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Issue 51

13th May - 30th June 2013

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This is your friendly queen bee, Bonnie from The Alnwick Garden. I’m talking to you from the Bee House (the hive) where things are starting to get very busy for us bees! Now is such an important time of the year for us; we’re doing all the spring preparation work so that we’ll be at full strength in the summer and can really enjoy the lovely long warm days. I’ve started to lay lots and lots of young bees and this means more work for the other bees in the hive. A worker bee will live for six weeks and of this they will spend three weeks working inside the hive and three weeks working outside. In the first three weeks the bees keep the hive clean and look after all these new young bees (the brood).

The older bees will spend all their time flying outside the hive travelling to visit plants. They can travel up to two miles to visit some of the tastiest flowers and at this time of the year they collect lots of powdery pollen from all our favourites. It’s this pollen which is so needed to feed the young bees and give them protein; In fact if you look at some of the outside bees you may see this little brightly coloured powdery pollen held onto their legs. It comes in all kinds of pretty colours- yellow, orange, red, green and many more!

Try looking for us in some of our seasonal favourites- Apples, Cherries and Hawthorn are all trees which we love. Bluebells, Hyacinths and Geraniums are preferred low growing plants, I hope you see some of us- if so, don’t forget to say hello! Bonnie.

BEE FACT OF THE MONTH In The Alnwick Garden’s Cherry Orchard there are over 600,000 tulips; it would take a honey bee over 8,000 trips to visit every tulip, that’s almost 21 years work and nearly 182 times the life span of a bee!


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Hi Everyone! Though it doesn’t seem long since the Easter Holiday, here we are heading towards Half Term! We have some great competitions for you including a very exciting opportunity to win the chance to be a Youth Wildlife Officer with DFDS Seaways - plus to say a ‘thank you’ the winner will also enjoy a family weekend break for 4. There is also the opportunity to win a holiday in Spain with Jet2 Holidays! We really enjoy bringing you great things to do and win, that’s why we pride ourselves on being the Uk and NE leading What’s On Guide for parents of Primary School Children. In a recent letter to a national newspaper, from 50 experts which included academics, authors, MPs and charity leaders, it said children should be ”free to channel their energies into forming friendships, discovering their talents and unleashing their imaginations; things that cost little but whose value is immeasurable.'’ Just what Primary Times helps you to do! Enjoy and we’ll see you again at the beginning of July with our Bumper Summer Issue.

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Loopy Library.

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Theatre Listings – Your Guide to all the Family Shows.

Primary Times is independently published and distributed free to over 40,000 school children at 167 Primary Schools throughout Sunderland & County Durham. It is also available by subscription at £10 per year. Its aims are to inform families and children of current educational issues, forthcoming events, courses and attractions and to give teachers, pupils and parents the opportunity to participate in the magazine by adding to its contents or joining in competitions which we run. Primary Times would like to thank all schools for their assistance in distributing the magazine and for their contributions to its contents. We would also like to thank all the advertisers. Copyright© Primary Tmes North East. Publishing Editor & Advertising: Jan Stewart Tel: 0191 264 5909 Email: 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE15 9RX. Artwork: Spark Creative Design Ltd Tel: 01429 872291

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Go Wild at Gibside This half term, give your kids a taste of the wild and a rare chance to see Gibside landscape park and nature reserve come to life after most visitors go home… At Family Camping Weekend, Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May, you can pitch your tent for three days and two nights of family adventures and activities at the heart of this historic estate. There will be loads to keep the kids amused with bushcraft and outdoor games during the day, live music, hogroast and bar (for parents!) each evening, plus plenty of time to explore, enjoy the adventure play areas and tick off

the National Trust's ultimate list of 'Things to do before you're 11 and 3/4'. Each pitch costs just £60, book early to avoid disappointment. If camping doesn’t take your fancy, Gibside offers all their usual bumper batch of free family events every week day in half term.

