The best summer events in Chobham and the surrounding area

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. With a variety of bank holidays and school holidays coming up, hopefully we can expect lots of lovely weather. As a result, you might be looking for activities and events to get involved with over the next few months.

Luckily, you don’t have to go far because there are all kinds of great places you can visit on your doorstep.

Read on to learn about five of the best summer events in Chobham and the surrounding area.

1. A “trip to the movies” nature walk on Chobham Common

In our last newsletter, we revealed some of the famous movies that were filmed in and around Chobham, many of them on the common.

On Sunday 26 May 2024, you can explore some of these locations, and learn more about the incredible TV shows and films that used Chobham Common as a backdrop over the years on a “trip to the movies” nature walk.

The event is part of National Nature Reserves Week. Free to the public, you’ll get to explore some of the beautiful landscapes in Chobham and learn some unique history about the area’s links to the film industry.

It’s likely to be popular so the organisers recommend booking. You can reserve tickets for the walk from Eventbrite so you don’t miss out.

2. The Blooming Picnic at Guildford Castle

Guildford Castle is a relatively short drive from Chobham, and makes an excellent day out – especially on a summer’s day when you can enjoy the grounds in nice weather.

On 1 June 2024, the Blooming Picnic event will take place at Guildford Castle, with lots of entertainment for the whole family.

Expect live music and stalls selling tea, cakes, ice creams and drinks. Many local charities will attend the event too, running facepainting stalls and raising funds for worthy causes.

This is a brilliant family event in a beautiful location and it’s completely free to attend.

3. Jazz in the Vineyard

High Clandon Estate Vineyard has been making unique English sparkling wine since 2004. The small family-run business also produces artisanal honey and has a truffle orchard.

The estate is open to the public on Saturday 8 June 2024 for “Jazz in the Vineyard”. This popular event brings some brilliant jazz musicians to the vineyard for two performances – one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

There will be food and drink on offer too, so you can sample some of the delicious local wine while enjoying a picnic in the wildflower meadows and watching the performance.

The vineyard is open to the public between 30 June and 14 July 2024 for an art and sculpture event. The grounds will be filled with various works of art you can view at your leisure as you explore.

4. The Goldsworth Park summer fair

Goldsworth Park in Woking is a lovely outdoor space with a large lake for boating or fishing, and lots of outdoor play areas for the kids too.

The Goldsworth Park summer fair is back again this year on Saturday 22 June 2024, and it’s completely free to enter. A whole host of local businesses and charity organisations will set up stalls around the park. You’ll find plenty of entertainment, food stalls, games and even fairground rides to enjoy.

5. The Surrey Heath Bonsai Society annual show

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art of growing and tending to miniature trees. It’s a very relaxing, creative pastime that requires a lot of patience and precision.

If you’re interested in learning more, why not attend the Surrey Heath Bonsai Society annual show on Sunday 14 July 2024 from 10 am to 4 pm in Chobham village hall?

This brilliant free event will have up to 100 unique Bonsai trees on display, as well as stalls selling plants and equipment to help you get started.

There will also be demonstrations of Saikei (the art of creating small landscapes with trees and decorative stones) and Suiseki (the art of “stone appreciation”).

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind event in Chobham this summer, the Surrey Heath Bonsai Society annual show is a great choice.

With so many choices, why not attend some of these events and make the most of summer in Chobham and the surrounding area this year?