Spring half term in Surrey for most schools is Monday 16th February to Friday 20th. If you’re looking for something to do, why not have a look at some of the events we have found:
Wild Woodland Camp – 18-20 February. “Have a wild time this half term with tracking, wild art, bushcraft and den building – aimed at children from 8-13 years.” 9am – 4pm £35 a day. Advanced booking is required – www.painshill.co.uk or call 01932 868113
Spitfire Kids Trail at Polesden Lacey
From 14 -22 February, 11am – 330pm, normal admission plus £2 per child.
“This February half term Polesden Lacey will pay homage to World War Two with an interactive trail that asks kids to consider what it was like to be an evacuee during the war. Polesden Lacey is well-known for its sumptuous interiors and decadent cream teas, but not many people know that Margaret Greville, who owned the house until her death in 1942, did her bit for the war effort by buying a spitfire for the RAF.
On the Spitfire Kids trail, which runs from Saturday 14th until Sunday 22nd of February, children must uncover a series of time capsules left by evacuees containing objects with special meaning from the war. “One of the time capsules contains silk knickers made from a recycled parachute,” says Milsom, “while another contains a banana because it’s the kind of thing they just couldn’t get during the war. We’re hoping our younger visitors will come away with a better understand of how people lived during the Second World War.”
Finally, this trail isn’t called Spitfire Kids for nothing! After finding all time capsules participants will help to recreate Mrs Greville’s spitfire by using wartime propaganda to cover an 8ft model spitfire shell in papier-mâché.
The Spitfire Kids trail is one of a series of activities marking Polesden’s involvement in the war. During 1915 the house became a convalescent home for soldiers injured in the war and their stories are told in a display entitled Society’s Soldiers, running from February 28th until October 31st.”
16 – 24 Feb 10.00 – 5.00pm
“Drop in crafts available throughout opening hours themed to WW2 Exercise Spartan. Including make a paper tank, paper plane, make a medal, plus code cracking trail and Home Front rationing dress doll activity.”
To find out more, contact Honeywood at:
Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX
020 8770 4297
London Children's Bookswap @ Polka Theatre
Sat 16 Feb 10.00 – 4.00pm
“Are you done with your old books? Is it time for a new tale? Bring a book you’ve enjoyed and take away someone else’s recommended read. Last year over 2000 children’s books were swapped at venues across London in an action-packed day of free activities and events. Suitable for all ages.
This is a London-wide event managed by Discover Children’s Centre. See their website for more details.”
240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB
020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com/whats-on/london-childrens-book-swap
Brooklands Motor Museum
16th - 20th February 2015
“On weekdays during Half Term, our popular car rides will be operating from 11am-1pm and from 2-3.30pm (subject to weather). Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill or along the Members’ Banking of the old Race Track, courtesy of the Brooklands Volunteer Car Rides Team.
Look out for Bertie the Brooklands Bear, who will be making guest appearances, pick up one of our trails for children up to 12 years old or try out our family workshop.”
To find out more - contact Brooklands Museum firstname.lastname@example.org 01932 857381