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May Half Term 2018

14th May - 9th July 2018


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Publishing Editor: Dawn Pardoe - 01905 727909 Design and Production: Paul Blyth Sales & PR: Suzie Scott - 01905 727904 Jo Williams - 01905 727903 Primary Times is independently published and distributed free through Infant and Junior Schools throughout Surrey. It is also available by subscription at £50 per year. Its aims are to inform families and children of current educational issues, forthcoming events, courses and attractions and to give teachers, pupils and parents the opportunity to participate in the magazine by adding to its contents or joining in the competitions which we run. It is not our intention to publish any racist, sexist or politically based material whatsoever. We also undertake not to carry any advertising which we would consider to be offensive to young families or harmful to the best interests of young children. Primary Times would like to thank all the schools for their assistance in distributing the magazine and for their contributions to its contents. We would also like to thank all the advertisers who have supported this publication and therefore made it possible. Please support their endeavours when and where you can. The copyright on all written material, logos and advertising artwork produced by our studio remains with Primary Times or the relevant contributor. Primary Times is currently publishing over 1,900,000 copies per issue throughout the counties of: Avon, Beds & Luton, Berkshire, Black Country, Bucks & Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Cardiff and S E Wales, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Edinburgh, Essex, Fife, Tayside and Central Scotland, Glasgow & Central Scotland, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hereford and Worcester, Hertfordshire, Ireland (Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, South Dublin, Cork & Waterford), Kent, Leicester, Lincolnshire, East, West, South & North London, Newcastle & North Tyneside, Norfolk, Northampton, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Wiltshire, South & West Yorkshire. For further details contact The Primary Times Team on 01905 723011



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Out and About in Woking



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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 To make an appointment please email or call 07510 254313 / 01483 565343 Guildford United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BS

A Leading IAPS Co-educational Nursery, Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory School Hoe Bridge School is set in a perfect location on the outskirts of Woking surrounded by 22 acres of beautiful grounds and is only 25 minutes from London. The school was last inspected in October 2014 achieving a grade of ‘excellent’, something that both the girls and boys and staff are extremely proud of. At the heart of Hoe Bridge stands the stunning 17th century mansion, Hoe Place. The School has undertaken several major building projects to further enhance the facilities. The Pre-Prep department has been completely rebuilt to create more space

and light for the younger children and the Nursery offers busy parents the option of five full days. Alongside the academics sport, music, art and drama play a major part throughout the school and the girls and boys excel in them all. Scholarships in all these areas are won every year to a variety of senior schools. The atmosphere of every school is unique and we consider the strength and attraction of Hoe Bridge to lie in the atmosphere here. Standards and targets are realistic, though set as high as possible, the bright

are challenged and the less able supported; we endeavour to instil confidence in all our children. Visitors are amazed how happy the children are, how determined they are to succeed and how much they care about each other. The School has an extremely good reputation and is constantly striving to preserve the family atmosphere, improve results and explore all possibilities for enriching both the School and the lives of the children. n

Five ways to help your child

perform better at school

There’s lots of research that shows children of all ages do better at school when parents are actively involved in their education. In fact, research by John Hattie found that “The effect of parental engagement over a student’s school career is the equivalent of adding two to three years to their education”. More recent research commissioned by charity Parentkind, tells us many parents do work with schools on a regular basis (81 per cent) and 85 per cent want to do even more to support their children’s education, but some are unsure how to do it. The good news is there are plenty of little things you can do at home and at school that could make a big difference. Parentkind helps to support and champion all parents to get involved in education and school life so that every child can thrive and reach their potential. Here, acting CEO of Parentkind, Michelle Doyle Wildman gives her top tips on how parents and guardians can help their children flourish at school.

1 Talk positively about education Children are like sponges, they soak up a huge amount from their family, friends and teachers, including your attitudes and how you act. Whether it was a good experience for you or not, talking positively about school and learning can raise a child’s aspirations. Letting them know that there are no limits to what they can do and who they can be, can really encourage them to work hard and enjoy school. Getting them to school on time and regularly attending parents evening, are just two ways that will show your child the value you place on their education. 2 Immerse yourself in school life Get to know your child’s school, how it works,


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and understand how you can make a difference. Establishing a good relationship with teachers is a great way to find out how to support your child at home and also shows your child that you are interested in their school life and learning.

There are lots of ways to engage with the school which suit both working parents and those whose time is more flexible. These range from attending school plays, assemblies, helping the PTA/ Parent Council, volunteering to read with children and helping with the school trips. If attending the school is a bit trickier, there is lots you can do online, for example sign up to the school newsletter, app or Facebook page, stay up to speed with what’s happening at the school by visiting the website, respond to surveys and communicate with the school in a way that suits you. 3 Bring learning into everyday activities Demonstrating the importance of learning is a great way to encourage and support your child’s education. There are lots of ways to introduce learning into everyday life. For example, ask your child to help you with gardening and give them a flower bed, patch or pot to look after; suggest they help you cook and get them reading the recipes and measuring ingredients; or if you are planning a day out, why not visit somewhere that ties in with a school topic. You could even show them the value of learning by trying something new yourself! For other suggestions on how to bring learning into everyday activities visit the Parentkind website. 4 Read with your child Evidence shows that reading with your child and encouraging them to read for pleasure has an extremely positive impact, the government’s Education Research Standards Team found “a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment”.

This includes reading to them as well as listening to them read to you. Whatever your child’s age, there are lots of easy ways to make reading part of daily life – so as well as stories at bedtime, encourage them to read cereal packets, top trumps, magazines and joke books – they all count. If you’re looking for new books, consider buying reading material focussed on their interests, like football or a TV character, and create a comfortable, distraction-free reading nest in the home. Finally, make sure your child sees you reading for pleasure too.

