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Britain In Bloom (South and South East) Competition

We won a Silver-Gilt Award

“Dorking in this its 400 year association with the Mayflower and the Pilgrim Fathers have pulled out all the stops in this very special year. The community has been encouraged to play their part and all of the various events and features that Bloom represents have been done very well. The documentation is very informative and provided much of the information needed to confirm the status of Dorking in this years “desktop challenge. It is without doubt that should Dorking wish to continue with Bloom into next years competition (fingers crossed) and with a little more attention to the Bloom criteria a higher award would be very likely. This is not a criticism as for a first time entry this award is almost unprecedented and Dorking is to be congratulated on a superb efforts to celebrate such as moment in time in Dorking’s history. Therefore as a first time entry South & South East in Bloom is very pleased to award a high Silver Gilt Award.”

Dorking Banners

Dorking Town Partnership have this year both organised and funded the summer hanging baskets as well as organised, with full community participation, six magnificent Mayflower boat planters all named after the residents of Dorking who set sail on the Mayflower in 1620 to seek a new life in America. They have also sponsored in collaboration with MVDC and Government two Dorking banners.

Discover what you have been missing.

Click on the icons below to explore what Dorking has to offer: unique and quirky independent shops, antiques and art galleries, boutiques, the very best of British and european fashion, authentic pubs and hostelries, and Michelin-star award-winning Sorrel, AA Restaurant of the Year.

We’re chock full of heritage and history, from cave tours and dinosaur bones, to walking tours and Suffragette history in our Dorking Museum. We are leading revolutions in food, with world-class award-winning wine at Denbies Vineyard and craft gin and beer, to launching newly refurbished hotels. We have first-class entertainment at Dorking Halls and we have a new incredible football ground.

Adventure awaits. Escape to Dorking and experience it all for yourself.

Explore Dorking

Click on the people below to explore a suggested itinerary for our town. From family-friendly finds to foodie delights, we’ll give you ideas about what to do, where to go, and visit. Looking for a space to park? We've got you covered. What are you waiting for?

Shopper's Delight in Dorking

If you have just one day to get your fill of Dorking’s fabulous shops, cafes and sights, begin by downloading the Dorking LoyalFree for special offers and discounts, and then get ready to explore!


A Foodie’s Escape

Dorking is food enthusiast’s dream, with a whole host of cuisines to satisfy your every hunger. From Michelin stars to dining under the stars, Dorking has something for everyone – as well as an array of shops to help you take some fabulous local fare home with you.

Independent Spirit

You might have heard it before, but we’re very proud of our independent spirit here in Dorking. The town has a unique vibe because of our inhabitants, their visions, their creativity, and their passion for making their own dreams come true.

Art Fanatic's Adventure

Dorking has a buzzing local art scene, and it’s gained a reputation as a hub of artists, ideas people and creators. This independent spirit has helped build the town we know and love, and there’s no better way to reveal the true depths of a place than meeting the creators themselves and the galleries that host them. Let us introduce you!

A family-friendly weekend break to Dorking

If you’re a practiced mini-breaker who has already found Dorking, we salute you. For those who haven’t found our secret? Let us share something special; when you’ve more than a few hours, the doors to all things Dorking start to open.

Off the Beaten Path

If you love an outdoor adventure look no further. Nestled in the Surrey Hills, Dorking has a wealth of outdoors beauty spots, hiking trails and cycling paths.

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