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Science, Music and all that Jazz

Also Performing arts schools Gardening Foster Care Fortnight

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This issue we we engage with both the real and the virtual worlds, expending oodles of physical energy with our look at what the region’s drama and performing arts groups can offer children (P11). It’s all about building confidence and teamwork, something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. And we’re ever aware that we have to be as sharp online as we are in print. So Schools Publishing, which runs the Primary Times network, has spruced up our website (below) and provided us with a splendid new app, which gives access to our event listings and features on your mobile device. Click on!

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OH WHAT A SHOW! P11 Discover our local kids’ drama schools

GOOD TO GROW P20 It’s never to early to get children interested in gardening. Steve Wright gets muddy.

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Science, Music and all that Jazz Get set for a summer of family fun at Cheltenham Festivals

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There’s a whole feast of explosive delights to be found at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival. Taking place in Cheltenham’s Town Hall and Imperial Gardens, you and your family can get hands-on in the free interactive Discover Zone, experiment in workshops of all shapes and sizes, and enjoy specially designed family fun days over the weekend. Whether your little one wants to discover the secrets of the universe, become an astronaut for the day, or learn more about energy, the festival is always packed with events designed just for them, with something for budding Einsteins

presents a live narration of his best-selling book ‘Private Peaceful’ accompanied by live music, while James Mayhew (creator of the much-loved ‘Katie’ and ‘Ella Bella Ballerina’ books) brings a whole carnival of animals to life before your eyes as he paints to live music from Saint-Saens’ suite. Following of all ages. The full line-up of family events will be available in April, but if past years are anything to go by, it’s going to be a fun, eye-opening, jaw-dropping, maybe even messy, few days!

2-13 JULY 70TH CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL This year’s line-up for the Music Festival is packed full of family friendly concerts. With more concerts than ever before programmed for junior maestros, this year’s festival promises an unrivalled introduction to the wonderful world of live music. There’s a Percussion Extravaganza whern the crazy ‘O Duo’ play music by composers including Bach and Chopin, using instruments including a marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drum kit, African and Brazilian drums and many more. Former children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo

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your family: watch a film in the on-site cinema, enjoy the garden’s pop up food stalls or bring a picnic and listen to music from the free stage. Don’t miss the special family show on Bank Holiday Monday, when Natalie Williams and some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians host a fun-filled family concert. These Jazz All Stars will play jazz classics as well as some children’s film favourites with a distinctive jazz twist. Budding young musicians are sure to be inspired too by the free schools showcase Jazz It Up!, which features some of the county’s best school and local young jazz bands in a high octane performance that’s great fun to watch and always a show to remember.

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heltenham’s summer festivals are the perfect way to get your summer of family fun off to a flying start. With Jazz, Science and Music Festivals all lined up over the coming months, here are just a few of the family friendly treats to look forward to….

a weekend of rehearsals and workshops, classical superstar Nicola Benedetti and an orchestra of young string players from Gloucestershire perform Shostakovich and Holst and there’s also the free Party in the Park, where families can enjoy a huge range of music, craft activities, and food and drink. Full details available nearer the time at cheltenhamfestivals.com/ parkparty For more details about the Festivals visit cheltenhamfestivals.com or call 0844 880 8094. Date for Your Diary: The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 3-12 October 2014 PRIMARY TIMES

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OPEN DAILY 5th – 21st April 10am – 4pm Children £4.50 (includes a reward) Accompanying adults go free

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very 22 minutes a child is taken into care by local authorities in the UK. The reasons can vary enormously from less alarming situations, which just need some remedial help from social services, to the most worrying cases with the potential to lead to tragedy. It may just be that parents are struggling to cope with three small children. Or there are difficulties between parents and teenagers and both parties simply need ‘time out’. At its most severe, however, the authorities must intervene where a child is at risk of physical, emotional or sexual abuse at home. This bald statistic masks the fact that this is a time of immense emotional upheaval for the children involved. In addition, placing a child in care puts a significant strain on local authorities’ resources and, ultimately, those of the council tax payer. Fostering is first and foremost a way of helping a child at one of the most difficult periods in his or her life. The more families who foster, the better chance a child has to be placed with the right foster family first time, according to The Fostering Network. In foster care, it says, a child can receive professional, dedicated and compassionate support. There are many forms of fostering ranging from emergency to long-term foster care. Foster carers can make a real difference on a child, allowing their confidence and self-esteem grow while enriching the life of the carer. As a carer for Five Rivers fostering services, Hannah has been fostering for 10 years. 6

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“Fostering is something I always wanted to do,” she says. “One day I ended up talking to a lady in the hairdressers who fostered for Five Rivers and she inspired me to contact them. I spoke to one of the fostering team and they came round to see me and my husband at home, explained the application process and it went from there”. Now, Hannah says, “As a foster carer you are a part of a child’s journey. Sometimes it’s only for a short period and sometimes longer but despite some of the heartbreaks and hard times, I would not change the last 10 years at all, becoming a foster carer was one of the best decisions I have ever made.” In spite of the efforts of Hannah and many more like

her, The Fostering Network says the UK needs at least 8,600 new foster families this year. In Gloucestershire alone 520 children are in care. Gloucestershire County Council is not just looking for families but single people as well. They ask is that a family can offer commitment to a child and offer an understanding, stable and loving home. During the Foster Care Fortnight Gloucestershire County Council will be out and about around the county talking to people about fostering. There will be members of staff at the drop-in events, along with foster carers. A list of where the drop-in events take place can be found on their website. Last year, according to The Fostering Network, thousands

of people got involved with the campaign to promote fostering. If you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer, The Fostering Network website is full of information, including blogs from people who have successfully fostered. Awardwinning author Cathy Glass, a foster mum for 25 years, says in her blog, “Fostering is a profession, but we tend to forget it is a vocation too. It is a calling to care for vulnerable children who cannot live with their own families. I receive far more in terms of satisfaction from fostering than I put in. Foster Care Fortnight is a good time for us to recognise and promote the vocation and profession of fostering.” Five Rivers Fostering Services www.five-rivers.org The Fostering Network www.fostering.net Gloucestershire County Council www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ fostering

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Could you? Or someone you know Foster with us? Here’s five reasons why YOU or someone YOU KNOW could be the perfect person to become a foster carer with the Five Rivers Fostering Service………. One, you have room in your home Two, you want to make a difference Three, you know it’s not just a job, it’s a vocation Four, you are over 21 And five, fostering is something you were always going to do one day. Today’s the day! To find out more; Join us in Gloucester - Tuesday 20th May 2014 6pm - 8pm at Abbeydale Community Centre Visit at www.five-rivers.org/fostering Call us on 01858 412765

