May/June 2014 Issue 17
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How to burn kids’ energy
Spring is a great time of year with longer days and everything around us literally bursting back to life after winter, including our children. See page 4 for some inspiration on how to burn their seemingly continuous supply of energy! Back by popular demand this issue is the handy pull-out party planner on page 9, full of ideas for those all-important birthdays. Have lots of family fun this spring! Best wishes
This May sees the return of National Share-A-Story Month, an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing. Run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, Share-A-Story Month is a fantastic opportunity to bring children and stories together, with a whole host of events running across the country. The theme for 2014 is ‘Imagination and Inventiveness’, celebrating with Dahl & Dahl and Puffin Publishers the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Check out the website for plenty of ideas, activity packs, posters and competition prizes. www.fcbg.org.uk/ national-share-a-story-month
Don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday 15 June 7.30am
Heartbreak on tour
Leamington-based theatre company, Heartbreak Productions, will be embarking on its nationwide tour again this summer, performing three different plays throughout the UK. The summer tour has grown since the first one took place in 1991 and now visits towns and cities from Musselburgh in Scotland to Bangor in Northern Ireland. Peter Pan and the Lost Boys is the first show and will be performed on home turf at the Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa on 11 and 12 June. Other local venues include Hill Close Gardens and St John’s House in Warwick, and Charlecote Park. See the website for dates and to book tickets. www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk
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More sweet success for Cleverpops
These are exciting times for local healthy lollipop manufacturer after a successful first year of sales. Cleverpop, a sugar and sweetener-free lollipop, has been selling really well online and through independent retailers – from sweet shops and health food stores to gyms and schools, as well as at dentists and pharmacies.
“We’re thrilled with the feedback from our customers as they tell us how welcome it is to have a truly healthy treat!” says Louise Carr-Smith, local mum and MD of Clever Sweets Ltd, “It’s a challenging time when parents have to navigate their way through all the bad choices on offer.” We should start seeing Cleverpops in local stores soon as Louise now has a team of distributors to sell into the bigger retailers. You can still order the lollipops online and take advantage of great prices as well as finding out more about the guilt-free treats - keep your eyes peeled for the new look website. New flavours are being introduced this year and Cleverpops wants you to join in. Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/cleverpops and let them know your favourite flavours!
Find out more about Fingerprint Fairy, Kate Hunter, in an interview with her on page 7.
Cleverpops will be at The Stratford Food Festival on 30 May–1 June so pop along and see them there! www.cleversweets.co.uk
Go AL FRESCO with a Carluccio’s picnic
This summer, make your al fresco escape in true Italian style with a delicious Carluccio’s picnic hamper. Simply collect on the day and enjoy the true taste of Italy in your chosen patch of green. Priced at £45, each picnic hamper serves two and contains generous portions of delicious regional Italian dishes, made fresh on the day and presented in a smart and reusable cool-bag. In Italy, picnics tend to be a family affair – something Carluccio’s hasn’t forgotten with their addition of a children’s picnic. Treat the bambini to their very own individual picnic for £10, packed full of fuss-free and healthy food. Each picnic is packed in its own individual box and features slices of mild Milanese salami, celery and carrot sticks, crunchy maize breadsticks, tuna mayonnaise for dipping and a delicious pizzette. A tasty dish of beef and aubergine meatballs in a chunky tomato sauce will prove a hit so hands off parents! To finish, a chocolate sponge bear with smartie buttons should keep the kids happy, whilst a piece of fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juice ensures they’ll get some of their five a day. To avoid disappointment, order your picnic hampers at least 24 hours in advance from your local Carluccio’s in Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon. T: Leamington 01926 889587 T: Stratford 01789 267424 www.carluccios.com
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How to burn kids’ energy Spring is finally here, May half term is around the corner and the long summer holidays are approaching. It’s a great time for kids to be kids! Get them climbing trees outside rather than climbing the walls indoors! There are so many things to do at this time of year, from parks and play centres to playing in your own back garden! Check out our guide to burning off some of your kids’ energy. visit a local National Trust property and let off steam. Take part in a variety of trails, activities and outdoor games. Here are just a few ideas: play hide and seek in the trees at Packwood, follow the woodland adventure trail at Upton and the nature trail at Baddesley Clinton, play outdoor games and have fun in the playground at Coughton Court and run round the giant grass spiral at Charlecote Park. prepare for battle at one of our historic castles. Climb the ramparts at Warwick and explore the ruins at Kenilworth! A fantastic day out for all knights and princesses! visit a museum. Museums offer a huge range of activities at weekends and during school holidays, almost all of which are free. Don’t think that they’re quiet or sedentary activities – most of them run children’s workshops throughout the holidays, some of which can be very energetic! Discover how children lived and played in Victorian times at St John’s Museum in Warwick, or go further back in time at Roman Alcester and explore everyday life in a Roman town.
