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The essential magazine for parents of children aged 0–12

Issue 7: May/June 2012

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Let’s Celebrate

Brilliant party ideas for all ages • Your guide to the 10Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

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4 News 5 Mothers mean Business 6 Education 6 Top 10 things your child should know before starting school 8–11 Party directory 12 What’s On 13 Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 14 Local summer fairs 15 Out & about

Welcome

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations under way and the London 2012 Olympics just round the corner, there really is a reason to celebrate! This issue we have embraced the party mood and have lots of ideas to entertain you, so do have a look at our party directory. Plus we have some fantastic prizes to win including tickets to Diggerland and The Tiger Who Came to Tea plus a family weekend break with Feather Down Farm. To enter visit: www.familieslondonkent.co.uk/ competitions Plus, take part in our online readers’ survey (www.familieslondonkent.co.uk) and you have a chance of winning £100 worth of Mattel toys! Good luck and happy reading!

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News & Views

Local produce in Keston Local couple Sarah Clout and Gary Mercer are opening Holwood Farm Shop in Keston this summer, having transformed the original barn into an attractive, family-friendly building which will combine the best of a farmers market and a high street delicatessen. The farm shop will source the best local produce, top quality British products and ethical products from around the world. For more information visit www.holwoodfarm.co.uk

We’re all going to the Zoo On 15 May The Queen is visiting Bromley as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations! Bromley Council are planning an all day street party with entertainers and music to mark the special event, while the Queen’s Gardens and the Glades Shopping Centre will celebrate 60 years of British Fashion. More details will be released nearer the time at www.bromley.gov.uk/diamondjubilee

Take part in our reader survey… Many readers have told us that Families is the only local publication they read, but we don’t want to rest on our laurels. We want to know what you think; what you like and what you’d like more of– or less. Please fill in our online questionnaire and we will enter you in the draw to win one of five fantastic family games bundles from Mattel, each worth over £100. Games include Scrabble Original, Scrabble Junior, Pictionary, UNO, Angry Birds board game and the new Chameleon Crunch active learning game for kids. To enter, please visit www.familieslondonkent.co.uk where you will be directed to the survey. Thank you and good luck!



Special Children’s Day returns to ZSL London Zoo on 19 May. The event caters specifically for families of children with disabilities, and includes British Sign Language interpreters at animal talks and demonstrations and guided ‘Touch Tours’ for visuallyimpaired children. Brand new for 2012, kids can learn some animal-themed sign language with Olli the signing monkey who is at the Zoo throughout the day. To book tickets or to find out more visit www.zsl.org/specialchildrensday

Studio 74’s new agency Studio 74 Dance and Theatre School in Bromley has opened an agency for children and young adults. They are searching for talented and confident individuals for jobs in TV, film, theatre, radio, advertising and modelling to add to their new Summer 2012 books. The Agency is led by Performing Arts agent Kemal Huzen who has worked with numerous artists, including Missy Elliott, Madonna, Girls Aloud and Sugarbabes, as well as West End Shows including West Side Story, Lion King, Fame and Hairspray. ‘We aim to make working in the Performing Arts fun and make each experience an exciting memory for the children to take with them and learn from,’ says Kemal. Kemal is looking for children from all walks of life but it is essential that they are happy and confident when performing. For further information call 020 82954255 or email kemal@ studio74agency.co.uk

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Mothers Mean Business

Claudine Payne, mother of two and owner of Studio 74 in Bickley

Best foot forward

Is your family up for the great British Walking Challenge? The national charity Living Streets is urging all of us to mark May by leaving our cars at home and walking to and from school, work and the shops. According to recent research, only one in ten commuters walks to work, and a quarter of us admit we rarely walk for as much as 20 minutes at a time. But walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise - and it’s one of the simplest and cheapest . For information see www.living streets.org.uk

Child safety week After cancer, accidents are the biggest single killer of UK children – and even children who survive serious accidents are often left with injuries that take months or years to heal. This year’s Child Safety Week, 18–24 June, aims to raise awareness of accident prevention among parents and those who work with children, highlighting the hazards often present in day to day living. For information on the activities planned visit www.childsafetyweek.org.uk

Torch lights up Bexley On 18 May, the Olympic Torch Relay will start with a 70-day celebration that will bring the London 2012 Games to hundreds of communities across the UK. On 22 July at around 4pm it will arrive at Bexley. Torchbearers will then carry the Flame through the borough to an evening celebration at Danson Park. For more information visit www.bexley.gov.uk

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Tell us a little bit about your business. Studio 74 is a dance and theatre school in Bickley for adults and children of all ages offering everything from ante-natal classes to baby ballet to hip hop to teenage bootcamp to zumba to over 50s dance fitness! What made you set up Studio 74? I am a qualified pre-school teacher and qualified IDTA dance teacher, having studied at the Laban Centre, and I always wanted to work with children so I could combine my love of dance and theatre with kids. I wanted to do something I would enjoy doing and to make performing arts fun for children. I started to look for premises in January 2010 and it was pure luck that I came across the building the following July. It was a Ballroom and Latin school and the current owner was retiring after running it since 1974. We started the refurbishment in January 2011 and had moved in by June 2011. How does it fit in with family life? I have two children of 7 and 13. It has been hard as they were so used to having me at home but they have been involved with the business since the start. It’s long hours so my partner helps more and I have fantastic support at home. I have had to learn not to worry about the little things and have to manage my time more efficiently! Both my children come and do their classes here and it is becoming a great place for my son and his friends to get together and it keeps them away from the playstation! My daughter also helps out with the baby ballet on Saturday mornings and has decided she wants to be a ballet teacher when she grows up! What do you like most about working for yourself? Being able to juggle my time if I really need to – especially for my children. I also get to see the children who come to the school grow and develop – it is amazing to see a child that was shy when they first arrive standing up on the stage singing their heart out. I have a great team and love going to work – no day is the same and I get to be creative and meet new people every day.

