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Local News November December 2012

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


Shane Richie brings Skating to Reigate’s Priory Park

Zapphire School of Dance

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ISSUE 31 NOV-DEC 2012 ®

Hi there, Halloween is over and most of the firework displays are done – here comes Christmas and party time! Our annual four-page Party Entertainment and Suppliers guide keeps on growing (pages 11-14), complemented by our local Party Venue guide in the May-June issue. We’ve gathered all the best places to find Santa so you can plan your visits (pages 7-8) or combine seeing Santa with a big day out (pages 18-19). We bring you all the latest on winter skating: our local celebrity, Shane Richie, is lighting up Reigate Priory with ‘Skating in the Park’ – see pages 8-9. Lights switch-ons and late-night shopping are on page 23 and more events are in the Events Calendar (page 22). We squeeze as much as possible on to our pages – but when new details arrive we frequently update the What’s On section of the web – do check it for the latest information and extra details. Eleanor Lines, Editor, Families Surrey East


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News Babies and Toddlers Finding Santa Winter Skating Christmas Gifts Pull-Out Section: Party Entertainment Guide Party Gossip Education News Independent School Open Days Club News Christmas Days Out Out and About Theatres Holiday Camps and Courses Events Calendar, Walks, Nature & Local Conservation Christmas Lights Switch On and Late Night Shopping NCT and other Sales

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Local News Composting for a greener Christmas For the greenest way to deal with your extra Christmas food waste, composting is the perfect solution. Parsnip peelings, Brussels sprouts and left over satsuma peel can be used for making compost. Mix this in with used envelopes and Christmas cards to give a good balance of materials in your compost bin. Crumple the paper into a ball before adding to the heap and make sure it’s free from glitter, plastic and other non-paper embellishments. About a third of our household waste could be composted and save the county an estimated £11 million in waste treatment and disposal each year. To find out more about how to build yourself a compost heap, or to buy a bin, starting from only £15.00 visit or call 0844 571 4444.

Bus Stop Pre-School, Bookham Bus Stop Pre-School, Nursery and Forest School is a small, family run group, which has recently moved from Bookham to a great new location on the Polesden Lacey Estate, owned by the National Trust. Kate Rice has been running the Bus Stop Pre-school in Bookham since 2006. Since qualifying to run a Forest School at the beginning of 2012 Kate has introduced children to building dens, climbing trees, exploring nature and respecting the environment. Bus Stop at Polesden Lacey provides care and education to approximately 30 children aged between 0 and 5 years, either as morning or afternoon sessions or from 8am to 5.30pm with a breakfast and lunch club. Outdoor play is actively encouraged and children can play outside as much as they like. The Forest School ethos fits well with the National Trust’s ideals for the development of young children, including their campaign ’50 things to do before you are 11 ¾’.

Eco-Skating in the park The news that Shane Richie (Alfie in East Enders) is bringing a skating rink to Reigate’s Priory Park this winter (see page 8) is made even better because in choosing the rink, Shane and his company, Surrey Entertainments, have chosen an environmentally friendly rink to keep energy consumption low.

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A rink with real ice would have consumed an extra £10,000 in energy costs. Skating in the Park, which will welcome skaters in Priory Park from Saturday, December 1st, offers the best synthetic ice skating surface available, composed of specially engineered polymers that permit a skate blade to glide as closely and smoothly as possible to real ice. The eco-friendly synthetic ice rink is made from a non-toxic, recyclable acrylic material. The ‘glide factor’ is only a little lower than real ice that has been newly resurfaced – then stays the same, with no deterioration! Which all means you can enjoy the warm glow of time well spent at this new festive celebration – in an eco-friendly way! See pages 8-9 for more news of the launch.

Jolly Farmers Pub - more for all

This local hub for Surrey food producers is unveiling a new extension to the dining area, enlarged delicatessen, children’s adventure playground and orchard, confirming its reputation as a great local pub with good dining, a deli and regular food markets. The children’s adventure playground adds a new aspect to their offering – and a new orchard in the field next to the pub will be a fun way for children to learn about where fruit comes from. Owners Jon and Paula Briscoe are already planning more community events promoting local food. For more information, call 01737 221 355 or go to The Jolly Farmers Shop

Next year Kate will be writing about the development of her ‘forest school’ in Families Surrey East. You can contact Kate on 07909 38 40 44 or email her at 2 The Bungalows, Polesden Lacey Estate, Bookham H5 6BD.

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Local News Zapphire School of Dance launches in Redhill

Santa Fun Run Reigate and Redhill YMCA invites everyone to get in the Christmas spirit and come along to their annual Santa Fun Run on Sunday, 9th December. There will be both a threemile course for adults aged 16 years and over and a one-mile course open to anyone from the age of 5. The races stay on safe gravel paths and pavements around Reigate’s beautiful Priory Park, circuiting the picturesque lake. Entry costs £10 if booked in advance and includes a Santa suit, refreshments and medals for everyone who finishes the race. Entries on the day will be £15 and all money raised will go towards the YMCA’s vital ongoing work with children and young people in the local community. Further information can be found at

New Dorking cinema

A new 66-seat cinema with comfortable, extra-wide, tiered seats and digital surround sound, has just opened at the Dorking Halls (October 26). This means there are now three screens, providing a wider choice of films. Acoustics experts have been brought in to help create the best possible environment for enjoying the films. With ‘Orange Wednesdays’ meaning 2 seats for the price of one for Orange customers and Monday Specials, with seats at £6, there are plenty of good reasons to visit the cinema in Dorking. Call the Box Office for more information on 01306 881717.

What’s on at Dovers Green Autumn / Winter 2012


Weigh, Stay & Play 9am - 11.30am Stay & Play 12.30pm - 2.30pm


Stay & Play 9.30am - 11.30am Baby Massage 12.30pm - 1.15pm Baby Signing 2pm - 2.30pm


ActivTots 10am - 10.45am Post Natal Course 12.30pm - 2.30pm Little Explorers 1.30pm - 3pm


Childminders Play & Learn 9.30am - 11.30am Weaning Class (Monthly 12 - 2pm) Breastfeeding Session 12.30pm 2.30pm


Zapphire School of Dance has the backing of VINES REDHILL MINI and classes start at just £3. The founder and Principal of the School, Miss Charlotte, began dancing at the age of 3. After studying Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Singing and drama, she successfully completed Birchwood Community Hall IDTA, ISTD and RAD exams, some with Double Distinction. A scholarship to attend Italia Conti Arts School followed in 2009, with teacher training alongside. Charlotte’s work in teaching dance to young children, combined with her singing performances and her more recent training in Freestyle Disco, Street, Lyrical, Bollywood, African, Line dancing and salsa enable her to offer the widest possible range of classes. For a free trial class and welcome pack, email Charlotte at and see for more details. The Surrey Wheels for All project

To book any of our activities call the centre on 01737 223621 We are now taking bookings for January’s 2013 Nurturing Programme (Parenting Puzzle). 10 week courses available during evenings and mornings. To see our full programme look on our website at

Need some help and support? Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for advice and information. We do ask for a donation for some of our activities, but all Sure Start services are free for families on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance and Disability Allowance.

Under 1’s Baby Group 10am - 11.30am Baby Basics Ante-Natal 12.30pm - 2.30pm


Dads Inc. (Play Session) 10am - 12 First Saturday of the month Paediatric First Aid 10am - 12 Parent Craft Ante-Natal Session 10am - 3pm Contact your Mid-Wife to book a place

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


A new range of classes for children aged 2yrs and above is now available at Birchwood Community Hall, Tylehurst Drive, Hooley Lane in Earlswood. Fun and energetic classes in Creative Movement, Ballet, Street Dance, Musical Theatre, IDTA Freestyle, Zumba, as well as private singing lessons all take place at the hall.

Surrey Wheels for All Cycling Projects is a charity funded by Surrey County Council to make sure that disabled children and adults and their families can enjoy the thrill and fun of wheeled recreation. It has 30 bicycles with special design or adaptation to suit a variety of needs – for those with physical disabilities as well as challenging behaviour. From tricycles to quadcycles, there are also recumbants and hand-powered bikes. Matthew Wing runs the Surrey Wheels for All project and works with everyone from beginners to accomplished cyclists – and it’s his job to keep all the 30 bikes busy! You can email Matthew at or learn more about Cycling Projects - Wheels for All and the local riding opportunities plus training opportunities for volunteers at

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Local News Anti-Bullying Week 19-23 November Every year Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) runs a national awareness-raising week – Anti-Bullying Week - to increase awareness of bullying and the damage it can cause to children and young people. Part of leading charity the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), ABA wants to ensure that the whole community – teachers, parents and children and young people, have the skills and knowledge to address bullying effectively.

