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Issue 35 November – December 2010 www.families-lsb.co.uk

Christmas issue – Find out where Santa will be visiting locally

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Including our popular local 'What's On' for families with children aged 0 - 12 in Epsom, Sutton, Croydon and surrounding areas

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News & Views Editor: Izabella Shaw 0208 669 5187 editor@families-lsb.co.uk www.families-lsb.co.uk PO Box 299, Wallington, SM6 6AW ‘Families London-Surrey Borders’ is part of a group of magazines headed by ‘Families South West’ established in 1990. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine, but the publishers and its agents cannot be held responsible for loss or damage, or for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequence. Colour transparencies and any other original materials submitted are sent at owners risk and, whilst every care is taken, neither Families nor its agents accept liability for any loss or damage. Printed by Visa Press Limited 01256 885837, Bramley, Hampshire. © 2010 Families London-Surrey Borders. Designed by Natalie Schmidt www.matobodesign.com.

Contents News & Views ................................................ 2-3 Mum time............................................................4 Parenting .............................................................5 Competitions and gift ideas........................ 6-7 Education ........................................................ 8-9 Christmas Fairs & Santa’s Grottos..............10 Pantomimes & Christmas Shows ..........12-13 Christmas lights ...............................................14 Christmas holiday camps...............................14 Diary dates for families ...........................14-15

Contact Sara on 020 8398 8106 or worcesterpark@stagecoach.co.uk

Families London-Surrey Borders is part of a thriving group of franchised magazines across the UK from the Solent to Fife, but twenty years ago it was a much smaller operation. The first issue in October 1990 was a cut and paste affair in black and white—meaning scissors and glue, not copy and paste. The very first edition, Families London South West, had a mere 4,000 print run, and colour wasn’t seen until Oct 2000. How things have changed.

Send a cheque for £10 together with your name and address to PO Box 299 Wallington SM6 6AW and we will send you the next 6 issues.

Even when the experts said that “it would never work in publishing,” Families started franchising the magazine in 1995. There are now 30 editions of Families in the UK and well over 500,000 copies are printed across the group.

Stagecoach Worcester Park is offering children the opportunity to come and ‘Have A Go’ on Sat, 11 December from 10.00 – 1.00pm. They will spend the morning participating in dance, drama and singing classes before performing for parents at the end of the session.

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‘‘Have a Go” at Singing, Dancing and Acting with Stagecoach

All the experienced teachers have performed in the West End and are passionate about giving children a great education in the performing arts encouraging and nurturing confidence while developing them as individuals and as performers.

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But through it all, Families has remained true to the original thinking, a hands-on magazine for busy mums with useful information, centred around the local community. We think (of course we do) that Families is, and always will be, the best source of local information, news, events and what’s on for parents.

Going online and interactive When the World Wide Web beckoned, we were there. Families has had a web presence from 1997; our own site www.familiesonline.co.uk was launched in 2000 and last December saw a massive re-design with added capabilities. The Families website is a powerful resource that currently reaches into nearly all areas of the UK. Register as a user and find at the bottom of your chosen articles a list of relevant companies local to you. No more searching: the information comes to you. This is simply unique. It’s almost like having a knowledgeable friend at virtually every school and nursery gate in the country. So whereas one parent may get some information on selfesteem for older children, What’s next? another will find exactly Families Online of course. Our website where to take a pair of www.Families-LSB.co.uk offers a huge boisterous toddlers on a bank of useful articles. We have Forums, local rainy Monday. Directories, listings, What’s On and loads of great competitions (see page 6, there is £250 from Hamleys to be won) for example. Remember to log in: our clever software means that relevant local companies appear at the bottom of every article you read. It also means Families LSB becomes your default Home Page when you visit us.

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WIN Enter online – www.families-lsb.co.uk or write to PO Box 299, Wallington SM6 6AW Closing date 1 December 2010.

Win a high definition pocket video camera with Metanium Metanium – Nappy Rash Experts – are offering one reader the chance to win a pocket sized high definition video camera (RRP around £149). Three runners – up will receive a Metanium Busy Baby Wall Planner (RRP £9.99) so you can keep track of your busy week. Metanium Nappy Rash Ointment is licensed specifically to treat nappy rash. Its unique, gentle formula allows the skin to “breathe” whilst protecting it from further irritation.

News & Views Shoes from Shoo will always be exclusive SHOO is especially for children, providing high quality, fashionable, fitted children’s shoes. Their sizes are from babies through to adult size 9, including half sizes and width fittings. The selection covers school shoes, fashion shoes, sandals and trainers throughout the year. Providing a friendly personal service is their pleasure.

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As well as a website, Proprietor Rebecca Mahmood decided to open an exciting new store in Coulsdon, Surrey. It is easily accessible with ample parking. Rebecca said, “We understand little feet and do our best to ensure comfort and fit above all else.” The store stocks a wide range of school shoes includes brands such as Ricosta, Hush Puppies, Petasil & Buckle My Shoe. They have fabulous fashion shoes from Lelli Kelly, Bo Bell, Angulus, Gant, Umi & Merell. 020 8660 1355 www.shoo-online.co.uk

Independent toy store opens on Sutton High Street

Metanium 30g costs around £3.49 and can be bought from most pharmacies and online at www.boots.com. www.metanium.co.uk

Theo’s Magic Sunflower Competition – Winners announced

Theo’s Magic Sunflower Competition raised a total of £2160. This is being split between The Neonatal Unit at St Helier Hospital and The Royal Marsden, both in Carshalton Surrey. The picture shows Theo presenting David Leighton of The Surrey Society Of Magicians with a Trophy, Certificate and £75 prize money for winning the Widest Sunflower award. Anyone interested in taking part next year should contact Theo via theo@magictheo.com. www.magictheo.com

The Baby Kitchen to begin baby weaning classes Lisa Haghir, founder of The Baby Kitchen, is beginning weaning classes for new mums, starting in January.

The Toy Ship has opened in Sutton. Open from 9 – 5 every day at 65 High Street, Sutton, the new store offers a range of toys sourced from independent merchants. Proprietor Ben Mussel said he is trying to re-capture the joy of older times, when children played with jigsaws, modelling kits, and other creative activities. Prices range from under £1 up to around £99 for a top-of the range garage. Contact the shop on 0208 652 9441.

