From the campus, you can stroll 5 minutes into Farnham and discover what the beautiful town has to offer. It’s a pretty Georgian market town with quaint cobbled streets, a variety of independent shops and a rich arts scene, all nestled in the beautiful Surrey countryside.
Farnham at a glance…
- Craft Town status
- Welcoming creative community
- Excellent public arts venue – the Farnham Maltings, where we also hold classes for the Acting & Performance course
- Close to London – direct train to Waterloo in just under an hour
- 12th century castle.
The town also benefits from being right next to Bourne Woods – the backdrop of many blockbuster films such as Thor, Harry Potter, Avengers, Gladiator and many more.
Places to eat
From fry-ups to fine dining, you’re spoilt for choice in Farnham. You can take your pick from coffee shops, pizza houses and bistros as well as quirky, independent cafés and restaurants.
Farnham has roots in the brewery trade too, so it’s no wonder that there are also over 50 pubs to choose from and plenty within walking distance of the campus.
As the mood takes you, choose from a 16th century tavern with local ales and an open fire, regular live music gigs in a shabby-chic pub or a contemporary chain bar offering late-night resident DJs and cocktails.
Leisure and the arts
Farnham enjoys a long-standing association with the creative industries and is crammed with art galleries, venues and craft shops. The town and borough councils both support the thriving arts culture and work with local organisations to develop local craft and projects within Farnham Town of Craft.
Let the Farnham Maltings inspire you. This creative organisation works with artists and communities to encourage people to make, see and enjoy the best art possible. With an excellent community arts venue, the Maltings hosts three craft festivals a year and a diverse programme of events and activities, including theatre, cinema, music, dance, comedy and workshops.
Join the local community for an assortment of outdoor festivals and events throughout the year, such as the annual duck race, carnival, community games and fireworks fiesta. Or while away a lazy afternoon at the free ‘music in the meadow’ events held every Sunday throughout the summer.
Sport and recreation
With a public leisure centre and a number of privately run gyms, you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite sporting hobbies or some luxurious health spa treatments. And, if you love the outdoors, you’ve got the fantastic expanse of Farnham Park right on your doorstep.
Farnham is perfectly located. Accessible by train, car, plane and on foot, you can get about with ease.
The campus is only a 15-minute walk from the station, so you can zip into central London in just under an hour. The vibrant town of Guildford is only a 15-minute drive away. And, if you fancy casting your net wider, you’re only a stone’s throw from many seaside towns along the south coast.
Farnham has roots in the brewery trade, so it’s no wonder that there are over 50 pubs to choose from and plenty within walking distance of the campus.
As the mood takes you, choose from a sixteenth-century tavern with local ales and an open fire, regular live music gigs in a shabby-chic pub or a contemporary chain bar offering late-night resident DJs and cocktails.
The main streets offer a mix of independent shops, better-known high-street brands and a few hidden gems, while the cobbled and car-free Lion and Lamb Yard offers bespoke and traditional shops mixed with plenty of pavement cafés – perfect for people watching.
Don’t miss the award-winning monthly farmer’s market, weekly country market or the Farnham Maltings monthly market with crafts and local handmade produce.
And, for a wider selection of shops and department stores, it’s easy to get to the nearby towns of Aldershot or Guildford.