Springwood is conveniently located just 30 miles from central London and can be easily reached by car, train or bus. Many of our guests take a day-trip to the capital and “shop ‘til they drop” but many also enjoy visiting some of our more local, smaller towns which offer a variety of retail outlets – and often a more relaxing experience.
Why not combine a saunter around historic towns like Guildford, Dorking and Woking with some early Christmas shopping? The regular high-street stores are complemented by a good selection of small independent shops and stylish boutiques; enjoy modern shopping centres alongside quaint cobbled streets and beautiful, old buildings.
Woking is 30 miles from Springwood and has two modern shopping malls (Wolsey Place and The Peacocks) but also boasts a new state-of-the-art, purpose-built covered market which opened in October 2014. Market Walk is located centrally between the two malls and it is open seven days a week, offering fifteen permanent kiosks featuring a range of quality retail. Market Walk also houses a number of temporary seasonal stalls and often live music is provided by local artists. Woking’s town square is host to a farmers’ market every third Thursday in the month as well as on some Saturdays, and the surrounding streets are full of independent and specialist boutique shops.
If you are looking for specialised shopping then head just twelve miles from Springwood to the market town of Dorking. Amble past the sixteenth century houses on West Street and peruse the antique shops which specialise in furniture and objet d’art from the medieval period through to art deco of the modern period. “West Street’s reputation for fine antiques, art galleries and expertise is renowned, attracting buyers worldwide with many dealers trading seven days a week throughout the year”.
A similar distance away is Horsham – another medieval market town – and from here it is possible to turn your focus towards Christmas preparation and present buying!
Horsham has grown around an area called the Carfax and it is suitably proud of its local produce, arts and crafts market which is held every Thursday & Saturday between 9am and 5pm (closes at 4pm in the winter). This market is like no other in the country insofar as all traders and their produce come from within a 40-mile radius of the town. Thursday’s market is often joined by a number of different ‘street food’ chefs with a mixed influence of Japanese, Eastern European, Indian and Tex-Mex flavours.
As well as the regular markets, the Best of British Christmas Markets start in the Carfax from Sunday 29th November, this takes place every Sunday in December and then every weekday from Monday 21st December through to and including Christmas Eve (10am – 4pm). Soak up the atmosphere with mulled wine and mince pies and find some unique presents with a vast display of British gifts and crafts.
The market held on Sunday 29th November is the Horsham Rotary Club’s Christmas Cracker Charities Market. In its seventh year this event is organised in association with the local District Council and a number of charities “use the opportunity to present a fantastic selection of gifts, food and competitions, whilst also promoting the great things that they do in our Community or overseas”. The combination of charity stalls and regular market traders guarantees a fabulous opportunity to find a perfect present!
If you want a bigger place to do your Christmas shopping but want to avoid London, why not pop down to the coast and indulge in all that Brighton has to offer?
Brighton has ample shopping areas from the high-street stores located around Churchill Square, North Street and at the Marina, to the many independent and often quirky shops in The Lanes, North Laine & London Road; and not forgetting the unique shops of Hove or Kemp Town! There are also a number of markets in Brighton but why not wander around the historic London Road Open Market which underwent a major redevelopment in 2014. It is now home to over fifty local producers and creators and as well as fresh food produce there is “an exceptional variety of locally made fashions, crafts, handmade jewellery, children’s clothes and toys, home wares and furniture, world foods, community services, garden goods and more”.
You will always be able to find gifts in Brighton but to guarantee your seasonal shopping book into Springwood at the beginning of November as Brighton’s Christmas Gift Fair is on Saturday 7th November 2015 at the Brighton Racecourse. The Christmas Fair features over three floors of indoor and outdoor shopping stands as well as live music entertainment and food and drink outlets.
So why not shop ‘til you drop from Springwood! You can’t go wrong!