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Get Your Tickets For Olympic Torch Celebrations in Stoke Park

Published on: 9 May, 2012
Updated on: 10 May, 2012

Tickets to enjoy the celebrations in Stoke Park when the Olympic Torch Relay arrives there on Friday, July 20, are going on sale at the end of next week.

The afternoon and evening celebration is the only one in Surrey. You will be able to apply for free tickets from Ticketmaster from 8am on Friday, May 18. There is no charge for the event entertainment or entry, but there is a small administration fee of £1 per ticket. The fairground and catering outlets will charge any spectators who use them.

Guildford is one of the 66 celebration locations across the UK, and up to 25,000 people are expected to fill Stoke Park at the borough council-run event. The fun starts from 2pm with something for everyone at this family-focused event, which closes at 10pm.

The free tickets will only be available from and issued by the appointed ticket agent, Ticketmaster. These will be available from its website or by calling 0844 844 0444, for those without online access.

All tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. There will be 12,000 tickets prioritised for residents with a postcode in the borough. The remainder will be available to all local applicants. The application process will be the same for all applicants, with a maximum of six tickets per household. Each person attending the event, including babies and small children, will need a ticket. All young people aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged over 18 years.

Cllr Jen Powell, Lead Councillor for Culture and Leisure at Guildford Borough Council, said: “Hosting this celebration to welcome the Olympic Flame will be a fantastic opportunity for our community, and the visitors we hope will join us. We want to give plenty of notice for local residents, and those in the surrounding area, that they can apply for tickets.

“We are planning the final details for the event with LOCOG, its presenting partners, and our local partners to make sure there is stunning entertainment and a very warm welcome.

“There will be opportunities for everyone to join in the fun. As well as a fairground, locally-based music and other performances there will be a selection of regional food and drink. You can also try out a variety of sports, arts and dance activities. Or just relax and enjoy the show, which includes a live performance from Rizzle Kicks. We hope that future generations will look back on July 20, 2012, as an historic day for everyone to remember.”

Anyone can watch the Olympic Torch Relay anywhere along the route. Tickets are only needed for entry to the celebration event in Stoke Park. This will take place across most of the eastern area, between Jubilee Wood and Burchatts Barn, and this part of Stoke Park will be enclosed with barriers on the day.

Guildford Borough Council is also looking for 400 volunteers to help it run events on the day that include the Olympic Torch Relay itself that passes through parts of the borough including Shere, and the Stoke Park celebrations..

The council is appealing for people to volunteer as event stewards, car park stewards and senior event stewards. No previous experience is required for most roles and training will be provided. Senior stewards will manage a team of people on the day and will complete training in radio communication and crowd management before the event. The council welcome applications from across the borough and is keen to attract a wide range of local volunteers.Successful applicants will be contacted after the closing date of Monday, May 28.

If you have any questions about volunteering, call 01483 444133 or email To apply, visit

For the latest information about this and other Olympic activities in the borough, please visit the council’s website at

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