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Editor’s welcome The countdown to Christmas has begun! Issue 94 | Nov/Dec 2018

In this issue

3 News & views 6 Where to see Santa 8 This year’s must-have Christmas toy guide 10 Equipping our children for a digital future 12 Beaker’s Back! Exclusive interview with Jacqueline Wilson

14 Life with a child with special educational needs 16 A Christmas tree good enough to eat 17 Competitions

Win family tickets to Peter Pan and

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

18 Christmas Time Out 19 What’s On in November

& December:

Christmas fairs, grottos, markets, lights, festive trails. Tel: 01296 586586 email:

Editor: Chrissie Wilson. Design: Graphic Resolutions. Published six times a year.

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The elves will appear on the shelves to drive us all mad, the new John Lewis ad will make us cry, pantos and nativities will make us smile and fairs and markets abound to make us shop till we drop. Seeing our children smile is the fairy dust that makes this time of year so magical. We’ve got loads of festive fun in this issue - from the best places to meet Father Christmas to this year’s must-have toys and absolutely everything that’s going on in November and December. Don’t forget to enter our competitions to win family tickets to see Peter Pan at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Wycombe Swan Theatre. If you’re looking for more inspiration, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@FamiliesChiltern) for daily updates, local news and more activities and events. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Spread cheer with the Chiltern Toy Bank Christmas is such an exciting time of the year for kids all around the world but sadly not all children will receive presents on Christmas morning, no matter how good they have been, as some families struggle financially over the Christmas season. The Chiltern Toy Bank believe that every child deserves a present this Christmas. The charity delivers new and quality used toys to families who apply through their website or who are referred by local organisations. Last year, they helped more than 250 children from birth to 16 years and hope to make Christmas special for even more children this year. Many families will be sorting out toys that their children have outgrown in anticipation of Father Christmas’ next delivery. The Chiltern Toy Bank would love to have those redundant toys for children who may not be so fortunate. The following collection points will be open from 12th November, (subject to individual opening times): Chesham Town Hall, Chesham Post Office on the High Street, The White Hill Centre and Chiltern District Council offices in Amersham. If you are in financial hardship, or know a family that needs support this Christmas, please visit the website for more information on how to apply:

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News & views

Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week

Forest School opens in Gerrards Cross

Anti-Bullying Week runs from 12th to 16th November 2018 and the theme this year is choosing respect over bullying. The aim of the week is to support schools to help children understand: • The definition of respect • That bullying is a behavioural choice • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other, but we do have to show each other respect • That we all need to choose to respect each other, both face-to-face and online Students are being encouraged to wear odd socks to school on Monday 12th November to show their support and raise money for a good cause. To get involved, visit

Under the Canopy Forest School, led by Dr Jenny Collar (a biologist and former teacher), aims to provide the solution to a growing need to spend time outdoors and away from technology in order to encourage learning and creativity for all. Outdoor opportunities facilitate the development of skills such as self-awareness and self-esteem, creativity, communication, empathy and practical skills such as fine and gross motor skills. The Forest School experience offers many varied activities to support the development of these skills including: building, lighting and cooking on a fire, constructing dens, creating insect and animal shelters and many more. For more information on sessions, parties and events, visit www. or contact:

New Christmas card from William’s Fund Local charity William’s Fund has a new card for Christmas, Whilst Angels Watch. The charity was founded in memory of William Dodd, who died of cancer aged four years old, and raises money for research into childhood cancers. The money raised from the fundraising goes entirely to their researchers in Oxford as they have no paid employees or expenses and the charity have raised over £870,000 so far for the Childhood Cancer Research Fund. To help them reach their target of one million pounds, you can also sign up for EasyFundraising- if you do any shopping online, you can get free donations for the fund at no cost to you. You can purchase the Christmas cards or sign up for EasyFundraising, via their website

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Sunday 9 December l 11am-5pm Our Christmas Fayre will feature over 30 stalls from local crafters and small businesses, mulled wine and mince pies.

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Talking about Remembrance Day Remembrance Day this year will mark 100 years since the original agreement to end fighting during the First World War in 1918, also known as Armistice Day. Accordingly, the media coverage given to this significant commemoration may prompt questions from your child. CBeebies has produced a short animation, entitled ‘Poppies’ to help convey the notion of remembrance in a way that resonates with a young audience. It is a really beautiful piece to watch and would be a great way to introduce any discussion of Remembrance Day. The 2-minute film follows a bunny who starts off playing in a meadow, which becomes a WW1 battlefield then moves into a field of poppies. The film can be viewed on the CBeebies website at

Roald Dahl Museum - back up and running The Roald Dahl Museum is back in full swishwiffling form having been closed for nearly six months following damage caused by flash floods. Now its Willy Wonka style chocolate doors are open again, they have plenty of fun activities to entertain the kids. Winter weekends and the Christmas holidays are all about lickswishy letters, crackling cards and sparkling sessions for families to enjoy together. Roald Dahl was a great letter-writer and received thousands of letters from all over the world. Drop in to the Museum’s pop-up Post Office to write postcards, fold letters and post your creations in the magical make-believe letter box. New to the Museum’s courtyard are life size statues of Matilda Wormwood standing up to President Donald Trump. The statues were created as part of Matilda 30 – a nationwide celebration marking 30 years on from the first publication of the story. Have a look at our What’s On guide from page 19 for upcoming events and activities, or visit

A Daily Mile improves children’s health An initiative to get schoolchildren to walk or run a mile every day leads to significant improvements in their health, according to a study. Researchers at Stirling University compared the health of children at a primary school taking part in the scheme with those at a school that wasn’t participating. The children wore accelerometers which recorded how much moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) they were undertaking every day, and for how long they were sedentary. Children who were doing the Daily Mile were significantly healthier than those who were not. According to the Daily Mile Foundation, more than 3,600 schools worldwide have introduced the initiative, including 1,200 in England. Find out more at www.

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Santa and all his helpers are rushed off their feet at this time of year, but if you have any changes to your Christmas list, you can find him at …. Green Dragon Eco Farm Green Dragon, nr Quainton. Selected days from 1st December.

Children are invited to explore Farmer Christmas Land where they can dig in Santa’s Snowpits, walk through the Enchanted Forest, see the Christmas animals and make a star for the Wishing Tree. They also get to meet Farmer Christmas and receive a gift. The cost is £9.95 per child with 2 free accompanying adults (admission charges to the farm also apply). Please book online at www.greendragonecofarm. or call 01296 670444.

