Working across properties throughout the region, we get to see a little more of an area than most. When regional towns can be maligned for being insubstantial or provincial, Farnham is anything but. The town plays host to a huge variety of businesses, from the commercial to the industrial to the creative, so the opportunities offered to a professional here are considerable. It’s not just career options that make Farnham great though, there’s all the other stuff…
Farnham may well be known for its large demographic of the affluent retired, however, don’t let this mislead you about the vibrancy of the area. There is a huge proportion of young professionals in and around the town as well as a great many entrepreneurs and craftspeople making the demographic varied, rich and energetic.
Located in the heart of the home counties and boasting great access to London and Winchester, business links are strong here. Waterloo is under an hour away if you’re using the train, and if you’re heading on the motorway you’ll be on the M3 in twenty minutes. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, it’s an easy prospect from this town.
With a wealth of town centre bars and restaurants, attractions from both the National Trust and English Heritage, a leisure centre and sporting clubs aplenty, Farnham shines when it comes to the extracurricular. Local boy Jonny Wilkinson is a testament to the area’s focus at grassroots level, but if you prefer a more laid-back pastime then check out Beerex, the country’s oldest beer festival, running at the Maltings since 1977.
From educating future creatives at the UCA to providing a hub for live performance at the Maltings, Farnham likes to shout about its cultural offering. This really is the town’s USP – no matter what floats your boat, there’s something here to help you wind down from the office. Visual arts are plentiful, whether at any of the town centre galleries or at the sculpture park. The Maltings offers film, theatre, music and comedy while the Museum of Farnham provides a more reflective programme. Prefer to get involved? At the Maltings you can join workshops on a wealth of craft activities whether you are 4 or 104!
A bit of retail therapy at lunchtime is a must for most workers. Farnham is a shoppers delight, featuring both high end and mainstream brand names and artisan boutiques, reflecting the area’s confidence in its retail. The shopping experience in this town is further enhanced by the historically interesting and often beautiful buildings that line the streets. This is a place where the high street is far from dead.
Farnham is a Transition Town, with a strong focus on sustainability and community spirit. Regular events take place to encourage local food growing and growing the area’s Greenways. Farnham Hoppers celebrate the town’s long brewing tradition with community-focused hop growing and beer making. A testament to local friendliness is Farnham Maltings’ annual afternoon tea, offering the whole community, whether inhabitants or workers, a chance to socialise and connect.
From ancient markets to its tradition of beer making, the past runs through Farnham as clearly as the river Wey. Look no further than the magnificent Farnham Castle which overlooks the town. The castle houses a historical exhibition documenting 900 years of history for those keen to learn.
So, far from being a rural province, Farnham holds its own amongst arguably the most attractive towns in the country to work in. Taking advantage of all that the town has to offer while benefiting from the growing and innovative businesses who have chosen Farnham as their home, workers here are on to a winner.