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July - August 2012

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

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Hi there, The Jubilee celebrations have created a holiday atmosphere and July’s Olympic Torch run and the Box Hill cycling race are adding to it. Camp for a roadside view (see below)! With summer holidays around the corner we’ve collected not only the best holiday activities on our Camps and Courses pages (21-23), but also put together a list of nursery providers offering all-day care during the school summer holidays (8-9) – just in case your child-minder goes away or your nursery closes at end of term. Summer’s outdoor activities are here in abundance and, as the importance of ‘being in nature’ is better understood, we support initiatives that encourage getting out and exploring (see pages 12-15). Our understanding grows in other areas, too. See how your child’s ‘stem cells’ can help the whole family and how many pregnancy-related woes can be alleviated with a special form of massage (pages 6 & 7). Best wishes for a wonderful summer. Eleanor Lines, Editor, Families Surrey East


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Stem Cells - Your Child’s Hidden Assets Specialist Massage - Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Pregnancy

8 Summertime Nursery Fun 10 Club and Education News Town & Community News 12 Outdoors and Learning Lessons from Nature 14 Walks, Nature & Local Conservation 16 Making a day of it - Big Days Out this summer Out and About 18 Summer Events Calendar 20 Theatres 21 Holiday Camps & Courses

Olympic Torch

Wild Learning is a new holiday club with a real difference: all-day outdoor adventures for 5-12 yr olds at sites in Esher, Godalming, Gatton Park Reigate, Farnham and Dorking.

See the torch on Friday, July 20th on day 63 of its journey towards the Olympic Stadium. Timings for the local route on that day are as follows: 13.42 Godstone; 13.55 Bletchingley; 14.15 Redhill; 15.47 Reigate; 16.10 Dorking; 16.38 Westcott.

The Olympic Cycling Road Race passes through Dorking and around Box Hill on the opening weekend of the Olympics, 28th (men’s) and 29th July (women’s). Watching the race is free, but 15,000 tickets for two viewing areas at Zig-Zag Hill and Dormouse Drive (if any are left) as well as information about getting to the area are available via The Olympic Road Cycling Trials follow on Wednesday, August 1st. Access to Box Hill will be restricted in the 4-5 weeks up to the race. Visitors may have to make their way up the hill on foot or by bike. Live screenings of this year’s cycling events will be set up in Dorking and Leatherhead. Car parking and camping for the road race is being provided at Lower Box Hill Farm, from

22,500 copies of FAMILIES SURREY EAST are distributed free of charge to schools, nurseries, playgroups, clubs & classes, NCT groups, baby clinics, good children’s shops, libraries, theatres & sports centres. Distributed to venues in Leatherhead and Dorking, Reigate and Redhill, Godstone, Oxted and Lingfield, Warlingham and Caterham and down to the Surrey/Sussex border in the south. To obtain copies for your venue call 0208 948 6895 or email Families Surrey East, Spire Court, Onslow Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6QG Telephone: 0208 948 6895 Email: Design: Andrews Design & Marketing, The Studio, 29A Bell St, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AD Tel: 01737 224340 Print: Bishops Printers, Farlington, Portsmouth PO6 1TR Tel: 02392 334900 Families® Surrey East is part of the Families® group, established in 1990 and headed by Families® SW London. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor any consequence.

Wild Learning holiday club launches in Surrey



Web mag: Families Surrey East is part of the national network of Families magazines. See for more features and competitions. NEXT ISSUE – SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2012, published 7 September 2012. Send us your news & upcoming events by 31 July for FREE INCLUSION. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS and reach families throughout East Surrey with DISPLAY ADS or ask about our CLASSIFIED LISTINGS – perfect for small businesses and web sales. Ad booking & copy deadline for September-October – 31 July. Please send ad artwork by 1 August. For advertising and editorial enquiries, please call the Editor on 020 8948 6895 or email: Cover image courtesy of of

14th-30th July. £15 per adult per night. Go to for details. Camping is also available at Sondes Place Farm, nr Westcott, Dorking from Friday to Monday, 27th-30th July. £15 per adult per night, <8s free. Tel: 01306 881538 or go to The Surrey Hills Food and Drink Festival is at Denbies on Saturday, 28th July from 11am. In Dorking there will be street parties, fairground rides, musical performances and an art exhibition in the town centre! Leatherhead is also celebrating its Big Weekend - from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and the 11am to 4pm on Sunday, with live music and dance, street entertainment and a craft workshop for children. A Cycling Festival for August 2013 will continue the Olympic legacy, offering families the chance to cycle some of the Olympic route.

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Deep in the woods, in locations across Surrey, hidden woodland camps are growing. During the holidays you’ll find groups of children busily engaged in mud sculpturing, building dens or whittling; in the distance excited shouting shows that the shrimping expedition has had some success, while the muffled sounds of a stalking game filter through the trees. “They came back like something out of Swallows and Amazons!” said one delighted mother as her children returned from a day of adventure with Wild learning. The next Wild Learning holiday clubs run through the summer holidays. The Gatton Park Camps are 6th - 31st August. Family Days are also available. For more details see p.21, or call 01483 424 400.

Local News

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Local News

Time for Mums

Great Britain Martial Arts Association (GBMAA)

Affordable adult education opportunities from dance to decoupage are now available thanks to a partnership between The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and East Surrey College.

Epsom, Leatherhead and Cobham have some great new classes on offer - not just for your kids but for Mums out there too!

Starting in September, daytime and evening courses in Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Epsom, Caterham and Oxted include an introduction to the artist David Hockney, Creative Writing and the War Poets. For all those “crafty” mums out there, there are courses in Decoupage, Jewellery Making and Decorative Christmas Wrapping. The WEA also has a vibrant adult dance programme and offers classes across East Surrey in Flamenco, Ballet, Tap, LATINOcise and Salsa. The WEA is the biggest voluntary provider of adult education in the UK, running more than 10,000 part-time courses nationwide. For further information or to receive the new prospectus please email or visit

New Women’s classes have started up at the Epsom and Cobham academies - KickFit is a great fun way to keep fit and have fun with likeminded people. It’s about losing weight, gaining confidence, keeping healthy and fit and having fun. Take it at your own pace, without feeling pressurised. For more information call Saffron on 07584 473784.

Play On in Woldingham!

Saving food – and money

Jay Aston from Buck’s Fizz came to mark the new installations at Glebe Playground in Woldingham in May.

Cutting down on food waste can be a challenge, especially when you’re pushed for time and your kids don’t always want to eat what you’ve cooked for them. So to help you waste less, Surrey County Council’s food waste campaign provides helpful tips on how to plan your meals, perfect the right portions, store correctly and use up leftovers.

A £9,500 grant from the Big Lottery Fund funded the purchase and installation of the climbing frame. In total Julie and Denise raised £27,600, all of which has now been spent on the playground. The Glebe area as a whole – including the cricket green, football pitches, pavilion, tennis courts, playground and rural space for dog walking, is maintained by Craigmyle Glebe Limited, a registered charity. Offers of volunteering or future donations for this project are gratefully received.

Happiness coach launches ‘Happy Makeover’ For Kids The Happy Makeover is the brainchild of Melsie Holder - graphic designer, actress, TV presenter and energy/happiness coach. Her free, online 30-day self-help challenge for kids (grownups allowed too)! Melsie’s latest self-help challenge aims to take kids (and grownups) “from boo hoo to woo hoo” in 30 days, while spreading good vibes to everybody concerned. It is based around interactive techniques that kids can try on their own or with friends, teachers or family to make everyone feel happy, loved and grateful. The child-friendly website also features practical information for older children, adults and teachers who might want to understand the science behind the self-help content. All Melsie’s projects contribute to her lifelong wish: “That every kid should go to bed feeling happy and wake up feeling happy.” See Melsie’s Free Happy Makeover at

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Taking one small step to cut down on the food you throw away can have a big positive effect on the environment and save you money too. But for the waste you can’t avoid, you can use your council’s food waste collection service. To find out more, visit

Good UK beaches get better This year’s Good Beach Guide, launched online by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), has recommended 516 out of 754 (68%) UK bathing beaches tested last summer as having excellent water quality – that’s 8% more than last year and the best in the Guide’s 25-year history. The picture is not the same for every area of the country, but the south-east’s beaches have continued to improve. You can check all the beaches online at

The Leatherhead Theatre – 10 years on Celebrating ten years since The Leatherhead Theatre opened at 7 Church Street, a new logo has been designed and a £50 seat sponsorship scheme introduced. Each sponsored seat comes with an engraving. Seat sponsorship will help pay for refurbishment of the seating. It will also make a marvellous present, opportunities to advertise your business and ways to make the community’s theatre feel even more like home. A form can be printed from the website or collected from the venue. For more information, call The Leatherhead Theatre on 01372 365 141 or go to or the-theatre.

Local News Marvellous Parties Marvellous Productions, the Creative Arts company bringing productions such as ‘Where is Sidney?’, based on Eric Carle’s Hungry Caterpillar, to local children centres, schools and theatres, has just launched Marvellous Parties, which will bring drama and interactive fun to your child’s party.

