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School’s Out – Free things to do in Surrey this summer

School’s Out – Free things to do in Surrey this summer

School’s out which means there’s at least six weeks ahead where you’ve got to try and keep the kids occupied. The summer holidays can put a strain on the wallet so we’ve come up with a few free activities you can do across the county this summer.


Head to the beach
“In Surrey?” we hear you ask. Yes, in Surrey, in the centre of Guildford no less. 

Located next to The Electric Theatre, on Onslow Street, Guildford-on-Sea will be open and free to visit from 14th to 16th August between 10am to 4pm. This exciting ‘urban beach’, complete with buckets full of sand, deck chairs, balloons, beach huts and seaside entertainment, is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a spot of sunshine and feel the sand between your toes after a busy day at the shops.


Have a picnic
Surrey is inundated with fabulous beauty spots to take advantage of for lunch al fresco so pack up the blanket and sandwiches and head out for a picnic. Some of our favourites include the legendary Box Hill, famous for being the setting for that quintessential picnic scene in the film Emma; Abinger Hammer, where you can enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks of the River Tillingbourne; and Frensham Ponds, where the kids can even have a paddle if it gets really hot.  


Go on a bike ride
Explore the wild beauty of the Surrey countryside on two wheels. There are plenty of cycle routes across the county, including the Downs Link and The North Downs Way or you can head to one of the county’s parks or forests, such as Alice Holt in Farnham, Chipstead Downs (which also has a Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe sculpture trail) and Broadwater Park in Godalming. 


Go to the races
The races might not be your first thought when thinking of where to take the kids for a day out, but this summer racecourses across the county are opening their doors to kids for free when accompanied by an adult. Lingfield Park hosts its annual Family Fun Day on 15th August and Epsom Downs on 26th August.


Discover a museum
While we can forever be in hope that the sun will shine all summer long, let’s not kid ourselves – this is Britain after all! But don’t despair as the kids cannot only be sheltered from the rain but also learn a thing or two at one of Surrey’s many museums. Pretty much every town (and some villages) have their own museum, and many put on special activities in the school holidays.