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
01

Win £250 with The Official Guildford App!

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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

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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

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre reaches more young people than ever before

ASSISTED PLACES TO YOUTH THEATRE NOW AVAILABLE FOR REFERRAL BY GBC FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE AND MAYOR’S LOCAL DISTRESS FUND GUILDFORD’S Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is delighted to share some great news about their Youth Theatre’s Assisted Places scheme. The Youth Theatre has teamed up with Guildford Borough Council’s Family Support Service and the Mayor of Guildford’s Local Distress Fund, in a bid to reach more young people than ever before. For a number of years now, the Youth Theatre has run an Assisted Places scheme, enabling anyone who requires financial assistance to apply for full or part funding for a place in the Youth Theatre’s Open Stage theatre classes. These classes are theatre workshops for children, focusing on having fun, building friendships and developing confidence. The scheme looks at how best to support the needs of children who may have confidence issues at school or who may be in need of some time away from a difficult family situation and who show a keen interest in drama.   

Following discussions with Guildford Borough Council, two places in every Open Stage class have now been made available for referral by the Family Support Service. Furthermore, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith has pledged to support the scheme through th... read more

January
25

Blott and Tinc merging

Hello there, Important news about your local Blott store. The Blott shop in Guildford will be closed for a short time whilst we work hard to bring you a new exciting Tinc store. Tinc, including their amazing gift sets, must-have water bottles ... read more

January
22

Guildford Fringe Performing Arts bring Grease workshops for kids


Are you looking for something fun and energetic to send your kids to in February half term?
From 16th – 19th February 2016, 10am-4pm, The Fringe Performing Arts team will have your little stars singing, acting and dancing their little bobby socks off in the Grease, The Musical workshops.
 

For ages 7-12 years, The Grease workshop will be lead by Niamh Kennedy-Myers who starred in the West End production! This is chance for youngsters to learn from the professionals some of the original choreography and direction and then show ... read more

January
21

The Academy Of Contemporary Music to offer FREE music education for the under 19s


The Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) is very pleased to announce that, in September 2016, all those students under 19 will be able to pursue Diploma studies at the prestigious institution free of charge.

 

As world leaders in music industry education, ACM believes that all young people should have equal opportunities to access education and pursue their career aspirations, regardless of their background or social standing. "Giving students ... read more

January
20

Electric charging points arrive in Guildford car park

Car park improvements to include electric charging points Residents, visitors and workers will benefit from improvements to Guildford's car parks, including the introduction of electric car charging points following a decision by the Executive on Tuesday 19 January.  

The Executive agreed to spend over £1m on maintenance and upgrades including: • the introduction of two new electric car charging points • new lifts for all multi-storey car parks • improved protective coating at Bedford Road • re... read more

December
23

Experience Guildford

Experience Guildford would like to wish all of the Businesses in the town centre a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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December
23

Stay up to date

Check our facebook page to stay up to date with sales around town starting 26th December!!

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November
26

Jacks of London launches new product range with Premiership support to celebrate 20th year on British high streets

The UK’s leading barbers, Jacks of London, is celebrating its 20th year on British high streets by launching their own exclusive ‘True Gent’ range of male grooming products - while also becoming the ‘official men’s grooming partner’ to England football star Jack Butland.

After two successful decades in the industry, and after trying pretty much every gents’ hair product on the market, Jacks thought it was high time they put their passion, expertise and creativity into some bottles and onto their shelves.

The new True Gent range of products are made in Great Britain and have been developed by Jacks’ team of top barbers and professionals with a huge amount of experience at the forefront of the male grooming industry. They have been ruthlessly rese... read more

November
24

Community Gets Behind Local Charity for Christmas Light Switch on

23rd November 2015, the halow project was thrilled with the response from the Guildford community at the Christmas Light Switch on in High Street on Thursday 19th November.

halow is a Guildford-based charity committed to supporting young people with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person. From its community based social activities and learning programmes, to its 1:1 personalised support via its Buddy service, halow helps young people to gain confidence, skills and be supported to live as independently as possible.

The halow stall on the High Street was a great success selling handmade Christmas items and charity cards. This was a fabulous opportunity for the young people the charity supports to promote and sell the products they had designed and made – as... read more

November
20

ACM Students to perform alongside Drifters in Croydon 22.11.15

On November 4th, iconic vocal group The Drifters gave students of the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) a unique educational experience in the form of a performance and masterclass. In addition to this, lucky competition winner and vocalist Ginnie Breakwell got the chance to perform alongside the group which was broadcast on radio station 96.4 Eagle Radio. During the masterclass, students were invited to sing backing vocals with Drifter Michael Williams on the song 'Saturday Night At The Movies'. Manager Kathy Mashadi was so impressed at their performance, she invited the students to come and perform live with The Drifters at their upcoming show in Croydon.

So on November 22nd the Drifters will be joined on stage by four ACM vocal degree students Ginnie Breakwell, Sarah Martin, Eleanor Martin and Rhys Wilson. "The students performed excellently and were even asked to join the Drifters on sta... read more

November
19

Enjoy a cracking start to Christmas at #Guildfordlights - Thursday 19 November

Join all your festive favourites in Guildford on Thursday 19 November as we switch on the Christmas Lights and kick-start the countdown to Christmas. Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford, supported by 96.4 Eagle Radio, have joined forces to bring the Christmas spirit to town with music, reindeer, lights and a spectacular firework finale thanks to White Lion Walk.

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Mayor of Guildford says: "Please join us to celebrate as we light up Guildford on Thursday 19 November. There's so much going on for the whole family, from our mascot parade to a chance to meet Santa's reindee... read more

November
12

Commemorative stone unveiled

The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Nikki Nelson-Smith, has unveiled a commemorative stone in honour of Lieutenant Alfred Victor Smith VC. AV Smith, known to his family as Victor, was born in Guildford in 1891, and his family lived in Guildford, St Albans and Burnley.

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, said: “We are honoured to have recognised the outstanding selflessness and courage displayed by Lieutenant Alfred Victor Smith. The people of Guildford came together to commemorate his actions and... read more

November
12

Luxury brand Lizard Orchid are set to launch their range into Guildford pop up shop

We are thrilled to announce that our new luxury homewares brand Lizard Orchid (based in Slinfold) is expanding into the retail sector after a successful online launch just 12 months ago. Our exclusive, own brand range will be showcased in our new pop up shop which is situated at 191B Guildford High Street, GU1 3AW from Monday 9th November.

Lizard Orchid was launched by Miranda Grubb and Martin Graham nearly 12 months ago, born from a passion for designing and developing timeless homewares and exceptional gift ranges. The team, based in Slinfold, have culminated their collective year... read more

November
11

Events affecting High Street - Remembrance Sunday - 8/11 and Armistice Day, 11/11

Please be aware of the two events taking place in November which will affect the High Street and Upper High Street (on 8/11 only), and for which early road closures are in place.

  For full details of the road closures for REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY please click here  For full details of the road closures for ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY please click here ... read more

November
10

New look taxi service will benefit public

Our proposed changes to Guildford’s taxis and private hire vehicles will improve the standard and safety of the borough’s taxis to protect the public and assist trade.

The taxis will feature new branding to help people clearly identify them. Not only will this help to address alleged touting and help trade, it will also support public safety. All drivers will be required to complete a professional course to ... read more

November
05

Recognition for former councillors - New Honorary Freeman and Honorary Aldermen

The achievements of four former councillors, including two past mayors, have been recognised with the appointment of a new Honorary Freeman and three new Honorary Aldermen.

Jen Powell was made Honorary Freeman, while the title of Honorary Alderman was given to Sarah Creedy, Terence Patrick and Nick Sutcliffe. The new appointments were made at a special Council meeting this week (Tuesday 3 November). Says Mayor of... read more

October
30

VINYL IS A BIG HIT IN GUILDFORD

Hundreds of people helped celebrate the launch of Guildford’s new retro-themed club Vinyl in style.

Special guests S Club took to the floor to perform their greatest hits and added to the fun at the North Street venue. Vinyl’s general manager Darren Harfield said: “We had a fantastic night and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had such po... read more

October
30

Experience Guildford is Recruiting: Business Support Manager

An exciting and varied opportunity has arisen at Elevate Guildford Ltd, t/a Experience Guildford.
We are a Business Improvement District (BID) based in the heart of and serving Guildford town centre. Voted for by the retailers and leisure businesses of Guildford, we began our first five year term in March 2013. We are here to promote the town, whilst enhancing the environment making it a safer, cleaner and more welcoming for visitors, employees and residents.

Our Business Support Manager must be able to spin many plates at one time, be organised to within an inch or their life and achieve all this in a calm and assured manner. Reporting to the General Manager, you will provide administration suppor... read more

October
30

Experience Guildford is Recruiting: Town Ranger

Experience Guildford has an exciting opportunity to join their team. As a Town Ranger you will be responsible for working within the Business Improvement District, assisting our partners to makeGuildford safer, cleaner andmore welcoming.  

Candidates must be approachable, have a great knowledge of Guildford and be passionate about customer service to succeed in this role. If you think you have these qualities please call Stuart Craggs on 01483 452 163 or e mail your CV to stua... read more

October
26

Spooktacular Halloween at Britten's Restaurant

Halloween is just around the corner!

Are you ready for Britten's  Spooktacular Halloween menu that will send chills down your spine?

Why not try a starter of Roast Pumpkin, Garlic Snails with Crispy Kale or dive straight to the main of a Sussex Pork Belly, sticky toffee Crab Apple and buttered spinach. Our Halloween menu will be available from the 26th - 31st October so... ... read more

October
26

Still time to have your say on Guildford’s future

With three weeks to go until the deadline to give us your feedback on the draft Town Centre Masterplan, there is still time to have your say.

The consultation runs until Monday 16 November and asks for your opinions on the draft proposals. The radical ideas include a new riverside community park, more pedestrianised areas, more cyclists and ‘streets for people’.

The draft Town Centre Masterplan focuses on six key areas for redevelopment: the core town centre, Bedford Wharf, Millmead, the station area, Walnut Tree Close and Woodbridge Meadows. Many of the major changes focus on the river and enhancing ... read more

October
24

VINYL REACHES FOR THE STARS IN GUILDFORD

The UK’s largest bars and club operator, The Deltic Group, has transformed Cameo on North Street, into Vinyl, a new retro themed club which opens on Saturday 24 October.

The first stand-alone Vinyl in the country, the new destination will play classic retro tunes, with a flashing dancefloor, table service, private booths and a wide range of drinks. And to celebrate, the club will stage a launch party with a s... read more

October
19

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s adult panto is back after their sell out of D!CK in 2014.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful Princess, who lived in Old Peking. Guildford Fringe wanted to set it in Bangkok because the jokes would be smuttier, but the Panto Union wouldn’t allow such a radical location change! The Princess’ father, the Emperor, wanted her to marry a rich man, but her needs were a bit more ‘demanding’ than mere financial wealth. She needed real ‘fulfillment’.

Aladdin was a poor washerwoman’s son, who lived with his mother, in – and this won’t come as a surprise – a laundry. If only he could become rich enough to build a huge palace for the Princess. An impressive erection like that would be bou... read more

October
19

Guildford High Street set to sparkle with brand new Goldsmiths store

Guildford High Street will become home to the UK’s premier jeweller, Goldsmiths, with a brand new store opening at the end of October, just in time for the annual Guildford Christmas Lights event and the festive period.

Goldsmiths Guildford will become the latest addition for the retailer, which has a rich heritage dating back 230 years: its first showroom opened in 1778.  It was the very first appointed stockist for Rolex watches in the UK and its craftsmen cre... read more

October
15

Drifters come to ACM!

On the 4th of November the Academy of Contemporary Music will play host to legendary band The Drifters. The famous R 'n' B/ Soul group will not only deliver a fantastic masterclass to students, but one lucky vocal degree student will have the opportunity to sing with them on Eagle FM after a jam packed day of rehearsals with the band.

Legendary band The Drifters whose hits include; 'Saturday night at The Movies', 'Up On The Roof', 'Save The Last Dance', 'Come On Over to My Place', 'Under The Boardwalk' and many many more will be making a ... read more

October
15

Experience Guildford announces 2015 Customer Service Award winners

Town centre businesses, local dignitaries and representatives of Guildford enjoyed a celebratory evening at G Live on Monday 12 October and a stunning performance from Guildford's Performance Preparation Academy, as Experience Guildford crowned the town's customer service stars. Now in its third year, the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards has again proved a popular hit amongst the people of the town, with new categories introduced to cover more of the Guildford’s businesses and a record number of public votes received.

Nominations for each of the award categories was 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. Below i... read more

October
06

G Live - Steve Hackett: Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited

Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett celebrates forty years in the spotlight with his brand new tour Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited. The tour will take in a date at Guildford’s G Live on Tuesday 6 October, and will cover Steve’s entire musical career.

2015 marks 40 years since the release of Steve’s first solo record Voyage of the Acolyte. He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977, and over the following four decades, he has established himsel... read more

October
05

Win a place for your child on the Guildford Fringe Half Term Workshop

Guildford Fringe are launching Guildford Fringe Performing Arts in October half term with a Mamma Mia workshop for children aged between 8-13.

The workshop will be taught by actors from the professional production of Mamma Mia. Students will be taught original choreography and direction from the show and have the chance to perform what they have learnt on the last day to their parents an... read more

October
05

Local “Mumpreneurs” Reaches Finals of National Business Awards

Local mums, and entrepreneurs, Julie Clabby and Sarah Batterbury have earned themselves a place in the final line-up of The Mumpreneur Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life. Julie and Sarah run Busylizzy, a one stop shop for baby, toddler and mummy fitness classes with clubs across Surrey and Greater London.

Julie and Sarah  have been shortlisted for the Wired category, which is open to businesses who predominantly trade online. Having launched Busylizzy in December 2011 in Guildford - they have gone from strength to strength and now have 5 family cl... read more

October
01

Help shape the future of Guildford’s Town Centre

Give us your views on Guildford’s draft Town Centre Masterplan and help us shape the future of the town over the next 30 years. The consultation runs from Friday 2 October to Monday 16 November. There are many ways to give us your opinions – online, in writing or at our consultation events. The draft Town Centre Masterplan features radical design ideas for the future of Guildford. Over the coming decades the town could feature a new riverside community park, more pedestrianised areas, fewer cars, more cyclists and ‘streets for people’.

Urban designers Allies & Morrison have produced the draft Masterplan, which shows artist’s impressions of what Guildford could look like. The document includes options on how to manage traffic flow so that pedestrians and cyclists have better ac... read more

September
29

Guildford City FC Proud to Partner the halow project for 2nd season!

Monday 28th September 2015, at the beginning of the football season, the halow project is pleased to announce a partnership with Guildford City Football Club for the 2nd season. Guildford-based halow, which supports young people with a learning disability is delighted with the news which will provide more opportunities for young people with a learning disability to connect with their community and enjoy social and sporting events, as well as raising awareness of the charity and the issues young people can face.

