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WHY CHOOSE A SCHOOL NURSERY? BY MRS RACHEL E HARRIS, HEAD OF PRE-PREP AT BARROW HILLS SCHOOL open spaces, woodland, playgrounds, sports fields, Astro, covered play areas… maybe even a swimming pool! Inside, nursery children will be able to use the school dining hall and practice eating yummy meals together with their friends, teachers and older children. Going out to the beach or visiting a farm? No problem – simply jump on the school minibus.

Looking for a nursery can be quite overwhelming at first, especially when there is so much choice from privately-run day nurseries, local authority nurseries and community nurseries. Some nurseries provide childcare year-round, some are open term time only, and many offer wraparound care options.

are warmly welcomed into the wider school community from the very moment they pass through the school gates.

Nurseries set within schools are now gaining in popularity, with children generally joining from their second birthday. Let’s explore why this is and what the benefits are for children at nurseries within a school setting, as opposed to a standalone nursery.

At prep schools, children will often join as two year-olds into the nursery class but that’s not all. They will also be joining ‘Pre-Prep’, the section of a prep school which extends up to age 7. They will start to join in with school activities such as raising money for charities alongside their elder peers in Reception and the rest of the children. Mums and dads can join parents’ associations and children will be immensely proud of their very first school uniform!

A SENSE OF BELONGING Children at school nurseries thrive socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically. They

FANTASTIC FACILITIES Children will benefit from using all the prep school facilities on offer. These may include wide

PEUX-TU CHANTER UNE CHANSON EN FRANÇAIS? With prep schools catering for children up to Year 8, they are able to offer nursery children access to specialist teachers. How does learning to sing a song in French sound? Mastering the castanet with your nursery friends in the music room? Building a bug hotel in Forest School or learning how to plié in the ballet studio? RECEPTION ON THE HORIZON All nursery age children – no matter which nursery you choose - will grow in independence, learning to put on their own coats and shoes, and learning how to use the toilet, whilst supported by caring staff. But at a school nursery, they will develop a close link with those children already the Reception class, looking up to them as role models. When the time comes for children to move into Reception themselves, they will already know their Reception teacher and Nursery staff will still be around for questions and support, making for a seamless transition. n


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DOUBLE GREEN FLAG VICTORY FOR KNOWLE GREEN DAY NURSERY for insect observations and growing vegetables in the garden, there are exciting learning opportunities at every turn at Knowle Green.

After receiving a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award in 2019 as part of the international Eco-Schools scheme, children and practitioners from Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines were delighted to learn they had gained the sought-after accreditation for a second time.

Childbase Partnership Health, Safety & Environment Director, Mark Bird said; “Holding two Green Flags is a notably rare achievement amongst the broader Eco-School Community and speaks to the diligence at those settings with regards to environmental education but also our broader leadership credentials in this field”.

The top accolade in the programme has been presented to the day nursery on Yeovil Road once more, following continued exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices involving children of all ages.

Knowle Green Manager, Vicky Chinnapen explained; “We are thrilled to have another eco-credential under our belt. Respecting and protecting the environment is a key part of our commitment to give our children the best possible future and we are delighted they understand why this is so important.”

From babies using recycled paper from the shredder for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels

For more information please contact the nursery on 01784 464141 or email on


POTENTIAL FOR LIFE range of independent senior schools and there are specialist teaching facilities for all subjects including science, ICT, music, food technology and art. The curriculum is broad and the school places great emphasis on music, sport and the arts. In our latest ISI Inspection, (January 2016), we were extremely proud to be rated ‘excellent’ in all areas. St. Andrew’s School was founded in 1937 and is a respected and thriving co-educational Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School, set in 11 acres of grounds near Woking town centre. St. Andrew’s creates 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

St. Andrew’s has excellent on-site facilities and our latest building development project has provided us with a fantastic tiered seating theatre, food technology room, library, changing rooms and classrooms. Our impressive outdoor facilities include an all weather sports surface, sports pitches, tennis courts, cricket nets and a swimming pool. We currently have limited places available for entry in September 2021. See our website for further details and to book a place at our next Open Morning:

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CRYSTAL GROTTO NOW REOPEN AT PAINSHILL PARK The Crystal Grotto is now reopen at Painshill! A highlight of any visit to the landscape garden in Cobham, the Crystal Grotto is a place where you will not want to put your camera down. Children are captivated and adults stand in awe of the incredible man-made feature.

