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Epsom ~ Surrey towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 23:09 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Epsom ~ Surrey towns and villages

Epsom ~ Surrey towns and villages

The eyes of the world have been on Epsom this year, as the Derby kicked off the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend and the borough celebrates its 75th anniversary

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

The eyes of the world have been on Epsom this year, as the Derby kicked off the Queens Diamond Jubilee weekend and the borough celebrates its 75th anniversary

Photo: Steven Peskett Photography

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Magical adventure...
Epsoms latest 3million attraction has seen Horton Park transformed into a magical-themed adventure park called Hobbledown, which is based on the tales of the Hobblers.

A pinch of salt
In the 17th century, a spring on the common was discovered to be rich in mineral salts and this led to the town becoming popular as a spa resort. The rich waters were supposed to hold health-giving properties, giving rise to the now famous Epsom Salts.

Place a bet...
The Epsom races were put on the map when the Derby was run there for the first time in 1780. The event plays host to many well-known celebrities and personalities and the Queen arrives on the Royal Train at Tattenham Corner railway station on race days.

Making a point...
In 1913, suffragette Emily Davison killed herself by jumping out in front of the Kings horse on Tattenham Corner at the Derby (the notebook in which Sergeant Frank Bunn wrote his eyewitness account of her death can be found at the borough museum, Bourne Hall, in neighbouring Ewell).

While youre there...

...the Epsom Playhouse theatre, which has a kissing wall that has been kissed bymany of the artists who have performed there, including Victoria Beckham

Eat at...
The Canopy (01372 745330), an independent on the High Street, Il Ponte (01372 725111), an Italian in the Ebbisham Centre, and Le Raj (01737 371371) on nearby Fir Tree Road.

Drink at...
The Derby Arms (01372 722330) and Rubbing House (01372 745050) both almost trip up the horses.

Stay at...
The Chalk Lane Hotel (01372 721179) is a hidden gem.

Move there for...
And get: A four-bedroom detached house with off street parking.

Famous neighbours?
Isabella Beeton, who wrote Mrs Beetons Guide to Household Management, lived there.

Getting there...
Off junction 9 of the M25. Epsom Station is right in the centre of town.

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