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Inspire your family’s lifelong love for learning at Marlborough College Summer School. Page 4.

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Is time manmade? Liana, 14

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

Like everyone, I’m looking forward to real spring weather after the snow in March. Which means getting out and about on family walks, Easter egg trails and other activities. Of course the outdoors has its dangers but it’s easy to protect against the most common, such as sunburn or the increasingly prevalent Lyme disease, carried by ticks. Our feature on Page 17 is has some great tips to keeping your kids healthy outdoors. Elsewhere, we discuss the wonderful benefits of extracurricular art clubs, (P.6) and thorough ly explore the full range of Easter things to do (P.18). Fingers crossed for some bright, sunny days!

THEATRE P8 ROUNDABOUT P11 PINBOARD P19 ADVERTISING FEATURES P20 PUPILS’ PAGE P22 SMART WITH ART P6 The next Monet or not, a child can boost all abilities through arts, says Ellen White.

OUTDOOR SURVIVAL P17 Avoid common countryside dangers.

IT’S EASTER! P18 A smorgasbord of seasonal ideas.

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t may be 44 years old this summer, but Marlborough College Summer School continues to thrive and was recently recognised as one of the South West’s top artistic, cultural and learning experiences at the 2017/18 Tourism Excellence Awards. The enduring popularity of Summer School is undoubtedly underpinned by the phrase “something for everyone”. Catering for students from 3 years old through to 90 years young, the school’s ability to span generations and accommodate all groupings of families or individuals creates a unique holiday atmosphere in the beautiful setting of Marlborough College, Wiltshire. There are over 400 fascinating courses for adults, while a comprehensive programme for young people is packed full of inspirational activities. With

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courses divided into four age bands, the structure and content is carefully designed to provide an exciting adventure for each child in a safe environment. Junior Troopers (3 to 6 years) and Children’s Activities (6 to 9 years) adopt the multi-activity approach with sports, art and crafts, swimming and outdoor adventures. Meanwhile, Young Adventurers (9 to 12 years) and Teenagers (13 to 17 years) can choose a morning and afternoon course which they continue all week. Just some of the diverse courses available this year include Mountain Biking, Yoga, Cricket, Water Polo, Calligraphy, Jewellery Making, Fashion Sketching, Forest Art and even Light Saber Combat and Duelling Training! Young people are welcome to join Summer School either as day students or as residents with their families. The majority of courses are designed to offer young people experiences that they may not easily find as part of their usual school curriculum. The exciting programme also makes full use of the magnificent college campus, which boasts excellent indoor and outdoor facilities, while some courses are scheduled off campus in the beautiful surrounding area, with transport included.

Besides promising a memorable experience for children and young people, Summer School offers plenty to keep the adults entertained. New courses for grown-ups cover everything from Emily Brontë to Sustainability, Film Appreciation to British Political History, Back Garden Astronomy to Needle Felting, Meditation to Fitcamp… the list goes on. Meanwhile, evenings can be spent together as a family enjoying a wide host of entertainment options including cinema, lectures, sports and live music. Gala Performances take place every Tuesday and Friday evening and this year’s superb line-up ranges from ‘An Evening with Lord Robert Winston’ to Illyria’s outdoor theatre production of ‘The Adventures of Dr Dolittle’. There will also be musical performances from the hilarious Rainer Hersch Orkestra, Classical Brit Award Winning group Blake and the acclaimed tribute band Killer Queen. Alternatively, throughout the week, 9 to 17 year olds can enjoy supervised evening entertainment. Activities can include anything from a BBQ and disco to treasure hunts and getting a soaking on the waterslides. Residential children who do not wish to attend the Gala performances with their parents are welcome to chill-out at ‘The Base’. “The formula makes for a perfect family holiday as no one has to be restricted by what the

other members wish to see and do,” explains Debbie Flower, Event Manager. “Summer School is about being independent together, where the problems of pleasing all the family are sorted out for you.” With all this physical activity and mental stimulation you’ll work up an appetite and Summer School offers an excellent dining experience, with a range of cuisines to suit the most discerning of palates. Residents’ meals are included and non-residents can purchase meal tickets on a weekly or daily basis. Lunch is included free of charge for all children attending a full-day of courses, plus an afternoon snack will be served to resident and nonresident children attending the evening activities. Junior Troopers costs from £168 per child per week. Children’s Activities starts from £340 per child per week. Courses for Young Adventurers, Teenagers and Adults all start from £198 per person per week. For those from further afield, or simply wishing to make the most of all Summer School has to offer, accommodation in the College boarding houses is available from £245 per person per week (price includes full board and all entertainment). For further information or to book, call the Summer School team on 01672 892388 or visit PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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


