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The really useful magazine for parents of children 0-12 years


Issue No 11 September/October 2011

Editor’s Letter

News & Views I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and getting back into “that routine” isn’t too awful. My 4 year old son has just started school in our village at Inkberrow First School. I know he will be well looked after by the lovely teachers and teaching assistants (one of his teachers taught both my daughters now 14 and 16) but still the transition from pre-school to first/primary school is not an easy one when you are as tearful as I am. Please read our Education pages 4-9 for school open days, education news, advice and reassurance. As far as I am concerned, it is the end of an era. All those lovely pre-school classes we did – Water Babies, Tumble Tots and Rugby Tykes – I will really miss and so will Daniel. We have a wonderful choice of clubs and classes for babies, children and adults, so do turn to pages 10-13 and find something that you or your child will enjoy. Please mention Families when booking.

New Baby Sensory classes designed from birth have just started in Inkberrow, Worcester, Droitwich Spa and Evesham. I recently had the pleasure of attending a class in Inkberrow and meeting local mum of three Abeer Corbett. She is passionate about Baby Sensory and says “I was introduced to Baby Sensory through attending a class with my youngest daughter Amber. It was such a unique and special experience every week that I felt enthusiastic about getting involved and helping to share these experiences with other parents and their babies.” Each class includes a variety of different baby activities including fibreoptic light shows, bubbles, bells, musical fun, baby signing, puppet shows and amazing light balls plus an exploratory softplay area where you can talk to other mums while baby plays. If you would like more information then contact Abeer on 07896 977465 /

We are constantly updating our website with local news, press releases and information. All you have to do is visit www. and register. If you would like to advertise in the Nov/Dec issue of Families Hereford and Worcester then telephone 0844 504 7224 or email Copy deadline is Friday 14th October.

Karen Craven (local mum of 3) Editor, Families Hereford and Worcester

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News & Views Education Clubs and Classes Mum’s the Word! Focus on popular local class What’s On

All content Copyright 2011 Families Hereford and Worcester Circulation: 19,000 copies of Families Hereford and Worcester are available through nurseries, pre-schools, schools, libraries, soft play centres, leisure centres, children’s clubs and classes, selected shops and other distribution points. If you would like free copies for your organisation or if you would like to subscribe so you don’t miss an issue please contact us. Editorial: Advertising: Events, diary dates, out and about: Families Hereford and Worcester is part of the Families Group, established in 1990 and headed by Families South West. All 36 franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care in preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of the advertisers nor for the accuracy of the content nor for any consequence. Design: Natalie Schmidt, Tel: 020 8676 2857 Print: The Manson Group, St Albans at, Tel: 01727 848440 Cover Photograph: Photo of Georgina and Alexandra Wild taken by Gareth Craven

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– for cash Children’s labelling company Labels4kids are recruiting sales agents. In exchange for a small start up cost, readers who refer friends and family to the company’s website can earn money back in commission. You get to show and explain products you like to others who may also benefit from their use, and make some money too. Over the years Labels4kids has been entered in and won numerous high profile awards, including Online Retailer of the Year in 2010. As well as ordering kits through the website, customers can read blogs on numerous topics on the latest educational and parents related issues. There is also a Labels4kids Facebook page where news and discount offers are posted. For orders, go to to ask about becoming an agent, email

The Little Blue Owl The Little Blue Owl website was launched recently by 2 local Mums from Herefordshire. Eleanor says “After Jennie and I had children of our own we came together to create The Little Blue Owl. We are a place to find beautiful nursery accessories, furniture and baby gifts and are dedicated to sourcing a wonderful range of original and luxury products. We believe in supporting UK businesses and where possible we source goods manufactured locally. For example our nursery furniture is made by a company based in Redditch and we have designed a range of bed linen made by a local Herefordshire Mum. We believe newborns deserve the best and many of our products are organic (for example sleepwear and mattresses) or are made from natural products (for example the joma wool play mat). Most of all we have created a range of unique products that are beautiful and original.” To receive a 10% discount, then place your order and enter FAM10 at checkout. This offer is valid until the end of October.

Introducing Bowen Technique for infants, children and during pregnancy Julia Foster is CRB checked and is registered with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council and the Federation of Holistic Therapies and has years of experience working with children. Treatment is tailored to the individual taking into account medical history and presenting symptoms. A gentle and effective remedial therapy, Bowen Technique is becoming widely recognised as a treatment that helps bring natural relief to a wide range of conditions not only during pregnancy (and beyond) but also in infancy and childhood.

News & Views Rainbow Club If you live in Malvern why not visit Malvern Evangelical Church, 204 - 208 Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, WR14 2QX. Morning and afternoon sessions are held for children aged 0 - 4 and their parents/grandparents/ carers on Tuesdays during term-time from 10.00 - 11.45am and 1.00 - 2.30pm. There is no cost and sessions include free play, drink and snack, story-time, craft or handson activity and singing. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pauline or Karen on Tuesdays between 9 - 3pm on 01684 566669 or email Don’t forget to mention when you telephone, that you saw these companies featured in Families Hereford and Worcester magazine

Home-Start Worcester & Wychavon Goodrich House Sansome Place Worcester, WR1 1UA

Being a parent isn’t always easy Home-Start offers friendship and informal support to families with young children. The support is free and confidential, please speak to your health advisor or call the number below. If you have parenting experience and can spare 2–3 hours a week to help a local family, find out more about volunteering with Home-Start Worcester & Wychavon.

Call 01905 29377 or email

As well as being a relaxing and calming therapy, Bowen helps to support you and your body through the physical and emotional demands of each stage of pregnancy having great effect on many conditions such as musculo-skeletal problems eg SPD and back pain, digestion and urinary related disorders. Because it is so gentle, Bowen can also be used just a few days after birth for baby. Parents regularly seek assistance from Bowen for their new-born following a difficult birth, especially if a large amount of pain relief was administered, and also with feeding and digestion difficulties eg colic. For older children, it is particularly effective for asthma, headaches and urinary problems. After treatment parents have commented on improved concentration, coordination, immunity and sleep patterns. Clients are treated at The Fold, Bransford, Worcester although appointments at home can be offered across the two counties. Please contact Julia on 07964 298 337 or e-mail for more information.

Training in Touch For Health Kinesiology is a holistic way of detecting and correcting imbalances in your body’s energy. Why not train in the world’s most widely used kinesiology for use on family, friends or as the basis for professional training. No prior experience needed. Training is spread over 4 weekends. The first weekend is 8-9 October at Beacon Clinic, Malvern with Kate Bishop. Telephone 01684 562439 or email to book your place. September – October 2011



School matters By Elisabeth Dolton Make sure you have chosen the right school for your child, with these simple ways to monitor the progress of the school and your child So you have been through the dilemma of choosing the school, the application was accepted, your child’s place allocated, uniform bought and named, and they are now settling into their new school. Your job is done... or maybe not. Now it’s time to start thinking about how to monitor your child and the school’s progress. Are the teachers doing their best for your child? Did you choose the right school? But how do we keep an eye on things, simply and easily, without needing to join the PTA? Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you as a parent will make for your child, therefore getting a clear and accurate sense of day-to-day life at the school is imperative. Unfortunately, it’s often easier to get information about a car or household appliance than a school, so an easy first step is to look at published information, readily available about every school. Once a year, look at these figures for your school, and see what’s changed. If an area has worsened, ask your child’s teacher why, and what is being done about it? Your aim here is check that the school is aware of these issues, and has good steps to tackle them. Seek evidence that what is planned is being put into place, and, more importantly, that these actions are making a difference to the education of the pupils.

