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October Half Term 2017

9th October - 27th November 2017



fun & confidence one giggle at a time

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Under 5’s Special, Roundabout, Pinboard, It’s Panto Season, Theatre and much more!




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Second Floor, Richardson House, 21/24 New St, Worcester. WR1 2DP. Tel: 01905 723011 Fax: 01905 780103 Publishing Editor Dawn Pardoe - 01905 727909 Design and Production Paul Blyth and Amy Thomas Events Listings Amy Thomas - 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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ANTI-BULLYING WEEK 2017 Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children and young people, teachers and parents to talk about and take action against bullying. Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and it takes place from 13th - 17th November 2017 and, this year, is supported by SafeToNet ( ‘All Different, All Equal’ The organisers of Anti-Bullying Week want to empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique, and to understand how important it is that every child feels able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.The theme is based on the views of almost 600 children and young people who completed an Anti-Bullying Alliance survey, as well as consultation with ABA’s many members. Young people said that they wanted to talk about tackling bullying that comes about because someone else sees them as different. Why is Anti-Bullying Week important for primary school aged children? Primary school is a great time to teach children to empathise and celebrate what makes them and others different. This is especially important when


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preparing children for secondary school. Every child should understand that bullying is never acceptable and that they must speak to an adult they trust.

How can schools and parents get involved? There are lots of ways to get involved in AntiBullying Week 2017: • Teachers can access free Anti-Bullying Week lesson and assembly ideas, cross curricular activities and other useful resources – see • Share your school’s Anti-Bullying Week work on social media using #AntiBullyingWeek #AllDifferentAllEqual and tagging @ABAonline in your posts. • Raise funds for the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance • Order Anti-Bullying Week merchandise Tips for parents on responding to bullying If your child is being bullied, don’t panic! Your key role is listening, calming and providing reassurance that the situation can get better when action is taken. • Listen and reassure them that coming to you was the right thing to do. • Try and establish the facts. It can be helpful to

keep a diary of events to share with the school. • Don’t encourage retaliation to bullying - such as violent actions. It’s important for children to avoid hitting or punching an abusive peer. Reacting that way has negative and unpredictable results. Rather, suggest that they walk away and seek help. • Find out what your child wants to happen next. Help to identify the choices open to them; the potential next steps to take; and the skills they may have to help solve the problems. • Encourage your child to get involved in activities that build their confidence and selfesteem, and help them to form friendships outside of school, or wherever the bullying is taking place. • Discuss the situation with your child’s teacher or Head teacher - or the lead adult wherever the bullying is taking place. Every child has a right to a safe environment in which to learn and play. • Schools must have a behaviour policy which sets out the measures that will be taken to prevent all forms of bullying between pupils. Ask to see it! n Read more about Anti-Bullying week at


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

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PARENTING PROGRAMMES Our government approved training programme helps parents understand how they can work to minimise the impact of separation on the well-being of their children



We help separating couples reach agreement regarding their children, finances & property, reducing the emotional and financial costs of separation

We support children to keep contact with both parents and other family members after separation and divorce in a neutral and safe environment




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Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ. 11am – 4pm. No space at home to be messy? Drop in to our family friendly Make Space every Sunday. From printmaking to painting and sewing to sculpture, families can explore different kinds of materials and making, with a new activity every week. Suitable for all ages. Free with admission - Adults £9.50, Children 16 & under free.

Daily throughout October THE BIG DRAW

Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ. 11am – 5pm. Use your imagination to draw a fantastic jungle into life using flip-book animation and installation art. The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival. Suitable for all ages. Free with admission, Adults £9.50, Children 16 & under free.

Tuesday 17th October & Tuesday 14th November MOZART & MUFFINS

133 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AA. 10am. Tea/coffee and muffin included. Classical music for babies and toddlers. The professional chamber orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new initiative - ‘Mozart and Muffins’ - as part of



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its ‘Music for Guildford; provision. These Tuesday morning sessions in Guildford’s iconic Guildhall will offer the chance for parents and carers of babies and pre-school children to bring classical music into their lives, while enjoying tea, coffee and a muffin. Each short session will feature classical music in bite-sized chunks delivered by top-flight musicians. Tickets: Adult + 1 child £10.00 Additional Children £3.00.

Saturday 21st Sunday 29th WIZARDS AND WITCHES WEEK

Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS. 10am – 5.30pm. Enjoy a great day out this October Half Term with a full programme of fun activities, lots of farm animals and plenty of indoor and outdoor play. Plus, complete the witches trail for a yummy treat, create creepy crafts, meet awesome reptiles and creepy crawlies, enjoy wizard magician shows and choose from hundreds of home-grown pumpkins for sale! Tickets: £10.95 children 3-17 years, £10.50 adults, £9.20 children 2 years.

Sunday 22nd

FAMILY SPOOKFEST Pine Ridge Golf Club, Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Surrey GU16 9NX. 4pm – 7pm. Family Spookfest is aimed at children under 10 years old and their families. All funds raised for Marie Curie Charity. Tickets: £2.50 per person (3 and under FREE).

Monday 23rd THE BIG DRAW

Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill,

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Guildford, Surrey GU2 7UP. 11am – 3pm. This year The Big Draw’s theme is ‘Living Lines’. Come and meet Maureen Domoney, a professional portrait artist and learn how to create a portrait using one continuous line as well as taking part in many other exciting activities under our newly refurbished roof. Free event.

Monday 23rd Friday 27th

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITY WEEK Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD. Activities: 11am4pm (park open between 10am – 6pm). Feel your hair stand on end and a shiver down your spine as you walk through the creepy corridors of Birdworld’s unique Halloween Grotto. Make especially themed arts and crafts, take part in face painting, follow a spooky activity trail and take a ride on the park’s Halloween Train Ride to learn about some of the gruesome habits of our larger birds! Contact or call 0142022992 for more information.

