Are you looking for things to do during the summer holidays in Surrey?
With the holidays just around the corner and with more people staying closer to home this year here are some local activities for the kids…
Remember many of the attractions listed are only open to pre-bookers at the moment. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
30 Things to do over the summer holidays in Surrey…
Gardens and flowers
We have an abundance of National Trust properties in Surrey, try one of these for beautiful walks and amazing flower displays… Polesden Lacey, Claremont Landscape Gardens, Ham House, Winkworth Arboretum.
Please note you need to book these in advance to visit. You can book tickets every Friday for the following week but entry numbers are limited. Countryside car parks are generally open, but it’s worth checking ahead before you set off.
As with National Trust properties you need to book a visit to RHS Wisley in advance.
- Members are allowed to bring guests in line with their membership entitlements. Time slots must be booked for all those visiting
- Time slots available for booking between 9.40am and 3.30pm. Last admission at 3.30pm. Garden closes at 4pm
- You may arrive at any time within your time slot and stay as long as you like within garden opening hours
- Light refreshments and lunchtime options available for takeaway from Wisley Café and the Food Hall. Our other cafés and restaurants remain closed
- Takeaway refreshments available from our vans and kiosks
Hampton Court Palace
Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed.
Explore miles of beautiful walks in this 18th century landscaped park in Cobham. The River Mole also runs through the southern side of the site. Painshill Park is now open 10am – 6pm (last entry 4pm) and Tickets MUST be booked in advance for non-members
A 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).
An outdoor playgroup that will be open over the summer holidays (check their social media for specific days, usually Tuesday and Fridays).
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.
Hever Castle & Gardens have now opened outdoor play areas. Whilst families visiting Hever Castle have been busy exploring the 125 acre grounds and discovering areas like Lake Walk with their new picnic spots since the 1st June, the addition of the three play areas is fantastic for families.
Once inside the grounds, families will be able to enjoy the facilities in one of three play areas. Play in Tudor Towers a nine-metre tall castle with its own moat, drawbridge, dining hall and three turrets. Explore Acorn Dell a natural play area for the under 7s with a giant sandpit, tunnels, stepping stones, lookout platforms and slide. Discover the playground with its climbing frames, swings, an aerial runway and slides.
Visitors (including Annual Members) will need to continue to book garden tickets online with their chosen arrival time.
Mayfield lavender fields
Mayfield lavender fields is a must-visit in Surrey over the summer. See the beautiful lavender and stop at the cafe for lavender inspired snacks, cream teas alongside hot and cold drinks. It’s open 7 days a week from 9am – 6pm. Adults are £4, children under 16 are free.
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 park (with the splash pad, although this remains closed), Weybridge pirate park (with a sandpit), Lammas park in Staines, Bushy Park and Churchfields recreation ground.
Stoke Park in Guildford which has lots of beautiful open green space, a fully-equipped children’s playground, a skate park, boating pond, and mini golf.
Riverside park in Walton on Thames is a smaller park but a good stop off on a river walk.
Alice Holt Forest
Explore the forest and take the Gruffalo trail. Reduced parking is in operation to keep numbers down.
River Wey walk
You can walk from Weybridge to New Haw Lock, it’s quite a walk (3 hours) but you can pick up different routes along the way so the kids don’t get tired. The whole route follows the route of the last commercial barges on the Wey Navigations.
If you want to do the whole walk start at Thames Street and Walton Lane in Weybridge (KT13 8NG)
There are lots of stunning walks around Chobham Common, with a shorter section around the nearby verdant farm paddocks. Park at Staple Hill Car Park, near Chobham, Woking, GU24 8TP.
Marwell Zoo is now open and tickets need to be booked in advance, four days before. They have hand sanitiser around the zoo, a one way system and most indoor areas are closed.
Birdworld Surrey is open with Pre-booking only. Their farm is home to everything fluffy and furry from guinea pigs and rabbits to goats, sheep and even reindeer.
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.
Chessington World of adventures
Chessington world of adventures is open for visitors with Pre-booked tickets only. Temperature check upon arrival and face masks mandatory on certain rides for everyone over 6.
Godstone Farm is open again and has lots of preventive measures in place. You do need to book in advance as they do not take bookings on the door.
Bocketts Farm is now open with booking in advance accepted only. The Indoor playbarns, pony rides and tractor rides are closed. Check website for up to date details.
A fantastic farm with animals, adventure play, animal encounters, high ropes and much more.
It is now open with all outdoor play open, you will need to book in advance.
Legoland Windsor is now open but only for guests with a pre-booked ticket. You will have a temperature check on arrival, they have socially distanced queueing and modified seating arrangements on rides. Some rides will close after use for a clean.
Hersham safari adventure golf
Hersham safari adventure golf is open to guests with Pre-booked tickets only.
Rivers and lakes
Surrey has its own beach! If you haven’t been yet try Frensham Ponds. It’s a lake with a sandy beach and plenty of fun to be had.
The car park, toilets and cafe at Frensham Great Pond are open but social distancing measures, in line with government guidance, should be observed.
Please be aware that the car park is incredibly busy at peak times, and you will be unlikely to park after 10am on sunny day, so please don’t travel after this time during good weather.
*PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE BEFORE YOU GO, AS OF THE 17TH JULY THE WEBSITE STATES “We have a suspected occurrence of blue-green algae at the Great Pond and, whilst waiting for an inspection by the Environment Agency, to ensure your safety, please do not bathe or paddle until further notice.”*
Goboat Kingston offers you a chance to set sail on the River Thames. No experience is necessary as you’ll be given training upon arrival and a route map.
Head to the pretty town of Shere and visit the stream with little ones. It’s shallow enough to dip their toes in and lots of ducks to spot! Afterwards visit one of the local shops for snacks or food and drink.
Beaches (just outside of Surrey)
West wittering beach
Is a popular beach for most of us in Surrey and it’s easy to see why, a long sandy beach and beautiful pastel beach huts. The car park needs to be booked in advance.
Littlehampton and surrounding beaches
We love Climping beach for its mix of sand and pebble beach, shallow waters and ease of parking/getting all the kids bits to the beach! You don’t have to book the car park in advance, but, once it is full it’s a one in one out so get there early. They accept card payments for the car park and there is a small cafe and toilet block.
Eat and drink
Denbies wine estate
Denbies wine estate is a wine producer in Surrey offering ‘The Hatch on the Lawn’ where you can purchase both hot and cold drinks. You can also buy a which you can enjoy whilst taking in the scenery.
Medicine Gardens Cobham
Unfortunately, this wonderful venue is closing at the end of July but if you’re quick head there for coffee and cake in beautiful surroundings.
Garsons is a favourite of ours. Head to the farm and take the children fruit picking this summer. Please be aware that this year a ‘Farm Pass’ is required to enter the farm and must be booked in advance of visiting Garsons. Before booking please make sure you check what crops are available to pick.
I don’t know about you but we have missed books! From 6 July the following libraries have reopened so little ones can add to their book collections again: Camberley, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Horley, Oxted, Redhill, Staines, Weybridge and Woking. The opening times may vary for each library, check the website for details…