Basic facts for every school • • • • • • •

Number of applications Number of pupils Test & exam results Attendance levels Ofsted & Independent school reports Reported incidents of poor behaviour Number of exclusions imposed

However, school is not just about learning and passing exams. There are a whole range of good things about being at school like building a good group of friends, exploring new activities, learning to get on with people of all backgrounds, going on school trips, so it is important to monitor other factors. The ethos and culture of a school will tell you a lot about what it is 4

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Do keep in mind that even the best teachers and students have bad moments, so allow yourself enough time to get a fair picture of what’s going on in the classroom


trying to achieve. Consider the learning environment – do they post artwork on the walls, have carpet in the classrooms, provide easy access to books? Check out the school’s own development and performance targets. These are all good indicators on how the school is progressing. Of course the best way to check that the school is right for your child is to ask the people who work there. Regular meetings with teachers are an effective way to monitor your child’s progress. Ask for information on your child’s performance, results and overall observations. Take a morning off work, once a year, and attend a class if that is possible. Check out pupils’ behaviour and how it is dealt with. Book a short appointment with the Headteacher. S/he is the person most responsible for the quality of the teaching, the atmosphere, and whether your child will be looking forward to going to that building every day. Ask them what the school’s strengths and weaknesses are, the school’s priorities this year, and ask yourself would I hire this person to work in my office? These will all give you a sense of whether or not the school is delivering its best for your child. Finally, the most important thing to ask is does my son/daughter appear to be content at school? If the answer is yes, then they are likely to be learning which is pretty good. Ask them about their day – what did you do in Maths today? Be specific in what you ask them and vary your topic, PE the next time, English the next. Ask your children to show you their school work, check out their marks and teacher comments. You will be able to gauge a lot about what level they are at. Ask teachers to show you examples of successful work, compare it to your child’s work, and listen to their comments about where your child can improve. If necessary, make a plan with the teacher on how you can work together to help those improvements. As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s academic achievement. By taking steps to monitor the school and track progress helps you know the school is the right one for your child, and helps your child get the best out of this amazing time.

Off the shelf reports – Inspection of schools The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulate and inspect all local authority schools and independent schools that are not members of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council. The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and School Inspection Service (SIS) inspect schools who are members of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council. The Bridge Schools Inspectorate inspects schools belonging to the Christian Schools’ Trust and the Association of Muslim Schools throughout England. All publish their reports on their websites.

Relevant websites September – October 2011


Education Don’t forget to mention when you telephone, that you saw these companies featured in Families Hereford and Worcester magazine

A Happy, Stimulating Environment at Malvern St James Malvern St James provides an innovative education for girls from the age of 4 through to 18. Our lively Prep and Pre-Prep Departments are located within the main building. They add a very special dimension to Malvern St James by bringing additional energy, fun and an ‘everything is possible’ approach. The first steps at MSJ provide the right support for children to grow and mature. Girls benefit from small classes which enable them to learn in a relaxed, happy atmosphere within an inclusive and secure environment. Through personal support and individual challenge, they develop self-confidence and a passion for learning. Many girls take full advantage of our After School Club, which is available at no extra charge until 6.30pm. Parents are valued as partners in the academic and emotional development of their daughters at School and an ‘open door policy’ ensures that valuable links can be fostered through regular contact and conversation. Our youngest pupils benefit from being able to take full advantage of the Senior School facilities and specialist teaching at no additional cost. It also allows these young girls to mix, work and play amongst our older students, who provide a sister-like network and act as exceptional role-models. All this ensures a smooth transition to our Senior School at the end of Year 6. The next Prep and Pre-Prep Department Open Morning takes place on Wednesday 5th October, followed by a full School Open Morning on Saturday 15th October. Contact Jennifer Bailey, Registrar, for full details on 01684 584624,

Explore Learning Maths and English tuition Centres Explore Learning provides inspirational tuition to 5 - 14 year olds of all abilities. Our comprehensive 11 Plus and Entrance Exam courses give children the opportunity to become confident in a range of verbal and non-verbal reasoning methods. In addition to this we ensure that they are developing the underlying numeracy and literacy skills needed to tackle the exam with confidence!

Verbal Reasoning Over a ten-year period, Explore Learning has developed a comprehensive course that teaches children the methods needed to answer every type of question in the 11 Plus. The course is taught in small groups once a week. Each lesson includes games and activities that help to boost confidence and eliminate anxiety about the exam.

Literacy and numeracy skills Some private tutors run 11 Plus courses to teach children the methods needed for verbal reasoning. However, without a strong base of numeracy and literacy skills, the effectiveness of this approach is limited. At Explore Learning our approach is unique. Alongside the 11 Plus, course students have their own individualised programme to ensure that the underlying skills needed for the exam are in place. 6

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Help Tuition Does your child or teenager struggle at school? Are you baffled by homework, coursework, revision? Do you wonder how best to help your child, what the grades really mean and what the new curriculums are all about? Our one to one tutors can guide you and your child towards clearer understanding, higher confidence and better achievement in most subjects from Key Stage 1 right through to A level. Give me a call to discuss your child’s individual needs, so I can put you in touch with your best tutor. Contact Kate on Malvern 01684 562439 or email

First Class Learning Maths & English – HELPING CHILDREN TO SUCCEED! With the new school year starting, many parents look for ways to help their children with their studies. First Class Learning offers children of all ages, pre-school to teens, a fantastic opportunity to gain confidence, enjoy learning and develop their skills in Maths and English. The personalised courses are systematic and relevant, designed to meet the requirements of the UK National Curriculum. Andrew and Sara Wisdom run their classes in Kidderminster every Wednesday and Friday afternoon, where students complete a short task which is marked and they receive guidance on how to make progress. They take work home to develop and practice their skills, supported and encouraged by parents. In Andrew and Sara’s experience children quickly gain confidence and this raises self-esteem which leads to further success. Contact Andrew & Sara Wisdom, Centre Managers, for further information and to arrange a FREE initial assessment:01562 68039/07969674026; e-mail

Education Kumon Maths and English Free Trial: 1 September – 31 October 2011 Is your child in need of a confidence boost or an extra challenge? Could they do with consolidating what they already know? As we look to the start of a new school year, it’s time to think about how you can support your child’s learning. At your local study centre, leading supplementary education provider Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes tailored to all ages and abilities. At the start of a new term especially, it’s important that your child gets to grips with core subjects and with the learning skills vital for academic progression. We all know the importance of maths and English, and Kumon’s unique method of learning focuses on your child’s individual needs, providing them with skills such as concentration, time management and self-motivation. Once enrolled on a Kumon programme, your child will visit the centre every week and have daily worksheets to keep up with their studies at home. At the centre, their Instructor will monitor their progress, setting new work and encouraging them to take ownership of their learning. Over 60,000 children study with Kumon at more than 600 centres in the UK, and these numbers are growing all the time. For further information or to enrol, call 0800 854 714 or visit Enrol at your local study centre during September or October to try out a maths or English programme and see how Kumon can benefit your child. Your first two weeks will be free of charge, but to make a lasting difference a longer commitment will be needed.

Students who enrol in September will receive one month’s free tuition.

