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Cranleigh Food & Music Festival

Cranleigh Food & Music Festival

Saturday 30 September, Starting at 10am 

Enjoy a fantastic array of delicious treats and live performances, as Cranleigh celebrates its third annual Food and Music Festival on Saturday 30 September, from 10am. Once again, Cranleigh Arts Centre will host dozens of food and drink stalls showcasing the best of local artisan produce, in addition to food demonstrations and talks throughout the day! Alongside the mouth-watering line-up of food and drink stalls, festival goers can enjoy live music all day outside The Three Horseshoes pub and along the High Street. This year’s line-up is set to include The Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, Bouzouki Bob, Arod and Super Owls. 

The Festival is sponsored by Cromwell Coffee House, a 16th Century Coffee House in Cranleigh High Street offering traditional home cooked food and a warm welcome. Visit them on 30 September for live performances from Julian Everett & Geoff Carlier, Dragonfly Sky and Surrey Ukeaholics. 

Cranleigh Arts’ Evening Headliner: South Coast Soul Revue 
 At 7.30pm, high-energy 8-piece funk and soul band - South Coast Soul Revue - will perform two infectiously danceable sets of classic and contemporary soul songs, all with their own unique twist. Fronted by Ruby Rose and Danny Vice, these two irrepressible and highly talented singers head up a scintillating brass and a pulsating rhythm section that Motown and Stax might have envied. The result is a very authentic soul revue experience that appeals to all age groups. Tickets are £10 standing or £12 for seating on the balcony. Visit or call the Cranleigh Arts Box Office on 01483 278000 to book. 

Fundraising for Cranleigh Arts Centre 
 Cranleigh Food and Music Festival is a village-wide event coordinated by Cranleigh Arts Centre and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and raises money for Cranleigh Arts Centre (registered charity no. 284186). Receiving no public subsidy, the arts centre needs to raise money to keep their events and arts programme affordable and maintain the historic building for future generations.


Cranleigh Arts Centre Literary Festival - Tues 28 Feb to Sat 4 March

Cranleigh Arts Centre Literary Festival - Tues 28 Feb to Sat 4 March

Cranleigh Arts Centre welcomes you to its second annual Literary Festival.
For a whole week, starting Tuesday 28th February, until Saturday 4th
March 2017, we transform our programme into a literary lover’s dream –
and we really do have something for everyone! Stimulate your mind and
get creative at the Art Journaling workshop, or maybe theatre is your cup
of tea? We have the brilliant Chopping Chillies, the mystical tale of love,
loss and soul-food - which was given five stars by the 2016 Edinburgh
Guide. We would like to thank our sponsors Informed Choice Financial
Planning, for supporting this year’s festival.

See our events list and for the brochure click here.


Winter Affordable Art Sale - Tues 23 January to Sat 11 February 2017

Winter Affordable Art Sale - Tues 23 January to Sat 11 February 2017

Calling all artists and makers - Do you have work in your studio you would like to sell? Then why not bring it to Cranleigh Arts Centre Affordable Art Sale.

Following the success of the past two Art Fairs, Cranleigh Arts Centre will be holding its 3rd Art Sale offering local artists and makers the opportunity to sell their work. All mediums accepted.

Please see the application pack for full details. A small administration fee of £5 for 2 wall pieces or £10 for wall, browser and cards will apply plus a sales commission of 30%+VAT.

For more details and to download an application pack click here


Cloth, Thread, Scissors: A Festival of Quilts - Winner

Cloth, Thread, Scissors: A Festival of Quilts - Winner

Cranleigh Arts Centre held its first Festival of Quilts Exhibition ftrom16 May to 10 June 2017.

The winner of the Quilt Festival Visitors Vote was Suzanne Boulter of Bognor Regis with her amazing quilt "Geckoes".


Christmasd Crafted - Wed 14th to 21st Dec

Christmasd Crafted - Wed 14th to 21st Dec

Calling all Handmade Artists and Makers. Cranleigh Arts Centre will be holding the 2016 Christmas shopping week in the main gallery from 14th to 21st December 2016.

Artists are invited to submit up to 10 pieces for this unique festive event. (Christmas cards are excluded from the 10 piece limit and are especially welcome).