The spectacular Grotto is a magical, naturalistic cave with shimmering water and a ceiling covered in sparkling crystals. It is now open to all visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. The Grotto sits in the banks of the landscape’s serpentine lake which is a perfect place for kids



Whether planting for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, to help tackle climate change, or to improve local areas around the country, the Woodland Trust’s popular free tree pack scheme is now open for applications. Schools and community groups across the South East are now able to apply for the first 1 million trees, and into 2022 there are over 3 million trees in total available via free tree packs. Packs are sent out twice a year with November packs now available for order. In Spring the uptake was high across the South East with 70,395 trees despatched for planting.

The Woodland Trust is delighted to be a leading delivery partner of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) and is offering free trees as an amazing opportunity to help many thousands of schools and communities to plant trees to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and the first million trees will be despatched in November during the planting season. The Trust welcomes applications from all types of community groups and people do not have to be part of a formal long-standing group, they just need to have a group name decided before they apply. The packs, all generously funded by our corporate partners, are available in a range of themes; yearlong colour, a wild harvest, or a haven for wildlife. Another contains hardy species which tolerate exposed sites and dry areas or where water collects easily, there is even a working wood mix which could provide wood fuel or willow for weaving. 


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The packs also come in a range of sizes; 15 (perfect for urban areas and which can be split between neighbours where necessary), 30 (which will create a six-metre hedgerow or a tennis court-sized copse), 105 (enough to cover an area as big as four tennis courts) or 420 (to cover an area the size of a football pitch) and most can create fantastic hedgerows. 

We ask that trees are planted on publicly accessible land where possible, with the landowner’s permission, and that groups commit to caring for those trees as they establish and grow. Since 2004 the scheme has helped thousands of groups plant millions of trees and there is support for experienced and first- time tree planters! In Spring this year over 400,000 free trees were sent to keen planters across the country. Woodland Trust tree packs are generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Bank, OVO Energy, DFS Furniture, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Joules, Bank of Scotland and Sofology.  Packs contain a mix of UK sourced and grown native broadleaf species such as hazel, rowan, hawthorn, common oak, silver birch, wild cherry, elder, dogwood and holly.  To order free trees people can visit www. before August 25 and they’ll be delivered in November 2021.  All our trees are UK and Ireland Sourced-and-Grown (UKISG). Responsible tree procurement is central to developing resilient woodlands. We currently ship to England, Scotland, Wales and all UK islands apart from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

to spot lake birds, butterflies, dragonflies and other amazing wildlife. Around the lake there are meadows rich in wildflowers over the summer to run around in and really get back to nature.

With 158 acres of landscape filled with fairy-tale follies as well as a natural play area, tea room and gift shop, Painshill is a complete family day out. Dogs are welcome on short leads and you are allowed to bring in a picnic. Booking is advance right now is essential and the under 5s go free. Take a look at their website painshill. for all the information.




SUMMER Get set for fresh air, fun and friends this Summer! Ultimate Activity Camps provide outstanding Ofstedregistered (& Covid-Safe!) activity day camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays, where the children’s welfare and fun are at the heart of all they do! Children will enjoy a fantastic range of over 40 sports, games and art activities every week, led by engaging staff at amazing locations. Running this Summer at Prior’s Field School in Godalming. Visit our website for dates, prices and activities! W: Video: E: T: 0330 111 7077 Camps run Monday to Friday during the Summer School Holidays Camp times: from 08:00 – 18:00

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You can join us for a VIP outdoor cinema experience this July at the Collectively Camberley Rooftop Film Festival (16th – 18th) up on the roof of the Main Square Car Park – tickets start from as little as £3.00 Camberley is also hosting a big ‘Celebration’ on 24th July – The Celebrate Camberley event will be a day full of free family fun, live entertainment and is a chance for us all to thank our ‘Camberley Heroes’ who have done amazing things during the past 16 months. Be sure to put 14th August in your diary too – this is the day of our Town Centre wide car show! A free day for the family, with over 220 cars on display and lots of other entertainment to enjoy! You’ll also be able to treat yourself to a dream ride with the Sporting Bears team over on the High Street! For more information on all of our events, please visit or follow us on social media @LoveCamberley.


