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Les Routiers recommends quality establishments in the UK and Ireland

SUMMER IN SURREY

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Just a stone’s throw from London, in England’s south east corner, Surrey offers a great diversity of accommodation and things to do as well as mouth-watering restaurants, cafes and pubs that cater for all tastes.

Historic villages nestle perfectly alongside vibrant towns, surrounded at every turn by the stunning Surrey countryside.

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Guildford Summer Festival 20 June to 15 August 2014

This returns for its 31st year celebrating the town and local area. The Festival is bigger than ever before with over 100 different events to choose from.  Family favourites such as the Town Centre Cycle Races, Guildford Festival Craft Fair, Farmers’ Markets, Guildford Cricket Festival, Guildford Lions Raft Race, Drama in the Castle Grounds, classical concerts, Guilfest and Walkfest all return for summer 2014.

There will be a whole host of theatre, sport, art, music, walks, heritage, tours and days out to keep you busy over the summer.  Brochures are available to collect from Guildford Tourist Information Centre, The Electric Theatre, G Live ticket shop and other distribution point around the borough.

The Mandolay Hotel

 Whilst visiting Guildford why not stay at The Mandolay Hotel.  A fantastic Gold Les Routiers establishment which we are proud to have as members, is situated in the heart of the delightful town centre of Guildford.  The Mandolay Hotel offers everything you should expect from a modern yet traditional hotel.

 Independently owned, The Mandolay Hotel couples exceptional service with first class facilities, 72 comfortable bedrooms, and outstanding meeting facilities make them the obvious choice for business visitors.

For those seeking a leisurely break or family get-together they work closely with many local attractions and are proud members of Visit Surrey, the organization dedicated to promoting our beautiful county.  They have a range of dining options from coffee shop and bar menu to full restaurant service – The Mandolay are committed to using locally sourced produce wherever possible.

 Whatever your reason for visiting The Mandolay Hotel they look forward to making your stay with them as enjoyable as possible.

Adventure parkWild Wood Adventure – Stode Park, Guildford

This is the amazing new attraction for Summer Family Activities in Surrey.  Go wild in the woods high in the air on obstacles and zip wires on the biggest treetop adventure of its type in the UK! Designed for all kinds of adventurous people there are two separate courses.

Wild Kids is designed for juniors from 5 to 12 years and over 1m high and contains two big loops of fun in the trees both finishing with fast zip wires to the ground.

Wild Wood Adventure is for 11 years up and is designed for adults in mind with challenges going up to 12m high in two big loops of obstacles of all kinds of difficulty ending in either the Wild Drop free fall descender or Wild Zip twin fast 100m zip wires!  Wild Wood uses a super safe safety system that keeps you attached at all times so no more clipping on and off and more enjoyment and thrills!  Amazing fun for all the family, all ages and all abilities.  Wild Wood has free parking, toilets onsite and a cafe/kiosk selling hot and cold drinks, ice creams and sweets and snacks.

Surrey Hills Llamas, Guildford

Enjoy a wonderful family day out with your very own gentle, friendly Llama for the day, carrying your picnic as you lead them through the spectacular Surrey Hills from the high points of which you can see as far as the English Channel.  You can also join in on one of their famous summer picnic treks or a winter morning walk ending with lunch in the UK’s first llama pub!

Theatres, Cinemas and Entertainment

There is forever increasing choice of entertainment in Surrey with a mix of theatres, cinemas and live music venues.  Throughout the year there is an exciting programme of events in Surrey.

Opened in September 2011, G Live has been developed as a contemporary, state-of-the-art entertainment and concert hall. With its inspirational architecture and light- filled foyers this make it the perfect setting in which to enjoy live music, dance, comedy, musicals and a host of famous faces. With such a broad repertoire, G Live caters for all tastes, from rock’n’roll to spoken word, classical music to dance, to shows for little ones.

Cinema – Vue Camberley – A nine screen cinema located within The Atrium complex in the town centre. It boasts wall-to-wall- ceiling-to-floor screens. All auditoriums have Dolby Digital Surround Sound and the latest digital projectors to provide the ultimate picture and sound quality.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – Guildford –The ideal place for a complete night out with two auditoriums, restaurants, bars and a riverside garden.  Offers new plays, pre and post West End shows and classics, plus opera, ballet, music and comedy as well as children’s events.

Historic Houses

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Some of the must visit historic houses are Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey originally build as a present to Cardinal Wolsey from King Henry VIII sometime around 1514.  Loseley Park, Guildford set in the rolling North Downs overlooking magnificent parklands, has been in the same family for 500 years build by Sir William Moore in 1562 at the request of Queen Elizabeth 1, it retains the warmth and welcome of a family home with three generations of the More Molyneux.  Ham House & Gardens – this rare and atmospheric 17th-century house sits on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond.  Reigate Hill & Gatton Manor – spectacular escarpment with sweeping views across the Weald, this stretch of the North Downs is good walking country with flower-sprinkled grasslands and quiet shady woods.

Countryside, Parks & Gardens

Campaign Paintball & Lazer Park – The perfect party venue – Campaign Paintball & Lazer Park is a 100 acre adventure experience located near Cobham, Surrey and is one of Europe’s premier outdoor activity venues. Established for over 25 years, it’s reputation for organising great days out, excellent facilities and customer care is unsurpassed in the paintball world. 10 movie-set themed games zones include a full size replica Wild West town, Fort Zulu, a helicopter, jungle themes and much more. Runnymede Pleasure Ground – Situated near Egham, this lovely Park offers modern play equipment, a paddling pool, café, children’s amusements, excellent frontage to the River Thames make this a very popular venue. A good starting point for walks along the river and for picnics. There is a pay and display car park and toilets (including disabled.)

Surrey is the perfect place to visit this Summer, so don’t delay plan that family day away!!

 

July 31, 2014 | Les Routiers UK

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