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SUMMER 2011 ISSUE

In The Midlands & Black Country


Welcome…

Well, how time flies. School has finished, summer is here and homework is the last thing on your mind. Firstly, good luck to all who are leaving Primary School and moving on to Sec ondary School. For those who are returning for anothe r year at Primary School in September, get your hom ework done first, and then take a look at what we ’ve got planned for your summer.

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We talk to author, Jim Drisco ll who shares his new project, The Barbearians, with us, there’s a look at some of the best-looking film s for the summer, our pick of the best books to rea d, and an important guide to keep you safe in the wat er.

Pinboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Summer Days Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Roundabout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 24 At the Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

We have a whole load of act ivities, events, shows, classes and films to keep you busy over the next six weeks. You need never be bored with Primary Times! You can also win tickets to see Pinocchio at Shugborough Hall, a season ticket with English Heritage and a family pass to Alton Towers! Have a fantastic summer!

Bookworm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Water Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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Jim Driscoll’s life story is truly a tale of rags to riches. 30 years ago, he was busy finding new homes for unwanted and neglected toys that were bought as Christmas presents. He was a small-town man with big ideas. One day, he had an idea about a group of shoes and boots that had adventures. This idea became The Shoe People, the international hit of the late 1980s.

Now, Jim is once again working hard, developing new stories for children like you. Working with illustrator Rob Lee who drew Fireman Sam, SuperTed and, of course, The Shoe People, Jim has invented The Barbearians. The Barbearians is a series about a group of teddy bears who come to life in an old American theme park. We met up with Jim to learn more about The Barbearians, his processes of writing and his plans for the future. What is The Barbearians about? There’s a shoot-em-up stall in this old, run-down theme park where the prizes are old teddy bears that are falling apart. Their eyes are falling off, their stitching is coming undone, and their stuffing is falling out. They’re unloved. They have been discarded and thrown into a storeroom. One night, during a storm, a lightning bolt strikes the bears and they come to life. They shake themselves off and begin their adventure. Life is not all fun and games for the Barbearians though. Throughout the series, the bears come across 4

rivals and enemies who are out to destroy them. The Gangster Hamsters and the Cosmic Clowns make it their mission to ensure that the Barbearians don’t step on their turf. It’s an action series for boys and girls age six upwards. Do you base your characters on real people? Some of my characters have been given names of people and places that are loved by me. I did a series called Oggies, which was set in Cornwall so all of the characters had Cornish names like Bondi Bruce and Fistral Freddie.

us Jim Driscoll MBE tells about his latest project Clockwise from left: Atilla, The Barbearians with The Mighty Genghis second from left, Atilla in shot, Jim with his Grandchildren George, Henry and Oscar.

You became something of a local legend after you wrote The Shoe People in the 1980s. Did you feel pressure to come back with something even bigger and better? After The Shoe People, I took some time off. I dabbled in the music business, did some property development and started up a company that deals with rights for cartoons. After a while though, I got itchy feet. In 2008 I got a phone call from an old friend who was interested in what I was up to. I told him about this idea that was in my head about these teddy bears that live in an old theme park and he loved it. We got the concept together, I got in touch with Rob Lee who drew The Shoe People, and it all started to come together. There is always pressure to do well in this industry: if people don’t

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ARY M I PR MES TI OR H AUT USIVE L EXC like what you have written or drawn, they will tell you. If you put yourself out there though, many doors can be opened. Where do you get your ideas from for your stories? With The Shoe People, the idea had been knocking around in my head for a long time. At the time, I was working with mail order surplus, selling unwanted toys.

The idea came to me about old, unwanted shoes and boots that had been abandoned and had to create lives of their own. The lead character, Trampy, was the one who had been there and done everything. If any of the other shoes had a problem, they went to Trampy. Then there was Charlie, Sergeant Major, Margot and Wellington. Once you get an idea in your head for one

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S N A I R A Union, President Gorbachev and told him about The Shoe People. It was my gift to the children of the Soviet Union. At the time, there was a shortage of paper to print books, so they released enough paper to print eight million Shoe People books. We gifted them more paper and ended up selling over 20 million books. The Shoe People was the first children’s series from the West to have worked in the Soviet Union. It was a special time, a very emotional time. It taught me that you can’t take anything for granted. Do people approach you for help with their stories and ideas?

character or one storyline, the rest just tends to fall into place. Do you feel a duty to help others develop their ideas, now that you have had such success with your own? Yes, I do. I have a close relationship with the Visual Arts School at Birmingham City University, giving the students a platform from which they

can develop and grow their ideas. I have also recently set up a company called Awesome Brands. We aim to find young creative designers and artists and help them on their way. They will submit designs to us, and we will help them sell their work on the Awesome Brands website and put them in touch with the right people to help them progress even further. I also like to include

my grandchildren. They are my testing panel. When I have an idea, I run it passed them. They also help me to choose the colours and clothes for the characters. They are great judges. Speaking of your generosity, you gave The Shoe People to the Soviet Union. How did that relationship come about? I met the President of the Soviet

