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99 things to do with kids this summer

Don’t panic, stay strong, the summer holidays will be a doddle with your must-read Muddy Guide - handily broken up into easy-to-read weekly chunks, cos, y'know, I'm good like that

 

 

EVENT: Festival on the farm
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Every day from Mon 23 July to Sun 2 Sept

Plenty going on at Godstone Farm every day throughout the holidays – in addition to the usual attractions at this popular farm. There’s messy play, dance and storytelling as well as animal antics and garden games. godstonefarm.co.uk 

WORKSHOP: Watts Academy: Watts Summer School
■ Watts Academy: Watts Summer School ■ Mon 23 July – Fri 27 July

Watts Academy is giving teens aged 13 -16 a chance to get a taster of art school in a relaxed, creative environment. Lead by artists Becci Kenning, the budding artists will explore sculptures, photography and painting, completing the week with an exhibition of their work. Cost of course: £225. wattsgallery.org.uk

WORKSHOP: A Paddock Scene
■ Brooklands Museum ■ Mon 23 – Fri 27 July

Celebrate the hey days of motor racing at Brooklands Museum by putting together a 3D Paddock Scene to take home with you. This is a free drop-in activity, and all materials are provided. It’s on from 11am-12noon and 1-3.30pm each day. There are also vintage car rides up Test Hill and kids tours on Concorde. brooklandsmuseum.com

WORKSHOP: Learn Grow Create: Reception Ready workshops
■ Dorking ■ Tuesdays throughout the holidays

This summer club for kids aged 4-5 has will help build their confidence and have them ready for their first day at school. Sessions are for three hours from 10.30am-1.30pm on Tuesdays during the summer hols and focus on number and recognition, fine motor skills, phonics games, listening and memory games and social skills. Cost is £30 a session, or book all six sessions for £165. For more information contact info@learngrowcreate.com or call 01306 880407. learngrowcreate.com

WORKSHOPS: Illuminated Pictures and Shadow Puppet Theatre
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 24 & Thurs 26 Aug

You’ll need to book ahead for these workshops at The Lightbox in Woking. On Tuesday there’s Illuminated Pictures for 8-11 year olds, and on Thurs 26 July it’s Shadow Puppet Theatre for kids aged 4-8. Bot are from 1.30-3pm. The cost is £8. thelightbox.org.uk

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Importance of Being Earnest
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Thurs 26 July

Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy comes to Hatchlands Park this summer thanks to Immersion Theatre. Join foppish bachelors Jack and Algernon on their latest exploits replete with mistaken identities, trivial banter and of course, muffins. Tickets are £16 adults, £8 kids and £40 family (2 adults, 2 kids). Show is from 6pm-8.30pm. visitguildford.com

WORKSHOP: Acro dance moves and street dance with Xavi
■ CYD:D, Haslemere ■ Thurs 26 July

Kids will learn some wicked “Acro Dance Moves” followed by a choreographed Street dance routine in this 90 minute workshop. Xavi will then take them through a street dance routine learning a number of styles of dance including Hip-Hop, Lockin’, Poppin’ and Basic Breakdance. At the end of the session, there will be a performance for parents. Cost is £20 per child. It’s on from 1pm-2.30pm. To book email hello@cyc-d.co.ukcyc-d.co.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Wharf Weenies
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Thurs 26 July

Special sessions for younger kids involving story time, fun craft activities and a chance to run around outside all based around children’s stories. Dress for the outdoors. For kids 18 months plus. The cost is £3 and it’s from 10-11am. nationaltrust.org.uk

ACTIVITIES: Jurassic Discovery
■ RHS Gardens, Wisley ■ all week

Plenty of activities at RHS Gardens Wisley during the summer holidays. This week kids can also paint a giant mural of jurassic plants and dinosaurs (Sat 21 – Mon 23), and on Sat 21 and Sun 22 there will be story telling sessions – Dinosaur Stories – telling stories from the Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous periods (sessions are at 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm). Sow and Grow workshops will be held on Mon 23 and Tues 24 growing mustard seeds. On Wed 25 it’s Music with Bassistry, and on Thurs 26 and Fri 27 there are craft activities where kids can make a dinosaur hand print picture. On Sat 28 and Sun 29, the Wishworks Puppet theatre is on (11am, 12noon, 2pm & 3pm). Grab a map and explore the gardens on the Jurassic Trail, which is on throughout the whole summer holidaysrhs.org.uk

Mavericks Day Camp

CAMP: Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon – Fri

cross between Swallows & Amazons and a Bear Grylls show, this sounds ideal for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature? maverickscamp.co.uk

ACTIVITIES: My Gym Summer Camp
■ My Gym, Wallington ■ Wed 25 July

If you’re after a couple of hours off from the kids, have a look at the drop-off summer camps at My Gym in Wallington. Kids will be entertained with themed games and crafts, swings, zip wire – and they get lunch, and goodies to take home! It’s aimed at kids aged 3-8, and parents can drop-off or stay and watch. Each week there’s a different theme, starting this Wed with Moana on Wed 25 Jul. It’s from 12pm to 2.30pm). mygym.com

NATIONAL TRUST: Classic storytelling
■ Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher ■ Wed 25 July

An afternoon of classic Victorian animal stories brought to life by story teller Emma Smyth from 1.30-2.30pm. Cost is £3. nationaltrust.org.uk

THEATRE: Teletubbies Live
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 25 & Thurs 26 July

I was surprised to discover that this is the first time Teletubbies has brought a show to the stage. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will all be there, exploring their world and introducing some news songs while they’re at it. Shows are at 10am and 1pm on each of the days. atgtickets.com

THEATRE: Dinsoaur World Live
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 25 & Thurs 26 July

Best for kids aged 3+, this interactive show will bring to the stage some pretty impressive creatures – including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Shows are at 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Wed and 11am and 1.30pm on Thurs. dorkinghalls.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: Rocking Sculptures and Bubble Fun
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Wed 25 & Fri 27 July

Kids bored and in need of something to keep their hands busy without breaking the bank? The Lightbox has you covered with free drop-in workshops this summer. There’s a different workshop each week. This Wednesday it’s Rocking Sculptures, where kids will use paper plates to make their own moving sculpture. And on Friday kids will create bubble makers. Both workshops are suitable for kids aged 4+, and drop-in is any time between 1.30-4pm. thelightbox.org.uk

Thumbelina at G Live. Photograph by Adam Woolfitt

 

THEATRE: Thumbelina
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 28 July

Part of the Guilford Fringe Festival, this show sees award-winning storytellers Bard & Troubadour bring the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale to life. Thumbelina goes on a magical journey through the seasons, meeting beautiful butterflies, sinister moles and plucky sparrows along the way. Expect music, puppets – and plenty of audience participation! Suitable for all ages from 4-12 and their families. The show starts at 2.30pm. glive.co.uk

