Whether you’ve got an unruly toddler or an aloof adolescent to amuse, we’ve got your summer holidays sorted. These failsafe ideas will ensure you stay as one big happy family, preserving your summer sanity as the kids are turfed out the school gates for the last time. So, let’s see what’s happening in Epsom and beyond…
Summer holiday highlights
Three days of festival fun is waiting for you at Horton. The line-up features live music, circus entertainment and theatre fun, with plenty of stalls offering local crafts and street food too. Not forgetting that tickets include all day entry to Hobbledown’s adventure park and zoo, what more could you want?
When? Fri 16 – Sun 18 August
Where? Hobbledown, Horton Lane, KT19 8PTR
We’ve got one free family pass to Hobbledown to give away, so make sure you’re following us and Hobbledown on instagram (@onceuponatown_mag @hobbledown_epsom) and keep your eyes open next week (22 – 26 July) for a competition.
The Greatest Showman Singalong
Look out ’cause here it comes…that’s right, you’ll be able to watch a screening of The Greatest Showman at The Epsom Playhouse, whilst marching on to the beat and having a sing-song.
When? Saturday 3 August, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Where? The Epsom Playhouse, KT18 5AL
Children’s Garden at Kew
Get the kids off your hands and let them run wild at Kew’s new Children’s Garden, perfect for those between two and twelve years old. It’s filled with over 100 trees and a 4m high canopy walk, there’s plenty to explore!
When? Throughout the Summer
Where? Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
On your doorstep
The Gruffalo Summer Party
A special event is happening at Chessington World of Adventures and The Gruffalo has invited you to take part. Take a ride on the river adventure and help the much-loved monster celebrate his 20th birthday in style.
When? From Friday 19 July until Monday 2 September
Where? Chessington World of Adventures
Happy Glaze Ceramics Workshops
Whether they fancy creating a new feature for the garden with wet clay, or getting messy painting trinket trays and pizza slices, a whole load of ceramic workshops are on offer this summer. Drop them off and leave them to it, or join in on the fun yourself!
When? Friday 2 August – Friday 30 August
Where? 41 Waterloo Road, Epsom, KT19 8EX
Polka Theatre at Morden Hall Park
The Polka Theatre is heading outside to host enchanting artistic classes, storytelling picnics and woodland inspired workshops.
When? From Tuesday 16 July to Friday 2 August
Where? Morden Hall Park, SM4 5JD
Bourne Hall Museum
If they’re itching to get back into the classroom and learn something new, Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club will take them off your hands. From the young budding archaeologists, to those fascinated with the Roman era, it brings history alive!
When? Every Wednesday in August from 2:00-3:30pm
Where? Bourne Hall, Spring Street, KT17 1UF
Tractor rides, pig racing – yep, pig racing – and goat milking galore is on offer at Bocketts Farm.
When? Every day
Where? Young Street, Fetcham, KT 22 9BS
Local Clubs and Camps
Sutton and Epsom Rugby Summer Camp
The biggest rugby camp in the South East, delivering mini Olympics tournaments, fancy dress days and water fights (and some rugby too!)
When? Monday 12 -Friday 23 August
Where? Cuddington Court, Rugby Lane, SM2 7NF
Blenheim High School is being taken over by Mega Camps for a mega-exciting summer of sports and arts. There’s Wet n’ Wild slides, inflatable fun, animal workshops and lots more on the agenda!
When? Monday 29 July – Friday 30 August
Where? Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, KT19 9BH
Epsom College Holiday Courses
Take advantage of Epsom’s sporting facilities in these summer sessions. It features individual Netball, Hockey and Cricket camps taught by experts, as well as multi sport courses. There’s even a five day Musical Madness workshop for the aspiring singers and dancers.
When? Throughout August
Where? College Road, Epsom, KT17 4JQ
Community Cricket Camp
If the recent win in the World Cup left your little one keen to get batting, a Twenty20 community cricket camp could be the answer! The days are filled with fun games, challenging drills and friendly matches.
When? Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August; Monday 19 – Friday 23 August
Where? 27 Ravensfield Gardens, Epsom, KT19 0ST
Surrey Starlets Summer Camp
Cheer up the summer holidays with a two-day cheerleading camp, full of tumbles, dancing, jumping, stunting and fun games too. Even better…it’s FREE.
When? Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August
Where? Starlets Gym, Rosebery School, Epsom
The Living Planet Centre
The home of WWF UK takes the kids out of Epsom and into the oceans and forests. It’s an interactive and immersive centre to discover, explore and learn.
When? Monday to Friday, throughout the Summer
Where? WWF, Woking
Summer Family Fun at The Lightbox
You won’t be short of things to do here, with exhibitions exploring the weird and wonderful, as well as craft workshops using watercolours and tie-dyes.
When? From Friday 26 July until Friday 30 August
Where? The Lightbox, Woking
Godalming Packetboat Co.
Hop aboard and cruise along the National Trust’s River Way and Godalming Navigations. They offer private charters or more public affairs, so choose whatever floats your boat…
When? Until the end of September
Where? 57 Furze Lane, Godalming, GU7 3NP
RHS Garden Wisley
Join in the fun with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, take your seat for the outdoor production of Wind in the Willows or experience the gardens after hours with live evening music.
When? All Summer
Where? RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB
Big Camp at Claremont Landscape Garden
Spend the night under the stars and in the great outdoors at Claremont Landscape Garden. In an overnight event, you’ll pitch up the tent and get stuck into activities with a wildlife expert, so get OUT and explore!
When? Saturday 17 August
Where? Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher
Airhop Trampoline Park
Fifty trampolines connected together – across the floor and up the walls – guarantees an afternoon of fun. A special Summer Pass secures unlimited jumps throughout the holidays and there’s even MiniHopper sessions for the little ones too.
When? Monday-Sunday, all Summer long
Where? 12 Midleton Industrial Estate Road, Guildford, GU2 8XW
Festival on the Farm
Festival on the Farm
From indoor barns to outdoor play areas, lots of fun is waiting to be had at Godstone Farm. There’s over 500 animals to meet, as well as lots of messy play areas, a music garden and a chill out zone (unfortunately not for the parents).
When? From Saturday 27 July until Sunday 1 September
Where? Godstone Farm, RH9 8LX
Here to make the holidays more entertaining, Squire’s are hosting events throughout the Summer. From planting strawberries to going on a wildlife hunt, it’ll keep everyone happy.
When? Monday 22 July – Wednesday 28 August
Where? Portsmouth Road, Milford, GU8 5HL