As the summer holidays draw ever closer, it’s about time you took a peek at our pick of the very best family events taking place in Surrey this July. From fire engines and freemium entertainment, to summer camps and crafternoons – get involved and get out and about with the fam this month.
FANTASTIC FIRE ENGINES / JULY 2 – 3 / RURAL LIFE LIVING MUSEUM
Nee-nor, nee-nor, nee-nor! If your kids love nothing more than the thrill of those big red machines as they race off to save the day, then this Fantastic Fire Engines day held at Tilford’s Rural Life Living Museum is a must. Meet a range of fire safety vehicles from the decades and maybe even take to the driver’s seat to live out your wildest firefighter fantasies.
For more information, visit rural-life.org.uk
GANGSTA GRANNY / JULY 7 – 10 / RICHMOND THEATRE
The UK’s best-selling author David Walliams’ Gansta Granny will be at Richmond Theatre this month. When Ben stays with Granny, he’s expecting soup and cabbage cake. What he is not expecting is that his Granny is actually an adventurous Gangsta Granny. Watch the adventure unfurl this month.
For more information, visit atgtickets.com/richmond
THE GREENHOUSE / JULY 9 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
Come and join Pimpernell and Peppina in exploring some of the wonderful stories of the plant world. Discover how the apple tree makes sure that all his apples are red at the same time. Find out what secret messenger system the willow tree uses to fight off the caterpillar and join us in exploring what plants need to grow and survive. The Greenhouse is a magical dance performance for young audiences aged 4+.
For more information, visit farnhammaltings.com
THE GRUFFALO / JULY 15 – 16 / YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD
Who said there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo? Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s timeless tale of Mouse and his saviour, the mythical and monstrous Gruffalo, comes to The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford this month. Enjoy songs, laughter, and great family fun.
For more information, visit yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
POP PRINCESSES / JULY 16 / NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
A Magical show where beautiful Princesses become Pop Stars! Amazing! This is a children’s pop concert with a big difference. A musical spectacular starring four fabulous Fairy tale Princesses who just love to sing! It’s the perfect mix. Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus, plus all the best songs from all your favourite Films and Musicals, this is a must for any young music fan.
For more information, visit atgtickets.com/woking
POLESDEN GAMES – COME OUT AND PLAY / JULY 16 – AUGUST 29 / POLESDEN LACEY
Enjoy the great outdoors and head for the scenic environs of Polesden Lacey for some playtime. Challenge yourself to go further, faster, for longer with seven sporting challenges. Weave around the posts in a wheelbarrow slalom, reach your personal best in our track challenge or test your hand-eye coordination with a game of frisbee golf. For something a little more energetic, have a go at the circuit challenge and see how many jumping jacks or squats you can do in 30 seconds.
For more information, visit nationaltrust.org.uk
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA / JULY 22 – 23 / G LIVE, GUILDFORD
The Olivier Award-winning production of The Tiger Who Came To Tea comes to Guildford’s G Live this July. Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show, packed with oodles of magic, singa-long songs and clumsy chaos!
For more information, visit glive.co.uk
SUMMER FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL / JULY 26 / THE LIGHTBOX, WOKING
Creative kids looking to express themselves should make sure they get to the Big Art Summer Family Fun Afternoon at The Lightbox in Woking this July. Take part in workshops, and produce your very own works of art to take home.
For more information, visit thelightbox.org.uk
THUMBS UP IT’S THURSDAY / EVERY THURSDAY JULY 28 – AUGUST 25 / KINGSTON TOWN CENTRE
Taking place every Thursday from July 28, Thumbs Up It’s Thursday returns to Kingston Town Centre, providing a tonne of fun for families. From face painting to cupcake decorating, pop along for playtime, and make new friends.
For more information, visit kingstonuponthames.info
SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP / JULY 25 – AUGUST 30 / SANDOWN SPORTS, ESHER
If you’re looking for your kids to spend some of their energy this summer, why not book one of Sandown Sports Ultimate Adventure Camps? With a range of activities and interests catered for, kids can take to the trees for a Skywalk Adventure, try their hand at London’s only ski slope, take part in Dance classes or play a range of sports, including Table Tennis, Squash, Golf, Archery and Football. So save your space today and head to their website to make your booking.
For more information, visit sandownsports.co.uk
PLAY IN A WEEK! HOLIDAY CLUB / AUGUST 1 – 5 / GREEN ARK, GUILDFORD
For aspiring actors and young Thespians, lay your part in this Play In A Week! Hosted by the highly acclaimed Guildford Shakespeare Company, kids aged 7 – 13 can sign up for this five-day course, whereby you’ll learn and perform the dramatic classic The Tempest.
For more information, visit guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
ROSE YOUTH THEATRE SUMMER SCHOOLS / JULY 27 – AUGUST 27 / ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON
Rose Theatre in Kingston welcomes back young creatives for their hugely popular Youth Theatre Summer Schools. Choose from Three-Day Courses for 7-10 year olds for an action-packed time with drama-based games and activities, culminating in a short piece of theatre for families. For 11-18 year olds, choose from five Plays in a Week which will see you take an entire play from page to stage in just six days. Wowzers.
For more information, visit rosetheatre.org
WILD SUMMER CAMP / JULY 28 – AUGUST 18 / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Painshill Park in Cobham is a great place to set up camp this summer – a Wild Summer Camp. Learn how to build a den, light your fire, the bushcraft way to toast marshmallows and create your woodland mask with five days of really wild activities.
For more information, visit painshill.co.uk
TAZ / HIGH ASHURST (DORKING), THAMES YOUNG MARINERS (RICHMOND) + HENLEY FORT (GUILDFORD)
Head for The Adventure Zone this summer and get involved with these great outdoor activities courtesy of the fine folks at Surrey Outdoor Learning. Whether you want to stay for the summer or a single day, participate in a range of outdoor adventures on water and land at several locations across Surrey.
For more information, visit surreyoutdoorlearning.uk
ITALIA CONTI PRE VOCATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL / AUGUST 1 – 5 / ITALIA CONTI, WOKING
One of the first initiatives being launched in Woking is Italia Conti’s Pre-Vocational Summer School which will run from 1-5 August in the new building. This course is available to all, preparing students for full-time training in the Performing Arts and pushing students to achieve their creative best.
The course is open to students aged 12–18 yrs, and students may select which specialist strand they wish to study, choosing from Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre. Participants will experience expert tuition from Italia Conti’s experienced staff and industry experts.
For more information, visit italiaconti.com
JUNIOR STORM NETBALL CAMP / JULY 25 – AUGUST 23 / SURREY SPORTS PARK, GUILDFORD
Love netball? Fancy learning from the best? 2-time Super League Champions Surrey Storm hold regular development and experience holiday camps designed to enhance your skills on the court. So for years 7 – 12, why not take part in their holiday camps taking place at the Surrey Sports Park this summer?
For more information, visit surreystormnetball.co.uk
SURREY SCORCHERS JUNIOR ALL-STAR BASKETBALL CAMP / JULY 28 – 29 + AUGUST 4 – 5 / SURREY SPORTS PARK, GUILDFORD
Perfect your lay-up and learn how to pass like a pro at the Surrey Scorchers junior and all-star basketball camps taking place at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Meet likeminded lovers of basketball and let off some serious steam in training drills and practice matches.
For more information, visit surreyscorchers.co.uk