Mead Open Farm The Magic of Christmas arrives at Mead Farm, south of Leighton Buzzard. Daily on 1-2, 5-9, 12-16 & 19-24 December. Wander through the magical enchanted forest, take the naughty or nice challenge, visit the reindeer flying school and the bear workshop, decorate gingerbread, make reindeer food and listen to a group story from Father Christmas. Prices vary by date, starting from £20 per child (includes admission charges). Call 01525 852954 or book your timed ticket online at

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Father Christmas visits his Elf School


The magical Elf School will be welcoming students at Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe on selected days right up until Christmas Eve where they can choose their elf name, help make presents, and learn how to walk like an elf! As an extra special treat, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to meet and greet all of his new recruits. Whether it’s giving Santa an insight into what’s on their Christmas wish list or asking him questions about Rudolph and his sleigh, Santa and his elves will be there with open ears between 10am and 4pm on Fridays to Sundays from 30th November until Monday 24th December. It is FREE to attend but tickets must be pre-booked online at

Experience a Christmas Spectacular at Odds Farm Park nr Beaconsfield. From 1-24 December.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Use your Christmas Spectacular ticket to pass through the Enchanted Forest as you begin your magical journey to the North Pole. Meet the Elves and Father Christmas and head into the Elves’ Workshop to create your extraordinary gift to keep. Prices start from £13.90 per child, admission charges also apply. For more information and to book, visit or call 01628 520188.

All children (including babes in arms) will receive a present from Father Christmas. Your ticket also includes a visit with the Fat Controller, a children’s show, colouring and badge making at the Imagination Station, a ride on the tea cups and refreshments. Tickets start from £16 and booking is essential. More info and booking visit

Take a steam ride with Santa and Thomas at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 & 22-23 December.

Hughenden Manor Father Christmas at Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 8-9, 15-16 & 22-23 December, 10.30am–3pm. Santa is checking his list high up on the hill at Hughenden Manor for three weekends this December. A visit with Santa costs £8 per child, (plus admission) and includes a gift. Booking is essential. Call 01494 755573 or visit

Chenies Garden Centre Breakfast with Santa and his Cheeky elves at Chenies Garden Centre, Chenies. Selected dates from 15 - 22 December. Starts at 9.20am. Accompany Santa for a yummy breakfast feast. The package includes: child’s breakfast - choice of cereals, pastries or toast, plus a fruit basket and juice. Decorate your own gingerbread man. Plus, visit Santa in his grotto. Booking is essential. £8.95 each. For further details, see

Chiltern Open Air Museum A Traditional Chilterns Christmas, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 1-2 December. 11am-4pm. Father Christmas will be making his annual stop at the Museum and will greet visitors as he sits by the fire in

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Festive Fun Haddenham Cottage. Children (and adults) are invited to take part in Christmas crafts and activities. Cost: Tickets cost £4 per child to visit Father Christmas and children will receive a gift. Admission charges also apply. Visit or call 01494 871117.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London 23 November until 6 January, 10am-6pm (except Christmas Day).

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A truly immersive experience from 17 November – 24 December.

Welcome Santa on 24 November; he’ll arrive at 10am and will be receiving guests in his traditional grotto from 11am and then every weekend until Christmas from 11am-4pm. Entry is £5.50 and each child will get a gift with all proceeds going to charity. For more information, visit www.

World’s End Garden Centre Santa’s Grotto at World’s End Garden Centre, Wendover. 17 November - 24 December.

The walk through the incredible Winter Wonderland into Santa’s grotto is enchanting and memorable. You can’t pre-book your visit to Santa. There is also festive stalls, rides and breakfast or tea with Santa, (you will need to pre-book early to avoid disappointment). Entry from £12 per child and £3 per accompanying adult. More info visit

Wycombe Museum Father Christmas and his elves welcome children to visit his grotto in the brand-new Santa Land. There are lots of new attractions this year including The Magical Ice Kingdom, The Snowman Experience™, Teletubbies Christmas Show and Peter Pan on Ice. Plus, ice sculpting workshops, an ice-rink and Zippos Christmas Circus. Free entry but activities are chargeable. Book online for attractions: www.

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Santa Steam Specials at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Chinnor. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 20 & 22-23 December. Book your seats now for a journey with Santa as part of the Railway’s special Christmas timetable. Children receive a present from Father Christmas and adults can enjoy a seasonal refreshment or two. Prices start from £10, booking is essential Book online at

Christmas Fayre & Winter Woodland Trail on Sunday 9 December 11am-5pm. Wander down the Winter Woodland Trail, greet the reindeer who pull the sleigh and their elf handlers, before making your way into Father Christmas’s grotto to get your special Christmas gift. Entry to Museum and Craft Fayre is free. Winter Woodland Trail is £8 per child (max 4 per timed slot) Booking is essential

Enter Father Christmas’ arctic homeland, enjoy the sights and sounds of the Elven Village before setting off through the snowy forest, past the reindeer to visit Father Christmas. As a thank you for helping to save Christmas, each child will receive a beautiful gift. Prices start from £49pp and booking is essential

Aylesbury Town Centre Santa’s Sunday on 25 November 10.45am-3pm. Watch the parade, led by an amazing Snow lion as well as bouncing snowmen, stilt walkers, real donkeys, a samba band and a colourful array of music and dance groups. They begin in the High Street before making their way around to Market Square. Afterwards, visit the other attractions including gokarts, a small funfair and donkey rides. Visit the big man at Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury. Open every weekend from 17-25 November, then daily from 28 November until Christmas Eve. It opens at 10am, £3 entry for one child and £5 for two children including a gift. Book online: friarssquare

Frosts Garden Centres Santa’s Grotto at Woburn Sands and Millets Farm. 18, 24-25 November, 1-14, 17-20 December. You will have individual family time with Santa in his cozy living room. Santa will have a gift for the whole family to enjoy as well as your pre-chosen gift for each child. Booking is essential. Prices start from £14.99. For more information, see

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Gift guide

This Year’s

e v a H t s u M Christmas Toy Guide Every year, desperate parents exhaust themselves searching high and low for the most wanted toys on their child’s Christmas list. To help you get prepared, we’ve put together a guide to Families top ten favourite Christmas toys for 2018.

