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A Horse-Drawn Boat Trip along the Wey

Step back in time for this leisurely afternoon trip on the Iona – a horse drawn canal boat operating from Godalming. Watch the countryside pass by without being distracted by engine noise. Satisfy the senses with a cream tea as you enjoy the tranquility of the area. Read on>

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Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle

The next Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle will take place on Saturday 1 August 2015. It will offer a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London. Read on>

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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read on>

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Discover ancient Wanborough Barn

The Surrey Hills Society offers you this unique opportunity to discover another hidden gem in a quiet corner of the Surrey Hills. Tucked away, just off the Hogs Back, near Guildford, is a large wooden barn built by Cistercian Monks in 1388. Read on>

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Walk the Greensand Way with the Mayor of Waverley

The Mayor of Waverley (Mike Band), working in partnership with Surrey Hills Society, will be undertaking a sponsored walk along the Greensand Way across the breadth of Waverley borough. SHS members, friends and supporters are invited to join him for all or part of his route. The walk will take place on Sunday 13th and Sunday 20th September Read on>

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Pierrepont Farm Family Day

An all-day family event where we will learn about local food production and take part in lots of interesting and fun activities both indoors and outdoors. The whole family will find enjoyable things to do at this working farm with tractors, cows and lots of wildlife – all located in the wonderful Surrey Hills countryside. Read on>

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Surrey Heritage Showcase

The Showcase is a unique event that brings together not only the experts and amazing resources held at Surrey History Centre, but also many local organisations and societies to showcase the history and heritage of the area. Read on>

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Hands-on Volunteering on Leith Hill

Join us for a day of conservation work with a National Trust team working around Leith Hill Tower. Our cleared scrub will be used to build the bonfire which will form the centrepiece of their November celebration event. Read on>

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Pub Tour of the Tillingbourne Valley

Join the Chairman of the Surrey Hills Society for day out enjoying the unique beers, wines and other brews of the Tillingbourne Valley, near Guildford. Starting out from a pub in Guildford, we will board the newly launched Compass Bus service which travels from Guildford to Redhill along the A25, through some of Surrey’s loveliest countryside. Read on>

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Trees in Autumn – A Tree Identification Walk

Join us for another of Pamela Holt’s popular Tree Identification walks. This time we head to Marden Park near Woldingam for a 2 hour, 2.5 mile stroll through broadleaved woodland. The walk is followed by an optional, pre-bookable, lunch at the Botley Hill Farmhouse. Read on>

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A Tasting of Surrey Wines

Surrey is home to several vineyards producing wines that hold their own against international competitors. This tasting is a rare – and possibly unique – opportunity to sample the variety and high quality which are becoming benchmarks of Surrey wine. Read on>

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Pre-Christmas Walk

Pre-Christmas guided walk for all the family from Belmont School up Leith Hill, exploring more of the Surrey Hills adjoining Belmont School, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the School Hall by kind invitation of the Headmistress. Read on>

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Country Christmas Decoration Making and Walk

With Christmas approaching, why not make some of your decorations using freshly gathered materials from the Surrey Hills countryside. We will be taking a short walk around the Wonersh area. Visiting a private property on Chinthurst Hill, we will gather winter foliage to take back to our base and make into country Christmas decorations. Read on>

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Walk off your Christmas puddings

If you enjoy brisk walks, come and discover the hidden history of the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills and climb the North Downs to the picturesque St Martha’s chapel, with breathtaking views over the Tillingbourne Valley. Read on>

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North Downs Way Winter Walk

Come and enjoy a winter walk, explore part of the long distance walking route known as the North Downs Way. From Guildford to Compton, we will pass by the ancient ruins of St Catherine’s Chapel and explore the Watts Chapel which is an unusual clay tiles and mosaic building in the Arts and Craft style. Read on>

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Map Reading to Enjoy the Surrey Hills

This is a training day for those who want to get out and appreciate the Surrey Hills, but do not have the confidence and experience to use Ordnance Survey maps and a compass. This session will go through basic skills suitable for use in the Surrey Hills, but will not take you to a level suitable for navigation in remote and wild country. Read on>

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Snowdrops at Gatton in Capability Brown’s Tercentenary Year

This event is now fully booked. The Society has adopted Gatton as its project for 2016, the 300th Anniversary of Capability Brown, the designer of the magnificent landscape. This is an opportunity for our members to find out more about the plans to mark the tercentenary and also to see the snowdrops in the rockery garden. Read on>

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Fascinating Farnham

Join us for a fascinating evening talk about the history and characters of the area with the Mayor of Farnham, the Town Clerk plus leading local architect
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Lutyens in Surrey

