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Top tips for pregnancy-friendly wedding guest dresses

When choosing a dress for a wedding, it is important to not only consider the colour, but also the overall shape of the dress, particularly if you are expecting. Although there is a vast amount of maternity clothing on the market it can be difficult to find the perfect dress for a formal event. In this article, we are giving you a selection of pregnancy-friendly wedding guest dresses to help you celebrate in style. 

The Simple Navy Dress 

Finding the perfect dress when attending a wedding can take time. However, this can be made much more difficult if you are expecting, as you need to accommodate your growing baby bump. 

If you are finding it difficult to find an elegant dress, the Navy Plunge Maxi Dressis the perfect choice, as the lightweight material stretches to cradle your growing bump. The plunging neckline and frilled hem also helps to create a stunning silhouette, perfect for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. 

To complete the look, pair this dress with nude heels and a small clutch bag, giving you the very best of both formal fashion and comfort.

The Mint Green Dress

If you want a dress that is slightly more unique, then the Mint Green Bird Print Wrap Dress is the perfect choice for you. Not only is this dress flattering on all body types, it also has ¾ length sleeves, an elegant style that is perfect for a formal event. In addition to this, the waist tie can be altered, allowing you extra room should you find yourself feeling uncomfortable throughout the day. 

To style this dress perfectly for the ceremony, pair it with heels, a simple clutch bag and statement earrings. If you are also attending the evening reception, pair this dress with a light jacket for added warmth.

The Formal Floral Maxi Dress 

The Mia Floral Wrap Maxi Beige Dress is the perfect dress if you want a flattering and elegant style. This wrap-around design is perfect for those that are expecting as it will help to hide the bump whilst the lightweight material provides you with the comfort that you need throughout the day.  

To complete the look, pair this with a pair of nude heels and golden hoop earrings to keep attention on the dress. Whether you decide to keep your hair tied back or long and flowing, this dress is perfect.

5 things to ask yourself when choosing a private tutoring course

Since 2016, private tutoring has risen by almost a third – and now more than a quarter of parents across the UK now choose to use private tutoring as a way to boost their children’s education. So, if you’re considering private tutoring for your child, here are a few things to consider.

What do we want to achieve?

Before you embark on a relationship with a tutoring company, be sure you know the answer to this question. Consider the level of help you might need and whether it’s for a specific purpose, such as support to pass the 11+or GCSE revision– or whether it’s more general confidence building. It’s worth having a very clear idea beforehand and making sure you share these with the tutor. 

How does the tutor engage the students?

It's helpful to ask the tutor how the lessons are constructed. At Peepal Tree Learning, we encourage children to revise and prepare for the 11-plusexams based on the curriculum followed by the child’s school. A typical class might include looking at past papers, exploring the techniques required to answer the different question types and helping your child develop effective study skills. We help your child to grow in confidence, encouraging them to think creatively and analytically, rather than ‘spoon feeding’ the contents of the curriculum. This approach is essential to success in 11-plus, as the exams require children to think for themselves as opposed to simply regurgitating information.

How is progress measured? 

Tutors' assessment methods will all vary, as different practices work for different people, so be sure to ask what approach they use. You should expect regular feedback and for the tutor to explain clearly how progress will be measured. In terms of homework, you should expect that your child will be asked to complete some work outside the class schedule, but make sure this works alongside their existing workload and commitments. Be sure they will not become overwhelmed! 

What’s the best setting for us?

For some parents, the idea of 1:1 tuition can be attractive, however this can be very costly and for some children, a little too intense. The benefits of a classroom setting mean that children often ‘bounce’ off one another, enriching the experience. If you are looking for a classroom setting, take a good look at the locationand make sure it’s conducive to learning. Class sizes are also important, so make sure you ask this question. 

Is my child comfortable and happy? 

If you want success, your child must be comfortable. Watch the interaction between your child and the tutor and ask your child for feedback. Results are important, but they will only come if your child feels comfortable in the surroundings and with the teacher themselves. 

Peepal Tree Learning offers 11+ preparationand GSCE revisioncourses in three comfortable and welcoming setting, located in Richmond, Kingston Upon Thames and Sutton. Get in touchto find out about out class schedules, fees and our approach to learning success. 

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What's on in Surrey this bank holiday and half term?

Family Gardening Festival at RHS Wisley

Well, it really has been a very short half term. We hope you're ready for a week of fun and excitement with the children! Here's some ideas to help you plan your week, but please check our what's on calendar for even more ideas and information.

Bank holiday weekend 

Decorate a paper lantern at Watts Gallery on Saturday using collaged tissue paper and sequins and inspiration from the surface of the Moon. This is a drop-in event suitable for all ages and is free with admission. The gallery will also be open until 9pm as part of the Museums at Night festival.

 Enjoy a vineyard chocolate trail at Denbies on Saturday and Sunday. A train will take you around the site with a critter hunt, a chocolate treat and sparkling wine for grown ups.

Try being an archaeologist at Bourne Hall Museum on Saturday. Visitors of all ages can try digging, sieving and helping to process the finds as part of a live dig. Test pits will be dug to discover what history is hidden below the surface of Bourne Hall Park. The day will include activities such as Roman cooking, Roman beauty tips, sand trays for the very young and much more. This event is FREE.