THEATRE: Theatre in the Park: Romeo and Juliet
■ London Road Recreation ground, Camberley ■ Sat 28 July, 6pm

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards take over the recreation ground for an evening of “seriously silly” production. They are re-enacting Romeo and Juliet after pedalling 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle last year and are back for a second spin. Expect excessive energy, excitement and exhausted core muscles as you won’t be able to stop laughing during this very funny show.  Family tickets are £40. camberleytheatre.biz

THEATRE: Panto in the Park: Red Riding Hood
■ London Road Recreation Ground, Camberley ■ Sat 28 July, 1pm

Grab your picnic blankets and get down to the London Road Recreation Ground for an immersive adventure deep into the enchanted forest with the Little Red Riding hood panto in the park. The show is brimming with sing-a-long songs, jokes and crazy characters that will get all the emotions flowing. Fun for all the family. A family ticket (two adults, two children) costs £40. camberleytheatre.biz 

FESTIVAL: The Great Georgian Wedding Weekend
■ Kew Palace, Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond ■ Sat 28 – Sun 29 July

A family-friendly weekend of festivities outside Queen Charlotte’s Cottage complete with garden games and costumed characters.  It’s a drop in event from 11am-4pm each day. hrp.org.uk

WORKSHOPS: The Make Space
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Every Sunday

Little ones tearing up the living room? Doodling on the walls? Messy munchkins gather round, Watts Gallery are hosting craft workshops every Sunday to keep those grubby hands at work this summer. Take part in printmaking, painting, sewing and sculpting; there’s something for everyone, suitable for all ages, every Sunday and it will be changing each week! Drop in 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. wattsgallery.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Polesden Lacey summer family adventures
■ Polseden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Every weekday

Polesden Lacey’s classic house and gardens play are well worth a visit anyway, but with added activities it’s even better. There are crafts Mon to Fri from 11am-2pm, with a different craft for each week of the holiday from making a dreamcatcher to making a kite. In the orchard, kids can play giant games like jenga, skittles and Connect 4. And for kids who are aged under 11¾ – pick up the book of 50 Things to do and Polesden Lacey before you’re 11¾ – from flying a kite to making a daisy chain, that should keep the kids busy for hours. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Hatchland Summer family adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Every day

This historic parkland with beautiful wild flowers, ancient trees and plenty of space has lots of outdoor activities for families. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Grab a map from reception and head out along the 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. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied including balance beams, leaping logs, tunnels and domes, and den building. The Georgian dressing up box will also be available for kids to rummage through so they can get into character. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

THEATRE: Little Baby Bum
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 30 July – Tue 31 July

Little Baby bum is the largest educational YouTube channel with over 21…subscribers and 20 billion views. The magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum is bought from screen to stage by Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends.  Tickets can be bought for £15, by this link rosetheatrekingston.org

ACTIVITIES: Jurassic Discovery
■ RHS Gardens, Wisley ■ all week

Dinosaur themed activities continue at Wisley this week, with Sow and Grow mustard seeds on Monday and Tues; Dinosaur Stories on Wed; and craft sessions (make a dinosaur spike hat) on Thurs and Fri. On Sat and Sun there are Birds of prey displays at 11am and 2pm. rhs.org.uk

WORKSHOP: Dandelion Theatre Arts: Aladdin
■ Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead ■ Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug

Dandelion Theatre Arts is hosting three one-week workshops throughout the summer. They’re perfect for kids with a penchant for the performing arts and are aimed at kids of any age from 4 years and up. IOt’s from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday at a cost of £170, or kids can attend just the Thurs and fri for £65. A show will be put on for parents and friends on the Friday of each week at 4pm. Aladdin is the theme for the week starting Mon 30 July, School of Rock is for the week starting Mon 6 Aug and the final week from Mon 13 Aug it’s Trolls. dandeliontheatrearts.co.uk

WORKSHOP: Learn Grow Create: Reception Ready workshops
■ Dorking ■ Tuesdays throughout the holidays

This summer club for kids aged 4-5 has will help build their confidence and have them ready for their first day at school. Sessions are for three hours from 10.30am-1.30pm on Tuesdays during the summer hols and focus on number and recognition, fine motor skills, phonics games, listening and memory games and social skills. Cost is £30 a session, or book all six sessions for £165. For more information contact info@learngrowcreate.com or call 01306 880407. learngrowcreate.com

FILM:  Grease (PG)
■ Lady Neville Recreation Ground, Banstead ■ Thurs 2 Aug

Spark up those engines, and get those leathers out. Sandy and Danny are back in town for this 1978 American musical. Doors open 8pm, films starts 9.30pm. silentsummerscreenings.com

NATIONAL TRUST: Robin Hood August Thursdays
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Thurs 2 Aug

Robin Hood and his merry men are spending August at Dapdune Wharf hosting craft sessions and Robin Hood-inspired activites for kids from 11am-5pm every Thursday. Dressing up is encouraged. Cost is £2.50. nationaltrust.org.uk

WORKSHOPS: Crafternoons: Picture the past
■ Museum of Farnham ■ Thurs 2 Aug

Celebrate 300 years of Willmer House, the home of the museum, with craft sessions based around the Georgian, Victorian, WW2 and 1960s periods. It’s for kids aged 3 to 11 years, and sessions are from 2-3.30pm. Cost is £1 which includes all materials. Kids must have a grown-up in tow! farnhammaltings.com

THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug 

Continuing it’s tour – Dinosaur World comes to Guildford. It’s best for kids aged 3+. Expect a mind-expanding jurassic adventure on stage with some pretty impressive creatures – including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Shows are at 1.30pm & 4.30pm on Friday and 11am & 2pm on Saturday. glive.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: Marvellous Maltings: Summer school
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Mon 30 July – Wed 1 Aug

Three full days of mixed activities including dance, sculpture, music production and drama. They’re suitable for kids aged 7  to 13 years, and you can sign up for one, two or all three days. On Mon it’s print making and electronic music production, Tues is drama and sculpture and Wed is dance and mixed media. It’s from 10am-3.30pm. Cost is £33 for 1 day, £60 for 2 days or £87 for 3 days. farnhammaltings.com

EVENT: Summer Fun on the Farm
■ Bocketts Farm, Fetcham ■ Every day until Sun 2 Sept

As always, lots going on at Bocketts Farm this summer – including the ‘Magic of Summer’ trail taking children on an adventure around the farm finding dragons, real life unicorns, fairies, mermaids and more. Find the stamps and complete their trail card. Other daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, gold panning, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing, which takes place twice daily.  bockettsfarm.co.uk

ACTIVITIES: My Gym Summer Camp
■ My Gym, Wallington ■ Tues 31 July

If you’re after a couple of hours off from the kids, have a look at the drop-off summer camps at My Gym in Wallington. Kids will be entertained with themed games and crafts, swings, zip wire – and they get lunch, and goodies to take home! It’s aimed at kids aged 3-8, and parents can drop-off or stay and watch. Each week there’s a different theme, and this week it’s the Circus on Tue 31 Jul. Drop off from 12.25pm to 2.55pm. mygym.com

