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for parents, teachers and children

in Surrey

Easter 2018

19th March - 14th May 2018

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Education, Bookstore, Roundabout, Pinboard, Theatre and much more!




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MAVERICK MARTIAL ARTS Mavericks Martial Arts is a full time re-imagining education at

ISL Surrey Primary School in Woking

Last summer, inspired by the Reggio Emilio approach, we redesigned our early years learning environment to incorporate a range of loose parts and natural resources.

opportunities for our children to develop their creativity and critical thinking. The rich language we have overhead as child plan, negotiate, review and share their models has been so rewarding.

We made a conscious decision to move away from the more traditional plastic and brightly coloured classroom materials. When choosing resources we looked for items that are visually appealing as well as offering a tactile experience. Research has shown that there is a strong connection between the emotional centre of the brain and the tactile system so we collected and sourced objects that offer a range of sensory experiences. Furthermore touch encourages exploration of weight, texture, size, temperature and so much more.

We strongly believe in the benefits of offering loose part play. Loose part play allows children to do the thinking. It encourages problem solving, resilience and cooperation; all vital skills for the development of the next generation.

Loose parts form the base of our resources in the Atelier and through the Early Years environment. By loose parts we mean collections of natural and manmade objects. These objects have no pre-determined use. Watching our students combine, take apart, redesign, line- up and create using these open-ended resources has been a real joy. We have seen the same loose part become and be used for a myriad of things. The introduction of a range of loose parts in our learning environment has really increased


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Contact admissions for more information: or call: +44 (0)1483 750409. Sarah Partridge, Early Years Leader Sarah Partridge is currently Head of Early Years at ISL Surrey Primary School. She is an experienced educator, having spent the last twenty two years facilitating learning across the primary age range in London, Maseru, Lima, Buenos Aires, Monza and Woking.

Academy in Guildford and we run some amazing Kids programmes!

of Martial Arts than Mini-Mavericks, there is still time for fun and they even enjoy a game or two after their hard work!

Our Mini-Mavericks program is aimed at children between 4-7 years and gives them an introduction to the principles of Martial Arts. We teach basic Kickboxing and fundamental disciplines such as respect along with a few games and talking topics.

The Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is a new program for 2018! Our Adult BJJ has been incredibly popular since introduced and we wanted to give the opportunity to kids between 10-14 years to learn the basic principles of this unique style of Martial Art.

The Kids Kickboxing program is aimed at children between 8-12 years and although a higher level

For a free trial class call 01483568455 or email



Child’s Play

Pre-School A warm, caring and friendly pre-school based in the United Reformed Church Hall in Central Guildford. Open 8.30am to 2.45pm; children can attend Mornings (9am - 1pm), Afternoons (12pm - 2.45pm), or full days. Light, bright and spacious hall; outdoor area and weekly Forest School sessions. Parking available. Children accepted from two years old

until school age. All funding accepted - 15 and 30 hours Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds; FEET funding for 2 year olds; Childcare Vouchers. If you would like more information please contact: or 07510 254313 or visit

Looking for a pre-school in Guildford? Come and see what we have to offer! • Places available for September 2018 • Open 8.30am - 2.45pm • Warm and caring atmosphere • Parking • Forest school sessions • All funding accepted • 30 hours free childcare

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Meet the Head Tracey Fantham, Headteacher of Manor House School, Bookham What do you love about working at Manor House School, Bookham? Working in a school where I know all of the pupils by name from ages 2 – 16 is really wonderful. The environment is a beautiful place to work and the happy and positive atmosphere at Manor House is almost tangible. What changes have you implemented in the past twelve months during your time as Head? Within the last 18 months, I have introduced a new contemporary school uniform that the girls are proud to wear, restructured the school day and curriculum, introduced many new opportunities for sports and holiday activities across the Preparatory and Senior Schools, improved the senior scholarship opportunities after relaunching our website and prospectus to better reflect our seven school values. What is your school’s ideology and how do you prepare pupils for life after education? We aim to offer a well-rounded education and the type of girl who thrives at Manor House is someone who is prepared to work hard to achieve, to take on new challenges, work as a team and fully participate in the life of the school, be that on the sports field, the stage or in the Science Laboratory. Developing ‘future female leaders’ has


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never been more relevant. All girls are encouraged to take up the challenge of a leadership role during their time here. They may aspire to become a sports captain, a form captain, a science ambassador or a supportive friend to name just a few examples. By the time girls reach the end of Year 11, they are well prepared and ready to move onto a new environment. What makes you most proud of your pupils? Witnessing their achievements, kindness and the way they enthusiastically engage in learning each day. How have recent technological developments affected teaching and education? This aspect of learning is where we have seen huge developments. All our senior girls use iPads for learning and they are available to our Upper Prep pupils. The technology industries are creating some incredible software and apps which bring a different dimension to learning. Girls can develop creativity and collaboration skills both within and outside the classroom without replacing traditional learning methods. – Next Open Morning: Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 9.30am. To book a place/s, email

