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Contents News and views . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 – 3 Clubs, classes and activities . . . . . . 4 – 5 Holiday camps, clubs and classes . . 6 – 10 Families competition . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Education news and ideas . . . . . 11 – 13 Using a sling - T.I.C.K.S. . . . . . . . . . 14 Babies and Toddlers . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Going on holiday? Our tips for families 16 Behind the Scenes at Morden Hall . . . 17 Biggest-Ever listings of things to do locally Diary dates for Summer . . . . . . . 18 – 22 Theatres and shows . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Classified advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Join us on Twitter and Facebook Families Magazine is now Tweeting. We’re at @FamiliesLSB. Why not follow us? Our tweets can tell you whenever we update our site with competitions, news items, and when we update the What’s On section of our site with new venues and things to do. We’re also posting updates and stories at Facebook.com/FamiliesLSB. 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.

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Save the date: Construction ball On Friday, 29 November 2013, at the Duchess Stand, Epsom Downs Racecourse, the annual charity ball to raise money for The Children’s Trust, Tadworth is being held by members of the construction industry. This black-tie event begins at 6.30 pm. with drinks, followed by a three-course dinner. Entertainment includes a ‘fun’ casino and live music from popular dance band, The Motor City Band. Tickets are £75.00 each (tables of 10 can be booked) and can be purchased online at www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/constructionball. Further details are available by email: specialevents@thechildrenstrust.org.uk The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, is a national charity that provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury.

New School Club discount scheme from Shoehouse To help with the cost of buying school shoes, Shoehouse, the independent shoe shop in Banstead, has launched a loyalty scheme called School Club. Members receive a card which, when shown, brings a 10% discount on the cost of any school shoes purchased. Visit them to register and pick up your card. Shoehouse want to make your shopping experience as painless as possible. There is parking nearby and they are now open on Sundays, 10.00 – 4.00pm, as well as the rest of the week, until December. Their new manager has a wealth of experience in fitting children’s shoes, having worked in the shoe industry for 17 years. She and her friendly staff can give you good advice when you are buying shoes for your children. They stock a wide range of school shoes for children aged 5 – 17 years including the Geox, Lelli Kelly, Ricosta, Vans and Kickers brands and also school bags including the Gola and Paul Frank ranges which are popular among trend-conscious children and teens. Shoehouse 127 High Street, Banstead SM7 2NS 01737 377638 www.shoehouse.co.uk

JACE opens Supper Club Do you have an event coming up and are looking for quality private catering? JACE Catering and Cookery School at The Annexe, Wallington Surrey is a family based company with a passion for bringing food and the local community together. Led by Trevor Pritchard who has over 25 years experience as head chef at a five star hotel in London, the company offers private catering for any occasion or function big or small, plus a cookery school offering fun and informative evening and Saturday cookery courses. To make life easy the company also offers ‘Supper Club’ – freshly made meals ideal for the family, friends and when entertaining. You can order in advance or order before 9am and collect after 5pm the same day. Call their Events Manager Pippa on 020 3657 3917 to discuss your event and catering requirements or to peruse their inspiring seasonal menus and order your Supper club meal online, visit: www.jacecatering.co.uk

Graham Cole helps children to eat more healthily Actor Graham Cole, (PC Tony Stamp from ITV’s The Bill) has teamed up with local Children’s Theatre Company, Funshine Productions to help children learn about fruit and vegetables. Graham says he never liked eating vegetables himself and thinks this book is a great way to encourage young children to want to eat fruit and vegetables. The book is ideally suited for playgroups, nurseries, schools and for children aged up to six years and is full of interactive ideas which will make eating your five a day fun for all. www.chefmauriceskitchen.co.uk

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News & Views Boutique Cakes coming to Banstead

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Boutique Cakery in Banstead is holding its grand opening on Saturday 10 August from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Come along and meet Edd Kimber the winner of The Great British Bake Off (series one) who will be signing copies of his latest book (available from Ibis bookstore in Banstead). There will be face painting, glitter tattoos and popcorn for the children and of course cupcakes for the adults.

‘Like’ their Facebook page and get a 10% discount quoting the code FamLSB on any order when you contact them. Browse all the designs and ideas to create your own masterpiece, see them on Facebook - Fingerprint Art. www.fingerprintart.me.uk or email fingerprintjac@yahoo.co.uk

To celebrate the opening they will be holding a prize draw. The prizes include one children’s cake decorating birthday party, Edd’s signed book and many other prizes can be won. See their website for further details on how to enter and terms and conditions. Boutique Cakery will be offering cake, cupcake, cake-pop and cookie classes. From beginners to those with more experience, they will teach you everything you need to know about cake decorating to help you express your ideas and designs in very creative ways. 163-165 High Street, Banstead SM7 2NT www.boutiquecakery.com

Cupcake sale in Banstead The Little Pink Kitchen is having a cupcake sale at The Art of Living cook shop at 58-60 Banstead High Street on Saturday 6 July from 10.30am onwards. Come along and see the range of yummy flavours on offer, all with a “summer” theme, which will appeal to both adults and children. The ‘99’ one of the range of delicious cupcakes available from The Little Pink Kitchen.

The City of London Corporation’s herd of Sussex Red cattle have returned to Farthing Downs after a long winter in the barn. Traditional grazing methods help to conserve the landscape. Farthing Downs is recognised as a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for having the most extensive area of seminatural downland habitats remaining in Greater London — in particular the species-rich chalk and neutral grassland.

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Using cattle to graze, rather than machinery for mowing, allows more flowers to flourish. Many insects rely on these flowers, including a number of species of butterfly. The longer tufts left as the cattle graze offer shelter for insects, lizards and small mammals, where mowing would remove this essential cover.

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Clubs, Classes & Activities Vocational ballet training arrives in Surrey

MAD Academy comes to Wallington

Surrey Ballet Masters has been developed to nurture and inspire young pupils who have a gift for ballet. It is vital both to harness talent at an early age and provide the correct foundation exercises, which provide longevity to dancers’ potential careers.

MAD AcademySutton is opening a new class on Friday 13th September 2013 for walkers to 4 years old 9:30am to 10:15am.

After 15 years in the profession, performing soloist roles in English National Ballet and then in Phantom of the Opera, Emma Northmore now teaches in the heart of London at Pineapple Dance Studios, London Studio Centre and the Urdang Academy with connections to English National Ballet School, Elmhurst and Central School of Ballet. Emma is offering non-syllabus classes, pointe work, repertoire and pilates floor work so pupils can achieve their true potential with confidence and correct management of their bodies. Pupils will have access to rehearsals at ENB Company and other trips where possible. Private lessons and vital guidance are also provided to help each student choose the correct school and when applying for courses. Classes take place once a month in a theatre with a professional pianist. Emma encourages boys to apply and will shortly be offering them separate coaching and repertoire classes. Enquiries to emma@surreyballetmasters.com or telephone 07958725862. www.surreyballetmasters.co.uk

Stagecoach Coulsdon marks quarter century Stagecoach is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, Stagecoach schools around the country are performing an abridged version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit show CATS. On 23 March 2013, 3000 students took part in a huge production at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena. Stagecoach Coulsdon will be joining in the celebrations by running a Holiday Workshop, learning and rehearsing songs and dances from the show, with classes from a performer from the West End show. The week will end with the students performing CATS (abridged version) at Woodcote High School, Coulsdon. Anyone aged 6 – 18 who loves singing and dancing can take part and you can find out more on their website www.stagecoach.co.uk/coulsdon. (Ed’s comment: Check out our holiday camps and workshop feature on page 6 for a round-up of the wide range of children’s activities available locally over the Summer break)

Wild Wood Activities: Forest School and Bushcraft for All

If you are interested in MAD Academy Classes contact: Pauline – Sutton: 01372 372 942 Debbie – Croydon: 01689 844848 Karen – Epsom: 01372 210378 www.madacademy.com

15% off Laser Tag Parties at Kidspace Book a party at Kidspace Croydon this summer and not only will your child have the best birthday around - you’ll enjoy a great discount too. They are offering a fantastic 15% off their Laser Tag parties booked between 1 July and 31 August 2013.

• Party invitations • 45 minutes of free play including Go Karts, Climbing Wall and Sky Trail • 30 mins in the Party Zone • 30 mins EXCLUSIVE use of Kidspace for laser action in the dark

Wild Wood Activities offers inspirational woodland play and bushcraft sessions for all. For your children, they have a Saturday club, holiday activities and woodland birthday parties.

• Pizza buffet • Party bag for every child • Free gift for the birthday child

For your little ones (5 months to 2 years 11 months), they have the Babes in the Woods sensory play sessions and the Movers and Shakers group (3–5 years). For your family, why not bring them along to their family bushcraft days at the beginning of September? Sessions run at the wonderful Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre near Croydon, Surrey and are fully risk assessed. The leaders are highly trained and first aid qualified. For more, visit www.wildwoodactivities.co.uk or contact Lauren Stevens on 07735 389804. Families London-Surrey Borders

Kirsty Elder is the newest member of the MAD family. She will be running these new classes and is really looking forward to spreading the MADness to the families the area. She currently runs MAD Academy Classes in Sutton and Croydon areas supporting Debbie Mason in Croydon and Pauline Llewellyn in Sutton.

The Laser Tag package has all you need for a hassle free, first class birthday including:

When you go down to the woods today, you may hear children playing, see dens being built, smell the smoke of a campfire and know that Wild Wood Activities is here.

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A free taster class will run at the Holmwood Hall, Holmwood Gardens, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 0HN on Friday 30th August 2013. Booking is required to secure you and your child’s places. Please contact Pauline on 01372 372 942 or e-mail pauline.llewellyn@madacademy.com

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Laser Tag parties are suitable for 7-12 year olds and are available Monday - Thursday for £22 per child. Friday and Sunday £24 per child. Saturday not available. Parties require a minimum of 15 children to receive the discount. To book, call 0208 686 0040 or email croydonparties@kidspaceadventures.com quoting this deal.

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Clubs, Classes & Activities Cooking, food and fun with a top chef in Epsom Laura Scott, Director of www.learntocookgoodfood.com wants to help families to know more about cooking, good food, and having fun. She says, “Cooking is a far more economical way of life than buying ready-made dishes and it is so much better for your health.” Her services are aimed at children and adults who like the idea of learning skills in the kitchen that will benefit them individually and as a family. Lessons are suitable for mums, dads, children 7+, teens, students and anyone else who feels they could improve their culinary abilities by baking fresh wholesome seasonally influenced foods. She told Families, “I am a cookery tutor and I wanted to continue teaching throughout the holidays with my pop-up bake clubs. I have noticed how popular baking has become and I wanted to incorporate this into my aim of teaching and educating children as well as adults about the benefits of cooking and eating good food.” www.learntocookgoodfood.com learntocook.info@gmail.com 07960 265825

Become a Star for a day Star For A Day Platinum Pop Parties is a new birthday party recording studio experience set up by pop stars Steve McIntosh and Joe Charles.

Create a stunning piece of art from your finger or handprints. Ideal presents for all occasions.

