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Weybridge, including St George's Hill and Brooklands, Surrey

Weybridge, in the Borough of Elmbridge, lies on the River Thames at the mouth of the River Wey. In its earliest beginnings it was simply a river crossing, hence the name Weybridge. The original village grew into a town when Weybridge Railway Station opened in the mid-1800's, and it became part of the London commuter belt. The current population is about 20,000.

After the coming of the railway some very large houses were built at St. George's Hill, which remains as one of the most exclusive and expensive places to live in South East England. John Lennon and Ringo Starr, of The Beatles, both lived in Weybridge during the latter part of the 1960's, as did the singer and entertainer Tom Jones. Cliff Richard still lives there.

Weybridge is also home to a number of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur footballers, and many other well known celebrities, journalists, television presenters and entertainers.

To the south west of the town lies the famous former motor racing circuit and aerodrome, Brooklands, which was built in 1907. Brooklands was the world's first purpose-built car racing venue with its unique high banking on the bends of its oval track. Unfortunately, in 1939 at the start of World War II, all motor racing ceased and Brooklands became a production area for military aircraft. During the war the area was a strategic target and suffered enemy bombing. The track was too damaged to repair and it was never re-opened for motor racing.

Today the former circuit is home to Brooklands Museum of motoring and aviation, which has permanent displays of giant and vintage racing cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes including Britain's first Concorde. Many regular events are staged at the venue for vintage vehicles and other transport related interests, providing fun days out for all the family.

Other nearby attractions include Thorpe Park which offers fun and adventure for all ages from relaxing family rides to extreme thrills. Save of group tickets and park and hotel packages.

Families with children aged 2 years and older can take a ride on the Great Cockcrow Miniature Railway , open every Sunday from May to October and Wednesdays during August.

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