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We are pleased to feature and share the grand opening of The White Horse, who is launching with a fabulous Housewarming party: a weeks' worth of festivities to celebrate the White Horse Dorking.

From 26 Feb – 3 March, join the us as we all celebrate the arrival of The White Horse! From gin-tastic tastings from Silent Pool, wine tipples from Denbies, dog photography and treats, live music, cycling races and much much more, check out this downloadable flyer for all of the celebrations.

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What's more: anyone who dines with the White Horse during their first week will receive a complimentary glass of welcome fizz and be in with a chance to be entered into a free prize draw to win an overnight stay! Tables are quickly getting booked up so don’t delay…

Taking centre stage in our bustling high street and in the heart of our beautiful Surrey Hills Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The White Horse is a characteristic 13th Century inn that has held a special place in the local community for many years. A stone’s throw from the artisanal West Street, award winning museum and heritage centre, this popular pub with rooms is perfectly located to explore the highly acclaimed Denbies Wine Estate, breathtaking Box Hill and the unique independent businesses and antique shops that Dorking has to offer.

The White Horse has undergone an extensive refurbishment to lovingly renovate the bar, dining area and 56 beautiful bedrooms as it becomes part of the award-winning Heartwood Inns.

With three train stations within walking distance and only an hour from London and the coast, there is ample parking around town within walking distance from the pub, where The White Horse guarantees that real home from home experience. 

Why not come and see for yourself? Dorking looks forward to welcoming you soon.

Getting here

Dorking is under an hour from London and the coast with easy access from Gatwick and the M25. It is served by three rail stations: Dorking Station and Dorking Deepdene Station are a 10 minute walk to town from the east and Dorking West is about a 15 minute walk to town. For more rail information, please visit the National Rail website.

Bus Timetable

For information on bus timetables, please visit the Surrey County Council website.

Driving

Exit from Junction 9 of the M25, and then continue on to the A24 towards Dorking, turn right at the junction of the A24/A25 into town.

Alternatively, exit from Junction 10 of the M25 and then continue on the A25 towards Dorking, going straight over the A24/A25 junction into town.

From Guildford, use the A25 and from Gatwick use the A217 and A25.

Hero Image Credit: The White Horse Dorking

White Horse Dorking

Get Certified Mental Health and First Aid Training

Are you interested in receiving accredited Mental Health and/or First Aid Training or offering this service to your team? The Dorking BID is providing free mental health and first aid training to its Members. Please express your interest in this free training opportunity by emailing your BID team at info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk.

Courses are accredited and you will receive certification which lasts three years. We will look to offer these courses in the evenings based upon interest from our members and our instructor's availability.  

First Aid for Mental Health

Level 1 – One evening
Level 2 – Two evenings

First Aid

Basic Life Support and AED – One evening
Emergency First Aid at Work – Two evenings

We have updated this page to include dates for our courses. Please let us know when you email what days you can attend.

Thurs 9th May

Mon 20th May

Thurs 23rd May

Tues 4th June

Wed 5th June

Tues 11th June

Thurs 13th June

Please scroll down to learn more about each course.

Learn more about each course

You will receive certified training from the brilliant Debs Taylor

Debs has over 30 years of experience as a first aider in the workplace and as a trainer delivering a wide range of various subjects. She has a master’s degree in health sciences and started her career working in cardiac rehabilitation for the NHS.

In her role as the Deputy Managing Director of a trust, Debs is a highly experienced Health and Wellbeing Professional with extensive knowledge across all areas of the industry. She is used to working up to Board level, providing solutions to various complex operational issues within the restraints of limited resources. She is equally at ease coaching/mentoring both senior, business managers and junior team members.

Debs is passionate about promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Following recovery from lifesaving spinal surgery in 2019, Debs retrained and now enjoys teaching all regulated first aid and mental health qualifications. She brings with her gentle humour and experience to ensure the training she delivers in both insightful and enjoyable.

Debs has been a being a Samaritans Volunteer for more than 20 years with one term as the Deputy Director for Volunteer Care. During her time with Samaritans, she continues to find it a privilege to visit schools, GP surgeries, as well as responding to telephone, email and face to face contacts.

Her other interests include spending time with her family and young children enjoying time outdoors exploring and having fun.

Debs is proud to live in Dorking and enjoys being an active member of the local community. She can often be seen in town with her assistance dog, Elsa, who loves to pop into the shops she knows will offer her some treats and lots of attention!

First Aid Training

What's a guild talk?

