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Local News

May-June 2012

® WHAT’S ON for 0-12 yr olds in May and June


BEST LOCAL PARTY VENUES Tim Wilkinson Tennis Coaching at Redhill Lawn Tennis Club

TENNIS CAMPS every half term and holiday incl Christmas Eve and NY Eve. From MINI TENNIS for 4+yrs to PERFORMANCE COACHING. No booking necessary - Drop-in sessions Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 12.30pm, £10. Call Tim on 07956 38 35 35 or 01293 776430 Linkfield Lane Redhill, RH1 1JW Covering Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead, Caterham, Warlingham, Godstone, Horley, Oxted and Lingfield.

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Hi, Wales is a brilliant place to go for the sea, the hills and a bit of quiet! Our stay at Clydey Cottages, perfect for families, is described on pages 8-9. May and June are full of events and days out for the family; see pages 20-21, plus walks and outdoor fun on pages 18-19. The Bank Holiday Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events are on page 4 – with parties in the parks and 1950s retro excitement. Don’t miss them! We’ve brought you more birthday party venues than ever in our pull-out guide on pages 11-14. For parents going through secondary school applications, we’ve advice for the 16% who didn’t get the school of their choice - see page 15. And check our online reader survey see page 9 - with a fabulous prize draw for all families who tell us what they think about Families magazine. Simple! Eleanor Lines, Editor, Families Surrey East

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News Jubilee Events News Babies And Toddlers Holidays (Clydey In Pembrokeshire) Club News Summer Parties Feature – Venue Guide 15 Education 16 Education – Open Days Out And About: 18 Theatres 18 Walks, Nature & Local Conservation 20 Events Calendar - Fetes, Fairs, Half Term & Father’s Day 21 Town and Community 22 Holiday Camps and Courses

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Party Sparkle Little Miss Sparkle Nails, based in Reigate, has just launched - bringing fun, glamour and sparkle to your little girl’s birthday party! Inspired by her 5 year old daughter’s fascination, Katy Carroll now offers young girls the chance to experience a pampering service based on her nail business for women. Katy can visit your party, paint and decorate the girls nails with colour, stickers or sparkles. There is an option of a party gift for all children.

More Cakey Bakes Laura Rana built on her expertise as a visual merchandiser when she started up Cakey Bakes in Farnham 18 months ago. Being a new mum and with a 1st birthday party on the horizon, she was inspired to create something more special than a shop-bought celebration cake. Such was her success that she next took her cakes to craft markets and local tearooms, supplying sponges and cupcakes.

For more information on prices and packages call Katy on 07540 7736 31

Your movie Eye V Movies is a new father-anddaughter business, recently launched by Horley mum of two, Louisa Thompson. The family-run business, with 20 years experience in videography, specialises in filming parties, weddings and other events. Eye V Movies prides itself in understanding people’s needs and offering a friendly service. Eye v Movies makes family films affordable. It offers a service in Horley and the surrounding areas. For more information call 07955 71 85 12 or email:

Colourful prints Fingerprint Art is a new business set up by Jacque Bunton, a mum of two and graphic designer. Jacque produces unique pieces of artwork created from your fingerprints. Each piece is individually designed and you can personalise the style and the colour and choose the presentation - in wall-mounted perspex, canvas or stand alone glass blocks. The prints can be ideal gifts for all occasions. You can see Fingerprint Art at craft and summer fairs. For more information on the products and where you can see them call 07790 44 78 20 or go to

Now Laura provides a bespoke service for all celebration cakes, from cupcakes and cake pops to wedding cakes – throughout the whole of Surrey. Call Laura on 07940 42 52 61.

Olympic dates 2012 will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local people to witness the Olympic Torch Relay and to see hundreds of the world’s best cyclists compete on Surrey roads. Dates for your diary: 10, 17 and 20 July - The Olympic Torch Relay comes to Surrey. 28 and 29 July - Olympic Road Cycling Road Races. 1 August - Olympic Road Cycling Time Trial. In the run up to the Olympics, schools are taking part in the P&G Surrey School Games - a programme to inspire participation in sports and arts across the county. The P&G Surrey School Games 2012 launched on 20 January and runs for ‘150 days of Sport and Art’, until late June.

Help for local volunteers Surrey has earmarked a pot of £2.3 million for community projects, as part of the Love Where You Live campaign. There are other funding opportunities, too, such as the council’s £750,000 Community Improvement Fund. The council’s new agenda is to get everyone working together as one team for the benefit of Surrey. Surrey scout leader Zelanie Cooper, 40, from Tadworth, has pledged her support to the campaign and recommended others give volunteering a go. You can sign up online to Love Where You Live at and find out about volunteering and funding opportunities.

Confidence, Communication and Concentration Book your FREE Drama Class today Watch your child’s self-esteem soar with Perform’s unique drama, dance and singing classes. Our weekly workshops will do wonders for their social, linguistic and physical development as well as being the best fun they’ll have all week.

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THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS The Diamond Jubilee marks the anniversary of the Queen’s coming to the throne on 6 February 1952. She is the first to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria in 1897. An extra Bank Holiday means we have both Monday and Tuesday, 4 and 5 June to celebrate. STREET PARTIES: The local boroughs can help you organize a Diamond Jubilee street party. See also or SATURDAY, 2 JUNE The Queen visits Surrey and attends the Epsom Derby. Saturday-Monday 2-4 June ‘The Festival of Surrey Life’ at The Fox Revived Pub, Norwood Hill, Charlwood RH6 0ET. A Jubilee weekend treat with endless entertainment and the tastiest local food and drink. Tel: 01293 862312. 2 & 3 June Diamond Jubilee 1950s Weekend at Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL. Cream teas, 1950s cars and steam engines. Bring a picnic and watch Sunday’s Pageant broadcast on a big screen. Patriotic crafts activities for younger visitors. Key to the Castle tickets are valid: Adults; £19.75, Children £12.50. Tel: 01622 765400. Saturday & Sunday, 2-3 June Smallhythe Place’s Jubilee Event Smallhythe Place (NT), Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG. From 11am. 1950’s inspired day of fun for all the family – vintage stalls, costumes, music, dance, games, beer tent and miniature railway! Come in fancy dress and win a prize! 50p per person. Tel: 0844 2491895.

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Saturday, June 2 – Sunday June 10 Patriotic Scarecrow Trail on The Discovery Walk. Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ. Mon - Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm.£2.25. Quiz Trail £1 per child. Tel: 07754 18 88 24.

SUNDAY, 3 JUNE The Big Jubilee Lunch Organise your own street party or share a picnic. Nationwide event organised by the Big Lunch. The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: At high water Her Majesty The Queen in the Royal Barge will lead the 1000 boat flotilla. Sunday to Monday, 3-4 June, 11am-4pm. A Right Royal Greville Day at Polesden Lacey (NT) nr Dorking, RH5 6BD. A royal party. Normal admission. Sunday, 3 June ‘Jubilation’ Street Party in Priory Park, Reigate. 12noon – 10pm. FREE! Acres of park and bunting, cream teas, Pimms and pots of tea. Live jazz and funfair, dance, games, stalls and retro-style school sports day. Live broadcast of the Pageant along the Thames. Organised by local charity, Sunday, 3 June, 11am-4pm Clandon Park West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RQ Hands on History - Royalty at War: Displays from William the Conqueror to recent years. Normal admission. £1.50 for 6 cannon shots Tel: 01483 222482. Sunday, 3 June 2-6pm Master Park Oxted. Picnic in the Park MONDAY, 4 JUNE 2012 Surrey County Show celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 8am - 6pm, Stoke Park, Guildford. The largest one-day agricultural show in the UK. Countryside Arena, Gardening Show and Food Theatre, Eco area and Woodland area. Entertainment in main arena. Family tickets £38 on the gate. Advance discounts - call 01483 444333 or Monday, 4 June -Brockham Harness Club Diamond Jubilee Carriage Drive through and around Dorking. Start and finish at Denbies Wine Estate. From 11am. See and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2012 Beacons will be lit throughout the UK. The Queen will light the National Beacon. Polesden Lacey Estate nr Dorking is one of the beacon sites! 4 June from 6pm The grounds will be open for picnics, with the mini-beacon lit at 8pm followed by the main beacon and fireworks from 10pm. Tel: 01372 452048. Monday, 4 June - Woldingham Dance is providing a Street Dance Workshop from 2-3pm at St Paul’s Church followed by a performance by children of the school! Monday, June 4 Celebrations from 4pm at The Medicine Garden, Cobham Tuesday, 5 June Service of Thanksgiving A Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral with a formal carriage procession by The Queen. Tuesday, 5 June 11am & 2pm at Denbies Wine Estate London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA. Teddy Bears Celebration Diamond Jubilee: Cat’s Grin present ‘Once Upon a Time’ One child per bear. Princes and Princesses welcome! £7 per bear The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge Programme to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces across the country as a permanent living legacy of the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics. Sites across Surrey have been nominated to be preserved in perpetuity: see them at

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Big Pedal - Winning Schools Children from schools across Reigate and Banstead have helped save parents across the UK over ÂŁ368,000 in unnecessary fuel costs in just three weeks by helping to cycle a total of a million miles to school.