5 Support your child with their homework Supporting your child with their homework is a great way to show them you value their education. It can be as simple as making a good working environment at home, providing good snacks and refreshments, sitting with them or being easily contactable if they have any questions. This will not only help them, but it will allow you to feel more involved in what they are learning and their development. As a parent it’s easy to get carried away... don’t forget whose homework it is! Don’t just give them the answers, allow them time and space to get things wrong and try again! We know some parents are concerned that they can’t support their child properly with their homework as they aren’t confident in their own skills or familiar with the way subjects are taught today. Don’t worry, this is extremely common. Luckily there are many great online sites that will help you recap your fractions, times tables, biology and languages. Why not have fun leaning together? For further information, log onto www.parentkind. or join us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/ n

BARROW HILLS SCHOOL Barrow Hills School is committed to delivering an exceptional, allround independent education with a strong family ethos, focusing on the whole child and the importance of developing strong core values.


‘Excellent’ Latest ISI Inspection

Open Mornings 2 October 2018 & 5 March 2019 A happy, caring environment for girls & boys in Woking aged 3 - 13 & just 25 minutes from London 01483 227909

Set in 33 acres of Surrey Hills countryside in Witley near Godalming, Surrey, the coeducational preparatory school for children aged two to thirteen prides itself on offering a nurturing progressive environment where children can thrive.

in September 2015, Barrow Hills children have access to facilities beyond the reach of many stand-alone preparatory schools. Boys and girls leave Barrow Hills, usually at 13, to join the finest independent schools, including King Edward’s Witley. In 2017 Barrow Hills celebrated twenty scholarship offers to senior schools, including academic, sport, art and drama.

The School comprises a caring Nursery, Pre-Prep and Preparatory offering providing children with the special, caring and nurturing environment that is unique to Barrow Hills. This ensures a consistent, stable and secure learning environment as the child progresses through the School.

Barrow Hills is proud to offer 11+ Scholarships to children for entry into Years 7 and 8 in the following categories: academic, art, drama, music, sport and outstanding ‘all-round’ ability. Up to 30% remission of fees is awarded to exceptional candidates. This initiative enables children to enjoy two outstanding years of focused preparation for the major 13+ public scholarship exams with the added benefit of the established excellence in pastoral care that is the hallmark of a Barrow Hills School education. Eligibility criteria and application forms are available from the Registrar. n

Following the School’s official merger with King Edward’s Witley

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School life centres on a broad curriculum. Alongside academic subjects, music, art and drama also play a major role while an outstanding range of sports aims to encourage every level and ability.

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Education Reimagined: Challenging Minds and Enriching Identities

the children, using a range of used and recycled materials. “It’s been wonderful to observe the resourcefulness, resilience, creativity and inventiveness of our youngest students,” says Sarah Partridge, Early Years Leader. Local school ISL Surrey Primary, co-educational for children aged 2 to 11, is dedicated to nurturing individual talent and challenging young minds through enquiry based learning and a real world approach. “No child has the same personality, interests or learns in the same way. We are a school that finds the passion of each child and nurtures it. We give our children the critical thinking skills needed in the modern world,” says principal Richard Parker.

Outdoor learning is a key element in the ISL Surrey approach, and includes forest classrooms, permaculture garden project and innovative outdoor spaces. By taking children out of the traditional classroom, teachers spark their imagination, allow them to meet new challenges, and explore curriculum areas in a fresh way. ISL Primary is rated outstanding for its Early Years education and teachers recently created an indoor and outdoor sensory experience for

With parents’ busy lifestyles in mind, the school also provides a home-from-home environment to suit everyone’s schedule and offers a wrap-around care programme between 7.30am and 6.30pm. For more information on ISL Surrey Primary and to sign up for our next whole school Open Day on Thursday 27th September 2018 or our upcoming Woodland Discovery Day (for children under 5) on Saturday 13th October 2018, contact the school on 01483 750409 or sign up via the website n

BREDON SCHOOL students with industry-standard qualifications, preparing them for technical IT jobs as well as higher education.

Bredon School in Gloucestershire welcomes boys and girls from 7 to 18 years old.

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A boarding and day school, Bredon specialises in supporting children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and associated learning needs to achieve their potential. The school teaches in a dyslexicfriendly manner and students are given laptops on which to work. Academically, it offers a broad curriculum with traditional core subjects sitting alongside more vocational options such as catering and hospitality, woodworking, engineering, health and social care and agriculture. The school also has its own CISCO academy; equipping

Located on a stunning 84-acre rural campus, the school uses its outdoor environment to build its students’ self-confidence and self-esteem beyond the classroom. Onsite facilities include a full working farm with sheep, pigs, poultry, cattle and ponies. There is also a large forest school, a climbing tower, a clay pigeon shooting ground, numerous sports pitches, a sports hall, gym and outdoor pool! Boarders come from surrounding counties, the wider UK and overseas. They enjoy a variety of after school activities and clubs and, at weekends, have time to meet friends, to shop and to go on organised trips including museums, historic sites and theme parks. A dedicated bus route exists between Gloucestershire and West London, enabling weekly boarders to attend; ideal for families who perhaps don’t wish to send their child full boarding just yet, or for those seeking a dyslexia specialist school away from the Capital. n

MAKE SUMMER COUNT: SUCCESS IN SEPTEMBER STARTS IN THE SUMMER! Starting a new school year, secondary or GCSE courses - all huge events in a child’s life. Make the summer count with a maths and English boost so they start September ahead of the game, or at least having secured their wobbly areas of knowledge – then they can move into the new school year with a smile on their face!

NOW BOOKING – MagiKats booster courses – all individual programmes for your individual child. SPECIAL BONUS – ENROL NOW and be given priority when reserving for September. Entrance exams coming up? MagiKats can help there too.