Ann Kenney, halow Head of Fundraising and Communications commented: “We are extremely grateful to the football club for all their efforts to raise awareness of and raise funds for our work to support young people with a learning disability. The ... read more

September
29

'Every Drawing Tells a Story' at this year’s Big Draw

Creative residents are encouraged to get involved in an exciting range of free events for all the family as part of this year's 'The Big Draw'. The Big Draw, which runs from 3 October to 29 October, is part of a campaign to get the nation drawing. This year’s theme is ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’.

Eleven Guildford venues are taking part in the event, which is organised locally by the Council's Arts Development team, supported by Guildford Arts and Experience Guildford. Venues include Watts Gallery, G Live, The Boileroom, Yvonne Arnaud a... read more

September
29

Guildford Fringe Performing Arts in October half term

Are you looking for something fun and energetic to send your kids to in October half term? We are launching Guildford Fringe Performing Arts in October half term with a Mamma Mia workshop for children aged between 8-13.

The workshop will be taught by actors from the professional production of Mamma Mia. Students will be taught original choreography and direction from the show and have the chance to perform what they have learnt on the last day to their parents and friends.

Mamma Mia will keep them fit whilst they are having the time of their lives! We take all abilities and we will make sure they get the most out of the week. Mamma Mia! Workshop 27-30 October 10am-4pm Guildford College, Stoke Road, Guildfo... read more

September
22

G Live - Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

It’s been Rock ’n’ Rolling the world for 23 years, and now Buddy Holly & The Cricketers will perform at Guildford’s G Live on Tuesday 22 September.  The hits just keep on coming with classics including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! and much, much more. It’s guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles!

It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK, whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock. The boys guested on BBC One's Saturday night live programme The One and Only, hosted by Grah... read more

September
10

Heritage Open Days are here - discover your borough from 10-13 September

Join in and celebrate Guildford’s architecture and culture for free during Heritage Open Days from 10 - 13 September. There are over 100 events and activities in the borough to choose from, including museum open days, theatre tours and vineyard visits.

The event provides a rare opportunity to explore some of Guildford’s cultural and architectural gems that are not usually open, or normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes guided tours, activities, talks and exhibitions.... read more

September
09

Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards - Category focus - Lifestyle & Leisure and Health & Beauty shortlist

Residents and visitors to Guildford have again shown their support to the town's businesses and service providers, voting in their thousands to reward and acknowledge those that contribute to making Guildford such a great place to live, work and play.

Throughout the summer the public has been asked to nominate their customer service heroes as part of the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards. Nominations have been sought from a range of ten categories covering all business sectors within... read more

September
07

RETIREMENT GIFTS FOR PEOPLE IN GUILDFORD ARE WORTH JUST £2.17 FOR EVERY YEAR WORKED

The average retirement gift for people living in Guildford is worth just £2.17 for every year of work – less than the cost of a small takeaway coffee, a study from Skipton Building Society has found. Despite putting in years of service, retirees can expect to receive a gift worth around £101.89 when they call time on their career – the equivalent of just £2.17 for each year of the average 47-year working lifetime.

It also emerged the days of receiving the traditional carriage clock are over, with three in ten getting nothing more than a handshake and a ‘sorry-you’re-leaving’ comment. The study, found 31 per cent of retirees in Guildford didn’t recei... read more

September
07

Two brand new Horrible Histories shows now on tour & coming to Guildford in November

Thousands of years after the Ruthless Romans, Savage Saxons & Vicious Vikings stormed ashore on the coast of Britain and the Gruesome Greeks competed in the first ever Olympic Games, you can relive those horribly exciting times by bringing your family to see Birmingham Stage Company’s brand new Horrible Histories stage shows coming to Guildford’s GLive 25 – 28 Nov box office 0844 7701 797 www.GLive.co.uk. Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks, use actors and amazing new 3D Bogglevision special effects, to bring history alive on stage in front of your very eyes!

INCREDIBLE INVADERS the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invaded Britain. Can crazy Caratacus can save the nation? Hide behind Hadrian’s Wall and witness the Savage Saxons smash their way in. Can you stop King Alfred burning his buns?... read more

September
01

Carlinos After Dusk

As of Thursday 3rd of September Caffe Deli Carlino At The Shambles will be launching "Carlinos After Dusk". They will be open Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays as a Pizzeria until 21.00hrs on a weekly basis  

The special offer will be any 10 inch Pizza from the menu, with garlic bread and either a large glass of wine, bottle of Peroni or a Kopperberg Naked Apple Cider.....£9.50 per person. Caffe Deli Carlino At The Shambles are also available for... read more

August
28

Bold blueprint to reconnect town centre and riverside

Today we’re pleased to publish the draft Guildford Town Centre Masterplan. Six weeks of detailed public consultation on the Masterplan will start in October.

The bold blueprint to reconnect Guildford’s town centre with its historic riverside would transform underused areas to create high-quality, attractive new homes, retail, leisure, hotel and office space.

The plan responds to local people’s feedback and ideas from the initial vision consultation in July 2014. It would protect the heritage and character of the town’s core and bring much needed transport and flood management improvements. Pr... read more

August
27

Business Rate Reduction Scams are happening

We would like to make you aware of some companies acting as 'reduction' firms. In exchange for fees, businesses are led to believe they will get their business rates reduced on appeal.

Local authorities are required to collect business rates on behalf of central government. Businesses are revalued and new rates are applied every five years.

Our advice to businesses is to say no to firms who cold call offering to do a rating appeal. Their contracts are often carefully worded and don't match up to verbal promises the salesperson makes. Once you've signed and paid you may have n... read more

August
25

LOCAL COMPANY ON THE WAY TO GREEN GLORY

White Lion Walk Shopping Centre based in Guildford has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London... read more

August
21

for Hundred Watt Club Burlesque and Cabaret

After the success that Guildford Fringe and the Hundred Watt Club had closing Guildford Fringe Festival 2015 at G Live they are back and hyped up for their next Burlesque Cabaret, this time at the Electric Theatre right in the heart of Guildford.

The evening will be hosted by vocal powerhouse and audacious mistress of ceremonies Divine Miss Em. Classic sparkling burlesque comes care of cheeky, charming Felicity Furore whilst boundary pushing performance artist Rubyyy Jones brings her speci... read more

August
21

COCKTAIL MASTERCLASSES AT MKB IN GUIILDFORD

Whether you're celebrating a hen party, bithday or organising a team building event with work, a cocktail masterclass is the perfect solution to a fun (and memorable) night out.

A trained mixologist will take your group through the art of creating sumptuous cocktails and, whetting the appetites of everyone involved. Then it's over to you with the mixing, shaking, stirring and all important tasting. At the end, a c... read more

August
20

Guildford tourism continues to rise – bucking national trend

Guildford has been recognised as a successful tourism area in a recent report by Tourism South East. The report reveals that tourism has increased in terms of both visitors and their spending – bucking the national trend of falling visitor numbers.

Cllr Geoff Davis, Lead Councillor for Economic Development, welcomed the report's findings and said: “Tourism is vital to the local economy, for both income and employment, providing over 6,000 jobs in the area. We are delighted that recent ... read more

August
16

Guildford-on-Sea. Sun, sand and shopping, what's not to love?

Life's a beach when you visit Guildford this August as families and visitors can enjoy all the fun of the seaside slap bang in the middle of the town. Guildford may be an hour from the coast but Experience Guildford are making waves by bringing a family fun beach to the banks of the River Wey.

Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford-on-Sea will be open and free to visit from 14 to 16 August between 10am to 4pm each day. An exciting 'urban beach', complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, bea... read more

August
12

Taxi fares to remain unchanged

Fares for hackney carriages (taxis) in the borough of Guildford will remain unchanged, following a decision taken yesterday.

Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Community Safety and Licensing says: "Having spoken to drivers, listened to their concerns and taken account of written representations, I have concluded that the current taxi fares should remain uncha... read more

August
05

The future of Guildford Museum

Cllr Geoff Davis, Lead Councillor for Economic Development, responsible for Heritage and Tourism says: “We are committed to providing an inspiring and wide ranging cultural offering for residents and visitors and have formed a working group to consider the future of Guildford Museum.”

The group includes finance, legal, property, communications and HR. An outside specialist museum consultant will also be included. Cllr Geoff Davis chairs the group, which is led by James Whiteman, Director of Environment. Their brief is to carry ... read more

August
05

UK’s best young musicians come to Guildford

The town of Guildford was treated to a night of exquisite musicianship and vibrant performances, as the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) took to the stage at G Live on Saturday 1 August at 7pm.

NCO’s Main Orchestra was the chosen players for the organisation’s debut at G Live. The stunning full symphony orchestra is comprised of 113 musicians, all under the age of 14. “The children brought the audience to their feet!” comment... read more

August
03

The Fitstuff Running Club

18:30 Wednesdays from Fitstuff, Chapel Street
www.fitstuff.net

Founded in September 2010, the FITSTUFF running group has built up a strong following among the runners of Guildford. Whether you’re training for your next ultra, or just want to meet like-minded runners, it’s a great place to share running and training tips, show off your new shoes, or just to enjoy the camaraderie of group running.

The dark and cold winter months don’t put us off, and we stick to Guildford’s well lit roads for social runs, hill sprints and circuits. We’re always looking for new ways to make the most of the pavement. We’re fortunate enough to be surro... read more

July
30

THE MARCH HARE HOPS INTO GUILDFORD

Just opened, The March Hare, Guildford, is a warm and welcoming pub from The White Brasserie Company. Combining a traditional British pub and French Brasserie, The March Hare has a stunning menu that is sure to impress locals and give those venturing from further afield a brand new reason to visit the picturesque town of Guildford.

Looking-Glass Staying true to the roots of this period building, The March Hare has been designed to reflect its heritage with a relaxed home-from-home feel. The cosy interiors feature beautiful oak beams, polished floors and soft lighting juxta... read more

July
28

Guildford parks win prestigious Green Flag awards

Seven green spaces across the borough are among the best in the country. Green Flags were again awarded to Allen House Grounds, the Castle Grounds, Riverside Nature Reserve, Stoke Park and Sutherland Memorial Park. Guildford Crematorium and Stoke Cemetery were also recognised for their well-kept grounds by Keep Britain Tidy.

The award is a national scheme run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. It assesses parks and green spaces according to eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. Loc... read more

July
23

The Magna Carta Embroideries on display at The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford

From 16th July, all twelve of the embroideries will be on display alongside a replica of the 1297 Magna Carta to celebrate Radisson Blu Edwardian’s coveted status of “ official hotel of the 800th Anniversary celebrations”.

The Magna Carta Embroidery panels are the official embroidery of the Magna Carta 800 year and were commissioned by Runnymede Council and designed and created by Pirbright resident, Rhoda Nevins, a member of the Royal School of Needlework.  T... read more

July
21

Council to consider more options for North Street redevelopment

The Council is to consider more options for the North Street redevelopment following further work on its strategy for the area. At next week’s Executive meeting (Tuesday 21 July), councillors will receive the recommendation to terminate the agreement with development partner, Land Securities. This action will enable us to consider other options for the redevelopment of the North Street site, as part of the wider strategy of planning for the future of the town centre and the borough.

After an in-depth selection process, the decision to select Land Securities as a preferred development partner last year was taken on the understanding that the company would assess the feasibility of the scheme based upon the Council’s earlier ... read more

July
21

TSB Bank Talk Money Skills with halow Young People

July 20th 2015, Guildford’s TSB bank recently invited young people with a learning disability into their branch for a finance talk to help them better understand money skills, banking and potential security issues and risks.

The young adults are all supported by the halow project, a local charity that helps young people with a learning disability. The session was run in the TSB High Street Guildford’s bank during opening hours. A number of halow young people and t... read more

July
18

Customer Service Awards VOTE NOW!

The voting for this years' Customer Service Awards is now OPEN! Click here to cast your votes and you could be in with the chance to win £1000 to spend in Guildford.

... read more

July
11

Throw it away? No way! Repair Café comes to Guildford on 7 and 11 July

Need help to mend a broken toy or fix a hole in a favourite T-shirt? From clothes to bikes and electrical appliances to chairs – the Repair Café can help.

Everyone is invited to come to the Repair Café, organised by Guildford Borough Council, from 1 - 3pm on Tuesday 7 July at Weyfield Primary Academy, and from 9am - 1pm on Saturday 11 July at Ripley Farmers’ Market. Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Co... read more

July
09

A Birthday Cake for Alice

150 years ago 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, and everyone knows the famous scene from it of the Hatter’s Tea Party

Sadly the tea party seems not to have included much in the way of cake! This is hard to believe – a party without cake. Can you help us sort this out ? In this special year we want to celebrate Alice’s anniversary  with a display of the ... read more

July
02

Soul Station Tuesday was launched on Tuesday 30 June to the sounds of the Caribbean!

Firefly @ The Keystone opened its new doors back in March with their ‘full of flavour’ chargrilled menu which is packed with burgers, dogs, steaks and salads. Since then they have taken the menu to the next level and over the last two months it has been available for takeaway and delivery as well as in the venue. Now rated top restaurant on JustEat for delivery Firefly were looking to build on this further and make more use of their large commercial kitchen.

Squeaky (Nick Hines) joined the kitchen team in the middle of the re launch and wowed owners Nick Wyschna and Richard Jaehme with his Soul Station menu. It didn’t take Firefly long to add the delicious Caribbean menu to their delivery and takeaw... read more

July
02

Giggling Squid announces Surrey expansion

Giggling Squid, the growing family of Thai restaurants Thai chain, has acquired a site in Guildford and has plans to have four branches in Surrey by the end of the year.

The family owned company opened in Reigate in July 2013.  Husband and wife team Andrew and Pranee Laurillard open their first Giggling Squid in Hove in 2009.  The couple relocated from Sussex to Surrey in 2013 as more central location for their ... read more

July
01

Summer Events Help Put Young People with a Learning Disability in The Driving Seat

June 30th 2015, the halow project announced today that its presence at two recent events has resulted in a significant boost to its fundraising and profile raising campaigns which in turn will help young people with a learning disability.

The first event, which took place last Wednesday, was the annual Damon Hill Karting Challenge, which takes place at Daytona Sandown Park. 35 teams (of up to five people) competed in a 2.5 hour challenge. The event culminates in a BBQ and charity a... read more

June
29

Guildford says Thank You to Armed Forces with a spectacular celebration

Many thousands of people came to Guildford on Saturday 27 June to say thank you to the nation’s Armed Forces in a spectacular free celebration. The day began with a service at the Cathedral, a stunning parade up the High Street and a fantastic show in Stoke Park.

