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July-August 2013


Local News

WHAT’S ON for 0-12 year olds in July and August

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

Summer Fun The best events and attractions



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Relax, the warm weather is on its way and the longest day of the year is only just passed – so there are still many more light evenings to enjoy. This is the season of big fairs and shows - see pages 11 and 18-19 and be sure to put your favourite days out in your diary now! Ahead of our big Clubs and Classes issue in September-October, we have a feature on Ballet. Every teacher would love to see more boys in class, so if your son is showing an interest, encourage him to do a free trial class, which most teachers offer. Hooray for our Children’s Centres, which offer so much to so many. See some of their summer activities on pages 14-15. And we can’t resist a few camping ideas for the summer. Start small and local and feel the freedom of living in a field! Have fun this summer. Eleanor Lines, Editor, Families Surrey East


NEWS Babies and Toddlers Time for Mums: Is Pregnancy Yoga for Me? Town & Community Noticeboard 8 Holidays – Camping Fun this Summer 10 Health – Ante- & Perinatal Care 11 Summer Events – Dates for your Diary 12 Walks, Nature and Local Conservation 13 Days Out – All Summer Long 14 Choosing Ballet for your Child Club News OUT AND ABOUT 18 Events Calendar 20 Theatres 21 Holiday Camps & Courses

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Web mag: Families Surrey East is part of the national network of Families magazines. See for more features and competitions. NEXT ISSUE – SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2013, out on 4 SEPTEMBER 2013. Send your news and upcoming events by 31st July for FREE INCLUSION. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS and reach families throughout East Surrey with DISPLAY ADS or ask about our CLASSIFIED LISTINGS – perfect for small businesses and web sales. AD BOOKING AND COPY DEADLINE FOR JULYAUGUST is 31st July. Please send ad artwork by 6th August. For advertising and editorial enquiries, please call the Editor on 020 8948 6895 or email: Cover image courtesy of 23,000 copies of FAMILIES SURREY EAST are distributed free of charge to schools, nurseries, playgroups, clubs & classes, NCT groups, baby clinics, good children’s shops, libraries, theatres & sports centres. Distributed to venues in Leatherhead and Dorking, Reigate and Redhill, Godstone, Oxted and Lingfield, Warlingham and Caterham and down to the Surrey/Sussex border in the south. To obtain copies for your venue call 0208 948 6895 or email Families Surrey East, Spire Court, Onslow Rd, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6QG Telephone: 0208 948 6895 Web: Email: Design: Andrews Design & Marketing, The Studio, 29A Bell St, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AD Tel: 01737 224340 Email: Print: Warwick Printing Company Limited, Leamington Spa, Warks CV31 1QD Tel: 01926 883355 Families® Surrey East is part of the Families® group, established in 1990 and headed by Families® SW London. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor any consequence.

Local News New tots dance classes Inspire Academy of Dance is launching new dance classes for tots: Mother and Toddler fun dance classes for 18mths-2yrs and Ballet Babes for 2-4yr olds.

Chessington supports conservation The Chessington Conservation Fund, launched at Chessington World of Adventures in 2011, raises money to protect the future of nature and wildlife. It supports international breeding programmes of endangered species and habitat protection and has purchased land in Ecuador to safeguard its wildlife. As well as their international commitments, Chessington Conservation Fund is also working with Surrey Wildlife Trust to support their future plans.

Inspire Academy of Dance currently offers Ballet, Tap, Modern and Funky feet classes for all ages in Reigate and Dorking with more areas coming soon.

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To join the waiting list for September, book a free trial or to contact Jo, the Principal, go to the website Tel: 07783 13 83 48.

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Flu and rotavirus vaccines for children Improvements to the UK’s world class immunisation schedule for 2013 have been announced by the Department of Health and include vaccination programmes to protect children against flu and diarrhoea. All children aged two will be offered a nasal flu vaccine from September 2013. A rotavirus vaccination programme will start in July 2013 when children under four months will be vaccinated against this highly infectious bug that causes around 140,000 diarrhoea cases a year in under fives.

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Portrait photography For children and families in and around Reigate SPECIAL OFFER: FREE additional image with every Standard ÂŁ50 booking* For full details and prices call 07879 882 565

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Reading made easy 'First Phonic Sounds' is a fun educational iPad app recently launched to help children take their first steps in reading and writing. Its unique game-play makes learning the alphabet, phonic sounds, initial letter sounds and lower case letter formation enjoyable and more effective.


Hobbledown just got even more exciting with its new underground tunnels. The passageways, with seven entrances in Hobbledown Village, emulate those that lead to the land of Potenesia in the Hobbledown book on which the farm park is based. The new tunnels add to the towers, sand play zones, high ropes course, aerial walkways and 14,000sqft indoor play barn. Hobbledown is all about adventurous and challenging play and guests should wear clothing they don’t mind getting a little scruffy. Adults are asked to accompany the under 5s in the tunnels, which are open from 11am to 4pm at weekends and school holidays. Hobbledown,Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PT. Tel: 0843 289 4979.

EASY2NAME is giving away five ‘Off to School’ sets to Families Surrey East readers. Each set is worth ÂŁ18.90 and contains 30 waterproof stickers, 30 iron-on name tapes, 1 set of shoe covers, 1 bag tag and 1 shoe bag. Just go to and click on the WIN! Tab to enter the competition. Names of the five winners will be drawn at random on July 31st. Please state clearly the name of your child and whether you require the shoe bag in red, lilac or blue. The full Easy2Name range can be seen at

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Local News Caterham Church Walk Shopping Mall refurb July sees the start of a major refurbishment of the mall area, withnew paving, seating, lighting and planters. Visuals can be viewed at and on information boards in the mall. Disruption will be kept to a minimum and the work should finish in November.

Keeping a tab on expensive uniform School uniformcan cost a lot and Ann-Maree Morrison, MD of Labels4Kids, recommends labelling everything from hair bands to swimming goggles. Choose from stick-on clothing labels, iron-on labels and woven iron-on labels, also vinyl labels for hard surfaces, especially shoes, and bag tags. Cheap name tape may not live up to the wash and marker pens fade. Order Early! Kids don’t grow out of name labels!

READER OFFER: Labels4Kids is offering Families Surrey

East readers 10% DISCOUNT on their high quality labels for clothing. Just use the code ‘families’ at the checkout of the recently redesigned website.

Cupcakes Party Local Dorking Mum Katy Chambers has launched Cupcakes Party, a unique party offering that brings the fun and flair of cupcake decorating directly to your children’s party. Working in recruitment at John Lewis for the past 15 years, Katy set up Cupcakes Party to feed her passion for cakes and tea parties, have a flexible self-employed schedule and spend more time with her two children. Cupcakes Party can also cater at all sorts of parties.

50 things to do The National Trust has just launched its 2013 list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’. The campaign was first launched last year in response to the Natural Childhood report, which highlighted evidence of a long-term and dramatic decline in children's relationship with the outdoors. This year there are15 new activities to help reconnect children with nature and set about finding the best places to do them.

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Pick up a ‘50 things’ scrapbook at any participating National Trust place; then download a 50 things planner to find out where to tick off the activities in the area at Children can log their adventures, unlock secret challenges and collect rewards at

SCHOOL SHOES DISCOUNT Shoehouse, the independent shoe shop inBanstead makes your shopping experience as painless as possible, with parking nearby and opening extended to include Sundays, 10am – 4pm, until December. Their new manager has 17 years experience in the shoe business and in fitting children’s shoes and offers good advice when buying shoes for your children. With a wide range of school shoes for children aged 5 – 17 years, brands include Geox, Lelli Kelly, Ricosta, Vans and Kickers. School bags including the Gola & Paul Frank ranges are also popular with children and teens. To help with the cost of buying shoes, Shoehouse has now launched its own loyalty scheme, ‘School Club’. Members receive a card that attracts 10% discount on school shoes. Visit Shoehouse to register and pick up your card. Shoehouse, 127 High Street, Banstead SM7 2NS. Tel: 01737 377638.

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show 2013 - Children go FREE! The annual August Bank Holiday (25/26 August) Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show at The Ardenrun Showground, Ray Lane, nr Lingfield RH7 6LL is an outdoor classroom and playground all rolled into one for children – and this year for the first time it is all for free for under 16s accompanied by an adult. It’s a great event for children and adults alike. This year brings a new family picnic site with regional food specialities in the Food Hall. See pages 11-13 for more information. Tel:Show Secretary 01737 645843.


Families Surrey East has 4 pairs of adult tickets (worth £34 each) to give away for the Show! Go to LOCATIONS/Surrey-East/Win to enter the simple competition. Deadline for entries: Friday, August 2nd.

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Helping children Learning Space is a charitable organisation that provides support for children and young people in Mole Valley and Reigate & Banstead who are experiencing difficulties such as bullying, anxiety, anger, isolation or who may have suffered bereavement. The team provides support on a 1:1 basis, or through group work, helping to raise self-esteem and confidence and to improve relationships and behaviour in and out of school. If you are worried about your child’s behaviour, attendance or achievement at school, or if relationships in the family are difficult, visit to see what help might be available.

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Following the recent dramatic decline in bees, Brogdale Farm's creative bee exhibition helps demonstrate the importance of bees to fruit and food production. Their commercial importance is staggering. It is estimated it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate crops by hand. The National Fruit Collection is an important scientific resource and the largest collection of fruit in the world on one site including apples, pears, cherries, plums and other bush nuts and fruits. With orchard tours and seasonal fruit festivals, Brogdale also has on-site shops, cafÊ/restaurant, children’s play park, miniature railway and micro-brewery. Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XZ.

Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to improve your child’s skills, develop their confidence and inspire a passion for learning. Contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment. Caterham Fetcham Oxted Redhill Tadworth

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More vegetables in Tilda’s new range for kids Tilli the elephant character is central to Tilda’s new range of rice and veggies – Tilda Kids. Tilli’s four rice and vegetables combinations provide 1 of your 5-a-day with a blend of hidden vegetable puree as well as small pieces to help boost your youngsters vegetable intake! Cheese & Tomato, Sunshine Vegetable, Sweet Vegetable & Wholegrain and Mild & Sweet Curry are available in 125g pouches, which take only 40 seconds to cook in the microwave. They can be served as a meal on its own or as an accompaniment to your kids’ favourite meat or fish. See the downloadable activity book for kids at

Hop Farm launches free entry & Safari Play The Hop Farm Family Park is under new management and from now on entry is free. Some attractions within the Park are also free, others cost between ÂŁ1-5. Open 7 days a week, The new Safari Play and CafĂŠ offers an indoor soft play area for under 11s. The <5s have their own separate play area, with baby changing facilities and toilets. Entrance to the Safari Play and CafĂŠ isÂŁ1.50 per person. Also new this summer, the amazing 4D cinema experience. Watch "Journey to Skull Rock" in spectacular 4D with real life wind and bubbles and more. The Hop Farm Family Park. Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY. Tel: 01622 872068.


