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Welcome
Welcome to the historic town of Farnham.
Farnham has a magnicent history: Stone Age,
Roman and Saxon dwellings have been found
here, Britains rst cistercian monastery
With great local food, accessibility, calm
open spaces, interesting walking trails and
comfortable quirky places to stay, Farnham
Contents
Welcome .................................... 1
Website information .............. 2
was built here and the ne 12th century can offer you the perfect base from which to Getting to and around Farnham..3
castle standing above the town has experience an enjoyable few hours, exciting
welcomed visitors for the last 800 years, few days or longer. This guide aims to whet Farnhams villages ..................... 4
including most monarchs of England from your appetite with ideas and inspiration.
King John to Queen Victoria. You can also nd up to date events, offers History and heritage .................. 6
and leaets to download online at Art and culture ......................... 10
Farnham offers contemporary visitors and www.farnham.gov.uk.
residents a chance to enjoy quintessential Shopping .................................. 14
England, just an hour from the international
city of London. This pretty Georgian market As William Cobbett (1763-1835) the Farnham Town Map ................. 18
town has quaint cobbled streets to explore, famous writer and Journalist , author of Farnham for families ................ 20
a multitude of independent shops and Rural Rides and founder of Hansard, said
a rich arts scene all nestled in the beautiful Farnham is the neatest town in England, Events and festivals ................. 22
Surrey countryside. and, I believe, in the whole world.
Explore ..................................... 24
This mix of heritage and landscape has Green open spaces .............. 24
inspired writers for years such as William
Cobbett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J.M. National Trust ...................... 26
Barrie. The inventor John Henry Knight,
Britains rst two seater petrol motor car
Local churches ..................... 26
builder, lived here and other notable Waterways........................... 26
historical gures including Florence
Nightingale stayed regularly in Farnham. Film locations ...................... 27
Today the University for the Creative Arts
forms a hub for new talent, with 2,000
Sport and leisure ................. 28
Alice Holt Forest, Nr Farnham students creating cutting edge fashion,
art, video and photography.
Surrounding villages ................ 30
Eating and drinking .................. 32
The local Bourne Woods has seen Farnham
Where to stay ........................... 34

Book at goape.co.uk
land a new role as a leading lm location,
with major blockbusters Gladiator, War Hotels .................................. 34
Horse, Robin Hood, Snow White and the
Huntsman all choosing to use the Forestry Self catering ........................ 36

or call 0845 519 0761 quote FARNGU14


Commissions woodland for their backdrops.
Bed and breakfast ............... 36
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Further information available online - website/ Facebook/ Twitter Getting to/ getting around/ parking
Use this guide for inspiring places to visit and comfortable places to stay, and for more information on Farnham is perfectly located, one hour by train south of London and approximately one hour north of
shopping, activity ideas, up to date events and itineraries visit www.farnham.gov.uk or call Farnham the south coast. Accessible by train, car, plane or on foot, whichever your preferred method of transport
Town Council tel: 01252 712667. you can reach Farnham with ease.
To nd out what others are enjoying and recommending in Farnham see our Facebook page By air By bicycle
www.facebook.com/farnhamofcial or follow our Twitter feed #farnhamofcial; feel free to upload Londons Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nine pay and display car parks, including two Whether you discover the 10 mile section of
your photos and feedback. both within one hours drive of Farnham. From park and ramble riverside car parks for just 3 the North Downs Way from Guildford to
Heathrow, take the coach to Woking, Surrey per day. See map 7 and 8. All car parks have Farnham by bike or explore St Swithuns Way
and transfer to an Alton train for the short 20 disabled parking spaces. from Alton, there are miles of possible cycle
minutes journey to Farnham. National Express routes to and from Farnham to enjoy. For
runs a convenient coach service from London By coach further details on interesting routes, see the
Victoria to Farnham, ideal for those arriving on For details on routes from London and map in the centre pages of this book or visit
the Gatwick Express from Gatwick. Portsmouth to Farnham see www.farnham.gov.uk.
www.nationalexpress.com. Free coach
By train parking for groups is located off The Hart.
Farnham enjoys a direct service to and from
London Waterloo and Alton every half an hour Farnham parking map
during the week. The train station is just 5-10
minutes walk from the town centre, located
just south of the A31. For details on train times
Local internet access call 08457 484950 or see www.nationalrail.
Most accommodation providers have Wi-Fi but com. There is a taxi rank at the railway station
The Rural Life Centre is a museum of past village
life covering the years from 1750 to 1960. It is if you are out and about pop into Farnham and a second on Castle Street, which is a ten
set in over ten acres of garden and woodland
Library to use their free computers. The Bush minute walk from the station.
and housed in purpose-built and reconstructed
buildings including a chapel, village hall, cricket Hotel and the Bishop's Table Hotel also offer
pavilion and schoolroom. free Wi-Fi, and you can even get free access By bus
Displays show village crafts and trades such as in Gostrey Meadow courtesy of Wise & Co. Farnham is fairly well served with a network
wheelwrighting, bakers, vets and many more. An of bus routes to and from surrounding towns
historic village playground provides entertainment and villages. For details of the routes and
for children as does a preserved narrow gauge
light railway which operates on Sundays. There is Farnham Library timetables call 0871 200 22 33 or see
also an arboretum with over 100 species of trees Vernon House, 28 West Street, www.traveline.org.uk, www.stagecoachbus.com
from around the world.
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DR or search buses at www.surreycc.gov.uk
Send a self-addressed envelope for a diary of T: 01483 543599 W: surreycc.gov.uk Hoppa delivers a low cost and efcient
events. Admission: (Premium Events excepted) Open: Mon 9am-6pm, Tues and Thurs community transport service for the people
Adult 8.50, Children 6.00 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm of Waverley and Farnham. Tel: 01428 681701
Concession..students..OAPs 7.50 www.hoppa.org.uk.
Family (2 adults + accompanying children) 26.00
Groups (20 or more) deduct 10% from the above prices Information Points
Thursday & Friday 10 or more group rate deduct 1.50 Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square By car
from standard prices.
Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel Farnham is located just off the A31, A3, M3
Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL Opening Times: Farnham Library, West Street and A287. The historic town was not designed
t. 01252 795571 info@rural-life.org.uk Mar - Oct: Weds - Sun & BH 10:00 - 17:00 Town Council Ofces, South Street with cars in mind so park at your rst
Winter Season: Weds & Sun 11:00 - 16:00 opportunity and explore by foot. There are Map provided by Waverley Borough Council