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Education Smart Trees – A Magical, Educational Winter Wonderland Located next to the Vale Golf Course in Bishampton, the Smart Trees team have created a Winter Wonderland for all ages. This is more than just entertainment as there is a real message within the experience which is linked to the schools National Curriculum requirements incorporating many aspects of Foundation and Key Stage 1. At the start of the visit each child is given a map (appropriate for ages 2-8, suitable for special needs). They then embark on an orienteering based Animal Hunt through the 20 acre Christmas tree plantation searching for clues and of course animals! The children are also given the opportunity to experience a tractor and trailer ride which is a truly amazing experience. On completion of the Hunt it’s time to head to the welly wash then into the indoor forest where you can meet the very friendly Reindeer along with their babies. Then meander through the trees catching falling bubbles and snow before pausing at the talking wishing well to make a wish. Look for smoke puffing out from the chimney of Santa’s Grotto. You’ll find him sat next to his roaring fire, cheeks all a glow, a smile and a gift for every child. Each year we attempt to make improvements by changing the Trail and adding new attractions such as Natural Play Area, Boat, Maze and improving all facilities. We are open for pre booked school trips from November through December. For more information visit or call Dawn on 01386 462706. Next to the Vale Golf Course signposted off the A44 WR10 2LZ.

Jolly Phonics Review by Karen Craven I have a 4 year old who is starting school in September and My Jolly Phonics Home Kit couldn’t have arrived at a more opportune time. My son Daniel seems to be taking after the whole family with his love of books so I thought we could do the review together. The Jolly Phonics Home Kit comprises a Jolly Stories book, DVD, songs CD and songbook, poster, Games CD and Activity Books 1-7. It is all packaged in a wonderful fabric carry case and if you look inside Snake’s mouth you will find triangular grip pencils specially made for little fingers. We started by putting the poster up on the wall and the songs CD on in the car. Straightaway Daniel started copying the sounds of the letters and picked up the songs extremely quickly. It was great to drive along hearing his singing and having fun whilst learning his letters. The Jolly Phonics DVD introduces children to the enchanting world of Inky Mouse where she shows her friends Snake and Bee how to read and write. Daniel loves the DVD and laughs out loud at their antics. As I write this, he has taken it to pre-school with him to watch with his friends. Daniel says “I like Snake best because he’s good and he scares Inky sometimes”. As a parent I am reassured that, whilst I am cooking dinner, he is not just watching another DVD but he is enjoying learning without realising it. The Jolly Stories are great reading and encourage discussion with a story, listening and repeating sounds, tracing the letters and blending/reading words whilst the Activity Books are great fun and systematically reinforce what your child has learnt. We will be taking the first two Activity Books on holiday with us. For more information visit

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Tel: 07853 248311 September – October 2011

Education SCHOOLS’ OPEN DAYS BROMSGROVE PREPREPARATORY AND NURSERY SCHOOL Co-ed 2 – 7 Saturday 24th September 10.00 am – 12 midday BROMSGROVE PREPARATORY SCHOOL Co-ed 7-13 Saturday 8th October 9.30 am - 12.30 pm (Entry into years 6, 7 and 8) Saturday 15th October 9.30 am – 12.30 pm (Entry into years 3, 4 and 5) BROMSGROVE SCHOOL Co-ed 13-18 Saturday 1st October 9.30 am start as structured programme of talks and tours 01527 579679 or email

RGS SPRINGFIELD Co-ed 2 Saturday 8th October 10.00 am – 1.00 pm 01905 24999 or email: RGS THE GRANGE Co-ed 2 1/2 -11 Saturday 15th October 9.30 am - 12 noon 01905 451205 or email: RGS WORCESTER Co-ed 11-18 Saturday 8th October 9.00 am - 12 noon 01905 613391 or email:


ST MARY’S WORCESTER Co-ed 3mths – 5yrs, Girls 5-11, Girls 11-18 Saturday 1st October 10.00 am – 12.30 pm Thursday 13th October Sixth Form Open Evening 6.00 – 8.00 pm 01905 357786 or email: THE DOWNS, MALVERN COLLEGE PREP Co-ed 3-13 Pre-Prep – Friday 23rd September 2.00-5.00 pm Pre-Prep – Friday 14th October 2.00 – 5.00 pm Whole School – Saturday 15th October 9.30 am – 12.30 pm 01684 544100 or email

THE NEW ELIZABETHAN SCHOOL Sat 24th September 11.00 am 01299 250258 or email WINTERFOLD HOUSE Co-ed 6 wks – 3yrs, 3-7, 7-13 Saturday 15th October 9.30 am – 12.30 pm 01562 777234 or email:


DODDERHILL Co-ed 8 weeks – 3 years, co-ed 3-7 and girls 8-16 Saturday 8th October 01905 778290 or email HOLY TRINITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Co-ed 3 months – 18 years Open Fridays 8.45 am – 12 noon No appointment necessary 01562 822929 or email KING’S HAWFORD Co-ed 2-11 Saturday 8th October 9.30 am – 12.30 pm 01905 451292 or email KING’S WORCESTER Co-ed 11-18 Saturday 15th October 01905 721742 or email MALVERN COLLEGE Co-ed 13-18 Saturday 8th October 9.30 am – 12.30 pm 01684 581500 or email MALVERN ST JAMES Girls 4-11, 11-16, 16-18 Wed 5th October Prep and Preprep Department Open Morning Sat 15th October Open Morning 01684 584624 or email MOFFATS Co-ed 4-13 Thursday 29th September 9.30 am – 12.30 pm 01299 841230 or email: September – October 2011


By Robina Cowan

With the constant wail that schools focus on teaching children to pass tests, adding out of school activities gives your child a chance to shine and have fun outside the classroom. Hobbies lead to new friends, they reveal hidden talents and develop skills that could become a real advantage one day. Everyone is good at something, and finding it is a huge confidence booster. Just because you drop the ball in PE doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be great at swimming or dancing; the child who isn’t interested in the bright lights can still shine in an arts class or on the sports field. There really is plenty of variety to choose from as we’ve been finding out. Try our advertisers – they’re here because they want you to know about them and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. For more information all year round, children’s activities are also listed on our website

Practical Considerations While it might seem tempting to guide your child to musical, sporting and artistic genius outside the classroom, they need time for just ‘chilling’ too. Liz Baker is a parent, and also a school teacher. In her view: “there is no point in enrolling in every class going. Don’t assume your child will get an academic head start. They will only benefit academically when they are ready, and not before. Remember children get exhausted too – give them time to themselves. Children should choose and be given a taste of each activity before deciding if he or she wants to commit to it long-term – there’s no gain in putting your child under pressure.” Think ahead. You may need to put your child’s name on a waiting list, particularly for more popular classes Stay local. Walking distance is best, otherwise getting there and back becomes another chore Great staff. The best leaders are enthusiastic, skilled, trained, and have eyes in the back of their heads to spot children who need a little more encouragement, particularly when they are new and might feel shy Additional costs. Will you need specialist clothes or equipment? Does the club offer these second-hand? Is there an annual subscription or insurance charge? How much are exam fees? Look-see. Many clubs offer a free trial class, especially if they run on a term basis. If that’s not possible, ask to pay weekly for the first two sessions Give it time. Some children are prone to dropping out. Unless you think they are completely and utterly unsuited to the activity, or really, really hate it, stick it out for at least a couple of terms.

Clubs and Classes Music Music gives amazing educational and developmental benefits. From just three months, babies actively enjoy music groups, and as soon as they can shake a rattle, they can join in too. Belting out a song teaches rhythm and helps develop speech. Those hand actions you do when you sing nursery rhymes? They boost spatial reasoning, which will later be useful in maths and science. Playing an instrument is great for dexterity and co-ordination. It teaches teamwork and responsibility, and improves concentration and memory. At six or seven, children might start with a recorder, keyboard or violin. From eight, guitar is an option. Brass and wind instruments are best left to older children, when children can join their school band or orchestra.

