Places to Visit in Surrey

Days Out in Surrey

COVID UPDATE – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE VENUE BEFORE VISITING. There are loads of fantastic places to visit and fun family days out in Surrey. We hope that the ideas on this page will inspire you to take your children and teenagers out and about into the Surrey countryside, visit local family farms, adventure playgrounds, museums, galleries and heritage properties plus lots more besides. Do let us know which are your favourites. If you have a place you would like to add to this page, please email [email protected]

* Animals, Sealife and Nature
* Adventure Parks and Family Fun
* Places of Historic Interest and Gardens
* Museums and Galleries
* Railways, Buses and Boats
* Walking, Cycling, Open Spaces
* Play Centres and Areas


3Animals, Sealife and Nature

Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham GU10 4LD, home to a wide variety of birds from penguins to parrots and owls to ostrich, penguin feeding, meet & stroke the animals at Jenny Wren Farm every day, daily heron theatre shows, visit Underworld Water and much more. We are open from 10am until 6pm (4.30pm during GMT) every day. Last admissions are an hour before closing, 01420 22140

Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BS, Bocketts Farm is a working family farm set in the beautiful Surrey countryside, lots of animals to see and play areas inside and out, suitable for all weathers, open every day all year round from 10am to 5.30pm (except Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day), 01372 363764

British Wildlife Centre, Eastbourne Road, Newchapel, Lingfield RH7 6LF, over 40 species of native wildlife, opens every Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays (excludes 21 – 26 Dec, also open daily during state school holidays), see website, 01342 834658

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Leatherhead Rd, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NE, Zoo with over 1000 animals, Sealife Centre and Theme Park with over 40 rides and attractions, see website for opening, 0371 663 4477

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX. Family farm, playgrounds, indoor playbarn, tractor rides, Dino Trail, open daily from 10am – 5pm in winter and until 6pm during the rest of the year, check website, 01883 742546

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PT, family farm attraction with costumed characters, wooden play areas, a play barn and picnic area, animals include sheep, rabbits, meerkats, llamas and birds. See website for opening times and further information, 01372 848990

Living Planet Centre, Brewery Rd, Woking GU21 4LL, free interactive exhibition that brings the wild to life, discover more about the wonders of the natural world, and WWF’s work, as you explore the four themed zones, find out what makes the building one of the greenest in the UK,  behind the scenes tour of the building, family activities across the year, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, excluding public holidays, 01483 426444

Surrey Hills Llamas, The Merry Harriers, Hambledon GU1 9BN, Llama trekking in the outstanding natural beauty of the Surrey Hills with these wonderful animals, each with their own individual character,  the gentle and friendly llamas will carry your picnic, summer picnic treks or a winter morning walk ending with lunch in the UK’s first llama pub. We are very sorry but we cannot accept children under the age of 8.  See website for more detail, 01428 682883
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8Adventure Parks and Family Fun

Airhop Trampoline Park, AirHop House, 12 Midleton Industrial Estate, Guildford GU2 8XW, over 50 interconnected trampolines, play dodgeball on the tramp court or try some aerial stunt work on the foam pit plunge, an hour’s worth of jump time for your money plus access to cool magic socks which ensure absolute absence of slippage, open Monday – Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 10pm, Sunday 9am to 8pm, 0330 223 3333

Big Apple Bowling and Laser Quest, Crown Square, Woking GU21 6HR,  a fun-packed & good value day out for all the family, top of the range ten pin bowling, soft play and zaptastic Laser Quest, open 7 days a week, 364 days a year, 01483 727100

Big Hat Bushcamp, Hardwick Park Farm, Hardwick Lane (opposite the Farm Shop), Lyne 0344 880 8866 KT16 0AF, (centre also at Godstone, Surrey) family (7+ yrs) bushcraft experience, camps and courses, 07957 184341

Christs College Ski Club, Larch Avenue, Guildford GU1 1JY, donutting, or tubing  (sitting in a rubber ring with a hard plastic base),  either attend a fixed time public session with up to 15 people using the slope or book a group session for 10 to 15 people where you get exclusive use of the slope, ski-ing & snow board lessons, 01483 504988

Craggy Island, Unit 9 Cobbett Park, Slyfield Industrial Estate, Moorfield Road, Guildford GU1 1RU, indoor Climbing for all abilities, 8yrs+, 100 rope lines and over 300 regularly changed climbing routes on a variety of angles and surfaces, extensive bouldering wall, range of climbing courses, open weekdays 10am – 10pm, Saturday 9am – 7.30pm, Sunday 10am – 6.30pm,  0344 880 8866

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Leatherhead Rd, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NE, huge Theme Park with over 40 rides, rollercoasters, and attractions!  Zoo with over 1000 animals and Sealife centre, 0371 663 4477

Crockford Bridge Farm Shop, New Haw Rd, Addlestone, KT15 2BU, Pick Your Own and play area, the PYO season starts with rhubarb and asparagus, abundant crops of strawberries and raspberries from June, a great day out for the children showing them where their food comes from – fun and educational. General Farm and Event enquiries, 01932 846611

Delta Force Paintball Effingham, Old Lane, Effingham KT11 1NL, surrounding Effingham Forest provides ideal conditions for ultimate paintball experience with several varied paintball game zones, minimum age 8 years, 020 3869 9301

Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA, great days out for all the family, see website for family days including birds of prey, arts and crafts, children’s theatre, animal encounters etc,  01306 876 616

Dorking South Street Caves South Street, Dorking, cut out of pure sandstone with three distinct periods of excavation dating as far back as medieval times, an extremely interesting history which is enthusiastically related to visitors by the knowledgeable of guides, descending to over 50 feet below busy South Street access is gained through a small blue door next to the war memorial, Open Days every last Saturday in the month from 30 March 2019, see website to book, 01306 876591

Dunsfold Park Track Days, Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh GU6 8TB, driving, karting and quad bikes, airfield venue used for driving experience and track day events. See website for further information.

