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What's on over Christmas and New Year 2019

The Christmas holidays are of course a very magical and special time for families. You’ll probably feel the need to get out of the house at some point so here’s lots of ideas to choose from. You can also head to our what’s on calendar for more inspiration and information. 

One off events:

The annual Santa's Saturday Raceday takes place at Lingfield Park on Saturday, December 21. Father Christmas returns to the track on horseback to hand out FREE gifts to the children. Under 18s go FREE and there will be lots of other festive entertainment on offer.

Enjoy a fun filled morning making a variety of creative Christmas crafts to take home with you at Haslemere Museum on Saturday, December 21. This is a museum explorers event for five to 11-year-olds and should be booked in advance.

Take part in some festive family crafts at Hatchlands Park on December 21, 22 and 23. Get creative and make some decorations to take home and hang on your own Christmas tree.

Blow away the cobwebs in a Boxing Day walk at Bookham Commons Join ranger, Ian on this fascinating guided walk around the site.

Use recycled Christmas cards and other materials to make New Year’s Eve party countdown clocks in a workshop at The Lightbox on December 27. Drop in anytime from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Head to Brooklands Museum on January 1 for the annual New Year’s Day Classic Gathering. With over 1,000 vehicles expected, live music and a winter barbeque and other additional food outlets, there will be something for everybody to kick start 2020 in style.

If you need to walk off some of the Christmas and New Year excesses, why not try a New Year's Day ramble with Ranger Al at Hindhead Commons & the Devil's Punch Bowl. This is a great way to stretch the legs and learn something fascinating about the Devil's Punch Bowl.

Make some adorable baby snowy owls at The Lightbox on January 3 during a free, drop-in workshop. Or, head to the museum on January 5 for Studio Sunday, where there will be hands-on activities for all the family using different materials and techniques.

Throughout the holidays:

The outdoor ice skating rink is open at Hampton Court. Glide (or stumble) across the ice with the historic Tudor palace in the background - sounds magical.

Free from gizmos and gadgets this Christmas, the festive trail at Priory Farm in Redhill offers fun in the fresh air. Complete the light-hearted seasonal quiz as you explore the nature trail and collect your prize at the end.

Enjoy an Enchanted Botanical Christmas at RHS Wisley. Enter the Glasshouse to view a display of festive plants and magical animals with a hint of steam punk. Watch the enchanted poinsettia production line grow these colourful Christmas presents. Also at RHS Wisley, you can be dazzled by giant botanical-inspired light installations and see trees and features all lit up in Glow 2019.

The lovely National Trust properties in Surrey have a variety of festive and winter-themed trails:

Take part in a Christmas trail at Hatchlands Park - pick up a trail sheet from reception and follow a musical Christmas story through the parkland and woodland.

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.

Explore the wintry woodland of Winkworth Arboretum,on the Shivering Snowman trail.

Children can go on a magical journey to help Ruby the Robin find her friends around the garden at Claremont Landscape Gardens on a heartwarming trail.

After Christmas:

Splish, splash, splosh! Wellies at the ready! Take part in the Welly Wanderers trail at Winkworth Arboretum. This starts on Boxing Day and runs until January 5. See what you can discover at Winkworth as the seasons change.

The Winter Trail at Ham House starts on Boxing Day and runs until the end of January. Follow Ham’s own four-legged friend to spot everything Charlie the dog has found in this winter children’s trail.

Get rich quick in a life-sized version of the classic Christmas board game monopoly at Polesden Lacey. Polesdenopoly is a fun, outdoor family version of the game throughout the gardens and grounds during the Christmas holidays.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you all busy. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year. 

Clothing trends to follow this Christmas

Whether you are a fan of all things Christmas or you are looking to impress the bosses by perfectly nailing the colour theme, there are a number of clothing trends for you to follow this festive season that is sure to make an impact at the works Christmas party, but which will you follow? In this article, we will be giving you insight into some of the clothing trends you should be following this holiday season. 

The Return Of The Maxi Dress 

Whether you are a fan of floor-length gowns or mini dresses, you can do no better than the maxi dress. In a number of different cuts and colours, you can really get into the festive spirit in this style of dress. Whether you decide to shop designer brands, or you opt for smaller brands such as Rixo clothing or Primark, you can have some of the best dresses around at a price point that works for you. 

