The summer holidays are fast approaching and if like me you’re busy planning family adventures this list should give you some inspiration…
40 Things To Do Over the Summer Holidays In Surrey (and surrounding areas)
We love this walled garden based a few minutes drive from Cobham centre. With a wooden play frame, a sandpit and lots of green space it’s fab for a morning or afternoon out. There are lots of places to sit, an ice cream stall and a cafe.
Another beautiful walled garden based in Sunbury-on-Thames. It’s located close to the village and just opposite the river. There is a cafe there serving yummy food, coffee and snacks. (parking is on a pay and display basis).
A new outdoor playgroup we have recently found that will be open over the summer holidays (check their social media for specific days, usually Tuesday and Friday).
At the playgroup, you’ll find a huge garden with a vegetable patch, slides, swings in trees, a musical woodland area and lots more outdoor imaginative play fun.
An amazing garden based in Wisley, Surrey very close to junction 10 of the M25. This summer from the 20 July – 1 September 2019 they are celebrating 50 years since the publication of Eric Carle’s best-selling story The Very Hungry Caterpillar with lots of fun activities.
Explore the garden with family trails and get creative with fun activities for all the family – from art, craft and puppet shows, to storytelling, music workshops and more. Don’t miss the Eric Carle art exhibition, too!
Black Park is a huge woodland, heathland and open space in South Buckinghamshire. There are family-friendly attractions, such as the adventure playground and Go Ape, miles of beautiful woodland tracks and trails, and opportunities for wildlife spotting.
A huge country park with lots of attractions for little ones. There are adventure play areas, toddler play areas and an animal farm and petting barn. There are some special events over the holidays for little ones. Why not visit the dinosaurs on the weekend of the 27th and 28th July or if pirates and mermaids are something your little one loves there is a Pirate & Mermaid Weekend 3rd & 4th August.
7) The Lightbox, Woking
There are lots of activities at The Light Box, a public gallery and museum located in Woking.
Here are some of the summer activities.
Big Art Summer Family Fun Afternoon, Fri 26 July, Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3
Colourful Sun-Catcher (5–8 year olds), Tues 30 July, 1.30pm – 3.00pm, £8 per Child | Accompanying Adult Free
Lollipop Dragonflies, Wed 31 July, Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3
Mixed Media Paverpol Sculpture (8–12 year olds), Thurs 1 August, 1.30pm – 3.00pm, £8 per Child
Bubble Fun, Fri 2 August, Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3
Hepworth and Clay (5–8 year olds), Tues 13 August, 1.30pm – 3.00pm, £8 per Child | Accompanying Adult Free
Wiggly Caterpillars, Wed 14 August, Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3
Marbling Tiles (8–12 year olds), Thurs 15 August, 1.30pm – 3.00pm, £8 per Child
Bubble Fun, Fri 16 August, Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3
Tie Dyeing (5–8 year olds), Tues 27 August, 1.00pm – 2.30pm, £8 per Child | Accompanying Adult Free
Tie Dyeing (8–12 year olds), Tues 27 August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm, £8 per Child
Cork Bumblebees, Wed 28 August, Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3
Learn to Paint with Watercolours (8–12 year olds), Tues 29 August, 1.30pm – 3.00pm, £8 per Child
Bubble Fun, Fri 30 August, Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Piglets in Hersham usually have a packed calendar of events in the school holidays. They haven’t released their schedule for the summer yet, but you’ll be able to find details here when they do.
Alice Holt is a great day out with the kids. You can walk, cycle, play family games or just enjoy the woods. There is a Zog the Dragon activity trail, a Habitat Trail where you can find the Gruffalo and a play area called Playwood – perfect for younger kids.
Walton Firs has a Wild Weekend on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August 2019. There is lots of fun for everyone with archery, inflatables, crate stacking, high ropes.
Tickets are required for all visitors aged 7+. Entry for under 7s is FREE.
11) Hampton Court
There are lots of activities at Hampton Court this summer.
Join team Henry and become a Tudor sports star! The whole family can have a go this summer at some exciting Tudor sports. Children can try sword fighting, archery and take part in the Tudor Dance Off, plus much more.
You can also take a visit to the Magic Garden which is a magical children’s playground with areas which represent myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court.
12) Bedfont lakes, Feltham
This beautiful attraction has lakes, wetlands, wildflower meadows and woodland.
A 50-metre swimming pool set alongside slides, a paddling pool and a brand new feature for 2019 a sandpit.
