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Local News Covering Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead, Caterham, Warlingham, Godstone, Horley, Oxted and Lingfield.


March - April 2012

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Local News ISSUE 27 MARCH-APRIL 2012

Hello! So much to do, so little time! This issue is bursting with ideas for spring. Great ideas and days out for Mother’s Day (don’t forget – 18 March) are on page 4. For April, we’ve gathered the best egg hunts on page 20 and other great days out for Easter. Plus Easter holidays ‘camps and courses’ on pages18-19. Our Walks and Local Conservation section now includes great ways to learn more about nature - good excuses to get outdoors! Check out the camping pods on our Holidays (page 10). And sign up to prepare for Olympic Fever, see page 11. In the next issue (May-June) we bring you the Summer Parties feature – let us know if you’d like to be in it – and get ready to put those fêtes and fairs into your diary. May 13 for Cowpie is already in mine! Eleanor Lines, Editor, Families Surrey East


3 Local News 4 Mother’s Day 6-7 BABIES AND TODDLERS PAGES - Strep B infections in Pregnancy 8 Eco-Friendly Easter 9 Outdoor News 10 HOLIDAYS - Alternative Accommodation 11 OLYMPIC FEVER 12 CLUB NEWS 14 EDUCATION – News 16 EDUCATION – Open Days OUT AND ABOUT 18 Theatres, Holiday Camps and Courses 20 Top Ten Easter Egg Hunts 21 Easter Attractions 22 Walks, Nature & Local Conservation 23 Events Calendar 24 Town & Community Events

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Local Food in Surrey Tracy Carroll is a devotee of good, local food and Director of The Market Place in Godstone. Following years of helping to promote local food and venues such as Priory Farm in Nutfield, Tracy has now masterminded a hub for all local independent food and drink producers. is Tracy’s new website, just launched, that brings together producers, suppliers and consumers of great local produce. Tracy helps new bakeries such as Chalk Hills in Nutfield and makers of local artisan cheese such as Norbury Blue from Mickleham, near Dorking, to find their way to a wider market – so pushing good food to the top of the local agenda. is an informative, online food and drink magazine with a directory at its core, allowing visitors to search for products and services that contribute to the county’s food scene: including butchers, bakers, growers, retailers, tea shops, pubs and restaurants. Business owners who would like to find out more can contact Tracy or her colleague Maggie on 01883 744653 or email her at To celebrate the new website initiative, Tracy is presenting Local Food Fortnight, from 28 April to 13 May, with talks, demos and tastings and more. Producers and event organisers can benefit from her website publicity and readers can sign up to keep up with Tracy’s growing band of foodie friends.

Dorking improvements South Street Gardens will soon see new seating installed, resurfaced ground and new lighting as well as a plane tree to replace the aging birch. Renowned artist -blacksmith Robert Kranenborg, director of Forging Matters Artist -blacksmith in Hampshire, is creating Robert Kranenborg the seating, using oak and steel, with inspiration from nearby architectural features and the site’s history as a bandstand. More improvements in Dorking – this time on the opposite side of the Dorking triangle, in West Street – have been taking place at Dorking Museum – so it will soon be time to take a visit!

Surrey Shetland pony is TV star Shetland pony Rodney of Pony Magic made his TV debut on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother on their first live eviction night. Owner of Pony Magic, Surrey Branch, Gemma Serdet says “He was an absolute star, he was very calm throughout the whole evening – he seemed to take it all in his stride.”The next morning This Morning, Daybreak,The Mirror online and The Sun all featured Rodney! Rodney’s ‘full-time job’ is giving pony rides to children from 2 years old and attending children’s parties with his friends Dexter, Dolly and Molly. Pony Magic introduces children to the joys of riding and also attends private parties where children get the chance to pet, groom and ride the ponies. The Pony Magic Shetlands are also available for pantomime, photo-shoots and TV!

EXCLUSIVE TO READERS OF FAMILIES SURREY EAST To celebrate Rodney the Shetland pony’s fame, Gemma is offering introductory 20-minute rides on her Shetland ponies at her Effingham base. Normally costing £15, Gemma is offering this treat on Wednesday and Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings during March to children aged 2+yrs for just £10. Just mention Families Surrey East to book your child’s ride for £10 in March. Book early to avoid disappointment! call Gemma on 07762 640703

Babysitting agency launches Mother of 4, Theresa Jauregui, knows how important it is to find good babysitters. Having run a babysitting agency since 2001, she has recently set up Scallywags, with the aim of providing mature, reliable babysitters to parents in the East Surrey area. Scallywags babysitters are over 21, experienced in childcare, either as mums themselves or through working as a nanny, teacher, etc. They all have enhanced CRB checks & are interviewed in person. Parents can register with the agency for six months or a year and book babysitters whenever the need arises. Scallywags also offers bookings on a one-off basis, a service that may be particularly useful for those staying temporarily in the area. Scallywags Babysitting service is based in Reigate. You can contact Theresa on 01737 218499.

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Local News What mums really want for

MOTHER’S DAY ...and that’s Sunday, 18th March!

DADS – want to know what mum really wants for Mother’s Day? Here are some ideas to show her how much you care. Warning: This is a page for dads only – mums, look elsewhere (or leave the magazine conveniently open on this page where it might be found by your other half...)

A family gathering Mothering Sunday was originally a day off from Lent, when servants were allowed to travel home to see their mums, and have a slap-up dinner together. Traditional presents were flowers and cakes – and you won’t go too far wrong if you stick to tradition. What mum doesn’t love having the family all around one table, with cake and flowers too? But mum’s not making the feast, or doing the washing up – oh no. Book her favourite restaurant or pub, or make the meal yourself and make sure you wash up afterwards.

Breakfast in bed Again, a traditional but excellent choice. Try making Jamie Oliver’s ridiculously easy American-style pancakes (1 cup each of flour and milk, plus one large egg: with fruit and maple syrup, add flowers and a pot of tea, and Bob’s your auntie’s live-in lover. Follow up with a family walk – or take the kids off yourself to let her really enjoy that extended lie-in.

Days Out on Mother’s Day GATTON PARK Reigate RH2 0TD Bookings: 01737 649065 Sun 18 March Special Opening for Mother’s Day. Bring your mum to Gatton and she will get in free! To find out more call 01737 649066.

Time to herself This is one thing we mums often crave more than anything, so organise her some proper “me time”. Book her a spa day or indulge her hobby (yoga/writing/crafts/cookery) with a weekend course. If she doesn’t get to see her closest friends enough, maybe you could secretly liaise with them and organise a weekend away? You’ll be rolling in Brownie points after any of these. (And see Heaven spa offer below.)

Time with you, alone Chances are, since the kids came along, life’s been a little (or a lot) less romantic. Mothers’ Day is the perfect time to put this right, with a hotel reservation slipped inside the card and the grandparents on standby for next weekend. Happy days all round.

Personalised works of art If home is where your woman’s heart is, then a few personal touches to beautify it won’t go far wrong. Book a portrait session for the whole family with a great local photographer, or find a local service that turns an existing photo into a fantastic artwork. What woman could resist a framed print of her wedding day as a romantic gesture?

Something really unique With a little planning ahead, you and the kids can present mum with a truly unique and handmade creation. Take the children’s fingerprints or hand or foot casts, and have them made into pictures, keepsakes or silver jewellery. Alternatively, take the kids to a pottery painting shop and have a great time making a personalised plate, mug or vase that mum will treasure forever.

Wishing every mum a wonderful Mother’s Day! Thanks to Gabrielle Starkey for these lovely ideas.


HEAVEN at 19 High Street, Nutfield has a special Mother’s Day offer for readers of Families Surrey East. Buy a beauty treatment voucher for Heaven’s Pampering Rooms before 18 March – and get a second beauty treatment (to the same value) FREE! Call 01737 420102 and Quote ‘Families Mother’s Day Offer’

CHARTWELL Westerham Tel: 01732 868381 Mothering Sunday Lunch Sun 18 Mar 12noon - 2.30pm

KENT AND EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE Tel: 01580 765 155 Departs Tenterden Station (1.15pm or 3.30pm)

CLAREMONT Landscape Garden Esher KT10 9JG Tel: 01372 467806 Mothering Sunday 10am – 5pm Free entry for Mums with their children.

Mother’s Day 18 March A two-hour return journey on a steam train, a reserved table for your family and a surprise gift for every Mum to take home. Mothers Day Treat £22.50, includes gift, Adult £15, OAP £14, Child £10. Cream Tea £5.40, Ploughman’s Lunch £6.45. Booking essential. Tel: 01580 765155.

A traditonal Sunday lunch. Adult £25, child £19 Bookings: 01732- 861161

WINKWORTH ARBORETUM Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD Tel: 01483 Mothering Sunday at Winkworth 11am – 3pm Mothers go free when accompanied by their children, plus make and take home a paper flower bouquet (£1.50 per craft + normal property admission applies). CLANDON PARK West Clandon, Guildford, Tel: 01483 222482 Mothering Sunday Sun 18 March 12 noon-4pm. Make a posy for mum. Suitable for all ages.

Pony Magic pony rides for children - Sun 18 March 11 am-4 pm.

A truly magical experience with beautiful, safe ponies and experienced handlers. 3-5 minute ride. Suitable for 2-11 year olds. £2.50 per ride

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BLUEBELL RAILWAY, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL Tel: 01825 720800 Mother’s Day 17 & 18 March

Enjoy a delicious full afternoon tea on board the Lounge Car service for Mother’s Day. Depart Sheffield Park at 3.30pm for the 90-minute return journey taking you through beautiful Sussex countryside, plus a special gift for every mother. Adult £35, Child £30.