Give them a Party to remember! Specialising in Go-Kart Fun indoors & outdoors

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We Loved Clydey

CALL US ON: 01293 885454 Our feature in the May-June issue gave a slightly inaccurate web address. You can reach the Clydey Cottages, Pembrokeshire, website at or call Jacqui or Dewi on 01239 698619. Clydey Cottages are the winners of many tourism awards, including ‘Winners of Best Self Catering Accommodation’ - Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards Oct 2009 & March 2011

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The National Trust’s latest campaign – ‘50 things to do before you are 11 ¾’ – is based on a new report commissioned and published by The National Trust, entitled Natural Childhood. Pick up a free scrapbook at your local National Trust space or property and get some great ideas - from rolling down a big hill to planting, growing and eating your own food. At Polesden Lacey you can also follow the popular geo-cache trail, hunt for bugs and lots more. polesdenlacey and Natural Childhood is available to download free from

FUN COMBAT FOR YOUR PARTIES Mobile Combat Events has just launched the newest Laser Tag Party in Surrey! Inspired by his son’s love of laser games, Rob Martin, who provides simulation training to the Army Cadet Force, now offers little soldiers from 7 years old a party packed with fun, playing active laser tag team games such as Last Man Standing and Capture the Flag whilst dressed in combat gear and using accurate, safe laser tag guns! Rob can bring the party to YOUR garden, woodland or large indoor hall. For more information call Rob on 07775 69 67 90

The Old Dairy Pottery and Craft Studios Paint your own pottery and learn new crafts. Open weekends and everyday during the school holidays, No need to book! Ask about our party packages and group discounts. Monthly offers! 30 STATION ROAD WEST, OXTED, SURREY, RH8 9EU t: 01883 370231 e: KILNROOM@THEOLDDAIRYSTUDIOS.CO.UK WWW.THEOLDDAIRYSTUDIOS.CO.UK



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Babies and Toddlers

Saving your child’s hidden assets Stem cells, which exist in bone marrow, the baby’s umbilical cord and tooth pulp, are never far from the headlines these days, as medical research reveals more possible ways in which they can help to heal us. Capturing your family’s own stem cells is a form of biological insurance for the future.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells multiply and differentiate into the cells that make up our blood, bones, tissues and organs. They build new tissue from scratch but can also restore and repair tissue as we grow. These vital cells are now being used to treat more and more medical conditions. It is now standard medical practice in many countries to use stem cells for a range of blood cancers and immune disorders. Researchers are now looking at how they can treat Type 1 diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, heart disease and, most recently, hearing loss. Until recently, bone marrow has been the main source of stem cells for medical treatments, but two other sources, normally thrown away at birth and in childhood, can offer parents a way to save stem cells that will be a perfect match for their child and a possible match for siblings or other close family members. These sources are easier to collect from, provide a richer source of stem cells - and have a greater regenerative rate than bone marrow stem cells.

1. Cord blood & cord tissue

Normally discarded at birth along with the placenta, the blood and tissue from the umbilical cord each contain different types of stem cells: those in cord blood (Hematopoietic Stem Cells or HSCs) can be used to treat conditions of the blood and immune system, while those in the tissue (Mesenchymal Stem Cells or MSCs)

can transform into bone, muscle, tendon, adipose and nerve cells, which holds the prospect of use in regenerative medicine.

Baby teeth contain stem cells

What’s involved: Once the placenta is delivered, the cord is simply clamped and the blood collected, along with approximately 15cm of cord tissue for MSC retrieval. The whole procedure takes less than ten minutes and is completely painless. To arrange for cord blood/ tissue collection, you need to approach your midwife, consultant or hospital as soon as possible in your pregnancy, as the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) only allows collection by suitably trained staff. If the hospital is happy for a collection to take place, select a reputable private family cord blood bank which is also HTA-approved. They can then arrange for a fully trained third party to attend the birth, make the collection and then process it for long-term storage. How much does it cost?: The cost of saving cord blood varies from company to company but is around £1,500 for the collection kit, processing, testing and an initial 25-year storage contract. To include cord tissue, banks that provide this service will charge an additional fee. Public donation: If you are giving birth at one of the limited number of NHS hospitals (none currently in Surrey) that collects for the public bank or the Anthony Nolan Trust you can opt to donate your baby’s cord blood. These samples are kept for all patients; it is not an individual storage service.

2. Tooth Cell storage

A child’s first teeth are normally lost between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Like umbilical cord tissue, the dental pulp in children’s first teeth contains MSCs.

What’s involved: To offer the best possible supply of stem cells, the tooth ideally needs to be gently pulled out at the ‘wobbly’ stage; teeth that have fallen out and so lost their blood supply may have a lower volume of stem cells. Once out, the tooth needs to reach the company who will be processing and storing it within 72 hours. It is therefore best to obtain a special collection kit in advance. How much does it cost?: This varies from company to company. The cost at the UK’s largest stem cell bank, Future Health BIOBANK, which also offers cord blood and cord tissue storage, is £1,495: £295 initial fee including provision of the collection kit, £650 for tooth stem cells processing and cryopreservation and £550 for 25 years storage. Hopefully your child or other members of the family will never have to use the stem cells you have stored, but you will have the reassurance of knowing that it is within reach should it be needed. - The NHS Cord Blood Bank was set up in 1996 to collect, process, store and supply cord blood. It is a public cord blood bank and part of the NHS and now holds 16,680 in storage. More information about the work of the NHS Cord Blood Bank is available at nhsbt.nhs. uk/cord.blood - To find companies that offer a stem cell banking service, enter ‘cord blood banking’ into your computer’s search engine. Future Health is the largest of the private storage banks and holds all samples in its own facilities. Thanks to Tracy Thomas, trained and practising midwife. Tracy is also Future Health’s Business Development Manager. For more information on private cord blood and cord tissue banking or tooth cell collection you can call the Future Health BIOBANK on 0800 954 5335 or visit For more information about how to choose a company for your stem cell storage, see the extended article on our website.


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MLD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Getting mums-to -be back on their feet Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a highly effective specialised massage technique developed in the 1930â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Danish therapist Dr Emil Vodder. Widely used in America and Europe, the gentle light touch massage improves the efficiency of the lymphatic system, the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waste disposal system, by stimulating and increasing the rate of the removal of waste products and fluid from the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tissues resulting in reduced swelling and puffiness of the ankles. The only side effect usually experienced is the need to pass water more frequently due to the increased activity within the lymphatic system. * Being pregnant can throw some uncomfortable symptoms at mumsto-be with swollen ankles and fingers and increased sensitivity. As well as the extremities, the breasts are an area that MLD can treat to relieve discomfort. The face may also become swollen in the last trimester and a facial massage using MLD can reduce this puffiness as well as being an especially relaxing experience for the mum-to-be providing essential wellbeing for her prior to baby being born. Plus MLD treatments can safely be used on the abdomen throughout pregnancy, improving fluid retention in the legs. New mothers can find MLD helpful in reducing residual fluid and help weight loss, also if the mother has had to have a Caesarean, then MLD will help healing of scar tissue and reduce swelling around the scar area.

Thanks to Joy Robinson for providing this article. Joy trained in 1995 to become a Massage Therapist and has an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and Swedish Body Massage. Her further diploma, in 2001 followed her studies at the Vodder School in Austria, qualifying her to treat General Conditions connected with the Lymphatic System and to treat Lymphoedema using MLD and Compression. .$( *!(/-$ /, ./,$)"'$! *,'-- -$)-#-. 2-#*.. .# ,#  )*,&$)"''     *, ($' ' .# ,# *,&$)"(*)& 3(/-$*/& *,'-- -$)*/.#,*3*). ,#() .# -/,,*/)$)", -''   *, ($'-*/.#,*3*). ,#((*)& 3(/-$*/&

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READER COMPETITION - Win an Aquabeat MP3 player with New Metanium Everyday Exercising with your baby can be a great way to get and stay in shape, and listening to music can be just the motivator you need to get out there every day. New Metanium Everyday Barrier Ointment is giving away 2 colourful Aquabeat MP3 players (RRP around ÂŁ70) to readers of Families Surrey East. The player can store 1000 of your favourite tracks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waterproof so you can even use it while swimming. 5 runners-up will receive a specially designed purple Metanium changing bag (RRP ÂŁ30) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ideal for all those on-the-go baby essentials. Winners and runners-up will also receive a tube of Metanium Everyday.

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Nursery Care

Summer Time Nursery Fun The following nurseries offer full day care during the whole of the summer holidays. So if your childcare arrangements donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give you full cover during the school break, help is at hand! Call any of the centres listed below. RH1 Lilliput Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre 4mths-5yrs 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01737 789500. West Ave, Salfords, RH1 5BA Nutfield Day Nursery 3mths-7yrs 7am to 7pm. Tel: 01737 822014. Evelyns, Church Hill, Nutfield, RH1 4JA Royal Earlswood Day Nursery (Asquiths) 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01753 201122. Asylum Arch Rd, RH1 6GB Tiddly Winks Nursery 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01737 218427. Emlyn Road, RH1 6EW

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Brambly House Montessori School 2yrs-5yrs 8am-6pm. Tel: 01737 644466. Rockshaw Road, Merstham RH1 3BZ Gemini Day Care 0mths-5yrs. 8am to 6pm. Tel: 01737 643396. 1 Bletchingley Rd, Merstham RH1 3HT First Steps Nursery 0-5yrs. 8am to 6pm. All year excl BHs. Tel: 01737 215136. 18 Albury Road, RH1 3LS RH2 REIGATE Reigate Day Nursery (Asquiths) 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01737 242826. 81 Holmesdale Rd, RH2 0BT Busy Bees Day Nursery 0-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01737 249109. Lesbourne Road, RH2 7JP Kids Unlimited 3 mths - 5 yrs. 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: 0845 365 2975. 64 Cockshot Hill, Woodhatch, Reigate RH2 8AN Shapes Day Nursery 0-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01737 221441. 11, Lynn Walk, Woodhatch, Reigate RH2 7NZ RH4 DORKING Active Learning 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 020 3167 4988. Active Learning House, Moores Road, RH4 2BG West Dorking Day Nursery (Asquiths) 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01306 742143. The White House, Dorking Hospital, St Pauls Road West RH4 2AA Caring Daycare 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01306 742933. Nutcombe House, Westcott Road, RH4 3DP Major Minors 0 - 5 yrs. 8 am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01306 876316. Chichester Road, Dorking RH4 1LR RH6 HORLEY INCL HORNE AND CHARLWOOD Toadhall Nursery Group - Horley. 3mths to 5 yrs. 7.30am-6.30pm. Tel: 01293 823500. 19, Massetts Road, Horley RH6 7DQ Butterfly Nursery School 9mths-5yrs. 8am to 5.30pm. Caterpillar unit for <2 years; Butterfly unit for 2-5 years. Tel 01342 843655. Horne Village School, Church Rd RH6 9LA YES, YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL! Successful â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;business mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is seeking 5 working partners to work part-time from home, alongside & without compromising family commitments or current career. If you have a supervisory, managerial, sales, marketing, recruitment or self-employed background, or you wish to develop an extraordinary lifestyle, please call Vicki 01962 850303