Baby Sensory opens new classes Baby Sensory has opened new classes in Purley, Addiscombe, and Caterham. The classes are designed to stimulate learning in babies from around 0 to 13 months. The hour-long classes opened from this September. For further details contact Gerrie Chadwick / Carmen Hung on 07882 105 298 / 07576 622 698 for Purley and Caterham, or Tabita Gerber on 07980 191 420 for Addiscombe. www.babysensory.co.uk For further information visit www.thebabykitchen.co.uk or call Lisa on 01372 806971.

The classes will be an intensive 3 to 5-hour course with up to 10 mums, covering nutrients, the digestive system, and other essentials. A session costs £125, including refreshments, a bowl, spoon and some samples of frozen food so that mums can go home and start straight away. Lisa is running the course in various locations within about 25 miles of The Baby Kitchen – Lisa Haghir her Epsom base. Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Whatever makes you happy, dear

By Kate Birch

We all need something to take ourselves out of ourselves. Something that is about more than just o being a mum, wife, partner, employee or boss. Getting together with a group of friends is always cathartic but with just dinner or drinks there are, as Margaret puts it “always one or two people who dominate.” But, as she says, “if there is an activity where you can all participate, it is a different sort of evening.”

To book club or not to book club When book groups first became popular, I could not have been more interested. An avid reader of just about anything since I was a child, I had let things slip after my children were born. So when I got the chance to join a book group I jumped at it. Unfortunately, I joined at exactly the wrong time. After looking at To Kill A Mockingbird and a harrowing account of the Holocaust, I offered to host the next session. J M Coetzee’s Disgrace was proposed. It was another gut-wrenching tale and maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised when I received phone call after phone call on the day from mums sending their regrets. In the end it was just me and one other. Happily, most book club mums have a rather different experience from my own. The best things about my book club are that I have a really good time with people whose company I enjoy and also I read more novels than I otherwise would. I sometimes think we should be a little bit more serious about discussing the book and I think anyone who was serious about literary criticism would find it very frustrating. It is a very cosy book group, with lots of food, wine and chocolate involved. (Clare) Cultural jaunts If you are at all worried about the chatter overwhelming the debate take the example of a group of mums who have decided to take the idea of a book group one step further. Once a month they plan a cultural jaunt into town. It can be to a gallery, a museum, the theatre or the cinema. Being right up close to the topic distracts the group away from, well, distractions. And food, wine and chocolate can still play a part.

Finding the calm inside Happiness with a group of friends can also come in a quieter, more spiritual form. About a year ago, neighbours Sue and Ann were chatting about how impossible it was to take any time out without feeling guilty. They thought that if they could just discipline themselves to get together and sit in a room quietly it could help. According to Sue: “We wanted to keep it simple. The one thing we could do was to stop our minds running with a million things a minute.” The group gathers around a real fire in a garden or a candle in someone’s front room. Sometimes they exchange thoughts, sometimes one of the group takes the rest through meditation, guided visualisation or breathing exercises. Sometimes they just sit there and “enjoy the silence.” Sitting still: nothing more, but it is very energising, and it fills us with the simple joy of being away from the hustle of our daily lives. It is not about religion but it is definitely spiritual, connecting with spirituality; we all come from different religious backgrounds (or none for some). They are more conscious of “key times” in the year, of the equinoxes and summer and winter solstice. “It is always special: no TV, no gimmicks, connecting with each other and being outdoors; the simple things in life are always the best.”

Often the group will concentrate on sending out good intentions, thinking about others, focusing, for example, on people in war torn countries. And sometimes one of them has had a tough time in her own life. As Ann puts it: “Because we are all mums, we can provide support and understanding.”

From the sublime to the ridiculousness that is the karaoke group But if quieter pursuits are not your thing and you are more of an exhibitionist, do what I do. It all started when a friend thought it would be fun to get a group around the newly purchased SingStar mics for a bit of karaoke. For some of the mums it was a fate worse than childbirth, but the rest of us embraced it enthusiastically. What started off as a disorganised bit of fun has become slightly more organised Singing talent is not a prerequisite. We don’t take ourselves at all seriously. We have all become closer and karaoke has seen us through highs and lows. One mum found solace in it after a very sad bereavement. The singing and companionship made her feel “less heavy-hearted.” And it is such fun. When Melanie had her 40th birthday party, we all, with very little persuasion, fell in with her idea of putting on a performance. Melanie got in Helen Hampton of Popchoir to coach us and help us with some (very simple) choreography. I just thought ‘I always wanted to bee in a band and this is the closest I can get to it. And my friiends are alll going to be appreciative no matterr how bad we are.’ Well, they were appreciative, very much so. It was one of the maddest and most joyful things I have ever done. And that is the whole point. Ultimately you go home feeling that, as Margaret explains, “instead of being a mum you are someone in your own right with your own hobbies and interests.”

Getting started www.bookgroup.info Use this informative web site to track down a book group in your area. Popchoir, 0845 5 190 890. www.popchoir.com. If you want to sing but as part of a larger group. Classes in Croydon and Dulwich. Rock Choir™, 01252 714276. www.rockchoir.com. Pop, gospel and Motown. Choirs in Wimbledon, Kingston, Epsom Mindfulness combines meditation, breathing techniques and paying attention to the present moment. Check out The Mental Health Foundation’s new online course with support from Bupa. www.bemindful.co.uk Lucky Voice & Karaoke Box have karaoke clubs in Central London. Lucky Voice also has an online service: everything for a Karaoke party on your computer www.luckyvoice.com

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Put the phone down while you talk to your children

Parenting

By David Shaw One of the worst aspects of modern life is that we, as parents, do not always put down our phones, Blackberries and iPads when we talk to our children. This teaches them something. First, that we care more about our phones than we do about them and second, that it is acceptable to be on a screen all the time. At least, that’s what Richard Watson, author of new book Future Minds, claims. His main argument is that we need more time to develop deep thinking. We need downtime for our natural creativity to emerge and we need to switch the phones off, to re-build family life.

