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The weeks of staying up late and getting up late are behind us, and now it’s tim e to get back to work. Welcome! to all the new one s out there who are starting Primary School this September. We wish you well and hope that you will take us along for the journey.

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer........................................ 4 Pinboard ...................................... 6 Theatre......................................... 9 Roundabout ................................ 10 Back to work .............................. 18 Great Days Out ........................... 22 At the Movies .............................. 24 Bookworm .................................. 26 Competitions .............................. 29

We have a fantastic issue her e for you this September, giving you lots of places to go and things to see and do with your family. We hav e a review of Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Sum mer, which is in cinemas from September 21, a specia l Back to work feature for mum and dad and loads of great competitions for you to enter! Good luck to all for the new term ahead. We’ll see you again in October for som e great ideas on where to go for half term and som e spooky suggestions for Halloween!

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? d o o M Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is the film that all Judy Moody fans have been waiting for. The Judy Moody books are extremely funny, and there is now a film for you to enjoy too! The film is based on the captivating stories of Judy Moody’s life and adventures by Megan McDonald. Megan is an American author of children’s books, with her most famous being Judy Moody. The Judy Moody books follow the life and adventures of the loveable, cheeky girl and her family and friends. Judy Moody Was in a Mood, Gets Famous, Saves the World, Predicts the Future, 4


Declares Independence and Goes to College in the easy to read, colourful books. For your chance to win a copy of The NOT Bummer Summer book, have a look at the yellow star on the opposite page! Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is about a little girl who, like all little girls and boys, is determined to make the most of her time off school in the glorious summer holidays. However, Judy’s plans for the summer get turned upside down when her best friends, Rocky and Amy reveal that they are going on their own holidays. Rocky is going to circus camp to learn how to tame lions and Amy is off to Borneo with her mum to help save

a lost tribe. It looks like Judy has to stay at home with her annoying little brother, Stink. Just when Judy thinks things can’t possibly get any worse, her parents tell her that they are going on holiday to California … alone. They also tell her that the person coming to look after her and Stink is their Aunt Opal, mum’s sister whom they have never met. Could things get any worse? Despite being disappointed by the recent revelations by her friends and parents, Judy is still determined to have a summer that she will never forget. Aunt Opal is a crazy, hippy-looking aunt who acts anything but her



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age. With the arrival of Aunt Opal comes destruction and damage as her driving, cooking and discipline leave a lot to be desired. She’s not very responsible, either. But, what she lacks in parenting skills she makes up in the ‘fun aunt’ factor. Judy and Stink are worried at first, not knowing this strange-looking woman, but they soon realise that she is a lot of fun … much more fun than their parents! Between them, they think of a way that they can make the most of their summer together. They draw up a chart called ‘Judy Moody’s Mega-Rare NOT Bummer Summer Dare!’ Each person is given a list of dares to do and, if they complete their dare, they get 10 thrill points.

Stink has an ambition of catching Bigfoot, the ape-like, man-sized creature who lives in the wild, so that becomes his biggest goal of the summer. While Rocky and Amy take part in their own dares from Circus Camp and Borneo, Judy notices that she is falling rapidly behind in the thrill points total column. Every dare or adventure she attempts goes totally wrong. She decides she needs to up her game if she is to win the contest. The idea springs to mind of helping Stink find Bigfoot – if she can find Bigfoot, she is sure to win! Although their summer begins with disappointment, together, they end up having the most thrilladelic, super awesome summer ever!

The makers of this film searched all over the world to find their perfect Judy Moody, and they most definitely found her in Jordana Beatty. Jordana is a 13-year old actress from Australia. She looks like the Judy Moody from the books, with her messy red hair, infectious bubbly personality and a smile that is guaranteed to melt the hearts of parents and make children want to be like her. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer also stars Heather Graham as Aunt Opal, Preston Bailey as Frank, Parris Mosteller as Stink, Garrett Ryan as Rocky and Taylar Hender as Amy. It is truly a great cast for,


what promises to be a superb family film. For children, this film will sum up everything that they wish they could get up to during their summer. For parents, memories of a rebellious youth will come flooding back. For all the Aunt Opals out there – every family has a crazy, fun aunt – ideas of how to bring this film to life with nieces and nephews will be forming. This film is great fun for all, whatever your age. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is out in cinemas from September 21. Visit to see the trailer.



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JONES BOOTMAKER On September 15, Jones Bootmaker is opening two brand new stores in Merry Hill and Sutton Coldfield. The glamorous new stores will be providing shoppers with a relaxed, unrushed atmosphere. Whether you’re shopping for the kids for the new term or you are wanting to treat yourself to a swanky new pair of slingbacks, Jones Bootmaker has a shoe for every person and every occasion. For your chance to win a pair of shoes for all the family, turn to page 30!


