Explorer:Space – UK’s Ultimate Space Adventure, lands at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium this summer

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium invites families to embark on a mission to tour the galaxy on-board Explorer:Space, a brand new 600m2 interactive space zone, that opens to the public on 20 July.

Explorer:Space is an immersive space experience that will take families on an epic adventure through the universe. This new dramatic staff-led zone includes amazing hands-on exhibits, covering everything from meteorites to stardust, robots to coding and atmospheric pressure to human space flight.

“Explorer:Space is a permanent new addition for the Science Centre, designed to wow families and ignite their curiosity in space,” said Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre. “We’ve never had an exhibition like this before – the impressive set takes up the entire ground floor of the Science Centre and represents the biggest investment we’ve made since the opening of our planetarium in 2008.” 

To complement the new zone, the Science Centre’s Curiosity Team will deliver space-themed activities and a brand new live science show, Destination Space, from 20 July to 03 September. Audiences will explore the story and science of satellites, complete with fiery demonstrations and bottle rocket launches. 

A fantastic programme of 360° fulldome planetarium shows is also scheduled for the summer, including the new film narrated by Sean Bean, Faster than Light. Visitors can enjoy the sunny weather in the outdoor picnic and play area, which has direct access to the Magdalen Hill Down Butterfly Conservation reserve, offering amazing views of the South Downs National Park. 

Explorer:Space and the summer holiday space-themed activities are included in the cost of general admission. The Destination Space live shows will run daily at 11 am, noon, 1 pm and 2 pm inside the Space Marquee – free tickets can be reserved online in advance. New prices from 16 July provide a 25% discount on general admission when booking online at least three days in advance.

To find out more and book tickets, visit winchestersciencecentre.org

Guildford’s Library of Things Now Open

Guildford’s much anticipated Library of Things opened for lending earlier this month. The volunteer-run scheme hosted by Guildford Library is a collaboration between Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. One of the first of its kind in the country, the initiative enables residents to borrow hand-held DIY, gardening and decorating tools at a fraction of the cost to buy. 

The well-attended launch provided residents with their first opportunity to borrow an array of ‘things’, from household tools to tents. 

Cllr Philip Brooker, Lead Cllr for Housing and Environment explains: “This enterprising scheme expands the existing library service and creates a unique opportunity for residents who hold an active Surrey Library membership to borrow tools for a small donation, as they do with books, films and music. The only difference is we ask residents to view and book the items online. 

“With household budgets under pressure and space at a premium, why buy expensive tools that you often use only once or twice when you can borrow them? There are also obvious benefits to the environment too, as by providing a place to recycle and reuse any unwanted DIY, gardening and decorating tools we help to divert waste from landfill. Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer your time or donate equipment to help launch this innovative and most useful scheme.” 

The Library of Things builds upon Guilford Borough Council’s existing successful environmental initiatives; the Guildford Repair Café at the Park Barn Centre and Surrey County Council’s Makerspace in Guildford Library. It is open weekly on Thursdays, 4-7pm at Guildford Library. 

To view Guildford’s Library of Things please visit: https://www.guildfordmakerspace.org.uk/
To place a request to borrow please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If you have hand held tools (no electrical items please) in excellent working order to donate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01483 444509. 

If you are interested in volunteering, are over 18 and have basic computer skills, please contact Helen Leech, Senior Manager, Digital Services at Guildford Library This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Birdworld is celebrating its 50th birthday this Friday with a 50% off entry voucher for visitors!

Birdworld’s 50th Anniversary year is in full swing and the park has lots of exciting events planned throughout the year to celebrate the park’s history!

Birdworld first opened its doors to the public in 1968 when the Harvey Family ran the park as a family business. Throughout the next 28 years the park grew in size leading to the building of Underworld in November 1977 and The Jenny Wren Farm soon after.

In 1996, the park was taken over by Denys E. Head Ltd, who still own the park today. Development of Birdworld continued with Parrots in Flight and the Crescent Aviaries whilst more recently Flamingo Cove, Penguin Beach and the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament have become incredibly popular with all who visit.

This year to coincide with the park’s 50th Anniversary and to continue with the park’s history of education and conservation, Birdworld has already completed the initial instalment of several new homes for Citron and Yellow-crested Cockatoos. The new aviaries and its continuing development will aim to raise awareness of the rapid decline of critically endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoos in the wild. 

In addition, the park has also completed the build of important new aviaries to highlight the plight of Asian Songbirds. The Silent Forest Aviaries are supporting the first EAZA Campaign focused primarily on birds to address and reduce the ongoing songbird extinction in Asia. This exciting project is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to learn all about these amazing birds and the threats that face them in the wild

Friday 15th June marks the official 50th Anniversary of the park’s opening in 1968 and they will be celebrating with a 50% off entry voucher available to download from the Birdworld website for all visitors who wish to come along to enjoy a day at the park. In the evening, Birdworld will host its exclusive annual members’ evening for annual pass holders to celebrate this fantastic milestone of 50 golden years in style.

The festivities with continue into the summer holidays with Birdworld’s 50 days of Summer Fun! Alongside a special heritage trail everyday (16th July – 3rd September), each weekday Birdworld will be hosting either fascinating Animal Extras hosted by the Birdworld Keepers or hilarious Entertainment Sessions with performers from Chubby’s World of Magic or special entertainer Crazee Hazee.

