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What to do in Surrey this February half-term

January 22, 2020

Half-term is fast approaching, so here are my picks of activities in Surrey to keep the kids amused…

What to do in Surrey this February half-term

1) Bocketts Farm 

This half term there is a packed programme full of fun and activities. Here’s what’s on…

  • Over 60 gorgeous newborn lambs are due in their Animal Discovery Barn. You may get the chance to watch one being born!
  • ‘Meet the Shepherd’ in sessions throughout the day. An opportunity to learn all about our sheep and lambs from the Shepherd himself!
  • Birds of Prey flying demonstrations. Monday to Friday only from 11am – 4pm. Flying demonstrations at 12pm and 2pm.
  • Join the wonderful ‘Gigglettes’ from The Giggle Company for lots of dancing, games, bubbles and more! Sessions running daily at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm.
  • Get creative in the Craft Corner with badges, colouring sheets and much more!
  • Enjoy a full programme of fun farm activities with Small Animal Encounters, Goat Milking, Tractor Rides, Pony Rides and our famous Pig Race.

2) The Heart shopping cupcake workshop 

You need to book a place in advance 

3) Whatever the weather at RHS Wisley 

Celebrate Spring in the garden with lots of activities, including trails, craft and planting activities. Little ones can make umbrella pictures, weather masks and wind spinners, and take home a seed you’ve planted in the gardening sessions. There will also be storytelling at the weekends and a special tour of the Wisley Weather Station on Thursday 20 February.

The activities in the Clore Learning Centre run from 10am–12noon and 1pm–4pm.

4) Godstone Farm Olympics 

Join the team at Godstone Farm for an action-packed day on the farm.

Complete their farm-themed Olympic challenges. With animal encounters and play areas to keep all mini Olympians busy, everyone’s a winner!

5) Snowdrops at Gatton Park

Head to Gatton Park this half term to see the beautiful snowdrops. The Bird hide is open, free guided tours and activities for children, small plant sale. Refreshments are available to purchase in Gatton Hall. £5 entry, children go free.

6) Explore Hatchlands Park

Enjoy a themed trail through the parkland and explore the Bug Burrow and Treehouse. Dogs are welcome on the trail too and can even come along to the Courtyard Cafe.

7) Create and Grow at Squires

Keep the little ones busy this half term with the February Create & Grow event! Drop-in between Monday 17 – Friday 21 February with daily activities from 10am to 4pm.

Here’s what little ones can do:

Paint a Ceramic Bird Feeder to help attract wild birds to your garden this spring – £4.75

Spring Hunt Competition – Look for clues around the centre to help find the magic word and be in with a chance to win a prize – FREE

Spring Flower Maze – Help Hazel the squirrel complete the paper maze and receive a sticker – FREE  

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All centres except Chertsey. while stocks last. No booking required.

8) Waddesdon Manor

Slightly outside Surrey, but well worth a trip is Waddesdon Manor. Visit for a fun-filled February half term. There’s plenty to keep you busy, from orienteering to a hands-on cookery class.

Don your jetpack with Thames valley orienteering club, for a space-themed week of muddy adventures. Find different challenges for all age groups, and collect medals for each route you complete around the grounds.

Or try something new and learn new cookery skills, with Waddesdon’s family cookery school. Run by Waddesdon’s professional chefs, create a delicious lunch, plus a wonderful selection of sweet and savoury treats to take home. This jam-packed day is guaranteed to leave children inspired.

9) Lightbox Woking

There are lots of workshops this half term at Lightbox in Woking. Children can try their hands at cup weaving, tablet art and to celebrate Celebrate Hockney Week little ones can help create a Big Art Project using smaller pictures to create a large Hockney-inspired landscape.

For more information on the events click here 

10) Explore Winchester City Mill

Explore Winchester City Mill with their new Insect Investigators trail running every day this half-term. Pick up a trail booklet and learn about the different types of insects you might find in the Mill.

Suggested donation £1 plus normal admission.

11) Perfect puppets at Haslemere Museum 

Join the team for a fun morning of puppet making to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Disney’s Pinocchio.

