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

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Issue No 15 May/June 2012

Time to Party

Dear readers In this issue we have a fantastic Children’s Party feature (pages 12-17) to ensure your party goes with a bang! We have compiled a huge list of local party suppliers, entertainers, venues and themed parties to give you loads of ideas on holding the best party ever. Please don’t forget to mention Families Hereford and Worcester when you contact them. Picture courtesy of

Editor’s Letter

News & Views

You could win one of five fantastic family games bundles from Mattel. Worth over £100, each prize is bursting with brilliant board games (inc Pictionary, Uno, Angry Birds board game, Scrabble and Chameleon Crunch) that are super-fast to set up and play so they can fit into the busiest family’s lives. Visit to complete our Families survey and be in with a chance of winning. Finally if you would like to advertise your summer holiday clubs/classes/workshops then please do get in touch. Copy deadline is Monday 11th June for the Jul/Aug issue.

Lighting the way to London 2012 On 18 May, the Olympic Torch Relay will start with a 70-day celebration that will travel thousands of miles to bring the London 2012 Games to hundreds of communities across the UK. The Olympic Flame will be lit on 10 May in Olympia, Greece and will embark on an 8 day relay around Greece before arriving at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens for the official Olympic Flame handover ceremony. Lighting the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium signifies the beginning of the games and the flame will stay lit until the closing ceremony on 12 August. For the first time in Olympic history, Britain will be the first country to hold a torch relay completely within the UK. The Olympic Torch Relay will be a fantastic spectacular, a chance to celebrate your community and showcase it to the world. The Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK and can be viewed in full at . Enter your postcode in the search box to find out where and when the Flame will be near you.

Karen Craven (local Mum of 3, Step Mum to 2 plus Adoptive Mum to Salsa our retriever)

Editor, Families Hereford and Worcester Contact details: Tel: 01386 791422 Mob: 07981 564053 email:

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Would you walk 10km by 10pm for Marie Curie Cancer Care? On Saturdays 18th August at Croft Castle and 25th August at Croome Park, Marie Curie Cancer Care is holding both local Walk Ten events. Both walks start at 7pm and when you’ve finished you can enjoy a twilight picnic under the stars whilst enjoying entertainment until 10pm. Fireworks will then mark the time when nurses across the UK are starting their shifts caring for terminally ill patients in their own homes, completely free of charge. It only costs £10 to enter, and children under 16yrs go free – so sign up today at or call 08700 340 040 for more information. It only costs £20 an hour for a Marie Curie Cancer Care nurse to care for a patient when they need it most, so any sponsorship that you raise will provide much needed nursing care in the local area.

Choose the Right Estate Agents to sell or let your home Right Estate Agents in Bromsgrove is a brand new family run business set up by Lee and Rachel Guest and their team Claire, Alison and Ann who between them have years of experience in sales and lettings. Lee, local father of three, first set up Guest Independent Mortgage Advice in 2004 and recently decided to buy the Bromsgrove franchise for Right Estate Agents and Right Letting Agents to offer homeowners and landlords huge savings in selling or letting their homes.

National Trust launches ’50 things’ The National Trust has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage sofabound children to take to the outdoors and enjoy classic adventures from skimming stones to building dens. ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4’ is an interactive checklist of the best things to do in the great outdoors – complete with rewards and games on the way. Sign up to to let the virtual Outdoors Explorer help motivate your kids to get outdoors. Children earn rewards to help them personalise their own virtual explorer by completing each of the 50 adventures. The website give you tips on how to get better at these adventures and there’s even a few games and a special explorer medal (and secret reward) for the best explorers.

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Walk Ten – Croome Park or Croft Castle for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Lee says “We offer all the services of traditional estate agents at a fraction of the cost as we have much lower overheads. It has been proven that most buyers find their property on internet portals (Rightmove, Zoopla etc) so therefore we have no need for expensive offices. Similarly, it has been proven that few people find their property in the local paper so we won’t spend loads on newspaper advertising costs. Lower overheads therefore mean that a large saving is passed onto the seller. We can also offer a free 19 page marketing report. In addition to all of the traditional methods to sell your home we utilise modern trends and technology including youtube, facebook, twitter, mobile apps to sell your house”. Right Estate Agents also have an exclusive affiliation with Abigail Hall ( who is an expert at styling properties in order to sell them quickly and for the best price. This involves looking at properties from a buyers’ perspective; removing lifestyle clutter, arranging furniture to demonstrate maximum use of space and introducing specific styling techniques to present the property (inside and out) to the highest standard in order to attract the highest asking price in the shortest possible selling time. For more information call 01527 956123 or visit

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News & Views Brand new Futsal classes start in Worcester Futsal has been billed as the ‘new’ football. Brand new classes began in April at Kings Hawford in Worcester. A free taster session is offered if children would like to try it out first. It is the fastest growing sport in the UK and is the only small football-based game endorsed by the FA. The game is skill based and children have far more ball time than traditional football. Courses can be booked online at and cost only £4.50 p/session.

Happy Steps present Acorn’s Children’s Hospice with £2,000 Over 250 dancers from 2 yrs to adult performed Dance to the Colours of the Rainbow at The Swan Theatre, Worcester in March. The successful show included a mixture of Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary including two professional entertainers, Lainey King and Martyn Dominique. Over the past five years Happy Steps has donated over £6,000 to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Debbie Harding, owner of Happy Steps, says “I am a mum of three and consider myself very lucky to have three healthy children. I like to think that my business can help children and their families at the Hospice”. Happy Steps runs classes for pre-school children throughout the week and older children after school. Adult classes are held in the evenings, so parents can have a go too. For more information visit

Jo Jingles is back in town! Jo Jingles, the UK’s leading pre-school music and movement group has relaunched in Droitwich and Worcester. Mum of two, Rachael Parsons is delighted to be joining the company and says “I have seen the wonderful effect of music on my own children’s development and am excited to be bringing the fun and energy of Jo Jingles back to Droitwich and Worcester”. Jo Jingles classes are fun & educational, structured according to age and introduce different educational themes each week. The aim is to give toddlers a fun introduction to music through the use of songs, nursery rhymes, percussion instruments, movement and dance, sound games & stories. As a special launch offer Rachael is offering the first three classes for £10. Please mention “Families” when booking. Contact Rachael on 07792 131285 or email

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Ed’s Reading Room Hi kids, parents, grandparents, teachers – and book lovers everywhere! I‛m Ed and here is my early Summer book selection for you to enjoy. The books are all available online from Ed‛s Reading Room at Ed’s Reading Room is an exciting free online book and story club for primary children in homes and schools. Each month, recently published books are selected as Ed’s Books of the Month for Owlets (age 5-7) and Owls (over 7s). On the website, there are fun literacy activities to accompany each book, including wordsearches, quizzes, poetry and reviews, and there are new original stories in Edtime Stories. There are also lots of other fun online activities, complementary to the curriculum. Check out Ed’s Archive for Ed’s Books of the Month from previous months.



Bar Barney the Boat Dog: Fa Fairground Surprise by Linda Newbery Lin (Usborne Publishing £4.99) (U ED SAYS: ‘Barney loves living on Jim narrowboat and he particularly Jim’s enjoys it when Jim’s young grandson en is staying with them. Freddie is hoping to buy his grandfather a h surprise birthday present but he is s horrified when his piggy bank with h all a his savings falls into the canal. He tries to rescue it but things really t start to go wrong and Ba Barney realises it is time for him to try and sort things out. ‘This is a warm-hearted adventure in this lovely series. It is about fun, loyalty and friends and is ideal for newly-confident young readers.’

