Culture

A thriving arts & culture scene

Woking’s compact and modern town centre offers convenient shopping and entertainment facilities, and its thriving arts and culture scene attracts visitors year-round to the largest theatre in the region – the New Victoria – for West End touring shows and internationally-renowned comedians, opera and dance companies.
Many people combine their visit with dining out at one of Woking’s many restaurants and bars.

Award-winning canalside art gallery and museum - The Lightbox - hosts exhibitions of world-famous sculpture, paintings and installations, as well as comedy nights and arts workshops for all ages. While Celebrate Woking’s calendar of cultural and community events includes flagship festivals Party in the Park and Woking Food and Drink Festival, each attracting 10,000+ visitors. Woking also hosts annual celebrations for Chinese New Year, Pride in Surrey, Woking Literary Festival, Diwali, and the hugely popular Christmas Lights Extravaganza.

As well as being known as one of the most environmentally-friendly boroughs in the UK, and home to WWF-UK, Woking boasts an extensive list of famous ‘sons and daughters’ in its hall of fame, including H. G. Wells and Paul Weller. Woking is also proud of its long and significant links with the Muslim community in Britain, enshrined in the country’s first purpose-built mosque – the Grade I listed Shah Jahan.

Other heritage sites include The Peace Garden, Brookwood Cemetery, and Woking Palace, all of which and more can be explored for free during the Heritage Open Days festival.

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