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

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

Wiltshire Scrapstore. “There’s a different theme each week and we lay out the materials then leave them to it – it’s interesting as every child’s creation is always different.” If you feel your child’s school isn’t offering enough art opportunities, you might want to consider one of the many art clubs or workshops available out of school hours. Wiltshire Scrapstore offers free membership, Saturday art clubs, holiday clubs for all ages and an on site shop selling everything you need to get creative at home. Alongside drawing, painting and collage, children may enjoy the benefits pottery or sculpture has to offer. The 3D nature of these techniques requires children to understand spatial awareness, as well as improving creativity and problem solving skills. “Children just love to follow an idea through play,” says Neil, from the pottery school, Pot Stop,

in Bristol. “And what better material than clay? It’s so squidgy and miraculous.” The malleable nature of clay can also help children with their self-esteem and expression, as new ideas can be tried out and easily remoulded if not successful. Art activities and general creativity can aid children’s confidence, something Glynis has seen first hand. “At the end of the session the children walk out being very proud of something they’ve created themselves,” she says. “Art also benefits communication between the children themselves and their communication with adults. It’s great for improving social skills.” Whether you sign your child up for a 12 week pottery course, or make the time to paint more at home, giving more focus to the arts is sure to have many positive benefits for you and your family. And who knows, you might have a future Picasso, Berthe Morisot or Michelangelo on your hands. Wiltshire Scrapstore Unit 5, Griffin Farm, Bowden Hill, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2PP T: 01249 730011 W: www.wiltshirescrapstore. Trowbridge Arts Market St, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ T: 01225 774306 W: www.trowbridgearts. com Faux Arts Studio 30 The Parade, Marlborough, SN8 1NE T: 01672 512031 W:


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FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SHOWS ★ SALISBURY, SWINDON, TROWBRIDGE & BEYOND Higgledy Piggledy Pie, Wed 11 Apr, Salisbury Arts Centre

WILTSHIRE THE ARC THEATRE College Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire 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’. THE ATHENAEUM 18-20 High Street, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9AE. 01985 213891, HMS Pinafore Thur 5-Sat 7 Apr, 7.30pm, £10/£8 (under-16s) • Set sail abroad the good ship Pinafore for Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta about star-crossed lovers. Wish Upon A Star! Sat 5-Sun 6 May, 2pm & 6pm, £12/£10 (conc) • Young students of Warminster dance school Centre Stage Perform showcase their talents. SALISBURY ARTS CENTRE Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT. 01722 321744, Higgledy Piggledy Pie Wed 11 Apr, 11am & 2pm, £7.50/£6.50 (conc)/£24 (family) • The king asks for higgledy piggledy pie and his chefs set about making it with the help of well-known rhymes, puppets made from vegetables and original music. Noisy Oyster present their new show. Ages 3+. Penguins Mon 16 Apr, 11am, 2pm & 5pm, £7.50/£6.50 (conc)/£24 (family) • Two penguins at Central Park Zoo start trying to hatch a rock – which gives their keeper a clever idea. Based on a true story, this new theatre and dance show looks at friendship and family in a fun and engaging way. Ages 3+.

A Song To Sing Thu 10-Sat 12 May, 7.30pm/3pm (Sat), £15 • Musical Theatre Salisbury perform songs from the shows – from Gilbert & Sullivan light opera through to the latest Broadway musicals. SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA. 01722 320333, Moonfleet Thu 19 Apr-Sat 5 May, 7.30pm/2.15pm (Thu & Sat), £11.50£27 • This brand new musical retells J Meade Falkner’s classic yarn about a young orphan who dreams of pirate treasure and goes in search of adventure. Set in an 18th-century Dorset village, ‘Moonfleet’ brings to life a forgotten world of shipwreck, smuggling, romance and mystery. SWINDON ARTS CENTRE Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon SN1 4BJ. 01793 614837, Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw-Along Mon 9 Apr, 2pm, £14.50/£13.50 (child)/£52 (family) • Acclaimed children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt passes on his best drawing tips and

Teletubbies Live, Wed 9-Thu 10 May, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

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shows you how to draw Tracy Beaker, Timothy Pope and any number of crazy creatures. Jay Foreman: Disgusting Songs For Revolting Children Sat 26 May, 2pm, £10 • The award-winning musical comedian delivers devilishly cheeky songs, poems and comedy in this family-friendly show that’s been a sell-out hit at Edinburgh Fringe. SWINDON TOWN HALL Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF. Friendly Ever After Fri 13 Apr, 10.30am, £5.50 • Two young clowns try to find true friendship on a journey full of jokes, arguments, disputes and funny situations. Part of Swindon Fringe Festival. Be Happy, Harry Hippo! Sun 15 Apr, 10.30am, £5.50 • Poor old Harry Hippo has lost his smile – but Hodgepodge Theatre set out to help him and try to remember everything that makes him happy. Part of Swindon Fringe Festival. WYVERN THEATRE Theatre Sq, Swindon SN1 1QN. 01793 524481, Milkshake! Live Thu 5 Apr, 11am & 2.30pm, £18/£16 (under-16s) • Favourite characters like Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Little Princess join two Milkshake presenters on a journey through fairy tales from around the world. Tweedy The Clown Sat 7 Apr, 2pm, £15/£11 (child) • Music and mayhem ensue when Tweedy the clown tries to put on a show on the same night as Ludvink Loyal’s classical concert. The star of the Cheltenham Everyman panto tours a brand new show. George And The Flight Of The Imaginees Sun 8 Apr, 11am, £5 • Blessed with a rich imagination, George is summoned to protect the

ancient spirits and sent on a globetrotting quest. Part of Swindon Fringe Festival. NB Performance takes place in The Olive Tree Café. El Diablo Of The Cards Sat 14 Apr, 10.30am, free (but please register via website in advance) • Brazilian clown-magician Ewerton Martins brings his blend of silliness and magic to Swindon Fringe Festival. NB Performance takes place in the Brunel Shopping Centre. Penguins Mon 23-Tue 24 Apr, 7pm (Mon)/10.30am & 1.30pm (Tue), £9 • Two penguins at Central Park Zoo start trying to hatch a rock – which gives their keeper a clever idea. Based on a true story, this new theatre and dance show looks at friendship and family in a fun and engaging way. Ages 3+. Teletubbies Live Wed 9-Thu 10 May, 10am & 1pm, £16-£18 • Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po take to the stage to explore the magical world of Teletubbyland with the aid of the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby.

