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in Avon Issue 168 30 Mar-1 Jun 2012

• The Olympic Torch • Easter fun • Online safety

Meet the new neighbours! South Bristol NHS Community Hospital opens its doors. Page 4. Arty Barty • Theatre • Roundabout • Save money!

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Whatever your creed, the Easter holidays are a chance to enjoy the warmer weather and all the benefits it brings. Children will undoubtedly get excited by the abundance of chocolate, but, while risking the ire of the under 11s, there are lots of imaginative gifts and activities which don’t necessarily involve the sticky sweet stuff. Books make great Easter presents, while the region’s attractions are running all sorts of trails, workshops and craft activities - see Roundabout for details. And, as our feature points out, The Olympic Torch comes to our region in May, offering a fantastic way for kids to get involved in global sport.

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Advertising South Bristol NHS

Community Hospital Hengrove Promenade Hengrove Park, Whitchurch Lane Bristol BS14 0DE

Meet the new neighbours! Campaign marks the countdown to the opening of South Bristol NHS Community Hospital


ou may have seen the posters and billboards or received a booklet through your door about some new neighbours moving into the area. Your new neighbours are staff at the new South Bristol NHS Community Hospital, which will start to see patients on 30 March 2012. The new hospital provides a range of services in a new and more easily accessible location and NHS Bristol wants patients not only to know that the services are available, but to actively choose to use them. The campaign uses real staff as the faces of the hospital and is intended to be high profile and highly visible. The ‘new neighbours’ include Neina English, matron manager at the hospital, Michelle Whittle, lead nurse and Louise Hayward, receptionist at the urgent care centre. Deborah Evans, chief executive of NHS Bristol which has developed the hospital says, “This is the community hospital for south Bristol that local people have campaigned for. As well as being a state-of-the-art building providing a range of hospital services including surgery, we hope that South Bristol Community Hospital will soon become a thriving part of the community, contributing to the wider prosperity of south Bristol. “With this in mind we wanted to introduce local people to their new neighbours - the team who will be running the services at the new hospital. We hope the campaign will highlight the role of the hospital in providing high quality care in a welcoming atmosphere.” The first service to open at the hospital will be the urgent care centre on 30 March, which will replace the South Bristol Walk-in Centre.


What’s at the hospital? Urgent care centre for:

• Sprains and strains • Cuts and grazes • Suspected broken bones • Minor burns and scalds • Minor head injuries You don’t need an appointment to visit the urgent care centre.

X-rays and scans Staffed by experienced nurses trained in dealing with minor injuries and illnesses, the urgent care centre will provide extra services such as X-rays and other diagnostic tests. It will be open from 8am to 8pm everyday. Outpatient clinics and day surgery will begin in April, including clinics for audiology, cardiology, paediatric, thrombosis, breast surgery, diabetes, dermatology, gastroenterology and respiratory. Community dentistry will also begin later in April. Patients will be able to select South Bristol Community Hospital for their appointments through Choose and Book from early March. The development of the hospital marks a major investment in healthcare provision for the residents of south Bristol and its completion is the culmination of almost 50 years of local campaigning.

Getting there By foot or car There is limited parking on site, which will need to be paid for unless you are a blue badge holder By bike There are a number of cycle paths to the hospital. Information is available from By bus You can get to the site by bus and there is a bus stop outside the hospital: the services are: 20, 36, 75, 76 and 90

If your doctor or another healthcare professional refers you for an X-ray or scan, you can ask them if you can have it carried out at the hospital. Endoscopies will also be available.

Outpatient clinics

Instead of travelling to a city centre hospital, you may choose to have your outpatient appointment in south Bristol. This includes clinics for breast surgery, audiology, cardiology, paediatric, thrombosis, diabetes, dermatology, gastroenterology and respiratory.

Day surgery

You may choose to have surgical procedures that do not need an overnight stay at the hospital. Ask your GP or visit the hospital website on

Rehabilitation wards

There are two wards at the hospital caring for patients recovering from acute illness, stroke or surgery. Visiting times are: Monday- Friday 2pm to 3pm Saturday- Sunday 2pm to 4pm Every evening from 6.30pm to 8pm

Community-based dental treatment

If you need routine treatment such as check-ups, fillings, scales and polishes, crowns, extractions, and dentures, you can have NHS dental treatment at the hospital. This service will open later in April 2012.



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DAY 4 - 22 MAY Taunton F Ilminster F Yeovil FIlchester F Somerton F Street FGlastonbury F Coxley FWells F Croscombe FShepton Mallet FFrome FSouthwick F Trowbridge F Bradford on Avon F Bath F Bitton F Longwell Green F Hanham


Bristol, Millennium Square

DAY 5 - 23 MAY Bristol FFlax Bourton F Backwell FNailsea F Failand FLeigh Woods F Bristol F Filton F Chippenham F Calne F Marlborough, Chiseldon F Wroughton F Royal Wootton Bassett F Swindon F Cirencester F Stroud F PainswickF Brockworth F Shurdinton F Cheltenham

There is a light

With the arrival of the Olympic Torch in our area soon, Sarah Ponsford takes a look at ways to celebrate London 2012


et the bunting out, dust off the best china and defrost the mini sausages as the Olympic Games makes its way to Blighty. We have been preparing for what seems a lifetime (seven years, in fact) for one of the world’s largest sporting competitions to grace our shores. Before the Games themselves begin, we have the excitement of the Olympic Torch making its way to London. With the route designed to come within 10 miles of 95% of the population across 70 days, with 8,000 bearers, there are plenty of opportunities to see it as it crosses the South West. (See panel for the local route). Already, over 1,500 primary schools in the South West are taking part in the Olympics’ ‘Get Set’ programme. This encourages pupils to be inspired through sport and supporting activities which also improve health and well-being. A National School Sport Week from 25-29 June also encourages schools to be involved in their own Olympic-inspired events.

West country kids get a chance to go for gold

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of the Games with a Greek god or goddess themed party. Serve food from across the globe and have a quiz based on the countries taking part. For a more understated stance on the gold theme, plant some gold marigolds in the front garden, or for a larger splash, organise a mass planting event on your street or along the route of the flame. Children will love getting their hands dirty. Whatever you do to mark the occasion, make sure you make the most of this unique opportunity. On your marks, get set, go!

Toby Goodman, director of sport at Paragon School, Bath, reveals his school’s exciting plans. “Our Olympic week starts on 21 May, coinciding with the Torch Relay where we shall team up with various schools across Bath to celebrate. We plan to line the streets to welcome the torch. We will also be incorporating the Games into all our lessons. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to get up-close to an historic event and to have these games right on our doorstep.” If you want to do something special to celebrate the Olympics, there are so many ways to make the most of them which are perfect opportunities to bring your community together. Hold a mini sports day for your street, with each house allotted

“It’s a once in a lifetime chance to get up-close to an historic event and to have these games right on our doorstep.” Toby Goodman, Paragon School, Bath a country and medals given out to the winners. Combine it with a street party and encourage people to dress up, either using the Olympics’ ‘gold’ theme or in costumes relating to the countries taking part. Take inspiration from the origin

Torch Relay map London 2012 www.london2012. com/get-involved - ideas and inspiration for your own Olympic event Get Set education programme Youth Sport Trust www.2012. Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week (25-29 June) www. The Cultural Olympiad www. Big Screen events

Apology - Smallprint

In our feature ‘Mum’s the Word’ last issue we incorrectly associated Marie Harkin, and comments made by her, to another company. We apologise wholeheartedly for this mistake and any confusion caused. See feature on Page 27 for more information about the company. PRIMARY TIMES



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bath THE EGG Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844, Underneath the Floorboards Thu 29-Sat 31 Mar. Thu 1pm, Fri 10.30am & 1pm, Sat 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • It’s moving day and John discovers a bottomless box that leads him underneath the floorboards and into a strange and magical world. Interactive show with original songs. The Balloon Gardener Mon 2 Apr. 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • Danny has run low on balloons and must grow his own. He attempts to cultivate big, bold and colourful latex shapes in pots. Can he grow a prize winning balloon? Cue problem pests, wacky weather and eccentric nonsense. Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals Tue 3-Weds 4 Apr. 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals follows the adventures of the charismatic singer and his animal band, (made up of a gorilla, a bear, a hedgehog and a badger) as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock out at a grand dance contest. Lively and enchanting new show with a mix of theatre, comedy, animation and original live music. Landscapes Fri 6-Sat 7 Apr. 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm. £7/£5.50 • The sun rises over a buzzing desert, a chick hatches. The eagle leaves the nest in search of food. Below, the meerkats are alert. The journey begins. Performed inside a white canvas dome this show takes children on a journey from desert to rainforest, from beneath the sea to Antarctica. Using no words, Mimika combines beautifully crafted puppets with original musical score to capture the natural world. Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals, the egg, Bath, 3-4 Apr

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! 17-21 April, Bristol Hippodrome

Me & The Sea Fri 13 Apr-Sat 14 Apr. 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • Have you ever wanted things to slow down and the world to stop changing? Craig’s hot on the trail of his very own mystery and his investigation takes him out to sea, into undergrowth and into the starry sky, delving into fisherman’s tales, butterfly migrations and our own hearts. Voyage of the Nutjellynana Sat 21 Apr. 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • Alice, Melby and Fidge are three cuddly toys long since loved, left behind and now forgotten in an old attic. Life has lost its stuffing until Fidge has a banana-brained plan to boldly go where no toy has gone before. An out-of-this-world sci-fi voyage with puppets and storytelling.

musician Tim Dalling welcome the audience into their world with a mixture of story and song.

