Our summer season brochure has now officially been launched with a multitude of activities to keep you and your family entertained over the sunny months. With a range of live music performances, children’s entertainment and a variety of festivals to choose from, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
We begin the summer programme with time to remember, an historic event to mark the centenary anniversary of the world’s first two minute silence, which took place in Castle Street, Farnham in May 1916. On 01 May, we will honour the tradition and commemorate the event with a procession down Castle Street followed by a two minute silence and May Day fair in Gostrey Meadow. You can get involved with the event by either submitting a poem for our poems to remember or sending in photographs of a loved one who died in the war in our photographs from the war callout. Please visit the respective pages for more details.
As usual, the Maltings will be welcoming a host of musicians and artists this summer to perform across the building. We are excited to see renowned jazz artist Courtney Pine take to the stage alongside Zoe Rahman, the Mercury nominee and MOBO award-winning pianist in the New Great Hall.
Also making an appearance will be folk band Sound of the Sirens. After appearances at Glastonbury and TFI Friday last year, the crowd-stomping duo have seen their fanbase and media interest grow rapidly and their live performances are definitely something to be experienced.
Our popular Grills & Guitars evenings will also be making a comeback with live music every Friday night in July and August, along with a whole host of other performers who will be appearing here in the summer months. Check out the schedule of musical events here.
Our theatre maltings programme once again continues to be packed with performances to captivate all ages. The revival of the Irish comedy Stones in his Pockets will be here in May, telling the tale of when Hollywood madness descends on a rural village in Ireland. 2 magpies theatre will also be presenting their production of Ventoux, a story that documents the epic race between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in the 2000 Tour de France, including the revelations that we now know about the pair’s drug use.
If you’re thinking as to how you could possibly entertain your children for six weeks, the schedule of children’s theatre has something for everyone. We welcome the team behind You’re Getting Warmer, an interactive experience for the whole family as you embark on a mission to save the country from climate change. Timeless classic Stig of the Dump will also be appearing as well as a Night at the Theatre experience from the Stopgap Dance Company.
EU referendum debate
On Thursday 23 June, the UK will vote as to whether the country should stay or leave the European Union. Ahead of the crucial vote, the Maltings will play host to some key speakers who will debate the major issues surrounding the Referendum such as Immigration and the Economic Impacts. Please visit the webpage for more details.
The Big Dance Bus is coming to the Maltings! If you like your Saturday’s to be dance central, then this event will be perfect for you. The pop up party equipped with their own dance-floor, DJ, MC, sound system and resident dance company will be rolling into the Maltings to get you moving and shaking. The Maltings new resident company Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne will be leading the workshops and introducing a unique style of dance narrative in collaboration with Stopgap Dance Company and The Dance Movement. Bring the whole family and join in the fun.
If you’re a bike fanatic or want to get into the sport, our brand new festival Bike will be offering a plethora of stalls, workshops and fun competitions to educate and enthuse the cycling enthusiasts. There will be the opportunity to see and try out the latest kit, watch arthouse films and browse the cycle jumble. If that’s not enough, there will be plenty of coffee and cake to satisfy your appetite as you explore the not-to-be-missed event.
museum of farnham
If the Maltings’ events aren’t enough for you, the museum of farnham has a number of activities and cultural exhibitions to be seen and enjoyed. From the end of July and throughout August they will be running Crafternoons: Animal Magic sessions. For ages 3-11, these afternoons are a perfect way to spend time with your child using themes to create sculptures and make cards.
The museum have also opened an exhibition in collaboration with the time to remember event in May. The exhibition explores the origins of the two minute silence and the significance of the remembrance event. Please visit the webpage for more details.