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. Make your move and support Sustrans today.

Simon Pratt, Sustrans Regional Director for the East of England said: “Children who regularly cycle to school are fitter, more alert and better learners.� Nearly half of all children want to be able to get to school by bike but only two per cent do.

The 6 children are the school’s ‘Bike BUGS’. They are like a council for cycling at the school and played a big role in collecting all the data for The Big Pedal. In the background is teacher Michelle Massimo, who is also the Bike It project champion for the school and Gayle Amorowson, Sustrans Bike It project officer for Reigate and Banstead..



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The blackbird is at the top of the national league, too, for the fourth year running. They eat invertebrates including worms and grubs, which they can find more easily in milder winter conditions. Open playing fields in schools can provide a rich area of feeding for birds.



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The blackbird came top of the class in 2012 for punctuality and attendance across Surrey; the blue tit came in a close second. The starling was the third most-spotted bird. Over 1500 school children and teachers from 35 schools in Surrey counted birds in this annual survey during the last two weeks of January.



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Students across Surrey have been monitoring the attendance of feathered visitors to their schools in the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch survey.


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The journeys were made as part of Sustrans’ Big Pedal – the UK’s biggest school cycling competition. Well done to Kingswood School, Walton on the Hill Primary and Bramley School, Walton on the Hill, who came 1st, 2nd and 4th in the Reigate and Banstead Big Pedal.


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07873 634292 ALL enquiries and abilities welcome! Offering Royal Academy of Dance Ballet classes Principal`: Joanna Swidzinska BA (Hons) RAD RTS

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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 Involve your children too 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. Getting started is easy. All you need is a compost bin or a small space in the garden to create a heap. Then just follow our easy guide to creating your own supply of natural food for your garden. Get composting today – for a greener tomorrow.


Compost is a natural, nutrient-rich food product for your garden. It will help improve soil structure and maintain moisture levels, while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil’s condition and your plants and flowers will love it!

Every school-aged child knows about reduce, reuse and recycle. Composting is a form of recycling you can do at home and reduces the amount of daily rubbish going into your kitchen bin.

Home-made compost is natural and peat-free, which means it’s good for the environment outside your garden too. It reduces the need to buy peat products, which have been commercially sourced and extracted from peat bogs, resulting in the release of the carbon stored in them.


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how to build yourself a compost heap, or to buy a bin, starting from only £15.00 visit or call 0844 571 4444. 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 Grass cuttings Old flowers Dead plants

BROWNS Dried leaves, twigs Toilet/kitchen roll tubes Scrunched-up or shredded paper Vacuum bag contents Wood chippings, straw Crushed egg shells Cereal/egg boxes

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    1. Find the right site. Ideally 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. 2. Add the right ingredients. You will need a mixture of green and browns. Fill your kitchen caddy with the right ingredients such as tea bags, taking care not to compost cooked food, meat or fish. 3. Fill it up. Regularly empty your kitchen caddy and your garden waste into your bin or heap. Remember, a 50/50 mix of greens and browns is the perfect recipe for good compost. 4. Wait a while. Keep adding to your bin or heap and after 9-12 months the ingredients you have put in should have turned into a crumbly dark brown, earthy smelling material inside the bottom part of the bin or heap. 5. Collect the compost. Simply lift the bin off the compost or open the hatch at the bottom and scoop out the fresh compost. Don’t worry if your compost looks a little lumpy with twigs and bits of eggshells – this is perfectly normal. If preferred, return any material not quite ready back into your bin or heap. If you have built your own, simply rake out the ready compost. 6. Use it. Watch your garden bloom. Your compost can be used for all types of planting needs – mix with soil to replenish pots, dig in to enrich flowerbeds and vegetable patches, use as a mulch to help keep moisture in the soil or use it to feed your lawn. 6 Families Surrey East May - June 2012

Making Surrey a better place

Babies and Toddlers

Better birthing – What do Doulas do? The support we receive during pregnancy, childbirth and in the post-natal period – from family, friends, doctors and midwives - can all make a difference to our confidence and to our experience of the whole process. A survey recently published by Doula UK looked at the impact of support from a doula. It gathered data from 105 doulas and their 1,106 birth clients across a range of critical birth-related areas. The most dramatic figures relate to breastfeeding and birth interventions. Women who used doulas needed significantly less medical intervention in the birth process and had greatly increased breastfeeding success compared against the national average.

What does a doula do?

Doulas work with women and their families to prepare for the birth of their baby, helping them to fully explore their options, make informed decisions and support them as they adjust to life with a newborn baby. Every mother-to-be has different needs; the doula’s role is flexible, to fit in with the family. Their support is not clinical – that remains the job of the midwife and medical staff. Doulas offer emotional and practical support.

Sing and Sign in Reigate and Redhill – and now in Godstone! Fiona Warbrick is bringing her popular Baby Signing classes to Godstone! Baby signing is proven to help speech development; it also reduces tantrums and frustrations. The classes use lots of toys, musical instruments and signing techniques with babies aged 6-30mths. Wednesday afternoons - St Nicholas Youth Centre, Godstone RH9 8LW Monday, Tuesday, Thursday mornings – Salfords Village Hall, Redhill RH15DG Wednesday mornings – Reigate Community Centre, Reigate RH2 9AE Tel: Fiona 01737 823238.

Of the doula-supported families, 93 per cent attempted breastfeeding and 70 per cent were still exclusively breastfeeding after six weeks. The latest national figures from the Receiving a back rub from a Doula Department of Health show only 74.1 per cent of new mums attempt breastfeeding, and just 47 per cent are still exclusively breastfeeding at six weeks. The survey showed that only 12 per cent of doula-supported births required medical interventions, such as the use of forceps, ventouse or Caesarean sections, compared to the latest national figures of 37.3 per cent. Doula UK represents the largest number of doulas in the UK. You can find local doulas and information about their training at

What’s on at Dovers Green Summer 2012


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.


Baby Signing 10am-10.30am. Call to book. Post Natal 12.30 - 2.30pm call to book.


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.


Under 1’s 10 - 11.30am. Little Fishes Play Session 10 - 11.30am. St Lukes Church, Church Rd, South Park, Reigate. (No Admission after 10.30am). Parenting Puzzle 10 - 11.30am with Crèche.

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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We Loved Clydey Holidays in the UK are more than a convenient option – they are a real treat. We are exploring Wales this year, to revisit a country with so many different landscapes: the closest mountains to Surrey (though I’m not forgetting being at 1000 feet up the Tower at Leith Hill..); a beautiful coastline of bays and cliffs; three stunning national parks with protected wildlife and cultural heritage; waterfalls and lakes and – above all, a peaceful retreat from the bustle of busy lives. Designed with families in mind, the award winning Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire is close to the coast at Cardigan and just a few miles from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. But, as we found out during our stay, the area can be appreciated from The farm at Clydey Cottages

Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire the comfort of the cottages – with farreaching views across the surrounding hills. Two groups of stone cottages, one at Clydey and one at Fron Fawr, provide 4 and 5 star accommodation. Clydey offers outdoor play areas with ride-on toys plus indoor soft play XJUIDPNGZTPGBTBOEDPNQMJNFOUBSZUFB coffee for parents), a games room and a massive supply of books and DVDs. The magical ingredient for the kids – young and old – is the farm at the bottom of the meadow, where farmer Malcolm greets kids at 10am every day to feed the animals, from guinea-pigs and chickens to sheep, lambs, donkeys and ponies. Malcolm regularly meets children who are at first unsure of approaching animals and watches them gain in confidence during their stay. We met a two-year-old feeding the Shetland ponies with a piece of carrot on the end of a specially crafted stick. It was a testament to Malcolm’s care and patience. He loves to see how children change as they relax into rural life. opened

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Parents can rejoice in discovering the heated swimming pool and the indoor and outdoor hot tubs – heated round the clock to make use of every precious moment. There is even a mini-gym! Two walks around the 20-acre site are well marked, including a path down to the river and over a little bridge. For me this made a lovely 20-minute walk before the day’s activities began – a wonderful ‘deep breath’ and a great way to start the day. But the beauty of Clydey is also in the generous provision of high quality accommodation: its 1-4 bedroom cottages all undergoing a continuous cycle of improvements including quality ensuites and bathrooms, central heating enhanced CZMPHCVSOFST BOECBTLFUTPGGSFFMPHT XFMM equipped kitchens and ample living spaces.