Grisly Tales from Tumblewater Fri 27-Sat 28 Apr. Fri 10.30am & 7pm, Sat 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • Visit the grisly world of Tumblewater, where the twisted landowner controls everyone. Into this world stumbles Daniel Dorey, a fearless orphan armed only with his wits and a satchel of spinechilling stories. Charles Dickens meets Roald Dahl via Horrible Histories. Cloud Man Fri 18-Sat 19 May. Fri 10.30am & 1pm, Sat 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • Cloudia is a cloud expert and all her life has dreamt of seeing a Cloud Man - extremely rare creatures who live high up in the sky. Follow Cloudia to the top of Cloud Mountain and if you are lucky, you may see something very special indeed. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Fri 25-Sat 26 May. Fri 7pm, Sat 3pm & 7pm. £7/£5.50 • Shakespeare’s classic is brought to life with a magical midsummer twist.

bristol THE BREWERY THEATRE 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP. 0117 902 0344, Storytelling Sundays: Shearwater Sun 1 Apr. 7.45pm. Adults £10, concs £8 • Storyteller Malcolm Green spent three months studying seabirds off the coast of Iceland; now he and 10 EASTER 2012

BRISTOL HIPPODROME St. Augustine’s Parade, The Centre, BS1 4UZ. 0870 6063406, Grease Mon 2-Sat 7 April. MonThurs 7.30pm, Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm, Sat 5pm & 8.30pm. £13-£40 • Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again. It’s the original high school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs. Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Tue 17-Sat 21 April. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £15.50-£39.00 • This theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr Dross’s Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland. Monty Python’s Spamalot Mon 23-Sat 28 Apr. Matinee 2.30pm, evening 7.30pm. £12-£45 • Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the knights of the round table, with a classic Monty Python twist. Recommended for over eights, this show will have you in stitches. BRISTOL OLD VIC King Street, BS1 4ED. 0117 987 7877, Swamp Juice Fri 22 Jun-Sat 23 Jun, 1.30pm & 6pm (Fri), 11am & 1.30pm (sat), £8 • A swamp like no other, where you’ll see fairies, bickering toads and a gentle swamp monster brought to life in this display of shadow with a “jawdropping” finale. Some scenes may be scary for children under 7. COLSTON HALL Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR. 0117 922 3686, The Wiggles Live In Concert Fri 8 Jun. 1pm & 4.30pm • The Australian pre-school rock band, the Wiggles, return with their trademark characters and dance routines. PLAYHOUSE THEATRE High Street, Weston Super Mare BS23 1HP. 01934 645544, www. Bugsy Malone Wed 4-Sat 7 Apr, 7.30pm & 2.30pm (Fri & Sat). £10/£8 • Rival gangster Dandy Dan has completely destroyed Fat » PRIMARY TIMES

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free family fun and fantastic food, fairly priced Silverhill School is a well-established Primary & Nursery school serving the community of Winterbourne and the surrounding towns and villages to the northeast of Bristol, and a short drive from the M4, M5 and M32. The school offers full educational and childcare services to girls and boys from the age of 6 weeks to 11 years. It is set in a 9-acre site, with ample sports facilities, extended day-care, early and late room, cookery and science blocks, and a spacious art area. ‘Children at Silverhill School are receiving an outstanding quality of education,’ reported OFSTED inspectors in December 2011. Ring 01454 772 156 for further details.

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Viaduct Nurseries is ideal for families with small children as we are home to lots of animals and birds. Not least Woody and Dylan our miniature Donkeys. There are always carrots and apples availble for feeding them. As well as the Coffee Shop there is a small plant nursery and Gift Shop. We sell bedding plants and hanging baskets as well as unusual gifts, free range eggs, from the chickens in our fields and honey produced from bee hives on our land. Children can safely play outside the Coffee Shop in the sand pit and and on the trampoline or play with the toy kitchen inside.

114a Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath, Bristol BS36 2SZ Tel 07823 336 267 *The first 100 children to visit during the Easter break will receive a free Easter gift from the Coffee Shop*

Bowood Birthday Bonanza Let us host your child’s birthday party in the safe and fun-filled environment of the magically themed Bothy Bonanza Party Rooms and you can enjoy it too! The package includes: • Free entry for two adults with the birthday child • Free entry for one supervising adult per child attending the party • Cold Buffet including drinks and dessert • Invitations for all the guests • Your own dedicated Party Host • Additional visitors benefit from discounted entry

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The Voyage of the Nutjellynana, the egg, Bath, 21 Apr

Sam’s empire and wiped out his mob of ‘business associates’ with the latest weapon - the splurge gun! Sam enlists the help of smooth-talking Bugsy Malone in a show based on the ever-popular Oscar nominated film and its cast of kids. The Wheels on the Bus Fri 6 Apr. 11am & 1.30pm. £12 (adults) /£10 (children)/£35 (family) • Sing and dance along to this old favourite with Buster the big red bus. The Chuckle Brothers Sun 6 May. 2pm & 5pm. £14/£52 (family) • Paul and Barry return to the stage in a swashbuckling adventure. During their visit to the theme park they are magically transported back in time to a world of pirates and sunken treasure. Spellbound Sun 13 May. 7pm. £12 (adults)/£9 (concs) • Bristol Society of Magic present their annual Magic Gala Show. This year features Romany, fresh from ‘Vegas’, illusionist Kevin James and magical entertainer Oscar Munez. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Wed 23 May. 7.30pm. £17.50 (adults)/£12 (children) • Ballet Cymru brings to life Roald Dahl’s interpretations of the classic tales Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. ST GEORGE’S Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR. 08454 024001, www. Comsortium5 Recorder Quintet: Noyses, Sounds & Sweet Ayres Sun 1 Apr. 3pm. £6/£8 • An exploration of the weird and wonderful world of the recorder, the little wind instrument played by everyone from King Henry VIII to Jimmy Hendrix. Bristol Ensemble Percussion & Laura Tanner: Spring Beats Sun 6 May. 10am (3-5 years)/11.15am (5-8 years). £6 • A percussion extravaganza brimming with style and invigorating rhythms. A Day of Storytelling & Puppetry Kings & Queens/ Baba Yaga’s Oven Sat 9 Jun. 2pm. • A wonderful day of puppet-making, vivid storytelling, and captivating Russian folklore. 12


further afield THE BACON THEATRE Dean Close School, Shelbourne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002, The Sleeping Beauty Tue 3-Fri 6 Apr. 7pm. £10/£8 • The Sally Prout School of Dancing showcases the talents of their many participants. Gloucester Gang Show Tue 10-Sat 14 Apr. 7.15pm. Sat 2.15pm. £8.50/£6.50 • Gloucester District Scout Council presents a delightful evening showcasing the talents of Scouts across the county. Swan Lake Sat 21 Apr. 7.30pm. £16/£14/£12 • The Vienna Festival Ballet returns with one of the best known love stories, promising lavish costumes stunning scenery and glorious music from Tchaikovsky. EVERYMAN THEATRE Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573, www. Cinderella on Ice Wed 28 Mar–Sun 1 Apr. 2pm and 7.45pm. £21-28 (adults)/£19-26 (concs) • The Russian Ice Stars give the classic fairy-tale a new spin in this elegant, fast-moving show. Broadway and Beyond Sat 7 Apr. 7.45pm. £23-19 • This musical performance features classic songs from favourite musicals, Bob checks what’s on at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, before his own show on 27 May.

including ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Spamalot’. Travels with Granddad Wed 11 Apr–Sat 14 Apr. 11am and 2pm. £8.50 (adults), £7 (concs) • Well-travelled puppet Granddad invites families into his tent to hear stories of his far-flung adventures, all created with the imagination of primary school children in Bristol. Horrible Histories: The Terrible Tudors Tue 15 May–Sat 19 May. 7pm (Tue & Sat), 10.30am (Wed & Fri), 1.30pm (Thu). £17 (adults)/£13 (children) • History’s original horrid Henrys and evil Elizabeths come to life on stage to battle the Spanish Armada as it sails through the audience and provide some foul facts. Horrible Histories: The Vile Victorians Wed 16 May–Sat 19 May. 1.30pm (Wed), 10.30am (Thu), 7pm (Fri), 2.30pm (Sat). £17 (adults)/£13 (children) • The popular book series reanimates history live on stage. Flee the filthy factories, dodge the Charge of the Light Brigade and have more fun than a Dickensian orphan. The Gruffalo Fri 25 May–Sun 27 May. 1.30pm & 5.30pm (Fri), 10.30am (Sat), 10.30am & 1.30pm (Sun). £12 (adults)/£9 (children) • This favourite bedtime story arrives on stage with songs, smiles and slightly scary fun. The brave Mouse travels through the dark woods and encounters the mythical Gruffalo. Suitable for ages three and up. GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST 01452 383333, The Wind in the Willows Thu 10-Sat 12 May • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust in association with Cheltenham based Dreamshed Theatre Production have adapted a special performance of the classic children’s tale which will be performed at three locations over three days. Catch it at Greystones Farm Nature Reserve, Bourton on the Water, at 6.30pm on Thu 10 May, Rendcomb College, Rendcomb at 4pm and 6pm on Fri 11 and at Winstones Ice Cream, Rodborough Common at 2pm on Sat 12 May. PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE Parabola Road, Cheltenham GL50 3AA. 01242 707338, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales Sat 14 Apr. 2pm. £10/£8/£5 or £25 (family) • A brand new show from the award-winning Scamp Theatre, adapted from the bestselling books by Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (creators of ‘The Gruffalo’). Under sea, over land, on the farm and in the jungle, these tales are woven together with live music, songs, puppets and a host of colourful characters. SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA. 01722 320333, Wolf Tales Tue 10 Apr. 2.45pm & 7.45pm • Little Red Riding Hood is out on stage telling the same old story about Grandma and The Big Bad Wolf. Puppets, shadows and songs create a hilarious and spectacular expose of the truth behind classic fairy tales. Splosh! Tue 10 Apr-Fri 13 Apr. 11am & 1pm • It’s Mr Bath’s birthday and you are invited to his party. Jack and Laura have got their friend a very special present to say thank you for keeping them clean all year round. But what could it be? Splish, splash, splosh! The Enormous Turnip Thu 12-Sat 14 Apr • In a tiny house the size of a shed, Mr and Mrs Chickweed live on their allotment surrounded by vegetables. But they can’t resist planting one more seed and as their turnip grows it threatens their house with disaster. The Crowstarver Tue 17 Apr–Sat 21 Apr. 7.30pm, Thu & Sat, 2.30pm. £8.50 • From the book by Dick King-Smith, Theatre Alibi bring this inspiring and heartwarming story, set on a Wiltshire farm, to the stage, promising powerful performances and beguiling animal puppets. The Elves and the Shoemaker Fri 11 May-Sat 12 May. Fri 1.30pm. Sat 11am & 2pm. £8. • No one makes shoes like an elf. This familiar and well-loved tale has been re-heeled with a carefully crafted set and puppets, music, miniature shoes and a comic mouse. WYVERN THEATRE Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 1QN. 01793 524 481, Come Dancing Thu 26 Apr. 7.30pm. £22.00 • Stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Katya Virshilas and Pasha Kovalev are joined by aspiring talent on stage for an evening of dance routines, featuring the rumba, waltz, foxtrot, tango and jive. Extravaganza on Ice Sun 6 May. 7.30pm. £17.00 • Experience high-energy skating routines complemented by the glamour of Bollywood, Africa, Spain and Ireland. With glittering costumes and a Las Vegas style showgirl finale, comedy clowns and an award-winning magician, this show is packed with variety – and all on simulated ice. Barry and Stuart: Show & Tell Fri 11 May. 7.30pm. £15/£13 • Stars of BBC 1’s ‘The Magicians’, warlocks Barry and Stuart will be wowing audiences with their new show. Expect their trademark innovative tricks and devious illusions, and prepare to be amazed when they reveal the secrets. Bob the Builder Sun 27 May. 1pm & 3pm. £15/£13 • Local talent Dickie Olivier needs Bob’s help to fix up the stage for his brand-new musical at the ‘Fixham Theatre.’ But when Spud decides he wants to be the star of the show, the job doesn’t go exactly to plan. A fun-packed show filled with song, dance and plenty of fixing. PRIMARY TIMES