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Cranbrook Independent Nursery & Pre-school Acorn Cottage 0mths-5yrs 7am to 7pm. Tel: 01293 785215. Antlands Lane West, Shipley Bridge, RH6 9TE The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House 2½-5yrs. 8am to 6pm Tel: 01293 822972. Horley Road, Charlwood, RH6 0BJ The Farmhouse 0mths-3yrs. 7am to 7pm. Tel: 01293 823279. Horley Road, Charlwood, RH6 0BJ Ivy Cottage 0mths-5yrs . 7am-7pm. Tel: 01293 825192. Balcombe Road, RH6 9SW See also Coppingham Cottage in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Holiday Camps and Coursesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, page 21 Kid Co Day Nursery 0mths -8yrs. 7.30am-6.30pm. Tel: 01293 775107. Inger Cottage, Balcombe Rd, RH6 9SW Willow Tree Montessori Kindergarten 6mths-5yrs 8am to 6pm. Tel: 01293 820721. 80 Lumley Rd, RH6 7JL. RH7 Huggetts Day Nursery and Pre-school Holiday care: 0mths-8yrs. 8am to 6pm. Tel: 01342 832218. Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath, RH7 6JR Lingfield Nursery School 0-5yrs. 7am to 6.30pm. 01342 836540. Bank Farm, Ray Lane, Blindley Heath, RH7 6JH Newchapel House Nursery School 2-5yrs. 8am to 6 pm. Tel: 01342 844 542. The Village Hall, Bones Lane, Nr. Horne, Lingfield, RH7 6HR RH8 OXTED AND GODSTONE The Larks Nursery 3 mths â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4+yrs. 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: 01883 714171. 19 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted RH8 0AA KT20 Tadworth The Co-operative Childcare 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01737 365097. Tadworth Court, KT20 5RU Playtime Workplace Nursery 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: 01372 377470. Business Park, 5 Cleeve Road KT22 7NB KT24 BOOKHAM, FETCHAM, HORSLEY Footprints Montessori Day Nursery 0mths-5yrs 8am to 6pm. Tel: 01483 285591. Long Reach, West Horsley, KT24 6LZ CR3 CATERHAM Caterham Day Nursery (Asquiths) 3mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6.30pm. Tel: 01753 201122 Burntwood Lane, CR3 5UL. Kenley Kindergarten 3 mths-5yrs. 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: 020 8660 3232. New Barn Lane, Whyteleafe CR3 0EX. Little Treasures 0-5yrs. 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: 01883 343678. Weston Drive, CR3 5XY

Nursery Care The Laurels Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Nursery & Preschool 3mths-5yrs 8am to 6pm (7.30am-6.30pm by arrangement). Tel: 01883 337702. 41 Town End, CR3 5UJ. Tots Village Nursery 3 mths-5yrs. 8am to 6pm. Tel: 01883 340825. De Stafford School, Burntwood Lane CR3 5YX SURE START CHILDRENS CENTRES In addition to the above list of nurseries, Surrey County Council provides full day care at the following Sure Start Centres, plus links to family support, counselling, the health services and job centres at all opened

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centres. To find the nearest Sure Start Centre, visit childrenscentres or Caterham - Kestrels Childrens Centre 6mths-11yrs. Holiday care: 23 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 31 August. 7.30am-6pm. Marden Lodge School, Croydon Road, Caterham CR3 6QH. Tel: 01883 348641. Epsom/ Tadworth- Epsom Downs Day Nursery, St Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road KT18 5RJ. 7.45am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. 3mths-5yrs. Tel: 01737 850517.


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Weigh, Stay & Play 9 - 11.30am. Stay & Play 12.30 - 2.30pm. Time to Tell 3-4pm.


Stay & Play 9.30 - 11.30am. Baby Massage 12.30 - 1.15pm - call to book. ActivTots 1.45 - 2.30pm - call to book. Parenting Puzzle 7.30 - 9.30pm - call to book.


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


Childminders Play & Learn 9.30-11.30am. Weaning class 12 -2pm - call for dates and to book.

New Ante Natal Sessions Baby Basics, teaching you all the practical stuff you need to know about caring for a new born baby. Breastfeeding Session, an in depth session preparing you to feed your new baby. Call the centre to book.

Saturday Dads Inc. Stay &

Play 10am -12pm (first Saturday of month). Paediatric First Aid 10am - 2pm. Call for dates. Parentcraft Ante-Natal Session 10am-2pm. Call midwife to book.


Under 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 - 11.30am. Little Fishes Play Session 10 - 11.30am. St Lukes Church, Church Rd, South Park, Reigate. (No Admission after 10.30am). Parenting Puzzle 10 - 11.30am with Crèche.

Need some help and support? Open Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm for advice and information - call to book courses, make an appointment or to arrange a home visit. All Sure Start services are free for families on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Disability Living Allowance.

Co-ordinator: Anna Durbridge Tel: 01737 223621 Rushetts Rd, Reigate RH2 7RF

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Education News 11+ Examinations & Summer Preparation courses One of Britain’s leading tutoring service providers, Fleet Tutors, has noted that the fastest growing trend is for coaching for the 11+ grammar school entrance test, especially now that many grammar schools hold their entrance exams earlier in the autumn term school. The industry also reports a doubling in demand for tutors to help seven and eight year-olds with private preparatory school entrance. Recent results show that over 80% of students exceeded their predicted scores in public exams after using a reputable tuition provider. Typically, 11+ exam preparation courses are designed for small groups of 10 and 11year olds – with a maximum class size of 5 or 6 learners. For further information and bookings call 0208 580 3911 or 0845 644 5452 or email

St. Joseph’s shortlisted

St. Joseph’s Specialist School and College in Cranleigh has been shortlisted in the national Times Educational Supplement awards - ‘ Outstanding Finance/Business Initiative ‘ and ‘ Healthy Eating Award ‘. St. Joseph’s is a non-maintained special school whose learners come from Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and London. Many of their young people are on the Autistic Spectrum and have other complex needs.

Rugbytots classes are now running in your area. To find your nearest, please visit or call us on 0845 313 3242


The Arts Council in England has announced that Surrey Arts will be one of the newly created music education hubs in the south east. The aim of this work is to ensure that every child aged 5-18yrs has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to progress to the next level, and play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir. Surrey Arts will use its funding to continue Fleet Tutors to support whole class ensemble instrument lessons in school for children for one term and will focus on children at Key Stage One (5-7yrs). After the term a charge will be applied. They will ensure that this will be affordable and there will be a fee remission policy for families on lower incomes.

Priory Prep supports Banstead Cricket Club Priory Prep School in Banstead is reaching out to support its local community by becoming a sponsor of Banstead Cricket Club. The move has been welcomed by the Club as many Priory Prep boys have joined Banstead CC and the club used the School’s facilities during the winter months.

TOWN & COM M UNIT Y NE WS Dorking NCT Fire Station Visits Tuesday, 24 July and Thursday, 16 August 2012 10-11am Booking: Louise on 07966 443236 £3 per child. 18+mths Dads Bike Ride, 15-20 miles, Sunday, 15 July. 8.45am-12noon. Booking: Baby First Aid sessions. Email dorkingnctfirstaid@

Reigate, Redhill & Horley NCT Bumps, Buggies and Bundles Every Friday at 10am in Priory Park (by cafe). Gentle exercise followed by coffee! For parents with babies <12mths in pushchairs or slings. Pregnant women also welcome! The Big Push Sunday, 29 July 2-4pm, Priory Park, Reigate. Push your pram, clip on your sling or take your toddlers by the hand and take part in The Big Push, raising funds to support new parents. £5 to register an indivdual, £8 to register a family or contact

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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.

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To enter the draw simply email editor@familiessurreyeast. by Friday August 3rd, with Easy2name in the subject line and your address details. The five winners will be picked at random on 3rd August and notified on the same day. Winners’ addresses will be forwarded to Easy2Name and they will send out your prize in time for the beginning of the school term!

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Club News TOW N & COM M UN I T Y NE WS Reigate, Redhill & Horley NCT Summer Sessions for Babies and Under 5s. Throughout August, various venues. Includes Jo Jingles, Sing and Sign, MAD Academy, Little Kickers and more. Details: Sarah at Cheeky Monkey’s Tea Party Saturday, 25 August 1-4pm. Moon Hall College and Burys Court School, Flanchford Rd, Reigate RH2 8RE Entrance fee per child £5/£4.

Dorking & Leatherhead 28 & 29 July - Mole Valley’s ‘The Big Weekend’ in Dorking & Leatherhead town centres. A spectacle of fun, music, dance and sport (see also page 2). Redhill 20 July ‘Redhill Twenty7’ in Memorial Park Celebrating the arrival of the Olympic Torch. School Fundraisers Whyteleafe School Summer Fair Sat, 30 June, 11.30am2.30pm. Entertainment, Food and Fun for all the family.