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READER SURVEY: WE’D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! Families Surrey East brings you the best information about local activities & events for families with children up to 12 yrs. But do you want more?! We’d like to be sure we are always giving you what you need. Tell us what you think in a short tick-box survey online (it only takes 2 mins) – and you have the chance of winning one of five fantastic games bundles, each worth over £100! Go to this web address and complete the survey by 30 June to be entered into the BIG PRIZE DRAW:


Worth over £100, each prize is bursting with brilliant board games that are super-fast to set up and play so they can fit into the busiest family’s lives. Games include Scrabble Original, Scrabble Junior, Pictionary, UNO, Angry Birds board game and the new Chameleon Crunch active learning game for kids.


READER OFFER: Explore London with these great little guides


These are fun little books – available at museum shops or online, giving children and families a fun, guided tour of parts of London that you might not know. The publishers, Step Outside Guides, have offered five copies of their 2nd book ‘DOWN BY THE THAMES’ to readers of Families Surrey East. With family budgets in mind and lots of free places to visit, these books allow you and your child to start exploring 2,000 years of London’s history. With places to stop and rest - and loos along the way, these little books make an ideal companion for family exploration. Just send an email with ‘DOWN BY THE THAMES’ in the subject line to editor@familiessurreyeast. with your address details in the email by June 8th 201. We’ll pick the lucky winners on June 9th and email them same day. Books will be sent direct from the publisher.

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Club News Monkey Music Awards for Leatherhead & Dorking Parents and parents-to-be have nominated Carl Carew from Monkey Music Leatherhead and Dorking for the Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s online awards from What’s On 4 2012 Junior. “Carl is absolutely brilliant at keeping all the babies engaged - my daughter was completely enthralled throughout every session,” added one of the mums from his class. Carl’s popularity has spread quickly – his classes launched less than six months ago! Call Carl and Janine on 01483 841303 or 07425 15 90 25.

More Monkeying Around Monkey Music pre-school music classes for babies and toddlers have arrived in Caterham and Warlingham! Karen Chandler, who has lived and worked in the area all her life, is launching classes at the following locations: Tuesday mornings at Caterham UR Church Hall, Harestone Hill, CR3 6SX. Thursday afternoons at Warlingham Methodist Church Hall, Limpsfield Rd, CR6 9LE. Classes start on May 1st with three age groups - Rock’n’Roll (3 mths+), Heigh Ho (12mths+) and Jiggety Jig (2 & 3 yrs). And the first class is FREE! To find out more or to book your free session with Karen, call 0203 251 1061. Or visit

Theatrekidz for Special Stars Rachel Crouch and Louise Pieri, who own and run a dance academy in Guildford, have come up with an exciting new musical theatre class especially for talented children who also have Down’s Syndrome. Rachel, whose daughter Ava was born in 2010 with Down’s syndrome, said “Having Ava has made me realise how able all our children are with Down’s Syndrome and how genuinely talented they are. This class will be a great platform for our children to showcase their talents!’’ ‘’Theatrekidz for special stars’’ started in April at The Harrier Centre in Ewell. For more information, email

Stagecoach Principal Zoe McCready took over Stagecoach Coulsdon and Caterham two years ago and has since then introduced new teachers, LAMDA and PAA exams, workshops with West End performers and exciting holiday courses. She has already had several students in TV, film and commercial productions, as well as local performances. Zoe is now going to run the two Stagecoaches at Woodcote High School in Meadow Rise, Coulsdon on Fridays and Saturdays. With new ‘Early Stages’ classes for 4-6yr olds in the morning and a new Saturday afternoon school from 28 April, call Zoe on 0845 078 0805 for more information or go to

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DO plan early – the best venues and entertainers are booked well in advance! DO consider a joint party – join forces and funds! But be clear about your expectations. DON’T be afraid to chase late replies. Put an RSVP date on the invitation, then nudge! DO check for allergies – chances are there will be some and parents don’t always tell you. DON’Tover cater. Appetites shrink as excitement builds!

DO plan your party to avoid key dates such as term end or religious holidays. DON’T invite too make children – and check whether siblings are likely to appear! DON’T obsess over ‘5 a day’ – this is not the time to force feed cucumber to every child. DON’T make it too long. Typically 90 minutes for 2-4yr olds, including tea. Two hours for 5+yrs. DO party bags – to prevent lots of upset children. But give them something useful, like seeds to plant - and a magazine. DO enjoy it. In the midst of chaos, press the pause button and enjoy the sight of your child having fun!

Birthday Parties Venue Guide

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, London SW19 See a show and have lunch with all your friends at the UK’s top children’s theatre. Tel: 020 8545 8330


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INDOOR PLAY The Arc, Caterham CR3 5XY

Soft play parties, soft play & games parties, dance parties or deluxe themed parties. Up to 12yrs. Hot/ cold buffet, party host and invites. From £12 pp. Tel: 01883 330380 Jellybugs, West Ewell. Soft play parties. 0-5yrs. Louise 07933 292464 Kidspace, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 4PQ Jumping Juniors (<3’s) and Kidspace Classic or Deluxe party. Indoor play and Pizzeria. Tots to 12yrs. Tel: 0208 686 0040. The Scallywag Club, Dorking Rugby Club, Brockham. Reserved area for small parties. Tel: 07770 921009. Wacky Warehouse at The Air Balloon, Horley. Soft–play parties for little ones. Tel Debi: 01293 820188.

INDOOR CRAFTY and ARTY The Old Dairy Pottery & Craft Studios, Oxted RH8 9EU. Pottery painting parties in picnic-themed party room. Deco patch parties. 3+yrs. Free memory mug or plate signed by guests for parties 10+. From £14pp. Tel: 01883 Dish Ceramics Studio, Reigate. Creative pottery painting for all ages and birthday parties from 5+ years. Bookings: 01737 241567. Chocolart Studios, Reigate RH2 7RP Make your own chocolates! 3+yrs. £25pp. Tel Lorraine: 01737 246857. MissMakeover Pamper Parties at Juniors Salon, Merstham RH1 3EP. Pamper parties for girls 5+yrs with own stylist! From £13.50 pp. VIP parties and Spa parties 8+yrs. Bring birthday cake! Saturdays 1-2.30pm or 3-4.30pm and weekdays in school holidays. Tel: 01737 644464 Everyman Cinema, Oxted RH8 9EE. Private Hire Cinema Screenings for up to 370 people! £400 buys film hire, use of the cinema, 40 boxes of popcorn or £100 to spend at the bar! Bring your own cake. Tel: 02031450545

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Manic Monsters, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6LH Slides, kart tracks, football, and huge playframe. Food, soft play, parties. Babies to 12yrs. Tel: 01732 866115. Redhill Roller Skating Club at Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Reigate or The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley. Skating parties for everyone (15 people min). 7th birthdays+. Tel: 01293 776266. 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. Laser Quest Parties at The Harrier Centre,

West Ewell KT19 9RY. In inflatable laser quest course, with smoke effects & party music! 5-14yrs. £199 per party Tel: Paula 07917 117165.

Leatherhead and Dorking Gym Club,

Leatherhead. Supervised gym parties in large gymnasium. 1-9 yrs. Tea area. Tel: 01372 377718. Skaterham at the Chapel, Caterham Village Private indoor skate park. Reasonable rates. Party food. 5+yrs. Tel: 01883 348184.

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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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Caterham CR3 5YX Bouncy Castle, pool, trampolining, Football, Tumble Tots, Bear parties, Bizzie Lizzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewellery, Twenty20 Cricket, Kiddi Karts, Angels n Divas, Jo Jingles . All with party hosts. Cake, food and party bags available â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whole package. 0-16yrs. Bookings: 01883 344355.

Tandridge Leisure Centre,

Oxted RH8 9HT. Bouncy Castle, Bizzie Lizzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bear parties, Bizzie Lizzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewellery, Angels n Divas, Jo Jingles. 0-16yrs. Host, food, invitations and balloons. Enquiries and bookings: 01883 716717.

Oakwood Sports Centre,

Horley RH6 9AE. Sports, Playtime Parties (3-6yrs), Roller Skating and Disco Parties and more. Safe and spacious environment. 3-12yrs. Tel: 01293 822238.


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The Colman Redland Centre,

trampolining, gymnastics or combination parties. 3+yrs. Tel: Adam 07932 752081.

Croydon Road Reigate. Large Hall / Small Hall for hire. Suitable for kids parties up to 12yrs. Sara Sutton, Bookings Secretary 0844 9800 488.

Banstead Sports Centre,

Merland Rise, Tadworth KT20 5JG. Main pool, small pool & Supa-Bounce Parties. Tea room. 2-13yrs. Tel: 01737 361933.

