.

  Cllr Gordon Jackson, Mayor of Guildford says: "Christmas in Guildford is always an exciting time, so why not join us to celebrate the start of the festive season on Thursday 17 November. With a mix of traditional entertainment, local m... read more

November
10

Worshipful Company of Musicians scholarship winner announced at ACM graduation with guest speaker Beanie from Rudimental

The Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) is extremely pleased to announce that Ayobami Salawu - Music Performance degree student (specialising in drums) is the inaugural winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Scholarship in Popular Music. The announcement was made at the Academy's annual graduation at G Live, 4th November where Rudimental's Beanie Bhebhe gave a guest speech to graduating students.

The competition was fierce and it was a tough decision to make, but it was Ayobami’s talent and commitment to his studies that resulted in him being awarded £2,500 off his final year of study. “We are so pleased to be able to offer our... read more

November
09

Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday to be marked in Guildford

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Gordon Jackson, will join veterans, cadets and guests to mark Armistice Day on Friday 11 November.

  The two-minute silence will be led from the Guildhall balcony on the High Street. The Mayor will be joined by Guildford Borough Council Leader, Cllr Paul Spooner, and Managing Director Sue Sturgeon. The exhortation will be read before t... read more

November
03

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF FIRST CLASS THEATRE

AS THE THEATRE’S 50th Anniversary programme draws to a close, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud held a special gala evening on Wednesday, November 2 to express sincere gratitude to their loyal patrons and raise a toast to 50 years of providing first class entertainment in Guildford.

Founder members, friends and ardent supporters of the venue, which opened in 1965, came together to celebrate the local Theatre’s success, with a gala performance of Adrian Noble’s production of A Room with a View starring award-winning act... read more

November
02

A Vintage New Year Party at G Live

Head to G Live’s Vintage New Year Party for an unmissable evening of classic glamour with a delightful twist!

  Get your glad rags on and step back in time as G Live is transformed into a dazzling, vintage club. You’ll be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne, treated to a freshly prepared three-course meal courtesy of our in-house chefs ... read more

November
02

LES PETITS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT DAVID WALLIAMS’ THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON

THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON WILL VISIT G LIVE FROM TUESDAY 17 TO THURSDAY 19 JANUARY 2017

  The stage adaptation of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon will begin a major UK Tour in December 2016. The production will receive its world premiere at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, and will then visit G Live from T... read more

November
02

Does your child want to help launch Christmas in Guildford?

White Lion Walk is once again sponsoring the spectacular fireworks display at Guildford's official Christmas Lights Turn On event on Thursday 17th November and is offering one lucky child the opportunity to push the button that starts the display! 

The lucky winner will not only appear at the Guildhall to launch the spectacle, but will also receive a family ticket to see Aladdin at The Yvonne Arnaud*. For more information and to enter, ask staff in The White Lion Walk. *T&Cs apply... read more

November
02

TREAT SOMEONE SPECIAL TO A LE CREUSET FESTIVE OFFERING

Visit Marion and the team at Le Creuset Guildford in our beautiful store in Princes Square Shopping Centre and discover the widest range of Le Creuset’s Seasonal gifting and Seasonal treats…..

Get into the festive spirit with these limited edition winter essentials from Le Creuset. The Star Ramekins, Grand Mugs, Salt and Pepper Mills and premium Wine Accessories add colour and function to any home, making them the perfect gift or even a... read more

October
24

JOIN WEST END STAR JANIE ON A MAGIC CARPET RIDE THIS CHRISTMAS

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents ALADDIN Friday 9 December – Sunday 8 January

  BE TRANSPORTED to a magical world this Christmas as Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents their glitter-filled, action-packed family pantomime Aladdin from Friday, December 9 to Sunday, January 8. Ready to make all your wishes co... read more

October
21

Local groups receive Mayor's Award for Access

The Mayor’s Award for Access was held on Tuesday 18 October at the Park Barn Day Centre. Cllr Gordon Jackson, Mayor of Guildford said: "The awards recognise the real difference local groups can make to people with disabilities. We hope the awards will inspire others to work towards creating a more accessible environment for us all".

Gemma Roulston and Jenny Teagle, Co-Chairpersons of the Access Group for Guildford added: “The Mayor’s award recognises the good work that many local agencies, businesses and individuals are undertaking to better meet the needs of peop... read more

October
21

The ever-popular Adult Panto by Guildford Fringe Theatre Company is back after 3 years of sell out productions.

Robin’s Wood is your stereotypical pantomime… except for the fact that no children are allowed in, it's full of rudeness and it's in the back room of a pub! So, on reflection, it's nothing like your stereotypical pantomime!

  What it does have though is the fact that no children are allowed in, it's full of rudeness and it's in the back room of a pub! What a result! “I am thrilled to announce bookings are now open for this year’s Adult Panto, one... read more

October
19

Inn at Home Celebrate British Beer Award

Inn at Home Best Beer Retailer South of England! The country’s best beer retailers were being honoured at the Celebrate British Beer Awards held at the House of Commons on Monday 17th October.

  In attendance were several MPs and a cross section of the beer industry. In conjunction with Off Licence news the All-party Parliamentary beer group led by Graham Evan’s MP were on hand to host the awards. An elite panel of judges com... read more

October
17

Vintage Guildford returns on Saturday 5th November

The Boileroom's acclaimed Vintage Guildford market is back again on Saturday 5th November, at its new venue of Holy Trinity Church, situated at the top of Guildford's High Street.

Nestled in the stunning Georgian architecture of Grade I Listed building Holy Trinity Church, Vintage Guildford is open from 11am until 4pm, and is host to a wide array of quirky and one-of-a-kind unisex vintage and retro clothes, accessories, ... read more

October
13

ACM student makes regional finals of Open Mic UK competition

ACM Vocal Diploma student Gilska Weerakkody (16) has made it to the regional finals of the prestigious Open Mic UK competition – a national music search for the UK’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocal groups. These finals will be held at ‘Dingwalls’ in Camden on 16th October 2016.

“It feels amazing to have made the regional finals, especially considering there are over 10,000 entries each year. I feel very excited and proud of my achievement so far, because it was a very tough audition.” ACM student, Gilska Weer... read more

October
13

GUILDFORD MONOPOLY GOES LIVE AT G LIVE IN A WEEK’S TIME

… as games’ executives promise a “massive shock” as to the Old Kent Road square identity

“A massive shock”. That’s the promise today of the developers of the new MONOPOLY board for Guildford, WINNING MOVES UK, who say the town landmark that will land on Old Kent Road next week could see THEM locked up in their own jail. ... read more

October
07

Experience Guildford announces 2016 Customer Service Award winners

Town centre businesses, local dignitaries and representatives of Guildford enjoyed a celebratory evening at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Monday 3 October, with performances from Guildford’s Performance Preparation Academy and Nathan Jones of magic duo, Griffin and Jones, as Experience Guildford crowned the town's customer service stars. Now in its fourth year, the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards has again proved a popular hit amongst the residents and visitors to the town, with an unprecedented 4,000 votes received this year.

  Nominations for each of the award categories were announced at the beginning of September and since then each shortlisted business has been visited by an independent judge and secret shopper to be finally crowned king of their category. ... read more

October
07

GUILDFORD LIGHTS UP PURPLE FOR WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Monday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day and to show their support, along with many other prestigious buildings worldwide, some of Guildford’s most iconic landmarks will Light Up Purple.

  World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Making a vibrant effort to highlight the importance of mental health and wellness, on Monday visitors to the town will see Guildford Castle, Tu... read more

October
07

Lower Than Atlantis Drummer Eddy Thrower Kicks Off ACM Freshers’ Week

Recently, Eddy Thrower, drummer of Lower Than Atlantis, kicked off ACM Freshers’ Week in true rock ‘n’ roll style. Delivering a jam-packed masterclass full of his top tips of life in the industry, new students received the perfect introduction to what ACM is all about.

The masterclass started with ACM tutor Joe Yoshida introducing Eddy to a room full to bursting with eager students. Eddy soon got things started with a performance of the Lower Than Atlantis track ‘Here We Go’. During the class, Eddy was re... read more

October
07

Purple Flag status awarded to Guildford for third year

Guildford is celebrating its success in being awarded the much coveted Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy for a third consecutive year, having received its first award in October 2013. Guildford is one of more than 65 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who proudly fly the Purple Flag and is currently the only town in Surrey to have gained such accreditation.

Guildford is celebrating its success in being awarded the much coveted Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy for a third consecutive year, having received its first award in October 2013. Guildford is one of more than 65 tow... read more

September
29

JOIN WEST END STAR JANIE ON A MAGIC CARPET RIDE THIS CHRISTMAS

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents
ALADDIN
Friday 9 December – Sunday 8 January

LET US transport you to a magical world this Christmas as Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents their glitter-filled, action-packed family pantomime Aladdin from Friday, December 9 to Sunday, January 8. Ready to make all your wishes com... read more

September
29

GUILDFORD MONOPOLY TO GO LIVE AT G LIVE

The official MONOPOLY board for Guildford will be launched in exactly three weeks’ time -  on 20th October at G Live.

