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Welcome to our citizens on Instagram. This feature gives you an insight into the everyday lives of people and businesses in Surrey. From breakfast to bedtime and everything in between. Check out our favourites below. Also, follow us on Instagram (theguide2surrey) and if we like what you see then we’ll feature you in these pages!


Blid & Hatton

@blidandhatton Veg – Sunshine on a plate beautiful chard

Ripe and Nine

@ripeandnine Blueberry Acai Mini Slices

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Surrey Half Marathon

@ripeandnine Fresh Fig Tart

Sticks and Ink

@sticksandink BOKETTO - (Japanese) The act of gazing vacantly into the distance, without thinking. #creativeminds

@blidandhatton Flowers- Golden ghee & spring flowers on this dreary day! #Countryside

@sticksandink Sending some abstract greetings cards on their way #thankyoucards

@surreyhalf Your 2017 Mercer Surrey Half Medal #surreyhalf

@surreyhalf Stick to your fitness resolutions and raise money for those who need it at the same time! #run


Victoria’s Kitchen

@vicskitchen It’s the first Sugarpaste Cookies in #Woking today.

@vicskitchen **Student’s cake** pretty good huh? #vicskitchenclasses

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Steph Turpin

@fairynuffflowers Market couldn’t look much prettier at the moment if it tried

@fairynuffflowers Market couldn’t look much prettier at the moment if it tried.

Gillian Harris

@gilliangladrag Morning! Quick #Shelfie for you!

@gilliangladrag One of my favourite courses today #felting

Artful Days Guildford

@artfuldaysgu Today my daughter is trying out toilet paper as her canvas! Why not? #kidsart

@artfuldaysgu We cannot wait for Easter to come and do this craft activity with children again. #kidscrafts

Cashmere Goose

@chashmeregoosehw Monday @CG cup of tea and delicious chocolate by @arthousemeath has just arrived #gorgeouspackaging

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@chashmeregoosehw Loving my new @cashmeregoosehw scarf this morning. #newseason #springiscoming


King Fishers Farm Shop

@kingfisherfarmshop Rhubarb- Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb #fruit #surreyhills

@kingfisherfarmshop Seville oranges are in #marmalade #fannysmarmaladecompetition

Nuffield Health

@nuffieldhealthgyms “That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run...” #earlystart #Monday

@nuffieldhealthgyms Doesn’t always have to be weights and treadmills #OnTrack

My New Fav Jewellery

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@my_new_fav What better way to say it than a little dude in a jar on a necklace #gift #minature

Blue Sparrow Yoga

@bluesparrowyoga Yoga - the journey within. Because it’s not just about the shapes our bodies make! #journeywithin #yoga

@bluesparrowyoga Yoga classes in Guildford #hatha #yogaeverydamnday

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EXPLORE Market Walk in our exciting Easter themed hunt. Find all the hidden chicks to WIN ÂŁ100 worth of Market Walk vouchers! The ďŹ rst two people to complete the hunt on each day will receive a small Easter treat.

BE AMAZED by Alice and The Mad Hatter on Saturday April 8 between 10am and 3pm. Themed magic, face painting, balloon modelling by the Queen of Hearts and meet and greet photos!

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WEEKLY Growers and Makers Market on Thursday April 6 and 13.

FANTASTIC face painting by Leena Singh between 10am and 4pm on April 5, 12 and 15!

Hop to Market Walk between Monday April 3 and Saturday April 15 for our Easter activities!

GET CREATIVE with JumpingCLAY on Wednesday April 5 and 12, between 10am and 2pm. Get stuck in - make your own clay fridge magnet and model Easter bunny to take home with you the very same day!

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BUSINESS AS USUAL AS WOKING’S DEVELOPEMENT MOVES AHEAD As Woking’s once in a generation’s project to radically improve the town’s highways and utilities for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors rolls on, residents, visitors and commuters may be wondering what will come of all the development. Working in partnership, Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council say that the multi-million-pound highway improvement project, when complete, will significantly enhance traffic flow in the area and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists, whilst stimulating economic growth in Woking Town Centre. Let’s look at some of the immediate works underway affecting High Street and The Broadway

• High Street and The Broadway (from Duke Street) are one-way to west-bound traffic only. • No left turn from Victoria Way to Cawsey Way /High Street via Church Street West. • Creation of a new link road connecting High Street with Victoria Way. • The permanent closure of Church Street West and Cawsey Way to all traffic (from May 2017 subject to change). • The relocation of the taxi rank from High Street to The Broadway. • Improved bus facilities along High Street and The Broadway. • Wider pavements and dedicated cycle lane. • The realignment of Chertsey Road to improve pedestrian and cycle connectivity

VICTORIA SQUARE The redevelopment of Jubilee Square and Commercial Way were the first signs of a town beginning to reinvent itself for the 21st century, already putting Woking ahead of many other Surrey towns. But the next ma jor step to creating a truly vibrant, forward-looking Woking is coming in the form of Victoria Square. Victoria Square will completely transform the western quarter of Woking Town Centre delivering more than 14,500 square metres of new retail floorspace anchored by Marks & Spencer, a new Boots store, hotel with conference facilities, 390 residential apartments, medical centre, additional car parking and two new public plazas. It will also incorporate an international 4-Star hotel with spa, gym and two restaurants, one of which will be located on Level 22 to exploit the magnificent views. Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “This is a huge investment for our ambitious town and I would like to assure people that this decision has not been taken lightly. This [development] will undoubtedly secure the vitality and sustainability of our Borough and will attract new commercial investment for years to come. Victoria Square is the next ma jor step to achieve our long-term desire for a vibrant, 21st century Woking that will meet the needs of current and future generations for which we can all be proud.” The Victoria Square development, comprising the former Woking Market, Post Office, Globe House and Woking Fire Station sites, is being delivered by Bandstand Square Developments Limited (BSDL), a joint venture between Moyallen, owners of Peacocks Shopping Centre, and Woking Borough Council. Whilst the demolition of the site is already underway, it is expected that the Victoria Square development works will commence during summer 2017.

For more information visit or telephone 01483 755855

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THE GUIDE 2 YOUR MONTH Banff Film Festival

28th March & 1st April / Dorking Halls & G Live Get a taste for adventure and be inspired by breath taking visuals from The Banff Mountain Film Festival. The highly acclaimed and prestigious film festival returns to Surrey this month, as part of its world tour showcasing a brand new selection of films from some of the world’s leading adventure film makers. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports, be transported to the world’s last great wild places and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. For more information and tickets visit

Sister Act

Earth Hour

Surrey Half Marathon

Sing Hallelujah and jump for joy as the all new production of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke makes a stop for some wicked kind of worship in Woking. An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard). Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith.

Switch it off this March and help protect and celebrate our great planet for WWF’s Earth Hour. This annual global celebration is where people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our planet. It’s been the hottest year on record for the third year in a row and nearly 1 in 6 species are at risk of extinction from climate change. We must all come together and act now to protect our amazing planet and the species that inhabitat. Sign up and then switch it off to show you support action on climate change.

Legs at the ready for the Surrey Half Marathon races around the corner and into March. Recently crowned the UK’s best half marathon and best road race, the Surrey Half Marathon is back for another year of beating PB’s and raising lots of money for a multitude of charities. With the race starting at Woking Leisure Centre, be sure to check out the route of where to pop along to support all the racers. With a kid’s race and a 5k race taking place also, we wish all those taking part the greatest success.

20th – 25th March New Victoria Theatre, Woking

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25th March / 8.30pm, Everywhere

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12th March / Woking > Guildford

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THE GUIDE 2 Y GT Open Mic Sessions

The Mikado

As the hump of midweek hits, may we suggest an evening at The Britannia on the River Wey in Guildford? Make sweet music and serenade your fellow patrons, as local musician Gavin Thomas hosts a brand new open mic night for the burgeoning brood of aspiring songwriters in Surrey. Hosting sessions every Wednesday with the exception of the first hump (Wed) of the month.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s irreverent treatment of love, death and brutality is highlighted in this, their most popular and performed operetta. Although Knaphill and St Johns Operatic Group are staging a traditional version, the themes are still relevant today and audiences can look forward to an updated ‘Little List’ of offenders that society would like to see get the chop. For more information and tickets visit

Wednesday’s / The Britannia, Guildford

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8th – 11th March / Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking

RENT: The Musical

Out of Order

The legendary, multi-award winning musical, RENT, celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year and in doing so hit the road for a national tour. This exhilarating, landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess. Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La Bohème, it’s not to be missed. Classic.

The Olivier Award-winning Comedy Out of Order comes to Yvonne Arnaud this month. When a Government Junior Minister plans to spend the evening with one of the Opposition’s typists in The Westminster Hotel, things go disastrously wrong – beginning with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable sash window. Desperately trying to get out of an extremely sticky situation, things quickly go from bad to worse.

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Film: Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

Greg Gilbert (The Delays) Charity Auction

Celebrate the late great David Bowie and head to Camberley Theatre for a weird and wild adventure with Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars. Directed by pioneering rock film-maker D.A. Pennebaker, this documentary and concert film captures Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973.

Visit Ewbanks for this very special auction in aid of indie band the Delay’s lead singer Greg Gilbert who is raising monet to pay for his much needed cancer treatment. Come together and bid for some unque music memorabilia from some of the biggest hitters on the scene including Coldplay, The Maccabees and of course The Delays.

7th – 11th March / New Victoria Theatre, Woking

7th March / Camberley Theatre

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8th – 11th March / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

9th March / Ewbank’s Auctions, Woking

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Exhibition: Emoji Stories, Ballads & Songs Beginners Fused Glass Workshop 18th March / Mrs Potts Place, Camberley

Mrs Potts Place is the enchanting cavern of craft in Camberley where one can typically go for pottery classes and workshops of a crafty kind. This March, why not spend some hours on a Saturday learning about the art of fused glass and create your own keepsake? For more information and books visit

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Until 10th March / The Guildford Institute

The age of the emoji? Will that really be a thing? The term coined for small digital icons that express ideas and convey emotions has certainly found its place in the everyday communications we make online and on mobile. This unique exhibition sets out to retell a selection of well known short stories, pop songs and folk ballads in iconic form. For more information visit

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2 YOUR MONTH Café Scientifique

14th March / Cellar Magneval, Woking This wonderful meeting of minds head, to Woking’s cultural hotspot Cellar Magneval for an evening of intellectual discussion and debate. This month puts public speaking under the microscope. Cafe Scientifique is public speaking for science - communicating by speaking is what Cafe Sci does. But what is public speaking, how do you do it, how does it work? How, what and why do you communicate by it? Calvin Niles puts public speaking under the microscope and dissects it - by publicly speaking about it. How hard is that going to be? For more information visit

Vintage Kilo 10th March / Guildford Cathedral Bargains galore are in store at Vintage Kilo, held at Guildford Cathedral this March. Thrift-seekers are urged to join the weighvolution and pick up a kilo of vintage threads for £15 at this unique vintage clothing event. Early birds will catch the greatest garms as you delve through six tonnes of vintage and retro clothing. See you there. For more information visit

Sing-A-Long Dirty Dancing 11th March / Camberley Theatre

Have the time of your in Camberley this March for a night of sing-a-long Dirty Dancing. Join Johnny, Baby and the gang and sing aloud and proud to all your faves from the cult film about holiday romance, teenage angst and naturally a dirty dance or two. For more information and tickets visit