Mark Anderson, Birdworld General Manager, commented: “We are extremely proud of the popular family destination that the park has become throughout the years and of the contribution we have made to raising awareness of conversation. Many local people have grown up with Birdworld over the decades and we are delighted to be inviting visitors to join us in celebrating our summer activities during our special 50th Anniversary year!”

Enchanted Horsham Comes Alive as Discount Code ‘LOCAL’ Gives Magical Advance Ticket Prices

An ancient magic is returning to Horsham Park this summer as Enchanted Horsham comes alive with a unicorn, mermaids, street theatre and music.  This exciting family festival with illuminated pleasure gardens, takes place from 4pm to Midnight on the 27th, 28thand 29thJuly and discounted advance tickets are now on sale.  

Enter a Summer Wonderland for all ages to enjoy. Experience first-hand the street theatre, vintage funfair, circus performances and belly dancers, along with a market celebrating local lifestyle and fashion, street food and drink.

As you wander through the vibrantmarket, you will find unique art, toys, curiosities homewares, garden wares and artisan foods, before you enter the Fashion Tent where creative catwalk shows will inspire your choices of boutique and hand-crafted clothes and accessories.

But what will treat your taste buds too as you listen to an eclectic mix of live music?  Choose from a mouth-watering array of global street food stalls and pop-up restaurants as they nestle alongside beer from Harvey’s, Kent Cider, wine, champagne, gin and cocktail bars.

And the enchantment continues as you become immersed in the enchanted mermaid’s tales, interact with life-sized puppets and set aside time to meet Princess, our real live unicorn. Then as dusk falls, the wondrous secret illuminated gardens will reveal themselves magically bring to life dragons eggs and mystical tales.  

The beautiful illuminations, stunning projections, light shows, performances, music and pathways of fire set the scene as the Silent Disco in the Neon Circus Tent comes to life with fire performers, acrobats, jugglers, LED hoopers, trapeze artists and magicians.  This is one not to be missed!

For more information log onto www.enchantedhorsham.co.ukand to purchase advance discounted tickets for adults enter the code LOCAL for 50% discount until the end of May, and 25% discount in June.  Children under 16 enter for free.

Get a loaf of this… Woking Food and Drink Festival is back

Woking Food and Drink Festival

The Borough’s biggest free-to-attend event, Woking Food and Drink Festival, is set to deliver another magnificent mezze of culinary delights from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018 inclusive.

In its sixth consecutive year, the triple award-winning, three-day festival promises to serve up a mouth-watering menu of foodie and family activities, including live cookery demonstrations, talks from local food and drink experts, hands-on cookery workshops, over 80 trader stalls selling local and regional produce and signature dishes, live entertainment and more!

At the heart of the festival in Jubilee Square, celebrity chefs and Surrey’s top culinary talents will display their top-drawer skills and Michelin star flair in the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre.

International Emmy nominated Ching He Huang will demonstrate her style of modern Chinese cooking and talk about her seven best selling cookbooks.

Adding another winning combination to the theatre line up will be BBC MasterChef Champions, Kenny Tutt and Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, who respectively triumphed over tens of contestants in front of millions of TV viewers.

Kenny, a bank manager from Worthing, was crowned MasterChef Champion 2018 following his final three-course meal which impressed judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, who described his food as ‘restaurant-style perfection’ and ‘make-my-heart-thump fantastic’.

Flying the flag for Surrey, Lorna Gangotra Nanda (local food business owner and one third of The Gangotra Sisters, winners of BBC2’s The Big Family Showdown 2017), will be joined by her sisters, Bobbi and Monika, to demonstrate why they’re nicknamed the ‘spice sisters’.

Representing the best of Surrey’s local culinary talent will be:

As well as the high-quality artisan stalls and jam-packed line up of demo chefs, visitors also have the opportunity to get stuck in to a smorgasbord of foodie and family activities, including: Tante Marie cookery workshops for adults and children*, Magimix masterclasses*, bite-size talks hosted by a range of local producers and gastronomic experts, celebrity book signings, live musical and street entertainment.

Taking family entertainment to stratospheric heights will be Stefan Gates, The Gastronaut! The popular BBC2 and CBBC presenter is well known for his energetic, funny, amazing and explosive live shows, including creating plasma in a microwave, custard-powder flame-throwing and more!

Hosted at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Saturday 1 September, the two live shows* promise to be an out of this world experience for the whole family! Tickets can be booked closer to the event at www.atgtickets.com

Talking about Woking’s flagship foodie event, Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, said: “This popular, free-to-attend festival is the most anticipated event of the Celebrate Woking calendar. It not only delivers three days of deliciousness, it’s also an educational and immersive experience for visitors who want to learn more about food and local products.

“This year’s chef line up is also not to be missed. From Michelin Starred chefs to MasterChef Champions, we’ve got a stellar line up of celebrity and local culinary experts. And, best of all, these live demonstrations are free to watch!”

More details and further festival goodies will be announced over the summer months via the website www.wokingfoodfest.co.uk and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @WokingFoodFest.