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Farnhams villages
Weybourne Wrecclesham
Farnham and its surrounding villages offer a quintessential English experience. Located to the east of Farnham, Weybourne was once home to John On the southern fringes of Farnham, the village of Wrecclesham has a
Henry Knight, inventor, engineer and local landowner. He is famous recreation ground which hosts the annual village fair, held in late June,
With village shops and country pubs to discover, vibrant local communities and for building the rst horseless carriage for two people made in England plus cricket, football, rugby and tennis clubs. The village also offers
events and beautiful surroundings to enjoy, uncover village life at your own pace. in 1895. country pubs, including the traditional Bat and Ball with its annual
charity Bat and Ball Beer, Cider and Music Festival supported by The
Hedgehogs held during the second weekend in June. Wrecclesham
Badshot Lea Hale and Heath End Rowledge Community Centre has recently been refurbished and is a focal point
Located between Aldershot and Farnham, the North of the town centre, where Mesolithic To the south of Farnham, on the county border for local clubs and activities.
village of Badshot Lea boasts a ne church, a settlements have been found, is the area of of Surrey with Hampshire, the village of
large garden centre with a popular caf and Hale. With a successful annual carnival held Rowledge has gradually developed from the The village of Wrecclesham is best known for its pottery. To this day it
Badshot Lea big and small ponds offer some on the rst Saturday in July on the recreation original open elds to an attractive settlement is home to one of the best preserved examples of a working Victorian
excellent shing opportunities. Badshot Lea ground, this green space is a focal point for the with a thriving centre made up of a butcher, country pottery left in England. Farnham Buildings Preservation Trust
Nature Reserve, the former Farnham quarry, village. There is also a scout hut, the Hale post ofce and convenience store, newsagent, bought the site in 1998 and now under private ownership, Farnham
is an exciting new project and feature for the Institute Village Hall and a Working Mens Club. hairdresser, garage, and two public houses Pottery is home to two ceramics groups, West Street Potters and 318
area after years of mineral working. The History of Hale Project holds regular (one straddling the county border where Ceramics, producing pottery there today. www.weststreetpotters.co.uk,
www.farnhamanglingsociety.com, coffee mornings on the last Saturday of the Surrey meets Hampshire). The village green www.318ceramics.co.uk.
www.badshotleacommunity.co.uk. month (with exception of December) in Hale hosts a very popular fayre on the second bank
Village Hall,10-12 noon and all are welcome. holiday in May.
The Bourne Opposite, The Ball and Wicket public house is a www.rowledgevillagefayre.org.uk.
The Bourne is the link between the protected, traditional village pub, and the nearby Alfred
picturesque countryside south of the town and pub holds an annual beer festival. Rowledge Village Hall hosts a range of regular
the town centre. For many centuries the events including the Friday morning Coffee
Bourne was the common to the Manor of As the Army expanded in neighbouring Spot www.rowledgevillagehall.com/whatson
Farnham before gradually squatters began to Aldershot, the village of Heath End was This lovely village borders the fantastic
set up residence in turf huts. It is bordered by formed. The Rowhill Nature Reserve makes Alice Holt woodland and trails. Birdworld is
woodland and common land, with footpaths a natural boundary between the two towns: also nearby to enjoy.
along The Bourne Valley that provide an this ancient site is good for walking and www.rowledgevillagehall.co.uk.
important network of corridors for both provides a precious haven for wildlife and
residents and wildlife alike. ora. The area is also home to pitches for the
www.thebourne.org.uk. Aldershot and Farnham Hockey Club on
Monkton Lane.
Today The Bourne does retain the feeling of a www.halehistoryproject.co.uk.
vibrant village. There are four shops, including
a post ofce, and a large village green on
which there is an annual Bourne Show, held
on the third Saturday in July. It is a traditional
show with stalls, competitions, dog shows,
races for children, fancy dress, vintage/classic
cars, oral displays and refreshments.
See www.thebourneshow.com.

Hale Carnival Rowledge Village Sign Badshot Lea Church The Bottle Kiln, Farnham Pottery, Wrecclesham Jitka Schacherlova

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History and Heritage
Farnham has a magnificent history: Stone Age, Roman and Saxon dwellings have Army Medical Services Museum
Farnham Castle
Following recent renovation and
Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale,
been found here, Britains first cistercian monastery Waverley Abbey was built Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 5RQ
refurbishment work, Farnham Castle, set in
Farnham Castle
stunning gardens with manicured lawns,
here and the fine 12th century castle standing above the town has welcomed T: 01252 868612 F: 01252 868832
W: ams-museum.org.uk
combines 12th Century history with 21st
Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 0AG
T: 01252 721194
century style, offering a truly unique setting
visitors for the last 800 years. Open: Mon Fri 9.30am 3.30pm
for private celebrations and meetings.
E: info@farnhamcastle.com
(excluding Bank Holidays) W: farnhamcastle.com
The Norman keep, a secluded ancient
monument, is free to visit and offers
The origin of Farnham as a successful market town comes Aldershot Military Museum
fabulous views over the town and Surrey
from its strategic position between London, Winchester Queen's Avenue, Aldershot
countryside.
and the coast, perfect for trade. The cereal and wool trades Hampshire GU11 2LG
boomed here in the 17th century, when up to 1,000 T: 0845 603 5635
wagons a day would arrive in Farnham, and in the 18th W: hants.gov.uk/aldershot-museum
century the growth of hops guaranteed the towns
continued prosperity. Guildford Cathedral
Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7UP
Farnham continued to change and develop with the arrival T: 01483 547860
of the railway in 1849 and the construction of the army W: guildford-cathedral.org
camp at nearby Aldershot in 1853.
Rural Life Centre
Held on the rst Sunday of the month, guide-led walking Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL
tours of Farnham introduce a wealth of historical information T: 01252 795571 F: 01252 795571
(Tel: 01252 718119). The self-guided Heritage Trail of E: info@rural-life.org.uk
Farnham is a wonderful way to discover more about the W: rural-life.org.uk
history of Farnham. Open Summer: Wed Sun 10am 5pm
(plus Bank Holiday Mondays)
Visit the Museum of Farnham for a vast range of artefacts Open Winter: Sun & Wed 11am 5pm
from the town, including a mammoths tusk and the skull
cap worn by Charles I during his stay at Vernon House in William Cobbett Society
West Street, which is now home to Farnham Library. Just W: williamcobbett.org
Waverley Abbey C Whitehouse
out of town, the Rural Life Centre in Tilford offers visitors
a wonderful showcase of rural life, with regular events
including Kids Thursdays and courses in traditional crafts Genealogy
and a unique display of the Polish community in the war. Farnham Town Council hold Museum of Farnham
burial records dating back The museum was founded in 1961 to Museum of Farnham
to the 1870s. If you are provide the Farnham community with a Willmer House, 38 West Street
What is believed to be the rst ever researching your family tree collection dedicated to the history of the Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DX
two-minute silence, now observed see www.farnham.gov.uk local area. It is housed in an elegant Grade I T: 01252 715094
annually on Armistice day, was initiated to nd information. listed Georgian townhouse which still E: museum@farnhammaltings.com
by J. Alfred Eggar, an estate agent of Tel: 01252 712667. retains many original features, including a W: farnhammaltings.com/museum
Castle Street, in 1916. beautiful walled garden perfect for picnics. Open: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Rural Life Centre

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Farnham, craft town and its craft trail
Trails and footsteps worth following! The roots of Farnhams engagement with craft
can be dated back to the time when the town
Farnham has a network of trails and footpaths by which to explore exported white clay to the Romans. In the 16th
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and effective communication solutions from an information point or download one
for every client. T: 01252 724010 from our website: Farnham Maltings, an arts centre that offers
E: sales@farnhamminibuses.co.uk www.farnham.gov.uk/heritagetrail. stimulating year round exhibitions featuring
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expertise to make your ideas a reality. between Winchester, the capital of Saxon craft in the town.
England, and historic Farnham. Whilst not
tracing the original route of the Pilgrims Way, The New Ashgate Gallery offers a diverse
as much of this is now the A31, St Swithuns range of craft work for sale and is especially
Way starts at Winchester Cathedral and focused on creating opportunities for emerging
weaves its way east through the picturesque makers. Craft across the centuries can be seen
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Art and culture UCA Farnham
Farnham is the arts hub of the South East, now credited with the accolade of University for the Creative Arts Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
T: 01252 722441
A hub of creativity, UCA Farnham has over 2,000
Craft Town England. students studying a wide range of creative arts W: ucreative.ac.uk
subjects including ne art, photography, textiles, crafts,
lm, graphics, journalism and advertising. It boasts Craft Study Centre
Art, craft and culture all ourish in Farnham, on-campus accommodation, an extensive library, art T: 01252 891450
with its vibrant creative community and Farnham Maltings shop, refectory, galleries and purpose-built facilities W: csc.ucreative.ac.uk
wealth of contemporary art galleries. Set in the heart of Farnham, Farnham Farnham Maltings with specialist workshops. The university has two Open: TueFri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am4pm
Maltings is a creative organisation that Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR additional areas on Falkner Road open to the public:
Be inspired by attending one of three craft works with artists and communities to T: 01252 745444 The James Hockey Gallery
festivals held at the excellent community arts encourage people to make, see and enjoy E: info@farnhammaltings.com T: 01252 722441
venue, the Farnham Maltings; spot new the best art possible. The Maltings offers a W: farnhammaltings.com Craft Study Centre E: rhylton@ucreative.ac.uk
talent at the University for the Creative Arts diverse programme of events and activities, Box Ofce Open: Mon & Tue 9am 5.30pm, The Crafts Study Centre is a specialist University museum and W: ucreative.ac.uk
(UCA); pick up a piece of pottery at Grayshott including theatre, cinema, craft, music, Wed Fri 9am 7pm, Sat 10am 2pm research centre open free to the public. The Centres acclaimed Open: MonFri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am4pm
Pottery, with its eclectic gift shop, caf and comedy and workshops. collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy,
free daily tours or just enjoy the delights on ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as makers diaries,
offer at the New Ashgate Gallery, the James notes and photographs. Inspiring exhibitions and talks by leading
Hockey and Foyer Galleries, the Crafts Study It is the over 400,000 people visiting the Maltings each year, artist-makers are held year round, alongside an annual academic
Centre or art within the landscape at the from people living in the same street to those that have travelled symposium.
Sculpture Park in Churt.
from across the Country and, sometimes, internationally, that make
the Maltings feel uniquely special. Gavin Stride, Director The James Hockey Gallery
The James Hockey Gallery is a public exhibition space. The aim is to
present work of lasting educational importance which will invite
participation and contribute to the public and professional debate.
Respect for the specialist appreciation of disciplines, media and
techniques remains vital to the promotion of the arts at the Galleries.

