Best Summer Events South East 2022 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

Here it is our list of the best summer events across the South East to keep you busy all summer. This list includes events in Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – London – East Sussex – West Sussex – Hampshire – Isle of Wight – Kent – Oxfordshire – Surrey. All events are family-friendly. (please note we have no events for Oxfordshire – if you know of any please get in touch – major events only).

Please check with the attraction that everything is as advertised before you visit.

Things to do South East Summer 2022

Amberley Museum – Summer Holidays – Sussex

When? 23rd July – 29th August
Address: Amberley Museum, New Barn Road, Amberley, Arundel, Sussex, BN18 9LT
A Bit About – “Visit Amberley Museum this summer, and join us for a host of family activities. Follow our family trail! Get stuck in with family activities! (Weekdays only) Ride on our train and bus – included in your general admission! Please visit their website via the link above for further information on their weekend events.
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Arundel Castle – Various Events – Sussex

When? See below
Address: Arundel Castle, Arundel, Sussex, BN18 9AB
A Bit About – 26th – 31st July Medieval Jousting. “Arundel Castle is proud to be the venue for the Joust Tournament. Over six days, teams from Europe will fight for the champion’s honour and trophy.” Plus 13th-14th August History weekend. 19th-20th August A Midsummer night’s dream theatre. 27th-29th August Festival of history.
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Beaulieu – Summer Holiday Fun – Hampshire

When? 23rd July – 4th September
Address: John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN
A Bit About – Motoring displays, falconry displays, colourful characters and more. With extra events such as a Beaulieu Supercar weekend on the 6th and 7th August “the must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu.” Please see website for more event information.

Blackgang Chine – Land of Imagination and Summer Fest – Isle of Wight

When? 25th July – 29th August
Address: Ventnor PO38 2HN
A Bit About – Land of Imagination LIVE – ” immerse yourself in the fantastical Land of Imagination, brought to life with epic live shows, character meet and greets and a whole host of interactive activities”. Plus Summer fest Every Monday & Wednesday from 25th July to 29th August. “Experience a summer clifftop party like no other as Blackgang Chine brings the party vibes for two incredible evenings per week featuring fun, foam and fireworks!”

Bletchley Park – Summer fun for families – Buckinghamshire

When? 23rd July – 4th September
Address: Bletchley Park, The Mansion, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK3 6EB
A Bit About – “Find out if you could have been a codebreaker by completing puzzles, playing games, testing your skills and challenging your friends and family” Please see website via link above for further events.
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Bluebell Railway – Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Sussex

When? 6th – 7th August
Address: Bluebell Railway, Park Station, Uckfield, Sussex, TN23 3QL
A Bit About – “We all know that teddies love adventures, so pack a picnic and your Teddy for a steam train ride. You can join this event at any of our stations – Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote or East Grinstead. Adults buy an All-Day Rover ticket to travel up and down the line on the timetabled service trains, but children who bring a teddy go free! Get off at Kingscote Station to enjoy your picnic in the picnic area and make sure to give Teddy a big push on the swings and roundabout in the playground.”
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Bocketts Farm – Summer of fun – Surrey

When? 16th July – 4th September
Address: Bocketts Farm Park, Young st, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS
A Bit About – “Small Animal Encounters and Tractor Rides. Bubble disco. Craft Corner. Water Wars and Panning for Gold. Indoor and Outdoor Play. Meet and feed our friendly animals. Complete the Animal Passport Trail.”
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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – Various Events – Buckinghamshire

When? See below
Address: Quainton Road Station, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4BY
A Bit About – 23rd-25th July Day out with Thomas. Paw Patrol’s Skye and Marshall 14th August and Classic vehicle special on the 28th and 29th August.
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Butser Ancient Farm – Summer Holidays – Hampshire

When? July 23rd to 4th September
Address: Buster Ancient Farm, Chalton Ln, Chalton, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 0BG
A Bit About – “Each day of the summer holidays we will have guided hands-on activities for all the family to learn an ancient skill, plus selected days we will be joined by re-enactors bringing the past to life.”
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Carisbrooke Castle – Various Events – Isle of Wight

When? See below
Address: Castle Hill, Newport PO30 1XY
A Bit About – 2nd – 4th August Knights tournament. 9th – 11th August Legendary Joust. Plus 16th – 18th August “Experience the exhilarating spectacle of speed and skill as four legendary knights compete for honour and glory in the Grand Medieval Joust.”

