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news & views July-August 2012 Issue 45

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Epsom and Ewell, Sutton, Croydon and nearby areas.

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Your local edition covering the boroughs of

includes local 'What's On' for families with children 0-Teens

Family Days Out Holiday camps and classes Give your child a head start at school! The online reading program for children!

Hurry, this great trial offer ends on 31st August 2012

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Shoes for all the family and all occasions

Back to School

127 High Street, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2NS Tel: 01737 377638

Opening times: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 17:00, Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 Sunday 10:00 – 16:00 (March – December)

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Shoehouse in Banstead–buy school shoes in comfort Don’t leave buying school shoes for your children until the last minute. If you are looking for stress-free shopping, try out Shoehouse in Banstead High Street who offer a friendly, professional service in comfortable, modern surroundings with parking available close by. Mary Woodhouse, proprietor says “Shoehouse is different because it is local and offers a personalised service to customers.”

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‘Families London-Surrey Borders’ is part of a group of magazines headed by ‘Families South West’ established in 1990. All

They stock many brands of school shoes, at a wide range of prices, including Primigi, Step2wo, Norvic, Superfit, Lelli Kelly, VivoBarefoot, Noel and Garvalin. Shoehouse also stocks Plimsolls (black and white), school trainers (black and white), football/rugby boots and school bags.

and operated under licence. We take every care preparing

All staff are fully trained to provide children’s shoe-fitting services. They also offer discounts to twins. Shoehouse doesn’t just stock school shoes. Visit them for all your children’s shoe needs.

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Contents News and views . . . . . . . . . 2 - 6 Parenting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Holiday camps and classes . . . . 8 - 11 Health - babies and toddlers . . 12 - 13 Behind the Scenes at Bocketts Farm . 14 School stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Make a day of it (places to visit) 16 - 17 Diary dates for families . . . . 18 - 20 Diary dates for parents . . . . . . . 20 Theatre listings . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Competitions & give-aways . . . . . 22 Reader survey . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Classified advertisers . . . . . . . . 23

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Create your own London map With the Olympics about to open, all eyes are on London in 2012, and for families visiting the capital, the Create Your Own London Map (CYOLM) is a fun souvenir. The CYOLM is a huge simplified city map that includes seven sheets of colourful stickers of icons and landmarks. Suitable for anyone over the age of three, the map is ideal for a classroom or home bulletin board allowing children to track their trips to London and show everyone where they’ve been. The Create Your Own London Map is made in Great Britain and every purchase benefits the Guy Fox History Project. The map is available to buy online for around £12.95 at the company website (below);; Waterstones and tourist attractions including St Pauls Cathedral, the National Gallery Bookshop and the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

Take the Reading Challenge in all Surrey libraries this summer

Story Lab is the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge run by The Reading Agency, an independent charity. Each year the Summer Reading Challenge to children is simple. They’re encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate, or medal for every child who completes the Challenge. Children can sign up at their local library and all materials are absolutely free. This year’s theme, Story Lab, features four characters Lex, Rani, Will and Evie. Along with Aesop, the ginger lab cat, they will be helping Professor Cortex collect and share stories to inspire thousands of young imaginations. There is an interactive Story Lab website enabling children to talk about their favourite books and reading experiences with top authors and illustrators. Follow the Summer Reading Challenge on Facebook:!/SummerReadingChallengeUK

We’re also posting updates and stories at

See the Olympic torch in Sutton and Croydon

Again, whenever we get late-breaking news or web-only competitions, we can let you know about them. But only if you ‘Like’ our page.

On Monday 23 July the Olympic torch will travel through Croydon, Sutton and surrounding boroughs.


Upper Norwood, Thornton Heath and North End will be good places to see the Flame as it makes its way through the Croydon area. After leaving Croydon on 23 July, the torch arrives in Croydon Road, Sutton at about 2.00pm and will continue along Acre Lane to the centre of Carshalton. From Carshalton Ponds, torchbearers will make


their way to Sutton High Street where crowds are expected to line the street for a glimpse of the historic torch. The torch will then continue along Angel Hill and Sutton Common Road before leaving the borough via Bishopsford Road. The full street-by-street relay route can be viewed at

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news and views Stagecoach Sutton Launches Further Stages Stagecoach Sutton is launching a ‘Further Stages’ programme. This course is aimed at 16+ students who can get involved while studying for their A levels or other college courses. Principal Jennifer Jones already runs six main schools and six early stages under Stagecoach Sutton and now wants to accommodate her older students and others that wish to keep up a high standard of training whilst concentrating on their traditional education. Students will learn many advanced skills in the three disciplines of Dance, Drama and Singing under a specially-recruited course director who has extensive training and West End experience. Thanks to small class sizes, students will receive plenty of personally-tailored attention as well as regular training in all three disciplines. There will also be a choreographer at all sessions to choreograph presentations and teach dance.

Swing along with Monkey Music in Sutton Monkey Music, the UK’s premium music group for pre-school children, is opening in Sutton and Cheam in September 2012 with a number of free taster sessions for children and parents to be held in Sutton, Belmont and Wallington. The small, tailor-made classes last for 30 minutes and cater for children from three months to four years, gently encouraging social and musical skills in a stimulating and friendly environment. “I can’t wait to introduce Sutton and Cheam’s children and parents to the magic of music,” says Mandy Smith. “As well as having a wonderful effect on children, Monkey Music has a fantastic social element creating friendships which can last for years.” To book a complimentary class contact Mandy Smith on 0208 404 8820 or email or visit the Monkey Music website

Mandy is currently recruiting for additional teachers. If you have a musical background and are interested in this opportunity, please contact her.

Jancett Group Win at Sutton Business Awards

Students will also be able to take part in Master-classes with an experienced West End performer. Stagecoach Sutton is celebrating four students accepted into full-time Theatre School and one student accepted into full-time Drama School this year. They start full-time training in September. The younger students are also doing very well, credits so far include Shrek (Young Shrek & Fiona) The Wizard of OZ (Munchkins) on 3 occasions, The Sound of Music (Kurt), Les Miserables (Cosette and Gavroche) on 4 occasions, Sound of Music (Gretl, Marta and Brigitta), Gone with the Wind (Bonnie) and more (See story on for a full list). Call 020 8660 7753 or visit

Magic Theo wins at Sutton Business Awards Theo The Magician of Sutton, Surrey was announced Winner of “Best Business for Commitment to the Community” at a Gala Dinner Organised by South London Business in association with Handelsbanken at Epsom Downs Conference venue. Theo was also named runner up in Sutton’s Favourite Business (voted by other businesses and clients) and Best Business for Hospitality & Leisure. Sir Bob Scott, chairman of South London Business, said: “We are delighted with the success of the inaugural Sutton Business Awards which saw 180 companies register for the awards and 34 short-listed. Theo’s success in the Awards is down to his continuous support and fundraising work he does with local charities (including raising over £20,000 for the Neonatal Unit at St Helier Hospital Carshalton where his daughter was born 10 weeks early weigh 2lbs) and the support he gives to local and new businesses in his Business Charity Networking Events organised throughout the year.

The Jancett Group, comprising Children’s Day Nurseries, Out of School Clubs and JACE Training were awarded the coveted ‘Best SME Business’ Award at this year’s Sutton Business Awards. Owner Chris Pritchard was delighted to receive the award at the Gala Awards Ceremony held on the 10th May and thanked the Sutton Business Awards for recognising Jancett Group’s contribution to the local community since opening her first children’s day nursery in Wallington in 1969. Chris praised her staff for their commitment to providing quality day care within her nurseries, clubs and training centres and for embracing the Jancett Group’s ethos of nurturing and inspiring learning and skills.

New Croydon Stagecoach school changes venue In our last issue we announced the launch of a new Stagecoach school in Purley. Since going to press there has been a change to the venue. The new classes will be starting in September at Croydon High School, Old Farleigh Rd, Selsdon on Fridays from 4.30 – 7.30pm for 6 – 18 year olds and 4.15 – 5.45pm for 4 – 6 year olds and not, as previously stated at Riddlesdown Collegiate. The new date for the Discovery Day at Croydon High is Wed 11 July at 6.00pm. Call Rachel on 0845 265 7083 to book a place.

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news and views Holiplay aims to encourage 3Rs

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to explore your potential whilst studying for your A levels? to work with experienced professionals? advice on auditioning for college at 18?