My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster by Timothy Knapman (Simon and Schuster £4.99)

Boobela and Worm to the Rescue by Joe Friedman R ((Orion Children’s Books £7.99) E ED SAYS: ‘Boobela is a young giant w whose life changed when she met Worm. Boobela has to rescue her parents who B hhave been taken prisoner in the Dabushta Jungle. She and Worm make D tthe dangerous journey in a hot-air bballoon, on a surfboard and a raft. They ccome across wild jungle animals, make nnew friends and have many adventures on th the way. B Butt can th they d deal with the dangerous Ralo? And will they be able to complete their quest? ‘This book is beautifully written and has amazing illustrations throughout. The unique characters and unusual storyline make for a truly memorable read.’

Titanic: Death on the Water by Tom and Tony Bradman (A & C Black £5.99)

ED SAYS: ‘Wally is a fairly regular young boy with a very unusual uncle. Uncle Foulpest’s name is rather odd but the really odd thing is that he is an ogre and that makes Wally’s life far from regular! Wally becomes ill but is desperate to go to Tommy’s party, so Foulpest comes up with a cure – but as usual things don’t go to plan. And when Wally’s class goes on an outing he hopes Foulpest isn’t going to be there. But…you’ve guessed it. Foulpest is there in the middle of all the fun!

ED SAYS: ‘Billy is working in the shipyard on the giant ship Titanic. It is a dangerous life but Billy manages to find work on this floating city rather than in the dockyard. However even when Titanic sets off on its maiden voyage it is not all plain sailing for Billy as he has to avoid the taunts and bullying of a mean young colleague. Of course things become really dangerous when they hit the famous mous iceberg and Billy has to discover just how brave he is.

‘This is a hilarious book with fantastic illustrations. It has two laugh-out-loud stories about these wonderful characters and will be enjoyed by boys and girls alike.’

‘The well-known story of the sinking of Titanic has been complemented here by the fictional creation of Billy. It is a brilliantly written book and is a real page-turner.’

Ed’s Reading Room is part of, a DTI award-winning website. It was created by Maggie Humphreys, a teacher of more than 25 years, and Les Snowdon, who together are authors of several books on fitness walking and healthy eating. You are very welcome to contact Maggie on 01753 730019 or by email at about the website or about Ed on the Web Spelling Bees in schools. May – June 2012


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Supercamps For our children the holidays mean less nagging to get homework done, a change from the school routine and an opportunity to do something different. For parents, the feeling is often more of dread than excitement; juggling commitments as the perfect yin and yang for family and working life is sought. But it’s not as impossible as it sounds. Super Camps – England’s largest provider of holiday childcare based at some of the finest schools in the UK are launching more activities and sites this year at even more competitive rates and most importantly – greater flexibility. “We understand that being a working parent is not easy at the best of times and we’ve made it our mission to make life a little easier by providing quality, safe and most importantly, fun holiday childcare for children ages 4-16,” said Super Camps Managing Director, Mark Vingoe. The ever popular RAW Camp, as advocated by legendary TV explorer, Benedict Allen, is back with new tasks including Trap Making, Advanced Navigation Skills and Wilderness First Aid – all vital skills for everyday life in or out of the jungle! For those seeking something more creative, A Passion For…. five day workshops are available. Budding performers can tread the boards whilst for all young divas – the Popstars Academy. Aspiring chefs can also add to their culinary skills and creatives can flourish through the exploration of sculpture, painting, collage and mosaic offered in the Arts courses. New courses at some venues this year include training to be a secret agent or solving crimes as a top sleuth. The Junior Sports Leadership Award is open to children aged 14-16 that offers a qualification on completion. So far – it’s all looking good for our children – but how will it all fit in with working life? Easily done! There are optional extended hours from 8am until 6pm; competitive prices for individual day or lengthier courses. New for this year is a “parent portal” allowing bookings and amendments at any time of the day or night. Providing spaces are available – parents can make the most of the special flexi-change policy. Book now at or call 01235 832222.

Scholarship Successes at Moffats Three pupils at Moffats School have recently won scholarships to senior schools. A one stop shop for Information, Advice, Guidance and Support for Training Providers, Employers, Schools, Learners and Parents within the work based learning sector.

Secure the future of your children today and offer them the opportunity to ‘Meet the Apprentice!’ In partnership with Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire Providers Association we are proud to announce the launch of the brand new ‘Meet the Apprentice’ and ‘Apprenticeships Made Easy’ workshops. Designed to enable year 11 students to experience a working environment, meet other young people already undertaking an Apprenticeship and obtain a true picture of what is really involved with the Apprenticeship programme. So, if your children are unsure of which path to take on the road to employment book a ‘Meet the Apprentice’ workshop today and help them make the right decision.

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Fabiola Koenig (12) has just heard that she has been awarded the prestigious J.F. Roxburgh l-r: Fabiola Koenig, Saskia Frisby and Emily Engleheart All-Rounder and Music scholarship to Stowe School after 6 years at Moffats; Emily Engleheart (12), a Moffats pupil since the age of 3, won an Academic and Music scholarship to Concord College; and head prefect Saskia Frisby, of Highley, has won an Academic scholarship to King’s, Worcester. “All three girls have worked very hard to win these awards, which recognise their outstanding ability; but they have also continued to be fully involved in all the rest of their varied school activities, which is so important, as real life is not just about exams,” said Mark Daborn, Headmaster.

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Education The Magic Eight A Worcester Prep School has extended an incredible record at the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival by winning a choir competition a staggering eight times in a row. The Senior Choir at RGS The Grange fought off stiff competition to be crowned the winners at the annual event. The choir received a distinction from the adjudicator David Lawson for their performances of ‘The Lily and the Rose’ and ‘Circles of Motion’ by Bob Chilcott. Mr Lawson commented: “This was a very expressive and successful performance of some very difficult songs, well done.” Michelle Corrie, Head of Music at the school was so proud of the choir’s achievement and said: “It is all down to the children’s hard work and dedication, especially as they have also been preparing to sing as part of RGS Worcester’s Choral Concert at Worcester Cathedral next week.” RGS The Grange has a proud history of musical success and their choirs have been going from strength to strength. With the aim of taking part in more competitions, the choir certainly has a bright future ahead.

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Inkberrow First School Children aged 4 to 9 years old at Inkberrow First School were sponsored to take part in the ‘Team Super Schools’ Challenge on Tuesday 28th February 2012. Each child had to complete a circuit of high energy activities in the build up to the 2012 London Olympics. The highlight of this special morning was a visit from top high jumper Tom Parsons who is currently in training for the Games and hopes to quality for the British team. The children were delighted to have the opportunity to meet Tom who shared his experiences of the Beijing Olympics and answered their questions. Each child had their photograph taken with Tom and many brought in their autograph books for him to sign. They are now looking forward to following his progress towards the Games and keeping fingers crossed for a medal.

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Bank Holiday Family Activity Days are the perfect opportunity for families that want to try a bit of everything – whether it’s land challenges or water sports – Upton Warren has something to keep everyone entertained over the Spring Bank Holidays in May and June. And the Weekend Club, for young people aged 8 – 18, offers introductory sessions in poles climbing, sailing, archery, canoeing, raft building and wind surfing for just £10 a session! Children must be at least 8 years old to take part in all activities and all sessions are dependent on numbers so advance booking is essential. Please visit the Family Friendly Events section at, call 01527 861426 or email for more details.

