Give your little ones a summer holiday to remember with some magical days out at some of Surrey's best attractions. There are all kinds of extra activities and entertainment on offer at many venues, as well as the usual fun stuff.
We've filled the what's on diary with all the events we could find, but these are just a taster of some of our favourites. Check the calendar regularly for more daily activities and click on the links at the bottom of this feature for each week of the holidays.
Every day throughout the holidays:
They’re having an absolutely SPLASHING time this summer at Fishers Farm Park! Discover the excitement of a day bursting with thrills, adventure and animals. The new Summer Sun-Deck and re-vamped Beach Splash Attack are all opening this summer, plus pony rides, animal shows, sheep racing, barrel bug rides, ghost tunnel, bouncing pillows and more. Activities run July 25-August 2.
There will be free children’s treasure hunts at Secretts Garden Centre. Follow Diggory the Gnome on his secret journey around the garden centre and see who or what is hiding along the way. Look for the scarecrows out in the fields. Each one will be a different character from children’s books, TV or film. Activities run July 28 to September 1.
Each week there will be something new to discover about air, soil, insects, water, animals or plants at RHS Wisley. Make your own mini hot air balloon; listen to storytelling; create mud clay sculptures and sand art pictures; sow & grow; find out more about bees; make an insect mask; birds of prey weekend; garden games. Activities vary daily so check the website. Activities run July 28-September 12.
Week four (August 10-16)
You can enjoy a Day Out With Thomas at The Watercress Line (pictured) in Alton from August 10-18. Activities include a ride on a steam engine, shaking hands with The Fat Controller and Thomas-themed activities in the Imagination Station.
It’s Mini Beast week at Birdworld! Join keepers to meet some slithering and crawling critters plus arts and crafts, trails and lots more fun (Monday to Friday).
Saturday and Sunday (August 10-11):
The Bounce Festival is taking place in Richmond Park and has been created especially for kids aged six to 12. Fun will include live music, TV characters, science, animals, arts and crafts and much more.
The Sayers Croft annual camping event takes place on Saturday and includes BBQ, campfire, games and evening wildlife activities. Places should be booked in advance.
Monday, August 12:
There’s Pony Magic (pictured) at Clandon Park. This is a truly magical experience with beautiful, safe ponies and experienced handlers. The three to five-minute rides are suitable for two to 11-year-olds. Normal admission charges apply, plus £2.50 per child. No need to book.
Explore the wild woods of Sayers Croft. Hunt for animal signs and mini beasts. Practise your own survival skills such as shelter building, play wild games in the woods and have lots of fun. For seven to 11-year-olds.
Tuesday, August 13:
Customise your own flower pot frame at Chertsey Museum. This is suitable for five to 12-year-olds and must be booked in advance.
Play bug detectives at Dapdune Wharf. Two one-hour sessions of bug hunting will be held (at 12 noon and 2pm) followed by a game. Book on the day, numbers limited.
Wednesday, August 14:
Rainbow Wednesdays will be held at Denbies throughout the summer holidays. Children will be invited to join Rainbow's George, Bungle and Zippy for a fun-filled craft afternoon to create a rainbow mosaic. Activities run every Wednesday from July 31 to August 28.
It’s teddy bear time at Painshill Park. Take your favourite teddy for a picnic and a story in the landscape. Normal admission charges apply for adults, free entry for children. Stories will take place at 2pm and 3.30pm.
Wonderful Wednesdays at Weald and Downland include hands-on activities for all the family. Have a go at all kinds of interesting and unusual countryside skills, traditional crafts, activities and games. Under cover if wet.
Watermill Wednesdays at Shalford Mill include flower power arts and crafts to make and take home and more. Booking is not needed and normal admission charges apply, plus £1.50 per child.
Thursday, August 15:
Explore some hidden habitats at Dapdune Wharf. There will be fun and games with environmental and historical places. Booking is not needed and normal admission charges apply, plus £2.50 for children's activities.
Learn about scary skeletons at Haslemere Museum. This is a Junior Club event suitable for five to 11-year-olds. Booking is advisable.
Make 3D comic strips at Watts Gallery. This workshop is suitable for children aged three and over and should be booked in advance. Sessions take place throughout the day.
You can go on a night walk looking for bats at Hatchlands Park between 8pm and 10pm. This should be booked in advance.
Friday, August 16:
Spend Fridays during the summer holidays at Hatchlands Park (pictured). There are children's trails, activities and garden games to keep kids entertained. Booking is not needed and normal admission charges apply, plus £2 per child. These take place every Friday throughout August.
Visit the friendly farm animals at Secretts PYO. Mill Cottage Farm Experience will be at the PYO with their collection of animals for you to say hello to and maybe have a cuddle.
Make your own funky bubble wand at The Lightbox Museum to use in the Courtyard and take home. An alternative workshop will take place inside in bad weather. Suitable for children aged four and over. Just drop in between 1.30pm and 4pm.