Holiplay is the brand new school-holiday activity day Summer Camp 2012 camp for children aged 8–12 years. The ‘Holiplay’ concept was formulated by Daniel Amos-Phillips, an experienced Primary School teacher and curriculum advisor. He told Families that the activities are built on the core values of always showing Respect, acting Responsibly and being Reliable. Daniel wants to offer children a wide variety of stimulating activities and experiences adding value to their social and emotional wellbeing whilst promoting good discipline and a sense of belonging within the community. This, he said, echoes the traditional holiday play-centres of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Holiplay employs a team of experienced teachers, instructors and childcare practitioners who become Play Leaders and encourage children to participate safely expressing themselves through sports, drama and play. The first schemes will run in the Oasis Academy in Shirley this Summer. Call: 07949 297 744 or email

If so, this is the class for you!

A great end of the season for Lifeline Netball Club

Book now to avoid disappointment Course dates 13th Sept - 6th Dec

The Lifeline A team had a great end to a fantastic season when they won the Croydon Netball League End of Season Rally at Shirley High School (Saturday 12 May) beating Roundwood B 13-7.

Contact Principal Jennifer Jones to book your place NOW! Web: Email: Tel: 0208 660 7753

Lifeline are also excited to report that they have been officially recognised by England Netball as a back-to-netball (B2N) club – and Netball Mummies has now been fully integrated into Lifeline and are now known as Lifeline Back to Netball, aimed at mums and others who want to play the sport.

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If you want to find out more about joining, please contact Denise or Elaine. The club trains at Wallington Sports Club on Mondays, 7.30 – 9.00pm, with B2N sessions on Wednesdays, 7.00 – 8.00pm. For more information visit


Einstein’s Entertainers make science fun

a foster carer

Einstein’s Entertainers offer fun science after school clubs to many primary schools in the area. The group has been operating out of Croydon since 2007.

“Fostering has been an amazing experience - it’s really changed our lives” Could fostering be the right challenge for you?

FOSTER WITH FCA • Competitive fee, up to £397.25 p/w • Comprehensive and ongoing local support • 24 hour support, 7 days a week

INTERESTED? If you want to make a lasting difference to a child or young person’s life and you have a spare bedroom then get in touch. We are an established independent fostering agency with 15 years’ experience, specialising in looking after children of all ages.

The secret of the Entertainers success is as much to do with presentation as material. They are an eclectic bunch, largely made up of ‘resting’ actors with the performing talents and presentation skills needed to put on a real show for the kids, get them engaged in hands-on tasks and bring the subject to life.

GBMAA demonstrate skills at school fairs GBMAA Epsom, Leatherhead and Croydon Martial Arts Academy are delighted to have been invited to perform at several different school Summer Fairs and other events over the next few months. Students at schools will be able to witness the displays of martial arts skills by the Predatorz X Team and will be able to take part in some have-a-go sessions at the end of the display. If you would like them to appear at your School or Community fair, for which they do not charge, then give Saffron Power a call on 07584 473784.

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Lessons are designed to entertain and engage the children, but the material fully supports the aims and goals of the National Curriculum – and was created in collaboration with teachers. They are also affiliated with The British Science Association. They do parties, sleepovers and summer camps too.

They also have a great women’s KickFit daytime class that has started at Rainbow Centre, Epsom—a perfect way to get in shape for the Summer. Call for more details or email

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A Child’s Guide to

Social Media Privacy

Addressing the issue of privacy on social media sites should be a priority for all parents. As the definition of “privacy” changes in the modern age, it’s more important than ever to ensure your child is posting safely and responsibly on social networks. comprised of people you know personally. If a stranger contacts you trying to get personal information, details about where you go to school, etc., let an adult know.

These days, children are glued to their social media. Whether tweeting between lessons, or updating their Facebook status on a smartphone at lunch, the younger generation is in constant communication with their peers. That’s why addressing the issue of privacy on social media sites should be a priority for all parents. As the definition of “privacy” changes in the modern age, it’s more important than ever to ensure your child is posting safely and responsibly on social networks. Take the time this month to address these issues with your child.

Carefully select the photos you post. It’s best to have a profile photo that isn’t a photo of you (which can attract unwanted attention). Ask a parent to approve all photos you post, and carefully consider what you would want your friends to see. Remember, too, that any photo you post could also be altered to embarrass you or make you look bad. Do not share mean posts or pictures about other people. If you see a mean comment, forward, tweet, or other social media communication, you should never share it with your friends. This is cruel behavior and can be legally unsafe for both you and the person who shared it.

According to Pew Research, nearly 72 percent of young adults and teens use social networking sites. Most sites require users to be at least 13, but a May 2011 Consumer Report found 7.5 million children age 12 and younger are on Facebook, meaning social media is becoming a larger presence in the lives of our younger generation. In many cases, these sites and networks are (responsible) adult-free zones, which means children need to understand how to behave appropriately and know what information is okay to share. With the threats of online predators, hackers, or cyber-bullies being very real and very relevant, it’s important to prevent them from accessing your child’s personal information, including phone number, home or email address, or personal photos, for malicious reasons. Review the following issues with your child to ensure they know what is and isn’t okay on their social media profile. Everything you share is permanent. Anything you post online can potentially live on the Internet permanently. Even

when you delete a photo or message, it can be screen-captured, copied, forwarded, shared, or stored on other people’s computers. Therefore, you must carefully consider everything you post. Don’t share personal information. This means don’t post your phone number, email address, home address, or “tag” your city of residence on sites— such as Facebook—that allow you to do so. Also, don’t share information about your school or schedule. Only communicate with people you know. Your social networks should be

Make an appropriate screen name. If your social media site requires you to make a screen name, make one that doesn’t personally identify you. Avoid using inappropriate, rude or offensive terms in your screen name. Report anything that makes you uncomfortable. If someone is making you uncomfortable or hurting your feelings via social media, report it to your parents. Social networking is not a bad thing. The American Psychological Association, for instance, points out that shy teens and pre-teens can better learn how to socialise behind the safety of computer screens and mobile devices. But if your child accidentally exposes too much of his or her personal information, they could be asking for serious trouble.

Local author seeks mums to help sell books Could you help local mum and author Linda Unugboke to sell this delightful book? Book marketing/promotion can be done in mum’s spare time. A percentage commission will be paid. Local schools can also benefit from a give-back scheme

Call Linda on 0790 0063976 or email Ref: Families Mag. 7

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Expert Drum Tuition for Ages 4 and Up. Studio phone: 020 8647 7801

Mobile: 0759 119 4467

Musical Theatre Summer Schools for young people

The Epsom Playhouse The Secombe Theatre, Sutton Tel: 020 8673 1864

Summer camps


So you’re thinking a camp might be a great way to keep the children busy over the long summer break... but what are the differences and how do you know which one to choose? Let us break it down for you.

Residential or Day Camp?

Outdoor adventure holidays may involve one or more challenging activities such as abseiling, climbing, orienteering or zip wire. Centres offering this type of course may also offer watersports.

Day Camps are holidays at a local venue where you can take your child on a daily basis. Times may vary but they are usually around 8.30am – 4pm with additional costs for early starts and later finishes.

Creative arts holiday courses may involve arts & crafts, pottery, sculpture, etc.

Residential Camps are holidays where your child can stay during the holiday course, often further away from your home and sometimes including activities not available locally.

What age group would be best?

Do you want your child mixing with a variety of ages? Would you prefer they were all roughly the same age? Check with the camp provider to see how the children attending are grouped – by age? by ability? by interest?

Computer / Technology courses may be specialist courses or part of a multi activity programme including activities such as computer games, web design, programming, design and technical production skills.

Lastly, always see if you can talk to other children and parents who have been on the camp, as always, the best form of testimonial is from those who have done it before you.

Horse riding holiday courses are available at specialist riding centres offering full or half day courses in riding and stable management

Check our website for an updated list of activities and camps both locally and further afield

What type of Camp would suit your child?

Performing arts holiday courses may offer specialist or multi activity courses in activities such as dance, drama, mime, singing or behind the scenes stagecraft.

Multi-activity holidays offer a selection of different activities every day, usually including a range of sports, creative or adventure activities – ideal for the child who does not want to attend a specialist course in a single activity. Sports Coaching holidays offer specialist courses in a single activity such as football, basketball, tennis, cricket or golf.

Watersports centres offer holiday courses in single activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing or windsurfing as well as multi watersports courses offering taster sessions in a range of activities

What location is best for you and your child?

Most camps offer a variety of locations. Check our listing in this issue and see our website for a selection of camps that are local and some further afield. We aim to list camps with a wide range of activities, styles and locations; all within easy travelling distance.