80’s Invasion

13th March / G Live, Guildford Put on your dancing shoes and flash back some 30 years ago or so. Back by popular demand, the 80’s Invasion Tour returns to G Live for a night of unadulterated guilty pleasures. Catch legends such as Paul Young, Toyah, China Crisis and Martika perform a wave of hits to create a deluge of decade inspired nostalgia. For more information and tickets visit

A Funny Evening With Gyles Brandreth 13th March / Rose Theatre, Kingston

They say all political careers end in tears… in Gyles Brandreth’s case it’s tears of laughter as the author, broadcaster, former MP and government whip takes us on a hilarious roller-coaster ride around some of his favourite places – from the green benches of Westminster to the green rooms of the West End. With a cast-list that runs from Oscar Wilde to The Queen – to say nothing of Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson – this is a wonderfully witty and revealing evening’s entertainment from an award-winning raconteur. For more information and tickets visit

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15th March / The Boileroom, Guildford Raucous and ready to rip The Boileroom in Guildford the proverbial, Idles pay a visit to Guildford to display their aural delights on discerning ears. Unashamedly brash and bearing all the hallmarks of a vitriolic youth spitting in the face of the status quo, Idles are loud, lairy and more importantly, you’re going to the love them. For more information and tickets visit

Film: Beauty and The Beast

17th March / Everyman Cinema, Esher Fantastical delights await at Esher’s Everyman Cinema as the anticipated retelling of classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast hits the big screen. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is of course, the journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Ooh, err. For more information and tickets visit

Vintage Fashion Fair

18th March / Farnham Maltings Vintage joie de vivre! Spend a leisurely Saturday browsing and buying from the many stalls of beautiful vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, hats, jewellery and textiles. All authentically vintage and dating from 1900’s – 1980’s. This fabulous fair offers wearable vintage at affordable prices and a selection of vintage designer labels. Something to suit all tastes and budgets. For more information visit

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THE GUIDE 2 Y Star Gazing 18th March / Painshill Park, Cobham Reawaken your celestial self and enjoy a unique evening star gazing in the scenic grounds of Painshill Park. Join Walton Astro Group to observe The Great Orion Nebula and Double Cluster. A truly magical experience, completed by an astronomy talk. For more information visit

Phill Jupitus: Work in Progress

24th March / Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-On-Thames Team captain of cult comedy quiz show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and all round funny man, Phill Jupitus, heads to the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-On-Thames for an evening of funny. Join Phill as he tests and tries out new material in this intimate show before it hits bigger venues on the road later this year. For more information and tickets visit

Drop in Yoga

20th March / Medicine Garden, Cobham Get into your flow this Spring Equinox with some Yoga at Cobham’s healing and rejuvenating space, the Medicine Garden. Join their resident Yoga teacher Luma for a choice of two classes at a discounted drop-in fee of just £5 (usually £13) per class. Choose from Hot Power Yoga between 9:30am and 10:45am or Holistic Yoga from11am till midday. For more information visit

Fresh Water by Virginia Woolf

24th – 25th March / Watts Gallery Artists’ Village Compton Little Theatre presents a costumed reading of Virginia Woolf’s comedy Freshwater. Set on the Isle of Wight, where both G F Watts and Alfred Lord Tennyson had homes, it features Watts, Tennyson, Julia Margaret Cameron and a newly married Ellen Terry as well as a cameo appearance by Queen Victoria. For more information and tickets visit

Johnny Lee Hooker Jr and Animals & Friends 22nd March / West End Centre, Aldershot

Get tickets quick for an intimate show with The Animals at Aldershot’s West End Centre. Taking the world by storm back in the 60’s with hits such as Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and House of The Rising Sun, since reforming, the band have embarked on a series of massive UK tours with special guests and this time they’ve teamed up with John Lee Hooker Jr. For more information and tickets visit

Roller Disco

25th March / Guildford Spectrum Get set for a wheely good night out at Guildford Spectrum for their monthly roller disco night. From 5pm - 10pm, grab your pals and skate around to your hearts content for hours on end. With an arena the size of 10 badminton courts, the session gives you ample time and space to perfect your forward motion and (falling) with grace. For more information and booking visit

Sunday Restorative Yoga 26th March / The Lightbox, Woking

Woking Classics: The Goonies

24th March / Ambassadors Cinemas, Woking “Hey you g-uuuuu-y’s”, The Goonies is back on the big screen! In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find One-Eyed Willy’s ancient treasure. Will they? Won’t they? And are they the only ones on the hunt? Watch a true cult classic over at The Ambassadors Cinema this March as part of their Woking Classics Film Season, which includes a tonne of awesome films for you to get your mitts into in the coming months.

Let Sunday soothe you in these mellow yoga workshops with experienced Yoga teacher Ruth McNeil who will lead the group through the practice of mindful movement, soothing restorative yoga and pranayama (the movement of energy with breath). The workshop will culminate in blissful guided savasana/relaxation. These workshops are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to the more experienced. For more information and details on booking please visit

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2 YOUR MONTH Jazz Café: Sara Dowling


Gifted with immensely emotional vocals, Sara Dowling’s influences are wide and far-reaching. She is known for her unique interpretations of classic ballads leaving audiences spell bound as well as the energy and vigour with which she tackles the up tempo standards from the American Song Book.

Aficionados of the local folk scene should make their way over to Grayshott for a night of good times with English bloke-folk band Faustus. Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast).

28th March / Electric Theatre, Guildford

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ROH: Madama Butterfly

30th March / Leatherhead Theatre Royal Opera House present this live screening of Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’; one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton of his young, innocent bride. For more information and tickets visit

1st April / Grayshott Folk Club

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Social Cinema: H2Oil

2nd April / The Boileroom, Guildford Social Cinema are a local group of seasoned cinema goers who meet monthly to watch and discuss ‘movies with meaning’. This month’s film is H2Oil - a feature-length documentary that traces the wavering balance between the urgent need to protect and preserve fresh water resources and the mad clamouring to fill the global demand for oil. It is a film that asks: what is more important, water or oil? For more information and tickets visit


2nd April / Electric Theatre, Guildford Seven piece fiddle-tastic band Frigg visit the Electric Theatre in Guildford for a very special night of Nordgrass (a mix of Nordic folk and American bluegrass) Energy, fun, humour and interaction are Frigg’s most important virtues of any gig. Possibly the most exciting, uplifting, gut-wrenching & hip-twitching band in the Northern Hemisphere. For more information and tickets visit

Jonny & The Baptists

31st March / Farnham Maltings Three quarters of MPs are millionaires. A third of the country lives below the poverty line. Whatever your politics, Jonny & the Baptists think it’s worth talking about. Setting out to explore the gap between rich and poor, Jonny & the Baptists’ lives turn upside down when Jonny betrays Paddy for financial gain. As Jonny enjoys the highlife with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Hall, Paddy falls into homelessness and despair. For more information and tickets visit

Guildford Goes Wild

1st April / St Mary’s Church, Guildford Join Surrey Wildlife Trust and go wild for a day in Guildford. The local lovers of wildlife are holding a free event on the High Street with a number of free activities planned throughout the day. Meet garden wildlife, plant sunflowers, make bird feeders and hunt for mini beasts. Go wild. For more information visit

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Luke Kempner: Judi Dench Broke My Heart 8th April / Cranleigh Arts Centre

Impressionist and star of The Only Way Is Downton, Luke Kempner, can’t wait to marry Dame Judi Dench. But has Britain’s most celebrated thespian only been acting like she’s in love? Will they be getting a honeymoon room with a view, or is Luke’s sky about to fall? For more information and tickets visit

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Highlights this month at


Cilla and the Shades of the 60’s

March 8th

One Night of Ska

Sing-A-LongA Dirty Dancing

Best of the Fest: Gareth Richards - The Halo Effect

Audience with Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe Somewhere In Time

March 10th

March 11th

March 17th

March 24th & 25th

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MARTIN HARLEY Martin Harley is the singersongwriter, guitarist and worldtraveller from Woking who is one of the leading lights of blues and roots music in the UK and US. Harley’s phenomenal slide guitar and soul-drenched vocals has made him one of the genre’s most magnetic performers. With the February release of his seventh album and collaboration with Tennessee bassist, Static in the Wires, March sees the duo begin their UK tour, coming to Farnham Maltings on 15th March… What was it about blues and roots music that so mesmerised you in the beginning? Honesty. When you the hear the recording of Blind Willie Johnson, for example, I feel there’s a brutal truth and a degree of conflict in himself and his performance. He was a preacher in the 20’s singing music that was demonised by the church and drinking to fill the gaps. The conversation between the guitar and the vocal is mesmerising. I’ve always been drawn to slightly darker or melancholy music. It’s not that my perspective isn’t positive. It’s more that I find a great deal of beauty in music that affects me in an organic and unpretentious way.

You’ve travelled to dozens of countries but always return to your roots in the UK. Haven’t you been tempted to pick up the family and put down new roots elsewhere? My parents live in Woking and my favourite pub is in Sutton Green. It’s where my oldest friends and I still meet up when we get the chance. I’ve lived in Hertfordshire for the last few years so that my partner can be near her parents as we have two young children. I’ve been touring intensively overseas. We’ve toyed with the idea of moving to Nashville but my oldest daughter is coming up to school age and America is currently being run by my least favourite world leader.

If touring takes up so much of your professional life, how do you find the balance with a young family? It’s a “you wash, I’ll dry” kind of arrangement. I try not to be away for more than three weeks at a time and I take longer breaks that I used to. It’s still hard to maintain a career that involves so much travel and family life so I’m deeply thankful for an upstanding partner (and FaceTime).

Why did you strike out solo from the Martin Harley Band? Not so much of a strike as a side step across the pond. I wanted to travel across America and Canada to see what might be possible there. Moving the whole band with no concrete plan was not an option.

How did you first meet your collaborator on Static in the Wires, Daniel Kimbro? We met on the back of a U-Haul truck at a festival in Tennessee. The intention was to run a song or two and to play on stage. When we got up there we played an hour-long set. I found that exciting and nerve racking. It was out of my comfort zone and I think that’s when I improve. We decided to try and capture some of that improvisational energy by recording an album in four hours at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville. The new album “Static in the Wires’ is a more considered affair with drums and piano but keeps that live feel.

This is your seventh album. What is it like to listen back over nearly 15 years to your previous recordings? Listening to my younger self is almost like listening to my voice on an answering machine. Is this really what I sound like? There are certainly moments where I feel I accurately expressed who and where I was at that time. There are times when I got it wrong. On the whole, I’m proud of the fact I put my music out into the world almost exclusively independently and that I make a living in a tricky profession. Are there things I would change? Yes, but I can’t, so I carry the lessons with me and continue to refine my craft in the hope that I can evolve and improve.

Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro perform at Farnham Maltings on Wednesday 15th March. Their new album Static in Wires is available through iTunes, Google Play store and at

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Weekdays 3rd - 13th April


Family Workshops

Bouncing Bertie 3-7 April Brooklands Bingo 10-13 April


London Bus Museum Bus Trips


Pedal Planes and Bertie Bear

4D Theatre * Concorde Experience * Trails for kids * London Bus Museum Soft Play Area * Discovery * Café

PLUS: EASTER EGG TRAIL available 1st to 23rd A pril

For prices and times visit: Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN 01932 857381


Special activties subject to weather and operating conditions

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march highlights

Sing-a-Long-a Grease

Fri 03 March, 7.30pm

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro Wed 15 March, 8.30pm

theatre maltings: Spillikin

Tue 28 March, 7.30pm

theatre maltings: WAIL Mon 06 March, 7.30pm

Spark 2017, Youth Arts Festival

Fri 24 - Sun 26 March

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat the Poor

Fri 31 March, 8pm

01252 745444 Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

• Composting at home • Joining your garden waste collection service • Taking it to a community recycling centre

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MARCH 2017


Meaningful Makes

Girls’ Night Out

Saturday 25th March | 10.30am-4pm Farnham Maltings, Farnham Course price £42, all materials provided.

