Issue 47 | July/August 2013 www.familiessolenteast.co.uk
Bumper Summer issue! Your guide to all the best family news & events
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....to the summer issue of Families magazine! Like every summer issue, this one is all about what’s going on this July and August. We have trawled all the best local places for events, workshops, clubs, classes and summer camps so you don’t have to! Plus, this is our biggest ever issue! 32 pages of what’s happening in the area for you and your family as well as some special tips from our team of mum editors to help you survive the holidays. Please do drop me an email if you have anything you would like to share with us at Families magazine - we love hearing from you. I hope you have an amazing summer!
Local news and events for you and your family
7 That’s Showbiz Jazz hands and rock bands - get
them expressing their creative
talents and see the benefits.
Mandy Earle - Editor
4 Local news
8 Clubs & Activities Looking at what local club
providers and Leisure Centres are
up to this summer.
12 Summer learning Linda Jones gives us some great
Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Waterlooville, Havant, Hayling Island, Chichester, Petersfield, the Isle of Wight & all the places in between.
ideas to avoid summer brain
On the cover: Lily and Hayden Nicholson. Photograph by Nicola Muir at Rob Paul Studios, Havant, 023 9245 5255
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15 Confidence Once it’s gone, can you get it
back? Milly Pocock gives us a
few baby steps to make a start.
16 Holiday!! Whether you’re taking off or
staying put, we have loads of tips
to make it the best holiday yet.
21 On yer bike How to have a successful family
22 What’s on
Your Bumper guide to all the
best family friendly events in the
Solent East area this July &
August (including a list of holiday
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Summer ideas from...
So the weather is somewhat changeable, and the school holidays are looming. What two things could strike more fear into a parent’s heart? But do not fear, there are plenty of fun activities to do with the children that are bound to interest them more than the umpteenth trippy episode of In the Night Garden or Scooby Doo. Filling a small tray or container with compost and creating your own miniature garden can be fun and messy - perfect for wiling away a couple of hours. You can raid the toy box to add small toy animals to create a farm scene, and if you are feeling very creative you could build little buildings out of lolly sticks. Of course, you
could also plant seeds and watch them grow over the school holidays. Cress grows quickly and looks a bit like grass (if you squint). Broad bean seeds could look like trees when they are a few inches tall (and then you could pop them into a pot to continue to grow and produce yummy beans!). Painting flower pots is also a great way to entertain youngsters, either inside on a rainy day, or out in the garden if the sun is shining. Acrylic paint is fine for terracotta pots and you can seal them with a coat of sealant to protect them. Once dry, you can plant them up with a sunflower, tomato plant or whatever you fancy! And you can use them year after year too. For more gardening ideas, why not pop down to the Southsea Greenhouse community garden at Canoe Lake in Southsea.
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The Southsea Greenhouse Community Garden has been buzzing since its launch in April. The farm shop has been selling organic fruit, vegetables and plants, and our volunteers have been busy in the garden with planting and weeding. Visitors to the garden can see new raised beds, including the Radio Solent RHS garden which is being featured regularly on the Good Life spot on the radio. Children have designed their own pots and planted seeds at our family craft workshops. Call 07530 913211 for info on workshops, to order a veg-box, become a member, or to find that special plant or flower. Even better bring us your surplus seedlings/produce and swap it for something new
Summer Reading Challenge Enter The Creepy House, if you dare! In this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2013. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s in your local library this summer. Parents and carers love the Summer Reading Challenge because children discover the joy of reading – and kids love it because it’s fun! Join in at your local library from Saturday 13th July 2013. Collect your Creepy House membership pack and collect stickers for each book
you read during the summer. If you read six books you will be invited to the winners’ event where you can collect your winners’ certificate and medal. It’s not just about the books! Most libraries have lots of special activities during the holidays, and it’s a great place to meet and make new friends. They are also looking for Summer Reading volunteers aged 12 – 19 years to assist with children in your local libraries – a great way to share your love of reading.
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Southsea Coffee Co. Southsea Coffee Co. opened in May this year and has already become a firm favourite, especially with parents and their children. Serving fresh roasted espresso and hand poured filter, alongside loose-leaf tea, real hot chocolate, the best cakes from local bakers as well as sandwiches and salad for lunch. It is, as they say, a coffee shop for all - a lovely relaxed place where children are treated to a blackboard mural they can add to with
chalk and a selection of toys. A coffee shop created by parents for parents. Great space, great staff and most importantly, great coffee! 63 Osborne Road, Southsea PO5 3LS. 023 9307 9501
Navy Neverland FREE Family Fun Day – 3rd August Family fun at Goodwood Racecourse this August Goodwood Racecourse has a classic treat lined up for all ages with the return of their eagerly-anticipated 1950s-themed August Bank Holiday weekend. Held over three magical days, this special event rekindles the nostalgic Summer Holidays of yesteryear to create the ultimate family day out. Come along and enjoy a fabulous choice of traditional entertainment together with live music and a selection of scrumptious treats. Take your little ones to the oldfashioned funfair, put your feet up at their replica beach front or even try your hand at lawn bowls – there’s so
many attractions across the racecourse. The exciting children’s playground is new for the 2013 season and gives children the perfect opportunity to have loads of fun in a safe environment. Located in the familyfriendly Lennox Enclosure, the playground includes a wide range of structures including Balance Pole, Climbing Log Challenge, Roundabout, Basket Swing and a Play Unit with Slide. The playground is totally free for youngsters aged between 4 and 12 years. In this enclosure you can also bring a picnic and watch all the racing action from directly by the rails as you share a family afternoon to remember. Live music includes jazz on the East Parade Lawn, rock ‘n’ roll and even a string quartet, while there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. An action-packed card of racing is on offer each day so you can savour the thrill of first-class contests such as the Betfair Celebration Mile on Saturday. With family tickets starting from £16 and free admission for children, telephone the Ticket Office on 01243 755055 for tickets or visit www.goodwood.com to book online.
This year’s summer arena event is a free family fun day, inspired by all things Peter Pan. Navy Neverland is set to be awash with re-enactment displays, music from Nautical Training Corps and craft activities. There’ll be challenges to get accepted into the Lost Boys (and Girls!), a chance to find the Lost Treasure of the Dockyard, and, Shiver Me Timbers, even Pirates roaming loose. All topped with a sprinkling of Pixie Dust. And of course, there’ll be balloon modelling, face painting and candy floss … What more could you arrgh-sk for? Oh yes, and it’s all free!
Face 2 Face Isle of Wight Face 2 Face Isle of Wight is a befriending service for parents of children with disabilities. The scheme offers one to one emotional support from trained volunteer befrienders who can support parents either at diagnosis of their child’s additional need, at a time of crisis or whilst going through gaining a diagnosis for their child. All befrienders are parents of a child with a disability themselves so can truly empathise. They
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Navy Neverland runs from 11am until 4.30pm, beginning with the launch of a Charity Field Gun Pull from the Victory Arena all the way to Poole. Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard For further information, please contact Molly on 023 9272 7582 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org are available to emotionally support, empower and encourage parents at any time that may be less than easy in relation to their child’s additional need. Support can be either face to face, via email or telephone. Referrals to the Face 2 Face IoW service can be made by parents or local professionals (with the parent's consent). If you feel you could benefit from this service, or are interested in becoming a befriender, please contact the scheme coordinator Ally Nordbruch-Goode on 07435 966750 or email ally. email@example.com
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The Kids Deck
We’ve heard about the awesome line up of music, but have you seen what’s happening at the Kids Deck? Your ticket also lets you into all the Dockyard attractions, including the new Mary Rose Museum. Peppa Pig Everyone’s favourite pig, Peppa will be roaming around the Kids Deck happy to meet and greet your little ones and pose for pictures along with her brother George.
Be a Pop Star or Rock Star! Sing your favourite songs alongside a real live band to everyone listening in the Kids Deck! (Mum can join in if she wants)
Bounce around on the Kids Deck soft inflatable version of the neighbouring HMS Victory!
Make and Bake Cupcakes
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An adventure playground filled with slides, soft toys and loads of fun, all on a double decker bus!
Stilt Walkers, Balloon Modelling, Big wheel, Traditional Punch and Judy, Naval Tales Storytelling, Make Music Workshops, donuts, popcorn, candyfloss
Enjoy clowning around? Well here is the place to do it! Juggle, walk on stilts, and learn loads of circus tricks from the experts in a safe environment. Be wowed by ultimate street performer Will Gibson…. balloon modelling, knife juggling, circus tricks, he does it all!
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That’s Showbiz! With the likes of The Voice, Britains Got Talent and X Factor, it’s all got a bit showbiz lately and the kids love it! Here’s a selection of local companies who will help bring out your child’s hidden (or not so hidden) talent from choirs and rockbands to walking the red carpet!
Youngstar TV & Film school Youngstar TV & Film school are now taking bookings for their highly recommended and popular Summer Holiday course. Youngstar are giving children and young people the chance to spend a fun filled week staring in their own film or for the younger ones feel like a real pop star in their own music video! Film course 8-11 yrs / 12 -18 yrs ( 5 days) During the week everyone is involved in creating an original film. The students will work alongside a top TV writer who will write the film from some of the students ideas. At the end of the week the students
will film the final piece with the help of a professional film crew!! Films will be screened at the Harbour Lights Cinema at a Hollywood style premiere Pop video 5-7 yrs & 8-11yrs ( 3 mornings) Youngstar are also running a course for 5 - 7 & 8-11 year olds, the younger performers get the chance to star in their own pop video incorporating street dance, singing and acting to create an edited DVD to treasure forever. Courses throughout August. for general info and to view prices visit www.youngstar.tv Bookings Call 01489 880205 or email youngstartvandfilm@ gmail.com READER OFFER - "QUOTE Families" and get 10 % discount on holiday course price if you book before the 25th July 2013
www.rocksteadymusicschool.com With lessons in electric guitar, drums, keyboards and vocals, Rocksteady Music School will give your child a solid grounding in all aspects of being a musician as well as opportunities to showcase their talent and grow in confidence.
Join a band The point of learning an instrument is to play it together with other musicians. As part of the Rock Band Programme, your child will: Join a band of up to seven other musicians and rehearse together for 30 minutes every week. Work with their band to learn and achieve something together. Develop cooperation, leadership and patience, right from the very start. Parents and teachers report the added benefits of improved concentration, teamwork and listening skills. And of course, the children are having fun while they’re doing it!
Cantando Music Portsmouth based singing teacher Rebecca Robertson of Cantando Music has formed an all singing and all dancing Glee Club for young people ages 8-16. The Glee Clubs run from St Judes Church in Southsea at 5.00-6.30 every Tuesday and cost £5 per session, this can be paid either on a weekly basis or alternatively you can choose to pay a term in advance. No block booking is required, no experience is necessary and no auditions will take place, the only thing needed to join
a Cantando Youth and Junior Glee Club is the passion for singing and dancing and enthusiasm. The Glee Club will perform 2 – 3 times a year alongside Cantando Female Voice Community Choir and singing students from Cantando Music in showcases and concerts at the end of each term. For further information or to enquire about private singing tuition with Cantando Music visit www. cantandomusic.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07515734674.
The lessons are open to 4-11 year olds with no experience necessary and take place during school time so they don’t clash with existing after school clubs. Rocksteady provide all of the instruments, children are collected from their classrooms and taken to learn, play and perform as a band by the Rocksteady tutor. Concerts are organised by Rocksteady and dates are given out as soon as they're confirmed - at no extra cost.
Take it to the stage Performing is a key part of being a musician. Your child will experience this from the beginning.
