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All the fun at Polesden Lacey

There's a lot going on for kids at Polesden Lacey all year round, but during the summer and the school holidays the list ramps up even more - from summer crafts to giant games.

If you thought Polesden Lacey was a posh country house with manicured gardens, rambling walks, lovely cafés –  and the perfect day out for grown ups – you’d be absolutely right.

But this National Trust property at Great Bookham, near Dorking, is also a brilliant place for families with children, especially pre-schoolers. If you’re looking for a midweek activity with the kids, put Polesden on your list.

There’s a lot going on here for kids all year round, but during the summer months and the school holidays the list of things to do ramps up even more.

Muddy commercial manager, Becky, took her two little people along to the teddy bear’s picnic and she’s been raving about it ever since. While the teddy bear’s picnic has now finished, there’s plenty more going on including crafts, giant games and a fab adventure playground called Squirrel’s Corner. The summer crafts run from 23 July until 31 August, and every week there will be something different going on – from sail racing to creating peg insects.

If you haven’t been to Polesden Lacey, there are a few things to know. Firstly, it’s on a massive site – and it’s all fairly spread out – so it’s worth being prepared and taking a drinks and snacks along with you. But it’s all buggy friendly, with plenty of paths.

Events are well organised and the teddy bears’ picnic was no exception. It was located near the adventure playground, about a five minute walk from the main house in a big white canopy tent. It was on at 10.30am, and was ideally aimed at pre-schoolers who took along their favourite teddy and listened to the volunteers read stories and lead a nursery rhyme session.

Afterwards, the kids took part in the bear hunt – and went looking for the bears that were hidden in the wooded area nearby. This was one of the highlights of the day for Becky’s kids, along with banging out their own tunes on the pianos that are dotted around the grounds.

After having an actual picnic lunch under the trees on the lawn near the main house, Becky took the kids to the rose garden where the kids spent time identifying the different coloured roses.

Through the rose garden, you’ll find the kitchen garden and from there you can go into the wild meadow to visit the chickens. It’s a nice spot for a drink and a snack – there are picnic tables – and as well as the chickens you’ll also find bee hives, a bug hotel and plenty of wild flowers. It’s a bit of a hidden gem.

You’ll easily spend a full day at Polesden Lacey – and if you don’t fancy bringing your own picnic, there are two cafés where you can grab a bite to eat.

For older kids, pick up the ’50 Things to do Before you’re 11 3/4′ and work your way through the activities.

There are summer crafts and games from Sat 20 July until Fri 30 Aug, with giant games on the lawn in the orchard and crafts at £2.50 per craft.

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