Steve and Joe were members of the 80’s hit Reggae and Soul group the Cool-Notes: (www.cool-notes. co.uk). A few years ago they started their “Star for a day” programme as a great way to let budding singers and musicians get a step up into the music business. It is designed to help those who might be thinking of a music career, but are unable to get a foot hold due to the high costs involved. Due to the huge success of Star For A Day, a new package has been added, Called Platinum Pop Parties. This is designed for all ages but works especially well for children’s birthday parties. www.starforaday.me.uk

Stagecoach comes to Purley: try it out on 20 Sept Stagecoach Croydon will be running Friday classes at Riddlesdown Collegiate from September 2013. Students will be able to benefit from the new specialist drama and arts facilities available there. The classes will take place 4.15-5.45pm for ages 4–6 years, to include 30 minutes on each of drama, dance and singing. Classes for ages 6–18 years, which are split into three age groups, will take place 4.30– 7.30pm, to include hour sessions on each of drama, dance and singing. An open day for the Purley classes will be held on 20 Sept. at 4.15– 5.45pm (for 4–6 years) and at 4.30–7.30pm (for 6–18 years). Stagecoach is also holding an open day for the Saturday afternoon classes at Croydon High School (for 6–18 years) on Sat. 21 Sept. from 2.30–5.30pm. Stagecoach Croydon told Families that they are also delighted to announce that two of their students are currently in training for The Lion King in the West End and that one of their older students has just received a place at the prestigious Brit School. Extended story at www.families-LSB.co.uk/articles

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Children’s Cupcake Parties We bring everything required to the party venue.

We also do: Giant Cupcakes Cupcake Children Decorating decorate their classes for own cakes and adults take them Bespoke home in a box. cupcakes for www.thelittlepinkkitchen.co.uk any event 020 8647 9903 / 07952 699 422 The Little Pink Kitchen @TheLittlePK

Call Rachel on 0845 2657083 to book places on the open days and their summer holiday workshop. Visit their website for more information. www.stagecoach.co.uk/croydon

Designer launches Kids’ Art Room in Purley Kids Art Room is a new after-school art and crafts club for children from the age of 7 to 17, It operates from the Purley home of designer Olga Casademunt-Garre. She runs two groups on Thursdays and two more on Fridays. Children learn in groups comprising a maximum of ten children of similar age per group and learn to draw, paint with different techniques, understand key elements of art such as composition and proportion and will gain an introduction to art history and contemporary art.

KIDS ART ROOM www.kidsartroom.com

Mother of three Olga specialises in conceptual and contemporary jewellery design, drawing and ink-painting. She has won awards and has exhibited in Barcelona and London.

For classes in Addiscombe, Mitcham, Croydon & Purley, call Melissa on 07939 520 638 For classes in Banstead, Epsom, Hooley & Wallington, call Jo on 07873 634292

Olga told Families, “KidsArtRoom is different from other art lessons: it aims to empower children with creative thinking and encourage them to explore the world of art and design. As well as learning fundamental drawing skills, all students will start a personal artistic portfolio suitable for art scholarships.” infokidsartroom@gmail.com www.kidsartroom.com 07963784220

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Holiday Camps and Classes There are a wide range of holiday camps and workshops being held locally. We’ve grouped them by type to make it easier for you to find the ones which will suit your child best PRE-SCHOOLERS

snack) or £90 for the three days. To book a place, please contact Lauren Stevens from Wild Wood Activities or visit their website. Booking essential.

Dramabuds

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road SM5 020 8669 2355 www.dramabuds.co.uk Tues 23, 30 Jul, 6, 13, 20, 27 Aug 1.30–2.30pm

COOKERY, ARTS & CRAFTS Learn to Cook Good Food

Dramabuds Adventures

2 Glyn House 43 Burgh Heath Rd, Epsom KT17 4LY 07960 265 825 learntocook.info@gmail.com www.learntocookgoodfood.com

Join a different Adventure every Tuesday this Summer holiday when Dramabuds will be going to the Jungle, Sailing aboard Pirate ships, becoming Magical Toys and Flying to Neverland. For ages 2–6 years. £7.00 per session or £36.00 for all 6.

Pop-up Children’s Summer Bake Clubs and cookery lessons

MAD Academy

MAD Academy provides the perfect blend of music and dance for young children. The classes are packed with music, movement, rhythm and dance. Their approach is fun, funky and physical and they pride themselves on being free spirited and relaxed. For walkers to 4 years. Booking essential.

The Parochial Rooms, 42 The Broadway, Cheam SM3 8BL 01372 372942 www.madacademy.com/sutton Tue 6, 20, 27 Aug 9.45am, 10.45am

A unique collaboration of sports and cooking this summer. Ready Steady Go Kids have partnered with Crafty Cooks to offer this 3 hour program. They provide all the necessary ingredients and equipment for cooking and sports as well as a healthy snack for the break time. Parents required to be present, childminders welcome. Great fun, activity and creativity to be had. For ages 2–7 years. £30.00 incl VAT per session. Tue 20 Aug 9.30–12.30pm Ready Steady Go Kids is partnering with The Creation Station Wimbledon to offer a fun, active and creative 3-hour holiday program. They provide all the relevant tools and equipment for sports and crafts as well as a healthy snack for the break time. Parents required to be present, child-minders welcome. Great fun, activity and creativity to be had. For ages 2–7 years. £24.00 incl VAT.

Monkey Music S. Croydon and Caterham

Theatrebugs Summer Workshops

MAD Academy Croydon:

01689 844848 www.madacademy.com/croydon Venue and dates TBA–check their website for details.

MAD Academy Epsom:

St Michael’s Church Hall, The Marld, Ashtead 01372 210378 www.madacademy.com/epsom Wed 7, 21, 28 Aug 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am

MAD Academy Sutton:

020 3251 1061 southcroydon.caterham@monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.co.uk Christ Church, 861–863 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2BN 1 and 8 Aug St Paul’s Church Hall, 63–65 Croham Road, South Croydon CR2 7HF 2 and 9 Aug Age specific morning sessions: 30 mins. for babies 3 months–1 year; 45 minutes for ages 1–2 /2–3 years.

Workshops

Workshops offering a fun-filled musical experience incorporating the 4 stage progressive Monkey Music curriculum devised by classically trained musicians. Places must be booked in advance. Christ Church, Purley Thu 29 Aug

Music and your Newborn Baby Seminar

An opportunity to learn more about how early exposure to music benefits your baby and supports their development. Places must be booked in advance.

Monkey Music Leatherhead and Dorking 01483 841 303 leatherhead.dorking@monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.co.uk Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE Mon 5 Aug 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am Little Bookham Village Hall, Little Bookham Street, Bookham KT23 3AF Fri 23 Aug 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am

Summer holiday workshops

Musical fun for little monkeys is guaranteed to make the holidays go with a swing. Come on your own or bring your brothers, sisters and friends along. Open to Members and non-Members. Age specific classes for ages 3 months–7 years.

Ready Steady Go Kids

Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ 0800 690 6591 info@rsgk.co.uk www.rsgk.co.uk 19 and 21 Aug 1.00–4.00pm

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01483 882244 / 07971 004134 hannahmason@theatrebugs.co.uk www.theatrebugs.co.uk/epsom.html United Reform Church, 38 Stoke Road, Cobham KT11 3BD 5–9 Aug 9.00–12.00pm St Joseph’s Church Hall, St Margaret’s Drive, Epsom KT18 7JQ 12–16 Aug 1.30–4.30pm

The First Ever Whale Story

Perry Pirate parks his pirate ship on top of the Sula Sea Fairy’s house. Luckily, the tiniest fish in the ocean, Kefraiyu, uses all his energy to help out and with Crabby Crab they manage to push the boat away. To reward him the Queen of the Sea turns this tiny fish into the first ever whale. 5 fun filled days of acting, singing, dancing, dressing up and arts and crafts. On day five you hit the stage. For 3½–7 years. £115. There is a 20% group booking discount for groups of 3 or more. T&Cs apply. See website for details.

Adventure Wild Learning Adventure Holiday Club 01483 424400 jon@wild-learning.net www.wild-learning.net Claremont Landscape Gardens, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9JG 29 Jul–2 Aug; 12–16 Aug; 19–23 Aug 10.15–4.00pm Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, RH5 6BD 25, 26, 29 Jul–2 Aug; 5–9 Aug 10.15–4.00pm Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon SW19 29 Jul–2 Aug; 12–16 Aug 10.15–4.00pm Have fun and explore the woods with Wild Learning Forest School. For 5–12 years. Advance booking essential. For more Information and to book visit the Wild Learning website.

Wild Woodlander Summer Holiday Club

at Frylands Woods Scout Camp, Croydon 07735 389 804 lauren@wildwoodactivities.co.uk www.wildwoodactivities.co.uk 12–14 Aug 9.30–3.30pm If you are aged 7–13 and are looking for adventure, come and join in. Learn new skills, play woodland games, make woodland art and create campfires to cook on. £32.50 per wild woodlander per day (including a

29–31 Jul 10.30–12.30pm; 21–23 Aug 10.30–12.30 and 2.00–4.00pm; 26–28 Aug 10.30–12.30pm (daily 2 hour sessions) Would your children love the opportunity to learn all about the art of baking and home cooking? Then come along and have fun as well as learn a new life skill... Learn how to bake delicious sweet and savoury treats in this creative fun filled bake club. You will take home your goodies and have recipe cards too so you can re-create your baked delights at home. For ages 7+. £20 per child per bake club session (2hr); £30 per adult per cookery lesson (2hr); £150 minimum for a cooking party (adult or child)

Supercamps: A Passion For…Arts & Crafts Sutton High School, Sutton 01235 832222 www.supercamps.co.uk 29 Jul–2 Aug 9.00–5.00pm extended hours (8.00– 6.00pm) available, contact them for details. Workshops which give children the chance to explore and develop a specific activity. Children can follow their passion or discover a new one. The workshops are led by specialist leaders. For children aged 6–14. See their website for details of costs.

MULTI-ACTIVITY Croydon High Sports Club, Children’s Activity Camps

Old Farleigh Road, Selsdon, South Croydon CR2 8YB 020 8657 9313 www.croydonsportsclub.co.uk 22 Jul–30 Aug Mon to Fri, 8.30–5.30pm Activities to include swimming, football, bouncy castle, parachute games, dodgeball, arts and crafts, tennis, gymnastics, water polo, netball, basketball, badminton, biscuit designs. For ages 5–14 years. £28 per day, morning only option available, discounts for booking entire week

Jancett Playsafe Holiday Clubs

020 8669 1725 www.jancettplaysafe.co.uk Satellites Club, All Saints Primary, Carshalton Dazzlers Club, Dorchester Primary School, Worcester Park Beano’s Club, Barrow Hedges Primary School, Carshalton Stanley’s Club, Stanley Park Infant School, Carshalton Collingwood Club, Collingwood School, Wallington Buddies Club, Beaumont Primary, Croydon Multi activity holiday clubs. Visit their website for details of dates, times and prices and to be able to register online

Kidspace Adventures Holiday Club

The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RQ 020 8686 0040 www.kidspaceadventures.com 9.00–5.00pm (Extended Full Day: 8.30–6.00pm; Half Day (am): 9.00–1.00pm; Half Day (pm): 1.00–5.00pm) Multi-activity camps. Possible activities include a bowling trip every Wednesday travelling via 289 bus and walk (small fee applies), art and crafts, story time, themed activities; daily trips to the playing fields; cooking once a week, climbing wall sessions, go-kart sessions; drama. Meals and snacks appropriate to the session time included in price. For ages 4–12 years. From £25.00 for a half day session. Check their website for prices.

