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Family exploring a tree hollow at Hatchlands Park, Surrey
Family exploring a tree hollow at Hatchlands Park, Surrey 1191206 | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Family-friendly places to visit in Surrey

Discover the best places to visit with your family around Surrey this spring, including Polesden Lacey, Hatchlands Park, Claremont Landscape Garden and more. Find the best natural play areas, cafés and walks for little legs, whatever the weather.

May half term adventures in Surrey

Illustration of female adult reading story to child in a wildflower garden with white cat chasing a spying a bumblebee.

May half term at Claremont Landscape Garden 

We’ve teamed up with local children’s author, Rachel Lawston, to create a garden-themed nature trail around Claremont. At this time of year, our garden is bursting with life from the chirping of newborn ducklings and goslings to bees buzzing amongst the flowering rhododendrons. Find fun games and activities around the lake that will help inspire and form deeper connections with nature that’s all around us.

Family of five walking along gravel path through parkland, with young boy holding two sticks leading the way

May half term at Hatchlands Park 

One of the largest country estates in Surrey, Hatchlands Park is a glorious place to scamper along woodland paths. From the bright yellow brimstone to the large red and white admirals, Hatchlands Park is home to over 25 species of butterfly. See how many you can spot and discover some butterfly fun facts along the way. Don't forget to look out for the colourful wooden butterflies hidden along the paths.

Family in the garden at Polesden Lacey Surrey, a young boy is pushing open a garden gate with his family following behind

May half term at Polesden Lacey 

Mini-golf is back at Polesden Lacey for May half term! Plus get the kids into drawing, inspired by Surrey artist Luke Adam Hawker. Discover the beauty of nature through art as you view some of the most loved original illustrations and pages from his book ‘The Last Tree’. Start scribbling your own masterpieces in the exhibition drawing room and out in the gardens.

Two adults swing two children by their arms through shaded woods

May half term at Winkworth Arboretum 

This May half term, discover the arboretum through the mini beast trail. Enjoy nature and explore the hidden world of the insects that call Winkworth home. The Tree Adventure play area is perfect for active play, with a fireman’s pole, rope tunnel and mini climbing wall. Winkworth is a great outdoor space where children can explore nature.

A little girl jump and a little boy kneeling in the grass in front of a river at Runnymede, Surrey

May half term at Runnymede 

Join us during May Half Term celebration of our floodplain meadow at Runnymede. Throughout the week, join us for free meadow-themed games (11am - 3pm), then on Saturday make seed bombs (11am - 1pm) and have fun launching them in the meadow. On the last Bank Holiday Monday, there'll be meadow craft activities and a chance to meet the Rangers and check out their amazing tractor.

Girls playing outdoor giant jenga during the Wey River Festival at River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf, Surrey

May half term at Dapdune Wharf 

From E.H.Shepherd and Winnie-the-Pooh to Alan Turing and Steve Backshall and even Dame Judi Dench, these are just some of the talented people with Surrey connections. Discover more about their discoveries and creativity this half term as you take part in challenges, solve puzzles and enjoy themed arts and crafts.

A man, two children and a dog walk up the front steps to enter Leith Hill Place, Surrey. The photo is taken from inside the double doors inside

Storytelling at Leith Hill Place 

Leith Hill Place is a great place to bring the whole family including the four-legged members. Why not combine it with a trip up Leith Hill Tower? Or just come along and enjoy games on the lawn or relax in the library with a good book. We've also got storytelling sessions for little ones on selected Saturday mornings and events throughout the year.

Come out and play at these places in Surrey

Visitors on a trail at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

Hatchlands Park 

The parkland at Hatchlands is perfect for family walks. Visit the natural adventure area in Great Wix Wood and get to grips with the balance beams, tree house and bug burrow. Plus the Kitchen cafe is the perfect stop off for hot chocolate and cake.

Visitors in the natural play area in August at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Polesden Lacey's play area 

Kestrel Corner is a natural play area made using wood from the Polesden Lacey estate. Enjoy the swings, tunnels and giant nests as you embrace your inner animal and get closer to nature.

A family enjoying the view at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Claremont Landscape Garden 

Queen Victoria used to play at Claremont as a child, and now so can you. The play area has scaled-down versions of Claremont's garden features - explore the pavilion, glide down the slide and scale the ladders and the climbing wall. Badger’s Basecamp is a hidden woodland area that's perfect for older children to explore, with tunnels and hidey holes to discover and crawl through.

Visitors enjoying the view from the boathouse balcony at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum 

The Tree Adventure is a wonderful wooden structure at Winkworth Arboretum. It takes its inspiration from the natural environment, fitting into the woodland in an organic way. Come and have a clamber and stop for a hot chocolate at the cafe.

A family playing outside at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Box Hill 

Enjoy the Natural Play Trail: a two-mile level walk with a chance to play in the woods, with lots of trees and structures to climb on.

Tadworth, Surrey

Fully open today
Hunting for bugs at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl 

Along the Hindhead trail you and the kids can try birdwatching, catching falling leaves, den building, bug hunting, climbing a big hill and creating some impressive wild art. Then warm up with a hot chocolate in the cafe after your walk.

Hindhead, Surrey

Partially open today
Footpath through a copse on Witley Common, south west of Guildford, Surrey

Witley and Milford Commons 

Intrepid adventurers can try climbing and balancing around the The Wild About Witley natural play trail based on local wildlife and military history.

Witley, Surrey

Fully open today
A group of visitors walking along a path between trees at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

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The home of an Edwardian party house, the Surrey Hills and a classic landscape garden.