What’s On in Guildford – Upcoming Events

Here we roundup the bigger events taking place in and around Guildford, including local food and farmers’ markets, music festivals, beer festivals, dog shows, agricultural shows, charity events, and more. We also cover seasonal events, including spooky Halloween events, November bonfires and fireworks events, festive Christmas events that include Christmas markets, the Christmas light switch-on, and appearances from Santa Claus, and celebrations taking place on New Year’s Eve. Please always refer to the official websites for tickets and information which may be subject to changes.

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Castle Grounds Bandstand Concerts
Selected Sundays from May to September

There will be 13 different bandstand concerts taking place throughout the summer on selected Sundays from May to September at the Guildford Castle Grounds.

Romeo & Juliet
Friday 21st June through Saturday 13th July

The Guildford Shakespeare Company is putting on the classic play, Romeo & Juliet, from mid June to July with 7.30pm evening performances each night and four different Saturday matinee options at 2.30pm. The event takes place at the Castle Gardens in the town centre.

The Music of John Williams by Candlelight
Sunday 23rd June

Put on by the Paradise Project, the Music of John Williams by Candlelit will be held in the Electric Theatre in Guildford at 7pm. Expect pieces from movies, such as E.T, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Superman, Indiana Jones, and more.

Guildford Antiques & Brocante Market
Sunday 23rd June from 9.30am to 3.30pm

The Guildford Antiques and Brocante Market will take place along the iconic High Street, offering a selection of antiques and collectibles, including vinyl records and more.

Sat 29th June to Sun 30th June

Taking place in Stoke Park, Guilfest 2024 is a family friendly music festival with the Stranglers and Sam Ryder headlining this year’s festival.

Guildford Fringe Festival
Saturday 29th June to the 20th of July

The Guildford Fringe Festival was established in 2013 and features poetry, music, theatre, comedy, workshops, and more. Many of the events are ticketed, however, there are plenty of free events too, such as ‘The Big Free Fringe Weekend,’ which kicks off the festival on the 29th of June from 11am with some free activities, including face painting, live music, and a flash mob.

Farmers Market
Tuesday 2nd July from 10am to 3pm

July’s market lands on Tuesday the 2nd of July and will feature around 50 different producers offering fresh produce and other goods. The market takes place on the High Street in Guildford.

Duck Dash and Lions Raft Race
Saturday 6th July

There are two races starting from Millmead, GU2 4BE with the Surrey Care Trust Duck Dash taking place around noon and the Lions Raft Race at 3pm. The races finish at the Waterside Centre, GU1 1LW. A BBQ will be available in the afternoon after the Raft Race.

G Live Family Fun Day
Saturday 6th July 2024 from 10am to 1pm

G-Live is a theatre on London Road (GU1 2AA) and is hosting a free family event one morning until the early afternoon. The event will include creative workshops, mini performances, and family friendly activities. They welcome guests to just turn up on the day and tickets are not necessary.

Guildford Cheese & Chilli Festival
Saturday 20th July & Sunday 21st July

The Cheese & Chilli Festival features all things cheese and chilli with a chilli eating contest, cheese and chilli items for sale, along with an array of entertainment, live music, and events throughout the day.

Wood Street Jazz Festival
Sunday 21st July from 1pm to 5pm

The Wood Street Jazz Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with live jazz performances on Wood Street Village Green in support of Challengers, which provides support for disabled children and young people. In addition to live music, there will be an Indian meal, a licensed bar, and free parking.

Farmers Market
Tuesday 6th August from 10am to 3pm

The monthly Farmers Market that takes place on the High Street in Guildford will take place on the 6th in August at its usual time from 10am to 3pm. Expect around 50 vendors selling fresh produce, bread, eggs, cheese, and more.

Foodies Festival
Fri 30th Aug to Sun 1st July

For all the British Bakeoff fans out there, Foodies Festival is coming to Guildford and will involve a series of food masterclasses, a feasting tent, a cook school, a kids’ cookery, an artisan market, as well as street food, a live music stage, and more.

Farmers Market
Tuesday 3rd September from 10am to 3pm

The Guildford Farmers Market takes place on a Tuesday with September’s happening on the 3rd from 10am to 3pm. Each month around 50 vendors fill the High Street with various goods, including everything from produce to freshly baked bread to jams and chutneys.

Farmers Market
Tuesday 1st October from 10am to 3pm

October’s Farmers Market in Guildford will take place on the 1st of the month. With 50 different vendors along the High Street, you can expect lots of fresh seasonal produce, amongst an array of other baked goods from local artisans.

Oktoberfest Guildford
Saturday 12th October

Taking place at Stoke Park, Oktoberfest Guildford will include beer steins, German oompah bands, sausages, and pretzels. So, grab your lederhosen and purchase your tickets before it sells out.

Ripley Bonfire
Saturday 26th October

The Ripley Bonfire night includes a giant bonfire and a spectacular firework display with a funfair, food and drink stalls, and live music. The event takes place in Ripley, GU23 6BB.

Farmers Market
Tuesday 5th November from 10am to 3pm

Remember, remember the 5th of November … when Guildford will be putting on their farmers market! Taking place on the famous Guy Fawkes date, the monthly Tuesday market will include seasonal produce and goods from local vendors and farmers in and around Guildford.

Ripley Christmas Fair
Sunday 1st December from 11am to 3pm

The Ripley Christmas Fair is a family-friendly event that includes festive food and drink, gifts, arts and crafts, a visit from Father Christmas, live music, a raffle with prizes, and more. It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season. The event will take place on the Green in Ripley, GU23 6AN.

Farmers Market
Tuesday 3rd December from 10am to 3pm

There will actually be two farmers markets in the month of December with the first taking place on Tuesday the 3rd as normal and the second happening a couple of weeks later on Tuesday the 17th. The market takes place on the High Street and will feature around 50 different local vendors.

Bonus Farmers Market
Tuesday 17th December from 10am to 3pm

The month of December sees a bonus Farmers Market taking place on Tuesday the 17th of December in the lead-up to Christmas. Here you can stock up on seasonal produce and goods in time for the holiday season.