Five things you may not know about Farnham

Farnham is a picturesque market town, full of striking Georgian architecture, independent bars, restaurants and quirky shops – and more than 40 pubs.

But did you know…

  • England rugby player Johnny Wilkinson grew up in Farnham and played at youth level for Farnham Rugby Club.
  • Farnham hosts the longest-running beer festival held in the same place, Beerex, which is hosted at Farnham Maltings and offers around 70 different beers from 30 breweries – and all the profits go to local charities.
  • Farnham Castle was built in the mid twelfth century by the Bishop of Winchester to be a convenient residence for him halfway between Winchester and London.
  • Author JM Barrie wrote the novel Peter Pan whilst living in Farnham.
  • The roots of Farnham’s engagement with crafts can be dated back to the time when the town exported white clay to the Romans. In the sixteenth century, potteries in Farnham were major suppliers of pottery to London.


Our Farnham campus is a short stroll from the town, and is home to more than 2,000 students studying a range of courses in advertising, animation, computer games arts and technology, film production, fine art, graphic communication, illustration, media and journalism, photography, product design and crafts. You can find out more about our Farnham campus, as well as the town itself, here.

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