FURTHER AFIELD THE EGG Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844, www. Out Of Your Mind Thu 27 Mar-Sun 8 Apr, 7.30pm, £10 • A festival of new writing featuring scripts by local adults and children as young as five. Every night has a different line-up of fully produced plays, script-in-hand performances and excerpts from new scripts. Check the running order online for details of which nights/ productions are suitable for which ages. From ages 4+ to 14+. Macbeth Thur 19 & Sun 22 Apr, 10.30am, 1pm & 7pm (Thur)/11.30am & 3pm (Sun), £8.50 (adult)/£7.50 (child)/£6.50 (schools) • Macbeth and his wife plot a devastating crime which will ultimately destroy them both. A compact and vibrant onehour performance of Shakespeare’s well-known Scottish tragedy. Ages 10+. THEATRE ROYAL Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET. 01225 448844, David Walliams Gangsta Granny Tue 27 Mar-Sun 1 Apr, 7pm (Tue)/2pm & 7pm (Wed-Sat)/11am (Sun), £24.50-£27.50 (adult)/£18.5020.50 (child) • Ben thinks he’s in for another boring Friday night with his Granny – but that’s before he discovers she has a secret and he’s in for an adventure. The West End stage version of David Walliams’ hit story. PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

Pewsey Vale Riding Centre


3PM – 10PM

LIVE @ THE FARM (outdoor event) Featuring: Queen B (world famous Queen tribute band) plus support from Party Animalz + Big Dog + HP & the Reggae Source + Luicé + Rock Choir + Brittons on Patrol

Approved BHS / ABRS Pony Club Centre

Stanton St Bernard, Marlborough | Tel. 01672 851400

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Come along to the farm’s annual outdoor music event as part of ‘Salisbury Live’. Great sounds, hot food, bar and children’s entertainment (please DO NOT bring your own food/drink on to site – thank you).

TICKETED EVENT: Advance tickets available now at

SEETICKETS.COM £3 per person (under 18s free). Ticket price after Fri 11th May - £5. Limited onsite parking @ £2 per car.



COWTASTIC PLAYBARN PRESENTS Our location allows Children to begin their riding experience with walkouts on the quiet ‘no through road’ leading through the scenic village of Stanton St Bernard. We would normally recommend the children start riding at the age of 4 (3 years with a parent to support them) but we encourage older children and you are never too old to start riding. We like to start all children on walkouts. These are usually half an hour in length and the children will ride a pony led by a member of our staff on foot.

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Clay pot making and Easter Trail Sat 24th March till Sat 31st March Open 10am – 3pm (Closed Easter Sunday) Cost £3 per child

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The Good Schools Guide Boarding & Day School Co-educational 11-18 PRIMARY TIMES West Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 4HE T. 01380 814500

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EASTER HOLIDAYS Saturday 31 March - Sunday 15 April

Easter Saturday 31 March - Easter Monday 2 April, 10am - 4pm

Easter Trail

Easter Fun

Find the answers to the puzzles in both the house and the grounds and win an Easter prize.

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of traditional Easter activities. The Craft Tent will host an array of children’s activities, meanwhile the egg rolling and egg and spoon races in the grounds are sure to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone. Meet ‘The Warwick Warriors’ who will entertain the crowds with their quick witted banter and dramatic fight sequences or take your chance in the Have-a-Go Catapults.

Normal admission or a valid Castle Key/ Season Ticket plus £1 per trail including a prize

Check the website for full details:



(Betfred ‘City Bowl’ Family Day)

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).


For more details and to book tickets for all 16 race days, including the four excellent music nights, go to; or call 01722 326461

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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 May, June and July: deadline Monday 23 April. 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:

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Mompesson House, Salisbury, and Avebury Manor, Marlborough Fri 30 Mar,-Mon 2 Apr, plus Stourhead, nr. Warminster, Fri 30 Mar-Fri 13 Apr. • 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. THU 29 MAR WEAR A HAT DAY 2018 Nationwide, www.wearahatday. org • Wear a hat and help fund research into brain tumours. Last year over £300,000 was raised for the Brain Tumour Research charity. The target this year is to double that. Please register now.

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!

FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR CADBURY EGG HUNT Avebury Manor, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF, www. • Follow the spring hare trail around the farmyard and count the eggs to receive a Cadbury’s chocolate prize. Plus seasonal activities in the craft room. 0370 3331181, 11am-4pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2.50 per trail/small additional cost for some crafts.