Dino Fingerling, £16.99. Age: 6+ This year WowWee Toys’ popular Fingerlings are all about dinosaurs (or mythical unicorns, if you fancy something a little less fierce). The dinos respond to motion and sound and are bound to be a massive hit.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Set, £89.99. Age: 9-15 Lego and Harry Potter in the same box, what’s not to love? If you’ve got a wizardmad child at home, this 878-piece set will allow them to recreate the magic of Hogwarts. This lovely set has lots of detail that will give Harry Potter fans hours of fun.

Pie Face Cannon, £26.99. Age: 5+ Pie Face continues to make the Christmas list year after year, and 2018 looks to be no different. This year you can buy a Pie Face Cannon. The cannon fires a pie every time, and it’s up to the contestant to use the red hand to stop getting “pied”. A great game to play after Christmas dinner! Pies away!

Densters, £19.99.

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Gift guide My Rebounder Mini Rebounding Trampoline, £89.99.

Rescue Runts, £17.99. Rescue Runts need love and care to transform them from ragged runts to perfect pets. Your child will learn to care for their new pet by using the included grooming kit to clean up their new puppy. Over time, the Rescue Runt’s fur will become messy again and the dirt will reappear on their paws – your child needs to clean them regularly to keep their pup at its best. Age 4+ Classic fun, these rebounders (small trampolines) will keep kids active all year round and can be used inside and out. They help improve strength, balance, coordination and general fitness. They can also be folded, so they won’t take up too much room.

Stax Hybrid, Light Up Fire Truck, £19.99.

Ani-Mate Mini Movie Maker Kit, £14.99. Age: 8+ Create quirky little movies with your own phone and this ingenious Mini Movie Maker Kit. It includes modelling clay, modelling tools and googly eyes to make your own kooky characters, and backdrops so kids can create their own film. This is a great present or stocking filler for a budding animator or storyteller.

Hand & Foot Castings For truly bespoke keepsakes that capture all the little wrinkles and creases that you love so much. Hand painted and beautifully framed, suitable for any age. Prices from £90, for 20% off, quote baby20! Age: 6+ STAX Hybrid brings a new dimension to building. Choose from a collection of playsets which include light, sound, and connector STAX with regular bricks to make their creations more realistic than ever!

VTech Kiddizoom Smart Watch, £44.99. Age: 4+ This cool watch features a camera for photo and video taking, 3D style digital and analogue clock faces and eight great games. It also has a motion sensor for a pedometer so they can measure their steps. The watch also has a calculator, calendar, alarm, stopwatch and voice recorder. Plus, the option to download more apps and games!

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Gravitrax, £48.29. Age: 8+ A cool game that encourages kids to boost their STEM skills. Use your imagination to build superb tracks and set the Gravity Spheres rolling! The game combines physics, architecture, and engineering, to engage and improve young minds. You can also buy additional packs to extend the system. A great buy for kids that love building, marble runs and Lego.

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Equipping our children for a digital future Analysts Gartner have predicted that £19bn will be spent globally on educational technology by 2019. But are we sure that this will make our children better prepared to succeed in the future? Will they possess the necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly digitalised world? By Casey Farquharson

There are seven learning styles* that need to be understood and embraced if our primary-age children are to get the most from their technology learning experiences: • Aural listeners – individuals that respond primarily to sound. Technology can be utilised to effectively engage with such individuals via the use of podcasts and audio teaching tools. • Logical learners – individuals with logical and organized minds. Mind mapping technology can be effectively utilized to improve their learning experience. • Physical learners – individuals who respond to words that incite feeling and activity. They like to understand what it feels like to go through the motions of what they are learning. Virtual reality technology can be utilized to optimize their learning experience. • Social learners – Individuals that respond to teachers who are inquisitive and ask what they are thinking and feeling about key topics and concepts. Search engines such Google, Google assistant and Siri are ideal tools for these learners. • Solitary listeners – individuals that are more comfortable sorting out problems on their own. Videos, online tutorials and audio learning can be utilized to maximise their learning experience. • Verbal listeners – individuals who absorb information more effectively via verbal instruction. Innovative technology such as Siri, Cortana and Ok Google can be utilized to teach such individuals. • Visual learners – individuals that learn more effectively with pictures and imagery. Tablets and virtual reality technology can be utilized to optimize their learning experience. It’s clear from the above that technology has the potential to be an effective enabler of specific and overall learning experiences. However, the key to its sustained effectiveness when it comes to education, lies in technology being utilised in a supportive capacity, as opposed to a leading one. If we want our children to succeed in the future, then we must protect their emotional and psychological wellbeing. It is time to take responsibility for educating children, not only on the distinct dangers of the digital world but also on the importance of the true foundations of positive self-esteem. In order for our children to prosper in the future, it is absolutely vital that we improve and preserve their emotional well-being – and appropriate technology training and learning scenarios can play a part in that education. Casey Farquharson is the founder of IDEAS Bus, an interactive educational platform (on wheels!) designed to help educators discover the latest cutting-edge learning technology and students to get hands on coding, tech and digital media experience. More info at

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Coding is a key tech skill which can help prepare our children for the future. Yet, according to an article in The Guardian, over 67% of primary and secondary school teachers believe they cannot teach coding because of a lack of ‘skills and teaching tools.’ Many schools simply don’t have personnel with the required skills and understanding to teach pupils how to code. There is an urgent need for more investment in the education sector to train teachers to code; to attract more individuals to learn and teach coding; and to equip schools, both secondary and primary, with the necessary hardware. However, it isn’t all about technology. Yes, we want our children to have good tech and digital skills, but character, creativity and social skills are also vital. No matter how digitalised the world becomes, these three attributes of success cannot be compromised. The components of character are courage, determination, the audacity to be different, focus and the ability to ask questions and make one’s own decisions. With creativity comes problem solving skills, innovation, critical thinking and the ability to think outside the box. Rapport and relationship building, the ability to effectively express oneself both orally and in writing, confidence and collaboration are key components of social skills. Plying our children with tablets and other forms of tech hardware is most definitely not a sure-proof way to ensure they have these attributes. The point here is not that tablets are bad or not useful, but that they should never be utilised as a be-all and end-all. Technology should not be a foundation of learning, but rather, an enabler and a catalyst.

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BEAKER’S BACK! Families Magazine is lucky enough to have secured an exclusive interview with Dame Jacqueline Wilson in which our readers and their children ask her some of their most burning questions about her new book and her life as a writer. Jacqueline Wilson is arguably Britain’s favourite contemporary children’s author. She has over one hundred published books to her name, most of which deal with the often troubling and unvarnished realities of being a real-life child or parent. First published in 1991, Tracy Beaker quickly became Jacqueline’s most wellknown character. Now, over a decade after her last literary appearance, the fiery, former foster-kid is back in new book My Mum Tracy Beaker, and while she’s now mature and mother to Jess, she’s still the same Tracy readers know and love.

she’s funny. I think she’s a character that children would like as a friend - I’m not sure about adults, I think a little of her as a child goes a long way!