Ready Steady Go Kids

0800 690 6591 info@rsgk.co.uk www.rsgk.co.uk For children aged 2½–6 years. For further details see entry in Pre-schoolers section.

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Friendly, knowledgeable staff Music courses for children and adults Group lessons from only £12/50mins Guitar, Bass, Drums, piano/keyboards vocal and saxophone tuition available in our purpose-built teaching studios Workshops and masterclasses Regular live music events Free Parking See our great range of instruments and sheet music

Modern, dedicated sports facilities. Activities take place in School grounds. • Bouncy Castle Full- and half-days • Swimming • Arts and Crafts for ages 5+ • Sports and team games

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Holiday Camps and Classes Supercamps: Multi-Activity Camps

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Royal Russell School, Croydon 8 Jul–30 Aug Sutton High School, Sutton 15 Jul–23 Aug Action packed camps with over 40 activities on offer (sports, arts & crafts). You can book individual days or full weeks. For children aged 4–14 (only 4–11 at Wimbledon). See their website for details of costs. Whitgift School, South Croydon 22 Jul–30 Aug Wimbledon High School, Wimbledon 01235 832222 www.supercamps.co.uk 15 Jul–23 Aug 9.00–5.00pm with extended hours (8.00–6.00pm) available, contact them for details.

MUSIC Monkey Music Leatherhead and Dorking

leatherhead.dorking@monkeymusic.co.uk www.monkeymusic.co.uk 01483 841 303 For further details see entry in Pre-schoolers section.

Sutton Music Centre

35 St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1JN info@SuttonMusicCentre.co.uk www.SuttonMusicCentre.co.uk 020 8642 2838 Contact them for further details of their holiday activities.

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Dramabuds

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road SM5 020 8669 2355 www.dramabuds.co.uk 29 Jul–2 Aug 10.00–12.00pm

James and The Giant Peach Drama Camp Join Dramabuds in the Summer holidays for a whole week of exciting drama to explore the story, characters and create the magical world of James and The Giant Peach. The week will be filled with drama, songs, dance, dressing up, making new friends, being creative, having fun, creating the scenery and then performing to family and friends on the final day. For ages 4–8 years. £69.00 Tues 23, 30 Jul, 6, 13, 20, 27 Aug 1.30–2.30pm

Ex-English National Ballet

A monthly training program for 8-18 yr olds

• Non-syllabus classes • Pointe work • Repertoire and pilates for ballet Apply to emma@surreyballetmasters.com

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Glebe School, Hawes Lane, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 9AE 020 8460 5711 www.spotlightstheatre.co.uk 29 Jul–2 Aug 9.30–12.30pm (4–6 year olds)

Alice in Wonderland

Let your child enter a magical Wonderland where they will meet Alice, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and friends. With cool costumes, great songs, and lively dancing this will be a fun-packed week putting together a spellbinding show. £120.00; siblings £100.00 29 Jul–2 Aug 9.30–3.30pm (7–16 year olds)

Spotlights’ Got Talent

No dancing dogs, no nasty judges, but a week filled with exciting drama, energetic dance and cool singing material that ends with a talent showcase. £150.00; siblings £120.00

Stagecoach Coulsdon Summer Holiday Workshops Woodcote High School, Meadow Rise, Coulsdon www.stagecoach.co.uk/coulsdon 5–9 Aug Mon–Thurs: 9.30am–3.30pm, Fri: 11.00– 6.00pm

CATS performance

For ages 6–18 years. Join Stagecoach Coulsdon to cast, rehearse and perform an abridged version of the show in just 5 days. Open to both Stagecoach and nonStagecoach students. £150 (£100 siblings) 5–9 Aug 10.00–1.00pm

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For ages 2–6 years. For further details see entry in Pre-schoolers section.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Croydon Show in a Week Summer Camp

EduStage–Musical Theatre Summer Schools

020 8673 1864 (between 10am and 4.00pm) edustage@talktalk.net www.edustage.co.uk The Epsom Playhouse (for ages 8–11 years) 29 Jul–2 Aug 10.00–4.00pm The Secombe Theatre, Sutton (for ages 12–17 years) 5–9 Aug 10.00–4.00pm EduStage returns to Epsom and Sutton to run some more 5 day musical theatre summer schools. Working with professional directors, participants will do drama games, sing songs from West End musicals and give a fully staged performance of an original musical at the end of the week with costumes provided. Total cost for the week is £135, which includes tickets for family and friends to the performance. (Sibling discount available).

Croydon High School, Old Farleigh Rd, Selsdon CR2 8YB 0845 265 7083 www.stagecoach.co.uk/croydon 19–23 Aug 9.30–12.30 with show on Fri–12.00pm (For 4–6 years)

Once Upon A Time

19–23 Aug 10.00–4.00pm with show on Fri–3.30pm (For 6–16 years)

School For Stars

A fun filled week of singing, dancing and acting working towards a professional performance for family and friends at the end of the week. Young people develop confidence, make new friends and learn new skills in the performing arts within a fun and creative environment. The passionate and inspiring teachers encourage, challenge and nurture the children to do their very best. 4–6 years class: £120, sibling price £100; 6–16 years class: £150, sibling price £120.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Epsom Summer Holiday Workshops

Mansel Road Centre, Wimbledon 0845 400 1273 www.perform.org.uk 5–9 Aug 2.30–4.30pm 19–23 Aug 10.00–12.00pm Presented by

Spotlights Theatre School–Summer School

For ages 4 - 6 years. A fun workshop in a safe environment where young children rehearse and put on a circus themed show in just 5 days. Suitable for Stagecoach students or any child who loves to sing and dance. £90 (£60 siblings).

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Shakespeare’s magical comedy. PtO guides TheatreLab participants in experimenting and re-imagining the story’s possibilities. Through the use of drama games/ activities and rehearsal techniques, each participant plays with the text from the perspectives of an actor/ director and in doing so, becomes a theatre-maker. For ages 9–15 years. £130 (£117 recommend a friend/ previous participant)

Aladdin

Watch your child bring to life the ever-popular tale of Aladdin in an amazing Arabian adventure. For 4–8 year olds.

Pull The Other Summer Holiday Theatrelab “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Drama Workshop and Stage Course The Epsom Playhouse 07801 268 387 info@ptotheatre.org.uk www.ptotheatre.org.uk 12–16 Aug Mon–Thu: 9.30–1.30pm, Fri from 10.30am (performance at 5.30pm) Act and Direct to discover, explore and conquer

Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Epsom KT17 1UF 020 8642 3500 epsom@stagecoach.co.uk www.stagecoach.co.uk/epsom 12–16 Aug 10–4.00pm daily (presentation on Fri 3.00– 4.00pm)

A Lion’s Tale

For 4–18 years. Children have the time of their lives whilst performing a professional, high standard show to family and friends at the end of the week. Everyone has equal parts, there is absolutely no ‘hanging around’ and children don’t stop from the minute they arrive on the first day. There is never a charge for costumes or tickets and no restriction on the number of guests you can invite to watch for free. Principal Ellie Marsden has been running her Epsom Schools and holiday workshops for 10 years. They have a strong reputation for high standards, quality and value for money. Call Ellie for more details or to book.

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Holiday Camps and Classes Stagecoach Merton Park Holiday Workshop

Hillcross Primary School, Morden SM4 4EE 020 8942 3502 www.stagecoach.co.uk/mertonpark 29 Jul–2 Aug For 4–7 years. 10.00–1.00pm with a performance at 12.30pm on the Friday. £110 29 Jul–2 Aug For 8–16 years.10.00–4.00pm with a

performance at 5.30pm on the Friday. £150 Students will experience an action packed week full of singing, dance and drama culminating in a show at the end of the week. Contact Principal Claire Guy or apply online. Workshops in Tooting the following week are also available. Quote FAMILIES and receive a £25 discount.

children ‘get ahead in science’ this holiday with action packed programmes of hands-on activities exploring a spectacular array of scientific themes and topics. Every day is filled with science experiments to make and take home.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Sutton

01235 832222 www.supercamps.co.uk 9.00–5.00pm with extended hours (8.00–6.00pm) available, contact them for details. Workshops which give children the chance to explore and develop a specific activity. Children can follow their passion or discover a new one. The workshops are led by specialist leaders. For children aged 6–14. See their website for details of costs. Royal Russell School, Croydon 29 Jul–2 Aug Sutton High School, Sutton 12–16 Aug Whitgift School, South Croydon 5–9 Aug

Carshalton High School for Girls, West Street, Carshalton SM5 2QX 01737 270060 sutton@stagecoach.co.uk www.stagecoach.co.uk/sutton 29 Jul–2 Aug 9.30–4.00pm

Remember My Name. For 7–18 years. 29 Jul–2 Aug 9.30–12.30pm

Wonderland. For 4–6 years. Even if your child has never done anything like this before they are guaranteed the week of your lives. There will be a full-scale show on stage with full costumes, lighting and sound production on the last day of the workshop for friends and family to enjoy. Stagecoach Sutton performances are of a standard where all children get an equal part and the opportunity to shine. Includes a free DVD.

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The Dracula Spectacula! (For ages 8–16) 9.00–5.00pm with extended hours (8.00–6.00pm) available, contact them for details. Royal Russell School, Croydon 19–23 Aug Sutton High School, Sutton 5–9 Aug Whitgift School, South Croydon 12–16 Aug

Theatrebugs Summer Workshops

01483 882244 / 07971 004134 hannahmason@theatrebugs.co.uk www.theatrebugs.co.uk/epsom.html For 3½–7 years. For full details see entry in Preschoolers section. Forest School and bushcraft for all!

Explore the woodland

Den building Woodland Saturday club fun, Fire lighting and safety Holiday activities Woodland exploration Family activities Forest School projects Woodland Birthday Parties All our activities are fully risk assessed. www.wildwoodactivities.co.uk info@wildwoodactivities.co.uk 07735 389804

Top Hat School Holiday Courses

at The Beacon School, Picquets Way, Banstead SM7 1AG 01737 831 184 surrey@tophatstageschool.co.uk www.tophatstageschool.co.uk 19–23 Aug 10.00–3.00pm (10.00–1.00 for 4–5 years); Final performance 23 Aug at 6.00pm

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

For 4–17 years. A fun-filled week where children put on a show in just one week. Whether your child is new to performing or a seasoned veteran, all are welcome. No experience required, just enthusiasm.

SCIENCE Mother Nature–Science of Sport / Science Academy

Carshalton Boys Sports College, Winchcombe Road, Carshalton SM5 1RW Caterham School (residential), Harestone Valley Road, Caterham CR3 6YA Cheam Sports Club, Peaches Close, Cheam SM2 7BJ A fantastic introduction to the game, the club and their unique coaching philosophies for boys and girls of all abilities aged between four and 13 years old. For details of other venues and to book visit their website. Get 10% off when you book online. Simply quote ‘BROCHURE’ at the time of booking.

TUTORING The 11+ Holiday Learning Club

Club held at Laleham Lea Primary School, Purley CR8 3JJ 0800 242 5525 www.holidaylearningclub.com 29 Jul–2 Aug; 5–9 Aug; 12–16 Aug 9.00–3.30pm (extended childcare until 5.00pm possible, subject to demand) Early bird discount if booked before 7 July. Visit website for more information.

