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Spend some quality time in Surrey's most modern and vibrant town, with our suggestions for a great day out.

Town centre attractions

2016 marked the 150 year anniversary of the birth of H G Wells, who made Woking infamous in his novel The War of the Worlds. Within the town centre, a variety of artwork can be enjoyed, including his larger-than-life statue at The Lightbox, the mosaic in the nearby subway on Chobham Road, the towering 'The Martian' sculpture, and creative tributes to the author within the Ogilvy and the Herbert Wells pubs on Chertsey Road.

Adults and children alike will enjoy spending some time at the award-winning The Lightbox, the county's most modern museum and gallery, plus canal-side cafe and gift shop.

Catch an evening or matinee West End show at The Ambassadors, the South East's leading theatre and cinema complex.

All the big shopping names are undercover at Wolsey Place and The Peacocks shopping centres, alongside Woking's artisan market.

Go ten-tin bowling, or try Laserquest or soft-play at The Big Apple family entertainment complex. There's also an American-style diner, and a late bar.

A short distance away

Brookwood Cemetery, which opened in 1854, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, where regular guided walks are on offer, led by members of the cemetery society. Brookwood can also be reached by rail, direct from Woking.

Woking Palace, a favourite hunting ground of Henry VIII, is located in Old Woking, and open on special heritage weekends.

The Shah Jahan Mosque on Oriental Road was built in 1889, and is the country's first purpose built mosque. Nearby, the Peace Garden at the WWII Muslim Burial Ground, is a haven of tranquillity, nestled at the edge of Horsell Common. The Mosque and Peace Garden are each a 15 minute walk from the town centre.

Mizens railway is a miniature railway in Knaphill, with plenty of events to interest enthusiasts and families alike. The railway has its own car park, or take a bus to Knaphill.

Or why not try adventure golf at Pirate Island in Old Woking?

Walk the H G Wells Heritage Trail. Other self-guided walks can also be found on the Council website, to help you get out and about in Woking's countryside.

Brooklands Museum, the birthpace of British motorsport and aviation, is just a few miles down the road in Weybridge, with special events throughout the year. Take the train or bus from Woking Railway Station.

Further afield

If you have already experienced the best of Woking, or are in the area for a longer stay, why not explore further afield and Visit Surrey? You can plan a county-wide itinerary on their site too.

Birdworld in Farnham is situated in 26 acres of landscaped gardens and has a large collection of birds from around the world, as well as the Jenny Wren Farm, and Underwater World of tropical fish and other sealife. Farnham is 15 miles away, off the A31. Trains go direct from Woking to Farnham, where you'll find taxis to Birdworld.

Chessington World of Adventures theme park is also in Surrey, with a wide range of entertainment for all the family.

Legoland in Windsor is a great family day out, with an enchanted forest, balloon school and a Duplo train. Buses from Woking to Windsor require a change at Staines bus station.

Hampton Court Palace is just outside London, and offers a fascinating look at royal life in the past. Trains to Hampton Court from Woking require a change at Surbiton.

Hit the beach!

Portsmouth is easily accessible by train from Woking, and offers a great day out, taking you direct to the designer shops at Gunwharf Quays and the impressive historic dockyard alongside Southsea beach.

Bournemouth and Weymouth are just an hour or so away by a direct rail service from Woking, and have some of the most attractive beaches in the country.

Or why not try the Isle of Wight, which can be reached via ferry from Portsmouth?