Summer family days out 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 natural play area at Winkworth Arboretum. Take part in family trails and crafts at Claremont Landscape Garden, Hatchlands Park, Dapdune Wharf and the Surrey Hills.

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.

Family walking at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Polesden Lacey 

Join in craft activities and giant games throughout the school holidays and discover our new tree swings. There's new trail for families in the house, perfect for rainy days. Plus come and get stuck into caring for Polesden Lacey with statue scrubbing and polishing days.

Summer Surrey Hatchlands kids family fun

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.

Family playing ping-pong by the lake

Claremont Landscape Garden 

We've laid on a packed programme of family events to make planning the school holidays a piece of cake. Whether it's a children's trail, story telling session or a visit to the Thatched Cottage, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure this summer.

The Tree Adventure at Winkworth Arboretum

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.

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 balance bikes to boat trips.

Child building a woodland den

Surrey Hills, West 

Make the most of the long days and summer sunshine by exploring our natural hillside landscapes across West Surrey. Take a circular stroll from Denbies to Polesden Lacey, get lost among rhododendron blossoms at Abinger Common or test your skills at the Bookham Commons natural play area.

Family at the Natural Play Trail at Box Hill, Surrey

Surrey Hills, East 

Get out and about along the summer play trails on the countryside slopes of East Surrey. Head out on a butterfly walk to spot rare species on Headley Heath, build a den on the 2 mile play trail at Box Hill or climb all 74 spiral steps of the tower at Leith Hill to become the real king of the castle at the highest point in the county.

Follow the grass path to Leith Hill Place

Leith Hill Place 

There are three weekends of activities for families this summer including yoga, cycling and music. Plus there are crafting activities in the terrace room on the remaining weekends of the summer holidays.

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.