And the developers of the board, Winning Moves UK, are predicting that from advance retail orders it is set to be a Christmas top-seller across Guildford and beyond. "The advance orders from Guildford and Surrey stores and big online p... read more

September
23

QUEENSBERRY ANNOUNCES THE IVY AND OKA FOR GUILDFORD’S NEW RETAIL AND LEISURE SCHEME AS WORKS BEGIN ONSITE FOR OCTOBER 2017 OPENING

Queensberry has announced the prestigious Ivy Collection and luxury British homewares brand OKA to anchor its regeneration project in Guildford, Tunsgate Quarter, formerly known as Tunsgate Square.

The rebrand to Tunsgate Quarter reflects Queensberry’s vision to create an expanded retail hub, embracing complimentary retailers adjacent to the scheme, the High Street and Guildford Castle. Owners of The Ivy, Caprice Holdings will take... read more

September
15

Enjoy ‘Appy Days Out with the launch of the new Official Guildford App

Experience Guildford, the town's Business Improvement District, has launched the Official Guildford App. Targeted at residents and visitors to the town, the new App aims to showcase all the attractions and attributes of Guildford and includes a directory of the town’s shops, leisure and lifestyle businesses.  

Key features of the new Official Guilford App include a live feed Guildford car park availability function, offering real-time information on the best places to park and the number of spaces currently available. Users can also tap into the latest ... read more

September
08

CHERRY PICKED! 2ND CHARITY VOTED ONTO GUILDFORD MONOPOLY BOARD IS NAMED

The cherry has been picked! The Cherry Trees charity has been named on as the second charity to star on the brand new Guildford MONOPOLY board. The new board will hit shop shelves on 20th October.

The charity, which offers home-from-home specialist short breaks for children and young people with disabilities, was voted onto the new board by the public. And when staff at the charity - based in East Clandon, Guildford - learnt they had ... read more

September
08

EMBRACE MUTED ELEGANCE WITH THE NEW AW16 MOORLAND MIST COLLECTION FROM LE CREUSET

Visit Marijke and the team at Le Creuset Guildford in our beautiful store in Guildford High Street and discover the widest range of Le Creuset including our new collections.

  This Autumn/ Winter sees the launch of the new Moorland Mist campaign from Le Creuset including a lovingly crafted range of cookware, kitchenware and wine accessories for AW16 reflecting the deep, muted colours of the British moorland lands... read more

September
06

Heritage Open Days - discover Guildford's historic buildings

Discover and learn more about the history and culture of Guildford borough, with over 100 exciting activities on offer at this year’s Heritage Open Days. Guildford’s architectural and cultural sites will be free to explore on 8 – 11 September.

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead Councillor for Heritage and the Arts says: " We are lucky to have so many fascinating historic properties to explore in Guildford. Last year we were the only town to feature in the UK’s top five Heritage Open d... read more

September
02

Be part of a community yarnbomb!

Calling all local knitters and crocheters, all levels of expertise! We’re creating a community yarnbomb and would love for you to be involved.

 

To join the fun, you can either: 1) bring a small swatch of knitting or crochet – it can be any colour(s) you like, free-form or based on a pattern – to Oxfam (Upper High St) or Oxfam Bookshop by Friday 23rd September Or 2) come an... read more

September
02

Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards shortlist announced!

For the last six weeks residents and visitors to Guildford have had their chance to applaud and reward the businesses of the town that they feel offer the best service as part of the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards.

The votes are now in and the following businesses have been selected for each of the award categories, all receiving an unprecedented level of votes that eclipses the response of last year. •         Pubs, bars and clubs: The B... read more

September
01

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is ‘Glowing Gold’ in support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Today Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is ‘Glowing Gold’ in support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Along with others all over the country, the building will gold from dusk until dawn, on the night of September 1. The Theatre was approached by Marie Young from the Glow Gold campaign: “As a parent of a child who has survived two different types of cancer, I am very excited to be involved with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month September 2016.  We are delighted that many iconic landmarks and buildings have agreed to show their support and will light up gold on 1st September.” For any further information on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please contact Marie Young: marie.glowgold@mail.com
http://www.facebook.com/glowgoldseptember
@glowgoldkids #glowgold

... read more

September
01

The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

Guildford Fringe are partnering with brand new, The Forgotten Moose Theatre Company, to bring possibly the best Harold Pinter play ever written to Guildford.

‘Two hit men, a dark room and a dumb waiter - what's the worst that can happen?’ The Dumb Waiter is a humorous and provocative story of two hit men as they wait in a basement for their next assignment. Told through Pinter’s unmistaka... read more

August
31

Local independent health stores celebrate Organic September by inviting you to try something new...

Take an Organic Break
Thursday 15th September 8am - 11am You are invited to visit Food for Thought in Kingston or Guildford to enjoy a cup of organic coffee, tea, herbal tea or coffee substitute on us.  

There will be a selection of organic treats, biscuits and cakes to enjoy with your drink. Food for Thought staff and representatives of organic brands will be present offering free samples and discussing the benefits of organic. Going organi... read more

August
31

Guildford toasts the town's Best Bar None

Guildford's pubs and bars celebrated at the Mandolay Hotel on Tuesday 23 August as the town's Best Bar None award winners were announced following the third year of judging. Delivered by Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, the nationally acclaimed awards celebrate best practice amongst the licensed trade, showcasing the hard work and commitment of Guildford's venues to create and run safe, responsible and inviting town centre pubs, bars and nightclubs.

A total of 19 venues entered the awards across seven key categories, covering best bar, best pub and best late night venue focusing on independent and national operators, along with best entertainment venue. Each venue was assessed and judged b... read more

August
24

YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE TEAMS UP WITH TAG FARNBOROUGH AIRPORT

SITUATED in the heart of Guildford, building relationships and working with organisations to benefit the local community is of huge importance to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

  As such they are delighted to announce they have teamed up with TAG Farnborough Airport, supporting the needs of those in the surrounding areas by expanding their Targeted Placement Scheme into the Ash area.  Already up and running in ... read more

August
18

September Comedy Clubs in Guildford

After their month off in August Guildford Gag House and You Must Be Stoking are back to cure your post holiday blues in Guildford, Surrey.

On Wednesday 7 September you can enjoy pizza and comedy at The Stoke Pub, Guildford. The club closes with one of the best comics on the circuit at the moment, Steve Best. Steve Best is a great visual comedian, harnessing a mind-boggling array ... read more

August
18

Winner winner, CAU steak dinner!

The popular #GloriousGuildford selfie competition, which has been running for the last two months, has now come to an end with one lucky winner receiving a £100 voucher for CAU in Guildford.

After careful ru-moo-nation, we’ve chosen Lydia Frew as the recipient. Although not quite a selfie, we felt Lydia had gone the extra mile by visiting 52 cows so far. What’s more, she is also a supporter of Challengers, the charity for which Pr... read more

August
16

The Karaoke craze has hit Guildford with brand new venue, ‘OKE

July saw the opening of ‘OKE to the public. A swanky cocktail bar downstairs with private karaoke booths on the top level means that it is the perfect venue for a night out whether it’s the first cocktail or the last song!

These days to make a night time venue work you need to be more inventive than just opening the doors and hoping for a crowd. This is exactly why Alasdair Wilson, owner of ‘OKE, decided on one of the worlds favourite forms of entertainment for... read more

August
10

ACM’s BASCA Scholarship 2016 Finalist Announcement

ACM’s BASCA Scholarship was first offered in 2015 when talented student Ivan Proctor was chosen as the first recipient.

"I've really enjoyed my time at ACM so far! The advice and support from my tutors has been great. The live scene built around ACM is fantastic; there's always an opportunity to play or watch live music. I've met some of the new... read more

August
09

Boots Guildford High Street are making it their mission to raise money for Children in Need this year!

A group of the leadership team from the south east region are taking part in the Gung-Ho charity run for this worthy cause.     Fragrance consultant Jamie Burrows, Beauty Advisor Sylwia Slawicka, No7 advisor Jade West and Beauty Manager Aimee Longmuir

Guildford high street store are also hosting a beauty gala evening which is kindly being sponsored by their in house concessions; as well as local businesses; such as Aveda  offering mini manicures and massages and Liz Earle demonstrating their a... read more

August
09

Local Artist Elena Ramona to Perform at Always The Sun Festival

Elena Ramona is a Pop singer/songwriter based in Guildford, Surrey. She grew up on the Greek island of Skiathos, with an English mother and Greek father. Music, singing and song writing were her passion from an early age.
 

Her determination to pursue a music career led her to Guildford, where she attended the Academy of Contemporary Music to read Vocals. She graduated in 2013. Since then, Elena has been promoting  her music. She released her debut single and m... read more

August
03

WHY I AM IN LOVE WITH GUILDFORD COMPETITION FROM MONOPOLY

Guildford MONOPOLY chiefs want to hear from the public as to why they are “In Love” with beautiful Guildford.