Call 01207 541820 to find out more or visit


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Fulfil your potential In the current difficult job market you need to be able to stand out from the crowd, with qualifications that you put to work straightaway. If you already have a job, you will know how important it is to keep your skills up to date or to add to them in order to enhance your job security and progress in your career. The Open University can help with a range of qualifications from certificates and foundation degrees through to MBAs and research degrees, all designed to be flexible enough to fit around your career and family life. The Open University offers high quality university education to all, regardless of their previous

educational attainments or where they live. We are highly respected by employers and many qualifications are developed in partnership with practising experts and professional bodies. Studying with the OU is affordable, along with student loans, there are a range of payment methods on offer including paying by instalments as you study or you could qualify for subsidised fees if your income is less than £25,000. To find out more about what the OU has to offer visit our Gateshead Open Evening at The Open University, Baltic Business Quarter, Abbots Hill, Gateshead, NE8 3DF on Thursday 25th June between 5pm and 7pm.

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Two New Attractions for May Half Term! The grand unveiling of Adventure Valley’s new play castle, ‘Forty Towers’ take’s place on Saturday 25th May 2013. This huge £70, 000 fort is made up of walkways, platforms and tunnels and is sure to keep families entertained for hours! Also opening in time for Half Term at Adventure Valley is the ultimate water balloon game Water Wars! Opponents fill their water balloons, go to opposing battle stations and place their

balloon in a catapult, then aim and... soak! This is great fun and guaranteed to make you laugh whether you’re a child or a big kid! Water Wars is already a popular activity with over 400 stations installed in theme parks across the globe! A voucher for water balloons will be included in your admission during peak times so everyone can have a go!

Adventure Valley is located in Brasside, Durham, DH1 5SG. For more information including current prices & opening times call 0191 386 8291 or visit

Discovering the excitement of learning together Mount Road, Sunderland SR4 7QF “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary in the classroom and around school. Pupils come to school promptly each day, eager to learn. Their excellent attitudes to learning are seen in the way they work together cooperatively and collaboratively. Parents overwhelmingly agree that their children thrive in the warm and caring atmosphere.”

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Ofsted Report 2012 “We have high standards of attainment and achievement and aim for the very best outcomes for our children” Mrs J A Belshaw, Headteacher’ B.Ed. NPQH.

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Become a Youth Wildlife Officer for the day and Win a Marine Wildlife Mini Cruise! Did you know that whales and dolphins live in the North Sea? Win the chance to become a Youth Wildlife Officer with DFDS Seaways and join their wildlife experts on board cruise ferry King Seaways in their search for North Sea whales and dolphins. Expert Wildlife Officers live on board the King Seaways looking for whales and dolphins in our waters; regularly spotting animals including harbour porpoises, white beaked dolphins and minke whales. DFDS Seaways are looking for two Youth Wildlife Officers to join wildlife team for a day this summer. The two Youth Wildlife Officers and their families will join our experts on a fun training day on board King Seaways while docked in port in North Shields. The Youth

Wildlife Officers will learn how to recognise different whales and dolphins living in UK waters and will practice wildlife watching with researchers from whale and dolphin charity, ORCA. The recruits will also win a 2-night Marine Wildlife Mini Cruise to Amsterdam with their family, where they will be able to put their training into action and take part in deck watches to try and spot these animals for real! To be in with a chance of winning simply create your own North Sea Wildlife Superhero. Write a short story about how they save a marine animal in danger and draw a picture of your Superhero to illustrate your story. Send your entries to

The Editor, Primary Times North East, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX. Closing date for entries is Saturday 15th June 2013. DFDS Seaways will lend the two Youth Wildlife Officers a video

camera to make a video diary of their trip which they can take back to school to share with their class. We’ll also share a report of what the Youth Wildlife Officers learnt during their training and spotted on their trip in the October issues of Primary Times Newcastle, Sunderland & Durham.

