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Editor’s welcome Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and are ready for the school year ahead.

Issue 93 | Sep/Oct 2018

In this issue 3 6 7 8

News & views School news The benefits of forest school Educating your child about social media

School Matters 11 Making the best of open days 12 Independent or state education for your child? 14 KS1 Maths: a parent’s guide 15 Noticeboard- Autumn Open Days 16 How thinking skills can equip your child for the future. 18 Stay home with the kids & still make money Clubs & Classes 19 Choose the right club or class for your child 20 Clubbing together: local activity guide 24 The parent who stayed 26 Go wild this autumn 28 What’s On Get out & about with our round-up of what’s happening in September & October including half-term, Halloween and fireworks. Tel: 01296 586586 email:

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Congratulations to our competition winners Family passes to: The Legoland Windsor Resort: Helen Owen,Hazlemere; Paultons Park: Jade Hargreaves, Wendover; Go Ape: Louise O’Reilly, Holmer Green; Mead Open Farm: Jacqui Seal, Amersham; Rachel McGuinn, Berkhamsted and Tessa Martin, Chesham; David Walliams Book of Stuff: David Connelly, Tring.

I must admit to dreading September arriving all summer, as it means that I will need to face the fact that my babies are growing up. It’s the month that brings my youngest’s first day of school in Reception and my eldest’s first day of Junior school, or “big” school as they say, and a lot of tears for us! I have to keep reminding myself of the positives, it’s also a month of new beginnings, the start of new friendships and a chance for our kids to grow and discover the world outside of our little bubble at home. It’s hard not to be sentimental about such moments, it’s when the world quietens for a moment that we realise how important our job is as parents and how much we want our children to have the best that life has to offer. I worry about the silliest of things, such as which jobs will be replaced by robots and it turns out that there is some cause for concern when it comes to future-proofing our children’s skills. We have more great features for you this issue including ideas on how to help your child to navigate social media and KS1 maths, a guide to local clubs and classes and half-term activities and events. October will be here before we know it and then, ‘Christmas’ (dare I say it)! Have a great start to the new term and best of luck – we will get through another school year, as long as our fridge is well-stocked with wine and chocolate!

Local mums launch craft and wellness workshop How many times have you discussed your dreams with friends and family, or wished you could do something different with your life, but never had the courage to seize the moment and go for it? This was something that two local mums, Caroline Oden and Julia Cossins, had faced many times before they decided to follow their dreams and set up Where Inspiration Blooms, a brand-new workshop space that has recently opened in Chartridge, Chesham. Specifically targeting parents with young children, Where Inspiration Blooms has a creche run by experienced nannies, so mums can take a yoga or craft class with their little ones being cared for next door. Commenting on their new venture, Julia says; “We know that everyone is constantly rushing around trying to be everything to everyone and we wanted to give people an opportunity to press the pause button and take time for themselves. Where Inspiration Blooms gives people a chance to learn something new that makes them feel proud. We want people to leave feeling refreshed, nurtured and inspired. We are also hiring out The Barn and its grounds for private parties.” For more information on courses, visit

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Last chance to become a human rainbow Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) will be holding its fourth Colour Rush at Green Park, Aston Clinton on Sunday 7th October. The Charity urges Colour Rushers to sign up quickly as this will be the last year for local people to get covered in colour for their Hospice. The money raised will support Florrie’s Children’s Team, providing respite care for children with life-limiting conditions in their own homes. Colour Rush has created fantastic memories for families who have done it, and children love it. “It’s the perfect thing to do with all the family. You’re allowed to bring your parents!” says Hannah, aged 10. “When you come out at the end, you have colours all over you.” It’s a 5k run, walk or jog with five colour stations, and there’s a 1k Mini-Rush as well. Find out more at

First aid courses for parents Would you have the skills and confidence to deal with a medical emergency? As parents or carers, we will go out of our way to ensure our children are happy and it can be heartbreaking to see a poorly or ill child. Therefore, it is important that we have the relevant training to help protect our children and potentially save lives. Medipulse Training delivers family first aid training and a range of other first aid training throughout Buckinghamshire. Courses cover life-saving skills, (including CPR), how to deal with choking, burns, bleeding and more. The courses are perfect for parents and young people as well as business professionals. Book online today at

Buttercups Day Nursery bridging the generation gap The children at Buttercups Day Nursery in Chalfont St. Peter have been visiting local residential care home Chalfont Lodge, developing new friendships and bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. Recently, residents were treated to an informal concert of nursery rhyme favourites. One child said: “All the ladies at the old people’s home were happy and they were clapping their hands!” Studies have shown that bridging this generation gap and bringing young and old together for shared activities can lead to improved mood and increased levels of physical activity for older people, leading to a greater sense of well-being. Children also enjoy the attention from different adults. Resident Hazel Hewitt said: “I loved hearing them laugh and play. We all had a fabulous day, the whole room had a smile and we’ve been talking about seeing the children all week. I can’t wait for them to come again.”

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Out of school activities improve educational attainment A study by researchers from NatCen Social Research at Newcastle University has found that children who take part in organised sports and after-school clubs can improve primary school academic performance and social skills. The study of 6,400 children in England found that those who took part in organised sports and physical activities at the ages of 5, 7 and 11 were almost one and a half times more likely to reach a higher than expected level in their Key Stage 2 (KS2) maths test at the age of 11. According to the Lead Investigator, Emily Tanner of NatCen, “Results showed that sports clubs were positively associated with attainment outcomes at age 11, even when accounting for prior attainment at age 7.” The research also found that disadvantaged children who attended after-school clubs developed better social, emotional and behavioural skills than those, also from similar social circumstances, who did not. For more information, visit To find a class near you, see our activity guide from page 20.

Funding boost for service that offers mental health support in schools Buckinghamshire Mind has been awarded a grant of £4,952 from the Rothschild Foundation for the charity’s Peer Support in Schools Service that is available to both primary and secondary schools across the county. The charity trains students from the top year of the school sixth formers and primary school children in Years 5/6 in mental health awareness helping them become Peer Mentors to students in younger years at the school. A student from Aylesbury Grammar Secondary School, which benefits from programme said: “Because peer mentors are students, I feel as though I can connect with my mentor – I guess it means we are able to understand each other well and I am very comfortable discussing my thoughts and feelings with him.” The charity implements a whole school approach; working with pupils, parents and staff to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and encourages individuals to seek support. They facilitate parent coffee mornings, help prepare assemblies, signpost and remind schools of upcoming events such as World Mental Health Day and Time to Talk Day. The Service is already in place in 23 schools throughout the county. To find out more, please contact Zoe Sole on 07508 021911, email: or visit

School visits by Kew Little Pigs

Would your school like to welcome some gorgeous little visitors with a difference for a fun and educational experience? Kew Little Pigs are now offering schools, children’s clubs and social activity groups personal visits from their micro pigs. This is a cost-effective way to bring farm animals to children so they can enjoy an enriching and stimulating learning opportunity. The experience has been adapted to provide links across the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum and can also be adapted for KS3 and above. The current special offer includes three pigs for the price of two (a £75 saving) as well as a free KLP book for every booking. Schools and groups can also book a visit to the farm in Amersham with 20 per cent off Piggy Pet and Play using the code familieschiltern2018 by going to product/piggy-pet-play

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Charity fundraiser success Gateway School in Great Missenden raised over £7,500 to sponsor a room at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for Ronald McDonald House charity. Pupils took part in a range of activities to raise funds for the charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families while their child is in hospital. Sue La Farge, Headteacher, said: “Everyone had a wonderful time taking part in the activities and have all enjoyed making their donations, in the knowledge that they are helping others.”

Chesham Prep go green Chesham Prep have developed amazing outdoor learning areas which not only encourage and help native British Wildlife to thrive around the school, but are also used for curriculum lessons as well as Environmental and Gardening clubs. The school is passionate about recycling and reducing waste and they have tackled the issues of food waste produced at lunchtimes by taking the waste off-site to be either composted or burnt to generate electricity. They have also introduced recycling bins throughout the school and no longer use plastic water bottles on site.

Westbrook Hay school play, ‘Practically Perfect in Every Way’

Westbrook Hay Prep School put on an outstanding show of ‘Practically Perfect in Every Way’. The children who performed, aged 3 to 6, showed creative talents and tremendous energy. From tap dancing penguins to carousel horses and an array of chimney sweeps, the children in Lower School certainly made hearts melt. There were excellent performances from the lead roles; Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane and Michael, who demonstrated confidence and maturity and were supported by an excellent cast of Year One pupils. Nursery and Reception performed ‘freshly’ choreographed dances to the well-known songs such as ‘Chim Chim Cheree’ and ‘Let’s go Fly a Kite’. All of the children sang with gusto accompanied by the school’s talented pianist, Mr Wagstaff. It was a play to remember and was truly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

New Head for St Mary’s School Mrs Patricia Adams has been appointed Head of St Mary’s School in Gerrards Cross. Formerly Academic Deputy Head at Blackheath High School for Girls, Mrs Adams has a wealth of experience in girls’ education, having previously worked in Senior Leadership at several girls’ schools. Mrs Adams commented “I look forward to supporting the environment where each individual girl learns and grows, reinforcing both the pastoral and academic provision that prepares them to be committed, resilient and compassionate individuals. I am keen to develop this vision whilst placing a sense of joy and excitement for learning at the heart of the school.”

