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If they haven’t already done so, your thoughts might turn to summer as the May holiday looms. There’s so much cultural fun to be had in the South West’s communities this year, including the 50th anniversary of St Paul’s Carnival, Bristol. You may want to pencil in this or some of the other popular family-friendly festivals featured on P.35. Elsewhere, a subject on everyone’s minds is the quality of the food we eat and the worrying level of obesity our children are experiencing. Our feature (P.21) hopes to help parents make healthy choices around their child’s diet. And there are plenty of other tips for a happy and healthy holiday in Primary Times this issue. Enjoy!

THEATRE P8 ROUNDABOUT P13 PINBOARD P25 ADVERTISING FEATURES P28 PUPILS’ PAGE P32 CLASSIFIEDS P37 REUSE OR REFUSE P6 World Environment Day tackles plastics pollution, as Emily Potter discovers.

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ad Science takes pride in providing one of the most unique and exciting school holiday programmes in the area, all packaged up into its fantastic Science Camp Days! The group hosted over 3,000 children at its camps last year and both parents and children alike were ‘blown away’ by the highly interactive content. Taking science out of the classroom allows children to have so much fun they forget they’re learning. These specialist sessions are designed to be as inclusive and hands-on as possible: with inquirybased learning, all questions are encouraged and all those mind boggling conundrums you might be faced with on that journey back from the beach can finally be put to bed! Gone are the teachers and the chalkboards, in are the Mad Scientists! Your children will be in great company amongst these inquisitive campers as they delve deep into a whole world of science discovery, together with a highly trained team of certified Mad Scientists. Each day explores a different theme or topic. For 2018 Mad Science has totally revamped its schedule to add lots of fresh, new content to enjoy! From a day at Hogwarts designing marauding maps and practicing levitation, to Jedi training days, feeling the force, topped off with bubbling potions and colour changing chemical reactions, these camp days always go off with a bang! Campers will also receive an awesome science take-home toy or project to continue the fun with you at home. Excellent value for money and convenience is at the core of the School Holiday Camp programme, which is why Mad Science ensures a wide variety of locations and dates to choose from, as well as some sizeable discounts for the avid penny pincher. Packing the kids off to Mad Science Camp needn’t break the bank, with discounts available for Early Bird Booking, Siblings and Groups - get the whole gang together and join the fun! The group is proud to announce its brand new locations for 2018: a dedicated MadLab in Avonmouth Village, in addition to Redmaids’


School and White Tree Scouts in Westbury-on-Trym and Southville School. Mad Science is Ofsted registered at select locations and parents wishing to take advantage of those saved up childcare vouchers can now redeem them for any number of the Summer Camp dates at MadLab and Redmaids’ School. Suitable for children aged 5 to 11, the camps can be booked today and give your children an experience they’ll never forget! Book individual science days to break up the holidays, or a full week at camp to give yourself a little break from the stress of summer scheduling. It’s never been easier to reserve your child’s place with the online booking system. Log on, search your dates and you’re away! Make your summer stress free again with Mad Science! HOW TO BOOK: Go online to WWW. MADSCIENCECAMPS.CO.UK Or why not call one of the Camp Specialists to book your child’s place today? T: 01792 348205


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Reuse... or refuse That’s one of the messages from the UN’s World Environment Day, which is intended to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Emily Potter reports


ou’re in a busy supermarket one Saturday, on the weekly shop. Into the trolley go the usual bottled water, bag of apples or packet of plastic straws. When you get to the checkout you grab a couple of carrier bags to pack the shopping. During this weekly routine, the amount of plastic packaging you’re using is mounting up, almost unconsciously. All that waste has to go somewhere and far too much is ending up in the sea and the food chain. While the use of plastics presents daily choices to families, children and parents will have an opportunity to discover more about reducing waste on World Environment Day, Tuesday 5 June, a United Nations initiative to encourage awareness worldwide

and to take action to protect the environment. This year’s theme is ‘Beat plastic pollution – if you can’t reuse it, refuse it.’ Plastic is a material most would agree we can’t live without but the effects of plastic waste can be devastating – especially when 50% of the plastic we use is single use. Every minute one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased around the world. Annually up to 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans. West Country mum Tori is making sure her family are making a difference: “The kids now know what’s recyclable and what’s not, and they wash it up and put it in the right bins themselves. We try to reduce the amount of plastic we use by using re-usable water bottles as opposed to single-use ones.

“Every minute one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased around the world. Annually up to 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans”

“From school, my son has picked up on why they reduce plastics,” she says, “and at home we cut down as much as we can. The danger plastic straws have posed to the environment has been a big topic lately and so we’ve stopped buying them.” Studies have shown that plastics can harm our bodies when they pollute our waters, and many are not aware that clothes made with plastics can do just that when they go in the wash. Tori: “I’m mindful of what materials children’s clothes are made out of when I go shopping and try not to buy clothes that are made from a lot of plastic material.” Schools have a vital role to play. One North Somerset primary school teacher (who wishes to remain anonymous) tells Primary Times: “We need the next generation to care about these issues and so we provide children with lots of opportunities to take part in meaningful environmental activities and projects.” This year the school is working to incorporate the UN’s global and environmental goals into the curriculum. “As a school community,” continues the teacher, “we are looking for ways

we can make a difference, such as switching lights off when not in the classroom, stopping the use of plastic straws in packed lunches and encouraging more children to walk to school. We are planning to have some children nominated as ‘eco-warriors’ to help promote and implement these and many other ideas.” The work doesn’t stop at the end of the school day either – the after-school ‘Eco Club’ is another opportunity for children to get involved. “They are improving our conservation area to encourage more wildlife,” says the teacher, “growing vegetables and plants in our raised beds and introducing new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.” Earthwise is an organisation committed to getting children outdoors, reconnecting with food, farming and the natural world. Earthwise founder Claire Rosling says: “Children only grow up to protect what they are familiar with and understand, so it is so important that we expose children to the natural world as much as we can.” The organisation offers school visits and incorporates environmental awareness into their activities. Claire: “During our school visits we engage children on how we grow food and how we can minimise our impact on wildlife and the environment. One third of our greenhouse gas emissions come from the global food industry and so educating children on the importance of small-scale, low-impact, nature-friendly farming is vital for sustaining the health of our planet.” Earth wise have upcoming events to get involved with including the ‘Half-term farm and forest run’, and ‘Family pick and cook’. Earthwise W:



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BATH Bath Fringe Festival runs from Fri 25 May to Sun 12 Jun. Festival events are marked (BFF) and more details can be found at THE EGG Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844, Handa’s Surprise Sat 26-Sun 27 May, 10.30am, 11.45am & 2.30pm, £8.50 (adult)/£7.50 (child)/£6.50 (schools) • Handa goes to visit her best friend in the neighbouring village and takes a gift of fruit with her – but will the animals along the way be able to resist the tasty mangos and passion fruits? Physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine in this adaptation of Eileen Browne’s popular Kenyan tale. Found Fri 1-Sat 2 Jun, 11.30am & 3pm, £8.50 (adult)/£7.50 (child)/£6.50 (schools) • Two dancers find themselves in a magical interconnected world in this dance piece aimed at “young audiences with inquiring minds”. Ages 4-7. How The Sun Was Rescued Thu 7 Jun, 10am & 11.15am, £4.50 • A chance to step into and explore a world of stories in which the sun has disappeared and Hare sets out to find out why. Ages 18mths-5+. One Small Step Fri 8-Sat 9 Jun, 10am & 1pm (Fri)/11.30am & 3pm (Sat), £8.50 (adult)/£7.50 (child)/£6.50 (schools) • A return visit for the action-packed show in which two actors play more than 40 characters involved in the race between the USA and USSR to be the first to send a man to the moon. Ages 6+. Sourpuss Sat 16 Jun, 11.30am & 3pm, £8.50 (adult)/£7.50 (child) • A ginger cat gets very 8 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 8 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

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grumpy when he’s locked out of the house – but then he starts to explore the great outdoors and discovers some of its fascinating secrets. Ages 3+. Whatever The Weather Fri 22-Sat 23 Jun, 10am & 1pm (Fri)/11.30am & 3pm (Sat), £8.50 (adult)/£7.50 (child)/£6.50 (schools) • The two figures in a weather house have never met – one comes out when it’s raining, one comes out when it’s dry – but one day they come to life … M6 Theatre return to the egg with their comic visual theatre. Ages 3+. Feather Women And The Morning Star Thu 5 Jul, 10am & 11.15am, £4.50 • Let your imagination run away with you in a world of stories in which the starloving Feather Woman embarks on an adventurous journey to Above Land. Ages 18mths-5+. THE MISSION THEATRE 32 Corn St, Bath BA1 1UF. 01225 428600, www. A Dog’s Brexit (BFF) Sat 26-Sun 27 May, 3pm (Sat)/1pm & 2.30pm (Sun), £8/£6 (conc)/£5 (under16s) • Barney Bulldog and his family fall out over which way they’re going to vote on whether Britain should stay in the EU or not. ‘Dr Seuss meets Animal Farm’ in this new family show from The Little Things. Ages 7+. Route (BFF) Fri 1 Jun, 8pm, £8 • Marie Myrie’s uplifting spoken-word piece explores a mix of Caribbean themes. Friendly Ever After (BFF) Sat 2-Sun 3 Jun, 4pm/2pm (Sat), £10 (adult)/£5 (child) • Two young and lonely clowns looking for true friendship discover it together in this touching and funny show from Maria de Jesus Rocha and Bianca Bertalot.

THEATRE BATH BUS Brunel Sq (next to the railway station), Bath BA1 1SX. The Stationmaster (BFF) Sat 2 Jun, 10am, £8/£6 (conc) • Writer/performer Gabriel Vick celebrates young people’s love of trains in a new family musical full of new songs and stories. Sticky Ends (BFF) Sun 3 June, 11.30am, £6 • Interactive storytelling from writer/performer Gill Simmons in which audiences activate the stories by choosing their favourite props. Ages 5+. VARIOUS VENUES Bedlam Saturday (BFF) Sat 2 June, 1pm, free • Huge celebration of street performance in Bath with the likes of Bash Street Theatre, DotComedy, Ramshacklicious and this year’s Outside Now! Project, much of it centring on Brunel Square. See the Bath Fringe website, www.bathfringe., for more information. Bedlam Sunday (BFF) Sun 3 June, 1pm, free • A second day of outdoor performance, this time revolving around the Sawclose and Kingsmead Square area. See the Bath Fringe website, www.bathfringe., for more information.


