We have a wealth of cultural events on offer this summer – including some fabulous local festivals which make family events an integral part of the schedule.

Why Frogs Croak – Tales of Beginning Raynes Park Library 6 July, 2:30-3:30pm Storytelling, music and craft ideally suited to children from 4-10 years. Pay what you can. Book online at Eventbrite.

Turtles Don’t Like Plastic Rose Studio 6 July Physical theatre, puppetry and clowning combine in this magical under the sea adventure. Suitable for ages 3+.

The Wizard’s Tale Arthur Cotterell Theatre 7 July, 12pm A magical blend of street dance, comedy and hip hop. Ages 7+. Tickets £9.50.

Jack and the Beanstalk Arthur Cotterell Theatre 12 & 13 July, 10:30am Suitables for ages 3+. Tickets £8.

Growl 13 July, 7pm The true story of the big bad wolf. Suitable for all ages. Tickets £17.


If you are missing the Polka while it is being redeveloped, there is good news. They have teamed up with Morden Hall Park to bring a range of drop-off workshops this summer.

Crazy creatures with Polka! 20 July, 10am-12:30pm Explore the incredible wonders of the natural world and create a crazy creature to take home. For 4-6 year olds.

Polka’s Box of Characters 23 July, 1:30-4pm Open the box and pull out a character, who will it be? Who will you become? For children interested in performing! For 7-11 year olds.


Polka’s Tall Tales! 25 July, 1:30-4pm Roar like the scariest monster, cheer for the bravest hero and help the expert storyteller take you on a journey into your imagination. For 4-6 year olds.

Mask Madness with Polka 27 July, 10am-12:30pm Children will design and make their very own unique mask to take away. For 7-11 year olds.

Polka’s Box of Mini Characters 30 July, 10am-12:30pm Children can explore the box of props, masks and costumes and have a go at creating a character and bringing it to life! For 4-6 year olds.

Puppet Craft with Polka! 1 August, 1:30-4pm Learn new skills making a rod puppet which children can take home. For 7-11 year olds.

All events take place at Morden Hall Park. Tickets are £25 per child. For more information please visit www.nationaltrust. features/polka-theatre- at-morden-hall-park

Be Not Afeard Rose Studio 13 July, 10:30am & 12:30pm A Sensory retelling of Shakespeare’s the Tempest. Suitable for all ages. Tickets £8.

Ondal, the Well Known Fool Arthur Cotterell Theatre 14 July, 12pm The show uses Korean traditional music to tell the tragi-comic story of innocent Ondal and a corrupt aristocrat. Suitable for ages 5+. Tickets £9.50.

Creative Curiosity Trail 13-14 July An intriguing, inspirational journey through Kingston. Follow the map and encounter amazing artists at every turn. Free. Pick up a Trail map from the Market square.

Kingston Carnival 1 September The sounds and colours from across the world will fill the beautiful Ancient Market Place as Kingston welcomes Carnival for a celebration of the borough’s cultural diversity.

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