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Things to do in London with kids, and days out with kids in Surrey which are free or nearly free!

Guildford Summer Festival runs to 15th August

family fun in guildfordThe Guildford Summer Festival is bigger than ever before with over 100 different events to pick from.  Family favourites such as the Town Centre Cycle Races, Guildford Festival Craft Fair, Farmers’ Markets, Guildford Cricket Festival, Guildford Lions Raft Race, Drama in the Castle Grounds, classical concerts, Guilfest and Walkfest all return for summer 2014.   There will be a whole host of theatre, sport, art, music, walks, heritage, tours and days out to keep you busy over the summer and this year the brochure has a section dedicated to WWI Commemorative events happening in and around Guildford.

Some highlights include:

Guildford Fringe Festival – Open Access Multi-Arts Festival is in partnership with Guildford Summer Festival and offers 9 different venues with a variety of events on every day in July!.  Events include comedy, musicals, Open-Air Shakespeare, Jazz Cabaret, plays and burlesque as well as talks, quizzes and art exhibitions.  Includes charity fundraising event at The Keep Pub as part of WWI Commemorative events, with songs and poetry on Sunday 13 July.  Tickets for all Fringe events available from www.guidfordfringefestival.com or the Tourist Information Centre.

Guildford Commemorates the First World War.  A whole section in the brochure is dedicated to commemorative events including the unveiling of the WWI.  Surrey Festival Choir’s War and Peace Concert at Guildford Cathedral (12 July) Circle Eight Film: Guildford in the Great War (19 July) and Surrey At War 1914 at Deepcut on 27 July – where you can enjoy a Family picnic and concert organised by the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.  There will be Cavalry horses, tent pegging, massed marching bands, WWI Re-Enactors, guns choirs and poems, ending with a Beating Retreat at Dusk.  Tickets for this from Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 44334 www.visitguildford.com.

Walkfest – 12-27 July 2014.  This summer enjoy the splendid Surrey countryside with Walkfest – a set of 38 free guided walks for all ages and abilities in and around the Guildford Area - www.guildford.gov.uk/walkfest for full details of the programme which includes a 5 mile circular walk, talking in Watts memorial chapel and the beautiful village of Compton, to the Guildford’s Three Peaks walk of Pitch Hill, Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill – a ten-miler for the experienced walker.  There are also bird walks; art walks; sensory walks; The Muddy Boots Whitmoor Common Experience; A evening with CAMRA; Dog Walkers walks; Bees and butterflies walks and many more with varying degrees of difficulty and experience required.

FRAMING HOPE: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication

FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, today announces the launch of a new photography exhibition - FRAMING HOPE: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication with FXB International - by world-renowned photographer Jillian Edelstein.

Opening at London’s gallery@oxo on 14th August 2014 until 31st August. The exhibition features 25 inspiring images shot by Jillian Edelstein, capturing the stories of hope and success of families in Burundi, China, Uganda, Colombia, India and Rwanda who joined the ground-breaking FXBVillage programme – a pioneering, three-year holistic programme to bring about long-term poverty eradication.

In the last 25 years, through numerous projects including the FXBVillages, sustainable community development, infrastructure rehabilitation, education, prevention, awareness and access to water and sanitation programmes, 17 million adults and children across 20 countries have benefited from the presence of FXB International in their communities.

The exhibition will also feature the winning photograph from FXB’s Global Photography Competition. The competition asks amateur photographers across the world to submit a single photograph that best conveys the theme "Framing Hope". As well as having their work exhibited at gallery@oxo, the winner will also win a masterclass with Jillian Edelstein.

Canary Wharf Summer Screens

summer screensEnjoy a packed programme of sports, entertainment and news highlights on Canada Square Park’s summer screens. You know summer has arrived at Canary Wharf when the big screens appear making it the perfect accompaniment to your al fresco lunch from Waitrose Food & Home, after work drinks at The Parlour or dining on the balcony at Roka or Wahaca.

Highlights this year include Wimbledon, the British and Scottish Golf Opens, fascinating archive London footage, highlights from the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall plus news, current affairs and entertainment.

Monday 4 August: BBC’s coverage of the anniversary of WWI

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