31 things to do and places to go in Surrey on a rainy day

February 15, 2017

We regularly hope for good weather when we’ve got a day off or a bank holiday weekend coming up, but unfortunately it doesn’t always happen.

Our dreams of sitting in a beer garden, tucking into a barbecue with friends and family or heading to the beach are thrown out of the window.

However, when the heavens do open there’s still plenty of things to do in and around Surrey.

Here are some fun activities for you to enjoy when the weather is foul.

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1. Woking Shopping Centre

The shopping mall located in the town centre has more than 170 shops, cinema, theatre, restaurants and car park all under one roof. You can spend hours there without getting a drop of rain on you. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm (until 8pm on Thursday) and Sun 11am-5pm, address: Commercial Way, Woking, GU21 6GH

The Peacocks Centre and its glass lifts

2. Brooklands Museum

The birthplace of British motorsport and aviation with events all year round, Brooklands Museum displays a wide range of exhibits ranging from racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft. Open daily 10am-5pm (until 4pm in winter) address: Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0QN, tel: 01932 857381

Some of the vehicles on display at Brooklands Museum
(Photo: Les Williams)

3. Hampton Court Palace

King Henry VIII’s favourite palace, families can enjoy an audio guide of the historic building, costumed guided tours, children’s activity trails, the Tudor Kitchens and the Young Henry VIII exhibition, open daily 10am-6pm (until 4.30pm in winter), address: East Molesey, KT8 9AU, tel: 0844 482 7777

Hampton court Palace is a great family day out

4. The Lightbox

Three stunning galleries host a huge range of exhibitions, changing regularly. The building is home to Woking’s Story, an interactive museum of the town’s history and a canal-side café. Open Tues-Sat 10.30am-5pm and Sun 11am-5pm, address: Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA, tel: 01483 737800, general admission is free, but entry to the exhibitions cost £5, pay-and-display car park in Brewery Road

The Lightbox

5. Spectrum Leisure Centre

With its large swimming pools, bowling, ice skating rink and courts for squash, table tennis and badminton, the Spectrum offers plenty for the active children. Open daily, times and prices for each activity vary, address: Parkway, Guildford, GU1 1UP, tel: 01483 443322, free car park

Ice skating at Spectrum

6. Grayshott Pottery

Watch how huge chunks of grey clay make their way through the many workshop processes until they finally emerge as pristine plates for your food or as a vibrant vase for a beautiful home or gallery. Journey of the clay weekday 30 minute tours are free. Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm and Sun and bank holidays 10am-4pm, address: School Road, Hindhead, GU26 6LR, tel: 01428 604404, free parking

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Fun days out for families with babies and toddlers

7. Denbies Wine Estate

The ultimate wine experience is an all weather tour, operating inside the winery building. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm and Sun 9.30am-5.30pm (until 5pm in winter), address: London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA, free entry and free parking

Denbies, Dorking

8. Big Apple

Entertainment all under one roof with ten-pin bowling, soft play, laser quest, a cafe bar and arcade. Open 10am-late, address: Crown Square, Woking, GU21 6HR, tel: 01483 727100, multi-storey car park a short walk away

The Big Apple

9. Mercedes-Benz World

Wandering around Mercedes-Benz World, you’ll find yourself up close to an array of automotive icons past and present. Afterwards, walk over to Brooklands Hotel to dine at its award-winning 1907 restaurant. Open daily 10am-6pm, address: Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL, free parking on site, free entry

Mercedes Benz World
(Photo: James Lipman)

10. The Atrium

With bowling, a cinema and arcade all under one roof, youngsters will be entertained for hours. Round off your day with dinner at one of the many restaurants on site including Bella Italia, Byron Burger, Prezzo and Pizza Express. Open daily, times vary, address: Park Street, Camberely, GU15 3PT, undercover multi-story car park

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Great family things to do around Surrey

