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Issue 68 : July/August 2014

Welcome to our July/August summer issue In this issue: 3- 5

News from around the Chilterns




Everyone, I believe, has the right to retire at 60, and hard as it can be to leave old jobs and work friends behind, there comes a time when we must all take our free bus pass and walk off into the sunset. My time has now arrived. Sort of. My first turn at the helm of the good ship Families Chiltern was issue 8, back in 2004, and we’ve now arrived at issue 68, ten years and 60 issues down the track. My daughter, who was barely one when I published my first issue, is in her final term of primary school, and her brother (who wasn’t even born back then) isn’t far behind. In that time I’ve moved house, gained a dog and lost a husband (last seen headed towards Rangoon with a bottle of arrack. Do send him back if you happen to see him – I’ll pay for the postage). I’ve gone through three cars, four computers, two printers, several hundred chocolate oranges and a small vineyard’s-worth of chardonnay. I’ve been on the PTA; learnt how to Tweet; become an enthusiastic baker, biker and jogger; trained the fish, watered the dog, fed the garden and learnt how to multi-task – although still not very well.

Lots of goodies up for grabs.

A–Z of summer fun Ways to beat the boredom blues.

Blast from the past How to make history come alive.

12-14 Summer camps and activities There’s something for everyone in our round-up of holiday activities.

16-17 Is the new 11+ tutorproof? Sian Goodspeed takes a look.

18-21 What’s on in the Chilterns Comprehensive listing of local events.


Ed’s reading room

Have a wonderful summer,

The latest new books reviewed.


It feels, in short, like time to move on and pass the baton to a fresh young editor. So Families Chiltern is looking for a new owner – a once-in-decade opportunity to acquire your own thriving magazine business, working from home and with hours to fit around you, your family, and your regular shopping and spa appointments. See the advert below for full details, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think the next owner-editor of Families Chiltern could be you. And in the meantime, if anyone fancies swapping a free bus pass for a crate of pinot and a slab of Lindt, do give me a call.

Allison x

Get cooking! Delicious summer food from Beverley Glock!

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Allison Thomas, Editor

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There’s none of the hassle and hard work of starting from scratch, instead you can take advantage of a large and loyal client base and start earning from day one. We have a local team of distributors and writers set up. No particular qualifications are needed but it does help if you are confident, express yourself well, know your way around a computer, and live in or near our area. If you’d like to find out more about running your own business and want a job that works around your family, please call 01494 675487 or email



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News from around the Chilterns New look for Families Chiltern website

Our really useful website, www.familieschiltern., has been given a makeover in time for summer and is now much easier to use. Bursting with stories and news from the Chilterns as well as national articles, you can personalise the site so it’s local to you by adding your postcode the first time you visit. Our interactive what’s on calendar should help make planning your summer holiday activities a breeze – searchable by date, location and age group, it’ll help you to locate local days out, events, shows, fetes and activities, all in a click. Plus if you sign up, you’ll also receive our regular newsletters, too. Find out more at www.

Dress up your specs

to customise their specs. The new and eyecatching range of charms are designed to be easily slipped on and off the arms of children’s spectacles, allowing them to be swapped and changed to suit their mood or outfit. They can be worn individually, as matching pairs or mixed together to create a unique look. The soft plastic charms will fit the majority of children’s spectacles and are available in an initial range of 20 designs, priced at just £1.99 each. Blinx bands are also available so you can even have a bracelet to match.

Tidings of good cheer

Kids looking for a bit of All-American-style gymnastics and glamour, check out Chiltern Cheerleaders, now running classes in Chalfont St Giles. One of the fastest growing activities in the UK, cheerleading is suitable for all children over the age of four and a half, offering a great way to help kids gain self-esteem, fitness and enjoy being part of a team, with classes including dancing, gymnastics and stunting. For more info, call 07973 899 482 or email lizzie@

Bump2Tot Baby and Toddler Show Newly launched this month, Blinx (www. is the brainchild of local Stephanie Collier, who also runs the Little Letter Company, and offers children the chance

Coming to Colston Hall in Gerrards Cross on Sunday 14 September, the Bump2Tot Baby and Toddler Show will be bringing together all the latest products and services aimed at parents

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of children aged 0 to 5 and parents-tobe. The show runs from 10am to 3pm, with the first 200 visitors receiving a free Bump2Tot goody bag. Mia Marsh, organiser of Bump2Tot, says, ‘our shows are aimed at helping local businesses connect with local families. We want to provide an informative but fun day for everyone.’ If you want to exhibit email for package information. For more info, visit

Stressed about the 11+? Is your child getting stressed about the 11+? Many people offer additional coaching for their children taking the exam, but there’s little help available when it comes to helping children cope with the stress of it all. To address this issue, Dr Lucy Russell, lead clinical psychologist at Everlief Child Psychology in West Wycombe, has written Thinkerbud, an online course for children preparing for the 11+. Once you’ve registered on the Thinkerbud website, your child is guided through the course by ‘Bud’ (taking about an hour), who will teach your child about stress, how it affects people and what you can do about it, before building their own action plan. There is some recent published evidence to support initiatives like Thinkerbud. Researchers at the University of New Orleans presented a group-administered, test-anxietyreduction intervention including relaxation techniques to 325 eight to 17-year-olds, all of whom were found to be experiencing higher than usual levels of exam stress. By reducing exam anxiety the researchers also observed reductions in symptoms of anxiety disorders, depression and lack of control. Thinkerbud can be found at at www. and costs £25. Dr Lucy Russell can be contacted on 01494 521332 or

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Flying Start this summer Flying Start Tuition are offering a full range of 11+ holiday courses and mock tests this summer. There are a range of courses available, catering for children at different stages in their 11+ preparation. Mock tests are an invaluable way of alleviating nerves and developing confidence with exam techniques, and pupils who attend holiday tuition often perform better in the real exams than those who don’t. Families Chiltern readers can also take advantage of a special offer: book five mock tests and get £25 off; 2013 mock test practice papers are also now available to purchase. Early booking recommended, since places fill up fast. For further information, visit:, email hello@ or call 01494 772898.

Explore Learning summer discounts

Looking for a way of keeping your kids’ brains busy over the long holiday? Explore Learning are offering families joining in July a 25% discount off their first full month of tuition at participating centres – and you can also book a free trial to see whether their programme is right for your family. Explore has centres across the UK providing maths and English tuition for ages 5–14 of all abilities, and also run special 11+ exam preparation courses. Centres are open seven days a week and are Ofsted registered, so you can use Childcare Vouchers to pay for membership. Children attend up to twice a week on a drop-in basis, working with tutors who serve as educational role models and motivators. Each child is given a personalized learning programme tailored to their needs, and all Explore courses map to



the National Curriculum – a combination of benefits which has led to the company being named Supplementary Education Provider of the Year at the prestigious Education Investor Awards for the past two years running. For more information or to book a trial, visit www. or call your local centre.

11 Plus Tutoring Academy extra classes

Starting in September, 11 Plus Tutoring Academy will be running additional group courses for the Buckinghamshire 11+ in Maids Morton Village Hall, North Bucks. Pupils will have access to a range of resources, supported by one-to-one holiday and half-term tuition focusing on children’s weaker areas. Classes run weekly, with small groups led by experienced tutors and supported by a thorough and challenging syllabus covering non-verbal reasoning, English and maths. Classes make the most of the time available by concentrating on ‘active tuition’ rather than practising during the sessions or spending time on marking. Mock exams will also be offered in the leadup to the 11+ in August. For information, call Kathryn on 01242 221271 or email

The slide rules Following rave reviews last year, the giant slide is returning to Cliveden this summer, helping to raise awareness of the ambitious conservation project currently underway at the magnificent South Terrace (open daily during the holidays 1–4.30pm, subject to weather). Visitors climb up to a 6.5m-high platform, offering views of

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the conservation work-in-progress, sliding back down to ground-level via the 22.5 metre long slide – far more fun than the stairs! Other family favourites open during the summer include the storybook-themed play area, the challenging Cliveden Maze and weekly Wild Wednesday events (throughout the school holidays). More info call 01628 605069 or visit

Labels4Kids new website Labels4Kids’ new and improved website is now fully up and running (and apologies to any customers who encountered problems ordering last year during the website move, which ran on longer than expected). The new state-of-the-art site now provides a much faster and smoother ordering process, offering customers a wide range of tried and tested labels and also the ability to design vinyl orders on screen. Postage is free for orders of £20 or more, and there’s a 100% money-back guarantee if you have any problems with your labels. Early ordering recommended to make sure you get your labels in plenty of time for the new school year.

