Our Top 10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Surrey (and take the kids!)

Our Top 10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Surrey

(and take the kids!)

One of the wonderful things about taking my clients (and their lovely children) out and about to the many historic, scenic and atmospheric locations that Surrey has to offer is that I get to see so many different beauty spots at all times of the day (the difference that a fiery sunset or sunrise can make is absolutely stunning!)

With the Halloween Half Term upon us, and with fingers and toes fully crossed for a lovely and dry week which absolutely demands lots of outdoor time to explore those spectacular autumnal shades, I thought It would be great to team up with local community website, The Hersham Hub, and delve into our respective memory banks, put electronic ‘pens to paper’ and share our favourite Surrey beauty spots!

We also asked each venue that made our Top 10 to tell us why they think you should visit them!

I hope you find this an useful guide and interesting read, please let me know if, after reading this, you have been inspired to give any of them a go. Please also let me know if there are any local ‘hidden secrets’ that I haven’t mentioned here – I’m always on the lookout for new and unspoiled beauty spots to take my family to.

Our Top 10 Favourite Surrey Locations

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Alice Holt Forest

“…..masses of opportunities for children to play – trees, logs, small streams, open spaces and playgrounds. You can also walk, cycle and experience life in the trees…..read more

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Bushy Park

“….. fountains, fallen trees to climb, deer, a fantastic, newly refurbished, playground, what more could you want from a family day out? Bushy Park is a great place for a lazy walks along the heritage trails…..read more

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Esher Commons

“…..from Esher to Cobham, Oxshott to West End, they offer a range of habitats to explore and enjoy. Balance along the logs in the natural play area…..read more

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Painshill

“…..a popular visitor attraction for families, with the Crystal Grotto, located in the middle of the lake, being a major attraction point…..read more

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pewley-down-100Pewley Downs

“…..is the epitome of English countryside with amazing views over the North Downs. There is both woodland and large open spaces…..read more

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richmond-park-100Richmond Park

“…..royal parks, there are so many different parts to visit, whether it’s panoramic views of ancient oaks or Isabella Plantation with it’s beautiful planting and the deer are always a great…..read more

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virginia-water-100Virginia Water

“….. lots of lovely spots at virginia water from rhododendron gardens and waterfalls to sandy inlets along the lakeside. I like to take my families on a walk round the lake to warm the kids up…..read more

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winkworth-arb-100Winkworth Arboretum

“….. canopies of trees that change from lush green in summer to copper and bronze in autumn. In spring there is the most amazing carpet of bluebells, there’s colour here all…..read more

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tractor-100Mayfield Lavender

“….. it is one of my favourite locations. Rows and rows of lavender sweeping as far as the eye can see make a stunning backdrop and it really is quite unlike anywhere else…..read more

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windsor-great-park-100Windsor Great Park

“…..a blanket of green ferns and dappled sunlight through the forests, in Autumn the trees become a fabulous palette of oranges and reds. There is so much…..read more

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Baby in Lavender Fields Collage

Take a look at my gallery for some fabulous photographs of local families having fun at local places!

http://www.rebeccaedmundsphotography.co.uk/family-photography-portfolio/families/

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Alice Holt Forest


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rebecca-75Rebecca Says:

This is a personal favourite and somewhere I have taken my kids for years. There are a number of walks that take you through the forest with wooden play sculptures dotted about to keep the kids amused along the way. It’s also a great dog friendly location so ideal for family photos that include your furry friends.

 

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Come for a great day out with the children in the woods at Alice Holt. There are masses of opportunities for children to play – trees, logs, small streams, open spaces and playgrounds. You can also walk, cycle and experience life in the trees with Go Ape! Take a relaxing break in our café, or find a quiet space to have a picnic and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest.

 

What can you expect when you get to Alice Holt Forest?

 

Getting there by Car: Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LS (there is a charge for on site parking.)

Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00

Admission Fee: Free

Refreshments: Café on the Green is open 09:00 to 16:30 and offers a range of hot and cold food and drink as well as ice creams.