Local News

Caring for the carers New accommodation has recently been provided at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth to enable parents to spend time at The Trust while their child receives intensive treatment. The Trust looks after about 75 children and young adults aged 5-25yrs who have been born with, or acquired (through car accidents etc) brain injury. Many have profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex health needs. The Children’s Trust is unique in the combination of the services it provides. It welcomes offers of support from volunteers.

Redhill Regeneration The Belfry Shopping Centre in Redhill has been in buoyant mood since its busy Christmas season and stands to benefit even more from the current plans to regenerate the town centre. The Council has consulted on key proposals for Redhill: t OFXMFJTVSFVTFTBOETIPQTBU.BSLFUĂśFME8BZDBSQBSL t UIFSFEFWFMPQNFOUPG3FEIJMM4UBUJPO t FYQBOEJOHBOEJNQSPWJOHUIFTIPQTBUUIF8BSXJDL2VBESBOU t BOFXTVQFSNBSLFU DBGFTBOESFTUBVSBOUTPO$SPNXFMM3PBE

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Brain Tumour Research receives less than 1% of national cancer research spending in the UK yet it kills more children and people under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

Meanwhile, the Harlequin Theatre and Cinema is undergoing a £1.4million refurbishment, with new energy efficient heating, lighting and ventilation plus upgrades to foyer, toilets, bar and cafÊ. Belfry Centre managers are already planning free children’s activities at The Belfry for the Easter school holidays. Please check for full details.

ALL ABOARD FOR LONDON PET SHOW 2012 May 12 and 13 sees the UK’s largest event showcasing a range of pets at Earls Court Two.

On 30 March Brain Tumour Research and member charities will be encouraging nurseries, schools, colleges and office workers to make a donation to wear a silly hat in aid of the charity’s annual ‘Wear a Hat Day’. The campaign raises awareness about the prevalence of brain tumours and the need for vital research.

To get involved, request your fundraising packs, find bespoke hat designs, obtain badges to sell or for information about Brain Tumour Research go to We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for the show. Email with PET SHOW in the subject line. Include your address details. We will draw 2 lucky winners on April 10th.


Each area will have demonstrations from duck herding to rabbit agility and ferret racing. There will also be talks and activities focused on caring for pets, what breed is right for different lifestyles and animal behaviour plus plenty of shopping opportunities. Tickets are ÂŁ13 for adults, ÂŁ9 for children and <5s go free. Go to or phone 0844 873 7332 .

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Dog behaviour specialist joins Oxted vetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice The well-respected Oxted veterinary practice, Medivet (Oxted)has recently teamed up with Pat Moore, who was Head of Behaviour at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paws is a dog training and walking business, so the comprehensive range of animal care services now provided at Medivet includes day care, boarding, dog walking, dog training classes and behaviour consultations. Physical health and behavioural factors together often create the reasons for consulting a vet. Pat enables clients to understand their dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behaviour better, so respond appropriately and gain trust. Clients can get the best of both worlds now when going for a consultation. Bookings: Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paws - or call 07742 416 291 Medivet-Oxted - or call 01883 712 206

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Babies and Toddlers

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Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. In the UK, it causes at least 340 infections in babies each year - usually infections of the blood or lungs, or meningitis.Yet most could be prevented - simply, cheaply and easily. Group B Strep is a bacterium that lives in or on 25-30% of adults without causing harm. It is different from Group A Strep, the bacteria associated with Strep throat. In women, Group B Strep can live in the vagina, so babies can be exposed to the germ

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during or around labour. Most babies are not affected by GBS, but around one out of every 300 babies born to mums carrying GBS around delivery will develop GBS infection. With prompt and appropriate medical care, most will recover fully but around 1 in every 10 babies with GBS infection will die as a result and, of the survivors, around 1 in every 5 will suffer long-term problems.

The National Childbirth Trust offers ante-natal and post-natal support to all women. Below is the list of courses available in East Surrey, along with the contact details for the Parent Services Advisors in the area, who can make bookings. For local, volunteer-run courses and many ways to meet other local mums, see page 24.

Ante-natal tests at 35-37 weeks are given routinely in other countries, including the USA, Canada, France and Germany. These tests identify most of the women likely to be carrying GBS around delivery; they are offered antibiotics in labour. This prevents most GBS infections in newborns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the US their incidence has fallen by 86%, in Spain by 85% and France 71%. Most NHS hospitals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have access to sensitive tests. These are available in the UK privately at a cost of around ÂŁ35 (see for where tests that follow the HPA GBS testing guidelines are available).

Ante-natal & post-natal courses Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead & Crawley:

Over 90% of women polled would like information on group B Strep in pregnancy and to be screened in the late stages. Group B Strep Support, a UK charity set up in 1996 to prevent GBS infection in newborn babies has recently launched an e-petition calling for change: please sign it and share it widely Thanks to Group B Strep Support for supplying this article.


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Weigh, Stay & Play 9 - 11.30am. Stay & Play 12.30 - 2.30pm. Time to Tell 3-4pm.


Stay & Play 9.30 - 11.30am. Baby Massage 12.30 - 1.15pm - call to book. ActivTots 1.45 - 2.30pm - call to book. Parenting Puzzle 7.30 - 9.30pm - call to book.

Wednesday Holistic Harmony 9am -

2pm - call Amanda on 07926 190132 to book. Baby Signing 10am-10.30am. Call to book. Post Natal 12.30 - 2.30pm call to book.

Providing high quality childcare for children aged 0-5 years, open 7.30am-6pm t Open all year t Full days and sessions (term time only) t Early years free entitlement t Workplace vouchers accepted Ask Sue Richards, Owner/Manager, about her previous nurseryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ofsted success!

Thursday Childminders Play & Learn 9.30-11.30am. Weaning class 12 -2pm - call for dates and to book.

New Ante Natal Sessions Baby Basics, teaching you all the practical stuff you need to know about caring for a new born baby. Breastfeeding Session, an in depth session preparing you to feed your new baby. Call the centre to book.

Saturday Dads Inc. Stay &

Play 10am -12pm (first Saturday of month). Paediatric First Aid 10am - 2pm. Call for dates. Parentcraft Ante-Natal Session 10am-2pm. Call midwife to book.

Friday Under 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 - 11.30am.

Little Fishes Play Session 10 - 11.30am. St Lukes Church, Church Road, South Park, Reigate. (No Admission after 10.30am). Parenting Puzzle 10 - 11.30am with Crèche. Lunch Club 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.30pm. 6 week course teaching how to cook healthy food on a budget (includes lunch).

Need some help and support? Open Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm for advice and information - call to book courses, make an appointment or to arrange a home visit. All Sure Start services are free for families on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Disability Living Allowance.

Co-ordinator: Anna Durbridge Tel: 01737 223621 Rushetts Rd, Reigate RH2 7RF

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Easy tips for an eco-friendly Easter Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs will be sold in the

UK this year. It has been estimated that this will generate around 4,370 tonnes of cardboard, 160 tonnes of foil and millions off discarded plastic waste items. However, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be glad to know you can still enjoy Easter, save money and help reduce your impact on our planet! A new website has recently launched which aims, amongst other things, to help parents purchase eco-friendly & natural alternatives for their children. Eco-conscious parents can browse from over 7,000 products, learn about the story behind each product and buy directly from the eco-sellers that made each item.

What can parents do to reduce the impact of Easter? 1. Avoid over-packaging

For chocolate lovers and eco warriors alike, the chocolate-to-packaging ratio of a standard Easter egg is a massive let-down. When choosing your Easter egg avoid those which come in giant boxes and contain sheets of plastic. Instead, choose one wrapped in foil, which can be easily recycled. Also opt for an Easter egg made

using organic and Fairtrade ingredients: that way you ensure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the only one celebrating at Easter.

2. Make your own Easter treats

Create some childhood memories of Easter by pouring delicious melted chocolate into bunny-shaped moulds. Decorate them with ribbons and create the perfect Easter gift whilst spending quality time with your children. Homemade shredded wheat and chocolate birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nests are also hugely entertaining, both in the making and of course in the eating!

3. Choose longer-lasting gifts Rather than just giving gifts that end up in the bin or that leave you in need of a gym workout, consider something a bit longer lasting such as some natural Easter soap (website search: easter bunny soap). Or opt for this sweet organic cotton bunny (website search: organic cotton bunny).

4. Get the family together

Look for holiday activities to get the whole family outdoors spending quality time together (weather permitting!). Find those local Easter egg

hunts! And organise your own egg hunt with these tasty fair-trade mini milk chocolate eggs (website search: milk chocolate eggs). is a marketplace where you can buy ethical products directly from the producers and learn about the story behind their products. Since the site launched in October 2010 the EthicalCommunity marketplace has offered unique products ranging from Fairtrade coffee to handmade natural soap and up-cycled t-shirts. gives (often small, one-manband) sellers a platform to sell products. It also gives consumers all the information they need to demystify ethical shopping.

