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Get active outdoors for children and young people

A recent study has found that being out and about in the great outdoors rather than being tied to the TV or welded to WiFi helps children to develop their social skills.

It goes without saying that being outdoors is also great for other reasons, such as tackling childhood obesity and helping any childhood mental health problems that might be developing. For more information on all of these issues, take a look at Health and Wellbeing Surrey's Your Health pages.

For a sociable outing for all the family, take a look at our Explore Surrey webpages for inspiring ideas, whether you're on foot, on your bike or horseback. If you're looking to keep the cost down, go explore and picnic on that open space near you or spend time in your local park or nature reserve. Many parks now have trim trails for fitness.

Or if you're over 16, then why not try your hand at volunteering in Surrey's countryside with a conservation group near you.

Active Surrey is leading on a project funded by Sport England called 'Getting into sport in Surrey' aimed at all age groups and specifically at those who want to try a new sport or are developing their fitness.

Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development (SOLD) offer an exciting range of personal development outdoor experiences that aim to challenge both the mind and body!

From Wild Club adventures and starry night walks to action station days for families and groups with a variety of physical, mental, social and financial difficulties, Sayers Croft outdoor education centre events, near Cranleigh, give children and young people a taste of what the countryside has to offer. And the grounds are a local nature reserve so you may be up close and personal with wildlife.

Juniper Hall is one of a number of field studies council centres in the UK, situated in the Mole Gap between Norbury Park and Box Hill, Dorking. They run outdoor education courses and holiday clubs.

Surrey Wildlife Trust runs many different incentives from forest schools to outdoor learning experiences, as well as a packed events calendar, aimed at all age groups.

The National Trust has many properties and places to visit for nature and wildlife across Surrey, see their pages for inspiration.

For more information for you and your family on leisure activities and organisations in your local area visit the Surrey Information Point website.

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