20th-25th March | Matinee and Evening shows available New Victoria Theatre, Woking Tickets from £17.90. Alexandra Burke will not be performing at matinee performances.

Freestyle wool art workshop

Beautiful as fresh cut stems are, they only last so long. Why not make some flowers that endure for her to enjoy for evermore? That’s right, you can make a unique and freestyle wool art piece using crochet techniques, beads and yarns of varying textures and colours for your mum to treasure well past Mothering Sunday. Take inspiration from the natural world and an array of photographs, sketch your design and then build your piece. Or, book a place for you and your mum and spend some quality time together learning something new! For more info contact or visit

Sister Act

Sing Hallelujah for the all new production of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke. Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie. Featuring original music, dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical around. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music, this is a feel-good show to catch with your Mother Superior. For more information visit

Cocktails at Komo, Guildford Kids Cookery: Cakes for Mum Saturday 25th March The Restaurant at Tante Marie, Woking Tickets £50. Suited to 7-12 year olds. Spend a morning at the Academy making delicious cupcakes to decorate and take home. Kids will start their morning by making a fresh selection of carrot, vanilla & chocolate cupcakes, before whipping up some delicious flavoured icing to pipe on top. That’s when the fun really starts! Once the cupcakes are cool they will be carefully decorated with icing, chocolate piping and a variety of fondant shapes, beautifully presented in a box ready to take home for mum! For more information visit

Mothering Saturday Crafting 25th March | 12noon-2pm Guildford Cathedral, Guildford Free event. Showing your mum how much you care doesn’t have to cost anything! Drop in to the Marquee at Guilford Cathedral to celebrate Mothering weekend with free crafting and other activities. A little something made with love will make her day. For more information call 01483 547886 or visit

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Komo is a high-end cocktail bar in Guildford where they believe in pairing the finest spirits with quality natural ingredients to create a truly delicious tipple. Their menu is inspired by classic, soulful favourites and combines a selection of crowd-pleasing, seasonally-focused cocktails with exciting special treats. Have a ball sampling the extensive menu with your mum until 12pm on a Sunday, before going home to put on your slippers. For more information visit

Gorgeous Gifts Packhouse Antiques

Discover unique gifts for your mum at Packhouse Antiques. Set within the Surrey hills between Guildford and Farnham, their 400-year-old Grade II-listed building sells a huge variety of vintage, antique and one-off buys from furniture and interior finishing touches to gifts and fashion accessories. You won’t find a more diverse mix anywhere else. For more information visit

Hartley Antiques Hartley Antiques offer a traditional range of antique furniture, pictures, porcelain, glass, silver, toys, jewellery and rugs. With their wide range of knowledge and expertise, Hartley Antiques are sure to be able to point you in the direction of a gorgeous gift for Mother’s Day. For more information visit

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Afternoon Tea

The Speckledy Hen, Shamley Green or The Dabbling Duck, Shere Chicks of all sorts will enjoy a visit to The Speckledy Hen or The Dabbling Duck this Mother’s Day. Make a reservation in your chosen cosy nest and for £25, pamper your mum with sandwiches, tea, cake, a glass of Prosecco and a little something extra special. Mother’s Day Brunch from 10am-Midday, Afternoon Tea available at 1.30 and 4pm at The Speckledy Hen. Afternoon Tea at The Dabbling Duck available at 3pm and 5pm. Booking essential. For more information visit and

Take it Easy Nirvana Spa

If you think your mum deserves a well-earned break, make it a Mother’s Day to remember with a trip to Nirvana Spa, just over the border in Berkshire. They’ve got all sorts of packages for the most relaxing retreat- what more could your mum want that a bit of peace and quiet and the chance to unwind in these luxurious and beautiful surroundings? For more information visit

Mothering Sunday at Hatchlands Park 26th March | 10am-5pm Hatchlands Park, East Clandon Treat your mum to a day at Hatchlands and enjoy a special Mother’s Day treat in the café. Explore the swathes of beautiful parkland, the setting of a classic red brick country house and give your mum a breath of fresh air that will put a spring back in her step. Mums go free on this special day. For more information visit

Yummy Mummy The Inn at West End

26th March | 12noon-8pm The Inn at West End, West End Treat your mum to a delicious meal at The Inn at West End where nuanced, innovative dishes sit happily alongside more traditional, British pub classics. Spare mum the cooking this Mother’s Day and enjoy 3 courses for £29.50 between 12noon and 8pm. Best of all, no one has to do the washing up! For more information visit

The Restaurant at Tante Marie

26th March | The Restaurant at Tante Marie Make Mother’s Day special with a good old Sunday roast at The Restaurant at Tante Marie. There’s nothing better than sitting down to a hearty meal with loved ones and not having to lift a finger. Let the experts at Tante Marie take care of everything for you for just £30pp, £15 for children under 10. For more information visit

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MARCH 2017

Foodie NEWS and EVENTS Delectably Dead at G Live Wednesday 29 March & Thursday 30 March 7pm G Live, Guildford Delectably Dead is the next generation of dinner show blending live actors and effects to create an experience that will have you screaming with laughter and fear! If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead or the Zombie Genre, then this is your opportunity to not just watch the drama unfold but to be at the very heart of the horror. With a zombie apocalypse raging outside, you’ll arrive for dinner at a Military Safe Haven where you will need to pay close attention to a host of public service announcements and safety videos to ensure you’re best prepared for the impending undead hordes. Your team of military protectors will ensure you are fed, looked after, and kept safe throughout the evening. However, with ever increasing power outages and paranoia creeping into the room the proceedings start to slowly unravel until the first signs of infection are detected - unfortunately, with Zombies blocking the only route out of the safe haven, proceedings are not going to end according to plan! Loud Noises, Strobe Lights, Moments of Darkness, Blood and Horror Themes are to be expected. Any under 18s need to be accompanied and the age guidelines are 14+. To book tickets visit

Squires Kitchen Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th March | Farnham Maltings It’s the event that sugarcrafters, cake worshipers and pastry lovers all around the world are looking forward to: Squires Kitchen’s Annual Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition. The show, organised by Farnham’s own cookery school and sugarcraft shop Squires Kitchen, is Europe’s longest-running annual exhibition dedicated to the art of cake decorating and the sugary arts. The show will feature demonstrations from worldleading names such as Squire’s pastry tutor Mark Tilling who with his team, were crowned the winners of BBC2’s Bake Off: Crème de la Crème in 2016. From live demonstrations by star guests to inspirational designs in the Wedding Cake Showroom and Competition Hall, there is so much to see and do throughout the exhibition weekend. Be inspired by stunning wedding cakes on display from some of the UK’s top designers. See all the latest trends and get advice from the professionals, and even enter the prestigious Cake Decorating Competition. Tickets £12, available from

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Go Foraging for a Natural Taste of Spring Spring Foraging Courses 24th & 26th March, 7th & 9th April, 12pm-3:30pm, The Harrow Inn, Warlingham 25th March, 8th April, 2pm-3:30pm, The Woodman, Banstead Standard Ticket£35.00, Junior Ticket £17.50 Discover nature’s edible treasures with Wild Food UK, experts in foraging wild foods. There are a huge variety of edible plants and fungus in Surrey just waiting to be incorporated into your diet, but even if you’re only curious then these simple foraging walks will make and adventurous foodie see the countryside in a whole new light. The course starts with a 20-minute introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes where they relate to foragers. During the 2-3 hour walk there will be wild food based refreshments and at the end it’s back to the pub to examine your foraged bounty – and you might even cook it for lunch! There are limited spaces available, so places must be booked online.

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DISCOVER Ripe & Nine Think cakes and desserts can’t be healthy? With a little raw magic, one woman from Cheam aims to turn that misconception on its head… It took a trip to Australia in 2015 and a submersion into that country’s progressive and creative passion for raw and whole foods to give Danielle Webber from Cheam her singular goal: to create the most decadent, indulgent cakes and superfood sweet treats free from dairy, gluten, wheat, soya & refined sugar. “I fell in love with the whole healthy food culture over there. They do it so well. And as soon as I got home, I was dying to experiment,” says the self-taught cook. “I started experimenting with raw recipes and posting online and then I started getting messages from people asking how they could buy it. And Ripe & Nine went from there.” Think snickers-inspired raw chocolate bars, rippled blueberry acai cakes, healthy lemon zinger energy balls and raw vegan nutella doughnuts for just some of Ripe & Nine’s inspired offerings. The natural ingredients that Danielle uses to conjure her eye-popping cakes and desserts contain only natural fats and ‘good’ calories, using system boosting seeds, raw sugars and cereal-free flours to create beautiful flavours and textures. “A lot of my inspiration comes from all the things I’ve eaten,” she says, “and I believe you can take any cake or dessert from your childhood and reinvent it raw to be just as good.” Currently Danielle sells from Lu-ma café in Wimbledon, where she also teaches raw workshops, but expect to find her in more and more cafes and coffee shops over the course of the year. Most importantly, Ripe & Nine will soon be selling and delivering from her website, but you can follow her on Instagram @ripeandnine and order via email at Visit for more information

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Saturday 14th March | 9am - 1pm Village Green, Ripley

MILFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 19th March | 10am - 1.30pm Secretts Farm Shop Car Park

WOKING FARMERS’ MARKET Thursday 16th March | 9am – 2.30pm Town Square, Woking

CAMBERLEY ARTISAN & FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 18th March | 10am – 3pm Park Street, Camberley

FARNHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 26th March | 10am – 1.30pm Central Car Park

COBHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 25th March | 9.30am – 1.30pm Hollyhedge Parade

HASLEMERE FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 2nd April | 10am – 2pm High Street

GUILDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesday 4th April | 10.30am to 3.30pm High Street

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By Rich Lee

A pub-restaurant restored to its full glory, the Bird in Hand is a local success story and an essential destination for diners… It’s always reassuring when a oncecherished pub is rescued from encroaching obsolescence. But it so often seems to be at the hands of a mighty chain like Young’s or Fuller’s, when the local’s time-worn character goes under the knife and emerges spick, span and yet utterly ordinary among its ubiquitous cousins. So it’s even more heart-warming when a place like the Bird in Hand, long a landmark on the road between Guildford and Woking, is resuscitated by the Home Team. Local lads Mike Cumberland and Markus Hebbourn, both veterans of other such fine local gastropubs like the Red Lion in Horsell, saw the dwindling state of the Bird in Hand in Mayford and an opportunity to make their mark after years in the pub trade. The refurbishment that ensued