New Ashgate Gallery


For more than 50 years, the New Ashgate
Gallery has been a window into arts and New Ashgate Gallery
crafts, supporting artists and makers. It is Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS
dedicated to championing the best T: 01252 713208
contemporary art and craft and to provide E: info@ashgategallery.org.uk
an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey W: ashgategallery.org.uk
and beyond. Open: Tue Sat 10am 5pm

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The Farnham Pottery
Quennells Hill, Wrecclesham,
Further afield...
Farnham Pottery West Street Potters Farnham, Surrey GU10 4QJ
The Farnham Pottery is one of the A steadily growing, independently run
W: farnham-pottery.co.uk
best-preserved examples of a Victorian membership organisation that provides
country pottery in England. Established in opportunities for people of all abilities to
Watts Gallery The destination to view and buy the
West Street Potters Enjoy a perfect day at a hidden gem best of contemporary art and craft.
1873 by local potter Absalom Harris, it experience ceramics through classes,
E: weststreetpotters@btinternet.com nestled in the Surrey Hills. Explore Championing artists and affordable
operated for over 130 years and was run by workshops and community events.
W: weststreetpotters.co.uk paintings and sculptures at Watts Gallery, art and craft in Farnham, Surrey
ve successive generations of the Harris
treat yourself to lunch or a cream tea in
family. Many well-known local potters learnt 318 Ceramics Farnham Sculpture the Tea Shop. Stroll to Watts Chapel, be
and beyond.
their craft at the Pottery. A new charitable creative organisation, which
E: liz_thomas118@yahoo.co.uk guided around Limnerslease, the artists
provides education and support to all makers,
W: farnhamsculpture.4t.com home and studio, then explore the shop,
Currently undergoing an extensive from complete beginners through to
full of unique gifts.
sympathetic renovation, The Pottery will professionals. Offering a programme of
318 Ceramics
provide inspiring accommodation for a range skills-based courses, workshops and
E: info@318ceramics.co.uk

Katherina Klug
of craft ventures, with the primary focus on masterclasses, all 318 Ceramics tutors are
W: 318ceramics.co.uk Watts Gallery
ceramics-based organisations, and will experts in their respective elds, and many
include public access space and exhibition have strong international reputations in both Watts Gallery, Down Lane,
areas, all with an emphasis on community teaching and practice. There are four Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU9 1DQ
involvement. The Farnham Pottery is home to dedicated studios for makers and a T: 01483 810285
three craft organisations: growing programme of community E: info@wattsgallery.org.uk
engagement projects. 318 Ceramics W: wattsgallery.org.uk
Farnham Sculpture offers open access studios and a Open: Tue Sun 11am 5pm
A group of wood and stone carvers, offering hireable craft studio. Closed: Mon (Except Bank Holidays)
well equipped studio space and support for
both experienced and novice carvers.

Ruta Brown
The Lightbox Other art and culture
The Lightbox in Woking is an award winning organisations:
gallery and museum. It hosts a wide range
of free exhibitions which change regularly Farnham Society
The Sculpture Park and is home to the museum Wokings Story. Promoting the highest standards of
The Sculpture Park is a wonderful all year sculpture exhibition with over 300 artists planning and architecture in
The canalside Caf has a delicious range of
showcasing 600 sculptures. Almost everything is for sale and as a result the exhibits are Farnham.

Jack Doherty
lunches, cakes and snacks and the Gift Shop
forever changing so there is always something new to discover. T: 01252 781801
has a unique range of gifts that are perfect
for presents. W: farnhamsociety.org.uk
Sited within ten acres of stunning arboretum and wildlife inhabited water gardens that
have been developed over the years, with a series of landscaping projects and the New Ashgate Gallery
Farnham Public Art Trust
introduction of thousands of new plants, bulbs and specimen trees. Taking advantage of The Lightbox Waggon Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS
Preserving Farnhams heritage
the natural contours of the rolling Surrey Hills Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA E: info@farnhampublicarttrust.co.uk e: gallery@newashgate.org.uk
The Sculpture Park has resulted in the perfect haven for the T: 01483 737800 W: farnhampublicarttrust.co.uk t: 01252 713208
Jumps Rd, Churt, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2LH display of sculpture, with over two miles of E: info@thelightbox.org.uk w: newashgate.org.uk
T: 01428 605453 paths meandering through mixed heathland W: thelightbox.org.uk Surrey Artists Open Studios
W: thesculpturepark.com Open: TueSun 10.30am 5pm
@newashgate
and woodland in a natural valley enhanced by W: surreyopenstudios.org.uk
Open: Everyday 10am-5pm three lakes fed by two natural springs. Sun 11am-5pm facebook.com/newashgate
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm. Free entry

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Shopping
Farnhams roots are as a market town Lion and Lamb Yard
This lovely cobbled car-free street has a perfect selection of luxury
Castle Street
The castle in this beautiful
East Street
East Street offers a wealth of beauty options
Specialisms in Farnham
household shops, traditional country clothing, bespoke jewellery Georgian street offers a plus individual shops selling bicycles, sports
This origin has expanded over time and though bartering is less prevalent and book shops surrounded by excellent independent cafes which wonderful backdrop to a wealth equipment, and even model hobby kits. Antiques and vintage
these days, the commercial ethos remains in the town. There is a vast are perfect for people watching. of eateries for breakfast or Farnham is rich in antiques for sale in wonderful
array of shops and products to discover catering for everyones tastes. candlelit dinner. settings. The Bourne Mill or The Antiques
From independent gems, including a milliners (Beverley Edmonstone), Warehouse are unique in their offerings from
jewellery specialists (Andre Noir) and musical experts at the renowned multiple sellers and collectors and both make an
Guitar Village to many of the better known high street brands. enjoyable afternoon out with their own tea
To search a retail directory of Farnham visit www.farnham.gov.uk. shops on site. If it is vintage you are after then
The town has several distinct shopping areas: The Packhouse is a one-stop shop for
customers in search of interior inspiration,
seasonal gifts, furniture, lighting, upholstery
West Street and vintage and antique nds.

Castle Street H Lambden


West Street hosts a variety of quality retailers including Farnhams
own family-run department store, Elphicks, founded in 1881. Household
From stores such as Traditional Furnishings to
contemporary options from Appassionato
Interiors or Vale Furnishers, Farnham offers a
fabulous range of furniture, materials, luxurious
lighting and accessory choices to browse and
Downing Street embellish your home.
The historic Downing Street leads into Farnham from The Borough
the south. Home to a butcher, a baker and candle-stick The Borough is a thoroughfare of high street options with Boots and Breaking Free, Children
maker, well hardware store. This charming street is White Stuff and WH Smith. To entertain those little cherubs visit Enchanted
also home to a fth-generation greengrocer, Wood toy shop on East Street for a wide range of
traditional sweet shop, exquisite independent clothes toys or the local garden centres. Rainbow
shops (John Goodridges and Mulberry Silks) and Wood, also on East Street, is a fun and inspiring
even a ceramics caf. childrens bunk bed shop.

