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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 Cheltenham’s Festivals of Science and Music. You may want to pencil in these or some of the other popular family-friendly festivals featured on P.18. 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.17) 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! the editor

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Cheltenham Festivals promise their best events yet this summer with a voyage to Mars, the science of sweets and much more at one, and a virtual reality orchestra and Music for Tiny People at the other.


Beebies stars Maddie Moate and Dr Ranj, Blue Peter’s Steve Mould and BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates are just some of the children’s science presenters heading to Cheltenham Science Festival (5-10 June). For families, there is a wealth of free hands-on activities to enjoy, learning and exploring together in the many interactive zones across the site. The brand-new Cyber Zone will host innovative organisations, including DeepMind – the world-leading AI research company. Here, all ages are welcome to take part in a Capture-The-Flag challenge, crack puzzles, pick locks and get hands-on with future technology. The Discover Zone is a huge free interactive space in Cheltenham Town Hall, full of the latest exciting research and technology. Find out more about the world and how it works; with virtual reality, aeroplane engineering, chemistry, quantum computing and so much more. Back by popular demand is the MakerShack - a hub of creativity and invention where you can explore marvellous materials and discover traditional and futuristic technology. New this year is The Sphere, with a health and lifestyle focus. Visitors can also explore the EDF Energy Zone, discover new technologies in the GE Pavilion and try hands-on activities with Hartpury Science Hub, become Woodland Trust Nature Detectives, follow the free Science Trail created for the Festival by BBC Focus Magazine and


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decipher a cryptic challenge in the Cyber Trail. On Saturday and Sunday a varied children’s programme for ages 4 to 12+ has a range of fascinating topics, from the science of sweets to Maddie’s Mission to Mars, building the universe with Lego as well as coding, cryptography, probability games and the natural world. Gross-out topics sure to delight small people include bacteria, FrankenAnatomy and the science of pee and poo. 6,500 school children are expected on site during school hours to take part in special schools workshops at the Festival, with many more children returning to visit with their families over the weekend. Cheltenham Science Festival Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 June. W: science



heltenham Music Festival comes to town in July with its first ever family concert featuring a full symphony orchestra on Sunday 8 July. CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson will present the BBC National Orchestra of Wales concert featuring music from BBC Ten Pieces, Star Wars and a live audience vote to choose what the orchestra will play – ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ or ‘The Simpsons’! ‘The Nutcracker and I’ by pianist Alexandra Dariescu and ballerina Désirée Ballantyne is a new and magical story with beautiful hand drawn digital animations. (14 July). And there are workshops on Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker with the Royal Academy of Dance. ‘Classical Mixtape’ (Tuesday 10 July) is back by popular demand. Throwing away the classical concert rule-book, the audience can stand, sit or lie where they like and enjoy the magnificent space of Tewkesbury Abbey as live music played by superb musicians comes from different stages. Classical Mixtape attendees can choose what to pay for this experience, from only £1. ‘Thrones, Swords and Fantasy’ brings together the most recognizable soundtracks from blockbusters, TV favourites and bestselling games for a thrilling live concert experience in Cheltenham Town Hall (7 July) suitable for older children. The concert has been devised by composer and arranger, Robin A Smith, music director for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Landing in Cheltenham Town Centre is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Virtual Reality Orchestra, inviting visitors to

experience Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony intercut with scenes from interstellar space shot by Google’s VR team in partnership with NASA. The performance celebrates the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and the Golden Records they each carried. There are daily free drop-in sessions. There is also Family Yoga & Sound with under 16s free and Lilliput Concerts present Music for Tiny People, ideal for ages 0-4. Running alongside the festival is a year-round education and talent development programme offering inspirational opportunities for young people including workshops in schools in the month preceding the festival and the hugely popular ‘Concert for Schools and Music Explorers’ during it. The festival’s flagship music education programme, Musicate, enables teachers and their pupils to work alongside inspirational conservatoire students to share and develop a deep love of jazz and classical music. Also this summer, schools will have access to five new, freshly trained Gamelan tutors. Subsidised workshops are available throughout the summer term with this great musicmaking resource.

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um’s stumped, dad’s confused and even the internet hasn’t been any help. There are some occasions when, despite everyone’s best intentions, there’s a particularly tricky homework problem or something new learned at school that just won’t stick. For many families, that’s where private tuition can come in. However, with parents all too familiar with the many outgoings incurred when raising children, some are sure to ask whether private tuition is worth it. There are certainly benefits to hiring a private tutor, from increased focus, time and attention from the teacher, to more varied and interesting study materials. Lessons can be customised to suit your child’s abilities, whether they are struggling with one particular subject or excelling and looking to stretch their abilities further. There’s no doubting the dedication and hard work of teachers in state and private schools alike, but sometimes children may need a little extra help, particularly in the run up to exams or the 11 Plus. “We run three different kinds of events related to the grammar school test,” says Ian Todd, director of learning community

Cotswold Education. “There’s a preparation morning with a Q and A for parents and mock test for children, mock mornings with two practice papers and a twoday summer school event. We find all these events are great for boosting confidence and reducing anxiety, as children know what to expect. It also allows parents to gauge the performance of their child against others, and we can give them an idea of the likelihood of their child getting a place.” If you want to practice at home then Farquhar’s Vocabulary Flashcards have added a new addition to their range, which encourages children to develop a rich bank of vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms and compound words. Each card shows a target word with a child-friendly definition and a list of synonyms. The new Level 3 extension pack draws on feedback from a wide range of tutors and teachers about commonly confused or misunderstood words, and on the latest 11 Plus materials, to help students keep pace with the changes and excel in the exam. There are also online resources such as 11 Plus Practice, which offers practice papers, educational games and mock tests, all managed