Opportunities include: Jumping on stage at a Big Bash concert. Performing in front of friends at school performances. Recording the school rock album. If your child attends one of the schools mentioned below, you can call now to register your child for instrument lessons for September 2013. To guarantee your child a space, call 0845 094 1259. If you are a school or parent interested in finding out about what Rocksteady could bring to your school, they are also offering FREE music assembly & workshop days for the autumn term to all infant, junior or primary schools in the area. Contact them to book a date or for more information on
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‘‘The children have the opportunity to learn skills using high quality instruments which would not normally be available in schools. The fact that children are able to perform as a band right from the start brings an immediate sense of achievement and promotes personal and social skills - I have witnessed first-hand the buzz of children who have just finished their Rocksteady lesson. The smiles on their faces speak volumes’’ Kathryn Robinson – Vice Principle Lyndhurst Junior School, Portsmouth
Rocksteady currently operate in the following schools: Northern Parade Infant & Junior Schools, St Jude’s CofE Primary School, Meon Infant School, College Park Infant School, Lyndhurst Junior School, Uplands Primary School, Titchfield Primary School, Wicor Primary School, Castle Primary School, St Jude’s Catholic Primary School, Denmead Infant School, Denmead Junior School
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7th August - Water pistol fun - Bring spare clothes (You will get wet!) and your choice of water weapon. 14th August - Ultimate games - American dodge ball, capture 50:50 & a whole lot more 21th August - Giant treasure hunt. - Find the clues, crack the codes, overcome obstacles and find the prize
Learn to canoe in a fun, safe environment.You must be able to swim 200m and be confident in deep water. Age 8 to 15. 9am to 10am (in the main pool) Advance booking essential. Wednesdays from 7th - 28th August
Have fun on our competition-size trampolines plus try our new mega-size bouncy castle. 2.30 to 4pm. Ages 8 to 13. Booking advised Thursdays 1st – 29th August
Fun & games for young children, plus art activities & big bouncy castle. 10.30am to 12 noon. Age 5 to 7 Wed 7th August : Scarecrow building. We have the rubbish—you just have to turn it into some super scarecrows. Wed 21st August : Who can make the funniest looking robot?
Intensive junior swimming lessons
Five day courses, based on the new NTPS levels 1, 2 and 3. Lessons last for 30 minutes each day. Age 4 to 15. Weekly from 12th 26th August
Havant Leisure Centre 023 9247 6026 Inflatable Swim £2.90 child/£3.75 adult
Run, bounce and slide across the giant swimming pool inflatable. (must be able to swim in deep water) Wednesday 10.30am – 11.30am Friday 10.30am – 11.30am Saturday 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Adventure Playtime - £3.65 per child Supervised session for young children with gymnastic equipment, bouncy castle and soft play toys. Tuesday 9.15am – 10.15am (1-4 yrs) Tuesday 10.30am – 11.30am (1-8 yrs) Thursday 1.45pm – 2.45pm (1-4 yrs) Thursday 3.00pm – 4.00pm (1-8 yrs) Horizon Kids Club - £22 per day
School Holiday Activities, children are entertained throughout the day with swimming, arts & crafts, play Centre, bouncy castle and team games. Lunch can also be provided. Tue - Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm
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What’s on at your local Leisure Centre this summer holiday... Fareham Leisure Centre 01329 233652 www.everyoneactive.com Swimming - they have a variety of swim
sessions for children including stoke clinics, ship wrecked – personal survival, swim fitness, starts and turns and intensive crash course for beginners and much more! Inflatable & Raft fun sessions run Tuesday to Friday’s 121pm and Saturday’s 4.30-5.30pm.
Get going this summer! Open Weekend 27th and 28th July Fareham leisure centre are inviting the local community to try taster sessions at the centre run by them, external providers and also by sports and activity clubs that currently hire our facilities.
Active Kids Club – Play Scheme running
from July 24th - August 30th for ages 5 – 12 years. Whole day priced at £21.60 and half day £13.00. During play scheme children participate in activities such as: swimming, gymnastics, football, netball, hockey, arts and crafts, team building and team challenges and more.
Summer Dance School Theatre –
Musical Theatre Summer School running from 29th July - 2nd August for ages 5 – 10 years. Where children will be dancing, singing, acting, script learning and prop making. £16.00 per day.
Waterlooville Horizon Leisure Centre 023 9224 5900 Inflatable Swim - £3.20 C/£3.95 A Run, bounce and slide across the giant swimming pool inflatable. (must be able to swim in deep water) Tues & Thurs 2.30pm – 3.30pm Fun Swim - £3.20 C/£3.95 A Mon, Wed & Fri 10.30am – 11.30am Mon, Wed & Fri 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Gosport Leisure Centre 02392 534950 www.dcleisurecentres.co.uk
The centre is offering summer swimming crash courses for beginners Weekly during the holidays from Monday 29th July. £27.60 for 5 days of swimming 9.30-10.00am & 10.00-10.30am Age 4 years and over Facilities at the new Gosport Leisure Centre include: State of the art gym, workout classes, dance studio, 25m swimming pool & teaching pool, sauna & steam room, swimming lessons, sports hall, activity /meeting room, 5 and 7 a side 3G all weather pitches, children’s birthday parties, an a variety of programmed activities for children & adults
Westgate Leisure Chichester 01243 785651 www.westgateleisure.co.uk Westgate have an impressive selection of children’s activities this summer holidays – check online for more details and prices, but here is a quick rundown.
Trampolining - Drop in classes for mixed abilities and ages -5 years plus Thursday's 1st, 15th and 29th August 1.30pm - 2.15pm & 2.15pm - 3.30pm Mini Tramps - Trampolining for younger children - 3 - 5 years Thursday's 1st, 15th & 29th August 1 - 1.30pm Flip 'n' Fun - designed to encourage agility, co-ordination and balance it's a safe, simple and structured programme from the pool edge...falling, jumping, diving! 5 - 11 years Tuesday 6th & 20th August. 3 - 4pm
Pre- School Gymnastics - Usually an
enrolment activity at Westgate, but this summer they are able to offer this ever popular session as a holiday activity. Each pre-school gymnastic session will encompass the six main categories which are -climbing, balancing, rolling, co-ordination, swinging, running and jumping. 2 1/2yrs - 5yrs Wednesday's 7th & 14th August. 1-1.45pm
Gymnastics - A chance this summer to
have a go at some gymnastic skills and fun. Each session will include climbing, balancing, rolling, co-ordination, swinging, running and jumping. 5yrs plus Wednesday's 7th & 14th August. 2-2.45pm
Wet Fun and Games - An hour of non-
stop splashing and sploshing games! An experienced coach will lead this session using a selection of aqua equipment and play games designed for the water. 8 years plus Thursday 8th & 22nd August. 3 - 4pm
Snorkelling - You will be instructed by a
professional and qualified instructor. Using masks, fins, snorkels and flippers see the world that lies beneath the surface of the pool. Once the skills have been mastered there will be some snorkelling fun and games. 8 years plus Tuesday's 13th and 27th August 2.00pm - 3.00pm Beginners 3.00 - 4.00 intermediate (attended pervious holiday snorkelling session at Westgate).
Go-Kart and Bouncy fun - Jump around on the bouncy castle and test your driving skills on track. This session is 2 hours of fun and madness. 5 - 10yrs Monday 5th and 19th August. 1 - 3pm
PLUS!! Tiny Tots & Baby Gym every Friday, Waterwalkerz (imagine a human 'Hamster Ball' on water!) and Toddler Gym every Wednesday, Aquaventure on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Timetables are subject to change - Please do double check with the centre before leaving.
tennis? Anyone for
Ahead of the new Tennis Centre opening soon in Portsmouth, children and adults can start swinging their rackets at three of Parkwood Community Leisure’s other sites.
Mini Tennis Children between 3 and 10 years old can now get stuck into the world of tennis with this exciting programme from the LTA and Parkwood Community Leisure. With smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls Mini tennis sessions offer the perfect introduction to the sport with all the fun and energy of the real thing. These sessions will run across the Parkwood sites in the City and for further information on these please contact each individual site:
Mountbatten Leisure Centre
023 92626500 Charter Community Sports Centre
023 92838798 Wimbledon Park Sports Centre
Cardio Tennis Charter Community Leisure Mon 7-8pm Looking for a new way to work out? Cardio tennis is a fun, sociable group fitness class set on a tennis court and open to people of all ages and abilities. Supported by motivating music and qualified instructors, you’ll get to hit lots of tennis balls during your session and have a great cardio workout at the same time. Artists Impression of the new Tennis Centre opening soon at the Mountbatten Centre
If you want to do something different this summer, check out Portsmouth Watersports Centre for a variety of activities and water sports. From Kayaking tours around Langstone Harbour, see the seals close up or even hire bikes to cycle the harbour route. They also boast one of the tallest climbing towers in Portsmouth, complete with high ropes and trapeze! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro they have a variety of courses/activities to suit your needs. If you have always wanted try a water sport but you’re not quite sure which one, they offer taster sessions in sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and rowing – sessions are available all summer and are a great way to see which one suits you. In addition to a full programme of weekend courses, there is an extremely popular range of holiday-adventure courses for children run through the summer holidays, all staffed by fully qualified instructors using the best equipment.
Open all year round, Portsmouth Watersports Centre is easily reached by the M27, A3 (M) and A27, making it ideally placed for quick and easy access from a wide surrounding area. For more information contact the Centre on 023 9266 3873 or visit
www.portsmouthwatersports.com You can also find them on Facebook
www.facebook. com/Portsmouth. Watersports The many young people who return year after year to the Watersports Centre are a testimony to the popularity and quality of the courses. Parents regularly report of their confidence in being able to send their children to a facility that has been in continuous service for over 40 years and where safety and professionalism are of the highest order.
Or why not try out one of their FUN DAYS, which consists of the climbing wall, rock pooling, ‘catch a crab’ competition and ‘build a kart’. Their weekend clubs are a great way for children to continue participating in their chosen sport, Team 15 Windsurfing Club, Kayaking Paddle Power Club and the Sailing On-board Club are all held on Saturdays and Sundays. They also cater for birthday parties, corporate events, team building activities, and school events. Bike hire is available for you to tour round Langstone Harbour and they have a selection of recommended routes.
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Summer Learning Tips! The summer holidays can easily turn into six weeks of excess computer games and television watching. Here are a few ideas from Linda Jones of Kip McGrath Education Centre to keep your children’s brains working during the summer while still having fun.
Allow children to be the family timekeeper and get them to wear a watch every day. Younger children will love how important this responsibility makes them feel!
Money Do a car boot sale with your children or help them start their own micro -business (e.g. making and selling lemonade). Younger children could create a pretend shop in their bedroom from things around the house – give them some post-it notes and a pen to put prices on their toys and raid your coppers jar for some shop-keeping role play.
The past Let them interview grandparents or an elderly neighbour. This can really bring ‘history’ to life and their interviewees will love recounting stories from their youth.
Read recipes, use scales and cook delicious food together.
Encourage them to keep a diary every day during the holidays. Children can maintain their writing skills while also capturing memories for the future.
Reading Take part in the Library Service reading challenge which rewards children for reading a minimum number of books. Also, as the new school year approaches it may be useful to discuss routines and agree how to organise time, work and any household chores which need to be done. Finally, if they still complain about being bored, try saying “well I guess I haven’t given you enough chores yet!” and see what happens.
Free childcare available for Portsmouth families Mums receiving free childcare from Portsmouth City Council have said it's made family life much happier. Families who receive certain benefits can claim up to 15 hours of free childcare for two-year-olds and more people are encouraged to find out if they qualify.
was difficult giving them both my attention. Now Jessica's at nursery in the afternoon I can spend time with her older sister. "Jessica's so talkative now and tells me all about her day. The whole family is more relaxed and we have proper chats, instead of being stressed and snappy.
"Being able to take-up the Sonia Smith 29, mum of Keira free childcare has also given two, Jade me time to three and look after my Georgia "It's made a real granddad, it's eight, said: been great for difference for us, "Keira used everyone." so other parents to be really Gerald Vernonclingy should find out if Jackson, Leader before they benefit too." of Portsmouth starting City Council nursery, so I said: "Free was worried childcare has already shown how she'd settle in, but it's to make a huge difference to been fantastic. She's really families. confident and her speech has "Any parent who think their improved, which has helped child might qualify should her hearing difficulties. "The free childcare means I've get in touch to find out more. been able to find work as a carer. It also gives me time to myself at home to complete assignments."
