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This Spring

05 News & Views - Matters of interest for local parents 12 Book Reviews - Opinions from real children on the latest titles

School Time

07 Schools - Find out about what local schools can offer your child 10 Tutors - Find educational support for your children

What’s On 13 Theatre Listings - Find an age-appropriate theatre show 14 Diary Dates - What’s on and where to go this spring 19 Great Days Out - Plenty of fun things to do as a family this spring

Family Life 26 Let’s Party - One-stop shop for a perfect party 28 Active Kids - Special feature with exciting ideas for energetic kids!

Welcome... to our spring issue Dear Readers,

As we go to press, it seems to have been raining for weeks and weeks so I hope this spring issue is a welcome interruption to your ark building! Assuming that the sun will come out at some point this spring, our Great Days Out feature (p 19) has loads of ideas for you and your family to make the most of the fab local attractions and places to visit. These days we hear a lot about rising levels of childhood obesity and unfitness. Why not turn to our Active Kids feature for some inspiration to get your children up and about, trying new things, having fun and getting fitter and healthier in the process? Your children might be at the age where you are thinking about them going to school for the first time or changing schools at the end of year 6. Our Schools feature on page 7 is packed with information about what the schools in your area have to offer your child. Why not go along to one of the school open days to see for yourself? As always, we also have a raft of competitions and reader offers for you with more of these and lots of up-to-date listings at our website www.kidaround.biz. Have a happy Spring!

The Team

33 Get Active - Extra-curricular and sports activities

Publisher: Tracy Thomas tracy.thomas@kidaround.biz

34 Classified - Local business information

Accounts Director: Ken Moore ken.moore@kidaround.biz

Early Years

Production Manager: Anna Hurley anna.hurley@kidaround.biz Production Assistant: Benjamin Kemp layout@kidaround.biz

35 Birth & Beyond - Information focussing on the under-fives 36 Childcare Providers - Your essential guide to local childcare

Competitions & Reader Offers

5 Win an iPad With Essex Libraries

23 Kids Stay for £10 Reader offer from Ufford Park

10 Walking Bus Kit for Schools On offer from The Co-op

25 Free vouchers worth £400 Chequebook of offers from Visit Essex

12 Book Giveaway Win all the books on this page

28 Free Trial Session Reader offer from Theatretrain

15 Win Rio 2 merchandise Exclusive merch up for grabs

30 5% Off Kids Shoes! Reader offer from Gimme Shooz

17 Win Website X5 Software Web design software to be won

33 Subscribers Prize Parenting book just for our subscribers

20 20% off online Special offer from Barleylands

35 Blissful Baby Expert Three copies to be won!

Find more competitions at www.kidaround.biz

Listings Editor: Suzanne Gardner diarydates@kidaround.biz

Contributors Chilligraphics 01376 563504 Lisa Clegg

Sales Assistant: Nikki Hillier nikki.hillier@kidaround.biz Creative Media Apprentice: Lauren Oliver info@kidaround.biz

KidAround is published quarterly by KidAround Ltd. Circulation 120,000 over two Essex editions. The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. The copyright on the contents of this magazine, including artwork, advertisements, logos and articles, when generated by the KidAround team, remains with KidAround Ltd. DISCLAIMER The listings in this magazine are for advice only. Inclusion in a listing does not imply a recommendation from KidAround Ltd. or any of its staff. We try to ensure the information we include is up to date and correct. However, we cannot be held responsible for any changes, cancellations, alterations or closures to or at any of the events, venues or facilities that we list. The onus is on the reader to check.


News & Views

World Book Day

Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 14 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland). When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookshop (there’s lots of them out there - find your local participating bookshop on their website) and swap it for one of the ten exclusive, new and completely free £1 World Book Day books pictured below! Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead! And if you’d rather get an audio book, that’s fine too! So that’s £1 off any book or audio book, it’s your choice, just as long as it would normally cost at least £2.99. Then all YOU have to do is take your book home and enjoy it.

To find out more about World Book Day visit www.worldbookday.com

Love Your Library and You Could Win an iPad!

There’s never been a better time to join Essex Libraries. Join up before 15 March 2014 and you’ll be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an iPad. Existing members can get involved too, recommend a friend and you’ll be entered into a separate prize draw to win an iPad when he or she joins up. Essex Libraries can help to get children off to a great start. Enjoying books is the first step towards learning to read, which in turn can help writing and thinking skills. Even if children have books at home, there are hundreds more to enjoy from the library, as well as DVDs, ebooks and audio books. There are regular Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes, and libraries are an ideal place to share stories and meet other families. Regular family events run throughout the year as well as the popular Summer Reading Challenge. Children can book free internet and computer time at the library and the Homework Helper Service and many online resources can be accessed at home as well. Prize draw entries accepted until 15 March 2014 Prizes kindly supplied by BorrowBox Find out more at www.essex.gov.uk/jointhelibrary

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News & Views Colchester’s Top Tourist Attraction Re-opens

Colchester’s most famous attraction, Colchester Castle, will re-open to the public on 2 May to the delight of many parents, children and visitors from around the globe. The museum, closed since March 2013, has undergone a major £4.2 million redevelopment programme, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Regional Development Fund as part of the EU Norman Connections project, Colchester Borough Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Renaissance, Friends of Colchester Museums, Essex Heritage Trust and Friends of Colchester Roman Wall. During the refurbishment, essential remedial works were done to the fabric of the Castle, including masonry repairs, roof insulation, rewiring, new public toilets, the installation of underfloor heating and a new lift. All essential to ensure the 1,000 year-old Norman Keep is around for future generations to enjoy. The new look Museum will offer access to and interpretation of fascinating collections that hold national and international significance. Visitors will be able to unlock the stories contained in the building and its collections through the innovative use of modern technology.  Visitors will also be able to download an app onto their own mobile device or hire tablet computers, which will recreate the Norman Castle interiors and animate the collections.  At regular intervals there will also be a gigantic son et lumiere projection that will fill an entire internal wall. This will dramatically evoke key moments from the 2,000 year history of this site and recreate the lost internal structures of the Castle. 

Computer-generated images showing what visitors might expect inside the newlyredeveloped Colchester Castle museum.

A series of events have been planned for children and families, which will run throughout the summer holidays. The full activities programme for the Castle, Natural History Museum, Hollytrees, Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Art School will be available on the Colchester and Ipswich Museums website www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson or you can pick up a copy of the latest events leaflet at any of the Museums’ six venues. The Battle of the Ages - Enter a special competition to design a chariot! A spectacular modern day chariot race - the Battle of the Ages - will be staged in Colchester Castle’s Bailey on 7 June 2014. Six teams will represent the different eras which have seen the Castle flourish or falter. Romans v Iceni, Normans v Saxons and Roundheads v Cavaliers – these teams will be racing modern-day chariots to claim victory. Which team will you be backing? Enter the competition to design one of the chariots, follow the teams on Facebook and Twitter to win prizes and visit battleoftheages.co.uk for more information on how you can get involved. Local primary schools, community groups and the general public are invited to enter this fantastic competition to design one of the chariots for the race and win great prizes. Saxon chariot–designed by community groups (one entry per group); Roman chariot–designed by school groups (one entry per school); Iceni, Normans, Cavaliers and Roundheads chariots- designed by general public. Visit www.battleoftheages.co.uk for more information on how you can get involved in this epic chariot race and very special competition. You can keep up to date with the latest information about the Castle re-opening, associated events and competitions on the Museums’ website www.cimuseums.org.uk

Sport Relief is back, and it’s three times as fun!

This year’s Children’s Hospice Week (running from 13th – 20th June) will focus on the incredible round-the-clock care provided to seriously ill children by families, professionals, children’s hospices and services across the UK. Children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions often have complex needs that require care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This can put enormous pressure on families, carers and siblings. Children’s hospices and palliative care services are there to provide a vital lifeline to families. They offer a wide range of services including short breaks, hospice at home care, 1:1 counselling services and activity days. For many families, a short break at a hospice might mean the only time they are able to get a proper night’s sleep. It gives them the time to relax as a family, with expert support day and night, and spend time together making precious memories. Join in with Children’s Hospice Week by fundraising for your local service and celebrate all the heroes who help care for seriously ill children. Because ‘We Care 24/7’. Children’s Hospice Week 2014 culminates with Hero Friday, which will be celebrating all the heroes who help care 24/7 for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. We all need heroes, so why not dress up as your hero and help raise money to provide 24/7 care for seriously ill children. It could be your favourite pop star, actor, sports personality or superhero. Or maybe your hero is a family member or friend that’s made a world of difference to you. To find out more about Children’s Hospice Week and other fundraising opportunities visit www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/childrenshospiceweek 6 • Spring 2014 • South Essex • www.kidaround.biz

Sport Relief is back with the first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. It’s warming up to be one unmissable weekend and with three massive fundraising events to choose from the Mile, the Swimathon and the Cycle it’s now officially three times the fun. You can run, swim or cycle your way to raising cash at over a thousand venues up and down the country, including landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There are lots of distances so there’s something for everyone. For some great ideas on how you can help raise money, visit www.sportrelief.com and download a fundraising pack

Mother’s Day

Sunday 30th March

Don’t forget to give your mum a big kiss and cuddle on Mother’s Day to make her feel extra special. Why not draw her a lovely picture or pick some beautiful flowers from the garden?


Schools Find out more about schools in your area with our special feature on local education options

Bursaries at Hutton Manor

Hutton Manor and its onsite Little Acorns Day Nursery are overflowing with opportunities for children aged 3 months to 11 years. Pupils are eager to go to school every day because they feel valued and challenged. The school aims to drive and inspire pupils across all areas of the curriculum whilst equipping them to become valuable and caring citizens. They pride themselves on the fact that they are an inclusive school which believes in competition. Class sizes are small and Head Teacher, Paula Hobbs commented that this “ensures the individual learning needs of children are met, whilst specialist teaching offers the opportunity to achieve academic excellence.” Their curriculum goes well beyond the national curriculum and pupils achieve high academic results. With exceptional relationships with local senior schools, they ensure that children achieve a place at the senior school that is right for them, many of these being grammar schools and selective independent schools. The school and nursery are based over 30 acres of stunning grounds on the edge of Hutton Village and children thrive in the inspiring, happy and safe environment. Facilities include their very own nature trail, ponds, netball courts, playing fields, bike track and indoor heated swimming pool - perfect for their annual triathlon! Children benefit from an extensive ICT suite and Samsung tablets to enhance lessons. Hutton Manor believes that all children deserve access to a first class education and have therefore introduced financial assistance in the form of means-tested bursaries which enables children to receive up to 50% off school fees. Parents are invited to the Hutton Manor Open Day on Saturday 15th March 2014 from 10:00am – 1:30pm. For more information or admissions please contact the Admissions Registrar, Debbie Cook on 01277 245595 dc@woodlandsschools.co.uk or visit their websites: For the school: www.woodlandsschools.co.uk Nursery: www.littleacornshutton.co.uk

School Open Events Burnham-on-crouch

COLCHESTER

Primary Liaison Day -Year 5 24 & 26 June

Visits welcome by appointment & prospectus available

Primary Liaison Day -Year 6 8 July

Ormiston Rivers Academy Southminster Road Burnham on Crouch CM0 8QB 01621 782377 www.ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

BRENTWOOD Open Morning 15 Mar 10am - 1.30pm

Hutton Manor School Hutton Manor Brentwood CM13 1SD 01277 245595 www.woodlandsschools.co.uk

Open Morning 7 Mar 9am - 12pm Teddy Bears’ Picnic 30 May 9am - 10.30am Woodlands School, Great Warley Warley Street Great Warley CM13 3LA 01277 245595 www.woodlandsschools.co.uk

Doucecroft School For children with autism 01206 771234

felsted Open Morning 10 May Felsted Preparatory School Braintree Road CM6 3LL 01371 822611 Mrs Ruth Wyganowski rmw@felstedprep.org

Leigh-on-Sea Open Days 21 Mar 9.30-11.30am & 22 Mar 10am-12pm

St. Michael’s School 198 Hadleigh Road Leigh On Sea SS9 2LP 01702 478719 www.stmichaelsschool.com

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Schools Outdoor Learning

If education is a voyage of discovery, why not take learning outside? That is exactly what the children at Woodlands School and Little Acorns Nursery do. The Head Teacher, Barbara Harding, believes that taking learning beyond the classroom engages children, makes learning more relevant, nurtures creativity and imagination and promotes healthy living. The school recently adopted the philosophy of Forest Schools which is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. Through play and exploration they aim to develop: • Self awareness • Self regulation • Intrinsic motivation • Empathy • Good social communication skills • Independence • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence Most importantly, the children have freedom to think for themselves and take part in an activity weekly which is not about results or doing what the teacher asks but is self motivating and very stimulating for all of the children and their teachers. The school, in Great Warley, is set over nine acres of rural land and features a purpose-built nature trail, an outdoor learning area containing outdoor learning spaces, a pond, a mud kitchen and an outdoor storytelling area on the school lawn. Rain or shine the children go outside and enjoy nature, something so many children no longer have the freedom to do. They return to their classrooms inspired by the world around them and this has impacted on all areas of their learning. Parents are invited to the Open Day on Friday 7th March 2014 from 9am -12noon. For more information or admission enquiries please contact the Admissions Registrar, Debbie Cook on 01277 245595 or dc@woodlandsschools.co.uk or visit their websites: for the school www.woodlandsschools.co.uk Nursery: www.littleacornswarley.co.uk

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Autism Education, Advice and Support from Autism Anglia

Whether you are going through a diagnosis of autism with your child, require information about education, looking for post-16 provision or just need someone to talk to, Autism Anglia can help you find your way. Doucecroft School, the charity’s independent school in Essex, offers a specialist education to children and young people with autism aged 3 – 19 and welcomes students with highly complex and individual needs. Day places and residential weekly or termly boarding is available, as well as short breaks over holiday periods. The main school site near Colchester is a calm, spacious environment with purpose-built facilities for children with autism, whilst a separate Further Education department in Kelvedon is dedicated to 16-19 year olds and focuses on preparing the children with their transition to adulthood. Autism Anglia’s Family Support team can provide information, practical advice and guidance to parents in need of support. With knowledge of what is available in Essex for children with autism, they can signpost you to relevant support groups and services that may be offered in your area. Autism Awareness training is also offered to schools, health and social care professionals. The Charity’s Alert Card is available free of charge and is designed to give peace of mind to parents when their child is out. Supported by Essex Police, the card explains a little bit about the condition and has space for emergency contact details. For more information about any of Autism Anglia’s many services visit www.autism-anglia.org.uk or call 01206 577678. Should you wish to learn more about Doucecroft School or receive a prospectus please call 01206 771234


Schools Time to discover St. Michael’s School

St. Michael’s School is a popular choice for many parents in and around Leigh on Sea. Based on traditional Christian values, the school offers modern facilities, optimum class sizes, high quality teaching, a broad and balanced curriculum and a wealth of extracurricular activities. All children aged 3–11 are challenged and supported to acheive their potential by making the most of all the opportunities available to them. In the outstanding Early Years department children are encouraged to develop their imagination and natural curiosity, discovering and learning with confidence in a happy and attractive environment. Throughout the school their aim is to instil a love of learning and, through first hand experiences both inside and outside the classroom, help children discover their strengths and abilities. High academic expectations go hand-in-hand with a commitment to see all children achieve their full potential. Children are increasingly taught by subject specialist staff in well-resourced specialist facilities. Music and drama are particular extra-curricular strengths but a full programme of sports activities and regular fixtures ensure that children’s physical development is an integral part of their education. Children are encouraged to become confident, independent thinkers and learners and to develop communication, team work and leadership skills. A thorough programme of preparation for selective (11+) tests and transition to secondary school is included in the curriculum, ensuring that all children leave with confidence and with high levels of achievement. Visitors are warmly invited to their Open Days to discover how St. Michael’s could be the school of choice for your child. Contact the school on 01702 478719 for more information, to request a prospectus or to arrange a visit. Registering now for Nursery and Reception places for September 2015.