OCTOBER SPOOKY SPECTACULAR Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA. 11am until 3pm. Craft activities throughout the October holidays, ranging from £1.50. In association with the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. Monday 23rd October and Friday 27th - 10am/11am/12noon/2pm Spooky Train Ride & Storytelling! Spooky fancy dress welcome! £7.50 per child which includes a chocolate treat / £3 per adult which includes a hot drink. Taking place on the outdoor Vineyard Train, warm clothing recommended. Monday 23rd - Henfold Birds of Prey - 11am until 3pm with a main display at 12.30pm. Our favourite birds swooping in for an informative visit. Free of charge. Tuesday 24th October 11am & 2pm Spooky Fancy Dress Disco -£7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge. Wednesday 25th October, 11am and 2pm -Hobgoblin Children’s Theatre… The Spookiest Fairy Tale Ever Told. One of the UK’s best loved touring theatre companies. £7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge. Thursday 26th October, 11am & 2pm -Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow. Meet Snakes, Lizards, Mini-Beasts, Frogs for an inspiring Animal Encounter. £7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge

Monday 23rd Saturday 28th

AUTUMN HALF-TERM TRAIL Hatchlands Park, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT. Learn about leaves and the trees they fall from on a fun autumn trail through our park and woodland. Take a leaf rubbing of some of our most spectacular species as you stroll through fiery seasonal colour. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Monday 23rd Sunday 29th

HALF TERM HOBBLE’WEEN Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8PT. 9am – 7pm. Pumpkin bowling, creepy crawlies, puppet shows and more will be the order of the week during October Half Term. The week is Halloween themed (or Hobble’ween as we like to call it) and there will be plenty to see, do, and entertain all the family. Tickets: Under 2s free, Children aged 2+ from £10, Adults from £9, OAPs from £6.50.

HALLOWEEN Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX. Join Willa the witch and the trolls for Willa’s Workout between 23rd and 29th October. “The trolls have said that Willa the witch has been very lazy this year, watching lots of telly, and eating too many spider sausages, bat biscuits, and creature creams so she needs some exercise!” To help her get fit why not come along for some family fun, with dancing & spider swatting, bending & bottom bumping, a dash of grass hopper gunge & sparkly slug slime. Throughout the week there will also be pumpkin carving, spooky quiz, and face painting. Plus, on the 29th there will be a low bangs fireworks display, especially for younger ears. Normal admission applies and the farm is open with usual opening hours. Don’t forget, if you book your tickets 5 days in advance you get a special discount.

Tuesday 24th

‘INTO THE WILD’ HALLOWEEN FUN DAY Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane, nr Coldharbour village, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6LY. 11am – 4.30pm. Halloween themed fun day, full of spooky books, crafts, storytelling. Come and see Leith Hill Place as you’ve never seen it before, transformed into a spooky mansion. ‘Into the Wild’ is once again teaming up with the National Trust giving you the chance to meet fantastic children’s authors Claire Barker (author

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R of ‘Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog’ series, shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award) and Alex Milway (author of the infamous ‘Pigsticks and Harold’). There will also be monster-making in the morning, pumpkin carving around a campfire in the afternoon and storytelling through the house. Prizes for the spookiestdressed children! Tickets: 10-12:30 ages 4-6 cost £12.50 child. 1:45-4:30 ages 7-10 cost £15 child. Adults free accompanied by child.

Tuesday 24th & Thursday 26th October WEAR IT WILD WORKSHOPS WWF Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4LL.


10.30am – 12noon. Take a walk on the wild side at the Living Planet Centre during October half term. We’ll be continuing our Wear it Wild celebrations with some great wild family activities across the building. Free event but donations welcome. See website for more information. Also Wear it Wild for a day. Love wildlife forever. Dress up and donate on Friday 20th October.

Tuesday 24th Friday 27th CLAY COMETS

Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ. 10.30am – 12.30pm. Make a terracotta clay comet, moon and stars to hang up at home. Led by artist Elaine Parton. Ages 5+.Tickets: £9.50 (must be pre-booked).

LITTLE STARS Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Join storyteller Olivia Armstrong for a journey through the cosmos. Meet sky gods and star maidens, discover moon

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myths and dance with the seven sisters. For Under 5s. Free with admission, Adults £9.50, Children 16 & under free.

Tuesday 24th Sunday 29th COSMOS

Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Zoom around the Artists’ Village searching for stars. Create luminous galaxy paintings using fluorescent paint and neon glitter. Sculpt with glow in the dark play dough. Tickets: Free with admission, Adults £9.50, Children 16 & under free.


The Deepdene Trail main entrance, Deepdene Avenue, Dorking, RH5 4AZ. 10:30am. Join us this halfterm for the Deepdene’s History Detectives Walk, perfect for those fascinated by mysterious maps, ancient remains and a cursed gem. This walk is ideal for families, lasting around 1.5 hours around the Gardens and Terrace of Deepdene and led by Gail Mackintosh our

Activities Co-ordinator. Gail will provide a fun, mini-adventure for all ages and light refreshments will be provided. Parking: Nearest parking to the Trail entrance is at the Reigate Road/Dorking Halls car park RH4 1SD. Tickets: £3.00, Under 5’s go for Free.

CAVE PAINTING Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF. 11am-12noon & 2pm-3pm. In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures. Tickets: £5 per child. Two identical sessions will be run, please book to reserve your place; maximum 15 children.

Thursday 26th – Tuesday 31st

SPOOKTACULAR SKYWALK ADVENTURE Skywalk Adventure, Sandown Sports, More Lane, Esher, Surrey KT10 8AN. Enter Skywalk Adventure if you dare….Join us for a SPOOKtacular Skywalk experience in the terrifying treetops. Legend has it that when

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R Skywalk was built, an ancient burial site was disturbed and the haunted will be returning to wreak havoc over Halloween. Brave the creepy course, and watch out for supernatural beings in disguise… we seem to have gained some extra instructors?! Don’t worry- even though there may be limited vision on the course, you will still receive a full safety briefing. We will be opening later than usual so you can experience a ghoulishly delightful night like no other. Included in your ticket you will get access to both courses, a trick or treat prize, a go on our Halloween photo booth, and a cup of witches brew (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available). We will also be doing a prize for best fancy dress every day. For those that are keen on a not-so-gruesome experience, we will be open as usual during the day. Still lots of cobwebs and spiders, but less supernatural sightings. All children must be 8 years old and 1.3m in height. Tickets: Adult £20, Child £15 for both courses! Book now on info@skywalkadventure. or call on 01372 701107.