What are the worse bits? The hours are really long and you never get to switch off, which can be hard. It is a big responsibility and can be very challenging. Where do you go from here? We would like to expand and I would love to see our Agency grow and see more of our kids in TV, theatre and panto! I would like to eventually open a vocational school for young performers. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to set up in business? Be prepared to work long hours. Don’t give up and if possible pick something you feel passionate about – it does become a huge part of your life and you have to give 100%. Ask family and friends for support as you will need it! My Mum is my rock – she has been a grumpy fairy, a pirate, a princess, a bunny and loves to be involved! Finally, what is your top tip for a good work/life balance? Try and share some of your responsibilities and have a good supportive team. My team at work are amazing and I am able to leave work and feel like they care as much as I do. Do take some time off and when you are with your family try to make sure you switch off from work. Studio 74 St Augustines Avenue, Bromley, BR2 8AG, 020 82954255, info@studio74dance.co.uk, www.studio74dance.co.uk




Education

News & Views Count down to starting in Reception

As soon as you find out which school your child is going to this September, it’s time to start preparing. Fellow Families editor Sarah Butters shares her top 10 tips for a stress-free start Can they dress themselves? Imagine the scene. One teacher faced with 30 children and their coats. By the time each child is ready, playtime is over. If your child is able to go some way to helping, they may get some fresh air! If you can see buttons becoming a problem during the post PE change, invest in elasticated waistbands. Avoid tights in the early days as they can also lead to unnecessary bathroom accidents. With shoes, stick to Velcro fastenings which your child can do themselves. Are they used to sharing? Sharing is a vital skill if you want your child to settle in and make friends easily. Start to make a point of praising your pre-schooler for sharing their bag of figures or last few treats. Can they use the toilet on their own? Reception classrooms usually have a toilet nearby but children are expected to use it on their own. That can mean less confident children avoid a visit until it’s too late. Encourage your child to begin taking toilet trips without you to build their confidence. Are they able to eat independently? Lunchtimes can be a real flashpoint in the early days of your child’s school life. Dinner halls are noisy places and can

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make a child feel overwhelmed. Make sure they arrive at school able to use a knife and fork. If they’re opting for a packed lunch, make sure they can open a yoghurt, put a straw in a juice box and unpeel a banana. Are they able to recognise their name? If your child can recognise their name, they’ll be able to find their peg, identify their drawer in the classroom and find their cardigan if it gets misplaced. Starting school can make even the most confident child feel a little lost. If they can locate important places, it will make them feel more in control. Can they use scissors? Teachers look for this in the early stages of Reception to evaluate dexterity, so get crafty over the next few months. Do they understand discipline? It’s important your child understands what’s expected of them when they arrive at school. They need to know hitting, kicking, biting and hair pulling will not be tolerated. Not only will it bring your child to the attention of the head teacher for all the wrong reasons, but it will make them unpopular with their classmates. Can they communicate with an adult? Giving your child the skills to communicate with their teacher means they will be able to have some control. How else will they ask to go to the toilet or let their teacher know they don’t understand the work? Encourage your child to ask and even practice with a raised hand

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at home to make sure they understand the most appropriate way of getting a grown up’s attention. Are they able to count? If your child can count up to 20, and count back from 10, this will give them a really good head start. Use some of their favourite toys or foods to make counting fun. Lay out 10 grapes and get them to eat them one by one, counting as they go. It will give them confidence and help them see learning as fun. Can they follow simple instructions? The school day is full of instructions. Your child will be asked to put coats on pegs, bring packed lunches into classrooms and sit cross legged on the carpet for circle time. If a child is used to following instructions, they will avoid being reprimanded. Start giving your child simple tasks – perhaps helping with the weekly shop or with some easy jobs around the house. It will prepare them for school life.

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USEFUL BOOKS: • I am too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child • Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean Adamson • Starting School Sticker Book (Usborne) by Felicity Brooks • Going to School (Usborne First Experiences) by Anna Civardi • Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

New checks

New phonics tests are to be introduced to all Year 1 pupils this summer. The test will take place between 18 and 22 June, with the aim of identifying children who need extra help and who can then be given support to improve their reading skills. Visit www.education.gov.uk

11+ Mock Tests 11+ Mock Tests will be running tests on 6 June, 23 July and 13 August at Crofton Halls in Orpington. 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. 0800 242 5525, www.11plusmocktests.com

Year 7 selection tests: key dates May: Registration for Bexley Secondary Selection Tests begins, for further details visit www.bexley.gov.uk 2 July: Final date for registration for Kent Selection tests, for further details visit www.kent.gov.uk 6 July: Final date for receipt of SIF by St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington (www.saintolaves.net) and Newstead Wood School, Orpington (www. newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk)– forms can be downloaded from their respective websites.

Independent School Open Days • Breaside Preparatory School, Bromley (020 8460 0916) 17 May, 2pm–3.30pm 22 June, 9.30am–12pm • Bromley High School, Bromley (020 8781 7000)



14 May, from 2pm (visit www. bromleyhigh.gdst.net to register) • Farringtons School, Chislehurst (020 8467 0256) 10 May & 15 June, 9am–11am

• Merton Court Preparatory School, Sidcup (0208 300 2112) 2 May, 5.30pm–8.30pm • Wickham Court School, West Wickham (020 8777 2942) 12 & 13 June, 9.30am–12pm

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Party Directory

It’s party time! From action and adventure to pamper parties and arts and crafts to dance parties, there’s something to suit every birthday child… Activity and Adventure

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Birthday Party Bash at Bromley Ski & Snowboard Centre 01689 876812 For a party with a difference why not take to the slopes? The one hour session consists of skiing (with instruction) and tobogganing, and a birthday tea can be arranged in the Ski Lodge afterwards.