Ormiston Rivers Academy

Ormiston Rivers Academy is a smaller than average secondary school with approximately 800 students aged from 11 to 18. The Academy offers the highest levels of student support and care with academic mentoring and tracking for individuals, running alongside a rich & diverse curriculum, providing personal pathways for children of all abilities. The Academy’s Gifted & Talented programme is run by some of the most experienced staff. The Academy is also renowned for its care of students with special educational needs and the support put in place to enable each and every one to reach their full potential. The Academy has made exceptional progress in league tables, being noted as the 12th most improved school in the country for 2011/12.The Academy received its first Ofsted inspection in July 2013 and was delighted with the result of the inspection where the Academy was deemed to be “Good” in all categories. The Academy has an excellent record of good behaviour and holds a strong belief in “firm but fair” discipline. The Academy looks to ensure that all students are happy & fulfilled, whilst being well mannered and ambitious. The Academy is situated in Burnham on Crouch, a riverside town with a strong sense of community, of which the Academy is at the centre. It is led by Principal, Ms J Costello who has a strong record of school improvement and is supported by Ormiston Trust, a renowned & innovative Academy sponsor. For more information please call 01621 782377 or visit the website www.ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

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Education Guide to icons:

Billericay Kip McGrath

LAN Languages

Kip McGrath Professional tuition in maths, English, 11+, other entry exams. From reception to GCSE. Ofsted registered. For a FREE educational assessment call 01277 621515 www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/billericay 11+ Eng Mat SEN

MAT Mathematics

Brentwood

MUS Music

Kip McGrath

11+

11 plus

ENG English ICT Computing

SAT SATs SCI Science SEN Special Educational Needs

Professional tuition in maths, English, 11+, other entry exams. From Reception to GCSE. Ofsted Registered. Childcare vouchers accepted. For a FREE educational assessment phone 01277 200919 www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/brentwood 11+ Eng Mat SEN SAT

BASILDON

CHelmsford

Action Learning Centres

Ace Tuition

An alternative education centre for learning outside of the classroom. For 11-17 year olds. 01268 711677 or email info@actionlearningcentres.co.uk www.actionlearningcentres.co.uk

Kip McGrath

Believe every child can succeed if taught well. Tuition for 4-18 year olds. Professional, qualified, specialist teachers in maths, English, GCSE, 11+, SATs. Mondays - Fridays after school. Saturdays from 8am. 12A Barclays Bank Chambers, Basildon, SS13 3AS. Call Breggie Rautenbach 01268 556700 kmcbasildon@aol.com kipmcgratheducation.co.uk 11+ Eng ICT Mat SAT SEN

Tuition for 5-16 year olds. Professional and experienced teachers in English and Maths. Daytime classes available for home-schooled students. Iain McKenzie 07780 506615 acetuition@hotmail.co.uk Eng ICT Lan Mat SAT Sci SEN

Explore Learning

Tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities. Free trial session! 01245 450501 www.explorelearning.co.uk 11+ Eng Mat SEN

Hylands House

Hylands holds the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) quality mark badge and offers educational visits from preschool to higher education students. 01245 605524 dawn.hoyle@chelmsford.gov.uk Eng SAT Sci

KipMcGrath Chelmsford South

National Walking Month is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the benefits of walking. Running from 1 May, it incorporates Walk to Work Week (12-16 May) and Walk to School Week (19-23 May). For four weeks, Living Streets is encouraging people across the UK to enjoy walking their way, be it walking to work, raising money for their favourite charity or walking their children to school. The opportunities are endless. To help you walk safely, The Co-operative is giving away a free Walking Bus Kit for your school! Small steps can make a big difference. The proportion of British children aged five to ten who walk to school has fallen nearly 20% in the last 20 years. The Co-operative’s Walking Bus initiative is great for the environment and encourages children to get to know each other whilst enjoying a burst of fresh air and exercise. Since 2007, over 600 Walking Buses have been set up through this project - fancy following in their footsteps? Apply now for your chance to qualify for a free Walking Bus Kit with equipment worth up to £1,000 These kits include: • Up to 40 junior or infant high-viz vests • Up to 10 adult high-viz vests • A banner for the school railings to promote the bus to families • Posters to promote the bus within the school • 50 hi-viz snapbands to use as rewards for walkers Simply visit www.greenschools.coop/walkingbus to find out more. To find out more information on National Walking Month and see the fun ways to get involved, visit http www.livingstreets.org.uk 10 • Spring 2014 • South Essex • www.kidaround.biz

Tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities. Free trial session! 01708 767819 www.explorelearning.co.uk 11+ Eng Mat SEN

Southend-on-sea

Maths and English tuition with qualified teachers. From 5-16. Early reading and exam preparation including 11+. Phone Colette on 01245-344310 for a free assessment. www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/ chelmsford-south 11+ Eng Mat SEN Sci

Explore Learning

TopClassTutoring.co.uk

Private tuition for children aged 7-11. All subjects, all abilities. Chelmsford-based. Call Helen Cullender on 01245 422233 or 0759 5154 821 11+ Eng ICT Lan Mat SAT Sci SEN

Offers children aged 4-16 years professional tuition for maths, English, and exam preparation. Phone for a FREE assessment on 01702 615838 217/219 Hamstel Road, SS2 4LB 11+ Eng Mat SAT SEN Sci

ESSEX

Kip McGrath Southend West

Fleet Tutors

Private tuition in your own home by qualified, experienced, CRB-checked tutors. Call 0845 6445452 www.fleet-tutors.co.uk

11+ Eng ICT Lan Mat MUS SAT Sci SEN

hornchurch Explore Learning

Tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities. 35 High Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1TP. 01708 629620 hornchurch@explorelearning.co.uk www.explorelearning.co.uk 11+ Eng Mat SEN

LAKESIDE

Join in National Walking Month and get a FREE walking bus kit for your school!

ROMFORD Explore Learning

Explore Learning

Tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities. Free trial session! 01708 869650 www.explorelearning.co.uk 11+ Eng Mat SEN

MALDON Rollett-Ed Private Tuition

Experienced Primary and Special Needs Teacher available for 1:1 tuition for students aged 5 – 13 years. Cassandra Rollett-Reed 07592 829596 www.rollett-ed.co.uk Eng SEN

Tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities. Free trial session! 01702 568808 www.explorelearning.co.uk 11+ Eng Mat SEN

Kip McGrath Southend East

Offers children aged 4-16 years professional tuition for maths, English, and exam preparation. Phone for a FREE assessment on 01702 557177. 333 London Road, Hadleigh, SS7 2BT 11+ Eng Mat SAT SEN Sci

westcliff-on-sea Eureka

One-to-one tuition, guaranteed to make a difference. Ages 4+, Ofsted registered childcare providers. Call Jodie on 01702 314674 or 07825 629124 www.eurekatutoring.co.uk 11+ Eng Mat SAT SEN

Witham SchoolServe

Educational consultancy offering individual tuition at centre or home by registered teachers. 01376 502561 or 07751 074616 or 01621 858636 www.schoolserve.info 11+ Eng ICT Lan Mat SAT Sci SEN

WOODFORD GREEN Explore Learning

Tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities. Free trial session! 020 8090 6716 www.explorelearning.co.uk 11+ Eng Mat SEN


Education

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Book Reviews Active Kids

Book Reviews

Meet the Parents by Peter Bentley and Sara Ogilvie rrp £6.99 www.simonandschuster.co.uk I really wanted to read this book because the front cover looked bright and funny and made me laugh. The book was about all the different things that kids do to their parents. The pictures are funny and some of the story reminds me of some of the things my mum and I do. I liked the page where the children climb over the mummy, it is what I do to my mum. But the best bit was when they got tickled, it made me laugh. I read this book with my mummy and I would tell other children to read it too. Reviewed by Delilah-May Morrison, aged 5

The Adventures of Shola by Bernardo Atxaga rrp £14.99 pushkinchildrens.com This book is about a dog called Shola and her owner and their adventures. There are four stories in this book. My favourite is ‘Shola and the Aunt from America’, which is about when Shola’s owner Senor Grogo’s Aunt comes and visits them from America. Shola thinks she is going to be very strict and make her wear a lead but it all turns out ok in the end. I thought this book was very good, because it was funny. I really enjoyed reading this book, and also reading it with my Mum. I would recommend this book to girls and boys age 6-10, although younger children may enjoy this story being read to them. Reviewed by Lachlan Johnson, aged 8

The League of Sharks by David Logan rrp £6.99 www.quercusbooks.co.uk This book was difficult to get into and a little hard for my age. It scared me a little to begin with when it was about Junk’s mother giving birth. However, once into the book it became more interesting and adventurous that you got lost in the characters. Junk is a brave young boy out on an adventure to find his lost sister taken during the night by the league of sharks. My favourite character was Garvan a large monster, who looked after and protected Junk and in time they became best friends. It was interesting how Garvan got the confidence to trust Junk from the tasks he set him to complete. Reviewed by Jack Turrell, aged 10

Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron rrp £4.99 www.tamarindbooks.co.uk The story is about 3 children, called Julian, Huey and Gloria, who decide to become a crime busting team after seeing some wanted posters in the post office. They have lots of adventures and meet lots of interesting people in various places around their home town. The book was so good I burst out laughing sometimes when I was reading it. I especially liked it when they rescued a boy from a fountain. He was funny because he could only say “No”! I would recommend this book to children who like adventure stories and are between 5 and 9 years old. Reviewed by Eddie Pickwick, aged 6

Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke rrp £6.99 www.orionbooks.co.uk This book is based on a boy named Jon who is haunted by ghosts. Jon left home to go to boarding school where he meets Ella and her Nan Zelda, who know everything about ghosts. One time Ella took Jon to see a knight called William Longenspee who helped Jon realise that he was the only person who could kill the bad ghost. Jon is adventurous, very interested in ghosts but also gets scared. Ella is very independent, likes to learn about ghosts and isn’t scared at all. I liked the way Jon and Ella used teamwork to fight Stourton (the bad ghost) and his army. This is a feisty book because all of the ghosts have a fight and I would recommend this book especially if you like world wars and history as most of the characters are from historian times. I couldn’t get my head out of the book. The age limit in my opinion is 8 and over. Reviewed by Lucy Collett, aged 9

My School Day by Ellen Crimi-Trent rrp £9.99 www.priddybooks.com ‘My School Day’ is a bright and colourful book that is great to share with a child one on one. The characters are fun and bring the concept of the passage of time from getting up in the morning to returning home after a school day alive. It provides plenty of prompts for the adult to engage with a child, and suggests fun activities. It would have been more realistic if the letters had been in lower case, with an awareness that phonetics are now used in school. A lovely introduction for any child about to start primary school. Reviewed by Reception class, Soaring High School, Coggeshall.

Alphaprints ABC by Roger Priddy rrp £7.99 www.priddybooks.com Myself and Ashlea have read this book several times and although she is too young to understand the nature of the book itself she does love the colours and the textured pages. The wooden pages make it easy for Ashlea to interact with the book and help turn the pages. She seems to be drawn particularly to the jellyfish. The book is hard wearing and can withstand Ashlea’s heavy hands of excitement. The colours are vibrant and the pictures are very large to grab Ashlea’s attention each time she turns the page. Very happy with this book and I’m sure it will last a long time. Reviewed by Ashlea Read, aged 7 months and her mum Tina

Each of the books reviewed on this page is available to win on our website www.kidaround.biz and you can see the competition entry rules below. If your child would like to be added to our list of potential reviewers, please email anna.hurley@kidaround.biz with their name and age along with your own name, address and contact telephone number. Please indicate if your child is a particularly advanced or struggling reader, or if they have any special needs, as this will help us with appropriate book selection. COMPETITION ENTRY RULES Unless otherwise stated, please email your name, address and daytime contact number to: comps@kidaround.biz by the closing date stated or by Friday 4th April. Only one entry per household. You can also enter via the KidAround website www.kidaround.biz or by post to: KidAround [name of competition] 59 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1PX. Please remember to include all of the above information in the body of your email with the name of the item you want to win as the subject. Competition winners from our winter issue can be found on the website: www.kidaround.biz PLEASE NOTE: Some prizes may need to be collected from one of the KidAround offices. 12 • Spring 2014 • South Essex • www.kidaround.biz


1st & 2nd April The Gruffalo

Hit musical stage adaptation of the award winning picture book. Age: 3yrs+. Various times. £11. Civic Theatre 01245 606505

19th April Old MacDonald Had A Farm

This fun-filled farmyard tale is brought to life through live action, puppetry and animation. Age: 4yrs+. 2.30pm. £11. Civic Theatre 01245 606505

CHELMSFORD 18th – 22nd March The Wizard of Oz

Featuring all the well-loved songs from the film, this is a family favourite not to be missed. Various times/prices. Cramphorn Theatre 01245 606505

19th – 22nd March The Nutcracker

Presented by The Chelmsford Ballet Company. Various times/prices. Civic Theatre 01245 606505

29th March Pirates Love Underpants

Join the book’s author on this rollicking adventure on the high seas, and meet a special guest. Age: 4-7yrs. 11am. £7.50. Cramphorn Theatre 01245 606505

29th March Comic Capers

Enjoy some madcap hilarity with Steve Cole and Sarah McIntyre, two of the most popular children’s book creators. Age: 7yrs+. 2pm. £7.50. Cramphorn Theatre 01245 606505

9th &10th May The Energy Show

Two futuristic science students race against time to prove their knowledge of energy. They explore, experiment and explode anything and everything they can find. Age: 7yrs+. Various times. £16. Civic Theatre 01245 606505

HORNCHURCH 5th April Nicholi the Clown

A fun-filled Easter show with comedy, magic and lots of audience participation. Age: 2-7yrs. 11.30am. £5. Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

15th – 17th April Milly and the Minotaur

Milly is 9 and ill in hospital. She is helped by her secret friend, who just happens to be a Minotaur! An enchanting tale of survival and friendship. Age: 6-11yrs. Various times. £6.50. Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

Theatre Listings

21st April Dinosaur Zoo

Observe and interact with these extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this entertaining and highly-imaginative live show. Age:3yrs+. Various times/prices. Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

3rd May Mr Zippy’s Magical Mayhem

Be transformed into a magician for the day as you help bumbling Mr Zippy in this hilarious new show. Age: 3-10yrs. 11.30am. £5. Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

15th May Monty and Mirabella

Enter Monty and Mirabella’s exciting storybook world in a vibrant show bursting with dance, mime, music and slapstick. Age: 2-7yrs. 11.30am. £5. Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

17th May Ian Billings – Dumbs Up!