Book Review by Karen Craven My son Daniel, aged 4, and I received The Moca-do-poo Bird book to review recently. It is a lovely book about Sam and Daisy who go on a journey to the fantasy land of the Home Stream where they meet the Moca-dopoo bird and his enchanting friends. Written by Alasdair Adie, a parent himself, this is an ideal bedtime story separated into easy to read chapters so you can read a chapter or two per night. Alasdair says “I’d always wanted to write a book and I have very strong and positive memories of being read to as a child at bed time. I decided that I wanted to write a nostalgic but current children’s story, specifically designed to be read aloud to your toddler at bed time”. My son really likes this book. He laughs so much when I do the voice of the Moco-do-poo bird lisping. I would thoroughly recommend to any parent with young children. To advertise in future issues of Families Hereford and Worcester please call Karen on 01386 791422

Exam boards get tough Finally, exam boards are listening to the cries of parents and teachers that GCSEs are becoming too easy! The exams regulator, Ofqual, has announced that it will be making changes to GCSEs in English literature, maths, history and geography, tightening them up and ensuring students study the whole curriculum. This comes amid concerns that pupils are only studying topics likely to come up in exams, rather than the entire course. “We are tightening GCSEs in these key subjects to make sure students cover the whole curriculum,” says Ofqual chief executive Glenys Stacey. “We want our young people to have the best possible educational experience, with qualifications that prepare them for the future. The exam boards have welcomed this steer from the regulator and are to look again at these qualifications and how the rules are interpreted to make sure that young people taking them have to study an appropriate range and depth of the subject.” This spring’s announcement is part of a move away from teaching to the exam and to encourage wider study. Changes to GCSE geography will be introduced for teaching from this September, with maths from November and history and English literature papers from September 2013. “It is vital confidence is restored in the exams system,” added a Department for Education spokesman. “We are committed to raising standards for all pupils and are pleased Ofqual is taking action to ensure that GCSEs in these subjects are more challenging.” May – June 2012

Education SCHOOLS’ OPEN DAYS BROMSGROVE PRE-PREPARATORY AND NURSERY SCHOOL Co-ed 2 - 7 Saturday 12th May 10.00 – 11.30 am 01527 579679 or email DODDERHILL Co-ed 8 weeks - 3 years, co-ed 3 - 7 and girls 8 - 16 Thursday 17th May 01905 778290 or email KING’S HAWFORD Co-ed 2 - 11 Saturday 16th June Open Morning 9.30 am – 12.30 pm 01905 451292 or email

MOFFATS Co-ed 4 - 13 Saturday 19th May 9.30 am - 12.30 pm 01299 841230 or email: RGS SPRINGFIELD Co-ed 21/2 - 11 Saturday 19th May 10.00 am - 1.00 pm 01905 24999 or email: RGS THE GRANGE Co-ed 21/2 - 11 Saturday 12th May 9.30 am -12.30 01905 451205 or email:

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KING’S ST ALBAN’S Co-ed 4 - 11 Tuesday 22nd May Reception Open Afternoon 2.00 – 3.00 pm Booking essential 01905 354906 or email

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Education New checks for children Following on from a pilot scheme last year, new phonics tests are to be introduced to all Year 1 pupils this summer. The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short assessment to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard, and will apply to all Year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and Free Schools. The test will take place between 18 and 22 June 2012, with the aim of identifying children who need extra help and who can then be given support by their school to improve their reading skills. According to the Department of Education, the check will comprise a list of 40 words and non-words or nonsense words, which a child will read one-to-one with a teacher. Half of the words cover phonics skills that tend to be learnt in Reception, while the other half are based on Year 1 phonics skills. Word from the DfE is that the tests will not be daunting, but are merely there to check that children at the end of Year 1 have the foundations they need to learn to read, such as skills for blending sounds into words and the phonic knowledge of recognising the sounds for basic letters and letter combinations. Find out more at schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/phonics.

Parents invited to ‘Ask the Expert’ ahead of the first Year 1 phonics screening check During the week of 18th June, all six-year-olds across England will experience the first ever phonics screening check – a government initiative intended to ensure children are on track with learning to read. With studies1 showing that parental involvement has the biggest impact on a child’s educational achievements, many parents will be looking for ways to help their child prepare for the check. To support these parents, Oxford University Press is launching ‘Ask the Expert’; a week-long live online Q&A session with phonics expert, Laura Sharp. Laura will be online between the hours of 7pm and 10pm from Monday 21st to Friday 25th May to offer tips and advice on how parents can support their children with learning phonics. Parents are invited to ‘Ask the Expert’ by posting questions to the Facebook group where the Q&A will be held ( oxfordowl). Parents can also follow the conversation live on the Facebook group. In the meantime, parents can also visit for more phonics resources and advice – such as videos from Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, and a range of interactive free eBooks. The Facebook ‘Ask the Expert’ session is the second part of a parental support campaign that started with the nationwide launch of ‘My Phonics Kit’ – an activity pack for parents to use with their Year 1 child, which features familiar characters Biff, Chip and Kipper from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme used in 80% of primary schools. It combines phonics decoding practice with engaging stories and interactive features – making learning to read a fun and exciting journey. Laura is an independent phonics advisor who has been working with Oxford University Press since Autumn 2011 on the development of ‘My Phonics Kit’.


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Birthday Traditions – 12 ways to create magical moments Inexpensive and clever ways to make the most of a child’s birthday by creating some fun traditions to make a child’s birthday a special day to remember By Elisabeth Dolton Think of your child’s birthday and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? What are we going to do this year? Whatever you think, instead of racking your brains thinking for the latest party ideas, what about actually doing some things the same as you did last year? Build simple birthday traditions that you all know about, look forward to, and that create memories that last a lifetime. This is the stuff of magic moments! We have collected 12 fabulous traditions that can make your children’s birthdays special every year.


Big-Day Countdown Make the approach to their birthday important. Hang a garland of seven envelopes, each with a small daily goodie, leading up to the grand finale.


Decorate and Titivate The night before your child’s birthday sneak into their room and decorate it with a special sign wishing them a Happy Birthday. Blow up balloons and put birthday wishes all over the house.


Bake a cake Make a birthday cake instead of buying one. Your child will appreciate even a simple cake made from a mix. Get your child to pick out what they want their birthday cake to look like, a rocket, princess castle, favourite animal, etc.

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Have a special meal Have breakfast in bed awakened by the whole family singing happy birthday. Create a beautiful tea party to enjoy the finger sandwiches and tea. Let the birthday child pick the dinner menu however crazy their wishes. Have a ‘birthday’ plate Have a special plate that each child uses for meals on their birthday. The same could be done for a birthday eggcup, a special seat at the table, or hat they have to wear all day. May – June 2012

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Opening presents Hide presents around the house and provide clues to help your child find them. Follow a ribbon to their first gift, or unroll string all around the house that take them to their presents. Celebrate them growing up Create a photo banner of your child’s annual photographs. Take a family photo on the same settee every year put them in a scrapbook that you add to every year. Ask them their favourite colour, ice-cream, hobby, etc., note them down and do this on every birthday. Capture the moment Get out the camcorder and interview your child about the special things they have done that year, include props like their award-winning science project that year, their sports trophies, the selfportrait they did of themselves, etc. Special family events Do the same walk every year, have dinner at the same place, go sledging, have a picnic on the beach. Do activities that are typical of what you are like as a family, e.g. if you are a musical family, hold a concert, if you are outdoorsy plan a boat trip. Annual additions Plant a tree or flowers that bloom annually around your child’s birthday. Ask grandparents to add to a charm bracelet or commemorative coin collection each year. Tell a Tale Let the birthday child stay up a little later after the other children have gone to bed and tell them about the day they were born, and how you felt when they arrived. Remind them of how special they are A simple way is to give each member of the family a birthday candle, then pass around a small dessert. Each person puts in their candle and tells the birthday girl/boy something they love about them. They pass the dessert to the next person, who does the same until everyone has added their candle, light the candles and sing Happy Birthday.