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by professional tutors. English and maths tuition specialists, Kip McGrath, have over 200 education centres in the UK, including three in Gloucestershire alone. Each child is given a free assessment, and will get a bespoke, personalised programme to suit their needs. “We understand the many and varied challenges children and young people can face on their learning journey,” says a spokesperson from the Kip McGrath Head office. “We’re passionate about education and believe that quality learning takes place when we take time to understand each student’s needs. Each student receives one-to-one time with the teacher as well as learning to work independently

and we aim to help students develop in confidence while they work towards their goals.” There are also local schools, such as the Edward Jenner School, which offer tuition regardless of whether your child is a pupil there or not. Edward Jenner provide bespoke tutoring for pupils aged 6 to 16, with help available in science, reading and spelling, as well as maths, English and grammar school preparation. “We offer tuition in small groups but each child is individually catered for,” says Phil Brookes, teacher and co-founder of the school. “It’s a very proactive method which is all about trying to find the gap in a pupil’s learning, and we help them to fill those gaps over time. We can also help if there’s something a child is good at but they’re not getting that extra push at school.” Ultimately, parents will know best when it comes to deciding how much help a child needs, but private tuition can have a positive impact, especially if they are trying to secure a place at a grammar school. “It’s about tailoring the tutoring to the pupil, no matter what their abilities are,” says Brookes. “It’s ultra-specific learning for the individual.” 11 Plus Practice E: W: Farquhar’s Vocabulary Flash Cards W: www. Kip McGrath T: 01452 382282 W: Cotswold Education T: 07976 218062 W: EJS Tutoring T: 01452 380808 E: W: www.edwardjennerschool.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE BACON THEATRE Dean Close School, Shelbourne Rd, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002, Midnight Gang Thu 19 Jul, 5.30pm, £15/£13 (conc) • Heartbreak Productions present David Walliams’ bestselling story about Tom and his friends – aka The Midnight Gang – who embark on a mission to conquer their greatest fears. This is an outdoor performance in the Tuckwell Amphitheatre in aid of The Lord Funt Hospital. Much Ado About Nothing Fri 20 Jul, 7.30pm, £15/£13 (conc) • Rain or Shine relocate Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy to a sleepy Costwold village at the end of WW1 as numerous complications and confusions arise when soldiers return from the war. This is an outdoor performance in the Tuckwell Amphitheatre. Pirates Of Penzance Sat 21 Jul, 7.30pm, £17/£15 (conc)/£10 (under-18) • Opera Anywhere live up to their name by performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s much-loved tale of Frederic, the accidental pirate, in the open air. The performance takes place in Tuckwell Amphitheatre. Love’s Labour’s Lost Sun 22 Jul, 7.30pm, £15/£13 (conc) • When the King of Navarre and his lords swear to do nothing but study for three years, you can be sure that they’ll be subject to all sorts of temptation … Folksy add live music, audience interaction and a dash of silliness to Shakespeare’s comedy of irresolution and love. Outdoor performance in the Tuckwell Amphitheatre. Pride And Prejudice Tue 24 Jul, 7.30pm, £15/£13 (conc) • Heartbreak Productions return with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the Bennet sisters and their various romantic entanglements with – amongst others – the notoriously proud Mr Darcy. Outdoor performance in the Tuckwell Amphitheatre. CHELTENHAM PLAYHOUSE 47-53 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HG. 01242 522852, The Complete Works Of Shakespeare (Abridged) Fri 25 May, 7.30pm, £15/£12 (conc)/£10 (school) • Madcap romp through all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, from histories to tragedies to comedies courtesy of The National Production Company. 8 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 8 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

One Hungry Butterfly Wed 30-Thu 31 May, 11am (Wed)/2.30pm (Thu), £7/£22 (family) • Noodle presents an interactive show about a newborn butterfly that sets out to explore the world and find food, friends and a home. Bunny Boo’s Birthday Adventure Wed 30-Thu 31 May, 2.30pm (Wed)/11am (Thu), £7/£22 (family) • Bunny Boo gets lost in a rainstorm and meets a host of new friends, including a clumsy flamingo, as she tries to find her way home. Noodle present a spring adventure for the whole family. Theatre Studio Summer School, Cheltenham Playhouse, Mon 20-Fri 24 Aug

Theatre Studio Summer School Mon 20-Fri 24 Aug, £150 (year 2)/£160 (years 3-13) • Theatre Studio’s summer school is specifically designed for young people aged 4-19 and led by professional and guest tutors. Over the course of the week, mornings are spent in dynamic workshops in acting, singing, dance and movement, special effects make-up, combat and voice and script work. In the afternoons, students rehearse for a performance on the final afternoon which is open to friends and family. Visit www. or call 07977 227707 for more details. DAYLESFORD ORGANIC FARM Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG. 01608 731700, My Beautiful Circus Thu 24 May-Mon 4 Jun, times vary – see website, £15-£32/£10-£22 • Giffords Circus celebrate the birth of circus in eighteenth-century London with a host of aweinspiring, funny and surprising acts. Visit giffordscircus. com for more details. EVERYMAN THEATRE Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573, www. Ugly Duckling Wed 23 May, 2pm & 4pm, £10 (adult)/£8 (child) • The Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed up and can’t seem to

