Whether you are planning some treat days out or looking for some free activities, Surrey has lots of events for families with children of all ages.
The summer holidays are now in full swing and staff at the venues and attractions throughout the region are still working hard to provide lots of entertainment – from the messy to the educational.
The week four calendar on Surrey Mummy is packed full of ideas and we have tried to list as many as we can here. Please also head to our what’s on calendar for more events and details.
You can also get lots of ideas and inspiration from our listings sections for ideas, including days out, garden centres, parks and playgrounds and (let’s hope you don’t need this one) rainy days. You can find all of these sections and more under the main things to do page.
Please don’t forget to check with the venue before setting off to ensure the activity is going ahead or in some cases, to book your place.
Week four (August 11-17)
Throughout the holidays
Many events run for the entire length of the summer holidays, including trails and other activities at National Trust properties:
Other events running throughout the summer:
Beautiful Butterflies and Magnificent Minibeasts at Haslemere Museum runs until September 1 and includes touchable cut out models, dressing up, puzzles, garden trails and much more.
50 Days of Summer at Birdworld runs from July 16 to September 3 and includes fascinating facts, a trail around the park, challenges from Ivor the cockatoo, entertainment sessions, arts and crafts and more.
Summer Fun on the Farm at Bocketts Farm includes a trail in which children search for mythical creatures and collect their magic powers. Other activities will include panning for gold, crafts, water wars, animal handling, goat feeding and more.
Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers at WWT London Wetland Centre gives children a chance to try pond dipping, birdwatching, scavenger hunts, shelter building, camp fire cooking and more.
If they like dinosaurs, they’ll love the Jurassic Discovery at RHS Wisley, where they can unearth the secrets of the land that time forgot. There will be Jurassic plant habitats, giant insects and dinosaur footprints to discover.
Patches Playtime is a new interactive animatronic farmyard experience on offer at Squire’s in Badshot Lea throughout August. Activities will include a puppet show, planting a magic carrot seed creating a flower windmill and more.
Festival on the Farm at Godstone Farm will include messy play, a disco, animal antics, garden games, storytelling and more.
Extra activities are on offer at Brooklands Museum throughout the holidays, including pedal driven planes and cars to try out, workshops to make a 3D paddock scene, the new interactive Aircraft Factory and more.
Florabundance at Watts Gallery takes place Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays in August and invites visitors to escape to the venue’s woodland playground and floral gardens and enjoy activities. Create sun prints, draw floral designs on acetate to hold up to the light and add to the giant flower installation. Pick up a Florabundance Trail to find flowers in the Artists' Village and discover their meanings.
Phoebe the Apprentice Ranger is an interactive family experience at Polesden Lacey and runs Wednesdays to Sundays until August 26. Visitors will meet Phoebe, who has landed her dream summer job as an apprentice ranger. At Phoebe’s basecamp in the grounds she will be giving out challenges and missions for groups to complete around the estate. Help Phoebe to learn more about the estate and countryside code to earn ranger badges and ensure she can keep her dream job after the summer.
It’s Mini Beast Safari Week at Birdworld, where children can meet a host of unusual creatures, make arts and crafts, follow a trail, have their face painted and more.
Weekend August 11-12
The Loxwood Joust is a fun family festival of Mediaeval Mayhem that takes place over the first two weekends in August and includes displays of jousting, weaponry, archery and cannon fire. Visitors can also wander the Living History Village and enjoy the Children’s Kingdom – a festival within a festival with archery wound painting, Pelt The Peasant, sword school and a bouncy castle.
Chertsey Agricultural Show takes place this weekend and has something for the whole family including birds of prey, cattle, chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, pigs and goats, a pet show, a dog show, dog agility, craft and food marquees, horticultural marquee, a horse show and more.
Bring out the wild side of your family in a fun session with the Surrey Wildlife Trust on Saturday. There will be games, crafts and activities to engage with nature.
It’s about time you treated your favourite teddy bear to a day out! Take your teddies along to Hollycombe Museum on Sunday for a picnic, teddy bear trail and lots of other activities.
It’s Superheroes Weekend at Fishers Farm, so get your disguises ready (this means mums and dads as well) and attempt to beat the mighty inflatable assault course. There will also be some superhero face painting.