Constance Wallace

At Constance Wallace we offer a selection of services and hand crafted items for the quintessentially English homemaker. • China and accessories Hire Service • The complete afternoon tea party (including catering) delivery service • Vintage party plan • Individually made home accessories and vintage china and linen for sale Our complete vintage tea party is the ultimate quintessentially teatime experience, suitable and adaptable for all occasions and is delivered to you wherever you are. We are based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. For more information tel: 01527 540111 or email

8 ideas for low cost going home gifts Great parties don’t have to end with expensive loot bags. Here’s 8 simple ways to end the party in style without stretching the budget.

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Brown paper bags with the child’s name in big writing and decorated with stickers are very effective. Bake cookies or other treats and package them in cellophane tied with ribbon. Let the birthday person create their own toys using clay, paint, beads and buttons. Get cardboard picture frames and slip in a note about where the party pictures have been uploaded online. Do something arty during the party and let the guests take their handiwork home - cheap plates or bowls can be decorated with ceramic paint, a strip of wood decorated with their initial, etc. To last a little longer, give seeds to plant in the garden or a cookie cutter that’s related to the party theme. Buy enough bouncy balls for each guest, scatter them about your lawn before the party. The balls are a great decoration and each guest gets to take one home. Print off free colouring sheets of favourite characters from the internet, and burn a CD of the birthday person’s favourite songs.

May – June 2012

A FANTASTIC party venue! Parties last one and a half hours with an hour of craft activity and half an hour for your food, which you provide. Choose from:

* Enamel jewellery making * Teddy bear making * Pottery painting * Soap making * Decopatch

We lead the craft activity and clear up afterwards! Inclusive prices range from £11–£16 per party goer 3b Stoke Road, Bromsgrove, B60 3EQ

We can also bring everything you need for a teddy bear or pottery painting party to you!

Call 01527 873866 for more details!


Children’s Parties


Girls Pamper Parties! Age 3 + Dressing up, Nail art, Karaoke, Jewellery and magic wand making, Foot spas, Chocolate fountains and more!! Very competitive prices. Contact the pamper fairy to get a party tailored to you!


Angies Animal Antics is run by Angie a mother of two, so she knows just what children will love! For the last 8 years Angie has visited schools, children’s nurseries, clubs, fetes, nursing homes and most of all birthday parties. It’s up to you which animals you would like to meet – jungle animals, creepy crawlies, the cute and cuddly animals or a bit of everything. A variety of workshops also available for school visits. Angie on 0845 4309281 Animalmania – specialise in animal parties, face painting, teddy bear picnics, princess and pamper parties and more. John or Carla on 01905 757136 Animal Encounters – Parties, school talks, birds of prey, reptiles and small mammals. Trevor on 01885 410768 Life in the Rainforest Children’s Parties – rainforest parties with spiders, insects, snakes, frogs. Paul on 01386 49747 Party Ponies – offer mobile pony rides at your party or event. The sweet natured and well-groomed ponies are suitable for children aged 2-12 and will bring smiles to their faces and leave lasting memories of happiness and enjoyment, laughter and fun. They bring quiet ponies, experienced adult handlers and provide riding hats including a rosette for each rider. Tracey on 01527 574199

Arts and Crafts

Honeybourne Pottery Birthday Parties: • Potters Wheel • Clay Modelling • Ceramic Painting

Tel.: 01386 832855

Messy Monsters – Art and craft activity themed parties from pirates to princess, transport to sport, space to sea. Liz on 07584 422 443 Sam on 07813 670 618 Mosaics – Children love arts and crafts and a mosaic party will keep them happily occupied while they make a mosaic coaster to take home. They will come to your home or alternative party location and complete a mosaic coaster with each child. Staff will supervise the activity and bring with them all the items needed for completing the activities including table covering, hand wipes, take away bags, labels and plastic aprons. The coaster is made of MDF, the tiles are glass and come in approx 15-20 colours. No cutting is required. The glue is PVA which is washable and non toxic. 01299 828374

Character Mascot Hire

TLR Mascots – Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam lookalikes to appear at your child’s party. 01905 840932 uk


Bluebell Bakehouse – children’s baking parties, baking days, cupcakes for all occasions. email


Red Hen Cookery Parties – fun cookery courses and cookery parties for children and adults of any age. Naz on 01684 564776 The Little Cupcake Bakery – cupcake school, children’s cupcaking decorating parties, cupcakes for all occasions. Lynne on 01527 836825

Face Painting and Make Up

Funky Faces face painting and My Little Makeover Party – offer a broad range of exciting parties to choose from, parties that will be remembered and treasured forever. They are very experienced with birthday parties, promotional days, store openings, celebrations, weddings, christenings, nurseries, playgroups, schools, family fun days, Easter, Halloween, Christmas events, fancy dress parties and festivals... guaranteed to add fun and colour to your event, children of all ages love having their face painted! Jane on 01905 763362 or Jo 07967 483878 Glitz n Giggles – is a children’s pamper and entertainment party business. They specialise in girls parties using foot spas, dressing up clothes, promoting natural beauty rather than makeup by cleansing and moisturising, making jewellery, chocolate fountains and karaoke machines and nail art. They do parties for children aged 3+ up to prom age! Debbie on 07817 704933 Jenny’s Pampering – offer pamper parties and mini makeover parties for adults and children. Jenny on 07818 194737 The Daisy Face Company – facepainting and glitter tattoo parties for boys and girls. Karole on 07886 317051

Ghost walk

Children’s Ghost Walk – is ideal for birthday parties/special occasions and private bookings are available. 01905 611427


Go-Kart Party – indoor or outdoor go-kart parties at numerous parties around the area. Stewart or Sarah on 01905 612141 AKS Karting – Indoor junior go-kart parties for children aged 8-14 yrs. Party food can be provided. 01905 352200


Beadiboppers – Children and adult jewellery making parties. Sam on 07738 127709 or email Pink Gecko Bead Company – Create your own unique jewellery whilst having fun with your friends. You will have a fabulous choice of beads to use and your guests take their beautiful jewellery home in pretty pouches, so no need for party bags. Up to 2 hours of supervised creativity in the comfort of your own home. Mel on 07969 059365 or email May – June 2012

We have made every effort to ensure our listings are accurate and up-to-date. However, we cannot be held responsible for any unintentional errors.