We are hosting Dorking BID Guild talks in the hope that we will bring together our wonderful Dorking BID artisans and merchants who oversee the practice of their craft or trade together and share their knowledge with each other. The earliest types of guilds formed as organisations of tradespeople belonging to a professional association. We would like to continue this tradition and share knowledge, friendship and events to highlight all the wonderful goodness Dorking has to offer. Each of our speakers has been selected to align to an issue or event the Dorking BID or high street is facing: community policing, Surrey Day, and BIG GREEN WEEK.

We meet at Ralph James Estate Agents on West Street (44 West St, Dorking RH4 1BU) - all BID Members are welcome! Register your interest with info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk.

Each meeting begins with a welcome, talk with our speakers, Q&A, networking opportunity, and refreshments. We can't wait to welcome you.

Join us for our Dorking BID Build series:

Wednesday 3 April 6pm

Lisa Townsend, Surrey

Police Crime Commissioner

Meet Lisa

Wednesday 8 May 6pm

Mark Carter

BBC Surrey and Sussex

Meet Mark

Mark Carter

Wednesday 5 June 6pm

Wendy Saunders,

Circular Dorking

Meet Wendy

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Would you like to be a guest speaker?

Each of our fantastic guest speakers is offering Surrey something spectacular or is aligned to an event or issue we are addressing. Perhaps you're launching a new product to market, or you have a unique perspective, offering or innovative service you're providing to the Surrey community that will help our Dorking business community. We want to hear from you! Contact us at info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk. We would love to have you join us.

Check out our reach:

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Be a Dorking Bug Hunt Brand Ambassador

Hello, thank you for sharing our messaging for our free Hello Dorking Bug Hunt Trail! 

Below you will find a few simple messages and images to share on your social media channels to promote our Bug Hunt Trail. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time! 

Thank you and take care, 

Your Dorking BID Team

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This February half term go on an adventure with Hello Dorking and explore the Bug Hunt Trail. 🐛

Answer fun bug themed questions and uncover fascinating facts.

It’s easy to take part:

🐞 Find the bugs hidden around Dorking Town between 9th - 18th February

🪲 Scan the QR code to reveal the answers to bug themed questions

🦋 Answer all the questions to be entered in a draw to win a £100 voucher to spend in Dorking

Come and make a day of it, have a play in the park, stop for brunch or lunch, have a little browse in our lovely local shops and support Dorking high street.

Be sure to tag @hellodorking when you're enjoying the trail! 

#BugHunt #ExploreDorking #NatureTrail  #FreeTrail #HalfTermActivities #HalfTermFun #InteractiveTrail #TechForGood #FunThingsToDoWithKids #LoyalFreeDorking #SupportSmallBusinesses #VisitDorking #ShopDorking #VisitSurrey #SupportDorking #ShopLocalShopSmall

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This February half term, go on an adventure with Hello Dorking and explore the Bug Hunt Trail. 🐛

🐞 Find the bugs hidden around Dorking Town

🪲 Scan the QR code

🦋 Answer all the questions to be entered in a draw to win a £100 voucher to spend in Dorking.

#BugHunt #ExploreDorking #NatureTrail 

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Get Buggy with us: 9-18th February

Dorking Bug Hunt Map

Join the Dorking BID as we host a family friendly trail with 10 locations around town to help visitors and locals explore Dorking! Our trail is a fun and educational experience where all are encouraged to scan a QR code on a bug-themed object to reveal answers to buggy questions. Participants will answer questions to enter a prize draw to win a shop local voucher.

Dorking Bug Trail

We recently learned that despite the public’s and the BID’s support for a banking hub in town, LINK has declined to approve a banking hub in Dorking due to Nationwide Building Society remaining open.

The Dorking BID supports providing choices and to both customers and businesses in Dorking. The BID team has distributed MVDC surveys, promotion of the campaign, generated earned media coverage, and advocacy for a Banking Hub in Dorking.

It has been confirmed on the Mole Valley For Business Website that Dorking is eligible for a Deposit Service, however an implementation timeline has not been provided.

What you can do

We have learned that there is a consultation being undertaken by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who is accepting comments on the consultation until 8th February. Have your say using the form on their website or in writing to:

Retail Banking, Financial Conduct Authority, 12 Endeavour Square, London E20 1JN

Telephone: 020 7066 1000 Email: Cp23-29@fca.org.uk

Learn more or comment here by 8 February.

According to Mole Valley For Business:

Cllr Stephen Cooksey, hosted a meeting with LINK, the national body responsible for deciding where Banking Hubs are located.