Craft Club is a Crafts Council and UK Hand Knitting Association initiative that provides children and young people with the opportunity to learn craft skills from members of their community. The scheme launched in schools in 2010 and there are now over 350 active Craft Clubs within schools around the UK. The first scheme, Knit One Pass it On! focused on knitting and the 2011 scheme Hook One Pass it On! focuses on crocheting. Craft Club is now expanding into the community and setting up clubs in museums, libraries and cinemas. It will work on the same premise with volunteers passing on their skills to others in a fun and lively environment – in this case to parents as well as children. It will strengthen bonds between local communities and between family members by enabling them to learn new skills together. 11 volunteer training events will take place across the UK this autumn and train up to 300 new volunteers on how to effectively and confidently pass on their skills to the next generation. These events will result in up to 300 new volunteers knowing how to effectively and confidently pass on their knowledge and skills to others. The training host venues will then be supported to set up a regular Craft Club at their venue using the trained volunteers. They will also be supported by the online resource that provides practical tips, project ideas, and an online forum connecting people who are passionate about craft and learning new skills.



For six galloping days, Birmingham’s NEC will be filled with horsey fun with the arrival of the Horse of the Year Show. From October 4-9, the Pony Club and the Mounted Games for the Prince Philip Cup will be there for you to enjoy. The action-packed competition features a number of games on horseback that promote teamwork, courage and all-round ability. The Horse of the Year Show will also host the finals of the Showing and Show Jumping championships. Other show highlights include the 2011 Express Eventing Final, the Household Cavalry Musical Ride and the Dressage Special. If you fancy being a part of this great show, go to to get tickets. You can also turn to page 29 for your chance to win tickets!

The brand new restaurant at Drayton Manor has opened its doors to visitors. The Grill Inn offers a wide variety of scrumptious meals to make your day at Drayton Manor a little bit special. Drayton Manor is one of the most popular family attractions in the UK. For your chance to win a meal for your family at this great family restaurant turn to page 30!





28 September– 2 October

Half-price tickets for Children – don’t miss out! Up to two under-16s may attend Beauty and the Beast or The Nutcracker for half price with every adult paying full price (price bands B and C only; excludes Saturday evenings; terms and conditions apply; offer may be withdrawn at any time.)

25 November–11 December




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The entertaining children’s TV favourite, Numberjacks comes live to the stage for the very first time. Help them solve their problems as they go, but watch out for the Meanies. Tuesday October 18 at 4pm, Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 at 10.30am and 1pm, Saturday October 22 at 10.30am, 1pm and 4pm. Tickets are priced at £13.25 to £17.75 for adults, £9 to £13.75 for children, £8.25 to £15.75 for concessions and £34 to £49 for a family ticket. For your chance to win a family ticket to see Numberjacks, turn to page 29!

The Birmingham REP Theatre Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Paradise Place, Birmingham October 1

Bob The Man on the Moon Bob’s job is to look after the moon. Bob gets up at 6am every morning, has his breakfast and boards his rocket for his daily commute to work. His job is to keep the moon clean and tidy, so he vacuums up any space junk he finds. He always finds time for lunch with Billy the Man on Mars and Sam the Man on Saturn. Shows at 11.30am and 2pm. Adults £7.50, children £4.50, babes in arms £1.50. This performance is being shown at Birmingham Library Theatre while the Birmingham REP is under construction.

November 23 – January 14

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Sleeping Beauty

A very funny take on a familiar tale for all the family. This version of Sleeping Beauty is told from the point of view of the mischievous old Fairy Goody, a grubby, smelly sprite who casts a spell on the Princess Beauty that sends her into a deep sleep. Tickets are from £10 to £28.50. This performance is being shown at The Crescent Theatre while the Birmingham REP is under construction. December 16-31

The Snowman

Get your family into the festive spirit with a trip to see The Snowman. The enchanting stage show is based on the book by Raymond Briggs and with music and lyrics by Howard Blake. When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, adventures are had and the magic of Christmas unfurls. Tickets are from £18.50 to £28. This performance is being shown at ICC Birmingham while the Birmingham REP is under construction.

Dudley Concert Hall Box Office: 01384 812812 Castle Street, Dudley October 20

Paul Daniels – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

The UK’s best-loved magician, Paul Daniels brings his Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow show to Dudley Concert Hall. Joined by his wife, Debbie McGee and son, Martin Daniels, this show looks set to provide an evening of entertainment you will never forget. The show starts at 8pm. Stalls £16.50, balcony £17.50. For your chance to win tickets, turn to page 29!

Box Office: 0844 338 8000 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham October 4-9

Horse of the Year Show

The Horse of the Year Show returns to the NEC with six days of action packed entertainment. The world’s most famous horse show hosts the finals of the most highly regarded showing championships and some of the very best horse displays. Tickets are from £27 to £59.50. Shopping tickets only £9.50. For your chance to win tickets, turn to page 29!

about Mowgli, a young boy raised by a family of wolves. When Mowgli is attacked by tiger Shere Khan, Baloo and Bagheera take him to the village for his safety. An adventure unfolds for all, don’t miss out! Performances are on Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 10.30am and 1pm, Friday at 10.30am and 7pm and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets are £12 to £16 or £44 for a family ticket.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Box Office: 01902 429212 Lichfield St, Wolverhampton

New Alexandra Theatre

Box Office: 0844 871 3011

Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham October 24

Roary the Racing Car

The number one little race car has zoomed up to the New Alexandra Theatre. It’s the day of the Champion of Champions race at Silver Hatch and Roary is getting himself ready to battle it out with Maxi, Cici and the other cars. Farmer Green has created a brand new bio fuel to make sure that the race is the fastest and greenest ever. The performance starts at 1pm. Tickets are priced from £15.50 to £19.50.