Chessington World of Adventures – Wilderfest – London

When? 1st August – 4th September
Address: Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE
A Bit About – “WILDERFEST is Chessington’s annual summer festival! It’s perfect for young festival-goers – so whether it’s your first one ever, or your first one this year – don’t miss out on Britain’s WILDEST Festival.”
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Chiltern Open Air Museum – Various Events – Buckinghamshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Ln, Chalfont Saint Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB
A Bit About – 30th-31st July Wellington’s Army. 13th-14th August The Great War. 20th-21st August Medieval jousting.
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Dover Castle – Various Events – Kent

When? See below
Address: Castle Hill Rd, Dover CT16 1HU
A Bit About – 30th-31st July Pirates at Dover Castle – “See some of history’s most famous pirates fight it out at close quarters, and listen to them tell their tales of booty, bounty and barnacles. With shows, demonstrations and hands-on activities.” 27th-29th August Knights tournament – “Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at the Dover Castle Knights’ Tournament. Swords will clash and the winner will be decided in the Grand Melee finale”.
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Eltham Palace and Gardens – Various events – London

When? See below
Address: Eltham Palace and Gardens, Court Yard, London, London, SE9 5QE
A Bit About – Sat 23 Jul – 12 Aug & Mon 15 Aug – Sun 4 Sept. Medieval season – “From jester workshops, have-a-go archery, storytelling, squire training to lessons in courtly etiquette there will be a different activity each week for children to take part in.” 13th-14th August Legendary Joust.
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Gullivers Land – See Bing and Flop – Buckinghamshire

When? Summer holidays
Address: Gullivers Land Theme Park, Livingstone Dr, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK15 0DT
A Bit About – Bing and Flop will make special appearances each day at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes, throughout the summer holidays.
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Hampton Court Palace – Summer theatre – Surrey

When? 6th – 21st August
Address: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
A Bit About – “Join Bottom and the Mechanicals this summer as they make their long-awaited return to Hampton Court Palace – the original home of A Midsummer’s Night Dream – to host a half-hour extravaganza of sketches, games and interactive family fun!”

Hatchlands Park National Trust – Come out and play – Surrey

When? Throughout the summer holidays
Address: East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT
A Bit About – “Come and enjoy some games and sports at Hatchlands this summer. Try out new activities, challenge friends and family and have fun along the way.”

Headstone Manor – Eliza’s pet trail – London

When? July 23rd to 27th August
Address: Headstone Recreation Ground, Pinner View, Harrow HA2 6PX
A Bit About – “Eliza Brightwen had some peculiar pets. Can you find them all to win a prize?” Plus outdoor theatre events and family workshops.

Hever Castle – Spellbound Summer – Kent

When? July 23rd – August 31st
Address: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
A Bit About – “Join our resident sorcerers and learn the tricks of the trade. Find out how to cast spells and how to execute the perfect wand-waving technique. Pick up your broomstick and defend the castle from the dragon. Come dressed as fairy-tale characters, your favourite witch or wizard or perhaps as a brave knight and the best dressed will receive a certificate. The list goes on!”
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Historic Dockyard – Supersized summer – Kent

When? 29th July – 4th September
Address: Historic Dockyard Chatham, Main Gate Rd, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ
A Bit About – “We know we are a BIG site – 80 acres to be precise! But that’s a whole 80 acres for kids to explore and get really hands-on with history. To help you get the best out of your visit, we have put together a list of some of the top things to do on your family day out here at The Dockyard this summer.” (please click on the link above)
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Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Island Steam Fair – Isle of Wight

When? 26th – 29th August
Address: The Railway Station, Main Rd, Havenstreet, Ryde PO33 4DS
A Bit About – “Now in its 47th year, the Island Steam Fair is back for another action-packed year. It’s the bank holiday event on the Island with bundles of fun and explosive acts in the main arena. Enjoy a fabulous collection of vintage transport, traditional fairground, live entertainment, plus steam trains running on the line.” Plus other events, please follow the link above for further information.