Go Ape Alice Holt, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham GU10 4LS, original and child friendly tree top adventures and bike trail, great day out for all the family, 41 crossings and a 20m crossing amongst the obstacles finishing with an awesome zip wire, see website for opening times and more information, 01603 895500

Go Ballistic Paintball, Halebourne Lane, Chobham, the paintball site is a combination of woodland and urban combat environments, access to four brilliant playing areas including Village and Fortress, 46 acres of flat terrain, 12-16 yrs, 0800 078 9500

Gravity Force Trampoline Park, Units 6 and 7 Admiralty Way, Admiralty Park, Camberley GU15 3DT, aimed at all ages, a great opportunity for some family bonding time, over 50 interconnected trampolines incorporating tumble tracks, blocks, vaults, boxes and angled wall trampolines, a place to have an exciting time and get some exercise, see website for opening times and more information, 01926 356290

Guildford Lido, Lido Road, Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1HB, set in beautifully landscaped gardens, heated to 24 degrees centigrade (weather dependant), the Olympic sized pool is a great place to chill out, meet friends, picnic and swim, three new and exciting slides as well as the newly refurbished paddling pool with interactive toys and a mini-slide for younger swimmers, website for opening, height restrictions apply for slides, 01483 449108

Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP, leisure complex provides families with a complete experience under one roof, tenpin bowling, Olympic sized ice rink, 4 swimming pools with slides, a soft play centre, sports arena, athletics stadium and health and fitness suite, 365 days a year, 10am to late, session timetables operate within this so check first, 01483 443322

Guildford Treasure Trail, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4AH, explore with the Guildford Town and Riverside self guided themed Treasure Trail, one of three different Trails in Guildford, and 13 across Surrey, follow a set of clear directions whilst searching for the answers to the clues, perfect for locals and first time visitors, the Trail can be done in your own time and involves 1.5 miles of walking, once you’ve solve this Trail, why not put on your detective hat and solve the Guildford Mystery Trail, or put your spy skills to the test and solve the Guildford Spy Mission Trail! 01872 263692

Reigate Caves, Tunnel Road, off High Street, Reigate RH2 9AA, tours of Reigate’s historic underground heritage, Reigate Caves include the Baron’s Cave in the Castle Grounds and the East and West Caverns in Tunnel Road, limited public opening in the summer months, no booking necessary, tours run every 30 minutes according to demand and availability of guides, tours also available for groups on dates when caves are otherwise inaccessible, check website first or email [email protected]

Skywalk Adventure, Sandown Sports, More Lane, Esher KT10 8AN,  Climb and Zip through the trees. Barrel crawls, rickety bridges and loads more for exhilarating fun at Skywalk Adventure. Height and age restrictions. 01372 701107

Skaterham Skatepark, The Chapel opposite Tesco, The Village, Guard’s Avenue, Coulson Road, Caterham CR3 5QX, Skaterham skatepark welcomes BMXers, skateboarders, scooter and inline skaters, with awesome 11 and under sessions provided, great range of facilities including vert ramps and roll ins, quarter and midi quarter pipes, driveway, spine and jump box, opening see website, 01883 348184

Surrey Summit Climbing, Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, GU2 7AD, amazing indoor climbing experience for all ages (+6 yrs) and abilities, includes over 50 changing roped routes of up to 12m high and over 100 boulder ranging from V0 through to V8+,  abseil platform, opens: Tuesday – Sunday 10am, Monday and bank hols  2pm, closes: weekdays 10pm, Saturday, Sunday, bank hols 6pm, 01483 683698

Surrey Treasure Trails,  explore Surrey towns such as Guildford, Godalming, Dorking, Farnham, Reigate and many more, 13 Treasure Trails in Surrey, follow a set of clear directions whilst searching for the answers to the clues, perfect for locals and first time visitors, the Trail can be done in your own time, 01872 263692

Sutton Green Garden Centre – PYO, Archery Tag & Rugged Earth Adventures, Guildford Road, Sutton Green, Woking GU4 7QA, open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm, Sunday 10am to 4.30pm, 15 acres of land offering ‘pick your own’, especially strawberries through the summer.  Also a centre for Archery Tag (friendly combat sport using bows and special reusable foam tipped arrows) and Rugged Earth Adventures (see website for links) 01483 237832

Tandridge Leisure Centre, Hoskins Road, Oxted RH8 9HT, newly refurbished, 25m fitness pool and an adjoining lagoon pool with wave rides, cannons, pirate mast, bucket of doom, small pirate peril slide and a pool inflatable, ‘wet ‘n’ wild’ action packed fun for under 16s, ‘splash dance’ for ages 8 to 12, check website for session times, 01883 716717

Tenpin Bowling Camberley, No 8 The Atrium, Park Street, Camberley GU15 3GP, If you’re seeking to be entertained in Camberley, then Tenpin is for you, have fun bowling, playing pool and enjoy the many arcades, plenty of bowling lanes, ping-pong also available, 0871 222 3675

Thorpe Park, Staines Rd, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN, theme park with over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, great for teenagers, includes 6 rollercoasters and 4 water rides, see website for opening times and special events, 01932 577131

