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November / December 2010

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

What’s On for 0-12 year olds in November and December

Fireworks! Party Entertainment – our great Guide

Christmas Holiday fun




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The fireworks frenzy around November 5th is happening NOW! See page 3 for the local bonfires, large and small, which make a great evening for families to share. Get ahead for Christmas! My cards and advent calendars have already been delivered by Jayne at Phoenix Cards (see the Phoenix Trading ad in the Classifieds). Choosing from her catalogue is easy, good value and supports charities. Santa is arriving soon - find out where on pages 8-9. We have masses of Christmas events and shopping ideas, including school fairs and Christmas markets, to get you in the mood and help Santa fill those Christmas stockings! And I know I’ll be going to Heaven – it’s in Nutfield, near Redhill! Can’t wait to see their doors open for a blissful retreat (with or without the kids). Lots of great new businesses are making our area feel very lively – see also the mobile manicures and pedicures on page 24, a real treat for busy mums! Eleanor Lines, Editor, Families Surrey East


3-5 Firework Displays & Local News 6 Babies and Toddlers 7 Holidays – It’s Ski Time! 8 Christmas Feature – Filling Stockings and Finding Santa 11 4-page PULL-OUT PARTY ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTORY 15 Club News 16 Cranial Osteopathy – explained 17 Future Minds – is the digital age changing our children? 18 Education – Choosing a Nursery Independent School Open Days OUT AND ABOUT 20 – Theatre 21 – Attractions 22 – Holiday Camps & Courses 23 – Walks & Local Conservation, Town and Village Events 24 Classified Ads - national website with features, competitions and a clickthrough to Families Surrey East - if you want to go straight to a copy of the magazine, and see back issues. Next issue: January-February 2011, published January 7th. Tell us your news and send details of upcoming events including FEBRUARY HALF TERM. All editorial is published FREE OF CHARGE. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS and reach families throughout East Surrey with DISPLAY ADS or ask about our CLASSIFIED LISTINGS – perfect for small businesses and web sales. AD BOOKING AND COPY DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER-DECEMBER ISSUE - 1ST DECEMBER. PLEASE SEND YOUR AD ARTWORK BY 3rd DECEMBER. For advertising and editorial enquiries, please contact the Editor on 020 8948 6895 or email: Front cover – Sledging near Lake Maggiore, Italy, courtesy of Jo at Tel: 01428 645421. Families Surrey East is 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, PO Box 816, Richmond TW10 6TA Telephone: 0208 948 6895 Email: Design: Andrews Design & Marketing, The Studio, 29A Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AD Tel: 01737 224340 Print: Bishops Printers, Farlington, Portsmouth PO6 1TR Tel: 02392 334900

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Local LocalNews News Chipstead Theatre’s secret is out NOVEMBER 2010 FIREWORK DISPLAYS Friday, 5 Nov Lingfield Park Racecourse Firework Spectacular Gates open 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. Advance bookers receive extra vouchers. Family ticket £20. To book call 01342 834 800 Friday, 5 Nov, Marden Lodge School Fireworks Croydon Road, Caterham. Tel: 01883 343014. Gates open 6.30pm, bonfire lit at 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm. £4 per adult, £2.50 per child, under 3’s Free. Fire eaters, stalls, music and raffle. Friday, 5 Nov Coldharbour Cricket Ground Bonfire & Firework Display Torch-lit procession 7.30pm from the Plough to the light the bonfire at the cricket ground. Friday, 5 Nov Horley Cricket and Hockey Club Bonfire & Fireworks Gates open 6pm. Bonfire 7pm. Fireworks 7.30pm. Info 01293 784668 Friday, 5 Nov Tulleys Farm Fireworks to Music Turners Hill nr Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PE. Tickets: Adult £10 (£12), Child £6 (£8) Book online www. Tel: 01342 718472. Saturday, 6 Nov Caterham Round Table Bonfire & Fireworks at Dene Hospital Field. Torchlight procession -meet 6pm at the Library, Westway Common. Bonfire 7.15pm followed by fireworks. Buy tickets from marshalls on the night.

Recent performance of Annie, the musical at Chipstead Theatre The Courtyard Theatre, tucked away behind Longshaw stables in Chipstead, is home to The Chipstead Players with its thriving Youth Theatre section (7-18 yrs) for local and notso-local people. The Box Office now offers on-line bookings, bringing audiences and participants from far and wide. Two out of the seven productions a year are dedicated to the Youth Theatre, with members performing on

Dorking library moves Three units in St Martin’s Walk have been identified as the future location of Dorking Library, a move that seems likely

Meet me in Heaven! Two Redhill mums, Jennifer Walsh and Emma Loughran, are launching a business called Heaven and it promises to be just that; especially if you’re a parent or carer of pre-school children. Situated between Redhill and Godstone, this Nutfield building is easy to find. A spacious Play Room means grownups can sit back while their little ones play with other children and ‘small-world’ toys or do arts and crafts, messy-play and modelling, dressing-up, or get immersed in the book corner. Equally you can book your child into the Creche for an hour or so to enjoy some time to yourself. The Studio will host a range of low-impact exercise, including Pilates and Yoga; the Treatment Suite offers Beauty or

Saturday, 6 Nov Brockham Bonfire & Fireworks Display Brockham Village Green. Torchlight procession 6.15pm, bonfire lit at 7.45pm, fireworks at 8.15pm. Saturday, 6 Nov Epsom Firework Display & Funfair Hook Rd Arena, Epsom. Gates open 5.30pm, display 7.30pm. £7.50 at gate or £5 in advance from local newsagents Saturday, 13 Nov South Park Bonfire & Firework display Sports Ground, Whitehall Lane, South Park, Reigate. Includes children’s rides & BBQ. Fireworks 7.30pm - 8pm. £4 adults, children free.

stage and getting involved in technical and backstage work even, at times, directing their own shows. The 98-seat theatre with stable bar, workshop, dressing rooms, stage and auditorium is near the White Hart Pub. Book now online for their Christmas Production, The Secret Garden, at

to revitalise the St Martin’s area, just off the High Street. Permission for the change of use of the units was granted on September 1st but no date was given for the move. Complementary Therapies. With a child-free Gallery Lounge upstairs and the Café, hosting Cullenders Delicatessen and Food Store to provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, this sounds like what all mums need! For those who just fancy a spot of shopping, there will be ample choice including Neal’s Yard Remedies beauty and body products, Chickidee gift and home wares, greeting cards, hampers, delicatessen items, toys and baby products. Look out for November launch details at

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LocalNews News Local Autumn Watch Leaves, prunings, dead plants and flowers are great additions to the compost bin at this time of year, producing valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden - for free. Get the kids involved in raking the leaves from the lawn and get composting.

Over 11 tonnes of CO2 saved in Mole Valley

Throughout autumn, the Surrey Waste Partnership is offering home composting bins at special low prices, from £14 (RRP £39).

Since June 2009, when the Council first introduced energy monitors to libraries, 128 monitors have been borrowed across Mole Valley. Customers typically saved 5-15% of their bill by using a monitor, or £25 to £75 off a £500 bill. This is a saving of 88 to 265 kilogrammes of carbon dioxide per household per year.

Add family waste to your compost: empty cereal packets and egg boxes; fruit scraps and vegetable peelings; tea bags and coffee grounds are all great ingredients.

The monitors can be borrowed free of charge from all local libraries. For more information or to borrow a monitor visit your local library or call 0300 200 1001. or call 0844 571 4444.

For more energy savings in your home, visit Mole Valley District Council’s Sustainability Zone website: greener.

NEWS IN BRIEF Beare Green’s new playground The design for a new play area at Beare Green has been agreed - with an aerial runway, a log climber and a tower with a tube slide. Bushes, plants and trees will surround the playground. The equipment is designed with 8-13yr olds in mind. The start date for the building will be announced soon.

Online applications for Surrey school places in 2011 are now being accepted. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2011 for primary, infant and junior schools. To make an online school application go to Paper application forms can be obtained by emailing or calling 0300 200 1015.

Horley Leisure Centre update Building work has begun on the new Horley Leisure Centre, which opens in Winter 2011/2012 on the site of the Court Lodge School. The facility will replace the Horley Anderson Centre in Thornton Close. The design includes a 25m-long swimming pool, a fourcourt sports hall, a fitness suite and dance studio, a gym and wet and dry changing rooms. State-of-the art facilities for disabled users and energy-saving design will enhance the scheme. 4

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RSPCA’s Great Big Rabbit Survey Rabbits are our third most popular pet, with around one million rabbits currently being kept in the UK. As part of the charity’s campaign to improve pet rabbit welfare the RSPCA is producing up-to-date advice on keeping rabbits happy and healthy and launching its biggest ever rabbit survey.

Whether it’s discussing the future of local hospitals, libraries or police stations; highlighting the priority services for you and your family; or suggesting ways you can support your community through volunteering, we are keen to hear your views. There are lots of ways to join the Surrey debate, so make sure you have your say. You can submit your views by email: or via twitter: @surreymatters or call 03456 009 009.

RSPCA rescue centres care for thousands of rabbits every year. The new campaign aims to reduce the number of rabbits coming through its doors at rescue centres. The survey will be available to complete online at until the end of the year. Everyone who takes part in the survey will be able to download an exclusive RSPCA screensaver and be entered into a competition to win rabbit goodies including toys, grooming tools and a supply of bedding and food.

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Across the country, public services are facing significant spending reductions; from healthcare to highways, To ensure we keep our county special, you can now air your views on a new website forum at www.

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Local LocalNews News The Arc, Caterham, bursts with life The Arc’s new, multi-talented team in Caterham-on-the-Hill are widening the choice of activities and classes for kids. New to the Arc are Football Focus, Art, Rhythm Time and MAD Academy. Their youth theatre now runs three age groups (4-16yrs). Just launched is the ‘Friends of the Arc’ scheme, working towards the creation of a theatre and cinema space. For £20 per year, ‘friends’ can benefit from discounts, offers, updates and special events. The first Christmas production, The Snow Queen, is funny, haunting and enchanting and stars several of the Arc’s own staff, including professionally trained Andy Edmeads, the Arc’s Associate Director. The first performance is on 22 December (see pages 20-21).