Kids Activities: Playwood and Habitat Trails; 3D Maze; Lots to see trees, logs, small streams and open spaces; 2 Play areas; Wild Learning Holiday Camp during Half Term; Go Ape High Wires

Walks: There are lots of walking trails throughout the forest; there is a forthcoming Christmas Walking Trail

Cycle Paths: 3 mile cycle trail suitable for children and adults; Short and Safe Beginners Track for less experienced cyclists or beginners.

Dogs Welcome but must be under control at all times.

Other Useful Info:

  • Beginners Nordic Walking Courses
  • Christmas Tree Ornament Workshops
  • Guided Nordic Walks
  • Go Ape Tree Top Adventure
  • Outdoor Birthday Parties – Tree Tops; Wilderness; Classroom Capers
  • Indoor Birthday Parties – Pirate or Fairy themes at Café on the Green
  • Freestanding BBQ hire available
  • Choose your own Christmas Tree (with free sapling)

Visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/aliceholt for full details.

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Bushy Park

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Nigel from The Hersham Hub Says:

Ponds, fountains, fallen trees to climb, deer, a fantastic, newly refurbished, playground, what more could you want from a family day out? Bushy Park is a great place for a lazy walks along the heritage trails, or a visit to the Diana Fountain or Water Gardens. Its one of our favourite places to visit locally.

trp-75Sharon from The Royal Parks says:

Bushy Park, located near Hampton Court Palace, is just over 1000 acres making it the second largest of London’s eight Royal Parks.

Its mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife. Red and fallow deer still roam the park, as they have done since Henry VIII’s time and a wide selection of birds can be spotted including the tawny owl, kingfisher and all three native woodpeckers.

In 2015, Bushy Park was officially designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England for its population of ancient and veteran trees, extensive areas of semi-natural lowland dry acid grassland and its internationally significant populations of rare invertebrates including the double line moth and the rusty click beetle.

The beautiful Diana Fountain is regarded as one of the most important sculptures in Britain and stands at the junction of the great Chestnut and Lime Avenues. The park also has one of the best remaining examples of a formal baroque water garden in the area. Its pools and cascades were built in the 1700s and inspired similar gardens all over the country.

 

What can you expect when you get to Bushy Park?

 

Getting there by Car: The postcode for satnav is TW11 0EQ, but note this is for guidance only as the park covers a large area. Free parking and disabled parking is available.

Public Transport: Take the train to Teddington/Hampton Wick/Hampton Court – 5 to 10 minute walk, entering the park through the Sandy Lane Gates.

Opening Hours:

  • Pedestrian gates in Bushy Park are open 24 hours, except September and November when pedestrian gates open at 8:00am and close at 10:30pm, Monday – Friday
  • Vehicle gates are open from 6:30 am to dusk and close at 7:00 pm in winter, and later in the summer, except in September and November when vehicle gates open at 8:00am on Monday – Friday

Admission is Free

Refreshments: 

  • The Pheasantry Café providing Hot and Cold meals, snacks, drinks and cakes,
  • Refreshment Point – located at the Diana Car Park offering a range of hot and cold snacks and drinks

Kids Activities

  • Bushy Park Playground – Featuring a large sandpit, a timber climbing frame, balance beams, a basket swing, cradle swings, a see-saw and turtle drum for young children, a dry river feature and climbing boulders. A pergola has been installed near the sandpit to provide shade and seating is available around the playground.
  • Family Activity – All Change for Autumn – 25th October – investigate plants and animals at this exciting time of the year. Discover more about trees and seeds and the animals that depend on them over the winter (£15 per family).

Walks:

  • There are five Bushy Park Heritage Trails. These are self-guided walks with maps, stopping points, images and audio guides: In the Footsteps of Joseph Fisher; The King’s Giant Hosepipe; The Palace Playground; Wild Treasures; The Yanks are here!

Dogs Welcome but please note that Deer can feel threatened by dogs

Other Useful Info

  • Tennis Courts are available to ‘turn up and play’.
  • The Hampton Heated Open Air Pool and Fitness Gym is on the western boundary of the Park
  • There is a bowling green in the park licensed to the NPL Sports Club
  • The Diana Fountain (a bronze statue of goddess on a marble and stone fountain)
  • The Upper Lodge Water Gardens comprise of a Baroque-style collection of pools, cascades, basins and a canal
  • Wild deer roam free!

