Monday 9th April 2018

  • Tunsgate Quarter, the high-quality shopping and dining destination in the heart of Guildford is now open
  • The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning, Queensberry co-founders Stuart Harris and Jon Munce and Leader of GBC Paul Spooner, cut the ribbon at the High Street entrance to mark the opening
  • OKA, The White Company, Bobbi Brown, Loaf, Lululemon and Cath Kidston have opened, joining TM Lewis, and are hosting exclusive promotions in-store
  • Cosy Club and Seasalt announced to open in the spring and summer

Tunsgate Quarter, the 80,000 st ft high-quality shopping and dining destination in Guildford town centre opened at 11am on Thursday 15th March with a ribbon cutting ceremony with a twist.

To mark the centre's official opening, The White Company, one of the centre's new lifestyle brands, created a bespoke floral garland, inspired by spring for the ribbon cutting, which was cut by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning. Alongside the Mayor were Stuart Harris and Jon Munce, co-founder of Queensberry, Leader of Guilford Borough Council, Paul Spooner and Managing Director of Guilford Borough Council, James Whiteman. A large crowd gathered outsidee the entrance, waiting for their first opportunity to see inside the new centre. Once the ribbon was cut, the waiting crowd was so large it took over five minutes to process into Tunsgate Quarter. 

Stuart Harris, Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Queensberry, said:

We're thrilled to be welcoming our first customers to the new centre. Including store fit-outs, over £30 million has been invested into Tunsgate Quarter to create an attractive and appealing shopping and dining destination with a stunning new atrium at its heart. We're so pleased with the way our vision has been brought to llife connecting the High Street, Tunsgate and Castle Street and we're delighted to be able to share this with everyone in Guildford today. With terms agreed now on over 85% of the psace we expect the last few units to let up quickly. Our opening event entertainment will be followed by a programme of special activities which will take place throughout the next couple of months to celebrate the opening of further shops and restaurants."

Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, adds:

It has been exciting to see the vision we supported for Tunsgate Quarter come to life. The design of the centre has been delivered with sensitivity to come of Guildford's iconic landmarks, offering outstanding views of, and now from, Guildford Castle. Once, comnplete, our own improvement works on Tunsgate will elevate the area even further."

Brands new to Guildofrd such as OKA, Loaf and Bobbi Brown (opening its first stand-alone shop in Guildford), today opened their doors at Tunsgate Quarter for the first time. They join The White Company, Cath Kidston and Lululemon, which have relocated from their existing stores in the town to larger spaces at Tunsgate Quarter, allowing them to showcase a wider range of their most sucessful lines. The Ivy Castle View will open on 4th April with spectacular views of Guildford Castle and the Surrey Hills from its al-dresco dining terrace. Pho will open in spring serving host of classic Vietnamese dishes. In May, Nespresso will open a 'Boutique' concept store offering coffee masterclasses and an interactive experience with its in-store coffee specialists.

Queensberry has also announced it has signed two further brands to open at Tunsgate Quarter, both new to Surrey. Cosy Club, the quirky, eccesntric and playful, casual-dining restaurant will be serving up everything from lazy breakfasts to brunch and tapas to evening cocktails, opening in June. Seasalt the family-run, Cornwall-based clothing, homeware and accessories brand will add to the exciting line-up of lifestyle shops at the centre opening later this spring. 

A programme of live entertainment is planned throughout the day and the new shops are offering a variety of discounts, goodie bags and giveaways. Opening its first store outside London, Loaf is giving out complimentary tote bags, sweet treats and ice-creams from its in-store ice-cream parlour. Popular athletics label, Lululemon, has parked its Meditation Bus on Guildford High Street and is offering meditation sessions on the hour, every hour.

British furniture and homeware store, OKA, is treating its shoppers to bubbly whilst they enjoy a series of workshops and demonstrations over the course of the launch weekend, from faux floristry demonstrations to cushion combination workshops with the brand's expert interior designer. A limited-edition tote bag will also be gifted with every purchase. Cosmetics company, Bobbi Brown, is giving the first 25 customers through its doors a Luxe Lips prize, and will serve up Prosecco to shoppers throughout the weekend.

The White Company is giving away complimentary goodie bags to the first 100 people through the door, alongside a glass of bubbly for shoppers to enjoy as they browse. Visitors can also expect an exclusive gift-with-purchase and the opportunity to win a £150 The White Company gift card. Cath Kidston is giving sweet treats to shoppers and offering free personalisation to customers purchasing leather or glass products in store until Saturday 17th March and tote bags for visitors spending over £25.

Pho has also made a special appearance to give shoppers a taste of what is to come and is running a competition to give five lucky winners the chance to win 50% off food at the restaurant, opening later in the spring, for the rest of the year. Unique Live Artsist, Greg Stobbs, is painting scenes from around Guildford, in Tunsgate Quarter's central atrium throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to request their favourite local landmarks and experiences which will be painted on window vinyls.

Midnight Jazz Trio, The Futuristic Gramaphones and Cat Delphi Trio will perform a selection of contemporary, chart and old school classic jazz, while the Guildford Performances Preparation Academy will perform one of its upcoming performances, for visitors to the centre, throughout the day today.

Visitors on Saturday will be treated to more live music including vintage songs from the 30s to 50s from Vintage Miss Rae. Additionally, the Guildford Theatre Academy will perform a selection of songs including 'Me and My Girl', 'Journey to the Past' and 'You Will Be Found'.

On Sunday 18th March, fitness-fanatics will also have the opportunity to take part in Guildford's largest yoga class, hosted by Lululemon, in Tunsgate Quarter's atrium and Bobbi Brown's Pro Artist will be available throughout the weekend to offer make up tutorials.