Sequins Are Your New Best Friend 

Nothing says festive sprite quite like plenty of sequins. Whether this is a sequin top, coat or even dress, there are a number of options on the market to provide you with a bit of razzle-dazzle this year. This versatile design can be pair with either heels or pumps for the perfect festive look regardless of where your Christmas party is being held. Whether you are a fan of the floor-length sequin gown or you decide to opt for the perfect sequin pantsuit, this is the perfect choice for you. 

An Elegant Velvet Dress 

Velvet is yet another material that is great for you as this can be cut into a number of different designs. In addition to the perfect velvet dress, there are also other options such as a velvet pantsuit and even a velvet coat to give you the best possible look throughout the day. Whether you are a fan of velvet or not, there is no denying that this is the perfect way to look great and feel comfortable when spending time out with work colleagues for the perfect Christmas party to end the year the right way.

Try A White Dress With A Bit Of Added 

If you are looking for something elegant that is the perfect amount of holiday glam then a white dress with a bit of added bling will look great. Whether you decide a white dress and glamourous earrings, or you opt for a dress that is packed full of sparkles, this is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd whilst looking as elegant as possible. Though it may take you time to find the perfect dress, this is something that will benefit you as you can then wear it again and again with amazing results making this the perfect option for you. 

Whether you are a fan of Christmas and are looking to go all out, or you are just looking to dress to impress at the Christmas party, there are a number of amazing options for you regardless of whether you are looking to turn heads or just feel comfortable all night long. 

The top 12 toys for Christmas 2019

Just in case their Santa wish list isn’t long enough, here’s this year’s must have toy top 12 to add to your Christmas shopping!

Silver screen royalty is driving the list this year – with Disney’s Frozen and Toy Story making the Top 12, alongside favourites like Barbie, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol

The Top 12 Toys list, issued by the Toy Retailers Association, is the most authoritative predictive list of what will be hot this Christmas. The list is selected by a panel of retailers and industry experts and is fiercely independent of toy manufacturers and makers. Prices are rrp.

Barbie Dreamplane Playset by Mattel - £79.99

An aeroplane that opens out to let young explorers play out the journey. The set includes 15 pieces to help with imaginative play such as a suitcase, snack cart, magazine and headphones.

Blume Dolls by Skyrocket - £9.99

A cute flowerpot that when watered, pops out a collectable character. The pot then opens out to become a playset for the doll that aims to feed the imagination.

Frozen 2 ‘Into the Unknown’ Elsa Doll by Jakks Pacific - £39.99

Children can act out scenes from their favourite film with this Elsa doll – she sings and says 14 film-inspired phrases and her dress lights up.

Harry Potter Knight Bus by LEGO - £34.99

A magical toy bus playset but a hinged side panel for easy access to the interior, and a removable roof to reveal the upper deck. The bed slides back and forth and the chandelier swings from the ceiling.

L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper by MGA Entertainment - £99.99

A Glamper bus containing 55 surprises, hang out areas, bunk beds, light up pool and slide and more. Designed to encourage imaginative play.

Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L by Hasbro - £19.99

The Nerf Fortnite SP-L blaster is inspired by the blaster used in Fortnite. Attach the barrel for distance targeting; remove the barrel when you need a more compact look for smaller play areas or when you need to move fast and stay mobile.

Owleez by Spin Master Toys - £49.99

An interactive toy pet that you can teach to fly. This adorable baby owl can’t learn to fly indoors without your help and the more you practice, the more comfortable she’ll get.

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Super PAWs Mighty Jet Command Centre by Spin Master Toys - £59.99

A toy jet that opens up to become a command centre complete with disc launcher and real lights and sounds, mini jet and Mighty Ryder figure.

Peppa Pig Peppa’s Stage Playset by Character Options - £39.99

Designed to encourage children to create their own Peppa Pig productions, this set includes props, accessories, two figures, theatre seating, and removable sound box.

Rizmo by Tomy - £59.99

Interactive toy that needs love, play and lots of singing to evolve. Rizmo sings back to you, dances, and has a lot more surprises to share!

Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe by Flair Leisure Products/Just Play - £44.99

A large surprise-filled safe. Push and reveal, smash and surprise and decode to discover surprises inside, such as figures, treasure, and more!

Toy Story 4 True Talkers by Mattel - £17.99

Talking character figures from the movie. Each figure comes has a distinct talking facial expression and is highly posable for exciting action play.

Turning the (yule)tide on dog training

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for many, but the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas can be a sensory overload for your dog. From unexpected visitors to over-zealous family members, and endless food temptations – there is a lot for your dog (and you!) to cope with. 

Make your Boxing Day walk a success by teaching your dog to come back to you when called. The trick is to be consistent – the more your dog learns that they get lots of praise and a great reward whenever they come back, the more they will make the connection that you are more fun to be with than anything else. To make sure you’re confident and safe, start your recall training with your dog on the lead. Using a harness should avoid any risk of hurting your dog’s neck. Simply say their name and reward them with a treat every time they look at you. Let them sniff around, then say their name and reward them as soon as they respond.

Now for the recall! Walk along and allow your dog to have a sniff. Get their attention by saying their name, then say “come” or give a whistle while producing the reward you’ve got for them, such as their favourite treats or toy. Take a couple of steps away from them, so they’re encouraged to come to you. As soon as they start to move towards you, stop and give them their chosen reward – whatever they really enjoy! Practise this in different places so your dog learns to respond to their name and come towards you no matter what is going on around you both – stick to just a few paces to begin with so it’s easy and they’re always successful. Begin to gradually increase the distance between you and your dog, and the level of distractions you call them away from. 

Now attach a much longer lead to your dog’s harness and allow them to move a greater distance away from you before saying their name to get their attention. As they look at you, produce their favourite treats or toy! Say “come” (or whistle) and get ready to reward them for coming to you. You may need to give them a bit of encouragement by showing them their reward, then moving away again so they are enticed over to you! It’s important to make sure your dog is always rewarded when they reach you; be careful not to reach out to take hold of them, so they always come right to you.

Dogs TrustFor more tips and advice visit Dogs Trust Dog School, a national network of experienced trainers providing fun, educational courses for all dog owners based on up-to-date scientific research.  Using reward-based training methods, we teach the key skills your dog needs to thrive in everyday situations; our expert knowledge will help Christmas become a walk in the park for you and your dog. Courses are five weeks long, with a free introductory session. To find your nearest training classes visit dogstrust.org.uk/dogschool and take your first step towards making the most of your relationship with your four-legged friend now.

A hair care guide for a busy working mum

Finding the time as a working mum to care for your hair can seem an impossible task, but by changing your daily routine and planning everything perfectly, you can have perfect hair in no time at all without causing damage to the hair either at the tip or at the root. Though some damage cannot be reversed by using shampoos and conditioners, there are hair transplant procedures to help you restore your hairline and create outstanding results every time. However, for those that are only experiencing the early signs of hair loss, we will be providing you with insight into how you can care for your hair without taking to much time out of your busy day. 

Make sure you condition deeply 

When looking to care for your hair as a busy mum, a leave-in conditioner is your best friend. Not only can you leave it in whilst you complete other jobs, but it takes just a couple of minutes to wash out and leaves your hair looking great. Whether you decide to make a hair mask of your own, or you decide to buy one from the supermarket, this can help to boost the amount of moisture in the hair and prevent the appearance of split ends.  

Find the right shampoo for your hair 

Having the right shampoo for hair can take time to get right as everyone’s scalp is different. With irritation often caused by the wrong shampoo this is a simple fix that can prevent the hair from falling out at the root making this the perfect change to make. With a simple change to a sensitive shampoo, you can replenish the hair and keep it looking great whilst caring for your loved ones.  

Use dry shampoo the night before to avoid showering in the morning

Though it may seem tempting to use dry shampoo the morning of, using dry shampoo before you sleep can help to soak up oils allowing you to get up and go in the morning. This is ideal for those that have a busy lifestyle as this eliminates the need for as many showers whilst keeping the hair looking refreshed. Whether you opt to apply baby powder or dry shampoo, this can have the same effect to create the perfect hair day every single day without the risk of over washing the hair at any point.  

