Looking for the best things to do in Surrey with kids? This guide is packed with Surrey attractions and ideas for fun days out that the whole family will love. All perfect for keeping your children entertained!
Whether it’s animal attractions, theme parks, historic houses, outdoor spaces, or museums, you’ll be spoilt for choice when planning your family day out in Surrey. And our round-up is not just for little kids. We have a bundle of suggestions for days out that will get even the grumpiest of teenagers out of bed!
Read on for the best things to do in Surrey from a family that’s tried them out!
Outdoor fun in Surrey
With some of the best green spaces in the country, Surrey has plenty of places to get your kids outdoors. Whether it’s an outdoor playground, forest or park, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to taking the children outside.
Here’s our pick of the best outdoor places in Surrey with kids.
Alice Holt Forest
First on our list of outdoor things to do in Surrey with kids is visit Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham.
Formerly a royal hunting ground, Alice Holt is now one of Surrey’s best outdoor family attractions. You have a choice of 4 way-marked trails through the forest. Younger kids and toddlers will love the fantastic Gruffalo Trail and the Habitat Trail, with its amazing wooden play sculptures. You’ll also find the Timberline Trim Trail in the forest.
For families who love cycling, Alice Holt has two family-friendly cycle paths. Plus, there’s also a Go Ape centre, for those who prefer fun in the trees.
After the adventure trails, head to the Visitor Centre where you can enjoy a picnic or go in the café. Then let the kids go wild in the amazing adventure playground. Complete with roundabouts, swings, play houses and a wooden pirate ship, there’s plenty to keep children busy.
What’s even better, admission to Alice Holt is free. Parking charges do apply.
Wild Wood Adventure
Wild Wood Adventure is a tree-top adventure course in Stoke Park, Guildford. Children from the age of six can have fun navigating the obstacles in the trees. They will have to cross bridges, climb cargo nets and fly through the sky on a zip wire. And it’s not just for kids – adults can join the fun too!
Virginia Water Lake
One of our favourite family days out in Surrey is to Virginia Water Lake, on the southern edge of Great Windsor Park. The walk around the lake is about 4.5 miles, but you can do a shorter walk to the Totem Pole. You’ll find plenty to spot along the way, including the Roman ruins, waterfall, valley gardens, and totem pole. Plus you might even spot a wild deer.
Alternatively, you can walk from the Visitor Centre to Savill Garden, a beautiful landscaped garden. Currently, there’s a small playground for younger children at Obelisk Lawn. However, later this year (2022) they will be completing a magnificent new adventure playground at Savill Garden. Watch this space……!
Frimley Lodge Park
Another of the best free outdoor things to do in Surrey with kids is visit Frimley Lodge Park. This large recreational site near Frimley borders the Basingstoke Canal. It has plenty of open space and playing fields where youngsters can run around and play ball games.
Frimley Lodge has facilities for all the family, including 2 playgrounds, one of which has just had a major refurbishment. Other family facilities at Frimley Park include the pitch and putt, a trim trail and plenty of areas for picnics and barbeques.
For toddlers, one of the best things to do at Frimley Lodge Park is ride on the steam railway. The miniature railway runs on the first Sunday of every month and at special events, you can even take your teddy!
Formerly King Henry VIII’s hunting ground, Bushy Park is now a fantastic place to take kids. This royal park is located directly opposite Hampton Court Palace in Molesey and an ideal attraction if you’re visiting the Tudor castle.
You’ll find plenty of things to do with kids at Bushy Park. Set over 44 hectares, there’s loads of space to play, run around and picnic.
As well as a large playground, with a giant sandpit, Bushy Park is home to the decorative Woodland Gardens. Here you’ll find some magnificent landscaped gardens with pretty bridges and trees. In fact, there’s plenty of nature and wildlife at Bushy Park including over 300 deer, which roam wildly here.
With so much to do and no admission charges, a visit to Bushy Park is definitely one of the best free things to do in Surrey with kids.
Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf
Well, me-hearties, why not try some mini-golf at Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf in Hoebridge, Woking? The whole family can enjoy some swashbuckling pirate adventures at this 18-hole mini golf centre.
The mini-golf course is pirate-themed and there’s even a raft to pull yourself across the water. Expect to lose some balls, as there’s plenty of water features!
Campaign Paintball, Cobham
Those that are adventurous will love a session at the Campaign Paintball Centre in Cobham. Located in the heart of the Surrey countryside, kids will have a great time running around in the fresh air. Visitors can choose from Paintballing, Airsoft, or Laser Tag.
