Things to do in Waverley
From gorgeous gardens and glorious galleries to riverside rambles and epic countryside escapes, Waverley is home to so many inspiring places to visit – and, if you’re looking for things to do then you’re in the right place with this idyllic corner of Surrey.
Families will enjoy visiting the likes of Birdworld, GoApe, The Sculpture Park, Rural Life Living Centre and the various National Trust countryside attractions, among other highlights, but there’s plenty for the solo traveller and couples to explore too.
Arts and crafts thrive in Waverley and, in fact, the town of Farnham was recently named as England’s first UNESCO World Craft Town.
You will find no shortage of crafty things to do there, such as a visit to New Ashgate Gallery or Farnham Pottery, but the surrounding towns and villages are also home to talented potters, sculptors, artists and designers working from home workshops and studios.
The Waverley area buzzes with creativity thoughout the year and this means that there is a thriving calendar of arts and crafts events.
You can also enjoy art in the great outdoors at The Sculpture Park in Churt, where you’ll be able to explore hundreds of contemporary sculptures around acres of arboretum and water gardens.
Famed Victorian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll called Waverley home, and her planting schemes have been admired and emulated worldwide – and so, unsurprisingly, you're never far from a beautiful garden to visit.
Look out for private hideaways opening via the National Garden Scheme, the beautiful Ramster Garden in Chiddingfold and Winkworth Arboretum, which was created in the early 20th century by Dr Wilfred Fox and is now a National Trust treasure.
The influence of local Edwardian architect Edwin Lutyens, artist GF Watts and potter Mary Watts, all inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, means Waverley is rich with houses, gardens and art designed in the ‘Surrey Style' too. So it is the perfect area for town and village expeditions.
Make sure to visit one of the excellent museums while you're there. Haslemere Educational Museum, Godalming Museum and the Museum of Farnham are excellent places to learn more about the area and its history.
Alternatively, for an adrenaline rush, head to the hills with a mountain bike experience or test your head for heights with treetop challenges and adventures at Go Ape.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there are 400+ miles of bridleways and footpaths to explore - taking you by historical attractions such as Waverley Abbey and Hollywood film destinations like Bourne Wood.