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Liquid Leisure is the World’s leading water sports and activity provider, with two locations in the South East of England. Both the Shepperton and Windsor parks are set on beautiful freshwater lakes, with Aqua Parks being the most popular activities. Liquid Leisure Windsor is also home to the UK’s number one water sports facilities, with boat and cable wakeboarding, water skiing, slalom and kneeboarding. As well as an amazing Aqua Park, Liquid Leisure Shepperton has a fantastic paddle water sports area with stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and our brand new Banana Bikes! Website: Windsor Tel: 01753 542 500 Shepperton Tel: 01932 761 555


SUMMER ACTIVITY FUN FOR THE KIDS Mega Camps are excited about their upcoming activity camp in Epsom this Summer. Dedicated to providing the best activity camps for kids aged 4-14 during the half-term & school holidays in Surrey, they have seen attendance grow year on year.   At Mega Camps, they understand that all children are different and therefore offer an amazing range of sports, arts & crafts and activities throughout the day for all to enjoy. Plus each day there’s a Mega Activity on offer which includes, Animal Zoo Workshops, Wet N Wild, Slip N Slides, Dance Workshops, Nerf Wars, Inflatable Fun, and much more. The Epsom venue is equipped with large playgrounds, sports fields, indoor sports halls, art rooms, and dance studios allowing multiple activities to be run throughout the day. With all this space and a vast amount of activity equipment, they make sure that every day is different but with just as much fun as the last. Mega Camps’ fully trained, fun


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and friendly team are focused on helping children gain selfconfidence and life skills whilst they make new friends every day. Staff are handpicked and trained to maintain the highest quality standards of enjoyment and safety. All staff are enhanced DBS checked and fully qualified within their role to ensure that every child has the best experience possible. Mega Camps always work hard not only to make the Camps stand out from the crowd but to also ensure they can provide an affordable experience as possible for parents with their childcare needs. Whether you want to send your child for multiple weeks or single days, they’ve got an offer suited for you. Spaces are limited.   If you would like to book some summer fun for your child then look no further. You can book or find out more information by visiting

GO THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AT RHS GARDEN WISLEY THIS SUMMER This summer, families visiting RHS Garden Wisley will be transported to Alice’s Wonderland, as the world’s leading gardening charity partners with Macmillan Publishers to celebrate 150 years of the iconic and classic stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Reimagined for contemporary audiences by multi-award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell, Wonderland will be brought to life from 22 July to 31 August at RHS Garden Wisley, providing lots of summer holiday fun. Inspired by Alice’s spirit of curiosity and a host of quirky characters from Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, during their visit to RHS Garden Wisley, families can view the garden through the eyes of

Alice, encountering topsyturvy installations along the way. Children will be invited to sneak through the rabbit hole, peek through the door in the tree, and transform themselves into a Queen (or King) of Hearts. There’s something for everyone as little ones discover this spellbinding tale for the first time and grown-ups indulge in nostalgic retellings of a story they grew up with. Family activities include a garden adventure trail, planting workshops, crafts, storytelling and more. Additionally, a Mad Hatters Picnic will see families enjoying picnics across the garden at the height of summer. A range of Alice books and merchandise will be available to buy from the RHS Wisley Garden Centre. Find out more at

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DORKING MINI KICKERS- AGED 2-8 All our fun packed sessions take place at home of football in Dorking, Meadowbank Stadium. Check out website

Third Friday of the Month

WATTS TOTS Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1DQ. 10am-11am. A multisensory Early Years programme. Join us outdoors to explore art and nature through storytelling, music, movement and making, inspired by the following pieces of art each month. £5 per child. Prebooking required. Tel: 01483 810235

JULY Saturday 10th July Wednesday 1st Sept

THE POLESDEN GAMES Challenge friends to a round of frisbee golf, take on your family at the sack race, or prove once and for all that you are the champion at ping pong. Just don’t forget to record your win with a photo on the podium! Normal admission applies.

