Romantic ideas for a weekend in Surrey: walks, restaurants, cinema, spa and picnics

PUBLISHED: 17:07 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:51 15 January 2015

A romantic deer walk in Richmond Park

A romantic deer walk in Richmond Park


Tied to the desk all week? Fed up of being stuck on crowded trains? Well, here are a few romantic suggestions for things to do come the weekend, from walks to sofa cinema


At Richmond Park, the royal connections date back hundreds of years, beginning with Edward, when the area was known as the Manor of Sheen. Let’s face it though, the history isn’t likely to be the main thing on your mind when strolling around the park with a loved one. With plenty of cosy pubs and restaurants nearby (or plenty of room for a picnic), Richmond Park is a launch pad for a perfect date. Start planning your visit @



Here are two quirky ideas for romantic restaurants that fall at very different ends of the spectrum. Love is in the air and so will you be at The Treehouse at Fanny’s Farm near Merstham – perfect for a cream tea or ploughman’s lunch overlooking Surrey Life’s Farm Shop of the Year. Alternatively, head to Al Boccon DiVino in Richmond for a menu-less Italian restaurant experience and an absolutely unforgettable night. Get a taste for the unusual @ or



How about watching the latest film releases from the comfort of somebody else’s sofa? Yup, you read that right. At Walton-on-Thames’ Everyman Cinema, they have comfy sofas for you to enjoy the latest flick with a fine wine, Champagne or cocktail. If your date happens to be a bit of a film geek, you can always impress them with your knowledge of the pioneering film director, producer and screenwriter Cecil Hepworth who lived and made his films in Walton-on-Thames in the early 1900s. Book your evening ‘out’ @



Among the very best spas in the country, if you want luxury, indulgence and acres of space then The Spa @ Pennyhill Park in Bagshot is the one for you. Expect a vast, 45,000 square feet, five-star haven of pure relaxation adjacent to one of Surrey’s finest country house hotels and set in 123 acres of rolling parkland. Only one question remains: can we join you? Unwind and impress @



Fragments of Waverley Abbey, the first Cistercian abbey in England, founded in 1128, provide the perfect place to wrap up with your loved one. Peaceful solitude is offered by the ruins, which are found near Farnham, and it certainly beats sitting through the latest rom-com cinema release. Alternatively, take a trip to Virginia Water Lake, Painshill Park (admission charge) or Frensham Ponds near Farnham. Find out its history @




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