Saturday 28th

HALLOWEEN AND FANCY DRESS PARTY The Village, Commercial Street, Guildford, GU1 4SU. 7pm to 9.30pm. Supervised Halloween Party at The Village for 11 - 14 year olds. Halloween party with fancy dress competition for the best dressed with amazing prizes. Come and dance the night away under the stars! Supervision is provided so parents can drop and go, but accompanying adults may also attend if required. No children under 11 or over 14 years. Tickets: £2, accompanying adults go free.

NIGHT IN HASLEMERE MUSEUM Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA. 6pm – 9pm. Enjoy a special Halloween opening of the Museum. Doors will open at 6pm so you can


explore the dark galleries (do not forget to bring a torch!). Buy a drink & popcorn before settling down and watching a special screening of the classic film ‘One of our Dinosaurs is Missing’. Part of Museums at Night. Museum Members £5, Non-Members £6. Book Tickets in advance. To find out more, visit

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA. 3.30pm. Do you love comedy at G Live? Then bring the family! The Comedy Club 4 Kids give you cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old. Tickets: £11.00, Family Offer: £36.00 (minimum 1 adult)

GOBLIN’S PETER AND THE WOLF London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA. 10.30am & 1pm. Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas… Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Tickets: £10.50, Family offer: £36.00 (4 people, min. 1 adult).

Tuesday 31st

SPOOKTACULAR at 360 PLAY The Meads Shopping Centre, Farnborough GU14 7GL. 6.30pm8.30pm. 360 Play is the one stop family entertainment venue for creative, active, stimulating fun whatever the weather. Enjoy soft play on our huge play frames; giant wave slides, aerial gliders, interactive ball zone, assault race track, aerial swings, cargo nets and tunnels, roundabout and much, much more. Our Spooktacular Halloween Party is back again this year, plenty of activities for every little monster. All you can eat buffet for adults and children. Loads of fun and games: 360 Disco, Safe Trick or Treating in our Street; Dracula’s Cave for lucky dips and lots more fun. Prices are as follows: Children £10.50, Adults £5.50, Children under 1 are free. Email:

NOVEMBER Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd

PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE G-Live, London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA. Wednesday 1pm

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& 4pm, Thursday 10am & 1pm. Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. Tickets: £21.00, Under 16s: £19.00, Family Ticket: £75.

Saturday 11th LEAF

G-Live, London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA. 10.30am, 12.15pm & 2pm. Join us as we tell the life story of a very special leaf in this warm, intimate and playful new piece for under 3s inspired by nature and the seasons. Parent with child 3 or under: £15.50, Additional sibling: £5.50, Additional adult: £10.50.

Thursday 16th

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS KINGSTON 2017 Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1JS. 3pm – 6pm. Begin the countdown to Christmas and join us for carols around the tree as we get into the festive spirit and switch on Kingston’s Christmas lights. There is plenty of fun to be had with activities for the kids, loads of special offers in stores and restaurants throughout the town centre and plenty of festive surprises. Keep an eye out for Santa who will be helping us switch on the Christmas lights! Free event.

GUILDFORD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2017 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QT. 7pm. Join us once again for Guildford’s traditional Christmas Lights switch-on event! Attractions around the town in the afternoon will include the ever-popular Newfoundland dogs and Santa’s reindeer bringing their own special magic. There will be storytelling in various stores. The Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon will host the Guildhall balcony show, as the countdown to the big Lights Switch On at 7pm gets under way. Then there’s music and fireworks courtesy of White Lion Walk, before the focus moves back to the stage for evening performances to round off the start of a great Guildford Christmas. Free event.

Saturday 18th

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA. 3pm. Do you love comedy at G Live? Then bring the family! The Comedy Club 4 Kids give you cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old. Tickets: £11.00, Family Offer: £36.00 (minimum 1 adult).

LEATHERHEAD CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT St John’s School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8SP. 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Old Chapel. Leatherhead Choral Society presents “Northern Lights”, an evening of soul warming music from the chilly Baltic. Originating from the Baltic Sea countries – including Scandinavia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania- the concert will fuse elements of the national traditions with a unique modern style. Leatherhead Choral Society will perform in the charming surroundings of St John’s Old Chapel joined by soprano Rachel Ambrose Evans. It will be a stunning evening of music not to be missed! Tickets: £14 (Free for Under 16s) - Refreshments available - All welcome, booking required via LCS website.

Thursday 23rd November – Sunday 24th December FATHER CHRISTMAS

Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS. Visit Father Christmas at Bocketts Farm Park. Enjoy a magical and festive family visit to Father Christmas in his traditional hay barn workshop. Please see website for times and prices and book online.

Friday 24th November – Sunday 7th January HAMPTON COURT PALACE ICE RINK

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU. The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink returns this festive period for yet another splendid skating season. Put your ear muffs, gloves and skates on, grab someone’s hand and have some fun this Christmas. With the spectacular backdrop of Hampton Court Palace’s West Front, the Ice Rink is an event not to be missed. Enjoy festive refreshments from the Frost Fayre Cafe, serving seasonal food and drink throughout the ice skating season - perfect for when you’ve worked up an appetite on the outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court. Beautifully illuminated after dark, it makes a stunning night-time destination. Enjoy the fairytale scenery as you glide around the ice under the evening stars! See website for booking details.

Hallo’welly’ween at Wellington Country Park Mwahahaha… it’s that time of year again when slightly ‘spooky’ Halloween trickery takes over the Park. Be prepared to jump at the children’s shows, be spooked on the train, get messy with crafts and much, much more! Don’t worry all of our activities are only slightly ‘spooky’ as all of our events are aimed at

children up to the age of 8 years old. So for the ideal destination, to let children let of steam this October half term in a safe, well maintained environment, Wellington Country Park is the place to visit!