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th

GUILDFORD CHEESE AND CHILLI FESTIVAL 2021 Shalford Park, Shalford Rd, Guildford,


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THE MAKE SPACE Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1DQ. 10.30am-11.30am, 1pm-2pm, 3pm-4pm. Bring your family to make arts and crafts at the outdoor Make Space inspired by a different artwork each month. £3 per child. Book as an add-on to Admission tickets  All ages (ideal for 5+). Tel:01483 810235


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Surrey, GU4 8BL. 10am-7pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. The Cheese & Chilli Festival offers a fantastic family friendly, fun-filled event. Spicing things up with all things cheese and chilli, the event will see a whole host of tasty treats, amazing entertainment and food competitions for those that can handle the heat. What’s more the festival will be supporting worthwhile charities, with a team raising funds throughout the two-day show. Entertainments include; Amazing Cheese & Chilli (obviously), Chilli Eating Competitions, Hot Food Challenges, Chilli Sauce Competitions, Live Music, Cooking Demonstrations, Punch & Judy, Circus Skills, Karaoke, Crazy Golf, Human Stunt Show, Animal HQ (hold some strange and exotic creatures), Treasure Hunts, Real Ales, Authentic Ciders, children’s rides plus loads more. Free Parking, Disabled parking available. Disabled toilets available. Adults £8 Carers, Seniors Disabled £6 Children under 16 free - discounts if booked online in advance.

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th

SURREY FOOD FESTIVAL 2021 Old Deer Park Sports Grounds, 187 Kew Rd, Richmond. Enjoy a day out at your local festival. There really is something for everyone. It’s not all about food and drink; a packed entertainment schedule awaits you at all our festivals. It doesn’t matter if you’re 6 or 60 there’s something at our festivals for you! The Local Food festival offer 5 key sections to bring you their own brand of food festival: A demo tent for top chefs, food writers and drink connoisseurs to show off their skills, tempt you with new concepts and answer questions to share their knowledge. Our marketplace marquee offers you the chance to purchase a variety of food and drink-related products to take home with you. A main stage gives local bands the chance to showcase their musical vocals as well as local

dance schools to show off their talents. The kids zone offers a safe environment for them all to have a bounce and enjoy our rides while the parents sit and digest the days food and drinks. Family tickets from £10

Tuesday 27th

OPEN AIR THEATRE: THE THREE MUSKETEERS Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT. 6pm-8pm with 15 mins interval. Musketeers in a thrilling production brimming with excitement, danger, comedy, and in true Immersion style, bags of audience interaction. Will our heroes thwart the scheming Cardinal Richelieu and the deadly Milady de Winter? Will they retrieve the Queen’s jewels and restore her honour before it’s too late? Find out in this gripping tale guaranteed to have families on the edge of their seats. All for one – and one for all! Gates open at 5.30pm. Please bring seats or a rug. You are welcome to bring your own picnic. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the interval. Open Air events are held on the lawn in front of the house. There are no steps to negotiate from the car park so access is good for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and people who use walking aids. Full price - £12, Child (517) - £8. Age: 8+ Family of 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children - £32. Tel: 01483 444334

Monday 26th July – Thursday 12th August

SURREY MUSIC AND ARTS SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES 2021 This summer, they are partnering with Active Surrey as part of Surrey’s Club4 programme by providing three weeks of music, dance and food holiday activities for children across Surrey. What’s Planned: Each day there will be music and dance activities led by professional teachers and performers and participants will be provided with a meal, drink and snacks as part of the course and explore how we can eat more healthily. Participants aged 8 – 18 years old can register for single days or a whole four-day course. Visit for exact venues, times and dates.

Monday 26th July Friday 20th August

BARRACUDAS ACTIVITY DAY CAMPS FARNHAM: Edgeborough School, 84 Frensham Rd, Lower Bourne, Frensham, Farnham GODALMING: Barrow Hills School, Roke Lane, Witley, Godalming. WOKING: Gordon’s School, Bagshot Road, Woking.

Tuesday 27th

SUMMER ACTIVITY CAMPS Sandown Sports Adventure Camps, More Lane, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8AN. Sandown Sports have been running our multi activity summer camps for a number of years for 8-14 year olds where they get to have bags of

fun activities, freedom, make new friends all in a safe environment with top class instructors. Their Adventure Camps are two days packed full of every activity we offer along with loads more: Skywalk Adventure, Ringos, Skiing, football, golf, archery, table tennis, squash and much more fun and games. Their camps are set in our grounds which overlook Sandown racecourse and the London skyline. Easily accessible from the A3, ample parking and full cafe/ restaurant on site. Summer camps run from approximately 0900 until 1600 and there is a full FAQ section on their website. Running in the May half term and then throughout the summer school holidays our summer camps are extremely popular and open for booking now. Tel: 01372 467 132

