As lockdown continues and staying inside is a must, we find ourselves with all this extra time on our hands. One upside is that we have a lot more time to think and daydream about the future. About what we will do when normality resumes.
So, what if we used this time as an opportunity to draw up our very own bucket lists?
Over the last few months in isolation, many of you have got in touch telling us what you plan to do when things return to normal. With overseas travel looking to be affected for the next few months at least, we have put together this month-full list of activities and must-see places to visit closer to home.
Starting with the county of Surrey. Rolling hills, vast countryside, wildlife and trails all wrapped up with history and topped off with a nice cold ale – there is so much to see. And most likely there are some outstanding beauty spots you have probably never got round to visiting!
So, to get you started we have created a list of 31 must-see places to visit – one for each day of the month – across the county. World-class attractions at your fingertips for when it’s safe to explore some familiar spots and some hidden gems once more.
Top 31 places to visit in Surrey:
Built in the Middle Ages, Frensham is the perfect place for a picnic. Once the spot to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester estate, these ponds are now an idyllic wildlife sanctuary for all. Fancy becoming a volunteer? This National Trust location is open for applicants.
Calling all green fingers! Ashtead has all the plants, tools, and inspiration to get your garden looking top-notch. This garden centre also offers free local delivery – and cream teas on site!
This Royal Horticultural Society garden houses one of the largest plant collections in the world. The site features the Exotic Garden, Jellicoe Canal & Wisteria walk as well as The Glasshouse and Plant Centre. If you cannot wait until after lockdown then catch spring in action here.
Voted ‘Summer Pub of the Season, 2016’ by CAMRA K&L, Brightwater Brewery’s micropub serves 7 of their own real ales on rotation from ‘cast to drink’ as well as the option to take home! They also boast ‘at least 10 types of crisps’…
Discover this hidden gem on the Wotton Estate. Don’t forget your camera, you will definitely want to capture the surrounding wildlife and treetops!
Sit in the farm’s Peace Garden or enjoy a leisurely 1.2km walk on the Bedser trail, in memory of the legendary cricketers Sir Alec Bedser CBE and his brother Eric. Be sure to stop off at the dog-friendly farm café for tea and cake.
A charming 16th-century village inn with a twist. Drink al fresco or try the seasonal Sunday roast menu or maybe some Llama trekking? It’s all going on at the Merry Harriers!
This nursery prides itself as a family-run farm for over 30 years. Complete with alpacas, farm shop and delightful café, Elm Nursery makes for a lovely family day out.
Trails, views, and woodland – what more could you ask for? Be sure to catch the sunset at the summit of North Downs.
A beautiful farm to visit in all seasons – pick strawberries in summer and pumpkins in winter. Tulleys is currently offering a ‘drive-thru’ so you can still get fresh produce from the safety of your car, as well as the chance to get fresh meals delivered.
The world-famous home of Henry VIII. Visit the Great Hall, Haunted Gallery and Tudor kitchens as well as the magnificent Kitchen Garden that would have fed the Georgian royals!
The highest point in South East England, with views as far as the City of London. Explore the Rhododendron Wood before climbing to the top of Leith Hill Tower. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the British bluebells!
Sample draught beers, lagers, and cider at their freshest amongst a log fire or book a brewery tour for the full Hogs Back experience. If you cannot wait till lockdown passes – this brewery is now doing home delivery, click & collect and drive-throughs!
Treat yourself to a day at the spa. Book in for a treatment at BSpa or take off for a weekend getaway here!
Set in the beautiful village of Ripley, this monthly market is the perfect way to get outdoors and purchase fresh produce directly from the growers. Take the Saturday morning to browse over 35 stalls of seasonal produce, crafts, and plants.
Love the smell of lavender? Then wander Mayfield’s 25-acre farm! You can even book a lavender cream tea for after.
Check out over 2,000 birds including penguins, parrots, and hornbills all in one place. You can also visit the aquarium and the child-friendly Jenny Wren farm!
Said to be built after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, this castle has been open to the public since its restoration in 1888 where it opened as a pleasure garden. Get your inquisitive cap on and devour some local history.
Get ready to place your bets at this iconic Jockey Club which was founded in 1750. Be sure to dress the part for a day at the races.
Experience plays, concerts, exhibitions and more at Europe’s ‘first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round’. Be sure to check out what’s on at this theatre once lockdown is over.
An abundance of outdoor activities and fun can be found at Alice Holt Forest. Take on woodland cycle, running and walking trails or take some time out at Lodge Pond if you enjoy fishing. There are also plenty of activities for kids including go ape, horse riding and play parks.
Visit Denbies come rain or shine with indoor and outdoor tours available. Book dinner at The Gallery Restaurant which overlooks the 265-acre vineyard. If you cannot wait to sample more of what’s on offer, you can purchase the wine online now!
Run by Surrey Wildlife Trust, this beautiful Bay Pond is a seven-acre nature reserve comprising four ponds. Keep an eye out for frogs, dragonflies, and great crested grebes!
Did you know this National Trust country house was the location of the Queen Mother’s honeymoon? Witness Surrey’s rolling hills and explore the vast countryside and its woodland and trails at Polesden.
Enjoy a leisurely swim at this 1930s heated lido. The 50m outdoor pool is situated in 4 acres of landscaped gardens perfect for a picnic and swim.
Fancy a Sunday stroll? Head to Surrey Heath. If you’re feeling energetic take the long route around and stop off at The Checkers. For a further walk The Sportman Mogador. Want to take it slow? The Blue Bull
Experience the natural beauty of farmland, woodland, heaths, and commons. Check out their list of 60 places to visit in Surrey Hills here: https://www.surreyhills.org/surrey-hills-60/
650 modern and contemporary sculptures can be found in this park spanning 10 acres of land. The world’s largest all year round exhibition where almost all sculptures are available to buy!
Looking for that perfect spot for lunch with friends? Head to the Wiremill lakeside pub. Amble around the lake before finishing up on the terrace for fish and chips and water sports.
Interactive play barn with animals, tractor rides and outdoor play equipment. Perfect for all-year-round fun. Be sure to check out the pig feeding sessions!
Owned by the ARC Racing and Leisure Group, this racecourse is known for its winter all-weather flat course. Finish off with gastropub meal set in a 300-year converted barn with traditional wood burner.
It’s time to get planning! Have you visited any of these before? Let us know what’s on your bucket list below!