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Recycling soars In Tandridge Tandridge residents have responded to the new recycling and waste service – and increased their recycling by almost 20% after just one week of the new service. Food waste is being recycled into fertilizer and to create electricity; mixed recycling helps create new paper, cardboard products and new plastic containers. A list of local suppliers for the compostable bags to go inside food caddies is available on opened

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Babies and Toddlers Redhill, Reigate & Horley NCT Update

New Day Nursery for Caterham Valley

Redhill, Reigate & Horley branch of the NCT is thrilled to be starting a new Wednesday afternoon playgroup which complements its successful Bumps, Buggies and Bundles walking group. The play group, aimed at mobile babies, meets at Kids Unlimited Nursery on Cockshot Hill in Reigate on Wednesdays from 2.30 4.30pm. All are welcome and the cost is ÂŁ1 per family.

Rainbows Day Nursery is a new small & friendly nursery opening soon at White Knobs in Caterham White Knobs Way Caterham Valley. It benefits from a beautiful park setting, backed by woodlands. Already used in the past as a pre-school, the nursery is currently being refurbished and will offer high quality childcare for children from 1 to 5 years old. Open between 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday 51 weeks of the year, the nursery will provide a great solution especially for parents in full-time work. Parking is easy and the station is within walking distance.

Another service just launched is a sling library that allows parents to pay just ÂŁ5 to try out one of many types of sling for a fortnight to see if it is the right one for them. Contact to find out more.

Prospective parents can visit the nursery during November, when the building works are complete. To confirm dates for these tours call Amanda 01883 330335 or 01883 370377. Rainbows Nursery, White Knobs, Caterham CR3 6RH.

Helen Clark, Branch coordinator, said: “2012 has been an exciting year for us as a new wave of volunteers has enabled us to set up new services like our Crawlers and Walkers playgroup and Sling Library. We always welcome new ideas and volunteers, so do get in touch.�

Garden Enhancement at Leigh Pre-School Leigh Lollipops is a friendly nursery in a beautiful, rural setting. It provides sessional care for children aged 2.5 to 5 years on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am -12noon and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am - 1pm.

NCT Redhill, Reigate and Horley Branch is one of over 300 local NCT branches in the UK, run by volunteers and dedicated to supporting parents via antenatal and postnatal courses, breastfeeding support, first aid classes, coffee mornings, Nearly New Sales and more.

To maximize the rural aspect and create easy access to the garden, new double doors have just been installed, leading directly to the newly re-fenced garden. Leigh Lollipops is located in Abbots Pass Hall, Bunce Common Road, Leigh, Surrey, RH2 8NP. Tel: 01306 611381

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Finding Santa Seeing SANTA in wonderful surroundings is a great way to start the Christmas season. Here are the best places to see Santa – most are very local; all are worth the trip. Some make a whole day out and combine gift shopping and other attractions – take your choice and have a magical day!


BOCKETTS FARM PARK Young St, Fetcham KT22 9BS Father Christmas returns from 29 November to 24 December. Children hop on board the Santa Express to his magical hay barn workshop to meet Santa and receive a gift! Voted one of the top 6 places in the UK to see Santa by ‘The Guardian’. See Christmas Days Out, page 19. ÂŁ5.95 plus farm entrance.

DENBIES London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA Visit Santa in his Cellar Grotto, every Saturday and Sunday in December, from Saturday, 1 December. Enjoy a train ride through the lightly falling snow and receive a warm welcome from Santa’s Elf. Price includes Santa’s Story/Sticker book & a gift from Santa: £7.25 per child. For bookings and group bookings Tel: 01306 876616.


Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NG

Santa arrives at 11am on Saturday, 17 November and is there until 24 December.Take a trip through Wonderland to meet Santa in his enchanting ice palace. Ideal for children up to 10 years. From ÂŁ8, includes film, wonderland, Santa and gift. Book to see Santa at the centre of online. Cirque Normande from 1 December. Tel: 01372 725 638.

PRIORY FARM SANDY LANE, SOUTH NUTFIELD RH1 4EJ Father Christmas will arrive on Saturday, 24 November – over the brow of the hill on the farm’s Discovery Walk at around 4.30pm. He will then be ready to hear children’s wishes on the Sunday in Santa’s grotto at the Plant Centre. Christmas Food Festival same weekend (see Events Calendar)! For more details and timings visit


The Children’s Trust Christmas Fair is on Saturday, 24 November 12 noon4pm at Tadworth Court, Tadworth. With FREE entry for children, £2.50 for adults, the charity’s annual Christmas Fair provides great entertainment and value for money. For Santa’s Grotto (£3), book at christmasfair

Grand Grotto Opening – Sunday, 2 December, 11am – 4pm! Free family entertainment when Father Christmas arrives with his elves to open his magical grotto! Bring the children along for all the fun from 11am to 4pm, including a nativity petting farm, children’s make & take workshops, face painting, balloon-modelling elves and Christmas Panto characters. RH1 1ST. Only £1 to park all day! Santa’s magical Grotto will be open from 12.30pm on the day and on selected days right up until Christmas Eve. Find Grotto opening times in The Belfry or at


Buckland, Reigate RH2 9RE

Santa arrives – by police car (!) on Saturday, 8 December at 11am. He’ll be in his grotto every Saturday and Sunday from the 8 December, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm, also 13 December during the Christmas Shopping evening 6-8pm. Visits are free of charge and each child will receive a small present. Children will also be able to have tea with Santa on Saturday, 15 and Saturday, 22 December at 4.30pm for only £5.95. Advanced ticket purchase is essential, call 01737 233965.


Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JN Father Christmas arrives at the Park on Saturday, 1 December and will be in his Grotto every weekend then daily 15 - 24 December incl. You can see reindeer at the Llama Park – they have their own herd! Admission to Park £3.50; adults £4.50. Christmas Trail. Gift Shop including Alpaca knitwear. Father Christmas visit: £3 per child. No booking required. Tel: 01825 712040.





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Winter Skating


Many rinks this year are wheelchair friendly and some offer penguin stabilisers for young children. Some venues offer a great day out – combining skating with Christmas shopping, great food, fairground fun and more. The larger rinks are made of ice; some others are synthetic, offering a more eco-friendly way to skate. The skate quality is equivalent to real ice after about 40 mins skating, as the synthetic rink surfaces don’t deteriorate. Some rinks offer lessons and ice guides – check the websites for more details. Skate hire is usually included in the skate price. And best to book before you go – though many rinks will have sessions bookable on the day.

Santa’s Grotto - Sunday, 2 and Saturday, 8 December, 1-3pm Enjoy a golf buggy ride to Santa in his grotto, explore the grounds following a trail of clues and then return to Gatton Hall to make a Christmas decoration.; £5 per child. Tea and cake available. Bookings: 01737 649066, or go to

WOTTON HOUSE Guildford Road, Dorking RH5 6HS Sunday, 16 December, for one day only! See Father Christmas arrive with his reindeer and take up residence in his 17th century grotto at beautiful Wotton House. 12noon - 4pm. £10 per child, adults go free. Mulled wine and mince pies, mini Christmas market. Cakes, biscuit decorating for children. Husky dogs. Perfect family outing in stunning surroundings. Afternoon teas. Easy parking. Book in advance on 01306 737458 and your child will receive a letter from Father Christmas with your invitation! WEST DEAN ESTATE

New for 2012! 15 – 16 December West Dean Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ (between Midhurst and Chichester) Father Christmas and family skating – a wonderful day out in the magical setting of West Dean College. Traditional carousel, skating rink and snow machine, hot drinks and roast chestnuts, Christmas gifts – a lovely day out. Tel: 01243 811301. Book online to see Father Christmas in his Grotto. Family visit to Father Christmas: £20. Per child: £5.