"The criteria for those who can claim has been extended so families who need a little more support will benefit.
"It's made a real difference for us, so other parents should find out if they benefit too."
"It's really important families know the free childcare is available and don't miss out."
Lorraine Roberts, mum of Jessica two and Sadie eight, said: "I have two girls and it
For more information contact 023 9268 8830 or visit www.asksherlock.info click on free childcare button.
The free childcare will fund a nursery place for 38 weeks. The criteria for free childcare has now been extended to families who receive: • Income Support • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance • Income related Employment and Support Allowance • Child Tax Credits and an income of less than £16,190 • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit Children looked after by the local authority may also be eligible.
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Top tips for a tear-free vaccination Portsmouth City Council's 'Be a hero' campaign encourages parents to protect their children with life-saving vaccinations. Here are some tips from practice managers to help on the day.
childcare for two-year-olds
If your child is two years old and you receive certain benefits, up to 15 hours of free childcare could be yours.
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Wear the right clothes
Babies under 12 months have jabs in the thigh. Older children have them in the arm. Avoid chunky, padded or tight-fitting clothes with lots of buttons and straps. Thin cotton layers fastened with poppers are perfect for babies, and loose or short sleeves are ideal for older children.
Time it right
Give yourself enough time to get to your appointment without having to rush. Ideally, allow yourself an hour for the appointment as clinics can run behind schedule and you need time to ask the nurse questions.
If you’re feeling nervous
It’s natural to get anxious when your baby or child is having a vaccination. But try to stay calm and treat the procedure in a matter-of-fact way, as your child will pick up on your anxiety. Usually, the nurse will ask you to hold your child on your knee. If you’re nervous about seeing your child having an injection, ask another family member or friend to attend with you to hold your child. Older children generally find it less traumatic if parents explain that vaccination is a good thing that will keep them healthy. Use easy to understand words to prepare your child for what’s going to happen at the surgery.
After vaccination, give a painkiller if needed
Vaccinations shouldn’t hurt, although the area injected can be sore and red afterwards. Your child may develop a mild fever (a temperature greater than 37.5ºC) after the vaccination. If a fever develops, you can give your child infant paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat it.
Be aware of allergic reactions
A serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a vaccination is rare. If it does happen, it’s rapid and usually happens within minutes. The people who give vaccinations are trained to deal with anaphylactic reactions. Children recover completely with treatment. Tell the nurse before the injection about any bad reactions your child has had following any previous vaccinations. If your child is prone to fainting, ask if they can have the vaccination lying down.
Advice for relatives
If a relative or friend (including fathers who don’t have parental responsibility) is taking your child for their immunisation, they will need permission from the person who has parental responsibility; they therefore must have a letter from you to give to the nurse.
Then let the Hampshire Childcare and Family Information Team help! For information about childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, out-of-school clubs, holiday play schemes and free part time early years education in Hampshire, contact the Hampshire Childcare and Family Information Team on
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Business! In this special Mums Mean Business, we speak to four inspiring mums who are making it work - having a career they love (most of the time at least!) alongside bringing up a family. Sue Stokes is founder of Southsea Greenhouse and mum of five, all now grown-up except Elle, 11 years old. ‘’I loved every minute of being at home with my babies. I free-lanced in window dressing when they were toddlers and my lovely mum doted on them while I stepped back into the world of work. Learning a new skill while I was at home with the little ones helped me feel balanced in that my own world didn’t just stop still and be all about babies. I became a Post Natal exercise Teacher for the National Childbirth Trust which meant there were more babies to cuddle (Ian my husband said that the last ten years had been one long post natal discussion-he was right). Since then I have studied and worked in childhood studies and regeneration and realised that I wasn’t alone in trying to find a life balance that fitted me as a woman and as a Mum. Southsea Greenhouse has been like bringing on a new family; I am working
Nicola Bates is the owner of Make, Craft Café and Mum to Nell 8 years old & Amelie 20 months old.
with the most gorgeous people of all ages and meeting lovely children every day as they come join us in the garden. No matter how many sleepless nights and busy days, being a mum who works (both paid/unpaid) is a challenge, but it is also a blessing and a joy. I wouldn’t change a thing.’’
Julia Golding is the owner of The Daisy Chain Gift Shop in Southsea and mum to two girls, 11 and 9 years old. ‘‘My husband Paul and I had been talking about starting our own business for a couple of years. He was working 14 hour days as a Head Chef and I was teaching French part-time. As we are both approaching our 50’s, when we spotted the perfect location for our gift shop in Marmion Road, Southsea, we realised it was “now or never”. So we put together a business plan and went to see our bank! That was about a year ago now. We opened in October and had a fantastic Christmas. Although sales have been slow recently due to the bad weather, we are confident we have made the right move. I love meeting and talking to all our lovely customers and best of all, I’m my own boss! It is hard juggling the business with family commitments, but Paul’s parents have been amazing collecting the girls from school and giving them their dinner every night. We couldn’t have done it without them!’’
‘‘Being a mum who works is a challenge, but it is also a blessing and a joy. I wouldn’t change a thing.’’
Liz Bourne works in the publications department at the University of Portsmouth, writing, editing and project managing the University's marketing publications, while being mum of three children, aged 16, 14 and 10 years old. ‘’I left a job at a London publishers when I had my first child, and found myself doing freelance writing and editing for the next sixteen years, including setting up Families Solent East magazine! I ran the magazine for 5 years before becoming editor of the Hayling Islander, the sister newspaper to the News. But my priority has always been the family. We have never been particularly bothered about having a holiday every year, or a huge car, so as long as we had enough money to eat and pay the bills, we were fine. I think that this has enabled me
‘’Starting a craft cafe with a young family has been a steep learning curve in many ways. I haven't worked since before my first daughter was born. I am a qualified hairdresser and have also worked in legal recruitment too but none of those satisfied my creative side. When my first was 18 months I enrolled on an access to art & design and went on to do a degree in illustration where I received a first class honours whilst pregnant with my second daughter. After graduating, when my youngest was 9 months, I took part in the Pipeline competition (through Portsmouth university's enterprise department) with my business plan, was selected to present my idea to a board of successful business people and I won. This gave me the confidence to put my plan in to action and 8 months later I opened Make. I have a lot to thank my husband, family & close friends for. It is a difficult balance as I work 5 days a week now (plus two late nights) but my eldest is able to come to the shop after school and between me and my husband our youngest spends 3 and a half days with us. My girls are happy, clever & both independent which I love. I don't believe you have to stop being you because you’re a mum and I feel it's important, particularly having daughters, to pass on to them that you can make a living for yourself doing something you enjoy.’’ to pursue jobs that are challenging and, most of all, interesting to me. Working for myself built my confidence and I have recently returned to full-time work at the University, now the children are old enough to look after themselves a bit more.’’
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The Summer Holiday by Robina Cowan
It’s the break we’ve all been looking forward to through the dank winter and spring months – here comes this year’s summer holiday. Here at Families, the editors have children spanning all ages from three months to the early twenties, so you could say we’ve been there, done that. We put our heads together to pool our experience and best ideas for you. Happy travelling!
Before you go Label your child’s clothes, towels and backpacks, especially if you will be using kids’ clubs – they WILL go missing. Labels 4 Kids (www.labels4kids.com/fam) and Easy 2 Name (www. easy2name.com) both stock packs of instant labels so the job’s a breeze and it’s a much cheaper solution than replacing lost items. They also have ID wristbands so you can label the children with your contact details. Use Google Street View with the children to look round your planned location and help get familiarised with the landscape, ‘foreign’ signs and local attractions. You can also use it to create a list of places to visit. Photocopy everyone's passport and keep the copies in a different place. If the originals go missing, proof that you had passports will make it much easier to tussle with overseas authorities when it's time to come home. Have up to date pictures of your children on your phone - if they go missing you can show authorities what they look like. Freeze food to await your return - even fresh milk can be frozen - so you don't come home to an empty kitchen. Some very organised mothers even do an online shop before they leave for delivery on their first day home. Now, that's organisation!
Lost luggage is a nightmare. Rather than filling one suitcase per person, pack a couple of daytime and evening outfits for everyone in each case so you can all get started while the hotel/ airline tracks down the missing bag.
On the way Long car journeys are not all about being plugged into gadgets. Try story tapes - as a family, we are all totally addicted to the ‘How to Train your Dragon’ series. The ‘Michelin I-Spy’ activity books are great fun, as are the free downloads from www.rac. co.uk/advice/car-knowledge/ top-ten/car-games/. I made up some sheets myself for a journey through France and they kept my boys amused for hours.
Involve your children in the For flights, Usborne’s ’50 packing even if just a small Things do on a Plane’ will part is their responsibility. keep them It occupies Accept that holidays are not occupied, them while going to be effortless when rrp £5.99, you are busy you have children, just as life while the Top and gets at home is not effortless. Trumps range them into is great for the holiday older children, especially if mood. Then check their you're willing to join in. choices: you may find fancy dress costumes and nothing Flying is the one time I am sensible (OK, I admit this is relaxed about screen time - if from experience!) you have electrical gadgets, use them. Make sure you Add a small ‘emergency bag’ have some child friendly to your hand luggage, with headphones to hand so as plasters, tissues, sachets of not to 'share' your child's love paracetamol, cotton wool, of Peppa Pig with the entire needle and thread, safety plane. pins, wetwipes and a few sweets (for bribing and Sucky sweets (as they are wiping away tears). Oh the known in our house) are satisfying feeling to have great for little ones who what you need just at the struggle with their ears on right time! take off. Give babies a bottle (or breastfeed) to stop their Pack spare clothes in your ears popping. hand luggage in case of ‘accidents’. Pack an extra layer for the Leave a spare set of keys with flight even if you're flying from a warm UK to a tropical a friendly neighbour in case destination. Planes can be of home emergencies, losing chilly and children won't relax yours or locking yourself out if they're not cosy. (I’ve done that just when we were about to leave!) If your child is crying on the flight, don't panic. Most of Cancel the newspapers and the passengers on board ask your friendly neighbour will be either parents or to return the wheelie bins to grandparents and will have your property on collection sympathy for you. Your day, so you’re not advertising priority is settling your child an empty home.
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in the best way you can. If your child has a favourite teddy or comfort blanket, make sure it's in your hand luggage. It may help calm them and that in turn will calm you.
While you’re there Resist the temptation to Facebook your day's antics or check your emails - you're on holiday. Put the phone down. When packing to come home, check the back of every drawer, cupboard and even under the beds for favourite toys that might be lurking unseen. Have a quick rifle through the hotel/resort Lost Property box for mislaid hats/t-shirts etc (patting yourself on the back for labelling them beforehand).
When you return Take your holiday laundry for a service wash - it's a small price to pay for not having to sort, wash and dry all those gritty beach towels and sunscreen covered t-shirts.
And finally. . . Work on a 70:30 ratio. Accept that holidays are not going to be effortless when you have children, just as life at home is not effortless. If you can enjoy 70% of the time you are away together, that's a result. 30% will be about tantrums, tiredness and bad moods. But if you come home knowing that for most of the time, you relaxed, laughed and enjoyed the time spent together as a family, it's been a success!
If you’re opting for a staycation this year, here is what some of our best local attractions are up to this summer. Fishbourne Roman Palace Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, PO19 3QR 01243 785859 Have a go at all things Roman, from costume to crafts, clay work to cuisine every Thursday during August at Fishbourne Roman Palace’s Summer Fun days. Lots to do, indoors and out! They are also holding a Festival of British Archaeology from 23rd July – 2nd August where you can join their special excavation then wash your finds and find out what they tell us about the Romans. Suitable for aspiring archaeologists of all ages!