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Mayor of Guildford, says: “It was a very proud moment to stand at the Tunsgate Arch next to His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, and join the many thousands of people lining the High Street to watch the Armed Forces Par... read more

June
28

Raffle Expected To Draw in the Crowds at Festival of Speed

June 23rd 2015, the halow project’s charity raffle ahead of the Festival of Speed, is already generating considerable interest for the Guildford-based charity, which helps young people with a learning disability.

halow, which is the official event beneficiary at this year’s Festival of Speed is selling raffle tickets in two separate draws to help raise funds for its services and activities for young people throughout Surrey and the surroundings. For... read more

June
27

Plan your day to enjoy Armed Forces National Event Guildford

The countdown continues to the free national celebration in Guildford on Saturday 27 June. To prepare for the big day, please make sure you plan your journey in advance. With 60,000 people expected to visit the town, public transport is the best way to travel

Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, Cllr Matt Furniss, says: "We are very excited as the big event draws closer and we want everyone to enjoy themselves and to arrive and leave Guildford as smoothly as possible. Arriving by bus, train or on... read more

June
25

KAJAKI The True Story: Special Screenings for Armed Forces Week

KAJAKI returns to the big screen during Armed Forces Week for special charity showings in Aldershot and Guildford

The first screening will take place at 6:30PM on Monday 22nd June to open Aldershot Cineworld’s Film Festival with all proceeds going to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The second screening sees KAJAKI heading to Guildford Odeon for the first ... read more

June
22

Helicopter, boats and armoured vehicles will deliver Armed Forces Day Flag

The Armed Forces Day flag will take an exhilarating journey by air, water and land across Guildford to mark the start of Armed Forces Week on Monday 22 June 2015. All three forces - The Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will be involved

Its journey starts at Stoke Park at 10.30am when the Royal Air Force (RAF) delivers it in a Chinook helicopter where it will be met by local schoolchildren and Cadets. In order for this to take place safely there will be a short, temporary roa... read more

June
22

We’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz! Guildford Summer Youth Project 2015

Do your kids have a passion for dance, drama and singing? Are they keen to work backstage on sound and lighting design? If so, join Dorothy and all her favourite friends from The Wizard of Oz, in this year’s Guildford Summer Youth Project.

Now in its 8th year, Guildford Theatre School is staging a musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at G Live in just 2 weeks! There are two courses available (performance or technical), followed by two performances. From 17– 29  August your ... read more

June
18

Guildford Welcomes HRH The Duke of York, KG to the Armed Forces Day National Event

With just over a week to go until Armed Forces Day, it has been confirmed that HRH The Duke of York, KG will attend the National Event in Guildford on Saturday 27 June

The Duke will represent Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. As part of the event, His Royal Highness will take the salute as a tri-service parade of serving personnel, veterans and cadets march from the bottom of the High Street through th... read more

June
18

Proud sponsors of the Armed Forces Day National Event

On Saturday 27 June, Guildford becomes the focus for the whole country, as we help thousands of visitors and local people thank everyone working in our Armed Forces - the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, says: "Hosting the Armed Forces Day National Event for the whole country in 2015 is a great honour for Guildford Borough Council. The special service in the Cathedral, followed by the A... read more

June
16

Bonhams To Auction Damon Hill OBE’s Book for Charity

June 16th 2015, the halow project announced today that Bonhams is to auction Damon Hill OBE’s  personal copy of the F1 OPUS, Champion’s Edition during their  forthcoming Festival of Speed Auction at Goodwood (Friday 26th June2015).

The sought after F1 OPUS, Champion’s Edition is strictly limited to 100 copies worldwide. Each book is individually numbered and personally signed by all living F1 champions as well as the late Phil Hill and Sir Jack Brabham. As Patron and co-fo... read more

June
13

PPA Presents 'Carousel' at The Electric Theatre

PERFORMANCE PREPARATION ACADEMY PRESENTS Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘CAROUSEL’ The Electric Theatre, Guildford 11th - 13th June 2015 Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Director - Gerry Tebbutt
Musical Director - Francis Goodhand   Choreographer  - Lewis Butler

Performance Preparation Academy 3rd Year Musical Theatre Diploma graduates present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s acclaimed giant of the musical stage - ‘Carousel’.  This powerful and starbright award-winning show boasts one of the most powerful... read more

June
12

Simon Pure has fallen down the rabbit hole!...

… Into a wonderland of creatures and madness. Our Guildford branch at 5 Swan Lane invite you to join us! On Saturday, 13th June, we shall be hosting a 150th celebration of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with treats, exciting new products, and an exclusive competition. Amongst all the party planning Alice has lost her keys. Please help her find them!

On the day, 25 keys will be lost around Guildford waiting to be found. Find one, and you will win an un-birthday treasure or treat! 5 lucky keys will unlock a sterling silver pendant, handmade by Simon Pure worth £99! To join the fun, f... read more

June
05

ACM Summer School - 10th-14th August

Whether you want to make music your career or simply wish to perfect your skills, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) opens this August to give students of different ages the knowledge to make their ambitions a reality. Based in Guildford, ACM’s Summer School offers the opportunity to learn about music in a relaxed, fun and immersive environment, purpose-built for you to learn and progress.

ACM’s industry-leading performance and production tutors will lead classes and workshops, so you will be able to get a real taste of what a music education at ACM is all about. Whether you are looking to break into the industry or improve upon y... read more

June
05

ACM Theory Bootcamp - July/August 2015

For those passionate about music, playing and performing can come naturally. But sometimes getting to grips with theory can be like learning a foreign language. This summer, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) will hold its Theory Bootcamp to help get students better acquainted with the fundamentals of music.

The Music Theory Bootcamp provides an excellent crash course in theory, and also serves as a perfect introduction to ACM. Students will be taught ways to develop their perception of pitch, harmony and rhythm, as well as how to perfect the skills n... read more

June
05

SATRO TO BE GUILDFORD’S MAYORAL CHARITY 2015/2016

SATRO, who are based on the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, are delighted to have chosen by recently appointed Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Nikki Nelson-Smith

Nikki’s vision for her Mayoral Year is “Inspiring Guildford’s Future Innovators”; she believes that young people should be encouraged, inspired and motivated to be the best that they can be; they should be better informed about the career ... read more

June
04

Final line-up for Armed Forces Day Guildford - free show 27 June

With less than four weeks to go until the Armed Forces Day National Event in Guildford on Saturday 27 June, you can expect a fantastic show of military displays and live music and entertainment.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, says: “Stoke Park will transform into an amazing spectacle with so much to see both on the ground and in the skies above Guildford. Visitors will be spoilt for choice as to what to see and... read more

June
04

Guildford Charity Appoints New Head of Services

June 3rd 2015, the halow project announced today that it has appointed James Davies as its new Head of Services.

halow is committed to supporting young people with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person. The charity aims to put young people in the driving seat and help them take control of their own lives by... read more

June
02

Have your say - What do you really think of regulation and planning?

If you are involved in running a business in Surrey, and want to save money and time, tell us how regulators and planners can assist your business. Helping businesses to  prosper is a priority for the Local Authorities and working in partnership with local businesses through a project called Better Business for All we want to hear your views so that we can make it quicker and easier for you to comply with the law. Therefore giving you more time to grow your business.

Please take 10 -15 minutes to give us your honest feedback about your experiences of regulation and planning and how you think we can make the process quicker and easier for you. Please click here to complete the survey Note. The survey ... read more

June
01

The Business Social Media Surgery

Experience Guildford and The Unique Communications Agency have teamed up to offer BID businesses in Guildford a complimentary business social media health check session.

The surgery will run on Monday 1 June by appointment only, based in a private room at The Experience Guildford office 16a Tunsgate, Stevenson House, Guildford, GU1 3QT.

Please call Lauren on 01483 452 163 or email lauren@experienceguildford.com to book your free 30 minute appointment.

One free session per business (usual cost £95) will include: Recommendations for improvements to your current business social media Tips to kick-start using business social media Examples of successful comparative businesses social media ... read more

May
30

Unlock clues on a curious trail to track down prizes with the Experience Guildford Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt

To celebrate the 150th year anniversary of  the nation's favourite children's classic, Alice in Wonderland, Experience Guildford is launching a scavenger hunt through the historic streets of the town that author, Lewis Carol, once called home. With clues to keep you on your toes, a ticking pocket watch to race against, white rabbits to find and prizes galore to be won, this curious treasure trail offers an exciting and rewarding challenge for young and old to enjoy.https://twitter.com/experiencegford

Head into Guildford from Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 May for your chance to discover one of eleven white rabbits stashed around the town. Once found, each illustrious white rabbit can be exchanged for an Alice in Wonderland inspired goodie bag worth... read more

May
27

Guildford businesses to bring fantasy and fun to town with eye-catching Alice in Wonderland inspired shop window displays

Experience Guildford, along with the town centre's businesses, will be adding a little fun, fantasy and colour to their shop windows this summer for shoppers and  visitors to enjoy. Marking the 150th year anniversary of the literary masterpiece Alice in Wonderland, retail and leisure businesses in Guildford will be creating novel and imaginative window displays that pay homage to one of the nations favourite childhood books and depict some of its much loved characters, scenes and storylines.

The shop windows will be on display from 15 to 21 June, during which time visitors to the town will have a chance to vote for their favourite. The eye-catching displays will add colour and impact to the town's eclectic mix of stores and offer ... read more

May
26

Top-class comedy is king at Guildford Fringe Festival.

Acclaimed stand-up Abi Roberts returns to the Guildford Fringe Festival, with two 9pm shows at The Star Inn on 10-11 July, after selling out at last year’s Festival.

Abi, rated as one the UK’s best up-and-coming comics, will present her new show, Downtown Abi, which includes tales of Welsh debauchery, the perils of singing karaoke in Moscow, and an incident with Jeremy Clarkson in Harrods! Award-winning ... read more

May
26

SUMMER FASHION AT THE FRIARY GUILDFORD

Calling all fashionistas??! The Friary Guildford is hosting a FREE, fun, and fashion-filled event for all shoppers.

Between 10:00am and 4.00pm on Saturday 30 May, a series of pop-up fashion shows will take place throughout the centre. The energetic shows will appear every 20 minutes displaying the latest, must-have summer trends from our amazing fashion retailers. Featuring Mango, River Island, Primark, Armani Exchange, Muji, Accessorize and many more!

There will be loads of chances to win The Friary Guildford gift cards ranging from £25 to huge shopping sprees worth £300, as well as exclusive discounts from oodles of stores! On top of all of this, there is £200 gift card up for grabs fo... read more

May
17

Children’s Hospice Week 2015

Children’s Hospice Week is from 11th – 17th May and Shooting Star Chase has lots planned to celebrate!

The Friendlies will be out and about across London and Surrey, telling people in the local area all about the charity and dispelling the common myth that children’s hospices are sad and depressing places. There will also be an opportunity for ch... read more

May
11

Local poets launch The Keystone Anthology

The Keystone Anthology is a collection of  121 poems written by 54 poets who have read at the spoken word events hosted in Guildford by Dónall Dempsey. This year the book is dedicated to Richard Jaehme and Firefly @ The Keystone, where visiting and local poets have found a particularly supportive home at the Poetry Open Mic’s on the first Monday of each month.

Janice Windle, the editor, is the co-founder of the loose collective called The 1000 Monkeys. “The name refers to the saying that an infinite number of monkeys with keyboards, given an infinite span of time, will produce every work of literature... read more

May
11

JAYNE FACES HER FEAR OF HEIGHTS AND TACKLES THE O2 ARENA CLIMB TO RAISE FUNDS FOR LEUKAEMIA IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND

A local fund-raiser is attempting to conquer her fear of heights – by walking over London’s O2 Arena!

Jayne Archer, a Customer Adviser at Skipton Building Society, and colleagues from the Guilford branch are raising money for a tribute fund set up after her husband, Mark, died aged 49 from a very rare Lymphoma Mantle Cell and was only poorly for 40 days.

Jayne, who has already raised £7,115 through various initiatives, has set herself a target of raising £50,000 by the time she turns 50 in four years. “I will do it,” she says confidently, and adds: “Four of my colleagues from Skipton ... read more

May
11

World Record Wednesday's at The Legion bar and club

'Ever wanted to achieve something in this world that no one else can?
Ever felt that your unique talent should be recognised?

Well The Legion bar and club has the answer. Join us on World Record Wednesday's starting at The Legion bar and club on Wednesday 27th May with the live appearance of  Hafthór Björnsson 'The Mountain' from Game of Thrones ... read more

May
05

Firefly Jazz Café offers a chilled afternoon of free Jazz every other Sunday.

Firefly Jazz Café is firmly set in the diary now and they have been blessed with some of the top, local, Jazz musicians playing at the venue already.  In association with Guildford Jazz, they use their strong reputation to access the top players and bring them to Firefly @ The Keystone.

“Guildford Jazz are delighted to support Richard and Nick in making Firefly @ The Keystone a centre for the best emerging and established jazz artists.” says Guildford Jazz owner Marianne Windham. “The jam sessions on the 2nd Sunday of the m... read more

April
30

COME ALONG TO SKIPTON’S GUILDFORD BRANCH TO FIND OUT HOW GRASSROOTS GIVING CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Small community groups in Guildford could be in for a cash windfall by applying for a donation from Skipton Building Society’s award-winning Grassroots Giving scheme. This year, a total of £81,000 is up for grabs and anyone interested in finding out more can visit the Guildford branch of the Society.

Hana Simpson,  manager at Skipton’s Guildford branch, at 36 High Street said: “Grassroots Giving is all about helping the small community groups which would not normally gain any financial support. We want to make sure that these types of... read more

April
30

Local theatre headlines 2015 Fringe Festival!

Much-loved local group Pranksters Theatre Company will open the 2015 Guildford Fringe Festival this July, with a production of award-winning playwright Laura Wade’s acclaimed comedy, Colder Than Here, a moving story about a dying woman trying to repair her damaged family.

‘It’s a touching, beautifully written and gentle comedy about the strains of family life,’ says the play’s director, Mark Ashdown. The play will be staged at The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford, on 1-2 July. Another long-establish... read more

April
26

Cry For The Moon - Going For Gold

Stephen Sutton Manager of local Jewellers Cry for the Moon and Experience Guildford Director will be running the London Marathon. "This will be my fourth London Marathon, and perhaps my last (if I manage a personal best). My aim is to break 3hours 30mins. Having raised just under £5000.00 on the previous 3 attempts for Scope a charity close to my heart, as my 19 year old son Jack has Cerebral Palsy, but this year I’m splitting it 2 ways as a very close friend passed away from cancer late last year and the Local Hospice “Hospice in the Weald” supported the entire family until her passing and continue to support them now".

Cry for the Moon will also be doing their part; Offering jewellery cleaning on up to three items for a donation or sponsorship to Stephen chosen charities. Up until 25th April.... read more

April
21

Hotter (Guildford) celebrates winning Queen’s Award

Guildford shoe shoppers will today (21st April 2015) be invited into the Hotter store High Street to join staff to celebrate the company’s success winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious business award.

“We’re delighted to celebrate this very special award with customers, we’ll all be wearing patriotic red, white and blue and we’re looking forward to sharing our news over a slice of cake!” said Store Manager Daniel Joyce. “We are... read more

April
21

Guildford celebrates Fairtrade Borough status

Guildford has successfully renewed Fairtrade Borough status for two years, thanks to its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles. Guildford's Fairtrade steering group meets regularly and organises events to raise awareness and promote Fairtrade through churches, schools and community events. The steering group has worked with local businesses to help promote Fairtrade and update the Fairtrade directory

Cati Smith, Community Climate Change Officer at Guildford Borough Council says: "We're delighted that the hard work of the Fairtrade steering group has been recognised and Guildford is once again a Fairtrade Borough. Thanks to the support... read more

April
20

Guildford Gag House Comedy Club is going from strength to strength and bringing some of the top comics on the circuit to Guildford.

