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Pull out your biggest tote because you’re going to need it! In Dorking we have the most glorious independent boutiques, stocking exclusive brands as well as unique and hand-made, locally sourced products that you just can’t find elsewhere.   

Victoria’s Little Bra shop— a teeny, tiny, perfectly formed, lingerie boutique with the most divine chemises, luxury swimwear and sets.

Martha Russell Dorking — stop by for some beautifully sustainable fluid jersey investment pieces for your perfect capsule wardrobe. The collection changes seasonally and you will literally want to buy everything in the shop. Caroline has started a partnership with Liberty of London and you’ll fall in love with the prints.

Anni and Arthurs at the Yard - located in King Arthurs Courtyard, this sustainable shop is an ideal spot to find preloved fashion. You can pop out into the Courtyard and find a cuppa at Hart's at the Yard, gifts at The Fig Tree, massage and a pedi at the Courtyard and incredible artwork at John Arthur's Art Gallery and Studio. Perfection!

Aya Boutique — the fabulously stylish Deborah will guide you through her fab selection of European clothes and seriously cool accessories. Her service, style, and approach to fashion is impeccable.

Westdaw Menswear – Who can resist a little stylish something to gift later on? You’ll find an elegant, sporty and excellent selection of menswear and accessories from Barbour, Gant and Matinique, as well as the quirky stock of Happy Socks!

It’s now got to be lunchtime. 

When you’re ready for a warming tea break or a quick bite, there's My Old Commodore, Burgundy and Black, Oriund Cafe, Tikkanation and Wimpy's to satisfy your every desire. There are some new fusion options opening in Dorking, to include Arrack, to the always popular Cafe Rialto, Dorking Brasserie, Aroma, and New Fountain Garden.

We also have Roosters Kitchen for Mediterranean flair, Arto Restaurant offering weekly specials made from locally sourced ingredients, and the award-winning Queen’s Head Dorking.

It’s your call!

After lunch, might we suggest a little light loop along West Street and South Street?

The shops of West Street will make you reconsider your home décor just to fit in one of their pieces. The street’s reputation in the industry is renowned, attracting interest from antiques dealers from around the world. If antique furniture or objet d’art are your thing, this street is a must see.  

And if you still have the energy, pop on over to Indigo Grey Interiors and Lifestyle Store for some scandi chic inspo. Jen is a dream and knows her stuff as a professional interior designer. Harman’s tailor-made furniture is where you can peruse the handmade British furniture and accessories, and you really don’t want to miss the multi-award winning Philippa McFarlane at Sandrock House, along with her business partner Rebecca (at this Wild House) where you can put the finishing touches to your newly (mentally) redecorated home. West Street is full of fabulous interior design, antiques and award-winning independent shops to inspire and delight. Find them all in our directory

If you’re a practised 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. The town centre starts to reach outwards, and the stunning Surrey Hills open up before you. Life here is paced to match you, so don’t hurry – enjoy the views, the atmosphere, the lifestyle. Take a weekend, and let us show you around:

Friday

Whether you arrive by train or car, you can’t fail to see the lush landscape opening out before you as you arrive. Start to breathe, set down your bags, and then get in the mood by taking in a little culture at the volunteer-led Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre.

So now you’re starting to unwind, let’s grab a welcoming aperitif in the Grape Variety, Knox, or grab a sundowner at the Old House or the multi-award winning Cobbetts Beer Shop and Micropub. Those in the 'know' know that soon they can book a room at the White Horse - with its grand reopening coming soon, but either way it’s a great base to begin your weekend away, especially if you go authentic and try out our local gins from Silent Pool and the Gin Kitchen.

Time for some pampering? A little refresh ready for the evening? We’ve a host of stylish salons at your disposal; pop in to Darren James Bye, the multi-award-winning Teresa Weller Hair Art, Unparalleled Hair, or Dorking Barbers on the High Street for a quick men’s trim and old fashioned wet shave. If you’re looking for a specialist, expert spa treatment, why not pop into Si Salon or the full service, award-winning Mayflower Spa for complete luxury pampering?