Spinnaker Tower Gunwharf Quays 023 9285 7520 At 170 metres high, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben! Amazing 350º panoramic views stretching up to 23 miles of Portsmouth Harbour, the South coast and the Isle of Wight. Now with the i-view, interactive touch screens which provide an innovative and exciting way for visitors to interpret the breath-taking views. Children will love walking on air’ across the glass floor. View Deck 2 is home to the Café in the Clouds and ‘The crow’s nest’ Deck 3 is open to the elements so you can feel the wind in your hair. Save on your ticket price with their new summer family ticket and Passport to Portsmouth (see pg. 29 for more details)
Paultons Park Ower, Romsey, SO51 6AL, 02380 814442 This August Paultons Park is offering families the opportunity to meet six much-loved characters from three of the nation’s favourite children’s television shows. Throughout the summer, Peppa Pig and George will continue to make daily appearances in Peppa Pig World. The popular characters will appear on the veranda in front of the school house to meet and wave to their fans. On Sunday August 11, guests to the Park will also have the opportunity to meet Ben and Holly from Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. The characters will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the Park on the day. Finally, firm favourites Fireman Sam and Norman Price will also be making personal appearances on Sunday August 18.
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One of the finest woodland gardens in the country, from botanical rarities to masses of spectacular colour. The steam Railway follows a one and a quarter mile circular route on a 12 ¼” gauge Children will enjoy spotting woodland animals, including deer, rabbits, a squirrel, fox and frog, together with contemporary metal sculptures. The train also passes a Plant Nursery and an Exotic Fruit Patch and on to a second lake, home to "Hump-phrey, The Lake Moss Monster."
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Thomas & Friends return to the Watercress Line for more family fun 10th – 18th August. Shake hands with the Fat Controller, meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, take part in Thomas themed activities and ride the big steams trains all day! FREE Thomas sticker and certificate for every child! FREE activities, bouncy slide, children’s entertainer and face painting! FREE rides with Thomas, Toad and Diesel! It’s a great value family day out, not to be missed!
Marwell Wildlife Park Colden Common Winchester SO21 1JH, 01962 777407 In celebration of their 40th anniversary Marwell Wildlife have been busy bringing Go! Rhinos, a world class mass public art event, to the streets and parks of Southampton. For 10 weeks throughout the summer of 2013, rhino sculptures will inhabit the streets of Southampton, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in the area, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild rhinos and how the Southampton business community can make a difference. The largest Zoological park in Hampshire, Marwell has a huge diversity of wildlife from Lemurs to Leopards., Australia Bush Walk, Savannah tracks, Tropical World, African Valley, and Encounter Village, See the penguins swim underwater at Penguin cove. The park also has two large play areas, pick up the free tractor train at several points around the park if their legs, or yours, get tired.
Royal Navy Submarine Museum Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS, 023 9251 0354 Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays, families can meet the challenge to be part of Sammy Sardine’s crew on-board HMS Alliance. Starting on Tuesday 30 July and running through to Thursday 29 August these activities will be taking place and you can drop in to do them anytime from 10am to 3pm. The Sammy Sardine Summer School activities include crafty crafts, making instruments, bubble making, baking, code breaking and a Boat Fest! Families can also find out just how smelly submariners were, the ghastly food they ate and how sub loos could turn into poo fountains at the family exhibition Horrible Science of Submarines. For the very young, splashing fun with water, dressing up as pirates to play on the pirate ship is the order of the day in Busy Boats Bay, a new indoor play area for under 5s.
SS Shieldhall Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN. Entrance via Dock Gate 4. www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk 023 8089 0532 SS Shieldhall is a Heritage steam ship and a member of the National Historic Fleet. Recognised to be the largest working steam ship of her type in Britain and probably Europe, she serves as a tribute to Britain's maritime heritage and a living reminder of the golden age of steam. They have special cruises running throughout the summer, including the 25th Anniversary Solent Celebration Cruise on 28 July 2013 with good food, real ale (available to purchase) and live music as well as several cruises celebrating Cowes week suitable for all the family. See what’s on section for more details.
Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN, 01590 612345 Beaulieu is continuing the popular Bond in Motion Exhibition, updated for 2013– the world's largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles right here in Hampshire! There is also the World of Top Gear, featuring vehicles from some of the programmes most ambitious challenges and On Screen Cars including Ron Weasley's 'Flying' Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Have a bird’s eye view of the Beaulieu grounds on the mile long Monorail, watch a Falconry display or let the children loose on the Dipstick’s Driving Circuit. 10% discount on advance online ticket.
INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester SO21 1HZ, 01962 863791 The South’s best hands-on interactive science and technology centre and the UK's largest capacity digital Planetarium! Featuring 100 interactive exhibits demonstrating science and technology of the world around us in an engaging and exciting way. Still exhibiting their Olympic themed hands on exhibition - the ‘Science of Sport’ - find out about how muscles work, the winning skill of concentration, how to bend a shot like Beckham and how satellites will beam the images of the Olympics around the world. They will also be holding Falconry displays every Friday throughout the holidays with demonstrations at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
Staunton Country Park Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB, 023 9245 3405 Let the kids loose in 1,000 acres of landscaped parkland then take a stroll around the Farm and feed the friendly animals. With crafts and activities through the holidays, an excellent outdoor play area and Georges indoor Play Barn, it is a great value day out. (Entry voucher on Page 31!)
Queen Elizabeth Country Park Gravel Hill, Waterlooville, PO8 0QE, 023 9259 5040 Explore over 20 miles of interesting trails and take in the views from the highest point on the South Downs. (See what’s on section for more details and car parking voucher on Page 31!)
Manor Farm and Country Park Brook La, Southampton SO30 2ER, 01489 787055 The clocks have been turned back to 1940s for a fun packed summer down on the farm. Join in special war time activities, face painting and pony rides. Feed the friendly animals, have a go at milking and discover their new hatchery. (entry voucher on Page 31!)
Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA, 023 8045 5157 Discover magical woodland trails, take a ride on the miniature railway or just relax and enjoy the park space with views over the Solent.
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A long weekend in the
Children make brilliant cycling companions – they’re adaptable, energetic and want to have fun. Just follow these rules to ensure that it’s an enjoyable experience!
Bikes need to complement your lifestyle so, before you buy, think about where you want to use them. Depending on the ages of your children and your levels of fitness, you may need racers or mountain bikes for sporty action, hybrids for a mixture of road and trail riding, plus smaller models and balance bikes for the children. Whilst you tend to get what you pay for, the most important part is the right size frame. If you also intend to use your bike to commute, find out if your employer runs a cycleto-work scheme – you could save up to 40%. Once the bikes are chosen, remember to take a spare inner tube and a puncture kit to keep them moving, plus a good quality helmet and a drink. It’s also worth investing in a good bike lock so you can pop in for tea and cake en route!
Before the Ride Do your homework:
Make certain you are familiar with the bike route. If you get lost or the route is longer than expected, your child may suffer not only from a diminished experience, but potentially in more serious ways such as dehydration or exposure – older children will enjoy the planning too and might even learn some geography if you look at a map together. Start early: Children tend to tire quickly in the afternoon. Take advantage of their energy in the morning and start your ride early.
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Invite playmates: Cycling is
more fun when shared. If your child has a friend who is at the same level of competency on a bike, bring him or her along.
Slow down: Realise that a 4-mile ride may take 2 hours. Don’t expect to ride as fast as you would on your own. Be aware of traffic: What might seem like light traffic to you could be a more dangerous situation for your child, whether biking separately or in a trailer. Be prepared: Carry a tool kit
and know how to use it. Also, carry a first-aid kit that includes a few bandages and antibiotic cream to handle minor cases of road rash.
Dress right: Bring a daypack
to hold extra jackets in case the weather changes. Also, try to wear bright clothing or reflective sashes, to aid your visibility.
On the Ride
Take breaks: Plan on taking a
lot of short breaks. Allow time to stop, get off the bike and explore.
Drink water: Always have water readily available. Try to drink before feeling thirsty to stay hydrated. Eat snacks: A well-timed snack can defuse a squabble or bad mood and keep energy going. Kids tend to misbehave more when they’re tired, hungry or thirsty. Make it fun: Choose an interesting route that goes by gardens, streams, views, farms or a favourite shop. Most children are more interested in what they can see along the route rather than what’s at the end of the road or trail.
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full glass of juice over the table, the lovely head waitress was there quickly and smoothly dealing with the mess, easing the situation and my own red-faced embarrassment. Apparently Eastbourne's the sunniest spot in the UK? It poured with rain all weekend (you can pick your hotel, but you can't pick your weather - not in this country anyway) so the hotels indoor pool and other facilities were a massive hit with us all when the only other option was to get just as wet stepping outside! The new Family Favourites collection feature everything from children’s check in desks, golf lessons, free ice cream refills, DVD and book libraries. To find out more go to www.bestwestern.co.uk or to book call their award-winning reservations team on 0845 33 00 120
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Summer Holiday Workshop days & Camp providers The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS. Box Office 023 9247 2700 10am – 3pm £15.50 per day, £65 for any 5 days (purchased in one transaction) Packed lunch available incl. filled roll, crisps, fruit or cake and fruit juice for £4 per day 31 July Getting Fishy – Art - For ages 5 – 7 -Make some felt fish puppets and fishy pictures. With Ruth Cargi War Hammer painting – Art - For ages 8 – 12 –. Paint a War Hammer picture. Bring your War Hammer models to paint. With Ed Owen-Jones of ‘Dragon Armoury 1 August Under the sea – Dance - For ages 5 – 7 - Create an under the sea dance. Make fishy face mask too. Show at 2.45pm. With Kate Hewitt Monster Creature – Art - For ages 8 – 12 - Sculpt a monster creature model from air dry clay and wire. With Lyn Unsworth 2 August Sea horses - stories & Art - For ages 5 – 7 - Hear some seahorse stories and be part of the seahorse races. With Nikki Kidd 2 Scratch Animation – Computer design For ages 8 – 12 - Design our own computer art and games. With Chi Nguyen 7 August Wild Dance – Dance - For ages 5 – 7 - Turn yourself in to a wild creature with face paint and create a wild dance. Show at 2.45pm With Kate Hewitt Jungle Drums – Music & Art - For ages 8 – 12 - Make some jungle drums and instruments and create cool beats and rhythms. Show at 2.45pm With Ollie Corbin 8 August Willow Creatures – Art - For ages 5 – 7 - Turn yourself in to a wild creature with face paint and create a wild dance. Show at 2.45pm With Kate Hewitt. Street Dance – Dance - For ages 8 – 12 - Make some jungle drums and instruments and create cool beats and rhythms. Show at 2.45pm. With Ollie Corbin 9 August Go Wild – Art & Stories - For ages 5 – 7 - Make and decorate wild jungle drums and instruments and create cool stories, beats and rhythms. With Nikki Kidd our resident Storyteller. 3 Scratch Animation – Computer Animation - For ages 8 – 12 Design our own computer art and games. With Chi Nguyen 21 August Pirates Dance – Dance - Age 5 – 7 - Make a pirates hat and dance the
pirates hornpipe dance. Show at 2.45pm. With Kate Hewitt Pirates Sea Shanties - For ages 8 – 12 - Sing some loud and raucous sea shanty songs. Bring your instruments too. Show at 2.45pm. With Ollie Corbin 22 August Ahaaarrrrgh! Be a Pirate – Art & Stories - For ages 5 – 7 - Talk like a pirate. Look like a pirate. Make a hat, patch and parrot. With Nikki Kidd our resident Storyteller. Sling your Hammock - For ages 8 – 12 – Make your own hammock in a day. Decorate it too. With Lyn Unsworth 23 August Flying Parrot – Art - For ages 5 – 7 - Make and paint your flying parrot to hang in your room. With Ruth Cargill Pirate Ship Models – Art - For ages 8 – 12 – Build an awesome pirate ship with a master prop maker. With Ed Owen-Jones of ‘Dragon Armoury’ Youngstar TV & Film School Dance, acting and singing Fareham Visit www.youngstar.tv. Bookings Call 01489 880205 or email youngstartvandfilm@gmail. com. READER OFFER - “QUOTE Families” and get 10% discount on holiday course price if you book before the 25th July Throughout August Film course 8-11 yrs / 12 -18 yrs (5 days). Children spend a fun filled week staring in their own film or for the younger ones feel like a "Real" pop star in their own music video! At the end of the week the students will film the final piece with the help of a professional film crew!! Films will be screened at the Harbour Lights Cinema at a Hollywood style premiere Pop video 5-7 yrs & 8-11yrs (3 mornings) Younger performers get the chance to star in their own pop video incorporating street dance, singing, and acting to create an edited DVD to treasure forever. For general info www.youngstar.tv. Portsmouth Watersports Centre Summer Holiday Activity Weeks Eastern Road, PO3 5LY Portsmouth Monday to Friday, 9.30am 5.00pm. £125 per child per week, limited space only. 02392 663873 15 – 19 July/29 July – 2 August/26 – 30 August 3 week long summer adventures for the kids with lots of outdoor fun. The week consists of den building, beach safari, bushcraft skills,
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climbing and high ropes, build a bird box, pond dipping, raft & kart building, campfires, rock pooling and a trip to Staunton Park plus loads more!!! Rocksteady - Rock Band Summer Camp, Northern Parade Junior School. Doyle Ave, Hilsea, Portsmouth PO2 9NE 5 days from 9am - 3pm for just £159. Limited spaces available. Book your place now on 0845 094 1259 5 - 9 August A whole week of playing in a band, making music and having fun. No experience necessary. All equipment provided. West Hill Park School Super Camps Multi-Activity Summer Camp, West Hill Park School St. Margaret's Lane, Titchfield, PO14 4BS 01235 832222 to book £128 per week (4 day Bank Holiday week) £160 per week 5 day week. £40 per day (Please note we are not open on Bank Holidays) Weekly 22 July – 30 August Activities that include Sports, Arts & Crafts. Up to 8 Activities per day No 2 days are the same! Exciting activities suitable for children from the age of 6 years old. Book individual days or full weeks. Drop off facility available from 8am and collect by 6pm - core hours 9am - 5pm. Group book with your children's friends. Sports Hall, Tennis Courts, Crafts Rooms, Forest Area.