Kids’ stand-up comedy. Warning!! May contain giggles, chuckles, guffaws and the occasional boff. Age: 6-11yrs. 11.30am. £5. Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

SOUTHEND ON SEA 13th March A November Day

A woman discovers the story of her grandfather, a survivor of the First World War, and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog who knew no boundaries. Age: 10yrs+. 2.30pm/7.30pm. £11.50. Palace Theatre 01702 351135

16th March Swan Lake

Performed by the Russian State Ballet. 2.30pm/7.30pm. Various prices. Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135

11th April The Chuckle Brothers

Don’t miss this new hilarious story as The Chuckle Brothers go into Space. 2pm. £15. Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135

2nd – 5th May Scooby Doo

Scooby-Doo and his friends arrive in Egypt where they must solve the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s Pyramid. Various times/prices. Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135

THURROCK 7th April The Jungle Book

The story of a man cub Mowgli who is brought up by a family of wolves. Age: 4-9yrs. 1pm & 3.30pm. £8.50. Thameside Theatre 0845 300 5264

15th April Pirate Gran

With a pet crocodile under her bed, a wicked sense of humour and a whole raft of adventures under her belt – time with Gran is never dull! Age: 3yrs+. 1.30pm/3.30pm. £10. Thameside Theatre, RM17 5DX. 0845 300 5264

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Diary Dates MARCH

Until 1 June A Squash and a Squeeze An exhibition of Julia Donaldson’s work, including her illustrators’. Share stories and explore sensory environments. 10am-4pm. Cost included in admission fee. The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE. www.thedockyard.co.uk Sat 1 Make a Police Dog Cut out and colour in your own furry friend! All ages. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 1 Crazy Comic Club Celebration Join bestselling cartoonist James Parsons for a comic-creating session. Age: 6yrs+. 1pm-3pm. Gants Hill Library, Ilford, IG2 6LA. gantshill.library@visionrcl.org.uk 020 8708 9274 Free Event BE Sat 1 Wild Bunch Explore the nature reserve and learn more about the creatures that live here. Age: 6-11yrs. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sat 1 Nearly New Sale Baby and toddler items sale. 10.30am12pm. £1 entry. Lopping Hall, 189 High Street, Loughton, IG10 4LF. alison@forestmusical.co.uk www.forestmusical.co.uk Sat 1 UniFest Family day of discovery. Join workshops and explore the facilities. Age: 6–16. 10am–3pm.  Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ. 0845 196 4711. www.anglia.ac.uk/UniFest Free Event Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22, Sat 29 11+ Mock Exam 1pm-3pm. £25 for new Maths and English Papers. Kip McGrath. kmcbasildon@aol.com 01268 556700 Sat 1/Sat 8/Sat 15/Sat 22/Sat 29 English Creative Writing Course (includes 11+ exam course). 3.15pm-4.30pm. £25. Kip McGrath. kmcbasildon@aol.com 01268 556700 Sun 2/Sat 8/Sun 23/Sat 29 Insect Trail Park trail with insect theme. Accompanied children of all ages. 1pm/4pm. £2 (incl a prize). Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Havering-atte-Bower RM4 1QH www.essexwt.org.uk

GUIDE TO DIARY DATES BE = Booking essential FREE EVENT = No charge To the best of our knowledge, the information about these events is correct at time of going to press. To avoid disappointment, please check with event organisers before setting off. Regularly updated diary dates listings can be found on our website www.kidaround.biz

Sun 2 Green Bunch Conservation work groups on the nature reserve. Age: 11-18yrs. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sun 2 A Walk in the Park Explore history through the ages. 10.30am–12.30pm. Waltham Abbey Gardens, EN9 1XQ. 08456 660 700 visitleevalley.org.uk Free Event Mon 3 IJS Solo Dance Competition Watch dancers qualify for the British Championships. 8am-7pm. Lee Valley Ice Centre, E10 7QL. 020 8533 3154 visitleevalley.org.uk Free Event Tue 4/Wed 12/Tue 18/Wed 26 Caterpillar Club Indoor and outdoor activities. Age: 18mths+. 10am-12pm. £5/£3 includes biscuit. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EB 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk Wed 5 Little Acorns Gardening Club Fun and informal pre-school gardening club. 10.30am-12pm. Garden admission + £2. Hyde Hall, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall Sat 8 Make a Police Boat An origami police boat that actually floats! All ages. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 8 Bumps & Baby Fair Items for the nursery, advice from professionals, local support groups information. 10am-4pm. Paddocks Community Centre, Canvey Island SS8 OJA www.craftfairsuk.co.uk Free Event Tue 11 Tuesday Toddle Following a gentle stroll, head inside to make something fabulous to take home. For accompanied pre-schoolers. 10am11.30am/1pm-2.30pm. £5/child. Hylands Stables Visitor Centre, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. 01245 605523 BE

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Mothers Day Present Making Make a card and poem.10am- 5pm. £10/£9/under 2’s free (save 20% online). Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, CM11 2UD. 01268 532253 www.barleylands.co.uk Sat 22 Make Walkie Talkies Classic cup radios that actually work! All ages. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 22 Minithon Athletics competition for school years 3-7, taking part in three different disciplines. 12pm-6pm. £10/child. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, N9 0AR. 020 8344 7230 www.visitleevalley.org.uk BE Sun 23 Sport Relief Cycle 3-mile family cycle. From 6:30am. £5 £35. Lee Valley VeloPark, London E20 3AB. www.sportrelief.com BE Sun 23 Sport Relief Mile One, three or six mile challenge with Sport Relief. From 10.30am. £3-£6. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, London N9 0AR. 020 8344 7230 www.sportrelief.com BE Fri 28 - Sun 30 GB Canoe Slalom Team Watch the country’s best battle the rapids. Try a taster session. 9am-4pm. £2-£8. Lee Valley White Water Centre, EN9 1AB. www.gbcanoeing.org.uk BE Sat 29 Detective Trail Can you find all the clues and solve the puzzle to win a prize? All ages. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 29 Mother’s Day Cards Make a card in time for Mother’s Day. 10am-4pm. £1.50/card. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk

Sat 15 Peg Police Officers Use old fashioned pegs to make police officer characters. All ages. 10am– 4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum

Sat 29 Lantern Walk Make a lantern, light it up and discover what nightime wildlife there is. Plus games, activities and a snack. 6pm-8pm. £6/child (one accompanying adult free). Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Sun 16 Brentwood NCT Nearly New Sale Quality baby/children’s clothing and equipment at bargain prices. 10.30am12noon. £1.50 Brentwood School Sports Centre, Middleton Hall Lane, CM15 8EE. www.nct.org.uk/brentwood

Sat 29 & Sun 30 Railway Opening Enjoy a train ride at the 2014 opening weekend. 11.30am – 4.45pm. Adult:£5, Child:£4. Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB. 01799 542134 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Sun 16 Science Sunday Mad Science demonstrations plus Plasma Penny. Miniature steam train rides (£1). Adult £5; Child (5-15) £2.50; under 5s free. 10am-5pm. Museum of Power, Langford, CM9 6QA. www.museumofpower.org.uk

Sat 29 Autism Awareness Week For families with children on the autistic spectrum. Art workshops for age: 3yrs+ and 8yrs+. 12pm/1.30pm/3pm. Storytelling 12.30pm/2pm/3.15pm. Museum of Childhood, London E2 9PA. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk Free Event BE

Mon 17 IJS Competition Watch novice, junior and senior skaters compete. 8am-7pm. Lee Valley Ice Centre, London E10 7QL. 020 8533 3154 visitleevalley.org.uk Free Event

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Sun 30 Antique Fair Stalls selling antiques and collectables. Miniature steam train rides (£1). Adult £2.50; children free. 10am-5pm. Museum of Power, Langford CM9 6QA. www.museumofpower.org.uk

Sun 30 Dangerous Event Catapults, bows and arrows, games and crafts. Age: 4yrs+. 11am-1pm. £5. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, CM11 1WT www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sun 30 Petunia’s Pick Celebrate all the amazing animal mothers at the farms. Bring Mum free! 10am-5pm. £5.50/£5, Under 2’s free. Lee Valley Park Farms, EN9 2EF. 01992 892 781 www.visitleevalley.org.uk/farms Sun 30 U13 & U15 Pentathlon Test your skills over the five pentathlon disciplines. 11am-6pm. £6/event. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, London N9 0AR. 020 8344 7230 www.visitleevalley.org.uk BE Sun 30 Lunch & Cream Tea Cruises River cruise & lunch. 12.30pm – 3.30pm. £25/£13. Cruise and cream tea. 3-5pm. £12.50. Broxbourne Riverside Moorings, EN10 6LX. 01992 462 085 www.leevalleyboats.co.uk BE Sun 30 Mums Come Free Free entry for all mums accompanied by a paying child. 10am-5pm. £10/£9, under 2’s free (save 20% online). Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, CM11 2UD. 01268 532253 www.barleylands.co.uk. Sun 30 Motor Cycle Day Themed special event day. 11am – 5pm. £4 adults, £3 concessions, 50p child (5–16 yrs). Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury RM18 8PB. 01375 844203 www.coalhousefort.co.uk Sun 30 Mothers’ Day Lunch Sail A one-hour sail, then a yummy unch. 11.30am-2.30pm. Adult: £30, Child: £18. The Hythe Quay, Maldon, CM9 5HN. 01621 857567 www.top-sail.co.uk

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Tue 1/Wed 9/Tue 15/Wed 23/Tue 29 Caterpillar Club Indoor and outdoor activities. Age: 18mths+. 10am-12pm. £5/£3 inc snack. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EB 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk Wed 2 Easter Chocolate Demonstration Demonstration by Chocolatier Sarah Knights.11am-1.30pm. £15 (includes s/ wich & drink). Whoop Tea Do, 90 High St, Earls Colne CO6 2QX. 07787 506846 www.thechocolatehouse.co.uk Wed 2 Little Acorns Gardening Club Fun and informal pre-school gardening club. 10.30am-12pm. Garden admission + £2. Hyde Hall, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall Sat 5 – Mon 21 Train Rides Railway open every day for the Easter Holidays. 11.30am – 4.45pm. Adult:£5, Child:£4. Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB. 01799 542134 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk Sat 5 - Mon 21 Spring-tastic Farm Fun Meet the chicks, spring lambs and enjoy seasonal activities. 10am-5pm. Adult: £9, Child: £8, Under 2’s Free. Lee Valley Park Farms, EN9 2EF. 01992 892 781 www.visitleevalley.org.uk/farms


Diary Dates Sat 5 – Sat 19 Monkey Business Musical activities, monkey puzzle storytelling and make a paper monkey. 10am-4pm. The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE. www.thedockyard.co.uk

Mon 7 Hedgehog Club Enjoy a morning full of Spring surprises! Age: 4 – 8yrs (accompanied). 10am12pm. £5/child. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Billericay CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Sat 5 - Fri 11 (not Mon 7) Drop In Trail Take part in a themed trail. 10am-4pm. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk Free Event

Mon 7 Monster Monday Funday Search for mini monsters and take part in monster-themed games and activities. Accompanied children only. 1.30pm3.30pm. £5/child. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk

Sat 5 Daydreams and Diaries Opening Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt book signing to celebrate opening of the new exhibition. All ages. 11am-12pm. Museum of Childhood, London E2 9PA. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk Free Event BE

Mon 7 – Fri 21 Easter Holiday Fun Includes bottle feeding and live lambing. Adult: £10, Child: £9, under 2’s free (save 20% online). Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, CM11 2UD. 01268 532253 www.barleylands.co.uk

Sat 5 Wild Bunch Explore the nature reserve and learn more about the creatures that live here. Age: 6-11yrs. 10am-12pm. £5/child. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Mon 7 – Thur 10 Easter Family Activities Scavenge for natural materials and make a woodland collage. 10am-3pm. Garden admission fee + £2/child. Hyde Hall, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

Sat 5 Make Spy Glasses See behind you with these fun glasses! All ages. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum

Mon 7 & Mon 14 Create a Picture Book Workshop with David Lucas. Age: 5-12yrs. 11.15am/1pm/2.30pm. £5/ accompanied child. Museum of Childhood, London E2 9PA. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk BE

Sat 5, Sat 12, & Sat 26 11+ Mock Exam 1pm-3pm. £25 for new Maths and English Papers. Kip McGrath. kmcbasildon@aol.com 01268 556700

Mon 7 - Fri 11 Star Track Holiday camp offering budding athletes of 8 - 12 yrs expert tuition in a range of athletics skills. Sessions also available for ages 6 - 8yrs. 10am-2pm. £58-68. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, N9 0AR. 020 8344 7230 www.visitleevalley.org.uk BE

Sat 5, Sat 12, & Sat 26 English Creative Writing Course 3.15pm-4.30pm. £25. Kip McGrath. kmcbasildon@aol.com 01268 556700 Sat 5 – Mon 21 Bunny Hunt Search for clues and solve the puzzle to claim a chocolate bunny. 10am-5pm. Adult: £7.95, Child: £3.95 (5-16), under 4s free. Hyde Hall, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall Sun 6 Green Bunch Conservation work groups on the nature reserve. Age: 11-18yrs. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sun 6 A Walk in the Park Guided walk about myths and folklore. 10:30am–12:30pm. Old Mill & Meadows car park, EN10 6QT. 08456 770 600 www.visitleevalley.org.uk Free Event Sun 6 Dangerous Event Catapults, bows and arrows, games and craft activities. Age: 4yrs+. 11am1pm. £5. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Downham CM11 1WT www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sun 6 Family Sunday Wildlife-themed activities, trails, games and crafts. 1pm-3pm. £5. Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh on Sea SS9 4LR. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Tue 8 Wildlife Discovery Club Build a den and learn survival skills. 8yrs+, unaccompanied. 10.30am3.30pm. £10. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Wed 9 & Thur 10 Easter Baskets Create a simple basket to keep your eggs in. 10.30am–12.30pm/ 1.30– 3.30pm. £1.50/child. Natural History Museum, Colchester CO1 1DN. 01206 282941 www.cimuseums.org.uk Wed 9 & Thur 10 Storyshack Help build a book, create a story, and get creative! Materials incl. 10.30am– 12.30pm/1.30pm–3.30pm. £3. Ipswich Art School, 1 Upper High Street IP1 3NE. 01473 433681 www.cimuseums.org.uk Wed 9 Wearing Words Investigate how people use words. Age: 5-12yrs. 11am/2pm. £5/ accompanied child. Museum of Childhood, E2 9PA. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk BE Wed 9 Halo Event Halo-themed laser tag day. 10am1pm/2pm-5pm. £18/child. Laser Mayhem, RM4 1AA. 01708 688517 www.laser-mayhem.co.uk BE Wed 9 Scrapbook Safari Explore the park, followed by a craft and scrapbooking session indoors. Accompanied primary aged children. 10am-12pm. £6. Hylands Stables Visitor Centre, CM2 8WQ. 01245 605523 BE

Wed 9 Egg Heads Make your own police officers from polystyrene eggs. All ages. 10am–4pm. £2. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Wed 9 Woodland Fairy Folk Hunt in the woods for boggarts, elves and fairies; plus crafts. All ages. 1.30pm-3.30pm. £5/child. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk BE Wed 9 Minibeast Mayhem Pond dipping and minibeast hunting. Age: 8-12yrs, unaccompanied. 10.30am3pm. £10. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk Wed 9 Pond Life Pond dipping and pond creaturethemed crafts. Accompanied children. 1.30pm-3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH www.essexwt.org.uk Thur 10 & Fri 11 Pop-up Puppets Create a fun & colourful pop-up puppet. 10.30am/11.30am/12.30pm/2pm/ 3pm. £2/person. Hollytrees Museum, Colchester CO1 1UG 01206 282940 BE Thur 10 & Fri 11 Decoupage Eggs Use images of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck to create an Easter gift. See website for times. £3. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich IP4 2BE. 01473 433554 www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson BE

Tue 8 – Sat 19 Beatrix Potter Baskets Basket contains a blanket and Beatrixinspired activities. £5 refundable deposit. See website for times.Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich IP4 2BE 01473 433554 www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson Tue 8 & Wed 9 Super-size Stories Help fill the pages of a GIANT storybook! All materials provided. 10.30am–12.30pm/1.30pm–3.30pm. Ipswich Museum, IP1 3QH. 01473 433551 www.cimuseums.org.uk Free Event Tue 8 Go Wild In The Woods Bug hunting, tree bingo and wildlife detectives. Accompanied children age 5+. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE Tue 8 Sights and Sounds of Spring Includes crafts and/or stories. Age: 4-8yrs, accompanied. 10am-12pm. £3/ child. The Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell IG7 6DP. www.essexwt.org.uk Tue 8 Spray Paint T-Shirt Use spray paints and stencils to create a unique t-shirt. 10.30am/11.30am/12.30pm/2pm/ 3pm. £4/person. Hollytrees Museum, Colchester CO1 1UG. 01206 282940 BE

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Diary Dates Thur 10 Kite Making Make and decorate a kite, then fly it. 10am-11.30am/12pm-1.30pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE Thur 10 Beatrix Potter Ms Potter strolls around the mansion, telling her stories. £2. See website for times. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich IP4 2BE. 01473 433554 www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson Thur 10 Dinosaur Adventure Includes dinosaur hunt and crafts. Accompanied children only. 1.30pm3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH www.essexwt.org.uk Thur 10 Kite Flying Make and decorate a kite, then try to fly it. 10-11.30am. £5/child. Langdon Visitor Centre, Basildon SS16 6EJ. www.essex.wt.org.uk BE Fri 11 & Fri 18 Create a Picture Book Workshop with David Lucas. Age: 5-12yrs. 11.15am/1pm/2.30pm. £5/ accompanied child. Museum of Childhood, London E2 9PA www.museumofchildhood.org.uk BE Fri 11 Pond Dipping Drop-in (sessions may be limited at busy times). 10am-1pm. £2. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk Fri 11 Rhymes and Rhythms Poetry Society performances and writing workshop. All ages. 12pm4pm. Museum of Childhood, E2 9PA. museumofchildhood.org.uk Free Event Sat 12 – Sun 20 (not Mon 14) Drop In Trail Take part in a themed trail. 10am- 4pm. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk Free Event Sat 12 & Sun 13 Spring Gardening Weekend Sow and grow activities. 10am-4pm. £7.95/£3.95 (5-16), under 4s free. Hyde Hall, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall Sat 12 Egg Heads Make your own police officers from polystyrene eggs. All ages. 10am–4pm. £2. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sun 13 Easter Eggstravaganza Trail, pond dipping, crafts and minibeast hunting. 11am-4pm. £6/child. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk BE Mon 14 – Thur 17 Easter Family Activities Scavenge for materials and make a collage. 10am-3pm. Garden admission + £2/child. Hyde Hall, CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall Mon 14 Magical Creatures Nature and wildlife-themed activity and crafts. Accompanied children only. 1.303.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk

Mon 14 Hedgehog Club Enjoy a morning full of Spring surprises! Age: 4–8yrs (accompanied). 10am-12pm. £5/child. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Billericay CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Thur 17 – Mon 21 Easter Egg Trail Follow the forest trail and claim a prize. 11am-3.30pm. £2/child. Hatfield Forest, CM22 6NE. 01279 870678. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest/ things-to-see-and-do/events/

Tue 15 & Thur 17 Easter Egg Decorate wooden egg cups and create an egg cosy. 10.30am/11.30am/ 12.30pm/2pm/3pm. £3/person. Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG. 01206 282940 BE

Thur 17 & Fri 18 Mini Story Scenes Bring the pages of your favourite book to life. See website for times. £3/person. Ipswich Art School, IP1 3NE. 01473 433681 www.cimuseums.org.uk BE

Tue 15 & Wed 16 Bunny and Chick Hangies Create a colourful and scrunchy animal.10.30am–12.30pm/1.30pm – 3.30pm. £1.50/child. Natural History Museum, Colchester CO1 1DN. 01206 282941 www.cimuseums.org.uk

Thur 17 Deadly Dinosaurs Discover the deadly world of dinosaurs with games, activity and craft. Accompanied children age 5+. 10am12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Tue 15 & Wed 16 Puppet Extravaganza Make a puppet and put your storytelling to the test in a mini theatre. 10.30am– 12.30pm/1.30pm–3.30pm. £3/person. Ipswich Museum, High Street, IP1 3QH. 01473 433551 www.cimuseums.org.uk

Thur 17 The Colchester Earthquake Meet characters who witnessed the 1884 Colchester Earthquake. 11am/12pm/1pm/2pm/3pm. Natural History Museum, Colchester CO1 1DN. 01206 282941 www.cimuseums.org.uk

Tue 15 Bug Hunting Hunt for creepy crawlies in the trees and bushes. 1pm-4pm. £2. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk

Thur 17 Easter in the Park Games, activities and crafts. Accompanied children only. 10am12pm/1.30pm-3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Havering-atte-Bower RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk

Tue 15 Wildlife Discovery Club Pond dipping, games and crafts. Age: 8yrs+, unaccompanied. 10.30am3.30pm. £10. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Havering-atte-Bower RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Wed 16 & Thur 17 Mr McGregor’s Mini Gardens Recreate a mini version of Mr McGregor’s garden. See website for times. £3/person. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich IP4 2BE. 01473 433554 www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson BE Wed 16 Egg Heads Make your own police officers from polystyrene eggs. All ages. 10am–4pm. £2. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum

Fri 18 – Mon 21 Easter Egg Hunt Egg hunt, competitions and prizes.10am-5pm. Blake House Craft Centre, Near Braintree, CM77 6RA. www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk 01376 344123 Free Event Fri 18 – Mon 21 Easter Specials Enjoy a train ride to see the Easter Bunny. 10.30am–4.45pm. Adult: £5, Child: £4. Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB. 01799 542134 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk Fri 18 - Mon 21 Easter Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt. 10am-4pm. Adult: £9, Child: £8, Under 2’s free. Lee Valley Park Farms, EN9 2EF. 01992 892 781 www.visitleevalley.org.uk/farms

Wed 16 Go Wild At The Lake Bird watching and lake dipping. Accompanied children age 5+. 10am12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Fri 18 Woodland Story Walk Storytelling and crafts while walking through the woods. Accompanied children age 5+. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre,SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Wed 16 Easter Scavenger Hunt Complete a woodland quiz and win Easter treats. Accompanied children age 5-11yrs. 1pm-3pm. £3/child. Roughtalleys Wood Nature Reserve, North Weald CM16 6BL. 01992 788203 BE

Fri 18 Wonderful Woods Woodland adventures, forest crafts, games and activity. Accompanied children age 5+. 1.30pm-3.30pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Wed 16 Hawks Club Build a den and learn how to survive in the wild. Age: 8-12yrs, unaccompanied. 10.30am-3pm. £10. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Downham CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Sat 19 Egg Heads Make your own police officers from polystyrene eggs. All ages. 10am–4pm. £2. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum

Wed 16 Den Building Survival skills and den building. Accompanied children. 1.30pm-3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk

Sat 19 St. George’s Easter Hunt Plus morris dancing, crafts, free chocolate and special prizes. Chelmsford city centre. www.chelmsford. gov.uk/citycentre Free Event

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Sat 19 – Mon 21 Easter Steam Up Steam train rides and museum. 11.30am5pm. Mangapps Railway Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch CMO 8QG. 01621 784898 www.mangapps.co.uk Sat 19 - Mon 21 Easter Egg-tivities Bunny-themed stories, games and art. 10.30am-4pm. Museum of Childhood, E2 9PA. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk Free Event Sun 20 & Mon 21 Easter Country Fair Fun- packed country show. 10am-5pm. £3 - £7.50. River Lee Country Park, EN9 1AB. www.oakleighfairs.co.uk BE Sun 20 Easter Show See the giant pumping engine in steam. Classic vehicles and old machinery, craft stalls. Miniature steam train rides (£1). £6/£3 child(5-15)/under 5s free. 10am5pm. Museum of Power, Langford CM9 6QA www.museumofpower.org.uk Sun 20 Dragon Hunt Celebrate St George’s Day and hunt down an enormous animatronic dragon. Build a shield, enjoy the inflatable park (extra charge). 10am-4.30pm. £12/family. Hylands House, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. 01245 605555 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/dragonhunt BE Sun 20 Easter Egg Hunt Plus craft and nature activities. 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Adult: £3.50, child: free. Gardens of Easton Lodge, CM6 2BB. 01371 876979 www.eastonlodge.co.uk Sun 20 Top Dog Dog handling clinic for advice and hands-on training. 9am-2pm. Tottenham Marshes, N17 0XD. 08456 770 600 www.visitleevalley.org.uk Free Event Sun 20 Easter Egg Hunt Trail, crafts and quiz. All ages (accompanied). 10am-3pm. £6. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sun 20 Lunch Cruise Cruise and roast dinner. 12.30pm– 3.30pm. Adult: £25, Child: £13. Broxbourne Riverside Moorings, EN10 6LX. 01992 462 085 www.leevalleyboats.co.uk BE Sun 20 Easter Eggstravaganza Craft stalls, craft activities, and trail. Accompanied children only. 10am-4pm. £3/child. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Havering-atte-Bower RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Mon 21 Open Day A chance to view this fine example of mid-Victorian military architecture. With tea room and play area. 11am-5pm. £4 adults, £3 concessions, 50p child (5-16yrs). Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury RM18 8PB. 01375 844203 www.coalhousefort.co.uk Mon 21 Easter Eggstravaganza Pond dipping, minibeast hunting, trail and crafts. 11am-4pm. £6. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Billericay CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk BE


Diary Dates Sat 26 & Sun 27 Military History Days A themed special event day at an 1874 Victorian Coastal defence fort. 11am – 5pm. £4/£3/50p child (5–16 yrs). Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury RM18 8PB. 01375 844203 www.coalhousefort.co.uk Sat 26 St George’s Day Music, dance, storytelling, games, arts & crafts. All ages. 11.30am-4pm. Museum of Childhood, E2 9PA. museumofchildhood.org.uk Free Event Sat 26 Build a Police Station Build a police station with garage and cells. Age: 5yrs+. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 26 Nearly New Sale Top quality toys, clothes and equipment. St John Payne School, Chelmsford. Entry £2. 1pm-2.30pm (members from 12.30pm). 0844 2436080 www.nct.org.uk/nns Sat 26 Nearly New Sale Top quality children’s and babies’ clothes, toys and equipment. 12.30pm3pm. (members early entry 12pm) St.Thomas More School, SS0 0BW. nct.southend.nns@hotmail.co.uk Sun 27 Havens to Havens Walk 5 or 10 mile walk through historic Hadleigh and Leigh on Sea’s coastline. Little Havens Hospice, Thundersley, SS7 2LH. 01702 220312 www.havenshospices.org.uk

Tue 29 Tuesday Toddle Following a gentle stroll, head inside to make something fabulous to take home. For accompanied pre-schoolers. 10am11.30am/1pm-2.30pm. £5/child. Hylands Stables Visitor Centre, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. 01245 605523 BE

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Sat 3 – Mon 5 Woolly Weekend Includes sheep racing, bottle feeding and shearing shows. Adult: £10 (mums free with a paying child), Child: £9, under 2’s free (save 20% online). Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, CM11 2UD. 01268 532253 www.barleylands.co.uk Sat 3 – Mon 5 May Bank Holiday Enjoy train rides. 10.30am–4.45pm. £5/£4. Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB. 01799 542134 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk Sat 3 An Artist’s Impression Can you draw a person just from clues? Age: 6yrs+. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 3 Wild Bunch Explore the reserve and learn about the creatures that live there. Age: 6-11yrs. 10am-12pm. £5/child. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Sat 3/Sat 10/Sat 17/Sat 24/Sat 31 11+ Mock Exam 1pm-3pm. £25 for new Maths and English Papers. Kip McGrath. 01268 556700 kmcbasildon@aol.com

Sun 4 A Walk in the Park Celebrate Dawn Chorus Day. 10.30am – 12.30pm. Starting at Fishers Green Car Park, EN9 2EF. 08456 770 600 www.visitleevalley.org.uk Free Event

Sat 3 Top Dog Dog handling clinic for advice and hands-on training. 11am-4pm. Gunpowder Park, EN9 3GP. 08456 770 600 www.visitleevalley.org.uk

Sun 4 Family Sunday Wildlife-themed activities, trails, games and crafts. 1pm-3pm. £5. Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh on Sea SS9 4LR. www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Sat 3/Sat 10/Sat 17/Sat 24/Sat 31 English Creative Writing Course 3.15pm-4.30pm. £25. Kip McGrath. 01268 556700 kmcbasildon@aol.com

Mon 5 Adventure Activities Festival Buy a wristband and try something new. 10am-5pm. Stubbers Adventure Centre, Upminster RM14 2TY. 01708 224753 www.stubbers.co.uk

Sun 4 Steam Day See the giant pumping engine in steam plus other working exhibits. Miniature steam train rides (£1). 10am–4pm. Adults £5; children (5-15) £2.50; under 5s free. Museum of Power, Langford CM9 6QA museumofpower.org.uk Sun 4 Green Bunch Conservation work groups on the nature reserve. Age: 11-18yrs. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sun 4 Family Fun Day Try a range of sporting activities. 1pm4pm. £5.50/£3. Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, Chelmsford 01245 615050 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/riverside

Mon 5 Bank Holiday A chance to view this fine example of mid-Victorian military architecture. Tea room and play area. 11am-5pm. £4 /£3/ 50p child (5-16yrs). Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury RM18 8PB. 01375 844203 www.coalhousefort.co.uk Mon 5 Mayday Funday Mayday-themed activities and crafts. Accompanied children only. 1.30pm3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Wed 7/Tue 13/Wed 21/ Tue 27 Caterpillar Club Indoor and outdoor activities. Age: 18mths+. 10am-12pm. £5/£3 includes snack. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EB 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk

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Diary Dates Wed 7 Little Acorns Gardening Club Fun and informal pre-school gardening club. 10.30am-12pm. Garden admission + £2. Hyde Hall, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

Sat 24 - Mon 26 Flower Festival Floral displays, stalls, entertainment including teddy bear parachute jump. 10am-5pm. St Mary the Virgin Church, Hatfield Broad Oak, Free Event

Fri 9 – Sun 11 Medieval Market Food, drink, textiles and crafts stalls. 1 Market Place, Saffron Walden CB10 1HR. 01799 516501 www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

Sat 24 Book Sale All ages. 10am–4pm. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. www.essex.police.uk/museum 01245 457150 Free Event

Sat 10 & Sun 11 Road & Rail Gala Enjoy a day full of local steam engines. 10.30am–4.45pm. Adult: £5, Child: £4. Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB. 01799 542134 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Sat 24 - Sun 1 (June) Sheep Week Join in sheep-tastic activities. 10am-5pm. Adult: £9, Child: £8, Under 2’s free. Lee Valley Park Farms, EN9 2EF. 01992 892 781 www.visitleevalley.org.uk/farms

Sat 10 Decorate a Truncheon Use stickers to create a plastic ‘badge of office’. All ages. 10am–4pm. £2. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 10 Paws for a Walk Join Hearing Dogs for Deaf People on a sponsored walk. 11am – 1pm. £3 - £5. Starting at Fishers Green Car Park, EN9 2EF. www.hearingdogs.co.uk BE Sun 11 Lee Valley Walk 9.30am-4pm. £15/person. Starting at WaterWorks Centre nature reserve, E10 7QB. www.field-studies-council.org BE Sat 17 Make a Police Car All ages. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Tue 20 Tuesday Toddle Following a gentle stroll, head inside to make something fabulous to take home. For accompanied pre-schoolers. 10am11.30am/1pm-2.30pm. £5/child. Hylands Stables Visitor Centre, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. 01245 605523 BE Sat 24 – Sun 1 (June) Half Term Holiday Enjoy train rides. 11.30am – 4.45pm. Adult £5, Child: £4. Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB. 01799 542134. www.audley-end-railway.co.uk Sat 24 – Sun 1 (June) Marvellous Monsters Make a monster mask and take part in a ‘Monster Safari’. 10am-4pm. The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE. www.thedockyard.co.uk Sat 24 – Mon 26 Fairy Walk Opening Meet the fairies on a magical woodland walk. 11.30am–4.30pm. Adult: £3, Child: £3. Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB. 01799 542134 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Sat 24 – Sun 1 (not Mon 26) Drop in Trail Themed trail. 10am - 4pm. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EB. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk Free Event Sun 25 Maldon Mud Race Charity event with participants wearing fancy dress. Promenade Park. www.maldonmudrace.com Sun 25 Open Day A chance to view this fine example of mid-Victorian military architecture. With tea room and play area. 11am-5pm. £4 adults, £3 concessions, 50p child (5-16yrs). Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury RM18 8PB. 01375 844203 www.coalhousefort.co.uk Sun 25 Treasure Hunt Wildlife-themed treasure hunt. for accompanied children. 10am-4pm. £2/ (incl prize). Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH.www.essexwt.org.uk Mon 26 – Fri 30 Tractor Week Includes combine harvesters and special activities. Adult: £10 (mums free with a paying child), Child: £9, under 2’s free (save 20% online). Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, CM11 2UD. 01268 532253 www.barleylands.co.uk Mon 26 – Wed 28 Living the Iron Age Life Talk to an Iron Age person, handle artefacts, dress-up and listen to stories. Normal entry fee. Colchester Castle, CO1 1TJ. 01206 282939 www.cimuseums.org.uk/castle Mon 26 Parents Go Free Day Choose from four, 90-minute adventurous activity sessions. Age: 6-16yrs. Parents go free. Stubbers Adventure Centre, Upminster RM14 2TY. 01708 224753 www.stubbers.co.uk Mon 26 Riding Centre Customer Show Watch jumping and showing classes. 10.30am – 3.30pm. Lee Valley Riding Centre, E10 7QL. 020 8556 2629 www.visitleevalley.org.uk Free Event

