It’s May half term – one of the busiest times of year for families to go on holiday – but if you are staying put, there’s plenty to do on home soil. Here’s our pick of the top kid-friendly things to do in Surrey this week.
Head to the beach
‘But Surrey isn’t on the coast,’ we hear you say. Land-locked it may be but Surrey in fact has a couple of ‘beaches’, where you can take the children for a day of sandcastle building and paddling in the water. Frensham Great Pond, near Farnham, has a man-made beach stretching along the shores of the 13th century lake, while Buckland Park Lake – a disused sand quarry - is hosting a series of ticketed family events this week, ahead of its official opening next year.
Row, row, row your boat
If sandy sandwiches aren’t your cup of tea but you still fancy some time by the water then pack up a picnic and head out on one of Surrey’s rivers. The National Trust’s Dapdune Wharf, in Guildford, and Farncombe Boat House both offer boat trips along the River Wey and Turks Cruises runs boat services along the Surrey stretch of the River Thames, taking in Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court.
Its bitsy spider
Encourage them not to be afraid of insects and reptiles at the Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow, which stops at Denbies Vineyard this week. Meet snakes, lizards, mini-beasts, and frogs for an inspiring animal encounter.
Down on the farm
There’s nothing more spring-like than the sight of baby lambs, so take the kids for a day out at Bocketts Farm this half term, where you’ll find 70-odd cute-as-can-be new-borns. There’s also pig racing, birds of prey flying demonstrations, a craft corner and a chance to milk goats, as well as tractor and pony rides.
If you go down to the woods today
Spend the day at Alice Holt Forest on the Surrey/Hampshire border and explore the walking and cycling trails through the woods. Children will love the Timberline play trail with its adventure climbing units, challenging balance beams, wobbly bridges and exhilarating slides, as well as the ever-popular Gruffalo sculptures. Or you could experience the forest from up high on the thrilling Go Ape Tree Top adventure course.