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Experiments, storytelling, stargazing and all your mind-bending questions. Unravel the mysteries of time this spring.

After the March snow, I’m looking forward to some real spring weather. Which means getting out on family walks, Easter egg trails and other activities. If you’re looking for days out ideas, our Roundabout section (P.11) has a plethora of events organised by Gloucestershire’s many wonderful heritage sites, country houses and visitor attractions. Elsewhere, we discover the appeal of extra-curricular art clubs (P.6), which offer a wealth of educational and developmental benefits even for those with no ambitions to become the next Tracey Emin. Finally, turn to Page 17 for a thorough exploration of Easter things to do. Fingers crossed for some bright, sunny days!

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Away! From obstacle courses and bouncing challenges to the ultimate kids’ party, Airborne, Cheltenham’s new trampoline park has so much fun to offer.


ew thrills can match the excitement of leaping through the air onto a welcoming pit of soft foam, or practicing your aerial moves while soaring aloft on a state-ofthe-art trampoline. When there are multiple trampolines, a jump tower, basketball hoops and even a Ninja Run, it’s hard to know where to start. Airborne Trampoline Park in Cheltenham, opened by trampolining enthusiast Yinghua Huang nearly 18 months ago, has already proved a hit with local people, not only providing a range of activities for families on an individual session basis but also offering a fantastic venue for children’s parties.

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parties are especially popular. Birthday groups get their own private check in, a private safety briefing and a one hour jump session with jump socks included in the price. After the session it’s back upstairs for food which is either a traditional sandwich buffet and party food or pizza and garlic bread. Each child gets a Slush or a milkshake while the birthday child gets a return pass to come back.” For parents who just want to

chill while the youngsters are letting off some bouncy steam, the café gives them the chance to enjoy hot and cold food, paninis, sandwiches made fresh to order, and excellent coffee and cake. All the while they get a brilliant view of the park, allowing them to keep an eye on the little ones having fun below. If you’re planning the ultimate children’s party, or want to try out the challenges and obstacle courses with family and friends, why not get along to Airborne Trampoline Park? Airborne Trampoline Park 5 Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, GL51 9AH T: 01242 255551 W: PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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The benefits of extra-curricular artistic activity are huge whether your child is a budding Monet or not, says Ellen White.


ny child can have a go at art – it’s one of life’s great joys – and every potential Picasso, Tracey Emin or Anthony Gormley starts out getting their fingers and hands messy, perhaps overseen by a parent or teacher helping to unleash their creative side. These days, with increasing pressure on schools to develop the core curriculum skills of reading, writing and maths, children’s art might not always receive the attention it deserves. Yet many of the actions required to make art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of children’s fine motor skills, while techniques like using scissors and modelling with clay are great for developing hand-eye coordination. While a popular belief holds that the right side of the brain is responsible for artistic and creative processes, in reality art stimulates the right side as well, leading to what’s known as whole brain learning. Studies show that just one hour of art a week can improve children’s social, physical and cognitive development. So spending more time creatively could improve children’s ability in seemingly unrelated sub-

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the session the children walk out being very proud of something they’ve created themselves,” she says. “Art also benefits communication between the children themselves and their communication with adults. It’s great for improving social skills.” Whether you sign your child up for a 12 week pottery course, or make the time to paint more at home, giving more focus to the arts is sure to have many positive benefits for you and your family. And who knows, you might have a future Picasso, Berthe Morisot or Michelangelo on your hands.

jects like science or maths, reflected in the relatively recent movement to put the “A” (arts) into “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects to make STEAM. With challenges ranging from what colour paint to use to what size cut to make in the paper, art also helps to develop children’s creative thinking and problem solving abilities. “We are very keen on encouraging children to get creative and use their imagination,” says Glynis Cosgrave, assistant director at

Wiltshire Scrapstore. “There’s a different theme each week and we lay out the materials then leave them to it – it’s interesting as every child’s creation is always different.” Wiltshire Scrapstore offers Saturday art clubs, holiday clubs for all ages and an on site shop selling everything you need to get creative at home. Alongside drawing, painting and collage, children may enjoy the benefits pottery or sculpture has to offer. The 3D nature of these techniques requires children to understand spatial awareness, as well as improving creativity and problem solving skills. The mouldable nature of clay can also help children with their selfesteem and expression, as new ideas can be tried out and easily remoulded if not successful. Art activities and general creativity can aid children’s confidence, something Glynis has seen first hand. “At the end of

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE BACON THEATRE Dean Close School, Shelbourne Rd, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002, Cirque Du Hilarious: Mischief Tour Thu 29 Mar, 7pm, £14/£48 (family) • Expect plenty of magic and slapstick in this comic variety show starring ‘troublesome twosome’ Clive Webb and Danny Adams alongside international circus acts and dancers. Swan Lake Fri 20 Apr, 7pm, £19.50 (adult)/£18.50 (conc)/£14.50 (child) • Vienna Festival Ballet perform one of the world’s most popular ballets with lavish costumes and scenery, international stars and Tchaikovsky’s famous score. CHELTENHAM PLAYHOUSE 47-53 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HG. 01242 522852, Easter Workshops: The Underground Gang Tue 3-Fri 6 Apr, £90 • Cheltenham stage school Theatre Studio offer children from reception through to year six the chance to work with talented tutors to learn new theatre and performance skills like storytelling, creating characters, singing and movement. The workshops will suit those with or without previous experience and will culminate in a performance of ‘The Underground Gang’ at the end of the week. The Underground Gang Fri 6 Apr, 2pm • Students from Theatre Studio’s Easter workshops perform a tale set in the underground Tweedy’s Slapstick Symphony, Sun 25 Mar & Sun 8 Apr, Everyman, Cheltenham