Afterwards, head down the High Street into South Street to the fabulous award-winning Queen’s Head for dinner. If the sun is shining, you can grab a table in the garden or, if it’s a little chilly, snag a cosy table inside in the corner (number 7 is our favourite). They serve up pub classics with a modern twist and the portions are hearty and generous. There’s always a terrific atmosphere here and the bar staff are first class. Or if you fancy amazing Asian cuisine, we are spoilt for choice: walk back up the high street to Sang Thai, we have the friendly and fresh Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant at the top of town (a local favourite), and then there’s Dorking Brasserie on Junction Road. 

Whether the wild outdoors is your thing, professional football (this weekend it’s Wanderers v Maidenhead) or you’d rather peruse some superb modern art (or antiquities), or you’d rather nest down in a microbrewery/historic coffee shop/award-winning restaurant for a few hours, we’ve something to delight all manner of passions here in our beautiful market town of Dorking. 

Here we will share how to make the most of your time here in just three days. With so much to see and do (and eat!), we have excellent recommendations — made by a world traveller who happens to call Dorking home. 

Don't forget to sign up to alerts and follow us on socials. Every Friday, Hello Dorking provides a “What’s On” in Dorking, so you can find what’s happening in town. We are on all social media platforms, so you can find the details at @HelloDorking.

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Day One

If you’re a practised 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. The town centre starts to reach outwards, and the stunning Surrey Hills open up before you. Life here is paced to match you, so don’t hurry – enjoy the views, the atmosphere, the lifestyle. Take a weekend, and let us show you around!

Whether you arrive by train or car, you can’t fail to see the lush landscape opening out before you as you arrive. Start to breathe, set down your bags, and then get in the mood by taking in a little culture at the volunteer-led Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre.

So now you’re starting to unwind, let’s grab a welcoming aperitif in our fabulous White Horse on the High Street, the Grape Variety, or grab a sundowner at the Old House or the multi-award winning Cobbetts Beer Shop and Micropub. Those in the know book a room at the White Horse Hotel too, but either way it’s a great base to begin your weekend away, especially if you go authentic and try out our local gins from Silent Pool and the Gin Kitchen.

Time for some pampering? A little refresh ready for the evening? We’ve a host of stylish salons at your disposal; pop in to Darren James Bye, the multi-award-winning Teresa Weller Hair Art, Unparalleled Hair, or Dorking Barbers on the High Street for a quick men’s trim and old fashioned wet shave. If you’re looking for a specialist, expert spa treatment, why not pop into Si Salon or the full service, award-winning Mayflower Spa for complete luxury pampering?

Afterwards, head down the High Street into South Street to the fabulous award-winning Queen’s Head for dinner. If the sun is shining, you can grab a table in the garden or, if it’s a little chilly, snag a cosy table inside in the corner (number 7 is our favourite). They serve up pub classics with a modern twist and the portions are hearty and generous. There’s always a terrific atmosphere here and the bar staff are first class. Or if you fancy amazing Asian cuisine, we are spoilt for choice: walk back up the high street to Sang Thai, we have the friendly and fresh Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant at the top of town (a local favourite), and then there’s Dorking Brasserie on Junction Road. 

Fancy dancing the night away with a fabulous DJ? Boogie on down to Knox at 287 High Street where you'll find the perfect combination of the right dining with amazing cocktails and a gorgeous space to show your moves.

The Grape Variety (TGV) at 272 High Street combines an emerald tiled bar, chandeliers and views out to Denbies vineyard, TGV Dorking is the perfect place to pop in for happy hour with colleagues or enjoy a bottle of something chilled for date night.

Saturday

There’s always a great buzz on a Saturday morning in Dorking and there’s a range of breakfast options available to you. Holmestores does the best Mexican Eggs and avocado on toast and perfectly formed full english breakfast (as well as vegan and gluten-free options), and they serve a mean fresh coffee that comes from beans from the local Box Hill roastery. If last night was a good one, you might want  to try Pepe’s instead, where they will cook you up the works or a terrific sausage butty on floury doorstop bread.