A fantastic farm with animals, adventure play, an indoor play barn, zorbing, animal encounters, high ropes and much more.
The popular Wildflowers festival is back on the 16/17/18th August this year, featuring: Live Music, Music and Dance, Workshops, Theatre, Walkabouts, Magic Shows, Circus Entertainment, Craft Stalls, Streetfood Market and a Bar
For more information click here.
15) Godstone Farm
Godstone Farm & Playbarn is set in the beautiful Surrey Hills and a short distance from the M25, the farm is the perfect family fun-filled day out. Over the summer they have a festival on the farm to celebrate 40 years of family fun. From Saturday 27th July to Sunday 1st September you’ll find crafting and messy play to a noisy music zone, junk modelling and build-it bricks. Showtime runs daily with a mix and mash-up of performances, suitable for all the family.
16) Elmbridge play day, Hurst Park
There is a free event on the 7th August.
Spend a day by the river and enjoy arts and crafts, sports, dancing, painting, a bouncy castle and many more activities. For more info see the page here.
17) Hersham teddy bears picnic
Another free event being held by Elmbridge council on the 31st July. From 11am – 2pm come along and enjoy a teddy bears picnic at Vauxmead field, Faulkners Road, Hersham.
18) Countryside summer events
Elmbridge council are also organising six countryside summer events. They are:
Fairy and Gnome Homes, Monday 29 July – 10.30am – 11.30am. Meet in Horseshoe Clump car park, Ports opposite Blackhills, Esher nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Beautiful Bugs, Tuesday 30 July – drop in 2pm – 3.30pm. Old Common Road, next to the ponds, Cobham, nearest postcode KT11 1BX.
Beautiful Bugs, Thursday 1 August – drop in between 2pm and 3.30pm. Churchfields Meadow, Churchfields Avenue, Weybridge (behind Churchfields Recreation Ground), nearest postcode KT13 9YA.
Mini Wild at Play, Sunday 4 August – drop in between 10.30am and 12noon. Meet in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, nearest postcode KT10 9JQ.
Pond Dip, Monday 5 August – drop in between 10am and 11am. Chequers Pond, West End Lane, nearest postcode KT10 8LF.
Den Building, Monday 5 August – 1.30pm to 2.45 pm. Meet in Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
19) Theme parks
We are lucky to be close to lots of theme parks in Surrey. If you’re a Merlin pass holder then Legoland, Thorpe Park and Chessington are good ones to visit. You can also find Paultons Park, Birdworld and Drusillas Park nearby.
20) GoBoat Kingston
There is a new boating experience in Kingston called GoBoat. You hire an electric powered boat, which you can drive yourself – perfect for day out on the river.
21) Brooklands fun day
On the 31st August at Brooklands Community Park you’ll find a fantastic family day out with Live Music, a dog Show, fair Rides & Attractions, a fly Past, free activities, and free parking and entrance.
(11am – 6pm, Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0YU)
22) Local playgrounds – take a picnic and it’s a great free day out.
Here are some of the great parks you can find around the local area…
Hersham splash pad, Weybridge pirate park (with a sandpit and paddling pool), Lammas park in Staines, Bushy Park and Churchfields recreation ground. Stoke Park in Guildford is also fab. It has lots of beautiful open green space, a fully-equipped children’s playground, a skate park, paddling pool, boating pond, and mini golf. Riverside park in Walton on Thames is a smaller park but a good stop off on a river walk.
23) Fountains in Kingston
If you’re local to Kingston and it’s a sunny day a great free activity are the fountains in the town centre. We love to go on a walk along the river and then head to the fountains – just remember a change of clothes!
24) Frensham ponds
Frensham ponds are Surrey’s beaches, set alongside 1,000 acres of countryside. The Common is made up of a large area of heathland, together with woodland, and of course two large ponds, known as Frensham Great and Little Ponds.
A beautiful castle with huge grounds and over the summer they will be hosting their annual Summer Jousting Tournaments on the 13th and 14th July.
The Knights of Royal England will be entertaining the crowds with exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with a Royal Box.
Join Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and the Knights of Royal England in the procession to the Jousting arena.
26) National Trust
We have a National Trust card and plan on making use of it this summer. Lots of the National Trust properties have good play areas for little ones and always have good food – or take a picnic…
Polesden Lacey – Join in craft activities and giant games throughout the school holidays and discover new tree swings. There is a new trail for families in the house, perfect for rainy days.