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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 2012: deadline Monday 30 April. If your event is to raise cash for a school or charity, and is open to the public, we want to know. Email mike.gartside@

Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL • Select drawing materials from the cart and try out creative ideas as a family inspired by the Ten Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci exhibition and the museum’s own collections.


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!

MARCH Until Sun 15 Apr An Eye for Fashion M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN. 0117 352 6600,, £5/£4 • An exhibition of vintage fashion photography by Norman Parkinson, one of Britain’s most significant portrait and fashion photographers. With over 60 vintage photographs, this portfolio evokes glamour, beauty and elegance. Also featuring original ‘50s and ‘60s clothing from the museum’s collection.

The Royal Collection© 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

ongoing Little Stars Planetarium Show At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB. 0117 909 2000,, 2pm • Get star-struck in this new Planetarium show, specifically aimed for ages 5 and under. Join a

THROUGHout APR HISTORIC BOAT RIDES M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN. 0117 352 6600,, 12pm5pm, £5/£3 • Each weekend M Shed is offering a ride along the harbour on a different historic boat, from diesel tugs to firefighting boats, you can even ride a crane.

Sun 1 Apr The Bristol Wheel, Broadmead, stays in place until Saturday 8 May

member of the At-Bristol team as they lead you through a story to introduce younger adventurers to the wonders of the night sky. Until Mon 30 Apr Cook for The Queen for online entry form • To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, British Food Fortnight is inviting all schools in the UK to create a special menu featuring recipes that celebrate the best of British. The winning schools will be invited to Buckingham Palace to see their recipes served them at a reception attended by the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall. UNTIL SAT 8 MAY THE BRISTOL WHEEL The Podium, Broadmead, Bristol City Centre. www.bristolwheel., 10am-8pm, £6/£4 • Get a unique view over the centre of Bristol from the 60m high observation wheel. Each pod holds up to six people and the ride lasts 15 minutes. UNTIL 10 JUN TEN DRAWINGS BY LEONARDO DA VINCI Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RL. 0117 922 3571, 10am-5pm, free • As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations Bristol Museum displays 10 of Leonardo Da Vinci’s finest drawings on loan from the Royal library.

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is the focus of several family events this Spring. This is Leonardo’s ‘The head of Leda’ c. 1505-6.


Sat 31 Mar–Mon 9 Apr Easter Egg Trails Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1NX. 01275 461900,, 10am-3.30pm. £2.50 • Join the

National Trust in the beautiful Tyntesfield ground with an abundance of fun trails and activities around the grounds with a chocolaty prize. Sat 31 Mar–Sun 15 Apr Spring Unearthed At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, • Step into Spring with a host of Easter activities exploring the wonders of growth and new life. Sat 31 Mar-Sun 15 Apr Easter Family Fun Trail Old Sarum, Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SD. 01722 335398,, 10am-5pm • Crack clues to complete this ‘egg-citing’ trail. Find the missing eggs around the grounds to be rewarded with a yummy Easter prize. Sat 31 Mar–Sun 22 Apr Golden Egg Hunt at Bristol Zoo Gardens Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol, • Ten ‘golden’ eggs are hidden around the zoo for visitors to find. Children who complete the trail will receive a tasty treat. Over the Easter weekend (6 – 9 Apr) visitors can also meet Bristol Zoo’s mascot, Larry the Lemur, who will be wandering around the Zoo. If you attend this Bristol Zoo event, please tell them you saw it in Primary Times. Sat 31 MaR-Sun 10 June Leonardo Discovery Cart Rear Hall, City Museum and Art

Spring plants of the Avon Gorge (Walk) Starting point with booking from Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, 0117 903 0609. 2-4pm, £4 • A walk co-organised by Bristol Zoo and the National Trust. The Avon Gorge is internationally famous for its interesting plants. Discover some of the rarities that grow on the Leigh Woods side of the gorge, with local botanist Libby Houston. NB: steep slopes and uneven ground. If you attend this Bristol Zoo event, please tell them you saw it in Primary Times. SUN 1 APR RECORDER WORKSHOP AND CONCERT St George’s Bristol, Great George Street Bristol, BS1 5RR. 0845 40 24 001, www., £8/£6 • Spend the morning developing your recorder skills and try out a staggering array of different types of the instrument. In the evening perform for your friends and family. SUN 1 APR ‘SPOT THE ODDITY’ TRAIL Dyrham Park, near Bath SN14 8ER. 01179 372501, www., 10am4.30pm. Free with admission • It’s April Fools’ Day at Dyrham Park, and the house is getting into the spirit with this weird


At-Bristol - Apology Last issue we listed incorrect times and a misleadingly low price for several events at At-Bristol. Our sincere apologies for any misunderstanding and inconvenience caused by this mistake.

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Please check before you travel . . . and tell them you saw the event in primary times!, 6am-7.45am. £14.50/£8 • Early risers and bird enthusiasts will be wide awake to listen to Tyntesfield’s morning birdsong with wildlife specialist Ed Drewitt. Admission includes a tasty bacon and egg breakfast to lure sleepyheads out of bed.

Take Westonbirt’s Easter Challenge on Tuesday 3 April

» and wonderful trail. Can you spot the silliness hidden in the collections? Sun 1 Apr Easter Eggstravaganza The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DB. 01225 388569,, 12-4pm • A fantastic Easter day out with Easter egg trail, giant egg rolling and many more exciting activities for the family. Mon 2-Wed 4 Apr Get Sported - Multi Sport Day Camp Ralph Allen School, Claverton Down Road, Bath, BA2 7AD. www. 9.15am. £17-£54 (sibling discount available) • All children aged 5-12 years are welcome to enjoy football, cricket, rugby, basketball, ultimate frisbee, baseball and more at a multisport day camp. You will improve your sports skills and develop your confidence through group activities. Tue 3 Apr Bunny Ears and Rocking Rabbits Lydiard House & Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA. 01793 770401, www.lydiardpark., 12pm-3pm. £3 • Spring into Easter by making your own bunny ears and Easter decoration. Tue 3 Apr Sea Hear Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol BS1 6TY. 0117 926 0680. www., 11am • Join professional storyteller Sarah Mooney for adventures of the high seas. Stories are tailored for pre-school children aged 3-4 years old, but younger and older siblings are welcome too. Tue 3 Apr The B.F.G. (7-11 Years) Tewkesbury C of E Primary School, Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RQ. 01684 292309, 10.30am-4.30pm. £20 • A fun fantasy and fiction workshop, inspired by Roald Dahl’s The BFG and designed to develop skills in voice, movement and improvisation. Ideal for any budding young actors. 16

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Tue 3 & Tue 10 April Explore & Draw with Leonardo! City Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL. 10am & 1.30pm • Make your own sketchbook with artist, Julie Roberts, and fill it with drawings inspired by the Museum’s collections and the Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci exhibition. Suitable for ages 7+. TUE 3-FRI 6 APR EASTER CHALLENGE Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS. 01666 880220, 10.30am-3.30pm, £8/£3 • See if you can solve the trail of clues leading you around the beautiful spring arboretum and win a tasty reward. You can also make a spring mask, magic wool flowers and an Easter themed card. TUE 3 APR-MON 9 APR BARRINGTON COURT EASTER EGG TRAIL Barrington Court, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ. 01460 241938, www., 10am-4pm. £2 • Egg-hunters who search this Tudor manor and its gardens for clues will find a delicious prize from Cadbury at the end.

