Elmbridge Countryside Team

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Family Countryside Events

This page is totally dedicated to the absolutely brilliant Elmbridge Borough Council Countryside Team and their great programme of free kids’ activities (www.elmbridge.gov.uk/countryside) running throughout the year come rain or shine!

We’re so lucky to have lots of green spaces on our doorstep such as Bushey Park, Oxshott Woods, as well as the Thames flowing close by. It’s amazing what wildlife you can find too if you look and listen closely. If you haven’t taken the time to enjoy nature before, give it a go. It’s fun, free and friendly!

Are you looking forward to the Half Term holidays or are you wondering how you’re going to amuse the kids whilst juggling work, cooking, washing, tidying up, ferrying them around to visit their friends, getting their homework done and your long to-do list?

Well, here’s an idea for you that’s right on our doorstep in Hersham.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless the event is drop in please arrive at the event start time.

Toddler Time in the Wild Spiders

Friday 10 February
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Location:
Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills)

The theme is spiders. Make clay and paper spiders and a spider hat to take home + go on a bug hunt.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Make a Bird Box to take home as part of National Nest Box week

Wednesday 15 February
Time slots available: 10am to 11am – 11am to 12pm and 12pm to 1pm.
Location:
King George’s Hall, adjacent to Civic Centre, Off High Street, Esher KT10 9SD
Cost: £2 per child

Spaces are limited and booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Countryside Team at countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474 575.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Toddler Time in the Wild Sticks

Friday 10 March
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am.
Location:
Oxshott Sandpit car park, Warren Lane
Activities are aimed at the under fives. Make a stick man, draw in the sand and build a twig tower.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Toddler Time in the Wild Sticks

Monday 13 March

Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Location:
Oxshott Sandpit car park, Warren Lane
Activities are aimed at the under fives. Make a stick man, draw in the sand and build a twig tower.
Children must be accompanied by an adult

 Toddler pond dip web

Outdoor Play Week runs from the 18th to 25th of March.

The following events are organised:

Pond dip – Sunday 19 March

Pond located across the road from Café Rouge, Portsmouth Road, Esher (nearest postcode KT10 9AD). Drop in from 10am, finish at 12 noon.

Hunt for creatures of the deep! All equipment provided.

Den building – Sunday 19 March

Meet at 1.30pm in Copsem Lane car park (nearest postcode KT10 9HQ).

Can you build a den that can withstand the elements?

Be a Countryside Ranger – Wednesday 22 March

Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, Esher (nearest postcode KT10 9HQ). Meet at 3:45pm, finish at 5.00pm. Create your own sculpture and have fun pulling pine trees, then enjoy a hot chocolate in the woods.

Orienteering – Friday 24 March

Meet in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills (nearest postcode KT10 9QJ). Drop in from 3.15pm, last start 4.30pm. Most suitable for ages 6+.

Test your orienteering skills to find your way around Esher Common.

Junior Rangers

Wednesday 5 April
Time: 10am to 11am. Meet at 10am.
Location:
Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
Help the Countryside Team pull pine from the heathland and enjoy a hot chocolate afterwards!

Orienteering

Friday 7 April
Time: drop in between 10.30am and 12. Last start 12 noon.
Location:
Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills. Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Navigate round one of the permanent orienteering courses on the Esher Commons. Choose from an easy yellow course to a challenging blue one. Most suited to ages 6 plus.

Den building

Monday 10 April
Time: 10am to 12 noon. Meet at 10am.
Location:
Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
Can you build a den to withstand the elements?

Junior Rangers Pond dip

Wednesday 5 April
Time: 10am to 11am
Location:
Chequers Pond, West End Lane, on edge of woods. Nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Discover what is lurking beneath the surface of Chequers Pond. Equipment provided but please be prepared to share.

Pine pull web

Become an Elmbridge Countryside Volunteer

The Countryside Team runs a volunteer task on the last Wednesday of each month from 10am to 3.45pm.

The next task will take place on Wednesday 22 February and details will be published on this webpage beforehand.

Volunteer tasks are open to anyone who has an interest in working with the Countryside Team to conserve and improve Elmbridge’s countryside sites and does not mind getting their hands dirty! These tasks are often labour intensive and Elmbridge Countryside Volunteers provide extremely valuable aid to the Ranger Team.

All equipment is provided along with tea and biscuits and you can stay for as long as you like. A Countryside Ranger will be on hand to answer any questions about species of plants and animals that will benefit from the day’s task.

For more information please contact us or call the Senior Countryside Ranger on 07850 706521 or 07711 781119.

 

Work experience

At Elmbridge we recognise how important work experience is for those who are looking to take their first steps into a great career.  A wide range of jobs are available in local government that give students the opportunity to develop their skills and gain invaluable experience of working life.

If you are a student who lives locally, or attends school or college in the Borough, and is interested in learning about how local government serves the community then we would be interested in hearing from you.

When enquiring about a work experience placement please make sure you include the following:

  • an up-to-date CV (including the name and address of the school/college you attend, your date of birth and your home address)
  •  the dates you are available to work
  •  a brief paragraph on your work interests and aspirations

Please send any enquiries to our Organisational Development Team who will do their best to find the right placement for you.
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