MARCH UNTIL SUN 25 MAR DEER FEEDING Dyrham Park, Dyrham, Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY, www. • A unique opportunity to feed the deer before the park is open and see them up close. Maximum two people per session (including children), booking recommended. 0117 937 2501, 9-10am, £10 (adult)/£5 (child). UNTIL MON 30 APRIL SPRINGTIME DISCOVERY TRAIL Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EL, www. • Spring has sprung! Spot the signs of the new season around the house and garden. 01722 335659, 11am-4.30pm, included in standard admission prices. 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 SUN 29 JULY SALISBURY BEE TRAIL Salisbury City Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, www. • Follow the illustrated city trail and learn PRIMARY TIMES PRIMARY TIMES

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 WED 31 OCT WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES Anywhere you like, Route of one mile, www.veteransinaction. • Gather your school, friends, family or colleagues and simply walk one mile, donate £3 to Veterans in Action and encourage your friends to do the same. Launched to coincide with PTSD awareness month, all donations go towards helping veterans thrive and adjust to civilian life. Text VIAS05 to 70070 to donate. SAT 24 MAR MINI CHEFS: FRENCH Vaughan’s Kitchen, Unit 8, White Horse Business Centre, Hopton Industrial Estate, Devizes, SN10 2HJ, www.vaughanskitchen. • Learn more about French cuisine and make Croque Monsieur and Tarte Tatin from scratch. Suitable for ages 6 to 10.

01380 530203, 10.30am-12.30pm, £30 per child. SAT 24 MAR YOUNG CHEFS: FRENCH Vaughan’s Kitchen, Unit 8, White Horse Business Centre, Hopton Industrial Estate, Devizes, SN10 2HJ, www.vaughanskitchen. • Learn more about French cuisine and make Croque Monsieur and Tarte Tatin from scratch. Suitable for ages 11 to 16. 01380 530203, 2-4pm, £30 per child. SAT 24 MAR-SUN 15 APR EASTER GROTTO Whitehall Garden Centre, Corsham Rd, Chippenham, SN15 2LZ, www.whitehallgardencentre. • Come on down to visit the centre’s first ever eggciting Easter grotto. Expect a celebration of all things spring and plenty of eggs. 01249 730204, 10am-4pm, £3.99 per person. SAT 24 MAR-MON 3 SEP PREDATORS Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW, www.

FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR EASTER ADVENTURE QUEST Old Sarum, Castle Rd, Salisbury, SP1 3SD, www.english-heritage. • Hunt for legendary ‘dragon eggs’ this Easter weekend. Crack the clues and meet characters from the past along the way to claim a chocolate reward. 0370 333 1181, 11am-5pm, standard admission prices apply plus £1 per trail. FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EL, www. • Follow the clues left by bunny around the garden to complete the hunt and claim a Cadbury chocolate treat. 01722 335659, 11am-4.30pm, standard admission prices apply plus £1.50 per hunt. FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR EASTER EGG-SPRESS Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Blundson Station, Tadpole Lane, Blundson, Swindon, SN25 2DA, www.swindon-cricklade-railway. org • Ride on the diesel- or steam-hauled trains and receive chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny. Steam trains Sat and Sun, diesel trains Fri and Mon. 01793 771615, see website for train timetable, included in standard admission prices. FRI 30 MAR-MON 2 APR EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Bowood House, Derry Hill, Calne, EASTER 2018 11 EASTER 2018 11




APRIL SUN 1 APR FAMILY EASTER EGG HUNT Bowood House, Derry Hill, Calne, SN11 0LZ, • The whole family can follow clues hidden round Bowood estate to find some chocolate treats. 01249 822228, 11am-5.30pm, standard admission prices apply.

THUR 5 APR THE GREAT JAYDINI Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN, www. • Enter the magical world of the Great

DIESEL GALA 14 & 15 APRIL See a variety of diesel locomotives hauling passenger and freight trains


Join our Easter Egg Trail and see if you can find them all!





WED 4 APR BIRD FEEDERS Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www. • Drop in to the museum’s Sensory Garden and make a tasty treat for birds to enjoy. 01225 751339, 10.30am-3.30pm, free.


SN11 0LZ, • Easter spring fun including naming new-born chicks, finding hidden golden eggs, spring trail, petting newly born lambs and more. Plus adventure playground and plenty more animals at Tractor Ted’s Little Farm. 01249 812102, 11am-5pm, included in standard admission prices.


THUR 5 APR LOGO-MOTION Steam, Firefly Ave, Swindon, SN2 2EY, uk • Join the Learning Team this Easter to make a badge inspired by the GWR logo and learn more about advertising techniques used by the Great Western Railway. 01793 466626, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm, included in standard admission prices. FRI 6 APR WOOLLY ANIMALS Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www. • Make a woolly spring animal in craft sessions for ages 5 plus. 01225 751339, tickets issued from 10am for morning sessions, 1pm for afternoon sessions, see website for full times, free. SUN 8 APR FAMILY FORAGE AND PESTO MAKING Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH, prior-park-landscape-garden • Forage for the best wild garlic leaves before joining the events

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WED 4 APR CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY CRAFTS Wiltshire Heritage Museum, 41 Long St, Devizes, SN10 1NS, www. • Springthemed craft activities for ages 11 and under. Booking essential. 01380 727369, 11am-12.30pm or 1.30-3pm, £5 per child.

Jaydini and expect a unique blend of comedy and magic. Suitable for ages 4 to 6. 01793 524481, 11am, £12 (child)/adults free.

9 & 10 JUNE

Jump onboard the Brick Express and try your hand at building with the world’s favourite construction toy, as you travel the line. What will you build? Admire the latest creations from Bristol’s master-builder Tom Poulsom!

All events subject to change or cancellation without prior notice

FRI 30 MAR-FRI 13 APR EASTER TRAIL Salisbury Museum, The Kings House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN, www.salisburymuseum. • Follow the clues hidden around the museum and find the answers to win a chocolate egg. 01722 332151, 10am-5pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2 per trail.