Guildford really does have the cream of the crop when it comes to entertainment. Whether you are looking for a number one tour, huge names from the music industry or a more informal evening out, you can certainly find it in Guildford.

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company fills the gap when it comes to quirky events that, perhaps, you wouldn’t see at the larger venues in town. Guildford Gag House Comedy Club Club certainly is one of those events. Based in The Back Room of The Star... read more

April
14

THE GREAT BIG DECISION RACE SHOWS GUILDFORD IS A TOWN OF HARES AND TORTOISES

The average person in Guildford takes 10 minutes to make an everyday decision, a study by Skipton Building Society has revealed.

It found instead of immediately deciding what to have for lunch, how to spend money or what to wear, most people will consider all of their options before making up their minds. Deciding which film to watch takes an average of six minutes and... read more

April
08

The Dog Joint at The Legion Now Open

'We are pleased to announce that The Legion is now open 7 days a week from 5pm with The Dog Joint. Serving gourmet hot dogs until the late evening these delicious dogs can be enjoyed with your choice of bread and fillings, not forgetting a side of sweet potato fries.

With our new opening hours we have fantastic events for all. From movie nights to dating nights and cocktail making master classes to industry nights for those who work in and around Guildford. For more information, bookings and membership pl... read more

April
07

Guildford Bandstand Concerts

Please click here to see the 2015 Castle Grounds Events flyer. It provides information about bandstand concerts and outdoor theatre performances in the Castle Grounds from May to September 2015.

 

The band concerts are on most Sunday afternoons between 2-4pm and are free to attend. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music in the beautiful Castle Grounds. There will be two outdoor theatre productions: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Grimm... read more

April
02

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 half a dozen egg boxes around the town that can be exchanged for an Easter goodie bag worth £20. Hop into Guildford from 28 March to 2 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 Easter Bunny will be hiding an EG egg box in a shop, cafe or town centre business and posting a clue on the Experience Guildford Facebook pa... read more

March
31

START YOUR SUMMER WITH MINI GUILDFORD GOFEST

Celebrate the start of British Summer Time and the festival season this Easter half-term with Mini GoFest. Taking place on Tuesday 31 March in Guildford town centre, grab your friends and family and grasp the opportunity to take part in a mini, but still action packed, version of GoFest before the main ‘Sporting Glastonbury’ event on 10-12 July.

Starting at midday and ending at 3pm, Mini Guildford GoFest promises to entertain the whole family. Olympic Silver Medallist and Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Sharron Davies MBE will be on hand to give her top tips, along with five SportsAid athlet... read more

March
29

The Weyside’s BIG first Birthday celebration!

Unbelievably, a whole 12 months have flown by since The Weyside joined the Young’s family and what a year it has been! From charity bike rides, long hot summer days on the terrace, Festive celebrations & welcoming lots of lovely families, local businesses (& not forgetting countless 4-legged friends) to our beautiful pub. So, for our first birthday weekend on 27-29 March we are going to be celebrating with lots of fabulous goings-on…

Friday 27th March – from 6:00pm We are kick-starting with some Cocktail Sampling – be the first to try out our new cocktails and craft sodas in preparation for the sunny days ahead. Beefeater Gin will also be in the bar offering some mini ... read more

March
28

JD Wetherspoon Spring Ale Festival & English Tourism Week

To celebrate JD Wetherspoon’s Spring Ale Festival coinciding with English Tourism Week they will be theming the festival around the Lewis Carroll novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The pub will be decorated to look like Wonderland and staff will be dressing up as characters from the book for the majority of the festival.  

The event runs from the 13th to 28th March. There will be a special launch event on the 14th, with Hogsback brewery coming down to give out free samples of their delicious local beer. Pub details can be found by clicking here... read more

March
27

Thirteen Opens in Guildford

Put down the Cosmo and step away from the Mojito because there is a whole world of cocktails out there. Ladies and Gentleman... welcome to Thirteen. Bridge Street in Guildford welcomes this stunning late night venue with its Grand Opening on Friday 27th March 2015. Thirteen will expand your cocktail boundaries with exciting concoctions on offer every night of the week.

Thirteen is everything you would want it to be. Fun, Flamboyant and Flirtatious. It is the alluring dance floor temptress and the celestial siren of all things gourmet, especially the Burger Menu! Thirteen is art, it's music, it's poet... read more

March
24

GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is excited to announce its diverse New Season on the Main Stage and in the Mill Studio, promising to put a spring in your step, entertaining you as we approach summer 2015.  Our annual Film Season features award-winning cinematic highlights from the last year as well as broadcasts from the Globe, ENO and the Royal Exchange, Manchester.  We commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One with Birdsong and Oh What A Lovely War, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company celebrates their 10th anniversary with And Then There Were None and our annual Yvonne Arnaud Art Exhibition returns to celebrate its 20th year.  Young talent is also showcased as the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre present Oliver! and their Edinburgh Fringe previews, and Guildford’s Performance Preparation Academy make their Yvonne Arnaud debut with The World Goes ‘Round; a celebration of the work of Kander and Ebb.

On the Main Stage Marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Birdsong (Monday 16 – Saturday 21 March) stars Peter Duncan, Edmund Wiseman and Emily Bowker.  This mesmerising story of love and courage is based on the world-famous n... read more

March
23

Countdown begins to 2015 Fringe Festival!

The countdown clock has begun and it’s now less than 100 days until the 2015 Guildford Fringe Festival kicks off. The festival, supported by Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford, runs throughout the month of July, and it promises to be the best yet.

‘This will be our third year and we have a great line-up of acts and events,’ says Nick Wyschna, the director of Guildford Fringe Festival. ‘We’ve got theatre, music, comedy, dance, exhibitions and cabaret, and we’re closing this yea... read more

March
22

Electric Bikes speed into Guilford Town Centre

Electric Bikes Guildford will be running an Official Launch week-end on March 21st and 22nd. Over the week-end some of the bikes will be on offer at special prices and a competition will be run for prizes.  All of the bikes will be available for test-rides and demos. If you have not tried an electric bike yet you will be amazed; they take all of the strain out of cycling while you can still exercise as much or as little as you want.

Electric Bikes Guildford, on Woodbridge Road between the Lighting Centre and Bo Concept, opened its doors to the public on 26th January.  It is an exciting new independent shop owned by Guildford residents Chris and Annie Ogle that is selling ele... read more

March
19

Only 100 days until Guildford’s biggest free celebration!

A gun salute at 11.30am today (Thursday 19 March) marks exactly 100 days to go until the 2015 Armed Forces Day National Event takes place in Guildford on Saturday 27 June. Armed Forces Day is an annual national celebration to raise awareness, show support and celebrate the contribution of our servicemen and women, past and present.

Guildford will be the focus for the whole country on 27 June, as we help local people and the wider community thank everyone working in our Armed Forces. The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr David Elms, says: “We are extremely proud that Guildford h... read more

March
13

Firefly @ The Keystone and their team opened their doors on Wednesday 11th March for their VIP Launch Party to a packed pub.

Firefly @ The Keystone looks set to become one of the most popular independent arts venues in Guildford and they certainly have the background to make it happen. Bar manager Katie (ex dancer), bar staff Ollie and Charles (members of local bands ‘BareJams’ and ‘The Tens’), Chefs Amy and Becca (Artists) and owner Nick Wyschna (ex West End actor and singer) are part of the gang making it happen. With a team like that driving the venue forward art is certainly at the front of their minds during development.

Guests were welcomed with a glass of champagne and treated to a superb set from local singer/songwriter Romani Beau who performed original folk and country music. Romani is, with doubt, an artist to look out for and one that owners of Firefly, Ric... read more

March
12

SAVERS IN GUILDFORD CAN BE QUICK OFF THE MARK WITH THEIR NEW TAX YEAR ISAs

Skipton Building Society’s Guildford branch is once more leading the way for its ISA savers by announcing that it is open for business on the first day of the new tax year, Easter Monday.

In a move which demonstrates the Society’s total commitment to savers, highlighted last year when it was the first financial organisation to be NISA-ready, the branch, at 36 High Street, will be open from 10am to 3pm on Monday 6 April to enable ... read more

March
06

Crime Reduction Open Day

Experience Guildford Town Centre Crime Reduction Partnership and Banham Security help make Guildford's businesses and homes safer

Experience Guildford Town Centre Crime Reduction Partnership along with Banham Security , Surrey Fire and Rescue and Crimestoppers, the UK's independent charity helping law enforcement,  are holding an open day to advise Guildford's busin... read more

March
04

ACM Partners with UK Music

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and UK Music are delighted to announce the Music Academic Partnership (MAP). The MAP heralds a new and ground-breaking collaboration between ten select educational institutions and UK Music, the umbrella group which represents the interests of the UK’s artists, publishers, producers, record labels and managers. This exciting new initiative promises to break new ground with its collaborative research, enviable workplace experiences for students, and high-level exchanges between tutors and industry leaders.

In a bid to encourage economic growth, the British Government has tasked the creative industries with designing and developing skills programmes. Close collaboration between government and academic institutions will be vital to the success of thes... read more

March
03

Guildford’s long-standing independent retailer, The Lighting Centre celebrates a milestone birthday

The family run, independent lighting retailer in Guildford is gearing up for a big celebration, their thirtieth birthday!

This remarkable thirty years in business dates back to humble beginnings when The Lighting Centre’s Managing Director, Roger Gamlin, chose Guildford to set up business.  ‘We are a small family run business and have been retailers of lightin... read more

March
02

GUILDFORD BRANCH COLLEAGUES CELEBRATE AS SKIPTON NAMED IN UK’S TOP 100 COMPANIES LIST

Staff at Guildford’s Skipton Building Society branch are today celebrating after the Society was named as one of the UK’s Top 100 Best Companies To Work For.

The accolade came at an awards dinner in London when it was announced that the Society had made its debut in the list at number 58.

The Society, which has a branch at 36 High Street, was listed for the first time ever in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For, which is compiled using the views of employees. Hana Simpson, manager at the Guildford branch, said:... read more

March
02

The BTU Golden Year Final Day Celebration Thank you to all!

2014 was a milestone year for BTU (Installation and Maintenance) Ltd and BTU (Poolservices) Ltd .The family owned business celebrated 50 and 40 years respectively, by dedicating the year as a charity fundraiser for their chosen charity Oakleaf Enterprise, the only charity in Surrey working as a social Enterprise to provide vocational training for those suffering from mental health issues.  www.oakleaf-Enterprise.org.

The BTU Group of companies, based in Guildford employs over 100 people and covers the installation & maintenance of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, building management systems and environmental and sustainable engineering syste... read more

February
26

ACM Announce UKRD Radio Partnership

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is incredibly excited to announce a brand-new partnership with UKRD’s Eagle Radio. In yet another music industry education first, the deal sees ACM enter into title sponsorship of UKRD’s youth-focused DAB Radio Station eagle3 to provide a platform for new music from a whole new generation of artists

‘Given ACM’s commitment to preparing the next generation of music industry professionals for life-long, sustainable careers in music, a partnership with UKRD’s Eagle Radio is a natural move. We’re incredibly excited to embark on this partn... read more

February
16

Radisson Blu Edwardian, London to host Magna Carta Replica in celebration of 800th Anniversary

To mark this year’s 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Radisson Blu Edwardian, London, as the Official Hotel Partner to London’s Magna Carta 800 Commemorations, has today announced they will play host to a replica document in central London.

The replica copy of the 1297 charter supporting public freedoms will be on display for visitors in the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel and Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford hotel from 23rd March. The 1297 charter, on display at the... read more

February
16

The Surrey Hubs go mobile

The Surrey Hubs are going mobile, for the first time bringing our valuable information service to the people of Guildford. Taking place every Tuesday between 10am and 2.30pm at Guildford Library, our Pop-up Hub is accessible to everyone and offers information and support to help people stay independent.

“Our Pop-up Hubs are gateways to information, advice and services to help people find the information they need, so they can make informed choices about their care and support options available to them within the community.” Vikki May, Mobile ... read more

February
10

Simon Pure – The Jewel in Guildford’s Swan Lane

Surrey/ Guildford jewellers Simon Pure are proud to announce they are finalist for the Bridal Retailer of the Year in the prestigious UK Jewellery Awards 2015!

The winners will be announced on the 17th June at a glittering award ceremony, dubbed the jewellery and watch industry Oscars. The event will take place at the Tower of London, home of her majesty’s Crown Jewels none the less. Simon Pure’... read more

February
06

House of Fraser - The Mother's Day Edit

Who is always on hand with a hankie, a kind word or two and a cup of tea when you really need it? Who always tells you the truth about your dress, your job and even your boyfriend? Who bails you out of a tricky situation and constantly puts you before her own needs? She is there for you no matter what and never asks for anything in return, you’ve got it; your mum is the most important lady in your life!

Click Here to see the House of Fraser Mothers Day Edit... read more

February
02

Shoppers flock to Guildford in the run up to Christmas

Guildford pulls in the Christmas shoppers in December with year-on-year footfall figures increasing by 10.7% throughout the town compared to a 1.7% decline nationally and a 2.9% increase across the South East. The figures, released by Springboard, show that Guildford still represents a major draw for shoppers in the South East, painting a positive picture of the town's retail scene compared to the UK as a whole. National figures released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) on Tuesday 13 January 2015 indicate that retailers across the UK have experienced one of the worst Decembers since 2008, with year-on-year sales declining by 0.4%.

Expert consensus from BRC and KPMG focus on earlier discounting in November, namely the impact of Black Friday, influencing and changing consumer shopping and spending patterns. Discounting in November had the effect of pulling spending to earlier... read more

January
26

Tap & Donate at Cancer Research

SHOPPERS will be able to experience a world-first in window shopping at the Cancer Research UK store in Guildford next week (Jan 30).

The town will have one of the first shops ever to have a high-tech ‘tap and donate’ window – technology which allows people donate money as they pass by, 24 hours a day.

The contactless-giving technology gives the public the opportunity to donate £2 to Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research work by tapping their contactless debit or credit card on the window of the shop. The donation will trigger a scre... read more

January
23

Caught in the Crossfire

During February 2015 Guildford House Gallery in Guildford is showing specially selected work from the prestigious touring exhibition Caught in the Crossfire, which explores how artists have responded to the brutality of war, and to the desire for peace and reconciliation.

Jointly curated by independent curator Nicola Gauld and the award winning Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry  Caught in the Crossfire draws on private collections, and on the important collections of The Herbert which were developed in respon... read more

January
23

FREE February Half Term Music Taster Sessions from The Academy of Contemporary Music

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)’s Part-Time School will be offering free taster sessions this February Half-Term for anyone interested in pursuing music. These sessions are designed to provide young adults and children an opportunity to experience what an education in contemporary music could be like, and what doors it could open for them.

Whether starting out, with a career in mind, or simply just curious, the sessions should give a sample of what it’s like to be enrolled in ACM’s Part-Time School. As such, those who register can choose to attend sessions in performance, produc... read more

January
22

Phone and pay parking

Phone and pay parking
You can now pay for parking in our pay and display car parks using your phone.

