Surrey is a gorgeous county, full of natural parks and rolling hills, but also close enough to the hustle and bustle of London to feel truly alive. Nestled in amongst Surrey’s beautiful towns and cities are some fantastic venues and activities; whether you’re just moving to Surrey and looking for something to do or wanting to venture further afield from your current local haunts, these places should definitely be at the top of your list.
Surrey Hills AONB
This gorgeous landscape – a designated Area of Outstanding National Beauty – is the perfect place to detox from daily life. With a number of fantastic locations within the Surrey Hills, such as Frencham Ponds, the Devil’s Punchbowl, the Inglis Memorial and many more, you won’t run out of places to discover.
The Limpsfield Common Mini Woodland Houses will enchant children – allowing them to discover the homes of several woodland creatures, including Peter Rabbit’s – and, for the adults, there are real size homes and castles to explore too.
Wisley RHS Garden, Woking
If you’re looking for horticultural inspiration for your garden, look no further than Wisley RHS garden. It’s heralded as one of the “world’s great gardens” and has a multitude of features to discover via its twists and turns, from their iconic Glasshouse to their Exotic garden.
Depending on when you choose to visit, make sure to check their website to find out what signature plants and horticulture you should look out for.
Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
For couples or parents who want a day out for themselves, the Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking could be the perfect destination. Discover the history of the estate, the process of wine making, and then try some of their creations for yourself in their wonderful restaurants.
While you will have to reserve a tour slot in advance, the estate offers both indoor winery tours and outdoor vineyard tours so that you’ll be covered no matter what the weather throws at you!
Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington
What could be a better activity in the summer than a visit to Chessington theme park? It’s a combination of zoo, sea life centre, theme park, and live shows and events, so there’ll be something to entertain every member of the family.
New for this year, the Gruffalo has come to Chessington, so there’ll be even more for the kids to enjoy!
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey
Wander the corridors of this fantastic palace and delve into a history of over 300 years. There are a multitude of fun activities and places to explore both inside and outside this stately home. Get lost in the most famous maze in the world or find out how Henry VIII entertained his guests in the Tudor kitchens.
For brave and courageous visitors, there’s even the opportunity to spy some of the palace’s famous spectres – two of Henry VIII’s wives, the Grey Lady and other paranormal residents.
Self-described as a “mysterical farm park adventure”, Hobbledown is a fantastic venue for all the family. Discover the mysterious Hobblers and explore the farm and its host of both animal and character inhabitants.
During the summer holidays, there are also a number of great events happening at Hobbledown, which will be fun for the whole family.
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge
Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and the museum erected at the site in its honour is a fantastic way to discover both its history as a moment in the timeline of British racing, and its foray into the world of aviation.
Explore all this and much more with a visit during the summer; there are some great events being run as part of their Summer Holiday Family Fun calendar.
The North Downs, Farnham
This spectacular ridge of chalk hills, stretching from Farnham all the way to the White Cliffs of Dover, are a fantastic destination for an explore with family or friends. The North Downs Way, created by National Trails, is a 153-mile journey across the landscape suitable for either a short stroll or an all-day hike.
It’s also now home to an “Ale Trail”, created in collaboration with local breweries in Kent, Medway and Surrey, for walkers to explore on their way.
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom or Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher
You’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a day at the races in Surrey! These two fantastic courses each have their merits – Sandown Park offers Grade One National Hunt races, and Epsom Downs is a specialist in thoroughbred horse racing and best known for hosting The Derby. Win or lose, you’re guaranteed a great day at one of their meets.
The Sculpture Park, Farnham
As the world’s largest all year sculpture exhibition, you’re in for a treat when visiting The Sculpture Park. It features the work of over 500 artists, showcasing a magnificent array of sculpture from all different disciplines, in amongst a gorgeous arboretum and wildlife-inhabited water gardens.
With three different routes to take around the park, varying in length and terrain difficulty, you can explore at your leisure in the gorgeous atmosphere of this most artistic location.
If you’re thinking of moving to the Surrey area, here at Shinerocks we’d be happy to lend a helping hand. Take a look at available properties for sale in Surrey , or contact us so that we can help you find the perfect home.