GuilFest is a small independent festival held at Stoke Park in Guildford, Surrey.
Saying small is not something that should put you off! Small in numbers but great in every other sense. It attracts popular big name artists and has an amazingly friendly atmosphere that has also become a favourite for families.
Started in 1992 by Tony Scott, who still runs and directs the festival, The first festival attracted 1,500 people per day. Now in its 19th year, GuilFest is attracting up to 20,000 visitors each day and has truly established itself as one of the UK’s leading festivals, winning the prestigious ‘Best Family Festival Award’ at the UK Festival Awards in 2006 and being consistently nominated for the family festival award and best medium sized festival award in the UK over the last few years.
There’s music and comedy and a very comprehensive kids zone as well as some good food. It’s a mellow festival with the emphasis on family and inclusion. The organisers have their head screwed on about what festival goers want and therefore they allow you to bring in plenty of water, your own food and a limited amount of alcohol.
They have good facilities for people with different abilities and they are also one of the few to provide proper flushing toilets! A luxury to be appreciated by anyone.