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Monkey Music – charity song Monkey Music – the music group for pre-school children from 3mths old has recorded a special charity song to celebrate this summer of sport. Performed by children aged 7-9yrs, and written especially for Monkey Music, the Anthem, ‘The Day is Here!’, tells the exciting story of a running race. It was released online at the end of May. Profits go to the Nordoff Robbins Charity, a national specialist music charity, delivering 50,000 music Gracie recording therapy sessions a year to a broad ’ The Day is Here!’ range of people in schools, hospitals and care homes across the UK.

You can hear the song – or download it for £2.99 at

Seriously FUN Swimming Schools are bringing their swimming lessons for babies and children to parents in Oxted. The first classes will be for juniors – 3 to 12yrs, held at Moor House School. Claire White, who lives in Swanley, Kent, has recently launched Seriously FUN Swimming Schools in Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.

Moor House School Swimming Pool

Continuous development is central to the Seriously FUN programme for babies aged 4mths through to children aged 12yrs, progressing from beginners to confident swimmers. Water safety is also top priority at Seriously FUN, from safe behaviour routines for babies and toddlers to regular water safety lessons for children. Class sizes are kept small and parents can reach Claire if they need to discuss their child’s progress.

CRAFTY CHEFS Karen Colcomb, mum to two children, George, 13yrs and Rosie aged 9 has just launched Crafty Chefs into East Surrey, with classes, workshops and holiday courses in Copthorne and Nutfield. Karen’s cooking classes can be adapted for birthday parties too. She even teaches cooking skills as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Karen’s classes Weekly and Saturday pre-school classes (2.5yrs+) take place at Heaven in Nutfield. Karen’s holiday courses for 5-12yr olds are on 24th and 25th July from 10am – 3pm in the Jubilee Sports Pavilion, Copthorne. At the same venue on 7th July, 10am12noon is a trial class for a monthly cookery course, which will start in Copthorne in September.

More information at or call 0843 52 36 113.

Gymnastics and Parkour Springfit classes continue to grow – and will be adding Open Freestyle gymnastics session at St Bede’s in Redhill for 12+ yrs every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays to support the parkour participants in Springfit’s classes.

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Call Karen on 07984 000849 or 01342 317049.





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For details on classes in Limpsfield Chart, Redhill, Merstham, Godstone, Caterham, Lingfield, East Grinstead, Horley, Reigate & Dorking Call Nick or Carol on 01883 712881 / 724800 Children’s Parties & Nursery Sessions also available!



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The great outdoors

Stan the Ram and a ewe at Tilgate, near Crawley

The school summer holidays present the best opportunities for adventurous days out. There is little to beat a fun day spent outdoors - especially if it brings other benefits, too – to learn something more about our surroundings. Children often return to school in the autumn feeling different, more experienced and more grown up. Local organizations are now well equipped to deliver the freedom of being outdoors with guided exploration. Some of these, such as wildlife rangers and forest schools, are for kids to experience on their own; others are geared to school groups, family days out or group holidays with an environmental theme.

Outdoors and Learning Leith Hill – bird ringing Fri 27 Jul, 7.30 – 9.30am. Adult £2.50, child £5 Witley Common - Explore reptiles and butterflies Sat 4 Aug, 10am – 1pm Child £5 Denbies Hillside – Wildlife and ponds Fri 10 Aug, 10am – 2pm Child £10

Here are some of the events that will provide great fun as well as an opportunity to learn from being outside this summer. And, for those who just love to walk and explore, we have our usual listings starting on page 13.

Limpsfield Common – Make a bug home Thurs 16 Aug, 1 – 2.30pm, 2.45 – 4.15pm or 4.40 – 6pm Child £5

Forest Schools

Harewoods, Outwood – Make a bug home Fri 17 Aug, 1 – 2.30pm, 2.45 – 4.15pm or 4.40 – 6pm Child £5

Originating in Sweden, Forest Schools have arrived in Surrey thanks to Wild Learning, so kids can have fun outside, explore their thoughts and feelings and learn about the natural environment, handle risk and solve problems. Based in National Trust sites at Gatton Park, Reigate, also at Winkworth, Alice Holt Forest at Farnham and at Claremont near Esher, highly trained leaders help the children aged 5-12yrs explore, play, make wild art and learn about tracking, den building and the natural world. Rippledown in Kent

The natural world helps children’s fitness, mental health and sense of self. It reduces their stress levels and increases their happiness.

Jon Millington, Director & Co-Founder of Wild Learning

For more information on local Forest Schools, go to Tel: 01483 424 400.

Junior Wildlife Rangers Great days out for 7-14 yr olds with a chance to study wildlife and plants – some requiring parents to stay, others not. Book in advance on 01372 220644 or email: Leith Hill - Badger watching Thurs 26 Jul, 7.45 – 9.30pm approx. Adult £2.50, child

Bookham Commons – Bugs and beasties Fri 17 Aug, 10am – 2pm. Child £10

Leith Hill – Plants, potions and poisons Fri 24 Aug, 1pm – 3pm. Adult £2.50, child £5 Witley Common - Making wildlife homes Sat 25 Aug, 10am – 1pm. Child £5 Limpsfield Common – Animal tracking for kids Thurs 30 Aug, 10.30am – 12noon Child £2.50 Harewoods, Outwood – Animal tracking for kids Fri 31 Aug, 10.30am – 12noon Child £2.50 A recent survey for the National Trust showed that fewer than one in ten children now play in wild places, and 11-15 year olds spend more than half their waking hours in front of a TV or computer screen, while the average child’s ‘radius of activity’ has decreased by 90% since the 1970s.

Family holidays Families and larger groups can enjoy the experience of Rippledown, part of the Bay Trust (, an environmental educational charity based in East Kent that encourages practical, sustainable living within a low carbon world. The team at Rippledown is launching an innovative new eco-holiday package for this summer. From 4-19 August this year, families will be able to make use of Rippledown’s high quality (yet inexpensive) hostel accommodation and its stunning surrounding 3 acres of grounds, tailored for more than fifty different environmentally based fun activities.

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During the family eco-holiday fortnight, activities on offer can be for children and adults separately or as a whole family - and fishing trips, rock pools, nature rambles and bird-watching near the White Cliffs of Dover are all on hand, as are boat trips to France! Meanwhile, one and two-day courses, such as an Introduction to Sustainable Building, will be running throughout the fortnight. There is even a two-week qualification in Permaculture for mum or dad to enjoy while the kids are immersed in bushcraft!

School gardening

Has your school signed up to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening? 15,000 schools have done so already – that’s nearly half of all UK schools, involving about 3million children. Schools that register receive access to training courses and a whole host of online resources, including lesson plans, case studies and gardening advice. Each school is also sent a free starter pack; comprising of seeds, soil pH testing kits, posters and more. Piglet at Tilgate, near Crawley

The Wildlife Trust also works with schools, providing direct access to local wildlife and wild places and inspirational learning experiences for schools’ staff and pupils. More information June 2007 ‘Natural Inspiration - Learning Outside the Classroom’ published by The Wildlife Trusts.

pony magic Invite our beautiful Shetland ponies to your event to give rides for children aged 2 -11 yrs

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The great outdoors Park trails A day in Reigate Priory Park allows you to discover some of the hundreds of different species in the park and woodland. A new tree trail includes 25 different trees and some interesting facts about each one. All the trees are numbered and the trail is accompanied by a free Alpaca at Tilgate leaflet containing a map and descriptions. The trail leaflets are available beside the park office at the park’s café. Another large, local park – but with animals and a nature centre – is Tilgate Park on the edge of Crawley. Easy to access via the A23 or M23, Tilgate, like Reigate Priory, has a large lake and adventure playground. It also has a choice of three cafés and a walled garden filled with plants – plus a maze! The Nature Centre is a mini zoo/ farm (small charge applies). Educational information provided on the enclosures tells you about the origin and sustainability of the species. Regular feeding times are always fun there too. On some days art sessions and mini beast safaris are on offer – call Janet Rose on 01293 521168 for summer dates. Next door to the Nature Centre is the ‘Greenzone’, which brings the concept of climate change and recycling to life. You can hire kayaks or rowing boats on the main lakes ( Parking costs £3 for the whole day, and there is plenty to do, see and learn to make a full day out. For more go to or read the new Nature Centre blog at

Walks, Nature & Local Conservation Volunteering For Whyteleafe’s Countryside Sunday, 8 July - Ragwort Removal A day working alongside the Croydon Conservation Volunteers removing Ragwort and Hoary Ragwort from Whyteleafe Recreation Ground Hills, in preparation for grazing. Meet 10am at Whtyeleafe Recreation Ground Hillside, the Maple Road entrance to the common. Equipment supplied, plus tea, coffee and biscuits. For information call the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Warden on 07771 715 812.

Surrey Wildlife Trust Surrey Wildlife Trust Events Manager Katy Gower: 01483 795471. Thursday, 2 August 10am-1pm Family Fun Guided Walk... Can You Survive? Survival games and build your own den! Why not bring a picnic too? Meet at: Pond car park, Old Lane, just off the A3, south of junction 10 of M25. Suggested

donation: £2, children £1. Tel: Ranger Gemma Grant 07970 094416. Sunday, 5 August 1.30– 3.30pm Wetland Walk on the Moors Meet: Car park near junction of Nutfield Rd and Cormongers Lane, Merstham, RH1 3HH. Suggested donation: £2, children £1. Tel: Ranger Steve Bolton 07799 894148. Sunday, 19 August 2-4pm Butterflies of Norbury Park Meet: Fetcham car park, off roundabout on A246, entrance to Bockett’s Farm. Suggested donation: £2, children £1. Tel: Graham Manning 07968 832508. Wednesday, 22 August 10am - 12noon or 1-3pm Wild Wednesday: Terrific Trees! Newlands Corner Visitor Centre. Tree-themed crafts and a walk with the Ranger through the woodland to identify trees. 5-9yrs, accompanied. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, call Katy Gower: 01483 795471. Children £6, adults free. Sunday, 26 August 2–4pm Staffhurst Wood in Summer Donation: £2, children £1. Tel: Ranger Bob Crompton, 07968 832511.