Phone and pay app Phone and pay has a free app for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones (visit your App Store, App Market or App World and search for the 'phone and pay parking' app to download for free). Register by phone Call 01... read more

January
19

Experience Guildford - Town Ranger Vacancy

Experience Guildford has an exciting opportunity to join their team. As a town Ranger you will be responsible for working within the Business Improvement District, assisting our partners to make Guildford Safer, Cleaner and more Welcoming.

Candidates must be approachable, have a great knowledge of Guildford and be passionate about Customer Service to succeed in this role. If you think you have these qualities please call Stuart Craggs on 01483 452 163 or e mail your CV to stuart@exp... read more

January
15

Half Term Family Fun at G Live

If you’re wondering how to keep the kids entertained this February half-term, then look no further than G Live.  Be entertained, be inspired and be creative with activities taking place from Sat 14 – Sat 28 February.  There’s a range of performances and workshops for different ages, where kids can learn new skills and make friends, all while having fun!

On Sat 14 February, the popular G Live Family Day returns, with lots of free activities for children, parents and friends in the foyer spaces from 10am – 2pm.  The day will include a treasure hunt, colouring competitions, creative crafts, story... read more

January
12

ANNE MILTON, GUILDFORD’S MP URGES SMALL BUSINESSES TO ENTER BEST SMALL SHOPS COMPETITION

Anne Milton MP is urging all small shops in Cranleigh, Guildford and the villages to have a go at winning the best Small Shops Competition.

To enter the competition, whether selling goods or services, visit www.bestsmallshops.uk to fill out an application form and say why you are the best business! The entrants will be judged on innovation in your business, community engagement and en... read more

December
30

Guildford Go Getters - Competition for 2015

Guildford Go Getters - your health & fitness kick-start for 2015!

We're pumped up about starting 2015 on the right foot here at Experience Guildford and want to give residents and visitors to the town all the inspiration they need for a healthy start to the year. 

Whether you're aiming to drop a dress size, hit your five-a-day, run a marathon or just give yourself a little more TLC, there's a host of businesses in Guildford to lend a helping hand.
 

What's more we're offering you a health and fitness kick-start for free with the chance to win one of 5 goody bags worth £50 each. Packed with goodies and vouchers from companies such as Revital, GNC, Reebok, Field of Fitness and many mor... read more

December
09

Charity Car Park from Royal Grammar School

The Royal Gramma School ‘Eastgate’ car park (next to the public car park at the back of Giraffe Restaurant) will be open on selected days in the run up to Christmas and on some (but not all Saturdays in January). 

Different groups from within the school community will be manning the car park as fund raising initiatives and will be asking for donations – there is no specific charge.  This will mean that there will be fundraising for different causes on di... read more

December
08

Arriva Buses services over the festive period

With the festivities ready to commence, we just wanted to let you know how to find out about your local Arriva bus services over Christmas. Simply visit our website for our Christmas timetable, or keep updated on local times/services/weather conditions via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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December
03

Armed Forces Day - Guildford 2015

We are looking for local businesses to get involved with Armed Forces Day on 27 June 2015. Apply for a Tradestand, promote your business and support this wonderful event!

Expression of Interest Form
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Guildford, with its strong historic and present day military links, has been chosen to host the prestigious Armed Forces Day national event on Saturday 27 June 2015. Guildford Borough Council is planning an exciting line-up of events includin... read more

November
19

Christmas Opening times for Guildford Town Centre

Some shops will be opening late in Guildford over the festive period! Click here for more information

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November
17

TV star set to grace the Guildford stage in 2015

The New Year will get off to a great start as former Coronation Street actor Steven Arnold stars in Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s first production of 2015. Steven Arnold, know to many as beleaguered Corrie butcher Ashley Peacock, will appear in Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s production of Concrete Boots at the end of January for just 10 performances.

The play, a new piece written by London-based playwright Stuart Price, received rave reviews when it was recently performed at Camden Fringe. A tragic comedy, it follows the lives of brothers Cubby and Toby as they struggle to escape from cert... read more

November
12

The Art of Dressing Up at Reiss

The ART OF DRESSSING UP event is a stylish, upbeat and fun shopping environment to engage with customers and inspire them with our latest from our occasionwear and party season Collection.

Music / DJs  Exclusive 10% event discount In store entertainment in select stores e.g. Mini manicures, hand massages, makeup consultations, hair styling, wet shaves etc. To find out more information visit www.reiss.com/feature/store-event/... read more

November
12

High Street Closure over the Christmas period

The High Street will be closed to traffic for extended hours for Christmas Lights Night and Late night shopping nights as follows

Thursday 20 November 2014 11am to 8pm High Street Closed to Vehicles Tunsgate will be closed to vehicles from 2pm to 8pm Thursday 27 November 2014; Thursday 4 December 2014; Thursday 11 December 2014 and Monday 15 December 2014; Tuesday 16 ... read more

November
12

Guildford Park & Ride Christmas hours

When are my buses running this Christmas and New Year?

Route 100 (town / Spectrum) running late into the evening as usual Route 200 (town / Artington) running every 20 minutes 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Route 300 (town / Merrow) running every half hour until 9:30pm. Route 400 (town/Onslow)  No late nigh... read more

November
10

Guildford-based Safeguard Coaches has been named ‘Small Bus Operator of the Year’

Excellence Rewarded for Guildford Bus Operator Guildford based family owned Safeguard Coaches is celebrating success at the coach and bus industry’s premier awards event after being named Small Bus Operator of the Year.  

This coveted accolade was presented at the routeONE Awards held on 5 November at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. It is an award that recognises excellence and confirms that Safeguard Coaches is among the best in the country. Attended by... read more

November
07

Guildford accredited Purple Flag status

Guildford is proud to have been accredited with a Purple Flag for Night Time Economy, recognising excellence in the management of the town centre at night.

Similar to Green Flag Award for parks and Blue Flag for beaches. Purple Flag is an accreditation for town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy. This entails all aspects from cleanl... read more

October
27

Cash boost to local charity Halow by Chelsea Building Society customers.

Chelsea Building Society (part of Yorkshire Building Society) on the High Street, joined branches across the country to celebrate 150 years of the Society helping people save for their futures and buy their first homes, by calling on members of the public to nominate charities to receive £100.  

The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation marked the occasion by giving away £150,000 as part of its annual Make a Difference Week, and Halow in Guildford has received a share of the anniversary donation after being nominated by the pu... read more

October
09

Experience Guildford Customer Service Award winners announced

Town centre businesses, local dignitaries and representatives of Guildford enjoyed a celebratory evening at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Wednesday 8 October, and a stunning performance from Guildford's Performance Preparation Academy, as Experience Guildford crowned the town's customer service heroes.

Now in its second year, the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards have again proved a popular hit amongst the people of the town, with more and more residents and visitors taking the time out to vote for the businesses that they feel go the... read more

September
08

It's 'appy hour again as Guildford clubbers leave their cash at home!

Taking money with you on a night out in Guildford could be a thing of the past, thanks to a new app which allows clubbers to order and pay for their drinks direct from their mobile device. Not only does the new X-press Drinks app being pioneered by Cameo in Guildford allow for cashless drinks ordering, it also spells the end of the need to queue for drinks at the bar.   

Customers at the venue in North Street, operated by the UK’s largest nightclub operator, The Luminar Group, can now order their drinks from their phone, pay for them with their PayPal account or a debit or credit card and then collect them at th... read more

September
02

Customer Service Awards - The Shortlist!

For the last seven weeks we have been asking you to applaud and reward the businesses of Guildford that you feel offer the best service as part of our Customer Service Awards. We have been overwhelmed with the number of votes this year, and one lucky winner has been chosen as the winner of the £500 prize to spend in Guildford for voting.
 

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 far eclipses the response of last year. Best Customer Service - Retail (National) Boots... read more

August
28

Guildford chosen to lead the national celebrations for Armed Forces Day 2015

Guildford, with its strong historic and present day military links, has been chosen to host the prestigious Armed Forces Day national event on Saturday 27 June 2015. Leader of the Council, Cllr Stephen Mansbridge, says: “We are tremendously proud to announce that Guildford has been chosen to host the Armed Forces Day flagship event for the UK next year. Armed Forces Day is an extremely significant and high profile celebration, and Guildford is a most fitting location. We worked exceptionally hard to win this bid to demonstrate the profile of Guildford as the county town of Surrey, and Surrey as an important military county. We are working with our partners to stage a first class programme for the day, worthy of leading the nation in honouring our Armed Forces.
 

“We must not forget the price that is paid by military Service people. In a world which remains fragile and with regions in great turmoil, this day recognises the vital importance of our Servicemen and women, whether Regular or Reservist, in pla... read more

August
27

Guildford Fringe Festival celebrates outstanding second year as it trebles in size!

Edinburgh Fringe may well be attracting some controversial headlines right now but in Surrey, organisers of Guildford’s Fringe Festival are celebrating after a momentous year, which has seen the event practically treble in size.
 

In just 12 months, Guildford Fringe Festival has grown from a programme of 30 shows all taking place in The Back Room at The Star Inn, to an expansive, multi-arts festival featuring 70 events held at nine diverse venues across the town including T... read more

August
27

Experience Guildford are recruiting!

Sadly, we are soon to say goodbye to our Project Manager, Kirstie Gattner who is moving on to pastures new.        

With a hugely busy time of the year coming up we are looking for a Project Manager who can hit the ground running. To support the team and our stakeholders we are also looking to appoint an Office Manager. If you are interested in either ro... read more

August
19

Win a VIP night out at Cameo Guildford!

Cameo, Guildford’s stylish new club for over 21s, was given a great launch at the weekend with the help of former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt as guest DJ.
 

Now you can experience what the town is talking about with a chance to win a VIP night out in a booth with a premium drinks package for you and three friends on Friday 29th August. To enter our competition simply tell us which celebrity you wo... read more

August
18

Save the date for 2015 - the Supercar event returns!

Save the date for the 2015 Supercar Event!  The ever-popular weekend will be taking place on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st June 2015 at Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh, Surrey.  The Supercar Event weekend provides a fantastic opportunity of a once-in-a-lifetime exhilarating passenger ride in one of over 150 supercars around the famous Top Gear track - from just £30!   Not only does this fabulous event provide a weekend of thrills for petrolheads, but it also offers plenty of great entertainment for all the family. 

Tickets are now available to purchase and by booking entry tickets before 31st December 2014, you will benefit from a special discount price of 20% off – visit: www.thesupercarevent.com... read more

August
12

Experience Guildford and Banham Security declare war on counterfeit currency!

Experience Guildford, Banham Security and John Paul Eldridge from Surrey Police have partnered up to offer town centre businesses free counterfeit note pens. The partnership arose due to a recent influx of counterfeit currency to the area. The pens are a quick way of identifying suspect looking currency and ensuring it doesn’t enter Guildford town centre. In many instances, counterfeit currency is not obvious at first glance but a quick swipe of the counterfeit currency pen will confirm whether it is fraudulent. Whilst some businesses use UV scanners to check currency, the pens offer a quick and cost effective method of protecting our town.
 

Stuart Craggs, Experience Guildford says: ‘We try to partner with local suppliers as often as possible and were thrilled to find that Banham were happy to get involved to help keep our town centre businesses protected. Operations like this alway... read more

August
11

Independents' Day winners announced!

The draw for the ten £100 prizes for Independents' Day has taken place! The winners are... Amanda, Liz, Sally, Mrs T, James, Rita, Deborah, Sally, Dr B and Irene! We will be in contact with the winners with details on how to claim their prizes.

We would like to thank you for your comments on the Independents' Day celebration. We have now made the map available on our website under the 'Newsletters and Documents' tab or on each page of the directory. so you can continue to see... read more

August
07

A Cameo for Guildford's night time scene!

The UK’s largest nightclub operator, the Luminar Group has announced the launch of Guildford’s newest clubbing experience, Cameo, which will open its doors to the public with a VIP launch night on Saturday 16 August, following a £300,000 investment.

Owners The Luminar Group, will transform the venue on North Street into a luxurious aspirational nightclub for the over 21s that will create 35 new jobs. The total refurbishment of the site will include the creation of a stylish new dance room... read more

July
30

Guildford Parking Survey - 2014

In a bid to improve your town centre experience, Accelogress and Guildford town centre have commissioned a parking survey. We would be very grateful if you could fill out a short questionnaire (approx. 5 mins) into parking in town centres and rate a new parking app designed to improve your town centre experience. In return, for all questionnaires received before 15th August 2014, you will be entered into a prize draw for a 'shop of your choice voucher' in Guildford to the value of £200 and our sincere gratitude for helping us improve your town centre parking experience - Supported by Experience Guildford. Click here for survey.

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July
09

Comedy Store legend makes wicked panto debut in Guildford

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Friday 5 December – Sunday 4 January HEIGH-HO, HEIGH-HO!  Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is thrilled to announce that Comedy Store Player Josie Lawrence will star as the fabulously witty Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. From the age of five Josie Lawrence knew she wanted to be an actress.  In 1987, she joined the illustrious Comedy Store Players and shot to fame the following year as one of the regular contributors to Channel 4's Whose Line is it Anyway?

Since then, Josie has appeared in a wide range of television and stage productions. Her many television roles include appearances in Eastenders as regular Manda Best, Jonathan Creek, Where the Heart Is, QI with Stephen Fry, Fat Friends, Down to Ea... read more

July
07

Customer Service Awards 2014!

We are calling on you to vote for the businesses you think offer outstanding customer service. Launching on Friday 11 July the Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards, now in their second year, aim to recognise and reward those businesses who... read more

July
01

Kuoni Guildford hits the holiday hot spot

Looking to book a holiday this year? Pop in to Kuoni on the High Street and visit Vicki Bramley and her team. The store first opened in Guildford in October 2011, but Kuoni have been tailor making holidays for their guests long before that. Formed in 1906, their award winning team’s expertise and knowledge span an amazing 88 countries. Whatever your budget, they will hand craft your holiday and pick the best retreats, authentic travel experiences and a selection of hotel and tours that are exclusive to Kuoni guests.
 

With the whole team specialising in holidays different countries, you won’t be hard pushed to find a personal recommendation for you. Store Manager Vicki recently returned from a cruise to Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden, but is also an expe... read more

June
30

Independents' Day kick-starts a month long loyalty campaign to support Guildford's independent businesses

National Retail Independents' Day on the 4th July is fast becoming a recognised day in the retail calendar, supporting and celebrating the UK's dynamic mix of independent businesses with the aim of encouraging more of us to shop local. We are are 'Super Sizing' Independents' Day this year, introducing a month long loyalty campaign to showcase the eclectic mix of independent businesses in the town, and reward you with cash prizes with a combined value of £1000 to spend in you favourite independent businesses.

