Mole Valley Arts Alive is a month-long celebration of music, literature, theatre, comedy, poetry, crafting, film and painting, with something for everyone. It takes place throughout October each year.  

We are currently in our 24th year, and are the largest festival of the Creative and Performing Arts in the South East of England. Last year there were 90+ events running throughout Mole Valley in Surrey, in towns and villages including Ashtead, Leatherhead, Dorking, Capel, Leigh and Newdigate. 

Many of our event organisers give event goers the chance to ‘have a go’ themselves, others just to watch and enjoy.  Events vary from a workshop on writing psychological thrillers, lunchtime concerts from thrilling new musicians, live screenings from The Royal Opera House and theatre experiences specifically aimed at young children.  

98% of attendees who filled in a feedback form last year rated their event ‘excellent’.

Each annual festival has a Launch Event and a Finale Evening, which alternate between Leatherhead and Dorking.  2020’s celebration launch will be on Saturday 19th September in Dorking.  

For an idea of the range of our events, you can view the October 2019 festival programme  here. 

2019 saw our biggest festival to date, with 93 events condensed into six weeks, to bring the festival closer into line with Edinburgh and to create a bigger festival buzz. 

It featured a jam-packed line-up of live music, poetry recitals and workshops, drama productions, dance performances, stand-up, children’s creative workshops, art exhibitions and much more.  Our dates for 2020 will be 1st-31st October.  Many of our events are either free or affordable to attend.

See our ‘Launch and Finale Events‘ page for our Festival Launch Celebration in Leatherhead High Street on Saturday 21 September 2019, alongside the town’s Medieval festival. 

Arts Alive is organised by the Arts Alive Committee – a group of volunteers passionate about the Arts, and the Arts Development Officer at Mole Valley District Council.  If you want to know more or are interested in joining us, please contact arts.dev@molevalley.gov.uk.  

We are funded by sponsorship from Mole Valley District Council, Gatwick Airport, and Surrey County Council’s Members’ Allocations.