Releasing musical and creative talent across Dorking

Friday 4 Sept • Sat 5 Sept • Sun 6 Sept 2020

Dorking Unlocked was an opportunity to enrich the lovely folk of Dorking.

Watch the video of created by Ricardo Sanchez.

...with a variety of music, art, performances and holistic experiences – in a safe, open air environment, over a 3 day period.

Utilising the many establishments that were already open and operating in a compliant, safe manner and adhering to Covid-19 secure guidelines, Dorking Unlocked added a little slice of much longed for, music and performance to Dorking.  Performances took place in the gardens of each pub and acts rotated throughout the weekend. Strict social distancing was monitored and adhered to by all involved.

Dorking Unlocked was not just  limited to the pubs, there was a sprinkling of music and performance throughout the town – bringing a much needed smile to the weekend shop.

Although not compulsory, the wearing of masks/face coverings was encouraged and recommended even in the outdoor spaces.

Dorking Town Partnership

Dorking Unlocked was organised in conjunction and with support from Dorking Town Partnership - without them, this would not have been be possible – thank you!  

Artisan Market

The Artisan Market was also featured in its new location of St Martin’s Walk Car Park on Sunday 6th September. More markets will take place throughout the Autumn
See flyer.

The event evolved daily with over- with artists and venues wanting to be involved, so please check back regularly to see what is happening where and when.  

Keeping Safe Covid Info

Dorking Unlocked will be an enhancement to your weekend.  However, as needs to be the focus at this current time, please do not leave the house or socialise in any way if you are feeling unwell, or may have been in contact with anyone that has symptoms of COVID-19.

If taking part in any activities with larger groups, you should take particular care to follow social distancing guidelines. In addition to those guidelines, the following principles should be observed to ensure you meet people in a way that minimises the risk of spreading infection:
  • limit the time you spend interacting with people from outside your household or support bubble to the activity which you are partaking in
  • limit the number of different activities which you partake in succession to reduce the potential chain of transmission
  • follow strict social distancing guidelines from people outside your household or support bubble
  • group size should be limited to the minimum which allows the activity to take place
Stay safe, stay well and let the music play.

Unlocked Locations Across Dorking

Dorking Unlocked Map
More venues and places will be added on a regular basis. See printable map.

The Venues

Events which took place

Friday 4 September

St Martins Walk
8.30am
Friday Market
St Martins Walk
8.30am
Foodfloat
The Cricketers
7.00pm
Live Music
The Falkland Arms
7.00pm
Live Music
The Old House
7.00pm
Open Mic
The Queens Head
7.00pm
Live Music
The Spotted Dog
7.00pm
Live Music
Red Bar and Lounge
9.00pm
Live Music

Saturday 5 September

Outside Barclays Bank, High Street
8.30am
Foodfloat
Old Kings Head Courtyard
11.00am
Spoken Word
Red Bar and Lounge
2.00pm
Live Music
The Falkland Arms
2.00pm
Live Music
The Spotted Dog
2.00pm
Live Music
The Old House
2.00pm
Live Music
St Martins Walk
2.00pm
Silent Disco
The Queens Head
4.00pm
Live Music
The Star
4.00pm
Live Music
St Martins Walk
5.30pm
Live Music
The Cricketers
6.00pm
Live Music
Red Bar and Lounge
9.00pm
Live Music

Sunday 6 September

Old Kings Head Courtyard
11.00am
Spoken Word
St Martins Walk
11.00am
Artisan Market
St Martins Walk
11.30am
Live Music
The Falkland Arms
2.00pm
Live Music
The Spotted Dog
2.00pm
Live Music
The Gin Kitchen
2.00pm
Live Music
The Old House
2.00pm
Live Music
St Martins Walk
2.00pm
Silent Disco
The Queens Head
4.00pm
Live Music
The Star
4.00pm
Live Music
The Cricketers
6.00pm
Live Music
Full Line Up can be downloaded here.

Pubs followed strict social distancing guidelines, so if you were unable to view your preferred artist/band due to capacity, there were other locations land times?   There was plenty going on to enjoy!

Artists and Organisations...

A massive thank you to the following people and organisations, without whom we would never have been able to pull this festival together at such short notice….

Maestro Tom Lawrenson, music aficionado and famous local insomniac.

Technical wizard Jack Newsham, of Funktion One, supplier of sound equipment extraordinaire and rollups.

Rosa Mahony, event producer par excellence, and goddess of lists.

The Dorking Town Partnership – Charlotte Whitaker and Andrew Fuller in particular, who were kind enough to sponsor the Silent Disco and our printing.

Irritable polymath Dr Jeff Zie, who was kind enough to design our logo.

St Wendy of Squiggle and the Blessed Alex, website gurus, who graciously accommodated our constant changes.

Sir Brian of Sworn and Lynn, Westival representatives of sound.

Susannah at St Martins Walk, who permitted our shenanigans in her square.

ART K studio in St Martins Walk, for kindly providing some Watts

Pippfest Communications Director and accomplished flirt, Sally Elias.

Ricardo’s film making. He is the Pedro Almodóvar of Dorking

Barkers print – Rob is a top man! And quick, too.

…and, of course, all the musicians, locations and helpers who freely gave their time in order to unlock Dorking’s music and creativity.

Last, but my no means least – huge thanks to the wonderful human being that is Jacqui Hamlin. Without her drive, passion, determination and downright persistence – none of this would be possible!

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