make friends with any other creatures. Then she discovers the truth … Northern Ballet perform their ballet for children. Just William’s Luck Wed 23-Thu 24 May, 7.45pm/2pm (Thu), £11.50/£10 (conc) • Shedload Theatre condense the spirit of Richmal Compton’s famous Just William stories into an hour of slick comedy for children and adults alike. 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 awardwinning book. Much Ado About Nothing Tue 3-Thu 5 Jul, 7.45pm, £11.50 • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy. See listing under Bacon Theatre above. 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+. HARTBURY VILLAGE HALL Over Old Rd, Hartpury GL19 3BJ. 02452 700707, Much Ado About Nothing Sun 3 Jun, 6pm, E13/£6 (child) • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy. See listing under Bacon Theatre above. HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE HALL GARDEN Hempstead Lane, Gloucester GL2 5JW. 01452 302714, Much Ado About Nothing Thu 12 Jul, 7.30pm, £13/£6 (conc) • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy. See listing under Bacon Theatre above. HOUNDSCROFT HOUSE Rodborough, Stroud GL5 5DG. 03306 600541, www. Much Ado About Nothing Sat 14 Jul, 7.30pm, £13/£6 (conc) • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s

fast-witted comedy. See listing under Bacon Theatre above. POULTON HOUSE Poulton, Cirencester GL7 5HW. 01285 851237, www. Much Ado About Nothing Fri 29 Jun, 7.30pm, £13/£6 (conc) • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy. See listing under Bacon Theatre above. ROSES THEATRE The Roses, Sun St, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX. 01684 295074, The Little Mermaid Tue 29 May, 7.30pm, £18-£25 • Ballet Theatre UK retell Hans Christian Andersen’s enduring story about a kind-hearted mermaid who rescues a prince during a storm. 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’. SANDHURST VILLAGE GREEN Sandhurst Lane, Sandhurst GL2 9NP. 01452 739031, Much Ado About Nothing Sat 9 June, 7.30pm, £13/£6 (child) • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy. See listing under Bacon Theatre above. SUDELEY CASTLE Winchcombe GL54 5JD. 01242 604357, My Beautiful Circus Thu 17-Sun 21 May, times vary – see website, £15-£32/£10-£22 • Giffords Circus celebrate the birth of circus in eighteenth-century London with a host of aweinspiring, funny and surprising acts. Visit giffordscircus. com for more details. TWYNING: THE FLEET Fleet Lane, Twyning, nr Tewkesbury GL20 6FL. 01684 600541, Much Ado About Nothing Sun 17 Jun, 4pm, £13/£6 (conc) • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fast-witted comedy. See listing under Bacon Theatre above. PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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Deadlines: List your school and family events in Primary Times for free. We work a half-term in advance so we’re now collecting information for late July and August: deadline Monday 18 June. If your event is to raise funds for a school, a charity or your community, and is open to the public, we would like to list it here. Please send all your events information and news/ feature ideas to the editor at: PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL While we make every effort to ensure these listings are accurate and up to date, event information can sometimes change after we’ve gone to press. Please check with the venue or organiser before you set off to an event to make sure it’s going ahead as planned . . . and tell them you saw it in Primary Times!

MAY UNTIL SUN 17 JUN FESTIVALL In and around Gloucestershire, • Month long community celebration aiming to bring people closer together. Expect a whole range of events and activities including workshops, concerts, sharing and learning day, nature activities and much more. See website for a full list of events. 01452 410022, various dates and times, free. 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 WED 31 OCT WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES Anywhere you like, Route of one mile, uk/walk-a-mile-in-my-shoes • Gather your school, friends, family or colleagues and simply walk one mile, donate £3 to Veterans in Action and encourage your friends to do the same. Launched to coincide with PTSD awareness month, all donations go towards helping veterans thrive and adjust to civilian life. Text VIAS05 to 70070 to donate. FRI 25 MAY WEAR W DAY Nationwide, • Ditch the uniforms and dig out PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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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. SAT 26-MON 28 MAY COTSWOLD FESTIVAL OF STEAM Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, The Railway Station, Winchcombe, GL54 5LB, www. • Celebrate the reopening of Broadway Station with three days of travel on steam locomotives, 15 miles of running line from Cheltenham Race Course Station to Broadway, brake van rides on a goods train, the chance to ride on a footplate, arts, crafts, stalls and more. 01242 621405, timetable coming soon to website, from £22 (adult)/from £8 (child). SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN ROMAN MAY HOLIDAY Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 3LJ, chedworth-roman-villa • Seasonal craft activities including mosaics, badge making and paper crafts, plus Roman dressing up. 01242 890356, 10.30am-4.30pm, standard admission prices apply/ small extra charge for some crafts. SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN SPRING TO LIFE Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Newgrounds Lane, Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT, www. slimbridge • Spring has sprung! Celebrate new life and the spring half-term with an outdoor trail, wild safaris, VIP duckery tours, canoe trips and plenty of wildlife to observe. 01453 891900, 9.30am-5pm, standard admission prices apply/extra charge for some activities.

SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN MINIBEAST WEEK Snowshill Manor, Snowshill, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU, www. • Learn more about mini beasts, inside and out, with items from the manor’s natural history collection, and explore which bugs can be found in the garden. 01386 852410, 11am-5.30pm, 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-WED 30 MAY KNIGHT’S SCHOOL Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ, www. • Grab your swords and head down to the castle to learn tactical defence and sword fighting skills from some knights in shining armour. Two classes available, ages 5 to 9 and ages 10 to adult, plus action-packed Warrior Show at 3.30pm. 01453 810303, 11.30am (ages 5 to 9), 2.15pm (ages 10 to adult), all tickets £7.50. TUE 29 MAY ROMAN ABACUS Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Learn more about how the abacus can be used to add, subtract and even multiply complex numbers. Have a go at making your own simple device, or a more complex version. 01285 655611, 10.30-11.30am, £5.50 per child.

