About an hour’s drive from the centre of London is the bustling town of Guildford. Famous for its cobbled High Street, Guildford is renowned as one of the most attractive shopping destinations in Britain, Home to the University of Surrey aside, the town is often abuzz with things to do, and if you’ve found yourself playing host to a few tourists over a long weekend, here is a current collection of what’s going on…
At the Theatre:
“The Woman in Black” starts on the 6 June 2013 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – based on Susan Hill’s novel.
“Midsummer Nights Dream” at Wintershall Estate Bramley starts on 6 June 2013.
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” opens on 7 June 2013 at The Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” – Oscar Wilde’s best-loved, exuberant comedy, staged in the open-air by Surrey’s award-winning Shakespeare Company. Starts 13 June 2013.
Nights Out on the Town:
Guilford Beer Festival starts 31 May 2013
A Little Night Music, 16 June 2013, a 25-piece orchestra and a West End cast present the award-winning Sondheim and Wheeler musical in a special concert version at the Yvonne Arnaud Threatre.
Watch Duncan Heather, international tenor, at The Star Inn on the 12 July 2013.
Festivals and Parades:
Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala, a festival of flowers inspired by poetry starts 6 June 2013.
The Fringe Festival 1 – 38 July 2013, includes Theatre, Cabarets, Stand-Up, Quiz Nights, Rehearsed Readings, Jazz, Debates, Musical Theatre and more.
Days Out and About:
Peaslake Open Gardens, 9 June 2013, come and see the flowers in early summer bloom.
The Garden Show at Loseley Park 19 – 21 July 2013 Loseley Park.
Antiques Fair 8 September 2013
With spring in bloom and summer hot on its heels why not base some of your themed events around Guildford’s beautiful parks. Hosting outdoors in a garden, especially in a beautiful location like Guildford, is a great way to entertain. Styling your quaint garden party is easy with the help of outdoor furniture from pagodas to gas heaters, tables, chairs and buildable LED bar units as well as a comprehensive range of catering equipment hire available in Guildford.
If creating an event outdoors isn’t an option, you can always bring the outdoors in. Decorate your interior venue with large bouquets of summer flowers like lilies, roses, sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums. Your selection of glassware and crockery hire can also greatly enhance your summer-esque theme. By choosing coloured china, like the William Edwards “Fresco” range, and shaded stemware, like coloured water glasses and jugs, you can bring the bright and beautiful outdoors, in.