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Terms & Conditions The training day will take place on Saturday 7th July 2013 & each child must be accompanied by an adult. The mini cruise includes 2 nights in a sea view en suite cabin for 4 people, plus return coach transfers to Amsterdam. The prize is not transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. No other costs will be covered. The prize is valid for travel on selected dates until 15th September 2013. The prize is subject to availability and usual DFDS Seaways T&Cs apply.


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A New Leading School for Girls Newcastle’s Central High and Church High Schools to form region’s new leading girls’ school In January this year Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School and Central Newcastle High School announced plans to join together to form Newcastle High School for Girls GDST, a new leading independent girls’ school in the North East and one of the outstanding girls’ schools in the country. The new school, which will be based in Jesmond, will educate girls aged from three to 18, combining the best of Central High and Church High to create a vibrant learning community and offering a range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that will make it the leading choice for every girl and parent in the North East. With over 250 years of experience in girls’ education, the coming together of the two schools will create a unique opportunity to build on the significant heritage of academic excellence and pastoral care, and to echo the founding aims of both schools – to create the most radical, exciting and innovative school in the region. The new school will be a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools with

24 schools and two academies in England and Wales. Providing excellent education for girls will lie at the heart of the new School and all girls attending Newcastle High School for Girls will have the opportunities they deserve to grow as individuals, assume leadership roles, develop lasting friendships and take risks in an environment that caters for their needs. Newcastle High School for Girls will launch in September 2014 when Hilary French, current Headmistress of Central High, will become Head of the new school. Sharing her thoughts on the new school Hilary French said: “The chance to develop a school for girls incorporating all that we know about the way that girls learn, the spaces they need, what great teaching looks like for them and how the day can best be shaped for them is hugely exciting. Newcastle High School for Girls will give girls the very best start in life and imbue them with the confidence and self-belief to deal with whatever life might throw at them in University and beyond.”

Joy Gatenby, Head of Church High, will stay on full-time as an executive advisor to the new school until July 2015. She added: “Both schools have a history and a heritage in the city and a longstanding commitment to bringing out the best in every individual girl in our care. We shall take the best of Central High and the best of Church High – both academically and creatively – to make the very best school in the region.” The two existing schools will operate in parallel for the next academic year, fully merging in September 2014. Already unveiled by the Duchess of Northumberland in March, are the Junior School facilities at Chapman House, Sandyford Park in Newcastle. Chapman House will become the Junior School for Newcastle High School for Girls. It sits in five acres of grounds and has recently undergone a multimillion pound refurbishment by the Girls’ Day School Trust to create outstanding spaces for Junior girls. The work undertaken has transformed the site which includes a John Dobson designed villa, a beautiful chapel-turnedSchool Hall and impressive bright and spacious classrooms.

Angela Charlton, who will be the Head of Junior School at Newcastle High School for Girls, said: “Chapman House fuses traditional values with creative and innovative learning. Making maximum use of indoor and outdoor spaces to deliver an incredible education for girls is at the heart of the redevelopment programme. We have completed the internal works and are now focusing on completing the creative outdoor spaces by the end of the year. Chapman House is a unique learning environment a stunning space in which to teach and learn.” The Senior School for Newcastle High School for Girls will also undergo an equally exciting transformation. The Girls’ Day School Trust has already pledged to invest several million pounds in developing Church High’s superb site at Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond. The Senior girls can expect to enjoy the finest facilities in the region. This, combined with the delivery of an outstanding curriculum and teaching, will establish Newcastle High School for Girls as one of the best in the country.

