Ripley a quaint and picturesque village in the heart of Surrey is steeped in History dating back to the 12th Century, with many old buildings and a wealth to discover. Information booklets can be found in the village cafes to help you understand more about the village and its history.
In addition to the historic buildings, it is here that the wonder drug penicillin was first developed for civilian use during the Second World War. Lord Nelson is also said to have frequented Ripley on his journey from London to Portsmouth, one of his captains is even buried at the village church. Home to some of England's finest cricketers, its local cricket club is on the village green and has been since c.1749. It is one of the oldest crickets clubs in the world on record and still holds regular matches to this day. Ripley is also famous for being the birthplace of rock-star Eric Clapton and boasts no fewer than seven great pubs within a mile and a half radius, some of these establishments dating as far back as the 15th century.
You could be forgiven for missing Ripley on the map, this quaint and picturesque little village is in one of only a few conservation areas in Surrey. It has around two thousand residents and is just a short detour off the A3 between London and Portsmouth, on the B2215 very near to the beautiful RHS Gardens Wisley and the M25. However for its relatively small size (3.5 square miles to be exact), it offers a wealth of history, culture, eateries, shops, events, places to stay and things to do.
For dining and drinking there is a range of options to suit all and some multi-award winning ones too! Whether you are looking for coffee and cake, fine wine and a cheeseboard, traditional pub food or fine dining, Ripley has it all.
There are many quaint and quirky little shops in the village where you can purchase a wide variety of gifts, produce and other fantastic items from a great selection of unique boutiques and individual shops.
If you’re looking to stay over, there are some great hotels and fantastic B&B’s to suit everyone. And for those special events, venues for weddings and celebrations - there’s a wealth to choose from.
There are many wonderful walks, bridal ways and cycle routes in Ripley including part of the 2012 Olympic cycle route, information booklets can be purchased in the village cafes to help you find them. The picturesque Ripley village green is one of the largest in Surrey. A short walk from the village green will find you at Walsham weir, just across the canal from the metaphysical poet John Donne's former home. A few miles walk from here along the River Wey you will find Guildford and Hampton Court. You may choose to hire a canal boat, or sail on Papercourt Lake, again just a short walk from the village green.
It is the Ripley community that has helped the village retain its charm well into the 21st century and who also still hold many local events throughout the year that have been running for many years. The village pantomime held in March, has been running since 1975, and is still a very popular event. Its cast has included everyone from the old local bobby to today’s parish councillors! The Ripley event in July is described as one of the best free summer events in Surrey and there is also Ripley Rocks, a music festival on the green. The Legendary Ripley Bonfire in October which has been running annually since at least 1934 which attracts around 15,000 people who come to experience the wonderful firework display, bonfire, float procession and funfair for all the family. There is also a huge Christmas fair in December with many stalls and festive things to do. The award winning Ripley farmers market is held once a month on every second Saturday on the village green and a monthly antique fair is held in the village hall.
Ripley village has something to offer for everyone. Why not come and see for yourself…
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