259 1532, The Mill On The Floss Sat 16 Jun, 7.30pm • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present a moving and theatrical adaptation of George Eliot’s story of Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom. BRANDON HILL Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR. www. Much Ado About Nothing Wed 4 July, 7pm, £16/£11 (conc) • Hero and Claudio fall in love at first sight while Benedick and Beatrice do battle in a war of words … Heartbreak Productions stage Shakespeare’s fastmoving comedy in the great outdoors in the aftermath of the First World War. BRISTOL HIPPODROME St. Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ. 0844 871 3012, www. Flashdance Mon 25-Sat 30 Jun, 7.30pm/2.30pm (Wed & Sat), £24.90-£63.40 inc booking fee • Spectacular musical that tells the story of a young professional dancer who runs into romantic difficulties as she pursues her ambitions. Ages 11+. Dinosaur World Live Thu 28-Sat 30 Jun, 4.30pm (Thu & Fri)/2pm (Fri)/11am (Sat), £19.55 inc booking fee • A chance to meet a host of huge beasts, including a T-rex, triceratops and segnosaurus in this new interactive family show followed by a meet-andgreet session. Ages 3+. That’ll Be The Day Sun 1 Jul, 7.30pm, £31.25-£33.25 inc booking fee • Musical rollercoaster ride through the pop and rock hits of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. La Fille Mal Gardee Wed 4-Sat 7 Jul, 7.30pm/2pm (Thu)/1pm (Fri)/2.30pm (Sat), £19.25-50.25 inc booking fee • Lise has to choose between a rich country »

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bumpkin and a penniless but handsome farmhand – a situation that results in a comic battle between Lise and her mother. Clog-dancing and a pony are amongst the more unusual features of this Birmingham Royal Ballet production. Friday’s 1pm performance is an hour-long version specially adapted for children aged 3+ while there’s a chance to watch the dancers prepare for the performance at a special class at 11.45am on Sat 7. Check the website for details. Thriller Live Mon 9-Sat 14 Jul, 7.30pm/5pm & 8.30pm (Fri)/4pm & 8pm (Sat), £22.50-£40.50 inc booking fee • West End tribute concert stacked with the hits of Michael Jackson. The Play That Goes Wrong Mon 16-Sat 21 Jul, 7.30pm/2.30pm (Wed & Sat), £20.90-£39.90 inc booking fee • The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is intent on staging a 1920s murder mystery – but the accident-prone cast simply can’t get anything right. The hugely popular farcical comedy pays a visit. Ages 8+. CIRCOMEDIA St Paul’s Church, Portland Sq, Bristol BS2 8SJ. 0117 924 7615, Celebrating Bristol’s Circus Heritage Sat 9 Jun, 2-4pm, free • A chance to share your circus stories with Circomedia’s ‘circus detectives’ as part of an oral history project that will lead to a major exhibition and performance at Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery in the autumn. Collabo Sat 23 Jun, 7.30pm, £10/£8 (conc) • The avant garde dance company curate an evening of dance collaborations across all genres by local performers. Launch Day Thu 12 Jul, 7.30pm, £12/£10 (conc) • Kelly-Abbot Dance Theatre celebrates shipbuilding and shipyard workers in a dance work inspired by the paintings of Alexander Millar. Ages 11+. COLSTON HALL Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR. 0844 887 1500, The Gruffalo & Room On The Broom Sun 3 Jun, 4pm, £14.50-£27.50 inc booking fee • The Welsh National Opera’s orchestra perform live scores 10 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 10 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

on the book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher. Ages 3-8. Kidocracy Sun 10 Jun, 11am & 2pm, £8 • Given the mess that adults have made of the world, 400-old-year Brehon offers kids the chance to fix all the problems the grown-up have made in this interactive comedy show. Ages 6+. Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose Sat 28 Jul, 2pm, £8 • Follow the increasingly silly adventures of would-be superhero Captain Cauliflower as he does battle with the evil Onion Man. Ages 3-8.

to the animated TV films of the two popular children’s yarns. REDGRAVE THEATRE Percival Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3LE. 0117 315 7000, www. The Redgrave has no permanent box office so please book directly with the visiting companies listed below. Little Shop Of Horrors Wed 30 May-Sat 2 Jun, 7.30pm/2.30pm (Sat), £15 • A carnivorous plant causes mayhem in a downtown flower shop as Seymour tries to win the heart of his beloved Audrey in this popular comedy musical. ST GEORGE’S BRISTOL Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR. 0117 925 3333, www. Vivaldi’s Dream Wed 30 May, 11.45am, £6 • Wild Words bring storytelling, song, live music and film together in a tale of a young girl inspired by her grandmother’s ancient stories. Preceded by a 30-minute ‘playshop’ at 10.30am (free to ticketholders, but must be booked in advance). VARIOUS VENUES Bristol, www. Bristol Shakespeare Festival Wed 4-Sat 28 Jul • Details of this year’s programme have yet to emerge, but if previous incarnations are anything to go by, you can expect a feast of Shakespeare served up in unlikely venues and the great outdoors. Keep an eye on the festival website for more information. WARDROBE THEATRE The Old Market Assembly, 25 West St, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF. Glorious Greeks Mon 28 May, 11am & 2pm, £8 • Go on an adventure based on the classic Greek story of ‘The Odyssey’ and meet monsters, sirens and the one-eyed cyclops. Take part in a puppet-making workshop and then watch the show. Ages 3-10. Perfect Thu 31 May-Sun 3 Jun, 11am & 2pm, £8 • Tessa Bide uses puppetry, live music and animation to bring to life the story of a boy waiting for the birth of his baby sister. Based

WESTONSUPER-MARE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE High St, Weston-superMare, North Somerset BS23 1HP. 01934 645544, www. Ministery Of Science Live! Sun 17 Jun, 3pm, £14 (adult)/£12.50 (child)/£48 (family) • Expect bangs and whooshes a-plenty in this explosive science show that comes complete with a human cannon, a hovercraft, frozen nitrogen and hydrogen bottle rockets. The Fabulous Bacon Boys Tue 19 Jun, 7.30pm, £10 • Living Spit bring a wholly unique spin to the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ as three builders propose an exciting new building development featuring houses made of straw, wood and brick … The performance takes place at The Tropicana on Marine Parade. Ages 10+. What The Ladybird Heard Wed 27-Thur 28 Jun, 1.30 & 4.30pm (Wed)/10.30am & 4.30pm (Thu), £13.50 • Live music, puppetry and lots of audience participation combine in this adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ farmyard adventure about a ladybird who has to stop two cunning robbers from stealing the farmer’s prize cow.

FURTHER AFIELD EVERYMAN THEATRE Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573, www. The Gruffalo’s Child Tue 3-Thu 5 Jul, 1.30pm/10.30am (Wed & Thu), £14 • The follow-up to ‘The Gruffalo’ sees the eponymous child setting out into the deep dark wood even though her father’s warned her not to. Expect songs, laughs and some scary fun in this adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning book. Much Ado About Nothing Tue 3-Thu 5 Jul,

7.45pm, £11.50 • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy. Dinosaur World Live Fri 6-Sun 8 Jul, 4.30pm (Fri)/11am & 2pm (Sat & Sun), £16 • A chance to meet a host of huge beasts, including a T-rex, triceratops and segnosaurus in this new interactive family show followed by a meet-andgreet session. Ages 3+. ROSES THEATRE The Roses, Sun St, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX. 01684 295074, Black Magic: The Little Mix Show Sat 2 Jun, 3pm & 7pm, £13£15 • Tribute show featuring all of Little Mix’s chart-topping hits. Cinderella Fri 15 Jun, 7.30pm, £14.50-£20 • Circus and ballet combine in this new production of the age-old fairy tale presented by Ballet Cymru. Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales Thu 26 Jul, 1pm & 4pm, £12-£14 • Freckle Productions cram four tales from the sea, the farm and the jungle – all by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – into their show: ‘Tiddler’, ‘Monkey Puzzle’, ‘The Smartest Giant In Town’ and ‘A Squash And A Squeeze’. WYVERN THEATRE Theatre Sq, Swindon SN1 1QN. 01793 524481, www. The Slipper And The Rose Fri 22-Sat 23 Jun, 7.30pm/2.30pm (Sat), £15/£11 (conc)/£50 (family) • The Estelle School of Dance marks its 60th anniversary with the musical based on the Cinderella story. Proceeds go to the Brighter Futures Appeal. Wilkes Academy Summer Showase Tue 3-Thu 5 Jul, 7pm/2pm (Thur), £23/£21 (conc) • A seasonal celebration of musical theatre and dance by the students from the academy which is now in its fifth year. One Night Only Sat 7 Jul, 7.30pm, £12 • Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and break dance all feature in this showcase by students of Teresa’s School of Dance. Welcome To The Mad House Sat 14 Jul, 7pm, £16/£14 (conc) • Drama, dance and song focused around the world of the Mad Hatter from the students at Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama.

