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Things to do when planning an event in Guildford

30 May 13 By: Lene McGuinness

If you’re hosting an event in the historic town of Guildford, here’s a list of the top 10 things to see and share with your guests, especially those from out of town. If you’re not a local yourself, you can host assured that our comprehensive range of catering equipment hire in Guilford will easily cater to your every party whim while you explore the sites… 

1. Watts Chapel 

The chapel was built in 1898 by every village resident in Guilford as part of skills development programme to empower lower classes. The Wattses' sponsored its construction as their contribution to social improvement through creative enlightenment. 

2. Polesden Lacey 

Polesden Lacey is an Edwardian house that was extensively remodeled in 1906 by Margaret Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. The house features a fine paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver. It is said that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth spent part of their honeymoon here in 1923. 

3. Loseley House 

Built between 1562 and 1568 with stone brought from the ruins of Waverley Abbey, its great hall is the principal room containing paneling from Henry VIII's Palace. The house is also home to one of the few paintings of Anne Boleyn. 

4. Delta Force Paintball 

Delta Force Paintball, the World’s number one paintball operator established in 1989. 

5. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 

A beautiful, intimate theatre that frequently hosts shows. 

6. Guildord Cathedral 

A dramatic cathedral built between 1936 and 1961 – the construction was interrupted by World War II. 

7. Clandon Park 

A classic 18th Palladian mansion surrounded by landscaped gardens designed by Lancelot Brown in 1781, which feature a grotto, the sunken Dutch garden (created by Frances, Countess of Onslow in the late 19th century), and a Māori meeting house named Hinemihi. Originally situated near Lake Tarawera in New Zealand to provided shelter to the people of Te Wairoa village during the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, the building was covered in ash and surrounded by volcanic debris, but its occupants survived. It remained half buried until 1892 when Lord Onslow, then Governor General of New Zealand, had it removed and shipped to England. 

8. G Live 

Guilford’s new live entertainment venue! 

9. Hatchlands Park 

Hatchlands Park is a redbrick country house with surrounding gardens. In 1544, after the dissolution of the monasteries, it was granted by Henry VIII to Sir Anthony Browne and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald “The Fair Geraldine”. 

10. Spike Heritage Centre 

Built in 1906, it housed the most desperate members of Edwardian society: tramps and vagrants. Since its recent restoration, the Spike now offers a chilling opportunity to explore the lives of the inmates and experience its dark history.