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The great big Surrey Christmas quiz 2015

PUBLISHED: 16:14 21 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:26 04 January 2016

Surrey drinks producers have been riding the crest of a wave in 2015

Surrey drinks producers have been riding the crest of a wave in 2015

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For a bit of fun over the festive season, see how many of these 55 things you can remember reading about in Surrey Life this year! And there’s a prize in it too...

Surrey continues to attract film crews for movie scenes (Photo: Martin Finlayson)Surrey continues to attract film crews for movie scenes (Photo: Martin Finlayson)

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2015

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1. Which town is often labelled “Surrey’s craft town”?

2. Name the famous ‘booming’ actor who fainted during a Guildford Shakespeare Company performance of King Lear but returned to finish the show?

3. Perched above one Surrey village, you’ll find a clock and a blacksmith. Where are we?

4. What is the name of the Albury distillers who’ve become a leading drinks producer in not much more than a year?

5. Which Kingston building has hosted Downton Abbey scenes – and, more recently, Tom Hardy in a film about the Krays?

6. Bullet-strewn scenes shot in a Deepcut church marked the climax of a 2015 movie starring Colin Firth. What’s the film?

7. Name the well-known wildlife campaigner who watches her son play cricket up on Leith Hill every summer?

8. On the recommendation of the previous High Sheriff of Surrey, we got our gloves out for another sport that’s full of impact in February. Which one?

9. Chiddingfold was home for a time to two father-and-son Nobel Prize winning scientists. But can you name them?

10. There was an unusual version of Pride and Prejudice filmed at Frensham Little Pond this year. What was the twist?

11. What unusual location played host to Surrey Life’s interview with Sir Richard Stilgoe?

12. Top Gear made even more headlines than usual this year. Where is the show’s main Surrey test track?

13. There’s a spectacular tower at Chatley Heath near Wisley. What was its purpose?

14. Haslemere is home to an unusual postbox. What makes it stand out?

15. Why was it a special year for the much-loved Leith Hill Musical Festival?

16. Which anniversary did Hampton Court Palace celebrate in 2015?

17. Surrey Life reviewed a Chiddingfold pub earlier this year with a famous owner. Which one and who owns it?

18. Where was the comedian Tim Vine born?

19. Which National Trust property sadly succumbed to a major fire in April?

20. Woking shoppers are greeted by an unusual HG Wells-inspired statue. But what does it depict?

21. Where is the Surrey County Show held every year?

22. What special anniversary has the WI been busy celebrating in 2015?

23. The picturesque memorial in Godalming is named after which Titanic hero?

24. One of Surrey’s most affluent villages, Virginia Water surrounds which world- famous – and now controversial – golf course?

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25. A Guildford publisher releases some of the most in-demand music books in the world. What is their name?

26. Which historic cookery school moved to state-of-the-art premises in Woking town centre this year?

27. Singer Peter Andre may be best-known for Strictly Come Dancing at the moment, but for what did he pause a Surrey Life interview earlier this year?

28. Why did The Queen visit Runnymede in June?

29. You’ll find the British Wildlife Centre near Lingfield. Which Oscar-winning actress is a regular there?

30. Thanks to 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland this summer, Lewis Carroll was in the spotlight. But can you tell us his real name?

31. Which world-famous naturalist appeared on the cover of July’s Surrey Life?

32. Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking has long been a stalwart of the local food and drink scene. But when did it open?

33. What’s the name of the Michelin star restaurant that you’ll find in Ripley?

34. Cranleigh School is another place celebrating an important anniversary this year; but can you tell us what it is?

35. What popular festival has made naked comedians and adult pantos become pretty much the norm in Guildford?

36. Which well-known Surrey songwriter, who also discovered Katie Melua, has a country retreat near Farnham?

37. What is the first year that is marked on Kingston’s historic Coronation Stone?

38. Which famous Channel 4 vet, known for his pioneering surgery on animals, has a practice in Eashing?

39. What is the name of Surrey’s only cheesemaker?

40. Two legendary England cricketers have been celebrated in statue form in Woking. Who were they?

41. Which spectacular Egham building appeared on September’s Surrey Life cover – and when was it founded?

42. What’s the name of the higgledy piggledy farm shop near Merstham that has sadly closed its doors for the last time?

43. Where was the England rugby team World Cup base before they crashed out of this year’s tournament?

44. St Martha-on-the-Hill has a connection to Winnie-the-Pooh; can you tell us what it is?

45. Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud is one of Surrey’s leading theatres; how many years has it been open?

46. Where did comedian Sara Crowe reminisce about wild swimming in Surrey?

47. What is the name of Walton-on-Thames’ much-loved playhouse?

48. Which Surrey town is home to the UK’s only full-motion F1 simulator?

49. What’s the name of the world-famous film director who lived for a time in the village of Shamley Green?

50. Where was the original Knights Garden Centre?

51. Which vertigo-inducing Surrey challenge nearly proved too much for cricket legend Phil Tufnell recently?

52. Surrey Hills Brewery makes a beer called Shere... what?

53. Why is Reigate Heath’s windmill unique?

54. Which travel company HQ marks the gateway to a lost Dorking heritage site?

55. Finally, with which local charity has Surrey Life long held an annual carol concert?

 

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WIN!

Although this competition is just a bit of festive fun, there is a prize up for grabs! So, if you think you’ve managed to complete all the questions, e-mail your answers to editor@surreylife.co.uk by Monday January 4. The correct entrants will then be put in a draw to win a subscription to Surrey Life, an Ultimate Wine Experience for four at Denbies in Dorking and a family ticket to the 2016 Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park. Good luck!

 

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Here's last year's Surrey quiz for those fancying an extra challenge - or inspiration for local pub quiz trivia!

 

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