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May-June 2011


What’s On for 0-12 year olds in May and June Covering Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead, Caterham Warlingham, Godstone, Horley, Oxted and Lingfield.



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Families Surrey East wants to wish William and Kate and all families a wonderful summer, full of discovery, activity and fun. The magazine is full of ideas – and do let us know of any thing you discover. Our Parties feature on pages 11-14 offers some great places for parties – pull out the guide and keep it with the entertainment directory in November-December issue. Some venues are just great for hosting your own style of party, others have fun activities as part of the place. This year for the first time our Holiday Camps and Courses Guide (page 20-23) includes summer dates – because you’ve told us you want to start planning those holidays now. With Bank Holidays, Father’s Day (June 19), lots of great days out at fairs and shows (remember Blindley Heath on 1&2 May and Cowpie on 8th!) – this is the time to get out and about! Want to help distribute the magazine? See page 5. Eleanor Lines, Editor, Families Surrey East

3 Local News 6 Babies and Toddlers 8 Club News 11 Summer Parties with Party Venues Guide 15 Holidays – A World Away 16 Education News and Open Days OUT AND ABOUT 18 Theatres 19 Fetes, Fairs & Shows 20 Holiday Camps & Courses 24 Walks & Local Conservation Town & Community Events Classified Ads Families® Surrey East is part of the Families® group, established in 1990 and headed by Families® SW London. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor any consequence. - national website with features, competitions and a click-through to Families Surrey East - if you want to go straight to a copy of the magazine, and see back issues. Next issue: : July-August 2011, published July 1st. Tell us your news and send details of upcoming events including SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS. All editorial is published FREE OF CHARGE. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS and reach families throughout East Surrey with DISPLAY ADS or ask about our CLASSIFIED LISTINGS – perfect for small businesses and web sales. AD BOOKING AND COPY DEADLINE FOR JULYAUGUST ISSUE - 27TH MAY. PLEASE SEND YOUR AD ARTWORK BY 3RD JUNE. For advertising and editorial enquiries, please call the Editor on 020 8948 6895 or email: Cover image courtesy of Fishers Farm Park, West Sussex RH14 0EG Families Surrey East is distributed free of charge to schools, nurseries, playgroups, clubs & classes, NCT groups, baby clinics, good children’s shops, libraries, theatres & sports centres. Distributed to venues in Leatherhead and Dorking, Reigate and Redhill, Godstone, Oxted and Lingfield, Warlingham and Caterham and down to the Surrey/Sussex border in the south. To obtain copies for your venue call 0208 948 6895 or email Families Surrey East, PO Box 816, Richmond TW10 6TA Telephone: 0208 948 6895 Email: Design: Andrews Design & Marketing, The Studio, 29A Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AD Tel: 01737 224340 Print: Bishops Printers, Farlington, Portsmouth PO6 1TR Tel: 02392 334900

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Local News WEIGHT LOSS LAUNCH Nutritional Therapist and motivational weight loss coach Helen Williams and Personal Trainer Kim Raine have together launched Balanced Health, which combines developing good health with weight loss as a natural side effect! Helen and Kim are currently offering day weight-loss seminars for their unique approach at spa hotel The Manor House, just outside Guildford. The day combines nutritional information, exercise advice, hypnotherapy and NLP (Neurolinguistic programming). The next Balanced Health seminar is Saturday, 14 May - for full details see and 30% OFF for Families Surrey East readers!

GET PARENTS CYCLING! The Surrey Workplace Cycle Challenge is into its third year now and aims to get more and more of Surrey’s employers and employees on to bikes for their commutes and business journeys. Participants log their journeys on the website over the Challenge period, 12 - 25 June and compete against their professional rivals to see who can get the highest percentage of their employees riding bikes! Not only do they win a trophy and the kudos of being the best, the winners also have a fitter, healthier and happier workforce! As well as this, anyone who takes part is in with the chance of winning a load of cycle related goodies.

NEW MOVE FOR LOCAL LEISURE CENTRES From 1st April, Donyngs, Horley Anderson and Banstead Leisure Centres have changed hands – again! These three centres are now being run by leading social enterprise GLL. The move will see new benefits for customers introduced in the coming months, including online booking and payments and fast track entry kiosks at busy centres. To view the latest information on your local GLL leisure centres in East Surrey, go to Donyngs - Horley Anderson - horley-anderson-centre.asp Basntead -

Blue Tit tops the Surrey Birdwatch Children from 30 schools in Surrey took part in the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch this year, and showed that the Blue Tit was the most common visitor to local playgrounds. Blackbird numbers have increased by 88% in schools and were the UK number one this year. Numbers of Starlings, the UK number one until 2009, have declined by a third. As well as being fun and educational, the survey also helps the RSPB see how the bird populations are changing. The benefits of contact with nature are now widely recognised as playing an important role in a child’s education and social development. Independent research shows such activities can have a positive impact on children’s mental and physical health. Some schools now hold birdwatch breakfasts or after school wildlife clubs, while others transform classrooms into bird hides. Do tell us about yours!

Protecting Cradhurst Recreation Ground Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is proposing to enter Cradhurst Recreation Ground, Westcott, into the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. This is a charity campaign that aims to protect a large number of open spaces across Britain for many years to come, ensuring that they can continue to be used for sport, play and recreation.

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Local News Heavenly Saturdays!

Activity and playcentre for children 0-4 yrs • Parents’ meeting place and cafe • Party packages available Cost: no more than £3.50 per child No pre-booking - just turn up and play! Open Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm Dorking Rugby Club, Brockham RH3 7LZ Plenty of parking Tel: 07770 921 009

The Courtyard at Heaven

Now Heaven can be enjoyed by all the family together, as it has started to open on Saturdays, 10am until 3pm.

As the warmer weather appears the glorious courtyard café, catered by Cullenders, makes a perfect setting for family brunch or lunch or just go along to relax in the Play Room or Lounge with coffee, a cold beer or Pimms, while mum pops up to the Pamper Rooms for a treat…

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Our maths and English study programmes work to improve your child’s skill set, unlocking their potential, inspiring a passion for lifelong learning and building the self-confidence to achieve both in and outside the classroom.

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Are you caring for someone else’s child? When a child lives with someone who is not their parent or a close relative for more than 28 days, this arrangement is known as ‘private fostering’. To ensure the safety of the child, the parent or carer of the privately fostered child must inform social services of these private care arrangements. Social services in return have to do an assessment to ensure that the child is safe and well looked after. They will also visit the child and carer regularly to offer practical support and advice. Surrey County Council cares about the safety and welfare of children in Surrey. Private fostering only applies to children who are under 16, or under 18 if they have a disability. If your child is privately fostered, or if you are privately fostering a child please contact Surrey’s Contact Centre on 0300 200 1006.

Olympics Comes to Mole Valley The men’s and women’s Olympic cycle road race for the 2012 Games will come to Mole Valley, providing a huge boost to the economy and focussing the eyes of the world on Surrey during the opening weekend of the Olympic Games in July 2012. The route will start and finish in London and take in about 130 miles of Surrey roads, passing through or near Mole Valley towns and villages including Westcott, Dorking, Mickleham and Leatherhead as well as lapping Box Hill a number of times. One million spectators are expected to line the route. For more information on the cycle race, visit

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Local News


Open Day at Surrey Epilepsy Centre The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy is holding an open day for parents who want to learn more about its school, further education college and medical facilities.

A new online ‘one stop shop’ for owners of large and giant breed dogs has been awarded ‘Young Business of the Year’ in the 2011 Surrey Business Awards.

The event takes place at the charity’s 60-acre rural campus in, Lingfield, Surrey, on Wednesday, May 11. Parents will have the opportunity to find out about St Piers School and Further Education College and also the world-class Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre with its range of diagnostic and rehabilitation services. To attend please email More information is on the website at

Launched in September 2010, Big Dog World is based near Dorking in Surrey. They supply and deliver everything for large dogs, including premium dog food and treats, large dog beds, collars, harnesses, and coats, tough toys and chews, health and grooming products and training accessories.

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Managing Director Neil Stanton started the business after struggling to find suitable products for his own dog, a 13-stone Newfoundland called Elvis.

National Vegetarian Week 23-29 May National Vegetarian Week 2011 is a week for everyone from foodies to families, caterers to cafés, market stalls to meat-free aisles, green grocers to gourmet chefs and supermarkets to stylish restaurants. It’s a real food for thought week – find out more about events, new recipes and veggie starter packs at

What’s on? Spring / Summer 2011

DOVERS GREEN, REIGATE - MONDAY Weigh, Stay & Play 9-11.30am. Health Visitor - breast feeding support and advice. Stay & Play 1-4yrs 12.30-2.30pm. £1 per family, incl refreshments. Time to Tell 3-4pm. Come and talk! TUESDAY Activtots 9.30-10.15am. 2-4 yrs £1. Baby Signing 6wk course 10.45-11.15am. £10 Sign With Zak 11.30-12pm. Starts 21 June. Toddlers - for help with language. Stay & Play 12.30-2.30pm. 1-4yrs £1 incl refreshments. Parenting Puzzle 10 wk course 7.309.30pm. From April 26. £12. Toddler Group 9.45-11.45am (term time). £1.50 per family. At The Reading Room, Old Road, Buckland WEDNESDAY Holistic Harmony 9am 2pm. Affordable treatments from qualified therapists. Call Marion on 07767869736 Baby Massage 4wk course 10-10.45am. <6mths £8 incl refreshments. Post Natal Classes 4wk course 12.30-2.30pm. THURSDAY Childminders Play & Learn 9.30-11.30am. Call to book. £1 per child. Sure Start Bus 12.30-2.30pm. Once a month in Newdigate, Brockham, Leigh and Walton-on-the-Hill. Advice, information and signposting. Toys on board! Weaning Session 12-2pm. Once a month, the professionals from our local PCT are here to tell you about weaning your baby on to solids. Includes Baby Led Weaning. Contact the centre to book you and your baby a place.