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Thanks for wearing a hat Brain Tumour Research would like to say a huge thanks to all children and families, schools and academies across the UK that helped make Wear A Hat Day a success this year. ‘The indomitable enthusiasm and creativity displayed by our young supporters was inspiring. Schools and families play such an important role in raising awareness and funds for research, – you are all heroes and with your annual commitment we can take this campaign to ever increasing hat-tastic heights.’ And it’s still not to late to donate: cheques can be posted to Wear A Hat Day, Brain Tumour Research, The Business Centre, Padbury Hill Farm, Padbury, Buckingham, Bucks, MK18 2BN. And make a date in your diary for Wear A Hat Day 2015, which will take place on Friday 27 March. Register by emailing or call 01296 733011.

Teenagers online Today’s teenagers are the first generation to have grown up with the web in their lives and for them and us as parents, learning how to manage the way they present themselves online is an essential life skill. Do you know what steps you can take to help your teenagers create the online CV and presence employers and admissions tutors are increasingly looking for? Leading UK online reputation management experts Igniyte offer practical support in areas like employment, university admissions, privacy and identity. They have launched A Guide to Managing Your Teenager’s Personal Information Online, which takes a closer look at all things digital and offers practical support in areas like employment, university admissions, privacy and identity. You can understand how your teenager is presenting themselves online by following these key steps:

✎ Search for your teenager’s name online, along with their home town, school or club, and see what appears. If any of their social media posts show up in the searches, advise them to change their privacy settings to ‘friends’ only. ✎ Assess the different types of devices your teenager has access to, for example games consoles, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and webcams, and ensure these are securely managed. ✎ Know which social networking sites your teenager is using, for example Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and online chat, and help them optimise privacy and security settings. ✎ Igniyte’s free e-book aims to answer parents’ questions and more – providing easily accessible, expert advice for parents and youngsters. For a copy, go to and click the ‘Download our free guides’ tab.

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WIN! Enter now for the chance to win family tickets to Odds Farm Park, a Vtriker Elite Scooter and a pair of school shoes from The Children’s Shoe Company.

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Win* a Vtriker Elite Scooter worth £69.99 (*colour selected randomly) If your kids love to scoot, they’ll love the award-winning Vtriker Elite 3-wheel scooter, now available in blue, black, green or pink. Ideal for seven to 14 year olds, its unique design means you don’t need to touch the floor – just place one foot on each side and move your legs in and out while stationary on the platform. It’s solidly built with safety grip handles, non-slip footplates and a dual-braking system to minimise the risk of accidents, yet only weighs 9kg so it’s easy to carry around, too. We have one Vtriker Elite 3-wheel scooter to be won, just tell us what colour Scooter the Muppet’s hair is, is it a) black, b) blue or c) orange? Please include your phone number so we can contact you about delivery if you win.

Win a pair of school shoes from The Children’s Shoe Company The Children’s Shoe Company understands just what children put their school shoes through – you need them to be hard-wearing and to fit well for as long as they can. The Marlow store has a great selection of comfortable, durable shoes from size 7 to adult 9 (in styles that you and your child will like). To save you precious time, they have trainers, ideal for PE bags, as well as dancewear and swimwear for those after-school activities. And, even better, you can make an appointment to beat any queues. We have a pair of school shoes to give away, worth up to £50. To enter, just tell us what size range of school shoes can you find at The Children’s Shoe Company? Is it a) size 2 to adult 2 b) size 7 to adult 9 or c) size 9 to 9. See the full school shoe selection at where you can also make an appointment to beat any queues, click and collect instore or buy online.

Win family tickets to the Summer Circus Spectacular at Odds Farm Park Roll up to the fun and excitement of the Charles Chipperfield Circus at Odds Farm this summer holidays. Inside the Big Top, marvel at the spectacular human acts from around the world including a Mexican clown, Italian fast speed juggler and even the amazing ‘Spiderman’! With four shows daily and circus skills workshops, all the extra fun is included in entry. Plus there’s lots more fun at the farm to be enjoyed – don’t miss the brand new sand and water play area, sheep racing and go karts. Combined with a jam-packed animal activity and demonstration programme and the How to enter giant indoor playbarn, with toddler and under 5s areas, there’s so much to do. We have four sets of family tickets (two adults and two children) to give away. Just tell us which circus will be at Odds Farm Park every day during the summer holidays? Is it: a) Charles Chipperfield Circus, b) Charles Clown Circus, or c) Charles Juggling Circus. Odds Farm Park is located just minutes from Junction 2 of the M40, near Beaconsfield. For more information, call 01628 520188 or visit

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An A to Z of summer fun Banish boredom during the summer hols with our A to Z guide to things to do in the Chilterns and further afield.


Everyone’s favourite musical mouse, Angelina Ballerina will be coming to the Wycombe Swan this summer (27–28 August) in a gorgeous show packed with lots of dancing and singing – a guaranteed hit with all little ballerinas. Angelina and her friends think their dreams have come true when Camembert Academy wins the opportunity to appear in their favourite television programme, Dancing With Mice, but when problems loom on the horizon it’s soon up to Angelina to make sure the show goes on. For more info, visit or call the box office on 01494 512000.

Get messy and creative with some eggshell art. All you need are some crushed eggshells; food coloring; glue and paper. Soak the shells in food colouring and water – the more colours you have the better. Create a picture or design and then, when your coloured eggshells are dry, use them to make a mosaic picture, glueing them on as you go. Eggscellent fun! And you won’t need to shell out loads of cash either.



Go bug hunting. Grab a magnifying glass and a jam jar and go hunt down some minibeasts. You’re unlikely to have to go far – just pick up any likely looking biggish stones or rocks, check under plant pots or (best of all) look beneath bits of fallen wood. Kids can make a little home in their collecting jar for their discoveries, complete with leaves and grass – but don’t forget to release all bugs after observation.



Roll up to the Charles Chipperfield Circus, which will be putting on shows four times daily throughout the holidays at Odds Farm Park. All performances are followed by circus skills workshops (included in the entry price) and the farm will also be offering go-karting, sheep racing, tractor and trailer rides, and a newly opened sand and water play area for the wee ones. For more information, call 01628 520188 or visit www. See page 6 to win a family ticket.


Keep a diary of the holidays. Entries can be as short or as long as you like, and you can also include drawings and photos, plus tickets, programmes, pressed flowers or anything else collected from the places you’ve been and things you’ve done – a great way to preserve some


summer memories, as well as ensuring your kids don’t forget how to hold a pencil by the time September comes around.




Make a family tree. Unravel your roots, explore the history of your nearest and dearest, and discover what really happened to Great Aunt Mabel in Scunthorpe back in 1983. Get your children going by asking them to quiz your immediate family, starting with grandparents, then moving on to uncles, great aunts and other relations more distant and slightly removed. If you really get into your research, and www. can both help you go even deeper into the past.


Get them gardening


Hide some goodies around the house and garden and have a treasure hunt. You can make it as hard or easy as you like. For little ones try dropping a bagful of marbles around the garden and ask them to collect as many as they can in a certain time, or get them to find ten things beginning with a specific letter. Older kids will love solving clues, or creating their own for one another.


