The Guildford Institute launches summer brochure with over 70 activities on offer

The Guildford Institute, an independent educational charity, has launched its summer brochure for the local community and beyond. With over 70 activities to choose from, ranging from courses and talks to visits and events, its varied and exciting programme has something on offer for everyone. To coincide with the 125th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s death in 2023, this summer, the Institute will draw inspiration from Wonderland. Be prepared to journey down the rabbit hole or through the looking glass with a range of related activities and events.

Step into the fantastical and wacky world of Wonderland: come along to a film screening exploring Lewis Carroll’s life and work in Guildford, with Guildford Shakespeare Company’s co-founder Matt Pinches; hear an afternoon talk on Carroll’s many other writings other than his famous ‘Alice’ stories; and enjoy an entertaining poetry course on Literary Nonsense, which will revisit childhood favourites including Carroll’s Jabberwocky.

A highlight of the summer will be the Institute’s Coronation Street Party on Tuesday 2 May; following on from the success of its Jubilee party last summer, the organisation will be closing Ward Street once again for another fun, private outdoor event. Celebrate the King’s Coronation in style with a delicious afternoon tea provided by Kallie’s Deli and live music from swing and vintage singer Jen Merchant. Round-off the day by joining The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Dennis Booth, in raising a glass of Prosecco and toasting the King!

It’s never too late to learn something new: dig up the past with an Introduction to Archaeology, unwind with Abstract Watercolours for Mindfulness, and discover and sample the Wines of Sicily. Or venture further afield with coach trips to Fulham Palace, the home of the Bishops of London, and Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, a Grade I listed garden that is bursting with colour in the summer months.

Amy Rice, Institute Manager, says: “We’re excited to present such a fun and busy programme for the summer, with plenty of highlights to look out for. Most notably, our Coronation party, which we hope will be a particularly celebratory day and bring the local community together for this momentous occasion in history”.

This term’s brochure cover, Which way the wind blows, is by abstract artist Tessa Coe. Her colourful and engaging work combines art with different scientific disciplines.

The summer term will run from 15 April – 24 July 2023. Advance booking for all Institute activities is essential. To order a free copy of the Institute’s summer brochure, please call 01483 562142 or email For more information, or to make a booking, please visit