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Babboe bikes looks for agents and open spaces in East Surrey! London mum Coreen Serfilippi has just launched Wheel Happy Ltd, the exclusive UK distributor for Babboe cargo bikes. The Babboe enables parents to transport up to 4 young children and/or shopping around town. The bikes have three wheels and a carrier box in the front and come in electric or pedal power versions. If any Families Surrey East reader would like a trial with a Babboe agent, or if you know of a good local space – such as a car park - for demonstrating Babboe bikes, or if you would like to help host a demonstration and earn commission on sales, contact Coreen on 0790 415 9894, or email Christmas Offer Buy a Babboe and receive a FREE Rain Tent worth £139. Valid: Nov 1, 2010 – Jan 15, 2011

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Baby’s Here – Who Does What? Having a baby is often said to bring couples closer – and sometimes it does. But in two out of three families it makes the parents’ relationship worse. And what do parents argue about the most? – ‘Who does what?!” The book ‘Baby’s Here – Who Does What?’ addresses the thorny issue of who earns, who cares for the baby and who keeps the house. Many mums feel they have an unfair burden caring for children and managing everything at home. Many mums and dads feel that dads do not spend enough time with their children. It is no longer simply an issue of dad going back to work and mum deciding whether to work or not. The biggest issue that new parents fall out about, by far, is who does what.

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 Don’t end up with one parent doing all the caring and the other doing all the earning unless you really cannot avoid it.

 Make time for each other and do things you used to do before you had children. A happy couple relationship means happier children.

 Both spend time alone with your baby. Both become competent and confident with him/her, learn and appreciate your different parenting styles - your child will.

 Don’t feel guilty about working – nearly all mothers and fathers for all of human history have had to work. Try to organize work so that one of you is looking after the baby as much as possible; babies have always been looked after by several people.

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(and fathers – let them do this). Mothers who make the children such a big part of their lives that everything else is forgotten often become depressed.

 If moving house could mean a smaller mortgage or more involved grandparents, think hard about it.

 Fathers: move mountains to get flexible work, even if it gives you only a few extra hours with your baby every week.

 Each agree to do the one task around the house that the other likes least. If you can afford it, pay for some of the tasks to be done for you.

 Talk and listen. Don’t just barge into the role you think is yours – find out if your partner is happy with what your choice means for them. Do they feel put-upon or pushed out by you? Things will then feel fairer, you will be more loving and less stressed – which will also be good for your sex life.

Baby’s Here! Who Does What? - How to split the work without splitting up by Duncan Fisher £9.99 available post free from Duncan Fisher is Director of Kids in the Middle – a coalition of charities that campaigns for more support for children in families where there is conflict.

READER OFFER Families Surrey East has six copies of Duncan Fisher’s book Baby’s Here – Who Does What? to give away to 6 lucky readers. Just submit an email by November 25th to Write Baby’s Here in the subject line and your address details in the email. Six Winners will be chosen at random on November 26th and books sent out to all the winners. 6

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Skiing step by step

For those of us with children at school, this is the term that seems so long – and by the end of November many of us will have tired little children, catching colds and in need of a boost! THE FIRST STEP Whether you plan a holiday this winter or not, a great way to have some fun, fresh air and warm up for a winter break is to dip your toe in at Bowles Outdoor Centre, where the whole family can learn to ski at weekend classes. There are beginners’ slopes and more advanced, faster and longer slopes, so the whole family is catered for and tuition is by experts. Open classes are available at other times, too. Whether you want to ski or snowboard, Bowles can provide tuition. It hosts a disabled ski club, too, and offers special lessons and equipment where needed at no extra cost. It’s a great recreation in a lovely setting, wonderful exercise and, if you are going on a skiing holiday, will let you spend more time in the mountains than on the nursery slopes! Bowles is a ski and outdoor education centre only fifteen minutes from the Surrey border on the A26 near Tunbridge Wells. Once you are ready to take the plunge and go skiing, it’s worth finding the right type of resort and facilities to suit your family. It’s definitely worth asking about the provision of baby- and child-friendly equipment to make you at ease on your well-earned holiday.

THE SECOND STEP We can recommend two very different types of resort. For families just starting to ski and with young ones in tow, you may be looking for a quiet, rustic holiday, with a mixture of skiing and other activities including adventure parks and go-karting. A local mum has just set up ‘bookingsforyou’ near Lake Maggiore in Italy, with a small selection of 1-3 bedroom chalets available, including her own. Some of the chalets are neighbouring, which is great for multiple family groups. Jo knows the area very well and her priority has been to provide everything a young family needs during their stay. Her own villas have stroller, highchair, bed rail, travel cot, toys, games, childrens DVDs, UK satellite (with CBeebies!!), children’s cutlery, baby monitor, bibs etc all on hand for guests to use free of charge. For those with older

children there is plenty for them to do indoors with wii and xbox games consoles, board games and toys. The skiing is not expensive and offers a good mix of nursery and more challenging slopes. For young children just learning to ski, a small local slope offers ski hire from 7 euros and sledges for 3 euros. Half-day passes are 11 euros (8E for a child) and <5s go free – a lovely bonus!

THE ULTIMATE STEP Morzine, just over an hour from Geneva, is home to Chilly Powder, which offers three luxurious catered chalets with skiing right to the door, saving a lot of time on courtesy buses. Amongst other things, owners Paul and Francesca provide a crèche with English nannies, early tea for children and after-ski entertainment for them, leaving parents to enjoy a rest after a hard day skiing! The chalets are very family friendly and the food is excellent – skiing at Chilly Powder comes highly recommended; book early if you need to go during the school holidays!

Bowles Outdoor Centre Sandhill Lane, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9LW

For more information about ski and snowboard courses, private lessons, practice sessions (and birthday parties) call 01892 665 665 and ask for a brochure.

Italian lakes near Lake Maggiore email: Call Jo on 07979 466258 or 01428 645421. Families Surrey East has negotiated an exclusive15% off selected chalets from for the 2010-2011 winter season. Just let Jo know that you’ve seen this offer when you contact her.

Chilly Powder in Morzine email: Tel: 020 7289 6958

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Christmas Counting down to Christmas organisation! ‘Tis the season of good will but with so much to remember and get done in the run up to Christmas, it can be hard not to use up all your festive spirit. However, with our top tips you can approach the big day knowing that you’ve got all those loose ends beautifully wrapped up! • Make a plan including Christmas card lists (highlighting any for overseas that will need to go early), present list suggestions with budgets and food shopping. • Keep an eye on posting dates - Royal Mail dates are: Standard parcel Wednesday 15th December 2nd class Saturday 18th December 1st class Tuesday 21 December • Plan your food shopping and add Christmas foods with a long shelf life to your weekly shop, that way you’ll spread the cost and the shopping load. Also, if you’re planning to do a lot of entertaining, get some ‘ready meals’ in for the days when you haven’t got guests - after all, you deserve a break too! • Have a pre-xmas clear out to make room for all the new goodies that Father Christmas is bringing. Ebaying or car booting anything worth selling will also contribute towards the Christmas finances.

• Keep an eye on Christmas socializing and make sure you write down all the family’s commitments so everyone knows where they need to be and you don’t double book yourself. • Take the hassle out of present wrapping by recycling old boxes to package any awkward shaped presents. Also, invest in a Cellotape dispenser (invaluable for saving time and Cellotape!) • Don’t forget to buy batteries - you may remember to buy the batteries for children’s toys but aunties, uncles and grandparents may not, so keep a selection on hand. • Keep a little stock of presents for those unexpected guests - Soaps or nice choccies are a safe bet and if you don’t give them at Christmas, you can always use them for birthdays or dinner party presents. Thanks to Rebecca Morris, of Organized Mum, for these handy pre-Christmas tip. Organised Mum creates diaries, calendars and home stationery products for women running busy homes and families. 2011 range available now. Dated products last for 16 months until Dec 2011. Available for £12.99, Organised Mum’s 2011 Life Book & Family Life Book diary comes with Christmas planning pages for 2010. Call 0845 644 7505

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Enjoy a great day out at Bocketts Farm this Winter!

• Lots of friendly farm animals, inside and out • Animal Handling, Pig Racing, Tractor Rides and Pony Rides every day • 2 Huge indoor play barns with trampolines, jumping pillow & triple slide tower

• A fantastic range of sledges available Father Christmas is here daily from 2nd - 24th December! Voted by ‘The Guardian’ one of the top 6 places in the UK to see Santa. See website for details. Plus... 30 newborn lambs due early December, 600 Christmas trees for sale & home made mince pies and mulled wine available every day!

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Dorking Pet Centre, 8 West Street

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20 West Street Tel: 01306 898144 Felt making and bag making craft sets

The Lemon Tree, 47 High Street Tel: 01306 888800 Gifts

Halfords, 101-103 High Street Tel: 01306 878560 Bikes and accessories Waterstone’s, 54-60 South St Tel: 01306 886884 Books


Smallprint Tel: Claire

01737 768542 Imprinted silver jewellery - the ‘unique first impression’

The Lemon Tree, 8-10 High Street Tel: 01737 247007 Gifts

Finch and Sons, 43 Bell Street Tel: 01737 242 163 Bikes

The Toy Shop, 69 High St RH2 9AE

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Lotti & Ted, 57 High St, Reigate Tel:

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Christmas Captive Photography at Lotti and Ted’s, 57 High Street Tel: Jo Hughes 01737 222217 Children’s and Family Portraits


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Gamleys Toys, 38, The Belfry Tel: 01737 773941 The Gamers Guild, 12 Linkfield Corner Tel: 01737 789123 Games and models

TULLEYS FARM VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Turners Hill, Nr. Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 4PE Tel: 01342 718472 Christmas shopping, butcher and farm shop. Play and rides. Ice skating. Santa arrives on Sunday, 28 November for Santa’s Sleigh Ride. Also on December weekends and Christmas week

PAINSHILL PARK Cobham. Visit Father Christmas



in the 18th Century Crystal Grotto at Painshill Park, Sat-Sun 4-5 December and 11-24 December. Advance tickets - call 01932 584284 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm or go to Child £8.50, Adult £7

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JH Lorimer 129-131 Station Rd East Tel: 01883 715305 Toys The Ballet Box, 21 High Street, Caterham on the Hill JH Lorimer 32, Church Walk

Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green West Sussex RH14 0EG Tel: 01403 700063 Santa will be at the Park in his Grotto from 18-24 December. No booking needed. £7.50 (plus Park entry) to include a gift.