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I am constantly getting phone calls and emails from people. Most people have a good idea at least once in their life: the trick is recognising it and knowing what to do with it. If people need a helping hand in getting their idea off the ground, I am happy to help. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of some very generous people. I owe a lot to those people. Jim is currently working on a pilot episode for The Barbearians. Keep your eyes and ears open for more news. We will keep you posted!

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KIDS EAT FOR £1! Get down to the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Birmingham this summer. The Food Loft is offering meals to kids for £1 from July 1 until the end of October. With a wide variety of eateries on offer, including Fat Jackets, Natural Choice, and The Ranch, there will be something that the kids will enjoy. Visit www.pavilionsshopping.com for more information. Simply fill out a Kids Eat for £1 flyer and hand it in to one of the listed outlets to receive a Pavilions Food Loft voucher card which you can use as many times as you like. Pick up a flyer from Bratz, Travel West Midlands, Pavilions Food Loft.

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George Lamb is back in Birmingham for the second year running to host the fabulous fashion, beauty and shopping event, Style Birmingham Live 2011. You’ll get loads of inspiration for your Autumn/Winter 2011 wardrobe, from stylish school run outfits to the perfect look for a night out with the girls. For more information visit www.stylebirmingham.com. Style Birmingham is offering Primary Times readers a fantastic limited ticket offer to buy 4 tickets for the price of 3! (Applicable to UK residents, 14 years and over). To book your tickets visit www.theticketfactory.com and enter code PT443. Or for your chance to win tickets to Style Birmingham Live turn to page 38.

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Stagecoach Solihull are offering classes to help children develop skills in drama as well as social skills and self-esteem. For children aged 4-6, the Early Stages classes will introduce children to drama classes, dance classes and singing classes in a 90-minute session split into three 30-minute classes. For 6-18 year olds, children can participate in the three disciplines of the performing arts in a weekly three-hour session. Get caught up in the excitement from the minute you enter Stagecoach. For more information visit www.stagecoach.co.uk or call 0121 745 4007.

Nurseries throughout the West Midlands are being called to take part in the NSPCC’s annual Pedal Push. This mini bike ride for children under five is designed to raise funds for the NSPCC: your nursery can also keep 25% of your money raised. Children at nurseries, crèches and playgroups can take part by grabbing their bikes, trikes and scooters to raise money for children less fortunate. Your very own Pedal Push can be held between now and September 2011. Register your nursery at www.nspcc. org.uk/pedalpush and you will receive a Pedal Push pack full of activities, top tips and sponsorship forms.

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NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING Brueton Park Box Office: 0121 704 6000

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for online bookings). A 25 per cent discount is available on the second and subsequent tickets when two or more tickets are bought for the same family. 024 7655 3055

Symphony Hall Box Office: 0121 780 3333 Broad Street, Birmingham www.thsh.co.uk Aug 6

Family Foyer Fusion

Heartbreak’s outdoor production of the much-loved story is coming to Brueton Park on July 26 at 7pm. Performed in the open-air, this adaptation of the classic story is captivating for all ages from 5-50, and beyond. Bring a blanket, seats and picnic … and warm clothing. It’s best to book as shows often sell out. Ticket prices: Adults £7 (£8 on the gate), children £6 (£7 on the gate). www. heartbreakproductions.co.uk.

A unique opportunity for 8-15 year-olds to develop and share their theatre skills over a week of workshops and rehearsals. Theatre practitioners will work with the young people to create a piece of theatre that they will perform to their family and friends at the end of the week. 10am-4.30pm Monday-Friday, with the final performance at 4.30pm on Friday August 5. £130 per person (£10 discount

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Box Office; 01902 429212 Lichfield St, Wolverhampton www.grandtheatre.co.uk July 31

Bob the Builder Live

Local talent, Dickie Oliver needs Bob’s help to get the Fixham Theatre ready for its grand reopening. When Spud tries to be the star of the show, things don’t go to plan. Join Bob, Scoop, Muck, Dizzy, Rolly and Wendy as they work together to get the job done. Performances at 1pm and 4pm. Adults £14.50, children £12.50. For you chance to win tickets to see Bob the Builder Live turn to page 37!

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For an afternoon packed full of entertainment, bring the family along to the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Make, take, play, watch and listen as the foyers come alive with activities and a performance by fantastic local big band The Notebenders. Drop by as you please or make yourself comfortable. This is a free event. 1pm-4pm.