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Angela’s swim school

At Angela’s Swim School we encourage people of all ages and abilities to learn to swim to a high standard.

One of the best life skills we can help our children learn is how to swim and we recommend that you start your baby / child as early as possible! You are able book & join our lessons from age 4 months and even at this young age by using movement and songs we work on building their water confidence whilst teaching them all 4 swimming strokes! We pride ourselves on our small

class sizes – maximum 6 children to 1 instructor! We also offer 121 private lessons, for children & adults. Whether you are a beginner or want to brush up on your skills we have lessons suitable for you.

We offer New locations in Hampshire and Surrey. Visit our website or contact us for more information: Call Wendi on: 07415 118 440 locations/east-sussex/ Angela’s Swim School East Sussex FACEBOOK page

Santa and Rudolph

Fun Runs

It’s time to pull on your running shoes and get festive! Christmas is fast approaching and what better way to get in the spirit than by signing up for one of Phyllis Tuckwell’s Santa and Rudolph Fun Runs?

Get sponsored and raise money to help Phyllis Tuckwell provide the supportive and end of life care which it offers local people living with a terminal illness, such as cancer.

These family Fun Runs will take place on Sunday 26th November at the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Hindhead, Saturday 9th December at Broadwater Park in Godalming and Sunday 10th December at the Queens Avenue Playing Fields in Aldershot. Everyone is welcome and you can run, jog or walk at whatever pace you feel comfortable with. A brilliant event for all the family, these Runs give you the chance to spend some quality time together, away from the distractions of the TV, tablets and computer games. And you can even bring the dog!

Every day Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients and relatives, but as the NHS/ Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day. These Fun Runs are a lively and festive way for people to get involved and help them hit this target. Last year the Fun Runs raised £25,000 - enough to cover the costs of providing Phyllis Tuckwell’s Hospice Care at Home service for eleven days, enabling patients to spend their last days at home, visited by its nursing team and doctors, rather than in hospital or at the Hospice.


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The need to speak out

and stay safe The service also helps children understand who they can turn to for help, including the NSPCC’s Childline service.

It is delivered by specially trained volunteers who know how important it is for children to have this knowledge. The service spoke to 1,711,275 children in 7,756 schools across the UK throughout 2016/17. Now the NSPCC needs your help to reach even more children. Did you know that in every primary school class, an average of at least two children have suffered abuse or neglect?

It delivers essential safeguarding information to children aged four to 11 in a lively, memorable way.

By signing up to become a volunteer for Speak Out Stay Safe, you can help the NSPCC change lives by delivering these vital assemblies and workshops.

It is a shocking statistic but thanks to the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe service, children are being empowered to speak out and seek help.

Child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops teach children about abuse in all its forms and how to spot the signs.

For more information on becoming a volunteer in your local area, please visit or call 0121 227 7577. n

the LITTLE GYM COBHAM The Little Gym Cobham is proud to be sponsoring one of England’s most promising sportsmen, Charlie Lee, who is England’s number 1 Junior Squash Player, by helping him on the road to top. Many of The Little Gym Cobham’s attendees show great prowess in a variety of sports and the company is keen to forge close relationships with sports clubs in the area. Charlie recently finished 9th in the European Men’s championship and he is currently England Under 19’s Champion. Charlie feels that children who learn gymnastics will have a fantastic advantage in both sporting fixtures and in life in general. He claims, “The strength, speed, flexibility and mental abilities acquired from practising gymnastics can be transferred to all key sports. The Little Gym Cobham helps set children on the road to a healthy lifestyle which should benefit them greatly in adult life. The social skills gained from learning sport with others will help children form productive and worthwhile relationships.” Charlie plays at St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge where his father, Danny Lee, is the squash professional. The club runs a professional National League team which Charlie is a member of. Charlie


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is in exalted company with World Number 1 player Mohamed El Shortbagy and European Number 2 Borja Golan of Spain – also in the team.

gymnastics at The Little Gym Cobham is so unique as it gives children transferable social, physical and cognitive skills needed in everyday life – especially at school.”

Owner Glynis Sutherland, herself a keen squash player, tennis player and gymnastics enthusiast says, “I am impressed with the positive comments we receive from clients a number of whom are paediatricians. They consistently affirm how gymnastics taught via The Little Gym model provides young children with a balanced programme which results in strong brain development and wrist strengthening for writing, Plus, it contributes to a rapid growth in fine and gross motor skills, body conditioning and flexibility. All these elements have long term benefits!”

Charlie Lee plays in the Channel AS Championship at St George’s Hill from 16th22nd October. He will play his first match in the evening of Monday 16th October and will also feature in an exhibition on the finals day on 22nd October. Tickets available from Ticketmaster.

Steve King, Gym Director, who studied sport at university says, “I have experienced many different teaching styles, however, the values, methods and techniques taught through gymnastics at The Little Gym Cobham far exceeds anything I have ever seen in the past. The Little Gym Cobham sets a exceptional standard of teaching using its proprietary method of positive reinforcement in a fun, enthusiastic and dynamic environment. I believe that

The event which is the second biggest in Europe features 6 of the world’s top 10 players including Mohamen El Shorbagy, last year’s champion, “Superman” Paul Coll, the rising star from New Zealand who learned gymnastics as a boy and is currently seen as the fittest, strongest and fastest player on the world tour.” n


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What’s on in your area? From Theatre shows and attractions to classes and family days out - you’ll find even more at: CLAYGATE MONTESSORI SCHOOL Claygate Montessori School was established in 1990 to meet the educational needs of children aged between two and five years living in the Claygate / Esher area. In September 2009, Sophie Hardie became its sole owner. The School is OFSTED approved and at our last inspection in April 2017 we received a GOOD -- the report of this inspection is available on the OFSTED website. The school is based in Claygate Village Hall in Church Road, Claygate and is equipped with a wide range of Montessori

teaching materials. Classes are under the tuition of Montessoriqualified teachers. The School’s sessions are from 09.00 a.m. to 12.45 p.m, / 12.45pm - 3.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 12.45pm on Friday and consist of three terms per year in line with normal academic terms and half term holidays. Children normally attend between the ages of two and five, although admission at later than two is possible. Government funding is available including the new 30 hour funding plus FEET funding.

