Experience Days to remember in Surrey
An Experience Day in Surrey makes for a unique gift for friends, family or loved ones.
If you are looking for thoughtful and exciting experience days or you wish to treat yourself to a new adventure, Visit Surrey is here to help inspire you.
Whether you’ve lived in Surrey all your life or you’re looking to visit from elsewhere in the UK or abroad. Discover some of the best experience days and activities in Surrey - from llama walking and wine tasting to art workshops and guided woodland wonders.
Visit wonderland at a sculpture park
Also hidden away in our county’s woodlands, you’ll find spectacular sculpture parks – inspiring destinations to be enjoyed at a much slower pace. The Sculpture Park in Churt is open 365 days a year, while Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Ockley opens from spring to late autumn.
There’s walking in the countryside and then there’s walking in the countryside. The Merry Harriers in Hambledon is an idyllic country pub with rooms and shepherds’ huts, but it’s also home to a friendly herd of llamas who love nothing more than a stroll in the countryside. Trekking options include an English picnic trek; morning and evening walks; and group bookings for children’s birthday parties, business away days and celebratory occasions such as hen weekends.
Try a woodland walk with a difference
As England’s most wooded county, it’s unsurprising that some of the most fun experience days in Surrey include heading into the woods and swinging through the treetops. You can zip from heights, clamber across rickety bridges and test your balance on the tightropes at Skywalk Adventure near Esher or Go Ape near Farnham, all while enjoying breath-taking views over dry ski slopes and Sandown Park racecourse.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the floor, then head to Campaign Paintball and Laser Park, near Cobham, where you’ll find realistic themed sets including a Wild West town, World War One trenches, a 30ft ‘Zombie’ tower, a jungle zone and more.
Take flight on Concorde
As well as exploring motorsport and aviation history at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, you can also enjoy a Concorde experience. More than 30% of each of the 20 Concorde airframes were manufactured by the British Aircraft Corporation at Brooklands during the 60s and 70s. The museum is home to the only Concorde with public access in south east England. Re-live the excitement of the supersonic age with a fascinating 25-minute tour.
Go for a spin in a classic car
Classic motoring is all about that tug on the heart strings, and RNG Classics near Reigate offer classic car hire in Surrey with an enviable collection of timeless and iconic classic automobiles for self-drive. Live it up for a weekend, pack up a picnic, dress up for the occasion and drive like a film star in the Surrey Hills.
Get outdoors for a work out
Ditch the gym and head to WildFit Surrey at Bletchingley for a natural approach to training that not only provides an array of health benefits but also embraces elements of nature.
Hit the slopes outside ski season
Sandown Sports in Esher is the closest outdoor ski centre to London - and they have two large slopes along with two beginner slopes. Whether you are starting skiing, need to polish the turns or have mastered the art of skiing, Sandown Sports can cater for all your skiing needs.
Learn the ropes of water sports
Recent years have seen many of Surrey’s former quarries transformed into wetland and water sport paradises. One such location is Mercers Country Park, near Redhill, where Aqua Sports Company is based. Here you can learn how to sail, windsurf, stand-up paddleboard and more.
Did you know that some of the prettiest places in Surrey are best seen by boat? You can learn about the history of Surrey’s waterways and enjoy a relaxing boat trip at Dapdune Wharf near Guildford. Or how about hiring an eco-friendly picnic boat via GoBoat to explore the Thames?
Enjoy a foodie experience
Our foodie experiences may inspire your next gourmet getaway with vineyard tours, cookery schools and distillery classes. With terroir that matches the Champagne region of France, Surrey’s vineyards produce internationally award-winning English wines – as well as offering a beautiful destination for a seasonal walk. Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, High Clandon Estate Vineyard, Albury Organic Vineyard and Greyfriars Vineyard near Guildford all offer tours and tastings, as well as wine shopping opportunities.
As well as our county’s vineyards, there are an increasing number of breweries, distillers, coffee roasters and more popping up around Surrey (often in off the beaten track locations!) as well as the prominent farm shops. Try a tour of Dorking Brewery or Hogs Back Brewery or Silent Pool Distillery offer unique gin experiences. Including a fabulous G&Tea Parties, a fascinating Aroma Masterclass and Artisan Events in collaboration with their neighbours at Albury Vineyard. Seasonal tours include a bee keeping experience (did you know that honey is a key ingredient of Silent Pool Gin?), floral classes and a walking tour that takes in the local countryside.
Arts, crafts and woodcarving
Let the world go for a while and spend time on one of Joy Farms' art, crafting and woodcarving experiences, surrounded by nature, in West Horsley. Found deep in the Surrey countryside, yet only an hour from central London, Joy Farm offers a number of sociable workshops including spoon carving, hand-tie floristry, pole lathe, bowl turning, basket weaving, stool making, wreath making and nature-inspired watercolour pen and ink paintings. Adam Aaronson Glass Studio is one of Surrey’s best kept secrets but once you have visited, you’ll want to return again and again. Who would expect to find a glassblowing studio using centuries old hand-working skills in the heart of the Surrey Hills?
Whether you are looking for a spa break in Surrey or a day of indulgence, Surrey has some of the best spa hotels and retreats in Britain. From old manor houses to modern contemporary hotels, experience luxurious spa treatments, beautiful swimming pools and heavenly saunas, steam rooms and therapies. A perfect escape from it all or a day out with friends.
Too much to fit in one day? Well, make sure to check out the Visit Surrey guide to hotels in Surrey so you can make a weekend or more of your trip…
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