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MAY UNTIL WED 23 MAY SPRING STARGAZING (3D) We The Curious, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, • The cosmos is always changing discover which constellations move over time, see the dance of Jupiter’s moons and learn which stars you might spot in your garden this spring. 0117 915 1000, regular daily shows, £3.50 plus standard admission prices. UNTIL SUN 27 MAY BATH FESTIVAL Various venues, Bath, BA1, www. • Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Bath Festival returns with a 17-day multi-arts programme, with music and literature at its core. See our pick of events for the festival’s final few days, marked BF. 01225 614180, various prices and times. UNTIL THU 31 MAY NATURE AND WILDLIFE MONTH Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Pixash Lane, Bath Rd, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP, • Learn more about creepy crawlies, wildlife and nature from the Avon Valley Team and see what you can find along the banks of the River Avon. Plus bug hunts, bark rubbing, pond dipping and more, with plenty of extra activities at weekends and school holidays. 0117 986 4929, 10am-6pm, included in standard admission prices. PRIMARY PRIMARY TIMES TIMES

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UNTIL SUN 10 JUN RADICAL CLAY: TEACHING WITH THE GREATEST POTTERS OF THE 1960S Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL, bristol-museum-and-art-gallery • View the pottery collection run by the Bristol and Avon Schools Loans Service, which was lent out to local schools to inspire young minds. Fifty pieces including work by Lucy Rie, Bernard and Janet Leach, Hans Coper, Ruth Duckworth and many more. UNTIL SUN 17 JUN MAKE: SPACE The Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, • Get creative in the gallery activity area and create a map of your local neighbourhood, inspired by current exhibition You Are Here: Bristol Legible City. 0117 922 1540, 11am-5pm/12pm-5pm Sat and Sun, free. UNTIL SUN 15 JUL MEMORIALS TO CHANGE We The Curious, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, • What has changed in your life? Have you moved house or school? Lost a favourite toy or forgotten a skill? Mull over what’s changed for you and read stories collected from people in Bristol chronicling what’s changed in their lives. 0117 915 1000, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL MON 16 JUL TIME LAB We The Curious, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, • Investigate artefacts that tell the story of time passing – including tree rings and rocks, create your own clock face to show what your ideal day would look like and join the Live Science Team in live experiments and discussions that explore your time-warping

questions. 0117 915 1000, 10am5pm, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL TUE 17 JUL FERMENTS We The Curious, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, • Get hands on in the kitchen and learn more about one of the most fascinating food processes - fermentation. Understand the science behind fermenting, learn about potential health benefits and use your senses to note the changes in food once fermented. 0117 915 1000, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL TUE 17 JUL CABBAGES, KALE AND US We The Curious, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, • Join the Live Science Team in the Greenhouse to learn more about the brassica family. Handle, examine and dissect a range of brassica (cabbage, kale, broccoli and more) to find out their similarities and differences. 0117 915 1000, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL TUE 28 AUG NGS PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Nationwide, • The second annual photography competition from the National Gardening Scheme, in assocation with BBC Gardener’s World. Simply take a photograph at one of the NGS open days between the running dates for the chance to win WOLF-Garten tools worth almost £1,000. See website for full terms and conditions. UNTIL SUN 30 SEP SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL Marine Parade, Westonsuper-Mare, BS23 1BE, www. • The sand sculptors return to transform the beach front with

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. UNTIL TUE 1 JAN 2019 THE WONDER WOMEN OF SPACE Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King St, Bath, BA1 2BL, uk • Learn more about 19th century astronomer Caroline Herschel alongside leading astro-physicists, astronomers and engineers on the women who inspire them today. 01225 446865, 1-5pm/11am-5pm Sat and Sat, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL TUE 1 JAN 2019 MAKING THEIR MARK No.1 Royal Crescent, 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR, www. • Celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage and learn more about other extraordinary women throughout history on a family trail. 01225 428126, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. FRI 25 MAY WEAR W DAY Nationwide, www.winstonswish. org • Ditch the uniforms and dig out your most creative fancy dress for children’s charity Winston’s Wish. Anything goes as long as it begins with a ‘W’ - think witches, wellies, wigs or even a wasp. Hold a fashion show, award a prize for the most creative costume or simply have fun and make a donation to help children affected by bereavement. 01242 515157. FRI 25 MAY-SAT 2 JUN LOVE YOUR ZOO WEEK Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon MAYHALF-TERM HALF-TERM2018 2018 13 13 MAY



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SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN SIDE BY SIDE American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD, www.americanmuseum. org • Time to keep the morale of the troops, and those back home up by having fun and telling a joke or two on a Charlie Chaplininspired family trail. 01225 460503, 10am-5pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2.50 per trail (includes prize). SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN HALF-TERM AT THE ZOO Bristol Zoo, College Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA, www.bristolzoo. • Plenty to see and do this half-term including interactive discovery trail, I Spy game, Guess Who?, face painting and Zooropia high level walk. Plus, a child can go free for every adult ticket booked online throughout the holiday. 0117 428 5300, 9am5.30pm, standard admission prices apply/child free with full paying adult if booked online. SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN THE BIG BLUE Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TT, www. • Full information was yet to be released at the time of going to press, but expect plenty of underwater themed fun and activities this May half-term. 0117 929 8929, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 26 MAY-SUN 9 SEP DIPPY THE DIPLODOCUS Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH, www. uk • A little further afield but something not to be missed, as the Natural History Museum’s gigantic Diplodocus cast arrives in Birmingham. Explore the prehistoric world with arts and crafts, the Dippy family room and of course, the giant skeleton itself. 0121 3488032, 10am-5pm, free but ticket required. SUN 27 MAY FAMILY GREEN WOODWORKING Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Tyntesfield, Bristol, BS48 1NX, www. • Work together to create a figure from green wood and a whistle from a hazel stick, guided by the Somerset Bodgers. 0344 800 4966, 10am-12pm or 2-4pm, £25 per adult and child. SUN 27 MAY-WED 5 SEP SUMMER STARGAZING We The Curious, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, • Discover the astronomy you might see from your back garden this

summer with an immersive 3D experience. Fly past Saturn, witness a meteor shower and learn more about the stars up close with an expert guide. Suitable for ages 6 plus. 0117 915 1000, 2.45 and 4.15pm, plus 12.30 and 5pm weekends and school holidays, standard admission prices apply plus £3 per ticket. MON 28 MAY-FRI 1 JUN TREASURING THE PAST Roman Baths, Stall St, Bath, BA1 1LZ, • Make a Roman-inspired treasure chest to keep your own precious things in. 01225 477785, 10am12.30pm and 1.30-4pm, included in standard admission prices. TUE 29 MAY GET KNITTED Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath, BA1 2QH, • Find out about ‘messy knitting’ using the museum’s Dress of the Year from 2016, then use finger knitting to make a cuff, neck piece or anything else you can imagine. 01225 477789, 10.30am12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm, included in standard admission prices. TUE 29 MAY-FRI 1 JUN SPRING HALF-TERM ART CLUB Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney St, Bath, BA2 4DB, www. • Expect plenty of art and crafts activities including painting, drawing, collage, clay and more. Check website for updated schedule of activities. Suitable for ages 5 to 11. 01225 388569, 9am-4pm, £38 per day/£15 discount if booking all four days. WED 30 MAY CHINESE CULTURE WORKSHOPS Yate Heritage Centre, Church Rd, Yate, BS37 5BG, • Try Chinese folk dancing, calligraphy and learn more about the general culture. 01454 862200, 10.30am-12pm or 1.30-3pm, free but booking essential.

WED 30 MAY SPRING BLOSSOMS Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge St, Bath, BA2 4AT, www.victoriagal. • Create a colourful blossom picture using mixed media. Suitable for ages 3 to 7. 01225 477233, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm, free. WED 30 MAY-SAT 2 JUN ROYAL BATH AND WEST SHOW Royal Bath and West Showground, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN, www. • Annual celebration of Great British agriculture, entertainment, food and drink. Plenty to see and do including livestock exhibition, sheep shearing, show jumping, birds of prey, cheese awards, live music and a dedicated Farming for the Family area. 01749 822200, 9am, £25 (adult)/£8 (child). Advance camping also available for £15 per night. WED 30 MAY-SAT 2 JUN DINOSAUR DISCOVERY DAYS Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol, BS32 4PG, country-park • Meet the 6ft tall Raptor stalking the grounds, follow the Dinosaur Footprint trail, handle reptiles and snakes, plus keeper talks, dig for bones in the sandpit and much more dinothemed fun. 01454 414081, 10am5pm, see website for activity times, included in standard admission prices/plus £2 for snake handling. THU 31 MAY TREE-MENDOUS FUN Bristol Zoo (and the Downs), College Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA, • Spend the morning finding out more about trees on the Downs, then print your own leaf pattern t-shirt to take home. Booking essential. 0117 903 0609, 10am3.30pm, £15 per child. THU 31 MAY CLAY MASK WORKSHOP Yate Heritage Centre, Church Rd, Yate, BS37 5BG, www. PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES


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464640, 2.30-4pm, £3 per child, booking required. SAT 2-SUN 3 JUN TOGAS AND TUNICS Roman Baths, Stall St, Bath, BA1 1LZ, • Learn more about how the Romans dressed and try wearing a toga for yourself. 01225 477785, 10am12.30pm and 1.30-4pm, included in standard admission prices. SUN 3 JUN WILDLIFE WALK Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH, • Join nature enthusiast and Bathnats member, Glen Maddison, for a wander through the garden. Look out for summer bird song, wild flowers, butterflies and moths as the weather starts to warm up. 01225 833977, 9-11am, all tickets £5. SAT 9 JUN CHARITY MUSIC FESTIVAL Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol, BS32 4PG, country-park • Ronald McDonald House, Bristol presents RMHB Fest, a fun-filled day featuring live music, circus skills, tennis, arts and crafts, stalls and games, plus all the regular park attractions. Money raised goes towards providing accommodation and support for critically ill children and their families receiving care at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. 01454 414081, 10am10pm, £25 (adult)/£15 (child). SAT 9-SUN 10 JUN BRISTOL FESTIVAL OF NATURE (BBFN) Millenium Square, Canons Way, Bristol, BS1 5LL, uk/festival-of-nature • Celebrate the festival’s 15th birthday with free interactive exhibitions, music, workshops, talks and much more. Check the website for more activities TBA. 0117 925 3931, 9am-6pm, free. SAT 9-SUN 10 JUN THE BRICK EXPRESS Avon Valley Railway, Bath Rd, Bristol, BS30 6HD, www. • All aboard the Brick Express for