‘Do something today that your future self will thank you for; become a Foster Carer with The Five Rivers Fostering Service’

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FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SHOWS ★ GLOUCESTER, CHELTENHAM, STROUD & BEYOND The Jungle Book, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Tue 15 Apr.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE THE BACON THEATRE Dean Close School, Shelbourne Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk The Croods Tue 15 Apr, 1pm (activities), 2pm (film), £7 • Enjoy some extra participatory fun at this screening of DreamWorks’ prehistoric comedy movie, which follows a caveman family’s trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world. Pop along from 1pm in fancy dress for Easter activities, free face painting and a chance to meet real-life bunnies. EVERYMAN THEATRE Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573, www.everymantheatre.org.uk Theo, the Mouse & Wendy’s Fun and Laughter Show Wed 16-Fri 18 Apr, 1.30pm & 4pm, £8.50 • Theo The Mouse and Wendy return to Cheltenham with their brand new fun-filled family show, featuring audience participation, songs and comedy. The Stars of Strictly Come Dancing Fri 25 Apr, 2pm & 7.45pm. £27 (adult)/£25 (conc) • Pasha and Katya bring you their “spectacular” brand new ballroom and Latin show. Promises to be a carnival of music, dance, costumes and sparkles. Hetty Feather Tue 29 Apr–Sun 4 May, 7pm (Tue), 10.30am (Wed), 10.30am (Thu), 7pm (Fri), 2pm & 7pm (Sat), 2pm (Sun). £15 • From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather sees our heroine escape from the Foundling Hospital. Quake as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London and cheer as she overcomes all in her search to find her real mother and a true family of her own, with live music and circus skills. Ages 7+ ROSES THEATRE The Roses, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5NX. 01684 295074, www. rosestheatre.org The Sooty Show Sat 5 Apr, 11am & 2.30pm, £12 (adult)/£10 (child)£9.50(family max 2 adults) • Sooty heads into town in a “fabulous” new show to delight the whole family. Joining the nation’s favourite bear is Sweep, Soo and Sooty’s TV partner Richard Cadell who attempts to keep Sooty from getting up to mischief. There’s also a chance to meet Sooty after the show. Jungle Book Tue 15 Apr, 2pm, £7 • Meet the man cub Mowgli, brought up by a family of wolves, and follow his adventure as he 8 EASTER 2014

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encounters Baloo the bear, who teaches him the law of the jungle and Bagheera the panther, who teaches him how to survive. This faithful adaptation from Rudyard Kipling’s novel is aimed at family audiences and everyone who loves a good adventure.

FURTHER AFIELD THE BREWERY THEATRE 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP. 0117 902 0344, www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com Pinocchio Tue 13-Sun 18 April. 11am & 2pm. £7 • A new version by Michael Rosen of this classic tale promises to be a magical adventure for families. Follow Pinocchio and his grasshopper friend as they set out on a quest to find fun. THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME St. Augustine’s Parade, BS1 4UZ. 0844 871 3012, www.atgtickets. com/bristol Robin Cousins’ ICE Wed 30 AprSat 3 May, 7.30pm. 2.30pm (Thu & Sat), 11.30am (Sat). £11.90-£37.90 • Olympic champion and head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins has hand-picked some the best ice skaters from around the globe to bring his new production to life. Let it Be Mon 5-Sat 10 May, 7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat) £15£42 • Fresh from the West End, this theatrical biography of The Beatles features many of their greatest hits. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Tue 20-Sat 24 May, 7.30pm & 2.30pm (Wed, Thu & Sat). £22.40£46.40 • Matthew Bourne’s “powerful and original” interpretation

of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ turns tradition upside down. THE BRISTOL OLD VIC King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED. 0117 987 7877, www.bristololdvic.org. uk Minotaur Tues 1–Wed 9 Apr, 10am & 1pm (1-3 Apr), 11am & 3.30pm (5, 7, 8 & 9 Apr), £12/£7 • This brand new play has been created in close consultation with Key Stage 2 children and staff, telling the story of the well-known Greek legend with a surprise twist. The Tinderbox Wed 23-Sat 26 Apr, 7.30pm (Wed-Fri), 12pm & 4pm (Sat). £12 (adult)/£8 (conc) • The award-winning Bristol Old Vic Young Company creates a new devised piece based on Hans Christian Andersen’s original story. Ages 8+ THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE High Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1HP. 01934 645544, www. theplayhouse.co.uk Bananas in Pyjamas Sun 6 Apr, 1pm. £13 (adult)/£11 (child)/£44 (family) • It’s a banana emergency! Join B1, B2, Amy, Lulu and Morgan in this brand new, all-singing, alldancing show. Can you help the banana detectives solve the case of a missing guest? Cinderella Sun 4 May, 4pm. £16 (adult)/£13 (child) • This traditional tale is brought to life by Bristol Russian Ballet School, who aim to add a contemporary element to an old classic. THE EGG Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844, www.theatreroyal.org.uk Not Now Bernard Thu 10-Sat 12 Apr, 11.30am & 3pm, £7.50 (adult)/£6.50 (child) • Loved by children, adults and monsters

for over 30 years, David McKee’s iconic picture book is vividly brought to life on stage. Ages 2+ Mrs. McMoon Mon 14–Wed 16 Apr, 11.30am & 1.30pm, £7.50(adult)/£6.50(child) • You have been cordially invited to Mrs. McMoon’s house for an entertaining tea party. Set in the warm surroundings of her cozy old living room where tea is brewing and the smell of freshly baked cookies tickle your nostrils. Ages 3-5. Baffo Mon 14-Wed 16 Apr, 3pm, £7.50 (adult)/£6.50 (child) • Set in a lively café, the children are in charge of the show as Signor Baffo, a loveable, eccentric chef, serves up generous helpings of silliness.Ages 5 to 8. Pinocchio Sat 19-Sun 20 Apr, 11.30am & 3pm, £7.50 (adult)/£6.50 (child) • This new version of the tale of the puppet who becomes human by Michael Rosen is a magical adventure for families. Follow Pinocchio and his grasshopper friend as they set out on a quest to find fun! How Cold My Toes Thu 24-Sun 27 Apr, Thu-Fri 10.30am & 1pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am & 3pm, £7.50 (adult)/£6.50 (child) • The show promises to take you on a funfilled magical journey through the seasons, from the seed-sprouting vitality of spring all the way to the frosty frozen fingers of winter. Be captivated by the combination of Travelling Light’s renowned brand of performance, music and urban choreography. Ages 2-5. Rubbish Fri 9-Sat 10 May, Fri 10am & 1pm, Sat 11.30am & 3pm, £7.50 (adult)/£6.50 (child) • At the touch of a puppeteer’s hand, the contents of a bin bag can transform before your eyes. The Jungle Book Thu 15-Sat 17 May, Thu-Fri 7pm, Sat 3pm, £7.50 (adult)/£6.50 (child) • Come and see the story of Mowgli the ‘mancub’, raised by a mother wolf, who lives in the jungle with his animal friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and many others. Age 6+. THE WYVERN THEATRE Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN. 01793 524481, www.wyverntheatre.org.uk The Little Mermaid Tue 8-Thu 10 Apr, 7.30pm. 2.30pm (Thu). £19.50 (adult)/£15 (child)/£62 (family) • Ballet Theatre UK re-tell the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale. The Gruffalo Fri 11-Sun 13 Apr, 1.30pm, 4.30pm (Fri), 10.30am (Sat & Sun). £12/£44 (family of four) • Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of the award winning picture book ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. PRIMARY TIMES