Kingscourt School Super Camps Multi-Activity Summer Camp Kingscourt School Catherington Lane, Catherington, PO8 9NJ. 2km west of junction 2 of the A3(M). £128 per week (4 day Bank Holiday week) £160 per week 5 day week. £40 per day (Please note we are not open on Bank Holidays) £128 per week (4 day Bank Holiday week). £160 per week 5 day week.£40 per day 01235 832222 to book. Weekly 29 July – 23 August Activities that include Sports, Arts & Crafts. Up to 8 Activities per day No 2 days are the same! Exciting activities suitable for children from the age of 6 years old. Book individual days or full weeks. Drop off facility available from 8am and collect by 6pm - core hours 9am - 5pm. Group book with your children's friends. Sports Hall, Tennis Courts, Crafts Rooms, Forest Area. Zoom Summer School The Kings Theatre, Southsea. PO5 2SH, 02392 828282 A week long event Monday till Friday from 9am - 5pm. £140 for the week. Discount for 2 or more children. 29 July – 2 August (7-12 yrs). Audition, rehearse and perform in a brand new production. Students will cover acting, singing and dancing and at the end of the week perform a full production to your family and friends. Based upon The Tortoise and the Hare, Zoom is a sparkling musical comedy which retells the famous fable in an unusual way.
West Hill Park School RAW Adventure summer camp West Hill Park School Art Summer School St. Margaret's Lane, Titchfield, The Kings Theatre, Southsea. PO14 4BS PO5 2SH, 02392 828282. 01235 832222 to book A week-long event Tuesday till 7-14 year olds. Each course runs Friday from 9.30am - 4pm. £112 from Monday to Friday, from for the 4 day week (Bank Holiday 9.20am to 4.30pm. Drop off is weekend) Discount for 2 or more from 9am and pick-up until 5pm. children (£96) They also offer extended Hours 27 – 30 August The Kings Theatre Art Summer if you require extra time to cover School - Led by the Kings the working day. £144 per week theatre’s artist in residence Simon (4 day Bank Holiday week). £180 Whitcomb, the theatre’s first arts per week 5 day week summer school will focus on an Weekly 29 July – 30 August imaginative representation of Activities include shelter-building, The Kings Theatre, its history fire-making, navigation and and productions incorporating tie-dying bandanas. During the characters and other elements course, children will develop their linked to Portsmouth. The work will learning through exploration and include a variety of techniques in discovery through other outdoor composition, drawing and painting activities such as: Build your whilst studying the theatre building.’ own survival Kit, Wild Bug Hunt, Stone Tools and Trap Making, Mini Expedition – Map Making, Advanced Map Skills, build a team Have your school holiday catapult or trebuchet. The young workshop or camp listed here explorers will get all their new outdoor skills signed off, and can Call 02392 362 737 document all their adventures in firstname.lastname@example.org their own Adventure Journals.
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What’s On Your guide to the best family events this July & August. Although we aim to be as accurate as possible, the events listed in our What’s On section are compiled several weeks beforehand and may be subject to change. Some events may have a charge, so please contact venues in advance to check full details.
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Regular Events 2nd Monday of the month Paulsgrove Library, Marsden Road, Portsmouth, PO6 4JB 023 9237 78182 2 - 3pm. Share stories, rhymes and a simple craft. Parents, carers, and under 5s all welcome. Every Tuesday Baby & Bumps @ Make Make, 4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 10:30 - 12:30. Parents & babies (0-12mths) craft morning, bring your craft, whether it's knitting, crochet or sewing, and relax knowing you and baby are welcome and you can do a spot of crafting and we'll supply the tea/ coffee & cake. Expecting mums this is also a good group if you have any questions. No entry fee. Email email@example.com Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month LEGO Club Ryde Library, Isle of Wight Brand new LEGO Club at Ryde Library - Taking place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 3.30 - 4.30. Adults are encouraged to 'Stay and Play' with their youngsters, who can create anything imaginable from the LEGO we'll provide. This is a free event, and there's no need to book. Just come along for as long as you like, and join in with the fun. refreshments provided. 01983 562170 Every Wednesday Slice of Make, Make, 4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 19:00-21:30. Open craft night, very sociable group for adults of any age. Bring your latest project whether its knitting, crochet, quilting or patchwork (or others) and meet other likeminded people. Enjoy some tea/ coffee & cake too. No entry fee. Email info@ makesouthsea.com
Every third Wednesday of the month Southsea Sling Ltd – Sling Library Havelock Community centre, £2.50 entry per adult, free teas coffees etc plus hire options available. A monthly library service giving you the chance to try before you buy from a range of different carriers. They also hold regular workshops to make sure you get it right every time. (southseaslings.co.uk) contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Sophy 07801 222714 & Elizabeth 07850936578 Saturdays Mini Makers, Aspex Gallery Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF 023 9277 8080 10:30-11:30am. Toddlers to eight year olds are invited to work with their parents in fun artist led sessions, freeing up their creativity and taking inspiration from the gallery’s ever changing exhibitions. £5 per session..email info@aspex. org.uk to book. Participants are advised to wear old clothes or bring an overall. Children must be accompanied by an adult 1st Sunday of the month Craft & Artisan Market The Boardwalk Port Solent, PO6 4TP 023 9221 0606 11am – 5pm.Waterside Sunday Markets delivering quality products - traders range from hand making crafts including soft furnishings, bakers, innovative and stylish gifts. free car parking Every Sunday and bank holiday Monday Tower tours Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 2pm and 3pm. See the park and beyond as you climb the 166 steps of our chapel tower on a guided tour to enjoy the brilliant views. We offer tours by expert guide every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Supported by ‘Friends of Royal Victoria Country Park’. £4.00 adult, £2.00 child, £10 family and £3.50 per person for groups
Summer Holidays only Saturdays (from 3 August) Young Yarns Make, 4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 10:00-11:30. 8-16 year olds. Every Saturday through the summer holidays, a different knitting or crochet project to complete, yarn provided, please bring own hook & needles (which can be purchased
Families What’s at Make). For more info and to book a space contact info@ makesouthsea.com Tuesdays & Thursdays Vision Photography 151-153 New Road Portsmouth, PO2 7QS 023 9262 0140 to book. Tuesday and Thursdays during the school summer holidays Vision Photography Studio will be running special events - chocolate days, painting days, me and my pet, princess & Super Heros – with all 10x8 inch prints at £10 each and a free photo shoot. Every Tuesday & Thursday (from 25 July) The Boardwalk, Port Solent, PO6 4TP, 023 9221 0606 11am – 4pm. Offering a variety of activities on a drop-in basis. Open to children aged between 3-12, all activities are FREE. Please meet by playground and ensure all children are accompanied by an adult. See www.portsolent.com for more information Every Thursday & Friday Make Summer School Make, 4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 10:30-12:30. For 5yrs +. A different craft each week to take part in. Materials included & tea/ coffee & cake available for the parents too.
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Portsmouth Schools' Music Festival, Portsmouth Guildhall Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB Taking place over 4 nights. This annual festival where all schools and colleges in the Portsmouth area are invited to take part - choirs of children from Infant, Junior and Secondary schools, local colleges, as well as ensembles and dance groups.
Mini Me Market Gosport Gosport Masonic Hall, 6 Clarence Road, Gosport, PO12 1BB Bump to Teen nearly new sale, guest appearance, family fun, arts and crafts. Fundraising for Cancer Research UK. Entrance £1 for adults, Mini Me's Free. Selling tables from just £10. Contact Mail@minimemarkets.co.uk opens 10.00 - 11.30
4 & 11 July Introduction to Crochet Make, 4 Albert road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 18:00-21:00. 2 part introduction to crochet. Learn basic stitches, how to change colour, granny squares & make your own crocheted flower brooch. All Materials included. Email info@ makesouthsea.com
6 & 13 July Introduction to Patchwork & Quilting. Make, 4 Albert road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 14:00-17:00. 2 part introduction to patchwork & quilting. Learn with local team, The Dye Bag, techniques in hand & machine quilting as well as aspects of patchwork. Email info@ makesouthsea.com
Saturdays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Funktifino Vs. The Monkey Love Stunt Team. Funk, soul, motown and more from two of Portsmouth’s best party nights. Free event, weather permitting. Farmers’ Market West Street, Fareham. 9am to 2pm - Up to 40 local producers will be selling the best of their produce directly to customers - everything from freshly picked organic fruit and vegetables to free range eggs, from fish from local waters to rare breed meats, from home-baked bread and cakes to the honey made from local bees. Cookery demonstrations and sampling of healthy menus made from local seasonal produce
by Community Chef Robin Van Creveld and music from local duo Marga Riffs. Creepy House Story Time Special, Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1BT 11am to 12 noon. Dare you come and listen to our spooky stories and then make some scary finger puppets. Suitable for under 10s accompanied by an adult. FREE! No need to book, but places limited.
6 - 7 July The 1940s Experience Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Havenstreet, PO33 4DS Pure nostalgia! Jitterbug your way back to the 1940s, experience travel by steam train, and relive the hustle and bustle of a country railway station where war time activities collide with every day rural life. Staged mainly in and around Havenstreet Station – 10am – 5pm each day. www. iwsteamrailway.co.uk. 01983 882204
7 July Cycle The Hayling Island Billy Line Trail Family event - Flat route, 10 mile loop maintained cycling trail (off road). Start and finish at Havant
Saturday 3 August
11am-4.30pm Victory Arena Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Families What’s Train Station Car Park (£2 parking charge a day) Registration from 11am. Refreshments at the mid-way point and pub lunch towards the finish, at The Ship Inn, Langstone on the way back. £12.50 per adult, £7.50 per child including registration, marshalled route, mid-route refreshments and lunch (including child friendly options!) Sundays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. 1960s. The Mods supported by Mojo Dollar. Free event, subject to change & weather permitting.