Chadsworth Stage School Chadsworth Stage School is based in Claygate and provides about 80 different classes a week in the performing arts, aimed at young people from 2 – 18. The school has been established for almost 50 years and provides classes in Drama, Singing, Musical Theatre, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Bollywood and Street Dance We provide an option between general dance classes designed for fun and fitness or following the syllabus, and taking exams, with


the RAD, LAMDA and the ISTD. We also concentrate on performance work and enter competitions such as the Annual British Arts Awards. We have performed in several of London’s main theatre’s and overseas in France and Spain. Additionally we produce our own shows with our Friday Project classes – such as Oliver, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Sound of Music, High School Musical and many more. Our current project is Disney’s Aladdin.

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Swimming Fun at Tandridge Trust Tandridge Trust leisure centres open early every day, so why not get your swimming workout in before work and feel energised for the rest of the day?

Swimfit: Wednesdays 12-12.45pm -brush up on your strokes with an instructor on poolside Swimfit +: Mondays 12pm,12.30pm or Wednesdays 7pm,7.30pm strength conditioning and cardio session in the pool. Being a capable swimmer is not a prerequisite.

Studies have shown swimming reduces tension and depression. Water can support around 90% of the body’s weight and so swimming is great for pregnant women, or those with disabilities or injuries.

Tandridge Trust has plenty of other activities for children including: Boppers for 2-4 year olds is a weekly creative movement and storytelling session for pre-schoolers, where every week is a different adventure.

If you are looking for an alternative way to workout in the pool and get the most out of your swim, then try Swimfit at Tandridge Leisure Centre.

Little Beans drop in play group and café for under 5’s takes place in the studio at Tandridge Leisure Centre where children play with a mix of toys, musical instruments, soft play and bouncy castle.

develop swimming ability and fitness

Ensuring your child learns to swim at an early age not only provides endless health and social benefits, but could also one day save their life. Sadly, drowning is still the third most common form of accidental death in children, so learning to swim really is an essential life skill.

We offer swimming lessons across our three centres including nonswimmers, beginners and lengths classes.

At Tandridge Trust we start lessons from 5 months, where you and your baby can enjoy the first steps on their swimming journey.

Survive and Save bronze and silver classes teach over 12’s lifesaving rescue, self-rescue, survival, lifesaving sport skills and also

In Rookie lifeguarding courses over 8’s learn new lifesaving skills including self rescue and how to respond in an emergency situation.

Swimfit provides everything you need to motivate, challenge and support you to reach your fitness goals. Whether that is to lose weight, to tone, to improve technique or just to become fitter and stronger. It is a fun and effective way to get those results you want, and because water is 800 times denser than air, you are most likely to get there a lot quicker than any other workout!

Holiday times are always full of fun and excitement at our centres with all sorts of workshops and sessions. Childcare services are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, allowing mum or dad time to make use of the facilities. For more information please visit or to book please call 01883 716717 now.

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Who’s in it? Panto stars Tom Beard and Jonathan Cobb (last years ‘Viscount Biscuit’ and the energetic and amazing ‘Idle Jack’) return to head another fantastic cast, including the cream of Leatherhead’s very own local children’s talent, on an unforgettable journey this Christmas. Come and see the GIANT story unfold! Why come? With stunning visuals, magic, puppets, a magnificent cast (with not a soap or reality star in sight!) and a very tall tale to tell, LP Creatives are back by popular demand at The Leatherhead Theatre with their best show yet - join us this Christmas for Leatherhead’s BIGGEST pantomime ever! What’s it about? Jack Trott and his glamorous Mumsy ‘Dame Trott’, haven’t got a single bean between them except of course for Daisy The Cow! But when Daisy stops giving milk, Dame Trott comes up with a plan to help pay the rent to Gobblegore who rules the Kingdom on behalf of the big bad Giant! Thanks to a handful of magic


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beans, a gigantic beanstalk which climbs to a land high in the sky and a heart full of courage - Jack’s adventure could lead him to health, wealth and happiness plus a beautiful maiden to rescue too! Or it could lead him straight to the Giant’s dinner plate…! FEE FI FO YUM!!! How do I find out more? For more information, fun insights and ticket competition giveaways come and ‘like’ our page www. Come and join in the fun between the 20th - 30th December 2017! Have you BEAN to the new Leatherhead Theatre panto yet... ?!

Experience this year’s ultimate pantomime adventure Robin Hood at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking starring Shane Richie.

close to our 25th Anniversary year. Who wants to see this ultimate pantomime adventure – we Sherwood!”

Having established himself as one of the nation’s favourite soap stars, Shane has won numerous awards and millions of fans for his portrayal of Albert Square’s loveable landlord Alfie Moon in EastEnders. Swapping the Queen Vic for the Sherwood Forest, Shane will star as the heroic outlaw Robin Hood in Surrey’s biggest family pantomime.

Helping Shane Richie rob from the rich and give to the poor will be comedian and actor Peter Piper as Friar Tuck, who has starred in ITV’s acclaimed sketch show 5 Alive, BBC’s Holby City and Hotel Babylon. And keeping Robin Hood’s band of merry men safe will be The Spirit of Sherwood played by West End leading lady Ashleigh Gray, who after graduating from the nearby Guildford School of Acting has gone on to star as Elphaba in Wicked on tour and in London for over eight years.