Plantlife’s ‘Wild About Plants’ project has just launched their ‘Flower Keys’ as downloadable wild flower cards, each with a play activity that stems from that wild plant. These cards are designed for adults and children aged 3-7yrs. You can download them from Plantlife International is a Wild Plant Conservation Charity

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FRIDAY Under 1’s and their Mums and expectant mothers 10-11.30am. £1 incl refreshments. Meet new friends, get advice and support, and have fun! SATURDAY Dads Inc. Stay & Play 10am12pm. First Saturday in the month, dads bring your under 5’s along to our play session. Includes bacon sandwiches! Paediatric First Aid 2hr course run by Red Cross. £5. Call for dates and availability.

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Babies and Toddlers Foster carers needed for young mothers and their babies

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Baby Signing Classes Redhill, Merstham Nutfield & Dorking Learn simple British Sign Language to communicate with your little one in a fun, informative 6 week signing & singing course. For dates of the next course contact Diane Eagle

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Surrey County Council is looking for foster carers who can provide a safe and supportive environment for young mothers and their newborn babies, allowing vulnerable parents to be assessed in their ability to parent their own child. Placements will be task-focused and timelimited. A typical placement lasts for four months. You need to be: • Experienced in caring for babies • Able to communicate and empathise with parents who may have experienced a range of difficulties in their lives • Equipped to help parents increase in their skills and confidence in caring for their baby • Able to work with a care plan, contribute to assessments

You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you gave a vulnerable parent a chance to care for their baby and the baby the opportunity to be in a safe environment without being separated from their parent while the assessment is being made. In return you will receive approximately £700 a week and a full training and support package. There are many different types of fostering. Surrey County Council runs fostering evenings throughout the year to help potential foster parents decide if this is something they can offer. Local evenings are held in Reigate at the Omnibus Building in Lesbourne Road, RH2 7JA. The next meetings in 2011 are on 9 May, 4 July and 5 September, starting at 6.45pm. For more information, call 08000 96 96 26 or go to

It’s Real Nappy Week 16-22 May The Go Real website offers advice on what types of nappies are available, how to use them and good reasons to do so. You can also order a trial pack free of charge. Surrey is considering introducing a scheme to help new mums pay in instalments of £5 per week to purchase real nappies - what a great idea, as everybody wins!

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Clubs and Classes


We all know that our kids need more exercise – outdoors when the weather is good – so that they grow up lean, healthy and alert. One development that helps all these is Parkour, an exciting new sport, which makes kids think quickly and move with confidence over and around obstacles. It involves running, jumping, vaulting, and climbing obstacles in natural or urban environments to get to your destination in the most efficient way.

Adam Reynolds of Springfit Gymnastics & Trampoline Club

introduces us to the developing sport and the local courses and workshops children can attend. If you’ve seen children flying through the air, springing and spinning their way around your local area you may well have dismissed it as mere horseplay. But next time, pause,

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parkour take a moment, and look at what they’re actually doing. It’s likely that you’re watching Parkour. Similar to free-running – but not to be confused with - Parkour is the latest freestyle acrobatic sport to hit our streets and gymnasiums. As with a lot of trends, teenagers are leading the way, and with no expensive equipment required, anyone can learn. In simple terms, Parkour is the physical discipline of overcoming obstacles in your path. In other words, adapting your movements to the environment. Those that practise Parkour are known as ‘traceurs’ and for them it’s also a state of mind, rather than simply a set of actions. It’s about overcoming and adapting to everyday mental and emotional obstacles, as well as enjoying the challenge of conquering physical barriers. Parkour differs from the art of free-running which has more emphasis on freedom of expression and creativity, rather than efficiency and speed. Traceurs take the most

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direct path through an obstacle as rapidly as that route can be safely traversed. By training in Parkour, self-confidence and criticalthinking skills are enhanced and efficient movement, which helps to reduce injury, becomes the focus. One of Parkour’s leading figures in the UK is Alistair‘Buster’O’Loughlin, who runs the Urban Playground group in Brighton. In tandem with some of the Yamakasi group – pioneers of the sport – Buster works with councils and organisations to develop the discipline and will run workshops in Crawley’s PKTA facility in Bewbush this summer. This is England’s first ever Parkour practice park, which opened in 2009 – so this activity is really getting ahead in our local area! Springfit Gym club in Redhill and Horley has been running Parkour classes at St Bede’s school in Redhill and, led by its team of traceur coaches, along with Buster, is aiming to get exposure in Surrey for this ‘art of movement’. Dorking has also recently seen the introduction of Parkour workshops at St John’s Community School, Goodwyns Road during the Easter Holidays. For more information about summer events run by MVDC, contact Kath McCutcheon, Arts Development Officer, on 01306 879188 or Zach Carter on 07527 27 35 62. For more information on classes in Redhill and Horley call Adam on 07932 75 20 81 or visit

For more details or to book a place on Crawley’s Parkour course call Liz Hart on 01293 438156. Thanks to Adam Reynolds of Springfit Gymnastics and Trampoline Club for contributing this article.

Clubs and Classes Club News

GET YOUR KICKS Little Kickers East Surrey is opening two new classes at the White Hart Barn in Godstone. Junior Kickers, for children 2 to 3.5 yrs, has just started on Tuesdays at 10.35am. In May a ‘Little Kicks’ class will also open in Godstone for children 18 to 27mths. Yvonne has popular classes in Reigate and Redhill, Oxted, Banstead and Epsom. Call Yvonne at Little Kickers East Surrey on 01737 300 624 to arrange a free trial. You can email her on

REIGATE SCHOOL of BALLET Perform’s classes in Caterham (Tuesday), Oxted (Thursday) and Reigate (Saturday) go into orbit with their Outer Space theme. Call 0845 400 1279.

Futsal Academy launches Futsal is a variant of football that is played on a smaller playing surface and mainly played indoors. Its name is derived from the Portuguese futebol de salão and the Spanish fútbol de salon, which can be translated as “hall football”.

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Futsal is widely played across the world, and is the small five-sided football format officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. Following a Futsal Trial Day for 4-11yr olds in April, Football Focus is launching their Futsal Academy in May, with trainee, development and advanced groups, limited to 15 children per class and a high level of technical coaching. The advanced tier will have the opportunity to play against professional academies in the UK. The Academy coach is Stuart Booth. Call 01737 213 281 to register. Football Focus is also launching new football tots classes (2-4yrs) on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Reigate and Friday in Redhill, which add to its existing classes on Monday in Caterham, Saturday and Sunday in Reigate/Redhill and, for 4-8yr olds, Saturday and Sunday in Reigate/ Redhill.


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Easter Egg Hunts

Spring into composting Whether you’re a keen gardener or just want to choose the greenest, most natural way to deal with your food and garden waste, composting is the perfect solution. Grass cuttings, dried leaves, twigs and vegetable peelings are just some of the ingredients that can go into a compost bin or heap to make peat-free compost – ideal to use in potting or planting in your garden or allotment.

A step-by-step guide

1. Find the right site. Site your bin or heap on bare soil. If space is limited, put your bin on concrete, tarmac or patio slabs, but make sure there’s a layer of soil or existing compost on the bottom so garden creatures can colonise. Getting started is easy. All you need is a compost bin or a small 2. Add the right ingredients. Fill your kitchen caddy with the space in the garden to create a heap. Then just follow our easy right ingredients such as tea bags, taking care not to compost guide to creating your own supply of natural food for your garden. cooked food, meat or fish. 3. Fill it up. Empty your kitchen caddy and your garden waste Get composting today – for a greener tomorrow. into your bin or heap. A 50/50 mix of greens and browns is the perfect recipe for good compost. Why compost? 4. After 9-12 months. The ingredients you have put in your bin Compost is a natural, nutrient-rich food product for your garden. or heap should have turned into a dark brown, earthy smelling It will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and material at the bottom of the bin, which can be dug out, with the keep your soil’s PH balance in check while helping to suppress newer material being left. plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including 5. Ready! Once your compost resembles thick, moist soil and nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and will help buffer soils smells very earthy, it’s ready to use. that are very acidic 6. Collect the compost. Instructions will be delivered with your or alkaline. Compost bin. But simply lift the bin slightly or open the hatch at the improves your soil’s bottom and scoop out the fresh compost with a garden fork or condition and your spade. If you have built your own, simply rake out the ready plants and flowers will compost. love it! 7. Use it. And watch your garden bloom. Compost can be used for all types of planting needs – vegetable plants for allotments; Home-made compost general potting (if mixed with something like ordinary soil); or is peat-free which flowerbeds and enriching new borders by mixing in existing soil. means it is good for the environment Involve your children too outside your garden Every school-aged child knows about reduce, reuse and recycle. too. It reduces the Composting involves all these steps plus the benefit of having fun need to buy peat and watching your garden grow. products, which have been commercially Get started sourced and extracted To find out more about how to build yourself a compost heap, or from peat bogs, to buy a bin, starting from only £14.00 visit resulting in the release of the carbon stored in or call 0844 571 4444. them. You’ll also find lots of other helpful tips and information there too.

Recipe for success Right ingredients Greens Tea bags Coffee grounds Vegetable peelings Fruit scraps Salad leaves Grass cuttings Old flowers Dead plants

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Wrong ingredients Browns Dried leaves, twigs Wood chippings, straw Crushed egg shells Cereal/egg boxes

Toilet/kitchen roll tubes Scrunched up paper Vacuum bag contents

Cooked vegetables Meat Dairy products Diseased plants Dog mess or cat litter Nappies



So this year’s list of party venues is even bigger than last year’s! And you can pull out these pages and keep them safely alongside the Party Entertainment and Suppliers Directory – published in the November-December issue of Families Surrey East.

Ages and Stages For babies and toddlers, a family gathering at home can be lovely – but what about a visit to a farm, with tea and cake? Seeing animals close up is stimulating and fun – and tractor-trailer rides are memorable! Four- to six-year-olds, with lots of new school friends, need space to play and love a few organised games. Leisure Centres work really well, offering lots of safe space, sometimes with a party host to help organise the children, too. Seven- to nine-year-olds are ready to move into the world of imaginative themes or focus on creative activities. By ten+ they are ready to demonstrate prowess in physical activities from lasertag to zipwire or trampolining. All these - and more - are found in the Guide on the next pages /


– a great idea for children partying at busy venues! (Or school trips, the beach and other crowded places..)

