Haslemere Festival - Family Events

Tickets for Festival Activities (unless otherwise stated) are available from

Haslemere Hall Box Office, Bridge Road, Haslemere  GU27 2AS

www.HaslemereHall.co.uk    01428 642161  boxoffice@haslemerehall.com

Sun 12th
2pm to 5pm

Open Gardens

A veritable cornucopia of glorious gardens ; visit them in any order that is convenient

  • Beechings, Church Lane (by the Railway Bridge)
  • Trantlebeg, Derby Road (on the South side, Church Road end)
  • Witherden, Weydown Road (half way up on left)
  • Cleeves Weydown Road (near the top on the right)
  • Collards, Petworth Road (opposite Museum Hill)

£7 per person – children free – inclusive of afternoon tea (except Trantlebeg); please buy a ticket at the first garden you visit. All in aid of the Parish charities

Sat 18th
at 5.30 pm
Sun 19th
at 2.30 pm


Opera South presents the World Première performance of a new Community Opera with children, for children

Sword and sorcery, magic and mayhem, even a ball game onstage – all feature in William Godfree's innovative fantasy opera based on an Arthurian Legend. This dully-sataged production lasts just one hour.

CHILD ROLAND is written for ten boy and girl principals and a children’s chorus, drawn from local schools in 3 counties – Amery Hill, Bohunt, Midhurst Rother Academy, St Edmunds and Woolmer Hill. Two professional singers take the parts of Merlin/The King of Elfland and Queen Guinevere. There is also an adult chorus and orchestra.  Don’t miss it! Haslemere Hall, tickets £7, £5 and under 16’s £4

For more details click Child Roland

Sun 19th
from 8 am

Little Lumpy Cycling Sportive

Little Lumpy Cycling Sportive is back for 2013, bigger and better than ever! Choose from three routes – the Sport (38 miles), the Challenge (58 miles) and the Epic (100 miles).

Starting and finishing at Woolmer Hill Sports Association Club House (Haslemere, GU27 1QA) we take you through the prettiest parts of the Sussex and Hampshire Weald to the South Downs at South Harting where the Challenge and Epic routes branch off to take you over some testing little climbs.

Little Lumpy (Famous for Food) is a great way to support the community and provides you with a fantastic day's riding in return. For more information visit the Little Lumpy web-site

For general information on accommodation in the area, please visit Haslemere Visitor Centre  

Sun 19th
at 2.30 pm

Bell Ringing – Have a Go

Come and find out what all the noise is about!  Why were there bells in the front boat of the Queen's Jubilee pageant? And why did Wiggo ring a bell at the Olympics Opening Ceremony?  Learn about how the Olympics are coming to Haslemere soon.  Have a go at hand-bells, try and chime the tenor, learn what a "touch" is, and see how scary 2 tons of metal are when they are tossing around.  At the end you'll understand why YMCAfit have declared it the best exercise of mind, body and spirit for those aged 9 or 90, and the preferred pastime of maths professors. Take our quiz and then relax with another English tradition: a cream tea.  

Cost: £4 or £1.50 for children to cover the costs of the tea; the bell-ringing, as always, is free! St Bartholomew’s Church

Sun 26th
Lion Green from
12 noon
to 5 pm

Haslemere Classic Car Show & Tour

Why not join us at the 5th Haslemere Classic Car show, and be part of a day filled with pre-73 classics and vintage entertainment.  Limited pre-booked morning tour around the countryside.

FREE static afternoon show from 12-5pm on Lion Green. Open to all pre-1973 vehicles from turn of the century veterans, post war family classics, race machinery to early 70’s supercars. Special classic bike display.   Quality stalls selling local produce, crafts, art, vintage and classic car related goods   Traditional food, bar, music, new baking competition - entertainment for all the family.

Lion’s Corner House (with Haslemere WI) serving cream teas - Vintage style fete with people encouraged to dress up in period style to match the cars.

Learrn about the Baking Competition on this web page! .

Further information and a booking form is available online or contact hccs@jamesewing.co.uk  07802 347727

Sun 26th
at 6 pm

Festival Choral Evensong
at St Bartholomew’s Church

A civic service in the Parish Church to give thanks for Haslemere Festival with the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, the High Sheriff of Surrey, the Mayor of Haslemere & Councillors. The service will include a specially commissioned choral piece to mark the Haslemere Festival

Mon 27th at 11 am and
2.30 pm

Room on the Broom and other Stories
with Children’s Laureate and Gruffalo author
Julia Donaldson

An hour of fun with award-winning author Julia Donaldson.  Along with her husband Malcolm, Julia will be acting out her stories and singing her songs - with lots of help from the audience.

Come and meet the witch from Room on the Broom, a Singing Mermaid, a Cave Baby, and help Julia celebrate the 20th birthday of Julia’s very first book, A Squash and a Squeeze.  After the event, Julia will be signing copies of her books. Suitable for children of 4 and over.

Julia Donaldson is the Children’s Laureate. Her rhyming stories regularly top the children’s best selling charts, and the animation of Room on the Broom was a big hit on BBC television at Christmas. Julia has also written many songs, plays and novels, and is the author of the popular Songbirds series of phonic reading books for schools. At Haslemere Hall, tickets £6
         Book early for this popular event that has been sold out at the last few Festivals

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