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Advertising Cheltenham Festivals of

Jazz, Science and Music, 2012 W: www.cheltenhamfestivals. com Box office: 0844 880 8094

Catch Cheltenham festival fever! Have fun as a family this summer at the Cheltenham Jazz, Science and Music Festivals.

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rom storytelling and hands-on experiments to musical adventures, there’s so much to enjoy at each of Cheltenham’s upcoming Festivals of Jazz, Science and Music this summer. There are masses of activities for parents and kids of all ages. Here are some highlights to look out for…

Jazz 2-7 May

Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place in the city’s beautiful Montpellier Gardens over the May bank holiday weekend. It is a fun filled six day extravaganza bursting with superstar names, jazz legends and Cheltenham exclusives. It’s a festival not to be missed. The event is a great place to bring the family – as well as all the big name gigs, there’s a free outdoor stage, an interactive Music Lab with

And don’t miss the special family concert: Family Show with Abram Wilson Monday 7 May, 10.45am Musical entertainment for all the family and a fun introduction to jazz, featuring engaging trumpeter Abram Wilson and his band Sing, Swing and Stomp that Thing! To see what else is in store at the Jazz Festival, go to cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

Science 12-17 June

the latest musical gadgetry, food and drink stalls and a jazz market. The free stage will welcome local bands and budding musicians from Gloucestershire schools throughout the weekend.

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The Times Cheltenham Science Festival takes place in Cheltenham Town Hall and its surrounding gardens. It is always full to bursting with things to do, including plenty of hands on science, cutting edge technology, comedy, and family fun – and so much of it is free, too! There’s the Discover Zone – the ideal place for kids to get totally engrossed with interactive experiments and technology, which fills the whole of the main hall of Cheltenham’s Town Hall. The BBC Science Zone returns again this year, with content and people from great BBC science shows. Meet the production teams behind your favourites, and get hands-on with some of their science. And kids will love the LEGO Education Zone, with challenges, experiments and games for children of all ages from the LEGO Education team. Of course, there’s also a huge range of family-friendly events to go to: Zombie Science, Doctor Who, dinosaurs, Robert Winston, lights and lasers, and all sorts of other explosive science to fill the programme. Go to cheltenhamfestivals.com/science to find out more and see the full event listings.

Music 4-15 July

Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the top classical music festivals in the UK, hosting some of the best musicians around. Falling between the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics the festival celebrates all sorts of British music – and, as always, has some fantastic family friendly performances in store…

Sinbad the Sailor and Scheherazade Saturday 7 July, 12 noon Illustrator James Mayhew tells the tale of the beautiful princess Scheherazade and 1,001 nights of stories. As Sinbad the Sailor he’ll be painting on stage to the live accompaniment of Rimsky Korsakov’s magical score. Pluck: Musical Arson! Sunday 15 July, 3pm Three hilarious musicians combine music and buffoonery, from Bach to The Beatles. ‘Gloriously funny’ – The Scotsman. ‘Classical music for all shoe sizes’ – Sunday Times. When Yesterday We Met… Sunday 8 July, 11.30am Brilliant storytelling through song in this interactive and original concert, with pianist and presenter Dominic Harlan. As well as the concerts, you can take the family along to a full funday of free music, dance, food and a funfair – all at the Midsummer Fiesta in Montpellier Gardens on Saturday 7 July. To browse all the events and book tickets, go to cheltenhamfestivals.com/music

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THE ROUTE THROUGH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

DAY 5 - 23 MAY Bristol FFlax Bourton F Backwell FNailsea F Failand FLeigh Woods F Bristol F Filton F Chippenham F Calne F MarlboroughF Chiseldon F Wroughton F Royal Wootton Bassett F Swindon F Cirencester F Stroud F Painswick FBrockworth F Shurdinton F Cheltenham DAY 6 - 24 MAY Gloucester FMaisemore Hartpury FCorse and Staunton FLedbury F Bartestree FLugwardiene Hereford F Worcester DAY 44 - 1 JUL (En route from Birmingham to Coventry) Alcester FEvesham FWickhamford Broadway FChipping Campden FNewbold on Stour

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

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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.