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COME AND RELEASE YOUR DRAMATIC ASPIRATIONS

theatrestudio playhouse theatre, cheltenham

Theatre Studio is an independent part-time Performing Arts School that aims to provide students between the ages of 3-18 years with the necessary confidence that we believe is integral not only on stage, but in any profession and every day life. Our professionally trained staff provides expert guidance to those wishing to undertake a career in performance as well as those who are looking to find confidence and friendship in all other professions and hobbies. Our new Vocal department is also available to provide specialised lessons for speech correction tailor made to each individuals needs. With regular stage performances, half-term workshops, Easter and Summer Schools, Technical courses, Festivals and Examinations, Theatre Studio is proud to be one of a limited number of performing arts schools based in working theatres.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS FOR SUMMER 2014 Weekly classes in Drama, Singing & Movement, and Musical Theatre Play in Two Days workshops Whitsun Half Term 29th & 30th May SUMMER SCHOOL from 18th - 23rd August 2014 With Six Courses to Choose From: 4-7 years Musical Theatre Course 8-11 years Acting / Musical Theatre Course NEW: 12-14 years – Acting Course 12-14 years - Musical Theatre Course NEW:15+ Acting & Musical Theatre Course Technical Course: 12 years + For more details, information and fees for the above courses or any of our TermTime Classes please call 07977 227707 or email us on info@theatrestudio.co.uk

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rom football to foreign languages, art to ornithology, there’s a bewildering array of extra-curricular activities for your little ones to try out. Theatre and performing arts training, though, can tick a lot of boxes. Drama teaching is a brilliant way to instil self-confidence and teamwork skills in children: it’s a lot of fun and hugely engaging and there’s a great end product for mums and dads to enjoy in the shape of regular end-of-term performances (plus, for the talented ones, the faint chance of a career under lights). John Redgrave, a member of the world-famous Redgrave performing dynasty, has run the Bristol School of Performing Arts (BSPA) for some 40 years. John, who has directed professional shows in Bristol and beyond, working with the likes of Ken Dodd, Frankie Howerd, Michael Barrymore and Benny Hill, founded the school to pass on his considerable performing arts expertise. Children are welcome at BSPA from the age of two-and-a-half, when they start with Baby Drama – a gentle introduction to working with others. Teaching at the school continues all the way to age 18, at which point John’s learners can choose whether or not to take their passion for performance further. BSPA has the contacts and expertise to provide training for those keen to take their passion further. But John points out the broader benefits of drama teaching. “Confidence-building and working together are great skills for children to learn,” he says. “The ability to get up on stage in front of hundreds of strangers and then to take constructive criticism afterwards is hugely valuable for life.” Thanks to his links with theatre producer Bill Kenwright, John’s pupils get plenty of chances to perform on the big stage too – BSPA pupils are involved in around four shows a year at the Hippodrome, including big touring musicals and the theatre’s Christmas pantomime. Cheltenham’s Theatre Studio is based at the city’s historic PRIMARY TIMES

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Theatretrain in action at the Royal Albert Hall

Playhouse Theatre, which it uses for the end-of-year performances as well as summer and Easter holiday schools. Theatre Studio offer classes for children from ages 5 upwards, developing younger learners’ skills through concentration exercises, theatre games, improvisation techniques, singing and dance. Back in 1990, the studio began entering national competitions and examinations. Since then, it has won the youth section of the All England One-Act Play Festival an impressive six times. Theatre Studio has also produced many main house shows at the Playhouse Theatre. Another leading provider of drama coaching for children is the well-known national network of Stagecoach Theatre Arts schools. At its schools across the country – including Cirencester, Gloucester and Cheltenham – Stagecoach’s teachers introduce kids from as young as four to the magic and fun of drama. Early Stages classes (ages 4-6) are divided into three sections of dance, singing and drama – the latter consisting of role-play games, team activities and acting exercises. From six upwards, meanwhile,

other activities are introduced into the mix, including developing acting skills and roles, perfecting harmonies and vocal styles, and mastering modern choreography. As one of Europe’s largest young performers’ agencies, Stagecoach also provides plenty of performing opportunities in West End shows, TV series and films. Elsewhere, Theatretrain is a national network of part time and weekend children’s stage schools. From centres in Bristol, Reading, the Midlands and elsewhere, Theatretrain teach children from six upwards the arts of dance, acting and singing: pupils regularly perform on stage in local, regional and West End venues. Says Bristol Theatretrain’s Suzanne Silcox, “We offer fantastic training and opportunities for young people of all abilities, giving them the skills and confidence to prepare them for performances in West End theatres.” Actress Pauline Quirke (of ‘Birds of a Feather’ fame) set up her nationwide family of academies to give kids enjoyable and lifeenhancing performance skills. PQA now has branches in Stroud and Cheltenham, as well as many

others across the country. “What’s important is how it’s taught,” says PQA’s creative director Simon James Green. “Being forced to perform in front of a group of strangers would be terrifying for anyone, let alone a shy and nervous child. Our staff adopt a gentler approach. We build the kids up gradually and we gain their trust, because they know we’re not going to make them do anything they don’t feel comfortable with. We make it high-energy and we make it fun, but at the same time we’re dropping in essential skills such as speaking clearly and charismatically, and learning how to work as a team.” Bristol School of Performing Arts T: 07714 495373 W: www.bspa.biz Theatre Studio (Cheltenham) T: 07977 227707 W: www.theatrestudio.co.uk Stagecoach (Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester) W: www.stagecoach.co.uk Theatretrain W: www.theatretrain.co.uk Pauline Quirke Academy (Stroud, Cheltenham) W: www.pqacademy.com EASTER 2014

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ROUNDABOUT Your ultimate family diary of what’s on, where & when

Deadlines: List your school’s events in Primary Times for free. We work a half-term in advance so we’re now collecting information for June and July: deadline Mon 21 April. If your event is to raise funds for a school or charity, and is open to the public, please let us know. E: mike.gartside@venue.co.uk. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL While we make every effort to ensure these listings are accurate and up to date, event information can sometimes change after we’ve gone to press. Please check with the venue or organiser before you set off to an event to make sure it’s going ahead as planned . . . and tell them you saw it in Primary Times!