Dry your hair and style at the same time 

If you are looking to achieve the perfect curls whilst reducing the amount of heat that you are using, drying your hair at the same time as curling with rollers will give you the perfect hair that you need without damaging the hair with heat. Whether this is with self-heating rollers, plating hair and other styling methods, you can have the perfect hair without causing any damage at all. This is not only great to prevent damage, but this will prevent split ends from appearing, particularly in coloured hair or hair that has not been trimmed in a while. 

With this in mind, there are a number of ways that you can care for your hair as a full-time mum without causing any damage at all. Which of these methods will you be using in the near future to help you balance self-care and parenthood? 

Rod Campbell’s Dear Santa comes to the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking from Thu 19 – Tue 24 Dec

Dear Santa at Rhoda Mcgaw Theatre, Woking

What better way is there to celebrate Christmas than with Rod Campbell's festive story, Dear Santa in the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking (Thursday 19 –Tuesday 24 December)?

From the author of the popular children’s book Dear Zoo, Dear Santa is the ideal Christmas treat for 2 -7 year olds. Packed with Christmas songs and lots of audience participation, Rod Campbell's Dear Santa is sure to be one Christmas present children and parents alike will never forget.

Dear Santa tells the story of Santa’s determination to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah. But things don’t go well, and he doesn't get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect', just in time for Christmas Eve.

Make sure to stick around after the show for an opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself and receive a Christmas gift! 

'Magical family treat and a joy to watch.' Mumsnet

'Had my 4-year-old captivated from start to finish!' Time for Tots

Tickets for Dear Santa are on sale now! For more information or to book tickets visit ATGTICKETS.COM/Woking* or call the box office on 0844 871 7645*. 

*Fees apply. Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

Oh yes it is...a discount code for Godalming's first professional pantomime

The producers of Godalming’s first professional family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk at The Borough Hall from 12 – 24 December, are delighted to announce the full cast for the seasonal show.  The performers will join the previously announced BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey presenter Mark Carter who stars as Fleshcreep. 

We are offering a special 25% discount for our readers on tickets for the following performances: Thu 12 Dec, 1.30pm or 6.30pm, Sat 14 Dec, 7pm, Sun 15 Dec, 7pm, Wed 18 Dec, 6.30pm, Thu 19 Dec, 6.30pm and Sun 22 Dec, 6.30pm. Simply go to https://godalmingpanto.com and book your tickets, or call 01483 361101. Please use the code SurreyMummy when purchasing your tickets.

Philip Day, who plays the hilarious traditional panto dame, Dame Trisha Trott, has countless West End and television credits to his name. Philip has appeared in numerous pantomimes throughout the UK, either as a Dame, Baddie, King or Hero. It is the time of year he adores and he hopes that audiences will have as much fun as he does!

Rachel Warrick-Clarke, who plays Jill, trained at the London School of Musical Theatre graduating in 2018. She will be making her professional debut in Jack and the Beanstalk.  

Clark James, who plays the title character Jack Trott, trained at The MTA, London, and has many theatre credits including Bring It On (Southwark Playhouse), LazyTown Live – Dubai (Cartoon Network), A Flea In Her Ear (The Tabard) and When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney (Mill Hill).

Molly Jacks, who plays Fairy Liquid, trained at Masters Performing Arts College and is over the moon to be making her professional debut as the Fairy.

Ruarí Kelsey, who plays Dickie the Daft, trained at the BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology and later at London School of Musical Theatre. Theatre credits include The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Original Cast), The Last Five Years and The Lightning Road

Monet Comeau, Savana Gallant, Kassie Kardos and Asella Medina-Smith, who are all currently training locally at the Guildford School of Acting, form the professional adult ensemble.

The ensemble of young local performers taking to the stage, as part of two teams, will be: Libby Ford, Naomi Cowan, Isla Woodward, Rosie Kirby, Poppy Lannoy, Izzy Bramsden, Thea Maplethorpe, Violet Isaacs, Emma Richmond, Maisy Griffiss, Rosalina Taylor, Amy Cox, Lateisha Wright, Lucy Grant and Poppy Morelli.