National Indoor Arena Box Office: 0844 336 8000 King Edwards Road, Birmingham www.thenia.co.uk Aug 17-21

Batman Live

The mysterious vigilante from Gotham City is coming to the NIA in Birmingham. Batman Live focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero. This fantastic celebration of the comic book story is a must for all Bruce Wayne fans. Tickets cost between £20 and £45.

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girl and a hideous beast, and, of course, singing teapots and candlesticks. The enchanting choreography brings the story to life with the unforgettable music capturing every moment in the story. Tickets are priced from £15 to £46.

Beauty and the Beast

Dec 17 2011 – Jan 29 2012

Birmingham Hippodrome Box Office: 0844 338 5000 Hurst Street, Birmingham www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Prince ofWales Centre Box Office: 01543 578762 Church Street, Cannock www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk Aug 8-27

Doctor Dolittle Workshop and Show Shugborough Hall

This amazing performance from Birmingham Royal Ballet is sure to captivate even the youngest of minds. The story of the cruel prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life as a beast, until, that is, he meets Belle. A beautiful

From 10am to 4pm every day, children from age 7-17 can take part in Doctor Dolittle Workshop. At £120 per child for the two-week workshop, the story of Doctor Dolittle will come alive with singing and dancing complete with special effects, puppets and a Great Pink Sea Snail.

Cinderella

The longest day has been and gone and it’s now time to start planning for Christmas. For the perfect treat for the festive season, the Hippodrome theatre in Birmingham is putting on the obligatory pantomime, Cinderella. Starring Brian Conley, Lynda Bellingham and Basil Brush, the he’s-behind-you-nohe’s-not-oh-yes-he-is experience of pantomime is the only way to kick-start the season to be jolly. It’s never too early to plan!

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Box Office: 0845 459 8900 Milford, Stafford www.shugborough.org.uk Aug 25

Pinocchio

Heartbreak Productions bring their adaptation of the muchloved story to Shugborough Hall on August 25 at 7pm. Performed in the open-air, this classic story is captivating for all ages. Bring a blanket, seats and picnic … and warm clothing. It’s best to book as shows often sell out quickly. Ticket prices: Adults £11.50 (£14.50 on the gate), children (5-15) £7.50 (£9.50 on the gate). www.heartbreakproductions. co.uk. For your chance to win tickets to see Pinocchio at

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Birmingham Library Theatre Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Paradise Place, B’ham Sept 3

The Owl and the Pussycat Follow Owl and Pussycat as they set out on the high seas with only some honey, money and a runcible spoon. Performances at 11.30am and 2pm. Adults £7.50, children £4.50, babes in arms £1.50.

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SUMMER DAYS OUT As the kids break up for the next six weeks, parents everywhere will be scratching their heads, trying to think of entertaining things to do. Do not fear: Primary Times is here! This summer, why not make the most of the British weather and get outdoors. Pry their little hands away from the computer and the games console, pack a picnic, and spend a day enjoying the great outdoors. Wolverhampton City Council are organising Bikeability events across the region to encourage people to soak up the great outdoors. Designed to give young people confidence when cycling on the roads, these events are aimed at children, from toddlers to 15 year olds. Star:track athletics takes place at Aldersley Leisure Village

from August 1-5 at 9.30am to 1.30pm, for 8-15 year olds. Movin’ ‘n’ Groovin’ teaches fundamental movement skills for 4-7 year olds on July 27 and August 3 from 10.30 am to 12pm at a cost of £3 per person. It is advised to pre-book for all activities. For more information visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/ sportdevelopment Why not take the kids down to Crash! Bang! Wallop! in Brownhills, Walsall for a day of thrilling indoor fun. It has a giant play area including firing cannons, double helix tunnel slide, a huge wavy slide, ball pits, sports area and so much more to explore. They do parties too! Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 6.20pm and Saturday to Sunday from 9.30am to 7.20pm. Playtime is £4.50, Toddler time is £3.50 and babies under 1 are free when accompanied by a paying sibling. Season tickets are available, go to www. crashbangwallop.biz for more information.

Junior Golf Academy at The Belfry

If you fancy yourself as the next Rory McIlroy, get yourself down to The Belfry this summer for their Junior Golf Academy. Youngsters of all abilities are invited to work on their game at the Academy of the famous Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. The two-day course, priced at £55, will be held on Monday-Tuesday and Wednesday-Thursday from July 25 to

WOLFMOUNTAIN INDOOR CLIMBING CENTRE Wolverhampton

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.