Get your shop on for the rest of the day with a bit of retail therapy with our other itineraries – shopper’s delight, or partake in the foodie escape, or go on an art adventure around Dorking. The choice is yours. Just remember to make dinner reservations!

Sunday

We love Sundays in Dorking. One of the joys of living here is that within minutes of the bustling town, you can step out and find yourself in the surrounding countryside of the Surrey Hills.

Grab yourself a bite at Too Many Cooks on South Street, historic Mullins Coffee Shop on West Street, or the new Putty Cakes cafe, all of which offer a delicious selection of coffee, tea and CAKE — it’s just a case of finding an available table amidst the weekend bustle. If you fancy something sweet, pop in to Cosy Moose at Pump Corners for one, or a box of macarons or the brand new, family owned Coughlan’s Bakery at 156 High Street.

And then go off the beaten path for the day. Discover the Deepdene Trail, hike to Leith Hill, check out the Stepping Stones or pick your own adventure in our glorious part of the Surrey Hills. Check out our 'off the beaten path' itinerary and list of Dorking Museum tours. You won’t regret it.

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If you’ve just a day to spend with us, make sure you spend it wisely. Begin by downloading the Dorking LoyalFree for our ‘Local Guide’ -- which gives you access to events, tours and trails, itineraries, our business directory, special offers and discounts, and then get ready to explore!

Families with young children

Start your day by heading to Dorking Museum (now exhibiting at the Library after having suffered a fire) -- the small ones will love the dinosaur bones and fancy-dress hats and you can learn about the town’s history through some beautifully curated local artefacts.

Once you’ve an appetite, continue the historic tour by heading to Mullins Coffee Shop, the only remaining Pilgrim Home in the whole of the UK. Or head for a hearty lunch at the Old House at Home, the Queen’s Head, Holmestores, Cosy Moose or Two Many Cooks – all within walking distance of the Library.

Ready for a run around? Meadowbank Playpark is a safe and friendly spot, with a state-of-the-art outdoor playground themed around local landmarks. There is a fabulous, brand new soft play that has reopened and we are thrilled to share it.

Shopper’s delight

Pull out your biggest tote because you’re going to need it! In Dorking we have the most glorious independent boutiques, stocking exclusive brands as well as unique and hand-made, locally sourced products that you just can’t find elsewhere.   

Victoria’s Little Bra shop— a teeny, tiny, perfectly formed, lingerie boutique with the most divine chemises, luxury swimwear and sets.

Martha Russell Dorking — stop by for some beautifully sustainable fluid jersey investment pieces for your perfect capsule wardrobe. The collection changes seasonally and you will literally want to buy everything in the shop. Caroline has started a partnership with Liberty of London and you’ll fall in love with the prints.

Mia Strada London – Award-winning, sustainable and eco friendly fashion with lines from Desigual and Cara and the Sky. They also offer sustainable, ethical options for the gents too as well as homewares.

Aya Boutique — the impossibly stylish Deborah will guide you through her fab selection of European clothes and seriously cool accessories. Her service, style, and approach to fashion is impeccable.

Westdaw Menswear – women love to steal their man’s shirts (shh!), and who can resist a little stylish something to gift later on? You’ll find an elegant, sporty and excellent selection of menswear and accessories from Barbour, Gant and Matinique, as well as the quirky stock of Happy Socks!

Dorking is also a dream when it comes to the upcycling revolution. You’ll find fabulous options when it comes to redefining style. Circular Clothing Collective has partnered with EcoBe Zero Waste Shop and are offering clothing on consignment in the premises in St Martin’s Walk and a pop up shop during Christmas.

It’s now got to be lunchtime. 

When you’re ready for a warming tea break, or fancy something a bit more filling,The Lounge at Dorking Wanderers Football Club and Cafe Rialto are nearby and they both offer all manner of family options – the former offers a range of cocktails too. We also have Roosters Kitchen for Mediterranean flair, Arto Restaurant offering weekly specials made from locally sourced ingredients, and the award-winning Queen’s Head Dorking.

