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January
32 Red Tolworth Hurdle Day
New Years Day Gathering at Brooklands
Purley Indoor Car Boot Sale

February
Activity Week at Birdworld
Betfred Masters Day
Epsom Book Fair
LGBT History Month

March
Guildford International Music Festival
International Playwriting Festival
Purley Indoor Car Boot Sale
Small living Willow Structures for the Garden
Spring Music Festival
UK Wife Carrying Races

April
Auricula Show
Blackheath & Bramley Choral Society Spring Concert
Contemporary Craft and Design Fair
Easter Community Fair
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Family Craft Workshops
Orchids in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley
Primula Show
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Surrey Photographic Association
The Mayor's Charity Ball

May
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Blackheath Village Fair
Blindley Heath Country Show
BMW PGA Golf Championship
CHASE Superheroes Night Walk
Chestnut Sunday
Egham Food & Drink Day
Family Craft Workshops
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Guildford's Dicey Maids
Happy Days Festival
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Sponsored 10K Charity Walk
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The Grow Your Own Show
Tulip Festival

June
ARThouse Open Studios
Arts & Crafts Market
Ashtead Village Day
Bisley Strawberry Fayre
Charity Celebrity Cricket Match
Farm Open Day
Guildford Summer Festival
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Korean Festival
Loseley Gardening Show
Magna Carta Day!
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RHS Wisley Music Festival
Strings & Wings
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The Derby
Village Summer Party
Welcome To Thailand Festival

July
A Midsummer Nightís Dream
Annual Fuschia Show
Ashtead Horticultural Society Summer Show
BigFoot Dancefest
Birds of Prey weekend
Black Cherry Fair
Box Hill Village Fair
British Sportscar Day
Carshalton Lavender Harvest
Claygate Flower Show
Denbies ĎLocalí Beer Festival
Euphonic youth music festival
Go Green Country Fair
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It's a Knockout Leatherhead
Kingston River Celebration
Leigh Flower Show
Live Crafts & Surrey Hills Festival of Food
Mercedes-Benz World Summer Concert
Model Steam Rally & Exhibition
Polesden Lacey Festival
Pyrford and Wisley Flower Show
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Surrey Jaguar Day
Tandridge Village Fete
The Garden Show at Loseley Park
Yvonne Arnaud Art Exhibition

August
1950s Running Day
Capel Music Festival
Dunsfold Wings & Wheels
Edenbridge & Oxted Show
Godstone Village Fete and Donkey Derby
Guildford Summer Festival
Guildford Walkfest
Inspection of the Gibson Tomb
Summer Nights at Loseley Park
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September
Art Start III - The Next Generation of Artists
British Science Festival
Euphonic
Happy Valley Walk
Heritage Open Days
Jazz & Folk Garden Party
Kingston Carnival
London to Windsor Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation

October
British National Ploughing Championships
Family Craft Workshops
Guildford Art Society's Annual Exhibition
Guildford Book Festival
Lingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair
Purley Indoor Car Boot Sale
RISC OS Show

November
AWS Gift Fayre
Christmas Decorations
Guildford Art Society's Annual Exhibition
Surrey Hills Country Fair
Witchfest UK

December
Christmas After Dark
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Christmas Carol Service
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Family Christmas Concert
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Lingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair
Model Engineer Exhibition
New Years Eve Ball
Reigate Christmas Fayre
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Surrey Guild of Craftsmen
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
Tingle Creek Festival
William Hill Winter Festival
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Principal towns: Guildford Richmond-upon-Thames Kingston upon Thames Dorking Redhill Woking Epsom

The historic county of Surrey lies in the southern England, just to the south of Greater London. The administrative centre of Surrey is in fact in Kingston upon Thames which is situated in London itself. Kingston was in Surrey when the administration moved from Newington in 1897, but in 1965 it became part of Greater London . Historically, however, the county town is actually Guildford , which sits centrally in modern Surrey.

It is believed that Surrey was occupied and ruled by the Atrebates tribe, whose capital was in Calleva which is adjacent to modern day Silchester in Hampshire. The Atrebates tribe were known to control the south side of the Thames. The Romans , who noted the uneasy relationship between the Atrebates and the Catuvellauni tribe, which controlled the north side of the Thames, documented this. Just about a year before the Roman invasion of AD43, the Catuvellauni King died and his sons then waged war on the Atrebates. King Verica of the Atrebates was defeated and fled to Gaul, where he asked for Roman aid. As a result of all this, the Atrebates tribe were allies of the Romans during the subsequent invasion. The Romans occupied the territory between this time and their departure in AD410, building the famous Roman Road of Stane Street between Regnentium (renamed subsequently as Chichester by the Saxons) and Londinium (London). This road formed the basis of two modern roads. The A24 between Morden and Ewell closely follows the route of the original road. From a point close to South Holmwood, the road moves towards Sussex and follows a line sighted from London Bridge to Pulborough . Most of this section is still in use today as the A29. The name Surrey is attributed to the Saxons , being a corruption of the Saxon word for 'South Ridge'. The territory was split between Saxons and Britons in the centuries following the Roman departure. Between the 7th and 9th century Surrey was ruled alternately by the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex, eventually remaining part of Wessex from AD823. Shortly after this the county became the scene of many battles with the Danes, including the Battle of Farnham and the Battle of Ockley . If you are interested in the history of the county, Surrey spoils you for choice with about 40 museums to choose from. Some of these museums will help you trace the ancient history of Surrey, while others like the Brooklands Museum offer a more modern aspect of Surrey's history. Brooklands was the first ever banked racetrack in the world. It was long held as one of the most important circuits for both motorcar and motorcycle racing in not only England, but the entire world. Now disused as a racetrack, it offers a very large museum dedicated to the history of motor racing and aviation. It describes itself as 'The Birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation'. Attractions on offer include 'The Concorde Experience'. A high proportion of Surrey is in The Green Belt, an area designated as 'No Build' to halt the spread of conurbations. This helps to preserve the beauty of the county. The county is very proud of its areas of tranquil beauty and rolling green hills and is the most wooded county in England. There are many parks and gardens to visit in Surrey. One of these is world famous Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley . Situated eight miles from Woking , the gardens are open to visitors all year round. On offer are a Fruit Field, Rock Garden, Lakes, Tropical and Formal gardens, Glasshouses, and even Model gardens. Not far to the south of the Gardens can be found 'The Devils Punchbowl' a unique and large natural amphitheatre. The land is owned by the National Trust and is a popular destination for walkers. The area is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, which has helped to stop plans to improve the A3 road that runs around the edge of the Punchbowl. There were suggestions of a bridge over Punchbowl to allow the nearby town of Hindhead to be Bypassed, easing congestion on this major route from Portsmouth to London. Instead the National Trust has cooperated with developers in designing a tunnel through a neighbouring hill to avoid running through the Punchbowl. Fans of Cricket should certainly consider a pilgrimage to Surrey . As well as being one of the top County Cricket sides today, Surrey is home to the earliest known definitive reference to the sport of 'kreckett' played in Guildford circa 1550. There are many references to similar games (mostly in Surrey, Kent or Sussex ) in the 500 years before this but none of them can definitely be identified as having been a form of what we know today as Cricket. Certainly Surrey has been at the heart of the development of the game ever since this time

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