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Crafts Stationers 3 Godstone Road Tel: 01883 342230 Art and Craft Pretty Woman Kiosk 1, Church Walk Shopping Centre Tel: 01883 340033 Toys and gifts incl children

Tots ‘n’ Weenies, 2 Church Walk Shopping Centre Tel: 01883 334628 Specialised toys and baby clothes

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• Your children, their friends and pets can star in their own book! Snapdragon Books for boys and girls 0-7 yrs, with personalised stories. Unique, hard-back books cost £15 Call 01271 378444 • A great present for all the family – though expensive – is a family voucher from Merlin Entertainments. Costing £400 for the year, it gives families unlimited access to Chessington Zoo, Legoland, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, The London Eye and more! Visit or for a Chessington Annual Pass visit • A calendar for your child to personalise, from the Made By Me, £10.99 Boxhouse Publishing (publisher of Organised Mum) or call 0845 644 7507 • Personalised wall art & birthday cards- inspired by shapes from the beach! Let Jon Scurrah put together a card or picture for you family member! Tel: 0113 815 0677 • A gift for others - helping African families grow food and sell produce.

Nothing starts Christmas better than a visit to Santa! BOCKETTS FARM Nr. Leatherhead Tel: 01372 363764 Santa is there 11am-2.30pm weekdays 2 - 10 December, then daily 10am-5pm until 23 December. Take a trailer ride – The Santa Express - to Santa’s magical haybarn workshop . £4.95 for Santa visit – including a present (not incl farm entry). Trees on sale. PRIORY FARM South Nutfield RH1 4EJ Father Christmas arrives Saturday, 27 November, 4pm. Grotto opens Sunday, 28 November. Visits to Father Christmas £4.50 per child including magical train ride. Tel: 01737 823304. Trees on sale. DENBIES VINEYARD Dorking Tel: 01306 876616 Santa’s Cellar Grotto. Daily in December until 24th. 11am – 4pm, £6 per child. Take the indoor train and visit Santa in his cellar grotto ‘Gingerbread’ house. Booking advisable.

THE BELFRY SHOPPING CENTRE Redhill Tel: 01737 779930 Sunday, 21 November Arrival of Father Christmas and opening of his special grotto inside the magical giant Christmas tree. Gifts for all the children who visit him. Free face painting, husky rides, free craft workshops, plus much more! Visit Father Christmas Thurs– Sun 25 November – 12 December, 11am4pm, then daily Thurs 16 - Fri 24 December, 10am-4pm (closes 2pm on 24th). £2.

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CHESSINGTON ZOO Christmas Zoo Days on the 11-12 and 18-24 December. Have your picture taken with Father Christmas, who is visiting the Zoo.

HEVER CASTLE Nr Edenbridge
Kent TN8 7NG Tel: 01732 861701 1-24 Dec. Christmas shopping, good food & Father Christmas in his log cabin. Admission + £10 per child with gift to same value. Pre-booked (not 20 Dec). Or visit him in his workshop with the elves, £8 with present. Short donkey rides £3 11.30am – 3.30pm. DORKING - Santa in his special grotto St Martins Walk Shopping Centre. Sat 4 Dec, 11-5pm; Thursday 9 Dec (GALA NIGHT) 6-9pm; Sat 11 Dec 11-5pm; Sat 18 Dec 115pm; Fri 24 Dec 10-4pm. £2 includes gift. Tel: 01306 742899

Santa arrives by helicopter IN REIGATE Saturday 4 December. 11.30am. Donkey rides in Tunnel Road to Santa’s Grotto 2-4 pm and see the Christmas Tree light up at 5pm outside the Old Town Hall.

Winter Wonderland experiences Santa’s Magical Kingdom The Hop Farm, Kent, Tel: 01622 872 068 and at Lapland UK at Bewl Water Estate near Tunbridge Wells


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Families Surrey East PARTIES DIRECTORY

Winter Parties

Mail Order

The Little Things East Sussex. Party bags filled with gorgeous gifts. Also Cupcake Bunting and decorations. Mail order. Tel: 01424 870398

Our 2010-11 Parties Directory is full of great local party entertainment ideas for all year round. Ask providers if they offer invitations, party bags or even cakes. And look out for our Party Venue Directory in the May-June 2011 issue!

CHOC Chick Raw Chocolates Healthy chocolate making kits. 100% unprocessed cacao ingredients. Be a Chocolatier! Suitable for 8+ yrs. Tel: 07753 719123


Give them a Party to remember! Specialising in indoor Go-Kart Birthday Parties



Completely safe for children 4-9 years

Magic Marty Marvellous magic parties Tel: 0800 046 3939 Zeberdee Children’s Entertainer (female) Fun magic, balloon modelling, plate spinning, party games. 3-7 yrs. Tel: 0778 2388495

Party Supplies

Brillo the Clown Clowning, clown magic, juggling,

Partybagbitz Quality party bags prepared for you. You

miniature unicycling, and a custard pie in MY face. Games. 3-8 yrs. Tel: Tim 01273 584544

Bake Me A Cake Horley. Cakes for all occasions,

Creative / Active

choose the price and items and leave the rest to me. Contact Jan on 07943 069449 after 6pm.


01293 888948

Cookies Kitchen We bring everything for a standard

weddings, birthdays, celebrations. All local areas. Tel: Trudy 07751 379 404

Monkey Business Lesbourne Road, Reigate

or custom-made party at home or a chosen venue. 5-16 yrs. Small or large groups. Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Lingfield and area. Cost: starts at £175 for up to 10 children. Tel: Catherine 0774 871 5644

Butterflies & Bows Lingfield. One supplier for all your

Dish Ceramics Studio, Reigate. Pottery painting parties. Coffee bar, muffins, sweets. £4.50 studio fee plus your pottery items Tel: 01737 241567

Balloons, party ware and fireworks. Tel: Dave 01737 221081

party needs - Helium and air balloons, tableware, flowers, themed party decorations Tel: 01342 892392 Mob: 07717 527923

Party In A Pink Box A creative, themed party idea in a kit, making something to take home. The party becomes the party bag! Kits also for boy guests. Tel: 07717 189 914

Bits & Bobs 20 South St Dorking. Tel: 01306 771071 Jesters 32 High Street, Merstham. Tel: 01737 645976

Messy Monsters Art activity parties 2+ yrs. Plus singing and movement games. Tel Rachel: 01342 833885

Party supplies and fancy dress

Amaze Party Shop 63 High Street, Leatherhead Party goods & helium balloons. Themed decorations, fancy dress. Tel: 01372 383335

Nzinga Arts - Storytelling And Music. Winston Nzinga Lewis leads drumming, singing and storytelling sessions in schools and at children’s parties. Call Winston Lewis on 0208 648 9943 or Mob: 07958 10 80 17

BalloonIt - Balloons for all occasions. Venue decorating; Single balloons to balloon arches; Reigate - Horsham Tel: Tracy on 01293 402544 or 07912 03 07 77

Mud Pie Ceramics Horley

Bouncy Castles

Hi Bounce Bouncy Castles Bouncy Castles, giant slide, sumo suits. Suitable up to 14 years. All year. Cost: Small castles from £50. Tel: Nataliie 01883 340561

Pottery painting parties Tel: 01293 776700

Kitties Closet East Surrey. Decopatch paper craft and jewellery making parties. 5+yrs. Tel: Jodie 07923 24 78 97

All The Right Ingredients For Cookery Fun! NEW taster

sessions in Dorking

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Parties Monthly Clubs Holiday Workshops New Surrey East Venues

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PARTY ENTERTAINMENT & SUPPLIERS Saturdays and Sundays at The Hawthorns Sports Centre, Bletchingley

Science & Animals

and dance parties, games 1-4 yrs. Dorking, Reigate, Redhill, Horley & Oxted. Tel: Maggie 01306 712671

indoor & outdoor activities led by experts with time for tea in between. Great for under 5s to11+ yrs

Main activities: High Ropes

(8+yrs); Roller Skating (7+ yrs); Indoor Wet‘n’Wild swimming pool party; Outdoor Wet‘n’ Wild party; Dance Divas; Outdoor Adventures; Traditional party games and treasure hunts.

Pony Magic Shetland pony rides for

private parties, school visits, open days and fairs. 2-10yrs. Tel: 07762 74 07 03

Our customers say: • “Staff were great with the children” • “Super-fun!” Includes room hire, party set up, decoration and party room prepared for tea. Minimum 10 children - £12.90 per child. Just bring the children and the tea - plus party bags! Early Booking discount. To check available dates contact The Hawthorns Sports Centre on 01883 743377

British Wildlife Centre Lingfield

A private tour of the animals with a keeper. 5+ yrs. Exclusive parties weekends November-February while the Centre is closed to the public. Tel: Liza 01342 834658

Science Wizards Hands-on fun

science parties, bringing science to life. 5-11yrs. £175. Tel: 0845 652 1215

Crocodile Encounters Snappy

birthday parties! Hands-on fun reptile show with crocodiles. 5-15yrs. From £150. Tel: Colin 0845 020 4364



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party, fun, instrument playing and lots of singing! 1-5yrs. Tel: Laura 01372 800420

MAD Academy – Dorking. Fun-filled music

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Jo Jingles Epsom & Leatherhead Musical

for 2-6 year olds - dancing games, action songs, hoops, dance ribbons, bubbles and fun! Cost: £100 Tel: Jo 0787 3634292

Jo Jingles East Surrey /E Grinstead

One hour fun-filled parties with all your favourite songs and dances including Lycra and Bubbles! Babies to 5yrs. Tel: Nick 01883 712881/724800 esurrey-egrinstead

MAD Academy – Tadworth & Effingham, Epsom. Lively music and dance parties, party games. 1-4 yrs. Tel: Karen 01372 210378.

