Local Area

About Capel Village

Located close to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the idyllic village of Capel offers everything from nature trails to ancient gravestones, Iron Age remains and, of course, the Capel Military Show!

Sitting snugly between Horsham to the south and Dorking to the north, Capel is just off the A24. Buses run through the village – the No. 93 Metrobus from Horsham to Dorking runs approximately every hour throughout the day Monday to Saturday. Ockley railway station is also within a few minutes’ walk.

The village church of St John the Baptist has the oldest surviving headstone belonging to an Alice Clarke who died in 1694. In the churchyard is a yew tree, just inside the entrance, that has been dated to around 1,700 years old. Rumour has it that if you walk around the tree 100 times at midnight then a ghost will appear…

Capel News supplies everything you’d want from a newsagents including newspapers, groceries and an off license. Open Monday to Saturday 6.30am – 7:00pm and Sunday 6.30am – 4pm. Address: 138 The St, Capel, Dorking RH5 5EN

If you need fuel or to stock-up on basic amenities such as food and drink then visit Carters of Capel. Address: 87 The Street, Capel, Dorking, RH5 5JZ

Ruby’s Café at The Hoyle is a family and dog friendly café serving home cooked food and a place to walk, relax and unwind. They have a beautiful lake to fish, day and night, with a quiet and friendly atmosphere. The café is open Tuesday to Friday 7am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Ruby’s is supporting the show week with amazing breakfasts and lunches and offering a 10% discount for show goers, just mention the Capel Military Show and show your wristband. A short 3 min drive from the show ground, living history groups and vehicles are warmly welcome. For more information visit: or call 07531 962944. Address: Wigmore Ln, Beare Green, Dorking RH5 4PS

A lovely village pub, The Crown serves good, reasonably priced home cooked food and has a large garden. Addess: 98 The Street, Capel RH5 5JY