It’s your call!

After lunch, might we suggest a little light loop along West Street and South Street?

The shops of West Street will make you reconsider your home décor just to fit in one of their pieces. The street’s reputation in the industry is renowned, attracting interest from antiques dealers from around the world. If antique furniture or objet d’art are your thing, this street is a must see.  

And if you are still standing, pop on over to Indigo Grey Interiors and Lifestyle Store for some scandi chic inspo. Jen is a dream and knows her stuff as a professional interior designer. Harman’s tailor-made furniture is where you can peruse the handmade British furniture and accessories, and you really don’t want to miss the multi-award winning Philippa McFarlane at Sandrock House, along with her business partner Rebecca (at this Wild House) where you can put the finishing touches to your newly (mentally) redecorated home. West Street is full of fabulous interior design, antiques and award-winning independent shops to inspire and delight. Find them all in our directory

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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 vision, their creativity, and their passion for making their own dreams come true.

If you like a little of the unique yourself, then you’ve come to the right place. Dorking is the perfect match of small town, big ideas. Let us share some of the best of our recent, upcoming and annual independent events… 

Coming with the family? 

Our DorKing Coronation Event was a brilliant display of our heritage, culture and spirit! It was a celebration of our community: encouraging sustainability, volunteerism, and supporting local products in our high street economy. The town has a strong volunteer ethos: we have had 29 local artists submit their work for our art competition; 60+ nominations for our community spirit awards, 22 volunteer groups participate in our volunteer village, 4 volunteer musical acts join in to perform at the celebration, 3 judges donate their time, and countless volunteers signed up on the day. Meet the winners of our community spirit awards and art competition.

Pippfest is a free annual festival that is taking place 3rd September at Pippbrook House. There’s live local music, an artist’s colony, healing fields, craft stalls, plus some exquisite food stalls (as well as some bars for the adults).  It’s fun for the whole family, with children’s games aplenty, and you don’t even need a ticket.

More of an independent film buff? The Dorking Radical Film Festival is your chance to revel in some lesser known masterpieces in the Green Room Theatre in the heart of our town. Often the screenings are accompanied by poetry readings, or a topical guest speaker joins the evening, or the organisers will link the event with the work of local charities. Supporting this festival is high on our list.

And we haven’t even described our independent family-run shops yet. Families build businesses, and businesses build towns, and we’ve got them all; from S C Fuller, est. 1892 and still run by descendants of the original man, through to Mullins Coffee shop which is  in the ancestral home of Williams Mullins, one of North America’s Pilgrim Fathers…

The Boothole turned 40 this year and the Dorking Model Shop also turns 40 this year, too. Eternal Tattoos is a sprightly 20 years old and that's just scratching the surface of our indie shops. Visit our directory of shops to get started, there are organised by categories of: Shop, Eat, Stay and Professional Services.

Be sure to visit Dorking and share your photos with us by tagging our social accounts at #HelloDorking – there’s a treasure around every corner waiting to be discovered by you. Dorking has, and is, been home to some of the most independently spirited and eclectic people around. It’s no surprise (to anyone who knows us) that we’ve been home to actors Laurence Olivier and Daniel Defoe, author Benjamin Disraeli and master builder Thomas Cubitt who built huge areas of London in the 19th Century. To name but a few.

Finally, we can’t let you go without mentioning Ralph Vaughan Williams, a former resident of Leith Hill Place and a composer with a conscience. It’s no coincidence his famously beautiful ‘Lark Ascending’ (1920) composition was suggested by a poem by George Meredith of nearby Box Hill. If you visit on a quiet day, you might even see one yourself.  

Dorking has a buzzing local art scene, and it has 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!

Start your day in Dorking with a visit to The John Arthur Gallery at 11 High Street to see the most fabulous Turner-inspired paintings. South Street Gallery offers a wonderful space for artists and framing services, while you’ll also find art all around you in Dorking. You’ll see art from local artists shared in a public exhibition for the King’s Coronation, on public sails and banners across town. 

