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Our termly programme includes a range of activities, such as courses, talks and events. We offer affordable room hire and we’re home to a vegetarian and vegan café and a historic Library and Archive.

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Coronavirus Update

We are working hard to keep the spirit of the Guildford Institute alive during these unprecedented times and, thanks to the efforts of our excellent team of tutors, we are now offering many of our summer term courses online! To make sure you don’t miss out on learning opportunities, keep an eye on our Online Courses section, where new courses are being added every day. (Please see the video by Tammy Ellis below for a short introduction to online learning at the Institute.)

In an effort to keep our users safe during this pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel any activities that could not be delivered online until the end of August. This includes our Wednesday Talk programme, as well as any Visits and Special Events. We will be contacting all attendees regarding these cancelled events as soon as possible.

The Institute’s Library & Archive is now closed until further notice. If you have books that will soon become overdue, please do not worry about returning them at this time. V Café is now also closed until further notice.

We would like to thank you for all your support and understanding whilst we work to make our courses available in new ways. We are especially thankful to all who have made the generous decision to donate their event fees or to make special Donations to help us during this difficult time. We are working hard to ensure that we are still here for you all during this time and beyond.

The office team, trustees and volunteers look forward to welcoming you back to the Guildford Institute when it is safe for our activities to resume. We will be updating our website on a regular basis, so please check here to view all the latest news and updates.

Online Learning

Upcoming Events


Online Courses

Summer Term 2020

Oil Pastel on Canvas - GI 19 703 (Online)



Online Courses

Summer Term 2020

Understanding Abstract Painting - GI 19 705 (Online)



Online Courses

Summer Term 2020

Yoga for Every ‘Body’ - GI 19 717 (Online)


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Since 1834 The Guildford Institute has been working for and with the local community. Today our enthusiastic Board of Trustees and staff team work alongside a dedicated group of volunteers to ensure the Institute continues to make a difference.

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V Café provides a friendly catering service using high quality, fresh, vegetarian and vegan ingredients. 

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