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83 PLACES TO VISIT IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS…

Posted by Kat Heath on 26 Jul 2023

With the arrival of the school summer holidays now officially here for all, there maybe some that are facing  the 6 weeks with varying levels of trepidation.  I know with having 2 primary school aged boys just how important it is to be armed with a list of ideas of things to do to keep them busy and for me to keep my sanity!!!!

With all this in mind, I have put together a selection of ‘days out with kids’ ideas for you (and me!).  The best bit is that these ideas are local with some a little further afield.

FARMS & PICK YOUR OWN (PYO)

Farms are always popular with kids of all ages.

They can enjoy the animals and learn about the produce grown, and there is always, without exception, awesome play equipment at these places to entertain the younger ones.

Below is a list of local farms which make a great day out:
Hobbledown, Epsom
Godstone Farm, Godstone
Mayfield Lavender Farm, Banstead
Bocketts Farm Park, Leatherhead
Chobham Adventure Farm, Cobham
Tulleys Farm, Crawley
Deen City Farm, Morden
Garson’s PYO, Esher
Flower Farm PYO, Godstone
Priory Farm, Nutfield (also has PYO)

Check individual websites for opening times/prices, also want to add that Godstone Farm have recently opened what is now Surrey’s biggest soft play, more details can be found on the blog about this here: https://epsomandewellfamilies.co.uk/new-surreys-biggest-soft-play/

NATIONAL TRUST & RHS BEAUTY SPOTS

Surrey and nearby West Kent are home to beautiful landscapes and immaculately kept places of interest.  These stunning places usually have good facilities too including, washroom facilities and cafes. They are great spots to pack a picnic and escape with the kids for an afternoon or a day!

Here are a list to keep you busy:

Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher
Morden Hall Park, Morden
Headley Heath, Headley
Polesden Lacey, Dorking
Wisley Gardens, Wisley
Box Hill, Tadworth
Chartwell, Westerham
Knole House, Sevenoaks
Wisley Gardens is a personal favourite with fantastic seasonal activities for the kids and not to mention breathtaking displays of nature!
Check out the Hilltop Centre which has recently opened with interactive activity points for the children to enjoy plus its own horticultural library!

PARKS WITH PLAYGROUNDS

We are fortunate to be surrounded by some great parks in the area.
They are a great option to fill an afternoon without spending any money!
The kids burn off some energy too!

Here are a list of our go-to parks with playgrounds:

Beddington Park, Wallington
Bushy Park, Hampton
Cheam Park, Cheam
Nork Park, Banstead
Richmond Park, Richmond
Painshill Park, Cobham
Priory Park, Reigate
Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon/Southfields
Ashtead Recreation Ground, Ashtead
Stoke Park, Guildford

We are loving Wimbledon Park at the moment- the playground has many varied activities for the children and also consists of a splash pool for those hot, sunny afternoons.
Complete with fabulous facilities including a cafe which serve the best pizza slices!

BEACHES / POOLS (OUT AND INDOOR)

Camber Sands, East Sussex
Goring Gap, West Sussex
West Wittering Beach, West Sussex
Littlehampton, West Sussex
Brighton, East Sussex
Rainbow Centre (pool), Epsom
Brockwell Lido, South London
Guildford Lido, Guildford
Hampton Open Air Pool, Hampton
Pools on the Park, Richmond
Paddling pool and playground, Stoke Park, Guildford
Recently we wrote a blog with a full list of local lidos and splash parks click here for more information:
https://epsomandewellfamilies.co.uk/11-places-to-splash-this-summer-lidos-paddling-pools-and-splash-parks/

SOFT PLAY AND TRAMPOLINE PARKS

Unfortunately in the UK the weather can be changeable at times to say the least! This is when you’ll need a contingency plan.

Giggles Soft Play, Ewell
Rainbow Leisure Centre, Epsom
Rascals Soft Play, Epsom
Wacky Kingdom, Redhill
Sutton Sports Village: Trampoline park and soft play
Oxygen, Croydon
Jump In, Esher
Air Hop, Guildford

Rainbow Leisure Centre soft play is fantastic and is a personal favourite of ours we also love it’s sister branch at Sutton Sports Village which as well as soft play has a fantastic trampoline park!

INDOOR ADVENTURE PARKS & GAMING:

Kidspace, Croydon
Flip Out, Croydon
Gravity, Wandsworth
Ninja Warrior, Guildford
Belong, Sutton (Gaming)

MUSEUMS

Living so close to London we are fortunate to have some amazing Museums on our door step!
They offer a host of interactive experiences as well as the chance to enjoy and learn about the artefacts on display.
We also have some fantastic museums a bit closer to home also!

Below are a few of our favourites:
V&A Museum, Kensington
Tate Modern, Bankside
The Design Museum, Kensington
BFI (British Film Institute), South Bank
Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Natural History Museum, Kensington
Science Museum, Kensington
Brooklands, Weybridge
Whitehall, Cheam

We absolutely love the Tate Modern on Bankside! There is so much to see and it really is a stimulating experience for the whole family!

On our doorstep we have Bourne Hall Museum, check out Fran’s recent blog about the family Summer Walks and Talks they have planned throughout August: https://epsomandewellfamilies.co.uk/epsom-and-ewell-summer-history-walks-and-talks/

Other Experiences:

Kids in the mood for something a little bit different?

Gripped London, read Dee’s write up after a visit last year – https://epsomandewellfamilies.co.uk/thrill-seeking-activities-gripped-london-review/
Go Ape, Chessington, Farnham or Battersea
Mercedes Menz World, Cobham
The Sculpture Park, Farnham
Hever Castle, Edenbridge
Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park, Chertsey
Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington
Thorpe Park, Chertsey
London Zoo, Regents Park
Tilgate Park, Crawley
Fishers Farm, Horsham
Sealife Centre, Brighton 75

EPSOM FAMILY FUN 

Go Epsom’s Family Friday’s return this Summer every Friday between 12 – 5pm, until 25th August there will be family fun on Epsom Market Place, info:

Friday 28th July
The Natural History Museum Roadshow – Dinosaur Themed
Tea Cup Rides

Friday 4th August
Circus Skills Workshop
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Friday 11th August
Hula Hoop Shows and Workshops
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Friday 18th August
Life’s A Beach Hikabee Theatre
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Friday 25th August
Magic Shows
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Lastly on our doorstep you may want to visit the newly opened Open Air Theatre at the Mayfield Lavender.  The Horton Epsom also have a number activities running throughout the holidays and The Epsom Playhouse have Milkshake Live on the 30th July.

Hopefully these suggestions will come in useful for you and your little (or big) ones over the summer holidays.
Always check ahead individual websites for opening times and availability!

Have a great summer!
Kat
xx

 
Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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