Liam Patterson, an avid environmentalist, developed the Community idea while at University of Leeds. Contact him on 0113 322 0541 or via the website

How green is your bed? Buying reusable furniture and kitchen appliances is great value and good for the environment. The Surrey Reuse Network is a group of local charities that supports your local community. For more information call 0800 082 0180 or visit Items shown are typically available from the Surrey Reuse Network. Discounts available for those on low incomes. Making Surrey a better place

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Outdoor News

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– Biking To School

This March, schools in Reigate and Banstead will once again be encouraged to get on their bikes and cycle to school as much as they can for three weeks. Sustrans, the charity that enables people Biking to school at The Royal to walk, cycle and use public transport for more Alexandra & Albert School everyday journeys, works with over 1,400 schools across the UK. Each year the charity organises the ‘Big Pedal’, a three-week ‘race’ inspired by the Tour de France. The more children, parents and teachers Hyland 01 Climbing Framewho cycle in to school on each day, the more likely the school is to be declared the winner. Last year 15 local Bike It schools took part in Reigate and Banstead. Parents, staff and children from these schools made an incredible 15,000 journeys to school by bike over just 15 school days! This year the Big Pedal is open to all schools, not just Bike It schools. To get involved go to

Cycle sheds and cycle pods Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is contributing 50% towards the cost of cycle storage for this year’s new Bike It schools as part of the Bike It programme. The following schools will shortly be installing new cycle storage for their students: - Banstead Infant


believes every child deserves to be free range, with freedom from their front door to explore, play outdoors, and make their own way to school and beyond. Join in and add your voice at

School, Chinthurst School, Warren Mead Infant School, Earlswood Infant school and Brambletye Junior School. If you would like your school to become a Bike It school in September 2012, contact the local Bike It officer, Gayle Amorowson at

Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Its time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today.

North Park Farm Fun and Games - Saturday, 24 March North Park Farm nestles just off the A23, the road down to Brighton, in the village of Albourne, just south of Bolney. It supplies top quality outdoor toys and play equipment for children, including a full range of outdoor climbing frames, swings, slides, playhouses and trampolines. They also sell zip wires, football goals, netball posts, basketball game sets, pogo sticks and a wide range of outdoor picnic tables, sandpits, garden games and children’s ride-on cars, trucks, tractors and go-karts. With all this equipment available to see and try, families can enjoy an unpressured way of planning how to get the kids active and out in the garden. North Park Farm invites families to come and try out the best equipment and toys available, with all top brand names on display and in stock. On Saturday, 24 March North Park Farm Toys is hosting a fun, free family day. With free refreshments, face painting and magic, this is also a chance to see their new range of

WOODCRAFT FOLK – Getting out more One way for 6-16 yr olds to get out more is to join The Woodcraft Folk – rather a quirky name for a movement that started as a splinter group from the scouts, with an emphasis on learning the skills of outdoor living. A local group meets in Reigate every Tuesday evening, enjoying a programme of games, drama, discussion, projects, crafts and singing, as well as following an educational programme based on awareness of local and global issues. Throughout the year trips to open spaces encourage outdoor games, night walks and ‘sausage sizzles’ on small pit-fires. The children can also go to summer camp and away for weekends in hostels and outdoor centres such as at Cudham, nr Westerham, Kent. Much of the time is spent in the woods, where the children have an afternoon building dens out of the wood, sometimes with tarpaulins. The aim is less for a shelter to impress Bear Grylls, more for the children to work together and enjoy experimenting. For more information about joining The Woodcraft Folk – or helping out as a volunteer – contact Claire Walton on 07939 052 816 or email

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play equipment. Not only that - there will be great discounts on the day and a fabulous opportunity to test-drive lots of garden games and toys for children of all ages, so even mum and dad are guaranteed a fun day out! An enormous 15ft oval trampoline, great value wooden play towers plus the best range of climbing frames, swings, slides and more. See the lovely wooden dolls houses, farms, riding schools and forts. If you are a Facebook follower and ‘like’ NPFT on Facebook during March you will also receive a £5.00 gift voucher. North Park Farm, Church Lane, Albourne, West Sussex BN6 9BY Tel: 01273 833643

Know a wannabe Bear Grylls? See how they measure up with this den kit that comes in a camouflage bag and includes a tarpaulin, groundsheet, mallet, rope, camouflage paint, webbing haversack, tent pegs, metal mug and (phew) instructions. For orders: 0844 482 9736

Family Day Out for a Fiver! Free days out exploring London – for all families with children 5+yrs for a fun day walking and exploring. Maps, toilet stops, picnic spots and access details – well thought out. Published 19 March 2012. “The London Treasure Trail” £5 from museum shops or from

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Get Adventurous Holidays to remember – perhaps those spent in idyllic surroundings and luxury? Or they could well be the more adventurous sort, exposing you and your family to the challenges of outdoor life. Here is a brief round up of ‘alternative accommodation’ – fun ways to spend late spring and summer weekends, a week or even more.

Camping Pods The Pod is a timber-built, insulated hut designed to be used just like a tent - a wooden ‘tent’ for all seasons. Each Pod has plenty of headroom and a floor area of approximately 7 square metres, ample space for 2 people or even 2 adults and 2 children. One night’s Pod camping costs from £35 to £50 per Pod. Available at National Trust Lake District Campsites in Great Langdale, Wasdale & Low Wray. Go to - website search: camping pods. "MTPBU5IF2VJFU4JUF 6MMTXBUFS$VNCSJB $"-4

Tipis and Yurts Like a wigwam, but comes in large sizes and in some beautiful rural locations, some with basic comfort, others more sophisticated. Many sites emphasise the peace and quiet and are a good base for outdoor activities. Cooking arrangements vary from communal kitchens to own bbq. Not necessarily very cheap at £50+ per night but definitely memorable!

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East Sussex:

Tel: 01424 713 868

Lake District (on NT’s Low Wray Campsite): Tel: 01539 822935 Herefordshire: Tel: 01432 840 488 Norfolk:

Tel: 01485 210256

NT Clumber Park (north of Nottingham): Tel: 01909 544917

Cabin hideaways Forest Holidays are extending their forest lodge venues to include Sherwood Forest, nr Nottingham. In 3,300 acres of forest, with basic cabins to de luxe, with their own hot tub. Sherwood Forest has a glorious labyrinth of cycle trails, plus farm parks, arts and craft centres and play areas. Midsummer prices: From around £30 pp per night.

Shepherd’s Hut meets boutique hotel Yes! A shepherd’s hut nestled among acres of meadows and woodland in deepest Sussex, south of Tunbridge Wells. A comfy double for you, bunk beds for the children, all squeezed into a small but beautiful space. Plus breakfast JODMVEFE B##2BOEGPPEPOIBOE BOEMPBETPGQMBDFTUP explore. Midsummer prices: Around £20 pp per night Tel: 01892 750288

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This summer, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be an amazing festival of sport and culture: a breathtaking event that the whole nation can get excited about. You will get to see the very best athletes in the world, the fastest runners, the highest jumpers and the strongest swimmers. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you too can get involved and be a part of the greatest sporting event in the world.

Be a Local Leader The Local Leader programme encourages anyone who would like to create an event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whether it is a community gathering, welcoming the torch bearers, designing a flag or creating a celebratory window box, you can find lots more ideas on the website and be at the heart of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Club News Star Steppers opens new Caterham Class


Star Steppers has opened a new class in Caterham for 7-12 year olds. Hannah Everitt and Anna Brunton wanted to start a class that provided technical training in a fun environment at an affordable price. Covering current street dance choreography, pop songs alongside musical theatre styles (think GLEE!) this class is designed to build confidence, keep children fit and active and encourage creativity whilst helping young people develop new skills. For more information contact Anna and Hannah on 07445 030 500 or or visit

More Messy Monsters Messy Monsters Art Club is pleased to announce that a new class will be starting in Salfords Village Hall, Surrey, at 10.30am every Thursday during term time, starting after February half term. From Thursday, 23 February, Messy Monsters offers children who love playing with paint, glue, glitter and other messy stuff the perfect place to be! Classes are structured and fun, and all materials are provided. For further information you can contact Alex via email on or see the Messy Monsters website

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Joshua at Star Steppers

Monkey Music Launches Parties! Bocketts Farm in Fetcham, near Leatherhead is now host to Monkey Music Parties, a new addition to the Monkey Music classes and workshops also held there. Classes are also available in Bookham, Ashtead and central Dorking. Monkey Music Parties can be held in Bocketts party room, located in the Tea Rooms, with free access to the outside play area and sand pit. Parents can also host Monkey Music Parties in their own home or venue of choice. To book a party, class or holiday workshop, call Janine on 01483 841303 or 07425 15 90 25.






Drama & Musical Theatre

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If you caught the skating bug at one of the temporary outdoor rinks this winter, you can visit Guildford Spectrum or Queens (Bayswater, London W2) real-ice rinks all year-round. It’s a fun, sociable, family alternative to the gym. One-to-one and group ice skating lessons are available, bookable in a series of 6-10 lessons. Both centres also offer ten-pin bowling and parties. There is also a new temporary ice rink in Brixton, taking over from Streatham’s Ice Arena while it is being redeveloped by Tesco. Very close to the tube, the Brixton Ice Rink is situated in Popes Road, next to Brixton Recreation Centre. Skating is a great way to have fun whilst keeping fit and is perfect for all ages! Book online at or call 01483 443322 for Guildford Spectrum or for Queen’s , go to Tel: 020 7229 0172. Brixton’s website is

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The new Horley Leisure Centre building in Anderson Way, Horley, has opened its doors and will very soon have all its equipment in place to start its classes.

