Surrey and north-east Hampshire are home to some top family days out.

From theme parks and museums to farms and leisure centres, you're sure to find something for all ages.

But once you've forked out for entry tickets, parking, lunch and souvenirs, you can easily spend in excess of £100 for a family of four.

So to give your wallet a break, here are some ideas for affordable days out on your doorstep.

1. The Lightbox, Woking

Discover Woking's Story, an interactive display of the town's history from the 19th century to the present day.

Address: Chobham Road, GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800

Cost: Free entry

The Lightbox

2. Aldershot Military Museum, Aldershot

Step back in time and learn all about military life for soldiers and civilians from 1854 to the present day. There are many different displays, such as the John Reed Gallery, Rushmoor Local History Gallery, Cody Gallery, The Montgomery and The Boyce Building. There is fun for the kids too, with activity sheets, feely boxes - where you have to guess what the objects are - and you can even have a go at crawling through the training tunnel.

Address: Queens Avenue, GU11 2LG. Tel: 08456 035635

Cost: Adult £3.20, child (5-15) £2.10

3. Wacky Warehouse, Horley

The indoor play centre complete with slides, cargo nets and ball pit sits alongside a Fayre and Square family pub so you can enjoy a bite to eat after play time. There is a car park, Costa Coffee, highchairs and baby changing avialable.

Address: Brighton Road, RH6 7HE. Tel: 01293 820188

Cost: Child £3.75 one hour (peak), adults FREE, babies under 12 months FREE

4. Adventureland, Redhill

The specially designed indoor adventure play area for children six years and under is located inside Donyngs Leisure Centre. The play area features plenty of slides, tubes, swing areas and other physical play equipment to keep children entertained.

Address: Linkfield Lane, RH1 1DP. Tel: 01737 764 732

Cost: Under one £1.70, 1-6 years £3.40, supervising adult £1.35

5. Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

The award-winning visitor centre tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on this 360-year-old waterway. Visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were built and climb aboard Reliance, one of three surviving barges, so there’s plenty of educational scope here!

Address: Wharf Road, GU1 4RR. Tel: 01483 561389

Cost: Adult £3.75, child £2.20

Dapdune Wharf, Guildford
Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

6. Alice Holt, Farnham

Go for a great day out in the woods! You can walk, cycle, play or have a picnic in the great outdoors. Take a relaxing break in the café and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest.

Address: Bucks Horn Oak, GU10 4LS. Tel: 0300 0674600

Cost: Entry free, parking £4.50 up to three hours

Alice Holt Forest

7. Guildford Treasure Trail, Guildford

The town and riverside self-guided, themed treasure trail is one of three different trails in Guildford, which will have you and the kids following a set of clear directions while searching for the answers to the clues which can be found on existing plaques, buildings and statues.

Address: Millmead, GU2 4AH. Tel: 01872 263692

Cost: £6.99 for a group of 4-5 people

8. Great Cockcrow Railway, Chertsey

Choose from two routes, a non-stop tour around the extremities of the site, or a stopping trip, which takes you through the jungle. Other facilities include a viewing platform where you can watch the engines being prepared and cleaned as well as a refreshment service. Free car parking.

Address: Hardwick Lane, Lyne, KT16 0AD. Tel: 01932 565474

Cost: Single ride - adult £4, child £3.50

9. Pitch and putt, Frimley Green

Frimley Lodge Park has it all - a pitch and putt course, miniature railway, children's outdoor play park, park café open seven days a week, toilets and baby changing facilities and lots of green space and woodlands to run around in.

Address: Stuart Road, GU16 6HT. Tel: 07710 606461

Cost: Pitch and putt - adult £4.50, child £3.50. Free parking

Frimley Lodge Park

10. Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre, Mytchett

The centre offers the perfect place to start exploring the canal or simply relax and watch the boats pass by. The facilities overlook the picturesque canal and include an information point and gift shop, tearoom, picnic area, children's trailblazer play area and a campsite.

Address: Mytchett Place Road, GU16 6DD Tel: 01252 370073

Cost: Free entry

11. Bushy Park, Hampton Court

As the second largest of the Royal Parks, it offers a children's adventure playground with equipment for two to 10-year-olds, a large sandpit, basket swing, climbing boulders, balance beams and see saws. Plus of course beautiful surroundings for a family ramble or mini beast safari and lots of great natural wildlife to spot including kestrels, tawny owls and woodpeckers.