Wild Wood Adventure, Peacock Wood, Lido Road, Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1HB, over 60 challenges this is the largest treetop attraction of its kind in the UK with two separate courses, Wild  Kids course is designed with fun and thrills in mind for children aged between 6 and 12 years and over 1 metre tall, check website for opening, 0844 880 0026
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4Places of Historic Interest and Gardens

Clandon Park, (National Trust) West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RQ, limited opening times as the project to repair fire damage continues. Check website for latest times. 01483 222482

Claremont Landscape Gardens, (National Trust) Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9JG, beautiful eighteen-century garden in the heart of Surrey, once a Dukes’ retreat and a playground for princesses it is somewhere to escape everyday life with family and friends, large turf amphitheatre, serpentine lake, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere, look out for the Thatched Cottage, a Victorian refuge filled with fun toys, games, picnic rugs and dressing up clothes, diverse programme of events for the whole family, children’s play area is a great place to run off steam, see website for opening, 01372 467806

Cobham Mill, open from 2-5pm on the second Sunday in the months April to October. There is no charge for entry, though donations are appreciated. We also welcome groups during the summer months by appointment. The Mill is popular with families and we now have a short video presentation which gives an excellent introduction to the Mill’s history. 01932 867387

Farnham Castle Keep, (English Heritage) Castle Street, Farnham GU9 0AG, standing on the crest of a hill overlooking the town of Farnham are the impressive motte and ‘shell keep’ of a castle founded in 1138 by Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester and brother of King Stephen.  In medieval times the diocese of Winchester was the richest in England, and Farnham was a favourite residence of the bishops, rebuilt in the late 12th and early 13th centuries but on view are the buried remains of an earlier tower, free entry 01252 721194

Gatton Park, (The Gatton Trust) Reigate, RH2 0TW, beautiful Capability Brown parkland with Edwardian gardens. Stretching 260 acres, the estate lies within the Surrey Hills AONB. Discover the Japanese garden, rock garden and lakeside bird hide. The Wild Things Play Trail features play areas made from natural materials. Open Days are on the first Sunday of the month from February to October 1-5pm. In addition, there is a programme of special events, workshops and children’s activities. Seasonal highlights include Snowdrop Season, Easter Egg Hunt and the Gatton Country Fair. The Education Team have a range of activities for children including Little Seeds Forest Schools and Trails & Tales. 01737 649068

Guildford Castle, Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3SX, ruins, keep and grounds to visit, head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford,  the tower contains a model of the original castle circa 1300, open April – September: Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm, March & October: Saturday and Sunday only, 11am – 4pm, October half-term: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm, November – February: closed, the castle grounds are open all year round and admission is free, 01483 444751

Guildford Spike Heritage Centre, Warren Road, Guildford GU1 3JH, in 1906 the Guildford Union Workhouse, which was visible for miles, was a dreadful warning of the fate that would ill befall all who failed to find work, fall sick, become lame or feeble of mind for it was to the Workhouse they must go, this is no stately home, no playground for the rich and famous but the most innovative on-going heritage project, the Vagrants,  see website for opening, 01483 598420

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU, Experience the public dramas and private lives of Henry VIII, his wives and children in the world of the Tudor court. Admire Henry’s Great Hall, the infamous Haunted Gallery and the Tudor kitchens. Discover the spectacular baroque palace built for William III and Mary II and explore the magnificent gardens. Palace, Formal Gardens and Maze : Summer 10am – 6pm, Winter 10am – 4.30pm, (Magic Garden closed during winter), check website for variation to times, 0033 3320 6000

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Black & White Cottage, Stanton Lane, Ockley RH5 5QR, set in ten acres of secluded Surrey countryside and more reminiscent of a tropical rainforest than an English garden, over 150 sculptures in the garden, exotic large-leafed plants, a magical atmosphere surrounds the garden appealing to children and adults alike, opening hours from April to October, Thursday to Saturday – 11am to 6pm, Sunday 2pm – 5pm, 01306 627269

Hatchlands Park, (National Trust) East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT, stately home contains exemplary collection of paintings and fine furniture including viewing of the infamous Cobbe Collection, Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers including Bach, Chopin and Elgar, set in 400 acres of multi terrain parkland, stunning bluebell wood in spring, home of Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren – the all natural adventure area for children who are invited to construct dens, explore tunnels and domes, and watch the natural wildlife nibbling at the feeders, fun trails, guided tours of the mansion on Thursdays for a bit of imaginative secret schooling, opening generally, House and Garden 10.30am to 5.30pm,  seasonal variations check website before you go, 01483 222482

Leith Hill Place, (National Trust), nr Coldharbour, Dorking RH5 6LU, an atmospheric house with panoramic views across the Surrey countryside, Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of one of England’s greatest composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, his grandparents, Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline (née Darwin) moved here in 1847 and his great uncle, the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, conducted experiments in the grounds, open Friday – Sunday, March until November, 01306 711685

Leith Hill Tower, (National Trust), near Coldharbour village, Dorking, come and explore the trails through woodland, heathland, and farmland before climbing to the top of the majestic Leith Hill Tower

Rural Life Living Museum, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL,  country life museum, set in over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, exhibits comprise of a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming and aspects of village and rural life, events with costumes, crafts, demonstrations and hands-on activities, ‘step back together’ activities for families,  The Old Kiln Light Railway Society provide rides on the light railway (most Sundays, small additonal fee applies). Check the website for opening times.  01252 795571