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The great outdoors Walks, Nature and Local Conservation Gatwick Greenspace Project

(Horsham, Crawley and Horley areas) Tilgate Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ. Contact Tom Forward, Tel: 07771 375 254 / 01293 550 730 Wildflower Walk Thursday 10 July 18.30pm - 20.30pm Dairy House Nature Reserve , The Street, Capel. Bookings: 01273 497551 or 07775 90 74 92 Bushcraft Days for Children A great day out in the woods, 8-14yrs, learning wilderness survival skills. Shelter building, fire lighting, tool making and identifying plants for food and medicine. Two venues: Tilgate Park, Crawley. W. Sussex RH10 5PQ - 26 July; 2 & 9 August, 10am 3pm. ÂŁ15 pp. 8-14yrs. And Leechpool & Owlbeech Woods, Horsham, W. Sussex - 1, 8 & 29 August, 10am - 3pm. ÂŁ15 pp. 8-14yrs. Booking Essential: 01273 497 561. Be a Wildlife Ranger 12-16yrs, Tillgate Park. Fridays, 27 July and 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 August. 10am-3pm. ÂŁ5. Habitat management,

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surveys, bushcraft, coppicing, hedge planting, ponds and more. Bookings: 07795 52 83 12.

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Entrance off Vicarage Road and by the fire station in Saxbys Lane. Free refreshments. Contact: Sally Cole 01342 833814 Pond Dipping â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, 15 July. 10 am-12 noon. Children welcome â&#x20AC;&#x201C; accompanied by an adult. Work Parties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, 22 July. 10 am-12 noon. Meet in the Butterfly Garden. Bring your own tools. Suitable for all ages, including children.

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Reigate RH2 0TW Tel: 01737 649066 Book in advance. <8s to be accompanied. Camp-building Wed, 1 August 8-12yrs, 1.30-4pm; ÂŁ5 Pond-dippingThurs, 2 August & Mon,13 August, 4-7yrs. 10am-12noon or 1.30-3.30pm; ÂŁ5 per child Family Overnight Camping Fri, 10 August, 5pm Camp fire (with food), bat and moth hunts and games. Sleep over; cooked breakfast. ÂŁ55 family of 4 (extra children 4yrs+ ÂŁ15 each) Fork to Fork Wed, 15 August & Mon, 27 August, 8+yrs. Help us to harvest vegetables then make your own pizza and salad. 10am-3pm; ÂŁ7 per child Bug Safari Mon, 20 August, 4-7yrs. 10am-12noon or 1.30-3.30pm; ÂŁ5 per child Bat Night Thurs, 23 August, 6-12yrs. 7-9pm; ÂŁ5 per child.

Bedgebury Forest

Bedgebury Road, nr Cranbrook Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SJ Tel: 01580 879820 Family Events at Bedgebury 2012 Family Map Challenge - Thurs 2 & Thurs 9 August, 10am start - 7-9 yrs; 1pm start - 10+yrs - accompanied ÂŁ2 children and adults. Booking not required. Wild Life Games - Tues 21 & Tues 28 August, 10am-12 noon. 5+yrs. ÂŁ6 per child. Bookings: 01580 879820. Shelter Building - Thursday 23 & 30 August, 10am-12 noon. 9+yrs. Accompanied. ÂŁ4 children and adults. Bookings: 01580 879820.

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Angry Birds comes to Tulleys Farm Maze Park this summer with a brand new themed maize maze, alongside 25 other attractions. Lose yourself in 4 miles of maze twists and turns; find your fortune in the Madagascar at Chessington new enchanted Secret Forest of fairies and pixies; discover the Fun Yard’s mini mazes, tractor & quad bike barrel rides, giant slides, straw mountain and much more. Try your hand at Farmers Golf* (think giant balls and wooden clog clubs!) or try out the new go-kart track. The fun never ends! Admission: Families of 4 - £34; Adults - £9.95; children - £8.95; toddlers - £7.50. *small extra charge. Tulleys Farm Summer Maze Park 14 July to 9 September at Tulleys Farm, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PE. 01342 718472. Gift shop, butcher & farm shop also on the farm.

– 27th, at 1pm and 3pm, interspersed with Longbow Warfare Demonstrations. Visitors can put their own skills to the test at ‘Havea-go Archery’* on the Winter Garden Lawn between 12noon and 5pm throughout the school holidays. Explore the historic castle, best known as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Children can let off steam in the Adventure Playground with more fun in store at the Water Maze. Hire a boat* from the Edwardian boathouse (*chargeable). Gardens open 10.30am; Castle opens 12 noon. Last admission 5pm. Adults £14.50; Seniors £12.50 Children £8.30; Family ticket £37.30 (or £88.58 for a family annual pass to the castle and gardens) Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Tel: 01732 865224.

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The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

,A0,/,D:@?,? 30>>492?:9 Chessington has 9 themed lands with exciting rides and attractions plus a zoo with over 1,000 animals and a sea life centre! New for 2012 is Madagascar LIVE! Prepare to Party, which was launched to celebrate the Park’s 25th anniversary. This is a brand new live show featuring favourite characters from the film, and it’s free with your park ticket. Also, from 25 July-18 August is the Moshling Hunt. Your favourite little Moshlings have escaped at Chessington World of Adventures and Buster Bumblechops needs YOUR help! Become a Super Moshi for the day and take part in the real life Super Moshi Mission in Wild Asia, then go on the hunt to unearth the Moshlings’ secret hiding places. Each Moshling is looking after a secret symbol, collect all eight to unlock the code-word for lots of Moshi prizes and giveaways, including a brand new Moshling in-game at Opens daily at 10am. Chessington World of Adventures Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NE. Tel: 0871 663 4477.




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A day out at Drusillas is packed with entertainment, with additional themed entertainment on special days, as follows:- Tel: 01273 833643 North Park Farm, Church Lane, Albourne, West Sussex BN6 9BY

JULY Creepy Crawlies – Sunday, 1 July The Fat Controller – Tuesday, 24 July The ZingZilla’s Live Show – Wednesday, 25 July The Fat Controller – Tuesday, 31 July AUGUST Peppa Pig & George – Wednesday, 1 August Mike the Knight – Wednesday, 8 August The Fat Controller – Tuesday, 14 August Peppa Pig & George – Wednesday, 15 August Captain Barnacles from the Octonauts Wednesday, 22 August

Ben & Holly – Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August The Fat Controller – Tuesday, 28 August Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS Tel: 01323 874100

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Events Calendar


ALL SUMMER LONG – events repeated through the holidays BOCKETTS FARM 21 July-2 Sept QUEBEC HOUSE Westerham TN16 1TD. 50 things to do before you’re 11 Visit the NEW Small Animal Village & Big Animal Barn Meet ¾ Thursdays, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August;

and feed the farm animals. Young St, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BS. Tel: 01372 363764.

PRIORY FARM Sandy Lane, Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ. Olympic Discovery Walk daily 14 July

– Monday, 3 September 9.30am4.30pm. Entry £2.25 pp. Tractor and trailer rides Thursdays in August. £1 pp. 1.30-4pm. Call 07711 146566.

Fridays, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 1.304pm. In the garden. Tel: 01732 868381. HATCHLANDS PARK East Clandon, Guildford The Summer Games Tues, 31 July – Sun, 12 Aug, 11am-4pm Range of games & activities. August

Fun Fridays & Pony Magic rides 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug, 11am-4pm. £2.50 per ride. Tel: 01483 222482.

THE BELFRY Redhill - Thursdays, 26 July to 30 August - A Summer of Sport - a different activity each week! POLESDEN LACEY nr Dorking, RH5 6BD. Summer Trails Sat, 21 July-

Sun, 2 Sept. New trail every week. Admission + £1 per trail. Get Wild on Wednesday – 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 August, 11am-4pm. Bug hunting to den building. Adm + £4 per child. Tel: 01372 452048. nationaltrust.


Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD. Teddy Bears’ Picnics and Storytelling Weds, 1, 8, 15, 22 Aug, 1.30-2.30pm. Adm + Child £3. Summer Holiday Fun! Fridays, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug, 2–3.30pm. Adm + £1 Tel: 01483 208936. nationaltrust.

HEAVEN 19 High St, Nutfield Summer for kids: Diddi Dance, Mini

Zumbatomic, Little Movers & Story Time, Pampering & Singing. £6 to £10. Tel: 01737 420102.

30 June & 1 July Smallholders Show SOE Showground, Ardingly, West

Sussex RH17 6TL. 9.30am-5pm Family: £25.

Sunday, 8 July from noon. Westerham Summer Picnic at Squerryes Lodge Lodge Lane,

Sunday, 1 July 12 – 5pm Gatton Country Fair £4.50 adults, children

Westerham, Kent. Tel: 01959 561330.

Sunday, 1 July 11am-4pm 50’s Fete at Hatchlands Park East

Paddock, near Nature Centre. £4, Children (<16yrs) £2. Tel: 01293 521168.


Clandon, Guildford. Tel: 01483 222482

Fri-Sun 6-8 July, 10am-5pm Tribute to the Spitfire, Polesden Lacey Gt Bookham, nr Dorking. Spitfire flypasts, music, stalls. Normal NT admission. Tel: 01372 452048.