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SURREY HILLS SCULPTURE GARDEN 2018 Birtley Estate, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0LB. Visit the stunning Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the highquality sculptures, woodland trail and lakeside walk for as long as you wish. Refreshments on site or bring a picnic. Cost: £7 on the day.

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there will be a “Big Draw” art activity and other “hands on” things the family can enjoy doing together too. Sometimes there might just be an exciting extra feature, such as the “Teddy Bears Picnic” arranged for May. Watch the website for details of these special, bonus events. Normal museum entry fees apply.

Saturday 19th ELIZA’S BIG ADVENTURE Rex Doyle Studio, Ivy Arts centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH. Time: 10.30am – 4pm. Come and join Eliza on her adventure as she dances with monkeys, makes


friends underwater and meets

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

filled with singing, dancing and

Woking GU21 4AA. Time: 11am.

giggles for everyone! Tickets are

Join us for some stories, rhymes and

FREE! But booking is required to

hands-on creative fun either in the

secure booking. 3 performances

Studio or around the gallery. Spaces

at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm.

are limited and will be allocated on

Tales & Trails Children’s Theatre

a first-come, first-served basis at

recommended age: 3-7 years.

Reception from 10.30am on the day. Free entry. Suggested donation £3.

Saturday 19th

strange aliens. An interactive show

Thursday 24th BAT WALK Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,


Surrey GU4 7RT. Time: 8pm - 10pm.

Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road,

Take a twilight walkthrough the

Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL. Time:

parkland with our senior gardener

11am – 5pm. This year we are

with a range of activities ranging

A chance to try your hand at lots of

from children’s marquee, music,

practical gardening activities and

a farm, children’s fair rides and a

garden themed crafts. There will be

sports activity area. Come along for a

planting, potato and spoon races,

fun filled day out! Free event.

face painting, seed jars, talks and

Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June

craft activities. Free with normal Garden admission.

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX. Escape


into an enchanted world of myths

Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher

and legends this half term when

KT10 9JG. Time: 10am – 4pm. Come

you visit Godstone Farm. Flutter

one come all to celebrate the birth

through our fairy woodland walk and

of our great Queen and learn about

enrol in the fairy academy where

her happy childhood memories of

you can learn pixie skills just like the

Claremont. 50p per trail, normal

magical Twinklewing sisters. Among

admission applies


shimmers of glitter and a rainbow of colours our Top Barn is home to

Saturday 26th

our beautiful unicorns ready to be


admired. For those into more sinister

Birdworld, Farnham Road, Holt

tales, prepare to be challenged on

Pound, Farnham GU10 4LD. Join

the Pirate Treasure Trail, but make

Birdworld in celebrating Discworld

sure you smugglers don’t get caught

Day in honour of the “Glorious 25th

by Flame the Dragon who might

of May” at the park’s Terry Pratchett

just keep escaping from his lair. We

Owl Parliament. See special guests

have a legendary schedule of events,

and take part in fundraising for the

suitable for all ages, including meet

Birdworld Conservation Fund –

and greets and crafts so it’s a full

fantastic costumes encouraged!

day out. Keep your faith in fairy tales and mythology and “Be a believer” at Godstone Farm. See website for

Sunday 27th – Wednesday 30th May

prices and times.



Meet at the Clock Tower, Epsom

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

Market Place, Epsom KT19 8EU.

Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BS. A

Times vary. Look beneath Epsom’s

jam packed programme for half term

respectable surface whilst you stroll

with lots of friendly animals, a full

around its ancient town centre.

programme of fun farm activities,

Discover dark deeds, wrongdoings

and plenty of indoor and outdoor

and ghosts who won’t rest in

play! Activties include: Birds of Prey

peace. Hear tales of Epsom’s own

Flying Demonstrations (Tuesday to

highwayman and the life of the

Friday only); Circus Skills Workshop;

evil Lord Rochester, together with

Daily Animal Handling, Goat Milking,

the even wicked Lord Lyttleton.

Tractor Rides, Pig Racing and Pony

Discover the time when a visit to

Rides; Panning for Gold (weather

Epsom started a battle! Epsom’s spa

permitting) - Splash around in the

was the height of fashion but the

water filled troughs to discover gold

behaviour of some visitors was not

and take home a souvenir medal!

as elevated as their pedigree such as

See website for times and prices.

Lord Baltimore. Hear how the 1919 Derby lead to the Epsom riot! Also discover why the 1844 race was the

and see how many bat species you


introducing an exciting new event

can spot. Bat detectors are provided.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23

person per walk.

to appeal to all the family. Activities

Cost: Adults: £7, Children 3-17: £4.

6QB. Times: 10am – 6pm. Local

will vary each month but may include

schools will build their own mini

most crooked ever run. Cost: £5 per

Sunday 27th & Monday 28th

mini-talks and tours to learn more

Saturday 26th

about the museum and the stories


it tells. There will be interesting

Thorpe Lea Road, Egham, Surrey

also be the chance for the public to


demonstrations and usually, you may

TW20 8HA. Time: 11am – 5pm.

vote for their favourite. Also Family

23 Ewell Rd, Sutton SM3 8AB. Time:

be able to have a go! Every month

Traditional family entertainment,

Gardening activities -Get Set, Grow!

11am – 6pm. The Nonsuch Town and


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show garden, to be judged by the garden’s curator, and there will

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R Country Show comes to beautiful Epsom at the end of May. This show celebrates rural activities so you can expect to be kept busy and to be entertained by all manner of performances. With plenty of food and drink to try and buy, plus lots of crafts taking place for you to learn from, be inspired and even buy some unique gifts for loved ones. There will be a separate area for children’s activities so they will be occupied all day, leaving you to relax and perhaps watch some of the activities that will be taking place in the ring. Previous years has seen motorbike stunts, archery, duck herding and much more. There will be live music on all weekend so even if you just fancy sitting back and relaxing then you can do that. There will be some really great local musicians. See website for more details.