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink at Brighton Saturday, 10 November to Sunday, 20 January 2013 excl Christmas Day, 10am – 10.15pm. Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts and a pop-up restaurant. Large rink for 250 skaters. One-hour sessions. From £7 per child and £10 per adult. For more information: Bookings: call 0844 847 2352 or

Fun skating rink at the Children’s Trust Christmas Fair, Tadworth

Saturday, 24 November. £2.50 entry to Fair (see Events Calendar). £4 per skating session. 9m x 8m - not big, but fun and supporting a good cause. Bookings: Call Emma on 01737 365019 or at

Hampton Court – Ice at the Palace

1 December – 13 January 2013 East Molesey, Surrey KT18 9AU 10am-10pm excluding Christmas Day. Rink Café and Ice Bar. Wheelchairs welcome. Ice guides. Hour sessions. From £8.50 per child, £11 per adult. Family ticket £36 (£34 offpeak). Lessons for 5-16 yr olds. Bookings: at Box Office from 1 December. Online at

Skating in the Park New for 2012! Reigate Priory RH2 7RL

Saturday, 1 December to Sunday, 6 January 2013, 10am – 10pm. Hourly sessions. Shane Richie is creating a stunning setting for winter skating, complete with a traditional carousel and 4m high Christmas tree! This is the beginning of a new tradition for Reigate, welcoming everyone from total beginners 4+yrs. Penguin stabilizers available to assist the little ones. Ideal for school outings, lunchtime skaters, romantic dates or a fun family day out. Alongside the rink , TV celebrity chef Tony Tobin provides the finest winter drinks & festive snacks. Book your session online now. 15% off for school / group bookings of 20+. Please note Skating in the Park is a synthetic rink and can be used in all weather.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland London W2 2UH

Friday, 23 November – Sunday, 6 January 2013 (closed Christmas Day) 10am – 10pm daily. The largest outdoor ice rink in the UK, with 9 skating sessions daily. Also Zippo’s Circus, Yuletide Market, Giant Observation Wheel, plus Santa land for younger visitors. Food at The Bavarian Village. New this year: The Magical Ice Kingdom. Admission prices apply. Skating sessions from £8.50 per child, £10.50 per adult or from £34 for a family ticket.Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter. Online booking:hydeparkwinter

Somerset House, The Strand London, WC2R 1LA. Friday, 16 November – Sunday, 6 January 2013. 10am – 10pm. Lessons and penguin stabilisers. Child: £7.50; Adult from £7.50. Bookings: on 0844 847 1519. For more details go to OTHER RINKS: Tower of London 17 Nov – 6 Jan 2013. Natural History Museum 2 Nov – 6 Jan 2013. Tel: 020 7942 5000. Bluewater Shopping Centre DA9 9SG Glow, Bluewater – 16 Nov – 13 Jan 2013

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Winter Skating

1st December 2012 - 6TH January 2013 This December, Priory Park in Reigate will play host to Skating in the Park. Located in the heart of Reigate, the park will make a stunning setting for winter skating. Open every day from 10am-10pm, Skating in the Park welcomes all ages, from total beginners to our next Torville & Dean! Ideal for school and college outings, lunchtime skaters, romantic dates or just a family day out. As the sun goes down the rink will be beautifully lit and we may even play a tune you like - anyone for a Bolero? Alongside the rink, TV celebrity chef Tony Tobin provides only the finest Christmas selection of winter drinks and festive snacks. BOOK NOW! Tickets are available at the venue but we recommend you to book online in advance to avoid disappointment. Please note: Skating in the Park is a synthetic rink and can be used in all weather. The rink will be closed on Christmas Day.

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Double Whammee Travel Mat Local Surrey mum of two, Lesley Hill, hopes that her new product will help take the headache out of travelling and eating out with young children. The Roll-Up Chalk Mat is a blackboard on one side, a wipe-clean placemat on the other and it rolls up to tuck into your bag neatly, ready to take everywhere with you. This clever new product for the UK is the design of Lesley and her friend Louise who have teamed up to form Les & Lou. Lesley is no stranger to business, having been a partner at a Big 4 firm in London before becoming a full-time Mum, but she admits that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely different taking an idea from scratch and getting it off the ground. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so exciting though, and the reward will be seeing other parents and their children getting enjoyment out of our productâ&#x20AC;? sums up Lesley. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a special introductory offer of a chalk mat, plus chalk and free delivery for just ÂŁ9.99 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perfect for Christmas! See


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show, games, mini disco. Tel: Michael 08450 504 509 or 07830 491 262

BRIGHT ideas for the best PARTIES!

November-December is party season, so even if there are no birthdays on the horizon you can keep this pull-out guide for some great ways to party!

Marvellous Parties Storytelling and Craft Parties. Adventure Parties that are all about your child. Plus delicious cakes. 3-12yrs. £150-£400. Tel: Roya 07932 070773 or 01483 570533. Magic Marty Marvellous magic parties

Freephone 0800 046 3939

Zeberdee (female) Entertainer

Fun magic, balloon modelling, plate spinning, puppets, games. 3-6 yrs. Tel: Zelanie 0778 2388495.



Bake Me A Cake, Horley. Cakes for all occasions.

Dinky Doodlers Art and crafts parties designed round a favourite character or theme. Bubbles, games, songs. 1-10yrs. Tel: Alex 01737 279765.

All local areas. Tel: Trudy 07751 379 404. Monkey Business, online and at Lesbourne Road, Reigate. Balloons, party ware. Tel: Dave 01737 221081. Butterflies & Bows, Lingfield. Helium and air balloons, tableware, themed decorations. Tel: 01342 892392. Amaze Party Shop Online Party goods & helium balloons. The Little Nappy Cake Company, Dorking 1st Birthday party nappy cakes. From £4.50. Tel: Becky 01306 880694. Ooh la la cakes Cupcakes, celebration cakes. Tel: Sarah Jane 01737 362244. Party Play Time Party ride-on toys for hire. Roller Coasters. Tel: Sam 01372 454291.

MAIL ORDER Katie Bakes Party Bags with Chocolate Chip

Cookie Mix to bake at home. Tel: 023 9258 3553. The Little Things, East Sussex. Party bags and party bag fillers. Cupcake bunting. Tel: 01580-752116.

The Old Dairy Pottery and Craft Studios

Pottery painting, decopatch, hand prints, clay play. Tel: 01883 370231.

Cookies Kitchen Kids cook at home or at your

chosen venue. Ingredients, equipment and aprons provided. 5-16 yrs. Tel: Catherine 0774 871 56 44.

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

Chocolart, Reigate RH2 7RP. Birthday and seasonal ‘Make Your Own Chocolate’ parties 7+yrs. Chocolate fountain, helium balloons, invitations. £29pp. Tel: Lorraine 01737 246857. Dish Ceramics Studio, Reigate RH2 0AJ. ‘Paint your own pottery’ parties. £14.50 pp (min 10) Tel: Andrea 01737 241567. LaserHub, Crawley RH10 1TG. Laser, Karaoke, Pamper and Fire Engine parties. From £15.50pp Tel: Tanya 01293 548000. Craft and Baking parties at Butterhill Studios, 86b South St, Dorking RH4 2EW. From £15 pp. 4+yrs. Tel: Charlotte 01306 887903.

Redhill & Reigate Artistic Roller Skating Club SKATING PARTIES / FUN SESSIONS and lessons with qualified coaches Sundays 11.30am – 1.30pm at the YMCA, Princes Rd, Earlswood

Last Saturday of the month:

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

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Leatherhead KT22 9BS. Full day at the farm park with private animal handling session. Optional trailer ride, party bags and cake. 0-10yrs. ÂŁ11.50 per child. All year. Tel: Becky 01372 363764.


Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA. Train ride around the vineyard, lunch in private room. Seasonal entertainment. 2+yrs. Tel: 01306 876616.

British Wildlife Centre Lingfield

Private tour of the animals with a keeper. 5+ yrs. W/ends Nov-Feb. From ÂŁ130 (12 children). Tel: Liza 01342 834658.

Book a party to remember!

Entertainment for under 5s kidspace, Croydon

Science Wizards Hands-on fun science

parties. 5-11yrs. ÂŁ175. Tel: 0845 652 1215.

Crocodile Encounters Hands-

on fun reptile show with crocodiles. 5-15yrs. From ÂŁ160. Tel: 0845 020 4364.

Orchard Cottage Riding Stables

Lower Kingswood, Tadworth KT20 6XA Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday parties on Saturdays. Log Cabiin for tea. Tel: 01737 241311.

Pony Magic, Surrey. Beautiful, safe

Shetland ponies at Effingham base! 2-11yrs. Fully insured. Tel: Gemma 07762 64 07 03.

Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, W Sussex RH14 0EG.Admission to the Park, all rides and attractions. Party feast. ÂŁ14.95 - ÂŁ16.95 pp. Tel: 01403 700063.

