Farnham offers a great range of things to enjoy this summer for all ages and budgets. Whatever the weather there is something local to experience and appreciate.


Outdoor fun

With schools out for summer discover the outdoors at Alice Holt Forest with its challenging Timberline Play Trail, Gruffalo spotting and for those with a head for height, Go Ape. Frensham Ponds, Great or Little are beautiful to explore and both have sandy beaches, though entering the water is not currently advised due to the presence of Blue Algae.

Top local attractions

Birdworld is a great family day out, with bird displays, watch the penguins feeding and handle some of the smaller animals at the farm. You will also learn about bird conservation. Buy tickets online and save 15%.

The Rural Life Centre, in Tilford, runs Activity Thursdays throughout the summer holidays where museum volunteers bring history to life with demonstrations, crafts and fun activities.

The Museum of Farnham is free to visit, with a beautiful garden to explore. During the holidays they are running Crafternoons for families:-

Time Travellers Thursdays:  3, 17  and 24 August · 2–3.30pm weekly · £1 per child

Travel back in time to explore the art and craft of the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. All materials included. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 3-11. Please note that you may have to wait if the Garden gallery is full. We’re Going on a Bug Hunt! 10 August · 10:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm · £5 per child, per sessions.

Join a fun and informative session in the beautiful garden exploring the amazing world of insects. Take part in a minibeast safari, find out about food chains and build a bug hotel. There will be two sessions either 10:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm-3.30pm. All materials included. For ages 5-11. Booking essential, to confirm your place please contact us on 01252 715 094 or email amanda.pettey@farnhammaltings.com


Learn something new

Squires Kitchen are offering summer courses for your little ones. Baking and cake decorating classes for children for details see http://bit.ly/SKISChildrensCourses


Get Sporty

Try footgolf, the fastest growing UK sport, at Black Nest Golf Club near Farnham this summer to let off some steam. If it decides to rain then get wet at the Farnham Leisure Centre with two swimming pools.

Now open for the summer session Aldershot Lido is perfect for a hot day and the Alpine Snow Sports Centre lets you ski in summer or just have pure fun donutting!

Free things to do in and around Farnham

Bring a picnic and find yourself a spot in Gostrey Meadow every Sunday afternoon, until 3 September, for Music in the Meadow and listen to one of the great bands performing.

History is everywhere in Farnham and often free discover. Learn more about the Farnham Castle Keep overlooking the town, is free of charge and open everyday and the stunning Waverley Abbey ruins for a picnic or treasure hunt.

Farnham Town Council has a family of free walking self guided trails of Farnham looking at the heritage of the town, the industrial heritage, trees in the town centre and Farnham Park and one identifying public art work in the town. Pick up a leaflet from the Council Offices or download a copy.

Farnham Park, with it’s award winning wooden castle playground or Gostry Meadow are in easy access to the town centre and free of charge. Other great spots for a picnic locally include Victoria Garden and Bishop’s Meadow. For local produce visit the Farnham Farmers’ Market on the last Sunday of each month.

Try cycling at the National Trust managed Devil’s Punch Bowl in Hindhead or Alice Holt Forest.

The Museum of Farnham and local art galleries are often free to visit and slightly further afield neighbouring local museums are free and well worth a trip. The award winning Haslemere Education Museum or discover Aldershot and Farnborough’s aviation and military history.

The theme for the Summer Reading Challenge this year at Farnham Library is Animal Agents so the Library will be welcoming a Petting Farm into the Library grounds on the 4 August. Come and find out all about the animals and see if you can find any Secret Agents. Tickets are required for the petting event.

For all ages to enjoy

Explore the outdoors

The Sculpture Park in Churt looks wonderful at this time of year, with over 600 sculptures to view in an arboretum and wildlife water garden setting with meandering footpaths.

Following the successful walking festival of Farnham this spring, the walk leaders have added their routes and information for you to self guide walks in the local area. For more information visit Farnham Walking Festival walks 2017.

Try a new sport

Farnham Park has a very reasonably priced golf club. An ideal course which is short enough to learn on but challenging enough for the more experienced golfer. Surrey County Council produce some great cycling maps of the local area, visit Farnham Library to pick up a copy.

Find out about the wealth of craft and culture in Farnham.

Farnham Pottery, Farnham Maltings, the New Ashgate Gallery, the Craft Study Centre and the James Hockey art galleries at the UCA offer a huge variety of classes, performances and free exhibitions to experience.

What’s on this summer

Find out what is on this summer in our events calendar.

Further ideas and inspiration

See our new Farnham Visitor Guide