Southern Tutors

Sutton High School, 55 Cheam Road, Sutton SM1 2AX also Kingston and other SW London venues, see their website for details. 0845 834 0986 www.mnature.co.uk Week A (22–26 Jul), Week B (29 Jul–2 Aug), Week C (5–9 Aug), Week D (12–16 Aug), Week E (19–23 Aug) 9.00–3.30pm For ages 5–12 years. Their Scientists will ensure your

Courses held at Rosebery School, Epsom 01372 721119/07986 564 651 info@southerntutors.co.ukwww.southerntutors.co.uk 22–26 Jul and 19–23 Aug

Intensive 11 Plus courses

Verbal and non-verbal reasoning, Maths and English classes for 9 and 10 year olds. Fees vary according to number of days attended. Contact the tutors (not the school) for further details.

Musical Theatre Summer Schools

The Epsom Playhouse July 29 to August 2 for children aged 8 to 11 The Secombe Theatre, Sutton August 5 to 9 for Young People aged 12 to 17 The total cost for the week is £135 Sibling discount available

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Education Summer Reading Challenge 2013: Creepy House Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the summer and research shows that taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge can

Families Competition WIN an Easy2Name Off to School set

We have 5 Easy2Name Off to School sets to give away. Each set is worth £18.90 and contains 30 waterproof stickers, 30 iron on name tapes, 1 set of shoe covers, 1 bag tag and 1 shoe bag.

Please state clearly the name of your child and whether you require the shoe bag in red, lilac or blue. help children keep up their reading skills during the long summer holiday.

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The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children aged 4-11 into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence over the summer break.

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Children are encouraged to read six books from whatever genre they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Each year sees a different theme. This year it is ‘Creepy House’. Each time your child finishes a book they’ll receive stickers and rewards and there’s a certificate for everyone who finishes. It doesn’t matter what level your child is at either as the challenge is open to children of all reading abilities. Your child’s school will probably give you some information but if you want to know more visit www.creepy-house.co.uk where you’ll find out all about the challenge. You’ll also find a brilliant ‘book sorter’ which allows children to search for books that will suit their age and tastes.

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Education Explore offers 25% off during July Explore Learning centres across the area provide maths and English tuition to 5 to 14 year olds of all abilities, and also run special courses in 11+ exam preparation. The centres are open 7 days a week, and are Ofsted registered, meaning that families can use Childcare Vouchers to pay for membership. Children attend up to twice a week on a dropin basis, meaning that Explore tuition fits easily into busy family life. As Explore members, children work with tutors who are great educational role models, enthusiastic about learning and fantastic motivators. Each child has an individualised learning programme tailored to meet their needs, and all Explore courses map to the National Curriculum. This combination of benefits has led to the company being named Supplementary Education Provider of the Year at the prestigious Education Investor Awards for each of the past two years. July is the most popular time of the year for families to join Explore Learning, as parents across the country look for an engaging way to keep their children’s brains active over the long summer break. Also, families joining in July will receive 25% off their first full month of tuition at participating centres, so now is a great time to join if you haven’t already. Explore Learning has centres across the UK - try them for free to find out how your family can benefit. To book your trial, visit www.explorelearning.co.uk or call your local centre.

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The summer holidays offer a wonderful chance for children to kick off their shoes and enjoy carefree days - which is great until they mislay their shoes, outer layers, swimming goggles etc. Ann-Maree, founder of Labels4Kids (pictured), advises parents to label everything – “because kids lose stuff. Better still, label it twice – once inside a pocket or on the care label, and once on the collar so there is no doubt who things belong to.” Ann-Maree was recently invited to be a member of No 10 Downing Street EU E-Commerce task force along with ASOS to give her advice on e-commerce. Labels4Kids’ own relaunched website makes it easier for you to find your way to the right products. Choose from brilliant, named stick-on clothing labels, easy iron-on labels and woven iron-on labels, vinyl labels for hard surfaces and selection packs. READER OFFER: Families readers can save 10% when using the code ‘families’ at the checkout: www.labels4kids.com/fam.

Poor quality sleep and academic success Fact: Not enough or poor quality sleep is a significant factor in lowering the achievement of school pupils. Recently published research by Boston College, USA, found that the school performance of 73% of 9 and 10 year olds was adversely affected by insufficient sleep. If kids are unable to concentrate they are unable to achieve at their optimal level. Sleep is a fundamental need for all children. In my clinics more parents have brought their children to me for treatment because their child will not sleep than all other conditions put together. Factors that can improve sleep: A good bedtime routine, no television, computers, electronic games or mobile phones near to bedtime. The correct bedroom temperature is important. We all realise the importance of correct size shoes and clothing for our growing children but often overlook the fact that they need the correct support for their head and neck when sleeping. Beyondbedtime.co.uk are kids’ pillow specialists. They sell fine 100% cotton machine-washable pillows with hypoallergenic fill just for children.

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Baby & Toddler Pages

Using a Sling

Whether you’re expecting your first bundle of joy or chasing a team of toddlers, choosing to use a sling can be a child care revelation. By Elizabeth Cahill of Southsea Slings Ltd

Why are so many parents keen to get up close and personal with their little ones? Aside from the clear advantage of convenience, when a baby or two join the family, having both hands free becomes a luxury. The list of benefits to both parent and child is endless, from aiding recovery of post-natal depression to reducing the risks of plagiocephaly. Carrying your newborn safely and comfortably (see TICKS Safety Rules) makes it possible to recognise and respond to their needs quickly, meaning fewer tears and less time spent trying to soothe and satisfy. Using slings is a handy skill for breastfeeding mothers and the perfect way to get all the skin-to-skin time baby needs. It’s also a particularly beautiful way for dads to bond. Carrying also proves successful time and again in helping babies with colic, reflux and wind. Keeping baby in a well-supported, upright position with the gentle movement means gravity can work its magic, sending milk and stomach acids down and trapped air up. The fun doesn’t have to stop when they stop being babies. Giving your tired toddler a piggy back won’t mean your arms are two inches longer by the time you get home, as correct high positioning in a suitable back

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carrier can make for a pain free ride. And positioning is key...

T.I.C.K.S. for safe Babywearing

Key developments of a baby’s spine and pelvis take place in the early years, during which time the optimal position, for baby, is with a curved back, knees above hips and legs apart: a straddled squatting position. To find a carrier which best supports baby’s development and your body shape, it’s a good idea try various styles. The majority of high street slings have a narrow seat and narrow shoulder straps, meaning a poor spinal/hip position for baby, and poor back support for you.

Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S.

 Tight  In View At All Times  Close Enough To Kiss  Keep Chin Off The Chest  Supported Back

TIGHT – slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.

Online it is easy to browse through beautifully designed and expertly made slings; ring slings, stretchy wraps, woven wraps, mei tais and soft structured carriers to name the most popular. It can be quite overwhelming. To help you through the jargon and on to cuddles on the go, there’s plenty help out there. These are exciting times for sling users and there is a wealth of information and advice right on your door step, literally.

IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES – you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body. CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS – your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.

All over the country there are weekly and monthly groups and extensive libraries, giving opportunities for parents and carers to swap tips and get expert advice.

KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST – a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.

In Portsmouth, ‘Southsea Slings Ltd’, www.southseaslings.co.uk a fully qualified, insured and experienced team of babywearing consultants, hold a monthly library service, giving you the chance to try before you buy from a varied range of different carriers, as well as regular workshops to make sure you get it right every time. Prefer one to one? Not a problem with private consultations, or perhaps a bespoke event just for you and your friends.

SUPPORTED BACK – in an upright carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.

There are lists of babywearing consultants, libraries and groups available on www.babywearing.co.uk www.ukslinglibraries.co.uk, and www.slingguide.co.uk, all highly recommended and trusted sites. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or just perfecting a new technique, using a sling safely and comfortably can be learnt quickly, will be long lived and will never be forgotten.

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Baby & Toddler Pages Prepare for your parenthood with new Apps Two free, mobile phone Apps are launching this Summer. Developed by Charity Best Beginnings for mums and those who are preparing to have a baby, the Apps will be accessible, interesting, fun and highly interactive. Bump Buddy is designed as a guide during pregnancy. Baby Buddy covers the first six months after birth.

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This July sees the start of Potty Training Live, a programme of support to help get you and your little one through the challenge of potty training. Register at PottyTrainingLive. com for six weeks of free support that will guide you through the key stages of potty training, from changing nappies and learning the ‘bathroom routine’ through to dry days. Also, join parents and toddlers across the country to take part in Take Your Nappy Off Week from 15 July. www.pottytraininglive.com

When you’re back from the afternoon school run with hungry children in tow, Tilda Kids could be just the job.

St Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam, Surrey has started the Early Pregnancy Clinic for women in the first trimester of pregnancy (up until 14 weeks) on Saturday mornings. It will be led by Pandelis Athanasias, consultant gynaecologist. He says “The aim of this clinic is to provide an early pregnancy assessment for women. Women can attend the clinic if they have symptoms or if they just need reassurance. The most common problems in early pregnancy include vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain and hyperemesis or severe morning sickness, as experienced by the Duchess of Cambridge last year.” The clinic will include an ultrasound scan by a consultant, pregnancy test and blood pressure check. A detailed report of the scan findings will be supplied. The Early Pregnancy Clinic is held on Saturday mornings. For appointments, call 020 8337 6691 For more information, visit www.stanthonys.org

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The new children’s range of four meals offer tasty ‘rice and veggies’ designed to appeal to young taste buds and appetites, while providing nutritious, good food. They can be eaten on their own or as an accompaniment and better still, take only 40 seconds to cook in the microwave. Choose from Cheese and Tomato, Mild and Sweet Curry, Sweet Vegetable and Wholegrain Rice, and Sunshine Vegetable Rice, rrp £1.15 for a 125g pack in the rice aisle. There’s also a free-to-download book, Grow with Tilli and Friends, which has tasty rice dish ideas for every meal alongside activities designed to teach children about healthy eating and make meal times fun. The website is full of expert healthy eating advice, cook-along video recipes, and everything you could want to know about Tilda’s ethical sourcing of their basmati rice. Read more at tilda.com.

Dragon Beachwear Swedish brand Beachdragons launches its first collection of stylish beachwear and swimwear for children this spring. The pieces all come with excellent UV-protection and are designed so children can play comfortably and safely in the sun without compromising on style and attitude. All fabrics used in the collection are tested according to the strict Australian Standard AS/ NZS4399:1996 and come with UPF 50+ protection, meaning 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB radiation is blocked out. The collection consist of rash guards, nappy pants, sun protection suits, swim suits and bikini bottoms for girls and swim shorts for boys. Everything in the collection has UPF 50+ UV-protection and is available in sizes from 6 months to 10 years. It is available to purchase online at www.beachdragons.com

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The apps are easy to download and can be personalised – eg. they give breastfeeding advice to mums who are breastfeeding and advice on bottlefeeding to those who are bottle-feeding. Users choose the look and name of the ‘buddy’ they want to connect with, as well as their due date and other relevant details. They can even choose to earn or buy accessories if they wish.

The two apps are backed by leading child health specialists, including The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Royal College of Midwives.

