25 of the best spring and Easter days out in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 16:09 09 April 2019
With the weather improving, flowers blooming, and school and bank holidays on the horizon, now is the time to get out with the little ones and enjoy what Surrey has to offer
1. This year, RBG Kew marks its 260th birthday, which will be celebrated with the opening of several new spaces. The new Children’s Garden will open its gates to the public for the first time in May, inviting young learners to discover plant science and develop their love of nature and the outdoors. At 10,000m², it covers the size of nearly 40 tennis courts.
2. Head to Polesden Lacey this Easter to take part in a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt with a difference. Instead of just hunting for eggs participants will learn about recycling along an outdoor woodland trail. The hunt runs from Saturday, April 6 until Monday, April 22.
3. Relax on a boat trip into the centre of Guildford at Dapdune Wharf – the historic home of the Wey barges that worked the waterways from Guildford to the Port of London in the first half of the 19th century. Boat trips run from Dapdune Wharf from Thursday to Monday during open season.
4. Get your family moving at Farnham’s free walking festival. The festival, in May, showcases the town’s history and heritage as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. There are plenty of walks around Farnham throughout the year too.
5. Get up close and personal with a menagerie of exotic animals on an Aminal Encounter Tour at Merrist Wood in Worplesdon. Merrist Wood is home to creatures including iguanas, armadillos, tree frogs, snakes, red squirrels and meerkats.
6. If your kids have ever fancied having a go on a potter’s wheel, you could be in luck as Grayshott Pottery in Hindhead is offering visitors the chance to take a free tour of its pottery. The Journey of the Clay tour will reveal the secrets of fettling, slip casting, jollying, and clay throwing.
7. See newborn baby lambs and freshly hatched chicks this spring at Godstone Farm. From April 6 to 22 there will also be a host of Easter activities taking place, including rubber duck races, a Mega Egg Dash and a chance to help braid the manes of some Shetland Ponies.
8. Head to Basingstoke Canal this April as boat tours onboard The Basingstoke Canal Society’s resident barge, Kitty, start up again. The cruise takes in Horsell Common, which is a short distance from the setting for HG Wells’ War of the Worlds.
9. Those with a head for heights will get a great view of the Surrey countryside at Skywalk Adventure, in Esher. Kids from eight up can climb their way around the treetop adventure course, across bridges, stepping stones and zip wires.
10. Learn about the natural world at the WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking this spring. As part of the WWF Experience exhibition kids can take part in a treasure hunt which will guide them through four themed zones.
11. From May Thorpe Lakes’ Aqua Park re-opens. The inflatable obstacle course is located next door to Thorpe Park and is also home to wakeboarding, watersking, banana boats and a free to use public beach.
12. There is always plenty to educate and entertain kids at Hampton Court Palace, including guided tours of the palace and gardens, permanent exhibitions, the UK’s oldest hedge maze and a Magic Garden.
13. Skaterham, a skate park housed in a converted chapel in Caterham, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The park was founded in 1999 to offer surrey children a safe space to practice extreme sports.
14. Tire your kids out rain or shine this spring by heading to Gravity Force, in Camberley, here they can enjoy 50 interconnected trampolines of all shapes and sizes, blocks, boxes and angled trampolines that let them literally bounce off the walls.
15. Head to Brooklands Museum in Weybridge this Easter holiday where kids will be able to take a trip in a vintage-style car, courtesy of the Brooklands Volunteer Car Rides Team. Plus, look out for Bertie the Brooklands Bear who will be making guest appearances.
16. Thorpe Park is one place that kids never seem to get tired of. Home to 30 thrilling rides, Thorpe Park has something for kids of all ages from Angry Birds 4D Experience to Derren Brown’s terrifying Ghost Train.
17. If the weather is playing ball, Guildford Lido is one of the more picturesque places to take a dip. Set in landscaped gardens and heated to 24 degrees Centigrade, the lido is one of the country’s few remaining original 1930’s pools and attracts an average of 50,000 people every season.
18. Llama trekking offers a unique and unforgettable way to explore the Surrey countryside. Surrey Hills Llamas puts on treks for adults and children aged 8+ that set out from The Merry Harriers pub in Hambledon. When the weather is nice the friendly herd of llamas are happy to carry picnic hampers too.
19. This April, The Heart Shopping Centre in Walton-on-Thames will be hosting a special workshop for children to create their very own Easter toy. The free workshop will take place on Saturday, April 20 and will teach children how to make a soft toy from scratch.
20. Birdworld in Farnham is home to over 2,000 birds as well as a menagerie of other animals including, goats, reindeer, crocodiles, piranha and seahorses. The zoo’s characterful penguins are one of its most popular animals and kids will be able to watch them being fed twice a day.
21. Make like a modern day Tarzan and head to Wild Wood Adventure in Guildford to exerience the thrill of negotiating rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees. Adults and children aged 11+ will be able to take on the main course, while children aged six up can enjoy the easier terrain on the Wild Kids course.
22. The combination of animals and play areas, both inside and out, make Bockett’s Farm a popular all weather attraction for families in Surrey. Daily activities include pony rides, goat milking, animal handling, tractor rides and the famous pig racing.
23. Head to Hatchlands Park on May 23 for a guided walk around the park in search of the resident bat population. You’ll be loaned a bat detector so that you can hear, and maybe even see, some of the nine species that live there.
24. Claremont Landscape Garden will be playing host to some friendly farm animals from Mill Cottage Farm for its annual Family Farm day on Saturday, May 4. There is also a children’s play area and thatched cottage filled with Victorian style games and clothes.
25. Based on Esher Hill, overlooking Sandown Park Racecourse, Sandown Ski is an outdoor ski centre that has a range of junior and adult ski courses. There is also a ski chalet clubhouse for parents, who prefer to watch their charges with a hot chocolate in hand.
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