EVENT: Festival on the farm
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Every day from Mon 23 July to Sun 2 Sept

Plenty going on at Godstone Farm every day throughout the holidays – in addition to the usual attractions at this popular farm. There’s messy play, dance and storytelling as well as animal antics and garden games. godstonefarm.co.uk 

THEATRE: War Horse
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Wed 1 – Sat 18 August

This is one your teenagers might like. Hey, they might have even read the book by Michael Morpurgo. Set at the outbreak of the First World War, and featuring those incredible life-size puppets of the horses, tickets will be in demand – so please don’t leave it too late to book. atgtickets.com

WORKSHOPS: The Make Space
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Every Sunday

Little ones tearing up the living room? Doodling on the walls? Messy munchkins gather round, Watts Gallery are hosting craft workshops every Sunday to keep those grubby hands at work this summer. Take part in printmaking, painting, sewing and sculpting; there’s something for everyone, suitable for all ages, every Sunday and it will be changing each week! Drop in 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. wattsgallery.org.uk

WORKSHOP: 3, 2, 1 Blast off
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge ■ Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug

Experiment with propulsion by using different tools to launch a plane or move a car. See who can get the furtherest. Free drop-in activity. Workshop open 11am – 12:00pm and 1pm – 3:30pm. All materials will be provided. There are also vintage car rides up Test Hill and kids tours on Concorde.  brooklandsmuseum.com

CAMP: Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon – Fri

cross between Swallows & Amazons and a Bear Grylls show, this sounds ideal for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature? maverickscamp.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: Crafternoons: Picture the past
■ Museum of Farnham ■ Thurs 26 July

Celebrate 300 years of Willmer House, the home of the museum, with craft sessions based around the Georgian, Victorian, WW2 and 1960s periods. It’s for kids aged 3 to 11 years, and sessions are from 2-3.30pm. Cost is £1 which includes all materials. Kids must have a grown-up in tow! farnhammaltings.com

NATIONAL TRUST: Polesden Lacey summer family adventures
■ Polseden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Every weekday

Polesden Lacey’s classic house and gardens play are well worth a visit anyway, but with added activities it’s even better. There are crafts Mon to Fri from 11am-2pm, with a different craft for each week of the holiday from making a dreamcatcher to making a kite. In the orchard, kids can play giant games like jenga, skittles and Connect 4. And for kids who are aged under 11¾ – pick up the book of 50 Things to do and Polesden Lacey before you’re 11¾ – from flying a kite to making a daisy chain, that should keep the kids busy for hours. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Hatchland Summer family adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Every day

This historic parkland with beautiful wild flowers, ancient trees and plenty of space has lots of outdoor activities for families. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Grab a map from reception and head out along the 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. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied including balance beams, leaping logs, tunnels and domes, and den building. The Georgian dressing up box will also be available for kids to rummage through so they can get into character. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

NATIONAL TRUST: Teddy Bears’ Picnic and  Storytelling
■ Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming ■ Mon 6 Aug

Take the littlies along to the popular Teddy Bear’s picnic and storytelling session that takes place outdoors. It’s on from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Cost is £3 per child, adults go free! nationaltrust.org.uk

EVENT: Summer Fun on the Farm
■ Bocketts Farm, Fetcham ■ Every day until Sun 2 Sept

As always, lots going on at Bocketts Farm this summer – including the ‘Magic of Summer’ trail taking children on an adventure around the farm finding dragons, real life unicorns, fairies, mermaids and more. Find the stamps and complete their trail card. Other daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, gold panning, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing, which takes place twice daily.  bockettsfarm.co.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Terrible Tuesdays
■ Runnymede, Old Windsor ■ Tues 7 Aug

Listen to King John’s sensational stories in the magnificent meadows that made him infamous. Suitable for children aged 5 and up. It’s from 11.30am. nationaltrust.org.uk

Photograph by Dan Tsantilis

THEATRE: Teletubbies Big Hugs
■ Dorking Halls ■ Wed 8 & Thurs 9 Aug

Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and the Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Shows are at 10am and 1pm each day. dorkinghalls.co.uk

STORYTELLING: Storytime Sundays
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Sun 5 Aug

Explore a children’s book in this interactive storytelling session a the former home of King Henry VIII. Sessions are 20 minutes, and will be on at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. hrp.org.uk

ACTIVITIES: Jurassic Discovery
■ RHS Gardens, Wisley ■ all week

Activities continue at the RHS Gardens Wisley this week with a Sow and Grow workshop on Mon and Tues  planting seeds of Heuchera ‘Melting Fire’. There are also craft workshops on Tues where kids can make a dinosaur bones and footprints (cost is £5), and on Thurs 9 and Fri 10 where kids can make their a dinosaur egg using woven willow and stretchable tissue paper. On Sat 11 there are the Creepy Crawly Shows at 11am and 2pm.  rhs.org.uk

EVENT: Festival on the farm
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Every day from Mon 23 July to Sun 2 Sept

Plenty going on at Godstone Farm every day throughout the holidays – in addition to the usual attractions at this popular farm. There’s messy play, dance and storytelling as well as animal antics and garden games. godstonefarm.co.uk 

NATIONAL TRUST: Craft workshops
■ Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher ■ Mon 6 – Fri 10 Aug

Learn about the animals that live in the Surrey countryside with a selection of craft activities. It’s from 11am-1pm and the cost is £1.50 per craft. nationaltrust.org.uk

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Peter Pan
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Wed 8 and Thurs 9 Aug

Fly away to Neverland when the Immersion Theatre brings their production of Peter Pan to Hatchlands Park. All your faves will be there: the Darling children, Tinkerbell, Smee and the infamous Captain Hook. It’s on from 6-8pm. Tickets are £12 adults, £8 kids and family (2 adults, 2 kids) £32. visitguildford.com

ACTIVITIES: My Gym Summer Camp
■ My Gym, Wallington ■ Wed 8 Aug

If you’re after a couple of hours off from the kids, have a look at the drop-off summer camps at My Gym in Wallington. Kids will be entertained with themed games and crafts, swings, zip wire – and they get lunch, and goodies to take home! It’s aimed at kids aged 3-8, and parents can drop-off or stay and watch. Each week there’s a different theme. It’s Sports this Wed. Drop off from 12pm to 2.30pm. mygym.com

NATIONAL TRUST: Robin Hood August Thursdays
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Thurs 9 Aug

Robin Hood and his merry men are spending August at Dapdune Wharf hosting craft sessions and Robin Hood-inspired activites for kids from 11am-5pm every Thursday. Dressing up is encouraged. Cost is £2.50. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Classic storytelling
■ Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher ■ Wed 8 Aug

