Free creative workshops in the Guildford Big Draw 2018

Arts and crafts enthusiasts or those who would just like to try something new, now have the chance with 10 free workshops held across the borough as part of the sixth annual Big Draw in October. 

The workshops, organised by the Council’s Arts Development Team, run from 7 – 28 October and take the national theme of ‘Play’. They are open to all and specially designed to let people explore new and creative ideas through arts and craft either individually or as a group or family. There are also two outdoor sessions and one over 18’s adult class. 

Cllr Nikki Nelson Smith, Lead Councillor of Skills, Arts and Tourism says: “The Big Draw is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to express their creativity. With the festival taking place in 25 countries throughout the world, it’s great to be part of such a successful international initiative providing the chance for communities of all ages and abilities come together and celebrate creativity."

Artist Becci Kenning from Art in Transit says: “I am delighted to be invited back to deliver a workshop for Guildford’s Big Draw, its national reach in promoting the skill and use of drawing is vital; encouraging everyone to experiment and just ‘have a go’. My workshop will be all about big and playful artwork."

Comments from those attending last year’s Big Draw sessions include: 

"I really enjoyed creating things with my granddaughter." 

"Gives people a chance to try new things and release their imagination." 

"Brilliant! Love the way everyone was included and involved." 

"Nice to see it's for adults as well as children." 

"Great fun! Love the opportunity to try something I've never done before."

"Great, more please!" 

"Looking forward to the next one!" 

For more information about how to sign up to the Big Draw 2018 and what’s on offer, please visit: or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01483 444767. 

Please provide your name, email address and use the reference 'Big Draw Mailing'. 

You can also pick up a copy of the Big Draw leaflet from Guildford Tourist Information Office, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ (open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm). 

Surrey charity wins prestigious Patient Information Award

A Surrey-based charity has won an award at this year’s BMA Patient Information Awards.

The Children’s Trust in Tadsworth was chosen as the winner of the User Engagement prize for their short film ‘From me, to you’ at the awards hosted by the British Medical Association yesterday (Tuesday 25 September) at BMA House in Tavistock Square, London.

Often children and their families who stay at The Children's Trust for neurorehabilitation have been through a traumatic and life-changing experience. They’ve spent a long period in hospital and life can be very frightening. Their winning film provides an honest account of what to expect when moving to The Children's Trust, from families that have been through a similar experience themselves.  Three families were involved in the making of the film, and their interviews are unscripted – they’re talking openly and honestly about their experiences.

The Children’s Trust also were named the runner up in the “Young Adult” category for their resource “Me and my brain” which helps teenagers and young people manage the many, often hidden, effects of mild to moderate Acquired Brain Injury.

Accepting the award, Dr Jenny Jim, Principle Clinical Psychologist, said:

“We are delighted to have won. I think it’s will really help the children and families who come to The Children’s Trust to know more about it and to not feel scared about coming and to understand paediatric neurorehabilitation more.”

BMA President, Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE, said:

“The BMA are privileged to be able to host the Patient Information Awards 2018 with this year’s recipients showcasing the very highest standard of innovative, well-designed and carefully balanced patient information. 

“This is a great opportunity to recognise the importance and value of the resources available to patients, which as highlighted by the winners and runners up today, can be a great source of support, comfort and practical guidance for patients throughout challenging times.”

Hey Diddle Diddle comes to GLive this November

Hey Diddle Diddle is a hilarious adventure filled with music and puppetry created by Goblin Theatre, are an acclaimed theatre company who make shows for young people and families. This dazzling show comes to G Live on Saturday 3 November.

When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery and as we jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the classic nursery rhyme. 

Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? With original songs played live on stage, brilliant puppetry and lots of laughter, this new show is a wild and musical celebration about the importance of imagination. 

 ‘Funny and beautiful… dazzling’ The Guardian

‘Incredible, innovative children’s theatre’ Whats On Stage

Tour supported using public funding by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts

Age guidance: 3+

Watch out! David Walliams' Awful Auntie is round and about in Guildford soon!

Watch out! David Walliams’ Awful Auntie is coming to Guildford’s G Live, Wednesday 17 - Saturday 20 October.

Citizens of Guildford are advised to watch out for a very large owl as well as the most awful Auntie in history who will be up against a brave little girl and her ghostly friend.

This funny and exciting new show is from Birmingham Stage Company, the award-winning producers who brought David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny to this theatre.

Awful Auntie was published in September 2014 and went to No.1 in the children’s book chart for seven weeks. The paperback was published in February 2016 and became the best-selling children’s paperback of the year. Combined sales of the hardback and paperback have now reached over a million copies. It has helped to make Walliams one of the country’s bestselling children’s authors, with four of his books charting in the 2016 children’s top ten. They have also been translated into over 50 languages, bringing worldwide sales to over 17 million. Three of his books have won National Children’s Book Awards.

Awful Auntie tells the story of Stella, who when she sets off to visit London with her parents had no idea her life was in danger. Waking up from a coma three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

Every family contains a fan of David Walliams’ books, so you won’t want to miss Awful Auntiewhen she comes to G Live - it’s awfully thrilling fun for everyone over 5! For more info go to

Harry Hill’s How To Be A Stand-Up (for Kids)

This brand new, family-fun-filled show, Harry Hill’s How To Be A Stand-Up (For Kids),is jam packed with jokes. Expect big laughs, practical tips and bucket loads of water silliness at G Live on Thursday 25 October.

Tying in with the release of Matt Millz Stands Up, this sequel to Harry’s critically lauded kids’ book, Matt Millz, about the world’s youngest comedian who dreams of making it big is sure to be a hit with the whole family. 

This show will offer hints, tips and anecdotes for children who fancy themselves as a bit of a comic, with the self-styled floppy collared loon Harry Hill on hand to run through his dos and don’ts, as well as offering kids the chance to try out their comedy skills.

So kids – bring your best jokes! And if you’re sitting near the front, bring your umbrella! 

Harry Hill is a national treasure who has created some of the most successful TV shows of the last two decades, including ITV’s Alien Fun Capsule and TV Burp and the voice of You’ve Been Framed. Harry is also known for collecting three BAFTAs, eight British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux along his comical journey.

Age Guidance: Ages 6-16. For more info go to