Taking the children on day’s out over the holidays is a great idea, but when you have six weeks to fill, you need to find things to do that are low-cost or free so as not to burn a considerable hole in your pocket. Luckily, there are lots of places in and around Surrey that allow you to get outdoors without having to spend a fortune.
Take a look at my handy list of free days out in Surrey
A fab place to spend the day outdoors. There are four walking trails, two cycle trails and a play area. There’s also a big seating area where you can have a picnic or grab a bite to eat in the cafe. Car park charges apply.
A park and playground rolled into one. Brooklands Community Park has a huge area for kids to ride their bikes/scooters. They can also bring their skateboards too. There’s usually an ice cream van parked in the summer and you can easily spend a good few hours there. Parking is free but the car park does get busy.
Bushy Park has a large adventure playground, a sandpit, swings and more. They also have a dog-free area in the Woodland Gardens which is ideal for kids to run around in. The Pheasantry Cafe inside here sells a good range of food for lunch too.
Let the kids run around and be free amongst the beautiful views of Box Hill. There’s a Play Trail they can follow that has trees and structures they can climb on too. There are charges for parking if you aren’t a National Trust Member.
Explore the only surviving working watermill in Surrey. Park your car in Cobham and walk to the mill on foot.
An urban farm where you can meet a variety of animals in a rural environment where children can learn where their food comes from.
Admission is free but there are charges for pony rides and animal feed.
With a man-made beach, Frensham Great Pond is a great place to visit when the sun is shining. There are also woodland trails to go on too.
Horton Country Park
Open all year round Horton Country Park is 400 acres in size. You can enjoy a walk, cycle your bike and look out for nature.
An amazing play area with sand and water play, there’s also tennis courts, a skate park, cricket, croquet, football and a multi-use games area. There’s a cafe in the centre of the park selling pizza, sandwiches and drinks.
Wander around the beautiful lavender fields and take some Insta worthy photos. Children can hunt in the fields for bugs to catch and will receive a treat in return. There is a cafe and gift shop on site. Children are free, Adults cost £2.50. Parking is also free.
There are three floors of interactive exhibits and attractions. There’s even a virtual racing simulator zone. Entry and parking is free.
Home to the WWF Experience, The Living Planet Centre features four interactive zones to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the wild. There’s also a Treasure Hunt for kids.
An interactive museum of the town’s history, there are also two spacious galleries which are at an additional cost. Lots of events and child-friendly workshops are available throughout the year.
A library, theatre, cafe and gallery rolled into one. There are plenty of activities and events over the summer to entertain the kids including Rhyme and Storytime and a Construction Club.
If you know of any other places that are not on this list – please let me know, and I will add them in!
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