Why do you think Tracy is one of your most popular characters? (Harbinder, age 7).

What advice would you give to aspiring writers, young or old? (Amaya’s mum).

I think because she’s naughty! She has reason for her bad behaviour, of course, and she’s naughty but she’s not spiteful,

I always suggest aspiring writers read lots to enrich their imagination and increase their vocabulary and try and get into a

How have you made the grown-up Tracy as appealing to children as Tracy, the child? (Lily’s mum). I’ve kept her, not exactly naughty, but mischievous. She’s quite surprising - she might suddenly do something a bit mad, or a bit silly. I think being a mum has slightly changed her because she’s a very loving, caring mum,

regular writing habit. Maybe keep a diary - just so you learn to write even when you don’t feel like it! Is Tracy’s daughter the same or different to Tracy? (Olivia, age 8). They certainly look alike, but Jess is a quieter girl, partly because she has had a much easier, more loving, caring upbringing than Tracy herself had. Jess is probably more studious, and more of a bookworm, but when push comes to shove Jess can certainly stand up for herself too. Did you and your illustrator, Nick Sharratt, disagree at all about how Tracy and her daughter should be drawn? (Rosie, age 9). I mostly leave it to him, and certainly I think he has done Jess wonderfully. He

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Families interview suggested that Jess might wear glasses, which I thought was a very clever touch because it gives them that little bit of difference, and also Jess is a total bookworm and it just looks right for her to be wearing her little glasses. I was very pleased with that addition. What’s been the highlight for you of being the Children’s Laureate? (Emma’s mum). It gave me a chance to speak to lots of children and teachers and librarians, and the particular thing I wanted to promote was reading aloud to children. Because right from when they are one year old, any child likes to sit on a lap and hear the simplest of stories, and I also suggested that even when your child has learned to read, sometimes it’s fun to read aloud a book that they might not necessarily tackle themselves because it’s a bit difficult to get into, or the vocabulary is quite hard, but they would love to listen to the story. If they are doing colouring, or building something, or just petting the dog or whatever, or at bedtime, children do still like to be read to aloud. Your books depict real children’s real lives and challenges in a way that few others do – how do you get inside the heads of your characters? (Lizzie’s mum). Bizarrely, I can remember very vividly what it is like to be a child. I mean, ask me what

happened or how I felt about something a couple of years ago and my mind is a complete blank, but ask me what I was worried about when I was nine, say, and I remember entirely. It’s just a happy trick of nature that I can take myself back. When did you first become a writer? (Emily, age 10). Well, by the time I was fifteen I had written what was - at least in length - a full book. It wasn’t very good though! It was about two sisters, Margot was about fifteen, the narrator, and the sister was about eighteen. They had a car and went on a drive through France and Spain and got boyfriends! It wasn’t the most inspiring work! How do you select names for your characters? (Readers at the Chatterbook Group) I like to try and have slightly unusual names, and if they are pertinent to the story that pleases me - for my identical twins in my book Double Act, I had them called Ruby and Garnet because they are both red jewel stones. For The Illustrated Mum, the mother Marigold has a great passion for tattoos and has called her girls the rather outlandish names of Star and Dolphin, simply because they are very popular tattoo icons. With Tracy I wanted a quirky, bouncy modern name - and with Hetty Feather, Hetty is an oldfashioned name and Feather because she’s light as a feather!

My Mum Tracy Beaker by Dame Jacqueline Wilson is out now, published by Doubleday We have one copy of the book to give away to a Families Chiltern reader. To enter, please tell us your name, town and answer to the following question: How old Jacqueline Wilson was when she wrote her first book? a) 15 b) 24 c) 33. Competition terms & conditions are on page 17.

Under the Canopy Forest School aims to bring enjoyable outdoor experiences to children and adults of all ages and to families, schools and communities. Forest School and woodland experiences give people the opportunity to spend time outdoors reconnecting with nature and promotes play, learning and adventure. Based in Gerrards Cross, we aim to fulfill a growing need for time spent away from technology to enhance health and well-being and to encourage learning and creativity for all. Under the Canopy Forest School offers a wide variety of sessions including: • Woodland Capers Pre-School sessions • Families Under the Canopy • Twilight Under the Canopy Evening sessions • Velarium Holiday Club • Parties Under the Canopy • Bespoke School and Nursery visits and programmes • Special Events with Bushcraft and Crafting Experts • Corporate Woodland Events • Woodland Bootcamp (coming soon)

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Life with a child with special educational needs Parents are often faced with additional challenges when they have a child with special needs. Claire Winter talks to a parent about life with a child who has SEN. Caroline is mum to seven-year-old Alfie, who has autism. She says life with autism is like being on a constant rollercoaster, as no two days are the same. Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects people in completely different ways. Caroline’s son is in a mainstream school and she says that getting education and support for your child at school is a huge sticking point for many SEN parents. “The problem with the current mainstream school system is that it is a ‘one size fits all’ approach but schooling a child with SEN is like trying to stick a square peg into a round hole. In our

experience, because Alfie keeps up academically with his peers and appears to ‘cope’ in school, he only gets a basic level of support with things like social skills and confidence building. I think Alfie could thrive at school if he had access to 10% off further support and if the school could fund a helper to sit with him. He is a first bookbright and intelligent boy but because they ing until don’t address his specific needs, he will January only perform at a mediocre level. Because 2019 Alfie just gets on with it out of sheer determination and a huge amount of selfcontrol, he continually slips through the net. He is exhausted when he comes home Calm Little Minds is the from school from trying to ‘fit in’ and that leading specialist in Buckis when he is most likely to meltdown. But inghamshire, delivering unfortunately, the school doesn’t get to prevention, intervention and treatment of emotional see this behaviour. This is a major issue for difficulties for children and many SEN parents.” families. Caroline says autism is often referred to as a ‘hidden disability’ but it does depend Email: on the child and their specific needs. Website: “The nature of the condition being a Telephone: 07395 636 382 spectrum disorder means that everyone experiences it differently. People often don’t realise Alfie has a condition and then After 15 years of working in education and supporting if we explain, we families with SEN, helping many of them through the get comments like traumatic process of an EHCP application, I have set “well, he doesn’t up a company to help more families benefit from the look autistic.” For opportunity to get essential support in school. This is a some reason, people traumatic experience for the whole family and I would feel qualified to comment on your like to be there to support you through it. child’s condition after If you feel that I can help you through this only meeting them process, please contact Deborah by email: for five minutes! I have to continually and visit explain to people that because he is

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classed as ‘high-functioning’ i.e. he keeps up with his peers academically and has average verbal skills, it doesn’t mean that his life is any easier. In fact, in some ways it’s harder because society expects him to be a certain way because he doesn’t have the indicators of what people perceive to be ‘disabled,’ such as a wheelchair or a full-time carer. I am always happy to talk about Alfie and his condition as part of a positive conversation around disability.”