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SUITABLE FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS Everyone Active Sutton Arena Middleton Road, Carshalton, SM5 1SL 020 8770 4088 Active Ants Mon, Wed, Fri at various times, contact centre or visit website A chance to learn and play with soft toys, bouncy castle and ride on toys. Suitable for 0 – 4 years. Everyone Active Sutton Arena Middleton Road, Carshalton, SM5 1SL 020 8770 4088


Playworld Mon – Sun at various times, contact centre or visit website. An exhilarating fantasy play area packed full of colourful shapes and obstacles which includes Ball Pond, slides, ropes tunnel and more. Constructed over 2 levels it offers the ultimate in adventure, fun and excitement. Suitable for ages 2 – 10. Theatrebugs Summer Holiday Workshop 01483 882244 / 07971 004134 html 30 Jul – 3 Aug 9.00 – 12.00pm Epsom: Christ Church, Epsom Common, Christ Church Road, KT19..

23–27 Jul 1.30 – 4.30pm Tadworth, Church of the Good Shepherd, Station Approach Road, KT20. 6 – 10 Aug 9.00 – 12.00pm Oxshott: St Andrews Church, Oakshade Road, KT22 The Animal Games 5 fun filled days of acting, singing, dancing, dressing up, arts and crafts then we hit the stage. Squeaker the Mouse wants to enter the Running Wheel Competition but William Wolf has other ideas. Luckily Rover the Dog and Princess Skip are standing in the wings to cheer Squeaker on. For boys and girls aged 3½ – 8. Snack and drink provided . Check website for discounts available. 20% group booking discount for groups of 4 or over (T&Cs apply).

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camps with half, full and extended day sessions available. Visit their website for full details and prices.


ARTS & CRAFTS Supercamps: A Passion For… Creativity 01235 832222 Royal Russell School, Croydon: 30 Jul – 3 Aug Sutton High School, Sutton: 23-27 Jul Whitgift School. South Croydon: 2-5 April 9.00 – 5.00pm with extended hours (8.00 – 6.00pm) available at an additional cost. Five-day workshops (Mon – Fri) led by specialist leaders. For children aged 6 – 16. See website for details of costs.

MULTI–ACTIVITY Everyone Active Sutton Arena Middleton Road, Carshalton, SM5 1SL 0845 456 3233 Book online: Fit for Sports During School holidays, Extended Day 8.30 am – 5.30pm or Standard Day 9.30am – 4.30am Everyone Active has teamed up with Fit For Sport, to offer Healthy Lifestyle Activity Camps providing a different range of activities, sports, arts and crafts every day. They are fun, safe and a great way to make friends. Suitable for 5–12 years. Holiplay Summer Camp Oasis Academy Shirley, Shirley Road, Croydon CR9 7AL 07949 297 744 23 Jul – 17 Aug 8.00 – 6.00pm Multi-activity camp for 8 – 12 year olds. From £15.00/day. Jancett Playsafe Holiday Clubs 020 8669 1725 Multi activity holiday clubs held in schools in Carshalton, Worcester Park, Wallington and Croydon. Visit their website for details of venues, dates, times and prices and to be able to register online. Kidspace The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RQ 020 8686 0040 Mon 23 Jul – Fri 31 Aug Weekly Monday – Friday multi activity 9

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Cherry Stars 020 8653 1662 First week of August at a venue in Croydon– see website for details. Peter Pan Mon–Friday 10.00–1.00pm. Suitable for 4–7 year olds Five days of singing, dancing and acting taught by West End Performers with a fully costumed show to friends and family at the end of the week. Script, CD, show costume and end of show certificate of participation are included in the price. Dandelion Theatre Arts 01737 215749 Vale Primary School, Rosebery Road, Langley Vale, Epsom 10.00 – 3.00pm. Suitable for 7–11 year olds. 6 – 10 Aug. The Lion King 13-17 Aug. The Little Mermaid Five day workshops with a performance at Langley Vale village hall at 3.00pm on the final day. £125. 4–6 year olds can join for the last two days of either workshop, including the performance, for £50.00. Myers Studio, Epsom Playhouse, Epsom 20–24 Aug. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Performance at 3.00pm on the Friday. Perform Mansel Road Centre, Wimbledon 6–10 Aug; 20–24 Aug 2.30–4.30. St George’s Church Hall, Beckenham 30 Jul – 3 Aug 2.30 – 4.30pm St George’s C of E School, Bromley 6 –10 Aug 2.30 – 4.30pm 0845 400 1273 Follow the Yellow Brick Road…. Children are invited to take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road to discover the Ruby Slippers, brave the Haunted Forest and explore the strange and colourful world of their imaginations. On the final day, family and friends are all invited to a mini-performance. For ages 4 – 8 years. Stagecoach Coulsdon Holiday Workshops 30 July–3 August Woodcote High School, Meadow Rise, Coulsdon, CR5 3EH Call Zoe on 0845 078 0805 or or A Seaside Adventure For ages 4-6 Mon-Fri 10am–1pm A fun workshop comprising singing, dancing and acting whilst exploring Under the Sea. The week ends with a fully staged and costumed show for friends and family. Price £85 (Siblings £60)


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Come and Play at

Kidplay Café

• Soft play frame • Toys and activities • Birthday parties • Coffees & Teas • Special events • Party partners • Snacks and cakes Lower Addiscombe Rd, Croydon CR0 7AE

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Movie Musical Medley For ages 6–16 Mon-Thurs 9.30am – 3.30pm, Fri 11am – 6pm. Enjoy Annie, Bugsy, HSM or Oliver? Then you’ll love this workshop. 5 days to cast, rehearse and present a musical extravaganza where everyone has a part. Price £140 (Siblings £95) Performance Combat Exam Course Ages 13–17 Mon–Fri 9.30am – 3.30pm (Exam on Friday may be up to 6pm) Ever wondered how fights are choreographed for action movies and on stage? On this course you will not only learn how to make staged fight scenes look real but also perform them as part of a dramatic piece. This 5 day course for ages 13 – 17 acts as an introduction to unarmed combat for performance and ends with a proficiency exam with professional body APC (Academy of Performance Combat). An ideal course for anyone who loves acting and who might be considering drama school or a career in the arts. Stagecoach Croydon ‘Show in a Week’ Summer Camp At Croydon High School, Old Farleigh Rd, Croydon, CR2 8YB 0845 265 7083 / 07986 781380 23–27-July 9.30–12.30 Toy Story Adventures! (for 4–6 years) 23–27-July 10.00–16.00 Grease Medley! (for 6 – 18 years) Kids develop confidence working towards a full scale professional production within a creative, encouraging atmosphere. There are no hidden costs, no experience necessary and family and friends are invited to come and watch at the end of the week. Call Principal Rachel for more information.


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Stagecoach Sutton Summer Workshops Carshalton High School for Girls, West Street, Carshalton, SM5 2QX 23–27 July 9.30am–4.00pm Rocking the Starlight (For 7 – 18 years) Even if they have never done anything like this before, Stagecoach Sutton guarantee that your child will have the week of their lives. The workshop ends with a full-scale show on stage for friends and family to enjoy on the last day, with full costumes, lighting and sound production. The workshop fee includes a free DVD.

23 – 27 July 9.30am – 12.30pm. Charlie’s Chocolate Adventure. For 4 – 6 years Children will be taking part in a fully costumed show at the end of the week. Stagecoach Sutton say their performances are of an exceptionally high standard. All children get an equal part with the opportunity to shine and after a week they will be beaming with a new found confidence. The workshop fee includes a free DVD. Supercamps: A Passion For… Dance 01235 832222 Sutton High School, Sutton: 16 – 20 Jul Whitgift School. South Croydon: 30 Jul – 3 Aug; 13 – 17 Aug 9.00 – 5.00pm with extended hours (8.00–6.00pm) available at an additional cost. Five day workshops (Mon – Fri) led by specialist leaders. For children aged 6–16. See their website for details of costs. Theatrebugs Summer Holiday Workshop Details as for pre-schoolers section.

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Stagecoach Theatre Arts Epsom Summer Workshops Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom tel: 0208 642 3500 email 23 – 27 July Finding Nemo. For 4 – 6 years. Fame. For 7 – 18 years. Open to non stagecoach students. Rehearse drama, dance and singing in preparation for a large scale show on the last day with full costume, sound and lighting.


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holiday camps and classes Using Childcare Vouchers to Pay for Summer/Holiday Camps Summer camps are fun and exciting: children can experience activities they would not usually experience. Camps are a great tool to use if you are a working parent and need childcare or to simply encourage your child to engage in more social activities.  The cost of sending children to camps is an important factor.  Did you know you can use your childcare vouchers, taken as a salary sacrifice via your employer, to pay for the cost of most summer camps? Be savvy, if you intend to send your child to a camp in the following year you can save up childcare vouchers to pay for the costs.

