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Seasonal Snippets - November

Seasonal Snippets - November

Can it be possible that November is here already? After the unseasonably warm weather, things have taken a decidedly crisper feel and the change in the clocks means that darkness is now a part of our everyday routine. Does anyone else feel like they should be in bed at 8:30? Rather than curling up in a ball and hibernating (as appealing as that sounds), it's time to wrap up warm and enjoy all the seasonal activities on our doorstep which this month is all about fire and ice. 


Christmas beginnings...

Overheard in every home everywhere: "Christmas just keeps getting earlier doesn't it!" No amount of grumbling will put the compilation CDs back in their boxes or unplug the twinkly lights. So we suggest, no matter how hard it may be, to focus on seeing the joy of the festive season through the eyes of your children.

Here are the first of the local Christmas themed family friendly events:

  • St Mary's Church Community Christmas Market - Saturday 18th November
    40 independent stalls, donkey rides, food & kids crafts. More info >
  • Holmesdale School Christmas Fayre - Saturday 25th November
    Open to all with face painting, games, BBQ & more. More info >
  • Salfords Primary School Christmas Fair - Saturday 25th November
    BBQ, Winter Prosecco, Face Painting, Father Christmas & more. More info >
  • Gatton Park family Christmas decoration making - Saturday 25th November
    £10 per head to make wreaths & decorations from natural materials. More info >
  • Street Eats - A Winter Gathering - Saturday 25th November
    Advance tickets have sold out but some free entry on the door. More info >
  • The Nutcracker at The Harlequin, Redhill - Saturday 25th November
    Tickets from £14. A classic & seasonal family friendly ballet. More Info >

Reigate School of Ballet organised events

  • Onesie movie afternoon - Saturday 25th November (4.15 - 6.15pm)
    St Joseph's Scout Hall, Ladbroke Rd. Redhill. we are screening the film 'SING'. Children from reception age upwards are welcome. Come in your onesie / pyjamas, and something comfy to sit on. £7.50 per person - price includes drinks and popcorn. 
  • Reigate School of Ballet & Commercial Dance REUNION - SUNDAY 26th NOVEMBER (2 - 4pm).
    "We are inviting everyone who has been associated with the Reigate School of Ballet and the (then) Reigate School of Modern Theatre Dance for drinks and a chat about old times - Miss Evans and Miss Owen will be there and we would love to see any older children or parents who danced with us between 1963 and present day. Event is at the Colman Redland Centre, Croydon Rd. Reigate from 2 - 4pm. We hope you can make it! "

Further information can be found on the Reigate School of Ballet Facebook page


Reigate on Ice - Coming soon! - The white tent is up in Priory Park which can mean only one thing, the time to get your skates on and grab your penguin is fast approaching. Doors open 30th November until the 3rd January.

Information for families: The minimum age is 3 years old and are smallest skate size is a children's size 8. All Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the ice rink.


As ever there are a large number of bonfires and fireworks displays on again this year. If our own experiences are anything to go by, your bonfire night is likely to be accompanied by a complex mix of emotions from our children. Last year we saw a cocktail of excitement, fear, exhilaration and joy. We keep switching between sitting at the top of Box Hill to watch from afar or heading to one of the local displays. Let us know how you get on!

Saturday 4th November

Reigate RFC - Tickets in advance

Brockham Bonfire

Box Hill - The only location famous for it's look out rather than its own display! Be aware that access is currently only via the Zig Zag road due to emergency sewer works.

Parish School - Tickets are SOLD OUT

Horley Lions Club

South Nutfield

Chipstead and Hooley

Saturday 11th November

South Park FC

Caterham School

Some other links to bonfire and firework display listings across Surrey that might be helpful:

Families online

Visit Surrey

Get Surrey


Sunday 12th November - The civic remembrance ceremony will be held at Shaw's corner, Redhill

What we're making

Leaf animals. Gather up whatever you can find in the garden or on a walk, add a pinch of creativity and a cup full of imagination and an autumnal animal may just emerge. 


Leaf animals

A perfect Autumn craft

What we're reading

Little Tree by Jenny Bowers. A great way to explore the seasons through the life of one little tree. Seeing the leaves change colour is a great opportunity to teach our children about the seasons. This book is beautiful and really engaging for all ages.

You can  buy Little Tree from Small Print Books ,  our favourite independent online book shop

You can buy Little Tree from Small Print Books,  our favourite independent online book shop

What we're feeding

After all the Halloween excitement it seemed fitting to experiment with a bit of pumpkin soup or as we all calling it Orange Soup. We tried this Riverford recipe for squash soup. It's a great basic recipe that you can add extra ingredients to if you want to spice it up. To make it family friendly we suggest making the basic recipe and then splitting it in half and adding chilli to the adults portion. 

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Easter Inspiration from Lydia at Surrey For Kids

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