There's a family fun day at the Watercress Line on Sunday and Monday. Your standard ticket will allow you unlimited travel to all the stations and there will be children's activities, guided tours and the miniature railway will be operating.

A big tree climbing event is taking place at Hatchlands Park on Sunday. Under the experienced guidance of qualified instructors, visitors will be able to climb the 50 ft cedar tree. There will be six timeslots running throughout the day. This should be booked in advance and is suitable for children aged six and over.

The bus and coach rally at the Rural Life Centre on Sunday will include vintage vehicles, bus rides and stalls or you can head to open days at the Great Cockrow Railway and Malden Miniature Railway.on Sunday and Monday.

The Surrey County Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday in Guildford's Stoke Park and combines animals, food and drink, top class entertainment, exquisite rural crafts and competition. Highlights include the famous Monster Trucks in the arena, horse showjumping, a BMX show, a fun dog show and much more.

Brook Village Fete takes place on Monday and will include stalls, a dog show, activities for children, fairground rides, a circus show, fancy dress parade and more.

Natural World activities at Weald and DownlandAll week

The Princesses and Pirates are back at Fishers Farm Park and you are all invited to join in. Have you got what it takes to follow the scurvy Pirate Trail finding all of Pirate Pete’s lost items? Follow the X around the Farm and get ye’ very own special booty at the end! Get dressed in your favourite pirate gear or your most beautiful princess dress and sing your hearts out.

Godstone Farm is going on safari and young explorers are needed to join in. Grab your field notebook, binoculars and magnifying glass and join the big bug hunt! Brave the mini beast handling, make your own bird feeders and join in with all the farrm fun.

Let your imagination take you to the Moon and back at Watts Gallery. Make your own lunar landscape in creative workshops and hear stories from many moons ago.

The Family Gardening  Festival at RHS Wisley aims to inspire young people to get outside, get involved and get gardening. Activities will include bookable ‘plot to plate’ cookery, an outdoor music maze, society stands and hands-on growing activities.

Roll up, roll up to take part in a jam-packed schedule of circus-themed activities at Bocketts Farm, including a trail; plate spinning, juggling and diablo workshops, circus shows, birds of prey flying displays, a daily bubble disco, lots of animal encounters and more.

Get hands-on at Ham House this week and find out what it was like for those not so highly born in the 17th Century by learning about the servants and having a go at their jobs.

Hatchlands Park has a pirate themed trail to follow in search of treasure while Claremont Landscape Gardens invites children to be a plant explorer in a trail of plants from around the world. Winkworth Arboretum's trail for this week encourages families to enjoy the fresh air and Box Hill's Terrific Tree Trail allows you to discover fascinating facts about the trees. If you want to know how to survive the wild woods, then Polesden Lacey is the place to visit. Here you can learn how to make charcoal, whittle sticks, toast marshmallows and more. Sessions will run every half hour. Daft Rafts and Bushcrafts is the theme at Dapdune Wharf all week, where visitors can make a mini raft, build a den and learn to light a fire without matches.

The theme at Honeywood Museum for the week is Terrific Transport. Visitors can see railway exhibits, enjoy Brio, transport puzzles and games, add to the Road, Rail, River and Airport collage and follow the Terrific Transport Trail.

It's Love Your Zoo Week. Birdworld is celebrating with a themed trail, enchantment making, animal feeding and arts and crafts. Hobbledown.is marking the event by hosting animal and keeper meet and greets, educational talks and more. 

Head to the Weald and Downland Museum for indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun including rolling a wax candle, paper crafts. shadow drawing and face painting. Half term fun at Brooklands Museum will include car rides, Concorde tours, bus rides and more.

There will be daily art sessions taking place at Surrey Heath Museum, or children can create a tasty vegetable box at the Squire's garden centres between Tuesday and Friday.

Millers Ark will be open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday, when visitors can go in to most of the pens and handle the animals, groom donkeys and ponies, tickle tummies and more.

Punch and Judy at the Surrey County ShowTuesday

For all the Frozen fans out there, there is an Elsa singalong and face painting taking place at Piglets Adventure Farm, when children can join in with some well known tunes, dance and dress up (no advance booking needed) and a Frozen-themed dance workshop at Guildford Spectrum with Synergy Dance (this must be booked in advance). Synergy is also running a circus skills workshop and a Greatest Showman workshop at Ash Manor Sports Centre and a Moana workshop at Guildford Spectrum during the day.

Children aged between six and 10 are invited to learn about kings and queens during a workshop at Honeywood Museum, while five to 12-year-olds can enjoy making beautiful bug houses at Chertsey Museum.

The Wear it Wild workshop at the WWF Living Planet Centre will involve making a habitat headband. Visitors can also try the really wild quiz and other craft activities.

Wednesday

Haslemere Museum will have a special early opening today for families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition, allowing them to enjoy the venue away from the hustle and bustle.

Exciting Explorers at Farnham Museum will take visitors on a trip to some of the undiscovered lands of the world with famous explorers of old! Find out a little bit about them and try out some arts and crafts from the places they discovered.

The Family Fun Day at Guildford Cathedral is a FREE event that will include craft activities, art and an opportunity to explore the cathedral building,

Make a fan fish out of coloured paper in a workshop at The Lightbox or see science in action at Shalford Mill and take part in some practical challenges.

There will be a Fortnite-themed dance workshop taking place at Guildford Spectrum and run by Synergy Dance - this must be booked in advance.