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Olympics’ ‘gold’ theme or in costumes relating to the countries taking part. Take inspiration from the origin 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! Chris Johnson, PE Teacher at Gardner Lane Primary in Cheltenham, reveals the school’s plans. “The summer term will be based on the Olympics by focusing on sport as well as the values and history surrounding the games. We will be holding opening ceremonies with our own electronic torches during the relay and setting up Olympics rules and regulations representing the main themes of the Olympics. Being a part of the Get Set programme has meant we were given tickets for various events in the Games and will be rewarding pupils who have shown dedication, not only with the sporting side but for what the Olympics represents. The lucky few will get an amazing opportunity to watch an event first hand.” If you want to do something special to celebrate the Olympics, there are so many ways to make

“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.” Chris Johnson, Gardner Lane Primary, Cheltenham 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 a country and medals given out to the winners. Combine it with a street party and encourage people to dress up, either using the

Torch Relay map www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay London 2012 www.london2012. com/get-involved - ideas and inspiration for your own Olympic event Get Set education programme www.getset.london2012.com Youth Sport Trust www.2012. youthsporttrust.org Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week (25-29 June) www. schoolsportsweek.org The Cultural Olympiad www. london2012.com/culturalolympiad

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A fascinating and innovative centre, in the heart of Tewkesbury. Out of the Hat houses a multitude of sensory and interactive delights for everyone. Explore the buildings amazing history, discover the town and meet some interesting characters along the way. We have lots of kids events throughout the year with drop in workshops (Hop into Heritage) during the Easter holidays so make sure you come and visit.

Open: Easter - October, Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm. November - Easter, Mon, Tues, Fri and Sat 10am - 4pm Hop into Heritage drop in workshop - 4 th & 11th April T: 01684 855040 W: www.outofthehat.org.uk e: outofthehat@tewkesbury.gov.uk

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Primrose Vale Farm Shop

EASTER ANIMAL AMBLE 31st March – 15th April (inclusive) 10.00am – 4.00pm Discover which wild creatures visit Primrose Vale

Follow our animal themed trail around the farm, completing challenges and solving clues, to claim your reward.

£3.50 per child

Sturdy footwear recommended Shurdington Road, Bentham, Cheltenham, GL51 4UA

Tel: 01452 863359

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FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SHOWS ★ GLOUCESTER, CHELTENHAM, STROUD & BEYOND £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.

gloucestershire THE BACON THEATRE Dean Close School, Shelbourne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002, www.bacontheatre.co.uk 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. everymantheatre.org.uk 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, 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) • Welltravelled 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), 8

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Meet the Terrible Tudors, Everyman, Cheltenham, 15-19 May

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. GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1NS. 01452 503050, www. gloucesterguildhall.com The Face in the Mirror Sat 30 Jun. 3.30pm, £5 (adults)/£3 (children)/ £9 (family) • Welsh National Opera’s Singing Club of 10-14 year olds perform this tale of two siblings who discover a secret from World War II in a burnt down building. Ideal for the over 8s. PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE Parabola Road, Cheltenham GL50 3AA. 01242 707338, www. parabolaartscentre.co.uk 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. THE ROSES THEATRE Sun Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX. 01684 295074, www. rosestheatre.org The B.F.G. Sat 14-Sun 15 Apr. 11am (Sat), 2pm (Sun). £8 • A new twist on this Roald Dahl classic about a girl who sees too much. Presented by the Roses Youth Theatre and Youth Dance Groups using dance, large scale puppetry, live action and animation.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST 01452 383333, www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk 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.

further afield THE BREWERY THEATRE 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP. 0117 902 0344, www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com 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 musician Tim Dalling welcome the audience into their world with a mixture of story and song. BRISTOL HIPPODROME St. Augustine’s Parade, The Centre, BS1 4UZ. 0870 6063406, www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk Grease Mon 2-Sat 7 April. Mon-Thurs 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.

THE EGG Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844, www.theatreroyal.org.uk 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, 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. Performed inside a white canvas dome this show takes children on a journey from desert to rainforest, from beneath the sea to Antarctica. Me & The Sea Fri 13 Apr-Sat 14 Apr. 11.30am & 3pm. £7/£5.50 • 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. 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 rare Cloud Man. Follow her to the top of Cloud Mountain and you may see something special . 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. ST GEORGE’S BRISTOL Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR. 08454 024001, www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk Comsortium5 Recorder Quintet: Noyses, Sounds & Sweet Ayres Sun 1 Apr. 3pm. £6/£8 • An exploration of the weird and wonderful world of the recorder, 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. PRIMARY TIMES


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ROUNDABOUT Your ultimate family diary of what’s on, where & when Tue 3 Apr

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@ venue.co.uk.