Outdoor And Active Surrey Outdoor

de Stafford Sports Centre, Caterham: 01883 344 355 Tandridge Leisure Centre, Oxted: 01883 716 717




MAD Academy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dorking, Reigate,

Redhill, Horley & Oxted. Fun-filled music & dance parties, singing, party games and instruments. 3 mths - 5yrs. 45 mins. Tel: Maggie 01306 712671. MAD Academy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tadworth, Effingham, Ashtead, Epsom. Tel: Karen 01372 210378.

Monkey Music Parties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dorking, Tadworth, Leatherhead. Musical fun including monkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite songs and activities. Action songs, rhymes, percussion, musical games. 3mths4yrs. Tel: Janine 01483 841303. leatherhead-dorking

Monkey Music Parties â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Caterham area. See details above! Tel: Karen 0203 251 1061. area/south-croydon-caterham

Learning & Development (SOLD) parties for 8-16yr olds. Paddle sports, raft and shelter building, fire lighting, orienteering and mountain biking at our venues or in your back garden!

Sing and Sign Redhill, Reigate area

Holmbush Farm World Faygate, Nr

action songs, hoops, dance ribbons, bubbles and fun! Cost: ÂŁ100 for 1 hr. Your venue. Tel: Jo 07873 63 42 92.

Horsham, West Sussex RH12 4SE Access to all the animal and play areas plus party feast in dedicated area. 0-10yrs. ÂŁ11 per child. Tel: 01293 851 110.

The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent

Little Miss Sparkle Nails

Jo Jingles East Surrey/E Grinstead One-hour fun-filled parties with favourite songs and dances. Parachutes, Lycra & Bubbles! Babies to 5yrs. Tel: Carol 01883 712881

TN12 6PY. Fantastic farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party. Private party room, food, exclusive tractor ride, use of the Hop Farm attractions. 3-9yrs. ÂŁ15.95 pp. Tel: Katie or Nikki 01622 872068.

45min session for 1st or 2nd birthdays! Props, puppets, musical instruments. Your venue. Approx ÂŁ70 (up to 10). Tel: Fiona 01737 823238.

Diddi Dance Dancing games,

Babyballet Song and Dance Academy

Magical Parties 2-4yrs and Groovy Disco Parties for 4-7yrs. Boys and girls. Your venue. From ÂŁ5.95 per child. Tel: 01737 227039

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PARTY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE Toddler Sense, Reigate, Dorking

and Horsham. Action-packed themed adventure parties. Bouncy castle, adventure tunnels, light show, parachutes. 2-5yrs. Tel: Sam 07752 28 53 99.

Baby Sensory, Caterham, Godstone, Oxted & Warlingham. 0-13months. Your venue. ÂŁ100 for 45 mins. Tel: Christelle 07799 050 374 The Arc, 39 Weston Drive, Caterham

ACTIVE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DANCE, DRAMA AND GAMES Perform Parties Drama, dance and

singing parties for 3mths-3yrs (Mini Ps), 4-8yrs and 8-12yrs. Party leaders arrive in costume and take the children on their favourite fantasy journey. Theatre professionals. Tel: 0845 400 4000.

Painshill Park Outdoor Parties,

Antics Parties Warlingham, Trenham Drive CR6 9RU. Soft play 0-5yrs, Disco 5-8yrs, Ceramic Painting 5+yrs. Tel: 07778 93 17 75.

Portsmouth Rd, Cobham KT11 1JE Tribal Games (4-7yrs); Christopher Robin Treasure Hunt (4-7yrs); Neverland Adventure (4-8yrs); Outdoor games and pond-dipping (5+yrs); Pirate Treasure Hunt (6-11yrs); Camp Building (7+yrs); Detectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party (8+yrs) in 18th century landscape. Tel: 01932 868113.

Octopus Parties Themed parties

Music and Dance Parties at

CR3 5XY. Soft Play, Games, Mask Making, Dance, Discos for 0-12 yrs. From ÂŁ12 pp Tel: 01883 330380 the-arc-caterham.

with imaginative adventures. Free face painting. 1-2 hrs. 3-10yrs. 5-30 children. Tel: 07807 055858.

YogaCubs - Fun Yoga Parties, Surrey

Stories, postures, games & relaxation suited for your child. 2.5-11yrs. Contact: Johanna 07807 055858.

MAKE UP AND CLOTHES Little Miss Sparkle Nails

Party Games then theatre show. 4-11 yrs. 2-3hrs - ÂŁ300. Your venue. Tel: 0208 394 2944.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Themed Parties

Character Entertainers. Costumes for the children. 3-12 yrs. Tel: Suzanne 0800 2 343460 or 01252 682 500.

Angels n Divas Pamper Parties Angel Fun, 4-7yrs; Girls Scene - 7+yrs, Spa-licious - 8+yrs; Dreamy Treats, 11+yrs; Tel: Julie 01737 339044 Juniors Hair Salon, Nutfield Road, Merstham RH1 3EP â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Miss Makeoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parties 5+yrs. 1.5hrs. From ÂŁ13.50 Min 8-10 guests. Tel: 01737 644464.

Zoe the Face Painting Fairy

Fairy arrives and entertains! Face Painting, Fairy Princess Parties, Makeovers 2 hrs. 3+yrs. Tel: Zoe 07914 65 21 50.

First Class Faces Professional face

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

RH2 0TW. Fairies & Wizards, Teddy Bears Picnic, Pirate Challenge. 5-10yrs. Max 15. 2 hrs. ÂŁ120. Gatton Trust Tel: Louise 01737 649066.

Star Steppers Performing Arts Funky street dance moves to the latest pop songs. Boys and girls all ages. From ÂŁ60. Tel: 07445 03 05 00.

Little Kickers Parties, Horley. Energetic football related activities and games 18mths â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7yrs. Tel: Phil 01293 226201.

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Gatton Park Parties, Reigate

area. Katy manicures and decorates little nails with colour, stickers and sparkles. 4-12yrs. Tel: 07540 77 36 31.

Leatherhead - Football fun. Tel: Helen 020 8286 6038.

Bower Hill Farm, Nutfield, nr Redhill DJ Jamie, disco parties at competitive prices. 01737 822639.

Kidspace Croydon. Go-Kart track, climbing wall, Crazy Golf. Pizza Buffet, party bags and cake. 1-12yrs. Min 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Packages from ÂŁ11.95 pp. Tel: 020 8686 0040.

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Sports Focus UK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dance Parties Many themes for your dance party. 2-12 yrs.Tel: 0844 318 1700.

YMCA Parties Earlswood and Woodhatch. 0-13+yrs. 2 hrs - Sport, Art, Dance, Soft Play. Louise Winyard, 01737 222859.

ACTIVE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SPORT PLUS Little Kickers East Surrey Football

Parties 2-7 yrs. Football based games and goal scoring. Medals. From ÂŁ80. Your venue. Call Coach Clem on 07809 414492.

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PARTY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE ACTIVE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SPORT PLUS Blackland Farm Activity Parties,

East Grinstead RH19 4HP Adventure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Climbing wall, abseiling tower, archery, zip wire, maze, high-rope perch, tunnels. Picnic/bbq â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 120 acres. Tel: 01342 810493

Redhill & Reigate Artistic Roller Skating Parties Reigate and

Bletchingley. Two-hour skating party, 7+yrs. Top quality skates; music games. Tel: Barry 01293 776266.

Rugbytots Parties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your venue. Team party games: tag, throwing, catching, colours and shapes. 2-7yrs. Tel: 0845 313 3242. Springfit Gymnastics & Trampoline Parties, Redhill, Horley, Crawley and East Grinstead. Professional coaching, structured games. Optional catering, invites, party bags. 4+yrs. Tel: Adam 07932 75 20 81. Saturn V, Caterham Trampoline parties. 3yrs to adult. Tel: Shirley 01342 870543.

High Sports Redhill RH1 5EL. Indoor Rock Climbing parties, 4+yrs. Beginners welcome. Tel: 0845 363 1177. Ride the Hill Mountainboarding Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ. All Terrain Boarding - any weather. Covered picnic/BBQ area. 8+yrs. Tel: Alison 0845 0944 360.

RocknRoller DiscoParties,

Leatherhead Tel: Gaby 07849 991508.

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Classes for babies & children aged 3 months to 5 years 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 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parties & Nursery Sessions also available!