Languages With over 60 different languages now spoken in schools across the UK, we are bringing up our children in a truly multicultural society. Experts agree that the earlier a child starts learning other languages, the better. Children are extremely receptive to new ideas and information, especially when they’re having fun. Preschool language classes build confidence and familiarity on an instinctive level, typically through songs, dances and simple games. School age children should be more aware of grammar and syntax, and supplementing school lessons with a language club will pay dividends – boosting their confidence, vocabulary and appreciation of different cultures.

Active Bodies Regular exercise is hugely beneficial to long term health and fitness. It’s easy to see the value of activities that help children burn off some energy at the end of the school day, or build skills in sports which they already enjoy at school. Even the tiniest children can benefit from the social side of playing team games, or the fun element of learning a ‘solo’ sport like trampolining, tennis or diving. When children are engaged, they pay more attention – 61% of young people claim to be better behaved in PE than other lessons, in most cases simply because they enjoy it more. This is particularly true amongst boys, and children who admit to misbehaving at school - of whom 73% claim to be better behaved in PE lessons.

Fitness for all in Worcestershire! We cater for everybody with specially structured classes allowing you to work at your own pace. • Zumba – A Latin based dance fitness class, ditch the workout and join the party! • Aerobics – A fun packed, full body workout • Boot Camp – A fun non-military workout suitable for all fitness levels • Personal Training – One to one or group sessions in and around your home

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Theatre arts “I like acting and pretending to be someone else and learning songs and dances with my friends,” says five-year-old William, who has attended a children’s performing arts club for nearly a year. For boosting the confidence of shy or reserved children, drama can’t be beaten. And the skills that a child learns through performing arts classes will stand them in good stead throughout their lives – twenty years down the line, they’ll thank you when it comes to addressing a meeting room or chairing a conference.

Don’t forget to mention when you telephone that you saw these Clubs and Classes in Families Hereford and Worcester magazine

Performing arts classes are not only for children with starry aspirations. Theatre arts bring literature to life, and build self-confidence. Learning to perform in front of an audience can help children with public speaking; role playing and improvisation give their minds freedom to develop while developing empathy for other people’s feelings.

Arts and Crafts Children love to get messy, and the chance to create their own piece of art is something special. Even the smallest child loves the sensation of clay between fingers, or the thrill of splodging finger paints on paper. Expressing themselves through the arts - whether through painting, drawing, story writing or making ‘junk models’ - gives children the freedom to unleash their creativity and push boundaries. By providing a balance and a creative outlet, art skills complement and assist literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom. If you’re not artistically inclined yourself, or never have the time to sit down and help your child create a wonderful cushion, collage or clay model, why not leave it to the experts?

School support Parents choose out of school academic subjects for their children for a host of reasons perhaps your little one excels in maths and you want to give them more challenging and stimulating tuition – or maybe you simply want to supplement what is being taught at school by introducing the skills needed for independent study and fluency in the subject. Whatever your reason, group or individual tuition can make a huge difference to your child’s progress and greatly enhance their school-based studies. More and more parents, particularly in London, are hiring private tutors to give their child the edge when it comes to achieving in class, or practising and preparing for exams. If your child is bringing home good school reports and is happy and settled, there’s no need; however there’s no longer any stigma in finding extra help if you want to, and the best classes are fun as well as educational.

Five benefits of extra curricular activities 1. Curriculum boosting After-school activities and clubs are a great way to complement and extend what children have precious little time for at school, especially art, music and languages 2. Socialising Claire, mother of four under 10 year-olds, believes it is important for children to make new friends outside school: “It really helps them stand on their own and develop their confidence. There isn’t that pecking order thing that you have in the playground. It’s a chance to break out of whatever mould you’ve been cast in” 3. After-school care When both parents work, after-school activities on school premises can be incredibly valuable. Most schools offer a mix of teacher-run and externally-organised clubs after school, and even at weekends 4. A sense of achievement Amanda says: “Kitty, 8, has just reached purple belt and she has been made karate captain. She’s very proud, it’s tremendously good for her.” 5. For all the family When Patrick started tennis lessons, his parents were inspired to get active too. Mum Maria has joined a tennis club for adult group coaching, and Dad Mike cycles to and from Patrick’s lessons with him.

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Clubs and Classes

Clubs and Classes Listings Yoga for Pregnancy ......................................................... Learn yoga techniques to prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally for labour and empower you to face the birth with confidence and knowledge. Yoga for Mum and Baby – Do gentle yoga postures to help your body recover and have fun with your baby. Call Anna-Sofie on 07720 344075 or email

ALM Fitness ........................................................................... ALM Fitness offers one to one or group personal training, fat burning aerobics classes and a non-military fitness boot camp for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Amy has recently started new ZUMBA classes, a fun latin based dance fitness class. Call Amy on 07740 366419 or email

Come Sign With Me ............................................................... Sign with me. Learn with me. Grow with me. Fun BSL Signing Classes for babies, toddlers and children aged 3-11 years available throughout Worcestershire. We also offer Signing Classes and Clubs for all EY settings, schools, Rainbow, Brownie and Scout groups as well as bespoke staff training workshops with accreditation. Tel: Claire 07786 778026 or email

Start 2 Exercise ..................................................................... Christmas looming, need to shape up? Start2run – the ideal fitness programme. Outdoor classes running three times a week, aiding weight loss, toning and shaping, and improving fitness levels. Just had a baby? Start2push – an exercise class tailored for mums with babies in their buggies. Supportive and great fun! Ring Sue on 07968 292784 or email

Happy Steps ..........................................................................

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Monday, Tuesday or Friday 10.30am, parks across Worcester For more information contact Sue: 07968 292784

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Dance Classes for children aged from two years including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Street Jazz, Musical Theatre and Cheer Leading. Also for Mums, Grans and Sisters who want to learn a skill, have a bit of fun and keep fit there are also adult classes in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Body Conditioning. Children will enhance their rhythmical skills, musicality, body awareness, co-ordination and self confidence and, of course, under the Happy Steps Ethos, have fun and let their love of dance show through. All children are invited to take part in the annual show where the proceeds are donated to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Happy Steps grows from strength to strength with classes held all over Worcester. We now have classes in St John’s and Malvern. Debbie Harding, the Principal, is always happy to help new children explore their love of dance and develop their imagination and creation of dance. Ring Debbie on 01905 345237 or email September – October 2011

Languages with Hilary.........................

Puddle Ducks .......................................

Hilary Maxted is a qualified teacher offering French and Spanish in Hanley Swan, near Upton on Severn. Clear, communicative, confidence-boosting classes designed around your needs. Primary, Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS and A Level, business and leisure are all covered or would you just like to learn a language in a relaxed environment? Hilary is CRB cleared.

Puddle Ducks swimming classes promote fun, safety and enjoyment in the water. Develop your child’s confidence the natural way. By engaging your child’s natural ability and affinity with the water, we offer simple steps to a lifetime love of swimming. Join at any time during the term and at age from birth to pre-school.

Call 07973 837972 or email

Telephone Kate on 07948 808629 or email

Soccer Stars .........................................

Elgar School of Music..........................