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saw the pub open in October 2015 and enthusiastic word of mouth has been building ever since. Today’s Bird in Hand is every bit the modern, independent gastropub, where contemporary design meets unhurried, traditional comfort. The bar area provides intimate corners as well as airy, open spaces, squishy leather sofas and, very welcome in these colder months, a cheery open fireplace. A stylish, well-stocked bar is furnished with all the lagers, real local ales and carefully selected wines you could ask for, but lunch was our mission today, not a lazy pint (although that will certainly be on my agenda on future visits.) The dining room presents a pleasant if functional space but one that invites closer inspection and appreciation. Light falls from above through deep skylights and from upcycled Edison lamps; potted palms add splashes of green against sand-coloured walls; rough-hewn timber panels, cargo crates and paintings depicting bygone Victoriana… if I didn’t know better, I’d say the Bird in Hand was a portal

to some 19th century colonial North African coffee house. But then my mind often wanders to strange places when I’m hungry. Grazing on some fluffy, dukkah laced hummus and toasted pitta, we pored through a great value midweek lunch menu and a main menu that crowds out it’s gotta-keep-them pub staples with plenty more progressive dishes. Within minutes I was tearing through a stack of juicy prawn skewers given some aromatic Thai love and glossy globs of chilli oil and soy to swipe through, but I almost missed the crushed peanut and chilli butter beneath (I’ll remember next time). Across from this a happy disc of tender twice-cooked pork belly had been given a lovely, tickly golden crust beneath a luscious mound of slaw and a cunning dusting of pork crackling to the side. As a tease of Head Chef Nathan Madden’s confident technique and grasp of great flavours and textures, these two starters easily raised expectations. Fortunately, these were met gamely by a couple of

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exquisite main dishes. Parmawrapped chicken supremes stuffed with smoky chorizo and luscious spinach were delicious on a simple, satisfying, primal level, but were accompanied magnificently by crispy/velvety garlic and cheddar croquettes, dabs of red pepper puree, burnt lemon, port jus and a little kale to lighten it all. A pork loin steak arrived in dreamy burnt-gold crust and fat rubbed with Dijon for that modern British nod, but took on rather stunning new life with gentle Asian touches like ribbons of shaved pineapple, the flavour melting fantastically into the pork, chilli caramel and charred veg and vegetable noodles cooked al dente, jacked up with a sweet and spicy dressing and a lick of heat from wasabi. Oh, and an oozing crispy, fried egg which offered no explanation for its inclusion in this dish, and frankly, didn’t need one. This, it has to be said, is some considerably confident, agile

and generous cooking for a pubrestaurant, even in this gilded day and age, although desserts played things slightly safer (I’m looking at you, chocolate brownie.) That said, I’d defy anyone not to love their simple yet sumptuous vanilla cheesecake with pistachio crumbs and the subtle fruity spice of tonka bean. For myself, I felt compelled to embrace the season while it was still upon us and fell on a steamed apple and vanilla pudding; pure winter comfort with a splash of warm custard, but improved nonetheless with roast pecans and rich salted caramel. Meal accomplished. With a something for everyone approach, super-friendly service and a kitchen working at the height of their powers, it’s no wonder the revitalised Bird in Hand has won such an enthusiastic following in so short a time. And the fact that it took some passionate local talent to return a local pub to relevance once more is a story we should never be tired of hearing.


Bird in Hand Egley Rd, Mayford Woking GU22 0NL Tel: 01483 747374 --Chickpea hummus, dukkah, toasted pitta £4.25 Twice Cooked Belly of Pork £6.95 Thai King Prawn Skewers set lunch menu, 2 courses £14.50 --Dijon Port Loin set lunch menu, 2 courses £14.50 Chicken Supreme w/Chorizo & Spinach £15.95 --Tonka Bean & White Chocolate Cheesecake £6.50 Steamed Apple & Vanilla Sponge £6.50 Food Total for 2 = 54.65

Bird in Hand, Egley Road, Mayford, Woking GU22 0NL | 01483 747374 |

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MARCH 2017

Lidgate’s: The Meat Cookbook, by Danny Lidgate & Hattie Ellis, published by Mitchell Beazley, £25

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BLOOD ORANGE OSSOBUCO WITH GREMOLATA FROM LIDGATES BUTCHERS This year’s National Butchers’ Week runs from 13th to 19th March and focuses on the fantastic innovation that takes place within butchers’ shops across the land. Here in Surrey, one of the UK’s most successful family-run butchers, Lidgates of Holland Park, London, recently set up shop in Crockford Bridge Farm Shop in Addlestone, bringing five generations of knowledge and passion to the area.

“Ossobuco (braised shin of veal) is a tremendous late-winter dish, and the blood oranges now in season make this a vibrantly colourful stew. We use the hindquarter shin as it is less tough than the forequarter and cooks a little more quickly. Ask the butcher to cut it to size. The traditional Italian garnish for slow-cooked meat is gremolata, a delicious combination of garlic, parsley and lemon zest.”

Danny Lidgate



3 tablespoons plain flour 1 veal shin (hind is best), cut into 4 pieces about 5cm (2in) long

Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3.

3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large carrot, finely chopped 1 large bulb of fennel, finely chopped 1 large onion or 2 banana shallots, finely chopped 50ml (2fl oz) balsamic vinegar 400ml (14fl oz) fresh orange juice 400ml (14fl oz) veal or chicken stock 1 blood orange (if unavailable, use an ordinary orange) salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the gremolata

Put the flour in a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper. Carefully turn each piece of shin in the seasoned flour to coat on all sides. Reserve the flour left in the dish. Pour the oil into a flameproof casserole dish over a high heat. When hot, add the pieces of veal shin and brown on both sides. (You might need to do this in two batches.) Remove the browned meat and set aside. Tip the chopped vegetables into the pan, lower the heat and fry gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Sprinkle in the reserved flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Turn up the heat slightly. Add the vinegar and stir well, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in the orange juice and the stock. Return the meat to the pan, bring to the boil, then cover and place in the oven for 1 hour. Remove the lid and cook for another hour, then taste to see if the veal is tender. If not, continue to cook, covered, until it is (veal varies in its tenderness). While the veal is cooking, mix the gremolata ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.

1 small garlic clove, very finely chopped finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Peel the orange and cut into segments between the membrane, removing any pips and pith.

3 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Once the meat is tender, gently stir in the orange segments and sprinkle the gremolata over the top.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable such as kale orchard.

Lidgates Butchers are at at Crockford Bridge Farm, New Haw Road, Addlestone Nr Weybridge, KT152BU Phone: 01932 852630 Email:

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vegan nachos feast!

This dish is the go to feast food in our house. It is easy to prepare, so tasty and highly addictive. And if you haven’t eaten queso before, I should warn you, that is where the addiction starts!

By Helen Askew


›mixed bean and

red pepper Chilli

1 red onion finely chopped 2 red peppers chopped 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped 1 can black beans 1 can aduki, black eye or kidney beans 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. mild chili powder 1 tsp. smoked paprika 2 tsp. tamari soy sauce 2 tbsp. tomato puree

Sauté the red onion and red peppers in olive oil until the peppers are soft and the onion translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for a few minutes then add the beans, cumin, chili and paprika and mix thoroughly. Add the tomato puree and soy sauce and mix again. Half fill one of the empty bean cans with water and add to the pan. Give the dish a good mix, bring to the boil and immediately reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

›guacamole 2 avocados Juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp. olive oil

›queso Taking the place of the traditional nacho accompaniments of cheese and sour cream, queso is so good. 90 g pre soaked cashew nuts (cover in water and soak for at least 2 hours) 1 small white onion, finely chopped Green jalapenos 1/2 pint vegetable broth 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes 2 cloves of garlic, peeled 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 tsp. olive oil

Once your cashew nuts are soaked, gently fry the onion and jalapenos in the olive oil. Whilst these cook, using a blender, puree the drained cashew nuts, vegetable broth, yeast flakes, garlic, cumin and lemon juice. You are looking for a super smooth consistency, so you may need to puree for a few minutes to get the desired result. Once there, add the cashew mix to the pan with the onions and jalapenos and turn the heat up to medium. Cook for approximately ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened.

›tomato Salsa 300 g mixed color tomatoes 1/2 red onion Juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp. olive oil Handful of fresh coriander 1/2 fresh red chili – optional Freshly ground salt and pepper

Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until you reach the desired consistency. The salsa should be finely chopped. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

›ASSEMBLY! Grab a big bowl and fill with your tortilla chips (if you like them warmed up, pop in a warm oven for a few minutes). Top with chili, then pile on the queso, guacamole, salsa and a salad garnish. Enjoy!

Handful of fresh coriander Freshly ground salt and pepper

Place the roughly chopped avocados, lime juice, olive oil and fresh coriander into the blender and process until you have a chunky guacamole. Season with salt and pepper.

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MARCH 2017

FOODIES FEATURE Guildford Beer Festival 2017

The eighth annual Guildford Beer Festival (GBF) returns to Guildford Cricket Club this June, promising once again to kick summer off with a merry bang. A Guildford institution that continues to grow, drawing more and more visitors every year from the area and beyond. 4,000 beer worshippers attended last summer making it the festival’s most successful event yet. So what’s drawing all these thirsty revellers you might ask? Well, with a passionate focus on local, independent breweries there will be almost 100 cask ales, craft beers and ciders on offer, with a separate bar selling wine, gins and other spirits and soft drinks. With so many breweries around there’ll be a fascinating variety of beers to experience from both established breweries and the new

kids on the block. In addition, quality food vendors will be cooking delicious food and live music from local bands and artists will be putting a beat to all the booze in the Andertons Music Tent. The sports ground is super convenient to get to being so close to public transport from Guildford Town Centre, but there will be some free parking available at the ground. Admission to the Festival costs just £10 which includes a free GBF tasting glass and souvenir programme. Timed Sessions – Tickets £10 per head Session 1 on Friday 2nd June: 6pm-10pm / Session 2 Saturday 3rd June: 12pm-4pm / Session 3 Saturday 3rd June: 6pm-10pm

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The GBF takes place in marquees at Guildford Cricket Club located at The Sports Ground, Woodridge Road, Guildford, GU1 4RP

The Beer Over 80 cask ales, chilled craft lager and ciders all locally sourced from over 25 breweries. Separate bar with local gin, wines and soft drinks


The Food Hog Roast, BBQ and other choices

£10 per session and includes: - Commemorative Glass - Festival Programme - Entry to one session Available for purchase either: - Online at our website below - Guildford Tourist Information Centre - Match days at Guildford Cricket Club

Live Music Entertainment Staging a number of local artists


Friday 2nd June 2017 From 18:00 to 22:00pm


Saturday 3rd June 2017 From 12:00 to 16:00pm


Saturday 3rd June 2017 From 18:00 to 22:00pm

*£10 per session *Cash ONLY *No Under 18’s

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FOODIES FEATURE Farmhouse Café at Rokers, Guildford

The fresh and friendly Farmhouse is part of Rokers, a family business since 1962. A café conveniently located on the outskirts of Guildford in leafy Surrey, the Farmhouse is an ideal spot for getting away from it all and enjoying breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, seven days a week. Offering beautiful views over the golf course, the Farmhouse is bathed in natural light andserves diners exquisite British food made from local produce, accompanied by excellent wines and quality coffee. As nearly all ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, their ever-changing menus boast the best seasonal ingredients with the minimum food miles. The Farmhouse is also available for private functions such as Weddings, Christenings, Birthday Parties, Wakes and any other celebration. The Farmhouse Café, Holly Lane, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PB 01483 330057 |

• Family business since1962 • Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea • Open 7 days a week • Free parking

• Fine British food Locally sourced • Fully Licensed bar • Available for Private Functions • Stunning views

Holly Lane, Guildford GU3 3PB | 01483 330057 Holly Lane, Guildford GU3 3PB | 01483 330057 Bird in Hand, Woking

The Bird in Hand is a stylish pub and rustic restaurant that offers a friendly environment to relax in; you can enjoy a drink around the fireplace, restored to its original beauty. On offer is a wide selection of local beers alongside premium lagers, fine ales and delicious cider and there’s an extensive wine list including organic varieties. Should you fancy a cocktail, the friendly bar staff are on hand to mix up your favourite tipple.