September 20-24

The Jungle Book

This classic Rudyard Kipling story


October 19-23

Mr Stink

Mr Stink is a musical adaptation of the children’s novel by David Walliams. The play is about a little girl, Chloe, who doesn’t like school. She’s not one of the cool kids, she doesn’t have a posh phone or a games console and doesn’t really have any friends. One day, she meets Mr Stink, the local tramp. Mr Stink smells a bit but he and Chloe become friends. Performances are on Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10am and 1.30pm, Friday at 10am and 7pm, Saturday at 1.30pm and 5.30pm and Sunday at 12pm and 4pm. Tickets are £7.50 to £20.50 with £3.50 discount for concessions except on Saturday. For your chance to win tickets to see Mr Stink, turn to page 29!



Your ultimate Guide to what’s on & when

September 17-18

Living History at BCLM

Friends of the Black Country Living Museum will be on hand to show how people lived 100 years ago. While dressed in period costume, they will be cooking, cleaning, eating and playing as they would have done all that time ago. Adults £13.60, children (5-16) £7.10, under 5 free, seniors £11.

September 18

Food for free at Ryton Pools Country Park

Follow a ranger on a guided walk and learn some of the ways our ancestors made use of the nature around them. There will also be tasting sessions so you can see for yourself how our hedgerows can be edible! Be careful though, only eat what the ranger says is allowed. The walk will be from 2-4pm and people are advised to meet at the Visitor Centre located in Bubbenhall, Coventry. Adults £2.50, concessions £1.50, family £7. Booking is essential, call 024 7630 5592.

September 18

Falconry Day at Charlecote Park

From 10.30am to 4pm the birds will be around Charlecote Park. Falconry displays will take place at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Learn more about these birds and falconry in Tudor times. Free event, usual admission applies. Adults £8.63, children £4.31, family £21.59, National Trust members free. www.

September 24-25

Cheese and Pickle Festival at Coughton Court Cheese and Pickle Festival

Love a cheese and pickle sandwich? Join the celebration of local produce at Coughton Court. Stalls, crafts, demonstrations and tasters. Coughton Court is open throughout September, Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm, and throughout October, Thursday to Sunday 11am to 5pm. Free event, usual admission applies: adults £8.80, children £4.45, family £22.25, National Trust members free. Go to for more information. Alton Towers Scarefest

September 24

Thrillseekers at Ackers

Ackers Adventure is hosting the ever popular Thrillseekers activity taster day, providing the opportunity to try out many of the activities on offer. Activities include skiing, climbing, archery, jungle challenge and canoeing. Suitable for ages 7 and over, with free tobogganing for those under 7. Pre-booking is essential. Adults £15, children £12. Call 0121 772 5111 or visit www. to book.

September 24-25

Rock and Fossil at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

The Dudley Rock and Fossil Festival is one of the country’s biggest celebrations of geology. Free admission to Dudley Museum and Art Gallery. Visit for more information.

September 25

Harvest Festival at Ironbridge

Join the townsfolk at Blists Hill Victorian Town as they celebrate the annual harvest festival in traditional fashion. Usual entry applies to Blists Hill: adults £14.95, children (5-18) £9.95, seniors £11.95. Passport tickets enable entry to all 11 Ironbridge sites are available at £22.50 for adults, £14.75 for children, £18.25 for seniors and £61.50 for a family. Visit for more information.

September 28


On September 28, Thinktank celebrates is tenth birthday. To mark a decade of the science museum,



from September to December there will be birthday-themed fun, events and activities. For one day only, visitors on September 28 can enter for just 10p! For more information visit

June 19-Oct 30

Children’s Trail at Aston Hall

Be on the look out for clues and hints as you go round Aston Hall. With trails to suit all ages. Admission free.

October 1-2

Apple Days at Mary Arden’s Farm

A Tudor style celebration of the apple, with juice and cider making, crafts, plays, music and dancing at Mary Arden’s Farm in Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon. www.

October 2

Falconry Day at Weoley Castle

Watch in awe as eagles, falcons and hawks take to the skies over the castle. Admission free.

October 8

Hands on the Past at Baddesley Clinton

The popular living history group returns to Baddesley Clinton to show you what life was like in Tudor times. Free event, usual admission prices apply: adults £8.80, children £4.45, family £22.25. Open from 11am to 4.40pm. Visit www.nationaltrust. for more information.

October 9

Leyland Day at Transport Museum

The Transport Museum, Wythall will be holding a Leyland Day to celebrate the great British brand. Leyland was renowned for building buses and trucks. Ride on classic Leyland buses and see the miniature steam railway. Adults £3, children £1.50.

October 15-16

Workshops at Compton Verney

Great fun for children and adults, join artist Laura Ellen Bacon in the grounds at Compton Verney and take part in some great creative workshops. Entrance included in general admission. Visit www. for full price information.

October 15-31

Scarefest at Alton Towers

Be prepared for a fright with Scarefest at Alton Towers. From October 15-31, visitors will experience terrifying thrills and spinetingling chills on some of the park’s greatest adrenaline pumping rides. Some of the main attractions include Carnival of Screams (additional charge), Terror of the Towers and Scare Rooms. Adults £34, children £27. Book online at www. to save 20%.

September - October

Sandwell Valley

The Baby Birds events with the RSPB are taking place on the following dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26.