KO Sport are bringing their very successful ‘Soccer Stars’ classes (delivered throughout the West Midlands) to Peopleton Village Hall on Saturdays 9.30-10.30. These football based games are best suited for 3-5 year olds (flexible) and boys and girls are welcome. Also running at the same time in the next door hall is a ZUMBA class for parents.

The successful Monday Music Groups at the Elgar Music School offer children from the age of 2+ to 7 years an informal but structured introduction to music. We aim to develop listening skills and encourage creativity through singing, playing simple percussion instruments, musical movement and games.

Please telephone Kate on 01905 840396, email or visit our website to find out more about mums on the run, sports, dance, boot camp and kid’s parties as well.

Call 01905 28613 for details or email

Water Babies ....................................... Water Babies runs fun, innovative baby swimming classes across Worcestershire. Taught by world-class instructors, our multiaward winning programme teaches water confidence and safety skills from birth. Voted Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity in 2010 and 2011, our classes have saved at least ten children from drowning.

Socceroos ............................................ Does your child like football and is under the age of five and you can’t find the right club? Well now you have – Socceroos. We have both boys and girls at our club, everyone is welcome and the first class is always free. We play a range of games, learning skills and have goals. Children learn how to keep the ball close, how to dribble and to shoot with both feet. Classes held in Fernhill Heath, Worcester.

For more information, call 01793 337118 or visit

For more information telephone Jason on 07702 859080 or email


Calm Cuties Baby Massage Classes ....

Dancefest is the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire and it celebrates 21 years of dancing this year. Dancefest runs classes throughout the area for all ages in many different dance styles, including street, contemporary, breakdance and zumba, so, if you fancy having a go at learning something new, or developing your skills, take a look at their website or get in touch on 01905 611199.

Rugby Tots ...........................................

Calm Cuties are baby massage classes recently started by Katie Frost to offer a service for local mums to spend some quality time with their babies. Classes are available all over Worcestershire for babies from 6 weeks to 1 year. Massage can help with colic, constipation and sleep. For more information telephone Katie on 07545 260588 or email

Rugby Tots has been designed to develop your child’s physical, psychological and social attributes, as well as gently encouraging rugby specific skills such as running with the ball, finding space, kicking, catching, scoring a try and much more. Local classes are held in Worcester and Stratford upon Avon and are aimed at 2-7 year olds. Rugby Tots can also provide children’s parties for 2-5 year olds and there are a number of different options available.

Malvern Hills Gymnastics Club............

For more information telephone 0845 313 3242 or email

For more information about the training schedule email or telephone Lorraine on 07912 323130.

September – October 2011

Clubs and Classes

Malvern Hills Gymnastics Club offers pre-school classes for children 2-5 years. They also offer recreational and competition classes for ages 5-15 years, adult classes from 15 years plus new rhythmic gymnastics. All coaches are qualified through British Gymnastics. Day camps are held in school holidays from 9am – 5pm and birthday parties are popular on Sunday afternoons.


Mum’s the Word! Sarah Atkins is married to Gregg, lives in St. John’s, Worcester and is Mum to Harry aged 6, Zak aged 4 and Spud the dog. Sarah is sole proprietor of Ciccionas Nanny and Babysitting Service. With the summer holidays stretching ahead of us my two sons and I were looking forward to some time together. Zak starts school in September. He is a wannabe 6 year old and has been waiting (not so patiently) for this, whereas I am approaching September, and the dramatic change it will bring, with some trepidation. In July we said goodbye to Pete at Rugby Tykes, Lynne at Tumble Tots and the staff at St John’s Nursery. I had a lump in my throat. It’s possible from September (although my husband is sceptical) that I’ll be more organised, my business will flourish, the house will be gleaming and I’ll maybe even fit in some ‘ladies who lunch time’! I started Ciccionas seven years ago whilst pregnant with my first child and still working as a nanny. Like a lot of mums I juggle work and children but from September I am hoping to have more time to spend on my business whilst both children are at school. I did try jotting some new marketing ideas down recently but I started to fill up when I thought of Zak being at school and had to stop! Back to the Summer holidays. After catching our breath, with a few lazy days at home enjoying the lack of routine, we ventured out of the house to Ragley Hall in Alcester. The sun was shining, we had a lovely day, shared a picnic with friends and returned home with tired, grubby but happy children! Next we went to the Forest of Dean for a few days to stay with my friend Charlotte Keating and her 3 year old daughter. Charlotte owns www., a website business providing nursingwear, breastfeeding, maternity and baby/toddler clothes. We spent a day at Whitemead Forest Park which is a great location for a short break; very family friendly and not far from Worcestershire and also spent a day in the Forest of Dean splashing in the streams and eating ice cream. You can hire bikes there too.

Our only routine during the holidays has been Harry’s swimming lesson at Lower Wick Swimming Pool leaving us plenty of time to indulge in Harry and Zak’s biggest passion which is bike riding. Our favourite trail is over the new foot bridge near Lower Wick pool to the Diglis Hotel in Worcester with recently fitted bike racks and an outside bar – a pint for us and ice cream for the boys – onto the fountains for a splash, then on to feed the ducks and home via Cripplegate Park. We discovered geocaching recently and, if you’ve not heard of it, do go onto the website and have a look. It is an addictive way to spend a few hours treasure hunting. We also have a rainy day back up with a trip to Little Acorns (Worcester indoor play) or Worcester Countryside Centre with a take away coffee for me from the Orchard Cafe, puddle splashing for the boys and a walk in the woods for Spud! When you read this Zak will have already started school. I’d like to think (although I know there will be tears) that we’ll all be ready for a new start, a new adventure and routine for us all... For more information on the places mentioned, please find contact details listed below. holidayparks/whitemead/ accommodation/index.php

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Focus on Popular Local Class Steve Partridge and Claire Southworth Kate McManus aged 10 months photographed by Anna James for Water Babies

Water Babies What advice would you give other people looking to work for themselves? Do your research and be realistic about the amount of hard work needed to get a business going. If you think you have found the right enterprise for you, go for it and try to enjoy every day whatever is thrown at you! Steve Partridge & Claire Southworth run Water Babies classes across Worcestershire. For further information, call 01793 337 118 or look at the website:

Tell us a bit about yourself We both had good career jobs before having children. We had talked for some time about doing something different with our lives but couldn’t find the right thing until Water Babies came along.

What is Water Babies? Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swimming company, offering fun, innovative classes taught by world class instructors.

Don’t forget to mention when you telephone that you saw these companies featured in Families Hereford and Worcester magazine – the really useful magazine for parents of children 0-12 years Advertise in Families Hereford & Worcester magazine! Please call Karen on 0844 504 7224 for more information.

How did you get started? We took our own children to Water Babies classes in Bristol and thought it was so amazing that we ended up moving to Swindon to run the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire franchise. We started in 2006 teaching 56 babies and now teach over 1000 babies every week. This has all been possible thanks to a team of talented, committed teachers and a wonderful team of support staff in the office.

What does the future hold for the business? We have just had the wonderful opportunity to take over the Worcestershire franchise. Making sure that we provide great lessons and good customer service to all our new clients is something that is keeping us very busy at the moment! We are looking at new venues in Worcestershire to ensure that as many people as possible can attend our lessons at a convenient venue to them.

What is the best bit about what you do? We both still teach every week and we love seeing how our little swimmers progress. Seeing them grow in confidence and knowing that they have acquired a key skill that could save their life is something that gives total job satisfaction!

Any bad bits? Tax returns!