Go ice-skating. You don’t have to be Torvill and Dean to enjoy some skating, and most rinks have penguin- or polar bear-shaped support for kids to hold onto while they learn to feel confident. Absolutely Ice in Slough ( has parent and toddler sessions, as does Planet Ice ( in Hemel Hempstead. Skating courses over the holidays are often available, as well as public skating sessions.



Join in with a jigsaw. Pull out those long-forgotten puzzles and concentrate – all devices and TVs should be turned off and no one is allowed to answer the phone. A great way to bond, and a good excuse to find out exactly what’s at the back of the cupboard.



Fly a kite. Kites are cheap and available from most toyshops and online – or you could even make your own. You can read up on tips about how to fly them at www. – or even seek out a master kiteflyer to help you learn. Good kite-flying spots in the Chilterns include Dunstable Downs (Chiltern Gateway), Coombe Hill (nr Wendover), and Ashridge Estate (nr Berkhamsted).


Kids love digging and watering, so give them a patch of garden (or a window box or pot) and sow some seeds. Easy plants to grow from seed with fast results include rocket, nasturtiums, sunflowers and marigolds, or alternatively buy some plug plants from the garden centre and just plant them out.

The London Film Museum’s ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition showcases cars, boats, motorbikes and jets from many of the 007 films – a great way to be both shaken and stirred. Visit for more info.

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Watch a meteor shower. One of the biggest meteor showers of the year – and the easiest to spot – is the Perseid meteor shower, starting in late July and ending in mid-August, with its peak on and around the 12th of August. Perseid meteors are fast, bright and can produce vivid fireballs; during peak nights you might see over a hundred meteors per hour on a warm summer’s evening. You don’t need any special equipment, although a dark location away from lights will help.

Take a trip to London’s Natural History Museum ( for their amazing ‘Mammoths: Ice Age Giants’ (open until Sept 7). The exhibition brings you face to face with some of the largest animals ever to have walked the earth including the 13ft-high Columbian mammoth, the terrifying giant short-faced bear (the biggest bear ever to have walked the Earth) and the fearsome sabre-toothed cat and the remains of ‘Lyuba’, a baby woolly mammoth calf perfectly preserved after forty thousand years frozen in the Arctic ice.


Visit the Queen. Windsor Castle is one of the oldest occupied castles in the world and, best of all, its right on our doorstep. Attractions include the famous St George’s Chapel, burial place of ten monarchs (including Henry VIII), the lavish State Apartments, and the world’s most famous dolls’ house, created in the 1920s for Queen Mary, complete with electric lighting and flushing toilets. Family Saturdays, held every Saturday throughout the year, feature an exciting roster of child-friendly events. For more info, see www.


Ride the Rails at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre during one of the centre’s regular summer Steaming Days (every Wednesday from 30 July to 27 August inclusive), during which you can ride in a carriage behind one of the centre’s full-size steam engines. Other regular attractions include rides on the centre’s miniature railway, the chance to sort mail in the


Explore the spooky history of Oxford Castle on an ‘Oxford Castle Unlocked’ tour. Tours are led by a variety of costumed characters based on various historical characters, including notorious murderess Mary Blandy

along with the existing treehouse slide. A ‘Mini-Manor’ treehouse is also being built in some of the smaller trees, with slides and activities to keep toddlers busy. Plus of course there’s all the rest of the park to enjoy including family favourites like penguin-feeding, the chance to pet friendly farmyard animals, ride the narrow-gauge railway, do some brass rubbing and meet a vast selection of animals, from crocodiles to zebras. Discounts for tickets bought online at www.


Visit the new Topsy Turvy Towers adventure play area at Mead Open Farm (just south of Leighton Buzzard), complete with treetop towers, wibbly-wobbly bridges and upsidedown trees (with a separate area for under-5s), while little daredevils will also love negotiating the Sky Trail and Sky Tykes High Ropes Course, 20 feet up in the air. Other activities include the A-Maizing Maze (back in August), Tractor & Trailer rides, go-karting, crazy golf, a giant rock climbing wall and Shaggy’s Playworld, plus special events such as the farm’s very own ‘Lamb National’ and (new this year) a Goat Agility contest. For further information call 01525 852954 or visit


Unleash your kids’ creativity at the Queens Park Arts Centre (www.qpc. org) in Aylesbury. There’s something on most days over the holidays, with one-day courses featuring the chance to make pottery book-ends, frogs and dragons, learn how to paint like Matisse and Picasso, or to explore natural materials on a woodland walk.

travelling post office, and the visitor centre (housed in a former station), where you’ll find a royal dining coach from 1901 once used by Churchill and Eisenhower for secret war meetings. For more info, visit www.

(who allegedly bumped off her own father in 1751) and debonair highwayman Isaac Darkin. The castle also arranges regular city ghost walks for kids not afraid of the dark, or the occasional spectre. For more info visit


Paint some plant pots Have a hunt around the garden or shed for old, unused terracotta pots and get creative – it’s a good way to finish up three-quarters-empty pots of emulsion lying around in the cupboard, too. Then plant some seeds in your newly painted pots and see how quickly they germinate. Whose will be the biggest by the time they go back to school?



Explore the amazing new Skymaze at the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford, open from mid July. Consisting of interconnecting treehouses, slides and jungle bridges, climbing to a bird’s eye view of the park, Skymaze is set to become a firm family favourite,


Head to Great Missenden for the Village Visit Day on 12 July– the Roald Dahl Museum offers free entry to all HP postcode residents (bring a utility bill as proof). The museum is also arranging lots of other family-friendly activities over the holiday including regular ‘Chiddler’s Hour’ and ‘Gloopy Trail’ sessions, plus events including a special Veruca Salt Saturday (19th July). Full info at



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marks the spot, particularly if you try geocaching – a kind of modern-day treasure hunt. Follow a set of GPS coordinates in an attempt to find a hidden geocache container – all you need to do is download the geocaching app (£5.49) onto your smart phone or buy/borrow a GPS device. For more info, visit


Go looking for yellowhammers, tits, siskins and other local birds – setting up a bird table or birdfeeder in your garden is a fun way to get started, or visit your local woods with a pair of binoculars and see what you can see. Good places to go birding include Ashridge Forest (nr Berkhamsted), Black Park (nr Slough), College Lake (nr Tring), and Wendover Woods. Check out for more info on twitching in the Chilterns.


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Take a trip to Wonderland with the Cambridge Touring Company’s new openair production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (25 and 26 July at Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park). Children are invited to come along dressed in their best ‘Wonderland’ fashion and there will be a theatre workshop on The Lawns before each show for ages 5 to 10 (pre-booking required). Also at Savill Garden, Puppets in the Park will be giving free shows at 11am every Wednesday in August. For more information visit or call 01784 435 544.

Kids driving you mad with cries of ‘what can we do?’ Play the Jar Game – here’s how…

1 Grab a jar. 2 Cut up little strips of paper. 3 Write down all the things that need to be done around the house that day on the strips – for example, empty the dishwasher, make your bed, feed the fish etc. 4 On some of the other strips, write down a few surprises – for example, have a dip in the biscuit tin, 30-minutes of free time, do a puzzle, read a book, etc… 5 Add some exercises, too – run up and down the stairs 20 times, do 10 push-ups, run round the garden five times, etc… 6 Then add all the pieces of paper to the jar and take turns pulling one out. The rule is you have to do what the strip demands! 7 Hopefully the jobs will be done faster than usual in the hope that the next paper pulled will be a surprise. And when they pull the 30-minutes free time slip, that’s your cue to go take a shower or catch up on emails.


Don’t miss the Zoolab animal-handling workshops at Waddesdon Manor (near Aylesbury) on 8 August. The hour-long sessions offer kids the chance to learn about various creepy crawlies – and even touch them, too! Running at 10.30am, noon, 2pm and 3.30pm, they’re suitable for children over five years old (must be accompanied by an adult). Pre-booking essential on 01296 653226.

