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.
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.
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.
For information on bus timetables, please visit the Surrey County Council website.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Training is free for Dorking BID Members
- There is a fee for non-BID Members
First Aid for Mental Health
Level 1 – One evening
Level 2 – Two evenings
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Wednesday 8 May 6pm
BBC Surrey and Sussex
Wednesday 5 June 6pm
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 email@example.com. We would love to have you join us.
Check out our reach:
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
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
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
Get Buggy with us: 9-18th February
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.
We want to know what you think, BID members!
Will you take 2 minutes and share your thoughts on our 2024 Survey?
- What types of training would you like to attend - and when?
- What events would you participate in - or are a good fit for 2024?
- We have four committees to support our omni-channel efforts - will you join one?
- Become a member of our BID Board.
Share your thoughts with us and shape your Dorking BID.
Vote for your favourite Best Dressed Business
Vote for your favourite Business Window
Thank you for joining us at our Christmas Festival on Sunday.
As Christmas approaches, the Dorking BID has kicked off the festivities with Small Business Saturday and our Very Dorkensian Christmas Festival. We extend a warm thank you to our businesses, our BID Board, our members, our volunteers, and community partners. We appreciate the support of our Christmas grotto sponsors, Dorking Travel, the Mortgage Bureau, and Robinsons Estate Agents. This group includes: BBC Radio, sponsors, volunteers, our committee, residents, churches, schools, charities and non profits (Friends of Dorking, The Mens Shed, and Circular Dorking), Safety Advisory Group, our street clean up crew, community partners and more - all those who have joined in to support Dorking, and all spearheaded and funded by the Business Improvement District and our generous sponsors.
Not only did our event feature in BBC Radio's Story of the Day, Dorking also made The Times photo of the day. Huge thanks to photographer Paul Quezada-Neiman, The Dorking Desk Shop, the Kings Arms Pub and Dorking Dramatic Arts Society for his collaboration in this effort with our team at the Dorking BID.
Shining a light on Community Spirit
This year, the celebrations extended beyond twinkling lights, with live music, festive stalls, sustainable shops, children's activities, food and fare - we also celebrated our Dorking spirit with our Community Spirit Awards. This initiative is aimed at shining a spotlight on the incredible businesses, individuals and volunteers making a real and recognisable difference in our beloved town.
Here are the unsung heroes of our community:
The nominees in the category of High Street Hero truly embody the helpful spirit of High Street community engagement and support. Here is what the Judge Mark Carter said about the winner:
"The team at Bullimores clearly go above and beyond. They don’t just focus on their business but are at the heart of the local community."
This category of Sustainability Champion acknowledges the champions of sustainability, those leading the charge for a greener, more conscious Dorking. The category was judged by Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of Surrey Hills Enterprises. And the winner is:
"Exemplifying sustainability through action, reducing waste, and collaborating extensively within the community, Tony White is especially notable for setting up Community Fridges."
This category of Volunteer of the Year celebrates the selfless efforts of volunteers dedicated to making a difference in Dorking. The category was judged by Clare Davies, winner of our previous Volunteer Award, and recipient of many national accolades for her own community service. The winner of the Volunteer of the Year is:
"A tireless advocate for all things Dorking, Wendy passionately driving projects that promote business and environmental awareness."
When we support our local high street businesses, we invest in ourselves - in our town. Events like this matter - shopping locally matters for our town's future. We all shape it. Thank you for supporting Dorking High Street and our wonderful community.
Photos of the day
Do you have experiences to share? Tag us on socials at @hellodorking to be featured.
By Luke Whatley-Bigg
As the holiday season gets nearer, Dorking is gearing up for our incredible Very Dorkensian Christmas Festival that promises to light up the town with festive cheer!
And this year, the celebrations extend beyond just the twinkling lights, because we have our Community Spirit Awards. This initiative is aimed at shining a spotlight on the incredible businesses, individuals and volunteers making a real and recognisable difference in our beloved town.
Let’s take a look at our categories and our nominees:
The nominees in this category truly embody the helpful spirit of High Street community engagement and support:
Caroline Russell at Martha Russell/The Notebook: An unsung hero, growing her business ethically and sustainably while enriching the High Street.
David Driscoll at Seymours: Changing the perception of estate agents by actively supporting and contributing to the local community in numerous impactful ways.
Bullimores: A team that goes above and beyond, fostering connections beyond their business to uplift the local community. With a team composed of leaders like Nick Boot and Margaret Brett, Dorking businesses and its community are in great hands.
Rosemary at Beatitudes: A shop with a heart, focusing on the needs of the younger generation, especially those in greater need.
Dorking Butchery: Not just a provider of quality products but also a generous contributor to the wider community.
Sustainability Champion Contenders
This category acknowledges the champions of sustainability, those leading the charge for a greener, more conscious Dorking:
Anna Musgrave: Inspiring change within her school and broader community, shaping the future generation towards a more sustainable path.
Circular Dorking: An inspiration and a hub of information for those seeking to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.
Tony White: Exemplifying sustainability through action, reducing waste, and collaborating extensively within the community, especially notable for setting up Community Fridges.
Pat Smith: Leading change and providing invaluable support for Dorking's journey towards sustainability.
The Food Float: A beacon for locally produced food, delivered sustainably to local homes, championing the importance of locality and sustainability.
Volunteer of the Year Contenders
This category celebrates the selfless efforts of volunteers dedicated to making a difference in Dorking:
Margaret Brett: Margaret must surely be Dorking's most prolific Volunteer! For the last five years she spends every Wednesday morning volunteering for the Deepdene trail, keeping our green spaces clean and tidy.
Sally Elias: From trying to save historical buildings for community use with CHiP, to the incredible work she does with Dorking Minds, Sally really embodies giving back, contributing and helping others.
Simon Edmands: Simon volunteers with an open heart and offers good advice and a smile. He offers to help and run many fundraising quizzes for Friends of Dorking, Dorking & District Town Twinning Association, PSDS, and offers support for Dorking Christmas Lights, MND and more.
Wendy Saunders: A tireless advocate for all things Dorking, passionately driving projects that promote business and environmental awareness.
Jacqui Hamlin: What a legend Jacqui Hamlin is. Every single year, Jacqui organises Pippfest. She does this, without fail, and inspires a massive team of grass roots volunteers and artists to create an incredible event for the community and for a good cause.
Pat Smith: Pat (Dorking Climate Emergency) tirelessly campaigns for a more sustainable future. She keeps everyone updated on what's going on locally, what we should all be doing to lower our impact and she truly practices what she preaches. She never gives up, she attends every local event and promotes sustainability whenever there is an opportunity. She mobilises people to speak up and take action. She is an absolute inspiration.
The Community Spirit Awards are shining a spotlight on all these amazing local businesses and people, showcasing their efforts and inspiring others to join in building a stronger, more vibrant Dorking. Join us on 3rd December as the winners of the awards are announced on the main stage at 1pm and we all come together to celebrate and honour these remarkable contributors to our community!
Let’s light up Dorking with our community spirit this holiday season!