Batik Nature in Art, A38, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA. 01452 731422, www.nature-in-art.org.uk, 10.15-11.15am, 11.45-12.45am, 2-3pm, 3.30-4.30pm. £6 • This workshop will introduce children to the basics of batik work. They will create a batik painting by drawing outlines in wax and then using specialist dyes to add colour.

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!

Tue 3-Fri 6 Apr

Spring safari, Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire, 2-13 Apr.

MARCH Until Sun 15 Apr

Easter Activities WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Bowditch, Slimbridge GL2 7BT. www.wwt.org.uk, 01453 891223, 9.30am-5pm. Incl. in admission of £9.95/£5.41 • The wetland centre is hosting a number of fun activities over the Easter holidays. Learn more about the Nenes that live in the park, build a wigwam, have your face painted or learn some arts and crafts.

Until Mon 30 Apr

The Royal Collection© 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Cook for the Queen www.lovebritishfood.co.uk 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

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Meet the Gruffalo Weekend Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley GL14 2UB. 01594 822170, www.deanheritagecentre. com, 10am-5pm • A brand new interactive woodland trail based on the UK’s best loved children’s book, The Gruffalo. Meet the Gruffalo, and follow his trail of excitement and adventure around the woods.

Sat 31 Mar-Sun 15 Apr

Spring Unearthed At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, www. at-bristol.org.uk • Step into spring with a host of Easter activities exploring the wonders of growth and new life. Explore ancient life and make amazing casts of fossils and rocks to explore ancient life. Discover the life and age of trees, and make your own cress-heads and see what fun hairstyles they sprout.

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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.

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Waterways Festival & Boat Jumble Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire. www. gloucesterwaterwaysmuseum. org.uk, 10am-3pm. £3.50/ Accompanied children under 14 free • The friends of Gloucester Waterways Museum are organising a family-friendly festival and jumble sale at the Gloucester Docks.

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Spring Safari WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Bowditch, Slimbridge GL2 7BT. www.wwt.org.uk, 01453 891223, 8am. £7/£5 excl. admission • Go out onto the reserve inside a covered trailer and see all the spring wildlife. The expert warden can point out boxing hares, wild birds and other animals. Must be pre-booked.

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Theatre Studio Easter Holiday Workshops The Playhouse, Cheltenham, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7HG. 01242 522852, www.playhousecheltenham.org • Three musical theatre workshop courses available during the Easter holidays, junior (ages 4-7), intermediate (8-13) and senior (14+). Work with professional tutors and create fantastic performances for family and friends.

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Easter Bonanza Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley GL14 2UB. 01594 822170, www.deanheritagecentre.com, 10am-5pm. £6/£4.40/£5, £23 (family) • Search for eggs all over the woodland site and visit the new born Easter chicks. Name the rabbit competition and egg-citing Easter themed trails and treasure hunts.

Tue 3 Apr

The B.F.G. Workshop The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX. 01684 295 074, www.rosestheatre.org. 10.30am-4.30pm. £20 • Inspired by the book by Roald Dahl, this fun-filled workshop for 7 to 11 year olds will have them developing their skills in voice, movement and improvisation.

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.

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Clay Coil pots Nature in Art, A38, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA. 01452 731422, www.nature-in-art.org.uk, 10.15-11.15am, 11.45am-12.45pm, 2-3pm, 3.30-4.30pm. £5 • This workshop will introduce children to the medium of clay and they will create pots using coils of clay and tools to add details. The clay used will be air drying clay so they are able to take their pots home on the day.

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Bob the Builder Drama Workshop The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX. 01684 295074, www.rosestheatre.org, 10.30am-1.30pm. £10 • Bob The Builder fans aged 4-7 can create their own building site and dress up as their favourite characters for three hours of make-believe fun.