Summer Tennis Camps at Chesham Bois Tennis Club

Running throughout the summer holidays and catering for all standards. Tots and mini tennis from 2 years old through to all-day junior camps. Come and have some fun this summer at Peter Lavery Tennis. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

Visit for an application form or call Peter on 07885 206587 or email

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Make the most of summer How to make history come alive Stuck for ideas to make history fun and fascinating for your kids? Whether they’re into Vikings or Victorians, there are plenty of ways you can delve into the past to keep them entertained this summer. Siân Hammerton-Fraser, Visitor Experience Manager of Chiltern Open Air Museum, has some great suggestions for making history come to life.

Go on a fossil hunt: Budding paleontologists will love the challenge of searching for and then identifying fossils, and you don’t have to head to the beach as you can often find them in quarries, on farmland and even in people’s gardens – anywhere that sedimentary rocks are exposed. Start by joining an organised fossil hunt, try a local geology society or venture further afield with somebody who knows the site well and can guide you safely.

a Victoria sandwich cake as the centrepiece or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try making a medieval meat pie? Guess who lived there: Visit historic local buildings or just become an architecture detective in your area. Ask the kids if they can guess the eras of buildings and then think about who lived there – what were their lives like? Were they rich or poor? You can even have a go at recreating different architectural styles at home with Lego.

Dress up: You don’t need a well-stocked fancy dress box to be an ancient Egyptian, Roman, or Victorian chimney sweep for a few hours. Let their imaginations and creative skills run riot – for example, an old white sheet will do for a toga, just glue on some gold trim or ribbon, plait together some wool or use thin rope for a belt and complete the look with sandals and a centurion’s sword made from cardboard covered in tin foil.

Log on for inspiration: Visit history for historical games, quizzes and activities, from building a pharaoh’s tomb to creating your own Bayeaux Tapestry or playing ‘Viking Quest’ – where you build a


World War One centenary: This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War One. How about a visit to a local war memorial, it’s a good starting point for talking about how and why the war started, and what life was like for soldiers in the trenches. Instead of using history books as references, download an interactive World War One app aimed at kids (try World War One for Kids on the App store, a child-friendly, educational and interactive experience to learn about the Great War). Be part of the action: Taking the kids to see a re-enactment is an exciting way to bring history to life. The Chiltern Open Air Museum stages a series of ‘living history’ events throughout the summer, where you can watch a Roman siege engine being fired, meet the riflemen of Wellington’s Army, try on a knight’s helmet and learn a few medieval dance moves.

Cook up a storm: How about learning what people ate in different eras by trying out a few recipes? Host a Victorian tea party with


ship, cross the seas to loot a monastery and return home to claim your prize – there are lots of ideas, all perfect for a rainy summer’s day.

For some supervised outdoor fun, find out more about the Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Terrific Tuesdays holiday sessions, which are offered on selected Tuesdays during August school holidays for 5 to12 year olds, and holiday club. Booking is essential. Visit the Museum web site for more information.

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Summer holiday activity guide Beat the boredom blues! Whether your children want to try a new sport, tread the boards or maybe you just want to cut down on screen time, the summer holidays are a great opportunity to try something new and exciting. So here’s Families Chiltern’s essential guide to having a fun-packed time. When you call, don’t forget to mention Families Chiltern. SUMMER CAMPS & PLAYSCHEMES A PASSION FOR… HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS Tel: 01235 832222, Week-long progressive courses designed to encourage development of new and existing skills. Bourton Meadow School, Buckingham 27 July–1 Aug, The Great Supercamps Bake-off 11–13 Aug, Cultured Cooking Beacon School, Chesham 4–9 Aug, Arts and Crafts 18–22 Aug, Business Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe 28 July–1 Aug, Arts and Crafts 28 July–1 Aug, Cultured Cooking 4–8 Aug, Cultured Cooking 11–15 Aug, The Great Supercamps Bake-off 18–22 Aug, The Great Supercamps Bake-off Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth 4–8 Aug, Invention 18–22 Aug, Arts and Crafts Sir William Borlase School, Marlow 28 July–1 Aug, The Great Supercamps Bake-off 4–8 Aug, Arts & Crafts 18–20 Aug, Cultured Cooking Swanbourne House School, Aylesbury 28 July–1 Aug, Arts and Crafts 18–22 Aug, Invention Westbrook Hay, Hemel Hempstead 28 July–1 Aug, Arts and Crafts





Berkhamsted School; tel: 01442 358115, www., and see the Facebook page for details of special offers. 4 July– 29 Aug, extensive range of summer courses, in association with Activate Sport, including the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, Brendan Cole Academy of Performing Arts and cookery courses from Families Chiltern’s very own Beverley Glock. As well as tennis, rugby, Ultimate Lacrosse, International Netball Roadshow, Performance Swimming, Multi-Activity camps and the Gold Medal Academy, devised by Denise Lewis that aims to give

children the chance to try some of the sports that inspired in 2012. Wrap-around childcare also available from 7.30am–6.30pm, as well as miniBASECAMP – an activity camp designed for 3-5 year olds which can be booked for day, morning or afternoon sessions.

BUSY LIVING HOLIDAY CLUBS Amersham & Chalfont St Peter; tel: 01494 722318, email, 24 July–22 Aug, flexible bookings @ £4.50ph or £34 full day or £30 siblings, 8am–6pm. A planned range of age-related activities for 4–11yrs.

CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB; tel: 01494 871117, Family activities, crafts and games on Terrific Tuesdays, 11am–4pm, in Bucks state school holidays. Tuesday Holiday Club for 5–12 yrs for £22 a day (pre-booking essential). Plus weekend history re-enactment events. HUNGRY CATERPILLARS KIDS CLUB Denham E-Act School, Denham; tel: 01895 678682, email info@ Every day during the school holidays (Mon–Fri, 8am–6pm), 4–11 yrs, from £25 per day. Vast range of activities including dance & drama, arts & crafts, sport, cookery, horse riding and football with Wycombe Wanderers. Fun off-site activities including wall climbing, archery, ten-pin bowling, laser combat, soft play and also adventure days out to Urban Farm, Black Park & the Dogs Trust.

KIDDIES ACADEMY SUMMER PLAYSCHEME Maxwell Road, Beaconsfield; tel: 01494 673088. 21 July–29 August (Mon–Fri, 8am– 6pm). Lots of activities, including arts, crafts, cookery, sport, drama, music, outdoor play and more.

RAW ADVENTURE CAMPS Tel: 01235 832222, 28 July–1 Aug, The Beacon School, Chesham Bois, nr Amersham. 25–29 Aug, Bourton Meadow School, Buckingham. 11–15 & 18–22 Aug, Griffin House, Little Kimble, Aylesbury. 11–15 Aug, Swanbourne House School, Swanbourne, nr Winslow. 11–22 Aug, Westbrook Hay, Hemel Hempstead.

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Summer holiday activity guide SUPERCAMPS Tel: 01235 832222, www. 21 July–22 Aug & 4–6 Aug, The Beacon School, Chesham Bois, nr Amersham. 28 July–29 Aug, Bourton Meadow School, Buckingham. 21 July–22 Aug, Griffin House, Little Kimble, Aylesbury. 21 July–29 Aug, The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. 21 July–29 Aug, The Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth. 28 July–29 Aug, Sir William Borlase School, Marlow. 14 July–29 Aug, Swanbourne House School, Swanbourne, nr Winslow. 28 July–29 Aug, Thorpe House, Gerrards Cross.
 14 July–22 Aug, Westbrook Hay School, Hemel Hempstead.
 Multi-activity programmes for 4–14 yrs with a mix of sports, arts and crafts. Single days also available.

GET ACTIVE APEX MULTISPORTS www.apexmultisports. or email Ricky.Boxall@ Fun holiday multi-activity and dance camps every school break across various locations in Hertfordshire, including Berkhamsted, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead & Tring.

LITTLE KICKERS Tel: 01442 506371,, Football classes from 2–7th birthday running throughout the summer holidays in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chorleywood, High Wycombe & Seer Green. Football based physical activity classes giving children an opportunity to develop co-ordination, balance, agility and social skills through football. Please call for a free trial class (subject to availability).

