There's more to #Farnham Park than meets the eye
13th August 2011
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I have on many occasions enjoyed walking through Farnham Park and my children love the adventure playground. I was though amazed to learn how much history is associated with the park and the amount of volunteer work that goes on in the background.

Situated between Farnham and Hale, Farnham Park is an historic deer park and local nature reserve, with stunning views. It's mixture of open grassland and parkland trees, woodland, streams, ponds and hidden dells, makes it the ideal place to take a leisurely stroll, have a picnic or walk the dog. There are miles of footpaths, open grassy spaces for games and an adventure playground and toddlers' play area, to tire out the kids.
It's easy to find your way around, stick to the tarmac paths, or during the summer follow the routes mown through the grass. The impressive 1km long tree lined avenue in the centre of the park acts as a perfect landmark.
Take time to read the new information boards placed at main entrances and around the park office, detailing all the latest news and wildlife sightings.

Farnham Park is also a popular sporting venue with two football pitches available for hire. The nine-hole public Golf Course is ideal for all abilities and includes a café and toilets (which are open to everyone). Farnham Cricket Club, situated by Farnham Castle, is one of the oldest in England.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people and enjoy the outdoors. Volunteers at Farnham Park undertake a range of weekly practical activities throughout the year, to help manage the park for visitors and wildlife. New members are very welcome and all tools, training and tea and biscuits are provided! For more information you can contact the Ranger’s Office on 01252 717047.

Farnham Park has a fascinating history. Its Norman Castle adjacent to the medieval deer park has survived intact for over 600 years. Although today it is a peaceful and calm setting, it echoes with stories of  battles and wars. Although a large part of the Park was sold as public open space to the local council in 1930, it wasn't until 1956 that the last in a long line of Bishops left the Castle for good.

So whatever the weather, I intend to forget the housework and drag the children away from their TV and computer screens and enjoy what Farnham Park has to offer.

Farnham Park is managed by Waverley Borough Council. For further information visit their website.

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