It’s all going on at Chessington World of Adventures, with over 40 rides and attractions and 1000 animals to meet. Make other animal friends at Godstone Family Farm, along with farm trail, courtyard kitchen and play areas. Or watch the pig race, ride the tractor and trailer, cuddle cute rabbits and feed the baby animals at Bockett’s Farm.
Go underground and visit the caves that riddle the town centre. Take to the treetops and negotiate barrel crawls, rickety bridges and loads more at Skywalk Adventure. Or learn water sports such as dinghy sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing at the Aqua Sports Company.
Shoot the lightweight, manoeuvrable Fortnite guns at Go Laser Tag London. Catch the latest releases at Odeon in Epsom or Everyman in Reigate. Get a soft-play fix at Once Upon a Time (the kids too). Paint your own pottery at Happy Glaze Ceramics. Or take crazy golf to a whole new level at Jungle Island Adventure Golf.
Spend an afternoon burning off energy at Priory Park, with its lakes, football pitches, multisport courts, skatepark, playground and picnic area. Solve mystery treasure trails at Reigate and Box Hill. Or head down to bustling, breezy Brighton to climb the British Airways i360 or enjoy the arcades and side shows of the Palace Pier.
Reigate’s so close to London, and yet a world away. If you’re new to The Smoke and its myriad treasures, there’s a direct train that takes just half an hour. If you’d rather explore the Surrey Hills, read on. In fact, kick off with a stiff walk over Reigate Hill and Gatton Park, with sweeping views out across the Weald.
Enjoy more scenery at Margery Woods and Colley Hill, with bluebells in spring and golden leaves in autumn. Take in views of the South Downs from the summit. Visit Outwood Windmill, so old that its owners watched the Great Fire of London from the roof – yet it can still grind corn.
Up the pace and Go Ape at Alice Holt, with a treetop view of the South Downs from super-high platforms. Go caving, bouldering and climbing at Craggy Island. Pay and play the parkland course at Reigate Hill Golf Club. Shoot clay pigeons at Merstham. Or beat the clock at Tulley’s Escape Rooms.
Museums? Discover an Egyptian mummy at the Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey’s rural past at the Rural Life Centre, and the world’s first motor-racing circuit at Brooklands Museum. Head out at night to downtown Crawley, for cocktails at the Medusa Bar and Octopus.