From the 4 July to the 31 July whenever you purchase a product or service from three independent stores or businesses in Guildford, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten £100 prizes. With over 120 of Guildford's independent ... read more

June
30

Best Dressed Window Competition 2014

The Best Dressed Window competition is now live on our Facebook page! Forming part of Experience Guildford's 'South and South East in Bloom's' entry, we asked town centre businesses to dress their windows with a floral theme.  The entries can now all be seen at Facebook.com/ExperienceGford, and all you have to do is 'like' your favourite to vote. The three with the highest number of votes will be shortlisted and the overall award given to the winner at the Customer Service Awards 2014. Get voting! 

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June
18

Privilege Cards now available at Hotel Chocolat

We have teamed up with Hotel Chocolat in Market Street to give you the opportunity to pick up an Experience Guildford Privilege Card from the store for free!  

All you have to do is pop in and ask for a card. You can register it there and then if you have a smart phone, and then it's time to get shopping! With 50 different offers to be used in Guildford town centre there really is something for every... read more

June
04

Greyfriars Vinyard win bronze for their Rose

Greyfriars Vineyard are as pleased as punch to announce that they have received a second medal for their 2011 Sparkling Rosé. This time the very kind judges at the IWSC gave Greyfriars a Bronze. Please follow link to visit the official website http://www.iwsc.net/search2014/wine Greyfriars’ first vintage is clearly off to a flying start!

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June
04

Greyfriars Wins First Award!

It’s competition results time in the wine world again! Over the last few months Greyfriars have entered their first wine, their 2011 Sparkling Rosé, into a few selected competitions to see how it fares. The first of these, the 2014 Sommelier Wine Awards, has just announced its results. Greyfriars are delighted to reveal that they have been awarded a Silver Medal. Needless to say the team are all really excited and hope it will be the first of many! Click here to visit the wine awards website where you can read their tasting notes on the award winning wine. Enter Greyfriars or/and England into their search menu.    

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June
04

Want to see your play performed at Edinburgh Fringe 2015?

GUILDFORD’S Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre is on a creative quest to search for a brand new play to take to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015. The Youth Theatre’s exciting celebration of new writing, Festival Fringe Shorts, is launched this week.  FFShorts is open to all and the play chosen by the expert panel will be developed with the Youth Theatre for a two weeks run at the 2015 Fringe.  It will also be taken on by the publishing company Stagescripts Ltd. This is the second FFShorts festival and following from the success of the first, Adam Forde, Head of Youth Theatre has high hopes. The first play chosen in October 2012 was Revolution Society by Sarah Power which was staged at the Pleasance Dome for two weeks at the 2013 Fringe.
 

YAYT are looking for an original piece of writing that has never been performed before. There are no restrictions about themes or subject matter; it just has to be an hour long and suitable for a cast of six to eight young actors. The closing date... read more

May
29

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre search for a new apprentice!

ARE you hoping to pursue a career in the theatre?  Would you like to gain an insight into how a theatre works? Once again Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre is running its Apprenticeship Scheme, offering one lucky applicant an opening into all things theatre.
 

The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre is one of the busiest and most dynamic in the south of England, producing high quality productions in a wide range of genres including devised work, contemporary theatre, musicals and the classics.  They also run a... read more

May
20

White Lion Walk goes footie mad!

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford is going footie mad and launching their very special FIFA World Cup Sweepstake offering shoppers the opportunity to win a host of prizes.  

From 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, in celebration of the Brazil World Cup kicking off the following week, shoppers spending £10 or more at any of the stores within White Lion Walk are invited to visit the centre’s very own football s... read more

May
09

Guildford Shopping Centre looks to local residents for World War I memories for special exhibition

White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford is asking local residents in Surrey to get in touch if they have any memories, photographs or keepsakes from World War 1 that they would be willing to loan the centre to enable them to create a very special commemorative exhibition.

Working in conjunction with Experience Guildford, who fund a range of events, promotions and activities to make residents and tourists’ visit to Guildford a more exciting and rewarding experience, White Lion Walk will host an exhibition througho... read more

May
09

Open auditions for the juvenile chorus of Yvonne Aranud's panto!

Do you dream of singing and dancing on stage in a professional production?  Would you like to be part of a pantomime juvenile chorus this year?  Oh yes you would!

Well now is your chance as Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is once again giving local girls the opportunity to appear in this year’s traditional family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Director Gerry Tebbutt and Choreographer ... read more

April
08

Scoff and Banter – New Kids Menu!

Not sure what to do with the Kids over Easter Break?
Scoff and Banter Guildford have just launched a fantastic new menu just for kids two courses for £9.50 plus the children get to make their own jolly jacks milkshake! Scoff & Banter is located at the top of Guildford high street in Alexandra Terrace open daily for lunch and dinner from 10.00am to 10.30pm.
To check out the menu click here or to make a reservation call 01483 792305

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April
08

Michael Kors comes to Case Luggage

Case Luggage are pleased to announce their new Michael Kors range, whether you love fun vibrant colours or a more timeless style come in and take a look. We also stock Mulberry & Lulu Guinness as well as Kipling for a more casual look.  For more information and directions click here

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April
07

Are you clued up enough for the Easter EG hunt?

Hop along to Guildford from 16 to 21 April to hunt down half a dozen egg boxes to exchange for a tote bag packed with Easter goodies stashed around the town. We're linking up with six of the town’s best loved retailers and businesses to bring you an Easter egg trail with a difference, the Easter EG hunt. Solve the clues, find the egg box and claim the daily prize.
 

Each day the Experience Guildford Easter Bunny will be hiding an EG egg box somewhere in the town centre. All you need to do is solve the clue to tell you where the egg box is hidden, then it's a race to retrieve it and claim your bunny full o... read more

April
07

Chelsea Building Society - raises money for charity

Over 20 staff from the Chelsea Building Society are cycling 60 miles via 10 branches from Chelsea Kings Road to Guildford to donate £500 to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. • Text CBFM50 followed by your donation amount e.g. £2 to 70070
• Go to this page to donate: justgiving.com/chelseacycle and check our progress
• Or make any cash donation in your local branch of Chelsea Building Society

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April
07

Alternative education programme comes to a tasty end

A ten week catering course for seven Year 8 and 9 pupils came to an end with a celebratory presentation in The Basement, the new youth venue at YMCA Guildford.  The young people have spent one day a week in the new facility, spending the morning learning about nutrition and basic food hygiene, as well as producing meals.  Then in the afternoons they worked with YMCA youth workers on tackling issues of anger management, raising self-esteem and team building.  Drawn from local secondary schools the course was designed to re-engage each young person with education in a fresh environment, out of the classroom. Catering tutor Chris Philpott thoroughly enjoyed her time with the group.  At the presentation she told them, “You have become such a good group.  I’ve got to know you well and each of you has such potential.  Every Thursday morning I have looked forward to coming in to work with you.” Each young person spoke positively about their experiences.  One said, “I feel like I learned a lot at the same time as having a good time,” and another said, “I’ve learned more here in a day than I learn in a week at school.”  One reason for that may be the change of environment and being in a small group with a good deal of adult attention.  The Basement’s brand new teaching kitchen is a great place to try out new skills. Mark Bowler from the Guildford 11-19 Schools Programme which funds the project thanked youth workers Amanda Killen, Dan Wilson and Hannah McEvilly for their input and hard work, as well as Chris Philpott for inspiring the young people about food and healthy living.

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April
04

Supporting town's independent retailers with dedicated training programme

Over 50 delegates from independent retailers in Guildford have been the first to enjoy a new training programme funded by us at Experience Guildford. The Guide to Successful Retailing is delivered by The National Skills Academy for Retail, and supported by customer service training provider, WorldHost.

Targeted at small to medium sized business owners and managers, the programme offers training support to cover the essential skills needed to run a profitable and sustainable retail business, focussing on: - Retail business planning and finance ... read more

April
02

Society Marks Centenarians Birthday With Matching Donation

Colleagues at a building society branch in Guildford prepared for a party of the century – quite literally – to celebrate a customer’s 100th birthday.

 

Chelsea Building Society, on the High Street, welcomed Marguerite Brown into the branch on Tuesday 1st April, to mark the date she was born in 1914. Marguerite, who is from the town, was joined by her two daughters and representatives from he... read more

April
02

Guildford Cathedral’s Pop-Up Shop

Pop in to Guildford Cathedral’s Pop Up Shop at The Friary Centre. For seven weeks starting on Friday 11 April, The Friary Centre is hosting Guildford Cathedral’s very own pop-up shop. It comes as part of Guildford Cathedral’s MAKE YOUR MARK campaign. MAKE YOUR MARK is the Cathedral’s fundraising campaign for urgently needed repairs and improvements so that the iconic building remains open for future generations. The Friary Centre is opening its doors to the Cathedral, for the first time giving it a home right in the heart of the town centre.
Open from 11am until 3pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the pop-up shop will feature a collection of unique items telling the story of the Cathedral and will host family activities including quizzes, colouring and photography competitions, and even building a Lego Cathedral. There will also be tonnes of ideas about how the public can make their mark and help save the Cathedral.
The Dean of Guildford, the Very Rev Dianna Gwilliams said “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Friary Centre for our new MAKE YOUR MARK shop. This is a really exciting opportunity for us to let visitors to the Centre know about the urgency of the Appeal. It’s a place for children and adults to learn about their Cathedral, to have fun, and, just as importantly, to share with us their memories of this unique building.”
The Friary Centre Manager, Vicky Hickson, said, “It’s fantastic that we are able to support Guildford Cathedral by raising awareness of the MAKE YOUR MARK campaign. We want to encourage as many people as possible to come down and check out what’s going on in our pop-up shop.
Updates about activities in the Guildford Cathedral pop-up shop will be posted daily on both The Friary Centre’s and the Cathedral’s Facebook and Twitter pages between 11 April and 25 May. Following on from the original “Buy A Brick” campaign, in which 200,000 ordinary people helped fund the construction of the Cathedral, MAKE YOUR MARK is giving people a chance to make sure that this striking Cathedral and landmark can continue to serve its community into the future. For more information please visit www.guildfordcathedralmym.com
 

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March
18

Thank Guildford It's Friday!

Whether you're a cocktail craver, real ale aficionado, dancing diva or fervently foodie, Guildford is where it's at for a great night out. With some of the hippest bars in the south-east, coolest clubs and cosiest pubs, Guildford has over 100 places to eat and drink, leaving you spoiled for choice.

Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, along with Guildford's pubs, bars and clubs, is encouraging visitors to start their weekend early, with a new campaign dedicated to driving the town’s night time econom... read more

March
05

Hear My Prayer

Following on from a sell-out concert with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Cathedral Choir’s next concert comprises some of the most beautiful music for the season of Lent, beginning with Henry Purcell’s Hear my prayer and culminating in Maurice Duruflé’s atmospheric Requiem. Also included in the programme are the Four Lenten Motets by Francis Poulenc, powerful settings of texts associated with Holy Week, and Crucifixus by Humphrey Clucas, sometime member of Guildford Cathedral Choir.

This concert, to which admission is free, promises an evening of stunning music in an extraordinary building, all in aid of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal. This appeal is raising urgently needed funds for repairs and development to safeguard the C... read more

February
21

Field of Fitness raises £27,000 for children's charities!

In the last four years, Guildford’s independent personal training gym, Field of Fitness, has raised £27,000 for two major children's charities - all through the efforts of their extraordinary clients. 

Field of Fitness is a private, personal training and lifestyle gym located in Chapel Street. Since they opened doors in 2009, they have provided continuous support to Shooting Star CHASE. The charity cares for over 600 life-limited children, teena... read more

February
12

Florence Brudenell-Bruce stars as the face of Rigby & Peller’s SS14 swimwear collection

Rigby & Peller celebrates its 75th anniversary with model Florence Brudenell-Bruce starring as the face of the SS14 swimwear capsule collection.  Shot on location in the Bahamas by photographer Eddie Wrey the collection is inspired by the vibrancy of Brazil, paying homage to the bright allure of Brazil’s tropical flora and fauna.  Split into two ranges, Florianopolis and Maracana, the collections are comprised of coral, a purple inspired by Brazil’s famous Acai berries and an eye catching floral print that has been created exclusively for Rigby & Peller.

Rigby & Peller firmly believes that fuller busts shouldn’t have to compromise on style, offering chic shapes in on trend colours whilst maintaining an elegant silhouette.  The collection has been carefully designed to offer maximum support and ... read more

February
11

John Carne helps you get the latest celebrity looks

John Carne salon helps you to get the latest celebrity looks. Click here to find out how to effortlessly get the look of Kylie Jenner and Leonardo Decaprio with their latest blog post. Keep an eye out for regular style updates, hints & tips from the Guildford salon. Click here to read more about John Carne.

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February
10

Brighten Up Your Town – Competition

To celebrate the launch of the Brighten Up print and the idea of tailoring prints and designs to towns with a local store, Cath Kidston have launched their ‘Brighten Up Your Town’ competition. The winning nomination will receive a bespoke, handmade piece of Cath Kidston wall art featuring the favourite landmarks of the winning nominated town. Only two limited edition pieces will be produced, one for the winner and one for their chosen store.

Entries are made up of up to 300 words on why you think Guildford deserves to win and up to 10 photographs of your favourite features of the town. Get creative, make sure you mention all the hidden gems of the town not just the obvious landmarks. ... read more

February
10

New vacant unit microsite launches!

We are delighted to announce that Experience Guildford and The Completely Group and are working together to promote the Surrey town’s vacant retail and office properties through The Completely Group’s network of online property marketing portals.

The pilot scheme enables Experience Guildford to showcase vacant commercial property opportunities through the UK’s largest commercial property listings network. The property marketing group’s sites www.CompletelyRetail.co.uk, and www.complete... read more

February
05

Dementia Friendly Guildford week

Dementia Friendly Surrey has teamed up with Guildford Borough Council and partners to host Dementia Friendly Guildford week, from Saturday 22 to Friday 28 February. The event will be encouraging local residents and organisations to take simple steps to create a dementia-friendly Guildford. There will be a number of events happening around the borough including Dementia Friends sessions and coffee mornings.

On 24 February, the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Diana Lockyer-Nibbs, will be opening Dementia Friendly Surrey’s Guildford hub, on Swan Lane in Guildford town centre. From Monday to Friday, residents can drop in to find out more about dementia... read more

February
03

Experience Guildford crowns town's Best Bar None

Guildford's night time economy enjoyed an evening of recognition and reward as local businesses, pubs and bars gathered at the Mandolay Hotel on Thursday 30 January to celebrate best practice amongst the licensed trade. Delivering the nationally acclaimed Best Bar None Awards, Experience Guildford, the town centre’s Business Improvement District, showcased the hard work and commitment of Guildford's pubs and bars.

Launched in September 2013, the Guildford Best Bar None Awards invited the town’s licensed venues to sign up for assessment of their business, and the chance to attain accreditation from the scheme. This endorsement aims to help the public make ... read more

February
01

Sleep£asy Sleepout

The YMCA’s 6th Sleep£asy Sleepout took place overnight on Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd February at Watts Gallery. Although the temperature didn't drop below zero like it usually does it was still a long, uncomfortable night for anyone unfortunate enough to be outside. But to raise awareness of youth homelessness and significant funds to combat it, a number of local ‘stars’ signed up to sleep under the stars alongside YMCA CEO Pete Brayne.  