Kent Life – Summer Holiday Fun – Kent

When? 22nd July – 31st August
Address: Kent Life, Lock Ln, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
A Bit About – “Our summer holiday schedule is packed full of entertainment, plenty of fun every day! Why not have a go on our hand-powered paddle boats*, enjoy an owl flying demonstration, join in with animal feeding sessions, catch a show in our Big Top and so much more!”
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Leonardslee Gardens – Enchanted – Sussex

When? 28th July – 7th August
Address: Brighton Rd, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP
A Bit About – “Meet unicorns, mermaids, fairies and other enchanted creatures! With magical street theatre and breathtaking shows. Enjoy a day out at Enchanted Leonardslee”

Penshurst Place – Various Events – Kent

When? Various dates
Address: Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8DG
A Bit About – Summer Sunday storytelling and outdoor theatre (see website) and 14th August & 11st September Tudor Legacies – “The ladies and gents of this group arrive in full Tudor and Elizabethan clothing, and are only too happy to speak with our guests about the nobility they portray, and what the royal family was really like during this period!”
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Polesden Lacey National Trust – A summer of events – Surrey

When? Various dates
Address: Polesden Lacey, Polesden Road, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey, RH5 6BD
A Bit About – “What could be finer than enjoying some live music or fantastic theatre outside in the summer sunshine? We’ve got a fantastic line-up of live theatre, cinema under the stars and music ready to entertain you this summer at Polesden Lacey. Just don’t forget to buy your ice cream before the show starts.” Please see their website for further information.
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Riverhill Himalayan Gardens – Various Events – Kent

When? Thoughout the summer holidays from 20th July
Address: Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RR
A Bit About – Summer holiday fun week 1 – Troy treasure hunt 2 – Make your own Yeti 3 – Make a mobile 4 – Clay leaves 5 – Botanical painting 6 – The Riverhill obstacle challenge.
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Robin Hill – Night Glow – Isle of Wight

When? 19th – 21st August
Address: Robin Hill Country Park, Downend Rd, Downend, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU
A Bit About – “Experience roaming entertainment, street food and the evening spectacular. Shaped hot air balloons will brighten the evening sky with bursts of colour and family favourite soundscapes, complete with some sing-along favourites for Night Glow.”
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Spa Valley Railway – Various events – Kent

When? See below
Address: Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY
A Bit About – 6th and 7th August – See Stickman and the Gruffalo. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August and 1st September – Jolly Roger’s swashbuckling train ride. “Packed full of slapstick comedy, thrills and spills – its set to be another sell-out show, departing from Tunbridge Wells West at intervals throughout the day. The performance is brought to you by the Radtastic Theatre – the team who brought you “Little Red Riding Hood’s Easter Train Ride”.
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Tapnell Park – Various events – Isle of Wight

When? See below
Address: Tapnell Farm House, Newport Rd, Yarmouth PO41 0YJ
A Bit About – “Join us every Thursday night through the summer holidays, when the Farm Park will be open 6.30 – 9.30pm for our BRAND NEW summer event! The Biggest Kids Party will be packed with party games, live music, party dances and disco!” Plus Farm Fun and film night every Tuesday and animal experiences for 6 years plus.

Thorpe Park Resort – Park Vibes – Surrey

When? 22nd July – 29th August
Address: Staines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN
A Bit About – “Laugh, scream, and launch into a summer like no other as THORPE PARK Resort debuts its NEW feel-good Carnival event! Ride our world-class coasters and vibe with our awesome live entertainment that’s sure to have you watching in amazement.”
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Waddesdon Manor – Various Events – Buckinghamshire

When? See below
Address: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
A Bit About – 22nd July – The Tales of Peter Rabbit outdoor theatre. 5th August the War of the Worlds. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new adaptation. 21st August Unbound theatre – Robin Hood.
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Weald and Downland Living Museum – Wonderful Weeks – Sussex

When? Throughout August
Address: Weald and Downland Living Museum, Town Ln, Chichester, Sussex, PO18 0EU
A Bit About – Family activities each week starting with 18th – 24th July – Tudor focus week. 25th – 31st July Saxon Focus week. Then Wonderful weeks throughout August starting from the 1st – 7th.
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Wellington Country Park – Various Events – Berkshire

When? See below
Address: Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 1SP
A Bit About – 23rd-24th July Spectacular sports weekend. 30th-31st July Summer crafts and bouncy castle. 5th, 6th, 7th August Wellys big dinousaur weekend. 13th-14th August Summer entertainment and bouncy castles. 20th-21st August Summer crafts and bouncy castles. 27th-29th August Bouncy castles in the park.
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