Watersports Birthday Parties at Danson Watersports Centre 020 8303 2828 Enjoy your birthday on the water with a fun-filled, action packed party – kayaking or sailing available. Birthday parties with a difference for 8 to 16s.

Chislehurst Caves 020 8467 3264 Hear about the ghosts and maybe explore some low tunnels during your own private tour, followed by a cold buffet meal in the Caves Café. Diggerland 0871 22 77 007, www.diggerland.com Want to enjoy an exciting party with a difference? Be the envy of your friends by having your party at Diggerland! The party includes unlimited rides and drives on real construction machinery and an exclusive lunchbox party meal. It’s guaranteed fun for everyone! Parties available weekends and every day during the school holidays.

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Shorne Woods (01474 823800, Helen Page). Smile Please Photo Parties 020 8331 5836, www.smilepleasestudio.co.uk Smile Please takes a selection of photographs with your child and their friends having lots of fun together. Poses include doing the human pyramid, bundles and walking the catwalk – it’s 100% fun guaranteed. Packages start at £17.

Cupcake Decorating Party 07802 795 846 ( Olwyn), hello@bellascupcakes.co.uk Fancy something a little different for your child’s party? Cupcake decorating parties hosted by Bella’s Cupcakes are great fun for all ages! A variety of packages available. Cookies Kitchen 07749 927 783 (Maxine) Cookies Kitchen brings the magic of the kitchen to you or your hired venue. As well as all the fun, they provide all the equipment, ingredients, aprons and takeaway boxes, etc. Suitable for ages 4 to adult!

Little Kickers Football 01293 226201, philbanister@littlekickers.co.uk Enjoy these hour-long sessions of fun and energetic football related activities and games suitable for children aged 2–7.

Treejumpers Adventure Centres 01622 870822, info@treejumpers.com A truly unique experience! Treejumpers two hour parties start at £15 per person. There are a wide range of activities to choose from including high ropes, low ropes and target shooting.

Fired Up 01689 825414, info@firedupart.com Pottery painting parties at the Petts Wood Studio include a choice of pieces to paint, squash and balloons, plus a personalised plate for the birthday child.

Outdoor Parties at Kent Country Parks kentcountryparks@kent.gov.uk Activities for 4 to 12s include pond dipping, mini beast safari, craft activities, scavenger hunt, hedgehog trail and bushcraft. Venues include Lullingstone Park and Trosley Park (01322 865995, Pauline Allen) and

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Kitchen Stars 07904 238 748 (Emma), info@kitchenstars.co.uk Why not take the stress out of the day and let the children cook their own party food? Choose from a Basic Cooking Party, a Teen Dinner Party or the popular Cupcakes & Cocktails Party. The parties last for



two hours (cooking and eating) and cater for a maximum of 12 children. Prices start at £150 for up to 8 children or 6 teens (extra child: £12). Party bags optional. Modern Bling info@modernbling.net www.modernbling.etsy.com Jewellery and tiara making parties for ages 6+. A fun-filled 90 minute party where children will be thrilled with their very own handmade jewellery to take home in a luxury bag.

Drama, Dance and Singing Babyballet Magical Parties 020 8311 2824 (Miss Jessie), dartfordandbexley@babyballet.co.uk/ bromley@babyballet.co.uk A fun filled hour of Babyballet singing, dancing and games giving your party prince or princess a party never to forget the Babyballet way! Dance Fusion’s Party Fun & Discos 07973 559 158, www.dancefusion4all.co.uk Mix funky dance routines, party games, disco, crafts or a specially choreographed dance into these fun party packages, tailored to suit your child & party theme. Monkey Music – Pre-School PartiesThat Go With A Swing! Dartford and Bexley areas: 01322 862021, bexley.dartford@ monkeymusic.co.uk Bromley and West Wickham areas: 020 8777 6700, beckenham.bromley@monkeymuisc.co.uk Quality, fun-packed, cost-effective entertainment for your pre-school party or event.

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www.topenertainers.biz There’s everything from DJs to magic and themed parties, balloon animals, and much more. Nutty’s Children’s Parties 07884 050 954 (Danny), danny@ nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk www.nuttychildrensparties. co.uk Exciting, imaginative and highly physical Adventure and Drama Workshop parties for kids aged 3 to 11. Themes include: Pirate Dan’s Treasure Hunt and The Princess Adventure!

Budding pop stars can record their own pop songs in the new recording studio at Studio 74 in Bromley (above) Photo shoot parties are a great way for your child to spend their birthday. Why not try Viva la Foto or Smile Please (below)?