Redhill & Reigate Artistic Roller Skating Club SKATING PARTIES / FUN SESSIONS and lessons with qualified coaches Sundays 11.30am – 1.30pm at the YMCA, Princes Rd, Earlswood

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Education News

Sheep flock to RAAS The Royal Alexandra and Albert School recently welcomed a flock of sheep to Gatton Park. The sheep are all pregnant ewes on loan from a local farmer for a few weeks until they return to the neighbouring farm for lambing. The school will take some of the lambs and raise them on its pasture until they are ready for the market. The sheep, along with the goats, horses, chickens and bees already at the school, will be a learning resource for the School’s Animal Care BTEC course. Pupils on the course will learn other important skills such as fencing, driving a tractor and developing biodiversity. Other pupils will help to care for the lambs during the after- school ‘Animal Club’. The BTECs in Countryside and Environment and Animal Care prepare pupils for a career with animals or on the land.

Oakhyrst Antenatal The School’s recent initiative of inviting parents-to-be or those with newborn babies to its inaugural Coffee Morning proved a hit with local parents. The enthusiasm generated by the Head, Alex Gear, his staff and pupils helped inform new parents of the options open to them and emphasise that it is never too early to register a child with a school. With demand for local schools on the increase, schools are now starting to accept ‘Early Years’ registrations for 2015. Oakhyrst Grange School will be holding another Coffee Morning in the Summer Term. Call Oakhyrst on 01883 343344.

Outstanding Education at The Children’s Trust The School for Profound Education at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth has received another ‘outstanding’ report from Ofsted in its latest inspection under children’s homes regulations. The inspection focused on the school’s residential facilities stating that “this is outstanding service throughout.” The School is one of the few special schools in the country that caters only for learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and complex health needs.

Priory Prep offers 11+ Scholarships One of the leading independent prep schools for boys in Surrey is launching its 11+ Scholarships. Priory Preparatory School, in Banstead, is to offer Academic, Art, Music, Sport and All Rounder Awards. The assessment takes place on Saturday, 24 March. The 11+ Scholarship Awards are for entry into Year 7 in September 2012 and are open to all boys currently in Year 6. Contact the School on 01737 366920 or email for more details.

New Toddlers for Bramley School Bramley School in Chequers Lane at Walton-on-the-Hill near Tadworth has just launched its new Toddler Group. Starting on Wednesday, 22 February, it runs from 9.15am to 10.45am every Wednesday during term time. Boys and girls are welcome - from newborn to five years old. The cost of £2 per session includes homemade cake, tea and coffee. Bramley school is the local independent school for girls aged 3-11 years. Headmistress, Paula Burgess, said: “This is a unique opportunity for parents to come into our school, relax and chat with their friends each week while their children socialise and have fun playing games and making a mess - and our school is the perfect setting!”

Chinthurst takes Girls on Board Chinthurst School, Tadworth has recently announced its landmark decision to become a co-educational school. After 50 years of being a ‘boys only’ school it will begin a phased intake of girls starting in April 2012 for those rising 3yrs. Thereafter girls will enter at 5+yrs, then 7+yrs until September 2013, when intake throughout the school (to 13 yrs) will be mixed. Headmaster Mr Thorpe said “Until the mid-1950s, Chinthurst was a co-educational school so, in many respects, we are returning to our roots.” A school Open Morning on Thursday 8th March will show prospective parents the preparation being undertaken to welcome the integration of girls into Chinthurst.

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Education News

Reading Eggs

Surrey Kumon Centres Offer Free Assessment!

interactive online program that makes learning to read fun and enjoyable. Individual lessons allow children to progress at their own rate.

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At your local study centre, Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes tailored to your child’s age and ability. Book a Free Assessment with your local Instructor and learn how their study will be individualised from the outset.

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Your child will start at a level they are comfortable with and consolidate familiar topics. Working at their own pace and studying a little every day, your child will build confidence and progress quickly.

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games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards. Over 1 million children across the world have already had the Reading Eggs experience.The program, which uses phonics and sight words, is now being used by many teachers.

at the start of the program, there is now a new stage available for 8-13yr olds. Known as Reading Eggspress it includes lessons, games and activities covering comprehension and grammar. Using promotional code UKM23SRE you can trial the site for free for an extended period of 5 weeks and be one of the 90% of parents who reported a noticeable improvement in their child’s reading skills after using the program. Simply visit, register your email address to set up your account then enter the code on your parent dashboard. Happy Eggsploring!

The Kumon programmes complement classroom learning, build speed and accuracy and develop abilities such as time management, problem-solving and independent learning. There are a number of Kumon centres in East Surrey. To find out more and to take advantage of Kumon’s Free Assessment, call 0800 854 714 or visit

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Education â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Open Days Independent School OPEN MORNINGS for prospective parents SPRING 2012

Senior School Open Days are now available on the website. Go to familiessurreyeast. and click on Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On. Aberdour School, Burgh Heath KT20 6AJ Boys and girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: for details on 01737 354119 Wednesday, 14 March Belmont School, Holmbury St Mary RH5 -2#PZTHJSMT ZST5FM Friday, 16 March

Bramley School, Walton on the Hill KT20 7ST Girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 812004 Pop In Mornings: Wednesdays, 7 March and 9 May Open Morning: Saturday, 10 March

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Leigh, Reigate, Surrey RH2 8RE A happy school in a country setting Open Days for boys and girls aged 2½-16 Sat 3 March A CReSTeD registered school with and Sat 12 May expert dyslexia tuition specialising in 10am-12noon support for dyslexic children up to GCSE. Little Berries Early Years nursery In beautiful rural setting with bluebell wood.

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Downsend School, Nursery and Pre-prep Lodges, Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom Boys and girls, 2-6 yrs. Tel: 01372 372311 downsend. Saturday, 10 March Downsend School, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ Boys and girls, 6-13 yrs. Tel: 01372 372311 Main School - Friday, 11 May Dunottar School, Reigate RH2 7EL Girls, 3-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 761945 Thursday, 8 March & Tuesday, 24 April Essendene Lodge School, Caterham CR3 5PB Girls and boys, 2.5-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 348349 Call for details Farlington School, Strood Park, Horsham W. Sussex RH12 3PN Girls 3-18yrs. Day and boarding. Tel: 01403 254967 farlingtonschool. net â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Farlington in Actionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; days: Wednesday, 16 May. Open Day: Saturday, 17 March Glenesk School, East Horsley KT24 6NS Girls and boys, 2-7yrs. Tel: 01483 282329 for open day date Thursday, 31 May Greenacre School, Banstead SM7 3RA Girls, 3-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 352114 Tuesday, 8 May The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley RH1 2+ #PZT  HJSMT   ZST 5FM Thurs, 1 March & Fri, 11 May

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City of London Freemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School, Ashtead, KT21 1ET Tel: 01372 822423 Co-ed, day and boarding, 7-18 yrs. Sat, 3 March, Open evening: Wed, 20 June

Cranmore School, Epsom Rd, West Horsley, KT24 6AT Boys 2.5 -13 yrs. Tel: 01483 280340 Fri, 2 and Sat, 3 March and Fri, 11 May

Gatton Park Reigate Surrey RH2 0TD 01737 649001

Chinthurst School, Tadworth KT20 5AP Boys 2.5-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 812011 Thursday, 8 March

Copthorne Prep School, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3HR Tel: 01342 712311 Co-ed, day and boarding (from Y3), 2.5-13yrs Call for May Open Day details

Come along to one of our Open Days or visit by appointment - call 01306 611372.

Caterham Preparatory School, Harestone Valley Rd, CR3 6YB Boys & girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 342097 Visits by appointment throughout school year

Lingfield Notre Dame Junior School, Lingfield RH7 6PH Boys and girls, 2.5-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 833176 Saturday, 24 March

Education – Open Days Manor House School and Nursery Bookham KT23 4EN Girls 2-16 yrs. Tel: 01372 457077 Wednesday, 9 May Micklefield School, Reigate RH2 9DU Boys and girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 242615 Saturday, 10 March Moon Hall College & Bury’s Court Leigh, Reigate RH2 8RE Boys & girls, 2.5-16 yrs. Tel: 01306 611372 and Saturdays, 3 March and 12 May Oakhyrst Grange School, Caterham CR3 6AF Boys & girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 343344 Open Morning: Friday, 11 May. Ante / postnatal coffee morning – call for details Pennthorpe School, Rudgwick , West Sussex RH12 3HJ Co-ed, 2-13 yrs. Tel: Fiona Long: 01403 822391 Saturday, 3 March & Tuesday, 6 March

Priory Prep School, Banstead SM7 2AJ Boys 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 366920 Pop In morning Wednesday, 30 May. Open Morning: Saturday, 17 March Redehall Preparatory School, 4NBMMöFME  )PSMFZ 3) 2" #PZT and girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 842987 Call for spring dates Reigate St Mary’s, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN Girls and boys, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 244880 Thursday, 1 March Royal Alexandra & Albert School Reigate RH2 0TD Boys and girls, 7-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 649000 Saturday, 17 March St Teresa’s Nursery & Prep School Effingham Hill RH5 6ST Girls, 2-11 yrs. Tel: 01372 750204 Fridays, 2 March and 11 May Warlingham Park School Chelsham Common, Warlingham CR6 9PB Boys and girls, 2-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 626844 Call for details or visit by appointment


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Out and About


Shows for families and children. Please check ticket prices and times with the theatres.

LEATHERHEAD The Leatherhead Theatre

7, Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DN Tel: 01372 365141 Guys and Dolls Annual Howard of Effingham musical, 22-24 March. The Snow Queen Saturday, 31 March 3.30pm & 7.30pm. £13; <12s £8; family £40. The Velveteen Rabbit, or how toys become real. Saturday, 14 April 1.30pm Puppetry and participation. £8.50.