For more information visit their website here: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park

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The Esher Commons

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rebecca-75Rebecca Says:

Locations play a big part in the look and feel of my photography and Esher Woods is definitely one that provides a more wild and natural environment. The light between the trees is beautiful and creates some dramatic images. I particularly like this location if I have a family with kids that enjoy the outdoors and need to run off a bit of energy. There is a short walk from the car park to the spot I like to shoot in with giant logs to climb and deserted wigwams to investigate, which all make for lots of fun and great photo opportunities!

elmbridge-logo-75Hannah from the Elmbridge Countryside Team says:

The Esher Commons cover 360 hectares – that’s 4% of the Borough! Stretching from Esher to Cobham, Oxshott to West End, they offer a range of habitats to explore and enjoy. Balance along the logs in the natural play area, navigate your way around the permanent orienteering courses, cycle along the off road bike track or just make the most of the endless natural play opportunities – build secret camps, play pooh sticks in the River Rythe, hunt for bugs or simply squelch through the mud.

What can you expect when you get to Esher Commons

Getting there by Car: There are multiple locations: West End Common ; Fairmile Common; Esher Common/Arbrook Common

Each location has its own Free Carpark: West End Lane Carpark KT10 8LZ; Chequers Pond KT0 8LF; Copsem Lane Carpark KT10 9HQ; Sandy Lane Carpark KT22 0NX; Horseshoe Clump Carpark KT10 9JQ

Opening Hours: These are open commons with no formal opening/closing times

Admission is Free

Refreshments: Bring your own!

Kids Activities: Open Woodland with lots to explore!

The Elmbridge Junior Rangers have lots of organised outdoors children’s activities throughout the year:

  • Toddler Time in the Wild – Friday 11 November, 10.30 am – 11.30 am – Feed the ducks, make a bird feeder, and bird watch.
  • Fungi Walk – Sunday 13 November, 10 am to 12 noon
  • Toddler Time in the Wild – Friday 9 December, 10.30 am – 11.30 am – Make your own natural Christmas decorations to take home.

Guided Walks Programme: Themed walks led by a Countryside Ranger through the Elmbridge Countryside

Cycle Paths: There is a fantastic, signposted, off road cycle route stretching across and through the commons. The route will take you to two large ponds and the nearby Fairmile common, don’t forget to look out for a variety of wildlife.

Dogs Welcome: Dogs are very welcome but must be kept under close control at all times and prevented from disturbing wildlife and sensitive habitats such as ponds and nesting areas.

Other Useful Info:

  • Orienteering – Saturday 29 October, drop in between 10 am and 11.30 am. Event finishes at 12.30 pm. Try one of the five permanent orienteering courses on the commons.
  • Shelter Belt Walk – Saturday 29 October, 2 pm – 3.30 pm – Find out about management and future plans for the A3 shelter belt.
  • Wreath Making – Saturday 10 December, 9.30 am to 11.45 am – Make a wreath out of materials from the commons. Best suited to older children and adults but all welcome.
  • Five permanent orienteering courses on the commons

For more information visit their website here: http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/countryside/

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Painshill


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Nigel from The Hersham Hub says:

I absolutely love Painshill! There is a different view around every corner. In the springtime there is an abundance of colour from the bluebells and daffodils in the wooded areas and the meadows of long grass are ideal for the kids to play hide and seek in the summer, the views from the higher points are simply breathtaking.
Beautiful follies and bridges dotted around the park make fantastic backdrops and great fun for the kids to explore. Not to mention the stunning Gothic Tower!

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Elizabeth from The Painshill Park Trust says:

Painshill is an 18th Century Landscape Garden set in the beautiful countryside of Surrey, within easy access of both the A3 and M25. It is a popular visitor attraction for families, with our Crystal Grotto, located in the middle of our lake, being a major attraction point for people.

We are extremely popular with schools around the county for the numerous activities we deliver for schools trips, led by our talented Education Team. Painshill also provides children’s birthday parties, activity trails for family days out and adventure walks for both Brownie and Scout Groups.