TUE 3 APR 50 THINGS SPRING ACTIVITIES Avebury Manor, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF, www. • Tick some things off the ‘50 Things’ list including bug hunting, wild art and creating a habitat for wildlife. 0370 3331181, 11am-4pm, standard admission prices apply, small charge for some crafts.


FRI 30 MAR-FRI 13 APR CADBURY EASTER EGG TRAILS Stourhead, Stourton, Warminster, BA12 6QF, uk/stourhead • Choice of two nature-themed trails through the landscape garden plus a chocolate reward at the end. Expect lots more family activities to enjoy inside and out. 01747 841152, 11am-4pm, standard admission prices apply plus £2.50 per trail.

Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw-Along, Swindon Arts Centre, Mon 9 Apr

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to reserve your seats

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PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL . . . AND TELL THEM YOU SAW THE EVENT IN PRIMARY TIMES! team to turn the leaves into pesto. 01225 833422, slots from 10.30am, see website for all times, standard admission prices apply plus £5 per group pesto-making session. Booking essential. MON 9 APR NICK SHARRATT’S BIG DRAW-ALONG Swindon Arts Centre, Devizes Rd, Swindon, SN1 4BJ, www. • Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator to learn the secrets of how he creates his picture books. Pick up drawing tips and learn how to draw kings, cats and plenty of other crazy creatures. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on. 01793 524481, 2pm, £14.50 (adult)/£13.50 (child). TUE 10 APR PAINT A PICTURE Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www. • Be inspired by the museum’s art exhibition and create an artwork using a variety of materials to take home. 01225 751339, tickets issued from 10am for morning sessions, 1pm for afternoon sessions, see website for full times, free.


TUE 10 APR BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR Roman Baths, Stall St, Bath, BA1 1LZ, • Go behind the scenes with the curatorial team and discover how the collections and how they’re looked after. Plus, handle the oldest object in the collection and many more. 01225 477785, 2pm, included in standard admission prices but book a place on 01225 4777773. WED 11 APR CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY CRAFTS Wiltshire Heritage Museum, 41 Long St, Devizes, SN10 1NS, www. • Springthemed craft activities for ages 11 and under. Booking essential. 01380 727369, 11am-12.30pm or 1.30-3pm, £5 per child. WED 11 APR WILD WEDNESDAY Stonehenge Landscape, 3 Stonehenge Rd, Salisbury, SP4 7DD, stonehenge-landscape • Get closer to nature with activities including campfire cooking, den building, bow and arrow making and much more. Children taking part in the ‘50 things’ challenge can collect stickers to add to their collection. 01980 664780, 11am-3pm, included in standard admission prices.

ROUNDABOUT THU 12 APR LOCO LOGOS Steam, Firefly Ave, Swindon, SN2 2EY, www.steam-museum. • Create your own logo and make a printing block from clay with the help of the museum’s Learning Team. 01793 466626, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm, standard admission prices apply plus small extra charge. THU 12 APR WWI AT THE RIFLES The Rifles Museum, 58 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EX, • Commemorate the end of World War I and find out what happened to soldiers and civilians as their wartime lives ended. Plus challenges, dressing up and period photographs to take home. 01722 419419, 10.30am12.30pm, £5 (adult)/£3 (child) THU 12 APR THE GREAT JAYDINI Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN, • Enter the magical world of the Great Jaydini and expect a unique blend of comedy and magic. Suitable for ages 7 to 10. 01793 524481, 11am, £12 (child)/adults free.

FRI 13 APR BIRD MOBILE Trowbridge Museum, The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT, www.trowbridgemuseum. • Make a bird mobile to take home. Suitable for ages 5 plus. 01225 751339, tickets issued from 10am for morning sessions, 1pm for afternoon sessions, see website for full times, free. SAT 14 APR WORLD HERITAGE DAY Wiltshire Heritage Museum, 41 Long St, Devizes, SN10 1NS, www. • Plenty of family activities planned to celebrate World Heritage Day. More details coming soon, please check museum website. 01380 727369, 11am-3pm, £6 (adult)/children free. SAT 14 APR SPRINGTIME CLAY CRAFT Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney St, Bath, BA2 4DB, • Make a clay vessel using slab building and relief techniques. 01225 388568, 10.30am-12.30pm, £10 per child.

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SAT 14-SUN 15 APR SPRING FAMILY FUN Whitehall Garden Centre, Corsham Rd, Chippenham, SN15 2LZ, www.whitehallgardencentre. • Meet some Magic Moments Animals and learn more about nature from representatives of the RSPB and WWF. Plus, petting animals, farm shop tastings, face painting, hog roast and more. 01249 730204, 10.30am-4pm, free. SUN 15 APR EASTER BUNNY HOP Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1DZ, uk • Folk-filled Easter special featuring storytelling, morris dancing, the ABC Bunny Band, Matthew Forbes guitar and more. 01225 860100, 3pm, £8 (adult)/£4 (child). THU 19-FRI 20 APR MAKE AND PLAY FOR UNDER 5S Wiltshire Scrapstore, Unit 5, Griffin Farm, Bowden Hill, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2PP, • Messy play sessions especially for under 5s with a different theme each time. Booking essential. 01249 730011, 10-11.30am, £5.50 per child. SUN 22 APR FAMILY FORAGE AND PESTO MAKING Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH, • Forage for the best wild garlic leaves before joining the events team to turn the leaves into pesto. 01225 833422, slots from 10.30am, see website for all times, standard admission prices apply plus £5 per group pesto-making session. Booking essential. Make Bird Feeders, Wed 4 Apr, Trowbridge Museum

Forage for wild garlic at Prior Park, Bath, Sun 8 & Sun 22 Apr.

