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Inspiring Learners For Their Future For futher information please contact: Maria Nuevo Transistion Co-ordinator, The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College & Leisure Centre Inverary Road, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 9DJ | Tel: 01793 846100 | Website:

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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 Devizes’ Outdoor Celebratory Arts. You may want to pencil in this 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!

THEATRE P8 ROUNDABOUT P11 PINBOARD P19 ADVERTISING FEATURES P20 PUPILS’ PAGE P22 REUSE OR REFUSE P6 World Environment Day tackles plastics pollution, as Emily Potter discovers.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT P17 Put children in charge to reduce obesity.

SUMMER FEVER! P18 The best of this year’s family festivals.

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Are you looking for somewhere your family can get the exercise they need over the holidays? Places for People has all the facilities to keep you and your children happy and healthy.

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f you are looking for ideas to keep your child active this half term holiday then make sure you check out what’s happening in your local leisure centre. Places for People (PfP) runs 11 leisure outlets in Wiltshire to create active places and healthy people.

FREE SWIMMING IN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS During the Wiltshire school holidays, under 16s enjoy free swimming at dedicated timetabled swimming sessions during weekdays. This is a fantastic opportunity for your children to have fun, a sociable time without breaking the bank. Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult. Full terms and conditions can be found on the website of your local Places for People swimming pool along with the times of the sessions available. These sessions will also be available during the summer holidays. To qualify for the scheme you must complete a registration form with your local PfP swimming pool before attending your first session. LEARNING TO SWIM Learning to swim is such a valuable life skill and PfP’s swimming lessons for children not only encourage physical activ-




ity but supports them with the development of water confidence. The comprehensive weekly Learn to Swim programme, which runs 50 weeks of the year, follows the Swim England Learn to Swim framework. Developed by swimming experts, the framework engages and motivates learners of every age and ability and has a comprehensive range of awards and badges to motivate children. To encourage children to practice the skills they are developing in their weekly swimming lessons, PfP gives all children enrolled on the programme access to “Just Swimming and Fun Swimming” public sessions on the timetable for free. This is a great opportunity for all the family to swim together. And for those parents, guardians or grandparents who are not confident themselves, there is also a comprehensive programme of adult swimming lessons for all abilities.

HOLIDAY INTENSIVES Intensive Swimming Lessons are also a popular option during the school holidays and a great way to introduce children to swimming and build water confidence. For children already on weekly swimming lesson, it’s a chance to embed skills. The daily repetition of techniques during holiday courses really helps children to grasp and practice new skills. See below for a sample of what some centres have on offer this half term. Sessions include swimming, diving, Rookie Lifeguard and Competitive Start Awards. Outside the pool PfP also has Trampolining & Gymnastics (Lime Kiln Leisure Centre) and Badminton (Christie Miller Sports Centre). COMING SOON Check the website of each facility for the latest news on school holiday activities. Summer holiday sessions will also be available to book soon.

Any parents, guardians or grandparents thinking about their own fitness can ask the team at their local centre for a free five day fitness pass to all the facilities on offer. Just like a PfP Premium membership, this fitness pass can be used across all sites, enabling you to pick and choose the facilities that best suit your needs and lifestyle. All holiday sessions are in addition to the usual variety of timetabled sessions for adults, families and children across the centres. To see a full list of PfP leisure sites in Wiltshire, visit: wiltshire. BRADFORD ON AVON SWIMMING POOL • Intensive swimming - a range of ability classes for children 3 years old up to – Stage 3 • Diving courses, suitable for children who are competent swimmers and comfortable jumping into deep water (Stage 5 upwards) T: 01225 862970 W: CHRISTIE MILLER SPORTS CENTRE, MELKSHAM • Four hour Intensive Badminton Masterclass with an England Badminton Coach • Suitable for ages 8-16 years, Wed 30 May. T: 01225 702826 W: www.christiemillersportscentre. LIME KILN LEISURE CENTRE, ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT • Intensive swimming - a range of ability classes for children from nonswimmer – Stage 5 • Gymnastics and Trampolining intensive sessions, suitable for all abilities. T: 01793 852197 W: MELKSHAM BLUE POOL • Intensive swimming - a range of ability classes for children aged 3 years upwards to Stage 5. T: 01225 703525 W:

OLYMPIAD LEISURE CENTRE, CHIPPENHAM • A range of ability classes for children aged 3 upwards and nonswimmers T: 01249 444144 W: www.olympiadleisurecentre. TROWBRIDGE SPORTS CENTRE • A range of ability classes for children from non-swimmer to Stage 5 • Diving (all abilities): children must be competent swimmers in deep water, diving from poolside and progressing to diving boards T: 01225 764342 W: www.trowbridgesportscentre. WARMINSTER SPORTS CENTRE • A range of ability classes for children from non-swimmer to Stage 4 • Beginner and Advanced Diving competent swimmer Stage 5 and above • Rookie Lifeguard -- competent swimmer Stage 5 and above T: 01985 212946 W: www.warminstersportscentre. WESTBURY SWIMMING POOL • A range of ability classes for children from non-swimmer to Stage 5 T: 01373 822891 W: www.westburyswimmingpool. For more information about locations in your area see wiltshire or contact your local site.


