With the next Bank Holiday already on the horizon plus a school half term, you’ll be in need of a few ideas to keep the family occupied, come rain or shine. Surrey has a great selection of days out for all the family; here are some of our favourites.
This beautiful 158-acre landscape garden has something for everyone. Discover the crystal Grotto and other mystical follies including the Gothic Temple, Ruined Abbey, Turkish Tent, Gothic Tower and recently restored Temple of Bacchus. More at painshill.co.uk
If the kids (and parents) need to let off steam then head to Alice Holt near Farnham, where you’ll find a course of ropes and zip wires (the longest being 126 metres long) high among the trees. More at goape.co.uk
Step back in time to a more glamorous era of speed and endeavour at this home of British motorsport. You can walk on the very concrete of the world’s first purpose-built race track that was opened here in 1907 and has been the site of many a world speed record since. More at brooklandsmuseum.com
From climbing towers and daring high-rope courses to zorbing fun, as well as around 300 animals, a visit to the magical land of Hobbledown, near Epsom, is always a treat, particularly for the younger ones. More at hobbledown.com
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and home to more than 750 birds including parrots, penguins, toucans and owls, there’s plenty in store to satisfy the most eager twitcher at this menagerie near Farnham. More at birdworld.co.uk
Home to some of the UK’s most hair-raising adventure rides, including Swarm, the county’s first winged rollercoaster, Darren Brown’s Ghost Train and its latest spine-tingling invention, The Walking Dead, you’ll need to have your wits about you for this adventurous day out. More at thorpepark.com.