Local produce
To pick up a jar of something sweet and local try
Hones & Sons, greengrocers on Downing Street,
the Country Market at the United Reformed
Church on Fridays or Frensham Garden Centre.

Farnham Museum Books


For the perfect page turner visit Waterstones in
Elphicks is a long standing part of the local community, the Lion and Lamb Yard, Oxfams second hand
trading in Farnham for over 130 years. Buyers work hard book shop on East Street, and even Underwater
to source ranges that are a little bit different but remain World at Birdworld.
competitively priced.

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Local markets The Antiques Warehouse Want the red
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Runfold, Farnham, Surrey GU10 1PL
Farnham is a market town at heart. With an T: 01252 317590
award winning local farmers market on the E: hilary2606@gmail.com
fourth Sunday of each month, a country W: theantiqueswarehouse.com
market on Fridays at the United Reformed Open: 10.30am 5.30pm
church in South Street and the Farnham
Maltings monthly market on the rst Saturday The Packhouse
of the month. The Packhouse, Hewetts Kilns,
Tongham Rd, Runfold, Surrey GU10 1PJ
on the 4th Sunday of every month I T: 01252 781010
attend the farmers market with my W: packhouse.com
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Farnham United Reform Church, Central car park, off Victoria Rd GU9 7RB T: 01252 745444
South Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QU T: 01252 712667 W: farnhammaltings.com
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A B C D E F G H I J Farnham Town Map
Farnham Town Centre Map N Places of Interest (In Town) Places of Interest (Out of Town)
SCALE :1:10000 DATE :24/06/2014
1 Map data shown may contain Ordnance Survey Adult Education Centre ............................ 4D North
products supplied by Pear Technology Services Ltd; Archies Launchpad .................................. 3D Army Medical Services Museum, Aldershot
Email: info@peartechnology.co.uk. Crown Copyright Bishops Meadow ..................................... 5D Aldershot Military Museum
and database rights from date shown above.
Ordnance Survey license number 100023148.
Borrelli Walk...............................................3F Blackwater Valley
Craft Study Centre .................................... 3D
Farnham Castle......................................... 1D South
Farnham Cricket Club ............................... 1D Frensham Ponds, Frensham
2 Farnham Football Club............................. 4D Grayshott Pottery, Grayshott
Farnham Hospital .......................................1I Hindhead and the Devils Punchbowl
Farnham Leisure Centre........................... 2G Hollycombe Steam Museum, Liphook
Farnham Library ....................................... 4D Ludshott Common, Grayshott
Farnham Maltings .....................................4F Rural Life Centre, Tilford
Farnham Park, The Avenue ......................1F The Sculpture Park, Churt
3 Farnham skatepark .................................. 2G
Farnham station ....................................... 4G
Watercress Line, Alton

Farnham Town Council Ofces ............... 3G East


Gostrey Meadow.......................................4F Dapdune Wharf, Guildford
Information Point (Mercure Farnham Farncombe Boathouse, Farncombe
Bush Hotel) ................................................3F Farnham Rugby Club
James Hockey Galleries ........................... 3D Guildford Cathedral, Guildford
4 Museum of Farnham ............................... 4D Hogs Back Brewery, Runfold
New Ashgate Gallery ...............................4E The Lightbox, Woking
North Downs Way trail start ................... 4G Waverley Abbey, Farnham
Post Ofce ..................................................3E Watts Gallery, Compton
St Andrews Church ...................................4E
Stay and Play .............................................3F West
Vernon House (Surrey County Council Alice Holt and Go Ape, Bucks Horn Oak
5 registrar) ................................................... 4D Birdworld, Wrecclesham
United Reform Church ..............................3F Farnham Pottery, Wrecclesham
University for the Creative Arts .............. 3D
Victoria Garden ..........................................3F

Key to Map
6 ..........................Car
P Park ..........................Museum
..........................Children's Play Area ..........................Post Ofce
..........................Coach Park ..........................Public Toilets
..........................Cycle Racks ..........................Visitor Information Point
7 ..........................Hotel
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Farnham for families Farnham and its beautiful surrounding
countryside can be inspirational for
children and the area now benets from
Alice Holt
Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham GU10 4LS
T: 01420 520212
Stagecoach Theatre Arts Farnham
Farnham College, Morley Road,
Farnham GU9 8LU
some new bespoke activities for young W: forestry.gov.uk/aliceholt T: 01252 216277
Farnham is great for children and their parents, with a whole host of family ones such as Follow your Wellies weekly Open: 8am-5pm (Dec-Feb), E: farnham@stagecoach.co.uk
friendly attractions to enjoy all year round. From penguin feeding and animal adventures or the Farnham Family
Walking Group.
8am-6pm (Mar & Nov), 8am-7pm
(Apr & Oct), 8am-9pm (May-Sep)
W: stagecoach.co.uk/farnham
Open: Friday & Saturday
handling at Birdworld to old fashioned fun at the Rural Life Centre in Tilford, See www.farnham.gov.uk
www.facebook.com/followyourwellies Farnham Music and Drama The Watercress Line
or steam train rides at Hollycombe or the Watercress Line in Alton and puppet and www.facebook.com/Farnham- 78 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DW The Railway Station, Mid Hants Railway,
Family-Walking-Group for more details. T: 01252 727617 The Watercress Line, Station Rd,
theatre performances to enthral at the Farnham Maltings. E: mail@farnhammusicanddrama.com Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JG
W: farnhammusicanddrama.com T: 01962 733810
Open: 9am-9pm W: watercressline.co.uk
Low cost days out To expel energy the town has some prize Looking for something different - pop into Open: Weekends Feb-Oct,
For keeping down the cost of a family day, playgrounds in Gostrey Meadow and two in Farnham library on West Street with its Hollycombe Steam Museum midweek May-Sep
Farnham has the brilliant Alice Holt forest (just Farnham Park as well as the at River Wey weekly story time sessions and lovely garden Iron Hill, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7LP
pay for parking) with its excellent trails to path with ducks to feed and the secret where playful events are held or Challengers, T: 01428 724900 Waverley Abbey
explore on wheels or by foot and wooden Victoria Garden maze to discover. St James' Avenue with its weekly groups and W: hollycombe.co.uk.com Waverley Lane, Farnham GU9 8EP
sculptures to clamber (plus Go Ape if you are great facilities for all. Open: Wed Sun and Bank Holiday W: english-heritage.org.uk
looking for something higher off the ground) For rainy days Mondays 11am - 5pm Open: MonFri 9.30am - 5.30pm
or for the local beach visit Fresham Ponds Visit the indoor soft play centres: Stay and Play Ceramics Cafs offer a creative indoor option,
(again just pay for parking in the summer). The (Tel: 01252 711129) or Archies Launchpad with one family friendly studio in Downing
free Museum of Farnham with its changing (Tel:01252 726110), a daily session of fun time Street (Tel: 01252 727555) and another in
exhibitions and local history, childrens gym at Farnham Leisure Centre (Tel: 01252 Badshot Lea (Tel: 01252 643012).
activities and events is worth a look and 723208) or the purpose built Rushmoor Gym
Farnham Castle keep, overlooking the town, is (Tel: 01252 320888) nearby in Aldershot. Feeding the gannets
free of charge to the public. The ruins of From pubs where kids eat for free to
Waverley Abbey just outside the town centre Local garden centres in Badshot Lea, Tilford, restaurants with kids menus and activities,
are also free to explore and are managed by Wrecclesham and Churt cater for kids with Farnham has plenty for your brood to devour
English Heritage. animals to view, play areas and great coffee
for the grown-ups.
before moving on to the next activity. The best adventure play
centre in the Universe
Birdworld Archies Launchpad is all you need for
the perfect playtime. Excellent play
A great, fun family day out. The 26 acre park is Birdworld equipment, clean safe facilities, great
home to hundreds of unusual birds, and also a Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD coffee and a good time guarantee.
fabulous farm (home to a pair of reindeer!), T: 01420 22992
an aquarium and the wonderful Forest Lodge E: enquiries@birdworld.co.uk
Garden Centre; so there really is a packed day W: birdworld.co.uk
out to be had for all ages! There is a busy Open: MonFri 9.30am - 5.30pm
schedule of daily events: brightly coloured birds;
fabulous keeper talks, feeds and two amazing Free music in the meadow Find us at
daily shows, the Outdoor Flying Display and the Every Sunday afternoon from May to September Gostrey Meadow The North Barn, Lion and Lamb Way, Farnham,
Discovery Theatre Show. hosts a live band for all to enjoy. Bring a picnic, some bubbly and Planet Earth, Milkyway Galaxy, The Universe.
enjoy. For details see www.farnham.gov.uk. website: archieslaunchpad.co.uk phone: 01252 726110