11 - 14 July Goodwood Festival of Speed Goodwood Racecourse. A huge celebration of fast cars. One of Britain's biggest motor racing festivals. Now a motorsport institution - at Goodwood House near Chichester. www.goodwood. co.uk 01243 755055
13 July Summer Festival at Christchurch London Road Widley 12 noon - 4pm. Fun and games for all the family including entertainment from the South Coast Spinners, local school choirs, Brian Kidd answering gardening questions and the local art group displaying their paintings. There are many stalls and also homemade refreshments. Admission is free. More info. www. christchurchportsdown.org. Little Pickles Market The Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth 10am-11.30am. A market with pre-loved tables for hire to sell baby/children’s items. Prams, maternity items,clothes, shoes, toys, books, highchairs and more. £1 entry per adult, children free and a free entry bag for the first 50 buyers! clarehussein@ littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk Arty-olgy - Local & Naval Studies Centre, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1NS 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30 to 3.30pm. Family workshops for the Festival of British Archaeology. Find out about British Prehistory from the Stone Age to the Romans, using our handling collections, and make something arty from each era! For age 6+. Children 8+ can stay without an adult on completion of a consent form. Tickets £2.50 per person. Book ahead places limited. 023 9252 3463 Saturdays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Dirty rock, ska and ‘funk punk’. A selection of bands presented by Filthy Pig Promotions. Free event, weather permitting.
On 14 July Motorcycle Ride-In Day Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN Public motorcycle ride-in, trade stands and stunt displays. T: 01590 614614. events@ beaulieu.co.uk Little Pickles Market Fareham Leisure Centre, Park Lane Fareham, PO16 7JU 10 - 11.30am. A family market with nearly new tables for hire to sell baby/children’s items. Prams, maternity items, clothes, shoes, toys, books, highchairs and much much more. £1 entry per adult, children free and free goody bag for the first 50 buyers. For more information email: alison@ littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk Sundays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Latin. Son Guarachando supported by Latin Groove. Free event, subject to change & weather permitting. National Trust Community Day Bembridge Fort, on top of Bembridge Down. PO36 8QY. 11 - 4 pm. Join us for a special day of free activities, trails and countryside demonstrations centred in and around Bembridge Fort. Activities include free taster tours of Bembridge Fort and some '50 things to do'. The Rangers will be demonstrating some of their countryside skills, there will be a cake stall from the Needles Old Battery tea-room, plants from Mottistone Manor Garden and stalls and stands from local organisations. 01983 741020 Fun Day at Fort Purbrook Portsdown Hill Road Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 1BJ 11am – 4pm. Visit this iconic fort for our come and try sessions in climbing, archery, judo, karate, air rifle. Traditional games, bouncy castle. Small charge applies for some activities. Food available all day. Free parking available. £5 per adult accompanied children under 16 free. Small charge for some activities. 023 9232 1223
18 July Free Machining, Make, 4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 19:00-21:00. Fun workshop exploring free machining (drawing with your sewing machine). All materials included Email info@ makesouthsea.com
19 July Animal Antics Local & Naval Studies Centre, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1NS 10.30 to 11.30am. Museums for Beginners! An opportunity for under 5’s with their parents or
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carers to come and explore the SEARCH for Science room full of stuffed animals and other natural history specimens. Games and makes and lots of animal fun. FREE but book in advance as places are limited. Please book by telephoning the booking line on 023 9252 3463
19 - 21 July Rhythm Tree World Music Festival Three Gates Farm, Isle of Wight, PO30 4NA The Rhythm tree has a reputation for being the friendliest and most welcoming independent music festival on the Isle of Wight. Every year it brings together a diverse mix of world music and entertainment suitable for all ages and musical tastes.Situated on beautiful tree surrounded farmland close the famous West Wight Heritage Coast with an array of locally sourced food concessions, Kids Go Free Zone, numerous market stalls and craft displays. A short drive from the main ferry port. Under 12’s free. Adult day tickets from £30/ teens from £15. Free parking. www.rhythmtree.info
20 July Little Pickles Market Brune Park School, Military Road, Gosport PO12 3BU 10:00 – 11:30. A family market with nearly new tables for hire to sell baby/children’s items. Prams, maternity items, clothes, shoes, toys, books, highchairs and much much more. £1 entry per adult, children free and free goody bag for the first 50 buyers! Sellers - Nearly New tables £10 and keep all your takings on the day. Limited number of business tables (children-orientated) £15 For more information email louiseabbott@ littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk www. littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk Beaulieu Village Fete, Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu Held in the grounds of Palace House. T: 01590 612345. info@ beaulieu.co.uk Saturdays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Folk and rock. A collection of bands picked by Cellars at Eastney. Free event, weather permitting. Mini Me Market Whiteley Whiteley Community Centre, Gull Coppice, Fareham, PO15 7LA Bump to Teen nearly new sale, guest appearance, family fun, arts and crafts. Fundraising for Cancer Research UK. Entrance £1 for adults, Mini Me's Free. Selling tables from just £10. Contact Mail@minimemarkets.co.uk. Opens 2pm till 3.30pm.
20 - 21 July Bee & Honey Weekend Manor Farm and Country Park Brook La, Southampton SO30 2ER 10am – 5pm. Get close to the amazing world of the beehive, try your hand at rolling a beeswax candle and taste delicious local honey with Fareham & District Bee Keepers Association. Normal farm admission charge
20 - 21 July Southsea Food Festival Palmerston Road, Southsea 01420 588671 Southsea Food Festival brings real food, passionately produced to markets all year round throughout the county. Sponsored by Kenwood
20 & 27 July & 3 August Beginners/Refreshers Crochet Make, 4 Albert road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 12:00-14:00. 3 part introduction to crochet. Learn basic stitches, how to change colour, granny squares & make your own crocheted flower brooch. All Materials included. Email info@ makesouthsea.com
21 July The German Show Beaulieu National Motor Museum A show for all German marques, including VW and BMW. T: 01590 614614. events@ beaulieu.co.uk Sundays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Electro Swing. Beats & Swing presents Kitten and the Hip Free event, subject to change & weather permitting Race for Life, Southsea Common Portsmouth, PO5 3NT UK's largest women only fundraising event - Register to race at 0871 641 2282 or come along to show support. Rare Breeds Show The Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton See over 500 cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry in this agricultural show for rare and traditional breeds of farm animals. One of the biggest shows of its kind in the south east. Plus craft and trade stands with a countryside theme.
23 July - 2 August Festival of British Archaeology Fishbourne Roman Palace Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, PO19 3QR Come and join our special excavation. Wash your finds and find out what they can tell us about the Romans. Suitable for aspiring archaeologists of all ages. 11am – 4pm daily. 01243 785859
Families What’s 24 July Children's Magic Show Church Hall, Mill Lane, Fishbourne PO19 3JN 1pm or 3 pm - Children's Magic Show with Magic Mikey. Each show will run for 50 minutes and promises to be a wonderful memorable event for all the family! £3 per person, all proceeds will go towards the St. Peter Project to build a new Church Hall. Space is limited so prior booking is essential! Please park in the Fishbourne Parish Church car park. For more info or to book spaces contact Helen Frost by email on helen@garnerbank. co.uk or tel 01243 785378
24 July - 11 August Life in the hospital Trail Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA available from 10am – 4pm from the shop. Follow this self-guided trail and find out how many different types of jobs there were in the hospital. There’s a prize if you find them all. £1.50 per trail
25 July Charity Crochet Night Make, 4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 19:00-21:00. Join Make to help add to crochet blankets that are auctioned off for charity. Pattern provided and wool is available, but welcome to donate your spare wool too. Tea coffee & cake available. Email info@ makesouthsea.com
26 - 28 July Orbital Cycling Festival at Goodwood Motor Circuit. Goodwood Family rides,youth and road racing, Audax, paddock expo. Show-casing the latest bikes, with camping too. Find out more at www.orbitalfestival.com
27 July Saturdays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Strong Island with Pie & Vinyl. Ever run a pie and spoon race whilst listening to live music by the sea side? No? Well here’s your chance. Join in for various kinds of pie related japery and some top drawer music. Free event, weather permitting. Kitchen Theatre Commercial Road Southsea Greenhouse & Riverford Organics tantalise your taste-buds. Learn some red hot recipes from our own community chef. Local produce and crafts brought together in one co-operative Call us on 07530913211 www.southseagreenhouse.co.uk
Gift and Craft Fayre Gosport High Street The Gift and Craft Fayre will be operating alongside regular traders in Gosport High Street the collection of Gift and Craft stalls will be situated together near to the Discovery Centre. Pitch prices are £15 for a 3m x 3m pitch and £30 for a 3m x 3m pitch that includes the hire of a gazebo. Interested trader visit www.gosport.gov.uk/ fayres/ or call 023 9254 5425
27 - 28 July Eastney Beam Engine House Open Weekend. Henderson Road, Eastney PO49JF See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine. 1.00pm - 5.00pm. Free admission
28 July Wild bees and summer insects Manor Farm and Country Park Brook La, Southampton SO30 2ER 10am. Learn more about all that buzzes, bumbles or hums around the Country Park on a guided walk led by bee specialist Andy Davidson. Meet at: Farm Reception. £4 per person. Booking essential Sundays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Jazz. The Pedigree Jazz Band supported by The Claire Phoenix Band with The Chris Walker Swingtet. Free event, subject to change & weather permitting.
The Lion King (U), The Kings Theatre, Southsea. PO5 2SH 3pm. The Kings become a cinema for the afternoon. A screening of one of the most celebrated animated films of all time, and winner of two Academy Awards, The Lion King. 02392 828282
30 July Sammy Sardine’s summer school: Beautiful badges, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS, 10am – 3pm . In this first Tuesday explore some of the more unusual badges that have been used to represent submarines. Then create your own to take home and represent your submarine! Free with a valid museum ticket. 02392510354
1 August Sammy Sardine’s summer school: Wacky waves! Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport. PO12 2AS, 10am – 3pm In this first Thursday discover how waves affect people and animals and how they can also affect submarines beneath the waves, create your own waves in a bottle, help us to make sea sound instruments and meet the experts from
Southampton University with their singing bubbles! Free with a valid museum ticket Refreshers/Beginners Sewing Machine Skills, Make, 4 Albert road, Southsea, PO5 2SH 18:30-21:30. Learn how to thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, what different stitches are for and have a good practice before making a cushion. All materials included. Email info@ makesouthsea.com
1 - 4 August Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle, Dorset A festival for all the family, visit www.campbestival.net for the lineup of events and to buy tickets.
2 August Football Skills with Portsmouth FC Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road. Includes penalties against the Pompey mascot ‘Nelson’ and fastest shot.10am - 3pm. Free
25th Anniversary Solent Celebration Cruise, Venue SS Shieldhall, Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN. Entrance via Dock Gate 4. Join the Shieldhall team for good food, real ale (available to purchase) and live music marking the 25th anniverary of the Shieldhall 'in preservation' with a Solent cruise. Cruise 11.00-16.00; £40 adults, £25 children / www. ss-shieldhall.co.uk Simply Vauxhall Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN, A gathering of Vauxhalls, of all models and ages, open to clubs and individuals. T: 01590 614614. firstname.lastname@example.org Mini Me Market Portchester Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Fareham, PO16 9AD Bump to Teen nearly new sale, family fun, arts and crafts, fundraising for Cancer Research UK. Entrance £1 for adults, Mini Me's Free. Selling tables from just £10. Contact Mail@ minimemarkets.co.uk. Opens 2pm till 3.30pm
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Families What’s 3 August Navy Neverland Victory Arena, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Free Peter Pan inspired family fun day. There’ll be challenges to get accepted into the Lost Boys (and Girls!), a chance to find the Lost Treasure of the Dockyard, and, Shiver Me Timbers, even Pirates roaming loose. All topped with a sprinkling of Pixie Dust. And, of course, there’ll be balloon modelling, face painting and candy floss … What more could you arrgh-sk for? Navy Neverland runs from 11am until 4.30pm, and is all free! For further information, please contact Molly on 023 9272 7582 or email: molly. email@example.com
3 August Saturdays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. The Al Fresco Disco. Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes. Underground disco with the DJs from Civilisation Of The Rough.