Take time to think and reflect While there is a lot of good stuff about the internet and modern technology, “the bad stuff,” he said, “is that I think we are losing the bigger picture; the ability to concentrate; to focus, to reflect and to do what I call deep thinking, which I think is the heart of scientific and artistic creativity.” Another aspect of this, he said, is that we have moved in the space of a generation away from it being commonplace for a child to leave the house, play in the park, climb a few trees and fall into the local pond and not return until dusk. Instead, most parents now do not let their children out of sight. Whether that is caused by fear of stranger danger, or concern about traffic levels, the result is that children are being kept indoors, where the parents think it is safer. A second, and no less damaging aspect of the Facebook generation, said Richard, is that the consequences of making a mistake can be far-reaching. When every child carries a camera in their hand, a stupid playground mistake might be uploaded to YouTube that evening, and by the next morning every classmate has seen it and ridiculed the victim. The thing, said Richard, “that marks out the sub-20 generation from everyone else is that they are connected. All their friends are connected and that network circulates information which competes with the information they hear from parents and teachers.” My absolute critical point, he added, “is the fact that we have created this stuff which is fabulous on one level, but it has the potential to destroy the things which we value the most and that is human relationships and our sense of self.”

Advice from the author ■ When parents come home, switch off mobiles and spend time with their families. ■ If you are collecting your child from school, switch the phone off. ■ When you go on holiday, don’t take the office with you. ■ Remove screens from children on car Richard Watson journeys and let them stare out the window instead. ■ Limit screen time for children. ■ If you have something to say, make time to say it face to face, not by text or email. ■ Remove TV sets games consoles and computers from childrens’ bedrooms. Future Minds, by Richard Watson, 224 pp is published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing ISBN: 9781857885491 RRP 12.99 Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Christmas

Competitions & Gift Ideas

The nights have drawn in, there’s a magical feel to the chill in the air and there’s more than one kind of wrapping-up on everyone’s mind. It can only mean one thing... Christmas is on its way.

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To celebrate 250 years of The Th Finest Toys in the World, Hamleys have teamed up with Families London-Surrey Borders, Closing date to give you the chance to win for the competition £250 of Hamleys vouchers. is 8 December. See To enter log on to www.familiesonline.co.uk/competitions

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Vouchers can be used online at www.hamleys.com or in one of their UK stores, at Gatwick and Heathrow, as well as in Oxford Street in central London.

Use the console for fitness, creativity Two new computer games set for launch on 16 Nov, in time for the Christmas rush may give you some inspiration.

dance classes for 2-4 year olds learn co-ordination, rhythm and great moves to funky pop songs and boost confidence For more info and classes in Addiscombe, Croydon and Purley call Melissa on 07939 520 638 and For classes in Sutton, Wallington, Banstead, Epsom and Hooley call Jo on 07873 634 292 diddi dance parties also available

For children up to around 11, the new game Create aims to stimulate creativity and imagination to unlock a world of play. The more you create, the more rewards and exciting challenges you unlock, opening a world of fun as you go. Available for Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Mac and PS3. Price around £15 - £25, depending on platform from Amazon and other retailers. www.ea.com/games/create For those of you who feel the need to start a New Year workout, EA Games Active 2 offers a serious workout in front of your own games console. Available for PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 with Kinect, the game costs around £70, but comes with heart rate monitors, and strap-on gadgets which connect with the games console to monitor activity levels. www.easportsactive.com

Get your name in the Phrame – personalised gifts Jon Scurrah creates personalised name pictures. Each letter of the name is created from something natural in the environment, often using a theme. Jon said this idea appeals directly to children, tapping into the way a child looks at the world. “Kids can see the names straight away,” Jon explains. “Parents often can’t see it immediately – it takes them a minute, but my work isn’t about the parents. It’s about the kids.” To look at Jon’s work go to www.namephrame.co.uk. He will be at the NCT Fair in Bourne Hall, Ewell on 13 Nov 10

Hold your toddler party at Pistachios in Banstead Pistachios cafe in Lady Neville Recreation ground in Banstead is now offering toddler parties for the under-3s. They take place in a decorated area and include a buffet. Facepainting is available. Then the little ones can run off steam in the playground while mums and dads have a cup of tea or coffee. If you are looking for a Christmas present, check out the range of wooden toys they have for sale. For further information and pricing, contact Neil on 01737 370666. Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Recipe by Kitchen Stars: www.kitchenstars.co.uk

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Equipment

Makes 6

125g plain flour 1 heaped tsp baking powder 50g soft brown sugar 30g soft butter 1 large egg 50 ml milk 1 tsp mixed spice 35g dried cranberries 35g white chocolate buttons 50 ml freshly squeezed orange juice Zest from an orange Oats for sprinkling tasty alternatives... add some lemon zest instead of orange and/or add some raisins in place of the cranberries.

Method

Closing date for the competition is 13 November. See page 16 for Terms and Conditions.

Wi t W Winter Wonderland d l d offers ff an amazing i Christmas day out, with beautifully decorated t d attractions set out across 20 acres of historic parkland right in the heart of the capital. For more details, see our What’s On pages. COMPETITION: We have a family of 4 ticket for one lucky reader. This is valid for the launch evening of 18 November and includes passes for all the rides and attractions. Caution: An ad ult should always put the muffins into and take them out of a hot oven.

Enter online at www.families-lsb.co.uk, or send your name, address, a phone number and email address to ‘Winter Wonderland Competition’, Families LSB, PO Box 299, Wallington SM6 6AW by Friday 13 November.

1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl with a wooden spoon. 2. Crack and beat the egg and add to the creamed butter and sugar, mix well. 3. Add the flour, mixed spice and baking powder and mix until smooth. 4. Add the orange juice mixing slowly, follow with the milk. 5. Add the cranberries and white chocolate buttons and give one final mix. 6. Place six muffin cases in a muffin tin, spoon the mixture evenly between the cases and sprinkle with the oats. s. 7. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (gas mark 4) for Put them in a pretty box and 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Healthy facts: Muffins are a treat and should be eaten in moderation. Dried cranberries contain excellent levels of iron. Taking care!: Always wash your hands and keep equipment and surfaces clean.

give them to friends and family.

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Education

From the Head Teacher’s study By David Shaw

Private school aims to meet parents’ needs Thames Christian College caters for pupils of mixed ability, cultures and backgrounds, from age 11 up to 16 (GCSE level). It is located a few minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction.