The pantomime is produced by Nick Wyschna and Charlotte Bateup, directed by Jo Kirkland, and choreographed by Charlotte Bateup, all of whom live locally. Daniel O’Brien, who wrote the show, attended Charterhouse. 

With lots of fun and laughter for panto-goers young and old, and toe-tapping song and dance, Jack and the Beanstalk will bring magic and adventure to The Borough Hall. To book tickets, or to find out more, visit www.GodalmingPanto.com or telephone the Box Office on 01483 361101. 

On Saturday 14 December at 11am there will be a relaxed performance specifically adapted for those on the autism spectrum, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Tickets for this performance have been reduced to £14 and can purchased only by calling the Box Office. The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

Godalming’s professional family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, is delighted to have the support of Matt Pereira Photography (official photographer/videographer for the show), ramsac and St Hilary’s School

Christmas pantomimes and shows in Surrey 2019

Sleeping Beauty at Yvonne Arnaud Guildford

If you want to laugh, sing, shout boo and be dazzled at a Christmas pantomime in Surrey this year, our guide will give you all the information you need.

There is a huge range of shows to choose from – with a mixture of TV stars and local talent, young and old. And of course they will all contain a dose of sparkle, a spoon of silliness and plenty of festive cheer.

Don’t forget to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Sleeping Beauty – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Dec 6-Jan 5

X Factor finalist, Holly Tandy will be starring as Sleeping Beauty! Holly will be appearing alongside Guildford’s favourite Kit Hesketh-Harvey as the Bad Fairy Carabosse, Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon as Nanny Fanny and everyone’s favourite Brummie Jamie Brook as Muddles.

More info: https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/production/sleeping-beauty-0

Dear Santa – Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, Dec 19–24

Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah. But he doesn't get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect', just in time for Christmas Eve. This is an ideal introduction to theatre for those aged 2 to 7 years old. There is an opportunity to meet Santa himself after the show.

More info: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/dear-santa/rhoda-mcgaw-theatre-woking/

Aladdin – New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Dec 6-Jan 5

This year’s spectacular family pantomime Aladdin will star former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole as the Genie of the Ring and hilarious funny man and Panto Legend Bobby Davro as Wishee Washee! Joining them on stage will be CBBC star Mischa Eckersley, iconic panto dame David Phipps-Davis and veteran ventriloquist Dawson Chance in an all-new spectacular production!

More info: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/aladdin/new-victoria-theatre/

Jack and the Beanstalk, Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Dec 6-31

With nothing but a handful of (magic!) beans, Jack must find the courage to slay the evil giant in his quest to win the hand of the beautiful Princess and to free his village of tyranny forever. This Christmas, join our hero on the adventure of a lifetime as he climbs the beanstalk to fame, fortune and true love!
More info: http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/whats-on/pantomime/

Snow White – Richmond Theatre, Dec 8-Jan 6

Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand leads the cast as The Wicked Queen. Adding to the comedy will be Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jon Clegg as Muddles and brilliant dame Jason Sutton. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Richmond audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with comedy, song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery.

More info: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/snow-white/richmond-theatre/

Santa’s Christmas Countdown – Epsom Playhouse, Dec 7-24

There’s nothing Santa loves more than starting the countdown to Christmas by opening the windows of his special Christmas calendar. But when he tries to begin the countdown this year, disaster – the calendar is broken and all the magical goodies inside have gone missing. Santa needs them to get ready for Christmas, but how is he going to get everything back in time?

 More info: http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/santas-christmas-countdown

Robin Hood - Camberley Theatre, Dec 9 – 31

Robin Hood returns home to Sherwood Forest to find the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham starving the local people, raising taxes and ruling a very unhappy kingdom. Courageous, kind and headstrong, Robin can’t stand by and watch friends and family suffer. So he vows to be brave and stand up for the local people. Fun for all the family.

More info: https://www.camberleytheatre.co.uk/events/robin-hood

Jack and the Beanstalk – Godalming Borough Hall, Dec 11-24

This year sees the first ever professional pantomime in Godalming! So switch the TV off and take the family along as the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk take you on a magical adventure to the zany pantoland, where Jack begins his audacious quest to slay the fearsome Evil Giant.