Address: Hampton Court Road,TW12 2EJ.Tel: 020 8979 1586

Cost: Free entry

A stag at Bushy Park
A stag at Bushy Park

12. Army Medical Services Museum, Aldershot

This is a great day out for you and your own little soldiers. You can learn all about the history of the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Royal Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps. Displays include uniforms, equipments ambulance and insignia. Toilets, baby changing facilities and parking on site.

Address: Keogh Barracks, GU12 5RQ. Tel: 01252 868612

Cost: FREE

13. Farnham Castle Keep, Farnham

Overlooking the western border of Surrey, the castle is a great fun and educational day out for the family. The castle consists of two parts - The Keep, a scheduled ancient monument, and The Bishop's Palace, a complex of Grade I and II listed buildings. With audio tours and educational exhibitions, you and your little ones will thoroughly enjoy your day out.

Address: Castle Street, GU6 0AG. Tel: 01252 721194

Cost: The Keep is FREE, The Bishop's Palace: Adult £3.50 and child (5-15) £2.50

Farnham Castle
Farnham Castle

14. Virginia Water Lake, Virginia Water

Located on the edge of Windsor Great Park, enjoy a pleasant walk around Virginia Water Lake and look out for the many curiosities, including a 100ft-high totem pole, a cascade, an obelisk raised by George II and part of a ruined city imported from North Africa. Take a picnic or grab an ice cream from the kiosks dotted around the lake.

Address: Virginia Water, A30, GU25 4QF

Cost: Free entry, parking from £1.50 an hour

Autumn in Virginia Water
Autumn in Virginia Water

15. Guildford Museum, Guildford

For an interesting day out, take the whole family to Guildford Museum. You'll learn everything there is to know about the history of the town, including its links with Lewis Carroll, as well as archaeology and textiles. A gift shop and toilets are on site.

Address: Castle Arch, GU1 3SX. Tel: 01483 444751

Cost: Free entry

Guildford Museum

16. Jakes, Sandhurst

Outside feed the animals in Jake’s mini-farm. Meet the sheep, goats, pigs, alpacas, ponies, chickens, chipmunks, guinea pigs and peacocks. Inside there is a play barn featuring a giant slide, an indoor football court, ball ponds, shooting cannons and separate area for under 4s.

Address: Yateley Road, GU47 8JQ. Tel: 01252 871007

Cost: Farm, child entry £2.50-£4, adults £4- £4.50

Ozzy, four, and Jax, three, with Jake at Trilakes

17. Chertsey Museum, Chertsey

The museum is dedicated to the history of the town and the borough of Runnymede. You'll learn what life was like in historic Runnymede and discover the archaeology and history of Chertsey Abbey. You'll see displays consisting of fine art, decorative art, social history and an array of photographs. Toilets, baby changing facilities and shop on site.

Address: The Cedars, Windsor Street, KT16 8AT. Tel: 01932 565764

Cost: Free entry

A display of WW1 items at Chertsey museum

18. Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Kingston

With a 25m, six-lane leisure pool and beach area, the leisure centre provides a wide range of activities to suit all needs. Includes lanes for swimming lengths, shallow water for parents with young children and dedicated wave machine sessions.

Address: Fairfield Road, KT1 2PY. Tel: 0208 5461042

Cost: Adults from £4.20, children from £2.50, under 4s FREE

19. Frensham Great Pond, Frensham

While Frensham Great Pond is not technically a beach, as far as man-made inland varieties go it's a sterling effort particularly as it's so much closer than actual coastline. As well as the sandy beach there are woodland trails, bridle paths and natural wildlife to watch out for.

Address: Priory Lane, GU10 3BT. Tel: 01428 681050

Cost: Free entry, £4 parking

Frensham Great Pond
Frensham Great Pond

20. Newlyns Farm, North Warnborough

Wander around Newlyns Farm, peruse the seasonal delights in its farm shop and then tuck into locally grown produce in the cafe. Enjoy a sandwich or a baguette or why not try the cafe's famous Piggy Platter.

Address: Lodge Farm, Hook, RG29 1HA. Tel: 01256 704128

Cost: Free entry

Newlyns Farm Shop

21. Visit Guildford Castle

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

Cost: Free entry