If like me you’re looking forward to the arrival of the Spring you might be starting to think about activities with your little ones when days are slightly warmer, drier and longer (I’m hoping)!
Here are the 15 things I can’t wait to do this Spring with the girls….
Winkworth Arboretum is owned by the National Trust and has a huge variety of shrubs and trees planted in a woodland setting. I haven’t been but I’ve heard the bluebells are well worth going to see – just check out the # of Instagram for lots of images from last Spring.
Wisley has to be one of my favourite places in the Spring, with acres of beautiful Spring blooms, a play area perfect for little ones and from the 13th January to the 4th March you can see the butterflies in the glasshouse which I would thoroughly recommend.
Take in the bluebells on a scooter at Painshill Park
Painshill Park is a place we absolutely love for the beauty of the walks, the open space and in the New Year for the bluebells.
Amelie loves taking her scooter as a great way to get around, but take a buggy as little legs always get tired on this walk!
Another place that is on my ‘to do’ list now I have two walkers is Hampton Court Palace. There are beautiful gardens, a maze and also a chance to explore the palace! Perfect for a sunny Spring day.
For lots of walks and amazing views, choose a clear day and head to Leith Hill. It’s the highest point in south-east England within the Surrey Hills. It’s National Trust land and there are lots of walks signposted and also on their website.
We love Bocketts Farm, not only for the animals but for the soft play, outdoor play areas and activities like pig racing!
This is a great day out for all of the family, be sure to get there early as on a nice day it does get busy!
Another place to visit in the Surrey hills and it’s not just for cyclists. It’s also a perfect place for a walk, picnic and for beautiful views. It’s National Trust owned but has free entry if you’re not members.
One for both dry and rainy days. Piglets in Hersham village has a great indoor play area and a large outdoor play area complete with animals, swings, a sandpit and a big slide! We love Piglets and there is hours of fun to be had here.
Walks along the River Thames
I always forget how lucky we are to be close to the River Thames. There are wonderful walks all along the river. Our favourites are the walks near Walton on Thames, Weybridge and towards Kingston.
On a sunny day this is a lovely activity for toddlers and adults alike.
Coffee at Garsons, check out the produce and a play on the green
Garsons garden centre in Esher is one of our favourites. In the warmer months you can pick fruit and vegetables to your hearts (and wallets) content, there is a new very well equipped playground, a fantastic cafe and just outside the entrance to Garsons a green with lots of space for running, a walk around the pong and duck spotting!
A lovely morning out with the kids.
Another National Trust property and one with an amazing view from the top of a very steep hill! As with lots of National Trust properties this one has a great play area and a lovely cafe – perfect for lunch after a long walk with little ones.
An Edwardian country retreat where you can explore the house, spend hours walking the 1,400 acres of gardens, let the children run free in the play area and finish off with lunch in the Granary Cafe.
We have recently discovered Polesden Lacey and I can see why it’s a favourite of so many. I can’t wait to visit in the Spring!
One we haven’t been to, but something I can’t wait to take Amelie to. Guildford Castle is open to visitors and at the top of the Great Tower there are 360 degree panoramic views of Guildford.
There is usually a beautiful flower display around the castle so it’s well worth a visit once Spring has sprung.
The final one in the list and another National Trust property. Explore parkland at Hatchlands park and a classic country house near Guildford.
The house is currently closed but will reopen in April 2018 after undergoing repairs.
So this is what we’ll be doing in the Spring. Any of these on your list?