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The essential magazine for parents of children aged 0–12

Issue 8: July/August 2012

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• A family hamper from Carluccio’s • A labelling kit from Attach a Tag

Take the family challenge

Great ideas for fun outdoors Plus our pick of Summer activities

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In this issue

4 News 5 Mothers mean Business 6 Take the Family Challenge 7 Comment 8–9 20 Free things to do in London 10–11 Summer Camps & Activities 12 What’s On 13 Your Guide to London 2012 & the Olympic Games 14–15 Out & about


Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games we have embraced the great outdoors and have come up with some fun challenges for you to do as a family. Plus we’ve put our heads together and come up with lots of exciting things to do in London for free, and we have a list of summer camps and activities to keep everyone happy. Finally, if you’re planning a picnic, don’t forget to enter our competition to win a family hamper from Carluccio’s. Happy holidays!

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Libraries across the UK are gearing up to introduce children to an imagination paradise that will keep them reading throughout the summer holidays. Story Lab, the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge™ run by The Reading Agency, an independent charity, aims to inspire children to read during their holidays. With incentives and rewards, plus a certificate or medal if they complete the Challenge, children can sign up at their local library. An interactive Story Lab website ( ) will enable children to talk about their favourite books.

A recent survey in the UK showed that more than half of adults in the UK did not have enough vitamin D. The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are unclear and the problem can often be missed until it reaches severe levels, at which point it can result in a condition know as rickets. Although we are all capable of producing vitamin D with proper exposure to sunlight, most sunscreens filter out UVB light which inhibits vitamin D production. During the summer, just 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen in the early morning and late afternoon is enough for most light-skinned individuals to create an ample supply of vitamin D, and for skin with more pigment (melanin) up to 40 minutes, although sunscreens remain essential during the sun’s peak hours.

Childcare scheme expands

Hundreds of local two year olds are set to benefit from an early rollout of the free nursery place scheme from September. Announcing the programme, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: ‘We’re revolutionising the early start our children get in life – there will be more free childcare, it will be higher quality, and it will be more flexible for parents.’ Other changes give parents the option to spread their free 15 nursery hours over two days rather than three, and there will be extended opening hours from 8am–6pm, to 7am–7pm. Kent is one of ten areas across the UK to trial the scheme from September. For more information visit parents

Win a Carluccio’s Picnic Hamper! Carluccio’s ( brings the flavour of Italy to your picnic this Summer with their picnic hampers*. At just £45 each, the ‘classic’ hamper (vegetarian option available) feeds two adults, is filled with tempting Italian dishes and comes in a smart reusable cool-bag for you to keep. Carluccio’s understands that family is important and also has something for il bambini too.The kid’s individual picnic at £10 has a variety of fuss-free dishes to keep little ones happy while you enjoy your lunch. We are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a Carluccio’s Classic picnic hamper (for two adults) and two kid’s hampers – providing the perfect reason to dine al fresco, so long as the British weather holds out!

To win a family hamper visit *A limited number of hampers will be available to pick up from all Carluccio’s restaurants. To avoid disappointment, order at least 24 hours in advance. Contact Carluccio’s at West Village, Bluewater DA9 9SE, 01322 387 276,


All entries must be received by 3 August 2012.

Mothers Mean Business

Monkey Music Franchisees Helen Whitaker & Tania Birch Stay safe around dogs

Knowing more about our pets and how to read their body language is really important to make sure we can interact with them safely and responsibly. Sadly, incidents do occur and there have been well-documented cases of children being attacked by dogs. With this in mind, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has produced a film aimed at 5 to 11 year olds (the age group most at risk of dog attacks) to help them to understand dogs and how to behave around them ( Tips to help keep your child safe around dogs: • Never approach a dog you don’t know. • Always ask the dog’s owner if you can stroke their dog before you actually do.They will know whether their dog is friendly or not. • When approaching a dog, walk up calmly and quietly so you don’t frighten them. • Tuck your fingers in and gently offer your hand to the dog to sniff first. • Stroke the dog’s shoulder rather than his head, standing where he can see you but do not get too close to their face. Don’t try to pat him from behind as he may not be able to see you. • If a dog jumps up or tries to chase you, stand still and ignore them.This encourages them to lose interest so they should leave you alone. Running away or screaming often gets them more excited. • Look for warning signs such as facial expressions to understand how the dog is feeling. • Don’t disturb dogs if they’re asleep or eating. • Games like ‘hide and seek’ and ‘fetch’ can be great fun but try not to get the dog too excited so that you or the owner can retain control of the dog. Words by Battersea Education Officer Amy Watson

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Life before Monkey Music ‘I worked as an orchestral and concerts manager before Monkey Music,’ says mother of three, Helen Whitaker (left). But after the birth of her first child she found that the orchestral world was not really conducive to family life. By 2002 she was taking both her daughters to Monkey Music classes in Sydenham, so when she saw the advert for a buyer for MM Beckenham & West Wickham ‘I couldn’t get to the phone quick enough!’ Helen bought the franchise that year and the Bromley, Chislehurst & Hayes one a year later. Eynsford-based Tania Birch also has a musical background and following a long and eclectic corporate career in, among other things, Analytical Chemistry, HR Management and Management Consulting, she decided to ‘jump ship’ after the birth of her son and started researching the franchise market. In December 2010 she signed her contract for Monkey Music and launched her classes in Bexley, Dartford and Eynsford the following May. ‘Monkey Music was the perfect fit for me – I love the flexibility of being my own boss and it has enabled me to use all of my business knowledge and I now have an outlet for my passion for all things musical!’ Monkey and family life ‘Life was one long Monkey Music class in our house!’ says Helen. ‘When I started, my girls were little and loved helping me learn the songs and we did lots of pretend classes. When my son came along (after a 6-year gap) it coincided with a revamped curriculum, so I could learn all the new material with his “help”.’’ Now all her children are at school she can concentrate more on the business side. Tania loves the flexibility that Monkey Music provides. ‘I was single when I started my business and needed to be able to give the right amount of time to my (now) 5-year-old son. Although running a Monkey Music Franchise is a full time ”job”, I can choose when and how I work.’

