ODEON Kingston and ODEON Guildford are going full throttle this half term with family films and deals

  • Surrey locals can take advantage of a £40 All-In Family Saver offer featuring four tickets and five snacks at ODEON Kingston and ODEON Guildford this half term
  • Special 2-4-1 ticket offer will also allow families entry into a Merlin attraction with their ODEON ticket
  • Family films hitting screens during the break include Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: FarmaggedonThe Addams Family and Abominable

The October half term is just around the corner and as the weather makes its shift to colder and damper days, there is no better way to spend the break than a family trip to the cinema. With a stellar line up of films to entertain all ages, plus some great value deals to make the visit a little easier, ODEON Kingston and ODEON Guildford are the ultimate family destination this half term.  

From the return of Angelina Jolie’s dark queen in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (18 October release), to  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmaggedon (18 October release), a comeback from showbiz’s most spooktacular family in The Addams Family (25 October release) and the introduction of a new furry big screen friend in Abominable (11 October release) there is something to keep every family member entertained.

ODEON Kingston and ODEON Guildford also has a number of great value deals for families to take advantage of including:

  • £40 All-In Family Saver: Grown-ups pay kids prices with this family saver of four tickets and five snacks for £40. Whether it is two adults and two children, or one adult and three children, Surrey families can get their blockbuster fun for less by simply selecting the family ticket option when booking online  
  • 2-4-1 to the UK’s best attractions: Along with a visit to the cinema, families can score themselves a free 2-4-1 pass to the UK’s best Merlin attractions such as Legoland, Thorpe Park, Sea Life and Madame Tussauds when they book to see a film at ODEON Kingston and ODEON Guildford between September 30th and October 31st 

For session times and to book tickets, families should visit www.odeon.co.uk

Please do check the Odeon Cinemas terms & conditions for this offer.

Fairy tale fun this October half term at Painshill Park

TAKE all the family on a fairy tale adventure this October half-term at Painshill. The 18th century landscape garden makes a wonderful day out in autumn, full of incredible tree colour and stunning vistas. Walk a journey around a wonderful landscape and discover mystical garden buildings. Take in the views from the Gothic Temple, stand in awe in the crystal covered Grotto, climb the steps of the Gothic Tower and find the hidden Hermitage. 

From Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 2 incredible huge dragons will take over the landscape around the Grade 1 listed Crystal Grotto. Release your inner knight and go on the Painshill quest to find all the statues and protect the Grotto. If you find all the dragons you might even win a prize! The dragon trail is included in general admission so you can also walk the gardens and enjoy all the follies. Bring along a picnic or visit the Tea Room to make a day of it. 

Indulge in some spooky tricks and delicious treats with Painshill’s Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea. Make paper bats and decorate biscuits while enjoying witches’ finger sandwiches, pumpkin scones, bug jelly and cake. Tickets are for Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 at 12noon or 3pm. 

Also during the half-term The Cat’s Grin Theatre Company  bring fairy tale stories to the Painshill marquee on Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29. The performances incorporate three stories – Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and The Elves and the Shoemaker and are perfect for 4 to 9 year olds. Tickets to the theatre at just £5 and attendees can also take advantage of 2 for 1 entry to the landscape. Allow Cat’s Grin Theatre to bring fairy tales alive and then head off into the garden and create some of your own. 

Find out more about Painshill and all the events at www.painshill.co.uk

Autumn Tree Festival 

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 

10.00am – 4.00pm 

Join Painshill to celebrate the beautiful season of autumn with stunning vistas and fun family activities. Ride on a horse drawn wagon, watch tree surgery demonstrations and browse woodcraft stalls. 

Included in general admission. Some activities may have a small extra charge. 


Dragons at Painshill

Saturday 26 October to Sunday 2 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

Huge dragons have taken over the landscape at Painshill! Release your inner knight and take on a quest to the Crystal Grotto. Find all the dragon statues and you might win a prize!

Included in general admission 


Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea 

Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October 

12pm and 3pm

Indulge in some spooky tricks and delicious treats with Painshill’s Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea. Make paper bats and decorate biscuits while enjoying witches’ finger sandwiches, pumpkin scones, bug jelly and cake. 

Adults £16.00 Children £8.50


Children’s Fairy Tale Theatre 

Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October 

Performances at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.00pm 

This Halloween the Cat’s Grin Theatre bring fairy tale theatre to the Painshill marquee. The performances incorporate three stories – Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and The Elves and the Shoemaker and are perfect for 4 to 9 year olds. 

All tickets are just £5 (not including entry to the landscape)


Squire’s introduce “Chatter & Natter” tables to get people talking

Squire’s Garden Centres is one of the latest companies to join the Chatty Café scheme.