Thursday

Drop in to the centre on Whitley Common to find what's wriggling in the ponds and fluttering on the heath and take part in pond dipping, den building and a bug trail.

It's Activity Thursday at the Rural Life Centre, when visitors can have a go at washing clothes the Victorian way, launch an air-propelled rocket, explore a child-sized dolls' house and more.

Mill Cottage Farm will be at Haslemere Educational Museum - visitors can drop-in to feed, groom and stroke some friendly farm animals and take part in some craft activities.

Circus acrobatics and Greatest Showman workshops will be taking place at Guildford Spectrum (book in advance) and The Lightbox Museum will be teaching young artists how to paint abstract art (book in advance).

Hula Dancing at Bocketts FarmFriday

Children can try some pottery painting at Piglets Adventure Farm or take their favourite cuddly toy along for storytelling and a train ride at Denbies.

If you had your own museum, what would you choose to put on display? Have fun creating your own museum in a shoe box from a variety of craft materials. This is a drop-in event at Dorking Museum for families with children aged six to nine and is free with entry.

Take part in a bottle crabs workshop at The Lightbox - creating your own characters from recycled materials or head to Watts Gallery for a Lunar Landscapes Animation workshop (this should be booked in advance).

Weekend June 1 & 2

There's 15 Minutes of Fun to take part in at Chertsey Museum on Saturday morning or you can head to Watts Gallery for a Lunar Lanterns workshop inspired by the surface of the Moon. Magical interactive Moon storytelling sesions will also be taking place at Watts Gallery throughout the day

Young visitors to Haslemere Educational Museum on Saturday morning can try their hand at some delightful decoupage. This is a museum explorers workshop and should be booked in advance.

The Godalming Town Show and Carnival takes place on Saturday and the theme this year is Beach Party so fingers crossed for nice weather! There will be music from the Beached Boys tribute act and other live music, entertainment from local artists, refreshments, entertainment for the children and a large selection of stalls,

The Make Space is open at Watts Gallery on Sunday, when families can turn up dressed for mess and take part in different craft activities every week.

On Sunday it is open day at Gatton Park, Great Cockrow Railway, Malden Miniature Railway and Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway. Or you can head to Shalford Mill to see some science in action and take part in some practical challenges.

We hope the weather stays kind and you all have a lovely week with lots of fresh air and new memories!

WIN two tickets to In The Night Garden show at New Victoria Theatre in Woking

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

We are giving a lucky reader the chance to WIN two tickets for the Sunday 12th May 10am performance of In The Night Garden at New Victoria Theatre in Woking + 1 goody bag. 

Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are back in their brand new live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day! Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all!

You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. The show lasts just under an hour and it’s a completely new production for the very first In the Night Garden Live UK theatre tour.

Now in its 10th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 12,844 parents' reviews.

There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote,“there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.”

Pip-pip, onk-onk!

To win please answer the following question, filling in the form below:

What is the name of one of the characters from In The Night Garden?

a) Ickypiggle b) Igglepickle or c) Igglepiggle?

T&Cs: 

  • Tickets are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • The competition closes on Monday 6 May at 8pm

What's on for families this Easter in Surrey

The Giant Easter Duck Trail at WWT London Wetland Centre

The farms are buzzing with egg-citement, the giant bunny is cleaning his whiskers, the chocolate is being piled up ready to be hidden - yes, you've guessed it - Easter is upon us.

It may feel like you have just recovered from Christmas, but clear the decks because the Easter eggs are about to arrive, along with lots of Easter themed crafts and perhaps the odd bonnet or two.

There are events and activities galore for families in Surrey over the Easter holidays - from the usual round-up of Easter trails to history workshops, arts and crafts, lots of opportunities to meet cute baby animals and more. We've put together a round-up of some of the main events here but please remember to check our what's on calendar for even more... 

Throughout the holidays

Easter holiday family fun at RHS Wisley will include hopping through the Garden with Rhyming Rabbit, acting out animal movements, story-telling, rhyming games, sow and grow and a poetry wall. These will be included in normal Garden admission. There are some bookable events for older children from £4 with all details on the website.

The Easter Eggstravaganza at Bocketts Farm will include new born lambs, meet the shepherd sessions, an Easter trail, live shows, crafts, a daily disco, animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides, pig racing and more! Sounds like a full day out.

Egg-perience a Hopping Easter Adventure at Fishers Farm. Meet the Easter bunny, take part in an Easter Egg hunt, see newborn lambs, watch a magic show, take a tractor ride, bump around the Barrel Bug Safari and become a dare devil on our thrilling Sky Fall and more. The children will definitely sleep well that night!

Wiglets Easter Eggtravaganza at Godstone Farm promises cuteness overload, with new born lambs and chicks aplenty. You can also race a rubber duck, help braid a miniature Shetland pony and meet the farm mascots Bubbles the bunny and Shelly the sheep.

Go quackers and challenge your family look for giant yellow ducks hiding amongst reeds, trees and their real-life cousins.in The Giant Easter Duck Trail at the WWT London Wetland Centre. There will also be different daily activities for families to take part in.

The Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt returns to Hampton Court Palace for 2019, with the famous Lindt Gold Bunny hiding throughout the palace and gardens. Every bunny found reveals a new story from Hampton Court’s history, with successful hunters offered the chance to claim a delicious chocolatey prize!