Wolf Mountain, Paget Road Wolverhampton, WV6 0DU www.wolfmountain.co.uk Email:info@wolfmountain.co.uk

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Airbase Coventry August 11 and from August 22-25. The one-day course, at a cost of £30 will take place Monday to Friday from July 25 to August 12 and from August 22-26. To book a place on the Junior Golf Academy, call 01675 477038 or visit www.thebelfry.com for more information.

National Trust has three beautiful properties across the region for you to enjoy this summer. Coughton Court in Alcester has Family Fun Days on every Thursday in August at £2 per person. Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has Hands on the Past from July 2-3, Family Fun Days for the Wild Child every Friday in August at £2 per person, and the outdoor performance of Cranford on August 27: adults £14, children £8, family £36. Packwood House in Lapworth has Family Fun Days on every Wednesday in August, except August 31, at £2 per person. Check www.nationaltrust. org.uk for full prices and opening times. A fun-filled activity programme called Holiday Camps is on offer across Sandwell during the summer holidays. If you’re aged 5-16, join in with the hourly session at your local centre. Visit www.slt-leisure.co.uk to find your nearest centre.

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For all you aeroplane enthusiasts out there, pay a visit to Airbase Coventry, the live air museum. This fantastic day out is for all the family, and between July 1 and September 5, kids get in for free! With over 30 vintage planes to see, adventures will surely be had on a trip to Airbase Coventry.

Holmes and Dr Watson solve a mysterious crime that has taken place at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Go to www.ironbridge.org. uk for more information and full events listing. In need of some retail therapy? Head down to Westfield Merry Hill in Dudley. With a great mix of shops and eateries, Merry Hill has it all … including a visit from Little Charley Bear. On August 12-13 Charley will be entertaining shoppers with his Big Bear Bash.

Warwick Castle has something for everyone this summer. History-loving parents can stroll around the fantastic castle, soaking up the events and happenings of times gone by, while the children can be truly amazed at the Castle Dungeon, the Princess Tower and the Merlin Dragon Tower, new for 2011. Experience real family fun at Ironbridge Gorge Museum. Throughout the summer holidays there is a host of events to keep everyone busy and entertained. From Athletic Athenians from August 1-8 looking at the origins of the Olympic Games to Tile Decorating Workshops from August 2-5 at Jackfield Tile Musuem. The Sherlock Holmes Weekend from August 13-14 provides budding amateur sleuths the chance to help Sherlock

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Alton Towers is the ultimate day out for all ages. With some weird and wonderful rides and attractions to enjoy, you will certainly not be bored with a trip to Alton Towers. From thrill rides to laughs and frights, walk around the park to find your perfect ride. Our favourite is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Buy your tickets on the day, online for 20 per cent discount, or turn to page 38 to find out how you can win a family pass!

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Your ultimate Guide to what’s on & when this summer

Apr 29 – Sept 5

Dino Jaws

Exploring the diet and dining habits of our extinct friends, this exhibition at Thinktank in the Birmingham Science Museum is open throughout the summer. With interactive displays, life-size moving models of dinosaurs and a virtual dinosaur dig, there is something for every dino enthusiast. Every weekend throughout the school holidays, families can also enjoy demonstrations, object-handling and storytelling, all around the dinosaur theme. Adults £12.25, children (3-15) £8.40, concessions £8.40. www.thinktank.ac 0121 202 2222.

July 2 – Oct 30

BBC Walking with Beasts

Re-live the time of the dinosaurs with this fantastic exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. Get up close and personal with a woolly mammoth, see the characteristics of a sabre tooth tiger and experience the living conditions of the Neanderthal man. Tickets to the exhibition are £4.95 for adults, £3.95 for children over 5, free for under 5, £14 for a family. www. theherbert.org

July 22 – Sept 11

Wild Worlds

As part of this year’s creative play installation at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, everyone with an imagination and a sense of Whizz Kids, Ackers Adventure

Dino Jaws, Thinktank adventure can travel deep under the sea, explore the forest shadows or hide in the craters of distant planets. Use you mind as your map and let the entertainment and learning begin. Every Tuesday-Thursday between August 2-25, there is a creative dropin workshop inspired by Wild Worlds. Between 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm. www.theherbert.org

July 25 – Sept 2

Whizz Kids School Holiday Club

Take the kids along to Ackers Adventure this summer for the Whizz Kids School Holiday Club. There are lots of activities on offer: skiing, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking and archery. Whizz Kids is designed for 8-16 year-olds (do check age limits on particular activities). £8 per person per session including all equipment and a fully qualified instructor. Contact for availability and timetable of activities: 0121 772 5111. www.ackersadventure.co.uk