Sports Focus UK â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

Football Parties and Multi Sports Fun Football Coaching parties for footie mad kids 2-12 yrs. From ÂŁ50. Tel: 0844 318 1700.

Power Parties at

Hawthorns School, Bletchingley. Min. 10. 4-13yrs. Tel: Philip 01883 743377 x2087. sports-centre

Mini Musketeers

Fun Fencing Parties Cost: ÂŁ125. 12-24 children. Your venue. 7+ yrs. Tel: Kathy & Brian 0795 0011 581.

Little Sports Stars Boys and girls, from Football and Rugby to Cheer & Dance. 18mths-12 yrs. From ÂŁ45. Tel: Michael 07722 334 864.

Horley Leisure Centre Parties include: Bouncy Castle, Pool, Football, Basketball, Gymnastics and Trampolining parties. Tel: 01293 784075.


Banstead Sports Centre Merland

Go-Karting Parties Electric go-karts around an inflatable circuit. Boys & girls 3-10 yrs. Indoors/ outdoors. Venues in Reigate, Oxted & Bletchingley Tel: Clare 01293 885454.

Donyngs Recreation Centre,

Allsports, Mini Games and Football parties 4+yrs. From ÂŁ90 Tel: Darren 07812 571 440

Leatherhead and Dorking Gym Club, KT22 9BL Gym Parties 2-9 yrs. Refreshments on the balcony. Tel: Christina 01372 377718.

Daytona Karting Parties

Sandown Park, Esher KT10 8AN. Bambino Karting (5-7yrs) & Junior Karting (8-15yrs). Tel: 0845 644 5502.

Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley

Playtime parties 3+yrs, Gladiator, Sports, Roller Disco, Disco Divas, Pirate, Prince & Princesses, Trampolining. 5-12 yrs. From ÂŁ120-ÂŁ150. Tel: 01293 822238.

Rise, Tadworth KT20 5JG. Wet and Wild sessions. Private function room. Tel: 01737 361933.

Redhill. Soft Play, Sports & Pool parties. Tel: 01737 764732.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre Big Day parties plus party tea. Sports, Soft Play, Swim, Bounce, Kiddi Karts. Up to 16 yrs. ÂŁ7-10 pp plus tea. Tel: 01372 377674.

Dorking Sports Centre, Dorking

Wet & Wacky, Fun and Games, Football Frenzy & The Big Bounce. Tel: 01306 870180.

Tandridge Trust at de Stafford

School, Caterham and Tandridge Leisure Centre, Oxted. 2-16yrs. Oxted parties: Bouncy Castle, Bizzie Lizzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bear Parties & Bizzie Lizzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewellery Parties, Angels n Divas Pamper, Jo Jingles Tel: 01883 716717. Caterham parties: as above plus pool parties and Little Kickers. Tel: 01883 344355.

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Year 8 Pupils at

Dunottar Girls’ School in Reigate

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Independent School Open Mornings Independent School Open Mornings Autumn 2012-13 Call the school for details of start time. Senior School Open Days are now available at seniorschoolopendays

Aberdour School, Burgh Heath KT20 6AJ Boys and girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 354119 Wedesday, 20 March 2013 Belmont School, Holmbury St Mary RH5 6LQ Boys & girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01306 730852 Friday, 9 November Bramley School, Walton on the Hill KT20 7ST Girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 812004 Saturday, 10 November Pop In Morning: 28 November Caterham Preparatory School, Harestone Valley Rd, CR3 6YB Boys & girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 342097 Visits by appointment throughout year Chinthurst School, Tadworth KT20 5AP Boys & girls 2.5-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 812011 Call for November date City of London Freemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School, Ashtead, KT21 1ET Tel: 01372 822423 clfs. Co-ed, day and boarding, 7-18 yrs. Saturday, 10 November

Copthorne Prep School, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3HR Tel: 01342 712311 Co-ed, day and boarding (from Y3), 2.5-13yrs Call for details - next in February 2013 Cranmore School, Epsom Rd, West Horsley, KT24 6AT Boys 2.5 -13 yrs. Tel: 01483 280340 Friday, 1 and Saturday, 2 March 2013 Downsend School, Nursery and Preprep Lodges, Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom Boys and girls, 2-6 yrs. Tel: 01372 372311 Thursday, 15 November Downsend School, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ Boys and girls, 6-13 yrs. Tel: 01372 372311 Main School - Friday, 16 November Dunottar School, Reigate RH2 7EL Girls, 3-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 761945 Tuesday, 27 November Essendene Lodge School, Caterham CR3 5PB Girls and boys, 2.5-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 348349 Saturday, 10 November Farlington School, Strood Park, Horsham W. Sussex RH12 3PN Girls 3-18yrs. Day & boarding. Tel: 01403 254967 Farlington in Action: Thursday, 8 November. Next Open Day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan 2013


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Glenesk School, East Horsley KT24 6NS Girls and boys, 2-7yrs. Tel: 01483 282329 Call for details Greenacre School, Banstead SM7 3RA Girls, 3-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 352114 Parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Morning Wednesday, 14 November The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ Boys & girls, 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01883 743048 Friday, 16 November Hazelwood School, Limpsfield, Oxted RH8 OQH Boys and girls, 4-13 yrs. Tel: 01883 712194 Call for details (also Hazelwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nursery, The Larks, Oxted) Lingfield Notre Dame Junior School, Lingfield RH7 6PH Boys and girls, 2.5-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 833176 lingfieldnotredame. 23 March 2013 Manor House School & Nursery Bookham KT23 4EN Girls 2-16 yrs. Tel: 01372 457077 Next open day in winter term Micklefield School, Reigate RH2 9DU Boys and girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 242615 Saturday, 16 March 2013 Moon Hall College & Buryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court Leigh, Reigate RH2 8RE. Boys & girls, 2.5-16 yrs. Tel: 01306 611372 and Call for November open event

Oakhyrst Grange School, Caterham CR3 6AF Boys & girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 343344 Friday, 25 January 2013 Pennthorpe School, Rudgwick , West Sussex RH12 3HJ Co-ed, 2-13 yrs. Tel: Fiona Long: 01403 822391 Call for details Priory Prep School, Banstead SM7 2AJ Boys 2-13 yrs. Tel: 01737 366920 www. Pop In mornings Wednesdays, 14 Nov & 12 Dec Redehall Preparatory School, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9QA Boys and girls, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01342 842987 redehall.surrey. Saturdays, 3 November and 12 January 2013 Reigate St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN Girls and boys, 3-11 yrs. Tel: 01737 244880 Thursday, 22 November Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Reigate RH2 0TD Boys and girls, 7-18 yrs. Tel: 01737 649000 Saturday, 16 March 2013 St Teresaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nursery & Prep School, Effingham RH5 6ST Girls, 2-18 yrs. Tel: 01372 452 037 Call for next dates Warlingham Park School, Chelsham Common, Warlingham CR6 9PB Boys and girls, 2-11 yrs. Tel: 01883 626844 Call for details or visit by appointment


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CLUB NEWS Jo Jingles is 15 years young

CHRISTMAS Theatre and Dance combine From September 2012 Reigate Theatre Dance (previously Reigate School of Modern Theatre Dance) and Starlight Performing Arts united to offer dance, drama and singing classes in central Reigate.

Jo Jingles Pre-school music and movement classes in your area are 15 years young! Carol Bell, her team and over 6000 children have been Jingling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all encouraged, taught, entertained and developed by that loveable Jo with his fun music, instruments and activities.

Weekday classes in tap and modern theatre dance for children aged 5+yrs offer examinations every term. Musical theatre takes place on Saturdays for boys and girls aged 5 yrs to teenagers. All participants can perform in the bi-annual show at The Harlequin, Redhill!

A celebration birthday party will take place in December â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a very special guest! Proceeds to Children in Need 2013.

The popular Summer School offers hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, body combat as well as drama and craft-making classes.

For more information on Jo Jingles contact Carol or Nick on 01883 712881 or email:

For a free trial session, contact Nikki Owen on 01737 773727 or email

PULL THE OTHER Theatre Company launches Pull the Other is a new and innovative youth theatre company based in Epsom. Following their successful inaugural TheatreLab at Epsom Playhouse in the summer, the company is launching a series of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;workshop to stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experiences, focussing on performance and staging techniques for budding actors and directors. Their next is TheatreLab Dickens: A Christmas Carol, 17-19 December at Epsom College, then Hamlet at Epsom Playhouse, 15-19 April 2013. Headed by Surrey born, West End actor Rachel Nussbaum and theatre director Helen Broughton, Pull the Other offers opportunities to young people aged between 9-16 yrs across Surrey.