Maltman’s Green 11+ success An incredible 80% of girls at Maltman’s Green School who sat the 11+ Buckinghamshire Transfer Test have passed and are now destined for places at some of the country’s top grammar and selective independent senior schools with a record number of scholarships being awarded. Maltman’s Green is a non-selective school in Gerrards Cross which strives for ‘excellence with a sense of fun’. Girls are given every opportunity, as well as the care and support needed, to realise their potential. Each year, the results of the optional 11+ Transfer Test are impressive and this year is no exception. Maltman’s Green truly provides a firm foundation, preparing girls to face the challenges of senior school and beyond with confidence, determination and a lifelong love of learning

Profile on Abbot’s Hill School Abbot’s Hill is a happy, dynamic and thriving school offering an all-round education for girls 4-16 years. The Day Nursery & Pre-School caters for girls and boys from 6 months, while the historic campus offers modern facilities in a magnificent country setting. They have a strong record of academic success and pastoral care. Throughout the school, pupils are taught in small classes. Excellent teaching and personalised support ensure that everyone is inspired to exceed their potential. For more information, please visit: or call 01442 240333.

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School focus

Most of us appreciate the benefits of spending time with our children outdoors. The increasing pressure on children to do well at school, the presence of 24-hour social media, coupled with the loss of the ‘free play’ options that most of us experienced as children are just some of the reasons why we should try to do this as often as possible. Nurseries, other organisations and even some state and independent schools are also actively offering children opportunities to learn whilst being outside. The idea of ‘Forest School’ exemplifies this concept. Originating in Scandinavia, Forest School offers children the chance to explore, play and learn in nature, as part of a group with a qualified leader. The variety of benefits that children can experience by taking part in Forest School activities are worth considering. Some of these include:

Letting Kids Be Kids Forest Schools are fun and encourage children to play, explore and discover. Having the freedom to follow their interests, they are allowed to run, make noise and get their hands dirty. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Developing Resilience Building dens, playing games and lighting fires all come with their unique challenges and inevitable disappointments: a den may fall over, a fire takes time to prepare and start. Forest School is a safe space in which these challenges can be met and overcome, thus building lifelong skills.

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encouraged to assess and take supervised risks and to deal with and test their own abilities in unfamiliar and unpredictable situations such as when climbing trees.

Understanding Nature and the Environment

They are inspired to use their imaginations by thinking of something to create and sourcing materials from their environment to make it: a magic wand, a bow and arrow, a stick frame. This builds the foundations of resourceful and creative thinking.

Allowing Reflection Children today have so many distractions and pressures. Target driven school life, social media, computer games and, if in the city, urban stimulation. The natural environment has a marked effect on children; it brings a calmness to them, creating a space for peacefulness and reflection that may otherwise be difficult for them to experience.

Improving Physical Health It’s a no-brainer that being outside allows children the freedom to be physically active thereby improving their stamina, coordination and overall physical well-being.

If there is one thing about being in nature, it’s that it’s always changing. So there is never a shortage of things to see and explore. Spending more time outside means children can begin to understand the seasons, identify different animals, insects, trees, and flowers and observe plant and animal life cycles - all important parts of living in our world. Encouraging children to develop a relationship with the natural world also helps them to value the importance of protecting the environment for generations to come. If you’re feeling inspired and would like to offer your children a taste of what Forest School is all about, Jane Worroll and Peter Houghton’s book A Year of Forest School offers a host of free and fun seasonal activities that you can try just by heading outside to your local park or woods, whatever the weather. For more information: visit or

Staying Safe but Taking Risks Many of our children are now sheltered from taking risks. Whilst staying safe is always important, children nowadays are not encouraged to manage risk on their own. Forest School gives children space to be part of a ‘wild’ yet safe environment. They can learn more independently and are

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Educating your child about social media By Claire Winter During the primary school years, there is a tendency to want to bury your head in the sand when it comes to the issues and challenges of mobile phone use and social media. If you have children under 10 years old, you may not feel you need to pay attention to this yet. However, by Years 5 and 6 many of your children’s peers will have started to actively use apps like Snapchat and Instagram and you need to start to understand how to help your child navigate the online world. The legal age for children to use social sites like Facebook, Instagram, Musical. ly and Snapchat is 13. But, according to a report by the Children’s Commissioner, around 75% of 10 to 12 year olds have a social media account. The study makes sobering reading stating that children face a ‘cliff edge’ when it comes to using social media when they go to secondary school. Getting comments and likes on their posts becomes a priority, especially when their whole class are now using mobile devices and have social media accounts. They become more concerned about how they look and feel anxious about staying connected at all times. ‘FOMO,’ (Fear Of Missing Out), becomes much more prevalent. Class WhatsApp groups and the like mean that whilst your child has their phone, they are connected to their peers 24/7. This is the equivalent of having the “noise” of the playground with them at all times. It makes it impossible for children to leave behind the social interactions of the day, including any negative ones, and switch off emotionally. It means your child is at risk of being negatively impacted by any hurtful throwaway remarks or comments made by their peers which may not even have been intended to be hurtful. Social posts without accompanying tone, facial expression and gesture are more likely to be interpreted negatively, or the meaning questioned, than words delivered face to face. In short, you need to set limits on social media interaction if your child is going to remain sane and grounded.

Here are some things to consider before your child becomes active on social media: • Explore the privacy settings on all the apps your children will use and explain how they work. Make sure their accounts aren’t public and are only available to their friends. • Explain they should only ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ people they know on all of their social media accounts. 8 Families Chiltern

see what they are doing. Many parents make this a condition before allowing their child to have an app, especially if they are younger. • If you are not on the social platform, explain that you will want access to their account to see what they are doing, (actually follow through on this). Some people may feel this is an intrusion on their privacy, but my personal view is that young teenagers need some supervision. • Tell them not to share private information about themselves, like where they go to school or their address.

• Stress that it is crucial for them to tell you if someone they don’t know is trying to contact them. Explain not everyone is who they say they are online. • Remind them that they can block people they don’t know or users who are giving them unwanted attention (including their peers). • There are many things your children should not see on the internet. Ensure your children feel comfortable talking about what they have seen online and about things that have been sent to them. Conversations need to be open and frank because sexual and violent content may only be a few clicks away. • Follow them or add them as a friend on your social accounts, so you can

• Remind them not to post, snap or chat about something that they don’t want to be shared or seen by a wider audience. Remind them pictures can be captured by screenshot and shared with people they don’t know. • Tell them that bullying should not be tolerated in real life or cyberspace. If they are being bullied, or see someone being bullied, tell them to tell a trusted adult. • Limit how long they can be online. Put the Wi-Fi on a timer or set a daily limit of time for how long they can be on their device. As parents, we need to lead by example, so limit the time you spend on social platforms when you are with your child. Accept that your child is bound to make some mistakes on social media. The key is to have an open dialogue with them about it, so they can ask for advice if things go wrong and learn how to create healthy boundaries around their online activities.


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Making the best of Open Days This autumn, state and independent schools will be opening their doors to prospective pupils and their parents to give them a flavour of life at their school. Claire Winter has the lowdown on how to get the best out of these Open Days and tours. What is an Open Day? School open days help you decide what school you want your child to go to. During an open day, prospective parents are shown around the school, often on a school day, to give them a flavour of the working life of the school and the school environment. You will be able to see the children in lessons and talk to the teachers and pupils. Sometimes pupils are given the task of showing parents around the school. This is a great opportunity to ask them how they enjoy being at the school. How settled, relaxed and confident these children are can give you an idea of how happy the children are there. Usually, the head teacher or a senior member of staff also gives a talk which includes a general overview of the school and its values and ethos. This is often followed by a presentation by the head of admissions or the relevant head of the section of the school (for example, head of reception, or sixth form).