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Swimming Lessons Quality classes in small groups

Lessons for:

• Adults and Children from 2 yrs • Non Swimmers • Improvers • Advanced • SUPER Advanced Classes held at Downsend School Leatherhead and Epsom College

For more info contact Colin on: 01372-739600 or

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from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Simple Minds and so many


more. You won’t see a bad wig here,

Holy Trinity Church, High Street,

this isn’t a tribute act this is simply

Guildford GU1 3JH. 7.30pm Guildford

paying tribute, the best way we can to

Spring Music Festival presents four

the legends in music. Be part of Rock

exceptional young musicians at the

For Heroes. Tickets: £18.

start of their professional careers. Tickets: Adult £12, Friends of GSMF

Saturday 24th

£11.00, Unemployed: £6.00 Students


free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Living Planet Centre, Rufford House,

Friday 23rd

Brewery Road, Woking GU21 4LL. 12 noon – 4pm. Think you can generate


enough energy to make a cup of

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street,

tea? Know your recycling from your

Farnham GU9 7DX. 2pm – 4pm. From

waste? Join us at our Earth Hour

mammoths tusks to children’s games:

day on Saturday 24th March at

The Museum of Farnham cares for

WWF’s Living Planet Centre. Tackle

hundreds of objects behind the scenes.

our environmental challenges, take

Join us for a unique opportunity to

part in one of our family friendly

handle some of these objects and

hands on activities, or sit back with

learn more about them from our

the children and be inspired by our

knowledgeable volunteers. Suitable

fascinating storyteller. You’ll also find

for ages 5+. Please drop in any time

out the small actions you can take to

between 2pm-4pm. Free event.

help to protect the planet – what will your Earth Hour promise be?


Waterways events. Join us for the

Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN. 10am –

exciting Thames Runnymede Rivers

5pm. From the oldest to the newest,

Celebration. There will be various fun

see some of the earliest examples

river activities. Regattas, exhibitions,

nestling among hundreds of Minis

art, sports, singing picnics, walks,

and their variations. As always Test

fayres and educational experiences

Hill will be in action (subject to

– something for everyone! The River

weather). Tickets: Adults £13.50,

Celebration website will be updated

Seniors & Students £11.50, Family

with more events, please see www.

(2 adults and up to 3 children) £35,

Children (5-16) £7.



Denbies Wine Estate, London Road,

Rhoda McGaw Theatre, The

Showcasing a selection of award-

Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre,

winning chocolates, handcrafted

Woking GU21 6GQ. 7pm. Hosted

by skilled chocolatiers, we will be

by Dance Woking, Woking SLAM

offering a collection of chocolate-

is a community led platform that

related stalls, selling and showcasing

showcases performances using urban

handmade chocolates, truffles, fudge,

dance styles such as street, hip hop,

marshmallow and more. Free entry

breaking and body popping! Tickets: Standard: £10.50, Concession: £6.50.


Dorking RH5 6AA. 10am – 4pm.

Sunday 25th


The Nursery, Lingfield College,

Road, Guildford GU2 7AD. 1pm – 4pm.

Racecourse Road, RH7 6PH. 1pm-

A fun event for all the family, enjoy

3pm. Enter the wonderful world of

watching Surrey’s very own basketball

Alice in Wonderland with Poppy’s

team, Surrey Scorchers, as they battle it

Parties! There’s SO much to do,

out in the UK’s top league! Tickets: Pre-

including: The Mad Hatter’s Tea

sale/on door - Adult Standard £11/£14,

Party Interactive Kid’s (aged 0-5)

Concession Standard £8/£9.50.

Show Alice In Wonderland Baby & Toddler Sensory Show Easter Egg Hunt with Special Appearance from

Thursday 29th March – Sunday 8th April

Face painting with Busy Days Easter


Craft Activities Everyone is welcome

More Lane, Esher KT10 8AN. 10am-

for FREE (including all activities and

6pm. Skywalk Adventure in Esher,

eggs), so please hop along with family

Surrey, is a fun day out for everyone.