DORKING Dorking Halls

Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG Tel: 01306 881717 Chris and Pui Roadshow 3-6yrs. Saturday, 3 March 11am. New musical show - join in with the Cbeebies presenters! £12; child £10.

REDHILL The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema

Warwick Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN Tel: 01737 276 500 A Bigger Stage - A Charity Fundraiser for Stagecoach, Sunday, 4 March 6.30pm Half a Sixpence - East Surrey Opera Society. Tues-Sat, 20-24 March 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm. From £13. The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Theatre UK Friday, 30 March 7.30pm. From £16;<16s £12. Little Big Club Wednesday, 4 April 1pm & 3.30pm Favourites including Angelina Ballerina, Fireman Sam and Barney come to The Harlequin this Easter! From £10. Saturday Morning Cinema Club films include: Hugo (10 March), The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (17 March), Puss in Boots (24 March). Adults free with £3.50 child ticket.

GUILDFORD The Electric Theatre

Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ A day of Arty Fun with Wallace and Gromit Sat 7 Apr from 1.30pm. £6. An afternoon of films and making models from play dough, sticking and gluing and all sorts of arty fun. The Railway Children by E Nesbit - The Electric Theatre’s resident youth theatre 6+yrs. Wed-Sat,11-14 April 2pm & 7pm. From £9. Family from £26.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook,

Guildford GU1 3UX Tel: 01483 440000 Fantastic Mr Fox Thurs-Sat, 15-17 March £9; <18s £7 His Dark Materials Thurs-Sat 22-31 March £9; <18s £7 Children’s Shows at the Mill Studio: Saturdays, 11am & 2pm. £8. Phoenix & the Carpet 4+yrs. 3 March. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly 4+yrs. 7 April (11.30/2.30). Three Billy Pigs 3+yrs. 28 April.

CHIPSTEAD The Courtyard Theatre

Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead CR5 3QU Tel: 01737 555680 (10-12 Sat). The Emperor’s New Clothes or 5 Beans for Jack Chipstead Players Youth Theatre Production. 18-21 April. Musical Comedy - booking from 3 March.

OXTED The Barn Theatre

25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted RH8 0AA Tel: 01959 561811 All tickets available via Where the Rainbow Ends - Young Oxted Players 6+yrs. Fri & Sat 16-17 March 7.30pm+2.30pm Sat. £8 from Tel: 01883 724852 Glow Theatre Group – Groovy 8+yrs Fri & Sat 23-24 March 7.30pm. £6.50 Tel: 01883 720167. Godspell - Oxted Operatic Society 12+yrs. Tues-Sat 17-21 April 7.45pm. £15 from Tel: 01883 723084

EPSOM Epsom Playhouse Ashley Ave, Epsom

KT18 5AL Tel: 01372 742555 Bugsy Malone - Auriol Junior School 14-15 March 7pm. From £7.50. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz All ages. Tuesday 3 April 2.30pm. £10.50

FARNHAM The Maltings Tel: 01252 745444 Little Bo Peep 2-7yrs. Saturday, 17 March 2.30pm. £6.50 The Elves and the Shoemaker Saturday, 14 April 2.30pm. £6.50

EAST GRINSTEAD Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre De la Warr Road, East

Grinstead RH19 3BS Tel: 01342 302000 Oliver Ariel Young Actors Saturday, 14 April 2.30pm and 6.30pm £10. Swan Lake - Vienna Festival Ballet Thursday, 26 April 5pm and 8pm. £18.50; child £12.50.

18 Families Surrey East March - April 2012

HOLIDAY CAMPS & COURSES Easter Holidays ALL-DAY PLAYSCHEMES Monty’s Holiday Club at Manic Monsters, 1-4 Gardiner Business Park, Little Browns Lane, Edenbridge, TN8 6LH. 3mths-12yrs, 8am to 6pm. Tel: 01732 864 629 10 mins from Limpsfield, Oxted, Lingfield and Dormansland. Downsend Lodges+ and Downsend+ at Downsend

School, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ. Monday 2 April – Tuesday 17 April Daily holiday activities for 2-13 yr olds. 9am-4pm or 8am-5.50pm. Hot lunch. Tel: 07899 011275 (2-5yrs). Tel: 01372 385403 / 07909 861280 (6-13yrs).

Hazelwood Fun Club Wolf’s Hill, Limpsfield RH8 0QU 4-13yrs Tuesday,10 to Friday, 20 April, 8am5pm. Use of all the facilities including swimming pool. Call Jane O’Keefe: 01883 714171 ‘Fit For Sport’

Dorking Sports Centre, Reigate Road Dorking RH4 1SW. April 2 – 5 and April 10 – 13. Standard Day £25/day £110/week Extended Day 8.30am - 5.30pm £31 p/day £145 p/week. Tel: 0845 4563233.

Shere Wild-Life Holiday Camp,

Scout Hut, Goose Green, Shere GU5 9LL. 2- 13 April (excl BH). Getting kids closer to nature. 9am-4.30pm or 8.30am6pm. Bookings: Catherine Grigg 01483 238267.

Adventure and Computer Holidays nr Dorking RH5 5SJ 4-14 yrs.

29-30 March, 2-5 April and 10-13 April Multi-Activity day camp with horse riding option at The Mill, Forest Green £40 per day 9.30am – 4.30pm. Tel: 01306 711005.

Mega Days at The Hawthorns,

Pendell Court, Pendell Rd, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ. 10-13 and 16-20 April Activity Camp for 4-12 yrs. Outdoor wet’n’wild, GoKarting, Roller Skating, Woodland Adventures, Arts & Crafts. ‘Extended Day’ option 8am-5pm. Tel: Ruth Chaplin on 01883 743377.

Kestrels Children’s Centre

Croydon Road, Caterham CR3 6QH Holiday Playscheme for 3–11yr olds. 2-13 April, 7.30am-6pm. Tel: Susan Fitzpatrick on 01883 348641

Reigate and Redhill YMCA Playscheme, Princes Road, Redhill

RH1 6JJ. Tel: 01737 779979 2-5 and 10-13 April, 10am-4pm or 8.45am-6pm. 5-12yrs. £15.30/ £22.95. Early booking discounts. Tel Rhea Stephenson, 01737 784977

YMCA Yippee Playscheme

Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch, Reigate. Holiday activities for children with disability. 2-5 and 10-13 April, 10am-4pm. 5-12 yrs. £14 per day. Emily Griffiths, 01737 222859.

Cranbrook Adventurers School Holiday Club, Coppingham Cottage,

261 Balcombe Rd, Horley RH6 9EF. Easter Holidays. £35 per day; £145 per week. 4-11 yrs. Extended day option: 8am-6.30pm incl breakfast. Tel: 01293 823163.

Charlwood House Holiday Club

Charlwood Rd, Lowfield Heath, Crawley RH11 0QA . 4-11yrs. £17 am/pm All day £32, hourly £4. Tel: 01293 565544.

ACTIVE ADVENTURE Blackland Farm, Grinstead Lane,

East Grinstead RH19 4HP. Day adventure activities for groups of six or more. 7+yrs. Rock climbing and Abseiling, Archery, Zip wire, Pushball, Orienteering, Low ropes course, Nature walks. Canoeing. 120 acres. 9am-5pm daily. Tel: 01342 810493.

Activ Camps at Cranmore Prep School, West Horsley, KT24 6AT. Multiactivity camps for kids 4-14yrs. 8.30am - 4.30pm. Half day for 4 yr olds. 2 - 5 and 10 - 13 April. Quad biking, aqua slides, dodgeball, inflatables, pool, crazy crash mats, orienteering, foam stick hockey and more. Free extended days; discounts for siblings. Tel: 07896 54 60 67. Super Camps for Easter. Day

camps 8am to 6pm. Surrey locations: Royal Russell School, Croydon and Sutton High School. Call 01235 832222.

Out and About

Shere Wildlife Camps have taken over Shere Fun

Camp Beaumont at Claremont Fan Court School, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, KT10 9LY. Mon-Fri 2-5 April and Tues-Fri 10-13 April. 4-16yrs, 8.30am – 5.30pm. Multiactivity day camp. Tel: 01263 823000. Priory Events, Sandy Lane, Nutfield RH1 4EJ. 8-15 yrs. Regular Multi Activity Days (MAD) through the holidays. I hr each Obstacle Course, Archery and Quad Bike Challenge.Or tailor your own day. 11am-3pm. Tel: 01737 822484.

ART Artybobs

St Joseph’s Church Hall, 2 Falkland Grove, Dorking. Tues 3 & 10 April. 10am – 12noon. 1-8yr olds. Tel: Becky, 01306 880694.

Bower Hill Farm Art Club

South Nutfield, nr Redhill. Easter Holidays 9-13 April, 1-4pm. Tel: 01737 822639.

CLIMBING High Sports Climbing Centre

6 Orchard Centre, Bonehurst Road, Salfords, Redhill RH1 5EL Holiday taster sessions and fun days. Tel: 01293 822884.

COOKERY Easter Workshops – Cookies Kitchen. 5-10 yrs. Leigh, Lingfield

and Dorking. 10.30am – 12.30pm. £30 (Members £27.50). Call Maxine: 01892 853 272 or 07749 927 783.

CRICKET Mini Cricket in Tadworth and NEW! In Reigate Fun-filled introduction to cricket for boys and girls. Mon-Thurs, 2-5 April for 3-7 yr olds at St Mary’s School, Reigate and Tues-Fri, 10-13 April at Chinthurst School, Tadworth. Tel: 01737 814399.