When are they held? State schools generally hold Open Days in September and October aimed at children and families looking for a school place for the following year. It’s a good idea to start looking a year in advance. So if your child is starting school, start looking at schools when they are three. If you are looking for secondary school places, start looking in year 5 (when your child is nine or ten). You can then revisit the schools you are most interested in with your child the following year. Independent schools often hold Open Days throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. They can have waiting lists for

Reception-age children or require children to take a school-specific 7+ or 11+ exam to gain a place, so you need find out the criteria for entry to the school and visit well in advance. Please see our Noticeboard on page 15 for a list of upcoming Independent School Open Days

How are Open Days organised? Schools organise Open Evenings as well as days to allow working parents to visit the school too. All schools put a lot of care and organisation into the events and they all want to show their school in the best light. However, there may be a lot of people attending so do be sure to turn up on time and follow the school’s directions during the event.

teachers. They often move on and large departments have a variety of teachers that will rotate every year to teach your child a particular subject. • If your child has a particular interest in a subject, make sure you visit the department and look at the kind of work they will be doing. • What extra-curricular activities do they have? Are there clubs that will engage your child and allow them to pursue a broad range of interests?

Tips for visiting an Open Day:

• While exam results aren’t everything, every parent wants their child to do well. Academic performance is a top priority for many families. It’s a good idea to see how the school is performing compared to other local schools, using exam league tables and Ofsted reports.

• Take your child with you. There is no point in falling in love with a school only to find that your child does not want to go there.

If, after all your initial visits, you are still undecided, go back and visit the schools on your shortlist again during a normal working day.

• What is your general feeling about the school? Your gut reaction is very important. Do the pupils look happy and engaged? • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure you ask the pupils what they think of the school. • Don’t make decisions on individual

Finally, in making your decision, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts; you know your child and you are best placed to ascertain what is right for them. If your child is older, do take account of their preferences too and include them in the decision-making process. The best decision will undoubtedly be the one you all agree.

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Independent or state education for your child? Olivia Malaure talks to Frances Delaney, a parent whose child has experienced both types of school. If you are fortunate enough to be able to choose where your child will go to school, then it might help to look at the bigger picture and leap forward twelve years. Recent statistics show that students from state schools out-perform students from independent (private) schools at university. However, before you allocate your tuition fees to more leisurely pursuits, consider that these statistics also show that students from independent schools are more likely to gain a place at university in the first place. Right now, the idea of your young child reaching university age may seem unimaginable, but it pays to do your research early. And, when you do, it’s hard to ignore the fiery discussion about the moral, financial and practical issues that catapult from any search engine as you try to weigh up the ‘pros and cons’ of state versus independent education. I spoke to Frances Delaney, a parent who made the decision to move her daughter from a state to an independent school at the beginning of Year 6.

Why did you make this change? Firstly, I wasn’t confident that my daughter would get into our preferred, local state secondary school. I also wanted her to attend a school with an integrated sixth

form, rather than have to transition to a large college later on. Crucially though, my daughter’s teacher, who I really respected, suggested she was playing up in class and was possibly bored because in Year 5, along with a number of other children, she’d actually reached Year 6 grades. I wanted my child to reach her full potential but her teacher couldn’t help further as her priority had to be improving the grades of those children who were underperforming.

Was it an easy decision? No actually, it was very difficult. My partner was politically opposed to private education - we both went to state schools. But we’d had the experience of our elder son completing his education at a large state college where he just didn’t “fit in.” He felt he didn’t do as well as he could have done at a smaller private school. It took my partner a lot of convincing, but I wanted our daughter to have the best educational experience possible and my


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Back to school gut feeling was that she would perform better at an independent school. We were in a position where we could afford the fees and so we decided to move her.

Looking back, do you feel you made the right decision? That’s a difficult question and I don’t have a definitive answer. She is happy and confident and doing well at school, so that is very positive. She is still in touch with her friends from state school and it seems they’re also happy and doing well too, so it’s hard to tell what would have happened had she remained in the state sector.

Has your daughter experienced more academic pressure at her new school? Yes, and the pressure comes from both parents and the school. But, truthfully, I’m paying to ensure that she reaches her full potential and so pressure is part of that. My daughter thrives in that type of environment but I can see that it could be stressful for children who aren’t meeting expectations, or who excel in one particular subject area rather than being an academic all-rounder. Having said I would imagine that children in good state secondary schools are also under a lot of academic pressure too. At my daughter’s school, there is not an automatic entry into the sixth form so there is constant discussion about what

she can achieve and how she will achieve it. Obviously, this isn’t the case in all independent schools.

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KS1 Maths: A parent’s guide Maths is an essential part of everyday life and we need to ensure our children are confident in the subject by building strong foundations. It is important to instil a love of mathematics from a young age to ensure children develop a positive attitude which continues to grow when concepts become more challenging. A strong background in the subject will equip children with important life skills such as logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Maths can be an inspiring subject, giving rise to moments of wonder when a child solves a problem for the first time and we need to help children appreciate the magic of numbers.

Making Maths Fun It is important to make maths as fun as possible from a young age. In KS1 maths, some of the topics your children will cover include: number recognition and place value; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division; fractions; measurements; geometry; time; money and statistics. There are many ways to incorporate maths into daily activities – games, puzzles and jigsaws are a perfect place to start. Even your regular food shop can be filled with fun maths games and facts. Here are some fun maths activities to do at home that cover the key areas in KS1 maths:

Number recognition and place value: • Choose a ‘Number of the Week’ and see how many times you and your child can spot this number around the house, out in the street or even in the supermarket.



• Get your child to sort their toys into different groups, for example, 2 halves or 4 quarters, or even by colour.

Addition and subtraction:


• Ask your child to calculate what time they need to leave the house whenever you are going somewhere. For example, you need to be at school at 9am and it takes 15 minutes to get there, so what time should you leave?

• Draw addition and subtraction questions on the patio in chalk for your child to figure out the answer to. Help them draw a number line if it helps. • Try to create number sentences using door numbers or registration plates.

Multiplication and division: • Make cupcakes and ice numbers on them that are multiples of a times table your child is learning. • Give your child different objects and ask them to count in multiples of 2s/3s/4s to give you the total number of objects. This could be clothes pegs, berries in the fridge or counters for a board game.

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• Help your child measure their own height – mark above their head on the wall (or with chalk on the patio) and then give them a tape measure to figure out how tall they are. • Have a competition with your child to see who can find the most objects that are shorter/longer/heavier/lighter than a chosen object. Or see who can find a container with the largest capacity, and then help them measure how big the capacity is. Whoever loses has to clear the table after dinner!

General Maths: • Play “Guess my shape”, where you think of a shape and your child has to ask yes-or-no questions to work out what shape you are thinking of. If they guess yours, it’s their turn to think of a shape. You could include 3D shapes too! • See how many different shapes you can find in one room of the house or in your garden. You could give one point for 2D shapes and two points for 3D shapes and see who wins.

Money: • Give your child a few pounds to spend in a shop and challenge them to find three things they can buy within that budget. • Ask your child to count the change in your purse. Tell them if they calculate the right total they can keep it! Finally, don’t hesitate to talk maths with your child even if you didn’t excel at it in school. This is a great opportunity for you to form a positive new relationship with the subject too! One final way to help your child excel at maths is to introduce their school to Numberfit – a physically active and engaging mathematics programme that raises engagement and attainment in maths. Numberfit makes learning maths fun with gamified resources that are differentiated to allow all students to ‘win’ at maths. The Numberfit programme will soon be available as online resources for teachers to use, so ask them to get in touch to find out more. Your school could also join the new Numberfit Interschool ‘Physically Active Maths League’.

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Independent School Open Days Abbot’s Hill

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St Mary’s School

Prep School Working Open Event: Friday 21st September, 1.30pm, (register to attend). Whole School Open Day: Saturday 29th September, 2pm-4pm, (no booking is required, last tours begin at 3.30pm)

Whole School: Saturday 29th September, 9.30am to 11.30am. Early Years Story Adventures Event: Friday 16th November, 10am to 11am.

Early Years Taster Session: Friday 5th October, (register to attend). Whole School Open Morning: Saturday 13th October, 10am to 12.30pm. Gerrards Cross, girls 3–18 yrs.

Girls 4–16 yrs, boys 6mths–5 yrs,

If you would like to attend, call 01494 862407 or visit their website to book your tour. Great Missenden, co-ed 2–11 yrs, www.

Bedford Girls’ School


Saturday 13th October, 10am. Girls 7–18 yrs, Please call to confirm your space: 01234 361918.

Berkhamsted School Berkhamsted Sixth (16-18yrs): Thursday 27th September 5pm to 7pm. Berkhamsted Senior (Girls & Boys 11-16yrs): Friday 28th September, 3pm to 6.30pm. Berkhamsted Day Nursery (0-3yrs), Berkhamsted Pre-Prep (3-7), Berkhamsted Prep (7-11), Heatherton (3-11yrs): Friday 5th October 9am to 12 noon and Saturday 6th October 10am to 12 noon.

Saturday 6th October, 10am to 1pm. High Wycombe, co-ed nursery 3–5 yrs; co-ed preprep 5–7yrs; Girls 7–13 yrs, If you would like to visit, please call the Registrar, Annie Bird on 01494 429006.

