What to do in Surrey over half term/the school holidays is something I ask myself just before every school holiday!
I love collating these posts, as they help me plan what I am going to do with the girls and I hope they help you with some inspiration as well.
Here are what I think are the best things to do in or near Surrey over half term…
1) RHS Garden Wisley
Wisley don’t have butterflies in the glasshouse this year but instead, they have what is supposed to be fantastic the Great Brick Safari which offers LEGO® fans the chance to hunt for 40 brick sculptures inside the Glasshouse. I’ve seen lots of pictures over the last few days and it really looks fab!
2) Bocketts Farm
We always love a trip to a farm and this half term there is lots of fun to be had at Bocketts Farm. This half term over 70 newborn lambs are due to be born in the Big Animal Barn. There will also be ‘Meet the Shepherd’ in sessions throughout the day and an opportunity to learn all about the sheep and lambs. Outside there will be Birds of Prey flying demonstrations, these will be held Monday to Friday only from 11am – 4pm with flying demonstrations at 12pm and 2pm. They will also have ‘Gigglettes’ from The Giggle Company for lots of dancing, games, bubbles and more with sessions running daily at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm. If that’s not enough there is the normal activities at the farm from Animal Handling, Goat Milking, Tractor Rides, Pony Rides and Pig Races.
Birdworld is somewhere I really want to take the girls. You can find over 2,000 birds and animals for you to meet. This half term, families can enjoy Penguin feeding and animal encounters.
4) Peppa Pig World
Peppa Pig world (Paultons Park) isn’t in Surrey but is close enough to enjoy for a day trip. We absolutely love Peppa Pig World and always try and take the girls when we can. It is expensive though so we find taking a packed lunch helps with the cost! Watch our vlog from our last visit…
5) Brooklands Museum
Brooklands museum always has great half term/school holiday activities. They have a guide to half term on their website which is great to help you plan a full day of family fun at this award-winning museum.
During half term, the popular car rides will be operating from 11am – 1pm and from 2. 3.30pm (subject to weather). We’ve been to Brooklands before and the girls loved their visit!
6) The Heart Shopping
The Heart Shopping Centre always have events on with their Kids Club near school holidays. This Saturday they are running a mini garden workshop for little ones.
7) British Wildlife Centre
The Great British Wildlife centre opens over half term. Families can see lots of animals up close and learn lots about their natural habitats. This centre is usually closed in the week for school visits so it’s a good time to go.
8) West Wittering beach
If we have a sunny day why not wrap the kids up and take them to the beach? West Wittering is a gorgeous sandy huge beach near to Chicester. It can be windy so check the weather forecast, but with good parking, toilets a cafe and lots of space to explore this is a great day out.
9) Hatchlands Park
Hatchlands Park is a great National Trust property with a fantastic children’s adventure area and loads of space to run around in. They also have a few special events over half term, one being the Nautical Knot Trail. Kids can have a go at tying boating knots on their fun sea-themed trail through the parkland.
10) Guildford Spectrum
Guildford Spectrum is always a great place to take the kids. With bowling, swimming, ice skating – there is something for everyone. Book in advance as it gets very busy!
11) Wildwood Guildford
This is more for older children, but if you have over 6-year-olds why not try the Wildwood Zipzone in Guildford? It’s The UK’s most extreme treetop & zipline adventure and just off the A3.
12) Squires Garden Centres
This half term sees the return of the popular Create & Grow event at Squires garden centres, these are always perfect Surrey half term activities. Drop in between Monday 18 – Friday 22 February daily from 10am – 4pm. Children can paint a terracotta woodland creature money box. They can choose from either an owl or fox and get busy this half term painting a money box to look after your pocket money – (£4.75)
There will also be a FREE spring garden colour by numbers competition and a butterfly trail competition for you to take part in where you will receive a sticker and a chance to win a prize!
13) Fishers Farm Park
Explore the fantasy world of Fishers Farm at the ‘Once Upon a Fairytale’ week during February Half Term! Children can go on an adventure and find all the missing items in the fabulous fairytale trail with a treat waiting for you at the end! Meet magical characters in the enchanting storytelling sessions or be amazed by real magic during the daily magic shows in the Barn Theatre.
Tickets need to be booked in advance.
14) Godstone Farm
There is a Mini Farmer week over half term at Godstone Farm. Children can take part in true farmyard fun, with animal encounters galore and the chance to earn stamps as they complete activities on the farm trail.
There’s feeding, grooming, and milking, all whilst learning about animal husbandry and why the residents at Godstone Farm are so happy! Expect to see leaping lambs in the animal barn, furry and feathered babies in our animal holding area and pretty pink pigs outside.
There are two warm indoor play areas for children to let off steam and refuel ahead of more animal antics.
15) Piglets Disney singalong
There are lots of activities at Piglets Hersham this half term. One we will definitely be going to is the Disney singalong with Elsa on Monday the 18th from 10:30am-12pm. This activity doesn’t need to be booked, just turn up with the standard entrance fee. There is also Cheerleading with OTB on Wednesday the 20th, 10am-10:30am & 10:30am-11am (Booking required) and Face painting with About Faces on Thursday the 21st, 10am-12pm. There is no need to book, standard entrance fee applies, About Faces will be collecting charity donations in exchange for face painting.
16) Gatton Park
It’s the time of the year when snowdrops start to appear. Gatton Park will be open every day during February half term to view the snowdrops, something we really want to do this year!
17) Ham House
This February half term children can explore Ham House gardens to find out how they go from wild and free to fancy and formal. An exciting new project re-imagining the formal gardens is bringing shapes, colours and symmetry to life in the plats and you can be a part!
A trail costs £2 with a prize to design your own garden.
18) Claremont Gardens Trail
This half term join the shapes and sizes trail at Claremont. Get some fresh air as you discover all things great and small with this children’s trail.
19) Winkworth Arboretum
Winkworth Arboretum also has the shapes and sizes trail as Claremont and is perfect for a Surrey half term activity. They’ve recently opened a new Tree Adventure. It’s made up of two main multi-layered platforms which are connected with a rope bridge and rope tunnel, providing an adventure for children of mixed ages and abilities. Older children will be able to play alongside their younger siblings, each engaging with different elements of the structure.
20) Castles and Palaces
Head to the Surrey History Centre and explore the castles and palaces of Surrey. Children can have fun building their own palace and castle, make a crown, colour in and much more! The Surrey History Centre is located at 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
What will you be doing?