workshops with one of Britain’s favourite toys, Lego. Meet builder Tom Poulsom and view his latest Lego creations, practice engine driving with controls for the miniature layout and enjoy rides on diesel and steam-hauled trains. 0117 932 5538, trains from 10.30am, see website for other times, £10 (adult)/£8 (child)/£5 (age 3-4)/under 3s free. SUN 10 JUN OPEN FARM SUNDAY Farrington’s Farm, Main St, Farrington Gurney BS39 6UB, • Hundreds of farms all over the country open their doors for LEAF Open Farm Day. Discover real farming first hand, see how your food is produced and learn more about Farringtons behind the scenes. 01761 452266, 10am4pm, free. SUN 10 JUN CHEW VALLEY 10K AND 1K FOOTBALL FUN RUN Bishop Sutton Football Club, Lakeview, Wick Rd, Bishop Sutton, BS39 5XN, www.chewvalley10k. • Adults can challenge themselves with a 10k race through the scenic Chew Valley, while younger ones aged 4 to 14 can join in with a World Cup themed 1k fun run (dressing up encouraged). Enter via website. 9.30am/fun run starts 11.45am, £18.50 (10k entry)/£5 (fun run). MON 11-SUN 17 JUN CARERS WEEK Nationwide, www.carersweek. org • Annual campaign raising awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. See website for a full list of events and how your school, family or workplace can get involved. SAT 16 JUN NATIONAL REFUSE CHAMPIONSHIPS Seafront, Marine Parade, Westonsuper-Mare, BS23 1AT, www. nationalrefusechampionships. • Following the success of the first ever event last year, the competition returns to Westonsuper-Mare as an annual event. Watch teams from the waste

management industry compete to test their driving, tracking and manoeuvering skills, weight-lift challenges and more. Cheer on family and friends, enjoy the funfair and promenade, followed by fish and chips and live music into the night. All money raised in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society. 07772 500 736, races 9am-4.30pm, prize giving 5pm, see website for entry details. SAT 16 JUN FATHER’S DAY ENCOUNTERS Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Rd, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG, • Treat dad to a memorable experience this Father’s Day with an up close animal encounter. Choose either a giant tortoise, spectacled bear or giraffe and go behind the scenes with a knowledgeable keeper before enjoying a bacon sandwich. Tortoise and giraffe suitable for ages 6 and over, bear encounters suitable for 18 years and over. 01275 852606, see website for times, £72 per two people. SAT 16 JUN MONSTER MAP! The Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, • Help create a giant 3D map of the city of Bristol. Build a well known landmark, your house or somewhere special to you in the city. 0117 922 1540, 1-4pm, free. SAT 16-SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD, www.americanmuseum. org • Help dad live the American Dream with classic cars, food from Spitfire BBQ and toe-tappin Americana music all day. 01225 460503, 10am-4pm, standard admission prices apply. SAT 16-SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY: GREAT WESTERN ITALIAN DAYS Brunel Square, Bristol, BS1 6UP, • The Italian AutoMoto Club turn Brunel Square into a little Italy this Father’s Day weekend, with plenty of Italian cars and bikes on display. While you’re down there, why not visit the SS Great Britain, too? 0117 926 0680, 10am-4pm, Brunel Square free, standard admission prices apply for SS Great Britain. SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY BARBECUE Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH, prior-park-landscape-garden • Bring a picnic rug to relax by PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES


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SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY FUN Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol, BS32 4PG, country-park • Dads can enjoy free entry to the park this Father’s Day, plus activities for all the family including tug of war, assault course, design a card and pie and pint food. 01454 414081, 10am-5pm, standard admission prices apply/dads free. SUN 17 JUN SUPERHERO DAY Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Pixash Lane, Bath Rd, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP, • What better day than Father’s Day to dress as a superhero? Choose your favourite and dig out those costumes for a fun day out at the adventure park. Dads in fancy dress get in free (that goes for Grandads too!). 0117 986 4929, 10am-6pm, standard admission prices apply/dads and grandads in fancy dress free. SUN 17 JUN GET HERBY IN HENBURY Blaise Community Garden, Next to Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Rd, Bristol, BS10 7QS, www.blaisecommunitygarden. • Learn all about herbs and their uses, make bouquet garnis and tussy mussies, take part in cookery demonstrations and workshops and enjoy tasters and a shared lunch at 1pm. Free family food event in collaboration with Bristol Food Connections and Blaise Museum. 0117 903 9818, 11am-3pm, free. SUN 17 JUN SEASONAL FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Tyntesfield, Bristol, BS48 1NX, www. • Stalls from local food and craft producers selling everything from freshly baked bread and fine cheese to handmade jewellery, ceramics and more. 0344 800 4966, 10am-3pm, free.

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go on a secret treasure hunt around the grounds (weather dependent). Play outdoor games and do summer crafts before hearing the Victorian tale of the Secret Garden. Suitable for ages 2 to 5. 0344 800 4966, 10-11.45am or 1-2.45pm, £7 (child)/£3 (adult). THU 21 JUN SUMMER SOLSTICE Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King St, Bath, BA1 2BL, • Opportunity to take part in some daytime astronomy, including observing the summer solstice in the very garden Uranus was discovered from in 1781. The solstice occurs at 11.07am GMT. 01225 446865, 10am-2pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 23 JUN BIG FAMILY MUSIC DAY Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ, • Join in a whole day of musical family fun, with the chance to try out instruments, watch live musicians and have a go at plenty more activities. 01225 860100, from 11am, £4 (adult)/£2 (child).

MON 18-SUN 24 JUN LEARNING DISABILITY WEEK Nationwide, • This year’s Learning Disability Week is all about health, with a big focus on Mencap’s Treat Me Well campaign, aiming to transform how those with learning disabilities are treated in hospital. See website for what activities Mencap have planned and how you can get involved.

SAT 23-SUN 24 JUN SIDE BY SIDE: SONGS AND STITCHES American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD, www.americanmuseum. org • Discover how injured soldiers were looked after on the Western Front and hear the music and instruments they recuperated to. A weekend of living history with Discover History, Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman. 01225 460503, 11am-4pm, included in standard admission prices.

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SAT 30 JUN PUMPKIN PLANTING Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol, BS32 4PG, country-park • The chance to plant your own pumpkin seeds, which should turn into pumpkins ready to be carved for Halloween. Children are welcome to visit to see how their seeds are growing and being tended to by the farm’s gardeners. 01454 414081, prices and times TBC. SAT 30 JUN-SUN 1 JUL INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND: PART 1 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD, www.americanmuseum. org • Choose a side - for King or Liberty - rub shoulders with both rebels and redcoats and learn about life in 1776 on a living history weekend. Expect loud bangs throughout the day! 01225 460503, 10am-4pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 30 JUN-SUN 1 JUL GRILLSTOCK FESTIVAL Lloyds Amphitheatre, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5LL, • A dream weekend for meat and barbecue lovers, with live music, BBQ Academy masterclasses, and of course, plenty of trade stalls selling delicious grilled offerings and drinks. Full line up TBC, please see website. Times TBC, £28 (adult Sat)/£24 (adult Sun)/£45 (adult weekend)/all child tickets £10. SAT 30 JUN-SUN 1 JUL GET GROWING AT BLAISE COMMUNITY GARDEN Blaise Community Garden, Next to Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Rd, Bristol, BS10 7QS, www.blaisecommunitygarden. • Explore the wonderful secret garden, learn all about growing your own produce and take part in planting activities and crafts for all the family. There will also be a café and plant sale. 0117 903 9818, from 10am, free. »


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As the government taxes sugary drinks and councils deploy a range of initiatives to tackle childhood obesity, Emily Potter explores how parents can inspire their children to eat healthily.

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t’s school pick up time. The kids charge into the playground, excited to be out of the classroom, while the freedoms of home, the park or the console loom. Perhaps, the route home takes you past the supermarket or the sweet shop and the pressure to give in to those insistent requests for chocolate, gum or crisps is overwhelming. Judging by figures outlined in the latest government initiative, too many parents are caving in to these requests with a third of children aged 2 to 15 either overweight or obese. Quite apart from the health risks to the children themselves, the costs of obesity to the NHS were an estimated £5.1 billion in 2014/15. In Bristol, official figures show that obesity and overweight at Reception level is 22.9% as compared to 22.1% nationally while, for Year 6, the Bristol data is 35.6% compared to 34.2% nationally. The government’s 2016 ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’ states that, “Younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer.” Already, the government has introduced its much publicised sugary drinks tax, while local authorities have introduced campaigns in their regions. Bristol deputy mayor Asher Craig, whose responsibilities include public health, says, “Two thirds of adults in the city are above a healthy weight and our children are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents due to diet and inactivity. Our focus is on ensuring this doesn’t come true.” PRIMARY PRIMARY TIMES TIMES

The city council and its partners are promoting healthy weight through initiatives such as ‘The Great Weight Debate’ and the ‘Sugar Smart Campaign’, designed to improve diet and exercise. Asher explains, “We provide teaching resources, training and advice on improving health and wellbeing. Schools and nurseries can apply for the Healthy Schools Awards which include topic-based badges, with a focus on promoting health and wellbeing through best practice in schools.” But no matter how strong the messages from the authorities, it’s the parents themselves who have to deliver these changes. Ensuring your child maintains a healthy lifestyle can be one of the greatest challenges of a parent’s daily life. Encouraging them to eat their greens, to switch that chocolate bar for an orange and go for a kick about instead of a game on the iPad can test the wits of the wiliest supermum or dad, especially when the youngsters dig their heels in. Registered nutritional therapist Philippa Parish from Bristol says the causes of child obesity are complex, with contributing factors including the ‘grab and go’ culture around food, physical inactivity and “child power”. “The emotional and mental effect of obesity is vast,” she says. “They include bullying, low selfesteem and ‘roller coaster’ blood sugar fluctuations. These lead to sugar cravings and can also affect concentration, creating feelings of irritation, aggression and anxiety. “Healthy eating starts at home. The role of good nutrition needs