go geocaching – treasure hunting using a GPS to find a hidden treasure.
pack a picnic and head to the park. Acres of room to run around in, trees to climb and most with children’s playgrounds. Best of all, they are free! some have paddling pools too – try Victoria Park in Leamington Spa, St Nicholas Park in Warwick and The Recreation Ground at Stratford-upon-Avon. At Abbey Fields in Kenilworth, there’s a heated outdoor pool! be tourists for the day and explore towns and villages you’ve not been to before! You might discover new parks and there’s bound to be a shop or café that sells ice-creams! if the weather is not so great, why not try an indoor swimming pool, go-karting or even ice skating? Indoor play centres can be great value for money if you get there early and stay for most of the day!
make up your own games! It’s creative, you’ll have great fun with your kids, and it’s completely free. Organise a treasure hunt in the park, set up an obstacle course in the garden, invite friends over and have a trampolining competition or give them a scavenger hunt to get stuck into. Pitch a tent, fill the paddling pool and have a water fight! if it’s bucketing down, there’s still plenty of fun to be had (and energy to be expended) indoors. Have a Games Day and challenge your kids to get through a number of board games or table tennis sessions in a day. Make dens or castles out of cardboard boxes, then decorate them. Have a disco – all you need is your best dancing queen outfit and an iPod. Treasure hunts can be just as fun indoors as out, or you can even get the kids running up and down the stairs if you’re really stuck! Make a movie or build a den or just put on the wellies and waterproofs and go splashing about in the rain!
www.nationaltrust.org.uk www.warwick-castle.com www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenilworthcastle https://sites.google.com/site/romanalcester2/home-1 www.warwickdc.gov.uk/leisure www.stratford.gov.uk/leisure www.geocaching.com
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Carla’s Day Out at
All Things Wild
All Things Wild Nature Centre At The Domestic Fowl Trust
My family had a brilliant day out when we went to All Things Wild. We spent the whole day there as there was so much to do and lots of animals to meet. In the reptile room, we touched a bearded dragon, a royal python and a leopard gecko and learnt that leopard geckos have fat stores in their tails. They can lose their tails when they need to run away quickly and the tail just grows back! There were more animals outside and we stroked some of the furry ones in the barn, including donkeys, cheeky goats and guinea pigs. We watched the ferret racing which was great fun as we were all cheering them on! Outside there’s a go-kart track with big and small go-karts – my mum joined in and we raced each other round and round! Then we went to the Step Through Time dinosaur field, full of life size models of dinosaurs. They looked so real, we kept expecting them to roar and start chasing us!
ALL THINGS WILD AT THE DOMESTIC FOWL TRUST STATION ROAD, HONEYBOURNE, EVESHAM, WR11 7QZ
The staff at All Things Wild were very kind and taught me lots of things I didn’t know. It would be a brilliant place for a school trip because it’s so much fun and you learn a lot. I would definitely recommend it to other families because it’s great! I hope we go back in the summer holidays (hint hint mum!)
For more information, visit www.allthingswild.co.uk
Running free at Kenilworth Castle
Running, climbing, scrambling, clambering, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling and grass sledging! Kenilworth Castle is a great place to let kids run free and get plenty of fresh air. We paid a visit one sunny Sunday in March and, apart from a picnic break, the only time we sat down was for an ice-cream later on! We had lots of fun exploring the ruins, playing hide and seek, and collecting stamps for the trail. A great day out!
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THE BENEFITS OF
A fantastic energy boost and picnic favourite for kids. I use a microwave for melting so that little hands can easily help. They’ll particularly like drizzling the chocolate and licking the spoon!