What can you expect when you get to Painshill?

How to get there:

Car: Painshill can be reached via the M25 / J10 / A3 towards London. Exit at Junction with A245 towards Cobham. (Closest sat nav reference KT11 1AA). Their Free car park is off the Cobham, (A245) 200m east of the A245/A307 roundabout.

Public Transport:  Take the train to Cobham & Stoke d’Abernon or Weybridge. Note: Taxis are available from Cobham or Weybridge Railway Stations. Alternatively, take the train to Surbiton or Kingston then by direct link The Surrey Parks and Gardens Explorer Bus Route 515 / 515A.

Bus route 515/515A (Abellio Surrey) hourly service between Kingston and Guildford. Service stops right outside the entrance to Painshill landscape garden.

Opening Hours: 10am-6pm or dusk if earlier (4pm November onwards). The Gothic Tower is open weekends 11.30am – 4.30pm. Opening times of the grotto are subject to change depending on the availability of our volunteer grotto stewards – please check before visiting.

Admission: Adults £8; Children (5-16) £4.50; Under 5s Free; Family Ticket (2 Adults + 4 Children) £27 (Annual Membership is available)

Refreshments: Mr Hamilton’s Tea Room – Fully Licensed. Hot drinks. Healthy Salads. Kids lunch boxes; Fresh sandwiches and cakes.

Kids Activities: Painshill offer regular seasonal activities such as:

  • Celebrate Trees – Oct 23rd – A fantastic day with lots of fun tree themed activities
  • Wild Halloween Camp – Oct 24th to 28th – Have a wild time this Halloween with den building, woodland craft, campfires, treasure hunts and spooky adventures.
  • Festive Walk – Nov 30th, Dec 1st and 2nd – “The special festive route passes follies and trees lit up with colourful lights to the amazing sparkling crystal Grotto”
  • Father Christmas in the crystal Grotto – Dec 3rd to 24th

Walks: You can spend a whole day walking around the 158 acre Painshill or there are shorter accessible routes around the Serpentine Lake.

Dogs on a short lead are welcome. Dogs are not permitted in the buildings or follies unless it is a service dog.

Other Useful Info:

  • Painshill offer a range of different birthday activities for children aged 4 to 12 years old. Boys and girls will love the treasure hunts, den building and themed adventures.
  • Bicycles and scooters are not permitted in Painshill except those with stabilisers used by children under the age of five (must be supervised by an adult at all times)

For more information visit their website here: http://www.painshill.co.uk/visit-painshill/

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Pewley Downs

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rebecca-75Rebecca says:

Not far from guildford but you would never know, Pewley Downs are the epitome of English countryside with amazing views over the North Downs. There is both woodland and large open spaces, providing the perfect variety for shots.

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Pewley Downs is a special area of rare chalk grassland just a short walk from Guildford’s bustling High Street. It is looked after by the Guildford Borough Council Countryside Team with the help of the Pewley Down Volunteers. With stunning views to the South Downs across the Surrey and Sussex Weald it is a great place to spot wildlife.

Glow-worms shine during their mating season and many declining species of butterfly and bird can still be seen. Buzzards and Kestrels use the slopes to hunt for their prey. Make sure to bring your binoculars!

What can you expect when you get to Pewley Down?

How to get there.

  • Car: Sat Nav Reference – GU1 3QA (Pewley Hill), local On street parking available (GU1 3QA)
  • Public Transport: Less than 1 mile from Guildford London Road station

Opening Hours: Open during daylight hours

Admission Free

Refreshments: Take your own picnic and refreshments

Kids Activities: Wide open spaces; St Lukes Square Playground, GU1 2HB

Walks: Pewley Downs is perfect for a nice lazy stroll or more serious hilly hike with numerous paths going down to Shalford or across to Newlands Corner

Cycle Paths: Great for fast and hilly off road mountain biking!

Dogs Welcome

Other Useful Info

On Pewley Down 26 species of butterfly were recorded in 2010, and 119 species of bees, wasps and ants. There are also rare flowers, including 6 species of orchid.

