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13 MAY 2017 | 11am-5pm

A FREE day of fun, imagination and discovery

Join us to celebrate 50 years in Guildford. Enjoy a free day out with all the family and discover the wonderful things that happen here at the University of Surrey.
The programme will be jam-packed with music, comedy and dance performances, talks, sports activities, hands-on workshops, and science and technology exhibits. Plus, local food stalls, a kids’ zone, and the chance to try out your clinical skills and meet the animals at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

If you have an enquiry then please feel free to email us at

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and join in the wonder



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Free Fest

Organised by the Students’ Union, Free Fest’s history dates back to the early days of the University and will include a full twelve hours of music, dance and comedy.

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Wonder Zone

Discover the science and technology that is shaping our present and future. Including hands-on and interactive displays.

Satellite in space

Wonder Talks

Enjoy bite-sized presentations on popular topics and exciting discoveries, from the mysteries of space to how to write a family memoir.

Jim Al-Khalili portrait

Jim meets...

Surrey Professor and BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific presenter, Jim Al-Khalili meets special 50th anniversary guests.

Cast ensemble

In conversation with...

Sean McNamara, Head of the Guildford School of Acting, chats to stars of the stage and screen.

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Sports Zone

Try our world-class sporting facilities for free, including tuition from some of the county’s elite sports teams. Alumni are also invited to take part in our Grad Sport competition, playing against current students for the Annual Grad Sport cup!

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Vet Zone

Meet the animals we treat in our clinic, test out your own clinical skills, discover the science behind the future of animal healthcare and obtain free advice about your pets.

We regret we can't allow pets at the Festival.

John Williams with Guitar

Student Enterprise

Our student’s run a variety of innovative and enterprising businesses and they will be offering up their services on the day.

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Food Zone

Local food suppliers will be on-site serving drinks, lunch, snacks and light refreshments, as well as providing demonstrations and tastings. You can also try your hand at chocolate making in our Lakeside Restaurant.

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Kids' Zone

Fun for the under 10s including: bouncy castles, face painting and a tea cup ride.

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Graduates and retired staff are invited to enjoy a free glass of celebratory fizz in our Alumni Lounge – a great place to meet up, reunite with friends and learn more about our alumni programme. If you would like to organise a reunion with your classmates, to tie-in with the Festival of Wonder, please refer to our reunion guide.



Directions & Parking


What to bring

The festival is free but please bring your invite or confirmation of booking, a picnic blanket to enjoy the entertainment by the lake, a picnic or money for our food stalls, plus your family and friends.

Provision for children

There will be baby changing facilities on site and a buggy park. There is plenty on offer for our younger guests – please see full programme.

Supporting your University in its 50th Year

50th Anniversary