11. Gravity Force

Interconnected trampolines with angled edges literally allow you to bounce off the walls. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for your next thrill, a parent wanting a fun activity to do with your children, or someone looking for a brand new way to exercise, Gravity Force offers it all. One hour of free jumping throughout the whole park costs £10 each. To book call 0845 4989049. Open 10am-10pm Mon-Fri, 10am-11pm on Sat and 10am to 9pm on Sun, address: Admiralty Way, Camberley, GU15 3DT

Gravity Force

12. Let’s Race

Home to the UK’s only full motion Formula 1 blacked out indoor simulators, race a choice of cars through a variety of famous circuits and enjoy a full driving experience day at the racing centre. Open daily from 9am, address: Brighton Road, Horley, RH6 7HJ, tel: 01293 826800

13. Haslemere Educational Museum

One of the largest Natural History Museums in central southern England and with three galleries, there are more than 240,000 specimens and around 140,000 human history artefacts from around the World. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, address: High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2LA, tel: 01428 645425, admission by donation

14. Craggy Island Climbing Centre

One of the largest centres of its type with 100 rope lines and more than 300 regularly changed climbing routes on a variety of angles and surfaces, you will not only have fun but improve your fitness too. Open Mon-Fri 1am-10pm, Sat 9am-7.30pm, Sun 10am-6.30pm, address: Slyfield Industrial estate, Moorfield Road, Guildford, GU1 1RU, tel: 0844 8808866

Craggy Island in Guildford

15. Warren House

Step inside and enjoy a traditional, uncomplicated yet indulgent and flawless afternoon tea experience with a variety of teas, herbal infusions, delicious array of mouth-watering finger sandwiches, exquisite pastries and scones, with home-made jams, all created by the in house pastry chef, Mario Lourenco. Served daily from 12pm-5.30pm, address: Warren Road, Kingston, KT2 7HY, tel: 020 85471777

Warren House, Kingston

16. Las Iguanas

Feel like you’re on a tropical island, by making cocktails at this Latin American bar and restaurant. The venue boasts classic drinks with a twist and new concoctions for you to try. Happy Hour runs Sun-Wed 12pm-7pm and from 10pm to closing time Thurs-Sat, address: Commercial Way, Woking, GU21 6XR, tel: 01483 751803

Full ribs at Las Iguanas

17. Grayshott Spa

Nestled in the rural corner of west Surrey and set within 47 acres of gardens next to 700 acres of National Trust land, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away when you step inside the historic country house. As well as spa days running all week, you can book a Serene Sunday which includes full use of the facilities and a two course buffet lunch from 1pm, address: Headley Road, Grayshott, GU26 6JJ

The spa is set within 47 acres of gardens and next to 700 acres of National Trust land

18. Hatchlands Park

Keyboard instruments fill this Georgian mansion that was built in the 1750s. The family home also has a collection of paintings and fine furniture and there is a delightful historic kitchen tea-room in the cobbled courtyard. Open Sun-Thurs 2pm-5.30pm, entry fee, address: East Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7RT, tel: 01483 222482, free parking

Hatchlands Park in East Clandon

Hatchlands Park in East Clandon
(Photo: Jane Thomas Cranleigh Camera Club)

19. The Crafts Study Centre

Home to internationally-renowned collections of modern British craft and inspiring exhibitions by leading artist-makers, the site is also a research centre of the University for the Creative Arts. Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm and on Sat 10am-4pm, address: UCA, Falkner Road, Farnham, GU9 7DS, tel: 01252 891450, free entry

20. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Meet and greet cats and dogs that have been rescued by the charity either because they have got lost or been abandoned and unwanted. Open daily 10.30am-5pm, admission suggested donation of £2 adults and £1 child, address: Priest Hill, Old Windsor, SL4 2JN, tel: 0843 5094444, free parking

Annual Fun Day at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

21. Arena Leisure Centre

You may get wet, but at least it’s inside and there’s lots of fun to be had splashing around. There is a 25m main pool and a 15m teaching pool. Open Monday to Sunday, address Grand Avenue, Camberley, GU15 3QH, tel: 01276 417111