PipSqueaks Music, Dance, Games & Craft Parties 01689 823880 (Jo), havefun@ pipsqueaksmusic.co.uk Choose from 45 minutes of singing and instruments for toddlers, to 90 minutes of fabulous music, games, dancing, craft and face painting! Parties can also be themed: Princess, Pirates, Flamenco, Hannah Montana, teddies picnic, sports day plus much more! Pipsqueaks offers the complete party package for children under 8. Parties at Studio 74 020 8295 4255, info@studio74dance.co.uk This is a perfect venue for your child’s party, offering a variety of tailor-made themed parties for all ages, including: princess, pirate, fairy, baby ballet, bunny beats music and enchanted forest themed, cheerleading, musical theatre, drama parties, street dance – your wish is their command. The popstar parties are popular with little ones up to teenagers; from the moment they arrive they will be treated like popstars with a glass of bubbly (lemonade) on arrival, red carpet treatment and the chance to record songs of their choice with the creative team!

filled journey crammed with tasks to be completed, characters to become and different worlds to explore. It is jam packed with storytelling, imaginative play, drama games and good old fashioned fun! Parties are aimed at 2 to 8 year olds and start at £119 – party bags and face painter are available.

Entertainers and Party Organisers Baby Sensory – Designer Baby Parties 07952 579 044 (Renee), bexley@ babysensory.co.uk / 07590 013 358 (Claire), bromleycentral@ babysensory.co.uk Celebrate a first Birthday the Baby Sensory way! Baby Sensory

knows how important it is to mark the special occasions in your baby’s early life and a first birthday is no exception. With options to suit all budgets and venues, let Baby Sensory help make your child’s special day one to treasure forever! Krazy K 07967 212 664 From characterthemed kids’ discos, fairy training schools, craft and pamper parties – the choice is yours! You choose your child’s favourite theme including Mario Cart to most Disney characters then they arrange everything!! Mick’s Disco & Children’s Entertainer 07534 968 290 (Mad Mick)

Toddler Sense – Award-Winning Parties for under 5s 07940 911 073 (Katy), bexley@toddlersense.co.uk Toddler Sense parties for 2 to 5s suit any occasion with exciting games and activities. Full of variety, action-packed and fast moving, these award-winning party options showcase exciting experiences like adventure tunnels, bouncy castles, disco & light shows, parachutes, colours and sparkles – just to name a few! TotallyTots Parties 07504 166 107 (Nicola), nicola@talkingtots.info Totally Tots parties are perfect for children aged 2–4. All of the games, songs and activities are designed especially for little ones that want to
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Parties with animals Animal Adventure Challenge Parties at Howletts Wild Animal Park 0844 842 4647 The Animal Adventure Challenge features slides, a telescope and periscope, children’s zipline, bird’s nest swing, monkey bars and much more. Parties include use of the course for an hour and a children’s lunchbox.

Light shows Disco & Dance Sparkles Bubbles & Puppets Parachute games AND MUCH MORE! With hundreds of activities to choose from, your party can be customised to suit your child.

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party games with prizes, parachute play, bubbles and much more!

Pampering and Face Painting Little Miss Fabulous www.befabulousboutique.co.uk The amazing Be Fabulous Boutique in Beckenham has everything a child could dream of. Choose from a number of exciting themed parties suitable for guests aged between 7 and 16, tea parties for guests aged 5 and upwards and Fabulous Prom pamper packages. Quote ‘Fam’ to Receive 10% off for any bookings made in May 2012.

Horse Riding Parties at Chelsfield Equestrian Centre 01689 855603 This tailormade party is based around the number of children, their individual needs and their riding ability – for example, a group of eight would have half an hour’s riding tuition in groups of four. Each child receives a rosette, and a birthday cake can be provided if arranged in advance. Horse Riding Parties at Mount Mascal Stables 020 8300 3947 Enjoy a 40–45 minute ride followed by food and drinks in the clubroom. All guests receive a rosette and balloon and the birthday child receives an £18 lesson voucher. Farmyard Birthday Parties at ChristmasTree Farm 01689 861603 (Sue or Eleanor) For a stress free party head to the farm. After saying hello to the ani-

mals, visit the farm-themed party room where the children will enjoy party food and games. Food and decorations are provided and extras are available at time of booking. The party costs £10 per child (includes entrance and bucket of food for the animals) for a maximum of 20 children. After school parties available May to July. Eagle Heights’ Birthday Parties 07565 397 632 (party planner) The party includes a reptile show, an animal display, lunch and face painting. Parties can be arranged for a maximum of 16 children (£16 per child) and includes free entry for two adults. Kent Life 01622 621249 (Natalie), nkirk@kentlife.org.uk Want a fun-filled, stress free party to remember? Feed the Farmyard, Groom-a-Goat, Paint-a-Pot – just some of the options available. Great value from £11 per child. Parties at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park 01303 264647 For a party to remember, book a fun filled adventure on the wild side. The hospitality and event co-ordinator is on hand to make sure you have a fun-filled day, from going on safari, watching the apes being fed to a birthday lunch and dancing. Personalised cakes and goodie bags can be arranged at booking.

Party Paraphernalia Cakes Galore & More 07775 658 999 (Joanne) Bespoke handmade cakes for all occasions

– the perfect cake for any wedding, Christening, birthday or event. Your cake will be custom made, so call to discuss your requirements and for a no obligation quote. Leisure King 07505 078 463, www.leisureking.biz Equipment hire for everything from birthday parties and christenings to school events. Equipment includes candy floss, popcorn, slush drinks and hot dog machines, a bucking rodeo bull and sumo wrestling suits. Party Box www.partybox.co.uk Party supplies and products, plus personalised banners, sashes and ribbons available. Free delivery on orders over £25. Party Pieces www.partypieces.co.uk Party products galore – they have it covered from baby showers to 100th birthday parties. SweetTea Party – Vintage Crockery Hire 020 8306 5290, 07803 091 480, sweetteaparty@live.co.uk www.sweetteaparty.co.uk Sweet Tea Party provides a vintage crockery hire service in and around London for any type of event including birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, children parties, christenings, themed parties, corporate events or afternoon teas. Packages available include Alice in Wonderland, Teddy Bear Tea Party, Pretty Baby Shower, Vintage Tea Party or you can simply hire individual items you need; decoration and set up services are available also.

