Stoke Park, Guildford
Stoke Park is a large park on the edge of the town centre of Guildford, Surrey, England bought by the local council from Lord Onslow in 1925 to prevent future building work and "remain for all time a lung of the town", Between London Road and Parkway, two of the four arterial roads to the A3(M), Stoke Park is largest park within the town signed area of Guildford. It is also a Green Flag award winning park. The park and its woodland have remained more or less intact since they were laid out in the 18th century. Then, there was the manor house which owned slightly more land remaining from the manor of Stoke(-next-Guildford), complete with walled garden and icehouse.
It was home for many years to the Old Guilfordians RFC before their merger with Guildford and Godalming RFC to form Guildford Rugby Club in 2003. Following this, the junior rugby section of the club stayed at Stoke Park under the name of Guildfordians Rugby.
They were joined in 2002, by disaffected Old Guildfordians, who had gone to Guildford and Godalming, thus forming Stoke Park Bisons RFC.
At the beginning of the 2008/09 Season the RFU allowed the club to become named Guildfordian Bisons RFC, thus forming a link between both the senior and junior sides.
The Guildford Crows Aussie Rules FC train at Stoke Park during the summer.
Stoke Park contains sports pitches,tennis courts, woodland areas, formal gardens, climbing frames, a water cascade, crazy golf course, children's play area with slides, a paddling and model boating pool, skateboarding ramps and large other expanses of grass. It is opposite the Guildford Spectrum leisure complex, which has many sports facilities, including, a running track, a swimming pool, bowling alleys and ice rink, the Guildford Spectrum is home to the Guildford Flames ice hockey team.
Stoke Park is also home to the annual Surrey County Show held during the second bank holiday weekend in May and a number of other events throughout the year such as the Race for Life and the Surrey County Agricultural Show.
Stoke Park is the site of the annual music festival GuilFest, and it holds the annual Guildford Lions Firework Fiesta on November 5 every year. The event includes many fairground attractions and food stands, and is sponsored by local radio station 96.4 The Eagle. The event starts with a torch lit procession from Guildford High Street and ends with a 20 minute firework finale.
- Guildford- A Residential Centre. The official Guide of the Corporation of Guildford. 11th Ed. 1946
- Stoke Park at Visit Surrey accessed 10 March 2013
- Aerial photo of Stoke Park, Guildford. Other map and aerial photo sources.
- Green Flag Award winners – Stoke Park, Guildford