Members £2 | Non-members £4 per child | No need to book. Tuesday 18 February | 10.30am – 1pm

12) Explore the British Wildlife Centre

The British Wildlife Centre near Lingfield will open its doors for the half term.  Walk through the red squirrel enclosure, traverse the wetland boardwalk and enjoy keeper talks and the much-loved owl flying displays.

13) Family fun at Brooklands Museum

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.

14) Follow a trail at Polesden Lacey 

The Polesen Lacey outdoor trail shows you the secret power of trees – how they look after themselves and each other. You can also try out the new tree swings and seating by the coffee hut.

15) Winkworth Arboretum

This half-term get kids creative with sticks. Join in the fun and see what magic you can make. Explore the Arboretum on a quest to discover clues. Then settle at the Tree Adventure so that the kids can have a scramble.

16) Head outside with an I-spy trail at Claremont

Head outside with an I-Spy trail to discover all the flora and fauna that make Claremont colourful. Perfect for inquisitive minds and budding adventurers, with plenty of activities to inspire your mini explorers.

17) Watts Gallery 

The Watts Gallery in Compton has half-term workshops available…

Tuesday 18 – Sunday 23 February

Be inspired by the portraits of William Orpen and G F Watts across the Artists’ Village.

Making Faces 

Tuesday 18 – Sunday 23 February, 10.30am – 4pm 

Free with admission | Friends free | Under 18s free 

Clore Learning Studio | Drop-in | All ages

Step into our pop-up portrait studio to experiment with drawing using mirrors and perspex. Add to our growing Hall of Fame and create portraits to take away.

Every picture tells a story… 

Friday 21 & Sunday 23 February, 10.30am, 11.30am & 12.30pm 

Free with admission | Friends free | Under 18s go free 

Watts Gallery | Pre-booking advised | Aimed at ages 5+

G F Watts wanted to paint the most interesting faces – you can see some of them in the galleries. Who are they, what did they do and how do they feel to be on display? Join Storyteller, Olivia Armstrong, to hear the stories of some of the characters, wake up the paintings and animate the Gallery.

Click here to pre-book storytelling – please note that your admission ticket will also have to be pre-booked or purchased on the day for this booking to be valid.

Digital Portraits (8 – 12 year olds)
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 February

10.30am – 12.30pm 

£10 | Friends £9 

Foyle Pottery Studio | Pre-booking required | Ages 8-12

Explore the possibilities of using smart phones and iPads creatively to draw portraits in this digital masterclass led by artist Wilson Yau.

Click here to book Digital Portraits for ages 8-12.

Digital Portraits (13 – 16 year olds)
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 February

2 – 4pm 

£10 | Friends £9 

Foyle Pottery Studio | Pre-booking required | Ages 13-16

Explore the possibilities of using smart phones and iPads creatively to draw portraits in this digital masterclass led by artist Wilson Yau.

Click here to book Digital Portraits for ages 13-16.

18) Sculpture Park, Farnham 

Visit the Sculpture Park in Farnham to see the 800 or sculptures nestled in ten acres of arboretum and water gardens. Walk as far as you want to and at your own pace.

19) WWF living planet Centre 

Visit the WWF living planet centre in Woking for their workshops. 

Take a special quiz to find out about the wonders of the natural world and take part in fun creative activities in the colourful learning zone.

Here are the activities 

Show the Love – 18th February 

10:00-10:50am and 11:00-11:50am

Show the love for the things you care about that might be affected by climate change.  Create two colourful recycled fabric flags with your powerful messages – one for their tree in the Learning Zone and one for you to take home with you. 

They will also have a broken hearts matching game.  Create a bold beautiful heart from two halves with matching up problems with solutions.

Earth Hour – 20th February 

10:00-10:50am and 11:00-11:50am

Earth Hour is the moment millions come together for nature, people and the planet—the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. Iconic landmarks, millions of homes, businesses, entire neighbourhoods and political leaders across the world will switch off their lights for an hour to stand in solidarity with the planet. 

Make a colourful collage poster to spread the word about Earth Hour in your school and at home to show how small changes can make a big difference.  Stick it in your window and show the world you care!      

The WWF Experience is open from Monday to Friday 9am -5pm

Suitable for ages 4+. Free, suggested donation £3 per child.

Available to book online from 3rd Feb 

For other going out ideas click here.

xx

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