To celebrate the countdown to Christmas, Experience Guildford, the town's Business Improvement District is launching a range of offers, events and incentives to support businesses in the town and maintain Guildford’s position as one of the premier festive retail and leisure destinations in the south-east.
Kicking off proceedings, the annual Christmas lights switch-on event takes place on Thursday 16 November, with visitors treated to entertainment and excitement throughout the town, including a packed schedule of acts performing at the Experience Guildford stage at the top of the high street, a glittering firework display courtesy of White Lion Walk Shopping Centre and the lights switch-on event itself held in partnership with Guildford Borough Council and 96.4 Eagle Radio.
On Saturday 18 November, Market Street brings their touch of Christmas magic to the town with a festive all-day event for all the family to enjoy. Expect to see a host of street entertainers and bespoke in-store events, plus stock up on discounts and goodies with giveaways, prize draws and competitions.
The Official Guildford App will be on hand to provide visitors to Guildford with real-time, up to the minute information on everything they need for a stress-free day of Christmas shopping in the town, including data on the nearest vacant parking spaces, a full directory of the town’s shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and detail of all the latest offers and deals taking place over the festive period.
Back by popular demand, Guildford's Little Book of Big Offers returns this year packed full of offers, discounts and promotions from a selection of the town’s leading retail, leisure and lifestyle businesses. Available from Guildford Tourist Information Centre or via the Official Guildford App, the Little Book of Big Offers is the perfect passport to a great Christmas in Guildford, full of gift ideas and festive treats.
Plus, get set for the start of late-night Christmas shopping as Experience Guildford, supported by Guildford Borough Council, offer visitors to the town free parking in Pay and Display car parks* every Thursday from 4pm from 23 November to 21December. Look out for stickers on ticket machines identifying times and dates of the car parks involved in the promotion or visit www.experienceguildford.com for more information.
Amanda Masters, General Manager at Experience Guildford says:
"We’re so excited to launch this year’s festive calendar of events and activities taking place in Guildford during the run-up to Christmas, there really is something for everyone. From family fun days to rewarding Christmas offers and promotions, there’s plenty of things taking place throughout the town to help you get in the festive spirit and enjoy a stress-free and fun Christmas.”
For full details of all the promotions, events and activities taking place in Guildford throughout Christmas visit www.experienceguildford.com or download the Official Guildford App for free from Apple® APP Store or the Android™ Market.
*Participating car parks include: Leapale Road, Bedford Road Multi-Storey, Bright Hill, Millbrook, Bedford Road Surface, G Live, Mary Road, Commercial Road pay and display, Old Police Station, Upper High Street (Eastgate) and Waitrose.