Any downsides? ‘Although the late nights and early mornings don’t happen all of the time, there are busy times and you simply have to get on with it,’ says Tania. ‘I’m never quite free of Monkey,’ says Helen. ‘I tell potential franchisees that the commitment required is equivalent to having another child. Monkey never wakes me up needing a feed in the

night, but I do have sleepless nights when work worries are niggling.’ Future plans? ‘My plans are to grow my business year on year and recruit teachers and admin staff along the way,’ says Tania. ‘My business is still very young, so it has a lot of room for growth.’ ‘In another 5 years I would expect to have grown my business to its fullest potential and will have been a franchisee for 15 years. That might be the point at which I look at moving to the country to run a B&B, or I might return to arts management.’ Tips for a good work/life balance ‘Be realistic about how much you can do and diarise your you-time and family time and stick to it,’ says Tania. Helen agrees: ‘When the chips are down, family comes first. And it’s a cliché, but no one ever goes to their grave wishing they had worked harder!’ Monkey Music has been offering fun, educational music classes to children (3m–4yrs) since 1993 and was franchised in 1998. For classes in Beckenham, West Wickham, Bromley, Chislehurst and Hayes contact Helen (020 8777 6700, beckenham.bromley@ & for Bexley, Dartford and Eynsford (including parties), contact Tania (01322 862021, bexley.dartford@


Get Outdoors

Take the family challenge Inspired by the Olympics, Joanna Moorhead investigates the best activities to enjoy en famille dressed in what resembles miners’ gear, and to edge your way through spaces you didn’t believe you’d ever fit through. Coming across underground chambers is magical – as is seeing the daylight come back into view when you finally make your way out! Potholing with an instructor costs around £40 per person. Visit

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Swing through the forest

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A tree-top adventure (above) with Go Ape! ( makes for an adrenalin-charged day – and while you’re up there, you get some brilliant views! The courses, most of which are for the over-10s, take you through a network of looping obstacles 5 metres above the forest floor, including the spider’s web, log balance and jungle crossing, before finishing on a tree-to-tree zipwire. Local centres: Leeds Castle (www.leeds-castle. com) and Bedgebury Forest (

There’s something strangely thrilling about taking a walk through a cave, into the very inside of the earth, and, of course, every child needs to understand the difference between those stalactites and stalagmites. Some of the best caves in the country are at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset (, the White Scar Cave (www. at Ingleton in Yorkshire and Wookey Hole ( near Wells in Somerset, home (apparently) to the Witch of Wookey. Or why not pop along to our very own Chislehurst Caves (www. and take a guided tour of the caves which served as one of the largest deep air-raid shelters in the country during World War II? Open every day during the holidays.

Climb the rocks Rock-climbing is one of the fastest-growing sports in Britain, and giving it a try makes for a great day out. Like all the best family challenges it’s about supporting one another,learning new skills and celebrating new-found abilities. Look for a course where you have a dedicated instructor: try Kent & Sussex Climbing ( or Nuts4 Climbing Courses (, both near Tunbridge Wells.


Go mountain biking Mountain biking is a whole different experience from a short trip down the road. You don’t, of course, have to use an instructor to get to grips with mountain biking,

but if you’re taking kids with you, and you want to get a real thrill out of your day (plus you won’t need to get the bikes there, because the instructor will provide them), then I recommend a course. Our teacher, gave us lots of confidence to try out manoeuvres we’d never otherwise have tried (cycling over logs, for example – and yes, it’s a lot scarier than it looks when you’re in the saddle!). We loved our day learning to mountain bike: the children (who need to be over seven) were a lot better than us, but even the parents managed things they’d never have believed they could do! Try Bedgebury Forest ( ) and Bewl Water ( And for more information visit

Try potholing Potholing has a scary reputation, and it’s not for the fainthearted (or those with claustrophobia).But if you’re a brave clan and up for an adventure, it can be an extraordinary experience to journey into the underworld

Geocaching is one of those things that sounds totally perplexing to anyone who’s never tried it, but is a huge hit with almost everyone who has. The idea is to find some ‘treasure’ that’s hidden in a box, and is findable using a hand-held satnav system. The treasure in question usually consists of a plastic box like a lunchbox with a whole host of miscellaneous bits and pieces in it – things like small toys, CDs, pens, anything. The rule is that when you find your treasure you’re allowed to take one thing out, and you must put one thing in – and sign the log book of course. The treasure is hidden everywhere and anywhere – in cities, in the countryside, even underwater.

Get into metal detection There’s something almost absurdly exciting about setting off with a metal detector and seeing what you’re going to turn up – even though it will, in all probability, be complete rubbish. But there’s always the chance of finding treasure – or even remnants of the way other people lived, in another age. To use a metal detector effectively, you need to use a sweeping motion – and it’s best to go somewhere with plenty of space, perhaps where other interesting finds have been made. Children are just thrilled with the idea of a machine that goes bleep the whole time, and which might lead to some discovery. For more information see


Parental leave plans: where do they leave you? The Queen announced in May that her Government would propose measures ‘to make parental leave more flexible so both parents may share parenting responsibility and balance work and family commitments’. It was a grand announcement but little information was provided on how such measures would work in practice and what difference it would actually make to parents. Parental leave is currently made up of several components: maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. Maternity leave can be taken up to 52 weeks, paternity leave 2 weeks, adoption leave 52 weeks and parental leave up to 13 weeks, 26 if you have two children. The right to pay during that time differs according to each category. Under all four types, you are entitled to benefit from the same contractual rights, benefits and obligations whilst you are on leave. The only difference being that for parental leave and for part of your maternity and adoption leave you will not be paid.