As childcare vouchers are tax free and national insurance exempt, parents using childcare vouchers taking the full amount, depending on their salary, can save up to £933 per parent, per year on the cost their childcare.  Busy Bees, an employee and employer benefits provider, is campaigning to raise the weekly childcare voucher limit to £75 per week from £55, to help parents save more on the cost of the childcare. Raising the cap will increase savings per parent to over £1200 per year.  If you want to save more, please consider signing the e-petition on the Busy Bees website:

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TUTORING 11+ Holiday Learning Club Laleham Lea Prep School, 29 Peaks Hill, Purley CR8 3JJ 0800 242 5525 30 July–Fri 17 Aug. 9.00–3.30pm daily, week days only. A study fun holiday club for children taking their 11+ exams this year. Daily tuition by 11+ tutors, with tests, vocabulary sessions and fun activities to stimulate the brain. Visit the website for more details. Suitable for year 5 pupils. £200 per week.

Theatrekidz Summer School 20–24 August Southfield Park School, Long Grove Road, Epsom KT19 8TF A fun packed week with a full scale show at the end. Please email for an application form.

Southern Tutors, held at Rosebery School, Epsom 01372 721 119 / 07986 564 651 Intensive 11 Plus courses Summer holiday dates: 23 – 27 July; 20 – 24 Aug. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning, Maths and English classes for 9 & 10 year olds. Contact the tutors (not the school) for further details.

SPORTS Everyone Active Sutton Arena Middleton Road, Carshalton, SM5 1SL 020 8770 4088 Active Fitness Mon – Fri 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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OTHER Supercamps: A Passion For… Invention 01235 832222 Royal Russell School, Croydon: 20 – 24 Aug Sutton High School, Sutton: 13 – 17 Aug All courses run from 9.00 – 5.00pm with extended hours (8.00–6.00pm) available at an additional cost. Five day workshops (Mon – Fri) led by specialist leaders. For children aged 6–16. See their website for details of costs. Supercamps: A Passion For…Detective; 01235 832222 Whitgift School, South Croydon: A Passion For … Spy; A Passion For … Spy; A Passion For… Dance and Junior Sports Leadership Awards Various dates between 23 Jul – 17 Aug 9.00 – 5.00pm with extended hours (8.00–6.00pm) available at an additional cost. Five day workshops (Mon – Fri) led by specialist leaders. For children aged 6–16. See their website (above) for details of available dates and costs.

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ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN THE WATER? Children’s swimming lessons available in Ashtead, Sutton, Purley, Croydon, Epsom, Chessington and Worcester Park. Weekend and weekday lessons. Small classes, instructors in the water with beginners. All ages and abilities. For further information/bookings etc phone:

For classes in Addiscombe, Mitcham, Croydon & Purley, call Melissa on 07939 420638 For classes in Banstead, Epsom, Hooley & Wallington, call Jo on 07873 634292




Action songs and rhymes Music and movement Fun with percussion Musical games Since 1993 thousands of children across the UK have grown up with Monkey Music. Our unique teaching curriculum was written by classically trained musicians, and introduces music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy. Rock ‘n’ roll - from 3 months Heigh ho – from 12 months Jiggety jig – 2 & 3 year olds Ding dong – 3 & 4 year olds


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Mind Your Posture: Indoors with your baby The second in a series of three articles about how to protect your back from excessive strain before and after your baby is born. Choosing your cot

Don’t forget that alternating feeding sides is a good idea when bottle feeding too, as it evenly spreads any strain.

Although there are many different types, colours and styles of cots, there are a few simple ways to make sure the one you choose is right for your baby, as well as for you and your partner’s backs.

Feeding a child in a high chair can place strain on your back. Sit as close as possible in front of your child and adjust the height of the chair so that you are not leaning too high or too low.

Choosing a cot that will fit into the baby’s room seems like an obvious statement but make sure that when it is in position there is plenty of room for you to access the key areas without needing to twist or strain.


Get down to your child’s level, rather than bending over. If sitting on the floor to play with your baby/toddler, try sitting on a cushion to help support your back and keep your back straight.

Find a cot with sides that drop down to several levels and a base that moves up and down. This allows you to access the cot more easily and, as your baby grows, you can adjust the height they sleep at to keep them safe.

Avoid spending too long kneeling down as this can put pressure on the knees. If you are kneeling, keep your back straight.

The less you have to lift and lean to put your child into the cot, the better. A weight held at arms’ length puts the same strain on your muscles and bones as five times the weight held close to your chest. This means it is best for your back if you can place your child in the cot whilst keeping them as close as possible to you.

In any position, it is easy to get absorbed in what you and your child are doing. Try to remember to change position regularly. Don’t bend to pick up toys, bend your knees. Watch your child and observe the natural squatting posture they use to pick things up.

In other words, you should be placing them straight across onto the mattress, rather than lifting up and over high side bars. Remember, you will be doing this thousands of times as your baby grows. Securing the cot to the floor or wall is a good idea as toddlers can stand and rock the cot causing it to tip and either injure your child or you as you dash to prevent it falling.


Whether breast or bottle feeding, find a comfortable posture. Your arms should not be bearing the baby’s weight, so extra pillows or something like a ‘V’ pillow is a good idea. It is not uncommon for mums and dads to get neck strain from bending and twisting their necks to check that the baby is feeding properly. If this is a problem for you, install a mirror in front of your feeding chair or sit with a portable mirror in front of you, as this allows you to see what is happening without putting a constant strain on your neck muscles. If you are able to, change position regularly. 12

General Posture Advice

The fitter you are and the more muscle tone you have the less likely you are to injure yourself. Talk to your chiropractor, GP or other healthcare provider for advice on exercises to develop your core strength. Parents of babies and children inevitably carry heavy bags. Using a rucksack style bag is best as you can spread the weight evenly across your back. Check the straps are tightened so that the load is held against your back. Avoid high heels and wear comfortable, supportive shoes.

If you have children already, it can be difficult if they need lifting and carrying. Always lift with your spine straight and bend knees to avoid leaning, stretching or bending. Follow mum and chiropractor Louise Simple activities such as stretching and shoulder Hampton on her blog: shrugging can all help to keep your back in line.

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Do not sit for prolonged periods, take a regular break and, when sitting, let the seat take your weight and, if possible, keep as much of your body in contact with the chair so that your whole body is supported. Knees should be lower than your hips.

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babies and early years page NCT opens new groups Our local NCT groups are popular with families. The ‘Bumps & Babies’ Group in Purley has won the ‘best playgroup’ category in the Mamas & Papas ‘Mums & Dad’s the Word Guide 2012’ and the Addiscombe NCT Bumps & Babies Group was a joint runner up.

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An additional NCT Bumps & Babies Group has started on Fridays at 11.30am at Beanies Cafe in central Croydon. Offering a sociable ‘drop-in’ session for expectant mums and parents of non-walking babies, the group is open to both members and non-members. Older siblings are welcome. A new NCT toddler group, for parents & carers with children under the age of 5, is now being held on Tuesdays, 2.00–4.00pm at Christchurch, Purley CR8 2BN. The sessions will continue during school holidays and activities available will include drawing, playdough and stencilling. There will be also be an outdoor play area for use on fine days. Members and nonmembers are welcome. A donation to the NCT charity of £1.50 for the first child, and 50p for each subsequent is suggested. For further details contact


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Milton has launched a portable steriliser. The Mini Portable Soother Steriliser is designed to be a small, lightweight sterilising method to keep babies protected on-the-go.


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UK-based child health charity Best Beginnings has developed a DVD which follows fourteen real-life families, tracking their experiences as they met, cared for, and returned home with their premature or sick baby.

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A new charity has been launched with the aim of helping families of premature and sick babies in the UK receive the same high quality familycentered care, irrespective of their socio-economic group.

The DVD is split into 12 films each covering a different topic, which parents can select individually depending on the support they need. Films include First hours, Expressing breast milk, Holding your baby.

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You store a fresh soother in the sterile unit, ready for use at a moment’s notice. A used soother can be placed in the unit, together with water and a sterilising tablet, and will be ready for use again after about 15 minutes. Research by Milton found that 54% of parents clean their baby’s soothers using a steriliser when they are at home. Knowing parents value hygiene, Milton developed the new portable unit to make it just as easy to protect babies from germs when out and about.