Win a Family TickeT To DiggerlanD Diggerland in Strood, Kent (www.diggerland.com) is giving away a family ticket* to one lucky winner!

Diggerland is the ultimate adventure park experience where children and adults can drive REAL construction machinery. With over 15 rides and drives there’s something for everyone, from the ‘Spindizzy’ ride, to the monster JCB 3CX. Or you can relax and take in the views, from 50ft in the air on our ‘Skyshuttle’. Diggerland is open weekends and school holidays, from 10am – 5pm.

To win a family ticket visit www.familieslondonkent.co.uk/competitions * A family ticket consists of four tickets – all participating visitors must be over 90cm.

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Sweeties PartyTime 07811 543 441, info@sweetiespartytime.co.uk www.sweetiespartytime.co.uk This children’s party planner can provide you with any children’s entertainment from face painters, Henna painters, clowns, party games, Punch & Judy shows, magicians, party food, party bags and much more.

Venues Blend Bar & Grill 020 8298 0284 www.blendbarandgrill.com/ index_files/privatehire.htm Blend in Bexleyheath is a perfect venue for a wedding breakfast, family celebration, Christening Party or any other special occasion. They can prepare a delicious buffet or design a bespoke sit down menu to match your exact requirements, complete with live entertainment. Gambado, Beckenham 020 8662 6910, www.gambado.com Party packages include Tiger Tots Parties for children aged 4 and under, Tiger Party for children aged 1 to 4 and Tiger Party for children aged 5 to 12. Each party lasts for two hours and includes a party buffet, partyware, unlimited drinks, balloons and your very own party host to make the most of this special event. Gymboree Bromley 020 8313 3921, bromley@gymboree-uk.com Choose your child’s favourite theme and they’ll create a private, personalised party filled with activities guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up! Located at The Glades Shopping Centre. Mytime Active Parties www.mytimeactive. co.uk/leisure/children’s-parties Party activities take place at

Mytime venues throughout the Bromley borough and include buzz zone soft play, swimming, sport and dance parties, plus hall and venue hire available. To book a party contact the venue directly (see website for details). Party Bus 01689 858664, info@kidspartybus.com www.kidspartybus.com Hop aboard this vintage bus and they will do the rest as you follow their motto: ‘No mess, no fuss have your fun children’s party on our bus’. Party Mania www.leisurecentre.com Pop down to your local leisure centre for a wide variety of party packages to thrill even the most active children. Participating leisure centres include: Crook Log (020 8304 9090), Erith (01322 350271), Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre in Dartford (01322 224400) and Sidcup (0208 302 0556). Penshurst Place 01892 870307, contactus@penshurstplace.com Have your child’s party at Penshurst Place & Gardens! Party picnic bags and hot menus available from the Garden Tea Room. Email or call for further information and a booking form.

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Swanley Park – BirthdayTrain Parties 01322 666363, swanleypark@btconnect.com Hop aboard the birthday train for 90 minutes of fun, food and traditional party games. Parties available from Easter to October. Whiteoak Leisure Centre Parties 01322 662188 Party options include Treasure Island soft play, a flumes party or a swimming party – party food provided.

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Out & about BEWL Water

E4 UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT 18–20 May www.culture24.org.uk/museumatnight An extended programme of events will be taking place at both large, national institutions and smaller, more specialists venues during this exciting line up of nocturnal activities. Keep an eye out for evenings featuring art, live music and performances as some of London’s most famous institutions open their doors to attract the very best sort of culture vultures. Venues include: The National Portrait Gallery, The Bank of England, The National Army Museum and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

LONDON GREEN FAIR 9–10 Jun, Cumberland Green, REGENTS PARK, Camden, 020 7324 4693, www.londongreenfair.org London’s favourite ‘all things green’ festival is celebrating its 20th birthday and returning to Regents Park. The event reflects the green aspirations and achievements of London as a whole, celebrating, educating and empowering all who take part. Families are catered for through children’s dance classes and theatrical performances, walkabout performers, baby changing and a picnic area with daily performances from an 80-piece symphonic orchestra. Opens midday, free.

Festival 2012 21 Jun–19 Sept Festival 2012 will be the finale and the most exciting festival the UK has ever seen. Whether you like dancing, music, fashion or food, you’ll find something you can get involved in, with many free events suitable for the family to enjoy. Festival areas include; arts, carnivals, comedy, dance, film, music and food. Many events are free but tickets may be required so check the website for more details: http://festival.london2012.com

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To 8 Jul Bkg & info: www.underbelly.co.uk / www.southbankcentre.co.uk 08744 5458282 or in person at the Southbank Centre Box Office. Highlights include: THE VOCAL ORCHESTRA (To 27 May, weekdays 7pm, weekends 2.30pm & 6pm), CLAYTIME (3–6 Jun, 4.15pm) A place where the earth’s natural materials meets the children’s imagination. With live musical accompaniment. 3yrs+. COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS (5 & 13 May & 17 & 30 Jun, 4.15pm), IMPROPERA (7 & 12 May 4.15pm) Great music, surreal comedy and sublime silliness. THE ADVENTURERS CLUB (6 & 27 May & 16 Jun, 4.15pm) An afternoon of sheer hilarious adventure. Family show. LITTLE HOWARD’S BIG SHOW (19 & 20 May, 4.15pm) The nation’s favourite human/animated double act mix jokes, songs and to amuse the entire family. 3yrs+.

Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JH, 01892 890000, www.bewlwater.co.uk Children’s activities include fishing, hydroballing, crazy golf and cycling.

BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM & FOREST Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2SJ, 01580 879 820, www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury ONGOING EVENTS Seasonal trails, family cycle trails (bikes for hire: 01580 879 694) & Go Ape (www.goape.co.uk)

The Bluebell Railway Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, 01825 720800, www.bluebell-railway.co.uk 17 Jun, 9.30am Father’s Day Special

Fathers’ Day fun at Sissinghurst

THEATRE

CHURCHILL THEATRE High Street, Bromley, 08448 717 620, www.atgtickets.com/bromley 19–20 May My First Sleeping Beauty Families will love this beautiful ballet which transports children to an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies. 25–27 Jun The Tiger who Came to Tea Following on from the highly successful 2011 tour, the loveable tea-guzzling tiger appears in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! David Wood’s stunning stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s picture book is fun for youngsters everywhere. Ages 3+.

bromley museum The Priory, Church Hill, Orpington BR6 0HH, 01689 873826, bromley.museum@bromley.gov.uk Free family club first Saturday of the month. Chislehurst Caves Caveside Close, Old Hill, Chislehurst BR7 5NL, 020 8467 3264, www.chislehurst-caves.co.uk See website for opening times and special events. Entrance to the caves is by guided tour only.

Diggerland Roman Way, Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Kent ME2 2NU, www.diggerland.com/kent 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

THE Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0OL, 0871 22 117 20 www.lyric.co.uk 12 May Travels with Granddad

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG, 01892 861 444, www.groombridge.co.uk 3–5 Jun Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Children’s workshops include make your own crowns and tiaras and swords and much more! 6–10 Jun Spring Half Term Fun

THE ORCHARD Dartford DA1 1ED, 01322 220000, www.orchardtheatre.co.uk 19–23 Jun Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors 20–23 Jun Horrible Histories –

The Hop Farm Family Park

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REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR 0844 826 4242 www.openairtheatre.org 2 Jun–5 Sept A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Featuring the Open Air Theatre’s celebrated fusion of original music, movement and unique setting, this magical, comedic and seductive tale is set to be a theatrical highlight of the year.

Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY, 01622 872068, www.thehopfarm.co.uk 26–27 May Only Paws and Horses There’s a host of exciting arena displays, competitions and attractions which will make it a fantastic day out! 2–10 Jun Jack & the Beanstalk Week 29 Jun–1 Jul Hop Farm Music Festival This is a truly unique experience, exclusively themed as an event totally free of ticket registration, with no VIP areas, no branding, no sponsorship. The festival offers an experience of

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There’s a host of exciting events to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so dig out your flags and get celebrating. By Joanna Parry & Juliette Dixon The Official Central Weekend 2–5 June Sunday 3 June – Big Jubilee Lunch Building on the popular Big Lunch initiative, enjoy lunch with neighbours and friends. Organise your own street party or share a picnic – it’s all about the community coming together for food, music and good old-fashioned fun. Sunday 3 June –Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant See the Queen lead a flotilla of 1000 boats from across the UK, Commonwealth and the rest of the world. Steam boats, tall ships, cruisers, kayaks, Dunkirk little ships and Dragon boats – the flotilla will be the largest fleet of ships to assemble on the Thames in 350 years, continuing a royal tradition which dates back to Anne Boleyn’s coronation. The Pageant begins in Putney and culminate at Tower Bridge. Monday 4 June – BBC Concert at the Palace Join in the fun at the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with artists including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Annie Lennox. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a ticket – there’s room for 500,000 people in St James’s Park, Green Park and the Mall to watch it on giant screens. www.bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee Monday 4 June – Diamond Jubilee Beacons A network of Beacons will be lit throughout the UK and Commonwealth, including

beacons on the battlements of The Tower of London, St James’s Palace and Lambeth Palace. Details from 6 May at www.

family to enjoy, including a ‘Tiaras and Tuxedos’ picnic, a special church service in the marquee followed by ‘The Big Lunch’ and a traditional family day at the recreational ground on 4 June.

diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk Tuesday 5 June – Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession The final day of official celebrations includes a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral before the Queen travels in a procession through the streets of London.

Other Jubilee Events Until 23 Jun – Long to Reign Over Us at Dartford Borough Museum Visit the exhibition celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which focuses on local events at the time of the Accession and Coronation, together with more recent royal visits to the Borough. 15 May – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee event in Bromley The Queen is visiting Bromley as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Bromley Council is holding an all day public event to commemorate the event. There will be displays and interactive installations and a ‘Jubilee Road’ street party. Plus the Glades Shopping Centre and the Queen’s Gardens will be transformed with fashion exhibits to celebrate 60 years of British fashion. 17 May to 21 October – The Queen: Art and Image National Portrait Gallery Bringing together images of Elizabeth II from throughout her

reign, this exhibition shows the way she has been portrayed down the decades, ranging from official paintings to works by Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz and Gilbert and George. 24 May to 4 November – At Home with the Queen Museum of London Featuring Londoners photographed in their homes, this exhibition explores cherished mementoes of Her Majesty’s reign. 2 & 3 June – Jubilee Family Festival at Hyde Park This twoday festival will culminate in a finale on both days comprising of Disney songs and characters. Plus equestrian events, deathdefying motorbike stunts and kids’ television characters. With giant screens covering the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, the festival will showcase Britain throughout the decades. 2–4 June – A Right Royal Weekend in Halstead Village Halstead village will host a series of spectacular events for all the

4 June – Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Bexleyheath Bexleyheath town centre is the focal point for the Bexley borough’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. A big street party in the Broadway is planned, with stalls, events and free entertainment and the annual Civic Parade will process through the town centre. 4 June – Diamond Jubilee Picnic at Chislehurst Rec Bring your own picnic and some games. 30 June to 8 July & 31 July to 7 October – Buckingham Palace Summer Opening Visit the lavishly decorated State Rooms furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. 31 July to 30 September – Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration at Buckingham Palace This spectacular exhibition shows the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. It includes the necklace made for Queen Victoria’s coronation, a crown worn by Victoria for her Diamond Jubilee portrait and a set of diamonds given to her by the Sultan of Turkey.