Painshill, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE, beautiful and unique 158 acre landscaped garden, herons and Egyptian geese by the lake, kingfishers live around the river banks, blue tits and robins in the woods, observe many types of mini beasts and fish swimming in the lake, pretty dragonflies, scary water scorpions, surprising butterflies and all sorts of funny bugs, squirrels and rabbits, and in the early morning maybe a deer trying to hide, look for tracks and other animal signs like eaten nuts and cones. Check the website for opening times. 01932 868113

Polesden Lacey, (National Trust) Great Bookham, Dorking RH5 6BD, Royal country retreat, offers an insight into the opulence of a classic Edwardian manor, much to see plus a vintage dress up chest provided, outside 1400 acres of grounds including gardens, woodland, meadow and wide open spaces for play and picnicking, The Squirrel’s Corner Adventure Playground has simple, natural style equipment suitable for most ages and abilities, 4 nature trails of varying length (pick up trail maps and other information at the big white tent in the Dairy Courtyard) binoculars offered on loan to use from the many bird hides and resting areas, May – September croquet (small charge), plus other activities  during most school holidays, opening 10pm – 5pm with seasonal variations, be sure to check website, 01372 452048

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB, more that 200 acres and in excess of 25,000 different plants, wander through thick foliage and fragrant flowers along the famous Borders visit The Glasshouse which is the size of 10 tennis courts and houses their world class plant collection of rare and endangered species, Battleston Hill is a woodland garden of significant beauty, wide grassy areas, 2 ponds, specimen trees and a selection of varied flower beds, Winter Walk (with hardy, cold-loving types) and Mediterranean Walk (particularly tropical!) plus numerous flower shows, sculpture trails, annual harvest weekend and more throughout the year, open all year except Christmas Day, Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 9am – 6pm, (check website for closing in winter), last entry one hour before closing, 01483 224234

Shalford Mill, (National Trust), Shalford, near Guildford GU4 8BS, a ‘living’ place where the graffitied, lime-washed walls and the ancient hessian sacks mingle with the smell of the timbers and tallow, it tells the story of the decline of traditional village work and life, although the machinery no longer works, you can feel the evocative stories of the past in the very fabric of the mill, hear the wonderful story of the Ferguson Gang, a tale of eccentric girls from the 1930s, determined to save the fabric of England for the future, opening see website, 01483 561389

Sculpture Park, Jumps Rd, Churt, Farnham GU10 2LH, up to 600 sculptures in an arboretum and wildlife water garden setting with meandering footpaths, open all year, 10am – 5pm, check website for Christmas opening, 01428 605453
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5Museums and Galleries

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN, birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation, home of Concorde, unparalleled collections of Aviation and Motor vehicles, memorabilia and more spread between several buildings and individual galleries, 4D theatre experience, the London Bus Museum is on the same site. Check the website for opening times, 01932 857381

Chertsey Museum, The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey KT16 8AT, history of the Runnymede area, activities for children and families – see website for details, free admission, opening Tuesday to Friday 12.30pm – 4.30pm, Saturdays 11am – 4 pm, 01932 565764

Dapdune Wharf, (National Trust),  Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RR, learn the story of navigations and the people who lived and worked on this 360 year old waterway, visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were built and climb aboard ‘Reliance’, one of three surviving barges, children’s trail and quiz, general daily opening 11am – 5pm, but varies seasonally check website, 01483 561389

Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre, 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS, museum opening times Thursday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm, family events, check website, 01306 876591

East Surrey Museum, 1 Stafford Rd, Caterham CR3 6JG, hands on activities for all ages, open Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 5pm, and Saturdays 10.30am – 4pm, 01883 340275

Elmbridge Museum, Civic Centre, 1 High Street, Esher KT10 9SD, Family Fun events (these take place in Hersham Village Hall, KT12 5LT), a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together, having fun with arts and craft activities based around some of the fantastic objects in the collection, sessions take place on a Saturday once a month, from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost in the region of £1.50 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult, 01372 474568

Farnham Museum, 38 West Street, Farnham GU9 7DX, discover Farnham’s history, from it’s prehistoric routes to its hop growing boom and Victorian grandeur, tales of the illustrious William Cobbett, political agitator, and George Sturt, local author and craftsperson, whilst marvelling at the inventions of engineer John Henry Knight, who created one of the first petrol driven cars, open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (except bank holidays and Christmas), Free Entry, 01252 715094

Gatwick Aviation Museum, Valiance-Byways, Lowfield Heath Road, Charnwood, Nr. Gatwick, RH6 0BT, this aviation museum has a unique collection of British aircraft – from the end of WWII until the 1970’s British aircraft designers produced some of the most innovative and advanced aircraft of the day, from post war to cold war, this museum clearly shows that timeline in aviation terms, opening Friday, Saturday and Sundays, November to March 9.30am – 4pm, April to October 9.30am – 4.30pm, check website, 01293 862417

Godalming Museum, 109a High Street, Godalming GU7 1AQ. Activities usually during the school holidays but always something specially designed to interest children of all ages, the Living Landscape Gallery has many exhibits to touch, play with and explore, open November-March, 9.30am – 4pm, April -October, 9.30am-5pm, check website, free entry, 01483 426510

Guildford Museum, Castle Hill, Guildford GU1 3SX, Guildford Museum has free admission and is a great place for kids to learn more about the history of the town, holiday activities and family fun days, 01483 444751

Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA, An award winning Museum in the heart of Haslemere with remarkable collections of natural history, human history and geology.  Journey through time and see a 500 million year old fossil, make a dinosaur roar, see the beautiful collection of butterflies and meet the Museum’s mascot ‘Arthur’ the Siberian brown bear. The Museum offers a lively programme of events throughout the year for families with children of all ages based around the collections or national and seasonal events. There are gallery quizzes and trails available every day and backpacks full of fun activities for children to do whilst exploring the galleries. Set in beautiful historic grounds, which are perfect for a picnic, Haslemere Museum has been inspiring visitors for more than one hundred years. 01428 642112