Thursday 29th

DISNEY MUSICALS - CREATIVE ARTS, SINGING, DANCING AND ACTING WORKSHOP Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1UP. 2pm-5pm. Explore the magical world of Disney in this not to miss 3-hour workshop - learn amazing dance routines with our industry professional and sing along. Includes a creative arts session to make a Disney themed mask! Workshop also explores dance and drama games with parachute, ribbons and our signature snow disco (Covid compliance permitting) and the opportunity to perform a short routine. Children will be divided into age-appropriate groups. Dressing up encouraged! Drop and collect only – please wear a mask when dropping your child and bring a small bottle of water. Tel: 07713 254260

AUGUST Thursday 5th

WONDERFUL WORLD OF CIRCUS - DANCING, ACTING AND CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOP Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1UP. 2pm5pm. Roll up for our fabulous 3-hour circus workshop! Enjoy the smash hit Show tunes from the Greatest Showman/Barnum! Learn fabulous dance routines - learn to juggle with scarves and try some clowning - and enjoy our Circus themed obstacle course! Workshop also includes dance and drama games with parachute, ribbons and our signature snow disco (Covid compliance permitting) and the opportunity to perform a short routine. Wear soft pumps, plimsolls or trainers for the dancing. Children will be divided into age-appropriate groups. Drop and collect only – please wear a mask when dropping your child and bring a small bottle of water. Cost: £32. Tel: 07713 254260

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Saturday 14th

COLLECTIVELY CAMBERLEY CAR SHOW Camberley Town Centre, The Square, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3SW. Join us for the biggest day in the Camberley event calendar! We are looking forward to welcoming you all back into Camberley Town Centre this August, to join the fantastic cars, bikes and their owners who make the Collectively Camberley Car Show the unique and much loved event it is! As well as over 200 classic, vintage, modern and super cars and bikes parked on the streets of the town centre, visitors will also experience live music, street entertainment, face painting and much more all across the town and all for free! We are also delighted to have Sporting Bears Dream Rides attending the event again over on the High Street, helping us raise more money for our chosen charities! As a new addition to the 2021 event, we are offering space for (relevant) trade stalls and exhibitions. Please contact us using the email for further information. We look forward to seeing you for our event of the Summer! This event is funded and organised by Collectively Camberley. 10-4 FREE. Tel: 0127625588

Wednesday 18th OPEN AIR THEATRE:


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THE JUNGLE BOOK Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT. Immersion Theatre are thrilled to bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, a brand-new musical adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling family favourite, THE JUNGLE BOOK! Filled with original music, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show, you are invited to join Mowgli and his friends on a madcap jungle adventure as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys, and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan! Funny, exciting and wildly entertaining, this larger-than-life musical will have you howling with laughter. Gates open at 5.30pm. Please bring seats or a rug. You are welcome to bring your own picnic. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the interval. Open Air events are held on the lawn in front of the house. 6pm - 8pm with 15 mins interval. Prices: Full price - £12.00, Child (5 -17) - £8.00 Recommended age: 4+ Family of 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children - £32. Tel: 01483 444334

Thursday 26th

ANIMALS OF STAGE - SINGING & DRAMA GAMES WORKSHOP Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1UP. 2pm5pm. Explore your favourite animals on stage and learn amazing dance

routines from your favourite musicals and films. Act, sing and dance your hearts out! Workshop also includes dance and drama games with parachute, ribbons and our signature snow disco (Covid compliance permitting) and the opportunity to perform a short routine. Includes an arts and crafts session of animal mask making. Dressing up is encouraged wear your favourite outfit or themed costume! Wear soft pumps, plimsolls or trainers for the dancing. Children will be divided into age-appropriate groups. Drop and collect only – please wear a mask when dropping your child and bring a small bottle of water. Cost: £15. Tel: 07713 254260. DISNEY FROZEN - SIGNING, DANCING & ACTING WORKSHOP Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1UP. 3:45pm5pm. For 3 - 8 years. Act, Sing and Dance with us as we explore the scenes and songs from smash hit films Frozen 1 & 2. Create dances to form this fantastic magical winter wonderland! Workshop also includes dance and drama games with parachutes, ribbons and our signature snow disco (Covid compliance permitting) and the opportunity to perform a short routine. Dressing up is encouraged - wear your favourite outfit or themed costume! Wear

soft pumps, plimsolls or trainers for the dancing. Children will be divided into age-appropriate groups. Any siblings attending must purchase a ticket. Parents/guardians for ages 3-4 years may stay and play. One parent/ guardian per child. Please wear a mask when dropping your child and bring a small bottle of water. Tel: 07713 254260.

