10 of the best Surrey gifts to give this Christmas
PUBLISHED: 15:02 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:02 10 December 2015
Stuck for what to get that special someone? Well, what could be better than a gift with that Surrey spin…
1. The Surrey Life Calendar 2016
Here at Surrey Life magazine, we believe not only in celebrating this glorious county of ours but also in the value of our readers’ contributions. With that in mind, this month we are proud to present you with our very own 2016 calendar, featuring photographs of Surrey icons captured by you, our readers. If you’re feeling particularly charitable, you could gift your copy to a friend or relative. Or if, like us, you feel it’s just too good to share, why not take a look at the beautiful calendar created by local artist Bonnita Apperley, featuring her stunning Surrey landscapes?
• To learn more about Bonnita Apperley and purchase one of her calendars (£10 each excluding postage and packing), see her website at bonnitaapperleyart.com
2. Membership to the National Trust
What better way to treat a Surrey-phile than to gift them access to some of the county’s leading spots for outstanding natural beauty and historical importance? An annual membership of the National Trust will allow your loved one to visit such wonders as Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming, Polesden Lacey near Dorking and Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher, to name but a few. Prices start from £60 for an individual membership package.
• For more information on the options available, call 0844 800 1895 or see nationaltrust.org.uk. Seasonal opening dates apply for some sites
3. A local tipple
Each December, we like to bring you a local tipple produced in Surrey and this year is no exception. Steeped in local folklore, Silent Pool lies at the foot of the North Downs – and Silent Pool Distillers, our resident Surrey gin producers, draw water from the pool to make their drinks. In addition to selling its tipples on-site, the distillery invites gin-lovers to join in a tour experience covering the production process followed by tastings.
• Silent Pool Distillery, Shere Road, Albury GU5 9BW. Silent Pool Gin, 700ml, £35. Tour experience, £10. Tel: 01483 229136. Web: silentpooldistillers.com/events
4. A Surrey hamper
A hamper brimming with Surrey goodies is the perfect way to show someone that you care this Christmas. Visit Garsons Farm in Esher where you will find baskets (from £3.99) and a delectable range of Surrey produce, such as Surrey Hills beer (from £2.99), Denbies Wine Estate wines (from £9.99), Garsons’ own honey (£7.99), Brown Bag crisps (from 89p) and cheese from Norbury Blue in Mickleham.
• Garsons Farm, Winterdown Road, West End, Esher KT10 8LS. Tel: 01372 460181. Web: garsons.co.uk. For more information on the products mentioned above, see the respective websites at surreyhills.co.uk, denbies.co.uk, brownbagcrisps.co.uk and norburyblue.co.uk
5. A book on our landscape
With the rolling Surrey Hills on our doorstep, we are blessed with one of the most beautiful landscapes in England – and now, just out, there’s a new book all about the North Downs (the chalk ridge stretching from Surrey across Kent, and of which the Surrey Hills form part). Written by author, campaigner and photographer Doug Kennedy, North Downs Landscapes features mesmerising images as well as a fascinating commentary on the area. A perfect gift for any Surrey-ite.
• Surrey Life readers can claim 20% off the cover price. To take advantage, visit oxbowbooks.com and enter code NDSL15
6. A supercar experience
Each year, The Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park (the home of Top Gear) attracts car-lovers from far and wide. Taking place on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3 next year, it will also be the 10th anniversary of this hugely popular event. By buying tickets, you’ll be supporting The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, too, a charity for children with brain injury.
7. Annual membership to The Lightbox art gallery
The Lightbox art gallery and museum has won an award almost every year since it opened in 2007 and it is easy to understand why. In 2015 alone, this regional gallery has hosted exhibitions of works by Quentin Blake, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst with more excitement in store for next year. At a cost of just £5, an Annual Pass provides access to the Main and Upper Galleries and supports The Lightbox with its services to the local community. Plus, there’s a great café, too, which was a finalist in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2015.
• The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 73780. Web: thelightbox.org.uk
8. For the foodies
With its vast open spaces and wooded areas, Surrey is the perfect place to indulge in a spot of mushroom and fruit foraging with the fun guys from Wild Food UK. The ideal gift for a foodie or someone who relishes walks in the Surrey countryside, the courses provide foragers with an appreciation of nature and edible plants, under the careful watch of a guide.
• To purchase vouchers for 2016 courses, call 07971 411875 or visit the website at wildfooduk.com. Prices vary
9. Adopt an animal
Are you stuck for a gift for that person who has everything? Or perhaps you’d like to encourage a child to understand and support environmental causes? then why not ‘adopt’ an animal for Surrey Wildlife trust this Christmas from as little as £20. With otters and goats to choose from, each adoption supports the organisation’s vital conservation work, to ensure that local wildlife continues to thrive.
• For more information on the packages available, visit the Surrey Wildlife Trust website at surreywildlifetrust.org
10. A Surrey Life subscription
What better way to celebrate a love of Surrey than to gift a subscription to Surrey Life? A veritable bible of events and inspiring activities taking place in this beautiful county, Surrey Life will be delivered to the recipient’s front door every month so they will never be short of ideas again. Plus, they’ll be reminded of your gift all year-round. A year’s subscription starts from £21.99.
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