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Mon 26 Bank Holiday A chance to view this fine example of mid-Victorian military architecture. With tea room and play area. 11am-5pm. £4/£3/50p child (5-16yrs). Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury RM18 8PB. 01375 844203 www.coalhousefort.co.uk Mon 26 Hedgehog Club Learn survival skills and build a den. Age: 4–8yrs (accompanied). 10am-12pm. £5/child. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Billericay CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk BE Mon 26 Dinosaur Monday Funday Games, activities and a hunt. Accompanied children only. 1.30pm3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Tue 27 & Wed 28 Colourful Willow Fish Weave willow and other materials into amazing deep sea creatures. See times on website. £3/person. Natural History Museum, Colchester CO1 1DN. 01206 282941 www.cimuseums.org.uk BE Tue 27 – Fri 30 Star Track Holiday camp offering budding athletes of 8-12 yrs expert tuition in a range of athletics skills. Also sessions for 6-8yrs. 10am-2pm. £44-£54. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, N9 0AR. 020 8344 7230 www.visitleevalley.org.uk BE Tue 27 – Fri 30 Let’s Go Native Make earth dumplings, bug hotels and insect hats. Plus tree trail. 10am-3pm. Garden admission+ £2/child. Hyde Hall, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071 www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall Tue 27 Pond Dipping Drop-in sessions. 1pm-4pm. £2. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk Tue 27 Minibeast Safari Bug hunting activities. Age: 4 - 10yrs, accompanied. 10am-12pm. £3. The Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell IG7 6DP. www.essexwt.org.uk Tue 27 Meet the Saxons Join the Saxon farmer and create a souvenir. £2/person. See website for times. Ipswich Museum, High Street, IP1 3QH. 01473 433551 www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson Tue 27 Wildlife Discovery Club Bug-themed games and activities. Age:8 yrs+, unaccompanied. 10.30am-3.30pm. £10. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Wed 28 Make a Zeppelin Learn about World War 1 and make an airship. Age: 5yrs+. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Wed 28 Go Wild In The Meadow Sweep netting for bugs and butterflies, mini paper kites. Accompanied children age 5+. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, Laindon SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103 www.essexwt.org.uk BE

Wed 28 Pond Dipping Catch and identify pond creatures with the help of staff members. Accompanied children age 5-11yrs. 10am-12pm. £3/ child. Nazeing Triangle Nature Reserve, EN9 2DA. 01992 788203 BE Wed 28 Love British Farming Includes tractor rides and sheep shearing.10am-5pm. Adult: £9, Child: £8, Under 2’s free. Lee Valley Park Farms, EN9 2EF. 01992 892 781 www.visitleevalley.org.uk/farms Wed 28 Tudor Craftswoman Meet a Tudor lady and explore the kitchen garden. £2/person. See website for times. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich IP4 2BE. 01473 433554 www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson Wed 28 Hawks Club Themed wildlife activities. Age:8–12yrs, unaccompanied. 10.30am-3pm. £10. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk BE Wed 28 Living Seas Seashore trays and marine-themed games. Accompanied children. 1.30pm3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Thur 29 & Fri 30 Designa-China Create designs on a piece of china. Check website for times. £3/person. Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG. 01206 282940 BE Thur 29 Bee-utiful Bees Discover the fascinating lives of bees and other insects. 10am-3pm. Donation requested. Langdon Visitor Centre, SS16 6EJ. 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk Thur 29 Tidal Margins Create coastal art using sensory materials. £2. See website for times. Ipswich Art School, IP1 3NE. 01473 433681 www.cimuseums.org.uk/whatson Thur 29 Story Time Stories, poems and quizzes.10.3011.30am/2-3pm. Myddelton House Gardens, EN2 9HG. Free Event Thur 29 Pond Life Includes pond dipping. Accompanied children only. 1.30-3.30pm. £5. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, RM4 1QH. www.essexwt.org.uk Fri 30 Tweety Pie Nest building challenge - will your egg be safe? Plus games, activity and crafts. 10am-12pm. £5. Langdon Visitor Centre, 01268 419103. www.essexwt.org.uk BE Sat 31 Make a Medal Make a medal you can wear with pride! All ages. 10am–4pm. £1. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. 01245 457150 www.essex.police.uk/museum Sat 31 Wildlife Day Guided walks, pond dipping, bug hunting and craft stalls. Free entry. 11am-4pm. West Canvey Marsh, SS8 0QD. 01268 683971 www.canveyisland-tc.gov.uk


Great Days Out

Enjoy an action packed day at Laser Mayhem

Laser Mayhem is the place to take the kids for a great day out. What can be more fun than running around playing outdoor Laser Tag in their Call of Duty - themed playing areas with a real Russian 38 tonne battle tank, armoured personal carriers, planes, helicopters, Land Rovers, forts and much, much more. In fact, Mayhem is equipped with over twenty unique and exciting combat areas, with even a ‘Wild West’ and ‘World War II’ zone, as well as the traditional urban and woodland zones. Laser Mayhem has something to offer each party. You will be taken around by Mayhem’s highly trained staff and play a variety of different maps, using the latest in outdoor laser tag technology. You can even shoot an opponent up to 300m away! Located on the border of Essex and London, Laser Mayhem is a renowned paintballing and laser tag company. Mayhem is gaining popularity with celebrities (including The Only Way Is Essex cast!), Saudi Arabian royalty, as well as everyday customers and is soon to feature on the new KFC advert. Why not book a birthday party to remember? At Laser Mayhem their aim is to offer the best hassle-free kids’ birthday parties in Essex and in London, with more action, adrenaline and excitement than anything you have done before. What could be better than 2-3 hours of action-packed laser tag excitement, with missions such as ‘Black Hawk Down’ rescuing a pilot from a crashed helicopter and attacking a futuristic fort and disabling a real Russian 38 tonne battle tank? Laser Mayhem has a designated area for birthday parties, where an assortment of refreshments can be served. Alternatively, in preparation for a hightempo and busy day, customers also have the option of bringing their own food or can order pizza to the venue. Bespoke packages and lunch buffets are also available upon request for corporate events. They cater and tailor for the people in the party from 7 years to 80 years. Proving that Laser Mayhem continually go the extra mile for their customers, they provide a free minibus pick-up and drop-off service for those travelling on the underground at the Central Line station Theydon Bois. With the intention and commitment to providing their customers with a memorable experience, Laser Mayhem are accustomed to receiving bookings for school and corporate events, birthday parties and many other occasions. Don’t miss their ‘Halo’ themed laser tag day on the 9th April 2014. For more information and to book call Laser Mayhem on 01708 688 517 or visit www.laser-mayhem.co.uk or www.mayhem-paintball.co.uk to find out what else Laser Mayhem have planned this Spring! Laser Mayhem, Pryors Farm, Ongar Road, Essex, RM4 1AA.

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Great Days Out Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village

Rope Runners

Have Fun At Walton Hall Farm

Essex Police Museum

Celebrating 30 years, Barleylands has even more free range family fun this spring. Get closer to farmyard friends and join in animal activities in the new indoor animal barn. New for 2014, there’s also daily bottle feeding and a huge indoor sandpit. The Easter holidays will be packed with baby animals: lambs, calves, chicks, bunnies and kids, and special activities. Plus there’ll be tractor & trailer rides, the miniature train, soft play, birds of prey displays and outdoor adventures. Look out for Woolly Weekend and Tractor Week in May too! Barleylands is at Barleylands Road, Billericay, CM11 2UD. Call 01268 532253 to book or for further details visit www.barleylands.co.uk

Walton Hall Farm is an historical site packed full of fun and adventure for young and old. The site is just under four acres with an outdoor play park, tree lined picnic lawn, caravan and campsite and much more. Indoor play facilities in a stunning listed Essex Barn creating a beautiful backdrop for adults to enjoy whilst your children have hours of fun. The farm has café facilities serving homemade cakes baked in the onsite bakery. Birthday party packages to suit all ages and budgets are on offer. Visit the Museum of Memorabilia, boutique shops selling hand crafted items, party shop and an amazing sweetshop selling everything your taste buds desire! Find out more at www.waltonhallfarm.co.uk

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High Ropes and Adventure In Essex With six ropes courses, a climbing wall, big 50m zip wire and 13m freefall jump, there is a great day out for everyone - whatever your ability.. No head for heights? Then you can try archery, air rifles, water zorbing, tunnelling or paintball target shooting? Combine your visit with a trip to The Secret Nuclear Bunker too. There’s also an exciting new Party venue - The Skate Barn. Check out their website for more info. To find out more, please check the website www.roperunners.co.uk or call 01277 888134

Essex Police Museum will be getting egg-cited this April with their Egg Heads craft events. Children from the age of 3 upwards can make their own police person from a polystyrene egg, googley eyes and some clever colouring in! The museum has even more to offer this Spring, with its new Craft Club Loyalty Card for young visitors, allowing children to get two free craft sessions when they have attended eight. With craft events every Saturday it’s an opportunity not to miss! The museum is open every Saturday and every Wednesday in the school holidays, 10am to 4pm. For more information please visit the website www.essex.police.uk/museum or telephone 01245 457150


Great Days Out

Affordable, Memorable Fun in the Heart of Essex

Have a great day out at the Action Park, Essex. There’s so much fun to be had, you won’t know where to begin. The centre hosts a variety of activities from a high ropes course, archery, quad biking, motorcross, hagglund troop carrier, army assault course, clay pigeon shooting, target paintball, tournament paintball, woodland paintball, police jeep, rally buggies, 4x4 reverse steer and much more. At the Action Park they like to offer their activities to everyone regardless of ability. They have experience working with and supporting groups with physical / learning disabilities. With such a vast range of activities at the centre there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So struggle no more to find the perfect day out or party venue for your child/children. Off Road Party Kids, Essex, Action Park offer affordable packages from as little as £99. If you wish to put together your own party package then please call one of our team at the park who will be happy to assist on 0844 683 0675. Off Road Action Park centre is based on the A127 near Wickford, Essex, with easy access to the M25 and surrounding areas. Make someone smile today and BOOK NOW on 0844 683 0675 E: info@actionpark.co.uk or online www.actionpark.co.uk

Chelmsford’s Cultural Calendar 2014

2013 is now well and truly over, so it’s eyes front to 2014 – a year in which Chelmsford city will see three of its signature events return bigger and better than ever before. Now in its ninth year, The 3foot People Festival will take place from the 24th – 26th June at Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Thousands of preschool children will experience a world of wonder in this unique festival village of activities, including a giant sand pit, storytellers, soft play areas, big show entertainers, arts and crafts and much more. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday April 26th for Leisure Card holders, with general release on Wednesday April 30th. The Fling Festival of Assorted Amusements will then take place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, on Saturday 28th June. This exclusive adults-only festival stars a fabulous cast of performance talent, including cabaret, music, dance, DJs, poetry, comedy, silent disco and curious sideshows. A limited number of ‘First Tier’ tickets will go on sale on Tuesday February 11th. In late September, CITYdiversions, the award-winning free Festival of Outdoor Art returns with a new name and a shift in style. At CITYdiversions, audiences can enjoy some of the best performers from the UK and across the world as they descend on Essex. Also, following the success of 2013’s Twilight Spectacle in South Woodham Ferrers, where thousands witnessed Compagnie Malabar perform their amazing ‘Voyage of the Ship of Dreams’, another Twilight Spectacle will appear in the town in September as part of CITYdiversions Festival 2014. Tickets for all events will be on sale from Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. For more details on any of the events, please follow @CultEventsTeam on Twitter, find the Cult Events-Team on Facebook, and check out www.chelmsford.gov.uk/events

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Great Days Out Celebrate St George’s Day at Hylands House

Go along to Hylands House to celebrate St. George’s Day and hunt down their enormous 10ft high, stunning animatronic dragon. The dragon was made at Elstree Studios, from the makers of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’. A film quality production, the dragon has animatronic moving wings, blinking eyes and smoke bellowing from its nostrils. You could even have a go at building your own shield to help defend yourself from the fiery beast, but don’t let the silly Fool pinch it before you find the dragon! The hunt runs throughout the day with designated times to meet the dragon and receive your prize. Why not come dressed as St. George the brave knight or a beautiful princess? There are three available sessions to meet the dragon in the Pleasure Gardens: at 11.30am; 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Inflatable Park The themed inflatables will be on the back lawn. Two sessions will run, at a cost of £5 per child, per session: the first from 10am - 1pm and the second from 1.30pm - 4.30pm Please note: Tickets purchased include the Dragon Hunt, prize and meeting the Dragon. Other activities are not included in the ticket price and may be subject to additional costs. Tickets are limited and are not guaranteed to be available on the door. For further information please visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/dragonhunt or call 01245 605500

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Lee Valley Park Farms

Come and visit Lee Valley Park Farms this spring and see all the new arrivals with piglets, ducklings and chicks all expected to join the existing animals around Easter time. Visitors can also take advantage of a special offer and enjoy off-peak prices up to the 4th April. If you’re planning a birthday party, Lee Valley Park Farms is the perfect venue for kids aged five and over. As part of the birthday bundle you can choose a unique animal experience of your choice and enjoy hot and cold party food, balloon animals and party bags whilst the birthday child will also receive a Petunia Pig toy. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas to entertain everyone for hours. Lee Valley Park Farms offers a great day out for all the family throughout the year with lots of fun activities for all ages to enjoy and a calendar of exciting events. There are hundreds of animals to meet, feed, handle and make friends with including sheep, husky dogs, reindeer, pygmy goats, giant rabbits, rare breed pigs, long-necked llamas and a loveable meerkat family. There’s also a toboggan run, indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as the Orchard Café serving freshly prepared food. For more information on events at Lee Valley Park Farms go to visitleevalley.org.uk/farms or call 01992 892 781


Great Days Out Bring your family to Suffolk where fun can be had by ALL!

St. George’s Easter Hunt

Chelmsford has an additional reason to celebrate Easter this year as it also remembers our patron saint St. George. There are a host of activities going on in Chelmsford city centre on Saturday 19 April to keep everyone entertained. The Council’s City Centre Management team will line the streets with St. George’s Cross bunting which will brighten the High Street for a whole week. The Easter celebrations will kick off in the Meadows Shopping Centre on Saturday 19 April where you will be able to pick up an Easter Hunt form which will take you on a mission around the High Street. Along the way you can be entertained by the Chelmsford Morris dancers producing a display of quintessential English performances. Take part in the hunt and you will receive a yummy chocolate treat and a chance to win some great prizes. There are also free arts and crafts activities inside the Meadows for the kids and grown-ups to enjoy. For the adults seeking a relaxing afternoon, why not take a leisurely browse among the stall holders from Moulsham Mill? They will be bringing their interesting and unique items to the High Street on Saturday 19 April for a one-off special event in celebration of Easter and St. George’s Day. All of this in the setting of this beautiful city, to complement the traders at the High Street Market and a wonderful array of High Street and independent shops. For more information about events in Chelmsford High Street, please visit the Council’s website at: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/citycentre

For most, holidays can mean the stress of airports, but why not take a break in the UK this year and discover all that Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf and Spa has to offer? Set in 120 acres of beautiful and historic parkland, Ufford Park really is the home away from home. With its own awardwinning 18 hole golf course, 2 storey floodlit driving range, AmericanGolf Superstore, health club with swimming pool and gym, luxury thermal suite spa, restaurant and bars, all under one roof – what better place to bring all the family to? Relax and enjoy a 3 or 4 night inclusive break this Easter or Summer from only £299 per adult. Ufford Park is the perfect base to stay and explore all that Suffolk has to offer. With Jimmy’s Farm, Rendlesham Forest (great for dog walking and cycling), Snape Maltings, Easton Farm Park, and Framlingham and Orford Castle all in close proximity, why stay anywhere else? The beautiful seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are also just a 20 minute car journey away. Ufford Park Woodbridge are offering an exclusive price of only £299 per adult. Prices are based on 2 adults and 2 children (under 15 years old) either sharing a family room or 2 adjoining rooms (subject to availability). The package includes dinner, bed and breakfast, DVD player in room, unlimited use of the swimming pool and gym*, 18 holes of golf on the championship golf course (handicap certificate may be required), unlimited golf on the 3 hole practice area, 3 hours in the thermal suite*, practice balls on the driving range and bike hire. For more information please visit www.uffordpark.co.uk or call 0844 499 1644 to book. *over 16 years old

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Great Days Out Lathcoats Farm

Enjoy a spring visit to Lathcoats Farm, Beehive Lane, Galleywood. You’ll find fresh, seasonal and local produce in their awardwinning farm shop (open every day), and mouthwatering breakfasts, coffee and cake, light lunches, afternoon tea and children’s platters in the Bee Shed Coffee House (TuesdaySunday). They serve their own apple juice too of course! Coming soon - Latchcoats’ new natural play area (currently under construction) and new paddocks for their friendly farm animals. Join the e-newsletter mailing list, or like LathcoatsFarmShop on FaceBook to receive details of events and activities, and all important Pick Your Own news in the summer. www.eapples.co.uk

Mulberry Mud Run Saturday 19th July 2014

Fantastic family fun! For their sixth mud run they’re heading back to where it all started. A fantastic route along the Thames Estuary mud to the historic Mulberry Harbour. It’s an event for those with an adventurous spirit and with the addition of a smaller Fun Mud Run, the whole family can take part. Make it more fun by coming in fancy dress. Run, walk or even crawl – it’s your challenge, as long as you keep smiling. Come and have a muddy good time! Check out a video of the event on their website havenshospices.org.uk/mudrun Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jason 01702 220356 jcurtis@havenshospices.org.uk or Susie on 01702 220357 or her email smay@havenshospices.org.uk

The Museum of Power

Coalhouse Fort

The Coalhouse Fort Project is a charity operated by volunteers to preserve and maintain the Victorian Casemate fort at East Tilbury, Essex. The fort was built between 1861 1874 to defend London from the French and occupied by the army and navy through to 1962 when it was passed over to Thurrock Council. The fort is open to the public every last Sunday and Bank Holidays from March - November with a number of special events. There are two museums, a memorial garden and a number of guns and vehicles on display. A special 2 day event is also held for Halloween. Admissions on regular open days: Adults £4 Concessions £3, Child (5-16) 50p. www.coalhousefort.co.uk 24 • Spring 2014 • South Essex • www.kidaround.biz

The Museum of Power is housed in a former water pumping station near Maldon. Set in attractive wooded grounds, the museum features a gigantic pumping engine which can be seen in steam at special events. The museum exhibits and interactive displays will fascinate all ages and a “Steam Pump” tearoom provides refreshments. The museum opens from Wednesday to Sunday throughout the summer and children love seeing the machinery working. A miniature steam railway operates on the first Sunday of each month. Please visit the website www.museumofpower.org.uk for details of special events and steam days. Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford near Maldon CM9 6QA


Great Days Out Free Visit Essex vouchers worth over £400!