And the most “loveable” entry will get to be a VIP – Very Important Player – and get to play and keep the first board that rolls off the presses, which will be signed by all those on the board. They will also get the chance to star in ... read more

August
02

Guildford Museum secures Arts Council England funding

Plans to involve local people in our new ‘Your Stories, Your Museum’ project leads to success and significant grant funding from Arts Council England.

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead Guildford Borough Councillor for Heritage and the Arts, says: “It’s fantastic to be awarded a grant of £84,551 from the Arts Council’s Museum Resilience Fund, and to be successful when there are so many other a... read more

July
29

ACM students bring summer alive with annual showcase

Recently students from the Academy Of Contemporary (ACM) took to the stage at The Electric Theatre for ACM’s annual Summer Live showcase. With four jam-packed days of entertainment scheduled, students, parents, specialist industry guests and the local Guildford community all left completely in awe of the talent displayed.

  "The atmosphere at Summer Live this year was A.live ! The level of musicianship from all students was outstanding! It has been a pleasure working with these young musicians, and although it has come to the end, it really is just the be... read more

July
28

ACM’er co-writes with Take That and Sigma

ACM alumnus Dom Liu has co-written Take That / Sigma track ‘Cry’.

Camberley based Dom Liu graduated from the Music Production Degree in 2013 and has since started working full time at Metrophonic Studios. Whilst studying at ACM he started working for the studio after finding the opportunity via the Academy’s I... read more

July
25

Guildford’s parks amongst the best in the country

Seven of Guildford’s parks and green spaces have been recognised as being amongst the best in the UK.
Green Flags were again awarded to Allen House Grounds, the Castle Grounds, Riverside Nature Reserve, Stoke Park, Sutherland Memorial Park, Guildford Crematorium and Stoke Cemetery.  

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, says: “We are delighted to receive these awards again this year, which reflect the hard work of our parks team. They do a fantastic job all year roun... read more

July
25

‘Story of my life,’ One Direction's Bass Player speaks to next generation of the music industry

Students from Guildford’s Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) were recently treated to a masterclass from One Direction’s live bassist Sandy Beales.

The lecture covered everything you need to know about being a session musician and Sandy shared all the insider secrets that he has learnt along the way. Sandy started off his musical career aged just 15 having been inspired by the Red Hot Chi... read more

July
22

Waitrose Guildford are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support!

This year as part of Group I's fund raising and community activities Waitrose Guildford hope to raise in excess of £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support through Raffles, Community Matters, Cake Sales, Pin Badge sales etc. They are already up to £2,700 raised.

Manager Ken Storr would personally like to be able to add to that figure by undertaking a 310 mile, 24 hour cycle challenge from Newcastle to London (this includes over 7,000ft of hills). The target figure from Macmillan is £500. Talking a... read more

July
22

Michael Buerk visits CowParade's glorious Guildford

Journalist and former newsreader Michael Buerk paid a visit to Guildford Castle recently to meet Glorious Guildford, the CowParade cow sponsored by local PR and marketing firm Property House Marketing in aid of Challengers.

As one of its patron, Michael is a great supporter of Challengers, an independent children’s charity which delivers inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding areas. In 2015, C... read more

July
21

Who run the world? Girls do. Beyonce Songwriter Carla Marie Williams chats to ACM students about songwriting and ‘Girls I Rate’…

Students from the Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) were recently treated to a masterclass from songwriting superstar Carla Marie Williams. Having written for the likes of Beyoncé and Naughty Boy, students were queuing up at ACM, all eager to catch a glimpse of the action.

Hosted by the academy’s own Jono McNeil, Carla started by openly telling the students her story... Revealing that it was at age 10 when she first got into music, having discovered she could sing while performing at a local community group s... read more

July
18

EG Customer Service Awards 2016 VOTING NOW OPEN!

The Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards return again for a third year, with more categories, more prizes and more chances for you to reward and acknowledge the town centre’s customer service heroes.

We all appreciate great customer service and the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards give you the opportunity to highlight those stores and businesses in the town that you feel consistently go the extra mile in delivering it. From res... read more

July
18

The Naked Stand Up returns to The Back Room at The Star Inn on the 22nd of July

Glory Pearl – The Naked Stand Up returns to The Back Room at The Star Inn for Guildford Fringe this July (22nd) with her new one-woman show. Is she TOTALLY NAKED again? Sort of! At times!

It’s been a busy year for the ex-school teacher turned stand up comedienne, Glory Pearl. Since debuting The Naked Stand Up at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, Glory has been busy touring the show and producing the London chapter of global performance art ... read more

July
15

HALOW PROJECT ‘PASSES GO’

The public was invited to vote for two charities to star on the brand new official Guildford MONOPOLY board – and the charity that secured the most votes can now be named! It is the halow project - based in Quarry Street in Guildford - which supports young people with learning disabilities.

The charity will now star on a square when the board is released later this year, in time for Christmas.   Originally Winning Moves UK, makers of the new board under official license from Hasbro, had promised just one square for a charity... read more

July
15

HELP! I NEED SOMEBODY! - Guildford Job Forum

The Guildford Job Forum aims to help members realise that they are not alone and that help and support are available to help them get back in to the world of employment. The Job Forum takes place at St. Nicholas' Church in Guildford every Monday.

Here's what we do at the Guildford Job Forum: Meet & Greet: 10.00am New members introduce themselves to the group and the group responds. We discuss what we have been doing this past week. Practical Guidance: 10.30am Work through a... read more

June
29

The 60s and 70s in Black and White - Photographs by John Walmsley

2 July - 10 September
Guildford Museum, Quarry Street, Guildford, Mon – Sat 11am – 4.45pm, 01483 444751, www.guildford.gov.uk/museum
FREE ENTRY

In 1968 John Walmsley, then a photography student at the Guildford School of Art, recorded two events which made headline news: the anti-Vietnam war demonstration in central London and the sit-in at Guildford School of Art. Images from both ev... read more

June
29

YVONNE ARNAUD EDUCATION TEAM DELIVER TILLINGBOURNE TALES PROJECT FOR CHILWORTH SCHOOL CHILDREN

LAST WEEK pupils at Tillingbourne School experienced an interactive school workshop exploring The Mills of the Tillingbourne Valley as part of an education programme provided by The Surrey Hills Society in partnership with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Working with local historians, the Chilworth school children first took part in a puppetry workshop where they created the characters who lived and worked in the local Mills. Then they explored their local history by becoming workers of their ... read more

June
28

Challengers’ children visit CowParade’s Glorious Guildford

Children from local disability charity Challengers paid a visit to Guildford Castle on Saturday to meet beautiful bovine Glorious Guildford, a member of the Surrey Hills CowParade public art event.

The children and their families enjoyed the sights of the grounds and took photographs with the cow. Glorious Guildford is being sponsored by local PR and marketing firm Property House Marketing, with proceeds going to Challengers. Challenger... read more

June
21

Nick Tsang gets ‘Busted' on tour

ACM alumnus Nick Tsang, who spent four years studying Guitar at Diploma, CertHE and Degree levels has been touring with noughties boy-band Busted.

Having already performed alongside the likes of The Saturdays, G: Audio and The Backstreet Boys as well as having co-written Jess Glynne’s hit album ‘I Laugh When I Cry', it comes as no surprise that Nick has found himself in the spotlight... read more

June
14

Kelly Kingham comes to The Star Inn

Kelly Kingham is coming to The Star in on the 29th July 2016 as part of the Guildford Fringe Festival.

'Deliciously unnerving’ The Guardian In his latest show, rising star Kelly Kingham, struggles to find peace in an ever-changing world. At fifty, he suddenly realises he has never really felt at home; every time he gets himself just about... read more

June
14

ACM’ers co-write and produce Jeff Beck’s new album ‘Loud Hailer’

Since graduating from the Academy of Contemporary Music in 2012, Carmen Vandenberg has hit the ground running - fast tracking her career into the music industry. Having performed in Bones alongside Skunk Anansie on a sold out European tour, Carmen’s most recent success was co-writing Jeff Beck’s new album ‘Loud Hailer’.

Wanting to redefine his sound, Jeff Beck drafted in ACM’er Carmen and her band mate Rosie Bones after watching Bones perform at Queen Drummer, Roger Taylor’s birthday party. Beck said in a Rolling Stone article that he wanted to move past his ... read more

June
06

Local children create ‘blooming marvellous’ window for Queen’s birthday

On Saturday 4th June over 60 children from Surrey took part in special workshops at White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  

Throughout the day the children, aged between 3 and 15, took part in gardening workshops alongside White Lion Walk’s event partner Clandon Park Garden Centre to help build an incredible plant pot window display within the shopping centre. ... read more

June
03

Headline Venue for Guildford Fringe Festival

Guildford Fringe Festivals headline venue for the 4th year running, The Back Room of The Star Inn, has been entertaining the people of Guildford for more than 400 years and is proudly continuing that tradition as the area’s longest-running live music and entertainment venue.