Monday 28th: Teddy Bear’s Train Ride & Storytelling. 10am, 11am &12noon. Bring your favourite Teddy for a vineyard train ride and storytelling. £7.50 per child which includes a chocolate treat / £3 per adult which includes a hot drink. Tuesday 29th: Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow. Meet Snakes, Lizards, Mini-Beasts, Frogs for an inspiring Animal Encounter. 11.30am & 2.30pm. £7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge. Wednesday 30th: Fancy Dress Disco. Traditional children’s disco including party games & dancing. £7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge Thursday 31st: Cat’s Grin Theatre Present ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ 11.30am & 2.30pm. £7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge Friday 1st June: Henfold Birds of Prey 11am until 3pm with a main display at 12.30pm. Free of charge. See website for more details.

Tuesday 29th

Monday 28th


Stoke Park, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP. Gates open 8am until 6pm. The annual Surrey County Show is a family day out you won’t want to miss! The show combines top class entertainment, award winning livestock and horses, local foods and crafts, floristry, countryside and farming displays and brings the best of the countryside to the heart of the town. It’s a great day out for the whole family, with the opportunity to see first-hand the many aspects of country life and farming. Tickets: These are advanced super saver prices: Adults £16.50, Seniors (65+) £12.00, Child (5-16) £6.

The Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking GU21 4LL. Everywhere from oceans to grasslands and rainforests, animals have adapted to their surroundings in amazing ways. Come and join us one of our fantastic workshops as we explore these extraordinary habitats. Use your imagination to create an egg box animal home and find out some fun facts. Can you design the perfect habitat? Or why not explore the WWF Experience and find out more about our wonderful planet. Workshops take place Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 May. Book your place at Free, suggested donation £3, suitable for families including children aged 4+.

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Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking RH5 6AA. Craft Activities available throughout the day from 11am until 3pm ranging from £1.75

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Time: 10am – 5pm. Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill and



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along the Banking of the Race Track, try out our Family Workshop and step aboard Concorde on our funfilled Kids Tours. Normal Museum Admission Charges Apply: Adults £13.50, Seniors & Students £11.50, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35, Children (5-16) £7.

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Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA. There’s plenty of activities for all the family this May half-term at Haslemere Museum. Museum Explorers takes place on Tuesday 29th May where young visitors can discover more about the amazing wildlife that lives in the Museum’s beautiful spring fed pond. On Saturday 2nd June where not come along and enjoy a morning of rockets to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first manned flight of a rocket powered aircraft. The sessions run from 10.30am – 12pm and are suitable for children aged 5-11 years – parents do not need to stay. (booking advisable). Early Birds takes place on Wednesday 30th May. A friendly morning session enabling families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition to enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the public. The Museum will open early at 9am until 10am and families can explore the galleries at their own pace and in a calm, relaxed environment. There will also be the opportunity to handle special objects too. Don’t miss the family drop in event on Thursday 31st May when Mill Cottage Farm comes to the Museum! There will be a selection of very friendly farm animals to feed, groom and stroke in the Museum’s beautiful gardens. There will also be a range of arts and crafts activities too. The event runs from 11am to 3pm so why not bring a picnic and stay for lunch! The galleries are full of interactive fun too including quizzes, puzzles and dressing up available every day as well as backpacks offering a variety of activities for children to do whilst exploring the galleries. Look out for the half term gallery trail too! Admission by Donation. For more information on all the events and

activities taking place throughout May half term visit

Wednesday 30th HYTHE PARK EVENT Including XPLORER

Field View, Egham Surrey TW20 8AT. Time: 10am – 2pm. Explore the park, find the markers, complete the challenges and have fun together. Whilst enjoying the Community Chef cooking with herbs, the Children’s Centre bus with activities, a face painter etc. Bring your own picnic and enjoy the park. Free event.

COLOUR GLASSES The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Time: 1.30pm – 4pm. Make your own colour glasses out of card and recycled materials so you can see the world around you in glorious colours. Drop in anytime. Suitable for children aged 4+ but all ages are welcome. Younger children may need a bit of adult help and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included. Please note that you may have to wait if the Education Studio is full. Free entry, suggested donation £3.

DISCOVER DAD’S ARMY Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Time: 2pm – 3.30pm. British troops in mainland Europe were pushed back to the Channel ports. Many people feared that the Germans would soon invade Britain. To protect Britain, a new part-time force was to be set up, the Local Defence Volunteers. Price: £5 per child.

Thursday 31st

PICASSO – INSPIRED POTS The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Time: 1.30pm – 3pm. Taking a look at the Picasso: Paper & Clay exhibition will inspire you to create your own clay pots using basic hand-building techniques. Workshop for 8 - 11 year olds. All materials included. Advance booking required. Cost: Child £8.

AMAZING HABITATS WORKSHOP The Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking GU21 4LL. Everywhere from oceans to grasslands and rainforests, animals

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R have adapted to their surroundings in amazing ways. Come and join us one of our fantastic workshops as we explore these extraordinary habitats. Use your imagination to create an egg box animal home and find out some fun facts. Can you design the perfect habitat? Or why not explore the WWF Experience and find out more about our wonderful planet. Workshops take place Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31

JUNE Friday 8th June Sunday 12th August GUILDFORD SUMMER FESTIVAL 2018 Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ. Guildford Summer Festival returns celebrating the town and local area. Family favourites such as the Town Centre Cycle Races, Guildford Festival Craft Fair, Farmers’ Markets, Guildford Cricket Festival, Guildford Lions Raft

400th anniversary of the Discovery

ANiMALCOLM combines physical

of Epsom Salts Find out how it was

theatre, puppetry and the company’s

discovered with the help of a cow!

outstanding storytelling style to

This made the name Epsom known

bring David Baddiel’s magical and

around the world and would lead

wonderfully comic story to the stage.

to the Derby, a battle and England’s

Tickets: Adults £20, Under 18s £15.

first Spa town. Hear how the spa took off as Epsom grew from a

Saturday 16th

village to a town and was visited


by the great and the good and the

Brighton Road, Horley, Surrey RH6

great and not so good! Price: £5 per

7HJ. Time: 12noon – 5pm. Horley

child 1 Adult free.

