New playground opens in Guildford

The clocks go forward and spring is in the air this week so our weekly round up of events and activities for families in Surrey should really help you get out and about, enjoying what the county has to offer. Please check our what's on calendar for  more ideas and information.

The weekend starts here

An arts and crafts fair in Albury on Saturday will be displaying the work of local artists and craftspeople with items including pottery, woodwork, jewellery, watercolour paintings, cards, paintings, bags, craft gin, home decor, gifts, crochet, candles, upcycled items, knitting and more! Family portrait mini sessions will also be available at this event.

The Rural Life Centre will be alive with the sounds of steam-driven toys of yesteryear at the Steam Toy Rally on Saturday. This is a fascinating event for children of all ages! The museum will be full of historic toys, many of which will be stationary engines alongside a colourful display of steam-powered road vehicles and trains.

Saturday also sees the grand opening of Guildford's new adventure playground at Westnye Gardens. Young children will be able to play on the double width embankment slide, bounce around on the submerged trampoline and more. During the opening event, the Council’s Playrangers will be on hand and there will be activities and free refreshments.

The Make Space is open at Watts Gallery on Sunday. From printmaking to painting and sewing to sculpture, families can explore different kinds of materials and making, with a new activity every week.

Of course it is a very special day on Sunday, so please see our Mother's Day feature for lots more ideas for families this weekend connected to this celebration!

All week

Wellness Walks at Polesden Lacey aim to help you reflect and recharge, guiding you to stunning viewpoints around the estate. Or, you can take part in a Walk on the Wild Side at the estate, where you can see rooms that have never been open to the public before.

The History Walk at Claremont Landscape Gardens this week takes you on a journey through time in a garden that was once the playground of royalty.

Buggyfit at Polesden Lacey on Monday is a post natal exercise program that aims to help strengthen and stabilise the post pregnancy body, specifically targeting those weaker muscles. Classes vary each week to always keep exercises interesting and fun in the fabulous fresh air and beautiful grounds of Polesden Lacey.

DIG! play at Farnham Maltings on Tuesday is an event for babies aged six to 18 months and their caregivers. Head to the mud to explore the world of growing plants, busy bugs and wriggling worms. Share the music, singing and story – and then stay to play amongst the plants!

Make an Easter craft during a Mini Me art session at Godstone Farm on Wednesday. These sessions are designed to help you spend some quality time with your little ones.

If your toddler likes the outdoors, why not try Wild Tots at Nower Wood on Thursday or at Newlands Corner on Friday morning. These are sessions of Forest School inspired adventures, stories and discoveries in the woods. Booking is essential but can be on a pay as you go basis.

Join in with a coffee morning at the ODEON in Guildford before the Newbies screening on Thursday. The session is being organised by Busylizzy and there is no booking necessary. The Newbies screening afterwards allows you to enjoy the cinema with your baby - the volume is reduced, there is space for buggies and you don't need to worry if your little on cries.

If your little ones are in school or nursery, why not try some drawing for adults at The Lightbox on Friday morning. These sessions are aimed at adults of all abilities, from complete beginners through to confident artists. All materials are provided.

The weather forecast looks pretty typical for the UK this week - cloudy, with some sunny patchs and some showers! We hope you have a lovely week and particularly a lovely Mother's Day.