International burlesque bombshell and singer, Elsie Diamond brings her one-woman show, The Sensible Dresser to Guildford Fringe Festival. Inspired by her day job: dresser to the stars in the unpredictable world of costume.  Set backstage in an op... read more

June
02

Inn at Home Comes to Guildford

Exciting new craft beer, wines & spirits store coming to Guildford in July 2016!

Here's a bit of background about us and our mission.... Inn at Home is the concept of long time close friends and work colleagues Simon Douglas and David Marklew. Their shared passions, notwithstanding beer, include; brilliant retail, cust... read more

June
02

Look Who’s Arrived at The Friary Guildford for the Summer

The Friary Guildford, the town’s biggest shopping centre, welcomed a new addition last week. ‘MOOlissa’ was officially unveiled to the public on Wednesday and will join the rest of the CowParade Surrey herd.

CowParade, is the world’s largest public art event which comes to Surrey this summer. This exciting exhibition sees full-size fibreglass cows sponsored by businesses, decorated by artists and auctioned off to raise lots of mooolaa for charitie... read more

June
02

New town centre taxi ranks to improve public safety

Six new taxi ranks are now in place, following approval by the Council's Executive at a meeting on 30 May. The new ranks will help improve public safety by providing additional locations to hire a licensed taxi in the early hours of the morning.

Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing says: "We are pleased to approve these new taxi ranks following public consultation. They offer a wider range of ranks across the town centre, improving safety and security for those needing ... read more

June
01

Wake up to Organic with Food For Thought

We cordially invite you to Wake Up To Organic and join us on Wednesday the 15 th June for an organic breakfast!

We will be serving a raw vegan organic paleo granola from ‘Nuts In Ya Mouth, your choice of Cacao crunch or Coconut crunch, Organic Almond Milk from Plenish and a cup of Pukka tea! Food For Thought, along with many other businesses in the ... read more

June
01

Queen’s 90th Birthday Theme For Shop Window Dressing Competition

Experience Guildford, along with the town centre’s shops and businesses, will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday by creating imaginative and colourful royal inspired shop window displays for shoppers and visitors to enjoy.

Guildford town centre will be “turned into a backdrop of bunting, flags, crowns and corgis as retail and leisure businesses raise the royal standard of their window displays and pay homage to our longest living monarch”. The royal inspired... read more

May
31

Guildford in Bloom 2016: Picnic in the Castle Grounds

The Mayor of Guildford will unveil new flower beds dedicated to the Queen’s 90th Birthday in the Castle Grounds this Saturday.

Entertainment from the bandstand will showcase acts from the Guildford Summer Festival and Guildford Fringe Festival, with theatre performances provided by the Shakespeare Company, the Boileroom, a range of comedy acts, and live music. Stands ... read more

May
25

RED CARD FOR RED-FACED MONOPOLY BOSSES AS WOKING LANDMARK COULD APPEAR ON GUILDFORD BOARD

Just six days left now until voting closes for landmarks to star on the official Guildford MONOPOLY board and games’ bosses face the red card and even possibly their own jail.

 

They said today they considering a proposal for a WOKING landmark to appear on one of the board’s 34 squares which will all be Guildford customised. The game will be themed in sets from heritage to tourism, leisure to travel and the arts to ... read more

May
24

Rohan Guildford – Town Rangers Try Rohan

Recently Rohan Guildford asked the Town Rangers in Guildford to try Rohan Dry Roamers and Rohan Dry Requisites trousers.  

The Rangers do an excellent job within the city coordinating with both retail outlets and businesses as well as the general public. The guys and girls are out in all weathers which offers an excellent way of testing the trousers on a daily basis. ... read more

May
19

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD YOUTH THEATRE SEARCH FOR THEIR NEXT APPRENTICE

ARE you hoping to pursue a career in the theatre?  Would you like to gain an insight into how a theatre works?

The Apprenticeship Scheme at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre – which was recognised as a finalist at the 2016 Toast of Surrey Business Awards – provides an exciting opportunity to experience all things theatre.  Now in its ninth y... read more

May
19

The Whiskey Affair comes to Guildford

The Whiskey Affair continues it’s nationwide tour with it’s inaugural Guildford event on the 16th July!  

Coming on the back of their hugely successful London & Brighton events, it’s a lively and fun night out for any fans of whiskey, where they can discover new brands and blends. With the event split into four sections - scotch, bourbon, whis... read more

May
18

Jacks of London Scores with England Goalie

Legendary barbers Jacks of London has confirmed its premiership status by signing up England and Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland as the face of the brand.

The 23-year-old English Premier League star became part of the Jacks squad after negotiations earlier this year, coming onside to push support for the new Jacks True Gent shampoos and styling products, as well as its barbershops. Jacks of Lon... read more

May
17

NOW TWO GUILDFORD CHARITIES GET CHANCE TO ‘PASS GO’

The deadline to feature on the new Guildford MONOPOLY board is looming. And as a “thank you” to the town, games’ bosses have rolled their dice (which have landed on a double) and are now offering TWO Guildford charities the opportunity of ‘Passing GO. Earlier this month they announced that just the one square had been allocated for a charity.

"Now two Guildford based charities will appear on their very own squares," says Jamie Lamont, from the makers of this new board, London-based Winning Moves UK. The charity must be currently registered with the Charity Commission of ... read more

May
17

ACM provides superstar student performers for Surrey Young Superstar Awards

On 8th May, young band ‘Sweet Revenge’ delivered some fantastic entertainment at this year’s Surrey Young Superstars Awards. Having won a competition organised by the Academy of Contemporary Music and Surrey Young Superstars, the band were delighted to be able to play at such an important event, celebrating the young people of Surrey.

Held at the Guildford Harbour hotel supporting local charity Cardiac Arrest in the Young (CRY), the aim of the awards was to celebrate the hard work and achievements of those between the ages of 5 and 19. Presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey,... read more

May
16

SKINDRED'S SECRETS OF SURVIVAL

Skindred’s frontman Benji Webbe and guitarist Mikey Demus dropped into ACM (Academy Of Contemporary Music) in Guildford to talk to students about how best to survive and succeed in the music business and also to play a special acoustic set.

Formed in 1998, Skindred have gained an enviable reputation as an ultra-energetic, enthralling, and award-winning live band. Having toured relentlessly, and playing to crowds of up to 500K, their talent, hard work, and dedication has earned the ba... read more

May
16

GRIDLOCK ! MONOPOLY MAKERS BEING SENT ROUND BEND OVER TRAFFIC SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW BOARD

Even Jeremy Clarkson has famously had his challenges navigating Guildford’s roads – and now the MONOPOLY makers are facing issues.

The public has been voting in their many thousands for suggestions and landmarks to fill the new official MONOPOLY board for Guildford. Polls opened early last month and close on 31st May. And it is travel and traffic suggestions – many wit... read more

May
13

Is Guildford Now Europe's Smartest Town?

Cities across the world have invested heavily in Smart City technologies in a quest to make life better for their citizens and to stay competitive.

Guildford, in Surrey, UK, the childhood home of computer pioneer Alan Turing, has quietly leapfrogged many larger conurbations to become Europe's smartest town by piloting the world's first multi-sensor, multi-asset integrated parking and ... read more

May
12

Guildford Fringe Festival is jam packed and ready to go!

2016 has been a fantastic year for Guildford Fringe so far. They have been welcoming full houses into their monthly comedy clubs, ‘You Must Be Stoking' and 'Guildford Gag House', as well as producing the first play of 2016, ‘Mummy', which went down a storm. But, Guildford Fringe Festival is now only just around the corner and preparations are in full swing! It runs from the 1st-31st of July and with 2016 its 4th year, will offer almost one hundred events across twelve venues in Guildford.

Guildford Fringe Festival is based on the model of Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a little smaller, but the values remain the same - giving a platform for performers and audiences to try out something new at an affordable cost. In Guildford, the month... read more

May
12

The Academy Of Contemporary Music launches Radio Production Pathway to its degree courses

As a world leaders in music industry education, The Academy Of Contemporary Music has been delivering the freshest knowledge from the music business to its students for over twenty years.

Building on its existing partnership with new music radio station Eagle 3 (part of UKRD’s Eagle Radio family), ACM is very excited to announce a degree study option for those wishing to pursue a career in Radio Production. Students will lea... read more

May
10

White Lion Walk Photography Competition

White Lion Walk invites you to submit a photograph that captures the beauty of Surrey and the winner will take home a host of prizes worth over £150!

All of the pictures will be displayed in the centre during the month of June. Six finalists will be selected for the public to vote for their favourite via The Surrey Advertiser. To enter the competition email your photograph to: whitel... read more

May
09

Youngsters invited to take part in ‘blooming marvellous’ workshop for Queen’s birthday

White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford has teamed up with Guildford in Bloom and Clandon Park Garden Centre to host a very special workshop for local children on Saturday 4th June.  