Carnival will take place in the

Thursday 14th

Recreation Ground, Horley. There will be a parade through the town


centre to the Recreation Ground.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook,

Villains so lots of scopes for schools

Guildford GU1 3UX. Time: 7pm –

and organisations! There will be

9pm. Malcolm doesn’t like animals,

many stalls with food to eat, games

which is a problem because his

to play and much more. This year

family love them. Their house is

we welcome a Dog Display team

full of pets. After a bizarre school

(Paws for Thought) - the Black

staged throughout the summer at

trip unlike any other, Malcolm

Eagles Gymnastics Display and

different venues.

begins to understand animals more

bands performing introduced by

deeply than anyone. But will he end

Susy Radio. In the grounds Owls

up the same as before? Because

About Town, Animal Encounters as

sometimes the hardest thing to be

well as Beach’s Funfair so there is

Race, Drama in the Castle Grounds, classical concerts, Guilfest and Walkfest all return for summer 2018. There will be a whole host of theatre, sport, art, music, walks, heritage, tours and days out to keep you busy over the summer. Events will be

May. Book your place at

This year’s theme is Heroes &

whatson Free, suggested donation

Saturday 9th

£3, suitable for families including


children aged 4+.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club,

is…you. A vibrant, energetic and

something for all ages. Come along

Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Time:

gloriously funny musical from the

and join the fun. Free to enter.

1pm – 2.30pm. This year is the

award-winning Story Pocket Theatre.


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Saturday 30th FARNHAM CARNIVAL 2018 Gostrey Meadow, Union Road, Farnham GU9 7PT. Time: 1pm - 8pm. Farnham Carnival has been a feature of the town’s summer scene for several decades. Organised now by two Farnham “Service” Clubs, The Lions and The Hedgehogs,

GU22 9BA. In 2017 everyone was

landscapes. Come and celebrate

Rockin’ All Over the Park! and what a

the beauty of the magnificent

such a great success it was. This year

meadows of Runnymede as part of

it will be on 7th July so come and join

the National Meadows Day. There

in the fun again!! Free event

will be children’s activities and free

SUMMER FAYRE Fennells Mead, Fairview Road,

the objective remains to provide

Ewell KT17 1TX. Time: 12.30pm –

an event in which the community

3.30. Wimbledon Tennis Themed

can participate and which they

Summer Fayre. St Clement’s Catholic

can enjoy. The Fayre in Gostrey

Primary School in Ewell Village are

Meadow starting at 2 pm with

holding their annual Summer Fayre

stalls, sideshows, a children’s area,

with Themed stalls, assault course,

GU10 4LD. Dad’s get into Birdworld

a stage with performing bands,

bottle tombola, Food & Drink,

free with one other full paying

food and drink outlets, closing at

Grand Prize Draw, AMAZING Raffle,

person this Father’s Day! See website

9pm. The Procession of normally

Entertainment & displays,

for offer.

of approximately 50 floats will be

Beat the goalie. £1 entry per adult,

going around the town between 6

children free.

Hatchlands Park, Guildford GU4 7RT.

and 7pm. The theme for 2018 will be Rock and Pop Legends.

Sunday 8th

Time: 11am – 4pm. Let Dad show


off his skills at Hatchlands Park Kite

Runnymede, Old Windsor, Surrey


Day. Bring your own kite and have a go at making one in the kite craft workshop.


Saturday 7th

SL4 2JL. Time: 10.30am – 4pm. Celebrate National Meadows Day with us on Runnymede’s famous


fields. Wildflower meadows are

Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking

the important feature of the British

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admission applies.

St Clement’s Catholic Primary School,

Farnham Road, Holt Pound, Farnham


guided walks from 11am. Normal

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aat-events are Surrey and Hampshire’s multi-award winning race organisers; delivering over 20 sports events a year for the whole family. Medals are awarded to all participants at all races, so choose your sport:

Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is no better way to take in such spectacular countryside of a summer’s evening! The 2km kids races start at 6:30 on the two Wednesday evenings; and are followed by 5km - 15km races for adults.

Trail Running Enter the kids into our afterschool trail running series: hardassnails. Set in Surrey

Road Running Kids can enjoy up to 2km of running on 17 June at a UKA-affiliated “Breakfast Run” at Guildford’s historic Loseley House, and again on 3 November as they race through the world-famous Chessington World of Adventures theme park. Aquathlon (Swim, Run) A great choice for an early introduction into triathlon! Children younger than 15 are invited to take part in aquathlon events at Guildford Triathlon on 7 July, and at Woking Triathlon on 9 September. There are 3 different aquathlon distances for children of different age ranges; which for the youngest children will be 50m pool swim, followed by a 600m run. n


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for life St. Andrew’s School was founded in 1937 and is a respected and thriving coeducational Prep School, set in 11 acres of grounds near Woking town centre. The School seeks to create a nurturing and happy environment in which all pupils are encouraged and enabled to develop their potential to the full. At St. Andrew’s children feel secure and confident and are highly motivated to perform to the best of their ability in all aspects of school life. Children are prepared for entrance and scholarship exams to a wide range of independent senior schools and there are specialist teaching facilities for all subjects including science, ICT, music and art. The curriculum is broad and the school places great emphasis on music, sport and the arts. In our latest ISI


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Inspection, (January 2016), we were extremely proud to be rated ‘excellent’ in all areas.