Family fun at Brooklands Museum during the holidays will include an Easter trail, kids’ tours on Concorde, car rides and workshops, as well as the usual exhibits.

Children can plant and decorate an Easter container of succulent plants and take part in a hunt for clues to win a chocolate prize at Squire’s Garden Centres. There’s no need to book for either activity, simply turn up on the day. Available at all Squire’s Garden Centres excluding Chertsey.

Easter at the Weald & Downland Museum will include craft activities, games, animals and more. Check the website for extra activities during the Easter weekend.

From celestial tealight holders to metallic moon prints, follow in the footsteps of the Moonscapes artists and make it your mission to capture the magic of the Moon this Easter with a selection of activities at Watts Gallery.

Enjoy a Day out with Thomas on The Watercress Line between April 13 and 22. Little Thomas the Tank Engine fans can meet their favourite character and his friends, experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and much more.

We have some fantastic National Trust properties in and around Surrey and most of them are running some great Easter Egg hunts and trails:

Box Hill Easter is a very special time at Box Hill, with nature waking up everywhere you look. Grab your coat and wellies and explore the top of this iconic hill on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

Hatchlands Park Enjoy a nature themed trail through the parkland, solve the clues and claim your chocolate prize.

Ham House 10 different bird feathers have dropped in Ham House and garden, can you work out who they came from and claim your egg reward? What other feathers can you find at Ham House? Have an egg and spoon race with the family and enjoy children's crafts in the basement.

Polesden Lacey Which animal has been using buttercups to get ready for a tea party? Which animal has been creating a dung nursery? Who has created a rather unusual hat stand? And what can't be recycled? Solve the clues to win a chocolate prize.

Claremont Landscape Gardens What's Claremont hiding? Take the Spring I-spy trail and follow nature's clues for the first signs of spring. Claremont is at its loveliest on this children's I-spy trail.

Claremont Landscape Gardens Get ready for an Easter full of discovery and delight as you search for clues around the garden on the egg-shaped boards. Follow the trail for outdoor adventure amongst nature's gifts and finish your hunt for treasure with a delicious Cadbury Easter treat.

Winkworth Arboretum A dragon's nest is hiding among the trees at Winkworth - are you brave enough to join the quest? Embark on a daring adventure and follow the clues on a very different kind of egg hunt this Easter.

Dapdune Wharf Explore the Wharf on a free trail with Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger.

Weekend April 6 & 7

Take part in some Roman activities on Saturday morning, including the opportunity to make a mosaic, a Roman armband or a Roman coin rubbing in a session at Haslemere Museum entitled: What did the Romans do for us?

Design your own beautiful Easter bonnet - sure to put a spring in your step – during a workshop at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Saturday. This is suitable for children aged five and over.

It’s the annual London Bus Museum Spring Gathering at Brooklands Museum on Sunday. There will be heritage bus trips, a huge selection of stalls and collectors market and horse bus rides (weather permitting).

Gatton Park will be open on Sunday and Monday, when visitors can find out about The Lost Words, a book celebrating 20 missing words using spells and illustrations. Follow a nature trail around the park to hear the book brought to life by the Gatton Community Theatre.

Monday, April 8

Treat your favourite teddy to a vineyard train ride and storytelling at Denbies – this is outside so wrap up warm.

Early Birds at Haslemere Museum is a special early opening for families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition to enjoy the Museum, free from the hustle and bustle of the public.

Gatton Park will be open today, when visitors can find out about The Lost Words, a book celebrating 20 missing words using spells and illustrations. Follow a nature trail around the park to hear the book brought to life by the Gatton Community Theatre.

Tuesday, April 9

If you are all feeling creative, there are a few activities to choose from today. You can enjoy some Easter crafts at Denbies (sessions take place in the morning and afternoon) or join in with a photomontage workshop at The Lightbox Museum in Woking, inspired by its Women in Photography exhibition.

Wednesday, April 10

Sayers Croft is running a pond dipping session for little ones today. This is a free club for 0-6 yr olds who love to get outside and explore. Children do need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian but booking ahead is required. For older children, it is Wild Wednesday at Sayers Croft, when children aged six to 10 can learn how to use a compass and follow the woodland compass trail, then explore the caving system.

Meet the Millers at Shalford Mill today. Learn to bake Easter corn muffins and mill your own muffin mix to take and bake at home. Tour the mill with our guides and discover the secrets of milling (suitable for ages 7+).

The Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow is at Denbies today, when children can meet snakes, lizards, mini-beasts and frogs in an inspiring Animal Encounter.

The Handy Flowers workshop at The Lightbox Museum is a family friendly drop-in event suitable for all ages. Go along to create some beautiful hand-shaped blooms from paper, card and recycled materials.

Thursday, April 11

An Easter Egg Hunt is taking place at Squire’s in Milford today. Children can hunt for eggs, meet the Easter bunny and see a magic show.

Ancient Egyptians at Haslemere Museum is a family drop-in event. Go along to enjoy a fun-filled morning of hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian art.

It’s Activity Thursday at the Rural Life Centre. Spend a day learning about the Home Guard, have a go at washing clothes the Victorian way or launch an air propelled rocket from the Village Green. Explore the child sized doll’s house, ‘milk the cow’ or have a go on the pole lathe.

