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Half term fun

19 cool things do with kids this half term.

Myths and Legends
■ Godstone Farm ■ Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

Escape into an enchanted world of myths and legends at Godstone Farm – where there’s lots going on for all ages. There’s the fairy woodland walk, and the fairy academy where you can learn pixie skills, a Pirate Treasure Trail, and for lovers of unicorns, don’t forget to stop off at the Top Bar.

Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Sat 26 May – Sat 2 June

Travel back in time to Georgian and Victorian tmes with a live stage show by Horrible Histories at King Henry old gaff. The production promises to uncover centuries of grisly history – and is perfect for kids with a thirst for all things awful and amusing (so that’s all kids then!!). Tickets are £12 adults, child £7 and kids under 5 free. And there’s the option to make a full day of it by upgrading your ticket to include the palace, maze and the Magic Garden.

Frog Island Fair
■ Pooley Green, Egham ■ Sat 26 May

Hop along to the Frog Island Fair for an unforgettable day of traditional family entertainment. There will be a children’s marquee, music, a farm, children’s fair rides and a sports activity area. Time: 11am – 5pm. Free entry. FrogIslandFair

Half term adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, East Clandon ■ all week


Photo courtesy of National Trust Images

Plenty to keep the kids happy at this fab National Trust venue. Grab a map from reception and head out along our blue walk into Great Wix Wood. As you enter the wood you’ll find Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren, a natural adventure area for children. Underneath the trees you’ll find a big pile of logs, branches, bark and leaves – perfect for building dens.

Spring spectacular half term at Bocketts Farm
■ Bockets farm, Leatherhead ■ Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

There’s a schedule full of fun at Bockets Farms Spring Spectacular, including: animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides and pig races. Circus shows will be put on throughout the day plus a circus skills workshop for the kids to have a go. With birds of prey flying demonstrations, a craft corner and a pan for gold, there won’t be any complaining of being bored this half term.

Go Wild
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

Photo courtesy of National Trust Images

Explore the woods and countryside at Polesden Lacey, with the National Trust’s Go Wild activity packs. There’s plenty to do in the pack – including the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ – and making leaf crowns, wild sports and a tiny treasure hunt.

Fairy tales and Fables
■ Groombridge Place, Groombridge, Kent ■ Sat 26 May – Sun 6 June

Once upon a time, a very poor woodcutter lived in a tiny cottage in the enchanted forest with his two children, Hansel and Gretel. Head to Groombridge Place and uncover their story and discover the fairytales and fables of this mystical estate. There will be story tellings and shows, and of course enjoy you can wander around formal gardens and enchanted forest.

Fantastic Beasts
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Sun 27 May – Sun 3 June

Use your wildest imagination to paint a fantastic beast onto a ceramic tile, inspired by William De Morgan’s colourful glazed tiles. This is free with admission, suitable for all ages.

Amazing Habitats workshop at The Living Planet Centre
■ Brewery Road, Woking ■ Tue 29 May to Thurs 31 May

This half term the kids can explore the extraordinary ways habitats have adapted from oceans and grasslands to rainforests. Design the perfect habitat and create an egg box animal home. Suitable for children aged 4+. Free activity.

Build and Test a Biplane
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge  ■ Tues 29 May – Fri 1 June

Inspired by the anniversary of the Avro plane, which celebrates 110 years since its first ever flight at Brooklands, kids are invited to build their own biplane, at this free drop-in workshop. Sessions are from 11am-12noon and 1pm-3pm.

Pottery Painting at Grayshott Pottery
■ Grayshott, Hindhead ■ Tue 29 May – Wed 30 May

Get crafty with the kids at Grayshott Pottery workshop open to children and adults. Once you’ve painted your masterpiece they will fire it up for you in their kilns. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. From £4.50 per item.


Dodos and Dragons
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Tues 29 May – Sun 3 June

Take part in one of these workshops and create a clay sculpture inspired by the amazing animals in William De Morgan’s ceramics. It’s £9.50 per child, and the 2-hour workshops are at 10.30am and 2pm. It’s recommended for ages 8-12.

Half term family fun
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge  ■ Tues 29 May – Fri 1 June

There’s plenty going at Brooklands Museum this half term to keep even the most avid fan of planes, cars and busses happy. Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill and along the Members’ Banking old Race Track, or hop on a bus ride and tour the local area from the London Bus Museum at Brooklands. Step inside the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed and discover 80 years of flying, testing and manufacture at the sight through a unique, immersive exhibition space inside a WWII Hangar. Kids can also experience supersonic flight on special Kids Tours on the Concorde on the ‘race round the Track’ simulation ride in the 4D Theatre. For the youngsters, there will be free pedal planes to try, the chance to meet Bertie Bear the Brooklands mascot and the drop-in workshop which will show you how to build your own bi-plane using a variety of materials.

Shrek The Musical
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 30 May – Sun 10 Jun 

After the success of Shrek on screen I can only imagine what Shrek must be like in real life… Pretty big and green I suspect. Join Shrek and Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production intertwines magical fairy-tale and irresistible adventure for endless romance and laughs. Tickets: £17.50 – £58.00.

Picasso Week
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Wed 30 May – Fri 1 June

Plenty going on at The Lightbox this half term, all themed around that great Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, to coincide with the gallery’s exhibition Picasso: Paper & Clay which is on until Sun 24 June. For kids aged 4+ there are free drop-in workshops on Wed 30 May where they can make their own colour glasses out of recycled materials. Then on Fri 1 June kids can discover their inner artist and make a 3D Picasso Head. On Tues 29 May, kids aged 4-8 can develop their portrait painting skills in a Paint like Picasso workshop and on Thurs 31 May kids can create their won clay pots in the Picasso-inspired Pots workshop. You’ll have to book these ahead, cost is £8.

The Greatest Showman: Dance Workshop
■ Dandelion Theatre Arts, Leatherhead Theatre ■ Thurs 31 May – Fri 1 June

Spend two days learning some of the unique choreography from this fabulous film then perform your routines to your fans on the final day, and then again at the Ashtead Village Day on Sat 9 June. It’s for all Showman-loving dancers, aged 7 and up, and runs from 9.30am-3pm each day. Costumes and make-up all supplied.

Legendary Tales
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Fri 1 – Sun 3 June 

A great one for the under-fives! Storyteller Olivia Armstrong tells the fantastic fables of curious creatures and tales of Arthurian legend. Sessions times are at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. It’s free with admission.

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.

Victoria’s Birthday Trail
■ Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher ■ Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

Photo courtesy of National Trust Images

Head to Claremont this half term for a trail celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday. Victoria spent many happy days staying with her Uncle Leopold at Claremont and revelled in the chance to escape the seclusion of Kensington Palace. Follow in her regal footsteps, finding our clues around the garden and fill out your trail sheet as you go. It’s from 10am-4pm and cost is 50p per trail sheet.

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