Christmas markets in Surrey

Here are some lovely ideas from our what's on calendar to keep you busy this week...

The weekend starts here ...

It's time to get into the festive spirit on Saturday with a Christmas craft fair at The Rural Life Centre. There will be lots of unique and handmade gifts on offer to suit all tastes, giving you a chance to find something a bit different to give to your loved ones. The RSPCA South Godstone Christmas fair is also taking place and as well as lots of stalls, there will be plenty of family fun including games, face painting and Santa in his grotto.

Don't worry, if you can't make either of these events, we have put together an article of all the Christmas craft fairs and markets taking place in Surrey over the coming weeks, so have a look and find one to suit you. Or, head to our grottos feature to see where you can pay a visit to Father Christmas this year.

It's Military Vehicles Day at Brooklands on Sunday, where there will be over 100 vehicles, spanning the decades and representing the field of conflict from around the world, The event will be brought to life by war-time re-enactment groups.

The Make Space will be open at Watts Gallery as usual on Sunday, so pop along to try out some different arts and crafts ideas.

All week

All That Glitters at Polesden Lacey includes a woodland trail, horse-drawn carriage, Santa's Grotto and more. Mrs Greville's sumptuous party house has also been re-imagined to focus on jewels and sparkle.

The rest of the week

If you have a little one aged between 18 months and three years, why not head along to Toddler Time at Rydes Hill Prep on Wednesday. This is a free event and takes place every week but you should book your place in advance.

For some good wholesome outdoor fun, head to Wild Tots at Nower Wood on Thursday and take part in a variety of activities based around the woodland. Activities might include crafts, stories, games, musical instruments, forest exploration, a mud kitchen or hunting for mini-beasts.

The outdoor ice skating rink opens at Hampton Court on Friday and will be open for seven weeks. Glide across the ice under a star-covered sky while surrounded by spectacular views of the historic Tudor palace - sounds magical.

The bustling Christmas market at Weald and Downland opens on Friday and runs all weekend. There will be over 150 stands – selling arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more.

Snail Trail at Haslemere Museum on Friday is an Early Years session for the under-fives and will follow the story of one snail's trail as he journeys around the garden. Children will then be encouraged tomake a trail of their own! You need to take wellies or old shoes or be prepared for paint-covered feet! What a fun idea, especially when it's not in your own house!

The weather forecast says the week should start clear and dry. Whatever the weather, we hope you enjoy your week.