MULTISPORTS AMERSHAM & CHORLEYWOOD SUMMER WORKSHOP Dr Challoner’s High School, Little Chalfont, HP7 9QB; 0844 3350450 or visit 28 July–1 Aug. A fantastic week of sport, ideal for boys and girls of all abilities, no experience necessary. Half days for 4–6 year olds and full days for 6–16 year olds. Ofsted registered – Childcare Vouchers accepted.

PETER LAVERY TENNIS Chesham Bois Tennis Club; tel: 07885 206587, Camps running throughout the summer holidays and catering for all standards. Tots and mini tennis from 2 years old through to all-day junior camps.

SPORTSPACE BERKHAMSTED Douglas Gardens, Berkhamsted; tel: 01442 228123, Swimming crash courses, ice adventure pool inflatable, sports camp, activity workshops and much more, please contact for more info.

SPORTSPACE TRING Mortimer Hill; tel: 01442 228957, Swimming crash courses, Olympian pool inflatable, pool fun sessions and much more, please contact for more info.

SERIOUSLY FUN SWIMMING SCHOOLS Summer Holiday Swimming Lessons Teikyo Japanese School, Wexham; call 01753 364 364 or book online at 5-day intensive course £70; Mon 28 July to Fri 1 Aug, 30-minute classes between 9am and 11am.

starting 14th July for seven weeks, including High Intensity Improvement during weeks 14–18 July, 4–8 Aug, and 25–29 Aug (ratio 1:4, includes video analysis). Camps are based on age and ability, and run at the same time each day – younger children 3–5yrs 9am – 10am or from 2pm; 6–7 yrs 9am–12 noon; half-day camps for 8–15 yrs from 10am–1pm and 10am–4pm.

WILDCHILD OUTDOOR SUMMER ADVENTURE DAYS Phasels Wood Activity Centre, Kings Langley. Tel 0845 3717099, Escape from Wildchild Wood (7–12 yrs), 6,14, 21 Aug. Experience the thrill of adventure on this exciting outdoor activity day, activities including zip wire, abseiling, low ropes, den-building and orienteering. Wild Survivor Adventure Day (8–12yrs), 29 July, 12 Aug Learn how outdoor explorers survive in the wild. Take part in adventurous wilderness and bushcraft activities, including shelter-building, fire-lighting, tracking and navigation games, carving simple wooden objects and water filtration.

COOKERY, DANCE, DRAMA & MUSIC & MORE ACT & PERFORM WITH PETE BENSON Queen’s Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury; 01296 481367, 28–29 July, 10am–3pm, 8–14 yrs. Create a play in two days with talented writer and director, Pete Benson, and then perform for your family and friends at 2.45pm on the second day in the Limelight Theatre.


TENNACE SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMPS Gerrards Cross LTC, Bull Lane; tel: Andy 07791 912490, email, Holiday camps to inspire and improve all players,

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Summer Holiday Club Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough; tel 0870 766 8290, www. 29 July, Summer Baking & Ice Cream, 10am–1pm, 5+yrs, £37.50.

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Summer holiday activity guide 29 July, Whizz Bang Food, 2–5pm 9+ years, £37.50. 7 Aug, French Day, 10am–3.30pm, 8–15yrs, £65. 12 Aug, Street Food Day, 10am–3.30pm, 8–15yrs, £65. 27 Aug, Great British Baking Day, 10am–3.30pm, 8+yrs, £65. Beverley will also be running cookery courses at Berkhamsted BASECAMP: 13 Aug, Summer Baking, 9.30am–3pm 8-15 yrs, £65 and 20–21 Aug, Student Survival Course, 16-21 yrs, £150, book at www.

FAIRYTALE ACADEMY Tel: 07717 879903, Summer workshops running in Hazlemere and Amersham. Please contact for further details.

PERFORM Tel: 0845 400 1270, Peter Pan is the theme of this year’s Perform summer experience for 4–8 yrs. The five-day workshop will be full of original live music, dance and improvisation, before culminating in a show for the parents to watch on the final day. Amersham: 28 July–1 Aug, 2.30–4.30pm. Beaconsfield: 28 July–1 Aug, 10am–12 noon. Plus book by 1st August and receive 10% off when you quote FAMI220814.


FUNTECH Tel: 01628 621215, Weekly camps running 9am– 5pm. Children can learn ICT and programming skills, as well as to touch type. Ofsted-registered. Jo Jingles Beaconsfield will be running holiday sessions again this summer during late July, August and early September. Details will be added to the website www.jojingles. com/beaconsfield during June, so please call 01494 814174 or email for a booking form. They will be family sessions for children aged 1–8 yrs and will be an hour long with a discount for siblings.

Tel Hazel on 01753 650 090, email hazel@ popstarsacademy. com or visit www. Dance & singing workshops for ages 6–11 yrs. Choose from Dance Crazy – dance lovers will learn a variety of different dance styles with a focus on street dance to current chart music, and the use of some dance props; and Dance & Sing! where children will combine learning their favourite songs and singing techniques with a variety of dance styles. Both courses will culminate in a performance to parents at the end of the workshop and all children will receive a free Popstars t-shirt and a medal and certificate for all their hard work throughout the week. £110 Popstars Academy Students /£125 non-members. Beaconsfield: 4–8 Aug & 11–15 Aug, 10am–4pm, Girl Guiding Hall, Malthouse Square, HP9 2LE.




Tel Elen on 01494 716861 or email amersham@ Musical fun for little monkeys in mixed age groups (3 months–7 yrs) accompanied by an adult. 40-minute classes held weekly throughout August – places must be booked in advance. Amersham 6 Aug, 1 Sep; Beaconsfield 15, 26 Aug; & Gerrards Cross 21 Aug. Normal classes resume week of 8 Sept, bookings accepted now.

Tel: 07730 922449, 3-day summer school for 7–16 yrs in Amersham/ Chesham. Children will get to record their own CD, and perform a live concert at the end. All abilities welcome.

STAGECOACH SUMMER WORKSHOPS Summer holiday workshops featuring lots of singing, dancing and acting – gain invaluable experience in performing, develop confidence and make new

friends. Everybody gets a part and you don’t have to be a regular Stagecoach student to attend – all you need is bags of enthusiasm. Students will work with professional performers and specialist teachers towards a final showcase at the end of an actionpacked week. Amersham (01494 565402, email amersham@ Musical In A Week ‘Shadows’ , (6–16 yrs), 4–8 Aug. Early Stages ‘Wild Wild West Adventure Week,’ (4–6 yrs), 4–8 Aug. Berkhamsted & Hemel Hempstead (01442 875977, email West End Showcase, (7–18 yrs), 4–8 Aug. Music-ool Fun, (4–6 yrs), 4–8 Aug. Henley, Marlow & High Wycombe (01494 533203 email Peter Pan, (6–16 yrs), 4–8 Aug. Pirates and Princesses, (4–6 yrs), 4–8 Aug. Thame (01865 763767, email Robin Hood (6–16 yrs), 4–8 Aug.

TOUCH TYPE TITANS Tel 01494 723631, email or visit Touch typing courses for children and teens (9–18 yrs) held in Amersham. 7–11 July, 9.30am–12.30pm. 14–18 July, 10am–1pm. 18–22 Aug, 9.30am–12.30pm. All courses are £140, including software worth £29.95.

XBAND STUDIO BAND CLUB Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont; tel: 07887 508040 or email Learn or improve keyboard, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals the fun way – with a band. For 8–18 yrs, all levels welcome. 28 July, 9am–5.30pm.

Tennace has a full programme of coaching courses for all ages. SUMMER Holiday Camps start from 14th July for seven weeks for children aged 3 to 15 years. Andy Scholfield BSc, Tennace and GXLTC Academy Director. Head pro Gerrards Cross LTC, Bull Lane.

Call: 07791 912490 View Camps and sign up on line at email: Gerrards Cross Lawn Tennis Club, Bull Lane, Gerrads Cross, Bucks SL9 8RN.

HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEMES Half Term + Summer Hols 24th July to 22nd August Hourly bookings between 8am - 6pm at Amersham & Chalfont St Peter Range of activities for 4 to 11 year olds £4.50ph or £30/£34 full day.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CEM 11 PLUS EXAM A SERIES OF MOCK EXAMS 2014 • Experience the challenges of the exam (audio instructions / timed sections) • Exam strategies / post exam review • Thorough report included • Exams run weekly in August • Our mock exams were rated as ‘Excellent’ by the parents of our 2013 pupils GROUP TUITION NORTH BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (BUCKINGHAM) Tuesday evenings SOUTH BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (BEACONSFIELD / AMERSHAM / CHALFONTS) Sunday afternoons • Starts September 2014 • Additional courses offered due to demand • Supported by 1 to 1 tuition in half terms and holidays • Professional tutors with a targeted syllabus and resources for the new CEM exam • For year 4 and 5 pupils

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School matters Tutor Proof? In January 2013, a major change to the Buckinghamshire 11+ tests was announced, with all Bucks grammar schools switching to a new exam provider, Durham Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (Durham CEM). The changes – the biggest shake-up to the 11+ system in years – were introduced in an attempt to make the test fairer and to lessen the impact of tutoring, thus reducing the advantage gained by pupils who had received tutoring for the test over those who hadn’t. This was a theme that was taken up in a recent Radio 4 documentary, entitled ‘Tutor Proof’. The programme attempted to investigate the impact of the new test and asked whether it is really possible to invent a test that is truly ‘tutor proof’. To anybody who listened to the programme, it was clear that none of the teachers, pupils and parents interviewed thought so – not even Professor Robert Coe of Durham CEM himself, who appeared to concede that it was still possible to boost performance by preparing for the test.

Is the new test less predictable? The old test papers, written by GL Assessment, were based around the same 21 question types every year, making it possible to teach children the specific techniques required to pass.

All this, some argued, meant that some heavily coached but ‘lowability’ children were able to pass the test, whereas other children with a higher natural ability, but who didn’t receive tutoring, were not. The new Durham CEM test is intended to be less predictable, making it harder to tutor for specific questions. It assesses children in more areas and the question types are likely to vary each year.


It’s not, however, as unpredictable as some have perhaps been led to believe, as the subjects and types of questions to be included are all in the public domain. The maths questions in the new test, for example, are based on topics covered in the Year Five maths curriculum, while the English section will probably include reading comprehension and cloze procedure, as well as vocabulary-based questions. Non-verbal reasoning practice questions are also easily found either in books or online. Whether the new test has actually led to a reduction in tutoring is a moot point. The fact that the new test is harder to prepare for has led to claims that children no longer need to be tutored. And yet, paradoxically, parents who might once have tutored their children at home now no longer feel able to do so following the introduction of the new test. Meaning, ironically, that more parents than ever seem to be going down the private tuition route.

Is the new test fairer?

Not only that, but under the old test many of the question types were unlike anything children encountered at school (state schools, at least) meaning that those who had no tuition (either professional or parental) were at a considerable disadvantage, as much of the test content would have been unfamiliar. This disadvantage was further emphasised by the fact that state primary schools were forbidden to do any 11+ preparation, whereas many private schools offered pupils regular exam practice.


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Sian Goodspeed, Founder of Flying Start Tuition, investigates the notion of a ‘tutor proof’ 11+ test.

The fact that the new test evaluates children in subjects they are taught at school (ie English and maths) means that those who aren’t tutored should at least have covered the work in class. However, understanding challenging vocabulary, often out of context, is still a key test element, perhaps putting certain children at a disadvantage (those with English as a second language, for example), while some also claim that such vocabulary questions aren’t really a good measure of a child’s basic intelligence in any case. In addition, the new non-verbal reasoning (NVR) section makes the test even less fair since NVR isn’t taught in state primary schools. Durham CEM say that NVR isn’t meant to be taught as it’s a test of innate ability. However, it’s been demonstrated time and again that NVR practice has a huge impact on a child’s technique, speed and success when it comes to the exam.

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Is there even such a thing as a ‘fair’ test? Is it ever possible to create a ‘fair’ test in a selective education system? Some argue that private tutoring amounts to cheating the system, although there aren’t many other situations where a child, or indeed an adult, would be expected to sit an exam without doing any prior preparation. The belief that heavily coached children were passing the old 11+ at the expense of untutored, but more naturally intelligent, contemporaries, is a fairly commonly held belief. It was not my personal experience, however, as even pupils who had been drilled in the basic exam techniques still needed a broad vocabulary and fast, accurate maths skills in order to pass. Perhaps a better way to level the playing field would be to ensure that all children receive a good grounding in the primary curriculum along with more comprehensive practice of test questions and exam skills, whether they go to state or private school. The underlying problem is that there are so many factors influencing a child’s primary education, and there will always be a disparity between those children who have access to additional support outside school hours and those who don’t. Schemes such as the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust’s ‘Tuition Plus’ project, which provides free extra tuition to Year Five pupils resident in their

houses, have sought to redress this imbalance, however, such schemes are few and far between. Perhaps, in the future, there will be a move away from test-based selection to a more holistic approach. A true indication of a good test would be one that results in every child achieving a place at a school that best suits their needs – where they are able to flourish socially, emotionally, physically and academically. Clearly, this cannot be achieved by a test alone but should be a matter of parental and child choice, along with the guidance of the child’s primary school. In the meantime, the proliferation of extra tuition is likely to continue. Under the new test, any extra work children do undertake will boost their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as helping them to develop independent learning strategies and exam techniques – all of which will stand them in good stead. For further information on the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust’s ‘Tuition Plus’ project, please see: For information on Flying Start Tuition’s 11+ courses, please visit their website:, email: hello@ or call 01494 772898.

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The test’s time limits are also a challenge for pupils who haven’t done extra preparation. Students have to answer a large number of questions (far more than the old test) within timed sections and they are unable to go back to check or amend questions in a previous section. Some children find this particularly stressful – another reason why children who do extra practice are far more likely to succeed.

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July Tuesday 1st 50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 11e Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckingham, 10am–6pm. CHIDDLER’S HOUR NEXT 3 TUES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 10–11am, 0–3 yrs. GRUFFALO ACTIVITY TRAILS EVERY Wendover Woods, Aylesbury. DAY SUMMER TRAIL Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, 10am–4pm, all ages, £1. EVERY DAY

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm. Adult £15, child £11.

PLEXICATED POETRY WITH PAUL LYALLS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 1pm & 3pm, 5+yrs. TREEMENDOUS HEIGHTS Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckingham, 10.30am–4.30pm, 6+yrs, bookings via The Great Big Tree Climbing Co, 0800 0556760.

AUGUSTUS GLOOP TRAIL Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am–5pm, drop in. BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL Black Horse Pub, Great Missenden, midday till midnight. In aid of Chiltern Music Therapy – stalls, music workshops, activities for all the family and more. www. THE ENCHANTED MIRROR Elgiva Theatre, Chesham, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Adult £10, child £7. GROW YOUR OWN Arts4Every1 Centre, Desborough Road, High Wycombe, 2–6pm, all ages. SUMMER FETE Little Missenden School, Amersham, noon–2pm.

Sunday 6th THE MAGIC MIRROR Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, 7.30pm.

Friday 11th TINY TALK TIME Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, 10.30–11.30am & 1.15– 2.15pm, under 5yrs, £2.

Saturday 12th FULMER DAY VILLAGE FETE Fulmer Village, Windmill Road, 2–5.30pm, free. Food, arts & crafts, music, stalls and more. IS THAT A BALLOON? Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 11am & 2.30pm, £4.50. Balloon-themed interactive show, open air in Gadebridge Park.

FAMILY CAMPING, MOTHS AND MOONLIGHT Cliveden, nr Taplow. MEDIEVAL LIFE Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 10am–5pm, adult £9.50, child £6. VILLAGE FETE West Wycombe Park, HP14 3AE, 11am–4pm. Stalls, food, drink, tractor rides, falconry display and more.