Friday 20th Sunday 22nd

OPEN AIR CINEMA AT PAINSHILL Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE. Join us to watch the sun go down over the Painshill landscape and enjoy a movie outdoors against the beautiful backdrop of the Serpentine Lake. Each night drinks will be on offer from Corks Occasions and the Painshill bar. Please note the Tea Room will be closed but food vendors will be on site or you are welcome to bring along a picnic. In true British style the event will go ahead whatever the weather and cover or shade is not available. Please consider that carefully when making your booking. Film titles and booking date to be announced. Please check back for updates. 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Adult – £18.00, Child – £14.00, Painshill Member Adult – £15.00 Painshill Member Child – £11.00. Tel: 01932 868113

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Camberley theatre Tel: 01276 707600 THE SILLY SQUIRREL 10th July. Deep in the woods, in the big oak tree, lives a little squirrel with big ideas. This is Silly Squirrel. Silly Squirrel has never left the tree but longs to explore. Before the other squirrels are awake, Silly Squirrel conducts a plan to go on their biggest adventure yet! I wonder who they will meet and what they will find out along the way? For unders 5s. 45 mins. Tickets £10

BOUDICA 17th July. One woman stands against the greatest civilization ever known. She fights for the freedom of her people. Rome is formidable. But she is fierce. She won’t back down. The question is...should she? BOUDICA is a fast-paced, actionpacked show steered by charming characters, with an innovative approach to engaging with the audience. We use experienced facilitators to bring the children into the world of the play, welcoming their input -whether that’s through rhythmic participation, atmospheric activities or playing key characters. The story is dramatically told from both sides, challenging the children to ask...Who am I going to fight for? The Wild Geese have over 15 years of experience creating active


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and immersive theatre for children. With accessibility and inclusivity at the heart of everything we do, this epic taleincorporates interactive storytelling techniques that brings children into the world of the play. We put our audience at the centre of the action; they are not just watching a play, they are in one. For ages 7 - 11 years and families. 75 mins Tickets: £10

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 24th July. Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come! This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show for the over 3’s (and their giants) with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion! Tickets £10

CMA MINIS: IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A WORLD OF ENID BLYTON 23rd - 27th August. Adventure with the Famous Five and explore other lands in the Faraway Tree. Each day will be an Blyton-inspired adventure. Our creative and immersive Summer Workshop programmes available for 4 -

8-year-olds are designed to offer a structured morning in which to have fun and be creative Using the stories of well-known authors for inspiration we will explore the characters and go on adventures, singing, dancing and creating arts and crafts as we go. A short performance, open to family and friends, will start at 12.30pm on Friday afternoon.Tickets: Early Bird Prices until 31st May: £105, £100 for Key Workers (£130 from 1st June)

cranleigh arts Tel: 01483 2780000 THE PERFORMING ARTS ARE BACK! Monday 23rd – Friday 27th August. In2Drama Academy comes to Cranleigh Arts in August 2021 For more information and to book on the course please visit It has been a long time coming. Some of us have been desperate to burst our bubbles whether at school, college or at home. Now’s the time to jump back on the stage and do what many of us love best – to sing, dance, act, make videos and to entertain. In2Drama is a specialised Drama Academy for all young performers who aspire to fulfil their ambitions and dreams of becoming professional performers or who would like to learn more

about theatre and the associated performing arts. 8 – 11 years old – £335.

dorking halls Tel: 01306 881717 PLAYS IN THE PARK - HEARTBREAK PRODUCTIONS PRESENT DAVID WALLIAMS’ MR STINK Saturday 17th July, 2pm. Following on from last year’s sell out event, our open air theatre weekend Plays in the Park is back! We’ve extended it to three days and lined-up a brand new selection of shows for all ages. The event takes place at our lovely local park Meadowbank in Dorking from Friday 16 July to Sunday 18 July and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer. Tickets to shows sell fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. See the full line-up. You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink. One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench – one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly homeless man. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal


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dog, the Duchess. Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed. Join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink on the outdoor stage. Pack a picnic, grab a chair and dress for the weather. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment. Estimated run time: 2 hours (including 1 interval) | Recommended Age: 7+. Show starts at 2pm - you are welcome to arrive from 1pm to get settled and check out all the tasty food and drink on offer. Adult: £14.50 (Friend £12.50) | Child £10.50 (Friend £8.50)

PLAYS IN THE PARK - KICK IN THE HEAD THEATRE PRESENT ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Sunday 18th July, 11am. Following on from last year’s sell out event, our open air theatre weekend Plays in the Park is back! We’ve extended it to three days and lined-up a brand new selection of shows for all ages. The event takes place at our lovely local park Meadowbank in Dorking from Friday 16 July to Sunday 18 July and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer. Tickets to shows sell fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.  How mad are the Mad Hatter and the Hare? Is the Dormouse crackers? What does the Dodo do? Where is the White Rabbit going? Why is the Mock Turtle miserable? What makes the Caterpillar Grumpy and the Hedgehog Prickly? Questions are answered and answers are questioned in this deceptively simple, yet highly original re-telling of the Lewis Carroll classic. Ideally suited to the 4 and above age group


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(though adults have fallen under its spell, despite their best efforts to look… grownup!). Audiences are introduced to (or re-acquainted with) many of the extraordinary characters that our eponymous heroine encounters during her wanderings in Wonderland. Hold tight for rolling heads, rocketing sneezes, skimming plates and darting jam Tarts. Three actors, multiple characters and one classic story that’s high in energy, humour and audience participation... and all the while the Cheshire Cat grinned from ear-to-ear. Written by Lewis Carroll. An original adaptation by Don Brown. Estimated run time: 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval) | Age: 4+ Show starts at 11am - you are welcome to arrive from 10am to get settled and check out all the tasty food and drink on offer. Adult: £14.50 (Friend £12.50) | Child £10.50 (Friend £8.50)

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19 August. The Sea Showis a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous seasquirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards. Come and celebrate the sea with tall tales, silly slapstick, fantastic facts, live music and songs - unmissable fun for children and adults of all ages! The Sea Show is the creation of Craig Johnson, an actor, musician and puppeteer, and long-standing member of Cornwall’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre. Craig has performed this show at the Minack theatre in Cornwall. We’re delighted that he is bringing his celebration of the sea the Maltings this summer. outside space, age guidance. recommended for all the family 5+ (younger children welcome) duration.  55 minutes, no interval Tickets from £8

16th - 18th July. We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So BARMY BRITAIN is back with a brand new show full of crazy new characters and rude new rulers from Britain’s barmy past! Will you be conquered by King William? Will you sink or swim with King Henry I? Will Thomas Becket get the chop? Go house hunting with King Henry VIII! Join the gorgeous Georgians as they take over England! Break into Buckingham Palace and hide from the Queen! Watch out for the witch of World War Two! Britain’s favourite history show comes to Redhill with this brand new production prior to its West End run, so book now for the best seats in the house! It’s history with the nasty bits left in! Socially distanced show. Standard £18.50, Concession £16.50, Family £62.00 Running time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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electric theatre Tel: 01483 444789 GSYP 2021 – MOANA JR. 2th – 6th August. Since 2008, we have been producing high quality holiday workshops with the young people of Guildford. The team at the Guildford Theatre School know that young people can and will achieve extraordinary things if they are just given the right opportunity and expert support. Working under the guidance of our highly skilled, qualified professional team, our not-to-be-missed productions are the most established holiday activities in Guildford to offer you the chance to perform a much-loved classic musical in a professional theatre. Are you between 5 and 13 years old? Do you have a passion for dance, drama and singing? Join our one week courses and put on a show!