SUN 22 APR WORLD HERITAGE DAY Venue TBA, Bath, BA1, www. • Celebrate what makes Bath a special city and discover more about its World Heritage status. Venue and more details coming soon but expect guided walks, talks, heritage displays, activity stands, children’s crafts and much more. 01225 477584, free. MON 23-SUN 29 APR PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLE WALK Nationwide, www.savethechildren. • Return of the UK’s spring fundraiser in aid of Save the Children. Gather your family, nursery or school class and splash, stomp and jump your way through a muddy trail of your choice to raise funds. Try a sponsored walk, bake Muddy Puddle cupcakes and more. See website for a free fundraising pack. 020 7012 6400. SUN 29 APR BETFRED CITY BOWL FAMILY DAY Salisbury Racecourse, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8PN, www. • Race day aimed specifically at families. Expect a minimum of seven races plus traditional fairground rides, face painting and shows from Chris Topper Puppets. 01722 326461, gates open 12 noon, £8£23 (adult)/children free.

MAY TUE 1 MAY-SAT 30 JUN FAMILY EXPLORATION TRAIL Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EL, mompesson-house • Explore Mompesson House and try to find all the hidden objects on a fun family trail. 01722 335659, 11am-4.30pm, included in standard admission prices. SAT 5 MAY-SUN 6 JAN 2019 POP UP PANDAS Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW, • The estate has been taken over by more than 100 hand-painted pandas. Expect some artistic and unique designs - how many can you spot? 01985 844400, 10am5pm/7pm weekends, included in standard admission prices. MON 7 MAY HOOF CLUB Rein and Shine, 1 Buryhill Farm, Swindon, SN5 0AD, www. • Free equine-assisted learning for up to 80 autistic children, in support of the National Autistic Society. Session includes 30 minutes of riding and a onehour contact and care lesson. If you have or know a child who might qualify, please email info@ Donations can be made to support the

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session going ahead at www. equine-learning. 01666 860068, call for times, free. MON 7 MAY MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS Avebury Manor, Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF, www. • Traditional May Day festivities including Maypole and Morris Dancing, plus family craft activities. 01672 538016, 11am4pm, included in standard admission prices. FRI 11-SUN 27 MAY BATH FESTIVAL Various venues, Bath, www. • Over two weeks of multi-arts events celebrating the city of Bath, in honour of Bath Festivals’ 70th anniversary. Expect everything from live music performances, book readings from authors including Lucy Mangan and Maggie O’Farrell, whisky tasting and much more. The full line up was yet to be announced on going to press, please see website for more details. 01225 614180, various prices and times. SAT 12-SUN 13 MAY MONKTON PARK SCARECROW TRAIL Monkton Park Primary School, 106 A, Eastern Ave, Chippenham, SN15 3LL, www.monktonpark. • Follow the trail map and see how many of this year’s scarecrows you can recognise, all dressed up as ‘famous Ms’. Trail maps available between 10am-5pm from Monkton park Primary School, MS2 Store and Monkton Park Golf Course. All money raised goes towards Monkton Park Primary. 01249 652395, 10am5pm, £3 per map. SUN 13 MAY NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY Nationwide, www. • Raise awareness and celebrate every child’s right to a happy and healthy childhood with this annual event. Participants can run any event of their choosing in the week leading up to and including May 13, see website for some great ideas and previous events.

SAT 26-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.

JUNE & ON SUN 8 JUL-SAT 4 AUG MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE SUMMER SCHOOL Marlborough College, Bath Rd, Marlborough, SN8 1PA, www. • 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. Tractor Ted Big Machines Weekend, Sat 26-Mon 28 May, Bowood House


come and mEEt Peter Rabbit™ at the west somerset railway on saturday 31st mARch 2018 peter rabbit will be makINg aPPEarances at INtervals betwEEn 10am and 4pm at MINehEad station Entertainment at Minehead station and on the train will include: Andrews Leisure Bouncy Castle and Helter Skelter (weather dependent) separate charges apply. Childrens entertainer. Free Facepainting and crafts. Easter Trail. Turntable Cafe. Buffer Stop Shop. Free entry to Minehead Station. Free Open Top Bus Book train tickets online at or call 01643 704996 Peter Rabbit™ © Frederick Warne & Co. Limited and Silvergate PPL Limited, 2018 All rights reserved.

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The outdoor

survival kit

While we all love the freedom of the great outdoors, a host of bugs and hazards are out to ambush the unprepared. Tori Chubb suggests some sensible precautions for that family ramble in the countryside.


ummer is all about enjoying the English countryside. However, it’s worth remembering a few simple summer-time guidelines to help keep children comfortable and safe during those long hot days. The NHS recommends protecting your child’s skin with loose, light clothing and sun-cream between March and October, even on overcast days. Babies and children can be at risk of dehydration in hot weather. Try to make sure they drink at meal times, and offer them food with a high water content – soups and jellies or fruits such as melon. Ice lollies or ice cream work too. Lizzie Staite of Little Foxes Forest School says: “At Little Foxes we actively promote shaded activities between 11am and 3pm on the hottest days, and we ask parents to provide a hat covering as much of the ears, face and neck as possible.” Insect bites can be irritating, so consider using a child-friendly insect repellent too – a spray on version is ideal. Insect repellent can also be part of your armoury against ticks and Lyme disease. Few parents

Ticks like this can carry Lyme disease.