Sunday 13th BASICALLY SAXES Black Park, Wexham, 2–4pm. THE GE CHILTERN CYCLING FESTIVAL Amersham Old Town. VINTAGE TRAIN STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm. Adult £11, child £8.

Wednesday 16th SPACE SUPPORT CHESHAM Nashleigh Court, 188 Severalls Avenue, Chesham, 10am–noon. Carer support for kids with ADHD & behavioural difficulties.

Thursday 17th NATURE TOTS College Lake Nature Reserve, nr Tring, 10–11.30am & 1–2.30pm, under 5 yrs, £4.

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Friday 19th & Saturday 20th BIG CAMPING WEEKEND Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckingham, 10am–6pm. Adult £25, child £7.50.

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VERUCA SALT SATURDAY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am–5pm, all ages.

Saturday 19th DOG SHOW Langley Park, Wexham, 10.30am–4pm, £2 per class or 3 for £5.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th CLASSIC VEHICLES SHOW Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 10am–5pm. Adult £9.50, child £6.

Sunday 20th PLANT & GARDEN FAIR Chenies Manor House, Chenies, 10am–5pm. Adult £8, child £4. VINTAGE TRAIN STEAMING DAY & HARLEY OWNERS’ GROUP RALLY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm. WOODLAND BUTTERFLY HUNT Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, 10.30am–3pm, drop in, £3.

Thursday 24th MEET BARRY LOSER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, noon, 2pm, & 3.30pm, 7+yrs, £3. MINI MUSEUM Amersham Museum, 49 High Street, 10–11am, under 5yrs, £2. EVERY SUMMER CIRCUS SPECTACULAR DAY Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, DURING HOLS 11am–4pm. See page 6 for the chance to win a family ticket.

Friday 25th ASHRIDGE 50 THINGS CLUB Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, noon–3pm. HELL FIRE SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT Hell Fire Caves, West Wycombe, 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4pm, 5–10 yrs, £7.50.


Saturday 26th BATS & CREATURES OF THE NIGHT Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, 9–11pm. TILL CLAYDON EXPLORERS: WEDDING BELLS 3 SEPT Claydon House, Middle Claydon, 11am–4pm, all ages, £1. TUMMY TICKLING TREAT-BAGS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, noon & 2pm, 4+yrs, £3.

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th MEET THE ROMAN ARMY Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 10am–5pm. Adult £9.50, child £6.

Sunday 27th BUZZWANGLING SWEETIES BOXES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 12.30pm & 2pm, 5+yrs, £1.50. COLNE VALLEY FESTIVAL Colne Valley Park, Denham, 11am–4pm. STEAMING DAY & SUNBEAM RAPIER GROUP RALLY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm.

Monday 28th DEN BUILDING Langley Park, Wexham, 10am–noon, £16 per family.

Tuesday 29th FLICKER & FLASH ROBOTS! Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, all ages, £2.50. MUGGLEWUMP MONKEY FUN Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am–noon & 1–3pm, drop in, £2.50. POTTERY BOOKENDS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10zm–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. WHIZZBANGING WONKA SHIRTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm &3pm, 6+yrs, £3.



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Wednesday 30th BEASTS & BUTTERFLIES Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, 11am–12.30pm, £5. CREATE! Amersham Museum, 49 High Street, 2–4.30pm, £1. NEXT 5 WEDS POTTERY CASTLES Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm. VERUCA SALT’S PARTY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, noon, 2pm, & 3.30pm, 6+yrs, £2. WILD WEDNESDAY NEXT 5 Cliveden, nr Taplow, 11am, £2. WEDS

Thursday 31st EATABLE MARSHMALLOW PILLOWS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 6+yrs, £3. ENORMOUS CROCJUNGLE ANIMAL ACTIVITY Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am–noon & 1–3pm, drop in, £2.50. FLICKER & FLASH ROBOTS! Wycombe Museum. As Tues 29th. MILKSHAKE! LIVE TOUR Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, 1pm & TREE FAMILY SECRET HIDEAWAYS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20.

AUGUST Friday 1st ALL A-MAIZING MAZE AUGUST Mead Open Farm, Billington. ASHRIDGE 50 THINGS CLUB MON, WED & FRI Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, noon–3pm. DURING AUG ELEVATOR WINDOW PICTURES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 10.30– 11.30am, 6+yrs, £2. FAMILY FUN – NIGHT TIME SAFARI College Lake Nature Reserve, nr Tring, 8.30–10pm, 8+yrs, £3. THE MAGIC OF MATISSE Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7–11yrs, £20. MARSHMALLOWS FOR MARTIANS! Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 12.30pm & 2pm, 4+yrs, £3.

Saturday 2nd BUTTERFLIES FOR BEGINNERS Langley Park, Wexham, 10,30am–12.30pm. Adult £4.50, child £2.50. THE EDIBLE DORMOUSE TALK & WALK Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, 8–10pm. Adult £10, child £6.

VIOLET BEAUREGARDE BULGING BISCUITS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 12.30pm & 2pm, 6+yrs, £2.

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd MEET SHARPE’S RIFLES Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 10am-5pm. Adult £9.50, child £6.

Sunday 3rd SWASHBOGGLING SQUIRRELS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am–3pm, drop in. VICTORIAN DAY OUT IN THE COUNTRY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm. Adult £13, child, £10.

Tuesday 5th AND BUG-EYED BEASTS HAND PUPPETS THURS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, drop in, £2.50. POTTERY DRAGONS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. REMARKABLE ROCKETS Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am–noon & 1–3pm, drop in, £2.50. TELLING TALES WITH SANDRA AGARD Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 1.30pm & 3pm, 4+yrs, £3.

Wednesday 6th BE OUR GUEST! NEXT 4 Waddesdon WEDS Manor, Aylesbury, 10.45am–noon, 8–12 yrs, £5. BEASTS & BUTTERFLIES Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, 11am–12.30pm, £5. NEXT 2 WEDS DINOSAUR DERBY 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. POTTERY FROG ON A LILY PAD 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. Both Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, STEAMING DAY NEXT 4 Buckinghamshire Railway WEDS Centre, Quainton, 10.30am– 5.30pm. Adult £11, child, £8. SUPERHEROES Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs. VIOLET BEAUREGARDE’S PARTY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 4+yrs, £2. WILD WEDNESDAYS NEXT 4 Claydon House, nr Buckingham, 11am–4pm, WEDS all ages, drop in, £2. WOODLAND SURVIVAL Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs.

Thursday 7th CUDDLY TEDDY BEARS Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am–noon & 1–3pm, all ages, drop in, £2.50.

RAUCOUS RAVENS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. TAKE A WALK NEXT 4 Amersham Museum, 49 High Street, 2.30pm, £1. THURS WATER CHALLENGE 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs. WATERY WORLD 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs. Both Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, WONKY WONKA HATS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm, & 3pm, 6+yrs, £2.50.

Friday 8th BUGS, BIRDS & BATS! Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, 1–4pm, all ages, drop in, free. BUTTERFLY BONANZA 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs. NATURALIST DAY 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs. Both Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, PORTRAITS, PAINTING & PICASSO Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7–11 yrs, £20. RASTAMOUSE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, noon & 2pm, 3+yrs, £3. WONDERCRUMP WONKA BARS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 10.30am & 11.30am, 6+yrs, £2.50.

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th GREASE Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe.

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th COUNTRY FAIR Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 10am–5pm. Adult £7.50, child £3. TUDOR FARMING Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 10am–5pm. Adult £9.50, Child £6.

Sunday 10th BUSHCRAFT Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, 9am– noon or 1–4pm, £25. VINTAGE TRAIN STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am to 5.30pm. VIOLET BEAUREGARDE BALLOONS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 2pm, 6+yrs, £4.

Monday 11th AMERSHAM GAMES Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs. A JOURNEY THROUGH FAIRYLAND Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 1–3pm, 5–6 yrs, £8.