More info: https://www.godalmingpanto.com/#home

Jack and the Beanstalk – Nomad Theatre, East Horsley, Dec 10-14

There’ll be magic beans this year at The Nomad Theatre. Jack, the Dame and the cow adventure up the beanstalk to defeat the evil Giant. But will Jack win his girl’s heart and the riches he so badly needs? Will good prevail over evil?

More info: http://www.nomadtheatre.com/jack-and-the-beanstalk/

Father Christmas Needs a Wee – G Live, Dec 14, 15 and 20-24

Father Christmas is on his rounds… and he still needs a wee! At every house he eats and drinks the tasty treats that have been left for him. But when he reaches number 10 he realises that he’s forgotten to do something rather important and he really, really, really needs a wee! This is a 45-minute production followed by a meet and greet with the big man himself where the children will receive a Christmas present.

More info: https://glive.co.uk/Online/tickets-father-christmas-needs-a-wee-guildford-2019

Aladdin - The Harlington, Fleet, Dec 12-28

A pantomime filled with adventure, fun and a magic carpet. Aladdin, falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine. He finds a magic lamp that contains a powerful genie and goes from rags to riches - but can he save Princess Jasmine and defeat the evil Abanazar?

More info: http://www.theharlington.co.uk/_Pantomime.aspx

Peter Pan on Ice – Guildford Spectrum, Dec 13-15

Follow Wendy, John and Michael Darling on an adventure of a lifetime to a land where you will never grow up! The fun-filled festive show will feature performances from some rising skating stars! It is a real community event brought together by an incredible array of local talent, lavish costumes and sets.

More info: https://www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk/ice-skating/pantomime/

Peter Pan – Epsom Playhouse, Dec 14-Jan 5

A swashbuckling adventure to the magical panto world of Peter Pan. Meet the Darlings, Hook and his crew of pirates, Tiger Lily and her Tribe, The Lost boys and of course the mischievous Tinkerbell in Neverland. A perfect family show for all ages 2yrs - 102yrs!

More info: http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/peter-pan-panto-2019

Aladdin – Dorking Halls, Dec 14-29

Harry Reid, who played Ben Mitchell in EastEnders, will star as Aladdin and The Spirit of the Ring will be played by Jenny Richardson, who plays Ethel Hallow in CBBC's The Worst Witch. Packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a tremendous treat for all the family.

More info: https://www.dorkinghalls.co.uk/event-detail/?id=110602ATPJSGQKHSBKRDNTNPRSSRJCGSS

Sleeping Beauty – The Leatherhead Theatre, Dec 20-30

This show will feature a fantastic cast, some magical dragon action and talent from local children. The evil Queen Maleficent will stop at nothing to rule the Kingdom Of Nod! Will the Kingdom Of Nod wake up in time to see a certain young Princess be rescued by a handsome Prince?

More info: https://www.theleatherheadtheatre.com/sleepingbeauty

Puss in Boots – Haslemere Hall, Haslemere, Jan 10-18

The classic story of a poor miller’s son, an unmarried princess, a nasty ogre, a talking puss, two squabbling fairies, a pair of old boots, some menacing full size rabbits and true love. Family friendly from start to finish with audience participation, runaway costumes, magnificent music and daft theatricality.

More info: http://www.haslemerehall.co.uk/theatre/puss-in-boots/

Star in the Jar – Haslemere Hall, Haslemere, Jan 4

When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. But the poor star misses its home…Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back? Find out in this 50-minute play for the age range 3-7.

More info: http://www.haslemerehall.co.uk/theatre/star-in-the-jar/

Wintershall Nativity Play - Wintershall, Bramley, Dec 18-22

Dramatic and intimate, the story begins in the open air with the shepherds. The audience then take their seats in the atmospheric barn, where the story unfolds of how Jesus changed the world. It is a beautiful production, with a large cast of players and animals. This is the perfect opportunity to catch a show and reflect on the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

More info: https://www.wintershall.org.uk/nativity-play

Dick Whittington - Arthur Cotterell Theatre, Kingston, Dec 6-7

Full of fun, laughter, phonics, counting, dance, song, shapes, puppetry and a comedy cat, this interactive show is a magical blend of history and legend combined into beautiful storytelling.