The Scallywag Club Brockham Soft-play parties. Tel Laurie: 07770 921 009 Antics in Warlingham Play Parties 0-5yrs, Disco Parties 5-10yrs. Tel: 07905 216468 Baby Sensory in Caterham, Purley, Oxted & Warlingham. Baby’s First Christmas and Birthdays, naming ceremonies etc. 0-13months. Tel: 07882 10 52 98 or 07576 62 26 98 www.croydonsouth@babysensory Tumbletots Caterham. 2-hour action packed to suit age group. 1-7 yrs. Tel Karen: 07976 68 93 65

Tiny Seeds Drama Drama themed parties - Pirates, Princess adventure etc. Dressing up, music and prop-making. 2-6 yrs. Tel: Jemma 01306 882960 Tiny Seeds Music Music parties with instruments, dancing and fun! 1-4 yrs. Tel: Jemma 01306 882960

IgglePiggle & Upsy Daisy Mascots

Surrey. Can be hired for parties/special events. 0-5yrs Tel: Tracey 01883 346719

Magic Fairy Party Surrey. Children’s

entertainment, story-telling, magic, music, games, dancing. 3-7 yrs. Tel: Asa 07890 95 74 18

YogaCubs - Fun Yoga Parties, Surrey. Stories, postures, games & relaxation suited for your child. 2.5-11yrs. Tel: Johanna 07807 05 58 58

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Surrey. Girls Pamper & Makeover parties 6-11yrs - Little Miss Party and 12+yrs - Girls With Attitude Tel Marti: 01372 210062 or 07758 58 99 46

Kid’n’Kaboodle Disco Parties

Specialist children’s disco party and games with children’s entertainer and prizes. 4-10 yrs. Tel: Angie 07903 598601

Imagine Dream Parties Imaginative

themed games and activity parties for boys and girls 3-12yrs. Tel: Sarah 01932 784564

Zoe the Face Painting Fairy Fairy arrives and entertains! Face Painting, Fairy and Princess Parties, Makeover parties. 3+yrs. Tel: Zoe 01737 789326

Treasuredays Treasure Hunts

Angels n Divas Pamper Parties for fun loving girls. Five themes to choose from! 4 -16 yrs. Tel: Julie on 07771 96 46 26

Dance Mania Dance parties -Cheerleading,

Sparkle – Girls make up and pamper parties. Make up, nail art, hair and pamper spa. Tel: Karen on 01293 774464

Two-hour hunt, 8+yrs Near Abinger Hammer £25. Tel: 0208 742 0551 www.treasuredays. com/hunts/rural/surrey.html THE



Ballet, Street Dance or Musical Production. 2-12 years Tel: 07827 359 751 / 01737 213 281

YogaBug Parties Yoga birthday adventure

Chameleon Airbrush Tattoos Horley

withPlease your favouritefind characterbelow eg Peppa Pig, a Captain Hook. Stretch mind and body. 3-7 yrs. Tel: Tracey 07813 18 73 15

First Class Faces Professional face

Kidspace Replies Croydon Fun and active options must be include Go-Kart track, climbing wall or Crazy Golf. 1-12yrs. Tel: 020 8686 0040

Airbrush tattoos for hair, face and body. All ages. Tel: Trudy 07751 379 404

painting and balloon modelling at fantastic prices. 3+ yrs. Tel: Julie 01372 378637

Dance, Drama & Games Perform Parties Perform drama, dance and singing parties for 1-3yrs, 4-8yrs and 8-12yrs. Party themes - Tea under the Sea and Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Fairytale Forest, Superheroes, Popstarz and Dance Fantastic, Hannah Montana and Musical Madness. Theatre professionals. Tel: 084 5400 4000

The Cat’s Grin Theatre Company

Party Games then theatre show. 4-10 yrs. 2+hrs - £285. Parents provide venue. Tel: 01372 844 144

Blue JellyBean Drama Parties Dance routines, drama and fun games. 4-8yrs and 8-11yrs. Tel: Mignonne 01306 885334 Children’s Themed Parties

Tel: Suzanne 0800 2 343460. Character Entertainers – Cheerleader, Space Heroes etc. Costumes for the children. 3-12 yrs.

MDC Disco Dance Parties Surrey 5yrs+. Tel: 07934 95 24 40


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Redhill and Reigate Artistic Roller Skating Parties Two-hour skating party age 7+. Top quality skates

4PH (just off A3 near B&Q). 2 hours – adventure golf with dinosaur animatronics and party room. 6-12yrs. £9 /head, up to 22 children. Dinosaur-themed party boxes. Parents provide tea. Tel: Stuart 0208 949 9200 (option 5)

Rugbytots parties – your venue. 2-5yrs.

Jurassic Encounter Golf Parties New Malden, KT3

Jurassic Encounter Golf Parties

music games and loads of fun! Qualified tuition available. Tel: Barry 01293 776266.

Leatherhead and Dorking Gym Club

High Sports Redhill RH1 5EL Indoor Rock Climbing

Little Kickers East Surrey. Football Parties for 5-7 yrs. One coach per 8 children. From £100. Medals, certificates. All kit supplied. Parent to provide venue. Tel: Yvonne 01737 300 624

Saturn V Caterham Trampoline parties 3yrs to adult. Tel: 01342 870543 Ride the Hill Mountainboarding Nutfield,

Redhill RH1 4EJ. Mountainboarding parties in any weather plus covered picnic/BBQ area. 8yrs+. Tel: 0845 0944 360

FREE TRIAL CLASS! For more information and to book call Jo: 07873 634292

boys and girls 4 -14yrs. At Chessington Community College or parents’ venue. Tel: Karen 020 8397 9000

Party Tank Enjoy a party in a real army tank! 5+yrs. Tel: Sara 0844 811 2368

Go-Karting Parties Electric go-karts in inflatable mini grand prix circuit. A thrilling and safe driving experience for boys and girls, 4-9 yrs. Indoors/outdoors. Your venue or ours at Oxted, Redhill, Bletchingley. Prices from £180. Tel: 01293 888948.

Birthday Party Bags. Birthday tea area. Junior Size 8 to Adult Size 12. Redhill, Leatherhead & Bromley Tel: Natasha or Paul 07970 266790.

Football Focus Quality Football Coaching parties with ex-professional football player!. Medals and certificates. 2-12 yrs. Prices from £50. Tel: Natasha 01737 213 281 or 07827 35 97 51

Football Crazy Parties from £80.

Diddi Dance parties also available!

Coerver Football Coaching Football Parties for

Little Kickers Dorking & Leatherhead. Football Birthday Parties for preschool children. Parent to provide venue Tel: Helen 020 8286 6038 First Class Football Tel: Andy 07929 861394

Classes in Hooley, Banstead and Reigate (New classes opening in Sutton!)

Leatherhead. Gym Parties for children aged 2-9 yrs. Refreshments on the balcony. Tel: Christina 01372 377718

RocknRoller DiscoParties Themed Cakes and Skater

Sports Focus Multi-sports activity parties. 2-12 yrs. Tel: Natasha 07827 359 751 / 01737 213 281

Learn co-ordination, rhythm and great moves to funky pop songs, and boost confidence!


Springfit Gymnastics and Trampoline Parties Horley. 4yrs to adult. Optional catering, invites parties, 4+yrs Tel: 0845 363 1177

Dance classes for 2-4 year olds

Surrey+. Cost: £125. Parents to supply venue. 7+ years. Tel: Kathy 0795 0011 581 Tel: Darren 07812 571 440 Allsports, Mini Games and Football parties 4+yrs. From £55

Tel: 0845 313 3242

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Quality party bags prepared for you. You choose the price and items and leave the rest to me! Call Jan on 07943 069 449 after 6pm. Email:

Mini Musketeers Fun Fencing Parties

Power Parties at Hawthorns School Bletchingley. Wet ’n’ Wild, Outdoor Adventures, Roller Skating, Dance Divas, Ropes and more. Just bring the food! 4-13yrs. Tel: 01883 743377 www. Blackland Farm Activity Parties East Grinstead Climbing, abseiling, archery, zip wire, crate challenge, low ropes course, tunnel system. Tel: 01342 810493 Picnic/bbq – 120 acres. (activity centres)

Daytona Karting Parties Sandown Park, Esher KT10 8AN. Bambino Karting (5-7yrs) & Junior Karting (8-15yrs). Full safety briefing and classroom tuition. Tel: 0845 644 5502

Oakwood Sports Centre Horley. Playtime parties

3+yrs. Football, Roller Disco, Trampolining, Gladiators, Pop Dancing and Cheerleading, 5-12 yrs. From £100-£140. Tel: 01293 822238

Horley Anderson Sports Centre

Pool parties for all ages Tel: 01293 784075

Donyngs Recreation Centre Redhill. Childrens

Trampoline, Football, Basketball, Netball, Disco Dancing, Adventureland, Learner Pool & Main Pool Parties. Tel: 01737 764732

Leatherhead Leisure Centre Crazy Tots parties plus party tea. Up to 8 yrs. Tel: 01372 377674 Priory Events Nutfield, Redhill. Quad Biking, Priory Events