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In particular, the Mini is designed for use after a soother has simply been dropped on the ground. One in five parents admit they suck the baby’s soother to clean it before handing it back to their baby, without realising they can pass on infections such as Thrush. The new Mini will make this method of ‘cleaning’ a thing of the past, protecting their baby from the spread of germs. The containers are priced at £6.99 each, including 10 sterilising tablets. Packs of 50 tablets are priced at £2.99. Available at Mother and Baby retailers and also and 13

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Becky Gowing, General Manager. What does Bocketts Farm offer to parents (and children)?

A fun and varied day out on a real working farm. We have baby animals born all year round, so no two visits are ever the same. Children love to get up close to the animals to pet and feed them, and our tractor rides and pony rides are always a real hit. The daily pig races are popular among the parents too. On wet days, our two play barns, trampolines and our new Young Drivers Tractor zone offer a large indoor space for the children to run around in. Everyone has to have a go on the giant astro slide.


. When do you get in each morning and what’s the first thing you do?

I usually start work at 8am, along with many of the Farm Park team. I’ll check my diary first thing, and then I usually spend the first few hours before the farm opens liaising with the other Managers to see what’s planned for the day and of course check that all of our lovely animals are happy (which they normally are when eating their breakfast.). Unfortunately for me, the rest of my day is spent in the office.


. What is the busiest time for you?

Spring is definitely the busiest season for us. Along with all the preparation for the busy school holidays ahead, we usually have over 300 baby lambs due. It is a really exciting time at the farm, and despite the long hours and lambing night shifts, all of the staff get a real buzz from having lots of gorgeous baby lambs around.


. How can parents get the best from your attraction?

The parents that get the most out of their visit are certainly the ones that spend the most time with their children. One of the most enjoyable activities is feeding the animals, and watching children interact with them, often for

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the first time, can be very funny. We feel it’s important for the adults to treat themselves too, and our wonderful Old Barn Tearoom is just the place to relax and enjoy a cup of tea and homemade slice of cake or scone. The new Gift Shop is definitely worth spending some time in too. In fact, both of these can be visited without going on to the farm and so they offer the perfect opportunity for parents to shop and meet when the kids are at school.


. What is planned for the coming months?

We have just finished a huge series of re-developments this Spring, including our new Big Animal Barn and also our wonderful Small Animal Village, ‘Little Hoppington’. It’s really

Allergy break-through claimed for pro-biotics A new allergy treatment claims that daily intake of a specific strain of probiotics given to pregnant mothers and their newborn infants halved the child’s potential development of allergic sensitization and atopic eczema. The Lab4 probiotic can be found in a new range of supplements–ProVen Probiotics. Products in the newly launched ProVen Probiotics range including specific formulations for Babies, Toddlers, and older children, as well as a high potency, and multi-nutrient products for adults. Prices range from under £5.00 to £19.95. ProVen Probiotic supplements are available on-line from as well as Lloyds pharmacies and leading health food stores.


cute, with the village stores designed as the small animal’s houses. Our new Young Drivers Tractor Area is also a great attraction. The plan for the summer is to build a new outdoor toboggan run – very exciting.


. What do you do for lunch?

I’d like to say that I make myself a nice salad to eat each day, but often I can’t resist the temptation of a fresh baked jacket potato or bowl of homemade soup from the tearooms. All part of the quality control.


. When closing time comes, how do you feel?

The day usually flies by far too quickly, and so I’m often surprised to see that it is 6pm already. After a busy day, there is a real sense of achievement amongst the team of staff, and knowing that we have made lots of visitors happy is a great feeling.


What’s your best memory of working at Bocketts Farm?

Having lived at the farm for most of my life, there are so many memories that it’s hard to say. Certainly, celebrating 20 years of Bocketts Farm this May was very memorable.

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Top tips for getting ready for school in the Summer

Fleet Tutors offers a live, online tutoring service delivered by the highest performing tutors across the country with established track records of tutoring online. The service is said to be, “gimmick free” and enables students anywhere in the world to have access to the UK’s leading private tutors, bringing the British education system and the National Curriculum to students anywhere.

Label everything. Yes, everything. From hair bands to swimming googles, because kids lose stuff!

Their 11+ exam preparation courses—which are held in Chiswick, West London, and also in Farnborough, Hampshire—are designed for small groups of 10 and 11 year olds and offer a maximum class size of five or six learners. In addition to ensuring that children are well-rehearsed in completing past examination papers, Fleet Tutors has also developed its own comprehensive learning materials to support their targeted revision programmes. For information and bookings call 0208 580 3911 or 0845 644 5452 or email

Priory Prep joins forces with Banstead Cricket Club Priory Preparatory School in Banstead is now sponsoring Banstead Cricket Club’s youth section.

Better still, label it twice if you can afford to. Don’t go for the traditional woven label for clothing unless it is compulsory at school or you particularly love them and cannot do without them. There are many more options available these days including a brilliant woven iron-on design. Don’t rely on a marker pen that fades. Belongings are more expensive to replace if lost than the cost of labels. Order early. If you wait until August, labelling becomes chaotically busy and you do not allow for anything you may have forgotten or the time lag for personalising your labels to your specification. Better do it now, while you’re thinking about it.

Cut the stress of ‘back to school’ shoe-shopping Children’s shoe experts, Start-rite, have come up with their top tips on how to take the strain out of ‘back to school’ shoe-shopping.  Start early. Shops will be busier at the end of the school holidays and may have sold out of your chosen style or size.  If you are going to hit the shops go first thing in the morning. It will be quieter and that’s when your child is likely to be feeling freshest.  Allow enough time – it takes around half an hour for a child to be professionally measured and fitted for shoes.  Take school socks for your child to wear when trying shoes on.

Headmaster, Graham Malcolm, said, “It’s great to see so many boys and girls being involved in a local community venture. It is also fantastic to see the L-R Matt Spriegel, Rory Burns, Headmaster enthusiasm and commitment Graham Malcolm, Tom Lancefield and Alec Stewart. of so many parents and we are proud to be involved with such a club and look forward to seeing their success in the future.” He added that many Priory Prep boys have joined Banstead CC and the club uses the School’s facilities during the winter months. The move follows the official opening of the refurbished pavilion at Banstead Cricket Club by Alec Stewart. The event was also attended by Surrey players Matt Spriegel, Rory Burns and Tom Lancefield who all started at Banstead Cricket Club. 01737 366921 or visit

 If you can’t face the high street, why not try shopping online? Look for websites that offer expert advice and online tools to help you measure your child’s feet.

Reading Eggs goes for Eggspress learning The Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress programs aim to bring out the best in each child using interactive reading and writing activities. The programs have been developed by an experienced team of teachers, educational writers and developers. Progress within the Reading Eggspress program is measured by completing targets. These are split over four levels and help to give children some guidance and structure for learning. Both the Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress programs have a comprehensive reporting system that tracks progress so students and their parents can clearly see each child’s achievements. Using promotional code UKS24LSB you can try the programs for free for up to five weeks. Simply visit the website (below); register your email address and once your account has been set up you can enter the code on your parent dashboard.

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Make a day of it at local attractions Now the Summer holidays are nearly upon us we have some great ideas for places to go out for the day with the family. Hobbledown to open from July in Epsom Opening its doors in July, Hobbledown is the new farm park on the outskirts of Epsom. Hobbledown is a land filled with play areas, animals, good food and Hobblers–a bunch of curious fellows and creatures. Some of the highlights which families will be able to enjoy include:  The Hobblings Play Barn, where you will be able to enjoy freshly prepared food and spend a couple of hours with the children playing in one of the two themed play frames.  The Hobbledown Market, a place of mazes and role play areas, including a sand factory workshop.  The Mining Village, an area of tunnels and mazes for the children to explore.  Animals ranging from llamas to meerkats and goats to guinea pigs.  Hobbledown Village, the largest area, containing curious-looking houses and towers to explore and tunnels under the village. Where the children can test their skills on the low ropes adventure course or brave the aerial walkways that link the towers. For the older ones, there is the aerial adventure course that will challenge even the bravest. To find out more, go to

CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES RESORT Leatherhead Road, Chessington Surrey KT9 2NE Opens daily at 10.00am

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Chessington has nine themed lands with exciting rides and attractions plus a zoo with over 1,000 animals and a sea life centre. New for 2012 is Madagascar LIVE! Prepare to Party, which was launched to celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary. This is a brand new live show featuring favourite characters from the film and it’s free with your park ticket.   From 25 July-18 August Chessington World of Adventures is holding the Moshling Hunt. Your favourite little Moshlings have escaped and Buster Bumblechops needs your help.  Become a Super Moshi for the day and take part in the real life Super Moshi Mission in Wild Asia, then go on the hunt to unearth the Moshlings’ secret hiding places.   Each Moshling is looking after a secret symbol, collect all eight to unlock the code-word for lots of Moshi prizes and giveaways, including a brand new Moshling in-game at  

BOCKETTS FARM PARK Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Free. The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the UK’s central bank. Examine intricately-designed banknotes, feel the weight of a genuine gold bar and see the pikes and muskets that were once used to defend the Bank. Children’s activity sheets provide fun for younger visitors.