TUE 29 MAY ROMAN HOUSES Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • What did Roman houses look like? What were the differences between wealthy and less wealthy households? Come and find out, look at archaeological plans for clues and handle real Roman building materials and other artefacts. 01285 655611, 11am-12pm, included in standard admission prices. TUE 29-THU 31 MAY FAMILY SHARPSHOOTERS Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • Join professional photographer Alan Ranger for a 2-hour discovery of the arboretum, with ‘explore and capture’ challenges along the way. Suitable for any skill level or photo-capturing device. No session 30 May. 01386 701441, 10am-12pm, £35 (1 adult and 1 child)/£12.50 (additional adult)/£7.50 (additional child), includes entry to the arboretum. TUE 29-THU 31 MAY WESTONBIRT WILDFLOWERS Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, GL8 8QS, westonbirt • Discover the wild flowers and plants that bloom at Westonbirt, take the ID challenge and have a go at flower-themed arts and crafts. 0300 067 4890, 11am-4pm, included in standard admission prices. TUE 29-THU 31 MAY MAY CRAFT DAYS New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cricklade St, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, www.newbreweryarts. • Join tutor Hannah Ellis for a whole day of creative fun. Expect to get messy and use a variety of art techniques from collage and printing to felt or papier-mache. 01285 657181, 10am-3pm, £35 per day. TUE 29 MAY-SAT 2 JUN FAIRY TRAIL John Moore Museum, 41 Church St, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SN, • Follow the enchanting fairy trail through the museum’s MAY HALF-TERM 2018 11 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 11









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very own Secret Garden. 01684 297174, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, normal admission prices apply plus £1 (includes borrowing wand, wings and quiz). WED 30 MAY POP-UP ROMAN GARDEN Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Learn more about the gardens wealthy Romans used as outdoor rooms and cut, colour and construct a miniature Roman garden of your own. 01285 655611, 10-11am, £2.50 per child. WED 30 MAY GREEN MAN Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Make a collage Green Man face using cut and coloured leaves and natural greenery. 01285 655611, 2-3pm, £2.50 per child. WED 30 MAY LITTLE ITALY Prema Arts Centre, South St, Uley, Nr Dursley, GL11 5SS, www.prema. • Join chef Erin Baker in the morning to learn more about Italian cuisine and have a go at making pasta from scratch. Then, in the afternoon join resident artist Hannah Dyson to create your own split pin marionettes from the classic Italian folk tale, Pinocchio. 01453 860703, 10am-3pm, £28 per child. WED 30 MAY MAY CHILDREN’S WEDNESDAY Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD, www. • Piratethemed Children’s Wednesday with fancy dress highly encouraged. Set sail with Captain Barnacle, who promises a hilarious pantomime show, board the pirate ship bouncy castle, have a go at some arts and crafts and much more. 01242 602308, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. THU 31 MAY MOSAIC: FROM SEA TO SKY Prema Arts Centre, South St, Uley, Nr Dursley, GL11 5SS, www.prema. • Make a colourful creature from the deep or the skies from broken cups and crockery with resident artist Emma Leith. All materials and guidance provided, suitable for ages 6 to 9. 01453 860703, 10am-12pm, £22 per child. THU 31 MAY ANGLO-SAXON SHIELDS Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Drop in to create your own shield design and make an Anglo-Saxon shield to take home. 01285 655611, 10-11am, £2.50 per child. THU 31 MAY MINI MOSAICS Corinium Museum, Park St, Cirencester, GL7 2BX, www. • Get some inspiration from the museum’s Roman mosaic collection and create your own mosaic tile PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

to take home. 01285 655611, 10.30am-12pm, £8 per child.

JUNE FRI 1 JUN JUNE CRAFT DAY New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cricklade St, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, www.newbreweryarts. • Join tutor Hannah Ellis for a whole day of creative fun. Expect to get messy and use a variety of art techniques from collage and printing to felt or papier-mache. 01285 657181, 10am-3pm, £35 per day. FRI 1 JUN WORDS FROM THE WILD WOOD Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • See who’s hiding down in the woods today with a Teddy Bear’s picnic and storytelling from Michael Loader. Bring picnic food and your favourite teddy and enjoy stories, puppetry and live music. 01386 701441, 11.30am or 1.30pm, included in standard admission prices. FRI 1-SUN 3 JUN WYCHWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH, www. • Over 100 acts are set to perform at Wychwood, nominated ‘Best Family Festival’ for recurring years at the UK Festival Awards. See feature on page 18 for more info. 01993 722580, £137.50 (adult weekend)/£72.50 (child weekend). FRI 1-SUN 3 JUN ROMAN COIN MINT Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 3LJ, chedworth-roman-villa • Watch demonstrations to discover how Roman coins were minted and listen to talks about coin production in a special living history event. 01242 890256, 10.30am-4.30pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 2 JUN KLUB KIDZ Stroud Subscription Rooms, George St, Stroud, GL5 1AE, • Family rave featuring live DJs, balloons, confetti, bubbles, face painting, glow sticks, chill out room and the chance for little ones to learn some breakdance moves. 01453 760900, 2pm, £9.50 (adult)/£7.50 (child). TUE 5 JUN SECRETS OF THE TEENAGE BRAIN (CSF) The Arena, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, www. science • Neuroscientist SarahJayne Blakemore explores the brain changes responsible for