Party packages for all from £5 Giant Indoor Party & Play Centre Party invites, party host, 90 minutes of party-time, games, juice, buffets, make up, and much more!!



is now taking bookings for next term Stagecoach Solihull 0121 745 4007 Stagecoach Sutton Coldfield and Coventry 0121 704 0799 and /sutton coldfield Stagecoach Wolverhampton 01782 660811 Stagecoach Bromsgrove and Edgbaston 01926 651159 and /bromsgrove

Your ultimate Guide to what’s on & when Ackers Jungle aircraft, sit in the pilot’s seat and hold the controls … you can do all this and more at Airbase Coventry. With a purpose built children’s area with books, toys and videos to keep everyone entertained, and a souvenir shop to buy mementoes of your day, get involved at Airbase Coventry. Where: Coventry Airport. www. Open: Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am to 6pm. Admission: Adult £10, children £5, seniors £7, under 2 free.

Selly Manor

Thinktank Pop down to Sandwell Valley on any of these dates to see and make butterfly prints, animal masks and mobile pictures and get involved in some of the activities including bird watching, pond dipping and story telling.

November 17-20 and 24-27

Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships

More than 600 gymnasts from 40 countries will be taking part in two Trampoline and Tumbling competitions over the two-week period in November. Birmingham City Council are offering free travel for schools attending either competition, courtesy of the Green Bus Company. Also, for every booking of 10 people, two adults go free. Visit www. for more information.

PLACES TO VISIT Walsall Arboretum

170 acres of lakes, trees, gardens and parkland just a five minute walk from the town centre. There is also a 9-hole golf course, children’s play area, bridlepaths and walks. Where: Lichfield Street. Open: Daily. Admission: Free.

Airbase Coventry

Witness live flight operations, get up close and personal with the vintage


Explore the beautiful black and white house in the heart of the historical village of Bourneville. Where: Bourneville. www.bvt. Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday (until end of September) 2-5pm. Admission: Adults £3.50, children £1.50, concessions £2.50.

Coventry Transport Museum

The birthplace of the British motor industry. Where: Millennium Place, Hales Street. Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Free.

Ash End House Children’s Farm

Enjoyable and educational hands-on farming experience for all ages. Where: Middleton, Tamworth. www. Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £5.50, children £6.50, under 1 free.

National Sea Life Centre

Have you ever wondered what lives in the rock pools on our beaches? Get down to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to experience the interactive rock pool. Get up close and personal to crabs, starfish and limpets. Where: Brindleyplace, Birmingham. Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. Admission: Adults £18, children (3-14) £14.40, under 3 free. Online discount available. Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £7.90, children £4.35, family £20.15.

Umberslade Farm Park

A day on the farm for all the family. Indoor egg splat cannons, ride-on tractors, adventure play areas and hands-on activities with the animals. Where: Tanworth-in-Arden. www. Open: Daily 10am to 4pm. Admission: Monday to Friday: Adults £6.25, children (2-16) and seniors £5.95, under 2 free. Saturday to Sunday: Adult £6.50, children (2-16) and seniors £6.25, under 2 free.

Cadbury World

The perfect day out for chocolate lovers everywhere. Enjoy the Cadabra ride and taste the free samples as you go around. Where: Bourneville. www.cadburyworld. Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm, Saturday to Sunday 9.30am to 4pm. Admission: Adults £14.30, children (4-15) £10.40, seniors and students £10.90.

Kingsbury Water Park Explore the 600 acres of country park, 15 lakes and hidden wildlife. Where: Sutton Coldfield. kingsburywaterpark. Open: Daily 6.30am to 7.30pm. Admission: Free, £3.50 car park.

Broomey Croft Children’s Farm

Offering loads of attractions and facilities including the tearoom, gift shop and picnic area. Feed the animals by hand. Where: Kingsbury, Warwickshire. www. Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £4.90, children and seniors £4.40, under 2 free.

Walsall Museum

With fascinating collections of

artefacts portraying the history of Walsall and its people, and activities and events for children and adults allows everyone to engage with their heritage. Where: Lichfield Street. Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm. Admission: Free.

Bombay Manor

Stratford’s museum of wizardology and the Imagiscarium of Dr Thaddeus Bombay are two attractions that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Housed in one of Stratford’s most haunted buildings, there is also a Victorian tea garden and the world’s oldest makers of magical wands and spells. Where: Stratford-upon-Avon. www. Open: Museum of wizardology: daily 10am to 5pm. Imagiscarium: Wednesday to Saturday 6.30-9.30pm. Admission: Museum: Adults £5, children £2.75, concessions £4, family £12. Imagiscarium: Adults £7.50, concessions £5.

Clown in’ Around

A multi-level play area, with separate baby and toddler area, where all children can feel safe and have fun. Where: Southam, Warwickshire. Open: Thursday to Tuesday 10am to 6pm. Admission: Weekdays £3, weekends and school holidays £4, under 1 free.

Packwood House

16th century house, beautiful stained-glass windows and gardens crying out to be explored. Where: Lapworth, Warwickshire.


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Your ultimate Guide to what’s on & when

Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens

A stunning house, beautiful gardens, adventure playground, sculptures, farm, woodlands and sawmill are just some of the attractions on offer at the Ragley estate. Where: Alcester, Warwickshire. www.ragleyhall. com. Open: Saturday to Sunday. Park 10am to 5pm, house 12-4pm. Check website for full details. Admission: £6.50 for all, family £25.