Days out at Christmas might involve the excitement of seeing Santa (see pages 7-8) visiting a local skating rink (see pages 8-9) or making a special trip towards London to combine skating with other attractions - such as Hyde Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winter Wonderland, the Tower of London, Natural History Museum or Bluewater shopping centre (nr Dartford, Kent). Many Christmas Days out will revolve around buying presents. See pages 22-23 for Christmas markets in our local towns. But if you are looking for a fun way to spend a day or two with your family and friends, here are some great suggestions for places that are very special during Christmas school holidays. All of them have gift shops, too, which might also solve some Christmas present challenges! Stay close to home if the weather looks dodgy; there is plenty going on nearby.

Chessington World of Adventures offers Zoo Days every weekend from 10 November and Festive Zoo days from 10am to 3pm on 8-9, 15-16 and 22-24 December. From 4D indoor fun in the Hocus Pocus Hall Tiger in the snow at to Bubbleworks to riding bubbles on Chessington Bubbleworks! Father Christmas arrives on 22 December, joining the reindeer and putting on a show with his elves. Go online for the best ticket prices. Nearby is the newly opened Hobbledown, the adventure park and farm in Horton Lane, Epsom. You will find towers, tunnels, aerial walkways, 100+ farm animals and more. Hear talks from the animal handlers at 11am daily and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;meet and greetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the animals, mornings and afternoons from 11.30-12.30 and 2.30 to 3.30pm. Closer to Dorking, Polesden Lacey Estate is looking festive and Father Christmas may greet you as you explore! The festive season starts on 1 December, then every Saturday and Sunday, with Yuletide choirs, sleigh rides and more. The gardens are open 10am to 4pm (ÂŁ18.50 per family; free to National Trust members). The house will be dressed up in grand Edwardian style (ÂŁ4 per adult; ÂŁ1 per child, incl. members).




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DAYS OUT The British Wildlife Centre

on Eastbourne Road in Newchapel, Lingfield (RH7 6LF) is open daily over Christmas, from Thursday, 27 December to Sunday, 6 January, 10am to dusk. It has over 40 British animals from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer and including many types of owl! With keeper talks every half hour, children have a great opportunity to learn more about animals in the wild.

Not far from here is Tulleys Farm, at Turners Hill, RH10 4PE. With a lovely gift shop, butcher, farm shop and tea room plus play areas and rides, Tulleys could be the answer to everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it even has turkeys on sale!

The Look Out Discovery Centre near Bracknell has a Christmas weekend on 8-9 December with a free childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainer, festive art and craft actvities and a Christmas quiz. Santa will be in his grotto 10am to 4pm (also 5 and 6 December for Toddler Days, 10.3012.30). In addition to the hands-on science and nature exhibition, the Fire and Light Show continues (from September) until 6 January 2013, answering lots of questions about the wonders of the natural world. Show times are at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm, suitable for 5+yr olds. 222222222222222222222222222

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Out & About


Saturday Morning Cinema Club 11.30am. £3.50 child + adult ticket. Call for details. Sid’s Show Cbeebies presenter – with poems, magic and participation. Saturday, 10 November, 11am & 2pm. £12; Children £10, Family £40.

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. Oliver Wed - Sat, 21 to 24 November, 7.30pm. Also Thurs & Sat 2.30pm. £18; Children £10. The Little Shop of Horrors – St John’s School. Thurs & Fri, 29 & 30 November 7.30pm plus Thurs 2pm. £10 Christmas Carol Fri, 7 December, 7.30pm £18; children £12.50 PANTO! Aladdin and his Magic Lamp Opens 18 December until 29 December. £14.50, <16s and >60s £12.50. Call 01372 365 132.

DORKING Dorking Halls Reigate Road,

Dorking, RH4 1SG Tel: 01306 881717 Saturday Morning Cinema at 11am. £3.50 per child, adults go free. Call to check dates and films.


Swan Lake – Russian State Ballet Sunday, 11 November, 7.30pm. From £27.50; Children £15 Sing-a-Long-a-Grease (the film) Friday, 23 November, 7.30pm. Vocal warm ups and hand jiving! £15

OXTED The Barn Theatre 25 Bluehouse

Lane, Oxted RH8 0AA All tickets available via Murdered To Death – Glow Theatre Youth Group. 10+yrs. Fri & Sat, 30 November & 1 December, 7.30pm £6.50 online or 01883 720167. A Christmas Carol – Glow Theatre Youth Group. 8+yrs.Thurs & Fri, 6-7 Dec, 7.30pm. online or 01883 720167. Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp 5+yrs. Fri-Sun, 11-13 December and Wed-Fri, 16-18 December, afternoons & eves. From £8. Online or 01883 724852

EPSOM Epsom Playhouse Ashley Avenue

PANTO! Peter Pan. Opens 22 December until 30 December. £16.50; £14.50 (Seniors & Children); Family £55.

REDHILL The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema Warwick Quadrant,

Redhill RH1 1NN Tel: 01737 276 500

PANTO! Cinderella 14 December until 6 January 2013. Morning, afternoon and evening performances. From £11

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Epsom KT18 5AL Tel: 01372 742555 Mr Micawber Saturday, 10 November, 7.30pm. £12; Children £10. The Nutcracker – Moscow Ballet Company. Wednesday, 28 November, 7.30pm. £25; Children £16 The Night Before Christmas 2-7yrs. Thurs, 6 – Mon, 24 December, daytime performances. PANTO! Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs 14 December- 6 January. £10.50

Out & About CRAWLEY The Hawth Theatre Hawth Ave, Crawley

RH10 6YZ Mon-Sat 10am-8.15pm Tel: 01293 553636 PANTO! Aladdin Friday, 7 December – Sunday, 30 December. From £15.50. Discounts for children, parties, schools and families The Snow Queen Saturday, 22 December, 11am & 3pm (Studio). £7.50; Family £26

‘Pull The Other’ Youth Theatrelab


camps throughout the school holidays. Contact: Matt Antell.

Downsend Lodges + and Downsend +

Morning Specials, Mon-Fri 10am-1pm. Laser games & pizza. 7-11yrs. £14pp, £25 for 2. Tel: 01293 548000.

8.30am-5pm Swimming (>8’s), arts, crafts, parachute games. Thurs- Fri, 27-28 December, Wed-Fri, 2-4 January. 5-12 yrs. Day: £21; ½ Day: £11.50. Tel: 01883 344355.

at Downsend School, Leatherhead KT22 8TJ. 19-21 December and 2-4 January 2013. Activities for 2-13 yr olds. 9am-4pm or 8am5.30pm. Tel: 07899 011275 (2-5yrs). Tel: 01372 385403 / 07909 861280 (6-13yrs).

‘Fit For Sport’ at Dorking Sports Centre, Reigate Road, RH4

1SW. Activity Camps. 5-12 yrs. Extended Day 8.30am-5.30pm. £31 p/day £145 p/week. 0845 456 3233.

Adventure & Computer Holidays

Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play 3+yrs. Thurs-Sun, 3-6 January, 11am & 1.30pm. (Theatre) £12 Fishers Adventure Farm Park Wisborough Green, nr Billingshurst, W Sussex RH14 0EG Tel: 01403 700063. Jack and the Beanstalk in the Barn Theatre 15—16, 21-24 December. From £8.50

Reigate & Redhill YMCA Playscheme Princes Road,

KINGSTON Rose Theatre 24 High St, Kingston KT1 1HL

Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch, Reigate. Activities for children with disability. 27-28 December, 2-4 January 10am-4pm. 5-12 yrs. £16 per day. Emily Griffiths, Tel: 01737 222859.

Tel: 08444 821 556 Room on the Broom 3+yrs. Wed-Sun, 7-11 November, daytime performances. From £9.25 How Lion Became the King of Tinga Tinga Land Sun 18 – Mon 19 November. Daytime. £9-10 Cinderella The Midnight Princess 30 November – 6 January 2013. £8-£26; Family £70 The Rose Christmas Concert Tues, 11 December, 7.30pm


Wimbledon, SW19 1SB Tel: 020 8543 4888 The Wind in the Willows. (Main Theatre) 5-11yrs. Tues-Sats, 23 November until 16 February 2013. Twice daily. £11-£16.