ROUNDABOUT the hallmarks of some teenage behaviour, and discusses why this period of life should be acknowledged and celebrated. 01242 850270, 8.30-9.30pm, all tickets £9. TUE 5-SUN 10 JUN CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL (CSF) Various locations, Cheltenham, Glos, www.cheltenhamfestivals. com/science • Expand your mind with this year’s festival theme ‘Connected: Divided’, exploring what connects and divides us a species - from personal relationships to health, language and the law. Over 280 experts in psychology, biology, technology and more descend on Cheltenham for the six-day festival, and there’s plenty for kids too - see our pick of events marked CSF. 01242 850270, various prices and times. WED 6-WED 27 JUN WEDNESDAY ART CLUB Prema Arts Centre, South St, Uley, Nr Dursley, GL11 5SS, www. • Four-week exploration into the world of drawing and making with resident artist Hannah Dyson. Expect a wide variety of mixed media techniques including drawing, printmaking, collage and more. 01453 860703, 4.30-5.30pm (Wed only), £32 per course. SAT 9 JUN THE SCIENCE OF SWEETS (CSF) The Arena, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, www. • Go on an explosive journey behind the science of sweets with BBC gastronaut Stefan Gates and chemist Andrea Sella. Learn the chemistry that makes up the sweet treats, spin sugar and create crazy colours as they conjure up samples for you to taste. 01242 850270, 10-11am, all tickets £6. SAT 9 JUN FRANKENANATOMY (CSF) Helix Theatre, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, www. • Celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th birthday with mad scientists from the University of Bristol. Build a body from scratch and discover how our bones, muscles, organs and more all work. 01232 850270, 10-11am, all tickets £6. SAT 9 JUN COLOURFUL CHEMISTRY (CSF) Cheltenham Ladies’ College Parabola Arts Centre, Dance Studio, 10 Parabola Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 3AA, www. • Join chemistry teacher Rosie Coates for a colourful, playful, hands-on workshop. Explore how different pigments dissolve in different liquids and how you can use them to create works of art. 01242 850270, see website for times, £6 per child.

BBC’s Stefan Gates in The Science of Sweets, Cheltenham Science Festival, Sat 9 Jun.

SAT 9 JUN INSECTS VS HUMANS (CSF) Helix Theatre, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, www. • How do you measure up against the six-legged bugs of the world? Join BBC gastronaut Stefan Gates and broadcaster Adam Hart to see if you can jump further than a grasshopper or outwit a colony of ants. 01242 850270, 3-4pm, £6 per child. SUN 10 JUN BACTERIA AND OTHER TEENY TINY THINGS (CSF) Helix Theatre, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, www. • Steve Mould discusses the fascinating world of microscopic life, from fungi that grow to tiny creatures in the soil. See how they help keep the world running with the aid of live demos and experiments. 01242 850270, 1011am, £6 per child. SUN 10 JUN BUSY BEES (CSF) ExperiTent, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, www. • Stories about the buzzy little insects told by Cbeebies presenter Maddie Moate. Find out how bees make their honey, play games, take part in honey tasting and a wiggle dance finale. 01242 850270, see website for times, £6 per child. SUN 10 JUN THE SCIENCE OF STAR WARS (CSF) The Crucible, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, www. • Star Wars fans of all ages can join Karl Byrne as he answers some burning questions behind the franchise including ‘can you build a lightsaber?’, ‘what is the Force?’, ‘how powerful was the Death Star?’ and more. 01242 850270, 11.15am-12.15pm, all tickets £8. MON 11-SUN 17 JUN CARERS WEEK Nationwide, www.carersweek. org • Annual campaign raising awareness of caring, highlighting MAY HALF-TERM 2018 13 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 13


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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. THU 14 JUN-SUN 15 JUL WADE’S WORLD CUP Snowshill Manor, Snowshill, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU, www. • Visit the manor to discover more about Charles Wade’s collection from around the world. Throughout the World Cup different objects will be highlighted. 01386 852410, 12-4.15pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 16 JUN CAPOEIRA TASTER Prema Arts Centre, South St, Uley, Nr Dursley, GL11 5SS, • Try your hand at capoeira - a blend of dance, martial arts, music and acrobatics - with a taster session led by instructors Mestrando and Lua from Oficina da Capoeira England. 01453 860703, 10-11am, £8 per child. SAT 16-SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY GLADIATOR ARENA Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 3LJ, uk/chedworth-roman-villa • Roman re-enactment group Legio II Augusta return with exciting displays of gladiatorial fighting. Bring dad along to be sold as a slave in the arena, plus demonstrations, talks and activities. 01242 890256, 10.30am-4.30pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 16-SUN 17 JUN ELECTRIC AVENUE Bugatti Trust, Prescott Hill, Cheltenham, GL52 9RD, www. • Showcase of electric vehicles built by leading UK university students, plus learn more about the engineering and work of automobile designer Ettore Bugatti. 01242 677201, 10am-4pm, £4.50 (adult)/children free. SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S FUN DAY Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ, www. • Enjoy a fun day out for all the family, plus free entry and a free lunch for dad. Lots to enjoy including bouncy castle, inflatable games, arts and crafts and a real castle to explore. 01453 810303, 10.30am-5pm, standard admission prices apply/dads free. 14 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 14 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AD, • Free entry to the arboretum for all dads accompanied by a full-paying child. Enjoy a summer walk through the trees followed by lunch or afternoon tea in the Garden Terrace Café. 01386 701441, 10am-5pm, standard admission prices apply/dads free. SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY JOUST Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD, www. • Back by popular demand, enjoy something different for Father’s Day with a jousting display from Cavalry of Heroes. Henry VIII and his wives will be on hand to give their approval, plus falconry displays and the chance to learn more about the birds up close. 01242 602308, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. 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 JUN TIME LORD PHOTOGRAPHY Prema Arts Centre, South St, Uley, Nr Dursley, GL11 5SS, www. • Delve into the world of time-lapse photography with photographer Rupert Russell. Promising a fun workshop playing with light, colour and time to create intriguing photography illusions. Bring a torch and any device that can take a picture, suitable for ages 9 to 13. 01453 860703, 10am-1pm, £16 per child. SAT 23-SUN 24 JUN DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, The Railway Station, Winchcombe, GL54 5LB, www. • Promising a perfect day for Thomas the Tank Engine fans, including live reenactments with Thomas and the Fat Controller, story telling, games, face painting, model railway exhibition and plenty of train rides between Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Toddington and Broadway. 01242 621405, gates open 9am, £21 (adult)/£13 (child). SAT 30 JUN-SUN 1 JUL PEPPA PIG WEEKEND Cattle Country, Berkeley Heath Farm, Berkeley, GL13 9EW, www. • Meet Cbeebie favourites Peppa and George down on the farm. The characters will be appearing at certain times (please see website), plus enjoy all the regular animal attractions, indoor and outdoor play areas, mini golf and more.

