Things to do with the family in Oxted
Oxted, with its traditional high street and country charm, is a wonderful place for families to live. Whether you fancy a quick dose of exercise, a full day out or a memorable meal, Oxted has a multitude of options to keep everyone happy. Located close to the M25, on a train line to London and nestled at the foot of the Surrey North Downs, there’s plenty of family fun on offer regardless of the weather.
Get back to nature
A fun experience filled with memories doesn’t cost the earth in Oxted. There are many options for free outdoor ventures where wellies rather than cash may be required. Long and short public footpath walks scatter the area surrounded by picturesque countryside and friendly wildlife.
Peter Rabbit Woods on Limpsfield Common, is a fabulous place for families to walk. Parking is available on Ridlands Grove, and there are a variety of paths leading into a wood full of dens. The area boasts charming dedications to Peter Rabbit and friends. A favourite is the Peter Rabbit post box, where children can post their letters and some will receive a reply. A natural den, Hedgehog Hall, is not to miss and try to spot the bike hiding high in the trees.
Master Park is located in the centre of Oxted, and a few minutes walk from the high street and station. The expanse of green open space makes for a family day out. With ample space for picnics, an ice cream van in summer months and a playground that children never want to leave, it’s a great way to spend family time. Oxted lawn Tennis Club is positioned in Master Park and offers tennis lessons for all ages and also has three courts. A cricket club with a clubhouse hosts children’s cricket during the summer, and throughout the year the park hosts various events and the odd funfair.
If the weather isn’t compatible with outdoor activities, then indoor family pursuits are available. On the high street, Splattercraft is a treat for birthday parties or one-off events. Let the children get creative with the various arts and craft activities, including pottery painting and slime making. If it’s a relax and unwind the family requires, Everyman cinema close to the station is the place to be. The boutique Tudor-fronted cinema offers three screens and hot and cold snacks and drinks and sensational sundaes.
Sport on the doorstep
In the heart of Oxted is Tandridge Leisure Centre. The fun pool boasts a water slide, water canons and regular wave sessions. Also in the centre are Bounce and Play sessions for the little ones and a variety of school holiday activities. Two miles from the centre of Oxted is Holland Sports on Mill Lane where fantastic playing fields and tennis courts encourage more outdoor family fun. The recent Trim Trail is popular for children to ride their bikes, go running or scoot. There’s also a small playground and local events.
All the fun of the farm
A popular day out for Oxted residents and those from further afield is Godstone Farm. It’s less than a ten-minute drive from Oxted and possesses a wide array of animals to view and pet. A vast outdoor area hosts climbing frames, zip wires, sandpits and various other options for mini thrill-seekers and the dinosaur walk is a must. Take a tractor ride around the farm and watch out for seasonal activities and theme days.
Time to eat
Oxted offers an abundance of places to eat with the family. Old Oxted has family-friendly pubs with outdoor areas, and the high street has other options. For a delicious breakfast or brunch, there’s Toast or Café Papillon which parents will also love. For a lunch treat, Brisk Burgers is a firm favourite for families with a children’s menu bursting with tasty options and delicious milkshakes.
Oxted is a fantastic place for families to live and have fun all year round. There are many activities to do without having to travel and others just a short drive from the centre. It’s an ideal place to bring up children and enjoy quality time together. The stunning new development, Courtyard Gardens is ideally situated in the centre of Oxted, close to numerous facilities and the station.