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more priority within the school curriculum and at government level, to empower parents and curtail the power of the food manufacturing industry.” The key is to make the change at home first, and get the children into a healthy routine. “Make fruit the only dessert option and limit fried foods to a few times a month,” says Parish. “Simple cookery lessons in school encourage children to get used to handling ingredients, chopping up fruit and growing food such as cress in an egg shell, or a tomato plant on the window sill.” Exercise plays an equally important role in a healthy lifestyle and encouraging children to be active can be great for their self-esteem. If the school involves a car journey, she says, “Park the car further away from the school and walk the last bit – even five minutes makes a difference. Get them a pedometer and keep a chart of steps taken, with regular (non-food) treats when they reach their goal. Parents can lead by example and take children for walks, or play games with them in the garden. They should negotiate television or computer time as rewards for activity time. Indoor games, such as hide and seek and bopping balloons are also great sources of exercise.” As one North Somerset primary school teacher tells Primary Times, “In class we teach children about a healthy lifestyle including diet, and exercise. We look at balanced meals and nutrition and what they need to be healthy. Health checks are run in the school for Reception year and Year 6 and advisory letters are sent out to parents.” But, she emphasises, the most successful approach comes from getting the children involved, encouraging them to think about how they eat and exercise. “We get the children involved by asking them to do a food diary, collect their own data and analyse what they eat,” says the 22 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 22 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

“Healthy eating starts at home. The role of good nutrition needs more priority within the curriculum.” Philippa Parish teacher, who prefers to remain anonymous. “We use the ‘Eat Well’ PVC mat to show what percentage of the food groups they need to have. It’s all about encouraging the right balance.” She says that learning about children’s dietary needs can be a way to engage your child in their own lifestyle. “Let them pick out fruit and veg at the supermarket or encourage them to help you make dinner,” she advises. “It’s fun for the children, who become engaged in the process and want to eat healthily because they are involved themselves.” Bath & North East Somerset Council W: Bristol City Council W: www. Bristol City Councillor Asher Craig E: cllr.asher.craig@ Philippa Parish Registered Nutritional Therapist W: E: T: 07460 930838

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Six ways families can get fitter and healthier. Top tips courtesy of Bath & North East Somerset Council. • An extra 20 minutes walking every day equals two extra hours every week. • Try one new activity or exercise this week, such as street dance, trampolining, circus skills or martial arts and you might want to keep doing it. • Make sure you get your five a day by including at least one serving of fruit or veg with each meal or snack. • Start the day with a healthy and filling breakfast! Swap low fibre cereal or toast for a wholegrain option such as wholemeal toast or a no-added-sugar muesli. • Fruit juice can contain a lot of sugar so drink it in moderation or replace with water. • Look for healthier options for snacks of no more than 100 calories, twice a day.


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The Breadwinner Fri 25 - Thu 31 May This Oscar®-nominated animation tells the moving story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling. This beautiful uplifting, inspiring film carries a message of hope for a world where all female voices will be heard.

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d r a o b n i P The Big Blue

No less than 71% of the earth is covered in water. The Big Blue is vast, and it’s teeming with life. If you take the dive and visit Bristol Aquarium, you can explore what lives beneath the waves, right in the heart of Bristol! With an unimaginable amount of space and some incredibly extreme living environments, the ocean can be a dangerous place, so learn how species have adapted in their quest to survive. From sharks, rays and seahorses, to puffer fish, piranhas and many more, wander through an underwater tunnel to watch this fascinating marine life swim over your head. This May half-term, from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June, you can get involved with hands on experiments and learn all about The Big Blue. Ffi: Bristol Aquarium T: 0117 929 8929 W:

Summer Fun at Farrington’s Open throughout the summer months, the cowtastic Farrington’s Farm Park provides an outdoor play area for littles ones, as well as the opportunity to meet some of Farrington’s resident farm animals. This year, the owners are excited to welcome three new residents – pygmy goats, who will no doubt be the source of much entertainment! The Farm Park will be open until September (weather permitting) and entry is just £1 this summer. Farrington’s will also be opening its gates for LEAF Open Farm Sunday on June 10. This is the perfect opportunity for children big and small to learn about all things farming, food and the countryside. This is a free event and for one day only there will also be free entry to the Farm Park. Keep up to date with their events via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Ffi: Farrington’s Farm Park Home Farm, Main Street, Farrington Gurney, Bristol BS39 6UB T: 01761 452266 W:


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Pure drama at BSPA

The Bristol School of Performing Arts, doyens of musical theatre for over 40 years, has announced details of its week-long 2018 summer school. The school takes place from July 23 to 28 and offers the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s finest and most experienced directors, choreographers, musical directors and vocalists. ‘Education through performance’ is the BSPA motto, and the summer school is a testament to that. Children aged between four and 19 years spend the week learning drama skills that are then put into practice on Saturday evening, where parents will be invited to see the students perform in the end-of-week Showcase in the in-house theatre. There are special morning-only sessions for the very young. For further information and enrolment, plus news of the school’s easy-payment system, please contact Cathy in the admin office by phone or email. Ffi: Bristol School of Performing Arts White Hart Lodge, Brislington Hill Bristol, BS4 5BD T: 0771 449 5373 E: W:

Get your Mojo going! This half-term, the Mojo Active Holiday Club has plenty of outdoor adventures planned on-site for your children including zorb football, nerf battles, team games, low-ropes challenges, taking on the assault course and scaling the climbing wall. There are also special days lined up such as watersports in Ilfracombe, high-ropes sessions, laser combat and X height. For those passionate about performing, Mojo Active will be running some Performing Arts Days at Bristol Grammar School. Childcare vouchers are accepted. To find out more and to book, visit www. As happy parent E Robinson says: “My son and daughter had the best time at Mojo Active holiday club and they think it’s the best holiday club EVER!” Mojo Active also offers party packages for children and grown-ups. Located as they are in 150 acres of private fields and woodland, there’s plenty of space for everyone to have a memorable birthday adventure! Find out more at kids/childrens-birthday-parties. Ffi: Mojo Active Holiday Club W:

Joust amazing! A huge favourite with the crowds and a fantastic family day out, ‘The Knights of Royal England’ return to Cardiff Castle on Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 June, 10am-5pm, with a dazzling show and an epic display of jousting and horsemanship. Reckless and brave, skilful and fiercely competitive, the knights stop at nothing as they charge full tilt at breakneck speed on their trusty steeds. Lances splinter as the knights take to battle from the saddle in some spectacular horseback stunts. Enjoy the pageantry, jeer or cheer for your favourite knight, join in the children’s parade and dragon parade, come in costume and be part of the spectacle. Story-telling, strolling musicians, combat displays and a village encampment to explore all add to the fun on this magical medieval day out. Children under five go free. Ffi: Cardiff Castle W:

Brunel’s incredible items Get your hands on a piece of history this May half-term and discover fascinating stories about Britain’s most famous engineer. Being Brunel – Bristol’s newest museum - is packed full of incredible items from the great engineer’s life, telling his story through sketch books, diaries and personal belongings as well as with fun interactive displays. New for this holiday, from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June, 10am-6pm, delve into a wonderful world of invention by getting to grips with Brunel’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Explore replica items from the collection and step into the Victorian Dock Office where Brunel designed and built the SS Great Britain. Get creative and make your own museum exhibit with family workshops. Make a collage of the most important item you would put in the museum of your life and meet curators in the Brunel Institute, where you can get up close and personal with even more amazing items! Ffi: Brunel’s SS Great Britain T: 0117 926 0680 W:



2018 Celebrating the UK Year of Engineering - Fun workshops for children Come and discover May 26th and 27th Learn how to draw vintage cars with Stefan Marjoram May 26th and 27th Science Fun with Cheltenham Science Group June 16th and 17th Electric Avenue Electric vehicles built by students August 4th Vex Robotics fun with UK champions Team Control Freaks August 4th and 5th learn how to draw vintage cars with Stefan Marjoram


Farm Park, Animal Trail & Indoor Playbarn Open Daily. Plus award-winning Farm Shop, Café & Shopping Village. For opening hours and prices, please visit our website.

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• Celebrating STEM and the year of engineering • Year round exhibitions of cars, art and design plus activities • Free drop in workshops for children in company of an adult during the summer

Open: March - October, Monday to Friday and November-February, Monday to Thursday. Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Admission Charge: £4.50 per adult, accompanied children free of charge. Find our latest news on, facebook, twitter and instagram. (Please note that if there is an event or race meeting at Prescott Hill Climb, a separate admission ticket is necessary, please contact us for details)

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Pick Your Own this summer at Primrose Vale Open 7 days a week Our first strawberries are now ready* Primrose Vale Farm Shop Shurdington Rd, Bentham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 4UA *Availability changes daily - please call or check online to avoid disappointment. Tel: 01452 863359, Email: Web:

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Special end of course presentation of work in our in-house Hart Theatre Age range 4 years to 104 years with special morning only sessions for the very young For further information and enrollment, plus news of our easy-payment system please contact Cathy in our admin office, or phone 0771 449 5373. 26 MAY HALF-TERM 2018



d r a o b n i P Explore the ancient iron mines

There have been quite a few changes at Clearwell Caves recently, with exciting displays showing how the amazing natural caverns and mines at Clearwell were created. For thousands of years, iron mining was the backbone of Forest of Dean industry: this story is told through fun displays and large atmospheric caverns revealing the miners’ work. As well as impressive show caves, you can book a caving activity, scrambling and crawling on a challenging adventure. The Caves have a shop selling unusual gifts and minerals, or you can enjoy the lovely Lamp Room café. There’s also free car parking and a children’s play area. Explore the alternative Forest of Dean, lying deep beneath the woodland!