How do you fit work around your personal life? We wanted to run this business so that we could organize work around our children. This isn’t always easy but we feel very lucky that we are able to work flexibly and that our children haven’t suffered due to the business. September – October 2011


What’s On THEATRE Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX 01527 577330, Snail Tales – A Bird in your ear Families with children aged 3-11 years will enjoy magic-spinning storytellers on a journey through a creative world made for children, by the people who know them best – children! Sunday 11th September 2.30 pm (£8/£6) Katy Ashworth – Meet, greet, sing and play Join Katy, star of CBeebies’ I Can Cook, for simple fun and play. Explore the magic suitcase, join in with the story making and help do some giant make-believe baking! Packed with all your favourite nursery rhymes, Katy’s interactive live roadshow is ideal for children 2-6 years. Saturday 24th September 11.00 am and 2.00 pm (£7/£6) Nutcracker – Vienna Festival Ballet The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the Prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a Kingdom made entirely of sweets. Friday 14th October 7.30 pm (£17) Honey Honey This is the world’s first ABBA concert for kids of all ages and the most fun your family will have together all year. Imagine a pop concert, a pantomime and a cinema visit all in one incredible show. Join Benny Bear with a full live band on stage. Tuesday 25th October 11.30 am and 3.30 pm (£10/8) Family ticket £30 Evesham Arts Centre Theatre, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, Worcs, WR11 4QH 01386 48883, EODS presents Ultimate 80s Follow a family and their friends through this iconic decade having the time of their lives to some really memorable pop songs. Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th September 7.30 pm (£12/10) Family ticket £36 Show me the Talent Fifteen acts compete in this year’s Show me theTalent competition. All proceeds go to Save the Children. Saturday 15th October 7.30 pm (£5) The Dracula Spectacula (Phoenix Theatre Group) A spooky musical comedy for all the family. Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th October 7.30 pm plus 2.30 pm on 29th £10


Please check with the venue in case details have been changed and also please note that with some venues, it is cheaper to pay in advance on-line.

Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 3HB 01684 892277, The very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and the Mixed up Chameleon A glowing stage adaptation of 3 children’s books written by Eric Carle with puppetry in black light. Wednesday 28th September 12.00 midday and 2.30 pm, Thursday 29th September 10.30 am & 1.00 pm, £10.00 Peter and the Wolf This is the famous story of Peter, an adventurous boy who goes to stay with his Grandfather on the edge of ‘the Great Forest’. Wonderful animal puppets and a fantastic lifesized wolf. Saturday 15th October 11.00 am and 2.00 pm £6.00 Norbury Theatre, Norbury House, Friar Street, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8ED 01905 770154, Children’s Theatre Short plays for Children. Highly Entertaining for kids of all ages. Saturday 17th September 2.30 pm £1.50 Number 8 Community Arts Centre, 8 High Street, Pershore, Worcs, WR10 1BG 01386 555488, The Paper Washi Wish Rabbit lives on the moon and he’s invited all of his friends to his birthday paper party. They play a game of hide and seek… but suddenly, Rabbit is nowhere to be found! Join Rabbit’s friends on an exciting adventure to find him, as they travel into a magical paper world full of surprises. Includes a free workshop. Suitable for children 3-5. Thursday 27th October – 11.00 am & 2.30 pm £6.50, 16 & under £5 Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch, Worcs, B98 8AE 01527 65203, James and the Giant Peach and The Fantastic Mr Fox Join James on his exhilarating journey as he enters the world of the ‘Giant Peach’ and begins an exciting adventure with his new friends including the giant grasshopper and ladybird. Meet the three meanest, scariest, nastiest farmers around: Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Our hero – Fantastic Mister Fox decides to teach these farmers a lesson and goes about his business stealing their goods. But has the cunning Fox taken it a step too far? Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th October 7.30 pm, Sat matinee 2.30 pm £10.00 (£7.50), Family ticket £30.00

The Nutcracker – The State Ballet Academy of Minsk The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the Prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a Kingdom made entirely of sweets. Sunday 30th October 7.00 pm £19.00, £17.50 Family ticket £63.00 The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR 01432 340555, Rapunzel A beautiful girl is locked in a high tower by a Wicked Witch all because her father couldn’t keep away from his neighbours’ vegetables! Is there a Prince brave enough to save this poor girl? A puppet show for all the family. Saturday 24th September 2.45 pm £7.50 (£6.50) Snail Tales – A Bird in your ear Families with children aged 3-11 years will enjoy magic-spinning storytellers on a journey through a creative world made for children, by the people who know them best – children! Saturday 8th October 2.45 pm £8.00 (£7.00) Shakespeare Schools Festival The UK’s largest youth drama festival comes to Hereford. Celebrate an evening’s entertainment with four youthful half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. This country wide project works alongside the National Theatre and the National Youth Theatre. Using teacher training, workshops and student performance, in a local professional theatre, the project challenges the idea that studying Shakespeare is difficult, dry or dull. Monday 10th October 7.00 pm £8.00 (£6.00) The Nutcracker – The State Ballet Academy of Minsk The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the Prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a Kingdom made entirely of sweets. Sunday 23rd October 2.30 and 7.30 pm £18.50, £17.50, £16.50 The Ugly Duckling Set on the banks of a magical river, brilliant storytelling, fantastic puppets and a delightful new musical score make this a must see show for little ones and their families. For ages 3+. Sunday 23rd October 2.45 pm £7.50 (£6.50)

September – October 2011

What’s On High School Rocks A high energy, foot stomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Glee! Tuesday 25th October 6.00 pm £15.00 (£14.00) Carnival Child Carnival Child’s magical powers are needed when she sees naughty Slithery the Snake in her Crystal Mirror trying to destroy the Rainforest. This lively and colourful production with over 80 puppets, also tells the history and power of Carnival using music from South America and the Caribbean. Saturday 29th October 2.45 pm £7.50 (£6.50) The Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED 01905 611427, Variety Show The Friends of the Swan Theatre present their annual fund raising Variety Show. Suitable for all the family. Friday 16th - Saturday 17th September 7.15 pm and 2.30 pm £10.00 (£5.00) Dippy Hippy Hare & The Pirates Join the eccentric Dippy Hippy Hare and his chums as they search for pirate treasure. Saturday 1st October 10.30 and 11.45 am £1.50

Ghost Walk An eerie evening’s walk when you will discover the haunting tales that are associated with the old mill and the Bordesley Abbey site. Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd October, Friday 28th – Saturday 29th October 7.00 pm £5.00 Pumpkin Carving Workshops Carve your own spooky design into a pumpkin lantern in this fun and messy workshop led by museum staff. Booking essential. Wednesday 26th October, 9.30 am, 12.00 noon and 2.30 pm £4.50 Commandery, 109 Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU 01905 361821, Halloween Suitable for children aged up to 12 years. Test your bravery throughout half term at the most haunted building in Worcester! Drop in for activities or book for the spooky Halloween night. Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October Don’t forget to say you saw the event listed in Families Hereford & Worcester magazine when you call!