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Richmond Park

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thh-75Nigel from The Hersham Hub says:

Growing up I spent many a weekend strolling through Richmond Park so it’s one of my favourite places to visit now. Like all the royal parks, there are so many different parts to visit, whether it’s panoramic views of ancient oaks or Isabella Plantation with it’s beautiful planting and the deer are always a great hit with the kids!

trp-75Sharon from The Royal Parks says:

Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Richmond Park, the largest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. The park is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. It is home to the beautiful Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge and herds of Red and Fallow deer.

What can you expect when you get to Richmond Park?

How to get there:

Car: Postcode for the park is TW10 5HS – this is for guidance only as the park covers a large area. There is parking at all the gated entrances: Pembroke Lodge; Kingston Gate; Isabella Plantation; Broomfield Hill; Robin Hood Gate; Roehampton Gate; Sheen Gate.

Public Transport: Richmond Station – National Rail or District Line (and then catch the 371 or 65 buses to the pedestrian gate at Petersham)

Opening Hours: Vehicle Gates: 07:30 to dusk; Pedestrian Gates open 24 hours (apart from selected dates in Nov and Feb – 07:00 to 20:00)

Admission Free

Refreshments:

  • Pembroke Lodge – refreshments in elegant Georgian Tea Rooms.
  • Roehampton Café – serves a range of snacks, drinks and ice creams and has indoor and outdoor seating
  • Refreshment points are located near Broomfield Hill, Pen Pond car parks and adjacent to Pembroke Lodge car park, serving a wide a range of hot and cold snacks and beverages.

Kids Activities:

  • Kingston Gate Playground designed with children under 5 in mind. Featuring: timber play sculptures including a fairy pergola and a tractor and trailer; multi-play equipment; bark pit; a hammock; children’s tables and seats.
  • Petersham Gate Playground designed for children of all ages. Featuring: a sandpit area; a bark pit with a climbing frame and jumping lily pads; balancing blocks and a hammock; an elephant piano (xylophone); a see-saw; a water play feature

Walks:

  • Isabella Plantation Free Guided Walk – 23rd and 28th October
  • Free Guided Walk of Richmond Park – 5th November, 3rd and 26th December

Cycle Paths: Cycle Hire is available in the park or you can explore the vast grounds on your own two wheels!

Dogs Welcome but please note that Deer can feel threatened by dogs

Other Useful Info

  • Herds of wild deer roam free!
  • The Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation
  • King Henrys Mound offers fabulous panoramic views of the Thames Valley to the west and distant view of St. Paul’s Cathedral to the east

For more information visit their website here: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park

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Virginia Water

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rebecca-75Rebecca says:

There are lots of lovely spots at virginia water from rhododendron gardens and waterfalls to sandy inlets along the lakeside. I like to take my families on a walk round the lake to warm the kids up, chat and get to know them a little so that by the time we stop for portraits they feel completely relaxed and everyone is having fun.

crown-estate-75Ellie from The Crown Estate says:

Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park’s spectacular lake, is a particularly popular spot to visit. Fantastic all year round, the perimeter is an ideal cycling, jogging or walking route. Be sure to stop to admire the giant 100 foot Totem Pole and count how many animals are on it. Afterwards stop for lunch or a cup of tea or coffee at the Pavilion or one of the many kiosks around the Park.

What can you expect when you get to Virginia Water?

How to get there:

  • Virginia Water lake is 6 miles/20mins from Windsor town centre and 2 miles/5 mins from Egham town centre.
  • Accessible from J13 of M25 via the A30

Parking: Sat nav postcodes – GU25 4QF for Virginia Water car park and SL5 7SB for Virginia Water South car park.

Opening Hours: Virginia Water and Virginia Water South car parks are open from 7.45am (or dawn if later) to 7pm (or dusk if earlier) throughout the year.

Admission: It is free to visit Virginia Water lake and explore the surrounding woodland all year round

Refreshments: Virginia Water Pavilion – Serving Hot Food, Snacks, Ice Cream, Hot and Cold drinks

Entertaining the Kids:

  • Abundance of Wildlife
  • Ornamental Cascade waterfall
  • Towering 100 foot Totem Pole

Walks: An entire circuit of the lake is around 4 ½ miles (7 km) in total.