Matching Guildford in Bloom’s 2016 theme, which commemorates the Queen’s 90th birthday, White Lion Walk is looking for 90 children under the age of 16 to help build an incredible plant pot window display within the shopping centre.The de... read more

May
06

BANGKOK’S FAMOUS MAEKLONG FINALLY OPENS IN GUILDFORD

Thai Leisure Group has launched its celebrated Thai street food restaurant Thaikhun.


 

Following a hugely successful launch night last night which saw local businesses, press and bloggers all come together to celebrate the launch. Today (6th May), Thai Leisure Group (TLG) the authentic Thai hospitality brand, has officially opened i... read more

May
04

ONE GUILDFORD CHARITY IS GETTING THE CHANCE TO ‘PASS GO’

(..and in the very "posh" part of Guildford MONOPOLY town too!)

One Guildford based charity is being given the opportunity to feature on its’ very own Community Chest square on the board. And it won't be just ANY square but one slap bang in the very poshest part of the board. And as there is no pric... read more

May
04

TLG Mission 2016 to raise 50K for the Thai Children’s Trust, Rice Bucket Challenge

From the 1st April to the end of the year Thai Leisure Group will be donating 5p to Thai Children’s Trust for every single portion of Jasmine Rice that they sell in their restaurants. For the month of April this was £1031.10  

On Sunday 17th April they celebrated Songkran Thai New Year fundraiser in Liverpool and raised £600 for the cause. Saturday 23rd April a group hiked up Snowdon – and raised £882.00 for the cause! Christian Hall, the intrepid Finance Di... read more

May
03

Five Surrey residents feature on M:89 Records Lost Songs compilation Album

The Lost Songs campaign aims to seek out the very best songs that have been written but never recorded. The album was recorded at Metropolis Studios where an average of 50% of the UK’s Top 40 Chart is recorded, mixed or mastered, and will be released on M:89 Records. As innovators in the music business, always seeking out the freshest talent, M:89 Records is extremely proud to be supporting this campaign and bringing these ‘lost songs’ to the forefront of the music industry and accessible for music lovers to hear and buy.

The brainchild of Ticking Tree’s songwriter ‘ADMAN,’ Lost Songs is there to find the John Lennons, Adeles and Freddie Mercurys that are hidden and have so far gone unnoticed. Both Adele and Mercury have recorded at Metropolis, the world’s ... read more

April
29

No coins for parking? No problem!

Motorists will no longer have to worry about change at our carparks, as RingGo cashless parking is now available (from 9 May) at all our pay & display sites. RingGo is a quick, easy to use mobile phone service, enabling you to pay for parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash at a machine.  

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Environment, said: “We are delighted to have a new pay by phone service in our car parks. RingGo offers the flexibility people need, ease of use, and the convenience of being able to do s... read more

April
29

ACM Announces 2016 BASCA Scholarship

Following on from last years success, ACM is to run its BASCA scholarship for a second year. With one lucky student having their courses fees funded in their entirety, ACM is on the lookout for a songwriting superstar.  

In 2015, Ivan Proctor was announced as the recipient of the first ever ACM BASCA Scholarship, receiving the inaugural award at the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance General Assembly opening concert at BASCA. Now having formed a band called ... read more

April
29

Summer Bandstand Concerts at the Castle Grounds

A fantastic programme of summer bandstand concerts and events begin on Sunday 8 May in the Castle Grounds.

Band concerts will be performed on most Sunday afternoons 2-4pm in May, June, August and September. They are free to attend – take your picnic rug or chairs and enjoy a toe-tapping afternoon in the stunning Castle Grounds.  Outdoor Theatre ... read more

April
29

Rising star BB Diamond visits ACM alongside manager and ACM Alumna Lucy Tallant

On Tuesday 5th April the Academy Of Contemporary Music welcomed pop artist BB Diamond through its doors for an Eagle 3 session and Q&A. Managed by ACM alumna Lucy Tallant (who first saw success in the music industry after her work managing fellow ACM’er Ebony Day), BB Diamond is a rising star who has seen features in leading music blogs such as The 405.  

Prior to the Eagle 3 session, Lucy held a Q&A with Music Business tutor Mike McNally. The pair discussed Lucy’s career highlights, helping ACM alumna Ebony Day win MTV’s Brand New award 2013 and her achieving Music Week’s 30 Under 30 in 2015... read more

April
28

Unique opportunity for Guildford landlords

ATTENTION, GUILDFORD LANDLORDS! Looking for tenants? Guildford Accommodation Agency and the Academy of Contemporary Music have a unique letting and property management opportunity to offer you.
 

Guildford Accommodation Agency (GAA) has been exclusively appointed by the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) to find accommodation for their 1,300 students. ACM and GAA would like to invite prospective landlords to an Open Evening on Thursda... read more

April
26

Get Your Thinking Caps On - Inspired by Alice Competition

In 1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was published. Alice’s story has become one of the most popular children’s books of all time.    

Apart from Alice in her head band one of the most famous characters is the Hatter in his hat. After more than 150 years wearing the same old thing isn’t it time they deserved something new to wear? And some of the characters don’t have hats. D... read more

April
22

4,000 supporters help Guildford Cathedral Appeal raise £6.9m

The Guildford Cathedral Appeal, which set out to raise over £7m to save and transform this iconic building, has raised over £6.9m – that’s 96% of its original target.

 

The Dean of Guildford, the Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams said: “We are delighted to announce that more than £6.9m has been raised through the Cathedral Appeal.  This significant achievement was made possible by more than 4,000 people, includi... read more

April
22

Corkage Wine Shop Host First Tasting Event

On Wednesday 20th April Corkage Wine Shop and Bar in historic Quarry Street hosted their very first wine tasting event.
 

The theme was Italian Fine Wines and, in the expert hands of Sergio, 25 wine enthusiasts were greeted with a glass of prosecco before sampling four fabulous reds served with cheese and charcuterie. Owner Andy Dore said "It's been ... read more

April
22

County Club Car Rally Raises Funds for Street Angels

The County Club second Le Mans or Bust! Rally, kicked off yesterday afternoon just after 3.30pm. 11 teams are taking part in the 3 day race to raise money for a local charity.

The first stop on the journey is Dover. From there the teams will continue down, rallying across France and taking on motoring challenges along the way. All competitors have paid for their own cars and journey, meaning that all funds raised ca... read more

April
21

Great Barn of Wanborough could be set for ‘Old Kent Road’ on town’s new MONOPOLY board

It's OLD - gloriously OLD, dating back to the 14th century – so is The Great Barn of Wanborough heading for the famous OLD Kent Road spot on the new official MONOPOLY board for Guildford?

Old Kent Road is the most moderately priced location on the original London MONOPOLY board, though the game’s makers insist it has a "very high cachet value”. The public has been voting in their many hundreds since it was announce... read more

April
20

Moss Bros Launch New 'Tailor Me' Service

With 165 years of tailoring expertise under their belt, Moss Bros. are proud to launch their new ‘Tailor Me’ service, rolling out across their UK stores.
 

Tailor Me is an exciting new personalisation service which allows customers to pick from a wide range of suit fabrics and styles, then have it tailored to their preferred fit. Customers can also add personal touches, such as monogramming and colou... read more

April
20

Lost In Venice record single at world renowned Metropolis Studios

Lost In Venice, comprising of students at the Academy Of Contemporary Music, Rico, James, Rob & Jake recorded their debut single at Metropolis Studios April 16th and 17th.  

Having been selected to be dressed by John Varvatos (Rock ‘N’ Roll brand to stars such as Alice Cooper, Paul Weller, Kiss, Damian Marley, Ringo Starr, Iggy Pop etc), to perform in their flagship store and to sign a worldwide record deal after ... read more

April
20

Comedian Simon Caine to take part in Guildford Fringe Festival 2016

Simon Caine is 28-years-old. As a result, everyone is under the impression he’s an adult, but he feels closer 16. He is unsure of his place in life, he’s easily confused by the world around him and suffers with a daily existential crisis. Show Details - Title: Buddhism & Cats
Where? The Back Room of The Star
When? 21st July 2016
Time? 19.00pm start (doors at 18.45)
Cost? £6
Length? 55 minutes (50 minute show)
Genre? Stand Up Comedy

This year Simon lost two grandparents to cancer, then moved out from under his parents' roof for good (he hopes). He moved in with a super-slick, calm and collected flatmate (in other words he got a cat). Join him for an hour(ish) of hilarity ... read more

April
18

Jigsaw launch The Creators

Jigsaw x Audrey Louise Reynolds - Spring/Summer 2016
“We associate rain with dreariness but all that is beautiful relies on it. Imagine how exotic rain could be if we coloured it.” Audrey Louise Reynolds, Brooklyn, NYC February ‘16

The Creators Project brings together Jigsaw’s commitment to design and craftsmanship in a collaboration with artisans to honour the process of making beautiful products. The latest collaboration in The Creators series brings together a New York... read more

April
18

Guildford’s Fringe Theatre Company is going from strength to strength

In 2012, Guildford Fringe Theatre Company paid actors, stage crew and directors by way of a profit share system, like many other fringe theatres around the UK. However in the past four years every Guildford Fringe production has made a profit. There is a demand for professional and high quality fringe theatre in Guildford and as a company, we now have the ability to pay our production teams and actors a set wage.