Leatherhead Museum of Local History, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead  KT22 8DP, delightful local museum 2 minutes walk from the High Street, occupying the picturesque 17th century timber framed Hampton Cottage, exhibits include a collection of Ashtead Pottery, the swan from the old Swan Hotel in Leatherhead, models of Hampton Cottage itself and of the Roman Villa in Ashtead, as well as old photographs, maps and paintings of the area, return visits recommended as exhibits change. Entry free,  01372 386348

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA, discover Woking’s story, an interactive museum of the town’s history from the 19th Century to the present day, listen to people’s memories of life in Woking and watch historic films, two spacious galleries host a huge range of exhibitions, changing monthly, Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am – 5.00pm, Sunday: 11.00am – 4.00pm, closed Mondays and Bank Holidays, 01483 737800

London Bus Museum, Cobham Hall, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN, discover the largest collection of working historic London buses in the world, a priceless heritage representing more than 150 years of public transport evolution in the capital, same site as Brooklands Museum, open Summer (1st March – last week October) : 10am to 5pm, Winter: 10am to 4pm, closed over Christmas, 01932 837994

Reigate Priory Museum, Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7RL, the Museum is closed at present until further notice for essential repair and redecoration

Royal Logistics Corps Museum, Princess Royal Barracks, Newfoundland Rd, Camberley GU16 6RW, tells the story of how the British Army has been sustained in peace and war, examine how, over the last 600 years, the soldier has been transported, fed, supplied with arms and equipment and kept in contact with loved ones, open Mon to Friday 9am – 4pm, closed Saturday & Sunday, 01252 833371

The Royal Surrey Regimental Museum, due to a fire at Clandon House this museum is at present closed, 01483 770761

Shere Museum, Gomshall Lane, Shere GU5 9HE, extensive displays include objects of daily life – tools, toys, domestic items, wartime and leisure – mainly from Victorian times to the 1950s and some surprising finds from earlier periods, the collection covers all aspects of the history of the parish of Shere and surrounding villages, 01483 202769

Surrey Heath Museum, 33, The Square, Obelisk Way, Camberley GU15 3SG, telling stories of the area’s past – covering the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman times, Medieval Surrey Heath, Early Transportation, Highwayman, Coaching Inns, The Royal Military College, the Area’s Agricultural and Horticultural past, the Development of Camberley and much more, open Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 4.30pm, admission is free, 01276 23771

Surrey Museums, Surrey Museums Information, see website
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10Railway, Buses and Boats

Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway, Frimley Lodge Park, Stuart Road, Frimley Green, Camberley GU16 6HT, one kilometre miniature railway open to the public with train rides on the first Sunday of each month between March and November, trains are operated subject to weather, volunteer staff and locomotive availability, check website for more information

Godalming Packetboat Company, Godalming Wharf GU7 1JL, in Godalming Town, opposite Sainsbury’s, travel the Victorian Way along this unspoilt waterway in Surrey as generation of boatmen before you,  journey on the narrow boat pulled by one of our heavy horses, traverses both river and canal and passes through a lock, a delightful way to discover the National Trust owned River Wey Navigations, public trips are most days from Easter to the end of September, please ring to confirm times of trips (usually 2.00 pm), 01483 414938

Great Cockcrow Railway, Hardwick Lane, Lyne, Chertsey KT16 0AD,  the railway is set in a rural location, choice of two routes, a non-stop tour around the extremities of the GCR, or a stopping trip, which takes you through the jungle, miniature signal boxes and station halts as well as authentic signs from bygone years add to the experience, discounts are offered for double ride and family tickets, viewing platform where you can watch the engines being prepared, open every Sunday from the 5th May until the 30th October, 1.30pm – 5pm (booking office closing at 4.45pm), see website for additional opening.

JGF Passenger Boats, Thames Cruises, via Chertsey, see website for details, 01932 253374

London Bus Museum, Cobham Hall, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN, discover the largest collection of working historic London buses in the world, a priceless heritage representing more than 150 years of public transport evolution in the capital, same site as Brooklands Museum, open Summer (1st March – last week October) : 10am to 5pm,  Winter: 10am to 4pm, closed over Christmas, 01932 837994

Malden Miniature Railway, Willowbank, Claygate Lane, Thames Ditton KT7 0LE, miniature railway known as the Thames Ditton Miniature Railway has been running for over 68 years, the ground level railway is for the large scale trains and the elevated railway is for the smaller scale trains, open Easter till October, trains run on the the first Sunday of each month, and bank holiday Monday, 2pm – 5.30pm

Mizens Railway, Barrs Lane, Knapp Hill, Woking GU21 2JW, there are ticket offices and guards to welcome you so it feels like a real railway, choice of runs on the railway and a variety of locomotives are used, including a few steam engines so those really into their rail stuff can enjoy a wealth of materials and detail, open on Sundays from 5th May. See website for special events.