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Impress Clay Tiles New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH. 01285 657181, www.newbreweryarts.org. uk, 10am-12pm (ages 5-8), 1-3pm (ages 9+) • Use clay techniques and materials to create your own multilayered tactile panel. Experiment with adding colour tints to make a really impressive result. » 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! coiling, pinch pot, hand modelling and painting.

Tue 10 Apr

Pottery painting Nature in Art, A38, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA. 01452 731422, www.nature-in-art.org.uk, 10.15-11.15am, 11.45am-12.45pm, 2-3pm, 3.30-4.30pm. £5 • Using porcelain paints, children will decorate pots which can be given as a gift or taken home to be put on display.

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» Thu 5 Apr Decorated Eggs Nature in Art, A38, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA. 01452 731422, www.nature-in-art.org.uk, 10.15-11.15am, 11.45am-12.45pm, 2-3pm, 3.30-4.30pm. £5 • Using tissue paper and paint, children will decorate delicate Easter eggs to display at home for Easter

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Easter egg baskets and Easter egg hunt Nature in Art, A38, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA. 01452 731422, www.nature-in-art.org.uk, 10.15-11.15am, 11.45am-12.45pm, 2-3pm, 3.30-4.30pm. £5 • Children will create interesting Easter baskets and then run around the garden answering the clues to help the Easter bunny find his eggs.

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Newark Park Children’s Easter Trail Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wottonunder-Edge GL12 7PZ. 01793 817666, www.nationaltrust.org. uk, 11am-4.30pm. £2, excl. normal admission charges • Newark Park was once a Tudor hunting lodge; now it’s the home of an egg-citing Easter egg hunt. Follow the clues and track down the chocolate.

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Westbury Court Garden Easter Trail Westbury Court Garden, Westbury-on-Severn GL14 1PD. 01452 760461, www.nationaltrust. org.uk, 10am-4.30pm. £1.50, excl. normal admission charges • Tasty eggs are waiting somewhere in this Dutch-style water garden. Search the canals and hedges to find them. Free face painting on 9 Apr.

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Gloucester Quays Easter Garden Party Gloucester Quays, St Ann Way, Gloucester GL1 5SH. 01452 338 933, www.gloucesterquays. co.uk • Gloucester Quays Garden Party has three key themes of fashion, flowers and food. Fun talks and demonstrations from garden experts and specialists in hobbies such as bee keeping and chicken keeping will be on offer. There will be market stalls selling everything from vintage clothing 14

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Easter Lunch and Egg Hunt at Bowden Hall Bowden Hall, Bondend Lane, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester GL4 8ED. 0844 815 9077. £17.50 for three course /£15 for two courses/£10 for children • The Upton St Leonards hotel and restaurant is inviting families to enjoy its traditional Sunday carvery lunch this Easter, when younger diners will be impressed by the children’s entertainer and the chance to get their face painted. Then, following lunch, guests will be able to embark on an Easter egg treasure hunt around Bowden Hall’s 12 acres of landscaped grounds. Organisers recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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Easter Tea Cruise Gloucester Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH. 01452 318200/318201, www. gloucesterwaterwaysmuseum. org.uk, gloucester@ thewaterwaystrust.org.uk, 2-3.30pm. £28 family • Cruise along the Gloucester-Sharpness canal and enjoy tea and Easter cakes. Plus ‘Spot the bunnies’ competition around the Museum. Discounts available for group bookings. Pre booking essential.

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Easter Trail The Edward Jenner Museum, The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN. 01453 810631, www. jennermuseum.com, 12pm5.30pm. £6/£3.50 • Follow clues and puzzles around the house and garden of Edward Jenner, the inventor of the technique of vaccination.

Tue 10 Apr

Make ‘N’ Take Funky Fruit New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH. 01285 657181, www.newbreweryarts.org. uk, 10am-12pm (ages 4-8), 1-3pm (ages 9-12) • Make a bowl full of funky fruit and sample a range of pottery techniques including

Jurassic Plants & Other Ancients Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS. 01666 880220, 10.30am-3.30pm. Entry £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 Apr

Songwriting from Scratch with Kid Carpet New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH. 01285 657181, www.newbreweryarts.org. uk, 10-11.30am • Kid Carpet helps children to come up with ideas and songs and perform them to a group. You will discover that song writing is easy and fun. For ages 5-8.

