Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Watts Gallery
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Watts Gallery — Artists' Village is a unique family day out in the Surrey Hills. Explore the newly opened Watts Studios then discover Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before treating yourself to lunch or cream tea in The Tea Shop. Stroll to the nearby Grade-I listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, take a tour of founders G F and Mary Wattses' Grade-II listed house Limnerslease (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday only) or discover the wide selection of gifts, books and homewares in the shop. Free family trails and resources are available every day of the week.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective, Archive, Museum, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues to Sun 11.00-17.00

Closed Mondays apart from Bank Holidays

Visitor Centre & The Tea Shop open daily

Admission charges

Standard Adult: £9.50 (£10.50 including gift aid)
Students: £4.75
Children under 16: Free
Discounted Tuesdays: All tickets £4.75

Groups: Coach parties welcome if booked in advance. Group rates/ tours available.


  • National Art Pass

Additional info

Our library and archive is open to the public by appointment only.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The De Morgan Collection

  • 1 April 2015 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The De Morgan Collection features ceramics and oil paintings from William De Morgan (1839-1917) and Evelyn Pickering (1855-1919).

The De Morgans were not only close friends of the Wattses, with William advising Mary artistically throughout their friendship, but were also key figures of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The remarkable ceramics and oil paintings, on loan from the De Morgan Foundation, will provide an insight into their working relationships and reveal their extraordinary talents in multiple mediums.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply



Phoebe Anna Traquair

Phoebe Anna Traquair: Works in Miniature

  • 26 April — 23 October 2016 *on now

The Scottish artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was a key figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement. Taking inspiration from Renaissance art and the poetry of William Blake, Traquair produced murals, embroidery, illuminated manuscript and enamels.
This display showcases her talents as an enameller with loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum.


£9.50 adult
£4.75 student



Victorian photograph showing four women in dresses. One woman's face is reflected in mirrors each side of her head

Close Up & Personal: Victorians & their Photographs

  • 14 June — 13 November 2016 *on now

This exhibition explores some of the ways that early photography was enjoyed by a society obsessed with the new technology. A variety of forms emerged including the carte-de-visite, the daguerreotype, albumen prints, family photograph albums and stereoscopes.



Linocut Lives On

Linocut Lives On

  • 15 July — 9 October 2016 *on now

This exhibition features work by some of the foremost British linocut artists of today, along with works by historical heroes of the genre such as Edward Bawden.
Co-curated by designer Cath Kidston, this personal selection will feature a fascinating range of works made using linoprint techniques. All artwork available for sale.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Watts at Dusk

Watts at Dusk

  • 26 August 2016 5-9pm
  • 30 September 2016 5-9pm
  • 28 October 2016 5-9pm

29 April: Secret Garden
There is a door to a garden which has been locked for many years. Can you find the key? Enjoy delicious garden-inspired food and drink, visit Limnerslease in an exclusive open house and uncover the Victorian secret language of flowers with artists from Avant Gardeners.

27 May: Pre-Raphaelite
Step into the enchanting world of Marie Spartali Stillman. Enjoy an evening of wandering poets and roaming minstrels from Sixth Form College Farnborough. Become your own work of art by donning a costume and posing as your favourite Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece.

24 June: Camera Obscura
Discover an intriguing world of optical illusions, and explore the history and magic of photography. See the gallery in a new way through a camera obscura, and explore a Victorian wet-plate box camera. Enjoy live music on the lawn whilst you create sun prints in the early evening.

29 July: Light & Shadow
Explore how photography is made using light and shadow. Play with light to create still photographs with artist Lynn Weddle. See and hear magical shadow performances and enjoy live music across site.

26 August: Making It Big
Be inspired by Mary Watts' collaborative approach to making the monumental Watts Chapel. See demonstrations of decorative techniques using gesso and hear from Mary Watts' recently transcribed diaries. Get involved in a grand scale collaborative Make! with artist Louise Scillitoe-Brown and listen to the sounds of Junction 4 Big Band.

30 September: Celebrity Obsession
The advent of photography in the Victorian period opened the doors for people to own an image of themselves. Stop by our selfie station, mount your photo and decorate it in the Victorian style or have a caricaturist capture your likeness.

28 October: The Uncanny
Join us for a night of uncanny happenings at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village. Hear chilling ghost stories and try your hand at creepy crafts. Become a warty witch or ghastly ghoul with facepainting courtesy of Fascinating Faces.


Half price adult admission
Kids go free

£9.50 adult
£4.75 student



Curator Breakfast Tour

Curator Breakfast Tour

  • 25 August 2016 10-11:30am

Discover Watts Gallery in a new light on a Curator Breakfast Tour, taking place before the gallery is open to the public. In a small group, discover the works in the temporary exhibition Close Up & Personal: Victorians & Their Photographs with an exhibition curator as your guide, and learn more about curating the historic spaces of the Artists' Village. This is the perfect opportunity to gain insight with exclusive access to the gallery, followed by breakfast in our award-winning Tea Shop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£15/£12 concessions (includes breakfast)



Heritage Open Weekend

Heritage Open Days

  • 10 — 11 September 2016 11am-5pm

Discover the entire Artists’ Village free of charge. Ride in a horse-drawn cart, take part in workshops, see pottery demonstrations and take guided tours – all for free!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children





Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
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