140g butter 80g soft brown sugar 4tbsp golden syrup 200g porridge oats 50g raisins 2tbsp sesame seeds 2tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc.) 8 dried apricots snipped into pieces 50g dark chocolate
Butter and line an 8” square tin. Preheat the oven to 160C. 1. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in the microwave for 2 mins, in 1min bursts stirring in between. 2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. 3. Pour the mixture into the tin and press down with the back of a spoon. 4. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. 5. Mark out with a knife while still warm. 6. When they are cold melt the dark chocolate in the microwave. Drizzle using a teaspoon or a sandwich bag with corner snipped off. 7. Leave the chocolate to set and then wrap for a day out.
All the Good Stuff It is great to offer a snack with hidden health benefits. Replace that energy with all the good stuff. • • • •
Oats – a great soluble fibre that is a slow release energy Mixed seeds – a brilliant source of protein, zinc and magnesium Raisins and dried apricots – high in fibre and iron Dark chocolate – full of antioxidants
Recipe supplied by Abi MacFarlane, Trainee Nutritionist. Read her blog: amacfarlane.wordpress.com
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Dav Heyre runs Bikram Yoga Warwickshire and is an instructor at the Wharf Street studio in Warwick. A firm believer that practicing Bikram is life-changing, Dav really does practice what he preaches! Here he tells us more about this type of yoga and the benefits it can bring: “Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises derived from Hatha Yoga performed over 90 minutes in a room heated to approximately 40°C. The heat increases muscle relaxation and blood circulation, and minimises the risk of injury.
At Home Marion Burns, local children’s hairdresser, now manages a new salon called ‘At Home’ in Warwick’s Cape Road. As well as running her own business ‘Kindest Cut Children’s Hair’ from there, other local mobile stylists also use the space. With its unique décor, the studio has a very easy-going atmosphere – you can help yourself to coffee and tea, bring your lunch, give your children snacks etc. If you have an appointment and need to bring your children along with you, it’s not a problem. Alternatively, you can book a late evening appointment. Marion has a fantastic way with children and is experienced in coping with the challenges that some may bring. Many of her regulars have been clients since they were small, including one who is a member of popular rock band, The Vamps, and who won’t let anyone other than Marion touch his hair! “Wow! The first time my almost 4 year old son has actually enjoyed having his hair cut and laughed lots in the process! My 2 year old daughter enjoyed it too! Totally agree that Marion has a way with children that puts them totally at ease. We will be back!” “This lady is fantastic. She managed to cut my awkward 2½ year old’s hair. His hair is fantastic - thank you, thank you.” Call Marion on 07547 174592 or pop in 155 Cape Road, Warwick (next to Top Shop)
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It also strengthens the cardiovascular system and flushes toxins from the body through sweating. The benefits of Bikram Yoga are many and endless. It can help with a range of conditions from thyroid problems to weight loss, stress to insomnia, diabetes to knee problems, kidney conditions to heart disease, depression to blood pressure, and arthritis to back pain. The postures work every part of your body down to a cellular level, allowing you to maintain exceptional health for years to come.” Bikram Yoga is designed for everyone of any age, size or shape and with any condition or problem. Dav explains that you really need to regularly practice 3–4 classes per week to start seeing the benefits. Beginners are encouraged to start slowly and take it easy for the first few classes. Many people start to feel the benefits straight away and it usually takes ten classes for your body to start to understand the poses. According to one of Dav’s students, “A Bikram Yoga class a day keeps the doctor away!” To read a longer article on Bikram Yoga and its benefits, visit www.familieswarwickshire.co.uk To find out more about Bikram Yoga Warwickshire, visit www.bikramyogawarwickshire.co.uk or call 01926 495312
Mums in Business Kate Hunter – Fingerprint Fairy 1 Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m passionate about art and always knew I’d work with my hands in some way or another. I’ve moved house more than sixteen times in my life and it’s given me a strong sense that your life is your own to change how you see fit. I’ve retrained and diversified a number of times, all of which I feel have added to my skill set. Before starting up Fingerprint Fairy I worked as an IT consultant.
2 What is Fingerprint Fairy?
Fingerprint Fairy specialises in silver memento jewellery. Primarily this is jewellery that captures the fingerprint of your loved one in silver, but I also work with hand and footprint images, children’s drawings and even paw prints.
It takes a lot of organisation. I’m quite strict with myself so when I’m working, I’m working and when I’m with my family, I don’t get distracted by work. I have a workshop which helps to separate me from the rest of the house. I also have to remain relatively flexible as demand increases during busy seasons and the kids’ needs change regularly.