An afternoon of classic Victorian animal stories brought to life by story teller Emma Smyth from 1.30-2.30pm. Cost is £3. nationaltrust.org.uk

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Bug hunt
■ Museum of Farnham ■ Thurs 9 Aug

Go on a bug hunt in the garden at the museum. Kids will explore the amazing world of insects, take part in a minibeast safari and build a bug hotel. It’s for ages 5-11, and the cost is £6 per child. It’s on from 2-4pm, and booking is a must. Contact amanda.pettey@farnhammaltings.com or 01252 715 094 to book. farnhammaltings.com

WORKSHOP: G Live Circus Week
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Mon 6 – Fri 10 Aug

Kids can literally run off and join the circus this week! Suitable for 8-14 year olds, this week-long workshop will give kids the chance to try their hand at a range of circus skills. Expert instructors from the Silverlinings Circus will teach acrobatics, juggling, plate spinning and aerial hoop. It’s from 10am-4pm every day. Cost is £150 for the week.  glive.co.uk

FILM: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12A)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Tues 7 Aug

A re-take on the 1995 version, this Jumanji stars Dwayne Johnson at his bicep bulging best alongside Jack Black. It’s action packed, charming and funny. Doors open 4pm, films starts 4.30pm. lunakidscinema.com

WORKSHOP: Learn Grow Create: Reception Ready workshops
■ Dorking ■ Tuesdays throughout the holidays

This summer club for kids aged 4-5 has will help build their confidence and have them ready for their first day at school. Sessions are for three hours from 10.30am-1.30pm on Tuesdays during the summer hols and focus on number and recognition, fine motor skills, phonics games, listening and memory games and social skills. Cost is £30 a session, or book all six sessions for £165. For more information contact info@learngrowcreate.com or call 01306 880407. learngrowcreate.com

Paddington 2

FILM: Trolls (U)Ratatouille (PG) & Paddington 2 (PG)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Wed 8 Aug

Pack a picnic and curl up on a rug for an open air film with the kids. Doors open for Trolls at 9.30am, Ratatouille doors open at 12.30, and Paddington 2 is at 3.30pm. lunakidscinema.com

FILM: Aladdin (U),  Early Man (PG) & Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Thurs 9 Aug

Three films for kids. Aladdin is from 9.30am, Early Man doors open at 12.30pm and Star Wars doors open at 3.30pm. The kids are going to love it. . lunakidscinema.com

WORKSHOP: Brooklands’ Memories
■ Brooklands Museum ■ Mon 6 – Fri 10 Aug

Using your finger print as inspiration, design a picture related to your favourite Brooklands Museum object. Free pop-in activity. Workshop open 11am – 12:00pm and 1pm – 3:30pm. All materials will be provided. There are also vintage car rides up Test Hill and kids tours on Concorde. brooklandsmuseum.com

OUTDOOR FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG)
■ Purley Beeches, South Croydon ■ Fri 10 Aug

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and the soundtrack of the summer. What’s not to love? Doors open 8.10pm, film starts 9.40pm. silentsummerscreenings.com

WORKSHOPS: The Make Space
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Every Sunday

Little ones tearing up the living room? Doodling on the walls? Messy munchkins gather round, Watts Gallery are hosting craft workshops every Sunday to keep those grubby hands at work this summer. Take part in printmaking, painting, sewing and sculpting; there’s something for everyone, suitable for all ages, every Sunday and it will be changing each week! Drop in 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. wattsgallery.org.uk

WORKSHOP: Dandelion Theatre Arts: School of Rock
■ Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead ■ Mon 6 – Fri 10 Aug

Dandelion Theatre Arts is hosting three one-week workshops throughout the summer. They’re perfect for kids with a penchant for the performing arts and are aimed at kids of any age from 4 years and up. IOt’s from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday at a cost of £170, or kids can attend just the Thurs and fri for £65. A show will be put on for parents and friends on the Friday of each week at 4pm. Aladdin is the theme for the week starting Mon 30 July, School of Rock is for the week starting Mon 6 Aug and the final week from Mon 13 Aug it’s Trolls. dandeliontheatrearts.co.uk

OUTDOOR FILM: Coco (PG)The Gruffalo / Room on the Broom / Stick Man & Beauty and the Beast (PG)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 10 Aug

Films outside with kids. What fun! Coco at 9.30am, The Gruffalo and co start at 12.30pm, and Beauty and the Beast is from 3.30pm. Don’t forget the popcorn. lunakidscinema.com

OUTDOOR FILM: Sing (U)Inside Out (U) & Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sat 11 Aug

If you don’t want to waste a lovely sunny summer’s day at the cinema, you can tick that box off with the Luna Kids Cinema in the park. Sing doors open at 9.30am, Inside Out is from 12.30pm, and the doors for Spider-Man: Homecoming open at 4pm. lunakidscinema.com

OUTDOOR FILM: Rio (U)UP (U) & The Lego Batman Movie (U)
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Sun 12 Aug

More outdoor film at Henry’s old gaff – this time it’s Rio, Up and The Lego Batman Movie. Doors open at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 4pm respectively. Enjoy. lunakidscinema.com

CAMP: Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon – Fri

cross between Swallows & Amazons and a Bear Grylls show, this sounds ideal for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature? maverickscamp.co.uk

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Pride and Prejudice
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Sun 12 Aug

That fave period rom-com involving the Bennet sisters and a host of young bachelors including Mr Darcy comes to the lawns of Hatchlands. Pack a picnic, and a rug. The show starts at 6pm, gates open at 5.30pm. Tickets are adult £16, child £8, family (2 adults, 2 kids) £40. visitguildford.com

Polesden Lacey in Surrey. Photograph courtesy of the National Trust

NATIONAL TRUST: Polesden Lacey summer family adventures
■ Polseden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Every weekday

Polesden Lacey’s classic house and gardens play are well worth a visit anyway, but with added activities it’s even better. There are crafts Mon to Fri from 11am-2pm, with a different craft for each week of the holiday from making a dreamcatcher to making a kite. In the orchard, kids can play giant games like jenga, skittles and Connect 4. And for kids who are aged under 11¾ – pick up the book of 50 Things to do and Polesden Lacey before you’re 11¾ – from flying a kite to making a daisy chain, that should keep the kids busy for hours. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Hatchland Summer family adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Every day

This historic parkland with beautiful wild flowers, ancient trees and plenty of space has lots of outdoor activities for families. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Grab a map from reception and head out along the 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. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied including balance beams, leaping logs, tunnels and domes, and den building. The Georgian dressing up box will also be available for kids to rummage through so they can get into character. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

WORKSHOP: Flipside Summer Dance School
■  Cobham Village Hall, KT11 2LU ■  Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug

Open to all dancers of all levels, the Flipside Summer Dance School will take your kids through a range of dance styles, including street dance / hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and commercial. On Friday, the kids will showcase what they’ve learned with a performance at 3pm in the new theatre at ACS International School, Cobham. The day starts at 8.45am each day and ends at 1.10pm for kids aged 5-8 and 4.30pm for kids aged 9-18. The costs £180 for kids aged 5-8 and £240 for those aged 9-18. flipsidedance.co.uk

WORKSHOP: Dandelion Theatre Arts: Aladdin
■ Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead ■ Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug

Dandelion Theatre Arts is hosting three one-week workshops throughout the summer. They’re perfect for kids with a penchant for the performing arts and are aimed at kids of any age from 4 years and up. IOt’s from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday at a cost of £170, or kids can attend just the Thurs and fri for £65. A show will be put on for parents and friends on the Friday of each week at 4pm. Aladdin is the theme for the week starting Mon 30 July, School of Rock is for the week starting Mon 6 Aug and the final week from Mon 13 Aug it’s Trolls. dandeliontheatrearts.co.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Teddy Bears’ Picnic and  Storytelling
■ Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming ■ Mon 13 Aug

Take the littlies along to the popular Teddy Bear’s picnic and storytelling session that takes place outdoors. It’s on from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Cost is £3 per child, adults go free! nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Terrible Tuesdays
■ Runnymede, Old Windsor ■ Tues 14 Aug

Listen to King John’s sensational stories in the magnificent meadows that made him infamous. Suitable for children aged 5 and up. It’s from 11.30am. nationaltrust.org.uk

Paper Carousels workshop at The Lightbox in Woking.

WORKSHOPS: 3D Printing Pens and Paper Carousel
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 14 & Thurs 16 Aug

You’ll need to book ahead for these workshops at The Lightbox in Woking. On Tuesday there’s the 3D Printing Pens workshop – from 1pm-2.30pm (8-11 years) and 3pm-4.30pm (12-16 years) Illuminated Pictures for 8-11 year olds, and on Thurs it’s Paper Carousel from 1.30pm-3pm for kids aged 4-8. The cost is £8. thelightbox.org.uk

WORKSHOP: Learn Grow Create: Reception Ready workshops
■ Dorking ■ Tuesdays throughout the holidays

This summer club for kids aged 4-5 has will help build their confidence and have them ready for their first day at school. Sessions are for three hours from 10.30am-1.30pm on Tuesdays during the summer hols and focus on number and recognition, fine motor skills, phonics games, listening and memory games and social skills. Cost is £30 a session, or book all six sessions for £165. For more information contact info@learngrowcreate.com or call 01306 880407. learngrowcreate.com

EVENT: Summer Fun on the Farm
■ Bocketts Farm, Fetcham ■ Every day until Sun 2 Sept

As always, lots going on at Bocketts Farm this summer – including the ‘Magic of Summer’ trail taking children on an adventure around the farm finding dragons, real life unicorns, fairies, mermaids and more. Find the stamps and complete their trail card. Other daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, gold panning, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing, which takes place twice daily.  bockettsfarm.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: Paper Trains and Super Hero Pop-up Cards
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Wed 15 & Fri 17 Aug

Kids bored and in need of something to keep their hands busy without breaking the bank? The Lightbox has you covered with free drop-in workshops this summer. There’s a different workshop each week. This Wednesday it’s Paper Trains, where kids will make their own train using paper and recycled materials. On Friday kids will make a greetings card with their favourite super hero. Both workshops are suitable for kids aged 4+, and drop-in is any time between 1.30-4pm. thelightbox.org.uk

ACTIVITIES: My Gym Summer Camp
■ My Gym, Wallington ■ Tues 14 Aug

Finding Nemo and Dory are the themes at the drop-off summer camp at My Gym in Wallington this week. If you’re after a couple of hours off from the kids, these are a brilliant option.. Kids will be entertained with themed games and crafts, swings, zip wire – and they get lunch, and goodies to take home! It’s aimed at kids aged 3-8, and parents can drop-off or stay and watch.  mygym.com

OUTDOOR FILM: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Wed 15 Aug

This is where it all began for Harry, Ron and Hermione. Doors open 4pm, films starts 4.30pm. lunakidscinema.com

ACTIVITIES: Jurassic Discovery
■ RHS Gardens, Wisley ■ all week

Week four at Wisley and there’s a Sow and Grow workshop on Mon and Tues  planting Fatsia japonica; craft sessions on Thurs 16 and Fri 17 where kids can make a shadow puppet. On Sat 18 and Sun 19 there’s the Fiskit Theatre puppet theatre show, The Feather Catcher. Shos are on at 11am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.  rhs.org.uk

OUTDOOR FILM: The Secret Life of PetsDespicable Me 3 & Star Wars: The Last Jedi
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Thurs 16 Aug

Take your pick from The Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me 3 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Priory Park in Reigate. Doors open 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm respectively. lunakidscinema.com

NATIONAL TRUST: Robin Hood August Thursdays
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Thurs 16 Aug

Robin Hood and his merry men are spending August at Dapdune Wharf hosting craft sessions and Robin Hood-inspired activites for kids from 11am-5pm every Thursday. Dressing up is encouraged. Cost is £2.50. nationaltrust.org.uk

OUTDOOR FILM: TangledPaddington 2  & The Gruffalo / Room on the Broom / Stick Man
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Fri 17 Aug

All the fun of Priory Park’s outdoor film season continues with Tangled, Paddington 2 and the trio of films from the author Julia Donaldson. Doors open 9.30am for Tangled, 12.30pm for Paddington 2 and 3.30pm for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. lunakidscinema.com

CAMP: Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon – Fri

cross between Swallows & Amazons and a Bear Grylls show, this sounds ideal for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature? maverickscamp.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: Crafternoons: Picture the past
■ Museum of Farnham ■ Thurs 16 Aug

Celebrate 300 years of Willmer House, the home of the museum, with craft sessions based around the Georgian, Victorian, WW2 and 1960s periods. It’s for kids aged 3 to 11 years, and sessions are from 2-3.30pm. Cost is £1 which includes all materials. Kids must have a grown-up in tow! farnhammaltings.com

OUTDOOR FILM: Finding Nemo (U)
■ Guildford Lido ■ Fri 17 Aug

Guildford Lido seems the perfect setting for this sweet 2003 animation about Nemo clownfish who goes out into the big bad world – has a few adventures along the way, but still manages to survive. Doors open for swimming and slides 7pm, film starts 8.30pm. freedom-leisure.co.uk

OUTDOOR FILM: The Lion King, The Incredibles & Cinderella
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sat 18 Aug

Simba the young lion takes to the big screen at 9.30am, followed by The Incredibles at 12.30pm and Lily James as Cinderella at 3.30pm. lunakidscinema.com

OUTDOOR FILM: Finding DoryCars 3 & Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Sun 19 Aug

It’s the turn of Dory, the forgetful blue tang fish, to take centre stage in this charming animation which is first up (9.30am) on Sunday. She’s followed by Lightning McQueen in Cars 3 at 12.30pm and then Dwayne Johnston and co in the remake of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at 3.30pm. lunakidscinema.com

