What’s On at Guildford’s Car Free Day 

 

Be part of Guildford’s celebration of Car Free Day on Sunday 26 September as we put pedestrians first in the town centre. 

The town centre will be transformed, featuring market stalls, street food, live music and street play for children. There will also be lots of information about how residents can do their bit to help tackle climate change. 

Cllr Maddy Redpath, Ward Councillor for Holy Trinity, said: “The day is a chance to show people what our town centre can be like without cars. Reducing our car use is so beneficial for our bodies and for our planet. We are committed to becoming a net-zero carbon borough by 2030, and making more journeys without our cars can be more convenient than a lot of us first think.  

“The town centre will be filled with food stalls, live music, café seating, street play and information about what we can all do to tackle climate change. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” 

Leave your car at home and walk, cycle, skate or grab a bus or train and get to the town centre for an enjoyable, traffic free day.   

 

A taste of what’s on 

 

Extra bike racks 

Cycling in but don’t know where to park? We are providing extra bike racks on North Street and the Upper High Street during the day so you can safely park your bike right in the town centre. Remember to collect your bike by 5pm. 

Geared Up Cycles 

The team are running a Dr Bike safety clinic, where visitors can bring their bikes along and have a free safety check. Your bike will be assessed and given any minor adjustments to make it more roadworthy and safer. Items such as tubes, tyres and brake pads will be available to fit if required. The only cost to the customer will be for any parts used, which will be explained before any work is done. 

Guildford Environment Forum 

Find out about how more than 330 Guildford Environment Forum members have been tackling the loss of biodiversity and promoting sustainable transport solutions over the last 27 years. Transport contributes more than 40% of Guildford’s carbon emissions, find out how you can reduce yours. 

Zero Carbon Guildford 

Get a bicycle MOT, try out an e-bike and find out how you can help Guildford become carbon neutral. There will be plenty of vegan treats to try, active travel options to consider, local holidays to explore, as well as advice on reducing waste and eating healthier options. Partner groups will be on hand to share practical steps for living and working within the earth’s means. 

The full group includes Bike Project Surrey, G-BUG, Electric Bikes Guildford, Youth Strike for Climate, Surrey Hills AONB, Surrey Hills Baby Clothes Library, Café Vegano, The Jump and Zero Carbon Guildford. 

Thrive at the Hive 

Pop-up shop, full of pre-loved clothing, homeware, toys and books and more. No set price, you just pay what you feel. 

In a world full of fast fashion, we really want to focus on giving great quality items the chance they deserve to get a second lease at life and bring someone else happiness! Have a look because you never know what treasure you may find. 

Guildford’s skyline – interactive art 

Take part in this public art collaboration. Choose from paints, pastels and chalk to add colour to Guildford’s skyline. The artwork is part of the Guildford Arts Festival, sponsored by The Home Club. 

Street Play 

Try out Street Play, hosted by the Guildford Borough Council Community Wellbeing Team. And if you like Steet Play why not consider it for your own street? Street Play is a community-driven event, organised and led by residents. It gives children the opportunity to play close to their doorstep without traffic, by shutting a section of road. It’s a great way for neighbours to socialise together and form new friendships. 

Guildford Museum 

Step into the past with a selection of children’s activities. 

Music in the castle 

Liss Band play from 2-4pm. A friendly brass band based in the village of Liss in Hampshire. Founded in 1974 it is proud to be at the heart of the local community. 

Rock choir 

Enjoy the mutli-layered singing experience of Rock Choir outside the Guildhall on the High Street at 10.30am, or at the Rotunda outside the Friary Centre at 1.30pm.  

 

Additional Activity:

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) will be having a buskers gazebo at the North Street/High Street Junction with music from their students throughout the day.

 

 More information, such as road closures and suggestions on how to get to the town centre without a car is on our website.