&friends! Additionally if you would

With two high-ropes courses, each

like a FREE goody bag, please register

packed with treetop obstacles, this


is an experience that is enjoyable

(& FREE photo with) Peter Rabbit

Saturday 24th March Sunday 15th April

yet challenging at the same time. Zip through the trees, crawl through barrels and test your balance on the


tightropes- all the while with a breath

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey,

and all the way to London. From 29th

GU23 6QB. Hop through the garden

March through to 8th April, they will

on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny

be running a special Easter Eggs-

and follow the clues that lead you to a

travaganza. For the normal Skywalk

taking view over Sandown Racecourse

Epsom KT18 5AL. Are you ready


to ROCK! Immerse yourself in the

Chertsey Museum, 33 Windsor

incredible new live music experience

Street, Chertsey KT16 8AT. 11am: A 30

delicious treat! Bring your family along

admission price, every Skywalker

with Rock For Heroes. Bringing the

minute talk followed by the premiere

for a full day of Easter fun every day

will get a free Easter Egg! There will

perfect combination of your favourite

of A Year in the Life of Runnymede’s

and join in with arts and craft sessions.

also be a photo booth, Fancy dress,

Rock & Pop artist across the eras, in

Rivers and Waterways’ telling the

Opening times and ticket prices may

and the chance to win a monster

celebration of an incredible cause

story of the people who live and work

vary by event. Full details can be found

egg raffle! And much more! Skywalk

Help for Heroes. We will be collecting

by the river, and showing a year’s


Adventure is conveniently located at

for this amazing cause, after every

events on the river in the changing

show. Performed by a full live rock

seasons. Followed by the River

band and superb singers, It’s the must

Exhibition. The launch starts the 6


courts, and much more; make a day

see show of the year. With music

month programme of FREE River and

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands

of it and book more than one activity-

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue,


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Sunday 25th

Sandown Sports, which boasts two dry ski slopes, a gym, three squash

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R with a refreshing break at their fully licensed bar in between. Tickets: Kids £22 Adults £30 Family Ticket £90 (both courses)

Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April

EASTER LUNCHES in LEFTBANK The Runnymede on Thames, Windsor Road, Egham TW20 0AG. 12.30pm – 4pm. Our delicious three-course buffet in Leftbank will be available on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Priced at £35 per adult and £18 per child to include tea and coffee. We have limited spaces available at our ever popular Easter Sunday lunch, which includes half a bottle of wine per person or unlimited


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soft drinks, tea or coffee and an Easter Egg for the children. Priced at £52 per adult and £32 per child.

EASTER EGG TRAILS Hatchlands Park, Guildford GU4 7RT. 10am- 5pm. Head out into parkland to follow our nature themed trail, solve the clues and claim your chocolate treat.

Friday 30th March – Sunday 8th April EASTER OPENING

Busbridge Lakes, Hambledon Road, Godalming GU8 4AY. 10.30am – 5.30pm. One of the largest collections of waterbirds in the country, heritage gardens with specimen trees & lakes, all lending to a peaceful day out in the countryside with nature. Tickets: Adults £10, Senior Citizens £8 & Children (3 to 13) £5

Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April EASTER FUN

Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone RH9 8LX. Easter Fun! Make and take crafts - Storytime - Nature trail and

quiz - Lambs - Chicks – Ducklings. Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills, Godstone farm is the perfect family fun filled day out. We pride ourselves on being interactive with an array of animals to see including Llamas, Goats, Sheep, Ducks, Pigs and many more plus the animal holding area where you can stroke the bunnies and chicks. As well as the animals we offer the ever popular tractor ride and a vast amount of indoor and outdoor play equipment. Whether you like outdoor play areas with things to climb, swing and balance on, sandpits full of buckets and spades, dinosaurs, den building in the Woodland Maze or the fantastic indoor soft play area, we have something for everyone. Choose from a variety of places to purchase lunch and refreshments and relax with a cuppa while the children play. PLUS we have an eggcellent array of Easter activities running throughout the holidays from 30th March- 15th April and our new indoor play area will be open! Tickets: 1 Adult and 2 children over 2 £28.20 per ticket, Adult and 1 child over 2 £18.00 per ticket.

Saturday 31st

THE PASSION OF JESUS High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ. 12noon & 2,30pm. On Easter Saturday the Wintershall cast of players and animals moves to the High Street in Guildford, in their home county of Surrey. The play begins at the junction of High Street and Quarry Street at 12 noon and again at 2:30 pm. The free 90-minute performances take place amongst shoppers in the home town of many of the cast and crew. Come and see the High Street transformed into the stage for one of the greatest stories ever told. Free event

PETER RABBIT HOPS INTO TOWN White Lion Walk Shopping Centre, 40 White Lion Walk, Guildford GU1 3DW. Popular children’s book character, Peter Rabbit, will be appearing at White Lion Walk on Saturday 31st March as part of the Guildford shopping centre’s Easter Extravaganza event. Providing the perfect opportunity for some free, family fun, the mischievous rabbit will be

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R appearing at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, to meet with little shoppers and pose for photos. To add to the Easter weekend event, youngsters can also take part in a special egg hunt around the shopping centre where they have to find a number of clues in shop windows in return for a delicious sweet treat. Furthermore, a face painter will be on hand throughout the day to transform little ones into their favourite Easter characters. Free event.

