Epsom - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013
PUBLISHED: 17:09 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:12 09 October 2013
Away from the racecourse, life is bustling in Epsom, which often features highly in lists of the best places to live
This year marked 100 years since suffragette Emily Davison killed herself by jumping out in front of the King’s horse on Tattenham Corner at the Epsom 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). The Epsom races were originally put on the map when the Derby was run there for the first time in 1780.
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 be health-giving and led to the now famous Epsom Salts.
The Epsom Playhouse theatre, which has a kissing wall that has been kissed by many of the artists who have performed there over the years, including Victoria Beckham. The theatre was originally built as part of the Ashley Centre development in the early 1980s and continues to show a varied line-up throughout the year.
Based on a mystical and magical story, the Hobbledown adventure park welcomed almost 250,000 people through its gates during its first year in Epsom. The project centres on the Hobblers, characters who live in the play structures of the 50-acre site. The park is also home to a host of real life creatures, from alpacas to yellow-naped Amazon parrots.
Le Raj (01737 371371) on Fir Tree Road has hosted many a famous name over the years.
The Rubbing House (01372 745050) can be found inside the racecourse track.
Nestled in a leafy corner of old Epsom, The Chalk Lane Hotel (01372 721179) is a hidden gem.
Off junction 9 of the M25. Epsom Station is right in the centre of town.