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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. 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 ensuring that 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. “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 of plastic straws 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 and try not to buy clothes that are made from a lot of plastic material.” Schools also have a vital role to play. One 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

“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”

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.” The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust ran a waste-free February this year with the aim to reduce waste to a jam jar. Over 100 people took part, and over two tonnes of waste were saved from going in the bin. 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. 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: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust W: T: 01380 725670



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FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SHOWS ★ SALISBURY, SWINDON, TROWBRIDGE & BEYOND family-friendly show full of songs, poems and comedy. Ages 6+.

The Play that Goes Wrong, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Mon 11-Sat 16 Jun

WILTSHIRE THE ARC THEATRE College Rd, Trowbridge BA14 0ES. 01225 756376. Oliver! Tue 22-Sat 26 May, 7.30/2.30 (Sat), £TBC • TAOS Musical Theatre present the much-loved musical version of Charles Dickens’ tale of Oliver, Fagin, Bill Sykes, Nancy and the Artful Dodger, complete with classic songs like ‘Food Glorious Food’ and ‘Consider Yourself’.

Cotswolds at the end of the First World War – in the great outdoors. SALISBURY ARTS CENTRE Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT. 01722 321744, www. Kaleidoscope Fri 25 May, 11am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, £12 (parent & baby)/£7.50 (additional adult)/£6.50 (additional baby) • Filskit Theatre create a multicoloured world for babies between 6-18 months that’s based on research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops.

THE ATHENAEUM 18-20 High St, Warminster BA12 9AE. 01985 213891, The Addams Family Young@ Part Thu 31 May-Sat 2 Jun, 7pm/2pm (Sat), £12/£10 (conc) • Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with Lucas – but he’s from a respectable family and there’s trouble afoot when the Addams Family meet them for dinner. The Athenaeum Youth Masqueraders perform the kooky but heartwarming musical. Dad’s Army Thu 19-Sat 21 Jul, 7.30pm, £10 • Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and Corporal Jones are all in attendance as The Athenaeum Limelight Players perform episodes from the much-loved TV comedy and raise money for the Royal Marines Charity to boot.

SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA. 01722 320333, www. Tidy Up Tue 29 May, 11am & 2pm, £9/£7 (groups) • Some people like everything to be tidy and some don’t … This dance-theatre shows invites you to a party where order and chaos both prove to be exciting and joyful. Ages 2+. The Little Mochi Man Wed 30 May, 11am & 2pm, £9/£7 (groups) • Poor old Mochi Man is tired of being bullied because he’s so small and goes on an adventure in Japan. Expect origami puppets, animation and music. Ages 4+. Disgusting Songs For Revolting Children Sat 2 Jun, 11am & 2pm, £9/£7 (groups) • Musical comedian Jay Foreman performs his family-friendly show full of songs, poems and comedy. Ages 6+.

BISHOP WORDSWORTH’S SCHOOL Exeter St, Salisbury SP1 2SF. 01722 329565, Much Ado About Nothing Sat 23 Jun, 7pm, £13/£6 (conc) • Rain or Shine present Shakespeare’s fastwitted comedy – relocated to the

SWINDON ARTS CENTRE Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon SN1 4BJ. 01793 614837, www. Jay Foreman: Disgusting Songs For Revolting Children Sat 26 May, 2pm, £10 • Musical comedian Jay Foreman performs his


WYVERN THEATRE Theatre Sq, Swindon SN1 1QN. 01793 524481, www. Danzone – The Chance To Dance Sat 26 May, 6.30pm, £15/£11 (child) • Dance showcase featuring dancers of all ages, many of whom have never performed in public before. The Little Mix Experience Tue 29 May, 1pm, £16 • Tribute show to ‘The X-Factor’ exports featuring all their greatest hits. That’ll Be The Day Thu 7 Jun, 7.30pm, £28 • Rock’n’roll musical with comic sketches and rock and pop hits from three decades. Jolly Holiday! Sat 9 Jun, 7.30pm, £14.50/£13.50 (conc) • Dance showcase by the students, teachers and friends of Charlotte Johnson’s School of Dance and Musical Theatre. Bring It All Back Sun 10 Jun, 4pm, £16/£14 (conc) • Students from Miss Kel’s Dance Academy showcase their skills on a nostalgic journey through music and dance. The Play That Goes Wrong Mon 11-Sat 16 Jun, 7.30pm/2.30pm (Wed & Sat), £27.50-£35 • 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+. 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. The Importance Of Being Earnest Fri 20 Jul, 6pm for 7pm, £15/£11 (child/student)/£46 (family)/free (under-3) • Bachelors Jack and Algernon

pay a visit to the country in Oscar Wilde’s witty comedy, presented here by Immersion Theatre. This is an outdoor performance which will take place in Lydiard Park. Coppelia & Cirque D’ete Sat 21 Jul, 2pm & 6.30pm, £18/£14 (conc) • Students from the Fitzgraham Academy of Dance perform the famous ballet in act one and follow it with a circusthemed showcase of dance, drama and musical theatre.