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PRIVATE HOME TUTORING MATHEMATICS GRADUATE Mother of 2 offers individual Maths tuition for 7-16 yr olds. CRB checked. Godstone area. Tel: 01342 892240

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Babies and Toddlers TIME FOR MUMS

Is Pregnancy Yoga for Me? Whether this is your first pregnancy or you already have little ones at home, yoga is a great way to relax, whilst improving your physical and emotional wellbeing and helping you feel more confident about the birth. Many women who have never done yoga before find that it is an ideal form of exercise during their pregnancies and beyond.


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Saturday, 28 September 10am-12noon (9.45am members) £1. Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, Reigate. Tel: 0844 243 6249


“The exercises are gentle and flowing whilst really strengthening your muscles and relieving the aches and pains of pregnancy.” Reigate mum, 22 weeks

Saturday, 21 September, 10.15am-12noon (10am members). £1. North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill RH5 4JP Tel: 0844 243 6107.


One of the best things about yoga is that it builds the strength you will need to support your changing shape. For many women, back pain feels like a normal part of pregnancy, especially as your baby continues to grow. Prenatal yoga strengthens the muscles that support the weight of your growing child, taking pressure off the lower back. Specific poses create a sense of space and openness that can also help relieve the pressure.

“Yoga classes have made me feel calmer, stronger and better prepared for my baby's birth. They are also a fun way to meet other mums-to-be and compare bumps!” First time mum, 34 weeks

The conscious breathing exercises, along with gentle postures, bring a sense of renewal and vitality. The practice can help instil a real sense of calm in you and your baby, building a great foundation for life after the birth.

Priti Billimoria is a full-time yoga instructor working at the Yoga Ananda centre in Reigate. Priti also offers beginner’s yoga and yoga for children.Tel: 07966 19 16 16

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Classes for babies & children aged 3 months to 5 years For details on classes in Limpsfield Chart, Redhill, Merstham, Godstone, Caterham, Lingfield, East Grinstead, Horley, Reigate & Dorking Call Nick or Carol on 01883 712881 / 724800 Children’s Parties & Nursery Sessions also available!

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Tuesday, 2 July – First Aid Course. Enquiries to Anna, email: Mondays, 15 July and 19 August 10am Nappuccino and Sling Meet – see the free trial nappy kit at Burgundy & Black, St Martin’s Walk. Book: Sundays, 21 July& 18 August 8.45am Dads Bike Ride. Contact Paul: Wednesday, 7 August 10.30am. Dorking Fire Station Visit, Spook Hill. Bookings: Louise on 07966 44 32 36. £3 donation per child.


CHEEKY MONKEY NEARLY NEW Baby and Children’s Sales. Baby equipment, toys and clothes. Refreshments. Admission £1. Contact 07949 44 26 27. REIGATE Saturday, 6 July, 9 - 11am; Saturday, 14 September, 9 - 11am. Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, off Cockshot Hill, Reigate RH2 8BD HORLEY Saturday, 28 September, St Francis Church, Balcombe Road, Horley RH6 9AY

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Monster Moo Launches Horley mum Lynne Geary enjoyed baby and toddler sessions with her first baby so much that, rather than return to her work after her second child was born, she created the perfect environment for other mums and toddlers to come and share creative fun with art classes and cookery. Launching in July after running some very successful taster sessions, Lynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classes will be on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Redhill Youth Association Hall in Marketfield Way. On Thursdays, Monster Moo Studios will be at Subud Hall, Allingham Rd, South Park, Reigate. Monster Moo is mainly for 2-4yr olds, but there is also an art class for the <2s and summer holiday workshops for 4-6yr olds. Lynne will be doing model making, too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a bit of science thrown in! In the cookery classes, children will not only learn to cook, but will be finding out about the food they eat, too. Tel: 07506 115526. (click on workshops for the summer activities)

'Baby Quake' Preparing for Parenthood Experts at relationship charity OnePlusOne help new parents prepare for the effect their new addition will have on their relationship. The transition to parenthood can be a stressful and vulnerable time for couples, and the charityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new report, 'Sleep, Sex and Sacrifice: the transition to parenthood, a testing time for relationships?' demonstrates the difficulties new parents can face and how they can be supported to overcome them. Surprising statistics show that almost two-thirds of new parents had a concern about their relationship which was not there before they had the baby. Of those parents with concerns, 40% of new mums felt they may no longer be sexually attractive to their partner and 25% of new dads were worried their partner was no longer interested in sex. Even more shocking, out of more than 1,400 parents, nearly a quarter were no longer with the partner they had their first child with and, of those parents no longer together, two-fifths split during pregnancy or before the child reached three years old.

Independent Midwives - Yes or No? Midwives who have completed an approved programme of education and have registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (NMC) may practise where ever they choose to in accordance with NMC rules. In the UK that could be in the NHS, the private sector, with an agency or as an independent self-employed midwife. If a midwife chooses to be self employed she is regulated by the NMC midwives rules and standards, and must adhere to the same statutory obligations as an employed midwife. However, insurance costs for independent midwives are now so high that the profession is under threat and professional indemnity insurance may be compulsory after October 2013. Independent midwives not only provide a valuable service by giving mums-to-be continuity of care throughout pregnancy, at the birth (at home or in hospital) and providing post-natal care; they also save the Health Service an estimated ÂŁ10million per year, being paid for by individual parents. Independent Midwives UK, the support and advice organisation for members and parents seeking advice about using an independent midwife, is calling for the Government to provide insurance for their services. The issue is being re-opened by government ministers in September. For an update on the situation, go to

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CAMPING FUN THIS SUMMER There is nothing more simple than putting a tent up and enjoying the simple life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though family holidays under canvas are worth testing locally before going on a big adventure. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn a lot about how to have a successful holiday further afield and lots of fun doing so with our suggestions below for camping not too far away from home â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and with entertainment on hand for the family.

REIGATE ON AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY! Family-Friendly Music festival with camping

CHILLI FIESTA AT BEAUTIFUL WEST DEAN ESTATE Chill out or chilli up at this annual event near Chichester, 9-11th August, now with family camping, that includes a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area with vintage fun fair rides, Punch and Judy and face painting. With live music on two stages from midday until 11pm, 140 stalls and lots of gifts, food demos and sampling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plus 250 varieties of chilli growing in West Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous glasshouses! Early bird bookings until 2nd August give a family of two adults and two children a 3-day pass to the festival (Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday) and the rarely available chance to camp in the beautiful West Dean estate for ÂŁ200. Full camping facilities available â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with quiet camping or pitches close to the festival site and other areas closer to the showers and loos. There is also a caravan/camper area. West Dean is a college run by the Edward James Foundation and famous for its gardens and courses. It is situated in the heart of the South Downs on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and six miles south of Midhurst PO18 0QZ

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Party 4 Patrick on Bank Holiday Weekend! Now in its 5th year, this family music festival is on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August at Littleton Manor Farm, Flanchford Road, Reigate RH2 8QZ with live music across two stages, easy parking, a bustling crafts village, fully stocked bar, local food stalls and a relaxed atmosphere, making P4P a great day out. New this year is Saturday night family camping and music, which costs onlyÂŁ10 when booking the Sunday night. The cost for 2 adults and 2 children (<18yrs) is ÂŁ52 for Sunday night camping and festival entrance, so the total for the whole weekend is only ÂŁ62! The Festival closes at 12noon on Monday. Early Bird tickets are on sale until 12th July. The Festival opens at 5pm on Saturday night, with live music 7-10pm with food and bar. Read more about the Festival, which is in support of the Patrick Evans Foundation, at

SPECIAL OFFERS AT THE HOP FARM, KENT Under new management, the Hop Farm has 500 acres of natural landscape to explore. With several fields for tents, caravans and motorhomes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one hour by car from East Surrey. Not only is there free entry to the Hop Farm Family Park but look for their offers: currently four nights for the price of three and ten free Family Park ride tokens so the kids can explore the rides and attractions. Close to the camping fields are nature walks and fishing, canoeing and kayaking. The Hop Farm is wheelchair friendly and dogs are welcome. Summer prices for a pitch with 4 people are ÂŁ23.50 per night with small extra charges for dogs, additional cars or people etc. The Hop Farm, Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY. Tel: 01622 870838. "!  %#         




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BOATS AND CASTLE VISITS Step into the quiet of Bodiam Boating Station and enjoy a break at a small campsite, where croissants are delivered for breakfast, boats are available for hire and you can even take a boat trip to Bodiam Castle and say there for a picnic lunch. Bodiam Boating Station in Newenden is situated on the Kent/East Sussex border between Rye and Tenterden and just 10 miles from the beautiful sandy beaches of Camber.It sits on the banks of the River Rother in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, linking the Garden of England and 1066 country! Stay aboard the Dannie Lee ferry for the 45-minute ride to the National Trust’s 14th Century Bodiam Castle; take a threehour sunset cruise to Rye or hire the whole boat for a private party.Charter a beautiful 1920s mahogany boat, Irene - perfect for smaller groups and special occasions. Stay in Alex and Vanessa’s small, family-friendly campsite, complete with open fires and breakfast delivery service. Mess about on the river in a rowing boat or kayak, or try your luck at fishing. Enjoy a local beer, cream tea or light lunch and ice-cream in the delightful cafe and tea garden. Open April to October. COSTS: Adult return by ferry to Bodiam (14+yrs) £10; child (3-13yrs) £6; <3yrs free. Or book the whole boat for up to 24 people for £80 per hour. Hire a rowing boat, kayak or Canadian Canoe for £10 per hour. CAMPING: £15 per pitch per night for 2 people plus car. Add £3 per extra person or a dog! Add £2.50 for electric hook-up. A fire-pit can be hired for £5 (includes marshmallows!). Tel: 01797 253 838. NORTH HOLMWOOD DORKING REIGATE HORSHAM COPTHORNE

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ANTE AND PERINATAL CARE Pilates Pilates in pregnancy develops core strength around the abdomen to support the back using stretches and breathing techniques; it also improves mobility and fluidity of movement. These two things make it a perfect pregnancy practice, creating a body that is toned, strong and mobile, helping make pregnancy comfortable and preparing the body to recover after the birth. Zoe Fisher offers small classes for mums-tobe (babies in buggies welcome) and larger classes for the general public. The Pilates training focusses strongly on detailed anatomy and the small classes allow Zoe to pay close attention to everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movements and ensure that everyone progresses appropriately.