Delivery of work will be on Tuesday 13th December 2016 between 10.30am and 12 noon. Collection of unsold work can be either at 4pm on Wednesday 21st December, or between from 3 to 7 January during normal opening hours (10am 4.30pm).

If you would like to take part in Christmas Crafted please email the attached form to Gillian Collins on by Friday 18th November 2016.


Fundraising Dinner Saturday 28 November 7pm for 7.45pm

Fundraising Dinner Saturday 28 November 7pm for 7.45pm

Support the Arts Centre's Target 25 Fundraising initiative to modernise & sustain Cranleigh Arts Centre for the next 25 years and beyond. This special evening includes champagne reception, 3 course dinner, after dinner speaker, musical and theatre entertainment and auction.

Currently auction promises include: Private tour of Broughton Castle hosted by a member of the Fiennes family; Solent Yacht Cruise; Race day at Fontwell; "The Archers" signed script; Joe Stilgoe Concert tickets and more.

For more information or to book tickets, contact Arts Centre Director, Antonia Wilson on 020 8398 5513 or email

Download your Fundraising Dinner Form here


A Successful Food and Music Festival for Cranleigh

A Successful Food and Music Festival for Cranleigh

On Saturday 3rd October an array of artists and food producers descended upon Cranleigh for the village’s first ever Cranleigh Food and Music Festival.

The Festival, organised by Cranleigh Arts Centre, the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and local volunteers, took place at a number of venues along Cranleigh High Street, including Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh Cricket club and a number of the village’s shops, pubs and cafes. Talented students from local Sixth Form College, Hurtwood House, contributed to the village’s buzzing atmosphere by entertaining Fountain Square’s shoppers with performances on an outdoor stage.

In addition to live music, dancers performed outside the front of Cranleigh’s Co-op and the Guildford Shakespeare Company presented extracts from forthcoming production, Alice in Wonderland, to an audience of children in Manns of Cranleigh’s Toy department.

Cranleigh Arts Centre was a hive of activity with dozens of food and drink stalls and demonstrations from local producers. This year, the Arts Centre’s food stalls drew in a crowd of approximately 1100 people – a 50% increase on last year’s number of attendees. The Centre also received around £1000 in donations collected throughout the day, which will go towards the Target 25 Fundraising Campaign, raising money to fund urgent repair work to the Centre’s building.

Centre Manager, Kary Backhouse said: “We were delighted with the success of the day and with the support we received from the local businesses in Cranleigh. The whole village really got behind the event and the partnership with Cranleigh’s Chamber of Commerce worked very well. We are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers who helped on the day and to our sponsor, the Cranleigh Golf and Country Club”.


A Tasty Trio of Bands to Headline the Cranleigh Food and Music Festival

A Tasty Trio of Bands to Headline the Cranleigh Food and Music Festival

In addition to local producers and food stalls, home-grown musical talent will also be on offer at the Cranleigh Food and Music Festival with three Surrey-based bands headlining the Festival.

Cranleigh Arts Centre’s 300 capacity auditorium will play host to the Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, Following Foxes and The True Deceivers, offering festival goers a delicious blend of folk, rock and blues to round off their day.

Getting the party started will be festival favourites, The Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, whose fun-filled repertoire includes 60's folk, brit-pop and traditional songs. Next on the menu is Guildford band, Following Foxes, a young and emerging talent in the British rock scene. The band has a range of influences from Biffy Clyro, City and Colour to Pink Floyd and they have attracted the attention of the national media with repeat performances and interviews with BBC Introducing.

And finally, fiddle-driven roots-rock band, The True Deceivers, have promised “a lively end to the festival”. Frontman, Graham Firth said: “The True Deceivers are very much looking forward to playing at Cranleigh Arts Centre. We would describe our music as rootsy folk rock Americana with influences such as Steve Earle, The Waterboys and The Levellers.” Since their formation in 2003, The True Deceivers have played at hundreds of festivals and have shared stages with a number of reputable acts such as The Stranglers, The Wonderstuff, Oysterband, Seth Lakeman, Dreadzone, Kate Rusby, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, and Hank Wangford.

The bands have generously agreed to support Cranleigh Arts Centre by performing for free and donating all of the ticket proceeds to the Arts Centre’s Target 25 fundraising campaign. Target 25 aims to raise £250,000 to preserve and modernise Cranleigh Arts Centre’s historic building for the next 25 years and beyond. The fundraising concert is on Saturday 3 October at 8:30pm and tickets are £10.