FURTHER AFIELD THE EGG Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844, 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 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+. PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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FAMILY DAYS SAT 26 MAY (EVENING) (Spire FM ‘Back On The Track’ - 80s & 90s Hits!) (Please note - this event is an evening race meeting with music afterwards. Whilst not specifically promoted as a family day, it falls within the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, and children are often in attendance. Therefore facilities are provided for them. More details on the Sat 26 May page of the racecourse website).

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

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 THU 31 MAY SPRING FLOWERS AND FAMILY TRAIL Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2LG, www. • Lacock’s grounds are sure to be full of flowers throughout the spring months. See how many you can spot on a fun family trail. 01249 730459, 11am-4pm, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL SAT 30 JUN FAMILY EXPLORATION TRAIL Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EL, www. • Explore Mompesson House and try to find all the hidden objects on a family trail.

01722 335659, 11am-4.30pm, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL SUN 15 JUL THE FOUNDATION STORY OF LACOCK ABBEY Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2LG, www. • Explore the legacy of Ela, founder of Lacock. Through physical installations and sound, travel back to the 1300s and find out about the the abbey’s missing church. Part of the Women and Power national programme. 01249 730459, 10.30am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. UNTIL SUN 29 JUL SALISBURY BEE TRAIL Salisbury City Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, www. • Follow the illustrated city trail and learn more about bees at each of the 12 map stops. Upload a free app to add 3D bees and games, search ‘Bee Trail’ on Appstore or Google Play. See website for places to pick up a free trail map. UNTIL SUN 29 JUL NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME OPEN DAYS Various locations, Wiltshire area, • The chance to explore many stunning gardens usually closed to the public. Venues include Bowden Park, Broadleas House Garden, Windmill Cottage, Braemar Lodge and many more. 01483 211535, various prices and times. 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 MON 3 SEP PREDATORS Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW, www. • Promising the big, beautiful and sometimes bizarre, see the world of predators come to life in an animatronic exhibition throughout the park. 01985 844400, 10am-5pm, included in standard admission prices.

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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. UNTIL TUE 1 JAN 2019 POP UP PANDAS Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW, www. • A unique art installation featuring over 100 painted pandas to discover. See how many you can spot, and look out for some special pandas decorated by local artists. 01985 844400, 10am-6pm, included in standard admission prices. THU 24-FRI 25 MAY MAKE AND PLAY FOR UNDER 5S Wiltshire Scrapstore, Unit 5, Griffin Farm, Bowden Hill, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2PP, www. • Messy play sessions especially for the under 5s, with a different theme each week. 01249 730011, 1011.30am, £5.50 per child, booking essential. THU 24 MAY-MON 3 SEP T-REX: THE KILLER QUESTION Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW, www. • Get up close and personal with the most ferocious carnivore of them all. Learn more about the fearsome dinosaur, handle fossil replicas and artefacts and marvel at the towering T-Rex skeleton. 01985 844400, 10am-6pm, 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-MON 28 MAY CHIPPENHAM FOLK FESTIVAL Various locations, Chippeham, Wiltshire, • A celebration of English heritage traditions and music, plus a special

Father’s Day events marked in RED! school-focused day on the Friday. See feature on page 18 for more info. 01249 657190, various locations and times, see website. SAT 26 MAY FAMILY MUSIC FUN Radstock Library, The Street, Radstock, Bath, BA3 3PR, www. • Join Sarah Moody for a family-friendly musical workshop. Grab some instruments and let loose - creating as much noise as possible is encouraged. 01225 614180, 10am-12pm, free. SAT 26 MAY MINI CHEFS: BRITISH Vaughan’s Kitchen, Unit 8, White Horse Business Centre, Hopton Industrial Estate, Devizes, SN10 2HJ, • Cook classic British favourites, the Cornish Pasty and Eve’s pudding (apple sponge). Children will learn staple cooking techniques and skills, cooking ‘real’ food from scratch. All materials, ingredients and aprons provided. Suitable for ages 6 to 10. 01380 530203, 10.30am-12.30pm, £30 per child. SAT 26-MON 28 MAY TRACTOR TED BIG MACHINES WEEKEND Bowood House, Derry Hill, Calne, SN11 0LZ, • Get up close to a whole range of real life farm machinery with the help of Tractor Ted and friends and learn more about farming with arena displays and activities. 01249 812102, 11am-5pm, included in house and gardens admission prices. SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN EARLY MAN QUEST Stonehenge, Amesbury, Salisbury, SP4 7DE, www.english-heritage. • Discover characters from Aardman Animation’s latest film, Early Man, on an interactive trail. Search for Dug, Hognob and the rest of the tribe, follow the clues and complete the quest to uncover centuries of history. 0370 333 1181, 9.30am7pm, standard admission prices apply plus £1 per person SAT 26 MAY-SUN 3 JUN MAY HALF-TERM FUN Avebury Manor, High St, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF, www. • Celebrate nature’s ‘Bs’ with a week » MAY HALF-TERM 2018 11 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 11