Rural Life Living Museum and Old Kiln Light Railway, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL,  country life museum, set in over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, The Old Kiln Light Railway Society provide rides on the light railway (most Sundays, small additonal fee applies), main Season opening: March 2nd – November 2nd, Wednesday to Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am and 5pm, 01252 795571

Surrey Canoe Club, Thameside, Staines TW18 1SS, canoeing for everyone, family events and lots of activities for young people, 0208 399 1858
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2Walking, Cycling and Open Spaces

Alice Holt Forest Woodland Park, Forestry, Horn Oak near Farnham GU10 4LS, there’s so much to do, you can walk, cycle, play or just have a picnic in these lovely woods, experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our cafe and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest, walking trails of various lengths and the Habitat Trail, a family walk with giant play sculptures, 3D maze and two play areas on site, open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day), opens every day at 8am closes at: 9pm (May – September), 6pm (March & November), 7pm (April & October), 5pm (December – February) 01420 520212

Box Hill, (National Trust), The Old Fort, Box Hill Road, Tadworth KT20 7LB, the perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the Surrey Hills, forming part of the North Downs, views across the surrounding countryside, home to lots of wildlife and plants too, including the Adonis blue butterfly and bee orchid, download or collect one of our walks, see website for activities, 01306 885502

Busbridge Lakes, Lakes House, Hambledon Rd, Busbridge, Godalming GU8 4AY, ornamental and stunning landscaped gardens with lakes and ponds.  Limited opening, check website for further information, 01483 421955

Chantry Wood, Chantry Wood, nr Salford, Guildford, a short distance from Guildford town centre, approx 200 acres of a mixture of woodland and meadows, views from the south side are stunning overlooking Chilworth, Chinthurst Hill and St Martha’s can also be seen on the other hill, bluebells in the spring are spectacular,Woodland Walks,

Chertsey Meads, Chertsey KT16 8LN, wildflower meadow on the banks of the Thames (particularly beautiful May to July), wide open space popular with families and dog walkers alike, modern children’s play area and two picnic areas with views across the river Thames, annual Chertsey agricultural show held on the grounds, ample parking

Earlswood Lakes and Common: Woodhatch Road, Reigate RH2 7QH, The Common contains a variety of habitats including two large lakes, a number of smaller ponds, wetland corridors, scattered trees and woodland, 01737 276000

Frensham Great Pond, Priory Lane, Frensham GU10 3BT, vast 13th century lake with sandy beaches, woodland trails, bridle paths and heavy on the natural wildlife, ideal territory for twitchers, as you can spot a great many common and rare birds – reed bunting, sedge warbler, great crested grebe, woodlarks and May to September evenings hear the unusual sound of the nightjar, go pond dipping amidst the damselflies and dragonflies or make a den with the fallen branches, explore footpaths through the lovely purple heathers, yellow gorse and deep green bracken, spot the ancient but renovated dam, variety of rare and endangered mini beast style wildlife that thrive on the heath making it a Special Area of Protection and Conservation, best views from Snowball Ridge, which you can see (from underneath!) from the main car park. Check the website for further information

Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Lodge Park, Stuart Road Frimley Green, Camberley GU16 6HT, is a 24 hectare site that was saved from development in the mid 1980’s, its unspoilt natural beauty and character continues to attract large numbers of visitors with opportunities for families with woodland and lots of open space, picnic areas, two children’s playgrounds, a trim trail, miniature railway and meadows, football and cricket pitches

Gogmore Farm Park, off Guildford Street, Curfew Bell Road, Chertsey KT16 9FG, Tennis, play equipment, café, floodlit multi-use games area, riverside walk and toilets

Homewood Park Nature Trail, Stonehill Road, Chertsey KT16 0AP, great family fun that’s free, the trail follows a path through woodland with open glades to an old coppice of sweet chestnut and hazel that is more than 100 years old, get the kids to look out for the wooden signposts on the short trail, or take the longer trail around the lake

Holmwood Common: Blackbrook Road, Holmwood, Surrey, RH5 4NX, Dappled woodland and sunny clearings making beautiful countryside for walking, horse riding and cycling. The common is fairly flat and ideal for families to explore, but it can be wet underfoot. The common is home to much of our well-known British wildlife. In the warmer months, dragonflies hover above the ponds and amphibians live in the dark pools, 01306 712711

Lightwater Country Park,  The Avenue, Lightwater GU18 5RG, 59 hectares of predominately heathland habitat with ponds, woodland, shrubs and lowland bog, all offering the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife, birds, mammals, plants and insects, nature trail, playground -suitable for toddlers to twelve year olds, swings, rope trails, balancing beams and a four metre high space net, 01276 707166

Newlands Corner & Silent Pool Reserves, Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE & GU5 9BW, nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills, these popular reserves offer sensational views of the surrounding countryside, great family day out, ancient trees and stunning views, country walks, countryside centre, just turn up, 01483 795440

North Downs Way National Trail, Snailslynch, Farnham GU9 8AP, North Downs Way National Trail is a great way to explore the area, no need to walk the whole trail as lots to see whichever section you choose, plus some circular trails to follow, spectacular scenery, wonderful rolling countryside and picturesque villages will surround you, plenty of historic spots to discover, from Medieval castles and Neolithic sites, to Roman and Napoleonic forts, the trail follows the Pilgrims Way so there are loads of churches, cathedrals, castles and museums to visit, 03000 413406

The Orchard and Abbeyfields Park, Staines Lane, tranquil park, close to the centre of Chertsey, with an interesting history, once part of Chertsey Abbey and a small section of the old abbey wall and remnants of the abbey ponds and moats can still be seen there, play area, sports facilities, take a short stroll along the Abbey River, 01932 565764