St. Andrew’s has excellent onsite facilities including an all weather sports surface, sports pitches, tennis courts, cricket nets and a swimming pool. Children can be supervised at school from 8am and, through our extensive after-school activities programme for Year 3 and above, until 6/6.30 pm most evenings during the week. An after-school club is also available from 4pm to 6pm for Pre-Prep, Year 3 and Year 4 children. Don’t take our word for it! Come to our next open morning and have a guided tour by one of our senior pupils. See our advertisement for more details or visit our website:

Get set to grow Exhibitors include the National Vegetable Society and Surrey Bees, who will provide honey tastings, beethemed activities and have a variety of wax products for sale.

To celebrate the start of the warmer months, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley is hosting a fun-packed Family Gardening Festival, from 26 May to 3 June 2018. Running during May half-term, the family event has a ‘Get Set, Grow!’ theme, with a wide variety of activities taking place throughout the week. Kids can get hands-on with garden themed activities and crafts, such as sow and grow workshops, potato and spoon races, face painting, and tree climbing. There will also be puppet shows, storytelling sessions, a ‘Vegetable Olympics’ and a ‘Mole Hill’ area with pedal-powered tractors. Additionally, fascinating Birds of Prey demonstrations will take place on Seven Acres at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.

While at the Family Gardening Festival, families can go on a garden adventure trail, sponsored by Honda, to look for the hidden Miimos - Honda’s clever robotic lawnmowers – along the way. Take a break to refuel during the Festival with a tasty bite to eat, including ice cream and barbequed treats. There is also plenty of room to enjoy a family picnic in the great outdoors. Normal garden entry applies; events and activities are suitable for all the family. For further information and to view the daily programme of activities, visit

As visitors walk around the Festival and take in the horticultural highlights of the season, they can gain expert advice from the RHS Science Team. For great days out listings, visit


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outdoor adventures with TAZ low ropes activities, team games, treasure hunts and more!


Forest schools sessions and accredited courses in sailing and paddling (canoeing and kayaking) also available.

GODSTONE FARM PARK Escape into an enchanted world of myths and legends this half term when you visit Godstone Farm. Flutter through our fairy woodland walk and enrol in the fairy academy where you can learn pixie skills just like the magical Twinklewing sisters. Among shimmers of glitter and a rainbow of colours our Top Barn is home to our beautiful unicorns ready to be admired. For those into more sinister tales, prepare to be challenged on the

Pirate Treasure Trail, but make sure you smugglers don’t get caught by Flame the Dragon who might just keep escaping from his lair. We have a legendary schedule of events, suitable for all ages, including meet and greets and crafts so it’s a full day out. Keep your faith in fairy tales and mythology and “Be a believer” at Godstone Farm. Book your tickets today and save! Visit n

The Adventure Zone – 29th May – 1st June 2018 at High Ashurst nr Dorking and Thames Young Mariners nr Richmond. Get into the outdoors and choose a different adventure every day. Come with friends or make new ones when you arrive! At High Ashurst, Dorking - A different theme every day, which one will you choose: Everest Adventure, Vertical Adventure, Forest Adventure, Team Adventure, or Mountain Adventure? Activities include team games, treasure hunts, low and high rope activities, bouldering, climbing and abseiling, woodland and bush craft skills, mountain biking, archery and much more! Suitable for explorers aged 6-16 years. Early drop offs and late pickups are available for an additional cost. At Thames Young Mariners, Richmond – A mixture of multi activity days including sailing, canoeing, kayaking, raft building, stand up paddle boarding (SUPing), woodland skills, climbing, archery,


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Suitable for explorers aged 5-16 years. Early drop offs are available for an additional cost. For more information, to book and for virtual tours of both centres, please visit the-adventure-zone. BOOKING NOW for the summer holidays plus how about an overnight teepee camp option or a one night, two centre adventure teepee camp, offering land and water based activities! School holidays need never be boring again! n

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Top Jockeys Take To The Saddle As

World-famous Shire Horse Race

Returns to Lingfield Park

The sound of gentle giants thundering down the track will once again be heard at Lingfield Park Resort this summer as the Surrey racecourse welcomes back racing Shire Horses to mark Countryside Day. Top jockeys will be saddling up on the huge horses to compete in a two-furlong race on Lingfield’s all-weather track, in a bid to win the coveted title. Hurst Green Shires, which is planning the ‘The Showerking Flying Feathers Shire Horse Victory Stakes’ says it is delighted to return to Lingfield Park with the popular race. ‘Lingfield Park is where we started the Shire Horse Race five years ago and as our neighbouring track we are delighted to be returning, said Jax Gardiner, who runs Hurst Green Shires with Cheryl Daly.

as it remains an endangered breed. Our shires absolutely love to come to Lingfield and show off on the day! For those who haven’t seen them, the sight and sound of them galloping down the track is quite something!’ David Toulson-Burke, Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort, said he was delighted to welcome back the shires, who will take to the track before the thoroughbreds race. ‘This is always a hugely popular feature of our summer racedays and the jump jockeys who take part in this race absolutely love the challenge. ‘We are thrilled to once again be working with Showerking, the sponsors, and Hurst Green Shires, to host this race.’

‘This year is very appropriate as the Shires played such a crucial role in WW1 and this is the 100th commemorative year of the end of The Great War.

As well as the shires, visitors on Saturday June 2nd will be treated to seven thoroughbred races and a whole host of family-friendly entertainment both before and during the racing.

