Become a culture explorer and collect a culture passport from your library

Become a Surrey Culture Explorer and go on exciting adventures with a chance to win amazing prizes! The Surrey Culture Explorer Passport is a free and fun way to explore culture and libraries in Surrey.

So, dust off your favourite explorer's hat and get ready to take on our challenges. The passport runs from summer to autumn and is aimed at explorers aged 4 to 11.

Start your adventure by picking up your passport from your local Surrey library from Saturday 16 July. Complete at least 10 challenges by Saturday 29 October to become a fully certified Surrey Culture Explorer and for your chance to win prizes.

What is the Surrey Culture Explorer Passport?Culture Explorer logo

This year, go on adventures and explore culture and arts in Surrey. To put your explorer skills to the test, we have created fun and creative activities that you can complete at your own pace.

Use the passport to help you keep track of your adventures as you collect stickers for completing fun challenges. Some of the activities are super easy while others will take a bit more time. For each challenge, you can write, draw, or video about your activities.

If you find some of the challenges a bit tricky, that's fine, they are challenges after all, it's ok to be a bit creative when completing them. You can also join forces with fellow explorers and ask friends and family members to help. Most importantly, have fun!

So, are you ready to explore? Just head to a library near you and pick up your Surrey Culture Explorer Passport to start your adventure!

Top tip for explorers: While you are out and about on adventures, remember to be careful to keep yourself and your surroundings safe from harm.

How does it work?

Complete 10 different challenges from the list of 17 to become a fully certified Surrey Culture Explorer.

To start your adventure, you will need to:

  • Pick up your free passport at a Surrey Library. Find your nearest library.
  • Put on your favourite explorer hat and start adventuring!

After completing a challenge, collect a sticker for your achievement at the library. Don't forget to bring along the finished project or a photo/video of it, to show us what you have accomplished, and you can bring several completed activities at once. If you are happy to share what you have created, we would love to put it on display.

Once your passport has 10 stickers, register via the QR code at the library desk (you will need to ask an adult to help with this part and use their mobile phone) and you can enter the prize draw to win one of our fantastic culture prizes!

Please read the terms and conditions before entering the prize draw.

If you have any questions or concerns about this competition, please email

What can you win?

Please read the terms and conditions before entering the prize draw.

We are giving away 12 amazing prizes as part of the Surrey Culture Explorer Challenge. The prizes will go to explorers who have finished 10 challenges in their passport and have registered by completing the online form. If you are a lucky winner, you will be in a prize draw to win one of the following prizes:

The prize draw will take place in November 2022, and the winners will be contacted by a member of staff by email. All personal details will be kept securely and will be deleted at the end of the giveaway.

Why are we doing this?

We want children to discover what culture means to them, whether it's creating a piece of art, learning about history, dancing, writing their own stories and much more. On top of that, we want to raise awareness about all that our amazing libraries offer and encourage children to read more. Surrey libraries present fantastic resources and offer an incredible events calendar. Find out what events are happening in your nearest library. Find out about all the services available from libraries.

Prize draw terms and conditions

  • By entering the prize draw for the Culture Explorer Passport challenge and by completing the Local History and Designer Challenge you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.
  • Surrey Culture Explorer participants can enter into a prize draw to win prizes listed in the passport, website and social media posts after completing 10 challenges listed in the scheme.
  • The participants who complete the Local History Challenge may also have their short story or comic, chosen to be featured on the Surrey Matters website subject to agreement by Surrey Matters Editors.
  • Participants who complete the Designer Challenge may have their designs chosen, to be printed on library cards.
  • The competition is being run and organised by Surrey County Council, Woodhatch Place, 11 Cockshot Hill, Reigate, Surrey RH2 8EF.
  • All Entrants must get consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before entering.
  • All entries to the prize draw must be submitted by the Entrants parent(s), or legal guardian.
  • Eligibility to enter:
    • The competition is open to Surrey residents aged 4 to 11.
    • Entrants must complete 10 challenges in the scheme before entering the prize draw.
    • There must only be one entry per child.
    • The competition is free to enter.
  • No third-party entries or bulk entries will be accepted. The council reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants and the prize may be withheld until and unless the council is satisfied with the verification.
  • Entries not complying with these terms and conditions will be invalid.
  • The competition will run until Monday 31 October 2022 at 11.59pm.
  • The prize is awarded conditionally upon acceptance and if a winner is unable to be contacted after 28 days or if any prize is unclaimed or declined within a reasonable period, the prize shall be deemed as unclaimed or unaccepted and a supplementary winner may be drawn at the council's discretion.
  • The winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries on the week commencing 1 November 2022. The Communications Team will then contact the winner via email to ask for an address to send the prize to.
  • The council will not be responsible for any inability of a prize-winner to take up the specified prize.
  • The council reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for reasons beyond its reasonable control. Cash or credit alternatives will not be offered. The prize is not transferable.
  • In the event of fraud, abuse, or an error affecting the proper operation of the competition, including the allocation of more prizes than are available, the council reserves the right to end or suspend the competition; declare void the notification of winner; and re-allocate available prizes by conducting a new competition.
  • If any provision of these terms and conditions is held invalid by any law, rule, order or regulation of any government, or by the final determination of any court of a competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the enforceability of any other provisions not held to be invalid.
  • Incomplete entries and entries received after the competition closing date will be disqualified from the competition.
  • The council's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into outside of this competition.
  • The council reserves the right to suspend, cancel, postpone or amend the competition and/or review and revise these terms and conditions at any time.
  • Data protection:
    • Entrants' data will be collected, stored and processed for the purposes of administering and assessing competitions. The council shall take all reasonable care to ensure that it complies with its obligations under the UK General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
    • In the event that the completion is withdrawn for any reason, the entrant's personal data will be permanently deleted at this point.
    • All entrant's data will be permanently deleted after the winners have claimed their prize.