Easter Family Fun Day at The Living Planet Centre will include an Easter trail, craft and an afternoon of discovery with an RHS Wisley gardening expert. Children will be able to learn about the flowers and herbs in the Apothecary Garden and how to grow them at home.

Be inspired to create your own theatrical tunnel book by creating images which work together to form a three-dimensional scene that helps to tell the story you want to tell. This workshop takes place at The Lightbox Museum and is suitable for eight to 12-year-olds).

Friday, April 12

An Easter Egg Hunt is taking place at Squire’s in Milford today. Children can hunt for eggs, meet the Easter bunny and see a magic show.

A Pony and Puppy Fun Day at Westcroft Park Polo Club will include Easter arts and crafts, pony rides, polo, face painting, hay bale climb, dog agility demonstration and West'crufts' charity dog show in aid of Greys for Greys.

The Easter Peg Animals workshop at The Lightbox Museum is a drop-in family event suitable for children aged four and over. Make some Easter surprises using clothes pegs and card.

Weekend, April 13 & 14

It’s Working With Wood weekend at The Rural Life Centre, when the museum will be taken over by The Rustics, who will show off their timber handling skills, running the stationary engines and demonstrating how to make useable timber from newly felled trees using the Lucas Mill.

If you had a time machine who would you like to go back and meet? Bourne Hall Museum is taking children back in time to meet Henry VIII on Saturday. Enjoy an audience with the king and listen to his tales of court, politics, and his likes and loves. Discover the truth behind his six marriages and just how many people were executed in his reign. Learn about daily life in Tudor times.

The RSPCA South Godstone Easter Fair takes place on Saturday and will include games and competitions, an Easter Egg Hunt, BBQ and homemade cakes.

The Community Drum Circle at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Saturday sounds fun. This fun, noisy, family friendly event is open to everyone and anyone. No musical experience is necessary, and all drums and percussion are provided.

It’s the Brooklands MG ERA on Sunday, when there will be MGs of all ages to see, action on Test Hill, a Concours d’Elegance and a cavalcade on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit.

Monday, April 15

Treat your favourite teddy to a vineyard train ride and storytelling at Denbies – this is outside so wrap up warm.

Tuesday, April 16

There’s some Easter Egg-citement at Haslemere Museum today with a drop-in family arts and crafts event. Get creative with lots of activities and take part in a garden trail to win a chocolate treat.

For something a bit different, why not try some flint knapping with Bourne Hall Museum. Learn to shape flints like the ancient Stone Age craftsmen and discover the lost art of making stone tools. Before making your own authentic Stone Age tool to take home.

Wednesday, April 17

Sayers Croft is offering a pond dipping session for little ones. This is a free club for 0-6 yr olds who love to get outside and explore. Children do need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian but booking ahead is required. For older children, it is Wild Wednesday at Sayers Croft, when children aged six to 10 can learn how to read a map and explore Sayers Croft, then scramble and climb on the bouldering complex.

It’s the Busylizzy Guildford toddler Easter party in the morning and baby Easter party in the afternoon. There will be Easter themed fun and dancing and treats to take home. There will be bunny ears and other Easter props for everyone so great photo opportunities for you. Book in advance.

Join in with an Easter Bunny Cups workshop at The Lightbox Museum to make a creative holder for all those eggs. This is a drop in event suitable for children aged four and over.

Thursday, April 18

Desert Island Discs & More is a workshop taking place at Haslemere Museum today, where children can look at how they would survive, if they were stranded on a desert island, and what they would need to do.

It’s Activity Thursday at the Rural Life Centre. Spend a day learning about the Home Guard, have a go at washing clothes the Victorian way or launch an air propelled rocket from the Village Green. Explore the child sized doll’s house, ‘milk the cow’ or have a go on the pole lathe.

Enjoy the moving story of exploration and belonging - The Bear and The Piano - complete with real piano sounds played by the bear! This event takes place at The Lightbox Museum and is part of the Woking Literary Festival.

Discover how and why cave paintings were created and then try to create your own cave painting at The Bourne Hall Museum. 

Easter weekend, April 19-22

Easter is a very special time at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, with nature waking up everywhere you look. Grab your coat and wellies this weekend and explore the bowl on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to win a delicious chocolate treat.

It’s Easter Family Fun Day at Dapdune Wharf on Good Friday. There will be Easter themed races for children, mums and dads, craft activities and the Cadbury Easter egg hunt.

Super Saturday at The Rural Life Centre will include mini talks and tours to learn more about the museum and the stories it tells, demonstrations and have a go activities. On Easter Sunday and Monday, join the search for chicks around the museum with the annual Easter Chick Hunt. Find a chick in the museum’s displays and win a prize.

Easter trails will take place at Shalford Mill on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Follow a Wonderland themed trail, look for the white rabbit and find clues from Alice in Wonderland to win a Cadbury Easter egg.

It’s not Easter without a bonnet! Get creative and make an Easter Bunny hat at Painshill Park on Saturday using a mixture of craft materials and natural objects from the landscape.

The Wintershall Players will present The Passion of Jesus in Guildford town centre on Saturday. This is an authentic retelling of the story of Easter and each performance is free, lasts for 90 minutes.

There will be an Easter Bunny Hunt at Hollycombe Steam Museum on Easter Sunday and Monday, when children (and adults!) can hunt for clues around the site.

Mizens Railway will be open to visitors on Easter Sunday and Malden Miniature Railway will be open on Sunday and Monday.