Witley Court and Gardens

With the restored fountain putting on a display every hour, Witley Court is a great day out, whatever your age. Where: Great Witley, Worcestershire.

brass foundry, jail, air raid shelters and gardens. Where: Bewdley. www. Open: Daily 10am to 4.30pm. Admission: Free.

Tiger at Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoological Gardens

Meet Sprout, the new Orangutan, take a ride on the land train, see the Go Wild! Show and have an encounter with a sea lion … all at Dudley Zoo. Where: The Broadway, Dudley. www.dudleyzoo. Open: Daily from 10am, last admission 3pm. Admission: Adult £11.30, children (3-15) £8.90, concessions £9.90, under 3 free.

Bantock House Museum

Witley Court Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £6.30, children £3.80, concessions £5.70, family £16.40, English Heritage members free.

Wolf Mountain

Indoor climbing centre with fantastic facilities. Top rope, bouldering, abseiling, lead climbing wall, indoor caving system, archery gallery, designated climbing area for kid’s parties and two themed party rooms. Where: Wolverhamton. Open: Monday to Thursday 10am to 10pm, Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. Admission: Peak: Adults £6.50, children (under 16) £6. Off-peak: Adults £5.50, children £5. Registration and equipment hire is extra.

Bewdley Museum

Set in the historic Butchers Shambles, Bewdley Museum provides a fascinating look at trades and crafts of the Wyre Forest area. Hands-on activities and regular craft demonstrations. Also to explore:

With 44 acres of peaceful parkland to investigate for the little ones and the museum steeped in Wolverhampton’s history for the parents, this is a great day out to be had by all the family. Where: Wolverhampton. www. Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission: Free.

acres of woodland to explore, tennis courts, bowling and putting greens so you can soak up that last bit of September sunshine. Where: Moseley, Birmingham. www. Open: Daily. Admission: Free.

Butterfly Farm

At the UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise you can discover many of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in an exotic environment. Where: Stratfordupon-Avon. www.butterflyfarm. Open: Daily 10am to 6pm.

Broadfield House Glass Museum

Admission: Adults £6.25, children £5.25, under 3 free, seniors and students £5.75, family £18.50.


The excitingly spacious grounds of Croome are the perfect for exploration with paths, lakes and gardens at your fingertips. Where: High Green, Worcester. Open: Wednesday to Monday 10am to 5.30pm. Admission: Adults £5.90, children £2.95, family £14.50, National Trust members free.

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Boasting one of the best collections of glass in the world, showcasing the historic glass quarter of Stourbridge. Displaying glass from the 17th century up to the present day. Become a glass detective by learning all about fakes, forgeries and reproductions. Where: Compton Drive, Kingswinford. www.dudley. Open: Tuesday to Sunday 12-4pm. Admission: Free.

Avoncroft Museum

Home to over 25 buildings that have been rescued and re-built, spread over 19 acres of Worcestershire countryside. Where: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. uk. Open: Daily: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm. Admission: Adult £7.70, children £4, senior £6.60, under 5 free, family £19.80.

Cannon Hill Park

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WORK After having a break from work to welcome your children in to the world, it can be difficult to get back in to the routine of going to work. If you want a change from your usual 9-5, but are not sure what your talents are or who to turn to with a great idea, Primary Times has all the essential advice and contacts to get you started. Want to get more qualifications but don’t know where to start? Here are our top 10 courses for adults. 1 English Language GCSE at Sandwell College provides you with all the essential language skills you need. This is a oneyear part time course, ideal for those wishing to improve their career prospects or just wanting to be able to read the little ones an engaging bedtime story. 2 Mathematics GCSE at Solihull College will allow you to brush up on the skills

that are commonly forgotten over time. Covering the GCSE Mathematics national curriculum, two hours per week are to be undertaken in the college (daytime and evening classes available), with three hours per week encouraged for private study. 3 Adult Literacy at Stourbridge College is made up of 16-20 week courses as part of the Skills for Life Continuing Education programme. To give all adults the opportunity to improve their reading skills, these courses are free to all. 4 Beginners Guide to Applications Software is a great introduction to Word, PowerPoint, Spreadsheets and the Internet. This course runs on Tuesdays from 6-9pm for 30 weeks at Dudley College. 5 Accounting Level 2 Certificate at Stourbridge College is a one-year course that takes place from 10am to 4pm on Mondays. Covering manual double entry bookkeeping, Sage accounts and basic costing skills, if you want to start up your own

half term in Dudley Dudley Concert Hall

Two hour family action-packed event with top USA wrestling stars versus a team of British all stars.

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business, this course could prove invaluable. 6 Catering and Hospitality If you want to improve on your existing skills with a view to making a career out of catering, or you just want to be proficient in the kitchen for your little ones, the Catering and Hospitality courses at South Birmingham College will give you all you need. The Parent and Child Cookery Club will give you and your child the food and materials to cook a variety of exciting dishes. This is a six-week course that takes place on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm. 7 Health and Social Care If you enjoy taking care of people, the Health and Social Care courses at South Birmingham College are geared to giving the best opportunities possible to make a difference. Emergency First Aid at Work is ideal if you want to take responsibility for the safety of your colleagues. It looks great on your CV too.