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT 01905 25371, Exhibitions: Edwardian Elegance The Edwardian period was a golden age for Worcestershire with work from the county’s craftsmen gracing country houses, ocean liners and fine hotels. This exhibition celebrates these skills with beautiful artefacts from the museum collections of Worcestershire. Saturday 22nd October – Mid January 2012 Events: Big Draw – FREE Family Event Saturday 8th October 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Sticky Webs, Dancing Spiders, Batty Bats, Witch and Wizards Hats! Come along to the Art Gallery and Museum to make some deadly decorations just in time to thrill and spook your friends. Cost £4.50 per child, booking essential. Tuesday 25th October 10.30 am – 12.30 pm for 5 – 12 years Funny Bones Come along and create a larger than life ‘funny bones’ skeleton! His limbs will dance and he can have a toothy grin. Dress him up and take him home. A great family / team project Cost: £3.00 per skeleton, no booking required. Thursday 27th October 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

The Snow Queen – Ballet Theatre UK This spectacular production follows the story of Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kay, who has been placed under the Snow Queen’s evil spell. Her fantastic adventure takes her on a journey across the frozen north. Only Gerda’s love for Kay can release him from the spell and break the curse. Thursday 6th October 7.30 pm £15.00 (£11.00)

MUSEUMS Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcs, B60 4JR 01527 831363, International Talk Like a Pirate Day Children’s fun activities with a pirate theme. Sunday 18th September Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 1AT 01299 03573 Crafts in Practice – Meet all the museum’s crafts people Visit the open studios, see the crafts people at work and find out about traditional and contemporary crafts. Sunday 18th September 12.00 midday - 3.30 pm Crafts in Practice – Woodland Crafts Visit the open studios, see the crafts people at work and find out about traditional and contemporary crafts. Sunday 16th October 12.00 midday – 3.30 pm Autumn crafts Ring for details. Monday 25th – Sunday 31st October Forge Mill Needle Museum, Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, B98 8HY 01527 62509, Heritage Open Day To link in with the National English Heritage Open Days, this event includes displays from local historians and expert tours of Forge Mill. Saturday 10th September 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, Cost FREE September – October 2011


What’s On Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Nr Kidderminster, Worcs, DY11 7XZ 01299 250416, museum

Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP 01993 823006,


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Heritage Open Day Learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in your museum! Includes tours of stores and demonstrations of how the varied collections are cared for. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm Free

Wild Nights at the Park A VIP Tour of the Park after hours by the keepers. Friday 9th and Saturday 10th, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September

A Country Festival Traditional cider making, rural craft demonstrations and stalls, traditional dancing, falconry demos, local produce and much more. Sunday 16th October, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm Awesome Autumn – Holiday Activities Seasonal craft activities for this spooky time of year. Surround yourself with the mists and mystery of autumn, including pumpkin carving! Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th October, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm


Talk like a Pirate Weekend Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September Rhino Weekend Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September Wild Gardeners Walk Monday 5th - Fri 30th September Grandparents Day Sunday 2nd October Amazing Animal Week Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October Howl-o-ween! Saturday 22nd - Monday 31st October

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Hartlebury Castle Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, HR8 1RL 01531 633160, Summer Sunday Fun A normal public open day with a few fun things to try. A Zip wire across the Valley Lawn over 100m, nature and tree trails, traditional lawn games along with the regular attractions of Knights Maze, adventure playground & junior assault course and lakeside walk. Sunday 11th and Sunday 18th September Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Town Station, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster DY10 1QX 01562 827232, Open every weekend On the buses Superb display of historic commercial vehicles, Vintage bus rides and trade stands Sunday 18th September Take the Ghost Train Take an evening ‘Ghost Train’ if you dare for a thrilling ride out into the countryside from Kidderminster to Highley and return. Who knows what will happen next as you pass through the long dark tunnel and on through deserted stations (or are they?) in the dead of night! Saturday 22nd, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October 7.00 pm Halloween Specials A new event for families at Halloween! With ghostly goings on and spooky goody bags for the kids. Take a daytime Halloween train for a fun filled day out along the beautiful Severn Valley at the height of Autumn and when the trees are at their most colourful. Solve the puzzle and colour the pictures, you may even win a prize! Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October


Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9RS 01588 676060, www.shropshirehills Time Traveller Crafts during the Autumn half-term Have a go at carding wool, painting with natural pigment, design a shield, make a clay pot or cord. West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Kidderminster, DY12 1LF 01299 402114, Spooky Spectacular This is an event full of entertainment and ghoulishly good fun for half term. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and take part in a variety of hands on spooky activities and spooky animal encounters to celebrate the spookiest of seasons. Saturday 15th – Sunday 30th October

EVENTS NCT – National Childbirth Trust 0300 3300770 NEARLY NEW SALES Bromsgrove NCT Saturday 10th October 10.30 am – 12.00 midday at Methodist Church Centre, 19 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove B60 1AS Tel: 0844 243 6065 or email: Kidderminster NCT Saturday 1st October 11.00 am – 1.00 pm at Stourport High School, Minster Road, Stourport on Severn, DY13 8AX. Tel 0844 243 6178 or email: Malvern Hills NCT Sunday 9th October 1.00 – 3.00 pm at Dyson Perrins Sports College, Yates Hay Road, Malvern, WR14 1WD Tel: 0844 243 6201 or email September – October 2011

What’s On FIVE HAMLETS OF CLENT GUIDED WALK A relaxing ramble with an expert local guide. Sunday 30th October 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Tickets £2.00 BESOM BROOK MAKING Make your very own broom in time for Halloween. Sunday 30th October 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, Tickets £5.00 HALLOWEEN LANTERN WALK A haunting walk through the hills. Sunday 30th October 6.00 – 7.30 pm, Tickets £3.00 Croft Castle, Yarpole, nr Leominster, HR6 9PW Tel: 01568 780246 Cotswold Wildlife Park Redditch NCT Saturday 8th October 1.00 – 3.00 pm at Studley Village Hall, High Street, Studley, B80 7HG Tel: 0844 243 6248 or email: Vale of Evesham NCT Saturday 15th October 10.00 am – 12.00 midday at Sports Hall, Prince Henry’s High School, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, WR11 4QH Tel: 0844 243 6308 or email: Worcester & Droitwich NCT Sunday 25th September 10.15 am – 12.00 pm at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8DX Tel: 0844 243 6334 or email:

NATIONAL TRUST 0844 800 1895 Berrington Hall, nr Leominster, HR6 0DW Tel: 01568 615721 HERITAGE OPEN DAY An opportunity to explore Berrington free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Day. Saturday 10th September 10.00 am – 5.00 pm A FLIGHT IN THE PARK Come along to see kite enthusiasts flying a variety of kites. Bring along your own and join in the fun. Two for one entry for anyone bringing their own. Sunday 18th September 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

BERRINGTON FIREWORK DISPLAY Celebrate the start of the Winter season with a firework display. Sunday 30th October 6.00 pm Brockhampton Estate, Greenfields, Bringsty, Herefordshire, WR6 5TB Tel: 01885 488099 HERITAGE OPEN DAY An opportunity to explore Brockhampton free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Day. Saturday 10th September 11.00 am – 5.00 pm APPLE PRESSING DAY Celebrate National Apple Day, pressing apples from the orchards, sampling local juice and cider and apple-themed family activities. Saturday 22nd October 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

HALF TERM HALLOWEEN TRAILS Halloween trails around the gardens to keep the little ones entertained. Trails running all week inside the Castle and the gardens. Saturday 22nd October – Monday 31st October, 10.00 am – 5.30 pm HALLOWEEN Children in fancy dress get in free. Make a broomstick, follow the trail and have your face painted for Halloween – watch out for the ghosts and ghouls! Fun for the family. Sunday 30th October, 10.00 – 5.00 pm Croome Park, Croome D’Abitot, WR8 9DW Tel: 01905 371006 HERITAGE OPEN DAY Free entry and lots of fun. Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th September 10.00 am – 5.30 pm