Maltman’s Green School Whole School: Friday 12th October, 10am. Stay & Play Complimentary Session for 1-3 yrs: Saturday 22nd September, 10.15am (booking required). Gerrards Cross, Girls 2–11 yrs, booking encouraged, tel. 01753 883022,, admissions@ Tel: 01442 358001.

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High Wycombe, Girls 4–18 yrs. Book your place online at:

Wednesday 10th October, 9am to 11am. Saturday 13th October, 9.30am to 12 noon.

Saturday 6th October, 10am to 1pm.

St Teresa’s School Thursday 4th October, 9am to 11am. Saturday 6th October, 10am to 12 noon. Princes Risborough, co-ed rising 3–11 yrs. You may also call to book an appointment: Tel. 01844 345005.

Thorpe House Nursery and Reception/ Thorpe Explorers: Wednesday 26th September, 10am to 11.30am. Interactive Whole School: Saturday 13th October, 10am to 12.30am. Working Day- Whole School: Tuesday 16th October, 9.30am to 11.30am. Gerrards Cross, boys 3–16 yrs,

Westbrook Hay Prep School Saturday 29th September, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Hemel Hempstead, co-ed, 3–13 yrs,

Chesham, co-ed 3–13 yrs, Please check the school’s websites in advance of visiting an open day as the listings may be subject to change. Our next School Noticeboard will be in our January/February 19 issue, to be included email:

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Friday 21 September, 1.30pm See our Day Nursery, Pre-School and Prep School in action. Please contact the Registrar on 01442 839169 or visit our website to book your place. Saturday 29 September, 2pm-4pm Last tours begin at 3.30pm. No booking is required. Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 8RP E:

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How thinking skills can equip your child for the future By Dr David Walters What jobs will be available to my child when the time comes for them to enter the employment market? It’s a worry for every parent. Artificial Intelligence will ‘kill off’ five million jobs by 2020, according to some of the more alarmist headlines. While AI threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs in the retail and administration sectors, top professions such as the law and medicine are also set to be transformed by the ‘march of the robots.’

So how can we help our children to future-proof their skills? In the world of education, the speed at which the robots are advancing has poured more fuel on to the debate about the value of learning by rote. Are schools, under enormous pressure from government to deliver ever-better exam grades, responding by priming a generation of students simply to remember, recall and regurgitate facts just as the need for those skills is being usurped by Siri and Alexa? Surely, if we want our children to succeed in a future where so many jobs will be dominated by automation, we should educate them with skills unique to human beings? So, what are those uniquely human skills, and where can your child learn them? What do we as a species have going for us that the computers don’t - and are unlikely to for at least a while? One of our most important is cognitive or ‘thinking skills’. Back in the 1950s a US psychologist

called Benjamin Bloom devised his nowfamous hierarchy of thinking. This ‘pyramid of thought’ classifies thinking according to six cognitive levels of complexity and it is increasingly relevant today. According to Bloom’s hierarchy, the least complex (lower order) thinking skills such as recalling information form the base of the pyramid and the most complex (higher order) skills, such as creativity, sit at the peak. Put simply, the higher up the pyramid you go, the safer you are from the rising tide of the machines. Thinking Schools, at which these higher-

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Back to school order skills are taught, can be found all over the world, including in Dubai, Lithuania, Norway, New Zealand, Egypt, Nigeria and Thailand. In Malaysia, the government has looked to introduce the Thinking Schools model in 10,000 public schools. In Britain, too, there is a new enthusiasm for schools where these skills form the basis of teaching. There is growing recognition that Thinking Schools drive the type of unique thinking skills and intelligent learning behaviours that we all need in an increasingly technological world. Much of education has shifted too far towards pure recall and regurgitation of fact. But thinking skills are not an education programme; they are an attitude to learning. In a Thinking School: • All members share a common language of learning. • Thinking strategies and tools are used across the curriculum and teachers and students have sound understanding of metacognition. • All students are developing and demonstrating independent and cooperative learning skills. • There are high levels of achievement and an excitement and enthusiasm for learning. Typically, in a Thinking School you will see pupils working with ‘map’-like visual tools which help children to understand their thinking processes and ultimately to create, understand, problem-solve and persist with tasks rather than merely regurgitate answers.

Recent research has shown that attending an accredited Thinking School can improve pupils’ GCSE results by as much as a grade above what they were originally predicted. Accredited Thinking Schools have been rigorously assessed by Exeter University’s Cognitive Education Development Unit to ensure that they meet strict criteria and a list of them can be found on their website, http:// thinkingschools/ Should your child not be at an accredited school, you can still access the Thinking Matters approach to education used by Thinking Schools. Cog-Ignition (www.cog- works directly with families, and use ‘cognitive coaches’ who work one-to-one to develop the thinking skills, attitudes and interpersonal skills needed to succeed at school and far beyond. We don’t have to think of machines purely as a threat. They are, after all, our creation. The key is to develop the intelligences and skills to get them to work for us! Dr David Walters is Deputy Principal of a secondary school in the South West and Honorary Fellow, Exeter University Graduate School of Education. Thinking Matters works with schools all over the country which want to become Thinking Schools. For further information, visit

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Stay home with your kids

...and still make mon£y other tasks. Make sure that your personal appointments and events get scheduled in too, plus that all-important time for yourself.

Many women dream of being able to work from home and make an income but still have time for their families. Passive income strategist, Cass Davis, offers her top tips on how to make money and still be there for the school run. When I started my business, the biggest goal I had was to be able to stay at home with my daughter before she started school and make enough money to pay for a two-week holiday once a year. She’s now four and has been going to primary school since last September. Not only do I make a great income but I have plenty of time during the day to work in and on my business. Before I had the luxury of set work hours during my daughter’s school day, I had to fit my business around both her and all my household responsibilities.

These six key things made a significant difference to my success and work/life balance: 1. Streamline your business Make sure you have core services and products that will be your bread and butter. For example, I sell an online course on how to batch and schedule social media posts to help businesswomen streamline their marketing efforts. Getting these core

services right first before you branch out will save you time and stress. Make sure you build a solid foundation. 2. Automate Once you know what you need to do each day, spend some time on creating automated processes to help your business run on autopilot. Doing this will enable you to scale your business quickly as the basics will be done every day, even if you have sick kids at home and no routine! 3. Affiliate marketing If you’ve maxed the time you can spend with clients then you many want to consider affiliate marketing. A great place to start is with Amazon because once you’ve signed up for free, you can create an affiliate link for anything listed. When people buy it, you get a percentage of the sale back. 4. Create a schedule and plan Scheduling your work and personal time might seem like a joy sucker, but it means that you know exactly what you should be doing and when. It also means you can schedule time each day for the things that matter to you. Create a business calendar and book in launches, events, and

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5. Get help Whether you hire a Virtual Assistant or come to an arrangement with your family to help with childcare, get all the help you can afford. If you want your business to be a success, you need time to work on and in it. Make a chore chart, send your children to a childminder for a couple of days a week, or perhaps you could do a childcare swap with a friend so you each get to have some child-free time.

6. Make time for your business The most important thing you can do is to make a commitment to work from home and make time for your business. It’s very easy to procrastinate and come up with reasons why you can’t start working on your business goals. Think about when and where you can save time. Stop watching so much TV. Stop saying yes to things you want to say no to, and last but not least, make sure you prioritise things that need to be done, rather than working on the things you that you want to do. Cass Davis is the Passive Income Mama (www. thepassiveincomemama. She teaches female entrepreneurs and business owners to move away from the ‘time for money’ model to making income while they sleep. She runs a successful Facebook community with over 1,200 members at thepassiveincomesociety


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Activity guide

Choose the right club or class for your child Picking the right extracurricular activities for your child can sometimes be overwhelming. There are a huge variety of sports and classes available now from coding to Mandarin, from street dance to circus skills, as well as more traditional sports.

Can you commit? Some activities involve early morning practice or games at the weekend. Can your family life and schedule accommodate the commitment needed? If your child plays sport competitively, it can often mean training daily or at least three times a week. Think about cost Some activities are more expensive than others. 1:1 tuition or private lessons are more costly, whereas classes and team sports tend to cost less. Guiding or Scouts is an inexpensive club to join, and it’s great for team building and trying a variety of different activities. Investigate this option ahead of time though, as there can be waiting lists.

Here’s our guide on how to choose the most appropriate club or class for your child. A good place to start is to ask your child what they are interested in. It’s likely that they will enjoy the activity if they have picked it themselves. My 11 year old twin girls have tried a wide variety of classes, which they enjoyed but didn’t want to continue. When I last asked them what they wanted to do, they said they wanted to join a running club. They now train two to three times a week and compete at least once a month. It’s a big commitment for the whole family but they absolutely love it.

Things to Consider: Will your child enjoy the class/club? If they enjoy something, whether it’s art, football, animation or French they are likely to look forward to training with their team or attending a class every week.