21. Top Golf

Get your mates together and challenge them to addictive point-scoring golf games indoors. While you play you can grab something to eat and drink. Open Mon-Sat 9am-11pm and Sun 9am-10.30pm, address: Moated Farm Drive, Addlestone, KT15 2DW, tel: 01932 858551

22. Giggles

Giggles Playworld is an exciting adventure indoor and outdoor playworld catered for children aged 0-8 year olds. Open Mon-Thurs 9.30am-5.30pm and Fri-Sun 9.30am-6.30pm, address: London Road, Bagshot, GU19 5HN, tel: 01276 453555

23. Butterfly Glasshouse

Explore the warm and tropical butterfly glasshouse at RHS Wisley. As welll as meeting a range of different species, visitors can become butterfly experts and learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly in the interactive Education Zone. There are various indoor cafés on site selling hot food and drink. Entry free. tickets are available by calling 0845 2609000, address: Wisley Lane, Wisley, GU23 6QB

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23. Tenpin bowling

Get all the family together for a competitive and classic game of 10-pin bowling. The venue has an arcade and lots of places to get food and drink too. Open Monday to Sunday, address: The Atrium, Park Street, Camberley, GU15 3PT, tel: 01276 854100

24. Creams

Head to Creams for a huge stock of ice cream flavours on offer from blue and pink bubblegum and Dolce Latte to Snickers and coconut. There’s also ridiculously sweet waffles, pancakes and sorbets. Open Monday to Sunday, address: High Street, Staines, TW18 4EE, tel 01784 558613

25. Harlequin Theatre and Cinema

This family entertainment venue not only has a programme of great stage productions but also screens movies with a Saturday Morning Cinema Club for chidren. open Monday to Sunday, address Warwick Road, Redhill, RH1 1NN. On site there is The Harlequin Café and pay-and-display car park. Book tickets call 01737 276500. For other theatre venues, click here.

26. TeamSport

Experience two tiers of go karting action as you take on the crazy corners and rapid straights at Farnborough’s fast and furious track. Perfect for the whole family. Open seven days a week, address: Invincible Road, Farnborough, GU14 7QU, tel: 0844 998 0000

27. Toby Carvery

From classic roast beef with Yorkshire puddings to perfect roast potatoes and lashings of gravy, the traditional Sunday lunch is the ultimate family treasure. We’ve put together a list of restaurants that put on a great roast dinner including the popular roast buffet chain Toby Carvery in Frimley, open every day of the week. Address: Portsmouth Road, Frimley, GU15 1HS, tel: 01276 691939

28. Chertsey Museum

The museum is dedicated to the history of the town and the borough of Runnymede. You’ll learn what life was like in historic Runnymede and discover the archaeology and history of Chertsey Abbey. You’ll see displays consisting of fine art, decorative art, social history and an array of photographs. Toilets, baby changing facilities and shop are on site. Open Tuesday-Saturday, address The Cedars, Windsor Street, Chertsey, KT16 8AT, tel 01932 565764

29. Guildford Museum

For an interesting day out, take the whole family to Guildford Museum. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the history of the town, including its links with Lewis Carroll, as well as archaeology and textiles. A gift shop and toilets are on site. Open Monday-Saturday, address Castle Hill, Guildford, GU1 3SX, tel 01483 444751

30. Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum

The museum is dedicated to Farnborough’s proud aviation heritage and significant contribution to air science and research, and offers an important educational resource as well as an entertaining and stimulating day out for anyone interested in aviation history and scientific progress. Open Saturday and Sunday, address Trenchard House, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, GU14 6TF, tel 01252 375050

31. Army Medical Services Museum

This is a great day out for you and your own little soldiers. You can learn all about the history of the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Royal Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps. Displays include uniforms, equipments ambulance and insignia. Toilets, baby changing facilities and parking are on site. Open Monday-Friday, address Keogh Barracks, Aldershot, GU12 5RQ, tel 01252 868612

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/22-things-places-go-surrey-9143865

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