FIREMAN SAM LIVE! SAVES THE CIRCUS Saturday 28th August. When all of his friends go away, Norman Price decides to find adventure in Pontypandy and become the star of a visiting circus. But with a tiger on the loose and faulty lights the adventure soon turns to danger. Can Fireman Sam come to the rescue and save the circus? Join Sam, Penny, Elvis, Station Officer Steele and Norman in an all singing, dancing, actionpacked show. You can become a fire-fighter cadet and then watch the magic of the circus. So come along to Pontypandy and watch the adventures unfold. Tickets:£19.50, £18.50, Family of Four (max. 2 adults): £72.00

THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO Saturday 31 July. One of the best-loved classics for children comes to life... literally! Lyngo Theatre presents The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio. Crickets, cats, foxes and of course the worldfamous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old magic books. Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio – no lie. Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy. Come and join him on his incredible journey, you’ll have a whale of a time! A family-friendly adventure suitable for ages 5+. Socially distanced show. at 2:00pm Tickets: Standard £11.00, Family £38.00. Running time: 50 minutes.

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yvonne arnaud Tel: 01483 44 00 00 SARAH AND DUCK IN ‘SARAH AND DUCK’S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY’ 21st July. The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show. Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure. Sarah & Duck © Karrot Entertainment. Distributed by BBC Studios. Adults: £18.00 Children: £15.50 Family Ticket: 4 tickets (including at least one adult): £62.00

MEET ASTRID LINDGREN’S PIPPI LONGSTOCKING 28th July. Nine-year-old Pippi is strong, brave and fearless. When she comes to live in her new home with her monkey and horse but with no parents and no rules, she brings mischief, chaos and confusion to the folk of this ordinary and traditional town. Pippi takes charge of her own crazy adventures, with her two new friends, Tommy and Annika. What else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain? In celebration of the 75th birthday of Astrid Lindgren’s muchloved Pippi Longstocking, acclaimed storyteller Danyah Miller (I Believe in Unicorns, Why the Whales Came, Perfectly Imperfect Women) and award-winning director Helena Middleton (Education, Education, Education, Star Seekers, Pippi Longstocking - The Musical Adventure) have created a playful


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and quirky one-woman storytelling performance with audience participation to introduce children to ‘the strongest girl in the world’. Find out how the self-sufficient, quick-witted and generous Pippi has inspired fans the world over, including Lauren Child, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and Cerys Matthews, to name just a few! All Tickets £13.00

THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE 3rd & 4th August. A PLAY WITH MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE BOOK BY JULIA DONALDSON AND AXEL SCHEFFLER. Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book. Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, brought vividly to life through live music, storytelling and lots of laughs - but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? A heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up, from Tall Stories, the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage. Adults: £18.00. Children: £15.50. Family Ticket: 4 tickets (including at least one adult): £62.00

THIS NOISY ISLE A TREASURE-HUNT STYLE PERFORMANCE 6th & 7th August. A treasurehunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world. You’ve washed up on a new shore... Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems?

The inhabitants of this island make strange noises and sprites hide around every corner. Where do you belong? Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home. Come prepared for the elements as much of this adventure takes place outdoors! All Tickets £14.00

GOBLIN MARKET 26th August. A chamber opera of high energy physical theatre and complex musical harmonies based on Christina Rossetti’s famous tale. With music by renowned composer Conor Mitchell,and book and lyrics by Kath Burlinson, this enchanting production charts the story of two sisters who are ‘tempted’ by goblin merchant men. Unmissable, tempting, controversial, seductive… can you hear the Goblin call? Opera, fairy-tale, musical theatre combine in this spectacular production last seen at the George Square Theatre, Edinburgh in 2005. The poem has been controversial since it was first written in 1862 but this production has been hailed by press and public alike as a huge success, the production setting new standards of excellence in youth theatre. Full Price: £27. Concessions*: £22. Child / Students / Under 25s: £15. Family Ticket: £65

New Victoria Theatre tel: 020 7206 1174 THE ADDAMS FAMILY 19th - 21st August. Look who’s moved into the neighbourhood! Everyone’s favourite kooky

family are now on stage in this spectacular musical comedy from the writers of multi award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by Tony Award nominated Andrew Lippa and starring Samantha Womack as Morticia and Cameron Blakely as Gomez. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences? Join them, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heartwarming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist! Featuring a live orchestra and extraordinary original score THE ADDAMS FAMILY is sure to entertain whether you are 12 or 312! Tickets available from £13.00

GREASE 7th - 11th September. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girlnext-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more? Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring very special guest artist – Peter Andre as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine – reignite your passion and get ready for an explosion of summer loving. So round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and re-discover why Grease really is the one that you want this term! Please note: Peter Andre will not appear on Friday and Saturday. Tickets available from £13.00


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