Donna Newman from Dorking has told us about her new child safety initiative, ‘Please Call Mum’®, to help reunite lost children with parents, teachers or carers.

Please Call Mum® is a range of temporary tattoo transfers, personalised to include your mobile number and applied easily to a child’s forearm. They help reduce the anguish experienced if young children become separated from accompanying adults. The tattoo transfers are ordered via Please Call Mum’s website and dispatched within 24 hours.


INDOOR CLIMBING PARTIES Pebbles Parties for 4-7 year olds Climbing Parties for 7-15 year olds Free after party food area FOR MORE INFO CALL YOUR LOCAL HIGH SPORTS 0845 363 1177 OR VISIT

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Over 73% of parents in the South East would reduce their spending on clothes and nights out rather than their children’s activities, including toys and birthday parties, according to a new survey recently published to mark the tenth anniversary of Chatterbox Challenge, an annual mass singalong activity for children aged 0-5, run by I CAN, the national children’s communication charity.

FREE TATTOO TRANSFERS Families Surrey East has a great offer for readers, so you can try the transfers free of charge! The first 50 readers to visit and place an order using promotional code FSE11 will receive a sheet of 12 personalised transfers free! VISIT OUR PARTIES DIRECTORY ON THE WEBSITE for Party Venues, Party Entertainment and Party Suppliers Locations/Surrey-East/LocalDirectory/Parties

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Local party venues CREAT I VE CR A F T Y

LaserHub Crawley, West Sussex,

RH10 1TG. Children’s LaserTag, Karaoke and Pamper and Fire Engine Parties. 4+yrs to adult! Inclusive packages with invites, food and drink, party bags and party host. Tel: 01293 548000.

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Dish Ceramics Studio

Reigate. Creative pottery painting (all ages) and bead painting parties 9+yrs. Bookings: 01737 241567.

Mud Pie Ceramics Horley. Pottery

painting, Crazy Plate or Amazing Glazing parties (5+yrs). Take home your work of art. Self-catering. Tel: 01293 776700.

Bowles Outdoor Centre High Sports Climbing Centre


Redhill RH1 5EL. Climbing Parties 4-7 yrs and 7-15yrs. 90-minute party instructors and equipment included. Free after-party food area. Also Clubs, Tasters and Courses. Tel: 01293 822884.

The Arc Caterham CR3 5XY. Soft Play,

Priory Events Priory Farm,

Games, Mask Making, Dance, Discos – all parties fully inclusive with food. All ages. We can also hold Christening parties, Anniversaries and Wedding Receptions! Tel: 01883 330380.

Power Parties Hawthorns School,

Bletchingley Redhill RH1 4QJ. Wet and Wild (swimming), outdoor adventures, roller skating, bouncy castle and more. Contact Ruth Chaplin: 01883 743377.

nr Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9LW. All-year, all-weather birthday party sledging (6yrs min); also skiing, pool canoe, zip wire, low ropes course, climbing and raft building (8yrs min). From £70. Tel: 01892 665665.

Aqua Sports Mercers Country Park, nr Redhill. Sailing, windsurfing and paddlesports parties. 8-17yrs. No experience required. All equipment provided. Sunday am or school holidays. Tel: 01737 644288.

Nutfield. Quad Bike Challenge, Archery and Obstacle Course for 8+yrs in 250 acres. Min. 10 children for exclusive party. Tel 01737 822484.

Daytona Karting THE Sandown Park, Esher KT10 8AN. Bambinos (5-7yrs) and Juniors (8-15yrs). 30 or 60 mins exclusive track hire, 6-20 children. Six on track at a time. Instruction, equipment, insurance incl. Tel: 0845 644 5502. Please find below

The Scallywag Club Dorking Rugby Club, Brockham. Reserved area for small parties. Tel: 07770 921009. Ride the Hill Mountain boarding

Priory Farm, Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ. Mountainboard Experiences - with your friends. 8+yrs. Off-road skateboarding with style! Includes equipment hire and lesson. From £12pp. Tel: 0845 0944 360.




Balcombe Road, Horley. Grooming and riding – non-riders welcome, hats provided. 2-25 children. Picnic area. Tel: 07831 833404.

Party Tank Party in a real army tank, currently based in Cobham. Tel: 0844 8112368.

Trampolining at Springfit

Oakwood Leisure Centre, Horley. Fun, tailor-made trampolining, gymnastics Gatton Park Reigate RH2 0TW. or combination parties. 3+yrs. Themed birthday parties in beautiful Bookings: Adam 07932 752081. Gatton Park run by Gatton Trust. And at Saturn V, Fairies, teddy bears, pond-dipping, Rebound Hall, Caterham on the Hill pirates and other themes – inside and CR3 5NN. 3+yrs – separate room for out! 5-10yrs. Self catering. Tel: 01737 tea. Tel: 01342 870543. 649066. proof of your advertisement due to appear in





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Association of Gymnastic and Trampolining Clubs

For classes of pure MADness, join MAD Academy Classes in Dorking, Reigate & Redhill Call Maggie on 01306 712671 or email: Classes in Ashtead, Tadworth, Effingham & Epsom Call Karen on 01372 210378 or email: Music And Dance and a whole lot of fun!

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Caterham - The Rebound Hall: 07764 760408 ( Trampolining (Monday through to Saturday) Adult Trampolining (Mondays and Thursdays) Kindergym (pre-school gymnastics and trampolining) Funfit (4-7yrs gymnastics and trampolining) Special Needs Trampolining (for siblings as well)

Birthday parties too!

Caterham - De Stafford: 07737 306316 ( Trampolining and Gymnastics (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Horley - Oakwood & Redhill - St Bedes: 07932 752081 (

Trampolining and Gymnastics including boys squad and adults (Wednesday through to Sunday). Funfit (combined gymnastics and trampolining)

Saturn V are approved and accredited to Gold Standard by Surrey Council’s “Active Surrey” Sports Development Unit

BIRTHDAY PARTIES PULL-OUT GUIDE Wacky Warehouse at The Air Balloon Horley. Soft–play parties for little ones. Tel Debi: 01293 820188.

Leatherhead & Dorking Gym Club Leatherhead. Supervised gym

parties in large gymnasium. 2-9 yrs. Tea area. Tel: 01372 377718.

Skaterham at the Chapel, Caterham

Village. Private indoor skate park. Mini-bus pick-up service (16 people max) and coaching. Reasonable rates. Party food. 5+yrs. Tel: 01883 348184.

Painshill Park Cobham KT11 1JE. Themed outdoor children parties in the stunning landscape. Catered or self-catered. Party bags available. 4-12 yrs. Tel: 01932 868113. Kidspace Purley Way, Croydon,

CR0 4PQ. Jumping Juniors (<3’s) and Kidspace Classic. Pizzeria. Tots to 12yrs. Tel: 0208 686 0040.

Blackland Farm East Grinstead,

West Sussex RH19 4HP. Bungee Trampoline Parties (7+yrs), Zip Wire (7+yrs), Climbing Wall, Abseiling and Archery (7+ yrs), Canoeing (7+yrs). Or try the tunnelling fun, maze and/ or high rope perch! Bring picnic or BBQ – 122 acres. Near the Bluebell Steam Railway. Tel: 01342 810493.

L E IS U RE C EN TR ES Dorking Sports Centre Reigate

Road RH4 1SW. Trampoline, High School Musical, football, softplay, multi-sports, swimming (inflatable) parties. 5-12yrs. Catering and room hire. Bookings: 01306 870180.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Guildford Road KT22 9BL. Big Day Soft Play or Bounce (8mths-8yrs), Swimming (8-13yrs), and Sports Parties. Tel: 01372 377674.

Oakwood Sports Centre Horley RH6 9AE. New party themes include sports, Playtime Parties (3-6yrs), Roller Skating and Disco Parties and more. Safe and spacious environment, all run by our staff. 3-12yrs. NEW, starting May! PlayZone Parties for 0-5yrs. Soft toys, tunnels, ball pit and bouncy castle. First 10 parties offered at half price! Tel: 01293 822238. Banstead Sports Centre

Merland Rise, Tadworth KT20 5JG. Main pool, small pool and SupaBounce Parties (2+yrs). Tea room. 2-13yrs. Bookings: 01737 361933.

Horley Anderson Centre RH6 8RJ. Swimming pool with inflatables. Picnic area – self catering. Tel: 
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De Stafford Sports Centre

Caterham CR3 5YX. Bouncy castle, Dance, Football, Kiddi-Kart, Pool, Trampolining or Multi-activity parties! All with party hosts. Cake, food and party bags available – whole package. 2-13+yrs. Bookings: 01883 344355.

Tandridge Leisure Centre

Oxted RH8 9HT. See De Stafford for party choices. 01883 716717.

Donyngs Recreation Centre

Redhill RH1 1DP. Activities for 2-12 yr olds. Adventureland re-starts summer 2011 (0-5yrs), Sports (5-a-side, Netball, Basketball, 7-12yrs) Tel:
01737 764732.

Guildford Spectrum Parkway.

Skating, Ice Station Zero, Cheerleading, Jam Bop & Boogie, Bowling, Swimming, Bounceabout. Tel: 01483 443322.

Butterflies & Bows Flowers, Balloons & Decorations For All Occasions & All Venues

We Make Your Occasion Special Wonderful Helium & Air Balloons – Special Displays, Spirals and Arches Imaginative Decorations for Tables, Walls & Ceilings Party & Event Theming Beautiful Flower Arrangements Friendly, Reliable Service, Competitive Prices Call Annabel Grange

Tel: 01342 892392 07717 527923

Redhill & Reigate Artistic Roller Skating Club

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SKATING PARTIES / FUN SESSIONS and lessons with qualified coaches Sundays 11.30am – 1.30pm at the YMCA, Princes Rd, Earlswood

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES PULL-OUT GUIDE FAR M VI SI TS & AT T R AC T I O N S Bocketts Farm Park Fetcham nr Leatherhead KT22 9BS. Includes visit to farm park plus animal handling session – optional tractor rides. Balloon for each child plus birthday tea or lunch in decorated party room. £10-£10.75 per child (2-8yrs). Party bags and birthday cake available. Early booking advised. Tel: 01372 363764. Beaver Water World Tatsfield, nr

Westerham, Kent TN16 2JT. At Beaver Zoological Gardens and Reptile Rescue. £145 for up to 10 children, £4 extra per head up to max 20 children, includes reptile handling session. Birthday tea in the café or self catering. Tel: 01959 577747.

Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Wisborough Green, W Sussex RH14 0EG. All-inclusive parties with party host. Invites, balloons, party bags, cake, entertainment, party room and birthday feast. Plus free Park access and use of Fishers rides and activities including skating rink and toboggan run. £19.95 per child (min 8 children). 2-11 yrs. Tel: 01403 700063.

Ladyland Farm Meath Green Lane, Horley RH6 8JA. Party package, hands on farming experience including trailer ride, feeding animals, picnic and party boxes provided. £330 for 20 children. Tel: 01293 784469.

Godstone Farm Whole day admission to farm plus free entry to playbarn. Tractor ride and party bags option. Up to 9yrs. Self-catered (£6.40 per child) or food provided in the Party Barn (£9.60 per child). Min 10 children. Tel: 01883 742546. Horton Park Children’s Farm

Epsom. Whole day access to the farm, party room. Options: play barn session, tractor ride, party bags, catered (£5.90 per child) or self-catered (£7.90 per child). Tel: 01372 743984.

Animal Magic Parties at

Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo, KT9 2NE. Really Wild Birthday Parties with animal meet n’greets. 3-11yrs. Discounted entry to Park and Zoo. Private party area. Lunch included. £250 for up to 25 children + adults. 01372 731596.




Newchapel, Lingfield. NovemberFebruary exclusive parties and tour of the animals while closed to the public. 5+yrs. You bring the tea! Tel: 01342 834658.

Tulleys Farm Parties Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4PE. Seasonal themed parties - Summertime Maze & Funyard, Halloween and Christmas events. Small attractions for toddlers. Traditional style parties also available in Tearoom 5-7pm all week. Tel: 01342 718472.

Mountain boarding at Ride the Hill

The Golden Hinde Pickfords

Wharf, Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG. 2 hour party: hide and seek, raise the anchor, fire the cannons and treasure hunt with the Golden Hinde’s own pirates. 5–11yrs. £15 per child Pirate Den for your own party food. Optional party bags and invitations. Tel: 020 7403 0123.

Drusillas Park Alfriston, E Sussex

BN26 5QS. Zoooper Birthdays - Zoo access, play areas, party tea plus unlimited rides on the Thomas & Friends™ train! 2-12yrs. £17 per child. Optional invitations, party bags etc. Tel: 01323 874100.

World of Activities at The Hop Farm Family Park Paddock

Wood, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY. New! Perfect Little Princess Parties, Magical Parties, Underwater Adventure Parties, Swashbuckling Pirate Parties, Fantastic Farmer Parties for 3-11yr olds. Tea in the party room. Tel: 01622 870821.

Bluebell Railway Sheffield Park

Station, East Sussex,TN22 3QL. 90min round trip behind a steam train, reserved seating, food box & goody bag. For children 3-10yrs. Tel: 01825 720800.

TH EATR ES & EX H I BI T IONS The Harlequin Theatre Redhill

RH1 2EU. Party packages can include cinema or theatre seats. Spacious function rooms. Buffet menus. From 10 to 600 children! Tel: 01737 276830.

The Look Out Discovery Centre

Bracknell, Berks RG12 7QW. Hands-on science and nature fun for 5-12yr olds. Party room with host. Catered or self catering. Tel: 01344 354400.

H AL L HIRE Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre Lingfield

RH7 6AB. Large hall with patio doors leading to a paved courtyard. Plus lounge/kitchen area - ideal for hosting children’s parties. All ages. £20 per hour. Tel: 01342 833893.

Woldingham Scout & Guide HQ Station Road, Woldingham CR3

7DB. Hall, small kitchen, WCs, tables, benches and chairs. Grass area at the back, access to the Glebe public park. Ages: to 11yrs. Tel: 01883 652460.

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HOLIDAYS Holidays – close to home but ‘a world away’ We all love a change of scenery and it really does us all good to get away. But do we have to fly abroad or even travel for hours by car to have the feeling of ‘getting away from it all’? We have made a collection of one-star to five-star breaks, great for short or longer holidays, which don’t require lots of travelling, and leave you with more time to relax and enjoy yourselves. Here are the places that are just around the corner, but make you feel ‘a world away’. And if you have a busy partner who can’t always join you for the whole break, why not go somewhere nearby, making the travel time easier for everybody? First – camping. I’ve always loved the fun of being so close to the grass and if you do too – or if you want a miraculously inexpensive way to spend time – here are three great ideas.

Sussex Wildlife Trust Sussex Wildlife Trust offers seaside weekends for families, sleeping in barns and exploring rock pools, finding bats or beautifying a stretch of sand. With suppers under the stars and a hearty breakfast, this is a weekend for adventuring. For two parents and two children at Seven Sisters Country Park, 14/15 May, the cost is £90. Other weekends are on offer in September.

It also has the advantage of being a major tourist attraction! Refurbished shower facilities and a camp shop will assure uncertain campers of a degree of comfort. Dogs are always welcome as long as they are kept on a lead. This year The Hop Farm is offering an ‘August Special’ which includes 1 month’s camping, electric and entrance to The Hop Farm Family Park attraction’s daily themed Summer activities for £515. Glamping at Marney Tower in Essex

We’ve mentioned ‘glamping’ before – and you really can camp in absolute luxury, rather like a Victorian explorer, on a large estate, with luxurious bathing and cooking facilities and your own ‘discovery’ tent, complete with microscope! The nearest is Long Marney Tower in Essex, and a three-night break starts at just under £300 for a maximum of 8 people. By staying on a large estate you will certainly have the ‘world away’ feeling. Another way to experience this is to stay in the grounds of a National Trust property – or even a castle. Polesden Lacey (NT) has a gorgeous Gardener’s Cottage (6 adults) and Nyman’s Gardens (NT) in Sussex has Woodlands Cottage (4 adults). Imagine being there once all the visitors have gone! And, if you want the five star treatment, stay at Hever Castle’s Medley Court. Nymans

The Hop Farm The Hop Farm Touring and Camping Park is near to Tunbridge Wells in the heart of the Kent countryside, amongst 500 acres of natural landscape to explore.

Chessington World of Adventures Much cheaper and completely different, but still spacious and beautifully presented is The Holiday Inn at Chessington. Book a room overlooking the Safari Park and wake up to zebras and antelopes grazing quietly in the Wanyama Village & Reserve! Find the special rates for ‘Roar and Snore’, which gives the whole family early access to the World of Adventures and the Zoo plus a night in the hotel. You can dine at the Resort’s brand new African-themed Zafari Bar & Grill and enjoy grilled meats cooked in the open kitchen. See the voucher on this page – take it with you and receive 2 lunches for £10!

FOR MORE INFORMATION Sussex Wildilife Trust Bookings: 01273 497561. The Hop Farm, Kentish Oast Village, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY www. or call 01622 870838 Explorer’s hideouts on large country estates: Garden Cottage at Polesden Lacey, Bookham nr Dorking: south_east/surrey_and_sussex/garden_ cottage/308 Woodlands Cottage at Nymans Gardens, Handcross, Sussex; www.nationaltrustcottages. woodlands_cottage/357 Medley Court at Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Telephone 01732 865224; Last minute offers via Recommended Holidays: www.recommendedfamilyholidays. com/specialoffers.shtml Chessington Roar and Snore. The Holiday Inn - call centre 0871 360 2639. www.

On the NT properties, 3 nights in May will cost around £500 (£254 in February) at Nymans and £682 (£358 in February) to stay at Polesden Lacey. Two The Holiday Inn, Chessington World of Adventures nights in May at Medley Court (5 star) house, which sleeps 7, costs £1,250. Cottages can be great places for a family get together. Some companies offer last minute rates and have cottages nearby. One cottage recently available at a discount via Recommended Holidays was the lovely Old Drift House in Kersey, Suffolk.

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Education Outstanding Inspection at Dunottar

Hawthorns’ excellent report!

Government inspectors from the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate visited Dunottar School in Reigate at the beginning of March. In their report they found that, “The quality of the pupils’achievements and their learning, attitudes and skills is excellent. The curriculum provision of the school is outstanding and suitable for all ages, needs and abilities. The quality of teaching is excellent. The quality of governance, leadership and management is outstanding. The arrangements for welfare, health and safety are outstanding. From EYFS onwards, the excellent pastoral care ensures that girls are valued and cared for.” The report also highlighted the excellent links the school enjoys with parents and the very significant contribution the parents’ association makes to the school.

A recent I.S.I. Early Years inspection found that “The Hawthorns School in Bletchingley provides an excellent start to the children’s education. The provision and outcomes for the children were deemed to be outstanding. Children are happy, enthusiastic learners who are eager to try out new activities because they feel safe. They respond quickly to the high expectations of the staff and the partnership with parents and carers is close and inclusive. The outdoor learning environment is an integral part of their day and used to enhance pupils’ educational experiences”. An exciting brand new Pre-Prep is under construction and is due to be completed in the Autumn Term. Contact Gail Johnson, the Admissions Secretary, on 01883 743048 x 2019 to arrange a visit. The photograph shows two of the Ark Nursery pupils during the topic “People who help us”.

Dawnay Playgroup opens its new garden Gail Hard, Head Teacher at The Dawnay School, Great Bookham, declared the new garden officially open on February 18th. The specially designed all-weather surface and canopy, just outside the playgroup’s permanent classroom, incorporates a huge sandpit sensory area with herbs and other flower beds and plants. There are areas for the children to grow their own vegetables and, a sure firm favourite, a minibeast corner. The Big Lottery Fund provided £10,000 towards the garden and the remainder was raised by the playgroup, to support the playgroup’s emphasis on development through play. Jasmine, age 4, said “It’s really good that we can play out even in the rain and not get wet. It’s all lovely”.