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Hypnobirthing For everyone wanting to enter labour in a calm and gentle way, hypnobirthing will help you work towards that end. It can bring many benefits, including a shorter labour and reduced need for pain relief. Birthing mothers report feeling more alert and in control during labour and birth. Babies benefit when they are born drug free. Fathers and mothers can learn the techniques together, including selfhypnosis, visualisation and fear-release exercises. By understanding how the uterine muscles and hormones are working at this time, both partners know more about what to expect and work as a team. Private or group classes totalling nine hours are spread over a time to suit you. The classes are supported by a CD, a book and handouts. Sharon Jeal, the Hypnobirthing practitioner, is also qualified as a psychotherapist, also helping clients with chronic pain and weight loss.


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Craniosacral Therapy is well known for treating young babies but it can also help a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body adjust to the changes created by pregnancy and prepare her for labour.It can help both mum and baby recover from the rigours of labour and childbirth especially if this has been difficult or complex. During the birthing process areas of the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body may become restricted or compressed resulting in common issues such as colic, sucking problems, teething restlessness and irritability. Tracy finds that treating a baby in the motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arms works Hall feeding. well â&#x20AC;&#x201C; andJuniper even during The Centre for Health provides a wide range of medical services and complementary treatments including osteopathy and remedial sports therapy, ante- and postnatal advice and therapies. The clinic offers expert medical care in a small setting. For a full list of services, medical and therapeutic staff, see Centre for Health, Reigate Rd, Hookwood Surrey RH6 0AP. Tel: 01293 780442. Pilates: Zoe Fisher, Body Control Pilates Association. Hypnobirthing: Sharon Jeal DHypPsych (UK) Dip HB Cranio-sacral Therapy: Tracy Evans, RCST Craniosacral Therapy Association.

Craniosacral Therapy Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hands onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approach, a subtle, deep healing process focused on identifying imbalances in the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural rhythms that can be produced by physical knocks or emotional stress. Such stresses make parts of the body contract and can restrict the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s functioning. The therapy is so gentle that it

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Dates for your diary Summer has a habit of coming all of a sudden - and with day-to-day activities for the kids to think about it’s easy to miss some of the big shows and events. Here are some of the shows and fairs that should not be missed this summer…

The Smallholders Self Sufficiency Show at the South of England Showground in Ardingly is a delightful country event with lots to interest adults and kids alike. On Saturday and Sunday, 6th/7th July, animal husbandry and pets, smallholding equipment, plants and country crafts all sit side by side in lovely countryside close to the National Trust’s Wakehurst Place that is also Kew Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank. Polesden Lacey’s Jubilocity

continues the celebrations of 2012 on 6th July with an evening event, 6-10pm and a showcase of talent, torchlight procession, mini beacon and fireworks at the estate in Great Bookham, near Dorking, RH5 6BD. Enjoy picnics and family fun – with tickets available now at the visitor reception.

This year’s Oxted Carnival will be at Master Park on 6th July from 12noon with a ‘Vintage Disney’ theme. The procession will leave the Park at 1pm, returning at 2pm. There will be stalls and entertainment, food and our beer tent. The Children’s Trust’s annual

Fun Day is at Tadworth Court Tadworth on 6th July

from 1-5 pm. With fairground rides, bouncy castle, miniature train rides, farm animals, bungee trampolines and much more – and free entry for children and just £2.50 for adults! Stalls, B-B-Q and ice creams and Pimms complete the picture! For those of you who have never thought of a day out at the races, you should try the Family Fun Day at Lingfield Park Racecourse on Friday, August 9th. In addition to the fun of the races, there is a host of children’s entertainment, Shetland pony racing – and a chance to meet Dotty, the Demelza House mascot. With family packages (fish and chips £39 and carvery £99) to include entrance - plus other food options available, this is a day full of excitement that represents surprisingly good value. Don't miss the Edenbridge and Oxted Show just south of Oxted, at the Ardenrun Showground in Ray Lane, Lingfield on Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday and Monday, 25th & 26th August. With free entry for <16s, there are many free attractions on offer too: children’s cookery sessions and vegetable and flower classes to enter.There is the Hobby Horse Derby on Sunday 25th and the Dog Show Monday 26th. See offer on page 4.


In the main ring children can help round up geese in Bob Hogg’s sheepdog demonstrations. There are free craft workshops, free crèche, free bus service, free parking and the freedom to enjoy meeting Alpacas, Bats, Bees, Cattle, Dogs, Donkeys, Falcons, Ferrets, Goats, Guinea Pigs, Hawks, Horses, Llama, Owls, Ponies, Poultry, Rabbits and Sheep close up and learn about them.

Other great events this summer include The Guildford Festival's Boat Gathering and Pageant on July 6th; Morden Hall Green Day Out on July 7th; Chipstead Village Fair and Horley Carnival on 13th July; The Cranleigh Show on August 5th, Oakwood Summer Fair on August 1012th and The Wings & Wheels Air Show at Dunsfold on 24th-25th August. See the Events Calendar on pages 18-19 for ticket prices, contact and website details. Also online at

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Walks, nature and local conservation


Lingfield Nature Reserves


Pond Open Days â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sundays, 14 July & 11 August

10 am-12 noon. Children to be accompanied. Nets supplied. Admission Free. Entrance by fire station, Saxbys Lane.


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Work Parties - Sundays - 30 June, 28 July, 1 September. 10 am-12 noon. Please bring tools!

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

Meet in Butterfly Garden. Free refreshments. Tel: Anne Richards 01342 870200 or Julie Hearn 01342 835313.

Walks with the Council Rangers (Reigate & Banstead)

Butterfly Walk - Thursday, 8 August, 10-12noon. Join conservationist Andy Kaye

for a walk on the spectacular Stagbury Down to learn more about the butterflies and other wildlife found on this 'Site of Special Scientific Interestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Meet Holly Lane car park, Chipstead CR5 3NR. Walk may be cancelled if weather is too cold for butterflies. No dogs please. Bat Walks - Thursday, 15 August, 8.30pm at Reigate Priory Park pavilion. Free bat walk round Priory Park Lake where the rare Serotine bat is found.Weather permitting. No dogs. & Thursday, 29 August at Earlswood Lakes. Meet at car parkWoodhatch Rd, RH2 7QB

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Outwood Common Family Woodland Rangers Day Saturday, 10 August,

10am-4pm. FREE entry. Meet Outwood Common CP, RH1 5PW. Come along for as long as you like and help our team of Rangers to look after the common, felling some trees and lighter conservation work. Wear stout boots and gloves. Holmwood Wild Adventure Friday, 23 August, 10.30am-3.30pm. ÂŁ20 per child. 7-12yrs.Join us for a day of living in the woods. Build your own shelter, cook your lunch on a camp fire and defend your campsite with crafted beasts. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you lunch but bring along drink & snacks. Booking essential.

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Sunday, 7 July 1.30-3.30pm Wetland Walk on The Moors and Holmethorpe LagoonsJoin SWT Ranger Steve Bolton for a guided walk of The

Moors and Holmethorpe Lagoons reserves looking at wetland wildlife from kingfishers to dragonflies. Binoculars useful. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.Meet: CP on Nutfield Road, near jn Nutfield Road and Cormongers Lane, Merstham RH1 3HH. Suggested donation: ÂŁ2, children ÂŁ1.Tel: Steve 07799 894148.

Sunday, 28 July 2-4pm Butterflies of Norbury Park

Join SWT Countryside Manager Graham Manning for a two-hour walk around Norbury Park to look at and learn about these amazing insects. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Meet: Fetcham CP off the A246 roundabout by entrance to Bocketts Farm. Admission: ÂŁ1, children ÂŁ1. Tel: Graham 07968 832508.

Saturday, 17 August 11am-3pm Furzefield Family Fun Day

30th Anniversary 1983 - 2013

Make the most of your summer in Guildford Photograph Š Blue Stevens

For more details contact the Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333 or visit

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Come down to Furzefield Wood in Merstham to celebrate the hard work by volunteers to open up the woodland. Minibeast hunting, den building, traditional games. Bring a picnic and explore the woodland and meadow! Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Meet: Radstock Way Open Space, Radstock Way, Merstham RH1 3NL. Walking or car sharing is recommended. Admission: Donations. Tel: Laura Ashfield 07967 575255. Alice Holt Forest Wrecclesham, nr Farnham GU10 4LF www. Family Bushcraft Day Saturday 27 July All ages. 10am-4pm Adults ÂŁ25, under 16yrs ÂŁ15, under 3 free. Fire lighting, camp fire cooking, skills for the wildest woods.To book call Mollie on 07979 321369. Chartwell Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS. A new, natural adventure play area opens this summer in the woods of Chartwell, the Churchill family home in Kent, now owned by the National Trust. Children can recreate the fun the Churchills enjoyed in the dens, tree houses & swings.The play area has also been designed to tell the story of the Canadian soldiers who set up base here during WWII, with a camp and bomb crater, complete with a 500lb WWII bomb carved from timber.


Days Out – All Summer Long Priory Farm Discovery Walk

The Discovery Walk at Priory Farm is fabulous for families who enjoy lots of fresh air! Children of all ages love running around finding clues to the nature trails, searching for bugs, banging gongs, scrambling through the labyrinth and climbing on the giant steps at the top of the hill. There are refreshments and a superb farm shop. Open daily, £2.25. Hotline 07711 146566.

Bocketts Summer Fun on the Farm 25th July -1st September 2013 Children will enjoy the animal passport trail, collecting stamps from around the farm to take home. Other activities include pony rides, tractor rides, goat milking and our famous pig racing! And you can meet and feed all the friendly farm animals. With 2 large indoor play barns, trampolines, panning for gold, young driver’s area, sandpits and a giant jumping pillow, plus The Old Barn Tearooms and a Gift Shop open all day – there is plenty to be doing! Tilgate Park Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ is a spacious area for children to run around, offering stunning lakes (with fishing and boating), lawns and gardens and miles of woodland. Tilgate Nature Centre has animals from endangered species to farmyard favourites; the Walled Garden & Café includes a picnic area, maze and themed gardens. The Play Area offers adventure play equipment for children of all ages. And Go Ape! is now at Tilgate Park. Tree Top Junior for 6-12 year olds is now open with Tree Top Adventure for adults opening on 13 July 2013.

Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell

Science fun surrounded by forest! See offer on p. 18.