‘The reason we first started this in 2013 was to highlight the versatility of the shire

Younger visitors will be able to have fun with a hoopla game, facepainters, and a


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bubbleologist who will thrill the crowds with a giant bubble display while the whole family will enjoy a static bird-of-pray display. Racegoers will also be able to meet some of the racing shires after they have competed and learn about this fascinating breed with the help of the Hurst Green Shires team. ‘Despite their size, these are some of the most gentle horses you will ever meet,’ added Jax. ‘We run all sorts of different activities at Hurst Green ranging from a hack for people who have never sat on a horse before, to rides for the more experienced. ‘We are also proud to have worked closely with the Royal British Legion over the past four years as part of the First World War tribute and indeed, will be back at Lingfield Park with at least one of our shires at the end of July when the racecourse hosts a WW1 Commemorative Raceday.’ Tickets for the Countryside Day – and other racedays at Lingfield Park, are available via: with 17’s and under admitted for free. n

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The Camberley Car Show will be returning for its 7th year, with thousands of people filling the streets of Camberley Town Centre to view the 200 strong collection of classic and vintage cars and motorbikes and we welcome you to join us. The town centre will be turned into a petrol head heaven on Saturday 18th August, with vintage and classic cars filling Park Street, High Street, Princess Way and Obelisk Way. This well-loved event is free to enter and in previous years has brought in people from all across Surrey as well as people from further afield for their yearly dose of the Camberley Car Show. This family friendly event will welcome visitors from 10am who’ll able to view the vast collection of cars from across the ages, dating back to 1948, as well as being able to join in the fun with our free face painting along

with street performances throughout the day there’s something for everyone! The Camberley Car Show is run by the towns Business Improvement District – Collectively Camberley. Created in 2012, one of the aims for the event is to fundraise and give support to the South West Thames Kidney Fund. Raising

over £30,000 to date, extremely generous visitor donations over the last 6 years have improved quality of life for those who so desperately need it. Created in partnership with local car enthusiast, Ken Bonner, The Camberley Car Show attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all across the UK and we hope to see you there! n

wildwood adventures Wildwood it is the ultimate in treetop adventures. Children aged from 11 years to 13 years are allowed to have a go as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult at no more than a ratio of one adult per 6 kids.

At the top of the Extreme Wild tower, some 14 metres in the air, is the zip zone - two zip lines set parallel to each other, are probably the steepest, fastest, zip lines anywhere! If you doubt that then you need to give it a go! If thats not challenge enough the alternative route to ground is ‘the drop’ where you literally have to walk the plank and leap off into the void. Just as well you’ll be attached to a cable that will break your fall and safely lower you to the ground - that doesn’t diminish the adrenalin rush however, when you step off the tower!

Spring is finally here and at last we can get the whole family out in the sun together. What better place to start than at Wildwood Adventure in Stoke Park, Guildford. Its reported to be the largest treetop zip line experience in the south of England and its right here in the centre of Surrey only 2 minutes off the A3 Guildford Exit. Wildwood Adventure is a fun packed physical and mental challenge that is suitable for the whole family. With the ‘Wildkids’ adventure aimed at children from 6 - 12 years old (6&7 year


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olds need to be accompanied by one parent/ carer per two children), but from 8 years they can adventure forth on their own. The ‘Wildkids’ course consists of 2 loops of aerial bridges, rope nets, obstacles and zip lines. Parents can join in or encourage from the ground with a coffee! For Adults and adolescents there is the “Extreme Wild” experience! Its higher, its harder, its bigger and more fun than your average treetop ropes course! With more zips and aerial challenges to negotiate, some of which are entirely unique to

Prices range from £17.50pp for all ages on Wildkids, £20 per child (under 18 years), £30 for adults on Extreme Wild includes one zip ride or drop in the Zip Zone. Extra zips or drops £5 per go. Parking on site is Free! All safety equipment and instruction is included. n

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Theatre owS Family & Children’S Sh

Camberley theatre Tel: 01276 707600 THE LITTLE MERMAID (BALLET UK) Friday 1st June, 7.30pm. Join Ballet Theatre UK on this dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s all-time favourite story of The Little Mermaid, who falls in love with a human Prince and gives up everything to win his love. The kind hearted Little Mermaid rescues the Prince during a storm


at sea, and begins a journey that takes her far from her home beneath the waves. Determined to pursue her love on to the shore she makes a bargain with an evil Sea Witch, but it comes at a heavy price. Ballet Theatre UK’s charming and poignant ballet explores the nature of longing, how making choices have lasting consequences and how goodness can be rewarded in unexpected ways. Tickets: Full £18.50, Child £16.50, Theatre Club £17.50, Family of 4 £62

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HOT STEPPERS SCHOOL OF DANCE Sunday 10th June, 4pm. Hot Steppers School of Dance are very proud to present their 2018 show, Propped Up. This year’s showcase will demonstrate the diversity of props being used within dance. We hope you will enjoy our show with its vast variety of dance, props and music genres. Tickets: Full £15, Under 16s £10.50

cranleigh arts Tel: 01483 2780000 JAZZ CAT Saturday 9th June, 11.30am - 12.15pm. Most cats hiss and meow and purr like that, but Ella Cat… can only scat! Poor Ella. She doesn’t want to be different. But soon she learns that sometimes, the thing that makes you different is the best

thing of all. Come and sing along and help Ella find her voice. A new children’s musical from Melanie Gall, creator of fourstar (Broadway Baby) Fringe hit Opera Mouse. Tickets: £6.50

SURREY YOUTH THEATRE SUMMER SHOW Wednesday 4th July, 7pm. Everything you see on stage will be devised and performed by the students of Surrey Youth Theatre. It is a thrilling experience for them. Using themes, emotions, situations and locations, the show will be 30 minutes of rollercoaster emotions. Tickets: £8

dorking halls Tel: 01306 881717 MILKSHAKE LIVE! Wednesday 30th May, 12noon & 3.30pm. Starring

Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brilliant live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love. Tickets: £16.50, Children £15, Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children) £59

LITTLE BABY BUM Monday 25th, 1.30pm, 3.30pm & Tuesday 26th

June 10.30am, 1.30pm. Step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new Live show. An online and digital TV sensation Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 13m subscribers and 15 billion views. Tickets: £14

electric theatre

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Epsom

summer workshop 2018 our weekly classes after attending a workshop.