 

Managing Director of Guildford Fringe, Nick Wyschna, commented, “I am thrilled to announce that Guildford Fringe is now at a place where we can pay all actors working with us, minimum wage rates of pay, or more!” He continues, “The Guildford... read more

April
18

ACM continues to give back to schools, giving away free musical equipment for a second year

Having had an extremely successful year, ACM is delighted to be running its school referral scheme for the second time. The scheme sees the Academy investing in schools by way of buying new musical instruments and technology as a thank you for referring talented students to study at the world class facility.  

If you’d like to get involved in this scheme have a look at the terms here: http://www.acm.ac.uk/equipmentforschools/ Tutors at the Academy have been highlighting their outstanding students for 2015/16. If you think you’ve got what it tak... read more

April
14

Torchlight procession and beacon lighting mark Queen’s 90th

Join Guildford Borough Council and Guildford Lions Club to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s
90th birthday at 7.45pm on Thursday 21 April.

Guildford will be playing a full part in the celebrations which will be taking part across the country on Thursday April 21 to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday details of which are set out in the attached official press release. The public ar... read more

April
14

Orlando Jewellers is Celebrating 44th year in Guildford

Orlando jewellers is Celebrating 44th year trading in Guildford and Remserv have just completed the redecoration of their building!

The colour scheme carefully blends with historic Guildford, the building being around 200 years old. Gold leaf has been used to pick out the Architectural detail for the first time and the result is very attractive.  Orlando has free custome... read more

April
12

Tama Artists show support by opening brand new Tama Artist room at ACM

On Tuesday 5th April, over ten Tama Artists came down to Guildford’s Academy Of Contemporary Music to show their support for the next generation of music industry talent by opening a brand new Tama Artist room. Packed full of the latest pro Tama drumming gear, drum students at the Academy will now have access to top quality industry standard facilities to ensure that they can make the most out of their time at ACM.

Cutting the ribbon to this fantastic new facility was Mike Shimada, Division Manager and Operating Officer at Tama, as well as Ian Aguado-Bush of Headstock Distribution (representing Tama in the UK). “We are so happy to have this collaborati... read more

April
11

QUEEN COMES SECOND IN BEAUTY CONTEST AS GUILDFORD ‘PASSES GO’

The Queen’s home town of Windsor has been toppled in a 20-way Home Counties race to ‘Pass GO’. It means Guildford - home of Lewis Carroll, the celebrated author of Alice in Wonderland – is in WONderland as it gets its own official MONOPOLY board, as was announced on Friday 8th April 2016.

   

Surrey’s county town beat Windsor in a 20-way Home Counties race which began last year. In the end it was so close between Guildford and Windsor that MONOPOLY chiefs were wondering if they may have to dust down their trusted dice and roll them i... read more

April
06

Guildford Fringe Festival 2016

The programme has been announced and the Countdown is well underway for Guildford Fringe Festival 2016!

The festival, now in its fourth year, is looking bigger and better than ever before with new venues, new acts and new events to brighten up the arts diary in Guildford.
 

Guildford Fringe Festival is Surrey’s premier open-access, multi-arts festival which includes all genres of art including theatre, music, comedy, dance, exhibitions, talks, film, cabaret, kids workshops and shows and poetry nights.   ‘S... read more

April
06

Guildford Fringe Announces Comedy Club Line-ups for May

The Stoke Pub and Pizzeria plays host to yet another set of top-notch talent from  the British comedy circuit. You Must Be Stoking is on Wednesday 4th May at 8pm, helping you get through the working week.

The extremely funny Tom Webb is the MC for the evening and is certain to keep ‘the audience laughing so hard, there’s barely time to breathe’ (British Comedy Guide). Adam Vincent takes the opening spot whilst Stella Graham who is described as "Fun and original... likeable and, crucially, funny" (Broadway Baby) and Tom Ward (BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 Finalist) take to the mic for the middle spots.

The headliner for the evening, Mike Gunn, is an unquestionable heavyweight of the comedy scene and “One of the 10 leading stand-ups in Britain” (The Independent). Mike has been seen all over from supporting Jo Brand, Alan Davies and Lee Mack on their UK tours to television appearances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Celebrity Deal or No Deal (CH 4) and Al Murray’s sitcom ‘Time Gentlemen Please’ (Sky).

Tickets are £12 on the door (£10.60 in advance) and can be purchased from www.GuildfordFringe.com or by calling 0333 666 3366.

Guildford Gag House Comedy Club is also sure not disappoint on  Saturday 21st May at 8pm, with Fringe favourite Abi Roberts hosting at The Back Room of The Star Inn.

Abi has been dubbed by critics as "Brilliant, funny and charming. (GQ Magazine). She has supported Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and Tom Stade and is sure to keep the evening flowing effortlessly. Tania Edwards “Star Of The Future” (SW Magazine) opens the evening with Jon Long and his musical comedy taking the middle spot.

Markus Birdman (pictured) comes to Guildford as the headline act for the evening and is a seasoned performer and regular at Edinburgh Fringe. Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical and silly. It is sure to be an evening of fast paced jokes that will keep you laughing long after the bar has closed!

Tickets are £12.50 and can be purchased from www.GuildfordFringe.com or by calling 0333 666 3366

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April
05

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Announces New Season

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE announces its New Season on the Main Stage, introducing an exciting programme of theatrical events to entertain you this spring.  

A classic thriller from an award-winning writing team, Rehearsal for Murder (Monday 11 – Saturday 16 April) features an all-star cast: Robert Daws, Amy Robins, Robert Duncan, Susan Penhaligon, Steven Pinder, Lucy Dixon and Ben Nealon. The... read more

April
04

Guildford Shakespeare Company presents Will's Birthday Bash

This year the Guildford Shakespeare Company Birthday Bash for Shakespeare carries an extra poignancy, as they mark the 400th year since the great man passed away on 23rd April 1616. Join them for another week of special events in Guildford, celebrating Shakespeare’s enduring legacy.

WILL’S WILL – Special Birthday Lecture at Hatchlands Park
Wednesday 20 April, 7.30pm - All tkts £10 (includes birthday cake!)
GSC’s Matt Pinches discusses the importance of Shakespeare's Last Will and Testament in the presence of the Cobbe Portrait, by special permission of the Cobbe Collection.
 
SONNET WALK WEEKEND V
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 April, from 12.30pm - All tkts £15
On the big weekend itself, the ever-popular Sonnet Walks are back, to take you on a magical mystery walking-tour where you’ll encounter Shakespeare and his characters in the least likely of places.
Walks last approx. 70 mins, every 15 minutes from St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford.
 
CYMBELINE
Saturday 30 April, 7.30pm – All tkts £14
Following the popularity of last year’s staged reading of Pericles, we return to another of Shakespeare’s lesser known works. Sex, politics, jealousy and a journey fraught with dangers makes this one of Shakespeare’s most exciting late plays. St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford.

BIRTHDAY BASH EVENTS HAVE ALWAYS SOLD OUT SO DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE’S 400th ANNIVERSARY WITH GSC. Visit www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk for information on how to book your place on these events.

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March
31

ACM Alumna Supports Skunk Anansie in a sold out European Tour

Rising band Bones, featuring ACM graduate Carmen Vandenberg (who graduated from The Academy Of Contemporary Music in 2012 with a Degree in Music Performance specialising in Guitar), has recently had the opportunity to support Skunk Anansie on a so... read more

March
23

Drummer to the stars Jonathan Joseph delivers a killer masterclass at ACM Guildford

Jonathan Joseph has enjoyed an excellent career in the music industry having performed alongside artists such as Jeff Beck and Joss Stone. As a musician who is at the top of his game, Jonathan took some time out of his busy schedule to give back t... read more

March
17

Guildford in Bloom grows greener with Allianz support

Staunch supporters of the Guildford in Bloom competition for many years, Allianz are once again premium sponsors for 2016.  One of Guildford's largest employers with over 1,000 employees, Allianz are a truly global organisation with 78 million customers in 70 countries, providing insurance cover for cars, homes, small and large businesses and for everything from pets to musical instruments. Allianz take their community obligations very seriously, not only on a company wide scale (they are supporters of ParalympicsGB), but also, as Amy Yorston Media Relations Officer at Guildford puts it: "We want to support the community in whch we operate. Guildford in Bloom is a special campaign for us and we are proud to be involved again this year".      