Tulleys Summer Fun Park 20 July-2 September

including the amazing Maize Maze and free farm attractions making Tulleys a great day out – and easily accessible just south of Crawley via the M23. Find the Goofy Golf Secret Forest, rides and go-karts, straw mountain tunnels, trampolines and giant inflatables, duck racing – plus a little Alice in Wonderland madness. Tulleys is a good place to do your food shopping, too – plus Pick Your Own Strawberries in season – check the website at

Chessington World of Adventures Meet the newly arrived

Kwazii & Captain Barnacles from the Octonauts, the undersea adventure heroes from CBeebies - and learn more about Ocean life. Also - the Zufari off-road truck adventure gives you the taste of deepest Africa (minimum height now lowered) – and the DreamWorks Madagascar Live! Show continues the party! 25% off tickets for Theme park + Zoo + Sea Life centre when booked 7 days ahead. Or upgrade to a 2-day break and stay at the Chessington Resort Hotel! Leatherhead Road, Chessington KT9 2NE Marwell Wildlife is a 140-acre zoo & conservation charity near Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH, with the elegant Marwell Hall at the centre of the Park. As well as all the animals, there are keeper talks and a free Woodland Trail, a good way to explore nature. Marwell also offers Junior Keeper experiences for 8-15yr olds, a morning with the zookeepers. The cost is £150. Book on 01962 777988. Summer family entrance costs £54.50. Book on line and save 5% at

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Clubs and Classes SUMMER FUN

Summer time at our Children's Centres Children's centres provide a valuable range of advice and support for parents and carers. Their services are available to you from pregnancy and until your child goes into reception class at primary school. Children’s centres are the focus for many support agencies, from health visitors providing baby clinics to job centre representatives. You can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just socialise with other people. Your child can make friends there and learn as they play. Children’s centres all respond to the needs of the local community; each one is not necessarily the same. Some operate in groups, or ‘clusters’ with a main centre plus outreach venues, often in more rural areas. Some centres will offer additional services, such as a ‘stop smoking’ clinic or help for parents of children with learning difficulties or disabilities. Many of the services are free; a small voluntary donation may be requested for some activities. Call to find out more about what’s on at your local children’s centres this school summer holiday. Many of the main centres are open all day as usual, many with special days planned for the summer holiday period. Others might have reduced opening hours or just specific sessions available. Addresses and contact details of the Surrey (East) children’s centres are listed here (see right).

What’s on at Dovers Green Summer 2013


Weigh, Stay & Play 9am - 11.15am Stay & Play 12.30pm - 2.30pm


Stay & Play 9.30am - 11.30am Baby Massage 12.30pm - 1.15pm Baby Signing 2pm - 2.30pm


ActivTots 10am - 10.45am ‘Let’s Get Messy’ drop in session 10.45am – 11.30am Post Natal Course 12.30pm - 2.30pm Little Explorers 1.30pm - 3pm


Childminders Play & Learn - every other Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am Weaning Class (Monthly 12 - 2pm) Breastfeeding Session 12.30pm - 2.30pm

To book any of our activities call the centre on 01737 223621 We are now taking bookings for September 2013’s NURTURING PROGRAMME (Parenting Puzzle). 10 week courses available during evenings & mornings. We do ask for a donation for some of our activities. Please call or see our website for more information and to view our full programme:

Need some help and support? Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for advice and information.


Under 1’s Baby Group 10am - 11.30am Baby Basics Ante-Natal 12.30pm - 2.30pm


Dads Inc. (Play Session) 10am - 12 First Saturday of the month Paediatric First Aid 10am - 12 Parent Craft Ante-Natal Session 10am 3pm Contact your Mid-Wife to book a place

Let’s get Messy, ActivTots, Little Explorers and Childminder’s Play & Learn are term time activities only.

Co-ordinator: Anna Durbridge Tel: 01737 223621 Rushetts Rd, Reigate RH2 7RF 14 Families Surrey East July-August 2013

Reigate and Banstead Dovers Green Sure Start Children’s Centre Rushetts Road, Reigate RH2 7RF.

Tel: 01737 223621 Outreach venue: The Acorns Infant School, Brockham & Betchworth Pre-School, The Street, Betchworth RH3 7DJ. Steppingstones Sure Start Children's Centre Earlswood Infant and Nursery School, Ifold Road, Redhill RH1 6EG Outreach venue: Reigate Library, Bancroft Road, Reigate RH2 7RP. Tel: 01737 780255.

Welcare Redhill

24 Warwick Rd, Redhill RH1 1BU. Tel: 01737 780 884.

The Red Oak Sure Start Children's Centre for Merstham, Bletchingley, Nutfield & South Nutfield. Radstock Way, Merstham RH1 3NH. Tel: 01737 645 908.

The Windmill Sure Start Children's Centre Burstow Primary School, Wheelers Lane, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9PT. Tel: 01342 841586. Horley Community Sure Start Children's Centre The Bungalow, Meath Green Infant School, Kiln Lane, Horley RH6 8JG. Tel: 01293 820 068.

Tandridge Hamsey Green Sure Start Children's Centre

Hamsey Green Infant School, Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham CR6 9AP. Tel: 01883 625255.

Hillcroft Sure Start Children's Centre

Hillcroft Primary School, Chaldon Rd, Caterham CR3 5PG. Outreach venue: 2nd Floor, The Old Naafi Building, Weston Drive, Caterham CR3 5XY. Tel: 01883 343987.

Hurst Green and Holland Sure Start Children's Centre Hurst Green School, Wolfs Wood, Hurst Green, Oxted RH8 0HJ. Tel: 01883 723496. www. Kestrels Sure Start Children's Centre Marden Lodge Primary School, Croydon Road, Caterham CR3 6QE. Tel: 01883 348641.

St Piers Sure Start Children's Centre Young Epilepsy, St Piers Lane, Lingfield RH7 6PN. Tel: 01342 831306.

Mole Valley Dorking Nursery School Sure Start Children's Centre West St, Dorking RH4 1BY. Outreach venue: St John's Primary School, Redlands Playlink, Goodwyns Road, Dorking RH4 2LR. Tel: 01306 882397. Leatherhead Trinity School and Children's Centre Aperdele Rd, Leatherhead KT22 7QT. Tel: 01372 812754. Outreach venue: St Georges Christian Centre, Barnet Wood Lane, Ashtead KT21 2DA Tel: 01372 276410. Outreach venue: Bookham Baptist Church, Lower Rd, KT23 4DH. Tel: 01372 459314.

A summer message from the team at Dovers Green We are open all year round, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm and our regular activities will continue through the schools summer holidays. We are busy with ‘School Readiness’ activities for our children starting school in September, as encouraging your child to be as independent as possible will really help them get off to a great start in Reception! We are currently planning a two-hour First Aid course with the Red Cross for children aged 7+yrs. This will be a basic ‘first response’ training, teaching children what to do in a medical emergency. We are also looking to hold a couple of ‘Picnic in the Park’ play sessions during August, held locally in Woodhatch and Reigate. All our courses resume in September, including Post Natal and Parenting Puzzle. For further information on everything that is on offer here at Dovers Green Sure Start Children’s Centre, look at our website or contact us directly. Dovers Green Sure Start Children’s Centre, Rushetts Road, Reigate RH2 7RF Tel: 01737 223621. Email:

Education News CHILDREN'S CENTRES Ashtead Children’s Centre

Leatherhead Trinity Children’s Centre incorporating Ashtead and Wellspring

Leatherhead Trinity Children’s Centre

Leatherhead Trinity, Ashtead and Wellspring (Bookham) Children's Centres work together to offer a wide range of activities, courses and services for families in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Bookham, Fetcham and Effingham. Leatherhead Trinity also offers full daily childcare. A wide range of services on offer from fun sessions for families and their children to job-finder and health services. Also courses for parents to learn more about parenting or train for a job – these Children’s Centres provide great places to meet up with other parents, a stimulating environment for children up to 5 yrs (up to 7 years at Leatherhead Trinity) and much needed support to new parents.

Leatherhead Children’s Centre providing the following services Regular sessions include

New Birth Visits: at home. Baby Massage: five-week course to increase parent-baby bond and calm baby.

Child Health Clinic: health and

development checks for babies and children by Community Nursery Nurses, sessions once a week.

Cook and Eat Sessions: healthy

eating and cooking advice.

Weaning Talks: advice on weaning babies from milk to solids Buggy and Family Walks Personal Safety and Self Defence Techniques: a practical workshop New Baby Safety: post-natal sessions

on home safety and baby resuscitation.

Home Safety: outreach workers

give advice and home safety packs to parents. Also visits from the fire service.

WellSpring Children’s Centre

Domestic Abuse Support First Aid: Paediatric First Aid course for parents. Baby Groups: weekly drop-in for expectant mums & babies to crawlers at all three centres.

Stay and Play: parents meet other parents;

children can play together.

Childminders Stay and Play: run by registered childminders and a member of the Children’s Centre staff. Dad’s Group: Saturdays once a month Look Good and Feel Good: practical skincare tips for mums. Young Parents Group: weekly session: First Aid and Healthy Eating courses. Parenting Puzzle: positive ways of coping with children’s behaviour. PEEP: Parents Early Education Partnership (PEEP). All three centres: weekly groups enable parents to share their child’s development, practical tips and enjoy learning together, finishing with stories and songs.

Sessions at Leatherhead Trinity Centre

Tues - Thurs Tues - Thurs Tues - Thurs Tues - Thurs Tues - Thurs

30 July-1August: 6-8 August: 13-15 August: 20-22 August: 27-29 August:

Number Fun Transport Jungle Bears Seaside

Also Soft Play Sessions on all dates above 9.30-11am. Every Wednesday lunch is provided: Adult £1; Child 75p. For more events check the website

Wellspring Summer Activities

Activity Days at Bookham Scout Centre, Eastwick Park Ave, Bookham, KT23 3NA Sessions in August for 1-6 yr olds accompanied by an adult. Thursdays, 1,8,15 & Tuesday, 20 August 11am-12noon Messy Play £1 per child. 12 noon – 1pm Bring your own picnic lunch. Thursdays 1,8 and 15 August 1-3pm:

Tots sports or family fun in the garden. Tuesday, 20 August 1-3pm:

Small animal handling and Emergency Service vehicles!

Jobcentre Plus: regular updates

about benefits from Jobcentre Plus and a vacancy bulletin. Advice on tax credit entitlement.

A Place to Learn: learning opportunities on a variety of subjects including literacy, numeracy, ICT, cooking, budgeting, crafts, wellbeing and lifestyle, Parenting, Healthy Eating and Lifestyles, Level 1-3 in Early Years and Childcare, Helping in schools, signing, First Aid, Food Hygiene to name a few! The Centre has developed a ‘learning culture’ for all.