Orchard Cottage Riding Stables,

Stagecoach Leatherhead Workshop at Leatherhead Trinity

Babylon Lane, Lower Kingswood KT20 6XA Easter Holidays 10.30am-3.30pm. Children’s Fun Days. 6+yrs. Total beginners welcome. £50 Bookings: 01737 241311.

Borough of Reigate & Banstead sports tasters & workshops. 7-15yrs.

School, Woodville Rd, KT22 7BP 10-13 April. 4-18 yr olds. 4-7yrs: 9.30am12noon. 7-18yrs 10am-4pm. Final day show. Tel: Allison Malone, Principal Tel: 020 8394 2244 / 07792 732105

Inspire Academy of Dance Easter Camp at North Holmwood Village Hall

Two full days of dance, singing, acting and craft. Mon-Tuesday, 2-3 April Jo Crombleholme Tel: 07783 13 83 48.

Yoga Ananda Holistic Centre,

46 Albert Rd North, Reigate. RH2 9EL Mon,2 and Wed, 11 April. Kids Yoga and Dance Workshops 6 -10 yrs. 9.30am to 12.30pm. £20 per child. (10% off bookings by 27 March). Tel Leon, 01737 222400.

Dance Focus Easter Dance Camps in Reigate, Redhill, Dorking

and Caterham. 4-11yrs. 4yrs (half day); 5-11yrs (full day) £8/ £12. Tel: 0844 3181700.

ROLLER SKATING Sunday family roller skating, YMCA Princes Rd Earlswood Nr Redhill.

Sundays, 11.30-12.30pm fun skating with skate hire. 12.30-1.30pm Lessons. 3 yrs to adult. Skate hire £1.50. Fun skate £2.80. Lesson £4.20. All in price £8. Tel: 01293 776266.

SKIING Bowles Outdoor Centre, Eridge

Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW Easter ski courses for beginners & improvers 8 to 15yrs, 9.30am-4.30pm. Snowboard courses. Rock climbing, Kayaking. Open ski sessions on Saturdays. Tel: 01892 665665.

Tel: Sue Sergeant, 01737 276700

EK Sports Camp celebrates 22 years,

Greenacre School - Banstead Multisport Courses, Swimming, Art & Craft Workshop, Drama & Music Workshop, Football Academy. 4-15 yrs. Four-Day Camp 2-5 April. Tel: 01372 210807

Agon Sports

Limpsfield Blues FC, Glebe Field, Limpsfield High St. Call: 0208 651 3319, 0750 433 2625. Multisports & Activities: football, magnetic darts, skittles, mock bowls, treasure hunts, dodgeball, cricket & more. School years 1-6. Mon-Tues 2-3 April, Thurs 5, Tues 10, Thurs 12 & Fri 13 April. Sessions: 9.30am - 12.30; supervised 12.30-1.30. 1.30 - 4.30pm. £9.25 per session. £7.25 if booked and paid by 26 March.

Y-Active Scheme, Sovereign Centre,

Woodhatch, Reigate. Easter Holiday sports activities . 5-13 yrs. From £15.30 per day. Shellie Villette, 01737 784977.

Dandelion Theatre Arts in Epsom 5-day Hairspray musical theatre workshop: 9-13 April, 10am - 3pm. Tel: 01737 215 749.

FOOTBALL Football Camps in Reigate, Redhill,

Dorking and Caterham. 4-11yrs. 4yrs (half day); 5-11yrs (full day) £8/ £12. Free Football kit for first 20 applications. Tel: 0844 3181700.

KARTING Bambinos and Junior Karting, Daytona Sandown Park, Esher KT10

8AN. Tel: 0845 6445502. Karting most days in the school holidays, 5-7yrs and 8+yrs. Booking essential. £55 per module. 8-15yrs. Junior Race School 2-4 April.

LASER GAMES LaserHub, Spindle Way, Crawley, W Sussex RH10 1TG Mon – Fri 10am-5pm in holidays. Laser tag games and food. Tel: 01293 548000.

MOUNTAINBOARDING Ride The Hill Priory Farm, Sandy

Lane, Nutfield, RH1 4EJ. WednesdaysSundays. 8+yrs. 10am-6pm. Tel: 0845 0944 360.

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Out and About

The Ten Best Easter Egg Hunts 1


Bocketts Farm Park

Young St, Leatherhead, KT22 9BS Easter Eggstravaganza 31 March â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 April Join the Easter Egg Hunt trail around the farm, with a chocolate treat for everyone! Eggstra fun at Bocketts Farm this Easter: Lambing over 300 newborn lambs - plus cute chicks and cuddly bunnies in the animal handling sessions. Indoor and outdoor play plus pony rides, tractor rides, pig racing, gold panning, meet the tractor and more. Open 10am 5.30pm. Adults and children 3+ yrs - ÂŁ8.50. 2yrs - ÂŁ6.95. <2s FREE. See page 22 for a discount voucher. ooooooooooooooooo


Denbies Wine Estate

London Road, Dorking RH5 4DR Tel: 01306 876616 The annual Easter Egg Trail takes place daily 1-13 April, 11am-3pm, along with other Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Activities. Sunday, 1 April, 11am & 2pm. Punch & Judy. Traditional Family Fun. Free. Monday, 2 April ,11am & 2pm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Yummy Easterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chocolatey Easter Treat making. ÂŁ5 per child. Tuesday, 3 April, 11am & 2pm. Tropical Rainforest Road Show. See, handle and learn about creatures (& some furry friends) from all over the globe! ÂŁ6.50 per child Tuesday, 3 April, 11.30am & 12.30pm. Teddy Bears Picnic. Includes train ride, packed lunch and story telling. ÂŁ7 per bear (plus one child), ÂŁ2 accompanying adults.



The Hop Farm

Polesden Lacey

Local National Trust Properties

SURREY HILLS (EAST) (NT) Estate office, near Dorking Priory Farm Tel: 01372 220644 Egg Rolling Children to be accompanied on these trails. They are all self-guided Winkworth Arboretum and everyone gets a chocolate prize! Hascombe Road, Godalming Booking not required. GU8 4AD Tel: 01483 208477 Easter egg trail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reigate Hill Easter Egg Trail and activities Friday, 6 April, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm for children, Sun-Mon 8-9 April, Hunt for clues around Reigate Hill and 10.30am-4pm. 2 per child national Gatton Park. ÂŁ2 per trail guide, from Wray Lane CP, Reigate Hill, off junction 8 M25. Tel: 01342 843225. Dapdune Wharf Wharf Road, Easter egg trail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Holmwood Guildford GU1 4RR Tel: 01483 561389 Common Saturday, 7 April, from Easter â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Egglimpicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday, 6 April 1-4pm. Hunt for clues around 11am-5pm. ÂŁ2.50 per child. Egg and Holmwood Common. ÂŁ2 per trail guide spoon races, tug oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;war and various Start at St Johns Church, Willow Green, obstacle courses with Easter egg prizes Holmwood. Tel: 01306 712711. for all the winners. Craft activities. Egg-olympics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leith Hill Sunday, Great â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eggs-Factorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Family 8 April, 2-4pm. Bring your own boiled Challenge Trail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat-Mon, 7-9 egg (BYOBE) for the great egg rolling April, 11am-5pm. ÂŁ1.50 per trail. contest and other eggy activities. Free. Easter Trails Refreshments from Leith Hill Tower ooooooooooooooooo Servery. Leeds Castle Maidstone, Meet: Leith Hill Tower. Best car park for Kent, ME17 1PL. Collect a buggy access is Starveal Corner car park chocolate Easter egg from the Bunny on Abinger Road. Tel: 01306 712711. Burrow and also enjoy animal fun Easter egg trail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Box Hill Sun-Mon, and crafts in the grounds. 6 to 9 April, 8-9 April, 10am-3pm. ÂŁ2 per trail 10am-6pm. Admission + ÂŁ2.50. Plus guide. Trail guide from outside the easter egg archery and face painting. National Trust shop on Box Hill. Tel: 01306 742809. ooooooooooooooooo Hever Castle Hever, Claremont Landscape Kent TN8 7NG Tel: 01732 865224 Garden Esher KT10 9JG Annual Easter Egg Hunt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6-9 Tel: 01372 467806 April Follow the clues in the gardens Easter Egg Trail Friday, 6 and and claim your egg. Step into Easter: Saturday, 7 April, 10.30am - 4pm. 10-15 April Brass rubbings workshop. Play area, face painting, storytelling, Hever Lake Walk. Rowing boats for hire. and a fun-filled trail with a chocolatey Adventure Playground and Water Maze, treat. ÂŁ2 per trail. 100-year old Yew Maze. Gardens open 10.30am; Castle opens 12 noon-5pm. Easter Bonnet Parade and Competition â&#x20AC;&#x201C; prize for the best adult Admission ÂŁ14.50; Children ÂŁ8.30; Family ticket ÂŁ37.30. and best child Easter bonnet. Saturday, 7 April, 3pm.

Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY Tel: 01622 870821 31 March-15 April â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hopperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eggstravaganza. Daily Egg Hunts, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;eggcitingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities and cute spring animals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; under cover and outdoors. Also: Sing-alongs, live Puppet Shows and Farmyard Party Dances. Giant Jumping Pillows, The Magic Factory, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Driving School and Pirate Cove. You can even camp at The Hop Farm! 20% discount on online tickets. ooooooooooooooooo


See the National Trust website for discounts on membership online. Normal admission prices apply plus a small cost for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities

Clandon Park West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RQ Tel: 01483 222482 Easter Egg Trails Fri & Sat 6-7 April, 11am-3.30pm. Easter themed trail with riddles and clues around the garden. ÂŁ2 per child Make and do Sun, 1 April â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sun, 15 April, 11am-4pm. Simple Easter and Spring themed arts and crafts activities for children. Pony Magic, pony rides for children Fri & Sat, 6-7 April, 11am-4pm. Safe ponies and experienced handlers. 3-5 minute ride. 2-11 yr olds. ÂŁ2.50 per ride






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(NT) Great Bookham, Dorking RH5 6BD Tel: 01372 452048 Easter Weekend Family Fun Fri 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mon 9 Apr 11am-4pm. The Easter Egg Trail is back! With special activities for children including face painting and storytelling. ÂŁ2 per child. From Sat, 31 March - Thurs 5 Apr and Tues 10 - Sun 15 April, 11am4pm. The Easter Family Trail keeps the little ones busy. ÂŁ1 per trail.



Out and About Holmbush Farm continued

Easter chicks at Bocketts Farm Park



Surrey Wildlife Trust

Wild Wednesday Eggstraordinary Eggstravaganza Wednesday, 4 April. 10am-12noon or 1-3pm. Newlands Corner Visitor Centre, Shere Rd, Guildford, GU4 8SE. Easter egg hunt with prizes and springtime-themed crafts for 5-9yr olds. Café and picnic area. Booking essential. Children £6, adults free. Bookings: SWT Membership Manager, Kati Reeve 01483 795460. oooooooooooooooooo


Bedgebury Forest

Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, nr Scotney Castle, Kent TN17 2SJ Drop in Easter Egg Hunt – TuesThurs 3-5 April. 10.30am-3pm. All ages. Follow a self-guiding Easter Egg trail leading back to the classroom, where they can make an Easter card to take home and enjoy a sweet treat. £3 per child. Booking not required. ooooooooooooooooo


Priory Farm Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ Tel: 07754 188824 Sun-Mon, 8-9 April – Egg Rolling on Discovery Walk – Easter Sunday and Monday 2pm-4pm. Discovery Walk entry £2.25. ooooooooooooooooo

10 Tulleys Farm Turners Hill,

Nr. Crawley, W Sussex. RH10 4PE. Tel: 01342 718472. Farm Shop, Tea Room and Hay Rack Espresso Bar. Sat 31 March to Sun, 15 April – open from 10am. The Big Hatch! Annual Easter Egg & Bunny Hunt. Hunt down the cartoon bunnies and cheeky eggs, find them all to win a prize. Easter weekend: Follow the charming walk to meet the Easter Bunny in his Secret Burrow. The Egg Spotting Wagon Ride: A rustic egg counting ride, score as many as you can to win a prize. Lambing tent & Baby animal barn. Easter Fun Activities: Giant Slide, Quad Barrel Train Ride, Trampolines, Corn Bounce and Duck Racing. Plus Singing Chicken Show and more!

MORE EASTER ATTRACTIONS Miniature railway riding at Malden Miniature Railway

Willow Bank, Claygate Lane, Thames Ditton KT7 0LE Opening on Easter Sunday and Monday, 8-9 April then the first Sunday of the month and every Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday until October. Trains run from 2pm to 5.30pm. Catering available 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Admission to site is free, single rides cost £2.50. (No cheques or credit cards)

Godstone Farm

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone RH9 8LX Tel: 01883 742546 Open 10am - 5pm everyday including bank holidays. 31 March-15 April, Easter Egg Quiz (small additional charge), a FREE craft plus animal holding, tractor rides, pig and duck feeding sessions and use of the indoor soft play area. Plus new baby lambs and an appearance from Bubbles the Bunny!

Dates for Easter: Amazing tricks from Poz the Magician and his Punch & Judy Show April 3 & 4, 10am-5.30pm Tommy the Jester and his Circus Workshop April 5 & April 12, 10am5.30pm Charlie the Clown joins the animals for some fooling and falling about April 6 & April 7, 10am-5.30pm Steve arrives with his stunning collection of snakes and reptiles. April 11, 10am-5.30pm

Fishers Farm Park Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, W. Sussex RH14 0EG Tel: 01403 700063. 31 March & 1 April Peppa Pig visits Fishers! Meet Peppa for a great pig hug! Plus special events ‘Pig Racing’ and a ‘Name The Piglet’ competition. 31 March-15 April Easter Eggstravaganza! 14-15 April A Weekend with Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom A little kingdom of elves & fairies is coming to visit Fishers! Magical fun and exciting adventures and meet Ben & Holly themselves.




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Try before you buy $ Nationwide delivery $ Assembly service Tel: 01273 833643 North Park Farm, Church Lane, Albourne, West Sussex BN6 9BY

Bower Hill Farm Bower Hill Lane, South Nutfield RH1 4EH Tel: 01737 822639 Open Day on Easter Sunday, 8 April, 11am-4pm, with an Easter Hunt around the grounds and bluebell woods. Baby animals, farm produce, a fun day for all the family! British Wildlife Centre

Newchapel, Lingfield, RH7 6LF Open school holidays plus every weekend / public holidays March to October. Easter holiday: Sat 31 March to Sun 15 April open daily. 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Holmbush Farm World

Crawley Road, Faygate, W Sussex, RH12 4SE Tel: 01293 851110. A traditional, working farm in a beautiful setting. Plus tractor rides, animal barns and handling, goat racing. Picnic and play areas, tea room and gift shop. £7.25, child £6.25, family entry £25.

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Out and About WALKS, NATURE & LOCAL CONSERVATION Admission prices to NT properties vary from ÂŁ3.50 per adult to ÂŁ10.80 (ÂŁ27 per family). Family Membership costs ÂŁ88.50 per year and gives free admission to all properties and all NT car parks.

POLESDEN LACEY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NATIONAL TRUST (NT) Great Bookham,

Dorking RH5 6BD Tel: 01372 452048

Spring Walk Thurs, 19 April 11am-

1pm. A guided walk with Polesden Rangers. Flowers, butterflies and plant folklore. Book in advance ÂŁ8, child ÂŁ4.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (NT) Bookings: 01372 220644 or

All events need to be booked at least 3 days ahead.

Animal tracks and signs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Denbies Hillside

Sunday, 11 March, 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12noon 2 miles. ÂŁ5, ÂŁ2.50 child.

Big bird song â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bookham Commons Sunday, 1 April, 10am12noon. 2 miles. ÂŁ5, ÂŁ2.50 child.

Little dinosaurs on the hill â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Denbies Hillside Tuesday, 10 April,

9-11am. 2 miles. ÂŁ5, ÂŁ2.50 child.

Spring walk in the woods â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Harewoods, Outwood

Saturday, 14 April, 11am-1pm Enjoy a guided through Hornecourt

Wood showing the woodland at its best at this time of year. ÂŁ5, ÂŁ2.50 child.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plant Hunter Trail

Dawn chorus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Holmwood Common Sunday, 15 April, 5.30-

Guided Walk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Looking for animal tracks and signs in nature. ÂŁ8. Booking required. Saturday, 21 April, 11am12.30pm.

8.30am. Witness the dawn and learn a few bird songs. Light breakfast at nearby Wymbleton Farm. 2 miles. ÂŁ10, ÂŁ7.50 child (includes breakfast).

Dawn chorus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leith Hill

Sunday, 22 April, 5.30- 8.30am Breakfast at the Tower (included). 3 miles. ÂŁ10, ÂŁ7.50 child.

Spring lamb spectacular â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Outwood Common, nr Redhill

Saturday, 28 April, 10-11.30am See how the spring lambs play a role in managing the chalk down land. 0.75 miles. ÂŁ5, ÂŁ2.50 child.


Westerham Tel: 01732 868381

Down at the Bottom of the Garden - Wormology Tue 3 Apr

11am-12.30pm. Help us build the wormery in the kitchen garden.

CLAREMONT (NT) Landscape

Garden, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG. Tel: 01372 467806

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scavenger Trail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a

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Signs of Spring with expert Sara Shepley Sunday, 22 April, 1-3pm. ÂŁ8.

Bluebell Trail Saturday, 28 April to Sunday, 13 May, 10.30am-4.30pm. 50p per trail. PRIORY FARM Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4EJ Spring Trail on The Discovery Walk. Saturday, March 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday,

April 15. Kids run around the 40 acre Discovery Walk, finding the answers to the nature trail and quiz to win a prize! Open daily. Mon - Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Discovery Walk ÂŁ2.25. Quiz Trail ÂŁ1 per child. Tel: 07754 188824


Sundays, 25 March and 29 April 10 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 noon - meet in the Butterfly Garden. Please bring your own tools. Tasks suitable for all abilities, incl. children and young people.

Pond Open Days â&#x20AC;&#x201C; start Sunday, 1 April - 10 am-12 noon. Nets provided - children must be accompanied. Free refreshments. Tel: Sally Cole 01342 833814


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Get Growing!

Easter holiday club for children - in Crawley. Booking essential, email or call 01273 497561.

(4-7 yrs) Wednesday, 4 April Planting seeds and gardening activities 10am – 12noon or 1.30 – 3.30pm. £5 per child.

Tilgate Park, Crawley RH10 5PQ. Four hours of

(2-4 yrs) Friday, 6 April Hunt for tadpoles. Craft and nature trail activities. 10-11.30am or 1.15 – 2.45pm. £5 per child.

environmental fun and games. Toilets and disabled access. Thursdays, 5 & 12 April, 10.30am – 2.30pm. Sx WT members £9, non-members £12.