STEAM TOY RALLY Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL. 10am


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– 5pm. The museum’s buildings will be hissing, chuffing and puffing to the rhythm of steam-driven toys of yesteryear. This is an event that appeals to old and young alike. Normal museum entry fees apply.

EASTER FARM FESTIVAL Whiteley Village, Octagon Road, Hersham KT12 4EH. 11am – 4pm. Visit the mini animal farm and pedal the tractor obstacle course! Follow the Bunny Trail or ride the horse & cart. Food & drink exhibitors will be selling local produce. Tickets: Family Ticket (Family of Four) - £25.00, Adult Ticket - £9.00 per adult, Child Ticket - £5.00 per child (Child age 2yrs to 12yrs). Some activities included in price.

MANE CHANCE EASTER EGG TRAIL Monkshatch Garden Farm, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DL. 10am – 3pm. Meet the horses and Shetland ponies, enjoy the walk, solve the clues along the way to win an Easter egg prize. Refreshments and fun and games. Dogs on leads welcome. Tickets: £3 per trail


as a bonus reward. Two trails have

Electric Theatre, Onslow Street,

been created covering both main

Guildford. 10am to 4pm (showcase at 4pm). An exciting day of fun lively dance workshops for children. Learn and rehearse routines with a professional dancer and perform them on the Electric stage! Drinks and snacks provided. Children will need a packed lunch and comfortable clothes. Come and learn new dance skills, boost your confidence, make friends and have lots of fun! Tickets £35, Siblings £27

Saturday 31st March – Saturday 14th April OXTED EASTER TRAILS Station Road East and Station Road West, Oxted RH8 0BQ. 9am – 5pm. Oxted town centre’s Easter trails are back by popular demand. The free family friendly trails will run every day from Saturday, March 31st until Saturday April 14th except Sundays.

high streets: the Easter Bunny Trail on Station Road East and the Easter Chick Trail on Station Road West. Easy-tofollow clues will lead families into the high street shops and businesses to tick off their trail sheets, which can be picked up from Oxted Library and various designated points around the town. Completed trail sheets can then be posted in one of the special post boxes to be in with a chance of winning a star prize. Free event

APRIL Sunday 1st

CHILDREN’S EASTER TRAIL British Wildlife Centre, Eastbourne Road, Newchapel, Lingfield RH7 6LF. 10am – 5pm. Children will enjoy hunting down eggs hidden amongst the animals. If they spot

Successful clue hunters will have the

them all they’ll win a chocolate treat.

chance of winning one of two overall

All entries go into a prize draw to

prizes, and there will be chocolate

win Family Membership. Normal

hotspots popping up in various

admission fee payable. Easter Trail

businesses throughout the fortnight

free for children to participate.

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R Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd EASTER SUNDAY & MONDAY

Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17

to 3pm so why not bring a picnic and

Students £11.50, Family (2 adults and

1UF. 2pm – 3.30pm. Discover Ewell’s

stay for lunch! Discover more about

up to 3 children) £35, Children (5-16) £7

dark past and the tales that some would

the Romans at a family drop in event

rather forget. Tread in the footsteps of

on Tuesday 10th April and enjoy a fun-

Wednesday 4th

the body-snatchers and see where they

filled morning of Roman arts and crafts


plied their grisly trade. Hear stories of

activities. Museum Explorer workshops

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring

witches, tragic coach crashes and folk

run on selected dates throughout the

Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. 11am -3.30pm.

who won’t stay dead! Discover Ewell’s

holidays (parents do not need to stay!),

Learn to shape flints like the ancient

historic jail and see what eighteenth-

and themes range from Marvellous

Stone Age craftsmen and discover the

century justice was like. Please meet at

Maps to Brilliant Birds to creating your

lost art of making stone tools. Cost

the main entrance to Bourne Hall Places

own breakfast cereal. The sessions run

per child £15, payable in advance. This

are limited to 25 so you have to book.

from 10.30am – 12pm and are suitable

includes the cost of materials to make

Cost £5 per person.

for children aged 5-11 years (booking

the tool which will be yours to keep.

advisable). For more details on all the

Farnham GU10 2DL. 10am – 5pm. On

Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 12th

Easter Sunday and Monday, visitors can


join in with the Easter Chick Hunt, with

Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street,

prizes for the winners who find the

Haslemere GU27 2LA. 10am – 5pm.

