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Experience Surrey Winter Magic special

Winter walks in Surrey

Pantomimes, winter walks, outdoor events and Santa's grottos

There are so many magical winter events to experience this festive season, from concerts featuring some seasonal classics, trips in a festive train carriage to meet Santa and his jolly helpers and a selection of winter walks in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Whatever you fancy, there's lots going on in Surrey:

Winter walks

We've got a selection of our top five winter walks for you to try so why not head outdoors, hat, scarf and gloves firmly on, and explore Surrey? Head over to our Winter walks in Surrey article to find out more.

Pantomimes and performances

Friday 7 January to Sunday 9 January: Dick Whittington, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Join the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for a pussycat and rat-packed panto party! This panto will be a Whitting-tonne of fun! For details, prices and tickets, visit the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Dick Whittington webpage.

Saturday 22 January: Robin's Winter Adventure, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

A young boy's incredible journey with a feathered friend. But will facing his fears be the greatest adventure of all? An uplifting tale of change, bravery and friendship told with puppetry, poetry, music and magical design. For tickets and more information, visit the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre website.

Concerts and live music

Friday 14 January: Southern Pro Musica, Songs from the shows, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Following the last two sell-out collaborations with the superb young singers from the Guildford School of Acting, Southern Pro Musica brings back to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre another evening of musical sparkle from some of the very best Broadway and West End shows and most enduring film scores. For tickets and more information, visit the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre website.

Arts, crafts, and culture

During January to Sunday 16 January: Winter Mini Challenge, Surrey libraries

Surrey Libraries are all taking part in The Reading Agency's Winter Mini Challenge. The challenge encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website, featuring rewards for reading and reviewing books. To take part, children simply have to read three or more books – these can be any books of their choice. Every time they finish a book, they add it to their challenge website profile and leave a short book review. Reaching their online reading goal will unlock a limited-edition virtual badge and a special Winter Mini Challenge certificate to print off and keep. Please visit your local library to borrow books and find out more about the challenge.

During January to Friday 25 February: Watts Chapel Tour, Guildford

Make a day of it and explore the complex symbolism behind the Grade I listed Arts and Crafts Chapel, recognised as one of the most important art nouveau buildings in Britain created by Mary Watts. Learn more about its history before visiting the cloisters and the graves of the Wattses. Visit the Watt's Gallery website for more details and to book tickets.

Outdoor events

Wednesday 5 January to Sunday 9 January: Winter Snowsaurus Trail, Painshill, Cobham

Join Painshill for a roarsome winter walk. The magical winter Snowsaurus trail will see visitors following in some enormous footsteps as they track down spectacular dinosaurs roaming the grounds. Statues will include Raptors, Stegosaurus and a huge T-Rex! For details and tickets, visit the Painshill website.

During January: Little Seeds Forest School, Gatton Park, Reigate

Explore the woodlands through organised play including mud, fire, dens, woodland crafts and lots of fun! Recommended for children aged two to five years. Visit the Gatton Park website for bookings and details.

Wednesday 9 February to Saturday 12 February, Guildford Illuminated, Guildford Cathedral

Luxmuralis, the creative team behind Poppies and Star of Wonder, are back again in February 2022 with a stunning immersive light and sound show. For more details and to book tickets, visit the Guildford box office web page.

Library events

Surrey Libraries offer an extensive programme of events from virtual storytelling sessions and rhymetime to digital events and the Winter Mini Reading Challenge. More information about all library events and activities can be found on the Surrey Libraries web page.