Headteacher – Stephen Holsgrove

In May 2010, Ofsted rated every aspect of the school’s provision as good, with some outstanding features. In particular, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their behaviour were both rated as outstanding. The school started in September 2000 with 12 children, and has grown almost every year since. It currently has around 120 children running from age 11 to 16 years. Head teacher and co-founder Stephen said he hopes to take that up to 250 children over a three-to five-year period. That expansion would bring in a sixth form as well as more subjects. Currently, the school has a few places in year 10 and one space in year 7, but years 8 and 9 have waiting lists. Class sizes vary from 20 or so in the first two years, down to 15 or below at GCSE level, where the students are divided into two groups. The children are of mixed background and mixed ability including gifted and talented and a few who have learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Thames Christian College is set up to meet the needs of all these children, as well as those closer to the average. Each child has their own set of targets and the teachers get to know each child individually to help them meet their targets. Where support is needed, it is provided by the substantial learning support team. Where children are bright, the teachers extend and broaden the subject matter, to teach beyond the confines of the curriculum. The whole environment is designed to make sure each child is stretched and supported to bring out the very best in that child.

Values are important The founders share a deeply-held view that every child is created in God’s own image and they encourage the staff to help the children reach their full potential. While lessons and Assemblies reflect this Christian ethos, the school takes all kinds of other faiths, though Stephen said, “We prefer to teach our children within a framework of religious belief as it gives them a sense of purpose.” The school has around 25 staff, some of whom split their time between real-world business activities and teaching, coming into the school for a few days each week. This, said Stephen ensures that the teachers are actively engaged in the real world, and can teach the skills needed to succeed there, as well as the more basic educational requirements of the curriculum. The all-inclusive fees are kept relatively low – below £10k per year – in order to allow a diverse range of children at the school. Stephen noted that anyone who can get to Clapham Junction with its excellent rail connections can get to the school. Thames Christian College, Wye Street, London, SW11 2HB 020 7228 3933 OFSTED URN 132237 www.thameschristiancollege.org.uk Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Education Cumnor House now takes girls Cumnor House School has acquired Downside Lodge and West Dene Lodge previously part of the Lodge School. From September, 2011 Downside will become Cumnor House School for Girls. Cognita, which owns Cumnor House has already begun a major programme of much needed improvements to facilities and resources. During the course of this term the school will be fitted with four new laboratories including a science laboratory, a food technology laboratory and an ICT suite and all the children will be using the indoor heated swimming pool based at Pampisford Road on a weekly basis. 020 8660 3445 www.cumnorhouse.com

Croydon High invests in Junior School Croydon High School Junior Department has announced an extensive refurbishment programme, with the first major phase due for completion in September 2011. A significant capital investment from the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), a charity operating the largest group of independent schools in the UK, will see the renovation of classrooms and other learning spaces, improved facilities and the re-development of external play areas, complete with new equipment. Croydon High School is an independent day school for girls aged 3-18. It is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, which is a registered charity. 020 8260 7500 www.croydonhigh.gdst.net/

New Verbal Reasoning programme at NumberWorks The new verbal reasoning programme at NumberWorks ‘n’ Words goes beyond just showing students how to do the paper: it shows them how to decode and answer the question types. With more children sitting the Grammar School entry tests each year, the bar has been raised. Ask yourself these questions; Is your child very competent at literacy and numeracy? Is your child articulate and self-confident? This is not a time to put pressure on the students but rather a time to teach them well in a fun learning environment. Become a NumberWorks’nWords parent and feel confident that your child has professional support. 020 8642 8884 www.numberworksnwords.com/ Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Christmas Fairs and Santas Grottos For more a more comprehensive list of events visit our website at www.families-lsb.co.uk BOCKETTS FARM, Nr. Leatherhead T: 01372 363764 W: www.bockettsfarm.co.uk 2nd – 24 December Open daily 10am – 5.30pm. Santa 11am – 2.30pm weekdays up until Friday 10th, otherwise all weekdays and weekends for Santa 10am – 5pm. Santa’s Magical Haybarn Visit Father Christmas at Bocketts Farm this December – voted by ‘The Guardian’ as one of the top 6 places in the UK to see Santa. There is a trailer ride on the Santa Express to Santa’s magical hay barn workshop where each child receives an exciting present. You don’t have to queue because you can enjoy the farm while waiting for your allocated time. Santa will be there 2 – 23 December. Pre-booking required for groups of 8 or more children. £4.95 per child in addition to the price of farm entry, or £8.95 for those only wishing to see Santa. This December, there will be hundreds of Christmas trees and wreaths on sale at the farm. The Old Barn Tearoom will be serving homemade mince pies and

mulled wine and the Gift Shop is open every day stocking a fantastic range of gifts and toys for all ages. You will be able to see the first set of new born lambs, with 25 expected from early December. CHELSHAM PLACE, Knights Garden Centres, Chelsham, Surrey, CR6 9DZ T: 01883 622340 W: www.knights-gardencentres.co.uk Sun 14 Nov At 11.30am. Santa will be arriving and will be in his grotto every weekend until Christmas Eve. Sat 27 Nov 10.30 - 4.00pm. Santa’s reindeer and a team of huskies will be visiting. There will also be a carousel and BBQ serving hot food and drinks. DAVIDSON PRIMARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR Dartnell Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6JA T: Nicki Armstrong 0208 406 9365 E: nickiarmstrong.macmillan@ googlemail.com Sat 13th November 2010, 11am-2pm. Traditional Christmas fair with craft stalls. Get your Christmas shopping finished early for friends and relatives. Hot drinks and food, singing and good cheer.

EPSOM PLAYHOUSE Ashley Avenue, Epsom, KT18 5AL T: 01372 742555 / 01372 742227 E: playhouse@epsom-ewell.gov.uk W: www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk Wed 8 – Fri 24 Dec Night Before Christmas A unique experience combining a live Christmas show with traditional “grotto” experience where children can meet Father Christmas and receive a special gift. A festive treat for parents and children alike. 2-7yrs. £10/£12.50/£15. Parents can bring their own camera. FAIRFIELD HALLS Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG T: 020 8688 9291 E: boxoffice@fairfield.co.uk W: www.fairfield.co.uk Sat 27 & Sun 28 November Fairfield Presents…. A Christmas Extravaganza! Christmas Craft & Gift Fair including: Entertainment on the forecourt – Synthetic Ice Rink, Large Big Wheel, Fire Eaters & More. Then come inside for the Santa’s Grotto, Carol Singers, Festive Fayre & more. HILLCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS MARKET Chaldon Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5PG Fri 12 Nov 7.30pm. There will be a wide range of stalls selling gifts, including local crafts, handmade cards, pottery, handcrafted jewellery, cupcakes, beauty products, hand massage, refreshments and many more.