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Each day the apps give a piece of information, a suggestion or a reminder - acting as a friendly companion through the journey to giving birth and the first months of parenthood.

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Holiday tips

The Big Summer Holiday

Yippee. It’s the break we’ve all been dreaming of and looking forward to through the dark winter and spring months – here comes this year’s summer holiday. Hands up who remembers when it was just you and your beloved, grabbing a cheap deal, filling a backpack at the last minute and heading for the sun? Those were the good old days... Now you’re a family, there’s a third ‘p’ to add to ‘passport and packing’ – ‘planning’. © Copyright Flickr Simon Cocks

By Robina Cowan Here at Families (now a mighty group of 40 local magazines), the editors have children spanning all ages from three months to the early twenties, so you could say we’ve been there, done that many times over. We put our heads together to pool our experience and best ideas for you. Happy travelling.

luggage in case of ‘accidents’.

¡ Cancel the newspapers and ask

your friendly neighbour to return the wheelie bins to your property on collection day, so you’re not advertising an empty home.

ON THE WAY

¡ Long car journeys are not all

about being plugged into gadgets. Try story tapes - as a family, we are all totally addicted to the ‘How to Train your Dragon’ series. The ‘Michelin I-Spy’ activity books are great fun, as are the free downloads from www. rac.co.uk/advice/car-knowledge/topten/car-games/. I made up some sheets myself for a journey through France and they kept my boys amused for hours

BEFORE YOU GO

¡ Label your child’s clothes,

towels and backpacks, especially if you will be using kids’ clubs – they will go missing. Labels 4 Kids (www.labels4kids.com/fam) and Easy 2 Name (www.easy2name.com) both stock packs of instant labels so the job’s a breeze and it’s a much cheaper solution than replacing lost items. They also have ID wristbands so you can label the children with your contact details. Snappy Tags (www.SnappyTags.co.uk) also stock easy-to-apply tags, which are ideal for items like large towels and beach shoes. ¡ Use Google Street View with the children to look round your

planned location and help get familiarised with the landscape, ‘foreign’ signs and local attractions. You can also use it to create a list of places to visit.

¡ Photocopy everyone’s passport and keep the copies in a different

place. If the originals go missing, proof that you had passports will make it much easier to tussle with overseas authorities when it’s time to come home.

¡ Have up to date pictures of your children on your phone - if they

go missing you can show authorities what they look like

¡ Freeze food to await your return - even fresh milk can be frozen - so

¡ For flights, Usborne’s ’50

Things do on a Plane’ will keep them occupied, rrp £5.99, while the Top Trumps range is great for older children, especially if you’re willing to join in. ¡ Flying is the one time I am relaxed about screen time – if you have

electrical gadgets, use them. Make sure you have some child friendly headphones to hand so as not to ‘share’ your child’s love of Peppa Pig with the entire plane.

¡ Sucky sweets (as they are known in our house) are great for little

ones who struggle with their ears on take off. Give babies a bottle (or breastfeed) to stop their ears popping.

¡ Pack an extra layer for the flight even if you’re flying from a warm

UK to a tropical destination. Planes can be chilly and children won’t relax if they’re not cosy.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE

you don’t come home to an empty kitchen. Some very organised mothers even do an online shop towards the end of their holiday, for delivery on their first day home. Now, that’s organisation.

¡ Resist the temptation to Facebook your day’s antics - you’re

¡ Lost luggage is a nightmare. Rather than filling one suitcase per

¡ When packing to come home, check the back of every drawer,

¡ Involve your children in the packing even if just a small part is their

WHEN YOU RETURN

person, pack a couple of daytime and evening outfits for everyone in each case so you can all get started while the hotel/airline tracks down the missing bag. responsibility. It occupies them while you are busy and gets them into the holiday mood. Then check their choices: you may find fancy dress costumes and nothing sensible (OK, I admit this is from experience.)

¡ Add a small ‘emergency bag’ to your hand luggage, with plasters,

tissues, sachets of paracetamol, cotton wool, needle and thread, safety pins, wetwipes and a few sweets (for bribing and wiping away tears). Oh the satisfying feeling to have what you need just at the right time.

¡ Leave a spare set of keys with a friendly neighbour in case of home

emergencies, losing yours or locking yourself out (I’ve done that just when we were about to leave.)

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¡ Pack spare clothes in your hand

advertising that you are away and your home’s empty. Not a good idea cupboard and even under the beds for favourite toys that might be lurking unseen. Have a quick rifle through the hotel/resort Lost Property box for mislaid hats/T-shirts etc (patting yourself on the back for labelling them beforehand).

¡ Take your holiday laundry for a service wash - it’s a small price to

pay for not having to sort, wash and dry all those gritty beach towels and sunscreen covered T-shirts.

AND FINALLY

Work on a 70:30 ratio. Holidays are rarely effortless when you have children, just as life at home is not effortless. If you can enjoy 70% of the time you are away together, that’s a result. 30% will be about tantrums, tiredness and bad moods. But if you come home knowing that for most of the time, you relaxed, laughed and enjoyed the time spent together as a family, it’s been a success.

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Behind The Scenes at...

Morden Hall Park

What is your name and title?

Dan Cooke – Commercial and Visitor Experience Manager

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What does Morden Hall Park offer to parents (and children)?

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Morden Hall Park has a fantastic family offer all year round; children can let off steam in the natural play area or let their imagination take over on our storyboat. Explorer packs are available to borrow from our second-hand bookshop or you could have a go at orienteering in the park – just don’t forget your compass. We also run a Little Explorers group on Mondays during term time for parents with pre-school children and have an exciting year round events programme in the park for all the family to enjoy.

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

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We start work at 8am and after unlocking the park and buildings, the first thing I do is make myself a cup of tea. I then have a walk around the park to see how it looks from a visitor’s point of view, checking it is clean and tidy and that all of the signs are correct. This is one of the best times to experience the park as it is so quiet and the wildlife is in abundance.

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What is the busiest time of year for you?

The park is always busy in some form but the summer is incredibly busy on the park. The team look forward to this

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time of year so much as it’s great to see so many people enjoying our hard work, from the families in and around the river, to friends having a picnic in the Rose Garden (pictured above). However, my team and I are usually thinking about Christmas and Easter events and planning at this point so it seems rather strange to think about snow and Easter bunnies on a hot summer’s day (when we get them).

What do you do for lunch?

At lunch I like to take my dog out in the park for a walk, which gives me the chance to talk to other visitors and dog walkers. Sometimes we treat ourselves to lunch in our Riverside Café, which serves delicious seasonal food and in the summer it is hard to resist an

Q A

When closing time comes, how do you feel?

The day usually goes by really quickly and most of the time, I look forward to another fun, varied and exciting day in the park.

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What’s your best memory of working at Morden Hall Park?

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I have so many memories from working at Morden Hall Park and one that definitely stands out was our Cadbury Easter event this year. Thousands of visitors took part in our Easter Trail and we had over 3000 Cadbury Easter eggs delivered. There was a huge sense of achievement amongst the team at the end of the weekend and it was fantastic to see so many visitors enjoying the trail around the park – and their chocolate eggs once they had completed it.

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How can parents get the best from your attraction?

We appreciate that families can spend a lot of money during the weekends or holidays to entertain their children and so where possible we try to accommodate for this. Morden Hall Park is a free to enter property that is open 363 days of the year. Most of our events are free or low cost and offer a wide range of things for families to do such as our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ , Green Day Out or even many of our Family Holiday activities that take part in during the school holidays. Additionally we have many self led activities for families such as ‘I Spy’ sheets and Park Trails. If the kids have been really good maybe you can stop off at the ice cream parlour in the stable yard on your way home?

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What is planned for the coming months?

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summer fun

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We have a really exciting programme of events coming up this summer,

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ranging from the launch of our wildlife month in August to fun family activities every Thursday in the school holidays. We will also be holding our annual Summer Theatre in the Rose Garden, where visitors can bring along a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. As well as this, we have outdoor Pop up Cinema events planned for July and August and as we move towards the end of the summer, we will celebrate the National Trust’s Great British Walking Festival, through a programme of guided walks and tours of the property.

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What’s On

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Diary dates for Summer

Families London-Surrey Borders has scoured the area and put together a bumper ‘what’s on’ with loads of fun family-friendly events for you to enjoy throughout the summer.... Visit www.families-LSB.co.uk/what-s-on for updates

All Summer To 1 Sep, Whitehall Garden Exhibition Trail, 1 Malden Road, Cheam SM3 8QD, 020 8643 1236, whitehallcheam@ btconnect.com, www. friendsofwhitehallcheam.co.uk, Children of all ages are encouraged to explore the garden and take part in a picture trail– coincides with the ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ exhibition in the Roy Smith Gallery.

July Thu 4 Jul, 4.00pm onwards, Epsom Live! with Bananarama, Epsom Downs Racecourse, 0844 579 3004, www.epsomdowns.co.uk/live, A racing and music night. Doors open at 4.00pm with the first race at 6.00pm and music starting at 9.00pm (these timings are approximate and subject to change). Under 17s must be supervised by a paying adult (max of 2/adult). Contact them for more information Fri 5 Jul, 1.00–3.00pm, Jelly Beans Pre-School Summer Fair, St Andrews Church, Northey Ave, Cheam, Sutton Sat 6 Jul, 10.30am onwards, The Little Pink Kitchen cupcake sale, at Art of Living cookshop, 58–60 Banstead High Street SM7 2LX Sat 6 Jul, Orchard Way Primary School Summer Fete, Orchard Way, Shirley, Croydon CR0 7NJ Sat 6 Jul, 12.00–5.00pm, Riddlesdown Collegiate Summer Festival, Honister Heights, Purley CR8 1EX, Live music on stage, dodgems, waltzer, food, rides, stalls and more. Sat 6 and Sun 7 Jul, Lavender Festival, Mayfield Lavender, Croydon

Lane, Banstead SM7 3BE, www.mayfieldlavender.com, Activities throughout the weekend. Visit their website for more details.

Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford Surrey, GU1 1UP

Sun 7 Jul, 12.00–5.00pm, Gatton Country Fair, Gatton Park, Reigate RH2 0TW, A great day out for all the family. Animals, country crafts and demonstrations, children’s activities, fun dog show, gardens and grounds open. Adults: £5.00; children: free. Sun 7 Jul, 11.00–4.00pm, Green Day Out, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD, 020 8545 6850, susie.williamson@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park Find out how to live a greener lifestyle– stalls including local food, green gardening tips, eco-crafts and entertainment from live bands. A fun day out for all the family. Free event Sun 7 Jul, 1.00–4.00pm, Summer Fair, Chipstead Valley Primary School, Couldson CR5 3BW (near the Hungry Horse) Thu 11 Jul, 4.00pm onwards, Epsom Live! with Tony Hadley, Epsom Downs Racecourse, A racing and music night. Details as for 4 July entry. Sat 13 Jul, 11.00–3.00pm, Bourne Hall Museum Children’s Club, at St Mary’s Meadow Excavation, Ewell, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell. gov.uk, As part of the Ewell Village Day, visit Ewell’s very own Roman dig. Take the chance to see archaeologists in action and see what has been uncovered. Sat 13 Jul, Chipstead Village Fair and Flower Show, Elmore, High Road, Chipstead CR5 3SB, Flower show with craft stall and side shows, children’s fancy dress and races. Sat 13 Jul, 11.00–4.00pm, Summer celebration Day–75 years in Bookham, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Bookham, www.grangecentre.org.uk, Fun for all the family at The Vintage Celebration Day,

London Transport Museum—Family Fun Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB 020 7565 7299 www.ltmuseum.co.uk There’s fun to be had this summer as London Transport Museum invites families to join in their 150th anniversary celebrations in and around London. Visitors will have the chance to admire and ride on locomotives dating back to the Victorian times, including the recently restored Metropolitan Locomotive No 1, Jubilee Carriage No 353, and the 1890s Metropolitan Jubilee 353 coach. Smaller visitors can take part in family fun activities on the day. The 150th anniversary celebrations are sponsored by Cubic Transport Systems, Siemens and CBS Outdoor, while the Jubilee Carriage No 353 was restored with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and London Transport Museum Friends. Heritage vehicle outings will take place on 3, 4 and 7 August at London Transport Museum at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, and 31 August at London Transport Museum at Neasden Depot. The anniversary celebrations will continue throughout August at the Covent Garden Museum where accompanied children get in free. There will be steamy science demonstrations, story time sessions, make and takes and sing alongs on how the Underground tunnels were built. See our What’s On listings for more information.

