The Best Things to Do in Surrey 


Conveniently situated just outside London sits the beautiful and historic county of Surrey. The region boasts some of the most stunning scenery thanks to the likes of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but it also has fantastic transport links. All this combines to make Surrey one of the most expensive areas in which to buy property, but also means it’s a great place for a weekend away. History, nature, charming towns and much more besides, Surrey really does offer the best of everything.  

In no particular order, here are some great places to visit and things to do in the beautiful county of Surrey.  

Have fun at Thorpe Park 

Thorpe Park has been one of the UK’s most popular theme parks since is opened in 1979. The park features over 30 rides and attractions – including 5 of the UK’s top rollercoasters –as well as live events throughout the year. The park also includes the relatively new ‘Thorpe Shark Hotel’ which looks like a shark but is made from scrap metal and signs from the park. Why not enjoy a thrilling day or weekend of fun and adventure for all the family?  

Guildford Castle 

Guildford Castle is believed to have been built after William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066 but today is more well known for its beautiful grounds and the incredible views of the town you can get from the roof. Once you’ve absorbed enough history, you can explore the town of Guildford itself. Guildford has been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK and is one of the most expensive property areas outside of London.  

A final tip: in July the town hosts its own version of Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. 

Indulge Yourself at Food Festivals 

Surrey is renowned for its incredible food festivals which arrived in the county every year to the delight of both the locals and visitors. Some of the most popular are Woking’s Food and Drink Festival, the Surrey Food Festival in Old Deer Park and the Cheese and Chilli Festival in Guildford. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, try the Strawberry Fair on Priory Farm in June where local produces bring their preserves and baked goods as well as cheeses, hot dogs and other delicious treats you won’t find elsewhere. Priory Farm also runs a Christmas food fair in the winter.  

Embrace your wild side at WWF Living Planet Centre 

The WWG Living Planet Centre in Woking is a free attraction (although donations are encouraged) which shows films to educate visitors about our planet from the forests and wildlife to the oceans. The building itself has been ecologically designed and is very impressive to view and kids can take on a treasure hunt to try and learn as much as they can as they go.  

Visit Brooklands Museum 

Just south of Weybridge you’ll find the Brooklands Museum, an air museum based on the famous Brooklands motor-racing circuit from 1907. Brooklands is famous as the birthplace of British motorsport and today is a conservation area including 4 listed buildings and original sections of the1937 Campbell Circuit, a WW2 'Bofors' gun tower, the 1907 Finishing Straight, the Members' Banking and the 1909 Test Hill. The museum features a wide range of racing cars and aircraft to keep any petrol head amused for hours as well as the Concorde Experience and the London Bus Museum.  

The best bit? Brooklands Museum is just a 5-10 minute drive from The Flintgate here in Weybridge. Why not finish off your trip with a warm welcome, a delicious meal and a choice of quality wines, beers and spirits in comfortable surroundings?  

 

Richard Craig