All activities £1 per child. Book before you go. Baby Group - Mondays, 5, 12 & 19 August, 11am-12.30pm. Drop-in for parents and babies up to 1yr. Booking not required. Sports Activities in Parsons Mead Junior Ground – Tuesday, 6 August. 18mths-5yrs. Breastfeeding Drop-in Social Group at Sports, 8,22 Redhill Ashtead Children’s Centre,High Thursdays, & 29 August, 11am-12.30pm. Booking not required. Picnic Fun Time – Tuesday, 13 August, 11am1pm at Ashtead Football Club. 6mths-5yrs. Messy Play Time at Ashtead Children's Centre Tuesday, 20 August 10.30am-12noon. <5s. Sports Time Active Tots at Parsons Mead Junior Ground – Tuesday, 27 August, 10.30am12noon. 18mths to 5yrs. – starts September for 10 weeks.

Wellspring Children's Centre



(SCAMMPS), Portage Downs Syndrome Group and ‘Little Steps’, a special needs group run by paediatric therapists from Epsom General Hospital.

Family Links Parenting Puzzle Course

Leatherhead Trinity Children’s Centre Aperdele Road, Leatherhead KT22 7QT Tel: 01372 812754 Open Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm

Support for families of children with disabilities: 'Reach for the Stars’

Ashtead Children’s Centre

SUMMER FUN Stay & Play Sessions 9.30am-12.30pm for parents and with children 0-7 years. £1 per session per family.

Rhymetime: stories, songs and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together.

Bookham Baptist Church, Lower Rd, Bookham KT23 4DH Tel: 01372 459314 Open Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm

Ashtead Children's Centre St George's Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead KT21 2DA Tel: 01372 276410 Open Monday to Friday, 1pm-3.30pm Email:

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C & C Dance School

Clubs & Classes

Choosing Ballet for your child Ballet classes are a good introduction to dance and provide a sound basis for any other forms of dance your child might become interested in. For many parents this might be the obvious activity for girls – but since Billy Elliott and the recent successes of the BalletBoyz, boys are starting to realize the benefits and fun of ballet and dance. Massively popular, ballet is a great exercise that also brings other advantages: coordination, balance, strength, endurance and discipline. Ballet builds core strength and, through careful stretches, allows the extension of limbs required in other dance forms. As a creative activity your children’s imagination will be stimulated and they may also enjoy expressing themselves to music. It’s also a great social activity!

When to begin? Some mother and toddler classes start at 18 months, with mums staying at the class and often joining in. Ballet classes at 2 years can provide a fun and informal way

JML Academy

to kindle a child’s love for dance, focusing on creative movement, imagination and basic ballet steps. Posture, co-ordination and balance begin their development naturally through these early classes. Some teachers will offer a more formal style class at 2.5yrs, others begin at 3yrs old. Your child should feel comfortable leaving you – and preferably should not be in nappies!

Ballet exams The earliest ballet exams are for five-year olds. Ballet technique is tested in an ageappropriate way – whether your child is dancing for pleasure or seems set on a dance career. You can discuss this with your child’s ballet teacher. The main ballet exam boards are the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). These exam boards also provide teaching qualifications. Parents can ask the Council of Dance Education and training (CDET - about the different qualifications.

Ballet homework? This is not usually required, though various new skilled movements can best be acquired through practice. Home practice is expected in the leadup to an exam.

Principal: Jo Swidzinska Tel: 07873 63 42 92 The JLM Academy is an RAD school based in Bletchingley, Charlwood and Netherne offering ballet and tap. We focus on building a love of dance through fun and creative classes for children aged from 2 1/2+yrs. All children who attend make new friends as well as learning new skills and building confidence.

Boys welcome? All ballet teachers welcome boys and their numbers are increasing. Don’t be put off if the number of boys is still low – your son will be learning a valuable set of skills.

What about other styles of dance?

All ballet teachers will have learned other styles of dance during their training, such as jazz, contemporary, tap and musical theatre but won’t necessarily

Creating the Dancers of the Future

Call today to book a F REE Trial!

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

Classes in Bletchingley and Charlwood

Principal: Charlotte Walford Tel: 01737 763391 We encourage all our students to enjoy their dancing in a happy, friendly and safe environment, setting high standards but also having fun. We follow ISTD syllabus and offer non-syllabus classes. ISTD exams can be entered as appropriate. Our small classes are for all ages and abilities, and we see each student as an individual. Mother & Toddler Classes, Mini Movers; Beginner Ballet (from 3 years) is the most popular, especially the mime at the end of the class.

be qualified to teach them all. Some ballet teachers will teach only ballet or may employ teachers qualified in other types of dance. It’s worth checking with your ballet teacher about other styles of dance in case your child may like to try those too. Street Dance has been gaining in popularity because of TV exposure and because children love to learn the dance tricks involved! TV exposure has also given ballroom dancing a boost.

Reigate School of Ballet

Principal: Joanne Evans Tel: 01737 247795 The RSB has celebrated 50 years of teaching and is the largest local ballet school. Jo Evans (anex-professional) is the only qualified ISTD Examiner in the area. They are specialists proving ballet can be fun, but have the expertise to train professional dancers. Classes every day from 2 years to adults. Excellent reputation!

Taking ballet to a higher level

The fun and benefits of ballet are for everyone; a career in ballet is a different story. If you or your child feel that they are keen to take their Inspire Dance Academy ballet a stage further, talk to your ballet Principal: Jo Crombleholme teacher to see what openings or higher Tel: 07783 13 83 48 training might be available. Your teacher may be able to offer private lessons, or provide classes for gifted My name is Miss Jo and along with my dance teachers children and will be able to provide I run dance classes for all ages, abilities and dance styles a clear assessment of your child’s across Surrey and Sussex. talent. Inspire Academy of Dance continues to grow since its Most ballet exam boards run launch in 2011. We have additional exams for promising high standards for our students – the 'Majors' grades, students but the most which your ballet teacher can important thing to us is discuss with you if your child is that the children are ready for more challenging work. having fun. All our You can find details of local dance teachers are qualified classes in our directory online, with the ISTD organized by towns and villages. awarding body; Go to CRB checked dancedirectory for a list of your local and have dance classes. insurance.

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Ballet Vocational Ballet Training arrives in Surrey Surrey Ballet Masters has been developed to nurture and inspire young pupils who have a gift for ballet. It is vital both to harness talent at an early age and provide the correct foundation exercises, which provide longevity to dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; potential careers.

Emma Northmore After 15 years in the profession, performing soloist roles in English National Ballet, and then in Phantom of the Opera, Emma Northmore now teaches in the heart of London at Pineapple Dance Studios, London Studio Centre and the Urdang Academy with connections to English National Ballet School, Elmhurst and Central School of Ballet.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a ball!

For  class  availabilty  and   information  for  Banstead,   Come and see what all the funâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about. Godstone,  Merstham,   Oxted,  Redhill  and  Reigate call  Yvonne  at   Little  Kickers  East  Surrey    on  01737  300  624 or  email

For  class  availabilty  and   information  for   Dorking  Sports  Centre  on   Saturday  and  Tuesday   call  Helen  at     Little  Kickers  Dorking    on  020  8286  6038 or  email


Emma is offering non-syllabus classes, pointe work, repertoire and pilates floor work so pupils can achieve their true potential with confidence and correct management of their bodies. Pupils will have access to rehearsals at ENB Company and other trips where possible. Private lessons and vital guidance are also provided to help each student choose the correct school and when applying for courses. Classes take place once a month in a theatre with a professional pianist. Emma encourages boys to apply and will shortly be offering them separate coaching and repertoire classes. Enquiries to or telephone 07958 72 58 62.

CLUB NEWS Hypopresive Method launches near Horley! Take inches off your waistline and get back into your favourite jeans in just 8 weeks!! Sharon and Debbie are both mums who understand the anxieties and pressures of getting back into shape after having children. They are introducing The Hypopresive Method â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a new exercise programme combining specific postures and breathing techniques to help you lose inches and regain confidence. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, there will be no more need to worry when you laugh, cough or sneeze as the exercises also stop leaks! Classes will take place in Centenary Hall, Smallfield on Mondays and Fridays 9.15-10am. For more information and to book your FREE taster session call 07810 510836 or 07720 772578.

Association of Gymnastic and Trampolining Clubs Caterham - The Rebound Hall: 01883 620971 tTrampolining (Monday through to Saturday) tAdult Trampolining (Mondays & Thursdays) tKindergym QSFTDIPPMHZNOBTUJDTUSBNQPMJOJOH tFunfit (4-7yrs gymnastics & trampolining) tSpecial Needs Trampolining (for siblings as well) Caterham - De Stafford: 07737 306316 t5SBNQPMJOJOHBOE(ZNOBTUJDT (Mondays & Wednesdays) Warlingham School t5SBNQPMJOF (Thursdays) Horley - Oakwood & Redhill - St Bedes: 07932 752081 t5SBNQPMJOJOH(ZNOBTUJDT including boys squad & adults (Wednesday through to Sunday) t'VOĂśU (Combined gymnastics & trampolining) Oriel, Crawley t5SBNQPMJOJOH(ZNOBTUJDT (Fridays) Manorfield Infant school, Horley t,JOEFSHZN (Pre-school gymnastics for toddlers, Mondays 1.45pm) Saturn V are approved & accredited to Gold Standard by Surrey Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Active Surreyâ&#x20AC;? Sports Development Unit

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EVENTS CALENDAR JULY Sat, 6 July, 1-5pm. Annual Fun Day at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth


Court. Children: FREE entry. Adults: £2.50.



Sat, 6 July, 6-10pm. Jubilocity at Polesden Lacey NT. Great Bookham, near

Dorking. Tel: 01372 452048 Picnics and family fun, torchlight procession, fireworks and local talent. £5; child £2.50.

Sat, 6 July from 12noon ‘Vintage Disney’ Carnival at Master Park, Oxted.

More details at /eventsjulyaugust

Mon, 29 July Fairy Fantasy! (4-7yrs) at Gatton Park. 10am. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Mon, 29 July, 12-4pm. Pony Magic rides at Clandon House NT, West Clandon

Guildford GU4 7RQ. Admission + £2.50 per ride. And on Monday, 12 August.

Tues, 30 July to 18 August. Half price for kids on Kent & E Sx Rlwy! Wed, 31 July-28 August, Rainbow Wednesdays weekly at Denbies Wine Estate,

Sat, 6 July, 12-6pm. Guildford Festival Boat Gathering Mill Mead Island

A Lamb Nationals A  Bob Hogg sheepdog demonstrations A  regional foods

GU1 3XL. 4pm Pageant.

