Create and Grow at Squire's Garden Centres

Are you enjoying the holidays so far? We certainly are. We're into the fifth week already, so if you haven't run out of steam yet, here's some fantastic ideas that will help you create some beautiful memories with the children and perhaps remind you of your own childhood...

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. Please also check our what's on calendar for more ideas.

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.

All week

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: plant and decorate a summer pot.

Weekend August 17-18

The Weyfest festival takes place this weekend. This is described as a premium boutique style music festival with great food and drink, clean and posh loos, a lovely camp site with hot showers and music across four stages. There is also drama and creative arts workshops for children and more. The line-up this year includes The Brand New Heavies, Reef, Lightening Seeds, The Selecter, Gabrielle and Scouting for Girls.

The Wildflowers Festival at Hobbledown takes place on Saturday and Sunday and includes live music, music and dance workshops, theatre, walkabouts, magic shows, circus entertainment, craft stalls, a street food market, bar and lots of paint throwing!

Pony Magic will be at Hatchlands Park on Sunday, offering lovely safe pony rides for children aged 2-11.It's also open afternoon at Great Cockrow Railway and Guildford Model Engineering Society and there is a teddy bears' picnic at Mizens RailwayThe Make Space is open at Watts Gallery for some family craft activities.

Monday, August 19

Ancient Art Mondays at Butser Farm encourage youngsters to unleash their creativity. Activities will vary each week but could include prehistoric painting, felting, pottery, mosaic making or weaving.

Treat those hard-working teddy bears to a picnic at Winkworth Arboretum this afternoon. Humans can go along as well and enjoy some storytelling and songs.

Tuesday, August 20

Look at some of Africa’s amazing birds, from the largest in the world to diminutive Tiny Sunbird and enjoy some themed activities. This is a Museum Explorers event at Haslemere Museum for 5-11 year olds (parents do not need to stay). Booking is advised.

Tuesdays mean Time Traveller Training at Butser Ancient Farm - pick up some of the skills needed if you suddenly found yourself travelling thousands of years into the past! Each week pick up different skills and knowledge to fill in your time travel passport.

Wednesday, August 21

Join in with a Bug Hunt at Farnham Museum. Explore the amazing world of insects, take part in a minibeast safari and build a bug hotel. This is for five to 11-year-olds and booking is 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.

The Henfold Birds of Prey will be at Denbies today for visitors to admire, or you can enjoy a fun-filled teddy bears’ picnic at Claremont Landscape Gardens featuring delightful stories and songs. Please take your own picnic. It's also open afternoon at Great Cockrow Railway. 

It's Wonderful Wednesday at Weald and Downland Museum and time to get hands-on with lots of activities. Or you get creative and explore foil design in the Mega Make Space at Watts Gallery.

Thursday, August 22

Haslemere Museum is hosting a teddy bears' picnic and mini fete this afternoon. There will be traditional games, face painting and fun stalls. Take your teddy for a photo with Arthur the Bear. Book tea in advance.

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.

Each Thursday during the summer holidays there will be storytelling and tales of daring adventures at Butser Ancient Farm. The stories have been specially commissioned to fire the imagination of younger children from 3 to 10 with music, song and interactive performance.

Gluesticks at the ready - crafternoons are taking place at Winkworth Arboretum and Farnham Museum

Learn about Earth, Wind and Fire at Dapdune Wharf. Enjoy the messy mud kitchen, kites, fire lighting and water games along with a range of other fun activities for you to make and take home.

Friday, August 23

​The Victorious Festival runs from Friday to Sunday in Portsmouth and is a very family-friendly affair. As well as the live music, there is a kids' arena with the Octonauts, Mr Bloom, Peppa Pig, Transformers, Disney princesses, Jedi training, a beach area, workshops, arts and crafts, inflatables, a baby change tent and more. ​

Pony Magic will be visiting Hatchlands Park today offering safe pony rides for 2-11-year-olds. Or head to Winkworth Arboretum for a crafternoon.

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.

When night falls and all the visitors have gone, WWT London Wetland Centre becomes a truly magical place. Experience the wild and wonderful side of the centre. Adventurers will build dens, listen to wildlife, look for bats and other nocturnal animals and listen to stories around a roaring campfire toasting marshmallows.

We hope you have had a lovely week.

Find out what is happening in week 6, August 24-30