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of birds, bees, blooms and more. Tick off some of the ‘50 Things’ activities too, including building a bee hotel, bird feeder and more. 01672 538016, 12-4pm, standard admission prices apply plus small charge for some activities. SAT 26 MAY-SUN 2 SEP HEALING HERBS FAMILY TRAIL Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2LG, www. • The nuns of Lacock Abbey used to grow their own medicine 800 years ago. Find out more about their lives and plants on a fun family trail. 01249 740459, 10.30am-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-MON 28 MAY MAY BANK HOLIDAY FUN: BRITAIN AT ITS BEST Salisbury Museum, The Kings House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN, www.salisburymuseum. • Join living history group Andover to experience ‘Britain at its Best’. Find out what a field office regiment would have been like during World War II, see what life as a war artist was like with Plain Arts Salisbury and get a glimpse of secret photography and film work with Jo and Derek. 01722 332151, 12-4pm (Sun)/10am12.30pm and 1.30-4pm (Mon), standard admission prices apply. SUN 27-MON 28 MAY CLASH OF THE ROMANS Old Sarum, Castle Rd, Salisbury, SP1 3SD, www.english-heritage. • The Romans are coming! See two teams of soldiers battle to fend off their foe and showcase their skills at archery and spear throwing. Get a taste of Roman life and put your own skills to the test. 0370 333 1181, 11am-5pm, £7.95 (adult)/£4.75 (child). MON 28 MAY GRITTLETON PLANT AND SPRING FAIR Grittleton House, Grittleton, Chippenham, SN14 6AP, www.

Father’s Day events marked in RED! PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES • Over 50 stalls selling a wide variety of spring plants, handmade gifts and artisan foods, plus special guest Paddington Bear! 01249 782434, 11am-3pm, £3 (adult)/under 12s free. TUE 29 MAY CRAFTY FILM: FINDING NEMO Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury, SP1 3UT, www. • Crafty hour to make your own cardboard boat, ready to sail into the cinema for a screening of the Pixar classic ‘Finding Nemo’. 01722 321744, 10am/film starts 11am, £12 (adult and child)/£7 (child)/£5 (additional adult). TUE 29 MAY CREATIVE COLLAGES Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www. • Work with tissue paper and card to make a plant or flower-themed collage. 01225 751339, tickets issued from 10am for morning sessions, 1pm for afternoon sessions, free. TUE 29 MAY THE LITTLE MIX EXPERIENCE Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN, www. • Tribute act to one of the UK’s most successful girl bands, playing hits including Black Magic, Wings, Salute and many more. 01793 524481, 1pm, all tickets £16. TUE 29-WED 30 MAY CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY CRAFTS Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long St, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NS, www. • Expect a range of arts and craft activities celebrating the spring season. 01380 727369, 11am-12.30pm or 1.30-3pm, £5 per child, booking essential. WED 30 MAY WILD WOODLAND DAY Dyrham Park, Dyrham, SN14 8HY, dyrham-park • Enjoy wild outdoor activities, whatever the weather! Expect everything from den building to fire making, foraging and more. 0117 937 2501, 10.30am12.30pm or 2-4pm, £10 per child. WED 30 MAY SUNNY SUNFLOWERS Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www. • Drop in to the Sensory Garden for some sunflower seed sowing and decorate a pot of your own. 01225 751339, 10.30am-3.30pm, free. THU 31 MAY WONDERFUL WORLD CUP T-SHIRTS Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www. • Get ready for the 2018 World Cup by

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designing your own supporter’s t-shirt to take home. Suitable for ages 8+. 01225 751339, tickets issued from 10am for morning sessions, 1pm for afternoon sessions, £3 per child. THU 31 MAY CRAFTY FILM: UP Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury, SP1 3UT, www. • Spend an hour making your own cardboard home, followed by a screening of the Pixar classic, ‘Up’. 01722 321744, 10am/film starts 11am, £12 (adult and child)/£7 (child)/£5 (additional adult).

JUNE FRI 1 JUN WOOLLY WASTE WORKSHOP Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www.trowbridgemuseum. • A day of weaving, braiding, pom-pom making and any other creative activities you can think of using leftover wool and yarn. 01225 751339, 10am-4pm, free. SAT 9-SUN 10 JUN KIDS FOR A QUID Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon Station, Tadpole Lane, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN25 2DA, www.swindon-cricklade-railway. org • Kids can ride the selection of steam and diesel-hauled trains for just £1 on another exclusive discount weekend. 01793 771615, see website for train timetables, standard admission prices apply/ children £1.

performances. See feature on page 18 for more info. 01249 701628, various prices and times. SAT 16 JUN BEE DAY Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EL, www. • Meet local bee keepers and working bees in their hive in Mompesson’s gardens. Plus honey tasting and the chance to learn lots of fun facts. 01722 335659, 11am-4.30pm, included in standard admission prices. SUN 17 JUN BOWOOD’S TREASURE ISLAND Bowood House, Derry Hill, Calne, SN11 0LZ, • Set sail to Bowood and become a swashbucklin’ pirate for the day. More details to come, but expect plenty of pirate-themed fun, games and crafts. 01249 812102, 11am-6pm, included in standard admission prices. SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY: BIG MACHINES Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG, www. • Take a look at some farm machinery in action and explore all the usual attractions including animal feeding, tractor rides, indoor and outdoor play. Plus, dads go free with any paying child. 01793 763939, 9am-5pm, standard admission prices apply/dads free.