The Guildford Lions Club Easter Fayre takes place on Easter Monday. This family fun day will include a car boot sale, a stunt motor and quad bike rider show, a dog show featuring TV vet Jamie Crittall, a petting zoo, a classic car show plus a food and craft market.

Please remember to check ahead with the venue before setting off to avoid any disappointment. We hope you have a lovely week.

How to cope with the clocks going forward when you have a baby

Just when you thought you had mastered the art of the baby sleeping pattern, British Summer Time has once again crept up on us, and the clocks will be springing forward on Sunday 31stMarch. Originating way back in 1916, the switch from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to British Summer Time (BST) has long been in effect, yet many people are still caught out by the change.

To some, a simple switch of the alarm clock, and a ‘loss’ of an hour’s sleep may not seem too much of a big deal, but to those of us with babies and young children, the change in hours can have huge, and often difficult to navigate effects on our routine, with mood and body clock both affected. 

When the clocks move forwards, there is a switch in daylight timings, meaning the evenings will be lighter than usual. To adults, this creates an opportunity to get out and about and enjoy a longer day, yet for those of us with toddlers and babies, the lighter evenings can play havoc with bedtime routines. Lighter evenings can signify to a child that it’s still daytime, at which point it’s normal to expect some protesting when bedtime comes around. Sticking to a routine where possible and preparing your child for the switch in slow increments, can reduce the negative effects of this all-important clock change on your little one. 

Baby and Nursery retailer, Kiddies Kingdom, outline their top tips for helping your child adjust their bedtime. 

1. Make the change gradual 

Rather than expecting your child to stay up a whole hour later on Saturday, in the hope that their routine will simply switch back an hour, start the process around 4-6 days before. By putting your baby to bed 10-15 minutes earlier than their usual bedtime, and increasing by an extra 10 minutes each day, eventually your little one will be hitting their slumber an hour earlier than usual. This means that come Sunday, there shouldn’t be too many issues.  

2. Keep the light out 

It goes without saying but darkness and sleep go hand in hand. Sunlight is a natural sleep-stirrer, and with the clock change comes an earlier sunrise. By ensuring that your little one’s room is appropriately blacked out, they’re more likely to wake up at a suitable hour. 

3. Stick to normal daily routine 

All children are fans of routine, as routine supports a sense of security. By sticking to your child’s everyday routine, they are more likely to feel like little has changed. It’s important to schedule in time to wind down throughout the week leading up to the clock change, and baths and stories can be utilised to signal bedtime is on the horizon, even if this is a little earlier than usual. 

4. Schedule nap times 

It’s well known that overtired babies actually find it more difficult to get to sleep, due to the urgency in which sleep quickly becomes required. By planning appropriate nap times in the lead up to the clock change, you can ensure that your little one isn’t too tired, and fussiness should be at a minimum. 

5. Don’t worry!

Understanding and expecting your child’s routine and sleeping pattern to be affected throughout this period is important, but it’s nothing that a few days won’t settle. Don’t get too caught up in worrying about how the change in timings will affect your baby, as little ones are well known for being able to sense when you are tense or concerned.  

By implementing these preventative measures in the lead up to Sunday 31stMarch, you should be able to minimise the effects of the clocks going forward, and look forward to enjoying both the extra hour in bed, and the extra daylight hours that come with British Summer Time. 

What's on for Mother's Day in Surrey?

Mother's Day at The National Trust

Mother's Day deserves a special mention here at Surrey Mummy. We want to make sure you all have a lovely day with your little ones - and a day that doesn't involve any housework! That's why we've picked out some ideas for places to go and things to do on this important day. Please remember to check with the venue before setting off and have a look at our what's on calendar for even more ideas and information.

Enjoy a Mother's Day brunch and outdoor vineyard tour at Denbies. Visitors on the tour will have a glass of Denbies finest sparkling wine and reach the highest point of the vineyard for breath-taking views across the estate.

Mums get in free at some of the National Trust properties today, when accompanied by their children:

Learn all about tea and tea drinking in the 17th century with an action packed day at Ham House and garden. Cheer on mum (and the rest of the family) and take part in a tea cup race in the Outer Courtyard. There will also be tea related craft activities for children and grown ups.

Mums can get in to Fishers Farm Park for just £5. Start your day with a relaxing hot chocolate and a slice of homemade carrot cake, experience the thrilling ‘Sky Fall’, jump off a platform onto a GIANT stunt pillow, meet lots of animals and more. Finally, you can sit back and relax in the Saddle Rooms Restaurant for a home cooked sit down meal.

Mother's Day Planter at Squire's Garden CentresMother's Day planting is taking place at Squire's garden centres. Children can plant a beautiful gift for their mum and enjoy a flower maze activity sheet. Money raised from the plants will go to a children's hospice charity.

Why not celebrate Mother's Day with a boat trip on the Basingstoke Canal? Trips take place at three time slots during the day and should be booked in advance. There will be a posy of spring flowers for every mum on board. Or, treat the one you love to a morning Coffee and Danish Pastry Cruise on the beautiful Wey and Arun Canal or perhaps a Cream Tea Cruise on one of the afternoon trips.

There is FREE entry for mums at Ramster Garden, where you can all enjoy a a beautiful walk to see spring flowers, natural carvings, beautiful sculptures and other hidden surprises.