The Underground Gang is a performance created by a series of Easter workshops run by Cheltenham stage school Theatre Studio. The workshops run from Tue 3-Fri 6 Apr, with the performance on Fri 6 Apr, at Cheltenham Playhouse.

tunnels of London and featuring songs from well-known musicals and Disney films. Sister Act Thu 5-Sat 7 Apr, 7.30pm/2.30pm (Sat), £10/£8 (conc) • Studio Productions present the feelgood musical about a murder witness sent to hide in a convent who decides to breathe new life into its choir. The Complete Works Of Shakespeare (Abridged) Fri 25 May, 7.30pm, £15/£12 (conc)/£10 (school) • Madcap romp through all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, from histories to tragedies to comedies courtesy of The National Production Company. CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL Imperial Sq, Cheltenham GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210, The Amazing Bubble Man Sat 7 Apr, 2pm, £13 • The world’s leading ‘bubbleologist’ returns with his bubble maker and a bag full of bubble tricks that combine comedy, magic and science.

EVERYMAN THEATRE Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573, The Tale Of The Cockatrice Sat 24-Sun 25 Mar, 11am & 2.30pm, £8 • Two confused storytellers use puppetry and live music to recall an obscure British legend about a hideous creature, terrified knights and a humble nun. Tweedy’s Slapstick Symphony Sun 25 Mar & Sun 8 Apr, 2pm/5pm (Sun), £19 (adult)/£14 (child) • Music and mayhem ensue when Tweedy the clown tries to put on a show on the same night as Ludvink Loyal’s classical concert. The star of the Everyman panto returns with a brand new show. David Walliams Gangsta Granny Wed 4-Sat 7 Apr, 2pm & 7pm, £23.50 (adult)/£18.50 (child) • Ben thinks he’s in for another boring Friday night with his Granny – but that’s before he discovers she has a secret and he’s in for an extraordinary adventure. The West End stage version of David Walliams’ hit children’s story visits Cheltenham. Singalonga Beauty And The Beast Fri 13 Apr, 7pm, £18 (adult)/£12 (child) • Join in with all your favourite songs at this screening of Disney’s new adaptation of the iconic fairy tale. Plus pre-show warm-up with singing practice, props and a fancy-dress competition. Ugly Duckling Wed 23 May, 2pm & 4pm, £10 (adult)/£8 (child) • The Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed up and can’t seem to make friends with any other creatures. Then she discovers the truth … Northern Ballet perform their ballet for children. ROSES THEATRE The Roses, Sun St, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX. 01684 295074, www.

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Amy Flynn Dance: Dancing Through The Decades Sun 25 Mar, 1.30pm, £8-£10 • The Amy Flynn School of Dance celebrates its fifth anniversary with a timetravelling show performed by pupils aged from 2 to 16. That’ll Be The Day Tue 27-Wed 28 Mar, 7.30pm, £27 • Return of the ever-popular musical packed with pop and rock hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Alice In Wonderland Mon 9 Apr, 3pm & 7pm, £15-£17 • Alice ventures down a rabbit hole and meets a host of bizarre characters, from the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter to Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee. Dave BensonPhillips, Leslie Ash and Ashley and her dog Sully star in this pantomime for Easter.

FURTHER AFIELD BRISTOL HIPPODROME St. Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ. 0844 871 3012, Awful Auntie Tue 1-Sun 6 May, times vary – see website, £28.50 incl booking fee • When Stella and her parents visit London, none of them have any idea what’s about to happen … And afterwards Stella can’t remember anything either, but what her Aunt Alberta tells her may not be the truth … The West End producers of ‘Gangsta Granny’ turn their hand to David Walliams’ bestselling children’s yarn. Peppa Pig’s Adventure Wed 9-Thur 10 May, 1pm & 4pm (Wed)/10am & 1pm (Thur), £22.15£27.15 incl booking fee • Peppa, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe pack their lunch-boxes and go on a camping trip. A brand new live show promising games, laughter and music. TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRE Raleigh Rd, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF. 0117 902 0344, Easter Sessions: Myths And Legends 8:11 Wed 4 Apr, 10am3.30pm, £30 • Chance for children to get creative with activities themed around mystical myths and legends. Ages 8-11. Easter Sessions: Myths And Legends 5:7 Fri 6 Apr, 10am-3pm, £30 • Travel back in time and explore stories from the past with storytellers and designers. Ages 5-7. The Amazing Bubble Man Sun 8 Apr, 12noon, 2pm & 4pm, £10 • The world’s leading ‘bubbleologist’ returns with his bubble maker and a bag full of bubble tricks. PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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MARCH UNTIL SUN 25 MAR DEER FEEDING Dyrham Park, Dyrham, Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY, www. • A unique opportunity to feed the deer before the park is open and see them up close. Maximum two people per session (including children), booking recommended. 0117 937 2501, 9-10am, £10 (adult)/£5 (child). UNTIL SAT 31 MAR BATSFORD CALENDAR PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • Take the best photo you can to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes and have your image featured in the 2019 Batsford calendar. First prize includes £100 cash and annual family pass to the arboretum. See website for full terms and conditions, closing date 31 Mar. 01386 701441, 9am5pm, standard admission prices apply.


chocolate prize. Plus, explore the house, enjoy games on the lawn and take part in spring estate walks. 01453 842644, 11am-4.30pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2.50 per trail.