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Bocketts Farm has also opened a Small Animal Village and Big Animal Barn where you can meet and feed the friendly farm animals. Finally, don’t miss out on panning for Gold in the Last Chance Mine to take home a souvenir medal.

A Golden Opportunity Visit the exhibition to learn about the Bank of England and gold, then make a gold-bar-shaped money box to take home. Enter the gold quiz competition with prizes to be won. There will be special lunchtime presentations about gold in the Museum cinema at 1.15pm.


Enjoy a great day out at Bocketts Farm this summer with a full programme of fun activities. Children can enjoy the animal passport trail as they collect stamps from the various stations around the farm to take home. They can also meet ‘Fergie’ the real tractor and sit inside for a photo. Other activities include pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing.

With two large indoor play barns, trampolines, Young Driver’s area, sandpits and a giant jumping pillow, there’s plenty to keep the whole family amused. The Old Barn Tearoom serves homemade hot food, drinks and snacks, and the new Gift Shop sells a range of gifts and toys and both are are open all day. See advert on page 17 (opposite) for a free discount voucher.

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Whatever the weather there’s plenty to keep the children (and you) busy at Kidspace. Activities include the Sky trail, running over three metres above the restaurant; The Orb, one of the largest indoor play areas in the UK with 11 head-spinning slides, sky spirals, labyrinth runs, a black hole, trampolines, nooks and crannies and wobbly walkways; a 25ft climbing wall; Thunderball City with its threelevel arena of softball guns, cannons, hoists, illuminated targets and tippers; a Go Kart Track and for the younger guests, the Toddler Village. They also haven’t forgotten the parents with The Centre, a relaxing and secure airconditioned space designed for parental peace of mind with comfortable seating areas, where, you can surf the web, read newspapers or magazines–or just chill out with your friends. New for this year – Laser Tag parties. The package consists of 45 minutes of free play on all of Kidspace’s activities such as the Go-Karts, climbing wall and Sky trail followed by 15 minutes of Laser practice, before 30 minutes’ exclusive use of Kidspace for Laser action. Suitable for ages seven and above. Visit the website for more information about Kidspace and the party packages they offer. See advert on p24 for special offer

With bowling, ice skating, soft play and a fabulous swimming pool complex, Spectrum is a great family destination. With the voucher on page 23 you can do ice skating, bowling and swimming for only £39.00 for a family of 4 – a great value day out. From Monday 23 July to Sunday 2 September opening times are: Leisure Pool: Mon-Fri 9.30–6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30 – 6.00pm. Ice Skating: Mon-Fri 11.00 – 1.00pm or 2.30–4.30pm, Wed & Thurs, 4.45–6.15pm, Sat and Sun 11.00 – 1.00pm and 2.00–4.30pm. Bowling: Mon-Wed 9.30am-10.45pm, Thurs & Fri 9.30am-11.15pm and Sat–Sun 9.00am–11.15pm (last game is sold 45 mins before closing time). There’s a Happy Hour (Early Bird Special), between 23 July and 31 August, 9.30 – 11.00am where you get one hour of bowling for up to 6 people, including shoe hire, for £20. See advert on page 23 for a free upgrade voucher.

HERITAGE FARM NURSERIES 38, Telegraph Track, Little Woodcote Estate, Wallington SM6 0SH 020 8669 7845

Heritage Farm Nurseries in Wallington may be hard to find, but the effort is always worth it. They aim to cater to young families, with something for everyone. Family activities centre on the large cafe which offers freshly-prepared, healthy meals at good value. Small but thoughtful touches include bright, clean baby changing facilities, access for buggies with ramps everywhere and a Lego/Duplo play area close to the tables in the cafe. Outside in the roofed area, a large vine trails over the trellis work, concealing the odd dinosaur. A large model railway allows enthusiasts (of all ages) to control their trains as they drive through tunnels and over bridges. There’s also free Wi-Fi throughout the area and a computer for customers to use. As the weather warms up, there is a large outdoor seating area with fruit bushes, a big sandpit with toys and filled with play-grade sand. The fruit bushes around the garden area provide strawberries for the jam and cream teas served in the cafe.

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Local events to get out and about VENUE DETAILS Bocketts Farm Park Young Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS Bourne Hall Museum Kids’ Club Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF 020 8394 1734 BourneHallMuseumClub.html

Carshalton Park Ruskin Road, Carshalton 020 8770 6611 Denbies Wine Estate London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA 01306 876616

Epsom Downs Racecourse Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LQ 0844 579 3004 Farthing Downs and New Hill Ditches Lane, Coulsdon CR5 1DF Glyn House Church Street, Ewell, KT17 2AP Kenley Common Kenley Lane, Kenley CR8 5ES Merton Abbey Mills, SW19 020 8542 5511 Morden Hall Park Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD 020 8545 6850 (enquiries) Riddlesdown Common Riddlesdown Road, Purley, CR8 5AE ROUNDSHAW DOWNS Foresters Drive, Beddington CR8 3QL SPRING PARK, Bromley Addington Road, West Wickham BR4 9LU Stanley Park Children’s Centre Stanley Park Road, Carshalton, Surrey. SM5 3JL 020 8647 6771 Sutton Ecology Centre The Old Rectory, Festival Walk, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3NY 020 8770 5822 uk (unless otherwise stated) The Beanstalk Project Carshalton Community Allotment, Westmead Allotment Site SM5 2PW Sutton Community Farm, Telegraph Track SM6 0SH 020 8770 6611

The Rosendale 65 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8EZ 020 8761 9008

West Wickham Common Croydon Road, West Wickham, BR2 7AL Whitehall, Cheam 1, Malden Road, Cheam, Surrey. SM3 8QD 020 8643 1236


For a regularly updated list of local family events visit Please always phone before setting out in case details have changed since press deadline Thu 5 Jul 4.00pm onwards. Epsom Downs Racecourse: Epsom Downs Live! Frankie Valli The evening starts with six horse races over the world-renowned Derby course. This is followed by a live outdoor concert at dusk each week. The ticket price includes both racing and the music concert. Fri 6 Jul – 27 Aug Merton Abbey Mills SW19 – Abbeyfest 2012 The summer festival of Music, Comedy and Theatre in South London with children’s activities, late night shopping and free live jazz and blues concerts every Friday night during the festival period. Fri 6 Jul 1.30 – 3.00pm. City Commons event – Farthing Downs buggy walk. Get out, get some fresh air, and enjoy your local patch of countryside. Join Lizzie for a walk along Farthing Downs and learn a bit more about the site. Meet in the Farthing Downs car park. Sat 7 Jul 1.30 – 3.30pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Wildflower Walk at Cuddington Meadows An afternoon amble through a beautiful flowering natural grassland. They’ll be looking at some of the plants and animals that call Cuddington Meadows home. £3.50pp /£10.00 per family. Booking is recommended. Thu 12 Jul 4.00pm onwards. Epsom Downs Racecourse – Epsom Downs Live! Will Young Details as for 5 July entry. Fri 13 Jul 10 – 10.45pm. City Commons event – Glow worms on Farthing Downs. Search for glow worms as darkness falls with Andrew. Bring a torch – sorry no dogs. Booking essential. 14 Jul 1.00 – 2.30pm. Bourne Hall Museum Kids’ Club – King Rædwald and Ewell dig open day. £4.00 per child. Sat 14 Jul 10.30 – 4.00pm Ewell Village Fair 2012, Glyn House. Lots of activities for the whole family. Adults: £2.00; Under 16s free. Sat 14 Jul 10.00 – 12.00pm. City Commons event – Riddlesdown Quarry in bloom. Join a local flora expert to explore the restricted Quarry and see some of the beautiful and rare flowers found there. Meet in the Riddlesdown car park. Sat 14 Jul 10.00 – 12.00pm Stanley Park Children’s Centre – Every Dad Matters Drop in play session for dads and their children. Mums and all the family, including siblings under 8, are welcome too. Please note that for your own