Penguin Week at Birdland It’s Penguin Week at Birdland Park and Gardens this halfterm. From Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June, you can join Birdland’s keepers as they introduce you to everybody’s favourite flightless bird – and Birdland’s most popular residents. You’ll be able to learn all about the inhabitants of Penguin Shore, discovering the quirky personalities of the colony of King Penguins and comical Humboldts. Meet these charismatic film stars, say hello to the UK’s oldest penguin and, best of all, be in with a chance to help out at feeding time! Birdland celebrated its 60th birthday last year. The beautiful nine-acre site is inhabited by over 500 birds. Aside from the penguins, you’ll spot flamingos, pelicans, cranes, storks, cassowary, and waterfowl on various aspects of the natural water habitat. There are also over 50 aviaries featuring parrots, falcons, pheasants, hornbills, touracos, pigeons, ibis and many more. Ffi: Birdland Park and Gardens Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BN T: 01451 820480 W:

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Noah’s new elephant

Cotswold cuties Where better to explore with the kids this halfterm than Cotswold Farm Park? They have lots of activities to suit the typical British summer with plenty to do inside and outdoors. From bottle feeding lambs and stroking rabbits, to watching chicks appear from their eggs, there are plenty of cute and furries to meet in the Discovery Barn. Outside offers the chance to meet over 50 flocks and herds of rare breed farm animals and to burn off any extra energy on the bouncy pillows and play equipment. They also offer the opportunity to sample the best of the British countryside with a six-mile wildlife walk on their beautiful Cotswold estate. From May 26 to June 3, they will be encouraging visitors to explore nature and their own impact on the planet with ‘Nature Week!’. For the cheapest tickets and faster entry, buy online. Ffi: Cotswold Farm Park Guiting Power, nr. Cheltenham GL54 5UG T: 01451 850307 W:


Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s newest arrival – a 26-year-old African bull elephant by the name of Shaka - was introduced to the public in midApril and made quite a splash, wasting no time cooling off in the Elephant Eden pool, part of the zoo’s state-ofthe-art 20-acre elephant facility. Shaka travelled to his new home from Vienna Zoo and is joining two young bulls, nine-year-old M’Changa and 12-year-old Janu. Male elephants will naturally group together with other solitary males to form bachelor groups. These bachelor groupings are important for young bulls to learn social skills and new behaviours from the older males. Noah’s Ark is hoping that Shaka will act as a dominant bull for M’Changa and Janu to learn from. Head to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm this half-term to see if you can catch a glimpse of the zoo’s new elephant. Ffi: Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG W:

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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:

Thrills galore at Puxton Park If you’re looking for a fun day out, why not visit Puxton Park near Westonsuper-Mare? With over 30 attractions and rides including a brand new High Ropes Course, Puxton Park is a great family day out. Along with the adrenaline course, water walkerz and bumper boats, the park has plenty to satisfy adventure seekers. For a more relaxed day, there’s also a new animal discovery barn which is home to rare breeds of sheep, pigs and goats. The falconry centre will wow you with its daily shows of many rare and exotic birds. Once you’ve finished adventuring outside, let the kids burn off more energy at the massive three-storey soft-play barn. There’s plenty of extra fun to be had at Puxton Park this half-term, with activities including discos, magic shows, arts and crafts, animal antics and Nutty Noah! For more information, follow Puxton Park on Facebook or visit their website. Ffi: Puxton Park Cowslip Lane, Hewish, BS24 6AH T: 01934 523500 W:


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Hop till you drop • Bristol’s AirHop Trampoline Park has an exciting new attraction. Now, in addition to the current park activities, including over 120 interlinked trampolines, two dodgeball courts, a total wipeout zone, foam pit, basketball slam-dunk, and battle beams, visitors to the massive trampoline park can experience a one-of-a-kind Obstacle Course. It opened back in December to rave reviews from customers of all ages. Built by specialist indoor play company Tiger Play, the Obstacle Course is 32 metres long and stands at over two and half metres high in AirHop’s distinctive pink, blue, and yellow colours. It was designed and created exclusively for AirHop, so you won’t find another obstacle course like it anywhere else! With three lanes, you can race against your friends, family, colleagues, or team-mates. And for the truly competitive among you, the race is timed too. When you enter the course, a timer starts automatically; hit the big yellow button at the end of your breath-taking race and your time will be displayed on the screens alongside a gold, silver or bronze medal. Anyone who remembers the classic TV show ‘Fun House’ from the ‘90s will enjoy a good dose of nostalgia. And be warned - it’s harder than it looks! It’s suitable for anyone aged five and up, so make sure you get down to AirHop soon and ‘Challenge Your Inner Winner!’

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The perfect place for families to get out in the fresh air and explore. New woodland play area in the Hidden Hollow! Open every day 10.30 – 5pm Maze | Rustic play area | Shop & Café | Dogs welcome 28 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 28 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

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• London Camera Exchange in Bristol Horsefair is your local onestop photographic store, its staff ready and waiting to use their wealth of experience to help you with all things photographic. The Broadmead shop offers everything from used equipment to the latest tech from major manufacturers including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Lumix, Olympus and Fujifilm. They are Lumix Elite stockists, keeping an enhanced range of cameras and lenses to cover all needs as well as high-end Sony and Nikon full-frame professional cameras and lenses. They offer ‘getting the best from your camera’ lessons, family portrait shoots, passport photos, instant prints (up to 8 x 12 inches) from your phone, canvas prints, astronomy telescopes, action cameras, SLRs, compact system cameras, compact cameras, accessories, gimbals, lenses and supports for your mobile phone. Although following the modern trend towards all things digital, they still sell and develop film and can print up to A1 prints in store from your negatives or memory card. They keep cameras and lenses from all the aforementioned big brands in stock and can obtain most items in a day or so at internet prices. You can use their part-exchange service to help you upgrade to the latest kit at highly competitive prices. Mention this advertising feature and you’ll receive an extra 10 percent part-exchange bonus. They also buy quality equipment for cash. London Camera Exchange looks forward to seeing you very soon. Ffi: London Camera Exchange 53 The Horsefair, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3JP T: 0117 927 6185 W:


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• Have you ever wondered what humans will look like in the future, why we get déjà vu or whether time travel is possible? A day out full of questions, experiments and discoveries awaits you at Bristol’s science and arts centre We The Curious this half term and it’s all about ‘Time’. Inspired by what visitors have asked, all the activities at We The Curious this season will get you thinking about the nature of time and what it means to us. Head over to ‘Time Lab’ for investigations and chat about how we measure the passing of time and then imagine what would your ideal day look like? Over in the Kitchen, get your taste buds ready to explore the slow and delicious process of fermenting and in the Greenhouse, have a go at designing your own perfect vegetable (we humans have been doing this for centuries). Strawberry-flavoured carrot, anyone? Upstairs in the Studio, experience the stories hidden in everyday objects in the ‘Memorials to Change’ show and in the Planetarium, fly through the rings of Saturn and alongside a spectacular comet in ‘Summer Stargazing (3D)’. The team at We The Curious would love to hear your questions about time and use them to start more amazing conversations. You can submit questions via the website or bring them along when you visit. We The Curious is open 10am-6pm every day during the school holidays. To book tickets, please visit the website. Ffi: We The Curious Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB T: 0117 915 1000 W:

With colourful gardens, games on the lawn, fun outdoor trails and an enchanting estate to discover -what will make you jump for joy at Newark Park this half term? Open 6 days a week, 11am-5pm (closed Tuesdays). #nationaltrust

Call 01453 842 644 for details

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• On June 9 and 10, the ‘Brick Express’ steams into the Avon Valley Railway. Jump on board and try your hand at modelling with Lego® bricks as you travel the line. There will be plenty to inspire, not least the latest creations from Bristol’s master builder Tom Poulsom, who designed the official Lego® Birds set. You’ll marvel at his model of Bitton Station that he’s creating especially for this event. You’ll get the chance to drive Avon Valley Railway’s miniature Brick Express train on their special layout and there will also be face painting, balloon modelling and Punch and Judy shows to keep you entertained throughout the day. All-inclusive train and activity tickets mean there are no additional charges on the day. These tickets are available now and cost £10 for adults, £9 for concessions, £8 for children over 5 and £5 for those aged 3 and 4 (under 3s go free). Visit the website, call the railway’s booking office or drop in to reserve your seats today to avoid disappointment. Over the weekend, the activities will be taking place all day until 4.30pm but you’ll need to choose a specific time to travel on board the steam trains and enjoy the hour-long ride. Trains depart at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm. Please note the Lego Group does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this event.

All Things Wild Nature Centre Station Road, Honeybourne, Near Evesham, Worcestershire. WR11 7QZ Open daily from 10am. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day!



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Our location allows Children to begin their riding experience with walkouts on the quiet ‘no through road’ leading through the scenic village of Stanton St Bernard. We would normally recommend that children start riding at the age of 4 (3 years with a parent to support them) but we encourage older children and you are never too old to start riding. email:

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Guess Who at Bristol Zoo? • Bristol Zoo Gardens is offering a fun-packed May half-term of activities for the whole family. As well as the exceptional collection of animals on show, there is also a range of other attractions from May 26 to June 3 designed to make any visit extra special. These include an exciting discovery trail for visitors as they walk around the Zoo. It’s a fun interactive activity that will strengthen their knowledge with some fascinating animal facts along the way. There is also a special I Spy game where children can challenge their mums and dads to list the Zoo’s inhabitants in the fastest time, not to mention a Guess Who? game of matching giant pictures of eyes to the right animals. Children will be able to have their faces painted as animals in the Zoo’s Activity Centre and the thrilling Zooropia high-level walk will also be open. A new walk-through enclosure in the heart of the Zoo is due to open soon, featuring tree kangaroos for the first time in the Zoo’s 181-year history.Paul Pritchard, marketing and development manager at Bristol Zoo, said: “Bristol Zoo is a favourite family destination and all of our extra attractions this coming half-term are designed to ensure our visitors have a fantastic and memorable visit.”Throughout half-term, from May 26 to June 3, a child can go free for each adult ticket that is booked on-line. For tickets, please visit the website. Craft activities, face painting and Zooropia incur additional charges. Ffi: Bristol Zoo Gardens Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA T: 0117 428 5300 W:

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• The May half-term from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June will see a celebration of the spring season and all things new at Slimbridge! Spring is a time when everything is growing and bursting into life. The leaves are unfolding, birds out on the Slimbridge reserve are singing, butterflies are starting to be seen and new life is appearing across the wetlands. Join the Slimbridge team for a whole week of spring fun with lots to learn and plenty to keep you entertained. Enjoy all the following activities which run throughout the half-term period, from 9.30am to 5.30pm: • Wild Safaris: A chance to venture out onto the wilder side of the reserve. • VIP Duckery Tours: Join the expert aviculture team for a behind-the-scenes tour of Slimbridge’s working duckery and witness the whole egg-to-duckling process. • Canoe Safaris: Grab a paddle and spot wildlife from the water on the fun canoe safari trail. Sit back and relax as you look out for water voles, dragon flies, warblers and ducks. Slimbridge is also organising Spring to Life outdoor trails and Nature’s Newborns sessions. These are included with admission or free to members. There is an additional charge for Wild Safaris, VIP Duckery Tours and Canoe Safaris. Ffi: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre Slimbridge, Glos GL2 7BT T: 01453 891900 W:



