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Summer of Play at Dapdune Wharf

A close-up of an archery target, with one arrow in the centre yellow circle, surrounded by red, blue, black and white rings with another arrow in the outer black ring, at Sheringham Park, Norfolk
Archery is one of activities you can have a go at | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Enjoy games and family friendly activities every day in August this summer at Dapdune Wharf. Challenge friends and family to volleyball, frisbee or football, or take part in our nature play with pond dipping and bug hunting. Or why not bring out your creative side and book on an art or drama course? We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Active Play

Every Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, 11am-5pm

Challenge your friends and family, or beat your best with archery, badminton, table tennis, frisbee, mini golf, balance bikes and more. Each week we’ll add something different so no two visits will be the same. If you’re close by, pop back and play something new or just master that one sport you’ve grown to love.

It’s free to take part, all you have to do is say hello at our sports village on the island, then you’re ready to go.

Watersports taster session

Fri 18 & 25 August

Have a go at canoeing and paddle boarding supervised by trained instructers from Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development. Book a 50 minute taster session. Suitable for 6 years +, £7.50 per child.

Nature Play

Every Tue, Wed & Thu, 11am-5pm

There’s so much wildlife to discover at Dapdune Wharf. Pick up a bug hunting sheet and a magnifying glass, and see how many minibeasts you can find on our bug hunting, or borrow a net and try your hand at pond dipping.

On Tue 8, 15 & 29 August you can get hands on and discover more about the land and geography of the River Wey with the River Wey Trust’s amazing Augmented Reality sandbox.

All children’s nature activities are free, no need to book.

Creative play

Discover your creative flair with new art and drama workshops. Booking is essential. Please follow the links for more information and booking details.


Tues 1, 8, 22 August

Have fun through art and create plan with ARTventurers.

  • 11am-12pm: 6 months - 8 years, £10.50
  • 1.30-2.30pm: 6 years + £14.50 ( 50% discount for 2nd sibling)

Guildford Shakespeare Company

Wed 23 August

The vibrant Guildford Shakespeare Company will be conjuring up a storm on the 23rd! Build your confidence and explore the whirlwind setting of The Tempest in these drama workshops.

  • Wed 23 Aug, The Tempest 11am-1pm: Ages 6-10 years; 2pm-4pm: Ages 11-15 years

£12.50 per child.

Gel plate printing

Drop in sessions on Tues 8, Wed 9 and Thurs 24 August, 11am to 5pm.

Discover the art of gel plate printing with Alison Saunders. No booking needed but to get an idea of what's involved, have a look here: I don't like boring beige Suitable for all ages, £10 for 1hr.

Arts and Crafts

Wed 2, 16 & 30 Aug, Sculptural Collage & Thu 3, 17 & 31 Aug, Plant Printing

Spend a fun-filled hour with Noelle Genevier creating a sculptural collage using images of flora and fauna or making an eco-printing with local plants.

Nature-inspired activities suitable for all ages. £4.50 per child.