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Events and festivals
Farnhams Community Games
Farnham Town Council and various community groups in the town organise a Farnham Sports Council host an annual
Community Games for all to have a go
wonderful range of events and festivals throughout the year. on August Bank Holiday Monday.
The event, held at Farnham Rugby Club,
From duck races in May to a Christmas light Farnham carnival fayre takes place all day in The Rural Life Centre is a working museum, attracts over 1,200 people, participating
switch-on, free music events in the summer Gostrey Meadow and the procession littered with artefacts of bygone country life and in the 30 sports and activities on offer.
months to Heritage Open Days each encourages young people to promote their craft displays throughout the venue. In fact, www.communitygames.org.uk.
September, here are just a few samples of school or club and others their local business. Weyfest is more like a mini-holiday than a music
some of the vibrant events that take place in It is great fun to watch. For more information festival. A stress-free weekend in the country, Farnham Fireworks
Farnham. To nd out whats on see visit www.farnhamcarnival.org.uk. a great selection of food from the in-house caf The Firework Fiesta, organised by Farnhams
www.farnham.gov.uk, Facebook or Twitter. and the plentiful food stalls, fully stocked bars, Round Table, is a magical annual event for all
Weyfest music festival a fascinating museum and a real mix of music. the family held in early November. With a
Held at the wonderful woodland setting of The For details see www.weyfest.co.uk. torchlit procession leaving the town centre for
Craft festivals Rural Life Centre in Tilford, this three day music Farnham Park and an amazing rework
Farnham Maltings is the cultural hub of event goes from strength to strength with display, all proceeds go to charity. For details
Farnham and hosts three annual craft adventurous line-ups, welcoming atmosphere, www.farnhamroundtable.org.uk. Farnham
festivals a year; Festival of Crafts, Thread friendly staff and smiling security! Weyfest is Rugby Club also hosts an alternative display at
and Unravel. With workshops, rst and foremost a family festival, and each the ground. For details Farnham Rugby Union
demonstrations, exhibitions, talks and the year more is done to cater for children (and Football Club on Facebook.
chance to browse a lively market place, young-at-heart adults) with an ever expanding
the venue also hosts national events such Kids' Zone, more kids events and interesting Free events
as Sugarcraft, Art in Clay and The Quilters workshops. Free events include Music in the Meadow,
Fair, as well as events such as Beerex, organised by Farnham Town Council and held Thread a festival of textiles Liene Abaronina
attracting real ale drinkers from miles from 3-5pm every Sunday throughout the
around. Tel: 01252 745444 or see summer months at Gostrey Meadow. There is Annual village events
www.craft.farnhammaltings.com/festivals. also a day long Picnic in the Meadow held in Each year sees Farnhams villages put on some
late June to showcase local bands. lovely community events for visitors and
residents alike.
Farnham carnival As well as the monthly Farmers Market in
Farnham carnival has been a colourful the towns central car park, in Septamber The Bourne Show is held on the third
highlight of the towns summer event scene Farnham holds a two week long Food Festival Saturday in July. It is a traditional show with
for several decades, taking place on the last celebrating locally sourced produce and stalls, competitions and refreshments. It is
Saturday in June. eateries. Culminating in a huge street event on held on the Bourne Green.
Castle Street. There are 60-80 food stalls to
A fabulous event for everyone, the carnival is visit and live cooking shows to experience, Every year Hale Carnival on the village green
organised by The Lions and The Hedgehogs perhaps with a glass of Pimms. is held on the rst Saturday in July.
with Farnham Town Councils support.
The carnival comprises two distinct but Held on the second Sunday in December, Rowledge Village Fayre is held on the second
complementary events; the fayre and the Farnham's Christmas market takes place on Bank Holiday Monday in May.
procession. the beautiful Castle Street, an excellent
opportunity to browse local produce and craft Wrecclesham Village Fayre takes place in
makers and pick up a few unique gifts. For late June at the local recreation ground and is
Farnham Carnival David Fisher A&FCC Farnham's Community Games
more information see www.farnham.gov.uk. well worth a visit.

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Explore
There is so much to explore in this beautiful part of England. From the ruins of Accessible trails
Gateway to the South Downs National
Waverley abbey, the charming Georgian town centre with its 12th century park, Alice Holt has an accessible double
looped trail (1.5 miles/ 2.5 km) designed
castle and keep, wonderful walks at Frensham Ponds and Hankley Common to for those with limited mobility or with a
the delightful surrounding villages of Badshot Lea, The Bourne, Hale, Heath buggy. Tel: 01420 520212.

End, Rowledge, Weybourne and Wrecclesham. Farnham Park has a lower wide path
from which to view the landscape,
becoming a circular walk taking in
Farnham Park The Avenue of trees towards the castle
when the ground is not wet.
Green open spaces Farnham Park is a lovely asset to the town, situated just a few hundred
metres from Castle Street. This 320 acre (130 hectare) medieval deer
park with its impressive one kilometre tree lined Avenue offers The Basingstoke Canal and Blackwater
Bishops Meadow tranquility, walking paths, two excellent playgrounds, football pitches to Valley, off the M3 junction 4, offer a
Loved by those who know of this peaceful haven to play, picnic, stroll, hire, a golf course, a cricket pitch, caf and toilets. For more information Gostrey Meadow and Victoria Garden restored waterway and towpath linear
walk the dogs or just sit, and well worth discovering for those not yet including wildlife and history leaets. Tel: 01252 717047 or see Borelli Walk. Right in the heart of the town centre, Victoria trail suitable for wheelchairs and 23 mile
familiar... www.waverley.gov.uk/farnhampark. Gostrey Meadow, an attractive open plan Garden is a real secret gem created on the site of riverside path of which eight miles are
park, links Farnham Maltings and the River of the former Victorian open-air swimming accessible. Tel: 01252 370073.
The Meadows are 35 acres of ancient hay meadow lying between Wey to the town centre with entrances at baths. The entrance through the archway off
central Farnham and the A31 by-pass. A branch of the River Wey ows To walk under the gnarled, ancient boughs of the South Street, Union Road and Longbridge. The South Street reveals a wonderful planting of Enjoy an accessible trail across open
through them and a public footpath to Coxbridge and Wrecclesham runs Parks Oaks, and realise these are the same trees large grassed area has an excellent childrens roses, clematis, lavenders, hebes and sedums heathland on Elstead Common. Start at
right across the northern edge of the Meadow. The Meadows are now that Kings and Queens rode past some 500 years playground, access to paddling in the River and the garden contains a mini-maze that the parking area at Royal Common off
owned by the local community Bishops Meadows Trust for the people Wey, the War Memorial and a bandstand children love. The garden is managed by the the B3001, bus service 46.
past, gives you an enormous sense of continuity and
of Farnham. hosting numerous musical events throughout Farnham Swimming Baths Trust with the
wellbeing. the summer, making a perfect spot to relax support and help of a dedicated group of The boardwalk at Frensham Great Pond
The Trust is working to restore the Meadows to their former glory as Robin Crowther, Farnham Park Ranger and spend a lazy day. Friends. In 2013 Victoria Garden was awarded is a pleasant short walk with information
owering hay meadows. The trust holds regular conservation events outstanding in the Small Parks category for panels near the car park, suitable for
and welcomes volunteers who can help with restoring the meadows Follow the River Wey through Borelli Walk South and South East in Bloom. wheelchairs (and small children).
or with fundraising. The meadow has a community orchard for six towards the Shepherd and Flock and the North www.farnhamvictoriagarden.org.
Farnham Schools who recently helped to planted 30 fruit trees - Downs Way perhaps catching a glance of the
ve for each school to care for, study and enjoy. resident egret. Village greens
Surrounding Farnham town centre are some
The meadows are accessible by foot from several public footpaths: quintessentially English village greens, with
from St Andrews Church, Red Lion Lane and Crosby Way. games of village cricket and fun summer
www.bishopsmeadowtrust.org. fayres, The Bourne, Hale, Rowledge and Tilford
to name but a few.