More info: https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/story-storks-presents-dick-whittington

Cinderella – Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Dec 10-Jan 5

An exciting production featuring TV star and Strictly winner Ore Oduba as Dandini alongside comedian and presenter Tim Vine as the lovable Buttons and CBeebies favourite Cat Sandion as the Fairy Godmother. There will be special effects, side-splitting comedy, big song and dance numbers and bags of audience participation that will thrill audiences young and old.

More info: https://www.fairfield.co.uk/whats-on/cinderella/

We hope you have lots of fun!

Delightful picture books bring woolly characters to life

We love a cute picture book, and this range of Woolly Tales with knitted characters that include Dexter the Fox, Myrtle the Pig, and Pauncefoot the Rabbit are just perfect for little people.
Woolly Tales are lovely little picture books designed for babies and toddlers. Each book is a short simple story with a woolly main character and at the back of each book is the knitting pattern and instructions to make that character. Isn’t that a fab idea?
Each book is 15cm square so the perfect little size for small hands. The stories are 5 double page spreads, with a line or two on each page and the pictures are just gorgeous, full of felt flowers, cellophane rivers, cardboard trees and woolly characters. 
This super cute book series are the creative work of husband and wife team Andy Goodridge and Nicola Klinkenberg who create, write and make the series from their home in Godalming.
There are 8 books in the series featuring a different character each with endearing names like Woolly the Warthog, Merrybelle the Donkey, Sprackle the Mole, Fairfax the Otter and Mookie the Bird.
Woolly Tales books are £4.99 each and include free UK delivery from their Etsy store:
Or find out more at their website:

4 tips for the stylish new mum

Motherhood should be one of the most exciting and joyful experiences in life. While your sole focus will naturally be on your newborn, many new mums feel pressure to be physically attractive whilst juggling the other responsibilities and pressures that motherhood brings.

Whether you’re out running errands or catching up with friends, it’s only natural that you will want to look good and feel good too. With that in mind, here are some great style tips for new mums, helping to boost your confidence and self-esteem.

Find flattering clothing

As a new mum, it can be all too easy to compare yourself to others in the same boat, however, everybody is different, so your first port of call should be to find clothing styles that complement your body shape and accentuate your assets. For instance, if your body type leans more towards a pear shape, it’s best to stick with V-necks and A-lines that will fit you better. 

If in doubt, choose jeans

Whether you’re new to motherhood or you’re a pro, the roles and responsibilities expected of you seem to be never-ending! With so many errands and chores to complete, it can be all too tempting to put on some sweats when heading out the door, however, if you’re wanting to be trendy and feel stylish whilst out and about, it’s best to opt for jeans instead. Even if you’re heading to the supermarket, a simple pair of jeans can complement your outfit for the better. 

Accessorize

When it comes to putting an outfit together, accessorizing is key. Even an ordinary white t-shirt and a pair of basic jeans can be transformed into something quirky and unique with the help of a few accessories like earrings, the right necklace, and a jacket. No one is saying you need to splash the cash and shell out on a brand new collection of jewelry, however, a few staple pieces like bracelets, hairpieces, and belts can help compliment your outfit and leave you feeling stylish when out and about running errands.

Picking footwear

As a new mom, your feet will go through a lot. Whether it’s running around the home trying to keep it spick and span, or dashing out the door to get some essentials, finding the right footwear is crucial. Ditching the heels in favor of some sneakers is your best bet, especially as you’ll be on your feet for most of the day. It’s always best to go for quality over quantity, as the last thing you want is to pick a pair of shoes that irritate your feet.

You may be interested in visiting SSENSE - they sell a range of Balenciaga sneakers that can be the perfect addition to your wardrobe. SSENSE also sells a variety of other footwear such as boots, flats, heels, and sandals that can be worn for all sorts of occasions. 

Becoming a mother should be something to be proud of. Your body has done an amazing thing, so whilst you may not feel body confident after giving birth, there are lots of style tips that you can take on board to help boost your self-esteem and leave you looking