The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

Category: Kids outdoors

Day tripper: A walk and a splash at Box Hill

17 Aug 2016

Looking for somewhere to take the bratlets these summer holidays that won’t break the bank and gets them outside taking in a bit of fresh air and sunshine? (Okay, if they’re at all like my tweenie they may be glued to their smartphones for a bit of Poke-hunting – Grrr!)

But right now I’ll take that. So, I give you *drum roll* Box Hill, near Dorking. Okay, okay, I know it’s hardly a little-known destination as far as Surrey days out go, but I went recently after a long absence and I figured that if it had fallen off my radar, it may have fallen off yours as well.

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Cool stuff to do with kids this summer #2

24 Jul 2016

Okay, so that’s a couple of weeks done, but there are still a couple more to go. So if you’re feeling frazzled here are a few more ideas for days out with the kids. Though if the sun is shining, a day at home under the sprinkler is a fave in the Muddy Surrey backyard. You can also check out my guide to book-ahead workshops and summer camps right here. I’ll be updating this list thoughout the summer so keep checking it!

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Don’t panic! It’s your last minute guide to summer courses for kids

12 Jul 2016

Holy crap! The summer holidays are almost upon us. And yet again I’ve totally left it to the last minute to book the mudlets into a summer course. But fear not, because I’ve done a last-minute trawl of cool courses, camps and other childcare-masquarading-as-fun options to help ease your way through the summer. It’s a bit of a scratch list so if you have any suggestions of things you’ve booked kids into or know of, please do add in the comment box below.

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The May half-term survival guide

27 May 2016

Are you ready to rumble? Looky looky, here comes the May 2016 Half-Term, and we’re meeting it head on with the biggest, most searingly useful Muddy Guide. Like, ever.

Survivor Activity Days, Box Hill National Trust, Wed 1 – Thur 2 June

An exciting day at Box Hill for the mudlets, packed with natural arts and thrilling woodland free-running. The activity days are suitable for children aged 7-14.

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Muddy Eats: The Water’s Edge, Horsell

7 Apr 2016

I’ve had my beady eye on The Water’s Edge at Horsell near Woking since it opened early this year. This new café on the site of Heather Farm, a wetlands centre on Horsell Common, is my idea of heaven. Its specialty is gorgeously simple food, made from organic, locally produced ingredients, served in a relaxed environment with a beautiful view right out the window. Yep. This is definitely one to remember folks.

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Hobbledown Farm

28 Mar 2016

Not so long ago my youngest mudlet wanted to take her friends on one of those Go Ape-style climbing adventures. She’s only nine, but she’s a tall nine, and pretty fearless. Not all nine-year-olds come that way, and I thought it may not endear me to the parents of her friends if – while under my, um, care – they were sent 40-or-so metres up into the treetops, even with a harness!

But then I heard about Hobbledown Farm at Epsom where there’s a high ropes course (but not too high) with a zip wire, and a wonderful timber built village, among other farmy delights.

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Taking the Treasure Trail

15 Feb 2016

Kids are arguing over the Xbox controller. Already? Aaaargh!! Well here’s a half-term saviour that gives you a fun excuse to get them out of the house and into the fresh air for an hour or two. Best of all, Treasure Trails are nationwide so you can use them at home or take them on holiday.

Like the most brilliant ideas, it’s very simple – self-guided themed walking treasure hunts. There are more than 20 Treasure Trails available covering towns, villages and rural areas across Surrey – including Box Hill, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Kingston, Oxted, Reigate, Richmond and Wimbledon (and over 1,000 across the UK).

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MUDDY WALKS: SHABDEN PARK, CHIPSTEAD

9 Feb 2016

The worst of winter is behind us, dry January is but a hazy memory and spring is flirting with us, brazenly flaunting the yellow frills of her daffodils. Now seems a good time to get your butt off the sofa and out into some fresh air.

I read something recently that said millions of Brits are living a “mushroom” existence during the winter, with loads of people admitting they don’t leave the house at all some weekends.

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DAY TRIPPER: A WITCH, HER CAULDRON AND A WALK ON THE WEY

2 Feb 2016

Apparently, people, Surrey has a witch. Or had one, at least.

And while my darling mini Muddys may think it’s me, they’re actually *hmph* quite wrong about that.

You see this witch is no modern day screeching mother (moi? never!), but the rather enchantingly named White Witch of Waverley. She was, I’m told, a friendly witch and herbalist who lived in a cave near the village of Frensham, near Farnham, many centuries ago.

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