8 Beginner’s French at Solihull College teaches you all the essential words and phrases needed to get by on a visit to France. Every Thursday from 7.30-9pm. 9 Sign Language Beginners College Certificate at Dudley College is an admirable qualification to achieve. Whether the knowledge of sign language would benefit your daily life, or it is simply something to add to your CV, this course, for two hours a week, is a great way to spend your time. Tuesday evening from 7-9pm. 10 Business Studies If you’re a budding Richard Branson, or eager to increase your income, the Business Studies course at South Birmingham College is a great course to take. From a BTEC Diploma Level 1, right up to a Business and Management HND, you can choose your ideal qualification and learning method to gain the business knowledge you require.

Stourbridge Town Hall Friday 28 October, 1pm

High Jinx Magic & Circus Roadshow

As seen recently on ITV's Penn & Teller show, High Jinx perform magic and circus tricks for all the family.

Tuesday 25 October, 7.30pm

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Thinking of retur ning to study, setting u p your ow n business or have a n idea but don’t kno w where to tur n? Tak e a look at our top ti ps on gettin g back in to the world of work.

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If you’re returning to work, your CV will need updating. Here are our top tips to make sure yours goes to the top of the pile. Your CV should be neatly typed and proofread to avoid unwanted mistakes. There is nothing worse than sending off a CV and then noticing you have spelt a key word incorrectly. Also, your CV must be readable. Don’t choose a pretty-looking font; choose a font that is professional and easy to read. Try to keep it to two A4 pages. Any longer than two pages and employers will lose interest. Be positive about your experience, even if it is minimal. If you don’t sound pleased with your successes then neither will an employer. Target your CV to the company to which you are applying. Highlight qualifications and experience relevant to the role.

Keep it professional, but with a personal spin. A personal profile at the beginning of your CV should list your skills, experience and hobbies. Don’t go in to too much detail about your hobbies; just simply things like reading, walking and cycling. If you are a member of a club or society that can provide skills relevant to the role, this should be highlighted. Do not lie. It is surprising how many people are determined to make up information and past jobs on their CV: it will only catch you out if you are lucky enough to be offered an interview. Try not to leave any gaps in time. If an employer notices a two-year gap with no job listed, you should say what you were doing in that time. If you were out of work, try to put a positive spin on it by stating any voluntary work you did, any skills you picked up by looking for work etc. If you were on maternity or paternity leave, that must be stated too. If you have room – remember to keep it to two pages – include a note that says details of references are available on request. You do not have to state your referees on your CV, but encourage the employer by saying you have nothing to hide and that you are happy for your referees to be contacted.

Useful contacts Sandwell College Pound Road, B68 8NA 0121 253 6836 Stourbridge College Hagley Road, DY8 1QU www.stourbridge. 01384 399638 South Birmingham College High Street Deritend, B5 5SU 0121 694 5000

Business Link www.businesslink. The government’s website for business resources. DirectGov Look for jobs, courses and funding information. HMRC All you need to know about finance. For more information on getting back to work, visit www.

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GREAT DAYSILY M A F E H T R O F OUT Now the kids have gone back to school, the week is back to being your own. The weekends, however, still need to be filled with fun and exciting things to do. Check out our pick of some of the best weekend day trips.

Hatton World

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Hatton World is a fun-filled day out for all the family. Hatton Farm Village has loads of animals to admire, adventures to be had and shows and events to entertain. Snorty’s Bouncing Barnyard is a brand new indoor play area to keep the little ones amused with a family restaurant to provide mum and dad with a welldeserved cup of tea. Hatton Shopping Village has over 20 independent shops in beautiful Victorian farmyard buildings. Hatton Farm Village is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm and admission is charged at £11.95 for adults, £13.95 for children, children under 2 are free. The Shopping Village is open daily from 10am to 5pm. If you live around Birmingham, a great way to see the sites is by boat. Sherborne

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Wharf runs trips around Birmingham’s canals, departing from the ICC at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm every weekend. Take the one-hour City Heritage Cruise soaking up the surroundings. Trips cost £6.50 for adults, £5.50 for seniors and £5 for children. The Waterbus also runs half hourly from 10.30am to 5pm at £3.50 for the round trip or 75p per stop. For Black Country dwellers, Dudley Canal Trust also offers a two-hour trip through the length of the Dudley Canal at Black Country Living Museum. At 2,888 metres long, the Dudley Canal is a great place

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to explore with the kids. The tour includes an audio visual show in Little Tess Cavern, a music and light show in the Singing Cavern and there is also a chance to experience the art of ‘legging’ the boat through the tunnel. Adults £9.75, children and seniors £8.75. If you’re in the mood for some history, a visit to Warwick Castle could be just the ticket. Magic is alive at the Merlin dragon tower experience, where you will be transported to the heart of Camelot to discover the

secrets hidden deep inside the Tower. You might even encounter the dragon himself. Castle and Dungeon tickets cost £28.80 for adults, £22.80 for children (4-11), seniors (60+) £24. Castle and Merlin tickets cost £25.80 for adults, £19.80 for children, seniors £21. Online discounts and family tickets are available. A day trip to Bewdley would not be complete without an outing on the Severn Valley Railway Railway. On Sunday October 9, take any train to catch a glimpse of a fascinating collection of historic cars and motorcycles. Tickets also include entry into the Engine House at Highley. At £20 per family, this is a day out that will not be spoiled by the weather. A visit to West Midland Safari Park is a great way to get the kids interested in animals and their welfare, as well as being an exciting and entertaining day out. The largest lemur

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Why not book a kids party at Wolf Mountain. Whether it’s climbing, caving, archery or a combination of these activities, a great time is guaranteed. £13.00 per head, minimum of 10 people. Equipment and instructors included in the price. Kids need to wear comfortable non-restrictive clothing and clean trainers. Our activities are available for schools to encourage a healthy lifestyle, adventure, team building in a safe, friendly environment with structured programmes to suit all ages.