OUTDOOR FILM: The Fast and the Furious (13)
■ Guildford Lido ■ Sun 19 Aug

The first in the Fast and Furious franchise, this is fast-paced and action packed centred around street racing, heists and espionage. Doors open for swimming and slides 7pm, film starts 8.30pm. freedom-leisure.co.uk

WORKSHOP: LCA Stage Academy
■ Oxted School ■ Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug

A five-day summer workshop which will teach your little darlings singing, dancing and drama. Kids will learn sequences from several different musicals – and on the Friday family and friends will be treated to a special performance. It’s aimed at kids aged 6 years to 18 years, and next week’s workshop in Caterham is different, so kids who are really keen can attend both! lca-stage.com

WORKSHOP: Bouncing Bertie
■ Brooklands Museum ■ Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug

Have fun discovering the properties of elastic bands and building your own bouncing Bertie. This is a free pop-in activity,  open from 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 3:30pm. All materials will be provided. There are also vintage car rides up Test Hill and kids tours on Concorde. brooklandsmuseum.com

WORKSHOP: Jigsaw At the Movies
■ The Hollyfield School, Surbiton ■ Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug

“Jigsaw at the Movies” is the theme for the summer holiday workshops at Jigsaw in Surbiton where kids aged 3-16 years can enjoy a week of singing, drama and dance. The workshops are open to kids aged 3-5 from 9.30-11.30am, and for kids 6-16 years it’s an all-dayer from 9am-3.30pm. jigsaw-arts.co.uk

WORKSHOP: Archaeological Dig
■ Brooklands Museum ■ Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug

Ever fancied becoming an archaeologist for the day? Join the Brooklands Learning Team and dig for artefacts in the sand, find out about the history of Brooklands and record what you find!  The workshop is open fom 11am-12pm and 1pm-3.30pm, and is free. All materials will be provided. There are also vintage car rides up Test Hill and kids tours on Concorde. brooklandsmuseum.com

EVENT: Festival on the farm
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Every day from Mon 23 July to Sun 2 Sept

Plenty going on at Godstone Farm every day throughout the holidays – in addition to the usual attractions at this popular farm. There’s messy play, dance and storytelling as well as animal antics and garden games. godstonefarm.co.uk 

WORKSHOPS: The Make Space
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Every Sunday

Little ones tearing up the living room? Doodling on the walls? Messy munchkins gather round, Watts Gallery are hosting craft workshops every Sunday to keep those grubby hands at work this summer. Take part in printmaking, painting, sewing and sculpting; there’s something for everyone, suitable for all ages, every Sunday and it will be changing each week! Drop in 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. wattsgallery.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Polesden Lacey summer family adventures
■ Polseden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Every weekday

Polesden Lacey’s classic house and gardens play are well worth a visit anyway, but with added activities it’s even better. There are crafts Mon to Fri from 11am-2pm, with a different craft for each week of the holiday from making a dreamcatcher to making a kite. In the orchard, kids can play giant games like jenga, skittles and Connect 4. And for kids who are aged under 11¾ – pick up the book of 50 Things to do and Polesden Lacey before you’re 11¾ – from flying a kite to making a daisy chain, that should keep the kids busy for hours. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Hatchland Summer family adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Every day

This historic parkland with beautiful wild flowers, ancient trees and plenty of space has lots of outdoor activities for families. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Grab a map from reception and head out along the 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. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied including balance beams, leaping logs, tunnels and domes, and den building. The Georgian dressing up box will also be available for kids to rummage through so they can get into character. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

CAMP: Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon – Fri

cross between Swallows & Amazons and a Bear Grylls show, this sounds ideal for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature? maverickscamp.co.uk

WORKSHOP: LCA Stage Academy
■ Soper Hall, Caterham ■ Mon 20 – Fri 24 Aug

LCA host a second five-day workshop – this one in Caterham. It’s a different programme to the one held last week in Oxted, so if you’re kids are mad for the theatre arts, they can attend this one as well. Kids will learn sequences from several different musicals – and on the Friday family and friends will be treated to a special performance. It’s aimed at kids aged 6 years to 18 years. lca-stage.com

EVENT: Summer Fun on the Farm
■ Bocketts Farm, Fetcham ■ Every day until Sun 2 Sept

As always, lots going on at Bocketts Farm this summer – including the ‘Magic of Summer’ trail taking children on an adventure around the farm finding dragons, real life unicorns, fairies, mermaids and more. Find the stamps and complete their trail card. Other daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, gold panning, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing, which takes place twice daily.  bockettsfarm.co.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Teddy Bears’ Picnic and  Storytelling
■ Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming ■ Mon 20 Aug

Take the littlies along to the popular Teddy Bear’s picnic and storytelling session that takes place outdoors. It’s on from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Cost is £3 per child, adults go free! nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Terrible Tuesdays
■ Runnymede, Old Windsor ■ Tues 21 Aug

Listen to King John’s sensational stories in the magnificent meadows that made him infamous. Suitable for children aged 5 and up. It’s from 11.30am. nationaltrust.org.uk

WORKSHOP: Learn Grow Create: Reception Ready workshops
■ Dorking ■ Tuesdays throughout the holidays

This summer club for kids aged 4-5 has will help build their confidence and have them ready for their first day at school. Sessions are for three hours from 10.30am-1.30pm on Tuesdays during the summer hols and focus on number and recognition, fine motor skills, phonics games, listening and memory games and social skills. Cost is £30 a session, or book all six sessions for £165. For more information contact info@learngrowcreate.com or call 01306 880407. learngrowcreate.com

NATIONAL TRUST: Classic storytelling
■ Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher ■ Wed 22 Aug

An afternoon of classic Victorian animal stories brought to life by story teller Emma Smyth from 1.30-2.30pm. Cost is £3. nationaltrust.org.uk

WORKSHOPS: The Make Space
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Every Sunday

Little ones tearing up the living room? Doodling on the walls? Messy munchkins gather round, Watts Gallery are hosting craft workshops every Sunday to keep those grubby hands at work this summer. Take part in printmaking, painting, sewing and sculpting; there’s something for everyone, suitable for all ages, every Sunday and it will be changing each week! Drop in 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. wattsgallery.org.uk

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Princess and the Giant
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Thurs 23 Aug

Join Folksy Theatre for a colourful family show with music, puppetry and a cast of wonderful characters. Princess Sophie is fed up. She’s exhausted because the grumpy giant can’t sleep and he’s keeping everyone awake. But Sophie is a resourceful girl and, as she reads her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. Show starts 6pm, gates open 5.30pm. Tickets are adults £12, kids £8 and family £32 (2 adults, 2 kids). visitguildford.com