Shane’s numerous other television credits include Oliver Twist, Skins, New Tricks, Benidorm and Redwater. Whilst on stage he has starred as Danny Zuko in West End’s Grease, co-wrote and co-produced Boogie Nights, and even performed in Woking earlier in 2017 as Detective Roy Grace in Not Dead Enough. Ahead of Shane’s appearance New Victoria Theatre’s General Manager Simon Thomsett said, “We are delighted to be welcoming the sensational Shane Richie to the New Victoria Theatre in a brand new title for the venue, Robin Hood. We look forward to Shane helping to bring a heroic

Brought to you by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, audiences will join the most heroic outlaw of them all as the arrow-shooting hero Robin Hood strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian while he and his trusty band of Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Featuring all the ingredients of a perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh out loud comedy, bundles of audience participation, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos

and hisses this is a pantomime for all the family to enjoy. So grab your merry men and women and don’t miss this sheriff-busting, arrowshooting, tights-wearing, hog-roasting pantomime extravaganza! The New Victoria Theatre, Woking is a 1,300-seater, modern theatre with comfy seating and great views for all visitors. With contemporary bars, a VIP lounge, excellent road and rail links, ample parking options and easy access, they are proud to present Surrey’s biggest and best family panto. Performance times & Ticket information: Saturday 9 December 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018 Tickets from £14 (fees apply) You can book tickets by calling the Box Office on 0844 871 7645 (Fees apply. Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge), Groups Booking Line 0333 009 5386 or online at (fees apply).

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Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre offers a brilliant selection of family events all year round so that there really is something for everyone to enjoy – and the festive season is certainly no exception! Hoping to create unique experiences and special memories for theatregoers, the beautiful ballet The Nutcracker comes to the Main Stage in November and this Christmas the magical family pantomime is Dick Whittington. Charming children’s tales The Nutcracker and Wendy and Peter Pan can be seen in the intimate 80-Seater Mill Studio theatre space, as well as a fascinating production of A Christmas Carol. On the Main Stage at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre…

Around the World in 80 Days

Tuesday 31 October – Saturday 4 November The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join him and his loyal valet, Passepartout, in a race against the clock in Around the World in 80 Days as they voyage on a high-spirited escapade featuring six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!

The Nutcracker Ballet

Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 November One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker is brought to life by Ballet Theatre UK as 24 international dancers from companies around the world recount the adventures of a young girl, Clara, the night before Christmas. Tchaikovsky’s celebrated musical score combines with magical choreography,


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exquisite costumes and breathtaking scenery.

Dick Whittington

Friday 8 December – Sunday 7 January Keeping Up Appearances favourite Judy Cornwell stars as Fairy Bowbells opposite cabaret royalty Kit HeskethHarvey as the rebellious King Rat in the rags-to-riches tale of a boy and his cat. This year’s traditional family pantomime is Dick Whittington. Get ready for a magical, swashbuckling search for fame and fortune! In the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre…

The Dream Factory

Saturday 28 October Have you ever wondered where dreams come from? Following the story of a young girl who has lost her ability to dream, The Dream Factory embarks on a magical adventure to find out where dreams are made, what they look like – and even what they smell like! With breath-taking puppetry, enchanting storytelling and an exquisite musical score, we invite you to join us and immerse yourselves in our dream world. Most suitable for ages 4-9 years old.

Hare and Tortoise

Saturday 18 November Ready? Steady? Go! But who’s the fastest; who’s the best? Who will finally win the race? Younger, fitter, faster Hare – tearing around, unable to wait – or slow and steady Tortoise – taking the time to look at the stars? Find out in this funny, tender, award-winning adaptation of the well-loved story Hare and Tortoise, brimming with music, movement and colour. Most suitable for ages 3 years plus.

The Nutcracker

Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 December When Clara is given a nutcracker in the shape of a handsome Prince, little does she know that she and her brother Fritz are about to be drawn into a great adventure. The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre present a beautiful musical adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker. Join Clara on her enchanting journey where imagination is the key that opens all doors and make-believe is more powerful than any sword.

Wendy & Peter Pan

Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 December Wendy Darling and her brothers sleep peacefully in the bedroom, as their parents bicker downstairs. In a sudden flurry of snow their window blows open, and into their lives tumbles a mischievous boy called Peter. Shortly followed by a very fractious fairy by the name of Tink. The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre present Wendy & Peter Pan, a magical adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s timeless children’s classic just in time for Christmas.

A Christmas Carol

Wednesday 20 – Saturday 26 December Clive Francis returns to the Mill Studio with his highly acclaimed and hugely popular performance as the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge. Marvel as one man brings to life the entire host of Dickensian characters. Storytelling at its best, this is the perfect way to enter into the Christmas Spirit! Most suitable for ages 12 years plus. To book tickets for any of the shows at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud theatre or in their Mill Studio, Please visit www. or call the Theatre Box Office on 01483 440077.

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Arabian adventures with a Bollywood twist come to Guildford this December with our annual ice pantomime! Spectrum will be transported by a magic carpet this Christmas as the popular pantomime ‘Aladdin’ takes to the ice. The three day festive ice show will run from 15th to 17th December and will feature performances by some of the region’s rising skating stars. Aladdin is one of the oldest classic Arabian stories told and has long been one of the most popular of pantomime themes. The story is set in the Far East which provides a stunning visual backdrop for the adventures that unfurl. Our hero, Aladdin, discovers the secret of an old oil lamp and, along with the charismatic genie inside, tries to win the heart of the Princess. However, the path of true love is never easy and he needs to battle the evil Abanazar to achieve his goal. Add the comic characters of Widow Twankey, Wishy and Washy to the drama and there promises to be plenty of action all around. But what makes our annual pantomime so special is all those


who take part in it! It is a real community event, performed entirely by a cast of talented young skaters drawn from Spectrum’s acclaimed skating programme who will re-create all the magic of the orient with flying jumps, dizzying spins and energetic dance routines. Together with colourful costumes and the creative choreography, this will be a visual extravaganza for all ages. Shows run at 12.45pm and 6pm on Friday 15th December and 2pm and 6pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December. Standard Seats: £13 adult, £8.50 child/concession, with a family ticket price of just £36 (family of four, max 2 adults) On Ice Grandstand Seats: £14 adult, £10 child/concession, with a family ticket price of just £42 (family of four, max 2 adults) Friday Matinee Ticket Offer: £3.00 all tickets Still one of the region’s best value Christmas shows, this adaptation of a classic story promises to have all the ingredients of a truly spectacular family treat.