Open Week Monday 17th June - Friday 21st June If you would like to find out more about Newcastle High School for Girls or to enquire about a place in either school for this September, please come along to our Open Week. Telephone Admissions on 0191 201 6511 for further details and to make an appointment. Building a new future for education. 7

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Sunderland Sat 25th May 11am-3pm LOW TIDE DAY Seaham Hall Car Park, SR7 7AG Why not join in the fun & pop down to Seaham Hall beach car park. There will be music by local guitarist Steve Percival with choirs from across the area & the East Durham College drummers! Plus a rockpool ramble (11.30am), Punch & Judy, face painting, competitions, badge making & much more. Tel 03000 268131. Tues 28th- Fri 31st May MULTI SPORTS HOLIDAY ACTIVITY CAMPS School holiday camps for children aged 5 to 11 years old combine sports camps with activity


holidays to provide busy parents with fun & affordable childcare. There will be a selection of Activities, Sports & Fun Games on offer including: Agility Skills Football Short Tennis Circuits Badminton Rounders Benchball Diamond Cricket Dodgeball and many more... All courses are to be paid in advance & ALL children will need to bring their own drink and Packed Lunch. Tel 0191 5194322. Email: Tues 28th & Wed 29th May 10am-3pm Sandhill View School Cost £5 per child per day. Ages 5-12 years. Tues 28th – Fri 31st May 10am-3pm Castle View Enterprise Academy, Red House Academy & Southwick Community Primary School Cost £3 per child per day. Ages 511 years.

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We take great care to ensure all this information is correct at the time of going to press. However, we would advise parents to phone and check details prior to making a long trip … or promise!

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd June 12noon-4.30pm VINTAGE & RETRO FESTIVAL Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Park & City Centre. On Saturday enjoy the Vintage Market, a vibrant shopping experience with over 20 locally based independent vintage & retro businesses selling vintage clothing, accessories, home wares & crafts. Why not dress up in your best vintage clothes & get your photo taken. There will be dance & beauty demonstrations throughout the day, a scooter & vintage vehicle display on the park terrace & music in the bandstand. On Sunday there will be scooter &vintage car displays along Roker & Seaburn Seafront with music in Roker Park. Fri 14th – Sun 16th June SUNDERLAND FESTIVAL Herrington Country Park, Penshaw DH4 7EL Friday night's fun (6-10pm) will

include an open air movie screening of Mamma Mia, a fun fair & a food village. Saturday is a day of sports activities for everyone to get involved in including cycling, dancing, American football, boxing & much more. There’ll also be a food village & fun fair. On Sunday the focus is on arts & crafts, with opportunities for families of all ages to get involved in something creative. There’ll be a giant picnic rug for families to enjoy a rest or a picnic, as well as giant outdoor games like jenga & chess, a food village, fun fair, live music & kite flying. Sat 22nd June from 1pm NORTH EAST LIVE Stadium of Light This family-friendly five-hour music extravaganza will feature some of the UK’s biggest & best loved pop acts including JLS, The Wanted, Rita Ora, Little Mix, Lawson, Conor Maynard, Stooshe, Union J, Amelia Lily & X Factor star

James Arthur. Tickets from £25.00 & are available from the Stadium of Light ticket office or,, 08448 24 48 24,, 0871 230 1097,, 0844 477 5775.

Wed 29th May 10.30am-12pm GLASS CUTTING FOR BEGINNERS Learn how to cut glass and then design, cut and assemble a glass panel which will be fused in a kiln. Ages 12+. Cost £20.00pp.


Wed 29th May 3-4pm PAINTING PICTURES Design and paint an eye-catching picture on a glass tile. Ages 5+. Cost £6.00pp.

Liberty Way, SR6 0GL Tel 0191 515 5555 From 1 January 2013 the National Glass Centre will temporarily close to the public for re-development. The Centre will re-open in Summer 2013. During the re-development period the following activities will be available on the Ground Floor, and must be pre-booked. Mon 27th May AMUSING FUSION Use coloured glass pieces & powder to create a decorative curved glass panel. Ages 6+. Cost £15.00pp. Tues 28th May 10.30am-12pm HAVING A BLAST! Design your own stickers & use them to create a frosted design on a curved glass panel. Ages 5+. Cost £12.00pp.