The Campaign Paintball Centre is easy to get to by car, as it’s just off the M25/A3.
Another of Surrey’s royal parks is Richmond Park. King Charles I created this park in the 17th Century as a deer park. It is now a national nature reserve and an important site for wildlife conservation.
As well as deer spotting, there is plenty of space to picnic or run around and trees to climb. There is also a small playground.
Find out more about exploring Richmond Park with kids.
Top Golf, Addlestone
Top Golf is a fantastic all-weather venue in Addlestone, Surrey. It’s suitable for all ages and you don’t even have to know how to play golf.
So what exactly is Top Golf? From your own covered bay you hit mini-chipped golf balls onto targets on an outfield. For each ball you hit, you will score points, depending on how close to the “bullseye” you get.
It’s open until late, and kids, teenagers and adults love it!
Lightwater Country Park
Lightwater Country Park is one of our favourite places to visit in Surrey with kids. This large heathland park is a pretty, outdoor area, which is perfect for walking, cycling and playing. There are several lakes, with plenty of wildlife.
One of the best things to do at Lightwater Country Park is follow one the waymarked nature trails. The purple route leads to Curley Hill, the second highest point in Surrey. Younger children will love the new natural playground, or families can enjoy the adventure golf course.
Admission to Lightwater Country Park is free. Click here for more details about a day out at Lightwater Country Park.
Another of the best parks in Surrey is Woking Park, which has an impressive range of things to do for kids. For younger children, head to the jungle-themed playground. Kids will love the range of play equipment, including slides, a wooden ship, and a zip wire. On a sunny day, toddlers can have fun splashing about in the water-play area.
On a rainy day, head inside to Pool in the Park. This indoor leisure complex offers a range of activities, including a leisure lagoon, flumes and a toddler zone.
The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and covers some of the most spectacular countryside in South-East England. The beautiful landscape is ideal for family walking and enjoying nature in Surrey.
Click here for some of our favourite family walks in the Surrey Hills.
The most famous of the Surrey hills is Box Hill, near Dorking.
If you want a challenge, take a steep walk up Box Hill where you can reward yourself with some homemade cake at the Visitor Centre. An easier way is to drive to the top and park in the National Trust car park. From here it is a short walk to the viewpoint, where you’ll have breathtaking views of the North Downs.
However, children will probably be more interested in the Natural Play Trail in the woods. The 2-mile trail provides a choice of wooden structures and trees to climb and play on.
Surrey Hills Llamas
Llama trekking in the Surrey Hills is one of the more unique things to do in Surrey with kids. What could be better than a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Surrey Hills with a llama?
You’ll lead your own llama, but don’t expect a fast walk, as the llamas will stop constantly to graze. Luckily, it’s not only the llamas who get a food break, as visitors stop to picnic too.
If you climb to the top of Leith Hill, you will be at the second highest point in south-east England and will be able to see for miles around, even as far as London. It’s easy to park at the bottom and take a short walk up the wooded hill.
At the summit, you will find Leith Hill Tower, which is a National Trust Property. It is worth climbing the hill, just for the homemade cakes at the Leith Hill Tower servery. For a small fee, you can climb even further to the top of the gothic tower. From here, you can get breathtaking views of the surrounding Surrey countryside.
Indoor Fun in Surrey
If you are looking for somewhere to take the family on a rainy day in Surrey, Guildford Spectrum is an ideal choice.
The Spectrum is Guildford’s main public leisure complex and offers entertainment for all ages. As well as the main pool, it has a leisure pool with slides and waves. Alternatively, other family attractions at Guildford Spectrum are ice-skating, ten-pin bowling, karting and soft play.
Craggy Island Indoor Climbing
Another good choice for things to do with teenagers on a rainy day in Surrey is the Craggy Rock Climbing Centre, Guildford.
Craggy Rock Climbing Centre is a great place to spend a few hours if you have active kids. The whole centre is full of walls and boulders just waiting to be explored.
Visitors don’t have to have any climbing experience, as Craggy Rock offer taster sessions for beginners, as young as five. If your kids haven’t done it before, it’s a unique experience and great fun.
Little Street in Frimley is the perfect choice for toddlers and pre-schoolers who enjoy role-play and make-believe.
Situated next to Frimley station, Little Street offers different themed rooms where toddlers can let their imagination run wild. Each room is themed as a work place (café, hairdresser’s, construction site) so children can role play the different jobs. There are props, dress-up clothes and ride-ons, to enable imaginative play
As Little Street play town is fairly small, you book a session in advance, so it never feels overcrowded. If you are not at this end of Surrey, Little Street also has another similar venue in West Byfleet.
