Guildford council have submitted the application for City Status on 8 December 2021 and are the only town in Surrey to enter. The #BackOurBid campaign ran across social media channels and received support across  communities from politicians, the University of Surrey, Guildford Cathedral, Surrey County Council, Business Improvement District, other major institutions, residents, local businesses, local dignitaries and faith groups.

Councillor Joss Bigmore, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, said: “We were overwhelmed to see the incredible support for our #BackOurBid campaign, which we launched in the summer. Thank you to everyone who sent us a letter or message of support and those who worked on the document, it is a fascinating story of our borough’s past, present and future.


“With the heritage, the arts and culture, the world class education, the cutting-edge research and dynamic innovation, Guildford’s offer is truly unique.


“Our submission is a real celebration of Guildford and I’m excited to share that with everyone.”


The submission required them to highlight why Guildford deserves city status including reference to the borough’s distinct identity, civic pride, cultural infrastructure, and record of innovation. They also submitted a profile of Guildford, 50 iconic photographs and a detailed map of our green spaces, tourist attractions, entertainment, leisure and sport in the borough.


To see the full application document, visit  website.