A day in Dorking

If you’ve just a day to spend with us, make sure you spend it wisely. Begin by downloading the Dorking LoyalFree for special offers and discounts, and then get ready to explore!

 

Families with young children

Start your day by heading to Dorking Museum, 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 artifacts.

Once you’ve an appetite, continue the historic tour by going a few doors down 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 or Dorking Deli, all within walking distance of the Museum.

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, as well as an indoor soft play in case it rains.

When you’re ready for a warming tea break, or fancy something a bit more filling, Healthy Kitchen and Cafe Rialto are nearby and they both offer children’s meals – the former offers a range of cocktails too, and the latter has a play space for the children. It’s your call.

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 products that you just can’t find elsewhere.

Prep like you mean it and start at a fortifying café like Two Many Cooks or the Dorking Deli. Once you’ve got the coffee down (and maybe a homemade pastry or two), get yourself onto the streets and let the fun begin. May we suggest a morning of fashion with these stylish stores:

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

Notebook— stop by for some beautifully simple 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.

Bakehouse— a colourful boutique stocking an eclectic mix of brands (hello great Unisa shoes and Falke hoisery).

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 – calling all gents and when you need to dress up (or casually dress) the man in your life? You’ll find elegant selection of menswear and accessories, as well as the quirky stock of Happy Socks!

It’s now got to be lunchtime. Try some British-inspired cuisine at Salt Pig Dorking, feed your inner desires by stopping at Superdish Fish and Chips, or stay familiar in Cote Brasserie, Cafe Rouge, Ask Italian or Pizza Express.

After lunch, might we suggest a little light wander along St. Martin’s Walk for some retail therapy with an interior design theme:

Calliope Gifts is unmissable for their inspiring and eclectic range of homeware, stationery and of course gifts.

The antique 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 dealers 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, you really need to get yourself to the famous Fluffatorium where you’ll see the most marvelous wool and felt creations, Harman’s tailor-made furniture where you can peruse the handmade British furniture and accessories, and finally No 5 Interiors where you can put the finishing touches to your newly (mentally) redecorated home.

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