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The River Wey valley
National Trust Waterways Follow the North Downs Way to medieval Waverley Abbey, via Mother
Ludlams Cave and the Farnham Everglades. Starting near Farnham
railway station, off the A31, this rural bridleway takes walkers from the
The National Trust own, manage and preserve The River Wey meanders right through the
market town via Moor Park. En route you will discover Mother Ludlams
much of the wonderful countryside and heart of the town, bringing shing
Cave, the subject of a number of local legends. Follow the sinuous River
stunning scenery surrounding Farnham. opportunities, the annual duck race and river
Wey until you reach Waverley Abbey.
Escape the rush and nd the perfect walk, walk to enjoy, eventually owing into the great
cycle route or picnic spot and explore our river Thames. See the guides central map for
natural environment. walk details and www.farnham.gov.uk for
duck race dates and shing information. It is said Mother Ludlam would loan utensils, but when a large
As well as Frensham Little and Great Ponds, cauldron was borrowed and not returned she became so
why not admire the views from the Devils Basingstoke Canal enraged that the borrower, scared by Ludlams anger, sought
Punch Bowl or across the Weald from Gibbet A short drive from Farnham brings you to the refuge in Frensham Church. The cauldron associated with this
Hill in Hindhead or ramble 705 acres of open tranquil Basingstoke Canal that bisects Surrey legend remains in the church to this day.
heathland on Ludshott Common, Grayshott. and Hampshire, linking Woking to Fleet.
Recently regenerated, this now offers lovely Another version of the legend is that one day the Devil, in
In fact Hindhead Commons and the Devils disguise, visited Mother Ludlam and asked to borrow the
Punch Bowl were one of the earliest canal path walks, narrow boat hire (great fun
learning to steer) or short cruises with cauldron she used for mixing her potions. Recognising the
acquisitions for the National Trust in 1906 Devil from his hoof-prints in the sand, she refused, so the
thanks to local Hindhead resident Sir Robert afternoon tea. There is also The Canal Visitor
Centre at Mytchett. For details see Devil stole the cauldron, with the witch in pursuit. Making
Hunter. This area is now designated as an Area great leaps, the Devil created a series of hills where he
of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and www3.hants.gov.uk/basingstoke-canal.
touched the ground, these now being the sandstone hills
with an abundance of wildlife the area is also a near Churt known as the Devils Jumps. The Devil dropped the Waverly Abbey C Whitehouse
Site of Special Scientic Interest (SSSI). Farnham countryside A Perrin
Frensham Ponds.
Part of the Greensand Way that crosses Surrey, cauldron or kettle on the last of these hills, Kettle Bury,
or Kettlebury Hill. Mother Ludlam recovered the cauldron
and once drained during WWII as they were
visible landmarks for the enemy, Frensham and placed it in Frensham Church, where it would be safe Film Locations
Exploring local churches Little and Great ponds provide a wonderful from the Devil. Farnham and its wonderful countryside, in particular the coniferous
woodland of Bourne Woods near Tilford, has frequently been used
Entering a local church to attend a local location to discover. A perfect place to as a lm location, including the blockbusters: Gladiator (2000),
service or simply admire the run, walk dogs, build sandcastles, sail and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009), Robin Hood (2010),
The monastery at Waverley, the rst Cistercian abbey to be established
architecture is an enchanting thing to even paddle in the summer months. Frensham War Horse (2011) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).
in Britain, was founded by William Gifford, Bishop of Winchester, in
do. Farnham and its surrounding Ponds are part of the National Trust network Though there might not be any sets to view, the Greensand Ridge
1128. The monks and lay brothers farmed the surrounding land and
parish villages offer numerous and managed by Waverley Borough Council. is lovely to stroll upon and admire local wildlife, such as woodlark,
provided shelter for pilgrims and travellers and an inrmary for the sick.
possibilities from the 12th century For a relaxing day whatever time of the year, the Dartford warbler and even a sand lizard if you are lucky.
Finally in 1536, with the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry XIII,
foundations at St Andrews, now Frensham Ponds are a great escape from the
the site passed to Sir William Fitzherbert, treasurer of the kings
updated sympathetically by Architect hustle and bustle. With cream tea at Frensham
household. Much of the abbey was dismantled and some of the stone
Ptolemy Dean to the quaint chapel of Pond Hotel, Frensham Garden Centre or the
was reused to build Sir William Mores house at Loseley, a few miles to
St Martins, on the Bourne Green, or Rural Life Centre.
the east near Guildford.
beautiful parish churches in Hale,
Frensham or Seale. Godalming Boathouse (Tel: 01483 421306 )
The site, now managed by English Heritage and free to visit, remains a
and Guildford Dapdune Wharf (Tel: 01483
tranquil location and so is often used in lms and by photographers as a
For more information visit 561389) are within 20 minutes of Farnham and
stunning backdrop.
www.churchestogetherinfarnham.org.uk. provide row boat hire and further relaxing
cruise options to while away the hours.
To complete this walk one can continue towards Tilford and the scenic
village pub, the Barley Mow or head back to Farnham stopping off at
St. Andrews Church R Atkinson the Shepherd and Flock pub, for refreshments.
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Farnhams public leisure centre
Sport and leisure The central Farnham site offers visitors access
to almost every sport - swimming, dance and
Want to let off some steam? Whether you wish to participate or exercise classes, group cycling, trampolining
and fencing. www.placesforpeopleleisure.
just spectate there are a multitude of sporting activities to get org/centres/farnham-leisure-centre.
stuck into in Farnham.
Private Gyms
In addition to the gym at Farnham leisure
Rugby in Seale. However, if you are looking for more centre, David Lloyd or Nufeld Health offer
Farnham Rugby Club has a strong emphasis structure and companions try a local running top quality facilities and expertise, with
on the local community, with 24 teams to club, such as Farnham Runners with their luxurious health spa treatments and rooms,
choose from! Four very successful mens Alice Holt Forest races in September childrens classes and delicious eating options.
teams; girls teams, youth teams and minis. www.farnham-runners.org.uk or Blackwater www.davidlloyd.co.uk/farnham.
Past players include Jonny Wilkinson and Peter Valley Runners, secretary@bvrunners.org.uk. www.nufeldhealth.com/gyms/farnham.
Richards who played for the winning English
World Cup team in 2007. Football Skiing
www.fanhamrugby.org. Founded in 1906, the Farnham Town football Alpine Snowsports Centre, Aldershot
club has a rst team, seven academy teams, a Whether youre skiing, snowboarding or
Golf clubs ladies team and minis. Why not support the donutting, young or old, learning skills or ne
The Farnham countryside is ideal for golf, local team at a home match off West Street. tuning them; with three slopes, each with
with the nearest course located in the north Tel: 01252 715305. www.farnhamtownfc.com their own lift and mist system, you can enjoy
of Farnham Park, ve minutes walk from the Many of Farnhams villages have historic the thrill of a speedy descent, within ten
castle. A par 3, nine hole, course course to stay football clubs with very active teams. minutes drive of Farnham.
in practice with a cafe for partners and the Badshot Lea football club. was initially www.activenation.org.uk.
park next door for children. formed in 1907 and now has approximately
A line-out at Farnham Rugby Club Farnham Town FC in action E Marsh
30 teams. Further details can be found at
Farnham Golf Club was founded in 1896 on www.badshotleafootballclub.co.uk. Founded in 1906, Farnham Angling Society is
the outskirts of the town in The Sands and one of the oldest and most successful angling
boasts a testing but rewarding course Cricket societies in England and members enjoy shing
amongst parkland, pine and heather. Farnham Cricket Club is one of the oldest in over 32 ponds, lakes and stretches of river
Visitors are welcome. Tel: 01252 782 109 or clubs in the country. Founded in 1782, the club including Frensham Great and Little Pond and
www.farnhamgolfclub.co.uk. maintains a site adjacent to the castle in the River Wey.
Other golf clubs: Farnham and one in Crondall. With several For more information tel: 01252 320871 or
Hankley Common Golf Club, with its open teams playing each Saturday and Sunday they www.farnhamanglingsociety.com.
qualifying course www.hankley.co.uk. always welcome visitors who enjoy cricket.
Blacknest Golf & Country Club Tel: 01252 714860 www.farnhamcc.co.uk Skateparks
www.blacknestgolf.co.uk. Other local cricket clubs include: Narm Skatepark is located in front of the
Oak Park Golf Club, Crondall Badshot Lea Cricket Club Farnham Leisure Centre and was rebuilt in 2013
www.oakpark.co.uk. www.badshotleacc.com. to cater for beginners to experts of all ages.
Rowledge Cricket Club
Running www.rowledgecricketclub.com. Sailing
The surrounding heath and common Hale Cricket Club. Sailing is available for all abilities with a vibrant
landscape is perfect for running. Farnham now sailability section, on the beautiful Frensham
hosts the cross country Pilgrims Marathon Angling Great Pond; however you must be a member
(www.farnhampilgrim.org.uk) once a year and Farnham has a wide diversity of sheries to of the Frensham Pond Sailing Club.
other races such the Woodland Woogle 6-10k cater for the needs of the sh and anglers. Tel: 01252 792859 www.sailfrensham.org.uk.
Cricket at Rowledge Village green Waiting for the Race A Perrin