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FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 3LJ, chedworth-roman-villa • Get close to nature and follow the clues on site to claim a Cadbury’s chocolate prize. 01242 890256, 10.30am-4pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2 per trail.

UNTIL SUN 15 APR LAMBING Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG, www. • It’s lambing season down on the farm; visit the animal barn and you might be lucky enough to see one being born. Look out for extended opening hours on 7 Apr for evening lambing. 01451 850307, 10.30am-5pm, standard admission prices apply. UNTIL WED 31 OCT WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES Anywhere you like, Route of one mile, www.veteransinaction. • Gather your school, friends, family or colleagues and simply walk one mile, donate £3 to Veterans in Action and encourage your friends to do the same. Launched to coincide with PTSD awareness month, all donations go towards helping veterans thrive and adjust to civilian life. Text VIAS05 to 70070 to donate. FRI 23 MAR PRE-SCHOOL CREATIVE FUN St Edward’s Prep School, 252 London Rd, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL52 6NR, www. • Easter-themed craft session for pre-school children. Get hands on and make some seasonal creations to take home. Must be booked in advance by Fri 16 Mar. 01242 388550, 9.30-11am, free but must be booked. SAT 24 MAR-SUN 15 APR EASTER AT CATTLE COUNTRY Cattle Country Adventure Park, Berkeley Heath Farm, Berkeley, GL13 9EW, www.cattlecountry. • Plenty of Easter fun including tractor rides, Easter

egg hunts, falconry and lamb bottle feeding, plus all the usual indoor and outdoor playbarns and farm animals. 01453 810510, 10am-4pm, standard admission prices apply. SUN 25 MAR DAFFODIL WALK Ampney Park, London Rd, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, GL7 5RY, • The private estate opens its doors for visitors to explore the grounds and raise money for Cheltenham charity, Cobalt. See spring flowers, the 16th century Lloyd Tomb, medieval wall paintings and more during a rare public opening. 01242 535900, 11am-3pm, £6 (adult)/under 16s free. THU 29 MAR WEAR A HAT DAY 2018 Nationwide, www.wearahatday. org • Wear a hat and help fund research into brain tumours. Last year over £300,000 was raised for the Brain Tumour Research charity. The target this year is to double that. Please register now. FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR EASTER WEEKEND Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Glos, GL13 9BQ, www.berkeley-castle. com • Dragon-themed Easter fun including puppetry, storytelling in the Great Hall, find newly hatched ‘baby dragons’ around the grounds and take part in the Chinese Dragon Parade. 01453 810303, 11am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR CADBURY EASTER HUNT Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wottonunder-Edge, GL12 7PZ, www. • Follow the Easter trail through the grounds to win a tasty

FRI 30 MAR-SUN 15 APR FAMILY EASTER TRAIL Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucester Rd, Painswick, GL6 6TH, uk • A brand new trail featuring specially created characters by author and illustrator Hannah Shaw. Collect the clues around the garden and use them to find the location of a chocolate prize. 01452 813204, 10.30am5pm, standard admission prices apply plus £1 per trail. FRI 30 MAR-SUN 15 APR BIG BATSFORD BUNNY HUNT Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • The Easter Bunny Helpers have escaped and hidden all around the arboretum - find them all to win a prize. 01386 701441, 9am-5pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2.50 per hunt. FRI 30 MAR-SUN 15 APR DUSTY’S GIANT EASTER DUCK HUNT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Newgrounds Lane, Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT, www. slimbridge • Help Dusty the Duck find the giant yellow ducks hidden around the grounds this Easter. Use your detective skills to track them all down and win a prize. 01453 891900, 9.30am5pm, included in standard admission prices. FRI 30 MAR-SUN 15 APR CADBURY EASTER EGG TRAIL Snowshill Manor, Snowshill, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU, snowshill-manor-and-garden • Search for clues hidden around the garden on this year’s egg hunt. Find them all to claim a yummy chocolate prize. 01386 852410, 11am-5.30pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2 per hunt. EASTER 2018 11 EASTER 2018 11


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SAT 31 MAR-SUN 8 APR INFLATABLE THEME PARK Over Farm Market, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DB, www. • Bouncy castles, huge slides, animal-themed fun and more at what promises to be Gloucester’s biggest inflatable theme park. 07766 341894, 10am-5pm, £8 (child)/ accompanying adults free.

APRIL SUN 1 APR EASTER SUNDAY JOUST Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Glos, GL54 5JD, www. • Back by popular demand, the Cavalry of Heroes return to entertain the crowd with a jousting show. King Henry VIII will be joined by ladies of the court to oversee the event, plus falconry displays. 01242 602308, joust display 11.30am and 2.30pm, falconry 11am and 2pm, included in standard admission prices. SUN 1 APR EASTER ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE FAIR Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, Forest of Dean, Lydney, GL15 6BU, communities/taurus-crafts • Browse stalls selling antiques, vintage, memorabilia, collectables and more. Plus live music, food and drink. 01594 844841, 10am-4pm, free. MON 2 APR EASTER EGG-SPRESS Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, The Railway Station, Toddington, Glos, GL54 5DT, • All aboard for an Easter railway special. Board the train at Toddington, Broadway or Cheltenham Racecourse and receive a free activity booklet for the journey, then alight at Winchcombe for the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and take part in egg and spoon races, egg rolling and much more. 01242 621405, see website for train timetable, £18 (adult)/£8 (child). TUE 3 APR ROMAN GAMES Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Put down the electronics and learn how Roman children kept themselves entertained. Create custom gaming pieces and a game board to take home. 01285 655611, 10.30-11.30am, £5.50 per child. TUE 3-FRI 6 APR SPRING SECRETS Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, GL8 8QS, • Discover the relationship between trees and insects, create your own scented craft and have a go at the Easter discovery challenge. 0300 067 PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