Hatchlands Park – Hatchlands park has a fantastic tree house for children to play in, a brilliant geocache trail to discover hidden treasure. You can also find a natural adventure area and loads of space to run around.
Claremont Landscape Garden – There is a packed programme of family events, whether it’s a children’s trail, story telling session or a visit to the Thatched Cottage.
Winkworth Arboretum – The wild woods of Winkworth are ripe for family adventures this summer. Head out on a trail and, in amongst the trees, discover a secret place where we’ve carved stairways, hollows and hidey-holes into trees. There is also a new natural play area.
Dapdune Wharf – There’s lots of summer holiday fun at Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey in Guildford, from balance bikes to boat trips.
Surrey Hills, West – Take a circular stroll from Denbies to Polesden Lacey, get lost among rhododendron blossoms at Abinger Common or test your skills at the Bookham Commons natural play area.
Surrey Hills, East – Head out on a butterfly walk to spot rare species on Headley Heath, build a den on the 2 mile play trail at Box Hill or climb all 74 spiral steps of the tower at Leith Hill to become the real king of the castle at the highest point in the county.
Runnymede – Runnymede has a patchwork of ponds, meadows and woodlands, perfect for exploring.
Leith Hill Place – There are daytime activites and outdoor theatre evenings.
27) Mercedes Benz world
Mercedes Benz world is situated in Brooklands near to the museum. There are three floors of activities and cars for children to view. You can also find Little Learners, a Simulator Zone and Accelerate.
28) Isabella Plantation and Richmond Park
Two fantastic parks to visit over the summer. Isabella Plantation is beautiful with meandering paths and lots of pretty spots for a picnic.
29) Brooklands Museum
Brooklands museum will be hosting a traditional village fête with a Brooklands twist this summer.
On weekdays from the 1st – 30th August (except Bank Holiday Monday), enjoy games from childhood such as Swingball, Hopscotch and Quoits and compete for a place on the winner’s podium in our family-friendly races.
They’ll also be running famous car rides, pedal planes, Kids Tours on Concorde and family craft workshops.
30) Marwell Zoo
Marwell Zoo is a fantastic zoo, which we found really accessible with young children. They still have the BRICKOSAURS expedition. Some of the highlights of the event are:
- Take part in a host of activities in our Base Camp, photo opportunities and brick pits
- Free BRICKOSAURS! trail map to track down all of our dinosaurs
- The largest touring LEGO brick dinosaur model ever made – a whopping eight-metre Tyrannosaurus rex
- Find ‘Colin’ one of our many Compsognathus companions, but where is he hiding in the zoo?
- Meet BRICKOSAURS keeper ‘Brucy Brick’ and find out more about BRICKOSAURS (Friday-Sunday during school holidays) only at these locations:
- 10:30 – Triceratops opposite the Giraffes
- 12:15 – Tyrannosaurus rex outside Marwell Hall
- 14:15 – Velociraptors by Cafe Graze
A beautiful village in the Surrey Hills with a pretty stream running through the village. It’s a great morning out and we would recommend the Dabbling Duck cafe for food.
This will be open over the holidays and children can stay and play all day (9.30-4.30) for £6 per child, which includes lunch and a drink. (Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).
Kidabulous is a brilliant soft play with two levels, one for toddlers and the other for older children. This is a great rainy day activity but it can get busy!
34) London museums
London has some fantastic museums for rainy day fun and the kids usually love the train trip!
Think about trying the History Museum, the Science Museum with the fantastic Wonderlab gallery, London Transport Museum, Tate Britain are running Blast off stories every Wednesday – Sunday, Dulwich Gallery hosts art adventures once a month and finally the Museum of London which covers lots of history.
35) Local libraries
Local libraries can be a great place to visit, especially if you want to practice some reading with little ones away from home.
36) Little street
Groups with classes this summer
38) Crazy Hazy
Crazy Hazy is running morning Song Groups and afternoon Pre School groups 3 + over the holidays. They are pay as you go sessions. They are also running a Beach Party on Friday 16th August for children 2-10years but this will need to be booked in advance.
39) The creation station
The creation station will have two Creative Art workshops in Sunbury-on-Thames this summer on the 15th and 2nd August. Both classes will have a different theme and activities so the whole family can get involved. You can book here.
40) I’m bored
I saw a great idea on Mrs. Meldrums Instagram the other day. Make an ‘I’m bored’ jar and fill it with ideas that are free and around the house – they could clean the windows, organise their toys, build a tent, create an adventure course with pillows or build something out of cardboard boxes.
Hope this helps!