Farnham’s roots are as a market town.
West Street hosts a variety of quality retailers including Farnham’s own family-run department store, Elphicks, founded in 1881 and the Farnham Herald offices.
This lovely cobbled car free street, off West Street, has a perfect selection of luxury household shops, traditional country clothing, bespoke jewellery and book shops surrounded by excellent independent cafes which are perfect for people watching.
The historic Downing Street leads into Farnham from the south. Home to a butcher, a baker and candle-stick maker, well hardware store. This charming street is also home to several lovely independent coffee shops, a traditional sweet shop, exquisite independent clothes shops (John Goodridges and Mulberry Silks) a gift shop and even a ceramics café.
The castle in this beautiful Georgian street offers a wonderful backdrop to a wealth of eateries for breakfast, coffee and a pastry or a candle lit dinner.
The Borough is a thoroughfare of high street options with Argos, Boots and Breaking Free, White Stuff and WH Smith.
East Street offers a wealth of beauty options plus individual shops selling bicycles, sports equipment, and even model hobby kits.
Antiques and vintage.
Farnham is rich in antiques for sale in wonderful settings. The Bourne Mill (currently closed for major repairs) or The Antiques Warehouse are unique in their offerings from multiple sellers and collectors and both make an enjoyable afternoon out with their own tea shops on site. If it is vintage you are after then The Packhouse is a one-stop shop for customers in search of interior inspiration, seasonal gifts, furniture, lighting, upholstery and vintage and antique finds.
From stores such as Laura Ashley to contemporary options from Claire Laughland or Vale Furnishers, Farnham offers a fabulous range of furniture, materials, luxurious lighting and accessory choices to browse and embellish your home.
To entertain those little cherubs visit Enchanted Wood toy shop on East Street or Elphicks on West Street for a wide range of toys or the local garden centres. Rainbow Wood, also on East Street, is a fun and inspiring children’s bunk bed shop.
For beautiful bespoke dresses, wonderful gifts or just ideas Farnham offers boutiques and a range of services. Farnham also has a brilliant array of venues, from Farnham Castle to quaint hotels and local halls to choose from for that special day. For your guests the local accommodation available is suitable for all budgets and requirements.
Farnham is a market town at heart. With an award winning local farmers’ market on the fourth Sunday of each month, a country market on Fridays at the United Reformed church in South Street and the Farnham Maltings monthly market on the first Saturday of the month. “on the 4th Sunday of every month I attend the farmers’ market with my cakes (Pure Delights’). It’s a great venue with easy parking and customers who have become friends and a good breakfast is also guaranteed…my favourite monthly market…well worth a visit…”
If you are looking for a tradesperson see the approved local traders scheme run by Surrey County Council.