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Welcoming market town with stunning countryside on the doorstep, including infamous biking spot Box Hill

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The Chequers

The Chequers

A classic and cosy pub with a great front and back garden and seasonal menus. The burger shack is to die for.

Kinghams

Kinghams

Award-winning food made with local produce.

St James' Church

St James' Church

A delightful historic landmark at the heart of village life and featured in 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason' and 'The Holiday'.

The William Bray

The William Bray

This gastro pub is set in the heart of the Surrey Hills in the village of Shere, which was the village used for many scenes from the movie 'The Holiday' with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.

The Grumpy Mole

The Grumpy Mole

Superb food and service at a reasonable price. A hidden gem.

Newland's Corner

Newland's Corner

Newlands Corner is a picnic site and beauty spot on a ridge of the Albury Downs, forming part of the North Downs just outside of Guildford.

The Little Gym

The Little Gym

Great gymnastics activities for children starting at 10 months! Great atmosphere and so family orientated!

Chessington Garden Centre

Chessington Garden Centre

Great cafe, perfect for families.

RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley

Beautiful parkland that is always nice in the sunshine!

The Jovial Sailor

The Jovial Sailor

Great family pub in Ripley.

The Talbot Inn

The Talbot Inn

This fantastic gastro pub dates back to 1453 and is currently owned by Marco Pierre White - fabulous food in a lovely setting!

The Anchor

The Anchor

The only Surrey Pub in the Good food Guide!

The Clock house Restaurant Ripley

The Clock house Restaurant Ripley

The Clock house is a Michelin star restaurant and was proud to host Pedro Urbina, a fourth generation winemaker and proprietor of Bodegas Urbina, for an exceptional evening of his exclusive red wines from Rioja.

Toby Cottage

Toby Cottage

Sitting in Ripley Village, this restaurant is perfect for Sunday lunch with the family.

The Clock House

The Clock House

A Michelin star restaurant in Ripley with delicious food. It's perfect for a special occasion.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Fetcham, Leatherhead, Gomshall, The Horsleys, Oxshott, Cobham, Epsom, Ripley, Banstead and Cranleigh

"Charles Dickens wrote part of The Pickwick Papers whilst living in Dorking."

Box Hill is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on London's doorstep.

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Flowing through the centre of Guildford, you can stroll along the banks of the River Wey and appreciate its charm.

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Breathtaking views across the Surrey Hills - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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  1. Dorking is a special place with a wealth of beautiful stunning scenery, walks and places to see from Box Hill to Denbies vineyard. We also have our own theatre, cinema, a great leisure centre, a market and lots of lovely small antique, clothing and book shops. There is something for everyone and all ages too - especially cyclists with all our surrounding hills. Everyone is friendly and we love it.

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NCT Bumps & Babies

Burgundy & Black
B&B is held on the first and third Friday of every month. B&B is for mums with bumps and both parents or carers of non-mobile babies. So come along and meet others for tea or coffee get yourself out of the house and get your baby socialising. If your child is more mobile or you have older toddlers just be aware that this is a cafe environment. This is open to all there is no need to have attended NCT classes or be a member. Website

Tiny Tunes

North Holmwood Village Hall
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website

Tiny Tunes

Reigate Quakers Meeting House
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website

Tiny Tunes

Cobham Methodist Church
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website

NCT Bumps Group

Waterstone's Cafe
Calling all pregnant ladies! Our bumps group meets every Thursday morning at the new Waterstones Cafe on Sutton High Street. Partners also welcome! Website

Tiny Tunes

Epsom Methodist Church
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website

Thula Mama Harmony singing group for carers and babies


Thula Mama is an inspirational singing group for parents and carers of babies aged from birth to walking. We learn and sing lullabies and songs from around the world to share with our little ones. And we sing in beautiful 3-part harmony. You don't need to have any previous singing experience, just come along and enjoy sharing music with a group and with your baby. Website

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