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WIN Gruffalo tickets • Two much-loved children’s animated TV films – ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ – will be given very special screenings at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Sunday 3 June. Rene Aubry’s inspired scores will accompany the films, performed live by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, conducted and presented by Terry Davies with Huw Davies on guitar. Based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, ‘The Gruffalo’ tells the enchanting story of a mouse who goes in search of a nut, while ‘Room on the Broom’ is the tale of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals on her broom. To be in with a chance of winning four tickets to this very special performance, simply answer the following question: In ‘The Gruffalo’, what animal does the mouse not meet on his walk through the woods? • Fox • Badger • Owl Answers should be submitted via email with ‘Gruffalo & Room on the Broom competition’ as the subject line to Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number. Entries should be received by midday on Monday 28 May Two winners will be drawn at random and contacted that day. Good luck! Ffi: Colston Hall Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR T: 0117 203 4040 W:

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Life on the Grange • May is National Smile Month and during this last month of spring there’s plenty to smile about at Studley Grange Craft Village, Butterfly World and Farm Park. With half-term arriving, there are lots of fun activities to see and do. Starting inside the Craft Village, there is all manner of entertainment for children and adults alike. If you love something sweet, Chocolate Comforts and Cake Creations is the place to go. There will be an abundance of yummy cakes and treats to create and decorate as well as take-away kits for activities to do at your leisure at home. There are some exciting changes at the Lego®-based exhibition, including expansions and new displays. You can also learn new skills and experience pottery painting, quilting and jewellery workshops and now knitting and crocheting classes too at the newly opened unit, Wool & Cotton Snuggies. Out on the farm park and in the zoo, there is a profusion of new life to view; you and your children will find the joeys (baby wallabies), lambs, kids (baby goats) and chicks quite irresistible. And now that the weather has finally brightened up, trailer rides will be starting up again, taking you on an entertaining and educational ride to see the many favourites on the farm including pigs, cows, goats, sheep and even alpacas. To find out more, please telephone or visit the Studley Grange website.



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SAT 30 JUN-SUN 1 JUL TEDDY BEARS PICNIC Avon Valley Railway, Bath Rd, Bristol, BS30 6HD, www. • Extended to two days due to popularity, enjoy a family teddy bear trail around the station, free train travel for children who bring a bear, Punch and Judy shows, craft activities, face painting and more. 0117 932 5538, 9am5.30pm, £8 (adult)/children free with teddy bear.

JULY SUN 1 JUL LITTLE FIX’S SUMMER PARTY Grand Pier, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AL, • Performance from a tribute band to one of the UK’s most successful girl groups, Little Mix, promising a high energy show perfoming identical choreography and hits including Wings, DNA, Black Magic and more. 01934 620236, 2pm or 5pm, all tickets £10. MON 2 JUL-SUN 2 SEP GROMIT UNLEASHED 2 Various locations, Bristol, • Aardman’s favourite pooch returns for a second colourful trail around Bristol, but this time he’s not alone - Gromit will be joined by best friend Wallace and arch nemesis penguin, Feathers McGraw. Over 60 giant sculptures designed by artists, innovators and local talent positioned around Bristol and the surrounding area. See how many you can spot and help raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital. 34 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 34 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

WED 4 JUL INDEPENDENCE DAY American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD, www.americanmuseum. org • Celebrate the holiday at one of the only Americana museums outside of the United States, and enjoy free entry in honour of Britain and America’s shared heritage. 01225 460503, 10am-5pm, free. THU 5 JUL KIDZ TO ADULTZ WALES AND WEST Thornbury Leisure Centre, Alveston Hill, Thornbury, BS35 3JB, • One of the largest free UK events supporting children and adults up to age 25 with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and professionals supporting them. Expect over 100 exhibitors showcasing up-to-date equipment and products and offering advice on services, funding and more. Plus seminars, activities, sports taster sessions, competitions and giveaways. 0161 6078200, 9.30am-4.30pm, register for a free ticket via website. FRI 6 JUL FRIDAY TWILIGHTS Bristol Zoo, College Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA, www.bristolzoo. • See what the animals get up to after hours with the return of the zoo’s popular twilight events. Enjoy live music on the lawn, evening animal talks, face painting, reduced entry fees and more. 0117 428 5300, 6.3010pm, all tickets £5. SAT 7 JUL ST PAUL’S CARNIVAL St Paul’s, Bristol, BS2 9NX, www. • The festival celebrating African-Caribbean culture in Bristol returns for its 50th year. See feature on page 35 for more info. Free. SAT 7-SUN 8 JUL PRIDDY FOLK FESTIVAL Priddy Green, Priddy, Somerset, BA5 3BB, • Local folk festival with camping, live music, workshops and more. See feature on page 35 for more info. 07776 939087, see website for ticket prices. SAT 7-SUN 8 JUL INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND: PART 2 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD, www.americanmuseum. org • The party continues with a celebration of American glitz and glamour. Expect classic American cars, baseball, BBQ, music, fun and games. 01225 460503, 10am4pm, standard admission prices apply. FRI 13 JUL FRIDAY TWILIGHTS Bristol Zoo, College Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA, www.bristolzoo. • See what the animals get up to after hours with the

PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL . . . AND TELL THEM YOU SAW THE EVENT IN PRIMARY TIMES! return of the zoo’s popular twilight events. Enjoy live music on the lawn, evening animal talks, face painting, reduced entry fees and more. 0117 428 5300, 6.3010pm, all tickets £5. SAT 14 JUL THE WURZELS CIDER FESTIVAL Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol, BS32 4PG, www.olddownestate. • Celebrate some of the best the West Country has to offer with a live performance from The Wurzels and of course, lots of cider. Enjoy a wide selection of ciders and ales, complimentary tastings and fun and games for all ages. 01454 414081, times TBC, £15 (adult)/£7.50 (child)/£25 (family). SAT 14-SUN 15 JUL HELLO SOUTHMEAD We The Curious, Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, • The chance for Southmead residents to discover We The Curious for free, as part of Hello! Community weekends. Flyers will be distributed among local community groups and schools; simply bring a completed flyer along for free entry. 0117 915 1000, 10am-5pm, standard admission prices apply/free for Southmead residents. SUN 15 JUL SEASONAL FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Tyntesfield, Bristol, BS48 1NX, www. • Stalls from local food and craft producers selling everything from freshly baked bread and fine cheese to handmade jewellery, ceramics and more. 0344 800 4966, 10am-3pm, free. WED 18 JUL WILDLIFE WALK Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH, • Join nature enthusiast and Bathnats member, Glen Maddison, for a wander through the garden. Look out for summer bird song, wild flowers, butterflies and moths as the weather starts to warm up. 01225 833977, 9-11am, all tickets £5. WED 18-THU 19 JUL TYNTETOTS: ALICE IN WONDERLAND Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Tyntesfield, Bristol, BS48 1NX, www. • Imagine you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and enjoy a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, party games and crafts inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. 0344 800 4966, 10-11.45am or 1-2.45pm, £7 (child)/£3 (adult). FRI 20 JUL FRIDAY TWILIGHTS Bristol Zoo, College Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA, www.bristolzoo. • See what the animals get up to after hours with the return of the zoo’s popular twilight events. Enjoy live music on the lawn, evening animal talks, face painting, reduced entry fees and more. 0117 428 5300, 6.30-10pm, all tickets £5. FRI 20-SUN 22 JUL BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL Harbourside and Millennium Sqaure, Bristol, BS1 5SZ, www. • Weekend of harbourside fun including live music, maritime entertainment, food stalls and much more. See feature on page 35 for more info. From 6pm Fri, 128pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun, free. SAT 21 JUL BATH CARNIVAL Sydney Gardens and City Centre, Bath, BA2 6NT, www.bathcarnival. • Colourful celebration exploring the traditions behind three different types of carnival: Rio, the Caribbean Islands and New Orleans Mardi Gras. See feature on page 35 for more info. Party in Sydney Gardens 10am-10pm, Carnival procession begins at Great Pulteney St at 3pm, free. SAT 21 JUL GRAND PIER KIDS FEST Grand Pier, Marine Parade, Westonsuper-Mare, BS23 1AL, www. • Join Cbeebies stars Sid and Rebecca for the ultimate kids’ celebration including unlimited rides, bouncy castle, soft play, face painting, sand castles, games corner and a special Let’s Play show at 1pm. 01934 620308, 11am-4pm/show 1pm, all tickets £15. SAT 21-SAT 28 JUL ASIA WEEK Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Rd, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG, • A week raising awareness about the stripiest big cat, in honour of International Tiger Day. Take the self-led Tiger Trail and make an optional donation, plus learn more about other endangered species including tamarins, Bactrian camels and more. 01275 852606, 10.30am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 21 JUL-SUN 19 AUG SIDE BY SIDE: SECRET SPY TRAIL American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD, www.americanmuseum. org • Can you crack the secret code and become World War I’s greatest spy? 01225 460503, 10am-5pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2.50 per trail.


