Elmbridge Countryside Team


Family Countryside Events

This page is totally dedicated to the absolutely brilliant Elmbridge Borough Council Countryside Team and their great programme of free kids’ activities (www.elmbridge.gov.uk/countryside) running throughout the year come rain or shine!

We’re so lucky to have lots of green spaces on our doorstep such as Bushey Park, Oxshott Woods, as well as the Thames flowing close by.

It’s amazing what wildlife you can find too if you look and listen closely. If you haven’t taken the time to enjoy nature before, give it a go.

It’s fun, free and friendly!

The Elmbridge Borough Council Countryside Team have lots of outdoor ideas for you right on our doorstep in Hersham.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless the event is drop in please arrive at the event start time.

 Toddler pond dip web

Family countryside events

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless the event is drop in please arrive at the event start time.

Please note date change. Fungi Walk, Sunday 5 November, 10 am to 12 noon Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ

Christmas Pine Pull, Sunday 17 December, drop in between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm Follow signs from Copsem Lane car park and Horseshoe Clump car park

Pre-school events

Toddler Time, Hedgehogs, Friday 10 November, 11am – 12 noon. Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Opposite Blackhills, nearest postcode KT10 9JQ

Toddler Time, Christmas, Friday 8 December, 11am – 12 noon. Old Common, Old Common Road, nearest postcode KT11 1BX (meet before Old Common Road goes under A3 bridge by bar gate)

Previous Countryside Team Events:

Junior Rangers – Wednesday 26 July – Pond dipping

Time: drop in between 10am and 12noon
Location: Chequers Pond. On edge of woods, West End Lane, almost opposite church. Nearest postcode KT10 8LF

Toddler Time – Friday 11 August – Mini den building (older siblings welcome)

Time: 10.30 am – 11.30 am.
Location: Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills). Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ.

Survival Skills – Monday 14 August and Wednesday 16 August

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Location: West End. Further information will be given at the time of booking
Learn how to make fire and toast marshmallows. Enjoy fire baked jacket potatoes! Booking essential. Contact the Countryside Team on 01372 474 575 or email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk to book.

Pine pull web

Flying Machines – Friday 18 August

Time: drop in between 1pm and 3pm
Location: Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Weybridge. Nearest postcode KT13 0YU.
Make a flying machine

Den building – Wednesday 23 August

Time: drop in between 10 am and 12 noon
Location: Meet at Copsem Lane car park at 10am. Nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
Can you build a den to withstand the elements?

Bat Walk – Friday 8 September

Time: 7pm to 9 pm
Location: Meet in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills) Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ.
Find out more about these fascinating creatures. We hope to see Pipistrelles and Daubenton bats.

Family orienteering competition – Saturday 23 September

Start times between 10 am and 2 pm.
Location: Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills) Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Prizes for the fastest completion of the orange and yellow orienteering courses. To book a start time, call 01372 474575 or email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk

Become an Elmbridge Countryside Volunteer

The Countryside Team runs a volunteer task on the last Wednesday of each month from 10am to 3.45pm.

The next task will take place on Wednesday 22 February and details will be published on this webpage beforehand.

Volunteer tasks are open to anyone who has an interest in working with the Countryside Team to conserve and improve Elmbridge’s countryside sites and does not mind getting their hands dirty! These tasks are often labour intensive and Elmbridge Countryside Volunteers provide extremely valuable aid to the Ranger Team.

All equipment is provided along with tea and biscuits and you can stay for as long as you like. A Countryside Ranger will be on hand to answer any questions about species of plants and animals that will benefit from the day’s task.

For more information please contact us or call the Senior Countryside Ranger on 07850 706521 or 07711 781119.


Work experience

At Elmbridge we recognise how important work experience is for those who are looking to take their first steps into a great career.  A wide range of jobs are available in local government that give students the opportunity to develop their skills and gain invaluable experience of working life.

If you are a student who lives locally, or attends school or college in the Borough, and is interested in learning about how local government serves the community then we would be interested in hearing from you.

When enquiring about a work experience placement please make sure you include the following:

  • an up-to-date CV (including the name and address of the school/college you attend, your date of birth and your home address)
  •  the dates you are available to work
  •  a brief paragraph on your work interests and aspirations

Please send any enquiries to our Organisational Development Team who will do their best to find the right placement for you.

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