Surrey Day - 2 May 2020
A virtual celebration of our beautiful county's people, places and heritage, Surrey Day is set for Saturday 2 May 2020 and we want you to be part of it.
In light of the recent government restrictions, plans to celebrate Surrey Day 2020 with public events, activities and social gatherings have had to change. Instead, Visit Surrey and our Surrey Day partners, BBC Surrey and Surrey Life magazine, are hoping to spread some positivity with a 'virtual' celebration instead. From dawn to dusk on 2 May, BBC Radio Surrey will be using the airwaves to celebrate this amazing county, and Surrey Life magazine will still be dedicating its May issue to the people and places which make Surrey so great.
During Surrey Day, we encourage you to turn to social media to:
- Post about the places you're most looking forward to revisiting once this is over;
- Share your favourite photos of Surrey through the seasons;
- And spread good news stories about people doing amazing things to help your local community.
Make sure to use the hashtag #SurreyDay and we will share as much positivity as possible! You'll find us at @VisitSurrey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Below is a list of places in Woking you can enjoy reading about and plan a visit for the future;
Woking is proud of its long and significant links with the Muslim community in Britain, which most noteably began with the establishment of the Oriental Institute by Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, in 1884.
This was soon followed by the building of the Shah Jahan Mosque in 1889, also by Leitner, which was the first purpose-built mosque in Britain. It is now a Grade I listed building.
The Peace Garden at the Muslim Burial Ground was restored to its former glory with the help of English Heritage and Woking Borough Council funding. The garden was the very first burial site dedicated to Muslim soldiers, and the Grade II listed monument was formally reopened in 2015.
In addition, Britain’s first Muslim cemetery can be found at Brookwood Cemetery, to the west of the Borough and adjacent to Brookwood Railway Station.
Visitors can learn all about sites like these and Woking's wider Muslim Heritage by joining part or all of the Muslim Heritage Trail, the first of its kind in Britain, which was officially launched in 2019.
There are two trails you can download. "These trails were created by the Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative"
Woking's Waterways include the 32 mile Basingstoke Canal ( built between 1788 and 1794) and The River Wey, one of the first British rivers to be made navigable, also features of the list of seven wonders. A significant stretch of this 15-mile waterway runs through the borough offering some great trails along the towpath.
Learn more about what is on offer for adults and children at the award-winning The Lightbox gallery and museum, with its special events, art workshops, canal-side cafe and gift shop.
2016 marked the 150 year anniversary of the birth of H G Wells, who made Woking infamous in his novel The War of the Worlds. Within the town centre, a variety of artwork can be enjoyed, including his larger-than-life statue and subway mosaic and towering 'Martian' sculpture on Chobham Road, and creative tributes to the author within the Ogilvy and the Herbert Wells pubs on Chertsey Road. Why not follow the self-guided trail around the town and out to sites of interest in Maybury and on Horsell Common?
We can't wait to celebrate Surrey Day with you all!