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A Celebration of Surrey Life 2017 - an introduction

PUBLISHED: 06:12 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 06:12 09 August 2017

Celebration of Surrey Life 2017 (Illustration: Emily Westwell)

Celebration of Surrey Life 2017 (Illustration: Emily Westwell)

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To celebrate the best of beautiful Surrey, we’ve created this inspiring 132-page coffee table magazine. In A Celebration of Surrey Life we travel across our county in search of the must-visit hotspots, via towns and villages, the best restaurants, places to stay and more

A Celebration of Surrey Life is published with August’s Surrey Life magazine or can be bought online here

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From the blacksmith’s clock at Abinger Hammer to the Martian invaders in Woking via Dorking’s infamous roundabout cockerel, Surrey has a habit of melding historic wonder with modern innovation in a constantly evolving mix.

Just in this edition of Celebration of Surrey Life magazine you’ll find a luxury country house hotel that has brought an historic estate back to life, a motor racing circuit that’s reliving its glory days and a disused quarry that’s become a stand-up paddleboarding paradise.

For 2017, while we are once again taking a look at some of our county’s towns through the eyes of the people who live there, we have also widened our exploration of the topics we know our Surrey Life readers love best.

So here we have special round-ups for the best places to stay (including the much talked about Beaverbrook near Leatherhead on page 41), the prettiest villages (a two-part feature from Abinger Hammer to Wonersh) and our top restaurant tips (including the Michelin starred The Tudor Room on page 127).

To coincide with the annual Surrey Life photography competition, which is themed on the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and runs until October, we look past Leith Hill and Box Hill towards some of the area’s lesser known gems. That’s all from page 71.

While it’s fair to say Surrey faces some serious challenges in the coming years, with ongoing Green Belt battles, concerns over oil exploration in the Surrey Hills and the as yet unknown effects of Brexit, it’s equally right to celebrate the spirit of our county, which makes so many people proud to live here.

One word that comes up time and time again is ‘community’ – whether that’s the plethora of quirky events (some loosely based on historic occasions, others brought to life during majestically addled evenings in the village pub...), collaborative efforts (perhaps best seen through our county’s food and drink scene at the moment) or sheer unbridled creativity (Surrey is most definitely blessed with some of the brightest and best).

However you enjoy your Surrey life, we look forward to sharing it with you soon.

Matthew Williams

Celebration of Surrey Life editor

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