Mayford Green, Woking, GU22 0NL

01483 747374 |

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The food options are exceptional too. Whether you’re looking for a light bite or a sit-down meal, The Bird in Hand has it covered, with dishes created using seasonal ingredients from local suppliers, and traditional pub classics with a twist. Alternatively choose from freshly prepared bar snacks and small plates. The Bird in Hand, Mayford Green, Woking GU22 0NL 01483 747374 |

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FOODIES FEATURE Carlo’s Trattoria, Guildford

A Guildford institution and a homey slice of rustic Italiana, the family-run Carlo’s Trattoria has been winning the hearts and appetites of diners for over thirty years. The place has seen many changes in that time, but one thing has always remained - a genuine passion and pride in Italian cuisine.

Set Lunch Monday - Friday 2 courses £13.95 3 courses £15.95

The a la carte menu provides an extensive choice of authentic Italian dishes and is complemented by a superb ‘Specials Board’ featuring fresh fish delivered daily from Billingsgate market and the South Coast.

Sunday Lunch 2 courses £15.95 3 courses £17.95

Carlo’s Trattoria strikes the perfect balance of elegance and cheerful informality and is a great place to bring the family to.

T: 01483 224180 Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8SE

Carlo’s Trattoria, Shere Road, Guildford GU4 | 01483 224180

Mothers Day Sunday 26th March

Sands at Bleak House, Woking

Set Menu

2 Courses £20.95 3 Courses £26.95

With a free glass of fizz for mum on arrival! Few establishments blend contemporary style, plush comfort, warm service and outstanding food and drink quite like Sands at Bleak House. Nestled at the edge of the tranquil, leafy surrounds of Horsell Common, and beloved by walkers, Sands provides the perfect escape in which to unwind. Constantly evolving, the menus at Sands at Bleak House offer exquisite modern British dishes with influences from the continent, all wrapped up in beautiful, seasonal ingredients. Their carefully curated wines have been specifically designed to complement the dishes served by the kitchen. And now you can enjoy delicious, fortifying breakfasts be it nutritious porridge or avocado & tomato toast, indulgent eggs benedict or the satisfying Sands Signature Full Breakfast.

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Elegant and intimate throughout, you’ll find Sands at Bleak House a particularly ideal destination for Mother’s Day on Sunday 26th March, when Mum’s will be feted with a free glass of prosecco upon arrival. Book now to gift her with an unforgettable experience at Sands at Bleak House. Chertsey Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 5NL 01483 756988 |

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FOODIES FEATURE The Foresters, Church Crookham


The Foresters is the kind of tucked-away gem you discover once and return to again and again. Tucked snugly away amid the woodlands of Church Crookham, with its log and timber décor, friendly service, tantalising menus crammed with pub favourites given delicious twists and superb cask ales and fine wines, a pleasant surprise awaits with every visit. The pub’s menu offers modern British food with dishes to suit everyone’s desires. Ideal for lunch, serving everything from bagels and salads including their unique Tortilla Flats - a 12” filled tortilla topped and stone baked, just like a pizza. We also have to mention that Sunday roasts at the Foresters are somewhat legendary. The Foresters will be hastening summer this Easter with delicious BBQs and live music. Aldershot Road, Church Crookham GU52 9EP 01252 616503 |

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Blue Sardinia, Guildford

Found just behind Guildford’s High Street on Sydenham Road is Blue Sardinia; the latest culinary offering from the family who have brought restaurants Al Vicolo and Shardana to Guildford’s diverse dining landscape.

MODERN TRADITIONAL H E A LT H Y CUISINE FROM SARDINIA Blue | 1c Sydenham Road | Guildford | Surrey| GU1 3RT T 01483 302888 E

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Taking their name from their birth place in Seulo, Sardinia, (one of the 5 original blue zones where people are likely to live to be centenarians) will perhaps give you the idea that the fare proffered to your plate will be full of the vitality and sunshine that is found in abundance on this small Italian island. Offering traditional cuisine, served with a modern concept; culinary traditions that help people to live longer, like fava beans, goat’s cheese and the flavonoids rich Cannonau wines can be found proudly on their menus. To experience an array of flavours and dishes, why not try one of the two, five course wine pairing menus that Blue have available? Choose from Mare (sea) and Terra (land) and prepare for a sun-drenched food and wine journey. 1C Sydenham Road, Guildford GU1 3RT 01483 302888 |

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FOODIES FEATURE Partisan Cheesemonger and Deli, Guildford

Indulge your passion for artisanal food at Partisan in Guildford, who offer fantastic local cheeses and a selection of Europe’s finest, as well as fresh bread and charcuterie. Opened last year, they are now expanding their range of British charcuterie and are keen to hear further suggestions from customers. From the luxurious Stinking Bishop to Tunworth and Old Winchester, there’s something for every fromage fan. You can even satisfy your sweet tooth with an exciting selection of cakes and chocolates. In March, they welcome customers to join them for their new evening tasting and meet the producer events. Licensed for on and off sales, and with an expanding range of lunch offers, event picnics and home delivered cheese boards, enjoy Partisan delights anywhere! Why not create a delicious hamper for mums to enjoy on Mother’s Day? Beautiful reusable hampers containing local cheeses, sparkling wine and flowers, they’re the perfect treat for a special occasion. Partisan Cheesemonger and Deli, Guildford 01483 567998 |

Guildford’s Independent Cheesemonger 14 Chapel Street, Guildford GU1 3UL @partisandeli

All Bar One, Guildford

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH £25.00 per head and it includes a breakfast and bottomless drinks (drink as much prosseco/selected soft drinks /bloody mary as you like) for two hours. Bookings only on

MOTHERING SUNDAY 16-17 North St Guildford GU1 4AF 01483 455 397 |

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If you needed an excuse to head to All Bar One, we’re happy to provide one! Their fantastic Bottomless Brunch is a steal at £25 price per head and includes breakfast and bottomless drinks. Enjoy as much prosecco, bloody mary and selected soft drinks as you like for two hours-after all, brunch without a tipple is just a sad late breakfast! Served until 12pm midweek and 1pm on the weekend, their extensive breakfast menu ranges from healthy weekday options, coffees and pastries to weekendfriendly favourites. Booking is essential to take advantage of this fantastic deal in this stylish city bar where you can catch up with friends, unwind after work or simply find a sophisticated space to indulge in an excellent selection of food and drink. Join them for the perfect blend of food, drink and atmosphere, any time of day. All Bar One, 16-17 North St, Guildford 01483 455397 |

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FOODIES FEATURE The Hog’s Back Hotel, Farnham

Treat your mum to a delicious 3 course meal and petit fours at the Hogsback Hotel this Mother’s Day at £24 per adult and £12 per child. Share the love with a delicious selection of Hors d’oeuvres or salads to start before tucking into a carvery lunch of roasted meats and all the trimmings. With a dark chocolate and orange mousse or a pear and almond tart to finish, your mum is sure to know how much you care. She’ll even receive a special gift before she leaves, a memento of wonderful moments shared together at the Hogsback Hotel. Relax in modern surroundings and enjoy friendly service from experienced staff and enjoy some quality mum time. And once you’ve celebrated Mother’s Day in style, head back for their special ‘Only Fools and 3 Courses’ event on April 1st.




The Hog’s Back Hotel, Farnham 01252 782 345 | THE HOG’S BACK HOTEL & SPA FA R N H A M

Amor Amora, Guildford

Nestled atop the charming Guildford High Street, Amor Amora is a tranquil independent cafe that offers customers a unique, idyllic experience and cuisine of the highest quality. They are proud to serve organic or locally-sourced products, from artisan suppliers that share their same commitment to quality and excellence. From the menu and team’s welcoming hospitality to the decor centred around a minimal aesthetic curated by renowned Greek designer Marianna Prassinou, Amor Amora proves itself to be the ideal spot for small, relaxed gatherings or gastronomes who delight in the taste and quality of fresh food.

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Join them for breakfast served all day on a Sunday or an evening of Greek Meze and a variety of cocktails. Book a table for Mother’s Day and treat your mum to a free glass of prosecco on arrival, the perfect start to a charming evening in wonderful surroundings. Amor Amora, 176 High St, Guildford 01483 504932 |

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GET SET FOR THE SURREY HALF MARATHON Surrey’s premier running event, The Surrey Half Marathon returns to the streets of Woking and Guildford on March 12th, to push the pulse rates of the local population and to raise valued funds for charities large and small the length and breadth of the county and beyond. The Surrey Half Marathon has been the County’s largest half-marathon for the past 4 years, and according to a survey carried out last year, raised £0.4 million for charity in 2016. The half marathon sees the return of Macmillan Cancer Support as a national charity partner for 2017, alongside Harrison’s Fund as the local charity partner. The Surrey Half is proud to support and work with a number of other charities including Alzheimer’s Research UK, KSS Air Ambulance and Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. In addition to the title Half Marathon event and Kids’ Race - which saw over 500 children take part in 2016 - a brand new 5km run has been added for 2017. Race Director Toby Jenkins says that the 5km “is a very achievable distance for beginners” who want to enjoy the Surrey Half experience, but who are not ready to complete 13.1 miles. He went on to say: “The Surrey Half Marathon 2017 will be a bigger and better event for runners, spectators, volunteer, local businesses and spectators alike. Do join us.”

Race Day Times 07:00 Event Village opens

09:20 Kids’ Run starts

07:00 Race Pens open

10:00 Mercer Surrey Half Marathon winner finishes

08.00 5km Event starts 08.45 5km Event finishes 09:00 Mercer Surrey Half Marathon starts

11:30 Prize presentation (podium) 12:15 Mercer Surrey Half Marathon finishes. The route closes in sections.

There’s Still Time to Book a Place! The Surrey Half Marathon isn’t just a fantastic event for its many participants, it also supports many wonderful charities who do vital work in the community. If you haven’t got a place yet, you can make a donation to either to the Title National Charity Partner - Macmillan Cancer Care, or the Title Local Charity Partner Harrison’s Fund, and you’ll be offered a race place in return. No further fundraising is required following your donation - unless you choose to do so of course!

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To secure one of these last remaining charity places, just e-mail between 1st March and 8th March, and include “charity place” in the subject. Race places are also available in return for a donation to the race’s official Charity Partners - Alzheimer’s Research UK, Woking Sam Beare Hospices and Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance. You’ll not only be entering the most exciting race of the year but supporting the work of some of Surrey’s great charities in the process. For the Win, indeed!

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Get your motor running this spring and summer with these thrilling motoring events…

ANNUAL CROYDON ROTARY CLUB CLASSIC CAR RUN Sunday 23rd April | Dorking to Chatham

Departing from Denbies Wine Estate, entrants will enjoy a stunning route across Surrey and Kent on quiet roads and lanes, incorporating some of the most beautiful villages in southern England before arriving at Chatham Historical Dockyard. The organisers suggest allowing plenty of time to see the Dockyard’s collection of old Royal Navy ships and visit the museum. The event is limited to 250 cars so be sure to sign up before the closing date on April 20th to avoid disappointment. £45 entry includes: the car and driver, one passenger, a run pack, route guide, finisher’s plaque and entrance to the Dockyard Museum. Additional passengers cost £15 each, including entrance to the Museum.

