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Cinderella at Leatherhead Theatre

On 15 November @7pm and 16 November @ 11am and 3.30pm at Leatherhead Theatre

Performed by over 160 local dancers aged 4 to adult, celebrating a multitude of genres from ballet and tap to street and tango, amidst a whirl of over 300 costumes. Tickets available at £14.

The Mayor's Fundraiser

The Mayor, Cllr Richard Billington is holding a fun & spooky evening in aid of The Prostate Project, Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity and The Mayor of Guildford’s Local Distress Fund - three fabulous local charities, promises to be a lot of fun! Book early to avoid disappointment. Please see attached flyer for more information.


Guildford Art Society Exhibition at West Horsley Place - November 2019

This November, Guildford Art Society is delighted to show its Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place. This ancient manor house and estate is being restored to create a welcoming space for communities to enjoy arts, culture and history. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the work of Surrey’s local artists in this historic environment recently seen on TV in Ghosts and Vanity Fair. The exhibition opens at 12pm on Saturday 2nd November and is open daily from 10am-4pm until Sunday 10th November. Free entry and parking. For more information please refer to the Guildford Art Society website and our Exhibition flyer 

Guildford Christmas Lights Switch on

All is bright…at the Christmas Lights switch on event

Christmas is coming to Guildford on Thursday 21 November when our High Street will be full of entertainment for all the family at our annual Christmas Lights switch-on event.

Bought to you by Guildford Borough Council, Experience Guildford, Guildford Fringe and GEEYOU, and supported by 96.4 Eagle Radio, the lights will be switched on at 7pm followed by a grand firework finale kindly sponsored by Experience Guildford.

There will be lots to see and do; visit Santa in his sleigh in the Tunsgate Quarter, grab an #elfieselfie with the Experience Guildford elves, enjoy live music and don’t forgot the mascot parade. The Guildhall balcony show begins at 6pm, hosted by Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon who will be joined by the cast of the Yvonne Arnaud pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.

Cllr Richard Billington, Mayor of Guildford, said: “Our annual community event in our historic high street marks the start of the town’s countdown to Christmas. With lots to see and do why not make a day of it with some shopping and a meal at one of our many places to eat.”

He added: “The event does get very busy and can be very noisy, so again this year we are providing some dedicated quiet spaces for those who prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the High Street. You’ll find these at Skipton Building Society (walk in) or you can book a space in Caffe Nero at House of Fraser via GEEYOU by emailing”

Amanda Masters, Chief Executive at Experience Guildford said: “All eyes will again be on Guildford this year as we celebrate the start of Christmas in style with our much-loved Christmas lights switch-on event. A key date for visitors and retailers alike, the event is a fabulous showcase of all that the town has to offer over the festive season.

“In what is the most important trading period of the year, the lights switch-on event also signals the start of late-night shopping for some retailers and the launch of our ‘Little Book of Offers’ Christmas voucher book, packed full of great deals for all to enjoy across the town. Thanks to all our partners and BID members for their ongoing support, and here’s to another great Christmas in Guildford.”

The event does get very busy, so to ensure a good view please allow plenty of time and, due to the crowds and noise, also consider whether the event is suitable for young children or those with sensitivities.

Timetable of events:

1.00pm - 5.00pm - See Santa in his sleigh at Tunsgate Quarter!

2.00pm - 6.00pm - Find the EG Elves around town and get your #ElfieSelfie with the chance to win a prize

3.30pm - Experience Guildford stage opens outside Holy Trinity Church (enjoy music from local acts including Guildford and Godalming Rock Choir and Guildford Jazz Choir right up until the balcony show)

5.00pm - Join the Mascot parade up the High Street, starting from White Lion Walk

6.00pm - Countdown to the switch on with the balcony show from the Guildhall, with Eagle Radio's Peter Gordon, the cast of the Yvonne Arnaud's panto, Sleeping Beauty - plus special guests

7.00pm - The Christmas Lights will be switched on, followed by a dazzling fireworks display sponsored by Experience Guildford

The Balcony Show will also be broadcast to big screens opposite M&S and above the stage, so even more people can get a really good view!

7.15pm - 8.30pm – Boogie the evening away with Latitude back at the EG Stage.

(All information correct at time of issue and is subject to change).