Some of the best family days out to enjoy in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:49 10 March 2020

Polesden Lacey by Heather Smithers (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

Polesden Lacey by Heather Smithers (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr


If you’re looking for a family day out Surrey has an abundance of places to choose from. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started


It's not just about the birds at Birdworld. The site also features the Jenny Wren Farm, featuring the latest newborn arrivals, and the aquarium Underwater World. Flying displays take place from Easter to the end of October.

Holt Pound Lane, Farnham, GU10 4LD

British Wildlife Centre

It's easy to forget the wildlife on our own doorstep, which is what the British Wildlife Centre celebrates. There are chances to meet animals ranging from red squirrels to foxes.

Eastbourne Road, Newchapel, Lingfield, RH7 6LF

Brooklands Museum

Brooklands is perfect for petrolheads of all ages. The award-winning museum explores the history of flight, the birth of British motorsport and supersonic flight from the UK to the US.

Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN

Bocketts Farm

Over the spring months, Bocketts welcomes hundreds of new-born lambs to the farm. There are few sights more joyous and heart-warming than watching the cute little critters' early explorations. With everything from pig racing to play areas, plus a kitchen garden that produces delicious homemade jams, chutneys, sauces, soups and puddings - it's a great family day out.

Young Street, near Leatherhead, KT22 9BS

Campaign Paintball

Anyone who is anyone has shot up the sets at Cobham on this attraction's journey to earning the title of the "UK's ultimate paintball, laser tag and multi-activity centre." Sprint through the frontier Dodge City, First World War trenches, a 30ft 'Zombie' tower and a jungle zone etc.

Old Lane, Cobham, KT11 1NH

Chessington World of Adventures

There are more than 40 rides, a zoo and a Go Ape trail in addition to glamping and other short break offerings.

Chessington, KT9 2NE

Clandon Park

A visit to Clandon Park is becoming increasingly intriguing again (since the fire in 2015) with the walkway extended into the house (you can now go into the State Bedroom and the spectacular Marble Hall) and games on the lawn for families. You can also view the new plans for the house, created by Allies & Morrison.

West Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7RQ

Farncombe Boat House

Throughout the spring and summer months, Farncombe Boat House hires day boats along the River Wey as well as rowing boats, Canadian canoes and punts hired by the hour, with the lock keys to row to Guildford.

Catteshall Road, Godalming, GU7 1NH

Go Ape!

Found just down the road from Bourne Wood, where everyone from Gladiator to Harry Potter has run through the trees, this tree-top adventure offers endless fun for those with a head for heights. Kids 10 years and over (and adults!) can speed down zip slides, leap off a Tarzan swing and tackle other rope obstacles among some of the south's loveliest scenery.

Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, GU10 4LS

Gravity Force

Offering more than 50 interconnected trampolines to provide a fun bouncy way to keep healthy. There's also a foam pit, dodgeball courts and basketball hoops for practising slam dunks.

Admiralty Way, Camberley, GU15 3DT

Hampton Court

Hampton Court was built for Cardinal Wolsey, but seized as a royal palace by King Henry VIII when Wolsey fell from favour. Each room is filled with stories from one of the most fascinating periods of British history, as well as a few spooky tales of spirits and unexplained occurrences. And the grounds feature a large maze, the newly refurbished kitchens and the 250-year-old largest vine in the world.

East Molesey, KT8 9AU

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

For more than 30 years the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been showing the best in contemporary sculpture. Each April new works will are added to join favourites such as Neil Wilkin's glass Dew Drops, and Ronald van der Meijs whose Sound Architecture 5 uses 5,000 stainless steel bicycle bells.

Standon Lane, Ockley, RH5 5QU

Haslemere Educational Museum

2018 marked the 130th anniversary of Haslemere's museum. The museum was founded by Quaker surgeon Sir Jonathan Hutchinson and is centred on his own collection, which he left to the town on his death in 1913. Unlike most museums of the time, festooned with sealed cases and do not touch signs, he encouraged items should be displayed openly.

78 High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2LA


Based on a mystical story, Hobbledown is a place of adventure, magic and mayhem - with the characters Huck, Tipp, Eliza, Professor Topperpot and Sludgebucket leading the way. Joining the imaginary protagonists are a host of real-life animals, including Bennett's wallabies, meerkats and Siberian chipmunks.

Horton Lane, near Epsom, KT19 8PT

Leith Hill Place

Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and his great uncle Charles Darwin conducted experiments in its grounds. Having spent almost 40 years as a school boarding house the National Trust property opened its doors to visitors in summer 2013.


The Lightbox

The Marks Barfield-designed Lightbox is now an iconic feature on Woking's townscape. The gallery, which runs as a charity, is free to enter and hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions throughout the year. As well as attracting collections featuring some of the country's top artists (pieces from The Ingram Collection regularly appear), many of the exhibitions focus on Surrey's home-grown artistic talent.

Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA

Mayfield Lavender

Peak season at this 25-acre field at Mayfield Lavender near Banstead is June to August. You can enjoy afternoon tea in the café surrounded by a blaze of purple and dreams of Provence.

1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA

Polesden Lacey

The country house where Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, spent her honeymoon is now a shrine to a great collector, Edwardian hostess Maggie Greville. Outside there are beautiful gardens and four trails through woodland.

Great Bookham, near Dorking, RH5 6BD

The Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park in Churt has more than 800 sculptures across 10 acres of arboretum and water gardens. The two-mile trail includes macabre bronze skeletons by Wilfred Pritchard and floral inspired works by Ruth Moilliet.

Jumps Road, Churt, Farnham, GU10 2LH

Surrey Hills Adventure Company

We suppose it should have been obvious from the name but Surrey Hills Adventure Company seems to get more adventurous with every month. Already known for its mountain biking and holiday adventures, they've also got a disused quarry at Buckland to expand their stand-up paddleboarding and open water swimming offering.

Belmont School Feldemore, Holmbury Saint Mary, RH5 6LQ

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park offers more than 30 rides ranging from the terrifying Walking Dead and Derren Brown's virtual reality Ghost Train to the family-friendly Storm in a Teacup. It'll keep all the family entertained for hours.

Chertsey, KT16 8PN

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

More of a gallery than a museum but Compton's Artists' Village has something for all tastes. Study the Victorian paintings and sculpture in the Watts Gallery, explore the woodlands near the Grade I Listed Watts Chapel or get bang up-to-date with the latest curated displays in the Watts Contemporary Gallery, which pays for the trust's Arts for All programme.

Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, GU3 1DQ

Winkworth Arboretum

The National Trust arboretum is home to more than 1,000 shrubs and trees. In the spring look out for magnolias, bluebells and azaleas.

Hascombe Road, Godalming, GU8 4AD


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