GATTON PARK, Reigate RH2 0TW Book activities in advance. To book call 01737 649066 or via web Children <8yrs accompanied.

Percy the Park Keeper Treasure Hunt and Parterre Picnic. Sunday, 1 April. Bring a picnic to

enjoy on the newly-restored parterre lawns. 1 – 5pm Children £2 (Normal entrance fee for adults applies - £4) No booking necessary.

EVENTS C ALENDAR Saturday, 10 March, 2pm – 3.30pm War time experiences – Limpsfield Common Air Raid Shelters. £5 per adult, £2.50 per child Surrey Hills NT. Book by 8 March on 01372 220644.

Nature Tots: Frogs

Fairytale Treasure Hunt

Monday, 9 April 1pm – 4pm. £5 per child + 1 adult free, additional adults £5. No booking required.

Camp Building

(8-12 yrs) Wednesday, 11 April, 1.30- 4pm. £5

Nature Tots: Bugs

(2-4 yrs) Friday, 13 April Discover bugs! Craft and nature trail activities. 10 – 11.30am or 1.15 – 2.45pm. £5 per child.

See page 4 for Mother’s Day events Saturday, 7th April, 12-4 pm Spring Fair at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth. Entry FREE for children. Adults £2.50

Friday, 16 March Legoland Windsor Resort opens. With new Star Wars Miniland Experience.


Sunday, 15 April 2-5pm Open day at Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve. Pond dipping, bug hunting - and visit the manned bird hide. No parking on site except for disabled. Donations welcomed. Contact: SWT Tandridge Local Group 01883 345020.

PAINSHILL PARK, Portsmouth Road, Cobham Tel: 01932 868113

The Great Easter Egg and Spoon Challenge 2-13yrs. 2-5 & 10-13 April, 12noon-4pm

Wild Survival! Bush Craft for Kids

8-13 yrs. 9am – 4pm. 3 & 11 April -Tracking and orienteering treasure hunt. 4 & 12 April - Den building in the woods. £35 per day Booking: 01932 868113.

pony magic Invite our beautiful Shetland ponies to your event to give rides for children aged 2 -11 yrs

t1SJWBUF1BSUJFTt'BJSTGFUFTt4DIPPMWJTJUTt0QFO%BZT t'VOEBZTtNJO#BTFSJEFTOPXBWBJMBCMFJO&óOHIBN Professional and friendly service, well trained safe ponies. Fully licensed and Insured For more details please contact Pony Magic on 07762 640 703

Friday, 23 March Chessington WoA Theme Park opens. Saturday, 24 March North Park Farm Toys Free Family Fun Day. See page 9. Saturday, 31 March From 10am Point to Point Racing at Godstone, A25 & Tandridge Lane, RH8 9NJ. £10 pp; Under 16’s free. Bring a picnic, the dog or even a BBQ! Call: 07801 07 30 43 Saturday, 31 March Rock With The Tots train ride and show. Kent And E Sussex Railway £13.50/£10.50. Tel: 01580 765155 or Fifi and Flowertot of Rock with the Tots

Sun 8 & Mon 9 April, 11am-4pm, Have a go Archery Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7RT Tel 01483 222482 Age 6+£1.50 for 4 arrows. Also – see the Bluebell Wood plus Pony Magic rides £2.50 6-9 April Adventures and Dragon’s Quest trail at Bodiam Castle Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA . Tel: 01580 830196. Sat & Sun 21-22 April 10am-6pm Ride the Hill’s BIG Weekend (Mountainboarding Competition) XBP Mountainboard Centre, Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, Nutfield RH1 4EJ Tel: 0845 0944 360.

Wed, 4 April, 11am–4.30pm Meet the Millers at Shalford Mill NT, Nr Guildford GU4 8BS Tel: 01483 561389 Mon & Tues 2-3 April Easter holiday family activities at RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB Tel: 0845 260 9000. Wonderful Weather Music Workshops and Sow and Grow – Marigolds. Wednesday, 4 & 11 April 5-7.30 pm Easter Eggstravaganza at Kidspace Croydon, The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way CR0 4RQ Tel: 0208 686 0040

2 8 – 29 April 10am-6pm. The all new Country Craft and Food Fair at The Hop Farm. £11.35 pp online booking Tel: 01622 872068 Sat – Tues, 28 April -1 May 2pm – 4pm Bluebell and wildflower walk with a cream tea at Sissinghurst Castle Biddenden Rd, Nr Cranbrook, Sissinghurst, Kent. TN17 2AB £12.Tel: 01580 710700. Saturday 28 April – Sunday 13 May Local Food Fortnight at Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ Tel: 01737 822603. Sunday 29 April Keeping Hens in the Garden 11 am.. £5 pp. Talk by Charlotte Popescu.

The Old Dairy Pottery and Craft Studios Paint your own pottery and learn new crafts. Open weekends and everyday during the school holidays, No need to book! Ask about our party packages and group discounts. Monthly offers! 30 STATION ROAD WEST, OXTED, SURREY, RH8 9EU t: 01883 370231 e: KILNROOM@THEOLDDAIRYSTUDIOS.CO.UK WWW.THEOLDDAIRYSTUDIOS.CO.UK

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Out and About TOWN & COMMUNIT Y CATERHAM Girls Night Out Pamper and Shopping Evening Friday, 9 March, 7-10pm

Manicures, Pedicures, Gel Overlays, Facials, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Candling, Reflexology, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Scentsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Candles, Cosmetics, Clothes, Jewellery, Handbags, Cakes and more! Affordable treatments bookable on the night. Refreshments. Free parking. Douglas Brunton Centre, Park Road, Caterham CR3 5TA ÂŁ1 entrance donated to the centre. Tel: Michelle 07717 311019

GUILDFORD Sonnet Walk 21 & 22 April

The first ever Guildford Sonnet Walk, with Guildford Shakespeare Company. Staged to celebrate Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 448th birthday, the Sonnet Walk will see groups of walkers following a specially designed route around the town, where you will stumble across scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare in the most unlikely of places!

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Advertise here from only ÂŁ10 per issue - call 020 8948 6895 for details BABY GIFTS THE LITTLE NAPPY CAKE COMPANY Nappy cakes, baby blooms & baby gifts. Special gifts for older children & adults. Tel: 01306 880694 PARTIES

Themed Drama Adventures for 3-10 yr olds / 07807 055858

NCT SALE - CATERHAM & OXTED Oxted School, Bluehouse Lane Saturday, 17 March 10.30am-

12.30pm (10.15 for NCT members). ÂŁ1.50. Oxted RH8 0AB. Tables available.

OTHER NEARLY NEW SALES East Surrey Twins Club Nearly New Sale Saturday, 31 March


10.30am-12noon Entrance ÂŁ1. St Bedes School, 64 Carlton Rd, Redhill Baby & toddler clothes, toys & equipment.

NCT SALE - DORKING North Holmwood Village Hall Saturday, 3 March 10.15am-

Nearly New Sale & General Table Top Sale Saturday, 17 March Fetcham Village Hall,

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; supporting the National Childbirth Trust

12noon (Members 10am) ÂŁ1. Spook Hill RH5 4HH. Clothes, toys, equipment for babies & toddlers, maternity wear. Tel: 0844 243 6107



10am-3pm The Street, Fetcham. Baby equipment, childrens toys, vintage toys, kids clothes, and general bric-a-brac. Tables cost ÂŁ12. Call: 07814 969 502 Supporting MacMillan Cancer Support.

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WIN 3 sets of FAMILY TICKETS worth ÂŁ140 each to visit LEGOLAND WINDSOR ÂŽ

To enter: email by Sunday, 25 March with LEGOLAND in the subject line and your address details for your free tickets to be sent. Emails to the 3 lucky winners will go out on 26 March and tickets should arrive by Thursday, 5 April. Four tickets in each set. Valid until 5th Nov 2012. t1MBZZPVSQBSUBUUIF-&(0-"/%ÂĽ8JOETPS3FTPSUXJUIPWFSJOUFSBDUJWF SJEFTBOEBUUSBDUJPOTt From March enjoy the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only LEGOÂŽ Star Warsâ&#x201E;˘ Miniland Experience. tPlus stay at the new Resort Hotel featuring fully themed bedrooms and splash pool. Star Wars and all characters, names and related indicia are Š 2012 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. LEGOÂŽ, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration, the Minifigure and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGOÂŽ Group Š 2012 The LEGO Group. LEGO, the LEGO logo and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO GroupŠ. 2012 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

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HORLEY Saturday, 6 May, 9-11am.

St Francis Church, 84 Balcombe Road, RH6 8AY. Baby equipment, clothes, toys, maternity wear, cots & buggies. Refreshments. Entance to all Cheeky Monkey Fairs: ÂŁ1 Tel: 07949 44 26 27

Free First Aid Training Day April 28, 2012

Every year up to 150,000 people die when first aid could have given them a chance to live. Just 30 minutes of training can give you the skills to make a difference. St John Ambulance Surrey is holding FREE first aid training sessions in East Surrey. Training is on Saturday, 28 April, 10am-3pm at following venues: Caterham: 4+" )2 $BUFSIBN  5JNCFS )JMM 3E  Caterham CR3 6LD Dorking: Harpers at Dorking Sports Centre, Reigate Rd, Dorking RH4 1SW Epsom: The Ebbisham Centre, Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG Horley: 4+")2.BTTFUT3E )PSMFZ3)%& Leatherhead: Nuffield Health Centre, The Crescent, Leatherhead KT22 8DY Reigate: Reigate Priory School, Bell Street RH2 7RL 4VSSFZ4+")

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