The Royal Landscape, Wick Lane, Egham, TW20 0XD, great place for a day out, two gardens to explore, plus Virginia Water which has plenty of wildlife to look out for, plus it is the site of a Chinese fishing temple, the Landscape is an excellent venue for activities such as fishing, cycling, rollerblading, flying model aircraft and taking the dog for a walk (dogs on leads some areas), children’s play area for toddlers and younger children and plenty of space to have a picnic, variety of events are held throughout the year, such as carriage rides and during the summer there is  children’s entertainments such as outdoor theatres and puppet shows, most areas are pushchair and wheelchair accessible, 01753 860222

Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, Windsor Road, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0AE, large open grass areas and excellent frontage to the River Thames, play area includes modern equipment, café, paddling pool, children’s rides and amusements, good starting point for walks along the river to the Magna Carta and John F Kennedy Memorials and an excellent spot for picnics

St Ann’s Hill, St Ann’s Hill Road, Chertsey, KT16 9NL, wooded park set on top of a hill with marvelous views over the surrounding countryside, nature trail, walks and the site of an ancient fort

Secretts of Milford, Hurst Farm, Chapel Ln, Milford GU8 5HU, Pick Your Own, farm walks and lake, farm shop for own-grown fruit and veg and deli for local produce, plus gift store and cafe, 01483 520500

Stoke Park, Nightingale Road, Guildford GU1 1ER, Guildford’s largest park has plenty of beautiful open green space, a fully-equipped children’s playground (suitable for ages 4- 8) and skate park. The park is packed full of activities to enjoy, including a paddling pool, boating pond and mini golf

Swan Barn Farm (National Trust), Black Down Estate, Collards Lane, Haslemere, GU27 2HU,  quiet retreat of woodland and pasture only 30 seconds from Haslemere High Street, open dawn to dusk, 01428 6523359

Winkworth Arboretum (National Trust), Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD, a fabulous day out for the whole family, a great way to discover nature at its most beautiful with over 1000 different types of shrubs and trees covering over 100 acres, beautiful lake and an abundance of wildlife, you’ll be exploring all day, the perfect setting for a picnic,  see website for opening, 01483 208477

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7Play Centres

Bouncing Bunnies, 1st Nork Scouts Hut (St. Paul’s) Warren Road, Nork, SM7 1LG. Soft Play for children under 6 years. 07800 953068

Busy Bees Soft Play, Chessington Cricket Club, Sir Francis Barker Ground, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NB. The equipment here are for under 5’s, including a fantastic bouncy castle, ball pit, trampoline and educational early learning toys to help keep your little ones stimulated and happy. 07989 599139

Cheeky Chimps Softplay, Dean Pavilion, Old Tiffinians Sports Ground, Molesey, KT8 9LU.  A soft play centre for babies & children up to 6. 07732 388338

Dizzy Daisies Stay and Play, Waverley Road, Oxshott, KT22 0RZ, friendly group for 0-4 years, quality toys and relaxed atmosphere. Lots of fun for all pre schoolers. Visit the website for opening times, 07949 508668

Donyngs Leisure Centre, Adventureland, Linkfield Lane, Redhill RH1 1DP. A specially designed indoor area for children 6 years and under, with slides, tubes and swing areas. 01737 764732

Fun in Foam, Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club, The Gymnasium, Fetcham Grove, Guildford Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BL. Tumble Sessions for Children 4 years and under, no pre-booking Required. 01372 377718

Giggles Playworld 2b London Road , Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HN. An exciting adventure indoor and outdoor playworld catered for children aged 0-8 year olds.  01276 453555

Giggles Soft Play, The Harrier Centre, King Georges Recreational Ground, Poole Road, West Ewell. KT19 9RY. Bouncy castle, ball pool, soft play shapes, slides, ride on toys, roller coaster, musical instruments, cars plus much more. for 5yrs and under. 07717 862577

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX. Family farm, playgrounds, indoor playbarn, tractor rides, Woodland Maze etc, open daily from 10am – 4.30pm in winter and until 5.30pm from Feb half term until October half term,  01883 742546.

Gym Jams, Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Nr Guildford, GU3 2DE. Soft play fun for 0-3’s 07836 250099

Hasletots, soft play café  Grayswood Village Hall, Grayswood, Surrey, GU27 2DJ . Under 5’s have fun, explore and interact with other kids in a clean, friendly environment. Check details on the website

NannyJ’s Play Café, 60 Croydon Road, Caterham CR3 6QB. With soft play area, 0 to 5 yrs. See Facebook

Henry’s Soft Play,Church Road, Rectory Lane, Byfleet KT14 7LL. Great soft play for all to enjoy, 07760 886459

Hobbledown Barn. Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Horton, KT19 8PT, for days when the weather is not quite so nice. Includes two themed play frames. 01372 848990

Jumping Jelly Beans, Surbiton Hockey Club, Sugden Road, Long Ditton, Surrey KT7 0AE. A fun place to monkey around for 0 to 5’s. 07597 959453

Jupiter Jo’s Softplay Centre, Cox Lane Centre, Cox Lane, West Ewell KT19 9PS. A fun filled 2 level play zone for under 10’s. 020 8391 2004

Lets Explore, 59-61 Brighton Road, Horley RH6 7HJ. A soft play sensation for kids who love to laugh and learn with three exciting areas to explore – under the sea, jungle and space – each themed zone is cleverly designed to keep your children entertained, engaged and zinging with energy,           01293 826800

Little Rays, Wilfred Noyce Community Centre, Crown Court, High Street, Godalming GU7 1DY. Soft play venue for children aged 0-4 open on Friday Mornings during term time only. Booking essential as places limited. 07490 110467

Little Street, Station Approach, Frimley, Surrey, GU16 7QH. Unique & inspirational play centre. Featuring a realistic street designed with little people in mind. With a supermarket, construction site, cafe, beauty salon, fire service, medical centre and more 01276 423100