Saturday, 7 July 11-5pm Charlwood Village Fete & Dog Show Recreation Ground RH6 0DF Saturday & Sunday 7-8 July ‘Dress to Impress’, Bodiam Castle nr Robertsbridge, E. Sussex TN32 5UA. Medieval armour and costumes. Entry + £2 per child. 18+mths. Tel: 01580 830196 bodiamcastle

Sunday, 8 July 2-4pm. Be a soldier for the afternoon, Reigate Hill. 5-11yrs, accompanied.Bookings: 01372 220644. £7. reigate-hill-and-gatton-park

Sunday, 8 July 1-4pm. Birds of Prey at Tilgate Park, Crawley.

Saturday, 14 July Chipstead Village Fair & Flower Show

Elmore, High Rd, Chipstead. Opens 12.30pm, £3; 5-18 yrs: £1; < 5 yrs free. Children’s Fancy Dress, Punch & Judy, races, Crocodile Encounters ++.

Saturday, 14 July Tandridge Fete at Glebe Field, Tandridge Lane,

Tandridge. Famous for its egg throwing!

Saturday, 14 July Holmesdale Natural History Museum 14 Croydon Road, Reigate RH2 0PG Open 2-4.30pm

Saturday, 14 July, from 1.30pm Claygate Flower & Village Show Tickets £5; child £1. <5 yrs free.

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Out and About Sun 15 July, 11am-4pm Have a Go Archery at Hatchlands Park,

East Clandon, Guildford. Admission + ÂŁ1.50 for 4 arrows. 6+yrs. Pony Magic rides, 11am-4pm. Tel: 01483 222482.

15 July, 10-11am Family cycle ride at Gatton Park, Reigate RH2 0TD. Mixed terrain. Wear helmets. ÂŁ5, child ÂŁ2.50. Tel: 01372 220644.

Sun 15 July, 11am-5pm. Puffinga-Wey at Dapdune Wharf nr

Guildford. See Steam Boats all fired up. Tel: 01483 561389.

Friday, 20 July Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill: Entertainment from 11am to celebrate the Olympic Torch.

Saturday & Sunday 21-22 July 2-3pm Jousting Tournaments at Hever Castle, Nr Edenbridge, Kent

TN8 7NG. More dates see page17. Tel: 01732 865224.

21-23 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thomas the Tank Engine at The Kent & E Sussex Railway.

Plus childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 18mths-15yrs. ÂŁ13.50; child ÂŁ10.50 including return trip to Northiam. K&ES Railway, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE.

Sunday, 22 July Denbies Hillside - Healthy family fun run for all 11am. 2.2 miles. Family ÂŁ10, or ÂŁ5pp. Tel: 01306 887485.

Sunday, 22 July, 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2pm Fruit Propagation Workshop Dorking Community Orchard. ÂŁ25pp. Tel: Jane 07546 21 77 93 dorkingcommunityorchard.

Saturday, 28 July, 10.30am12pm drop-in and Meet The Pets! Heaven, 19 High St, Nutfield.

Stroke bunnies, watch tortoises and hold the Uromastyx lizard. ÂŁ2 per child. Tel: 01737 420102.

AUGUST Wednesday, 1 August Craft Tent@ Discovery Walk, Priory Farm

Build a boat and watch it sail down the stream ÂŁ2.50 per kit. 1.30-4pm.

Wednesday, 8 August 2-4pm. Teddy Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picnic at Priory Farm. Fun and Games. ÂŁ2.25 pp.

Subject to weather; call 07711 146566.

Saturday, 10 August Lingfield Park Racecourse - Pirate Family Fun Day Wednesday, 15 August Buried Treasure at Priory Farm. Metal

detecting; make a sword or crown at the craft tent ÂŁ2.50 per item, 1.30-4pm.

Sat & Sun, 18-19 August, 10.30am to 5pm Small holding Fair, Sissinghurst Castle Biddenden Rd, nr

Sunday, 9 September, 10.30am to 4.30pm The Banstead Countryside Day 2012 at Banstead Woods adjacent to Holly Lane car park, Banstead/Chipstead(B2219). Nearest SATNAV: CR5 3NR Free Entry! Annual family event. Celebrate our local countryside, history, community and rural/traditional crafts. Stalls, local produce, local groups, wildlife and more. Arena displays, demonstrations of woodland management techniques including hurdle and charcoal-making. Activities for children incl nature trail, tractor-pulled trailer rides and crafts. Come and meet the sheep! Refreshments. Tel: Downlands Project 01737 737700. 23 Aug, 11am & 2pm Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grin Theatre ÂŁ6.50 per child, adults free. 24 Aug, 11am & 2pm. Punch & Judy. Free. Tel: 01306 876616.

26-27 August Edenbridge & Oxted Show 26-27 August Wings & Wheels Air Show Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh

Wednesday, 22 August Fishy friends, Priory Farm ÂŁ2.50 per item


Sunday, 26 August Leith Hill Teddy Bears Picnic 1-5pm. Go on

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a Bear Hunt and teddy crafts. Suitable young children, accompanied. Child ÂŁ5 Tel: 01306 712711. Sy Hills NT

Wednesday, 29 August Pets Corner, Priory Farm ÂŁ2.50 per 6-9 September Heritage Open Days

Cranbrook, Sissinghurst, Kent TN17 2AB. ÂŁ4 adults, ÂŁ1 children. Tel: 01580 710700.

Sunday, 19 August 2-4pm Birds of Prey Flying Display at Painshill Park Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113.

Sunday, 19 August Leith Hill - Fairytale Time Any time 1-5pm.

Hunt for treasures in the woods. Child ÂŁ5. Tel: 01306 712711 Sy Hills NT.

Mon-Fri, 20-24 August Summer Family Fun at Denbies London

Road, Dorking RH5 4DR. 20-24 Aug, 11am-3pm Craft Activities. From ÂŁ1.50 per activity 20-23 Aug, 11am-3pm. LEGO Exhibition. Free Entry. 20 Aug, 11.30am & 12.30pm. Teddy Bears Picnic.Train ride, packed lunch & stories. ÂŁ7 per bear, ÂŁ2 per adult. 21 Aug,11am & 2pm. Tropical Rainforest Road Show. ÂŁ6.50 per child. 22 Aug, 11am-3pm. LEGO Build. Free

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T HEATR E S Shows for families and children. Please check ticket prices & times with the theatres.

LEATHERHEAD The Leatherhead Theatre

7, Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DN Tel: 01372 365141 PANTO! Aladdin and his Magic Lamp Opens 18 December until 29 December. ÂŁ14.50, <16s and >60s ÂŁ12.50. Call 01372 365 132.

DORKING Dorking Halls Reigate Road,

Dorking, RH4 1SG Tel: 01306 881717 Saturday Morning Cinema at 11am. ÂŁ3.50 per child, adults go free. incl: 7 July - Ratatouille; 14 July - The Pirates; 21 July - Finding Nemo. Inspire Academy of Dance Show 2012 1 July 4pm. ÂŁ10; < 18s ÂŁ8 PANTO! Peter Pan. Opens 22 December until 30 December. ÂŁ16.50; ÂŁ14.50 (Seniors & Children); Family ÂŁ55.

REDHILL The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema Warwick Quadrant,

Redhill, RH1 1NN Tel: 01737 276 500 Saturday Morning Cinema Club 11.30am. ÂŁ3.50 child + adult ticket. Peter Pan YESOS - Young East Operatic Society. Raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. A return to the original story of Peter Pan. Thurs-Sat, 2-4 August ÂŁ11/ÂŁ12 PANTO! Cinderella 14 December until 6 January 2013. From ÂŁ11

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OXTED The Barn Theatre 25 Bluehouse

Lane, Oxted RH8 0AA Tel: 01959 561811 Bye Bye Birdie Oxted Junior Operatic Society 10yrs+. Wed-Sat 18-21 July. 2.30pm (Sat) & 7.30pm. ÂŁ10-ÂŁ12 via web or 07530 52 80 94. Perform 2012 Starmakerz Theatre School 5yrs+ Sat-Sun 28-29 July. 2pm (Sun) & 6.30 pm. Tickets from email The Mikado 12yrs+ Thurs-Sat 2-4 August. 2.30pm (Sat) & 7.45pm. From ÂŁ13 via web or 020 8658 5117. Hello Dolly Kenley Holiday Workshop 10yrs+. Wed-Sat 15-18 August. 7.30pm. ÂŁ10 via web or 01883 331400.