The Hawthorns School Bletchingley

IAPS, Girls and Boys, Day, 2 –13 years

The outstanding Prep School in the area

27 AWARDS AT 11/13+ in 2009/2010

Raas goes for energy efficient warmth The Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate secured a loan of £650,000 to spend on improvements to the heating and lighting systems at the boarding school. The finance came from SALIX, the independent company that manages public investment in energy efficiency technologies across the UK public sector. The school expects to have repaid the loan within four years. Thereafter the savings in energy costs will be ploughed straight back into the school and improving facilities for pupils. The School has seen a reduction in electricity costs (due to more efficient lighting) of 17% and heating costs have reduced by 28%.

Times tables boost Peter Cresswell, head teacher of a UK primary school and Andy Shipman have launched a new website - - aimed at helping children learn to love times tables and improve their multiplication skills. Times Too is a simple web-based application that supports existing classroom practice. Children can also practise at home at the level set for them by their teacher. For more information – including a set of screencasts, visit:

Micklefield School Reigate Co-educational Preparatory School, rising 3’s – 11 years oPen Morning Wednesday, 18th May 2011 10.00am-12noon

WORKING OPEN MORNINGS Friday 6th May & Wednesday 29th June

Prompt 9.15am start with Headmaster’s welcome. We are always happy to make individual appointments.

“Happy children learn” Please ring Gail Johnson on 01883 743048 to book a place or for an alternative appointment. Registered charity for educational purposes

Pendell Court, Bletchingley Surrey RH1 4QJ

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• Small class sizes with excellent academic results • Successful record of academic, music and sports scholarships • Before & after-school clubs available • Stimulating and caring early Years programme with an excellent Preparatory Department • thriving Parent and toddler group held tuesday/Wednesday/thursday afternoons • Five acre Sports Field

Quote from a Preparatory Parent “I like the structure and balance between formal and informal learning. The approach to reading and writing development has been fantastic”.

We would be delighted to welcome you for a visit – for more information please contact:

tel: 01737 242615 email: Micklefield School, 10 Somers Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9DU Micklefield is a Charitable trust providing a first class education for pupils

Education Senior School Open Days are now available on the website. Go to and choose the South East region then the Surrey East pages.

Independent School Open Mornings SUMMER TERM 2011 for prospective parents Aberdour School Burgh Heath KT20 6AJ Boys & girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 354119 Next Open Day: Autumn Term Belmont School, Holmbury St Mary RH5 6LQ Boys & girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01306 730852 Monday, 9 May Bramley School, Walton on the Hill KT20 7ST Girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 812004 Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 May Caterham Preparatory School, Harestone Valley Rd, CR3 6YB Boys & girls, 3 - 11 yrs. Tel: 01883 342097 Visits by appointment throughout the school year Chinthurst School, Tadworth KT20 5AP Boys 2½-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 812011 Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 May Drop-in morning Thursday, 23 June City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead KT21 1ET Co-ed, day and boarding, 7-18 yrs. Tel: 01372 822418 FREEMEN’S FUN 7 June; Open Evening Wednesday,15 June Copthorne Prep School, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3HR Co-ed, day and boarding (from year 3) , 2½-13yrs. Tel: 01342 712311 Saturday, 7 May Cranmore School, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AT Boys 3 -13 yrs. Tel: 01483 280340 Friday 6 May Downsend School, Nursery & Pre-prep Lodges Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom Boys & girls, 2-6 yrs. Tel: 01372 372311 Open Afternoon, Saturday 14 May Downsend School, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ Boys & girls, 6-13 yrs. Tel: 01372 372311 Main School - Friday, 13 May Dunottar School, Reigate RH2 7EL Girls, 2½-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 761945 Call for details Essendene Lodge School, Caterham CR3 5PB Boys & girls, 2½-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 348349 Call for details Farlington School, Strood Park, Horsham West Sussex RH12 3PN Girls 3-18yrs. Day and boarding. Tel: 01403 254967 Thursday, 5 May (Prep School), Thursday, 16 June Glenesk School, East Horsley, KT24 6NS Boys & girls, 2-7yrs Tel: 01483 282329 for open day date Thursday, 26 May Greenacre School, Banstead SM7 3RA Girls, 3-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 352114 By appointment only - Tuesday, 10 May & Wednesday, 15 June The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ Boys and girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01883 743048 Friday, 6 May and Wednesday, 29 June Hazelwood School, Limpsfield, Oxted RH8 OQH Boys and girls, 4-13 yrs. Tel: 01883 712194 Friday, 13 May (Also at Hazelwood’s Laverock Site - The Larks) Lingfield Notre Dame Junior School, Lingfield RH7 6PH Boys & girls, 2½-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 833176 www.lingfield Visits by appointment Manor House School & Nursery, Bookham KT23 4EN Girls 2-16 yrs. Tel: 01372 457077 Tuesday, 10 May

Reigate St Mary’s, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN Girls and boys, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 244880 Wednesdays, 11 May & 15 June

Micklefield School, Reigate RH2 9DU Boys & girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 224212 Wednesday, 18 May Moon Hall College & Bury’s Court, Leigh, Reigate RH2 8RE Boys and girls, 3-16 yrs. & www.moonhallcollege. Tel: 01306 611372 Saturday, 14 May Oakhyrst Grange School, Caterham CR3 6AF Boys & girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 343344 Friday, 20 May

Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate RH2 0TD Boys & girls, 7-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 649000 Saturday 14 May St Teresa’s Nursery & Prep School, Effingham RH5 6ST Girls, 2-11 yrs. Tel: 01372 453456 Tuesday, 17 May Warlingham Park School, Chelsham Common CR6 9PB Boys & girls, 2-11 yrs. 01883 626844 www.warlingham Call for details or visit by appointment

Pennthorpe School, Rudgwick
, West Sussex
 RH12 3HJ Co-ed, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01403 822391 Tuesday, 10 May & Saturday, 14 May Priory Prep School, Banstead SM7 2AJ Boys 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 366920 Saturday, 21 May; Pop-in mornings Wednesdays, 11 May, 8 June and 6 July

You name it We label it!

Lunchboxes • Water Bottles Books • Uniforms • Footwear

Redehall Preparatory School, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9QA Boys and girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 842987 Saturday, 21 May

T: 01635 298326

Moon Hall College _______

and Burys Court _______

Leigh, Reigate, Surrey RH2 8RE A happy school in a country setting for boys and girls aged 3-16 A CReSTeD registered school with expert dyslexia tuition specialising in support for dyslexic children up to GCSE. Little Berries Early Years nursery In beautiful rural setting with bluebell wood. Look at our websites or come and see us Tel 01306-611372

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Out and About


Please check ticket prices and times with the theatres.

LEATHERHEAD The Leatherhead Theatre

REDHILL The Harlequin Theatre Warwick

Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN Tel: 01737 276 500
 COPPELIA – European Ballet 6+yrs. Thursday, 5 May 7.30pm. From £17.50. <16s £11

7 Church St, Leatherhead 
KT22 8DN Tel: 01372 365141

STIG OF THE DUMP 3+yrs. Saturday 4 June 2.30pm £8.50. Musical production with audience participation. ROARY THE RACING CAR Saturday, 25 June 2pm. £14, Children £12, Family £46.

DORKING Dorking Halls

Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1SG Tel: 01306 881717 THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD Saturday, 28 May 1.30pm and Sunday, 29 May 10.30am & 1.30pm. £10

Kingston KT1 1HL Tel: 0871 230 1552

CHILDREN’S SATURDAY SHOWS AT THE MILL STUDIO Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - all £7. Daytime performances - call for times, usually 11am & 2pm. TALES OF MAGIC AND MISCHIEF 2-6 yrs 7 May ELMER THE ELEPHANT 4-7yrs 14 May

CRAWLEY The Hawth Theatre Hawth Ave,

MR BENN 3+yrs. Wed-Sat, 18-21 May Magical musical production. Tickets: £11 Mr Benn goodie boxes will be available in the Culture Café. They include a sandwich, juice, fruit and a treat! £4 THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD 3+yrs. FriSun, 24-26 June

Crawley RH10 6YZ Tel: 01293 553636 THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS Monday, 2 May 2.30pm & 5.30pm. £14, Child £12.50

CROYDON Fairfield Halls

Lane, Oxted RH8 0AA Tel: 01959 561811 A SPRING SHOW The Maureen Brown School of Dancing. Thurs-Sun 26-29 May 7.30pm plus 3pm matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: 01883 348196 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Glow Theatre Group. Thurs-Fri, 30 June-1 July 7.30pm £6.50. Tickets: 01883 720167 or website

Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG Tel: 020 8688 9291 Group reductions for schools. HOW THE KOALA LEARNT TO HUG Monday, 30 May 2.30pm. £12, Children £10, Family £40 PETER PAN ON ICE Wild Rose Ice Theatre. Wed-Sat, 1-5 June. £18.50 £25, Children from £9.25, Family Ticket £50 for the first 2 performances THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA Wednesday, 22 June 1.30pm & Thursday, 23 June 10.30am & 1.30pm. £10

EPSOM Epsom Playhouse

GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

OXTED The Barn Theatre 25 Bluehouse

Ashley Ave, Epsom KT18 5AL Tel: 01372 742555 THE SINGING KETTLE Tuesday, 31 May 2pm. Ahoy Shipmates! Non-stop concert style performance of Pirate Party. Come dressed up as a pirate. £10, Family £36 STIG OF THE DUMP Thursday, 2 June 2.30pm. £10.50

VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET’S CINDERELLA Thursday, 2 June 7.30pm. £18.50- £21.50. Children £13.50 HISTORY OF POP Applause Youth Theatre Company (AYTCO - Dorking Halls’ award - winning resident youth theatre) Saturday, 25 June 7.30pm. £12.50, Children £10.50

KINGSTON The Rose Theatre 24-26 High St,

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX Tel: 01483 440000 PRIVATE PEACEFUL 8+yrs. Mon-Wed 16-18 May 7pm plus Wed Mat 2.30pm £18.50, <18s £13 THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Thur-Sat 30 June-2 July 7pm £11 <18s £8

SHAUN THE SHEEP IN SHAUN’S BIG SHOW 3+yrs. Wed-Sat, 18-21 May. Day and eve performances. £14.50, Child £12.50 RIP, FOLD, SCRUNCH 2-5yrs. Saturday, 21 May 11am in the Studio. £6.50, Family £24 LOOKING FOR YOGHURT 6-12yrs. Sun(3pm)-Mon(10.30am), 22-23 May in the Studio. £6.50, Family £24 OSHIMA AND THE BIG SEA 3+yrs. Saturday, 4 June 11am in the Studio. £6.50, Family £24 THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF AND OTHER FURRY TALES 3+yrs. Sunday, 3 July 2pm in the Studio. £6.50, Family £24

EAST GRINSTEAD Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre

Get crafty with the Old Surrey Downs!