4890, 11am-4pm, included in standard admission prices. TUE 3-FRI 13 APR EASTER ACTIVITY CAMP Rendcomb College, Rendcomb, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 7HA, uk • Action packed activities to keep kids occupied during the holidays including forest school, dance, rugby and much more. No activity camps on Sat 7-Sun 8 Apr. 01285 831213, 9am-3.30pm, £25 per day. TUE 3-SUN 15 APR EASTER ACTIVITIES Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 3LJ, uk/chedworth-roman-villa • Celebrate Easter at the villa with a seasonal family trail, children’s craft activities and learn more about Roman life with the permanent villa exhibits. 01242 890256, 10am-4.30pm, standard admission prices apply/small extra charge for some crafts. WED 4 APR EASTER CHILDREN’S WEDNESDAY Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Glos, GL54 5JD, www. • Expect another fun-filled Children’s Wednesday full of arts, crafts and activities with an Easter theme. More details coming soon, please check website. 01242 602308, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. WED 4 APR FAMILY SHARPSHOOTERS Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • Join professional photographer Alan Ranger to explore the arboretum and complete ‘explore and capture’ challenges. Suitable for any ability and photo-capturing device including phone or tablet. 01386 701441, from 10am, £35 (adult and child)/£7.50 (additional child)/£12.50 (additional adult). WED 4 APR MINI MOSAICS Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Learn the Roman art of mosaic making and make a tile to take home. 01285 655611, 10.30am-12pm, £7.75 per child. THU 5 APR TROUBLE AT THE MUSEUM WITH TRACEY CORDEROY Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Author Tracey Corderoy shares an interactive reading from her books ‘Shifty McGifty’ and ‘Baddies, Beasties and a Sprinkling of Crumbs’. Be inspired by the stories and draw your own invention, plus book signing after the event. 01285 655611, 10.30am-12pm, £5.50 per child, booking essential.

ROUNDABOUT FRI 6 APR ROMAN DRAW Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Join James Harris to draw some artefacts from the museum store and see Stone Age and Roman objects up close. 01285 655611, 10-11am, £5.50 per child.

Cadbury Easter Egg events at Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Fri 30 Mar-Mon 2 Apr, Chedworth Roman Villa, Fri 30 Mar- Mon 2 Apr and Snowshill Manor, Snowshill, Fri 30 MarSun 15 Apr.

SAT 7-SUN 8 APR CHASE AND MARSHALL Cattle Country Adventure Park, Berkeley Heath Farm, Berkeley, GL13 9EW, www.cattlecountry. • Meet Paw Patrol’s very own Chase and Marshall as they visit the farm this weekend. Plus all the regular attractions including indoor and outdoor playbarns, animal experience centre, trampolines and more. 01453 810510, see website for Chase and Marshall appearance times, standard admission prices apply. SAT 7-MON 9 APR SCARECROW TRAIL Christ Church Primary School, St Marys, Chalford, Stroud, GL6 8PP, www.christchurch-chal. • Pick up a map from the school and spot all the scarecrows on the trail to win a prize. Two routes available - one pushchair friendly and the other slightly more challenging, plus refreshments en route. 01453 882138, £3.50 per map. SUN 8 APR GALLANT KNIGHTS Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Glos, GL13 9BQ, www.berkeley-castle. com • Warriors and armour makers from Dressed to Kill visit the castle to share their battle knowledge. Experience first hand how knights were trained in the 15th century and learn ancient sword fighting. 01453 810303, 11am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. MON 9 APR FAMILY SHARPSHOOTERS Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • Join professional photographer Alan Ranger to explore the arboretum and complete ‘explore and capture’ challenges. Suitable for any ability and photo-capturing device including phone or tablet. 01386 701441, from 10am, £35 (adult and child)/£7.50 (additional child)/£12.50 (additional adult). MON 9-TUE 10 APR JUNIOR RUGBY CAMP St Thomas Rich’s Sports Centre, Oakleaze, Gloucester, GL2 0LF, • The chance for aspiring rugby players to improve their game and develop core rugby skills. Suitable for boys and girls aged 8 to 13. 01452 872287, 9am-3.30pm, £60 per course. TUE 10 APR PRINTMAKING Corinium Museum, Park St,

Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Be inspired by the museum’s collections and create prints using a variety of techniques. 01285 655611, 10.30am-12pm, £7.75 per child. TUE 10 APR FAMILY INTRODUCTION TO WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Newgrounds Lane, Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT, www.wwt. • Learn how to get great shots of wildlife with an introductory session looking at technique, composition and more, followed by a practical session of nature photography. Suitable for children aged 8 plus, all skill levels and camera types. 01934 891900, 10am-1pm, £32 per adult and child. TUE 10-FRI 13 APR MARVELLOUS MAGNOLIAS Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, GL8 8QS, • Learn the secrets of magnolia and other spring flowers and make some flower-themed arts and crafts to take home. 0300 067 4890, 11am-4pm, included in standard admission prices. WED 11 APR FAMILY SHARPSHOOTERS Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • Join professional photographer Alan Ranger to explore the arboretum and complete ‘explore and capture’ challenges. Suitable for any ability and photo-capturing device including phone or tablet. 01386 701441, from 10am, £35 (adult and child)/£7.50 (additional child)/£12.50 (additional adult). WED 11 APR MEDIEVAL SPRING BEASTS Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. EASTER 2018 13 EASTER 2018 13



PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL . . . AND TELL THEM YOU SAW THE EVENT IN PRIMARY TIMES! • Learn more about the animals and birds drawn by Medieval monks and draw your own spring bestiary to take home. 01285 655611, 10.3011.30am, £5.50 per child.