Cycling: Experience a relatively peaceful ride through nature as motor vehicles and motor cycles are restricted in the Park.

Dogs Welcome but must be kept on leads in the immediate area around Virginia Water Pavilion

Other Useful Info

  • the Leptis Magna ruins at Virginia Water lake
  • the rushing waters of the Cascade
  • 100 foot Totem Pole at Virginia Water lake

For more information visit their website here: https://www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en/experiences/virginia-water

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Winkworth Arboretum

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thh-75Nigel from The Hersham Hub says:

Winding paths take you on a journey through canopies of trees that change from lush green in summer to copper and bronze in autumn. In spring there is the most amazing carpet of bluebells, there’s colour here all throughout the year.

nationaltrust-75Mike from The National Trust says:

A beautiful collection of trees and plants set in a dramatic hillside location offering peace and tranquillity, a masterpiece of planting surrounding a magnificent lake and wetland area. Bursts of colour excite the senses at every turn and changes take place every day of the season. Perfect for a family picnic in the summer or a stroll through the crisp leaves in autumn when the foliage is ablaze. In spring, the rich and stark winter landscape gives way to brilliant carpets of old English bluebells with impressive displays of azaleas and magnolias.

What can you expect when you get to Winkworth Arboretum?

How to get there:

Car: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD (near Hascombe, on east side of B2130). With Free parking

Public Transport: Train to Godalming

Opening Hours: 10 to 18:00 (dusk in the winter)

Admission Fee: Adults £8.00; Child £4.00; Family Ticket £20

Refreshments: The Arbor Tea Room – home-made cakes, biscuits and light lunches

Kids Activities:

  • Happy Halloween Trail – 22nd to 30th October
  • Wild Learning Club – 24th to 28th October
  • Winter Wonders Children’s Trail – 21st December to 2nd January

Walks (normal admission applies)

  • 2nd November & 7th December – Free seasonal guided walk around the Arboretum
  • 26th December – Boxing Day Walk
  • 2nd January – New Year Walk

Dogs on leads welcome

Other Useful Info

  • 27th November – Tree Planting Workshop
  • 4th December – Christmas Wreath Making
  • See woodland, wetland and meadow all in the same trip.
  • Winding footpaths, lakes and wetlands

For more information visit their website here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum

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Mayfield Lavender

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rebecca-75Rebecca Says: 

 I absolutely love Mayfield lavender, it is one of my favourite locations. Rows and rows of lavender sweeping as far as the eye can see make a stunning backdrop and it really is quite unlike anywhere else I shoot. The smell at the height of the season is amazing and the farm shop is well worth a visit for the lavender shortbread!

mayfield-lavender-75Brendan from Mayfield Lavender says:

We have seen many changes over the last decade but one thing that has been constant has been the loyalty and support of the local community. Banstead and the surrounding area often referred to as ‘Mitcham Lavender’ was famed for lavender growing in the 18th and 19th centuries, and this area produced most of the world’s lavender oil demand until the 1930’s when the industry disappeared.

Our local community are very proud of their lavender heritage and have been delighted to have the industry revived by Mayfield Lavender on their doorstep. Their support has been overwhelming over the last 10 years.
We have also seen a huge increase in the number of visitors who live outside the local area, often travelling hundreds of miles from within and outside the UK. They have seen and heard about our stunning field through social networking and want to experience the sight of our beautiful field for themselves.

What can you expect when you get to Mayfield Lavender?

(Farm closed till June 1st)

How to get there

By Car

  • Farm: 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA
  • Nursery: 139 Reigate Road, Epsom, KT17 3DW
  • Free Parking

Public Transport

  • Farm: Train to West Croydon then 166 Bus to Oaks Park
  • Nursery: Train to West Croydon then 166 Bus to Drift Bridge

Opening Hours.