What should you do if you suspect your child may have SEN or additional needs? Caroline says if your child is school age, your first port of call should always be their school, particularly if they haven’t flagged anything up to you already. If your child is younger, talk to your health visitor or doctor. “Be able to give clear examples of how the issue is affecting your child and their ability to learn or function in a classroom setting as well as how it may be affecting them at home. Keep notes if necessary. Issues at school can often manifest themselves at home through bad behaviour, withdrawing, general grumpiness and not wanting to talk about school. Obviously, it depends on the challenges involved and the individual child, but if you suspect the issue is related to mental health, then they ought to be seen by a GP who can refer them on to the relevant services, although access to this varies depending on area and hospital trust. Look for local support; see if your local children’s centre has any specialist groups. The National Autistic society is also a great resource. There may also be a local organisation that could help you too. Last of all – don’t give up! If we all keep shouting about it, eventually we will be heard!”

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Festive cooking

A Christmas tree good enough to eat Totally delicious and very festive, this gingerbread tree is easy to make and sure to be loved by all the family. With thanks to Beverley Glock Cookery School in Princes Risborough.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree

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Ingredients for 1 tree: • 350g plain flour • 2 teaspoons ground ginger • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda • 100g butter, cold and diced • 175g light muscovado sugar • 1 egg • 4 tablespoons golden syrup • 250g royal icing • Smarties • Star cutters in 5-6 different sizes 1. Preheat the oven to190oC/gas 5. (AGA Roasting Oven - shelf on oven floor). 2. Rub in the flour, ginger, bicarbonate of soda with your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, stir to mix. 3. Mix the egg and golden syrup together, stir into the dry ingredients until it forms a dough. Use your hands to bring it all together. 4. Sprinkle a little flour onto a clean work surface and knead the gingerbread dough until it is smooth, adding a little more flour if needed. 5. Split the dough into two balls and roll out one ball of the dough until it is the thickness of a pencil, approximately 5 mm. 6. Cut out 2 of each star shape. Transfer to a lined baking tray. 7. Ask an adult to bake the biscuits in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until they are golden brown. Ask an adult to remove them and let them cool on the tray for 15 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool fully.

8. When the biscuits are cold mix up the royal icing, following the instructions on the packet, in an electric mixer for 5-10 minutes until it is smooth, glossy and stands in stiff peaks. If it is too runny add a little more icing sugar as it won’t hold the gingerbread tree together properly. 9. Use a flat plate, or a placemat covered with tinfoil, as a base for your stacking tree. Place a tablespoon of icing onto the bottom, start with the biggest star and place this on the icing, pressing down gently until it is flat. This will be the bottom of the tree. 10. Place a teaspoonful of icing in the centre of the big star and take the other gingerbread star the same size and place it on top of this star, moving it slightly off centre so you can see the points of the bottom star. Carry on with the next biggest gingerbread stars going down in size until you have used up all but the last, smallest star. Place this on the top of the stack so it stands up, you may have to hold in place for a few minutes. Leave the tree for 1-2 hours until the icing has set. Cover the remaining icing with two layers of cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry out. 11. Place small dollops of icing on the points of the stars and stick a smartie or other sweetie onto each point. 01844 275692 © Beverley Glock 2018

Competitions WIN Family Tickets to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

WIN Family Tickets to Peter Pan Prepare to get hooked on this year’s swashbuckling family pantomime at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre! Full of fun, fairy dust and pirates galore, set sail to Neverland for a magical Christmas adventure!

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, win tickets to the fairest pantomime of them all! Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole will make his pantomime debut in this year’s must-see pantomime spectacular; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Also starring Britain’s Got Talent finalist Mandy Muden as the Magical Mirror and pantomime favourite Jason Sutton as Nurse Nancy. This year’s panto will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

In the story of Peter Pan, there is a pirate character called:

For a chance to win a family ticket to a performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Wycombe Swan Theatre between 27 – 30 December, simply answer the question below:

a) Captain Hook b) Shipmate Sam c) Sailor Stan

Which fruit does the Wicked Stepmother trick Snow White into eating?: a) Grapefruit

b) Plum

For your chance to win a family ticket* to see Peter Pan starring John Michie (Coronation Street, Holby City), Andy Collins (BBC Three Counties Radio), La Voix (Britain’s Got Talent) and Holly Atterton (Nick Jnr’s Go!Go!Go!) on Wednesday 12th December at 5.30pm, simply answer the following question:

c) Apple

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, simply email your answers to the competition question/s, the name of the competition/s you are entering, your name and the town/ village where you live to: by Friday 30th November. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 1. Only one entrant from same e-mail address or household will be accepted; 2. Under 16s must obtain parental consent before entering; 3. Entries must be received by the closing date and proof of sending cannot be taken as proof of receipt; 4. All decisions of Families magazine are final and no correspondence will be entered into; 5. No prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize; 6. Only the winners’ details will be supplied to the Promoter of the competition; 7. Families Magazine is not liable for any delay or failure by the Promoter to deliver any prize or for the quality of the prize or for any loss or damage arising in connection with the competition; 8. By entering the competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to these terms and conditions; 9. Winning entries will be randomly drawn from all correct entries and contacted via the email address provided by the entrant. If the Promoter does not obtain a response from the winner within 7 days, we reserve the right to select another winner at random; 10. Automated/bulk entries and entries from third parties will be disqualified; 11. This competition is restricted to UK residents only. * Family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children. Prize is for the performance of Peter Pan at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 5.30pm and is non-transferable. No cash alternative.




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Festive Fun

Christmas Time Out Get into the spirit of the season with these fun things to do…

Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery for more hands-on discovery and amazing science inspired by Roald Dahl’s stories, www.

