Summer adventures for families in Surrey

Climbing a tree, the dry bark gnarly beneath your hurrying hands, knowing you shouldn’t look down - do you remember the thrill of it as a child? Such simple pleasures are among the activities you can get stuck into at our places in Surrey this summer. Explore the tree house and adventure area at Hatchlands Park, enjoy summer holiday fun at Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey and activities at Polesden Lacey and Claremont Landscape Garden. Pick up a 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbook at any of our places and keep the whole family on the right side of gnarly this summer.

Families in picnic site at Dapdune Wharf

Dapdune Wharf 

July and August is the time to make a habit of doing fun things outdoors. There’s lots of summer holiday fun at Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey in Guildford, from the Big Camp to rock climbing, a night with the stars and summer children’s activities based on Peter Pan.

Children playing on space hoppers in the garden at Hatchlands

Hatchlands Park 

Stuck for something to do outdoors with the family this summer? Look no further. Use our tree house as your hideout, discover hidden treasure in a geocache or build a den from our list of 50 things. With a fantastic natural adventure area and loads of space to run around, Hatchlands is the perfect spot for families after fun in the sunshine.

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum 

The wild woods of Winkworth are ripe for family adventures this summer. Head out on a trail and, in amongst the trees, discover a secret place where we've carved stairways, hollows and hidey-holes into trees. Our new natural play area is all yours to explore.

Four children run across the lawn at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey 

Check out the best of what's on for families this summer at Polesden Lacey. We've got a fantastic programme of events from lazy jazz Sundays to open-air theatre, games and more.

Family playing ping-pong by the lake

Claremont Landscape Garden 

When school's out and the long summer days fill you with energy, it's time to explore the outdoors. This summer, Claremont goes back to its origins and celebrates all things Georgian. Kids will love pretending to be princes and princesses, dressing up as lords and ladies, playing Georgian games and making regal crafts.

Family at the Natural Play Trail at Box Hill, Surrey

Box Hill 

Discover Box Hill’s natural play trail, a two-mile family walk that takes you through all the very best places to play in the woods around Box Hill. Build dens among the Yew trees, test your balance on fallen trunks, and climb around the roots of an ancient beech.

Leith Hill Place Family Picnic

Leith Hill Place 

Race down the hill to Leith Hill Place where summer adventures await. From evening outdoor theatre to daytimes full of 50 things fun, whatever the weather you'll find lots to do.

A girl playing in a tree at the JFK memorial, Runnymede


Runnymede's patchwork of ponds, meadows and woodland is the perfect place for exploring this summer. Pack a picnic, grab an adventure backpack and get ready to start your adventures.

Child building a woodland den

Leith Hill 

Join us on Fridays this August to start ticking a few activities off our fantastic list of 50 things before you're 11 ¾. Take part in nature trails, den building and crafts before climbing to the top of our tower, the highest point in south east England.