Dorking Sports Centre,

Reigate Road RH4 1SG. Pool, football, fun and bounce, multi-sports, splash parties. 5-16yrs. Catering and room hire. Bookings: 01306 870180.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Road KT22 9BL. Big Day Parties. Tel: 01372 377674. Leatherhead_Leisure_Centre

Horley Leisure Centre,

off Court Lodge Rd Horley RH6 8RG. Check for latest details. Tel: 01293 784075


The Harlequin Theatre and Cinema, Redhill RH1 1NN. Function

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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) Enquiries and bookings: 01737 764732. centre/donyngs-leisure-centre.asp

Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre, Parkway. Skating, Ice

Station Zero, Cheerleading, Jam Bop and Boogie, Bowling, Swimming, Bounceabout. Tel: 01483 443322. Queens Ice & Bowl, Queensway, London W2 4QP. Ice skating,Bowling Alley, Karaoke Tel: 020 72290172

rooms with capacity from 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 100. Optional catering. August 2012 refurbishment. Tel: 01737 276830.

Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre, Lingfield

RH7 6AB. Large hall with patio doors leading to a paved courtyard. Plus lounge/kitchen area. All ages. Tel: 01342 833893.

Woldingham Scout and Guide HQ, Woldingham CR3 7DB Ages to 11yrs. Tel: 01883 652460

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Bocketts Farm

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Newchapel, Lingfield. NovemberFebruary exclusive parties and tour of the animals while closed to the public. 5+yrs. You bring the tea! Tel: 01342 834658. Godstone Farm, Whole day admission to farm plus free entry to playbarn. ÂŁ80 for 10 children, 10 adults. Tractor ride and party bags and party box food options. Up to 9yrs. Tel: 01883 742546.

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.. 2-11 yrs. Tel: 01403 700063. Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS. Zoooper Birthdays - Zoo access, play areas, party tea plus unlimited rides on the Thomas & Friendsâ&#x201E;˘ train! 2-12yrs. ÂŁ18 per child. Optional invitations, party bags etc. Tel: 01323 874100.

Sandraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Riding School,

Balcombe Rd, Horley RH6 9EB Grooming and riding â&#x20AC;&#x201C; non-riders welcome, hats provided. 2-25 children. Picnic area. Tel: 07831 833404 or 01737 765096.

Bocketts Farm Park,

Fetcham nr Leatherhead KT22 9BS. Animals galore, exciting play areas, tractor rides and animal handling sessions, plus the menu of your choice in one of the decorated party rooms. ÂŁ11.50 per child. 0-8yrs. Party bags and birthday cake available. Early booking advised. Tel: 01372 363764. Ladyland Farm, Meath Green Lane, Horley RH6 8JA. Party package, hands on farming experience including trailer ride, feeding animals, picnic and party boxes provided. ÂŁ330 for 20 children. Tel: 01293 784469.


Really Wild Parties, Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo, KT9 2NE. Animal meet nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;greets. 3-11yrs. Discounted entry to Park and Zoo. Private party area. Lunch included. ÂŁ250 for up to 25 children + adults. Call the Xtra Adventures Team on 01372 734 618.

Blackland Farm Activity Centre, E Grinstead 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 122 acres. Near the Bluebell Steam Railway. Tel: 01342 810493.

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Tulleys Farm Parties, Turners Hill,

Crawley RH10 4PE. Seasonal themed parties with event-linked attractions Summer Maze & Funyard, Halloween and Christmas. Private venues for hire all year round. Tel: 01342 718472 option 5. Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, E Sussex TN22 3QL. 90min round trip behind a steam train, reserved seating, tea in restaurant afterwards. Great for children 3-10yrs Tel: 01825 720800. Gatton Park, Reigate RH2 0TW Themed birthday parties in beautiful Gatton Park run by Gatton Trust. Fairies, teddy bears, bugs, pirates and other themes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; inside and out! 5-10yrs. Self catering. ÂŁ120 for up to 15 children. Tel: 01737 649066.

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The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7QW Hands-on science and nature fun for 5-12yr olds. Party room with host and Eric the mascot owl. Catered or self catering. Bookings: 01344 354400. World of Activities at The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY. Princess, Pirate and Farmer Parties for 3-10yr olds. Tea in the party room. Tel: 01622 872068.

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SUMMER PARTIES DIRECTORY MAY-JUNE 2012 OUTDOOR ACTIVE Priory Events, Nutfield RH1 4EJ. Quad Bike Challenge, Archery & Obstacle Course for 8+yrs in 250 acres. Min. 10 children for exclusive party. Free refreshments. Tel 01737 822484. Ride the Hill Mountain boarding, Priory Farm, Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ. 8+yrs. Includes equipment hire and lesson From ÂŁ10pp. Tel: 0845 0944 360.

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. Tel: 01293 822884 or 0845 363 1177.

Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, GU10 4LS Cycling parties (5+yrs) with Quench Cycles , Go Ape (10+yrs), catered parties with Cafe on the Green, BBQ hire. Tel: 01420 23666 Painshill Park, Cobham KT11 1JE Themed outdoor adventure parties with leader in the stunning landscape. Catered or self-catered. Party bags available. 4-12 yrs. Tel: 01932 868113. Bowles Outdoor Centre, nr Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW. All-year, all-weather birthday party sledging (6+yrs); also skiing, pool canoe, zip wire, low ropes course, climbing and raft building (8+yrs). From ÂŁ70. Tel: 01892 665665.

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adventure Zone - themed parties including Explorer, Survivor, Pirate and Army options plus activity parties including climbing, canoeing and sailing. 8+yrs. Tel: 01372 378901. Aqua Sports, Mercers Country Park, nr Redhill RH1 4EU. Sailing, windsurfing and paddlesports parties.

8-17yrs. No experience required. All equipment and instruction provided. Min 6 children. Sunday am or school holidays. Use of BBQ facility. Tel: 01737 644288.

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Education News National Offer Day for Secondary Schools March 1st was National Offer Day for secondary schools, so parents will know by now if their child has received a place at their chosen school. About 16% of parents in Surrey will not have been offered their first choice school and have the right to appeal. If you put a strong, coherent case together there is a good chance you can get the decision over turned. TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPEAL 1) Choose only one school to appeal to. Be clear about the reasons you IBWFGPSBQQFBMJOHUPUIBUTDIPPM TFFCFMPX 

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Local nurseries and registered childminders in Surrey are now able to use a free service from Surrey County Council to encourage continuous improvements in their childcare settings. The Early Years Quality *NQSPWFNFOU"XBSE 4VSSFZ2*" IFMQTQSPWJEFSTNBLFBOESFDPSE progress against a set of agreed standards. To take part, early years settings need an Ofsted inspection outcome of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outstandingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Lanes Kindergarten, in Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, received an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Outstandingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ofsted inspection report in 2010 and is now taking part in the Early Years QIA. Michelle Williamson, the owner and manager and her colleagues at the nursery all play a part in the process and can see the benefits of the scheme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a setting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always positive to receive recognition for the hard work and professional dedication of the whole team. We are delighted to be taking part and will continue to make improvements and complete the awardâ&#x20AC;? said Michelle. At the start of the process they met the Surrey Early Years team to discuss the Lanes Kindergarten paperwork needed to document their practice. They also meet other teams taking part. The scheme involves a whole team approach and requires everyone to reflect on how things are done. Surrey Early Years provides a mentor who offers support and guidance. Although it requires admin time to complete paperwork.,Michelle found that most was already documented in their policies & procedures. Participating nurseries or childminders to complete the award in 2½ years or less. They receive an accreditation on completion. Thanks to Michelle Williamson, Owner/Manager of The Lanes Kindergarten in Walton on the Hill, Tadworth for her help with this article. The Kindergarten is open five days a week in term time, with morning sessions 9am-12.15 and afternoon sessions 12noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm (excl Wed and Thurs) plus lunch clubs. Michelle can be contacted on 01737 814 207 (opening hours) or 07595 544 035 (eves). For more information on the award go to then click on Early years and childcare practitioners > Standards and procedures in early years and childcare > Surrey County Council Early Years Quality Improvement Award

2) Lodge your intention to appeal within the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be given at least 14 days notice of your hearing, and you can then submit a detailed case statement and supporting evidence. 3) Panels like to see rational parents with good research, who are rejecting the school offered for valid and evidenced reasons. Consider the following areas and how they might help your case: t%JTUBODFGSPNTDIPPM t4JOHMFTFYPSNJYFE t4DIPPMTUSFOHUIT t'BNJMZUSBVNB t'BJUI


4) At least seven days before the hearing youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll receive a copy of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case. 5) Appeals are heard by a panel of three people independent of the school in question. A clerk will explain basic procedures, ensure any evidence is presented and may intervene to assist the panel. You are entitled to bring someone along to the hearing. You should get the result within five working days. Appeals are not always successful, but if you feel strongly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth appealing. You could have an exploratory chat with a specialist legal advisor to see if you have a strong case. Laura Berman has extensive experience working on school admission appeals both at primary and secondary level. You can contact her on 020 7091 2700.