The Cranleigh Food and Music Festival

The Cranleigh Food and Music Festival

The Cranleigh Food and Music Festival is a new community event organised by Cranleigh Arts Centre and the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce. The two organisations have formed a committee to set up a festival that will celebrate and showcase locally produced food, drink and musical talent.

For the past two years, Cranleigh Arts Centre has held a popular Food Festival in the autumn, which sees the venue crowded with stallholders and artisan produce. This year, on Saturday 3 October, the Food Festival will take place at the Arts Centre as usual, but for the first time other Cranleigh organisations and businesses will take part in what will be a community-wide event.

In addition to bands and musicians popping up in a variety of shops, cafes and pubs throughout the day, there will also be spoken word with a food-theme at Cranleigh Library, performances from Hurtwood House theatre school on an outdoor stage and the Guildford Shakespeare Company will present extracts of Alice in Wonderland at Manns of Cranleigh’s toy department. Folk acts will perform throughout the afternoon at Cranleigh Cricket Club and the event will conclude with three bands, The Surrey Ukulele Big Band, Following Foxes and The True Deceivers, taking part in a concert at Cranleigh Arts Centre’s main auditorium in the evening.

Martin Bamford, Chartered Financial Planner from Cranleigh business, Informed Choice Ltd said: “The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is really excited about working with the Arts Centre to bring a vibrant and varied Food and Music Festival to the village on 3rd October. This is a fantastic community-led initiative which will showcase the best of local musical talent and purveyors of food, while also highlighting the many gems Cranleigh High Street has to offer its visitors”.

The event is sponsored by the Cranleigh Golf and Country Club, with all proceeds raised by the evening concert and from collections throughout the day being donated to Cranleigh Arts Centre’s Target 25 fundraising campaign. Target 25 was set up earlier this year by the Arts Centre to raise £250,000 to fund urgent repair work to the Centre’s nineteenth century building. For further information, including a detailed schedule for the day, please visit the Festival’s website:


August Fun For Children 4 - 15 Aug

August Fun For Children 4 - 15 Aug

From 4 - 15 August there will be many activities for children to take part in such as Summer tie dye, making sea creature and book making workshop.

Local youth theatre group, The Man in the Moon, is running the Centre’s first five day drama summer school for children aged 5 – 11 years old. The course aims to “banish boredom” during the summer holidays and offers “out of this world theatrical fun with a twisted fairy-tale theme”.

For more details click here


Creative Arts Fortnight at Cranleigh Arts Centre 4th – 15th August

Book-making, cartooning, tie dying and drama workshops with a twisted fairy-tale theme are just some of the fun activities that will be taking place at Cranleigh Arts Centre during the first ever Creative Arts Fortnight this August.

 Traditionally the Arts Centre closes its doors during the month of August, however due to the rising popularity of the “stay-cation”, Centre Manager, Kary Backhouse, has opted to keep the Centre open for a couple of weeks longer. Kary says: “Not everybody wants or can afford to jet off to foreign lands, so this year we decided to put together a selection of fun, affordable and creative activities for those holidaying at home this summer.”

From 4 - 15 August there will be many activities for children and adults to take part in. Local youth theatre group, The Man in the Moon, is running the Centre’s first five day drama summer school for children aged 5 – 11 years old. The course aims to “banish boredom” during the summer holidays and offers “out of this world theatrical fun with a twisted fairy-tale theme”.

The Arts Centre is excited to be working with a number of new artists, including Veronica Wood and Russel Herneman, who will be running the Cartooning and Humorous Illustration Workshops for adults. Adults and children will also be able to take part in a new Concertina Book-making workshop and other creative sessions include glass fusing, tie-dying and a sea creature themed craft workshop.

For further information about the Creative Arts Fortnight, click here or call the box office on 01483 278000 (open Tues – Sat, 10am – 4:30pm).


Cranleigh Food Festival, Saturday 3rd October, 10am to 3pm

Cranleigh Food Festival, Saturday 3rd October, 10am to 3pm

Calling All Local Producers and Suppliers!

This year’s Cranleigh Food Festival will be taking place at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Saturday 3 October 2015 and we want you to join us!