Archery, Obstacle Course, Paintballing in 250 acres. Ages 8+yrs. Tel: 01737 822484

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Reptile Parties and shows

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Club News New French and Italian tuition available in East Surrey Knowledge of at least one foreign language is the mark of the educated person, says recently-retired teacher Robin Spencer, who is offering private lessons in French and Italian. Tuition is offered to anyone from 10 years up, including adults, whether individually or in small groups, and whether the goal is examination success, up to A-Level, or general conversation, such as for holiday enjoyment. Lessons can be in the daytime, which might suit home-educated children, or evenings, at your home or at the teacher’s. For further information, please contact Robin on 01737 241996 or email:

Little Kickers gets bigger

AcAdemy of musical Theatre A new and exciting Performing Arts School offering musical Theatre classes for children aged 4–16. Learn to develop then integrate Singing, dancing and Acting in a fun and friendly atmosphere whilst also improving life skills such as confidence and team building. • After-school classes in Brockham & Merstham • Annual Shows • School Trips • Master classes • Free Trial Lesson • Dance Classes and One-to-One • Singing lessons are also available For more information or to request a prospectus please contact us on 01737 843345

Little Kickers Due to popular demand Little Kickers, the fun-filled pre-school football activity programmes for girls and boys aged from 18 months to 5 years, opened classes in Lower Kingswood and Banstead in September. These new afternoon classes have been timed to fit in with the school run for older siblings. Lower Kingswood classes are held in the Church Hall in Buckland Road on a Friday from 1pm and on a Thursday there will be classes at the Church Hall, The Drive, Banstead after school. Please call Yvonne on 01737 300 624 for more details on how to book a free trial class for your child.

Stepping Out Star Steppers, which launched in 2005 and holds classes in dance, drama and singing in Leatherhead, Wallington, Epsom, Oxted, Merstham and Cheam, will be opening new classes in Reigate in January 2011. For more information or to book a free taster class contact Anna Brunton on 0781 0808 228.

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For babies with colic and other digestive problems and to improve sleep

Osteopathy is a holistic therapy which not only seeks to relieve the pain a person is suffering, but strives to understand and treat the causes too, with the aim of making the problem go away for good. The core belief is that good health is achieved when the body is working as well as it can in mechanical terms. Not simply the spine, but the whole body. Osteopathy uses a variety of hands-on techniques to treat people. Cranial osteopathy is really a set of techniques rather than a separate area within osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy is very gentle and works on a similar principle to osteopathy in general, but is more specific; health and wellbeing are achieved when the 29 bones which are in and form the head are all working together in harmony, then spinal fluids can flow as they are meant to and we can achieve a balance of health and wellbeing. Anyone of any age can benefit from osteopathy, but babies are especially amenable to treatment using cranial osteopathy. This is because the bones that make up the skull are not fused together, therefore we can feel small movements between them. Cranial techniques are especially effective for the treatment of the symptoms of colic and other digestive problems in babies. It is also helpful in gently adjusting the shape of a baby’s head if it was misshaped at birth due to ventouse or Caesarean birth. In general it often calms down babies who have had trouble sleeping, helping them and their parents to get a decent amount of sleep.

What’s on? Autumn/Winter 2010 MonDAy Weigh, Stay & Play

9.30–11.30am. Baby Clinic, Health Visitor. Stay & Play 12.30pm–2.30pm Drop in to our play session. £1. <4yrs. Time to Tell 3pm–4pm. Share ideas with our team and tell us what you need.

TuesDAy Baby Signing 11am–12 o’clock. 6 week course teaching

you and baby the best & fastest way to communicate to each other. Incl. music CD.

Stay & Play 9.30–11.30am. Sandcross Infant School - term time. £1 <5yrs. Stay & Play for Under 5’s 12.30–2.30pm. Parent & Toddler Group. £1. WeDnesDAy Post Natal Classes 12.30pm–2.30pm. 4 week course. Covers weaning, baby signing, baby massage and lots more.

ThursDAy Childminders Play & Learn 9am–11.30am

Drop In Play Session for registered Childminders and their little ones. Weaning Session Drop In 12 o’clock–2pm. Once a month, learn from professionals about weaning your baby onto solids! Baby Massage 1.30pm–2.15pm. 3 week massage teaching course. Parenting Puzzle Course 7.30pm–9.30pm. 10 week course for parents/carers. Re-discover the fun and comfort of family life. £12 incl. handbook.

FrIDAy Under 1’s and their Mums Baby group open to

mothers, expectant mothers and carers. Get advice and support. Teenage Parents Lunch Club (starts 14 Jan 2011) 12 o’clock–2pm. For parents & parents to be, 20 yrs and under. Lunch, play session, baby massage.

sATurDAy Dads Included Stay & Play 10am–12 o’clock

First Saturday in month, dads and under 5’s play session. Games and activities.

BeTChWorTh & BuCKLAnD sure sTArT ChILDren’s CenTre

TuesDAy Toddler Groups 9.45am–11.45am. Term time only.

When I see a baby for treatment we start with a discussion of how pregnancy, labour and birth went and how the baby was delivered. We then discuss how baby is sleeping and feeding and any problems. This is then followed by treatment using a variety of techniques, including cranial osteopathy. I usually expect to see a baby at least twice, sometimes once is all that is needed, equally sometimes more treatments are necessary. I also show parents how they can massage their own babies tummy to help the baby digest. I charge £38 for all treatments, a consultation and treatment is between 40 minutes and an hour. Thanks to Julian Batcheler for writing this article. Julian is a Registered Osteopath, working in the Kingswood–Tadworth-Reigate area. Tel: 01737 833 818 or Mob: 07966 40 58 09

At The Reading Room, Old Road, Buckland. £1.50 per family.

FrIDAy Stay & Play 1.30pm–3pm. Betchworth Children’s Nursery, The Street, Betchworth, Fun Activities for 4’s and under. £1 per family. Co-ordinator: Anna Durbridge Tel: 01737 223621 Rushetts Rd, Reigate RH2 7RF

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Child Development


children - even from the design of a buggy, where toddlers now face front where they used to have eye contact with their parent as they were pushed along.

Will the digital age make them different?


These subtle changes continue into childhood, when too-busy parents use the TV or games console or computer as surrogate childcare. At meal times, we do not sit down together and talk about the day; we use text messages and emails to communicate the basic information, but do not spend the time to talk and think.

eenagers (or Screenagers) who have grown up in the digital age are already thinking and doing in a markedly different way - reading at incredible speeds; multitasking with ease; absorbing huge amounts of information all the time. But they are also skittish, restless in the way they complete tasks, unable to apply deep or sustained thought, and becoming less creative. So what will happen to today’s toddlers?

Change continues in the workplace and in shops, where increasingly we shop online or by using computer screens that remove the human contact from the process of shopping and banking.

Advice from the author

The good thing, according to Richard, is that all this technology means “We are getting better at thinking faster. We can make very quick decisions and we are getting increasingly adept at finding relevant information to support those decisions.” “The bad stuff,” he said, “is that I think we are losing the bigger picture; the ability to concentrate; to focus, to reflect and to do what I call deep thinking, which I think is the heart of scientific and artistic creativity.” Parents, fearful of the possible dangers of free play outdoors, in the local park or woods, effectively encourage children to stay indoors. This leads to children spending more time in front of a screen of some sort, engaged in activities which are bounds by sets of parental rules - and lacking the sort of free time that most of us experienced as children – time to relax, experiment, make mistakes, challenge ourselves, fantasise – and generally ‘muck about’ with friends. Today's generation, taking entertainment from the TV or a computer game have less freedom in this respect. My absolute critical point, he added, “is the fact that we have created this stuff which is fabulous on one level, but it has the potential to destroy the things which we value the most and that is human relationships and our sense of self.”

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Our digital devices are getting in the way, both of this downtime and of proper interaction between parents and children. We need to consciously re-build family life by becoming more aware of how technology is altering our lives by altering our minds.


Richard Watson, author of the recently published book, Future Minds, claims that the really important part of the mind – the one we should most look after - is creativity. We need downtime for our natural creativity to emerge and we need to literally ‘switch off’, in order to allow creativity and ‘deep thinking’ to emerge.


What will our children’s generation be like when they are grown up? As parents we carry enormous responsibility for our young sons and daughters and yet the influences from the rising tide of technology are strong and may be making their minds work differently.

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• when parents come home they switch off mobiles and spend time with their families. • If you are collecting your child from school. Switch the phone off. • When you go on holiday, don't take the office with you. • Remove screens from children on car journeys and let them stare out the window instead. • Limit screen time for children • If you have something to say, make time to say it face to face, not by text or email • Remove TV sets games consoles and computers from children’s bedrooms With thanks to David Shaw for interviewing Richard Watson and contributing material for this article. Future Minds, by Richard Watson, 224 pp. Published October 7th 2010 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing. RRP £12.99

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Independent Schools INDEPENDENT SCHOOL OPEN MORNINGS Autumn Term 2010 for prospective parents

Aberdour School Burgh Heath KT20 6AJ Boys & girls, 2-13 yrs. Call 01737 354119 Drop-In Morning Wednesday, 17 November Belmont School, Holmbury St Mary RH5 6LQ Boys and girls, 2-13 yrs. Call 01306 730852 Saturday, 22 January 2011(also Thursdays and Fridays) Bramley School, Walton on the Hill KT20 7ST Girls, 3-11 yrs. Call 01737 812004 Next Open Day in February 2011 Caterham Preparatory School, Harestone Valley Rd, CR3 6YB Boys & girls, 3 - 11 yrs. Tel: 01883 342097 Visits by appointment Chinthurst School, Tadworth KT20 5AP Boys 2.5-13 yrs. Call 01737 812011 Call for details City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead KT21 1ET Tel: 01372 822418 Co-ed, day and boarding, 7-18 yrs. Saturday, 6 November; Tuesday 16 November for Junior School Copthorne Prep School, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3HR Call: 01342 712311 Co-ed, day and boarding (from year 3) , 2.5-13yrs. Call for details Cranmore School, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AT Boys 3 -13 yrs. Call 01483 280340 Friday, 11 March and Saturday, 12 March 2011 Downsend School, Nursery & Pre-prep Lodges Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom Boys and girls, 2-6 yrs. Call 01372 372311 Thursday, 25 November Downsend School, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ Boys and girls, 6-13 yrs. Call 01372 372311 Friday, 26 November