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Guildford Spectrum www.spectrumbowl.co.uk 01483 443377 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 for a family of 4 — what a great value day out. From Monday 22nd July to Monday 2nd September opening times are: Leisure Pool: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm and Sat-Sun 9.30am-6pm Ice Skating: Mon-Fri 11am-1pm or 2.30-4.30pm and Sat-Sun 11am-1pm and 2- 4.30pm. Please contact Spectrum Bowl for a full list of holiday bowling discounts and activities. 1930s and 40s style. Celebrating 75 Years of the charity, The Grange in Great Bookham. Free event. See their website for further details. Sat 13 Jul, 10.00–4.00pm, Reigate Caves Open Day, enquiries@wcms.org.uk, www.wcms.org.uk, Conducted tours run every 20 minutes or so according to demand and availability of guides, just turn up, pay your entry fee and join the next tour. Sat 13 Jul, 12.00–4.00pm, Wallington High School for Girls Summer Fair, Woodcote Rd, Wallington SM6 0PH, Family picnic and BBQ, entertainment, stalls, food and fun. Free entry. Sun 14 Jul, 12.00–4.00pm, Charity Family Fun Day, Perseid Upper School, Middleton Road, Morden SM4 6RU, 020 8715 2107, vlowndes@yahoo.co.uk, £25 for ‘pitch’ hire. Contact Vicki Lowndes for further details. Sun 14 Jul, 11.00–4.00pm, Open Day at The Surrey Society of Model Engineers, Mill Lane, Leatherhead KT22 9AA, enquiries@ssme.co.uk, www.ssme.co.uk, All Rides £1.50 (multi ride discount tickets 4 rides for £5.00 or 9 rides for £10). (No advanced booking). Sun 14 Jul, 10.00am, Tram and Lake Loop–Sky Ride Local in Croydon, meet at Croydon Sports Arena Car Park, off Albert Road South Norwood Country Park, South Norwood SE25 4QL, www.goskyride.com, Join this easy circular bike ride–perfect for families and those new to cycling. Free event, but limited places which must be booked in advance. Visit their website for more details and to book. Thu 18 Jul, 4.00pm onwards, Epsom Live! with Mike and The Mechanics, Epsom Downs Racecourse, A racing and music night. Details as for 4 July entry. Sat 20 Jul, 11.00–1.30pm, Summer Market, Ewell Grove Infant and Nursery School, West Street, Ewell KT17 1UZ Wed 24 Jul, 1.00–3.00pm, Nature Discovery Backpacks Launch at DANA– Sutton Ecology Centre event, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, Meet at the Devonshire Avenue Nature

Area and hire a Nature Discovery Backpacks to take off for your own wild adventure. Includes free activity booklet. £10.00 refundable deposit required. Free activity suitable for families. No booking required, just drop in. Wed 24 Jul, 9.15pm–11.10pm*, Bat Walk at Mayflower Park–Sutton Ecology Centre event, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/ events, Young bats should be making their first flights from the roosts where they were born and feeding up quickly to put on weight to become an adult. We’ll use bat detectors to see what bats are out and about over the ponds and parkland. £3.50 per person. Booking recommended. *Note late start. Thu 25 Jul, 4.00pm onwards, Epsom Live! with National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Epsom Downs Racecourse, A racing and music night. Details as for 4 July entry. Thu 25 Jul, 10.30–4.30pm, Kidspace 5th Birthday party, The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RQ, 020 8686 0040, www.kidspaceadventures.com/croydon, A variety of stalls and activities including party dances, a game show, balloon modelling and a visit by Kobi. Normal admission fees apply. Thu 25 Jul, 1.30–4.30pm, Magic Lanterns, Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS, 020 8547 5006, www.kingston.gov.uk/museum, Create a magic lantern to capture some of your magical moments and find out more about Victorian magicians. Free activity most suited to ages 4–10 years, but other ages welcome. Thu 25 Jul, 11.00–3.00pm, Family holiday activities–Precious Plants, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD, 020 8545 6852, isabel.nancarrow@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park, Why are plants important? Have fun finding out. Enjoy themed crafts and activities to discover more about plants and why they are so important. Most suited for ages 3–12, but the whole family is encouraged to join in. Family: £4.00 (up to four members or £1.50 per person)

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Sat 27 and Sun 28 Jul, 10.00– 4.00pm, Carshalton Lavender Harvest Weekend, Stanley Road Allotments, off Oaks Way, Carshalton SM5 4NQ, www.carshaltonlavender.org, A pickyour-own event with demonstrations of the distillation process for the lavender essential oil. Stalls will offer lavender beauty products, crafts, painting, plants and a BBQ. Sat 27 Jul, 10.00–12.00pm, Family Day, Victor Seymour Children’s Centre, Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JE, A funfilled play session for the whole family to enjoy. Sun 28 Jul, 11.00–3.00pm, Charity Car Boot Sale, Perseid Upper School, Middleton Road, Morden SM4 6RU, 020 8715 2107, vlowndes@yahoo.co.uk, To raise funds for the school. £10 for cars, £20 for vans / Entry fee: 50p for adults, free for children. Contact Vicki Lowndes for more details. Sun 28 Jul, 2.00pm, River Wandle Trail–Sky Ride Local in Croydon, meet at the grass verge by Waddon Ponds Mill Lane CR0 4AA, www.goskyride.com, A bike ride which takes you out and back along the River Wandle and via the parks of Beddington, Poulter and Ravensbury. Suitable for all confident riders. Please arrive 15 mins before start time. Free event, but limited places which must be booked in advance. Visit their website for more details and to book. Mon 29 Jul, 10.00–12.00pm, Fairy Fantasy, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Discover the fairies living in Gatton’s gardens. Make fairy gardens and accessories to take home. £6 per child. For ages 4–7 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Mon 29 Jul, 10.00–2.00pm, Nature Discovery Backpacks Launch– Sutton Ecology Centre Activity, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, Meet at Hamilton Rec and hire a Nature Discovery Backpack to take into the park and down Pyl Brook for your own wild adventure. Includes free activity booklet. £10.00 refundable deposit required. Free activity suitable for families. No booking required, just drop in. Mon 29 Jul–Fri 30 Aug, weekdays from 10.00am, “50 Things” Summer Holiday Activities, Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, nr. Dorking Surrey RH5 6BD, 01372 452048, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey, A different activity for each week of the holidays. Normal admission, plus £2.00 per child. Wed 31 Jul, 7, 14, 21, 28 Aug, 1.00– 3.00pm, Create a Rainbow Mosaic, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA, 01306 876616, www.denbies.co.uk, Join Rainbow’s George, Bungle and Zippy for a fun craft filled afternoon, join in and see the Rainbow take shape. £1.50 per child (all proceeds to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity) Wed 31 Jul, 11.00am and 2.00pm, Tropical Forest Road Show, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA, 01306 876616, www.denbies.co. uk, See, handle and hear about animals from all over the globe. Booking recommended. £6.75 per child Wed 31 Jul, 1.30pm–4.00pm, Camp Building, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Come and build a

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camp in the woods with your friends. £6 per child. For ages 8–12 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Wed 31 Jul, 2.00–3.30pm (approx), Horrible Ewell–Family Walk, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, The walk is limited to 25 people so please book. Should it become full, a second one may be arranged. £4.00 per person. Contact David Brooks for more details.

August Thu 1 Aug, 11.00–12.30pm and 2.00– 3.30pm, Ancient Warfare, Bourne Hall Museum Children’s Club, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, Meet a Greek soldier in the morning session and a Roman one in the afternoon. Discover how the armies, weapon and fighting. £4.00 per session; £7.00 for both. Thu 1 Aug, 1.30–4.30pm, Medieval Monsters, Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS, 020 8547 5006, www.kingston.gov.uk/museum, There are monsters in the Museum. Design some armour to protect yourself as you search for the monsters in the galleries. Free activity most suited to ages 4–10 years, but other ages welcome. Thu 1 Aug, 11.00–3.00pm, Family holiday activities–River Explorers: River Wandle Craft activities, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD, 020 8545 6852, isabel.nancarrow@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park, Meet the creatures that live in the River Wandle and discover why the river is so important for wildlife. Includes craft activity. Family £4 (for family of 4 or £1.50 per person) Fri 2 Aug, 10.00–11.30 / 1.30–3.00pm, Toddlers Tales and Trails, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Enjoy the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and go for a walk around the park to bring the story to life. Return to create artwork linked to the story. For ages 2–4 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website.

Leatherhead, Surrey www.bockettsfarm.co.uk 25 July – 1 September 2013 Bocketts Farm will have a full programme of fun activities for you to enjoy this summer. Children will enjoy the animal passport trail as they collect stamps from the various stations around the farm to take home. Other activities include pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing. In addition, the Small Animal Village and Big Animal Barn are open where you can meet and feed all of the friendly farm animals. Don’t miss out on panning for Gold in the Last Chance Mine to take home a souvenir medal. With 2 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 Tearooms serving homemade hot food, drinks and snacks, and Gift Shop selling a wide range of gifts and toys, are open all day. make a 3D snail, add to the butterfly collage, quizzes and colouring sheets. Sat 3 and Sun 4 Aug, 11.00–4.00pm, 50 Things in the Garden, Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS, 01732 861148, emily.arscott@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell, Make your own kite and learn to fly it, make a daisy chain or a grass trumpet, set up a snail race, and more. The first weekend of the months of May through August will showcase the various 50 things activities possible in the gardens at Chartwell. Free event, normal admission charges apply. Sun 4 Aug, 1.00–5.00pm, Open Day, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Park and gardens open all afternoon. Free guided tours and free activities available for children. Normal entrance fees apply. For more details visit their website. Sun 4 Aug, 11.00–3.00pm, Get outdoors and closer to nature: Launch of wildlife month, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD,

Sat 3 Aug, 10.00–5.00pm, Bioblitz and Nature Discovery Backpacks Launch–Sutton Ecology Centre activity, The Old Rectory, Festival Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NY, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, Take part in the second Bioblitz weekend. Bat walk and moth trapping Friday evening and on Saturday, reptile walks, pond dipping, butterfly hunts, crafts and more. £10.00 refundable deposit required for backpack. Free event. Booking for bat walk on Friday night is essential, otherwise just drop in. More information and booking online. Sat 3 Aug–Sun 1 SepWed–Fri, 11.00–5.00pm; Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 10.00–5.00pm, Summer Holiday Activities Wonders of Wildlife, Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX, 020 8770 4297, www.friendsofhoneywood.co.uk, Crafty fun to drop in and discover throughout Honeywood opening hours highlighting some of the amazing creatures to be found in your local parks. Includes trails, 020 8669 5187

020 8545 6852, lisa.green@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park, Launch of wildlife month with workshops, advice, stalls and activities about wildlife. Be a ranger for the day or take part in the National Trust 50 things to do before you are 11¾. Free event. Mon 5 Aug, 10.00–12.00pm / 1.30pm–3.30pm, Butterflies, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Games, trails and art to discover more about butterflies. For ages 4–7 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Mon 5 Aug, 10.00–2.00pm, Discover Nature at Nonsuch Park– Sutton Ecology Centre activity, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, Meet outside the Nonsuch Park cafe and hire a Nature Discovery Backpack to take into the park for your own wild adventure. £10 refundable deposit required. £2.00 per activity booklet. Drop-in activity.