Due to the success of the last two annual food festivals, this year’s event is set to be even bigger and better! Cranleigh Arts Centre is working in collaboration with Cranleigh Parish Council and some of the village’s key local businesses to deliver a Food AND Music Festival for the whole community. In addition to an increase in the number of food stalls at the Arts Centre, there will also be music events and activities across the village, running throughout the day and into the evening.


We hope that the new fusion of food and music will prove irresistible to punters and attract an even bigger crowd! Furthermore, the marketing and profile of the event will undoubtedly benefit from the involvement of the Parish Council and prominent Cranleigh businesses.


For full details of the Food Festival Click Here

For an application form to have a stall Click Here


Cranleigh Open Art Competition - Call for Artists to Enter

Cranleigh Open Art Competition - Call for Artists to Enter

The Cranleigh Open Art Competition, for the annual Open Exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 28th June – Saturday 30 July 2016.

The theme for this year’s Open Art Exhibition is “Space”. Artists working in a variety of mediums are invited to submit work exploring the theme in its widest possible sense, and showing innovative interpretations. The exhibition will run for five weeks, and artwork will be offered for sale.

The following mediums are acceptable for entry: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramic, textiles, photography, printmaking, mixed media, digital art and jewellery.  An overall winner will be selected by an independent panel of Arts Professionals, and the general public will have an opportunity to vote for the artwork which they feel best responds to the theme.

Prizes for the overall winner, the runner up and the winner of the visitors vote will be announced on our website in the near future. In addition, the three prize winners will also be awarded a two week group exhibition during 2017. The Arts Centre regrets that no alternative prizes will be available.

For further details Click here and Submission Form Download Here. Deadline for artist's submission is Saturday 18 June.


Van the Man Comes to Cranleigh

Van the Man Comes to Cranleigh

World famous rock stars appearing on stage at Cranleigh Arts Centre is now just as much of a festive tradition as putting up a Christmas tree each year, thanks to the Centre’s Honorary Patron, Paul Jones' annual charity concerts.

On the evening of Monday 15 December, an audience of around 300 was not disappointed when rock and blues legend, Van Morrison walked on stage to join Paul Jones and The Boom Band. Audience members were treated to an eclectic mix of Blues, Southern, Rock, Country, Funk and Retro Pop, including hits such as ‘Whenever God Shines His Light’, ‘Real Real Gone’ and ‘Down by the Riverside’. Paul Jones and the Boom Band, which includes retired England and Surrey batsman, Mark Butcher on guitar, provided seamless backing to Van Morrison, who travelled from Belfast, at his own expense, solely to participate in this event.

Succeeding the late Sir Harry Secombe, Paul Jones became patron of Cranleigh Arts Centre in 2007 and his annual charity gigs provide a significant contribution to help sustain the arts centre. He became famous in the early 1960s as lead singer with Manfred Mann, scoring many top 10 hits including ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’ and `5-4-3-2-1’. In addition to presenting a weekly blues music programme on BBC Radio 2, Paul Jones continues to be a very busy performer appearing with The Blues Band and The Manfreds.

This year’s charity gig was partly dedicated to Paul’s friend and musical associate Jack Bruce, a former member of Cream, who died earlier this year. Joining Paul at the second sold out gig was Robin Trower of Procol Harum, Sarah-Jane Morris of the Communards and blues harmonicist, Paul Lamb.

All of the musicians appeared at both events for free and the proceeds raised this year, in the region of £20,000, will be split between Cranleigh Arts Centre (itself a registered charity), Jack Bruce’s chosen charity, the East Anglian Children's Hospice and a charity of Van Morrison’s choosing.


Cranleigh Food Festival 2014

A delicious date for your diary: Cranleigh Food Festival 2014.

Shake up the weekly shop on Saturday 4th October! Watch footage from last year's Food Festival.


In case the sun comes out...

As wonderful as the summer months can be, it means that it could get very warm in our auditorium. Unfortunately we don't have any air conditioning but we will continue to do our utmost to keep our visitors as cool as possible.


May Day Ale Trail

May Day Ale Trail

Saturday 5 May, 11am – 4pm

Pick up a copy of our **aletrail12flyer** here! As part of Spring into Cranleigh’s May Day festivities, Cranleigh Arts Centre and The Richard Onlsow have teamed up to create The Cranleigh Ale Trail on Saturday 5 May.