The competition is free to enter and is open now. For more details or to enter contact click here. The Guildford in Bloom team are always keen to talk to organisations who would like to sponsor part of the campaign. It is only with kind suppor... read more

March
16

Suggs Attends GSA Gala Performance of 'Our House'

IT was a case of “Will the real Joe Casey stand up!” at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Tuesday evening.  Mike Jibson, the GSA graduate who created the lead role of Joe Casey in the original 2002 West End production of Our House ... read more

March
16

ACM alumna Rachel Coomber makes Music Week’s 30 Under 30 List

ACM is extremely proud to announce that alumna Rachel Coomber (currently Producer at BBC Introducing) has made it on to Music Week's prestigious 30 Under 30 List for 2016. Other alumni Lara Dowd (Weller Media Agency) and Tom Hollings (Artists ... read more

March
11

Funeral For A Friend members visit ACM ahead of final concert as a band

On Wednesday 9th March, the Academy of Contemporary Music played host to legendary post-hardcore group Funeral For A Friend’s Kris Coombs-Roberts (guitarist) and Richard Boucher (bassist). The famous pair gave students advice on how to develop as musicians from their own experiences being in a touring band.  

The masterclass ran in a casual format with questions encouraged throughout. Richard and Kris also performed several of their hits at the request of students. Throughout the session students were thoroughly engaged and asked many questions. With m... read more

March
10

Skunk Anansie appoint ACM Music Business Student in Digital Role

Second year Music Business degree student Zac Smith has successfully interviewed for the role of Social Media and Online Coordinator for famous band Skunk Anansie.

Having recently toured Europe with their latest LP 'Anarchytecture', Skunk Anansie is celebrating its 22nd birthday as a band. Guitarist of the group Ace (who also works as Head of Creative Industry Development at ACM) is a strong supp... read more

March
07

Team RASASC takes on the Surrey Half Marathon

Amanda, Amy, Jessica, Rebecca and Sophie will be running the Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday 13th March to raise funds for the Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Guildford. Every penny raised as they take on the 13.1 mile course will go towards supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse. RASASC has been supporting survivors and their families for over 20 years. The Guildford-based charity offers a number of specialist services to men, women and young people from across Surrey and beyond, including face to face counselling, Independent Sexual Violence Advisors and a confidential Helpline.  

The money raised by the runners will be going towards the continuation of survivor groups, including Coffee Mornings and Self-Esteem & Confidence Classes. These groups provide vital support for survivors, who are often left feeling isolated and wi... read more

March
01

Final line-up for Innovate Guildford Science & Arts Festival as countdown begins

The countdown begins to the Science & Arts Festival, Innovate Guildford 2016, at GLive on Saturday 12 March,with exhibitors from across the technology, science and arts industries contributing to the line-up for the event. Lionhead Studios, the world-renowned gaming company based in Guildford, will be showcasing Fable Legends, the latest game in the Fable series. Visitors will enjoy the chance to play the game and find out what it takes to work in an industry Guildford has made its own.  The University of Surrey will be helping visitors take a virtual ride into space, explore 5G and get a glimpse into the work of the Vet School. Unique to this Festival is the exploration of how science and arts are linked. Urban art, music-inspired synaesthetic art, photography, creative writing, theatre and production technology will be in action at this Festival , all with a science theme. Guildford Shakespeare Company will perform a piece about Shakespeare’s Science, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre will demonstrate production technology and professional artists will encourage visitors to get involved, with interactive demonstrations In addition, visitors will get a behind-the-scenes insight into professions including civil engineering, architecture, energy, virus research, marine conservation and much more.
The event is free and open to all, and the many activities and displays are designed particularly to inspire younger people as they explore their options for the future.  

The idea for the Festival came from the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, as part of her theme ‘Inspiring Guildford’s Future Innovators’. She says: “As more and more exhibitors from a wealth of industries across the science and ... read more

February
29

Everything is coming up roses for Chapters Financial

Guildford business Chapters Financial have announced their support for the Guildford in Bloom campaign for 2016.  Long term champions of the competition, Chapters Financial are the premium spsonsors for the year. Director, Kieth Churchouse says: "Chapters Financial is delighted to support Guildford in Bloom again this year. It is important to our team, who not only work in Guildford but live in the vicinity, to see our beautiful borough continuing to exhibit its long-established talent for cultivating stunning floral displays. We look forward to a great 2016 season."    

The competition is free to enter and will be open from early March. For more details or to enter contact Lysandra.McCulloch@guildford.gov.uk The Guildford in Bloom team are always keen to talk to organisations who would like to sponsor part of... read more

February
26

Together We Make More

Saturday 28 May – Sunday 11 September 2016 2016 is a big year for four arts organisations in Guildford – and they’ve decided to make it that bit bigger by uniting to celebrate collectively, as Together We Make More launches this summer. The arts scene in Guildford is vibrant and varied, and four of those arts providers are rather excited to celebrate their significant milestones with you. While Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is celebrating the second half of their 50th anniversary, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary for both the Boileroom and Guildford Shakespeare Company, and the baby of the arts group, G Live will turn five later this year. With a cumulative 75 years’ experience of making art in Guildford, these four organisations have decided to join forces to introduce Together We Make More: an integrated arts programme which will see them working together to create art in Guildford.
The Together We Make More group says: “2016 welcomes a flurry of local arts landmark anniversaries and we were all thinking about exciting ways to celebrate our respective birthdays – when the solution became obvious!  It’s a thoroughly brilliant opportunity for the four of us to join forces and work together, celebrating with others who are equally passionate about making art in Guildford.  We’re all incredibly excited about our birthday project.”
Sharing skills and resources, this partnership will see them produce new work for Guildford audiences from Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, September 11, showcasing the work of talented artists and performers across all art forms.  

The collaboration will also provide opportunities for audiences to experience work in new settings, as the Guildford companies look forward to staging performances in each other’s venues for the very first time. Proposed arts events range from... read more

February
24

More Music March at Kokomo

MUSIC fans from Guildford who are keen to discover new artists can see a variety of musicians and bands perform at a new cocktail bar in the town next month (March, 2016). Steve Young, The Imposters, Andy Muscat, The Audio, The Sausage Monkeys and Eliza Emery will be performing at Kokomo throughout March. Ashley Westen, Managing Director at the bar, which is located opposite the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Millbrook, said: “March is already building up to be a great month of live music. It is absolutely packed with fantastic solo artists and bands and we can’t wait for people to come and check them out. “On Friday, March 11 solo musician Steve Young will be taking to the stage followed by party band, The Imposters, on Saturday, March 12. Up-and-coming artist Andy Muscat will be playing live on Wednesday, March 16 and pop rock duo The Audio will be live on Friday, March 18. “As if that wasn’t enough we also have live music from The Sausage Monkeys, who first performed during our opening week, on Saturday, March 19 and finally the wonderful singer Eliza Emery will be performing on Sunday, March 20.” Steve has played for the likes of Lionel Richie, Peter Andre, Gareth Gates and Delta Goodrem in the past and started writing his own material in 2013.
He released his debut EP ‘Little Things’ and has been performing across the US and UK ever since. Surrey-based covers band The Imposters, made up of Andrew Turvey on drums, Graham Bull on bass, Serge Colbourne on keys, Simon Bennett on guitar and Tony Smullen on vocals, covers many musical genres from rock to soul to blues to funk to pop. Portsmouth-based Andy began writing and performing music at the age 13 and worked on building his repertoire and experience until the age of 16, when he performed at Portsmouth’s Guildhall venue. The Audio are a pop rock duo who have played across the UK including at Glastonbury Festival and The Isle of Wight Festival. The Sausage Monkeys band members have played at hundreds of gigs across the UK and Europe, performing everywhere from pubs and clubs to festivals. The group consists of Ben Hill on vocals and guitar, Adam Wheatley on backing vocals and guitar, Nick Geis on backing vocals and bass and drummer and backing vocalist, James Tringham. They perform covers from the Sixties through to the present day. Eliza is the fourth generation of Emery’s to enter the entertainment business. She has recorded her new single, ‘I Have Nothing’, with multi award winning producer Jay Newland in New York and her debut album ‘Jigsaw’ contains much of her own material, which she’ll be performing at the bar. Kokomo is a cocktail and live music venue, open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5pm until midnight and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm until 2am. It looks set to become one of Guildford’s most sophisticated night spots, a venue where people can see a range of live music while also enjoying champagne and cocktails. Happy Hour runs from 5pm until midnight on Tuesdays and from 5pm until 8pm from Wednesday to Friday and on Sundays. Steve Young will be performing at the bar on Friday, March 11 followed by The Imposters, on Saturday, March 12, Andy Muscat on Wednesday, March 16 and The Audio on Friday, March 18.
The Sausage Monkeys will also play live on Saturday, March 19 and Eliza Emery will be performing on Sunday, March 20. Entry to the nights is free and live music starts from 8.45pm. Booking is advisable and can be done by calling the bar on 01483 536222. For more information, please call Kokomo Bar, which is located opposite the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Millbrook, on 01483 536222, log on to www.facebook.com/KokomoBarGuildford or follow the bar on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/KokomoGuildford.