At the meeting with LINK, Cllr Cooksey was joined by Cabinet members Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson and Cllr Bridget Kendrick. The Mole Valley delegation put forward their concerns about the poor state of banking services in the District and once again called for Dorking and Leatherhead to be put on a priority list for Banking Hubs. Unfortunately, the representative from LINK confirmed that Dorking and Leatherhead still do not meet the eligibility criteria for Banking Hubs whilst Nationwide Building Society remains open in these towns. He did confirm that both towns are eligible for a Deposit Service but no timeline can be given for this because deposit services are still being piloted by Cash Access UK (CAUK).

LINK confirmed that the eligibility criteria for Banking Hubs is set by the Financial Conduct Authority who are currently consulting on a new regulatory regime. 

The FCA is asking for comments on the consultation using the form on their website or in writing to:

Retail Banking, Financial Conduct Authority, 12 Endeavour Square, London E20 1JN

Telephone: 020 7066 1000 Email: Cp23-29@fca.org.uk

The FCA consultation closing date is 8 February 2024.

Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Dorking Christmas Festival, 1st December 2024.

Please note that this is an expression of interest. We also welcome your participation in our planning committee, sponsoring our event or getting involved in any way. Read our 2023 results here, our Christmas 2023 Wrap Up, and thank you again for being part of our Dorking BID community.

Please email us at info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk if you are interested in joining our planning team.

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Embracing Winter Charm: A Delightful Visit to Dorking

As winter blankets the picturesque hidden gem of the Surrey Hills, our quaint streets come alive with the hustle and bustle of the traditional market town of Dorking.

Our independent shops really know how to decorate their shopfronts and and bring the proverbial goods. Filled to the brim with wonderfully hand-selected gifting for those who are sustainably minded or who just fancy the fabulous and quirky, there are special goodies you'll only find it here in Dorking. Or whether you're here for the top-notch football, a luxurious spa getaway, or an unparalleled outdoor adventure, our town punches well above its weight. Nestled in the heart of Surrey, Dorking offers a unique and enchanting experience for those seeking a winter getaway. From historic landmarks to cosy cafes, here's a guide to discovering the charm of Dorking during the wintertime months.

Welcome to Dorking

Dorking's Winter Wonderland

Dorking transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months, offering visitors a magical atmosphere. Whether you love being outdoors or enjoying Dorking's cultural and art scene, you're in luck. Nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Dorking has a wealth of outdoor spots to (literally) take your breath away -- from hiking trails and cycling paths for all skill levels. The town is also renowned for its 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. Be sure to visit our weekend, day, artist and independent spirit itineraries for inspiration.

Explore Denbies Wine Estate

Despite the chill in the air, a visit to Denbies Wine Estate promises warmth and relaxation. Embark on a guided tour of the winery, where you can learn about the winemaking process and indulge in tastings of their exquisite wines - we love the sparkling wine. Afterward, take a hike through Dorking's amazing countryside and enjoy the many winter walks in the exquisite Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dorking Denbies

Winter Walks in the Surrey Hills

Dorking is surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Surrey Hills, and wintertime unveils a different kind of beauty. Lace up your boots and embark on a scenic winter walk, discovering the hidden gems of the North Downs. Box Hill, with its panoramic views, is particularly enchanting when dusted with a layer of snow, providing a perfect backdrop for capturing the magic of winter. Don't miss the rail to ramble hikes, a great way to sustainably travel to Dorking and also hike from Dorking to Betchworth and Gomshall to Dorking.

Dorking's nightlife is unlike any other

After your hike (or trek), check out Dorking's unique evening scene. We are a true market town and during the winter months, this means crackling fireplaces, often-times locally brewed ales and always stellar food; playing darts and board games in cosy pubs and inns, filled with friendly people, live music and good times. Other cities have their own terms for their brand of cosy-ness: hygge, gezellig, lykke...for us, it is quite simply Corking Dorking. Join us and find your place in our excellent town. We think you will find that you’ll be very welcome.

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Historic Charms at Dorking Museum

Escape the winter chill by delving into the town's rich history at the volunteer-led and award-winning Dorking Museum. The museum showcases artefacts, photographs, (even dinosaur bones), and exhibits that bring the past to life. Explore the charming exhibits and gain insight into Dorking's evolution, providing a deeper connection to the town's heritage. To learn more about current exhibitions and events, visit the Museum website or follow along on social media.