Madhatters Playhouse, Jacobs Well Village Hall, Jacobs Well Road, Guildford GU4 7PD. soft play 0-5yrs,Mon -Wed am. 07545 345277

Magic Castle. The Atrium, 14 Charles St, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3GP. Suitable for children under the age of 12 years and has air cannons, tipper basket, climbing wall, two slides, ball pit, trampoline, zip slide and bridges. 01276 27277

Mini Munchkins, Esher Rugby Club, 369 Molesey Rd, Hersham, KT12 3PF. Soft play for under 5’s. 01932 222812

Once Upon A Time Soft Play The Ebbisham Centre, 7 The Derby Square, Epsom, KT19 8AG. An exciting, colourful play area designed for fun, excitement and adventure for all 0-5 year olds. Open 6 days a week, 07933 292464

Pick ‘n’ Mix, Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking GU22 9BA, Three storeys high, the Pick ‘n’ Mix Playstore is a place of fun and adventure for all children aged 12 years and under. 01483 771122

Piglets, Burhill Road, Hersham, Surrey, KT12 4BJ. Purpose built indoor and outdoor facilities designed for childrens play and for you to relax. The adventure continues with our children friendly farm animals. 01932 241323

Planet Zoom Big Apple, Crown Square, Woking, Surrey GU21 6HR. Cool snake slides, fun activity towers, colourful ball pools and more. 01483 727100

Playworld, The Friary Centre, North Street, Guildford GU1 4YT. children’s soft play area located on level 2, 2-5 yrs, Just turn up

Rainbow Leisure Centre  Under 10’s Play Park, East Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1BN.  A fun filled and colourful environment designed to challenge and stimulate children. 01372 727277

Redhill, Soft Play and Bounce, YMCA East Surrey, Princes Road, Redhill, RH1 6JJ. A great session for under 5’s with lots of energy. Complete with bouncy castle and soft play shapes. 01737 779979

Rokers Little Angels Playworld, Holly Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford GU3 3PB. Safe and friendly play environment for children with a height limit of 1.5 metres.4 lane bumpy rainbow slide, ball pool, aerial glide, maze and much more 01483 330056

Soft Play and Bounce, YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate, RH2 8HA. Soft play and sensory rooms specifically designed rooms fit for people with disabilities.Tues & Thurs 10-12, 0-5s 01737 222859

Sovereign Gymnastics and Trampolining, 15 Ormside Way, Holmethorpe Industrial Estate, Redhill, RH1 2LW, A range of soft play toys from a bouncy castle for the energetic little ones & a tummy time corner for the crawlers. 07834 189473

Speckys Pirate Ship, Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP, Jump aboard Specky’s Pirate Ship for a magic adventure on the high seas both above the waves and in the underwater world. Four storeys of soft play for under 10’s including ball pools, a trampoline, tube slide, cargo net and sky glide…. all designed to “shiver those timbers”! 01483 443322

Spelthorne Gym, College Way, side of Brooklands College (Ashford Campus), Ashford, TW15 2XG. Parent supervised free play (without coaching) on our soft play equipment, bouncy castles and gymnastics apparatus. 0-5 years, Mon and Thurs 01932 781338

Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Knowle Green, Staines upon-Thames, TW18 1AJ. Playzone for young children. 01784 493493

The Arc, 39 Weston Drive, Caterham, Surrey CR3 5XY. Play under a huge Dragon and Phoenix and be surrounded by beautiful giant flowers, with a dedicated Toddler Zone for the little ones and a 3 storey high frame for the bigger ones, special needs play session every Monday, 5.30 – 6.30pm, 0 to 11yrs, 01883 330380

The Hen-House, 14B Lower Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2NX. Soft play for 0-9yrs with soft play frame, the Toddler Runway or in the Baby Sensory Pit. 01428 658946

The Hub, Chertsey Road,Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2EP, FunTots Soft Play Area. A great place for mums (and dads) to enjoy a safe environment for their 0-5 year olds to play. 01932 566739

The Secret Playhouse, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, TW15 3JY, For 0-5years. Including a 12 foot bouncy castle, Lots of little Tikes Cars, Ride on Bees and Henry the hoover and lots more. 07809 411488

Under 5’s Soft Play Sessions, Arena Leisure Centre. Grand Avenue, Camberley GU15 3QH. Fun and motivating sessions for under 5’s accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just turn up, pay and play! 01276 417111

Wacky Kingdom: Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill RH1 1ST, Wacky Kingdom is a fun and exciting indoor play area suitable for all children aged 12 years and under, 01737 763523

Wacky Warehouse, The Air Balloon, 60 Brighton Road, Horley RH6 7HE. 01293 820188

Whizz Kidz Soft Play, The Wharehouse, Owen Road, Godalming GU7 3AY. From babies up to children aged 10, Whizz Kidz promises to provide a great time for all! 01483 861666

Wizz Kidz, Weybridge Vandals Rugby Club, Desborough Island, Walton Lane, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1QP. A sociable venue for parents, grandparents, and carers to bring the children. It provides a safe environment where children under 5 can explore and have fun. 01932 225313

Weybridge Garden Centre New Haw Road, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2BU. Soft play area with ball pond, slide, soft play toys, ok for up to 5yrs. 01932 932210

YMCA Soft Play and Bounce: YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate, RH2 8HA, Soft play and sensory rooms specifically designed rooms for people with disabilities. Tues and Thurs 10-12, 0-5s, 01737 222859

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Cartoons drawn by Lesley Harvey.