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July 26-Sept 4

Compton Verney

Summerspace is back at Compton Verney over the holidays. Whatever the weather, there is something to do at Compton Verney. Play on the Adventure Playground, have fun making sculptures and discover a host of wildlife on the nature trails. Be art detectives and discover the trail that leads you to the activity space in the Learning Centre. Inspired by the ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and exhibition. Open 12pm-4pm. Usual entrance prices apply. www. comptonverney.org.uk

July 28 – Sept 2

Throughout Dudley

Enjoy physical activities while making new friends and exploring new challenges. For ages 5-16, activities are free of charge. Parachute games, relays, frisbee, rounders, orienteering, kwik cricket and football. www.dudley.gov.uk

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There are loads of activities and events planned at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton this summer. Aug 1-5: Star: track athletics – 9.30am-1.30pm, for 8-15 year olds. Aug 11-12 and Aug 25-26: Multi-sport – two-day programme of various sports and

activities, 8.45am-3.15pm, for 8-15 year olds. July 27, Aug 3, Aug 24: Movin ‘n’ Groovin – teaching 4-7 year olds fundamental movement skills, 10.30am-12pm, £3 per session. Booking is essential for all activities, book by visiting Aldersley Leisure Village or post an application form with cheque payment. www. wolverhampton.gov.uk

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Summer Holiday Art Club

This summer, The Public in West Bromwich is set to come alive with loads of activities for you. Don’t miss the Summer Holiday Art Club every Monday and Tuesday from July 25, 10.30am to 1pm.For £3 per person, you can enjoy, explore and create some unique pieces of art. Visit www. thepublic.com for more information.

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Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens Time Travellers Go: Knights and Princesses. Whether they’re in to toy swords or pretty dresses, the kids will love this trip back in time with medieval themed activities. Learn how to be a noble lord or put your etiquette to the test. An additional £1 is added to usual admission prices. Open 11am-5pm. www.englishheritage.org.uk

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visitors get a free slice of birthday cake! Open 12pm to 2pm. Usual admission prices apply. www.bmag. org.uk 0121 554 9122.

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Avoncroft Museum

Time Travellers Go: Discoveries and Inventions. Fancy yourself as a budding Einstein? Explore some of history’s greatest inventions and try and invent something yourself. An additional £1 is added to usual admission prices. Open 11am-5pm. www.english-heritage.org.uk

Open-air screening of Disney’s Tangled at Avoncroft. Bring your own chairs, picnic etc. Site opens at 7.15pm, screening begins at 8.15pm, tea room open until 8.15pm. Tickets are £6 for adults, £5 concessions. Open-air cinema in partnership with Artrix. www. avoncroft.org.uk or call 01527 577330.

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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Fun Day

Aug 28-29

Goodrich Castle

The Grand Theatre is opening its doors for a special day of fun and activities for all the family, including the chance to go behind the scenes and see the Grand from a whole new point of view. Competitions, heritage displays, backstage visits, technical demonstrations, live

The Medieval Tournament is back at Goodrich Castle. Step back in time with medieval folk as they take over the castle. Adults £7.20, children £5, concessions £6.50, family £19.40. English Heritage members: adults £1.40, children £1.20, concessions £1.30, family £4. www.englishheritage.org.uk

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PLACES TO VISIT performances. £2.50 per person. www.grandtheatre.co.uk

Aug 9-10

Wroxeter Roman City

Find out whether you have what it takes to be in the Roman army. Try on armour and costumes, then take part in the rigorous Roman drill to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a Roman soldier. An additional £1 is added to usual admission prices. Open 11am-5pm. www.englishheritage.org.uk

Aug 21

Mr Murdock’s Birthday Picnic

Join Adrian Johnson for stories, verse and music to celebrate the birthday of Soho’s great gas light pioneer and talented engineer, William Murdock with a birthday picnic at Soho House, Handsworth. Bring your own picnic. The first ten

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Dudley Zoo and Gardens

Explore the 40-acre site of the West Midlands Zoo. Check out some of the world’s rarest animals, red pandas, Rothschild giraffes and the largest colony of Humboldt’s penguins in the UK. Other attractions include Lemur Wood, Monkey Trails, Creature Features and the 11th century Dudley Castle. Where: The Broadway, Dudley. 01384 245313 www.dudleyzoo.org.uk Open: Daily from 10am, last admission 4pm. Admission: Adults £11.30, children (3-15) years £8.90, concessions £9.90. An optional £1.20 can be added to admission prices as a donation.

Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens Whether your little ones are little or a little bit bigger, they will be sure to fall in love with the activities on offer at Ragley Hall. 3D maze, climbing frames, trampoline, swings, slides, aerial runway, wooden fortress, ‘small peoples’ playground’. There

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Summer Fun at The Public SUMMER HOLIDAY ART CLUB Each Monday and Tuesday 25 & 26 July, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15,16, 22 & 23 August Suitable for all ages, £3 per session Explore everything from outrageous recycled material costumes, puppet designing, video shorts and experimenting with graffiti art drawing techniques.

LITTLE PEOPLE’S ART ZONE 27 July, 3,10,17 & 24 August

Suitable for children up to 4 years, free Join us every Wednesday for a fun workshop designed to get the little ones playing with colour and textures.

STORY ZONE

27,28 & 29 July, 3,4,11,17 & 18 August 10.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm

Suitable for ages 4+, free Celebrate ‘The Art of Story’illustrate and create your very own stories, based on Allan Ahlberg’s Peepo book. All stories will be on display.

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28 & 29 July, 10 & 11 August 10.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm Suitable for ages 7+, £3 per session Build your own DrawBot drawing robot, using batteries and a simple motor, and artistically outwit your competitors in a special robot drawing battle!

For a full list of all the summer workshops visit www.thepublic.com or call 0121 533 7161.

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is also the lakeside picnic area and 400 acres of parkland to explore. Midlands History Festival on August 6-7. Battle re-enactments, food, drink and activities to keep everyone entertained. Normal admission applies. Where: Alcester, Warwickshire. www.ragleyhall.com Open: Throughout August, daily 10 am to 5pm. House 12pm to 4pm Monday to Friday and Sunday. Admission: £6.50 for all. Family ticket available at £25.

Woodgate Valley Country Park

Throughout the summer holidays the Woodgate Challenge sees trails to follow, things to do and find, and prizes to be won on completion of the trail. Where: Bartley Green. www. birmingham.gov.uk Open: Daily 10am to 7pm. Admission: Free.

Cadbury World

For all you chocolate lovers out there, get down to Cadbury World, Bourneville this summer. Free samples as you go in and tastings as you go round. The Cadabra ride and factory shop (to stock up on those Mishapes) make for a great day out for all the family. Where: Bourneville www.cadburyworld.co.uk Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm, Saturday to Sunday 9.30am to 4pm. Admission: Adults £14.30, children (4-15) £10.40, senior citizens and students £10.90.

Twycross Zoo

In addition to the regular animal feeding and training talks, Twycross Zoo is offering a host of entertainment and activities Wroxeter Roman City

throughout the summer. Marvellous Mammals from August 1-5, Incredible Invertebrates from August 8-12, Wild Flowers from August 15-19, Amazing Apes from August 22-28, and British Wildlife from August 29 to September 2. Where: Atherstone, Warwickshire. www.twycrosszoo.org Open: Daily 10am to 5.30pm. Admission: Adults £14.50, children (3-16) £10, concessions £12, under 3 £1.

National Sea Life Centre

With over 60 displays showing the wonders of the aquatic world, the Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace, Birmingham is a great day out, while being educational at the same time. Where: Brindleyplace, Birmingham. www. visitsealife.com Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday and school holidays 10am to 6pm. Admission: Adults £18, children (3-14) £14.40, under 3 free. Online discount available.

West Midlands Safari Park

Explore the rides and attractions on offer at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley. Throughout August the park is open late for its Summer Nights season. Where: Bewdley. www.wmsp.co.uk Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £13.99, children £11.99, under 3 free.

Sandwell Valley Country Park

Enjoy the great outdoors of Sandwell Valley with bird watching, walking and sports. Sandwell Park Farm is a fully restored working Victorian farm including grazing meadows, a traditional farmyard, walled kitchen gardens and a small museum. Where: Salter’s Lane, West Bromwich. www. sandwell.gov.uk Open: Daily 10am to 4pm. Admission: Adults £1.50, children and seniors £1. Forge Mill Farm is a working dairy farm with a herd of pedigree Jersey cows. You can even watch the cows being milked each afternoon at 3.30pm. Where: Salter’s Lane, West Bromwich www. sandwell.gov.uk Open: Daily 10am to 4.30pm. Admission: Free.

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Birmingham Nature Centre

Home to a range of animals and reptiles from across the world, Birmingham Nature Centre in Edgbaston is a great day out. Design and create your very own miniature garden to take home with you with the Mini Gardening event on August 29, 2.30-3pm. Build a Bug out of recycled materials on August 8, 2.30-3pm. Booking essential for Build a Bug. Where: Pershore Road, Birmingham www.birmingham. gov.uk Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £4, children (5-15) £1.50, concessions £3, under 5 free.

Black Country Living Museum

Throughout the summer holidays, the Fizzog Theatre Company will be entertaining visitors of the Black Country Living Museum with their unique brand of Black Country humour and street theatre. Where: Tipton Road, Dudley. www.bclm.

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co.uk Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £13.60, children (5-16) £7.10, seniors (60+) £11, under 5 free.

Worcestershire County Museum

Travel through time with family fun craft activities at Worcestershire County Museum. Where: Hartlebury, Kidderminster. www.worcestershire. gov.uk Open: Tuesday to Friday throughout August 10.30am– 4.30pm. Bank Holiday Monday August 30 11am–5pm. Admission: Adults £4.50, children and concessions £2.25, under 5 free.

Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse

With the biggest play and party centre in Birmingham, Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse is 15,000 square feet of fun for children from babies to 11 year olds. Where: Findlay Road, Birmingham. www.hickorydickorys.co.uk Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm, Saturday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am to 6.30pm. Admission: 5-11 year olds £4.40 (off peak) £4.90 (peak), 1-4 year olds £3.90 (off peak) £4.40 (peak).

Go Kidz Go

One of the biggest and best indoor playgrounds in the country, Go Kidz Go, Wolverhampton is filled with

obstacle courses, mazes and slides creating a fun-filled day out. Where: Cullwick Street, Wolverhampton. www.gokidzgo.com Open: Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 8pm. Admission: School holiday prices: 90 minute session £5.50, unlimited play £6.50, under 2 £3.30, babes in arms free.

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Leasowes Park

Covering 58 hectares including Halesowen Golf Club, Leasowes Park has small lakes, rolling grasslands and acres of walks to enjoy. Where: Leasowes Lane, Halesowen. www.dudley.gov.uk Open: Daily. Admission: Free.

Lickey Hills Country Park

One of the oldest parks in Birmingham welcoming over 500,000 visitors every year. Where: Warren Lane, Birmingham. www. birmingham.gov.uk Open: Daily 10am to 6.50pm. Admission: Free.

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve

Explore Saltwells Wood, spot the birds and smell the plants. Saltwells Nature Reserve is open to all. Where: Quarry Bank, Dudley. www.dudley. gov.uk Open: Daily. Admission: Free.

Shugborough Hall

Shugborough is the UK’s only complete working historic estate. With the mansion house now open, Coventry Transport Museum

explore the private apartments of the Earls of Lichfield. There is also the park farm, walled garden, servants’ quarters and monuments to discover. Where: Millford, near Stafford. www.shugborough.org.uk Open: Daily 11am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £15, children £9, concession £10.50, under 5 free.

Billesley Common

Great for walks. Build a den that can withstand a dragon with the Dens and Dragons event on August 18, 11am-3pm. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Where: Yardley Wood, Birmingham. www. birmingham.gov.uk Open: Daily. Admission: Free.

Bungo’s Play Barn

Fun slide, zip balls, bale climbing, astra slide, ball pool, deadly drop slide and Farmer Bungo’s vehicle track. Explore all of this and more at the Play Barn. Where: Bidfordupon-Avon, Warwickshire. www. bungos-playbarn.co.uk Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 7pm. Admission: Off-peak: 0-3 years £3.50, 4 years + £4. Peak: 0-3 years £4.50, 4 years + £5.50.

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Funky Monkeys

Tumble tower, sky glides, ball canyon, vertical rollers, v-net bridge, cargo net, spiders web and pyramid terrain … all at Funky Monkeys. Where: Fort Dunlop, Birmingham. www.funkymonkeys.co.uk Open: Daily 10am to 6pm. Admission: Babies £1, children under 4 £3.75, children 4-11 £4.75, adults free.

Coventry Transport Museum

Visit the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry. Where: Millennium Place, Hales Street. www. transport-musuem.com Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Free.

Solihull Ice Rink

Skate until your heart’s content. Where: Hobs Moat Road, Solihull. www.solihullicerink.co.uk Open: Daily 10am to 10.30pm, check for events and sessions. Admission: General admission £6.70. Adults with skate hire £8.70, children with skate hire £8.50 (under 16) family with skate hire £26.

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Up and Coming Events Myth & Magic Weekend 6th and 7th August. The ever popular event for children of all ages. Myths and Magic all around the park! Medieval Weekend 27th-29th August. Step back to the time of the Audley family. See medieval justice and combat

MIDLANDS MUMS HELP WITH TOILET TRAINING Two Midlands’ mums have become Dragon’s Den style entrepreneurs and created a unique new product to help with toilet training. What’s more, their product is backed by research and a children’s charity and is now available in major supermarkets. Dry Like Me toilet training pads allow children to progress to their own pants, which many parents and professionals believe is the best way to potty train. In trials, they reduced accidents by up to 43% within one week and were rated highly by parents. One mum said: “Dry Like Me pads have saved our sanity, as well as numerous pairs of pants.” They are also cheaper than many other disposable alternatives and create less waste. Judith Hough from Warwickshire and Diane Titterton from Worcestershire, developed the product after experiencing the