Wed 4 Apr Craft Workshops Yate Town Council Heritage Centre, Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG. 01454 862200,, 10.30-12.30pm or 2-4pm • Create your own Spring and Easter objects including Easter bunnies using all sorts of material and techniques. Ideal for children 5-12. Booking essential. Wed 4 & Thu 5 Apr The Robots are Coming! Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset BA22 8HT. 01935 842638. www. • Robots from all over the UK will be descending on Fleet Air Arm Museum in an all-out battle to the end. Not only is it a unique opportunity to see these machines in battle but audiences get to meet the inventors and ‘bot builders’ behind these creations. The museum also hosts robot building workshops so friends and families can build a robot and take it into battle. Thu 5 Apr Bob the Builder (4-7 Years) Tewkesbury C of E Primary School, Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire,

GL20 5RQ. 01684 292309, 10.30am, £10 • A lively theatre skills workshop for younger years which aims to build on children’s creativity and interactive skills as they participate in a unique performance and become Bob the Builder, Wendy or any other member of the gang. FRI 6 APR FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: TREE FROGS Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NX. 01275 461900, www., 10.30am. £5 per climb, plus normal admission charges • Little monkeys will be right at home with the Tree Frog Climbing Adventure team. Put on the harness, tie the knots, and rise into the forest canopy. FRI 6 APR-MON 9 APR PRIOR PARK EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH. 01225 833422, www., 10am • Egg hunters will be happy to scour the grounds of this 18th century garden for clues, while their parents can take in the amazing views.

Fri 6, Sat 7 & Mon 9 Apr

Easter Fishing The Mall at Cribbs Causeway • Children and families are invited to don fishing gear and fish for chicks in The Mall’s iconic fountain which will be filled with plastic chicks. For a suggested donation of £1, children under 10 will be given three attempts to hook a chick with a lucky number onto their fishing »

TUE 3 APR–SUN 15 APR CRAZY CRITTERS TRAIL CHALLENGE 1 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LR. 01225 428126, www. uk, 10.30am-4.30pm • No.1 Royal Crescent has a secret: the Georgians left hidden animals in its paintings, furniture, and kitchen collection. Track them down and win a chocolate egg. Tue 3-Thu 5 Apr Easter Art Camp (5-7, 8-13 years) The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB. 01225 388569,, 9am – 4pm. £35 per day or £100 for three days • Make new friends and be creative in the school holidays with a variety of day-long workshops focusing on specific crafts. WED 4 APR DAWN CHORUS Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NX. 01275 461900, www.

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ROUNDABOUT The South Bank Arts Trail, Bristol, celebrates its 10th year this year, 19-20 May. This is ‘Chairs’ by Tony Eastman.

» rod and win an Easter chocolate treat from Thorntons. All money raised goes to The Mall’s Fountain Charity Fund. SAT 7 APR CHASE THE RABBIT AND BEAT THE EGG Stourhead, near Mere BA12 6QD. 01373 836552, www.ecofitness., 10.30am-12.30pm. £8/£3 • Looking for something more strenuous than the standard egg hunt? While grown-ups tackle the Beat the Egg 8k run, under-16s can take on the Chase the Rabbit 1k run and win a chocolate egg. Book early to ensure a place. SAT 7 APR KEV F SUTHERLAND’S COMIC ART MASTERCLASS Bath Central Library, The Podium, Bath BA1 5AN. 01225 463362, www., 2pm. £6 • Young comic creators can learn the tricks of the trade from Bash Street Kids artist Kev F. Draw superheroes, newspaper strips, manga and more, then see your work in the finished comic. For ages seven and up. Sat 7-Sun 8 Apr Bristol Chocolate Festival Cascade Steps, next to the fountains on the Centre Promenade, Bristol City Centre, St. Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ. 10am • Bristol’s Harbourside will be transformed into a chocolate lover’s paradise. With a selection of stands selling and showcasing chocolate in all its forms, an Easter Egg Trail and other family friendly activities, live acoustic music and special chocolatey offers at many of the Harbour’s well-known businesses and attractions. SUN 8 APR STOURHEAD EASTER EGG TRAIL Stourhead, near Mere BA12 6QD. 01747 841152, www.nationaltrust., 11am-4pm • Have some Easter fun with egg-hunting trails, giant games and face-painting in the spring sunshine. Sun 8 Apr The Great Lydiard Park Easter Trail Lydiard House & Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA. 01793 770401,, 11am • Join in a great Easter family 18

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tradition by taking a walk around the park, finding clues to a puzzle and claiming your prize. SUN 8 APR-MON 9 APR DYRHAM PARK EASTER TRAILS Dyrham Park, near Bath SN14 8ER. 01179 372501, www., 10am • Follow the clues to explore Dyrham Park and find a chocolate egg, then have fun with the face-painting. Sun 8-Mon 9 Apr Easter Egg Trail Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire. 01249 730459, uk, 10.30am • On your marks, get set and get going around Lacock Abbey’s grounds on this Easter Egg Trail with a sporty twist. TUE 10 APR MONSTER MASH-UP Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844,, 10am-4pm, £85 • This whole day workshop has kids working with directors, designers and dancers to create a monster-themed performance in just one day. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Tue 10 Apr Finger Puppets and Peg Dollies Lydiard House & Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA. 01793 770401, www.lydiardpark., 12pm • Make a traditional finger puppet or doll.. The robots are coming to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, 4-5 April

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TUE 10-THU 12 APR JURASSIC PLANTS AND OTHER ANCIENTS Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS. 01666 880220, 10.30am, £8/£3 • Meet the trees that have barely changed since the time of the dinosaurs, make your own leaf fossil and contribute to a project to make a giant picture of ancient plants in pre-historic paint. Tue 10-Thu 12 Apr Easter Art Camp (5-7, 8-13 years) The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB. 01225 388569,,, 9am. £35 per day or £100 for three days • Make new friends and be creative in the school holidays with day long workshops focusing on a large variety of specific crafts. Wed 11 Apr Victorian Schoolday Sessions Yate Town Council Heritage Centre, Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG. 01454 862200,, 11am, 12pm, 2pm or 3pm. • Experience St Mary’s School as it was in the 1890s with school morning lessons including singing, the three “R”s and drill. Ideal for children of all ages. Booking preferred to ensure a place. Thu 12 Apr KIDS’ COMBAT ADVENTURES Woodland Battlefield, two mins from Junction 17, M4, nr. Chippenham, Wiltshire. 01249 721196, • Outdoor laser games for ages 9–13 featuring state-of-the-art equipment including Halo Shield technology. This Easter School Holiday event features Corporal Spike’s two hour Tour of Duty: ration packs available. Pre-booking essential. THU 12 APR & THU 17 MAY ARCHAEOLOGY DISCOVERY DAY Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RL. 0117 922 3571, 10.30am-1pm, free • Visit the Museum on a monthly discovery day and join in with activities, handle real historical objects and take a ‘behind

the scenes’ tour. Bring your archaeological oddities and have them identified by museum staff. Sun 15 Apr Early birds and bacon butties (PLUS veggie option) (Walk) Starting point with booking from Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, 6am, £10. 0117 903 0609 • Early morning walk with bird expert Michael Johnson. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, it’s back to the Zoo for a spot of breakfast. If you attend this Bristol Zoo event, please tell them you saw it in Primary Times. Sat 21 Apr Regional Youth Theatre Festival Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA. 01722 320333, £25 • A day of workshops, performances and socialising for youth theatre groups – including a chance to perform at Salisbury Playhouse. Sat 21 Apr St George Celebrations Yate Town Council Heritage Centre, Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG. 01454 862200, 10.30am • Celebrate St George with a day of activities, workshops and traditional games such as, Punch and Judy, basket weaving, spinning and face painting. There will be traditional performances of Morris Dancing, mumming, storytelling and folk singing as well as a civic procession from the centre at 10am. Sat 21-Sun 22 Apr Bristol Classic Car Show Royal Bath & West Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN. 0117 907 1000, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. £11 adults/U16s free • Bring your young car enthusiasts along to This show featuring over 1,000 different classic cars. Books and memorabilia also on sale and there’s a car boot jumble throughout the weekend. Sat 28 Apr Plays in a Day, Magic Island (5-7 years) Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA. 01722 320333,, 10am-5pm. £20 • A great chance for young children to make new friends and build their confidence and skills. Children will spend a day working with directors and technicians, using props, costumes and lighting to make their own special show based upon the theme of magic islands. Sat 28 Apr Quality Nearly New Sale Longwell Green School, Ellacombe Road, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS30 9BA. 07947 315824, 12pm • The Friends of Longwell Green School are organising a ‘Nearly » PRIMARY TIMES

Kev F Sutherland holds a comic art masterclass at Bath Central Library, Sat 7 Apr.

» New’ sale of nursery items, children’s toys, games, outdoor play equipment and clothes. Sun 29 Apr Love Food Festival Dyrham Park, Bath, South Gloucestershire SN14 8ER. 07815 308488, www.lovefoodfestival. com, • Celebrate your love of food as families and friends get together for a delicious festival to feed your senses. Sun 29 Apr Swan Lake Bristol Grammar School Great Hall, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR. www.bristolconcertorchestra. 3.30pm • Bristol Concert Orchestra present a version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with narration, especially for children. Advance booking essential.