Go to a Panto! There are so many magical new worlds to enter – Peter Pan will be flying into Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and the dishy Brendan Cole from Strictly will be dancing around the Wycombe Swan Theatre with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Aladdin will be polishing his lamp at The Elgiva in Chesham. You may want to dust off your armour and saddle the horses Queens Park Arts Centre’s traditional family pantomime is off on an epic Arthurian adventure with The Sword in the Stone. For dates and details, see our What’s On guide.

Explore a Festive Trail This Christmas, Mother Christmas’ enchanted world comes to Cliveden and she has transformed the estate into a magical workshop grotto. Children can complete fun festive activities around the gardens to help make sure Christmas Day goes ahead without a hitch. Trails cost £5 per child and are free for accompanying adults, (usual admission to the estate applies). The trail runs weekends in December and from Thursday 20 December to Sunday 23 December. For further details about events, opening times and admission prices, visit www.

Get involved in Santa Dash Graduate from Elf School The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us and Eden Shopping Centre is ready to get you into the festive spirit with activities and a sack full of goodies to make your Christmas unforgettable! In the lead up to Christmas, glistening lights, joyful tunes and the sweet smell of mulled wine are never far away, for Eden’s Christmas market is back! The market will be open from Thursday 15th November, From Friday 30th November, children can graduate from Eden’s Elf School, (more details on page 6).

On Saturday 15th December at 11am Wendover will be invaded by a jolly crowd of men, women and children in Santa suits, running, walking or scooting a 2.5km route to raise money for hospice care.

Christmas Treats at Bucks County Museum Start your Christmas with a FIZZ and a BANG! Bring the children to the Bucks County Museum’s Amazing Christmas Science Show on 15th December when Bright Sparks Science will boggle their eyes with festive experiments that include dry ice, bubbling potions, flashes and bangs. Their new toy exhibition also opens on the same day so there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained. Parents and grandparents will love remembering toys from their childhood and showing the children what Santa brought them when they were young. Visit the adjacent

Starting and finishing at a new Christmas Market at Wendover Memorial Hall on Wharf Road, this brand-new Santa Dash will combine a festive fundraising challenge for all ages with an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts, all in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice. Entry fees are £12 for adults and £7 for children and include a Santa suit, medal and a hot drink. Sign up on the day at 10am or register online,

Christmas treats at Bucks County Museum Amazing Christmas Science Show Saturday 15 December Festive science experiments that glow, pop, zz and freeze. Christmas Toy Box Exhibition 15 December 2018 – 19 January 2019 Toys to play with and bring back memories. Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Café & Gift Shop Information and booking tel. 01296 331441 Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP

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What’s on

Compiled by Katie Taylor


Photo: Chris Lacey © National Trust

FAMILY PLAY WITH CLAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-12pm, booking required, £40.

Tuesday 6th November

PACE CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR The Gateway Conference Centre, Aylesbury. 11am-3pm, drop-in, admission £3.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES TO 10th - TERRIBLE TUDORS NOV Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe. Times vary, see website, 5+yrs, booking required, tickets from £15.50.

ROALD DAHL IN THE RAF The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1pm & 3pm, 8+yrs, free with museum entry.

Thursday 8th November UPCYLE A CHAIR WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 11am-2pm, booking required, £25.

Tuesday 13th November LANDSCAPE ART WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 11am-1.30pm, booking required, £45.

WOODLAND CAPERS WEEKLY Under the Canopy Forest School, - 13th DEC Gerrards Cross. Pre-school sessions, 9.30am-11.30am, 2-4yrs, booking required, see website for prices. Friday 9th November CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE & THE TWITS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. 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. Saturday 10th November ARTISTS & MAKERS FAIR Princes Risborough Community Centre. 10am-4pm, drop-in, free. ART & CRAFT FAIRGROUND Queen’s Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-4pm, drop-in, adults £2, child free.

& 16th DEC

NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £7. Christmas Fair at Waddesdon Manor, 10th Nov BABY & TODDLER TABLETOP SALE Great Missenden Memorial Hall. Fundraiser for Great Missenden Toddler Group. 2-4pm, drop-in, free.

Thursday 15th November

CHALFONT ST GILES FIREWORKS Stone Meadow, Chalfont St Giles. 5.45pm, ticket prices vary.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS & FIREWORKS Aylesbury Town Centre, Market Square. 5.30pm-7.30pm, drop-in, free.

CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. Wed-Sun, closed 24th/25th, 11.30am-6pm, grounds/house admission applies. CHRISTMAS FAIR Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm, grounds admission applies.

Thursday 15th November to 24th December CHRISTMAS MARKET Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe Festive stalls, unique, gifts, free.

TO 2nd JAN

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NIGHT Widmer End School, nr Hazlemere. 7.30pm-9.30pm, drop-in. Friday 16th November

TO 16th DEC

SOUTHERN INDIAN STREET FOOD Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough. 10am-2.30pm, booking required, adults, £75.

Festive events in Aylesbury Town Centre Christmas Lights Switch On & Fireworks Thursday 15 November 5.30pm until 7.30pm

Santa’s Sunday

Sunday 25 November Parade begins at 10.45am Activities until 3pm

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Sunday 2 December 11.00am until 3.00pm


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What’s on 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.

Friday 16th November (cont’d) TINY TALK TIME: ON THE MOON Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, booking required £3.50.

Friday 23rd November to 6th January

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November

HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND Hyde Park, London. 10am-6pm (except Christmas Day). Book online for attractions,

LICKSWISHY FESTIVE LETTERS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am-5pm, 5+yrs, drop-in, free with museum entry.


Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November

Saturday 17th November

HEARING DOGS CHRISTMAS MARKET The Grange, Saunderton. 11am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun, drop-in, free.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT DAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-4pm, booking required, £80.

LICKSWISHY FESTIVE LETTERS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am-5pm, 5+yrs, drop-in, free with museum entry.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Wycombe Arts Centre, High Wycombe. 11am-4pm, drop-in, free. CHRISTMAS FAYRE Turnfurlong Infant School, Aylesbury 11am-2pm, drop-in, free.

Eden Elf School, 30th Nov 24th Dec Tuesday 20th November

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

SEASCAPE ART CLASS Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-9.30pm, booking required, £45.

THE BEACONSFIELD SCHOOL CHRISTMAS MARKET The Beaconsfield School. 11am-3pm, drop-in, free.