Try before you buy Trial classes are a great way for them to experience something before you sign up for a term or group of classes. Many clubs and classes offer a free trial before you sign up. Always consider the benefits of an activity There’s great value in discipline-based activities that create a quality product over a period of time and teach value skills such as leadership and team work e.g. putting on a play.

How many? How many activities are too many? This is really up to you but if you are tired of driving your children to all of their activities, it’s likely your child will be too; perhaps you are doing too much. Equally, if your children are bored at home and asking to be entertained, maybe it’s time to sign them up for something new. Consider the mix of activities. Remember that moving from one activity to another is normal amongst children and if you are stuck between two similar activities, consider the usefulness, e.g. drumming lessons might be cool, but the guitar might have wider applicability. Again, take the lead from your child. Some children thrive from lots of extra-curricular activities while others get overwhelmed and over-stimulated. Listen to them and adjust their schedule accordingly.

Try a variety Variety is the spice of life. If your schedule allows it, get your children to try a few different things on a trial basis. If they are not keen on trying something new, get them to go with a friend but don’t insist.

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Clubbing together Whether your children love sport, music, drama, swimming or arts and crafts, there’s an activity to keep them busy.


Bucks School of Dance Weekday classes in ballet, modern, musical theatre, acro, tap and street dance. Venues in Bourne End, Loudwater, Holtspur, Seer Green & Penn Street. All ages welcome. Call Candy Barker on 01494 673919 or email: candy@; www.

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Here’s a useful guide to local clubs and classes.

Fun street dance classes for ages 4–13 years where children learn different techniques to current chart music and popstar favourites resulting in choreographed dance routines. They also offer ballet, tap and modern dance lessons. Classes in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Tylers Green & High Wycombe. Call 07765 114444, email: or visit

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Baby, toddler and preschool Funky Monkey A merry mix of music, movement, imagination and more for under 5s in Amersham and Penn. Classes also run in most school holidays, older siblings are welcome. For more information, call 07866 510289 or visit

Jo Jingles Themed music classes with singing, movement and instruments for ages 3 mths–5 yrs. For Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville and Wendover, call Debbie on 01296 625599.

Popstar Tots Popstar Tots is a fun dance, ballet, tap, musical theatre movement class for boys and girls aged 2–4½ years old. They introduce children to dance and movement in a fun, imaginative and creative way. Children will dance to all the latest pop music, Disney songs and nursery rhymes with fun props. Classes are designed to help build children’s confidence and develop their physical and social skills whilst dancing and having fun with their friends. Classes in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Tylers Green & High Wycombe. Call 07765 114444, email Hazel@ or visit

Sign & Rhyme Teaching babies and their carers, simple signs in an interactive, sensory musical context to enable them to communicate before they learn to speak. Classes in Penn, Beaconsfield and Hurley. Contact Katie on 07866 510289 or go to: for more information.

Sing and Sign Help your baby to communicate before speech with music-based baby signing classes. Age specific classes run in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chesham, Princes Risborough and High Wycombe. To book a class in Beaconsfield, Risborough or Wycombe, call Janine on 07789 902336 or email: janinesullivan@singandsign. For classes in Amersham or Chesham, call Rachel on 07900 081200 or email:

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Structured and fun swimming lessons in Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Buckingham, Wendover & Weston Turville Contact the team for more info; 01869 226223 20 Families Chiltern

Singing, Dance and Drama Classes in High Wycombe for children aged 4-18yrs including Pop, Commercial, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop and Street Dance. Saturdays during term time 9.30am12.30pm. To book, call Katarina on 07828100766 or email: highwycombe@ www.highwycombe.

Trapdoor Performing Arts Chalfont St Giles, Memorial Hall. Saturdays from 9am–4pm. Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, street and musical theatre dance classes with West End dancers & experienced choreographers. Act, dance and sing in separate classes for pre-school, infants, juniors and teens. ISTD and IDTA examinations in all dance disciplines as well as LAMDA acting examinations for the passionate performer. Email:, call: 01494 876487 or visit www.

Science Club Join us for a fun and interactive, Science Club! It follows the school curriculum, STEM and covers many exciting topics each week such as: the Universe, Stars, Chemistry and an introduction into Physics. Various locations in Buckinghamshire. See website for details: https://buckinghamshire. Or call us: 079 234 69636

Activity guide Art, crafts & cookery

Performing arts and music

Amersham Museum

Trapdoor Performing Arts

After-school arts and crafts club for children in KS2. The fun weekly classes run from 3:30-4:45 and 5:00-6:15pm on Thursdays during term time. Termly membership is £60, with two free taster sessions included for new members. To register your interest, email:

Chalfont St Giles, Memorial Hall. Saturdays from 9am–4pm. Acting classes with West End actors and TV professionals. Musical theatre and dance classes also on Saturdays. Act, dance and sing in separate classes for pre-school, infants, juniors and teens across all disciplines. Celebrating 100% pass rate in LAMDA examinations year-onyear. Email: katrina@trapdoordrama. com, call: 01494 876487 or visit www.

artsmart School of Art Weekly art classes for children in Beaconsfield and Thame. Call: 01494 670372, email: info@ or visit

Beverley Glock Cookery School Cookery classes and parties for children, teenagers and adults. Call: 01844 275692 or visit

Pop Up Play Village Pop Up Play Village is an exciting play session for children from 0-8 years old who love pretend play! Play villages in Beaconsfield, Amersham, High Wycombe, Gerrards Cross. To find out more, call Lucy on: 07738 431 866, or email: beaconsfield@popupplayvillage., beaconsfield

Queens Park Arts Centre Makers’ Club on Saturday mornings in Aylesbury during term time for 7+ yrs. Three workshops to choose from, including pottery and creative art & craft. Let your imagination run wild and create your very own works of art with guidance from experienced tutors. Call: 01296 424332, email: or visit

Perform The Barr Academy of Performing Arts Musical theatre classes in Stokenchurch on Sundays for children 3–18 years old. The classes combine all performing arts disciplines– singing, dancing & acting. They aim to encourage children to become creative, imaginative and motivated in all aspects of performing, whilst building confidence and self-belief. Call: 07583 942 447, or visit

Jackie Palmer Stage School Dance, drama and singing classes for children 3–18yrs in High Wycombe. After-school and Saturday classes and many other fun and unique learning experiences including choir concerts, dance, drama and musical productions, opportunities to join the Street Crew and Team Acro. Separate classes for boys. Tel: 01494 510 597, email: admin@jackiepalmerstageschool., or visit

Perform offer weekly drama, dance & singing classes for 4-12s. They use a mix of drama, dance and singing to bring out every child’s full potential. Classes are kept small to ensure lots of individual attention. Perform offer no-obligation FREE trial sessions for newcomers. Visit www. to book a FREE class today. Classes in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe, Tring, Tylers Green and Wendover. To book, call 020 7255 9120 or email:

Stagecoach Dance, drama and singing for ages 4–16. Classes in Amersham and Chesham (call: 01494 565402), Aylesbury (01296 747758), Beaconsfield (07795 157014), Berkhamsted (01442 875977), Chorleywood (01923 771291), High Wycombe (01494 533203) and Thame (01865 763767). For more info, visit

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“ Learning new tricks.” The Bucks School of Dance is one of the county’s premier dance schools, with classes for all children from age 3 and up, at Bourne End, Loudwater, Holtspur, Seer Green & Penn Street. A lively, friendly atmosphere, with inspiring and fully qualified teachers. Come and try us: we’d love to meet you. Call Candy Barker on 01494 673919

From Trampolining to Badminton.. we have something for you. Wycombe Leisure Centre 01494 688 100

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School support 11 Plus Tutoring Academy Professional tutors offering small group tuition, with specialist syllabus and resources targeting the content for the Buckinghamshire GL 11 Plus Exam. Contact Philip on: or call: 01242 221271.

Flying Start Tuition Tuition in English and mathematics for students aged five to sixteen. Support with exams such as the Eleven Plus (11+), SATs and GCSEs. They also offer courses for home educated children. Centres in Amersham, Aylesbury, Chesham, Jordans and Little Chalfont. Call: 01494 772898, email: or visit

Howland Tutors Tuition in primary maths and English, 11 +, GCSEs, AS and A Level. Tutors in the homes of students in a 20-mile radius of Marlow. Call: 01628 477164 or visit

For more information on your local Perform classes in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe, Tring, Tylers Green and Wendover, visit

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A common struggle shared by many children is a lack of confidence. This can stop some children reaching their full potential. Perform is a unique drama school that uses drama, dance and singing to help all children achieve their true potential – even those that are shy and reserved. “Perform is NOT a stage school” stresses Perform Producer, Karen. “It teaches life skills through fun drama games and end of term shows. The real aim of the classes is to help children develop the 4Cs: Confidence, Concentration, Coordination and Communication. “Classes are small with both a Producer and a teacher. Children are offered a free trial and the Producer spends time beforehand with each parent establishing their goals. For instance, speaking more clearly or making eye contact when introduced to someone unfamiliar.” Producers report back to parents after each class on the focus of the week and answer questions about the progress of individual children. “Shy children often come to classes clinging to their parents. I can pretty much guarantee that within 5 or 6 classes, they will run in without waving goodbye,” reports Karen.