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According to the EU Parental Rights Directive, adopted in March 2010, the UK Government had to increase parental leave from three to four months by March 2012. Despite this deadline, it was recently announced that this great extension of rights will be delayed until March 2013. In practice this makes very little difference as a very high proportion of employees do not exercise their rights to take existing parental leave because it is unpaid. In addition, the Government wishes to reduce the default length of maternity leave from 26 to 18 weeks, with the remaining entitlement of up to 38 weeks able to be shared between both partners as they see fit. There would be nothing to stop parents taking their leave simultaneously, while parents could also request to take their leave in any number of blocks of any duration – although employers can refuse this. As great in theory as this proposal may be with the best of intentions in mind, it is unlikely to ever work. A recent survey concluded that only 17% of mothers thought their partner would be willing and able to take some of the shared leave in addition to their statutory two weeks’ paternity leave. Most (41%) thought they would not be able to afford it as a couple, while 14 % said their partner would not want to and 28% said that it would not be practical. What either measures do not tackle, and what was not mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, was how to implement real practical flexible working for parents to fit around their children and their childcare. Parents do not want increased leave or shared leave; they want a career that works with their children. This may not need a great announcement but it would make a great change. Words by Sarah-Jane Butler, Parental Choice Limited, the one stop source for all your childcare needs. – Helping you make the right choices for you and your family.

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Fun Days Out

20 free things to d Finding things to do during the Summer Holidays can cost a fortune, but there are plenty of places to see and things to do for nothing as fellow Families editor Janine Mergler found out in London


Borough Market (SE1) Perfect for the family, every Thursday sees a Demonstration Kitchen between 12pm–2pm in the Jubilee Market. These sessions are free and showcase some of the produce available in the market with their resident chef, Hayley Edwards ,cooking up dishes inspired by seasonal produce. Hayley is on hand to give advice, tips and tricks for the Kitchen in these informal and hands on sessions. Borough Market will be opening for summer 2012 everyday throughout the Olympic and Paralympic period – Sunday to Friday, 10am–5pm and Saturdays, 8am–5pm.


Portobello Road Market (W10) is one of the most famous street markets in the world. It is a popular destination for Londoners and tourists alike. Portobello Road goes straight through the heart of Notting Hill, the trendy area of London made famous by the film. Portobello Market takes up most of what is actually more properly called Portobello Road, it stretches for around two miles, although on a crowded Saturday afternoon it takes quite a while to walk from end to end.



Brick Lane Market (E1) The best day to visit Brick Lane market is on Sunday, though the shops and restaurants are open every day. On Sundays the streets are lined with people hawking their second-hand wares. There are also street performers to enhance the vibrant, lively atmosphere.


Columbia Road Flower Market (E2) On Sunday the street is transformed into an oasis of foliage and flowers. Everything



from bedding plants to 10 foot banana trees are up for grabs. A lot of the flower sellers grow their own plants or import flowers from around the world. A beautiful day out that can cost nothing!

Spitalfields (E1) London’s oldest market, Spitalfields is now open every day except Monday and Saturday. Resplendent under a Fosters & Partnersdesigned glass canopy, the market and shops offer cutting edge fashion and interiors, original artworks and food. Spitalfields also offers regular free events, including lunchtime concerts, festivals, tango classes, fashion shows and much more.



Bank of England Museum Learn about the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the UK’s central bank. During the holidays there will be a special exhibition (‘A Golden Opportunity’) where you can learn about the Bank and gold and then make a gold

bar-shaped money box to take home; there will also be a special presentation about gold in the cinema at 1.15pm.


British Museum (WC1) The country’s largest museum with Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Easter galleries, among others. • North American Landscape: Kew at the British Museum. Travel up from the Florida swamps, through the Missouri prairie to the New England forest – all without leaving London. Wander through the landscape and discover more about the relationships between humans and plants from Native North Americans and New World encounters to modern conservation projects. In partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Imperial War Museum (SE1) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War. Their unique collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events.

Museum of London (EC2) With more activities over the summer than it’s possible to list we have selected our favourites. • Meet a Victorian spice seller; the museum’s Victorian spice seller sells his goods as medicines and ointments. Hear his story and find out what his London is like. • Create fictional Victorian characters and their life stories, then using blue screen technology, dress up and enter a photograph from the time. • Attend the Festival of British Archaeology including visiting Billingsgate Roman house and baths, investigating, handling and piecing together a variety of pots and other ceramics dating from Roman times to the 17th century. • Archaeological site tour: Walbrook Walkabout – join archaeologists for a tour of current archaeological sites in the City of London and a visit to the Thames foreshore.


Natural History Museum (SW7) Dinosaurs, volcanoes, precious gems and creepycrawlies – as a visitor to the Natural History Museum, you will be amazed by the diversity of the natural world. With both permanent exhibitions and ‘summer specials’ this museum is a must! • Wild Planet – The wildest landscapes and most endangered species are showcased in 80 classic shots in a free outdoor exhibition running throughout the summer of the London Olympics. • Lionheart Project – Symbolising the three golden lions on Richard the Lionheart’s coat of arms, the three giant crocheted lions will be making their way to the Natural History Museum in a 16-metrelong illuminated glass case, to rest on the front lawn for the summer.

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Hampstead Heath (NW3) is one of London’s most popular open spaces. An island of beautiful countryside, the magic of Hampstead Heath lies not only in its rich wildlife and extensive sports and recreational opportunities, but also in its proximity and accessibility to millions of people. There is a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, extensive children’s facilities, three swimming ponds and a Lido.

Children will love exploring the Natural History Museum (above) and Kensington Gardens is a must – see if you can spot the Peter Pan statue (right)!



National Portrait Gallery (WC2) An exciting summer of fun story telling & activities inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2012. Workshops include animation, making 3D portraits and creating sculptures. Look out for the Family Trail and labels in the exhibition by award-winning picture book illustrator Salvatore Rubbino.


Tate Modern (SE1) There is a new play space for under 5s and their families. The Under 5s Zone invites children on a creative, physical and sensory exploration of themes inspired by Cubist artworks.


Wallace Collection (W1) Activities include The Little Draw and a QR Code Treasure Hunt using your smartphone to hunt down QR codes hidden throughout the museum.