Wednesday 21st November

WYCOMBE ARTS CENTRE CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Wycombe Arts Centre, Desborough Road. 11am-3pm, drop-in, free. Sunday 18th November ASHLYN’S CRAFT FAIR Ashlyns School, Berkhamstead. 11am-4pm, £2 entry, children free. FAMILIES UNDER THE CANOPY Under the Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. 2-4pm, booking required, £30. THE NUTCRACKER Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 3pm, booking required, tickets from £17.50. Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st November WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30am-1.30pm, booking required, £40.

Christmas Spectacular

BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY Old Town Hall, High Wycombe. 12pm, booking required, tickets from £11. Thursday 22nd November LINOCUT CHRISTMAS CARDS Natural History Museum at Tring. 7-10pm, adults, booking required, £20. TRADITIONAL VICTORIAN STOCKING WORKSHOP Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am-2pm, booking required, £35.

PLUS 1st/2nd DEC

Saturday 24th November CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 11am-4pm, entry by donation. CHRISTMAS FAYRE EXTRAVAGANZA Chalfont St Peter Infant School. Lovel End, Chalfont St Peter. Noon-3pm, drop-in, free. FAMILY CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-12pm, booking required, £40. GREAT MISSENDEN VILLAGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL High Street, Great Missenden. 3pm-8pm, free. Stalls, rides, live music. Roald Dahl Museum & shop & cafe open to 7pm. THE JUNGLE BOOK Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, booking required, tickets from £3.

Friday 23th November to 2nd January A VERY ROYAL CHRISTMAS VISIT: A VISIT FROM THE FAERY DAILY Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am-4pm, drop-in, free with admission. Friday 23th November

Sunday 25th November LITTLE MISSENDEN SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FETE Little Missenden Village Hall. Santa’s grotto, children’s games, tombolas, raffle & more. 2pm-4pm, drop-in, free.

CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE BFG The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3.

1st TO 24th DECEMBER

Odds Farm Park has been sprinkled with even more Christmas magic and spectacular surprises than ever before! Wander through the Enchanted Forest and begin your magical journey to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas. BOOK ONLINE & SAVE!

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Then, head into the Elves’ Workshop, before visiting the Toy Shop to choose your Christmas Spectacular Gift!

What’s on PANTO PLAY Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. SANTA’S SUNDAY Aylesbury Town Centre, Market Square. 10.45am-3pm, drop-in, free. Parade at 10.45 am & activities till 3pm



Saturday 1st December to 2nd January WOODLAND WONDERS FESTIVE TRAIL Burnham Beeches. Self-guided trail from Information Point, bring pencil, all ages, suggested donation £2.

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December CHRISTMAS MARKET Amersham Museum, Old Amersham. 10am-4pm, drop-in, free.

Monday 26th November PLAY WITH CLAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-9pm, booking required, £25.

MOTHER CHRISTMAS: FESTIVE TRAIL Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-2.30pm, 3-13yrs, drop-in, £5/child plus admission.

Tuesday 27th November ARM KNITTING WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 11.15am-2.15pm, booking required, £55.

FATHER CHRISTMAS LAND EXPERIENCE Green Dragon Eco Farm, nr Aylesbury. 10am-5.30pm, booking required, child £9.95.

Friday 30th November

Saturday 1st to Monday 24th December


PLUS 8th/9th DEC

FESTIVE DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10am-4pm, booking required, tickets from £16.

CHRISTMAS IN CHESHAM High Street & Market Square, Chesham. From 6pm, drop-in, free.

SANTA STEAM SPECIALS Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 10am-5pm, booking required, adult £12, child £10.

COOKING AHEAD FOR CHRISTMAS Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough. 10am-2.30pm, booking required, adults, £85. TINY TALK TIME: FIRE FIRE Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, booking required, £3.50. Friday 30th Nov to Monday 24th Dec ELF SCHOOL Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe. FREE 10am-4pm, Dec weekends Fri-Sun, free but must pre-book on website, children to be accompanied.

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-11pm, drop-in, free with admission. Saturday 1st December CHRISTMAS FAIR Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham. 11am-3pm, drop-in, free. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Princes Risborough High Street. 3pm-6pm, drop-in, free.

Stay Safe In The Parks This Winter

POLAR BEAR TRAIL Natural History Museum, Tring. Explore the galleries to find 12 polar bears & win a chocolatey surprise. 10am-5pm, drop-in, £1, daily in Dec (closed 24-26 Dec).


Sunday 2nd December CHILDREN’S CRAFTERNOON Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 12pm-3pm, booking required, £25. CHRISTMAS CRAFT & GIFT FAIR Aylesbury Town Centre, Market Square. 11am-3pm, drop-in, free.


FAMILY YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge, HP5 2TU. 10am-11am, £15.

This Christmas, step back into 1877 when Queen Victoria visited Hughenden Manor. See the house decorated in traditional Victorian splendor, find the ten gold crowns and follow the garden trail with miniature scenes to discover.

l Keep away from the water’s edge and under no circumstances go on to the ice. l Be extra vigilant with young children close to the water’s edge. l Keep your dog under control near frozen water and do not EVER follow it onto the ice. Do not attempt to rescue any pets yourself - call the emergency services for help. l If you see an accident on the ice, call 999 straight away. Never attempt to go out on to the ice yourself #nationaltrust

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS Mead Open Farm, nr Leighton Buzzard. 10am-6pm, various dates to 24th Dec, check website for dates & prices, booking required.

A Very Royal Christmas: a visit from the Faery Queen

We urge all visitors to our parks to be extra cautious around lakes and rivers during the colder weather

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Saturday 1st to Monday 31st December

CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. FREE

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common. Christmas Magic & Spectacular Surprises. 10am-5.30pm, booking advised, from £10.95.

Call 01494 755 573 for details

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What’s on Wednesday 12th December

Monday 3rd December

SANTAS GROTTO Black Park, nr Wexham. 1pm-5pm, booking required, £5.

PLAY WITH CLAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-9pm, booking required, £25. SLIPPER WEDNESDAY Natural History Museum at Tring. Discover nature indoors for 3-5yrs. 10.30-11.15am, drop-in, £3.

Friday 14th December CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3.

Tuesday 4th to Monday 31st December ALADDIN Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. See website for times, booking required, tickets from £13.50.

TINY TALK TIME: TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, booking required, £3.50.

Wednesday 5th December GERRARDS CROSS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Packhorse Road & Station Road, Gerrards Cross. 5.30pm-8pm, drop-in, free. Friday 7th December CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE GIRAFFE & THE PELLY & ME The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. 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. Friday 7th to Sunday 30th December SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS PANT Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe. O Times vary by day see website, booking required, tickets from £12.50. THE SWORD IN THE STONE Queen’s Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Times vary by day see website, booking required. Signed performances on 16th & 28th Dec. Adults £13, child £7, family £34.


