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Visit Surrey towns and villages: where to eat, shop and explore

PUBLISHED: 21:30 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 20:30 20 February 2013

Visit Surrey towns and villages: where to eat, shop and explore

Visit Surrey towns and villages: where to eat, shop and explore

Surrey Life towns & villages is an annual guide published free with Surrey Life magazine. Please get in touch with nominations for Surrey towns & villages you'd like to see featured in next year's publication

Surrey Life towns & villages is an annualguide published free with Surrey Life magazine. Please get in touch with nominations for Surrey towns & villages you'd like to seefeaturedin next year's publication and, in the meantime, explore the links below...


Surrey Life
Towns & Villages Guide 2012
In association with Notre Dame School Cobham & CHK Mountford


Editor's letter
From Biggles in Lingfield to Robin Hood in Farnham via Brad and Angelinas move to Virginia Water, it seems Surrey has always been a county in the spotlight and yet it all too often receives rather unkind comments from outsiders.



But, perhaps, this year will be the one where the world really starts paying attention to our (mostly) green and pleasant land as more than just a gin and Jaguar belt. With the Queen kicking off her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Epsom and our hills and lanes hosting Olympians, sleepy Surrey has been a hive of activity in 2012.


The photograph above was taken when I visited The Sculpture Park in Churt this spring. In some ways, this hidden gem is a prime example of how so much of our county remains overlooked I seem to remember one travel guide saying the only interesting thing about Surrey was Waverley Abbey (an amazing place, no doubt, but the only one?!).


Maybe we just prefer the quiet life I know when compiling lists of favourite pubs, there have been times when Ive often had to battle peoples reservations about revealing their secret havens.


So, whether its the history of our fine county that interests you most (the Magna Carta, Henry VIII, World War Two etc) or you prefer something a little more space age (McLaren, Surrey Satellite Technology etc), hopefully there will be something that appeals among these pages.


At Surrey Life, we are always having our eyes opened by our adventurous readers and we hope to continue sharing your journeys off the beaten track. Make sure to join us at surrey.greatbritishlife.co.uk, facebook.com/surreylife and twitter.com/surreylife to post your pics and Surrey stories.


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Matthew Williams
editor
matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk


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Surrey Life
Towns & Villages Guide 2011
In association with
evitavonni



Editor's letter
BACK in the mists of time, an inquisitive, blond baby was born at Redhill General Hospital... and, bar a few years away at university and some time spent travelling, Surrey has been my home ever since. In fact, I now live and work in my flat near Redhill Common (home is where the heart is after all).


As regular Surrey Life magazine readers will already be well aware, we have a bit of a bugbear with the Lonely Planet travel guides (and for those of you new to us, hello, and read on to find out why) who continue to pick apart our county annually: Surrey is the heart of commuterville, chosen by well-off Londoners when they spawn, move out of the city and buy a country pad, they write. For the most part, though, it's made up of uninspiring towns and dull, sprawling suburbs.


While its hard to argue that Surrey isnt a popular commuter belt (and what exactly is wrong with that, anyway?), you do tend to get the feeling that their reviewers must have strolled through the Surrey Hills with a blindfold on (or only got as far as Redhill train station...).


Anyway, rather than give them the satisfaction of my righteous indignation, I decided to tackle this years Surrey Life towns and villages guide.


Working at this magazine has certainly been one of those moments where the vocation-becoming-a-vacation dream has become a reality, so I hope you enjoy the end results of our efforts.


Obviously theres not room to talk about everywhere and so my tales of pub sunsets at Wotton (pictured above), getting lost hunting for the Lovelace Bridges at East Horsley and almost bumping into Martin Scorsese at Shepperton will have to wait for another occasion.


Oh, and for those looking to fill a Private Eye-style pedantry corner: Surrey Life continues to represent the area long lost to London, which we term Old Surrey (see Richmond, Kingston and Croydon), as well as our administrative county. We still see this area as part of the family and so do many of our readers.


On that note, I'll leave you to your exploring and I look forward to seeing photos of your Surrey towns and villages explorations popping up at surrey.greatbritishlife.co.uk soon.


Matthew Williams
editor
matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk


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Surrey Life towns & villages is an annualguide published free with Surrey Life magazine. Please get in touch with nominations for Surrey towns & villages you'd like to seefeaturedin next year's publication and, in the meantime, explore the links below...

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