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Fri, 07:25

Each month, we team up with the group that’s in charge of tourism in the county, Visit Surrey, to reveal the essential dates for your diary during the month ahead...

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Tue, 20:38
The stunning Goddards at Abinger Common (Photo: John Miller / Landmark Trust)

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Surrey Historic Buildings Trust is a charitable organisation charged with protecting and enhancing our architectural heritage. Here, the trust’s Andy Smith takes us on a fascinating tour around some of the gems they’ve helped to save

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Tue, 08:19
Lavender edges the path at Bardsey

Here in Surrey, we have a wealth of beautiful private gardens that open their gates to visitors each year, from tiny cottages with wafting wild flowers to ancient manor houses with stunning statuary. Here, Surrey Life’s gardening editor Leigh Clapp picks out 25 of the best

* NB: Gardens are listed alphabetically and not in any order of preference

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Richmond, Surrey  (Illustration: Emily Westwell)

From its stunning deer park and beautiful riverside to its great shopping, Richmond has much to recommend it

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Franks Wood, by Steve Hancock - May's Surrey Life calendar picture

Every spring, bluebells fill the county’s woods with an ocean of colour. Here are some of the best places to go for a walk in Surrey to catch a glimpse of this beautiful woodland plant

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Food & Drink

Tue, 16:38

The future looks bright for Croydon with exciting plans afoot for the town centre – and with restaurants like Albert’s Table, its present isn’t too bad either, as Matthew Williams discovered on a recent visit

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Tue, 09:00
Eating out in Surrey

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs, compiled from Surrey Life reviews over the years

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Mon, 18:39
Best butchers in Surrey (Photo: Lisovskaya/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Some call it a dying art, but butchers in Surrey are still holding strong whilst faced with competition from supermarkets. Here’s a selection of some of our county’s best for meat lovers

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble get their hands dirty at Kew (Photo Anna Greenland BBC)

With so many cookery shows on TV these days, you’d be forgiven thinking producers have run out of ideas – but you’d be wrong.

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Monday, March 9, 2015
The Swan Hotel

Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast for £64 per person

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Homes & Gardens

Tue, 08:19

Here in Surrey, we have a wealth of beautiful private gardens that open their gates to visitors each year, from tiny cottages with wafting wild flowers to ancient manor houses with stunning statuary. Here, Surrey Life’s gardening editor Leigh Clapp picks out 25 of the best

* NB: Gardens are listed alphabetically and not in any order of preference

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

With spring fast approaching we caught up with award winning lawn maintenance company Great British Lawns and looked at how a bespoke lawn management programme could benefit the lawns of Surrey.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Selina Botham in her softly planted, wildlife-friendly Jordan's garden at RHS Hampton Court 2014

This month, we meet three of Surrey’s most accomplished female garden designers – and find out what’s going to be big news in gardening for 2015

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Monday, January 19, 2015

We talk to Hannah Pope from South East Tree Care Solutions, Surrey’s long-standing family run team of Tree Surgeons, about the new disease affecting a number of conifers in our county.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The dream of the rural idyll coupled with the easy access

Given its easy access from Surrey, France is the ideal location for a second home – and with the first French Property Auction about to happen in London, now could be just the time to take the plunge...

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Education

Wed, 16:53

The Hawthorns School recently welcomed back former pupils, parents and staff, to celebrate Mrs Elaine Forsyth’s 35th anniversary as Head of the Pre-Prep section of the School.

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Tue, 10:35

On Wednesday 11 and Tuesday 17 March, Greenacre School for Girls in Banstead, opened its doors to budding Scientists from other local schools in the area.

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Mon, 16:47
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A+ Education asked teachers and librarians for their suggestions of good books to read over the holidays

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Mon, 16:31
Hugo Wilson and Diana Strange with Poppy at Seaford College in West Sussex

Animals play a vital role in a child’s development. From teaching a sense of responsibility and respect for life to offering companionship and affection, animals enhance our lives.

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Mon, 08:00
Discover 23 of Surrey's very best schools

Our county is proud to boast some of the very best schools in the country. Here, we ask 23 of them to share three of the things that set them apart

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Life TV

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pop star Eliza Doolittle headlined a special charity gig at the Boileroom to remember Guildford’s Hatti Sandall.