Little House of Science Fun and interactive afterschool Science Club for kids aged 4-11yrs that introduces children to STEM, covers many exciting and different topics each week and links to the school curriculum. They also run holiday workshops. Saturday morning classes Chalfont St peter, £125 per term and Thursday afternoon classes in Ealing, £135 per term. To find out more, call 07923 4696636 or visit: https://

Numberfit A physically active mathematics programme run in schools for preschool, KS1 and KS2. Online resources for schools to run active and engaging sessions also available. Call: 01494 257737, email: enquiries@numberfit. com or visit

Numberprep Mathematics, science and English tutoring - A level, GCSE, KS3, KS2, KS1 and early years. Tuition centre is in Amersham, near the station. Call: 01494 257737, email: tuition@ or visit

Pen and Ink Tuition 11+ preparation, tuition in maths and English including a Junior Preparation course for children in Years 3 and 4. Individual tuition as required. Covering Chesham and South Bucks. Call: 01494 773300, email: penny@ penandinktuition. or visit www.

For children who love to role play Our play sessions run in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and High Wycombe and feature: Art Studio Baby Nursery Cafe Construction Site Hospital Supermarket Vets We’re also available for private hire for birthday parties and wedding crèches

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Little Kickers Fun, football classes for children from 18 months to 7th birthday. For classes in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chorleywood, High Wycombe & Great Missenden call James on 01494 911133 for a free trial class (subject to availability – Please quote ‘Families Chiltern’ when enquiring) or email: For more information, visit


Kung fu (wing chun) based self-defence classes for the whole family. Classes for children 5-15yrs in Amersham & Bourne End (High Wycombe classes coming soon). To find out more, call Mark on 01494 702407 or email:, www.

Puddleducks Carefully structured aqua natal classes for mums to be, and swimming lessons from birth to ten years in Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Buckingham and Wendover. Teaching your child water confidence, safety skills and to swim beautifully. For full details visit www.puddleducks. com or contact the Cherwell & Aylesbury team on 01869 226223 or email:

Swimming lessons for children aged 3 to 12 years of all abilities at Aylesbury Grammar School (Aylesbury), Chiltern Wood School (High Wycombe) and Teikyo C Japanese School (Wexham). Only six children per M class, Seriously FUN awards scheme and a water safety lesson every term. Book online at www. Y or call 01753 364364.

Term-time courses teaching mini and junior tennis for all abilities for ages 3–15 yrs at Beaconsfield Tennis Centre, off Grenfell Road. Call: Andy 07791 912490, email: or visit www.





Tiska Karate

Peter Lavery Tennis Tennis coaching for children from 2.5 yrs at Chesham Bois Tennis Club. Call: 07885 206587 or visit

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Tumble Tots Gym-type classes for 8mths to 4+ years in Chalfont St Peter, Chesham, Beaconsfield, Missenden and Amersham. Visit or email: for more info.

Wycombe Leisure Centre Range of courses for children in Handy Cross including: badminton, gymnastics, fencing, squash, netball, swimming lessons and trampolining. Full range of activities can be found on their website, www. To book, call 01494 688100. You may know us but we may not know you, if you’d like to be included in our next guide, email:

Tennace has a full programme of coaching courses for all ages Andy Scholfield BSc, Tennace Director and Performance Director BTC

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Learn self-defence and fitness, classes taught by 8th Dan Black Belt instructor to children from 4 yrs. Mon at 4.45pm in Chalfont St Peter, Saturday at 2pm in Beaconsfield. There is a beginner’s special offer of 4 weeks free at the Tiska Chalfont & Beaconsfield clubs. To book, call: 07709 327274 or 01753 882012, or visit:

Weekend sports school for boys and girls aged 4–16 of all abilities. 18 exciting sports in a year including archery, fencing, basketball, netball, volleyball, tennis, handball, softball, dodgeball, American football, Tambourelli and more, plus weekly team-building activities. Ofsted registered and childcare vouchers accepted. Call: 0844 3350450 or visit



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Help your baby to communicate before speech with our award winning music programme! Age specific classes for babies from birth to 24 months Amersham, Chesham Contact Rachel: 07900 081200 Beaconsfield, Thame, Wycombe & Risborough Contact Janine: 07789 902336

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Family matters

The parent who stayed By Nina Farr

Life as a single parent can be tough at the beginning. Moving on from life with your child’s other parent means moving into life on your own terms. But that’s not easy when you still have to focus on your children day to day. I’ve been a lone parent to a toddler and a baby, and I’ve worked with over a hundred other women parenting alone too. I’ve learned a lot about how to find your equilibrium when you start over as a single mum and I’d like to share some of my experiences with you. Lone parenting isn’t lonely At least, it doesn’t have to be. It may be scary and sad when you say goodbye to the dream of a two parent home. But just because you don’t live with your co-parent doesn’t mean they won’t or can’t help. A lot of the positives of co-parenting require your willingness to work together and be supportive of each other’s needs and desires for your children. Even if your co-parent is mostly absent, or needs to have their contact limited for some reason, you can build an amazing network of peers and friends who can support and help you out. Try joining and look for your local single parent group. If there isn’t one nearby, check out your children’s centre and local playgroups, or enrol your children in some clubs or activities. This will broaden your social circle.

One of the hardest things about being the only adult at home is feeling isolated from other adults. Reach out and say hello to the parents you meet day-to-day. Chances are, at least some of them will be a lone parent just like you. And even those who aren’t can be a fantastic addition to your network. They are more able to pop round and see you after the kids go to bed, or offer to babysit now and then. Don’t worry about being judged by other parents. Everyone

1 in 4 families in the UK are headed by a single parent That’s a quarter of the parents on the school run or at your local stay and play. You’re by no means on your own so don’t let feelings of anxiety or guilt about being a single parent knock your confidence.

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Family matters else is too busy thinking about their own worries to be spending their time judging you!

Feeling low is okay Family breakdown can be messy, miserable and time-consuming. To move through it without feeling anything negative at all would be extraordinary. Coming back to your own centre and discovering who you are outside of such an important and life changing relationship takes time. But it doesn’t take forever. Remind yourself that a little space and energy reserved for yourself is vital right now and will pay dividends almost immediately. Budget for treats for yourself (a babysitter counts!) and carve out time to do the things that make you feel good. Get a haircut. Paint your nails. Replace the jeans you have been wearing for too long and invest in your own wellbeing. Self-care is essential when you are the one person your children can rely on day-to-day.

Claim leadership of your family When you become a sole primary carer for your family, you take on a leadership role. But you have to step up and claim it. You are the budget holder, the navigator, the captain of your ship. It can be a liberating and exciting transition, despite being a little overwhelming at the start! While there may be a lot to learn, you only need to answer to yourself (and your children’s needs). Try not to panic and

avoid deferring to the judgements of other people. They aren’t living in your home with your children. There will be a lot of people on hand offering you advice or well-intended suggestions as to how you should move forward - from the friend signing you up to online dating to your own parents standing in the wings. Listen, consider their input and let go anything that doesn’t feel right.

space to exist. Grief is an essential part of human experience. You are all letting go of something that once upon a time was incredibly valuable. Just because you know it’s for the best doesn’t mean you will always feel like it is. Be gentle with yourself and respectful of other people’s grieving processes. They don’t need to get over it in the same way or at the same pace as you do, or vice versa.

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Get crafty

d l i GothiswAutumn!

By Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

Autumn; a time for playing in crisp, colourful leaves and raiding conker trees. A time when fields are woven with glistening spiders’ webs on misty mornings and wild food is plentiful in the hedgerows and woods. Just because summer’s over, there’s no need to abandon the great outdoors. There’s a wealth of fun activities you and your children can enjoy as the temperatures start to cool. Here are just a few ideas:

• Tie a cone or an acorn to one end of each length of twine. Thread leaves and seeds along the twine. • Tie the leaf strings along a stick and hang your mobile up in the autumn sunshine.

with rosehips, and blackberries with damsons, all cooked with a little water and sugar. Alternatively, a blackberry cake baked in a clay pot or wild herb bread cooked in a Dutch oven among the ashes. • Award prizes for taste, wild presentation and the most creative use of foraged foods!

Go Wild Foraging Discover wild foods in hedgerows and woods; look out for nettles, blackberries, raspberries, elderberries, rosehips, hazelnuts, walnuts, crab apples and wild herbs. Gather some berries, nuts and leaves. Make sure you know what’s safe to eat though before you give your permission for your children to eat what they’ve collected!