APRIL UNTIL SUN 30 MAR GLOUCESTER RESIDENTS WEEKEND The Cross, Gloucester, GL1 1PD. 01452 396572, www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk • A perfect opportunity for local people to explore, experience and enjoy their city, with many savings and special offers over the weekend. UNTIL SUN 30 MAR RICHARD III, DUKE OF GLOUCESTER Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HP. 01452 396 131, www.thecityofgloucester. co.uk, event included in admission, book in advance • After garnering headlines around the world, the 3D reconstruction of Richard III’s head is exhibited in Gloucester City Museum. UNTIL SUN 6 APR OUTDOOR LAMBING Roves Farm Visitor Centre, Sevenhampton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7QG. 01793 763939, www.rovesfarm.co.uk, free with standard admission • Witness newborn lambs skipping across the

CORRECTION In our feature on Page 4 last issue, ‘The Gloucestershire 11+ Journey has changed’, we published the wrong date for the Gloucestershire entrance exam. The correct date is Saturday 13 September and not October as we originally stated. Bond 11+, who featured in the article, and Primary Times apologise for any inconvenience this error has caused.

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731113, www.lingua.com. • A course for complete beginners that offers an introduction to Latin and its influence on English, led by experienced tutor George Sharpley. SAT 5 APR–21 APR EASTER TRAIL Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT. 01453 891223, www.wwt.org. uk, 9.30am–5.30pm, included with admission, free to members • Explore the beautiful grounds on a fun Easter trail, looking out for ducklings along the way. Once you have completed the trail, head back to claim your chocolate reward. Craft activities also on offer. SAT 5-MON 21 APR EASTER BUNNY’S BACK Roves Farm Visitor Centre, Sevenhampton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7QG. 01793 763939, www.rovesfarm.co.uk, free with standard admission • Easter Bunny is back to his old tricks.... bet you can’t run faster than him! Create Easter cards, pictures and fluffy chicks. SAT 5 APR–SUN 27 APR THE BIG BATSFORD CHICKEN HUNT Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9AB, 01386 701441, www.batsarb.co.uk, £2.50 per child, plus admission fee • You’ve heard of an Easter egg hunt – now find the chickens that laid them! They’re all hiding in the arboretum – simply mark their locations on our map to win a prize. No need to book just turn up and enjoy. SUN 6 APR PRESCOTT BIKE FESTIVAL Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD, 01452 260063, www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk, 8.30am–5pm, £12 for advance

ticket under 16s free with paying adult • The fourth annual event is larger than ever before, with even more bike manufacturers and clubs confirmed, plus a large display of historic, modern and race bikes on display in the paddock, demo areas, passenger rides, stunt show, trade stalls, live music, good food and a host of entertainment both on and off the track. SUN 6 APR ANIMALS CRAFTED FROM FELT Slimbridge Wetland centre, Bowditch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT. 01453 891223, www.wwt.org.uk/wetlandcentres/slimbridge, 10am-3.30pm, £36 • Learn how to make beautiful felt animals in this four hour needle-felting workshop. MON 7-THU 17 APR ACTIVE CAMP 2014 Bradley Stoke, Kingswood, Thornbury, Yate Leisure Centre and Patchway, Downend and Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. 0300 333 0300, www.activecetres.org, £21.95 (bring a friend/sibling for half price) • All the activities are chosen by children on the day. The camp days are packed full of fun and action that promise your children a great time. Includes Design an Egg competition and themed days. Ages Yr 1 to Yr 9. TUE 8 APR AWAKENING WOODS Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS, 01666 880220, www.foresty.gov.uk, 10:30am-4pm • With spring in full swing, why not venture out this Easter at Westonbirt and discover the awakening forest – from buds bursting, and rising sap to colourful blooms and wildflower carpets. WED 9 APR, CHOCOLATE INVENTIONS M Shed, Prince St, Bristol 11am4pm, £2 suggested donation • EASTER 2014

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Bath, BA2 7BD, 01225 820866, workshops@americanmuseum. org, www.americanmuseum.org, 12 noon-5pm, included in gardenonly admission • Grab a trail sheet and see if you can find all the knitted delights decorating the grounds to earn a chocolate egg!

TUE 8 APR ALL CUT UP Bath Fashion Museum, Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath, BA1 2QH, 01225 477789, www.museumofcostume.co.uk, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm3.30pm Use paper cutting techniques to create simple Georgian style Easter cards.

SAT 19-MON 21 APR HOME AND GARDEN PARTY Gloucester Quays Shopping Centre, St Ann Way, Gloucester, GL1 5SH. 01452 338933, www. gloucester-quays.co.uk, free • Around 80 stalls sell artisan crafts, fine foods, drink, home wear, garden gadgets, plants and flowers and much more. Also live music.

