What to do with the kids

What to do with the kids this summer

Our ‘What to do with the kids’ page shows suggested venues for families and children (especially during school holidays) in and around Horley, Surrey, Sussex and the South East.
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Suggestions we have received:

British Wildlife Centre: “This is a great local place. Our kids loved it.” British Wildlife Centre website. Karen M.

Bluebell Railway: Not far from Horley. You can pick up the train at East Grinstead and travel on a delightful journey to Sheffield Park station where there are railway sheds, a cafe, shop and lots to see.

Bluebell Railway website.

Gatwick Footgolf. “Yesterday evening we went to Gatwick Footgolf. Highly recommended family fun, course was empty & so picturesque..Check out their website. Clive H.

Smallfield Skate Ramp and Zip Wire.As you drive into Smallfield from Horley there is a small park with a skate ramp, zip wire, playground area and ball play area. It’s a nice place to take the kids.
Chris S

Feed the ducks at Riverside Park. “It’s a hidden gem in Horley, so quiet and peaceful yet the children love it. My girls aged 9, 5 and 2 love going there. We normally walk into town afterwards via the little swingpark nearby and then visit a cafe for lunch – Serendipity being our favourite.” Chrissy T

Gatwick Aviation Museum. The Gatwick Aviation Museum has a unique collection of British aircraft from the “Golden Age” of British aircraft manufacture. Vallance By-Ways, Lowfield Heath Rd, Charlwood, Nr. Gatwick RH6 0BT. Check out their website for opening times.

Gatwick Aviation Museum

Meath Green Holiday Club. The swimming is at Meath Green junior school. Children are dropped off at Meath Green Infants school, Kiln Lane. From there we walk them to the juniors. The pool is heated and the deep end is shallow enough for a small child. NVQ trained staff are there along with a life guard trained person. It’s bags of fun for the whole day. Some days are fully booked but we do still have spaces available on other days. The phone number to ring is on the planning sheet in photo. Call 07847 613048. Gina P

Southwater Country Park. “Little bit of a drive, but we love Southwater Country Park. Brilliant Dinosaur Park for all ages, walk round the lake, a roped-off area of the lake for paddling in. There are a couple of brick bbq areas, a cafe, and water sports on offer. Well worth the drive.” Claire H

Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst is about a 25 minute drive from Horley. It is part of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Explore their wild botanic garden, home to the Millennium Seed Bank and over 500 acres of the world’s plants in the heart of Sussex. Its a lovely place to walk and a great place to let the kids run free. It also has cafes and a gift shop.

Visit the Wakehurst website.

Sport and Fitness around Horley, Surrey and the Gatwick area.

Click here to see our listing of sports and fitness clubs in the Horley, Gatwick, Crawley, Redhill and Reigate area.

YMCA Horley Family Centrte

Click here to visit the Horley Young People and Family Centre website.

Leonardslee Gardens

Woodlands with a Victorian rock garden, a dollhouse museum & wine tastings, plus a wallaby colony.
Address: Brighton Rd, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP

Leonardslee Gardens website.

Priory Farm & Discovery Land

A family nature trail in the great outdoors. Discovery Land is set amongst 40 acres of beautiful countryside, welcoming visitors of all ages throughout the seasons.

Priory Farm Estate, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ.

Discovery Land website.

East Surrey Family Grapevine holiday schemes and activities.


Earlswood lakes. “Lovely walk round the lake, feed the ducks and swans, walk the dogs, and there are reasonably priced pedalos to hire on the top lake. Free parking and a cafe. Also easy to get a pushchair or wheelchair round.” Claire H.

Priory Farm “Garden Centre South Nutfield way, it has a lovely little scarecrow walk with nature things to do and find along the way, plus buy some fish food and feed the fish at the end of your walk. Plus you can get a cuppa, though a little expensive for cake etc especially for little ones. plus it has a little play area and a pirate ship to climb over.” Tracey P

Air Balloon “Ok. Food alright and cheap, plus outdoor play area for children. Tables there too so people can eat outside.” Mary D

Horley Library. “Horley’s new library puts on lots of fun activities during the holiday times, half-term, etc.” Chris S

Horley Hockey Club are always willing to introduce young people to play Hockey. Visit their website.

The National Trust. One of our local mums has told us how being a member of the National Trust allows her access to some great places where the kids can run and play. Once you are a member there are no additional admission charges and if you take a picnic it can be a low-cost day out.

Pathfinder Scouts run Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers in Horley and Salfords for over 100 young people to aged from 6 to 18 years. Our young people enjoy what they do and have fun, taking part in activities indoors and outdoors. They learn by doing & take responsibility in new and challenging activities. We encourage them to take part in activities, camps and district and international events to broaden their experience and skills. Visit the Pathfinder Scouts website. Emma J.

The Salt Box, Priory Farm Estate, Nutfield, Surrey. They run all sorts of events throughout the year. Visit the Salt Box website.

Workshops for Teens. Kelly has sent this: Attend a workshop with your child this summer to learn new skills to calm, balance and relax or send your teen to a Wellbeing4Teens class or workshop. All sessions include yoga based movement, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation skills. One2one confidence and wellbeing coaching also available for teens. Email Kelly@consciousintentions.co.uk and find more information on www.facebook.com/wellbeing4teens. Bespoke sessions for groups friends can be organised and tailored as requested.

Facebook page.

The Salt Box an open-fire cookery venue with lots of events. Priory Farm Estate, Nutfiled.

The Salt Box website.

Scouts, Beavers and Cubs

Beavers and Cubs meet on a Monday in Smallfield. Scouts meet on a Thursday.

Beavers (6-8 year olds) Cubs (8-11 year olds) Scouts (10-14 year olds)

Visit the Burstow Scout Group website.

We’d like your top tips for low-cost ways of getting the kids out and about in the Horley area.
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