Christmas is here again and it’s such a magical time of year for children.
Our job here at Surrey Mummy is to help you have lots of festive fun, so without further ado, here is our last what’s on feature of 2018 and our first what’s on feature of 2019…all rolled into one!
Throughout the holidays
Christmas holiday fun is on offer at Brooklands Museum on the following dates: December 19-21, 27-28 and January 2. Activities will include making festive decorations and kids’ tours on Concorde.
Get away from the gadgets and gizmos for a while with the festive trail on the discovery walk at Priory Farm, Redhill. This is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Try some outdoor skating at Hampton Court Palace – open until January 6 (closed Christmas Day). Be transported to one of the country's most scenic skating settings, with spectacular views of the Thames-side Tudor palace.
National Trust properties have some great activity trails running over the Christmas and New Year holidays – giving you all a chance to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air.
• Hatchlands Park - follow the Boscawen family through the woodland as they discover the story of Gulliver’s Travels. On your journey, discover tiny Lilliputian houses and ships, learn some Georgian Christmas traditions, and you might even find out the correct way to eat a boiled egg…
• Claremont Landscape Gardens - Rudolph is lost in the garden; can you find him and help him get home in time for Christmas? This runs until December 23.
• From December 26, Claremont’s trail will be Party like it’s 1819 - Follow a trail around the garden learning about famous royal and the parties which they held in days gone by.
Festive events take place in The Square, Camberley in the run up to Christmas – with card making from 11am to 1pm on December 21, and a Santa Slime/Christmas tree slime workshop from 2pm to 4pm. There will also be festive arts and crafts on December 22 and 23.
Stories and songs with Santa take place at RHS Wisley until December 23.
Join in with a Christmas creative workshop at Painshill Park up until December 23. Explore the winter landscape to gather natural material. Warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate inside then get creative making decorations. At the end of the workshop each child will receive a present and a special note from Father Christmas who will be taking a daytime nap.
Visit Santa’s Victorian Parlour at Haslemere Museum between December 20 and 24. Little ones can tell him all their special Christmas wishes and each child will receive a gift to take home.
Make a few last minute decorations with a workshop at The Lightbox on December 21. This is a drop-in event suitable for children aged four and over.
As usual, Guildford Spectrum is open on Christmas Day for swimming and ice skating. The rink is open from 1030am to 12noon and the pool is open from 10am to 12 noon.
Christmas Leave on The Watercress Line takes place on December 26 and 27, when you can experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway with the help of re-enactors, wartime music and more.
Make a New Year’s Eve party mask at The Lightbox Museum in a workshop on December 28. This is suitable for children aged four and over.
Punch and Judy shows are being held at Squire’s in West Horsley on December 29 and 30. Entry is free but charity donations are welcome and will be given to West Horsley & Bookham Riding for the Disabled.
Don’t forget about the New Year’s Day Classic Car Gathering at Brooklands Museum. With over 1,000 vehicles expected, live music and a winter barbeque there will be something for everybody amongst the vast and diverse displays of classics all descending on Brooklands to kick start 2019 in style.
The 12 Dogs of Christmas starts at Ham House on Boxing Day and runs until January 6 - the first dog to visit each day will be announced as one of the ‘Twelve Dogs of Christmas’, receive a very tasty doggy Christmas pudding and will go up on our famous ‘InstaHam’ board. Even if you don’t end up being the first dog of the day, every dog that visits will be given a free treat and lots of fuss to keep those tails wagging.
Christmas at Weald & Downland Museum takes place on Boxing Day and December 27 and includes traditionally decorated houses that reflect the spirit of Christmas through the ages along with spiced apple juice and spiced biscuits for visitors.
It’s a big ask for little eyes to stay open for the midnight countdown, so Godstone Farm is running its own kid-friendly New Year celebrations. On Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st December there will be a New Year bash! Get face glitter and take part in party dances and games throughout the day in the heated indoor playbarn.
Please remember to check our things to do section and what’s on calendar for lots more ideas and information. And don’t forget to check out our festive shows and pantomimes feature as many of these run into the New Year.
And finally a very Happy Christmas and fantastic New Year to all of our readers. We look forward to bringing you lots more information in 2019.