Long sleeves . . .

would consider ticks to be a major problem. But with Public Health England reporting a 35% rise in confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2017, it should certainly be on all parents’ radar. Lyme disease is an illness transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. Ticks live on animals such as sheep and deer and favour long grass, wood and moorland, but can also be found in gardens and urban parks. The charity Lyme Disease Action (LDA) notes that symptoms of the disease can be flu-like, and include extreme tiredness, muscle and joint pain, upset digestive system, disturbances of the central nervous system and a poor sleep pattern. The symptoms vary and can include a ‘bull’s eye’shaped rash. Left untreated, it can even lead to heart failure, a scary souvenir for a peaceful country walk. However, concerns over Lyme

. . . and tucked in trousers help deter ticks

disease shouldn’t prevent us from getting outside. Cathy Mayne of environmental education company ‘My Green World’ says: “It’s true that more people (and their pets) are coming into contact with these tiny, but annoying creatures. However, there are a few things we can do to dramatically reduce the risk of disease.” Cathy suggests wearing light colours, long sleeves and trousers tucked into wellies. “With light colours it’s easier to see ticks - and they’ll keep you cool in the summer,” she explains. “Ticks and other insect bites are definitely something we need to consider when planning our sessions,” says Lizzie, “but they are not a reason to fear getting outdoors.” Her partner at Little Foxes, Janie Ankers, agrees: “We ensure that children who learn with us always wear suitable clothing.

Taking precautions means that children in our care rarely get bitten. However, we do keep a first aid kit on site (including a tick removal tool) just in case.” It’s also worth being careful when answering the call of nature. Janie’s top tip is not to let children wee in long grass when wild weeing; instead choose a clearer area such as a path where they are less likely to get bitten. It’s a good idea to check yourself and your kids for ticks that have embedded themselves. If you find one, don’t panic. Don’t try to remove it with your fingers as you risk squashing its insides back into the skin. “A special tick-remover (available at only £2 or so) will do the job,” says Cathy. Removing the tick as soon as possible will reduce the danger of contracting Lyme disease. The LDA emphasise that any concerns should be taken to your GP: if it is diagnosed and treated at an early stage, Lyme disease is usually curable with antibiotics. In Cathy’s words: “Don’t stop going out into the wild - just wear suitable clothing and take a bit of time to check yourself or your child at the end of the day.” And remember the sun-cream and plenty of ice lollies as well! Lyme Disease Action W: www. Little Foxes Forest Pre-School T: 0117 332 3683 W: My Green World T: 07780 964319 W: www.mygreenworld.; Public Health England W: www. EASTER 2018 17 17 EASTER 2018

Put a spring into


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


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

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

and spring trail at the National Trust’s Avebury site, as well as spring crafts in the craft room. Receive chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny all aboard a steam or diesel train at Swindon and Cricklade Railway, or visit Bowood House and Garden for spring fun including new-born lambs and chicks, golden egg hunt, adventure playground and more. For something a bit different, get down to Old Sarum for a dragon adventure quest. Meet characters from the past, crack the clues to find the hidden dragon eggs and claim a chocolate reward. Check out the Roundabout



pages for more local events near you. Old Sarum Castle Rd, Salisbury, SP1 3SD T: 0370 333 1181 W: www. places/old-sarum Avebury Marlborough, SN8 1RF 3SD T: 0370 333 1181 W: www. Bowood House Derry Hill, Calne, SN11 0LZ T: 01249 812102 W: Swindon and Cricklade Railway Blunsdon Station, Tadpole Lane, Blundson, Swindon, SN25 2DA T: 01793 771615 W:

Easter Nests

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



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Parents’ & teachers’

news, education & contacts

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

On the Hoof for autistic kids Perfect riding 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:

Crealy exciting!

A Chance to Sparkle

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

A.C.T.S. Theatre Arts School aims to give young people aged 6 to 17 years old in Wiltshire and Somerset “A Chance To Sparkle”. Students at A.C.T.S. are offered quality tuition with confidence-building very much in mind, delivered by professionals in the performing arts of drama, singing and dance. There are plenty of chances to combine the elements for the full theatre arts experience. Warminster’s very own Athenaeum Centre provides a wonderful venue, giving the students a fine auditorium and stage to rehearse and perform on. The School offers experience in a working theatre with chances to practise performing in the best possible setting. Families can see progress through end-of-term demonstrations and performances. A.C.T.S. Theatre Arts School is currently enrolling for April with limited places available in all age groups. Full details of the enrolment process can be found on their website.

Ffi: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort Sidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR T: 01395 233200 W:

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On May 7, Hoof Club, part of the Rein and Shine equestrian centre in North Wiltshire, is offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children in support of the National Autistic Society (NAS). Hoof Club is running this event on a not-for-profit basis and is seeking help from local companies and the community to help fund it. Any profits will be donated to the NAS. A JustGiving page has been set up for anyone that would like to donate: www.; companies wishing to sponsor should get in touch with Rein and Shine directly. Hoof Club is offering 80 autistic children a chance to experience the many benefits equine-assisted learning has to offer. The free sessions will take place at Rein and Shine’s facility near Swindon and will last around two hours. This free service is being provided via schools as equine-assisted learning is proven to be therapeutic and educational to those on the spectrum. Ffi: Rein and Shine T: 01666 860068 E: W:

Let battle commence!