London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA. 1-3pm. Create a Rainbow Mosaic - Craft afternoons, £1.50. Also 31 July Tropical Forest Roadshow 11am & 2pm. £6.75. Book: 01306 876616

A terrier racing, horse-drawn coaches & Grand Parade of cattle (Mon)

Sat & Sun, 6-7 July The Smallholders Show, South of England Showground,

Wed, 31 July Camp-building (8-12yrs) at Gatton Park. 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

REDUCED PRICE ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE A flower & dog shows A  heavy horse village A  children’s cookery school A  hobby horse racing A  advice on gardening,  poultry & bees

Ardingly, RH17 6TL. £10; child £6; family £26.

A archery A  fly fishing A  vintage cars A  300+ shops


Sun, 7 July, 10am-5pm Wildlife Aid Day, Randalls Farmhouse, Leatherhead KT22 0AL. Entrance £10 per car.

*accompanied by an adult ticket holder in the party

Sun, 7 July, 11am-4pm. Green Day Out Morden Hall Park NT, Morden SM4 5JD. Free. Sun, 7 July ,12-5pm Gatton Country Fair Gatton Park, Rocky Lane, Reigate RH2 0TW. £5; children free. Sat, 13 July, 12.30-5pm, Chipstead Village Fair at Elmore, High Rd, CR5 3SB.


Sat, 13 July,10am-4pm Reigate Caves Open Day. Tunnel Road and Castle Grounds,

The Look Out Discovery Centre

Family: £6-£9

Wed, 17– Sat, 27 July The Selfish Giant & other tales. 7.30 pm Gatton

Community Theatre £12 adults, <16s £8. Tickets:

A great family day out whatever the weather!

23 and 30 July and 6, 13 & 20 August, Llama Trekking at Chiddingstone Castle 11am & 2.30pm nr Edenbridge, Kent

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! New! Bu il d It Fri, 2 August Toddler Tales and Trails at Gatton Park. 10am or 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066. Sat, 3 August Cranleigh Agricultural Show Family: £27 (advance). Between Cranleigh and Ewhurst. Sun, 4 August, 1-5pm. Gardens and Grounds Open at Gatton Park, Reigate. £4; children free. Sunday, 4 August, 11am-4pm. Get outdoors and closer to nature. Morden Hall Park NT. Join in activities about wildlife. Free

Mon, 5 August, Butterflies (4-7yrs) Gatton Park, Reigate. 10am or 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066. Mon-Fri, 5 to 9 August Birds of Prey at Claremont Landscape Garden NT, Esher Mon, 5-30 August Brooklands Museum, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Family

activities and car, bus and plane displays. 10am-5pm. £10; child £5.50; <5s free. Tel: 01932 857381

The Look Out Discovery Centre Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7QW Tel: 01344 354400

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Pinetum, Goudhurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SJ. Learn all about the Pinetum! Collect and draw. £2 per child. Plus Adventure Play area, Go Ape!, cycle tracks, visitor centre.

KT10 9JG. Flying displays 1 & 3.30pm daily. Normal admission.

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Thurs, 1 & 15 August, 10am-3pm Drop-in Summer Trail, Bedgebury


Sat-Mon, 27-29 July A Day Out with Thomas at the Kent & E. Sx Railway, Tenterden. Children’s activities. Wed, 7 August, 10.30, 12.30 & 2pm. Punch & Judy with Magic Fun Denbies,

Dorking RH5 6AA. £3.50. Book: 01306 876616 or

Out and About Regular events at National Trust venues Hatchlands Park NT East Clandon, Guildford. Tel: 01483 222482. Funday Fridays in August, 11am-4pm. ÂŁ2 Polesden Lacey NT Great Bookham, near Dorking.Tel: 01372 452048

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Wed, 7 August Teddy Bears Picnic at Birdworld, Farnham. 10am-6pm. Adult: ÂŁ15.95; child: ÂŁ12.95-ÂŁ13.95. Tel: 01420 22992.

Thu, 8 August, Underwater Art (8+yrs) Gatton Park.

10am-2pm. ÂŁ8. Book: 01737 649066.

Fri, 9 August Go Dotty with Demelza! Family Fun Day at Lingfield Park Racecourse (see p.11) Racecourse Rd, Lingfield RH7 6PQ Tel: 01342 834 800.

Fri, 9 August Toddler Tales and Trails (2-4yrs) Gatton Park.

10am or 1.30pm. ÂŁ6. Book: 01737 649066.

Fri to Sun, 9-11 August, 10.30am11pm Chilli Fiesta at West Dean

Estate nr Chichester, PO18 0QZ. This year with camping! (see page 8)

Shalford Mill NT Guildford. Tel: 01483 561389 Watermill Wednesdays Wed 7, 14, 21 & 28 Aug 11am-4.30pm. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. Mill your own flour on Wed 21.Child ÂŁ1.50 Morden Hall Park NT Morden. Tel: 020 8545 6850Thursday Family holiday activities: 25 Jul, 1, 8, 15,

22 & 29 Aug 11am-3pm. Child ÂŁ1.50, family ÂŁ4.

Winkworth Arboretum NT Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD. Tel: 01483 208477. Thurs, 1 Aug to Sun, 1 Sep, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm Woodland Trail Normal admission + 50p trail

Wed, 14 August Henfold Birds of Prey, Denbies, London Rd, Dorking RH5 Wed, 14 August Fork to Fork (8+yrs) Gatton Park. 10am-3pm. ÂŁ8. Book: 01737 649066.


Wed, 14 August, 2pm & 3.30pm. Teddy Bears Story Time at Painshill


Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113.

Thu, 15 August Family Treasure Hunt (4-7yrs) Gatton Park. 10am or 1.30pm. ÂŁ6. Book: 01737 649066.




Sat, 17 August, 2-4pm. Family Saturday at Dorking Museum, 62 West

Sat, 10 August, 12noon-5.30pm. Oakwood, Ockley & Forest Green Flower Show & Summer Fair, Cricket

Sat & Sun 17-18 August, 10.30am-4.30pm Tree climbing, zip wire and rope swings at Claremont Landscape Garden NT Esher.

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6AA. 10am-2pm. Display 12noon. Free.

St. Up to 10yrs. Open Thurs 1-4pm, Fri & Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm. Adult entry ÂŁ2, Child ÂŁ1, <5s free.

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Mon, 12 August Pond-dipping (4-7yrs) Gatton Park. 10am or 1.30pm. ÂŁ6. Book: 01737 649066.

Sat, 10 August, 10am-4pm Reigate Caves Open Day. Tunnel Road and Castle Grounds, Family: ÂŁ6-ÂŁ9


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EVENTS CALENDAR CONTINUED Sun, 18 Aug, 12noon-3pm. Dog lovers’ day Winkworth Arboretum NT Godalming. Tel: 01483 208477. £2 for competitions.

Thurs, 22 August Bat Night (6-12yrs) Gatton Park. 7-9 pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Mon, 19 August Bug Safari (4-7yrs)

Fri, 23 August Toddler Tales & Trails

Gatton Park. 10am or 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Tues & Thurs, 20 & 22 August, 10am-12noon Family Backpack Trail

at Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent TN17 2SJ. 9+yrs. £6 per child. Book: 01580 879820. forestry.

Wed, 21 August Pirate Challenge (4-

7yrs) Gatton Park. 10am or 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Wed, 21 August Teddy Bears’ Summer Disco, Denbies, Dorking RH5

6AA. 11am & 1.30pm. £7.25 per teddy. Book: 01306 876616 or

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

DORKING Dorking Halls

Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG Tel: 01306 881717 Friends of Dorking Halls receive discounted ticket prices. Saturday morning cinema 11am. Room on the Broom 26-28 July, 11am & 2pm. 3+yrs. £12; Child £10

REDHILL The Harlequin Theatre Warwick

(2-4yrs) Gatton Park. 10am or 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Sat & Sun, 24-25 August, 9am-6pm. Wings & Wheels Air Show at Dunsfold

Aerodrome (9mls S of Guildford). Red Arrow display plus modern and historic aircraft. £45 family (advance). Camping. Booking: 08712 305 572.

Sun & Mon, 25-26 August Edenbridge & Oxted Show, Ardenrun Showground, Ray Lane, Lingfield RH7 (see page 11). Free entry for <16s, lots of childrens entertainment, animals, crafts.

KINGSTON The Rose Theatre 24-26 High Street,

Kingston KT1 1HL Box Office: 08444 821 556 (24 Hours). The Rose’s Culture Cafe offers space for push chairs. Aliens Love Underpants Thurs to Sun 104 August, daytime. 2+yrs. £10-£12

1DGBox Office 020 8688 9291 Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

OXTED The Barn Theatre

WIMBLEDON Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway,

Wimbledon, SW19 1SB Box Office: 020 8543 Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play 4-7yrs Until 17 August £11-£16

Wed, 28 August Fairy Fantasy!

(4-7yrs) Gatton Park. 10am. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Mon 26 August, 11am - 5pm “Sunshine & Strawberries” at Clandon

House NT, W Clandon GU4 7RQ. Games on lawn. Pimms & Strawberries. Normal adm. Plus Pony Magic rides 11am-4pm, £2.50

Tues, 27 August Geocaching Challenge (8-12yrs) Gatton Park. 10am

or 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Wed, 28 August, Tropical Forest Roadshow, Denbies RH5 6AA. 11am & 2pm. £6.75 per child. Tel: 01306 876616 Fri, 30 August Toddler Tales and Trails (2-4yrs) Gatton Park. 10am or 1.30pm. £6. Book: 01737 649066.

Sat, 31 August Outwood Village Show at Brickfield Road, Outwood Sat, 31 Aug, 12-5pm 50 things along the river at Walsham Lock NT, nr Pyrford (just off M25 and A3), GU22 8XE.

Sun, 1 September Gardens & Grounds Open, Gatton Park, Reigate. 1pm-5pm. £4; children free.

SUMMER 2013 OUTDOOR THEATRE Treasure Island at Emmetts Garden

CROYDON Fairfield Halls Park Lane, Croydon CR9

Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN Tel: 01737 276 Saturday morning cinema for children. Dotty the Dragon’s Daughter Saturday, 27 July, 2.30pm. 3-7yrs. £8.50. Family: £32 Seussical Thursday to Saturday, 8-10 August, 7.30pm. Sat Mat 2.30pm. From £11.

