5 Fun Family Days Out in and Around Walton-on-Thames

Walton-on-Thames is a hub of exciting activities and attractions perfect for family outings. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting the area, here are five fun family days out that are sure to create lasting memories.

1. River Thames Walks and Picnics

A day by the River Thames is always a hit with families. Start your adventure with a leisurely walk along the scenic towpath, which offer beautiful views and the chance to spot local wildlife. There are several parks along the river, such as Cowey Sale, Riverside Gardens or Thamesmead Recreation Ground – which has just had a brand-new playground installed, which are perfect for picnics, as well as playing games or simply chatting and chilling. The Walton marina also provides opportunities for boat rentals if you fancy a trip on the river. There are quite a few riverside cafes to grab an ice cream, cold drink or even a hot chocolate to warm up on cooler days.

2. Family Friendly activities in the Town Centre

There has been an influx of new family venues in Walton-on-Thames town centre in the last 12 months including Rock-up Climbing Adventure which offers a variety of family sessions throughout the week! Then the newest addition to the town centre is Crafty Pots Café located opposite Explore Learning on Nettlefold Walk. This wonderful café allows you to let out your inner creativity, calm your mind and have a memento of your visit to take home (after the firing process)! Let’s not forget the longer standing family places to visit which include Walton Library, with many children friendly sessions and workshops throughout the holidays, The Riverhouse Barn offers a wide range of holiday workshop, musical productions and they reuse wonderful ingredients to create home-cooked food every day, open 10-4pm. Likewise, The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse Theatre has several workshops and events for the family over the summer! There is also a vast amount of food and beverage outlets right across the town centre, lovely small independent cafes and pubs in Bridge Street and more well known chains alongside independents on the High Street and New Zealand Avenue. What’s not to LOVE??

3. Xcel Leisure Complex

For active families, the Xcel Leisure Complex is a must-visit. It boasts a wide range of facilities including a swimming pool and new health suite, a large soft play area for younger children, and a well-equipped gym. The centre also offers various family-friendly classes and activities such as trampoline sessions, badminton, and even fencing. It has recently opened a Costa Coffee. In the grounds there is a playground and an area for dog walkers. It’s a great place to burn off some energy and have fun regardless of the weather.

4. Painshill Park

Just a short drive from Walton-on-Thames, Painshill Park in Cobham is an 18th-century landscape garden that offers a magical day out. Families can explore the park’s stunning follies, including a crystal grotto, a Gothic temple, and a Turkish tent. The park’s nature trails are perfect for adventurous kids, and there’s plenty of space for picnics. Painshill also runs special family events and workshops throughout the year, such as den building and pond dipping, which can enhance your visit.

5. Garsons Farm

For a truly hands-on experience, head to Garsons Farm in Esher. This award-winning farm shop and garden centre also offers a pick-your-own (PYO) farm. Depending on the season, you can pick strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and even Christmas trees. The farm is a hit with children who love the idea of picking their own fruit and veg. After a day of picking, you can relax at the Garsons Restaurant, which serves delicious meals made from local produce.

Tips for a Perfect Family Day Out

  • Plan Ahead: Check the opening times and any special events that might be happening on the day of your visit.
  • Pack Essentials: Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, and any other essentials you might need, especially if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers to adjust to the changing weather.
  • Engage the Kids: Get the children involved in planning the day. Let them choose activities or spots they’re excited about.

Walton-on-Thames and its surrounding areas offer a wealth of activities that cater to families looking for fun and adventure. Whether you prefer educational outings, outdoor adventures, or active play, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So pack your bags, gather the family, and get ready for some fantastic days out!