WESTERHAM Westerham Hall Quebec Ave, Westerham

TN16 1TD Jack and the Beanstalk - WADS (Westerham Am Dram Soc). 1-8 December. £8.50; Children £6.50. Bookings: Karrisons, Market Square or

EAST GRINSTEAD Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre De la Warr Rd, East Grinstead RH19

3BS Tel: 01342 302000 Coppelia - Vienna Festival Ballet. Thursday, 8 November, 5pm & 8pm. £18.50; Children £12.50. Christmas Tales Chequer Mead Youth Theatre. Wednesday, 5 December, 7.30pm. £10; Children £5 PANTO! Cinderella 21-30 December. £15 (£13.50); Family £54

GOLF Reigate Hill Golf Club 6-16 yrs “JOLF” Junior Golf

nr Dorking. 17-21 December, 9.30am-4.30pm. Su Jones Tel: 01306 711005. LASER GAMES LaserHub Spindle Way, Crawley, W Sussex RH10 1TG Laser

MOUNTAIN BOARDING Ride the Hill Open Sats and Suns in December; closed Xmas -

NY. Open 2-9 January 2013. 8+yrs. Lessons daily, 12 noon. From £20. Bookings: Alison 0845 0944 360.

RIDING Orchard Cottage Riding Stables, Babylon Lane, Lower

Kingswood KT20 6XA. Children’s Xmas Fun Days, £50 per day. 5+yrs. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01737 241311.

ROLLER SKATING Sunday family roller skating YMCA, Princes Rd,

Redhill RH1 6JJ. Tel: 01737 779979. 27-28 December & 2-4 & 7 January 10am-4pm or 8.45am-6pm. 5-12yrs. £15.30/ £22.95. Rhea Stephenson Tel: 01737 784977

Earlswood nr Redhill. Tel: 01293 776266 Sundays, 11.3012.30pm fun skating. 12.30-1.30pm Lessons, Grades 1-9, 3+yrs. Skate hire, Fun skate & Lesson £8.

YMCA Yippee Playscheme

SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING Bowles Outdoor Centre Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells

MULTI-ACTIVITIES OUTDOORS AND ACTIVE Priory Events, Sandy Lane, Nutfield RH1 4EJ. 8-15 yrs.

Multi Activity Days (MAD). Obstacle Course, Archery, Quad Bikes. 11am-3pm. Tel: 01737 822484.

ART Gatton Park, Reigate, RH2 0TW Saturday, 15 December Start

Art – Christmas decorations (4-7yrs)10-12noon or 1.30-3.30pm. £5 per child. Bookings: 01737 649066.

CLIMBING High Sports Indoor Climbing Salfords, Redhill RH1 5EL Taster sessions (4+yrs). Tel: 0845 363 1177. COOKERY & CRAFT Cookies Kitchen Christmas Workshops

Leigh. Saturday, 22 December, 10.30am-12.30pm. 5-11 yrs. £23/26. Maxine: 07749 927 783.

Butterhill Studios

Baking, Making & Craft Workshops for adults and children Daily, 9.30am-4.30pm. 5+yrs. From £15. Tel: 01306 887903

Heaven High Street Nutfield RH1 4HH. Christmas Crafty Chef

class Wed, 12 December. Christmas craft sessions Thurs, 13 & Fri, 14 December. £5 per craft. Tel: 01737 420102.


TN3 9LW Skiing & Snowboarding. 8-14yrs. One & 3-day courses for skier beginners: Fri, 28 December 9am-4pm, £45; Wed-Fri, 2-4 January, 10 to 12noon or 1.30-3.30pm, £56 per 3 sessions. Tel: 01892 665665.

SWIMMING Aquababies, Tadworth, Leatherhead and Dorking 0-4yrs. Tel: Rachel 07807 06 75 27. TENNIS & RACKET SPORTS Junior Multi-Sport Camp Limpsfield LTC, Detillens Lane

RH8 0DH. 9.30am-12.30pm Coaching & Play Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis. Wed-Fri, 2-4 January 2013. 7-14 yrs. £9/11 per morning Tel: Derek 07947 14 54 75.

Tennis Camps at Redhill Lawn Tennis Club

Linkfield Lane RH1 1JW. 9.30am-12.30pm. 5-14yrs. £10. Contact Tim: 07956 38 35 35.

TRAMPOLINING AND GYMNASTICS Trampolining Mega Session, Caterham on the Hill

Wednesday, 19 December: 2-hour mega session. 4+yrs. £9.50. Tel: Marie Clark 01883 620971.

LEISURE CENTRE ACTIVITIES Tandridge Leisure Centre, Hoskins Rd, Oxted RH8 9HT Dancing in a Winter Wonderland - Creative Movement Mon, 24 December, 10-11am. 3-6yrs. £6 / £7 Christmas Make and Create Art Workshop Fri, 21 December, 3.30-5.30pm. 5-8yrs. £9/£10 Abracadabra! Magic workshop Thurs, 3 January, 10am-1pm. 8-12 yrs. £16/£18 Tel: 01883 716717.

Redhill & Reigate - Christmas Holiday Show, Reigate St Mary’s School, Chart Lane RH2 7RN. Four days of Singing, Dance and Drama. Performance at the end. Mon-Thurs 17-20 December. 4-8 yrs. £90 per child, £65 siblings. Wendy 0208 686 0141.

‘Pull The Other’ Youth Theatrelab

Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’, Epsom College.17-19 December 10am-5pm. Last day performance 7.30pm. 12-16 yrs. Act. Direct. Stage Craft. 10% sibling/friend discount. Rachel: 07801 268387 or Helen: 07725 606833.

Families Surrey East November-December 2012


Out & About EVENTS CALENDAR NOVEMBER Thursday, 15 November to 24 December - Royal Kingston Christmas Fair daily at All Saints

Parish Church, Clarence Street KT1 1JS

16 -18 November - HorseWorld Live Exhibition and Equicirque horse show, ‘Adrenaline’ at Excel,

Sunday 2 December - Christmas Regency Ball at Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RQ. Christmas Regency Ball in Clandon’s Marble Hall, watch and join in. 11am4pm. Regency dances, talks, food tasters, games and period dressing up for all the family. Normal admission. NT members free.

Sunday, 9 December The YMCA Santa Fun Run,

Reigate Priory Park, 11am. Over 400 runners 5+yrs in Santa Suits run 1 mile or 3 miles around the park. £10 entry. Refreshments at the Pavilion. Book your place: get-involved/santa-fun-run

at Tadworth Court. 12noon-4pm. Entry £2.50, children free. Santa’s Grotto, elf hunt, skating rink, Christmas crafts, cards, carols, refreshments.

Saturday & Sunday, 24-25 November - Priory Farm’s Christmas Food Festival 10.30am

- 4.30pm. Free entry. Sandy Lane, South Nutfield RH1 4EJ.

DECEMBER Saturday, 1 December - Family Christmas Decoration Making

at Gatton Park, Reigate, RH2 0TW. Christmas decorations from natural materials of Gatton Park. 10am12.30pm or 1.30-4pm. £8, children £5. Bookings: 01737 649066 or

Sunday, 9 December - Christmas Animal Visit & Christmas Carols Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7RT. 12noon- 4pm, Christmas Carols 4-5pm. Gift shop 12-5.30pm. Family: £14. Complimentary drinks & mince pies. Father Christmas. Bookings: 01483 444334 or uk/hatchlands-park

Sunday, 9 December Raise the Roof Christmas Concert 2.30-3.30pm. Free.

Christmas Carols and Market, 3-6pm. Refreshments. The Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ.

Wed – Sat, 12-15 December Magical Santa Grotto at Heaven, High Street, Nutfield. £10 per child. Tel: 01737 420102

WALKS, NATURE AND LOCAL CONSERVATION LINGFIELD NATURE RESERVES Sunday, 25 November 10 am-1 pm - National Tree Week Planting specimen trees to attract birds and start a fruit thicket. Clearing leaves. Free refreshments.


Nutfield £4.

Wed-Thurs, 19-20 December Carol Concerts at Clandon Park

on the Hill CR3 5RB, 10am. £10; children £5 in advance, for St Catherine’s Hospice. Free Santa outfit!

Saturday, 24 November - The Children’s Trust Christmas Fair

Saturday, 15 December - Face painting at Heaven High Street,

Estate, magical day out with Santa, carousel, skating rink, chestnuts, gifts Family: £20.