25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted RH8 0AA Tel: 01959 561811 The Wizard of Oz – Glow Theatre group Tues to Fri, 2-5 July 7.30pm. 7+yrs. £7.50. Tickets from website or 01883 720167 Heroes and Villains – Starmakerz Theatre School. Fri & Sat, 12-13 July, 7pm + Sat mat 2.30pm. 6+yrs. £8.50 from website or 07771 59 51 71 Grease – Kenley Holiday Workshop Wed to Sat, 14-17 August, 7.30pm. 10+yrs. £10 from the website or 01883 331400

Gatton Park

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Fri & Sat, 12-13 July, daytime. From £11.50; Child from £9.50. Postman Pat Sunday, 17 August, 1pm & 3.30pm £12.50; Child £10.50

CRAWLEY The Hawth Theatre

Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ Tel: Mon-Sat 10am–8.15pm 01293 parking, booster seats and a specially created children’s menu at the ArtsCafe! NICKELODEON’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Fri - Sun, 9-11 August, daytime £16; Family £55 Grease The Musical Thurs to Sat, 22-24 August, 7.30pm and Sat Mat 2.30pm. From £13; Family £35.

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Thursday, 18 July6.30-9pm. Romeo & Juliet Sunday, 18 August7-9.30pm. As You Like It Tuesday, 20 August 6-8pm. Treasure Island (children’s workshop 4.30pm). Adult £15, child £11 (workshop £4), family £42. Hatchlands Park NT, East Clandon, Guildford. Adult £18, child £11, family £47. Tickets: Guildford TIC

Sunday, 21 July 7.30pm Shakespeare’sAs You Like It (gates open 6.30pm)

Tuesday, 6 August, 6pm-8pm Treasure Island at Emmetts Garden NT Ide Hill, Sevenoaks TN14 6BA.Bring a picnic and enjoy the Cambridge Touring Theatre’s adaptation of Treasure Island. Children’s acting workshop 4.30-5.15pm. £3 per child, 5-10yrs. £13; child £9; family £40. Tel: 01732 750367.

Weds, 15 – Sat, 27 July, 7.30 pm Gatton Community Theatre presents The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince and other fairy tales by Oscar Wilde. Gatton Park Reigate. £12 adults, <16s £8; family: £30. Tickets:

Sat & Sun, 13 &14, 20 & 21 July, 3pm Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors Polesden Lacey Estate NT Great Bookham RH5 6BD. Tickets from Dorking Halls on 01306 881717.

Guildford Castle Gardens

Sunday, 14 July, 7pm. Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Claremont Landscape Garden NT Esher. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Adult £16, child £8, family £40 Tel: 0844 249 1895. Thursday, 15 August,7.30pm. Shakespeare’s As You Like Itat Morden Hall Park NT Morden SM4 5JD. Bring a picnic and enjoy the all-male performance by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Adult £17, child £15, Family £60. <5s free.

Ham House and Garden NT

Nr Richmond. All-male performance with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Bring a picnic. Adult £16.50, child £13.50, family £49Book: 0844 249 1895

Friday, 19to Saturday, 27 July (not Sunday, 21) 7.45pm. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov Part of the Guildford Festival. Bring a picnic!£12from Guildford Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01483 444334. Tues, 27 August2.30pm Babe the Sheep Pig In the picturesque Walled Garden of

Bedgebury National Pinetum

Goudhurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SJ. Gates open 1.30pm, picnickers are welcome to arrive early with rug and folding chairs. £9 (2-15yrs); adults £12 Box Office on 03000 680400.

Out and About




INTERNATIONAL CAMPS Camp Suisse Summer Alpine Adventure

and Languages in Torgon, Swiss Alps. 27 July- 3 August or to 9 August. 7-17yrs. ÂŁ990 / ÂŁ1950 20% off for Families Surrey East readers! Alpine Adventure: mountain biking, camping, climbing, survival skills, rafting, watersports, sports coaching. Language course in French/ German/Spanish. Call Julie Tyler / Richard Young: 0845 519 1031


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WEEKLY CLASSES in Redhill and  Reigate

NEW! Camp Glide at Wray Common

School, Kendal Close, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0LR . Arts and crafts, swimming, indoor and outdoor sports, treasure hunts and orienteering. 5-12yrs. 8am-6pm ÂŁ35 per day, ÂŁ150 per week, or choose part days. Contact Andy Setters: 07449 53 23 26.

Camp Beaumont at Dunottar School,

High Trees Road, Reigate RH2 7EL 29 July-30 August, 8am-6pm from ÂŁ42 per day. 3-16yrs. Up to 40 different activities on offer. Contact Clare Farmer: 01263 823000.

Supercamps at Royal Russell School,

Coombe Lane, Croydon CR9 5BX, Whitgift School South Croydon, Sutton High School and Tiffin School, Kingston. Multi-Activities 4-14yrs 8am-6pm or 9am-5pm. Tel: 01235 832222

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Mega Days at The Hawthorns Sports Centre,


Pendell Court, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ. 4-12 yrs. From 8 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 September (excl 29 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 August). 8am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm.Flexihours. Call Phil Jones: 01883 743377 (ext 2087).

Activ Camps at Cranmore School, West

Horsley KT24 6AT. For summer: Multi-Activity camps 4-14yrs. 22 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 August, 8am4.30pm (or 6pm) ÂŁ35/day, ÂŁ165/week. Tel: 07896 54 60 67

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fit For Sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Dorking Sports Centre,

Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SW. Activity Camps. 5-12 yrs. 22 July-30 August, 8.30am5.30pm. ÂŁ34/day ÂŁ163/week. 0845 456 3233.

Problem solving skills Emotional and social skills Fine motor skills Self expression and creativity Confidence and self esteem

Downsend Pre-Prep + and Downsend + at Downsend School,

Reigate & Redhill YMCA Playscheme, Princes Road, Redhill RH1 6JJ.

Leatherhead KT22 8TJ.Activities for 2-13 yr olds. 8am-5.30pm. Tel: 07899 01 12 75 (Pre-Prep, 2-5yrs). Tel: 01372 385403 (6-13yrs).

Tel: 01737 779979. 10am-4pm or 8.45am-6pm. 4+yrs to 12yrs. ÂŁ15.30/ ÂŁ22.95. Rhea Stephenson Tel: 01737 784977

Sports Focus UK in Reigate School and Sandcross School, Reigate and New! in

YMCA Yippee Playscheme, Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch, Reigate. For children with disability. 10am-4pm. 5-12 yrs. ÂŁ16 per day. Tayla Askew, Tel: 01737 222859.

Caterham area and Tadworth. Futsal/Football, Dance, Sports and Adventure camps. 4-12yrs. 29 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 Aug at Reigate School; 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 August at Sandcross School. 8am-5pm or part-days. From ÂŁ25 per full day. Sibling discount. Bookings: 0844 318 1700 or online at

Kestrels Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre,

Croydon Road, Caterham CR3 6QH. Every week in school summer holidays, 7.30am-6pm. 3-11 yrs.Tel: 01883 348641.




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Out and About Kidspace Croydon Holiday Club

at The Colonnades, Purley Way CR0 4PQ. 29 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 30 August. 9am-5pm or 8.30am6pm. ÂŁ35/ÂŁ40. Half day ÂŁ25. Tel: 020 8686 0040

Cranbrook Adventurers School Holiday Club, Coppingham Cottage, Horley RH6 9EF. 4-11 yrs. 8am-6pm. Tel: 01293 823163.

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE CAMPS Wild-Life Day Camps in Shere and

Cobham. 17 July-29 August, 9am-4pm. 4-10yrs. Call Tara: 01483 238 267.

Stagecoach Coulsdon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Woodcote High School, Meadow Rise, Coulsdon CR5 2EH. 5-9 August for Join the Circus Workshop 4-6yrs (ÂŁ90) and CATS Stagecoach version, 6-18yrs ÂŁ150.

Priory Events, Sandy Lane, Nutfield RH1 4EJ.Multi Activity (MAD) Days: 23,26 & 30 July; 1,6,8,13,16,20, 22 August. Obstacle Course, Archery and Quad Bike Challenge. 8-15 yrs. 10.45am-3pm. Tel: 01737 822484. TAZ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Adventure Zone

High Ashurst, Headley Lane, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6DQ. One day activities: climbing and abseiling, multi activities or woodland skills. Also Thames Young Mariners at Richmond for canoeoing and sailing. 8-16 yrs. Tel: 01372 378901.

Wild Learning Summer Holiday Camp Polesden Lacey Estate, Great

Bookham nr Dorking. 29 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 August. 10.15am-4pm. 5-12yrs. Also at Godalming, Esher and Farnham. Children spend all day with Wild Learning leaders, having adventures in the woods and exploring the outdoors. No two days are the same! ÂŁ37.50/ day. Tel: 01483 424 400.

Wild Woodland Camp at Painshill Park, Cobham KT11 1JE. 29 July-16 August, 9am-4.30pm. 8-13yrs. Book online or call 01932 868113.

CLIMBING High Sports Indoor Climbing Centre, 6 Orchard Centre, Salfords RH1 5EL.

Tasters (4+yrs) & fun days. 4-18yrs. From ÂŁ12. Tel: 0845 363 1177.

COOKERY & CRAFTS Cloud Craft Sewing Courses in

Reigate. Learn to use a sewing machine and make a skirt or pyjamas! 10-14yr olds. Tel: Nicole 07806 798238.

NEW! Monster Moo Creative art and

cookery workshops for <2s, 2-4yrs and 4-6yrs. Reigate & Redhill. Call Lynne: 07506 11 55 26.

CRICKET Mini Crickets holiday courses at Chinthurst, Tadworth, 22-25 July & 19-22 August and Reigate St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 12-15 August. 3-8yrs. Fun introduction ball and team skills. Tel: 01737 814399


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DANCE, DRAMA & MUSICAL THEATRE Stagecoach Redhill & Reigate. Reigate

School, Pendelton Road, Reigate RH2 7NT. Singing, Dance & Drama. Mon-Fri 29 July-2 August, 9.30am-12.30pm Come to the Circus! 4 to 6yrs; 10am-4pm Annie for 7 to 18yrs. Cost: 4 to 6yrs ÂŁ95. 7 to 18yrs ÂŁ135. Tel: 0208 686 0141.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Dorking.

The Ashcombe School RH4 1LY. A week of singing, dance and drama. 29 July-2 August, 9.30am to 12.30pm (4-7yrs) 10am to 4pm (8-16yrs). Tel: 0800 007 5482.

Stagecoach Leatherhead. Leatherhead Trinity School, Woodvill Road KT22 7BP. Dance, drama and singing. 29 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 August. 9.30-12.30 (4-7yrs) 10am-4pm (7-18yrs). Excerpts from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Cost: ÂŁ125/ ÂŁ160. Call 020 8394 2244.

Top Hat Stage & Screen School. Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty & The Beast at The Beacon High School, Picquets Way, Banstead SM7 1AG.Mon-Fri, 19-23 August, 10am-3pm (4-5 yrs 10am-1pm). 4-17yrs. ÂŁ100 for Tiny Toppers (4-5years); ÂŁ150 for Top Hatters (6-17years). Tel: 01737 831184.

