We hope you are all getting back into the swing of the new school term and not missing the summer holidays too much. Here's a round-up of events this week but please head to our what's on calendar for more information and ideas...
This weekend and week...
Heritage Open Day is being celebrated across the county this weekend. This is a celebration of history and culture when many places open their doors, allowing members of the public to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE. Clandon Park is one of the buildings taking part - where you can meet the team behind the restoration and rebuild and gain a deeper insight into the work going on behind the scenes of this hugely complex restoration project. Other places offering free opening include Hatchlands Park on Sunday and Waverley Abbey House, also on Sunday, but it is worth checking with individual venues to see what is going on.
A couple of exhibitions are running all weekend and week, why not combine the RHS Surrey Sculpture Society Trail at Wisley with the RHS Photography Competition Display at Wisley and enjoy what the gardens have to offer.
On Saturday you can Meet Some Moths at Morden Hall Park - discover which moths were trapped overnight in the park. This is suitable for adults and families, just drop in at the Snuff Mill.
Saturday evening is Fairground Night at the Hollycombe Steam Museum, when you can look at how the Victorians and Edwardians used steam as an instrument of work and play.
Cheam Celebration of Food and Drink takes place on Sunday. This is a free event with lots of opportunities to explore and learn about food. It also includes live music and a kids’ zone with workshops, inflatables and more.
The Make Space is open at Watts Gallery on Sunday, giving families a chance to try a new craft such as printmaking to painting and sewing to sculpture, without having the mess at home! It's also Gala Day at Great Cockrow Railway.
On Sunday it is also Open Afternoon at Guildford Model Engineering Society and the Megson Family Folk Show in Farnham - a concert designed especially for younger children.
The rest of the week
It's quite a quiet day in the diary on Monday, as all our amazing venues recover from the summer holidays and get back up and running for the new school term.
On Tuesday, you can attend a talk about Box Hill and The Olympic Road Cycling Race at this popular beauty spot and important wildlife site.
On Wednesday morning, it is Toddler Time at Rydes Hill Prep - this is a free session for little ones aged 18 months to three years. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. In the evening you can join in with Walkies at Wisley - a walk around the garden after hours with your four-legged friend.
Get some fresh air on Thursday at Wharf Weenies at Dapdune Wharf. These special sessions for young visitors and their grown ups include story time, fun craft activities and a chance to run around outside all based around children's stories. Or, you can try Wild Tots at Nower Wood - outdoor activities for two to five-year-olds in a woodland setting.
Sea Shells at Haslemere Museum on Friday is an Early Years session for children under five and their parents and carers. This week you can marvel at the beauty of the shells in the handling collection and make a shell picture. There is no need to book in advance.
The weather forecast is telling us to expect a fairly settled and dry week, maybe even with some sunny spells. Let's see if we can hold on to that summer feeling for a bit longer! Have a lovely week.