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Southbank Centre Its Festival of the World will see the site transformed with art installations including a giant ‘robot’ sculpture; a colossal baobab tree made from fabric; ‘Rainbow Park’, a multi-coloured beach; and an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall of the thinkers, artists and communities who have inspired and contributed to the Festival. www.


Hyde Park (W2) has a wide range of facilities. There are cafes and restaurants offering everything from ice creams and sandwiches to three course meals. There is a children’s playground and the Lookout, a former police observation point which is now an education centre where children learn about nature and wildlife.


Kensington Gardens (W2) with the free Serpentine Gallery, two playgrounds, children’s entertainment (thrice daily for six weeks during school summer holidays) and

bandstand recitals in the summer months, this park is a must! It also boasts a huge wooden pirate ship as the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground, and a statue of Peter Pan. There is a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures; all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants.

Ride a Bike


Go Sky Rides are free, community bike rides, giving you a chance to get out and explore your local area. They’re led by a British Cyclingtrained ride leader so you’re in safe hands, even if you’re a bit rusty. There are rides at four different levels from traffic-free rides in parks and on bike paths, to more challenging rides.


Sustrans offer a free information pack to discover great local places to cycle and a cycling with children booklet. They also have an online mapping programme to find out where to walk and cycle from your home. Just tap in your postcode and it shows your local walking and cycling routes plus bus stops, train stations and connections to local destinations such as shops, schools and sports facilities.


‘Kids Go Free’ –Theatre Offers and Activities Kids Week offers a fantastic range of free activities, workshops and events. Whether it’s an energetic dance workshop with the cast, a sneaky peak behind the scenes, or a post-show meet and greet with the stars of the show there is truly something for everyone to enjoy! During Kids Week a child aged 16 or under can go free to any participat-


Summer Camps & Activities

Hooray for Summer

Our pick of fun clubs and activities for a holiday to remember Camps & Venues Buzz Summer Programme Buzz has hundreds of activities in the Bromley borough so whatever the weather, there’s always something to do. Chucklebox Summer Holiday Club Hawes Down Centre, West Wickham, 020 8777 0218, 23 Jul–3 Aug & 20 Aug–4 Sept, 8am–6pm (weekdays), full and half days available This Summer Holiday Club offers an exciting timetable in new, purpose built premises. Activities include Arts & Crafts, Local Trips, Sports & Games, Dancing, Cooking andTreasure Hunts. Sports Day in Sidcup St John the Evangelist, Sidcup, 020 83022243 (Marcia) 16 Aug, 10.30am–4pm Celebrate the Olympics with this free sports day which includes football, racket sports, team games and a skipping workshop (children will receive a free skipping rope). In addition, there will be craft activities and a free lunch is provided. Age 5–11.

Activities Angela’s Swim School: Weekly Summer School & Crash Course 07990 570423, 23 Jul–25 Aug Gravesend (Mon, Thurs & Sat) & Otford (Tues & Fri) 20–23 Aug Crash Course in Gravesend 6–9 Aug Crash Course in Otford Aquakids Summer School, Bromley High School 16–20 Jul, 3.45pm–5.15pm Eltham College 30 Jul–3 Aug, 9am–11am This is a great way to start your child’s summer swimming. The


small classes mean the children get lots of attention from the teachers who work with them in the water and huge progress is made in a week. There is deep water work for all groups and a focus on diving. Age 3+. Babyballet Teddy Bears’ Picnic Danson Park, Bexleyheath 14 & 21 Aug, 11am–3.30pm (dancing at 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm) No need to book. Baby Sensory Summer Workshops New Generation Hall, Sidcup (Julie), Jul tbc Lark in the Park 6 Aug Music Therapy Workshop 13 Aug Summer Party 20 Aug Rainforest Spectacular Ballet Belles Summer Classes St Mary’s Church, Bromley, 07703 531060 (Belle) Fun ballet classes for ages 2 and upwards. Dates tbc. Barnardo’s ‘Big Toddle’ Danson Park, Bexleyheath 07952 579 044 (Renee), 15 Jul, 10.30am–11am & 1pm–1.30pm (toddlers) & 11.30am–12pm & 2pm–2.30pm (babies) (rain date 22 Jul) Bring a picnic rug and join the Barnardo’s ‘Big Toddle’ hosted by Baby Sensory & Toddler Sense. This free session is full of fun and colourful games as well as baby and toddler ‘athletics’ that will get you in the festive Olympic spirit! No need to book. Dance Fusion Olympic Summer Activities, Games & Dance Workshops 07973 559158, Summer fun activities for children. All welcome. Discounts for advance & multiple bookings, some free! Age 3–14.

Free Summer Children’s Activities with Gymboree The Glades, Bromley 16 Jul–17 Aug, 10am–4pm Enjoy a fun-filled summer of free Olympics inspired activities. No booking required. Age 18m–9yrs. Gymboree Bromley Summer Classes 0208 313 3921,, Enjoy a full timetable of Music, Play & Learn, Arts, Theatre Arts, Fitness Fun and School Skills classes over the summer. Flexible Summer Pass Membership and free trial class available. Age 18m–9yrs. Kitchen Stars Summer Workshops in World Food 07904 238 748, West Wickham 8, 16, 21, 22 & 29 Aug All ingredients, aprons and take away packaging provided. £19.50 for members or £21.50 for nonmembers. Age 5–16. Little Kickers Summer Classes Petts Wood & Orpington: Bromley: ksullivan@littlekickers. Bean, Bexleyheath, Bexley, Northfleet & Sidcup:

Studio 74 Summer Workshops The Hall, St Augustine’s Avenue, Bromley 020 8295 4255, 23– 27 Jul Summer Glee Camp Learn different skills, design your own Glee T-shirt for the final performance, write your own lyrics and record your own song in the recording studio, learn fast and fun dance routines, drama scripts and much more. Children will be split into groups according to age. £150. Age 5–17. 20–24 Aug The Ultimate Performance Experience If you love singing and dancing this is for you. You will work with costume, design, hair and make up, professional singing coaches and dance teachers. A fantastic, creative experience also including photo shoots, recording music and much more. £150. Age 7–17. 23 Jul–28 Aug (various dates) Fun classes for children (Age 1–17) including: Baby Ballet, Bunny Beats Singing and Music, Commercial Jazz, Drama, Gymnastics, Cheerleading Camp, Little Tots ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Mini Glee Club, Musical Theatre, Nat’s Funky Freestyle Disco, Princess Photography Session, Popstar Experience, Stage Fighting & Tap. And workshops including: Audition Technique, Boys Only Hip Hop, Cinderella Baby Ballet, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Grease,

Sing Along with Jo Jingles! Fun Music, Singing and Movement Classes for children aged 3 months to 5 years Check with your local class for ‘seasonal offers’!

Classes in Bromley & Beckenham Call Susan on 0208 290 0909 Classes in Dartford, Bexley Heath, Bexley & Meopham Call Gill on 07525 865030

Summer Camps & Activities Jessie J, Kim’s Britney Spears Dance, Performing Pickles – The Lion King, Princess Ball Baby Ballet, Wicked & The Wizard of Oz. Summer School Musical with Studio 88 School of Performing Arts Keston Village Hall, 020 8777 9356 30 Jul–3 Aug, 10am–3.30pm A fun packed week of Ballet, Tap, Street Jazz and musical theatre. Age 3–16. Summer Tots 07504 166107 (Nicola), West Wickham, Chelsfield, Bromley & Beckenham 6–24 Aug (various dates) These mixed age classes are similarly structured to regular Talking Tots classes, building on listening, attention and language skills. £12 per child for 2-week course. Age 1–4. Theatrebugs Summer Workshops: The Animal Games 0800 975 5290, enquiries@ 20–24 Aug, Beckenham 30 Jul–3 Aug, West Wickham Enjoy acting, dancing, singing, arts and crafts and dressing up, finishing with a performance on the final day. £120 (discount for youngest sibling). Age 3 1/2–8. Toddler Sense Summer Series Tuesdays and Fridays during the summer holidays! (Katy) Great music, great equipment and great new ideas! Imagine climbing a snow mountain, going on safari, digging for fossils, swimming with

dolphins and hunting for dinosaurs? Every week introduces a whole new adventure. The main emphasis is on mobility, excitement and adventure. It is a fast-moving, action-packed programme. Toddler Sense is very different to Baby Sensory, but equally addictive.

IT & Education 11+ Mock Tests 23 Jul & 13 Aug Crofton Halls, Orpington 0800 242 5525, Get ready for the selection tests with 11+ Mock Tests. Exam fees are £12.50 per subject and detailed feedback is available for a further £5; this includes a detailed report of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, access to mock test questions and answers and your child’s answer papers returned. Summer Course – Fit Brains Learn Better! 07766 837 616, ushapatel.raviv@ Fast ForWord® is a reading programme which is proven to increase reading by years in months. This programme is suited to children aged 6 to 16 and is done at home or any where there is internet access! All consultations are free and can be done in evenings, at the weekends or remotely. ‘Free Reading Assessments’ will be available to all children enrolling on ForWord®.

Come to Chucklebox

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For a Fun Packed Holiday Club Open All Year For 4-11 yrs

Fantastic Play Areas 23 July–3 August & 20 August–4 September From 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday Full & Half Days Available Oodles of fun activities including: Arts & Crafts ✶ Exciting Local Trips ✶ Bouncy Castle ✶ Dance Mats Sports & Games ✶ Dancing ✶ Cooking ✶ In & Outdoor Play ✶ Swimming ✶ Trampolining ✶ Treasure Hunts & Lots More… Venue: Hawes Down Centre, Hawes Lane, West Wickham, Bromley BR4 9AE For further details call Joy on 020 8777 0218

Baby Ballet & Princess Ball Workshop

Baby Ballet - Offering an enchanting and magical experience for young ballerinas from the age of two and a half. Children are gently introduced to the basics of ballet through our enchanted forest theme, encountering pixies and fairies along the way! Studio 74 are also offering Princess Ball Workshops during the summer holidays with a special visit from our very special Studio 74 Princess. Please contact Studio 74 Dance School for more information

The Princess Ball

The Hall, St Augustines Avenue, Bromley BR2 8AG 020 8295 4255

* Please be aware that some of the events need to be booked in advance and some may be postponed due to bad weather, so please check before setting out.









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What’s On

Out &about THEATRE

CHURCHILL THEATRE High Street, Bromley, 19 Aug, 7.30pm Proms in the Park Well-loved music and fireworks in the Bromley Amphitheatre.

FAIRFIELD HALLS Park Lane, Croydon, 15 Jul There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly 24 Aug Milkshake! Join friends including Little Princess, Roary and Fifi.

LYRIC THEATRE Shaftsbury Avenue, London 0844 412 4661, 4 Jul–2 Sept The Tiger Who Came to Tea The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy sit down to tea. Who could it be?

THE ORCHARD Dartford DA1 1ED, 01322 220000, 12–14 Jul Hooray for Hollywood Bird College’s students pay homage to Hollywood. 24–25 Aug Annie – Summer Youth Project 27 Aug–1 Sept Grease

REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR 0844 826 4242 Until 5 Sept A Midsummer Night’s Dream


BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM & FOREST Goudhurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2SJ, 01580 879 820, 24 & 31 Jul Hands on Nature £6 (pre-book). 2 & 9 Aug Family Map Challenge 21 & 28 Aug Wild Life Games 23 & 30 Aug Shelter Building £4 (pre-book). Age 9+. 29 Aug The Twits Magical children’s open-air theatre from the Illyria Theatre Company.

BEWL Water Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JH, 01892 890000, 7 & 8 Jul Grand Splash: Have a Go Weekend 21 Jul Bewl Valley Sailing Club’s Open Day 28–29 Jul Special Activities Weekend

THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, 01825 720800, 7 & 8 Jul Model Railway Weekend Aug (Mon, Wed & Fri) Punch & Judy Shows at Horsted Keynes Station 11–12 Aug Vintage Transport Weekend



Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG, 13–15 Jul FIA Formula Two and International GT Open 20–22 Jul MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship 27 Aug Brands Hatch Summer Stage Rally

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8 Aug Falconry Display 9 Aug Punch and Judy 21 Aug Jason Maverick Goes Bananas 28 Aug Three Billy Goats Gruff

KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY 01580 765155, Booking essential. 21–23 Jul A Day Out With Thomas



The Priory, Church Hill, Orpington BR6 0HH, 01689 873826, Free family club first Saturday of the month. 7 Jul–7 Sept Digging Up Bromley Exhibition 24–26 Jul Cool Cave Art! Create your own mammoth art gallery. Age 4+.31 Jul–2 Aug Mini Mosaics! 7–9 Aug Saxon Graves Lay out a Saxon skeleton. 14–16 Aug Pots for Gods 21–23 Aug Make a Mummy! Age 4+.

Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AU, 01622 763936, 21 Jul–3 Sept Holiday Camp Summer Holidays and Animal-ympics 25–27 Aug Celebrate the summer games by seeing animals take centre stage in a number of events including ferret and piglet racing plus a gerbil grand prix.

CHISLEHURST CAVES Caveside Close, Chislehurst BR7 5NL, 020 8467 3264, Entrance to the caves is by guided tour only. See website for opening times and special events.

DARTFORD BOROUGH MUSEUM Market Street, Dartford, Kent DA1 1EU, 01322 224739, www.dartford. Discover more about Dartford and its history with the help of children’s activity sheets. 2 Jul–24 November Play to Win! An exhibition celebrating the history of sport in the borough, featuring local clubs, sports and sporting heroes.

DIGGERLAND Roman Way, Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Kent ME2 2NU, This adventure park is great fun for all ages. Where else can you ride, drive and operate full size construction machinery to your heart’s content?

GROOMBRIDGE PLACE GARDENS & ENCHANTED FOREST Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG, 01892 861 444, 26–28 Aug Bank Holiday Family Fun

THE HOP FARM FAMILY PARK Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY, 01622 872068, 23 Jul–3 Sept Become a Farmer for the Day Get involved in farm activities with everything from The Big Dig – Giant Vegetable Patch to grooming the donkeys and ponies in Animal Village. 21 Aug Kent’s Paralympic Road Show Look out for Kent County Council’s accessible bus and have a go at many Paralympic Sports!

HORNIMAN MUSEUM Forest Hill SE23 3PQ 8 Jul The Big Dance Picnic 1 Aug Play Day

RIVERHILL HIMALAYAN GARDENS Sevenoaks TN15 0RR 18–22 Jul Family Sporting Challenges 25–29 Jul Clay Fun 1–5 Aug Face Painting 8–12 Aug Scavenger Hunt 15–19 Aug Riverhill Trees: Meet the Giants 22–27 Aug The Art of Sticks, Leaves and Flowers 29 Aug–2 Sept Miniature Bookmaking Age 5+.

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5QY, 01892 537 715, 21 Jul Meet Bob the Builder 18 & 19 Aug Teddy Bears’ Day Out

Days out – Historical Houses & Gardens CHIDDINGSTONE CASTLE

Hill Hoath Road, near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD, 01892 870347, 15 Jul, 10am–4.30pm Japanese Day 15 Aug Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Enjoy the first of two summer productions in the Open Air Garden Theatre. Pre-book. 24 Aug Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet

CROFTON ROMAN VILLA Crofton Road, Orpington BR6 8AF, 020 8460 1442, 25 & 27 Jul, 10.30am & 2pm Festival of British Archaeology – Family Fun Event Weds in Aug, 10.30am & 2pm Roman Fashions Fri in Aug, 10.30am & 2pm Roman Mosaic Fun


ELTHAM PALACE & GARDENS Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE, 0870 333 1183 29 Jul–1 Aug Time Travellers Go… Archaeology 5–8 Aug Time Travellers Go… Knights & Princesses 12–15 Aug Time Travellers Go…Ugly Bug


Get Ready for the 2012 games! London 2012 will be remembered for years to come and whether you make a trip to London, continue to follow the Olympic Flame, catch the action at a host of venues outside of London, or watch the action on big screens across the UK, there is a lot to do and see this summer. London 2012 for free If you were not lucky enough to get Olympic or Paralympic tickets, you can still see some of the world’s top athletes in action this summer. Some of the best open-air action is free to enjoy without tickets. Events like the marathon and road races offer the chance to see world-class athletes in peak performances against the magnificent backdrop of the London skyline: Road cycling (28 July–1 August) The Road Cycling starts at The Mall and ends at Hampton Court Palace. There are four free events: the men’s race takes place on 28 July; the women’s race is on 29 July, with individual time trials for men and women on 1 August, beginning and ending at Hampton Court Palace. Triathlon (4 & 7 August) The gruelling triathlon schedule includes swimming, cycling and running – all taking place in Hyde Park. Although the event is ticketed, parts of the cycling route are outside the ticketed areas and will be free to view. The Marathon
(5 & 12 August) The Olympic Marathon will pass landmarks such as the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. The women’s event takes place on 5 August and the men’s on 12 August. London 2012 on the big screen If you can’t make it to any of the regional venues, why not head to your local live site. Live Sites are big screens located in every UK nation and region. They are great places to enjoy the best live action – as well as plenty more entertainment. Why not take the family along and enjoy a picnic. There are Live Sites at Hyde Park and Woolwich and Community Live Sites at Gravesend, Lewisham, Northfleet and Tunbridge Wells. Visit