THE CROFT CASTLE QUARRIES A guided walk through the beautiful Fishpool Valley to the summit of Croft Ambrey, a notable Iron Age Hill Fort. Enjoy breath taking views and learn how geological forces have moulded the landscape. Saturday 1st October 11.00 am – 3.00 pm

WALKING FESTIVAL AT CROOME Join in the national Walking Festival at Croome with walks to suit all ages and fitness. Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

FUNGI WALKS Learn about all the fungi in the woods. Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October, Wednesday 19th October Adult £5.00, child £2.50 (different times available)

SPOOKTACULAR CROOME! Have fun with Halloween trail and activities. Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm £2.50 trail

HALLOWEEN TRAIL Explore the spooky trail through the grounds. Saturday 22nd - Monday 31st October 11.00 am – 4.00 pm £2.00 per child MAKING BIRDFEEDERS Children can get creative by making their own birdfeeders. Tuesday 25th October 12.00 – 3.00 pm £2.50 per item Clent Hills, Nimmings Wood car park, between Hagley and Stourbridge, B62 0NL Tel: 01562 712822

APPLE WEEKEND Extensive range of apples, plus cider making demonstrations, food and craft stalls, children’s activities. Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd October 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

A RAMBLE ROUND THE CLENT HILLS Enjoy an invigorating walk through the stunning countryside of the Clent Hills. Take in panoramic vistas and find out more about local landmarks, wildlife and history along the way. Sunday 25th September, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

MAKING BIRDFEEDERS Children can get creative by making their own birdfeeders. Monday 24th October 12.00 – 3.00 pm £2.50 per item

FAMILY ADVENTURE WALK Bring your wellies for a fun-filled trek through the hills. Wednesday 26th October £2.00 Booking essential

September – October 2011

HERITAGE OPEN DAY Enjoy a free entry day and guided tours of the cellars and attics. Saturday 10th September 10.00 am – 5.30 pm

BIRDFEEDER MAKING Make your own birdfeeder. Wednesday 26th October, 12.00 – 3.00 pm, £2.50


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What’s On Hanbury Hall, School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich, WR9 7EA Tel: 01527 821214 HERITAGE OPEN DAY Free entry and lots of fun. Saturday 10th September 11.00 am – 5.00 pm THE GOLDEN YEAR – ‘CRAFT TIME’ The year is 1900 and Sir Harry and Lady Georgina are celebrating the harvest. Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th September 11.00 am – 4.30 pm APPLE DAY Purchase home-grown apples from the orchards and talk to the experts. Saturday 24th September 11.00 am – 4.00 pm THE GOLDEN YEAR – ‘CELEBRATION TIME’ The year is 1911 and Sir Harry and Lady Georgina are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Join the family to celebrate this occasion. Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th September 11.00 am – 4.30 pm A WALK THROUGH THE PARK Enjoy a walk through the park and soak up some glorious views across the Worcestershire countryside. Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October 11.30 am – 1.30 pm FAMILY ACTIVITY DAYS – AUTUMN ANTICS Enjoy a trail around the garden and hands on activities. Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th October 11.00 am – 4.30 pm £2.00 trail, £0.50 make and take HALLOWEEN ACTIVITY WEEKEND Enjoy themed hands-on activities, Hallowe’en trails and face painting per item £2.00 trail, 0.50 make and take, £2.50 face painting. Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October 11.00 am – 4.30 pm GHOST WALKS Go on a ghost walk around the park at Hanbury Hall and then up to Hanbury Church, and see if you meet any ghosts. £5.50 adult, £2.50 child. Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October (6 times available – please contact Hanbury) Booking essential The Greyfriars, Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2LZ Tel: 01905 23571 HERITAGE OPEN DAY Come along and enjoy the Greyfriars for free. Saturday 10th September 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

SPECIAL EVENTS, DAYS OUT AND FESTIVALS Malvern Autumn Show, Three Counties Show ground, Malvern, WR13 6NW After a long year there’s nothing better than enjoying the fruits of the harvest. A show for food and gardening lovers, the event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more. Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th September 9.00 am onwards Cost: £15.00 adult, £5.50 child, £33.50 Family ticket Peopleton Autumn Show, Village Hall, Peopleton, WR10 2EG A traditional village event, classic cars, falconry and owl displays, fruit and flower show, stalls, music and entertainment and licensed bar, food, games (all proceeds donated to the Peopleton Flood Alleviation Scheme, St Nicholas Church and Peopleton Village Trust) Saturday 10th September 12.00 – 6.00 pm, Cost: £3.00 adult, under 16s Free Snodfest, Upton Snodsbury Park, Cowsden Lane, Upton Snodsbury, WR7 4NZ Music Festival featuring 10 hours of live music, free workshops, bar, food, stalls, children’s activities. Saturday 24th September 12.00 – 10.30 pm, £12.00 adults, £6.00 6-17, under 5s FREE.

Tiny Adventurers at Uncllys Farm, Tanners Hill, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2LR A day of fun in the forest for little adventurers aged from 2 - 6! Bring a picnic and relax while your little ones play and learn! Thursday 15th September and Thursday 29th September 11.00 am – 1.00 pm £3.00 per child Booking essential on 01299 400686 or e-mail Fitness in the Park – Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester Worcestershire WR3 7AA Free Instruction on new gym equipment, tennis and table tennis, Line Dancing and Zumba, musicians, Childrens amusements and refreshments. Saturday 17th September 12.00 midday to 5.00 pm Evesham Pie & Ale Festival Market Square and Abbey Park, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4BG Evesham is hosting its first Pie and Ale Festival. Local food producers and award-winning local brewers, familyfriendly entertainment from Morris dancing and ferret racing to Punch and Judy and a circus skills workshop. From 5.00 pm onwards a selection of local bands will take to the stage. The usual Saturday Farmer’s Market will be taking place, as well as an arts and crafts fair in the Town Hall. Saturday 17th September 11.00 am onwards FREE

Making More of Market Days! Ledbury Market Place Herefordshire HR8 2AQ Capses is a highly original interactive puppet theatre show where the public are both the puppeteers & the audience, following directions and stories through headphones. Great fun for all ages to participate in, the short shows are well known traditional tales. Saturday 17th September 11.00 am – 2.00 pm Half term fun for kids at Webbs, Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich Spa Worcestershire WR9 0DG Pumpkin scooping, riverside ramble, face painting and children’s fair rides. Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Flamenco classes If you fancy trying flamenco dancing then why not telephone Karina Gracia for more information. All are welcome from children to adults, beginners and improvers in Mathon, Malvern on Saturdays. Dates are 10th September, 1st October, 5th November, 3rd December. For more information call 01823 674157 or email .

The Vale of Evesham Autumn Show, Moyfield Riding School, South Littleton, Evesham Horse, cattle and sheep classes, dog show. Raise funds for various charities. Sunday 11th September 9.30 am – 5.00 pm www.valeofevesham Ride and Stride A sponsored walk or bike ride between churches. Ride + Stride is ideal for the young and old and you can choose your own routes. Most churches will be offering a variety of snacks and drinks, from home-made cakes to fresh garden produce. All money raised will go towards restoring and protecting your favourite church across the county. Wildplay Day at Moccas Park, Moccas, Herefordshire HR2 9LH Grab a picnic and come to Moccas Park for a day of family wildlife fun! Pond dip, bug hunt, get all arty and meet the Old Man of Moccas! Saturday 15th October 10.00 am – 12.00 midday and 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm £3.00 per child Booking essential on 01299 400686 or e-mail

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Families Hereford & Worcester Sept/Oct 2011  

Familis Hereford & Worcester issue 11 Sept/Oct 2011