Thurs 30th May 11am-12.30pm TACTILE TILES Add texture to clay using clay tools & everyday objects then decorate with coloured slip. Ages 5+. Cost £15.00pp. Fri 31st May 10.30am-12pm CREATIVE COASTERS Design your own stickers & use them to create a frosted design on a set of coasters. Ages 5+. Cost £10.00pp. Sat 8th June 10.30am-12pm GORGEOUS GIFTS Use coloured glass pieces & powder to create a decorative curved glass panel. Finished items will be ready in time to give as a gift for Father’s Day! Ages 6+. Cost £15.00pp.

DALTON PARK, SEAHAM Fri 31st May 11am-3pm BLOCKBUSTER HALF TERM FUN DAY Meet your favourite blockbuster film characters including Iron Man fresh from his latest movie! They’ll be out & about on the mall at intervals between 11am – 3pm. There will also be lots of fun to keep the kids entertained including a special ‘Superheroes’ challenge quiz trail with fabulous prizes to be won.

Durham Sun 19th May 10am-4pm HOUGHALL SPRING FAYRE & OPEN DAY East Durham College Houghall Campus, DH1 3SG Loads of fascinating demos & free activities throughout the day including a Classic car show, dog agility & grooming demos, face painting, airbrush tattoos, trampolines,falconry & bird of prey display, & much more. Entry fee £1 per adult, kids 16 & under FREE. Tel 0191 3754710.

Sat 25th – Sun 27th May 10am-4pm TRADITIONAL CRAFTS WEEKEND Botanic Gardens, Hollingside Lane DH1 3N Silversmith Les Howe & his wife Vivienne, an artist & card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Adults £4.00, Children (5-16) £1.50. Tel 0191 3345518. Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June 10am-5pm HALF TERM FUN Diggerland, Langley Park, DH7 9TT The Ultimate Adventure Park experience where children & adults can drive REAL construction machinery! With 18 rides & drives there’s something for everyone. Tel 0871 2277007 or visit

SELF STORAGE from £10.00 per week FREE MOVE-IN VAN Brewery Lane, Felling, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE10 0EY email: Tel: 0191 438 1616

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Sun 26th – Wed 29th May 11am-5pm FAIRY TALE WEEK Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham City DH1 5SZ Meet your favourite fairy tale characters, including Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf & Snow White. Adults £6.50, Child £5.00, Family £19.00. Tel 0191 3848028. Tues 28th & Wed 29th May 10am-3pm MAY HALF TERM FOOTBALL COURSE The Louisa Centre, Stanley Brush-up on your football skills & techniques on this exciting 2-day course for children aged 6-12yrs. Cost £25.00. Tel 01207 218 877. Tues 28th May 11am-4pm FAMILY FUN DAY Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP Learn about the Tudors and try our fun drop in activities: make a Tudor mask, meet a Tudor maid & talk to her about the objects on her table Create a jester stick or make a finger puppet. Explore the Museum with a themed trail. Adult £9.00, Under 16 years Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tel 01833 690 606. Wed 29th May 2-4pm MARVELLOUS MINI BEASTS Botanic Gardens, Hollingside Lane DH1 3N Go on a hunt for bugs & creepy crawlies & make your own mini mini-beast.Adults £4.00, Children (5-16) £1.50. Tel 0191 3345518. Thurs 30th & Fri 31st May 10am-3pm MAY HALF TERM FOOTBALL COURSE Belle Vue Leisure Centre, Consett Brush-up on your football skills & techniques on this exciting 2-day course for children aged 6-12yrs. Cost £25.00. Tel 01207 218 151. Sat 8th June 2-4pm FAB DADS Botanic Gardens, Hollingside Lane DH1 3N Pop into the Garden to make a special gift for all those special dads. Sat 8th & Sun 9th June 8.30am – 6.30pm DURHAM REGATTA City Boathouse, Green Lane DH1 3JU The 180th Durham Regatta will take place on the racecourse stretch of the River Wear in Durham City. Racing will commence around 8.30am on