Dunottar School, Reigate RH2 7EL Girls, 2.5-18 yrs. Call 01737 761945 Wednesdays, 3 November 2010 & 9 February 2011 Essendene Lodge School, Caterham CR3 5PB Girls and boys, 2.5-11 yrs. Call 01883 348349 www.essendenelodge.surrey. Visits by appointment Glenesk School, East Horsley, KT24 6NS Girls & boys, 2-7yrs Call 01483 282329 for open day date Thursday, 17 February 2011 Greenacre School, Banstead SM7 3RA Girls, 3-18 yrs. Call 01737 352114 Wednesday 24 November The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ Boys and girls, 2-13 yrs. Call 01883 743048 Friday, 19 November Hazelwood School, Limpsfield, Oxted RH8 OQH Boys and girls, 4-13 yrs. Call 01883 712194 Call for details (Also at Hazelwood’s Laverock Site - The Larks) Lingfield Notre Dame Junior School, Lingfield RH7 6PH Boys & girls, 2.5-11 yrs. Call 01342 833176 www.lingfield 2 April 2011 Manor House School & Nursery, Bookham KT23 4EN Girls 2-16 yrs. Call 01372 457077 Wednesday, 2 February 2011 Micklefield School, Reigate RH2 9DU Boys and girls, 3-11 yrs. Call 01737 224212 Drop-in morning Wednesday, 3 November Moon Hall College & Bury’s Court, Leigh, Reigate RH2 8RE Boys and girls, 3-16 yrs. and Call 01306 611372 Saturday, 13 November Oakhyrst Grange School, Caterham CR3 6AF Boys & girls,

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3-11 yrs. Call 01883 343344 Friday, 28 January 2011 Pennthorpe School, Rudgwick
, West Sussex
 RH12 3HJ Co-ed, 2-13 yrs. Call: 01403 822391 Tuesday, 8 March & Saturday, 12 March 2011 Priory Prep School, Banstead SM7 2AJ Boys 2-13 yrs. Call 01737 366920 Pop-in mornings Wednesday, 3 November & 8 December Redehall Preparatory School, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9QA Boys and girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 842987 Thursday, 8 November Reigate St Mary’s, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN Girls and boys, 3-11 yrs. Call 01737 244880 Tuesday, 23 November Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate RH2 0TD Boys and girls, 7-18 yrs. Call 01737 649000 Saturday, 19 March 2011 St Teresa’s Nursery & Prep School, Effingham RH5 6ST Girls, 2-11 yrs. Call 01372 453456 Friday, 11 March 2011 Also at St Teresa’s: • Friendship and Fun afternoon on Thursday 18 November 2010 at 1.15 to 3.45 for all girls registered for the Year 7 Entrance Examination to the school in September 2011. • Fairy Princess Afternoon on Friday 19 November for Reception Class aged girls for September 2011 • Boarding Taster Weekends for girls who would like to sample boarding. Dates on application, they depend on age group. For all the above call Annabel on 01372 750204 for more details.

Warlingham Park School, Chelsham Common CR6 9PB Boys & girls, 2-11 yrs. 01883 626844 www.warlingham Call for details or visit by appointment Senior Independent School Open Days are now available on the website. Go to and choose the South East region then the Surrey East pages.

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Choosing a nursery for your child Nick Tappin, Registrar of Hazelwood School and The Larks Nursery, supports the idea of choosing a nursery that offers the opportunity to stay within the same school for primary/ prep school ages. Choosing the right nursery for your child isn’t just about the early years of their childcare and education. It shouldn’t be about convenience and opening hours. It is one of the most important choices you will make for the rest of their life. You will be looking for a safe and secure environment with a balanced approach to care and learning, staffed by practitioners who can become inspiring role models for your child before they move up to Reception and ‘proper school’.

Then there are the friendships, which you make for life. Friendships that give you the self confidence, and the desire, to take part in class activities on your own or as part of a team. And in later years to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in the classroom and on the sports field. The closest friendships are those forged from the earliest of ages. Being around older children too has an important part to play. To have role models within easy reach motivates and inspires.

By selecting a nursery that is part of a family of educational excellence from three months to thirteen years a nursery extends its influence beyond the early years. It becomes a place where your child can make friends and build relationships that grow with them as they grow in confidence throughout their education, not an education of continual change and upheaval. There is the sense of belonging and familiarity that comes from being amongst the same core group of staff and teachers. They get to know you well, are able to tailor specific programmes of learning to suit your individual needs, able to know when you need a little more help with a challenging task or when you need to be stretched a little more. A teacher’s understanding is passed from colleague to colleague as your child progresses through the school. As a child, you know and trust them, feeling secure in their care and guidance.

Progressing through the ages and stages of education, through the Early Years Foundation Stage (including Nursery), from Infant into Junior and into middle schooling, within the same school and family, is not daunting or unsettling. The result is a self-assured and confident child who is prepared for the challenges that present themselves at senior school,

capable of success and achievement and likely to fulfil their true potential. So, give serious consideration to a nursery place that offers you and your child this continuity of care and curriculum, even though it may not be the most local nor the most convenient. The extra few minutes in the car, the earlier alarm clock call will be more than repaid by the years of supportive learning your child will enjoy. With thanks to Nick Tappin, Registrar of Hazelwood School and The Larks, Oxted and to Lynn Weeks, 
Head of The Larks and Chestnut (Hazelwood Pre-Prep) for contributing this article. The Larks looks after children from aged 3 months up to their transfer at 4 years old into Reception at the Hazelwood site. There are strong links between the two sites with children, particularly of the Pre-Prep involved in joint music, drama and art projects.

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Out and About



The Courtyard Theatre Hazelwood Lane CR5 3QU Tel: 01737 555680 or NEW! Book online at

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2010 Please check ticket prices and times with the theatres. Christmas themed events in RED


The Leatherhead Theatre
 7, Church Street, Leatherhead 
KT22 8DN Tel: 01372 365141 PANTO! SLEEPING BEAUTY Thursday, 14 December – Saturday, 1 January 2011


Dorking Halls Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG Tel: 01306 881717

PANTO! THE WIZARD OF OZ Saturday, 18 December – Friday, 31 December (excl 20th and 25th) £15; Family £49 Group discount 20+


The Harlequin Theatre Warwick Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN Tel: 01737 276 500
 HIGH SCHOOL ROCKS! Wednesday, 3 November 6.30pm £12.50

TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN Saturday, 13 November 2.30pm £8.50 REIGATE GRAMMAR SCHOOL Orchestral Concert Thursday, 18 November PANTO! JACK AND THE BEANSTALK with Paul Daniels Friday, 10 December to Monday, 3 January 2011 From £14.50; Family from £47


Epsom Playhouse Ashley Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AL Tel: 01372 742555 / 742227

CHRISTMAS FAMILY MUSICAL! THE SECRET GARDEN Wednesday, 5 January Saturday 15 January. All seats £10

CINDERELLA – Ballet Theatre UK Friday, 12 November 7.30pm £16 (12)

FIREMAN SAM LIVE – Pontypandy Rocks! Sunday, 7 November, 1pm & 3.30pm £12.50 (£11). Family: £42.


MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS – ‘LEGENDA’ Tuesday, 25 January at 8pm & Wednesday, 26 January at 5pm & 8pm. From £17

OXTED The Barn Theatre 25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, 
RH8 0AA Tel: 01959 561811 FLAPPER! Roaring 20s comedy. Glow Theatre Group Thurs-Fri, 9-10 December, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.50 from 01883 720167 or via website PANTO! CINDERELLA presented by The Oxted Players. Friday, 7 January – Saturday, 15 January 2011 Afternoon and evening performances. Tickets: 01883 724852. £8-£10


The Orpheus Barn Theatre The Orpheus Centre, North Park Lane, Godstone RH9 8ND Box Office 01883 741415 CHRISTMAS SHOW - JACK & THE BEANSTALK Wednesday-Friday, 8-10 December

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS in The Myers Studio 2-7yrs. Christmas Grotto and Show combined! Wednesday, 8 – Friday, 24 December. Morning and afternoon performances. £7.50-£12.50 PANTO! DICK WHITTINGTON Friday, 17 December – Sunday, 9 January 2011 11am/2.30pm/6.30pm £9.20 - £16.50


The Rose Theatre 24-26 High St, Kingston KT1 1HL Bookings: 0871 230 1552 THE STARS AND BEYOND - Fundraising event of the year for Special Olympics . Wednesday, 10 November £12.50 CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION - THE THREE MUSKETEERS - Musical 10+yrs Saturday, 27 November – Sunday, 2 January 2011. Afternoon and evening performances. DAVID WOOD’S STORYTIME 4+yrs Magic, music and audience participation Tuesday, 7 – Thursday, 30 December 10.30am £6.50

Out and About Caterham

The Arc Weston Drive, Caterham CR3 5XY Tel: 01883 330380 THE SNOW QUEEN Wed-Thurs, 22-23 & Mon-Thurs, 27-30 December 2pm and 7pm. £8 (£5); Family £22.


Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX Tel: 01483 440000 THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at the Mill Studio 3-7yrs Thursday, 16 – Sunday 26 December £7 LAURA’S STAR at the Mill Studio 3-7yrs Monday-Friday, 27-31 December £7 Children’s Shows in the Mill Saturdays at The Mill Studio, all £6. Daytime performances – call for times. Burglar Bill 2-7yrs 6 November The Sleeping Princess 3-7yrs 13 November Giraffes Can’t Dance 4-7yrs 20 November PANTO! SLEEPING BEAUTY Friday, 3 December – Sunday, 9 January. Afternoon and evening performances. £15.50- £24 (Children £5 off) Guildford Spectrum Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP Tel 01483 443333 ALADDIN ON ICE 10-12 December 1pm/2pm and 6pm £10 (£7) Family £29


The Hawth Theatre Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ Tel: Mon-Sat 10am–8.15pm 01293 553636 Free parking, booster seats and a specially created children’s menu at the ArtsCafe! The Paper Washi Wish - in the Studio, 3+yrs Sun 28 & Mon 29 November, Sun 11am & 2pm, Mon 10.30am & 1.30pm Arabian Nights – in the Studio, 5-11yrs Sat 4 December 11am Penguin - in the Studio, 2-7yrs Fri 17 – Fri 24 December, 17 December 10.30am & 1.30pm, 18 December 11am & 2pm, 19-24 December 2.30pm & 4pm PANTO! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Friday 10 December – Sunday, 2 January 2011


Winter lambs at Bocketts Park Farm


East Grinstead

Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre De la Warr Road, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Tel: 01342 302000 PANTO! Dick Whittington Sat-Thurs, 18-30 December Earlybird booking: £12.50

See pages 8-9 for more Christmas Festivities!

Young St, Fetcham, Leatherhead. KT22 9BS. Open every day
10am–5.30pm (or dusk) except 25/26 December and 1 Jan. Adults £8.25, Child 3-17 yrs £7.75, Child 2 yrs £6.25, under 2’s free. See offer, page 8! Daily pony rides, goat milking, pig racing & tractor rides. Lots of friendly farm animals and play areas inside & out. Tel: 01372 363764


Portsmouth Rd, Cobham. Adults £6.60, Children (5-16) £3.85, <5s Free. Daily 10.30am–6pm. Free Entry every Wednesday during November. Enjoy a wonderful day out exploring the magnificent 18th Century landscape garden. Tel: 01932 868113


Tadworth Court, Tadworth KT20 5RU Christmas Fair Saturday, 27 November 12 noon–4 pm FREE entry for children, £2.50 for adults. Wide range of gifts - from fashion accessories, toys, crafts & books – plus a pantomime and a magician, Santa’s Grotto, donkey rides & face-painting. Mince pies and mulled wine and Christmas cards with profits directly benefiting the charity. To book tickets for Santa’s Grotto please visit the website: uk/christmasfair or phone Katie on 01737 364322. To purchase Christmas cards on-line please visit: uk/christmas The Children’s Trust provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation services to children with an acquired brain injury.

National Trust: POLESDEN LACEY


Gatton Park, Reigate, RH2 0TD

The Hawth Crawley 01293 553636 |

Sunday, 5 December 1-3pm Golf buggy ride to see Santa in his grotto, hunt for clues in the grounds, then make a crown in Gatton Hall. £3.50 per child. Tea and cake available. Saturday, 11 December 10am-2pm Paint & Glue-Christmas (8-12 years) £9 Sunday, 12 December 10-12noon or 1.30-3.30pm Start Art- Christmas (4-7 yrs) £6 Tel: 01737 649066


Newchapel, Lingfield, RH7 6LF Open at Christmas – Daily from Monday 27 December – Monday 3 January 10am to 5pm. Wild animals, Keeper Talks, picnic area, coffee shop. Tel: 01342 834658

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Great Bookham, Dorking RH5 6BD Tel: 01372 452048 Shop and dine late night opening Wed 17 & 24 Nov, 4pm-8pm. Shop for Christmas & enjoy dinner in the restaurant. Mrs Greville’s House at Christmas Saturdays & Sundays 4-19 Dec, 11am-4pm. Normal admission prices apply for entry into grounds. Entry to the house for special Christmas opening £2 adult, £1 child incl. members. Boxing Day & New Year’s Day Brunches Sunday 26 Dec & Saturday 1 Jan, 10am-4pm


Out and About

HOLIDAY CAMPS & COURSES Christmas Holidays

Perform (4-8yrs) Winter holiday course


Charlwood House Holiday Club

4EJ. School Holiday Fun - weekday activities including Quad Bike Challenges, Obstacle Course and Archery. 11am-3pm. 8-15 yrs. Tel: 01737 822484

Cranbrook Adventurers School Holiday Club Coppingham Cottage,

Priory Events Sandy Lane, Nutfield RH1

Bowles Outdoor Centre Eridge

Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LW. Dry ski slopes – learn to ski before your winter holiday, only fifteen minutes from the Surrey border. Private lessons and practice sessions. Tel: 01892 665665 Bowles Outdoor Centre

CharlwoodRd, Lowfield Heath, Crawley RH11 0QA . 4-11yrs. £17 am/pm All day £32, hourly £4. Tel: 01293 565544. 261 Balcombe Rd, Horley RH6 9EF. 20-24 December & 4 Jan 2011.£35 per day; £145 per week. 4-11 yrs. Extended day option: 7.30am-6.30pm incl breakfast. Tel: 01293 823163


Christmas Cookery Workshops – Cookies Kitchen 5-11 yrs. Sat, 18

December in Leigh; Mon, 22 December in Lingfield; Wed, 22 December in Abinger Hammer nr Dorking. £25 (Members £22.50) Call: Maxine 07748 71 56 44 Cookies Kitchen

Playschemes, MultiActivities & Sports

Christmas Mega Days at The Hawthorns, Pendell Court, Pendell Rd,

Bletchingley RH1 4QJ. Activity Camp for 4-12 yrs. Mon-Thurs 20-23 December and Mon-Fri 3-7 January 2011. £25 per day or ‘Extended Day’ option (+£7.50) 8am-5pm. Tel Clair: 01883 743377.

Downsend Lodges + and Downsend + at Downsend School Leatherhead KT22 8TJ.

Daily holiday activities for 2-13 yr olds. Friday 17 December – Friday 24 December (until 12noon) plus Tuesday, 4 January Tel: 01372 385403 (6-13yrs). Tel: 01372 385437 (2-5yrs).

Harpers Activity Camps with ‘Fit For Sport’ Dorking Sports Centre,

Reigate Rd, Dorking RH4 1SW. Multi sport sessions, 3-5yrs, 6-8yrs and 9+yrs. 15 – 23 December. Tel: 0845 456 3233.

Adventure and Computer Holidays nr Dorking. Day camps 4-14 yrs.

Dance, Drama & Musical Theatre

Monday-Wednesday, 20-22 December, 10am-12noon in Esher. Colourful costumes, inspirational dance, original songs and live music ending with a mini-performance. Tel: 0845 400 4000

Dance Mania – From Sports Focus. Wed-Thurs, 22 & 23 December. 5-7yrs and 8-11yrs. 2 day dance extravaganza based on ‘A White Christmas’. Singing, acting, dancing. Street dance, cheerleading and musical production. Plus mini show for parents! from £25-£50 per child. Tel: 01737 213 281 or 07827 359 751 (‘Holiday Courses’)


Football Focus Santa Soccer Course St.Bede’s School, CarltonRd,

Leisure Centres Call to check opening times

Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Guildford Rd, Leatherhead KT22 9BL Soft play; Intensive trampolining course 7-17yrs; Junior Fun Day 5-8yrs; Paint and Make 5-8yrs; Mini squash and squash 6-16yrs; roller-blading 7-15yrs; kiddi-karts 4-8yrs; football coaching 4-12yrs. Tel: 01372 377674

Dorking Sports Centre


Banstead Sports Centre

Ride The Hill Mountain Boarding Priory Farm, Sandy Lane,

Nutfield, RH1 4EJ. Open daily in holidays for mountain boarding lessons. 8+yrs. Equipment hire. Tel: 0845 0944 360

NEW pool inflatables in Oxted & Caterham Come and brave the Ghost Ship at Tandridge Leisure Centre, Oxted.

Reigate Rd, Dorking RH4 1SW Tel: 01306 870180 See Harpers activity camps in partnership with Fit for Sport, above. Merland Rise, Tadworth KT20 5JG Tel: 01737 361933

Donyngs Recreation Centre

Linkfield Lane, Redhill RH1 1DP. Call for details. Adventureland (3-8yrs) daily. Tel: 
01737 764 732

Oakwood Sports Centre Balcombe Rd, Horley RH6 9AE. Christmas Party for everybody! Saturday, 18 December – afternoon (call for time) Music, mince pies and lots of activities for the family. Tel: 01293 822238 click on Oakwood Sports Centre

Holidays: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 12-1pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5pm, & 12-1pm at weekends. Termtime: Weekends between 12-1pm.

Horley Anderson Sports Centre

Come aboard the Marine Explorer at de Stafford Sports Centre, Caterham.

De Stafford Sports Centre

Holidays: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 2-3pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5pm, & weekends 1-2pm. Termtime: Tuesday 5-6pm & weekends 1-2pm.