Tue 10-Fri 13 Apr

Easter Holiday Craft Week The Edward Jenner Museum, The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN. 01453 810631, www. jennermuseum.com, 12pm5.30pm. £6/£3.50 • Timed sessions running all day will teach you crafts and skills in printing, collage and mask making.

Wed 11 Apr

Den Building at Woodchester Park Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, near Stonehouse GL10 3TS. 01452 813597, www.nationaltrust. org.uk, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Children £3, excl. normal admission charges • Ranger Gary Pott teaches how to build a fun forest den in a beautiful woodland valley. Warm clothing and early booking essential.

the Forest of Dean and get unlimited travel on the steam train to Lydney Junction. Story-telling, miniature railway rides, face painting, Punch and Judy, a roundabout and competition with prizes.

Sat 14 Apr

Family Easter Clay Day New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH. 01285 657181, www.newbreweryarts.org. uk, 10am-1pm. £5 • Bring the family to work together this Easter. Let your imagination lead the way and make whatever you wish.

Fri 20-Sun 22 April Millennium Square’s Big Screen event: Face Britain At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, www. at-bristol.org.uk • See the selfportraits of the nation’s youth transformed into a collective work of art to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the Big Screen in Millennium Square. Mon 23 April

Millennium Square’s Big Screen event: Big Dribble At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, www. at-bristol.org.uk • Join England Hockey and have a go as they bring a host of dribble-tastic activities to Millennium Square.

From Fri 27 April

The Why Parent Support Sessions New Oriel Hall, Brookleaze Buildings, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RA. 07500 586608, www.thewhyparent.com, 1-2.30pm • This is a series of five group parenting support sessions, designed to help parents develop a calmer, more conscious and connected approach to parenting. It aims to help parents feel confident in developing relationships with their children.

Sat 28 Apr

Car Boot Sale Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School, Rectory Road, Frampton Cotterell BS36 2BT. fcceschool@ hotmail.co.uk, 9am-12pm • Sellers should arrive by 9am and there is a £5 fee per car. 50p entry fee for visitors. »

Fri 13 Apr

Clay Pizza New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH. 01285 657181, www. newbreweryarts.org.uk, 10.30am12.30pm • Make your own stuffed crust clay pizza, using press moulds to create different shell shapes. For ages 6-11 years.

Sat 14-Sun 15 Apr

Day Out with Thomas at Dean Forest Railway Dean Forest Railway, Norchard, Forest Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 4ET. www. deanforestrailway.co.uk. £14/£8 • Meet Thomas and his friends in

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ROUNDABOUT Gloucester Waterways Museum runs an Easter Tea Cruise, 8-9 Apr.

» Sat 28-Sun 29 Apr Highnam Court Spring Fair Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX. www. highnamcourtspringfair.co.uk, 10.30am-5pm. £6 • Highnam Court Spring Fair is a great day out for all ages and raises funds for three very important local charities: Gloucester Cathedral, The Pied Piper Appeal and the NSPCC. Family-friendly attractions include live music and other entertainments, floral marquee, medieval village, classic and vintage cars, shopping area incorporating three marquees and many outside stalls, children’s activities and extensive gardens.

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival Montpelier Gardens, Cheltenham GL50 1UW. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com • 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.

Thu 3 May

Community Quiz Night Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School, Rectory Road, Frampton Cotterell BS36 2BT. fcceschool@ hotmail.co.uk, 7.30pm. £10 per team (teams of up to 6 people) • Come along and test your knowledge in a fun and friendly quiz night.

Sat 5 May

Family Hand and Feet Casts New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH. 01285 657181, www.newbreweryarts. org.uk. 10am-4pm • Drop into the sculpture studio and cast a lasting memento of your loved ones’ 16

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Sat 5 May

Birdwatch Morning for Beginners WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Bowditch, Slimbridge GL2 7BT. www.wwt.org.uk, 01453 891223, 8.00am. £15 • Join an expert warden in one of the specially made hides and learn how to identify some of the many birds that frequent the park. Ideal for those wishing to begin a hobby in bird watching.

Sun 13 May

‘Make it’ at the Churn Family Fun Day St Michael’s Park, Cirencester. www.churnproject.org.uk, 1-5pm • The New Brewery Arts Centre will be running a MAKE IT tent with lots of crafts to get every making. The Churn Family Fun Day is a day out with free and low cost activities for everyone.