At the time of going to press a number of local events were still in the planning stage.To find out more visit: www.familieslondonkent.co.uk • www.bexley.gov.uk • www.bromley.gov.uk/diamondjubilee • www.dartford.gov.uk/events/jubilee.htm • www.royal.gov.uk • www.direct.gov.uk/diamondjubilee • www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org • www.thebiglunch.com

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What’s On

HEVER CASTLE

Summer Fairs & Fetes Bexley

26 May, 12pm–4pm Old Bexley C of E Primary School Bexleyheath

23 June St Thomas More R C Primary School Bromley

16 June, 12pm–3pm Mead Road Infant School 30 June Red Hill Primary School Dartford

19 May, from 12pm, Maypole Primary School, Franklin Road

15 June, from 2pm Princes Plain Primary & Nursery School

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23 June Babington House 23 June, 12pm–3pm Edgebury Primary School 23 June, Farringtons School 9 June, 10am–4pm Chislehurst Summer Fair

23 June Downe Primary School 23 June, Hayes Fair, Baston House School, Baston Road

19 May, 10am–4.30pm Gravesend May Fayre at Gravesend Methodist Church, Milton Road Sidcup

23 June from 1pm Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School 29 June, straight after school Sherwood Park Primary School 16 June, 12pm–5pm St Mary’s Community

16 June, 12.30pm–4.30pm Keston Primary School

Fun Day at Shoulder of Mutton Green

HORNIMAN MUSEUM 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ 020 8699 1872, www.horniman.ac.uk Busy Bees Lively sessions for under 5s with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs and lots of fun. Hands on Family workshops Touch real museum objects from all over the world. 26 May & 23 Jun Nature Explorers £2. 4 & 6–8 Jun, 11am–3.30pm Family Art Fun

Kent & East Sussex Railway 01580 765155, www.kesr.org.uk Booking essential. 5–7 May, 9.30am–4.30pm Great Gala Weekend The Carriage & Wagon Shed at Tenterden will be open allowing visitors to explore the fascinating background of the line’s fleet of historical coaches.

KENT LIFE Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AU, 01622 763936, www.kentlife.org.uk 7 May May Day Celebrations Watch the traditional May Pole and Morris Dancing and sit back and relax to the sound of the Steam Organ. 2–10 Jun Jubilee Half Term Fun Celebrate being British and enjoy traditional games form the 1950s including Grand Tug of War, Family Races and a Knobbly Knees Competitions. On 3 June there is an open air production of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ and from 4 to 5 June there will be a special Bank Holiday Street Party.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RR www.riverhillgardens.co.uk 5–7 May The Riverhill Challenge Family quiz/stamp hunt.

LEEDS CASTLE

near Maidstone, ME17 1PL, 01622 765400, www.leeds-castle.com 19 & 20 May Home and Garden Weekend 2 & 3 June Diamond Jubilee Weekend 3 Jun Diamond Jubilee Fireworks & Open Air Cinema Evening 5–10 Jun Jousting Tournament 23 & 34 Jun Medieval Knight School

Welling

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boutique camping, quality food and traditional ales, with great artists including Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Primal Scream, Joan Armatrading and Billy Ocean.

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Hever, near Edenbridge, TN8 7NG, 01732 865224, www.hevercastle.co.uk 5–7 May Dancing round the Maypole 2–5 Jun Tudor Jubilee Celebrations There’s a display of copies of the Coronation crown jewels including crowns and exquisite royal jewellery as well as a competition for the best dressed prince and princess. 6–10 Jun Royal Half Term Fun 15–24 Jun Best of British Garden Festival Beautiful floral displays created by Sevenoaks NAFAS fill the Castle rooms to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Lullingstone Castle & the World Garden

2–5 Jun, 10.30am–4.30pm Royal Jubilee Photoshoot 6–10 Jun, 11am–4pm Summer Lantern workshop Age 3–10yrs. 16 & 17 Jun, 11.30am–4pm Paper aeroplane workshop Age 3+.

Days out – Historical Houses & Gardens

ENGLISH HERITAGE Properties Members free. For prices & opening times visit www.english-heritage.org.uk

ELTHAM PALACE & GARDENS

Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE, 0870 333 1183 3–6 Jun Time Travellers Go…Royal 23 & 24 Jun A Grand Medieval Joust

HOME OF CHARLES DARWIN (DOWN HOUSE) Luxted Road, Downe,

Kent BR6 7JT, 01689 859119. 18–19 May, 6pm–9pm Museums at night Enjoy twilight talks about Darwin and his family and take this exclusive opportunity to explore the property out of hours. 2–5 Jun, 11am–4pm Time Travellers Go… Victorian Find out what Victorian life was really like. Meet Charles Darwin and discover how Victorian children would have lived.

LULLINGSTONE ROMAN VILLA

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, 01322 621238, www.hallplace.org.uk Booking required 20 May & 17 Jun, 2pm Drop-in-Family Fun 3 Jun Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch Bring along a picnic. Free. 6–8 Jun, 10am & 2pm Fairy & Dragon Wings Enter a world of fairytales and make your own set of fairy or dragon wings. £4 per child.