Reigate & Redhill YMCA Playscheme Princes Rd, Redhill, Surrey


Limpsfield Tennis Club Detillens Lane, Limpsfield RH8 0DH. Christmas Multi Sports Camp - Tennis. Mon-Wed, 20, 21 & 22 December. 4-5yrs: 9.30–11am. 6+yrs: 9.30am–12.30pm. Approx £5-6/h – Members & Non-Members Welcome Tel: 01883 714079

Redhill RH1 2LQ. Tues-Thurs 21, 22 & 23 December 4-5yrs, 6-8yrs and 9-11yrs. Halfand full days. £15-£40 per child. Tel: 01737 213 281 or 07827 359 751 (‘Holiday Courses’)

20-24 December, 9.30am–4.30pm at The Mill, Forest Green £46 per day. Tel: 01306 711005

RH1 6JJ. From £13 per day (£15 nonmembers) Early booking discounts. YMCA Playscheme 22-23 & 29-31 December & 4 January 10am-4pm or 8.45am-6pm. 5-12yrs. Y-kids Banstead Youth Centre, 22-23 Dec 10am-4pm Yippee Playscheme at Banstead, 22-23 & 29-31 Dec 10am-4pm Tel: 01737 784974 or 779979


Thornton Close, Horley RH6 8RJ. 25m & teaching pool, fitness gym, sauna, group exercise classes & swimming lessons. Tel: 01293 784 075 Burntwood Lane, Caterham CR3 5YX Call for dates and times for Holiday Hopper New pool inflatable Tel: 01883 344355

Tandridge Leisure Centre Hoskins Rd, Oxted RH8 9HT. Call for dates and times for crrative workshops. New ghost ship pool inflatable’ Tel: 01883 716717 Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre Parkway, Guildford,
 GU1 1UP

de Stafford Sports Centre. 01883 344 355 Tandridge Leisure Centre. 01883 716 717 Families Surrey East November-December 2010

ALADDIN ON ICE 10-12 December (see Theatres page). Xtreme Activate programme of activities, 5-12yrs Archery, Basketball, Ice Skating Courses Public Ice Skating, Family Bowling Tel: 01483 443322

Out and About


SURREY WILDLIFE TRUST Christmas in the Woods at Nower Wood

Sunday, 12 December 10am–12noon & 1–3pm. A winter woodland walk to see Father Christmas in his magical grotto. Then back in the warm to make some Christmas crafts using natural materials. Suitable for children aged 5-9 years with an accompanying adult. Advance booking essential. Call 01372 379 509. Meet at: Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QA (on the B2033). Children £10. Organised by SWT Nower Wood

Spynes Mere Wildfowl

Sunday, 12 December 2–4pm. Join SWT Ranger Steve Bolton for a guided walk around Spynes Mere looking at a variety of wetland birds. Binoculars useful. Meet at Mercers Country Park, Nutfield Marsh Road, Merstham, RH1 4EU. Donations welcome. Organised by: SWT Ranger Steve Bolton 07799 894 148.


November 10am–12 noon. With special projects for National Tree Week. Meet in Butterfly Garden. New Year’s Day – Saturday, 1 January 2011 10 am–12 noon in the Butterfly Garden, with mince pies and mulled wine (for the adults!). Wear old clothes and bring your own tools! Tel: Anne Richards 01342 870200


Sunday, 21 November Learn some practical skills - help to clear Ash, meet at Tandridge Gardens, off Mitchley Avenue, off the Limpsfield Road, 10am-3.30pm. Children and Dogs welcome. Tel: Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Warden Sarah Clifford Mob: 07771 715 812.


Tuesday, 9 November 11am. A 4.5 mile walk with the Countryside Rangers along part of the Earlswood Common Millennium Trail Circular Walk. Meet: Earlswood Lakes Car Park, Woodhatch Road, Earlswood

Christmas Decorations at Park Farm

Saturday, 18 December 10am until lunchtime. Festive fun, making Holly wreaths and other Christmas decorations from mainly local materials, families welcome. No dogs please. Mince pies and other festive fare are provided. Charge for materials (all included) £2.50 - per person. Booking essential, contact Richard Townsley on Meet: Park Farm Depot, Holly Lane, Banstead. For other walks and more information Tel: 01737 276000.


Christmas events LEATHERHEAD Leatherhead Christmas Festival - Saturday, 4

December 12noon-5pm Fun for all the family with Sparky the robot, Atlantis playing live, stiltwalking candy canes and electroglide angels. Small charge for some games, face painting and clairvoyant. Tel: 01372 363652/376358

REIGATE Reigate Craft & Gift Fair Saturdays 6th November, 4 and 11 December 11am–4pm Admission Free Scout Hall (Somers hall) Slipshoe St, Reigate RH2 9HU

REDHILL Christmas Market Sunday, 21 November. Colman Redland Centre, Croydon Rd, Reigate, Christmas gifts & goodies plus a raffle! Free entry. Danielle in-your-area/redhill BLETCHINGLEY Christmas Market St. Mary The Virgin, Bletchingley – Saturday, 27 November 11am-3pm. Fabulous ideas for Christmas! Stalls and refreshments, homemade cakes, jams, Traidcraft products. Craft corner for the children to make something.

BEARE GREEN Dickensian Christmas Market at Beare Green

Village Hall. Saturday, 20 November 12 noon-4pm. Sample some of the food and drink of the era and play the games children used to play. Lots of stalls – this year also in the marquee!

CRAWLEY Christmas Gift & Decorations Workshops • Kitties

Closet - Decopatch paper craft and jewellery, Crawley Sunday, 14 November 11am-3pm. Drop in workshop, Adults & Children. • Create a unique Christmas gift Saturday, 20 November 11am–1pm. Drop in workshop, Adults and Children. • Create your own Christmas decorations Sunday 28 November 11am–3pm. Drop in workshop, Adults & Children. Create a unique Christmas gift Tuesday, 21 December 11am–4pm. Drop in workshop, Adults & Children Create a unique Christmas gift At the Ginger Moo Gallery in The County Mall, Crawley. Age 5+yrs. £14 per person. Call: Jodie 07923 247897

Christmas Fairs at Local Schools

Friday 12 November 7.30pm Christmas Market Hillcroft Primary School Chaldon Rd, Caterham.

Free Entry. Local crafts, handmade gifts, cards, jewellery and toiletries. Free parking in local car parks. Contact: Wendy Vicars 01883 342606

Saturday, 20 November 11am2pm Christmas Fayre at Marden Lodge school, Croydon Rd, Caterham

With Father Christmas & fantastic Grotto plus stalls. Entry: Donation Tel: 01883 343014

Saturday, 20 November 11am2pm Christmas Fair St John’s C of E Primary School Markfield Rd, Caterham Sunday, 21 November 11 to 3pm. Christmas Fair at St Teresa’s Effingham Hill, Dorking RH5 6ST.

Sunday 28 November 11-2pm St. Joseph’s Pre-school Christmas Fayre. St.Joseph’s Parish Hall, 122 Ladbroke

Rd, Redhill. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Toy Stalls, crafts, gifts, prizes to be won! Warm up with a mince pie.

Friday 3 December 12noon-3pm Christmas Fair Greenacre School for Girls, Sutton Lane, Banstead SM7 3RA Saturday, 4 December 2-5pm Christmas Fair St Paul’s School St

Paul’s Rd West, Dorking. Adults £1, Children Free

NCT Nearly New Sales

Toys, buggies, cots, children’s clothing & more!

LEATHERHEAD Saturday, 13 November 2-3.30pm, (1.45 NCT members with card) Downsend School 1 Leatherhead Rd

DORKING Saturday, 20 November, 10-12noon North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill, N Holmwood,

RH5 4HH Tel: 0844 243 6107 in-your-area/dorking

Families Surrey East November-December 2010

CATERHAM & OXTED Saturday, 20 November 10.30am-12.30pm (10.15 for NCT members). De Stafford College, Caterham on the Hill REDHILL, REIGATE AND HORLEY Saturday, 13 November 10-12noon & Saturday, 11 December 10-12noon St Josephs, Ladbroke Road, Redhill RH1 1LF See also Christmas Fairs contact: nearlynewsales@

EAST GRINSTEAD NCT Bumps & Babes Xmas Party, Mon 13 Dec at Parish Halls, De La Warr Rd, 10.30am1pm £2.50 donation. Contact Sara Vaughan on branch phone no 0844 243 6116.

Other Nearly New Sales

REIGATE Cheeky Monkey Nearly New Baby and Children Sale, Saturday, 20 November 9-11am St Mary’s Parish Hall,

Chart Lane, Reigate. Baby equipment, clothes, toys, maternity wear, cots, buggies. Tea, coffee and cakes. Admission £1. Tel Rachel: 01737 244038.

CATERHAM Childrens Nearly New Sale, Caterham, Saturday, 27 November 10am-12noon Sacred Heart

Church, Centenary Hall, Essendene Road, Caterham on the Hill Admission £1; Stall: £10 Tel: 01883 346719 23

Out and About CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Advertise here from only £10 per issue - call 020 8948 6895 for details CHILDREN’S CLOTHING Bambinos Children’s • Nearly New Shop • Toys • Clothes • Equipment Tel: 01883 346719. FLEXIBLE WORK Jamie at Home (gorgeous homeware) Choose when you work. Rewarding and fun. Great money and free products! Tel: Sally 01306 740547 / 07518 006 876 Phoenix Trading Quality greetings cards Want useful income? No targets. Simple, flexible, home based. Tel 07834 160771 www.phoenix-trading. INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATION Brilliant Murals Kirstin 07881 906861 creating stunning and imaginative paintings for children’s rooms LANGUAGE TUITION El Club Español Spanish for children (4+) Interactive club with songs, games, stories, drama and craft. Contact Jo Barker Tel: 01372 750452 French & Italian Tuition in your own home, from a qualified and experienced teacher. Learn for fun or to pass exams, up to A level. From 10yrs to adult. Special rates for groups of 2-3 students. Contact Robin Spencer on 01737 241996 or

MOBILE BEAUTY Relax - I come to you ! Manicures, Pedicures and Gels Call Sally 07789 766781



ROOFING AND GUTTERS UPVC & Roofing Direct UPVC. Fascia boards. Soffits, gutters and down pipes. Cladding, barge boards. Flat-roofing specialist. Slate, tiles, lead, felt. Gutter Cleaning Service from £25 including removing and cleaning all down pipes. Guaranteed, quality installations at affordable prices. Contact us for a free estimate or friendly advice. Surrey Office: 01372 450892

PAINTER & property maintenance All interior and exterior work and repairs. Also – garden tidy ups on a regular basis or one-offs. Over 25 years experience. Liability insured. Call Mark on 07977 15 61 61 Eves: 01293 824076 PARTIES

Would you like Upsy Daisy and IgglePiggle to come to your party or special event/open day? Contact Tracey on 01883 346719

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