Make Jam with Wild Fruit Collect some fruit on one of your walks and make some jam.

Hold a Wild Bake-Off Challenge

Make Leaf Mobiles

You will need: basic cooking equipment eg: a griddle, frying pan and Dutch oven (a cast iron cooking pot with lid), measuring cups, knives, spoons and a mixing bowl.

Celebrate autumn’s amazing colours by creating a brightly coloured mobile. You will need: twine, scissors, and a large needle. • Collect colourful fallen leaves cones, wild nuts and seeds and a stick in the woods or the park. • Cut the twine into lengths of about 75cm/30in.

Weigh and wash the wild fruit and put it in a saucepan with a little water. Bring the fruit to the boil and add the same weight of sugar. Simmer for about one hour or until it sets (does it form a jelly on a cold saucer?) Pour carefully into a warmed jar and put the lid on. Decorate a label with pictures of the fruits and invent a wild name for your jam. Cover the lid with a large leaf.

What can you make from wild foods and a few basic ingredients like flour, salt, milk, butter, sugar and eggs?

Outdoor Halloween For a real Halloween adventure, go to the woods, the park or into the garden after dark for a scary feast, made more festive with wild decorations!

• Make a safe fire in a fire pan or pit or use a barbeque. • You could bake a delicious layer pancake with different fruit in each layer, including elderberries with sloes, crab apples

Create: Pumpkin faces - no carving involved, just stick on wild materials with double sided tape or clay to make funny and scary faces.

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SPOOKS & SURPRISES 24 & 25 OCTOBER 2018 3:30 - 7pm

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Halloween Leafy decorations – cut coloured leaves into bat shapes and scary faces to decorate a witch’s hat or make leaf bunting.

Bucks most haunted

Leafy lanterns – tie string around jars to make handles. Cut scary faces in colourful leaves and attach them to the jars with elastic bands.

Want to get in the spirit of things? How about visiting some of the Chiltern’s spookiest places…

Pumpkin lanterns – carve pumpkins into decorated lanterns and place them in a trail for your friends to follow.

Bisham Abbey

Set up a Halloween mystery trail with a few scary surprises, perhaps a ghost in the trees and a spider’s web across the path?

Built around 1260 on the banks of the River Thames near Marlow, Bisham Abbey is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Holby, who died in 1609. She is reputed to throw things, tear sheets, and at night time you can sometimes hear her piteous sobbing. There is also a holy well in the grounds where spectral lights have been spotted.

Safety Tips

Berkhamsted Castle

• When foraging, take care to only collect safe edible fruits and seeds. • Choose fruit bushes and trees away from roads. • Make fires in a fire pan, a fire pit or a barbeque and always supervise children around fire and when cooking, as well as when using nightlights in lanterns and carving pumpkins.

Legend has it that Oliver Cromwell was responsible for the destruction of Berkhamsted Castle and his troops still haunt the place. It’s said that if you look towards Wigginton on a summer’s evening as the sun is setting you can see the sun glinting off their armour, pikes and helmets.

Prepare a warming Halloween feast; cheesy baked potatoes and pumpkin soup, sausages wrapped in chunks of bread, toffee apples or apple tarts, and sweet pumpkin pie.

More about Going Wild Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks of Going Wild are on a mission to inspire everyone to spend more time outside discovering the wonders of the natural world. Their books are packed with practical ideas to tempt children and families away from screen-based entertainment and escape into the outdoors where the wild world will weave its magic upon them. These autumn activities are taken from their tenth book The Wild Year Book, Things to do Outdoors through the Seasons, published by Frances Lincoln in July 2018. For more information, visit


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It’s said that Sukie, an 18th-century employee of The George and Dragon who died in her room there after a prank that turned to tragedy, can sometimes be seen as a ghostly white lady in the middle of the night. And heavy footsteps have often been heard on the stairs, apparently belonging to a traveller murdered there in the 18thcentury.

The Royal Standard, Beaconsfield Thought to be one of the oldest pubs in the country, it’s been known as The Royal Standard of England since 1663 when King Charles II allowed its name to change as a reward because the building had offered his fathers’

Woodrow High House, Amersham Dating from the 17th century, the house is said be haunted by the ghost of Lady Helena Stanhope, who committed suicide when her lover, Sir Peter Bostock, who she had hidden in the ground’s grotto, was killed by Cromwell’s troops during the Civil War. A green lady has been seen in the house and grounds, and there have also been numerous reports of poltergeist activity.

The last witch hunt in England... Witchcraft was punishable by death until 1735, however the last hanging for the murder of a witch took place near Tring in 1751. Ruth Osborne was accused by townsfolk of being a witch and drowned in Long Marston pond by a mob. The ringleader Thomas was later executed at Tring for her murder and his body left to hang nearby as a warning to those who would murder so-called witches.

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The George and Dragon, West Wycombe

supporters a safe haven during the English Civil War. Sounds of a beating drum have often been heard in the car park, which is said to be that of a young Royalist drummer who was killed when the pub came under attack from the Roundheads. A second ghost is reputed to walk through walls in the bar – thought to be a traveller killed by a speeding horse coach on the road outside.

PIG-A-BOO! Daily from 20th – 28th October, a Happy Halloween awaits!

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What’s on

Compiled by Katie Taylor


FAMILY PLAY WITH CLAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 11.15am. Fun for parents & kids to learn how to make things with clay.

Wednesday 5th September

DUMBO Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, booking required, adults £4, child £3.

BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY Old Town Hall, High Wycombe. 12pm, booking required, tickets £11.

Sunday 16th September LACEY GREEN WINDMILL Lacey Green. 2pm-5pm, adult £2.50, child £1.

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th September TINY TALK TIME: WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3.50. Saturday 8th September

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8. Green Dragon Apple Day, 6 Oct

FAMILY YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge, HP5 2TU. 10am, 2nd Saturday of every month. OPEN AIR CINEMA: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 7.30pm, adult £13, child £9. SATURDAY STORYTIME Aylesbury Library. 11am-12pm, free.


WATERSIDE FESTIVAL Aylesbury Town Centre Canal Basin. 11am-6.30pm, drop-in, free.

Wednesday 19th September

Thursday 13th September NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am, 1pm-2.30pm, 0-4yrs, booking required, £7. Friday 14th September FRIDAYS BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS - 19 OCT Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury., 0-4yrs, booking required, £4.

FOX & CUBS FOREST SCHOOL Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 9.30am-10.45am, 11.15am-12.30pm & 1.15pm2.30pm, 2-5 yrs, booking required, £6.50.

Sunday 9th September HERITAGE DAY Amersham Old Town. 11.30am-5.30pm, drop-in, free. LACEY GREEN WINDMILL Lacey Green. 2pm-5pm, adult £2.50, child £1. LATE SUMMER SHOW Hearing Dogs, Princes Risborough. 11am-4pm, drop-in, free.

TOTS GO WILD Black Park, Wexham 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm, booking required, £6. Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September WORLD WAR ONE Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50.

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8. TUDOR FAYRE Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. 11am-4pm, see website for prices. Tuesday 11th September NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £7.

Saturday 15th September CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP:DRAW A BIRD College Lake, nr Tring. 10am-4m, drop-in, donation. DUCKPOND MARKET The Village Green, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-3pm, drop-in, free.


CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-4.5yrs, booking required £5. Thursday 20th September HERBAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm. Learn how to treat your family using home grown remedies. Friday 21st September BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury., 0-4yrs, booking required, £4. TOTS GO WILD Black Park, Wexham 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm, booking required, £6. Saturday 22nd September LOCAL PRODUCE MARKET Market Square, Chesham. 10am-2pm, drop-in, free. Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 50 FANTASTIC OBJECTS TRAIL Amersham Museum, High St. 12pm-4.30pm, drop-in, free. Sunday 23rd September LACEY GREEN WINDMILL Lacey Green. 2pm-5pm, adult £2.50, child £1. Wednesday 26th September

FAMILY YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge, HP5 2TU. 10am, 3rd Sunday of every month.

CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-4.5yrs, booking required £5.


