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Surbiton - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 15:54 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:54 16 October 2013

Surbiton

Surbiton

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There’s something in the water in Surbiton that seems to have turned it into one of our most creative communities

Suburban skiing

Each October, Surbiton hosts Suburban Skiing with thrill-seekers strapping moulded blocks of ice to their feet and hurtling down the streets. Records are set, hopefully no bones are broken and spectators are left wondering what all the fuss is about Chamonix and Whistler. Giant children’s games have also raised thousands in the past few years at The Lamb pub. Tackled previously were giant Buckaroo, Mousetrap and Hungry Hippos, and this year was the turn of Pop-up Pirate.

The good life

Since it began in October 2009, Maple Road Surbiton Farmers’ Market has become an essential meeting point for the community as well as a great place to shop, while helping to raise more than £30,000 for local charities and good causes. In February 2013, the market took the title of FARMA Farmers’ Market of the Year.

Location, location

Best-known as the home of 1970s sitcom The Good Life (though the programme was actually filmed elsewhere), the town’s station featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

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Visit...

Surbiton Raceway go-kart track for high speed spills and thrills. If history is more your thing, the clock tower was built to celebrate the 1902 coronation. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has hit the track on a number of occasions.

Eat at...

The award-winning The French Table (020 8399 2365), which has its own boulangerie /patisserie next door, The French Tarte. It comes approved by no less than Gordon Ramsay.

Drink at...

The Gordon Bennett (020 8390 7222) on Maple Road offers an eclectic range of cocktails and beers.

Stay at...

The boutique Hotel Bosco (020 8339 5720) offers weekend break deals.

Getting there...

Found just off the A3 for drivers, Surbiton also enjoys great rail links.

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