The Chatty Café is a great way of encouraging people to talk to others. The scheme is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn, who founded it after a miserable day at a supermarket café with her infant son, where she noticed that no one was talking to each other. She found that by simply putting ‘Chatter & Natter’ signs on tables in cafes it created a space for people to talk. 

Alexandra Hoskyn, Founder of The Chatty Café said, “The Chatty Café is thrilled to welcome Squire’s to our scheme. Their lovely café bars are a perfect setting for Chatter & Natter tables. Anyone can join in and chat over a coffee – if you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, young people, old people and anyone in between. It’s just about having good old fashioned human interaction and the relaxed environment of Squire’s Café Bars will hopefully allow for lots of happy chatting!”

Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres commented, “In this age of social media it’s so important to make an effort to talk to others face to face. So for those who would like a bit of real social interaction simply sit at a ‘Chatter & Natter’ table at Squire’s and you can talk to other customers. I believe a short conversation with another human can really brighten your day. Everyone’s welcome, and it’s a great way to meet people in your local community.”

There will be Chatter & Natter tables every Tuesday morning at all sixteen of Squire’s Café Bars, plus other days throughout the week too - simply look out for the signs on the tables.



Squire’s announce winners of ‘I Love Gardening’ competition

Each of Squire’s sixteen garden centres across the South East has been engaged in friendly competition designing a garden that showcases why they love gardening.

The garden had to be small, easy to create and maintain, and something that customers could replicate in their own gardens at home.

Squire’s in Stanmore won “Best Showcasing of I Love Gardening”. They highlighted their love of edible gardening with a delightful, mouthwatering concoction of fruit and vegetables, including an apple tree, various herbs, tomatoes, beans, lettuce and strawberries. Just for fun there was even a wicker hatch chicken coup with some eggs and chickens (not real ones!) in it. 

Squire’s in Woking won “Best Focal Point” for their fun, colourful and educational garden, which was all about encouraging children to get into gardening and get off their iPads! The focal point was ‘Chloe The Caterpillar’ who was built from crates and plant saucers. The garden also contained a quiz on flip cards to teach children about insects, ideas for the imagination such as a ‘create your own fairy garden’ area using broken pots and Antirrhinum snap dragons, and plants for the senses including mint and curry plant for smell, Stachys lambs ear for touch, and geraniums for vibrant colour.

Squire’s Chairman Sarah Squire commented; “All of our centres created amazing gardens, but the two that really stood out were the gardens at Squire’s in Stanmore and Woking. The teams had put such thought, enthusiasm and effort into their designs. We have received lots of great comments from customers who have really enjoyed seeing their creations.”

Priory Park’s new-look playground reopens after revamp

Priory Park’s exciting nautical-themed playground has reopened this afternoon (Friday 19 July) in time for the start of the summer holidays. It follows a six-week refurbishment project to replace the 12 year old deteriorating equipment.

The popular Reigate play space is packed full of fun and challenging equipment, with something for children of all ages and abilities.

The centrepiece is the impressive new ‘The Grey Lady’ ship, complete with sails and a ship’s wheel. The vessel features a tube slide, balance bars, ladders, a climbing net, hammocks and sensory play panels, all set over two decks.

‘Priory Castle’, a four-tower climbing frame, features two types of slide, a bridge, climbing net and a spiral ‘curly climber’ designed for children aged 4 to 12. The smaller two-tier ‘Priory Gatehouse’, aimed at 2 to 6 year olds, includes a slide, climbing net, firemans’ pole and sensory play panels.

An exhilarating 25-metre double zip wire offers twice the fun as before, along with nine swings for a variety of ages, two types of climbing nets, a multi-seesaw with back supports, a wheelchair accessible roundabout, horse springers and spinners. The popular climbing wall and summer splash play remain and the overall layout and planting has not changed.

The design is multifunctional, with bold colours and a 360 degree design (accessible from all angles), which offers diverse play opportunities. It also has a greater sense of openness to make it easier for parents and carers to keep an eye on children of different ages using different parts of the playground, something users said they wanted. 

The nautical theme fits with Priory Park’s unique identity and historic setting.

Cllr Mrs Natalie Bramhall, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “With visitors from all over the borough and much further afield, 12 years of fun had taken its toll on the playground equipment which needed to be replaced if the playground was to remain safe and useable.                   

“We hope children and their parents and carers will love the new equipment and the countless opportunities it offers for imaginative play for years to come. We took a number of steps to make sure design is inclusive for the wide range of children using the park. The new equipment has been built to last and will also be easier and more cost effective to maintain.”

The Priory Park playground refurbishment is part of the Council’s rolling programme of investment in its parks and greenspaces around the borough. It saw play areas in Chipstead and Kingswood upgraded last year, with plans being developed to upgrade Merstham Recreation Ground in future.