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General events and day trips

Join us to find out about some of the cultural festivals traditionally celebrated in Britain, including Advent, Christmas, Pancake Day, Easter and Guy Fawkes Night.  Come on a trip to explore local places of interest or enjoy an activity such as boating or walking.

Transport back to campus, Manor Park & Hazel Farm will be available at the end of each event.
Where a ticket is required for an event, please obtain your ticket, or tickets, in advance.  For tickets or further details about any of the events please email, unless otherwise noted in the event details.

Summer 2016

Sunday 18th June: Visit Loseley House & Park

Loseley House

1pm until 5:30pm.  Meet at 1pm in front of the GSA Starbucks (on the University of Surrey main campus).

Visit the beautiful park and house at Loseley.

This is an opportunity to enjoy a picnic together and visit a large historic country house and gardens only 3km south west of Guildford.  Loseley House dates from the sixteenth century.  The Walled Garden includes a Rose Garden with over 1000 bushes, the Flower Garden, the White Garden, the Herb Garden and the Organic Vegetable Garden.

Please bring your own food and drinks for a picnic lunch.  Optional visit to house and/or gardens.

Buy tickets there: Cost - House and Gardens:  £10.00 or Gardens only:  £5.50.

We need to know if enough people are interested in this event, so please e-mail Rocco Dalia by 15th June if you would like to go.

Saturday 24th June: "The Life of Christ" play

Life of Christ - An Open Air Play in Three Acts

9:15am until 4pm.  Meet at 9:15am in front of the GSA Starbucks (on the University of Surrey main campus).

Come and join us (and many more!) to watch as hundreds of actors bring to life the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the founder of Christianity.

This is an unmissable open-air epic professional production set in stunning Surrey countryside.  People from all cultural backgrounds and faith are welcome to this historical recounting.  There will be plenty of friendship and relaxation in between the acts as well.

Please bring your own packed lunch and drink.

Tickets: £10 each to be collected in cash on the day.  (A fund to help those with a limited budget is available, so do not hesitate to contact us in case this might be an issue for you.  We would be more than happy to help!).

Please book your place by Thursday 22nd June by contacting Rocco Dalia.

Saturday 22nd to Tuesday 25th July: Holiday on the Isle of Wight

We invite you to sail with us to the beautiful...

Red Funnel Ferry Isle of Wight Godshill Church

Come and chill out after your exams or take a break from your Masters or PhD!  This a popular trip for just 24 people, so please book early to secure your place.

This island on the South coast of England is full of lovely places to visit.  We have our very own guide.  There will be lots in store including the opportunity to:

Map of the island End of the island
Coastal scene

Saturday 22nd July (morning) to Tuesday 25th July (evening) 2016.

How much?
Pay just £180
(Children aged 5 to 7: £85.
Children under 5 years: free).

This price includes all accommodation, transport and food, except for Wednesday evening where you can buy an evening meal on the boat.  Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle are extra.

Take a look at some photos from our previous years' holidays!

For further information about the trip, contact: Rebecca Griffin (

Saturday 12th August: Summer Garden Party

At a Summer Garden Party

2:30pm until 6:30pm.  Meet at 2:30pm in front of the GSA Starbucks (on the University of Surrey main campus).

Come and visit the pretty village of Elstead and enjoy a traditional English Garden Party in a local home!

You will have the opportunity to chat and meet local people, practise speaking English and experience the British summer at its best... or worst: if it rains the welcome and friendship will still be warm.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

This event is free.

There are photos from previous garden parties in the photos pages.

A talk about Christianity will be given during this event.

Transport back to campus, Manor Park & Hazel Farm will be available at the end of each event.
Where a ticket is required for an event as noted above, please obtain your ticket, or tickets, in advance.  For tickets or further details about any of the events please email welcoming international students
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