WORKSHOP: Crafternoons: Picture the past
■ Museum of Farnham ■ Thurs 23 Aug

Celebrate 300 years of Willmer House, the home of the museum, with craft sessions based around the Georgian, Victorian, WW2 and 1960s periods. It’s for kids aged 3 to 11 years, and sessions are from 2-3.30pm. Cost is £1 which includes all materials. Kids must have a grown-up in tow! farnhammaltings.com

NATIONAL TRUST: Robin Hood August Thursdays
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Thurs 23 Aug

Robin Hood and his merry men are spending August at Dapdune Wharf hosting craft sessions and Robin Hood-inspired activites for kids from 11am-5pm every Thursday. Dressing up is encouraged. Cost is £2.50. nationaltrust.org.uk

EVENT: Festival on the farm
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Every day from Mon 23 July to Sun 2 Sept

Plenty going on at Godstone Farm every day throughout the holidays – in addition to the usual attractions at this popular farm. There’s messy play, dance and storytelling as well as animal antics and garden games. godstonefarm.co.uk 

Zootropolis

OUTDOOR FILM: MoanaZootropolis & Thor: Ragnarok
■ Priory Park, Reigate ■ Mon 20 Aug

Last chance to catch the kids films at Priory Park – Moana at 9.30am, Zootropolis at 12.30pm and Thor: Ragnarok at 3.30pm. lunakidscinema.com

ACTIVITIES: My Gym Summer Camp
■ My Gym, Wallington ■ Wed 22 Aug

If you’re after a couple of hours off from the kids, have a look at the drop-off summer camps at My Gym in Wallington. Kids will be entertained with themed games and crafts, swings, zip wire – and they get lunch, and goodies to take home! It’s aimed at kids aged 3-8, and parents can drop-off or stay and watch. Each week there’s a different theme – with Superheroes taking centre stage this Wed. Drop off is from 12pm to 2.30pm. mygym.com

FESTIVAL: Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug

Celebrate the flavours of summer at Hampton Court Palace. Enjoy live cookery demos from top chefs, including Michel Roux Jr, hands on masterclasses, fantastic food and drink, live music, family fun and more. hrpfoodfestivals.com

ACTIVITIES: Jurassic Discovery
■ RHS Gardens, Wisley ■ all week

Week five at Wisley and there’s a Sow and Grow workshop on Mon 21 and Tues 22  planting Kniphofia ‘Flamenco’, or Red Hot Poker to me and you; craft sessions on Thurs 23 and Fri 24 where kids will make a dinosaur with moving legs. On Sat 25 and Sun 26 there’s the Wishworks Puppet Theatre. Shows are on at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm.  rhs.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Polesden Lacey summer family adventures
■ Polseden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Every weekday

Polesden Lacey’s classic house and gardens play are well worth a visit anyway, but with added activities it’s even better. There are crafts Mon to Fri from 11am-2pm, with a different craft for each week of the holiday from making a dreamcatcher to making a kite. In the orchard, kids can play giant games like jenga, skittles and Connect 4. And for kids who are aged under 11¾ – pick up the book of 50 Things to do and Polesden Lacey before you’re 11¾ – from flying a kite to making a daisy chain, that should keep the kids busy for hours. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Hatchland Summer family adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Every day

This historic parkland with beautiful wild flowers, ancient trees and plenty of space has lots of outdoor activities for families. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Grab a map from reception and head out along the 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. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied including balance beams, leaping logs, tunnels and domes, and den building. The Georgian dressing up box will also be available for kids to rummage through so they can get into character. nationaltrust.org.uk

 

THEATRE: Bing Live!
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 31 Aug & Sat 1 Sept

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Guildford in the first ever Bing stage show! Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs.  Ideal for pre-schoolers. Shows are at 1pm and 4pm on Fri and 10am and 1pm on Sat. glive.co.uk

EVENT: Festival on the farm
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Every day from Mon 23 July to Sun 2 Sept

Plenty going on at Godstone Farm every day throughout the holidays – in addition to the usual attractions at this popular farm. There’s messy play, dance and storytelling as well as animal antics and garden games. godstonefarm.co.uk 

NATIONAL TRUST: Teddy Bears’ Picnic and  Storytelling
■ Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming ■ Mon 6 Aug

Take the littlies along to the popular Teddy Bear’s picnic and storytelling session that takes place outdoors. It’s on from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Cost is £3 per child, adults go free! nationaltrust.org.uk

CAMP: Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon – Fri

cross between Swallows & Amazons and a Bear Grylls show, this sounds ideal for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature? maverickscamp.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: Flip Book Animations and Kaleidoscopes
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 28 & Thurs 30 Aug

You’ll need to book ahead for these workshops at The Lightbox in Woking. On Tuesday there’s the Flip Book Animations workshop bestselling cartoonist and comic art tutor James Parsons – from 1pm-2.30pm (8-11 years) and 3pm-4.30pm (12-16 years) , and on Thurs it’s Kaleidoscopes from 1.30pm-3pm for kids aged 4-8. The cost is £8. thelightbox.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Terrible Tuesdays
■ Runnymede, Old Windsor ■ Tues 28 Aug

Listen to King John’s sensational stories in the magnificent meadows that made him infamous. Suitable for children aged 5 and up. It’s from 11.30am. nationaltrust.org.uk

WORKSHOP: Learn Grow Create: Reception Ready workshops
■ Dorking ■ Tuesdays throughout the holidays

This summer club for kids aged 4-5 has will help build their confidence and have them ready for their first day at school. Sessions are for three hours from 10.30am-1.30pm on Tuesdays during the summer hols and focus on number and recognition, fine motor skills, phonics games, listening and memory games and social skills. Cost is £30 a session, or book all six sessions for £165. For more information contact info@learngrowcreate.com or call 01306 880407. learngrowcreate.com

OUTDOOR FILM: The Greatest Showman (PG)
■ Haslemere Museum Gardens ■ Sat 1 Sept

Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron strut their stuff and sing their hearts out in this blockbuster. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 8.15pm. thelittleboxoffice.com

EVENT: Summer Fun on the Farm
■ Bocketts Farm, Fetcham ■ Every day until Sun 2 Sept

As always, lots going on at Bocketts Farm this summer – including the ‘Magic of Summer’ trail taking children on an adventure around the farm finding dragons, real life unicorns, fairies, mermaids and more. Find the stamps and complete their trail card. Other daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, gold panning, animal handling, goat milking and the famous pig racing, which takes place twice daily.  bockettsfarm.co.uk

WORKSHOP: Marble Rollercoasters
■ Brooklands Museum ■ Mon 28 – Fri 31 Aug

Build your own marble rollercoaster and discover more about the way the Brooklands race-track worked. See if you can get your marble to do the loop-the-loop? This is a free drop-in activity, all materials will be provided. It’s on from 11am-12noon and 1-3.30pm. There are also vintage car rides up Test Hill and kids tours on Concorde. brooklandsmuseum.com

STORYTELLING: Storytime Sundays
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Sun 2 Sept