Why not come and try something a little different this June? We are running two special days of craft making, mini beasting and chalk grassland exploration, suitable for all the family.

 Weds 1 June - Chipstead Downs - follow the signs on to the grassland from the Ramblers’ Rest PH, Outwood Lane, Chipstead CR5 3NP or via Holly Lane Car Park, CR5 3NR  Friday 3 June - Oaks Park - follow the signs on to the grassland from Oaks Park car park, Croydon Lane, Banstead SM7 3BA

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11am - 2pm on both days, please bring a picnic along if you would like. Further info on 01737 733933

De la Warr Rd, East Grinstead RH19 3BS Tel: 01342 302000 CINDERELLA Vienna Festival Ballet Wed-Thurs, 18-19 May 7.30pm. £18.50, Child £12.50 PETER PAN The Musical FriSat, 27-28 May 7.30pm plus 2.30pm Sat Mat. £12, Child £10, Family £39 ADORED The Musical Fri-Sat. 3-4 June 2pm & 7pm - New rock musical set in 1960s. £12.50

Out and About

Teddy Bears Picnic at

Saturday and Sunday, 2 & 3 July - The Smallholders Show 9.30am


Fetes, Fairs and Shows 30 April - 2 May Kent County Fair at The Hop Farm Family Park, Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY Tel:01622 872068 www.

Sunday & Monday, 1-2 May, 10am-5pm The Blindley Heath Country Show, Osney Lodge Farm, Byers Lane, South Godstone, , RH9 8JH Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £15 Traditional country show. Donkey Derby, Dog Show, farm animals, craft/food tent, hog roast and more. More than 120 trade stands. Dogs on leads welcome.

Saturday, 7 May Banstead Village May Fayre 11.30am-5pm Annual procession of May Queen and attendants. Stalls for all the family.

Sunday, May 8 Cowpie Country Show, Betchworth nr Dorking From 10am. Displays and workshops, animals and pony rides. Great entertainment. Free car parking. Adults £8, Child £4, OAPS £6, Family ticket £20 (2 adults & 2 children) Discounted advance tickets available at Scats Countrystores, Redhill. For more information see

13-15 May Kensington Dolls House Summer Festival, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, London W8 or call 020 7812 9892

Saturday, 21 May Walton on the Hill Pageant Procession 2pm from the Blue Ball in Deans Lane to the green at Howard’s Close. The procession is lead by the shire horses and followed by reigning May Queen.

21-22 May SESHA Heavy Horse & Country Show 9am-5pm
Blue Anchor Showground, Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath A22 (south of M25 at J6) RH7 6JJ dults: £5

Monday 30 May Surrey County Show 9am-6pm at Stoke Park, Advance tickets: Adults £11 (gate price £15); Children £5 (gate price £6)

30 May – 5 June is National Families Week Look out for local events – or run one yourself! For ideas and support, go to www. zone/ideas_sheets/

Wednesday & Friday, 1 & 3 June Chalk grassland exploration days Wednesday – Get Crafty on Chipstead Downs! 11am-2pm Craft making and chalk grassland exploration for all the family. Bring a picnic. Rear Car park, Ramblers Rest PH, Outwood Lane, Chipstead CR5 3NP. Friday – Crafty fun at Oaks Park. 11am– 2pm Oaks Park, Croydon Lane, Carshalton SM7 3BA uk/

Saturday, 2 July - Oxted Carnival 12noon, Master Park and Oxted town centre. Afternoon of family fun.

to 5pm. South of England Showground, Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TL Tel: 07714 102381 Country show with animals, plants, crafts, clothing, demonstrations, food. Adults £9, Seniors £7, Children 5-14rs - £5. Family £23.







Animals & Birds

South of England Showground, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

Friday, 10 June Teddy Bears Picnic 2-4pm at
Caterham Prep School, Harestone Valley Road, Caterham CR3 6YB
 A free Dad’s Day Out at Dunsfold Park community event for <5s and their families. Bring a picnic and 14 May – Dad’s Day Out at teddy! Tel: Julie Chapman 01883 335071. Dunsfold Park. 9am–4.30pm, in aid of The Children’s Trust. Book a ride as a passenger in a choice of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and ‘Blue Ribbon’ Supercars – or a helicopter! Book on-line www. Also: fairground rides, young driver training and Roary the Racing Car Zone.

Sunday, 19 June FATHER’S DAY

14-15 May National Mills Weekend Many wind and water mills

Sunday, 19 June ‘Father and Son for the Price of One’ Daytona Motorsport at Sandown Park,

throughout the country will be open on one or both days – along with family-friendly activities. For a full list of open mills, go to See also

Treat Dad to a Vintage Steam Train ride on Father’s Day at Kent & East Sussex Railway 1.15pm or 1.30pm from Tenterden Station to Bodiam. Includes ploughman’s lunch or tea and a caricature of Dad! Tickets: £23 or Tel: 01580 765155.

Esher. Father’s Day driving experience at Sandown track with additional Arrive & Drive session worth up to £40 FREE. Tel: 0845 644 5502

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So much to do! See our website for more details at www.familiesonline.


Newchapel, Lingfield, RH7 6LF Tel: 01342 834658 Open at weekends and daily during half term. Wild animals, Keeper Talks, picnic area, coffee shop.

BOCKETTS PARK FARM Young St, Fetcham KT22 9BS Tel: 01372 363764

Open every day
10am–5.30pm (or dusk) Adults £8.50, Child 3-17 yrs £6.95, Child 2 yrs £6.25, under 2’s free. 28 May – 5 June Meet the Tractor and Pony Parlour. Birds of Prey displays and farm animals to meet, playtime and activities including pony rides, tractor rides, pig racing and gold panning!


Wisborough Green, W. Sussex RH14 0EG Tel: 01403 700063.

Animals, Pony Rides, Tractor Rides, Climbing Wall, Crazy Golf, Barrel Bugs, Giant Pillows, Indoor Play, Restaurant, Gift Shop. 8 May - Tractor Day! 28 May to 6 June - Beach BBQ and Beach Splash Attack 18 & 19 June - Dads Weekend! ‘Dads free entry’ voucher on Fishers website!


Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY Tel: 01622 872068. 30 April - 2 May Kent County Fair 28 May - 5 June May Half Term - ‘Heroes Week’


Saturday, 21 May Woodland Trail at The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley 1pm-5pm. £3. Children free. Teas.

Denbies Wine Estate London Rd, Dorking RH5 4DR Tel: 01306 876616

Sun, 29 May, 11am-4pm. Fun run & BBQ for the Children’s Trust Tues, 31 May, 11am-3pm. ‘Go Potty’ Plant and decorate your own flower pots. Wed, 1 June, from 10 am. Birds of Prey display. Free. Daily, 11am-3pm. Nature Trail & Activities Vineyard trail & crafts .

GATTON PARK Gatton Park, Reigate, RH2 0TD Tel: 01737 649066

Sunday, 1 May – Gardens and Grounds Open Free activities for children. 1-5pm. Adults £4 Children Free. Saturday, 21 May – Grow your own Wild Flower Meadow 10am-3pm. Children £5 Adults £10. Monday, 30 May – Fairytale Treasure Hunt with Gatton Community Theatre. Pushchair friendly. 1-4pm Cost £5 per child. Refreshments.

ACTION ATTRACTIONS Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JH Tel: 01892 890000 file/have-a-go-weekend.php Entry: £5; 6-15yrs £4.Children up to 5yrs FREE. Saturday, 11 June ‘Have a Go Day’ Experience all the adventure & water activities at Bewl Water in one day!

NATIONA L TR US T Admission free to NT members. Otherwise admission charges apply; extra charges for children’s activities. Call to book.


Great Bookham, Dorking RH5 6BD, Tel: 01372 452048 28 May – 5 June 10am-5pm Children’s trail - being a child in Edwardian England. Trail £1. 29 May 11am-4pm Edwardian games and entertainment. 19 June Fathers Day Treat Dad to lunch in the Courtyard Restaurant. Sunday, 3 July Family Concert 0844 2491895


Estate office, Dorking, Tel: 01372 220644 Saturday, 7 May, 9–11.30am Reptile study day – Box Hill. £4 per adult, £2.. Sunday, 22 May, 10–11.30am Spring lamb spectacular – Oxted Downs. £4 per adult, £2 per child. Wednesday, 1 June, 1-3pm The Big Toddle – Headley Heath. 2-5 yrs. £3. Thursday, 2 June, 11am–1pm Teddy Bears Picnic – Box Hill. 3-6 yrs. A little walk through the woods to a special picnic spot, with stories, songs and games. £6 Friday, 3 June, 1-3pm Let’s go fly a kite – Box Hill. 6+yrs. Design and make your own kite. £5 per child. Wednesday, 29 June 1-2.30pm Children’s Buggie Adventure – Box Hill. £2.

HATCHLANDS PARK East Clandon, Guildford, Tel: 01483 222482 Sunday 8 May, 11am-5.30pm Visit the Bluebells Sunday 12 June, 11am-4pm Canine Capers with stalls and activities. WINKWORTH ARBORETUM

Hascombe Rd, Godalming, GU8 4AD Tel: 01483 208477 winkwortharboretum Sun 5 Jun, 10am-5pm The Big Green Day Out. Sun 26 Jun, 11am-4pm Winkworth Wood Fair.

River Wey & Godalming Navigations & Dapdune Wharf

Guildford, Tel: 01483 561389 Sat, 2 July 12noon, Guildford Festival Boat Gathering plus children’s activities Millmead Island. Decorated boat pageant 4pm.