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both days, with a race every two minutes until around 6.30pm. Plus various trade stands, food stalls & other activities for the family. Tel 0770 9765085. Sun 9th June 10am-5pm DIGGERLAND DRESSING UP DAY Diggerland, Langley Park, DH7 9TT All children under the age of 16 dressed up as a construction worker will be allowed FREE entry into Diggerland today. However, this doesn't mean just wearing a pair of boots or holding a toy hammer in your hand, they want the full works! Preferably all participating children will be wearing clothing such as a Hi Vis vests, hard hats, tool belts & overalls, just like a real construction worker! Tel 0871 2277007 or visit Sat 15th & Sun 16th June 10am-4pm TRADITIONAL CRAFTS WEEKEND Botanic Gardens, Hollingside Lane DH1 3N Silversmith Les Howe & his wife Vivienne, an artist & card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Adults £4.00, Children (5-16) £1.50. Tel 0191 3345518.

Sun 30th June 10am-5pm ARMED FORCES DAY DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Aykley Heads, DH1 5TU A range of events & activities to celebrate armed forces day. Adults £3.70, Children (4-16) £2.70, Family (2+3) £9.40, Under 4s Free. Tel 0191 3842214.

KILLHOPE MINING MUSEUM Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum Nr Cowshill Upper Weardale Durham Dales Co Durham DL13 1AR (A689). Open Sat 16th - Sun 24th Feb 2013 for half term - 10.30am - 5.00pm. Open Daily Fri 29th Mar 2013 – Sun 3rd Nov 2013 10.30am - 5.00pm. Prices Adult £7.15, Child £4.10, Conc £6.65. Tel 01388 537 505 or Tues 28th May 11am-3pm FUN IN THE FOREST Normal admission prices apply plus £5. Pre - booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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The original, largest and still the best network of performing arts schools in the world. Nurturing and developing young peoples potential through dance and singing. For 4-18 year olds, after school, at weekends and holiday workshops.

Stagecoach Durham is now taking bookings for next term

Call 0191 417 5556

Wed 29th May 11am-4pm ALL THAT GLITTERS Join in the fun & make your very own Spar Box. Normal admission prices apply plus £5 each child.

Tues 28th & Thurs 30th May LOVELY LEATHER Humans have been working leather for thousands of years. Have a go at making your own leather purse or wrist guard.

Thurs 30th May 10.30am-5pm MESSING ABOUT IN THE RIVER Bring a pair of wellies & a change of clothes. Cost £2 per child. Sessions at 11 - 12.30 & 1.30 – 3pm. Book your session on arrival, limited spaces in each session. Normal admission prices apply

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd June LET’S GO ON AN ADVENTURE! Make a special notebook to record all your travels and adventures.

Sun 16th June 11am-4pm BLACKSMITH DEMONSTRATION Killhope's resident blacksmith will be firing up the forge & demonstrating his skills.

OLD FULLING MILL MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY The Banks, Durham, DH1 3EB. Tel: 0191 334 1823 Admission: adults £1, children (5-16) and Over 60s 50p, children under 5 FREE, family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) £2.50 Activities are generally suitable for children aged 5-11 years & drop in between 1 & 3pm unless otherwise stated. Participation in all activities is included in the usual museum admission prices. Sat 18th & Sun 19th May THE GREAT GREEKS Find out about the ancient legend of the Trojan Horse & make your own to take home. Sat 25th & Sun 26th May THE ROMANS ARE COMING Find out about the Romans & make a helmet & sword to do battle in!

