Winter is well and truly here and you may be looking for fun things to do in the area when (and if) it snows.

With such fantastic scenery on our doorstep, it's a great excuse to wrap up warm for winter walks or sledging.

But if you'd rather feel more snuggly, why not curl up in a café with a steaming hot chocolate or head to a country pub for a hearty roast dinner?

1. Sledging at Box Hill

Tadworth: Climb to the top of Box Hill with your sledge in tow and take in breathtaking views across the South Downs.

Sledging!

2. Snowdrop spotting at Polesden Lacey

Dorking: The stunning gardens at this National Trust site have 20 different varieties of snowdrops, which are at their best around February time.

Snowdrops in winter

3. Indulge in a hot chocolate at Lamingtons Tea Rooms

Bletchingley: Hot chocolate is a surefire winner when the weather is chilly. And what's better, Surrey is home to a number of fantastic cafés and restaurants that serve the indulgent beverage including this quaint village café full of interesting trinkets and comfortable furniture.

Enjoy a hot chocolate with whipped cream

4. Take your camera to Winkworth Arboretum

Godalming: Capture some stunning shots of Surrey and Hampshire in the snow. Why not take photos throughout the season to create your very own calendar at the end of the year? Head to Winkworth Arboretum and take a delightful stroll through the personal plant collection of one man, who was passionate about shrubs and trees.

Winkworth Arboretum in February

5. Riverside walk along the Wey

Guildford: Enjoy a picturesque walk along the River Wey before stopping off at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford. The award-winning visitor centre on one of the country's first navigable waterways brings to life the story of the navigations and the people who worked on them.

A frosty winter scene along the towpath at the River Wey

6. Build a snowman at Lightwater Country Park

Lightwater: If enough snow settles enough, head to your nearest park such as Lightwater Country Park or into your garden and create your very own snowman. Don't forget to stick in a carrot for his nose.

Building a snowman in Send
Building a snowman in Send

7. Head to Toby Carvery

Aldershot: From classic roast beef with Yorkshire puddings to perfect roast potatoes and lashings of gravy, the traditional Sunday lunch is the ultimate family treasure. We’ve put together a list of restaurants that put on a great roast dinner including the popular roast buffet chain Toby Carvery, open every day of the week.

A selection of the carvery at the Toby Carvery

8. Climb Belvedere Tower

Esher: Climb to the top of Belvedere Tower at Claremont Landscape Garden on a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a view stretching for miles in all directions. Guides at the National Trust site will help you spot landmarks such as Windsor Castle, The Shard and Wembley Stadium.

The Belvedere at Claremont Landscape Garden

11. Visit the crystal grotto at Painshill Park

Cobham: Hundreds of thousands of crystals including calcite, gypsum, quartz, and fluorite have been used to re-create this extraordinary folly in Cobham, which dates back to 1760.

Painshill thawing from the snow

10. Enjoy bangers and mash at The Crown

Egham: Sausages and mash is the ultimate comfort food and when the weather is cold, you can't beat it. A plate of hearty bangers, fluffy mashed potato and lashings of hot onion gravy is a family favourite for many and one that will certainly warm you up. Here's our guide to where you can tuck into the classic British supper on a cold wintry night including top bangers and mash at The Crown pub.

Bangers and mash with lashings of onion gravy

11. Make a snow angel at Polesden Lacey

Great Bookham: Explore the National Trust's Edwardian country retreat before creating a snow angel in front of the magnificent house.

Snow angel

12. Sit by the log fire at Onslow Arms

West Clandon: Once you take a seat in a deep and comfy armchair next to the roaring log fire at the Onslow Arms pub and tuck into a wholesome hearty meal, you won't want to leave. We've made a list of some of the cosiest pubs in the area to help you stay snug this winter.

The Onslow Arms, West Clandon

13. Take a flask of tea to Fleet Pond

Fleet: As a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, Fleet Pond is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire. Sit by the water with a hot flask of tea and let the beautiful birds, butterflies and dragonflies flutter around you. Don't forget some bread for the ducks.

Fleet Pond

14. Woodland walk at Leith Hill

Dorking: Enjoy an exhilarating walk across the highest point in south-east England, which has been a popular spot for families since the 19th century. Follow self-guided trails through ancient woods, the scented Rhododendron Wood and across open heathland.

People enjoying a winter walk

15. Enjoy warm scones at Tylney Hall Hotel

Hook: Escape the chill with a spot of tea and freshly baked scones loaded with strawberry jam and thick clotted cream. Surrey and north-east Hampshire is home to some wonderful venues serving exquisite cream teas for a luxurious treat including the five star hotel Tylney Hall.

Load yours with jam and clotted cream

16. Snow ball fight at Yateley Common

Yateley: With miles of open heathlands and thick woodlands, Yateley Common is a great spot to run around and hide in the snow.

Fun in the snow

17. Walk around RHS Wisley

Wisley: Wrap up and explore the Winter Walk around Seven Acres, filled with a colourful palette of bright white, red and orange stems, enticing textures and sweet scents. The walk should take no longer than 45 minutes to complete. If you get too cold head inside the Glasshouse filled with exotic butterflies.

Snow at the RHS Garden Wisley
Snow at the RHS Garden Wisley