Eynsford Kent DA4 0JA, 01322 862114 6 & 7 May, 1am–5pm Medieval Weekend Come and see the ‘living history’ displays, complete with authentic dress, campfires, tents and medieval weapon. Those participating in the medieval weekend will camp out over night at Lullingstone in medieval tents, cooking their food over campfires.

NATIONAL TRUST Members free. For prices & opening times visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk CHARTWELL Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS, 01732 868381 23 & 24 Jun Wartime Weekend Staff will be dressed in 1940's regalia as Chartwell steps back in time. Ightham Mote Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT, 01732 810378 7 Jun, 12pm Children’s Watercolour Workshop 10 Jun Hartley Morris Men & Friends 17 Jun Father’s Day Fun Knole Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP, 01732 450608 / 01732 462100 29 May, 2.30pm Family Walk £1, (pre-book) 7 Jun Dressing up in the Great Hall red house Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JF, 020 8304 9878. 6 & 9 Jun, 1.30pm Children’s Crafts at Half Term £2.50. SISSINGHURST CASTLE Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, 01580 710700. 17 Jun, 10.30am–5pm Fathers’ Day A beer tent, BBQ and big games to enjoy.

Penshurst Place & Gardens Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, 01892 870307, www.penshurstplace.com 5– 7 May Weald of Kent Craft Show 4 & 5 Jun Jubilee Bank Holiday Join Fanny, Johnnie and Marjorie as they celebrate the royal coronation with stories for all the family.

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CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

Cudham Road, Downe Village, Kent BR6 7LF, 01689 861603, www.xmastreefarm.co.uk 10am–4pm, 9am–5.30pm (school holidays, weekends & Bank Holidays). Check website for holiday activities.

To see The Tiger Who Came to Tea, live on stage in the West End!

EAGLE HEIGHTs Wildlife Park

We have a famiy ticket to give away to a performance at The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue this Summer (4 Jul–2 Sept)!

Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JB www.eagleheights.co.uk Flying displays, reptiles and mammal encounter & daily demonstrations. Check website for holiday activities.

For your chance to win, visit www.families londonkent.co.uk /competitions

RUXLEY MANOR GARDEN CENTRE Maidstone Road, Sidcup DA14 5BQ, 020 8300 0084, www.ruxley-manor.co.uk 5 Jun, 10am–4pm Make Diamond Jubilee Crowns No booking required.

SHORNE WOODS COUNTRY PARK Brewers Road, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3HX, 08458 247 600, www.kent.gov.uk/kentcountryparks 2–10 Jun Spring Half Term Activity Trail

TROSLEY COUNTRY PARK

Farming World Nash Court,
Boughton, Faversham, Kent
ME13 9HY, 01227 751144, www.farming-world.co.uk 4 Jun Picnic in the Park for the Queen’s Jubilee Children in fancy dress free (see conditions) 4–8 Jun Sheep Shearing & Wool Week 7 Jun Sponge Bob comes to visit 8 Jun Have a go Falconry day 17 Jun Dads go Free for Father’s Day

FOAL FARM ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3AX, 01959 572 386, www.foalfarm.org.uk 1.30pm–4.30pm (except Tues). Check website for holiday activities. 20 May, 11am Sponsored Dog Walk For a sponsorship pack, email dogs@foalfarm.org.uk

Waterlow Rd, Vigo, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0SG, 08458 247 600, www.kent.gov.uk/kentcountryparks 30 Jun Music in the Park

*Closing date: 22 June 2012.

WILDERNESS WOOD Lympne Wild Animal Park and enjoy the family entertainment provided on Saturday evening including: an inflatable assault course, face painting and kids disco. Complimentary teas and coffees, evening barbeque and morning breakfast will be provided for all campers.

FUN WITH NATURE

COOLINGS GREEN & PLEASANT Main Road, Knockholt TN14 7LJ, 01959 534386 All activities must be pre-booked. 31 May & 28 Jun Storytelling for the under 5s £4.50 (lunch included): 4–10 Jun Diamond Treasure Hunt 5 & 7 Jun Pond Dipping & Bug Hunts

Hadlow College Hadlow, Tonbridge TN11 0AL, 01732 853257, www.hadlow.ac.uk 27 May Hadlow Annual Horse Show

PORT LYMPNE WILD ANIMAL & SAFARI PARK Lympne, Nr Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD, 0844 842 4647, www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne 9 & 10 Jun Roar N Snore This family camping event returns for the third year running. Camp overnight on the grasslands adjacent to Port

LULLINGSTONE COUNTRY PARK & VISITOR Centre Castle Road, Eynsford, DA4 0JF, 08458 247 600, www.kent.gov.uk/kentcountryparks 2–10 Jun Spring Half Term Activity Trail

Hadlow Down, East Sussex TN22 4HJ, 01825 830509, enquiries@wildernesswood.co.uk, www.wildernesswood.co.uk Lots of fun weekend activities ranging from woodskills, storytelling in the woods and craft activities. All activities must be pre-booked.

NEARLY NEW SALES

CHILDREN’s NEARLY NEW childrensnearlynew@hotmail.co.uk 21 May & 18 Jun, 10am–12pm Hurst Community Centre, Hurst Road, Bexley DA5 3LH 12 Jun, 10am–12pm St Augustines Children’s Centre, St Augustines Road, Belvedere DA17 5HP NCT NEARLY NEW SALE www.nct.org.uk – check website for sales in your area.

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Families London-Kent Borders, May/June 2012 (Issue 7)