3 - 4 August The New Southsea Show Southsea Common Southsea Common will become a fun packed showground once
On more, as your local venues combine to bring you a full day out filled with entertainment for the whole family. On Saturday, the climax of the day will be an old fashioned ‘End of The Pier Show’ to take you back to the good old days of the 1970’s with some classic family entertainment. On Sunday, Cirque Bijou, who helped launch the 2012 Olympics will close the weekend with a brand new piece of thrilling circus! A giant tea tent, a beer tent, a real ale bar, a fun fair with carousel and bumper cars, petting zoo, sports activities, dog show, cider bus, milk shake wagon and a host of different food stalls. Gates Open each day at 10am. Tickets available from Portsmouth Guildhall on 023 9282 4355 or www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.thesouthseashow.co.uk Chale Show Military Road (A3055) Isle of Wight, PO38 2JF The Isle of Wight's favourite summer show returns for its 87th year offering a great value, fun filled, family day out. Exciting arena acts, marching bands, Island vintage tractors, steam vehicles and military vehicles, children's creative activity area and annual kids running races, fairground rides and more. www.thechaleshow.co.uk
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3 - 10 August Cowes Week 2013 The oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World with an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,500 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night. The famous fireworks take place on the final Friday of the event. www. aamcowesweek.co.uk
4 August Simply Japanese Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN A gathering of Japanese cars of all ages and models, open to clubs and individuals. T: 01590 614614 email@example.com Sundays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Country & Western. The Cash Collection supported by Plain Loco. Free event, subject to change & weather permitting. Summer Craft Fair Cosham Community Centre Wootton Street, PO6 3AP Free admission. Cards, gifts,art work, jewellery,scrapbook items and lots more. Stall prices - Bring
your own £15, max of two tables. Supplied £20 for 1 table, £25 for two tables. For more information or to book contact 0844 5048218 or 07906 521361
5 August Spooky Stories and Creepy Crafts Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1BT 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.15 to 3.15pm. Join Chris Bennett from Orange Apples Storytelling Company for Spooky Stories and Creepy Crafts. This is a two hour session for families. Suitable for ages 5+ Tickets £2.50 per child
6 August Family Fun: ‘Bush craft’ Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm. Learn some new survival skills in the woods. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are inclusive to everyone regardless of ability. Suitable for 4+yrs. £4 per child Sammy Sardine’s summer school: Games on board, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS, 10am – 3pm . Discover some of the games played on board HMS Alliance, then design and make
Families What’s your own to take home! Free with a valid museum ticket 023 9251 0354 Teddy Bears' Picnic with Punch & Judy and Magic Show Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road Bring your teddy for a picnic at the museum, discover the Teddy Bear Story exhibition and enjoy free entertainment. Picnic lunches available by preorder (023 9283 4779) from the café at £2.95 each. 11.30am - 3pm. Free event
7 August Xtreme Falconry, Portsmouth City Museum, Museum Road Watch fantastic falconry displays at 12 noon and 2pm in the museum gardens.11am - 3pm. Free
8 August Family Fun: ‘Bush craft’ Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm. Learn some new survival skills in the woods. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are inclusive to everyone regardless. of ability. Suitable for 4+yrs. £4 per child Sammy Sardine’s summer school: The great HMS Alliance bake off! Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, PO12 2AS, 10am – 3pm. Discover some of the more unusual dishes that were served on board HMS Alliance in our Horrible Science of Submarines exhibition and then create a cake for the crew of our submarine! Free with a valid museum ticket Cowes Week Dining Cruise on the steamship SS Shieldhall SS Shieldhall, Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN. Entrance via Dock Gate 4. A lunch cruise to view the sights and sounds of Cowes Week, including a fine 2-course buffet. Limited to x 60 passengers. Cruise 11.00-16.00; £60 adults, £45 children / www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk Summer Fun Fishbourne Roman Palace Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, PO19 3QR, Have a go at all things Roman, from costume to crafts, clay work to cuisine. There’s plenty to do, indoors and out! 10am – 3pm. 01243 785859
9 August Cowes Week thrills and spills aboard the steamship SS Shieldhall, Venue SS Shieldhall, Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN. Entrance via Dock Gate 4. Cruising the Solent to view Cowes Week yachting, with its attendant thrills and spills. Cruise 11.00-
16.00; £30 adults, £15 children. ww.ss-shieldhall.co.uk Cowes Week fireworks cruise aboard the steamship SS Shieldhall, SS Shieldhall, Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN. Entrance via Dock Gate 4 Enjoy the spectacular fireworks finale to Cowes Week in prime viewing position aboard the steamship SS Shieldhall. 'The Shieldhall Stompers Jazz Band' will be aboard and light suppers and snacks will be available. Cruise 18.30-23.59; £39 adults, £20 children / www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
9 - 10 August Umbrella Festival Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3BS Jonas Hanway was born on the site of Groundlings. To celebrate the man who is popularised the umbrella, the theatre is holding an afternoon of activities for young and old. Create your own umbrella and join in the festivities with displays, music and arts and crafts. Relax in the grounds with a light lunch and drinks available from the restaurant or wander around the many craft stalls. 11am–5pm. Admission FREE. 023 9273 7370
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10 - 11 August Shipwrecked in Southsea Southsea Castle, Clarence Esplanade Range of family activities. Free. No further details available at time of print. 023 9283 1625
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Sat 5 October -11.30am & 2.30pm
How to Catch a Star Blunderbus Theatre Company
Once there was a boy and he loved stars. He decided he would try to catch a star. But first he had to think of a plan. Especially for small people aged 3-7 £8 adults, £5 children
10 August Saturdays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Indie and rock. An afternoon of bands from the books of Quay West Records Free event, weather permitting.
Fri 1 November - 2:30pm
Arthur’s Dream Boat Long Nose Puppets Based on the book by Polly Dunbar
Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. A magical playful children’s show with breath taking puppets. £8 adults, £5 children
10 - 18 August Day Out with Thomas Watercress Line Thomas & Friends return to the Watercress Line for more family fun! Shake hands with the Fat Controller, meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, take part in Thomas themed activities and ride the big steams trains all day! FREE Thomas sticker and certificate for every child! FREE activities, bouncy slide, children’s entertainer and face painting! FREE rides with Thomas, Toad and Diesel!! Book your tickets online at www. dayoutwiththomas.co.uk On The Day Fares -Adult £16, Child (aged 2-16 yrs) £10, Child under 2 FREE Family (2 Adults and 2 Children – 1 child effectively travels for FREE) £48. Advance tickets are Adult £15, Child £9 and Family £46 plus booking fees.
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Historic steamship Shieldhall Step on board a living reminder of the golden age of steam; visit the Engine Room and Bridge. From family cruises to Cowes Week viewing, spend some time on this flagship of the National Historic Fleet - the largest working steamship of her type in Europe.
11 August See the start of the Fastnet Race aboard the steamship SS Shieldhall. Venue SS Shieldhall, Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN. Entrance via Dock Gate 4. See the spectacular sight of approximately 300 yachts participating in the Fastnet Race as you cruise around Hurst Castle on the steamship SS Shieldhall. Cruise 09.00-16.00; £39 adults, £20 children / www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
CRUISES FROM SOUTHAMPTON ON: 28 July - Cruise & Dine - 25th anniversary ‘In Preservation’ 8 August - Sights and Sounds of Cowes Week 9 August - Sights & Sounds of Cowes Week and also Cowes Week Fireworks 11 August - Start of the Fastnet Race 17 & 18 August - The Old Gaffers Jubilee Festival at Cowes, with on-board performances by ‘Coast’ 7 September - Merchant Navy Day Excursion
Ben & Holly visit Paultons Paultons Park Ower, Romsey, SO51 6AL, 02380 814442 Guests to the Park will have the opportunity to meet Ben and Holly from Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. The characters will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the Park on the day. Simply Land Rover Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN, A gathering of Land Rover vehicles of all ages and models, open to clubs and individuals. T: 01590 614614. email@example.com Sandown Bay Regatta Sandown 10:30am – 9pm. Bay Regatta is a fun family event consisting of beach activities and charity stalls with activities for the children. No Admission charge. 07593 803807 Island Highand Gathering Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens The sights and the sounds of the Highlands return to Robin Hill for more calendonian capers including live pipe and drum performances from some of the UK's best bands, Scottish music, dancing, solo piping and drumming competitions, Whiskey tasting and Scottish food sampling and more. 10am – 6pm. Tickets available online in advance or on the gate. Dogs on leads welcome. Free parking. www. robin-hill.com
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Sundays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Folk. Retrospective Soundtrack Players supported by Day of the Rabblement and Electric Eden. Free event, subject to change & weather permitting.
unaccompanied 50p. Open daily 10am - 4pm; Wed & Thurs evening 6-30pm - 8-30pm. 01983 294075. www.jigsawfestival.wix. com/iow
13 August Sammy Sardine’s summer school: Crafty communications, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS 10am – 3pm . Discover how submariners communicated with the outside world. Learn the secrets of morse code, semaphore and invisible ink! Have a go at creating your own codes and signals to communicate. Free with a valid museum ticket Millers Ark Farm Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road Meet a range of farm animals in the Museum Gardens. 12 noon 2pm. Free Family Fun: ‘Pirates’ Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm. Test out your pirating skills. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are inclusive to everyone regardless of ability. Suitable for 4+yrs. £4 per child. Please book in advance as spaces are limited. Cluedo in the Museum Local & Naval Studies Centre, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1NS 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30 to 3.30pm. Family workshops linked to the creepy house theme of the summer reading challenge. Make your own finger puppet detective and investigate the mystery of the murdered maid in our Victorian house. Whodunit? Where? With what? Suitable for age 6+. Children 8+ can stay without an adult on completion of a contact/ consent form. Tickets £2.50 per person. Book ahead as places are limited Yaverland sandcastle competition Isle of Wight 10am – 1pm . Park in IWC Car Park, Yaverland near Sandown and register on the beach between 10 - 10.30am. Will yours be the last castle standing or the best sand sculpture? The last castles standing will be the ones that withstand the rising tide the longest. Please bring your own beach bucket and spade. Free to enter.01983 741020.
Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JG
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Isle of Wight Jigsaw Puzzle Festival, St. James Church, Church Path, East Cowes Hundreds of completed Jigsaw Puzzles on display, all for sale. Display changes by the minute. Admission:- Adults £1-50; accompanied children free,
Outdoor Arts & Crafts Freshwater Library, School Green Road, Freshwater. PO40 9AP 10am – 4pm. A wide variety of local arts & crafts to enjoy and buy on the lawn at Freshwater Library. Refreshments available, courtesy of the "Friends of Freshwater
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Families What’s Library". During the day there will be rhymetime for babies and toddlers (and their parents), 11.00 to 11.30 and stories and craft for 5 to 9 year olds at 11.30. Free admission.
15 August Family Fun: ‘Pirates’ Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm. Test out your pirating skills. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are inclusive to everyone regardless of ability. Suitable for 4+yrs. £4 per child. Please book in advance as spaces are limited. Sammy Sardine’s summer school: World Food Day, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS 10am – 3pm . Discover some of the exotic places that HMS Alliance stopped at and taste your way around the world with our food stalls! Free with a valid museum ticket 023 9251 0354 Create Your Own Detective Mask Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road A chance to make your own Sherlock detective mask at Portsmouth City Museum! Using parts of actors faces that have played Sherlock Holmes, cartoon images and drawing, make your own new detective! 11am - 3pm. Free Ferrets for fun – with real ferrets! Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1BT 3 to 4.30pm. Gordon Lewis has been keeping and exhibiting ferrets for more than seven years. By looking at the ferret's history, background and uses, Gordon seeks to dispel the myths surrounding this fascinating creature and shows that they can display an affectionate personality. Suitable for families. Tickets £3 adults, accompanied children Free
15 August - 1 September Chichester International Film Festival The 22nd film festival will launch with two open air screenings on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August in Priory Park across the road from the cinema. Organised by one of the best independent cinemas in Sussex. Visit site or call for more details. www. chichestercinema.org. 01243 78 66 50
16 - 18 August T4 Rally, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN 200 T4 vehicles on display within the Beaulieu grounds. T: 01590 614614. firstname.lastname@example.org
17 August Family fun day Nicholson Gardens, off Spring Garden Lane, Gosport FREE family fun day run annually at Nicholson Gardens for the whole community. Activities include bouncy castles, games, soccer skills, tombola, crafts, competitions, puppets, as well as BBQ and refreshments. 10:30am - 4:30pm. Saturdays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Rounding off the season with some funk, soul, reggae & rock. Free event, weather permitting.
17 - 18 August Cruise to the Old Gaffers Jubilee Festival, Cowes, aboard the steamship SS Shieldhall SS Shieldhall, Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN. Entrance via Dock Gate 4. Enjoy a leisurely Solent Cruise to the Old Gaffers Jubilee Festival aboard the steamship SS Shieldhall, also featuring local folk/ rock band Coast. Cruise 09.0016.00; £30 adults, £15 children. www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
17 - 18 August
New for 2013: i-VIew INteractIVe INterpretatIoN ScreeNS discover one of the most fascinatinG sea and landscapes, includinG the mary rose wreck site and the new mary rose museum!
New SUMMer faMILY tIcKet SaVe oVer £5! UntiL 3rd SEPtEmbEr 2013 02392 857520 Gunwharf Quays, portsmouth po1 3tt open daily 10am to 6pm (9.30am to 7pm throuGhout auGust)
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www.spinnakertower.co.uk *family ticket is valid for two adults and two children or one adult and three children. family ticket is available until 3rd september 2013.
Vintage and Steam Festival The Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, PO18 0EU Steam engines, traction engines plus music too.01243 811363 Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2013 Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, PO36 0LU The Island's biggest summer show featuring a packed schedule of stage & arena events, over 300 commercial stalls, fairground rides, vintage vehicles, edible treats to die for and a selection of charttopping acts. The world famous Isle of Wight garlic flavours everything, from hot crusty bread to moules, sweetcorn, prawns & lamb, to beer, ice cream, popcorn, olives, coffee & lots more, transforming 'lunchtime' into an all-day experience to savour www.garlic-festival.co.uk. 01983 741 510
18 August Fireman Sam and Norman Price visit Paultons, Paultons Park Ower, Romsey, SO51 6AL, Guests to the Park will have the opportunity to meet Fireman Sam and Norman Price. The characters will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the Park on the day.02380 14442 Mini Me Market on location Jubilee Park, off Milton Road, Waterlooville, PO7 6AW Family Fun Summer Fete with Mini Me Market on location. Contact Mail@minimemarkets.co.uk Opens 11am till 3pm
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Families What’s Sundays at the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1 – 4pm. Reggae. The Majestic supported by The Hotsteppers, Mighty Z Allstars plus DJs and MCs. Free event, subject to change & weather permitting.
19 August Wildlife Photography Fakes Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road, Gosport. PO12 1NS 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30 to 3.30pm. Drop-in family fun linked to the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Bring your camera or borrow ours and improve your digital photography skills. Stage your own wildlife photo with our stuffed animals. Print it out (technology allowing) and make a photo frame. Enjoy games and activities with photos and specimens. Tickets £2 per person on the door.
20 August Family Fun: ‘Seashore Safari’ Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm. Fun and frolics on the seashore! All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are inclusive to everyone regardless of ability. Suitable for 4+yrs. £4 per child Sammy Sardine’s summer school: 20,000 leagues under the Solent! Royal Navy Submarine Museum Haslar Jetty Road, PO12 2AS 10am – 3pm . Dive into the Solent and discover more about the submarine and ship wrecks that call the Solent their home. Meet the experts from the Mary Rose Museum, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, Southsea Sub Aqua Club, Gosport Diving museum and much more! Free with a valid museum ticket 023 9251 0354
On 20 August Dot-to-Dot Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road. Join H2oh! Education for a Dotto-Dot Discovery Trail around the museum. Search the building for flagged exhibits to discover dot-todots to draw to complete you trail. Bonus round available for those who are quick on the draw! 1 – 3pm. Recommended for families with children aged 7+ No need to book, just drop in. Allow around 45 minutes to complete your trail. Free
22 August Family Fun: ‘Seashore Safari’ Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm. Fun and frolics on the seashore! All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are inclusive to everyone regardless of ability. Suitable for 4+yrs. £4 per child Sammy Sardine’s summer school – Boat Fest! Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS, 10am – 3pm . Explore and celebrate Gosport’s maritime heritage with our first ever Boat Fest. See demos from 5th Gosport Sea Scouts, meet local sailing charities including Toe in the Water, Ocean Youth Sailing Trust, Tall Ships Youth Trust, Gosport Youth Afloat Project and see some of the fantastic mini boats belonging to Gosport Model Boat Club and Portsmouth Model Power Boat Club. Free with a valid museum ticket.023 9251 0354 Teddy Bears' Picnic with Punch & Judy and Magic Show, Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road Bring your teddy for a picnic at the museum, discover the Teddy Bear Story exhibition and enjoy free entertainment. Picnic lunches available by preorder (023 9283 4779) from the café at £2.95 each.11.30am - 3pm. Free
23 - 25 August Nostalgic August Bank Holiday Weekend, Goodwood Racecourse A fabulous choice of traditional entertainment together with live music and a selection of scrumptious treats. Old-fashioned funfair, replica beach front and lawn bowls – there’s so many attractions across the racecourse. New children’s playground including Balance Pole, Climbing Log Challenge, Roundabout, Basket Swing and a Play Unit with Slide. The playground is totally free for youngsters aged between 4 and 12 years. In this enclosure you can also bring a picnic and watch all
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the racing. Family tickets from £16 and free admission for children. Telephone the Ticket Office on 01243 755055 for tickets or visit www.goodwood.com to book online.
23 - 26 August The 39th Island Steam Show Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Havenstreet, PO33 4DS Stunning shows in the main arena - Mr. Alexander's Travelling Show returns with acts of juggling, balancing, uni-cycling, illusion and all manner of skills. The main arena will also feature loads of other entertainment – including musical traction engines! Interesting parades and unusual demonstrations. trampolines, 'Red Indian' face painting and our children's play area. variety of refreshments and real ale. www. iwsteamrailway.co.uk. 01983 882204 International Scooter Rally 2013 In and around Ryde Town Widely recognised as the biggest scooter event in the world, this is a fun-packed weekend for the scooter enthusiast culminating with the awesome spectacle of the round the Island ride-out on the Sunday afternoon. Other highlights include a custom scooter show & various forms of live entertainment. www. vfmscoot.co.uk
24 August Last weekend of the Bandstand The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 1940s afternoon tea dance, The Three Belles and Pete Western Swing Band, 1-4pm. Evening of Classical Music, 6 - 9pm. The Bossard Quartet and The Victory Brass Band. Free event, subject to change & weather permitting.
24 - 25 August Victorious Festival. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Huge music line up, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard attractions, loads of free kids attractions, live music, boutique market, bars, catering, Real Ale Festival and entertainment. £15 for adults and £5 for kids (under 5’s free).. Eastney Beam Engine House Open weekend, Henderson Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9JF see the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine. 1.00pm - 5.00pm. Free admission
24 - 26 August Portsmouth International Kite Festival, Southsea Common Clarence Esplanade, PO5 3PB Scheduled arena events between 10am and 5pm, and free flying throughout the event. Free event in it’ 22nd year, organised by
Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain. Refreshment outlets will also be on site and kite sellers. 023 92826722
25 August Simply Classics Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN Drive-in & display of club & owners’ classic cars. T: 01590 614614. email@example.com Closing event fireworks spectacular, The Bandstand, West Battery Gardens, Southsea 6 - 9.30pm. Songs in the Key of Stevie featuring The Band of Wonder supported by Hairforce 5
26 August Supercar Showdown Beaulieu National Motor Museum Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN Over 50 high performance supercars will be on display and revving up on the Demonstration Run. T: 01590 614614. events@ beaulieu.co.uk The Southern Motor Show Stokes Bay, Gosport The biggest motor show to ever happen in Gosport loads of cars from old to new, trade stalls, food , rides, inflatables and lazer quest, if you would like a stall or more information please contact matt guest on 02392 586666. 10am 6pm. £2.00 Adults, 50p Children
27 August Family Fun: ‘War Wounds’ Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm. Imagine life when the hospital was here. Make your own war wounds and test your First Aid skills. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are inclusive to everyone regardless of ability. Suitable for 4+yrs. £4 per child Sammy Sardine’s summer school: Captain’s Cabin, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, PO12 2AS, 10am – 3pm . Discover our captain’s cabin inside the museum and then create your own mini version inside a shoe box! Free with a valid museum ticket
29 August Family Fun: ‘War Wounds’ Royal Victoria Country Park See 27th August for details Sammy Sardine’s summer school – Marvellous Medals, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, PO12 2AS 10am – 3pm. Discover more about the special medals in our museum, and then create your own medal to take home. Free with a valid museum ticket
Families What’s We're All Going on a Bear Hunt Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2pm Bring your teddy to City Museum and join H2oh! Education for a bear hunt with a difference... Each guided tour will last around 30 minutes. - Children aged 5 – 11. A parent or carer must remain in the museum during the event. Free. Places are limited so advance booking is recommended. Call 023 9283 4744.
Gosport Fire Station Open Day Gosport Fire Station, Privett Road, Gosport, PO12 3SR Gosport Fire Station will be opening its doors for members of the public to come along and meet the local firefighters. There will be Displays, Stalls and plenty to see and do. 10am - 4pm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org
31 August World Music and Food Royal Victoria Country Park Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA noon – early evening. A new event - following the success of ‘Global Rhythms’ in October last year. A great opportunity for the whole family to explore and experience world music and food, with free workshops and demonstrations. Free entry (some activities may incur a small charge). Fortonfest Forton recreation grounds, off Dukes Road, Gosport. A day filled with local live music, stalls, activities, bouncy castles, face painting, food. 10:00am – 7pm. Free
Congratulations to last issues competition winners! Lisa Barnden, Farlington. Penny Bowen-Thomas, Hill Head. Lyn Tier, Gosport. Katherine Robinson, Emsworth. Melanie Hunt, Copnor. Nick Berwick, Fareham. Elaine Edwards, Southsea.
August BAnk HolidAy Weekend
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August Plenty for the family to enjoy over three magical days.
Family tickets from £16, free admission for children. Manor
Country call 01243 755055 or visit For tickets or hospitality
Manor Farm A new discovery every day
• Explore our rainforest experience • Discover our 1,000 acres of Country Park
• Feed our friendly animals
• Visit our Visitor Centre shop and café for local produce
• Discover our new hatchery
• Have a go at milking Manor Farm
• Have an adventure in our country park
• Take in the views from the highest point on the South Downs
• Let the Kids loose in George’s Play Barn
• Enjoy the exciting events throughout the summer
• Exciting events, activities and exhibitions throughout the year
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Offer ends 31st August. Hand in this voucher at our Visitor Centre.
www.hants.gov.uk/qecp Voucher entitles free parking at QECP. Exchange voucher for FREE parking permit in Visitor Centre car pa rking or Shop (vehicle registration to be provided). Only valid for one vehicle on day exchanged. Offer ends 31st August.
One child FREE with a full paying adult (up to 2 adults and 2 children per voucher) QE 1/7/13
www.hants.gov.uk/staunton One child FREE with a full paying adult (up to 2 adults and 2 children per voucher)
• Explore over 20 miles of interesting trails
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Offer ends 31st August. Hand in this voucher at our Visitor Centre.
• Meet our friendly farm animals
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IT . . . D O N ’T M IS S National Motor Museum Palace House & Gardens Beaulieu Abbey BOND IN MOTION World of Top Gear Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7ZN
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Open daily 10am
Tel 01590 612345 www.beaulieu.co.uk