Ten people joined him, including his long suffering wife Val, and although one night of rough sleeping cannot be a true taste of homelessness, the consensus was that it was a thought provoking experience. Diana Roberts, Tourism and Marketing Manag... read more

January
28

G Live’s Studio re-named to recognise eminent local residents, Bill and Doreen Bellerby

The outstanding contributions that well- known local residents, Bill and Doreen Bellerby, have made to the Guildford community are to be recognised at a special event at G Live on Friday 25 January.  The town centre venue will be re-naming its Studio space as ‘The Bellerby Studio’, in recognition of the considerable support that the couple have given to the arts over the last fifty decades. The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Diana Lockyer-Nibbs will be joining councillors, local arts representatives and G Live Studio customers to celebrate their achievements and the occasion will be marked by the unveiling of a plaque in their honour.

Bill and Doreen Bellerby, now both in their 90s, have been involved in local politics and the arts for a large part of their lives. Bill Bellerby was Mayor of Guildford for two consecutive years from 1972 -74 and a Guildford Borough Council counci... read more

January
22

Free park and ride Saturdays - from 18 January

Shoppers, visitors and local residents can enjoy a great start to the new year with free park and ride Saturdays, thanks to Guildford Borough Council. Park and ride will be free from 10am every Saturday from 18 January to 29 March at Artington, Merrow and Onslow Park and Ride.

Cllr James Palmer, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure says: "This is great news for anyone visiting Guildford. Come and enjoy our great range of shops, visit one of our theatres or enjoy a walk in the Castle Grounds. Park and ride is an easy ... read more

January
22

Free shopping anyone?

On Friday 31st January a number of shoppers at White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford are in for a big surprise as representatives from the Centre’s Management team are on a secret mission to shock un-suspecting customers by paying for their shopping!  

Throughout the day the Centre Manager of White Lion Walk, Steve Cotney, and members of his team will be sneaking up on the most oblivious of shoppers to ask them if they have seen anything in the centre they would like to buy and as a very special... read more

January
14

G Live reports increased audiences and a broader programme in its second full year of operation

G Live’s second full year of operation has seen the Guildford town centre venue present more live shows than in its first year with 188 live events in the Main Hall. Attendance, at over 136,000, was also higher than Year One. 60% of visitors to the venue are within a 30 minute drive; a further 40% come from London, the Home Counties and further afield including overseas visitors, with the very positive impacts on the local economy that this brings.

In addition to the successes on the stage, G Live has returned a profit in Year Two enabling a profit share arrangement between Guildford Borough Council and HQ Theatres & Hospitality. The Council’s subsidy per attendee reduced from £2.52 in Ye... read more

December
23

'Bearing' others in mind for War Child

Watching the images of over 3 million Syrian children suffering the trauma of living in a war torn country, not to mention the 1 million living in refugee camps, local business man Andrew Colborne-Baber was moved to action.
On Christmas Eve 20% of the total takings his Guildford store, The Bear Garden, will be donated to War Child the registered charity who work on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous countries.
 

“I have two young children of my own and seeing the images of all these displaced children in Syria really hit a nerve and made me feel totally helpless” commented Mr Colborne-Baber. “I decided then that I could do something. After all Chris... read more

December
20

Heroes Welcome in Guildford!

2014 will mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.  Guildford has strong historic links with the armed forces and the centenary will cause many residents to reflect on the events of the First World War and the experiences of men and women here and overseas.   

As part of the commemorative period, we are delighted that the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment has accepted an invitation by Guildford Borough Council to exercise its Freedom of the Borough with a parade through Guildford on Armed Forces Day in 2... read more

December
20

New season at Yvonne Arnaud!

Celebrate the New Year the theatrical way as Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre announces an exciting New Season programme of events, both on the Main Stage and in the Mill Studio, guaranteed to banish the January Blues and launch your 2014 in style.    

Bursting with glitter and fairy dust, it’s not too late to enjoy our magical family pantomime Cinderella which stars theatre sensation Bonnie Langford.  Providing classic drama, murder mysteries, sparkling comedy and spectacular music, the New ... read more

December
19

New Park & Ride opens at Onslow!

A new park and ride facility at Onslow is now open to the public, running regular bus services to Guildford train station and town centre in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.

Located just off the A3 to the west of central Guildford next to the Holiday Inn Hotel and Surrey Sports Park, the facility has been built using £3m of funding won by Surrey County Council from the Department for Transport. Perfectly located for ... read more

December
17

Prince & Princess chosen in time for Christmas!

Last month, in conjunction with White Lion Walk Shopping Centre and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, we launched our search to find Surrey’s very own little prince and princess and now we are delighted to announce that the two winners are Honey Bethany Kennedy age two and Oliver Noble age four. In celebration of Guildford’s pantomime, Cinderella, we asked our readers to send in pictures of their children dressed as their own versions of princes and princesses. We then challenged you, our readers, to find the winner by voting for your favourite picture. All the entries were superb but we could only crown one prince and princess with Honey & Oliver just beating the others in the public vote to be announced the winners. As winners, Honey & Oliver were given the amazing VIP opportunity to meet actors Tom Senior and Alice Baker who are playing the prince and princess in the Yvonne Arnaud’s production of Cinderella and then watch the show on Wednesday 11th December. What’s more, they were both treated to a hamper of prizes from stores at White Lion Walk Shopping Centre as a very special, early Christmas present. Steve Cotney, Centre Manager of White Lion Walk, commented: “In today’s busy and technology focused society, we sometimes forget just how much fun children have with their imagination and the joy that it can bring, so it was wonderful to see so many local children dressing up as prince and princesses for the competition. All of the entries were fantastic but a big congratulations from all of us here at White Lion Walk to Honey & Oliver for winning the competition.” Laura Butler, Press & PR Manager at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, added: “It’s been great to see local children enjoying dressing up in their royal costumes and entering into the Panto spirit.  Honey & Oliver looked fantastic in their splendid outfits and it was an absolute pleasure to welcome them to the Theatre and introduce them to our own Prince Charming and Cinderella before they watched the show.”

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December
03

Sooty comes to Guildford!

Izzy Wizzy, lets get busy - Its Sooty! Experience Guildford have booked the nation’s favourite bear direct from Citv, Sooty heads into Guildford to meet fans old and new. Joining him will be Sooty's TV Partner Richard Cadell, who will be attempting to keep Sooty from getting up to mischief.  Boy will he have his hands full!  

Sooty and Richard will be signing autographs and giving out free Sooty balloons and stickers from 12 until 2pm on Saturday 7th December at White Lion Walk Guildford. The Sooty Show is the longest running television show in the world, created b... read more

December
02

If the shoe fits...

On Saturday 30th November, White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford in conjunction with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, rewarded shoppers in town with hundreds of free prizes with their special ‘If the Shoe Fits’ event.  

Run in celebration of Guildford’s pantomime Cinderella, the ‘If the Shoe Fits’ event saw the shopping centre give away over £1000 worth of prizes to those that spent £10 or more in any of the stores. With five pairs of shoes from Shoon... read more

November
29

Gingerbread men take over!

Donate, donate as fast as you can and grab yourself a gingerbread man! Once again, designer menswear store Michael Chell are supporting local charities by selling quirky characters for Christmas in their Guildford store.
 

Known for their gnome campaign last year, 2013 is it seems the year of the gingerbread man! Customers and passers by will notice hundreds of the sweet people waving to them from the shop window. For a donation of £15 shoppers can claim one of t... read more

November
25

Christmas comes early for Guildford Charities

Three charities in Guildford have received a cash boost in time for Christmas after public votes secured them a share of £1,000 from the town’s Chelsea Building Society branch. The team at the Chelsea’s branch on the High Street launched its Charity Choices initiative last month by choosing local good causes to benefit from a share of the donation in time for the festive season. The chosen three charities were put to a public vote, with customers and members of the public invited into the branch to vote for their favourite during a two week period. The number of votes received by each charity determined their share of the £1,000 donation. As a result of the public vote, Shooting Star Chase received £500; Halow received £300 and Gynaecological Cancer Charity GRACE received £200. “All the votes have been counted and verified and we’re absolutely delighted to be sharing £1,000 between three local charities in time for Christmas,” said Sam Morgan manager of the Chelsea’s Guildford branch. “The three charities we chose to support provide invaluable services to our local community and we felt it was important that the decision on the amount of money received by each was placed in the hands of local people. I’d like to thank everyone who voted and I’m sure these donations will make a real difference locally.”  

The Charity Choices initiative was rolled out across all of the Chelsea’s 35 branches, with a total of £35,000 from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, of which Chelsea Building Society is a part, being shared between more tha... read more

November
22

Little Book of Offers launches!

The Little Book of Offers is now available! With over 125 offers to be used around Guildford town centre, there really is something for everyone! From competitions to win £500 gift vouchers, to money off and added freebies – The Little Book of Offers will make your festive shopping in Guildford that bit easier this Christmas.

Put together by Experience Guildford, the not-for-profit organisation which works on behalf of town centre retail and leisure businesses, the book is a first for the town and aims to make Guildford the place to do your Christmas shopping. Ben Darn... read more

November
08

Gidden Place

Gidden Place have recently joined Experience Guildford and have a cracker of an offer for you!  Located on the one-way system cleverly identified with their traffic light graphics on their windows, Gidden Place offer a multitude of printing solutions.
 

Experience Guildford's newest members are offering a fantastic deal to get you into the Guildford Christmas spirit.  Wow your clients, friends, family and work colleagues this year with your very own personalised Christmas cards. Persona... read more

October
21

New Bravissimo Pepperberry store open in Guildford!

We’re excited to announce that we have opened a new Bravissimo Pepperberry store at 25-27 Market Street in Guildford. The store stocks all Bravissimo and Pepperberry’s latest ranges of lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and clothing for women with bigger boobs.

The Guildford store has 14 spacious fitting rooms and a team of expertly trained fitting consultants who will be on hand to offer advice and free fittings, ensuring customers leave looking and feeling uplifted. 15 jobs have been created as a resul... read more

October
10

Little Book of Offers!

Experience Guildford are working to make Guildford the shopping destination of choice this Christmas. As well as a fantastic Christmas lights switch on planned for 21st November, the team are working on a Little Book of Offers to be given out to people as an early Christmas present and to make their Christmas shopping even more special!

Experience Guildford, the organisation who represent the town’s retail & leisure businesses, are hoping that the book will drive footfall to the town and give everyone an extra reason to do their Christmas shopping in Guildford. The types o... read more

October
10

Snakes, Spiders and Creepy Crawlies Come to White Lion Walk this Halloween

On Thursday 31st October, forget ghosties and ghouls, come and meet some real creepy crawlies at White Lion Walk Shopping Centre and celebrate Halloween in a truly frightful style! Brave shoppers can get up close and take a hands on approach to nature. A Python, Tarantula and Bearded Dragon are amongst many creatures that will feature in this creepy roadshow where children will be able to learn about their habitat, diet and lifestyle, gaining a better understanding of the natural world.

There will also be a Safe Trick or Treat trail around the shopping centre where youngsters can be rewarded with scrumptious sweets by simply searching for special Halloween posters in shop windows. In addition, a free face painter will be on h... read more

October
02

Customer Service Awards

The Mandolay Hotel was the setting for the inaugural Experience Guildford Customer Service Awards on Tuesday evening. Organised by the Business Improvement District (BID) Experience Guildford, the awards were designed to promote Guildford’s fantastic mix of high street names and unique independent businesses.

The public voted for their favourite customer experiences in the categories shopping, food & drink and leisure & lifestyle via www.experienceguildford.com. Nearly 1000 votes were counted in all. The shortlisted businesses were then mystery sho... read more

September
27

Guildford's Christmas panto to star PPA student in lead role

If success on the stage is at the forefront of one’s mind then Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) in Guildford, Surrey, is definitely ‘The Place To Be’ as the theatre training Academy basks in yet another glorious theatrical coup.  Second year musical theatre student Alice Baker fought off stiff competition to be cast in the role of Cinderella opposite multi-talented actress Bonnie Langford in this year’s Pantomime extravaganza at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

On landing her first professional principal role, Alice who is 17 and comes from Swindon, had never considered she would have the opportunity to audition for Pantomime whilst still studying said “Words fail to express how thrilled and honoured I... read more

September
17

Be a VIP in Guildford


Since April this year The Albany in Guildford has been steadily growing their VIP customer base. Their free-to-join programme has grown in popularity very quickly and now over 1200 people enjoy the benefits of becoming a VIP.

It is easy to get involved; sign up for a VIP card and you receive points which convert to vouchers to spend in the pub. Also, right now VIPs are enjoying 50% off food during weekday lunchtimes. Owner of The Albany David Gough said of the card, ... read more

September
04

Customer Service Awards - The Shortlist!

The shortlist is in for the Customer Service Awards 2013. The response has been overwhelming from the general public vote, far better than we could have anticipated in the inaugural year of the awards. Kirstie Gattner, Project Manager said ‘to have the Surrey Advertiser as our media partner has worked really well, and the cards offered to businesses to keep at point of sale have been very effective. In many cases, customers really want to give feedback and this has allowed them to do this.' Amanda Masters, General Manager went on to say, ‘not only has the public vote indicated clear front runners, but the comments on the survey have been really interesting. We look forward to sharing these with the town centre businesses and celebrating all their hard work at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 1st October.

The shortlisted businesses will now go on to be judged by a ‘Secret Shopper’ and will receive a free report and feedback on this, as well as it forming the next stage of the judging. Once this has been done, independent judges will review all ... read more

September
03

John Carne helps you to get the look

John Carne salon helps you to get Katy Perry's look with their latest blog post. Ever fancied copying the 'Roar' singer's eye catching look? Click here to read the full article. If Katy Perry isn't your cup of tea, there are also posts on Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Keep an eye out for regular style updates, hints & tips from the Guildford salon. Click here to read more about John Carne.

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September
03

Cider making made simple - a breakthrough

2013 looks set to produce a bumper apple harvest following a late, wet spring and a glorious summer.  But what will you do with all those apples?  Once your freezer is full of pies and crumbles, what next? 

 

Local retired industrial chemist Dr Nevin Stewart and his Scillonian Road neighbours have devised an effective yet economic way of producing very drinkable apple juice, cider or apple wine.  They will share their findings at Guildford YMCA from 7... read more

August
19

Free parking is just the ticket for G Live Café-Bar customers

Local drivers will benefit from a new promotion launched by G Live this week. The town centre entertainment venue will be offering free parking to their Café-Bar customers until Christmas. G Live’s Café-Bar serves a range of speciality coffees and teas, pastries and light bites and has become particularly popular with local mums who find the Baby-Café play area and spacious foyer perfect for entertaining little ones and accommodating buggies.

G Live customers simply need to spend £5 in one transaction at the Cafe-Bar to be able to claim back two hours of their parking, enabling them to shop, socialise and relax in Guildford’s town centre without the added cost. Fran Everist, Mar... read more

August
13

Guildford Summer Festival competition winner announced!