Tuesday 3rd - Friday 13th

chicks hidden among the museum’s

The signs of Spring are popping up


surroundings of Alice Holt Forest for

displays. On Monday afternoon there

everywhere and there is plenty to look

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road,

a craft club with a difference! We

is an Easter Bonnet Parade. Come with

forward too at the Museum during

Weybridge KT13 0QN. 10am – 5pm.

combine guided outdoor exploration

a hat you have made, or a design to

the school Spring holidays. On Tuesday

Weekdays during the school holidays

and games around the forest with

make when you arrive. The museum

3rd April there will be a family drop

our popular car rides will be running,

indoor seasonal craft sessions using

supplies all materials. Normal entry

in event. Young visitors can enjoy lots

pick up the Easter Egg Trail, try out

our gathered natural materials. As

fees apply.

of spring crafts where there will be

our family workshops or step aboard

a result, your child will learn about

everything they need to make a spring

Concorde on a fun-filled Kids Tour.

nature and wildlife, as well as creating

paper lamb and decorative bunch of

Normal Museum Admission Charges

some beautiful and unique crafts to

daffodils. The event runs from 11am

Apply: Adults £13.50, Seniors &

take home at the end of the day. Crafts

Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford,



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events and workshops taking place

Thursday 5th

including timings and costs, visit


Alice Holt Forest, Buck’s Horn Oak, Farnham GU10 4LS. 10am – 3pm. Join Groundwork in the magical

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R may include, for example: woven willow ornaments, pinecone animals, dream catchers, bark rubbings, leaf collages and handmade ‘nature books’. Several other dates available during 2018 school holidays. Cost: £20


Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th

Street and uncover Ewell’s Saxon past.

he is served and eats a meal. Did he

Learn about exploding gunpowder

throw his bones over his shoulder or

mills and visit the graveyard where

was it all very polite? Watch as he is

the victims rest in peace. Please meet

dressed and armed for combat. We

at the main entrance to Bourne Hall.

then follow him as he takes part in

Places are limited to 25 so you have to

his first tournament, a preparation

magnificent birds of prey displays

book. Cost £5 per person.

for the brutal medieval battlefield.

and get to meet these fascinating

Discover his armour and weapons,

birds up close. Agility displays run at

how he fights and defends himself


11am and 2pm daily. Opening times

with them. Then cheer him on as he

and ticket prices may vary by event.

takes on other knights for his lady’s

Full details can be found at

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street,

favour and his honour. Cost: £5 per

Farnham GU9 7DX. 2pm – 3pm. Take


Saturday 7th

BIRDS OF PREY RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB. Watch

part in a fantastic creative writing workshop led by Ally Sherrick, author of Black Powder and winner of the Young Quills Award from the Historical Association. Use real Museum objects to inspire and

Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell

create your own stories. Booking

KT17 1UF. 2pm – 3.30pm. Peel back

essential, to confirm your place

time and discover Ewell’s hidden past

please contact the museum. Suitable

and unseen history in a guided walk

for ages 8-12.

around the village. Hidden beneath from prehistoric times. Visit Bourne


Hall’s sacred lake with its offerings

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club,

to the ancient gods. Tread in the

Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. 1pm –

footsteps of the Romans on Stane

1.30pm. We follow a young knight as

the modern village are secrets dating

Surrey Museums Month 2018 It’s April! It’s Surrey Museums Month! Come and enjoy children & family events, workshops, exhibitions, talks and tours at one of our amazing 43 museums and galleries.

Best Dens Ever! - Brilliant Birds - Games We Played - Fabulous Felt Fish Knights in Shining Armour - Bottle Cap Frogs - Clay Chicks & Rabbits Vintage Tractor Road Run - Votes For Women! A great day Tots Painting - an i-spy trail for prizes Eggsiting Egg hunts and plenty of out for all Easter holiday family fun! ily!

the fam

Join in the Air-mazing i-spy challenge! How many of our air-mazing air-themed items and photographs can you find in the museums this Easter? Visit as many museums and galleries as you can for your chance to win a prize! Pick up a leaflet at your local museum, or find out more on our Surrey Museums website.

Go to for links to our museums.


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Bourne Hall Museum Club Bourne Hall Museum Club is the club for children 7 to 12+ who love history and like to have fun while learning about it. We travel back through time to discover the past and its people encompassing all periods of history from the deepest Stone Age to the home front in Epsom during World War 2. A selection of our previous time travels includes:

knight as he faces his first taste of combat and making catapults and knights in our CATS Club.

• Joining the Roman army, meeting Florence Nightingale, • Surviving the Stone Age, re- fighting the Battle of Hastings, seeing what life was like for a Victorian child, experiencing life on the Home Front in Epsom & Ewell and being able to take part in a real archaeological dig.

The club meets on the second Saturday of each month at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF between 1.00pm and 2.30pm and costs £5 per child for each session.

This Easter we will be Making Stone Age Tools, joining a young

Through a combination of hands on experience, visiting experts and a coming together of enthusiastic minds we aim to have fun and learn together.

For more information or to be added to our e-mailing list please contact David Brooks on or visit:


AT LINGFIELD PARK Discovering the inside story of horse-racing and what it takes to breed a thorough-bred are all on offer at Lingfield Park Resort as the racecourse marks Grand National Day.