Thu 17-Mon 21 May

Giffords Circus Llanthony Priory, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. 0845 4597469, www.giffordscircus.com. £21/£14 • Expect to see four hand-balancing

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Russians, a young gentleman wire walker, an owl, the Victorians and Brian the goose with a supporting cast of eight English dogs.

experience the wonders of the night sky in the Planetarium, and join in with storytime.

Sat 19 May

The GRAND Village Fête The Yew Tree, Walls Quarry, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2PA. 01453 887980/887594 • This will be the 23rd anniversary of the GRAND village fete and there will also be a fun fair, tea tent, bar, BBQ, specialist coffees, ice cream, vintage motorbikes, cars, stalls and pitches, plus BBC Radio Gloucestershire will be broadcasting live. The fête commences with the choosing of the May Queen. Any young lady interested in competing for the title must report at the Coordinator’s HQ by 10.30am.

Parent and Child Wildlife Photography Workshop WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Bowditch, Slimbridge GL2 7BT. www.wwt.org.uk, 01453 891223, 10am-4pm. £60/30 • This all day workshop teaches budding wildlife photographers aged eight and above how best to take pictures of animals with compact or SLR cameras. Small group sizes mean plenty of one-to-one time with the experts.

Tue May 22

Bristol’s Official Olympic Torch Celebrations At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, www. at-bristol.org.uk, 4pm • Visit Millennium Square as At-Bristol host part of Bristol’s evening celebratory event for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Find out more about the event: www.bristol.gov.uk/page/2012olympic-torch-relay

Thu 24-Mon 28 May

Giffords Circus Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. 0845 4597469, www.giffordscircus.com. £21/£14 • Expect to see four hand-balancing Russians, a young gentleman wire walker, an owl, the Victorians and Brian the goose with a supporting cast of eight English dogs.

Fri 25 May

Toddler Takeover: Come Rain or Shine At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, www. at-bristol.org.uk • ‘Come rain or shine’ is a toddler-friendly day of fun-packed activities. Take part in the day’s special toddler activities, Hedgehog Day at The Edward Jenner Museum, Fri 8 Jun

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Summer Night Sky Planetarium At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB. 0845 345 1235, www. at-bristol.org.uk • Be the first to enjoy a tour of the night sky with this presenter-led Planetarium show. Sit back and discover some of the amazing things you can see from your back gardens this summer.

june Sat 2– Sun 10 Jun June Half-Term at WWT Slimbridge, Glos GL2 7BT. 01453 891146, wwt.org.uk • 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, www.at-bristol. org.uk • A ‘right royal knees up with free entry to At-Bristol for anyone called Elizabeth (bring photo ID) plus the chance to take a picnic onto the square and watch the royal celebrations on the big screen. THURS 7 JUNE 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 Leonardo da Vinci. Fri 8 Jun Hedgehog Day The Edward Jenner Museum, The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN. 01453 810631, www.jennermuseum. com, 12pm-4pm. £6/£3.50 • Meet rescued hedgehogs with Avon and South Gloucestershire Hedgehog Rescue. PRIMARY TIMES


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d r a o b n Pi Parties at the Bird Park As always, it’s all go at the Bird Park, Prinknash, with two caravans now ready to host children’s parties. Teal, the roll top Gypsy caravan, which seats 14 children, and Eider, the new toddlers’ caravan which seats up to four, are wonderful places to celebrate a birthday. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, such a wild success last year, takes place again on 11, 14 and 15 April and is perfect for those looking for a truly different day out. Use of the caravans or attendance at the event includes entry to the park, where the birds fly freely and will feed from your hands. Look out too for the famous fallow deer! Ffi: T: 01452 812727 W: www.thebirdpark.com

Ralph gets his blog A recent relaunch of the MAD Academy website has given its much loved mascot, Ralph the Bear, his own webpages. Ralph, who attends every class and children’s party, can now share his weekly adventures with all his small fans on his very own Facebook page. Helen Harrington, the founder of high energy music and movement classes for pre-schoolers at the academy, says, “All the children absolutely adore Ralph the Bear, even the babies. When he’s not singing, dancing or playing with them, our instructors have to put him well out of reach or he gets mobbed. It’s wonderful that the children can now follow what Ralph is up to on the website.” This tweeting teddy also has his own fun section on the MAD website, with children’s colouring pictures and puzzles to download. Find out more about MAD Academy classes, or the furry Facebooker, by visiting him on the website. Ffi: www.madacademy.com