Whether you’re six or 66 you’ll love the adrenaline pumping exhilaration of stalking your opponents and unleashing a volley of Laser Fire in the Battle-Zone of the next Century! The experience is exhilarating and immersive… with fun lurking around every corner. Laser Quest is the perfect venue to host your child’s birthday. All-inclusive packages include two games of Laser Quest, party invitations, drinks for the duration of your visit, a party buffet, ice cream, party bags and a birthday cake. In addition to Laser Quest, you’ll find two other fantastic activities: Space Play for younger adventurers and Clue HQ, the live escape game. Locked in a room, can you escape within 60 minutes by solving a series of clues, riddles, puzzles and locks? With three imaginative escape games to choose from, you’ll want to try them all. Ffi: Laser Quest Swindon W:

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The appeal of fostering



Penguin Feeds 11am & 2.30pm

Noah’s Ark

Zoo Farm

Easter School Holiday Event

24 Mar - 14 Apr Paint an egg then head round the zoo to find your very own egg on our afternoon Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Weekend only - Decorate an egg for the Meerkat’s Easter Egg hunt. Plus, Giant Egg rolling down our Rhino Hill! 20 EASTER 2018 20 EASTER 2018

• Can you provide a stable and supportive home for vulnerable children? Wiltshire Council needs to recruit foster carers to look after children who are unable to live at home or with their families. They need carers who can provide both short and long term placements, including placements for children with disabilities or additional needs. They also need people to provide supported lodgings for older children, care leavers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people. To help them with this range of needs, the Council has introduced two specialist fostering schemes: Parent and Child Fostering: foster carers approved to provide these placements look after a child and one or both parents in their own home for an agreed period. The carer receives a fee recognising the skills that they need and an allowance for the care of the child. Emergency Fostering: the Council wants to recruit a small team of foster carers who will form a rota and be on call, to receive emergency placements of children of all ages. The placements will be very short term. These foster carers will need to be flexible, resilient and able to work with uncertainty and often with little information about the child they are asked to care for. One carer will need to be at home. A generous fee is paid. All the Council’s foster carers will be part of a professional team and be provided with their own support worker, ongoing training and a 24-hour helpline. To find out more, come along to a fostering information session. Ffi: Wiltshire Council Fostering T: 0800 169 6321 E: fostering@ W:

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Everyone’s a winner! • “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:


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Join the fun at the farm! • Events kick off at River Bourne Community Farm in Laverstock, Salisbury, with an Easter egg hunt. Head over to the farm and hunt for Easter egg pictures hidden around the farmyard. Pick up a form from the farm shop, find all 10 pictures and head back to the shop to claim your prize. The Easter egg hunt runs from Friday 30 March until Sunday 8 April from 10am to 3pm and costs £2 per child. Summer begins at the farm with Cream Tea Sunday on Sunday 6 May from 3pm to 5pm. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon with delicious cream teas served in the barn. There will also be tractor trailer rides (small cost applies), supervised river dipping with nets, nature walks, and some live music to complete your afternoon. The farm’s annual live music event - Live @ the Farm - is on Sunday 27 May from 3pm to 5pm. This is followed by Open Farm Sunday on Sunday 10 June from 11am to 4pm. Bring the family to enjoy a day out at the farm with lots of activities plus hot and cold food. Entry is free and on-site parking is available at £2 per car. The farm’s final event of the summer season is the ever-popular Barn Dance and Supper on Saturday 21 July at 7pm. Grab your dancing shoes for a fun evening of music and dancing. There’s also a bar and raffle. Tickets cost £10 (£8.50 Friends of the Farm) and include a ploughman’s supper. Phone or email the farm office for tickets. Ffi: River Bourne Community Farm Laverstock, Salisbury SP1 2SR T: 01722 330667 E: W:

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




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

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


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

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

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

Life with Pie Ellen White reviews the new releases.

Chilly thrills Author of ‘The Wilderness War’, Julia Green’s latest novel chronicles the adventures of Jamie, the mysterious Mara and Django, the dog. Set in the Outer Hebrides, ‘To the Edge of the World’ follows Jamie and Mara on a seaborne journey towards the remote islands of St Kilda. Sailing at the mercy of the elements and battling wind, rain and waves, it will take all their fearlessness and energy to make it safely to the other side. Green conjures the cold, remote setting very effectively and you can practically taste the sea spray and feel the ocean breeze in her prose, making a nice change from the bustling life in a city. More serious issues are touched upon, too, as Jamie learns more about Mara, her quest to find her dad and the troubles in her home. Effectively blending a gripping sea adventure with themes of friendship, courage and survival, Green’s latest tale is a celebration of the natural world and the effect it can have on those who live within it. To the Edge of the World Julia Green, £6.99, Oxford University Press, 22 EASTER 2018 22 EASTER 2018

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


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Wiltshire Primary Times Easter 2018  

What's on for Wiltshire families with primary school children over the Easter period

Wiltshire Primary Times Easter 2018  

What's on for Wiltshire families with primary school children over the Easter period