SUMMER HOLIDAYS! YES FAM!
Did someone say Summer Holidays? Yes Fam! With the weeks ahead all about that summer staycation, we’ve compiled your guide to going out with the family in Surrey. Find out what’s on and get some dates in the diary!
WONDERLAND: SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES / JULY 22 – AUGUST 31 / RHS GARDEN, WISLEY
Take a trip to Wisley this summer and venture down the rabbit hole as the gardens in a series of Wonderland-inspired events. Join Alice on her topsy-turvy garden trail, participate in planting and craft workshops or simply bring your own picnic packed with treats and take a seat at the mad hatter’s tea party table. Pre-booking a time slot in advance is a must.
For more information, visit rhs.org.uk
A TALE OF TWO KINGS / JULY 24 – AUGUST 22 / HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Take a seat on the grass of Hampton Court Palace’s gardens and enjoy this charming piece of outdoor theatre this summer. Telling the tale of Henry VIII’s relationship with Francois I, King of France, find out if these two great kings were sworn enemies of BFFs. On the five hundred…and first anniversary of their festival at Calais, known as the Field of Cloth and Gold, these 30-minute performances will occur daily at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30.
For more information, visit hrp.org.uk
SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT THE LIGHTBOX / JULY 27 – AUGUST 27 / THE LIGHTBOX, WOKING
School’s out, and the holidays are in – but there is no reason why you can’t keep those creative juices flowing all summer long. With a jam-packed schedule of arts and crafts coinciding with the 2021 Summer Olympics, plenty is happening to keep the whole family entertained at The Lightbox in Woking. From making your own Olympic Torches to designing Olympic Medals, further activities throughout the summer include the return of Bubble Friday, Graphic Novel Masterclasses and a Ship in a Bottle workshop.
For more information, visit thelightbox.org.uk
THE SUMMER MAKE SPACE / JULY 28 – AUGUST 30 / WATTS GALLERY ARTISTS’ VILLAGE, COMPTON
Book onto The Make Space and pick up a Sunshine Trail to explore sunlight, shadows and the many colours of summer in artworks and on the grounds of Watts Gallery Artists’ Village. Make sunshine paintings inspired by the tradition of artists painting outside and meet like-minded creative kids at the same time.
For more information, visit wattsgallery.org.uk
GSYP 2021 – MOANA JR + FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR / AUGUST 2 – 6 + 9 – 13 / ELECTRIC THEATRE, GUILDFORD
Take to the stage and play the part in these week-long holiday workshops from the team at Guildford Theatre School. For young performers aged 5 – 13, work towards Disney’s classic musical Moana in a professional theatre. The following week, kids 8 – 16 will get the chance to perform Fiddler On The Roof.
For more information, visit electric.theatre
ITALIA CONTI SUMMER SCHOOL / AUGUST 2 – 6 / GUILDFORD + LONDON
With classes available for ages 5 – 18-year-olds, Italia Conti hosts their acclaimed Summer School this August. So whether you’re seeking recreation, physical and social development or perhaps looking at taking a serious step towards a long-term career in the arts industry, Italia Conti provides enjoyable and professional training to all performers. The Summer School course covers all aspects of Musical Theatre performance – Acting, Singing and Dancing and will give you the chance to explore and develop your skills as a performer under the expert tuition of leading choreographers, directors and industry professionals. If you’re looking to extend your stay beyond the summer holidays, why not sign up to Italia Conti Guildford Associates Saturday School. Book a free trial by emailing email@example.com Term starts September 11!
For more information, visit italiaconti.com
THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE / AUGUST 3 – 4 / YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD
A heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up, from the company that brought you The Gruffalo Live On Stage, Julia Donaldson’s epic tale of The Snail and the Whale arrives at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this August. To welcome the arrival of The Snail and the Whale, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre will be hosting range of free seaside fun activities for the family to enjoy including a Seaside Street Art and a Seaside Scavenger Hunt. Pop along on the following dates for much fun with the fam – Wed 28 Jul: 12 – 3pm, Thu 29 Jul: 10 – 2pm, Fri 30 Jul: 10 – 2pm, Sat 31 Jul: 10 – 2pm, Mon 2 Aug: 10 – 2pm, Tue 3 Aug: 10 – 4pm and Wed 4 Aug: 10 – 4pm.