Have an extra-special great day out this year with an exclusive chequebook of discounts and special offers. ‘Live Local, Love Local’ vouchers feature a range of savings for over 50 different sites; including Audley End House, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Hedingham Castle, Ingatestone Hall, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Colne Valley Railway, RSPB Rainham Marshes, Lee Valley Park Farms and lots of eateries. So, why not discover the gems on your doorstep for a little less? Throughout Essex, there are many attractions to visit, whatever your interests. Relive the age of steam at the Colne Valley Railway where you can meet Thomas and his friends at special events. For a different train experience, ride along the longest pleasure pier in the world at Southendon-Sea. Alternatively, escape to one of the country parks, perfect for a stroll, cycle ride or a family picnic. The Essex Rangers have put together a great programme of events and activities for children of all ages and interests. Children love animals and at Tropical Wings Zoo in South Woodham Ferrers you will find a wonderful collection. For more domesticated animals, try Marsh Farm Animal Park or Barleylands Farm, where children of all ages can meet and feed farm animals, ride mini tractors and let off steam in the adventure play area. Colchester has a great choice to keep kids amused from dawn to dusk, rain or shine, for the whole day or just an hour or two. Colchester Castle, the town’s most famous landmark, welcomes back visitors this spring. Hollytrees and Natural History Museums are fun places to visit and have hands-on activities. The voucher books will be available from 1 April from libraries and Tourist Information Centres or they can be downloaded from the website www.visitessex.com/livelocal

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson Julia Donaldson, author of children’s modern classics such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Princess Mirror-Belle and The Troll, has worked with Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books to bring these best-selling children’s captivating stories to life, allowing visitors to enter the imagination of this much-loved author and discover how she inspires her readers with story, rhyme and rhythm. Julia’s journey can be followed from song-writer for children’s television to Children’s Laureate 2011-2013. Families can share stories, cuddle the Gruffalo, crawl into the Squash and a Squeeze House, climb into Cave Baby’s cave and enjoy dressing up and looking in the funny mirrors. They can follow in Toddle Waddle’s footsteps, and even singa-long to her songs on Julia’s Jukebox or perform a play on the special stage! Visitors can view the amazing original artwork by her many illustrators – most famously Axel Scheffler, but also Lydia Monks, David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Karen George and Emily Gravett – a must for any art enthusiast. About the exhibition, Julia Donaldson said: “I am thrilled that my work, and that of my illustrators, is to be presented in such a stimulating and child-friendly way, with so many mini-words and activities. Because of my love of drama and song, I am particularly excited about the theatre and the juke box!” The Historic Dockyard will be running a number of engaging and exciting school holiday family activities, all inspired by the A Squash and a Squeeze exhibition (see Diary Dates section for more information) A Squash and A Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson is supported by Scholastic, Macmillan Children’s Books and Alison Green Books. From 15th February - 1st June in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery. Normal dockyard admission price. All tickets are valid for a year, giving families the opportunity to visit again and again.

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Let’s Party Jo Jingles Loves parties - he’ll make

yours a swinging success! See advert on page 30 or call 07780 600738 now!

Fun unique parties created to your

child’s wishes! For all ages and abilities, from princess Ballerina to funky Street Dance we create the perfect party! Contact 07946 588699 nicole@dancemode.co.uk

Laser Mayhem Play real Call of Duty

missions based around the computer game. Hide behind real Russian battle tanks, planes and helicopters using Laser Tag equipment. 01708 688517 www.laser-mayhem.co.uk

Party Fun at Thriftwood Scout

Campsite. Tailor-made parties to suit your group from as little as £3.75 per person. 01277 212784 www.thriftwood.org.uk

Rope Runners High Ropes Adventure

ACTIVITY PARTIES

Action Park, Party Kids Quad bike

parties, army-themed parties, wristband parties, Hagglund troop carrier, target paintball, motorcross, high ropes course and more. Age 6+. On the A127. Call 0844 683 0675 or visit www.actionpark.co.uk Email: info@actionpark.co.uk

Animal Workshops exotic and pet animal encounters for parties, schools, activity workshops, sensory sessions and more! Call 07790 465266 every day! www.animalworkshops.co.uk

Birthday parties at Belchamps

Park, Kelvedon Hatch. Open all year. Children from age 6. Parties available. 01277 888134 www.roperunners.co.uk

Any day between 9am and 5pm. Choose activities, catered or selfcatered and other great extras. 01702 562690 info@belchamps.org.uk

Shooters Football. Fantastic, football fun parties from just £10 per child! North Weald. 01992 524393 www.shootersfootball.co.uk

Children’s Recording Parties

SoundMagic Studios For details

Children’s recording studio singing parties from £90. Record a CD and enjoy a photo shoot. Harbour Music Studio 01268 572482 www.singingparty.co.uk

CSI Parties CSI parties for 7yrs +.

Be a crime scene investigator, collect evidence, find fingerprints and identify the offender. Call Peter 07974 940265, visit www.csi4aday.com or email pwhent@aol.com

of recording parties contact Steve or Victoria 01376 501313 or www.recordingparties.co.uk

Walton Hall Farm Party Packages to suit all budgets. Fun party room with dress up props for photo opportunities.01375 644 588

COOKING PARTIES

Bake It Make It!

Handmade cake pops, cupcakes, cookies and snack boxes by Bake It Make It! Contact them on 07748 010396 bakeitmakeit@aol.co.uk or visit www.bakeitmakeit.co.uk

Prepare2Cook Fun cooking parties for ages 6+. Kids create a meal from start to finish with a qualified chef. Contact Angela 07824 357705

CreAtive Parties

The Glazed Look Pottery painting

parties for small or large groups. Open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm. See ad on p27 for more details or call 01245 290300 or 07758 036675 www.theglazedlook.co.uk

Sparkle Divas Parties

Funky makeovers and themed parties for girls. Packages to suit all ages. Please call 07795 478801 or visit www.sparkledivasparties.co.uk

Party PLACES

Barleylands Parties Celebrate your

birthday at Barleylands. Choose from Pizza Parties, Farm Parties or exclusive hire of the Play Barn 01268 290229 www.barleylands.co.uk

Furze Hill Suite Offering a relaxed and spacious venue, room hire starts from £150 and menus from £10, including drinks. Call 01277 355111 for details

SWIMMING PARTIES

Swimming Pool Parties at First

Strokes Billericay 0845 838 8954 or Colchester 0845 838 8952 www.firststrokes.com

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Let’s Party Get your pans ready for Shrove Tuesday-4th March

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is celebrated throughout the UK by the cooking and eating of pancakes - a last feast before the fasting and selfdenial of Lent. In some places pancake races are held, where participants run along tossing a pancake as they go. To ensure the tastiest pancakes use this easy-to-follow recipe, which is great for the kids to make. Method Pancake Ingredients Put the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl 100g plain flour and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs 2 eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk 300ml semi-skimmed milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk oil (plus little extra for frying) and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a small pinch of salt little more milk if it is too stiff to beat. Continue adding splashes of milk and whisking until the mix is thick and creamy. Heat the pan on a medium heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some mixture into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around to each side for a thin and even round layer. Leave to cook, undisturbed, until it turns golden brown. Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against the base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. First one never goes quite right, so use this as a tester and continue with the rest of the mixture, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. Eat with your choice of delicious fillings such as; lemon and sugar; Nutella, banana and ice cream or strawberries and cream. Top tip: You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

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Active Kids Theatretrain - Dance, Act, Sing

Theatretrain has grown into one of the most popular professional performing arts training organisations in the country. It was decided early on that prices of classes would be kept at a level affordable by most families but what makes Theatretrain distinctive are the performance opportunities given to each pupil.

Theatretrain is open to all children from the age of six and includes all its pupils in either a West End (this July pupils will be performing at the London Palladium) or local theatre each year. Theatretrain pupils will also be performing at Disneyland Paris this May. No auditions or experience are required, just lots of enthusiasm, energy and commitment. Theatretrain brings out the best in students, building confidence and giving aspiring young performers opportunities of a lifetime. Both Maldon and Chelmsford Theatretrain schools are proud to be learning destinations for the Children’s University so pupils can bring their learning passports to be stamped! In addition to the teaching staff there is a dedicated carer for the youngest group, offering extra support if required. They also have a buddy system to help new students settle in and make friends quickly. There is no expensive uniform to worry about; pupils wear black leggings, a black Theatretrain T-shirt and soft soled trainers or plimsoles. For more information go to www.theatretrain.co.uk or to book your free trial session call Sharon on 01277 224853 or Mark on 01621 850 274. Theatretrain hopes to see you soon!

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Giving every child such an amazing experience they can’t wait to go back!

• The UK’s favourite Activity Day Camp • OFSTED registered - unbeatable ‘Outstanding’ • 80+ FUN & EXCITING activities • 4½ - 16 years • Flexible hours: 8 am to 6 pm • Experienced, qualified & caring staff • EXCELLENT value for money Barracudas offer activity day camps for children in both the Easter and Summer holidays. They have been running the UK’s favourite activity day camps for 22 years now! With a fantastic, experienced team they make sure your children are always having a brilliant time. Your child can try new activities, make new friends and develop new skills! Barracudas have got your childcare covered with Ofsted registered sites: giving parents peace of mind, whilst ensuring maximum FUN for kids. Their wide range of activities include archery, motor sports, fencing, arts, dance and varied sports, to name but a few! They also have fantastic roaming activities, including the climbing wall, giant inflatable assault course and the criss-cross collision zorbing course. With flexible hours between 8:00am & 6:00pm, it truly is the ultimate kid’s day camp with great value for money. So where are your nearest camps…? Bishop’s Stortford College, Bishop’s Stortford Open Summer (21st July – 22nd August) Brentwood County High School, Brentwood Chelmsford County High School, Chelmsford Coopers’ Co. & Coborn School, Upminster Woodford County High School, Woodford Open Easter (7th – 17th April) & Summer (28th July – 22nd August) Chigwell School, Chigwell Hutton Manor School, Hutton Open Easter (7th – 17th April) & Summer (21st July – 22nd August) Barracudas’ popular camps sell out fast. To secure your child’s place call 0845 123 5299 or visit www.barracudas.co.uk


Active Kids

Shooters Football

Based within the grounds of North Weald Golf Club, Shooters is a brand new, purpose-built, state-of–the-art 5 and 6 a side football venue. The high-quality facility has a modern clubhouse; reception; first-class changing rooms and flatscreen televisions. Shooters offers: Pitch Hire: Fancy a kickabout with friends? Want to improve your fitness? Casual pitch hire is welcome and you can block book the same slot weekly if you want to. Leagues: A range of leagues runs Sunday through Thursday, all standards welcome. Shooters provide all equipment, FA qualified referees, league coordinator, online results – you just turn up! Tournaments:An action-packed calendar of tournaments and events runs all year. Everything is organised, it’s easy to enter and keep up to date with results online. Coaching: FA qualified, CRB-checked coaches for children aged 5 to 15 years. Children will have fun, learn new skills, improve game tactics and gain confidence and team-building skills. Holiday Camps: During school holidays your child can develop their understanding of the game, tactics and sportsmanship whilst they make new friends, gain soccer skills and have lots of football fun! Birthday Parties: Various party packages from just £10 per child (minimum 10 children) which include: up to 2 hours of football fun, most of your time will be spent on the pitch; party invitations; trophy for the birthday child; medals; certificates; souvenir football and a dedicated party coach to help with all the fun. Optional party extras are available, including personalised football shirt with child’s name and age; football birthday cake and competition prizes. Shooters Football, in the grounds of North Weald Golf Club, Rayley Lane, North Weald, Essex, CM16 6AR Call 01992 524393 email: info@shootersfootball.co.uk or visit www.shootersfootball.co.uk

Academy Arts Theatre School & Agency

Theatre schools in Epping for ages 7-21yrs on Saturdays & Tuesdays. Classes are fast, fun-packed and focused, teaching all disciplines of performing arts techniques including dance, drama and singing. Musical productions are put on throughout the year as well as competitions and performing at local events. Graduates: Danny-Boy Hatchard playing Lee Carter in ‘Eastenders’, Gabrielle Broomes, the new X-factor musical ‘I Can’t Sing!’ Chris Gordon ‘Thriller Live’ Street Dance / Hip-hop Mondays in Epping - learn dances by your favourite chart artists. Classes are fun & energetic. For ages 3-Adult. New Chelmsford branch opening On Thursday 27th April 2014 Academy Arts will be launching a new Theatre School at the Meadgate Church in Great Baddow. Chelmsford is the hometown of Principal Nina French who has worked extensively in the West End for the past 20 years. (Grease, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Fame). Nina said: “I am thrilled to be able to open a school in the area where I grew up and now live with my little family. There are lots of talented people here. We really hope they join the Academy Arts family!” ‘Academy Kids’ Saturday mornings in Epping. Classes for ages 3-7yrs. Play games, learn songs, dances and poems as an introduction to performing arts. These classes are fun, silly and LOUD! To book a free trial for any of their classes please contact 01245 422595 info@academyarts.co.uk www.academyarts.co.uk

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Active Kids Gimme Shooz

Gimme Shooz, is a traditional children’s shoe shop set in the lovely town of Billericay, Essex. Gimme Shooz pride themselves on being able to measure and fit all different types of feet. They cater for wide and narrow feet and also come highly recommended by podiatrists, with experience in dealing with problematic foot issues. They stock a huge range of brands, including Start-rite, Petasil, Kickers, Geox, Primigi, Lelli Kellies, and many more. Highly-trained with staff that understand the importance of fitting the correct shoe for your child’s precious foot. Their shoes range from pre-walkers up to size (43eur) UK 9. They can also special order for bigger sizes. Their shoes are perfect for your active kids! For more information call 01277 658974 or visit the website www.gimmeshooz.co.uk

A slice of baking fun, Fabulicious Baking School has finally arrived!