Southbank Centre Carousel

LAPLAND UK Bewl Water Estate, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, just 40 miles from Central London. T: 0871 620 7063 W: www.laplanduk.co.uk £44.50 to £62.50. 4-24 Dec This is the multi-million pound interactive theatrical production which recreates Father Christmas’ arctic homeland. Christmas workshops, iceskating, husky dogs, reindeers, Father Christmas’ post office and toy factory and much more for a magical traditional Christmas experience for families.

Bocketts Farm

NCT (EPSOM & SUTTON) Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF T: Tamara Hammad 0844 243 6291 E: sutton@nct.org.uk W: www.nct.org.uk Sat 13 Nov 1.00 - 4.00pm Christmas Fair NCT Sutton & Epsom branch will be holding their Christmas Fair in association with Seaton House School and The Baby Kitchen. There will be a wide range of stalls all picked for their originality and quality and this year’s fair will be even bigger and better with over 30 shopping stalls offering a range of Christmas crafts. Gymboree Cheam and others will be there to entertain the children during the afternoon. Come by and say hello to Families London-Surrey Borders. We’ll be there and would love to meet you. ST ANTHONY’S HOSPITAL St Bede’s Conference Centre, London Road, North Cheam, SM3 9DX T: 020 8644 3857 E: louisahitchen@straphaels.org.uk Sat 4 Dec 10.00 -1.00pm Children’s Christmas Craft Extravaganza Free activities for children of all ages including cake decorating, making Christmas crackers, cards and bookmarks. Free visit to Santa with gift, games and singing. Face painting, a bouncy castle, a tombola and Christmas gift stall also available. Adult and 1st child: £5.00, all additional children £1.00. Come and help raise much needed funds for St Raphael’s Hospice, caring for people in Sutton and Merton. To pre-book tickets please contact Louisa Hitchen.

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SOUTHBANK CENTRE W: www.southbankcentre.co.uk With stunning riverside views, shimmering tree lights and a special sprinkle of festive spirit, South Bank caters for all the Christmas needs: stocking fillers, seasonal markets and Christmas dinners to cracking shows and the best family entertainment.

To win a family ticket for 4 see our competition on page 7.

Please visit the website for a full programme starting mid-Nov.

ROSEDENE NURSERY Knights Garden Centres, Woldingham, Surrey, CR3 7LA T: 01883 653142 W: www.knights-gardencentres.co.uk

Some highlights: 19 Nov – 23 Dec Sun - Thu: 11.00 8.00pm, Fri & Sat: 10.00 - 10.00pm The Cologne Christmas Market evokes a festive German atmosphere when the area between the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall will turn into a promenade for the young and the young-at-heart. Up to 60 traditionally decorated wooden chalets will be selling a wide range of hand-crafted gifts, unusual Christmas presents, food and drink. Younger visitors can visit Santa’s grotto or ride the carousel whilst parents relax, listening to traditional Christmas music. There will be mulled wine and live music on Friday 19 November at 5pm. Admission free. Fri 3 - Sun 5 Dec Real Food Christmas Market Fri 10 - Sun 12 Dec The Chocolate Festival Sat 11 Dec Messiah By Candlelight at The Royal Festival Hall. DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA T: 01306 876616 W: www.denbiesvineyard.co.uk Santa’s Cellar Grotto Weekends and group bookings daily. £6.00 per child, up to 2 accompanying adults free of charge. MORDEN HALL PARK Morden Hall Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5JD Contact: Rebecca Shears T: 020 8545 6850 E: rebecca.shears@nationaltrust.org.uk W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ mordenhallpark Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec 10.00 – 4.00pm Christmas Craft Fair & Santa’s Grotto Come and meet Father Christmas and receive a personal gift. Booking is essential on 020 8545 6850 (lines open on Wednesday 3rd November). £7.50 per child. Do your Christmas Shopping in the comfort of the Snuff Mill with an exciting range of local stallholders. Free entry. ST MARTIN CHURCH CHRISTMAS FAIR Church House, St Martin Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX T: Margaret Angus 020 8393 1749 E: m.angus@tiscali.co.uk Sat 27 Nov 11.00 - 3.00pm. Stalls including secondhand books, bulbs, bric-a-brac, homemade cakes, jewellery

FFree to enter, with tokens for all rides and attractions available for purchase on av the day, but booking is th recommended for Ice Rink re and the Wheel.

and music plus a tombola and raffle. Why not enjoy a homemade soup & ploughmans lunch, too? In the Church there will be a model railway layout and other attractions. TULLEYS FARM Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PE T: 01342 718472 W: www.tulleysfarm.com Sun 28 Nov 11.00am. Santa will be arriving to spend the day at the farm. He will return to Santa’s Sleigh Ride Log Cabin on the 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 13 – 24 December. There will also be a Christmas Barn (grotto type walk through - no Santa), singing chickens, an elf hunt and ice skating. Please check the website for further details. WHITEHALL, CHEAM 1, Malden Road, Cheam, Surrey. SM3 8QD T: 020 8643 1236 E: whitehallcheam@btconnect.com www.friendsofwhitehallcheam.co.uk

WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com 19 Nov-4 Jan 10am to 10pm everyday, seven days a week across 3200m2 of historic parkland. Closed on Christmas day. Featuring: - The largest open air rink in Central London - 50m Observation wheel - Zippo’s Christmas Circus in its very own heated big top with its special show. - Wider variety of themed ride for children - German market - Festive catering from around the world - Indoor and outdoor bars - Santa: Father Christmas will be at the Hyde Park bandstand along with his elves every day.

Sat 13 Nov 11.00am, Woldingham. Santa will be arriving and will be in his grotto every weekend until Christmas Eve. Sun 28 Nov 10.30 – 4.00pm Santa’s reindeer and a team of huskies will be visiting. There will also be a carousel and BBQ serving delicious hot food and drinks. CHESSINGTON GARDEN CENTRE Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NG T: 01372 725 638 E: info@chessingtongardencentre.co.uk W: www.chessingtongardencentre.co.uk 27 Nov – 24 Dec Santa’s Magical Grotto 27 Nov – 2 Jan Christmas Circus For more information and to book visit their website.