  • The Farm is now closed until June 1st but the Nursery is open 09:00 to 17:30

Admission Fee

  • Farm: £1 per person
  • Nursery: Free

Refreshments: Farm: Café. Nursery: Shop

Kids Activities

  • Amazing colours and scenery to experience

Dogs Welcome but must be kept on leads

Other Useful Info:

  • Mayfield Lavender is now into its 10th anniversary
  • As you imagine you can get all things lavender here:
  • Organic Oils; Hearts, Sachets and Pillows; Lavender Food & Tea; Bath & Body; Home Fragrance; Microwaveable Hippos and Wraps
  • You can hire their gazebo, in the middle of the lavender fields, for a private event

For more information visit their website here: http://www.mayfieldlavender.com/

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Windsor Great Park

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thh-75Nigel from The Hersham Hub says: 

No matter the season, Windsor Great Park is a wonderful location. In the summer there is a blanket of green ferns and dappled sunlight through the forests, in Autumn the trees become a fabulous palette of oranges and reds. There is so much to do and see here whatever you are looking for!

crown-estate-75Ellie from The Crown Estate says:

Windsor Great Park is the perfect location for families of all ages. The wide open space covers 4,800 acres with an abundance of picnic spots, wildlife and ancient forest to explore. Particularly popular is The Savill Garden, offering free entry to all children under 16 and an exciting programme of events and family activities throughout the year, which complement the world renowned seasonal displays.

What can you expect when you get to Windsor Great Park?

How to get there

Car

  • The Savill Garden – Sat nav postcode – TW20 0UJ
  • The Valley Gardens – Sat nav postcode – TW20 0HJ
  • The Long Walk/Deer Park – Use Car Parks along A322

Parking

  • Savill Garden Car Park; Wick Road Car Park; Valley Gardens Car Park – £2 per hour. (Parking Free with paid entry to Savill Garden )

Public Transport

  • Nearest railway stations are Windsor Central and Windsor Riverside, Egham, Ascot and Virginia Water. A taxi will be needed to complete your journey into the Park – this usually takes around 15 to 20.

Opening Hours.

  • The Savill Garden – Summer – 10am to 6pm daily. Last admission at 5pm. Winter – 10am to 4.30pm daily. Last admission at 3.30pm.
  • The Valley Gardens are open from 7.45am (or dawn if later) to 7pm (or dusk if earlier) throughout the year.
  • Many of the public areas of Windsor Great Park are open to visitors to enjoy from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Cycle, run and walk within these areas free of charge, although car parking charges can apply.

Admission Fee

  • The Savill Garden – Adults £9.75; Seniors £8.75; Groups (10+) £8.00; Children 16 and under visit for free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. *Please note: Entrance into The Savill Garden is FREE from 1 December to 28 February. Normal car parking charges apply.
  • The Valley Gardens is free to enter all year round.
  • Many of the public areas of Windsor Great Park are open to visitors free of charge, although car parking charges can apply.

Refreshments

  • The Savill Garden Restaurant – offers homemade cakes and biscuits, Hot & Cold food and drinks, lunch packs for children
  • The Gallery Café Tea, Coffee, Pastries, Cakes and Biscuits
  • Casa Caffe’s mobile catering kiosks
  • Windsor Great Park has many picnic areas

Kids Activities

  • The Savill Garden offers beautiful gardens with buggy-friendly paths and free for children under 6
  • The children’s play area offers a good selection of low level play equipment which is perfect for children of pre-school age. It is located close to the picnic tables on Obelisk Lawn, with views overlooking the nearby Obelisk Pond – where there are plenty of ducks and swans which your children will enjoy feeding.

Walks – There are many different trails and routes on offer:

  • The Savill Garden is designed to offer stunning scenery all year round
  • The historic ‘Long Walk’ – A perfect afternoon walk of just over 2.5 miles (4.2km), with an even tarmac path for the whole route.

Cycle Paths: Over 17 miles (27km) of smooth and even paths and roads which are perfect for cyclists.

Dogs are very welcome but must be kept under control at all times and in some areas must be kept on leads

Other Useful Info

  • Sculpture in the Garden – till 31st October – Over 60 beautifully crafted sculptures in The Savill Garden
  • Horse and Carriage Rides available
  • Christmas Trees available from 1st to 23rd December
  • Many historical points of interest

For more information visit their website here: https://www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en

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