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WED 11 APR EASTER CHILDREN’S WEDNESDAY Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Glos, GL54 5JD, www. • Expect another fun-filled Children’s Wednesday full of arts, crafts and activities with an Easter theme. More details coming soon, please check website. 01242 602308, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. THU 12 APR HERALDIC DESIGNS Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Create a heraldic design inspired by the colourful ‘brands’ of Medieval times. 01285 655611, 10-11am, £2.50 per child. FRI 13 APR FAMILY FILM FRIDAY Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • A specially selected film suitable for all the family to enjoy. Contact the museum for a list of titles. 01285 655611, 11am, £5.40 (adult)/£2.60 (child). FRI 13 APR SING-A-LONG BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Everyman Theatre, 7-10 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ, www. • Sing along to Disney’s live action version of the fairytale classic with the help of Singalonga Productions. Warm up your voices, learn some hand actions and how to use the Singalonga props during the pre-show warmup before joining in the songs with lyrics onscreen. 01242 572573, 7-10pm, £18 (adult)/£12 (child). SUN 15 APR TUDOR GENTRY Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Glos, GL13 9BQ, www.berkeley-castle. com • Step back in time as King Henry VIII visits the castle and

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meet his Queen, ladies in waiting and noble gentleman. See Tudor dancing in the Great Hall plus falconry displays on the lower lawns. 01453 810303, 11am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. MON 23-SUN 29 APR PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLE WALK Nationwide, www.savethechildren. • Return of the UK’s spring fundraiser in aid of Save the Children. Gather your family, nursery or school class and splash, stomp and jump your way through a muddy trail of your choice to raise funds. Try a sponsored walk, bake Muddy Puddle cupcakes and more. See website for a free fundraising pack. 020 7012 6400.

MAY WED 2-MON 7 MAY CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL Various venues, Cheltenham, Glos, www.cheltenhamfestivals. com/jazz • The festival for jazz lovers returns including big names Van Morrison, Courtney Pine and Imelda May alongside plenty of talented names from the UK and overseas. Lots for families too, see

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our pick of events marked CJF. 01242 850270, various prices and times. SAT 5 MAY FAMILY SING WITH BECKI BIGGINS (CJF) Yamaha Discovery Space, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW, www. • Grammy-nominated singer and saxophonist Becki Biggins leads the family singalong this year with some vocal fun and games. 01242 850270, 2-3pm, all tickets £6. SUN 6 MAY ADRIANO ADEWALE (CJF) Yamaha Discovery Space, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW, www. • The Brazilian-born percussionist brings his music to Cheltenham. Come and discover new percussion instruments, rhythms and traditional songs. 01242 850270, 3.15-4.15pm, all tickets £6. SUN 6 MAY PET LIFE Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Rd, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH, www. • A one-day, dog friendly music festival organised by UK charity PDSA. Musical lineup includes Kaiser Chiefs, Jessie J and The Vamps, plus dog displays, treats for humans and canines, retail stalls, pet wellbeing zone, dog arena displays and much more. 11am10pm, £60 (adult)/£30 (child). MON 7 MAY BOSTIN’ BRASS AND YOUNG PILGRIMS (CJF) Jazz Arena, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW, www. jazz • Bostin’ Brass return by popular demand, accompanied by the Young Pilgrims for a New Orleans-inspired brass band performance covering everything from jazz to funk, reggae and ska. 01242 850270, 11am-12pm, all tickets £8.

MON 7 MAY BEEP! BEN LEE AND FRIENDS INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ (CJF) Yamaha Discovery Space, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW, www. • Expect a fun and accessible introduction to jazz from guitarist and performer Ben Lee. Play games, improvise, learn tunes with robots and unicorns and lots more. 01242 850270, 12.15-1.15pm, all tickets £6. SUN 13 MAY THE BIG BAD WOLF KIDS CONCERT Stroud Subscription Rooms, George St, Stroud, GL5 1AE, • Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra teams up with young singers and narrator, Lydia Kenny, to perform Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood. 01453 760900, 3pm, all tickets £11.50. SUN 13 MAY NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY Nationwide, www. • Raise awareness and celebrate every child’s right to a happy and healthy childhood with this annual event. Participants can run any event of their choosing in the week leading up to and including May 13, see website for some great ideas and previous events. SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN ROMAN MAY HOLIDAY Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 3LJ, uk/chedworth-roman-villa • Seasonal craft activities including mosaic, badge making and paper crafts, plus Roman dressing up. 01242 890356, 10.30am-4.30pm, standard admission prices apply/small extra charge for some crafts.



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The kids may not want to hear it, but there’s a lot more to Easter than chocolate eggs! Ellen White has a host of creative ideas to make the most of the Easter break.