Start off your May Day celebrations at The Richard Onslow where you can test your local knowledge in the Ale Trail Quiz. There will be lots of tricky questions and answers to find as you stroll up the high street and enjoy the festivities.

Then follow the foot prints up to Cranleigh Arts Centre where you can stock up on some local beers and rest in the outdoor picnic area with some tasty ‘Gilt Complex’ Beer Bangers straight from the BBQ.

Seven local breweries will be participating including The Dark Star Brewing Co. Ltd; The Tillingbourne Brewery; Dorking Brewery; Hepworth & Co Brewers Ltd; Hogs Back Brewery. Ltd; Pilgrim Brewery and Surrey Hills.

The event is free to attend and the Ale Trail Quiz will be giving away lots of fantastic prizes donated from the breweries.

DATE & VENUE Saturday 5 May, 11am – 4pm at Cranleigh Arts Centre & The Richard Onslow

Free entry


Help secure our future!

Help secure our future!

Cranleigh Arts Centre is a non-profit making community arts centre and charity; with only 15% of our income currently coming from public funds we work hard to cover our costs each year.

With your support and just a few taps on your mobile phone, you could help contribute towards new events, exhibitions or workshops in our programme; repairing and restoring the building and helping us to continue entertaining, enriching and inspiring the local community for future generations.

Simply text CARTS to 70558 to make an instant £5 donation. Thank you.


Lighting up the High Street

We hope you had fun cheering on local school pupils and their beautiful lanterns at our ’Snow and Ice’ themed Lantern Parade 2010. We think our annual Lantern Parade is a great way to celebrate the uniqueness of Cranleigh village and Cranleigh people, but it only happens because of support and funding from local businesses and people.

We would like to thank Cranleigh Lions, Sabre Stone Ltd, Aerobytes Ltd and Elmbridge Retirement Homes Ltd for their financial support and also thanks to all those who took part including: Simona Paterova and Street Processions; Surrey Army Cadet Force band; Inspirals; Di Elliott; Tillingbourne School; Park Mead School; St Josephs and St Cuthbert Mayne School; and all the volunteers.

If you can lend your support to our next Lantern Parade, or are interested in finding out more about our other community projects get in touch by emailing


Writers’ Group Publish First Book

We are delighted to announce that the Cranleigh Writers’ Group, who have been meeting in the Arts Centre since May 2007, published their first book ‘Gallery’ in October 2010.

This inspiring collection of work will not only give these local writers an audience, but will also give people an opportunity to read a range of material. Readers can expect short stories, poems, a play and some life writing. The Writers Group has kindly offered to donate the profits of the book to the Cranleigh Arts Centre.

“We love meeting in the place, we think it is a great local asset and we know these are tough times for funding. To other people who are interested in creative writing we say come and join us.” Colin Ward, Cranleigh Writers Group.

Discover their new book on sale now at Cranleigh Arts Centre and other local stores on the high street. To find out more about the Cranleigh Writers Group email:


Love our films?

Alongside the Cranleigh Arts Centre’s already popular film programme, we’re now offering new films as they hit the circuit, but be quick the tickets will fly!

Discover Pop UP Film, and enjoy a wider range of films that are not listed in the brochure. This seasons screenings could include...

To find out when and what films will be popping up soon, simply click here to join the Cranleigh Arts Centre's e-newsletter!


Work experience...

Recently, Lisa Holmes helped us out for a week as part of her work experience, here's what she had to say about her time with us:

"I decided to go to the Arts Centre for work experience as I would like to go into art as a future career and I felt that this placement would help me when I was looking for a job.
While I was there I took part in a number of different activities including making leaflets and posters, and helping out with promotional events. The task I enjoyed the most was making giant flowers out of tissue paper for the Mad Hatter's Teaparty in June, because it was creative and I'd never done it before.
I also gained lots of experience as a lighting and sound technician for the King King's gig on the 5th June which was great as the band did a thank you shout out to me at the end.
On my first day I didn't really know what to expect, but by the end I didn't want to go back to school. I enjoyed it and would recommend other people to do their work experience here, especially if they are interested in art. It's also better than other placements where lots of the tasks are cleaning, stacking or typing up hand written documents for hours. I definitely plan to keep in contact with the Arts Centre."
Lisa Holmes (14)