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The 70m of passageways lie underneath the towers and play equipment in Hobbledown Village and are designed for fearless older visitors to explore. Maddie, 7, (pictured) from West London, said: “They are definitely my favourite part of Hobbledown.” The tunnels emulate the passages which lead to the land of Potenesia in the Hobbledown book, upon which the farm park is based. In total the tunnels boasts 7 entrances and exits (don’t worry, you can’t get lost down there) but as part of the experience they are dark inside so are not suitable for under 5s unless accompanied by an adult. Hobbledown is all about adventurous and challenging play so they recommend that guests wear clothing they don’t mind getting a little scruffy. The tunnels are open from 11am to 4pm at weekends and school holidays only. Hobbledown is a unique farm park adventure which opened in Epsom in July 2012. Other play features includes towers, sand play zones, a high ropes course, aerial walkways and a 14,000sqft indoor play barn for the weather is not so great. There are also more than 100 animals ranging from meerkats and otters to birds of prey and wallabies.

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Tue 6 Aug, 11.00–12.30pm and 2.00– 3.30pm, Rockman Returns, Bourne Hall Museum Children’s Club, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, Learn about the history of the Earth, rocks and stones in the morning session is and Discover Dinosaurs in the afternoon. £4.00 per session or £7.00 for both.

Wed 14 Aug, 10.00–3.00pm, Fork to Fork, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Help to harvest vegetables from the allotments and then make them into pizza and salad to eat. £8 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Wed 14 Aug, 2.00pm or 3.30pm, Teddy Bears’ Story Time, Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE, 01932 868 113, info@painshill.co.uk, Bring along your favourite teddy for a picnic and a story in the landscape. Free activity included in normal admission price.

Wed 7 Aug, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm, Punch and Judy with Magic Fun, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA, 01306 876616, www.denbies.co.uk, Booking recommended. £3.50 per child Wed 7 Aug, 2.00–3.30pm (approx), Horrible Epsom–Family Walk, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, The walk is limited to 25 people so please book. Should it become full, a second one may be arranged. £4.00 per person. Contact David Brooks for more details. Wed 7 Aug, 11.00–4.00pm, Playday event, Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, www.horniman.ac.uk, A day of activities including garden trails, games and art and craft Thu 8 Aug, 10.00–2.00pm, Underwater Art, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Make your own underwater art scene using lots of art techniques. For ages 8 years+. £8 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Thu 8 Aug, 1.30–4.30pm, A Taste of History, Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS, 020 8547 5006, www.kingston.gov.uk/museum, Create your own recipe book from the past and test your nose to find out some of the foods that would have been sold at Kingston Market through the ages. Free activity most suited to ages 4–10 years, but other ages welcome. Thu 8 Aug, 11.00–3.00pm, Family Holiday activities–Squirrel Survival, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD, 020 8545 6852, isabel.nancarrow@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park, Red and grey squirrels–why can’t they be friends? Discover what squirrels need to survive and find out why red and grey squirrels can’t live happily together. Most suitable for ages 3–12, but the whole family is encouraged to join in. Family: £4.00 (for up to family of 4 or £1.50 per person) Fri 9 Aug, 10.00–11.30 pm / 1.30–3.00pm, Toddlers Tales and Trails, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Enjoy the story of The Gruffalo and go for a walk around the park to bring the story to life. Return to create artwork linked to the story. For ages 2–4 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Sat 10 Aug, 9.30am, Grand Opening Party–Boutique Cakery, 163–165 High Street, Banstead SM7 2NT, Come and meet Edd Kimber, winner of the ‘Great British Bake Off 2010’ where he will be signing copies of his latest book. With facepainting, glitter tattos and popcorn available for the kids and cupcakes for mum and dad. Sat 10 Aug, 10.00–4.00pm, Reigate Caves Open Day, enquiries@wcms.org.uk, www.wcms.org. uk, Conducted tours run every 20

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Rectory, Festival Walk, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3NY, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, Meet the masters of disguise, the stick insect. Find camouflaged creatures in the woodlands and camouflage yourself. £5.00 per child. Suitable for ages 7+. Booking by phone or online is essential. Tue 13 Aug, 2.00–3.30pm (approx), Hidden Ewell–Family Walk, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, The walk is limited to 25 people so please book. Should it become full, a second one may be arranged. £4.00 per person. Contact David Brooks for more details. Wed 14 Aug, 2.00–3.30pm (approx), Ashley Road Cemetery–Family Walk, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, The walk is limited to 25 people so please book. Should it become full, a second one may be arranged. £4.00 per person. Contact David Brooks for more details. Wed 14 Aug, 10.00–2.00pm, Henfold Birds of Prey, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA, 01306 876616, www.denbies.co.uk, Flying display at 12.00pm, weather permitting. Free event

Thu 15 Aug, 11.00–12.30pm and 2.00– 3.30pm, Meet the Saxon King Raedwald from Sutton Hoo, Bourne Hall Museum Children’s Club, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, The king returns to this world to share the secrets of his tomb and what life was like in 7th England. Morning and afternoon sessions. £4.00 per session or £7.00 for both. Thu 15 Aug, 10.00–12.00pm / 1.30– 3.30pm, Family Treasure Hunt, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Follow clues round the park to find the treasure. For ages 4–7 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Thu 15 Aug, 1.30–4.30pm, Beside the seaside, Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS, 020 8547 5006, www.kingston.gov.uk/museum, Take a look around the Happy Campers exhibitions and make some holiday camp mementoes to take home. Free activity most suited to ages 4–10 years, but other ages welcome.

London Transport Museum—Family Fun Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB 020 7565 7299 www.ltmuseum.co.uk Activities are open to the whole family but most suited to the age ranges shown. STEAMY SCIENCE Every Sun and Mon in August Demonstration at 11.30, 2.00pm, 3.00pm Discover the challenges of keeping London Moving. Become a horse and drag a bus over the bumpy cobblestones, see how far the power of steam can fire a doll and discover the joys of electricity. For ages 6 - 12 years TACKLING TUNNELS Tue – Sat: 30 Jul–3 Aug, 13–17 and 27–31 Aug Storytime 11.00am and 2.00pm Hear the tales of William as he works on the first ever Underground railway tunnels in the world. Discover the dangers of digging deep and how the first tunnels were built. For ages 3 to 7 years Get Messy 11.30am and 2.30pm

Mon 12 Aug, 10.30–12.00pm, Beautiful Beetles–Sutton Ecology Centre activity, The Old Rectory, Festival Walk, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3NY, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, Colourful, bright and beautiful–discover beetles through story, games and craft, including hunting for them in the meadow. £3.50 per child. Suitable for ages 3+. Booking by phone or online is essential.

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Thu 15 Aug, 7.30–10.00pm (gates open: 6.30pm), Summer Theatre ‘As You Like It’, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD, 0844 2491 895 (bookings), 020 8545 6850 (information), susie.williamson@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park, Enjoy an outdoor performance in the Rose Garden. Bring a picnic or purchase refreshments at the kiosk. Adult: £17.00; Child: £15.00 (5–16years); Family: £60 (2 Adults and 2 Children). Booking by phone or online essential. Sat 17 and Sun 18 Aug, 11.00– 4.00pm, 50 Things in the Woodland, Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS, 01732 861148, emily.arscott@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell, Build a den, explore inside a tree, climb a huge hill, hunt for bugs, and more when you come to the Chartwell estate. Be sure to get your trail map in the Visitor Centre before heading into the woods. Free event, normal admission charges apply. Mon 19 Aug, 10.00–12.00pm / 1.30– 3.30pm, Bug Safari, Gatton Park, Rocky

Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Go in search of the slugs, snails and other bugs in the meadows and woods. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website.

Claremont Landscape Garden Esher KT10 9JG 01372 467806 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont Sat 3 – Sun 11 Aug 2013 Birds of Prey Week Hunt for clues around the garden as you follow the big bird trail, available all week for just 50p with a prize at the end, or get involved in some feather ruffling activities available, Mon 5 - Fri 9 August at the following times:

Mon 19 Aug, 10.30–12.00pm, Outdoor Story time with Carshalton Library, The Old Rectory, Festival Walk, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3NY, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/ events, It’s story time at Sutton Ecology Centre, so come and enjoy your favourite tales, with activities and crafts along the way. £3.50 per child. Suitable for ages 3+. Booking by phone or online is essential. Tue 20 Aug, 10.00–2.00pm, Go Wild! at Sutton Ecology Centre, The Old Rectory, Festival Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NY, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, Follow the wild trail around the grounds with challenges along the way. Includes minibeast hunting and crafts. £3.50 per child. Suitable for ages 3+. Drop in at any time, no booking required. Wed 21 Aug, 2.00–3.30pm (approx), Nonsuch Park and Palace – Family Walk, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, The walk is limited to 25 people so please book. Should it become full, a second one may be arranged. £4.00 per person. Contact David Brooks for more details. Wed 21 Aug, 11.00–12.30pm /1.30– 3.00pm, Teddy Bears Summer Disco, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA, 01306 876616, www.denbies.co.uk, Bring your teddy along to join in the summer fun and dance. £7.25 per Teddy Bear. Booking recommended.

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Craft Workshops 10.30 -12.30pm Get creative with children’s craft activities in the Thatched Cottage, all with a bird related theme. £1.50 per craft. Birds of Prey – static display of birds and flying 1.00pm and 3.30pm Static display throughout the day. Learn more about a vast array of birds of prey and have your photograph taken with your favourite bird. Flying displays twice daily (times are subject to change depending on the weather conditions on the day – check with the entrance kiosk on arrival). Hawk Walks 10.45am and 2.15pm For ages 12+. Walk around the garden, learning how to fly these magnificent birds. 45 minute walks at £15pp. Two time slots available daily. Advance booking essential. Normal property admission rates apply with additional charges for activities. Wed 21 Aug, 10.00–12.00pm / 1.30– 3.30pm, Pirate Challenge, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www. gattonpark.com, Can you complete the challenges to join the pirate crew. Games and art on a pirate theme. For ages 4–7 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Thu 22 Aug, 11.00–12.30pm / 2.00– 3.30pm, Myths Day, Bourne Hall

Museum Children’s Club, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, Discover British and Greek Myths stories that have been passed down over hundreds of years. Tales of King Arthur and the Troy, of great deeds and monsters and bring them up to date by composing your own myth rap. Morning session: British myths, afternoon session: Greek myths. £4.00 per session or £7.00 for both.

