Family Warrior Weekend at Butser Farm

Don't let the unpredictable weather get you down, our what's on calendar is full of fun ideas to boost your mood! Here's a round-up of this week's events...

The weekend starts here...

Wow it looks like a very busy weekend with lots of activities to choose from. Romany Weekend at the Rural Life Centre offers family friendly activities based around the Gypsy way of life and Family Warrior Weekend at Butser Farm invites you to learn ancient skills as a family and put them to the test with an overnight stay at the farm!

For something slightly exotic, why not head to Camel Day at Hobbledown - where you can learn about the venue's two-hump camels and take part in a raffle to win some fantastic prizes.

It's Circus Weekend at RHS Wisley, with a weekend of performances in the big top, and Historic Life Weekend at Weald and Downland, with talks and tours on the theme of plants. The Steam Festival at Hollycombe Museum will include full size traction engines, steam rollers and other exhibits.

Summer fairs to choose from on Saturday include:

  • Shackleford village fete, including dog show mini tractor and trailer rides, children's races, netball competition, wet sponge stocks, bouncy castle, an orienteering speed maze, face painting and lots of fun stalls.
  • Horsley Infant School summer fair, with BBQ; stalls; dance, gymnastics, karate and bee keeping demonstrations and games for the children including soak a teacher, welly throwing and beat the goalie.
  • .Englefield Green village fair with entertainment, food, drink and fun including the dancing dog performance and children’s fairground rides.

Squire’s Garden Centres are running a special Oaks to Acorns weekend for grandparents or parents and their children. Just turn up to plant a strawberry and herb terracotta pot to take home and take part in a fun gardening quiz.

On Saturday evening, children can take part in a 'midnight' feast at Shalford Mill. Join the Ferguson's Gang for a feast and a re-enactment of their summer solstice rituals. 

Watts Gallery is offering a textiles workshop for teenagers on Saturday and its Make Space is open on Sunday for families to try a new craft.

It's the London Bus Museum summer gathering at Brooklands on Sunday. This event will include live entertainment, bus displays, heritage bus trips, a collectors’ market, music and children’s attractions. This event is not just for transport enthusiasts, but fun for all the family as well!

On Sunday you can also bring out your inner Robin Hood with some archery at Hatchlands Park, or head to Claremont's summer garden partyIt's also open afternoon at Great Cockrow Railway and Guildford Model Engineering Society.

All week

The Spectacular Plants trail at RHS Wisley introduces mind-boggling specimens that grown in the garden and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. This is running throughout the summer. For more outdoor fun and education, head to the Terrific Tree Trail at Box Hill, where you can discover fascinating facts about an array of trees.

The history walk at Claremont Landscape Garden invites you to take in the sights of a garden which was once the playground of royalty and learn more about it from the expert guide.

The rest of the week

Little ones can take their favourite teddy along to Winkworth Arboretum on Monday for a picnic and afternoon of storytelling and songs or for new mums, why not try Buggfit at Polesden Lacey - a chance to get that post pregnancy body back in shape with your little on beside you enjoying the fresh air. 

Join in with some stories, rhymes and hands-on creative fun for the under-fives at The Lightbox on Tuesday. This is a FREE drop-in session.

Claremont Landscape Gardens is holding a fun-filled picnic for every bear that ever there was on Wednesday. The event will feature delightful stories and songs. Please take your own picnic. Especially for pre-school toddlers from 12 months old. The Busylizzy club is also holding a picnic in Stoke Park, Guildford, for little ones and toddlers. Members and non-members are welcome and there will be toys, blankets and also the chance to have a professional family photograph taken.

Sport Weenies at Dapdune Wharf on Thursday is a special session for young visitors and their adult carers. This activity provides a fun introduction to sport, games and movement in a natural environment with an emphasis on participation, play and learning. An opportunity to learn the basic skills fundamental to enjoying sports and games throughout childhood and later life.

On Thursday there is another chance to give that favourite cuddly toy a day out with a teddy bears' picnic at Polesden Lacey. This will include stories and songs and is designed for pre-school toddlers from 18 months old.

The weekend weather forecast is for showers and sunny spells again! As the week gets underway, there may also be some thunderstorms, so it looks like we will be waiting a bit longer for summer to start!