TUE 8 APR DISCOVER PAPUA NEW GUINEA Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL. 0117 922 3571, www.bristol.gov.uk, 10am-1pm, free • Make your own feather finery and explore the museum’s collections of objects from Papua New Guinea, including a visit to the stores. WED 9 APRIL LOYAL LORDS & LOVELY LADIES Yate & District Heritage Centre, Yate, 10.30am & 1.30pm • Bristol Museum outreach programme encourages you to become a medieval lord or lady by making your own heraldic shield or jewel box. Booking Essential at Yate & District Heritage Centre. TUE 8 APR–WED 9 APR STOP THE HEARTBREAK EVENT University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Longlevens, Gloucester, GL2 9HW, www.glos. ac.uk • Free screen for people aged 14-35 years. In addition to the screening sessions there’s a two day celebration of sport and physical activity in the county where all ages can take part in an activity, find out how to improve in your sport from sport psychology to injury prevention advice, or simply watch amazing feats of sport and activity. WED 9 APR-THU 10 APR, MON 14 APR & WED 16-FRI 18 APR AWAKENING WOODS Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS, 01666 880220, www.foresty.gov.uk, 10.30am-4pm • With spring in full swing, why not venture out this Easter at Westonbirt and discover the awakening forest – from buds bursting, and rising sap to colourful blooms and wildflower carpets. THU 10 APR COLOURFUL PAPER LANTERNS The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD, 01225 460503, www. americanmuseum.org, 1pm-4pm, £9(adult)/£5 (ages 5-16) • Make a fabulous paper lantern inspired by the colourful lanterns decorating the museum’s yew tree as part of the current Kaffe Fassett PRIMARY TIMES

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SUN 20 & MON 21 APR YOLKY JOLKY EGGS Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village, Lacock, near Chippenham, SN15 2LG. 01249 730459, www.nationaltrust.org/ lacock, 10.30am-4pm, £1.50 per trail sheet • The “yolk’s” on you with this fun Easter trail around Lacock Abbey’s grounds. Crack up with laughter as you discover all the Easter-themed jokes and win a chocolate surprise.

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exhibition. Led by artist and illustrator Hannah Carding, this is a drop in event, ages 3+. SAT 12 APR EASTER FUN DAY Bath City Farm, Kelston View, Bath, BA2 1NW. 01225 481269, www.bathcityfarm.org.uk, 11am2pm, free • Enjoy this Easter with an egg hunt, kid’s craft activities and a visit to all the farm animals. SAT 12 APR BRIGHT SPARKS IN THE WIND Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Queens Square, Bath, BA1 2HN, 1-4pm • Jess Haywood introduces you to renewable energy. Explore how to make electric power from the wind efficiently and what its limitations are. SAT 12 APR–SUN 13 APR & WED 16 APR MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY The Bird and Deer park, Prinknash, Cranham, Gloucester, GL4 8EX, 01452 812 727, www.thebirdpark. com, 11.30am-1pm, £10 • The marquee is festooned with fabulous Alice in wonderland backdrops, creating a magical atmosphere and taking you into Alice’s imaginary world. Tickets for the party include entry to the park so you can feed the birds, tame deer and other inmates as well as enjoying the tea party. Booking essential. THU 17 APR EASTER PRINTS M-Shed Harbourside, Princes Wharf, Wrapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN, 0117 352660, www. mshed.org, 11am-4pm, free • Use

the historical printing machine to make your very own Easter card, inspired by the unique objects from Bristol’s chocolate industry. FRI 18 APR–SAT 19 APR EASTER WEEKEND AT BATSFORD Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9AB, 01386 701441, www.batsarb.co.uk, 11am–3pm • Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about attracting wildlife to your garden. Experts from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will be on-hand with free advice and tips about the best plants to buy to provide the perfect environment for birds, insects and wildlife. There’ll also be children’s activities to keep the little ones occupied while you find out more. With new ranges of plants in the garden centre, it’s the perfect time to discover more about wildlife-friendly gardening. FRI 18-SUN 20 APR KIDS’ FARMYARD ART SHOW Roves Farm Visitor Centre, Sevenhampton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7QG. 01793 763939, www.rovesfarm.co.uk, 11am-3pm, free with standard admission • Roves Farm’s resident artist, Charlotte, holds a show and sale this Easter featuring her kids’ farmyard art, animal portraits and lots more in the ‘Old Granary’. FRI 18-MON 21 APR EASTER YARN BOMBING TRAIL American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton,

SAT 26 APR MEGA ROLLER DISCO Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1QA, 0844 576 2210, www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk, 7pm, £8 • Do you remember roller discos from the 70s and 80s? Dust off your vintage skates, dig out those neon leg warmers and join in at the Mega Roller Disco. Skating is for any age.

MAY SAT 3 MAY–SUN 28 SEP LAND ROVER SAFARI Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT. 01453 891223, www.wwt.org. uk, 11am & 2pm (Weekends and school holidays only) £5 (adult)/£3 (child) plus admission • Enjoy the opportunity to go out into the reserve in the company of an expert warden and enjoy views of the wild birds that live on the banks of the Severn – all from the comfort of a seat in the covered trailer. The safari is booked on arrival. SAT 3 MAY & SUN 4 MAY ORCHARD STREET MARKET Gloucester Quays Shopping Centre, St Ann Way, Gloucester, GL1 5SH, 01452 338933, 10am6pm (Sat), 11am-5pm (Sun) • Enjoy a family day out at the Orchard street market, enjoy locally sourced food and drink, artisan arts and crafts, soak up the atmosphere of the market and meet friendly producers. MON 5 MAY BADMINTON WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING Badminton Junior School, EASTER 2014

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on Severn Silver Band, Ambitions Street dance, Dog Agility, Sea Cadets and a balloon launch set off by Neil Carmichael MP. SAT 17 MAY SCRAPSTORE SPECIAL SATURDAY OPENING Gloucestershire Scrapstore, City Works, GL1 4DF. 01452 504442, www.grcltd.org/home-resourcecentre, 10am-1pm • Looking for inspiring arts and crafts materials? From card to cones, paper to plastic, foam to fabrics, Gloucestershire’s amazing Scrapstore stocks an extraordinary range of materials! FRI 23 MAY-SAT 7 JUN SALISBURY iNTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 87 Crane Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2PU. 01722 332 241, www.salisburyfestival.co.uk. The annual 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival welcomes original performances from all different artistic mediums, including fine art, literature, dance & music. SAT 24-MON 26 MAY VIRGIL’S ‘THE AENEID’ WEEKEND COURSE Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College

(drop in), included in garden admission • Explore the Museum’s collection of historic maps, complete with sea monsters and mysterious lands, and create your own map inspired by a journey you make every day.

St, Gloucester, GL1 2LX, 01452 731113, www.lingua.co.uk • Hosted in the parliament rooms of Gloucester Cathedral this three day course covers the basics of Virgil’s great epic. Latin enthusiasts The Latin Quarter guide intermediate learners through the text to learn about the Greek capture of Troy. SAT 24 MAY–SUN 1 JUN DOWNY DUCKLING DAYS Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT. 01453 891223, www.wwt.org. uk, 9.30am–5.30pm, included with admission, free to members • Go behind-the-scenes of this busy duckery to learn how the centre rears hundreds of young birds each year and see many of the fluffy ducklings, goslings and cygnets. On the tour learn all about eggs, incubation and hatching. Just sign up to a time slot on your arrival, but do come early to avoid disappointment as tours are booked on a first come first served basis. SAT 24 MAY-SUN 1 JUN SCARECROWS Roves Farm Visitor Centre, Sevenhampton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7QG. 01793 763939, www.rovesfarm.co.uk, free with standard admission • Scarecrow hunt on the free tractor rides. Help the special scarecrow scare away the birds and make a miniature scarecrow during craft. TUE 27 MAY MEET THE ARTIST American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, Avon BA2 7BD, 01225 820866, workshops@americanmuseum. org, www.americanmuseum.org, Join paper craft artist Jessica Palmer and learn to make fabulous boxes from vintage books. Ages 6+, included in garden only admission.

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THU 29 MAY MARVELOUS MAPS American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, Avon BA2 7BD, 01225 460 503, www.americanmuseum.org, 1-4pm

FRI 30 MAY-SUN 1 JUN WYCHWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 Cheltenham Race Course, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH, 01993 772580, www. wychwoodfestival.com, £125 (weekend adult)/£60 (weekend 10-15 yrs)/£20 (weekend 5-9 yrs) • Wychwood Music Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, promising live music from chart-topping and emerging talent, plus poetry, film, workshops and a host of family fun, over three jam-packed days at Cheltenham Racecourse.

ONGOING EVENTS OTTER TALK Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT. 01453 891223, www.wwt. org.uk, 11.30am & 3pm, included in admission • Meet Slimbridge’s friendly family of Otters: Flo, Minnie and Ha Ha and hear a talk as they tuck into a tasty fish supper. STOP, LOOK & LISTEN TRAIL Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2TA. 01793 466637, www.steammuseum.org.uk, 10am-5pm daily, free with standard admission • Discover fun facts, intriguing objects and great stories as you travel through time to climb aboard famous locomotives, ‘drive’ a train simulator and be a signalman for the day. THEATRE TOURS Bristol Hippodrome, St. Augustine’s Parade, BS1 4UZ. 0844 871 3012, www.atgtickets. com/bristol, every Saturday, 10.30am, £16.40 • Go behind the scenes of Bristol’s West End for two hours of fun and adventure from front of house history to the stars and gossip backstage. COLERNE MILITARY WIVES CHOIR Community centre, Azimghur Barracks, Colerne, SN14 8QY. colerne@militarywiveschoirs. org, www.militarywiveschoirs.org, 7pm • A choir for wives, fiancées, co-habiting partners, mothers and daughters of serving or retired personnel, and for MOD support workers. Every Wednesday from 7-9pm, childcare available.

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Cotswold wings Children will love exploring the nine acres of gardens, woodland, riverside walks and nature trails at Birdland in the Cotswold village of Bourtonon-the-Water. Discover exotic and rare birds from around the world. Flamingos, pelicans, cranes, emus, and waterfowl live in riverside habitats with colourful parrots, magical owls, hornbills and many more inhabiting over 50 aviaries. Don’t miss Penguin Shore - home to some entertaining characters from Birdland’s huddle of penguins including the majestic Kings and comical Humboldts. Penguin feeding takes place daily at 11 and 2.30pm. There’s plenty for everyone to enjoy from special close encounters sessions, talks by the bird-keepers and feeding displays. Inside the Discovery Zone there are some fascinating egg laying creatures including snakes, tropical tortoises, lizards and even poisonous frogs. New for Easter is the Hatchery and Nursery, where you can meet newborn chicks. The encounter zone has been developed allowing kids to interact with rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and tortoises. Ffi: www.birdland.co.uk

Easter fun at Primrose Vale Enjoy the spring air down on the farm at Primrose Vale! Throughout the school holidays the farm is running its annual Easter trail. Follow the trails around the farm and try to complete all the fun physical and mental challenges along the way. These are designed to suit a wide range of ages from 3 upwards, and there’s a small prize for every successful participant. Entry is just £4.50 and accompanying adults go free. The trail is open every day from Saturday 5 April to Monday 21 April between 10am and 4pm. Ffi: Primrose Vale Farm Shop Shurdington Road, Bentham, Cheltenham, GL51 4UA W: www.primrosevale.com

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To cel celebrate spring WWT Slimbridge is offering the chance to bring children for free. This Easter, take advantage of their early bird offer and treat your family to an award-winning day out. Arrive before 11am from Sat 5 April to Thu 17 April and your kids go for free. Check website for full terms and conditions. Throughout the holidays the centre has a special Easter trail in the grounds. Complete the trail and collect a yummy chocolate treat on your return. Keep an eye out for ducklings and listen for birdsong as new life emerges from every corner in WWT Slimbridge’s beautiful grounds. There are lots of fun activities to fill your day, which allow you to get really close to nature. Go to an Otter talk at the wetland mammal attraction Back From the Brink or handle amphibians including newts and salamanders at Toad Hall. There’s also a playground, a play tower and a fountain and stream to splash in. Save 10% off your adult tickets by buying them online. Ffi W: wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

Cornish idyll Delightfully situated on Cornwall’s north coast near Padstow, Pols Piece Holidays’ well equipped holiday apartments are set in their own grounds, enjoying panoramic sea views of the North Cornwall coast. The accommodation is a five to 10 minute walk via footpaths to the natural swimming pool on Trevone’s sandy beach. Trevone is an idyllic Cornish village offering a Post Office/general store, tea rooms, a chapel, a village pub and beach store. To make a self catering holiday in Cornwall as enjoyable as possible, Pols Piece Holidays ensures its apartments provide all the conveniences to make families feel at home, such as the comforts of a well equipped kitchen complete with a dishwasher, WiFi and warming electric blankets to keep guests toasty after a chilly day on the beach. There is also a large garden with children’s play area, including a wooden adventure play centre and Wendy House. Pets also welcome. Ffi: W: www.polspieceholidays.co.uk

Family luxury Enjoy a luxury stay in Devon and Cornwall, home of the cream tea. The five Richardson hotels in Torquay, Falmouth, Fowey and Padstow, including Torquay’s Grosvenor Hotel, offer you the cream of Devon and Cornwall. All enjoy beautiful waterside settings, sumptuous child friendly accommodation, and excellent AA-rosette restaurants. The hotels are perfectly placed for visiting many fun attractions such as Flambards, the Eden project or Paignton Zoo to name but a few. If it’s a more relaxing stay you’re after, enjoy the spa facilities and indoor pools. The hotels’ commitment to offering mouth-watering food remains high and their talented teams of chefs work hard to produce delicious menus, featuring the best local produce, whether you want to treat yourself to fine dining in the restaurants or enjoy a more relaxed dining experience in the brassiere and lounge bars, you have the choice Ffi: Grosvenor Hotel Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HG E: reservations@ richardsonhotels.co.uk W: www.grosvenorhoteltorquay.co.uk

Learning piano for pleasure William Morris has many years of experience teaching children to play the piano. He believes that music lessons should be enjoyable and built on a solid technical foundation. Learning a musical instrument has many proven benefits and assists significantly in children’s development, as well as enriching their lives. Some children just want to play for pleasure, others are also keen to take music exams. Motivated by his deep love of music, William enjoys teaching pupils to play the piano and to express and develop their innate musicality. He has a flexible teaching approach and always seeks to help and encourage each individual child to develop their musical skills as far as they can. He provides a high standard of tuition and takes pupils of all abilities from age 6 onwards, guiding them through the basics of playing and reading music. Parents are always very welcome to attend their children’s music lessons. Ffi: William Morris T: 01452 523735 W: www.gloucesterpianotuition.co.uk

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Where the cattle roam • Cattle Country in Berkeley, Gloucestershire is a great day out come rain or shine for children and adults too. Cattle Country has a whole range of things to do and many animals to see. This Easter, why not get along and feed the baby lambs or watch the amazing falconry shows. The park has Dora visiting on Saturday 19 April and Jake the Pirate on Sunday 20 April. Two huge barns at Cattle Country are home to giant slides and loads of soft play equipment. Outdoor activities include “Britain’s biggest” jumping pillow, the climbing net, a huge adventure castle, trampolines, mini tractors, a willow maze, mini golf and a boating lake to name just a few attractions. The ‘new’ beach barn will keep the children entertained for hours. The mini train takes visitors through the park to the Animal Encounters area where children can get up close to the many animals including new born Gloucester Old Spot pigs. A relaxing walk takes you past a range of cattle, red deer and wallabies, while a restaurant provides full, on-site catering and a gift shop offers a wide range of souvenirs for all ages and pockets. Whenever the park is closed to the public, private parties can be booked for exclusive access to Cattle Country. Ffi Cattle Country W: www.cattlecountry.co.uk T: 01453 810510.

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Eggciting Newark! • Become an intrepid Eggsplorer at Newark Park, Wottonunder-Edge, this Easter. Discover the wondrous woodland with its special Cadbury Easter Egg hunt for the whole family - and any well behaved dogs on leads too. Follow the clues hidden around the park and gardens to find the eggs on its Cadbury Easter Egg Trail and then claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. The trail allows everyone to take in the expansive views across the rolling Cotswold Hills so don’t forget a camera. Hot off the trail outdoors, get inside to explore the house. Take part in a trail to find hidden rooms, false walls and intriguing objects and delve into the exciting dress up box full of wonderful period costumes. Don’t miss out on a brand new exhibition by artist Steve Roberts who explores the great outdoors in Gloucestershire through his artwork. On 13 April you can meet the Edwardians as Newark Park is transported back 100 years with costumed actors recreating characters who really lived at the house. Get involved in outdoor games, meet a welcoming butler and learn how people lived 100 years ago. Have an eggciting Easter with Newark Park this year for just £2 for the Cadbury trail (normal admission charges apply). Make sure you put on you outdoor gear and watch out for uneven ground in places. Your trail can be bought from 18-21 April, 11am-4pm. • Ffi Newark Park W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park

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Kids can get creative • Taurus Crafts is a vibrant visitor centre where kids can get creative. Based near Lydney in the Forest of Dean, Taurus Crafts is a home to local crafts, food, gifts, events, markets and art exhibitions. It provides visitors a chance to meet the makers in their craft units and shop for distinctive gifts from the artisan businesses on site. A varied event programme compliments the regular activities on site including creative children’s drop-in workshops throughout school holidays that regularly feature; pottery, jewellery making, puppets, stone carving, chocolate making and knitting. Food and drink markets run on the second Saturday of every month, open from 11am-4pm. Regular producers of charcuterie, cider, perry, country wine, cakes, fudge, vegetarian foods, bread and patisserie showcase their products and provide a lot of local choice. Visiting Taurus Crafts couldn’t be easier – located West of Lydney on the A48 with a free, large, accessible car park. For individual events and opening times (open daily) check the website, facebook or join the mailing list. Ffi Taurus Crafts W: www.tauruscrafts.co.uk

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Water wonders • Located in the A baby shark: pic. Charlotte Goswell heart of Bristol’s City Centre on the Harbourside, Bristol Aquarium is home to a magnificent array of aquatic wildlife. The centrepiece of the aquarium is the enormous Coral Sea, where you’ll be able to admire over 250 marine animals, including sharks, stingrays, puffer fish and more. If wrasse and gurnard is your thing, head to the botanical house and its 60,000 litre seabed or step out into the Harbourside exhibit and say hello to Merlin - the aquarium’s giant Pacific octopus, the world’s largest species of octopus. The Amazon display gives a glimpse of the spectacular river fish including the feared red bellied piranhas. Bristol Aquarium aims to create awareness of the dangers our oceans face and support conservation. One of its successes has been breeding seahorses, many of which are on display. Schools and Groups: With education at the heart of what it does, a school visit to Bristol Aquarium will be memorable. The aquarium feels it is vital to raise awareness among children of the major environmental issues. It also believes the best way to work with children and young adults is through physical learning and visual activities as well as through talks and presentations. Facilities include a café, gift shop and baby changing facilities. Open daily, 10am. Prices, £13 (adult), £12 (seniors & students), £9 (child), £38 (family). Ffi Bristol Aquarium Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TT. T: 0117 929 8929 W: www.bristolaquarium.co.uk Fa: www.facebook.com/bristolaquarium Tw: www.twitter.com/ BristolAquarium Yt: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJuA4RpU-wQ

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Encouraging children to learn gardening offers them essential life lessons and creates a valuable resource for recreation and teaching, Steve Wright discovers.

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rom this September, for the first time, horticulture gets a small foothold in the national primary school curriculum. The National Curriculum’s Statutory Guidance on Science teaching notes that “pupils should use the local environment throughout the year to explore and answer questions about plants growing in their habitat. Where possible, they should observe the growth of flowers and vegetables that they have planted.” In short, there’s never been a better time to get your kids interested in gardening and other outdoor pleasures. And the benefits of doing so are manifold – as explained by Nikki Morgan from Bristol’s Kole Morgan Gardening, who helps schools to design, build and maintain their own gardens. “A school garden crosses age gaps and language barriers,” Nikki enthuses. “Kids get to help the planet through recycling as well as eating the results; to be outdoors and active; and to learn valuable teamwork skills. And the school gets a valued outdoor area that can provide a focal point for activities.” How should teachers, parents and pupils start on their greenfingered journey? “The key is to start small,” Nikki advises. “Think about whether you want to focus on healthy eating and veggies, on herbs and edible flowers, or on wildlife gardening to study pollination or life cycles etcetera. Just get one part of your garden producing, invite parents in for a look, and grab some volunteers for the next stage.” As Nikki explains, money and resources are available through various schemes to get you started. “Funding is available through the Food for Life and Healthy Schools schemes and via lottery funding and local community project schemes, while local supermarkets, DIY centres 20

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Gaynor’s main piece of advice, though, is simpler still. “Get the kids comfortable with getting dirty. Dirty hands and dirty feet are key to enjoying gardening!”

and garden centres may be able to help with equipment.” There are also plenty of support systems in place to help you and your young charges to take your first steps in horticulture. The Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening is free to register, and provides lesson plans, funding sources and guidelines. Many garden and nature organisations such as Garden Organic and The Woodland Trust provide information and downloadable worksheets. So, what to grow? “Think in terms of quick and easy eating,” Nikki advises. “Those known as ‘cut and come again’ – lettuce, broccoli, spring onions, herbs –

Kole Morgan Gardening E: kole.morgan@yahoo.co.uk Gaynor Lewis E: gaynorlewis@me.com Food for Life Partnership W: www.foodforlife.org.uk National Healthy Schools Programme W: http://tinyurl.com/pneoray Royal Horticultural Society: Campaign for School Gardening W: http://apps.rhs.org.uk/ schoolgardening/teachershome/ default.aspa allow children to pick regularly. Look for speedy ‘express’ varieties that can go from seed to produce within ten weeks.” Based in Kingswood just outside Bristol, Gaynor Lewis runs a range of workshops to get children interested in gardening, sustainability and the great outdoors. “The essential thing is to get children digging and planting seeds,” she says. “It doesn’t really matter if the seeds don’t come up. It’s all about understanding the process. This time of year sunflowers, beans and tomatoes all germinate very quickly – and all are very hard to kill. “April and May are the months for transplanting your seedlings from small pots indoors into the garden. Or, if you haven’t had time to get seeds, just go to a garden centre and buy the miniature plants. Strawberry plants are great for younger children – they’re easy to grow, with a delicious end product. Radishes, carrots and courgettes will all give you a good yield – water your courgettes well and you’ll get new ones every three days or so. And if you plant these now, you’ll be picking them before the summer holidays.”

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Create garden journals – write notes and plan ahead, add pictures cut from old seed catalogues or gardening magazines.

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What else can we grow things in? Old boots, tyres or an old sink may seem obvious – but what about a row of boots on a fence, or old guttering for pea plants?

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Write about what’s happening in the garden for the school. newsletter.

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Thank you so much for the lovely pictures you send me. The standard is always high so please try again if your entry didn’t get published. This May Half Term I have teamed up with our friends at Bristol Aquarium, who have generously offered an annual family pass to the one lucky winner of our art competition. Two runners up will get a children’s book from the editor’s cupboard. In dedication to our eight legged friends and their underwater home at the aquarium we thought we’d make the theme of this issue’s art page, an octopus’s garden. Please send your pictures to: Arty Barty, BN&Media, Temple Way, Bristol, BS99 7HD, or email high resolution jpegs to my editor, mike.gartside@ venue.co.uk. Don’t forget to put your name, age, full home postal address and school on the back: deadline Monday 21 April.

Arty Barty Last issue, I asked you to send in pictures of ‘my favourite attraction at Cattle Country Adventure Park’. Well done to the winning artist who earns a family day ticket to the Gloucestershire attraction. St Sophie Lucas, 7,CofE Bartholomew’s ol, Primary Scho , Wootton Bassett Wiltshire. an Sophie has drawn th idyllic picture. Wies those happy fac the beaming up from but page I can’t help smile.

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Gabriella Powell, 8, Westbury Park School, Bristol. There is so much to like about this picture. The attention to detail, the realism of each image, all with wonderful colours and of course the cute lambs being fed by bottle. Well done Gabriella.

Jessica Kenned Dursley CofE Pry, 10, im Academy School,ary Gloucestershire A striking and de . tai castle picture fro led Jessica: each bri m drawn and colouck is red with precision an d insight.

Kirsty Tidmus, 9, Manor Church of England Primary School, Bristol. What wonderful colours Kirsty has used, with great attention to detail. They may be on the “death slides” but they all look very happy indeed.

An irregular Joe

As every parent or teacher knows, children have that uncanny knack of targeting the blind spots in our own knowledge. Out of the blue comes a question, “When were fish and chips invented?” or “How high is the Clifton Suspension Bridge?” While we can be forgiven some gaps, everyone living within 20 miles of the Great Western Railway (GWR) ought to have a working knowledge of “the second greatest Briton of all time after Winston Churchill”, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Local historian and journalist Eugene Byrne packs his extensive knowledge of Brunel into this pithy tome, tracking the life of the engineer from his earliest days making uncannily professional sketches of his rocking horse at the age of six. He remains entertaining yet scholarly throughout, offering a pacey account of Brunel’s professional emergence, his rivalries, his successes (including the GWR itself) and well-catalogued disasters like the Great Eastern. With Byrne’s ‘Brunel’ to hand, no primary school teacher need ever be caught out again about the West’s flamboyant hero. (MG)

Joe’s started a blog, not a diary those are for girls, he thinks - but a blog to help him clear his head and sort his life out. It’s not that simple, though. Gav James the school bully has ramped up his torment, his mum and dad got divorced, his crush doesn’t know he’s alive and his best friends are trying to kill him in a bid to win £250 on you’ve been framed. Author Ben Davis has done a great job of making the life of a 14 year old boy funny. From the first page you can already feel the smile spreading on your face as Joe begins to talk to you. He’s a nice lad who just wants to make sense of his life. Things are made more problematic for him as he battles Norman and Derek, the men who he believes live in his brain, whose advice often contradicts each other, leaving Joe red faced. This book is certainly aimed at the older end of the primary school age range (and more sensitive types should be aware of the mild swearing). But it doesn’t disappoint, it’s funny and witty and all about growing up. (Cassandra Regan)

Brunel: Pocket Giants Eugene Byrne, The History Press, £6.99, www.thehistorypress.co.uk

The Private Blog of Joe Cowley Ben Davis, £6.99, Oxford University Press, www.oup.com

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