hether you’re planning a homemade celebration or going elsewhere, there are plenty of craft ideas, activities and Easter events happening near you to make the spring holiday one to remember. Why not start the day with an Easter Bunny-themed breakfast? Use toast cut into a circle or pancakes, a banana sliced lengthways for ears and berries or raisins for the eyes and nose. There are plenty of fun Easter decorations you can make at home. Try simple paper chains in pastel colours, spring flowers or an Easter wreath. Use flowers from the garden, ribbons, moss, small plastic eggs or fluffy chicks and add as much you like to make


a welcoming decoration for the front door. If your family is hosting lunch this year, why not try Easterthemed place settings for the table. Cut out rabbit-shaped name cards, or paint guests’ names onto hard boiled eggs. Parents may hesitate to include a pudding alongside the abundance of Easter eggs, but you could make a colourful fruit salad or try the Easter nest recipe below. After lunch is a perfect time for some Easter crafts and games to burn off some of that chocolate. If you have a reasonably large garden or access to a park then an Easter sports day can be great fun. Try an egg and spoon race, ‘bunny hop’ sack race or a team relay using an egg and spoon instead of a baton. An egg hunt can easily be arranged indoors or out. Small plastic eggs could be used if children already have plenty of chocolate eggs to indulge in, or you could opt for treasure huntstyle clues to lead to a prize. Alternatively, try an Easter Bunny dressing-up hunt using rabbit ears, bow ties, pom-pom tail and props like a carrot or wicker basket – the first child to collect all the costume items wins a prize! An Easter craft station is great fun, and most creations can probably be made with household items or art supplies already lying around. Empty egg cartons can be painted and turned into daffodils, chicks or mini baskets to hold chocolate eggs, or decorate hard boiled eggs any way you like (you can then use them for an egg-rolling race if you’re near a hill). If you don’t have the time or resources to put on activities

at home, take the pressure off with one of the many Easter events provided at local Gloucestershire attractions. From March 30 to April 2 take part in a Cadbury Egg Hunt at the National Trust’s Newark Park, which is also hosting spring games on the lawn and garden estate walks. Cadbury eggs will be hidden amongst the Roman ruins of Chedworth too, where children can follow the trail to win a chocolate prize. Dusty’s Giant Duck Trail runs at Slimbridge Wetland Centre for over two weeks (from March 30), or for something a bit different head down to Sudeley Castle for their Easter Sunday joust.



Check out the Roundabout pages for more local events near you. Newark Park Ozleworth, Wottonunder-Edge, GL12 7PZ T: 01453 842644 W: uk/newark-park Chedworth Roman Villa Cheltenham, GL54 3LJ T: 01242 890256 W: uk/chedworth-roman-villa Slimbridge Wetland Centre Newgrounds Ln, Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT T: 01453 891900 W: Sudeley Castle Winchcombe, GL54 5JD T: 01242 602308 W:

Easter Nests

eliciously moreish and with no oven-cooking required, these Easter nests are great to make with children of any age. Aprons recommended though – all that melted chocolate can get messy! Ingredients: • 200g milk chocolate, broken into small pieces • 85g shredded wheat cereal, crushed • 2 x 100g bags mini chocolate eggs • Cupcake cases Method: • Melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over a pan of very lightly simmering water (best if an adult does this). • Pour the melted chocolate over the broken up shredded wheat and mix to combine. • Once it’s cooled down, little hands can help mould the mixture into shape. Place some mix in the cupcake cases and use a spoon to make a dent in the middle for a nest shape. • Add a cluster of chocolate eggs to the middle of each nest and chill in the fridge for a few hours until set.

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d r a o b n Pi Tamarin twins arrive Cotswold Wildlife Park is proud to announce the birth of Emperor Tamarin twins. The as-yet-unnamed and unsexed twins are on show in their enclosure opposite the entrance to interactive Lemur exhibit ‘Madagascar’. Section Head of Primates, Chris Kibbey, commented: “Keepers are delighted that our Emperor Tamarin pair has produced twins again. The youngsters are doing very well and take the number of babies born to this pair to 17! They are growing fast and enjoy exploring the enclosure with their extended family.” Once the baby is born, the male Tamarin undertakes his fatherly duties. He will take the new-born and place it on his back, passing the baby back to the mother to be suckled. The baby will spend the rest of the time riding on its father’s back. Families will delight in viewing these fascinating (and endangered) South American primates, with their spectacular crests, ear tufts and moustaches. Ffi: Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP T: 01993 823006 W:

Crealy exciting! Looking for a memorable short break in Devon? Then why not stay at Crealy Adventure Park and Resort? On offer is award-winning accommodation including luxury lodges (complete with your very own hot tub), glamorous themed glamping tents, pre-pitched tourers and family-friendly camping and caravanning pitches. Crealy Adventure Park is situated right next door and features 60 rides and attractions, so you won’t be lost for things to do. While the kids run around and play, you’ll be able to enjoy the comforts of the resort, which is set in attractive countryside just a few minutes’ drive from junction 30 of the M5, near Exeter. With a host of events taking place in 2018, a short break at Crealy could be an ideal tonic for you and your family. Visit their website or call them to book your stay. Ffi: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort Sidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR T: 01395 233200 W:


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X marks the jump Xjump, Gloucestershire’s biggest trampoline park, has a great-value Easter bundle on offer: for just £11, you’ll get an open jump session voucher, special edition Easter trampoline socks … and a Cadbury Easter egg! This deal would make for a fine Easter present, but if you miss out, worry not: the special edition socks will be available to buy over the holiday period, and Xjump are also offering 20% off open jump sessions from March 30 to April 15 if you book online (look for Xjump Egg-streme Jump Saver) – an ideal way to burn off those Easter egg calories! Aside from its high performance trampolines, Xjump has plenty else to keep families entertained: you can leap into their giant foam pit, challenge yourself to walk-the-wall and battle your friends with trampoline dodgeball. Happy jumping! Ffi: Xjump Gloucestershire Unit 2, Metz Way, Gloucester GL4 3DB T: 01452 221800 W:

Ultimate fun Ultimate Activity Camps provide outstanding activity day camps for 4- to 14-year-olds during the school holidays, where the children’s welfare and enjoyment are the primary concern. Every day, children will enjoy a compelling mix of sports, games and creative activities led by inspiring staff at amazing locations! For flexibility, you can book by the day or week and change dates for free up to 14 days in advance. You can also use childcare vouchers to pay. For peace of mind, Ultimate Activity Camps are Ofsted registered and all their staff are DBS cleared and qualified teachers or instructors. The camps run from Monday to Friday with drop off from 8am and collection until 6pm. See online for the latest offers. Ffi: Ultimate Activity Camps T: 0330 111 7077 W:

Keeping children active Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of children. To maintain a basic level of health, children need to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This should range from moderate activity such as walking to school, scooting or playing in the playground to vigorous activity such as swimming, running and gymnastics. Keeping your children active over the Easter holidays is easy with Everyone Active’s ‘Active Kids’ programme. They offer a wide range of activities for children aged from four months to 10 years. Sessions run both during term time and in the school holidays, with the emphasis on having fun! From football coaching, gymnastics, dance and trampolining to swimming lessons and under-fives ‘Active Antz’ and soft play sessions, there’s plenty for children to enjoy. To find out more about their children’s activities and holiday camps, visit the website or speak with colleagues at your nearest Everyone Active centre. Ffi: Everyone Active W:

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• Taurus Crafts is a vibrant visitor centre where kids can get creative. Based near Lydney in the Forest of Dean, it’s home to local crafts, cafe, gifts, toys, events, markets and art exhibitions, providing visitors with a chance to meet the makers in their craft units and shop for distinctive gifts from artisan businesses. This Easter the centre hosts a daily selection of crafty hands-on activities to help keep the kids entertained. There is something to appeal to all, including pottery, jewellery making, candle dipping, baking, chocolate making, scrap crafts, reptile encounters, magic show, puppet show, and more to be announced. It’s well worth joining their newsletter and keeping an eye on their Facebook page and website for updates and special offers. The new toy shop on site will be fully up and running, stocking a range of toys from Orange Tree, House of Marbles, Tobar’s pocket money collection and more as well as a new arts and crafts section. For an alternative family day out make sure you visit Taurus Crafts’ Easter Antiques and Vintage Fair. The fair provides the opportunity to find alternative gifts, affordable retro home decor, and the missing piece to a collection, with craft skills and workmanship available at prices you’ll struggle to find on the high street. The fair is on Easter Sunday 1 April, open from 10am-4pm, with free entry, live music, food, drink and children’s activities in the pottery. Visiting Taurus Crafts is easy – it’s located on the A48 with a large, free accessible car park. For individual events and opening times, visit their website. Ffi: Taurus Crafts W:

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et your kids engaged in fun, hands-on learning with activity kits delivered to your door by toucanBox. ToucanBox kits contain all the materials needed to make functional toys, dress-up items or mini masterpieces. They also include activity books to take learning and play that little bit further. Each craft is designed and built by a team of educational experts. Their aim is to help develop key skills and encourage curiosity about a wide range of topics, championing the national curriculum and STEAM-based learning. ToucanBox kits are delivered to your door and personally addressed to your child. This

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makes getting creative convenient, hassle-free and a little bit magical. With over two million boxes shipped worldwide and the winner of countless awards, toucanBox has helped to inspire a craft revolution. Join now and you’ll get your first box for free, with no obligation to continue. And if you sign up before March 22, your first box will be an Easterinspired special edition. SPECIAL OFFER! Just use your exclusive free trial code on the voucher inside this magazine at

• Painswick’s gorgeous Rococo Garden was designed in the 1740s as a place to party. Back then, it would have been the height of fashion. Nowadays it’s just as much fun, and a popular destination for families because of its newly-extended rustic play area, its unusual maze, cosy cafe and easy, free parking. The Garden is dotted with intriguing buildings and quirky features to explore. You’ll also come across lovely views, beautiful sculptures, enchanting woodland and a family of ducks on your way round. This Easter, the Garden has teamed up with local author and illustrator Hannah Shaw to create a fabulous garden adventure, with a family of woodland animals hidden around the Garden. Young explorers, armed with their adventure booklets, set out on a journey to help Snowdrop Bunny find her friends and locate the Easter surprise. Along the way, they’ll learn fascinating facts about the restoration of the Garden and the animals that call it home. The beady-eyed may even spot a newt or two! At the end of the trail, children decipher a puzzle to claim a tasty Easter prize. There’s a charge of £1 for the trail in addition to normal admission. The Garden has plenty to keep explorers of any age busy. The size of the play area was doubled since last winter, so there are now more opportunities for climbing, balancing and letting off steam. With delicious food, homemade cakes and freshly-ground coffee, it all makes for a stress-free, fun and healthy day out! The Rococo Garden is located on the B4073 just outside Painswick and opens daily from 10.30am to 5pm. Ffi: Rococo Garden Painswick GL6 6TH T: 01452 813204 W: www.