3 How did you get started?
You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from scratch once again.
I started in a small way, making jewellery for friends and family, but soon realised there was a demand for my work. I refined my product, created a business plan, set up my website and started to take orders.
does the future hold for 4 What the business?
I’m currently working with some new retail establishments. I’m keen to grow the business in a manageable way and I refuse to compromise on quality.
Tel: 01926 495312
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do you fit work around 6 How family life?
Friendly local hair salon where you really feel at home.
advice would you give 7 What other mums looking to work for
All the boring stuff is really important. Get a firm hold on your figures; spend time with your spreadsheets. Keep an up-to-date business plan. Know your customer and your business.
See Fingerprint Fairy’s advert on page3.
is the best bit about 5 What what you do?
includes The Kindest Cut Children’s Hairdresser
“Marion is a brilliant hairdresser and really knows how to put children at ease.” Great prices, professional stylists, late nights, very family friendly.
T: 07547 174592 or pop in
I enjoy meeting my customers and receiving their feedback. A lot of customers say that my jewellery helps them to feel close to their children when they’re apart that’s pretty special. I also have the honour of creating jewellery for parents who’ve lost a child. I feel very privileged to be able to provide them with a lasting memento.
155 Cape Road, Warwick (next to Top Shop)
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Pre-schoolers Baby Sensory
T: 07989 502712 www.babysensory.com Stimulating parties for babies, with a huge range of activities.
Venues Hatton Country World
Dark Lane, Hatton CV35 8XA T: 01926 843411 www.hattonworld.com Admission to farm and soft play, party bags, meal and more.
Alcester B49 5NJ T: 01789 762090 www.ragleyhall.com Watersports, adventure playground, party room, picnic, barbeque – and lots more!
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
Jam Jam Boomerang
Woodhams Road, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry CV3 4FX T: 024 7630 3893 www.jamjamboomerang.co.uk Three packages – Pre Schoolers, Silver and Gold – for a 2-hour party.
The Adventure Zone
68 Somers Road, Rugby CV22 7DH T: 01788 579561 www.theadventurezone.co.uk Standard, Deluxe and VIP packages, from £7.95 per child.
The Play Farm
T: Annie 07702 261907 www.boogiebugclub.co.uk A mix of live performance, songs, dancing and games.
T: Emma-Jane 07890 399162 E: emmajane@ calypsokids.co.uk www.calypsokids.co.uk Invite Calypso the Frog to your little one’s birthday party for buckets of musical fun. Feel the excitement as the children wait to see what is in his lily pad. Play 5 different percussion instruments to your favourite songs, shake the pom poms, twirl the ribbons and dive under the parachute. Calypso Kids parties are especially created for children aged 1-5 years (the big kids always join in too!) Enjoy 45 minutes of interactive, musical fun with balloons for your guests and a present for the birthday child - all for £75.00 (up to 20 children).
Stratford Marina, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YY T: 01789 415088 www.sharkeyscutsforkids.co.uk/ locations/avon Princess and Pirate makeover parties. Wild hairstyles, disco dancing and games.
5 Berrington Road, Leamington Spa CV31 1NB T: 01926 425601 www.playfarm.co.uk Packages include pizza making, disco fever, and princesses and knights party.
The Open Door Café
Hampton Magna, Warwick CV35 8SA T: 01926 410446 www.opendoorcafe.org.uk Café available for hire. Catering and entertainment can be included.
Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre, Whitefriars Lane, Coventry CV1 2DT T: 024 7622 8254 www.tinytimcentre.co.uk Small venue with good café, all profits go to charity.
The Pirate Party Boat
T: Becky 07934 610430 www.mess-around.co.uk/ stratfordvenues.html Messy play parties for ages 0-4.
Nr Stratford-upon-Avon T: 01789 267795 or 07970 289114 www.theatre-marine.co.uk Adventure on the high seas (River Avon) to discover lost treasure!
The Wonder Bus
T: Jennie on 024 7633 1077 or 07765 240448 www.thewonderbus.co.uk Soft play and party food on double decker bus that comes to you!
Umberslade Farm Park
Butts Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden B94 5AE T: 01564 742251 www.umberslade.com Tractor and pony rides, meet the animals, meal and more.
Soft Play Cheeky Chimps
3 Cattell Road, Cape Industrial Estate, Warwick CV34 4JN T: 01926 409007 www.cheekychimpswarwick.co.uk Party packages and whole venue hire option (min 25 children).
Henry’s Castle Play Barn
Stratford Armouries, Gospel Oak Lane, Pathlow, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0JA T: 01789 262468 www.henryscastle.co.uk Party packages for indoors and out, pottery painting and discos.
The Purple Planet
Stratford-upon-Avon, Southam and Studley Leisure Centres www.everyoneactive.com Parties include pool parties, sports, bouncy castle, dancing and skating.
Warwick District Council
Each leisure centre offers a range of party options including swimming parties, sports parties and bouncy castle parties. Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 4EW. T: 01926 882083 St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Warwick CV34 4QY. T: 01926 495353 Castle Farm Recreation Centre, Kenilworth CV8 1EY. T: 01926 850550 Abbey Fields Swimming Pool, Kenilworth CV8 1BP. T: 01926 855478 Meadows Community Sports Centre, Kenilworth School CV8 2DA. T: 01926 857613 John Atkinson Sports Centre, Myton School CV34 6PJ. T: 01926 498363 For more information, go to www.warwickdc.gov.uk - click on Leisure, then Leisure Centres and Gyms, and then Children’s Parties.
Mess Around Stratford-upon-Avon
T: 01789 415526 www.monkeymusic.co.uk Invite Monkey and his musical fun and games to your party.
T: Caroline on 01926 498466 www.munchkinmelodies.co.uk Music parties for babies and children aged up to 4.
T: Laura 01926 856313 www.tumbletots.com Active sports and music party for 6 months–7 years, tailored to the age range.
Theatre Parties Playbox Theatre
The Dream Factory, Shelley Avenue, Warwick CV34 6LE T: 01926 475672 www.playboxtheatre.com/parties Playbox Theatre offers unforgettable Birthday Parties, so that you and your child can celebrate in style! Parties are themed events, tailor made to suit your requirements - whether your child wants to star in their own musical, put on a show, or sit back and watch a performance from their VIP seats, we bring you a relaxing and unique birthday experience.
T: Jacqui Dance on 01789 263464 www.stagecoach. co.uk/leamingtonspa Stagecoach Parties take your child on a rollercoaster ride through their imagination and land them safely back with some amazing memories! We can come to you, either at home or a hired venue, or Stagecoach Leamington Spa offer their own decorated venue on Saturdays for FREE! Themed parties for 4-11 year olds and Murder Mystery for 11-16 year olds. Tailor-made parties for each age group, packed full of games, songs and fun! Princesses, pirates, fairies or detectives - there’s a Stagecoach Party for everyone.
Arts, Crafts and Cake Decorating Beading Crafty
25 The Square, Brandon, Kenilworth CV8 1EF T: 01926 858442 www.beadingcrafty.com Jewellery, sculpture and painting parties for ages 8-11 and 12-15.
Caterpillar Corner Craft Ltd
T: 07817 649472 www.caterpillarcorner.co.uk Fantastic party packages starting from just £6 per child. Whether the birthday boy/girl is 3 or 16 years old, they can choose activities from a tried and tested list of cool activities. Does your child have a favourite topic – such as dinosaurs? Let us create a bespoke package at no extra cost! Activities include dino dig, mask making, sewing workshops, glass painting, 3D model build & paint workshops and lots more! Get in touch for more information.
Childsplay Ceramic Studio
Stratford Garden Centre, Campden Road, Clifford Chambers, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8LW T: 01789 205745 www.stratfordgardencentre.co.uk Pottery painting parties for ages 5 and over.
T: Diana 07747 024368 www.crazykiln.co.uk Pottery painting parties at your home or chosen venue.
Lilac Ladybird Craft Studio
Hilltop Farm Shop and Café, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa CV33 9EL T: 07890 154852 www.lilacladybird.co.uk Pottery and T-shirt painting, teddy bear and jewellery making, and decopatch.
Little Bird Soaps
T: Katie 07792 423105 www.littlebirdsoaps.com Party guests create their own natural lotions and potions, lip balms, bath bombs and more.
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Potter In Craft Studio
1A Augusta Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5EL T: 01926 886655 www.potterincraftstudio.co.uk Pottery painting, decopatch and mosaic parties. Food provided or bring your own.
Where parties are dreams come true with the emphasis on YOU! Singing and dancing with one of your favourite characters, Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger or Eeyore, and lots more fun and games
Pottery painting parties at Henry’s Castle Play Barn (see Soft Play).
7 Warwick Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5HB T: 01926 330073 www.sweet-as.co.uk Cupcake decorating parties for children age 8+.
The Creation Station
Kenilworth and South Coventry T: Catherine 0844 874 7336 www.thecreationstation.co.uk Fun art and craft parties with quality products to decorate.
The Pottery Paint Shop
www.peachesparties.com Mr Karting
Unit 2, The Hangars, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa CV33 9SA T: 01926 833444 www.mrkarting.co.uk Exciting indoor racing for drivers aged 8 years + and 4’4”
T: 01926 496496 www.onsidecoaching.co.uk Multi-sports, football or dance parties at your choice of venue.
Phoenix Scalextric Circuit
36 West Street, Warwick CV34 6AN T: 01926 258087 www.thepotterypaintshop.co.uk Pottery painting parties for ages 5+.
T: Jon 07974 656577 www.phoenixscalextriccircuit.com Race your friends around a huge 6 lane track!
You’ve Got Cake Parties
T: 07718 897591 www.youvegotcake.co.uk Cake decorating parties in your home. Can be themed.
Pamper Parties Absolute Beauty Pamper Parties
T: Rosina 01926 612403 www.rosinebeauty.co.uk Giant jacuzzi, pamper treatment, then film in cinema room. Aged 8+
Bunkers Hill Swimming
Barton Road, Welford-upon-Avon CV37 8HQ T: 01789 751016 www.bunkershillswimming.co.uk Legendary two hour parties with games and races.
T: Jason 07747 562469 www.go4goals.co.uk Football parties for 4-11 year olds, run by qualified FA coach.
T: Colin Stokes 07905 631098 www.go-kartpartywarwickshire.co.uk Fun parties at one of our venues or we can come to you!
Leam Boat Centre
Mill Road, Leamington Spa CV31 1BE T: 01926 889928 www.leamboatcentre.com Fun on the water! Kayaking parties in Leamington and Warwick.
Shires Retail Park, Tachbrook Park Drive, Leamington Spa CV34 6RH www.tenpin.co.uk/leamington-spa Midweek bowling parties, weekend birthday bash parties (bowling plus more).
Wacky Racquets “Badminfun”
T: Chris 01789 842664 www.wackyracquets.co.uk This innovative concept has been developed by Warwickshire’s largest badminton coaching club, Alveston Juniors, to introduce the sport to beginners aged 5-11 in Leamington, Warwick and Stratford (£5 per 90 minute session – including free polo shirt). We also run active (two hour) parties using games from our weekly sessions (typically £3.50 per head for twenty players, all equipment provided).
Entertainers Animal Antics
T: John 01902 678320 www.animalantics.net Thrill the kids with tarantulas, toads, snakes, birds of prey and more!
T: 01926 429875 www.westmidlands.madscience.org High-energy, interactive science demonstrations and activities, for ages 5-12.
T: 07580 549486 www.peachesparties.com Singing and dancing with your favourite characters. Lots of fun and games.
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Why Do I HAVE To Do Homework?
If you have a school age child, you’re probably familiar with the eye rolling and sighing response to any mention of the ‘H’ word. By Robina Cowan Next time your child asks why he has to do homework, you’ll have the answer ready. We also have tips on how you can help.
what is homework for?
Extend schoolwork with visits to local museums, exhibitions and attractions – Warwickshire offers so much that can bring subjects to life in a way no amount of books or websites can do
Ask your child if she is pleased with her homework (before leaping in to point out all the mistakes!), and offer praise where it is due - for example the work is neat, or well written, or answers the question really well
Time management is one of the hardest aspects for a child to get to grips with - but they’ll need to when it comes to sitting exams. Give your child a timer set for the duration of the homework and see how much they finish. Initially, it can help if you remind your child when they are halfway through the time, and again when there are ten minutes left. This is good training and before long they will have adjusted to how much work they can produce in the allotted time
Children who have been sitting at desks for most of the day often need to let off steam after school. A run around the park on the way home can dispel restlessness before settling down to homework
Tempting though it might be, in order to hurry up the process, it is not the chance for you to show off how much you remember from your schooldays and do it for them! Homework is set: • For children to practise, reinforce and extend work that is taught in class • To enable teachers to find out whether or not pupils have understood the lesson • To help children develop skills of independent time management • To show what children are able to produce under unaided conditions • To encourage pupils to understand that school work does not finish when the school day ends and that responsibility for working continues beyond the classroom • To develop a strong work ethic.
should parents get involved? The answer from experienced teachers is a resounding “yes!” One told us that “the improvement in a young child whose parent is hearing them read for 15-20 minutes a night is fairly astronomical compared to those who don’t, and the improvement carries right up to ages 7 or 8, by which time children are usually reading fluently.”
homework diaries Most schools give out homework diaries, making it easier for parents to see what has been set, when it should be handed in, and providing a way for teachers and parents to communicate. If your child is taking longer than the expected time to do their homework, or if you had to explain how to work out the set maths, make a note in the homework diary so the teacher knows about it.
how to help Show an interest in your child’s work; point them in the right direction rather than telling them the answer; offer a snack and a drink while they work. Here are more tips from experts - the teachers. •
Be aware of where and how your child works best. Some children need quiet, others prefer people around them. Some want to start their homework as soon as they are home to get it out of the way; others are better after a snack and a half hour ‘chill’
Show a positive interest and monitor what is being done. Is it too much? Too little or rushed? Communicate with the school if you have concerns
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Set a positive example. Other members of the family can use homework time by taking up their own studies or settling down to a focused activity (such as sorting bills/reading the paper/ironing) at the same time.
all work and no play? Last September, a school in Guildford abolished all homework apart from reading and occasional projects, for children aged seven to eleven. The school was graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and the head teacher has seen no difference in achievement. In an article published by the TES, it is suggested that the amount of homework children complete has little correlation with their level
of academic success; in fact many believe homework can have a negative impact particularly in relationships between children and their parents who are trying to get them to concentrate. Homework may be more appropriate in secondary school where it is an invaluable tool in teaching hard work and self-discipline. Experts agree that homework should be varied and motivational - technology is proving useful, with an increasing number of tasks being completed online. Children may also be given activities to complete in their local community, for example at the library - while this is learning outside school, it is not homework in its more traditional sense. Homework clubs at school have also proved successful.
As the debate continues, many schools are moving away from ‘timed’ homework slots and, only where appropriate, are concentrating on simple repetition and reenforcement of skills being learnt during the day. The full article ‘All Work and No Play’ is on www.tes.co.uk
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Herbert Art Gallery
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Hatton Adventure World
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see if you can engineer and build your own Lego Technic vehicle. Plus 21st birthday activities. Thurs 29 May 10.30am-3pm Build a Land Rover Thursday Assemble and customise your own vehicle to take home. Plus 21st birthday activities. Fri 30 May, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3pm Speed Build Car Challenge This is a timed challenge. Children have 12 minutes to build the best and fastest car they can. Fastest wins a prize. Bookable on the day at the museum entry desk. Plus 21st birthday activities.
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Mary Arden’s Farm Wilmcote CV37 9UN www.shakespeare.org.uk Sun 24-Mon 26 May Tudor Wedding Festival Join our bride and groom as they prepare to tie the knot – Tudor style. Enjoy music, games and a Tudor party atmosphere. Shakespeare’s Birthplace Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW www.shakespeare.org.uk Sun 24 May-Sun 1 June Words, Words, Words Test your knowledge of Shakespeare with our quizzical quotes. New Place and Nash’s House Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP www.shakespeare.org.uk Sun 24 May-Sun 1 June Masque making Get inspired and create a theatrical Shakespearian masque to decorate and take home. Hall’s Croft Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG www.shakespeare.org.uk Sun 24 May-Sun 1 June Spring to Life Search the walled garden and hunt for the animals that appear in Shakespeare’s spring time poems.
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Best of British Transport Festival
www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Thurs 15 & Fri 16 May at 7pm Performed by Warwick Junior School boys. Charlie Brown isn’t so sure he’s got himself or life figured out. Peter Pan Musical Thurs 26-Sat 28 June Performed by King’s High School. “Come along on the journey with us, and, as long as you believe in fairies, you can share in the magic.” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tues 1-Thurs 3 July The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colours comes to vibrant life in this musical performed by Warwick school boys in Years 7-9.
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www.warwickartscentre.co.uk Borka: The Goose with no Feathers Sat 10 May The story is about being different – and how this is not such a bad thing. This new opera is a lovely way to introduce opera to young children. Ages 3-7 How Cold My Toes Sun 18 May An exciting piece of dance-theatre for the very young, this show takes you on a fun-filled magical journey through the seasons. Ages 2-5 Rock Pool Sat 24 May When a big storm whips up the sea, two very different creatures are left stranded in an isolated rock pool, far from the open water. Ages 3+ Rapunzel Thurs 29-Sat 31 May A new take on the classic fairytale. Ages 7+
Alcester High Street Sat 17 May Wander round the annual food festival and enjoy the delicious aromas and tasty samples to suit everyone‘s palate. From chocolate lambs to traditional pork bangers. This year, get up close to a bee hive and find out more about honey production. www.alcesterfoodfestival.org.uk Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon CV34 0BJ Sun 25 May A brand new transport festival offering something for everyone. Classic British emergency vehicles on display, demonstrations by military vehicles, mini-tanks for children to drive. Other family entertainment includes a vintage penny arcade, bouncy castle and static falconry display allowing children to see the birds up close and have their photographs taken. Large outdoor adventure playground and off-road demonstration rides from the Land Rover Experience team. www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk
Stratford Cycle Fest
Alcester High Street Sun 8 June With a ‘1940’s’ theme, the Street Market commences with a Fancy Dress Competition at 12:30 followed by a parade at 13:15 and officially opens at 13:30. Live music, stalls, local shops and community groups all come together for this annual event in and around the High Street. www.alcestercourtleet.co.uk/street-market
Leamington Peace Festival
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Compton Verney CV35 9HZ Sat 21 & Sun 22 June New boutique festival set in a family friendly, beautiful environment. Kids get to be animators, beat-boxers and explorers, while adults get to stimulate their mind, sip cocktails and enjoy fantastic locally sourced food. Tickets may be limited, but the fun certainly isn’t. www.also-festival.com
Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse, Luddington Road CV37 9SE Sun 25 May Events for the whole family. A unique and exciting range of displays, demonstrations and challenging ride events for all the family. Amazing stunt cycling displays and children’s fun areas with bouncy castles and rides. Fantastic food, drink and refreshments all from local suppliers. www.cyclistsfc.org.uk/events/stratford-cyclefestival
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Stratford River Festival
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Recreation Ground on the banks of the River Avon CV37 7LS Sat 5 & Sun 6 July Free family fun in Stratford-upon-Avon with music, narrow boats on the River Avon, craft and food stalls, family zone, charity stalls, illuminated boat parade and spectacular fireworks. www.stratfordriverfestival.co.uk
Ashdown Farm, Evesham, WR11 7PA Sat 31 May & Sun 1 June Worcestershire’s Aspara-tastic Music & Food Festival!. Family crafts and workshops, the return of CBeebies Mr Bloom, falconry, aerial theatre, cookery kitchen, vintage vehicles, fun fair, craft and food stalls, and 2 music stages. Camping available. 2 music stages. www.asparafest.co.uk
The Energy Show Tues 3 June Explosive family theatre for curious minds. Stand back and cover your ears – theatre just got dangerously exciting! Ages 7+ Monday’s Child Sat 14 June A simple, poetic story of the unique bond between a grandmother and a child. Ages 3-7
Alcester Street Market
Umberslade Estate, Tanworth-in-Arden B94 5AE Fri 6-Sun 8 June Three day camping festival set on the stunning Umberslade Estate. Quiet family camping and kids’ weekend club on the children’s farm. www.lunarfestival.co.uk
Sat 5 July A day of family fun, Kenilworth Carnival features a street procession with floats, walkers and marching bands, led by the Carnival Queen and her attendants. The Procession leaves Kenilworth Castle at 1pm and is followed by entertainments, stalls and a funfair in Abbey Fields. www.kenilworthcarnival.org.uk
Leamington Summer Carnival
Sat 12 July For the first time since 1996, Leamington Carnival is back! Fun for all the family, watch the procession in the town then browse the stalls in the Pump Room Gardens. www.leamingtoncarnival.org.uk
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