MAY TUE 1 MAY THE SECRET BLACKBIRD AND OTHER BIRD MYSTERIES Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA. 0117 903 0609,, 7pm-8pm, £3 • Authors Geraldine Taylor and Dru Marland introduce their new book ‘The Secret Blackbird’ and entertain you with the bird mysteries of the Downs. If you attend this Bristol Zoo event, please tell them you saw it in Primary Times. Wed 2-Mon 7 May Cheltenham Jazz Festival Montpelier Gardens, Cheltenham GL50 1UW. • This year the Festival moves to its new location in Montpellier Gardens. With a brand new Big Top venue, free outdoor stage, boutique cinema, interactive Music Lab and a host of bars and cafes, the gardens will offer the perfect backdrop to the world’s greatest jazz performers. Schools project Jazz It Up! showcases the region’s best school jazz groups and this year there is also a Family Show with trumpeter Abram Wilson, designed to be a really fun, interactive first step into jazz. Sat 5 May Plays in a Day, Jungle Adventure (7-10 years) Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 PRIMARY TIMES

7RA. 01722 320333,,10am-5pm. £20 • A fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in any aspect of theatre. Children will spend a day working with directors and technicians, using props, costumes and lighting to make their own special show based upon the theme of jungle adventures. Friends and family can see the resulting show. Sun 6 May Green Fete 37th Kingswood Drum Corps HQ, Deerhurst, Kingswood, Bristol BS 15 1XH.12-3pm • The 37th Kingswood Drum Corps present a green fete, including an arts and crafts fair, marching bands, maypole dancers, BBQ, cream teas and traditional fun and games. Good old fashioned bank holiday fun and free entry if you take a bag of clean old clothes for recycling. SUN 6 MAY SUMMER SERENADE – BRISTOL ENSEMBLE STRINGS St George’s Bristol, Great George Street Bristol, BS1 5RR. 0845 40 24 001, www.stgeorgesbristol., 10am and 11.15am, Adults £8/U18s £6 • An early session aimed at three to five year olds and one slightly later for five to eight year olds are a perfect introduction to classical string music. FRI 11-SAT 12 MAY IDENTIFYING BIRDS ALONG THE AVON Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA. 0117 9030609,, Fri 7pm9pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm, £35 • This two day course teaches you about the birds you might expect to see along the river Avon in spring, followed by a guided boat tour down the river to put your knowledge into action. If you attend this Bristol Zoo event, please tell them you saw it in Primary Times. Sat 12 May Pony Experience Day HorseWorld, Staunton Manor Farm, Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 0QJ. 01275 540173, 10am, £25 • Spend a whole day getting first-hand experience of the joy of caring for a pony. Learn how to groom and look after a pony, and help HorseWorld grooms and trainers to muck out some of the centre’s rescued animals. As part of a fun-packed day children

ROUNDABOUT can also take part in craft activities, games and quizzes. Pony Experience Days are available for 7–12 year olds.

friendly day of fun-packed activities including making a weather scene, storytime and the wonders of the night sky.

Sat 19-Sun 20 May Keevil School Scarecrow Trail Keevil School, Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. 10am-4pm • More than 40 scarecrows on the theme of ‘Pairs’ will be spread throughout Keevil village. Quiz sheets for £2 with a prize for the quiz winner. Also available is a BBQ, tea and coffee, cakes, ice cream, plants, second-hand books and more in the school playground.

Sat 26 May Second-Hand Book Sale Longwell Green School, Ellacombe Road, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS30 9BA. 07947 315824,, 10am • The Friends of Longwell Green School are organise this browser’s paradise.

SAT 19-SUN 20 MAY SOUTHBANK BRISTOL ARTS TRAIL • This arts trail will be taking over Southville, Bedminster and Ashton for a weekend of performance, art, music and fun. The 10 year anniversary is set to impress with over 50 venues and 150 local artists. SUN 20 MAY TREE-MENDOUS TALES FAMILY WALK Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA. 0117 903 0609,, Fri 7pm9pm, Sat 10.30am-12.30pm, £4, U5s free • Go for a relaxing family walk around Leigh Woods and have Martin Maudsley bring to life the fairy-tales and folklore around the trees that you see on the way. If you attend this Bristol Zoo event, please tell them you saw it in Primary Times. Sun 20 May NCT Bristol Nearly New Super Sale Dolman Suite, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol. or Delphine at • Sellers are wanted for the NCT’s Nearly New Sale. Sell maternity, nursery and baby equipment, to school-age games, toys, clothes and books, simply drop off your stuff in the morning then collect any unsold items in the afternoon. There is a £5 registration fee and you receive 70% of money raised through sale of your items. TUE 22 MAY OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY CELEBRATIONS Bristol Harbourside and Millennium Square, Bristol., 4pm • To mark the passing of the Olympic torch through the city of Bristol there will be a celebration held on the Harbourside. Featuring a programme of music, dance and cultural performances, all of the city’s best aspects will be on show. fri 25 May toddler take-over: come rain or shine At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235,• Take part in a toddler-

Sat 26 May May Fair St. Mark’s Road, Worle, Westonsuper-Mare, BS22 7PU., 2-4pm • St. Mark’s Friends of School organise this May Fair involving a grand prize raffle, BBQ and tombolas. WED 30 MAY-SAT 2 JUN ROYAL BATH AND WEST SHOW The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN. www., 9am, £22/£7, (reduced prices if booked in advance) • One of the country’s biggest rural events featuring pet baby animals, rides at the fair, canoeing, birds of prey and lots more.

june Sat 2–10 Jun June Half-Term at WWT Slimbridge, Glos GL2 7BT. 01453 891146, • Trek over to WWT Slimbridge where you can take a trip back in time to the South Pole and see the travelling Scott Antarctic exhibition. Sun 3 June at-bristol’s royal jubilee promotion At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, • A ‘right royal knees up’ with At-Bristol plus the chance to take a picnic onto the square and watch the royal celebrations on the big screen. Free for people called Elizabeth (bring photographic ID).

Pony Experience Day, HorseWorld, Whitchurch, Bristol, Sat 12 May

Thanks to Dan Ryan, Iris Faraway and Francesca Gibbens for their help with Roundabout listings this issue.

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Spring into action!

Wielding scissors and chocolate, Francesca Gibbens offers some creative Easter ideas.


hatever your creed, the Easter holidays are a chance to celebrate new life and the coming of spring. For small children, it’s a chance to use their hands to understand these ideas in a very practical way. Craft activities can be done both at home and in the classroom and are a great way to get children using their imaginations. Here are just a few possibilities...

and secure it with glue to both sides of your basket to create a handle before padding the bottom with tissue paper and filling it with your choice of decorated or chocolate eggs. The basket can then be decorated using paints, felt-tips, glitter and any other craft materials at hand.

Easter Basket For kids, Easter can revolve around chocolate eggs and Easter Bunnies. Tradition calls for a basket to carry your eggs in and this simple take on a basket is great for ages 4 to 7. Children can decorate it however they want.

Easter Nests For truly edible yet authentic looking Easter nests, follow this recipe and give your mini eggs a little home. See how long you can refrain from eating your egg-filled nests.

To make these you will need; Shredded Wheat (or similar cereal) Melted milk chocolate Mini eggs Cake cases

To make this you will need; Coloured card Tissue paper Decorated or chocolate eggs. On a rectangular piece of cardboard draw another rectangle about two inches inside and carefully score (don’t cut) along the lines with the point of a pair of scissors so it can bend easily. Then fold along the scored lines, snipping out the extra card at the corners to form a basket shape. Secure firmly with glue. Take another long thin strip of cardboard

ears from the card, and either cut two smaller pink ears and glue them to the centre of the original ears, or draw and colour them onto the ears. Glue the ears inside the headband. Leave the headband to dry and you are ready to bounce!

Bunny Ears Once you’ve got your basket made, you’ll need your Easter bunny costume. These bunny ears are quick and easy to make and will keep your imaginative children entertained for hours.

To make a pair of bunny ears you will need: A large sheet of card Pink paper or felt tip pens/crayons Glue Cut a strip of card long enough to go around your head. Measure around your head with the card and glue the card to secure it. Then cut out two large, identical

Crush the Shredded Wheat and melt the chocolate. (Get your parents’ help with this). Then mix them together to create a paste. Shape this mixture into little nests using cake cases. When the chocolate has set and is hard, fill them with mini eggs. Events Once the kids have made their bunny ears, and have their baskets ready, it’s time for an Easter

egg hunt. Easter egg hunts are an ever popular Easter activity for all ages (even parents). There are plenty of organised ones throughout Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, (check our Roundabout listings for ones near you) but they’re also a great activity for teachers to organise in schools, or for parents to organise around the house and garden. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get your young ones thinking and learning, so try and challenge them with the clues and make them work for their chocolaty treats. Other activities include Bristol’s Chocolate Festival over the Easter weekend in central Bristol, on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April, in which the promenade fountains become a chocolate lovers’ paradise. Barrington Court Easter Egg Trail 3-9 Apr W: www.nationaltrust. Bristol Chocolate Festival 7-8 Apr W: Easter Egg Trails, Tyntesfield 31 Mar-9 Apr W: www.nationaltrust. Easter Eggstravaganza Holburne Museum, Bath, 1 Apr W: Easter Lunch and Egg Hunt at Bowden Hall 8 Apr T: 0844 815 9077 Golden Egg Hunt Bristol Zoo Gardens, 31 Mar-22 Apr W: www. Prior Park Easter Eggstravaganza 6-9 Apr W: www. Inspiration T: 07412 238324 Paint-a-Pot Nailsworth T: 01453 835043 W:  Taurus Crafts Forest of Dean T: 01594 844841 W:   Westbury Court Garden Easter Trail Fri 6-9 Apr T: 01452 760461 EASTER 2012


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Silverhill’s art group in the school’s Roman Garden

Silverhill School moved from Almondsbury to its 10-acre site in the heart of Winterbourne in 1992. Today the school has over 240 pupils, divided between nursery, pre-preparatory and preparatory departments, with most leaving to go on to selective senior school at the age of 11. Its youngest pupils are babies from six months old. Education depends on keeping the children happy and interested both inside and outside the classroom. To this end its facilities include a wellequipped nursery, with extended day-care, an early and late room, large cookery and science facilities and spacious art areas. The school’s pupils benefit from a full range of subjects that goes beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. It is suitable for children of all abilities. The Ofsted Report of December 2011 said, “The school is providing its pupils with an outstanding education.” Ffi:

Newlook zoo reopens The new-look Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall has opened its doors for a new season this month after a busy winter for staff at the 100 acre Bristol family attraction. Making the most of the winter closure, Noah’s Ark has undergone a facelift which sees a brand new visitor entrance, ticket office and enlarged cafe available for families. The zoo is working to improve the visitor experience this year to cope with increasing footfall, after recordbreaking numbers were seen in 2011. The zoo is developing its ‘Elephant Eden’ which, when finished, is expected to be Europe’s largest elephant sanctuary. In preparation, head animal keeper Chris Wilkinson travelled to Hamburg, Germany, to study at the ‘First European Elephant Management School’.  Ffi: 01275 852606,


Paddington says, ‘Bring your bear!’ Paddington Bear is encouraging primary schools across the UK to register in his annual Bring your Bear event this summer to raise vital funds for children’s charity, Action Medical Research. The Bring your Bear concept is simple and fun and this year is extra special as Action Medical Research celebrates its 60th anniversary. It’s easy to join in. Schools just need to choose a day in May or June when the children bring their teddy bear, or a favourite soft toy, along with them for the day. Each child brings in a £2 donation to support research to help sick babies and children. Many schools organise a whole day of fun, such as reading Paddington stories and holding a teddy bears’ picnic where, of course, the children eat Paddington’s favourite – marmalade sandwiches! Every school that registers gets a free fundraising kit with all the resources to run a fun-filled Bring your Bear event. Ffi: www.