Sat 20 Nov 9.30 – 4.00pm Mistletoe Market Craft and Gift Fair Friends of Whitehall Mistletoe market craft and gifts fair in the Parochial Rooms, Cheam Village. Admission is free. WOODCOTE GREEN GARDEN CENTRE & NURSERIES Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 0SU T: 0208 647 6838 Online Booking: www.woodcotegreen.com From Sat 20 Nov Award Winning Santa’s Grotto Santa and his reindeer will be landing to once again spend the festive season at Woodcote Green. The whole family can say hello to Santa’s real live reindeer from Saturday November 27th when they will be free to view up until Christmas Eve, and marvel at his enchanted Grotto opening Saturday 20th November. Prebooking is essential. Entry prices vary, with discounted tickets available for visits in November and early December. For full details of opening times and prices visit the website. Remember to say you saw the event listed in Families London-Surrey Borders. Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Pantomime and Christmas Show Round-up Cinderella

CHARLES CRYER STUDIO THEATRE 39 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3BB 020 8770 6990 www.suttontheatres.co.uk Sat 4 — Tue 28 Dec Rapunzel The story of Rapunzel and her never-ending hair is brought vividly to life in this action-packed adaptation. When a childless couple get their wishes granted and are promised a baby, they seem set on the path to a perfect life - until a magical witch catches the father stealing from her garden. When she threatens to put a curse on him he does a deal with her and she promises to let him go if he gives her his baby when it is born. Rapunzel, as she’s known, is kept locked away in a tower with no doors or stairs. Here she stays until a passing prince is drawn in by her beautiful singing, falls in love with her and vows to rescue her and marry her. Suitable for families with children 5 – 11 yrs. Adults £10, Children £8. Tue 7 - Fri 24 Dec Dreamland Adventure This magical, interactive show is aimed specifically at children aged 0 – 5 years. Be taken on a magical journey into the land of dreams where absolutely anything can come true.Trek through the jungle, soar through the clouds and even visit a special festive someone all the way from the North Pole. A child falls asleep and begins to dream, in their dreams we are taken on a roller coaster journey to the bottom of the ocean, up into the clouds, trekking through the jungle and to the North Pole where Santa and his Elves are extremely busy making lots of presents. Adults £6; Children £4. THE COLOUR HOUSE THEATRE Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way, SW19 2RD 020 8542 5511 www.colourhousetheatre.co.uk Sat & Sun 2pm and 4pm. £7/£9. Parties £6. To Sun 14 Nov Little Red Riding Hood Wonderful new songs and a sparkling, witty script for all the family to enjoy. It’s guaranteed to be full of fun and excitement. 3yrs+.

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR: 27 Nov – 30 Jan 2011 Cinderella Poor old Cinders is desperate to go to the ball but those ugly sisters are having none of it. Will the fairy Godmother help Cinders to meet her handsome Prince? Lots of fun and excitement for a great family show. DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA 01306 876616 email events@denbiesvineyard.co.uk www.denbiesvineyard.co.uk Sun 12 Dec 11.00am The Amazing Adventures of Aladdin Tickets: £5 per child/ accompanying adults £2.50. EPSOM PLAYHOUSE Ashley Avenue, Epsom, KT18 5AL 01372 742555 / 01372 742227 playhouse@epsom-ewell.gov.uk www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk Wed 8 – Fri 24 Dec The Night Before Christmas A unique experience, combining a live Christmas The Night Before Christmas show with a traditional ‘grotto’ experience where children can meet Father Christmas and receive a special gift. By combining the two it’s a festive treat for parents and children alike. For 2-7 year olds. £7.50 to £12.50 – included in the price of the ticket is a photo opportunity with Father Christmas* and a present from him after the show (* parents are to bring their own camera). Fri 17 Dec 2010 – Sun 9 Jan 2011 Dick Whittington & his Wonderful Cat It’s pantomime time.... Tickets from £11.50. FAIRFIELD HALLS Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG 020 8688 9291 boxoffice@fairfield.co.uk www.fairfield.co.uk Wed 3 Nov 1.30pm & 7.30pm, Thu 4 Nov 10am & 1.30pm. S4k’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Bard’s comedy gets a musical transformation from Shakespeare 4 Kidz. It’s enchanting entertainment for people of all ages as the most famous lines are woven into easy to understand modern language. Adults £16, children £10, 1 adult ticket free with every 10 children.

Fri 12 Nov 7.45pm Joe Pasquale: ESP = Extra Sensory Pasquale It’s time for Joe to hit the road and open his third eye, where the audience will take part in amazing experiments that will answer age old questions, like, why do we only use 28% of our brain power while the other 31% lays dormant? Suitable for all the family. £16.50. Sat 13 Nov 1.00pm & 3.30pm The Little Big Club Live In Concert The line up of characters includes Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Fifi and the Flowertots and Fireman Sam. This beautifully written and choreographed show has something for the whole family. Adults £14, child £12, family £46. Sat 4 Dec 2010 – Mon 3 Jan 2011 Pantomime – Cinderella Prince Charming invites you to the most magical Royal Ball ever. So throw down that broom, round up a few mice and rush down to Asda to grab the biggest pumpkin they’ve got for the Pantomime – Cinderella most spectacular production ever seen at The Ashcroft Theatre. Starring Basil Brush, Shirley Anne Field and Gemma Bissix (EastEnders, Hollyoaks). Tickets £17 - £24. Sat 4 December 11am Christmas Concert A festive Christmas concert featuring the wonderful story of The Sleeping Beauty as well as a Toy Symphony, a Sleigh Ride for Santa, a Chidren’s Overture, a Feather Dance, and the lively Can-Can. Special carols which have been composed by local children will be performed, as well as traditional carols for the audience. £7.50. Tue 25 January 7.30pm The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Wed 26 Jan 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sleeping Beauty The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia present two magical ballets for the New Year at Fairfield. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker transports you to an enchanting world where toy dolls come to life and a Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince. The magic continues with Sleeping Beauty, a classic story of love and innocence set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. £28, £30, Seniors £24.50 Children £15. HARLEQUIN THEATRE Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN 01737 276 500 or book online at www.harlequintheatre.co.uk Friday 12 Nov 7.30pm Cinderella Ballet Theatre UK’s new production of the classic ballet, Cinderella, tells everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story. £16.00 (Concs: £14.00 Under 16: £12.00).