Trained in Paris, Latifa Hassanali decided to open her very own impressive kitchens in central Loughton teaching baking skills to both children and adults. Kids as young as 3 can effortlessly gain confidence baking from scratch in after-school and holiday clubs. They produce amazing results in a fun, relaxed environment whilst brushing up on maths skills, improving self esteem and promoting a passion for baking. For an extra splash of excitement why not book your child’s birthday party at Fabulicious Baking School for a unique, fun and exciting baking experience. It will be Fabulicious! Call Latifa on 020 3129 5451 www.fabbakingschool.com

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ABC Swim School

ABC Swim School teach to a very high standard, building on a foundation which encourages the long-term development of the only sport which can save a life. This all begins with the parent and baby classes which specialise in Birthlight methods. Then things move forward to the Junior lessons for beginners and improvers. The aim underpinning all of ABC Swim School’s classes is to build water confidence, understanding of the body’s buoyancy and balance in order to learn swimming skills. Classes are available in Brentwood, Wickford, Benfleet and Southend. For more information, call Jo on 07968 082818, email jo@abcbabyclasses.co.uk www.abcbabyclasses.co.uk

Music Is Fun With Jo Jingles

Jo Jingles offers fun music and movement sessions for babies and children aged three months to five years. The weekly, topically-themed, programmes are age-appropriate, and work in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. Classes use two percussion instruments, lovely props, bubbles and parachute, along with action and movement songs. Sessions provide rewarding, quality time for parent/ carer and child. Those first experiences are the building blocks for future educational and emotional development. Jo Jingles feels privileged to participate in this very early years experience with so many families and their children. For classes in Billericay, Shenfield, Barleylands (near Wickford), Brentwood and NEW AREA ONGAR contact Louise Ryan 07780 600738 or visit www.jojingles.com/brentwood or email louise.ryan67@gmail.com


Active Kids

All Inclusive Summer Camp at Stubbers Adventure Centre

Stubbers offer a superb programme of holiday activities for 9 to 16 year olds. These exciting activity day and week options run during weekdays in all school holidays. You can drop off after 8.30am, pick up before 6pm. With activity options to suit everyone, and a flexible programme to ensure that everyone will enjoy themselves, kids are never in a hurry to leave at the end of the day and now they don’t have to! Book them in for the Sleepover and choose an activity programme from: Water Sports Week, Commando Week or Multi Activity Week, and then the fun continues with extra evening activities including Night Walk, Camp Fire and Movie Night. Accommodation for the week is in bunkhouse tents with 8 children per tent in bunk beds. Staff stay overnight with the group. Holiday Activity Manager, Andy Burgin, said “We have some great evening activities lined up and I know the children will love it! There are limited places on the sleepover so I suggest parents book early”. For the sleepover, children need to be aged between 9 and 16. All meals and activities are included in the sleepover price. Children will require a sleeping bag and pillow. Stubbers Adventure Centre has the biggest variety of on-site adventure activities in the South East. With a picturesque 130 acres of adventure space, including 3 lakes, you can be certain of having a great time, whatever your interest. And if you are thinking that the kids have all the fun and would like to try something adventurous yourself, then Stubbers is definitely the place for you. Join the extremely popular Bank Holiday “Parents Go Free” days running on all Bank Holidays throughout the year and you will have 4 top class activity sessions in an excellent day. Stubbers is an amazing outdoor adventure park for youngsters and adults alike. If you’re looking to get in touch with the great outdoors and have some serious fun get in touch now! As a registered charity and not for profit organisation they rely on your support, and wouldn’t be there without you. Check out Stubbers website www.stubbers.co.uk for more details.

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Get Active

First Strokes have a fun-packed year ahead

. Over Christmas their centres started receiving some TLC, and there are lots more improvements planned for the coming year. First Strokes thank all their customers who helped raise over £1,700 for Children In Need last November. Congratulations to all the swimmers who swam in their pyjamas over the week, some of whom appeared on TV, in newspapers and on the radio! Book your child’s pool party with First Strokes this year and they will throw in free balloons, invitations and a birthday cake for the special guest! For a limited time only, Peppa Pig can be seen in First Strokes centres, which now stock the exciting new range of Peppa Pig merchandise from Zoggs. The range includes Peppa and George Pig goggles, soakers, armbands, swim rings and inflatable noodles. Grab these great products while you can! Brand new First Strokes merchandise is also available including bags, towels and awards folders. The fantastic Awards Folders are the perfect safe place to keep all the certificates and stickers that your children have achieved throughout their lessons. They can also be used for any school “show and tell” and make a great keepsake to look back on when the children are older too. First Strokes will be running crash courses every half-term this year, with beginner, improver and advanced levels available. So, if a week-intensive course is what your little one needs to either get started, or to improve their skills, don’t hesitate to get them booked in! Don’t forget you can test your stamina with distance swims, which take place during every school holiday. Distances range from 5 metres up to 1 mile - can you go the distance? Parent and Child classes at First Strokes have benefited greatly from the ASA implementing a new advanced teacher award, which all First Strokes teachers will be undertaking. First Strokes are thrilled to now offer National Pool Lifeguard Qualification courses at the Stanway pool as well as the Billericay pool. This new addition to Stanway runs over three weekends instead of being a 5-day week-intensive course. As well as achieving your National Pool Lifeguard Qualification including AED, you will also obtain your First Aid at Work all in one course! First Strokes are working closely with the Institute of Swimming (IoS) and offering apprenticeship places for young adults from 16 years of age. This allows people to achieve their ASA Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics at the same time as gaining experience within the workplace and teaching environment. So much goes on at First Strokes! For any further information please visit www.firststrokes.com where you can find centre locations and contact details. Why not swim with First Strokes soon!

Sing! Dance! Act! With DanceMode

Children are invited to go along and experience ‘life changing’ classes with DanceMode Basildon! All teachers work hard with each child, bringing out their self esteem and confidence, and have truly seen some drastic changes. DanceMode is not like any other performing arts school. All teachers have trained professionally, worked in the industry and are dedicated to each and every DanceMode child helping them achieve their goals. DanceMode offer many opportunities: shows, freestyle competitions, IDTA dance exams, annual prize givings and workshops. They are also proud to dance for ‘Essex Leopards Basketball Team’ at their matches. For more information call: 07946 588699 email: nicole@dancemode.co.uk or visit: www.dancemodekwb.co.uk

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Bake It Make It!

Bake it Make it in Brentwood runs cooking classes for pre-school children aged 2 and above, from a purpose-built barn, with free parking. Their aim is to teach children to cook whilst having fun. Mini-cooks will bake either a sweet or savoury dish each week. Bake it Make it provide everything from aprons to take-home bags and even a drink and a snack. Mums can enjoy a cup of tea too! They also run baking parties for children aged 3-13 and holiday workshops. Bake it Make it! are looking for motivated individuals to run a Bake It Make It! franchise. Call 07748 010396 for details.


ABSEILING

CHALLENGE COURSE

ANGLING

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753 Basildon & District Angling Society 01268 287798 Thriftwood Fishing Club Thriftwood Scout Campsite 01277 212784

ARCHERY

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753 B.O.S.P (Brighter Opportunities for Supported Play) respite care www.bosp.co.uk Chelmsford Blue Flames 07514 207200

Action Park-Multiple Activity Centre, based on the A127 near Wickford, J29/ M25. Ages 6+. Catering for families, corporate functions, schools, groups, hen and stag and kids parties. Call 0844 683 0675 www.actionpark.co.uk email info@actionpark.co.uk

Children with Disabilities Chelmsford Sports & Athletics Centre 01245 605666

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753

Swimming Brentwood Centre 01277 215151

ART & CRAFT

Art & Craft Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre 01245 605666

Gymnastics Tot Tastics Braintree and Chelmsford 01245 382075 Gymnastics and Movement Springfield Gym Club 01245 466920

SNAKE 01268 491511 or 07580 668457 or visit www.s-n-a-k-e.co.uk

Buttercup Club 01702 712150

Trampolining Eversley Leisure Centre 01268 583076

Ceramics on the Hop 1245 421996

CLIMBING

Essex Wildlife Trust Craft Club www.essexwt.org.uk Pottery Painting Studio Friendly family-run business, over 300 items, spacious studio. Open 7 days a week from 10am - 5pm. The Glazed Look 01245 290300 or 07758 036675 www.theglazedlook.co.uk Signals Media Arts Centre 01206 560255 www.signals.org.uk The Clay Cottage 01268 786162 www.claycottage.co.uk The Craft Cabin E4 020 8524 4600. thecraftcabine4@hotmail.co.uk The Messy Club Shenfield, Pilgrims Hatch 07734 499136

ASSAULT COURSE

Army Assault Course 01268 725221 www.offroadactionpark.co.uk

BEAVERS/CUBS/SCOUTS 1st Maldon 01621 852013

1st Pitsea & Vange 01268 558022 www.1stpv-scoutgroup.btck.co.uk 3rd Billericay 01277 625102 8th Basildon 01268 416582 12th Basildon 01268 556898

BOYS BRIGADE

1st Great Leighs 01245 440189 2nd Wickford 01268 463429 3rd Chelmsford 01245 462275 South Woodham 01245 328673

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753

COOKERY

Get Active Listings Stagecoach (Chelmsford) 08702 415676

Star Struck Theatre School 07740 553529

Star Struck Theatre School 07740 553529

Performing Arts Classes for ages 3-18yrs in Langdon Hills. Offering fantastic opportunities throughout the year and free trials! Call Nicole Kilian 07946 588699

Street Dance / Hip-hop for ages 7-21yrs. Saturdays & Tuesdays in Epping. Thursdays in Chelmsford. Classes are fast, fun-packed and focused. 01245 422595 info@academyarts.co.uk www.academyarts.co.uk

DRAMA/PERFORMING ARTS

Academy Arts Theatre School & Agency for ages 7-21yrs. Sats & Tues in Epping, Thurs in Chelmsford. Classes are fast, fun-packed and focused. 01245 422595 info@academyarts.co.uk www.academyarts.co.uk Academy Kids Saturday mornings in Epping. Classes for ages 3-7yrs. Play games, learn songs, dances and poems as an introduction to performing arts. 01245 422595 info@academyarts.co.uk www.academyarts.co.uk Act Sing Dance with Chelmsford Theatretrain on a Saturday morning. For your free trial session call Sharon on 01277 224853 or email Chelmsford@theatretrain.co.uk

Fabulicious Baking School Teaching baking skills to both children and adults. Kids as young as 3 can effortlessly gain confidence baking in the after-school and holiday clubs. Call Latifa on 020 3129 5451 www.fabbakingschool.com

DanceMode Basildon Act! Sing!

DANCE

Debut School of Performing Arts 01277 260771 www.debutschool.co.uk

Dance classes in Hutton on a Saturday from 3 years+. Exams and shows 07817 983863 www.fusiondanceschool.co.uk Dance Act Sing with Chelmsford Theatretrain on a Saturday morning. For your free trial session call Sharon on 01277 224853 or email Chelmsford@theatretrain.co.uk

DanceMode Basildon are proud of

the friendly atmosphere where each child feels a part of the DanceMode family! Free trials 07946 588699 nicole@dancemode.co.uk www.dancemodekwb.co.uk Debut School of Performing Arts 01277 260771

Maldon Theatretrain Every Saturday in term-time from 2pm - 5pm. Plantation Hall, Colchester Road, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4AL. Centre Director: Mark Everard ATCL DipVCMED Free trial session. Tel: 01621 850274 email: maldon@theatretrain.co.uk

Dance! Proud of their friendly atmosphere where each child feels a part of the DanceMode family. Free trials 07946 588699 nicole@dancemode.co.uk www.dancemodekwb.co.uk

Jester’s Drama Club drop-in drama workshop in the foyer. Fun drama games for kids aged 7–11. Every Sat 18 Jan–5 April and 26 April – 24 May. 1.30pm–3.30pm. Ages 7–11 £6. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. 01708 462362 Maldon Theatretrain Every Saturday in term-time from 2pm - 5pm. Plantation Hall, Colchester Road, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4AL. Centre Director: Mark Everard ATCL DipVCMED Free trial session. Tel: 01621 850274 email: maldon@theatretrain.co.uk New Chelmsford Branch Opening On Thurs 27th April Academy Arts are launching a new theatre school at the Meadgate Church, Great Baddow. 01245 422595 info@academyarts.co.uk www.academyarts.co.uk Ongar Arts Academy 07770 500212 or email ongardramagroup@outlook.com

Q Youth Theatre & Dance Programme is a shining opportunity to get the chance to perform on the Queens stage. Groups are divided by age from 7–19, and are open to everyone no matter what your level of experience. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch 01708 462362

FOOTBALL

Shooters Football FA qualified, CRBchecked coaches for children aged 5 to 15. Weekends and school holidays. 01992 524393 www.shootersfootball.co.uk Shooters Football Pitch hire for 5 or 6 a side football. Casual bookings or block bookings welcome. 01992 524393 www.shootersfootball.co.uk

GIRLS BRIGADE

1st Great Leighs 01245 440189 1st Laindon 01268 413665 1st South Woodham Ferrers 01245 320150 1st Wickford 01268 562050 2nd Chelmsford 01206 842635 4th Basildon 01375 676777

GYMNASTICS Gymnastics Free 1 hour gymnastics

trial for all age groups and abilities. Wed 5:30/6:30 & Sat 9:00/11:00 Gym Tots, birthday parties & holiday courses. Booking is essential. Email buba@eppingforestgymclub.com, 07767 167512 or visit www.eppingforestgymclub.com

HIGH ROPES

High Ropes Adventure Course 0844 6830675 www.offroadactionpark.co.uk Rope Runners High Ropes Adventure Park Kelvedon Hatch. Open all year. Children from age 6. Parties available. 01277 888134 www.roperunners.co.uk

LASER/PAINTBALL

Laser Mayhem Play real Call of Duty missions based around the computer game. Hide behind real Russian battle tanks, planes & helicopters using Laser Tag equipment. 01708 688517 www.laser-mayhem.co.uk

Stagecoach (Chelmsford) 08702 415676

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MUSIC & MOVEMENT

Music and Movement Classes in Shenfield, Billericay, Brentwood, Hutton and Barleylands Craft Centre. Call Louise 07780 600738 louise.ryan@virgin.net www.jojingles.com/brentwood Music and Movement Jo Jingles 01373 850232

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

MARTIAL ARTS

EWTO-Essex Friendly kids Kung Fu classes in Chelmsford and Loughton. Please call SiFu Kul 07977 132111 or visit ewto-essex.co.uk

MOUNTAIN BOARDING

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753

MULTI-ACTIVITY

After-School Clubs After-school activity clubs. Monday: Climbing. Tuesday: Fencing. Wednesday: Archery. Thursday: different each week. For more information call 01702 562690 or email info@belchamps.org.uk Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224500

Wingers Sports Academy Dodgeball Juniors and Adults – all over Essex. Parties – all over Essex. Little Wingers Football Under 5s: Billericay. More information: 07912 879927 mike@wingersportsacademy.com www.wingersportsacademy.com

Action Park Multiple Activity Centre based on the A127 near Wickford, J29/ M25. Ages 6+. Catering for families, corporate functions, schools, groups, hen, stag and kids parties. Call 0844 683 0675 www.actionpark.co.uk email info@actionpark.co.uk Laser Mayhem Play real Call of Duty missions-based around the computer game. Hide behind real Russian battle tanks, planes and helicopters using laser tag equipment. 01708 688517 www.laser-mayhem.co.uk Natural Foundations Outdoor nature play sessions. Mud and sensory kitchens, water puzzle walls, den building around Essex. For details visit their website: www.naturalfoundations.co.uk. e.info@naturalfoundations.co.uk Rope Runners High Ropes Adventure Park, Kelvedon Hatch. Open all year. Children from age 6. Parties available. 01277 888134. www.roperunners.co.uk

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CHARITies

Families InFocus (Essex)

Parent-led independent charity offering free specialist advice, information and support to any Essex family who has a child or young person with any disability or special need. 01245 353575 www.familiesinfocusessex.org.uk

Because small is beautiful! Small businesses deserve great marketing. Transparent pricing and simple, appropriate, tailored solutions for your small company. For a friendly chat to discuss your requirements, please call Tracy on 07769 340537

PHOTOGRAPHY

Portraits: Family, Makeovers, Pets Natural photos at High St studio

Little Havens Hospice

in Maldon. Female photographer. Modern, relaxed photos, in the studio or your location. “The professionalism exceeded expectations...the quality of photos was excellent”. 01621 856227 www.avantiphotographics.com

Farm shop

Gimme Shooz in Billericay

Caring for children with life-limiting illnesses across Essex and supporting their families. www.havenshospices.org.uk

Lathcoats Farm

Lathcoats Farm’s Bee Shed coffee house serves mouthwatering light lunches, delicious cakes, great coffee, their own apple juice and a lovely cup of tea! Visit www.eapples.co.uk or facebook for full details.