EPSOM Epsom Playhouse Ashley Avenue,

Epsom KT18 5AL Tel: 01372 742555 Milkshake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; new live tour. Saturday, 21 July. 11am & 2pm. ÂŁ12 (ÂŁ10)

KINGSTON The Rose Theatre 24-26 High St,

Kingston KT1 1HL Bookings: 08444 821 556. Pinocchio 4+yrs. Thurs-Sun 2-5 August. Afternoons. ÂŁ8 - ÂŁ12 CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION! Cinderella, The Midnight Princess 30 Nov-6 Jan, ÂŁ8-ÂŁ26

CRAWLEY The Hawth Theatre

Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ Tel: Mon-Sat 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8.15pm 01293 553636 Snail and the Whale 4+yrs.Saturday, 14 July. 11am & 2pm. Studio. ÂŁ7. Family ÂŁ25


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Crawley International Mela Family Festival celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. Sat & Sun, 21 & 22 July from 12noon. Hawth Grounds. Free. Drama Summer School 8-13yrs. Mon-Fri, 23-27 July. 10am-4pm. Studio. ÂŁ85 Circuswurx Summer School 8-16yrs. Learn juggling, stiltwalking, unicycling and balloon modelling + show for friends. Mon 30 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fri 3 August 10am-4pm. Studio. ÂŁ85 PANTO! Aladdin Friday, 7 December â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, 30 December

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

Grinstead RH19 3BS Tel: 01342 302000 Uncle Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabins â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CMYT Friday, 6 July. 7.30pm ÂŁ10 (ÂŁ8.50) Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Summer Show â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JC Vocals Saturday, 7 July. 7.30pm ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Ariel Drama Academy Showcase Monday, 9 July. 7.30pm. ÂŁ10

Scheherazade Dormansland School Tuesday, 10 July. 7.30pm. ÂŁ7.50 Sweet Charity Fri & Sat 13-14 July. 7.30pm. ÂŁ12; Child ÂŁ10; Family ÂŁ39 Rapunzel Saturday, 14 July. 2pm. ÂŁ8; Child ÂŁ6; Family ÂŁ25 Born 2 Perform Summer School 30 July-10 August. Show 11 August. ÂŁ10. HONK! Fri & Sat, 24-25 August. 7pm/7.30pm (+Sat 2.30pm). ÂŁ12; Child ÂŁ10; Family ÂŁ39. PANTO! Cinderella 21-30 December. ÂŁ15 (ÂŁ13.50); Family ÂŁ54

Summer Open Air Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; take a Picnic! JULY Guildford Castle Grounds, Castle

Street, Guildford GU1 3UQ Tickets: Guildford Tourist Centre 01483 444334. The Three Musketeers Friday, 6 July - Saturday, 14 July (not Sundays). 7.45pm. ÂŁ12 (ÂŁ10) Family ÂŁ35. Polseden Lacey Great Bookham RH5 6BD Tel: 01372 452048 nationaltrust.

Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s As You Like It 4 dates 14 July to 22 July. Tickets from Dorking Halls. ÂŁ10; Child ÂŁ5 (5-15yrs); Family ÂŁ25 Smallhythe Place Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent.TN30 7NG The Merchant of Venice Fri-Sun 20-22 July. 7pm. ÂŁ16; child ÂŁ6 . smallhytheplace: 0844 2491895.

Hatchlands Park East Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7RT Sword in the Stone Sunday, 22 July. 6pm. ÂŁ13; child ÂŁ9; family ÂŁ39. Includes free entrance to Hatchlands Park and House, voucher for the shop and 20% off at the restaurant (last entry to the House 5.00pm). PLUS Sword in the Stone childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshop Sun 22 July, pre-performance workshop. 4.30pm (5-10yrs). ÂŁ3 per child. Bookings essential. Tel: 01483 444334 or


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Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream, by the Guildford Shakespeare Company Wed-Fri,1-3 August, 6.30pm. (+Thurs 1.30pm) Price includes free visit to Hatchlands Park & Clandon Park during August. ÂŁ19 (ÂŁ16 NT members); child ÂŁ12 (ÂŁ9 NT members). Booking essential: 01483 444334 or Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden Rd, Sissinghurst, Kent. TN17 2AB King Arthur & the Sword in the Stone Monday, 6 August. 6pm. Cambridge Touring Theatre. ÂŁ15; child ÂŁ6; <3s free. sissinghurst Tel: 01580 710700 Emmetts Garden Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6BA King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone Tuesday, 7 August, 6pm. Cambridge Touring Theatre. ÂŁ13; child ÂŁ9; family ÂŁ40. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatre workshop before performance 4.30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5.15pm emmettsgarden Tel: 01732 750367

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Macbeth, by the Lord Chamberlainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Men Wednesday, 15 August. 7pm. ÂŁ18, Child ÂŁ11. Booking essential: 01483 444334 or Chiddingstone Castle Kent TN8 7AD Pride and Prejudice Wednesday, August 15. 6.30pm Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Romeo and Juliet Friday, August 24. 6.30pm In the Castleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grade II* Orangery. Tickets: from the Castle 01892 872746. ÂŁ13.50; Child ÂŁ9; Family ÂŁ40.

Out and About

Holiday Activities - Camps and Courses ALL-DAY CAMPS MULTI-ACTIVITIES Downsend Lodges + and Downsend + at

Downsend School, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ. Monday, 9 July to Friday, 31 August. Activities for 2-13 yr olds. 9am-4pm or 8am-5.30pm. See also the Downsend Days Out! Tel: 07899 011275 (2-5yrs). Tel: 01372 385403 / 07909 861280 (6-13yrs). â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fit For Sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Dorking Sports Centre, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SW. 23 July to 31 August. 5-12 yrs. Extended Day 8.30am5.30pm. ÂŁ31 p/day ÂŁ145 p/week. 0845 456 3233. Adventure and Computer Holidays nr Dorking. Day and residential camps, 4-14 yrs. 16 July to 24 August Horse Riding, Adventure; Art, Craft, Cookery, Dance & Theatre; Junior Naturalist; Computing; Foreign language, etc. ÂŁ40-ÂŁ50 per day. 9.30am-4.30pm. Su Jones Tel: 01306 711005. Activ Camps at Cranmore Prep School, West Horsley, KT24 6AT. 23 July-10 August. Multi-activity camps 4-14yrs. 8.30am-4.30pm or 8am-6pm. Quad biking, aqua slides, dodgeball, inflatables, pool, crazy crash mats, orienteering, foam stick hockey. Tel: 07896 54 60 67. Super Camps 8am to 6pm. Royal Russell School, Croydon and Sutton High School. 4-14yrs. Sports and arts & crafts. RAW Camp: Trap Making, Advanced Navigation Skills and Wilderness First Aid. Tel: 01235 832222. Camp Beaumont at Dunottar School Reigate. 23 July-24 August. Multi-activity day camp. 3-16yrs, 8.30am-5.30pm. From ÂŁ42 per day. Clare Farmer Tel: 01263 823000. Mega Days at The Hawthorns, Pendell Court, Pendell Rd, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ. Summer camp. 4-12 yrs. Tel: Ruth Chaplin 01883 743377. Kestrels Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre, Croydon Road, Caterham CR3 6QH. Holiday Playscheme 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11yrs. 7.30am-6pm Susan Fitzpatrick, 01883 348641 Kidspace, Unit 3, The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RQ 23 July to 31 August Half days, standard or extended days (8.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm) Action-packed activities. Standard day ÂŁ35, Extended ÂŁ45. Tel: 020 8686 0040 Reigate & Redhill YMCA Playscheme, Princes Road, Redhill RH1 6JJ. Tel: 01737 779979. 23 July to 3 September 10am-4pm or 8.45am-6pm. 5-12yrs. ÂŁ15.30/ ÂŁ22.95. Rhea Stephenson Tel: 01737 784977 YMCA Yippee Playscheme, Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch, Reigate. Activities for children with disability. 23 July to 31 August. 10am-4pm. 5-12 yrs. ÂŁ14 per day. Emily Griffiths, Tel: 01737 222859.

Redhill & Reigate Artistic Roller Skating Club

Tandridge Leisure Centre

SKATING PARTIES / FUN SESSIONS and lessons with qualified coaches Sundays 11.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.30pm at the YMCA, Princes Rd, Earlswood

Last Saturday of the month: Cranbrook Adventurers School Holiday Club, Coppingham Cottage, 261 Balcombe Rd,

Horley RH6 9EF. ÂŁ35 per day; ÂŁ145 per week. 4-11 yrs. Extended day 8am-6.30pm. Tel: 01293 823163.

ROLLER DISCOS 6-8pm for all ages at Hawthorns School, Bletchingley For more details call Barry on 01293 776266

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

ALL-DAY OUTDOORS AND ACTIVE Wild Learning Holiday Club Gatton Park, Reigate. 8.30am-5.30pm, 6-31 August. 6-12yrs. Bivouacs, secret dens, fire lighting, whittling, games and challenges, mud monsters, assault courses, tracking. Family Days at weekends. Tel: 01483 424 400. Bower Hill Farm Summer Camp, South Nutfield, nr Redhill. Last two weeks of August, 10am3pm. Tel: 01737 822639 Shere Wild-Life Camp Goose Green, Shere GU5 9LL. 9 July to 17 August. Den building, camp fire, kite making, outdoor games, woodland hunts. 9am-4pm or 8am start. Tel: 01483 238267. Painshill Explorer Summer Camp Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE. 30 July to 10 August and 13/17 August, 9am-4.30pm. 8-13yrs. Tel: 01932 868113. Blackland Farm, Grinstead Lane, East Grinstead RH19 4HP. Day adventure activities for groups of six or more. 7+yrs. Rock climbing, Archery, Zip wire, Orienteering, Low ropes course, Nature walks. Canoeing. 120 acres. 9am-5pm daily. Tel: 01342 810493.


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Priory Events, Sandy Lane,

Nutfield RH1 4EJ. 8-15 yrs. Regular Multi Activity Days (MAD). 1hr each - Obstacle Course, Archery and Quad Bike Challenge. 11am-3pm. Tel: 01737 822484.

TAZ – The Adventure Zone

Dorking, Guildford and nr Richmond. Multi-activity, climbing, archery, mountain biking, woodland adventures. 8-11yrs and 11-16yrs. Tel: 01372 378901. outdoorlearning

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Bushcraft Days in Tilgate Park, Crawley, Thursdays, 26 July, 2 & 9 August, 10am-3pm. 8-14yrs. £15. Tel: 01273 497561


Alpine Adventure and Languages in Torgon, Swiss Alps. July-August, 7-17yrs. 1,2 or 3 week summer camps for girls and boys. 20% off selected dates (28 July – 10 August). Tel: 0845 5191031.

ARCHERY Bowles Outdoor Centre, Eridge

Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW 7 & 21 August £45/day + low ropes and bushcraft. 8 to 15yrs. Wendy Tel: 01892 665665.

ART Artybobs Sessions, 2,9,& 16 August, 10am at The Dorking Christian Centre, Church Street RH4 1DW. Becky: 01306 880694

CLIMBING High Sports Indoor Climbing Centre, 6 Orchard Centre, Salfords,

Redhill RH1 5EL. Taster sessions (4+yrs), Climbing Club (7-16yrs). Tel: 0845 363 1177.