Model Parties

Wannabe Workshops – a unique party business doing modelling parties and workshops for all ages perfect for the age of 6+. Jeanne on 07593 991960

Music and Movement

Jo Jingles – Music, Singing and Movement birthday parties. Tailored programmes specific to the birthday child to make their day truly memorable. Play instruments, sing songs, party games and move and dance to music of your child’s choice. Special promotional deals available. Rachael on 07792 131285 Little Giggles – children’s entertainer specialising in popular music and movement parties where children are encouraged to get involved. Nikki on 07568 061192 Tumble Tots – Two hours of Tumble Tots parties – climbing, balancing, rolling, tummy surfing, singing and parachute fun! Why not hire Tumble Tots to come and run parties for your child’s birthday? This is a great way of entertaining a lively bunch of children with lots of physical activity. All you need to do is to hire a suitable hall and organise the food, and they will do all the rest, including invitations, name stickers for the children and birthday card, sticker and balloon for the birthday child. Lynne on 07818 556426

Party within a Party

Baby Sensory – run baby parties that are specifically designed to meet your requirements in your own home or at a venue of your choice. Parties are suitable for any occasion for babies up to the age of 13 months (approx) when parents and babies are coming together for a celebration. Parties for Birthdays, Christmas Parties, Groups of parents and babies attending a wedding, Christenings and Naming Ceremonies. Whatever your event, Baby Sensory can help to make the occasion even more special. Abeer on 07896 977465 or email

Children’s Parties

Ciccionas – have many years of experience to help your party or event run smoothly. Children are a pleasure to see at a Wedding or event but they have limited patience and no volume controls! Their friendly team of highly experienced and qualified Nannies will step in when required to entertain the children with an assortment of equipment including Fancy dress, toys and mess free arts and crafts. They meet or exceed the Ofsted requirement to ensure peace of mind for parents and happy children. Sarah on 01886 821188 Noodle Doodles – a mobile party/ entertainment business, that will come to your home, school or venue arranging games and activities or just set up the equipment for you and your guests to enjoy. Emma on 01527 518606


Green Frog Pottery – Several different painting pottery party packages. Carrie on 01684 561778 Honeybourne Pottery – Children’s parties and Holiday fun. A Birthday Party with a difference – an opportunity to create works of art from clay. Mix and match activities to suit the most creative of partygoers – potter’s wheel, clay modelling and ceramic painting. Holiday fun-make your own pot on the potter’s wheel and paint a vase, money box or fish to take home. Paul or Kath on 01386 832855 Jets Pottery Painting – Call in at JETS Craft Café for some crafty inspiration. As well as pottery painting parties, they offer decopatch (decorating using colourful papers and glue), enamelling, teddy bear and soap making parties. Bring your own food and birthday cake, they’ll provide the craft activity and clean up afterwards, leaving you time to enjoy the party! Alternatively, they can bring pottery painting or teddy bear making to you. Sandra on 01527 873866


Phoenix Scalextric – a huge 150 ft track with 6 lanes. Birthday, family parties and special events catered for from age 6 onwards. Jon on 07949 656577


Aztec Watersports – A variety of party packages inc kayaking, canoeing, pedal boats, raft building, windsurfing and sailing. Craig or Mark on 01386 860013 FDC Sport – Two hours of fun football parties in Redditch inc prizes, medals, invitations. 01527 585407 Football First – Football Parties. Does your child love football? Then how about a football party by Football First which is run by primary school teachers who provide quality football parties for girls and boys from 4-13 years old. Booking in advance is essential due to high demand. For more information please get in contact with Mike on 07825 772031 or Football Fledglings – Indoor and outdoor football parties from 2 years of age and taylor made to the child’s capabilities. Allan on 01531 636563 KO Sport – need help with a kids sports or dance party? Enthusiastic coaches will take your guests through a whirlwind of fun, games and competitions providing your child and their guests with a memorable party. All equipment provided; event fully supervised; even a gift for the birthday child. A worry-free experience for the parents! Kate on 01905 840396 Marksman Leisure – “The Combat game with a Difference” parties for age groups 7 to 107, this Laser Tag activity provides fun for all ages. All sessions are booked in advance so as to give you exclusive gaming. 10 Players up to a maximum of 20 Players per session. Refreshments are available. Parents & Guardians are welcome to view or just chill out. Woodland Laser-Tag sessions are for 90 minutes. During this time the group will play at least three games. After the gaming why not bring your own picnic and use the centre for a further 30 minutes. Mark on 01527 575141 Redditch Golf Academy – Children’s Parties inc games, balls, coaching, party room. 01386 793053 or email Rugby Tots – play and party games for children 2-5 years with a number of different options available. Tel 0845 313 3242

Win a Mosaic Party in a Box! Mosaic Parties offer a party service, but for those who prefer to organise the party themselves, Mosaic Parties can tailor make a party in a box for you. If you advise them of the number of guests, they will complete a box with the appropriate amount of supplies for your guests to make mosaic coasters. It comes complete with take away bags, aprons, instructions and all materials. Order online at We are giving away one Mosaic Party in a Box for 10 persons this month to one lucky Families reader. Send your name, full postal address and tel no to and a winner will be picked at random. May – June 2012


Children’s Parties To advertise in future issues of Families Hereford and Worcester please call Karen on 01386 791422

Football First Soccer School

is run by primary school teachers and provides safe, fun holiday care for girls and boys of all abilities from 4-13 years old during all the school holidays.

We also run football parties for up to 30 children

Call now for more info Mob: 07825772031

Party Ponies

Our sweet natured ponies will bring smiles to the faces of the children at your party. Pony rides at your event will provide the children with memories of happiness and enjoyment, laughter and fun.

Call Tracey on 01527 574199 or email

Sports Xtra – spy school Xperience, sports school Xperience and Dance Xperience parties. Nicole on 07960 045794

Tea Parties

Avoncroft Museum – Enjoy an Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter’s children’s tea party suitable for both boys and girls. 01527 831363 Constance Wallace – There is nothing children enjoy more than dressing up and playing tea! Tables are laid with vintage linen and flowers and squash is served in teapots. A selection of sandwiches, cakes, crisps, fruit, jelly set in little teacups all set the scene for a great party. They are adaptable to your dietary requirements and can supply tea, coffee and cake for the adults too if you require. With the addition of bunting and music the scene is set for a delightful afternoon. Diane on 01527 540111

Children’s Entertainers Andy’s Magic – magic show, disco, balloon animals. 01562 825231 Allsorts Magic – magic, balloons, puppets, games and disco. David on 01905 771674 Funbusters – children’s themed parties, bouncy castles, entertainment, discos. 01527 578200 Little Softies – several different packages of soft play equipment for hire. 0844 3101419 Looby Lou Parties – juggling,balloon modelling, face painting and magic. Louise on 07944 156798 Magic Russ – A magic act with Dave the wonderdog and Chico the Mind reading monkey. Russ on 07773 803933 Mr Genie Magic Show – children’s magic show with balloon modelling, puppets, comedy fun and magic. Phil 01562 754824 Ukidz – party entertainers for children of all ages. Large choice of themed parties inc pirates, princess, cartoon heroes, circus fun, teenage, pre-school. 0800 566 8715

Suppliers Accessories

The Ultimate Party Shop – party accessories and fancy dress shop in Worcester and online. 0870 850 1469 Treasure Trails – ideal for a treasure hunt party. Some Trails require you to solve a murder mystery whilst others require you to go on a treasure hunt or crack the code to save the world! 01872 263692

Bouncy Castles

Big Bouncy Castles Inflatables – If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with style, take a look at BBC Inflatables. With the largest and most innovative selection of inflatables in Worcestershire to choose from, you really will be spoilt for choice. To ease your party preparation we are also able to offer imaginatively filled party bags and goods at great prices through our sister company Jane on 01905 841902 Bounce King Bouncy Castles – selection of bouncy castles, plasma cars, and party bags. 01905 455300 Bounceabout – bouncy castles, soft play equipment, sumo wrestling, balloon modelling, face painting. 01527 455442 Bouncers Castle Hire – bouncy castles for children and adults, sumo wrestling suits. 01905 339597 Kiddy Leisure – off-road parties, go kart and bouncy castle hire. Paul on 01562 754594


Ace of Cakes – novelty cakes for all occasions, cupcakes, cake pops, corporate cupcakes with logo. Karen on 01527 589015 Caroline’s Cakes – cupcakes, cookies, birthday cakes and novelty cakes made to order. 01905 769945 Designed 4 u – beautiful wedding, birthday, novelty, anniversary and christening cakes plus sugarcraft classes. Su on 01905 339098 Food Genie – Mobile fish and chip van to your party plus event catering specialist. 01386 834693

Fun filled parties:

Lots of themed parties available please contact us for details

Age 6-11’s Age 3-5’s Football Soccer Stars High energy dance Sporty Stars Multi Games Active Story Parties are themed inc Buzz and Woody, Shrek and the Bear Hunt.

