From quaint period cottages to charming barn conversions, renting a home-away-from-home means you can reconnect with friends and family, or simply have a break from the hubbub of the holidays. We’ve picked the best places, not too far afield, to snuggle up in this season.
Friday Bar Night
The Horton Bar is now open to the public every Friday night 6pm – 11pm. The fully licensed bar serves everything from prosecco to draught beer, epic coffee and a selection of soft drinks, too. It’s the perfect space to unwind if a relaxed atmosphere is your kind of Friday chill. With a full food menu, available to order until 8:30pm, that’s dinner sorted, too! Groups of 6+ please book ahead.
From the stunning 1920s-inspired Sir Frank’s Bar to Beaverbrook’s main restaurant in the Victorian mansion to the Italian Garden and their infamous alfresco dining hot air balloons you will not be disappointed with this beautiful luxury hotel and spa set in 470 acres of countryside in the Surrey Hills.
December brings the best festive entertainment to Epsom Playhouse including panto season. Oh, yes it does! Join Dorothy & friends for The Wizard of Oz (15th December – 1st January 2024) while Santa’s Christmas Wish is a song-filled, magical performance that starts on December 3rd.
Not just the perfect place to ‘meet-and-eat’, but Surrey’s first food hall is also the perfect space to work out – check out their Zumba + parent + baby yoga classes, too. For a different vibe, check out their latest acoustic night sets or join in with their weekly pub quiz. Also available to hire for private parties.
£Cash in the Wardrobe Market
Need to make more space in your wardrobe? Love the thrill of finding a fashion bargain? Held at Bourne Hall, every third Saturday of the month, 10am-2pm, shop or sell-on at this pre-loved clothes event. Book a space for £12, includes a rail and table.
From festive afternoon teas to special winter menus – the best way to celebrate the season is to get feasting! Whether it's mince pies and mulled wine or fizz and fireworks to see in 2024, Angelina Villa-Clarke discovers some fun foodie treats to enjoy and some of the best culinary experiences to share with your loved ones this winter.
According to a survey conducted by GlobeScan and non-profit organisation EAT, 42% of consumers worldwide think we’ll be eating plant-based foods more in the next decade. If you’ve read that thinking ‘It’s a battle alone to feed my kids veg’ or you struggle to hit your daily recommended intake, then local foodie, Louisa Mitchell is here to help...