Santa's Grand Arrival at Squire's Garden Centres

Santa was busy whizzing around several Squire’s Garden Centres last weekend to open his magical Christmas Grottos. Hundreds of people came to cheer him as he arrived. Instead of flying in on his traditional sleigh he kept to the roads with some pretty unusual forms of transport, including an American classic car, horse drawn carriage, vintage fire engine, and even the Bumblebee car fromTransformers! There’s a great choice of grottos to visit Santawhich on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.. As well as seeing your child’s face light when they see Santa and receive a beautiful wrapped gift, you’ll also get a warm glow, as you’ll be benefitting a local charity.

Tickets cost £6 per child, with £1 from every ticket being donated to Squire’s local charities. There’s no need to book, simply turn up on the day. For full opening times

Squire’s centre

Santa arrived by

Local charity supported


Vintage Fire Engine

Ist Fetcham Scouts


Bumblebee (from Transformers) 

Carers Support West Sussex


Routemaster Bus                    

Macmillan Cancer Support

Long Ditton          

Horse Drawn Carriage            

The Royal Star & Garter Homes


American Classic Car             



Fire Engine                            

Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

West Horsley       

Squire’s Vintage Van              

Horsley & Bookham RDA


Recycle your Christmas tree for free

Following the success of the scheme over the past two years, Surrey Heath residents can recycle their real Christmas tree for free in 2019 as part of a Council-run scheme – and help maintain the Borough’s parks at the same time.

Between 5-19 January 2019, Surrey Heath Borough Council will be running 15 drop off sites across the Borough, where residents can drive in and leave their ‘real’ Christmas tree in a designated area.

At the end of this period, the trees will be chipped and the resulting wood chippings will be used to replenish paths in our parks.

Last year, more than 800 trees were recycled via the scheme, which helped restock paths in Frimley Lodge Park.

Surrey Heath Places and Strategy Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “This popular scheme has several benefits, for residents, our parks and the environment in general, and I encourage people to use it once the festive period comes to an end.” 

The sites where Christmas trees can be dropped off are:


Drop-off Location 


Heatherside Park (near the recreation ground)

GU15 1AY

Watchetts Road Car Park

GU15 2UZ

Old Dean Recreation Ground

GU15 4AF

Prior Heath Car Park 

GU15 1DA

Frimley Green Recreation Ground

GU16 6JZ

Mytchett Recreation Ground

GU16 6JD

School Lane, Bagshot

GU19 5BP

Lightwater Recreation Ground

GU18 5SJ

Windmill Field, Windlesham

GU20 6QA

Clews Lane open space, Angelica Road, Bisley

GU24 9HD

Rosewood Way, West End

GU24 9XG

Yorktown Car Park, Camberley

GU15 3AU

Clarence Drive, Camberley

GU15 1JT

Woodend Road Car Park,Deepcut

GU16 6SD

Chobham Car Park, Chobham

GU24 8LZ

Christmas trees can also be dropped off at Community Recycling Centres, or put in your brown garden waste bin if you are subscribed to the scheme. 

Restrictions apply
: only real Christmas trees can be accepted for this event, and all decorations must be removed from the trees before they are left at the drop-off points.

Two iconic Surrey landmarks set to turn green to help the NSPCC raise awareness of neglect

The Guildhall and Guildford House in Surrey will be illuminated green from 5pm onwards on Monday 3 December in support of the NSPCC's Christmas appeal.

The iconic landmarks will be lit in the charity’s distinctive colour to help raise awareness of the charity’s ‘Light For Every Childhood’ campaign, which aims to shine a light on children experiencing neglect at Christmas and all year round.

Last year nearly a third of all calls to the NSPCC helpline related to neglect, a figure that’s even higher at Christmas

Neglect happens when parents and carers can’t or won’t meet a child’s needs. Sometimes this is because they don't have the skills or support needed, and sometimes it is due to other problems such as mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems or poverty.

It costs the NSPCC’s helpline £5 to answer a call.

By making a donation the people of Surrey can help the charity answer more calls and shine a light on a child who is being neglected and get them the help they so desperately need.

Adults worried about a child’s welfare can call the NSPCC’s Helpline 24/7 on 0808 800 5000.

Children and young people can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit

Information about neglect can be found on the website

The BAFTA Award-winning CBeebies Children’s TV Show returns to the stage with a new show

The smash-hit In the Night Garden Live begins a first ever tour of UK theatres in 2019 with a brand-new show and will play at G-Live, Guildford on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October 2019. Tickets have just gone on sale and can be booked online at

Take a spectacular journey into the magical world of In the Night Garden and experience the UK’s favourite family show with all the enchanting characters magically brought to life on stage.  