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Children’s Parties Photography

Jessography – Birthdays are special days for both children and parents, marking the passing of time, achievement of surviving and getting a year older! Photograph this special event by Jessy Paston, a CRB registered photographer and mum of 2, who loves working with kids. It is more affordable than you think! Jessy will capture all aspects of the party ensuring all the family is recorded on this special day. Jessy on 01905 795407 Ocean Eyes – Why not hire Ocean Eyes Images to photograph your party, allowing you to enjoy the event and make sure it runs like clockwork? All images taken will be supplied on disc for you to print yourself. Prices start at just £99 for a truly unique momento of your special day. Katherine 07989 577336 or email

Venues & Play Blackwell Adventure Park, Bromsgrove – lots of different activities to choose from for a party. 0121 445 1285 Bowl Xtreme Ltd, Worcester – ten pin bowling parties in Worcester. 01905 757475 Coconut Island, Redditch – soft play centre plus parties in Redditch. 01527 529040 Dudley Zoo – A fun-filled two hours whilst learning about the natural world. Craft and play activities are followed by party food and face or hand painting. 0844 474 2272 Fantastico Indoor Play, Kidderminster – an indoor play centre in Kidderminster plus parties. 01562 69222 Forge Mill Needle Museum Redditch – Medieval themed party room with party games, medieval quest and themed crafts. 01527 62509 Ice Quest, Malvern – Ice Skating and Laser Quest Parties in Malvern includes activity, hot snack, squash & invites. 01684 575222

May – June 2012

Imagination Street, Bromsgrove – soft play centre with experience rooms plus several party options inc Formula 1, Girls Allowed and disco, games and karaoke. 01527 836377 Jugglers Soft Play Centre, Bromsgrove – soft play centre plus parties. 01527 837997 Little Acorns, Worcester – soft play centre plus parties. 01905 424766 New Bridge Play Barn & Farm Park, Ledbury – with all its activities and facilities provides a great venue for children’s parties. There is a party room provided with picnic benches, sink, fridge and wi-fi for you if you want to bring a picnic. There is also a pony party option to choose too. Your visit to the farm can be as long as you like during opening times on party day & includes all other activities too. Wayne or Julie on 01531 670780 Party Bus Surprise – a fun packed party on Burtha, the yellow double decker bus. 01527 570093 Play Planet, Hereford – Several party packages inc soft play, football, pizza making, craft, makeover and disco parties. 01432 355777 The Big Red Party Bus – a fun packed party on a double decker bus. Bruce on 01789 751055 The Orchard Cafe – Knights and Princesses themed party with healthy organic party food. 01905 766492 Top Barn Farm Park – Children’s parties held in beautiful surroundings. Included in the cost are access to play area and farm park, pet the bunny, party bags for each child, trailer tour of the farm, lovely healthy freshly made party food with farm-themed cups, plates and napkins. A complimentary hot drink is offered to each adult while the party food is served. Mike on 07740 368691

Wacky Warehouse at New Tardebigge, Redditch 01527 550050 and Strawberry Field, Evesham 01386 422535 – soft play, games and prizes, party bags and party food. West Midlands Safari Park – party includes admission to the safari park, birthday meal and birthday child can be star of the sealion show. 01299 400700 Worcester Bowl – ten pin bowling parties in Worcester. 01905 420425 Wychavon Leisure includes – The Dolphin Centre, Bromsgrove 01527 549130, Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre 01905 771212, Evesham Leisure Centre 01386 444212, Pershore Leisure Centre 01386 552346, Sport Martley 01886 888999 and Sport Dyson Perrins 01684 572645 A choice of fun ‘n’ games, climbing, softplay, sports and splash parties. Wyre Forest Sports and Leisure Centres includes – Bewdley Leisure Centre 01299 402595, Stourport Leisure Centre 01299 822308 and Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre 01562 515151. A choice of ultimate pool or wet ‘n’ wild, bouncer and soft play, football, trampoline and team party games parties. Harpers Fitness includes Perdiswell Park and Leisure Centre 01905 457189 and Worcester Swimming Pool 01905 20241. A choice of football, pirates, splash, high school musical, soft play and multi sports parties. 01905 457189

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



Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX 01527 577330, Andy and Mike’s Big Box of Bananas (CBeebies) In a production aimed at children over three and their whole families, Andy Day and Mike James have created a hilarious, slap-stick and fast-paced show. Saturday 9th June 11.00 and 2.00 pm £10.00, £9.50 under 16s Evesham Arts Centre Theatre, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, Worcs, WR11 4QH 01386 48883, Show me the Talent (Vital Statistics Theatre Co) Evesham’s own variety talent show is back for a third year running and acts will compete for the chance to join the Vital Statistic Theatre Company in the West End. Saturday 19th May 7.30 pm £6.00 Swan Lake (Vienna Festival Ballet) The acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet Company present one of the best known love stories, Swan Lake. Thursday 31st May 7.45 pm £18.50, £12.50 Diamond Jubilee Concert (Evesham Festival of Music) In celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Evesham Festival of Music is pleased to present a showcase of the

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.

musical talent in and around Evesham. Saturday 2nd June 7.00 pm £10.00, £5.00 (under 14) Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 3HB 01684 892277, Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals Kid Carpet & the Noisy Animals is a rock and roll adventure following gorilla, bear, hedgehog and badger as they make friends, cause mischief, contemplate the world and finally rock out at the grand dance contest. Suitable for ages 3 – 8 years. Friday 2nd June 11.00 am and 1.30 pm £5.50 Norbury Theatre, Norbury House, Friar Street, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8ED 01905 770154, www.norburytheatre.

The Railway Children (Norbury Youth Theatre) This young cast promise a night to remember for all ages with this simple moving story of friendship and family. Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th May 7.30 pm £8.00, £6.00 concessions Children’s Theatre Short plays for Children. Highly Entertaining for kids of all ages. Saturday 19th May 2.30 pm £1.50

Through The Ages (S.B. Danceworks) An exciting adventure of dance through the ages with this annual dance show. Saturday 26th May 6.30 pm and Sunday 27th May 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm £10.00, £8.00 concessions Number 8 Community Arts Centre, 8 High Street, Pershore, Worcs, WR10 1BG 01386 555488, Hip Hope Hero Cropthorne with Charlton CE First School perform a panto-style musical. Wednesday 6th June 2.30pm £6.50, 16 & under £5.00 Hare & Tortoise Hare and Tortoise is the greatest race on earth with a nail-biting, seconds-ticking, medalwinning end... Thursday 7th June 2.30pm, £6.00, 16 & under £5.00 Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch, Worcs, B98 8AE 01527 65203, Bob the Builder With well-known songs and three new exclusive songs, join Bob and help him fix it. Wednesday 6th June 1.00 and 3.30 pm £12.00, £10.00, £42.00 family ticket Beauty and the Beast (The Harlequins Drama Group) This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers. Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd June 7.30 pm £12.00, £10.00 The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR 01432 340555, The Gruffalo Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood. Meet a wheelerdealer Fox, an eccentric Owl and a party-mad snake! Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th May Times differ so check website £10.00 Oliver Dickens’ timeless characters are brought to life in this brilliant and gripping production which features a talented cast of students from Lights Down Theatre School. Friday 8th – Saturday 9th June 7.30 pm £15.00, £11.00 The Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED 01905 611427, The Jester and the Wicked Witch Why has Wanda the Witch from Wichenford taken away Jester Minute’s sense of humour? Can Princess Tania & the King and Queen’s two pages get it back in time for their majesties’ anniversary party and save Jester from imprisonment? Saturday 5th May 10.30 and 11.45 am £1.50