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Local Listings Sat 13 Nov 2.30pm Tom’s Midnight Garden The story follows Tom and Hatty, two children in need of companionship who both play in the beautiful garden. However, Tom lives in the 1950s and Hatty is from the Tom’s Midnight Garden 1890s. Tom’s Midnight Garden is a charming story with plenty of twists to keep you guessing, a magical production that culminates in the most surprising ending. There will be a chance for selected children to take part as actors in the drama, whilst the whole audience supports the action as the chorus from the comfort of their seats. £8.50. Fri 10 Dec - Mon 3 Jan Pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk Ticket prices starting from £12.00 and fantastic group and family ticket rates available. NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG 0844 871 7646 www.ambassadortickets.com/wimbledon Fri 12-Sat 13 Nov HMS Pinafore A fast and hilarious production of this famous comic opera, packed to the brim with toe-tapping tunes £12/£22. Tue 16-Sat 20 Nov Cirque De Glace – Evolution A thrilling, breath taking experience filled with music, colour, incredible costumes and jawdropping acrobatics. £10/£28. Tue 30 Nov-Sat 4 Dec Annie This endearing tale of little orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this enchanting musical about never giving up hope. £10/£30.

17 Dec - 16 Jan Pantomime – Peter Pan. With brand new set costumes, amazing special effects and beautiful singing and dancing. POLKA THEATRE 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 boxoffice@polkatheatre.com www.polkatheatre.com Fri 19 Nov - 05 Feb (times vary), 30 Dec: (Autism friendly performance) The Snow Queen Once upon a time, there were two friends, Kai and Gerda. They did everything together and were inseparable. But, one cold, cold night, Kai falls under the spell of the evil Snow Queen and is whisked away on her sleigh to the icy palace far away. Can Gerda save Kai from the Snow Queen and remove the splinter of glass in his heart? And will she survive the epic journey across rivers, forests and snow to reach him in time? Join us this winter for an enchanting tale of friendship and discovery based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story. For children 6 - 11 years. SECOMBE THEATRE 42 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 2SS 020 8770 6990 www.suttontheatres.co.uk Wed 24 - Sat 27 Nov 7.00pm, Sat Mat 2.00pm Pantomime – Cinderella Act One Youth Theatre bring this classic family pantomime to life in a dazzling new production. An energetic and hilarious ride for all the family with great songs from the charts and shows like Glee and High School Musical. Tickets £10.00/£8.50 concessions.

Mon 13 - Sun 19 Dec Pinocchio Full House Theatre Company brings to life the well loved classic tale of Pinocchio. Devised by an ensemble of actors and musicians with influences from circus to surrealism via Comedia del Arte, Music Hall, storytelling and puppetry, Pinocchio promises a real theatrical treat for all the family. Suitable for families with children from 8 - 13 yrs. Adults £11, Children £9. Wed 22 Dec 8.00pm Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular With an abundance of class & style, be taken on a trip back in time to vintage Las Vegas with its hip, cool and style. Outstanding tunes plus endless hanky panky and banter, this timeless soiree remains the hottest party Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular around. £18. ST PAUL’S PLAYERS Hook Parish Hall, 280 Hook Road, Chessington KT9 1PF Fri 26th Nov - 8pm / Sat 27th Nov 2.30pm/8.00pm. Fri 3rd Dec - 8pm / Sat 4th Dec 2.30pm/8.00pm Pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Supporting Kingston Young Carers Project. Tickets £7 adult/£6 child and senior citizen. Box Office 0208 397 3515 (group concessions/ birthday parties - please enquire). WAREHOUSE THEATRE FOR KIDS, CROYDON Dingwall Road, Croydon CR0 2NF 020 8680 4060 www.warehousetheatre.co.uk/kidz.html Fri 26 Nov - 10.15, 1.30 & Sat 27 Nov - 10.15, 1.30, 3.30 Cinderella

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Local Listings Christmas Lights switch on

Diary dates for families

Croydon

www.croydonchristmasfestival.com Thursday 18 November from 3:00pm.

Epsom Saturday 28 November from 11.00am

A day of entertainment for children culminating in the switching on of the centre lights by Father Christmas at 5.00pm. This year’s switch-on will have an Aladdin theme to linking in with the Epsom Playhouse family pantomime.

Sutton www.sutton.gov.uk/towncentre Thursday 25 November Family friendly festivities kick off at 4.00pm on on the High Street with the Christmas Lights switch on at 7.00pm. There will be live entertainment on the High Street and the St Nicholas Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with Harry Potter and Hagrid lookalikes making an appearance. Shops will stay open late plus there will be free parking available at St Nicholas Centre and Gibson Road car parks.

Wimbledon Winter Wonderland www.wimbledontowncentre.co.uk/html-pages/wonderland.htm Thursday 25 November 5.00 – 8.00pm. There will be fireworks, a parade,live music, live dance, Santa Claus, AFC Wimbledon, gift and food stalls and much more for all the family.

Christmas Holiday Camps and Workshops CRAGGY ISLAND CLIMBING CENTRE Oaks Sports Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4AN. 0844 880 8866 Junior Cave & Climb Taster sessions 1.00pm & 2.30pm daily throughout the holidays. Enjoy a coffee while the children take part in a supervised hour long caving and bouldering session. Suitable for children aged 8 – 14 years. £15 per person (includes all safety equipment; shoe hire extra £2.50, but not essential). Booking essential. Ring for further information. POLKA THEATRE 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com Tue 21 and Wed 22 Dec 9.45- 10.45am, 3-4 yrs (Foundation) 11.30 - 12.30pm, 4-5 yrs (Reception) Lost and Found Christmas Workshops A fun-filled, two day drama and craft workshop for fans of the picture book – perfect for getting you in the mood for Christmas. £25 Thu 23rd Dec 10 - 12.30pm Once upon a time... Enter into a world of fairy tales in this festive storytelling and craft workshop based on some of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved stories. £15. Ages 6-11 yrs Sat 4 Dec from 10.30am. World Of Stories And Music Free storytelling on the first Sat of every month. Book on 020 8543 4888 from the month before each event. Liz Fost will tell the traditional story of Babushka. Please see the website for further information and booking details.

MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER DAYTONA SANDOWN PARK KARTING More Lane, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8AN www.daytona.co.uk 0845 644 5502 sandown@daytona.co.uk Available most days during the holidays and at weekends. 9.00 - 9.00pm Mon to Sat (fully floodlit), 9.00 - 6.00pm Sun. Bambino karts for young drivers (5-7 years), cadet karts for juniors (8-16 years) and twin engine pro-karts for the adult/ experienced driver. Daytona Sandown Park Karting The perfect place for all ages to experience performance driving in a professional and stimulating environment. Daytona Sandown Park is the ideal venue for parties, bambino, junior, adult and corporate groups. For more information and/or to make a booking, please visit their website or telephone (see above).

WEEKEND 13/14 NOVEMBER BOURNE HALL MUSEUM Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. 020 8394 1734 David Brooks, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk Sat 13 Nov 1.00 - 2.30pm The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece See the past come alive through the telling of the myths and legends of Ancient Greece. Journey with Jason and the Argonauts and be amazed by their many adventures in the quest for the golden fleece. Listen in wonder as Theseus faces the challenge of the labyrinth and battles the fiercesome Minotaur using his wits and courage. Handle the weapons and armour that the Greek heroes used and wore. Learn how to fight like a hero and defeat the perils and monsters that they faced. Cost £3 per child. LEGOLAND, Windsor www.legoland.co.uk Sat 13 & Sun 14 November Extra Weekend Have one final adventure in 2010, as Legoland opens for an extra weekend. Enjoy many of the rides and attractions for the special price of £15 for adults and £10 for children. The park will be open from 10am till 4pm on this weekend. Selected rides available.

Legoland

WEEKEND 26-28 NOVEMBER

SUPER CAMPS@SUTTON HIGH SCHOOL 55 Cheam Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 2AX

HOMEFIELD PREPARATORY SCHOOL Western Road, Sutton SM1 2TE 020 8642 0965

SUPER CAMPS@ROYAL RUSSELL SCHOOL Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 5BX

Fri 26 Nov 6.00 – 9.00pm. Sat 27 Nov 11.00 – 5.00pm Art Exhibition Come and see an exhibition of art by local artists. Free admission.

info@supercamps.co.uk 01235 832 222 www.supercamps.co.uk 20 - 23 Dec 9.30 - 4.30 (with FREE option to extend 8am - 6pm) Activities: Sports, Arts and Crafts – up to 8 sessions per day. For children aged 4-14. £34 per day, £124 per 4 day Christmas week

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WEEKEND 4/5 DECEMBER OCEANA NIGHTCLUB Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1QP Niamh or Nicola 07818 435 832 kidsgodisco@gmail.com www.kidsgodisco.com Sat 4 Dec 2.00 - 5.00 KidsGoDisco In support of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, returns to Oceana in Kingston for our Real disco fun for all the family. Healthy snacks, glo sticks, temporary tattoos, face painting and prizes galore. Tea and coffee and full cash bar for mums & dads. Buy tickets online at www.kidsgodisco.com, £10 each, early booking discounted family tickets available.

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Local Listings MORDEN HALL PARK Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-mordenhallpark-2 020 8545 6850 (general inquiries)

Diary dates for parents

4,5,12,15,16,17,18,19 Dec 12 - 2.30pm Riverside Café special Christmas menu Christmas lunches will be served. Also during December the Café will be serving spiced fruit punch and mince pies.

THURSDAY, 23 DECEMBER MORDEN HALL PARK The Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-mordenhallpark-2 020 8545 6850 (general inquiries) 23 Dec 11.00 – 3.00pm Natural Crafts Visit the Snuff Mill this Christmas for some festive hands on activities and crafts using natural materials. £3 family ticket (up to 4 members) or £1.50 per person.

TRINITY SCHOOL, CROYDON 020 8656 9541 www.trinity-school.org Ashes Legends Dinner Tue 23 Nov

England batsman and former pupil Mark Butcher, ex-England fast bowler Darren Gough and Phil Tuffnell will be guest speakers at the dinner. There will be a champagne reception, a four course-dinner and a question and answer session with the stars, plus an auction with the proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Tickets: £45 each or £400 for a table of ten. SAVE A LIFE, CHILD AND BABY FIRST AID COURSES British Red Cross, 47 Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0 1BQ Scott Cannon 0844 412 2808 SCannon@redcross.org.uk www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.co.uk Sat 27 Nov & Mon 13 Dec 10 Stage 1: (3 hours) & Stage 2: (3 hours)

£45 per session. Combine both courses and save £20. If you wish to complete both stages on the same day a £20 discount* will be applied at the time of booking to the second stage. *Discount can only be redeemed by phone. For further details or to book a course visit the website or call a Sales Advisor.

All these events and more can be found on our website www.families-lsb.co.uk The National Trust

THURSDAY, 30 DECEMBER POLKA THEATRE 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com

Congratulations to the winners of the competitions in the July – August issue; Easy2Name giveaway winners

The Snow Queen - Autism Friendly Performance Aimed at families with children who are on the autistic spectrum or have sensory sensitivities. Lights in the auditorium will be dimmed rather than completely switched off and the sound will be turned down to a lower volume. £14.00/£10.00 (concessions), plus complementary tickets for carers.

Beth Taylor, Wallington SM6 Natalie Schmidt, Coulsdon, CR5 Lisa Neden, Cheam SM2 Helen Taylor, Surbiton KT6 Jenny Hudson, Epsom KT19

THURSDAY, 30 DECEMBER

Trotman 11+ books giveaway:

MORDEN HALL PARK Contact details as for 23 Dec entry Thu 30 Dec 11.00 – 3.00pm Walk Off Your Festive Food Visit Morden Hall Park to walk off your festive food. Follow a trail around the park to burn off some energy and have some family fun. £3 family ticket (up to 4 members) or £1.50 per person.

Sandy Higgs, Carshalton, SM5 Heidi Patel, Thornton Heath CR7 8QN

Reading chest giveaway: Jenny Hudson, Epsom KT19

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