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.

SUN 17 JUN FATHER’S DAY Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon Station, Tadpole Lane, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN25 2DA, www.swindon-cricklade-railway. org • Any train enthusiast dads can enjoy the heritage station, diesel and steam-hauled engines for free this Father’s Day, with any other full paying family member. 01793 771615, see website for train timetables, standard admission prices apply/ dads free.

TUE 12-SUN 17 JUN BLUE SKY FESTIVAL The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX, www.blueskyfestival. • Quirky arts festival with a range of music, film and theatre

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 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 13 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 13




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 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). SAT 23-SUN 24 JUN LONGLEAT FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW, www. • The safari park’s food and drink festival returns for a second year, promising to tantalise your taste buds. More details to come at the time of going to press but expect guest appearances from celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, plenty of produce stalls and more. 01985 844400, 10am-6pm, prices TBC. MON 25 JUN-SUN 1 JUL CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL Church Farm, Bury Lane, Broad Chalke, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5DP, • One of the largest festivals in the UK dedicated entirely to history, with a special schools programme running 26-28 Jun. See feature on page 18 for more info. 01722 781133, various prices and times. SAT 30 JUN FAMILY HISTORY DAY Steam, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY, www.steam-museum. • Discover more about your ancestors, whether you’re a complete beginner or have been researching the family tree for a while. Free talks throughout the day and the chance to talk to family history experts. 01793 466626, 10am-3.30pm, £3 (adult)/child free (does not include entry to main Steam exhibits)

JULY SUN 1 JUL-FRI 31 AUG SUMMER TOYS AND GAMES Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EL, www. • Enjoy traditional toys and games in the garden including croquet and giant dominoes. 01722 335659, 11am5pm, included in standard admission prices. THU 5 JUL SUNSET DEER PARK WALK Dyrham Park, Dyrham, SN14 8HY, dyrham-park • Enjoy exclusive access to the park after hours and take a leisurely guided 14 MAY HALF-TERM 2018 14 MAY HALF-TERM 2018

Father’s Day events marked in RED! the friendly bear. Plus all the usual animals, tractor rides and indoor and outdoor play. 01793 763939, 9am-5pm, included in standard admission prices.

Grittleton Plant and Spring Fair, Mon 28 May

walk around the grounds. Photography enthusiasts are encouraged to bring equipment if they wish. 0117 9372501, 7.309.30pm, £10 (adult)/£5 (child). SAT 7-SUN 8 JUL CHEESE AND CHILLI FESTIVAL SWINDON Lydiard Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA, www. • The niche festival returns offering even more cheese and chillies from around the world, plus plenty of fun for all ages including cooking demonstrations, tastings, chilli challenge, magic shows, falconry displays, Punch and Judy and lots more. 07776 255199, 10am-5pm, £6 (adult)/ children free. SUN 8 JUL-SAT 4 AUG MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE SUMMER SCHOOL Marlborough College, Bath Rd, Marlborough, SN8 1PA, www.summerschool. • Expect a course or activity to suit everyone with activities on offer including dance, languages, fly fishing, martial arts, sports, cooking, photography and many, many more. Enjoy a residential stay or take part in a course as a day student. 01672 892388, various prices and times. THU 12 JUL SUNSET DEER PARK WALK Dyrham Park, Dyrham, SN14 8HY, dyrham-park • Enjoy exclusive access to the park after hours and take a leisurely guided walk around the grounds. Photography enthusiasts are encouraged to bring equipment if they wish. 0117 9372501, 7.309.30pm, £10 (adult)/£5 (child). SAT 14 JUL STONEHENGE WILDLIFE WALK Stonehenge Landscape, 3 Stonehenge Rd, Salisbury, SP4 7DD, www.nationaltrust. • Discover more about local wildlife on a guided walk led by a National Trust ranger. Explore restored grassland, the King Barrow Ridge and more. Walk approx 3.5 miles. 01980 10am1pm, £5 (adult)/children free.

