The borough of Reigate and Banstead boasts an array of historic and characterful towns, fabulous local parks and beautiful countryside. Our guide to the borough of Reigate and Banstead will show you the best the area has to offer, including little known hidden gems to explore.

Hidden Gems

Narnia wood sculpture at Banstead woods
Narnia Woods Trail

Children can discover characters from the classic children’s tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at this Narnia-themed nature trail. The walk is located in Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs Nature Reserve. Carved posts depicting the site’s special flora and fauna mark out the route. The figures have been carved from standing deadwood, using the site’s own existing natural resources. Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs has a fascinating history, mentioned in the Domesday Book 1086. It has been in the ownership of Kings and Queens of England, Knights of the Realm and many other interesting people over the years.

Upper entrance to Barons Cave, Reigate
Reigate Caves

Did you know Reigate has a network of ‘caves’ which meander beneath the town centre. Technically, they are in the main old sand mines. While the castle overlooking Reigate has gone, the mound beneath is still present - and has been mined for sand over many years. As a result, many of its dig sites remain and these can be explored with a guide today. Locals refer to the area as the “Reigate Caves” and tours include the Barons’ Cave in the Castle Grounds and the East and West Caverns in Tunnel Road. Your view of Reigate might change once you have experienced what lies beneath your feet!

Pilgrim Brewery
Pilgrim Brewery

Pilgrim Brewery is located in the market town of Reigate and was established in 1982, making it the oldest craft brewery in the South East. Reigate is on the old pilgrimage route between Winchester to Canterbury and there are records of beer being brewed in the town for hundreds of years. The Brewery now boasts a popular tap room with a range of entertainment.

A bowling lane at the light Bowling
The Light

Whist not a hidden gem, did you know The Light has a 6 screen cinema and has a plethora of activities, including axe-throwing, bowling, duckpin bowling, mini-golf, a climbing arena, interactive darts, shuffleboard, karaoke, curling, an arcade and American pool. Providing guests with the opportunity for all ages to engage with a variety of unique, fun and competitive digital games.

Reigate Heath
Reigate Heath Windmill

Reigate Heath Windmill is a grade II listed post mill which is now used as a chapel. It is thought to be the only windmill in the world which is a consecrated church. Built c.1765, this windmill was last worked by wind in April 1862. In 1962, the mill was purchased by Reigate Borough Council and was restored with new sails. The first church service was held on 18 October 1964.

Archway theatre Horley
The Archway Theatre

The Archway Theatre is a thriving “little theatre” located under the railway arches in Horley, near Gatwick. It seats 95 people and runs 10 full productions every year, each over a two-week period, from musicals through drama to pantomime. They also hold youth and young adults workshop & productions.

Things to do

Priory Park

There is always plenty to do locally whatever the weather, from tree trails and waterplay in Priory Park to escape rooms, wild swimming and softplay.

cinema seats at everyman reigate
Theatres, Cinemas and Art

There is an array of opportunities to see live theatre performances within the borough and catch up on the latest blockbuster and arthouse films.

Sports Clubs

Muddy rugby players
Rugby Clubs

Rugby is about taking part, having fun and keeping active. No matter if you’re a newbie or want to get back into the game, find a rugby activity near you and enjoy your rugby playing experience!

Golf ball on green
Golf Clubs

Golf provides a stimulating mental challenge combined with a healthy walk in pleasant surroundings. It can be a great way to reduce stress and meet new people and can be played by people of all abilities and ages.

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