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Notice: Festival Of Fun Sport Returns To Dapdune Wharf This August

Published on: 18 Jul, 2022
Updated on: 19 Jul, 2022

Every day in August families can team up and beat their best when the National Trust’s Dapdune Wharf festival of sport returns this summer holidays to Guildford due to popular demand.

Archery for Summer of Sport. ©National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Archery, badminton, frisbee golf, table tennis and balance bikes on the island are all on the list, or for those who enjoy exploring the gentler pace there will be garden games in Dapdune’s lovely tearoom garden.

Each week in August a new sport or game will be added so that no two visits will be the same.

New for this year visitors can also expect some cricket sessions, early openings on Thursdays and a summer family fun run.

Summer of Sport, running. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey.

On Thursday mornings Dapdune will open one hour earlier at 10am to provide a quieter time for families living with autism or with sensory processing challenges. The tearoom will also be open at this time serving refreshments.

In addition, Dapdune Wharf has teamed up with neighbouring Guildford Cricket Club to provide six taster sessions for young people on the August 4, 9, 11, 23, 25 and 30. These sessions, which will take place at the Wharf from 11.30am to 2.30pm will be primarily aimed at young people but of course anyone that wishes to attend is welcome.

It’s all free to take part, visitors just need to visit the ticket hut and pick up a challenge card and then they are set to come out and play.

Then over the bank holiday weekend on Saturday, August 27, families can limber up for active August’s last leg – Dapdune Wharf’s Summer Family Fun Run.

This 2k course will take participants around the Wharf and island and at the end there will be the opportunity to relax by the riverside. There will be an additional charge of £3 per participant to take part with all money going to towards the conservation and maintenance of the River Wey Navigation of which Dapdune Wharf is part of.

Summer of Sport, children having fun. ©National Trust Images/John Millar.

Dapdune Wharf opening times are 11am to 5pm and parking is available on site, which is free to members of the National Trust.

More information about Dapdune Wharf, the River Wey Navigation and events can be found at

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