Mums go free at Priory Farm, where children can pick a bunch of daffodils as a special Mother's Day present. Take a tractor ride to the stunning daffodil fields before choosing your flowers.

Little ones can paint a pot for their chosen plant at Chessington Garden Centre - another great idea for a lovely personalised Mother's Day present. Booking is recommended for this activity.

Our places to go and days out sections are also very useful if you are looking for some inspiration. Whatever you do, we hope you have a fantastic and relaxing day. 

Top bargains and discounts in Surrey for March 2019

With winter almost out of the way and spring just round the corner, the folks at CashLady have been busy picking out the top bargains and discounts in Surrey for this March. From relaxing spa getaways to amazing retail bargains and treats for kids, read on to find out what amazing deals you can get his month.

Mother’s Day Treats

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start dropping those hints about the presents or treats you’d like to receive. The perfect gift would to be pampered with a 45-Minute Deep Tissue Massage at Back to Health Wellness in Guildford. You can remove all those aches and pains, while also improving blood circulation to feel right-as-rain once again.

Village Hotels in Farnborough are also offering a 50 minute spa treatment for as little as £39 per head. You get a Love ESPA Facial, along with any of the following: File & Polish for fingers or toes; Muscle Melt Back Massage; Scalp Hero Massage; Lighter Legs Treatment – along with a robe and towel hire included.

Retail Discounts 

For anyone living in Guildford there is a fantastic discount offer available with the free Privilege Card. You get instant access to an amazing array of offers, and you can even use their app instead. You get large discounts off a huge range of retail shops around the town centre, along with bargains related to leisure and lifestyle, as well as stacks of eating and drinking locations. 

Retail stores in Surrey Quays are always offering fantastic deals for eagle-eyed shoppers and March is no different. Mid-season sales are in full effect, which means there are some great bargains to be had. 

In March you’ll find big name brands like River Island, New Look and Boots offering special deals. You can even pop down to Card Factory whose prices are starting from as little as 29p – saving you money on Mother’s Day cards so you can spend more on presents!

You’ll also find a ton of deals to enjoy at Woking Shopping this March. There’s clearance sales, free parking offers, beauty treatments and much more available, so be sure not to miss out. 

Kid’s deals 

There’s also plenty of amazing deals available on a range of kid’s toys. Toy Barnhaus have a string of retail stores across Surrey and Sussex, and there are always some great savings to be made, especially this March. 

The Netherlands National Circus is coming to Esher at the start of April, and tickets need to be booked in March to avoid disappointment. An £8 front row ticket will allow kids to enjoy clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats and much more, in fun family night out everyone can enjoy.

LEGOLAND Windsor always makes for a great day out and there is great offer currently available for families in March. Buy and admission ticket and you’ll also get a Burger Kitchen Meal Deal, which means not only do you keep the little ones happy with an extra treat, but you save money at the same time!

What's on for families in Surrey during Feb half term

It's half term! If you are hoping to tire the children out this week, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of activities for families on offer at all of Surrey’s attractions. And don’t worry if the weather is bad, there are lots of indoor events available as well.

We’ve picked out some of the main activities in our half term what’s on feature here, but please remember to check our what's on calendar for more information and ideas. And don’t forget to check with the venue before you set off in case you need to book ahead or the event is cancelled.

Our places to go section is also very useful during the school holidays – reminding you of all the places you can visit with children throughout Surrey.

All week

Enjoy a Winter Walk at RHS Wisley. Explore this seasonal walk full of winter scents, colours and textures. With architectural outlines softened by modern mass plantings, there are many views to enjoy. Free with normal Garden entry, and if you book in advance there is a 10% discount.

The Great Brick Safari is at RHS Wisley and runs until March 3. Embark on a journey inside the Glasshouse to search for more than 40 LEGO® brick sculptures. See if you can spot an elephant, lions, meerkats, turtles and a gorilla and learn more about the animal and plants. You can also join a bricks making workshop and have your photo taken in the bricks jeep.

Squire’s garden centres are offering their popular Create and Grow workshops all week. Children can paint a woodland creatures money box and take part in a colour by numbers competition and a butterfly trail around the venue.

Half term at Brooklands Museum includes popular car rides up Test Hill or along the Members’ Banking of the old Race Track, bus rides, a children’s trail and family workshops. Activities are worth booking before your visit to avoid disappointment.

Once Upon a Fairytale at Fishers Farm Park includes the chance to meet a unicorn, go on an adventure on the fairytale trail, enjoy enchanting storytelling and witness some real magic. It all sounds charming.

Penguin Activity Week at Birdworld will include a themed trail, arts and crafts, penguin feeding and a chance to win some prizes – as well as all the usual things to see and do at this popular attraction.

Over 70 gorgeous new born lambs are due in the Big Animal Barn during half term week at Bocketts Farm. Head along this week and you may get the chance to watch one being born! There will also be 'Meet the Shepherd' sessions, birds of prey flying demonstrations, dancing, games, bubbles, crafts, animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides and pig races.

Step back in time and learn some ancient skills at Butser Farm. Different skills will be on offer each day but include chalk carving, wool spinning and corn threshing. Visitors can also take part in a themed trail and warm up with a hot chocolate around a roaring fire.

It’s Mini Farmer Week at Godstone Farm, when children can take part in feeding, grooming, and milking, see lambs in the cosy animal barn and hold some small animals. It all sounds very cute.