The Okewood, Oakley and Forest Green summer fair takes place on Saturday, where there will be an art tent, ball pond, Punch and Judy show, pony rides, animals, children’s sports, dog show and more.
Monday, August 13
It's Magic Monday at The Swan shopping centre in Leatherhead. Walk a tight rope, have a go on a unicycle, spin plates and watch a magic show. That's got to make a shopping trip a bit more exciting!
It’s story time at RHS Wisley today – a nice gentle activity to help you recover from that busy weekend! This is suitable for the under-fives and will take their little imaginations on a journey through the natural world of creepy-crawlies and garden adventures.
Those teddy bears are lazy, they do nothing but lie around on the bed all day. Get them up and about today with a teddy bears’ picnic in the beautiful setting of Winkworth Arboretum. There will be singing and stories to entertain everyone.
Tuesday, August 14
Join a great hunt for mini beasts at Sayers Croft today by dipping in the pond and exploring the woodland. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
Wonderful Water at Butser Ancient Farm is part of the venue’s Summer of Science and Sorcery and encourages children to have a go at sailing a coracle, aqueducts, herbal drinks, Roman cleaning chores, washing clothes, the Roman latrine and waterproofing objects using clay, wax and pitch.
Join in with a Clay Creations workshop at Haslemere Museum to make functional and beautiful bug houses that will entice insects to live in your garden. This is suitable for five to 11-year-olds.
Make egg box turtles in a workshop at the Living Planet Centre today to celebrate the amazing marine wildlife of the deep blue ocean.
Wednesday, August 15
Wonderful Wednesdays at Weald and Downland open air museum are fun-packed days with lots of hands-on activities. See the museum website for more details.
Plan it, Build it, Test it at Petworth House invites children to drop in and make a science and technology inspired craft. This is suitable for children aged four to 12.
Treat your favourite teddy bear to a day out today at Denbies, with a train ride and storytelling event.
All aboard! Make your own choo choo train out of paper and other recycled materials in a workshop at The Lightbox Museum. This is suitable for children aged four and over.
Wild Wednesday at Sayers Croft will include pond dipping and a blindfold trail. Expect to catch fish, beetles, dragonfly nymphs, snails and then have a go on the exciting blindfold trail. Parents are welcome to drop the children off or stay and join in.
Thursday, August 16
Guildford-on-Sea starts today. The banks of the River Wey will be transformed into a pleasure beach, complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, Punch & Judy, face painting, candy floss and more. All we need is some sunshine!
Activity Thursdays at the Rural Life Centre provide lots of educational hands-on activities for children to take part in. Meet the Home Guard Warden with his stirrup pump, try old-fashion clothes washing with a mangle, launch a rocket, play with a giant dolls’ house and much more.
Fantastic Frames at Haslemere Museum is a workshop that aims to inspire children to make a frame and a fantastic piece of artwork to go inside it. This is suitable for five to 11-year-olds.
Mizens Railway is open every Thursday afternoon in August so families can enjoy a ride on the miniature train. This week, there will also be a teddy bears’ picnic taking place.
Feared by the bad, loved by the good...' Robin Hood and his merry men are spending their summer holiday on Dapdune Island. Join them in Robin Hood-inspired activities and crafts every Thursday in August.
Friday, August 17
The Weyfest music festival in Farnham starts today. This boutique-style festival offers fine food and drink and lots of entertainment, including live music over four stages. The line-up includes 10cc, Hayseed Dixie, The SAS Band, Dreadzone and many more.
Guildford-on-Sea makes a trip into town a bit more interesting today. The banks of the River Wey will be transformed into a pleasure beach, complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, Punch & Judy, face painting, candy floss and more. All we need is some sunshine!
Have fun making your own superhero pop-up card in a workshop at The Lightbox Museum today. Who will pop out of your card? This is suitable for children aged four and over.
Pony Magic will be at Hatchlands Park today offering magical rides with beautiful, safe ponies suitable for two to 11-year-olds.
Open air cinema takes place at Guildford’s Lido this evening. The film showing will be Finding Nemo. The swimming and slides will be open to visitors from 7pm to 8pm, before the film starts.
If you want to plan ahead, have a look at our What's on features for the coming weeks to find events and activities running in and around Surrey: