5 great things to do in Frensham

PUBLISHED: 14:03 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:46 10 March 2020

Feeding ducks at Frensham Pond

Feeding ducks at Frensham Pond

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Head down the road from Farnham and you’ll find this beautiful village near Hankley Common | Words: James Knighton

1) Frensham Ponds

Frensham Great Pond and Frensham Little Pond were originally created in the 13th century to supply fish to the Bishop of Winchester in Farnham Castle.

It's at the Great Pond where you'll find Surrey's best-known sandy beach and plenty of sailing activity, as well as a hotel. Frensham Little Pond, which is managed by the National Trust, is slightly more secluded and picturesque. You'll find the Tern Café there.

The Fisherman Sleeps...

2) Frensham Village Shop

Celebrating its 24th year as a community shop, they were ahead of their time in Frensham when villagers decided to take over the village shop and post office when closure loomed. They were successful in their efforts and ran the place for 11 years after that.

In 2007, the shop had to be moved to a purpose-built container when its original premises was sold by the landlord. Racing driver and local resident Damon Hill helped to officially launch their new permanent base for the shop in 2011, and everyone lived happily ever after.

3) St Mary's Church

Dedicated in 1239, St Mary's Church's current patch of Frensham earth is a case of location, location, location.

It was moved to where it stands today for reasons unknown but probably linked to massive storms in the 1230s that flooded Waverley Abbey to a depth of eight feet. The chancel is believed to be the oldest part of the church with its walls part of the original building.

4) Pierrepont Farm

Gifted to the Countryside Restoration Trust in 2006, Pierrepont dairy farm is spread over 200 acres of heathland.

The Countryside Restoration Trust was established in 1993 by chairman, Robin Page and the late artist and conservationist, Gordon Beningfield, and the actress Dame Judi Dench is a patron. It's also home to a brewery, which is possibly Surrey's most picturesque taproom.

5) The Sculpture Park

Found only a few minutes away from Frensham in the village of Churt, is the truly magical and utterly unique The Sculpture Park.

Here you'll find more than 300 renowned and emerging sculptors exhibiting over 650 sculptures within 10 acres of arboretum and wildlife inhabited water gardens. You can even buy them, if any take your fancy. A wonderland to walk.

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