It begins with three words: outstanding natural beauty. Dorking boasts incredible outdoor spaces that draw those with an independent, free spirit to our town. With access from the M25, Guildford and Gatwick, and an easy train ride from London by train (and with three train stations), Dorking is an easy get-away.
Dorking satisfies the appetite of the weekender-cyclist who craves a bit of the wild outdoors or the collector who’s been searching for the perfect miniature George III mahogany chest of drawers on our Antique Row in West Street. Dorking is renowned for its independent spirit and heritage – just visit our Dorking Museum, noted by BBC Surrey as one of their ‘Things to Do’ in Surrey.
But there’s so much more to Dorking than its past – it has a thriving cultural and independent shopping scene. It is home to local, independent traders, quirky boutiques, a vibrant art scene, farmer’s markets, and to Sorrel, AA’s Restaurant of the Year – England.
Thanks to visionary chefs like Steve Drake, Dorking is leading revolutions in local food, pastry, craft spirits and beer, putting Dorking on the world’s culinary radar.
Dorking has activities for both active parents and children, like the Dorking Sports Centre, Dorking Halls and the Meadowbank Playground and Softplay as well as incredible outdoor spaces at National Trust locations like Polesden Lacy, Leith Hill, Ranmore Common, and Box Hill.
Oh and there’s a vineyard on our doorstep. Denbies Wine Estate is arguably the most beautiful (and largest) in the whole of the United Kingdom.
If you can’t decide what to do first, whether you have an afternoon, a weekend or a week, check out Dorking’s upcoming events that will satisfy your appetite to escape the expected and explore Dorking. Also, we are building a new website so stay tuned for a clean new look and feel.
25 – 30 November
12-6pm (Stay tuned for more details)
Dorking Town Partnership, Dorking’s Business Improvement District, was voted in on a five-year term with 66% voting in favour by number and 73% by rateable value. The Business plan was compiled at consultation stage and reflects the concerns and feedback received from the businesses. Its structure represents what the businesses said they wanted and we are working hard to complete it. View the Business Plan by clicking the link below.