London 2012 Festival The London 2012 Festival is the biggest festival the UK has ever seen and features 12,000 events and performances at over 900 venues featuring artists from across the world coming together in celebration of the Games. The Festival started in June and runs to the 9 September when the Paralympic Games end and the Games are handed over to Rio. There are many events you can attend that are family friendly. Visit www. for a full list of events. Super Saturday On Saturday 4 August a massive 25 gold medals will be awarded at the London 2012 Olympic Games. What better way to celebrate the gold rush than getting your whole community fired up with a sizzling BBQ? If you want to organise one of these events sign up to be a Local Leader. You’ll get celebration tools to help plan your event and access to exclusive competitions. To become a London 2012 Local Leader visit The Paralympic Torch Relay The London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay will begin in London on 24 August with the lighting of England’s Flame. The UK’s other three capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh will then light a flame on each of the following days, at special Flame lighting events. Once a Flame has been lit, it will visit local community groups and key locations in and around the city. Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Each Flame will then be taken to Stoke Mandeville, home of the Paralympic Movement where the four flames will be combined at a Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony on 28 August to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame. There will then be a 24-hour Torch Relay from Stoke Mandeville. Torchbearers working in teams of five will carry the Paralympic Flame to the Olympic Stadium to light the Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Key Dates 22 July – Olympic Torch comes to the Bexley Borough, arriving at around 4pm. Torchbearers will then carry the Flame through the borough to an evening celebration at Danson Park. For more information visit

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27 July – The Opening Ceremony 28 July – The Olympic Games begin 12 August – The Closing Ceremony 24–29 August – The Paralympic Torch Relay 29 August – The Paralympic Games begin 29 August– Light a Lantern, London


What’s On

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29 July, 11am–5pm Venues: Market Square, High Street, Church House Gardens, Queen’s Gardens, Martin’s Hill/ Queen’s Mead Enjoy a fantastic array of international and local entertainment and exhibitions celebrating the arts, sports, leisure and heritage. Visitors can enjoy street entertainment and free have-a-go-sessions and demonstrations.


KENT COUNTY SHOW 13–15 July Detling, Enjoy a great day out for all the family to celebrate the very best of Kent. Children will love looking at all the farm animals and heavy farm machinery, not to mention the food tent which has lots of local produce to sample and buy. Events include sheep sheering, show jumping, livestock parades and terrier racing.

LARK IN THE PARK 21 July–5 August Sidcup Place,

7 & 8 July Danson Park, www.dansonfestival. A great weekend for all the family with live music and dance and themed zones including an amazing arts village, classic cars, culture, sports and an appearance by chart-topping band The Hoosiers (8 July). Safari 19–22 Aug Time Travellers Go…WWII 26–29 Aug Time Travellers Go…Cavaliers & Roundheads


Luxted Rd, Downe Kent BR6 7JT, 01689 859119 30 Jul–3 Aug & 27–31 Aug Time Travellers Go… Ugly Bug Safari 6–10 Aug Time Travellers Go… Discoveries & Inventions 13–17 Aug Time Travellers Go… Seafaring 20–24 Aug Time Travellers Go... Victorian


Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JA, 01322 863467 Wonder at the display of artefacts and dress up in traditional Roman costumes.

HALL PLACE AND GARDENS Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ, pre-book tickets on 01322 621238, 15 Jul, 2pm–4pm Eco-explorers Activities 19 Aug Eco-explorers Activities A walk on the wild side! 19 Jul Open Air Theatre: Grimm’s Fairytales 30 Jul–3 Aug Animal Magic 8 Aug Open Air Cinema: Grease PG 6–10 Aug, 10am & 2pm Wet & Wild Week 13–17 Aug Fairy School 14 & 16 Aug, 8pm Bat Walks

HEVER CASTLE Hever, near Edenbridge, TN8 7NG, 01732 865224,


A great combination of family festival fun with weekday kids clubs including Sparkles Toddler Club, HQ Fizz (5–7), HQ Buzz (8–11), Lion’s Den (for 5–11s with additional needs) and Youth Venue.

LAVENDER FESTIVAL 7–8 & 14–15 July, 10am–5pm The Hop Shop, Castle Farm, Redmans Lane Shoreham, TN14 7UB, 01959 523219, This popular festival includes tours of the lavender fields, food tastings, plant sales and refreshments. £2 parking.

LOLLIBOP 2012 17–19 August Regents Park The UK’s biggest festival for the under 10s is back with an actioned packed programme with guests include the ZingZillas, Mister Maker, The Gruffalo, Waybuloo and workshops from the Science Museum and Horrible Histories. Weekends from 14 Jul–25 Aug The Knights of Royal England Jousting Tournaments Henry VIII’s magnificent Knights of Royal England return for the start of the annual Jousting Tournaments with ‘Have-a-go Archery’ sessions. 4–5 & 26–27 Aug, 1pm & 3pm Tudor Falconry

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT, 01732 810378 22 Jul & 5 Aug Classic Cars at the Mote 26 Jul, 11am Tudor Family Fun Day 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Aug Family Picnic Fun Day 9 Aug Brass Rubbing 23 Aug Wild Child: Den Building 25 Aug The Twits 30 Aug Teddy Bears Picnic


Sevenoaks TN15 0RP, 01732 450608 / 01732 462100 24 Jul & 7 & 21 Aug Tudor Skittles in the Garden 24–28 Aug Family Walk 25 Jul & 9 & 23 Aug Dressing Up in the Great Hall 31 Jul & 14 Aug Crafts in the Garden.

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Westerham TN16 1TD, 01732 868381 Aug 50 Things to do Before you’re 11 3/4!

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Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JF, 020 8304 9878 14–15 Jul Arts & Crafts Fair Various dates in Aug Summer Crafts for Children £2.50.


Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, 01580 710700. 6 Aug, 6pm King Arthur & the Sword in the Stone 18 & 19 Aug, 10.30am Smallholding Fair

PENSHURST PLACE & GARDENS Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, 01892 870307, 21 Jul–3 Sept Summer Holiday Fun Enjoy 1950s’ inspired games and on summer sundays (29 Jul–19 Aug) join storytellers as they rekindle the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. 26–27 Aug Bank Holiday Fun Have some vintage fun 1950s style.


Cudham Road, Downe Village, Kent BR6 7LF, 01689 861603, Check website for holiday activities – there will be a bouncy castle during the Summer Holidays.