Half term at Hobbledown includes a chance to brave the daring High Ropes Course, bounce on the jumping pillows, learn something new at the animal educational talks, meet zoo and farm animals and much more.

Weald & Downland Museum is running five days of family activities including make and take activities and creative crafts. Most of these are undercover in case of bad weather.

It’s Snowdrop Week at Gatton Park. The park and gardens will be open to the public all week to see the spring flowers appearing.

Puppets, Poetry and Projections at Watts Gallery is a drop-in workshop where you can make shadow puppet characters to create scenes alongside poems with an overhead projector. This runs from Tuesday through to Sunday.

Head to the Surrey History Centre and explore the castles and palaces of Surrey. Have fun building your own palace and castle, make a crown, colour in and much more! This runs from Tuesday to Saturday.

There are children’s trails at many of the National Trust properties this week:

Ham House – Shaping Nature trail. An exciting new project re-imagining the formal gardens is bringing shapes, colours and symmetry to life in the plats and you can be a part!

Hatchlands Park – Nautical Knot trail. Have a go at tying boating knots on a fun sea-themed trail through the parkland.

Morden Hall Park – Hungry Bird trail. Grab your wellies and set off on a fun wildlife themed trail for all the family.

Winkworth Arboretum – Shapes and Sizes trail. Get some fresh air and discover all things great and small.

Claremont Landscape Gardens – Shapes and Sizes trail. Get some fresh air and discover all things great and small.

Polesden Lacey – Polesden Pairs trail. Help find the missing objects hidden around the gardens, pairing them up with the pictures on your trail sheet.

Monday

Treat your favourite teddy bear to a train ride and storytelling at Denbies - children are invited as well! Rides take place at various time slots throughout the morning and include a chocolate treat for children and a hot drink for the adult.

Forest Fun at Gatton Park encourages families to explore the woodlands through organised play including mud, fire, dens, woodland crafts and lots of fun! Sessions take place throughout the day.

Spend a morning learning about the art of ancient Egypt and have fun wrapping mummies and carving hieroglyphics at Bourne Hall Museum or join in with a Disney Singalong at the Piglets play centre.

Tuesday

It’s lambing open day at Miller’s Ark Farm. Visitors can go in to every pen and handle all the animals in a unique and special way - including the new borns!

The Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow will be at Denbies in the morning, when children who are brave enough can meet snakes, lizards, mini beasts and frogs for an inspiring animal encounter.

Wednesday

A drop-in workshop at The Lightbox Museum invites children to create a colour spinner; make colours collide to see what patterns the spinner will make. This is suitable for children aged four and over.

Thursday

About Faces will be visiting Piglets play centre to paint faces and collect donations for charity. There is no need to book for this activity.

Hear stories inspired by Christina Rossetti's 'Sing Song' poems for children during a family session at Watts Gallery. Join in with songs and rhymes featuring fun characters like the pig in the wig! Recommended for under-fives.

Friday

Treat your favourite teddy bear to a train ride and storytelling at Denbies - children are invited as well! Rides take place at various time slots throughout the morning and include a chocolate treat for children and a hot drink for the adult.

There’s another chance to cuddle and play with some cute animals with a lambing open day at Miller’s Ark Farm. Visitors can go in to every pen and handle all the animals in a unique and special way - including the new-borns!

Lollipop Frames is a drop-in workshop at The Lightbox Museum. Add colour, lines and patterns to lolly sticks to create simple picture frames for your own favourite photographs. This is suitable for children aged four and over.

Weekend – Feb 23 & 24

Miller’s Ark Farm is open all weekend, when visitors can cuddle and play with some cute animals - including the new-borns!

Watt’s Gallery is offering a poetry takeway for the weekend. Grab a bite of poetry from the van, which will be serving up fresh words to order! Sounds very intriguing…

Fingers crossed for some good weather – or at least some dry weather – for the week. We hope you all have a lovey time! 

WIN a family ticket to see Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat in Guildford

ONE for the whole family to enjoy, a brand new production of Dr Seuss’ classic story of mischief and chaos, The Cat in the Hat comes to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, March 7 to 9.

We are giving away a fantastic prize, a family ticket (4 seats) to the performance on Thursday March 7 at 6.40pm. To win this fabulous prize you just need to answer this question. Entry form at the bottom of this page and please remember to include your details so we can contact you if you win.

Who wrote the Cat in the Hat?

a) Dr Puce b) Dr Noose or c) Dr Seuss

When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?

Based on the much-loved book by Dr Seuss that has captivated generations of readers, The Cat in the Hat is packed with feline frivolity aplenty, with his acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2. 

The show features original music and riotous rhymes that have delighted children for over fifty years. With infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups, the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat comes to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Nana Amoo-Gottfried plays the show’s chaotic Cat, while actor and opera singer Charley Magalit plays the role of the fearful Fish.

Joining the cast as the children whose house the Cat visits are Sam Angell as the Boy and Melissa Lowe as Sally. Completing the company as the Cat’s energetic companions Thing 1 & Thing 2 are acrobats Celia Francis and Robert Penny.

This is sure to be a purrfect treat for all the family. Most suitable for ages 4+.

Tickets for The Cat in the Hat are on sale now!  You can book yours by calling the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Box Office on (01483) 44 00 00 or by visiting the website atwww.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk