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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

Congratulations Dorking

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.

The Times Photo of the Day online by Paul Quezada-Neiman

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:

Bullimores

"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:

Tony White

"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:

Wendy Saunders

"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:

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Hero Contenders

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!

Meet the judges here.

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Celebrate our Heritage, Culture, Spirit with us!

We are honoured to welcome our three esteemed judges who embody and champion the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. Our judges are experts in public policy, social entrepreneurship, media and PR.

Join us in celebrating the heart of Dorking – our wonderful community!

The BID Community Spirit Awards celebrate the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. On the first weekend in December, we are celebrating Dorking - join us. On Saturday 2 December, we invite you to Shop Local and join our Small Business Saturday campaign and on 3 December we are pedestrianising Dorking High Street, South Street, West Street in a Very Dorkensian Christmas! 

As part of our celebration of all things Dorking, we are honouring three Dorkinians who have made a significant impact on our community.

Entering our awards programme is easy.

Nominate yourself or someone who inspires you. Entries close at midnight on 3rd November 2023.

Judging is based on criteria aligned to the awards and is outlined for each category below. All judging will be completed by the middle of November 2023. Finalists will be invited to the Very Dorkensian Chrismas Festival and award recipients will be announced live on social media and at the event at 3pm on stage.

Meet our Judges

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Mark Carter

Deputy Managing Editor (BBC South and South East) and Presenter (BBC Radio Surrey)

Mark Carter has twenty-five years of experience as a presenter, journalist and producer. Mark is currently the Acting Executive Editor of BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey and is one of the most recognisable voices in the area, as a presenter on both stations. Mark is in demand as an events host, from awards ceremonies to political debates. In December 2019, Mark took the lead role in his first professional pantomime. Mark lives in Surrey and was the founder of Surrey Day, an annual celebration of life in the county.

Clare Davies

Life Coach and Winner of our BID DorKing Coronation Volunteer of the Year

Clare Davies is an Intuitive Life Coach, mother of three, successful entrepreneur, keen sailor and general lover of life.

Clare is passionate about many things in life and loves finding the root of a problem and solving it (she also loves a crossword!), so becoming a life coach was inevitable, as she has been coaching people all her life.

In 2017, Clare co-founded The Dorking Community Fridge which went on to become Mid Surrey Community Fridges CIC, saving over 1000 tonnes of good food from being wasted by the commercial food industry. During lockdown, MSCF delivered vital food parcels to vulnerable Dorking residents and became a life-line for many, including NHS workers and the elderly and isolated. As a result, MSCF was honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; the MBE for charitable organisations.

Wendy Varcoe

Executive Director Surrey Hills Enterprises

Wendy has over 20 years’ of experience working within land regeneration, environmental improvements and conservation including working for the first Groundwork Trust in St Helens and in West London and central London regenerating London’s Canals.

Over the last 20 years Wendy’s work has focused on supporting local communities in Surrey, developing partnership projects and building community funds across all areas of community need.

Wendy was the Founding Director for the Community Foundation for Surrey and became its first Executive Director. In this time she has overseen the development of substantial new philanthropic funds to support community needs across Surrey. In total over £18 million has been secured for local communities since the Community Foundation was established in 2005. Wendy was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016 to recognise her dedication and hard work in supporting local communities in Surrey.

In 2017, Wendy moved from the Community Foundation for Surrey to take up the role of Executive Director at Surrey Hills Enterprises to support the development of the rural economy and to protect and enhance the Surrey Hills.

Meet our Judges

At the Dorking BID, we value relationships and creating value and impact for our community.

We are a business-led and business funded organisation that is working hard to bring inward investment to Dorking so that everyone benefits. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting our event and community! Have you seen our on-street life-sized Victorian 'people' on the high street? We are grateful to our sponsors for supporting our businesses and our event!

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Dorking has experienced 35% growth in its population from 2011 to 2021. Many of our residents have enjoyed living in Dorking for decades, while others have joined our community over the past ten years due to our beautiful surroundings, the easy commute to London, exceptional schools and charming town.

Our diverse events have generated interest from national, regional and local audiences -- and even royal attention.

We’ve attracted crowds reaching 8,000 to 10,000 strong at our street festivals and generated media interest from the Times, Time Out, BBC, the Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel, Condé Nast, the Guardian, Reuters, and local media.

Our multi-award winning team creates bespoke content that resonates with our highly engaged audience.

Maximise your exposure with a sponsorship package

Generate interest in your company or organisation and drive traffic to your booth, website, or social channels. Enable your team to create real, lasting relationships with our community instead of being just another brand.

Get in touch with our team at info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk or call us at 07884 000188 to get started.

Every week, we share our weekly round up of what we accomplished at the Dorking BID. Thank you for your support of our local businesses and of our local community.

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Achievements 18 August 2023

Digital Transformation

✅ Pippfest web page build

✅ Continued CRM work; coordination with MVDC

✅ Continued coordination on Gift Card efforts

✅ Continued website updates: forms, minutes, blogs

✅ Continued work on Future Dorking

✅ Multiple web updates

✅ Generated website savings on old domains

✅ Respond to all website engagement

Creative Campaigns

✅ Continued communications via Mailchimp emails to our audience

✅ Followed up on PR

✅ Continued LoyalFree marketing coordination of all materials and collateral

✅ Continued Summer Safari print campaign development and management

✅ Continued social media execution: socials, blogs, promotion, channel management

✅ Blogging

✅ Additional radio support of community partners

✅ Social media execution, copywriting, reporting

✅ Completed Springboard training for High Streets Task Force for free footfall counter

Placemaking/Events

✅ Continued support of Pippfest: website support, marketing and PR

✅ Finalised risk assessment and submitted to St John’s Ambulance for Christmas

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✅ Continued troubleshooting and management of ‘A Very Dorkensian Christmas’ - event management coordination with MVDC, Highways, Traffic Management, engagement with businesses and residents.

✅ *Extensive* Christmas coordination with all parties - coordination with community partners - all documentation submitted ahead of the SAG meeting

✅ Continued meetings with Council on Christmas coordination and consultation

✅ Continued LoyalFree PR, coordination and execution

✅ Finalised consultation results

✅ Finalised all consultation plans (traffic, etc.)

✅ Distributed LoyalFree print materials to businesses

✅ More Pippfest updates and promotion; remind everyone on our list of events

✅ Coronation Committee planning meeting and follow up

✅ Development of programme and project management of Christmas programme - interaction with all vendors and prospects

Business Support

✅ Meetings with community partners

✅ Brought on board new Voluntary BID members

✅ Explored grant opportunities

✅ Coordinating policing meetings and followed up again

✅ Coordination of board meeting with all parties

✅ Remind levy payers of of Christmas event and encourage involvement

✅ Christmas documentation for MVDC

✅ Coordination with vendors

✅ BID Board support, meeting management and coordination

✅ Community engagement

✅ Op ed on Banking Hub (continuation of the BID’s efforts to bring a hub to Dorking)

✅ Followed up on operating agreements with MVDC again

✅ Routine finance and operations

Welcome to Dorking's Summer Safari Trail!

This Summer Safari trail is a fun and educational experience where our participants can scan a QR code on a poster displayed in business windows to reveal answers to African wildlife-themed questions. The answers will then appear on their phones. Participants will also collect letters to form a simple, themed anagram. By submitting the anagram/answer via the LoyalFree app, participants will have an additional chance to win in our local prize draw.

The trail will run between the 11th and 28th of August.

The Summer Safari trail will feature a number of locations within the high street. Each location will host a poster with an educational question about African wildlife. As participants journey along the trail, they can use their smartphones to scan the QR codes on each poster and unveil the answers to deepen their knowledge of Africa's creatures. 

Intrepid explorers will scan a QR code, revealing an answer will automatically be entered into a thrilling prize draw, with an opportunity to win one of these prizes:

This free trail is a fantastic opportunity to get families out and about this summer while getting children excited about learning and starting conversations about wildlife in other countries. 

The LoyalFree app can be downloaded using this link or by searching for ‘LoyalFree’ in your app store.  

 

Summer Safari Trail

We held an Instameet on 12th August with 20 fantastic photographers who captured Dorking through their unique lenses. Thank you! Please join us in selecting your favourite photo from the event; the photographer with the most votes will receive a £100 gift card to shop in our town. Huge thanks to Down's Law Solicitors for sponsoring our prize.

Voting commences 24 August to 31 August.

We'll announce the winner 4th September.

The Photos

Instameet Voting Form

Please vote for your favourite Instameet photo using this simple form. All you need to do is to locate the name of the image and include it in the box below. Each image is titled with the Instagrammer's handle and a number. Any questions, please let us know at any time! Thank you to our wonderful photographers for joining our tour of Dorking and for sharing their perspective of Dorking with us.

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What's an Instameet?

An Instameet is a photographic tour of a place. The goal of our Instameet was to share the best of Dorking’s shop local, tourism and hidden gems with our community on a walking tour while also viewing our town through our talented visitors’ camera lenses. The group of lovely photographers took a photographic tour of our beautiful town while also capturing it for our Instagram and social media community. We thank you!

Our photographer guests went on a scavenger hunt themed tour around Dorking. They were asked to take photos that capture the Heritage, Culture and Spirit (Independent or otherwise) of Dorking Town. The day was captured here in these photos and also in our 'highlights' on Instagram.

We treated our instagrammers for a cake and coffee at Burgundy and Black, and the whole day was a delight.

Thank you again for joining us - we hope you enjoy the tour of Dorking town through their lenses.

Image credit: Dorking Camera Club

Check out our itinerary

📱HELLO DORKING INSTAMEET 📸

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We are happy to announce our exciting instameet will be in partnership with @HelloDorking and @IGERSSurrey. 

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📅 Date: AUGUST 12, 2023

⏰ Time: 12pm-3pm

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📍Meeting Point: Pippbrook Council Parking Lot 

🚘 Parking: Kathy can arrange free parking but you must email her your registration details so she can coordinate with the Council ASAP. Thank you!

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🗺Details:

🌳Join @IGERSSurrey and @HelloDorking for a tour of Corking Dorking! Dorking has something for everyone. Whether the wild outdoors is your thing, 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. 

Communities like ours are magnets for families, artists, active people, art lovers, food lovers, wine lovers, and well, everyone who is looking to discover something new, quirky, independent and unusual. Dorking is an inclusive, fun, creative haven and we welcome you! So, you will find activities aplenty to entertain and educate, as well as some incredible outdoor spaces where the young and the young at heart can explore and discover their own treasures within the grounds of sites of real historical significance.

There is a piece of Dorking waiting to be discovered by you. 

📸We hope that you will help us to capture and share your experience with us: 

#Instameets are a great way to feature the best of #HelloDorking! Thank you for joining us in celebrating the #heritageculturespirit of #Dorking.

We will hold a competition where our community can select from your photos on our website.

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👋 Your guides for the Instameet will be Kathy and Rosie from @HelloDorking. 

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Any further questions please send us DM at @IGERSSurrey and @HelloDorking

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📅 We look forward to seeing you on 12 August at 12pm.

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🚂Dorking is served by three train stations: Dorking Main, Dorking Deepdene and Dorking West. 

🅿️We will meet at the Council Offices Car Park.

We will walk over to Pippbrook House and explore the beautiful building’s surroundings. 

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, composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, author Benjamin Disraeli and master builder Thomas Cubitt who built huge areas of London in the 19th Century. To name but a few.

📍Master builder Thomas Cubitt is commemorated here at this statue. It has been said about him: "to those under him, and holding responsible situations, he was generous and kind, blending his position as master with that of a friend.”

🖼️From here, we will up to the main road, and admire the beautiful posters, designed by local artists. Which one is your favourite?

The posters feature each of the award-winning art from the DorKing Coronation, designed by:

First Place: Faith Conway-Dickens (she’s 10!)

Second Place: Tiffany Budd

Third Place: Sarajane ⭐️

Highly Commended: Lucy Rose

Highly Commended: Kelly Morgan

🐓We will continue on to the Deepdene Roundabout and discover Dorking’s Giant erm, Cockerel. 

⚽️Behold the Dorking Sports Centre, where you can swim, get fit and even use our fabulous @loyalfreeapp for all manner of deals. They are absolutely fabulous and a great supporter of the community. What photos can we get with these crazy balls?

🍿We will walk back down main road where we will admire the gorgeous art deco building and triumph that is Dorking Halls. 

🎶Check out the statue of composer Ralph Vaughn Williams. He was a much-celebrated composer with family living at Leith Hill Place. He was the son of Margaret Wedgwood of Leith Hill Place and Arthur Vaughan Williams of Tanhurst. His grandmother was Caroline Wedgwood nee Darwin. When his father died, Ralph’s mother returned to her family at Leith Hill Place. Growing up in his grandmother’s house the young Ralph was encouraged in his first compositions by his aunt, Sophy Wedgwood.

🔵We will then walk down Dorking High Street to turn down on a pretty little street and discover the Blue Plaque at 26 Wathen Road for a certain Sir Lawrence Olivier. 

🦢We will then mosey down to Meadowbank park, where we will take in views of the pond and wildlife. 

⛪️From there, we will take in the views of Denbies Hillside, Box Hill, and Dorking Town Centre. We will walk past Dorking Football Stadium and discover St Martin’s Walk. You can’t miss the fabulous St Martin’s Walk archway and St Martin’s Church. 

☕️We will take a break for coffee and cake at Burgundy and Black, which provides a lovely view of our beautiful Ranmore Hills.

From there, we will walk round to St Martin’s Church Courtyard for photo ops and then round to North Street and back through to Pump Corner and Old King’s Courtyard.

📸Pump Corner is the centre of Dorking and directs you up South Street, or around to West Street. First we are going to head up to Old King’s Courtyard to show you where the Marquis of Granby sign still exists (we will also head over to the King’s Arm’s Pub, where Dickens was said to have placed his characters in the Pickwick Papers. 

🐑We will then walk through the Rosehill archway to observe the rosehill sheep that graze there, as well as the grand homes atop the hillside. 

🍇We will then traverse back down through the archway and up through Butterhill and atop Victoria Terrace to gaze upon South Street, which provides quite a beautiful view of the town, St Martin’s Church and the Denbies Hillside. Look to the left and you have Michelin Star winner Sorrel, local favourite, The Queens Head, and the amazing Boothole, stalwart community supporter celebrating 40 years on the high street this year. 

👍We will then head down Junction Road, past some of the best Indian food ever, and down to West Street. We’ll head back up the idyllic West Street and enjoy some of the prettiest little shops you can shake a stick at. The United Reform Church has a particularly pretty garden. 

Some of our Dorking rooftops are the most picturesque and the old firestation, now a petshop, is exquisite. 

The fabled Kings Arms was referenced earlier in our tour, as the oldest pub in Dorking. 

🏆All of our award-winning indie shops really make this street special: Victoria’s Bra Shop, Sandrock House, Putty Cakes – they have an amazing secret garden that is worth discovering. And their cakes are incredible. Be sure to check them out. They are in-cred-ble. 

🎩Mullins House is composed of four shops: Mullins Coffee Shop, Witchin Ink, Lily and Leitrim Antiques, and the award-winning Mayflower Spa - all compose the historic site, the oldest pilgrim house in existence in the UK. 

👏The volunteer-led Dorking Museum is also located on West Street but is currently closed due to a fire. However the historical elements associated with the building are lovely, from the original Foundry building – photographic opportunities are exciting. 

As we head back up to the train station and the parking lot, we are reminded of the diversity on our street: 

Tikkanation, That Lovely Shop, Flowers by Elaine, to Cups And Co - a non profit that helps people with Learning Disabilities thrive and Grow. We’ve welcomed a new baker to the high street, Coughlan’s Bakery, which is really exciting. And back on North Street, we have a new haberdashery and sewing room by Tracey. 

🪩We are loving the fresh music and wine scene at The Grape Variety, and the tunes and you can return to dance the night away at Knox. 

🍣Dorking still has reliable favourites like Mr Wimpy, and we’ve got the brand new Kokoro on South Street. 

Indeed, Dorking is for everyone. 

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Do you have an event that you wish to promote on Hello Dorking? Our event listings page shares what’s happening in and around town.

Dorking has something for everyone. Whether the wild outdoors is your thing, 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.

Complete our new form to submit your event for inclusion on our Hello Dorking website and socials.

Events will be reviewed by the BID Manager for inclusion in Hello Dorking's editorial calendar. Any questions about this approach, contact us at any time.

Welcome to Dorking

Get ready to feel the rhythm, as we bring you exciting news from your Dorking high street! Your Dorking BID is thrilled to announce our line up of Summer events designed to put a spring in your step while you are enjoying our high street.

Communities like ours are magnets for families, artists, active people, art lovers, food lovers, wine lovers, and well, everyone who is looking to discover something new, quirky, independent and unusual. Dorking is an inclusive, fun, creative haven and we welcome you!

You will find activities aplenty to entertain and educate, as well as some incredible outdoor spaces where the young and the young at heart can explore and discover their own treasures within the grounds of sites of real historical significance.

There is a piece of Dorking waiting to be discovered by you  

Whether you're a fan of soulful melodies, electrifying beats, or toe-tapping tunes, we have something for everyone. On Select Music Saturdays in July and August, our vibrant high street will transform into a relaxed and enticing shopping, strolling, enjoyable haven. Talented local musicians and bands will take to our high street, filling the air with their incredible performances. From acoustic sets to energetic jazz ensembles, there will be a diverse range of musical genres to suit all tastes.

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store

7th - 8th July: Plays in the Park by Dorking Halls

14th July: Born Free / Haus of Conservation 'Dreams of the Wild' at Dorking Halls

15th July: 11-4pm Live Music on the High Street with Bryony Dunn

5th August: 11-4pm Live Jazz on the High Street with Cake for Breakfast

12th August: IGERS Surrey Instameet

11-28th August: LoyalFree Summer Safari Trail

3rd September: Pippfest

Spread the word, invite your friends and family, and let's make this a summer of unforgettable melodies and joyful memories in Dorking.

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.

Walking directions from Dorking’s main station and Dorking Deepdene station

Walking directions from Dorking West

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

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