The long (and hopefully) hot summer is ahead of us, so it’s time to plan some fun.
We’ve been busy collecting information about all the events and activities for families in Surrey throughout the summer holidays, so you can see them all in one place.
The Surrey Mummy what’s on calendar is bursting at the seams (just like our holiday suitcase), so hopefully you will find plenty of inspiration for entertaining your little ones.
We have also picked out the main highlights from Week One in this round-up feature, but don’t forget to check the calendar for more details and events. It’s a quieter week at the venues this week as many schools don’t finish until Wednesday or later, so please check back next week when activities will be in full swing.
Our listings sections are also really useful at this time of year with sections for days out, garden centres, parks and playgrounds, rainy days and more. You can find all of these sections under the main things to do page.
It’s important to check with the venue before setting off to ensure the activity is going ahead or to book a place if required.
Throughout the holidays
Claremont Landscape Gardens is holding Summer Adventures - a programme of family events such as a children's trail, storytelling sessions and arty crafternoons. Crafternoons also take place at Winkworth Arboretum.
Festival on the Farm at Godstone Farm is described as the ultimate stay-cation and includes crafting, messy play, a noisy music zone, junk modelling, daily shows and the usual farmyard fun.
RHS Wisley is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Very Hungry Caterpillar this summer. Activities will include exploring lifecycles and learning about where food comes from and how it grows. The Spectacular Plants trail at RHS Wisley introduces mind-boggling specimens grown in the garden. This is aimed at 8-12 year olds.
Enjoy a magical summer at Bocketts Farm Park, where there will be an enchanted trail, magical crafts, a fairies and dragons bubble disco and all the usual summer attractions: Water Wars Splash Zone, panning for gold, a giant sandpit, pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing.
The Summer of Fun at Birdworld kicks off on Tuesday and will include a range of activities including hilarious entertainment shows from Chubby the Clown or Crazee Hazee as well as extra activities and arts & crafts.
It’s also the Summer of Fun at Fishers Farm Park, where you can enjoy a tractor trailer ride, try the Sky Fall jump from a platform onto the giant pillow, cool off in the Splash Attack zone and of course see, meet and learn all about the animals.
Craft activities are on offer at Polesden Lacey, with a different craft each week including kite making, snail racing and many more.
The Squire’s garden centres “Create & Grow” activities are back this summer. There are different craft and planting activities each week - available on Mondays, Tuesdays and also on Wednesdays at selected centres. There are also free activities every week including spot the difference sheets, word searches, and paper mazes. There’s no need to book for any of the activities, simply turn up on the day between 9am and 12.30pm. Excludes Squire’s in Chertsey. This week: A wildlife hunt around the garden centre.
Weekend July 20-21
Guildford hosts the Cheese and Chilli Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Expect an amazing array of flavours, colours and experiences, including chilli eating competitions, man v food challenges, cooking demonstrations, chilli sauce awards, children’s activities, crazy golf, human sized table football, a family zone, falconry display and live music. Children are FREE!
The Woodland Fairy Fair at Watts Gallery is a weekend of magical adventures in the Watts enchanted woodland. There will be lots of crafts to try as well as den building, face painting, fairy dancing, sensory play for little ones and much more.
Mini Monster Fest in Nutfield on Saturday is a music and entertainment festival and fun day for families and will include DJs, live music, bouncy castles, face painting and more.
The Ripley Event on Saturday is a popular village show with live music, dancing displays, a rock choir, children’s entertainment, food and drink stalls, vintage and classic vehicles, children’s races, a dog show and much more. Money raised goes to local and national charities.
The Big Camp at Dapdune Wharf on Saturday night invites families to share a fun night under the stars. There will be a bonfire for toasting marshmallows and a barbecue available to cook your own food. Take your own tents and food. Bacon and sausage butties and hot drinks will be available on the Sunday morning for a small charge.
Albury Music Festival on Sunday is a FREE live music festival and an important showcase for many talented musicians from the local area. The event will raise money for local mental health charity Oakleaf Enterprise.
Tuesday, July 23
There will be some storytelling for the under-fives at The Lightbox today. This session will include stories, rhymes and hands-on creative fun either in the Education Studio or around the gallery.
Wednesday, July 24
The Big Tree Climb at Morden Hall Park today allows visitors to join instructors from the Big Tree Company for a tree top adventure. Experts will lead the session and show children and adults how to safely climb into the canopy of the tallest London Plane. Book in advance.
Go time travelling at Farnham Museum today to meet the Anglo Saxons. In this fun session, children will explore everyday Anglo-Saxon life, find out about Saxon medicine, eat Saxon bread, try on Saxon clothes and train to be a Saxon warrior. Booking essential.
Dig a little deeper into the past and join in with some amazing archaeology every Wednesday during the summer holidays at Butser Ancient Farm. Try your hand at excavation, handle ancient artefacts, test ancient theories and more. Activities will run between 11am and 3pm.
There’s a fun-filled teddy bears’ picnic taking place at Claremont Landscape Gardens featuring delightful stories and songs. Please take your own picnic. This is designed for pre-school toddlers from 12 months old.
The tropical creepy crawly roadshow is at Denbies for Wild Wednesdays! Meet snakes, lizards, mini-beasts, frogs for an inspiring animal encounter.
Thursday, July 25
Get stuck in with Activity Thursday at the Rural Life Centre. Spend a day learning about the Home Guard, have a go at washing clothes the Victorian way, launch an air propelled rocket, explore the child sized doll’s house, ‘milk the cow’ or have a go on the pole lathe.
Join ceramicist Jan Hite for an African-themed clay workshop at Haslemere Museum. This is a Museum Explorers event for 5-11 year olds (parents do not need to stay). Cost is £5 for members and £7 for non-members and booking is advised.
A family-friendly production of the Wind in the Willows is being performed in the beautiful surroundings of Weald and Downland Museum – book tickets in advance.
Friday, July 26
The Lightbox Museum is holding a Big Art Summer Fun Afternoon for families today. This is a FREE event where you can have your face painted then create some big art in the Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture exhibition.
The Garden Show at Loseley Park starts today and runs all weekend. There will be a wide range of exhibitors with products to enhance your home, garden and life as well as Plenty of children's entertainment and lots of fun for all.
Watts Tots painting today encourages under-fives to create experimental paintings using a wide variety of 'found' objects, including toy cars, feathers and cardboard. This should be booked in advance.
Four-legged Fridays at Butser Ancient Farm will introduce visitors to the site’s wildlife and rare breed animals and the vital role animals played in all aspects of ancient life. There will be animal talks, meet the animal sessions, cooking demonstrations, bone handling activities and more.
If you missed it yesterday, there is another crafternoon taking place at Winkworth Arboretum today. Head to the craft tent to explore colours and creativity.
That looks like a good fun-packed start to the summer holidays! Have a lovely week.