Set on the River Wey and among the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this pretty market town is the perfect place to visit this season for food and interiors shops plus plentiful green space in and around the town for country walks. We also love Farnham it for its:
Historic Castle The former palace of the Bishops of Winchester, 12th Farnham Castle and its Norman Keep preside over the town where visitors can take the lofty walk to enjoy spectacular views over the streets and hills from the Keep.
Markets Farnham has three! A weekly Friday country market offering arts and crafts, local food produce, cakes and bakes; the Farnham Maltings monthly market for antiques, crafts, jewellery, furniture, cards and local handmade produce, and Farnham farmer’s market on the fourth Sunday of the month (except December), selling goods direct from the food producer.
Nature See conservation in action or join a safari road train at Birdworld. Or head to the RSPB Farnham Heath to enjoy seasonal blooms, purple heather and yellow gorse which attracts a variety of wildlife, butterflies, plus sand lizards!
Shops Locals and visitors are spoilt for choice between plentiful markets, independent shops and stylish designer brands in this bustling market town. Long-standing Elphicks department store sells everything from beds, linens and furnishings to china, glass and toys. India Jane is the place for gorgeous tableware and stylish lamps. For modern country style, try Appassionato, and for gifts, head to the Maltings Stores for crafts and bespoke buys. Wrap up warm for a winter ramble with country clothing from Orvis, and get set for the racing season with a winning hat from Beverley Edmondson Millinery. Or cosy up with elegant nightwear from The Prial.
Love the local food heroes The town markets provide a feast of local produce to source on weekends. You can also try Farnham’s independent shops: For fruit and veg visit G Hone and Sons for a variety of fresh produce on Downing Street. Source fresh meats and meat products from Smallbone and Sons, traditional family butchers, also on Downing Street. Pick up fresh rolls from French bread and rye to spelt and seeded flours at Loaf Bakery. And party bags can be found at Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe. Take time out from your busy shopping day with a meal at The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill, which offers tasty winter-warming British food featuring the best of local and seasonal produce.
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