Air Hop, Guildford*
There’s plenty of ways to burn off energy at Air Hop, one of Surrey’s best trampoline parks. Choose from 50 interconnected trampolines, an Obstacle course, AirHop Bag, Extreme Dodge Attack or Slam Dunk.
Teenagers love this Surrey trampoline park, but this family attraction is suitable for all ages. MiniHoppers is a session for babies as young as 6 months. For those who don’t want to bounce, there is a café overlooking the trampoline area.
*Ad – Please note that we were kindly gifted tickets for Air Hop. All opinions are our own.
Clip 'n' Climb, Camberley
Clip ‘n’ Climb is the new climbing centre at Places Leisure in Camberley. The Clip ‘n’ Climb centre includes 25 interactive climbing walls, each with different design and challenges. The fun climbing walls tower over 20 feet high, but are suitable for children from 5 years old.
Sessions at Clip ‘n’ Climb are 1 hr 15 minutes and include the safety briefing and equipment.
Jump Trampoline Park
Another of the best trampoline parks in Surrey is Jump, in Camberley. As well as wall-to-wall trampolines, the children can enjoy giant airbags, battle beams, extreme slides and more.
This enormous trampoline park offers non-stop fun for teenagers. However, they also offer sessions for younger children and have a soft play area for toddlers.
Fun on the water in Surrey
Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park
At the top of our list of things to do on a sunny day in Surrey with kids is visit a water park.
One of the best waterparks in Surrey is Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park, near Chertsey Here you’ll find a giant inflatable obstacle course floating on the water. Kids can run, climb and slide and occasionally fall in to the water. It’s great fun for children and teenagers.
Thorpe Lakes is very accessible by car, as it’s just off the M25 at Chertsey.
Basingstoke Canal Centre
If you are on a day trip to Frimley Lodge Park, make sure you visit the Basingstoke Canal Centre. You can take a scenic walk up the canal, which goes for 32 miles from Greywell Village to Woodham. There is lots of wildlife to spot and it’s a good place to show children the workings of a lock.
Basingstoke Canal Centre is only small, but it has a small café and playground and information about the canal’s history. You can hire pedalos, canoes and kayaks. It also has a small campsite, if you fancy staying overnight.
Guildford Lido & Stoke Park Paddling Pool
If you’re looking for somewhere to cool down on a hot day in Surrey, head to Guildford Lido. The Olympic-sized heated pool is set in landscaped gardens and has a flume too.
For younger children, head to the paddling pool at Stoke Park, Guildford. This is a fantastic family attraction and admission to Stoke Park swimming pool is free.
On a warm day, a trip to Frensham Ponds in Surrey is the nearest you will get to a day at the beach. There are 2 ponds, the Great Pond and Little Pond, which were built in the middle ages to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester’s estate.
Nowadays, in good weather, you can play on the man-made beach at the Great Pond. If the sun’s out, you could even go for a swim. Even if it’s not that hot, you can visit Frensham Ponds for a scenic stroll in Surrey heath land or to enjoy the nature and wildlife
Liquid Leisure, Shepperton
Another of the best waterparks in Surrey is Liquid Leisure in Shepperton. This has a similar set up to Thorpe Aqua Park, with a large inflatable obstacle course on the water.
For water sports fans, Liquid Leisure in Shepperton has other options on the water, including stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.
Whilst you are here, you could even do a tour of the lake on a banana bike. If you’re not sure what this is, just imagine a bicycle with bananas instead of tyres!
Animal attractions in Surrey
Bocketts Farm Park
One of the best places to visit in Surrey with toddlers is Bocketts Farm in Fetcham, near Leatherhead. This award-winning farm is a favourite with pre-schoolers, as kids can get up close and personal with the farm animals. They have goats, llamas, lambs and small animals such as rabbits.
Bocketts Farm is a perfect day out for little children, as they can pet and feed the animals. There is also a soft play and outdoor playground, with sandpits and a maze. And, of course, the highlight of any visit to Bocketts Farm is the pig race!
After your visit to the farm, you could go for a walk or picnic at Norbury Park.
Another perfect child-friendly day out in Surrey for animal encounters is Godstone Farm, just east of Reigate. It’s another fabulous place for young children to see and interact with farm animals.
Did you know that their animals range from llamas, alpacas and horses, sheep, goats, pigs through to reptiles. They also have other small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas, so it’s a perfect place for children. If you go in the summer, you can see the pigs compete in their very own hogstacle race!