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

Copthorne Prep School, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3HR Tel: 01342 712311 Co-ed, day and CPBSEJOH GSPN: ZST Saturday, 19 May

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Cranmore School, Epsom Rd, West Horsley, KT24 6AT Boys 2.5 -13 yrs. Tel: 01483 280340 Friday, 11 May Downsend School, Nursery and Pre-prep Lodges, Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom Boys and girls, 2-6 yrs. Tel: 01372 372311 Saturday, 12 May 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: 01737 354119 Call for details Belmont School, Holmbury St Mary RH5 6LQ Boys & girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01306 730852 Friday, 4 May Bramley School, Walton on the Hill KT20 7ST Girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 812004 Pop In Morning: Wednesdays, 9 May and 20 June

Caterham Preparatory School, Harestone Valley Rd, CR3 6YB Boys & girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 342097 Visits by appointment throughout year Chinthurst School, Tadworth KT20 5AP Boys 2.5-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 812011 Friday & Saturday, 4 & 5 May City of London Freemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School, Ashtead, KT21 1ET Tel: 01372 822423 clfs.surrey.sch. uk Co-ed, day & boarding, 7-18 yrs. Open evening: Wednesday, 20 June. Summer open day fully booked; next is Sat 6 Oct

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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 Call for details 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 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Farlington In Actionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; days: Wednesday, 16 May and Thursday, 14 June

A happy school in a country setting OPEN DAY for boys and girls aged 2½-16 Saturday A CReSTeD registered school with 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.

Glenesk School, East Horsley KT24 6NS Girls and boys, 2-7yrs. Tel: 01483 282329 for open day date Thursday, 31 May

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

The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ Boys & girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01883 743048 Friday, 11 May & Wednesday, 27 June

Greenacre School, Banstead SM7 3RA Girls, 3-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 352114 Tuesday, 8 May and Wednesday, 27 June

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Hazelwood School, Limpsfield, Oxted RH8 OQH Boys and girls, 4-13 yrs. Tel: 01883 712194 Friday, 18 May (also for Hazelwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nursery - The Larks, Oxted) Lingfield Notre Dame Junior School, Lingfield RH7 6PH Boys and girls, 2.5-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 833176 Call for details 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 Drop in Morning Wednesday, 23 May

Education – Open Days Moon Hall College

Moon Hall College & Bury’s Court Leigh, Reigate RH2 8RE. Boys & girls, 2.5-16 yrs. Tel: 01306 611372 and Saturday, 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 Tuesday, 15 May and Saturday, 19 May Priory Prep School, Banstead SM7 2AJ Boys 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 366920 Pop In morning Wednesdays, 30 May and 13 June. Open Morning: Saturday, 19 May

Redehall Preparatory School, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9QA Boys and girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 842987 Call for summer date Reigate St Mary’s, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN Girls and boys, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 244880 Call for details Royal Alexandra & Albert School Reigate RH2 0TD Boys and girls, 7-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 649000 Saturday, 19 May St Teresa’s Nursery & Prep School Effingham Hill RH5 6ST Girls, 2-11 yrs. Tel: 01372 750204 Friday, 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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for boys and girls aged 4-11 years

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T H E AT R E S Shows for families and children. Please check ticket prices and times with the theatres.

LEATHERHEAD The Leatherhead Theatre

7, Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN Tel: 01372 365141 Giselle Vienna Festival Ballet Tuesday, 22 May 7.30pm £19 (£16.50); <16yrs £13 Bob The Builder Saturday, 23 June, 2pm. £13; <16s £11,; Family £45

DORKING Dorking Halls Reigate Road,

Dorking, Surrey RH4 1SG Tel: 01306 881717 NEW! Saturday Morning Cinema at 11am. £3.50 per child, adults go free. including: 5 May - Nanny McPhee; 12 May - The Smurfs; 19 May - Where The Wild Things Are 26 May - Puss in Boots East Surrey Primary Schools Music Festival 21 May 7pm £7



Harlequin Theatre & Cinema

THE ROSE THEATRE 24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL Bookings: 08444 821 556.

Warwick Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN Tel: 01737 276 500 Saturday Morning Cinema Club 11.30am. £3.50 child + adult ticket. Fireman Sam Live – Pontypandy Rocks! Saturday, 19 May 1pm & 3.30pm. £12, Child £10, Family (4) £42. The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Saturday, 16 June 2.30pm. £8.50

CHIPSTEAD The Courtyard Theatre Hazelwood Lane CR5 3QU Tel: 01737 555680 (1012 Saturday) or The Chalk Garden By Enid Bagnold 28 May-2 June 8pm & Sat Mat 2.15pm £8 OXTED The Barn Theatre 25 Bluehouse

Lane, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0AA Tel: 01959 561811 All tickets available via A Midsummer Nights Dream - The Oxted Players 12+yrs. WednesdaySaturday 16-19 May. 7.45pm and 2.30pm Sat £8- £10 Tel: 01883 724852. Glow Theatre Group – Fiddler on the Roof (jr) 8+yrs Wed-Sat, 27-30 June. £6.50 Tel: 01883 720167.


Annie - Applause Youth Theatre, Friday, 29 June 7.30pm, Saturday 30 June 2.30pm & 7.30pm £12.50, Child £10.50

Epsom KT18 5AL Tel: 01372 742555

Inspire Academy of Dance Show 2012 1 July 4pm £10; < 18s £8

Fireman Sam Live Friday, 11 May 7.30pm. £12 (£10)

Epsom Playhouse Ashley Avenue,


The Snail and The Whale 4+yrs TueFri, 22-25 May. Afternoons. £8 - £12 Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales 3+yrs Sat-Sun, 16-17 June. Afternoons. £8 - £12

GUILDFORD Guildford Castle Grounds, Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3UQ Tel: 01483 304384. The Merry Wives of Windsor 14-30 June (not Sundays). 7.30pm (Mon, 18 7pm) Bring a picnic! £18.50 (£16.50) Family £60.

CRAWLEY The Hawth Theatre, Hawth Ave,

Crawley RH10 6YZ Tel: 01293 553636 My First Sleeping Beauty ENB2 English National Ballet in partnership with English National Ballet School 3-12yrs. Fri 11 & Sat 12 May, Theatre - Fri 5pm, Sat 11am, 2pm, 5pm. £15,; Child £12; Family £48. Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales 3+yrs. Thurs-Sat, 17-19 May, - Thur 4.30pm, Fri 10.30am & 4.30pm, Sat 11am. Theatre £10; Family £34 Liang and The Magic Brush 4+yrs Saturday, 2 June 11am. Studio. £6.50; Family £24 Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Wed-Thurs, 13-14 June 10am, 1pm, 4pm. Theatre. £14.50; Child £12.50; Family £50

Everyman Oxted Cinema 7 Station Road West Oxted RH8 9EE T: 0203 145 0547 booking office at Oxted, open 3-7pm

Wild Child 8+yrs. Saturday, 16 June 11am. Studio. £6.50; Family £24.

morning at the movies. Everyman Oxted now hosts children’s films on Saturdays for children aged 4 – 10yrs. Films start 10am-12 noon and tickets cost just £2.50. There is also a fun activity to take part in. Past activities have included Word Searches, Games, Colouring-In, Drawing and Crafts. WIN TICKETS: Everyman Oxted would like to know your ideas for film-inspired activities you would choose. The wackier the better! The best suggestion WINS FOUR FREE TICKETS for a Kids Club screening! So get creative!

The Twits Fri 22 June 7pm, Outdoors Amphitheatre. £12.50; Family £34

Grinstead RH19 3BS. Tel: 01342 302000

Email your ideas to by Friday June 1st; put CINEMA in the subject line and tell us your name & address so we can arrange for tickets to be sent to the winner by Everyman Oxted cinema management. They will select the best idea and send tickets to the winner within a week of the closing date.

The Tale of the Secret Beanstalk - Sophie Eastwood Dance Academy Thurs-Saturday, 28-30 June 7pm and Sat 2.30pm. £10; Family £34.