Toddlers’ listening skills Young children are not getting the opportunities they need to develop important listening skills, according to a recent article by Robert Watts in Right Start magazine. Today’s lifestyle, filled with TV, computers, games consoles and other visual toys, mean many children are missing out on developing auditory skills. Watts urges parents and educationalists to promote better listening skills by talking more with young children, exaggerating facial expressions and making lots of eye contact. He also recommends engaging in lots of music, rhymes, songs and stories, something Helen Harrington of MAD Academy agrees with strongly. “Our music and movement classes pay particular attention to this important skill”, says Helen. “In our classes we play lots of games which encourage children to focus their listening on specific sounds, so they can learn to filter out background noise and respond to what they are hearing. We also help them learn to differentiate between subtle changes in pitch, timbre or beat.” Ffi:

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Katy’s Campers believes holidays should be about escaping the ordinary and doing the things that interest you. It offers truly memorable experiences by providing new, fully equipped and meticulously maintained VW camper vans for self drive holidays and special occasions. Its service has been carefully designed to provide an effortless camping holiday, with family safety in mind. The company’s four to five berth campers are safe and reliable while retaining all the charm and character of the iconic VW camper van. For added ease and luxury, everything you and your family will need is included in the price, such as fresh bedding and fluffy towels, all cooking and eating equipment, tea, coffee and sugar, large drive away awning (sleeps 4) , outdoor table and chairs, beach equipment, washing up stuff and other essential bits and bobs Ideally situated in Bristol, you can leave your car in the company’s undercover, secure depot, transfer to your camper and be on the road in no time. Ffi: 0117 9714025 or 07861 475289,, enquiries@

An extra pair of hands Busy parents looking for help with their children’s hectic school and social lives could consider having an au pair, a surprisingly costeffective and flexible solution to many families’ childcare conundrums. The reassurance of having someone living in who is a friend to your children and is on hand to give them breakfast, make packed lunches and deal with the school run when you have to be at work early is definitely worth giving up your spare room for. That extra pair of hands to cook tea for the kids, do a bit of housework and babysit has proved a real bonus to many busy families in the South West. And, if you’re lucky, you may be invited to stay with your au pair’s family in their home country! Ffi: 0117 329 0518,




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The daffodils will be out, the site will spring to life and visitors will find Easter is one of the best times of year for a day out at Cardiff Castle. Pick up the Family Trail booklet to explore the site, take an audio tour (children and adult version available) or spend some time in the Stay & Play area. Themed Easter treats include the Easter Bonnet Workshop on Thurs 5 April, 11am, (pre-booking essential) and Easter Fun Day on Sat 7 April, 11am – 4pm, with trails, egg rolling and special egg decorating workshops.

Fun for families With a motto offering “free family fun and fantastic food, fairly priced” Viaduct Nurseries in Coalpit Heath is the ideal family trip. Its small plant nursery and gift shop offers everything from bedding plants and hanging baskets to free-range eggs laid by chickens in its own fields, honey from its own bees and unusual gifts. The nurseries are perfect for families with small children as they’re home to many animals and birds, not least Woody and Dylan the miniature donkeys. There are always carrots and apples available to feed them. Children can safely play outside the coffee shop in the sand pit and on the trampoline or play with the toy kitchen inside. What’s more, the first 100 children to visit during the Easter break will receive a free Easter gift from the Coffee Shop. Ffi: Viaduct Nurseries, 114a Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath,


Free range fun at Bluestone Wouldn’t it be great to go on a holiday where the children can have some free range fun without constraints? Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, is a perfect family short break getaway. The five star resort is situated in 500 acres of spectacular countryside with plenty of space and all-weather activities for the whole family. From the Blue Lagoon waterpark with its wave pool, flumes and lazy river, to the Adventure Centre, where the outdoors comes indoors, plus brand new activities including The Drop and The Swing, climbing walls and the Wild Wood Cafe. There’s a host of adventurous activities for all ages available at The Steep Ravine, including zip wires, high ropes and much more. With over 280 luxury lodges, cottages and studio apartments set around a private Welsh village, there’s no reason to go anywhere else for a fun family short break. Ffi:

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Summer at the egg Get your summer holiday plans off to a head-start with a look at what the egg theatre, Bath, has to offer during July and August. Five and 6 year olds are invited to join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where they will create characters through craft, drama and play in a series of morning workshops running from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August. Then ages 7 to 9 can enjoy a week of music and drama in The Egg, starting Friday 6 August, using drama to explore the life of a pirate. Perhaps they may even find the odd treasure chest… Finally, from Monday 13–Friday 17 August, 10 to 12 year olds can take part in a ‘Pop Up’ production, creating a play in a week and performing it on the egg stage. Working with resident theatre practitioner Anna Johnstone, the devising process will be inspired by the quirky stories of Australian writer Paul Jennings. Ffi: T: 01225 823409 W:

The thrill of the races For a unique and fun-filled afternoon suitable for all the family, the Bath Racecourse Big Bank Holiday Raceday will be taking place on Monday 7 May. Not only is it great value, with under 16s getting free entry, but there’s lots of free children’s entertainment including The West Country Olympics; ideal to keep the kids entertained while the adults enjoy the thrilling live horse racing. Tickets start from £10 per adult in the Centre Course Picnic Enclosure, the perfect place for families on a sunny afternoon, and there’s plenty of space for the kids to play. Ffi: T: 01225 424609 W:

National acclaim Work by two Year 4 pupils at King Edward’s Junior School in Bath has been selected by the National Gallery, London, to be displayed as part of its ‘Take One Picture’ exhibition. Every year the gallery asks primary schools to focus on one painting from its collection to inspire class work. The painting this year was Veronese’s ‘The Family of Darius before Alexander,’ and pupils based several batiks on this including ‘Guthrum before Alfred the Great’ and ‘Titania and the Fairies before Oberon.’ “This is a tremendous accolade to have both pieces of artwork on display at the National Gallery,” says head Greg Taylor. The images are on show in London from 9 May-16 Sep. Ffi: 01225 820415,


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Get ready for Camp Teepee! This Easter, the Paragon School, Lyncombe Vale, Bath is running its ‘Camp Teepee,’ a ‘hands on’, ‘feet in’ outdoor adventure camp for children aged 7 to 11. These fun-filled day camps get children back to basics and exploring the outdoors, while aiming to develop their skills and confidence as they have fun and make new friends in a safe outdoor environment. Children will experience new adventures and activities daily, with buried treasure trails, camp fire cooking, shelter building, clay crafts, woodland detective games and much more. They will even mix smelly potion concoctions and build tiny rafts for a crew of jelly baby men. Their crafts skills will be stretched and each day they will bring home a new creation, as well as a pile of muddy clothes and a huge grin. The camp runs over four days, from Tuesday 10 April until Friday 13 April and prices start at £35 per child for one day, and range to £130 for the entire four days.

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Appy times with Explore Explore Learning has created a new iPhone app designed to support your child’s learning outside the classroom. The Explore Learning Times Tables App is free, easy to use and encourages children to have fun while practising their times tables. Explore Learning, who provides after-school tuition to children across the UK, wanted to design something innovative and fun that children could enjoy using wherever they were in the world! The app has some exciting features such as the Times Table Guide, which lists all the times tables that are available to practise, and several games, which offer children a variety of fun ways to challenge themselves. ‘Beat the Clock’ gives just 60 seconds to answer as many questions as possible, while ‘Multiple Choice’ monitors how long they take to answer a series of questions. All they need to do is select the times tables they would like to be quizzed on and play away. In addition, the handy high score feature allows both parents and children to track their progress over time. Extensive use of the app will help gain confidence in multiplication tables, and improve the speed and accuracy of mental maths. Its popularity has been demonstrated with over 700 downloads per month in almost 40 countries across the globe.

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It’s playtime at Wiltshire’s Bowood

Bowood House & Gardens in Wiltshire has just opened for its 2012 season and youngsters visiting its popular Adventure Playground over Easter can count upon long-standing favourites and new treats to boost their holiday weekend fun. There’ll be Easter-themed arts and crafts activities from Friday 6 April through to Bank Holiday Monday. The high point will be the Easter bonnet competition on Easter Sunday, while the House Restaurant is a great idea for Sunday family lunching. The scene will certainly be set for the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend (2-5 June) when its various arts and crafts activities and competitions feature a definite ‘Kings and Queens’ flavour. As the 2012 season rolls out (through to Sunday 4 November), other half-term and holiday breaks, special dates and events are bound to lead families back to Bowood again. These include the seventh annual Bowood Charity Dog Show and Summer Fair (Sunday 10 June) and the Wiltshire Game and Country Fair (22 and 23 September). Bowood House and Gardens is open to the public from 28 March, between 11am-6.00pm daily.