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Sunday 21st May | Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking 9.30am registration at Denbies Wine Estate. Lunch provided by Piggy Rolls at Private Museum. £60 car including driver and passenger, £20 Museum and lunch only.

AUTO ITALIA - ITALIAN CAR DAY Saturday 29th April | 9am – 5pm Brooklands Museum, Weybridge Tickets Advance/ On the Day: Adults £13/£16, Seniors & Students £12/£15, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35/£40, Children (5-16) £6/£7 One of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands celebrating the UK’s obsession with all things Italian, this will be Auto Italia’s 32nd Spring Gathering - the UK’s first and finest all-Italian car event. Expect the site to be bursting with all types of Italian cars (and a few motorbikes). A Test Hill demonstration will be taking place, in addition to action on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit. In previous years there have been over 200 Ferraris alone! This year there will be just as much to see and do, including many trade and club stands so come early, bring your camera and plan to spend an exhilarating day at Brooklands!

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The Challengers Motoring Event 2017 welcomes all vintage, classic or specialist cars to join them on a bespoke route through the beautiful countryside. Bring your cherished motor car along for a civilised mystery drive and meet other enthusiasts along the way and end up at a private museum housing some of the most iconic cars from history. This stunning collection has over 50 vehicles and endless motoring memorabilia including; a Lagonda V12 Le Mans which is one of only two that competed at the 1939 Le Mans 24 Hours and a Mercedes 300 SL which was recently featured in Classic Motor & Sport Car Magazine. Those with cars are invited to navigate a bespoke route through the gorgeous Surrey countryside using professional Tulip Guide, with refreshment stops before a private viewing of the museum. Those without cars can still join the fun at the museum where there will be plenty to enjoy, including a talk from the proud owner who races at Le Mans himself. Just as important, the proceeds go towards helping charity Challengers support disabled children across Surrey and Hampshire.

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THE BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL 17th & 18th June | 10am – 5pm | Brooklands Museum, Weybridge Suitable for Everyone. Normal museum admission applies Adults £11, Conc £10, U16 £6, Family £30. Free to BTM and LBPT members. Vintage vehicles pre-1987 arriving on site enter via Campbell Gate. Organised in association with the Vintage Sports-Car Club,the event celebrates Brooklands’ rich motoring history, and is always held on the weekend closest to the Anniversary of the original opening of the Brooklands race track in 1907. The two-day extravaganza features Speed Trials, Driving Tests, the prestigious Double Twelve Concourse and Test Hill ascents, alongside family-friendly entertainment and activities including the infamous car pull by local air cadets. Held across two days, the three stand-alone events will be: the Double Twelve Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit on 17th, the Double Twelve Concourse held on 17th & 18th and the Double Twelve Driving Tests on 18th. Each event will have its own class and overall winners, but to achieve a Brooklands Double Twelve award, an entrant must compete in any two of the three events and the combined scores of these two events will decide their Double Twelve placing.

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WINGS AND WHEELS 2017 26th & 27th August | Dunsfold Aerodrome, Cranleigh

THE SUPERCAR EVENT – CHILDREN’S TRUST 24th & 25th June | 9am-4.30pm | Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh Now celebrating its 11th year, The Supercar Event in June has something for the whole family, including Supercar passenger rides around the famous Top Gear Track! What’s more, by coming along you will be supporting The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injuries. Attractions include Supercar rides, Fast Track rides and helicopter rides which can be pre-booked ahead of time, Hypercar and Lexus rides that can be booked on the day. There’s even a Young Engineers Workshop for the children, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy at this fastpaced fundraising event.

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This sensational summer family event takes flight at Dunsfold Aerodrome to celebrate its 13th show. Famous favourites in the air and on the ground will blow your mind, whilst the attractions and Zones in the Arena will keep you entertained and buzzing the whole weekend. Visitors will be treated to 5 hours of outstanding air displays which have previously included show favourites the Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Royal Navy Black Cats and the Tigers Parachute Team Blades to name but a few, all accompanied by witty and knowledgeable commentary from aviation experts and display pilots. Supercars and classic and vintage icons will put on an aweinspiring display of power and speed on the Top Gear track in a 2-hour auto spectacular, including displays from McLaren 12C, Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and Huracan, Pagani Zonda, Ferrari California T, Aston Martin Rapide, Dodge Monaco, TVR Tasmin 280i, Ducati Multistrada 1200s, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Ford GT40 and Lotus Elise.

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Hurtmore Road, Godalming, Guildford GU7 2RD. 01483 698 873

Official Fuel Consumption in MPG (l/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km) for the all-new 3008 SUV Range are: Urban 37.2 67.3 (7.6 - 4.2), Extra Urban 55.4 - 80.7 (5.1 - 3.5), Combined 47.1 - 70.6 (6.0 - 4.0) and CO2 136 - 103 (g/km). MPG figures are achieved under

official EU test conditions, intended as a guide for comparative purposes only and may not reflect actual on-the-road driving conditions. Visit for more information. Information correct at time of going to print.

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Peugeot 3008 SUV GT The New Peugeot 3008 range Prices start at £21,795


1.2L & 1.6 Puretech (petrol) & 1.6L & 2.0L BlueHDi (diesel) available


0–62 mph in 14.9 seconds


5 speed manual, 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic


124 CO2 g/km (Peugeot 3008 GT)

Peugeot’s bold reinvention of their 3008 SUV range turned heads and won hearts last year. Rich Lee took the top-of-the-range GT model for a spin to find out why… Among contemporary SUVs the 3008 is something of an elegant brute. It’s neither compact nor overbearing, with a confident raised ride height and strong shoulder line, but the car’s chiselled, chunky exterior of hard lines and soft creases may be one feature that could divide some drivers. It shouldn’t though, unless they’re hopelessly stuck in the past. This is undeniably the look of Now, all aggressive grilles and vents, sharp headlights and chrome and stainless-steel trim. The 3008 is simply a beautifully imagined car that should raise the bar for how SUV exteriors will be designed years hence. The interior loses none of that attention to detail, but ups the chic factor considerably. It’s effortlessly spacious thanks to its modular layout with more storage than anyone could ever need. Every surface is beautifully tactile – one stroke of the hand touches full-grain leather, brushed wood effect panels and soft touch ‘Brumeo’ fabric. And when you settle in and turn on the multi-point massage function in the front seats, you discover a car that caresses you back. This is just one feature among a galaxy of optional additions to the fully tricked-out GT model that I had the pleasure of taking for a test spin, thanks to Peugeot dealers Robins and Day in Hurtwood. An 8-inch touch screen on the centre of the dash burrows into all sorts of settings and can be operated from soft-touch switches beneath or voice control. Here you’ll adjust the hi-fi system including digital radio, Peugeot’s superbly intuitive sat-nav system, those heated, massaging front

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seats, dual zone climate control, interior ambient lighting and even several choices of fragrance. And that’s barely scratching the surface of what is customisable within the car. The experience is refined further for actual, you know, driving with Peugeot’s iCockpit system. The 12.3” touchscreen digital instrument panel is crisp and clear, can be tuned to display whichever configuration of information works best for you, including navigation, and sits perfectly within your field-of-vision. I could have tinkered all day, indeed I was tempted to, but by now the call of the road was deafening. Out in the wild, the new 3008 drives with a stately, agile grace, untroubled by potholes or the kind of sharp turns that make MPVs and some other SUVs feel perilous above 40mph. The steering wheel is notably smaller than I am used to but it’s comfortable and provides outstanding feedback, as does the ergonomic gearstick, although this model was automatic only. The technology that underpins the driving experience, making it so smooth, stable and safe (the list of safety features is as long as a seatbelt) makes the 3008 feel designed to the point of sentience. Just witness the invisible, ghostly hand that gently corrects your course when gliding away from your lane. That would be lane departure correction during adaptive cruise control with a subtle layer of automatic emergency braking working together in quiet harmony, something that only further enhances the feeling that you’re surrounded by an omniscient digital guardian angel. Over the top? Maybe, but that’s just where we are in 2017 with such cutting-edge safety technology, something every model of 3008 has in spades. All this luxuriously easy driving is nice enough, but have no doubt that the 3008 GT’s 2.0l BlueHDi 181hp diesel engine is a beast in beauty’s clothing. A ‘Sport’ mode adds a button to the steering wheel which,

with one press, transforms the car from a gentle cruiser into a snarling beast, instantly tightening the response of the power steering and accelerator and filling the car’s interior with a full-throated roar as it thunders forward. If, like me, you thought SUVs couldn’t thrill, I can happily attest that the 3008 does so in many more ways than just pure grunt. From the striking exterior, the comfort, style and detail inside and the dazzling levels of technology found in every component, the 3008 is an SUV at the top of its class. To find out more visit Robins & Day Peugeot Guildford, Hurtmore Rd, Godalming GU7 2RD

Tel: 01483 698749

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g e r 17 offer

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Affordable motoring on a plate

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» From just £99 per month* for a new smart

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smart fortwo coupé passion 71hp (52kW), manual with optional metallic paint Monthly payments of* Customer deposit

£99.00 £3,496.00

Duration of agreement Representative APR

60 months 0%

smart at Mercedes-Benz of Guildford Moorfield Road, Guildford GU1 1RU 01483 916054

smart – a Daimler brand

Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the new smart range: urban 55.4(5.1)-58.9(4.8), extra urban 72.4(3.9)-78.5(3.6), combined 65.7(4.3)-68.9(4.1). CO2 emissions 99-93 g/km. Whilst these offers are only available through Mercedes-Benz Finance, we do arrange finance on behalf of other finance companies as well. Model featured is a smart fortwo coupé passion 71hp (52kW) with manual transmission at £11,420.00 on-the-road including optional metallic paint at £295 (OTR price includes VAT, delivery, 12 months’ Road Fund Licence, number plates, first registration fee and fuel). *Finance offer based on a Mercedes-Benz Hire Purchase agreement. Orders/credit approvals on smart fortwo coupé models between 1 January and 31 March 2017, registered by 30 June 2017, excluding BRABUS models. 20% minimum customer deposit. Guarantees may be required. Credit provided subject to status by Mercedes-Benz Finance, MK15 8BA. Prices correct as of 02/17.