As part of the Guildford Summer Festival, Experience Guildford were offering visitors to the town the opportunity to win £500 to enjoy Summer. The winner was announced last week as Barbara Bowen, who said she was ‘delighted and surprised’, as it was the first competition she had ever won.

Guildford Summer Festival is one of the highlights in the calendar for many visitors and residents to Guildford, with entrants describing their favourite bits such as the annual Raft Race, to the beautiful castle grounds and the colourful hanging ... read more

August
05

Guildford Shopping Centre Creates A Buzz

To celebrate National Honey Bee Day, White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford will be hosting a very special Honey Bee event on Saturday 17th August and they are inviting shoppers both young and old to come along and learn all about these bee-autiful insects.

Between 11am and 4pm White Lion Walk will be hosting all sorts of fun activities to teach everyone about honey bees. To keep the little ones entertained, the centre will even be showing the Dreamworks hit, The Bee Movie and hosting make a bee work... read more

August
01

Stop and start for new Waitrose

Guildford Borough Council has welcomed the High Court's decision to dismiss the application by the Guildford Vision Group (GVG) for judicial review to quash the planning permission to build a supermarket, homes and community centre on the former Bellerby Theatre site.

The judge rejected GVG’s challenge on all three grounds without a hearing and ordered GVG to pay the legal costs of the Council and Waitrose.  Cllr James Palmer, Lead Councillor for Town Centre Planning and Infrastructure, says: "I am ... read more

July
30

Bluecap vacancy!

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Experience Guildford team as a Bluecap!

A job where no two days are the same, our Bluecaps are the eyes and ears of Experience Guildford, and are the first point of contact for town centre businesses and visitors. You must be energetic, enthusiastic and be a confident communicator, ... read more

July
30

Surrey Half Marathon Launch

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Surrey Half Marathon. This will be a closed-road running event between Guildford and Woking, open to the public, with the inaugural event starting and finishing in Guildford  on 9th March 2014.      

This brand new event will be Surrey’s biggest closed road half marathon attracting runners from all backgrounds, ages and from all around the country. The event is a great opportunity for those inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic ... read more

July
26

Sally Salon Fundraising for Little Princesses Trust!

Sally Salon on North Street are fundraising for the Little Princesses Trust! The charity provides children with real hair wigs that have suffered hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment.  

Gemma from the beauty store said "We recently held a charity day on the 19th of July in the store and had a guest appearance from Britain’s got talents ‘Meat Diva’ and Philip Green. On the day we managed to raise over £400 but we are s... read more

July
25

Showtime for Guildford YMCA

On Sunday 13 October G Live will open its doors for a one off concert in aid of Guildford YMCA’s Capital Appeal.  Hosted by Guildford’s own inimitable Jonathan Veira, “Showtime” will be an evening of fine musical entertainment. Over the last eighteen months Guildford YMCA’s Capital Appeal has been attracting significant funds from supporters, challenge events and grant making trusts.  This is in order to develop the basement level of the Bridge Street hostel.  A dedicated space for the hostel’s young residents has already been created, and the next phase will involve remodelling the rest of the basement to create a new venue for Plantation, the YMCA’s youthwork department.  

“Showtime” will feature the talents of The Swingle Singers, The GSA Singers, Mark Edwards and a Jazz Quartet, tenor Richard Coxon and Rock Choir.  It promises to be a splendid evening, hopefully in celebration of the completion of the Appeal ... read more

July
22

Win a business apprenticeship with The Whiteley Clinic!

Traditionally, jobs are advertised with a job description and pay scale - but The Whiteley Clinic thought wouldn't it be nice if you could choose your own?

In a break from the traditional way of recruiting staff, the application form is a list of assets available to the successful candidate. Your application will be your business plan showing how you will grow and develop the College of Phlebolog... read more

July
17

Tunsgate Square launches new card!

Join Tunsgate Square Shopping Centre in Guildford on Saturday 20 July for the launch of their new Tunsgate Square Card.

With their new card shoppers can receive a stamp per purchase, collect 6 stamps and enter prize draws for a chance to win £250 of Tunsgate Square gift vouchers. Saturday 20 July is a day of special offers and a chance to collect double stamps per... read more

July
07

Meet the Artist | Lawrence Coulson

It is with great pleasure that Forest Gallery invites you to meet acclaimed landscape artist, Lawrence Coulson as he launches his brand new collection, ‘Romanticism’.
 

Perhaps Lawrence’s most accomplished body of work to date, this new collection of original and limited edition works has won the admiration of collectors and critics alike. “Lawrence Coulson generously gives us what we like and need, those f... read more

July
04

Customer Service Awards - Voting Now Open!

Voting has now opened for the Customer Service Awards! You will have right up until the 2nd September to vote for your favourites in the following categories:  

Best Customer Service Award for Retail (Chain/National) Best Customer Service Award for Retail (Independent) Best Customer Service Award for Food & Drink (Chain/National) Best Customer Service Award for Food & Drink (Independent) Best Cust... read more

July
02

Auntie Anne's Free Pretzel Day!

Auntie Anne’s are holding a FREE pretzel day to celebrate American Independence day on 4th July! From 11am until 3pm, the Auntie Anne’s in Guildford town centre will be giving away free Cinnamon or Original pretzels, with or without purchase, one per customer.  

If you’ve not had one of Auntie Anne’s pretzels before, here’s what to expect: “While an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel is shaped like a pretzel and called a pretzel, it is most definitely not just a pretzel. The fresh, sweet taste coupled with a... read more

June
11

Customer Service Awards!

Experience Guildford, Business Improvement District (BID) are launching their inaugural Customer Service Awards for retailers, cafes, bars and restaurants and leisure venues in Guildford Town centre. The idea came when the BID team were discussing how lucky they were to be working in such a beautiful town, but how impressed they had all been with the level of customers service they have received over the years.
To celebrate the outstanding performance of businesses in Guildford the winners of these awards will be voted for by the puiblic and celebrated in style this autumn.

Experience Guildford General Manager Amanda Masters said “We are very excited to launch these awards. It is something I have been passionate about for a few years now. Now seems like an ideal opportunity to celebrate how great the customer servi... read more

June
07

Local retailers wanted!

Magic Summer Live is a weekend festival offering live music and entertainment for all the family, at Stoke Park Guildford on 13th and 14th July.

 

The festival would like to showcase local artisans and businesses, to enhance the patrons’ experience and add to the overall fun and character of the event. Traders are welcome to apply for a pitch which comprises a covered 3m x 3m area with... read more

May
31

Charity Cycle Ride

Stephen Sutton, the Manager of Cry For The Moon jewellers in Tunsgate, has accept the challenge of Cycling 100K at night! 

The idea started after Stefan's father Mick passed away after a long battle against cancer, and the tremendous support that he received from Marie Curie cancer care. The cycle which starts and finishes at Crystal Palace south London is muc... read more

May
31

Winner announced!

Experience Guildford recently ran a competition to get up to 250 likes on Facebook, in partnership with Hotel Chocolat.

Today, the winner was announced. From all 250 entries, Ian Blyth from The Mandolay Hotel was chosen at random to win the Hotel Chocolat goody bag. Ian kindly offered to pass the prize on to Guildford based charity Disability Challengers, who a... read more

May
29

Calling all kids!

...Is your dad a superhero? On Saturday 15th June, children visiting White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford can get crafty and show their dad’s how much they care with a free Superhero card making workshop!

From 11am – 4pm, youngsters can let their superhero creativity go wild by adding a variety of effects including glitter, feathers and foam to make a truly individual card to present to their dads on Father’s Day. To make their card the ultimat... read more

May
23

Apprentice Vacancy!

Experience Guildford is recruiting an apprentice! We are looking for a Business Administration Support apprentice to work within our small team, with Guildford College as our learning provider. 

Key duties will include:   • Ensuring the database is kept up to date, as well as to make small edits to the website as required • Minute taking and preparation of papers for monthly Board meetings • Collating information using E... read more

May
21

The Blooming Great Tea Party

Guildford is having its very own Blooming Great Tea Party!

Guildford In Bloom and Marie Curie Cancer Care are teaming up to present: The Blooming Great Tea Party! On 8th June 2013, 2-4pm at Castle Cliffe Gardens, Castle Hill, GU1 3SX (next to the museum in Castle Street).  The event promises ... read more

May
20

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing is coming to Guildford! On Monday 27th May, the founder of Candy Kittens is coming to WHSmith Guildford to sign copies of his book, Candy Kittens: Recipes for Sweet Treats.   Jamie Laing also stars in the BAFTA award winning Made In Chelsea.   Come along at 12pm to bag your copy and meet Jamie.   For more information and contact details, please click here.

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May
17

Culinary Concepts at Chelsea Flower Show!

Following a successful four years, Culinary Concepts have once again been invited to exhibit at the famous and prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, 21st-25th May at Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Pop along and say hello if you are visiting! If you can't make it to Chelsea this year, visit the gorgeous Guildford Store where the story began in December 2004 at the heart of this bustling British town.  You can see what makes their gifts and home accessories so special.  Enjoy a glass of bubbly with our compliments whilst our expert and friendly staff advise you on everything from cutlery and barware to lanterns and Wedding Lists.  Why not pop in, and for opening hour and contact details click here.

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May
17

White Lion Walk...

White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford is delighted to announce that it was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2013 ICIS Solal Marketing Awards for its “Scratch Back” campaign. Up against 17 other applicants in the sales promotion category, White Lion Walk was one of only two British shopping centres shortlisted following a campaign they ran only seven months ago.

As many shoppers may remember, back in November 2012, White Lion Walk ran a scratch card promotion where customers who made a purchase of £10 or more received a branded scratch card, with prizes ranging from cookies and hot drinks to vouchers and... read more

May
08

Hotel Chocolat...

Hotel Chocolat giveaway! The lovely folks at Hotel Chocolat have given us a delectable goody bag as a competition prize! The best bit is, all you have to do is like us on Facebook to be in with your chance of winning! Once we reach 250 followers, we will pick a winner at random.

To find out more about Hotel Chocolat, click here. If you want to check out Hotel Chocolat in Guildford for yourself, why not drop in and bliss out with free in store chocolate tasting. Click here for opening hours and contact details. Good l... read more

May
07

Trekking The Streets...

Trekking The Streets of Guildford with the Bluecaps   Last week, Guildford Dragon's Maria Rayner spent the morning with one of our Bluecaps, Pete Lambert. This is how she got on: 

'I stoop to pick up a cigarette packet, the man next to me has two empty beer cans and a sweet wrapper, all of which we deposit into a nearby bin. We are in neat, carefully-tended gardens just two minutes from Guildford High Street. I remark t... read more

April
29

GSC Funding Awarded!

Arts Council and local council funding grants awarded Surrey’s professional Shakespeare company have received a grant from Arts Council England, supported by the National Lottery. The £10,000 grant is specifically for their forthcoming Summer 2013 open-air season in Guildford, the 8th the company has produced since its inception in 2006.

The grant, the fourth time in 2 years that the company have received an Arts Council grant, will be used to develop the company’s artistic and administrative work this summer. GSC’s Sarah Gobran commented: “This is absolutely fabulous news f... read more

April
18

Cub Club Launching at White Lion Walk!

On Saturday 27th April, White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford is launching a fantastic new kids club for younger shoppers.

From 11am to 4pm, children are invited to sign up to the ‘Cub Club’ (in honour of their mascot, Lionel the Lion) to be privy to a host of exciting events, games, news and even ideas to help save the environment. Anyone that signs up on the... read more

April
17

GSC Sonnet Walk

Sonnet Walk 2: The Return! As a sequel to 2012’s sell-out event, Guildford Shakespeare Company is returning this April with a brand new interactive Sonnet Walk Weekend.

Imagine a Shakespeare-style treasure hunt, groups of walkers, armed with a special map (and maybe some mint humbugs, your choice) follow an especially designed route around Guildford. The route will only be disclosed on the day and the groups are ... read more

April
16

Guildford Embroidery unveiled at G Live Guildford by the Mayor of Guildford

The Guildford Embroidery, created in memory of Mike Nevins, Mayor of Guildford 2007-8, was unveiled by the Mayor of Guildford Cllr Jennifer Jordan on 10 April 2013. Two friends who trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Rhoda Nevins and Kristina Graham teamed up to create a wall hanging for the town of Guildford. The gigantic Guildford Embroidery measures 49 inches high by 90 inches long and has taken four years to complete.

The idea came about after a friend sent a postcard to Rhoda depicting the Sunbury Embroidery housed in the Walled Garden in Sunbury. Rhoda and Kristina recruited 25 embroiderers to help them with the task. The overall embroidery gives a 3D effect ... read more

April
11

Winners Love Guildford Shops!

Jenny O’Donnell, from Guildford was thrilled to accept a cheque for £500. She was one of the six entries pulled from hundreds entered into the competition to celebrate of the recent launch of Experience Guildford, the new Business Improvement District for the town centre. In all five prizes of £100 and one of £500 were given away to spend in Guildford.

Miss O’Donnell said that the money had come at a great time as she was currently halfway through re-decorating her living room and that it would go towards adding the finishing touches. Miss O’Donnell is also planning her wedding for Summer 20... read more

April
02

Metro Bank to open in Guildford!

Metro Bank, the newest UK high street bank in more than 100 years, is coming to Guildford on the 19th April 2013 with the launch of its 17th store. The revolutionary bank launched in the UK in July 2010 with a focus on providing amazing service and convenience to its customers. The bank, based in London and the South East, has grown to over 150,000 personal and business customers since its launch, and the Guildford opening is the latest step in Metro Bank’s expansion plan to open 200 stores by 2020.

Unlike any other bank in the UK, every Metro Bank store provides free coin counting with Metro Bank Magic Money Machines, replacement lost or stolen debit cards on the spot, as well as safe deposit boxes. New account holders will be delighted to k... read more

March
25

Cash Giveaway Winners Announced!

The first Experience Guildford competition winners have been announced! To celebrate our launch, we gave you the chance to win £500 to spend in Guildford town centre, with five runner up prizes of £100.  

The competition closed at midday on 25th March, and the winners were chosen at random at The County Club, Guildford.  The winner of the top cash prize of £500 was Jenny O'Donnell, and the five runners up were Kevin Parkes, Jane Robinson,... read more

March
02

Meet the Bluecaps!

Experience Guildford, the town centre's new Business Improvement District (BID), launches its team of Bluecaps.

Visitors and workers of Guildford town centre will soon become familiar with three friendly blue-uniformed individuals. The Guildford Bluecaps are employed by Experience Guildford, the town’s recently launched Business Improvement District (... read more

February
20

New website launches!

Following on from Guildford’s successful BID status, the Experience Guildford team are thrilled to launch the brand new consumer website.

The Guildford and surrounding areas now have access to an array of information on the best of what Guildford has to offer. The launch of the new website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information on Shopping, Eating & Drinkin... read more

February
18

Guildford Businesses say yes!

Guildford Businesses say YES to a Business Improvement District (BID)

Businesses and organisations in Guildford Town Centre have made their voices heard and have voted in favour of taking more control over their futures by setting up a Business Improvement District (BID), Elevate Guildford. Ballot results rele... read more