Cinderella (European Ballet) This magical and most enchanting of all fairy tales is presented by the successful and exceptionally popular European Ballet. Saturday 2nd June 3.00 and 7.30 pm £17.00, £15.50

MUSEUMS Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcs, B60 4JR 01527 831363, May Day A traditional May Day event including Maypole dancing, country crafts, music, food and Morris dancing. Monday 7th May National Mills Open Weekend See the Danzey Green Windmill in full sail and discover the process of making flour. Then watch the horsedrawn Victorian Perry Mill in action, and explore the perry-making process. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May Diamond Jubilee Family Fun Day Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a wonderful traditional garden party. Tuesday 5th June Wartime Weekend Find out what it was like to live in the 1940s. Enjoy home front demonstrations, land girls, soldiers, dancing, entertainment, a battle and an impressive flyover of vintage aeroplanes. Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June Commandery, 109 Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU 01905 361821, www.worcestercity VE Memories A Bank holiday weekend of 1940’s nostalgia and memories with soldiers, civilians and make do and mend. Sunday 6th – Sunday 7th May A Jubilee Jamboree Come dressed in red, white and blue or something typically 1952! Celebrate the Jubilee with a tea party, games and crafts. Half term Activities to make a Jubilee to remember with plenty to make and do. Saturday 2nd June Forge Mill Needle Museum, Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, B98 8HY 01527 62509, Mills Weekend: A Victorian Celebration Activities and attractions include the scouring mill, Travelling Museum and World of Wonders, Victorian fashion display and ice cream making demonstration, learn the rules of Victorian Football and Cricket plus Entertainment with Mr Punch vs the Czar. Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th May 11.00 am – 4.00 pm £2.00 Children Free May – June 2012

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT 01905 25371, www.worcestercity Exhibitions Worcestershire Soldier Galleries A 40 minute tour of these galleries bringing to life 300 years of military history in Worcestershire. Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th June 11.00 am Museum Gallery A 30 minute tour of the new displays at the heart of the museum. Find out more of the wonderful history behind these objects. Wednesday 6th – Thursday 7th June 12 noon Museum basement store A 40 minute tour of these atmospheric tightly-packed stores which give a fascinating insight into the history of the area and the challenges the museum has preserving it in the historic building. Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th June 2.00 pm Library space history and future A 20 minute tour of Worcester Library which has been an integral part of the museum building since 1896. It closes on June 2 to move to the new Hive library. Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th June 3.00 pm Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Nr Kidderminster, Worcs, DY11 7XZ 01299 250416, museum Just Art! Board the Mobile Museum bus and explore the new exhibition ‘Just Art’ which looks at many different forms of art including sculpture, drama, painting, poetry, decorative arts and dance. Create some fantastic works of art and craft to take home. Monday 7th May 11.00 am – 5.00 pm Bats About Hartlebury Meet at 7.30pm for a seasonal meal in the Café then enjoy an illustrated talk about bats and a walk around the Castle grounds using detection equipment to identify them. Friday 18th May 7.30 - 10.30pm £16.00, £8.00 children. Must be pre-booked

May – June 2012

Wigs, Waistcoats & Wild Behaviour Exhibition Find out about the elegant fashions, extravagant taste and wild behaviour of the Georgians. Get involved by designing your own Georgian library or trying a Georgian make over. Tuesday 29th May onwards Jubilation – Holiday Activities Fun children’s craft activities with a Royal theme. Follow the 1950’s trail, make a royal crown, decorate a commemorative scroll and lots more. Monday 4th June – Friday 8th June 10.30 am - 4.00 pm Traveller’s Tales A colourful celebration of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller arts and culture as part of GRT History Month. Sunday 17th June

ATTRACTIONS Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP 01993 823006, Birds of Prey from Cotswold Falconry See a variety of Birds of Prey all of which are free flying. including Vultures, Owls, Falcons, Eagles and enjoy the variety of flying styles! Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May Lemur Week Lemur themed activities, events and talks, to highlight the Lemur Conservation programme in Madagascar, helping to save Lemurs in the Wild. Monday 4th – Friday 8th June

Emergency SOS Day Family fun and rescue displays from our local emergency services - fire engines to rescue boats and ambulances. Sunday 17th June Steam Engine Day An impressive collection of working steam engines in the castle courtyard. Sunday 24th June All events are 11.00 am – 4.30 pm. Hampton Court Castle and Gardens, Hope-under-Dinmore, Leominster, HR6 0PN 01568 797676, Medieval Village with Knights Tournament Wander through the medieval encampment and talk to craftsmen and women as they go about their daily lives. See how food was prepared, how clothing was made see armour and weapons on display, have a go with a bow on the archery range, see birds of prey display. Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May Aztec Great Families Weekend Aztec Adventure has teamed up with Hampton Court Castle to offer you an action packed activity weekend suitable for all the family. Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th May Wild about animals Animal Encounters will bring you up close and personal with Meerkats, Skunks, Spiders and Lizards to name just a few! Wednesday 6th – Thursday 7th June

Fiery Jack’s Famous Circus Workshops Friday 8th – Sunday 10th June Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Town Station, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster DY10 1QX 01562 827232, Severn Valley Railway welcomes the Olympic torch The Olympic Torch will, as part of its tour of the country, be carried on the Severn Valley Railway. Thursday 24th May 4.00 pm

What’s On

Medieval Festival Experience medieval life in the Knight’s encampment! Witness the drill and arming of military men and see the medieval world come to life, cooking and craft demonstrations, medieval jester and music. Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th June 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Adults £2.50, Child £1.00, Family £5.00

Step back to the 1940s A lighthearted journey back to wartime Britain. Come as you are or why not dress in 1940s style! Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th June and Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

EVENTS NCT – National Childbirth Trust 0300 3300770 NEARLY NEW SALES Bromsgrove NCT Saturday 16th June 10.30 am – 12.00 midday at Methodist Church Centre, 19 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove B60 1AS Tel: 0844 243 6065 or email: Baby and Child 1st Aid Awareness Class Wednesday 30th May at Bromsgrove Baptist Church, New Road, Bromsgrove 8.00 – 10.00 pm

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL 01531 633160, Eastnor Chilli Festival Enjoy the variety of chilli products on offer from chocolate chilli to chilli plants to chilli sauces to chilli pop! Enjoy the sounds of Los Squideros, Salsa Dancing and entertainment from the stilt walker and fire juggler. Sunday 6th – Monday 7th May Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Join in the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the Eastnor Garden Party - live music, impressive line up of vintage Land Rovers & Jaguars, swing-boat and chair-plane rides, model steam engine rides and rowing boats on the Eastnor Lake. Take afternoon tea in the tea-tent and see if you can win a prize for the best period fancy dress. Sunday 3rd – Monday 4th June General Opening: Tuesday 5th June Summer Sunday Fun Try the Valley Lawn zip wire, play traditional lawn games or walk the nature and tree trail, the Knight’s Maze, adventure playground & junior assault course, lakeside walk and New for 2012 Burma Bridge treetop walkway and turret slide. Sunday 10th June