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February
22

Residential Property Search latest sponsor to be announced

Residential Property Search have joined the Guildford in Bloom campaign. They have announced their sponsorship of the Best Front Garden category. Sally Rule, director says: "We are very pleased to be a part of Guildford in Bloom. The Front Garden category seemed to be the perfect fit for us, as we specialise in finding the right properties for our clients, and we know that first impressions really count for a lot. I hope very much that many local residents will get involved when the entry opens in March." For more information on the Guildford in Bloom competition click here

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February
22

ROOSEVELT’S GODDAUGHTER TO SEE MRS ROOSEVELT FLY IN GUILDFORD

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD Theatre is very excited to welcome Eleanor Roosevelt’s goddaughter to see Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London at the Mill Studio next week.
Headley-based Wanda Rix, goddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt, is overjoyed to have the opportunity to bring her family to watch the one-woman portrayal of Mrs Roosevelt and reflect on a part of her personal history.

Wanda says: “My grandparents became very friendly with the Roosevelts when my grandfather was The Times correspondent in Washington in the 1920s and worked for the Foreign Office in the 1930s.  When I arrived in New York as a baby in 1936, they asked Mrs Roosevelt if she would be my godmother. 
“In 1938 I moved to England and lived with my grandparents but Mrs Roosevelt still came to visit us as often as she could.  The only visit I remember clearly was the one in 1946, when I realised that there was something very special about this lady.” Wanda has been fortunate enough to have previously seen Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, which is written and performed by Alison Skilbeck, when it was at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington last year. Wanda explains: "When I saw Alison Skilbeck’s brilliant performance it was as though Mrs Roosevelt had come back to life: my godmother, there on the stage, dressed exactly as I remember her when she told my grandparents about her many amazing projects – with hardly time to draw breath.
“I am so delighted to have the chance to bring some of my family with me, to see this incredible performance again, in the Mill Studio at the Yvonne Arnaud."    

Alison, who was granted special permission by the Roosevelt Estate to use Eleanor's writings as a foundation for her play, describes the moment she met Mrs Roosevelt’s goddaughter Wanda: “After the last night of my run the King's Hea... read more

February
17

THE MAYOR OF GUILDFORD’s CHARITY BALL

THE MAYOR OF GUILDFORD’s CHARITY BALL Inspiring Guildford’s Future Innovators was the theme of Eureka! The Mayor’s Ball. This spectacular fundraising event, to help celebrate the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith’s mayoral year, was hosted by GLive last Saturday (6 February).
Guests were greeted on arrival by Cllr Nelson-Smith, flanked by several McLaren sports cars. Guests were also able to admire Mirror Moo from the Surrey Hills CowParade and try out some electric bikes as well.
During the evening Cllr Nelson-Smith spoke about her Mayoral theme for the year which is “Inspiring Guildford’s Future Innovators”.  Cllr Nelson-Smith is passionate about local young people being inspired by the vast range of employment opportunities available to them in the borough.
“Nikki has worked so hard during her Mayoral year to raise the profile of her theme and our charity and we are so grateful to her.  This evening is a fitting celebration of everything she has achieved.  We are so proud and grateful to be Nikki’s chosen charity of the year” commented Beccy Bowden, CEO of SATRO.
Guests were treated to a celebrity auction of promises hosted by SATRO Patron, Jon Tickle, who was ably assisted by Nicholas Smith of Barclays and fundraising his team.
The Mayor, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith added: “With over 260 people in attendance, it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and I truly appreciate the support everyone showed me. A particular thank you must go to McLaren for bringing us supercars and a show engine with which to adorn Glive and also to the University of Surrey for believing in me and sponsoring the event. I had a wonderful and entertaining evening, during which with the help of Jon Tickle and Nicholas Smith we raised over £13,000 for SATRO . Thank you to everyone who participated.”

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February
17

ACM Student becomes the newest member of legendary vocal group The Drifters

ACM Student becomes the newest member of legendary vocal group The Drifters
Following on from their masterclass in November 2015, The Drifters can't seem to get enough of the talent on offer at ACM. With Ginnie Breakwell performing backing vocals on an Eagle Radio session with the vocalists and four students performing with the legendary group on their tour, the Drifters have now appointed ACM'er Emmanuel Dadey who is currently on the final year of his vocal degree at the Academy as their latest understudy.
"I received correspondence from Ace [Martin 'Ace' Kent of Skunk Anansie, ACM's Head of Creative Industry Development] on the 4th of Jan stating that the Drifters would like me to go and audition on Tues 12th of Jan 2016.  I was asked to sing ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Love Games’ along with one of my own choice which was ‘My Girl’.  All went well in the audition albeit I was very nervous where I sang in front of The Drifters and their Manager Kathy Mashadi, accompanied on the piano by Dan Healey their MD. I received a call the following Thursday from Kathy offering me the position.  I was very happy knowing that they liked what I had to offer. I always trust in God that he is leading me and I am very excited about this opportunity and its potential prospects."
Emmanual Dadey (ACM Vocal student and Understudy for the Drifters)
"We are really pleased to have Emmanuel on board as our understudy for the Drifters - his audition was very impressive and we are thrilled to have such a talented vocalist on board!"
Dan Healey (Drifters MD)

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February
16

Guildford Pubwatch Blooming Good Sports

Guildford Pubwatch have announced their sponsorship of this year's Guildford in Bloom competition. The organisation which represents over 30 Guildford licensed venues has pledged its support for the newly introduced "Pub in Bloom" category. Jane Lyons, Chair of Guildford Pubwatch says: “We are proud to sponsor the Pub in Bloom category this year. The pubs of the borough already put on fabulous floral displays over the summer months. We hope that by Pubwatch’s support of the Guildford in Bloom campaign more of our licensed venues will be encouraged to take part. We all benefit from the increased business during the summer because the town looks so beautiful.” A small committee of volunteers run the Guildford In Bloom competition to uphold Guildford's standing as a beautiful borough and to promote the natural environment.The competition brings together businesses, schools, community groups not just in the the town but across the entire borough.   

The competition is free to enter and will be open from early March. For more details or to enter contact Lysandra.McCulloch@guildford.gov.uk The Guildford in Bloom team are always keen to talk to organisations who would like to sponsor part... read more

February
10

Made In Chelsea Band 'Secret Company' record Eagle 3 Session at ACM

On Tuesday 2nd February, Chelmsford group ’Secret Company’, who appeared on the hit TV show Made In Chelsea, came down to ACM’s Rodboro Buildings in Guildford for an Eagle 3 session. Recorded by resident engineer Abel Quintana with assistance from ACM Music Production diploma student Jack Wells, the session ran very smoothly with the group recording their track alongside an interview for the local radio station. "I emailed Industry Link and they told me about the session - I was really happy to come down and help" - Jack Wells Music Production Diploma Having recently been featured on BBC Introducing and Radio X's 5 Best Songs of the week, the band are currently promoting their latest single 'Picture'. The band’s top advice to students was... "It would be to put your music out there, don't be scared of showing people what you do and expressing yourself "  

For more information on the courses on offer at the Academy Of Contemporary Music please visit: www.acm.ac.uk or book on to a campus tour by filling in this form: http://www.acm.ac.uk/open-days/... read more

February
04

Take a virtual ride into space and more at Innovate Guildford 2016

The Innovate Guildford free Science & Arts Festival at GLive on March 12, 10am – 4pm, is a chance for everyone to explore science, technology and the arts through interactive displays, exhibits, entertainment and workshops. Visitors will enjoy a whole host of different experiences, with many aimed at inspiring young people to think about science as a career. Explore a pop up planetarium, take a virtual ride in space, discover the latest in veterinary science, find out how a brain can turn music into art – just some of the activities on offer.  

The Festival is part of British Science Week (11 – 20 March) and is the Mayor of Guildford’s initiative, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, as part of her theme: ‘Inspiring Guildford’s Future Innovators’. The Pirbright Institute, Surrey Satellite ... read more

January
29

ACM Alumni Success

On Friday 22nd January, ACM welcomed alumnus Richard Shaw (guitarist for Cradle Of Filth) back through its doors for a masterclass in the PRS Blackstar room. Performing a selection of songs live and talking about all things theory, songwriting and technique, it was a full on masterclass in which students learnt a lot about many aspects of the music business. Alongside delivering a fantastic masterclass, Richard also dedicated two hours of time towards one to one tutorials with the lucky students. The masterclass ended with a Q & A with students and Richard donating a large signed canvas to the Academy's Blackstar room as the first Blackstar/PRS artist to deliver a masterclass in the there. Richard said: "I came to ACM in 2003 and left in 2006, I studied on the higher diploma and the degree programmes in performance for guitar. I loved every second of it. There were lots of sleepless nights going over scores and practicing, but there were a lot of masterclass and great tutors to help me. I made friends for life here. I loved every second of it."    

As well as Richard, fellow ACM graduate Nick Tsang has had recent sucecess in the field of somg writing. Nick studied guitar in Guildford, and has co-written on rising vocal star Jess Glynne's album 'I Cry When I Laugh'. 'I C... read more

January
27