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15 Cultural Date Ideas in Surrey That Won’t Cost a Penny

15 Cultural Date Ideas in Surrey That Won’t Cost a Penny

Culture lovers can enjoy amazing dates in Surrey without having to open their wallets at all. From learning about the local history to taking in breathtaking views, below are 15 great ideas for cultural dates that will help you impress your date. Meet new people, learn new skills and expand your mind, all for free.

1. Explore Guildford House Gallery

Guildford House Gallery

    This quaint and beautiful little gallery offers changing exhibitions and is housed within a gorgeous seventeenth-century building. This gallery is sure to impress your date. In addition to exploring the Gallery for free, you can take advantage of workshops and talks for further learning. Refreshments are available for sale in a tranquil café set in the rear courtyard.

    2. Take a spin around Mercedes-Benz World

    The Exterior of Mercedes Benz world taken the evening the Star was installed.

      Mercedes-Benz World is a fantastic place to impress a car-loving date, and it is completely free. See some of the inner workings of Mercedes-Benz vehicles and take a look at some classic cars.

      3. Delve into local heritage at Guildford Museum

      Guildford House Museum

        Situated in Castle Arch, this museum is the perfect place to learn more about the rich history of Surrey. If you and your date are both Guildford residents, why not discover more about your common roots? Or, if they are coming to this town from further afield, you can use the museum visit as a way to show them a little more about the heritage of your home town.

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        4. Stand on the site of a pivotal agreement at Runnymede

          What more momentous place to take a date than the site where the Magna Carta was signed? If you really want to impress your date, why not read up on the history of the Magna Carta beforehand so that you can regale them with your knowledge when you arrive. As well as being a National Trust site, Runnymede is very beautiful spot for a picnic. This will be a successful date, signed, sealed, delivered!

          5. Learn about Victorian inventions at the Museum of Farnham

          Museum of Farnham

            This quaint and charming little museum is an ideal stopping-off point during a romantic country walk. The museum, which focuses on the history of Farnham starting in prehistoric times, is located within a beautiful Georgian house dating back to 1718. This makes it a very historic location for a date. The museum sponsors the work of local artists, so you can view local contemporary art in this museum as well. Therefore, this is a great location for a date that fuses culture from centuries ago with the art and creativity of today.

            6. Try a spot of birdwatching

            Frensham Little Pond

              Head down to Frensham Little Pond, which is a popular site for grebes, buntings, and warblers as well as romantic couples, and do a spot of bird watching with your date. Getting out into nature can be so romantic, and there is something about having to stay still and quiet with your date to avoid scaring the birds away that can be very thrilling.

              7. Show your softer side and pet some cute animals

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                Head down Head to RSPCA Millbrook to meet some cute ducklings, puppies, kittens and more. There are also usually some lovely little ponies here, too. If you choose this as a destination for a date, be prepared to fall in love with more than just your date!

                8. Go for a stroll at Virginia Water

                  This gorgeous lake is a prime location for a romantic stroll. Why not pack a picnic or simply bring along a bottle of bubbly and enjoy some quality time with someone that you have met on a Surrey dating site? If you like, you can show your date some of the key points of interest around the lake, such as a 100 foot high totem pole, an obelisk that was erected by none other than George II, and the remnants of an ancient North African city (which has been shipped over to Britain and reconstructed). This is also a lovely place for a spot of bird watching.

                  9. Get Shakespearean in Windsor Great Park

                    This beautiful park has some great cycling routes, and you can gain extra points by quoting from The Merry Wives of Windsor whilst you are there. The next time that you are chatting with Surrey singles on a dating site, why not ask them how they feel about a leisurely glide on a bike through some gorgeous park scenery? Perhaps you can also stop for a picnic on the way.

                    10. Engage with interactive contemporary art at The Lightbox

                      The Lightbox is a fresh new take on the classic museum space. It is renowned for its interactive exhibitions, which change regularly throughout the year. Boutique-like in appearance, and innovative in terms of what it presents you with, The Lightbox is the ideal location for a date with one of your fellow culture lovers in Surrey.

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                      11. Explore behind the scenes at Grayshott Pottery

                      Grayshott Pottery Gallery

                        If you meet someone in Surrey who is a hands-on, artistic type, why not take them on a tour of the famous Grayshott Pottery workshop? These tours typically take around half an hour and provide you with a fascinating insight into how pottery and artistic hand-decorated ceramics are created here.

                        12. Marvel at the history of Farnham Castle Keep

                        Farnham Castle Keep

                          This superb dating location was founded way back in 1138. Therefore, it is steeped in history and is an excellent place to bring a culture lover, especially someone who loves their medieval history. There is also plenty of Civil War material to be discovered here as well. It’s a real treasure trove of stories, artefacts, and amazing architecture.

                          13. Take an elegant stroll in Priory Park

                          Reigate Priory Park

                            You and your date can enjoy a picnic amid some stunning scenery in the formal gardens of Priory Park in Reigate, perhaps whilst discussing the finer points of garden design.

                            14. Roam through the grounds of Guildford Castle

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                              This is another fantastic option for lovers of medieval history. Guildford Castle was built not too long after the Norman Conquest, which means that it is steeped in centuries of history. It is totally free to wander around the grounds of this castle, and the castle is located very close to the town centre in Guildford as well, so you can combine your cultural visit to the castle with a trip to a museum.

                              15. Relax in the East Surrey Museum

                              East Surrey Museum

                                Treat the culture lover that you have met online to a visit to the East Surrey Museum, which has no entry fee, boasts four separate exhibition rooms, and is conveniently located near the town centre in Caterham. To finish your date, why not wander around the lovely town for some window shopping?

                                Introduce some cultural but affordable dating options into your Surrey dating life; you and your date will be sure to have fun whatever the cost.

                                Image Credit: Mercedes Benz World via businessatbrooklands.co.uk; Guildford Castle via exploringsurreyspast.org.uk; Couple with cat via pestell.com; waterfall via windsorgreatpark.co.uk; Windsor Great Park via fabriciopretti.files.wordpress.com; Magna Carta via getsurrey.co.uk; The Lightbox Gallery via coolplaces.co.uk; Pottery pieces via http://www.cbasouth-east.org; Bird flock via Stocksnap.io; Reigate Priory Park via picturesofengland.com; Noah’s Ark via farnhammaltings.com; Farnham Castle Keep via english-heritage.org.uk; Grayshott Pottery via grayshottpottery.com; Guildford House Gallery via guildford.gov.uk; Guildford Museum via gettyimages.com.

                                Featured photo credit: Unknown via windsorgreatpark.co.uk

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                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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