Explore a children’s book in this interactive storytelling session a the former home of King Henry VIII. Sessions are 20 minutes, and will be on at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. hrp.org.uk

ACTIVITIES: My Gym Summer Camp
■ My Gym, Wallington ■ Tues 28 Aug

Ninja Turtles is the theme at the drop-in summer camp at My Gym in Wallington this week. This is the perfect option if you need somewhere to park the kids while you do the shopping / meet a friend for lunch / have a beauty treatment. Kids will be entertained with themed games and crafts, swings, zip wire – and they get lunch, and goodies to take home! It’s aimed at kids aged 3-8, and parents can drop-off or, if you’re crazy stay and watch. Drop off is from 12.25pm to 2.55pm. mygym.com

WORKSHOPS: The Make Space
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Every Sunday

Little ones tearing up the living room? Doodling on the walls? Messy munchkins gather round, Watts Gallery are hosting craft workshops every Sunday to keep those grubby hands at work this summer. Take part in printmaking, painting, sewing and sculpting; there’s something for everyone, suitable for all ages, every Sunday and it will be changing each week! Drop in 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. wattsgallery.org.uk

WORKSHOPS: Paper Pinweels and Flying Spaceships
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Wed 29 & Fri 31 Aug

Nearing the end of the holidays, but still looking for something to keep the kids entertained? The Lightbox has you covered with free drop-in workshops. There’s a different workshop each week. This Wednesday it’s Paper Pinweels, where kids will make a classic pinwheel, and on Friday kids will make a colourful spaceship using paper and card. Both workshops are suitable for kids aged 4+, and drop-in is any time between 1.30-4pm. thelightbox.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Robin Hood August Thursdays
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Thurs 30 Aug

Robin Hood and his merry men are spending August at Dapdune Wharf hosting craft sessions and Robin Hood-inspired activites for kids from 11am-5pm every Thursday. Dressing up is encouraged. Cost is £2.50. nationaltrust.org.uk

Picture courtesy of National Trust

NATIONAL TRUST: Polesden Lacey summer family adventures
■ Polseden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Every weekday

Polesden Lacey’s classic house and gardens play are well worth a visit anyway, but with added activities it’s even better. There are crafts Mon to Fri from 11am-2pm, with a different craft for each week of the holiday from making a dreamcatcher to making a kite. In the orchard, kids can play giant games like jenga, skittles and Connect 4. And for kids who are aged under 11¾ – pick up the book of 50 Things to do and Polesden Lacey before you’re 11¾ – from flying a kite to making a daisy chain, that should keep the kids busy for hours. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Hatchland Summer family adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Every day

This historic parkland with beautiful wild flowers, ancient trees and plenty of space has lots of outdoor activities for families. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Grab a map from reception and head out along the 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. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied including balance beams, leaping logs, tunnels and domes, and den building. The Georgian dressing up box will also be available for kids to rummage through so they can get into character. nationaltrust.org.uk

ACTIVITIES: Jurassic Discovery
■ RHS Gardens, Wisley ■ all week

If you haven’t been to Wisley in the holidays yet, this is your last chance. As with the other weeks, the Sow and Grow workshops are on Mon and Tues – this week it’s Cyperus glaber (or paper reed); craft sessions are on Thurs 30 and Fri 31, this week making ginko and fern leave printed cards. On Sat 1 Sept, there are the Dinosaur Stories storytelling sessions at 11am, 12nooon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.  rhs.org.uk

 

 

 

 

WHAT YOU’VE MISSED

 

CIRCUS: Circus Vegas
■ Memorial Park, Redhill ■ Fri 20 – Sun 22 July

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town! But not just any circus – this is Circus Vegas and their glitzy new show which merges the best of Las Vegas glamour with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades. Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be preforming a high wire and wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with the troupe flying in all the way from Africa for the performance. circusvegasuk.com

WORKSHOP: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
■ CYC:D, Haslemere ■ Tues 17 July

West End star Tilly Ford will host this two-hour workshop for kids aged 7-13 years. They’ll start with a warm-up, then learn a dance routine from the UK tour of Joseph. It’s from 1-3pm and the cost is £20 per child. To book email hello@cyc-d.co.ukcyc-d.co.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Wharf Weenies
■ Dapdune Wharf, Guildford ■ Thurs 19 July

Special sessions for younger kids involving story time, fun craft activities and a chance to run around outside all based around children’s stories. Dress for the outdoors. For kids 18 months plus. The cost is £3 and it’s from 10-11am. nationaltrust.org.uk

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Reluctant Dragon
■ Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher ■ Fri 20 July

This child friendly tale by Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind in the Willows, comes to Claremont thanks to Quantum Theatre Company. It’s the tale of a poetry-loving dragon and his friendship with a little boy who together hatch a cunning plan to not fight St George! The show is on from 6-9pm. Tickets £12 adults, £8 children, and family from £28-£40 depending on how many adults and how many kids. nationaltrust.org.uk

THEATRE: Children’s Theatre in Priory Park: Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sun 22 July

Ready for a pirate adventure on the park? Pirate pearl lives aboard the ship with Grandpa Berry. One day she finds a lovely little baby, blue monster, but as she finds out when you feed them they grow into big greedy monsters. Join the commotion as they go on a quest for the monster’s mother. This playful interactive show suitable for ages 3 plus, will include live music, puppetry and songs.  harlequintheatre.co.uk

WORKSHOPS: The Make Space
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Every Sunday

Little ones tearing up the living room? Doodling on the walls? Messy munchkins gather round, Watts Gallery are hosting craft workshops every Sunday to keep those grubby hands at work this summer. Take part in printmaking, painting, sewing and sculpting; there’s something for everyone, suitable for all ages, every Sunday and it will be changing each week! Drop in 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. wattsgallery.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Polesden Lacey summer family adventures
■ Polseden Lacey, near Dorking ■ Every weekday

Polesden Lacey’s classic house and gardens play are well worth a visit anyway, but with added activities it’s even better. There are crafts Mon to Fri from 11am-2pm, with a different craft for each week of the holiday from making a dreamcatcher to making a kite. In the orchard, kids can play giant games like jenga, skittles and Connect 4. And for kids who are aged under 11¾ – pick up the book of 50 Things to do and Polesden Lacey before you’re 11¾ – from flying a kite to making a daisy chain, that should keep the kids busy for hours. nationaltrust.org.uk

NATIONAL TRUST: Hatchland Summer family adventures
■ Hatchlands Park, Guildford ■ Every day

This historic parkland with beautiful wild flowers, ancient trees and plenty of space has lots of outdoor activities for families. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Grab a map from reception and head out along the 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. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied including balance beams, leaping logs, tunnels and domes, and den building. The Georgian dressing up box will also be available for kids to rummage through so they can get into character. nationaltrust.org.uk

Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren at Hatchlands Park. Photograph courtesy of National Trust

 

 

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