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Into the Woods at Waverley Abbey by Andrew West

The romantic ruins of England's first Cistercian Abbey, Waverley Abbey, were magically transformed for their appearance in the latest Disney epic, Into the Woods.

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Croydon singer Ben Haenow wins The X Factor

He was an early frontrunner to win the series outright – and now Ben Haenow has been crowned the winner of The X Factor 2014.

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People

Wed, 14:35

Long a resident of Richmond, the much-loved naturalist Sir David Attenborough will be supporting not just one but two local wildlife organisations in the coming months: Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames

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Tue, 15:06
Michael relaxing in his 500-year-old family home (Photo: Richard Kluczynski)

With his family roots at Guildford’s Loseley Park dating back more than 500 years, Michael More-Molyneux is a man with his finger firmly on the Surrey pulse. Currently chairing the multi-million pound campaign to save Guildford Cathedral, as well as overseeing the renovation of his historic home (not to mention putting up the occasional film star), there’s never a dull moment, as Matthew Williams discovers

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Tue, 10:20
Tim Vine shares a few Surrey one-liners

Whenever we meet Banstead-based comedian Tim Vine, we challenge him to come up with a few Surrey themed ticklers. Can you do any better than these efforts?

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Mon, 16:23
Cerrie Burnell

TV presenter and writer Cerrie Burnell tells Sally Bailey why diversity is at the heart of everything she does and how one special teacher changed her life

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Mon, 08:47
Skydiving last year proved a

Never a man to settle for the ‘quiet life’, Sir Richard Stilgoe is as happy jumping out of planes as he is constructing chord progressions and choruses. Matthew Williams heads out to the Oxted countryside to chat to him about music, charity work and his latest project – renovating a dilapidated old barn...

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Style

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Over the past few weeks, Surrey Life beauty editor Adele Mitchell has been hard at work researching the best spas in Surrey (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it). What is more, she has also found us some fabulous reader offers along the way...

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Be inspired for spring 2015 with this showcase of retro ware

A must for any self-respecting Surrey style-lover, a huge new vintage fair is set to take place at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday February 7.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The nutritional philosophy and key principles of Paul Jennings Fitness - www.pauljenningsfitness.co.uk | info@pauljenningsfitness.co.uk

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The perfect accessory, this oversized Delta scarf (240cm x 140cm) can be worn as a sarong or beach cover up

Wrap up warm this winter in one of these beautiful animal print scarves – safe in the knowledge that you’re also raising money for a good cause.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
We can't wait to sample the new spa treatments at Guildford's Mandolay Hotel

As the leading independent hotel in Guildford, it was only a matter of time before The Mandolay added a range of spa treatments to its offering – and we can’t wait to pop along and give them a try.

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Discover

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chez Vous is a modern French restaurant with rooms in the heart of Warlingham village, Surrey.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Vineking

Have you discovered why The Vineking won Best Independent Retailer at Surrey Life’s 2013 Food & Drink awards yet? If not, now is the perfect time to pop down to one of their shops and stock up for the festive season.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Coach-House Restaurant

Step inside The Coach-House restaurant and be welcomed by a candlelit interior with original inglenook fireplaces and low beamed ceilings.

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Friday, September 12, 2014
Albert's Table

Albert’s Table opened in 2008, and is a British restaurant serving innovative British cooking, in a beautiful environment...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
La Barbe, Surrey

A veritable French institution in Reigate for over 30 years, La Barbe is a place to enjoy exquisite French flavours in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

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Showcase

Friday, February 27, 2015

If you are looking for something different for your home, why not try stone? We’ve taken a look at some of the reasons to do so...

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

If you are looking for something different for your home, why not try stone? Whether you are looking for a new kitchen worktop, a bathroom in natural stone or a coffee table for your living room, there are a huge variety of different stones and the finished item will be unique to you.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Will Woodward, director of WPM in Guildford, gives his top five tips for managing your builders

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Celebrity chef James Martin will be headling the Food and Wine Raceday

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Combine food and wine from around the world with a memorable day of racing at Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday on Saturday 6th September.

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Friday, August 8, 2014
Cobham Farmers' Market. Image: Photoani

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Shop for local food and drink and support regional producers at Surrey’s farmers’ markets.

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