BBC Surrey’s Isabel Knolles on her perfect Surrey weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:28 11 February 2016

Come the weekend, Isabel loves to make the most of the Surrey countryside

Come the weekend, Isabel loves to make the most of the Surrey countryside


Sports presenter on BBC Surrey; qualified masseur; trainee osteopath; owner of her own business; Surrey mum-of-two... it’s a wonder that Isabel Knolles ever has a moment to herself! Here, the Godstone resident reveals what she likes to do when she does have a bit of downtime

Family time at the weekend is always a priorityFamily time at the weekend is always a priority

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2016


I was born in Surrey, went to school in Surrey, got married in Surrey and have now had my own little family in Surrey. Godstone, where we live, is a special village; there is a real community spirit. I know everyone on my road and most in the village. In fact, after we had our first baby and we needed to move out of our maisonette for more room, we did a house swap with an older couple on our road as they were looking to down-size and we moved into their semi-detached.

There are also some stunning walks/runs in the village. I still discover new footpaths and bridleways to this day and we’ve been here nearly nine years now.

Fitness Fridays

I have found over the years that strenuous exercise actually helps me sleep and unwind from the stresses of life. I always like to start my day before my kids so on a Friday morning I will get up at 5am to do a weights session (kettle bells, burpees, squats and lunges) in our garage so I’m ready for the day. By the end of the evening, when the kids are in bed, I unwind with a half-hour yoga session on my ipad. I’m using the Yoga Studio app at the moment, which guides you gently through all the moves, or if I have childcare, I head to Ingledale in Tandridge for Les’s Yogatone class.

On Saturday morning, I wake early again, and fit in a run with the dog. In the summer, I might also manage to squeeze in a bit of sailing or kayaking at Mercers Lake in Merstham, before I head off to BBC Surrey HQ in Guildford to get ready for the radio show. Tony James (who I host the show with) and I will sit down and go through what’s on the programme that day. I present all the news and sport bulletins between 2pm and 6pm, so I make sure I’m up to date with whose playing who and where.

The show expends a lot of excitable energy so by the end I’m pooped and usually pick up a takeout on the way home. My favourite is a curry from Le Raj in Epsom – we even had our wedding reception in there!

A Sunday swim

Sundays are a family day. We always take the kids swimming first thing to Tandridge Leisure Centre. We’ll then head out for lunch with family or friends – favourites include The Bell in Godstone, The Red Barn in Lingfield or the Skimmington Castle in Reigate. To work off our lunch, we like to take a walk or cycle. Besides Godstone, our favourite places to go for views and beauty are Woldingham and Reigate Heath.

Reading the papers and listening to the radio takes up the rest of Sunday. Mark Carter usually has some great guests on a Sunday afternoon on BBC Surrey, we’ll have a fire roaring in the fireplace and the kids will be playing games on the floor.

I do love the winter. There is something romantic about getting wrapped up warm, the faint smell of woodsmoke in the air and seeing my own breath as I sprint up another one of Surrey’s infamous hills!


• Catch Isabel Knolles on BBC Surrey on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm on 104-104.6 FM or on DAB digital radio. Follow her on Twitter, @izziebrooks13, and via @bbcsurrey


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