What’s On Kidderminster NCT Saturday 30th June 11.30 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 20th May 1.00 – 3.00 pm at John Masefield High School, Mabel’s Furlong, Ledbury, HR8 2HF Tel: 0844 243 6201 or email Worcester & Droitwich NCT Sunday 27th May 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 SILENT FILM & SLAPSTICK COMEDY WORKSHOPS Enjoy the world of early entertainment and moving image using storytelling, performance, optical toys and screenings. Children can join in sessions throughout the day. Saturday 12th May 11.00 am – 4.30 pm MUSEUMS AT NIGHT Learn about some of the Hall’s previous owners and how they would have lived. Friday 18th May 7.00 – 11.00 pm Adult £10.00, Child £5.00 WORLD WAR II WEEKEND Learn about the interesting and varied part that Berrington played in WWII, see vintage vehicles, re-enactors, enjoy tours and more. Free entry to all visitors in period costume. Saturday 2nd – Monday 4th June 10.00 am – 4.00 pm MARVELLOUS MONARCHS TRAIL To mark the Diamond Jubilee, celebrate some of history’s best Kings and Queens on a family trail. Saturday 2nd – Monday 4th June 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Brockhampton Estate, Greenfields, Bringsty, Herefordshire, WR6 5TB Tel: 01885 482077 MARVELLOUS MONARCHS TRAIL To mark the Diamond Jubilee, celebrate some of history’s best Kings and Queens on a family trail. Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th June 11.00 am – 5.00 pm £2.00 per trail inc prize. TASTE OF PARADISE Discover more about the archaeological heritage of Brockhampton on an evening walk exploring the grounds surrounding the medieval manor house and chapel. Thursday 21st June 5.30 – 8.00 pm Adult £5.00, Child £2.50 20

If you would like to feature in the What’s On Section, please email BEER AND BREWING A weekend of beer, cider, music and food. On Saturday enjoy Morris dancing and live folk music in the evening. A BBQ and refreshments will be available or why not bring a picnic. Normal admission from 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm and then £3.50 per adult after 5pm. Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th June 12.00 – 5.00 pm Clent Hills, Nimmings Wood car park, between Hagley and Stourbridge, B62 0NL Tel: 01562 712822 TEDDY BEARS PICNIC Bring along your favourite furry friend, some yummy food and take part in fun family activities. Tuesday 5th June 11.00 am – 3.00 pm 0.50 for some activities Croft Castle, Yarpole, nr Leominster, HR6 9PW Tel: 01568 780246 MUSEUMS AT NIGHT Join an exclusive tour of Croft Castle. Saturday 19th May 7.00 – 10.00 pm Adult £10.00, Child £5.00 LACE WARS Bring the family along and see the living history camps and re-enactments from the period of the Jacobite Rebellions in the 18th century. Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th May 10.00 am – 4.30 pm MARVELLOUS MONARCHS TRAIL To mark the Diamond Jubilee, celebrate some of history’s best Kings and Queens on a family trail. Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th June 10.00 am – 4.30 pm £2.00 per trail inc prize Croome Park, Croome D’Abitot, WR8 9DW Tel: 01905 371006 croomepark/ A RIGHT ROYAL HALF TERM TRAIL Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with a fun family trail. Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th June 10.00 am – 4.00 pm £1.50 per trail BIG JUBILEE LUNCH ‘STREET PARTY’ Book a themed street party to celebrate the Jubilee in the 1940s Restaurant. Part of the national Big Lunch event. Sunday 3rd June 4.30 – 5.30 pm £7.50 FATHER’S DAY BREAKFASTS Book a Father’s Day treat with a twist. Grab an all day breakfast for a treat for dad. Sunday 17th June 10.00 am – 2.30 pm ACTIVITY DAYS – JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS Join in with fun activities, big games and crafts to entertain the family. Monday 4th – Tuesday 5th June 12.00 – 4.00 pm

Hanbury Hall, School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich, WR9 7EA Tel: 01527 821214 FAMILY ACTIVITY DAYS – MARVELLOUS MONARCHS Enjoy a trail around the garden and ‘make and take’ activities. Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th June 11.00 am – 4.30 pm 0.50 make and take, £2.00 per trail NATURE DETECTIVES – POND LIFE Become a Nature Detective by having a go at pond dipping and discovering what creatures lurk in the pond. Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June 11.00 am – 4.00 pm 0.50 make and take, £2.00 per trail FATHER’S DAY FALCONRY Enjoy flying displays throughout the day and find out more about Birds of Prey with Trevor Hill. Sunday 17th June 11.00 am – 4.00 pm TEDDY BEARS PICNIC Bring your favourite Teddy Bear and a picnic, and enjoy a range of activities happening throughout the day. Sunday 24th June 11.00 am – 4.00 pm The Greyfriars, Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2LZ Tel: 01905 23571 MEDIEVAL GREYFRIARS Join in with medieval dancing. Try out your skills and even dress up like a medieval person. Saturday 23rd June 1.00 – 5.00 pm

SPECIAL EVENTS, DAYS OUT AND FESTIVALS The Umberto Giannini Worcestershire Rose Family Day Sunday 13th May The day will feature extensive FREE children’s entertainment in the centre of the course, a pamper aisle for female race goers and fundraising for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Countryside Family Day Sunday 10th June Included for younger visitors will be FREE entertainment including Rastamouse, who will be making personal appearances at various intervals throughout the afternoon. Spring Gardening Show Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th May 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. This show includes a superb children’s area with hands on activities to learn about gardening and nature plus school gardens created by over 15 schools. Three Counties Show Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June 8.00 am – 6.00 pm. This popular show includes a timetable of country displays, emergency service vehicles and a medieval village for children to experience life hundreds of years ago. Prices for the show vary so please visit website.

Upton Jazz Festival Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June Family friendly festival. Children under 14 free when accompanied by an adult. Prices vary so please visit website. Evesham Balloon Festival Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June Dawn and dusk balloon launches, hovercraft displays, fun fair on Crown Meadow, live music, food and drink and fireworks. Free. Throckmorton Airshow Saturday 16th June 10.00 am – 5.30 pm (In support of Help 4 Heroes). An amazing line up of static and flying exhibits inc emergency vehicles, parachutes, police dogs, famous faces from TV cop shows and more. Tickets £20.00 per car. St Richards Festival and Classic Car Rally Saturday 5th May 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. A day to celebrate Droitwich Spa past and present. Medieval merriment, well dressing, entertainment, markets and a large display of classic cars. Free. leisure-and-culture Feckenham C of E School Spring Fayre Saturday 19th May 12.00 – 4.00 pm. Held at School Lane, Feckenham. Free entry, with petting zoo, face painting, bouncy castle, massages and makeovers, a mini-Olymics, BBQ, bar and icecreams plus traditional games and stalls from local businesses and performances by Flics Gymnastics, Starlight School of Dance, Vocalize Music School and a female Barber Shop Quartet. Prizes and treats for all the family! Bewdley Carnival Saturday 16th June 1.00 – 5.00 pm. The parade will leave Hales Park at 1.00 pm and travel into Bewdley Town Centre and field at Bewdley Leisure Centre. Stalls and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. Worcestershire’s Art Trail A Royal Occasion Friday 1st – Monday 4th June 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. County’s second Arts Trail celebrates Queen’s Jubilee. The Worcestershire Arts Trail is a vibrant community event that brings artists and craftspeople together to meet the public in their own workshops and studios. See website for venues. Eckington Babies & Toddlers Spring Sale Saturday 12th May 2.00 pm. Toys, books, baby and maternity equipment, home made cakes at Eckington Village Hall. For more info, tel 01386 750214.

May – June 2012

Families Hereford and Worcester issue 15  

Families Hereford and Worcester issue 15 May/June 2012