May 1, 2012 at 10:17 am #1956
I live only just outside London (near Esher), but am keen to start making the most of my non London postcode. What do you all do at the weekends? Any spectacular forests to picnic in? Noteworthy farms to visit? Gardens to play in? And wet weather ideas too would be helpful at the moment – but not for long I hope!May 6, 2012 at 9:28 am #1975
I hope you’re enjoying the area. It’s even nicer when the sun shines. . . I seem to remember, in the dim and distant past 🙂
I suppose it depends on the age and flavour of the little ones, as to what’s good to do.
I have a sports mad 8 year old boy, so can recommend Esher Minis Rugby, Elmbridge Eagles Rugby League, and this morning it’s East Molesey Cricket.
We also love to go rambling in the woods at Esher Common and Pick Your Own whatever is growing at Garsons Farm.
Bushy Park is beautiful and a little more formal, but still as gorgeous is Hampton Court Palace (and of course the Maze).
Have fun 🙂
JxMay 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm #1976
Garsons Farm looks great. Have made mental note to go there as soon as everythings finished growing. Looked at the website – looks lovely.
Took a boat trip from Hampton Court today – really fun, especially as we were the only ones on it so absolutely no need for good bahaviour!
Thanks so much for replying Jackie – and good luck on all those unseasonably chilly sportsfields…
Thanks for replying Jackie.May 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm #2226
Absolutely my pleasure Mel.
Couple of extras too . . . Keep an eye on the calendars for Kempton Park and Sandown Racecourses.
They have fabulous bead shows and craft shows. Even my son enjoys coming along as we usually end up coming home with some mad and dangerous hobby.
Last time it was a glass lampwork bead making starter kit, complete with blow torch and safety goggles 🙂
Sandown also have a golf course and Daytona go karting in the middle of the courses, which is unbelievable fun for the kids. We had my sons 8th birthday treat at Daytona with his best friend and it was amazing.
AND FINALLY I promise :). It’s a bit more of a drive, but Top Golf at Addlestone. It’s a computerised driving range and even I enjoy it. If you go to a booth upstairs, even the most mediocre golfer can have some fun. And they will bring basket food, beers and soft drinks to your booth, so a real fun family day out.
Have fun guys.
Surrey is a great place to be 🙂
JxMay 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm #2404
Hi there jumping in a bit late. I live in Surrey and have a 5 year old boy. I used to live in Thames Ditton and Claygate pre kids too.
I would recommend joining the National Trust. You have 2 lovely properties on your doorstep – Claremont and Polesden Lacey that are both great for kids and both run lots of kid specific activities throughout the year. There are many other properties close to the A3 so i think you would get your money’s worth
Another place to consider joining is Wisley which is just on the A3 past the M25. Loads of open spaces and a great kids playground. We have been members for past 3 years and still don’t think we have have explored all of it. They have great kids trails all year round and great holiday activities too.
Claygate Village Show is also a great day/afternoon out. Usually in June/July they have a funfair and dog show and just a typical English Fair.
Also in Thames Ditton behind where I used to live in Brooklands Road there used to be a model railway once a month which I believe was worth checking out – I believe it still runs.
Further afield for Forests there is Alice Holtin Farnham and the Lookout Discovery Centre at Bracknell Forest – An interactive science centre that does toddler days and is surrounded by a great forest park and fab playground too.
Have fun exploring!May 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm #2534
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