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Will Knowlton, Jeep addict, has his preconceptions turned upside down by the versatile drop-top beloved by city drivers… I don’t drive a small car, and have refused to ever since I passed my test many years ago. The moment I scraped together enough money I was off buying a 4x4, because, well… reasons. So before taking the smart Cabriolet for a test drive, I found it impossible to imagine that a small space could be practical for anything other than a single university student heading to fresher’s week. How wrong I was. The first thing that struck me was how good looking this car is. Bathed in rare February sunshine and glistening in white, it’s a very attractive car and that’s critical because no one wants to be embarrassed by their vehicle. The guys at smart have taken the time to design a body that is aerodynamic but also creates its own sense of style and grace. The Cabriolet’s electric sunroof was folded away very neatly revealing a clean and practical layout inside. In the driver’s seat, I didn’t feel confined at all. And on closing the roof I was surprised to see that it didn’t detract from that sense of space. The interior, the upholstery and the layout of the controls made it a thoroughly nice place to be. This is important, because the Cabriolet lauds itself as an all-round car, not just a

city hopper. If I’m spending 4 hours driving to the mountains in Wales I want to know I will be comfortable. The car comes with a cradle that plugs in via a USB on its back into a hidden port on the centre console. I like these clean lines and the cradle is stored away when not in use and there’s no gaping hole in the dash where it should be. This is smart (pun intended) because it future-proofs the car. The boot is surprisingly spacious too, even when the roof is stowed. Plenty of room for shopping and I saw, with some relief, that I would easily fit my climbing gear, back pack, walking poles and even an ice axe or two in there. There’s no doubting the Cabriolet’s city driving calibre. As I cruised towards Guildford I knew finding a parking space would be a breeze and having the ability to perform a one-point turn was amazing. It was all so easy: being in an automatic crawling in the traffic around the one-way system was instinctive. The car is fitted with a stop start system, which while not really my thing, the engineers knew there’d be a few of us like that and so the function can be switched off. Heading back out towards the Stoke interchange I was keen to stretch the car’s legs and get her onto the A3. I was relieved to see and feel the car accelerate smoothly onto the carriageway easily transferring from 30 up to 65 as I merged with a satisfying engine roar as we galloped towards the M25.

I cruised lazily for an hour or so happily unaware of life. And that really is what driving is about; you and the car, miles of tarmac and care-free dreaming. The smart Cabriolet won my heart by reminding me of the joy of driving, a feeling I haven’t had since I first turned the ignition of an old rust bucket the day after I passed my test and drove solo for the first time. I clambered back into my truck when it was all over feeling like I had been on a date with a beautiful woman and now had to explain to my wife where I’d been. I mumbled excuses, powered up the car and drove off, wondering if it was all a dream.

The smart fortwo Cabriolet Prices start at

£13,035 for the passion, for the £13,730 prime, £14,325 prime sport


Available in 71 hp (52 kW) petrol, 999 cc and 90 hp (66 kW) petrol, 3-cylinder in-line turbocharged engine

Acceleration: (fortwo) 0–62 mph in 14.9 seconds


automatic start/stop, 5-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch auto options

Emissions: 99g/km

To find out more visit or smart at Mercede-Benz of Guildford at Moorfield Road, Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1RU | 01483 91055

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The New VW Tiguan range Models include:

Tiguan S, Tiguan SE, Tiguan SE Nav, Tiguan SEL, Tiguan R-Line


From £23,140




6 speed manual, 6 speed diesel, 7 speed auto DSG diesel


125g CO2 per km (6 speed manual)

TEST DRIVE: Tiguan R-Line 2.0TDI 4motion DSG 5DR The new Volkswagen Tiguan promises greater functionality, handling and performance on a wide range of terrain in a vehicle that is cool, calm and connected… The R-Line 2.0TDI 4motion DSG 5dr model certainly looks grown up and sophisticated: the body coloured bumpers, door mirrors and handles make it sleek and decidedly un-fussy with hints of chrome trim. This Tiguan combines ultimate luxury and refinement with a dynamic sporty look, the sophisticated leather interior perfectly balanced with impressive 20” Suzuka alloy wheels with sports suspension. Heated front seats, a huge sunroof and climate control allow you complete control over your environment. The moulded seats

provide comfortable back support for driver and passengers alike. The 4motion transmission gives great grip on the road, reacting to even the slightest slip of the wheel and automatically sending the right amount of power to the wheels with the most grip providing reassuring stability and optimum control whatever the weather. The Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel engine is not only responsive, clean and efficient at 58.9 miles per gallon but quiet too. Pulling away from junctions was easy in a car that can accelerate from 0-62 mph is just 6.5 seconds. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring

system and the City Emergency Braking System automatically activated at speeds under 18mph make it easy to relax into an enjoyable driving experience. Add to that the Lane-Assist feature that stops your car drifting out of its lane and you’ve got a car that takes care of practically everything for you. The built-in Discover Media Navigation System with 8” touchscreen control, comes preloaded with European navigation data and ready to assist with helpful online traffic updates. The on-board system also takes care of in car entertainment with just a word from the driver. Could the Tiguan be the perfect driving companion? I think she might just be…

Visit Lookers Volkswagen at Moorfield Road, Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1SD | Tel: 03446 590 268 |

Surrey’s got a lot to offer. Especially if you happen to be looking for a new Tiguan SE. £1,500 towards your finance deposit.* 5.0% APR Representative when purchased with Solutions PCP. Solutions Personal Contract Plan* representative example subject to 48 month, 5,000 mile per annum agreement for a Tiguan SE 2.0 TSI with Tungsten Silver paint Duration

4 years

Retail cash price with Tungston Silver paint

Option to purchase fee payable with final payment £10.00


Total amount payable


Deposit contribution


Total amount of credit


Customer deposit


Excess mileage (per mile) 8.4p

47 monthly payments


Rate of interest

5.0% fixed

Representative APR

5.0% APR

Optional final payment £12,847.00

Lookers Volkswagen (Guildford) 17 Moorfield Road, Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, GU1 1SD. Telephone: 01483 663448. *At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) own the vehicle: pay the optional final payment; ii) return the vehicle: subject to fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. Available on Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s and over. Subject to availability. Finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Offer available when ordered by April 3rd, 2017. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication. VED rate accurate at time of print but may change. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. We can introduce you to a limited number of lenders to assist with your purchase, who may pay us for introducing you to them. Standard EU Test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Official fuel consumption in mpg (litres/100km) for the Tiguan range: urban 31.0 (9.1) – 49.6 (5.7); extra urban 44.1 (6.4) – 67.3 (4.2); combined 38.2 (7.4) – 60.1 (4.7). CO2 emissions 123 – 170g/km.

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EASY RIDER: CBT Training with RideSure

For anyone yearning to experience the freedom of riding a motorcycle, some training is essential. Fortunately, thanks to RideSure in Dunsfold, Will Knowlton discovered that CBT training can be a thrill in itself…


ike all men, nestling inside me is road warrior just crying to get out on two wheels. Fortunately for the citizens of this Fair Isle I, I am required to attend Compulsory Basic Training if I were to ride a motorbike on the road. CBT is the basic minimum requirement that allows you to ride a 125cc motorbike on public roads and you must pass it in order to proceed to take a full licence test. Once that is passed you can sell your wife/husband and children and get your hands on that Ducati you’ve always dreamed of. I was greeted by Mark who showed me into the office where there was some paperwork to fill out and a nice cup of tea waiting. One by one more of us newbies started to arrive and as the outline of the day was presented to us. The session took us through not just the basics of riding but also road awareness, the Highway Code as well as choosing your safety gear. This was especially useful because, as a complete novice I wouldn’t have had a clue how to assess the quality of, say, a helmet. Another cup of tea later we headed outside to look at the bikes we’d be

riding. Mark took us through the parts of the bike, explaining everything in slow time making sure we knew what was where and how to use it. Next, the bikes were loaded onto a truck and whisked away over to the other side of the airfield to where we’d be riding. Ten minutes later we were suited up in safety gear and tucked away in a quiet area of the airfield with nothing but open tarmac stretching out before us. It was here that David and Mark would hone our skills and get us ready for the big challenge in the afternoon: a road ride. For now we were let loose, first trying simple manoeuvres like turning slowly in a circle, learning to get the “bite point”, stopping and starting. There was no pressure, and both David and Mark made sure they had one-on-one time with all of us budding Sons (and Daughters) of Anarchy. We perfected our skills in time for lunch but not before we became competent at an emergency stop. Now relatively able and a little more confidant, we rode back to the offices for a spot of lunch. I zoomed along, in love with the whole experience. Here I was, the road stretched before me, a master of

all I surveyed cruising along. This fantasy was soon destroyed as Mark overtook me and, looking down, I realised that I had only been going 15 miles per hour. Lunch done it was time for us to be wired up with radios so we could hear our instructors as we rode through the Surrey Hills. I set off with David giving snippets of advice here and there and as we left Dunsfold. Then I saw a car and panicked, it was just like when I first learnt to drive; I was utterly convinced that every vehicle on the road was out to get me. Having David on the radio was vital. He calmly pointed out cars, potential hazards. Having him there made me feel more and more confident and I soon relaxed enjoying the view and experience. The biggest shame was having to give the bike back once we’d returned to the RideSure offices a few hours later. I looked longingly at my little Yamaha 125 that had been my companion for the day. As David filled out my paperwork making me the newest newb in the biking fraternity, I was already planning to come and see them again, to complete my Module 1 and Module 2 which would see me as a full licence holder. That Ducati awaits!

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Do you have an understanding of sexuality and gender identities and wish to support people in Surrey, then why not volunteer for Outline? Outline is the Surrey based Sexuality and Gender identity (LGBT+) support charity.

Summer Fun Respite Care Days, Bookham 24 July – 18 August 2017 What? We are offering a variety of activities and a chance to make friends for people who have a learning disability – all whilst having fun during the summer break.

We are looking for volunteers in all aspects of the charity, from working on our helpline to supporting with management and administration behind the scenes. Please see our website for further information and to apply:

Out with discrimination, in with acceptance and support Outline is a charity registered in England and Wales (1080970)

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Wide programme including: Cookery V craft V gardening V sport and fitness V chill time and outings V drama and music

When? Summer Fun days will run from 9.15am to 4.15pm every weekday between 24 July and 18 August 2017. Call 01372 455229 or email More info at

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Kingsbury Court 5 Star Luxury Care Home Kingsbury Court is a 60 bedded superior development located in the village of Bisley providing 5 star luxury accommodation and outstanding specialist care. All 60 bedrooms are en-suite, with charming views of our landscaped gardens and decorated to an elegant hotel standard, whilst incorporating leading safety features and state of the art nurse call system. Our facilities include a café, a number of quiet lounges, cinema, hair salon, and complimentary therapies. Choosing the right Care Home is one of the most important

decisions you will have to make for yourself or your loved ones, and it can be one of the most difficult. Here at Kingsbury Court we aim to give you the opportunity to become part of our extended family, where help is available at any time, day or night. Regular visits from entertainers and in house activities provide an enjoyable social life for our residents, whilst also maintaining strong links with the local community. A warm welcome awaits you – so why not drop in for a coffee and a chat, our door is always open.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW from £11 per adult and £7 per junior Get social with surrey scorchers @surreyscorchers surreyscorchersbasketball For more information and to book tickets:

Above: An unreserved auction of over 300 guitars & musical instruments on March 2nd, low start prices

Cartier 18ct gold cigarette case, 1953. Estimate: £4,000-6,000

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Toys & Models: 2 March Guitars & Musical Instruments, Unreserved Auction: 2 March Entertainment & Memorabilia: 2 March Vintage Posters: 3 March Music Memorabilia Online Only Charity Auction: Ends 9 March Jewellery, Watches & Silver: 22 March Fine Art & Antiques: 23 March Antique Furniture & Clocks: 24 March The Collection of Anthony Cummings: 24 March Decorative Arts / Contemporary Art: 27 April Pay no additional online buyers premium

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Placemat £8.95 | Napkin £8.85 | Napkin ring £4.75 | Gold plastic plate £9.95 | Grey plate £8.95 | Large pearl glass plate £8.95 White plate £7.50 | Small pearl glass plate £7.50 | Glass tea light holder £9.95 | Tea light £9.95 | Bubble white wine glass £9.95 Bubble white wine glass £9.95 | Bubble tumbler glass £8.95 | Cutlery set of 16 £ £99.95 ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE FROM ONE FORTY IN CRANLEIGH

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Chopping board £15.40 | Footed bowl £10.00 | Tea pot £9.97 | Napkins x 3 £12.00 | Salad servers £22.95 Footed bowl £10.00 | Rosebank jug £7.95 ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE FROM THE PACKHOUSE IN RUNFOLD, FARNHAM 54

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Napkin £3.80 | Cornflour large square plate £29.00 | Cornflour small square plate £22.00 Medium toucan jug £34.50 | Teapot £61.50 | Cutlery £3.95 ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE FROM GRASHOTT POTTERY IN GRAYSHOTT 55

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Talking to JOE SWIFT

Spring is in the air so we caught up with garden designer, writer and TV presenter Joe Swift ahead of his visit to Camberley Theatre this month to find out about his passion for being ‘A Man About the Garden’… What purpose does a garden fill? For me, it’s the chance to connect with nature. It works on many different levels- to relax and destress, to grow and create. Some gardeners get so obsessed with the gardening of it that they can’t sit down and relax without spotting a weed; I think it’s really important to be able to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Why is gardening so important to you? Plants are incredibly important: without them, we wouldn’t survive. I have to connect to nature every day, I have a yearning for it. Living in a city of concrete and glass, asphalt and steel can be a harsh environment and it’s really good for your soul to get out into the garden. Without them we’d just live in a sterile world and that’s no good. Gardeners just know that they just have to garden!

