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Markets & Medieval Villages s/w of London

Old Aug 8th, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Markets & Medieval Villages s/w of London

Hi All - We are currently having a wonderful time staying in Teddington (near Richmond). We are on the look out for a few good markets within an hour or so drive of here (not into London itself though) as well as some smaller medieval-feeling towns with interesting/artsy/craftsy shops etc. Any suggestions would be welcome and appreciated. Thanks!
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Old Aug 8th, 2008, 12:09 PM
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Hi Conny,

You could try Rye..apparently its a beautiful town thats easy on the train. We also liked Chichester that has a wonderful theatre festical on right now.
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Old Aug 8th, 2008, 12:28 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. We were thinking about Chichester chiefly because of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum near there. Did you have a chance to visit it by any chance jamikins?
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I'm jealous of you being in Teddington! My husband worked near there for a while, and we love that area!

Have you been to Winchester? The cathedral is spectacular.

A farmer's market takes place this Sunday (http://tinyurl.com/6dx4fx).

Enjoy!
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Arundel + Weald & Downland museum + a stop in Boxgrove would make a great day out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxgrove_Priory
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We didnt, but we really enjoyed Chichester...and there is a beautiful castle in Arendel (sp??) which is on the rail line towards London...we didnt get there either but I would like to go back and see it!
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here's a vote for Wells - one of my favorite Cathedrals in the world, plus a fun market that is, I think, on Saturday.
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Old Aug 9th, 2008, 12:14 AM
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Thanks for the tips - it will be Weald & Downland and Chichester today - perhaps with Arundel as well and then we will see about Winchester tomorrow. Any more ideas are definitely welcome!
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West of you you have Chalfont St Giles, where Milton's cottage is, Beaconsfield is nice, Amersham has a nice feel to it too and is a market town.
Henley has a farmers market and is a nice town on the Thames. A bit further west and you have Wantage, a market town and birthplace of Alfred the Great, and all the lovely villages around there, plus the Uffington White Horse, the Ridgeway and some great pubs.

Whitstable in Kent maybe of interest. Sandwich is also a lovely town.
If you go to Rye parking is a nightmare but taking the car is worth it for the driving you can do around there - there are many nice villages, and of course the coast!

There are many lovely villages and towns in the Surrey/Sussex border area.
I'd suggest just getting in the car and having a drive around one Sunday.

I grew up in Sunbury-on-Thames, just up river from you. Lower Sunbury used to be nice, no idea what it's like nowadays. It appeared in Oliver Twist btw. Shepperton used to be nice too.
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Barnes has a farmers' market on Saturday morning.
You could visit the Wetland Centre when you've done your shopping
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If you have a car then visit Middle Wallop and surrounding area, just to the North west of Winchester. 85% of the houses are thatched and half timbered.
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Thanks everyone for your replies - we are here for four more days and plan to make the most of them!
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