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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. action.org.uk/bringyourbear

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New for 2012, Dean Forest Cycles is running the outdoor play activity, Nerf Games. The games are structured to offer exciting adrenalin-based fun, using a safe medium for young children. With a fantastic assortment of guns at their disposal, Dean Forest Cycles’ enthusiastic, qualified staff organise fun and exciting, strategy and teambuilding games aimed at children aged 6 to 11 years old. Separate sessions are available for older children on request. Each session lasts one and a half hours, during which children can play using an assortment of Nerf guns. In addition each child will take home their own powerful but safe play gun. Booking is essential for open game sessions. The centre also caters for groups and birthday parties (minimum numbers apply). Price £14.95 per player includes soft drink and play gun. Ffi: T: 01594 368009 W: www.deanforestcycles.co.uk

Fabulous kids’ events at Tewkesbury’s Heritage Centre Out of the Hat, Tewkesbury’s Heritage Centre, has a great selection of children’s events starting this holiday and throughout the rest of the year. For Easter it has Hop into Heritage (held on the 4 & 11 April), a children’s craft workshop, and fun trails around the centre. Its drop-in workshops continue on the 21 April with dragons and shield/princesses and crowns. Ffi and regular event updates: W: www.outofthehat.org.uk E: anna.sanders@tewkesbury.gov.uk

A splurge of activity at Theatre Studio Join Theatre Studio this holiday for its annual Easter School. The three musical theatre workshop courses available from 31 March-4 April are Junior (4-7 years), Intermediate (8-13 years) and Senior (14+ years). Professional tutors will help create fantastic performances, culminating in a show for family and friends. This is an opportunity to meet new friends, perform on the Playhouse main stage, and learn new skills. The Playhouse theatre also stages ‘Bugsy Malone’, 4-7 April, based on the Oscar-nominated film casting kids as gangsters. There will be splurge guns and custard pies as Bugsy helps Fat Sam deal with arch rival Dandy Dan. Tickets £10/£8, 7.30pm all nights with matinees at 2.30pm 6 & 7 Apr. Ffi: Suzanna Segura T: 07977 227707 E: info@theatrestudio.co.uk

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Take to the Waterways for your holidays Family activities galore are in store for visitors to Gloucester Waterways Museum this spring. The Museum, based in an old Victorian warehouse in Gloucester Docks, has events and activities lined up for children of all ages in April and May. Its Easter school holiday programme kicks off with a chance for visitors to attend the museum’s Waterways Festival and Boat Jumble on 1 April. Youngsters will be able to try their hand at waterways crafts including rope making, crochet, rag rugging and sewing. Live chicks will be making an appearance at the Museum between 6 and 23 April. Inquisitive youngsters will be able to take part in an Easter Bunny Trail around the Museum, starting on Good Friday, through to Easter Monday. The highly popular Easter tea and cake boat cruises on the Gloucester & Sharpness canal will run on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Pre-booking is advisable for these trips. The annual programme of daily canal cruises also begins on Sunday 8 April. At 1pm on 3 April and 10 April, interactive storytelling using models and sand will explain how the canal network was built. In May the museum is taking part in Museums at Night, a national after-hours celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. Theatrical performances, based on the lives of historical waterways folk, will take place among the exhibits at the museum on Friday 18 May and visitors will be guided around the museum by torchlight. Pre-booking is required for this event.