What’s your own garden like? I believe in versatility of space: I’ve got a pond there to attract wildlife, I’ve got a garden studio so I work there, the family use it to eat outdoors, I obviously garden in it (laughs.) I don’t have a lawn, sacrilege, I’ve just got paving and lots of planting which makes it really practical. It doesn’t restrict when you can use it, even in winter, it doesn’t turn in to a mud patch that you have to keep off. It’s an all year-round space that hopefully looks good too.

stuck and working with the service infrastructure underground. We’ve also got to consider the planting and the view from inside. I’m more interested these days in designing gardens more people can use and I’m really enjoying this project.

You’ve written a book called Joe’s Urban Garden Handbook. How can people add a bit of green to their lives if they don’t have a garden? The smaller a space gets, the trickier it gets, but there is always a way. There’s always a wall, or a fence, or climbers, so if you’ve got limited ground space, think about going up. Green walls are trendy, but I’ve seen quite a lot of green walls fail. They need watering so regularly a good climber or two is easier to maintain than a green wall. If you see all the boundaries of a garden in one go, it actually makes it seem smaller because you know where it ends and if you can green up the boundaries it tricks the eye.


You create bespoke garden designs. What’s the most interesting project you’ve been involved with? I’m designing a garden for the spinal unit at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital. At the moment, there’s nowhere for patients and visitors to spend quality time. It’s a challenge to create an accessible garden patients can enjoy from wheelchairs and beds- we’re digging out huge amounts of soil and putting in retaining walls, making sure there are no hazards in which equipment could get

You’ve won a gold medal at Chelsea and you mentor others on The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge- have you got a recipe for success?

You’ve got to be practical and think about boring things like levels and transitions from one area to another and then with the RHS, the horticulture has to be totally soundyou can’t put drought loving plants next to bog loving plants; they’ll spot that a mile off. If you try to be too ground breaking or too thematic, you end up down this route that you can’t come back from and if you planted a real garden like that, in three or four years when it’s matured, it would be very passé so, classic, contemporary style and really good practicality are my tips. Try to get away from the ‘rectangular garden’ and instead create something where you can take people on a journey.

Joe Swift will be at The Camberley Theatre with his show ‘A Man About the Garden’ on 23rd March. For more information visit

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For a start the answer is no, these relatively new options are not all the same. Check the spec and you'll see that some are very flimsy and cheap. Others do not have building regulation approval.

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art Windows and Glazing are situated in Fleet, Hampshire, and have over 30 years’ experience in the supply, fitting, renovation and repair of many types of windows, doors and conservatories. Their sizeable shop boasts a large showroom with a number of beautifully crafted windows and doors in many different styles for consumers to browse through. From white UPVC through to Light oak and Rosewood finishes on display plus a range of bespoke colours, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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As well as windows, Hart Windows can transform your conservatory too. Hart’s Guardian Roof Conversion System is the biggest revelation to hit the home improvement market in the last ten years. Their system enables you to swap your old conservatory roof for a new Guardian Roof and effectively turn your old conservatory into a new, all year round extension. Their complete changeover takes from only three days with minimal disruption to your household.

The system is designed to replace the existing glass or polycarbonate roof of your conservatory while retaining the original windows, doors and walls providing substantial energy cost savings. Fully tested and approved to all thermal and structural standards, the Guardian System is a highlevel performance insulated roof system comprising of a pre-engineered lightweight structural aluminium frame, three layers of rigid insulation


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board, internal insulated plasterboard, exterior grade plywood, vapour membrane and a choice of external tile finishes.

Hart Windows provides an extensive range of conservatory styles and designs. Whether you are looking for modern or traditional, from lean-to conservatories to grandiose period style conservatories or orangeries, Hart will be sure to have something to suit you. They can be individually tailored with a style, size and layout to make it the perfect fit in your home and garden. Their stylish designs can conceal gutters and keep the lines clean and elegant. Most of the conservatories on offer come in white, however a full range of colours to complement your home are also available.

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Because making the right choice when it comes to your new or revamped conservatory is one very important step - one that you certainly won’t want to get wrong - a quick and easy visit to Hart’s showroom – or their helpful website - to see what’s on offer and what they could do for you would be a very wise step in the process. When dealing with Hart Windows, you can rest assured that you will receive a high level of service at all times as well as a ten year insurance backed guarantee. So whether you are looking to improve your home with a complete new set of windows, doors or perhaps a new conservatory, or if you simply need a repair, Hart Windows should be your first port of call.

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ocated in the heart of Guildford, Myakka is an independent retailer offering customers quality, hand crafted, fair trade furniture and home accessories at great prices. Celebrating its second anniversary this spring, their shop at the top of the high street is an exciting interiors treasure trove. On the ground floor are accessories and gifts; the stair case features decorative wall hangings and mirrors, leading to the main furniture area on the first floor where you can find everything for your living room, hallway, dining room and bedroom. There is also an extensive range of rugs, kilims and cushions.

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You’ll find two brand new furniture collections for the spring: Fernley contrasts the verdant charm of distressed sage green paint with waxed natural pine. Made from reclaimed timber, it features characterful knots and nail holes from its previous life, bevelled edge tops and burnished metal handles. The second new design, Nomad, combines hand carved, whitewashed tribal patterns with a toasty burnt wax finish in mango wood, complete with carved knobs

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and turned bun feet. Both designs will be available to see and touch in the shop from 1st March.

Exclusively designed, hand crafted and painted – Myakka’s utterly unique, fairly traded furniture is as far away from mass produced as imaginable. The wood used is ethically sourced in India, Thailand and Vietnam, supporting small family run manufacturers and artisans.

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Myakka caters for all tastes and styles with distinctly different designs and woods. Sheesham, also known as Indian Rosewood, is a beautifully grained, rich and dark hardwood; mango wood is ideal for lighter and painted finishes whilst monkey pod wood has an interesting grain with natural two-tone variation. Their reclaimed pine designs have a rustic farmhouse feel. For the finishing touch Myakka has sourced an extensive collection of complementary soft furnishings including rugs, footstools, cushions and throws. Eclectic and stylish lighting designs range from strings of fairy lights and lanterns to striking floor lamps, whilst decorative accessories include mirrors, photo frames and tableware, as well as a myriad of innovative gift ideas.

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WIN YOUR SHOPPING During the month of March Myakka are offering you the chance to win your shopping in a unique prize draw. Every transaction over £25 spent in the shop from 1st - 31st March 2017 (inclusive) qualifies for entry into the draw. The prize consists of a full refund (including delivery charges) of the transaction up to a maximum of £1,000. The winner will be chosen at random from all the entrants on 1st May 2017. Full T&Cs are available on the website,

Visit Myakka at 196 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3HZ | Tel: 01483 370 740 |

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CREATE A DECORATIVE DAFFODIL TREE 13th March | 10am-12noon The Guildford Institute, Guildford (Tickets £12.50)

Tutor Jennifer Thompson is a qualified Master Florist and owner of local floristry business, Yours Truly Flowers. In this course, Jennifer will show students of all abilities how to produce a very seasonal arrangement using just daffodils and moss. For more information call 01483 562142 or visit

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14th March | 9.30am- last lot sold | Wellers of Guildford, Bedford Road, Guildford Jewellery and collectables, sliver and antiques will be available at this popular auction. Lots are available for inspection from 12 midday-5pm on Monday 13th and from 9.30 on the day of the auction. Pop along and bag a bargain. For more information visit

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19th March | 9.30am-4.30pm Dorking Halls, Dorking Tickets: £2.50, U16 free, free parking behind the venue One of the longest established and highly regarded antiques fairs in Surrey, Dorking Antiques Fair continues to provide a fantastic range of antiques for the spontaneous buyer to the avid collector. From the wonderful and quirky to the elegant and sophisticated, explore a range of exciting treasures from silver and ceramics to glass and furniture, fine art and jewellery, and much more for all tastes and budgets. Located in the Grand Hall with its 1930s interior, the fair has space for more than 50 stallholders, ensuring there will be plenty to explore on the day. For more information visit

WISLEY SPRING PLANT FAIR 24th-26th March | 9.30am-4.30pm RHS Garden Wisley

Pick up inspiration and advice from the Wisley Spring Plant Fair. Meet specialist nurseries and choose from a wide range of quality plants. Begin with instant impact from colourful shrubs or start your summer by choosing bulbs and annual seeds for sent. For more information visit

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2nd April | 10.30am-4.00pm Lingfield Racecourse, Lingfield Admission £3, U16 free. Early bird entry from 9.30am, £5 Bristling with some amazing antiques, collectables and vintage items, this friendly and welcoming fair is held in the top class modern facilities of Lingfield Racecourse in Surrey. Explore up to 130 fantastic indoor stalls. Refreshments are available to purchase on site and the fantastic Swing singer, Steve Conway, will also be performing live throughout the day. For more information visit

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Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April Loseley Park, nr Guilford Adult: £3.50; Concession: £3.00; Under 16: Free. Groups: £3.00 per person (min 10) by prior arrangement. With spring in bloom Loseley celebrates the season with a spectacular garden show. Visitors can expect plant sales, garden stalls and bygones, garden equipment and furniture, driftwood sculpture, shepherd’s huts and summer houses, house furnishings, food stalls and a chance to preview the spectacular Spring bedding displays before Loseley fully opens for the season. And it’s all set in Loseley’s stunning Walled Gardens. For more information


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GRAYSHOTT POTTERY is a Surrey business that has been handcrafting exclusive, bespoke ceramics for 60 years. In fact, we’re one of the last working potteries in the South of England. We have an intriguing Emporium of handmade gifts for the home from dinner sets to lamp bases. There’s an inspiring Studio Gallery which showcases the work of our talented artists; you can even watch our masterpieces come to life on our ‘Journey of the Clay’ tours of the pottery exploring our heritage of producing commercial ceramics and giftware. Our tempting Kiln Café offers a wide selection of refreshments to round off your visit.

Come and be inspired by our beautiful range of locally produced giftware, and discover much more. For opening hours and bookings: Tel: 01428 604404 School Rd | Hindhead | GU26 6LR


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