LEEDS CASTLE near Maidstone, ME17 1PL, 01622 765400, 27 Jul–12 Aug Leeds Castle Medieval Games Enjoy a variety of demonstrations and displays, including Jousting Tournaments on 30 Jul & 2 Aug.

Lullingstone Castle & the World Garden Eynsford Kent DA4 0JA, 01322 862114 21 & 22 Jul Plant Hunters’ Weekend 11 & 12 Aug Sunflower Weekend

Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JB, 01322 866 577 Flying displays 12pm & 3pm, reptiles and mammal encounter 1.45 pm & daily demonstrations. Check website for holiday activities.

FARMING WORLD Nash Court, Boughton, Faversham, Kent ME13 9HY, 01227 751144, See website for holiday activities.

FOAL FARM ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE Biggin Hill TN16 3AX, 01959 572 386,

NATIONAL TRUST Members free. For prices & opening times visit 1.30pm–4.30pm (except Tues). 8 Jul Family Fun Day

Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6BA, 01732 751509 14 Jul–19 Aug Children’s Photographic Competition £2.50. 23 Jul–1 Aug Children’s Photography Workshop £12. 31 Jul & 30 Aug Family Volunteering Day 7 Aug Children’s Theatre Workshop 7 Aug, 6pm King Arthur & the Sword in the Stone

Howletts Wild Animal Park

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Bekesbourne, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT4 5EL, 0844 842 4647, howletts Passport events: Jul: Keeper Appreciation – Keepers are cool!, Aug: Animal Olympics – See whose torch shines brightest?

ngs isti at L e e l r s Movailab milie .uk a w.fa n wwonke d lon PORT LYMPNE WILD ANIMAL & SAFARI PARK Lympne, Nr Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD, 0844 842 4647, Passport events: Jul: Keeper Appreciation – Keepers are cool!, Aug: Animal Olympics – How far can you jump?

SOUTH OF ENGLAND RARE BREEDS CENTRE Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent TN26 3RJ, 01233 861 493, 8 Jul Canterbury Oast Trust Family Dog Show 8 Aug Family Fun Day & Show

WILDWOOD Herne Bay CT6 7LQ, 14 Jul–5 Aug Big Butterfly Count! 25 Jul–12 Aug Animal Athletes! 8 & 22 Aug, 10am–2pm Junior Zoo Keeper Experience £50, booking essential. Age 7–11. 18–19 Aug Saxon Re-enactment

18 Aug Summer Holidays Discovery Day: Prickles in the Park 20 Aug Bushcraft Survival Experience

2 Aug Claws and Jaws 9 Aug Woodland Magic 16 Aug Bushcraft Survival 23 Aug Wildlife Olympics



020 8300 0084, 24–26 Jul Paint-a-Pot & Plant 6–8 Aug Insect Suncatcher Windchimes 13–15 Aug Honeycomb Butterflies 28–30 Aug Woodland Wonder

SHORNE WOODS COUNTRY PARK Brewers Road, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3HX, 08458 247 600, kentcountryparks Charges may apply, pre-booking on some events advisable. 7–29 Jul Archaeology in the Park 21 Jul–2 Sept Summer Holiday Activity Trail 31 Jul Bushcraft Survival 7 Aug Wildlife Olympics 14 Aug Claws and Jaws 21 Aug Woodland Magic


THE WOODLANDS FARM TRUST Welling DA16 3RP, 020 8319 8900, Closed Mondays.


COOLINGS GREEN & PLEASANT Main Road, Knockholt TN14 7LJ, 01959 534386 All activities must be pre-booked. 26 & 27 Jul & 21 & 22 Aug Nature Nuts Wildlife fun for kids aged 2–5yrs. For information and to book visit

Waterlow Rd, Vigo, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0SG, 08458 247 600, parks Charges may apply, pre-booking on some events advisable.

Hadlow Down, East Sussex TN22 4HJ, 01825 830509,, Lots of fun weekend activities ranging from woodskills, storytelling in the woods and craft activities. All activities must be pre-booked and children must be accompanied by an adult. 14 & 30 Aug Firecraft 30 Jul Survive in the Wild 7, 23 & 28 Jul & 10 & 22 Aug Fairy Gardens 8 & 29 Jul & 16 Aug Robin Hood 26 Jul & 8 Aug Castaway 24 & 31 Jul & 6, 15 & 27 Aug We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 1 Aug Camp Building 21 Jul & 5, 9, 21 & 22 Aug Woodland Monsters 25 Jul & 2 & 17 Aug Baby Bug Hunt 25 Jul & 17 Aug Big Bug Hunt 7 & 28 Jul Family Survival 22 Jul & 11 Aug Woodland Wildlife Safari We have taken every care in preparing the listings in this magazine but sometimes events are cancelled or times changed, so please double check details before setting out.

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LULLINGSTONE COUNTRY PARK & VISITOR CENTRE Eynsford, DA4 0JF, 08458 247 600, kentcountryparks Charges may apply, pre-booking on some events advisable. 23 Jul–4 Sept Summer Holiday Activity Trail 30 Jul Wildlife Olympics 6 Aug Claws and Jaws Experience 13 Aug Woodland Magic

Attach aTag ( is giving away one of its innovative labelling systems to one lucky reader! Attach a Tag is an innovative labelling system that promises to label your kids’ clothes quickly and easily without the use of a needle or iron, it’s unlikely to drop off and it’s re-usable. Attach-a-Tag uses a ‘dolphin’ shaped applicator to attach a small button (etched with your child’s name) to clothing, and once it’s attached, it’s there until you chose to remove it and use it elsewhere.

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Summer fun! 23 July – 31 August 10:00am – 4:30pm

A Golden Opportunity Visit our exhibition to learn about the Bank of England and gold then make a gold-bar-shaped moneybox to take home. Enter our quiz competition with prizes to be won. There will be special lunchtime presentations about gold in the Museum cinema at 1:15pm.

Admission free 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Closed weekends and public holidays. Entrance in Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH. Tel: 020 7601 5545



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