Planning a family day out in Farnham, Surrey? Well you won’t be stuck for choice. With fantastic outdoor spaces, wildlife, history and art, Farnham offers plenty of things to do with kids. We have picked some of our favourites. And best of all, they are all outdoors, so ideal for social-distancing.
Farnham is a historic market town in Surrey, South-East England. With its Georgian houses, cobbled streets and 12th Century castle, Farnham has a very traditional look. Yet, it has a young vibrant feel about it and there are plenty of attractions for families.
Farnham Treasure Trail
One of the best ways to explore Farnham town and environs is to follow a self-guided Treasure Trail. There is a choice of two treasure trails in Farnham, one for the castle and town and one for the Maltings & meadows. The kids chose the latter.
Firstly, the trail took us on a route out of town and across the local parks and nearby meadows. Later, we returned to town and even took a detour to Farnham Castle for lunch.
In total, we had 20 clues to solve, most of which were on plaques and commemorative signs around town. It was good fun and we certainly deserved our smoothie and homemade carrot cake on our return.
We were gifted our Farnham Treasure Trail but had bought one previously for a Murder Mystery trail in Wimbledon.
Postcode: GU9 7PS
Alice Holt Forest
One of our all-time favourite family days out near Farnham is at Alice Holt Forest. Just 4 miles South of Farnham, this is a perfect place for getting the kids outdoors and active. With woodland walks, cycle paths and large adventure playground, there’s loads to entertain the family.
Plus, if you’ve got younger kids, they will love the animal play structures and Gruffalo trail. Follow the trail to find life-size wooden sculptures of the Gruffalo and his friends around the forest.
Postcode: GU10 4LS
Go Ape (Alice Holt)
Alternatively, if you’re looking for some tree top adventures, Farnham has a Go Ape centre at Alice Holt. You can choose from a treetop adventure or treetop challenge, depending on their size. The kids love climbing across the tree top obstacles and whizzing back to ground on a zip line.
Postcode: GU10 4LS
Rural Life Centre
Set in 10 acres of Surrey countryside, the Rural Life Living Museum at Farnham is not your usual museum. The museum showcases the history of village life in the countryside in days gone by and has over 40 000 artefacts on display.
There is plenty to see and the kids loved wandering inside and out to look at the different exhibitions. Our family favourites included the old farming tools, a visit to a Victorian classroom and the 1920s holiday chalet. However, top of this list was hiding in a WWII air raid bunker.
Postcode: GU10 2DL
RSPB Farnham Heath Nature Reserve
Now, if you’ve still got energy after your visit to the Rural Life Centre, head next door to the RSPB Nature Reserve. Here you’ll find a choice of three family-friendly waymarked trails which follow through the woods. Keep your eyes out for birds and other wildlife that come to visit.
Postcode: GU10 2DL
Surrey Sculpture Park
A visit to Surrey Sculpture Park is one of the quirkier family days out near Farnham. Where else could you find 650 art pieces in an arboretum?
You have a choice of 4 trails to follow and quite honestly you’ll find art at every corner. On the pathways, in the lake and hanging from the trees!
Furthermore, the art comes in all sizes, big and small. Nothing is off limits, so expect to find trees made of old boots, giant bronze bugs and lots of skeletons!
Postcode: GU10 2LH
Waverley Abbey was originally built for monks over 900 years ago. It now lays in ruins in a meadow outside Farnham. However, some of the walls are standing and information boards are available to help you see what it would have been like in the 12th Century.
It’s a pretty walk to reach the abbey and on a good day, you can take a picnic.
Postcode: GU9 8EP
Frensham Ponds is as near to a beach as you will find in Surrey. The larger of the 2 ponds has a sandy beach and in summer, you can bathe in the water. Alternatively, both ponds are a great place for a family walk.
You can walk around the ponds or across the nearby heathland. Look out for birds and wildlife.
Postcode: GU10 2QB (Frensham Great Pond)
North Downs Way
Another option for a family walk in Farnham is the North Downs Way. This trail goes for 153 miles to Dover, but obviously you don’t need to do it all in one go! The unlikely start for this long-distance walk is by the train station in Farnham.
Postcode: GU10 4LD
Another of the great family days out in Farnham for animal lovers is a trip to Birdworld. Not far from Alice Holt, Birdworld is the UK’s biggest bird park. As well as over 600 birds, children can enjoy the animal farm and the Underwater World Aquarium. There is also a chance to see the birds in action at the flying displays.
Postcode: GU10 4LD
Getting to Farnham
Farnham is close to the towns of Guildford and Farnborough.
It is easily accessible from the A31.
Travel by train to Farnham
It takes just over an hour to get to Farnham by train from London. Trains leave from London Waterloo and you have to change at Woking.
From here, it is 5 minutes’ walk to the town centre.
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