Are you looking for activities to keep the kids amused this half term in Surrey? Look no further, here are 25 ideas both free and paid for activities.
25 Things To Do this half term in Surrey
1. Bocketts Farm
There’s always lots to do at Bocketts Farm and this half term there is even more. With activities such as with tractor trailer rides, pig racing, pony rides, animal feeding and then more active activities like trampolines, giant slides 2 large indoor play barns and outdoor adventure trails you won’t be hearing ‘I’m bored’! Add in their special half term Spring Spectacular with a circus skills workshop (where they can learn skills like plate spinning, juggling, diablo and more). There will also be fun Circus Shows throughout the day, a circus stamp trail, birds of prey flying demostrations and a craft corner.
2. Hampton Court Magic Gardens
A day out that is great fun for the children, with an amazing play area and everything fully interactive little ones will be occupied for hours.
Entry to the Magic Garden is included in an admission ticket for Hampton Court Palace (members go free). Magic Garden and Maze only tickets are only available for purchase on-site on the day of your visit.
Prices for the Magic Garden and Maze only are: Adult: £8.00, Child: £6.00, Concession: £7.10, Family*: £23.40, Under 3s: free, Members: free *Family ticket: 2 adults & up to 3 children
3. Brooklands Museum
This half term Brooklands Museum have lots on for a full day of family fun. During half term, the popular car rides will be operating from 11am – 1pm and from 2. 3.30pm (subject to weather). Don’t miss the opportunity to take a ride on a vintage bus around the local area operated by the London Bus Museum and you can explore their brand new exhibition and discover the heroes of transatlantic flight.
4. Brooklands Hotel
Brooklands Hotel has live music in their restaurant on the last Sunday of half term. Sunday lunch starts from £17.50 with under 12s half price and under 3s dining for free.
There is also the Tour Series Grand Final cycling event on Saturday 25th May.
5. Buckland Park Lake Surrey
A new attraction for this half term in Surrey! For the first time visitors are invited to explore the beautiful Buckland Park Lake for a 9 day long family event running over the May Half Term. Walk the woodland trail with a small prize for children who spot the ten woodland animals along the way. Build and float a raft from the materials you find, tee off on our crazy golf course and enjoy their sandpit.
Play with garden games, spacer hoppers and hula hoops.
You can book Paddleboarding in advance through The Surrey Hills Adventure Company
This is a private, ticketed event with limited spaces each day. Admission is only with tickets bought in advance through this site. Please click the link to buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Some areas of the site will not be accessible at this stage and ticket prices are discounted to reflect this. Children under 14 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult. Absolutely no one will be permitted to swim in the lake or in the lagoon without prior booking with The SHAC. All visitors will receive a map of the designated areas and paths over which they may roam and will be advised of health and safety requirements to be adhered to. Dogs are not permitted in the park.
6. British Wildlife Centre
The British Wildlife Centre near Lingfield will be opening its doors for the half term holiday. Look out of the red squirrels, enjoy keeper talks and watch the owls fly.
7. RHS Wisley
The Garden is open from 10am (9am at weekends and Bank holidays) – 6pm, and activities run 10am – 5pm.
They will be running a Family Gardening Festival this half term where they’ll be inspiring young people to get outside, get involved and get gardening. Activities will include bookable ‘plot to plate’ cookery, an outdoor music maze, society stands and hands-on growing activities. Book Garden entry tickets in advance for a 10% discount.
8. Gatton Park
Gatton Park have lots on for families over the holidays. There will be a Fairytale Treasure Hunt on Monday 27 May, 1.00pm to 4.00pm where families can discover fairytale characters around the park and hunt for treasure. On the 28 May at 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00 to 3.00pm there will be Forest Fun where little ones can explore Cedar Wood, make woodland crafts and enjoy a snack around the fire. For children 2 years plus. On Wednesday 29 and Friday 31 May, 10.00 to 11.30am or 1.30 to 3.00pm there will be Trails and Tales. You can enjoy the story of ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ and go for a walk around the park to bring it to life. Return to create artwork linked to the story. Finally on Thursday 30 May at 10.00 to 11.30am or 1.30pm to 3.00pm there is Junk Modelling. You can build a space ship to fly to the moon! (Ages 4 to 7 years).
9. Godstone Farm
Godstone Farm have a Wildlife Discovery Week over half term. Grab your field notebook, binoculars and magnifying glass and join the big bug hunt during the May half term at Godstone Farm!
There will be Mini-beast Handling throughout the day, Make Your Own Bird Feeder sessions, plus all the usual wholesome farm fun – this promises a real safari adventure!
The weather is on the up and the outdoor adventure playground is the perfect place for young explorers.
Godstone Farm is in beautiful countryside, with stunning views and nature and wildlife all around. The perfect place for exploring and discovering!
10. Lightbox Woking
Come and find out what weird and wonderful crabs you can make using bottle caps and other recycled materials. Drop-in anytime to The lightbox from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.
11. Piglets Hersham
This half term there is a packed programme at Piglets Hersham.
On Tuesday the 28th of May, 1-2:30pm there is a Elsa Singalong and Meet and Greet. Come along and meet Elsa, sing along with some Disney classics and twirl until you’re dizzy! Dressing up absolutely encouraged! No booking required. Standard entrance fee applies.
There will also be face painting with About Faces on Tuesday the 28th of May, from 10am-12pm. No booking required, donations to charity accepted in exchange for face painting. Standard entrance fee applies
On Friday the 31st of May from 10am-4pm there will be Pottery Painting with Ceramica. Pop along and create a masterpiece! Tons of fun and a beautiful keepsake or gift to treasure forever. Suitable for even the tiniest of artists as hand and foot prints can be taken too. No booking required, individual pottery prices will vary – ask Hannah for guidance! No booking required, Standard entrance fee applies.
Don’t forget, they remain open as usual during all of our holiday activities (with the exception of our ‘Tea with..’ events, when we will close at 4pm)
12. Hever Castle
Step back in time to the early 20th century when the Astor family were in residence for half term family fun at Hever Castle with Edwardian Life.
You will be able to enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show as well as games from the period including a coconut shy* (*small additional charge), tin-can alley, boules or enjoy a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn.
In the Castle, your little ones can learn about Edwardian inventions. Discover the Astor family’s ‘rags to riches’ story in an interactive exhibition in the Astor Suite.
13. Guildford Spectrum
There are so many activities at Guildford Spectrum, including bowling, swimming, ice skating, trampolining and more. Remember to book in advance.
14. Go Ape Alice Holt
A good one for older children, if they love being active then Go Ape Alice Holt is the place to go this half term. Navigate rope ladders and have fun on the Tarzan Swings.
15. Virginia Water Lake
You are never too far from stunning countryside and wonderful parks and gardens in Surrey. Spend a day exploring beautiful Virginia Water Lake.
16. Magical Unicorn Workshop
There will be unicorn workshops on the 27th May with “real” unicorns from start to finish! Little ones can:
- Decorate and take home a real horseshoe!
- Have a cuddle and pose for photos with unicorns, give them a brush and go for a ride through our enchanted woodland!
- Go on a treasure hunt to find more Unicorns and each child will receive a gift to take home with them!
There is a kids play area and water and squash are available.
Tickets are non-refundable, unless in the unlikely chance we have to cancel the event.
Child tickets – £17.95, Adult tickets – £6.00
For ticket purchases please click on your chosen time link below…
National Trust Properties
Why not try visiting a National Trust property this half term in Surrey? We are lucky to have some wonderful National Trust properties on our doorstep, here are my picks.
17. Hatchlands Park
Hatchlands has a fantastic children’s adventure area and loads of space to run around in and when the garden is open, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, you’ll be able to find our collection of bright and bouncy space hoppers on the lawn. Feel free to grab one and hop to your hearts content, but do try and avoid the fountain.
18. Claremont Landscape Gardens
May half-term is coming and Claremont has a whole host of family-friendly activities celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday. Enjoy warm sunny days in the great outdoors with an adventure in our beautiful landscape garden.
Sat 25 May– Sun 2 Jun 10.30am–4pm. Normal admisison applies plus £1 per trail. Investigate Claremont’s very special plants and become a Plant Explorer on this fun‑filled children’s trail around the garden
Tue 28–Fri 31 May 11am–1pm Normal admisison applies plus £1.50 per craft. Come and get crafty with our May half-term sessions, perfect for mini artists of all ages. We’ll be making crafts inspired by nature.
19. Surrey Hills
There are so many fun activities this half term in Surrey Hills. There’s the Natural Play Trail at Box Hill, duck spotting at Bookham Commons, explore quaint Shere with a lovely stream perfect for seeing ducks or borrow a tracker pack to explore Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Box Hill, near Tadworth
Follow the Natural Play Trail through the woods at Box Hill where little ones can climb, build dens or enjoy the view. You can pick up a free 50 things scrapbook from the shepherd’s hut and explore the great wide world.
Car parking is free to National Trust members, or £6 per day.
Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, near Haslemere
Head to the shepherd’s hut next to the cafe at Hindhead Commons to collect your free 50 things scrapbook and borrow a free children’s tracker pack. Filled with binoculars, compass, paper, pencils and spotter sheets, they’re a great way to explore.
Car parking is free to National Trust members, or £6 per day.
Bookham Commons, near Bookham
Car parking is free to National Trust members, or £6 per day.
Limpsfield Common, near Oxted
Runnymede is the perfect place for early summer time adventures along the river. May half-term is a chance to get outside with the whole family, whether you’re taking part in our family trail or going for a walk or cycle ride through the meadows.
American presidents trail – Find out about famous leaders from US history, many of whom are commemorated on American banknotes today.
Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June, 10am-4pm · £1 per trail
May half-term crafts
Monday 27 – Friday 31 May, 10am-4pm · £1.50 per craft activity
Creative craft activities for all ages.
21. Polesden Lacey
Explore the woods and countryside at Polesden Lacey and have fun with ‘Go Wild’ activity packs. They include the National Trust ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4′ book.
22. Winkworth Arboretum
Join in a fun and educational half term trail at a hillside Arboretum this half term.
23. River Wey Navigations and Dapdune Wharf
This half term why not try den building at Dapdune Wharf or follow a trail along different areas of the towpath. You can also go on a 40 minute boat ride.
24. Witley and Milford Commons
The Witley Centre is a well-equipped learning centre in the middle of acres of wild common land, between Haslemere and Godalming. Children can join rangers for outdoor fun including bushcraft and den building.
Drop in to the Witley Centre to find what’s wriggling in the ponds and fluttering on the heath. Pond dipping, den building and a bug trail. £5 per child payable in cash on the day. Thursday 30th May, 10am – 2pm.
25. Grow Your Own Five A Day at Squires
Encourage your children to eat their 5-a-day by getting them to plant their own vegetable box at Squire’s Garden Centres this May half term. Children can plant up a wooden trough with their choice of three tasty vegetable plants, add labels, then take the box home and watch their veggies grow!
It’s £6 to create a “Vegetable Box with Plant Labels”, plus there’s also a free “Veggie Hunt”, where children can follow a trail of questions around the garden centre and receive a sticker at the end.
There’s no need to book for either activity, simply come to Squire’s Garden Centres between 10am-4pm from Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st May.
Event: Create & Grow – May Half Term
Dates: Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May 2019 (daily)
Times: 10am – 4pm
Locations: All Squire’s Garden Centres (excluding Chertsey)
Activities: Vegetable Box with Plant Labels £6
What will you be doing this half term in Surrey? Do any of these look good?