As well as over 500 animals, Godstone Farm has an indoor play barn and extensive outside play facilities. It really is great for a family day out in Surrey, whatever the weather.
Located in Bucks Horn Oak, near Farnham, Birdworld covers over 26 acres, making it the UK’s largest bird park. As well as over 600 birds, Birdworld has a daily schedule of flying displays and feeding sessions to attend.
Whilst you are at Birdworld, keep an eye out for Jenny Wren Children’s Farm. This small animal farm has a selection of small animals to pet and tractors to climb on.
And don’t forget you can also visit Birdworld’s Underwater World Aquarium. Here, you’ll see a variety of marine life including crocodiles and piranhas.
Chobham Adventure Farm
Chobham Adventure Farm is a great option if you are looking for things to do in Surrey with kids. As well as farm animals, it has both an indoor and outdoor play area.
There’s enough to keep kids entertained for hours, as it has slides, sandpits, bouncing pillows and zip wires.
Surrey museums & art
The Sculpture Park
The Sculpture Park is a unique place, where nature meets art. Set on the outskirts of Farnham, the Sculpture Park has over 650 exhibits displayed in 10 acres of arboretum. It’s very child-friendly and you don’t need to be an art-lover to enjoy a visit.
To see the art, you have to follow 4 coloured trails which lead up windy paths around trees and lakes. The sculptures are everywhere, placed randomly at the sides.
The art is very contemporary and most will appeal to children. There are sculptures of animals, skeletons and other obscure pieces that will catch their interest. You can wander round the Sculpture Park at your own pace and there are plenty of scenic stopping places for a picnic.
Rural Life Living Museum
One of the most child-friendly museums in Surrey is the Rural Life Living Museum, near Farnham.
It’s a fantastic option for children to step back in time and see what village life was like in days gone by. This open-air museum houses over 40 000 artefacts, both inside and out. You can wander in and out of the different buildins at your own speed and kids can discover what life was like in their grandparents’ era.
The museum has a small playground, a café, and a miniature railway which runs round the perimeter.
A great day out in Surrey for transport enthusiasts is the Brooklands Museum. This motor and aviation museum was built on the site of the former Brooklands racing track near Weybridge. This was the birthplace of British motorsport.
Today, kids can enjoy cars and planes of yesteryear and discover stories of pilots and racing drivers from the past. And don’t forget to look out for one of the most famous planes ever, Concorde.
Mercedes Benz World
After a family visit to the Brooklands Museum, head next door to Mercedes Benz World .
As the name suggests, this is the ideal family attraction for children (and grown ups) who love cars. Mercedes Benz World is set over 3 floors and will give you an insight into the company’s contributions to motor sport technology and racing throughout the decades.
If you have older children, you can sign them up for a driving experience on part of the original circuit.
Mrs Pott’s Place
Mrs Pott’s Place is a small, but delightful pottery shop at the edge of the Atrium shopping centre in Camberley. It’s the perfect afternoon out in Surrey if your kids want to get creative or arty.
Children can pick their own pottery piece and then can decorate it as they choose. The helpful staff will give guidance on painting techniques and give ideas to the not-so-arty amongst us!
If you have a newborn, you can capture your baby’s footprint onto ceramics, as the perfect keepsake.
Another of Surrey’s smaller museums is the Lightbox in Woking. It has free exhibitions of local history and art, which change regularly.
If you are planning a visit to the Lightbox, it is worth tying it in with some of the school holiday activity days.
Surrey historic houses and gardens
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey has a rich history and is home to one of the UK’s most famous castles, as well as an abundance of stately homes and fine gardens.
One of our favourite historic attractions in Surrey is Hampton Court Palace. I went often as a child and was keen to return as an adult with my kids.
Hampton Court Palace was actually built in the the early 16th Century. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in 1838. Today, it is still a really magnificent royal house. Children love it as it was the home of King Henry VIII and his 6 wives.
Nowadays, you can find more about life in Tudor times by exploring the inside of the palace. Or you can go outside to take a tour of the splendid gardens. There is a playground called The Magic Garden. However, for me, the best bit is getting lost in the 300 year old hedge maze.
Surrey is home to many grand houses and over 20 different National Trust properties. One of the most popular stately homes in Surrey is Polesdon Lacey, in Great Bookham, near Dorking.
This splendid Edwardian house was the former property of Mrs Greville, a former Edwardian socialite. You can visit inside the house or or just wander round the stunning gardens.
There are acres of countryside for children to explore, as well as a woodland play area.
Another of Surrey’s finest National Trust properties is Hatchlands Park, which is in East Clandon near Guildford. The house itself is a Georgian mansion, built in the 1750’s.