Tel: 01483 444789 LET’S ALL DANCE – ALICE IN WONDERLAND Thursday 31st May, 11am. A fantastical new ballet for the whole family! Let’s All Dance returns with this fabulous family favourite. Stunning dancing, much loved characters and

We have a superb and highly experienced team of coaches who all bring passion, energy and fun to the workshops. The whole week is finished off with an outstanding show on the final day! Due to popular demand Stagecoach Epsom have added on another week long programme on the 20th24th August. The first week sold out within a few weeks, Principal Rachel decided there would be too many disappointed children so has added on an extra week! The summer workshops are an amazing experience for the students, they all take an equal part in putting on a full scale, fully costumed, fully produced show on the stage. They make new friends and we love welcoming non-Stagecoach students too. Lots of students use our holiday workshops as a taster too and 99% will join

But don’t take our word for it come and try us out this year. Now booking for summer 2018 Tel: 01737 669 504 Here’s what past parents had to say: The show was awesome on Sunday! You are all amazing! Thank you for making all the time my daughter spent with you absolutely amazing and fun!

The show was absolutely amazing! You are SO clever! Drama with you guys has been nothing short of life changing. n

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super costumes bring the famous tale to life in this magical ballet production. Don’t be late for this very important date! Come and join Alice as she enters the curiouser and curiouser world of the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter. Suitable for all, especially 2 – 11 year olds, including children with special needs. Photo opportunity with the dancers after every show! Tickets: £9, children £8

epsom playhouse Tel: 01372 742555

Ideal family entertainment. Tickets: Adult £18, Family 2 Adults & 2 Children £15.75, Child £17.00

G-Live Tel: 0844 7701 797 DANCE IN A DAY – THE LION KING Thursday 31st May 10am – 4pm. Show us your dance moves in our Lion King inspired Dance Day with Nicky from the Dance Movement. Perfect for: Ages 7 – 11. Course Fee: £35



Friday 27th May, 7pm. Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast is a screening of the hit 2017 Disney film with lyrics on screen, a fun-packed interactive celebration. The evening kicks off with a vocal warm–up led by our special Sing-a-long-a host who also takes the audience through their complimentary magic moment’s props bag, containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the performance. The audience are the stars and having been briefed by the host they know how to interact with the movie and have a blast! Fancy dress is encouraged, and those who make the effort will be recognised. It is not a LIVE show. There is a host who does a 20 minute pre-show prior to the film and returns after the interval but is not on stage during the movie. The show has all the elements of a sing-along-a spectacular audiences all over the world have come to love. Tickets: Adults £16 Child £11 Family 2+2/1+2 £48/£36

Saturday 23rd June, 10am, 12 noon & 2.30pm. It’s a big day in the Kalahari Desert: its Little Meerkat’s first day on Lookout Duty. However, once she climbs the Lookout Tree she finds it all a bit overwhelming and falls asleep. When she wakes, all her meerkat friends and family are gone and a great big panic begins! With help from a Kind Elephant and a Wise Monkey can she learn to feel calmer and find those missing meerkats? An award-winning magical musical multi-sensory adventure all about Calm and what to do with very big feelings. Based on the storybook by trauma parenting expert Jane Evans, this little tale helps everyone to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what’s going on in their brains and bodies when emotions become overwhelming. Tickets: £9.50

RAPUNZEL Saturday 23rd 1pm, 5pm & Sunday 24th June 11am, 3pm. The Hair Raising Summer Panto starring George Sampson.


harlequin theatre Tel: 01737 276 500 THE MAGIC OF TREASURE ISLAND Saturday 2nd June, 2pm. Ahoy there me hearties! Join us on a magical voyage of fun and adventure to the legendary Treasure Island. Packed full of puppets, magic, comedy, song

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and illusions, this is a perfect treat for all the family. Jimmy Hawkins is drawn into a world of swashbuckling excitement brimming with buccaneers and buried gold as he sets sail to Treasure Island. Join our hilarious and colourful characters: Jimmy, Molly, Hetty and their puppet friends as we set sail on this hilarious adventure to seek out this lost island and recover the treasure! Watch out for the cunning pirate Long John Silver and his wise cracking, talking toucan, who cause mischief, mayhem and even mutiny along the way! All aboard for this madcap adventure with something for all the family! Yo ho ho and a barrel of fun! Tickets: £11

REIGATE SCHOOL OF BALLET: MINI SHOW Sunday 17th June, 2pm & 5.30pm. The Reigate School of Ballet & Commercial Dance will be performing various routines from many of their non-syllabus classes, featuring Commercial Street Dance, Acro Dance, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Scholarship classes, and highlights from our big gigs in the year. Tickets: £8-£10

leatherhead theatre Tel: 01372 365141 MATTHEW BOURNE’S CINDERELLA Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd June, 7.30pm. Following the sold-out and critical success of double Olivier Award-winning The Red Shoes, New Adventures return with one of their most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Matthew Bourne’s

interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London. Tickets: From £19.40

OLIVER! Tuesday 3rd July - Saturday 7th July at 7pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Surrey Youth Music Theatre presents Lionel Bart’s Oliver! Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and - most importantly - for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like As Long as He Needs Me, Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and Where is Love, Oliver! is a musical classic not to be missed. Tickets: Adult £18, Concession: £16

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