That’s right, you’ve guessed it, the May half-term holidays are fast approaching, it’s that time again to entertain the kids, and with the lockdown restrictions finally being relaxed, it’s the perfect time to get out and about within the local area. But what’s open?
Our team prides itself on being local experts – so instead of talking about property, local amenities, school catchment areas, and transport links, we thought, why not round up the top 10 exciting things to do this half term locally with the kids.
And there is good news – there are plenty of exciting adventures for all ages to enjoy, from older children enjoying the challenge of adrenaline-filled activities to younger children exploring pretty woodlands or meeting cute animals all close to home. Here are some of the best we love locally!
Head over to this crazy miniature adventure golf course for 18 holes of competitive fun come rain or shine! Based around a tropical tidal bay theme, as you make your way around the course, spot the koi carp, see terrapins, explore the exotic bird aviary and watch out – Krakatoa might blow! It’s open seven days a week, including bank holidays. Book tickets by calling directly or by visiting their website.
Covering over 40 hectares and set within 100 acres of ancient bogland and lowland heath. California Country Park offers fun for all the family with scenic walks, wildlife watching, fishing and more. The park is open daily throughout the year, and for 2021 you’ll find the brand new play area with the sensory garden and the wildwood – as well as swings, hammocks and a large trampoline. Not to mention a large paddling splash pool which opens late summer.
Clip ‘n Climb Fleet, 226 Fleet Road, Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet
Action-packed fun for families and groups alike, Clip ‘N Climb is a brand new climbing wall experience based here in our very own Fleet Town Centre. Bright, colourful walls offer fun for all the family. From ages 5 to 99+, there is something for everyone! Test your limits and challenge yourself book today! Want to be in with a chance of winning free tickets – keep an eye on our Facebook page – exciting competition COMING VERY SOON!
Bocketts Farm, Fetcham, South of Leatherhead
A working family farm based in the heart of the Surrey countryside, Bocketts offers free-range fun for all the family. Meet the animals in the animal discovery barn, have fun in the play areas, with trampolines, giant slides, a bouncy pillow, two large indoor play barns and outdoor adventure trails, plus sample tasty homemade food in the lovely Old Barn Tearooms.
Vue Cinemas, Farnborough & Camberley locations
Now that restrictions have relaxed, cinemas have reopened, all covid secure, you and the family can sit back and relax and enjoy the ultimate big-screen experience once more. What’s great about the Vue venues is they offer great value for kids, with the popular mini morning sessions. See all the latest kids films and family movies for only £2.49 for both adults and kids. Mini Mornings run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 am, plus every day in the school holidays.
One of the largest bird parks in the country, Birdworld consists of over 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens and is home to over 1000 birds. With over 180 different bird species in all shapes and sizes, visit the Zebra Finches, giant Emus, penguins, flamingos, exotic parrots and much more. Onsite cafe and lovely neighbouring garden centre, there is lots to see and do, and it’s nice and local.
One of the first trampoline parks in the UK, Gravity Force, is a wall to wall, floor level, fully monitored trampoline park where kids can bounce, have fun and experience some energy-burning action. If you love being active and looking for a fun-filled day out with the kids, this is a great place to book. There are sessions to suit everyone from toddlers to teens and a great cafe to relax and enjoy some refreshments.
Is your family a fan of the Gruffalo? Why not check out the fun Gruffalo spotters trail, make your way through the winding forest and find the book’s wooden character sculptures. With over 1,800 miles of walking, running, and cycling trails, the forest offers something for everyone, not to mention fun play areas, café, Go Ape and cycle hire.
Voted the UK’s best theme park 2006-2020 by Travellers Choice, Paultons Park has now fully reopened to the public and offers over 70 different rides and attractions. New for 2021 is a brand new world – Tornado Springs that provides eight incredible new rides and experiences, including a spinning coaster, gyro swing ride and a driving school attraction. And we can’t forget the amazing Peppa Pig world, Peppa Pig’s very own theme park, where your little ones can meet Peppa and enjoy nine different rides. And the best bit – it’s easy to reach being just off exit 2 of the M27, close to the edge of the New Forest National Park.
Marwell Zoo, Thompsons Lane, Winchester
Situated in the Winchester countryside, just three miles from the M3, Marwell Zoo is the perfect place to visit when looking for things to do with kids in Hampshire. A 140-acre park home to hundreds of animals, including tigers, snow leopards, giraffes, penguins and more. Enjoy daily talks and animal feeds, five adventure playgrounds, cafés and gift shops.