With a visit to Goddards planned for later this year we are pleased to have arranged for an illustrated evening talk on the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens in Surrey to be given by Margaret Richardson, a Trustee of the Lutyens Trust. Read on>

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Review of Surrey Hills AONB Planning Issues

Join us for an evening to listen to Surrey Hills AONB Planning officer, Clive Smith, give a review of the current pressures affecting the area. He will be joined by Tim Harrold from CPRE and Rachel Botcherby, Planning Consultant from National Trust and Planning Consultant Graham Lomas Read on>

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A Visit to Redhill Aerodrome

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. However, such its the popularity that we are organising a second visit – hopefully in mid-September. If you would like to join a Wait List and hence get priority booking for this follow up event, please complete the Booking form and return it WITHOUT a cheque. Please mark the envelope “Redhill – Waitlist” Read on>

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Investec Spring Meeting

The Investec Spring Meeting is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy high class racing at the picturesque Epsom Downs Racecourse. Book online and get 50% off the gate price when you book online in advance (kids go free!).
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Visit to Winkworth Arboretum

In spring Winkworth Arboretum is covered in spectacular carpets of bluebells, clouds of cherry blossom, magnolias and azaleas. A National Trust Ranger will tell us about the history of the Arboretum and the trees and plants that we see, Read on>

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Wine Tasting Event

Wine Tasting Event

Come along to Cellar Magneval, Ripley for an evening with special guest Silvia Garatti, an ex-sommelier who has worked at the Ledbury and at Gordon Ramsey who will tell you more about fine wines – a wine & cheese lovers delight. Read on>

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Chaldon and its Hidden Treasures

A wonderful opportunity to hear a talk by Councillor Ted Howard on the mural in Chaldon Church of the ‘Ladder of Salvation of the Human Soul’ together with ‘Purgatory and Hell’ and to visit the church itself, and to hear about and visit the adjacent 14c Chaldon Court. Read on>

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CherryFest’ 16

CherryFest’16 is an annual charity music festival for the whole family which raises money for Cherry Trees, a respite care home for children with disabilities and their families which is based in East Clandon. Read on>

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Sheepleas Plant Identification Walk

Our plant identification walk will feature the Sheepleas above West Horsley, an area we have never visited in high summer, to see its profusion of wild flowers. Our guide will be expert and founder member – Pamela Holt. The route will take in beech woodland and open chalk grassland finishing with clay farmland where we will encounter a variety of trees, shrubs, wild flowers and ground cover plants. Read on>

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Picnic with the Past

Come along to Gatton Park to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of England’s greatest gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, best- known for designing gardens and landscapes at some of the country’s grandest stately homes. Read on>

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President’s day – Celebrating the Tales and Trails of the Tillingbourne Valley

President’s Day is one of the most popular events in the Surrey Hills calendar. This evening we will be discovering the work that has been done over 2016 on the Heritage Lottery funded, Tales & Trails of the Tillingbourne. Come and enjoy a late summer evening taking in the views from the top of Leith Hill south over the Surrey Hills and on to Sussex and savor a sit down at tables, picnic meal, specially created by a local chef. Read on>

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Outstanding Week

Outstanding Week is the AONB Family’s week-long programme of events to help people enjoy and be inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).This year it takes place from Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th September. Read on>

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Surrey Hills Challenge

People of all ages and fitness can participate in the Surrey Hills Challenge. The Greensand Way forms the backdrop to the event where the super fit can face the ultimate challenge with ‘The Ultra’, a 60km run, ‘The Half’, no ordinary walk (or run) in the park of 21km, ‘The Ten’, a fast and furious 10km or ‘The Five’, a family challenge 5km event. Read on>

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A Day in Brockham

A chance to visit one of the most picturesque villages in Surrey, with its green nestling below the North Downs.
We will be fortunate to not only visit the main points of interest, but will also hear about two important village organisations, BERT (Brockham Emergency Response Team)
and the Brockham Bonfire organising committee. Read on>

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Celebrating Tillingbourne Tales

Come along to this FREE event to find out more about Tillingbourne Tales, the Heritage Lottery Funded project which has brought the history of the Tillingbourne Valley to life. Enjoy storytelling, demonstrations, a theatre group, pageant with puppets and more. Read on>

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Tour of Surrey Police Headquarters & Police Museum – Fully Booked

Join us for a fascinating tour of Surrey Police Headquarters at Mount Browne, on the edge of Guildford. Originally the attractive 19th century home of George John Browne, 3rd Marquis of Sligo. House was originally called “Oakdene”. The house was bought by the Surrey Constabulary in 1947 and was officially opened in 1949 as official headquarters by the Home Secretary, Rt Hon J Chuterede MP. Read on>

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