Perform Drama. Aladdin Mon-Fri, 29

July-2 August, 2.30-4.30pm. 4-8yrs. ÂŁ145 per child. Quote 'Families' for 10% discount. 0845 400 1279

PtO - Pull the Other. Epsom Playhouse 12-16 August, 9.30am-1.30pm. A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream workshop and stage course. 9-15 yr olds. ÂŁ130/ÂŁ117. Tel: 07801 26 83 87 or 07725 60 68 83.

The Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church St. Matilda workshop and show, 5-8 August. 10am-4pm. 5-16 yrs. ÂŁ100. Call Sally McCormack on 07711 93 79 51. Encore Arts Vocal and Drama Group, Lwr Kingswood Church Hall. 27-30 August, 9am1pm / 10am-2pm. 4-16yrs. From ÂŁ15. Tel Sarah Locke: 07941 36 88 60.

Dandelion Theatre Arts. Lion King 29 July-2 August; Alice in Wonderland 5-9August; Footloose 12-16 August. 10am3pm. ÂŁ60-ÂŁ130. 4-7yrs and 8-12yrs. Epsom Playhouse. Contact: Jennai Alberts on 01306 886243. Inspire Academy of Dance North Downs School, Betchworth. Mon-Fri, 5-9 August, 10am-3pm. 3-12yrs. Dance, singing, acting and craft. ÂŁ25 per day, ÂŁ100 for 5 days. Tel Jo Crombleholme: 07783 13 83 48

Reigate School of Ballet - Summer holiday courses, call Jo: 01737 247795

FOOTBALL Sports Focus UK, Reigate.

Tel: 0844 318 1700.

GOLF Bletchingley Junior Golf Academy, Bletchingley Golf Club, Church

Lane RH1 4LP.J Sats & Suns August, Saturdays Tri-golf 2-4pm for 4-9yr olds; Sundays 11am2pm, 10-16yrs. Tel: Michael: 01883 744848.

Out and About KARTING


Junior Karting – Race School, Daytona

Sunday family roller skating,

Sandown Park, Esher KT10 8AN. 19-21 August, 8.30am-3.30pm. 8-15yrs. Booking essential. Contact Adam Christopher: 0845 644 5502. click ‘juniors’

LASER GAMES LaserHub, Spindle Way, Crawley,

W Sussex RH10 1TG. Laser Specials: 7-11yrs Mon-Fri 10am-1pm; 11-16yrs 2-5pm. Laser games and pizza. Tel: 01293 548000.

MIXED SPORTS Reigate and Banstead taster sessions – indoor climbing, dinghy sailing, parkour, golf. 7-15yrs. £6-£10 per session. Contact Sue Sergeant: 01737 276700.

MOUNTAIN BOARDING Ride the Hill - Learn to Mountainboard! Priory Farm, Nutfield RH1 4EJ. 8+yrs. Bookings: 0845 0944 360.

MUSIC AND YOUNG FUN Monkey Music Leatherhead & Dorking – Monday, 5 August in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall & Friday, 23 August in Little Bookham Village Hall. 9.30am, 10.30am & 11.30am. Musical fun for children 3 months – 7 years. Open to members & non-members. Tel: Janine: 01483 841 303.


Gymnastics & Trampoline Fun with Pointers Gymnastics and

Trampoline Club at Warlingham YMCA Princes Rd, Earlswood nr Redhill. Sundays, 11.30-12.30pm fun skating. 12.30- School, Tithepit Shaw Lane. 4+yrs. For dates call: 07737 30 63 16 1.30pm Lessons, Grades 1-9, 3+yrs. Skate hire, Fun skate & Lesson £8. WATERSPORTS Tel: 01293 776266. Aqua Sports at Mercers Park nr SKIING & SNOWBOARDING Merstham RH1 4EU. Wet n‘ Wild - A week of watersports: 22 July – 26 Bowles Outdoor Centre, Eridge August, 9.30am-1.30pm. 8-13yrs, Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW. 13-16yrs. Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, Skiing for beginners, rock climbing, ropes, Paddlesports, Raft building. £240. Also kayaking, bushcraft and archery, 29 July-23 2-day courses 8-16yrs. £99 special August, 9.30am-4.30pm. 8-15yrs. £45 per offer! Tel: 01737 644288 day; Kayaking £50. Equipment included. Tel: 01892 665665.

SWIMMING Dorking Sports Centre Swim 16 times up to 31 August – only £1 per session! 0-16yrs. Also - Intensive swimming lessons from 9am half-hourly, 22 July-16 August. 3+yrs. Tel: Rona Lucas: 01306 870185.

Tandridge Leisure Centre

Beginners and Improvers courses 4+yrs. Tel: 01883 716717

De Stafford Sports Centre

Beginners and Improvers courses 5+yrs. Tel: 01883 344355

TENNIS & RACKET SPORTS Tennis Camps at Redhill Lawn Tennis Club, Linkfield Lane, Redhill RH1 1JW. 5-14yrs. Contact Tim: 07956 38 35 35.

Junior Tennis Camp Limpsfield LTC,

Detillens Lane Limpsfield, RH8 0DH. Tel: Derek 07947 14 54 75.


Let’s get sewing!

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Learn a new skill and make something lovely! fun sewing parties and bespoke get-togethers informal workshops kids holiday workshops 1-2-1 tuition in and around Reigate Like to know more? Please contact Nicole at or 07806 798238

TAZ - The Adventure Zone at Thames Young Mariners,

Richmond TW10 7RX. 8-16yrs. Tel: 01372 378901


LEISURE & ARTS CENTRES The Arc Arts Centre, Caterham CR3 5XY. Tel: 01883 759418.

Donyngs Leisure Centre,

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

Redhill & Reigate Artistic Roller Skating Club

Burntwood Lane, Caterham CR3 5YX. Tel: 01883 344 355.

SKATING PARTIES / FUN SESSIONS and lessons with qualified coaches

Tandridge Leisure Centre,

Sundays 11.30am – 1.30pm at the YMCA, Princes Rd, Earlswood

De Stafford Sports Centre

Hoskins Rd, Oxted RH8 9HT. Tel: 01883 716 717.

Last Saturday of the month:

Dorking Sports Centre

ROLLER DISCOS 6-8pm for all ages

Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG. See under ‘Fit For Sport’ Tel: 01306 870180.

at Hawthorns School, Bletchingley For more details call Barry on 01293 776266

Leatherhead Leisure Centre

E S TA B L I S H E D F O R 3 0 Y E A R S

Tel: 01372 377674.

Girls Attack! At Hazelwood School,

Wolf’s Hill, Oxted RH8 0QU. 6-8 August, 10am-4.30pm or half day. 6+yrs. Fun sports workshops with a focus on teamwork. Skills coaching for netball and rounders. Contact Lynn Stables & Maggie Morley on 07896 90 23 71.

Hillcrest Netball Club,

Warlingham Rugby FC, Limpsfield Road, Warlingham CR6 9RB. Monday, 29 July – Friday, 2 August, 9.30am-3.30pm. 8-14yrs. £21 per day. Contact Mrs Gina Mattison: 020 8660 1873. Mob: 07957 18 73 14.

RIDING Orchard Cottage Riding Stables, Babylon Lane, Lower Kingswood KT20 6XA. Weekly children’s summer courses starting 15 July. 10.30am-3.30pm. Horse care, riding lessons, games & quizzes. Friday fun day with gymkhana. £55 per day or £225 per week. 5+yrs. Total beginners welcome. Tel Claire: 01737 241311.

Springfit Gymnastics and Trampoline

Club. Freestyle Gymnastics (parkour) at St Bede's School, Redhill RH1 2LQ. 4+yrs. Wednesdays, 31 July – 28 August, 4.306pm. £7.50.Drop-in General Gymnastics "Gym Jams" class at Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley RH6 9AB. 4+yrs. Thursdays 25 July – 29 August, 5-6.30pm. All levels. £7.50. Also Adam Reynolds. Tel: 0203 478 0203.

Trampolining Mega Session

Caterham on the Hill. Anti-Gravity 2-hour trampoline mega session. 4+yrs. £9.50. Tel: Marie Clark 01883 620971

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Out and About

How much food do you throw away? An alarming 75,000 tonnes of uneaten food is being thrown away in Surrey every year. And even though a third is collected and recycled, the cost of dealing with it all adds up to a staggering £6 million a year. That’s the same amount of money it takes for Surrey County Council to fund 630 primary school places, buy a million library books or fix 108,000 potholes.

what we threw away, I realised that we Love could easily save over £10 a Food week. For example, by writing a list before going to the shops and using leftovers for another meal, I now throw away a lot less.” It’s never too late to start reducing your food waste. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Store food properly Correct storage means your food could live for extra days, weeks or even months. Keep the fridge below 5°C and chilled food will stay fresh for longer.

Freezing guidelines Food can be kept It pays to plan Before you do your safely in the freezer The id next big shop, check what you have for years as long ea freeze l as you keep it left, be creative and make a meal r temp eratu frozen the whole planner and shopping list for the re is -18 °C. time. However the week, so you only buy what texture and taste may you need. change over time, so try eating food So to help you waste less, the within three months. Remember to council’s Love Food Surrey campaign Perfect portions Weighing and label items as you freeze them. measuring food is the provides helpful tips on how to best way to cook perfect waste less food and save up to £50 Use by These dates are for safety portions. Use mugs, a month. and must be followed correctly; spoons, spaghetti don’t use any food after the ‘use by’ measures or weighing Following advice from date, even if it looks and smells fine. scales to work out just the the campaign, Penny Using it after this date could put right amount of food to Bramsden, a mum-ofyour health at risk. To extend the cook for your family. three from Guildford life of food, freeze it before the ‘use decided to find out Lovely leftovers If you’ve cooked by’ date, defrost when needed and how much she could use within 24 hours. too much, cool your leftovers as save in a month. “I soon as possible, store in the fridge thought saving £50 a month sounded Best before These dates refer to ambitious at first,” said Penny. “But and eat within two days, or freeze quality not to food safety; foods with them for another time. once I started making a diary of a ‘best before’ date should be safe to eat after this date (except for eggs), but they may no longer be at their best. Every week in Surrey we throw

Did you know? away enough strawberries to cover a tennis court.

Every day in Surrey we throw away two shed loads of bananas.

So waste less...and caddy the rest

This summer in Surrey we’ll throw away enough cake to cover a five mile bike ride.

For more advice visit Making Surrey a better place

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WHAT’S ON for 0-12 year olds in July and August Covering Reigate, Redhill, Dorking Leatherhead, Caterham, Warlingham, Godstone, Horley, Oxte...