Its annual Discover Racing day on April 14th will be a perfect day for all the family to find out what goes on behind-the-scenes at a racecourse. National charity Racing to School, which holds curriculum-based lessons at Lingfield Park and other racecourses around the country, will be on hand with its ex-jockeys to show people the inner-workings of a race day, including a behind-the-scenes tour. They will also have a mechanical horse – an equicizor, used for training by professional jockeys – for people to see just how hard it is to ride a racehorse! Racehorse trainer John Best, will display his Lingfield Park Owners Group racehorse, Mosskateer, in the Winners’ Enclosure before racing and will detail the steps it takes to choose a young horse at the sales in January, to training it and getting it fit


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for its racing career. He will be on hand to answer any questions about his horses or his Kent-based yard.

As well as demonstrations by the farrier, the younger visitors will be able to get their faces painted or try their hands at riding skills on the inflatable Derby Hoppers. Executive Director at Lingfield Park Resort, David Toulson-Burke, explained how Discover Racing is one of the most popular days at the racecourse. ‘There is literally something for everyone – from our own thrilling action on the track to being able to watch the Grand National live on our big screen – it’s a day that literally brings the sport to life.’ ‘We hope the families who choose to join us, will go away having had a fun, but informative day and will see how much horseracing offers for every age.’ Mr Toulson-Burke said Discover Racing was a great example of how Lingfield Park Resort was a perfect day out for all the family.

‘As Britain’s busiest racecourse – with over 80 fixtures this year – we are very used to entertaining every generation. While there will be added entertainment on April 14th, we find that children love coming to the races on any day as it’s the horses that they most want to see. ‘We are lucky at Lingfield Park in that we are able to host so many different types of days. Throughout the summer we host a series of Hooves & Grooves events – live tribute bands after the racing on a Saturday evening – and these are enjoyed by the whole family as well.’ ‘We also stage bigger act concerts, with Paloma Faith playing here after evening racing on August 11th. There really is something on the agenda for everyone!’

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on your doorstep Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with the family or seeking the ideal walking route, getting out in Surrey’s countryside and spending time with friends and family outdoors is great for improving your physical and mental health.

these beautiful spots on foot, you can find a number of self-guided walks to suit all abilities at surreycc., or you can download the iFootpath app for Surrey walks and maps straight to your mobile phone.

There’s lots of beautiful destinations to explore in Surrey, each with its own particular feature. Open landscapes, rich heathland wildlife, breathtaking views and tranquil woodlands are just a few of the lovely characteristics on offer, and to help you discover

Round up your family, friends, pets and all and venture to the countryside for some fresh spring air on your doorstep. Visit to start your adventure. n

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A YOUNG HOMELESS PERSON? had a couple who have been fleeing domestic violence. Sometimes where it’s a simple disagreement the volunteer host service are able to smooth things over with the family and the young people were able to go home, but where this isn’t possible, suitable longer term accommodation is arranged. “To anyone who is considering becoming a host I would say give it a try. You don’t need any special skills, just a genuine desire to help a young person in need and a spare room of course.”

Join the Volunteer Host Service Family dynamics can have their ups and downs at the best of times and life isn’t always easy when you are a teenager or young adult. But for some young people, events can spiral into a situation that makes living at home impossible. Surrey’s Volunteer Host Service is here to help. They provide emergency accommodation to young people aged 1621 who are at risk of being made homeless. The service relies on volunteers who can offer a spare room to the young person for one to three nights. People like Susan* who opened up her home to young people nearly two years ago.

“I have felt uneasy about having a three bedroomed house to myself when there is such a desperate housing shortage. So when I saw an appeal for hosts in a magazine I knew I wanted to do it.

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“As a host I am asked to commit to taking in a young person for up to three nights at least once every three months. As hosts we provide a warm bed for the night, meals and share our bathroom and kitchen facilities. In return we are given an expense allowance of £15 per night. “Some young people who have stayed with me have come from a home where there have been disagreements, but I have also

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Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time together, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards.

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With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet, and a fantastic family day out.

This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School is performed by students of English National Ballet School.

My First Ballet: Swan Lake is at New Victoria Theatre in Woking from Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 May 2018. Book your tickets now at or call 0844 871 7645. n

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AIRHOP TRAMPOLINE PARK At AirHop Guildford we know how to host the best birthday parties, our parties are suitable for all ages, young and old. You’ll have a party host to take control of the event from the moment you arrive. Our parties include an hours bounce where you will have access to all areas of the park and during your bounce you’ll also have your own private dodgeball game! Once you’ve finished bouncing you’ll have half an hour in your own private party area with Pizza, Drinks & Chocolate! We also caterer for your little bouncers. We run Mini AirHopper sessions which are exclusively for children under the age of 5. For just £5 per toddler you can come and enjoy the park.