KIDS CLUB Bringing back the magic of a

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

Bluebells at Hatchlands Park

East Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7RT Tel 01483 222482 uk/hatchlands Stunning bluebell wood. Visit soon – bluebells are out early this year! 10am-5.30pm. Normal admission, NT members free

SURREY HILLS (NT), Dorking Bookings 01372 220644 or

MAY Box Hill – Discover mini mammals Sunday, 6 May 8-10am. Adult £5; child £2.50. Book by 3 May

Discovering bats – Denbies Hillside Friday 18 May, 8.30-10pm

Use bat detectors and identify different species. Adult £8; child £4. Book by 17 May

Bat walk - Harewoods, Outwood Friday 18 May, 8.30pm – 10pm. Adult £8; child £4. Book by 17 May

Discover what’s lurking in our pond – Denbies Hillside

Sunday 20 May, 1pm – 2pm An afternoon of pond dipping. 5+yrs. Adult £5; child £2.50. Book by 9 April

JUNE Headley Heath – Children’s day

Fri, 8 Jun anytime between 1.30-4pm. Booking not required. Games galore including nature treasure trails, the moth & the bat, and the first ever Olympic tennis ball launching competition. Donations welcome. Meet: Headley Heath main CP Tel: 01306 742809. Snakes alive! – Leith Hill Sun, 10 June, 10am-12.30pm. Seek out snakes and legless lizards with reptile expert Henry Wilson from the Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group. Adult £5; child £5. Book by 7 June

Box Hill – Father’s day butterfly & orchid walk Sun, 17 Jun, 2-4pm. Guided walk on chalk grasslands. (2-3 miles) Adult £6; child £4. Book by 14 June

Badger watching – Leith Hill

Thursdays, 21 & 28 June, 7.45pm- 9.30pm. Adult £8; child £4. Booking essential

Edible and medicinal plants – Leith Hill Sun, 24 June, 11am-2pm

A foraging ramble ending with a healthy bowl of nettle soup. Adult £10; child £6. Book by 31 May

Meet the Gatton Park badgers – Reigate Mon, 25 June, 7.30-10pm With ranger Marc Russell. Adult £8; child £4. Book by 21 June

Out and About Chris Packham launches new Nocturnal House at British Wildlife Centre (BWC) This new enclosure houses rarely seen native night species. Formally opened on 22 March by wildlife expert Chris Packham, the Nocturnal House at the BWC features â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;reverse lightingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, allowing visitors to see the night-time world of bats, hedgehogs and dormice during the day. The new nocturnal house means visitors can be inspired to help conserve native species for future generations. The British Wildlife Centre is on the A22 at Newchapel, nr Lingfield, Surrey. Open to visitors every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from March to October and daily during all school holidays, visitors can see over 40 different British wild animals in large natural enclosures.


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MAY Saturday, 5 May 10am-1pm Calves Calling Tel: 07968 83 26 05.

Meet newborn calves at their home farm near Wisley with SWT Grazing Manager James Adler. Donation: Adult ÂŁ2, child ÂŁ1.

Sunday, 6 May 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3.30pm Spynes Mere Wetland Nature Reserve - Spring Birds

Join SWT Ranger for a guided walk. Meet at: Aquasports, Mercers Country Park, Merstham RH1 4EU. 2 miles. Donation: Adult ÂŁ2, child ÂŁ1. Bookings: Steve Bolton 07799 89 41 48.

Wednesday, 9 May 7.30-9pm Mad About Bats at Nower Wood, KT22 8QA

7+yrs. Bookings: 01372 379509. Adult ÂŁ5.50, child ÂŁ3.50.

Sunday, 27 May 10.30am-4pm Norbury Park Sawmill Open Day, Mickleham, Dorking, RH5 6DN

Tel: 01372 453371. Donation: Adult ÂŁ2, child ÂŁ1.

Sunday, 27 May 2-4pm A walk in Staffhurst Woods, nr

Oxted. Donation: Adults ÂŁ2, child ÂŁ1. Contact: Bob Crompton 07968 83 25 11.

JUNE Sunday, 10 June 10-11.30am Guided Walk - Betchworth Quarry Nature Reserve Donation: Adult ÂŁ2, child ÂŁ1. Contact: Ranger Steve Bolton 07799 89 41 48.

Sunday, 17 June Centenary Event: Our Meadowland Wildlife BioBlitz at Norbury Park!

Learn some new skills, identify and record wildlife. Games and activities for all - bring a picnic and made a day of it! Contact: Katy Gower 01483 795471.

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Saturday, 30 June 12noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm Teddy Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Picnic at the Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower! Bookings: Katy Gower 01483

795471. Annual Teddy Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Picnic with Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grin Theatre production of Four Fairy Tales. Bouncy castle, nature trail quiz, face painting, teddy competition, wildlife activities, badge making, games, ice creams and tours of the tower. Bring a picnic! Suitable for 4-9yr olds. Meet: Ockham Common, just off the A3, south of junction 10 M25. Children ÂŁ10, adults go free. Includes all activities except ice creams and face painting (ÂŁ2.50 per child).


Tel: 01342 835313 / 01342 833814 Work Parties Sundays, 20 May, 24 June 10 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 noon - meet in the Butterfly Garden. Bring your own tools. Suitable for all abilities, incl. children and young people. Pond Open Days - depending on water level. Sundays, 13 May and 17 June. 10am-12 noon. Equipment provided, children welcome accompanied by an adult. NEW! Dawn Chorus Walk 1-2 hours. 5am, BH Monday, 7 May. Contact Ray Baker - to confirm numbers. Free. Entrance off Vicarage Road and by the fire station in Saxbys Lane. Free refreshments.

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Sat 2 – Sun 10 June, 11am – 4pm at POLESDEN LACEY nr Dorking, RH5 6BD Half term trail. Normal admission plus £1 per trail DENBIES WINE ESTATE, Dorking RH5 6AA

Sun 6 & Mon 7 May, 11am - 4pm Get Outdoors Polesden Lacey nr Dorking, RH5 6BD.

Tel: 01372 452048 Two days of outdoor activities for all the family.

Tel: 01306 876616.

Sunday 6 May 11am-4pm. Festival of Sport £2.50 per ride

Monday 4th - Friday 8th June Children’s Activities 11am – 3pm daily. Tuesday, 5 June 11am & 2pm Cat’s Grin Theatre present ‘Once Upon a Time’ £7 Wednesday, 6 June, 11am & 2pm Tropical Rainforest Road Show See, handle and learn

Saturday, 12 May Reigate Caves Open Day

Thursday, 7 June, 10am - 2pm Birds of Prey.

Cowpie Country Show

in Reigate Priory Park plus YMCA annual Fun Run.

Sun & Mon, 6-7 May 10am-5pm The Blindley Heath Country Show Sun & Mon 6-7 May ‘Gastro Gatwick’ event at The Fox Revived, Norwood Hill, Charlwood RH6

0ET. Tel: 01293 862312. Local retailers showcase their jams, honey, chocolate, cheese, chutney and more. Monday, 7 May 10am – 5pm at The Medicine Garden, Downside Rd, Cobham. Food festival in the Victorian walled kitchen garden.

Monday, 7 May The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park,

nr Eastbourne Tel: 01323 874100

Mon, 7 May 11am-4pm Pony Magic rides 12 noon-3pm (& Sat 19 May) at Hatchlands Park, E. Clandon, GU4 7RT. Tel 01483 222482

Also open Saturdays 9 June, 14 July, 11 Aug, 8 Sept.

Sunday, 13 May 10am-5pm Cowpie Country Show Betchworth RH3 7HH Saturday and Sunday, 19 & 20 May Bocketts 20th Birthday Weekend! Young St, Leatherhead KT22 9BS Tel: 01372 363764 Panning for Gold, Birds of Prey demos and fun farm activities. £9.20 adults and children 3-17yrs

19 May - 3 September ‘Yucky You’ show The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile

Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7QW Tel: 01344 354400 Learn more about your body. Show covers burping and snot - ideal for children! £1.85 per person + admission charge.

Saturday-Sunday, 26 – 27 May Only Paws and Horses – equestrian and canine event at The Hop Farm. Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY.

Tel: 01622 872068. Trade stands, arena events and demos and friendly dog show. Adults £7.10 online, £8.15 on the gate.

Sunday, 27 May, 12noon-4pm Bees and Beekeeping at Painshill Park, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113 Sunday, 27 May 12 noon – 5pm Froggetts Lane, Walliswood RH5 5RJ Stroll around ‘Spandrels’, a Plantsman’s Garden with a large Plant Sale, Raffle, Lunches and Teas. In aid of St. Catherine’s Hospice. £2.50 (children free)

Monday, 4 June 9am-6pm Surrey County Show at Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1TU

about creatures from all over the globe! £6.50 Children

Spectacular aerial display 12noon. Free admission Friday, 8 June, 11am -3pm Go Potty Decorate and plant your own pot for summer. £2.50 per pot

PRIORY FARM, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ.Tel: 07754 188824.

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 10 Patriotic Scarecrow Trail on The Discovery Walk. Open daily. Wednesday June 6 Craft Tent outside The

Discovery Walk

Thursday June 7 Tractor Trailer Rides. £1 per person. BOCKETTS FARM, Leatherhead 2-10 June - Spring Spectacular ‘Meet the Tractor’ and sit inside the cab, meet and groom the adorable ponies. Birds of Prey displays twice daily (Tues-Fri), animal handling, goat milking, pony rides, tractor rides, pig racing. £9.20 adults and children aged 3 – 17

GATTON PARK, Reigate RH2 0TW Tel: 01737 649066. Book activities in advance. Children under 8 to be accompanied.

Wednesday, 6 June 1.30 – 4pm Camp Building. 8-12 yrs. Come and build a camp in the

woods! £5 per child. Friday, 8 June 10 – 11.30am or 1.15 – 2.45pm Nature Tots: Birds Learn more about the ducks, owls and other birds at Gatton. Craft and nature trails. 2-4 yrs. £5 per child

BIRDWORLD, Holt Pound, Farnham GU10 4LD. T el: 01420 22140.