You can visit the house, but kids will probably prefer the extensive parkland and outdoor space. There are trails to follow and a natural play area near the house.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew dates back to the 18th century and is actually now a UNESCO world heritage site. It was originally established by the mother of King George III in the grounds of Kew Palace.
Today, Kew Gardens houses over 500,000 plants from all around the world and is a truly stunning place to visit. There are over 37 acres of natural woodland for kids to explore. On top of that there is a Great Pagoda, a treetop walkway and Japanese gardens to explore.
Of course, the beautiful Victorian Palm House with its tropical rainforest plants is one of the best reasons to visit Kew Gardens. And kids will surely be fascinated by the Hive, a giant art installation which replicates the inside of a beehive.
Don’t forget to take the children to the interactive children’s garden. This is a massive play space where they can have fun, whilst learning about the growth of plants. A visit to Kew Gardens really is one of the best things to do in Surrey with kids.
RHS Garden Wisley
Another of the UK’s most-visited gardens, RHS Garden Wisley, can also be found in Surrey. Wisley lies between Cobham and Ripley and is easy to get to by car, as it’s just off the A3.
You’ll find Wisley has different themed areas. Look out for alpine houses, a bonsai walk, walled gardens and an alpine meadow. Or, get the children to follow the sculpture trail around the gardens.
One of the highlights of Wisley Gardens is its own temperate house, where children can enjoy the exotic plants. Afterwards, spend some time in the Back to Nature garden, a new interactive garden play area.
Painshill Park is an award-winning landscaped garden near Cobham. It is a fabulous place for a family day out in Surrey, as there’s so much for kids to explore.
As well as the 158 acres of parkland, Painshill Park has a beautiful lake you can wander round. The park’s unique features are its follies, the Gothic Tower and a watermill.
However, the highlight of a visit to Painshill Park has to be the Crystal Grotto. This lining of this magical cave has thousands of crystals, giving it a very magical feel.
Although it’s not actually a historic house, Runnymede Memorial is one of the most important historic attractions in Surrey.
Not only is it the site where the Magna Carta was signed, but it has 2 other memorials there too, the JFK memorial and the Runnymede Air forces Memorial.
Runnymede Memorial is a National Trust Property in a meadow on the outskirts of Englefield Green. There is plenty of space for a picnic and you can cross the road to the River Thames.
Whilst you are there, don’t forget to look out for the new art installations, which can be found there too. For more details on a visit to Runnymede, read A circular walk to historic Runnymede.
Claremont Landscape Garden
Claremont Landscape Garden is another of the beautiful National Trust gardens in Surrey and has lots for families to do. After exploring the gardens and Serpentine lake, you can head for the ampitheatre, the Belvedere Tower or the grotto.
There are outside play areas for children and they can also enjoy dressing up and playing in the Victorian cottage.
Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming
Owned by the National Trust, Winkworth Arboretum is a beautiful, natural area that is perfect for a nature walk with kids. Enjoy the multi-colour trees, feed the ducks or have a play in the natural playground, all the family will enjoy Winkworth Arboretum.
Best theme parks in Surrey
One of the best theme parks in Surrey is Thorpe Park. Not far from the M25 near Chertsey, Thorpe Park is the perfect day out for teenagers and thrill-lovers.
With vertical drops, loop-the-loop and speeds of up to 80mph, the roller coasters will thrill any adrenaline seekers. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
For families who prefer a slower pace, Thorpe Park has water rides and a man-made beach for little ones.
Chessington World of Adventures
Another fabulous theme park for thrill-seekers is Chessington World of Adventures, which is just off the M25 and A3 near Kingston.
As well as being one of the biggest theme parks in Surrey, Chessington also has a zoo and Sea Life centre.
If it’s rides you’re looking for, Chessington has something for everyone. From high-speed roller coasters to a family-friendly Gruffalo ride, Chessington is a fun-packed day for children of all ages.
However, if you’re more interested in wildlife, Chessington has animals galore. Make sure to check the timetable, as there are regular animals talks and feeds throughout the day.
Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park and Zoo
The best family theme park in Surrey for younger children is Hobbledown Adventure Park, near Epsom.
Hobbledown offers the perfect day out for kids because it combines animals with play. As well as its great selection of animals, Hobbledown has both an indoor play barn and outdoor play areas.
Children can burn off their energy with the jumping pillows, wooden climbing frames, high ropes and zorbing. Hobbledown is one of Surrey’s best family attractions, as it has enough attractions to entertain the children all day.
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