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From surreal sand sculptures to stunning street parades to worldclass music, there’s a whole wealth of fabulous local festivals to look forward to this summer. Emily Potter previews some of the best. hub as well as live music, comedy and magicians. Highlights from the Ujima Live Acts Stage include Bristol faves Smith and Mighty and DJ Mikee Freedom. When: Sat 26-Sun 27 May Where: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol Web: www. Paddington for st mu a is ... Weston-super-Mare’s Sand Sculpture Festival... bristol/ Price: Adults £12, concessions are 150 events to SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL £6, children under 16 free. explore over the 17 days, including Discover handcrafted themed Optional supporter ticket children’s and young people’s sculptures from ‘Fairy Tales’ to available – see website for details. performances. The Bedlam Fair ‘The Jungle’ at this festival with a on June 2 and 3 is one for the twist. While exploring some of the ROYAL BATH & WEST SHOW diary, a free event with street ‘world’s most amazing sculptures’ Celebrating 155 years of performances of all sorts. created by the festival’s own this family-friendly event, When: Fri 25 May-Sun 10 Jun team of extraordinary sculptors, Where: Venues in Bath you can get stuck in yourself Web: and create your own silicon Price: Bedlam Fair free, some masterpieces. Schools can children’s theatre performances also visit and compose their ticketed, see website for details own class creations. A perfect place to learn and be inspired. VEGFEST When: Until end of Sep ‘The original and biggest’ vegan Where: Marine Parade, Westonfestival returns at its new location super-Mare BS23 1BE at Ashton Gate Stadium. This Web: www.westonsandsculpture. year it will feature a range of elite athletes – including vegan Price: Adult £4, student £3.50, kickboxing champ Omowale child £3 (under 3’s free), family £10 Adewale - who live off plantbased diets offering up their BATH FRINGE FESTIVAL experiences and advice. There’s A festival of all the arts, the Bath plenty for the whole family to do Fringe has always been a wackier, and see with 250 stalls, cooking more subversive younger sibling Royal Bath & West Show demonstrations, a vegan activists to the official Bath Festival. There PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

the Royal Bath & West show boasts numerous activities and attractions over four days of fun. More than 50 hours of entertainment daily promise to keep you and your family entertained, whether watching show-jumping in the main ring, meeting the most endangered animals in the UK such as the Hackney Horse, or finding out who produces the best cheese in the country at its famous cheese awards. One of the biggest agricultural shows in the UK, but appealing to far more than just the green welly brigade. Live music includes local bands. When: Wed 30 May-Sat 2 Jun Where: The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN Web: royal-bath-and-west-show Gate Price: Adult £25, child £8, senior £23, family (2 adults, 4 children £55)



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WESTON AIR FESTIVAL Armed forces celebrations and aerobatic displays return to Weston-super-Mare for its Air Festival this June. With several air displays, assorted entertainment, trade stands and activities, there’s plenty for all the family to do and see. Check the website for full programme. When: Sat 23-Sun 24 Jun Where: Weston-super-Mare Seafront, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 1BE Web: www.westonairfestival. Price: Free PRIDDY FOLK FESTIVAL Priddy started life as a PTA fundraiser at the local village hall in the early 1990s, and it remains very much a community event. The festival aims to promote music and art while improving the Priddy area. Located on and around the historic green, the event always delivers great music - some of which has won accolades at the BBC Radio 2 Awards. A great weekend for all the family, most of the money raised is given to local organisations, including Priddy School where it all began. When: Fri 6-Sun 8 Jul Where: Locations in Priddy, Somerset around the historic green Web: Price: See website for details ST PAUL’S CARNIVAL Showcasing the best of Bristol’s African-Caribbean and local culture, St Paul’s Carnival sees a happy explosion of sound and colour take over streets of this central Bristol neighbourhood. The carnival procession displays the arts, culture and cuisine of the local community, including its school children, with plenty to do for every age group. A new community interest company runs the Carnival this year, promising a remarkable celebration of the iconic event’s 50-year history. When: Sat 7 Jul Where: St Pauls & Central Bristol Web: Price: Free 36 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 36 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

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CARNIVAL HUB Bath’s Carnival celebrations kick off with dance and drumming workshops in the Market Square. There’s the chance to learn costume design, work on giant puppets as well as large back pack costumes for people to wear in the procession. A great range of activities promises to get everyone involved on the lead up to the Bath Carnival (see below). When: Mon 16-Fri 20 Jul Where: Market Square, Green Park Station, Bath Web: Price: Free. Book workshops via website BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL What was once a specialist lowkey event aimed at fans of tall ships, over the decades the Harbour Festival has turned into something altogether bigger and more inclusive. Nowadays, the festival sees Bristol’s harbourside being transformed into a hub of entertainment, activities and celebrations as a quarter of a million visitors from Bristol and beyond arrive for some serious free fun. Festivities planned will fill the streets, squares and quaysides with music, dance, arts, circus and maritime events galore. Chuck in a myriad of craft and food stalls and this festival truly has something for everyone. When: Fri 20-Sun 22 Jul Where: Locations at

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Bristol Harbourside Web: www.bristolharbourfestival. Price: Free BATH CARNIVAL PARTY PROCESSION & AFTER PARTY Inspired by Rio, Mardi Gras and Caribbean carnivals, the annual Bath Carnival returns this year, promising to deliver a bigger procession, more bands and dancers along with some surprises. There are two new music stages set for 2018 and the children’s area organized by local children’s event company ‘Super Pirates’ will return with a makeover providing face painting, large inflatables, interactive games and more. This family-friendly event provides the perfect finale after a funpacked week. If the Carnival’s not enough, there’s an after party to keep the celebrations rolling – check the website for updates. When: Sat 21 Jul Where: Locations in Bath, including Sydney Gardens, Bath Rec & city centre Web: Price: Free (see website for after party ticket details) UPFEST As the home of famous street artist Banksy, Bristol will host its tenth street art and graffiti festival this July. Over 400 artists will be spraying and painting at 50 venues across

Southville and Bedminster during this extraordinary and transforming event. The last day of the festival will be dedicated to a viewing and family day with extra workshops set up for children. From Miss C’s graffiti academy to the Nacoa Kids area, there are lots of fun activities for children to get stuck into. When: Sat 28-Mon 30 Jul Where: Locations in Bedminster, Southville and Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol Web: upfest-festival Price: Free BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA Over 130 hot air balloons from across the world are travelling to Bristol for Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon meeting. Ashton Court hosts this spectacular show in the sky for four days of free fun for all the family, transforming the local skyline early morning and early evening each day with the iconic mass ascents (weather permitting). Trade stands, entertainment and fairground attractions are on site to explore and keep you entertained. When: Thu 9-Sun 12 Aug Where: Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Avon, Bristol BS41 9JN Web: www.bristolballoonfiesta. Price: Free (see website for car parking charges) PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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ach year, millions of Britons jet off to sunnier climes and stay in accommodation with swimming pools. It is essential to consider a number of factors when booking your holiday to ensure you keep your children safe around the water. • Before you go away consider enrolling your children in swimming lessons to help them learn this life-saving skill. • Check pool safety arrangements for where you’re staying in advance. For example, check if your accommodation has a lifeguard on duty at all times. • Be cautious about booking private villas that don’t have safety fencing – young children are curious and can easily wander off and jump into an unsupervised pool

• While you’re away: - Always supervise children near water and keep a close eye on them when they’re in the pool - Be aware that children don’t shout out for help when they’re drowning, so it’s vital that you’re vigilant at all times - Understand that inflatables are not a substitute for supervision or swimming ability *1 AND ON THE BEACH So, where is a safe place to swim? •On a lifeguarded beach.

• A red and yellow flag indicates a safe place to swim or use inflatables. •A red flag is a sign for danger and means no swimming. Never go in the water when the red flag is flying. • Always be aware that there may be hazards that you cannot see.

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unfairness. Family meetings can be a good way of allowing everyone a chance to speak, although it is important to keep control of things and only allow one person to speak at a time! Try and welcome all opinions and then work towards a practical approach that not only comes to a solution for everyone, but that also works in similar situations in the future. It’s also important to defer to the primary carer of the child when it comes to discipline, at least initially. Support them in their decisions and be active in the outcomes: by providing a positive support structure in the home one can gradually become a reliable parental figure to the child. It is vital to get your finances and will in order too. David Bondt, associate at JMW provides valuable insight into the realities of blended families and planning for the future. He told Primary Times “Blending a family can be a very complicated time and, while attention is on what is happening in the short term, the future can get overlooked. As the first generation of blended families ages,

we’ve seen a rise in the number of wills being invalid or contested largely due to a lack of planning. The number of these cases handled at JMW has more than trebled in the past year, increasing by 343% from 2015/16 to 2016/17 - many of which have involved step or half families. Although writing or amending your will may not seem like a priority in the early stages of blending a family, it is a reality that must be faced so as not to cause legal issues or complications for your family, should the worst happen to you. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, so it is recommended that you consult a legal professional for advice to get the best, and fairest, outcome for all parties dependent on your family structure.” This advice applies to almost every facet of the realities of blended families – there is no universal approach. Every family will have a unique situation and unique circumstances. Every child is an individual, so you will know what will work best for your child and how much structure or freedom they will need during this time. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that these things take time. Try and limit your expectations as adjustments take time for everybody. Children need time to become part of a new family, but with open communication, understanding and good planning, the transitional period can be made a little bit easier.




blended family occurs when the original family units break down and two new families come together. Whilst everyone wants everything to happen and settle down quickly, patience is key, particularly when two families begin their new lives together. When families come together, it can be a difficult time for everyone involved, but there are steps you can take to make life a little easier. The blended family unit is nothing new but making it work is still something for which there is no one clear answer. There isn’t a magical approach that will help everyone to get along, but there are ways that can help to ease tensions and make things more cohesive. Preparing your children for change is a good first step. Encourage them to ask questions and be honest with your answers. Reassure them about how their lives are going to be affected – what will change and what won’t. Talk to them about what to call their new family members, how


often they will see their other family, where they’re going to live, and whether they will be sharing rooms with their new siblings. Day to day routine can be very important. Helping around the house, shopping trips and nights in together playing games or watching a film are a part of everyday life and will help to establish a routine and a familial feel. Fun days out are important too, but it is structure that can make a real difference. Try and develop some new family traditions as these can help to smooth the transition into a new family unit. This might be as simple as a games night, a Sunday meal together or having a special routine for birthdays or festive celebrations. These might all seem like very simple actions, but they can help to create feelings of stability and inclusiveness. Discipline and disagreements can be difficult areas to get right. It is important to have a plan in place for how discipline will be handled in the household so that there is no confusion or feelings around


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What's on for families with primary school-aged children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire over the May Half-Term 2...

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What's on for families with primary school-aged children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire over the May Half-Term 2...