2-10 June Love Your Zoo Week KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY, Tenterden Town

Station, Kent TN30 6HE

Family Ticket Offer 6-10 June. Tickets reduced

from £42 to £35 - valid for 2 Adults and 3 Children OR 1 Adult and 4 Children.

TOWN & COMMUNITY NCT SALES – supporting the National Childbirth Trust LEATHERHEAD Saturday, 12 May 2-3.30pm (1.45pm members) Downsend School, 1 Leatherhead Rd, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ £1.50 Tel: 08442 43 61 83 DORKING Saturday, 23 June 10.15am-12noon (Members 10am) £1. North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill RH5 4HHTel: 0844 243 6107

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Leeds Castle

Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 Strawberry Fair Food Festival at PRIORY FARM, Nutfield. Plus face


painting and tractor rides.

23-24 June The Supercar Event in DUNSFOLD Top Gear Circuit in aid of The


Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trust

LEEDS CASTLE, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL Tel: 01622 765400

5 - 10 June Jousting Tournament Medieval activities

and family entertainment. Twice-daily jousting tournaments from knights on horseback. Craft activities for children. Adults; ÂŁ19.75, Children ÂŁ12.50.

THE HOP FARM 2-10 June â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jack and the Beanstalk Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giant Beanstalk Hopscotch and Jumping Beans on the Giant Jumping Pillows. Live story book shows. Plus the newly themed childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driving school â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Farmula Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; Victorian carousel; Farmer Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magic Bean Factory; newly expanded Animal Farm and play areas. For Giant Discounts Book tickets today!

SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOW Thursday-Saturday, 7-9 June, All day. South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL One of the largest countryside shows in the South. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farming and wildlife area, champion animals, Shetlands and shires, arena events, horticulture, crafts, shopping, animals, entertainment, a fun fair and much more. Tickets: ÂŁ18, Children ÂŁ7; under 5s go free. Family ÂŁ40.


KT10 9JG. Tel: 01372 467806

Saturday 9 June - Float Your Boat Day Guildford Model Yacht Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

miniature sail or model boats on the lake. 10.30am-4.30pm. NT members free.

CATERHAM & OXTED Saturday, 30 June 10.30am-12.30pm (10.15 members). ÂŁ1.50 Oxted School, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0AB. CHEEKY MONKEY SALES

Entrance ÂŁ1 Contact 07949 44 26 27

REIGATE Saturdays, 12 May and 16 June 9-11am. Now at Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, off Cockshott Hill, Reigate RH2 8BD BANSTEAD Saturdays 19 May and 23 June, 9-11am. Youth Centre, The Horseshoe, Bolters Lane SM7 2BQ

30 June & 1 July The Smallholders Show, SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TL Turn the smallest plot into your selfsufficiency dream, with everything you need for your smallholding. Poultry, sheep shearing, animal displays, produce and talks. Self sufficiency, beekeeping and other rural crafts. Food and craft stalls, bird displays and performances for children. Plus a Fun Dog show that any dog can join in. Music and funfair. Family ticket: ÂŁ25



Bocketts Farm Park 2nd -10th June

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Join our Birthday weekend 19th & 20th May. Receive a free party bag and balloon for each child! See website for details



ÂŁ1 off full price farm entry per person

(max 5 people) valid any day in May 2012 excluding May 7th. Only with this voucher.

Sunday, 1 July 12noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm GATTON COUNTRY FAIR ÂŁ4.50 adults, children free. Country crafts and demonstrations, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, gardens and grounds.

FATHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DAY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 17 June PAINSHILL PARK, Portsmouth Rd, Cobham KT11 1JE Tel: 01932 868113 Sun, 17 June. 10.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. Fathersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day free entry KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY,

Tenterden Town Station, Kent TN30 6HE Sun, 17 June. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Treat for just ÂŁ24.50 includes a return journey on vintage steam train and lunch or cream tea. Adult ÂŁ15, OAP ÂŁ14 Child ÂŁ10 plus catering. HATCHLANDS PARK, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT Sun, 17 June, 11am4pm Have a Go Archery. 6+yrs. NT members free + ÂŁ1.50 for 4 arrows. SISSINGHURST CASTLE, Biddenden Rd, Nr Cranbrook, Sissinghurst, Kent. TN17 2AB. Tel: 01580 710700. nationaltrust. Sun, 17 June 10.30am to 5pm. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day beer tent, BBQ and games. NT members free.

HORLEY Saturday, 26 May, 9-11am St Francis Church, 84 Balcombe Rd, Horley RH6 8AY. LEATHERHEAD TOWN EVENTS Friday, 8 June Italian Food Market, High Street. Sunday, 24 June 2pm. Leatherhead Duck Race. Tel: Lucy: 01372 363652. www.

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HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - CAMPS & COURSES JUNE HALF TERM AND SUMMER HOLIDAYS ALL-DAY PLAYSCHEMES Boer Hill Farm Summer Camp, South Nutfield, nr Redhill Summer - last two weeks of August, 10am-3pm. Tel: 01737 822639

Monty’s Holiday Club at Manic

Monsters 1-4, The Gardiner Business Park, Little Browns LaneEdenbridge TN8 6LH. 3mths-12yrs, 8am to 6pm. Tel: 01732 864 62910 mins fromLimpsfield, Oxted, Lingfield and Dormansland.

Downsend Lodges +and Downsend + at Downsend School,

Shere Wild-Life Camp, Scout Hut,

Goose Green, Shere GU5 9LL. Wed-Fri, 6-8 June. Den building, camp fire, kite making, outdoor games, woodland hunts. 9am-4.30pm or 8am6pm. Bookings: Catherine Grigg 01483 238267.

Adventure and Computer Holidays at The Mill nr Dorking

RH5 5SJ. 4-14 yrs. 5-7 MayPony or Adventure Weekend £255 for 3 days residential. Wed-Fri, 6-8 June and summer holidays (residential option). Horse Riding, Adventure; Art, Craft, Cookery, Dance & Theatre; Junior Naturalist; Computing; Sport. £40 per day (£30 for early payment) 9.30am – 4.30pm. Su Jones Tel: 01306 711005.

Leatherhead KT22 8TJ. Wednesday-Friday, 6-8 JuneActivities for 2-13 yr olds. 9am-4pm or 8am5.50pm. Tel: 07899 011275 (2-5yrs). Tel: 01372 385403 / 07909 861280 (6-13yrs).

Mega Days at The Hawthorns,

‘Fit For Sport’ at Dorking Sports

Croydon Road, CaterhamCR3 6QH Holiday Playscheme for 3–11yr olds. 7.30am-6pm. Contact: Susan Fitzpatrick, 01883 348641

Centre, Reigate Ro, Dorking, RH4 1SW. Call for dates. Extended Day 8.30am5.30pm. £31 p/day £145 p/week. Tel: 0845 456

Pendell Court, Pendell Rd, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ. Half term & summer camp. 4-12 yrs. Tel: Ruth Chaplin 01883 743377.

Kestrels Children’s Centre,

Reigate & Redhill YMCA Playscheme, Princes Rd, Redhill


RH1 6JJ. Tel: 01737 779979. Half term and summer holidays. 10am-4pm or 8.45am-6pm. 5-12yrs.£15.30/ £22.95.Early booking discounts. Rhea Stephenson Tel: 01737 784977

YMCA Yippee Playscheme,

Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch, Reigate. Activities for children with disability. Half term and summer holidays. 10am-4pm. 5-12 yrs. £14 per day. Emily Griffiths, Tel: 01737 222859.

Cranbrook Adventurers School Holiday Club, Coppingham Cottage,

261 Balcombe Rd, Horley RH6 9EF. Half term and summer holidays. £35 per day; £145 per week. 4-11 yrs. Extended day 8am-6.30pm. Tel: 01293 823163.

Charlwood House Holiday Club Charlwood Road, Lowfield Heath, Crawley RH11 0QA . 4-11yrs. £17 am/ pmAll day £32,hourly £4. Tel: 01293 565544.

Blackland Farm, Grinstead

Lane, East GrinsteadRH19 4HP. Day adventure activities for groups of six or more. 7+yrs. Rock climbing, Archery, Zip wire, Orienteering, Low ropes course, Nature walks. Canoeing. 120 acres. 9am-5pm daily. Tel: 01342810493.

Activ Camps at Cranmore Prep

School, West Horsley, KT24 6AT. Summer holidays: 23 July – 10 August. Multi-activity camps for kids 4-14yrs. 8.30am - 4.30pm or extended day. Half day for 4 yr olds. Sibling discounts. Quad biking, aqua slides, dodgeball, inflatables, pool, crazy crash mats, orienteering, foam stick hockey. Call: 07896 54 60 67.

Summer holidays at Royal Russell School, Croydon and

Sutton High School. Super Camps Day camps 8am to 6pm. RAW Camp: Trap Making, Advanced Navigation Skills and Wilderness First Aid. A Passion For..workshops. Popstars Academy. Arts courses. Call 01235 832222.