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The Summerscales Performing Arts is a family run and award winning School in Horsell, Woking, established in 1983. It prides itself in achieving the highest standard of training, with World Famous teachers. Training in musical theatre, ballet, tap, modern, drama and singing. Although the School prides itself in its standards, it is one of the most caring and nurturing. Pupils are taught to work and respect each other and establish life time friendships, and see the School as there extended family. Whether moving into the professional business or just as a hobby, every student is as important as each other. They grow into wonderful

young adults and always remember the experiences and opportunities they were given at the School. Professionals trained at the School often comment about these, one of the many quotes being “without my training at Summerscales I would not have my professional career in theatre. But perhaps more than that, I would not be the person I am today”. For further details about the School please contact us on e:, t:01483 773076 or visit our website: Join us for our Christmas Spectacular at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking on Friday 15th or Saturday 16th December.

A brand new Christmas adventure with songs, stories, a meet and greet with Santa and a free gift! It’s Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is flying high above the clouds delivering presents to all the good boys and girls around the world. Hiding in the back are two naughty elves, Charlie and Kara, who have snuck onboard for the ride. All is well until suddenly the Sat Nav goes haywire and breaks, leaving him stranded without his list of postcodes for delivering the presents. With the clock ticking and morning fast approaching it’s down to Charlie, Kara and Muffin the bear to come up with a clever plan to save Christmas. This brand new adventure filled with songs, nursery rhymes and magic promises to be the Christmas treat you won’t want to miss. This truly unforgettable experience

includes the magical moment when snowflakes fall over the audience – a guaranteed white Christmas at every show! As an added Christmas treat, all of the good boys and girls in the audience will meet Santa after the show and receive a special present of their own. “Plenty of magical moments to captivate children as young as two”. The Stage “Full of festive singing, seasonal costumes and merry cheer”. Running time 45 mins + Meet & Greet For all children ages 2+ Box office: 01372 742555 / 01372 742227

The last two years have been Camberley Theatre’s most popular pantomimes to date, with 2016 breaking the record 2015 had only just set! The word of mouth from delighted customers, and fab reviews in the press, (‘Fantastic’ The Farnham Herald ‘A triumph’ The Star Courier) have ensured sell out shows throughout the panto season. This Christmas, we are bringing the J.M. Barrie classic, ‘Peter Pan’ to Camberley and hope once again to see the auditorium packed full of happy, laughing and screaming children – and adults too! We have very recently had brand new seats and a complete refurbishing of the theatre so ensure comfort along with hilarity. Join Peter Pan as he takes Wendy and her brothers on an action packed adventure in Neverland. Meet Pan’s best friend Tink and the Lost Boys as they help Pan

take on his arch enemy Captain Hook! With all those sword fights, it will be all hands on deck for Mr and Mrs Smee as they do their best to keep everything shipshape. Camberley Theatre gives J.M Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grows up a modern makeover. It is an unforgettable panto complete with flying, laugh out loud gags, singalong songs, breath-taking choreography and bucket loads of audience interaction. Will Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook? Will Wendy and her brothers make it home? Will Peter Pan ever grow up? Come along and fly to Neverland with us but be sure to bring happy thoughts and a little pixie dust! It’s going to be an awfully big adventure! From December 12 – 31st 01276 707600

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Matrix Theatre was established in 2002 to deliver high quality, exciting, educational workshops, with a dash of fun along the way. Covering a vast variety of topics studied by KS1 and KS2 students, our enthusiastic workshop leaders make the experience interactive and inclusive. We provide appropriate props, artefacts and theatrical costumes for all participants and the activities are designed to be stimulating and enjoyable whilst reinforcing learning. Whether you are throwing javelins, (Greeks and Romans) or axes (Vikings) crawling through a coal mine (Victorians) passing buckets of water (Great Fire) or hiding in a priest hole (Gun Powder Plot) the experience is unique for every student.


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The company also focuses on mental health issues such as Early Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Bi Polar and Eating Disorders and is passionate about tackling these difficult issues. Through drama - incorporating real life stories and with the aid of actors and actresses who have suffered from these conditions, we aim to help and enlighten people. Matrix Theatre was asked by three schools to travel to Greece and Cyprus to perform different workshops all week long. We were obviously laden down with props and costumes, but it was great fun and a wonderful opportunity for all. As well as workshops we currently have two shows being performed -‘Eat Me’ at The Green Room Theatre, Dorking and Nomads Theatre East Horsley, this

October and ‘Mother Seacole’ at the Green Room Theatre in December. Our exciting news for 2018 is the launch of our new website, detailing the expansion of the company into themed weddings, team building days and becoming Matrix Realms Limited. 01372 270208 Tel: Email: Web:

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DORIS THE DRAGON Thursday 26th October, 11am. When the owners of a dingy old castle that Doris The Dragon has been protecting move out, Doris decides to put the empty castle to good use! An inexperienced dragon catcher arrives at the castle, Doris persuades him to ditch his job and together they transform the castle into a home for down and out dragons. News spreads quickly about the new den and dragons from all over the country arrive at the castle eager to impress Doris with their various talents. However magic and mischief ensue as Doris’s new fiery family take turns looking after an unhatched baby dragon egg! Tickets: £9, Family of 4 £34.

SINGALONGA SOUND OF MUSIC Thursday 26th October Following the celebration of the movie’s 50th anniversary in 2015, we move into its second half century with a return of the smash-hit musical to the UK. Yes, the original Sing-a-long-a is back! Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is


a screening of the Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, with subtitles so that everyone can sing along, a host and free interactive props bag. The audience is the star of this interactive show – at Sing-a-long-a THERE ARE NO RULES! Tickets: £16, Theatre Club £14.

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because he has so many things to do. For some time, he has been obsessed with one canvas. The painting keeps getting bigger, but Niggle has a journey to make. He doesn’t want to go, but he cannot get out of it... In 1939 Tolkien woke up with Leaf by Niggle complete in his mind and wrote it down. Tickets: £8.80 Under 16s; £13.20 Adults; £40.00 Family of 4.