PETER PAN Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange St. Times vary by day see website, booking required, tickets from £11.75.


Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December FATHER CHRISTMAS GROTTO Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30am-3.30pm, booking required, £8.

Where Inspiration Blooms, Christmas Kids Craft Workshop, 2nd Dec LICKSWISHY FESTIVE LETTERS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am-5pm, 5+yrs, drop-in, free with museum entry. MOTHER CHRISTMAS: FESTIVE TRAIL Cliveden, nr Taplow. As 1st-2nd December.


FESTIVE DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10am-4pm, booking required, tickets from £16.

Saturday 8th December

CHRISTMAS FAMILIES UNDER THE CANOPY Under the Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. 2-4pm, booking required, £30. CHRISTMAS FAYRE & WINTER WOODLAND TRAIL Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 11am-5pm, drop-in, free entry, woodland trail & grotto £8/child. Tuesday 11th December PLUS 13th DEC



EDIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFTS Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough. 9.30am-1pm, 6+yrs, booking required, £50. FATHER CHRISTMAS LAND EXPERIENCE Green Dragon Eco Farm, nr Aylesbury. 10am-5.30pm, booking required, child £9.95.


Sunday 16th December FREE

CAROLS AT THE ROSE MK Rose, Campbell Park. 3pm, free, bring lantern. CHRISTMAS FAMILY PLAY WITH CLAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 12pm-2pm, booking required, £40.

FAMILY YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-11am, £15.

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

CAROLS AT THE CAFE Burnham Beeches. 12.30pm-3pm, carols at 1pm & 2pm, free.

2-hour and festive A brand NEW s The Magic is m t n’ do experience, n Farm! at Mead Ope of Christmas

*Discount applies to child prices. See website for full details and opening times.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL All Saints Church, High Wycombe. 11am-6pm, drop-in, free.

TO 19th JAN

WENDOVER SANTA DASH Wendover Memorial Hall,Wharf Road. 11am, 2.5km, all ages & Christmas market in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice. Adults £12, £7 child.

Book online

Selected Dates from 1 – 24 Dec

01525 852 954

AMAZING CHRISTMAS SCIENCE SHOW Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. See website for times, prices & booking.

CHRISTMAS TOY BOX EXHIBITION Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. See website for times & prices.

CREATE! CHRISTMAS Amersham Museum, Old Amersham. 12pm-4pm, drop-in, free.

Near Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9JH

FESTIVE DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10am-4pm, booking required, tickets from £16.

CAROL EVENING Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 7pm-9.15pm, booking advised, adults £10, children £1.

ALPACA WALK Abbotts Farm, Aston Abbotts. 1.30pm, booking required, tickets from £5.

NEW! The Magic of Christmas

FATHER CHRISTMAS GROTTO Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30am-3.30pm, booking required, £8.

Saturday 15th December

SANTA STEAM SPECIALS Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 10.15am-3.30pm, booking required, adult £10, child £8

NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £7.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December

MOTHER CHRISTMAS: FESTIVE TRAIL Cliveden, nr Taplow. As 1st-2nd December.

SANTAS GROTTO Black Park, nr Wexham. 10am-4pm, booking required, £5.

Sunday 9th December

Friday 7th to Monday 31st December

PLUS FRI & SAT 10/10/2018 12:01

What’s on TOTSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 2.30pm-4.30pm, booking required, £10 per child, additional child £5.

FATHER CHRISTMAS GROTTO Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30am-3.30pm, booking required, £8. FANTABULOUS FESTIVE CARDS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £3 plus museum admission.

Monday 17th to Friday 21st December BERKHAMSTED BASECAMP Multi Activity (5-11yrs) & Mini BASECAMP (3-5yrs). 9.30am-4.30pm, £35/day, £160/wk.

Thursday 27th December SWISHWHIFFLING SEASONAL STORIES The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £3 plus museum entry.

Monday 17th December CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-12.30pm, booking required, £45.

Friday 28th December Edible Christmas Gifts with Beverley Glock, 20th Dec

Tuesday 18th December SANTA CLAUS & THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE Old Town Hall, High Wycombe. Times vary by day see website, 2-8yrs, booking required, tickets from £13.50.

TO 24th DEC

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd December GINGERBREAD HOUSE Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough. 10am-12pm, 6-14yrs, booking required, £95.

Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd December

Friday 21st December

MOTHER CHRISTMAS: FESTIVE TRAIL Cliveden, nr Taplow. As 1st-2nd December.

CHRISTMAS PLAY Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20.

Thursday 20th December CHRISTMAS CANDLE CRAFTS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm, booking required, £4.50.

SANTAS GROTTO Black Park, nr Wexham. 10am-4pm, booking required, £5. Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd December

EDIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFTS Beverley Glock Cookery School at Berkhamsted Basecamp, 9.30am-4.30pm, 7-14yrs, booking required, £70.

FESTIVE DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10am-4pm, booking required, tickets from £16.

PHIZZ-WHIZZING THANK YOU LETTERS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £3 plus museum entry. Saturday 29th December to Tuesday 1st January MINCE PIE SPECIALS Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 10.30am-4pm, booking advised, adults from £11, children £1. Saturday 29th December THE MAGIC OF STORYMAKING WITH ANDY COPPS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £3 adults & children plus museum entry. Sunday 30th December SWISHWHIFFLING SEASONAL STORIES The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £3 plus museum entry.



❄ Farmer Christmas & Elves ❄ Santa’s Snow Pits ❄ Enchanted Forest ❄ Christmas Animals ❄ Wishing Tree ❄ Only £9.95 child ticket (2 adults go free) ❄ December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th & 15th to 24th inclusive ❄ 50% off Farm Admission*

Visit the farm to see the cute Christmas Lambs!

*with proof of purchase of Farmer Christmas Land ticket

01296 670444

Mother Christmas: Cliveden’s Festive Trail 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 20-23 December, 10am -2.30pm Cliveden estate has transformed into a Christmas workshop to help prepare Mother and Father Christmas for the big day. Little ones will become festive helpers by completing activities around this Grade I listed estate. Will they all be completed before the world awakes on Christmas Day? There’s only one way to find out. Trails cost £5 per child, plus usual admission to the estate applies.

Claydon Road Hogshaw Bucks MK18 3LA

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