Are you enjoying the holidays so far? We certainly are. We're into the fourth 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.
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: decorate a suncatcher.
Weekend August 10-11
It's Chertsey Agricultural Show on Saturday. This event will include a main show ring with a huge range of displays including camel racing, heavy horses, tractors and pony showjumping. There will also be dog shows, children’s competitions, car and motorcycle displays, a donkey show, all the usual show classes for animals and much, much more.
Enjoy a Day out with Thomas on the Watercress Line. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and take part in lots of other activities including craft and fairground rides. A great one for those little Thomas fans!
The Guildford-on-Sea urban beach is open! Enjoy all the fun of the seaside complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, Punch & Judy shows, free face painting and candyfloss.
It's the Loxwood Joust this weekend.with mediaeval revelry, mayhem and action packed battles. This huge event includes sword school, mediaeval cookery, authentic workshops, jesters, live music, combat training and much more. Sounds like a family day out to be reckoned with...
See a lovely family-friendly performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Painshill Park on Saturday, or head Weald and Downland Museum for an open air theatre production of the David Walliams favourite Gansta Granny.
The Cranleigh Car Show and Autojumble on Sunday will include children's rides and entertainment, arena events, hosted by TV presenter Mark Evans, live music and more. It's also Brooklands Relived, when the museum site will be filled with the actual cars, motorcycles and bicycles from 1907-1939.
On Sunday you can also enjoy a family game of crazy golf at Claremont, an open afternoon at Great Cockrow Railway, a teddy bears' picnic at Mizens Railway or a teddy bears' outing at Hollycombe Steam Museum. The Make Space is also open at Watts Gallery for some family craft activities.
Monday, August 12
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 13
Make a beautiful savannah scene with African animal silhouettes. This is a Museum Explorers event for 5-11 year olds (parents do not need to stay). Booking is advised.
Have fun learning how to use nature to decorate your own sculpture, using different techniques, such as relief, stencilling and printing in a workshop at The Lightbox Museum. Booking is essential for this event.
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 14
Make your own wiggly caterpillar from a variety of coloured papers and recycled materials during a drop-in workshop at The Lightbox Museum. This is suitable for all ages.
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. You can also be an archaeologist at Denbies today
It's a big day out for the teddy bears today! There’s a fun-filled teddy bears’ picnic taking place at Claremont Landscape Gardens featuring delightful stories and songs. Please take your own picnic. There's also an open afternoon at Great Cockrow Railway and a falconry display at Haslemere Museum.
Thursday, August 15
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.
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 16
The Wildflowers Festival at Hobbledown takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and includes l ive music, music and dance workshops, theatre, walkabouts, magic shows, circus entertainment, craft stalls, a street food market, bar and lots of paint throwing!
In Watts Tots sculpt, the under-fives can create towering structures from interesting and colourful materials, including lolly sticks, plasticine, cardboard and foam shapes. Adults can have fun joining in as well!
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.
There's some bubble fun taking place at The Lightbox Museum. Enjoy constructing a variety of bubble makers, see how they work in the courtyard or at home.
The Weyfest festival starts today. 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.
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.