The summer holidays can be hard for families with little ones. If you’ve relied on playgroups or pre-school over the term time it can be hard to know what to do as they all shut down over the holidays. Suddenly you need lots more inspiration and places to go!
I am one of those Mama’s so have been doing my research over the last few weeks and put together my list of 15 things to do in Surrey for toddlers come rain or shine! It’s a mix of our favourite places and ones I want to try.
Maybe we’ll see you there!
We went to Mayfield Lavender fields recently and I was blown away with how beautiful it was. Not only is it a wonderful place to explore / take photos, they have a lovely cafe, gift shop and entry is only £1 (for adults) so a trip won’t break the bank. If you want to get some pictures of your little ones in stunning surroundings this is the place! But be quick – it won’t be around forever.
As we know it’s not always sunny over the summer holidays and sometimes we need activities to keep little ones amused when it rains. Little Street is the perfect place for a morning or afternoon play. They have time slots, so it’ll never be too over crowed or over capacity when you turn up (as you book in advance). There is a good cafe, a baby area and so much role play fun for toddlers.
3. Weybridge park
Our almost local park.We love Weybridge as it recently underwent a refurbishment so has a fantastic array of equipment both for older and younger children. We especially love the huge sandpit and the paddling pool on a hot day.
If you need refreshments before or after try out one of the local coffee shops, we love Aromas or Nikkis coffee house, both on the high street
This isn’t a free activity, but, it is a beautiful location for exploring with the little ones. We went there with my parents a few months ago and could have spent a lot longer there. There is so much history to take in and stunning views, so take your camera.
If you have very little ones definitely take a buggy there is a lot of walking.
5. Garsons pick your own
Garsons Garden Centre is one of my favourite places. Located by West End Common, near Esher there is so much to do for a garden centre. You can browse for your garden, check out their extensive toy collection and visit their fairly new cafe.
They recently opened a new outdoor playground and when we last went Amelie loved it so much she didn’t want to leave!
And to our favourite part, the fruit and vegetable pick your own. They have a huge farm where you can pick your own strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, berries, spinach to name a few. You drive to the fields from the main car park and then pay for your produce. A great way to teach little ones where food comes from and go home with wonderful fresh food.
Spectrum leisure centre in Guildford is fab! We have only ever been there for swimming but they have ice skating a gym etc etc. To the swimming, it’s a fantastic pool for little ones, not only do they have a learner pool they also have what I’d call a huge splash pad / water activity park. We took the girls recently and there was plenty to do for both a toddler and a baby. Check out their times for the toddler splash sessions which are much calmer.
We love Wisley Gardens and it’s somewhere we love to visit in all seasons as there is always something new to see. There are so many different gardens to see, lakes, cafes and a soft play for little ones. If there are fine days forecast this is well worth a visit.
One of my favourite places! We spent a lot of time at the Medicine gardens. It’s a walled garden just outside of Cobham with the most relaxing feel to it. Every child that I’ve been with at the Medicine gardens seems to relax and turn into an angel! Clever stuff. Other than angel children the Medicine gardens has a big sandpit, a fab climbing frame and lots of options for snacks or lunch. The best bit. It’s free. I’ll be spending lots of time here.
9. Bushy Park
We haven’t been to Bushy park for a few months but it is such a wonderful place for little ones to explore. There is a wonderful playground, acres of green space and lots of places to stop for snacks. We’ll be heading here very soon…
This is somewhere we haven’t explored yet but Amelie has been requesting the Gruffalo every night so this feels like a great place to take her. She loves games and hide and seek so I think she’d enjoyed the idea behind a trail.
Situated near Farnham in Surrey this is fairly close to us so I am hoping it’ll be a fun activity for all – I’ll report back!
11. Esher woods
Although not the most buggy friendly of trips it’s so nice to head to the woods on occasion. You can access Esher Commons woods by Garsons in Esher and do a loop walk so next time we’re close we’ll be heading to the woods for a walk (with Evie in a carrier)!
Another favourite of ours, Kidabulous in Sunbury is a great location for a rainy day (or even a hot sunny day if you don’t want the littles to have too much sun)! There are two levels; the downstairs is a huge soft play and upstairs they have toddler town which is brilliant for under 5’s. I love it because I can see Amelie at all times whilst I watch Evie which makes visits so much easier! They also have a good selection of food and drink for little hungry ones!
I have wanted to take Amelie here for ages! They are really set up for little ones and have specific activities for under 5’s. There is a hunt for Bertie Bear who is hiding around the Museum and a soft play area. They are also running activities during the school holidays, things like car rides, tours of the Concorde, London Bus Museum bus trips and family workshops to name a few.
14. Piglets, Hersham
Piglets in Herham is wonderful on sunny days as we really like the outside play area with lots of room to run for the little ones. Amelie always enjoys the track with cars, the swings, the sandpit and looking at all the animals.
They also have a great indoor soft play area and a good cafe. A good activity to burn off some energy for a few hours!
15. Weybourne Gym
Weybourne Gym is one of my favourite places to take the girls as it is small enough to keep an eye on both of them but big enough that there is lots to do. There is a great set up of of activities for all ages and it has never been too over crowded when we’ve been.
I am really looking forward to getting to these places and also trying new adventures with the girls.
What are you plans for the summer? Any gems I have missed?