In the Night Garden Live is the perfect musical theatre experience for the entire family. Children’s favourite CBeebies stars - Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends - are all brought beautifully to life in a specially-written new story using full-size costumes and magical puppets with enchanting music and dancing.

This delightful classic, which premiered in 2010 before becoming a summer entertainment fixture, is a firm favourite with young pre-schoolers and their parents.  Seen by over one million people, the critically acclaimed production has established itself as a must-see first theatre experience for young children.

Oliver Seadon, Executive Producer said “When we made In the Night Garden Live we never imagined it would run for 10 years and that over a million visitors would come to see it. It's incredibly exciting now to be making a brand-new show and taking it into theatres all over the country. This will be the first time that audiences get to see In the Night Garden Live in their local theatre.”

In the Night Garden Live is written by Helen Eastman (writer of Bing Live) and based on the Ragdoll television series created by Andrew Davenport.  Directed by acclaimed Royal Ballet choreographer and director Will Tuckett, the show is produced by Minor Entertainment under licence from DHX Media.

Director Will Tuckett said, “Children know these characters so well, much better than we ever might think. They see them as proper friends- when they appear on stage live they are seeing friends liberated from the television or tablet. They are there, waving at THEM.  Taking your child to see them live on stage is an extraordinary experience - it’s a genuinely heartwarming and truly magical thing and makes me love my job as much as I do."

Simply had a wonderful Christmas Lights Time

The mood was right and the spirits were most definitely up at Guildford's annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event in the historic High Street last week. 

The town centre was filled with Christmas entertainment for all the family from the afternoon until late at the event organised by Guildford Borough Council, together with partners Experience Guildford, GEE YOU, Guildford Fringe Theatre Company, Eagle Radio, White Lion Walk and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

An exciting balcony show hosted by Eagle Breakfast DJ Peter Gordon with guests including Mayor of Guildford Cllr Mike Parsons, local sports stars and the cast of the Yvonne Arnaud pantomime including actress and singer Michelle Gayle, preceded the lights switch-on and the fantastic firework finale was kindly provided by Steve Cotney of White Lion Walk. 

Guildford MP Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills also attended the event and describes it as a "wonderful evening". 

Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons says: “This wonderful community event marks the start of the town’s countdown to Christmas. I was delighted to see so many residents and visitors coming together to celebrate the start of the festive season. A huge thank you to all of our partners and visitors that make this occasion so special every year.” 

He explains: “Each year we try to improve on the last and this year we were able to offer even more entertainment than previous years and new dedicated quiet spaces for those who prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the High Street. We worked with Social Change Company GEEYOU to offer this service with grateful thanks to Skipton Building Society and Cosy Club in Tunsgate Quarter." 

Nick White, Director of GEEYOU explains: "Making the Guildford Lights event as accessible as possible was one of our top priorities this year. We ensured we provided a safe and comfortable environment and were able to welcome everyone who made an equiries. The work of our staff and volunteers ensured our Quiet Spaces were a tremendous success." 

A resident whose family used the new quiet spaces said: "It really made my son's night (and his brother's and mine too). We were able to pop in and out over the course of the evening and the staff at Skipton were wonderful. Thanks to your service, our family thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.” 

Another added: "Please thank the Cosy Club staff and volunteers who kept my son entertained and safe. Lovely atmosphere and a great time at an event which we would have usually avoided completely.” 

Amanda Masters, Chief Executive at Experience Guildford says: “As ever, the lights switch-on event is a marvellous way to mark the start of the festive retail calendar and the beginning of our late night shopping. We were proud to introduce new lights at the top of the high street this year to help extend footfall throughout the town. We have also enhanced our retail and leisure mix to draw visitors from further afield and increase dwell time. Our new #ElfieSelfie competition was a big hit with lots of visitors enjoying being snapped with our mischievous elves. We have contacted the winner of the family panto ticket on social media.” 

She added: “Huge thanks go to all the partners involved in this year’s celebrations and here’s to a very prosperous festive season for all.” 

Nick Wyschna from Guildford Fringe Theatre Company, coordinated the extensive entertainment programme, he says: "It’s been amazing seeing the event evolve since I attended as a child with my family to being involved as an organiser for the past four years. Community is at the heart of what we do and as a Guildfordian, born and bred, I love helping the event grow each year as does the rest of the Guildford Fringe Team. This year was a triumph, a truly magical day.”