Samantha Laurie

Welcome to the first review of our new feature, 'Parent's eye'. This regular feature, written by the wonderful mums and dads of Surrey & SW London, will consist of a series of reviews and advice on where to take your little ones. more

9 May 2016 10:52 Kids/Schools

Our Editor's pick the best theatre going on over April across Surrey, SW London and Berkshire more

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Samantha Laurie looks at the inspirational work of a small Teddington riding stables, where 85% of riders are children with autism more

20 Feb 2017 14:44 Kids/Schools

Would you know what to do if your beloved pooch was choking? Samantha Laurie learns some life-saving skills more

20 Feb 2017 14:32 Health/beauty

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As exam season for the new style A levels beckons, Easter revision courses have never been more popular. Samantha Laurie looks at the key players more

31 Jan 2017 16:50 Kids/Schools

Make the February half term a natural break. Samantha Laurie has some great ideas for getting kids out and about more

26 Jan 2017 12:45 Kids/Schools

Not so much a ghost story as a tale about haunted lives, the Irish classic, The Weir is given a fine outing by the Richmond Shakespeare Society. Samantha Laurie sees it at Mary Wallace Theatre, showing until Jan 28. more

23 Jan 2017 12:39 Theatre/Arts

If the kids’ first question on holiday is “What’s the wifi code?” perhaps it’s time for a new kind of getaway? Samantha Laurie looks at multiactivity family breaks more

4 Jan 2017 11:25 Kids/Schools

Yet to read the manual for your camera and wean yourself off that auto button? Samantha Laurie asks an expert for help in securing some fab festive pics more

28 Nov 2016 12:23 Kids/Schools

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As your teenagers hit the social scene, how sure are you that they would know what to do in an emergency? Samantha Laurie on why learning first aid could be the difference between life and death more

26 Oct 2016 14:41 Kids/Schools

Love, marriage and duty are dissected in this sparkling adaptation of one of the best-loved novels of all time. Samantha Laurie reviews Pride and Prejudice, coming to New Victoria Theatre, Woking on October 25-29. 4.5 STARS more

3 Oct 2016 12:39 Theatre/Arts

Orwell’s bleak vision of the future makes for a chilling and brilliant night of theatre. With just six weeks to run, Samantha Laurie reviews an unmissable 1984, at Playhouse Theatre more

16 Sep 2016 15:19 Theatre/Arts

Youngsters without skills and companies without workers: something is rotten in the state of Britain. Could a new type of school help? Samantha Laurie asks its champion, former Education Secretary Lord Baker more

13 Sep 2016 14:43 Kids/Schools

TV pest controller Jimmy Clarke is helping kids enjoy nature. Samantha Laurie explains more

16 Aug 2016 13:55 Kids/Schools

This bonkers mix of circus, acrobatics and madness, performed by a troupe of scantily-clad musclebound hipsters from Quebec may be one of the most bizarre things you'll see this summer. Samantha Laurie reviews Barbu at Southbank's Spiegeltent more

21 Jul 2016 12:40 Theatre/Arts

Learning an instrument isn’t all about written notes. Samantha Laurie talks to Mark Robinson about new ways to get kids interested in music more

18 Jul 2016 14:24 Kids/Schools

Its superb location and sweeping riverside views make this a top spot for summer evenings. But can the food match up to the views? Samantha Laurie checks out Wandsworth newcomer, View 94 more

18 Jul 2016 11:23 Food

One year on since its refurbishment, Lyric Hammersmith celebrates with this rousing rendition of Bugsy Malone. Samantha Laurie enjoys the custard pie crossfire. more

12 Jul 2016 13:42 Theatre/Arts

Want to lift the tent flaps on more than just caravans and new-mown lawns? Samantha Laurie checks out woodland campsites for a family adventure over summer more

17 Jun 2016 11:34 Kids/Schools

We slather them in suncream and would never let them play in the sun without a hat. But aren’t we forgetting something? Samantha Laurie looks at sunglasses for kids more

23 May 2016 17:23 Kids/Schools

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Man shall not live by bread alone – but a few sandwiches really helps. Andy Smith, founder of Feel Good Bakery, tells Samantha Laurie about a Roehampton charity putting troubled youngsters back on track more

23 May 2016 12:12 Food

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