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Thu 22 Aug, 7.00–9.00pm*, Bat Night, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Watch bats flying over the ponds and learn lots about these amazing creatures. For ages 6–12 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. * Note late start time Thu 22 Aug, 1.30–4.30pm, Amazing animals, Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS, 020 8547 5006, www.kingston.gov.uk/museum, Make marvellous masks, models and puppets based on the animals in the Museum. Will you chose Nipper the Dog, Snappity the Crocodile, the woolly mammoth or Muybridge’s horse? Free activity most suited to ages 4–10 years, but other ages welcome. Thu 22 Aug, 11.00–3.00pm, Family holiday activities–Amazing Ants, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD, 020 8545 6852, isabel.nancarrow@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park, Discover how ants live and work together. Join in ant-themed activities. Family: £4.00 (up to four members or £1.50 per person) Fri 23 Aug, 10.00–11.30am / 1.30– 3.00pm, Toddlers Tales and Trails, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Enjoy the story of The Shark in the Park and go for a walk around the park to bring the story to life. Return to create artwork linked to the story. For 2–4 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. For more details visit their website. Sat 24 Aug, 8.20–10.30pm*, Bat Walk at Beddington Park–Sutton Ecology Centre activity, 020 8770 5820, www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity/events, A short walk and talk about how bats live. Bat detectors will be provided. £3.50 per person. Suitable for all. Booking online or by phone is recommended. *Note late start time.

Sun 25 Aug, 2.00pm, A Wander Round Wandle Park–Sky Ride Local in Croydon, meet at Wandle Park car park off Cornwall Road CR0 3RD, www.goskyride.com, An easygoing bike ride, for all abilities and ages along a relaxed, mostly traffic-free route. Please arrive 15 mins before start time. Free event, but limited places which must be booked in advance. Visit their website for more details and to book. Sun 25 Aug, From 9.00am, Family Racing Festival: Epsom Racehorse Trainers’ Open Day, Epsom Downs Racecourse, www.epsomdowns.co.uk/family, A behind the scenes look at the training yards, getting up close to the stars of the track, their trainers and stable staff. Mon 26 Aug, 10.30–8.00pm, Carshalton Environmental Fair, Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road, Carshalton SM5 3DD, www.envfair.org.uk Mon 26 Aug, 11.00–4.00pm, Open Day at The Surrey Society of Model Engineers, Mill Lane, Leatherhead KT22 9AA, enquiries@ssme.co.uk, www.ssme.co.uk, All Rides £1.50 (multi ride discount tickets 4 rides for £5.00 or 9 rides for £10). (There is no advanced booking). Mon 26 Aug, Family Racing Festival: Family Fun Raceday–Bank Holiday, Epsom Downs Racecourse, www.epsomdowns.co.uk/family, An afternoon of racing and entertainment for the whole family with pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy castle, children’s funfair with horse carousel, face

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painting, hot shoeing demonstrations, trade stands, and more. Mon 26 Aug, 11.00–5.00pm, KidsFest, Merton Abbey Mills, off Merantun Way, London SW19 2RD, www.abbeyfest.co.uk, Kidsfest, part of AbbeyFest, now in its 7th year is a special day solely dedicated to kids. The day offers something unique and inspirational for all ages, it’s a fantastic family day out with lots of activities and workshops that are totally free. Tue 27 Aug, Family Racing Festival: Epsom Summer Raceday, Epsom Downs Racecourse, www.epsomdowns.co.uk/family, An afternoon of free racing with other attractions including pony rides and a Victorian carousel. Register for your free tickets on their website. Tue 27 Aug, 2.00–3.30pm (approx), Horrible Ewell–Family Walk, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell. gov.uk, The walk is limited to 25 people so please book. Should it become full, a second one may be arranged. £4.00 per person. Contact David Brooks for more details. Tue 27 Aug, 10.00–12.00pm / 1.30– 3.30pm, Geocaching Challenge, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org. uk, www.gattonpark.com, Use a GPS to discover the hidden clues around the park. £6 per child. Booking is essential. See their website for more details. Tue 27 and Wed 28 Aug, 11.00–11.45 am / 1.00–1.45 pm / 3.00–3.45 pm, ‘Have A Go’ Falconry Days, Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS, 01732 861161, chartwell. restaurant@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell, Spend the day flying a range of birds of prey on the croquet lawn at Chartwell. Timed tickets available from the visitor centre with 3 sessions available per day–limited places so booking essential. Suitable for ages 7+. £4.00pp + normal admission charges. Wed 28 Aug, 2.00–3.30pm (approx), Epsom Common and Manor Park– Family Walk, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, The walk is limited to 25 people so please book. Should it become full, a second one may be arranged. £4.00 per person. Contact David Brooks for more details. Wed 28 Aug, 10.00–12.00pm, Fairy Fantasy, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Discover the fairies living in Gatton’s gardens. Make fairy gardens and accessories to take home. For ages 4–7 years. £6 per child. Booking essential. See their website for more details. www.Families-LSB.co.uk

Thu 29 Aug, 11.00–12.30pm / 2.00– 3.30pm, Take Aim. Fire!, Bourne Hall Museum Children’s Club, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF, 020 8394 1734, dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, Discover what life was like during the 18th century in the army of King George. Take the Kings shilling. All recruits get the chance to fire a musket. £4.00 per session. Thu 29 Aug, 1.30–4.30pm, Marvellous Moving Toys, Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS, 020 8547 5006, www.kingston.gov.uk/museum, Have a go with some marvellous moving toys from the past before making your own moving toy inspired by the collections in the Museum. Free activity most suited to ages 4–10 years, but other ages welcome. Thu 29 Aug, 11.00–3.00pm, Family holiday activities–Story Sprites, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD, 020 8545 6852, isabel.nancarrow@nationaltrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park, Help capture stories from around the park before they are stolen by the story sprites. Most suited to those aged 3–12, but the whole family is encouraged to join in. Fri 30 Aug, 10.00–11.30 / 1.30– 3.00pm, Toddlers Tales and Trails, Gatton Park, Rocky Lane RH2 0TW, 01737 649066, education@gatton-park.org.uk, www.gattonpark.com, Enjoy the story of The Highway Rat and go for a walk around the park to bring the story to life. Return to create artwork linked to the story. For 2–4 years. £6 per child, Booking essential. See their website for more details. Sat 31 Aug, 7.30pm, Bat Walk, Claremont Landscape Garden, 01372 467 806, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont, Join the Surrey Bat Group for an evening walk around the gardens. Booking Essential. Bookings open 1 July. Suitable for ages 8+. Adult: £8.00; child: £4.00. * Note late start time.

September Sun 1 Sep, 1.00–5.00pm, Open Day, Gatton Park, Reigate RH2 0TW, Entry charges apply, but free activities are available for children and families to enjoy as they walk around. Adults: £4.00; children: free. Sat 1 and Sun 2 Sep, 10.30–2.00pm, Summer Family Bushcraft Days, Meet at Frylands Scout Camp car park, 07735 389 804, lauren@wildwoodactivities. co.uk, www.wildwoodactivities.co.uk, Come with your family for 2 days of bushcraft fun at Frylands Wood Scout camp, Croydon. Build dens, cook on the campfire, play woodland games and have lots of fun. £25.00 per family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) per day. Booking essential. For more information or to book a place, please contact Lauren Stevens at Wild Wood Activities or visit their website. For a regularly updated list of local family events visit www.Families-LSB.co.uk/what-s-on

July-August 2013


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What’s On

Local Theatres and shows Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, Carshalton

Magical Mechanicals at the Unicorn Theatre

39 High Street, Carshalton SM5 3BB 020 8770 6990 www.suttontheatres.co.uk Fri 5 – Mon 8 Jul 7.30pm As You Like It / James and the Giant Peach A double bill performed by the award winning Croft Drama Group. All proceeds will be donated to the Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders.

Unicorn Theatre

SE1 2HZ www.unicorntheatre.com Tue 9 – Sun 21 Jul 10.30 – 5.30pm Magical Mechanicals An interactive exhibition of automata (see main picture). The aim of this witty combination of art and science is to inspire and build understanding of how machines work... the drives, pulleys, ratchets and levers in these machines underpin our lives in so many ways. Tue 9 – Sun 21 Jul

Epsom Playhouse

Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL 01372 742 555 www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk Sat 10 Aug 11.00am and 2.00pm Postman Pat Live Songs, laughter and participation, brand new scenery and costumes. For ages 3 – 6 years.

Fairfield Halls

Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG 020 8688 9291 www.fairfield.co.uk Fri 12 and Sat 13 Jul Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on stage for the first time. Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on an enchanting musical journey through the Magical Kingdom.

New Wimbledon Theatre

The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG 0870 060 6646 www.newwimbledontheatre.co.uk

an adult paying full price, and up to two extra children can go for half price. Children can also take part in a fantastic range of free activities and events on stage and backstage at many of the West End’s iconic venues, often with the cast and crew of the resident shows. Book tickets by phone or online.

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug 10.30 and 1.30pm

Wed 26 Jun – Sat 17 Aug (various times)

Mickey’s Rockin’ Roadshow Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favourite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in the all-new Disney Live. Mickey’s Rockin’ Roadshow.

Three Colours Colour and light are used to create a vibrant, sensory world. For 2 – 4 years.

Polka Theatre

240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com To Sat 17 Aug (various times) Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play Everyone’s favourite brother and sister return in a new adventure. For 4 – 7 years

Kids Week

West End Theatres 0844 248 5151 (bookings) www.kidsweek.co.uk Thu 1 – Sat 31 Aug The annual London theatre initiative Kids Week returns for a full month. During Kids Week one child aged 16 or under can go free to participating shows when accompanied by

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We Dance, Wee Groove A journey around the world in a highly interactive dance experience for children and their adults. Featuring professional performers, music, lighting and projected images, each session invites participation between audience and performers. For children up to 7 years old.

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Lionboy From the novels by Zizou Corder. Charlie Ashanti is eleven years old. He’s a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When Charlie’s parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission – with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions. For ages 8+ Tue 30 Jul – Sun 11 Aug

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All children under 9 must be accompanied in the water by an adult and a maximum of 2 children to each adult are allowed in the pool. Your last activity must be started by 5pm. All activities are subject to availability.

All 3 activities for only £59.00 for a family of four

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Just cut out the voucher and bring it with you on your next visit to Spectrum.

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Terms & Conditions: This offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only 1 voucher per person may be redeemed against 3 activities for the price of 2. Individual tickets available to purchase. Offer valid until 31/12/2013 Ref: FLSB2013FF

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• Hobbledown is a 50-acre farm • With our own Zoo Licence, park adventure featuring towers, we have more than 100 animals tunnels, mazes, aerial walkways, on show a daring high ropes course and a • 5 minutes from Chessington 14,000 sq ft indoor play barn • Less than 30 minutes from Central London Follow us on facebook; hobbledownuk

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