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walk in the country, Walking with Lemurs, showing four species of lemur living, playing and swinging around, is now open. Drive around the park on the 4 mile, 100 acre safari, soaking up the wide range of animals on display. A family ticket at a cost of £46.76 admits two adults and two children, and includes a free return ticket for your next visit. Plantasia and Maze World at Dobbies Garden World in Atherstone has the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, a tree top trail, wild walks, animals, exhibitions, a play area and gift shop. Open daily from 9.30am throughout the season from April to October. With six captivating mazes to explore – and


get lost in! – you will certainly not be bored on a trip to Plantasia. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s BBC Walking with Beasts Exhibition has been wowing mammoth audiences over the summer holidays. If you didn’t get to see it, or if you want to see it again, The Herbert is offering an amazing 20% discount off your ticket price. All you need to do is bring Primary Times with you when you visit, show this article, and you’ll get 20% off your total ticket price for up to four people. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is valid until 30 October (not applicable online).






The Three Musketeers 3D (PG) From October 12 Three Musketeers Based on the legendary novel, The ic tale. Set in class the of n tatio adap t 3D is the lates s with the force joins an 18th century France, D’Artagn Richelieu. evil the stop to ers kete Mus e three rogu g, nemesis fighting Get ready for lots of sword-clashin , swashbuckling cked n-pa actio this in it and dece be loved by all will that lm adventure. This is a great fi n Lerman, Loga m, Bloo ndo Orla ing Starr the family. and Matthew Macfadyen.


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Summer (PG) From September 21

Based on the children’s series by Megan McDonald, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is a fun and energetic family film which has something for every member of the family. Judy is determined to have a good summer, but with her friends going on holiday and her parents flying off on a trip of their own, Judy is left feeling left-out and bored. She soon realises that fun can be had by all as she has a tightrope walking contest and searches for Bigfoot. Jordana Beatty plays Judy Moody alongside Heather Graham, Preston Bailey and Paris Mosteller.

Johnny English Reborn (PG) From October 7 of the secret Rowan Atkinson returns to the role ning of fear mea the know n’t agent who does , the most or danger. In his latest adventure Majesty’s Her in cer offi ce ligen unlikely intel of international Secret Service must stop a group a world leader assassins before they eliminate normal day’s a just and cause global chaos … great family a is This ish. Engl ny work for John title role. the ng film, with Rowan Atkinson playi rson and Ande n Gillia t, Wes inic Dom Also starring Rosamund Pike.

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Inspired by a true story of a brave dolphin and the kind strangers who joined together to save her life, Dolphin Tale is a classic story of will, kindness and the sea. The young dolphin gets caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and taken to a special hospital, where she is named Winter. To get Winter back up to good health, the skills and kindness are needed of a marine biologist , a doctor and a young boy. This is a truly heartwarming story that will leave you feeling cheerful and the kids wanting a dolphin! Starring Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and the real Winter.

Acorns Children’s Hospice

Making a difference in your local area There are an estimated 1,600 families in the heart of England with children who are life limited or life threatened - this means they are unlikely to reach adulthood. Acorns Children’s Hospice currently cares for nearly 600 of these children as well as providing support for their families at every stage of their child’s life and during bereavement. Acorns provides short breaks, emergency and end-of-life care from three hospices, with a dedicated community team to support the family 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a registered charity, Acorns receives less than 30% statutory funding. With hospice running costs of over £8million a year, Acorns relies heavily on community support and fundraising events to raise money. We urgently need your support to help us continue to provide our specialist care services to these vulnerable children.

To find out how you can support Acorns please visit email or call 01564 825000

Registered office: Acorns Children’s Hospice, Drakes Court, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham B47 6JR Registered charity no. 700859

BOOKWORM Our pick of the latest must-haves for your bookshelf

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Trouble at Rose Cottage is the seventh book in the Tumtum and Nutmeg series by Emily Bearn. The story continues the adventures at Nutmouse Hall. Mr Mildew and his children Arthur and Lucy live in Rose Cottage. Nutmouse Hall can be found in a hidden spot behind the broom cupboard so Tumtum and Nutmeg feel safe. But then Goldfangs and Punch, two town mice, discover the hidden secrets of Rose Cottage for themselves. They have lots of adventures. With the pretty pictures this book will grab your imagination and bring you closer to the world of the helpful mice. For your chance to win a copy of Trouble at Rose Cottage, turn to page 30!