Forensics

Csi4aday

Adults-be a Csi4aday at Chelmsford! Collect evidence from the crime scene. Singles or groups. Call 07974 940265 or visit www.csi4aday.com

gifts

Lathcoats Farm Shop

Home-grown fruit and quality food from around your local region. See the website for more details www.eapples.co.uk or facebook for full details and opening times

Shoe Shop

professionally fit children’s shoes, European and traditional brands as well as school shoes and boots. www.gimmeshooz.co.uk 01277 658974

WORK FROM HOME

Part/Full Time Opportunity

Earn £200 - £500+PM working from home. Fully-flexible, ongoing training and prospects. Text, “MORE INFO” and your name to 07806 615189

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PLAY

Stubbers Adventure Centre Activity Camps 21st Jul to 5th Sept. 7 to 16 year olds. 4 x 90 minutes sessions daily. Activities from land, motor, towers and water sports areas. Also available specialist water sports weeks and new Commando week. www.stubbers.co.uk

Rope Runners High Ropes Adventure Park, Kelvedon Hatch. Open all year. Children from age 6. Parties available. 01277 888134 www.roperunners.co.uk

SINGING

Little Monkees Unique, safe, clean, fully-padded play area. Structured sessions, from 4 months - 3yrs. Upminster: Tues, Hornchurch: Wed, Billericay: Thurs, Hutton: Fri. 01277 211065 or 07837 170602

Walton Hall Farm Indoor and outdoor play facilities. Whatever the weather enjoy the fresh air and beautiful grounds. 01375 644 588

QUAD BIKING

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753

RAINBOWS BROWNIES/GUIDES

County Enquiries (Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Elmstead, Halstead, Maldon, Tendring, Witham) 07757 636446 or email: enquiries@girlguidingessexne.org.uk Moulsham 01245 259899

SAILING

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Belchamps Holiday Club Every school holiday except Christmas. Daily activity clubs with a wide range of activities, Call 01702 562690 or email: info@belchamps.org.uk Create A Play In A Week 7 - 11 April Have fun, play drama games and create your very own play in a week. For ages 7–10yrs. 9.30 – 1.30. £60 Queens Theatre, Hornchurch Discover Tues–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat & Sun 11am–5pm; Every day during school holidays. Story trail, garden, exhibition, events. Pre-booking advised www.discover.org.uk Holiday Club at Thriftwood Campsite and Activity Centre with 16 activities and qualified instructors. Call 01277 212784 or visit www.thriftwood.org.uk Ofsted-Registered, Barracudas is UK’s favourite activity day camp! Locations: Brentwood, Chelmsford, Chigwell, Hutton, Upminster & Woodford: www.barracudas.co.uk / 0845 123 5299 Rope Runners High Ropes Adventure Park, Kelvedon Hatch. Open all year. Children from age 6. Parties available. 01277 888134 www.roperunners.co.uk Shooters Football Holiday camps – make new friends and gain soccer skills and have lots of football fun! North Weald. 01992 524393 www.shootersfootball.co.uk Special Needs Activity Club SNAC 01375 389867 www.snac@btik.com Star Track Mon 7th - Fri 11th April Offers budding athletes of 8 - 12 yrs expert tuition in a range of athletics skills. Sessions available for ages 6 8yrs. 10am-2pm. £58-68. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, N9 0AR. 020 8344 7230 www.visitleevalley.org.uk Stubbers Adventure Centre Activity Camps 26th - 30th May. 7 to 16 year olds. 4 x 90 minutes adventure sessions daily. Activities from land, motor, towers and water sports areas. www.stubbers.co.uk

Academy Arts Theatre School & Agency for ages 7-21yrs. Sats & Tues in Epping, Thurs in Chelmsford. Classes are fast, fun-packed and focused. 01245 422595 info@academyarts.co.uk www.academyarts.co.uk Debut School of Performing Arts 01277 260771 www.debutschool.co.uk Jo Jingles Action songs and rhythm games with fun, weekly themes for ages 1-5yrs. See advert on page 32 or call 07780 600738 for classes in the Billericay/Brentwood areas. Sing Dance Act with Chelmsford Theatretrain on a Saturday morning. For your free trial session call Sharon on 01277 224853 or email Chelmsford@theatretrain.co.uk

Sing! Dance! Act! DanceMode Basildon with a friendly atmosphere where each child feels a part of the DanceMode family! Free trials 07946 588699 nicole@dancemode.co.uk www.dancemodekwb.co.uk Maldon Theatretrain Every Saturday in term-time from 2pm-5pm. Plantation Hall, Colchester Road, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4AL. Centre Director: Mark Everard ATCL DipVCMED Free trial session Tel: 01621 850274 email: maldon@theatretrain.co.uk

SWIMMING

ABC Baby Classes, Small, friendly and fun swimming classes for baby and preschool, in Brentwood & Wickford Call Jo 07969 082818, email jo@abcbabyclasses.co.uk ABC Juniors, Swimming lessons for beginners to adults with experienced and qualified teachers, in Brentwood, Benfleet, Wickford, Southend, call Jo 07968 082818 Just Swim Public swim and familyswim sessions, everyday at First Strokes. Billericay 0845 838 8954 and Colchester 0845 838 8952 www.firststrokes.com Little Otters Baby and pre-school swimming. For information call Jan 07919 414494 or Michelle 07919 414495 email: info@little-otters.com or www.little-otters.com Stratus Swimming School 01277 372576 email info@stratus.st Swimming Lessons For all ages and abilities at First Strokes. Billericay 0845 838 8954 and Colchester 0845 838 8952 www.firststrokes.com Tina Franklin Swim School Chelmsford County High School, Mondays/Fridays after-school and Saturday mornings. All abilities. Tina Franklin 01245 265919 or 0782 869 1097 or email tinafranklin@blueyonder.co.uk

TOTS CLASSES

Essex Wildlife Trust Caterpillar Club – outdoor adventures for pre-schoolers .www.essexwt.org.uk

TUNNELLING

Stubbers Adventure Centre 01708 224753


Birth & Beyond Beginning to implement the sleep routine

CLASSES

KEEPSAKES

Academy Kids

The Glazed Look

Baby Sensory

Little Otters Antenatal Aquayoga

Saturday mornings in Epping. Classes for ages 3-7yrs. Play games, learn songs, dances and poems as an introduction to performing arts. 01245 422595 info@academyarts.co.uk www.academyarts.co.uk Award winning baby development classes designed for babies from birth to 13 months. 6th Mar, 3rd April, 1st May 10.30am – 11.45pm. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Bake It Make It! Pre-School Cooking Club

Why not bring your mini-cook and try a free taster session? 01277 352898 www.bakeitmakeit.co.uk

Barleylands

Fun-on-the-Farm toddler group at Barleylands, Monday and Thursday 10am to 12pm, term-time only. 01268 290229 www.barleylands.co.uk

Fabulicious Baking School

Teaching baking skills to both children and adults. Kids as young as 3 can effortlessly gain confidence baking in the after-school and holiday clubs. Call Latifa on 020 3129 5451 www.fabbakingschool.com

Music and Movement

Classes in Shenfield, Billericay, Brentwood, Hutton and Barleylands Craft Centre. Call Louise 07780 600738 louise.ryan@virgin.net www.jojingles.com/brentwood

cloth nappies

Essex Cloth Nappy Campaign

Find out more about cloth nappies and how to join the nappy network. Find out more by visiting www.essexcc.gov.uk

Pottery painting, hand and foot prints or capture those first works of art! See ad on page 27. 01245 290300 or 07758 036675 www.theglazedlook.co.uk

Pre/POSt natal exercise

For more information contact Chelmsford classes: Jan 07919 414494 jan@aqua4baby.co.uk or www.aqua4baby.co.uk. Wickford classes: Michelle 07919 414495 michelle@aquacalm4mums2b.co.uk www.aquacalm4mums2b.co.uk

READING

Bookstart

Sing some rhymes and look at books, and meet other babies and their grownups at your local library. www.essex.gov.uk/libraries

Shoe Shop

Gimme Shooz in Billericay professionally fit children’s shoes, European and traditional brands as well as school shoes and boots. www.gimmeshooz.co.uk 01277 658974

SUPPORT

NCT

For antenatal classes, friendly advice, breastfeeding support and much more. 0870 444 8707 www.nct.org.uk

SWIMMING

ABC Baby Classes

Small, friendly and fun swimming classes for baby and preschool, in Brentwood & Wickford call Jo 07969 082818, email jo@abcbabyclasses.co.uk

Parent & Child Swimming Lessons

At First Strokes swim schools in Billericay 0845 838 8954 and Colchester 0845 838 8952 www.firststrokes.com

Continuing her series of advice columns for KidAround, Lisa Clegg, author of The Blissful Baby Expert, shares her advice on the all-important issue of sleep and her views on colic. More than anything, once you implement a sleep routine, it is very important that you keep track of the last time that your baby woke up. This is because a very young baby has a breaking point where they can tip over into the realm of being overtired after a certain length of time awake. An overtired baby will be almost impossible to settle for hours on end, no matter what you try. Eventually they will just pass out through sheer exhaustion. However, they are more likely then to sleep fitfully and wake frequently. A parent who says their baby cries all evening, won’t go to sleep, and has been diagnosed by their doctor as having colic, could just have a baby that is becoming overtired each evening. Babies who are overtired will cry incessantly. Nothing you do will seem to settle them, and, even though they may drift in and out of sleep, they will continue to wake up again and resume their wailing. Many parents assume their baby must be in some sort of pain, and when they describe what is happening to their doctor, colic is diagnosed. This overtiredness is more likely to happen at the end of the day and go on into the evening, just as colic is usually more likely to happen in the evenings. Eventually, the final thing that settles the baby is usually allowing her to become hungry enough to take her 10:30pm feed. This usually makes her feel so full and sleepy that she will finally settle down as she is so exhausted from being awake for hours. Out of all the hundreds of babies I have worked with, only one has genuinely suffered from colic and reflux connected to food allergy or intolerance. It is my belief that, if you implement a feeding and sleep routine from a young age, then your baby has no need to cry continuously for long periods of time. All of the baby’s physical needs are being met through being encouraged to feed regularly and the baby will be encouraged to sleep at times that work well with their body’s natural sleep rhythms. Babies don’t need to be so unhappy and I would be very worried if any of the babies I worked with were crying incessantly for long periods of time. Of course, babies cry, for varying reasons (that are explained later on in Lisa’s book), but continuous crying that cannot be appeased is always a concern. If your baby is following the feeding and sleep guide that I have suggested, but still crying for long bursts, then it is well worth seeing your GP to rule out any medical problem. The Blissful Baby Expert by Lisa Clegg is published by Vermilion priced £10.99. WIN! We have three copies of this invaluable book up for grabs for lucky readers to win! To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address, daytime telephone number to comps@kidaround.biz with Blissful Baby Expert in the subject line. The closing date is Friday 4th April 2014. Good luck!

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Sitters.co.uk

Britain’s favourite babysitters offering evening and daytime babysitters with professional childcare experience, even at short notice! Call 08447 367 367 or visit them at www.sitters.co.uk

BASILDON Seymour House Day Nursery School

Fobbing Farm Close 01268 464 422 Claire Hill-Burton basildon.hospital@seymourhouse.co.uk www.seymourhouse.co.uk

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16 Orchard Avenue 01277 634757 Emma Panting abacusdaynursery13@hotmail.com

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Burstead Bears Day Nursery Guildprime Business Centre Southend Road 01277 659659 Rachael Robinson www.bursteadbears.co.uk

Little Achievers Montessori PreSchool

St Mary Magdalene Church Hall Great Burstead 07759 837258 Ms Tracey Scarborough/ Ms Mary Ishmael maryishmael@yahoo.co.uk www.montessori-billericay.org

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Denton Crescent Black Notley 01376 339139 Miss Sam Cottrill www.thecolourwheelbraintree.co.uk

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Seymour House Day Nursery School

Broomfield Road CM1 1RN 01245 492642 Leanne Cooper broomfield.road@seymourhouse.co.uk www.seymourhouse.co.uk

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Chelmsford College Moulsham St. Campus 01245 293045 Pat Cox www.dovedale-nursery.co.uk

Jack and Jill Pre-School

Methodist Church Hall 124 Main Road, Broomfield 01245 440872 Julie Ellingford jackandjillbroomfield@fsmail.net

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10 Victoria Court New Street 01245 505323 chelmsford@kiddicaru.com www.kiddicaru.com

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The Kids Academy

Princes Road 01245 345599 Jess Purser www.thekidsacademy.co.uk

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Eton Manor Day Nursery and Preschool Eton Manor Roding Lane, IG9 6BJ 020 8504 5040 Louise Farrow etonmanor@brighthorizons.com www.brighthorizons.co.uk

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St John’s School Little Baddow Road 0845 6430076 Charlotte Jones www.danburypreschool.org.uk

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The Stables Nursery

Mararetting Road Galleywood 01245 348159 Susan Mann www.thestablesnursery.co.uk

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GREAT BADDOW Meadgate Nursery

c/o Meadgate Primary School Mascalls Way 07762 383390 Lauren Garwood / Carolyn Locke

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St. Mary’s Playschool Church Centre The Chase 01245 471683 Sue Marlow

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Woodcroft Nursery School

Dorset Avenue 01245 473222 Mrs H. Roberts www.woodcroft-nur.essex.sch.uk

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MALDON

Little Acorns

Buddies Children’s Centre

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Sunflower Montessori Kindergarten

Daisy Chain Nursery

Landsbury Suite Hutton Poplars 01277 201120 Naira Gendi www.sunflowermontessorikinder.co.uk info@sunflowermontessorikinder.co.uk

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LAINDON Willowfield Pre-School

Steepleview Community Hall Willowfield 07891 036905 Julie Baker willowfieldpreschool@gmail.com

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HARLOW

Teddies Loughton Nursery and Preschool

St Edmund’s Montessori Pre-School

Matching Green Harlow CM17 0QB 01279 739206 Catherine Middlemas www.stedmundsmontessori.com

Brickhouse Lane Poulton Close 01621 840631 Clair Windsor www.buddiespreschool.co.uk

Willingdale Road IG10 2BQ 0208 418 0666 Donna O’Malley loughton@brighthorizons.com www.brighthorizons.co.uk

Royal Court 01621 859991 Kim Lambert www.daisychain-nursery.com

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Woodham Mortimer Preschool

Brookhead Studio Brookhead Farm Maldon Rd 07742 228077 Lorraine Scott woodhammortimerpre-school@hotmail.com www.woodhammortimerpreschool.org.uk

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Viking Junior Academy

Wentworth Primary School Viking Road 07583 261354 Tanya Syder www.vikingacademy.co.uk

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Deerlands Day Nursery

The Hall Road Kindergarten

Trinity St. Mary’s Pre-School

Ferry Road 01621 744041 Heidi Cook www.deerlandsdaynursery.co.uk

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ONGAR ABC Nursery, Pre-school & After School Club Stondon Road 01277 362211 igherghi2000@yahoo.co.uk www.abcnursery.org.uk

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4th Rochford Scout Hut Church Walk Hall Road 01702 531067 Claire Stibbards www.thehallroadkindergarten.co.uk

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ROXWELL Roxwell Preschool Memorial Hall The Street 07970 750484 April Little

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Trinity Square 01245 321711 Mrs J. Hopkins www.tsmpreschool.com

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TILLINGHAm Tillingham Pre-School

Tillingham Village Hall Vicarage Lane CM0 7TW 01621 778803 tillpreschool@btinternet.com

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UPMINSTER Gaynes Park Nursery & Preschool 105 Gaynes Park Rd RM14 2HX 01708 229420 Zoe Smith gaynespark@brighthorizons.com www.brighthorizons.co.uk

sT WICKFORD Seymour House Day Nursery School Salcott Crescent SS12 9NR Glyniss Cotterill 01268 766 126 X@seymourhouse.co.uk www.seymouhouse.co.uk

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The Day Nursery

Church Road SS11 8SH 01268 769522 Jenna or Natalie admin@thedaynursery.org.uk www.thedaynursery.org.uk

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Woodford Green Woodlands Day Nursery and Preschool

317-321 High Rd IG8 9HQ 020 8504 5944 Claire Patmore woodlands.woodford@brighthorizons.com www.brighthorizons.co.uk

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WRITTLE The Duckling Nursery

Lodge Road 07771 645270 Mrs S. Homer www.ducklingnursery.co.uk

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Writtle College Kiddi Caru Foxburrows Lane 01245 421341 writtlecollege@kiddicaru.com www.kiddicaru.com

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Writtle Green Preschool Longmeads House 12-14 Redwood Drive 07950 944612 Debbie Wright

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