Situated in the far west of county of Surrey, Farnham’s surrounding villages including Frensham, Rowledge and Crondall could well be considered a dog walker’s haven. With a number of popular walking spots including Farnham Park, Frensham Ponds, Bourne Woods and Alice Holt forest.
Only an hour’s direct train journey to London Waterloo, Farnham continues to attract those who work within the capital but prefer quieter, rural living.
Farnham’s roots are as a market town and this trend continues on the fourth Sunday of every month with the award winning Farnham Farmer’s Market as well as the Farnham Maltings monthly market on the first Saturday of each month. Farnham is not all market stalls however, with a range of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs throughout the town as well as high street retailers and independent businesses.
The town centre itself is also home to much residential property, ranging from the Georgian town houses in Castle Street to the cottages on the periphery of town in Red Lion Lane. Heading into the Northern regions of Farnham such as Upper Hale and Weybourne, you will find a variety of property styles, including spacious semi-detached properties and later built detached homes. South of the station you may come across homes set in a more rural setting, heading towards the villages.
Farnham has a strong association with the arts and is home to the University of the Creative Arts, formerly known as Farnham School of Art as far back as 1866. It is also known for its outstanding schools, both State and Independent, in particular South Farnham School, Heath End, Weydon Secondary School, Frensham Heights, Edgeborough and Barfield and local Sixth Form College.
Food & Drink
Farnham offers a huge selection of eateries for every taste, from a low key bite to eat to a more formal dining experience there really is something for everyone. Farnham is home to Brasserie Blanc, Cote, The Botanist, Bills, Loch Fyne, Zizzi, Prezzo and Pizza Express and many more. There are also many cafes and coffee shops including the usual high street brands such as Starbucks, Costa and Nero as well as small independent businesses like the Riverside Café at the Maltings or the Lion and Lamb Café.
Farnham also has a large number of places to drink from the more traditional feel pubs such as The Nelson Arms, The Lamb and The Hop Blossom to the more trendy venues such as The Wheatsheaf, The Botanist and Borellis.
With Farnham’s long association within the Arts and Craft scene the town offers a wide range of exhibitions and galleries. The University for the Creative Arts along with Maltings being the most varied. The Maltings has many exhibitions and craft fayres throughout the year as well as arts and craft classes with local artists in residence, its own cinema, many theatre productions and comedy nights. Other galleries include The New Ashgate Gallery and The James Hockey Gallery.
In the summer months the town hosts many events including Picnic in the Park in May, Music in the Park every Sunday afternoon at Gostery Meadows, Farnham and Hale Carnivals and a regular farmers market on the fourth Sunday of every month. The town is also host to a fantastic food festival in September where the centre is closed to allow many stalls offering local produce and street food.
There is a wide range of activities to keep children entertained including Go Ape at Alice Holt, Birdworld, Miller’s Ark just outside Farnham, Soft Play, Rural Life Centre and bowling and cinema a short distance away in Aldershot.
There are many gyms and health clubs offering a huge range of classes, clubs and facilities for the whole family. There is Kinetika in the town centre and David Lloyd and Nuffield Health on the outskirts with several smaller gyms in and around the town too.
Farnham also has many parks and places of natural beauty right on its doorstep, including Frensham Ponds, Alice Holt, Caesar’s Camp, Farnham Park and Bourne Woods, perfect for dog walkers, families and those who enjoy an active lifestyle.
Farnham is also renowned for its excellent Schools from junior to secondary and sixth form with a broad mix of state and Independent. Including St Andrews, Potters Gate, South Farnham, William Cobbett, Frensham Heights, Weydon, All Hallows and Heath End to name a few. There is also Farnham Sixth Form College and the University for Creative Arts catering for higher level education.
Links to Waterloo via south west trains as well as easy access to A31, to Guildford and A331 leading down the Blackwater valley to the M3 and M25.