On Wednesday 22nd May 2013, the 3D animated adventure Epic is released. This is from the people who made all the Ice Age movies & features the voices of Colin Farrell & Beyoncé Knowles. It tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good who keep the natural world alive & the forces of evil who wish to destroy it. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun & whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours. Primary Times has teamed up with 20th Century Fox to offer you the chance to win 1 of 3 packs of merchandise from the film (which includes a t-shirt, adventure set, garden set, lunch bag, paint your own mug, stationary set, holographic magnets & card puzzle) by simply answering the following question:


ORIENTAL MUSEUM Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH Tel: 0191 334 5694 Admission : Adult: £1.50, Children (5-16) & Over 60's: 75p, Family ticket (2 adults & up to three children): £3.50, Children under 5: FREE These activities are suitable for children aged 5-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Events are drop in between 1 & 3 pm, unless otherwise stated. Participation in all activities is included in the usual admission price. Every Wednesday 10-11am LITTLE DRAGON CLUB A fun club for children aged 0-5 years. The sessions include songs, story time, crafts, role-play, gallery hunts & object handling. To cover the cost of materials, there is a small charge of £1 per child per session, payable on the day. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided free of charge for parents & carers at the end of each session. Wed 29th May ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ACCESSORIES Make Egyptian amulets or a Nekhbet pendant. Fri 31st May CHINESE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Find out about the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. Make & decorate your own dragon boat.

COMPETITION WINNERS CINDERELLA ON ICE@THEATRE ROYAL Kate Gaffney from Mill Hill Primary School, Doxford Park, Sunderland. ADVENTURE VALLEY Jack Usher from Redby Academy, Sunderland. DIGGERLAND Danny Leadbitter from Moorside Primary School, Consett.

Q. Which female pop star does a voiceover in the film? A

NORTH EAST LIVE Amelia Clarke from St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Wingate.

Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number & school details to Epic Competition, Primary Times, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX or by e-mail to Entries must be received by Friday 31st May 2013. The winners will be notified thereafter. The judges decision is final & there is no cash alternative!

CROODS FILM Lucas Conlin from Diamond Hall Infants School, Sunderland. Kathryn Walls from George Washington Primary School. Laura Hewitt from St Cuthberts Primary School, Chester-le-Street.

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explore behind the scenes with Beamish Museum, Beamish, DH9 0RG animals, live music, historic machinery, family farmyard Tel: 0191 370 4000. challenges, fantastic local food & far-reaching views. Thurs 30th May – Sun 2nd June GEORGIAN FAIR Georgian Country Fair including a Flea Circus, Punch & Judy, & Georgian games including an 1830's swing boat ride! Plus there will be market stalls selling bread, fruit & vegetables, & other local produce & traditional regional music from a Northumbrian Piper.

GIBSIDE NATIONAL TRUST Burnopfield, NE16 6BG Tel: 01207 541820. Unless stated all events are free after paying normal admission charges.

Mon 27th May 11am-3pm SPRING BANK HOLIDAY FUN DAY A bumper batch of Gibside's favourite family activities including den making, frisbee golf, Gruesome Gibside Walks & story telling.

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June 11am-3pm OPEN FARM WEEKEND Follow a Scarecrow Trail to Gibside's very own hill top farm &

Sun 23rd June 2.30-4pm MEADOW WILDLIFE RAMBLE Join a Gibside Ranger on a ramble through Gibside's meadows, discovering the more exciting and difficult to spot plants and wildlife

RSPB SALTHOLME Seaton Carew Rd, Port Clarence, Middlesbrough, TS2 1TU Tel 01642 546625.

Sat 25th – Mon 27th May FAMILY CAMPING WEEKEND Give the kids a taste of the wild in the heart of Gibside's landscape garden. Pitch your tent for three days & two nights of family adventure & activities. Cost £60 per pitch. Booking essential.

Tues 28th – Fri 31st May 11am-3pm MAY HALF TERM FUN Free family activities & outdoor escapades every day of half term. Join us for Foodie Tuesday, Wildlife Wednesday, Adventure Thursday & Fab Friday.

Sun 16th June 11am-3pm DENS WITH DAD Treat Dad to a woodland adventure! Pack a picnic, explore the woods, build a family den & toast marshmallows on the campfire.

Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June 10am – 4pm WILD FUN Explore the sounds of Saltholme trail & have a go at pond dipping. Plus, spring crafts on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Cost £2 per activity (RSPB members FREE).

Wild West Week Sat 25th - Fri 31st May 2013 Come down to the Ranch for some rootin-tootin fun!! Look out for the sheriff & other characters Daily Fancy Dress Competition at 12.30pm & 2.30pm Great prizes to be won! Magic Shows & Western Games Birds of Prey & Beastie Shows Meet the Meerkats – Feed & Talk Bottle Feed lambs – final week! Lots of animals to feed, hold & stroke

PLUS Adventure Playground, Soft Play Barn, Go-karts, Donut Dash, Racing Cars, Bouncy Castles, Frisbee Golf, Trampolines, Restaurant and more...

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Sat 29th June 9 am & 2:30 pm FARMERS MARKET The Northern Dales Farmers Market is visiting Saltholme with yummy cakes & locally-sourced food. FREE plus free entry to the reserve too! Sat 6th & Sun 7th July 10.30am-3.30pm SHETLAND SHEEP SHEARING. Learn all about our Shetland sheep & how they help make Saltholme a fantastic home for wildlife. Watch them get their annual trim. See how their fleeces are dyed & spun. Have a go at some fleecy crafts. Plus lots moreCharges will apply please - check website for details .

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Family & Children’s Shows

Box Office 0191 332 4041

Sunderland Empire Box Office 0844 8713022

Tues 28th May – Sat 8th June CATS Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama & romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance & verse. Spectacular set designs, stunning costumes & breathtaking choreography, Cats is a magical musical like no other. Tickets from £10.00.

Thurs 1st – Sat 3rd Aug FOOTLOOSE Footloose is the culmination of Stage Experience’s two week theatre summer school, which offers young thespians of the North-East the chance to take part in a West End style production. Nurturing & developing skills in training, rehearsing & performing, throughout the 2-week project running from Mon 22nd July – Sat 3rd Aug, participants receive expert guidance & tuition from theatre industry professionals before taking part in four live performances of this year’s production – Footloose! Tickets from £9.00.

Sun 9th June 2.30pm THE ENORMOUS TURNIP Living on an allotment in a tiny house the size of a shed, Mr & Mrs Chickweed show off their prizewinning vegetables for the last time before they retire. However, they can’t resist planting one last seed & as the Enormous Turnip grows, it threatens their house with disaster. Can anyone help them pull up the Enormous Turnip? Eccentric puppetry & live music in a re-potted version of the world-famous children’s story. A treat for seedlings age 2 – 102. Tickets £7.50. Thurs 20th – Sat 22nd June 7.00pm (plus Sat 2.00pm) SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS A musical concert celebrating the life & music of Richard Rodgers who formed two major musical partnerships in his career. With Lorenz Hart (On Your Toes, Pal Joey, The Boys From Syracuse) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Carousel, The King & I, The Sound of Music and

Oklahoma!). The show features a great selection from Rodgers best work. Tickets £13.50, £47 Family Ticket.

Empire Theatre Consett Box Office Tel: 01207 218 171

Sun 16th June 3pm THE ENORMOUS TURNIP Living on an allotment in a tiny house the size of a shed, Mr & Mrs Chickweed show off their prizewinning vegetables for the last time before they retire. However, they can’t resist planting one last seed & as the Enormous Turnip grows, it threatens their house with disaster. Can anyone help them pull up the Enormous Turnip? Eccentric puppetry & live music in a re-potted version of the world-famous children’s story. For seedlings aged 2+ and their families. Tickets £7.50, Child £7.00, Family £25.00.

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A whats on guide for parents of primary school children in Sunderland & Durham

Primary Times Sunderland & Durham May Issue  

A whats on guide for parents of primary school children in Sunderland & Durham