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Smallprint preserves big memories Set up in October 2004, Smallprint was the first company in the UK to specialise in the creation of silver fingerprint jewellery and keepsakes. Smallprint jewellery is made from a product called precious metal clay (PMC), which allows babies’ fingerprints to be taken straight onto a piece of jewellery. This means that each piece of fingerprint jewellery has actually been touched by someone you love, making it a very precious gift. As the company has grown, it has extended its range to include hand and foot prints. These perfect miniature prints of chubby little hands and feet look great on its range of silver jewellery. Treasure those first steps, or Daddy’s first high five. Why let children’s drawings crumple and fade when you can wear them with pride? Mini masters create perfect replicas of older children’s drawings and doodles. You can even celebrate the first time they write their name by capturing their careful letters, mistakes and all. All items can be made into charms, pendants, key rings, cufflinks or Christmas decorations. Smallprint Scribes is the latest range to be introduced with name tags, ingots and birth tags in fine silver. Each item is hand finished, providing customers with a unique piece of jewellery. Most importantly, Smallprint is a specialist in its field – that of creating silver keepsakes for parents, family and friends to treasure those precious milestones forever.

• Ffi: Smallprint T: (Bristol & South Gloucestershire) Marie, 07527 600677, (Clifton, N. Somerset & N.E. Somerset), Lisa, 07515 374054 W: or contact your local franchisee direct.


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History comes alive at the M Shed Located on Bristol’s bustling harbourside, M Shed is a fantastic place for all the family to explore. From toddlers to teenagers, there are always lots of hands-on opportunities for everyone to get involved with: • Dress up and jump on board the double decker bus while listening to passenger’s conversations • Make your own music on the Bristol Sound interactive • Experience being inside a World War II bomb shelter • Find your home on the giant floor map • Watch old film footage from the comfort of an original cinema seat! • Let the team know what you think about topical issues in Bristol by adding to digital conversations There is always something new to see and do at the M Shed! Look out for the latest family events and activities at Ride M Shed’s trains, boats & cranes M Shed’s family favourites - the cranes, boats and trains are back on the dockside for the summer season from the weekend of 24-25 March. Climb aboard the Henbury Steam Locomotive and be transported back to the days of steam with special harbourside trips. Experience the working life of a docker in an electric crane cabin. Cruise the harbour in one of M Shed’s boats, the Mayflower and John King tug, and ride the Pyronaut fire boat, to see her in full water-spraying action! For dates and times visit the website.

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Put an At-Bristol spring in your step At-Bristol is unearthing the magic of Spring with heaps of exciting Easter activities.

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Little ones will get the chance to explore the wonders of the natural world with ‘Spring Unearthed! They can make amazing casts of fossils and rocks to explore ancient life, discover the secret life and age of trees and marvel at the wonders of new life by making their own cress-heads and seeing what magical hairstyles they sprout. The Planetarium will be ready to take you on a tour of the Spring night sky. You can explore amazing constellations, such as Leo the Lion, and learn a couple of DIY star spotting techniques that even Galileo would be proud of! As spring is all about colours and light, why not learn about the science behind this with The Glow Show? This family friendly live science show is filled with exciting demonstrations including how to make visible light invisible and making gleaming colours on metal with the At-Bristol flame gun! As well as that there are hundreds of interactive exhibits where you can do anything from listening to music through your head-bones and climbing inside a giant hamster wheel to making your own animation! Plus, for tiny explorers, there is lots of engaging storytelling, under-8 exhibitions and Little Stars Planetarium show!

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Easter fun at the Bristol Aquarium There’s a whole host of fun activities, events and new features for visitors to enjoy at Bristol Aquarium over the Easter holidays. There will be a special fishy-themed Easter egg and baby hunt around the displays, with the opportunity to spot everything from shark and ray egg-cases to stickleback eggs, baby seahorses and clownfish. Among the native shark species laying eggs are a number of dogfish that were themselves hatched at one of Bristol’s sister aquariums several years ago. As well as egg and baby hunts, visitors will be able to come face to face with the aquarium’s shocking new arrival. Bolt is a giant electric eel from South America who is capable of generating more than 600 volts of electricity – enough to knock a horse off its feet! He has gone on display in his own tank alongside the aquarium’s shoal of bizarrelooking blind cave fish. New for 2012: toxic frogs opens this Easter The aquarium will also unveil its deadly new feature, Toxic Frogs featuring some of the smallest, deadliest amphibians on the planet. Although tiny, poison dart frogs are among the animal kingdom’s most deadly killers. Found throughout the world, they use poison to keep predators from eating them, and are so named because some native South Americans use their poison to make toxic darts, which are so poisonous they will kill monkeys and other big animals.

• Ffi: Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TT. Open daily from 10am. T: 0117 929 8929 W: www. .

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Badminton School’s new head “delighted” Badminton School has announced that Rebecca Tear will succeed current headmistress Jan Scarrow who is retiring next summer after 15 successful years. Mrs Tear is currently deputy head of Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire. Prior to that she spent many happy years at St. George’s Ascot, where she held academic and pastoral responsibilities. She read Chemistry at Exeter University before undertaking a PGCE at The Institute of Education, University of London, where she is now completing an MA in Educational Leadership. Mrs Tear is passionate about helping girls to develop a broad and balanced set of skills and interests. She is equally supportive and understanding of boarding having run a Sixth Form Boarding House and having first hand experience of boarding herself. “The friendly atmosphere and my conversations with students, staff and Governors left me with a really positive impression of Badminton,” she says. “The girls showed an enormous pride in their school, as well as the ability to be reflective and analytical in their thoughts. It is an exciting prospect to lead such a strong and distinctive community and I am looking forward to taking up the post in September 2012.” “I am absolutely delighted that the Governors have found such an excellent candidate as my successor,” says Jan Scarrow. “We are all confident that Badminton will continue to flourish under Rebecca’s leadership. I am looking forward to working with her to facilitate a smooth handover for next September.”

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A tangled web

With the internet now an everyday part of our lives, Dan Ryan looks at ways to keep your children safe while they surf.


o parent enjoys not knowing what their children are up to, whether that’s outside the house or in the virtual world. The thought of them being at risk in any environment is anathema. But with children getting online younger, the internet can take them far out of your sight, even when they’re sitting right in front of you. Social networks and the web are integral parts of life for children today, and are as natural as any real-world interaction. Recent research has found that 44 per cent of British children between 8 and 12 are regularly logging onto Facebook, despite its minimum age limit of 13. The social nature of these online platforms means that if their friends sign up, there is a lot of pressure for your kids to join and a slim chance that they

will leave. If you don’t want your children to miss out on this aspect of modern social life, you’ll need to set a few ground rules. Proper discipline in regards to

“Get involved in your children’s online life, just as you would their real one.” David Wright, UK Safer Internet Centre your child’s activities online and on social networks is, like most things, a delicate balancing act. The key to online safety is getting in early, establishing rules and teaching your children not just how to be safe but why it’s important. There are two fundamental 30


basics to instil in your children: the understanding that the web is a public space and a healthy suspicion of the content they are browsing. Some children will find it difficult to understand differences in the interactions they have online and those they have in real life. It’s important for them to realise that, generally, something you post on the internet is visible to everyone in the world, and will be recorded forever. It can be useful to talk to your child about how other people might think of them if they post mean or silly things on the internet. Another important aspect is to ensure your child knows never to put their address, telephone number or any other identifying details online. Best practice is to get them to ask you before entering this information so you can explain why it is, or most usually isn’t, appropriate.

The other aspect of safe surfing is to instil a critical eye in your children. They have to learn why the advertisements that appear are tailored to their likes, and how to resist them; that lots of things they might read aren’t necessarily true; and, most importantly, that they should be suspicious of any people who they haven’t met in person. There is a temptation to control the issues by spying on your children or trying to block them from certain sites. But this attitude is more likely to breed distrust between you and your kids and, as they turn to more covert methods of communication, you’ll find it’s nearly impossible for the parents to keep up in the escalating virtual race. “Get involved in your children’s online life, just as you would their real one,” advises David Wright of the UK Safer Internet Centre. “Make sure they know about the three problem Cs: content, contact and conduct. They should feel comfortable talking to you about it if they come across these issues.” The best approach is to give your children the tools to look after themselves online, so you don’t need to intrude on their privacy to do it for them. Engaging with them from a young age over their internet use, joining them in their first forays into social networking and then ceding responsibility to them as they grow up is something that they’ll ultimately thank you for. Ins@fe internet safety guidance SPLICT Project promoting ICT in early years Kidsmart Childnet Safer Internet Centre PRIMARY TIMES


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lively Easter programme is lined up at the Dick Whittington Farm Park in West Gloucestershire. With the arrival of Spring, many new babies arrive at the Park. It is a great chance for families to help bottle-feed baby lambs and to see the other new arrivals such as the joey wallabies. The baby chicks and ducklings are always great fun to watch and there are plenty of Easter Egg hunts lined up. The Farm Park has extended its pedal kart course and brought in new karts. New

aviaries are being constructed for a colourful range of additional birds and there will, of course, be the tractor and trailer rides. With flowers bursting around the Park, it is a great time to venture along the Nature Trails and, at the end, there’s always something special on offer in the restaurant. Or bring your own picnic and try out the new outdoor picnic area. Ffi: Dick Whittington Farm Park T: 01452 831000 W: www.



hildren at Cam Hopton Primary School in Cam, Gloucestershire, are enjoying ZumbAtomic dance and fitness sessions as part of a new project backed by the local NHS trust. Year 6 children took part in the workshop lead by Ben Ward of World Jungle, who specialises in the ZumbAtomic dance discipline, combining new dances with games, encouraging children to create their own dance moves and then lead the group. “The children enjoyed a fantastic session,” says head teacher Catherine Leahy. The project, backed by the Berkeley Vale Health ‘cluster’ is all about creating healthy behaviour PRIMARY TIMES

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in children and improving longterm fitness. Cam Hopton Primary School is the first of 18 schools which will be visited by World Jungle. The workshops in schools will be followed by a new programme of subsidised classes for children in the community.Dr Simon Opher from the May Lane Surgery in Dursley, says, “It is great to see this project get off to such a positive start. It is so important to support children and young people to engage in physical activity.” Ffi: World Jungle T: 01453 545202 or 07789 012571 W: www. E: EASTER 2012 33

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Hello Kids! Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures of Bristol seen from an open top bus. You interpreted the idea beautifully, and the standard was very high, so try again if your picture didn’t get published this time. Next month I have teamed up with ss Great Britain which is offering a family tickets to the the five best pictures imagining the life of a sailor or a passenger on Bristol’s historic steamer. Try to imagine the people on board, rather than simply drawing the boat. Please send your pictures to: Arty Barty, Venue Publishing, 4th Floor, BN&Media, Temple Way, Bristol BS99 7HD, or email

Arty Barty Last issue, I asked you to send in your pictures of Bristol seen from an open top bus. Well done to the winners, who win a family pass for a tour of Bristol on City Sightseeing, Bristol’s open top bus. Consolation prizes of a free book go to other published pictures. WINNER! Sophia Wyman, 10, Ellwood Community Primary School, Coleford

A black and white sketch of Bristol’s Victorian architecture. A good use of hatching and shading to create depth and interest.

high resolution jpegs to my editor, mike.gartside@venue. Don’t forget, put your name, age, address and school on the back: Deadline Monday 30 April . Have fun!