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“Beastly adventures for the whole family”

This summer, treat the family to a day out to remember at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. From July 2 to October 30, the BBC production Walking with Beasts is being transported to this Coventry museum. In 2001, the BBC brought dinosaurs back to life in the gripping series, Walking with Beasts. This exhibition aims to reenact the life of the dinosaurs, with largescale models, skeletons and animatronic heads. Get up close and personal to a woolly mammoth, see the characteristics of a sabre tooth cat, and experience the living conditions of the Neanderthal man. Technology has made this exhibition even better with amazingly realistic animation, touch screen computers and hands-on interactive displays. Visitors are also given the chance to travel back in time and walk with the dinosaurs in the imaginative blue screen area.

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Also at the Herbert over the summer is the free Wild Worlds exhibition. From July 22 to September 11, families will have the chance to create their very own adventures in a place where imagination is the only limitation. Aimed at children under the age of eight, you are encouraged to let your creativity run wild. Travel deep under the sea, explore the forest shadows or hide in the craters of a distant planet … or wherever your imagination takes you. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. The Herbert Café is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Find Herbert Art Gallery and Museum at Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP. For more information call 024 7683 2386, email info@ theherbert.org or visit www.theherbert.org

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Andy Stanton, the author of the Mr Gum series, introduces his first picture book, Here Comes the Poo Bus! This eagerly awaited hilarious and grisly tale of poo from the comic genius will be loved by toilet-humour lovers of all ages. All aboard the Poo Bus for a ride you’ll never forget. Do you dare to trust Uncle Toad? Hop on the bus to have an adventure. As the book declares: this story is not suitable for adults. Children – now wash your hands!

Three Little Sh

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Rob Lewis, Pont Books, £5.99

This beautifully illustrated book tells the tale of the three little sheep. They disturb a wolf who was happily singing his song. The sheep immediately fear for their lives as the wolf appears to be chasing them. After hiding in all the places they think a wolf would never go, the wolf always seems to catch up with them. Find out what happens when the wolf eventually catches up to the three little sheep.

Dictiona d ir b y d a L t s ir My F

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Aimed at 4+ year olds, My First Ladybird Dictionary is the latest essential school reference book. If you read a word and want to find out the definition, look no further. Definitions are broken down into categories like months, measurements and the body. This is a beautiful book which features brightly coloured pictures to get them interested in learning word definitions.

through British History (7+) Kings and Things: A Lighthearted Romp H.E. Marshall, Galore Park, £14.99

Kings and Things was first published in 1937 as a story to be read by parents to their children to give them an understanding of their country’s history. From the Roman Conquering in 55BC right through to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in the present day, this book takes you on a whistle-stop tour of British history. The fantastically witty illustrations provide a humorous outlook on history, from the gory to the gorgeous. Written in easy to understand language that readers of any age will appreciate, this surprisingly accurate account of British history is a pleasure to read.

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Ruth Symes Piccadilly Books, £5.99

Bella Donna appears, to the outside world, to be a regular schoolgirl. She is hiding a secret though: she is really a witch. This is the second book in the magical Bella Donna series. Bella Donna is trying her hardest to remember her spells and is desperate to win the Spell-Casting Contest. What can possibly go wrong? The descriptive illustrations by Marion Lindsay allow imaginations to run wild. A book that you won’t want to put down.

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lifeguard station, to check for tide times • Never swim if the conditions are rough • Never swim alone, always take a friend. It’s best to swim in groups of three. If one person gets into trouble, one person can go for help while the other person stays with the person in trouble • Swim parallel to, and not away from, the shore when swimming long distances • Watch out for jellyfish, urchins, coral, or any other dangerous elements that could injure you At the pool: • Always wait an hour after eating before swimming • Make sure you have access to a phone when near water in case of emergencies • Always test the water depth before jumping or diving in. It is safer to

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lower yourself into the water from a sitting position, even if you can see the bottom • Leave the water if you start to feel cold • If you feel unsafe at any point, call out to the lifeguard If you or anyone else gets into trouble: • Dial 999, ask for the police at inland water sites or the coastguard if you are at the beach • Always put your own safety first. Never jump in to help, as there is a risk a drowning person may be strong enough to pull you under the water • If it is safe to help, without putting yourself in danger, try to reach the person with a stick or long object. Lie down at the water’s edge to avoid being pulled in and try to reach the person • Test the depth of the water with a stick before entering the water, to ensure the depth is safe for you. Use the stick to reach out to the person Have fun this summer, but remember, stay safe. For more tips on staying safe this summer, visit www.primarytimes.net

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