Sunday, 18 November - Santa Run starts at Queen’s Park, Caterham

daily at Trinity Square, Sutton Town Centre

Centre, Herstmonceux, BN27 1RN. 6.30pm-11pm Family: £24.10. Tel: 01323 832731.

Sat-Sun, 15-16 December Christmastime at West Dean

London. Spectacular demos, exhibitions & equestrian outlets. and

22 November to 23 December Sutton’s Christmas Craft Fair,

Friday, 14 December - Open Evening for the Geminids Meteor Shower at The Observatory Science

Tuesday, 1 January 10 am12.30pm - New Year’s Day Work Party. Free mince pies & mulled wine for volunteers, soft drinks for children. Bring your own tools. For more details, call Anne Richards 01342 870200.

West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RQ, Wed 19, 3-5pm & 8-10pm, Thu 20 December 3.30-5.15pm (children’s concert) and 8-10pm. Mulled wine and mince pie in interval. Children’s concert includes a surprise visit from Father Christmas. £19 adults, £8 child <16yrs. Booking essential: 01483 444333, or

Wednesday-Sunday, 19-23 December - The Wintershall Nativity Play

The perfect way for families young and old to experience the true spirit of Christmas. Cast of 70, plus real baby, horses, donkeys, sheep, angels, beacons and bonfire, in and around Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley GU5 0LR. Bookings: or call 01483 892167.

Thursday, 20 December Children’s Christmas party at

Kidspace, 619 Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 4RQ. 5pm – 7.30pm. Pizza buffet, 30 minutes entertainment, a trip to Santa’s grotto. Adults free. £14. Tel 0208 686 0040.

Friday, 21 December Christmas Splash Disco 7-9pm, Tandridge

XMAS LIGHTS & LATE NIGHT SHOPPING Saturday, 10 November Autumn Fayre United Reformed Church Harestone

Valley Rd, Caterham.10am-2pm.Caterham Dene’s League of Friends bring Xmas gifts, stocking fillers, crafts, cakes books, tombola with prizes galore! Free entry.

Thursday, 22 November Christmas Lights Switch On

The Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill. Spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On Event , 4-7.15pm. Music from ‘Maxiumum Robbie’ & entertainment. Prize Draw, free mince pies & glo-sticks!

Friday, 23 November Christmas Lights Switch On Dorking, from

4pm at St Martin’s Walk Shopping Centre, with Mr Crimbo. Lights on in St Martin’s & throughout town at 5pm!

Tuesday, 27 November, Lights switch-on at Denbies, Dorking 5pm

- late. Denbies,. Late night shopping, fireworks, mulled wine & mince pies!

Friday, 30 November Sing Along -A-Christmas at St. Mary The Virgin, Bletchingley, 6pm. Family songs & entertainment . £5, children £2.50.

Friday, 30 November - Late night shopping at The Medicine Garden, Downside

Road, Cobham, 6.30-9pm. Tastings at The Larder Farm Shop. Trees, turkeys, gifts. Then 1-2 December - Christmas Market, 10am-5pm.

Saturday, 1 December Leatherhead Christmas Festival

Leisure Centre, Oxted. 8+yrs. Music, lights, treasure hunts, raffles and a pirate ship! All ages welcome. £3.50.

11am-5pm. Gift Fair in Swan Shopping Centre. Christmas characters,. Mole Valley Silver Band, carols, face painting, children’s workshop, music & dancing.

GATWICK GREENSPACE PARTNERSHIP Sunday, 18 November - 10am12noon Animal Tracks and Signs in Winter Tilgate Park RH10 5PQ. No disabled access. Toilets. No dogs. Parking £3 all day. £3 per person. <5s free.

SURREY HILLS WALKS AND EVENTS Sun, 9 & Wed, 19 December 11am-3pm. Follow the trails, cut your own tree. Help clear the wood! 2mls walking. Bring sledge for tree. Details: 01306 712711. surreyhills

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Saturday, 1 December Christmas Market


St Mary the Virgin, Bletchingley, 11am-3pm. Home-made cakes and jams, lunches, trade stalls. Craft corner for kids. Entry £1; children 50p at door.

Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, Reigate

Sunday, 2 December - Grand Grotto Opening

DORKING Saturday, 17 November 10.15am-

Supporting the National Childbirth Trust

REIGATE, REDHILL & HORLEY Saturday, 26 January 10am-12noon (9.45am members) £1.

11am-4pm at The Belfry, Redhill. Nativity petting farm, children’s workshops, face painting, balloon modeling and panto characters. £1 to park all day! Santa’s Grotto opens 2.30pm.

12noon (10am members). £1. North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill RH5 4HH. Tel: 0844 243 6107

LEATHERHEAD Saturday, 10 November, 2pm (1.45pm for NCT members) – 3.30pm. £1.50. Downsend School), 1 Leatherhead Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8TJ


Entry £1.

REIGATE Saturdays, 10 November and 1 December (toys only) 9-11am. Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East off Cockshott Hill Reigate RH2 8BD

BANSTEAD Saturday, 17 November 9-11am.

Banstead Youth Centre, Bolters Lane, Banstead SM7 2BQ. Baby equipment, clothes, toys, maternity wear, cots, buggies Refreshments. Tel: 07949 44 26 27.

Sunday, 2 December - Carols round the Christmas Tree on Westerham Green from 5pm Mondays, 3 & 17 December - Denbies Dorking 4-9pm. Late night shopping, crafts, mulled wine & mince pies!

Saturday, 8 December - Reigate Local Xmas Shopping Event 10am to 4pm. Woodhatch Centre, Whitebeam Drive, Hornbeam Road Reigate, RH2 7LS (behind Co-op). Support local this Christmas - An eclectic mix of stalls from jewellery, children’s toys, health and beauty products and more. Kids face painting & mini workshops. Fun day out for all the family!

Thursday, 13 December-Late night shopping until 8.30pm at Squire’s Garden Centre,

Buckland, Reigate. Complimentary glass of wine and mince pie. Café, food tasting, free hot roasted chestnusts. Christmas carols by local primary school 6.30-7.30pm.

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Christmas Lights Switch On Thursday 22nd November from 4pm World-class Robbie Williams tribute act will entertain you from 5.30pm with lights switched on at 6.30pm and shops open until 7.30pm FREE Face painting and kids’ activities Enter our competition on the night to win £1000 worth of entertainment vouchers!

Join us for our FREE events this Christmas! Grotto Grand Opening on Sunday 2nd December from 11am See Santa arrive at his magical Grotto at 12 noon Visit our special Nativity petting farm all day FREE children’s entertainment including craft workshops, face painting and balloon modelling - REDHILL

Visit Santa in his Grotto from 12.30pm To find out more visit ‘like’ us on Facebook follow us on Twitter @BelfryShopping

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Out and About SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS Wednesday, 14 November Leigh Lollipops pre-school Christmas Fayre, 1pm-3pm. Abbots Pass Hall, Bunce Common Road, Leigh. Free entry. Gifts, cards, jewellery and refreshments.

Friday, 16 November Christmas Craft Market at

Hillcroft Primary School, Chaldon Road, Caterham CR3 5PG. 7.30-9.30pm. Free entry. Refreshments.

Saturday, 17 November, Christmas Fayre Manor House Lane, Little Bookham KT23 4EN, 11am-3pm. Father Christmas, fun, games and gifts. Refreshments - BBQ, coffee shop, café. Wide variety of gifts and crafts. Entry £1, children free.

Saturday, 17 November Good as New Toy Fair Holmesdale School,

Saturday, 17 November - PTA Christmas Fair at Farlington School, Strood Park, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3PN, 11am-3pm. Over 80 stalls, raffle, café and Father Christmas! Entry £1.

Saturday, 24 November Christmas Craft Fair at Reigate

Priory School, Bell St, Reigate, 10.30am -3pm. >40 stalls incl. crafts, photographers & secret Santa room. Refreshments. Entry £1, children free.

Saturday, 1 December Christmas Bazaar at The Hawthorns

School, Pendell Road, Bletchingley RH1 4QJ, 10am -1pm. Entry £1


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Saturday, 8 December PTA Christmas Fair

at Reigate Parish Church School, Blackborough Road RH2 7BD, 1.304.30pm. Entry £1, children free.


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MATHEMATICS GRADUATE Providing individual Maths tuition for children aged 9-13. CRB checked. Godstone area Tel: 01342 892240 ZUMBA CLASSES

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Families Surrey East Magazine Nov-Dec 2012