safety and comfort places for drop-in sessions are limited and are offered on a first-come first-served basis. Sat 14 Jul 1.00 – 2.00pm Comedy Cubs at The Rosendale Comedy trio ‘Spatula’ – story-telling comedian, Luke Capasso, Edinburghaward winner Hayley Crossland and “one to watch” James Gill – will present a one-hour show of funny sketches and interactive games ideal for ages two to nine years of age. Adults are welcome to accompany their child for the duration of the show. £2.50 pp can be purchased online at http://www.!tickets Saturday 14 July 2012 12.00 – 4.00pm Sutton Ecology Centre – Summer Garden Party Have a relaxing afternoon with tea, cakes, children’s crafts and tours of the grounds, plus stalls, a tombola and gifts. Booking is not required, just turn up and explore. Free. Sun 15 Jul 12.00 – 5.00pm Belmont Festival Belmont High Street & surrounding area, Sutton, Surrey SM2 6DY. Activities and events to entertain all the family, including live music and dance shows , numerous side stalls, a street market, a licensed beer tent and food for all the family. All proceeds from the event will go to the Royal Marsden Centre for Molecular Pathology. For further details

and updates on the event visit Sun 15 Jul 12.00 – 4.00pm. Alexandra Recreation Ground, Alexandra Road, Epsom – QEII ‘Have a Field Day’ event. There is something for everyone with stalls to explore and opportunities to try your hand at some of the sports played at the ground including bowls and tennis. There will also be a display from the local Martial Arts group; demonstration matches by professional tennis players and the local cricket team; plus Alex Rec Raqueteers, who run Tennis 4 Free, will be on hand. Bring a picnic to the park and watch the activities take place. Mon 16 Jul 6.00 – 8.00pm and Sun 22 Jul 2.00 – 5.00pm. City Commons event – Ragwort pull on Farthing Downs. Join us to help control Ragwort on Farthing Downs. Ragwort is a pernicious weed which spreads quickly and is reducing the value of our chalk grassland. Come out for any length of time – tea and coffee provided. Meet at the Farthing Downs car park. Please remember to say you saw the event listed in Families London-Surrey Borders.

LOLLIBOP FESTIVAL Regent’s Park, London .

17-19 August 2012

The UK’s only festival where all the entertainment is aimed at children, returns to London. This year, visitors will notice a few more additions. The ‘LolliBop Kitchen‘, where LolliBoppers will have the chance to learn new skills from live demonstrations and interactive workshops. A new ’Tween‘ area with activities including street dance, hula hoop, beatbox workshops, and laser room. Other new areas include ‘The LolliBop Human Zoo’, ‘The Disco Shed‘, and the ‘The Village Green‘ (with its own live music, craft stalls, and street theatre). Back again is the Science Museum with a dedicated Science Zone and for preschoolers the ‘3 ft & Under’ area. An extended covered buggy park is also being created. Old favourites, including ‘LolliSports‘, ‘Imagination Stations‘, ‘Itsy Bitsy Strictly‘ and ‘The Enchanted Forest‘ will still be there and also a live stage. ‘LolliBop Live’ will play host to some of the hottest names in kids entertainment. Adult/child: from £25.00; babies under 12 months: Free. Check for family/group discounts available and book online at

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Thu 2 Aug 2.00 – 3.30pm. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Family Summer Walk: Ashley Road Cemetery, Epsom. Pre-booking essential.

Thu 19 Jul 4.00pm onwards. Epsom Downs Racecourse – Epsom Downs Live! Razorlight Details as for 5 July entry Sat 21 Jul 12.00 – 2.00pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Butterfly Walk at Roundshaw Downs Local Nature Reserve £3.50pp /£10.00 per family. Booking is recommended.

Thu 2 Aug 4.00pm onwards. Epsom Downs Racecourse – Epsom Downs Live! Last Night of the Proms with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Details as for 5 July entry.

Tue 24 Jul 2.00 – 3.30pm. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Family Summer Walk: Horrible Epsom, Epsom Clocktower. Pre-booking essential. Wed 25 Jul 9.10 – 11.10pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Evening Bat Walk at Mayflower Park, Worcester Park £3.50pp /£10.00 per family. Booking is recommended. Thu 26 Jul 1.00 – 2.30pm Bourne Hall Museum Kids’ Club – Flint knapping. £4.00 per child. Thu 26 Jul Epsom Downs Racecourse – Epsom Downs Live! The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular. Details as for 5 July entry. Thu 26 Jul 11.00 – 3.00pm Morden Hall Park, Snuff Mill – Meadow Safari (Family Holiday Activity) Learn about the plants and animals that live in Morden Hall Park and the importance of meadows as a habitat. £4.00 per family group Fri 27 Jul 10.30am – 12.00pm. The Beanstalk Project – Muck and Magic, Sutton Community Farm


Thu 2 Aug 11.00 – 3.00pm Morden Hall Park, Snuff Mill – Help the Hedgehogs (Family Holiday Activity). Discover more about our prickly friends and how we can help them. £4.00 per family group (four people).

Find out all about the magic of compost and take some free green manures to try out at home. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Advance booking required. Sat 28 Jul 7.30 – 10.00pm Morden Hall Park, Stableyard – Summer Jazz Evening. An evening in the Stableyard, with the chance to sample local wine, beer and much more to the sounds of a live jazz act. Adult: £7.50; Child: £5.00 Sat 28 Jul 12.00 – 2.00pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Dragonflies at Anton Crescent Wetland Local Nature Reserve £3.50pp /£10.00 per family. Booking is recommended.

Sun 29 Jul 1.30am – 3.00pm. The Beanstalk Project – Muck and Magic, Carshalton Community Allotment See 29 Jul entry for details. Sun 29 Jul 1.30 – 3.30pm. City Commons event – Small-leaved Limes at Spring Park, Bromley. Discover the fascinating history of the small-leaved limes and what they can tell us about the ways humans have used the countryside over thousands of years. As an added extra, find out how we’ve used these trees over the years. Meet Luke at the drinking fountain on Woodland Way. Tue 31 Jul 1.00–2.30pm Bourne Hall Museum Kids’ Club–History and evolution of the horse. £4.00 per child.

Tue 7 Aug 10.00 – 2.00pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Minibeast Challenge Find the highest jumpers, fastest runners and longest worm. Quizzes, prizes, mini-beast hunting and more. No need to book, just turn up any time. £2.00pp. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wed 8 Aug 1.00 – 2.30pm Bourne Hall Museum Kids’ Club – Crazy Celts and Roman gladiator school. £4.00 per child. Thu 9 Aug 10.30 – 12.00pm. Bourne Hall Museum Kids’ Club – Family Summer Walk: Horrible Ewell, Bourne Hall. Pre-booking essential. For a regularly updated list of local family events visit

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Mon 13 Aug 10.30 – 12.00pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Fantastic Flowers. Discover our wildflowers through stories, games and craft. Booking is essential. Cost: £3.50 per child. Suitable for children aged 3yrs+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tue 14 Aug 10.30 – 12.00pm. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Family Summer Walk: Hidden Ewell, Bourne Hall. Pre-booking essential. Tue 14 Aug 10.00 – 12.30pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Eco Experts Club: Become a Tree Expert. Who lives in the trees at the Ecology Centre? Come along to find out plus make tree spirits and your own tree key ring to take home. £5.00 per child. Suitable for ages 8yrs+ only. Children can be left if a consent form is signed. Wed 15 Aug 11.30 – 12.30pm. City Commons event – Blue butterflies on Riddlesdown. Thu 16 Aug 1.00 – 2.30pm Bourne Hall Museum Kids’ Club – Rocks and Dinosaurs. £4.00 per child. Thu 16 Aug 11.00 – 3.00pm Morden Hall Park, Snuff Mill – Ladybird Spotting (Family Holiday Activity) Learn about the different British ladybirds and follow a trail around the park. £4.00 per family group (4 people). Thu 16 Aug 7.30pm Morden Hall Park, Rose Garden – Summer Theatre After the success of last year, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to perform Macbeth in our Rose Garden. Adult: £16.00; Child: £14.00. Sat 18 Aug 1.00 – 3.00pm. City Commons event – Reliving “the hardest day” at Kenley Common. Mon 20 – Fri 24 Aug, 11.00 – 3.00pm Denbies Wine Estate – Lego Exhibition There will be a Lego build on Wed 22 July at 12.00pm. Free admission. Mon 20 Aug 11.30am & 12.30pm Denbies Wine Estate – Teddy Bears Picnic. One child per bear. Includes train ride, packed lunch and story telling with Cat’s Grin £7.00 per bear, £2.00 accompanying adults. Tue 21 Aug, 11.00am & 2.00pm Denbies Wine Estate – Tropical Rainforest Road Show Children can handle and learn about creatures from around the world. £6.50. Tue 21 Aug 11.00 – 2.00pm Sutton Ecology Centre event – Nature Detective at Wandle Valley Wetlands, off Middleton Road, Beddington. Take one of the Nature Discovery packs into the nature reserve for lots of fun, including pond dipping. No need to book, just turn up any time. £2.00 pp. Suitable for families. Partially accessible by buggy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 20

Wed 22 Aug 7.00 – 9.00pm. City Commons event – Bats for Beginners at West Wickham Common.