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SUMMER’S NIGHT WALK Langley Park, Wexham, 8.30–10pm. ULTIMATE OLYMPIC CHALLENGE Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs.

Tuesday 12th BUSHCRAFT 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs. DRAGONS 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs. Both Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, FUNNY FACES IN CLAY AND Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe,10.30am, 11.30am, THURS 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, £ POTTERY WIZARDS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. SWISHWIFFLING SWEETIE JARS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 10.30am, 6+yrs, £2.50.

Wednesday 13th AUGUSTUS GLOOP’S PARTY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 4+yrs, £2. BARNABY BEAR Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs.

FILM WALK Black Park, Wexham, 2–3.45pm. Adult £5, child £3. MINECRAFT ADVENTURE Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs. POTTERY TREASURE CHEST Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. SUMMER LANTERNS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20.

Thursday 14th

TREEMENDOUS HEIGHTS Stowe Landscape Gardens, as 6th July.

Friday 15th BUG SAFARI Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs. GLUTTONOUS GLOOPY POTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 6+yrs, £3. THE JUNGLE BOOK Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 5.15– 7.45pm. Adult £14, child £10.

ART ATTACK Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs. BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BIRD HOUSES Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am–noon & 1–3pm, all ages, drop in, £2.50. FLOWER HAT FAIRY Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, £20. GOLDEN TICKET TREATS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 6+yrs, £2.50. PIRATES TREASURE Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs.

PAINT A PLATE Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 11am, noon & 2pm, £8.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th MEDIEVAL PAGEANTRY Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 10am–5pm. Adult £9.50, child £6. ROMAN WEEKEND Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 10am–5pm.

Sunday 17th FLOATING WONKA BARS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 12.30pm & 2pm, 6+yrs, £2. HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Black Park, Wexham, 8pm for 8.35pm night screening. Adult £12, child £9.

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MOVING THE MAIL Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm.

Monday 18th SUPERHERO SUPERNOVA Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs.

Tuesday 19th CRAFTY CELTS Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs. MIKE TEAVEE’S TEES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 6+yrs, £3. MOSAIC MADNESS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, drop in, £2.50. SHIPWRECKED Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs.

Wednesday 20th AWESOME OPTICAL ILLUSIONS Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am– noon & 1–3pm, £2.50. BUSHCRAFT Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–3pm, 8–11yrs. MIKE TEAVEE’S PARTY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 4+yrs, £2. NIGHT WALK Black Park, Wexham, 8–9.30pm. WIZARD OF OZ Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs.

Thursday 21st MOSAIC MADNESS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, drop in, £2.50. PIRATES AHOY! Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am–noon & 1–3pm, drop in, £2.50. SPLENDIFEROUS SWEET MACHINES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 6+yrs, £2. TREE TROOPERS Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 9.30–11.30am, 5–7yrs.

Friday 22nd BAT WALK Black Park, Wexham, 7.45–9pm. CHANNEL CHOCOLATE WITH MIKE TEAVEE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am 5–8 yrs, 1pm & 3pm 9–14 yrs, £3.

SUMMER OPEN DAY Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, 10am–3pm, drop in.

Sunday 24th

WILDLIFE DAY WITH RSPB Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 11am–3pm, drop in.

Wednesday 27th to Thursday 28th

ROVER CAR RALLY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm. TEAVEE HEADS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, noon & 2pm, 6+yrs, £2.50.

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th NASTY NORMANS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 10am–5pm. Adult £9.50, child £6. TEDDY BEAR DAYS Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, Oxon. Kids with bears travel free.

ANGELINA BALLERINA Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 27th: 4pm, 28th: 11am, 2pm & 4pm.

Thursday 28th BFG DREAM BOTTLES Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am– noon & 1–3pm, £2.50. SWEETIE PENCIL TOPPERS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 10.30–11.30am, £1.

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th

Monday 25th CHARLIE’S HOT CHOCOLATE MUG & COASTER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 10.30am, noon, 2pm & 3.30pm, 6+yrs, £3.50.

GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE Cliveden, nr Taplow, 2.30–4pm. Adults £13, children (3–16 yrs) £10. Book on 0844 249 1895. uk/cliveden.

DAHLIA FESTIVAL Chenies Manor House, Chenies, 2–5pm.

Tuesday 26th FACTORY FRIGHTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £ IN A FLAP! Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, AND 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, THURS drop in, £2.50. MATILDA’S BRILLIANT BOOK BAGS Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am–noon & 1–3pm, drop in, £2.50.

Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street.

Wednesday 27th CRACKLING CHOCOLATE ROOMS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 6+yrs, £3. FUN IN THE PARK Black Park, Wexham, noon–4pm. JAMES’S GIANT INSECTS Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 10am– noon & 1–3pm, £2.50.

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Friday 29th ORANGE SILVER SAUSAGE WITH JAMES CARTER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 1.30pm & 3pm, £4. WONDERCRUMP WONKA BARS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden, 10.30am & noon, £2.50.

Saturday 30th THE GREAT WAR CENTENARY EVENT Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, 11am–4pm, drop in.

Sunday 31st STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, 10.30am–5.30pm.



Book reviews Reading with Ed Ed the blue owl is back with a selection of his favourite children’s books for summer.

FOR 5-7 YEARS Humphrey’s Tiny Tales: My Really Wheely Racing Day! by Betty G Birney (Faber,

attack moves. When he’s offered a place at Mighty High School he is over the moon, but also flabbergasted as he’s not sure he has any superhero characteristics yet. The evil and dangerous Green Meanie soon starts to stalk the school corridors – time for Stan and his pals to concoct a cunning plan to overcome this supervillain! ED SAYS: ‘This is a laugh-out-loud tale for boys and girls alike. If you enjoy it as much as I did, look out for other books by this super-funny author.’

FOR OVER 7 YEARS Scam on the Cam by Clementine Beauvais

£3.99) Humphrey has lots of friends in Room 26 where he is the class hamster, but he’s delighted to make a new pal Winky. When he sees Winky’s new hamster racing car he thinks it’s unsqueakably wonderful and decides he wants a set of wheels of his own. At school a hamster race is set up and Humphrey practises hard, but when his car rolls against a wooden block will he be able to zoom across the finishing line first?. ED SAYS ‘Here is another FUN-FUN-FUN story in this super series for young readers who can enjoy Humphrey’s latest adventure reading on their own or reading together.’

Superhero School: The Revenge of the Green Meanie by Alan MacDonald

(Hodder, £6.99) Sesame Seade has reason to be suspicious about the strange goings-on by the river. She is rather half-hearted about being part of a rowing crew herself, but she becomes very interested in certain events in the build-up to the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge. When the Cambridge crew go down one by one with a mysterious bug it’s time for Sesame to get into supersleuth mode. ED SAYS: ‘This is a brilliantly written, hilarious story peppered with super illustrations. Sesame is a fantastic character and a very smart heroine.’

SWARM: Operation Sting by Simon Cheshire

(Bloomsbury, £4.99)

(Stripes, £5.99)

Stan Button knows that to be a superhero like Captain Courageous he must practise his surprise

The Secret Intelligence Agency’s new weapon SWARM is set on a mission. The robotic bugs working as undercover agents are put

into action to locate a stolen device that has the power to wreak havoc on the world’s electronic communications. Will SWARM be able to recover the device before the encryption code is cracked and the villains have their evil way? ED SAYS: ‘This is an action-packed page-turner of a book by this fantastic writer. It’s the first book in this adventure series featuring robot technology.’

2014 Summer Reading Challenge Get ready for the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) – designed to keep kids reading during the long school hols. This year’s SRC follows the usual formula, with kids from ages four to eleven being encouraged to read six or more books of their choice from a local library. The Challenge features various incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who manages to read six or more books. The theme of this year’s SRC – Mythical Maze – challenges children to find their way around a labyrinth that introduces them to fantastical creatures, collecting stickers of each character along the way. Children can sign up at their local library from the end of June onwards and all materials are absolutely free. For more info, visit summerreadingchallenge.

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