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Family days out in Surrey: magical adventures, theme park thrills, farm fun, mountain boarding and tropical birds

PUBLISHED: 17:55 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:59 21 February 2014

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park


Tied to the desk all week? Fed up of being stuck on crowded trains? Well, here are a few family friendly suggestions for things to do come the weekend, from magical adventures to theme parks


Based on a mystical and magical story, the Hobbledown adventure park welcomed almost 250,000 people through its gates during its opening year in Epsom. The project centres on the Hobblers, characters who live in the play structures of the 50-acre site. The park is also home to a host of real life creatures, too, from alpacas to yellow-naped Amazon parrots among other residents. Join the adventure @ hobbledown.com


Billed as the nation’s thrill capital, perennial favourite Thorpe Park, near Chertsey, certainly has the rides to back up their claims with The Swarm leading the way and dragging visitors backwards into a blind 127-feet drop. Meanwhile, Chessington World of Adventures, located on the site of a mansion that was once a royalist stronghold, combines zoo, sea life centre and, of course, rides. Pluck up your courage @ thorpepark.com or chessington.com


A working family farm set in the beautiful Surrey countryside near Leatherhead, Bocketts Farm offers a combination of animals and play areas that is hard to beat. Your chance to watch pig races, take pony rides, hop on board the tractor and trailer, cuddle cute rabbits and feed farm animals. Experience farm life @ bockettsfarm.co.uk


Offering sporting thrills that would leave even the bravest athletes dreaming of the physios, the Ride the Hill mountain-boarding centre near Nutfield attracts those who enjoy throwing themselves down slopes on oversized skateboards in a sort of Surrey version of surfing. Certainly a far cry from the cream teas and Pimm’s on offer at the nearby Priory Farm teashop! Throw yourself down slopes @ ridethehill.com


Opened in 1967, Birdworld near Farnham has become one of the largest bird parks in the country. From storks and sunbirds to penguins, owls and parrots, there are birds from all around the world. The 26-acre park is also home to Underwater World, a journey from a tropical mountain stream through jungle swamps to the colourful world of marine reefs, as well as the Jenny Wren Farm. Keeper talks take place daily. Take flight @ birdworld.co.uk


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