SAT 14-SUN 15 JUL KIDS FOR A QUID Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon Station, Tadpole Lane, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN25 2DA, www.swindon-cricklade-railway. org • Kids can ride the selection of steam and diesel-hauled trains for just £1 on another exclusive discount weekend. 01793 771615, see website for train timetables, standard admission prices apply/ children £1. THU 19 JUL SWINDON YOUNG MUSICIANS GALA CONCERT Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN, www. • The endof-year performance from Swindon Young Musicians, plus special guests. 01793 524481, 7.30pm, £7 (adult)/£5 (conc). THU 19 JUL SUNSET DEER PARK WALK Dyrham Park, Dyrham, SN14 8HY, • Enjoy exclusive access to the park after hours and take a leisurely guided walk around the grounds. Photography enthusiasts are encouraged to bring equipment if they wish. 0117 9372501, 7.309.30pm, £10 (adult)/£5 (child). THU 19-SUN 22 JUL LARMER TREE FESTIVAL Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, SP5 5PY, www. • Independent summer festival especially geared towards families. See feature on page 18 for more info. 0121 4726688, see website for ticket prices. SAT 21-SUN 22 JUL FESTIVAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY Salisbury Museum, The Kings House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN, www.salisburymuseum. • Promising a unique weekend of heritage, archaeology and living history - enjoy talks on current archaeological topics plus fun for all ages in the outdoor showground. 01722 332151, 10am5pm, £2 (entry)/£8 (talks). MON 23-SUN 29 JUL BEAR HUNT Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG, www. • Follow the farm’s explorer through many obstacles, and keep an eye out for

MON 23 JUL-FRI 31 AUG FAMILY CRAFTS AND WATERCOLOUR PAINTING Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2LG, www. • Paint your own masterpieces inspired by the Talbot family, accomplished watercolour artists living at Lacock Abbey in the 1800s. 01249 730459, 11am-3pm, included in standard admission prices. THU 26 JUL SUNSET DEER PARK WALK Dyrham Park, Dyrham, SN14 8HY, • Enjoy exclusive access to the park after hours and take a leisurely guided walk around the grounds. Photography enthusiasts are encouraged to bring equipment if they wish. 0117 9372501, 7.309.30pm, £10 (adult)/£5 (child). SAT 28 JUL-SUN 2 SEP SUMMER OF PLAY Avebury Manor, High St, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF, www. • Collect a family pack from the Visitor Reception and discover each area of the site with fun trails and spotter sheets. Immerse yourself in the past at Avebury Manor and play games in the farmyard and garden. 01672 538016, 11am-5pm, included in standard admission prices. MON 30 JUL STORY HOUR Avebury Manor, High St, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF, www. • Head to the church garden and enjoy a story as a family or listen as a volunteer reads aloud. 01793 538016, 12.30-1.30pm, included in standard admission prices. MON 30 JUL CHILDREN’S YOGA Avebury Manor, High St, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF, www. • Fun, family sessions in the church garden, led by professional yoga instructor Silva Cooper. Aimed at ages 4 to 13, but anyone is welcome to join in. 01672 538016, 1.30-3.30pm, 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 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. Official figures for Wiltshire have been moving in a positive direction however, with “Levels of excess weight (overweight or obese) in children in reception year reduced to 20.3% in 2015 from 22.1% in 2014.” The council and The NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning group have set an obesity strategy in place to continue to improve the health of families. According to the council’s mission statement, “By 2020 Wiltshire will be a place where all individuals, families and communities are informed, enabled, motivated and empowered to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.” It will be working with schools as part of the strategy to provide information, advice and services to enable the best opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. Registered nutritional therapist Philippa Parish says, “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. “Simple changes like only offering fruit for dessert and limiting fried foods to a couple of times a month are the first steps to a healthy lifestyle.” To keep on top of exercise, Philippa says, “Get children a pedometer and keep a chart of steps taken, with regular (non-food) treats when they reach their goal. Parents 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 Wiltshire primary school teacher says, “Our school dinners legally have to be balanced and so contain the right ingredients for a balanced diet, but some packed lunches [supplied by parents] have the wrong foods” The best approach, she says, is to encourage the children to get involved in creating their own healthy foods and exercises.

“We grow our own produce in the school garden and this is built into the curriculum - it’s all about making it fun. The children were involved in designing it, which they really enjoyed, and we have a fixed play area with a lot of equipment for them. They also have sports professionals from outside the school come in and teach the older years how to be sports leaders, leading play, all to encourage the children to get involved themselves.” She emphasises that children are most likely to make healthy choices when they are in control: “If you create an environment where they can take ownership, they will find a purpose for being

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. active. It becomes a celebration.” And it’s not just the children who get to have fun at break times, she adds: “It’s part of the lunchtime staff’s role to play with the children, which is a great way to encourage activity throughout break times.” Wiltshire Council and NHS Commissioning group strategy W: http://www.wiltshireccg. uploads/2013/03/Wilts-ObesityStrategy-2016-2020.pdf Philippa Parish Registered Nutritional Therapist W: www. E: T: 07460



r e Sumfm ever! Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts Summer Events

From confetti battles to Bombshell Belles to Larmer Spas, there’s a whole wealth of fabulous local festivals to look forward to this summer. Emily Potter previews some of the best. CHIPPENHAM FOLK FESTIVAL This joyous, traditional celebration of folk music has been going strong since the 1970s. All profits go back into the festival and the town itself, making it truly a community event. Run by volunteers, there are over 200 events planned at venues in and around the market town with a ‘make up your own festival’ vibe. Headliners for 2018 include Bristol’s very own, and rather wonderful Sheelanagig. When: Fri 25-Mon 28 May Where: Various locations in Chippenham town, Wiltshire Web: Price: Vary – see website. CHIPPENHAM FOLK FESTIVAL, SCHOOLS DAY The first day of the Chippenham Folk Festival is themed towards local schools. This is a great opportunity for children to Larmer Tree (this image and right)


experience tuition in song, dance and storytelling in addition to learning to play instruments. At the end of the day all children from participating schools gather together to have a dance - a perfect way to put those new skills to good use. When: Fri 25 May Where: Various locations in Chippenham town, Wiltshire Web: BLUE SKY FESTIVAL Celebrating the arts, this quirky festival provides a mix of music, theatre, film, visual arts and comedy over its six-day span. For families, there’s plenty to do, from family theatre performances, to craft activities and workshops. Look out for a screening of the box office hit ‘The Greatest Showman’. When: Tues 12-Sun 17 Jun Where: The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham SN13 9HX

Web: Price: Vary – see website. CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL ‘The largest festival in the UK dedicated entirely to history’ returns to Wiltshire this year with the aim to ‘excite enthral and entertain’ the public about the past. Themed party nights include performances by vintage bands such as the Bombshell Belles. Enjoy air displays, learn about the evolution of British airpower to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF and much more. When: Mon 25 Jun-Sun 1 Jul Where: Church Farm, Bury Lane, Broad Chalke, Near Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5DP Web: Price: See website for ticket prices. FESTIVAL FOR SCHOOLS A close relation to the Chalke Valley History Festival (above), this three-day spin off allows children to learn, away from the classroom, what life in the past was like. Students can handle real uniforms and weapons, experience static aircraft from the last century and be involved in an interactive World War 1 trench. When: Tue 26-Thu 28 Jun Where: Chalke Valley History Festival Site, Church Farm, Bury Lane, Broad Chalke, Near Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5DP Web: schools-festival/

LARMER TREE FESTIVAL A previous winner of the ‘Best Family Festival’ gong at the UK Festival Awards, this independent, intimate festival is a summer party for all the family. With music throughout the event from artists such as Jake Bugg and Nick Mulvey, there are plenty of arts, comedy and other performances to get involved with. Grown-ups can relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the festival at the Larmer Spa. Why not book in with one of the therapists or get involved with the holistic workshops on offer? When: Thu 19-Sun 22 Jul Where: Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5PY, UK Web: Price: See website for tickets and extras. DEVIZES OUTDOOR CELEBRATORY ARTS SUMMER CHARITY EVENTS The charity-run organisation DOCA is staging events across August to deliver arts to the area. Kick-starting the main events with the ‘Picnic in the Park’, the Carnival is the finale of the celebrations, providing plenty to do for all the family. Visit the International Street Festival, get involved in the confetti battle, or sign up to the Colour Rush run through the town. When: Sun 19 Aug-Sat 1 Sept Where: Market Place and locations in Devizes, Wiltshire Web: Price: Vary – see website.



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Perfect riding 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:

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:


Situated in the scenic village of Stanton St Bernard, Pewsey Vale Riding Centre is perfectly located to offer children from the age of 4 upwards the perfect riding experience in a safe and fun environment. Its team of highly experienced and friendly staff offers children the chance to learn to ride, make friends and obtain essential life skills, whether riding over the 2,000 acres of exclusive access to farmland, going for an escorted walk through the picturesque village, having a lesson in one of its schools or taking part in one of the Pony Club activities, there is always something to do and learn. Pewsey Vale Riding Centre is fully insured, inspected and approved by the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools. Ffi: Pewsey Vale Riding Centre W:

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Kip McGrath Education Centre, Trowbridge, provides professional tuition in English, maths and science for primary and secondary-aged children in the West Wiltshire area. It aims to provide the best specialist facilities and professional expertise to help children realise their potential. Children at the centre grow in confidence as they are provided with a programme of study tailored for them, while any new or difficult concepts are clearly and patiently explained. The centre finds that increased confidence can have a massive impact on a child’s progress which can affect all subjects. All maths, English and science tutors at Kip McGrath Trowbridge are fully qualified, DBS checked. The centre provides detailed feedback on a regular basis so parents can see how your child is improving. “We emphasise the positive aspects with every child, providing an opportunity to repair self-esteem and confidence, in an atmosphere of encouragement, where learning can be fun,” says Matt Hughes of Kip McGrath. Ffi: Kip McGrath Education Centre W: www.kiptrowbridge.