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261 Balcombe Rd, Horley RH6 9EF. £35 per day; £145 per week. 4-11 yrs. Extended day: 7.30am-6.30pm. Tel: 01293 823163. 4.5-16yrs. Summer holidays: 1-26 August, Mon-

Leatherhead KT22 8TJ. Tel: 01372 385437 (2-5yrs). Tel: 01372 385403 (6-13yrs). Daily holiday activities for 2-13 yr olds. 7-21 April, 8am-5.30pm. May Half Term: Tuesday, 31 May – Friday, 3 June Summer Holidays: Monday, 11 July – Friday, 2 September

Activ Camps at Cranmore School West Horsley, KT24 6AT. Tel:

07896 546 067 Summer Camp: 25 July - 12 August 2011. Multi-activity camps 4-14 yrs. “The most fun your children can have with their trainers on”. 8am-4.30pm. Free extended day until 6pm. Half days age 4yrs. Activ Camps at Cranmore School

Adventure and Computer Holidays Belmont School, Holmbury

St Mary nr Dorking RH5 6LQ. May half term and summer: Day and Residential camps 4-14 yrs. Tel: 01306 711005.

Bower Hill Farm Summer Camp South Nutfield RH1 4EH Tel:

01737 822639 Summer Holidays: 15-26 August. 10.30-2.30pm + ‘walking bus’ from Nutfield, starts 10am.

Mega Days at The Hawthorns

Dorking Kids Camp with ‘Fit For Sport’ at Dorking Sports Centre,

Pendell Court, Bletchingley, RH1 4QJ. Tel Ruth: 01883 743377. www.hawthorns. com/sports-centre Activity Camp for 4-7 and 8-12 yrs. May half term: 31 May-3 June. Summer holidays: 11 July-2 Sept. Go-Karting, Roller skating, Indoor wet’n’ wild, Arts & Crafts, Woodland Adventures, £33.50 for 8am-5pm. 3-5 yrs and

Tel: Leisure Services on 01737 276700

Dorking, RH4 1SW. Tel: 0845 456 3233.

5-12 yrs. Fun activities and sports. May half term: 31 May – 3 June Summer Holidays: 25 July – 2 September. Standard day 9.30am-4.30pm or 8.30am-5.30pm. Multi-sport sessions, 5-12yrs. £23 per day (standard) or £110 per week.

Shere Fun Holiday Playscheme

Gomshall GU5 9LL. Tel: Emma Alexander 07765 154962. May half term: 31 May-3 June Arts & crafts, sports, local visits, outdoor fun. Guest visitors. Day trips – eg Top Golf, Donutting at Aldershot Alpine Snowsports Centre and pond dipping. Summer holidays: 25 July-19 August. 8.30am–4pm, 4-12yrs. £3.50 per hour, £2.75 per hour siblings. Whole week £112.50. Ofsted registered.

Painshill Summer Explorer’s Camp Cobham KT11 1JE Tel: 01932

868113 1-19 August 9am – 4.30pm 8-12yrs. Build an eco-den, pond dipping, hikes, hunts and crafts. £35 per day, £150 for whole week.

Cranbrook Adventurers School Holiday Club

NEW! At St John’s School, Leatherhead KT22 8SP Tel: 0845 123 5299

Downsend Lodges + and Downsend + at Downsend School,

25 July - 26 August. Holiday Camp Horley. Tel: 01293 822238. Sports, arts and crafts, 5-12 yrs. 10% OFF bookings before 30 June.

Barracudas Activity Day Camps

Fri From £124.50 per week or £35 per day. 8am-6pm. Swimming, motor sports, archery, trampoline, fencing, arts & crafts, basketball, football, dance, drama, aquaslide and more.

Oakwood Sportszone


Summer holidays: Activities for 8-15yrs. See website.

Reigate & Redhill YMCA Playschemes Princes Rd, Redhill RH1 6JJ. Tel: 01737 779979.

May half term and summer holidays: YMCA Playscheme 10am-4pm or 8.45am6pm. 5-12yrs. From £17 per day.

Super Camps Multi-Activity Day Camps at Aberdour School,


Blackland Farm

Grinstead Lane, East Grinstead RH19 4HP. Tel: 01342 810493 Day adventure activities for groups of six or more. Abseiling, Archery, Zip wire, Pushball, Orienteering, Low ropes. Canoeing in Weir Wood Lake. New! Maze and high rope perch. 120 acres of woods and fields for walks and picnics. Opens 9am daily.


Tel: 01372 378901 adventurecourses

High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre Headley Lane, Mickleham RH5 6DQ Summer holidays: One-day mixed activity and mountain biking courses High Ropes Course 11-16yrs. Woodland Skills 8-16yrs. Disability Adventure 11-16yrs. £33 per day Thames



Riverside Drive, Ham TW10 7RX One-week Multi-activity course £165. May half term: 30 May-3 June 1114yrs. Summer holidays: 11-14yrs. Paddlepower passport - May half term & Summer holidays 8-16yrs £195. Magnos/Bahia Sailing - Summer Holidays 11-16yrs £195. Pico Young Sailors - May half term and summer holidays 11-16yrs £195. PaddlePower Discovery 8-16yrs £195. Taz Young Sailors - Summer holidays 8-11yrs £195

Henley Fort The Mount, Guildford GU2 4RH. RH1 4EJ. Tel: 01737 822484. Junior and Senior 2-day Multi-Activity courses, May half term & summer May half term and summer holidays: holidays £66. Midweek Action Days (MAD) including Junior and Senior Wey Navigation Day, Quad Bike Challenges, Obstacle Course May half term & summer holidays: and families Archery. 11am-3pm. 8-15 yrs. 1 21/03/2011 ad_0311:Layout 8-11 &08:07 12-16yrs,Page £33. 1 Priory Events Sandy Lane, Nutfield

Surrey’s summer of adventure Holiday activity days for 8-16 year olds Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development centres in Guildford, Dorking and Richmond To book a place or for further information visit our website: or telephone: 03456 009 009

Burgh Heath Tel: 01235 832222

Summer holidays: 11 July – 26 August. Mon-Fri, 9.20am – 4.30pm with FREE extended hours: 8am – 6pm. Multi-Activity Camps 4-14yrs. £36 per day, £164 per week

RAW Adventure Camps at Aberdour School, Burgh Heath Tel: 01235 832222

Summer holidays: 25-29 July. Outdoor survival skills. 8-14yrs £159 per week. Times as for Supercamps, above. Making Surrey a better place

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Holiday Camps and Courses Activ Camps at Cranmore School



Bowles Outdoor Centre Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW Tel: 01892 665665. May half term: Day Courses 30 May-3 June. Snowboard/ low ropes; Ski; kayaking; Zip Wire. 8 to 15yrs. £45 per day. Summer holidays: 8-26 August. All activities + climbing. Beginners & improvers. Discount >1 booking. 9.30am-4.30pm.

Artybobs St Joseph’s Church Hall, 2 Falkland Grove, Dorking RH4 3DL Contact Becky: 01306 880694. Summer Holidays: Tuesday, 26 July 10-11.30am. Themed art and craft activities and sand play. Also Saturday Art Club including 6 August & 3 September 9.30am. 1-8yrs.

PGL Residential Adventure Multi-Activity Holidays Tel: 0844 371 2424.

Badminton Holiday Course at Limpsfield LTC,

Stagecoach Dorking Theatre Arts Holiday Workshop The Ashcombe School, Dorking. Tel Sarah:


Stagecoach Redhill & Reigate Workshops 13 centres across the UK

– for dates see website. 1, 2 night Introductory breaks, 3 or 4 night mini breaks or 7 nights. Raft Building, Rock climbing, Kayaking, karting, orienteering and more. 7-17 yrs. From £99 for 1 night/2 days.

AQUASP ORTS Junior courses and Summer Camp Aqua Sports at Mercers Park Nutfield Marsh Rd,

Merstham, Nr Redhill RH1 4EU. Tel: 01737 644 288.

May half term and summer courses (see website for dates and times): Windsurfing, Sailing and Paddlesports. Beginner to intermediate. RYA & BCU accredited. 8-13yrs. Plus 14-17yrs in summer. From £114 per course. Summer Camp – Wet’n Wild Week (non-residential) day or full week. 25 July – 26 August. 8-13yrs. £55 per day or £240 Mon-Fri.


Detillens Lane, Oxted RH8 0DH. Contact Derek Broom: 07947 14 54 75. Badminton Coaching and Play. 8 to 12yrs. £8 per day, £30 for four days.

0800 007 5482 1-5 August. Glee Workshop 8-16yrs; Mary Poppins Workshop 4-7yrs, performances at the end of the week.

Cookery Workshops – Cookies Kitchen.

Reigate School, Pendleton Rd RH2 7NT. Tel: 0208 686 0141. Summer workshop: 25-29 July 4-6yrs and 7-18yrs. The Lion King for 4-6yrs olds. Glee Mania! 7-18yrs. Performance at the end of the week.


Stagecoach Coulsdon and Caterham at Woodcote High School, Coulsdon Holiday Workshops: 0845 078 0805. Summer workshop: 8-12 August Buzz for 4-6yrs olds. Pirates! 6-18yrs.

Tel: Maxine 07748 715644 Summer courses: 5-11 yrs. Lingfield; Leigh; Abinger nr Dorking. 10.30am-12.30pm. £25 (Members £22.50) All inclusive - ingredients, equipment, aprons etc

Stagecoach Leatherhead Summer Workshop – ‘Don’t Stop Believing!’ at Leatherhead

Trinity School, Woodvill Rd KT22 7BP. Tel: 0208 394 2244.

25-29 July. 4-7yrs; 8-16yrs and performance at end of week. 4-7yrs: £125 (£95 siblings); £155 (£105) 8-18yrs.