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Surrounding villages
Discover the beauty of some picture perfect villages surrounding Farnham.

Bentley Churt Crondall


Just ve miles west of Farnham, Bentley Situated between Farnham and Haslemere, A typical Hampshire village just north-west of
offers a chance to visit a village which has not Churt is on the edge of some stunning Farnham with a lovely traditional village
changed much in 50-100 years, with an swathes of heath and common land from church, pubs and well preserved cottages.
attractive 12th century church, country pub, Hankley Common to The Devils Jumps and www.crondall-pc.gov.uk. Tilford Village Green and the Barley Mow pub.
and a village fete that takes place every year the Flashes. Elstead Tilford
in July. Frensham Regarded as a pretty little village, Elstead is Tilfords picturesque triangular village green
Former Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, Frensham is famous for its Little Pond and surrounded on three sides by woods and with village cricket is often used in adverts for
The hamlet shop has been in the same made Churt his home in 1921 and developed Great Pond. Originally created in the 13th heathland, on the fourth by the River Wey its idyllic portrayal of England. Sir Edwin
family for four to ve generations and boasts his estate in the village as he withdrew from century to supply sh to the Bishop of water meadows. There has been a settlement Lutyens built the Tilford Institute which is
having starred in its own reality television the political scene. Winchester whilst visiting Farnham Castle. in this part of the Surrey Hills for hundreds of now used for sports and events. The village
show The Village. Bentley also has its own Today the ponds and the surrounding area is a years with links to the historical local economy boasts not one but two medieval bridges, one
railway station. The Sculpture Park in Churt now attracts sanctuary for wildlife and is a Site of Special and hops evident from the names of the pubs at either end of the green. Tilford also has a
www.bentleyvillage.com. thousands of visitors annually with its most Scientic Interest. Look out for reed bunting, - The Woolpack, The Golden Fleece, community run village shop.
amazing collection of sculptures set in sedge warbler and great crested grebe, as well Elstead Mill and 'The Donkey'. www.tilfordinstitute.co.uk.
woodland and water settings. as nightjars and woodlarks. The ponds are also www.elstead.org.uk.
the backdrop for an hotel and used for sailing The Rural Life Centre attracts visitors to learn
With its annual fete, Churt offers an afternoon and shing. Seale and The Sands traditional crafts and country ways of life.
of fun, games and entertainment for the Situated on the Hogs Back in the beautiful www.rural-life.org.uk.
whole family with tea and cakes by the WI and The post ofce and village shop is a landscape of the Surrey Hills. Seale and The Luxury self catering accommodation is next to
even a Tug of War on the recreation ground. community run shop and the village hosts an Sands offer lots of sporting activities to enjoy, the championship qualifying course at Hankley
www.churtfete.org www.churt.org. annual village fayre in June with traditional with a rst class golf course, friendly bowling Common Golf Club. www.tilfordwoods.co.uk.
activities to enjoy. club and the Woodand Woogle, a spring run or
www.frensham-pc.gov.uk. walk at the Hampton Estate Seale. For more information on what to do and see in
Seale Church E Marsh
www.woodlandwoggle.com. Surrey: www.visitsurrey.com.
www.saspc.info.

Thursley
Thursley is a walkers paradise, just west of the
A3. It is on the edge of a National Nature
Reserve with areas of open dry heath land,
peat bogs, pine and deciduous woodlands to
explore, all within the Surrey Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Three
Horseshoes pub makes a perfect resting spot.
www.thursley.org.

Countryside on Crondall Lane J Paynter Frensham Pond J Paynter Elstead Mill

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Eating and drinking
Weekend lunches in one of Farnhams town or country pubs, such as
Farnham has long been a convenient stopping point for travellers to rest and The Lamb, The Wheatsheaf Bar and Grill, The Bat and Ball, The Beer in Farnham
Spotted Cow, The Bluebell or The Shepherd and Flock to mention Hops brought prosperity to Farnham and although the town no
enjoy a good hearty meal. From small coffee shops to inspirational fine dining only a few, are a fabulous way to spend your quality time with friends longer requires the 200+ public houses as there once were, there
or family (including dogs), with menus changing with the seasons and remain some lovely town centre and country pubs where you can
settings, there is something to suit all appetites. Farnham offers locals and often with a modern twist on the traditional roast. relax and unwind. The Hogs Back Brewery off the A31 also offers
some great local beers to enjoy at your leisure and a brewery to tour.
visitors alike the perfect quaint caf, rural country pub or quality restaurant Afternoon tea www.hogsback.co.uk.
For a truly tranquil afternoon tea in lovely surroundings, try the historic
to enjoy an excellent range of local produce or international options. Here are Mercure Farnham Bush Hotels Garden Room or courtyard with its
just a few ideas, for more possibilities see www.farnham.gov.uk. very own fountain.

Tasty evenings out


Farnham punches well above its weight in eating out venues. Every
From breakfast to brunch budget and taste is catered for, from popular pizzerias to tasty
Set yourself up for the day in style with a
vegetarian possibilities. The old favourites Thai, Chinese, Indian and
wonderful English breakfast or one of a
even sh and chips can be enjoyed in a restaurant setting.
continental variety from a local hotel or
restaurant . Alternatively cook your own mouth
watering version using local produce picked up
on a Sunday morning at the Farmers Market
in the centre of town (fourth Sunday of each
month), after trying a few tasters in the process! Farnhams very own Festival of Food
Farnham Maltings provides a comfortable for two tasty weeks each September
cultural environment to snatch a coffee and

Photographs David Fisher of the Aldershot & Farnham Camera Club (AFCC)
cake break or visit another high street cafe in Fresh, local, seasonal
the town centre: individual businesses like
Poppys tea room in Badshot Lea, Indigo Caf
and speciality produce
Loch Fyne
at the Bourne crossroads or the Gorge Cafe on and products.

