Free Summertime Fun in Surrey

What’s better than a destination that has free activities and events to keep you entertained all day or all summer long! Below are a few tips for enjoying Surrey on a limited budget this summer.

Learn and explore historic Farnham Castle - perched above the town of Farnham located in the south west of the county, you'll find Farnham Castle Keep.  Wonder through the Keep and learn about the history of the Castle from the numerous information board placed around the grounds.   The views across the surrounding area are truly amazing.   

Take a free walking tour of historic Guildford with a informative Town Guide. A variety of free walking tours are on offer including the Guildford Story, Victorian Guildford, Lewis Carroll, Pubs and Inns, Hidden Guildford, Alan Turing and many more.

Enjoy a free summertime concert in beautifully manicured park grounds at weekends in many towns across the county including, Sunbury, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford and Woking.  Find out more on our What’s on page or the visit the individual towns pages for more details.

Explore Bushy Park - it could take you a whole day to discover Bushy Park and all it has to offer.  Here you will see many deer roaming around with lovely walks, a woodland garden, streams, ponds for you to enjoy as well as a lovely playground and sand pit for the kids.

Visit Stoke Park in Guildford where you will be able to see a splash in the beautifully maintained paddling pool which is open daily until September.

Discover Museums - Learn about Surrey’s history in one of the many museums in Surrey Visitors can gain a fascinating insite into Surrey’s history and culture.

Explore the wild beauty of the Surrey countryside on two wheels. Cycle the Downs Link which start at St Marthas’s near Guildford and cycle along the 37 mile disused railway line to Shoreham by Sea. The North Downs trail which celebrates 40 years in 2018 offers cyclists spectacular scenery.

Have a picnic

There are so many wonderful places to enjoy a picnic in Surrey.  Here are a few suggestions:

Virginia Water - enjoy a picnic near the lake and then take a stroll around the beautiful landscaped grounds including the cascade, ruins and the totem pole.

Frensham Ponds - lovely areas of water with a proper sandy beach! Take your fold up chair or picnic blanket and enjoy watching the ducks and sail boats. Such a beautiful location for a relaxing summers day!

Box Hill offers some superb views and is ideal for a picnic with large swathes of open grassland at the top of the hill.

Abinger Hammer - enjoy your picnic on the wide grassy banks of the Tillingbourne River.  There’s a lovely local shop to buy a fishing net and an ice cream.

There are plenty more places around the county to dine al fresco this summer - take a look at our picnic page for more ideas.

Follow a self guided trail

Follow the towpath along the river Thames at Laleham or enjoy a walk through the Staines Moor.  Free maps and directions are available for you to download on the Spelthorne page. 

Woking’s Heritage trail is a circular walk around Woking passing locations associated with H.G. Wells, one of the nation’s greatest science fictions writers.

The Deepdene Trail is just a 15 minutes stroll from Dorking Town Centre.  Along the trail you can discover Deepdene’s connection to the famous cursed Hope Diamond.

Take your binoculars and go wildlife watching at Farnham Heath Nature reserve.  This reserved has well maintained paths for access with wonderful walking trails.