Here at AirHop Trampoline Park we have something for everyone and we pride ourselves on the fact that both families and thrill seekers will enjoy themselves. You can use our park to work on your flips and tricks or spending quality time with the family. AirHop Guildford offers you a wide range of awesome activities! Explore our indoor arena filled wall to wall with trampolines. We have lots of different areas for you to bounce in and enjoy. There’s our main court which has

over 50 interconnected trampolines that go across the floor and then up the walls! We have a huge foam pit where you can practice your tricks and flips. Then there is our six a side dodgeball arena. The same rules of dodgeball apply, but you’re playing on trampolines! In the dodgeball arena you can take on your friends, family and other bouncers in the park. Here at AirHop we have plenty of free parking and an onsite café where you can have a drink and a snack and enjoy the free Wi-Fi.

Mercedes-benz world There’s so much for the whole family to see and do at MercedesBenz World. And what’s more, entry and parking is absolutely free making Mercedes-Benz World the ideal destination for an adrenalinefuelled day out with the whole family. Step inside and explore three floors of interactive exhibits and attractions guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. Take a close look at a Formula One pit lane in our motorsport exhibition area, then find out how the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team became world champions. Challenge your friends and family in our virtual racing Simulator Zone or get behind the wheel with an Under 17s Driving Experience


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on the historic Brooklands racing circuit. Alternatively, experience the thrill of driving off road with a 4x4 driving adventure on our challenging 10-acre off-road course. Back on the track we have a huge variety of experiences to suit even the most daring of thrill seekers. Even guests between three and five years old can get in on the action, on our indoor Little Learners driving circuit. Complete the day with delicious food and healthy snacks in Café 1886 and the Gullwing Bistro. To find out more visit

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WIZARD OF OZ EASTER PANTO Sunday 8th April, 2pm & 6pm. A spectacular professional Easter Pantomime! Come and meet Dorothy as she goes on a magical adventure to the Land Of Oz. Follow Dorothy as she tries to find her way home. Along the way she makes new friends with the Scarecrow who longs for a brain, the Tin Man who really wants a heart and the very cowardly Lion who is desperate to be brave and have some courage. It’s not going to be easy for Dorothy to find her way home with the Wicked Witch of the West keeping a close eye on her! Will the Great and Powerful Oz be able to help? Find out by joining us at Easter!! Cost: Full £17, Children & Concessions £15, Family of 4 £58

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT DINOSAURS? Thursday 12th April, 2.30pm. So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now! Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’. So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever. Age guidance is it’s aimed primarily at key stage 1 and 2 (ages 5-12) but suitable for all ages although ages 5+ recommended. Cost: Full £16.50, £13.50 Child, £50 Family of 4


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PADDINGTON 2 (PG) Friday 13th April, 2pm. Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration. Tickets: £8.25; £7.25 Friend; £5.50 under 16s

CLIMB THAT TREE Saturday 14th April, 2pm – 3pm. Climb That Tree is the brand new live show and album from award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb. Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. Tickets: £8

dorking halls Tel: 01306 881717 SING-A-LONG-A BEAUTY & THE BEAST Thursday 26th April, 7pm. Singalonga Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” at Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast. Join us as we celebrate with a screening of Disney’s brand new adaptation of the iconic fairy tale, with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in! This is your chance to sing your heart out to the Disney songs of your childhood such as “Be our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and not forgetting the “Beauty and The Beast”. Our


Epsom opens its 7th Main school We have a lot to celebrate at Stagecoach Epsom this year as we are 30 years old! Stagecoach Epsom is one of the longest running school in the UK stagecoach network and now has an amazing 7 main schools, 9 Early Stages a post 15 class for professional preparation and wonderful themed parties on offer. We run outstanding classes weekly at Rosebery Girls School, Bourne Hall Ewell and

The Beacon School in Banstead. Our ethos is always creative courage for life and we aim to nurture and inspire all 540 students who join us weekly. We offer Easter holiday workshops and private vocal and acting coaching. Our NEW Sunday school starts on Sunday 22nd April 9.3012.30pm at Rosebery Girls. To book onto our two week trail please call 01737 669 504. n

