Half term at Bocketts Farm, Leatherhead

So here we are again at what is thought of as the most tricky of the school holidays. The weather is unreliable, there are plenty of bugs around and some attractions are still shut for the winter.

Our expectations were low as we set about gathering and planning to write this feature but we have been pleasantly surprised by how much is going on in our beautiful county.

As you can see from the length of this feature, there is plenty to do in and around Surrey. So what's stopping you? Grab those wellies and warm waterproofs and get outside to blow the winter cobwebs away!

Please remember that things can change, so we recommend you click through to the event holders website to check that the event is still running before you leave.

Every day this half term (including both weekends). 

The Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley are back to brighten up your winter days! Butterfly themed cupcakes and biscuits in the Food Hall and Glasshouse Café round off a visit to see Butterflies in the Glasshouse. 

The National Trust are running a series of trails throughout their properties in Surrey during this half term.

Have fun in the fresh air following the Invasive species trail at Claremont Landscape Gardens, discovering Claremont's invading creatures and finding out where to find them. Similarly the Invasive species trail at Winkworth Arboretum is running come rain or shine.

Unlock some secrets at 'Ham Unlocked' at Ham House with this secret trail ideal for kids.

Or pile down for Pets in the Park at Hatchlands Park and discover the story of non-human inhabitants who've ruled the roost at Hatchlands for decades, including a fun and engaging trail. Another Half term trail at Polesden Lacey is ideal for 5-11 year olds. 

Many other attractions in Surrey are holding themed weeks, including:

Enchanted Week at Fishers Farm, Explore the magical woodland featuring live fairy-tale creatures such as pixies, trolls, princes and magical elves. 

Woolly Week at Godstone Farm celebrating the first signs of spring with the first lambs and cute fluffy chicks.

Mud and Machines at RHS Wisley, celebrating all things messy including tractors, soil, mud and rocks. Plenty of fun activities for messy kids including seed bombs, mud snails and puddle jumping.

Half term at Bocketts Farm will also feature the start of spring lambing.

For history buffs, head down to Heavenly Hampton at Hampton Court Palace as the palace comes alive with Tudors and romance is in the air.

Saturday 10 February. Join in with the fun for the little ones at Hampton Court Palace today as Tiny Explorers takes place. These multi-sensory sessions are ideal for 0-3 year olds. For the very young, 0-18 months, Glisten at GLive is a sensory performance aimed at babies.

Bring out your families wild side at Wild families with Surrey Wildlife Trust at Newlands Corner. Enjoy games, crafts and activities of a wild nature. Or celebrate National Kite Flying Day at Hobbledown with kite making and flying included.

Over lunchtime a history workshop The Tower - Escape, Imprisonment & Execution in Ewell will be held at Bourne Hall Museum.

Finally if you are out shopping in Kingston, why not include the Peter Rabbit Treasure Hunt at Bentalls Centre in your trip to the toy department on the third floor. Also running Sunday and Monday.

Sunday 11 FebruaryAs well as all the other events running today you can visit the National Gardens Scheme Open Day at Gatton Park, where children gain FREE entry.

Every weekday (12-16 February)

It's Penguin Activity Week at Birdworld with penguin themed arts and crafts and a penguin trail around the park. Learn more about penguins from the keepers at feeding time.

There are FREE half term activites at Squire's Garden Centres througout the county this week, including a colouring competition and a gardening treasure hunt. On a similar gardening theme why not 'Grow your own greenhouse' at Morden Hall Park. Or wander around the grounds for Snowdrop Week at Gatton Park and spot the first signs of spring.

Enjoy Half term at Brooklands Museum or Folklore Activities at the Weald & Downland Museum, further afield.

Alice Holt Forest are running activities throughout the week, including a Fantastic Forests Craft Club on today, Wednesday and Friday.  

Monday 12 February. Buggyfit at Polesden Lacey is calling you today! This post natal exercise program 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. Also runs on Thursday

Bring your favourite teddy for the Teddy Bear's Train Ride at Denbies, also running on Friday.

Tuesday 13 February. Pancake Day falls at half term this year, which doesn't often happen. For some extra fun take the kids down to Guildford High Street today to enter The Guildford Pancake Races. For a mere £2 dontation to charity your child can race up the High Street and maybe win a prize. It's all good fun and not to be missed!

From today onwards you can enjoy crafts and activities at Watts Gallery Artists' Village, The Living Planet Centre and Landscapes Week at The Lightbox.  

Drop-in events for today only include Ceramica at Piglets, Fantastic Flags at Haslemere MuseumBentalls Kingston's Top Model competition and Traditional Crafts at Claremont.

Wednesday 14 February. As well as all the other events mentioned above, drop-in workshops and activities today include Early Birds at Haslemere Museum, Wet and Windy at the Surrey History Centre, Paper Architects at Watts Gallery, Animal Antics at Farnham Museum and Paddington Bear at Honeywood Museum.

Also for the little ones to enjoy, Build a Bear Storytime at Bentalls Centre, Kingston.

Thursday 15 February. If you are feeling active, Buggyfit at Polesden Lacey is also running today. 

Or have fun decorating your own cupcake at Cupcake Decorating at Bentalls Centre, Kingston.

Friday 16 February Celebrate Chinese New Year today. Both Honeywood Museum and Bentalls Centre, Kingston are running Chinese NY themed activities.

Saturday 17- Sunday 18 February

The Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley are back to brighten up your winter days! Butterfly themed cupcakes and biscuits in the Food Hall and Glasshouse Café round off a visit to see Butterflies in the Glasshouse. 

The National Trust are running a series of trails throughout their properties in Surrey during this half term.

Have fun in the fresh aire following the Invasive species trail at Claremont Landscape Gardens, discovering Claremont's invading creatures and finding out where to find them. Similarly the Invasive species trail at Winkworth Arboretum is running come rain or shine.

Unlock some secrets at 'Ham Unlocked'  at Ham House with this secret trail ideal for kids.

Or pile down for Pets in the Park at Hatchlands Park and discover the story of non-human inhabitants who've ruled the roost at Hatchlands for decades, including a fun and engaging trail. Another Half term trail at Polesden Lacey is ideal for 5-11 year olds. 

Many other attractions in Surrey are holding themed weeks, including:

Enchanted Week at Fishers Farm, Explore the magical woodland featuring live fairy-tale creatures such as pixies, trolls, princes and magical elves. 

Woolly Week at Godstone Farm celebrating the first signs of spring with the first lambs and cute fluffy chicks.

Mud and Machines at RHS Wisley, celebrating all things messy including tractors, soil, mud and rocks. Plenty of fun activities for messy kids including seed bombs, mud snails and puddle jumping.

Half term at Bocketts Farm will also feature the start of spring lambing.

For history buffs, head down to Heavenly Hampton at Hampton Court Palace as the palace comes alive with Tudors and romance is in the air.

It's Penguin Activity Week at Birdworld with penguin themed arts and crafts and a penguin trail around the park. Learn more about penguins from the keepers at feeding time. Or wander around the grounds for Snowdrop Week at Gatton Park and spot the first signs of spring. 

Enjoy crafts and activities at Watts Gallery Artists' Village or head to Wet and Windy at the Surrey History Centre

Finally for the little ones to enjoy, Build a Bear Storytime at Bentalls Centre, Kingston.

Be prepared for all types of weather this week, from sunshine to chills with a bit of rain and hail thrown in. Whatever you end up doing, have a great week.