• Ffi: Gloucester Waterways Museum T: 01452 318200 W: www. gloucesterwaterwaysmuseum.org.uk

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The climb starts here Looking for something worthwhile to occupy the kids, especially during the holidays? The Warehouse Climbing Centre in Gloucester could be just the place.  Step inside this transformed Victorian warehouse and you’ll discover an impressive indoor climbing venue with something for everyone from your little ones upwards. The ‘Mini-Mice Toddler Group’ has drop-in sessions from 10am-12 noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during term time. For older children aged 5-17, a range of ever popular Holiday Clubs makes good use of the Kids’ Zone (‘soft-play’ style introduction to climbing and bouldering), an Auto-Belay room (where six people climb simultaneously), an interactive hi-tech Digi-Wall, a Wii wall, Boulder Floor (low-level climbing without ropes) and the main climbing arena (a range of walls up to 13 metres high). The Warehouse is also an ideal venue for parties for kids and adults alike (save 10% with the PT advert). However you choose to get on the wall, all safety equipment is included, as is training by friendly, qualified instructors. The ground floor café is a particularly welcome place for parents, with a tasty menu and squishy sofas. This place is definitely worth exploring - call in or go online for a closer look.

• Ffi: The Warehouse Climbing Centre Parliament St,

Gloucester GL1 1HY. T: 01452 302351 W: www.the-warehouse. co.uk

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High voltage fun 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 at 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. bristolaquarium.co.uk .

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New king penguins arrive at Birdland Until this Spring Birdland was one of only two attractions in Britain to provide a home to a group of king penguins, the other being Edinburgh Zoo. As of the end of March, however, the Gloucestershire centre becomes the only place in the UK where you can see these birds, as the Edinburgh facility undergoes major repair works. The zoo is loaning its six male king penguins to Birdland for a minimum period of six months, increasing the centre’s population to 20 birds. The male king penguins will now outnumber their female counterparts by three to one. Keep an eye on the centre’s website to find out exactly when the new penguins arrive at Birdland, and when they’ll be introduced to the Gloucestershire group. In addition, the centre has over 500 birds from around the world. Other attractions include Penguin Café, picnic areas, play areas, a gift shop, the indoor Discovery Zone, the Encounter zone and the new 2.5 acre Marshmouth Reserve. Season tickets are available, while events include Feed a Penguin, Keeper for the Day, Bird of Prey Days, Reptile Awareness Days and Meet a Keeper.

• Ffi: Birdland T: 01451 820480 Ext.2 W: www.birdland.co.uk

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Gorgeous Children’s Party Bags & Accessories • Unique, children’s party bags, for birthday’s, or wedding’s. • Choose from pre filled or create your own. • Unisex, girls and boys bags and gifts • Party bag gifts from as little as 15p • Simple, stylish 100% recyclable

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Cooking YURTVIVA offer Beautiful, Hand-crafted Yurts for hire. A versatile & wonderfully unique venue for all types of occasions Ideal for parties & gatherings!

CHILDREN’S COOKERY CLASSES HELD DURING HOLIDAYS Please visit website for details www.so-tasty.co.uk info@so-tasty.co.uk Tel: 01242 587248 07798 635312

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Jewellery Parties Perfect party idea. Each child can make two items, necklaces, bracelets or bag charms. Held in your home. Call Sarah to enquire 07918676539 Balm Jewellery @Taurus crafts, Lydney

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Kids Scuba diving! Weekly courses in Bristol Birthday parties available Age 8 + Contact Subaquaholics 0117 977 6227 www.subaquaholics.co.uk

Horse Riding Wapley Riding Stables

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

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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 bas-

kets 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. org.uk Bristol Chocolate Festival 7-8 Apr W: www.festivalchocolate.co.uk Easter Challenge 3-6 Apr T: 01666 880220 Easter Egg Baskets and Easter Egg Hunt 6 Apr T: 01452 731422 W: www.nature-in-art.org.uk Easter Lunch and Egg Hunt at Bowden Hall 8 Apr T: 0844 815 9077 Easter Trail 8-9 Apr T: 01453 810 631 W: www.jennermuseum.com Golden Egg Hunt Bristol Zoo Gardens, 31 Mar-22 Apr W: www. bristolzoo.org.uk Newark Park Easter Trail 6-9 Apr T: 01793 817666 Paint-a-Pot Nailsworth T: 01453 835043 W: www.paint-a-pot. co.uk  Taurus Crafts Forest of Dean T: 01594 844841 W: www.tauruscrafts.co.uk   Westbury Court Garden Easter Trail Fri 6-9 Apr T: 01452 760461 EASTER 2012

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

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.

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

WINNER!

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.

Shiver me timbers! Helen Dorritt reviews the new releases.

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. www.acblack.com

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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. www. bloomsbury.com PRIMARY TIMES


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