After a wander around the shops, wander around the beautiful castle grounds located right in the town centre. The castle is thought to have been built shortly after the 1066 invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Address: Castle Street, Guildford, GU1 3SX

Often too quickly overlooked as a holiday destination, dip beneath the surface and Surrey offers a treasure trove for families seeking staycation inspiration. Here, Nielsen Harrap and his family embark on a magical adventure via Bocketts Farm, Hampton Court Palace, Kidspace, Hobbledown and Chessington World of Adventures

Meet and greet cats and dogs that have been rescued by the charity either because they have got lost or been abandoned and unwanted. Open daily. Address: Priest Hill, Old Windsor, SL4 2JN

“I love Caterham, as there is always something to do, whether it’s a visit to a park or the museum or great choice of sports and other entertainments,” says Andy Parr, chairman of the Caterham Festival.

From cats and dogs to chickens and ponies, introduce youngsters to a range of pets at this small animal re-homing centre. There are often cute kittens in the cattery and fluffy rabbits and sleek ferrets in the small animal area. Closed Mondays. Free car parking is available on site. Address: Guildford Road, Chobham, GU24 8EH

The museum is dedicated to Farnborough's proud aviation heritage and significant contribution to air science and research, and offers an important educational resource as well as an entertaining and stimulating day out for anyone interested in aviation history and scientific progress. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Address: Farnborough Road, Farnborough, GU14 6TF

Places are limited therefore booking is recommended to secure your place. Please book in the library. Cost: £1.

The scheme was announced earlier this week and will be launched on Southern Rail lines in the coming months

Seen by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, this picturesque open landscape beside the River Thames was witness to King John's historic sealing of the Magna Carta 800 years ago. Today Runnymede is an ideal place to relax outdoors, or to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. Open daily. Address: Windsor Road, SL4 2JL

Around the pond you can spot many common and rare birds, such as reed bunting, sedge warbler and great crested grebe, as well as nightjars and woodlarks. There are damselflies and dragonflies darting over the glistening water in warmer months, and the banks of the pond are fringed with a multitude of yellow iris, purple loose-strife and common reeds. Open daily. Address: Priory Lane, Frensham, GU10 3BT

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Fleet Pond is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire and the nature reserve has 141 acres of varied habitats. It is also a Local Nature Reserve. The surrounding land features heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh, and is home for many species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers. Free parking. Address: Cove Road, Fleet, GU51 2RR

A brand-new walking trail, rediscovering one of Britain’s great lost gardens has now opened in Dorking. Having been lucky enough to visit at various stages of this ambitious project, Matthew Williams got a sneak preview before the opening for September’s Surrey Life magazine

The Great Hall is one of the finest surviving medieval halls which contains the legendary Round Table. The table has been dated to the 13th or early 14th century and was probably constructed within the Hall. The names of 24 of the Knights of the Round Table are written around the edge of the table, surmounted by King Arthur on his throne. Open daily 10am-5pm. Donations welcome. Address: The Great Hall, Castle Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8UJ

The crafty cats reading group meets every six weeks on Wednesday mornings from 10.30–11.30am at Caterham Valley library. We have lively discussions about the chosen book and each others craft whilst we each continue to work on our chosen craft.

20,639 residents voted to keep the existing leadership system with only 4,948 voting to switch to a directly elected mayor model for Guildford

Netley Abbey is the most complete surviving Cistercian monastery in southern England. Visitors can explore the ruins, a place which have inspired many poets in times gone by. Across the road from the abbey sits the popular pebbled beach of Weston Shore. It is here you find avid cruise ship spotters watching ships sail along the Solent, one of the best viewing points along the coast. Address: Abbey Hill, Netley, southampton, SO31 5FB

A day beside the seaside is a great day out whatever age you are. Many of us have vivid childhood memories of trips to the coast, from old fishing villages and bustling ports, to deck chairs and long piers. Read our guide to the nearest beaches to Surrey and Hampshire.

The residents of Caterham are busily gearing up for their annual festival, an event that shows off the town’s entertainment offering at its best, this month

Our second half-term craft event is based on the story of 'Rainbow Fish'. Create your own beautiful Rainbow Fish fridge magnet to take home. Suitable for children aged 2–8 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Forming part of the North Downs, Box Hill is a perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the beautiful Surrey Hills. It may be a National Trust site, but entry is free. Enjoy self-guided trails to spot abundant wild life, from butterflies and mini beasts to colourful wild flowers. Address: Tadworth, KT20 7LB

Are you inspired by Surrey’s bucolic beauty? Love to have a chance to show your work in a gallery? Then why not enter our new competition to find the Surrey Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2016.

The fun and lively venue has three regularly changing galleries, an interactive museum about Woking’s Story, The Lightbox Café which serves delicious snacks and lunches and a unique shop perfect for present-buying. General admission to The Lightbox is free (donations welcome). Open Tuesday to Sunday. Address: Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA

There is a fantastic children's play area with sand and water features and a huge wooden ship. For sports fans there are four tennis courts, a skatepark, cricket square, croquet lawn, football pitches and multiuse games area. There are also beautiful formal gardens, a lake and woodland. Address: Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7RL

Residents in Guildford rejected having a directly elected mayor with 80% voting 'no'

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Situated in more than 1,000 hectares of Crown Estate woodland, The Look Out Discovery Centre is the perfect starting point for a wide variety of walks, trails and bike rides suitable for adults and children of all ages and abilities. There is a large play area plus tables and seating perfect for picnicking in fine weather. Open daily. GoApe and a hands-on science exhibition are both located on site and have entry fees. Address: Swinley Forest, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW

Things to do in Caterham Valley

Step off the historic High Street and discover the beautiful countryside right on the doorstep during this riverside and hilltop stroll

Let the kids run wild on the playing fields, in the play park, in the woods and on an outdoor adventure course. It's also a great place to feed the ducks and enjoy a picnic. Free parking. Open all year. Address: Lightwater Country Park, The Avenue, Lightwater, GU18 5RG

Visitors are being welcomed back into Clandon Park house, near Guildford, for the first time since the devastating fire of 2015 that tore through the building.

For our final half-term craft we are creating for Halloween using paper plates! What will yours be? A Halloween pumpkin, a witch's cauldron or maybe a moon for a bat? Let your imagination run wild! Suitable for children aged 2–8 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Great excitement at the Rose Theatre, Kingston as Good Canary, written by Zach Helm and directed by John Malkovich, begins its UK run

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Can you sum up the beauty of our county in one photo for Surrey Life’s annual Beautiful Surrey Photography Competition?

The girl group, featuring Lauren Rammell from Hersham, are taking on a classic from The Supremes as they enter the live shows

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Guildford Shakespeare Company heads into autumn with their seasonal move away from the Bard. This year, they’re tackling a medley of Grimms’ Fairy Tales in a rather unusual, even for them, setting in Stoke Park. Matthew Williams reports…

Be dazzled by super fast cars on the race track and take a look at vintage vehicles inside the museum at Mercedes-Benz World. You don't need to have booked a driving experience to wander around the displays, have a go at the interactive games and pick up motor merchandise from the gift shop. Open seven days a week. Address: Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0S

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Whether you're looking for something to do during the school holidays, on a bank holiday or at the weekend, there are plenty of enjoyable things to do on your doorstep.

A second inquest into the death of Pte Sean Benton has been granted after that of Private Cheryl James concluded in June