Swim and  feel  better A gentle swim can burn over

200 calories  in  30  minutes.

Supporting up to 90% of your body’s weight in the water, swimming creates a safer  environment  for people with injuries to exercise. Swimming front crawl can

burn as  many  calories  as  an  8mph  run. One in six people in Britain suffer from depression

swimming can  improve  psychological  wellbeing.   Water is 800 times denser than air, which means you can       burn  more  calories  in a pool.

Tandridge Leisure Centre Oxted 01883 716 717 de Stafford Sports Centre Caterham 01883 344 355

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Out and About Camp Beaumont at Dunottar School Reigate & Claremont Fan Court School, Esher KT10 9LY. Summer holidays. Multi-activity day camp. 3-16yrs, 8.30am5.30pm. From ÂŁ42 per day. Clare Farmer Tel: 01263 823000. daycamps

Priory Events, Sandy Lane,

Nutfield RH1 4EJ. 8-15 yrs. Regular Multi Activity Days (MAD) through the holidays. I hr each Obstacle Course, Archery & Quad Bike Challenge. 11am-3pm. Tel: 01737

TAZ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Adventure Zone - Holiday activities

at Surrey Outdoor Learning and Developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centres in Dorking, Guildford and nr Richmond. 8-11yrs and 11-16yrs. Tel: 01372 378901. outdoorlearning


Adventure and Languages in Torgon, Swiss Alps. June â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August, 7-17yrs. 1,2 or 3 week summer camps for girls and boys. 20% off selected dates (28 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 August) for Families Surrey East readers! Tel: 0845 5191031.

CLIMBING High Sports Climbing Centre, 6 Orchard Centre,

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

DANCE, DRAMA AND MUSICAL THEATRE Perform Drama Workshops, For 3-8 yrs in the summer holidays - Wizard of Oz. Call 0845 4001279

Stagecoach Leatherhead Summer Workshop at Leatherhead Trinity School,

Woodville Road, KT22 7BP. 23-26 July. 4-18 yr olds. 4-7yrs: 9.30am-12noon. 7-18yrs 10am-4pm. Final day show. Tel: Allison Malone, Principal Tel: 020 8394 2244 / 07792 732105

Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Dorking Summer Workshop at The Ashcombe School, Dorking. 30 July - 3 August. Little Performers, 4-7yr olds. Summer Holiday Workshop, 8-16yr olds. Sarah Martin Tel: 0800 007 5482. Stagecoach Croydon at Croydon High School,

Old Farleigh Rd, Selsdon, Croydon CR2 8YB. 23-27 July+ performance. Top Story, 4-6yrs and Grease is the Word, 6-18yrs. Rachel, Tel: 0845 265 7083 or 07986 781380.

Decide 2 Dance Street Dance Summer School at Ashcombe School, Dorking. 13 - 17 August, 10am-12.30pm + performance. 11+yrs. ÂŁ55. Rachel Palmer Tel: 0845 450 5441or07855 941 229

Top Hat Screen & Stage School at County Theatre, Reigate College, Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SD (Also Carshalton) Tues-Sat, 7-11 August + performance. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17yrs. Bugsy Malone - Show in a Week! Tiny Toppers (4 & 5yrs) ÂŁ100; Top Hatters (6-17yrs) ÂŁ150.Sara Dibley Tel: 01737 Inspire Academy of Dance Summer Camp at North Holmwood Village Hall. Dance, singing, acting and craft. Jo Crombleholme Tel: 07783 13 83 48 Dance Focus

Leigh & Dorking. 10.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12.30pm. ÂŁ30 (Members ÂŁ27.50). Call Maxine: 01892 853 272 or 07749 927 783.

June half term and Summer holiday Dance Camps in Reigate, Redhill and Dorking. 4-11yrs. 4yrs (half day); 5-11yrs (full day) From ÂŁ13 per day. Tel: 0844 318 1700.


Dandelion Theatre Arts in Epsom.

COOKERY Summer Workshops â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cookies Kitchen. 5-10 yrs.

Mini Cricket in Chinthurst School, Tadworth and Reigate

St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Fun introduction to cricket for boys and girls. Summer holidays: 3-4 & 5-7 yr olds. 2hrs ÂŁ12 or ÂŁ45/wk Tel: 01737 814399.




Diamond Jubliee       

!"# $%" dance workshop: 6-8 &' (  )**! +*    ,-./$ 0$ ,$June, 10am to 3pm.    1 2 3      Performance 9 June. 6-10yrs. ÂŁ80. Jennai Alberts, *Half day only for 4 year olds, please call before booking Tel: 07785 974870.

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FOOTBALL Football Camps in Reigate, Redhill and Dorking. 4-8 June and Summer holidays. 2-11yrs. Half day or full day 5-11yrs. From ÂŁ13 per day. Tel: 0844 318 1700.

KARTING Bambinos & Junior Karting,

Daytona Sandown Park, Esher KT10 8AN. Tel: 0845 6445502. Karting most days in the holidays, 5-7yrs and 8+yrs. Booking essential. ÂŁ55 per module. 8-15yrs.

LASER GAMES LaserHub, Spindle Way, Crawley,

W Sussex RH10 1TG June half term and summer holidays: Mon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fri 10am-5pm. Laser tag games and food. 7-11yrs 10am-1pm; 11-16yrs 2-5pm. ÂŁ14pp or ÂŁ25 for 2.Tel: 01293 548000.

MOUNTAINBOARDING Ride The Hill Mountain Boarding, Sandy Lane, Nutfield, RH1 4EJ. Tel: 0845 0944 360. Wed-Sun, 6-10 June and summer holidays. Taster sessions 8+yrs. 10am-6pm. From ÂŁ16pp.

RIDING Orchard Cottage Riding Stables, Babylon Lane, Lower


Advertise here from only ÂŁ10 per issue - call 020 8948 6895 for details


BRING YOUR BABY  07725 581057 Redhill/Reigate. Regular zumba classes also running.

Sunday family roller skating,

YMCA Princes Rd, Earlswood nr Redhill. Tel: 01293 776266. Sundays, 11.3012.30pm fun skating with skate hire. 12.30-1.30pm Lessons. 3 yrs to adult. Skate hire ÂŁ1.50. Fun skate ÂŁ2.80. Lesson ÂŁ4.20.All in price ÂŁ8.


and off the water including â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ziggurat Wallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Peg Pole Forestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Slackliningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. 8-13yrs. ÂŁ55/day, ÂŁ240/week. Tel: 01737 644288.


Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Guildford Rd, Fetcham KT22 9BL June half term: From Multi sports to mini Olympics. Soccer Camps 4-13yrs. Soft Play for <8s. Tel: 01372 387679. Also: Parkour Zach Carter Tel: 07527 273562.


Bowles Outdoor Centre, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW. June half term and summer holidays: Ski courses ÂŁ45/day. Snowboard courses. Rock climbing, Kayaking. Archery. 8 to 15yrs. Tel: 01892

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

yrs. Call Sue Sergeant, 01737 276700

De Stafford Sports Centre

EK Sports Camp at Greenacre School


Caterham. June half term: Meet the Queen creative movement workshop, 3-6yrs. Trampolining, 5-14yrs.Biathlon Run & Swim, 10-16yrs. Shooting & Fencing, 10-16yrs.Dance and film project at The Arc, 7+yrs. Summer courses 23 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 September. Tel: 01883

- Banstead. Summer Camp - Multisport Courses, Swimming, Art & Craft Workshop, Drama & Music Workshop, Football Academy. 4-15 yrs. Tel: 01372

Springfit Gymnastics & Trampoline at Oakwood School,

Horley. From 2+yrs. Adam Reynolds Tel: 07932 752081

Agon Sports Limpsfield Blues FC, Glebe Field, Limpsfield High St. Multisports & Activities. School years 1-6. Call: 0208 651 3319, 0750 433 2625.

WATER SPORTS Aqua Sports Mercers Park, Nutfield Marsh Road Nr Redhill. June Half Term and Summer Holiday Courses. 2- And 4-Days. Sailing, Windsurfing and Paddlesports. All levels. RYA & BCU accredited. 8-13yrs. From ÂŁ99. Summer Camp Wetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Wild weekdays 23 July to 24 August. Fun and games on

Tandridge Leisure Centre

June half term: A Royal Invitation, 6-11yrs. Space Create5-8yrs.Our Juneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midsummer at Lingfield Village Church, all ages. Summer courses 23 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 September: Tel: 01883 716717.

Y-Active Scheme, Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch, Reigate. Holiday sports activities . 5-13 yrs. From ÂŁ15.30 per day. Shellie Villette, 01737 784977.   

Kingswood KT206XA. June half term Fun Days ÂŁ50 and summer holiday weekly courses.10.30am-3.30pm. 5+yrs.Beginners welcome. Hats provided. Bookings: 01737 241311.




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