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“'Interesting for kids' eh, then why closed on Sun/bank hols ?!”
Review of The Lightbox

The Lightbox
Ranked #2 of 41 things to do in Woking
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lightbox gallery and museum is one of the most fun and exciting cultural spaces in the South East. Three galleries host a range of exhibitions from contemporary art to nationally famous artists which change regularly. The building is also home to the interactive museum 'Woking's Story', a canal-side Cafe and a unique Gift Shop. Venue hire is available and the building is fully accessible.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Rainy bank holiday Monday- Oh what to do ? Ah- rather than visit the new cultural meccas of this country, ie shopping centres, I suggested the Lightbox- interesting, aimed at children as well as adults and cultural ( in the correct sense). So we drove to Woking and found the Lightbox art gallery and museum, only to find that driving behind it there is a big notice saying NO PARKING, so change direction, drive over canal/river and follow signs to Pubic Car Park which us under cover and pay on exit. Then find our way ( no signposts to art gallery) only to find that the Lightbox is CLOSED on Sundays/Mondays and Bank holidays !!! This must be one of the only museums in the country aimed at children to not be open at the time that parents want to take their children. Quite unbelievable. So as the parking is £1.20 per hr ( yes that is correct). What do we do. You have guessed it- we crossed over the dual carriageway and joined the HOARDS of people aimlessly walking round the ' cultural mecca ' of the various depressing shopping arcades of Woking town. I am sure that the owners would say that the gallery is closed due to budget cuts, So sad, as many of the reviews have commented on how good it is for children, but maybe the Peacock centre is more interesting nowadays. So beware- also there seem to be no signposts, perhaps they do not want too many visitors ! Sadly I will probably not go again.

3  Thank JSC34
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

It's a nice gallery space but the collection is quite traditional and not experimental enough. It's a local municipal gallery and seems like one. I'd like to see more experimental and exciting work use the lovely space. Shop and cafe were OK. No parking on site and cafe had nice outdoor area.

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Very nice surprise, art artfully installed. Just on the water, so very nice to walk to/walk in the neighbourhood.

Thank Geert V
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We had coffee and cake in the cafe, can recommend the carrot cake very yummy! Liked the idea of a quiz on the display had fun completing it. Enjoyed a walk around the galleries some very informative.

1  Thank Rosemary T
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Well i haven't been here in a long time an despite it been raining a lot the passed days it still here next to the river. It always has a good interesting art exhibitions for people to come and look around and see different crafts and art examples. They one good thing its situated away from the very busy working shopping area where people can come and relax in some peace and quiet. The very nice cafe offers very reasonable beverages which after walking around in that 2 floors of halls its nice to just either sit outside or inside the medium space to have a chat to your partner or family member. There is WiFi here in which I using to write this, just ask at reception.

The very best thing about this place is that entry is Free.

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