‘Perform’ – Peter Pan Summer Holiday Workshops for 4-8yr olds. Original music plus performance for friends & family. All Saints Western Village Hall 1, Chestnut Ave, Esher KT10 8JL. Tel: Hanneke Rauch on 0845 400 1279

Encore Arts Lower Kingswood Church Hall. Tel Sarah Locke: 07941 368860. 6-18yrs. Creative workshops; Musical theatre workshop and Stage make-up workshop Dance Courses – Dance Focus UK Holiday Camps St.Bede’s School, Redhill RH1 2LQ & Sandcross

Junior School, Reigate RH2 8HH. Tel Natasha: 01737 213 281. (click Holiday camps) 4-11yrs. May half term: Daily 31 May – 3 June. Summer holidays: 25 July-12 August. Street dance, musical production, cheerleading and more. From £15 (half day).

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Summer: 25 July-12 August. Places fill up fast so book NOW! Phone 07896 546 067 Email or find out more at Cranmore School, Epsom Road, West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6AT *Half day only for 4 year olds. Please call before booking

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Holiday Camps and Courses F OOT B AL L Football Courses – Football Focus UK Holiday Camps

Arsenal Soccer Schools Warwick School, Redhill. Bookings: 01474 874937 kent-surrey-sussex May half term 31 May-1 June 10am-3pm 5-14yrs. Selection for 2011 Advanced Trial Centre

GO L F Junior Golf, Bletchingley Golf Club Church Lane, Bletchingley RH1 4LP

Tel: 01883 744666. Junior Golf Camp at the Steve Blacklee Golf Academy, Downs Golf Club, Outwood lane, Kingswood KT20 6JS. Tel: 01737 839155.

H OR SE R IDING Children’s Fun Day Courses

Orchard Cottage Riding Stables, Babylon Lane, Lower Kingswood KT20 6XA. Contact Mrs Claire Brugger: 01737 241311. May Half Term Children’s Fun Days and Summer Weekly Children’s Courses. 6-14yrs. Day Courses £50.

K A RT ING Bambinos & Junior Karting, Daytona Sandown Park, Esher KT10 8AN. Tel: 0845 6445502. Most days in the school holidays, 5-7yrs and 8+yrs. Junior Race School modules and In Kart Championships. Booking essential. £55 per module. 8-15yrs.

L A SER GAM ES LaserHub,

Spindle Way, Crawley, W Sussex RH10 1TG Tel: 01293 548000.

Daily - Mornings 10am-1pm – 7-11yrs £12; all day 10am-5pm for 7-16 yrs £20. Includes games and food.

MOUNTAIN BOARDING Ride The Hill Mountain Boarding Priory Farm, Sandy Lane,

Nutfield, RH1 4EJ. Tel: 0845 0944 360.

Open daily in holidays for lessons. 8+yrs. Equipment hire.



Matchpoint Tennis Trampolining Mega Camps Matchpoint Tennis Sessions 4+yrs 1 William Rd,

Academy, Holland Rd, Hurst Green, Caterham on the Hill CR3 5NN Oxted RH8 9BQ. Tel Marie: 07764 76 04 08 Tel: 07958 572745 May half term: 1 June Summer 5-10yrs & 11+yrs. £54 for 3 x holidays: 27 July, 31 August half days. 12.45-2.45pm. £9 per person.

Sports and specialist courses – E.K. Sports & Leisure, Greenacre

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St.Bede’s School, Redhill RH1 2LQ and Sandcross Junior School, Reigate RH2 8HH. Tel Natasha: 01737 213 281. 4-11yrs. May half term: Daily 31 May – 3 June Summer holidays: Daily 25 July-12 August. Football training with specialist soccer skills school, Futsal, inflatable football, tournaments. From £15 (half-day).

TENN IS Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre

School, Sutton Lane, Banstead SM7 3RA. Tel: 01372 210807


Summer Camp: 25 July-19 August. Football, Drama and Music, Arts and Crafts and multi-activities. £120-£125 per week.

Mad About Sports - Coaching Weeks at Aberdour School, Burgh

Heath. Tel: 01235 832222

Tennis, Football and Swimming. 8-14yrs For costs and times see website.

A Passion For… Holiday Workshops at Sutton and Croydon

Tel: 01235 832222 www.apassionfor. Summer Holidays: A Passion For… Dance, Food, Invention, Being in a Band – dates in August. 6-16yrs. £154£174 per week. For details see website.

NE TBALL HillcrestNetballSummerCamp

Warlingham Rugby Club, Limpsfield Rd, Warlingham CR6 9RB. Bookings: 020 8660 1873 Professional netball coaching & fun activities. Mon-Fri, 25 to 29 July, 9.30am-3.30pm. 8-14yrs. From £18 per day, £85 per week.

Rugbykids camps have been designed by full-time professional coaches and emulate training at the highest level. For children aged 5-11, regardless of ability, there will be a class to suit your child and with our “child centred” approach you can be sure your child will gain confidence and have fun at our Rugby camps.

Surrey Dunottar School, Reigate 23rd, 24th and 25th August 10am – 3pm (Under 7’s 10am – 1pm)

To book please go to www.rugbykids.comand

click “Book a Place” on the top menu place. follow the instructions to secure your Alternatively call the office on

0845 313 3242 to book over the phone.

ROLLER SK ATIN G Sunday family roller skating,

YMCA Princes Rd Earlswood Nr Redhill. Tel: 01293 776266 Every Sunday, 11.30-12.30pm fun skating for all the family with skate hire. 12.301.30pm. All in price £7.

RUGBY RugbyKids Camps NEW! in Reigate. 17A Bell Street
RH2 7AQ Tel: 0845 313 3242 www.rugbykids. com Skillbuilding and games for boys and girls 5-11yrs. Summer Holidays: 2325 August 3-day camp. 10am-1pm at 5-7yrs; 10am–3pm 7-11yrs

TENNI S Tennis Camps at Redhill Lawn Tennis Club, Linkfield Lane,

Redhill, RH1 1JW. 5-14yrs. Coaching, competitions, mini tennis games etc. Contact Tim Wilkinson: 07956 38 35 35

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Out and About WAL KS AND LOC AL TOWN & COMMUNITY CO NSE RVATIO N FARMERS MARKETS 28 May- 12 June - Countryside 2011 Showcases ways of enjoying the

countryside of SE England in events & activities

Bay Pond Open Day Sunday, 12 June 11am – 5pm 
Educational Nature Reserve 
- pond dipping, manned bird hide, bug hunting, dragonfly identification and more. Surrey Wildlife Trust 01883 345 020.

Priory Farm Discovery Walk Sandy Lane, South Nutfield RH1 4EJ. Tel: 07754 188824

Fact-gathering quiz for nature detectives up to around 12 years old. £2 per person. Daily, Mon - Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm.

Lingfield Wildlife Reserves

Join the next work party Sundays 22 May & 26 June, 10am-12noon. Wear old clothes and bring tools! Pond Open Days: Sundays 15 May and 19 June, 10-12noon. Entrance off Vicarage Rd or Saxbys Lane. Meet in the Butterfly Garden. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Nets & equipment provided. Tel: Anne Richards 01342 870200

Old Surrey Downs Project/ Downlands Project offers practical

conservation volunteering opportunities throughout the year for all ages. Tel: 01737 737700

See page 20 for two events and below for Open Farm Sunday

Sunday, 12 June 11am-4pm - Open Farm Sunday at Old Lodge Farm, Little Woodcote via Woodmansterne Lane SM5 4AZ. Guided tours by Landrover-pulled trailer and selfguided walks. Free entry. No dogs please. Sunday, 12 June 10am – 4pm Open Farm Sunday at Shabden Park Farm, High Rd, Chipstead CR5 3SF Tel: 01737 552744

Meet the animals, go on a tractor ride, visit the Back to Nature Farm Shop. Enjoy some local produce.

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Tel: 01372 379509.

3, 4, 10 & 12 May 7.30pm – 9pm. Mad About Bats at Nower Wood / Creatures of the Night. Family evenings for adults and children at Nower Wood in Leatherhead. Come to see and hear the bats using a bat detector. 7+ yrs; under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at: Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way, Leatherhead KT22 8QA. Adults £5.50, children £3.50.

Reigate Tunnel Road, 4th Friday 9am2pm – call to check 01737 276000 Redhill High St 2nd Friday, 9 May and 10 June – Tel: 01737 276629 Chipstead - Shabden Park Farm
 High Rd,
Chipstead CR5 3SF. 4th Saturday of month: Saturday, 28 May
& 25 June. Tel: 01737 552744 LEATHERHEAD 14 May, 9.30am-5.30pm - Charity Spring Fair Swan Shopping Centre in support of Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Centre. Admission free. Gift stalls, morris dancing, singing, live music, face painting, caricaturist, children’s swing boats and games. 26 June, 2-4pm - Leatherhead Annual Duck Race by River Mole in Bridge St. Ice Cream and children’s entertainer. Miniature steam train rides in nearby Mill Lane.

NCT SALES LEATHERHEAD: Saturday, 7 May, 2pm (1.45pm for NCT members with card) Downsend School (Main Site), 1 Leatherhead Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8TJ

DORKING: Saturday, 25 June, 1012noon North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill, North Holmwood, RH5 4HH Tel: 0844 243 6107 REDHILL, REIGATE AND HORLEY Saturday, 14 May NCT Nearly New Sale St Josephs, Ladbroke Road, Redhill RH1 1LF 10-12 noon CATERHAM & OXTED, Saturday, 9 July 10.30am (10.15am members) Oxted School, Bluehouse Lane in Oxted RH8 0AD.

OTHER SALES Cheeky Monkey Nearly New Baby And Children Sales -Reigate & Horley Saturdays, 14 May & 18 June & 9 July, 9-11am at St Mary’s Parish Hall (opp church), Chart Lane, Reigate, RH2 7RN. Saturdays, 7 May & 11 June & 2 July 9-11am at St Francis Church (opp Oakwood School) 84 Balcombe Road, Horley RH6 8AY. Selling bargain baby equipment, clothes, toys, maternity wear, cots, buggies and Refreshments. Admission £1 Tel: Rachel 07949 44 26 27

REIGATE AND DORKING CRAFT FAIRS Reigate Craft Fairs Saturdays, 7 May, 4 June and 2 July Scout Hall, Slipshoe St. from 10am-4pm. Dorking Craft & Gift Fair, Dorking Halls Sundays, 15 May and 19 June from 9.30am-4.30pm

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