Has it really been two years since the new Tunsgate Quarter opened up in Guildford? I still remember the excitement (well, yes, and the building works) when the shopping mall reopened in 2018 bringing with it the Ivy Castle View and a host of other fab lifestyle shops including OKA, Loaf, SeaSalt and Cath Kidston.
But there’s more to this shopping centre than retail therapy, doncha know! So to celebrate the shopping centre’s 2nd birthday here are six things you might not have known. And if you fancy popping in for coffee and birthday cake on Sat 14 March please do. Singing optional!
What’s in a name?
The Tunsgate Quarter is named after the Three Tuns Inn which stood on the High Street on the site of the archways adjacent to the shopping centre until it was knocked down in 1818 to make way for the Corn Market.
Yes, there’s a Fitness Space at Tunsgate – so it’s not all about shopping and eating and drinking! And if you forget your kit? Pop into the Lululemon store! Now there’s no excuse!
I scream ice cream
Loaf, the maker of laid-back sofas, beds and other insta-worthy furniture also sells ice cream. Yes, not only do the sofas come in a delicious range of ice-cream flavoured colours, but there’s also an in-house ice-cream parlour where you can refuel. Because, well, why not?
Designs on you
The newest kid on the Tunsgate block is a cool interiors store called Design Vintage – where it’s all about unique vintage furniture and accessories with sleek lines and modern elements. Design Vintage was set up by interiors addict Lisa Brass, starting life in a small Brighton shop in 2012, and later moving to a larger showroom in Chichester. And if you need a spot of interiors advice they also offer an interior design service.
The author Lewis Carroll’s longstanding relationship with Guildford continues at The Ivy Castle View where the private dining room is named the Looking Glass Room after Through the Looking-Glass, the sequel to his world famous novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And as anyone who’s visited will attest, it really is like being in a world of your own.
Tea for free
Super hip chain The Cosy Club give away free tea for those in need every Wednesday between 10am-11am. They’ve joined forces with Independent Age in the battle to end loneliness, and encourage anyone who needs it to pop along for a cuppa and chat, perhaps some cake and a board game.