Schools out for the summer!! Yayy (or nay!) as the case may be. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing better than not having to go through the rigmarole of trying to get the kids up and out the door for school during term time but what it does mean is we have six whole weeks (seven in our case this year!) to fill and try and keep them entertained with activities and days out.
Here’s a roundup of what’s on in and around Surrey this Summer.
PLEASE NOTE: All prices and information are correct at the time of publishing. Please do check to confirm details with the organiser before you turn up.
Summer days out in Surrey 2019
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s open day, Reigate
Meet firefighters, see vehicles and equipment. There are also activities for children with fire engine rides, hose squirting, bouncy castles and more. Entry is free.
Thumbs Up it’s Thursday!
25 July, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 August
Every Thursday over the summer, there are a whole host of activities and events for kids happening in Kingston. From fun crafts, storytelling sessions to free boat trips, there will be something for everyone. Kids also eat free on these days at Bill’s, Busaba Eathai, Carluccios, Las Iguanas, Lebanon Restaurant and Tapas ar and Preto. View the whole programme here
Quidditch for Muggles
24,25, 31 July & 2,15,23,27,29 August
Kids can learn to play Quidditch at selected locations across Kingston, New Malden, Richmond and Wimbledon. Sessions need to be booked in advanced and last 1.5 hours and cost £12.50 per child.
Wildflowers Festival at Hobbledown
16,17 & 18 August
Family festival fun with live music, music and dance workshops, magic shows, circus entertainment and more. £25 per adult/child, under 2’s free.
Summer Circus at Chessington Garden Centre
27 July – 1 September
The circus is back at Chessington Garden Centre and this year features jugglers, aerialists, acrobats and more. The show lasts for 45-60 minutes, £8 per ticket or £28 for a group ticket for four.
Laser Tag Fun Evening, Eddie Catz Wimbledon
After-hours fun at Eddie Catz, Wimbledon with Laser Tag, disco music and lights. £18.50 per child or £16.65 for members. head to the website to book your place.
Festival on the Farm, Godstone Farm
27 July – 1 Sep
Enjoy the ultimate staycation at Godstone Farm this summer. With daily performances, there’s also crafting, messy play, junk modelling and much more. £9.90 for adults and children aged 2-16 years. £3.90 for children aged 1 and under 1s are free. Read our review of Godstone Farm here.
Summer Fete, Brooklands Museum
29 July – 2 August
Step back in time to see what a traditional village fête was like back in the day. Children can enjoy games such as swingball, hopscotch and compete in family-friendly races. There’ll also be craft workshops, car rides and pedal planes. £16 per adult, £9 for children aged 5-16, under 5s are free. Or purchase a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) for £42.
Guildford Cheese & Chilli Festival
20, 21 July
Not just for adults, the Cheese and Chilli festival has activities to keep the children entertained, including Punch & Judy, magic shows, balloon modelling and more. Adult tickets from £6 and children under 16 are free.
Dino Live, Camberley
25 July – 1 Sept
See life-size animatronic dinosaurs such a T-rex and take part in a Dino Trail. There are also lots of FREE events, including Excavation Workshop and Creative Storytelling.
Science Festival, Kew Gardens
Kew’s annual Science Festival gives visitors the chance to take a more in-depth look at the research that is as part of an interactive day out. There will be pop-up science lessons, behind the scene tours as well as activities and shows. Entrance to the festival is included as part of your standard admission into Kew Gardens. £18.15 for adults, £4.50 for children aged 4-16. Read our review of Kew Gardens here.
Henry VIII’s Sporting Academy
Try your hand at Tudor sports and join team Henry. There will be sword fighting and archery, and you can also take part in a Tudo Dance Off! This event is included in the palace admission. £21.30 for adults, £10.70 for children aged 5-15.
Summer of Fun at Bird World
23 July – 3 Sep
As well as spending the day in the UK’s largest bird park, a range of activities will be held daily over the summer holidays such as entertainment shows and arts and crafts. Tickets from £15.95 per adult and £1.295 per child aged 3-6, £13.95 per child aged 7-15, under 3s are free.
Great Cockcrow Railway, Chertsey
Every Sunday and 7,14,21 August
Perfect for all train enthusiasts, the miniature railway makes a great family day out. Tickets from £5 per adult, from £4 for children or from £15 for a family ticket.
Tabby McTat, Rose Theatre, Kingston
From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog, this adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Schleffer’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic. Tickets from £15
KidsFest, Merton Abbey Mills
A day dedicated to kids with live music, disco dancing, bouncy castles and more. Costs £5 for an activity pass.
Open daily from 19 July
A treetop adventure with ropes and a zip wire course. With three different adventures in the woods – choose one best suited to you. Prices start from £17.50.
Set in 4 acres of beautiful gardens Guildford Lido is a great place to and cool off and let the kids have some water fun. £6.70 for adults, £5.10 for children aged 3-15. Children under 3 are free.
Create and Grow, Squires Garden Centres
27 July – 28 August
A different activity is available each week of the holidays, including a wildlife hunt, decorating a strawberry pot and making suncatchers. Prices for activities vary, check your local Squires.
Wellington Country Park
There are lots to do over the summer at Wellington Country Park. Tickets cost £13.50, under 2s are free.
- 27 & 28 July – Dinosaur weekend
- 3 & 4 Aug – Pirate and Mermaid weekend
- 10 & 11 Aug – Welly’s Summer Fun Day
- 17 & 118 Aug – Unicorn, Fairy & Pixie weekend
- 24 & 26 Aug – Bouncy Castles in the Park
Skywalk Adventure, Esher
A treetop adventure with two courses featuring long zip lines and zig-zag bridges. Prices start from £19.50.
Summer Holidays at RHS Wisley
20 July – 1 Sep
Numerous events and activities including a Very Hungry Caterpillar trail to celebrate 50 years since the publication of the book. Arts & Crafts, puppet shows, storytelling and music workshops. There are also walks and talks on minibeasts, bees, butterflies and blooms. Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £33.30, £13.05 for adults, £6.60 for children aged 5-16, under 5s go free.
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