Brunel’s incredible items

All over Wiltshire, foster carers welcome vulnerable youngsters into their homes, providing desperately-needed warmth and safety in a nurturing family environment. The work they do is priceless and more foster carers are urgently needed. You don’t need a qualification to foster children. Training is provided. You can foster if you are single, and religion doesn’t matter if you are ready to support a child from a different faith. Foster carers are paid a generous allowance, and you can also carry on working if you still have enough time to provide care. Different kinds of carers are needed for the differing needs of young people. These include: • Looking after young children and adolescents with challenging behaviour • Parent-and-child carers, offering support to parents who need some help • Emergency carers, who can provide a home for a child at short notice • Specialists in looking after children with disabilities or special needs

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: Wiltshire Foster Care T: 0800 169 6321 W:

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• “They’re off” at Salisbury Racecourse as the 2018 season gets under way with the Betfred City Bowl Family Race Day on Sunday 29 April, the first of 16 race meetings scheduled for this summer. Other family-focused events include the popular Father’s Day Races fixture on Sunday 17 June and the two-day Summer Holiday Family Races on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 August. These family-themed race days provide free children’s entertainment including an exciting simulator, face-painters, small children’s fairground rides, inflatables and puppet shows. For the grown-ups (although children are of course welcome), Salisbury Racecourse hosts four racing and music nights, including Spire FM’s Back On The Track with ‘80s and ‘90s hits on Saturday 26 May. In July, the course stages two very popular nights starting with Ladies’ Evening on Saturday 14 July. As well as the chance to win some great prizes in the Best Dressed competition, racegoers will also be treated to a live performance from Robbie Williams tribute act, Lee Pashley, and his live band. A fortnight later, on Saturday 28 July, The Chapel x Salisbury Races takes centre stage as Salisbury’s top DJs turn the track into an open-air nightclub! The final music race night on Friday 24 August is another real treat as the course welcomes Ben: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Concert complete with live band and dancers. General Admission is either £25, £17 or £9, although some variations do apply. The website has full details. And remember: accompanied children aged 17 and under are always admitted free. Ffi: Salisbury Racecourse T: 01722 326461 W:


2018 Celebrating the UK Year of Engineering - Fun workshops for children

Time to get Curious

(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)

• 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.

Prescott Hill, Nr Gotherington, Prescott GL52 9RD Tel: 01242 677201 Email:

Ffi: We The Curious Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB T: 0117 915 1000 W:

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

• 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.




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Stonehenge School expands

Come and play exciting new virtual reality games with AirVR! New Worlds Await You.

• The Stonehenge School is a mixed comprehensive, catering for boys and girls aged 11 to 16. The school is situated in 11 acres of green, open space surrounded by trees. It is a calm and welcoming environment where the sense of community is exceptionally strong and students feel safe. These features of the school were praised by Ofsted in the 2017 inspection where the school was graded ‘Good’ for the fifth consecutive time. Stonehenge has been a specialist mathematics and computing school for several years, enabling it to make substantial investments in a modern ICT network. Both teachers and students use this extensively as they explore increasingly creative and imaginative ways of learning. The school has advanced and embraced the opportunities offered by new technologies, but in other ways its staff believe in a quite traditional approach to education. The uniform is formal - yet practical - and teachers have high expectations of good behaviour and appropriate manners. Visitors frequently comment on the courtesy shown to them by children and of their obvious pride in their school. The school is increasingly popular and to cater for a growing roll, a £6.5 million new build is being constructed over the next 12 months. Stonehenge serves the community of Amesbury and many of the surrounding villages, and about one quarter of its children come from families in the armed forces on Salisbury Plain. Tours and informal visits can be arranged at any time during the year and on all days of the school week. Ffi: The Stonehenge School Antrobus Road, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7ND T: 01980 623407 E: W:

AirHop Bristol

The World‘s Biggest Trampoline Park! Come and enjoy over 160 trampolines, a huge Obstacle Course, Battle Beams, foam pit, basketball slam-dunk, trampoline dodgeball, Total Wipeout, and much more!

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AirHop Bristol | Unit 5 Britannia Road | Bristol BS34 5TA 0330 223 3333 |

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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 takeaway 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:

Penguin Feeds 11am & 2.30pm

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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,

Ellen White reviews the new releases.

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Considering secondary schools for September 2018? Then come along to one of our

Open Days For all Year 5 & Year 6 children and their parents

Tuesday 2rd October & Wednesday 3rd October

Devizes School

Thursday 27th September

Raising aspirations, building futures

9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:20pm - 2:00pm

& Sixth Form College

Open Evening from 7:00pm

We are extremely proud of our students and our school - this is a perfect opportunity to see why. To book your tour please contact reception on: 01380 724886 (Please allow 30 minutes for your tour)

To find out more call: 01380 724886 Devizes School & Sixth Form College, The Green, Devizes, SN10 3AG Visit: or follow us on Twitter @DevizesSchool Proud to be part of The White Horse Federation Multi-Academy Trust Tel: 01793 818603 • @WhiteHorseFed •

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What's on in Wiltshire for families with Primary School-aged children over the May Half-Term holidays 2018

Primary times wiltshire may 2018  

What's on in Wiltshire for families with Primary School-aged children over the May Half-Term holidays 2018