Tel: 01483 2780000

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: LITTLE GOATS Thursday 26th October, 11am & 2pm. Across a bridge made of wood, there was a land full of food, Three Billy Goats needed grass to chew, but something lurked beneath their hooves…The tale of ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’ is retold in this interactive show! Little Goats is CAPTCHA Theatre’s newest production following Little Red and Little Pigs. Join the family fun in this MAAA-gnificent adventure! Seating on floor please bring a cushion. Tickets: £5.50 Child; £8.80 Adults.

FAMILY THEATRE: LEAF BY NIGGLE Friday 17th November, 7:30pm. Niggle is a painter. Not a very successful one, partly

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dorking halls Tel: 01306 881717

THE NIGHT PIRATES Sunday 22nd October, 1.30pm & 4pm. Adapted from the best-selling children’s book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, The Night Pirates tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates. Adapted and directed by Miranda Larson, this show combines original songs and swashbuckling adventures, suitable for any budding young pirate! Tickets: £13.50, Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £48.00

epsom playhouse Tel: 01372 742555

CURTAINS Tuesday 17th October Saturday 21st October, 7.30pm, matinee Saturday 2.30pm. Join ELOC this October at the Epsom Playhouse for the hilarious who-dunnit musical, “Curtains”! It is opening night at the Colonial Theatre in Boston and the leading lady dies on stage. The entire cast and crew are suspects. The detective assigned to the case just happens to be a musical theatre fan, a bit too much of a fan to concentrate on his murdersolving job. More people die in mysterious circumstances as the detective attempts to safeguard the innocent whilst finding it impossible to resist suggesting improvements to the show. A stunning denouement as the detective gets closer to unmasking the murderer makes this an unforgettable evening. Memorable show-piece songs and theatrical extravaganzas make this winner of eight Tony awards an un-missable experience. Book your tickets now! Tickets: £16

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CATS Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th November, 7.30pm plus matinee Saturday at 2.30pm. ‘Let the Memory Live again’ This record-breaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber has captivated audiences around the World and Sutton Theatre Company (STC) are excited to be one of the first adult amateur companies to perform it in the UK. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, this iconic show features wonderful music including one of the most famous songs in musical theatre, “Memory” Tickets: £18

G-Live Tel: 0844 7701 797

HALF-TERM WORKSHOPS Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October, 10am – 4pm. Join us for a whole range of activities for children during the halfterm holidays. All our half-term activities are fully inclusive and accessible and we welcome people of all abilities. Kids’ lunchboxes and a kids’ menu will be available at the G Live café too (open 10am-4pm)! This year, our half-term workshops include Creative Orchestra, Creative Computing, Dance in a Day and Theatrical Make-Up. Booking essential.

FAMILY DAY – MAGICAL MUSIC Saturday 28th October. Music inspires creativity. Join us for a day of FREE arts and crafts activities inspired by music. Turn up, turn the sound up and take part! All are welcome to attend our free family events, and there will also be ticketed performances taking place – Peter and the Wolf at 10.30am and 1pm and Comedy Club 4 Kids! at 3.30pm plus Make Your Mark With The Big Draw and Thaumatropes & Musicals Notes with Flora Gare. Children will be


offered to create a disc, which spins and creates an illusion as the drawings magically become one image. This is a free event. No pre-booking required.

harlequin theatre Tel: 01737 276 500

CINEMA CLUB: CARS 3 Saturday 14th October, 9.15am & 11.45am. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Tickets: £6 - £8.50

LOST & FOUND Saturday 21st October, 2pm. Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door. He didn’t know where it had come from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost. So he decided to help it find its way home, even if that meant rowing all the way to the South Pole. This funny, charming tale of friendship is the perfect treat for a younger audience. Brought to life with puppetry, songs and music, this fantastic new show is suitable for ages 3+ and their grown-ups. www. Tickets: £10.50, Family £38

leatherhead theatre Tel: 01372 365141

ANNIE JR Tuesday 17th – Tuesday 24th October. A familyfriendly musical! Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Awardwinning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas

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Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR features everyone’s favourite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks and his personal secretary, Grace Farrell. Tickets: £16.50 - £18.50 booking fees apply.

SHAKESPEARE SCHOOL FESTIVAL Tuesday 7th November, 7pm. Family and friends are invited to celebrate an evening’s professional entertainment featuring different Shakespeare plays. From participating teachers, “For the first time in their lives, every one of these pupils has faced a challenge without running away. The change in them individually, and collectively, has been astounding.” “I can honestly say that their performance was the proudest moment of my career - they absolutely and completely pulled it off. It was everything I hoped it would be, and more!” Tickets: £9.50 Concessions £7.00

new victoria Tel: 0844 871 7645

MISTER MAKER & THE SHAPES LIVE! Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th. Tuesday 4pm & Wednesday 10am & 1pm. Join CBeebies’ Mister Maker in his live theatre tour! With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance

and make some noise! There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and.... The Shapes! Yes, you’ll be able to share the fun with Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too! Mini Makers, get ready to go on a real arty adventure and book your tickets today! Tickets: £20.50

riverhouse barn Tel: 01932 253354

LUCKY DIP DISCO Sunday 15th October & Sunday 19th November, 3.30pm. Bubbles, lights, games and musical mayhem! Awardwinning DJ Janek Schaefer returns with his retro disco for children and their adults to dance together. His Lucky Dip Disco invites you to select the records from a collection of classic dancing music from the 1920s to the 2010s. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointed kids! Refreshments available from the café. Tickets £7 per child, £5 per adult (non-walkers FREE)

MRS TATS and her HOUSEFUL OF CATS Sunday 26th November, 3.30pm. “In a small cosy cottage, Lived Mrs McTats. She lived all alone except for one cat. But soon by twos and threes, and then four and more, New cats come scratching at Mrs McTats’ door...” Bring a cushion and a cuddly toy to our creative storytelling events. Enjoy crafty projects, themed activities and a teatime treat - the perfect afternoon outing for families with small children. Most suitable for ages 3. Tickets £4 per child (£2 under 2) – includes themed teatime treat and drink. We take great care to ensure all this information is correct at the time of going to press. However, we would advise parents to phone and check details prior to making a long trip... or promise!

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