Children's activities

Children's activities

Children can enjoy a range of play activities across the borough.

Playing outdoors

  • Natural trail on Esher Commons
    Designed and built with natural materials from the commons and inviting children to use their imagination and initiative.
    Getting there: Park in Copsem Lane car park, off Copsem Lane, Esher, KT10 9HH. With the car park behind you take the left hand path, go over the left hand plank bridge and follow the left hand fork. Go up the hill 25m and as the area opens up, you will come across a clearing where you will find the start of the trail. 

Summer Shout! Out family events 

Thursday 27 July and 24 August – free Shout Out! stay and play session 
Time:
10.30am to 1pm
Location: Cobham Recreation Ground, Lushington Drive, KT11 2LN
Drop-in play session. Lots of play and sports resources, games, arts and crafts and ideas to keep children and their families entertained

Wednesday 2 August
Play Day 2017 -  Free
Time:
11pm to 3pm
Location: Hurst Park, Sadlers Ride, East Molesey - nearest postcode KT8 1ST). 
A free family fun day by the river packed with arts and crafts, bouncy castle, energetic sports, junk modelling, face painting, dance, cooling water games and much more to join in the national celebration of the children’s right to play!

Wednesday 9 August - Hersham Teddy Bears picnic – Free
Time: 11am to 2pm
Location: Vauxmead Field, Faulkners Road, KT12 5JB. A popular regular summer feature for local families. A great day out spent playing outdoor games, sports and creating giant arts and crafts with the Shout! playworkers. Suitable for all ages. Bring your picnic!

Thursday 17 August and 31 August – free Shout Out! stay and play session – Free
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
Location:  Molesey Hurst Recreation Ground, Dunstall Way, KT8 1PD
Drop-in play session. Lots of play and sports resources, games, arts and crafts and ideas to keep children and their families entertained.      

The Big Dig, Sew and Grow Summer Family Events

Location: Cobham Community Garden, park at (pay and display) Hollyhedge Road car park, Cobham KT11 3DG, cross road walk past the allotments/ skateboard park and community garden is on left just next to the allotments.
A series of fabulous fun hands-on and energetic family events to understand how to grow vegetables and keep healthy crops. Includes an exciting hunt for bugs. Book your place on 01372 474 634 to guarantee you own caterpillar. Suitable from 2 years old.
Dates: Wednesday 26 July from 1pm to 3pm `
Monday 31 July from 10am to 12pm
Friday 11 August from 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday 16 August from 1pm to 3pm   

Countryside early years and family events

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless the event is drop in please arrive at the event start time.

Early Years drop in session - Friday 14 July
Time:
11am to 2.30pm
Location: Chequers Pond, West End Lane nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Mix of activities including pond dipping, bug hunting and arts and crafts. Bring a picnic.

Junior Rangers - Wednesday 26 July - Pond dipping
Time: drop in between 10am and 12noon
Location: Chequers Pond. On edge of woods, West End Lane, almost opposite church. Nearest postcode KT10 8LF

Toddler Time - Friday 11 August - Mini den building (older siblings welcome)
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am.
Location: Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills). Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ.

Survival Skills - Monday 14 August and Wednesday 16 August
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Location: West End. Further information will be given at the time of booking
Learn how to make fire and toast marshmallows. Enjoy fire baked jacket potatoes! Booking essential. Contact the Countryside Team on 01372 474575 or email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk to book.

Flying Machines - Friday 18 August
Time: drop in between 1pm and 3pm
Location: Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Weybridge. Nearest postcode KT13 0YU.
Make a flying machine.

Den building - Wednesday 23 August

Time: drop in between 10am and 12noon
Location: Meet at Copsem Lane car park at 10am. Nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
Can you build a den to withstand the elements?

Bat Walk - Friday 8 September
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Meet in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills) nearest postcode KT10 9JQ.
Find out more about these fascinating creatures. We hope to see Pipistrelles and Daubenton bats.

Family orienteering competition - Saturday 23 September
Start times:
between 10am and 2pm.
Location: Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills) nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Prizes for the fastest completion of the orange and yellow orienteering courses. To book a start time, call 01372 474575 or email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk  

Also see: 

Playing and learning

  • Elmbridge Museum family fun events
    Hands-on craft workshops to learn about Elmbridge’s local history. Every month, there is a new and exciting aspect of the Museum’s collection for families to explore together. Check the calendar of events.
  • Countryside family events        
    Check out the calendar of countryside events for pre-school children and their older siblings. 

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