Ideas for half term in Surrey

April 22nd 2014
By: Melanie Hollidge

May 26th – late Spring Bank Holiday – sees the Surrey County Diamond Jubilee Show at Stoke Park in Guildford.  It’s the largest one day agricultural show in the UK.  There are hundreds of different animals to see – from bantam hens to bulls.  Mullenscote Gun Dogs provide an educational and fun show.  There is also the Surrey County Horse show, a food festival and one of the most spectacular displays of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery – with guns firing at the end of each display meaning it’s one of the loudest too!  If you buy your ticket early and online, you’ll save money.  Find out more at
With lots of ideas for things to do, many local garden centres offer a host of activities, from buying plants and seeds to encourage you to grow your own, to their fully stocked fields of pick your own.  Many crops are available to pick from June through to late October.  The season ‘kicks off’ with asparagus.  It’s great for children to see where and how the fruit and vegetables that they eat, actually grow; which ones grow on trees, bushes and vines and which grow straight from the ground like carrots and potatoes.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to buy your own plants to take home and nurture ready to grow your own crop for next year?
Well stocked gift shops and tea rooms or outdoor play areas mean that you can easily spend time browsing and chatting with the children happily occupied too.  Secretts in Milford, Surrey and Garsons in Esher both have plenty to offer you.
Home to over 40 different types of animals, from harvest mice to red deer, The British Wildlife Centre is a privately owned organisation in Lingfield which specialises in our native species.  With an emphasis on education and conservation, it’s perfect for children of all ages.  There is a wetland boardwalk to get visitors closer to the birds and is a photographer’s dream.  For more information about opening times, visit their website at