Walk at Beddington Park. £3.50pp /£10.00 per family. Booking is recommended.

Wed 22 Aug 10.30 – 12.00pm. Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Family Summer Walk: Discover Nonsuch. Pre-booking essential.

Mon 27 Aug 10.30 – 8.00pm Carshalton Environmental Fair, Carshalton Park. Over 100 stalls, lots of childrens’ activities, local craft, interactive demonstrations, farmers’ market, music and performing arts, refreshment stalls, information, campaign groups and more.... showcasing local sustainability initiatives. There’s even a Free bus to get you there. Adults: £4.00; Concessions and under 16s: £2.00; Under 12s: Free.

Wed 22 – Fri 24 Aug 2.00 – 4.00pm Whitehall, Cheam – Summer Arts and Crafts sessions. Arts and crafts in the in the garden, suitable for children aged 4 plus. Cost £3.00. Limited spaces. Booking recommended. Thu 23 Aug 8.00 – 10.00pm. City Commons event – Bat Walk at West Wickham Common. Thu 23 Aug, 11.00am & 2.00pm. Denbies Wine Estate – Children’s Summer Theatre Performance from Cat’s Grin. Child: £6.50; accompanying adult – £2.50. Thu 23 Aug 11.00 – 3.00pm Morden Hall Park, Snuff Mill – Year of the Bat (Family Holiday Activity). Discover more about bats and their night time habitats and have a go at our batty crafts and activities.£4.00 per family group (four people). Sat 25 Aug 8.20 – 10.30pm Sutton Ecology Centre activity – Evening Bat

Mon 27 Aug Epsom Downs Racecourse – Family Fun Day With competitive racing and a wide range of children’s entertainment within the Grandstands, there will be something for the whole family. Mon 27 Aug 11.00 – 5.00pm Merton Abbey Mills, SW19 – Kidfest A fun day full of exciting and innovative things for children to participate in. Activities include art & craft, music, drama & dancing workshops, soft play and storytelling areas, relaxation sessions, kid’s fitness, rides, face painting and caricaturing. Free. Tue 28 Aug 2.00 – 4.00pm. Bourne

BANSTEAD COUNTRYSIDE DAY 2012 Sunday 9 September–10.30am to 4.30pm 01737 737700 Annual family event organised by the Downlands Project, in association with the Downlands Trust and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. It is being held in the large field by Banstead Woods on Holly Lane, adjacent to Holly Lane car park, Banstead/Chipstead (B2219). Nearest SATNAV: CR5 3NR. The event is a celebration of the local countryside, history, community and rural/traditional crafts. Visit the wide variety of stalls with local produce, local groups, wildlife and much more. Find out about the local countryside on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities.   Watch the special arena displays throughout the day and enjoy demonstrations of traditional woodland management techniques, including hurdle and charcoal making. There will be lots of activities for children, including nature trail, tractor-pulled trailer rides and craft making. You can also meet some of the project’s very own sheep. Show Guides and various refreshments on sale on the day. Free Entry. Contact the Downlands Project for further information.

Tue 28 Aug 10.30 – 1.00pm Sutton Ecology Centre event – River Discovery at Pyl Brook We’re going on a nature hunt. Join a voyage of discovery walking along Pyl Brook from Stonecot Hill to Anton Crescent. Discover nature along the river, play games at the all new Hamilton Rec and finish with pond dipping at Anton Crescent Wetland. Booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Thu 30 Aug 11.00 – 3.00pm Morden Hall Park, Snuff Mill – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Family Holiday Activity) Learn about conserving resources, the importance of reducing and re-using as well as recycling. Craft activities included. £4.00 per family group. Sun 2 Sep 11.00 – 4.00pm Morden Hall Park – Canine Capers A celebration of man’s best friend. Fun dog competitions, information, free health checks and advice. There will also be stallholders with a variety of canine products. £TBC. Sat 8 & Sun 9 Sep The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2012 Entertainment from Tower Bridge to the London Eye. This is the closing weekend of the London 2012 Games, and the Thames Festival will be the Mayor’s, and the city’s, final celebration of an amazing year for London. Free event. Visit for more details. Please remember to say you saw the event listed in Families London-Surrey Borders.

DIARY DATES FOR PARENTS FOOD FOR FREE–FORAGING Bedzed Pavillion, 24 Sandmartin Way, Wallington SM6 7DF

Sun 22 Jul 11.30 – 4.00pm Learn how to make the most of the free food in public spaces. All welcome, no experience needed. Cost of session £30. Book at www. or call 0208 770 6611 WELL-BEING WEEKEND Morden Hall Park Sat 4 Aug – Sun 5 Aug 11.00–4.00pm each day A weekend of wellbeing activities. Explore gentle fitness options available in the Borough – book in for one of the expert-run taster classes and try your hand at Yoga, Orienteering or Taekwondo. Enjoy a feel-good day in the park with specialists on hand and smoothies available. Prices will range from £2.00 – 5.00. SUTTON FIBROMYALGIA & CHRONIC PAIN PLUS ELDERLY POP-IN CLUB Wednesdays 10.00-1200 Sutton U Shop, St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton SM1 1AY Come in for a coffee and a chat.

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Local theatre listings games, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun. Adults: £9.50, children: £8.50, family ticket: £32.00 (£1.50 booking fee per ticket).

Please phone before setting out in case details have changed since we went to press. CHARLES CRYER STUDIO THEATRE 39 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3BB 020 8770 6990

Fri 24 Aug 1.00pm & 3.30pm Milkshake! Adults: £12.00, children: £10.00, family ticket: £42.00 (£1.50 booking fee per ticket).

Thu 19–Fri 20 July 7.00pm Elemental! The young performers of Spiral Youth Theatre perform their annual summer concert. £8.00. Thu 26–Sat 28 July Eve 7.45pm Sat Mat 2.45pm Olympus: Not The Musical by Tia Matthews. £9.00/£7.00 concessions THE COLOUR HOUSE CHILDREN’S THEATRE Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way, SW19 2RD Information: 020 8542 5511 Box Office: 07944 868385

POLKA THEATRE 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 Check the website for performance times. NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG 0844 871 7646 (bookings) 21 – Sun 22 July, 10.00am, 1.00pm & 4.00pm Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Featuring true-to-life puppets, sing-along songs and a new story that will charm and delight all her fans. Adults from £13.50, children from £11.50.

Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug 2.00pm & 4.00pm each day Rainy Day Bear An adventure for children aged 3–6 presented by Rah Rah Theatre Company. Adults: £7.00; children: £8.00

Sat 21 Jul 11.00 and 2.00pm Milkshake! Starring Milkshake presenter Amy, and some of the channels favourite characters, this new show is sure to have children singing and dancing in the aisles. Tickets: From £12.00

EPSOM PLAYHOUSE Ashley Avenue, Epsom, KT18 5AL 01372 742555/742227

1 Sep 2.30pm Honk Musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, ‘The Ugly Duckling’.

Prices from: £11.50 FAIRFIELD HALLS Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG 020 8688 9291 Sunday 15 July 4.00pm There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly Come and relive the delights of this charming tale with a feast of first class

04 Jul–25 Aug Inside Out Edie is an explorer–she travels to all sorts of fantastic places. James is an explorer too, but prefers to stay indoors. They live in the same house, and like the same biscuits, but they’ve never ever met. Until today, that is...Suitable for ages 2 – 5. From £7.00. 18 Jul–25 Aug Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play Everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola, come home to Polka this summer. Suitable for ages 4 – 7. From £10.00. Autism Friendly Performance : Thu 26 Jul 2.30pm. After-show Talk : Sat 28 Jul 2.30pm BSL Interpreted Performance : Sat 4 Aug 2.30pm. 21

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Games to include Scrabble Original; Scrabble Junior; Pictionary; UNO; Angry Birds board game and the new Chameleon Crunch active learning game for kids.

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July-August edition of Families-London-Surrey Borders - no. 45

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