D Fischer A&FCC
East Street provide a lower budget cafe menu. Talk to the stallholders
Child friendly options
Time on your hands lunch options. Slightly out of the town centre and ideal for
before you buy.
If you can spend a few relaxing hours over those with children; Squires Garden Central Car Park

Farnham Food Festival


lunch then Farnham offers some exceptional Centre in Badshot Lea has a great range of
experiences. Brasserie Blanc and the new aquarium sh to view, a dining area which off Victoria Road
Bills are perfect for enjoying any sunshine, caters for children and there is an outside 4th Sunday of the month
while the Lion and Lamb courtyard with its playground to explore. The Rural Life
cafe and Cte Brasserie is an ideal spot to take Centre cafe also offers lovely home-made 10am 1.30pm
in the atmosphere. treats and access to the old fashioned
playground for kids and if it is just ice cream
and sand you are after with your coffee, For deals and details see For more information please contact:
Frensham Great Pond is the perfect spot. Farnham Town Council, Town Council Ofce, South Street, Farnham, Surrey GI9 7RN
www.farnham.gov.uk. T: 01252 712667 E: customer.services@farnham.gov.uk www.farnham.gov.uk

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Where to Stay Hotels The

Best Western
P R I N C E SS R OYA L
Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel
Whether you are looking for a cosy bed and Frensham Pond Hotel
breakfast, business hotel or fancy staying in an old Bacon Lane, Churt,
Farnham, Surrey GU10 2QD
coaching inn, there is somewhere perfect for your T: 01252 795161
W: bestwestern.co.uk
taste and budget in and around Farnham.
The majority of accommodation in
Farnham has been ofcially star rated Key to symbols Bishop's Table Hotel
from one to ve within the National No smoking 27 West Street, Farnham, A warm welcome awaits the business or leisure
Quality Assessment Scheme or rated Surrey GU9 7DR traveller. We are open for breakfast, lunch
informally on Trip Advisor. Television in rooms T: 01252 710222 and dinner or a few drinks with friends and
family 7 days a week.
Off street parking W: bishopstable.com
The following descriptions can be used as E: welcome@bishopstable.com The hotel has 21 spacious en-suite bedrooms,
a general guide: Licensed for alcohol satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Enjoy freshly prepared home-made food,
Some disabled facilities complimented with Fullers award winning
ales and fine wines.
Simple, practical and no frills Garden for residents Legacy Farnham
Hogs Back Hotel Book on our website or phone direct
Evening meal by arrangement Farnham, Surrey GU10 1EX and quote FGUIDE14 to receive 10% off
Best Available Rate.
Well presented and well run T: 08444 119041
Major credit cards accepted
E: reception@farnhamhogsbackhotel.co.uk Looking for a venue? We cater for birthdays,
weddings, christenings and more for up to
Ground oor bedrooms W: legacy-hotels.co.uk/legacy-hogs
100 guests.
Good level of quality Great Town Centre Location
and comfort Dogs welcome by arrangement Please contact us today for room rates

Children welcome (min age)


and further information. 17th Century Oak Lounge
Excellent standard throughout Steeped in History, part of Farnhams Heritage Walk
Tea/coffee making facilitites Mercure Farnham
Lounge for residents' use Bush Hotel Tranquil Gardens & Terrace
Exceptional standard with The Borough, Farnham GU9 7NN
a degree of luxury Leisure facilities/entertainment T: 01252 715237 W: mercure.com
Home Made Afternoon Teas
Railway station within ve miles
Refreshments served daily
To book, please contact the accommodation
providers directly. Details were correct at Laundry/ironing
the time of going to print. Farnham Town Caf/restaurant The Princess Royal
Council does not accept any responsibility Guildford Road, Runfold, THE PRINCESS ROYAL
Microwave
for any incorrect information. Farnham GU10 1NX Excellence Award Guildford Road, Rutnfold,
Farnham, Surrey GU10 1NX
Linen/towel provided/for hire T: 01252 782243 The Borough, Farnham, GU9 7NN
W: theprincessroyal.co.uk www.mercure.com
Dishwasher T: 01252 782243 F: 01252 784980 Tel: 01252 715 237
E: princessroyal@fullers.co.uk Email: h6621@accor.com
WiFi www.theprincessroyal.co.uk

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Bed & Breakfast Self Catering
The Farnham Flat
St Nicholas School
FLEETHAMPSHIRE
Kiln Farm B&B Neatham Barn 33 Dollis Drive
Farnham, Surrey GU9 9QD
8 Kiln Lane, Lower Bourne,
Farnham, Surrey GU10 3LR
T: 01252 726083
Neatham, Hants GU34 4NP
T: 01420 541616
W: neathambarn.com
T: 01483 566285
M: 07709 760000 BRIGHT Girls from 3-16 years
M: 07770 833772
W: kilnfarmbandb.com
W: farnhamat.co.uk
INSPIRED


Boys from 3-7 years
Small classes
High academic attainment

Bentley Green Farm


Pitterseld
Hole Lane, Bentley
Farnham, Surrey GU10 5LT
Standford Lodge
Whitehill Road, Standford,
HAPPY


Superb facilities
Rural site in extensive grounds
Bursaries & Scholarships available
Green Farm, The Drift, Bentley,
Farnham, Surrey GU10 5JX
T: 01420 22414
W: pitterseld.co.uk
Bordon, Hampshire GU35 8QS
T: 07747 056761 CONFIDENT School open from 8am-6pm

T: 01420 23246
W: bentleygreenfarm.co.uk
The Granary
(12) W: standfordlodge.co.uk
LEARNING
Bentley Green Farm
Stubbs Farm, South Hay,
High Wray Green Farm, The Drift, Bentley,
Kingsley, Hampshire GU35 9NR
Farnham, Surrey GU10 5JX
73 Lodge Hill Road, Farnham GU10 3RB T: 01420 474906
T: 01420 23246
T: 01252 715589 W: stubbsfarm.co.uk
W: bentleygreenfarm.co.uk
W: highwray73.co.uk

Kilnside Farm
Sandiway Moor Park Lane,
24 Shortheath Road, Farnham, Surrey GU10 1NS The Coach House
Farnham, Surrey GU9 8SR T: 01252 710325 Stubbs Farm, South Hay,
T: 01252 710721 E: bobmilton@kilnsidefarm.fsnet.co.uk Kingsley, Hants GU35 9NR
W: sandiwayfarnham.co.uk T: 01420 474906
(10) W: stubbsfarm.co.uk
Tilford Woods
St Gallen Tilford Road,
Old Frensham Rd, Lower Bourne, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DD
Farnham, Surrey GU10 3PT T: 01252 792199 Woodpecker Cottage
T: 01252 793412 W: tilfordwoods.co.uk 1 Green Lane Villas, Green Lane,
E: jenwilkins@gmail.com Churt, Nr Farnham GU10 2LT
(14) T: 07747 145146
W: martincochrane.com/woodpecker
Gorgeous character cottage, woodland retreat,
1 Park Row B&B High Wray 4 bedrooms (+ study), sleeps 8. Pets welcome.
1 Park Row, Farnham, 73 Lodge Hill Rd,
Surrey GU9 7JY
T: 01252 710249
Farnham, Surrey GU10 3RB
T: 01252 715589
 01252 850121 st-nicholas.hants.sch.uk
E: info@1parkrow.com W: highwray73.co.uk
For more information please contact the Registrar:
W: 1parkrow.com National Accessibility 1&2
registrar@st-nicholas.hants.sch.uk
St Nicholas School, Redfields House, Redfields Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire GU52 ORF
Registered in England Reg. No. 872200 Reg. Charity No. 307341

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