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Eggscellent caves! • Clearwell Caves closed as an iron mine in 1945 but reopened to visitors 50 years ago in 1968, meaning that the popular attraction celebrates its Golden Anniversary this year. Although large scale mining finished at the end of World War II, owner Jonathan Wright still mines small quantities of ochre pigment to make artists’ paints; today visitors can see the ochre workshop and purchase ochre pigment from the mine shop. The Caves have plenty to offer families and visitors of all ages; intriguing, winding passageways open up into impressive caverns that have been the backdrop to many television and film productions, including Dr Who. Exciting displays show how the caves formed and later were worked by miners, including young children. Over the Easter weekend there is an Easter egg hunt with eggs to be spotted and counted throughout the caverns. There will also be a Cave Quiz challenging children on their way through. Competition entry sheets are free, with all correct entries going into a grand draw, to win some eggscellent prizes! If you are feeling even more adventurous, you might wish to book one of their caving activities, suitable for 7-year-olds and upwards. Adventure caving trips involve simple climbing and scrambling, going far beyond the public pathways. They are an exhilarating experience for the family, and make a memorable birthday treat. Details and availability can be found on the website. With a top-notch shop, café, children’s play and picnic area, and ample free parking, Clearwell Caves offer a fine and adventurous day out for any family. Ffi: Clearwell Caves W:

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Spring fever at Studley Grange • There is plenty to celebrate over the Easter holiday at Studley Grange Butterfly World, Farm Park and Craft Village. It’s the time of year to embrace the joy and excitement of all things new. Having already welcomed their first lambs at the start of February, the staff at Studley Grange Farm Park are hoping for more to come towards the end of March, when their Wiltshire Horns are due. Also expected, hopefully in time for Easter, are the equally cute kids (baby goats) and if you’re lucky you might just spot a little Joey (baby wallaby)! And of course, there are lots of butterflies emerging, including the beautiful, large Atlas Moths. With the warmer weather approaching there will be plenty flying in the tropical houses. An all-day ticket means you can come in and out as much as you please, giving you the opportunity to indulge in a delicious home cooked meal at the Butterfly café before trying something fun and unique: from yummy activities at Chocolate Comforts and Cake Creations to jewellery workshops, pottery painting, sweet treats and brick themed displays. Your children can burn off some energy at Soft Play while you enjoy a well-deserved cup of coffee and slice of cake. To finish off your day, why not head back out to the farm park to experience the popular animal feeding or handling sessions? Ffi: Studley Grange Butterfly World, Farm Park and Craft Village T: 01793 852400 W:



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Hello Kids! This issue, Cheltenham Music Festival is giving a family ticket to a special fun Family Concert by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, presented by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson to the three lucky winners of my next competition. The concert takes place on Sunday 8 July and promises lots of audience participation. To enter, draw me a picture of your favourite musical instrument - Visit www. cheltenhamfestivals/music for inspiration. Get your paints and crayons out and send me your pictures to: Arty Barty, Primary Times, 1 Temple Way, Bristol, BS2 0BY, or email high resolution jpegs to my editor at: mike.gartside@localworld.

Arty Barty You have proved what an exciting subject animals are to draw and made it so tough for me to choose the winners. But congratulations to the successful entrant who wins a family ticket to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. Faith Herring, 9, Lawn Primary School, Swindon What a lovely, smiley giraffe Faith has drawn – and, wow, isn’t he tall! I like the tiny people behind the fence making the giraffe look even bigger.


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Millie Edney, 7, St Marks, Worle , Weston-superMare Some lovely brigh colours here, an t d the friendliest looking lion I’ve ever seen. I hope the bird in the tre is all right. He loo e like he’s about toks fall on the zebra’ s head!

Momoka Foster, 10, Elmlea Junior School, Bristol Here’s a striking red deer from Momoka. I love the way his colours tone with the background, but the sharp black lines ensure he still stands out.

Anya Oleinik, 10, Stoke Lodge Prim ary School, Patchway I’m so pleased to see some domestic anim als among your favourites. Anya’s rabbits look like they can’t wait to tuck into that juicy carrot, and I love the detail on their beady eyes.

Life with Pie Ellen White reviews the new releases.

Chilly thrills Author of ‘The Wilderness War’, Julia Green’s latest novel chronicles the adventures of Jamie, the mysterious Mara and Django, the dog. Set in the Outer Hebrides, ‘To the Edge of the World’ follows Jamie and Mara on a seaborne journey towards the remote islands of St Kilda. Sailing at the mercy of the elements and battling wind, rain and waves, it will take all their fearlessness and energy to make it safely to the other side. Green conjures the cold, remote setting very effectively and you can practically taste the sea spray and feel the ocean breeze in her prose, making a nice change from the bustling life in a city. More serious issues are touched upon, too, as Jamie learns more about Mara, her quest to find her dad and the troubles in her home. Effectively blending a gripping sea adventure with themes of friendship, courage and survival, Green’s latest tale is a celebration of the natural world and the effect it can have on those who live within it. To the Edge of the World Julia Green, £6.99, Oxford University Press,

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Poor Stan just can’t catch a break. If it was up to him everything would be tidy and ordered, but dinosaur-obsessed younger brother Fred has other ideas – like leaving snails in Stan’s bed or bogies all over his solar system poster. Welcome to ‘Planet Stan’, the debut children’s novel from Oxford-based author Elaine Wickson charting the trials and tribulations of eleven year old Stan and his chaotic life. A lot of themes may already be familiar to readers (annoying younger brother, crazy family, school embarrassment and the like), but the writing style is funny and fresh and the graphs and charts scattered throughout add a new spin. On almost every page is a graph charting Stan’s current state of mind, ranging from ‘Black Hole of Doom’ to ‘Over the Moon’, which adds a nice character dimension. The graphs and charts are a treat, with Stan’s tips on everything from ‘The Five Stages of Humiliation’ to homework excuses. There’s a pleasingly generous amount of text for a book containing a lot of pictures, too, ensuring more confident readers won’t whip through it too quickly. Planet Stan: My Life in Pie Charts Elaine Wickson, illustrated by Chris Judge, £6.99, Oxford University Press,





Gloucestershire Primary times Easter 2018  
Gloucestershire Primary times Easter 2018  

What's on for families in Gloucestershire over the Easter holidays and beyond.