COOKERY Olympic Summer Workshops

– Cookies Kitchen. Leigh. 24 July, 10.30am-12.30pm. 5-11 yrs. £26. Maxine: 01892 853 272.

Crafty Chefs, Copthorne Holiday courses for 5-12yrs. 24 and 25 July, 10am-3pm, Jubilee Sports Pavilion, Copthorne. Karen: 01342 317049 / 07984 000849.

The Dance Movement at Ashcombe School, Dorking. Hip-hop and choreography. Fun routines. 13 to 17 August, 10am-12.30pm + performance. 11-18yrs. £55. Rachel Palmer Tel: 0845 450 5441


Reigate College, Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SD. Tues-Sat, 7-11 August + performance. 4–17yrs. Bugsy Malone - Show in a Week! Tiny Toppers (4 & 5yrs) £100; Top Hatters (6-17yrs) £150. Sara Dibley Tel: 01737 831184. Inspire Academy of Dance North Holmwood Village Hall. 30 July-3 August. 10am-3pm. 3-12yrs. Dance, singing, acting and craft. £25/day, £100/week. Jo Crombleholme Tel: 07783 13 83 48 Dance Focus in Reigate, Redhill and Dorking. 23 July-10 August. 4-11yrs. ½ or full day. From £10 per ½ day. Tel: 0844 318 1700 (1-3pm) or book online Dandelion Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey. 6-24 August 4-6yrs and 7-10yrs. 2dys/5dys. £50/£125. Jennai Alberts, Tel: 07785 974870.

Mini Cricket in Chinthurst School, Tadworth

& Reigate St Mary’s. Intensive, fun introduction to cricket for boys and girls. 3-5 & 6-8 yrs. Mon-Thurs, 23-26 July and Mon-Thurs 13-16 August, Tadworth; Mon-Thurs 20-23 August, Reigate. 10am-12noon for 3-5yrs; 2-4pm for 6-8yrs. 2hrs £12 or £45/wk Tel: 01737 814399.

DANCE, DRAMA AND MUSICAL THEATRE Stagecoach Redhill & Reigate

at Reigate School, Pendleton Road, Reigate RH2 7NT. Mon-Fri, 13-17 August. 4-6yrs Peter Pan & Friends 9.30am to 12.30pm £95 per child, £65 siblings. 7-18yrs Bugsy Malone Mania 10am to 4pm £135 per child, £90 siblings. Call Wendy on 0208 686 0141.

Stagecoach Leatherhead

Summer Workshop at Leatherhead Trinity School, Woodville Rd, KT22 7BP 23-26 July. 4-18 yr olds. 4-7yrs: 9.30am-12noon. 7-18yrs 10am-4pm. Final day show. Contact: Allison Malone, Principal Tel: 020 8394 2244 / 07792 732105

Stagecoach Theatre Arts,

Dorking Summer Workshop at The Ashcombe School, Dorking. 30 July - 3 August. 4-18yrs. No experience needed – just enthusiasm. Dance, singing and drama. End of week performance. Sarah Martin Tel: 0800 007 5482.

Stagecoach Coulsdon and Caterham, at Woodcote High School,

Top Hat Screen & Stage School,

Yoga Ananda Holistic Centre,

46 Albert Road North, Reigate. RH2 9EL Summer holidays - Kids Yoga and Dance Workshops 6-10yrs. Tel: Leon, 01737 222400.

FOOTBALL Football Camps in Reigate, Redhill and Dorking. 23 July-10 August. 4-11yrs. ½ or full day. From £10 per ½ day. Tel: 0844 318 1700 (1-3pm) or book online

KARTING Bambinos and Junior Karting,

Daytona Sandown Park, Esher KT10 8AN. Tel: 0845 6445502. Booking essential. £55 per module.

LASER GAMES LaserHub, Spindle Way, Crawley, W

Meadow Rise, Coulsdon CR5 3EH. 30 July-3 August+ performance. A Seaside Adventure, 4-6yrs £85. Movie Musical Medley, 6-16yrs £140. Tel: Zoe 0845 078 0805 or see

Sussex RH10 1TG. Mon – Fri 10am-5pm. Laser tag games and food. 7-11yrs 10am-1pm; 11-16yrs 2-5pm. £14pp. Tel: 01293 548000.

Perform Drama Workshops.

Ride The Hill Mountain Boarding,

The Wizard of Oz, 23-27 July and 6-10 August at All Saints Village Hall in Esher 10am-12 and 2.30-4.30pm. Tel: 0845 400 4000.

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MOUNTAINBOARDING Sandy Lane, Nutfield, RH1 4EJ. Sessions 8+yrs. 10am-6pm. From £16pp. Tel: 0845 0944 360.

NETBALL Hillcrest Netball Summer Camp at Warlingham Rugby Club,

Limpsfield Road, Warlingham CR6 9RB. Professional coaching and fun activities. Mon-Fri, 23-27 July, 9.30am-3.30pm. 8-14yrs. From £18/ day, £85/wk. Tel: 020 8660 1873

RIDING Orchard Cottage Riding Stables, Babylon Lane, Lower

Kingswood KT20 6XA From 30 July - weekly courses, £200; Fun Days, £50. 10.30am-3.30pm. 5-14yrs. Learn to ride and to look after a pony. Tel: 01737 241311.

ROLLER SKATING Sunday family roller skating,

YMCA Princes Rd, Earlswood nr Redhill. Tel: 01293 776266 Sundays, 11.30-12.30pm fun skating with skate hire. 12.30-1.30pm Lessons. 3+yrs. Skate hire, Fun skate & Lesson £8.

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING Bowles Outdoor Centre

Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW Ski: 23 July, 6 August, 17 August. Snowboard: 26 July. 8 to 15yrs. £45/ day. Wendy Tel: 01892 665665.

TENNIS Tennis Camps at Redhill Lawn Tennis Club, Linkfield Lane, Redhill RH1 1JW. From 30 July, all summer. 9.30am-12.30pm. 5-14yrs. £10. Coaching, competitions, mini tennis games etc. Tel: Tim 07956 38 35 35

Matchpoint Tennis Academy Holiday Camps at Holland Road,

Hurst Green, Oxted RH8 9BQ Mon-Thurs, 23-26 July, 6-9 August and Tues-Fri, 28-31 August. £70. 5-10yrs: 9.30am-12.30. 11+yrs: 1.30-4.30pm Tel: 07958 57 27 45

TRAMPOLINING & GYMNASTICS Springfit Gymnastics and Trampoline at Oakwood School,

Horley and Oriel School, Maidenbower. Extra summer classes – Thurs in Horley, Friday in Crawley. 2+yrs, beginners to experienced. Funfit, Gymnastics and Trampoline classes. Adam Reynolds Tel: 07932 752081

Out and About

Painshill Explorer Camp

WATER SPORTS Aqua Sports, Mercers Park, Nutfield Marsh Road Nr Redhill RH1 4EU. 23 July to 23 August Wet & Wild Weeks. Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing and Paddlesports, Raft building. All levels. Fun and games on and off the water. 8-13yrs and 13-16yrs. ÂŁ240. Also â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2-day and 4-day courses, 23 July-30 August, dinghy, windsurfing and more, 8-16yrs. From ÂŁ99. Tel: 01737 644288.

Bowles Outdoor Centre, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW Kayaking 24 July, 3, 8, 13, 23/24 August ÂŁ50/day. Also Snowboard courses (26 July). 8 to 15yrs. Tel: 01892 665665.

SPORTS GENERAL/MIXED Borough of Reigate & Banstead

30 July to 24 August. Dinghy sailing, canoeing, climbing, mountain boarding, trampolining, show in a day, art in the park. 7-15yrs. £6-£10. Call Sue Sergeant, 01737 276700 sue. EK Sports Camp at Greenacre School - Banstead. 23 July-17 August. Multisport Courses, Arts & Crafts. 4-15 yrs. Tel: 01372 210807. Agon Sports, Glebe Field, Limpsfield High St. Multisports & Activities. Am/pm sessions. School years 1-6. £7.25 per ½ day. Alastair 0208 651 3319.

Multisports in Reigate, Redhill and Dorking. 23 July-10 August. 4-11yrs. ½ or full day. From ÂŁ10 per ½ day. Tel: 0844 318 1700 (1-3pm) or book online Sporting Steps MultiSport courses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Caterham. 4-12yrs. 23 July to 18 August. 9am-3.30pm. Matthew 0203 605 1302.



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Leatherhead Leisure Centre,

Wild Learning Summer clubs



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De Stafford Sports Centre,

Burntwood Lane Caterham, CR3 5YX DASH courses and day camps 23 July to 3 September: swimming (8+yrs), watersports, arts and crafts, drama and dance, sports and outdoor adventures. 8.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm or 8.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. 5-12yrs. From ÂŁ10 for ½ day to ÂŁ19 whole day.Tel: 01883 344355. Tandridge Leisure Centre, Oxted Big Summer Holiday Programme. Courses and day camps as above.. Friday 20 July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Big Village Sports Day FREE at Bletchingley. 2.30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4.30pm. Friday 10 August Aquatics Day! Tel: 01883 716717. Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP. 23 July to 2 September Xtreme Activate, 5-12yrs daily 10am-4pm or Activate Xtra 8.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. ÂŁ21.50 or ÂŁ29.50 /day. Ice skating 4-day beginner courses 5-10yrs ÂŁ46.50. Public skating sessions. Bowling: 23 July-31Aug â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1hr/ 6 people, inc shoe hire ÂŁ20. Tel: 01483 44 33 22.

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

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