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Camberley: where to eat, shop and visit

PUBLISHED: 17:02 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:15 20 February 2013

Camberley: where to eat, shop and visit

Camberley: where to eat, shop and visit

With two huge shopping destinations right at the heart of things, plus picturesque canal-lined countryside and a theatre and a rock club on the doorstep, the town of Camberley offers plenty to do come the weekend

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2012


With two huge shopping destinations right at the heart of things, plus picturesque canal-lined countryside and a theatre and a rock club on the doorstep, the town of Camberley offers plenty to do come the weekend


Photo: Mike Clift, Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club


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Shopping in Camberley
Situated in the town centre, The Mall is home to over 90 stores including big brand faves like House of Fraser and Primark alongside unique independents of particular note is MacDonalds Gifts, which has managed to win best independent retailer in the annual Mall Retailer Awards a grand total of five times since 2006. Meanwhile, next door, the 130 million complex, The Atrium, offers a cinema, bowling alley, gym, restaurants and cafs, and three blocks of living accommodation not to mention some more shops. For those keen to buy local, Camberley Farmers Market takes place on Saturday March 24, between 9am and 2pm, and features 25 stalls on Park Street.


See a mammoths tusk
Surrey Heath Museum, which can be found on Knoll Road, is home to an object that looks a little like a broken branch but, believe it or not, is actually a part of a mammoths tusk found in the local gravels.


A night out
Camberley Theatre always offers a packed calendar of performance and, if you prefer your entertainment a little heavier, then The Agincourt holds one of the longest running rock clubs in the country every Saturday. Another date for your arts diary is the Surrey Heath Show, which takes place at Frimley Lodge Park on Saturday May 5, and usually sees the likes of Frimley & Camberley Society of Arts in attendance.


An Elephant and an Obelisk
Camberley is home to two intriguing structures. First up is a brick tower known as The Obelisk, which is found at The Knoll. These days, it stands about 30 feet high but is originally thought to have been about 100 feet tall (damage from fire led to the dramatic reduction). The earliest picture of it is a romanticised watercolour in the British Museum, painted by the artist John Hassall in 1822. Then theres the Concrete Elephant (pictured), found on the A30 approaching The Meadows roundabout, which was created as a float for the Lord Mayors Show in 1963, constructed entirely from concrete sewage and drainage pipes!


Head for the countryside
At the nearby Lightwater Country Park, there are two walking trails: the Heathland Trail is about 2km long and the shorter Nature Trail approximately 1.5km. The Heathland Trail includes an energetic walk to the top of High Curley where there are good views of the surrounding countryside. A short drive from the town, youll also find the Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre at Mytchett, where you can hire canoes.


Take to the fairways
For the golfing inclined, why not pick up your clubs and head to the Pine Ridge Golf Centre, a quality 18-hole public course where youll also find a 36-bay driving range (not to mention ten-pin bowling!), or enjoy a game at Camberley Heath Golf Club where five-day membership packages are available.


My Camberley Weekend

Need to know:


Where to eat: El Pic (01276 670670) has been named one of the top five Spanish restaurants in the country by Channel 4s The F Word. Or, try the traditional Italian cooking at Alcatraz (01276 26678) on Obelisk Way.


Where to drink: Camberley is within striking distance of Pennyhill Park (01276 471774) in Bagshot if you fancy an extra special afternoon tea.


Something to take home: Brewing 3,000 bottles of beer a week, the Ascot Ales microbrewery, owned by Camberley couple Chris and Suzanne Gill, has picked up awards for their five core ales and bitters, which are found in local Waitrose stores.


Somewhere to stay: The former home of the wildlife artist David Shepherd, Frimley Hall Hotel (0844 879 9110).


Top tip: Dont try to get into Sandhurst! Though they do group tours and occasional open days, they may not take too kindly to you sneaking over the fence!


Getting there:
Camberley is located just off the A30 and M3 in the far western reaches of Surrey. The towns train station is on the Ascot to Guildford line.


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