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May half-term guide

Looky looky, here comes the May 2017 half-term, and we’re meeting it head on with the biggest, most searingly useful Muddy Guide. Like, ever

My First Ballet: Cinderella
New Victoria Theatre, Woking  Fri 26 – Sat 27 May

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s score, My First Ballet is the perfect introduction for little ballet lovers. I’ve taken my daughter to see a couple and she’s been entranced every time. Sweeeet!

Hands On Gaming Event
Woking Shopping Centre  Sat 27 – Mon 29 May

Gamers get ready as Thumbs Up the ultimate hands on gaming experience takes over Woking Shopping Centre. Perfect for little kids and big kids, the event will celebrate games from the last 30 years, including PacMan, Super Mario and Minecraft. The event will feature hundreds of games, all playable and all for free. It’s in the Peacocks’ food court, from 11am until 5pm each day, with one hour slots bookable. Click here to book.

Half-term fun at the Artist’s Village
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton

It’s a busy week of family fun at Watts Gallery, with various family-focussed events. The Flora and Fauna workshop is from Tue 30 May to Sun 4 June and the kids will help the Watts estate manager and gardener George Andrews plant flowers for the summer, paint a flower pot and make a bird spinner to take home. It’s for all ages. The Make: Terracotta Flowers & Birds workshop is from Tue 30 May to Fri 2 June, aimed at kids aged five and up. It’s £9.50 and booking is a must. There’s a Sunday Drop-in Session on Sun 4 June from 11am-4pm, and free family trails available each day from 11am-5pm.

Half-term Family Fun at Brooklands Museum
 Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

Plenty going on at Brooklands this half-term. On weekdays the popular car rides will operate from 11am-1pm and from 2-4.00pm (subject to weather). Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill or along the Members’ Banking of the old Race Track. Look out for Bertie the Brooklands Bear, who will make guest appearances; pick up one of the trails for children up to 12 years; or join in with the half-term family workshop. There will also be kids tours on Concorde every weekday during half-term at 10.25am and 13.25pm.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston  ■ Wed 31 May – Sun 4 June

This timeless classic makes it way off the page and onto the stage featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. The book, written by author / illustrator Eric Carle, was first published in 1969, and the stage version has been created by Jonathan Rockefeller. The show is recommended for kids age 2 and up.

Playtime From the Past
■ Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher

Experience a Georgian half-term at Claremont with children’s crafts in the Thatched Cottage from Tue 30 May to Fri 2 June (11am-1pm – £1.50 per craft). Or head out on a”War and Peace”-themed garden adventure and learn all about Jane Austen, Napoleon and other famous Georgian characters. The trail is on from Sat 27 May to Sun 4 June, cost is 50p per trail.

John F Kennedy Anniversary Walk and Family Trail
■ Runnymede, Old Windsor

Head out on an adventure through the patchwork of hills and meadows at Runnymede and learn about the famous American president. The trail is on from Sun 27 May to Sun 5 Jun, between 10am and 4pm. Cost is 50 per trail. On Mon 29 May you can take the anniversary walk to the John F Kennedy memorial at Runnymede where you’ll learn about the life and legacy of the Kennedy. Cost is £6 adults and £3 children. On Sat 3 June from 10.30-4pm discover all the fun things you can do with the humble stick. Cost is 50p.

Den building
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

Discover how different animals build their dens, then have a go at building your own den to play hide and seek in. Then join in games and activities inspired by nature and animal’s homes, including learning how to camouflage yourself and making a mini nest. The activities are on from Mon 29 May to Sun 4 June from 11am til 5pm. Cost is £2.50.

Surrey County Show
■ Stoke Park, Guildford ■ Mon 29 May

This is the biggest one-day agricultural show in the the UK, bringing together hundreds of animals, food and drink, top class entertainment, rural crafts and competition. Highlights this year include the International Horse and Rider Competitions, Miller’s Ark Petting Farm, a dedicated ring for dogs, shopping stalls and Surrey Food Theatre. Parking is available free at the showground, as well as in the park-and-ride area adjacent to the Spectrum Leisure Centre. Entry into the show on the day is Adult: £17, Senior Citizen: £13, Children: £6 and Family: £40. You can save a couple of pounds, though, if you book

Mister Maker & The Shapes Live! 
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 3 June

With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this 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! Whoop whoop. Grit your teeth and think how much the kiddos will love it. Show time: 1.30pm.

Little Mix Experience
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Mon 29 May

This could be the answer if you didn’t snavel tickets to the real thing and your kids are big fans of X Factor’s finest exports! These four talented girls pay tribute to Little Mix, with all the dance moves, replica costumes and a high-energy show from beginning to end. It’s packed with Little Mix’s songs, including hits DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song and is suitable for all ages!

Marty MacDonalds Toy Machine
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 2 June

A new show featuring the voices of CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis as Pongo the Pig and Molly-Moo the Cow. Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep in a fun, musical, interactive adventure to repair the Toy Machine, save the day and give the world back its toys! It’s family show particularly suitable for 2 to 7 year olds, lasts for 80 minutes (including a 15-minute interval) and has a special cast meet and greet after the performance.

Nature Week
■ The Lightbox, Woking 

The Lightbox will host a series of family-friendly workshops throughout the week centred around the theme of Nature Week. There is a free drop-in workshop on Wed 31 May from 1.30-4pm. It’s most suitable for kids aged 4+, and parents must be on hand to help their kids. The book-ahead workshops are Pebble Art on Tues 30 May and Paper Bird Sculptures on Thurs 1 June. The week ends with A Nature Week Family Fun Afternoon on Friday. Entry is free and there will be drop-in workshops to make baby owls (from 1.30-4pm) and facepainting (2-4pm).

Epsom Derby Day
■ Epsom Racecourse ■ Sat 3 June


Pack a picnic and head to the family enclosure on The Hill. This private area provides a safe and friendly environment for families to enjoy the Derby Festival. There is  access to toilets, bars and betting facilities, and a big screen, plus picnic tables and food vans. There is also entertainment to keep the children occupied throughout the day. Food and drink for own consumption can be brought into this area.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 30 May

Join the Garlic Puppet Theatre in the pretty setting of the large Walled Garden at Painshill for a charming rendition of our favourite fairy tale classic, Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s perfect for families with children up to 7 years. Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and enjoy this wonderful open-air production filled with music and puppetry!








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