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Guildford, Surrey
GU3 1DQ, United Kingdom
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Heritage Open Days at Watts Gallery

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 September


For the first time, visitors to Watts Gallery can enjoy the Artists’ Village on horse drawn carriage rides and meet G F Watts himself bought to life by a costumed actor, whilst enjoying FREE admission and FREE activities to celebrate the Heritage Open Days weekend.

Further highlights of the weekend will include hands-on pottery sessions, a range of trails and fun activities to keep the children entertained and free tours with expert guides and Curators.

·      Horse drawn carriage rides

Visitors can sit back and relax on a horse drawn carriage ride from Watts Gallery to the Grade-I listed Chapel, the Arts & Crafts masterpiece designed by Mary Watts (rides £3 single, £4 return).

·      Family Tours with G F Watts

A chance to meet the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts (1817 – 1904), who will invite visitors to join him to explore the Gallery.  Brought to life by a costumed actor, families will journey back to the 19th Century to find out about the history of the Artists’ Village through activities and challenges.

·      Family Activities

Pick up a Family Guide, the 5 Things for Under 5s Trail or Art Trail for young people.

·      Open Studios

See former Watts Gallery Apprentice Potter Joyce Hyslop at work and roll up your sleeves and have a go at making your own terracotta tile or flower. Visit the studio of Artist in Residence, Jenny Jewitt Harris to see work in progress inspired by the Gallery and the surrounding landscape.

·      Open Archive

A unique opportunity to see works on paper from the Watts Gallery archive, too fragile to be on permanent display.  These include a drawing made by G F Watts when he was 10 years old, a sketch for The Minotaur and Mary Watts’s original diary.

·      Guided tours of Watts Gallery, Watts Chapel, Limnerslease the Artists’ Home and Studios

Enjoy a pre-restoration tour of the Watts Studios, due to close this autumn and re-open late 2015. See the Arts & Crafts style home where G F and Mary Watts lived together, designed by Sir Ernest George. Tour the Gallery with a Curator or have a knowledgeable guide explain the complex symbolism of the Chapel decorations. Please note all activities are first come first served, no pre booking available, places are limited.


Download the full program for the day here.