Farnham is a small town in the county of Surrey, and is neighboured by towns including Aldershot, Farnborough and Fleet. It right next to part of the Hampshire border, and Farnham is home to Birdworld, Waverley Abbey and Farnham sixth form college.
Farnham could be easily considered a boring town, as there is not really much to do, especially after the shops close. There is a few restaurants and a couple of pubs, but nothing much else. The town is generally quite clean, and you occasionally see the police walking around checking the area is safe.
Farnham has a train station located just outside of the town centre, which has a level crossing as the tracks go across part of the road. The town centre is quite small, and has shops including Vodafone, WH Smith, Benefit Cosmetics, La Senza, Dorothy Perkins, Peacocks and Accessorizes. I am quite happy there is a Benefit cosmetics in Farnham as it is quite local to me and I love Benefit Cosmetics.
There is also Elphicks, the department store, which albeit quite expensive, is a nice store with some great ranges of make up, clothing, home ware and other bits and pieces. The post office in Farnham is quite large, and is usually quite busy, but they have a self serve machine so you can easuly and quickly post your own letters and parcels. There is a small Sainsburys in the town centre, and a larger one just outside of the town.
Farnham has no cinema, or nightclubs, so at night this is a very quiet town, which I am sure the residents of Farnham are very grateful for.
There is a local recycling and dumping centre, and there is a general sized industrial trading estate where they sell things like tiles, home wares and there is a Sally Salon Services in there too. This industrial estate is located just behind the larger Sainsburys on Waterlane.
Farnham is also home to one of the largest roundabouts in Europe, the Shepard and Flock roundabout. This is big enough to even have a village and a pub on it.
All in all Farnham is an ok town if you like living in a quiet area, but personally I would not be happy living in Farnham. I lived on the outskirts of it for a few years and my Grandparents still do, and it nearly drove me to a breakdown with the boredom.
I agree with most of what you say about Farnham, although having moved to London I really appreciate how clean and nice Farnham is, that the town centre has individual shops and you feel safe. I think it is great that there are no nightclubs in Farnham, it would only encourage people from out of the town (Aldershot & Alton) to stay on after ususal closing time and cause trouble! It is also a good thing there isn't a MacDonalds or Burger King.
It is an expensive town, but that is indicative of Surrey in general and there are still some areas you can get a bargain. It would be nice if there was a cinema, and if the East Street redevelopment eventually happens then hopefully we will get one. Shopping isn't too bad and Guildford is close by, and as you say there are a range of shope like Sainsbury's and Waitrose, plus a few clothes shops. Restaurant wise there are plenty, but all Italians so no real variety.
All in all, I think Farnham is a lovely town and hopefully it will be kept that way.
Being my home town, I am very fond of Farnham. I have lived here pretty much all of my life and I have to say that it is a great place to grow up in. It is quiet, has some good schools and a low crime rate. However, it has to be said that Farnham isn't exactly the most 'happening' place to be. Farnham does have it's own tourist attractions, for example, Farnham Castle and Farnham Museum. The town itself is very pretty, although the surrounding residential areas are beginning to lose their appeal with many large old houses being torn down and replaced with modern housing developments, which may be great for some people, but it ruins Farnham as they do not fit in with the area's 'country' feel. Farnham is limited for shoppers, although generally provides most of what you need, if you are a keen shopper, it is best to go to Guildford where there is a much wider range of retailers. Farnham is limited to only a few of the typical high street shops such as Woolworths, Boots, WH Shiths, Argos, Next, Argos and Dorethy Perkins. Food shopping however, is not a problem with an in town Sainsburys, Safeways and Lidl, and an out of town Sainsburys superstore in Water Lane. Entertainment wise, there is little to do for most ages. There is a leisure centre, by which there is a skate ramp where a number of 14-16 year olds spend their time. There is also a newly opened youth drop-in centre. There is no shortage of pubs in Farnham town. My personal favourites being the William Cobbett and the Plough, both being primarily student pubs. Other popular pubs amoung the 18-25 year olds include the Hogs Head, the Marlborough Head and Ye Olde Flyer. For a more classy evening there is Sevens Wine Bar and Borellies. If you are a student, then there is also the student union at Surrey Institute of Art and Design (SIAD)- a typical union with organised events, although you must hold a valid NUS ca
rd in order to be admitted, or know a student at the institute. Farnham is a very popular place for those working in London to live with their families. There is a direct train service from Farnham station to London Waterloo, a journey which takes approximately 45 minutes. It is, however, a rather expensive town in which to set up home, though this clearly depends on which part of Farnham you wish to reside. The south side of the town tends to be where the more pricey houses are situated. It can be difficult to find a house near the station on the south side of the town, as this is where one of the uch desired primary schools, South Farnham School, is situated and many families are keen to move into the catchment area. Generally, I would say that Farnham is a wonderful town, particularly for families and for those who are retired. However, if you are after a town with a great night life, then Farnham really isn't the place, unless you are willing to travel to Guildford, but even then, transport can be a problem since the last train from Guildford to Farnham leaves around midnight.