Here in Dorking, we’re passionate about inclusion.
We are a people and place built from unique ideas and activities, and we hold it close to our hearts. After all, you don’t get a community of spirited, independently-minded and passionate people like ours without true diversity.
So we’re pleased to share with you some of the most inclusively accessible places and activities in town.
If you’re arriving by train, Dorking station has step-free access to all platforms via passenger operated lifts. Make use of the one of many accessible taxi companies, such as Dorking Wheelchair Taxis or Wheelchair Taxis, both of which can help with a variety of disabilities.
For an outside adventure, visit Denbies Wine Estate, one of the finest wine estates in the world. Theirs is a fully accessible site; they have wheelchairs available for loan to customers for access to the vineyard, restaurant and rest of the site, simply reserve in advance for guaranteed use on the day of your visit. Guide Dogs for the blind and hard of hearing are welcome in all areas too, and the whole estate operates to their own Access Statement.
If you prefer the indoors, Dorking Halls is an entertainment venue proud to offer access to people with hearing, visual and mobility impairments. They have infra-red induction loops, are contactable via Next Generation Text service, and offer braille signage throughout. Customers can bring guide or hearing dogs along, and if the performance is likely to be loud or not dog-friendly the team can arrange for a dog sitter. Large print literature is available too. And if customers with disabilities like the idea of a companion for performances, they run a scheme whereby a someone can join them free of change.
For the younger ones, Meadowbank Park has the first Plan Inclusive Play Area (PiPA) in Surrey! The PiPA Award means the playground a variety of play opportunities that children with a wide range of abilities can enjoy. Visit and make the most of your stay.
And finally, keep an eye on shop windows as you’re out and about too, as shops in Dorking are awarded merit based on accessibility. Look out for ‘Good Access’ and ‘Happy to Help’ stickers to see which businesses are achieving, or striving for, full access for all. The system is run by the independently run Mole Valley Access Group Accessibility Scheme, a group who champion inclusion for both residents and visitors alike.