Update on Chantry Woods Campsite

Lead Councillor for the Environment, Cllr James Steel provides an update on the town’s Chantry Woods campsite:

“We are sorry to confirm that we are unable to open the Chantry Woods campsite for the rest of this year. We are aware what a special place this area is and how much both local groups and camping enthusiasts enjoy visiting this spectacular beauty spot. Due to the open nature of the campsite, and the basic facilities, we are unable to ensure that both you and our staff would be kept safe in-line with ‘COVID-19 Secure’ guidelines. We are currently working hard to look at ways in which we can safely re-open the campsite and its facilities for visitors.

There are a number of other local campsites open nearby including Homestead Farm in Wanborough on the northern slopes of the Hog’s Back, a secluded campsite offering pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes surrounded by beautiful forest. Showers and toilets are currently open although other amenities may be restricted. Embers Campsite at Polesden Lacey offers a unique experience of camping in the Surrey Hills at one of England’s most beautiful National Trust properties. The campsite is located close to the centre of the estate and you can enjoy direct access to the gardens during your stay. For more information on accommodation in the Guildford area including campsites, glamping sites and caravan sites visit: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/camping

We have a number of free attractions to visit safely across Guildford for you and your family to enjoy with nearly 700 hectares of award-winning parks, playgrounds and countryside across the borough. If you’re looking for some inspiration of things to do with the family over the summer pop into the Tourist Information Office situated on the main high street in Guildford where our friendly staff can provide you with a free map and recommendations on local events and ideas for all the family to enjoy. Visit: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/seeanddo

Our fantastic Guildford Museum opened its doors again last month after being closed for nearly a year for essential repairs. Entry is free to this hidden gem and a perfect place to take the family on a rainy afternoon. The museum is currently open Wednesday – Saturday 12-4.30pm (last admission 4pm).

We are continuing to collaboratively work with local businesses to provide support and help during these challenging times. A number of restaurants in Guildford and the surrounding area are taking part in the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme where you can get 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person when eating in participating cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 31 August 2020. Free parking is also available in all pay and display car parks in the town centre from 4pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while the scheme is running. 

I would like to emphasise that this has not been an easy decision to reach but one we feel is essential in order to maintain your safety. Our priority is the safety of all local residents – the Coronavirus (Covid 19) is still here and we must ensure we keep Guildford safe to prevent any local lockdowns as currently being experienced by other areas of the UK.”