The BID is proud to support Pippfest. Since its re-election into place in 2022, we have been working hard to support Dorking. Since then, we have collaborated with our community to host an ATCM award-nominated DorKing Coronation and are planning a variety of exciting town events (join our Christmas Planning Committee here), providing business support and are raising the profile of the hidden gem of the Surrey Hills with our community partners.
We have also collaborated with Friends to Dorking and our community partners at ALDAG, the Men's Shed, and the United Reform Church to improve the look of our town by adding hanging baskets and pavement planters.
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We would like to send a special thank you to the following individuals:
Kathy Kyle Bonomini
Where: Pippbrook, Pippbrook House, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SH
When: Sunday, 3 September 2023 from 11:00 to 18:00
What is CHiP?
CHiP (Community Hub in Pippbrook House) is an initiative, started by Jacqui Hamlin and Sally Elias in 2016. Its aim is to make this fabulous Grade II* listed example of George Gilbert Scott architecture available for community use. This building has essentially been empty for many years now and CHiP feels that it could be put to good use by the many local charities, voluntary organisations and community initiatives that currently struggle for space to operate. The CHiP team are flexible on the business model and as long as it works for the benefit of the community – they have been open to it.
CHiP has been working with MVDC for several years now in the hope of finding a working model that suits all parties, even bringing in a London Company with experience in this field who have been prepared to get involved financially. Currently MVDC is arranging financing for essential repair works.
Pippfest is an annual party held on the first Sunday in September (this year Sunday September 3rd ) in the grounds of Pippbrook House. The aim is to remind the town that this precious resource is still empty and therefore available for community use.
PIPPFEST is Free Fun for Family and Friends. Money is not essential (entry by donation if you can) You can come and enjoy the music, the art, the company just bring you picnic rugs! However, there will be food and drink trucks offering Surrey’s finest, local artisans will be showcasing and selling their work and of course there is a funfair for the children!
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Participating bodies include
There is also a Flower Arena which offers free workshops every half hour from midday until 5pm.
Festivalgoers will also be offered the opportunity to leave messages of love and hope (anonymously if you wish) and hang them from the trees. At the end of the festival we will make a mural of the messages and transfer them to the Dorking Main Railway Station as part of the @Platform1 installation.
Love, love, love