We love that many of our award-winning DorKing Coronation artists now sell their artwork in our local, independent shops, like The Star, That Lovely Shop and South Street Gallery.

Kelly Morgan has been featured in a gallery exhibition at The Star pub. She is also now hosting art workshops at The Old House, where you can paint and drink pinot.

Sarajane features her artwork at two locations in Dorking, the South Street Gallery and Dorking Halls.

Other local artists are featured at Dorking Halls Art Exhibition that has been coordinated by Curated by Dapper and Suave. Take in a wonderful show or pop in and have a coffee and a nibble at the lovely cafe. 

Don't miss the wonderful Luke Adam Hawker studio space up in Lyon's Court, where you'll find limited edition prints and original artwork.

Another unmissable stop (if you’re visiting between April and October) is the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, a wonderful space where plants and mature trees support and frame a collection of stunning contemporary sculptures. Take your time, sit back and contemplate, and revel in the harmony of this 35-year old growing space.

Every year the Surrey Hills Open Studios open up their doors and welcome visitors into their studios. This year, they had nearly 300 artists taking part in 173 studios. Where are your favourite places to discover new art in Dorking?

Dorking is a food enthusiasts dream, with a whole host of cuisines to satisfy your mood. From Michelin stars to dining under the stars, Dorking has something for everyone – as well as an array of shops and market stalls to ensure you take some fabulous local fare home with you. We asked a local world traveler (seriously, she's traveled the globe) to share her favourite itinerary with us and here it is, a day-in-the-life of a food and drink enthusiast in Dorking…    

Start your day with a Mullins Coffee Shop breakfast, on a site where food and history combine. It’s the only remaining Pilgrim Home in the whole of the UK, and a beacon of the local and historic life of Dorking Town. Well worth a visit. If freshly baked macarons are your thing, head over to Cosy Moose on Pump corner (they also make wonderful smoothies)! Dorking is also the proud new home to Putty Cakes and Coughlan's Bakery. You really are spoilt for choice here - it is a bit of a bakery haven.

Get in the foodie mood and pick up some of your own fine local produce at the unmissable Dorking Butchery. Alex, Gary and the team have created THE most fantastic multi-award winning butchery for miles. Their outstanding service and first-class produce means that this shop is packed out 24–7. If you’re really lucky, they might have their cheese & marmite sausages on, but if not, splash out on the Cote de Boeuf. It is to die for…

And don’t forget the drinks! Pop into The Vineyard, Dorking’s independent wine merchant, where John and the team stock a variety of wines, gins and spirits. If it’s Saturday there are usually a couple of treats open for tasting too. Or if you’re more of a brewery fan get over to Cobbett’s Real Ales, where you can sample some of Dorking’s finest offerings in their cool micro-brewery at the back - and then buy in the shop to re-sample later!

Or you could head across the road to The Star pub, a real Dorking institution which is tiny, quirky and almost always packed with locals spilling out onto the pavement tables. The King’s Arms is just down the road on West Street and is the oldest, most fabulous spot for live music in the evenings. For more of a restaurant experience, walk a couple of minutes to Rialto on South Street to sample some delicious Italian cuisine for all the family. If you feel more like a local, ethically-inspired menu with a focus on sustainability, freshly sourced ingredients and excellent wine and beer menu, cocktails too, you can’t get better than Holme Stores. This independent local favourite is also a destination spot on the region’s food map. It's a kitchen, a cafe AND a deli.

In the afternoon, take a trip around Dorking’s very own, Denbies Vineyard, home of some of Britain’s award-winning wines. Take a tour, learn about the estate, and then join a tasting session - we love the “Wine and Food” experience. Perfect for locals and visitors alike, we never tire of a wander through these impeccable British vineyards (eat your heart out Bordeaux!).