For more information, visit yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
SURREY SPORTS PARK HOLIDAY CAMPS / AUGUST 3 – 27 / SURREY SPORTS PARK, GUILDFORD
For sporty kids looking to spend the summer holidays going sports crazy, Surrey Sports Park in Guildford has several camps that’ll ensure time and energy are well spent. Choose from Swimming, Netball, Basketball, Squash and Badminton and get some top tips from those in the know.
For more information, visit surreysportspark.co.uk
ZOG / AUGUST 4 – 11 / ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON
Enjoy the ride as Zog attempts to learn to burn the ropes at the esteemed Madame Dragon’s school before becoming a fully-fledged dragon. From page to stage, watch Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s loveable character come alive in this thoroughly entertaining adaptation directed by Mike Shepherd.
For more information, visit rosetheatre.org
THE LION INSIDE / AUGUST 12 / THE TOWN PARK, BORDON
The latest addition to the area’s cultural scene, The Shed @ Whitehill & Bordon, will be hosting some cracking family theatre in the Town Park. Ideal for humans aged three and up, The Lion Inside is based on the award-winning book by Rachel Bright and Jim Field. Find out what happens when the meekest of mice discovers that even the smallest of creatures can have the heart of a lion.
For more information, visit theshedwb.com
BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY CLUB / AUGUST 13 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
New parent? Love watching stand-up comedy but hate to leave the little ones at home? This August, Farnham Maltings will host a very special Bring Your Own Baby Comedy Club whereby you, the parent, arrive, with baby in tow, to be entertained by some of the best up-and-coming comedians on the circuit.
For more information, visit farnhammaltings.com
SUMMER SKATE WORKSHOP / AUGUST 17 / FARNHAM SKATE PARK
Need some expert tips on how to land those tricks? Master your kickflips and mollies at this summer skate workshop at Farnham Skate Park. If you’re between 6 and 16, drop in for a few hours between 10 am and midday and get some free coaching that’ll help set the wheels in motion for future skate sessions.
For more information, visit farnham.gov.uk
OPEN AIR THEATRE: THE JUNGLE BOOK / AUGUST 18 / HATCHLANDS PARK, GUILDFORD
Get set for a wild afternoon as you join Mowgli and his dear friends Baloo and Bagheera for an adventure in the jungle. Soak up some sun in the great outdoors as Immersion Theatre present this brand new musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic at Hatchlands Park this August.
For more information, visit nationaltrust.org.uk
THE SEA SHOW PRESENTED BY SQUASHBOX THEATRE / AUGUST 19 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
Make your way to Farnham Maltings this month and be transported to the Great British Seaside via the quirky and, quite frankly, hilarious Sea Show. Combining puppetry, comedy cabaret and natural history – meet a cast of oceanic creatures and get set for some silly songs. Perfect for kids 5+
For more information, visit farnhammaltings.com
GUILDFORD SKATE JAM / AUGUST 22 / GUILDFORD SKATE PARK
The Guilford Skate Jam, in association with Kane FM, is back! If you think you’ve got the tricks to beat your fellow skaters, make your way to Guildford’s favourite independent skate shop, Decade and pick up a registration form to enter the jam for free. With music provided by DJs from community radio station Kane FM, expect maximum vibes this summer at Guildford Skate Park.
For more information, visit instagram.com/decadestore
FIREMAN SAM LIVE! / AUGUST 28 / G LIVE, GUILDFORD
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 and his crew as they battle to save the day this summer.
For more information, visit glive.co.uk
HASLEMERE UNLOCKED / AUGUST 29 / LION GREEN, HASLEMERE
Free to attend, spend the day on Lion Green in Haslemere and enjoy the sweet sound of some of Haslemere’s hottest musical prospects. Celebrating local talent, enjoy a family fun day out for all this bank holiday weekend.
For more information, visit haslemere.com
MAMBO JAMBOS POTTERY PAINTING STUDIO / SQUIRE’S GARDEN CENTRE, BADSHOT LEA, NR FARNHAM
Seize the day and head for Mambo Jambos pottery painting studio found at Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea. Perfect for any age, create some memories and spend the day painting and personalising your own piece of pottery. Choose from mugs, plates, bowls, key boxes or ornaments and paint away. Once glazed and fired, your finished piece will be ready to collect in fourteen days.
For more information, visit squiresgardencentres.co.uk