Children of all ages love the Dorking Museum, as well as the new Silvermere soft play and Meadowbank Park just a stone's throw from the Museum.

Cultural and Culinary Delights in Dorking

Did you hear that Dorking is voted amongst the most romantic town in the world? We don't think it is either, but why not make it a destination for a truly fabulous Valentine's break? 

Winter is the perfect time to indulge in hearty and comforting meals, and Dorking boasts a diverse culinary scene. Not only is Dorking Halls hosting top-notch shows -- to include Educating Rita, Grease and the Leith Hill Music Festival -- but there will also be half-term activities for children of all ages (interactive trail hosted by the BID). We are truly excited to share that The White Horse is opening its doors from the end of February and have opened their our room and dining online bookings from April. 

Why not join us and warm up in one of our excellent local cafes or pubs, savouring a hot cup of cocoa or a traditional British roast? Dorking's eateries offer a blend of international cuisines and local delicacies, making every meal a memorable experience. Find your favourites in our suggested itinerary, A Foodie's Escape or in our directory. Dorking is well-known for being the food capital of Surrey, 'giving London a run for its money'.

Visiting Dorking during wintertime is a journey into a world of charm, tranquility and relaxation.

Whether you're exploring historic sites, sipping wine by the fire, or taking a leisurely stroll through the Surrey Hills, Dorking offers a winter escape that will leave you wanting to come back for more. Let the warmth of Dorking's hospitality make your winter getaway truly special.

Getting here

How to get to Dorking

Dorking is under an hour from London and the coast with easy access from Gatwick and the M25. It is served by three rail stations: Dorking Station and Dorking Deepdene Station are a 10 minute walk to town from the east and Dorking West is about a 15 minute walk to town. For more rail information, please visit the National Rail website.

Bus Timetable

For information on bus timetables, please visit the Surrey County Council website.

Driving

Exit from Junction 9 of the M25, and then continue on to the A24 towards Dorking, turn right at the junction of the A24/A25 into town.

Alternatively, exit from Junction 10 of the M25 and then continue on the A25 towards Dorking, going straight over the A24/A25 junction into town.

From Guildford, use the A25 and from Gatwick use the A217 and A25.

Dorking Denbies

We are saying goodbye to new year's resolutions and hello to what's in and out for rejuvenating our high street! And we want to hear from you! What's your 'What's In / What's Out' list for 2024? We have developed our tactical plans for the Dorking Business Improvement District to help us deliver our business strategy and we welcome your feedback on how we can collaborate to bring prosperity to our business community and to our town. So What's In and What's Out this year?

What's In

Focusing on excellent customer service.

Exciting and engaging in-store experiences.

Using AI to gain a competitive advantage.

Commercialising pre-loved and valuing sustainability and circularity.

Omni channel communications is key.

Collaboration and partnering with others across sectors to bring mutual success.

What's Out

Thinking your customer won't find what they want online.

Using AI or ChatGBT without editing content.

Not using social media or having a website.

Going at it alone.

What are your Ins/Outs for 2024?

We are launching our social, training and events calendar for the year very soon and we are finalising event dates for your diary. Save the date for our 2024 Christmas Festival, which will be held on the first Sunday of December every year (this year it is 1 December). We are working collaboratively with our BID businesses and community partners to finalise our training and events programme in the coming weeks and we plan to host on-street trails every other month this year. We hope you will join in!

In the meantime, please have your say, tell us what training you'd like us to offer, join a committee, or drop us a line - and let us know what you'd like to see us offer and help us to shape our plans.

Want to influence the future of our high street?

Join one of our Dorking BID Committees and help us make a difference for our businesses, our community and for each other. We have created four committees, led by businesses and composed of fellow BID businesses, residents, and community organisations. When we collaborate and work together, we create a better and brighter future for Dorking.

Marketing and PR

We are actively working on our events, digital, PR and marketing efforts to drive footfall to our high street. This committee touches on all of these activities.

Sustainability and Safety

This committee will focus on town beautification, policing and sustainability plans. Join this team to help us look forward and position Dorking as a safe, clean and sustainable heart of the Surrey Hills.

Tourism

This committee informs our visitor, retail and night time economy.

Placemaking

This committee looks after infrastructure, traffic, parking, and banking issues. We are actively working on 'Future Dorking' with our community partners to address parking, traffic management and to future proof Dorking.

Express your interest by emailing us at info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk or by completing this form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the time commitment?

What will we work on?

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Dorking Town Partnership
156 South Street
Dorking, RH4 2HF

T: 07377 0966892

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