7 family-friendly half term holidays in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 18:21 05 October 2020 | UPDATED: 08:19 06 October 2020

Beaverbrook has a host of activities to keep the kids entertained this half term.

Beaverbrook has a host of activities to keep the kids entertained this half term.

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Clinch a last minute staycation at one of these hotels this October

Oaklands Park HotelOaklands Park Hotel

Escape to the Surrey Riviera

Explore the 10-acre gardens at Oatlands Park Hotel and you will be walking in the footsteps of Henry VIII. While the four-star hotel dates back to the turn of the eighteenth century, the beautiful gardens once housed a palace built by the Tudor king for his new queen, Anne of Cleves.

Surrounded by countryside and close to the River Thames, known as the Surrey Riviera with attractions such as Brooklands Museum just one minute away, and RHS Wisley a mere five minutes, the hotel is ideally situated for an autumn getaway.

Or simply unwind in one of the hotel’s sumptuous rooms and enjoy delicious dining in The Mulberry Restaurant. Its two-night stay offer, including daily breakfast and a two-course dinner on the first night, starts from £179, or a one-night stay for two with dinner and breakfast is from £109.

This half term, families can enjoy a Halloween Afternoon Tea served from 3pm in the Mulberry Restaurant from Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31 (£15 per child, £29.95 per adult).

Brooklands HotelBrooklands Hotel

Full speed to Brooklands

Motor racing and aviation enthusiasts couldn’t get any closer to Brooklands Museum if they tried when they stay at the Brooklands Hotel this autumn.

This contemporary hotel with iconic art deco-inspired interiors is literally on the start line of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and the home of Concorde.

After a day in top gear exploring the museum, relax in the hotel’s tranquil spa with its hydrotherapy hot tub, meditation room with heated waterbeds, and his and hers sauna and steam rooms.

This half term, check out the Brooklands Museum Discovery Break package, which includes overnight accommodation in a family room, a family pass into Brooklands Museum and breakfast. Children can eat for free when dining in the 1907 restaurant, bar and grill.


Family fun at Beaverbrook

Sitting on a 470-acre estate in the heart of the rolling Surrey Hills, Beaverbrook country house hotel has enlisted party supremos Sharkey and George to entertain children this half term.

Youngsters will be immersed in high octane woodland adventures and Halloween-themed games at the Kids Club, all organised from a spectacular treehouse hidden away in the forest.

There’s also a host of family activities including private baking or healthy cooking classes at The School of Cookery, film screenings of classics at The Cinema, and family splash hours at the indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

All bedrooms come fully equipped with amenities for children, including activity kits, storybooks and mini robes, and babysitting facilities are available so that parents can enjoy some well-deserved down time together. The Fabulous Family Escape package starts from £515 per night based on two adults and one child.

The cabanas at Denbies Vineyard HotelThe cabanas at Denbies Vineyard Hotel

A room with a vine view.

Views overlooking the 265 acres of vines, North Downs Way and the iconic Box Hill form the backdrop for Denbies Vineyard Hotel, opened just over a year ago. It has 17 en-suite rooms decorated to reflect the expanse of countryside, and its stunning Orangery Restaurant has far reaching views over the vineyard.

Create your own mini-break itinerary by booking one of the vineyard trails, a sparkling afternoon tea, wine-tasting and tour, or even a `gin and vine’ experience. Or hotel guests can have a secret vineyard trail or private dining in one of the all-weather cabanas, with locally-sourced produce accompanied by wine produced on the estate.

With the vineyard itself offering seven-miles of public footpaths which includes part of the North Downs Trail, this a perfect destination for those seeking a tranquil stay this autumn. You can chill out even further with Surrey Hills Physiotherapy, located in The Barn next to the Vineyard Hotel which is now offering massage, reflexology, Pilates, yoga and Tai Chi.

Prices for an overnight stay in a double room, including breakfast, start from £165.

Stan Hill Court Hotel in CharlwoodStan Hill Court Hotel in Charlwood

Anyone for croquet?

Situated in Charlwood, half way between Brighton and London, Stan Hill Court is the perfect location to for exporing the city and the coast.

Situated within 35 acres of woodland, the country manor house hotel is just a short taxi ride to Gatwick train station, where you can be in London within 30 minutes. Or you and the children can be skimming stones by the sea within a half hour drive.

Then complete your day trip with a relaxing stay at the hotel – perhaps making time for a game of croquet on the lawn and afternoon tea.

Prices start from £94.90 for one night in a family room including breakfast. Afternoon tea with croquet is from £18.45 per person.

The family rooms at The Mitre Hampton Court have a separate area for kids with bunk beds and a toy trunkThe family rooms at The Mitre Hampton Court have a separate area for kids with bunk beds and a toy trunk

Did someone say free babysitting?

Surrey’s hottest new hotel opening, not only is The Mitre Hampton Court situated right on the banks of the River Thames but it’s also directly opposite Hampton Court Palace so is the perfect base from which to spend a day or two exploring this historic venue. Stay mid-week and the hotel will even throw in two adult tickets to the palace for free.

As well as having fantastic family friendly accommodation (family rooms come with a separate kids area with bunk beds and a tunk of toys) and kid-friendly menus at both its restaurants, the hotel is offering a free babysitter over the half term period so parents can enjoy an evening child free if they wish.

And, on October 31 the hotel will be offering Trick or Treat Halloween “Vampire” popcorn, which children will be able to collect from a spooky smoking cauldron at reception.

Family rooms start from £277 per night.

Games on the lawn at The Runnymede Hotel in EghamGames on the lawn at The Runnymede Hotel in Egham

Messing about by the river

The Runnymede on Thames Hotel in Egham is set right on the banks of the river Thames and is completely geared up for short breaks your little ones will love. As well as a special kids goody pack to greet them, there’s plenty for them to discover including an indoor pool, enclosed children’s playground, oversized sets of Connect Four, Jenga, table tennis and tennis courts. The friendly staff can provide you with board games, food for feeding the ducks, and even arrange theme park packages for nearby attractions, such as Legoland. Soak up some history at the nearby Magna Carta Monument at the National Trust’s Runnymede memorial site, or take to the water in one of the hotel’s boats and go for a slow meander down river. As evening falls, the hotel’s Leftbank restaurant offers great value dining, with a great kids menu or you could book one of the inflatable domes for the ultimate private dining experience. If you book your family break seven days in advance you’ll receive a 15 per cent discount.

For more ideas of things to do while staying in Surrey, check out Visit Surrey, the county’s official tourist board, as well as our round up of what’s on in the area this month.

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