Summer - activities for the school holidays
Our online 2019 summer holiday activities brochure is now available to download online. We've pulled together information from our partners to feature a range of sporting, music, dance and educational activities available for children aged 18 and under, in and around the Epsom and Ewell area during the summer holidays.
Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club
Wednesday 7 August, 2pm - 3.30pm
What was it like to live under an Empire? Discover how life changed for local people and how the building of a road brought a small native village in touch with a new world of ideas and trade. Hear tales of underworld gods, sacred springs, shafts and sacrificed puppies – and hear what was found in recent excavations.
Who wants to be an archaeologist?
Wednesday 14 August, 2pm - 3.30pm
A fantastic opportunity for all budding archaeologists to discover how to unlock the mysteries of the past. Find out how objects are used to date sites and support documentary evidence. Learn about environmental archaeology and what you can tell from bones, pollen and even snails. Handle objects from prehistory to medieval times and try sand tray archaeology
Don't you know there's a war on?
Wednesday 21 August, 2pm - 3.30pm
Find out how local people defended their town, families and community during the dark days of WW2. As the sandbags were piled high, barrage balloons filled the air and children were evacuated, the people of Epsom and Ewell made ready to do battle on the Home Front. Discover just what things could fall out of the sky get to handle some of them! Learn how to survive a gas attack and see the different types of gas masks in use. Would you know how to deal with a fire bomb?
Anglo-Saxons and Vikings craft session
Tuesday 27 August, 10.30 to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm (two identical sessions)
Spend the a session learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Was this really the dark Ages? Learn what great crafts people they were and be inspired to make your own Saxon inspired artefact.
£8 each child £1 sibling discount
Wednesday 28 August, 11am - noon and 2pm - 3pm (two identical sessions)
In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves and the animals they hunted. They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in. Discover how and why these paintings were created. Then by flickering light try to create your own cave painting in our very own ‘caves’.
Dinosaur craft session
Thursday 29 August, 10.30 - noon and 1pm to 2.30pm (two identical sessions)
Discover about the evolution of dinosaurs and enjoy an arts and crafts session and design your own dinosaur
Suitable for ages 5-11. £8 each child £1 sibling discount
Unless otherwise stated, Kids Club sessions cost £5 each per child (includes 1 accompanying adult) and must be pre-booked via Bourne Hall Museum firstname.lastname@example.org
Epsom Playhouse summer theatre school
London based EduStage offers a fun creative week of musical theatre for young people. The age groups will be divided for various activities, such as casting and selected musical numbers but all will have the opportunity to appear in a specially devised piece on the main stage of the Epsom Playhouse on the final afternoon.
The summer school aims to give young people an introduction to performing on a professional stage and to encourage greater confidence for those who need it!
8 - 12 years and 13 -17 years
£150 Sibling Rate £135
Full details and booking on the Epsom Playhouse website
TAZ The Adventure Zone
Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development from Surrey County Council has a busy schedule of holiday activities at both High Ashurst in Dorking and also at Thames Young Mariners in Ham (near Richmond).
The core day camps are suitable for 6-13 year olds (slightly higher age for some of the water activities).
Take a look at the website for what is going on this summer https://www.surreyoutdoorlearning.uk/the-adventure-zone/holiday-activities.
The types of activities include:
Thames Young Mariners – paddling – kayaking and canoeing, sailing, raft building, paddle boarding, climbing, low ropes challenge course, archery, team tasks, orienteering and woodland skills/Forest Schools.
High Ashurst – Climbing, abseiling, bouldering, archery, team tasks, high ropes courses, low ropes challenge course, mountain biking, orienteering, woodland skills.
Plenty to keep young people active during the school holidays whilst have a brilliant time!
New for 2019! 16-19 August - TAZ Family Teepee Weekender. A fantastic opportunity for some amazing family time in the beautiful Surrey Hills at High Ashurst, for a teepee camping weekender – Friday to Sunday. Inclusive of accommodation in your very own teepee, exhilarating activities and catered meals at every meal time. The site is fully equipped with hot showers and toilets too.
Space chase - 2019 Summer Reading Challenge
Get ready for an out of this world adventure with Space Chase! Meet the Rockets a super cool family that lives on a satellite station in space. They love spending time at their local library on the Moon.
But wait! All of a sudden books have started to disappear from the Moon library and soon there won’t be any left…a mysterious ship has been spotted on the radar – could these naughty aliens be behind the trouble at the library? The Rockets are going on a very important mission to save the missing books from these alien bandits, and they need your help!
Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and join the Rockets on a chase through space to find the aliens and save the Moon library.
Taking part in the Challenge is simple – you can sign up for free at your local library. You’ll receive your very own Space Chase mission folder to get you started.
Read six library books (or more!) over the holidays to collect special stickers to add to your folder. Collect all the stickers to find the aliens, save the missing books and complete the challenge.
Grab your space suit and take a giant leap into the library this summer!