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Singalonga host will start with a preshow where they will warm up your voices, teach you some hand actions, show you how to use the famous Singalonga props bag during the film and when to Boo the arrogant Gaston and of course judge the fancy dress competition! For those of you who have been abandoned somewhere on a desert Island and don’t know the story… Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. So some along and celebrate this “tale as old as time”, dress as your favourite character and get ready to feel part of a real fairy tale. Tickets: £18.00, Children £13.00, Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children): £56.00, 1 Adult, 2 Children: £42.00

electric theatre Tel: 01483 444789 STORY POCKET THEATRE


Saturday 24th March, 2pm. Clowning, slapstick and magical, non-verbal storytelling create a feast of laughter and pure joy as two storytellers go head-to-head in a high-energy battle for laughs. High wire antics, swimming, a test of strength, demented dancing and even tennis feature in this madcap extravaganza. Oh, and a lot of raspberries are blown! “Storyteller, Storyteller is quite simply the most brilliant piece of children’s theatre.” Arts Award Voice Suitable for 3+ years. Tickets: £9

THE JUNGLE BOOK Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th April, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. This Easter, The Man in the Moon is delighted to return to the stage of The Electric Theatre with The Jungle Book. Featuring a young cast filled with plenty of local talent, this magical retelling of the classic story makes a perfect family treat. Mowgli grows up thinking that he’s as fierce as a wolf, but when he learns that he’s actually human, he must discover how to reconcile


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two very different worlds. Will he remain with the pack or return to the human world? The Man in the Moon provides locally based drama workshops for children aged five to eighteen years old. They offer young people the opportunity to be part of a theatre company that produces and performs classic productions in a real life theatre. Since 1990, The Man in the Moon has produced over 40 captivating productions at The Electric Theatre, with casts that have included thousands of young people from around the Guildford area. This production of The Jungle Book promises to excite the entire family so there’s no excuse to miss out on this egg-cellent Easter treat. Tickets £12.50/Concessions £10.

epsom playhouse Tel: 01372 742555 EWELL CASTLE PRESENT


Wednesday 21st 2.30pm & 7.30pm -Thursday 22nd March 7.30pm. Following the rip-roaring success of Oliver! The Musical and Bugsy Malone, Ewell Castle School present Guys And Dolls; an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years and haven’t tied the knot. Tickets: £15, conc. £10

G-Live Tel: 0844 7701 797 COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS Saturday 31st March, 3pm. Do you love comedy at G Live? Then bring the family! Comedy Club 4 Kids gives you cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old. We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! Suitable for: Ages 6-11 years and their grown-ups. Tickets: £11

SHACKLETON’S CAT Wednesday 4th April, 4pm. Shackleton’s Cat comes to Guildford in 2018, as part of ETO’s awardwinning strand of operas for young people. The opera features nine performers, including singers and players, and tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs, a puppet cat, and comprehensive resources for teachers, compiled in partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. Curriculum topics include music, drama, geography, science, literacy and maths. The opera lasts just over an hour and is created for children aged 7-11 and their families. Tickets: £10.30

CALAMITY JANE Tuesday 17th April - Saturday 21st April, 7.30pm. Whip crack away with this timeless classic. Let multi award-winning Epsom Light Opera Company take you back to the black hills of Dakota for the ultimate tale of female empowerment and friendship set against the backdrop of the Wild West. The themes of unrequited love, jealousy, companionship, sacrifice and ultimately falling in love are explored beautifully in this 1950s classic musical. Featuring show stopping numbers: ‘Just blew in from the Windy City’, ‘A Woman’s Touch’ and the ultimate love song, ‘Secret Love’, this really is a family favourite you will not want to miss. Tickets: £18

harlequin theatre Tel: 01737 276 500 SON OF BIGFOOT Saturday 24th March, 9.30am & 11.45. Teenage outsider Adam sets out on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot! He has been hiding deep in the forest for years to protect himself and his family from HairCo, a giant corporation eager to run scientific experiments with his special DNA. As father and son start making up for lost time after the boy’s initial disbelief, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination. But little do they know,

HairCo. is on their tail as Adam’s traces have led them to Bigfoot! Tickets from £3

leatherhead theatre Tel: 01372 365141 CAPTAIN FLINN and the PIRATE DINOSAUR 2 Tuesday 10th April, 3pm. While in the middle of their school play, Flinn, Pearl and Tom are kidnapped by Mr T the T-Rex and forced to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass - a sword that grants the holder any wish! The children are whisked away on a fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages! Will fearless Flinn outwit the pirate dinosaurs? Is Pirate Pearl brave enough to battle the dangerous dinosaurs? All aboard for a non-stop action-packed theatrical experience with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs! Tickets: £9

new victoria Tel: 0844 871 7645 MY FIRST BALLET: SWAN LAKE Saturday 12th, 11am, 2pm & 5pm, Sunday 13th May, 11am & 3pm. Give children a first taste of the magical world of ballet. Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time together, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards. The magician Rothbart has turned the princess Odette into a swan; only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her or will he fall for Rothbart’s sorcery? Featuring choreography by Antonio Castilla, English National Ballet’s Ballet Master and Repetiteur, this new version follows the familiar story from a different point of view. With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet, and a fantastic family day out. Tickets from £13.40.

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