Celina Stibbard Kings Junior Sc , 8, Charlton I loved this beau hool, Cheltenham of the river and tifully drawn view bri famous hot air badge with Bristol’s lloons. talented artist. A very


Imogen Granger, 3, Manton Pre-School, Marlborough A mixed media piece in bold colours depicts a bus driving along on a sunny day. The use of sparkly paper for the bus wheels, house and sun shows Bristol as a fabulous place to see from a bus!

Alicja Derdzinska, 7, St John’s Primary School, Cheltenham Alicja has used wax crayons and felt tips in this zingy picture of Bristol at New Year. Brilliant energy and verve.

Arty Freddie Naughton, Seagry Primary Sch 7, ool, Chippenham

A brilliantly detailed depiction of Freddie and his daddy watching Bristol beating the Leicester Tigers. I especially like the weeping Leicester mascot in the corner.

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9, Elmle in a hot air drawn herselgf its canopy Catherine hasrly tin ra co balloon, clevelloondes plus other Bristol with more ba icons.

Shakila Jahan, 6, Millpond Primary School, Bristol A troupe of happy people wave from the top of a sightseeing bus. Drawn very true to life, I le immediately recognised the doub decker that you often see around Bristol’s streets.



Rose Blanchard, 10, Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol

Rose has taken inspiration from an open top bus tour, delicately sketching the entrance to Temple Meads train station. Brunel’s architecture is clearly recognisable, and I like the flag details on the clock tower.

Toby Woodhams, 5, St Michael’s C of E Primary School, Bristol

Toby has also chosen hot air balloons, floating over colourful houses in Bristol, perhaps in Totterdown. A very striking picture.


Helen Dorritt reviews the new releases.

Shiver me timbers! With pirates, vanishing ladies, a trip to the zoo and a grisly murder, this comedic novel is guaranteed to keep readers entertained from start to finish. The Pirates! is being re-issued to coincide with the release of the Aardman Animation film version this spring. Follow the Pirate Captain and his rag tag crew as they decide to leave behind weevil racing and have an adventure, which takes them to London where they have to save Charles Darwin from the scheming of an evil bishop. The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists! by Gideon Defoe, Bloomsbury (paperback), £6.99.

Games for a laugh If you ever wanted to know which Olympic swimmer had to train in a crocodile infested river, then this is the book for you. With the 2012 Olympics coming up this July, there’s never been a better time to learn more about the Games, both past and present. From finding out what the Ancient Greeks wore to wrestle to which contestant listed eating chicken nuggets as part of their preparation, this hilarious book is full of anecdotes, facts and quizzes, all beautifully illustrated. There is also an interactive section which gives you tips on how to put on your own mini Olympics, which is perfect for any budding athletes considering a greater involvement in sport. Fitter, Faster, Funnier Olympics by Michael Cox, A&C Black (paperback), £4.99.

Atishoo issue More than just a poetry book, ‘What Rhymes With Sneeze?’ is also a manual on how to enjoy and write poetry. It introduces young readers to the various forms of poetry, from clerihews to sonnets, and shows just how much fun messing about with rhyme can be. As well as poems from writers such as Hilaire Belloc, Roald Dahl, William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll, plus Stevens’s own work, there is a wealth of easy to understand advice. This ranges from writing tongue twisters, understanding poems that don’t rhyme to, perhaps the most mysterious trick of all, getting words and lines to rhyme . . . and mean something. For any parent hoping to encourage their child’s interest in words, this is a delightful introduction to verse that will definitely get them reaching for their pen and paper. What Rhymes With Sneeze? by Roger Stevens, A&C Black (paperback), £4.99.


A magic spell Did you know that more than half the words in the average text can be found on the Dolch sight words list? These are 220 everyday words that do not follow regular spelling rules and can’t be ‘sounded out’. These words can often trip up young readers and frustrate them when learning to read. This chunky workbook is a fun way for young readers to learn how to recognise sight words and work towards more fluent reading. And while it’s a teaching book, the easy to use format, colourful pictures and use of puzzles, games and quizzes will ensure your child actually enjoys improving their reading. The Complete Book of Sight Words by Shannon Keeley, Sterling Children’s Books, £14.99.

Hot, cross fun

This book is part two in the series about Ben, the lovable labrador-collie cross dog. Ben is hunting for his ball in the garden when he comes across an Easter bunny stuck in a hole. With the help of his friend Special Rat, Ben has to save the rabbit before Ben’s ‘person’ Gracie finds her and the Easter egg hunt is ruined… Perfect for this time of year, children will adore the friendly Ben with his love of sausages and bouncy balls. The book also comes with an accompanying DVD in beautifully rendered animation, so they can watch the story as well as reading it. Ben and the Hot Cross Bunny by Christine Pritchard, Wild Country Lane Studios (paperback and DVD), £9.99.



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Separated into 3 age groups, Rugbytots® combines the multiple skills used in rugby with a fun, energetic and structured play programme.

Bradley Stoke, Cleeve, Downend, Henbury, Henleaze, Horfield, Kingsdown, Long Ashton, Portishead, Staple Hill, Redwood Lodge (Failand) & Westbury on Trym. New Rugbykids classes for school years 1 - 6. Rugbytots birthday parties also available. Crime scene investigation parties and workshops for children age 7+ web email tel 0117 968 3892


Den building • Stream dipping Pond dipping • Fairy & Elf parties Pirate parties Parties held at Willsbridge Mill call Alexandra: 07982 198195

on violin and recorder • Tuition offered for all ages (of any age) and more • Beginners advanced players are welcome. • I will visit if this is more convenient.

Call for free information pack

01934 418 184 Insured and CRB checked

Party Catering

WWW.WAVESSWIMSCHOOL.CO.UK SWIMMING LESSONS FOR ALL AGES WITH QUALIFIED SWIMMING TEACHERS PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES FROM 2.5 YEARS 2 CHILDREN TO 1 TEACHER Saturdays at St. Mary Redcliffe School GROUP LESSONS STARTING AGE CONFIDENT 3.5 YEARS + (20/30 minute lessons) St. Mary Redcliffe School Every week day 4-6pm & Sat 9am onwards Clifton High School, Sunday 9-11am

Roller Skating


Roller disco for all ages Venues throughout Avon, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Fridays, Saturday and Sundays. Please see website for dates and times at or telephone 07766335799. Including FREE skate hire £4.50.


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LEARNING SUCCESS FOR ALL • Maths & Literacy 5-11 yr olds • Preparation for SATs & Common Entrance • Help with Dyslexia

Tel: JENNY MADDERN 0117 9290813

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Q TV presenter Holly Willoughby highlights the work of Together for Short Lives

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eriously ill children who are not expected to reach adulthood - and the families who care for them - face one of life’s most heartbreaking journeys. But professional organisations and charities who work with them, offer so much to make their time together fulfilling. One Bristol-based charity, Together for Short Lives, is asking pupils and staff to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week (18-25 May) by going into school on Friday 25 May dressed in superhero fancy dress. The initiative is part of Superhero Friday which celebrates the work of children’s hospices. Together for Short Lives has created a special fundraising pack specifically for primary schools. The pack, which is available to download at www.


EASTER 2012 resources.asp, encourages teachers and children to help raise funds for local children’s hospices who help the seriously ill children and their families. The fundraising pack contains posters and invitations as well as a raft of ideas such as showing a superhero cartoon at lunchtime, holding a cake sale, decorating superhero masks or holding special comic reading sessions to develop core ITC skills linked to the National Curriculum. Schools can also upload pictures of their classes in fancy dress and potentially also invite a local hospice in to the school to talk more about the cause.

ueen Elizabeth Hospital Junior School only opened in 2007 but has proved immensely popular in Bristol with boys and their parents. QEH Juniors Headmaster, Martin Morris, says, “Such is the popularity of QEH Junior School that we have expanded it from our original 80 pupils to over 110, starting last September. It has successfully reacted to intense demand from local parents while remaining small enough to guarantee a happy educational experience for the boys. We share the strong ethos and values of the Senior School while retaining our own individual identity.” As well as its strong pastoral care, academic excellence and high standards in drama, sport and music, the school introduced its new ‘QE Award’ last year – the equivalent for Year 6 boys of

the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities. Boys are encouraged to immerse themselves in extracurricular activities including public performance, community work and physical recreation, as well as taking part in expeditions and camps. A further popular feature of QEH Juniors is that it offers pre- and after-school care until 6pm. Mr Morris says: “Parents tell me they really welcome a valuefor-money approach to fees and a service that recognises and accommodates their own busy schedules and careers.” QEH Juniors Open Morning, Mon 30 Apr, 10am-12noon. Ffi: Mrs Carolyn Matthews, admissions registrar T: 0117 930 3068 W: E:

Ffi: T: 0117 989 7820 W: www.


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Primary Times Avon: Easter  

A what's on guide for primary school children in Avon, during Easter.

Primary Times Avon: Easter  

A what's on guide for primary school children in Avon, during Easter.