Exploring Watts Gallery, Compton, near Guildford

6th September 2020, 10:30 - 12:00


Sunday 6th September 2020
10.30am for 11.00am prompt start – 12.00pm
 Free event

Join the Vice President of Surrey Hills Society, Chris Howard on this leisurely summer walk around this fascinating Arts & Crafts hidden gem in Surrey Hills. This free walk includes a visit to the unique Arts and Crafts Chapel created by Mary Watts, wife of famous Victorian artist, GF Watts.

We will also pass by the couple’s beautiful Arts and Crafts home designed by Sir Ernest George, which was completed in 1891 and on Saturday 18 July that year, the Watts’s took possession. The ‘little house’, as they called Limnerslease, grew into a source of inspiration and a place of great productivity and tranquillity for them both.

We will visit the site where GF Watt’s famous sculpture Physical Energy is soon due to be positioned and will even be visible from the A3.  This has been possible due to a hugely successful crowd funding campaign to raise the funds needed to site the sculpture.  You can see more details at

We will also take a look at the outside of the unique Watts Gallery. The first gallery ever designed for a single artist’s work in this country.

The walk is fairly flat and leisurely.  If it’s a hot day, there are plenty of trees on this walk so we will not be out in the sun too much.  Regardless of the weather, the walk will go ahead come rain, hail or shine.

Stout foot wear, weather appropriate clothing and sunscreen lotion are recommended.

Length of Walk: 1 mile and open to all moderately fit walkers.   Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

We will end the morning with an optional drink or lunch at the Watts Gallery Café whilst observing the safe social distancing measures The Tea Shop has in place.

This event is free but must be booked in advance so we can limit numbers for everyone’s safety.  We will have groups of 5 plus a walk leader to comply with Government guidelines and social distancing measures will be adhered to throughout the walk.  Please don’t bring any additional people with you if they haven’t booked and if you need to cancel, please let us know.  You should not attend the walk if you are feeling unwell or show any COVID-19 symptoms.  You may want to bring your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser, gloves and first aid supplies.  Face masks are optional.

We ask all attendees to follow the prevailing advice on social distancing during this event. If government advice alters prior to the event, we may implement changes or cancellation at short notice.

Booking is essential – please do not just turn up as you will be turned away.  At this time we are taking online or telephone bookings only.  We are currently not able to accept postal bookings.

Any enquiries please contact us at or on mobile 07530 949302.

 Cancellation Policy

  1. Cancellation by Member
    If you wish to cancel your booking please email our Coordinator at Any fee paid will be non-refundable, although the Society may in its entire discretion authorise repayment of all or part of the fee if, in the opinion of the Society, there are reasonable circumstances justifying the cancellation. If there is a waiting list for the event and adequate notice of cancellation has been given, our Coordinator will try to find a replacement booking and the Society may in its discretion refund all or part of the booking fee if the Coordinator is successful.
  2. Cancellation by the Society
    The Society may in its absolute discretion cancel any event by giving notice to the person, who has made the relevant booking. In such circumstances the booking fee will be fully refunded. The Society rarely cancels events, but it is sometimes obliged to do so due to circumstances outside its control or if insufficient interest is shown in an event.

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