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SAT 30 JUN-SUN 1 JUL ANNUAL GNOME HUNT Eastcombe Primary School, Dr Crouch’s Road, Eastcombe, Glos. GL6 7EA, Fb: Eastcome Primary School Gnome Hunt • Enjoy a day of gnome fun, with bouncy castle, sweets, face paints and dance display, plus cream tea, ice cream and homemade cake on the route. The trail starts at the school with maps at £3.50. Times: 2-5pm with a band at the Lamb Inn from 5pm, Sunday. SAT 30 JUN-SUN 15 JUL CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL Various venues, Cheltenham, Glos, music • Over two weeks of live music performances from a wide range of genres and over 600 performers. See feature on Page 4 for more info and look out for our picks in Roundabout marked CMF. 01242 850270, various prices and times.

JULY THU 5 JUL KIDZ TO ADULTZ WALES AND WEST Thornbury Leisure Centre, Alveston Hill, Thornbury, BS35 3JB, www. • 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, 9.30am4.30pm, register for a free ticket via website. FRI 6-SAT 7 JUL NIBLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL Nibley House Farm, The Street, North Nibley, GL11 6DL, www. • Piratethemed ‘friendly festival’ set in the Cotswolds countryside. See page 18 for more info. 0845 2241973, £55 (adult)/£39 (age 13-17)/£28 (age 4-12). SAT 7 JUL WILLOW SCULPTED ANIMALS Prema Arts Centre, South St, Uley, Nr Dursley, GL11 5SS, www. • The whole family can get the garden ready for summer with willow weaving, led by weaving expert Helen Lomburg. With guidance, design and weave your own willow-sculpted animal. Suitable for children age 9+. 01453 860703, 10am-4pm £76 per family (two adults and two children or equivalent). SAT 7-SUN 8 JUL THE COTSWOLD SHOW AND FOOD FESTIVAL Cirencester Park, Cirencester,

Glos, GL7 2BT, www.cotswoldshow. • One of the Cotswold’s most popular rural events returns, promising a varied and exciting lineup as usual. So much to see and do including BMX shows, horse riding, falconry, food festival, live music, tree climbing, children’s go karts and much, much more. 01285 652007, 9am-6pm/5pm Sun, £15 (adult)/£7 (child). SUN 8 JUL FAMILY CONCERT WITH BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES (CMF) Main Hall, Town Hall, Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, music • The festival’s first ever family concert with a professional symphony orchestra, offering an introduction to instruments and orchestral sections through popular classics. 01242 850270, 1-2pm, £10 (adult)/£5 (child). SAT 14 JUL FAMILY YOGA AND SOUND (CMF) Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga Studios, Sherborne Place, Cheltenham, GL52 2RS, www. • Jeni Howland leads a fun, relaxing class for all ages using animal characters to help children visualise the poses and postures, with bells, gongs and rain sticks to help breathing and relaxation. 01242 850270, 12.45-1.30pm, £9 (adult)/ children free. SAT 14 JUL KOBUDO MARTIAL ARTS DISPLAY Snowshill Manor, Snowshill, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU, www. • With the Nine Circles Kobudo team. Expect some jaw-dropping moves. 01386 852410, 12-4pm, included in standard admission prices.



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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 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. 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. 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 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 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. “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 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 teacher. “We use the ‘Eat Well’ PVC mat to show what percentage of the

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. 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.” Philippa Parish Registered Nutritional Therapist W: www. E: info@ T: 07460 930838


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From chilli chewing to stargazing to world-class music, there’s a whole wealth of fabulous local festivals to look forward to this summer. Emily Potter previews some of the best. WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL Nominated the ‘Best Family Festival’ for recurring years at the UK Festival awards, Wychwood is back at Cheltenham racecourse for its fourteenth year. Music takes centre stage as ever, with headliners this year including The Gipsy Kings, Shed Seven and The Beat, but there’s so much more to keep you and your family captivated: talks, debates, dance workshops, comedy, even a circus school. When: Fri 1-Sun 3 Jun Where: Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH Web: Price: Weekend pass: adult £137.50, concession £112.50, child (0-15yrs) £72.50. Booking fees apply; other ticket types available.

CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL See Feature P4. for full details. When: Tue 5-Sun 10 Jun Where: Various locations around Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Web: www.cheltenhamfestivals. com/science/ Price: Vary – see website. 18 MAY MAYHALF-TERM HALF-TERM2018 2018

CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL See Feature P4. for full details When: Sat 30 Jun- Sun 15 Jul Where: Various locations across Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Web: www.cheltenhamfestivals. com/music/ Prices: Vary – see website. NIBLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL Set in the delightful Cotswold countryside, and known as the ‘friendly festival’, Nibley features music, stalls, entertainment for children, food from around the globe and more. This year’s theme is Pirates, the perfect excuse to dress up and get involved. There’s plenty to keep children entertained with ‘Big Top Mania’ circus shows, and the chance to chill out or get mucky in the ‘World Jungle’. When: Fri 6- Sat 7 Jul Where: Nibley House Farm, The Street, North Nibley GL11 6DL Web: Price: Adult £55, teen (1317) £39, child (4-12) £28, under 4s free, parking £5. All tickets include camping. THE COTSWOLD SHOW AND FOOD FESTIVAL This popular event celebrating the rural life of the Cotswolds promises plenty for everybody including BMX shows, horse riding, falconry, food, live music, tree climbing, go-karts and much more. When: Sat 7-Sun 8 Jul Where: Cirencester Park, GL7 2BT Web: Price: £15 (adult)/£7 (child).

TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL A traditional medieval festival featuring a re-enactment of the battle of Tewkesbury on the original battlefield itself. There’s a children’s dedicated activity area with period arts and crafts sessions, and displays of different aspects of history from specialist organisations. The town itself has many associated events running throughout this free festival. When: Sat 14-Sun 15 Jul Where: Locations in Tewkesbury Web: www. Price: Free, parking £5. THE CHEESE AND CHILLI FESTIVAL Perfect for families, enjoy tasters of speciality cheese and chilli products and relax in the sunshine watching a Punch & Judy show. Over 70 trade stands to explore as well as balloon modelling, demonstrations, cooking presentations, live music and more. When: Sat 4-Sun 5 Aug Where: Sandford Park, College Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 1DZ Web: www. Price: Adult £6, carers/disabled £4, over 65 £4, children free.

the Hayward Sisters, Lindy Hop dance demonstrations as well as trade stands and more are promised at this charity fundraising family day out. When: Sun 19 Aug Where: Tewkesbury School, Ashchurch Rd, Tewkesbury GL20 8DF Web: Price: Online £5, gate £7.50, children under 12 free. NO PLANET B Promises to be a festival with a difference, claiming to be the first to bring together veganism, minimalism and zero waste to the forefront of the UK festival scene. Expect workshops, demos, cooking classes, live music and more. When: Fri 24-Sun 26 Aug Where: Elmore Estate, Elmore, Gloucester, GL2 3NT, Web: Price: TBC. The Cotswold Show

TEWKESBURY CLASSIC VEHICLE FESTIVAL From the beginning of the motoring era to post-war, over 1000 classic vehicles and 200 classic motorcycles will be represented here. Live vintage entertainment from PRIMARYTIMES TIMES PRIMARY


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Market leaders Farquhar’s Vocabulary Flash Cards are pleased to announce a new addition to their range. The grammar school 11+ entrance exam is constantly evolving, with advanced vocabulary increasingly appearing in the exam, particularly in comprehension passages. This new Level 3 extension pack draws on feedback from a wide range of tutors and teachers about commonly confused or misunderstood words, and on the latest 11+ materials, to help students keep pace with the changes and excel in the exam. The cards are designed to build on the existing packs, which encourage children to develop a rich bank of vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms and compound words. Each card shows a target word with a child-friendly definition and a list of synonyms. A sprinkling of idioms have been added where appropriate, as another way to help tricky words “stick”. Available as an individual pack (£12.99) or as part of a set.

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.

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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:


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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:

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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:

Grammar School Hub The Grammar School Entrance Test takes place in September soon after the return to school. Now’s the time to think about preparing for the test so you can enjoy the summer holidays. Cotswold Education is running two types of event to help prepare your child. The last of their highly rated Mock Mornings with detailed individual reports are running on June 16 and July 14 in Cheltenham. They are also holding their popular two-day Summer Hub on July 26-27 in Cheltenham, focused on tackling the test in a friendly learning environment. Over the two days, their experienced tutors will engage your child in developing strategies to solve the more challenging questions using interactive learning sessions. The Hub will particularly benefit children who have some experience of the test but are looking to improve their skills and increase their speed at answering questions. Note that places are strictly limited to 16. Ffi: Cotswold Education T: 07976 218062 W:


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Bugatti boosts STEM initiative

Put a spring in your step at Newark Park 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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• It’s official! 2018 is the year of engineering and a new government campaign has been launched to encourage young people to pursue careers in the field. A key aim of The Bugatti Trust is to promote the works and genius of Ettore Bugatti and to raise awareness of the importance of aesthetics and integrated design in engineering to further education. Their 2018 programme of STEM activities and drop-in workshops for junior visitors is developed to inspire young people to follow careers in engineering and automotive design in a fun and engaging way. For 2018 they are offering automotive drawing classes with Stefan Marjoram, science fun with Cheltenham Science Group and Team Control Freaks’ robots (their 2018 team has just been crowned national champions). During the Father’s Day weekend in June they will showcase ‘Electric Avenue’, electric vehicles built by leading UK university students (check with them regarding event access for Prescott). The summer will see the opening of a new thematic Bugatti exhibition in their museum rooms and they have a full programme of fundraising lectures open to all throughout the year. See their website for details. The Bugatti Trust is open Monday to Friday from March to October and Monday to Thursday from November to February. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm. Admission is £4.50 for adults; there is no charge for accompanied children. You can follow the Trust’s latest news on their website, or via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Ffi: The Bugatti Trust – Museum & Study Centre Prescott Hill, nr. Gotherington, Prescott GL52 9RD T: 01242 677201 E: W:

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Spring to life at Slimbridge • 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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• Wild Place Project is offering visitors a magical adventure this May half-term. From May 26 to June 3, visitors can wander through the woodland of Webb’s Brake in search of fairy doors, each of which tells the story of the tree and the fairy that lives there. There is also a Magic Wishing Tree where visitors can post their wish to the fairies. Further into the woods, there is the Really Wild Quest around the ever-popular Barefoot Trail. Here, guests can take part in a series of fun challenges and obstacles and find out about some of the amazing animals living at Wild Place Project. Wild Place is home to creatures of all shapes and sizes from around the world – from zebra, wolves and cheetah, to gelada baboons, lemurs and meerkats. The attraction’s newest residents are a trio of giraffes - Dayo, Gerry and Tom - who live in a new, purpose-built £1.1 million giraffe house with raised viewing platforms offering visitors spectacular lookouts across the park. Animal lovers also have the chance to get up close to some of the animals in a host of amazing experience packages, offering the opportunity to hand-feed the giraffes, the lemurs or meet the meerkats, among many more. And no visit to Wild Place Project is complete without a trip to the undercover fun fort or the Congo Bongo play area. To round things off, there is the Courtyard Café serving delicious food and drinks. Ffi: Wild Place Project Blackhorse Hill, Bristol BS10 7TP T: 0117 428 5600 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. Ffi: Studley Grange Craft Village, Butterfly World and Farm Park Hay Lane, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9QT T: 01793 852400 W:



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Hello Kids! As the sun comes out, what better time to get along to Puxton Park? The North Somerset attraction has been kind enough to donate a family day pass to each of the three winners of my next competition which will be dedicated to fathers of every shape and description. To enter, just draw me a picture of your father, grandfather or any other father figure who might inspire you. Get your paints and crayons out and send me your pictures to: Arty Barty, Primary Times, 1 Temple Way, Bristol, BS2 0BY, or email high resolution jpegs to my editor at: mike.gartside@ Don’t forget to give me your name, age, full home postal address and the name of your school. Deadline: Monday 18 June. Have fun!


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Arty Barty You’ve sent me a whole orchestra of musical instruments and choosing the winners was nearly impossible! But congratulations to the successful artist, who takes their nearest and dearest to the Family Concert at Cheltenham Music Festival, 8 July. Fatima Rafi, 6, Churchdown Village Infant School, Churchdown, Gloucester. Fatima loves so many instruments that she’s drawn a whole range, including some exciting and unusual instruments, like the ukulele.

Eleanor Dickenson, 10, Crossways Junior School, Thornbury. Eleanor has drawn a Matisse-style guitar, and isn’t it effective? There’s a great abstract, collage feel and the instrument really stands out against the block colour background.

Elizabeth Hitchin, 7, Wootton Bassett Infant School, Wiltshire “I have two favourite instruments, so I drew both,’ says Elizabeth, who’s drawn a very grand piano and a great set of drums. I especially like the ‘Elizabeth’s Rock Band’ logo!


Anya Oleinik, 10, Stoke Lodge Primary School, Bristol There’s some really great detail here on Anya’s guitar. I love how carefully she’s drawn the strings, and the musical notes are spot on. She has added lovely detail on the guitar body, too.

A quantum leap

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building. After her father is arrested, the family grow desperate to support themselves, and a solution emerges – Parvana will disguise herself as a boy and become the family’s breadwinner. Based on the original book by Deborah Ellis, and adapted from the feature film directed by Nora Twomey, this bold graphic novel set in Kabul, Afghanistan depicts the struggles of family life under Taliban rule. Ellis based the original story on her own research and experiences at Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and Russia, and it’s clear this is an issue very close to her heart. Issues are handled sensitively, but without shying away from the hard realities faced by many families all over the world. The artwork is adapted from colour stills of the Oscar-nominated animated film, and there are plenty of poignant details, like the bullet holes visible in the wall where the children sit in the market. While the subject matter is bleak in places, overall The Breadwinner is a story of courage and hope, with an important message for readers of all ages.

The study of the most minute objects in the universe has perplexed the finest minds of the last 100 years. But it’s also influenced the development of computing, keyhole surgery and any number of modern technologies. Many would argue that today’s children need at least a basic understanding of quantum mechanics - and the dilemmas it presents - to navigate the technological challenges of the next 100 years. And this book is a great introduction. Beginning with Isaac Newton, it traces the key players in the history of quantum physics, from Marie Curie and Einstein to Niels Bohr and Paul Dirac. We’re introduced to molecules, atoms and photons leading on to more curious phenomena like quantum entanglement. Although under 50 pages, this volume offers plenty to get your teeth into, with ideas many adults will find difficult to grasp. But don’t let that put you off, as there’s plenty to be said for parents and children learning together. The illustrations are bright and eye catching and each theory or experiment is broken down step by step, to make the science as easily digestible as possible. This is an essential starter kit for anyone wishing to find out more about how our universe is made.

The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel (Based on the original novel by) Deborah Ellis, £8.99, Oxford University Press,

My First Book of Quantum Physics Sheddad Kaid-Salah Ferrón and Eduard Altarriba, £12.99, Button Books,

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What's on for families with primary school-aged children in Gloucestershire over the May Half-Term 2018

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What's on for families with primary school-aged children in Gloucestershire over the May Half-Term 2018