Places to go

International Youth Arts Festival iyafestival.org.uk

IYAF takes place in July in Kingston. It is an incredible international celebration of youth music, art, drama, film and dance which envelopes the town in a carnival atmosphere for a full 2 weeks at the height of summer. Visit the website for details

Gymboree Surbiton: newborn – 5 years gymboree-uk.com

A variety of fun and inspired classes including Gym, Music and Play are on offer for 0-5 year olds. Classes, led by experienced and enthusiastic teachers, are run throughout the year in fabulous, fully-equipped premises. Surbiton Plaza, 15a St Mary’s Road (off Victoria Road), Surbiton KT6 4JG Tel: 020 3609 8007

Fun Fever Children’s Dance Class St. Paul’s Church Kingston Hill (entrance in Alexandra Road) Monday Afternoons

New Fun Fever Children’s Dance Class for 4-7 and 8-11 year olds.Learn similar dances & songs from pop videos and musical theatre shows.Classes are taught by professional performers who’ve worked in Theatre and Television.Phone to register your child’s place now for September term.All teachers CRB checked. Call: 07815 868518

Ragamuffins Play Café ragamuffinsplay.co.uk

Beautiful and relaxing haven for parents, as well as a safe play environment for children aged 0 – 4. Rather than a daunting play structure, there are good old fashioned toys so guardians feel comfortable leaving their children to explore whilst they sit and relax with a coffee. Located at Sandown Park Golf Centre, surrounded by greenbelt land, it is an ideal choice for parents and carers who wish to get away for it all for a few hours.

Thames Ditton Miniature Railway first Sunday of every month malden-dsme.co.uk

A wonderful day out for the children. Places to picnic, cafe on site and you can buy tickets to ride the model railway. Run entirely by volunteers On open days they run a variety of trains most are steam locomotive operated, but they also run scale diesel and freelance electric locomotives. All passenger get the opportunity to ride on different trains during our open day session. See the website for the next open day. Willowbank, Claygate Lane, Thames Ditton, Surrey. KT7 0LE

Turk Launches turks.co.uk

From April to mid-September, scheduled cruises operate between Hampton Court, Richmond and Kingston, with journey times of 35 minutes to three and a half hours. Special group tickets are available , and our fleet of luxury vessels is equipped with bar and toilet facilities. For more information on times and fares, please contact the office. 020 8546 2434. Town End Pier, 68 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1HN

The Small Boat Club smallboatclub.co.uk

The Small Boat Club is located on Stephens Ait, an island in the River Thames on the reach above Teddington Lock, below Kingston Railway Bridge and just downstream of the Boaters Inn pub, located in Canbury Gardens. The Small Boat Club runs various activities orientated around the river, river cruising and socialising on our island home. sec@smallboatclub.co.uk Phone: 07973 900 169 Established: 1953 Latitude: 51.42 Longitude: -0.306

Bocketts Farm bockettsfarm.co.uk

This is a working farm with a wide variety of animals. Trailer rides, pony rides, pig racing, play areas and of course the animals. Good tannoy system announcing what’s going on so you don’t miss anything. Face painting usually available. This little tiger’s face is care of Wendy who also does children’s parties (see places to have a birthday party below). (A246 south of Leatherhead).
Phone 01372 363764.Open daily from 10am-6pm. Young St. Fetcham

The Wetland Centre wwt.org.uk

105 acres of inspiring wetland landscape in Barnes SW3. Over 140 wild bird species, 300 butterflies and moths, insects and amphibians. There is an observatory, a film introducing the conservation work done by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the Pond Zone which is a must for the kids and much more. You’ll find it at Queen Elizabeth Wlk, Barnes, London SW3 9WT: CAll 020 8409 4400.

Chessington World of Adventures chessington.co.uk

Rides; circus show; entertainers, amazing animal experience. One entry price giving unlimited use of rides. Situated 2 miles from A3 and M25 junction 9. easily reached by car bus (71,465,568 and train to Chessington South). Closes 31 October. Phone: 01372 729 560.

Garson Farm garsons.co.uk

150 acres of ‘pick your own’ fields, a brilliant garden centre with gift area (especially worth a visit at Christmas time). Farm shop full of speciality foods, cafe restaurant. They usually have a Strawberry Festival June/July plus other events such as Heavy Horses Day, Traditional Food Fair, Gardening Fair and the West End Annual Flower Show. Events change every year so check their web site for details. :Winterdown Rd, West End, Esher. Phone 01372 464 389.

Legoland lego.com

Theme park. Open end March to beginning Nov. Windsor Park Berks SL4 4AY. Phone: 01753 626 111 or 099062 63 75 for info.

Hire a boat from Harts Boatyard

They hire out electric boats which take around 6-8 people. Hire for a couple of hours and stop off at the Albany or The Boaters Inn for lunch. You could even take a picnic stop around Hampton Court. You’ll find them on Portsmouth Road, Surbiton. Call 020 8399 4009 for details.

The Puppet Theatre Barge puppetbarge.com

On the River Thames and at Little Venice, London: For details of performances please see their website.

Bluebell Railway bluebell-railway.co.uk

A great day out throughout the year but they also run Santa Specials which include a meeting with Santa himself. The Railway is in East Sussex. See the website for details.

The Polka Theatre polkatheatre.com

The Polka Theatre is an exceptional introduction for all children into the fabulous world of the performing arts. It’s in Wimbledon and you can find details of performances and activities on the Music & Theatre page or by visiting their website.

The Crafty Cafe crafty-cafe.co.uk

The Crafty Cafe is a spacious, relaxed paint-your-own-pottery studio, fun for all ages and creative abilities! We offer a wide selection of pottery, ceramic jewellery and t-shirt painting. We cater for childrens parties, baby footprints, corporate events, hen nights etc. We are open Tuesday to Sunday and do Adult only evenings. 120 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT5 8HQ. Call: 020 8390 1999

The Pottery & Craft Studio thepotteryandcraftstudio.com

The Pottery & Craft Studio is a contemporary Ceramic Painting & Craft Making Studio for all ages to come and create beautiful unique pieces of art. We can cater for Childrens Parties, Corporate Events or any other Group and hold monthly Adults Evenings. We also supply commissioned pieces for celebrations such as Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings, Anniversarys and any other occaisions. For more information please visit our website or telephone 0208 398 6681.

Wendy’s Workshop wendys-workshop.co.uk

Being a ceramic café is our ‘day to day’ business, but we also offer a large variety of other workshops and crafts for people of all ages to come and try. We hold children’s and adults parties. We do baby hand and footprints in paint on pottery and there is a play area for the under 5’s.We hold children’s workshops over holidays, and adult evening workshops in knitting, beaded jewellery, sewing, quilting, lampworking and enamelling. 432 Richmond Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2-5PU Pay and display parking available all along the Parade. 020 8546 3535

Gravity Force gravityforce.co.uk

Gravity Force is the UK’s ultimate trampoline park. Gravity Force provides various unique sports and fun activities to their customers of all ages like Dodgeball, Free jump, Parties, Fitness and Toddler takeover.