Dinner in Dorking can go one of many ways; for incredible, fine dining, Michelin star, award-winning food head to Sorrel. Treat yourself to the a la carte or go for the straight luxury of their tasting menus. The food, customer service and attention to detail is spot on. Just make sure you book well in advance! Just down the road is the award-winning and historic Queen's Head, now locally famous for it's fabulous tipi in the back garden. For something a little livelier, there's 45 Dene Street. Tucked away in Dene Street you’ll find incredible flavours in this atmospheric bar and restaurant, and it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed but fun night out.

Or if you just want something a little more spicy and aromatic, take your pick from The Dorking Brasserie, Sang Thai, Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant. We are also fans of Roosters Kitchen or Arto if you're feeling the Mediterranean vibe.

And finally, if you’ve space for a nightcap or if you want to dance like no one’s watching, you have options: Dance the night away at Knox, enjoy a cocktail or nightcap at The Grape Variety, and finally, there’s the White Horse Hotel on the High Street. Warm, welcoming, with a rich history dating back as far as 1278, what better way to round off your day in Dorking.

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If you love an outdoor adventure, then look no further. Nestled in the Surrey Hills, Dorking has a wealth of outdoors beauty spots, hiking trails and cycling paths.  You’re going to need your energy, so let’s start with a hearty breakfast at any of our amazing cafes – Dorking really does have it all, from international chains like Starbucks and Costa, to the best independents around (we may be biased). The toughest choice is deciding which independent cafe to use: Cosy Moose, Two Many Cooks, Mullins Coffee Shop, Cups and Co, Holme Stores, Oriund Cafe – the list goes on. So tag us in the comments with your favourite.

You’ve then some options!

Cyclists might like to head up to Box Hill, Leith Hill or onto Ranmore Common, or take your pick from the best cycling trails in Dorking. There’s something for all levels of experience and enthusiasm. 

Walkers might like to check out the Stepping Stones and the path to Box Hill, or drive to Friday Street and wander along the woodland walk to Leith Hill and its fabulous views, or see what pursuits are on the cards in our local ramblers group. Or try the Deepdene Trail, a wonderful trail just 15 minute’s stroll from Dorking’s town centre.

The Deepdene Trail really is one for all the family. If you’d like a guided tour you can download a handy app (take a look here: App Store or Google Play), or you can just play it by ear and plot your own way to the Deepdene estate, one of the country’s most historically significant gardens. Privately owned since their creation in the 17th Century, the recently opened trail explores the area’s connection to the famous cursed Hope Diamond, the tragic reason behind the Hope family Mausoleum, and how this unique landscape has changed over time.

Current Tour Schedule

Sunday 23 July at 2pm
Sunday 17 September at 2pm
Sunday 22 October at 2pm
Tours leave from Dorking Golf Club clubhouse

Back in town you could have a swim or get to the footie - after all, Dorking now has a professional football team… we have a football stadium with a fabulous restaurant called The Lounge too, with good eats for after too.

The countryside around Dorking is acknowledged to be one of the finest for outdoors pursuits. Make the most of it on your trip to Dorking.

Check out the Dorking Museum Tour Schedule

Book your walks, cave tours and tours directly with the award-winning and volunteer-led Dorking Museum.

Hidden Dorking Historic Walks

Sunday 16 July at 11am
Sunday 6 August at 2pm
Sunday 24 September at 11am
Sunday 15 October at 11am
Walks depart from Dorking Museum

Family Treasure Hunt - with prizes for the children

Sunday 9 July at 2pm
Friday 28 July at 2pm
Sunday 3 August at 2pm
Wednesday 30 August at 2pm
Sunday 24 September at 2pm
Walks depart from Dorking Museum

Dorking's Famous Ghost Walk

Tuesday 31 October at 6pm
Walk departs from St Martin’s churchyard

Betchworth Castle Tours

Sunday 16 July at 2pm
Sunday 13 August at 2pm
Sunday 10 September at 2pm (Free HOD walk)
Sunday 15 October at 2pm
Walks leave from the entrance to
Betchworth Park Golf Club

Historic Pub Walks

Saturday 8 July at 6pm
Saturday 12 August at 6pm
Saturday 16 September at 6pm (Free HOD walk)
Walks depart from Dorking Museum

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Dorking was recently recognised by the Telegraph as one of Britain’s top five highstreets, due to a heady combination of independent shops, house price growth and average house price. What can we say? With a truly unique blend of independent shops, charming cafes and innovative, fearless chefs with their farm-to-fork menus, passionate craft gin distillers and authentic pubs and hostelries, Dorking is the hidden gem of the Surrey Hills.

