Fresh air? We have buckets of it so get out exploring
May 28th - June 5th
This half term Brooklands is exploring the science behind speed and aerodynamics. Children will be able to have a go at building a mini car in their hands-on activity sessions before testing their car to see how fast it can go! There will also be pedal planes & cars running and vintage car &bus rides round the area via the London Bus Museum buses. Plus don't miss the Museum's exhibition, McLaren: Driven by Design featuring the Senna Concept and Prototype cars, alongside a life-size LEGO model of the McLaren Spider. Experience the sound, sight & smell of the magnificent machines with an exhilarating trip up Test Hill and along the steep banking of the race track with the Brooklands car rides team. (Mon-Thu only). A 30 minute drive from Barnett Hill.
11th June, 16th July & 13th August
The Surrey Hills, an AONB is a beautifully scenic landscape of chalk slopes, lush woodland and characterful villages and the perfect setting for a a delightful day touring. Your tour takes you on a journey through the region in search of wineries, breweries and distilleries hidden in the valleys and you'll get to taste delicious wines, beers and gins right where they are made and meet the people who make them. Stops include Albury Organic Vineyard or Greyfriars Vineyard, Silent Pool Gin Distillery and Tillingbourne Brewery with lunch at The Queen's Head in Clandon.
May 28th - June 5th
Its superheroes week this half term. Children will be able to learn superhero skills and meet the VIPs who have flown in for the week - Spiderman and Wonderwoman! There will be gold panning and daily birds of prey demonstrations too plus plenty of opportunities to learn about and get up close & personal with a huge range of farm animals, plus there's all the usual fun farm activities including Tractor Rides and Bockett's famous Pig Race and acres of both indoor & outdoor play areas to explore. A 30 minute drive from the hotel.
June 5th, 12th & 26th
Your wine and cheese experience begins with a tasting of the Albury Estate sparkling wines, followed by a glass of your favourite wine accompanied by a selection of English cheese. Admire the views across the vineyard from the tasting room or take your glass and enjoy a stroll amongst the vines; the self-guided tour of the vineyard is a great way to find out more. £5 of your ticket price is redeemable against any sparkling wine bottle purchases made on the day (their pink fizz is our favourite!). Less than a 10 minute cab ride or why not enjoy a leisurely walk to the estate (about 1¼ hours walk) from the hotel and take a cab back.
June 11th, 17th & 26th July 10th
Relaxing forest bathing sessions are held near Holmbury St Mary where you'll be taken on a mindful, sensory journey through beautiful woodland. Forest Bathing is based on the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku and involves a slow exploration of nature through your senses. Not only is this calming & relaxing but it has well documented scientifically proven beneficial therapeutic effects - 50% of the benefit comes from the phytoncides emanating from the trees. However, mindfulness has a separate evidence base for inducing a 'feel good factor' as well as demonstrating a reduction in stress & improvement in mental health & wellbeing. A 20 minute drive.
Dates throughout the Summer
The Abinger Cookery School will fire up your imagination with courses that are practical, inspiring & most importantly fun! The school makes good use of the fantastic Surrey Hills produce available right on our doorstep. Learn some new skills, brush up on some existing ones or become a pro on an advanced course. Or fire up the barbeque and learn to barbeque like a chef on a Weber Grill Academy course. The choices are endless - from pasta, butchery and canapés to mastering the perfect roast you will be rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in! Only 15 minutes from the hotel.
Every Saturday & School Holidays
Book a table for lunch at the Merry Harriers and meet the Llamas afterwards. The Merry Harriers has a herd of friendly llamas, living in the paddocks just behind the Inn. They really are rather magnificent creatures each with their own unique personality and bringing their own special brand of happiness and fun to all ages. After lunch experience feeding & grooming the Llamas and learn all about them. The Merry Harriers also offers llamas walks through the Surrey countryside if you are looking for a longer activity. A 20 minute drive from the hotel.
June 16th & July 29th
Join Lorraine for a half-day or full-day, outdoor craft workshop and learn to weave with Willow to create an art piece, a Sculpture you can be proud of! There are plenty of sculptures to choose from including a Dragonfly, Sphere, Butterfly, Flower or Tension Tray so get creative! A 7 minute drive from the hotel.
Several dates during the Summer
From Rosanna's studio enjoy a relaxed crafty morning, afternoon or whole day creating your own leather accessories - choose from a large range including a case (card/phone/glasses), keyring, luggage tag purse or even a bag. All sessions include tuition, materials and bottomless tea & coffee! Classes are small, usually for up to four so you'll receive plenty of assistance and attention - the perfect activity for a birthday, hen party or just to meet up with friends. A 15 minute drive from Barnett Hill.
Several dates during the Summer
The beautiful grounds of Guildford Cathedral will play host to The Luna Cinema this summer, with a host of superb movies to enjoy including West Side Story, Mamma Mia and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Built in 1961, and the seat of the Bishop of Guildford, this imposing venue will once again provide a stunning backdrop for some unforgettable nights of cinema under the stars. A 15 minute drive from Barnett Hill.
June 11th - 26th
For sixteen days in June, Surrey artists will be welcoming the public into their studios for the annual Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) event taking place in artist’s studios right across the county. This year there will be over 270 artists taking part in 170 studios. A bumper year with a fantastic array of artists. As well as a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, the summer open studios event offers visitors the opportunity to view demonstrations, buy artwork, get involved in creative workshops. Take a look at the Surrey Hills, Guildford or Godalming trails for nearby artists to visit.
until July 3rd
Ramster extends over 20 acres and is a spring woodland garden featuring flowering shrubs, that was created at the turn of the 20th century. The garden features woodland walks, a bog garden, tennis court garden and a wonderful collection of well-established azaleas and rhododendrons as well as a collection of hard hybrid rhododendrons up in Ant Wood. It is a garden to wander in and relax in, with grass paths and a collection of carvings and sculptures along with many other horticultural treats. Plus there is a teahouse where you can enjoy sandwiches, locally roasted coffee and delicious cakes. A 15 minute drive from Barnett Hill.
Different dates over the Summer
A treat, or even a retreat! Surround yourself in nature and take part in a relaxing activity for your mind and soul. Join local artist Laura at her studio in Shere for a variety of different painting workshops in June. Laura will guide you through the techniques of your chosen workshop and plenty of tea & coffee, background music and a convivial atmosphere will be provided. All materials are included and you can take your beautiful painting home with you after the workshop. A 15 minute drive from Barnett Hill.
July 16th & 17th
The Cheese & Chilli Festival is a family friendly, fun-filled event. Spicing things up with all things cheese & chilli, the event includes a host of tasty treats, entertainment & food competitions for those able to handle the heat. Entertainment includes amazing cheese & chilli (obviously), chilli eating & chilli sauce competitions, live music, cooking demos, circus skills, karaoke, crazy golf, stunt show, treasure hunts, real ales & children’s rides. Less than a 10 minute drive from the hotel.