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You are invited into a world of snot, dribble and odd creatures: the world of the Magic Carpet. The creatures are wobbling through life, trying not to get trodden on, covered in snot or eaten alive. The fat, the thin, the brainy and the dim all collide in this secret world lurking under our feet. A note to mums and dads: next time you vacuum the carpet, check for Smell and Bogey.

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Sally Kindberg and Tracey Turner and Bloomsbury, £8.99 This inviting comic strip style book captures your attention and imagination straight away with the bright yellow cover and exciting pictures. With a bit of everything from The Comic Strip History of the World, The Comic Strip History of Space and The Comic Strip Greatest Greek Myths. This book is absolutely crammed full of fascinating facts, interesting trivia and stories about the world we live in. Even if you find history boring, you will love this book!

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Hervé Tullet, Phaidon Press, £7.95 This creative and inspiring cookery book for children encourages imagination and creativity. Doodle all over the pages and create your perfect dishes on the paper. With fun and exciting ‘recipes’ to draw such as Magic Marmalade and Crayon Puff Pastries, serve up some treats to your family with the Doodle Cook book. A great book to give the little ones while mum is busy in the kitchen herself! We want to hear about your favourite books! Write to us at Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU or email us at and tell us about your favourite books and why you love them. You might even see your name here in the next issue! 26



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have grown up watching him on the television, dazzling the nation with tricks and illusions. He is still touring the country entertaining generations, old and young, with his timeless magic. We have teamed up with Dudley Concert Hall to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket to see the Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow show on October 20. For your chance to win, just tell us: What is the name of Paul Daniel’s 2011 show? Enter online at www.primarytimes. net/competitions or send your entry to Paul Daniels, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by October 7.



This year’s Horse of the Year Show will take place from October 4-9 and will host the finals of the Showing and Show Jumping championships, alongside the exciting entertainment from the horses. Two arenas, 1,500 horses and 1,400 competitors, for six days the NEC will be transformed into a horsey heaven. We’ve teamed up with Horse of the Year to offer readers the chance to win one of three family tickets to experience the ‘world’s most famous horse show’. To enter, just answer this question: How many horses will be at Horse of the Year? Enter online at competitions or send your entry to Horse of the Year, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by September 27.



The smelliest book of all time, by David Walliams, has been turned into a stage show. The show follows the story of Chloe, a girl who doesn’t like school, has no friends and certainly isn’t cool. One day she meets Mr Stink and her life suddenly changes. We have teamed up with the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre to offer three lucky readers the chance to win four tickets each to the show on Saturday October 22 at 1.30pm. For your chance to see Mr Stink, just tell us: Who wrote the Mr Stink book? Enter online at www. or send your entry to Mr Stink, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by October 17.



Loveable CBBC superheroes The Numberjacks are bringing their antics to Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. The Numberjacks show is a great way to help you learn your numbers in a fun, entertaining way. The superheroes live inside a sofa, but they will be leaving the sofa to come to Coventry to entertain you and your family. We have teamed up with Belgrade Theatre to offer two lucky readers the chance to win tickets for their family to see the show on Tuesday October 18 at 4pm. For your chance to win one of two family tickets, just answer this question: Where do the Numberjacks live? Enter online at www.primarytimes. net/competitions or send your entry to Numberjacks, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by October 10.





Jones Bootmaker is opening a brand new store in Westfield Merry Hill in Dudley. Jones Bootmaker offers a relaxing environment for the unavoidable task of shopping for shoes. To take away some of the pain caused by shoe shopping, we have teamed up with Jones Bootmaker to offer one lucky family the chance to win a pair of shoes each! This prize is for a family of four (two adults and two children), up to a total value of £200. For your chance to win this fantastic prize, just tell us: Where is the new Jones Bootmaker store opening? Enter online at or send your entry to Jones Bootmaker, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by October 21.




Trouble at Rose Cottage is a great story about Tumtum and Nutmeg, two mice who live in Rose Cottage. This enchanting book is a great bedtime read for all ages. We have teamed up with Egmont to have five copies to give away to five lucky Primary Times readers. The Grill Inn at Drayton Manor has For your chance to win a copy of this just opened after a refurbishment enchanting book, just tell us: What animals and complete transformation of the are Tumtum and Nutmeg? Enter online former Missanda Suite. The Grill Inn at or has a mouthwatering menu offering everything from a light lunch to a send your entry to Trouble at Rose Cottage, hearty meal. We have teamed up Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, with the people at The Grill Inn to give one 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by October 31.


lucky family the chance to win a £50 food voucher to spend on a meal for the family, and a bottle of house red or white wine (for mum and dad). The prize is valid until November 30. The winner must contact the restaurant prior to the visit to reserve their table. The prize does not include entry into the theme park. For your chance to win, just answer this question: In which theme park is The Grill Inn? Enter online at www. or send your entry to The Grill Inn, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by October 7.



WIN WITH COUNTRY MUSEUM! BLACK The Black Country Living Museum is a great day out, whatever your age. Steeped in history, entertaining facts and information and the chance to go ‘legging’ on the canal trip. We have teamed up with the Black Country Living Museum to give two lucky families the chance to win two family tickets for a fantastic Black Country day out. To enter, just tell us: What can you do on the canal trip? Enter online at or send your entry to Black Country, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by October 7.


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Primary Times, West Midlands, Back To School, 2011  

Magazine aimed at Primary Schools, West Midlands edition

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