HALF TERM CRAFT WORKSHOPS Brand NEW venue nr. Chesham Term-time craft & wellness workshops for parents Creche on-site run by experienced nannies Set in an acre of stunning countryside Available for private hire

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Medieval Fun Day Sunday 21 October l 12 - 5pm Hear the Museum echo with Medieval drums and fanfares as Lion Rampant presents a day of fascination and fun. Join their dances, cheer their boisterous dramas, be entertained by juggling and gasp at combatting knights. Free activity trail for kids. More activities to be announced – keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. Free l Drop in

Fox & Cubs Forest Schooland 12 October mber Friday 14 September, 28 Septe 1.15 - 2.30pm 9:30 - 10.45am, 11.15 - 12.30pm, £6.50 per child

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What’s on Friday 28th September FOX & CUBS FOREST SCHOOL Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 9.30am-10.45am, 11.15am-12.30pm & 1.15pm2.30pm, 2-5 yrs, booking required, £6.50. POP UP CINEMA Natural History Museum at Tring. The First Knight: 5.45pm-7.15pm. James & The Giant Peach: 7.30pm-10pm. Booking required, non-member £13, child £6. TOTS GO WILD Black Park, Wexham 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm, booking required, £6. Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September

October Monday 1st to Friday 31st October AUTUMN FESTIVAL DAILY Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am-5pm, drop-in, free with admission. Celebrate Hughenden’s countryside and gardens including demonstrations and local produce for sale. Wednesday 3rd October CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-4.5yrs, booking required £5. Thursday 4th October

IRON AGE WEEKEND Wendover Woods. 10am-4pm, drop-in, free.

Colour Rush, 7 Oct

POP UP CINEMA: THE DUCHESS Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe. 7.30pm-10pm, booking required.

WILD ABOUT WOOL Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 11am-4pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50.

MUSHROOM MAGIC: A UK FUNGUS DAY EVENT Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 11am-4pm, drop in, free.

Friday 5th October

Saturday 29th September GROW YOUR OWN CUT FLOWERS Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-4pm. How to plant, nurture & grow your own flowers. TUDOR WALKS Amersham Museum, High St. 2.30pm-5pm, adults £3, child free. Sunday 30th September LACEY GREEN WINDMILL Lacey Green. 2pm-5pm, adult £2.50, child £1.

BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery., 0-4yrs, booking required, £4. TOTS GO WILD Black Park, Wexham. 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm, booking required, £6. Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October

Tuesday 9th October MOTHER’S MEET UP Hosted by Sweaty Betty & Explore work, talents, style & more. 11am-12.30, free.

TINY TALK TIME: KING OF THE JUNGLE Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3.

Wednesday 10th October

Saturday 6th October

CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-4.5yrs, booking required £5.

GREEN DRAGON APPLE DAY Green Dragon Eco Farm, nr Aylesbury. 11am-4pm, drop-in, adult £9, child £8.

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8.

Sunday 7th October COLOUR RUSH FOR FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE HOSPICE Green Park, Aston Clinton. 11am & 2pm, adult from £20, child from £9.

Green Park Green Park is based in beautiful parkland near Aston Clinton, where we offer a range of outdoor adventurous activities for all ages and abilities.

Birthday Parties

For a great birthday party, combine one of our amazing outdoor activities with a Birthday Tea in our Bubble Base or bring a picnic.

School Holiday Activity days

School Holiday Activity days provide your child with a full day of adventurous activities.



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Family Activity days

The whole family can enjoy a day of outdoor activities; you could make a weekend of it and camp with us too.


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What’s on Wednesday 17th October CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-4.5yrs, booking required £5. Thursday 18th October NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am, 1pm-2.30pm, 0-4yrs, booking required, £7. Friday 19th October

Hughenden Autumn Festival, 1-31 Oct

HYDE END CRAFT FAIR Middle Grove Farm, Hyde End. 10am-5pm, adult £6, child £1.

Sunday 21st October

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October

Friday 12th October BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury., 0-4yrs, booking required, £4.

TINY TALK TIME: GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3.50. Saturday 20th October


FOX & CUBS FOREST SCHOOL Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 9.30am-10.45am, 11.15am-12.30pm & 1.15pm2.30pm, 2-5 yrs, booking required, £6.50.

DUCKPOND MARKET The Village Green, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-3pm, drop-in, free.

TOTS GO WILD Black Park, Wexham 10am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm, booking required, £6.

PARENT & CHILD CROCHET WORKSHOP Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 11.30am-1.30pm, 5+yrs, booking required, £15.

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October APPLE WEEKEND Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am-5pm Annual apple weekend with tastings, apple sales, countryside produce, stalls & more. HARVEST FESTIVAL Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 11am-4pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. Sunday 14th October STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8. Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th October LITTLE BABY BUM Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe. See website for times, tickets £16. Tuesday 16th October ARM KNITTING – KNIT A BED THROW Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 11am-2pm NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £7.

PAPER FLOWER MAKING MASTERCLASS Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge, 11am-2pm, see website for details. THE LITTLE MERMAID Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, booking required, adults £4, child £3. Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th Oct HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common. Daily Halloween shows & pick your own pumpkin to carve [extra charge] & take home! Plus, frightfully fun Crafty Trick or Treat Walk. HALLOWEEN HALF TERM Green Dragon Eco Farm, nr Aylesbury. 10am-5.30pm, drop-in, adult £9, child £8. HORRIBLE HALLOWEEN Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, free with admission. Saturday 20th to Monday 29th Oct

Odds Farm Park Halloween Festival, 20-28 Oct


MEDIEVAL FUN DAY Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 12pm-5pm, drop-in, free. STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8.


Monday 22nd October

CARVE YOUR SELF PORTRAIT Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. HALLOWEEN CROCHET Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.1.5pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm, booking required, £3.50. POTTERY GARDEN BUGS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. WITCHES WORKSHOPS The Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe. 10.30am, 12pm, 1.45pm & 3pm, 4-10yrs, booking required, £10. Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October





HALF TERM CRAFT WORKSHOPS Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge HP5 2TU. See website for details. HALF TERM: PUMPKIN CARVING Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. Carve your very own pumpkin to take home. 10am-4pm, drop-in, £4. SPOOKY HALLOWEEN The Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe. 10am-5pm, drop-in, free with admission.




FREAKY FUNFEST Mead Open Farm, nr Billington. Family Halloween thrills. 10am- 6pm, (last entry 5pm).

Freaky FunFest

Fun By Day

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20 - 29 Oct It’s back! With family Halloween thrills a-plenty, don’t miss Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm! Near Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9JH

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*Small extra charge for Pumpkin Carving

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Tuesday 23rd October

FRIGHT NIGHTS The Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe. 6pm-9.30pm, 10+yrs, £9.50.

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.1.5pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm, booking required, £3.50.

LOCAL PRODUCE MARKET Market Square, Chesham. 10am-2pm, drop-in, free.

A LITTLE TIN OF GHOSTIES Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. HALLOWEEN DISCO & SPOOKY NIGHT TRAIN - STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 6pm-8pm, tickets £7.50. HALF TERM FUN

CALLY’S BOARD GAME EVENING Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 7pm-9pm, booking required, £5.


Friday 26th October FOX & CUBS FAMILY FUN Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10am & 12.30pm, booking required, £.6.50.

HALLOWEEN GHOST HUNT Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 4pm-6.40pm, booking required, £6. HALF TERM FUN

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.1.5pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm, booking required, £3.50.

Saturday 3rd November

Sunday 4th November

MYTHICAL MONSTERS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th Oct FETE WORSE THAN DEATH Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. 10am-4pm, free with admission.

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8.

TRING FESTIVAL OF FIRE Tring Park Cricket Club. 7.15pm, adults £7, child £5.

HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 5-9pm, tickets from £7.

CARDBOARD CARNIVAL Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 11am-12.30pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £5, non-members £3.


Sunday 28th October

Bonfire Night fun NATURE DETECTIVES College Lake, Tring. 10am-1pm, booking required, £4.

SPOOKS & SURPRISES Chenies Manor House. 3.30pm-7pm, booking required, adult £5, child £8. Thursday 25th October


FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CELEBRATIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 1pm-6pm, drop in, free.


Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th Oct

& 31st OCT

Saturday 27th October

SWINGY BAT & THE BUG TREE! Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. Wednesday 24th October


Friday 26th & Saturday 27th October


STOKE PLACE BONFIRE NIGHT Stoke Place, Stoke Green. 5pm-8pm, tickets adult £10, under 12’s free. Saturday 10th November CHALFONT ST GILES MAGIC IN THE SKY Stone Meadow, Chalfont St Giles. 5.45pm, tickets from £4. MORE These listings are subject to change, please check the websites on the day.



Halloween Half Term 20th to 28th October 2018

The Dragon-Witch Pumpking of Hogshaw is back! Carvin

• Creepy creatures • Beastly bugs • Spooky stories • Ghostly games • Pick your own pumpkin and carving experience

Enjoy an autumn adventure this October at Hughenden This autumn, put on your best wellies and head out into the countryside. Why not see how many bugs and beasties you can spot on the way? Feeling adventurous? Join the Big Tree Climbing Company and climb into one of Hughenden's giant trees. At half term, we look forward to seeing your spooky outfits for pumpkin carving in the studybase. Normal admission applies, please check the website for details. #nationaltrust

Farm admission Adult £9, Child £8

01296 670444 Claydon Road Hogshaw Bucks MK18 3LA


Call 01494 755573 for details

© National Trust 2018. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846. Photography © National Trust Images\National Trust Images/Christopher Heaney.

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