Dorking highstreet has also been featured in the July issue of Surrey Life magazine. Be sure to pick your copy!

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Here are the independents that have been featured:

Bourneside Gallery
Cobbetts
Dorking Butchery
Victoria Bra Shop
Westdaw Menswear
Aya Boutique
The Gilliangladrag Fluffatorium
Dorking Models
Talbot House Antiques
SC Fuller
Lemon Tree
The Fig Tree

We couldn’t fit all of our independents into Surrey Life magazine, but you can check out all of our shops here on our website. Why not start here?

Dorking Town Partnership and Mole Valley District Council are once more extending their Dorking free parking initiative, this time until 22 April 2022.

The Park for Free after Three scheme, funded by Dorking Town Partnership, allows drivers to park for free every Friday from 3pm in St Martin's Walk, Wathen Road, Southside and West Street car parks. Tickets are not needed during the free parking periods.  

The popular parking initiative was relaunched in May 2021 to encourage those residents who do not walk or cycle into Dorking - but instead choose to drive - to come and park for free and support the town’s businesses by shopping locally or having a drink or a bite to eat. The free parking scheme has now been extended a number of times and the decision has been taken to do so again.

Dorking Town Partnership has published statistics detailing a comparison between percentages of Friday footfall in 2019/20 and 2020/21. The figures show that, year-on-year, the free parking initiative has inspired an increase in the town’s footfall.  

The Business Improvement District Manager for the Dorking Town Partnership, said: “We are pleased to be able to extend our Free After Three parking on Friday in St Martin’s Walk, Wathen Road, Southside and West Street car parks in partnership with Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). Footfall has now been up year-on-year for 8 of the 9 months since the free parking policy was adopted, and we hope to see this continue into 2022.”

Councillor Clayton Wellman, MVDC’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy and Security, said: “We are delighted to be able to extend this scheme once again, working closely with Dorking Town Partnership, to offer a free parking incentive to anyone who comes to Dorking by car. Encouraging more people into Dorking, along with visitors who walk, cycle or travel via public transport, can only benefit the town’s businesses after a very challenging two years.

“Parking also remains free throughout the day on Sundays and on bank holidays in all our car parks, as well as every evening from six o’clock.”

There are posters advertising Park for Free after Three on MVDC’s parking machines. If money is accidentally inserted during the free periods, it will be divided between the Chairman’s charities.”

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Your countdown to Christmas starts here…

For one very special day Dorking is transforming into a magical winter wonderland!

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Join us to kick-start Christmas in style – you’ll browse market stalls from fabulous independent local retailers, be entertained by talented musicians, choir groups, and dancers, and sample some of the very best local produce around. There’ll be lots for all the family; roaming acts including Father Christmas, fabulous music, and the Fun Fair at St Martins Walk.

Come along, enjoy the festive atmosphere and support your local businesses, independent retailers, boutiques and traders. Keep your festive spending close to home as you tick items off your Christmas list. Not only will this support make a huge difference to local retailers, but there are also ecological benefits. Fewer out-of-town shopping trips and reducing packaging and transport by cutting down on online purchases will be a much-needed gift to the planet.

Before the countdown to Christmas gets fully underway, don’t forget to download Dorking’s LoyalFree app for shopping trails and keep up-to-date with special offers and what is open and when. A Dorking Directory filled with great gift inspiration, highlighting the vast array of shops and boutiques located throughout the town, will also help shoppers enjoy a stress-free run up to the big day.

Don’t miss out, be part of something special and join us for the Dorking Christmas Festival.

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