Making The Most Of Your Weekend in Surrey

If you’ve booked yourself a weekend in Surrey, you’ve made a great choice, especially if you’ve never visited before! Although Surrey is just a short journey from the busy streets and sights of London, a visit to our stunning county in the south-east feels like a whole other world. The area is simply bursting with amazing things to do, beautiful scenery, fascinating history and rich culture, which makes the ideal getaway for anyone. We may be biased, but we believe Surrey has something for everyone. In fact, there’s so much to get up to you may well run out of time to see everything you want to in just one weekend.

To help you make the most of your weekend in Surrey and looking for the best things to do, here’s some inspiration to get you started.

Reconnect with Nature

Surrey is arguably England’s ‘leafiest’ county, so if you’re feeling active, take the time to explore the lush countryside and fairy tale woodlands. The Surrey Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is home to Leith Hill, the highest point in the south-east and there are plenty of waterways, heathland and landscapes to discover. There are also beautiful landscaped gardens and parks including RHS Wisley which spans 240 acres, Royal Bushy Park with free roaming deer and the lakes of Crown Estate Virginia Water.

Arts and Culture

Whether your tastes are traditional or contemporary, you’ll find galleries and exhibitions which will delight you. The county has given the world some of the most acclaimed novelists, artists, musicians and performers. Visit the Watts Gallery Artists’ Village to see over 100 Victorian painters and sculptures alongside occasional exhibitions by local talent. The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham showcases talent from Surrey and further afield, and the Farnham Arts Trail displays arts and crafts across the town. There is also the award-winning Lightbox which houses contemporary exhibitions and events with an interactive museum of the town. If sculpture is of interest, Churt’s 10-acre Sculpture Park is open all year round and shows more than 600 sculptures.

Family Weekends

Families looking for activities to keep everyone entertained will be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking bunch looked for fun or nature lovers, Surrey will not disappoint. Swing from the treetops at Go Ape (Alice Holt), Skywalk Adventure (Esher) or Wild Wood (Guildford). One of the biggest attractions visitors of any age is the county’s famous Thorpe Park with its exhilarating rollercoasters and rides. Younger families may prefer Chessington World of Adventures, a theme park which includes rides, attractions, zoo and Sea Life Centre, or the Hobbledown adventure park in Epsom.

Heritage, History and Museums

You will find evidence of Surrey’s history and heritage throughout the region from the cathedrals and castles to the stately homes. There’s an Iron Age fort on Holmbury Hill and Mickleham Downs includes some of England’s most precious remains of Roman roads. In addition, you can also discover the ruins of England's first Cistercian monastery, Waverley Abbey, Guildford’s medieval castle and visit where the Magna Carta of 1215 was signed at Runnymede.

You’ll find more than 40 museums and galleries in Surrey which celebrate the area’s history and heritage. Take a tour or attend a talk or workshop activities to delve into the past. Highlights include Brooklands Museum which is home to the world’s first motor racing circuit and gives you the chance to sit inside Concorde; the Haslemere Educational Museum where you’ll find an Egyptian mummy, and Guildford Museum celebrates the lives and works of famous Surrey residents including Gertrude Jekyll and Lewis Carroll.

Towns and Villages

Finally, Surrey is home to some charming market towns and picturesque villages including Farnham, Guildford and Weybridge. You’ll find plenty of places to shop, eat and drink against alongside the welcoming local community. If you have time, feel free to pop in the see us at The Flintgate in Weybridge for a few relaxing drinks and quality food. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Richard Craig